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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

forrie Scanners? (243 comments)

What about simple document scanners (ie: a cell camera) with OCR technology. How can you manage to ensure that your employees don't carry such a device and that paper documents aren't ever in lone possession? Sounds like more costs, politics. But interesting, nevertheless :-)

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

forrie Maybe (282 comments)

I suppose that depends upon other variables. Such as, what are your personal risk factors? For example: a family, do you have enough $ resources so if you fail you'll recover ok, etc. Lots of people got hit badly in the $ when the tech market went kaput -- some haven't really fully recovered. Then, there is age. We all know what the stereotype is of age in the IT sector - though I would hire an older IT person over a kid any day, partly due to their wisdom from experience. Back in the stock boom, it used to be 2 years max I would change jobs and/or positions; not just to stay relevant, but to move on. Sometimes I got lucky, by being pulled in to new ventures because I knew people (that's a powerful ally in this industry).

Seems like the market is starting to grow a little bit, but I'm not sure it's a job-bull market just yet. Curious what others think and feel about this.

about two weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

forrie Arrest the Internet (255 comments)

Arrest the connecting Internet infrastructure, as clearly this applies under those rules. And good luck with that.... achtung!

(( shaking my head )) This is the sort of thing that will bury net neutrality, especially if it spread elsewhere.

about two weeks ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

forrie Location? (349 comments)

I wonder if the DMCA sharks would have a more difficult time issuing this if github were not hosted within the United States. Anyone know more about this?

I can understand why github would comply first, debate later -- they have many employees who could be at risk. I agree with a previous poster, in that there should be a "cost" for filing DMCA complaints, especially if they prove to be baseless. This process seems to be always associated with bullying or some form of abuse, rather than genuinely protecting copyrighted content -- doing more harm than good.

about two weeks ago
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Freecode Freezeup

forrie Release the freecode code (62 comments)

Sad to see it go, it's been a staple for me, for many years.

I don't see much value in a static version of Freecode - I mean, it has reference value, but why bother? I still see the function itself as a valuable resource; I don't particularly care for sourceforge.net or its layout. How about they open source the Freecode code, so that someone else can consider using it.

about a month ago
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Lucasfilm Announces Break With Star Wars Expanded Universe

forrie Not a bad idea, I'll give Disney a fair chance (157 comments)

I wonder if the reasoning for this is along similar lines as the Star Trek venue in the theaters.

While at first my reaction was negative -- after thinking about it, I would imagine that the folks at Disney are well-aware of how devout Star Wars fans feel about the the spirit of the story and the characters and worlds behind it; further, if they mess this up not only will they lose the income potential, they will have a lot of very angry fans on their doorstep. It could be that Star Wars doesn't live in a box anymore, that it's time for some fresh energy into the story - I can live with that, provided it's done appropriately. We don't want to see Mickey Mouse behind a tie fighter :-) I am willing to give Disney a fair chance.

I agree with a previous poster here, elsewhere, about the "prequels" being very cookie-cutter -- cities, venues that we are already familiar with. Boring. We need more unknown worlds like Dagobah, et al, to stimulate our imagination, to keep a rich storyline going (along with interest).

But I think they will have only one chance at this...

about 3 months ago
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Mobile Banking Apps For iOS Woefully Insecure

forrie Not just the apps, other apps (139 comments)

I learned this lesson the hard way, back a couple revisions with the iPhone. I downloaded Paypal and logged in once, logged out. The very next day, someone stole a couple hundred $$. Clearly, one of the apps I had on the phone had a clever keylogger or other monitoring scheme that was running. Apple did everything to divest themselves of any liability or interest. So we have to be concerned about other apps' behavior and have "failth" (in the case of Apple) in the ability of organizations to properly audit code before allowed in the App Store. It's an imperfect process. Android's platform being more open, having more malware on record, as I have read.

I hesitate to use mobile devices for financial operations. Not worth it, not yet, IMHO.

about 6 months ago
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Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

forrie Hopefully (186 comments)

MySQL was absorbed by Oracle with similar hopes and aspirations... and look what happened. As I recall, RH was getting really pissed off at CentOS, enough to change their development processes to make it more difficult to re-assemble the distribution. Now, they want to be best pals? Okay, we'll see :-)

Genuinely, the combined effort would be useful to everyone, that is if RH's intentions are as on the level as they claim.

about 6 months ago
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Alan Turing Pardoned

forrie Ugh (415 comments)

The wording of the pardon makes me want to vomit. Though, it's better than nothing -- it falls short of giving him the respect he's entitled to.

about 7 months ago
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Winamp Shutting Down On December 20

forrie Open source! (400 comments)

They should open-source the code to Winamp.

about 8 months ago
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Social Fixer Falls Victim To Facebook Legal Threats

forrie They did this before (194 comments)

They have threatened the creator of F.B. Purity (a mozilla plugin). I think they'll have a more difficult time actually legitimizing their claim, as this is a plugin that runs on the customer's system, which FB cannot, ever, claim ownership over. But they will probably try! And yes, the article about his experience is valid - why not go after Adblock? Can you imagine. The risk there is legal precedence, which I don't believe really exists concretely (yet. But someone could add here to correct me). If they brought this legal action through the courts and a decision were made in favor of the user (the desktop), that affects everyone. I'm sure this isn't the last of this!

about 9 months ago
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Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

forrie Me, too (261 comments)

Thankfully, I don't have any of those disorders, but I did experience disorientation for a about 3 days or so, getting used to the UI motion. I still don't care for it, even when you reduce it in the preferences, it's still comes across as flashy, like an annoyance. I'm actually not a big fan of the interface redesign. Overall, my experience of this phone (5S) is not like going from a 3GS to 4S. It was neat, but not exciting. Apple can (and should) do better.

