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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

jackharrer Re:Adblock, NoScript, DoNotTrackMe. (418 comments)

Android is quite good actually - install Firefox, there are AdBlock and NoScript add-ons for it. Not sure about DoNotTrackMe as I haven't looked for it.
Well, now try to install Firefox on iOS :)

about 2 months ago

Comcast To Expand Public WiFi Using Home Internet Connections

jackharrer Re:BT also does this (203 comments)

You connect second router (or access point) to one of LAN ports and switch on wifi power saving on the BT hub. You have access to free access points and you do not share yours. Which doesn't matter all that much as those BT WiFI and OpenZone hotspots are slow and suck donkey's balls. 3G is faster than most of them and with better coverage.

about a year ago

Uses for a home server?

jackharrer Media Centre (5 comments)

Since server is always on, use it for media centre. Put cheap video card - Nvidia G210 is more than enough and supports VDPAU. Then connect it to TV directly using HDMI or if not available (walls, server conveniently hidden, too far away, etc), use HDMI over CAT5/6 extender. Add wireless keyboard and you're set. For added fun, put MediaTomb on it, if you have some DLNA clients on the network.

more than 3 years ago

AMD Undercuts Intel With Six-Core Phenom IIs

jackharrer Re:I need a new computer (361 comments) is the simplest I found. Web-based and free. Try it. There are other options but this one looks easiest for non-IT inclined person.

more than 4 years ago

ARM-Based Servers Coming In 2011

jackharrer I feel the pain... (253 comments)

I feel little sorry for MSFT. Just a little...

more than 4 years ago

HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market

jackharrer Re:30 inch HP LP3605 here @ 2560x1600 (952 comments)

I also find it annoying. If you add that thick bar in Win 7, and then Ribbon from Office and some assorted stuff like window borders and status bar, there is suddenly no space to do any work. That is so ridiculously silly. I cannot call it progress, rather walking backwards.

Then there is netbooks' 1024x600. Thanks to MSFT for mandating max specifications for netbooks.

more than 3 years ago

Millions Continue To Click On Spam

jackharrer Re:Sounds interesting (210 comments)

Damn that should be a new RickRoll ;)

more than 4 years ago

Multicore Requires OS Rework, Windows Expert Says

jackharrer Re:Answer: Yes (631 comments)

>>What we need is a "you don't want to use C: right now, trust me" signal. Ever tried to use Firefox while copying something big? Why does it take ages to display a webpage when it does not need to use the disk?

It only works like that on Windows. I think it's mostly about bad system design. I have no such issues on my Linux machine, but lots on my wife's Windows one. Both are the same Thinkpad laptops, so fault can only be on OS side.

more than 4 years ago

New Chip Offers Virtual Windows Desktops, On TVs

jackharrer Re:Windows on TV? (99 comments)

Half this on eBay ;)

more than 4 years ago

Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

jackharrer Re:It's the freeloaders time (1051 comments)

That's the reason I'd like to have option in Adblock to load ads but do not show them on the page for whitelisted sites. This way everybody wins.

Sadly nobody cares...

more than 4 years ago

Virgin Promises 100Mbps Connections To UK Homes

jackharrer Re:Unrealistic? (247 comments)

I've seen. Be Internet in London, around Stockwell. My uptime was the same as my Linux server - both shutdown when I forgot to top up electricity after 9 months...

Yes, it can happen, but most companies don't give a damn about that as most customers don't have a clue.

more than 4 years ago

Murdoch Says E-Book Prices Will Kill Paper Books

jackharrer Re:Most books cost less, dead trees cost more (538 comments)

It's nice to be ripped off ;)
I always thought that Cisco should almost give you those books for free, to make more CCNAs so it would be a no-brainer for companies which hardware to buy as finding support would be easier. But in the real world...
Anyway, all technical books are like that. MCSE from MSFT is 40 quid each.

more than 4 years ago

Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar

jackharrer Re:Oh, no... (1343 comments)

You know what is the most terrifying?
I'm a foreigner in England and found that I know grammar and spelling better than most of my English friends. We're talking about people who passed through basic education system here, and at least half of them also through higher studies.
If you ask them about grammar, apostrophe rules or spelling they will just say they never studied this. Nobody ever though them this. Then you wonder why all this is in total shambles.

Problem is that all kids are prepared to pass those stupid tests and outside them they know jack shit. There are exceptions, but general population is similar to Idiocracy one.

more than 4 years ago

Acer Launching Dual Android/Windows 7 Netbook

jackharrer Linux (105 comments)

Wouldn't be better to offer fast booting Linux (Moblin?) and dual boot with Win? Then users can access nice and quick Linux environment or wait for Win if they "really" need Office.

