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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

forrie iPhone (312 comments)

This reminds me of an article, from years ago, about the iPhone -- sending data and 'pings' to URLs when you access services, etc. It seems to me it should all be opt-in. But if we can't opt-in (or opt-out), maybe there's a way to scramble the data sent to them, making it useless. Or use some clever filtering to block, etc. Probably more trouble than it's worth.

I don't think Apple is alone with this -- I'm guessing most connected products report metrics of one sort or another without (or regardless of) our consent. Big data = big money.

2 days ago

Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

forrie Bose quality has declined (328 comments)

I remember back years ago where Bose was pretty much defacto standard on great audio. Today, they're not bad, but the quality (IMHO) has declined while their prices have gone up -- I believe they are significantly overpriced for what they deliver today.

Now if only I could afford Bang & Olufsen high-end equipment :-)

Apple is having a temper tantrum, they'll get over it. But it seems like a political move to pay Bose back for starting trouble -- I could be mistaken.

3 days ago

Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

forrie Re:WHO owns the property rights? (99 comments)

This makes more sense. I hadn't thought of it that way -- being an American, and used to big pharma's exploits, I keep forgetting (and need to be reminded) that Canada is a bit more progressive with the bigger picture.

I also can appreciate where an entity, including the Canadian Gov't, would want to recoup reasonable research costs. If all countries thought that way....

3 days ago

Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

forrie Intellectual rights, in a crisis? (99 comments)

Pardon my ignorance, but where is the greater good served by intellectual rights, in the face of a potentially dangerous epidemic. As an above poster pointed out, not even the US Gov't can own intellectual rights (that I know of anyway). Say this vaccine works, and works really well. Does that now make us all liable to pay the Canadian Gov't for more doses, or to license the formula for manufacture? At what cost. Interesting. I want to learn more facts behind this.

3 days ago

The Great Robocoin Rip-off

forrie Saw one locally (117 comments)

I saw a bitcoin-type ATM near Harvard Square, in Cambridge, MA, at a building called "The Garage" (bunch of shops and eateries). I've never seen anyone actually use it, though. It's the only one in the city I've seen. I was suspicious of it :-)

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

forrie Identifying Spam in Gmail (261 comments)

I had this problem, and found that the Gmail documentation seemed a bit sparse on the subject (that I could find).

Recall, recently Gmail purchased (and presumably integrated) Postini.

Basically, you have to mark a message as "Junk" (or Spam, depending on your client), file it in the Spam folder, then "Empty Spam". What I believe happens at this stage is mail you've marked as Junk/Spam gets punted to an identification system so that it can later identify the pattern(s) as spam. Once I began doing this, I had much better luck with Gmail's spam filtering. Though I admit I wish they offered more fine-grained filtering -- for example, some /24's or domains I never want to receive email from.

Anyhow, I also believe the filters collect global data -- they must score it based on some algorithm, so that other users who receive the same spam get the benefit, too.

Anyone else want to chime in on what Gmail is doing in the background?

about two weeks ago

PayPal Integrates Bitcoin Processors BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin

forrie Ironic (56 comments)

I find this all very ironic.

Fairly recently, Paypal had been executing a series of direct attacks on people found to (or suspected to) be selling digital currency. They were relentless, reversing transactions without sufficient information, throwing multiple collection agencies at people and not answering legal inquiries; probably because they feel they are above the law. And in fact, if what I've been reading is true, they have been getting away with quite a bit.

Now, here we are with Paypal finally attempting to get in (and likely try to dominate) the game.

I still maintain companies like Paypal need to be regulated, with tighter rules as a regular banking institution. I will continue to press my gov't representatives on this issue.

about a month ago

Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

forrie Use VPN (418 comments)

If you have access to VPN, enable it and route your traffic over it. Without the ability to view the encrypted traffic, they are at a loss to determine what traffic is being routed within the tunnel. That's what I might consider, anyway.

about a month ago

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

forrie Re:Good, I say (502 comments)

As I understand, back in world war II, Einstein presented Truman with the atom bomb; Tesla presented him the "death ray". Had the US Gov't gone with Tesla, our world energy grid might be a very different configuration now.

There's a significant amount of money being made by the energy industry, who essentially has us enslaved. They will do anything they can to lobby against free energy, but it's the wave of the future -- personally, I'd love to see this not just for the reduced expenditure, but for the environment /and/ some relish in watching the present power industry model crumble. It probably won't all go one way or the other -- adopting newer technology is almost always expensive, unless Tesla can find a way around that, with reduced costs (that will be key). The Sun (and other forms) provides for it, why shouldn't we benefit from it? Yes, I realize that's very idealistic, but I think we're getting closer to it becoming a reality.

about 3 months ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

forrie Scanners? (244 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 :-)

about 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 or its layout. How about they open source the Freecode code, so that someone else can consider using it.

about 4 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 9 months ago

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 9 months ago

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 10 months ago

Winamp Shutting Down On December 20

forrie Open source! (400 comments)

They should open-source the code to Winamp.

about a year ago

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!

1 year,16 days



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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