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Comment: Legacy Software Limitations (Score 3, Interesting) 245

by nickberry (#46679255) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?
My business uses software that was written for serial communication that simply doesn't work on windows 7, nor 8. The cost of replacing the software is more than having a couple dozen thinkpads with windows xp installed handy in case one goes down and we can't get support. At that we've even tried to have new software written and the vendors who took on the task simply couldn't get it to work. Then we run into the damn hardware problem I still can't find a serial to usb adapter that runs across at 1200 baud.

Comment: Re:No place for 'almost', 'not quite' and 'nearly' (Score 1) 423

by nickberry (#46404235) Attached to: RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores
The local store has a lot of the stuff "makers" are looking for, but the staff has no clue, and that I think is an even bigger problem. Who with any sort of technical background besides maybe a college student is going to work full time at a Radio Shack. I remember growing up in the 80's the local radio shack had people working behind the counter that could actually help you with the parts or problem you where trying to fix.

+ - MtGox Collapse should come as no suprise->

Submitted by MrBingoBoingo
MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "The recent closure of the famous Bitcoin exchange MtGox has grabbed a lot of media attention lately, but people involved heavily in bitcoin have been raising alarms about business practices at MtGox for quite some time now. With the MtGox failure being Bitcoin's biggest since the collapse of the ponzi run by Trendon Shavers, also known as Pirateat40, it might be time to revisit the idea of counterparty risk in the world of irreversible cryptocurrency."
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Comment: Re:Everyone loves a winner. (Score 2) 881

by nickberry (#41883187) Attached to: Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees
The restructuring of General Motors would have happened had the government stepped in or not. Plenty of corporations have went through a restructuring bankruptcy plenty of times and came out stronger on the other side. Ever flown on an Airline? Every major US carrier except southwest has gone through bankruptcy proceedings and kept operating, and rarely do employees lose their jobs. When I left the Air Force and went to work for American Eagle they had just filed bankruptcy and everyone I worked with had years of seniority... hmm. Somehow had General Motors gone through a chapter 7 restructuring they would be better off today than they would be under their current situation, especially considering they owe the U.S. Treasury billions still, and the Treasury is sitting on millions of shares....

Comment: Just Exclude California (Score 3, Insightful) 108

by nickberry (#41829575) Attached to: California AG Gives App Developers 30 Days To Post Privacy Notice
This just sounds like a really good reason to put in a data field for state when signing up for an app, and exclude Californians from use of the app, and explain to them because over burdening regulations our App is not available in your state, please contact the California Attorney Generals office for more information regarding these regulations. While there a lot of people in California, sometimes it's best to just avoid states or places where your work is not appreciated.

Comment: Re:Wishing that Obamacare had been aound 4 years a (Score 0) 524

by nickberry (#41543457) Attached to: Are you better off than you were four years ago?
The Patient Affordability Act would not save you from the debt you have... You'd still owe money to the hospital. We need insurance reform desperately, but The Patient Affordability Act is far from insurance reform..... The Patient Affordability Act does not limit medical debt, forgive medical debt, or even provide free cancer treatment. You still have to carry insurance, and you still have to carry part of the load. Plus if you had 400k in your savings you're one of the evil rich people that are supposed to pay their fair share according to the turds at OWS.

Comment: Re:Kill XP? (Score 1) 405

by nickberry (#41391095) Attached to: Maybe With Help From Google and Adobe, Microsoft Can Kill Windows XP
I would love to switch all of our boxes off XP, but the manufacturer of the equipment we sell and service seems to like writing their service software in VB. I have tried every single configuration and software option with the windows 7 machine we have and it will not work, so for our three service benches we need XP machines for the foreseeable future. I work in the Ag industry where IT is still the lowest man on the totem pole.

The Galileo Thermometer Was Not Invented By Galileo 57

Posted by Soulskill
from the turns-out-apple-had-a-patent-all-along dept.
New submitter GregLaden writes "The object known as the Galileo Thermometer is a vertical glass tube filled with a liquid in which are suspended a number of weighted glass balls. As the temperature of the liquid changes, so does the density. Since each glass ball is set to float at equilibrium in a sightly different density of the liquid, as the temperature increases, each glass ball sinks to the bottom. It turns out that this thermometer was actually invented by a team of instrument inventors that formed a scientific society who had the impressive motto 'Probando e Reprobando,' which in English means 'testing and retesting.' The Accademia del Cimento operated under the leadership of the Grand Duke Ferdinand II from 1657-1667 in Florence, Italy. According to Peter Loyson, who has written a corrective article for the Journal of Chemical Education, Galileo did invent a temperature measuring device called a thermoscope."

Comment: Re:Forced medication (Score 1) 333

by nickberry (#41124495) Attached to: Judge Orders Release of Ex-Marine Detained Over Facebook Posts
Misinformed? You can think what you want, but when I was a child and they gave me the MMR vaccine I was hospitalized, and in the ICU, this was repeated three times with other vaccines because some idiot doctor in the Air Force insisted I was faking it. My child had the same reaction after her MMR vaccine, so there is no misinformed, no ignorance on my part. Not everyone can take vaccines, and to call me an idiot is ignorant and quite honestly just being a dick. I don't oppose vaccines, but I can't take them.

He's dead, Jim.