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Comment: Some day - not yet (Score 1) 131

by aggles (#47377377) Attached to: Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

The main problem with corporate social software today is that the business dynamics are different than public social apps. With Facebook or Google+, you are a user, not a customer, and advertising is the business model. With corporations, you buy, not build the software and typically it is bloatware, trying to meet the needs of a selection committee with vague goals. So, if you can find anything good, it will be expensive (SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, etc).

Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) had a vibrant social network from the mid-80's to the mid 90's, based on a rewrite of the CDC Plato software. It eventually evolved into Lotus Notes and bloated into crapware. In it's day at DEC, over 400 "notes files" were active, half business related - and non-business topics to encourage use by everyone. Below the management level, the company ran on "VAXnotes". Management hated it, because it wasn't the way they were comfortable working and disrupted their authority. Did this kill the company? Perhaps. It sharpened the disconnect between management and the workers.

Today, combine bloatware social tools that basically suck when compared to public sites, with corporate rules that discourage non-business use, combined with the spyware culture that social tool reporting provide - and we see failures due to non-use. Once those that grew up with social tools grow into management positions, the popularity of corporate social tools will likely grow. Use of social business tools "CAN" be a powerful tool if the corporate culture embraces it. It "WILL" make companies more competitive if the culture can act in a more coordinated way. Just, not yet.

Comment: Cellular wireless - really? (Score 1) 156

by aggles (#47085213) Attached to: FCC Gets Go-Ahead For Plan To Expand Rural Internet Access
The comment "build out broadband infrastructure, including cellular data networks in those areas." seems like a waste of money. Metered bandwidth is good for mobile applications but a home needs unlimited data volumes. While today, 30 gig a month is fine for most and 100 gig /month should suffice for the next few years, the concept of caps will be a bucket of cold water on continued innovation. Wireless is not in itself a bad technology for the rural build-out, but it is unlikely that Verizon and AT&T will change their ways. Cellular wireless is lifeline quality only for the home.

Comment: Neutral to 100 meg? (Score 1) 410

by aggles (#46829601) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane
If neutrality is a lost cause, I hope at least for a baseline on neutral performance, say the high-end of what we can get today. This would drive investment towards gigabit+ speeds and new applications that come with it, what ever they may be. This would be a good time for a disruptive technology to come along and give the mega carriers some competition, but sadly, I don't think it will. The placement of a lobbyist into the FCC decision chair is disappointing.

Comment: Nuts to me (Score 2) 192

by aggles (#46119091) Attached to: Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

My allergy to peanuts and cashews has been going strong for over 50 years and I'm still alive. Peanuts and cashews are the worst, and to me, the difference is like between a bee (peanut) and yellow-jacket (cashew) sting. Similar reaction, but stronger and nastier. Peas, lima beans and lentils also cause an allergic sensation, but won't get me sick

As a kid, today you get protected, but once out on your own, shit happens. In third grade, I knew I couldn't eat the peanut butter candy we were making in class, but wanted to help, so I stirred it. That got me sent home with my eyes swollen shut. Later in life, I've been hit by a "maple frosted" donut, learned about mole sauce and sate sauce the hard way (note to self; watch out if the E on the end of the sauce's name is pronounced as A). Those cut up garlic pieces in the dipping sauce at the Thai restaurant were actually chopped peanuts. Those rice crispy squares only had 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in the batch, but it got me. The chicken salad sandwich with cashews did too. I could probably die from a large dose, but sense it pretty quickly. What gets my goat is the warnings on packaged goods saying the product was made in a factory that uses peanuts. I ignore those labels and only sensed peanuts in M&M plains and a Hershey White Chocolate candy bar.

For me, the smallest bit ingested means I'm going to puke. It might take 10 minutes or three hours, but it is going to happen. Normally, once I know it is in my system (seconds after swallowing), I'll drink a bunch of water and try to puke it out of my system. That sort of works. I also get wheezy and my throat closes a bit, but not as bad as others report. Then, I get sleepy. Even the dust in the airplane gets my eyes itchy. Years ago, I tried the desensitization approach on my own, but didn't like the reaction and stopped pretty quick.

Comment: Re:Halifax too! (Score 1) 161

by aggles (#45191615) Attached to: Connecting To Unsecured Bluetooth Car Systems To Monitor Traffic Flow

So in every area, they have a good estimate of how many cars have Bluetooth and have it turned on? For example, our household (HS senior, college sophomore, my wife and I) have 4 cars total and only one of them has Bluetooth. It is turned on. But, the rest of us have BT headsets - which are not in pairing / discoverable mode. So I guess they only "see" one of us on the road?

