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The Rise of the Junkweb and Why It's So Awesome

HikingStick OCR, anyone (181 comments)

If MS's OneNote can do it without twitching, it won't be long before every browser will be able to do it. To me, the only limitation is the present.

I've created many text-over-photos images. Most get used in slide shows, but I have shared a couple via social media. In my opinion, they convey a stronger message than text alone, or even alongside an image.

more than 2 years ago
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Dell To Offer Ubuntu Laptops Again

HikingStick Retaliation (218 comments)

Perhaps this is Dell's way of jabbing back at Microsoft, after they announced their tablet, undermining many of their partners.

more than 2 years ago
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Guild Wars 2 Release Date Announced

HikingStick Lost momentum (128 comments)

Since it didn't require a monthly subscription, Guild Wars appealed to a lot of gamers outside the hardcore realm, with a model that let people play for a while and then set it aside. That was, in my opinion, one of its great strengths, as I've been one of those players. There were times when I had loads of time to play, and times when I was only on during holiday weekends. Unfortunately, that angle--the leave and return model--while one of the game's strengths may hurt them as Guild Wars 2 *finally* gets released.

Why? Some of those occasional players may have lost their enthusiasm about the game. During the first two years of development, I was excited for the release and confident I would play. As the years have dragged on, I've still been excited to see the development news, but it has become something less and less exciting to me. I worked hard to fill my Hall of Monuments in Guild Wars (an in-game feature that would allow certain achievements to pay out in the new Guild Wars 2 environment), but now find myself only marginally interested. I planned to buy the pre-release during the early years of development, but took a pass when it became available earlier this year. One of my sons got in, and has been enjoying beta weekends and stress test events, but I'm starting to wonder if I'll even bother buying the game (especially since I'll need to replace my laptop if I want to continue using it for my gaming).

Sure, these are just my musings, but I get the sense that I'm not the only one out there who may have lost interest when the development took so long. I'm sure many of you have been waiting with bated breath and can't imagine not playing, but all I can muster for now is, "Meh."

Don't get me wrong--it looks amazing and my son has been having a lot of fun. It's just that those of us on the periphery of the gaming scene see our interests wax and wane. Perhaps I'll change my tune when others I know start playing--if they start playing at all. For me, rather than playing Guild Wars 2 on Friday nights, I'll probably continue playing MTG at the card shop in the next town--it's a lot of fun, too, and I'm meeting more interesting people that way, too.

Anyway, point made. Personal rant over.

more than 2 years ago
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NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

HikingStick Walking in the rain (1005 comments)

Since when did walking in the rain become a suspicious activity? Some of the most beautiful times I've experienced in my life have been doing just that--"walking around, looking about". When you finally say "screw it", because you know you're going to get wet anyway, it's amazing how peaceful and refreshing a walk in the rain can be.

I don't know what happened there that night, but I sure hope they get enough decent evidence together to settle the matter entirely, no matter the outcome.

more than 2 years ago
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LSD Can Treat Alcoholism

HikingStick Of course it can (346 comments)

If you saw your booze bottle as an angry little monster that wanted to bite your fingers off, you'd stop reaching for the bottle, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

HikingStick A novel defense (challenge) (550 comments)

In the United States, employers are barred from asking about certain things during interviews (e.g., marital and familial status). Besides the generic privacy argument, perhaps someone will think of refusing to cooperate because it would expose aspects of the applicant's life that the potential employer may not consider. Perhaps HR teams will get wind of this, as well, and start telling their hiring managers to cease and desist before they end up as first-named-defendant on a lawsuit challenging the practice.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

HikingStick Books that time forgot (1244 comments)

If they've been truly forgotten, no one will remember to post them here.

more than 2 years ago
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RIAA Chief Whines That SOPA Opponents Were "Unfair"

HikingStick Re:Simple Solution (525 comments)

I knew Jacob Two Two wasn't the only reason why I love you Canucks.

more than 2 years ago
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RIAA Chief Whines That SOPA Opponents Were "Unfair"

HikingStick Simple Solution (525 comments)

Let's take a step back and imagine what a reasonable solution looks like, one that balances IP and fair use. When CDs were the primary media format, it was lawful (under the Copyright Act of 1983, if I'm remembering correctly) to make a tape from a CD, so long as the tapes were distributed for free, or a nominal fee not more than the cost of the tape transfer process ($1?). Why can't we do that now?

