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wallydallas (1483081) writes "I'm close to a solution, but I wonder how other people block their many devices and operating systems from updating in working hours?
I'm the IT guy who blocks ipads from updating when school is in session because we are in a rural location. 3mbps is the best WAN we can buy. Devices can update after hours just fine. We do this with our router (DDWRT) by blocking MESU.APPLE.COM
Many guests bring in Windows 7 laptops, and I want to welcome them, but not their updates.
How can I block updates on Android Phones and Linux Laptops?
I have a 4G device at home, and I'd like to apply the same tricks 24 hours a day so that I don't use up the bandwith from my vendor. And my many home visitors should have their updates blocked.
wallydallas (1483081) writes "Facebook and google are just 2 recent examples of how fast and reliable old computers are being rendered obsolete by policy and profit. My g5 mac works great with youtube and flash 10, but facebook leaves me no option. Many linux users and my Ubuntu 8 laptop have no Google Chrome support. What do users feel when they are excluded because they are saving the earth with older hardware? Is there a watchdog of forced obsolescence?" Link to Original Source top
wallydallas (1483081) writes "Datacenters use more power than TV sets worldwide, but what is the damage from all the obsolete hardware? More secret than the farms are the impacts to mother earth. Slashdot is ripe with the architects and janitors, but there are few answers. How long does hardware last? How much winds up as e-waste in a low GDP nation?" Link to Original Source top
Forced obsolescence - is it bloatware, scareware o
wallydallas (1483081) writes "I've got a really sturdy and very fast laptop that is 7 years old. It's got Ubuntu 8 and my web browsers run perfect, something I could not get even with a fresh XP re-install.
Google has halted updates to chrome, and every time I start it I'm forced to dismiss a very false message that my Operating System is obsolete.
Is this scareware? Bloatware? What do we call it when a powerful force in the universe labels great hardware obsolete?" Link to Original Source top
wallydallas (1483081) writes "In many countries the banking and cash system barely function. Is a cell phone wallet a form of progress? What would happen if this went global? It's interesting news and raises a lot of questions. "Haiti's Central Bank, Unibank, and private cell phone company Voilà announced this month that the T-cash program would be available countrywide for financial transactions including cash deposits and withdrawals, person-to-person money transfers, and payroll services. "" Link to Original Source top
wallydallas (1483081) writes "A lot of ignorance seems to be flowing from industry experts in response to the story about a school district with 5,000 computers using the SETI at home software. PC Mag and a Carnegie Mellon CS professor are spreading the myth that you protect your computer if you don't power off. "Most advice given on computers nowadays is don't power them down," I'm a teacher in a large district with far too many computers left on overnight because the IT staff have a near dictatorship. How does a powerless teacher fight an oppressive IT staff who will not cooperate with teachers who want computers shut down after a decent time without any user activity. These tools exist and have been vetoed with the myth that they do damage to the workstation hardware." Link to Original Source