Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
Too close for missles, I'm switching to guns.
Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?
As someone that recently spec'd out new firewall hardware for a medium sized company I found this 'feature' available on the latest, greatest boxes. This is the newest way for companies to run Intrusion Detection (for instance looking for CCs or key words in documents leaving the network) as well as throttling Bit Torrent and other undesirable traffic hidden in encryption. I would expect this to become the norm in the next couple of years as Gartner repeatedly writes that thorough IDS is best practice on networks in this day and age. Personally I felt like a mini-NSA and declined to roll this feature out - but I have the luxury of being the decision maker at a small company. If I was spec'ing gear for an enterprise--I'm pretty sure the hunger for latest and greatest to protect IP from the unwashed masses would prevail.
Star Trek Economics
In his book Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom Doctorow describes the post scarcity economy as running on a form of social capital called 'Whuffie'.
Although everyone has their basic needs met their 'reptutation', or opinion's of others adds or subtracts from their Whuffie. They can exchange Whuffie as payment and can earn and lose Whuffie both through direct and indirect means. Shoving through a crowd rudely could result in those that were shoved and witnessed the shoving to lower their opinion of you (even if they don't know you) while those that enjoy a poem you wrote would increase your Whuffie.
This is all made possible by the fact that everyone has a computer implanted in their brain that measures and tracks both the history and current values of everyone's Whuffie.
I always found this to be a clever and more likely shift for capitalist society than going to a Star Trek economy.
Ask Slashdot: Best Long-Term Video/Picture Storage?
I considered the online cloud solution but for long term i just wasn't comfortable with that. I bought a NAS product that mirrors one drive to a second. Many of these offer backup to a remote NAS drive that runs as a croned rsync across the internet.
For my dollars this makes the most sense. Optical data is a pain and degrades over time. My setup I just swap out the drives as they fail and they get re-mirrored. But the backup to the backup is to sync to an external drive once a month or so and keep that offsite.
My biggest challenge is having all the computers in the house access the same file set without danger of corruption. I just let my wife edit files on her local machine then once every few weeks copy her file set onto the NAS.
When you get to the part of the project about how to best keep metadata about your photos come back-i'd love to have help in that area as it is a total mess in the marketplace.
Congrats on the baby!
Cable Channels Panic Over iPad Streaming App
At the end of the day content producers and owners need to recognize that there is value to having people seeking out your show. Whether that is watching it live, later on DVR, or on TWCs iPad app because the DVR missed the episode it is contrary to their interest to make that content difficult for a fan to find.
The ecosystem also needs to clean up the rights to broadcast/stream so it is clear what is being purchased when a show is sold to a network. This should include a plan for getting content everywhere that Netflix streams to. They currently have 35 hardware devices on their supported tech list. They range from game consoles to Roku boxes to phones. If you own content you should have a plan to get your content to a sizeable chunk of this list. Having TWC send it to iPads is a good start. Clean up your contracts so it is clear if they can.
The crazy thing is they could probably get me to watch a non-skippable commercial on the TWC/iPad stream which I would skip right past on my Tivo.
[cc: any thread about hulu on non-computer hardware]
Amazon Adjusts Prices After Sales Error
I agree that once Amazon shipped the products the sale would appear to be complete and they have no legal recourse to recoup the lose. But, do they have the right to refuse to do future business with those customers that do not cough up the money or movies? I would think that would be the proper/legal way for them to procede rather than just charging peoples credit cards retroactively. Ban the username/account-refuse to ship to that name at that address.
It certainly wouldn't be completely effective but it would seem to fit our model of transactions better. More of a shopkeeper telling a regular customer, "We both know you purchased that item for a price that was obviously a mistake, essentially free. And now I'm asking you to make it right by agreeing to pay what the advertised price was, the price that you saw it was supposed to be when you put it in your cart. You have the right to say no, to not pay, but if you take that path you are no longer welcome to shop in my establishment. Please take your future business elsewhere."
And to those that would argue that they believed Amazon was actually giving away boxed DVD sets for $.01 I shake my head wearily.