Establish a bit rate threshhold for music (resolution/fps for video) and allow people to share files in those "less than perfect" formats, just as we once could with cassette tapes. Anything above that threshold would require a purchase/license. Heck, I'd be fine if a minimal fee (fractional pennies to pennies) were imposed on each and every media-capable player or storage device (much as blank CDs had such fees built in).

Just realize that it is entirely natural (and, as shown repeatedly, good for business) to let people share. That's how I got introduced to most of the music I learned to love over the years. Stop trying to fight the concept of sharing, and establish some reasonable parameters that regulate sharing.

Regarding eBooks and similar formats, I love their convenience, but hate their limitations. I believe the First Sale Doctrine (the idea that rights holder get paid their share only on the first transaction--not with each subsequent change of ownership) is one of the greatest concepts in the legal sphere. Since eBook publications are typically licensed to a single user, the provisions of the First Sale Doctrine don't apply. I can understand more objection to its applicability with eBooks, because, unlike books, electronic editions should never deteriorate (that will remain to be seen). Once a physical book is worn enough, you need to buy another copy if you want to read it again. If the First Sale Doctrine applied universally to digital media files, then the need to ever replace a copy of a work is greatly reduced (perhaps only when dealing with physical loss, or system malfunction).

Okay, I'll get off my soap box now before I bore all of you to death.

more than 2 years ago
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Pasadena Police Encrypt, Deny Access To Police Radio

HikingStick I call it a good thing (487 comments)

For a number of years, I lived in a city. The neighborhood was good overall, but it had its problems. One was a house down the street. The occupants were known to be a good source for just about any stree drug, and they had loud parties regularly, with people spilling out on the street. We first tried talking to them--it didn't work. As soon as we started calling the police, we started seeing a pattern.

Within moments of the call (no matter who made it, no matter whether or not the occupants were told we were calling), all the young men would leave the house, through the back alley, and a number of women and children would come out onto the front step and front porch. When officers arrived, the women played dumb, claiming there was no party and that no one else was in the house (presumably true by the time they arrived).

I watched this happed repeatedly over a series of months before I finally got to talk to one of the officers about it. He told me that, from all the reports they had received, it was pretty clear that things were going on there, but that the occupants always "put on their show" whenever an officer was dispatched. He surmised, as had I, that they were using police scanners to monitor when officers were dispatched to their address. When the call came over the radio, their show started.

Yes, I know many of you may have concerns about secret police conversation, but I, for one, am tired of the bad guys getting away because they know the cops are coming.

[We left the neighborhood about 18 months later. We're still in touch wtih neighbors who report that they still see the little show, but not as often, and that they have seen them get busted once--they apparently had plainclothes officers in the neighborhood after hearing a tip about the party. That time, they snagged people in the alley after the call went in.]

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Caps Netflix Streaming Costs At $68K/Yr

HikingStick The spokesman misspoke... (433 comments)

I believe he meant to say "'a great value' for shareholders."

more than 2 years ago
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Man Charged With Stealing Code From Federal Reserve Bank

HikingStick Re:Lesson 1 (199 comments)

The Federal Reserve Banks are not government, and are owned by member banks in their respective reserve bank districts.

The Federal Reserve Board is a governmental agency with certain powers delegated by Congress. It, in turn, delegates some of its regulatory authority to the member Reserve Banks.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a Wireless Catch-and-Release

HikingStick AP with guest configuration (332 comments)

Many newer access points (APs) will automatically set up two SSIDs when you run through the initial setup. The primary one is one you can use for your everyday office use. You assign it a key that will only be used on computers owned or authorized by the church. The secondary SSID is for a guest account. The guest account is configured with no security (for the initial connection--no AP security), but it presents you with a splash screen where a guest password must be entered when you initially connect (if you assign a password during setup). That guest password is one you can had out to your Sunday School teachers or other authorized users.

Traffic on the guest network is fully segmented from that on the primary network, thereby keeping your church office network free from curious eyes while facilitating Internet access for anyone else who may need it.

The Cisco E3000 ($100) is one device that provides for such guest networks. It handles current and legacy protocols (802.11b/g/n). I've been using one for about six months and it has been great. My home PCs have access to the primary connection, and we give out the guest password to our kids' friends when they are over.

more than 2 years ago
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Malware Is a Disease; Let's Treat It Like One

HikingStick Re:I'm not paying for that shit (160 comments)

No software is released 100% bug free (though I'll acknowledge that some players can do a better job). Once in the hands of the consumers, many of them don't update their products regularly, so even a system that was soundly coded and fully patched at the time of its initial deployment may well end up being a security risk down the line as new exploits are uncovered.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Killing DVDs Like Apple Killed Floppies?

