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Submission + - Hypervisor or Bare Metal 1

Hunabka writes: I’ve been tasked to re-provision old hardware for an off-site file server. The machine has 2X Xeon E5440 CPUs, 12GB of memory, and 7 Disk Raid 5 with 1 Hot Spare, no warranty. This client does not have any IT staff at the remote location, any hardware issues will require additional cost for support. The plan is to install Server 2012 and enable DFS for the remote office file storage.

My question is: Do I install Server 2012 on the Bare Metal or install a hypervisor (VMware ESXi) Then 2012? Other options or ideas?

Problems with VMware: Our monitoring agent does not support ESXi and it does not look like the ESXi (Free version) supports SNMP monitoring. Although I do get hardware status just no emailing of errors.

Problems with Bare Metal: If anything does go wrong and on-site visit will require physical support staff.

Submission + - Retro Database Making a Comeback? (

the_insult_dog writes: "Remember when your primary software suite consisted of WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3 and dBASE III (and you coded while listening to Wham! and Foreigner)? Well, the pioneering database, after almost dying in the new world of SQL and Microsoft, has undergone many changes of ownership since then, but a new company has acquired the rights and just released dBASE PLUS 8. The company claims "millions of software developers" are still using it."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - CT Killings Reignite Debate on Violence in Video Games (

Velcroman1 writes: The Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre has inspired fresh talk about the affect that violent video games like "Call of Duty" and "Grand Theft Auto" are having on children and young men like Adam Lanza, who was known by his friends to be a gamer. “It’s impossible to say what caused any given person to commit a horrific act like this,” said Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University and one of the country’s leading experts on video game violence. “But we can say whether violent video games increase aggression and they do.” Bushman’s latest study, published two weeks ago in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, showed that people who played a violent video game for three consecutive days showed increases in aggressive behavior and hostile expectations each day they played. While gamers often scoff at such studies, the evidence is overwhelming, Bushman said. “It’s like smokers saying tobacco isn’t harmful. The scientific evidence is clear,” he said. “A single cigarette won’t cause lung cancer, but smoking over weeks or months or years greatly increases the risk.”

Submission + - Torchlight 2 Release Date (

Cheeze ball writes: Due to the level of support by the forums community Runic games has released the Torchlight 2 Release Date early. Torchlight 2 will be available on 20 Sept 2012, Official announcement is tomorrow at PAX where the game is available for play. The Forums have been very support of the Dev team, primarily because of the Dev Team responsiveness in posting weekly updates and the way the Beta test was conducted. This support prompted Runic to inform it's Forum community first.
Open Source

Submission + - Makerplane aims to create the first open source aircraft (

cylonlover writes: MakerPlane plans to do for the aviation industry what Firefox and Linux did for computers. By adopting open source design and digital manufacturing, MakerPlane's founder John Nicol hopes to overcome the frustration and disappointment that most kit plane builders encounter. Over 60 percent of all kitplanes started end up collecting dust and those that are finished must overcome the challenges of complicated plans, the need for special tools and thousands of hours of labor with little or no manufacturer support.

Nicol believes that a more community-oriented design approach will overcome many of these obstacles. Israel-based aeronautical engineer Jeffrey Meyer is leading the MakerPlane charge to develop a safe, inexpensive kitplane that can be built at home or at a “makerspace” through the efforts of people volunteering their efforts and ideas. MakerPlane intends to make the plans and avionics software for the plane available for free, but will sell parts and support services to fund the project.


Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What FTP software/filemanager does your company use? 1

Rizzo_IT writes: At work we're running into the problem where the FTP Manager being used requires Java u26 and no later. This is becoming a problem as most of our clients are allowing their Java to update automatically. Now it is my job to find an acceptable solution to the issue. The one key thing that we need, is the ability to upload 1+GB files.

Help me Slashdot, you're my only hope.

Submission + - Sabotaging the Workplace CIA style (

clam666 writes: The 1944 Strategic Services Field Manual is declassified by the CIA, with its intent being to show how to teach saboteurs how to disrupt the enemy. The goal being do cause as much disruption as possible.

