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Comment Re:This disaster is entirely of your own making (Score 1) 490

This is reminiscent of the US industry in general. Everything is half-assed here. A lot of my suppliers in the US that I vet are half-assed that I have to dump them. I go through a lot of resumes for managers and engineering positions, all their stuff on linkdin is about saving me money and how they saved "X" company money. I asked them how they did it, of course they can never tell me (Obvious cost cutting procedures). Even contractors, I had to go through a full year of them before I found one that wasn't cutting corners and was doing things the right way. Even the building that they were building for me, if I didn't bitch, it would have been half-assed.

I follow standards and I don't pick and choose what I like. A lot of companies in the US pick and choose standards they like and they also pick and choose every paragraph that they like in such standards while ignoring the rest. If it costs them too much money, it's not going to be done. This is why, unfortunately, the majority of my vetted suppliers are in Europe. I even tried to help one, giving them a full report on how to fix things, procedure wise and safety wise (They have accidents there every week, I guess they don't mind settling in courts every 50k). They just gawked at the price tag even though being one of my suppliers would have easily covered all the costs while benefiting them in the long term. Most manufacturers in the US operate old broken machines with illegals running them. Management and owners here in the US are sick.

So, the chip and pin disaster is no surprise to me. I already see how a lot of stores are completely failing procedure wise and I already see that a lot of companies do not want to spend the money on better equipment or do anything about it. Everything is short term. They don't see any long term benefits, I actually think they're incapable of seeing anything in the long term.

Comment Re:Use it via DOSEMU (Score 2) 211

I second this. I have plenty of old DOS engineering programs from my father that still work great. I use them from time to time because similar software no longer exist or costs a ridiculous amount of money that doesn't even do what I want. A lot of this software came from engineering enthusiasts which made them great, something that doesn't happen much anymore.

Comment Re:Ever heard of the parking brake? (Score 1) 365

What handbrake? Most American junk cars now have annoying foot pedal ebrake that no one ever uses because it's black and hidden. Or my favorite, the electronic push the button ebrake that's hidden in some back console somewhere where no one ever uses either. You'd be surprised how many cars are now parked without the ebrake activated on hills.

Comment Re:This can't be true (Score 3, Insightful) 141

I'm actually quite happy about Steams push to add games to linux. It's actually bringing attention of the poor graphic performance in linux and people are actually interested in making it better finally. That and I can finally play some decent games in linux, despite the poorer performance, it's good enough for me not to have to reboot to Windows.

Comment Re:Phoning the police? (Score 5, Interesting) 181

Yeah, because the Police are going to do SO MUCH. Every time I've reported skimmers to police, both in Europe and the US, they really don't give a damn. A lot of gas station employees also don't care. So yeah, much more fun to reverse engineer it, reinstall it so the guy that comes back to collect the data, gets a cryptoware virus on his laptop, then demand $10,000 from him. Would be far more effective than what the police do.

Comment Re: Amazon can just pass the blame to the 3rd part (Score 1) 202

A lot of these warehouse operators aren't going to get into automation any time soon. Their market is cheap available warehouse space and that involves cheap labor, including illegals. They don't have the motivation to invest in it nor do they want too (Even though it would mean less claims and lower prices, but they don't see it that way).

Comment Re:Amazon can just pass the blame to the 3rd party (Score 1) 202

I agree. But often times you're at the mercy of the warehouse owner/operator. And often times, the reason you're looking for this warehouse is space and low prices to keep your product costs low. And often times, the warehouse owner/operator insists on using his/her own inventory system (If they even have one) unless you provide them a physical label delivered to them or computers to access your system to print out these labels.

Comment Re:Amazon can just pass the blame to the 3rd party (Score 4, Interesting) 202

You haven't been to Amazon's secret 3rd party suppliers then who masquerade as "Amazon warehouse". Amazon likes to keep this a big secret and not let anyone known. Even the owners aren't allowed to speak about it, but the places I visit who warehouse my stuff, I see the Amazon labels being printed and handling Amazon orders. They're not the brightest people of the bunch (Low skilled minimum wage labor, you think they give a damn what gets shipped?) and Amazon doesn't really have any control of them or what they do (Underpaid management), at least from what I can see. So yeah, I more than likely believe hazardous material is being shipped by Amazon all the time without them notifying anyone.

And if you think Amazon demands they abide to a certain standard, yeah, good luck. I can't even get these warehouse guys to do it and keep proper inventory. They'll nod their heads, yeah yeah, but the reality is, low paid workers really don't care, but when you need the warehouse space, you really don't have much choice in the matter (They're all like this).

Comment Re:What is a valid use case for this? (Score 5, Interesting) 60

I don't know what this pipe dream you're speaking of. I run a manufacturing business and everyone uses a linux desktop here at my decree. I've had very little issues with people transitioning to the linux desktop. Thunderbird (With Calendar with Caldav) and Libreoffice works just fine for daily tasks. There is a decent enough interface for everyday tasks. There's decent enough distribution that makes transitioning to the linux desktop very easy. Yes, PLC software all run on Windows, but I find a lot of it runs fine in Wine, if it doesn't, there's VMWARE. A lot of people dump all this PLC software into VMWARE anyways because of the ridiculous licensing and difficultly transferring that license to other computers whether it's running Windows or linux, or Apple. Autocad runs fine in VMWARE as well.

The forced Windows 10 upgrade was the last straw. In fact, I even had a machine that has an HMI on top of WIndows 7 get a forced Windows 10 upgrade (Operator touched the Windows 10 upgrade popup and that was it), to the point that the machine is now useless. The manufacturer has agreed to redo the software to run in linux to my demands. When your equipment costs over a million dollars, well, they listen. Hell, even my Frick Air handler is running on top of linux.

But yeah, keep believing it's a pipe dream. I'm not the first moving everyone to the linux desktop world and I certainly won't be the last since the Windows 10 fiasco. Sure there's a cost associated into moving from Windows to the linux Desktop, but so does everything else. It was worth it for me. In the meantime, keep thinking we're "Linux zealots", because the chances of you getting hired in a business running linux is getting bigger. So start learning.

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