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Comment: Re:Blueray of Wifi (Score 3, Informative) 140

by The Ancients (#30393994) Attached to: Fast Wi-Fi's Slow Road To Standardization

BG is good enough, tied to residential/office network, and hard to notice the benefit of N.

Do you do much copying of files at all? We can see a huge difference on our network (have had n since the first 11n Airport Extreme), with speeds 3-5 times faster than G in the same environment. For us, 11n actually made wireless an acceptable alternative.

Comment: Important point (Score 4, Interesting) 236

by The Ancients (#29585943) Attached to: Mozilla Slams Chrome Frame As "Browser Soup"

...Chrome Frame will end in growing fragmentation and loss of control for most of us, including Web developers.'

A very important point. Those of us who build the web finally thought we were seeing some movement with the increasing adoption of Firefox (mainly) causing Microsoft to build better browsers in IE7, and more so, IE8. We really looked forward to moving from a development model where 50% of the time was spent building the site to standards, and 50% hacking for Internet Explorer.

Comment: Slight catch in that last sentence (Score 2, Insightful) 98

by The Ancients (#29379449) Attached to: Watered Down Phishing Protection In IPhone OS 3.1?


If you work for Apple, please comment on why you went with watered down phishing protection on the iPhone.

If anyone from Apple does comment, we'll not know for sure as they'll not be able to identify themselves sufficiently. As such, everything we do see will just be guesses. Some may make sense and quite probably be right, but who knows...

Comment: Out of left field (Score 4, Insightful) 360

by The Ancients (#29347411) Attached to: Bootstrapping a New Technology?
I gave up on reading all the comments. A lot of cynics, and a lot of people knocking the guy. Yet it is people like this who have historically driven so much innovation. So he's focused on product, and not on all the structure around it, which may or may not be his downfall. Is this such a bad thing? It is not a product driven by marketing, but by engineering, and these types of product are becoming harder and harder to come by. To the AC who said "You are at the blunt end of failure and you want help from slashdot." - having a functioning example is far from the blunt end, which is populated by those who can't quite make their products work. Sure, the guy has limited business nous, but at least he knows enough to know he needs help to go further. If one was to take the majority of comments here on slashdot seriously, almost everyone has startling intellect and experience in all fields pertaining to the world.

Hardy Heron Making Linux Ready for the Masses? 1100

Posted by Zonk
from the it-is-a-very-robust-bird dept.
desmondhaynes writes "Is Linux ready for the masses? Is Linux really being targeted towards the 'casual computer user'? Computerworld thinks we're getting there, talking of Linux 'going mainstream 'with Ubuntu. 'If there is a single complaint that is laid at the feet of Linux time and time again, it's that the operating system is too complicated and arcane for casual computer users to tolerate. You can't ask newbies to install device drivers or recompile the kernel, naysayers argue. Of course, many of those criticisms date back to the bad old days, but Ubuntu, the user-friendly distribution sponsored by Mark Shuttleworth's Canonical Ltd., has made a mission out of dispelling such complaints entirely.'"

+ - Bandwidth cost of streaming audio 4

Submitted by mbeisser
mbeisser (1208912) writes "I work for a small company (fewer than 20 employees) that specializes in aviation HMI's. Recently, an office memo was sent out which contained the usually upper-management Do's and Dont's. One of the things that caught my attention was the mention that listening to streaming radio is prohibited because it "aggravates" the network. Now My question is: how detrimental to a network is having 10-15 people listening to, shoutcast, or imeem over the course of an average workday? Additionally, what is the company's incurred cost for something like this?"

+ - There's something rotten in the kingdom of Denmark->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The danish government has _over_implemented a EU directive to make the ISP store information about the first and last IP packets of all their customers internet traffic. If they can't technically manage that they must store one of 500. Also to be on the safe side they have decided to track phonecalls, mobilephones etc...

Read more (english)

The Eu directive:

The Danish technical implementation instructions (in danish):

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+ - NY Times "Free" trial is a trap->

Submitted by LiquidCoooled
LiquidCoooled (634315) writes "The New York Times have recently begun offering an exact digital replica of the daily newspaper.
However to get a look at this nifty sounding site, you must signup and leave your credit card details.
The only thing which concerns me is the following:

Page Headline: Free: Try The New York Times Electronic Edition For 7 Days

Clause lower down: The first charge will be on the 5th day of your 7-day free trial.

My question then, how do I get a free 7 day trial?"

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