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Comment: Wasting more time, with Google+ (Score 1) 267

by HKcastaway (#36851328) Attached to: Google+ Growing As a Social Backbone

o I think it is pointless to use it as many of my friends will never join Google + due to privacy and tracking issues of putting your data with Google...

So that means I will have to check two sites or choose to cut off the people that matter,, something I would rather not do, so.

  I won't sign up with Google+

Comment: Re:Multi wan router (Score 2) 206

by HKcastaway (#36767220) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Connect Scheme For a 2-ISP Household?

I've used PEPlink and they are good.... Recommend them, service was good, though they did bring me one which had a hardware problem.

They have some pretty good load balancing policies, but there was some wacky idea I had which it wouldn't do.

  If someone is looking for clever inbound traffic balancing without BGP google that in week or so... actually it is something similar to my DNS racing... (sorry my blog is currently down).

Power

+ - Oyster 800 Wave Energy Generator Unveiled Today->

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MikeChino (1640221) writes "We've learned about Scotland's wave energy initiatives in the past, and just this morning the nation unveiled Aquamarine Power's next-generation Oyster 800 wave power plant. The new generator can produce 250% more power at one third the cost of the first full-scale 315kw Oyster that was installed in Orkney in 2009. The device’s shape has been modified and made wider to enable it to capture more wave energy, and a double seabed pile system allows for easier installation. Inhabitat has fresh photos and details from the unveiling."
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Chrome

+ - Google Chromebook Lacks Luster And Purpose-> 1

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snydeq
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister takes an in-depth look at the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 3G and finds the device comparatively lackluster. 'The Chromebook is lightweight and inexpensive, and it offers a full-featured Web browsing experience. But its low-end hardware, lack of versatility, and primitive support for commonplace computing tasks such as printing, file management, networking, and media playback make it a poor choice for everyday use, particularly in a business setting,' McAllister writes. 'All in all, the Samsung Series 5 is an average-quality netbook with a large screen and a higher-than-average price tag, while Chrome OS itself feels more like a proof-of-concept project whose time has not yet come.'"
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Security

+ - Seller of Counterfeit Cisco Gear Heads to Prison->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "After selling $1 million worth of counterfeit Cisco equipment through a business operated with a co-defendant, Christopher Myers, 42, of Leawood, Kansas, has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison.

According to the FBI, in his plea, Myers admitted to operating a business under the name of Deals Direct, Inc., from a warehouse in Merriam, Kansas with co-defendant Timothy Weatherly of Overland Park, Kansas. From 2005 through November, 2006, Myers and Weatherly imported computer equipment from China, putting counterfeit Cisco labels on the equipment and selling the counterfeit equipment through various online channels including the company’s own Web site and on eBay. Myers and Weatherly packed the products in Cisco boxes with counterfeit Cisco manuals, selling them as genuine Cisco equipment.

Beyond using Cisco labeled packaging and manuals, the two went one step further, and obtained legitimate serial numbers by accessing Cisco’s confidential serial number verification Web site.

While cases like this are certainly not good for companies like Cisco and other technology vendors that must continually battle counterfeit products, this isn’t what really scares the government and the security industry. A Department of Homeland Security official last week warned that hardware manufactured overseas and shipped to the U.S. was arriving pre-loaded with security bugs.."

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+ - EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers)-> 2

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captainktainer
captainktainer writes "In one of the largest tests of Eve Online's new player sovereignty system in the Dominion expansion pack, a fleet of ships attempting to retake a lost star system was effectively annihilated amidst controversy. Defenders IT Alliance, a coalition succeeding the infamous Band of Brothers alliance (whose disbanding was covered in a previous story), effectively annihilated the enemy fleet, destroying thousands of dollars' worth of in-game assets. A representative of the alliance claimed to have destroyed a minimum of four, possibly five or more of the game's most expensive and powerful ship class, known as Titans. Both official and unofficial forums are filled with debate about whether the one-sided battle was due to difference in player skill or the well-known network failures after the release of the expansion. One of the attackers, a member of the GoonSwarm alliance, claims that because of bad coding, "Only 5% of [the attackers] loaded," meaning that lag prevented the attackers from using their ships, even as the defenders were able to destroy those ships unopposed. Even members of the victorious IT Alliance disappointment at the outcome of the battle. CCP, Eve Online's publisher, has recently acknowledged poor network performance, especially in the advertised "large fleet battles" that Dominion was supposed to encourage, and has asked players to help them stress test their code on Tuesday. Despite the admitted network failure, leaders of the attacking force do not expect CCP to replace lost ships, claiming that it was their own fault for not accounting for server failures. The incident raises questions about CCP's ability to cope with the increased network use associated with their rapid growth in subscriptions"
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Privacy

+ - EFF Sues US Govt Over Social Network Tapping-> 1

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gzipped_tar (1151931) writes "Has the federal government overreached in tapping social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to investigate possible criminal activity? The non-profit civil liberties' group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) doesn't know, but it has filed suit to find out the scope of the government's investigations.

The lawsuit, filed at the Northern District of California's San Francisco division court, seeks information from a number of federal agencies under the Freedom of Information Act who are listed as defendants in the case. These agencies include EFF the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury, the CIA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

"An agency normally has 20 working days, about a month, to respond to a request for documents but that rarely happens," said Marcia Hoffman, staff attorney for the EFF, in an interview by InternetNews.com. "Considering these agencies have violated the law by not responding by the deadline, we want to get the courts involved. Once we get the information we'll make it available to the public on our Web site."

"Internet users deserve to know what information is collected, under what circumstances, and who has access to it," said Shane Witnov, a law student also working on the case. "These agencies need to abide by the law and release their records on social networking surveillance.""

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