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Comment: Re:Copper? (Score 1) 347

by TopShelf (#43895285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

It's interesting to see how useful plain old ISDN still is. I write about hockey online, and end up listening to a lot of NHL radio shows & podcasts which feature guests calling in from all over North America. Our local TV announcer (Pete Weber of the Nashville Predators) has an ISDN line to his home specifically for this purpose, and as a listener you can really tell the difference when Pete's doing a radio segment as opposed to other guests who may be calling from a typical landline or (ugh) a cell phone. It sounds like Weber is right in the studio alongside the hosts.

+ - Stan Lee partners with NHL on The Guardian Project->

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TopShelf writes "Comic book icon Stan Lee is teaming up with the National Hockey League to create "The Guardian Project", a team of 30 new superheroes, each representing an NHL franchise. The trailer above gives a glimpse of what we're going to see in January 2011, and they've also launched www.GuardianProject30.com where fans can get presumably get more teasers as the project develops."
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The Internet

+ - Hacking the NHL All-Star Game

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TopShelf writes "With Montreal hosting the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, Canadiens fans are obviously excited to vote online to get their players into the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference. The league found, however, that after barely a day of voting, the "Flying Frenchmen" were in position for all six starting spots, with vote totals that were often 200% higher than rival stars like Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, who are widely regarded as the biggest names in the sport. A script posted on a Habs fan forum enabled users to automatically hammer away at the NHL's balloting site, in violation of the rules.

The league has belatedly added a captcha to the voting page to confound the Greasemonkey crowd, but this episode begs a question: since the NHL boasts that its avid fans are exceedingly techno-savvy, isn't this exactly the sort of competition they'd like to see? For example, alliances could be formed between cities in opposite conferences to get each other's players into the honored slots.

Last year, a similar (albeit more grassroots) drive nearly led to journeyman Rory Fitzpatrick getting named to the Western Conference squad."

Comment: Re:Another one? (Score 1) 274

by TopShelf (#25082571) Attached to: Don't Count Cobol Out

One step that some companies are taking is to migrate their COBOL apps from a mainframe down to an iSeries (AS400), which provides rock-solid stability and scalability at a much lower cost. It's not a trivial effort, but poses far less risk than migrating to an entirely new app developed in "modern" languages.

A major annoyance to such firms are the software vendors who are forcing them away from COBOL (or RPG) applications to newer versions built around Java, for example. While there are some obvious benefits, the risks involved in replacing mission-critical systems and the likely obsoleting of IT employees familiar with the legacy app just don't make it worthwhile.

Upgrades

Journal: Help me build a new PC 6

Journal by TopShelf

OK, here's the scoop; I may, through my own stupidity, have fried the motherboard in my desktop PC at home, and am facing the prospect of getting a new one, and I'd like to get some input on which direction I should take, since it's been almost 5 years since I last did this.

The Courts

+ - Microsoft Concedes European Antitrust Case

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TopShelf writes "The New York Times is now reporting that Microsoft has yielded in the long battle over European Antitrust claims. Quoth the Times: 'Microsoft has given up its nine-year fight against antitrust regulators in Europe, saying today that it would not challenge a court judgment there and would share technical information with rivals on terms the software giant had long resisted.'"
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Journal: How to bring mainframers into the 21st century? 8

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I've recently been tasked with leading the integration effort for a large systems implementation here at work, and am facing a challenge more daunting than any mere technical obstacle; how does one best get hardcore old-school programmers to embrace a new way of integrating our applications?

Intel

+ - Intel Debuts New Centrino Duo Chipset

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DigitalDame2 writes "Intel's latest Centrino Duo chipset, released today, gives you GMA X3100 graphics, support for Draft-n Wi-Fi, better battery life, and front-side bus speeds of up to 800 MHz. Along with the release, of course, comes a host of new laptops sporting the chipset, including offerings from Dell, Fujitsu, HP, and Lenovo. PC Mag has complete coverage of this new technology with reviews, news, and more."

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