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Submission + - British Government instituted 3-month deletion policy, apparently to evade FOIA (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In late 2004, weeks before Tony Blair’s Freedom of Information (FOI) act first came into force, Downing Street adopted a policy [http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d42d3c68-141d-11e5-abda-00144feabdc0.html — PAYWALLED] of automatically deleting emails more than three months old. The IT decision has resulted in a 'dysfunctional' system according to former cabinet officials, with Downing Street workers struggling to agree on the details of meetings in the absence of a correspondence chain. It is still possible to preserve an email by dragging it to local storage, but the relevance of mails may not be apparent at the time that the worker must make the decision to do so.

Former special adviser to Nick Clegg Sean Kemp said: "Some people delete their emails on an almost daily basis, others just try to avoid putting anything potentially interesting in an email in the first place,”

Comment Re:Carriers (Score 1) 312

Yeah the tech is there - an ASIC designed for identifying and dropping suspect traffic (or already marked traffic) on carrier networks is the obvious part. Whats needed is a protocol that can be implemented at layer 3/4 to allow global distribution networks to notify each other and perform wire-speed inspections/drops. Heck, an existing protocol like QoS marking at layer 2 or 3 could be partially leveraged to avoid changes to (already) standardized headers but im sure im about to be told why thats impossible or unsuitable. Someone makes this stuff lavaboy is talking about (or companies like Prolexic just clean your crap for you in real time) but all charge through the roof for it and THATS why we dont have the solution. Freakin a.

Comment Re:Lucky Them (Score 1) 127

Good question, in fact Im just glad I dont play utopia anymore and actually talk to the 100+ msn messenger users with whom I used to game daily or Id be whining about msn too. For fsx I am referring to a requirement which is no longer available to be completed online, and for newer operating systems (8x) the install dll which is used to generate telephone activation is not discoverable by the software. In order to use this app whilst buying their new OS, at hundreds of dollars in cost between the two, I must engage support. But both of these scenarios anger me. Sincerely. This isnt just about how MS decides to discontinue one product or doesnt keep other products compatible with all previously released counterparts (while using various maneuvers to compel us to continually upgrade those other products) its about this idea that the software license is not only so much less than any trace of ownership but that its very use can be restricted/disabled at any time. I would hope that whether I directly make a purchase or indirectly fund a franchise like msn by using a free product that there be some assurances that the software we use never be taken away from us. I thought Skype would bridge that gap - and now this? I get it that app services have a cost and such, but people build social lives, businesses, daily routines into messaging software; and as far as expensive games or other products - they have no labeling that states "this may not work very well in 5-10 years, beware" I certainly dont expect ownership when I make a software purchase or create an account but if something is going to be only available to me for a limited time I want to know up front. Sure nothing lasts forever but 5, 10, 15 years? Think about the other purchases we make. These time frames are just too short imo.

Submission + - EDIT SUBMISSION PLEASE - lol i left out the punch line (slashdot.org)

Yew2 writes: Edit: The first italicized paragraph should have the following two sentences appended to it immediately following and you have a recipe for a frenzy. In fact, some have wanted the game so much that they’ve been using VPNs or IP Proxies to access the game. It’s about to get a whole lot easier, however, as Square Enix has removed the IP block for the game.

Submission + - Dragon Quest X Can Now be Played Outside of Japan 2

Yew2 writes: From Hardcore Gamer:

It’s safe to assume that the gaming community in North America wants to play Dragon Quest X. After all, it combines the joy of MMORPGs with the awesomeness that is Dragon Quest. Add to that the pent of demand we have for a new Dragon Quest and you have a recipe for a frenzy.

Online petitions begging for localization have been springing up everywhere since the game first released in Japan on the Wii in August 2012. As the first MMORPG in the series, Square-Enix has since added support for the WiiU, PC, Android, iPhone, iPad and very recently Nintendo 3DS. As actual translations and platform porting may not be so pricey, a release outside Japan would likely require adding server and network infrastructure which requires capital and operating funds Square-Enix or a partner has yet to lay out.

In the mean time there is quick start login guide for the English speaking world here with corresponding pictures here to help enthusiasts get the PC version installed and logged in via a yahoo.co.jp account to play the free trial version. Controller and keyboard settings are here and Chrome gives a decent translation. Ingame translations are summarized here for the Wii version but are generally the same in the PC version. Enjoy!

Submission + - "Real" Computer Scientists 1

An anonymous reader writes: At work yesterday, I overheard a programmer explaining his perception of the quality of the most recent CS grads. In his opinion, CS students who primarily learn Java are inferior because they don't have to deal with memory management as they would if they used C. As a current CS student who's pursing a degree after 10 years of experience in the IT field, I have two questions for my fellow Slashdoters: "Is this a common concern with new CS grads?" and, if so, "What can I do to supplement my Java-oriented studies?"

Comment If its an isolated network... (Score 1) 348

eg. offline - no internet connection - then I wouldnt worry about not having an operating system/software firewall enabled on the 2 systems. Heck, even if you had a linksys giving them shared internet access it could even prevent the RPC worms and stuff from getting in. The day you start surfing on them or otherwise let the internet in then its horrible practice to go without a good edge firewall on that connection; but if the network is entirely offline I wouldnt worry about it. In the larger networks firewalls are independent devices; we no use software firewalls. Oh no..

Comment Did we all miss the point? (Score 3, Insightful) 110

Im a little disappointed in these comments! I dont see anyone complaining that a utility is even spending money on this sorta thing, much less a publicly owned utility....did I miss the part where we started enjoying abuses from the mono/duopolies to which we are all conscripted?? From the rich right down to the poorest or poor in our citizenry, we all pay for utilities, one way or another. It could even be argued that the brand of gravy fed the homeless is one slot cheaper because soup kitchens pay these bills too. Has the world gone mad?? Since when can a public resource use funds in this way? Where is the outrage? Where is the inquisition? I would even go so far as to say even were this service offered for free of charge to this utility that they are engaging in a cover-up! Fraud! Deceit! Pitchfork, anyone? Hello? Anyone?

Comment This is part of their job (Score 1) 238

Hats off to google - but not really. This is what they do. This is what I have come to expect from every other ISP until this nonsense with Netflix paying that ridiculous ransom. These big old companies have been laughing all the way to the bank having sold all these speed tiers and now that we are more fully utilizing the service - and at the expense of their other business divisions - its become a tool of extortion. Instead of optimizing their traffic flows (for the benefit of all) they are holding this simple engineering work as a hostage. Regional interconnects used to just do this with a service request.

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