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Comment: Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (Score 1) 234

by lsatenstein (#47527033) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Simple, it's the same people who get into a hissy fit whenever someone posts something that's contrary to their view of the world. The group think on /. is thick, and the site is screaming in decline as noticed by the lack of comments on topics and poor commenting.

Of course it is in decline. University/College/school is out for the summer as students try to earn money to cover the next semester. I just love for profit everything, including education. Wanna buy a masters degree, we have a ghost writer for you, real cheap". Our university has no buildings, ergo, degrees are cheap to come by, and while you are working to pay for that diploma, we'll keep you to busy to write to /.

Where are the well educated? In countries where education is low cost. Almost every country has geniuses that are able to obtain PHD and other degrees. Oh yes, the degrees are in earned in Spanish, French, Portugese, Hebrew, Aisian (Chinese/Japonese/Korean) and yes, English too.

Comment: Re: Here we go... (Score 2) 432

by lsatenstein (#47518519) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Its time to return most of California to Mexico, and the lands back to the native indians.

Jerusalem and Jordan and the current land of Israel were always inhabited by Jews. For over 100 years Jews were buying up land in that area. There is no way that Israel will tolerate terrorism against it.
Hamas has refused to recognize peaceful co-existance. Their charter says to have muslim world domination and death to infidels and Jews. Had Hamas concentrated in building infrastructure, schools, universities, roads, etc, the hundred of millions of dollars poured into cement walls for tunnels was a theft from their citizens.

Israel wants peace. Trade with neighbours would have helped Lebanon,Jordan, Gaza, Palestine, and more to improve the life of all residents. Shame on power blind leaders--only 1 religion allowed, and Christianity is amoungst many excluded.

Comment: Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (Score 1) 156

by lsatenstein (#47497647) Attached to: Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

You want people to adopt electric cars and hybrids in greater numbers sooner? You want to wean the general populace off of fossil fuels? This is how you do it! Of all the complete wastes of money the U.S. government commits, this comparatively speaking would be a drop in the bucket and of great long-term benefit to the entire country. While we're at it how about they sink some money into electric vehicle support infrastructure like rapid charging stations, too?

Whatever increases government net revenue would be the guide for the best solution. Please note, some of that money would come as party donations. Gas, Electric, Nuclear, wind, coal, water, they are all financing one or other political party.

Why think that the governments (fed and state) are going th be in favour of hybrid car subsidies?

Comment: Re:You dorks (Score 1) 391

by lsatenstein (#47497559) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Ads and marketing in general have evolved from simple, respectful "hey, try this! It's good" into manipulative nonsense. Few people can see through it and the result has been devastating to them. It has shaped and certainly harmed the culture of the US and even results in violence in some extreme cases where people want things so badly they hurt and kill each other to get it. Though most will disagree exactly when things have gone "too far" few will disagree that they have.

I have always subscribed to @ 20/yr. This last renewal, they rejected my visa payment because they were not equipped to have Visa transfer my payment directly to my provider for approval. And there is no way for anyone to contact No way, I discovered, and no ombudsman, I could not get my payment processed. SHAME

So now I am getting the same repetitive annoying add from a dating service. I will try the following... Edit my profile and change my age to 12 or 13. Just to stop that repetitious dating stuff. I am of the belief that we need a free from adverts NET NEUTRAL internet. If I pay my ISP for a connection, I expect him to not count the adverts in my download allotment. Fortunately, using Thunderbird, I got rid of most of the stupid adverts.

Set your age to 12 for youtube, twitter, gmail, hotmail, and whatever, and see what happens.

Comment: Re:This will die in the senate (Score 1) 148

by lsatenstein (#47482213) Attached to: US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

They'll never pass up an opportunity to squeeze more money to fund pet projects back home. Hell, they're already talking about tapping the untouched potential of my 401(k).

Do you pay taxes on services. Get the car repaired and pay for labour and taxes? In most parts of the world, labor is value added and is therefore taxed. Are your phone services taxed?