Around page 28 it gives gems for management and empployee sabotage including "Insist on doing everything through
'channels.' Never permit short-cuts to be taken
in order to expedite decisions.", "When training new workers, give incomplete
or misleading instructions.", "If possible, join or help organize a group
for presenting employee problems to the management.
See that the procedures adopted are
as inconvenient as possible for the management,
involving the presence of a large number of
employees at each presentation, entailing more
than one meeting for each grievance, bringing
up problems which are largely imaginary, and
so on.", and my favorite, "Act stupid."

It seems like where I work the used this as the basis of the employee handbook.


Submission + - Behavioural Advertising: To Block Or Not To Block? (

conner_bw writes: Dear Slashdot: Is there an acceptable comprimise to online tracking? On the one hand, I don't want to be profiled by unscrupulous advertisers. On the other hand, I feel that the advertiser is the middleman between the things I care about (content) and the dollars that support these things. My compromise is to take a page out of BF Skinner's book Walden Two and view the situation as a sort of absurd behaviourist experiment. Basically, I adblock everything but whitelist the sites I support. Is this too much? Not enough? With regulatory boards failing to protect the consumer, what should the individual do protect themselves, if at all?

Submission + - Terahertz CMOS video camera (

zigfreed writes: From IEMN, STMicroelectronics, and the University of Wuppertal comes a 1024 pixel terahertz camera capable of 25fps. Fabricated on 65nm, it won't give a resolution good enough for the TSA but will allow new applications to be developed in the 0.6 to 1THz range.

Submission + - Nvidia Unveils Ultra-Efficient Kepler GPU

adeelarshad82 writes: Nvidia unveiled it's latest flagship graphics processing unit, the GeForce GTX 680. According to the company GeForce GTX 680 blazes through the latest titles faster than AMD's top-of-the-line Radeon HD 7970. The new architecture, codenamed "Kepler," revolves around what's dubbed an SMX, with control logic plus 192 cores—more than enough to offset the power-saving move of running at 1x graphics clock instead of 2x. The GeForce GTX 680 features eight SMX blocks (1,536 cores) running at 1,006MHz; 128 texture units; eight geometry units; four raster units; and 32 ROP units.

Submission + - What would REAL space combat look like? 13

c0mpliant writes: Me and two friends of mine were up until the wee hours of the morning at the weekend debating what REAL space combat would look like. I've spent the days looking it up online from a few sources and there doesn't seem to be any general concensus. So I thought I'd ask a community of peers what they think it would look like. Give our current technology and potential future technology, what shape would any future space battlefield look like? Would capital ships rule the day, cruisers, fighters and bombers or would it be a mix of all?

Submission + - Scientists Control Cyborg Moth with Nerve Probe (

An anonymous reader writes: Thanks to nerve probes implemented in the insect’s nerve cord,scientists were able to pass commands to the moth, who handled the difficult part of flying.

The device consists of electrodes wrapped around the insect’s Ventral Nerve Cord (VNC). This placement allows for more precise stimulation than electrodes implanted into the brain. These electrodes are then hooked up to a device that sends short electrical pulses, which is connected to a radio receiver. When a command comes over the air, a short electrical signal is sent to the VNC, causing the bug to move in one direction or the other.

User Journal

Journal Journal: New Year

So, I had an epiphany this evening about my own state of mind. New Year's Day has changed for me. It's no longer a new beginning. It's just another day. I can pretend something's changed, but I know it hasn't. I can choose to set special goals just because it's a particular day of the year, or I can treat it like a rational adult should and just do what I need to do in the first place. Nothing changes on new Year's day. Well, nothing other than the calendar. I'm not saying that New Year's res

Submission + - SPAM: GRE Classess in Pune

magnus123 writes: "The Graduate Record Examination or GRE is standerised test that is an admission requirement for many graduate schools in the United States and in other English-speaking countries. Created and administered by Educational Testing Service (or ETS), the exam measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study.

In the United States, Canada, and many other countries, the GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered by selected qualified testing centers; however, paper-based exams are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available."

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