HikingStick Re:A Long Death (345 comments)

Redbox is doing things that I believe hurt its own model, though, too. Inventories have been split between Blue Ray and standard DVD (meaning fewer titles for either format). Now, with the addiiton of game titles, that further erodes the space available for a variety of titles. Of the last half-dozen times my wife and I have stopped at a Redbox location, we only rented once (though we intended to rent each time). We just couldn't find any titles that interested us in stock (the ones we wanted were already checked out).

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Connect Scheme For a 2-ISP Household?

HikingStick Small office firewalls (206 comments)

Some inexpensive small office firewall appliances support multiple external network connections, and can automatically move traffic to the secondary connection if the primary goes bye-bye. I believe one such device was a Multi-Tech SOHO firewall. There are like a lot of them out there.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

HikingStick Attitude (722 comments)

Unfortunately, that's the type of attitude for which Blockbuster was once famous, the "sure, some [meaning most] people won't like it, but we get to make the rules" attitude. I've been with Netflix from the beginning. I really like the service. Even the price increase isn't too bad (only a 20% increase over the plan I currently have). It's the attitude that really pisses me off.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

HikingStick Swasey's quote (722 comments)

It should be modified to read "To most people who still have good jobs, it's a latte or two."

more than 3 years ago
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The Best Unknown Open Source Projects

HikingStick One I think we need... (152 comments)

Now, there might be something out there, but I'm not aware of it. I'd love to find (and support!) and open source ERP tool. When I first found Spiceworks (http://spiceworks.com/), I fell in love with its ease of use, feature-richness, and simplicity. I'd love to see an open source project that would do for ERP what Spiceworks has done for network monitoring/management.

more than 3 years ago

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Fedex to buy drug maker

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HikingStick writes "In an unprecedented move, FedEx has made a bid to purchase Bayer, maker of Levitra and many other drugs. The new company would retain the FedEx name. This news release coincided with FedEx's decision to resurrect one of its old slogans for use with the new FedEx-branded Levitra:

"Levitra: When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.""
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Employer demands Facebook password

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HikingStick writes "Returning to work after a leave of absence, Maryland Pubic Safety and Correctional Services employee Robert Collins was told he had to hand over his Facebook password if he wanted to return to work. Collins was rightly concerned, and the ACLU has chimed in."
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How Open Source is Slashdot?

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HikingStick writes "I'm not sure if you've been asked this before, but is the code behind Slashdot proprietary or open source? From reviewing the copyright statement, it is clear that the Slashdot page design and non-user-generated content are owned by Geeknet, Inc. I was just wondering if the code that drives the message board, the moderation system, and the other features we know as Slashdot are open- or closed-source.

If open, I'd love to utilize the framework as part of an Intranet site I'm working on. If not open, why not?"
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The China Bottleneck for Rare Earth Minerals

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  about 4 years ago

HikingStick writes "As you may know, China is the world's top supplier of rare eath minerals that are vital to many advanced manufacturing operations. As China has grown, they've been reducing the amount of such materials that may be exported. On September 8, after Japanese officials arrested a Chinese fishing boat captain who ran into a couple of Japanese patrol boats, Japan stopped receiving shipments of these materials, and supply lines have not returned to normal levels since then (though they are improving).

It's too late to ask if we're too dependent on China's supply of rare earth minerals. The question is this: what can be done? Japan is hoping to become a leading recycler of such mateirals, and is pursuing new mining opportunities in Mongolia. Do any other areas of the world hold promise for increasing supply, or must we simply wait until China realizes it has the rest of us by the... that they have the upper hand?"

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Natural carbon crystals found--harder than diamond

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HikingStick writes "The science desk at MSNBC.com just published a report that a new, naturally occurring form of carbon has been found in a meteorite fragment. From the article:

"researchers were polishing a slice of the carbon-rich Havero meteorite that fell to Earth in Finland in 1971. When they then studied the polished surface they discovered carbon-loaded spots that were raised well above the rest of the surface — suggesting that these areas were harder than the diamonds used in the polishing paste...graphite layers were shocked and heated enough to create bonds between the layers — which is exactly how humans manufacture diamonds, Chen explained.

