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Comment Re:T-Mobile's tech support didn't get the memo. (Score 1) 361

The support was limited to "here's the init string our documents say you'll need, but you'll need to figure out which file to edit to set it" since bluetooth tethering is 'pair device, send plan-specific (but not user-specific) init string, dial #99*' for anything GPRS.

It's kinda sad when it's simpler to tether a cell phone to a laptop for internet access in the middle of the Pacific ocean on an island than it is to set up most printers...

But yeah, didn't blink when I said I just needed the init strings and I was working under Linux so I couldn't follow their prompts for how to get to the spot to enter stuff. They were willing to skim through their scripts to the juicy bits instead of just hanging up on me.

Social Networks

Submission + - Wikipedia COO was a Convicted Felon (

An anonymous reader writes: The Register writes:

"For more than six months, beginning in January of this year, Wikipedia's million-dollar check book was balanced by a convicted felon. When Carolyn Bothwell Doran was hired as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Florida-based Wikimedia Foundation, she had a criminal record in three other states — Virginia, Maryland, and Texas — and she was still on parole for a DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) hit and run that resulted in a fatality. Her record also included convictions for passing bad checks, theft, petty larceny, additional DUIs, and unlawfully wounding her boyfriend with a gun shot to the chest."


Submission + - Google not evil? Not when it comes to money...

LynnwoodRooster writes: A local blogger writes: "So I was minding my own business Tuesday morning when I got an email from Google Adsense telling me they were disabling the ads on my site and my account with the company."

Seems something at Google thought he was "posing a risk" to their advertisers, and not only is he suspended but they're keeping the $600 he's earned in the last 4 months.
United States

Submission + - FDA Commissioner blocks new Cancer treatment. ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, blocked a fast tracked prostate cancer treatment despite strong evidence for its approval and a commitee vote to approve the drug. If the facts of the admitteldy biased article are true then he is also likely guilty of insider trading.

Submission + - Professor Breaks Bank Security to Prove Point

swehack writes: "Norweigan computer science professor Kjell Jørgen Hole was dissapointed at how his bank handled the security concerns he had. So he took matters into his own hands, and made it a project to break the security as a proof of concept. Along with his students he worked for approximately 100 hours and managed to successfully break the banks security measures, transfer money between accounts without the owner noticing and steal the identity of banking customers. Original article in Swedish."

Submission + - What every programmer should know about memory (

mrcgran writes: "LWN.NET has just finished publishing an excellent series about memory, by Ulrich Drepper:"What every programmer should know about memory". Wonder the difference between PC100 and PC1600? Challeges of NUMA systems, access optimizations for L1 and L2 caches? Want to write code which performs well in several memory contexts? Then this series is probably what you should read first. There is also a PDF version available from Ulrich's home page. While at it, why not do a combo grabbing a copy of Goldberg's classical paper "What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating Point Arithmetic"?."
Linux Business

Submission + - A Review of the $200 Wal-Mart Linux PC (

bcrowell writes: "Wal-Mart's new $200 Linux PC has generated a lot of buzz among geeks. Although they're sold out of stores, I bought one for my daughter via mail order, and have written up a review of the system. The hardware seems fine for anyone but a hardcore gamer, but the preinstalled gOS flavor of Ubuntu has a lot of rough edges."

Submission + - Content filtering for free wi-fi 5

Munk writes: My in-laws own a truckstop and want to start offering free wi-fi to their customers. Since the wi-fi would cover the restaurant and other public areas, they don't want folks surfing porn where other customers could see it. And as a side benefit, I would also like to be able to block P2P traffic that would use excessive bandwidth. Does anybody have an suggestions for a setup to handle this sort of thing? I would obviously like to use linux and other free software if possible.

Submission + - Liberals Ban Valedictorian Honors (

Advocate123 writes: Ever since liberals took over our education system in this country, there are no more winners and losers. If a student thinks that 2 + 2 = 5, and is completely illiterate, we should try to "gain an understanding" of why that child was left behind. Rather than telling the student that he or she is wrong, and placing high expectations on the student to improve, the child is praised for giving his or her best effort.

Submission + - School Bans Valedictorian Honors to Protect Studen ( 8

Advocate123 writes: As a result of these ridiculous policies, gifted students are locked in a box of mediocrity. Students who dedicate their lives toward academics, and excel, are ridiculed by fellow peers. Even worse, disgraceful teachers force the best and the brightest students to be patient with students who neither demonstrate the effort nor intelligence to succeed. The boredom resulting from a lack of high expectations is painful to endure for many students. In Colorado this past Tuesday, the Boulder Valley school district engaged in the most recent example of insanity by baning valedictorian honors.

Submission + - Daily Show writers find Youtube; speak on Strike

Inakizombie writes: The writers from the Daily Show have turned to Youtube to give their perspective on the writers' strike in the best way they know how, humorously. From the post "What do the writers of the Daily Show think of the ongoing writers' strike? If only there were some way to find out like, I don't know... clicking on the image(Youtube) to your left. It's so crazy, it might just work!"

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