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Amazon Blocks Video Streaming On BlackBerry Tablet, Blames Apple

neowolf Re:Summary is 100% correct (128 comments)

LOL! My thoughts exactly. I'm sure they just decided to stop supporting an essentially dead platform.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Features With Linux Antecedents

neowolf Re:"Linux Command Line Tirckery" HA! (642 comments)

If the command line is so hard- why has Microsoft been slowly forcing sysadmins into it in more recent versions of Windows Server and other server products like Exchange. They are slowly killing the GUI, and allegedly plan to pull it altogether in the next few years. And really- the Linux commands given by eldavojohn are nothing compared to some of the ridiculous crap Microsoft has dreamed up in PowerShell.It is a nightmare compared to Linux.

From what I've seen of Windows 8- I would WANT a command line to actually get anything constructive done.

more than 2 years ago

In Xhengzhou, Thousands Vie For Foxconn Jobs

neowolf Re:Foxconn suicides (386 comments)

I agree. Foxconn may be terrible by US standards, but they obviously aren't by Chinese standards, and they've got tens of thousands of people lining up to work for them there.

I've been getting pretty fed-up with all the anti-Apple press and calls for boycotts. As you said- they are the largest electronics manufacturer in the world and there are a large number of other high-profile companies who also use them.

I have to ask everyone who is calling for Apple to move its production facilities to the US:
Are you willing to pay 2-3 times as much for the same product? Are you living in some fantasy world where if Apple's production costs double or triple (actually- they would go up substantially more than that)- they will still charge the same amount of money?
Are you willing to buy a lower quality product for that much money? American manufacturers don't exactly have a very good track record when it comes to "fit and finish". (Not being a troll- just being realistic.)

To be blunt- we as Americans get ourselves into a lot of trouble when we try to apply our own standards to other countries. There are a lot of injustices in the world, and maybe someday the picture in China will change, but it really isn't our place to dictate that. Want to take your money from Apple and give it to another Japanese or American manufacturer who also likely uses Foxconn- what are you really accomplishing? Want Apple to move their manufacturing to the USA so you can pay $2000 for the next iPad or iPhone? Once again- what are you really accomplishing. We (USA) would gain a few thousand minimum-wage assembly jobs, while everyone switches from expensive Apple devices to dirt-cheap Android ones, still made by Foxconn...

Last, but not least- China holds a substantial amount of US debt, and the US continues to borrow from them. What happens if China loses tens or hundreds of thousands of jobs and their economy starts to fail? What happens to the world economy, which is already on shaky ground?

more than 2 years ago

French Court Calls Free Google Maps Unfair Competition

neowolf Easy fix... (238 comments)

Google should just immediately start charging everyone in France for access to Maps. If their government wants to play these kinds of protectionist games- give them what they want...

more than 2 years ago

Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft

neowolf So wait... (428 comments)

My car tells me if I leave the fuel cap off, but a multi-hundred-million $ plane has nothing that can tell in advance if there is a venting problem with a fuel tank? Sorry, but WTF?! I'm with others too- I believe the costs are being blown out of proportion by the Air Force, and this aircraft is obviously impractical for "combat" conditions where it may need to be field serviced under less-than-ideal conditions. Another waste of taxpayer money.

more than 2 years ago

Denver Must Prove Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety

neowolf Aurora (433 comments)

I hope the Denver suburb of Aurora- which has red light cameras at every major intersection in the city, will do the same. I do everything I can to avoid driving through either city. Besides people slamming on their breaks at every intersection, the camera flashes at night are annoying and dangerous!

more than 2 years ago

Aging Consoles Find New Life As Video Streamers

neowolf Re:XBOX 360 Streaming (255 comments)

Didn't realize Slashdot had logged me out...

more than 2 years ago

NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

neowolf Re:Navigation isn't a luxury (938 comments)

I agree with this, as I think will anyone who drives near or in a major city. My phone provides me with real-time traffic, construction, and road hazard data that I need to make logical (and environmentally friendly- to save fuel) decisions in real-time on my long commute to-and-from work. I've used several stand-alone navigation devices that offer similar services.

There are also hundreds of thousands of cabs and delivery vehicles that simply couldn't operate in today's cities without real-time access to information and communication resources. Not to mention- the cop cars which at a minimum have two-way radio, messaging system, and usually a laptop computer.

more than 2 years ago

NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

neowolf Re:Public Transit (938 comments)

The key is "transit system done right", which is really only in a handful of cities I've lived in or visited, and even then- is a matter of opinion.

I could take public transit to my job. It involves driving to a park-and-ride (or walking 8 miles), three bus changes, and a call-and-ride shuttle or walking another 3 miles to work, reverse for the trip home. It also takes over two hours EACH WAY. Driving takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.

I love transit systems when they work, but as I said- for a LOT of people- they don't. I guess you are fortunate enough to live in an area where they do, and to live close enough to your office that they are practical- and that is great.

more than 2 years ago

US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

neowolf What? IT Workers GET OVERTIME? (1167 comments)

That's like a fantasy for most of us.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tablet/App Combination For Note-Taking?

neowolf iPad, Bluetooth Keyboard, Evernote (425 comments)

I know you said you want to hand-write your notes, but unless you NEED to for some specific reasons, or are a terrible typist, I would re-think it. Most people can type considerably faster than they can hand-write, even under the best circumstances with pen and paper. Plus- typing can take advantage of modern spell-checking and auto-correcting functions. If you MUST hand-write- I recommend a good smart pen instead, like those offered by Livescribe. It provides a good level of handwriting analysis and can make your notes searchable via an online app. None of the handwriting apps I've used on Windows-based tablets have come anything close. If you are looking for a good, light, portable means of taking notes- I would recommend a good Bluetooth keyboard with an iPad. Many are very lightweight and small, yet have a good typing feel and are quiet (less intrusive in meetings or classes). Some are integrated with ipad cases, while others come with their own that fold out into stands. I personally love the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad.