"Ferroir's team took the next step and put the diamond-resistant crystals under the scrutiny of some very rigorous mineralogical analyzing instruments to learn how its atoms are lined up. That allowed them to confirm that they had, indeed, found a new "phase" or polymorph of crystalline carbon as well as a type of diamond that had been predicted to exist decades ago, but had never been found in nature until now.""

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Ask Slashdot: Backup hardware options

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HikingStick writes "The backup device at my place of employment is on its last legs. I'd like to investigate some other options, but am not sure where to begin. Let me provide some background information to let you know where we are at.

When I took my current job with a mid-sized manufacturing firm, they already had a backup technology in place, using LRO2 tape cartridges and a shrink-wrapped backup solution (Symantec). They produce a lot of design documents (in AutoCAD and SolidWorks) which reside on a file server, have a third-tier ERP solution (Global Shop), a Windows Server 2003 infrastructure, and Exchange 2007 running on W2K8 Server. The current tape device is connected by a SCSI2 connection to the server that hosts the ERP tool.

When I began, backups were completing in an eight-hour nightly window, and filling less than one LTO2 tape (with compression enabled). Their preferred backup method was to run a full backup (resetting the archive bit) every night of the entire ERP server and all network data locations. Even before adding the Exchange Server was added to the network, the nightly full backups started requiring a second tape.

[At that point, we had the option of going to Full-Differential or Full-Incremental schedules, but those were nixed by management (long story--mostly a lack of knowledge about backups, which is another issue). The company currently only keeps backups on a two week rotation. When I arrived, they had nothing older than two weeks. I make some periodic backups of each server that I keep locked away just in case.]

With the Exchange Server added, not only did we need the second tape, but we also needed to push out our backup window, starting earlier and ending right as the next day's shifts started. This leaves me no time for maintenance.

The LTO drive appears to be failing based on the number of errors and failed jobs we're having (I've tried new media, and have run a cleaning tape periodically). What options would you suggest for backup? When implementing a new solution, I'd like to simultaneously address a few of the nagging issues:
  • Keeping backups longer than two weeks
  • Not having to change media
  • Improve backup speed
  • Allow for redundant copies of backups
  • Allow for independent backups of servers

One technology that interests me for backup is USB-attached storage--keeping a set of external HDDs for backups, copying them to a remote location for archiving, etc. What do you recommend? As you can imagine, budget is a key limitation, so I'd like to get the most bang for the buck. We have no choice but to do something. I just want to have some options before the drive completely fails and I get an edict to replace it (with the same model), thereby preserving the issues we already have."

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Baked Apple? Fought data release - possible recall

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HikingStick writes "Well, as much as it has been a media darling in recent years, Apple has had some troubles with reports of iPods overheating and burning users. And then there was a case where an iPod caught fire on a ship. As KIRO TV (http://www.kirotv.com) began to do their research using FOIA, Apple fought the release of the information. While very few incidents have actually been reported, there were enough for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to consider possible "future action, including a recall,". However, they've not issued a recall because current iPods use different batteries, though they reserved the right to do so if future problems were discovered. So Apple must not be pleased about a lawsuit filed in Cincinati regarding "an iPod Touch, one of Apple's newest edition of iPods, also powered by a lithium ion battery, [that] exploded and caught fire while in a teenager's pocket.""
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Explain why Creationism can't be science

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HikingStick writes "I've noticed that any time the concept of Creationism comes up, it automatically spurs a response as zealous and hateful as that often associated with groups of any variety of religious backgrounds. I'd like to challenge my fellow Slashdot readers to do their best to set aside their ideological viewpoints and approach this topic logically.

As I understand it, Darwin's original theory grew out of his observation of the natural world. He argued that, due to observed variants among species and unique characteristics in isolated populations, a rational origin could be explained by natural selection rather than as the result of divine intervention. I don't know if Darwin had any personal views that would have biased him toward this conclusion, or whether his work was purely objective.

Why then, is it villainy for someone to examine the complexities of life on this planet and theorize that there must have been some rational, intelligent force behind it? Has anyone actually paused to consider the possibility that such a theory may have merit?

Evolution posits that a species may have developed flight over a period of millions of years as a way to get away from ground-based predators. Is it blasphemous to wonder how that species survived until the capability for flight was fully developed? When a scientist observes two species in a complete symbiotic relationship, is it blasphemy to posit that their interdependencies are too complex to have developed via natural selection? It seems to me that, in many cases, "evolution", or "the evolutionary process", is used to provide explanation for complex interactions and interdependencies that remain unexplained aside from the term itself. How did a bat evolve to use echo location rather than sight? To those who accept evolution, the equation seems clear:

small flying mammal in lightless cave + evolution = modern bat

But what exactly transpired? What happened? How did the bat change? How long did this process take? What did the creature do in the interim (aside from flying around hitting walls, stalagtites, and stalagmites)?

