SANS Report Says Organizations Focusing On the Wrong Security Threats
This would have been so much easier to understand with a proper /. car analogy.
Ubuntu 9.04 Released
Beware if you have an older ATI card you might run into problems.
"Older," in this case, defined as anything prior to the HD3x00 series. My experience with 9.04 and a 2600XT is less than ideal.
Adobe Pushing For Flash TVs
Now I can be Rickrolled via my TV for the whole family to enjoy!
Microsoft Family Safety Filter Blocks Google
Google is unsafe... for Microsoft's monopolies.
Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US
First allow me to say that I would *love* some form of rail transit. Where I live in Indianapolis is on the complete opposite side of town from most IT work, and it would be great to not have to maintain a car just for the "privilege" of driving to and from work every day. I'm not 100% certain that this initiative is going to do anything to alleviate that pain, but, for the sake of argument, I'll assume it is.
What scares me, though, is that this is going to end up being a big mess. Even if it does attempt to address the needs of, say, 50% of all people, I'm wary this will turn into some complete money sinkhole. I hope that, in the end, we don't end up with an overbudget, overdue, and mostly working system that far less people end up using than expected.
Ubuntu 9.04 RC Released
What Intel chipset are you using? I have a laptop (Vostro 1700) with X3100, and I have Compiz enabled with lots of shiny effects. Thus far I have seen no such lockups or slowdowns. In fact, I was quite pleased (and surprised) with the speed both in the visual effects and in 3D games like Sauerbraten.
Best Easter Eggs and Other Software Surprises
From the "up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-a-b-select-start" department?
Surely you meant "b-a." I'm pretty sure a-b didn't do anything. :)
New CyberSecurity Bill Raises Privacy Questions
If not, they need to be replaced with people who will.
I'm a computer guy with only a basic understanding of government... but doesn't the President replace the judges? If he wants to wield that much power over peoples' rights, won't he just put more justices up there that support his power grabs?
Also, I'm pretty sure the only way they get replaced is if they step down or... you know... die. I highly doubt they'll care about "getting replaced" in either of those situations.
Interview With the Author of "Mastering Cat"
I CAN HAZ DIS BOOK NOW PLZ??
ABC/Disney Considering Hulu
I agree with what you say. The ads on Hulu really don't bother me. They are almost all under 30 seconds (with that latest Fedex one being around 8 seconds) and none are very annoying or intrusive. And, as you say, I want online TV to succeed.
The problem is, though, if this is truly successful, won't we start seeing longer, more obnoxious commercial spans in Hulu? At that point, it becomes just as bothersome as watching the show on broadcast TV. Also, how do you account for local advertising?
Time Warner Recommends Internet For Some Shows
I recently came to this realization myself. We have AT&T's U-Verse "service," and it costs us about $85/month. The basic landline phone is another $40. I built two MythTV boxes, bought some cheap Pinnacle USB HDTV Sticks (800se, they were $29.99 on buy.com), and we should be getting rid of AT&T services in the next few weeks.
Apart from a few annoyances with setup (getting dvb drivers working with these HDTV sticks, antenna issues) things are going very well thus far.
7th-Grader Designs Three Dimensional Solar Cell
If his idea works as well stated in the article, the guy deserves more than "a $25,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development." The fact that it's a seventh grader makes it even more astounding.
Online Storage With a Twist
The idea of having an intermediary overseeing any of my data just encourages me to go out and by an external drive or two.
Where do you store your external drives? If it's your personal items you're referring to, you probably keep them in the same house as your computer. Not much of a backup in the event of a fire/tornado/flood/etc. If it's for a business, unless you have offices in multiple locations, you probably keep them in the same office. So now if someone breaks your office's physical security, they have access to your backups as well.
I understand where you're coming from; it's difficult trusting someone to not abuse your privacy or hold your documents captive. I use online storage to back up things that have no "privacy" value per se. I typically just put out backups of my family photos and such.
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