They don't need many samples to determine road speed conditions. On a busy highway, even if only 1% of the cars have bluetooth discovery enabled, there will be valid data. More valid as the sample size increases. Similar technology is used in airports to understand the speed of the people moving thorugh the security line.

+ - Using data analytics in education could create a new class of have and have-nots-> 1

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Every student learns differently. Some educators are starting to use data analytics to figure out how to tailor teaching techniques to individual students, rather than using the "one size fits all" approach. But Alec Ross, a senior advisor on innovation at the U.S. State Department, worries this would create a new class of haves and have-nots. Speaking at the Schools for Tomorrow conference last week, Ross said, "A lot of what I see is the ability to productize and commercialize very intensive assessments of individual limits. So what I imagine is parents getting their kids essentially a $30,000 educational checkup where they extract enormous amounts of data about the kinds of learners their children are, the kinds of education deficits they have.""
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+ - 5 Benefits of Cloud Computing for Small Business->

Submitted by havishowen
havishowen (2930823) writes "Cloud computing is all the rage, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for every business. While the cloud has been dominated by larger businesses, corporations, and enterprise companies that require secure data storage and constant access, small businesses and startups have many of the same needs to a smaller degree, making the scalable cloud an affordable option."
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+ - About 20% Of New Titles On Steam Support Linux->

Submitted by Dega704
Dega704 (1454673) writes "There is some interesting news over at Phoronix regarding the state of Linux support among game developers.

"Phoronix reader Casper Gielen wrote in with some interesting information that may have been overlooked by other Phoronix readers. Casper wrote, "While browsing the 100 newest releases on Steam I noticed that 20 supported Linux. That's quite a lot. Of the 18 games under "coming soon" 6 support Linux. That's even better, which suggests that it's not just a lucky day but a real trend. Only 13 of the best selling games support Linux, but even that is a rather nice number."

So right now 20% of the new releases support Linux, 33% of the current "coming soon" titles support Linux, and 13% of the "best selling" games advertise Linux support. Those wanting to check out the games for yourself can visit store.steampowered.com and click on the various tabs.

These numbers are only likely to rise given Valve continuing to push more game developers to support Linux, SteamOS and Steam Machines will drive game developers and gamers to the Linux-based operating system, and Valve continues to work on new initiatives to help developers in moving their games to Linux — e.g. continued Source Engine optimizations, LLDB improvements, joint work on a new Linux debugger for game developers, etc."

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+ - Nuclear Fusion Energy Research Inches Closer To Elusive Break-Even Point->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes ""Fusion energy has proven an elusive goal — a running joke is that humanity is 20 years away from a practical power plant, and has been for 60 years.

That could be changing, said John Edwards, associate director for inertial confinement fusion and high-energy-density science of the National Ignition Facility.

In a recent piece published in the journal Physics of Plasmas, Edwards said NIF scientists are getting closer to reactions that produce more energy than they need to get going, and added that the obstacles to realizing nuclear fusion involve engineering problems rather than basic physics.""

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+ - World Solar Challenge starts one day from now->

Submitted by SustainableJeroen
SustainableJeroen (2474816) writes "On Sunday morning (Australian time), October 6th, 40 solar-powered vehicles from 24 countries will depart from Darwin and make their way south along the 3000km Stuart Highway towards Adelaide in the 2013 World Solar Challenge. About half of the vehicles compete in the Challenger class, the class which features what many people will recognise as typical solar racing cars: flat, UFO-like vehicles, built exclusively for efficiency and speed. For the first time, however, much more practical vehicles will race each other in the new Cruiser class. These vehicles will seat two, three of four people and be road legal.

In both 2009 and 2011, Michigan University Solar Car Team finished third, Nuon Solar Team finished second and Tokai University finished first. The fastest vehicles will be expected to reach Adelaide on Thursday or Friday, depending on the weather."

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Comment: Legit uses? (Score 3, Informative) 189

by aggles (#44537379) Attached to: Londoners Tracked By Advertising Firm's Trash Cans
Several airports in Europe are using the same non-associating probe technique to figure out if enough security lines are open. By knowing the time from pre to post security location of a MAC address, they can tell how well traffic is flowing. Since people beyond security, on average, spend several Euros per minute, it is better for the airport to minimize the security delay. Good for passengers too.

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