I know many will read this post and instantly assume I am some right-wing nut, but I am seriously interested in each response. I hope to read reasoned answers rather than dogma, so let's see what comes. At least with creationists, their presuppositions are plainly in view. They see the role of science as a means to understand more about this universe, its characteristics, the apparant natural laws, and the force or being they believe must be behind them. Is it really so wrong to allow someone to attempt to understand this world through a different theory? From where I sit, so long as those involved are applying the scientific method to govern their observations, experimentation, and the development of theory, then we should have a scientific community that embraces a multiplicity of views. While most of Einstein's work did a splended job, it has not stopped other theorists from coming along and presenting other theories (e.g., chaos theory, string theory). Is there no room for dissent or new theories in the world of evolutionary science? Has the theory of evolution moved from being theory to being doctrine?"
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Since Ghost's decline, what to use for cloning?

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HikingStick (878216) writes "Alright, I'm an old dog, and I need some help from you system jockies who have been in the game lately. I was in the trenches a long time, but ended up in a cushy job for the past nine years. It's not that the job was bad, or that I let all my skills degrade. It's just that I was in a big enough shop that I was able to specialize. Now, I'm back in the game in a big way — I'm the new (and only) IT guy at a mid-sized manufacturing firm, and I've been charged with building an IT department. In short, I'm back to doing everything, but I'm finding that some of my preferred methods are no longer supported. Thus, enter the Ghost issue.

Ghost used to be one of my most dependable tools for cloning hard disks for future recovery, or when preparing for mass deployments. It seems that, since the final days of Ghost 2003, the venerable tool I knew and loved has become a glorified (and bloated) consumer backup/recovery tool.

My question is this: What tool(s) do you recommend for disk cloning or duplication? I'm not looking for the ability to back up specific files and folders, but I am looking for that old-time-Ghostiness: being able to copy either to/from both disks and partitions (e.g. disk to image to partition, image to disk, partition to image to disk). I don't need no stinkin' GUI, but I won't refuse one where available. What say you? What tools do you use for cloning/disk-partition duplication? We're currently a Windows-only shop (something I hope to change), so keep that in mind."
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Phone Systems for the small-to-mid-sized office?

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HikingStick writes "Recently, I made a change from being a tech specialist at a large company to founding an IT department at a small-to-mid-sized manufacturing firm. The transition has been interesting to say the least. In addition to all of the day-to-day tech support and network maintenance duties, I've also inherited management of the phone system (something completely new to me). The company will soon expand to the point where it will exceed the capacity of their current phone system (a Norstar system set up by the local telco). I've been asked to research and recommend a new telephone system that will handle a minimum of 75 nodes today, and potentially 200 (or more) within three years. There are two caveats. First, part of the expansion plan (for the next three yeras) is likely to include multiple sites. Secondly, it does not appear that IP telephony is an option right now, as we still have only local telco-provided 4 megabit DSL for our connection to the outside world.

The current phone system is fairly archaic (no direct dial to any desk — all calls go through the front desk), and that was the design by choice when the system was deployed years ago. We have five lines (one published incoming, and the others reserved for outgoing). We may reach our phone capacity in the next 30 to 60 days.

What phone systems have you worked with, and what are their pros and cons? What might you recommend for this environment? Are there vendors to avoid?"
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Getting rid of staff with high access

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HikingStick (878216) writes "I've been in the tech field for over 15 years. After more than nine years with the same company, I've been asked to step in and establish an IT department for a regional manufacturing firm. I approached my company early, provding four weeks notice (including a week of pre-scheduled [and pre-approved] vacation time). I have a number of projects to complete, and planned to document some of the obscure bits of knowledge I've gleaned over the past nine years for the benefit of my peers, so I figured that would give me plenty of time.

That was a Friday. On the following Monday, word came down from above that all of my privileged access was to be removed — immediately. So, here I sit, stripped of power with weeks ahead of me. From discussions with my peers in other companies, I know that cutting off high-privilege users is common, but usually in conjunction with a severence offer (to keep their hands off the network during those final weeks, especially if there is any ill-will).

