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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

wvmarle Re:Silly design decision (390 comments)

Now at least they have a new feature to talk about: the thinness of the device. Something to make a difference with the existing models.

yesterday
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

wvmarle Re:About 1/2 of 1 percent of their budget (245 comments)

It is more than E85 a year, as this is only the upfront cost, excluding renewal of licenses.

The amount is small on a per-employee basis, however that E6 mln that the city saves can now be used for other purposes. If there's no benefit of using Windows over Ubuntu, this E6 mln (or more, over time) becomes a waste of money. Explain that to your voters, why you'd throw millions of Euros to some foreign company for some unnecessarily expensive product!

And why all or nothing? Because it makes the work of the IT staff a lot easier. Standardise computers, give them all the same hardware and software, and the bulk of the office can do exactly what they have to do. Maybe put in some non-standard (higher end, different OS, whatever) machines in the mix for the people that really need this - this are probably also the people that need the least support, so not much of an issue there.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

wvmarle Re:It's apparently not ready yet - FUD (471 comments)

Well, Apple make me Uncertain about the actual existence of the product, Doubtful on when it's really going to be released (now they'll have to; they can't delay much or they'll really use their reputation), and anyway I Fear it has not much use anyway - not just because my phone happens to be not an iPhone.

So that'd be UDF. Not FUD. But that's just a minor detail.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

wvmarle Re:What I think would be most useful (471 comments)

I didn't say the glance at the notification is not the interruption, however it does show that you are prepared (and, in a way, planning) to interrupt the meeting.

Besides, how often does it really happen to you that your wife takes the kid to hospital? Just be realistic here. Hasn't happened to me in eight years of having a kid. If it's really that important a message they can call someone at the company, and you can concentrate on the meeting instead of looking for messages all the time.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

wvmarle It's apparently not ready yet (471 comments)

With Apple announcements I'm used to them giving a date the gadget will be in the shops. Not just a year, but a month, and often a day even. And that date is usually in the quite near future.

A launch date of "early 2015" makes me wonder whether it's even ready for production, or that quite some development is still to be done before it can be released. No specific date, and it's like half a year out. That's almost a full generation when it comes to mobile phones!

First see, then believe. When it's released it's time to discuss the feature set of this device, the actual feature set that is. For now, it's vapourware. It seems Apple really lost its mojo since the demise of the late Steve Jobs...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

wvmarle Re:What I think would be most useful (471 comments)

I don't see (3) and (4) working well on a screen that's not even as big as my wrist (and I have pretty big wrists).

In case of (3), if there's a message so important that it's worth interrupting a meeting for (why else would you check notifications?), just have your secretary check on it and warn you in person when such a message comes in.

about a week ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

wvmarle Re:This is what the US has become (137 comments)

You're mixing up things.

The original Mickey Mouse movies are indeed old enough to be in the public domain, based on the principles of copyright.

This doesn't necessarily mean the character Mickey Mouse, or its likeness, should be in the public domain as well.

Even less so for trademarks, which do not have a set expiry date: a trademark is yours from the moment you start using it, until you stop using it. It doesn't necessarily have to be registered - though that does make defending it easier. Also, unlike copyright, a trademark must be defended at all times or you may risk losing it. Allowing a company to use your trademark for some time and then going after it (like patent trolls like to do with patented stuff) makes you risk losing your trademark rights altogether.

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

wvmarle Re:Define technology (230 comments)

Considering your age you probably forgot to add the part "for use as target practice" there.

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

wvmarle Re:Around or on top of millitary bases? (237 comments)

True, if totally disregarding the part where the Chinese would have to ship those tanks unnoticed halfway across the world.

The part where they look at American tanks to copy the design and to make their own look exactly alike is the easy part, of course.

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

wvmarle Re:This does not bother me (237 comments)

If so, why would those towers be only at their bases? If using regular mobile phone frequencies (or frequencies close to those), they won't be able to create a complete network out of them, simply because the reach of those towers is limited to some 50 km, or the nearest mountain or tall building. Get off the base, and lose your communication - doesn't sound like a very useful system in case of emergency or war.

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

wvmarle Re:Around or on top of millitary bases? (237 comments)

If they indeed are Chinese (or otherwise foreign) spy towers, and so easily detected (the authors of the article didn't seem to have a hard time finding such towers), there's something terribly, terribly wrong with your homeland security.

about two weeks ago
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

wvmarle Re:great! (64 comments)

In my office I intentionally placed the printer out of reach from the desks, to force movement. It's not much movement, but even a few steps go a long way in preventing RSI and related issues.

about three weeks ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

wvmarle Re:not so fast (128 comments)

Humans are by far the most intelligent creatures on this world, and thanks to that intelligence can learn a lot.

