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Comment: Re:Not a softphone (Score 1) 248

by Serpentegena (#24560303) Attached to: Using My PC For Plain Old Telephone Service?
Aaaaaaaaah, now I get it.
OK, there is a way to set this up under Windows XP, I haven't found anything in Vista yet, although I've been activaly looking for it for 8 months, ans I can't speak for Linux etc. (chances are you're not running this Aspect thingamajig on Linux, am I right?)
Control Panel>Sounds and Audio Devices>Hardware tab>Properties>Properties tab(redundant but true)>Mixer Devices>Select sub-branch>Click on Properties(trust me)>Select "Do not use mixer features on this device".
This will cause the foreground application to monopolize your hardware and cut off whatever else is generating sound on the PC. I think we've got it now. Pls test and confirm that it works for ye.
Security

+ - Vascular-pattern recognition easy on the network

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Serpentegena
Serpentegena writes "Swipe me in, Scotty — the Canadian Port of Halifax in Nova Scotia is rolling out a super-expensive(read: $20M) security infrastructure upgrade which will include a dual smartcard/biometrics access system for the port's 4000 employees.
The interesting part about vascular-scanning technology under this particular implementation is the relatively small network traffic impact:

"Our (hand vascular) template is 280 bytes fully encrypted. It's a very, very small template so it really doesn't have an issue with congestion on the network,"

according to Gord Helm, head honcho of marine security and cruise operations.

"For our purposes, the environment that we're working in, the temperature and the weather parameters that we are dealing with, plus the stakeholders that we're dealing with, iris scanning and fingerprint (biometric) weren't really an option," he says.

The Halifax Port Authority also evaluated other biometric technologies, including iris scanning, fingerprinting and hand geometry. Although popular with consumers, the former two were found to be intrusive by the port staff, and were thus excluded as options for the major upgrade rollout. Read the rest of the article at IT World"
Wireless Networking

+ - Cambridge's Streetlamp-Powered Wireless Network

Submitted by Serpentegena
Serpentegena (991730) writes "A joint research project by scientists at Harvard U and BBn Technologies may have spawned a new breed of Metronet. The wireless network, code-named CitySense, will consist of 100 streetlamp-mounted nodes by 2011, will draw power off the Cambridge, Mass. public grid and be used at first for weather and pollution monitoring. The intention is to also allow "academic researchers worldwide [...] to submit their own research programs to run on the network." Sounds remarkably similar to the beginning of the ARPANET. Oh, and the network hosts will run Linux:) Read the whole story

here"
Software

+ - EMC Unit VMware Files For $100 Million IPO

Submitted by
Serpentegena
Serpentegena writes "
Data storage company EMC's fast-growing VMware software unit filed Thursday for an initial public offering, which analysts said could be one of the hottest IPOs since Google.[...] VMware's net income rose 30 percent to $86.95 million last year, while revenue climbed 82 percent to $703.9 million.
Revenue growth accelerated to 95 percent in the quarter ended March 31, which could boost investor interest in the IPO.
VMware is seemingly trying hard to segregate from the mother-ship, and with such a strong buzz, it looks like the stock holders are going to pay for it. Story at http://www.crn.com/storage/199201854;jsessionid=GM DWLMUPQQDZAQSNDLRCKH0CJUNN2JVN"
PC Games (Games)

+ - Intel Viiv vs. AMD LIVE!

Submitted by
Searching4Sasquatch
Searching4Sasquatch writes "Hot Hardware has tested two nearly identical HP systems in an effort to determine the best solution between Intel's Viiv and AMD's LIVE! campaigns. Priced around $999, these general purpose systems are tested straight out of the box with no tweaking or refinement to illustrate how "Joe Consumer" would fare in using one of these platforms. Although neither solution was perfect, there was a clearly superior option and it is not the platform you're probably thinking of."
Businesses

+ - Open-source Time and Attendance, Payroll Is Here

Submitted by passion4
passion4 (1069666) writes "A recent press release from an open source company states: " TimeTrex, unique new open-source software moves web-based time and attendance and payroll into the 21st century. It's time to toss those punch cards out. TimeTrex's unique, open-source time and attendance and payroll system integrates a number of crucial features into one easy-to-use, web-based package." I recently switched my business from a large payroll outsourcing company to TimeTrex and it has been working great so far."
Networking

+ - Daylight-saving time: IT on lookout for glitches

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Scott Metzger wasn't taking any chances when it came to the earlier than usual daylight-saving shift that happened on Sunday, but even with extra staff on hand and system changes completed a week ago, he's not resting easy until he sees how things play out over the next few days. "It is too early to tell if there are ... issues on the horizon, especially since we send and get data to and from a large number of third party sources," says Metzger, CTO at consumer credit management firm TrueCredit in San Luis Obispo, Calif. "While we have been told they are all on schedule with their updates, only time will tell." A survey of a handful of IT managers on Sunday showed that most have feelings similar to Metzger's. While changes generally went smoothly, IT executives say they are remaining vigilant over the next few days as they watch for issues related to the daylight-saving shift. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/031207-dayli ght-savings.html"
Communications

+ - Own more than one cell phone? Are you a terrorist?

Submitted by PLaXman
PLaXman (666) writes "According to a blog written by Andrew Lim, Cnet UK's mobile phone editor, UK police are warning people to look out for anyone that owns more than one cell phone. "Terrorists need communication. Anonymous, pay-as-you-go and stolen mobiles are typical. Have you seen someone with large quantities of mobile phones? Has it made you suspicious?" The problem, as Andrew points out, is that almost everyone these days owns more than a few cell phones, so how do you aptly distinguish between a law abiding gadget fan and a potential terrorist? The other issue that's highlighted is what to do with the growing number of old cell phones that are accumulating in our homes. With wireless carriers making it easier and easier to upgrade our handsets, how do we responsibly deal with this mountain of electronic waste that we leave behind us every time we get a new phone?"

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