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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

See Attached Opt has thousands of hotspots too.. is mine? (291 comments)

When we see the ads, who is not impressed by the thousands of hotspots advertised? Their website boasts https://www.optimum.net/pages/... "the easiest way to enable it is to take it to any one of our thousands of hotspots and follow the steps outlined below" But thats almost as evil as adding a set top box thats plugged in / running 24/7, (make that one set top box per TV). At 40W, it adds up.. But.. you say it has an off button??? Not really. The annoying Blue LED goes off but the power consumption stays at 40W. Whats up with that? But.. I digress... Time for some choice in this market.

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

See Attached Re:simple - the value is outside the device. (193 comments)

What we are now realizing is that the value is largely OUTSIDE the device, and is based on what it can find on the Interweb, as well as from any IT resources at the school. Think about it. Now a school can autonomously decide what and how to create and post information, rather than waiting for some company to decide what its allowed to do and how it can be used. Decommoditizing information is a great thing for capitalist (a la MP3 / iPod etc) but not for unrestricted educational environments. I can see kids will gravitate to all aspects of the device. Creating, sharing, repairing, upgrading, protecting understanding. Sounds like a great match for a school system. A closed system would be ho-hum, and turn those eager, unrestricted minds off.

about two weeks ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

See Attached Remember the Y0K Fiasco? (284 comments)

Didn't you get that papyrus-memo? Everyone wanted to require a Negative number on all the clay tablets. The scribes were looking forward to the overtime, the Donkey cart guys were in favor of shipping em from Helios mountain DR site, but Ceasar said no and settled on AD for Go-Forward only.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

See Attached Re:Microsoft APS(formerly PDW) (147 comments)

"Those are a little easier to set up because you don't need to get your organizations IT server team involved" Your IT bretheren might be a little non-plussed being skipped in the process.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

See Attached Nature of the load makes one thing simple... (147 comments)

Use SSD based storage for the data, so you don't have to wait for spindles. Seems that Pure Storage does it best of late, whereas other vendors have optimized the spindle based storage. PS did it from ground up. Best part is the documentation, Its ALL written on a single 3x5 card. No matter what software you use, skip the spindles.

about a month and a half ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

See Attached Broken processes? Wiki time. Reinvent Politics &am (401 comments)

The whole red vs blue + blue vs red mess is not leading us to better governance. Its broken. So is money. If the objective were just to -have- the office, the current ad campaigns would be suitable so many political ads are about why the other guy sucks... not why they are the suitable candidate. Then, there is no accountability after being elected. To lead and govern the people, to protect them from each other, and from outside entities (etc). To enjoy life as we all see fit, without destroying the enviroment, or keeping anyone else from enjoying theirs. Legislating on facts, and not on beliefs...you know, by and for the people. Sure, there is a huge $$$ divide in our nation, one would hope that those "with" would have earned it thru supporting the culture, the people and society by doing something relevant. Like elected office, its not about having money, its a medium of exchange. Who else thinks both processes are broken (money and politics), and we need to be lead/governed by those that want more consituents to enjoy a better life as interpreted in the changing world we are in. Do we need a rehash of our consitution to get back on track? Lets create a wikipedia page set for candidates, so candidates can be understood, elected and held accountable. Another Wiki page for the role of money as we evolve off barbaric mediums like bills/coinage.

about a month and a half ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

See Attached Re: Hey Verizon, can you hear us NOW! (175 comments)

And now we all trail the civilized world in the available products, competition and pay the most for it. Lets make this an election year campaign.

about 2 months ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

See Attached Re:Boston (175 comments)

Do you have a name? Putting a face on this might help.

about 2 months ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

See Attached Re:Boston (175 comments)

Verizon stopped in North Jersey too, despite promising to get broadband to the whole state in 1993 by 2010, and tacking on a surcharge to EVERY bill they send out. For some reason the jokers that run the show decided to let em off the hook : http://www.dslreports.com/show... This is just wrong.. These little monopolies are not justifiable.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

See Attached Re:Some Sense Restored? (522 comments)

What we face losing is the buy-in from the majority of users. Perhaps a surveymonkey would be good to pick out the good from the bad, and start anew on improving the boot process. While Linus is a benevolant dictator, he had many good choices and built a stellar product that inspired a global assemblage of workers thru trust and inspiration. Systemd (how ever its spun now) seems to have revoked that trust, and switched passion for frustration. $.02. Redhat 6 is good. I predict a long life there.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

See Attached Re:Hope! (522 comments)

