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Microsoft Introduces 'Napa' Toolset For Cloud App Model

IGnatius T Foobar Classic Microsoft (33 comments)

Naturally, this is classic Microsoft behavior. They have a cloud, now they're going to make it very difficult for you to have Windows and/or Office and *not* use their cloud.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Building a Personal FOSS Cloud?

IGnatius T Foobar Citadel (189 comments)

In a word ... Citadel. (Disclaimer: I am a developer on this project, and yes, I'm flogging it here.) Contacts, calendars, notes, documents, email, etc etc. One single installation without a zillion dependencies.

more than 2 years ago
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New York Experiments With Wi-Fi From Payphones

IGnatius T Foobar Verizon tried this in NYC (56 comments)

Verizon tried this already in 2003. It was a pretty cool idea, because they already had the phone booth real estate, and the presence of telephones at each one meant that they could use their existing DSL infrastructure for backhaul.

Fast forward to 2012. Wifi is in far greater demand now than it was nine years ago, now that everyone's got tablets and other devices. Perhaps it is an idea whose time has come. However there will be stiff competition, particularly from cable companies in suburban areas where the wires are overhead. Many cable companies are now deploying thousands of devices that look like this on the wires. They're Wi-Fi hot spots with built in cable modems. Once the density gets high enough, subscribers are likely to find one in nearly every public place they find themselves in.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Ballmer: We Won't Be Out-Innovated By Apple Anymore

IGnatius T Foobar "Innovate" (610 comments)

You use that word a lot. I do not think it means what you think it means.

more than 2 years ago
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Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

IGnatius T Foobar Re:none (423 comments)

Windows 8 will be a trainwreck. Too many changes for most users. The issue is windows 9 (whatever that will look like).

And everyone in Microsoft land will be so delighted that Windows 9 sucks just a bit less than Windows 8, that they won't mind the fact that the "Windows 9 Certified" program will prohibit OEM's from allowing the user to disable UEFI Secure Boot.

That way, when Windows 10 comes along, you won't have a choice.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Lays Plans For Getting Past UEFI SecureBoot

IGnatius T Foobar Re:Legal framework (393 comments)

Because that's not what Microsoft said. They said that Windows 8 certification on x86 will allow disabling UEFI (for now at least), and that Windows 8 certification on ARM requires complete Microsoft-only lockdown. It is expected that after a few years of the industry getting accustomed to Secure Boot, they will tighten the screws, and Windows 9 certification on x86 will also require Microsoft-only lockdown.

Their goal is for computers to be like smartphones, where the only operating system you are permitted to run is the one that shipped with the device.

more than 2 years ago
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UN Declares Internet Freedom a Basic Right

IGnatius T Foobar *all* freedom of expression? (161 comments)

I find this statement, considering that it came from the UN, to be somewhat suspicious. Do they really want to protect all freedom of expression? Would the UN continue to champion my freedom of speech if I blasphemed the false prophet muhammad? Or is this just one more case of the UN trying to make an Internet power grab without thinking things through?

more than 2 years ago
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YouTube-MP3 Ripper Creator Takes On Google

IGnatius T Foobar Let the takedown happen. (141 comments)

Let the takedown happen. It would be better if only smart people knew how to build their MP3 collection from YouTube, using youtube-dl and similar tools. The presence of web sites that allow anyone to do it makes the RIAA upset, and they'll hyperbribe government officials to outlaw computers that don't UEFI Secure Boot to a Trusted(tm) Microsoft(R) Operating System that only allows BingMusic(tm) to be played through TrustedEverything(tm) audio and video channels.

more than 2 years ago
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Google On-shores Manufacturing of the Nexus Q

IGnatius T Foobar I hope they use non union labor (326 comments)

I hope they have chosen to use NON union labor. Otherwise they are just trading one set of communists for another.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Open-Source Desktops Losing Competitiveness?

IGnatius T Foobar Betteridge's Law of Headlines (663 comments)

Betteridge's Law of Headlines is an adage that states, "Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word 'no'".

And so it is with this article. Must be a slow news day, or perhaps the slashdot editors are desperate for a few extra clicks, and they knew all the paid Microsoft shills and OSX fanbois would dutifully come out and talk about how much teh Linux desktop sux0rs.

The Linux desktop is doing just fine, thank you. Innumerable satisfied users use it every day to get things done. So quit your whining.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Lays Plans For Getting Past UEFI SecureBoot

IGnatius T Foobar Chain loading from "secure" boot to libre boot (393 comments)

From a quick read of this, it sounds like Canonical is basically trying to build a signed chain loader that will make a transition from a Microsoft-signed boot environment to a libre boot environment. Seems to me as if this will be useful not just for Ubuntu, but for pretty much anyone who wants to boot Linux on a Microsoft-encumbered computer.

If that's the case, we'll eventually start to see Debian, Mint, etc. distributions that make use of the Ubuntu boot loader to get the system up and running.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM Manufacturing Partner Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Phones

IGnatius T Foobar Obviously... (100 comments)

Clearly the decline of RIM is at the hands of Microsoft, whose Innovative(tm) Windows Phone brings consumers all of the Innovative(tm) features they've been looking for; once they had a taste of Innovative(tm) Windows Phone(tm) there was no further demand for Blackberry.

It is rumored that Apple and Google also have products in this space but they are irrelevant.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Expects Data-Only Phone Plans Within 2 Years

IGnatius T Foobar I'd buy it (97 comments)

I'd buy it. The idea of my mobile phone being merely one more extension hanging off the Asterisk system I have installed at home is VERY appealing. Yes, I know, there are all sorts of edge cases (home phone is down, there's an emergency, blah blah blah) and Slashbots love to be stupidly pedantic about edge cases, but by and large this is the kind of thing a lot of people want -- an "extremely cordless phone" that is part of the voice plan (and phone number) they already have. Bring it on.

more than 2 years ago
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Paul Vixie: 100,000 DSL Modems May Lose Their DNS On July 9

IGnatius T Foobar duh (193 comments)

So the malware guys found a bunch of unpatched DSL modems with a vulnerability that allowed the resolver to be reconfigured remotely, and pointed it towards the "bad" DNS servers.