Comment: Re:This makes sense. (Score 1) 278

The point of password reuse is to use an algorithm that you can remember but not someone can guess.

This is not my password but it's an example of how I create one:
If I visit a site and it's name is, I will use my "easy" word + the first syllable of the site + a padding word that I use on all sites, Depending on how asinine the password requirements are, the beginning or end of the password will be padded with numbers and symbols, but always the same ones.
So might be turkeyGootrucking8
and another site like a bank site that I want higher entrophy on will use a different algorithm, so BOA might end up a hard non-englisht word + the passing word, then the company's initials + needed password entrophy, so BOA would end up with namastetruckingBOA8

So when I use sites that want to remember my shipping address or credit card (I never save my credit card number, I don't care how "safe" your site is) I use the harder credentials. I just want to post a comment on the many HuffPo type of sites, easy password all the time. So while each password for each site is unique, effectively the easy password is reused but padded with something unique to the site so that even if the password was stolen it's unusable for any other site.

When a bank's or other stupid organization calls on using a password with a Capital letter, an integer and a minimum of 8 characters, and two adjacent characters not the same, it is recipe for easy hacking. Mathematically, easy.

I protect my passwords by including the wonderful €, and symbols which are on my standard keyboard.

  sekalf nroc

(read backwords)

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 508

by lsatenstein (#47474703) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Suggesting she become a homemaker despite her explicit request for career information and knowing nothing about her other than her gender -- yes, almost certainly misogyny.

Homemaker is a career, and it does take certain skillsets that are developed over a lifetime. It's an important career chosen by many women throughout history. Consider what happens if the next generation is not nurtured and educated.

And it is a future proof job - can't outsource child making and rearing, and she has capabilities unique to her sex. (eg: half the potential competition of other career paths) Kids are also an effective retirement plan when raised well.

Even if you don't think it's the best option, it's a valid option, and a noble one.

Chez nous (Canada), women are in construction industries, in taking over the gardening/snow removal businesses, plumbing, motor mechanics, refrigeration systems and electricity. These are skills that will be required for centuries to come.

And while they may be at 80% of the "professional rate", the lifespan for the former is longer, both in age, and in working years, and in pension years.

Comment: Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (Score 1) 346

by lsatenstein (#47464001) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Among dinosaurs who still use desktop computers, instead of laptops or tablets, I guess.

You're either retarded, or you don't do anything useful with your computer.

Anyone who wants to do anything graphics-intensive would laugh at someone trying to push a laptop on them.

I hate idiots who think laptops are for gaming. They go buy the crappy $200 Walmart bargain, then wonder why it won't play BF4.

For you, a desktop computer is a toy. But for me, with 7 disks, and different applications per disk, and with the amount of coding in differing languages, and my need to use a real keyboard, so as to net get carpal tunnel problems, and with a 23 inch monitor and speed, the laptop is the toy. My smartphone is a current Nexus, and I still need glasses to read the fine fine text.

My smartphone is my voicemail and voice support and my price comparison friend. When I am about to purchase a product at xyz, I do my due dilligence and do price/guarantee comparisons.

Laptops are too flimsy, overheat and are just a device onto which to spill coffee, to use to play with social media and to end-up with another several hundred dollar purchase when the keytops suddenly fall off, or the laptop falls on the floor, breaking the hinge. My tablet (Samsung) for browsing the web, playing free-cell, for some emailing, but not for true work.

Comment: Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (Score 1) 753

by lsatenstein (#47449461) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Are we assuming all transactions humans do are with merchants?

Naive as hell !

Crappy list of examples, I'm sure there are hundreds of examples:
1) What about if I want to buy your [insert bike or computer or whatever]?
2) Baby sitter?
3) Kid's allowance?
4) Pay some kid kid to mow yard.
5) Underground transactions (illegal stuff)

  It already happens in Africa, with cellphone to cellphone transactions. You take some money from the bank which goes to your cellphone account. You spend your cellphone account and get more money. Taxi drivers receive cellphone cash, and visit the bank to convert some of it to cash, but use the cellphone money to buy gas, food, etc.