Judging from the reaction to the UI, it seems like they make a lot of assumptions about customers and what they want.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

forrie Not that thrilled (488 comments)

I love my iPhone. I've had one since the first model.

iOS7 is "okay" - it has a few new bells and whistles, most of it is just the new UI. I can't say I'm all that impressed -- and honestly, the animation makes me dizzy! Even the Accessibility options to reduce the animation doesn't help.

Word up, to Apple: you're going to have to cut the crap with these minor incremental upgrades -- Android is catching up, very quickly, as are other major manufacturers of 'droid platform (think: Samsung).

Um, no biometrics please. Like I trust Apple to "keep it secret; keep it safe". Nope.

about 9 months ago
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Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

forrie Probably not (784 comments)

I think he'll be in for an unpleasant surprise in prison. There's nothing in the law that says they must accommodate one's sexual deviance, or provide a fashion catwalk. Just sayin'.

about 10 months ago
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Automated Plate Readers Let Police Collect Millions of Records On Drivers

forrie Obfuscate (276 comments)

I suppose it would be illegal to attach small appendages to the fonts on the plates that would thwart the scanner process :-)

1 year,22 days
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NSA Revelation Leads FTC To Propose "Reclaim Your Name" Initiative

forrie Recruit people for free (82 comments)

I agree with the other posts, Good Luck With That.

But a couple other thoughts come to mind -- as we know, credit reports are sometimes (notoriously) inaccurate. What a great way for the gov't and industry to get more accurate information about you, for their various reports and metrics, by recruiting YOU to correct it for them, free of charge?

I agree with the aforementioned broadcast in that ultimately, the credit report industry is a huge scam of sorts, benefiting only one side of the market. One day, I hope someone cracks that industry right open. Until then...

1 year,22 days
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How Facebook Ruined Comments (at Least For One Writer)

forrie Ramblings about Facebook (135 comments)

Just some ramblings and opinions about Facebook today.

Facebook has risen to the top of social networking, becoming ubiquitous in society to where it's mentioned in daily conversations and business transactions. Facebook doesn't seem to have significant invest interest in its user base as to what features are useful or not, or just plain unwanted. Not until people start blogging really loudly and when the media begins amplifying those complaints.

The "Facebook Feedback" page seems perfunctory, at best.

In recent times, we saw a plugin for Firefox called "F. B. Purity" which allows the user to customize his/her Facebook experience on the web, including behaviors with scripts. Facebook was not happy, apparently intimating they might sue the author (its status currently unknown to me).

So, they care if you mess with their mess.

The development of mobile and web is continually in a feature incomplete state, changes appear without warning, creating a confusing and inconsistent experience. I wonder about their internal release engineering process (if in fact they have one). In the various companies I've worked at, you don't just randomly force changes onto your customer - it's a bad practice - you have a beta test site, you solicit and use (and care about) user feedback.

Since nobody else has the footprint that FB has (currently, anyway), they must feel justified in a haphazard release process. I imagine they could care less about whether or not you like it. Whether comments work to your liking or not. That has been fairly clear for some time.

I agree with some posters in that once you become a member of FB, along with your friends and family, it's already taken hold and you can't just leave -- the consequences are dire. Unfortunately. And I can't stand twitter! :-)

about a year ago
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Irish Artist Turns Google Maps Screen Grabs Into Pricey Art

forrie Ugh (65 comments)

Looks like something the Borg Queen would have in her boudoir.

about a year ago
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NASA Considers Putting an Asteroid Into Orbit Around the Moon

forrie LOL (171 comments)

Face-palm! What could possibly go wrong with this....

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Declutters, Speeds Up iTunes With Major Upgrade

forrie Search is still disappointing (295 comments)

I'm still disappointed with the Search function. Being Apple, I would expect something a little more integrated -- in terms of being able to suss out misspellings, alternate spellings, formats, etc. Kindof like going to Beatport and trying to search for something like "Artist & Artist2 feat. Your Momma - Song Name" which it can't handle. Apple is pretty much the same - you have alter it to a couple of keywords and /usually/ you'll get a better result. But not always.

Similarly, if you copy-and-paste from a web page and happen to catch a non-standard character, the form won't even allow you to paste into it. Instead, you have to figure out what went wrong, reselect the text and paste again.

But, hopefully 11 is a "step" in the right direction - I wish they would pay more attention to the details, which they are infamous for... until Maps showed up ;-)

about a year and a half ago

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Best Practices for Use of a Wiki in Enterprise?

forrie forrie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

forrie (695122) writes "The organization I work for has utilized a wiki for some time prior to my employment. At the moment, it has no formal structure and is essentially a nest of unstructured and outdated information. The search function barely works, it's slow and it ceases to be a useful resource.

One problem I've identified in our case is there is no obvious ownership of content. Pages are compiled, in whatever format, and submitted to the wiki — many of those entries sit there and rot. They are seldom referred to because of the above issues.

I've inherited the task of cleaning it up, with my first choice being a change of wiki technology. I've narrowed down choices to MoinMoin and Dokuwiki; what platforms do you use and recommend?

Most importantly, I'd like to understand how others in the Enterprise are structuring their wikis to be useful and resourceful (as they are meant to be), while being reasonably free of junk and unstructured content. What would you recommend for a Style and Best Practices Guide that users can refer to prior to submitting content to the Wiki?"

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