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Comment Re:Will Ad Blockers Kill the Digital Media Industr (Score 3, Interesting) 519

I dislike the intrusive ads, but someone has to pay for good, insightful comment and reporting. I am willing to pay about $365 p.a. for unencumbered access to newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. I am not willing to pay $10 p.m. for every single one of these; especially to only read any article very occasionally or only once (I can't afford multiple thousand $s per year!).
    Should the biggies (Times, Washington Post, Le Monde, Nature, The Economist, etc.) get together and set up such a system, I'm sure most of the rest would follow.
But: would anyone else pay?

Submission + - Security question: Allowing users to "login" to firewall to access external webs

An anonymous reader writes: Here is my question: My boss and I were having a discussion about our users accessing the internet. He wants the users to be able to login to the firewall to be able to access external websites that they are normally blocked from accessing. They would get a 45 minutes window to do this, and then if needed more, they need to re-login. (SonicWall does this). I told him that this type of procedure scares the crap out of me, as some users will just keep logging in and doing what we are trying to block them from doing, and they will also be able to access infected websites as well. I think it is in our (the IT staff) best interest if we continue to allow access to users on a case by case basis. And then turn it off when they have completed their task.
I am just curious as to where others stand on this topic.

Many thanks for any and all opinions.

Submission + - French Government IT Directorate Supports ODF, Rejects OOXML (

jrepin writes: The final draft version of the RGI (general interoperability framework), still awaiting final validation, maintains ODF as the recommended format for office documents within French administrations. This new version of the RGI provides substantiated criticism of the OOXML Microsoft format. April thanks the DISIC (French Inter-ministerial IT directorate) for not giving in to pressure and acting in the long-term interest of all French citizens and their administrations.

Submission + - A 'black market' for wireless cell service has popped up in Canada (

colinneagle writes: Two recent reports tell the story of one enterprising Canadian who takes advantage of a loophole to provide substantially cheaper wireless cell service for a one-time $100 payment.

How exactly he does it appears to be unclear, but it involves pricing discrepancies in Canada, where lower-populated provinces like Manitoba and Saskatchewan see much cheaper cell service. Basically, the scheme involves signing up for an account in one of these regions, where Canadian wireless service provider Koodo offers a 5GB monthly data plan for $48, then selling the account to people who live in more populated regions of the country, where the same plan typically costs at least $90.

This loophole has apparently been around for a while, with both of the aforementioned articles pointing to a forum conversation started in 2008 on a site called This post showed a $55 monthly plan (available for $49.50 if you sign up with your own device) that offers unlimited calling, texting, and 5GB of data. The forum's moderators, however, posted an update five years after the discussion was started warning that "any discussion regarding getting this deal outside of Manitoba or Saskatchewan will no longer be allowed."

One article also says other people offer similar services on Craigslist.

Submission + - Google To Bring Free Wifi To All (

An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday 23rd of June 2015, the Google-backed startup named Sidewalk Labs, announced that they are in the process of starting an initiative that aims to provide the entire globe with free wi-fi.

The benefits of such an initiative is endless, especially for 3rd world countries, such as South Africa, Ghana, Egypt etc.

South Africa, Cape Town digital marketing company researched the statistics to follow:

Submission + - Police Bomb Squad in Hapeville, Georgia Raids Teenaged Hobbyist's Chemistry Set ( 1

McGruber writes: On Wednesday, authorities in the south Fulton County, Georgia town of Hapeville shut down a street for hours and used their bomb squad to search a home. According to the suspect's father, the bomb scare started after his 18-year-old son was arrested for trespassing, entering an abandoned warehouse and salvaging mercury switches, which can be used to detonate explosives.

When police searched the teen’s home on Virginia Avenue at Rainey Avenue in Hapeville, they said they found chemicals inside. "He's not building bombs. He does do a lot of experiments. A lot of them I don't fully understand, but I'm certain he's not making bombs," said the suspect’s father, Allen Mason. Mason says chemistry is his son's hobby and he wants to be a chemical engineer. Mason also said police told him what they found is not illegal to own.

One neighbor, who couldn't return home for hours, said he didn't feel the teen was a threat. "I don't see a problem with this, but you have to trust the authorities in they're doing what they think is best,” said Curtis Ray.

In February 2015, Hapeville authorities evacuated businesses and called out the bomb squad to investigate a pinhole camera that was part of a Georgia University Art Project (

Submission + - Brainets - Researchers Establish Brain-To-Brain Networks in Monkeys and Rats (

giulioprisco writes: Neuroscientists at Duke University have linked the brains of groups of monkey and rats in networks, or "brainets," and demonstrated how the linked brains of two or more animals can work together to complete simple tasks. In separate experiments, the brains of monkeys and the brains of rats have been linked, allowing the animals to exchange sensory and motor information in real time to control movement or complete computations.

Submission + - 5 open source alternatives to Google Docs (

An anonymous reader writes: The simplest way to work on your documents simultaneously with others is using online document editors like Google Docs and MS Office 365. Both allow you to co-edit documents in real time and store them on centralized servers. While these are both popular options, there are several open source alternatives.

Technical writer and translator Tatiana Kochedykova discusses the strengths and weaknesses of five of the most popular open source collaborative document editing solutions.

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