scubamage writes "A major protest by taxi drivers at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris saw an improvised barricade force drivers single-file through a gauntlet of taxis, where Uber cars and other independent taxi vehicles were attacked. They had their windows busted, tires slashed, paint flung at them while taxi drivers attempted open doors and drag out passengers and drivers. Reports say that police were present, but did nothing to stop the attacks. At least the downfall of traditional post to email has never seen people being beaten in the streets?" Link to Original Source top
University of Florida Cuts Computer Science, Ups Athletic Budget
scubamage writes "Approximately 6 weeks ago, my home was broken into while my fiance and I were at work. Our neighborhood is essentially empty during the day because it's an upper middle class neighborhood. Two laptops were stolen, an iPad, a power brick, a safe (complete with several years worth of taxes, my birth certificate, and old copies of my driver's license), a digital SLR, several pieces of heirloom jewelry, a guitar, and a custom built saxophone. In total, we lost around $20-30,000 dollars that day. We are now dealing with an attorney because the homeowner's insurance is fighting us on a number of items and we're not backing down. It has been a nightmare. Now as we were hoping things were starting to calm down, we've noticed that someone has been visiting our house during the day. There has been garbage left sitting on our back porch table, so its unlikely to have blown there. We've also seen footprints in our garden that are not there in the morning. We want to know who is on our property while we're not, and maybe if we're really lucky reporting it to the police could recover some of our property. My fiance has asked me to assemble a home security system that is motion activated, and both notifies us of an entry, as well as records video or rapid HD stillframes when sensing motion. The goal is to do this cheaply and more effectively than going with a private security company like ADT (who, consequently, our police department told us to ignore due to the incredibly high rate of false alarms). Also, we already have gotten the dog and the gun, so we have those bases covered now. What suggestions do you have on setting up home security systems, and what have you done to build one in the past? Help me slashdot posters, I need your brain juices!" top
scubamage writes "After my housemate recently announced his intention to return to academics and pursue a master's degree, I have started pondering doing the same. I kind of hate knowing that I've put years into a degree (BA in Clinical Psychology) which currently does me no good. However, I can use it as a stepping stone towards a Master's Degree in my chosen field. I'm lucky to say that I enjoy IT, and I'd like the pay scale and management/job opportunities that a Master's degree would bring. However, given my work/oncall schedule, going to brick and mortar school is going to be highly difficult (irregular schedule, being on call a week at a time, etc). Online classes seem to be the right choice, but I know from speaking with numerous people in HR departments that online universities tend to be looked down upon in comparison to their traditional brethren. The best recommendation I've gotten was to pursue a traditional institution which offers online distance learning classes. I've looked at Drexel University's MSIS degree, but it seems to be more about software product development/analysis, and less about actual information systems and technology based on the curriculum they have listed. The curriculum I'd prefer to be studying is something similar to PSU Great Valley's MSIS Program(yes, I know the second one is brick and mortar). I know there have to be other options out there. Can you, the folks of slashdot, help shine some light on them? It would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!" top
I work for a small technology firm and am responsible for server/workstation builds, among other things. We deal with a number of different systems, but are mainly a HP shop. I am trying to find a solution for our deployments so that we can roll out system images to X number of servers/workstations, while also keeping an archive of the image for fast restoration if a customer/field technician has an issue.
So far every product we have found which addresses our issues has some major problems. Ghost by Symantec doesn't support RAIDs or Server OS's, so that option is down the tubes. Further, Sysprep is necessary to make a usable image. We also investigated Acronis Snap Deploy 3 which seemed perfect, however it wasn't until we had already purchased a few licenses that we discovered how prohibitive their licensing is (we had been told by their presales support that one license would be good for one concurrent imaging task; turns out that the licenses bind to the MAC Address of the chassis that you deploy to, so our one license was exhausted after the first successful test deployment, yay wasted money!). To keep using the software we would need to keep purchasing licenses which is not only an administrative nightmare, but it will quickly become prohibitively expensive — especially since the cost of server licenses is triple the workstation license price.
