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+ - Ask Slashdot: Best open source wiki/knowledgebase software for small business

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 (2538558) writes "I work for a small tech company that focuses on device repair, business IT support, hosted and managed services, as well as a few other tech niches. I am looking into setting up some sort of Wiki for in house knowledge. There are a couple of considerations that I am looking at. The primary one is ease of use/editing/maintenance. Nobody here has time to spend on a large learning curve just to edit articles. It would never get used. The second, and not as important, may be partitioning/permissions. At some point we may want to add articles for specific customers, or for all customers, and have some sort of granular permissions over who can not only edit, but view various articles. This would leave us with two main groups, shop and public, with the possible addition of smaller groups later. I have been doing some research, and cannot seem to find what I want, so I ask you my Slashdot siblings to bequeath your vast knowledge upon me."

Comment: Re:the meaning of the word bully (Score 1) 734

by RattFink (#45143317) Attached to: Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

At least where I grew up we didn't call this bullying. We called it teasing or just being a bitch. Now that teasing is considered the equivalent of physical violence it is treated more seriously, but teasing is not the same as bullying. Getting someone to obey you via physical violence, even torture, is just not the same kind of thing at all as saying mean things to someone. It just isn't.

There is a world of difference between teasing or being a bitch and harassment. Throwing the occasional insult is not harassment (at least in the legal sense of the word). Harassment can be far more damaging and harder to repair then physical violence. A black eye will heal in a week or so, a month. If someone decides to convince everyone that you like to fondle little boys the damage can follow you for the rest of your life regardless of the validity.

One of the many differences between sticks and stones and words is that words don't cause any physical harm, any physical damage. In fact they don't have to cause any damage at all if you just ignore them. You can't ignore someone hitting you in the head with a rock or beating you in the face with a stick.

It depends on the severity of the harassment or violence. While you would have a hard time ignoring someone using a stick or a rock on your head, you can ignore someone pushing or shoving you. And while you could ignore someone insulting you it's very hard to ignore when someone convinces everyone you know that you like to fondle little boys.

Those two girls are not responsible for that other girls death. Yes they contributed to it in the same way that a pretty girl rejecting an ugly guy can lead to his suicide, but they are not directly responsible for her death and cannot be held responsible for it. No one forced that girl to jump. It was a decision she made for herself and I suspect that the teasing was only one factor in that decision.

No one is being charged for her murder. The teens are being charged for what they did, aggravated stalking something that goes far and above throwing a view insults at the victim.

Comment: Re:the meaning of the word bully (Score 2) 734

by RattFink (#45142555) Attached to: Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

Seems like the meaning of the word 'bully' has changed since I was a kid. I was bullied for real. Meaning I was beaten up, as in like physically punched and put in headlocks etc if I didn't obey every order of the bully and not disrespect him at all. Of course I was also teased. For having a big nose. For being fat. For being ugly. Etc. When did 'bully' become a synonym for 'tease'?

It's always been this way. Guys typically bully though force or threats of force. Girls tend to bully though harassment and social ostracization. It's been that way as long as I've been alive and for the most part still that way today.

Comment: Re:I can now get arrested for NOT killing somebody (Score 1) 734

by RattFink (#45142325) Attached to: Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

They were arrested for stalking and harassing her. Something they could have been arrested for if she was still alive. I really don't know how anyone could think that harassment of anyone let alone someone who clearly made clear efforts to remove themselves from their influence is somehow acceptable.

Comment: Re:Why no payroll in Open Source ERP systems (Score 1) 163

by RattFink (#44958499) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source CRM/ERP System For a Small Business?

OpenERP does. Probably doesn't have the right rules for your state/province/territory but only took me less then a week of work to take nothing to a working system and the company has been using it for around 9 months with anything more then tweaks.

Comment: Re:in a word: screwed. (Score 2) 57

by RattFink (#44095823) Attached to: Formlabs In Settlement Talks Over 3D Printing Patent Lawsuit

...their polymer, conveniently termed a "resin" on the Form 1 website, seems like nothing more than a creative attempt at skirting patent law.

The resin / polymer isn't under patent. Doesn't really much matter what they call it. The patent is about automatically generating support lattice for an object during the printing process. It expires in less then 10 months.

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+ - Software that flagged HBO.com for piracy will power U.S. "Six Strikes" system->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A copyright monitoring program called MarkMonitor mistakenly flagged HBO.com for pirating its own shows, and sent automatic DMCA takedown notices to the network. It's a funny story, until you realize that MarkMonitor is the same software that will power the U.S. Copyright Alerts System (a.k.a. "Six Strikes"), due to be rolled out by the five largest U.S. ISPs sometime in the next month."
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+ - AMD Publishes Open-Source Radeon HD 8000 Series Driver->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The hardware hasn't been released yet, but AMD has made available early open-source Linux GPU driver patches for supporting the future Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards. At this time the Radeon HD 8800 "Oland" series is supported with the Mesa, DRM, X.Org, and kernel modifications. From the driver perspective, not many modifications are needed to build upon the Radeon HD 7000 series support."
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Comment: Re:Citation needed (Score 4, Informative) 263

by RattFink (#42784727) Attached to: Sony To Make Its Last MiniDisc System Next Month

The parent is right. Back then Sony had a lot of division between the Consumer Electronics divisions and the Entertainment divisions.

By the late 1980s, several manufacturers were prepared to introduce read/write digital audio formats to the United States. These new formats were a significant improvement over the newly introduced read-only digital format of the compact disc, allowing consumers to make perfect, multi-generation copies of digital audio recordings. Most prominent among these formats was Digital Audio Tape (DAT), followed in the early 1990s by Philips' Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) and Sony's Minidisc.

DAT was available as early as 1987 in Japan and Europe, but device manufacturers delayed introducing the format to the United States in the face of opposition from the recording industry. The recording industry, fearing that the ability to make perfect, multi-generation copies would spur widespread copyright infringement and lost sales, had two main points of leverage over device makers. First, consumer electronics manufacturers felt they needed the recording industry's cooperation to induce consumers – many of whom were in the process of replacing their cassettes and records with compact discs – to embrace a new music format. Second, device makers feared a lawsuit for contributory copyright infringement. [1]

Despite their strong playing hand, the recording industry failed to convince consumer electronics companies to voluntarily adopt copy restriction technology. The recording industry concurrently sought a legislative solution to the perceived threat posed by perfect multi-generation copies, introducing legislation mandating that device makers incorporate copy protection technology as early as 1987.[2] These efforts were defeated by the consumer electronics industry along with songwriters and music publishers, who rejected any solution that did not compensate copyright owners for lost sales due to home taping.[3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Home_Recording_Act

Comment: Depends on what I am shooting. (Score 1) 316

by RattFink (#42760031) Attached to: Current favorite still-image camera type:

I still use a 4x5" Cambo for still-life studio shots and occasional landscape. Still film because I can justify spending several years worth of mortgage payments on a digital back.

I still love my Mamiya RZ-67 for portraits or any studio stuff I don't need perspective correction or scheimpflug correction.

Pretty much everything else is my digital SLR or my phone. The latter I keep locked in my car and the former I have on me all the time so they are used the most.

My favorite would likely be the Large format just for the amazing amount of flexibility it has, regardless of it being by far my least used camera.

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