So why not just go to the "bad" DNS servers, which they now control, find out the IP addresses of the compromised modems, and use the same vulnerability to reconfigure the resolver to point back to "good" DNS servers?

more than 2 years ago
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Online Loneliness At Google+

IGnatius T Foobar Facebook has size; Google+ has substance (456 comments)

Facebook is a mile wide but an inch deep. It's basically a whiny high school full of drama queens that happens to have half a billion people enrolled. As others have posted here already, Google+ actually delivers some substance. It's where smart people go.

The way I like to say it is: Google+ is where Facebook users go when they grow up.

more than 2 years ago
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"Brainput" Boosts Your Brain Power By Offloading Multitasking To a Computer

IGnatius T Foobar CLIPPY CAN READ YOUR MIND!!! (121 comments)

"I see you're trying to do several things at once. Which jobs may I screw up for you?"

more than 2 years ago
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Panetta Labels Climate Change a National Security Threat

IGnatius T Foobar Re:No one sees... (397 comments)

Exactly. Climate "science" (or what we hear about it in the news, anyway) isn't science at all; it's politics masquerading as science. And I have to say it's really a turn off when Slashdot suspends its "news for nerds" theme to take a hard line on a political issue.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites — Now

IGnatius T Foobar Re:Big win for open source. (377 comments)

Your argument is compelling and backed up by such detailed reasoning!

more than 2 years ago
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FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites — Now

IGnatius T Foobar Big win for open source. (377 comments)

This could be a big win for open source. Are you concerned about your privacy? Then you'd better not be running proprietary mail or web software because the government backdoors are pre-installed (actually, they're probably there already today, but now you'll know for sure). Only if you're running open source will you be able to inspect the code yourself, verify that there are no government backdoors, or remove them if they are present. I'm sure the clever among us will even go as far as to send the FBI to a honeypot while directing private communications to the real servers.

more than 2 years ago

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The Final Word on Ubuntu and Unity

IGnatius T Foobar IGnatius T Foobar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

IGnatius T Foobar writes "The Linux distribution that rose to the top of the heap and was going to be *the* consumer grade Linux on which users, ISV's, and OEM's could focus, fell from grace and became the Linux that likes to alienate its existing users. So what went wrong?"
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Microsoft to acquire Unix copyrights

IGnatius T Foobar IGnatius T Foobar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

IGnatius T Foobar (4328) writes "As part of Attachmate's acquisition of Novell, Novell announced it would sell certain intellectual property assets to CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft Corporation, for $450 million in cash. Since the SCO lawsuit determined that it is Novell, not SCO, who owns the Unix copyrights, this means that now Microsoft owns them. Is it time for the Linux world to brace for another round of lawsuits?"
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Citadel and Bynari aim to end Exchange lock-in

IGnatius T Foobar IGnatius T Foobar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

IGnatius T Foobar writes "Third-party solutions to unlock Microsoft Outlook from Exchange Server are nothing new, but this one aims to solve the problem in an open-standards way. The folks from Bynari have worked with the developers of the open source Citadel collaboration server, to build an Outlook connector that uses the open-standard iCalendar and vCard data formats, allowing Outlook's calendar and address book to work with any open source server, and still interoperate with open source clients. In an era where Microsoft is fighting harder than ever for its proprietary data formats, this is a nice step in the right direction. Could this be the piece of the puzzle that really begins a mass migration away from Exchange?"
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Microsoft helps police to crack your computer

IGnatius T Foobar IGnatius T Foobar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

IGnatius T Foobar writes "Microsoft has developed a small plug-in device that investigators can use to quickly extract forensic data from computers that "may have been used in crimes." It basically bypasses all of the Windows security (decrypting passwords, etc.) in order to eliminate all that pesky privacy when the police have physical access to your computer. Just one more reason not to run Windows on your computer."
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The end of Outlook/Exchange lock-in

IGnatius T Foobar IGnatius T Foobar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

IGnatius T Foobar writes "In what will hopefully turn out to be the end of Exchange lock-in, the folks at Bynari have released a new version of their Outlook connector product that allows Outlook to connect to IMAP servers using standard data formats — iCalendar for calendars, vCard for contacts, etc. This is in contrast to their older product which spoke IMAP but still stored the data in proprietary Outlook formats. This is advantageous because both Outlook and standards-based clients (including webmail and web calendaring) can now be first class citizens in the same organization. There are already several open source groupware systems that use this data model natively. Will this finally be the end of Exchange dominance forced upon organizations who are required to support Outlook?"
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Citadel becomes the first GPLv3 "Exchange kill

IGnatius T Foobar IGnatius T Foobar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

IGnatius T Foobar writes "Open source has more than a few "Exchange killer" messaging and collaboration packages to choose from. Some are better than others, and some are "free-er" than others. It's disappointing that some of the ones that look good end up requiring a paid upgrade to a commercial version if you want the full feature set. Happily, the folks at Citadel.org have announced that their system is now end-to-end GPLv3 across the entire code base, making the entire platform available to everyone on the same terms."
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IGnatius T Foobar IGnatius T Foobar writes  |  more than 10 years ago Slashdot isn't the right place to have this discussion. Instead, please visit UNCENSORED! BBS at http://uncensored.citadel.org. We've got a really great online community over there, and I guarantee you'll like the folks you meet. You can telnet to the BBS, or you can use your web browser.

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