For software- I've gone between Evernote and Google Docs for my notes (I'm an IT executive and spend much of my time in meetings), and prefer Evernote because it doesn't require an Internet connection (if you pay for it), and I had too many problems with Google Docs suddenly becoming unresponsive in the middle of a meeting. I mostly went with these options because I wanted my notes available anywhere/everywhere. If I'm stopped in the hall and need to reference something, and I don't have my iPad with me- I can pull up my notes on my phone. Both Evernote and Google Docs are multi-platform and synced (almost) live.

If you don't want to pay for Evernote offline- a lot of people in my office use the notepad shipped as part of iOS. It does work very well for what it is.

more than 2 years ago

iOS 5 Update Available

neowolf Re:Good luck (473 comments)

I had to re-try my install about a dozen times on my iPad before it finally happened. Actually- I'm being optimistic right now, since it is only about half-way loaded...

more than 2 years ago

Probing Insulin Pumps For Vulnerabilities

neowolf WiFi Medical Gear (81 comments)

I spent a LOT of time in various hospitals and long-term care facilities over the last year (friend with cancer), and found that most now rely heavily on WiFi enabled IV/Medication pumps and monitors. Almost every piece of equipment I looked at had a WiFi indicator light on it (some even actually said "WiFi"). There were also several secure WiFi networks operating within each facility, including- thankfully- free public Internet access. Depending on what can actually be done with them remotely- I found this a bit alarming though. If someone can hack an insulin pump, they will probably have the "keys" to other equipment, at least by the same manufacturer. This really opens the door to something like murder-by-WiFi.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Building Android Based Mobile OS

neowolf Re:Isn't that just Android then? (62 comments)

My thoughts exactly. How would this help clean up mobile fragmentation? Develop yet another mobile platform?!?! Will it allow the same level of bloat that Firefox does?

more than 3 years ago

LG Cinema 3D TV Get Full HD Certification From VDE

neowolf Re:it's HD and 3D (71 comments)

I have a Panasonic 3D HDTV with 1080p "Full HD 3D". I looked at a demo of the LG 3D a couple of weeks ago, because I liked the idea of not paying $150 each for active glasses. The LG was awful. The 3D is clearly in standard definition, regardless of what VDE says. It also has a much narrower field of view than the Panasonic, and the ideal viewing distance is much closer, with the 3D effect getting completely lost at about 8' (for me, anyway). I know this will improve over time, but calling this an "HD" 3D set is complete BS.

more than 3 years ago

Eight Major 3G & 4G Networks Tested Nationwide

neowolf Re:Barely Touched the West Coast (123 comments)

They didn't hit the mountain west either, like Colorado. "... we couldn't get our drivers as far as the Northwest." Probably would have done been better if it was ski season.

more than 3 years ago

Who Killed the Netbook?

neowolf Not dead at all! (398 comments)

I have to agree with this and others. Who says they are dead? I'll admit- for most of what I do- I use my Android tablet now instead of the netbook, but for things I still can't do on the tablet (printing and ssl vpn, for example)- I still keep the netbook handy, especially while I am traveling. I believe the writing is on the wall for desktops and many full-size laptops in the next few years, but I don't see a "death" of the netbook anytime soon. From RTFA- it appears the author means dirt-cheap netbooks, so perhaps the title should be changed...

more than 3 years ago

Drivers Blamed For Out of Control Toyotas - Again

neowolf Really? (482 comments)

So then a disproportionately high number of people who can't tell the difference between the brake and accelerator just happen to drive Toyotas or Toyota-built cars? Sorry, not buying it. There is a pretty serious design flaw at work here, and this report doesn't really exonerate Toyota.

more than 3 years ago

Are 10-11 Hour Programming Days Feasible?

neowolf Just say no... (997 comments)

Okay, do it politely... I would just explain that they would be asking too much of staff and would likely lose many of them rather quickly. Perhaps if there was some real incentive (like stock/profit sharing) they might have a better shot at it- but if they are only paying standard wages on salary- it isn't worth it. If he asks you point-blank if you will leave- just say something like "I have no immediate plans to leave, and I can't make any future determination at this time." (If it were me- I would probably start making plans to leave anyway...)

more than 3 years ago



Locking/Securing Wireless Broadband USB Modems?

neowolf neowolf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

neowolf writes "I work for a company that does trade shows around the country. We were using expensive and spotty WiFi access at convention centers for our business needs and to provide our customers with some laptops they could use to access the Internet while at our shows. Management recently decided to try using wireless broadband USB modems from our cellular carrier instead. What they didn't consider is security for these devices. We leave laptops out in what is essentially a public place. We lock up the laptops already, and aside from having a couple of power supplies "walk away", haven't had any other theft problems. The problem now is- we have small USB cellular modems sitting in them. There isn't any way to lock them in the USB slots (gluing them is not really an option as they are fragile and the laptops get shipped from show to show). I wanted to use USB extension cables and lock them away in a locking plastic case (like a Pelican case), but their smallest locking case is huge for such a small device. All of the self-adhesive or glue-on security locks I can find are metal, and I'm afraid they would interfere with the signal. Has anyone else tried to secure these things in a public environment? Any other ideas?"

Automatix Down

neowolf neowolf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

neowolf (173735) writes "Automatix seems to have suffered some kind of a technical problem as of late yesterday afternoon. Their repositories are offline, and visiting their homepage displays a generic hosted Apache homepage. Hopefully it is only temporary. It's hard to sell (metaphorically) Ubuntu to friends without it..."


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