One Man's Battle With Patent Trolls
Just because a patent is granted doesn't mean it is valid, it just means you have paid some fees to register your "innovation". Unfortunately, the patent offices get a lot of applications and have been working in "rubber stamp" mode for quite a while. You put your application in, pay your fees and get a rubber stamp on it. Done. There is no real review of the validity of the patent anymore, that stuff just took to long.
The patent office's approach is to approve almost everything and let the lawyers, judges and courts sort out what is valid or not.
I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...
We have similar with our camper trailer which has a 60 litre tank fitted (nowhere close to 100 gallons!!). One real plus is the LPG fridge we have plus 2 x 9kg bottles. Those can keep our fridge/freezer going for around 5 weeks. Add to that our deep cycle battery and our 4.5kg LPG bottle for the camp stove and we are set.
If the fertilizer hits the ventilator I will grab our archery gear (2 x compound bows, 1 x recurve and good range of arrows including broad heads) pack the trailer and off we go. Just hope the kangaroo sits still long enough so I might actually have a chance of hitting the bloody thing.
Amazon To Launch Sydney Data Center
I use AWS services in Singapore and get around 60ms ping time. iiNet, due to their takeover of Internode, have their own link in SEA-ME-WE. The ping time is about the same as to the east coast
Is Sexual Harassment Part of Hacker Culture?
Problem is that they don't think. That self-moderation of behaviour doesn't exist for them.
3D Printer For Your Kids
Can you use it to replace that one lost Lego block (most likely went up the vacuum cleaner) that you need in order to complete your masterpiece?
Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?
Over here in Australia quite a few ISPs will have port blocking like this turned on but they do provide you the option to disable it. It can even be done online via their user control panel.
Have you spoken to your ISPs about this issue?
Chrome Is the Third Double-Digit Browser
I use Chrome and still come across some sites which have really stupid browser support. The site will support Firefox and Internet Explorer but somehow manages to not support Chrome and doesn't function at all (eg. Microsoft Online Services Admin Centre).
It is also annoying when sites use Browser detection and say they only support IE, Firefox or Safari. Stupid!
Egypt Shuts Off All Internet Access
The telco may not be directly responsible. Vodafone would most likely purchase a link from one of the main telcos over there. If their provider cuts the connection then there is nothing they can do. Their network will function but traffic won't leave the network.
Dating Site Creates Profiles From Public Records
Can they really claim someone is a "member" of the site if that person hasn't even heard of the site before?
If they decide to do this there should be some marker on that profile to say it has been created from public information obtained without that person's consent or knowledge.
There also needs to be some way to allow you to verify your identity and take ownership of the profile they have setup for you which should include the option to remove your profile.
Aussie Retailers Lobby For Tax On Online Purchases
There are sites out there which are cheap and have free postage. A good example is DealExtreme - $7.20 for a HDMI cable with free postage. That isn't the cheapest on the site, they go from $4.52!
Between Christmas and New Year's, I'll take ...
When I read that I automatically think of the time period between Christmas and New Year that many people have off work.
With that in mind when I read the poll options I got very confused.
Number of USB cable types on hand? (A-B, A-mini, etc.)
I have a hard drive enclosure at home which uses an A-A cable. Really weird. The drive has a standard USB port on it exactly like the one on the PC.
The brand of the enclosure is Big Ant.
What Desktop Search Engine For a Shared Volume?
I am just embarking on a project to do exactly what the OP is asking for. Windows Server 2003 has an indexing service you can setup. http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Working-With-Windows-Server-2003-Indexing-Service.html It is limited in its own form but provides the back-end tools you need.
Combine that with the next article from that site and you have a solution: http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Making-Windows-Server-2003-Indexing-Service-Useful.html
This article shows you how to use the Indexing service from an ASP script. The solution I am working on will be done in PHP as it can also link to COM applications. This basically allows you to put a file search tool on your Intranet which is indexed and returns the results very quickly. Best of all, it uses existing software on Windows and doesn't cost any extra.
Favorite on-screen calculator?
I have an MS keyboard, one of the ones with the Calculator button above the number pad. One press and it is there.
Only way it could get any easier and quicker is if the computer started reading my thoughts.
Goatse.cx Is For Sale
The Westnet logo is much more appropriate: http://www.westnet.com.au/
It is certainly a Goatse reference.