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+ - Google Apps not longer offering free accounts->

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Rob from RPI
Rob from RPI writes "As a bit of a shock announcement, if you didn't already have your free Google Apps domain hosted with google before now, it's too late. I just received an email saying — basically — 'if you want to create more domains, then it's too late. Pay up'. Reading the google help page http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en-us&answer=2855120 gives you a good overview.

If you wish to use Google Apps, you now have to pay $50/user/year. Otherwise you're stuck with a gmail address for all your users.

This comes after Google shrunk the free number of users from 50 to 10 in 2010. I know that I was convinced to move our email to the paid version by messing around with it, but I doubt many more people will be done this in the future.

So, Google — what WERE you thinking?"

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Comment: I'm not surprised. (Score 5, Interesting) 402

by Rob from RPI (#40823157) Attached to: Company Claims 80% of Facebook Ad Clicks Are From Bots

Facebook is a TERRIBLE advertising platform. I've tried it, and had nothing but rubbish. In fact, I read an article about it not long after I tried it, saying that Facebook Advertising just doesn't work, and the only way they keep it up is by new people going 'Well, all these other people are advertising, I'm sure I can try that too'. Then they give it up as a bad job, but not before someone ELSE sees it and goes 'Hmm. FB Advertising'...

So, basically, I wasted $50, and learned that trying to appeal to the facebook crowd with something they have to pay for just doesn't work.

Comment: Re:Thats one hell of a clause... (Score 1) 112

by Rob from RPI (#38090692) Attached to: Rambus Loses $4B Antitrust Case

> If you want to run a SLI setup(2 x HD6990 =500watts each,) people in the US/Canada/Japan are going to be fucked over buying all the top parts because a 15A circuit won't suffice anymore.

Watts don't work like that. Amps = Watts/Volts. You'd need to be pulling 1700 watts to exceed a US-110v circuit, or 2400w for 240v 10amp.

I'm pretty sure you won't be doing that in the near future 8)

--Rob

Comment: Re:problem with Scientific Linux (Score 4, Interesting) 90

by Rob from RPI (#36185092) Attached to: Red Hat Pushes Out Enterprise Linux 6.1

Unfortunately, there are hundreds of people willing to help with CentOS 6, but the team has just ignored them. There was a 'list of outstanding bugs' that was linked to in the 'When will CentOS 6 be released' thread, and a couple of days after that was posted, every bug had a patch against it.

They ignored that for another couple of months, wrote their own patches, and then went off and did other things.

Whilst Scientific Linux 5.6 is easily installable. Install 5.5 and then run 'yum update'. There's an alpha ISO around, and I think there was a beta due out shortly.

Comment: OK, so here's what this exploit is. (Score 1) 179

by Rob from RPI (#32934542) Attached to: Millions of Home Routers Are Hackable

And it's not really an Exploit, either.

1: It's javascript that tries to guess what your modems IP address is. If it's possible for javascript to find out what your IP Address is, it becomes trivial, and it it's possible for javascript to find out what your default route is, then it's solved.

2: It then tries to get into your router. I would assume there would be another js library that it would load, that could be easily kept up to date, containing fingerprints of modems so it can figure out what it is, and try the default (root/password, admin/admin, etc)

3: It then updates the DNS servers in the modem to NOT use the ISP assigned ones, but nasty ones. As your PC queries the modem (99% of the time, unless you've manually changed your DNS servers) for DNS results, if the DNS relay in the modem is pointing to the wrong root, then you'll get crap answers.

I realise they say that using OpenDNS wouldn't avoid this, but I think that's known, technically, as bullshit.

Linux

+ - Linux 2.6.34 released

Submitted by diegocg
diegocg (1680514) writes "Linux 2.6.34 has been released. This version adds two new filesystem, the distributed filesystem Ceph and LogFS, a filesystem for flash devices. Other features are a driver for almost-native KVM network performance, the VMware ballon driver, the "kprobes jump" optimization for dynamic probes, new perf features (the "perf lock" tool, cross-platform analysis support), several Btrfs improvements, RCU lockdep, Generalized TTL Security Mechanism (RFC 5082) and private VLAN proxy arp (RFC 3069) support, asynchronous suspend/resume, several new drivers and many other small improvements. See the full changelog here."
Politics

+ - Pentagon Hacker Demands Government Payback->

Submitted by Stoobalou
Stoobalou (1774024) writes "Pentagon hacker, Gary McKinnon has called on the newly-elected British government to put its money where its mouth is and tear up his extradition order.

US prosecutors have been trying to get McKinnon before a New Jersey court for seven years after they caught him hacking into US military and NASA computers for evidence of UFOs.

David Cameron, the newly elected Prime Minister, and Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, had both voiced their support for McKinnon's campaign against extradition. Other ministers in the coalition government had branded the extradition unjust. Clegg had even joined McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp on a protest march."

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Operating Systems

+ - Create virtual machine image of OS on hard disk 1

Submitted by skristir
skristir (666) writes "I have a couple of old clunker boxes on which I run Windows NT and Windows XP. They are around because I have s/w and data on them that I still need. Having upgraded to a reasonably powerful Linux (Ubuntu) machine, I was hoping that I could create virtual machine images from the hard disk and then de-commission the old hardware. I do have the original install disks, but I am not interested in re-installing all the s/w on a virtual machine. What would be the point of that?! Can anyone suggest how one would go about converting existing s/w on a hard disk into a virtual machine image? I looked at Xen and Virtual Box but not enough information is available. VMWare wants my money but I still don't know if it can do what I want...."
Education

+ - Call To Halt Donations To Stop Wikipedia Deletions 4

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ObsessiveMathsFreak
ObsessiveMathsFreak writes "Howard Tayler, the webcomic artist of Schlock Mercenary fame, is calling on people not to donate money during the latest Wikimedia Foundation fund-raiser, in protest at the "notability purges" taking place throughout Wikipedia, where articles are being removed en-masse by what many see as overzealous admins. The webcomic community in particular has long felt slighted by the application of Wikipedia's contentious Notability policy. Wikinews reporters have recently begun investigating this issue, but are the admins listening? Is Deletionism becoming a dominant ethos on Wikipedia? Are the right people holding the reigns?"
Caldera

+ - Via Groklaw Court Rules: Novell owns the UNIX->

Submitted by
RobertLTux
RobertLTux writes "Quoth PJ
"Court Rules: Novell owns the UNIX and UnixWare copyrights! Novell has right to waive!
  Dated: Friday, August 10 2007 @ 04:52 PM EDT
Hot off the presses: Judge Dale Kimball has issued a 102-page ruling [PDF] on the numerous summary judgment motions in SCO v. Novell. Here is what matters most:

        [T]he court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights.

That's Aaaaall, Folks! The court also ruled that "SCO is obligated to recognize Novell's waiver of SCO's claims against IBM and Sequent". That's the ball game. There are a couple of loose ends, but the big picture is, SCO lost. Oh, and it owes Novell a lot of money from the Microsoft and Sun licenses. "

anybody got a good recording of TAPS?"

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