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Comment ZaReason (Score 1) 284

I just got a ZaReason Strata 8110 laptop with Mint 18. It is a nice system. Works really well. Quad-core i7 processor, 8GB (now 16GB) of RAM, DVD recorder. I'm using it right now to post this comment. I only wish they had 9 cell batteries available - the 6 cell on only lasts for about 1.5 hours. That is my major complaint. Otherwise, it is a really nice machine. It has replaced my 10 year old Dell D630 laptop quite nicely, which was running CentOS 6.8.

Comment To quote the bard (Score 1) 107

According to Bruce Schneier, anybody can write an encryption algorithm that they cannot hack, but until the algorithm is published and "in the wild", that's as much as you can say about it. So yes, let us see the protocols, algorithms, and code and then we can say whether or not it is "unhackable". My guess... not very.

Comment Re:Voice over LTE (Score 1) 126

I knew that (I'm a wireless telecom professional and wireless tech instructor). It does add up though... So, are they just going to put our voice calls on the data plan, or still charge us per minute for the voice? Knowing cell phone providers as well as I do (too well, trust me), they are going to dick us both ways to Sunday. :-(

Comment Relationships (Score 1, Informative) 172

Software is all about relationships between different bits of code, structures (classes), and behaviors. There are tools that can take a bunch of code and turn it into graphical models that help understand better how this stuff works together and is related. The modeling language is called UML. One great tool I use is called Enterprise Architect from Sparx Systems (an Australian company). I frequently use it to generate UML models from source code in order to better understand it. It isn't expensive (full professional version for about $200USD), and you can get a full version on a 30-day free evaluation if you want. Go to http://www.sparxsystems.com/ for more information. They also have less expensive versions, student licenses, etc.

Comment Over my dead body! (Score 1) 449

I'll accept removal of my land line when the seas freeze over!

1. Cell phones don't work in our house (aluminum siding == Faraday Cage).
2. We would have to pay by the minute for every call we get, including spam calls.
3. Cell phones need a good battery to work - low battery == unable to call 911 for emergencies.

I can count on one hand the number of times in my life (66 years) when I couldn't make a phone call with a normal land line. I can count on at least 3 hands the number of times I couldn't make a call in the past week or two on my cell phone (thanks AT&T)...

So, if these boneheads at the providing phone comapnys do the following, I may change my position.

1. Guarantee universal cell access EVERYWHERE! (Right...)
2. Don't charge time for incoming calls, EVER.
3. Provide a backup emergency power supply (portable) so we can use our phones for emergency calls when the phone battery is dead.
4. Guarantee that #1 is available 24x365 with a SLA of 6+ sigma (99.9999+) percent of the time.

Until then, screw those money grubbing b'tards!

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