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Comment: WiFi Directional Panel Antennas on the Ceiling (Score 1) 250

by Bulldozer2003 (#45584913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Beautiful Network Cable Trays?
Using directed antennas attached to decent APs will ensure clients are connecting to the closest AP and reduce interference from omni-directional antennas spewing the signal everywhere. Attach flat-panel antennas to the ceiling pointing down over each cluster of workspaces.
Facebook

+ - Facebook to Receive 2012 Tax Refund of $429 Million->

Submitted by Bulldozer2003
Bulldozer2003 (824009) writes "Citizens for Tax Justice recently analyzed Facebook's first annual 10-k financial report to the SEC as a publicly traded company. "Hidden in the report’s footnotes is an amazing admission: despite $1.1 billion in U.S. profits in 2012, Facebook did not pay even a dime in federal and state income taxes. Instead, Facebook says it will receive net tax refunds totaling $429 million." -CTJ
This is only the beginning as Facebook still has over $2 billion in tax breaks they did not utilize this year."

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NASA

+ - NASA Loses Contact with Space Station Over Software Update->

Submitted by kodiaktau
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "Reports early Tuesday morning say that a software update to the Space Station caused a communication blackout with Houston control. Remediation of the update has allowed the astronauts limited communication every 90 minutes or so. It is expected that the issue will be resolved today."
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Japan

+ - Sensors pick up North Korean radioactivity->

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gbrumfiel
gbrumfiel writes "A global network of sensors has picked up faint traces of radioactive gas that probably seeped from last week's underground nuclear test by North Korea. The detection of xenon-133 in Japan and Russia provide further evidence of the nuclear nature of the test, but offer no hint as to the type of weapon used. Atmospheric modelling by the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Vienna shows that the gas likely seeped from North Korea's test site on 15 February, three days after the original test. That indicates that the test was well sealed deep underground."
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+ - Does the Higgs Boson Reveal Our Universe's Doomsday?->

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astroengine
astroengine writes "If calculations of the newly discovered Higgs boson particle are correct, one day, tens of billions of years from now, the universe will disappear at the speed of light, replaced by a strange, alternative dimension, one theoretical physicist calls boring. "It may be that the universe we live in is inherently unstable and at some point billions of years from now it’s all going to get wiped out. This has to do with the Higgs energy field itself,” Joseph Lykken, with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., told Discovery News. "This calculation tells you that many tens of billions of years from now there’ll be a catastrophe.""
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Biotech

+ - Monsanto's 'terminator' seeds set to make a comeback->

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ananyo
ananyo writes "Monsanto and other biotechnology firms could be looking to bring back 'terminator' seed technology. The seeds are genetically engineered so that crops grown from them produce sterile seed and prompted such an outcry that, as slashdot noted, Monsanto's chief executive pledged not to commercialize them. But a case in the US Supreme Court could allow farmers to plant the progeny of GM seeds rather than buying new seeds from Monsanto, making the technology attractive to biotech companies again. Some environmentalists also see 'terminator' seeds as a way of avoiding GM crops contaminating organic/non-GM crops."
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Comment: With patience (Score 1) 298

by Bulldozer2003 (#41130903) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Did You Become a Linux Professional?
With patience and much forethought. I spent many years working with windows systems but always made sure those around me knew I knew Linux. People in the know recommended me for a network ops job where everyone else ran Linux. (or OS X [BSD]) Before that, it was never part of my work life. From there a began maintaining Linux servers and eventually moved on to an *nix admin position.

Comment: Better regualte the free markets! (Score 1) 214

by Bulldozer2003 (#40690019) Attached to: Sale of IPv4 Addresses Hindering IPv6 Adoption

I thought IPv4 was gone, all the IPs handed out willy-nilly for free?

Oh wait, the free market is allocating them more efficiently now that they are all quasi private property?

Better pull out the legislation to stop this and force IPv6 to go faster just cause we want it to.

I always wondered why the ISP I worked at could just be handed a /16 for free with unverified supporting documentation!

Disclaimer: I like IPv6, but I am preempting any comments proposing we stop this IPv4 "black market".

Comment: Stop being angry (Score 1) 358

by Bulldozer2003 (#40657007) Attached to: When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide
Why is everyone so angry? Yeah his project wasn't very nice, but he wasn't really spying on people. Does he know what they were doing on the computer? Did he copy their browsing history, log their passwords? No. The stores have surveillance cameras, the patrons were already being recorded. Does that make what he did right? No, but it is interesting. Did you want him to go to jail for 10 years and never be allowed to touch an electronic device ever again? Apple could have sued him in civil court, but even they decided it would be bad PR and/or was not worth it.

Comment: Re:A Different Interpretation of the Tiers (Score 1) 176

by Bulldozer2003 (#39945841) Attached to: Google Patents Using iPhones To Kill 'Free Bird'

At Chicago's Billy Goat Tavern, construction workers found physical threats an effective way to discourage smart-ass Whitney Young High School students from playing annoying jukebox songs over and over again.

What the hell? Somebody want to fill me in? I just spent ten minutes googling for some news item about this and came up empty handed ...

Obviously the submitter lived, worked, or went to school nearby. It is true though, my nicotine addicted friends would always huddle at Billy Goats in the back by the jukebox so they could smoke during lunch (back when you could inside...). The constructions workers from building projects nearby were a bunch of jerks though, throwing crap off the scaffolding on us as we'd walk back to school.

Comment: Suren claim to fame is: He's the "producer" (Score 1) 366

by Bulldozer2003 (#39356591) Attached to: Interview With Suren Ter From 'You Have Downloaded'
From the website:

Suren Ter (me) I’m a producer of the site. Like a movie producer, I made the site. Ruslan is a visionary. He did the necessary research and invented the technical tricks. Ilia is a programmer. He does the code. You see those tables, html and widgets? He did it. Me? I don’t do code, I don’t do research, I don’t do design — I do sites. Drop me a message if you’d like.

This guy's attitude is right in line with any "producer." They market other people's work to earn fame and/or money for themselves. Now, the two programmers, they actually MADE something and I don't see them complaining about "IP theft." A producer makes money from selling the product, the more money the product makes, the more successful they are. Actual creative minds (the programmers in this case), might make a bit of money, might get a job offer, but most importantly they have pride for having created something! Suren has nothing without being the gatekeeper.

Be sociable. Speak to the person next to you in the unemployment line tomorrow.

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