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Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

sabre307 Seriously? (870 comments)

Have you read /. before? Most of the people on here ARE your students who would use the WiFi to cheat on the exam. Not that they couldn't ace the exam on most days, but they typically stay up too late the night before reading /. and don't get the requisite amount of sleep!

about 4 years ago

Apple Patents Remotely Disabling Jailbroken Phones

sabre307 Re:Legal implications.... (381 comments)

Unfortunately the law also allows for a private contract between a company and an individual. Although there is no criminal implications to jailbreaking your phone, there may be implications from the TOS contract that you entered into when activating the phone through AT&T/Apple. Personally, I believe that a law should be passed that states you have the right to do whatever you see fit with something that you have purchased. Though I wholly support AT&T's right to restrict your access to their network or Apple's right to restrict your access to their App Store if you have modified your device from their specifications, I think it is ludicrous to think that they have a right to DESTROY something that you bought and paid for without compensation for it. Imagine if Ford had the right to disable your car just because you didn't use OEM spark plugs in it. What if Sony could disable my television because I plugged a Sharp DVD player into it? Someone needs to come in and lay a smack down on Apple and teach them that they are not the rulers of the world, but suppliers of a commodity. THIS is why I own an Android phone and REFUSE to purchase an Apple product. I used to support Apple and felt they got a bad rap on things, but since they've had some success with the iP* devices, they have become a monster that the free market needs to come in and slay. I NEVER thought I'd say this, but I miss the dominance of Microsoft! They are a behemoth and not very innovative, but I can't think of an instance where they have shown the anti-consumer mentality that Apple has over the last decade. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

more than 4 years ago

Researchers Reprogram Voting Machine To Run Pac-man

sabre307 In other news... (132 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new pill eating ghost avoiding presidential candidate overlord!

more than 4 years ago

Google Voice Now Works WIth Existing Mobile Numbers

sabre307 Gee Thanks! (164 comments)

So, because I am an early adopter of Google Voice (take that you furners!), I have to pay $10 if I want to port my cell number that I've had for the last decade over to them. Then I have to go back and retrain all of the people that I have managed to convince to use my new number to go back to using my old number! WTF! Why is it the people who jump in early on something are always the ones who get the shaft later on?

Wait a minute... If I can officially port my number over, does that mean that Google is officially a telco?

more than 4 years ago

Comparing the Freedoms Offered By Maemo and Android

sabre307 Re:The writer is clueless about end users (244 comments)

The author was an idiot. He says "...who are we to say that no novice has a legitimate need for root access, ever?".

If a novice has a legitimate need for root access, he won't know what the f*** he is doing and turn his phone into a brick, then whine to the carrier/manufacturer that it is all their fault. IT administrators don't usually lock users out of admin rights just to be a d***, they do it to protect the computer from the loose nuts at the keyboard! The cell phone manufacturers are doing the same thing. I love FLOSS, but not forcing a user to jump through a few hoops to gain root access to a consumer electronics system isn't being open with the consumer, it's committing financial suicide for your company.

more than 4 years ago

Lost Northwest Pilots Were Trying Out New Software

sabre307 Re:WTF? (518 comments)

Come on! You know they were surfing some Pr0n, or rating girls on

more than 4 years ago

Android Phone Turned Into Virtual Reality Goggles

sabre307 Lame, and yet... (103 comments)

OK, I watched this one and was almost waiting for a punchline at the end. My initial instinct was that it was lame because the guy was using a cardboard box, tape, and safety goggles, and yet the more I watched it, the more it began to seem cool. Strange?!?!

more than 4 years ago

Android Phone Turned Into Virtual Reality Goggles

sabre307 Re:Brilliant idea (103 comments)

That wasn't the one I was thinking of. I can't find it now, but I actually saw a pic one time that was a guy in a business suit, carrying a briefcase with one of those Zach Morris 80's era brick phones duct taped to his head. Now THAT was freakin hilarious!

more than 4 years ago

Geocities Shutting Down Today

sabre307 Geocities shutting down!? (396 comments)

Does anyone know of an easy way I can download my Geocities page so I can upload it onto Tripod? I don't want to loose all my cool gifs I've got on there!

more than 4 years ago

Google Voice Mails Found In Public Search Engine

sabre307 It's obviously user error (145 comments)

or intentional on their part. It seems like they are only coming from a select few users, and most of them are obviously recordings that were meant to be shared. I don't think this is Google's fault and it doesn't sway me in the least from utilizing my Google Voice Number.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon's Challenge To the iPhone Confirmed

sabre307 Re:IPhone. Blah Blah Blah (423 comments)

It's the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field! The serious lack of Video Recording and Ringtones has been why I've avoided it and marveled at the people who hailed it as the greatest invention ever. I will admit that the interface was a serious advancement in UI development for small devices, and for that it should be commended, but as a phone, the original one really sucked!

more than 4 years ago

Car Glass Rules Could Impair Cell, GPS and Radio Signals In CA

sabre307 Re:! surprising (762 comments)

Awwwwww Damn! You beat me to it. Seriously, we are talking about the state that is KNOWN for stuff like this. Come on, they tried to outlaw fast food! (

more than 4 years ago

What Desktop Search Engine For a Shared Volume?