So, we are back at square one. We need software which can be used for deploying system images, is capable of recognizing and handling RAIDs, is compatible with both workstation and server OS's, and is relatively simple to use (we would like to use it in the field for our technicians off site, which means I have to be able to guide them through its usage). It would be a real boon if we could use the same image to deploy on to dissimilar hardware similar to acronis' Universal Deploy utility. It would be even better if we didn't need to resort to sysprep, though I'll live if we need to. So, I throw myself humbly at your feet/. — please help!
scubamage writes "Congresswoman Rosa Delauro (D-CT) has introduced legislation which could potentially destroy both small and organic farming as we know it. The bill, HR 875, forces pesticides, herbicides, and any new chemicals developed to be used by all farmers in the name of "food safety and sanitation." It would also seek to outlaw seed banking, enforce mandatory GPS tracking of all livestock, and to create a new governing body to oversee food safety without any oversight. This includes warrantless searches of all food production facilities. Further, it would require such intense record keeping that it could quite literally strangle many small farmers out of business. It is also interesting to note that Ms. Delauro is married to Stanley Greenberg — a political strategist whose clients include none other than Monsanto: the world's largest producer of herbicides, pesticides, and genetically modified food products." top
scubamage writes "According to this article in the Wall Street Journal, both Chinese and Russian agents have infiltrated US infrastructure systems in an attempt to map out their contents. So far intelligence officials believe the acts are solely for reconnaissance, but they have found that tools were left in place which could have been used to cause damage and disrupt the power grid. Officials warn that similar probes and attacks could be possible against sewage, and other utilities. Further, intelligence officials have noted that reported attacks are growing in number — more than tripling from 20,000 in 2006 to almost 70,000 in 2008. What I personally want to know is why these systems need to be publicly accessible at all? Do we need people at a nuclear power plant reading fark and slashdot all day? Why risk exposing such critical systems? Surely these companies can afford leased lines to keep a private network, well, private and well away from the public internet." top
scubamage writes "According to BBC News, "A tiny tree-shrew that lives on alcoholic nectar could — pound for pound — drink the average human under the table, scientists have discovered." The shrew lives on fermented necter of an indigenous palm tree. Videos are included in the story. I want to party with this rodent!" top
scubamage writes "This morning Google announced the opening of a new Philanthropic branch of their company, Google.org. Google has pledged 1% of all revenue to be devoted to their philanthropic interests which include five major focus areas: Predict and Prevent, Inform and Empower to Improve Public Services, Fuel the Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises, Develop a Renewable Energy Source Cheaper than Coal, and Accelerate the Adoption of Plug-In Vehicles. The effort is to make good on early company plans to use the corporate powerhouse's technology to improve the world around them. More information can be found here." top
scubamage writes "Many of you may be familiar with the Universal Life Church, a liberal online church who offers ordinations for any who seek them free of charge over the internet. While being completely allowed under the freedom of religion clause in the first amendment, the church recently suffered a blow when Judge Marcia Cook of York County annulled a marriage because it was solemnized by a ULC minister on the basis he had no physical church or congregation. Now, before the PA House of Representatives is Bill 1099, which seeks to invalidate all online ordinations in the state of Pennsylvania. Similar attempts have been made in other states but were later ruled unconstitutional. Should this bill pass it could have chilling constitutional consequences on how religion is practiced in the US by giving other states a boilerplate to work from in passing similar legislation." top
scubamage writes "On the 14th of April, Stanford University scientists announced the completion of the experimental phase of Gravity Probe B, a test of Einstein's theory of relativity and gravity. To quote, "One way to think about space-time is as a large fishing net. Left unperturbed and stretched out flat, it is straight and regular. But the minute one puts a weight into the net, everything bends to support that weight. A weight that was spinning would wreak even more havoc with the net, twisting it as it spun. The mass-energy of the planet earth represents a "weight" in our net of space-time, and the daily revolutions of the earth, according to Einstein's theory, represent a twisting of local space-time. GP-B will search for this twisting effect, which has never before been measured." The tests so far have shown that Einstein was correct at least in the fact that there is a distortion. The actual drag created on time space is still being calculated. The stanford article can be found here. The official press release in PDF format can be found here." top