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Comment Re:Stop stimulus for producing waste (Score 2) 273

We need to address waste stimulation, but government can't do that.

People need to take personal responsibility for themselves and own this problem. My wife and I take a trash can to the dump once every 3 or 4 weeks. We have really worked hard to cut down our trash profile by reusing, recycling, composting, reducing, and conserving (for example we use empty dog food bags as trash bags).

Government can't successfully make people do this. They can tax noncompliance to kingdom come but it won't accomplish anything except to give government more money to spend on pork and take more money from hard-working Americans.

The solution to most of society's ills starts right at home, and requires desire and action at the individual level.

The root problem is that government has trained people from a very young age to be people who proclaim "Someone needs to do something!" rather than "What can I do!?" when a problem comes up. Government in its own thirst for power and control has raised a society of helpless dependents, and it really has zero interest in solving problems, because the problems are the source of their power.

Comment Re:I also assert that (Score 1) 326

The 1974 Mustang V8 didn't make 140 horsepower because of MBAs and Bean Counters. It made 140 horsepower because of government.

Government killed the US auto industry back in the 1970s with onerous and not well thought out rules about emissions that did absolutely nothing about the two big government boogeymen of the time: smog and acid rain.

Encryption

FSF Responds To Microsoft's Privacy and Encryption Announcement 174

An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft announced yesterday their plans to encrypt customer data to prevent government snooping. Free Software Foundation executive director John Sullivan questions the logic of trusting non-free software, regardless of promises or even intent. He says, 'Microsoft has made renewed security promises before. In the end, these promises are meaningless. Proprietary software like Windows is fundamentally insecure not because of Microsoft's privacy policies but because its code is hidden from the very users whose interests it is supposed to secure. A lock on your own house to which you do not have the master key is not a security system, it is a jail. ... If the NSA revelations have taught us anything, it is that journalists, governments, schools, advocacy organizations, companies, and individuals, must be using operating systems whose code can be reviewed and modified without Microsoft or any other third party's blessing. When we don't have that, back doors and privacy violations are inevitable.'"

Comment Chicken Little (Score 1) 267

They said the same thing back in the 90s when the manufacturing tech of the time was approaching its theoretical 100nm limit, surpassing which would require manufacturing technology so revolutionary, nobody would ever, 3V4R, be able to afford it.

Have these people not learned anything from Bill's famous "640k ought to be enough for anybody" gaffe?

Comment Hopey Changey (Score 5, Informative) 365

        "I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists â" and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president."

        -- Barack Obama, Speech in Des Moines, IA
        November 10, 2007

Government

Gov't Puts Witness On No Fly List, Then Denies Having Done So 462

cathyreisenwitz sends word of a San Francisco trial in which the U.S. government appears to be manipulating the no-fly list to its advantage. The court case involves a Stanford Ph.D. student who was barred from returning to the U.S. after visiting her native Malaysia. She's one of roughly 700,000 people on the no-fly list. Here's the sketchy part: the woman's eldest daughter, who was born in the U.S. and is a U.S. citizen, was called as a witness for the trial. Unfortunately, she mysteriously found herself on the no-fly list as well, and wasn't able to board a plane to come to the trial. Lawyers for the Department of Justice told the court that she simply missed her plane, but she was able to provide documents from the airline explaining that the Department of Homeland Security was not allowing her to fly.
Music

App Detects Neo-Nazis Using Their Music 392

Daniel_Stuckey writes "German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that the country's interior ministers will meet this week to discuss use of an app developed by local police in Saxony that has attracted the unofficial name of 'Nazi Shazam.' Just like Shazam works out what song you're hearing from just a few bars, the system picks up audio fingerprints of neo-Nazi rock so police can intervene when it's being played. The whole situation sounds pretty insane to an outsider, but apparently far-right music is a big problem in Germany, where it's considered a 'gateway drug' into the neo-Nazi scene. The Guardian reported that in 2004, far-right groups even tried to recruit young members by handing out CD compilations in schools. That sort of action is illegal in Germany, where neo-Nazi groups are outlawed and the Federal Review Board for Media Harmful to Minors is tasked with examining and indexing media — including films, games, music, and websites — that may be harmful to young people."
IT

