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Comment Re:Thaty's the wat to do it ... (Score 1) 256

It depends on the school. When I lived in the Midwest and Northeast, were the typical institutional meals- burgers and chicken nuggets, and pizza made from cardboard. In Louisiana, they had real southern cooking in schools. There can be good meals in public schools, but most places do not do it.

There is also the issue that some people have a gene, that if expressed, makes broccoli taste bad. For me, eating broccoli is like eating moldy food. I am just not going to eat broccoli no matter how hungry I am.

As far as Okra, try it fried or with stewed tomatoes.

Comment Re:Waste of time... (Score 1) 151

Yeah, what of all the Carrier and Vendor pre-installed crap. It all sits right there next to the Google apps. No one uses them because they are crap.

I remember an old phone (Infuse I think) where there was an AT&T map application that required some monthly fee to use. Who would use that when there was Google Maps sitting right next to it. I ended up using Waze instead.

Look at what the industry was like 10 years ago. You paid out the nose for a custom ring tone. Remember those locked in app stores? Google's insistence on forcing the vendors to install their stuff is why there is an open market today.

Comment Re:What is the big deal? (Score 1) 48

"The encryption is in a QR code that's printed on the label, but isn't rewritable."

That seems to be the key point.

My guess is that the handful of bits in the label will be used in different ways by each company that adopts it, and it will be something like "the first three bits indicate which facility was the last to handle it, with 000 indicating that it has been sent to the pharmacy, the next five bits indicate which employee in this production line last handled the tagged object", etc., with the barcode specifying which internal-to-the-company algorithm was used to shift the bits around before storing them on the rewritable tag.

It's not that anyone who had blank tags and the equipment to write to them couldn't exactly copy any particular tag they got their hands on, but that it shouldn't be feasible for anyone to synthesize a valid fake label, so nobody can get a bunch of manufactured-by-flybynightco-in-china fake tablets or even a pile of "legitimate" pills snuck out of the factory in somebody's socks, stick them in a bottle, and label them to look like they've been legitimately packaged and shipped from the company (for example).


HP To Jettison Up To 30,000 Jobs As Part of Spinoff 273

An anonymous reader writes: Hewlett-Packard says its upcoming spinoff of its technology divisions focused on software, consulting and data analysis will eliminate up to 30,000 jobs. The cuts announced Tuesday will be within the newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which is splitting from the Palo Alto, California company's personal computer and printing operation. "The new reductions amount to about 10 percent of the new company's workforce, and will save about $2.7 billion in annual operating costs." The split is scheduled to be completed by the end of next month. "The head of the group, Mike Nefkens, outlined a plan under which it is cutting jobs in what he called 'high-cost countries' and moving them to low-cost countries. He said that by the end of HP Enterprise’s fiscal year 2018, only 40 percent of the group’s work force will be located in high-cost countries."
United States

US-Appointed Egg Lobby Paid Food Blogs and Targeted Chef To Crush Vegan Startup 317

An anonymous reader writes: The American Egg Board targeted publications, popular food bloggers, and a celebrity chef as part of an effort to combat a perceived threat from Hampton Creek, an egg-replacement startup backed by some of Silicon Valley's biggest names, according to internal emails. The Gaurdian reports: A detailed review of emails, sent from inside the AEB and obtained by the Guardian, shows that the lobbyist's anti-Hampton Creek campaign sought to:
  • Pay food bloggers as much as $2,500 a post to write online recipes and stories about the virtue of eggs that repeated the egg lobby group's "key messages."
  • Confront Andrew Zimmern, who had featured Hampton Creek on his popular Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods and praised the company in a blog post characterized by top egg board executives as a "love letter."
  • Target publications including Forbes and Buzzfeed that had written broadly positive articles about a Silicon Valley darling.
  • Unsuccessfully tried to recruit both the animal rights and autism activist Temple Grandin and the bestselling author and blogger Ree Drummond to publicly support the egg industry.
  • Buy Google advertisements to show AEB-sponsored content when people searched for Hampton Creek or its founder Josh Tetrick.

Comment Re:Photoshop (Score 1) 889

Apps aren't the blocking element for the switch to Linux. I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's the ability to recover relatively painlessly that is lacking in Linux. As for apps, there are hundreds of business specific ones (TimeMatters for the legal profession, Photoshop for graphic artists, Final Cut Studio for film makers, and so on) the open source alternatives for these are woefully lacking - most don't exist and if they do they are pale imitations of the originals (GIMP vs Photoshop... there's just no comparison). First and foremost, something like the MS KB system for errors with the OS rather than 3rd hand forum jockeying. Remote & trusted diagnostics/fixes that do not reset personal settings. Online anti-virus/malware/etc akin to Panda Software's old 'Active Scan' so that when stupid user syndrome hits it can be dealt with *without* having to lock my system down with every anti-whatever under the sun.

