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Comment Re:Theft. (Score 1) 143 143

Apple actually has a couple of great services they offer educational institutions that can help mitigate thefts. Their Device Enrollment Program combined with any sort of MDM server works like the Activation lock on iOS devices with Find My iPhone turned on. The district I work for has leveraged that and have not had one instance of theft yet. It basically bricks the device if they remove if from the school and erase it. We have it set up so they need to be on our secure network and login with AD credentials to be able to set up the device at all. It was pretty easy to set it up. We are using JAMF's Casper suite to manage them. It is fantastic. I have tried many times to break the lock in multiple ways with no success.

Comment Re:Logitech MX1000 Laser Mouse (Score 1) 361 361

Never been a fan of the trackball style, but to each his own. I have had a little issue with the contacts for charging the mouse, but they still work. It DOES take a bit of wiggling, and sometimes it takes a nice bristle brush to clean off any corrosion. Thinking of getting out the old soldering kit and replacing the contacts on the mouse.

Comment Obligatory Quote (Score 1) 372 372

No, not the Simpsons this time. From Robert A. Heinlein's book Glory Road: "An insult is like a drink; it affects one only if accepted." I'd say this applies to any offensive behavior. I am the one who can choose to be offended or not. And most of the time it is easier to NOT be offended.
Privacy

Ontario Court Wrong About IP Addresses, Too 258 258

Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton comments on a breaking news story out of the Canadian courts: "An Ontario Superior Court Justice has ruled that Canadian police can obtain the identities of Internet users without a warrant, writing that there is 'no reasonable expectation of privacy' for a user's online identity, and drawing the analogy that 'One's name and address or the name and address of your spouse are not biographical information one expects would be kept private from the state.' But why in the world is it valid to compare an IP address with a street address in the phone book?" Read on for Bennett's analysis.
The Internet

Researchers Warn of Possible BitTorrent Meltdown 294 294

secmartin writes "Researchers at Delft University warn that large parts of the BitTorrent network might collapse if The Pirate Bay is forced to shut down. A large part of the available torrents use The Pirate Bay as tracker, and other available trackers will probably be overloaded if all traffic is shifted there. TPB is currently using eight servers for their trackers. According to the researchers, even trackerless torrents using the DHT protocol will face problems: 'One bug in a DHT sorting routine ensures that it can only "stumble upon success", meaning torrent downloads will not start in seconds or minutes if Pirate Bay goes down in flames.'"
Businesses

Inside Factory China 135 135

blackbearnh writes "While China is attempting to pull its industry up out of mere manufacturing mode, for now the country is the production workhorse of the consumer electronics industry. Almost anything you pick up at a Best Buy first breathed life across the Pacific Ocean. But what is it like to shepherd a product through the design and production process? Andrew 'bunnie' Huang has done just that with the Chumby, a new Internet appliance. In an interview with O'Reilly Radar, he talks about the logistical and moral issues involved with manufacturing in China, as well as his take on the consumer's right to hack the hardware they purchase."

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