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff? 383

An anonymous reader writes "I work at a manufacturing company. We have roughly 150 employees, 130 desktops, 8 physical servers, 20 virtual servers + a commercial SAN. We're a Windows shop with Exchange 2013. That's the first part. The second part is we have an ERP system that controls every aspect of our business processes. It has over 100 customizations (VB, but transitioning over to C#). We also have 20 or so custom-made support applications that integrate with the ERP to provide a more streamlined interface to the factory workers in some cases, and in other cases to provide a functionality that is not present in the ERP at all. Our IT department consists of: 1 Network Administrator (me), 4 Programmers (one of which is also the IT Manager). I finally convinced our immediate boss that we need another network support person to back me up (but he must now convince the CEO who thinks we have a large IT department already). I would like them to also hire dedicated help desk people. As it stands, we all share help desk duties, but that leads to projects being seriously delayed or put on hold while we work on more mundane problems. It also leads to a good amount of stress, as I can't really create the solid infrastructure I want us to have, and the developers are always getting pressure from other departments for projects they don't have the manpower to even start. I'm not really sure how to convince them we need more people. I need something rather concrete, but there are widely varying ratios of IT/user ratios in different companies, and I'm sure their research turned up with some generic rule of thumb that leads them to believe we have too many already. What can we do?"

Comment Mine have been hit and miss (Score 1) 182

I've bought tons of OCZ drives over the years. In my experience, you either get a good one, or a bad one. The good ones stay good, and the bad ones die quickly.

I've never had one fail after the warranty period was up, but I've had plenty fail within 2-3 months of purchase.

I'm not sure what their deal was, but in dealing with their support people and in general just hearing about how they operated, it sounded like they didn't actually know anything about how SSDs worked, but were just buying parts, "connecting the dots" on the schematic, and hoping for the best.

I'm not even convinced Sandforce knew how their own controller worked, until Intel figured it out for them (and had exclusivity on the fix).

I never tried any of the Indilinx drives. By the time those came around I was already soured on the reliability of OCZ products. Honestly I think they probably died because they tried too much to differentiate their products in the firmware, doing things that Sandforce probably told them would give unexpected results (like putting wait states in the state machine to slow drives down and sell them at a lower price point).

Who knows... now Toshiba can buy them and have some crappy SSDs to put in their crappy laptops.

Comment Humans are strange creatures (Score 2) 961

We have this unexplainable, sometimes completely irrational, and certainly short-sighted view of life. About half of all medical spending in the United States is spent in the last weeks of life, often just keeping a warm body alive long after the mind and soul have vacated it. Yet, as long as there is a warm pile of mushy innards there exotherming energy away, there will always by that crying, screaming, irrational family member (usually a woman) insisting that the mind and soul will return some day, if only everyone around would kneel and bow their heads to some fictitious diety.

What is it about human beings that gets them so unnecessarily attached to ugly bags of mostly water that will continue to exotherm away as long as a machine pumps oxygen into them?

I share Scott Adams' frustration with "the system." Really, the only opponents there are to assisted suicide, besides irrational relatives, are nursing homes, assisted living centers, and other charlatans, leeches, and vultures that will prey on your loved one's body until it can no longer convert chemical energy to heat. These are enormously wealthy corporations that steal BILLIONS of dollars from real, living, productive people just to keep bodies warm. They don't want to lose that income stream, and politicians certainly don't want to preside over losing those jobs.

So, we will never, EVER have assisted suicide. Ever. There will never, EVER be a humane and decent way to end one's life with dignity, respect, and calm acceptance. As long as irrational people can vote, and as long as there are billions of dollars to be fleeced from the estates of old people, the prohibition on assisted suicide will continue unabated.

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