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Comment: Re:WISP (Score 1) 239

by Mordocai (#41908581) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Become a Rural ISP?

Become a Wireless Internet Service Provider. Very little to no licensing and relatively cheap to get started. For cheap you'll want Ubiquiti (http://www.ubnt.com/), for reliable [but more expensive] you'll want http://www.cambiumnetworks.com/. If you need help/have questions, a good place to go is http://www.afmug.com/ and join the mailing list. They'll be more than happy to help you get started.

Oh, and for full disclosure: I work for a WISP as well. We deal with the hills okay, especially using 900mhz. Still can't go straight through a hill though.

Comment: WISP (Score 1) 239

by Mordocai (#41908539) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Become a Rural ISP?
Become a Wireless Internet Service Provider. Very little to no licensing and relatively cheap to get started. For cheap you'll want Ubiquiti (http://www.ubnt.com/), for reliable [but more expensive] you'll want http://www.cambiumnetworks.com/. If you need help/have questions, a good place to go is http://www.afmug.com/ and join the mailing list. They'll be more than happy to help you get started.

Comment: May infringe (Score 3, Insightful) 98

by Mordocai (#41338895) Attached to: Red Hat Fights Patent Troll With GPL
Doing some VERY basic binary comparison between their mount.mfs binary and one of Redhat's mount binaries I would say there is nothing that says straight out one way or the other. There were definitely some differences (licensing crap all through twin peak's binary for instance, trying to catch if you run it and have no license) and some similarities, but it isn't enough for me personally to say for sure. I'd be going after looking at TwinPeak's source, but that's probably what they'll end up doing anyway.

Comment: Re:uhhh (Score 1) 171

by Mordocai (#37656662) Attached to: Linux In JavaScript, With Persistent Storage
It depresses me that some people think running around with a ball, throwing it, and smashing into other people is in any way comparable to writing javascript that can run a linux kernel. Calling programming -anything- "whacking away at a keyboard at some random futility" vastly underestimates the knowledge required to do anything cool with programming. Yeah, I wrote a calculator when I first started programming. There were thousands of calculators out there that were better and more efficient than mine. However, whacking away at a keyboard at that random futility taught me what I needed to be able to move on to creating bigger and better things. I think it would be damn cool to be able to hit a web site and run linux when I'm stuck at work on a crappy windows computer. Get this to the point I have a fully functional bash shell and a package manager, and to where it can compile small programs, and I will use the crap out of it.

Comment: Excellent Applications (Score 1) 624

by Mordocai (#37619398) Attached to: NY Senators Want To Make Free Speech A Privilege
If the law literally says that exclusion from a group is bullying (As in it doesn't say just cyber) and, therefore, illegal then I can think of a few fun applications. You can't keep me from voting as a congressman in congress, because that is exclusion from a group! You can't not hire me at that job because I'm unqualified, because that is exclusion from a group! You can't keep confidential government documents confidential... etc. If it does say just cyber, still some interesting implications. Web sites that require you to pay before being able to post, betas that require invites, etc. could all be considered bullying. Very unlikely suing about any of these things would bear any fruit, of course. Still fun to think about.

Comment: Re:I must be behind the times (Score 1) 482

by Mordocai (#36467040) Attached to: Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?

People actually have enough time these days in their daily lives to fill up their phones memory/micro sd cards on every day usage? Or is this just people trying to look busy so others think they have somthing going on in their lives.

If you take so many photos you abviously want some quality in the image so why not just get any of the 100's of digital pocket cameras out there?

Well, I would assume that the main reason he wants to use remote storage is in case something happens to his phone. Even if a sledgehammer wielding maniac smashes his phone to bits, he still has his pictures safe on the remote storage.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 375

by Mordocai (#34204858) Attached to: Can Windows, OS X and Fedora All Work Together?

I'll take it one step futher - why get rid of Windows 7? You already have licenses, probably already have some patch deployment method in place, and your users are probably happy and familer with it. There is going to be a ZERO cost benefit of going from Windows to Linux because the company ALREADY HAS licenses. Now, if you are talking about bringing in future people, and in future computer purchaces, going open source, that is different.

All going from Windows to Linux is going to do is frustrate users, and going from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice is yet ANOTHER new Office product they have to use. You will have to incure a cost of training users, and suffer from a temporary loss in productivity while the users learn the new system. In other words, converting from Windows 7 to Linux will probably ADD costs, not save them. On top of that, you would have to incure the costs of reimaging your entire Windows user base, and backing up user data, then porting it over to Linux.

I say, stick with Exchange - your department has already sunk money into it, and leave your Windows users alone. Your solutions are going to COSTS money, not save it.

While I agree that it sounds like he probably shouldn't do it right now, your argument is wrong. Sure, they already have licenses for Office 2007/10 and windows 7. However, they don't have licenses for the next version of Windows and Office that they'll end up having to get when Microsoft eventually drops support for Windows 7. Many times you need to upgrade before support ends.

Also, what about the next version? And the next? And what about the future cost of trying to get all the old Microsoft Office documents converted, since they will no longer work with the latest version in 10 years.(Ever tried to open a Word document from the 90s in Word 2007/10? It isn't pretty. Hell, Libreoffice supports old word documents better.) Oh, and I guarantee that Microsoft will change the Desktop and/or Office GUI in the future, so you still have training costs. At least, my organization spent quite a bit of money training users on Windows 7 when they moved to it.

Basically, here is my point: Migrating to Linux will likely cost more and cause more frustration in the short term. However, it will save money and save frustration in the long term. (Especially if long term >= 10 years)

Comment: A better look at it (Score 2, Interesting) 230

by Mordocai (#34111248) Attached to: Serious Security Bugs Found In Android Kernel
http://www.esecurityplanet.com/features/article.php/3910891/Android-Code-at-Risk.htm seems like a better article to me, as it actually gives you information. For instance, to answer one commenter I saw, it mentions that the code from the vanilla linux kernel has fewer flaws than the code that is Android specific. It also mentions this gem: "We found that the Android kernel had about half the defect density that you would expect, compared to other industry average codebases of the same size," Andy Chou, Chief Scientist and co-founder of Coverity told InternetNews.com."What that means is that a defect density of one defect per approximately one thousand lines of code is industry average, according to our measurements – for the Android kernel, the defect density was about 0.47." According to the same source, the defect density if you look at Android only code is .7 per a thousand lines, so still below the industry average. In short, Android is more secure than most other kernels that Coverity has analyzed.
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+ - MIT Researchers Harness Viruses to Split Water-> 2

Submitted by ByronScott
ByronScott (1646747) writes "A team of researchers at MIT has just announced that they have successfully modified a virus to split apart molecules of water, paving the way for an efficient and non-energy intensive method of producing hydrogen fuel. The team engineered a common, harmless bacterial virus to assemble the components needed to crack apart a molecule of water, yielding a fourfold boost in efficiency over similar processes."
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+ - Design Flaw in Java Could Lead to Attack->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Google researcher Tavis Ormandy has published details of a Java virtual machine bug that could give hackers a way to run unauthorized Java programs on a victim's machine. The flaw affects 'all versions since Java SE 6 update 10 for Microsoft Windows,' Ormandy said, and it is particularly nasty because it's due to a design flaw in Java, rather than the type of programming error that would lead to a more common buffer-overflow attack. Ormandy disclosed the attack on Friday, after having notified Oracle's Sun team about the flaw. 'They informed me that they do not consider this vulnerability to be of high enough priority to break their quarterly patch cycle,' Ormandy wrote. 'I did not agree.'"
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