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Comment: Re:Is this the point in time.. (Score 4, Insightful) 712

by wwwillem (#43388623) Attached to: Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

Do you know any non-technical Linux users?

You're wrong. For the last five years my wife is a happy CentOS user. And as non technical as you can get it.

Yes she needs help with her PC, but roughly the same as when she used Windows before that. And for me it's less support work because of the reduced amount of bloatware and exploits targeting Linux.

When she moved from IE to FireFox and Outlook Express to Thunderbird the only thing I had to explain was what multi-tab browsing is. For the rest it was to her "all the same thing".

The main reason that non-technical users don't use Linux is that you can't buy preconfigured Linux systems in the big-box stores.

But this starts to become a moot point, because non-technical users just use a phone instead of a desktop or laptop.

Comment: Re:Well duh (Score 1) 391

by wwwillem (#35290226) Attached to: Why Google Wants Your Kid's SSN

.... do use a primary key of Lastname + birthdate, and then verify secondly with address or first name ....

Which makes me remember what happened to me ten years ago. "Just of the Boat" :-) in Canada I signed up for my companies healthcare. Got a first dental claim cheque but it had on it the wrong company name. Called the insurance guys and, long story short, there was another guy in Canada with the same last name (which is a weird Dutch one "Van Schatter", not your "Smith" or "Johnson") but also the same birthdate. Which is pretty rare, but he also had the same first name (again, not "Joe" or "Brian"), now that becomes creepy. OK, the address was different.......

Comment: Re:Huge Idiot (Score 1) 477

by wwwillem (#33478258) Attached to: White House Fingers PlayStation As Obesity Culprit

You're so right, but it is even worse. There is lots of unnecessarily added stuff (like glucose) in our food, but it happens even more in cheap food (read: processed food) than fresh food (read: expensive food). And therefore the part of the population that could really need a "health boost" simply can't afford it. Hey, a single cucumber in my supermarket is more expensive than a burger in the fast food chain around the corner. Which should be completely the opposite. How tough is it to grow a cucumber and put it on a truck, while even a simple burger involves tens of ingredients and processing steps.

The worst is that this is all a matter of politics. Because Ohio has been a swing state for years and years, every president in the last decades has been pushing money to subsidize the production of corn. Sometimes with the argument that Americans need methanol (which recently caused a severe "tortilla problem" in Mexico), but most of it ends up unnecessarily in our food. As an example, glucose gets added to meat products like burgers. Mind you, even "0% fat yoghurt", made for the health fanatics among us, still has sugar products added. Check it yourself, read those damn "ingredients" small print on the labels. And BTW, I prefer the full-fat stuff, but still I want to decide myself if I like to add sugar or not.

The food industry is really, really sick. Lack of diversity, full of political lobbyism. 100% about money.

When it comes to how to cure this problem, first of all I agree with a former poster who said simply "let capitalism do it, and stop subsidies". That would absolutely be a good first step. Still I think that with something as important as food (which is the underlying foundation for health care) I wouldn't like to keep "the market" without control. Better have some stricter rules. Like banning hormones in beef, which currently results in you eating testosterone in your BigMagic. They are also in your daughter's burger, who - because of that - is now having her first period two years younger than the generation before her.

Comment: Re:Is it worth the effort? (Score 1) 161

by wwwillem (#33134438) Attached to: Illumos Sporks OpenSolaris

From the post it is not completely clear, but I guess this sporked OpenSolaris will still include the possibility of zones. Now I know Linux has similar features, but Containers/Zones have been a hit in the Solaris world from day one. And are widely used, including production environments where it does the segmentation / isolation of Oracle databases.

(I'm former Sun guy, been there, done that.)

Comment: Re:This sort of thing can only be good for wind/so (Score 3, Insightful) 438

by wwwillem (#32883350) Attached to: Electric Cars Won't Strain the Power Grid

In future, it won't be enough to let a consumer make the decision on when to consume and encourage him with discounts in low peak hours. The model should be that for those loads where "time doesn't matter" we (the consumer) can indicate our constraints and then the electricity company will work within those boundaries. Of course, the more lenient the consumer is, the better rate he gets.

