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Comment: Re:Linux Desktop coming in 2015/2016 (Score 1) 737 737

I think calling Windows and/or Microsoft dead is a bit premature but I do agree with your assessment of what Valve is going to do to them. One of the main reasons people give me as to why they can't leave Windows for Linux is because of gaming. Take away that lock and the Windows installed base will drop.

Let me also point out that Libre Office/Open Office is also seeing wider acceptance. If Microsoft continues to believe that moving different functions from one menu branch to another is an improvement as well as adding features that nobody ever asked for - the revenue generated from Office sales will fade away over time.

Comment: WISPA (Score 1) 239 239

Head on over to WISPA, read through their discussion lists, sign up and introduce yourself. DSLReports also has a WISP forum which is pretty friendly and you would be well-served to check out that resource. Having lived the life you're looking at getting into, License Exempt Wireless is probably the only readily available technology that is within your reach unless you have very deep pockets.

Comment: A few thoughts (Score 2) 200 200

I can see several applications that would make this type of network incredibly useful. Having the ability to distribute situational awareness video in real time would be awesome. This could be useful independently from internet connectivity and a tablet with a decent amount of storage could keep the video for later review. If it were within the budget, wouldn't a head's up display in the firefighters helmet of something built into the brim of a law enforcement officer's hat be pretty slick? The ability to Wifi locate any of your team could also be quite useful. Perhaps more to the point are disasters like Katrina or 9/11, where the telecommunications network may be down for extended periods of time. This kind of backup network could very well be the difference between life and death. If enough of these radios could be dropped in place with solar and battery backup as entire area could be brought back online in a very short period of time. Year's ago there was mention of a completely independent group of license exempt wireless pros forming an instant adhoc network on the the upcoming anniversary of September 11th to drive this exact point home. As a suggestion, you might want to look if the 4.9GHz band in available in your location. Among others, Motorola's Motomesh uses this band. It's clean, licensed for this use, and some Wifi adapters can be switched to work in that band, lowering the cost for equipment. Certainly, challenges exist and need to be worked through but if the opportunity to experiment is presented, why not go for it?

+ - Where Is Firefox OS? 1 1

adeelarshad82 writes: Microsoft's very simple, yet grace concept raises a very big question. The way Microsoft is planning out Windows 8, developers will be able to write one HTML 5 app which will run across every Windows 8 form factor, from desktops to laptops, to ARM netbooks and tablets. Given the concept, if you remove the operating system — or at least make it transparent enough that the browser becomes the platform — then suddenly every piece of software works across every piece of hardware which raises the question that why Mozilla hasn't considered a Firefox OS?
The Almighty Buck

+ - Oracle Ignored Facts While Claiming Damages->

sfcrazy writes: Cockburn ignored prior negotiations between Sun and Google in which Google was offered the opportunity to license these and other patents for a fraction of Cockburn's present estimate;

Cockburn ignored other licensing transactions in which Sun licensed these patents for a fraction of Cockburn's present estimate (and these other licensing transactions will almost certainly become a limiting factor on any royalties Oracle may be awarded); and

Cockburn bases his estimate on worldwide sales of Android devices and Google revenue, despite the fact that the devices are made and used (and thus the infringement occurs) outside the U.S. and is not subject to a U.S. patent claim.

All of this serves to indicate that the Cockburn report, while sensational, has little or no bearing on a likely outcome of this case."

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+ - State Dept. Voice Scorns Manning Torture, Resigns-> 4 4

traindirector writes: U.S. State Department chief spokesman P.J. Crowley resigned today under pressure from the Obama White House after expressing concern about the Department of Defense's excessively harsh treatment of Bradley Manning, the alleged leaker of a significant cache of State Department cables. In response to a question at MIT on Friday regarding the U.S. Government's apparent torture of the soldier, Crowley responded that the harsh handling of Manning was "ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid". He stood by his remarks in his statement of resignation today: 'My recent comments [...] were intended to highlight the broader, even strategic impact of discreet actions undertaken by national security agencies every day and their impact on our global standing and leadership. The exercise of power in today's challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values. Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation.'
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+ - Survey: 41% of Facebook Users Total IDiots->

plastick writes: In an experiment, 41% of Facebook users were willing to divulge highly personal information to a complete stranger. This according to IT security firm Sophos, which invited 200 randomly selected Facebookers to befriend a bogus Facebook user named "Freddi Staur" (an anagram of "ID Fraudster"). Of those queried, 87 responded to the invitation, among them 82 people whose profiles included personal information such as their email address, date of birth, address or phone number. In total:
  • 72% of respondents divulged one or more email address
  • 84% listed their full date of birth
  • 87% provided details about their education or workplace
  • 78% listed their current address or location
  • 23% listed their current phone number
  • 26% provided their instant-messaging screen name

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Comment: An experiment in Social Engineering. (Score 5, Interesting) 1141 1141

When I used to work in the wireless Internet world, I had an associate who had much the same problem with idiots shooting at his antennas. After he had been forced to change antennas on several occasions, I told to him that the simple way to fix the problem was to mount a bullseye somewhere else on his towers and give these lunatics something different to aim at. The last time I talked to him his antennas were bullet hole free but he did have to replace a few of the targets due to them taking some serious damage. Come on, Google, put some creative thought into solving these problems..

Ted Stevens and Sean O'Keefe In Plane Crash 512 512

necro81 writes "The NY Times is reporting that former Senator Ted Stevens was aboard a small plane with eight others that crashed in remote southwest Alaska Monday night. Some news outlets are reporting that he died, along with at least four others. Meanwhile, the North American CEO of aerospace firm EADS and former NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe was was also reported in the crash. Rescue crews from the Alaska Air National Guard reached the site about ten hours after the initial crash."

BBC Builds Smartphone Malware For Testing Purposes 60 60

siliconbits writes "BBC News has shown how straightforward it is to create a malicious application for a smartphone. Over a few weeks, the BBC put together a crude game for a smartphone that also spied on the owner of the handset. The application was built using standard parts from the software toolkits that developers use to create programs for handsets. This makes malicious applications hard to spot, say experts, because useful programs will use the same functions."

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.