sabre307 What are you trying to Index? (232 comments)

Are you trying to index all files, or just documents, or what? If you are trying to cheap out on indexing documents, I highly recommend Alfresco

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft May Be Inflating SharePoint Stats

sabre307 You're forgetting SBS (225 comments)

Of course the numbers are inflated by MS! A Sharepoint license comes automatically with SBS and Enterprise versions of 2003 and 2008. I have plenty of customers who are running SBS, and very few of them are actually utilizing the Sharepoint license that they have, nor are they utilizing the Exchange license that comes with it either. In MS's defense, Sharepoint is actually really cool for what it does, but it has a fairly limited target market.

more than 4 years ago

Linux Gaining Strength In Downturn

sabre307 Fun to watch (293 comments)

This could just be a perfect storm. Vista has been a new version of ME, such that Microsoft is scrambling to get Windows 7 out into the wild and restore faith to the consumer, yet at the same time the economy is tanking, so no one can afford to upgrade, yet everyone wants all the cool tools. Looks like Microsoft's only hope is to ease up on piracy prosecutions until the economy gets better, otherwise, people may move to Linux just to get the cool features and not break the bank. Ha!! I can't wait to watch this one unfold over the next 6 months or so.

more than 5 years ago

What Features Should Be Included With iPhone 3.0?

sabre307 Video Recording (606 comments)

No one seems to be talking about the 300lb gorilla in the room, but video recording is a DEAL BREAKER. I have continued to use my blackjack for the past few years and refused to upgrade simply because the iPhone doesn't do video recording without jailbreaking. I got really excited when the G1 came out and... damn, no video recording. WTF?!?!?! How can these guys make these phones that are so close to being great and leave off such an obvious feature. I will wait with baited breath to see if Apple finally wakes up on this one, and if not, I will soon be the proud owner of a Storm, since RIM is the only company that seems to get it when it comes to mobile devices.

more than 5 years ago

Breathalyzer Source Code Ruling Upheld

sabre307 Re:Next stop: Red Light Camera Systems (520 comments)

I was starting to wonder if anyone was smart enough to realize the correlation between this case and other criminal convictions based on electronically generated evidence. Red Light Camera Systems are a travesty and cause more problems than they fix, but they make a lot of money for the governments and are therefore used. I am excited by this ruling because it sets precedence that can be used to destroy these cameras and actually make the government start convicting people based on real offences and not made up ones!!!!!

more than 5 years ago

Effective Optical Disc Repair?

sabre307 Re:Aircraft Plexi Repair to the rescue! (554 comments)

I agree with n76lima, I worked on F-16's in the Air Force and "acquired" a micro-mesh kit when I had a damaged CD that I thought was beyond salvation. We used it for scratches in the canopies, but I figured it should work for CDs too. I have found NOTHING that works near as well as it does. The "sandpaper" is super-fine grit and runs all the way down to talcum powder as a final abrasive. If you have some patience, move slow, and work it until it is smooth, you will never be able to tell that the CD was scratched unless you look at it. It will leave some swirls, but the CD player won't care about those. Also, as a previous poster said, if you can see pinholes of light through the aluminum coating on top, you're f**ked!

more than 6 years ago



Managing Mobile Laptops

sabre307 sabre307 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sabre307 (451605) writes "Our company has recently decided to go electronic with our field service workforce by providing mobile devices with a 3G connection. After evaluating a number of different hardware platforms it was decided that we would need the capabilities provided by MS Windows so we have settled on a model of netbook. At this point the IT department has been left with the task of trying to figure out how to manage these devices once they have been deployed, most notably to control what the 3G data can be used for. In our research we are finding a number of solutions to manage mobile devices running a mobile OS (iOS, Android, WP7, RIM, etc.), but nothing to manage a computer that is actually running Windows 7 Professional. What ideas can the /. community offer on how to best manage these devices?"

How best to manage Call Center PCs?

sabre307 sabre307 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sabre307 (451605) writes "I recently took a position running a network for a company with a call center. The previous administrator has locked down the users through group policy so tight that they can't even install plug-ins for IE so they can access business related websites. I would like to ease the restricitons a bit on the users, but would like to keep the environment as safe as possible from spyware and viruses. I have been considering some options like PXE boot where I could maintain a clean image that has the necessary software, can be easily modified if needed, and would allow the users to run as a local admin on the PC without fear, as any damage done would be reversed on reboot. I would love to know what the /. community thinks of this idea, and any other solutions you may have found that work well."

Is SEO worth it?

sabre307 sabre307 writes  |  about 7 years ago

sabre307 writes "Working as an IT Administrator for a small company means that I have to be the swiss army knife of technology, from programming to network administration to web master. Unfortunately, it means that quite often I get thrown into situations that I'm not really well versed in. Recently my boss approached me about Search Engine Optimization. Apparently he has been approached by a company that claims to specialize in this. I've taken a look at the company, and I'm not very impressed by them, but it has opened the door and now my boss wants me to do something to bring up our page ranking in search engines. I figured that the collective brains of /. could offer up some advice on how to handle it. First, do you have any ideas on things that could be done easily internally to improve our ranking? Second, are SEO companies worth the expense? Third, if they are worth the expense, how do you tell the wheat from the chaff or does anyone have any recommendations?"


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