Why cellphone. Printing money that wears out or is germ laden does not pay. And the cellphone technique limited to small transactions works.

The importance of cash will continue to decline with transactions with merchants, but it will never remotely approach "cashless".

Comment: Re:666 (Score 1) 753

by lsatenstein (#47449417) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Good luck everybody

It is coming, particularly for businesses. Cash will still be available for small purchases, but others no.

It could happen two ways. For a fixed fee, a business will arrange for unlimited debit transactions to be processed immediately to their account, with once a day reconciliation. As for credit transactions, there will be no initial change. but later, there will be a merge with debit and credit accounts. Individuals will have a line of credit, and if that is exhausted, the credit card rates will apply after 20 days.
Automated payments for taxes, utilities, and other fees will grow in number. And faster checkouts will be needed before this happens.
The question to answer is "How fast is it going to occur?"

Comment: Re:Not France vs US (Score 1) 308

This is not at all about the French/US competition, the big French sites like are subjected to the same rules of course.

You can think one thing or another about the rules, but they are about the big sites killing off the small local shops.

Fortunately where I live, the laws prevent Depanneurs and groceries from having more than one sales person on the cash overnight. This law was passed to even the playing field, where the local food stores could only keep two shifts of staff (6-16hrs and 14-24hrs). It did not pay, timewise for a person to do his shopping at 2am, as the sales person at that time was more preoccupied with shelf replenishment.

The French like fairness. A company is not a person. Ergo, companies have respect persons and these persons own small businesses.
Some say it is socialism. Others say, "so what, jobs keep the economy rolling", automation kills jobs, and as a result of automation the standard of living in societies drops. "Out of work people" can't afford to purchase big corporate products.

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 1) 368

by lsatenstein (#47443029) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

I worked on the beginning of Regan's Star Wars project. We viewed the problem as one in which you try to stop a bullet with a bullet. Add long range and intelligence to the bullet and the problem gets harder.The problem is hard and physics places many constraints on the solution. At one point management thought that space based defense was what we wanted until we showed that the time/distances were too great to be effective. Now we just have a scaled back terminal defense with very limited capabilities.

After all these years the only value that I think that missile defense has is PR. Effective? Not really. Forget Star Wars the movie. It's not going to happen.

The bait is to prove that the Iron Dome did not work well enough. From the Israeli TV (in Canada), we saw to the contrary. There were some misses, but many successes.

If the Iron Dome can zero in on rockets, the next generation of rockets will be able to evade the Iron Dome software and the cycle of development for better defense/offense rockets/missiles continues.

Iron Dome is version beta, with real-time non-laboratory use. The next release candidate will be much better. And would/could be deployed globally. Remember, it is a defense system, not an offense system.

Comment: Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (Score 1) 415

by lsatenstein (#47411831) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that?

Uh, yeah. Most judges rubber-stamp search warrants.

Also, does concealing a memory device now automatically imply child porn?

The cops get bolder every year, and people just go along.

Cop: "I asked him for his ID, and he went fishing in a pocket. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A GUN OR KNIFE, SO I SHOT HIM".

How does the dog do it? Can it read and type?

Comment: Re:Every day (Score 1) 282

by lsatenstein (#47408023) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

The other side of that coin is:

Is the new opportunity worth the hassle of starting over in some locale where the COL is 3 times higher, your rights are much more restricted, no big game hunting because of the population density precludes the use of even a bow and broad heads, despite the fact that you'll wreck a car a year running into said big game, and its 4 hours to someplace where drowning a worm might get you fish for dinner.

That occurred to me when a head hunter called me, offering 10% more to be the Chief Engineer at a tv station in the top 25 market. But it would have come with all of the above limitations. Even at 200%, which said tv station could well afford, it wasn't worth it to me.