Great point... everyone feels slighted by the belevolant dicatator thats very self assured. Its really a philosophical change marketed as a technological update. From the Wiki page: The name systemd adheres to the Unix convention of making daemons easier to distinguish by having the letter d as the last letter of the filename. Thats about as far as it adheres to any Unix Convention. This is where we all leap over the beast, pick out the good bits and revisit how the objectives are met. in the long run, this may be a very healthy thing for the Open Source movement, in that we all get to decide where it goes, right?

about 2 months ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

See Attached Re:Some Sense Restored? (522 comments)

Should SystemD then be a fork, and leave other init managers to fight it out? If all the things that rely on systemd had published hooks, then there could be some co-opetition. Then the most popular solution would (in theory) be adopted most probably, and the others would wither away?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

See Attached Good point... (286 comments)

Very interesting that you note sound devices being a userspace issue, when it really has to do with hardware, device, kernel drivers etc. Sure.. USB brings this devices to userland as well, but if its handled properly in kernel land, hooks could provide some control into Userland. I used to compile (2.4) kernels and work in bttv, tda, emu10k and so for TV and sound cards and it just worked (a lot of it, but it was predictable!). Then I stopped compiling my own kernels and tried to do it in /etc/modprobe.conf, but that got crazy between kernel updates and Pulse and Alsa and OSS getting all blurry. So much for history. Where are we now, years later? Does a lInux desktop user have to dabble in /etc/modprobe.conf ? Doesnt make much sense to me. From working with Udev under RH6 at work, udev is working predictably with ethernet devices, seems a valid model. How about we start with a soundconfig utility that captures a systems setup at that moment, and spits out a consistent lattice work of device configurations. Users dont care about /dev/dsp01, or incomplete mixer apps, we just want sound to work.

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

See Attached Re:Critics should take positive action (993 comments)

What admin wants the clarity of /etc/init.d/* to disappear, and how clear is the difference between "telinit 3" and "systemctl isolate graphical.target"? Systemd needs to be more intuitive? Annexing Cron and Syslog seems heavy handed. Most admins value the control and the clarity of how it works. The new approach doesn't really match a consistent language pattern. This should be a system fork, instead of feeling like a hijack.

about 2 months ago
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How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

See Attached Re:Nautral HIV Immunity (107 comments)

Is there a way to see if his immune system has developed something that could be useful to innoculate others? Thought go back to the first innoculations. http://amhistory.si.edu/polio/... - maybe this is the guy that hosts the solution? Adaptive immunity is very useful.

about 3 months ago
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

See Attached Why purchase service from provider in US then? (131 comments)

Say a friend sets up a Google Drive account in Albania, and I add content there.Would that data be subject to seizure? Would a customer, then, be more likely to buy a service from a Non-US service provider, as the privacy laws in the US are so porous? Sounds like a slippery slope to me.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

See Attached Iphone6 - preferred phone of terrorists everywhere (504 comments)

Cmon.. who should really be afraid of the big bad wolf? Are you really doing anything that private? I can see some things like a password repository or CC numbers being so protected, but, seriously ... what are we hiding? While I don't want to pay for a whole class of society to collect and review the contents of my phone, but, why would someone -need- complete protection - to break the law? Watergate stuff? Texting while driving?

about 3 months ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

See Attached Re:How does MS get away with it in the US? (421 comments)

Because the monopoly is already sustained when someone buys the system, and therefore is forced to pay the Tax. Thats the Idea. The wild crazy thought that you -might- buy ONLY hardware is whats new here. This is not going to force everyone to use Linux or OS2 or ... (insert favorite OS here).... rather make some competition possible. Did any one see or feel the pressure dumped on OS2 Warp when it was pushed off the table by MS? I tried to purchase my Intel/Zappa P100 board with OS2 instead of WinXX, but the terms changed.. Only WinXX was allowed to be installed. It was then I smelled the rotten fish. Miss my Zappa. Music and Motherboard.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

See Attached competition will be good (1 comments)

Currently, my state seems to be a group of ISP monopolies that roughly follow town boundaries. Commoditized Internet access should help us all pay our bills. Globally, we are way behind on the value/cost ratio.

about 4 months ago

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Is Lumbus "Prior Art" in the war for 2d/3d HID?

See Attached See Attached writes  |  more than 3 years ago

See Attached (1269764) writes "SGI was way ahead of its time in so many ways. One of the innovations that didnt catch on was Lumbus: http://hpcv100.rc.rug.nl/lumbus.html
Although it ran only on SGI Indies, it used 2D profile information as input to an algorithm to provide 3D input to a game or process.

Does this serve as prior art for the gaming patent industry? Its not obvious, but it seems to have been done before! Would be great if this would be considered prior art.

Standing in front of a camera and being positioned in virtual space by a comp is heady stuff. Hope this unfetters the programmers at large!"

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