Venture Capitalists Lobby Against Software Patents
Yesterday I commented on the negative effects of banning lobbying and was promptly modded down for it.
This is different I take it?
Plotting a Coup In the Internet Age
There is a term for a government that bans lobbying. Its called a dictatorship.
I know we're supposed to hate corporations, lobbyists, etc, but I wish that people would stop and think about what they're saying.
Work Underway To Return Xen Support To Fedora 13
I was responsible for maintaining a Xen environment for about a year and a half and had much the same experience. We compile our own kernels and in this regard Xen was a nightmare. Do I stick with a 2.6.18 kernel which is the latest supported? If we do that we have to make sure to get backported security fixes. Or do we use forward-ported Xen patchsets which weren't all that reliable and were a pain in the ass to apply?
We finally switched to KVM and suddenly life got a lot easier.
(Going slightly off topic here)For a while we used libvirt and the associated tools, then we discovered Ganeti, a project at Google which has made cluster management a breeze. Libvirt has a "network" driver, but really isn't designed to manage redundant virtualization clusters. Ganeti, on the other hand, is designed specifically for managing clusters, and takes care of all the dirty work like setting up and managing LVM and DRBD. You can build out a new virtual machine, complete with an operating system in just one command, or even do it over the HTTP API. You can use Ganeti with KVM or Xen, but until/unless Xen is in mainline I won't be touching it.
HP Explains Why Printer Ink Is So Expensive
I own two brother laser printers (one at school one at home) and would recommend them to anyone looking for a cheap laser printer. The older, an HL 2070N has done a little over 10,000 pages in the 5 or so years since I got it. The newer one, an HL 2170W I've had for about a year and printed around 1600 pages on. They come with a toner cartridge good for around a thousand pages, after which I recommend buying the "high yield" ones which are around $40 and good for around 2600 pages. You'll also need a new drum unit ever 13,000 pages or so, but that hasn't happened yet.
One thing to look out for though, neither of these models seems to have postscript support that I can tell. Brother does have Linux drivers, but I've had occasional issues with them (actually nothing in the last 6 months or so). The few times that I've tried them, the Windows and OSX drivers seemed ok.
Chrome Private Mode Not Quite Private
I think you're missing the GPs point. Although many around here might well hold the beliefs you allude to (I don't think its a significant population on Slashdot, as victimized as you might feel by them), the GPs point is that the cost of betrayal by the Government far exceeds the cost of betrayal by a Corporation. In fact, the worst a Corporation can do do you is really limited by what the Government will allow it to do - if you are really so afraid of what a Corporation can do to you, you are implicitly afraid of what the Government will let it do.
Open Source Guacamole Puts VNC On the Web
Open Source Guacamole Puts VNC On the Web
Adobe Not Worried About the Future of Flash
How does dropping flash for HTML5 remove an attack vector? It just replace one attack vector with another.
Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?
Do you really want your OS taking on the overhead of RAID? Desktop motherboards with hardware RAID 0/1/0+1 are easy to find and cheap.
The motherboards you are thinking of actually do the RAID in software through a driver. I've been running 4 drives in RAID 5 with Linux's software RAID for a a few years now, and never had an issue. Even the parity calculations are trivial for a modern CPU, and if you're just doing RAID 0/1 the overhead is even lower. I even see software RAID being used in a lot of servers these days, although hardware RAID often has some benefits in terms of hot-swap, etc.
I'm not sure how easy RAID is to configure from a GUI in Ubuntu, but I believe the Fedora installer can do it, and probably others. Or if you know your way around a Linux system its fairly trivial from the command line.
EFF Launches "Takedown Hall of Shame"
Is that an attempt to argue that none of it should be in the public domain?
It seems reasonable to suggest that information produced with any level of public funding should belong to the public. Don't like the terms? Don't take public funding.
FBI Investigates Liberator of Court Records
You actually mean less than one trillion right? Less than two percent of our total national debt?
I'm not saying it was a good use of our money, and I could spend all day naming things I would rather see it spent on (or, you know, I wouldn't mind keeping a little more of what I earn), but I'm tired of seeing people perpetuating this idea that the wars are directly responsible for a large portion of our debt.
Google Wave Backstage
Have you tried Wave? Its nothing like a chat room, mainly because it has threads and an editable history. Think 10 people editing a google docs document specifically designed for communication between participants.
Its far closer to a wiki than a chat room. Imagine a wikipedia discussion page (click 'discussion' at the top of any article for an example) in real time.
Deposit Checks By iPhone
If it is the person who wrote the check, there is still an image of the check.
Right, but the person who wrote the check is claiming the image is faked. They can intentionally not keep a carbon copy, or better yet just make sure the last 0 doesn't go on the carbon copy. The only evidence the bank has of a check for $1,000 is an easily faked image submitted by the customer. Everything else says it was a check for $100.
Of course the same thing applies to a real check...
The Rocky Road To Wind Power
I could be wrong, but isn't it likely to be really windy at the site of the wind farm? Couldn't that make airships impractical?
802.11n Should Be Finalized By September
Oops, I just actually looked at my phone and I guess its only 1 "bar". Somehow I had in mind that there were 4 total.
802.11n Should Be Finalized By September
Unless you use 802.11n at 5GHz, which is really necessary to see most of the speed benefits anyway. At 5GHz the range is pretty terrible.
I get 2 bars on my iPhone from my Linksys WRT 610N from about 20 feet away through two thin walls (in the bathroom of my one bedroom apartment). The upside is that that particular router has 2 radios, so it can run on 2.4GHz simultaneously, allowing me to access it from outside where the 5GHz doesn't reach.
Bill Ready To Ban ISP Caps In the US
When you pay for water and electricity, you are actually buying them. The utility company produces them (well, with water they pump and purify it, and might have to pay for their water source depending where you are and how the service works) and sells them to you.
Comcast doesn't produce the bits they deliver to me, they simply transfer them from someone else who I might be paying for the bits. If they can actually deliver the 16Mb/s they claim they can to me at any time of day regardless of "congestion" (of course they can't), then the cost difference to them of delivering nothing for a month and maxing out that connection for a month is negligible. Their routers might draw slightly more power, but the total cost of delivering an additional bit (or 100GB) is next to nothing compared to the cost of making the network available to me.
The idea behind ISP transfer limits is totally different than paying per unit for water or electricity. With water and electricity you pay per unit (usually - in my hometown of Anchorage, AK water is actually a fixed rate I think) because it costs the company to sell you a unit. With ISPs, they want to limit your use because the speeds they charge you for aren't actually the speeds they can deliver if everyone actually uses their connection. So instead of telling you realistic speeds, they just make sure people can't actually use their connection, making it more likely that you will be able to use yours (until you too hit the cap).
Of course there is the totally separate issue of most ISPs also selling content that they would much rather you get via pay per view, etc than via the Internet...
Thomas' Testimony and the RIAA's Near-Fatal Error
Only if you consider RIAA lawyers to be "the court".
Palm's webOS Root Image Leaks Out
Keyboard, multi-tasking and a much more open development model. To name a few.
Apple's WWDC Unveils iPhone 3.0, OpenCL, Laptop Updates, and More
Because they can't control how you use a tethered computer. Try torrenting something on an un-jailbroken iPhone, then tell me how much it is like "another computer".
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