With my privileged access removed, I can neither finish my project work nor even document some of the processes which I had intended to update. My team lead came by this morning (he believes management's decision was a bad call, BTW) to ask about documentation for projects I worked earlier in the year, but that documentation was done months ago. Had I not had a great performance review recently, and such good rapport with management, I might have thought they were doing it to get me to leave earlier than scheduled (perhaps so my benefits would expire at the end of May rather than at the end of June?). In this case, I think they wanted to move towards a best-practices approach (stripping high access from departing employees), but that they forgot to consider the immediate impact on my work team: I was on call this week, I have a dozen open work requests, I cannot process any new requests, and all this newly created slack was dumped onto my teammates before the team lead had time to determine the best way to spread out my workload (one of the reasons I gave them four weeks notice). It's been a rather emasculating experience. They obviously didn't consider the impact on my morale, either (so much for finishing my term just as I began it — running full steam ahead).

What say you? Should I argue for restored access, highlight the fact that I am currently a human paperweight, request a severence package, or simply become the most prolific Slashdot poster over the next few weeks? Does your company have a policy/process for dealing with high privilege users who give notice? What is it, and do you make exceptions?"
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Intel Badgered on dual core patents

HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HikingStick writes "A group of University of Wisconsin alumni sued Intel on Wednesday for patent infringement. They claim that the Core 2 Duo infringes on a University of Wisconsin owned patent filed in 1998 "a method in which certain instructions that would normally have to wait for other instructions to finish processing before they can move forward can be processed in part while waiting for the other tasks to finish. "[They] tried to get Intel to license the technology back in 2001, but the company wasn't interested. Intel has also "aggressively marketed" this type of technology with its Core 2 Duo promotions...""
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HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

HikingStick (878216) writes "News.com is reporting that Dell will once again offer Windows XP to consumers.

From the article:

Amid significant customer demand, the computer maker said on Thursday that it has returned to offering the older Windows version as an option on some of its consumer PCs.

Like most computer makers, Dell switched nearly entirely to Vista-based systems following Microsoft's mainstream launch of the operating system in January. However, the company said its customers have been asking for XP as part of its IdeaStorm project, which asks customers to help the company come up with product ideas.
Another great example of Dell being responsive to customer needs, but how will Microsoft spin this? Sure they make their dime (okay — many, many dimes) regardless of the OEM OS, but it does demonstrate that consumers don't really want Vista, now doesn't it?"
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HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

HikingStick (878216) writes "Microsoft, in a press release today, announced a $3 (USD) software bundle that includes basic editions of Windows, Office, and other MS educational titles. It seems their actions acknowledge a general fear of losing potential markets in the developing world to the open source community.

Through the Partners in Learning program, Microsoft today announced the Microsoft Student Innovation Suite, an affordable and reliable software package for governments purchasing and giving Windows®-based PCs to primary and secondary students for their personal use at home and for schoolwork. The education suite includes Windows XP Starter Edition, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft Math 3.0, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office, and Windows Live(TM) Mail desktop.

Microsoft will offer this suite in the second half of 2007 for $3 (U.S.) to qualifying governments that purchase and supply PCs directly to students.
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HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

HikingStick (878216) writes "[Or, perhaps I'd have more luck with this submission if I retitled it "Did George Bush Kill Captain America?"]

Just a few short weeks after Marvel killed off Captain America, Newyorkbusiness.com reports that Marvel unveiled plans for a $1B theme park in Dubai. Marvel is building the part with help of a regional firm, Al Ahli Group, and negotiations have been underway for the past two years. Is it possible that Cap, an icon of Americana, was killed off so there would be no American overtones to the park? Let's face it — most of Marvel's other heros could appear on any national background with little change, but good old Captain America may just be too much for an international marketplace — especially in the Mideast today. Did our current involvement in the Mideast force Marvel to kill off Cap? What do /.ers think?"
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HikingStick HikingStick writes  |  more than 8 years ago

HikingStick writes "The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports an AP pience today that Universal Music is teaming up with SpiralFrog.com to offer an ad-supported free music site. Unlike previous ad-based music sites, SpiralFrog downloads can be stored on a hard disk or portable music player,not just streams. but they will be locked down to prevent (make difficult) transfer to CD.
 
From the lead-in...

"Universal Music, home to artists such as U2, The Killers and Audioslave, will make its catalog of recordings and music videos available for free on an ad-supported Web site launching later this year..."
 
The question is, will this compromise position (limited use) be successful?"

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