For this example, if I park my car at the office I don't care if the battery gets reloaded at 11 am of after lunch. As long as it's done before I drive home at 5 PM. Same for the return trip, the car could be rechared at 11PM or at 3AM, I don't care.

The crucial thing here is that fore heavier, but also time independent loads like this, your utility company gets control over when you are using electricity. We're still quite a bit away from that, but with smart grids, that's the way we're going.

And it will all benefit green power that produces electricity at "unexpected moments".


Best Places To Work In IT 2010 205

Posted by kdawson
from the wish-you-were-here dept.
CWmike writes "These top-rated IT workplaces combine choice benefits with hot technologies and on-target training. Computerworld's 17th annual report highlights the employers firing on all cylinders. The Employer Scorecard ranks IT firms based on best benefits, retention, training, diversity, and career development. Also read what IT staffs have to say about job satisfaction. How's your workplace, IT folk?" Read below for a quick look at the top 10 IT workplaces according to this survey.

Comment: Re:good plan (Score 1) 169

by wwwillem (#32495228) Attached to: NZ Plan For Fiber To the Home

True unlimited is the way to go.

Unlimited simply means that the 90% of users with low usage are subsidizing the 10% with high usage.

When I go to McDonalds for just a burger, I don't want to pay for your Big Mac with super-sized fries.

A fair plan with metered use makes most sense. Problem is of course that too many Telcos and ISP's have scrapped the word fair from their spelling checker.

Comment: Re:Slow news day? (Score 5, Interesting) 111

by wwwillem (#32483004) Attached to: Rubber Boots Charge Your Phone

I ditched my "generator powered" light on my bicycle

Those are not a temporary fad that doesn't really work. In Holland (where there are more bicycles than people) those dynamo's are the standard way (at least were before LED lights) of powering bicycle lights.

It was the next progression after the carbid lantern, so I guess that started around WWII, maybe even earlier. At least I'm from 1957 and I can't remember anything else.

Comment: Re:Reminder (Score 1) 472

by wwwillem (#31976640) Attached to: The End of the 3.5-inch Floppy Continues

| I suppose the easiest option for long-term support of such devices would
| be to emulate the floppy drive itself, and make a memory card reader that
| plugged into a floppy bus.

This exists already:

Don't know anything about this product, just googled for "floppy flash", but it seems someone thought already about this.

Comment: Re:Not fair to run down the black/grey hat hackers (Score 1) 149

by wwwillem (#31919024) Attached to: 25th Anniversary of <em>Hackers</em>

> But it's not 'nazi-wrong'.

You mean 'Wall-Street' wrong !! That's IMHO a better analogy.

This Goldman Sachs guy (OK, he was only partnering with GS, but still) that made $ 3 billion while screwing various pension funds. Compare that to 'stealing' some bandwidth from a telco company. Yes, both wrong, but......


After 2 Years of Development, LTSP 5.2 Is Out 79

Posted by timothy
from the terminal-velocity dept.
The Linux Terminal Server Project has for years been simplifying the task of time-sharing a Linux system by means of X terminals (including repurposed low-end PCs). Now, stgraber writes "After almost two years or work and 994 commits later made by only 14 contributors, the LTSP team is proud to announce that the Linux Terminal Server Project released LTSP 5.2 on Wednesday the 17th of February. As the LTSP team wanted this release to be some kind of a reference point in LTSP's history, LDM (LTSP Display Manager) 2.1 and LTSPfs 0.6 were released on the same day. Packages for LTSP 5.2, LDM 2.1 and LTSPfs 0.6 are already in Ubuntu Lucid and a backport for Karmic is available. For other distributions, packages should be available very soon. And the upstream code is, as always, available on Launchpad."

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.