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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

aheath Working from home (161 comments)

Should companies pay for part of the cable bill when employee are required to work from home?

about a week ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

aheath Re:Why not upgrade to Chromebooks? (341 comments)

Switching to Chromebooks might not be the best plan for the NHS but it was the best plan for the London Council. The conversion from XP to a new operating system is more likely to be driven by business requirements than it is to be driven by FOSS ideology. Large organizations may prefer to be bound hand and feet to Apple, Google or Microsoft if it meets their business requirements. It's the modern day version of "No one was ever fired for buying IBM."

about 5 months ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

aheath Re:Business opportunity (341 comments)

There are lots of companies that provide tools to secure Windows XP. If I don't upgrade my work computer to Windows 7 by Tuesday the IT department will lock it down with Bit9.

about 5 months ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

aheath Re:Why not use GNU/Linux? (341 comments)

The Linux desktop environment holy wars are almost as bad as the operating system holy wars. Linux Users Have a Choice: 8 Linux Desktop Environments A lot of companies have adopted Linux in the data center but don't use Linux on the desktop. I suspect that the uncertainty around the future of any given Linux desktop environment is a good reason for companies to stick to Mac OS or Windows.

about 5 months ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

aheath Re:Why not use GNU/Linux? (341 comments)

Switching to a new operating system is simple in theory but difficult in practice. I work at a company that delayed an upgrade to Windows 7 for several years because critical applications would only work with Internet Explorer 6. Linux is free but there are other costs associated with switching to Linux. I suspect that the training costs alone would be an enormous part of the project budget.

about 5 months ago
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Glut In Stolen Identities Forces Price Cut

aheath Re:Capital Crime (152 comments)

There is no requirement to carry identity cards in the UK or the US. Ration cards were used as a national identity card during the second world war. My grandfather committed an act of civil disobedience when he was stopped for speeding after the war. He refused to show his ration card because the war was over. His act of civil disobedience was debated in parliament and is one of the reasons why there are no national identity cards in the UK. British Identity Cards: Arguments For and Against their Retention and Use 1945-1952 Doesn't mention my grandfather but does provide a good overview of the postwar debate about national identity cards.

about 9 months ago
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My productivity peaks between...

aheath Re:9am to 5pm work day? (309 comments)

Proofreading fail ... This poll means nothing unless you assume that your are only productive when you are at work.

about a year ago
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My productivity peaks between...

aheath Re:9am to 5pm work day? (309 comments)

This poll means nothing unless you assume that are only productive when you are at work.

about a year ago
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My productivity peaks between...

aheath I am more productive when I work from home (309 comments)

I am more productive when I work from home. If I'm at the office I'm most productive in the morning. I work in a cube farm and I'm easily distracted by noise. I like to start work at 06:30 so I can put in a few hours before the office becomes too noisy.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair

aheath Set up hands on troubleshooting excercises (121 comments)

You could set up hands on troubleshooting exercises that focus on issues that the students are likely to encounter in real life. This could include troubleshooting a network connection when "the internet is broken." This could also include troubleshooting a printer that won't print. You could start with the basic questions such as: "Is the cable plugged in at both ends." You could form teams where the problem is the same but the root cause of the problem is different. This type of troubleshooting will teach the students how to fix the problems that they might encounter while using computers.

1 year,17 hours
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Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair

aheath Re:Not sure why you think you need something new.. (121 comments)

I'd also consider adding a disassembled laptop, phone and tablet. You can then relate the components of the disassembled desktops to the components of the disassembled devices.

1 year,17 hours
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Barnes & Noble Won't Give Up On the Nook

aheath Re:nook Tale of woe (132 comments)

I've often wonder why Barnes & Noble decided to develop their own eReader hardware. Borders took a different path and sold the Kobo. Borders didn't survive for other reasons but I thought it was a smart move to avoid going head to head with Amazon for eReader sales.

1 year,4 days
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Barnes & Noble Won't Give Up On the Nook

aheath Re:What is it about the Nook? (132 comments)

I had a Nook Simple Touch which was gathering dust. I gave the Nook to a friend and bought a Kobo Aura HD. I like the Kobo hardware. I also like supporting my local independent bookstore when I buy books for my Kobo. Wireless syncing can be slow if the wireless signal quality is poor. I use a USB cable to charge the Kobo from my MacBook. I always sync when I charge the Kobo. The Kobo does have a social media tie ins to Facebook that I haven't used the social media features because I don't use Facebook. The one thing that I miss about the Nook Simple Touch is the rubberized back. The back of the Kobo Aura HD doesn't provide as much traction as the Nook Simple Touch. I recommend the Kobo Aura HD sleep cover because it makes the Kobo easier to hold.

1 year,4 days
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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

aheath Re:I save my foot traffic for the small independen (330 comments)

I start with my local independent bookstore. Then I try my local independent used bookstore. If I can't find what I want at either store then I will order books from Alibris. I tend to use Alibris when I want to buy a book that hasn't been released in the US. This is why I can read Iain Banks and Jo Nesbo before the US release date.

about a year ago
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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

aheath Re:I want a universal e-reader not a brand e-reade (330 comments)

I bought a Kobo last weekend. I mostly use Mac OS and Windows. Kobo doesn't have a version of Kobo Desktop for Linux but a quick Google search suggest that the Kobo can be used with Linux. Now I have a project for this weekend ....

about a year ago
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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

aheath Re:rise of the digital public library (330 comments)

I haven't found anything online that matches the experience of browsing shelves of paper books. I use the web to order books from my local independent bookstore. I use the web to request books from the public library. I always spend time browsing the shelves when I pick up books the bookstore or the library. I often find books by authors that I would never read if I couldn't browse the shelves.

about a year ago
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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

aheath Re:A single tear was shed... (330 comments)

I switched from a Nook to a Kobo to support my local independent bookstore. The bookstore receives a cut of every book that I buy from Kobo.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Leaves Hong Kong

aheath Re:"News" that matters? (536 comments)

Slashdot isn't supposed to be a site for breaking news. Slashdot is supposed to be a site with news for nerds and stuff that matters. If you look at the date line on the AP and Reuters stories you will see that Snowden was well on his way to Moscow before the news broke. I saw the news on the BBC site and jumped to Slashdot to see if the news was posted here. I saw that this article was in the queue. I was about to send an email to report the updates when I refreshed the page and the article had been published. A tip of the hat to hazeii and samzenpus for posting this new so quickly.

about a year ago

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