Android is good for phones, but that's how far it goes...

more than 4 years ago

The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

jackharrer Re:Scroll lock! (939 comments)

"I really wish more applications supported this. It's very handy when used properly."

And even more entertaining if pressed accidentally...

more than 4 years ago

Shuttleworth Suggests 1-Way Valve For User Experience Testing

jackharrer Kudos to him! (757 comments)

He knows what he's talking about. We don't need more RMS but more people like Shuttleworth. Pragmatically minded, not focused only on ideals. If somebody wants follow only ideas I suggest Green Peace or monastery.

more than 4 years ago

In 100 Years, Health Care Won't Be An Issue Because ...

jackharrer Re:Mission Option: It already isn't.... (804 comments)

Funny, I had a chance. Better still, that was in terribly underfunded eastern Europe where I'm from. I also know quite a bit about Sweden and Germany. NHS is terrible and extremely inefficient. Ineptitude of doctors is unbelievable. I personally go to clinics staffed by eastern europeans (as I speak the language). I pay half what British private charge, have a top notch service and have fun listening to stories how they needed to patch people after NHS. Especially dentists.

Btw, I actually gave quite a few examples which are not from press (I try to avoid tabloids of any kind, including The Times since Murdoch) and don't watch TV, except BBC News. Those are things I heard from people who actually work in healthcare.

NHS is the last example of socialised healthcare that should be quoted in any comparisons.

more than 4 years ago

In 100 Years, Health Care Won't Be An Issue Because ...

jackharrer Re:Mission Option: It already isn't.... (804 comments)

I also live in UK. Healthcare here is seriously fucked-up because of ineptitude of government. They were increasing wages of doctors to absurd levels while not providing better services. So doctors got used to. How absurd? GPs (first contact doctors) don't work on weekends. Average pay of GP is 100k, where average pay in UK is 24k. They are paid for number of patients they see, but at the same time they have a quota how many they can refer to hospitals. Hospitals are managed by managers who know jack-shit about doctors work. Standards are not enforced properly, therefore hospitals are dirty. Enough of rambling...

Yes, universal healthcare is a good thing, but as long as it's done properly. Most of the Europe is quite alright, with big problems mostly in Eastern part as lots of doctors left to work in the West because of lack of cash. Also to private practices.

What is happening in US is even worse than universal "commie" service. Costs are enormous (3x what it costs here) because of lack of proper competition and/or oversight.

more than 4 years ago

BBC Wants DRM On HD Broadcasts

jackharrer Re:You're obliged to pay for it (267 comments)

Since about 30s when they started broadcasting radio advertisements... Always Coca-Cola!

about 5 years ago

Feds Ask IT Execs To Throw Away Cellphones After Visiting China

jackharrer Re:huh (382 comments)

And how much breadcrumbs in keyboard do? So do they also suggest to hoover the keyboard before?

about 5 years ago



How to integrate multiple teams?

jackharrer jackharrer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jackharrer (972403) writes "I work for a medium sized IT company that grew up mostly due to takeovers. As expected we have now range of products that are taken care of by different teams. There is not much communication between those teams, as all of them came from different companies. Although all consultants work for the same company, people simply do not know each other. There is additional problem of consultants being home-workers, who spend most of their time at home or on-site.
I'm interested in what Slashdot community can suggest to help them integrate more. I know company can allocate some budget to it, although reasonable. Do you have experience of working in similar environment? Or maybe you have some ideas that you’d like to see if you were in such situation? Maybe you know some incentives that can bring people together?"

Linux/Skype supported webcam with remote control

jackharrer jackharrer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jackharrer (972403) writes "I was looking for quite a while for a webcam with physical remote. I would like to put a webcam over TV, connect it to my HTPC and be able to make a video calls using Skype. This way, webcam could stay in the same place and I could adjust it accordingly, e.g. pan and tilt into appropriate direction.
I've found many IP cameras that fulfill the requirements, but although supported in Linux, don't work with Skype. From USB webcams there is Logitech Orbit, although it uses software for pan/tilt.
Does anybody have working setup like that? What camera do you use? I need to stress that Skype is the only option, as much as I would like to go for some FOSS solution, it will not happen."

jackharrer jackharrer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jackharrer (972403) writes ",

Security gadget maker Spam Cube is to bring its anti-malware hardware to a worldwide audience, courtesy of a tie-in with distributor eSys. The email-scanning device is currently only available to buyers in the US.

The 11.5 x 11.5cm unit connects between your broadband modem and scans incoming email messages for attempts to flog viagra, male member enhancement products, schemes to steal personal information and so on. It works with POP3 email accounts and can cover up to four networked computers, be they Windows PCs, Macs and/or Linux boxes.

Now, with problems with SpamHaus, this can be very useful. Especially with price tag of only $150, automatic updates and no subsription fee.
Read more at and"


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