Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours
You can bribe a politician with money, you can only try to extort them with data.
Fracked Shale Could Sequester Carbon Dioxide
What is with all this fracking schist?
World's First Programmable Quantum Photonic Chip
a beowulf cluster of these...
Had to go there, this is /. afterall...
The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix
Yes, the camel surely looks elegant in the desert. But then again, fish don't climb trees.
Just because something works well in one area doesn't mean that it will function well outside of that area. This is why there will always be "other methods" for operating systems.
Penguin Yanking Kindle Books From Libraries
Was DRM ever about protecting content and not business models? The whole point of copyright in general is to create artificial monopoly...
Ask Slashdot: What OS For a Donated Computer?
Are Bad Economic Times Good for Free Software?
I've never worked anywhere that actually "trained" users on anything but custom in house software. This means that no matter what it runs on they will need that training. Nobody gets "trained" to use office suites or email. Maybe you have one of those good jobs where they don't just show you the door when they decide to switch platforms and hire another hungry monkey; no employer of mine has offered anything to "retrain" myself other than just keeping my job.
Conversely, if you are the type of company that needs software assurance you will pay for it. However, if you are the type of shop that doesn't have insurance contracts you probably also won't have large shop pricing on Windows or anything else. This means that FOSS will save you quite a bit, this is why it is used as "network glue".
Here you go sir, this is your troll chow...
Online Collaboration Helps Mumbai Attack Victims
Just goes to show what people can do with a network designed to deliver pictures of Ceiling Cat watching you masturbate. Such a clever hack!
Bitcoin Used For the Narcotics Trade
Nothing like using a hash to score some hash.
Black Eyed Peas Member Joins Intel As Director
I gave those bits some Will.i.am, bits love Will.i.am...
Intel's Sandy Bridge Processor Has a Kill Switch
I guess this is how Skynet won... time travel is a bitch.
Aussie Government Gives PDF the Thumbs Down
I'm pretty sure that 90% of all documents on the internet need nothing more fancy than RTF encoding or even a very simple set of BBCode tags to be usable. I know PDFs are supposed to have tons of features but why not just be simple and stick with ASCII?
New Windows Kernel Vulnerability Bypasses UAC
Google Apps for email, works miracles and it still allows you to use Outlook but also lets you use all the nifty free Mac apps. It has a calendar and automagically blocks spam. I've set this up for about 15 domains now, everybody loves it.
Active Directory however is one of the best features of Windows in the enterprise. Sure, their permissions make me go cross eyed but that's another story and has nothing to do with AD. It's really just LDAP with extensions anyway so you are complaining about the Microsoftisms that drive everybody nuts. It's a hard job to design a tool that works 90% for everybody in every use and not have some limitations from doing that.
As has been said previously: the flaw here is a PEBKAC issue. To save them from themselves we should be asking M$ to port Office to the Wii and a large majority of users can use that. The real issue that drives us all nuts with Windows is that it is a platform for 3rd party apps that work like shit. Almost all the M$ programs I've had to admin work awesome on their own, it's that accounting app that is 23 years old or some one-off utility database that sucks balls and forces us to reach around our heads to scratch our ear.
Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?
I gave up on games after I started to feel the treadmill effect of doing the same thing over and over. I pulled out the instrument I gave up for a decade and started actively entertaining myself rather than passively. This led me to home recording and then onto music production.
I've never been happier since I stopped consuming and started creating.
66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP
Wow, and to think when I upgrade Mac OS X it only cost me $30 and already had that shit...
Vista cost something near $300, and 7 is around $200. For... larger icons... and fancy graphics. The problems with Windows for most consumers is the constant update treadmill. Most support calls I get from my family have to do with their anti-virus software that has it's own grinding death march of updates as well. MS Office is terrible for this even on the Mac, if the 2000 version for Windows had a citation manager I'd still be using that. Adobe does the same, yet their software is capable of running just fine for years w/o an update performed (in fact, it is more stable if you is the pirated versions).
Which makes me wonder: why does an office suite take a gig of RAM to run? Didn't we run old ones off of floppies? I mean, really, Google Docs does 99% of what Office does and it runs in a web browser.
Once you start USING a computer for something instead of having a digital hot-rod on your desk you grow weary of the upgrade grind. Nobody gets excited about a new washer/dryer like how people froth about new MS releases.
Commerce Department Pushing For New "Copyright Czar"
Python 2.6 to Smooth the Way for 3.0, Coming Next Month
Because the development cycle is longer than that for derivative projects. Imagine if you could have a cycled and tested app that was ready from day 0...
Re-purposing a Student Tech Service Group?
I'm currently a student (after being an admin for 10 years) working on a history degree. The one thing every class wants is lively out of class discussion but you never get it with the "blackboard" clones. Make available a PHPBB workalike to instructors with easy to remember URLs (eg, HIS3660.youdomain.com).
With that simple tool an instructor can post videos, syllabus, and class material that can be seen from any browser.
You could probably even offer this to student groups including the, gasp, non-school sponsored ones that don't get resources (like the history club I'm in).
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