Learning primarily takes place in the childhood stage, when parents directly teach their children all they need to know to survive (which until not so long ago, was indeed mostly survival skills: how to grow your own food and so). A long childhood (and with that, long parental care) may for this reason be an advantage: longer time to learn typically makes for a better end result.

As another poster pointed out, childhood is not the most robust stage of the life cycle of a human, especially early childhood. And even if parental care during childhood improves survival during that stage of life, it's genetically not exactly a productive stage of life - no procreation yet, so surviving that part is great but it doesn't necessarily help to spread those presumably beneficial long childhood genes in the overall population. Procreation tends to happen when the parental care has finished.

about three weeks ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

wvmarle Re:If by "decreeses" you mean "increases", then ye (300 comments)

Maybe you should start following some proper news outlets, including some run by traditional news organisations, you know, the ones that search for news and publish it. Go out of your basement and buy a newspaper or so. Or if that's too much, try the online BBC news.

If you only found out about this by reading about the removal of the video, you're really looking in the wrong places for your news.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Developing Remote-Control Cyborg Moths

wvmarle Re:Do the tests stat ... (27 comments)

A large stock of cryogenic, cyborg moths; ready to be unfrozen and directed to do whatever their masters tell them to do.

This starts to sound rather creepy to me. Stuff for a scifi thriller.

about a month ago
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Scientists Developing Remote-Control Cyborg Moths

wvmarle Re:Do the tests stat ... (27 comments)

As counterargument, a couple hours of flying time is enough for many missions like seeing what's around the corner or inside a building, and cyborg moths don't come out of their pupa on demand, nor can they be pre-produced and stored waiting for use in an emergency.

about a month ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

wvmarle Re:Conduit lease (181 comments)

Solve it the same way the roads are solved.

The government builds the infrastructure (roads), then allows everyone to use this (bus companies, truck companies, private cars), as long as they follow the rules of the road (including safety requirements on the vehicles, size limitations, etc) and they pay a road tax (depending on vehicle size/type/weight).

It's not hard to translate this into network service. Don't say it can't be done, it's exactly how it works in many European countries - with great results. With the minor difference to the road part that the government does not own the infrastructure directly, instead it's owned by a heavily regulated private company that is responsible for the maintenance of this infrastructure.

about a month ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

wvmarle Re:Chicken (521 comments)

Chickens can definitely fly. I've seen them fly on many occasions. Sure they're nowhere near as good as a seagull or an unladen swallow, they can get off the ground and fly short distances. This is why chickens are either kept indoors or have their wings clipped (and now you know where the expression comes from), as otherwise they'd fly out of their pen.

about a month ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

wvmarle Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

The number of birds killed by windmills is actually quite low: apparently the woosh-woosh sound of the blades cutting through the wind is enough to scare most birds away.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

wvmarle Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (426 comments)

If those features are truly "essential", I wonder why Mozilla, Apple and Google haven't picked them up, and added them to their respective browsers.

What you consider "essential" obviously isn't that essential for a large part of the web-surfing public.

about 1 month ago

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Ask Slashdot: backup solution for small business

wvmarle wvmarle writes  |  about 4 years ago

wvmarle (1070040) writes "For my small business I am looking for a reliable backup method, allowing me to relatively easily recover my data from a crash. This includes email (Cyrus IMAP), LDAP, /etc, user home directories, and other user generated data. This is all stored on a single server; users mount /home over NFS. No important data on the work stations.
There are two issues I am struggling with: first of all the backup method. Currently I'm making a simple tarball (daily updates, weekly updates, monthly full backups); while reasonably effective it's not easy to recover data and ldap/mysql databases don't like to be recovered that way. I've been looking at software but there are so many solutions that I do not know where to start. Something reasonably easy to manage, and reasonably easy to restore, with a scheme similar to the above.
Secondly the storage medium. Currently my backups are on a separate hard disk inside the server. Again not the best solution. I have been looking to use e.g. flash drivers for external storage, but my .tgz monthly dumps are about 30 GB and the largest USB drive that I found is barely bigger, doesn't make me feel happy. Also too much for DVD-Rs. And it's not enough to think about tape. Removable hard disks I wouldn't like to just toss in my bag to take them home for off-site storage, just hoping they survive those trips. I'm not really looking for permanent backup, 3-6 months while rotating the media will do."
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Chinese surfers see red over Microsoft black-outs

wvmarle wvmarle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wvmarle (1070040) writes "Microsoft has decided to take action against Windows systems in China that fail the "Windows Genuine Advantage" check. Since the latest automatic updates, many users find their desktop background to be changed to black. This has left many users fuming and looking for alternatives. Also Microsoft Office is targeted, and Chinese software producers supplying competing products see their downloads soar by as much as 50% already. One of the main complaints is that Microsoft is hacking end user's computers, and users are afraid that if today Microsoft changes their background, what will they do tomorrow? More news reports available here and here."

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