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Submission + - Is there a modern IP Webcam that lets the user control the output? 4

Tronster writes: Owners of a local shop have a menu that changes daily and wanted an IP webcam to update an image on their web-site. After a frustrating 2 hours of a "Hikvision" refusing to behave, I threw in the towel and looked for a better camera to recommend. The biggest issue today is that the new webcams that come out don't support FTP, they all support sending images/video direct to a "private cloud" (e.g., Simplicam, Dropcam, etc...)

Google has been no help; all the sites are either outdated in terms of ranking or the most recent ones recommend a Foscam. They previously tried one of these and it's image quality was too poor.

While security systems and home automation has been discussed recently, I haven't found any recent discussions on webcams that give a user control of where the content is sent. Does anyone in the Slashdot community have recommendations, reputable sites that are up-to-date in rankings, and/or hacks to have control over some of these newer cameras?

Submission + - Women in Game Development explored on podcast (

Tronster writes: "For the past half a year, I've been hosting a game development themed podcast with another AAA dev: Brett Doerle. We recently hosted women from various disciplines at three different, Baltimore-based, game studios to talk about their experience of being game developers in a male centric industry.

Some of their stories were surprising, and I wonder if women in any CS/IT related field are subject to similar situations."

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Submission + - Is it possible to fight Verizon and win?

Tronster writes: After suffering Comcast's poor customer service, and Cavalier's now less-than-zippy DSL, I've changed my house's ISP to be based off of Verizon's residential FiOS. What I wasn't told, by the many marketing mailers, service tech, or TOS, is that all incoming port 80 traffic is blocked at Verizon; my personal web-site (with 30 hits a day) was blocked. Now I have decide what course of action to take.

Anyone in this situation knows how frustrating it can be, as just confirming with Verizon that they are blocking port 80, upstream from my residence, was an ordeal. It took multiple calls to their IT department, and 2 callbacks from a supervisor. After correcting a level 1 tech and telling me that "no" they do not block port 80, she called back then next day to inform me she was wrong; they do indeed block port 80 on non-business accounts. She could not help me with unblocking port 80, offering 3 options:
  1. Switch to a business account
  2. Setup my web-server on a different port
  3. Do nothing.

Instead I asked to be transferred to the sales department and requested the rep show me where I should have seen Verizon stated they block port 80. Sales was less helpful & even more frustrating. The rep was unable to produce where I would have seen this, and was unable to find Verizon's TOS so we could reference it. The icing on the cake was the promised, within 24 hour, callback from a sales supervisor that never occurred.

From my own digging through the TOS, I can confirm Verizon does not mention blocking port 80 on residential accounts. Clearly Verizon does not understand their own policies. The closest I can find is a mention that residential accounts may not use web-servers, yet their own IT department gave me the solution of running my web-server on an alternative port. Additionally some applications blur the line between client and server; I wonder if prohibiting a "server" is reasonable or if many customers are unknowingly breaking this rule now.

Today I'm reading through docs on about network neutrality to find some leverage before I call their sales unit again.

Has anyone else at Slashdot been down this road with Verizon, or a similar ISP and 'won' through reason?
Can anyone else recommend additional (US legal) sources that may help me, and future American geeks with home web-sites, to combat Verizon and its restrictive residential policies.

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