Once it's easy to recover, people like me will make sure the people around us switch and with userbase come the app developers.

CorelDraw (and the companion app) were really nice programs. There was even a version proted to Linux back in the day. Problem was, they were not Photoshop. Does not matter how good the program is, it does not have the UI of Photoshop so people complain.

You want a Vendor supplied knowledge base? You mean like http://rhn.redhat.com/ ? Satellite, Puppet, or Chef can all automate and remote administrate machines. I am not aware of remote scanning for Linux, but not really needed if you enable SElinux.

None of this is available for cheap home use. If you want cheap, go do a web search for a solution to your problem.

Comment "Media" codec = "video" (Score 1) 99

I hate the ongoing assumption that "media" just mean "internet TV".

Anyway, this appears to be specifically about developing a legally-free video codec. Anyone who's skeptical that it can be done should be pointed to the previous similar project to develop an audio codec: opus, which has been done, successfully, for a couple of years now and was developed in a similar fashion by a similar coalition of companies (and driven largely by Xiph/Mozilla's work as looks like this video codec will probably be, with input from other relevant tech). Opus is extremely successful technically (I don't think there is any other general-purpose lossy audio codec - free or proprietary - that opus doesn't handily beat), and has been moderately successful in the market (uptake by forward-looking developers was fast, Google supports it, Cisco supports it, and even friggin' MICROSOFT has committed to it now...)

My only complaint about opus so far is that Google's webm-only video fixation keeps them from remembering to support .opus audio files often. Android "Lollipop" and later has native opus codec support but still doesn't recognize .opus files as media. (VLC for Android does, though...) Chrome had a long delay in getting opus audio enabled for the same reason. Jerks. (Chrome does support .opus now, though, and has for a while).

If work on the video codec goes anywhere near as well for this coalition as it did for Opus audio, it ought to be very successful. Maybe more so, given that much of this coalition was also involved with opus and perhaps have learned some useful lessons on how to run projects like this.

(Admittedly, that's still an "if", but I'm actually optimistic here.)

Comment Re:LibreOffice Online? (Score 1) 59

I'm sure LOOL will be released Real Soon Now! I've already pre-ordered my copy.

(Seriously though - unlike Duke Nukem, one can actually verify that LOOL is being actively developed. I realize they've been talking about LOOL for like half a decade now without a real release, but I actually think they'll really release it now that they have some collaborators working on it.)

Comment Re: in-vehicle concierge (Score 1) 417

Some features are great, and not everyone wants the same exact set.

I love the Pandora App. It is essentially a shortcut: Car stereo connects via bluetooth to my cell phone, start Pandora on my Cell, then play the most recently selected station on Pandora. I do not need to pull out my cell phone and mess around trying to get it to sync and start playing some music streaming app.

Wireless Networking

Massachusetts Boarding School Sued Over Wi-Fi Sickness 588

alphadogg writes: The parents of an anonymous student at the Fay School in Southborough, Mass., allege that the Wi-Fi at the institution is making their child sick, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court earlier this month (PDF). The child, identified only as "G" in court documents, is said to suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome. The radio waves emitted by the school's Wi-Fi routers cause G serious discomfort and physical harm, according to the suit. "After being continually denied access to the school in order to test their student's classroom, and having their request that all classrooms in which their child is present have the WiFi network replaced with a hard-wired Ethernet denied, the parents sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act."

Comment Re:Didn't Like Eich (Score 1) 192

"the removal of Brandon Eich because he held a non-progressive belief.

Eich removed himself, and it's a good thing, because his response to the overblown controversy was to try to hide from it and hope it went away. His inability to cope pretty well proved that he wasn't fit to be CEO of Mozilla, whose problem is largely the same (unwillingness/inability to engage with its public any more) to begin with.

On top of that, the last thing I remember about Eich's activity at Mozilla was him enthusiastically cheerleading the possibility of shoving OTOY's special proprietary video codec for remote-desktop use into Firefox. This is the same kind of proprietary 3rd-party off-topic crap that has people throwing tantrums with Pocket right now. Eich was all on-board with this sort of thing, it would seem, and was an active part of this harmful tumor of corporate culture. Having him in charge would not have made things better.

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