Basically I had found my place back in 1984. I can walk to hunt deer or fish, COL is 1/2rd that of the big city, the house that came with the girl I married in 1989 has been paid off for 15 years, and stayed here till I retired 12 years ago. Technically, my reputation for being able to walk on water when the boat has already sank has been well established, and I still get yells for help occasionally. As a technician who can actually fix things, I am a C.E.T. & have what used to be a 1st phone license before the commission threw us under the bus, we are a dying breed, literally, and I find that I have, at nearly 80 yo, inherited some of the local radio broadcasters, because the engineer they were calling when the cash cow laid down and went dry, had died.

But the surprising detail most find hard to believe is that I am not a "papered" engineer, I have an 8th grade education, but was good enough with electronics that I quit school in the middle of my freshman year in high school, mostly due to health/allergy problems, and went to work fixing what was then these new-fangled things called televisions. Circa 1948-49. And yet the medical help locally available is pretty good. In early June, about a month ago, I woke up, just barely conscious and couldn't breath, on the bedroom floor while trying to tie my shoes to take the better half out for dinner, a pulmonary embolism that damned near punched my ticket. The better half, sitting in the car waiting, finally came back in to see what the holdup was & called 911. They got me to the local shop, started the clot-buster, and shipped me off to a larger facility. I am not 100% yet, but getting there, and TBT I feel better now than I have in years.

The guy from ultrasound looked at my heart with its blown up 2x right half as it was trying to pump into the blockage, for about an hour. I presume looking for places that ought to be bypassed or stented, couldn't find any and said once its shrunk back to normal, you ought to be good for another decade. 2-3 months to shrink again. Sort of feels like getting a warranty renewal but there is no such thing in life.

So I'll be here to pester you folks for a while yet, offering my comments on having observed life for nearly 80 years now. Some comments will come from my experience as a working joat, I am a decent mechanic and am now playing with smaller CNC machinery. I've also made some furniture & remodeled a few guns over the last 50 years.

I rather enjoy being close to the biggest frog in the pond, even if the pond is just Pedersons Puddle. It has its advantages.

Cheers, Gene

I'm only 7 years behind you and enjoying life that is great. I bought a large duplex home after my daughter took ill with MS. Wife and converted a dining room to our bedroom. Our 2nd floor tenant was to leave 18 months after our purchase and we were to move upstairs, but... my son and his wife asked to have the place. After 6 years of togetherness, we are still one big happy family. Best thing that happened to us all.

All our neighbours are crying, because their kids, on finishing university, have fled to other cities. They all complain of big empty houses and they look forward to having the children and grandchildren visit for holidays. When you have love, give love, encourage, don't criticize, and are optimistic, life is without stress. My wealth is the richness I have in family, friends, health, and who gives a damn about monetary wealth. I live in a country where anyone can go out at night at any time, and come home safely.

Now, at retirement, I enjoy developing software and do C coding with Linux. I am preparing to install Cent0s 7, released yesterday, I will setup a version 7 webserver and do all that at a pace that I enjoy. As we age, we do not become dumb, though we take the time to smell the roses. Some of the older people I knew forgot about libraries, plays, community places and waste away. I cherish my life with all it's wonderful offerings. I am lucky.

Comment: Re:Americans don't care (Score 1) 201

Look. On the one hand, it will be virtually impossible to make the technology disappear that allows any government unprecedented surveillance powers.

Based on the historical evidence of the governments of men, it would also be rather reasonable to expect there will exist elements within our governments willing to exploit national security fears to abuse surveillance powers.

With awareness, ignorance is left off the table as a selection. At least if we are made aware, we then choose to make a difference or play along.

Actually, with widespread incorporation of encryption, NSA will not ever have the resources to try and decrypt what they now fetch in the clear. And lets hope that it is incorporated soon, to keep Google and other search engines out of your life.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"