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Comment: Re:Pedantic (Score 1) 290

by r_naked (#48231463) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

I use my box as an OpenVPN gateway, a "cloud storage" server, a web server, mail server and various other things. So when I connect TO my box the connection is pityful at 5mb. I could easily put 30mb of upstream bandwidth to use. For that matter if they offered a 90/90 plan, then I would upgrade just for the 90mbits up.

-- Brian


How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor 289

Posted by samzenpus
from the back-in-the-day dept.
smaxp writes In 2007, Sony's supply chain lessons, the network effect from the shift to Intel architecture, and a better OS X for developers combined to renew the Mac's growth. The network effects of the Microsoft Wintel ecosystem that Rappaport explained 20 years ago in the Harvard Business Review are no longer a big advantage. By turning itself into a premium PC company with a proprietary OS, Apple has taken the best of PC ecosystem, but avoided taking on the disadvantages.

Comment: Pedantic (Score 4, Interesting) 290

by r_naked (#48209771) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?


With that said, no, it isn't going to create anymore of a divide than already exists. I have Brighthouse Cable, and I can get their 90mb plan for around $80/mo, but I am sticking with their 30mb plan that is bundled with their basic HD plan. Why? I used mrtg to monitor my usage and found that I wasn't taking advantage of the extra bandwidth. We (at least in the US) have no services that take advantage of the extra bandwidth. I can stream Netflix, Amazon, etc... in HD just fine. Granted, their idea of HD sucks, but that isn't the point. Before the MPAA found out about USENET (and I still want to find out who talked -- and beat them), I more than took advantage of the extra bandwidth, but now that USENET is gone (well, so neutered as to be useless for my purposes), I never find myself "waiting".

  Now, what we need is more UPSTREAM bandwidth. I get 5mb up, and that is usable, but having 30/30 would be REAL nice.

With all that said, this is obviously *MY* use case scenario. I would love to hear from others in the US that need more than 30mb, and what you use it for / how you use it.

The Internet

Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide? 290

Posted by samzenpus
from the have-and-have-nots dept.
First time accepted submitter dkatana writes Having some type of fiber or high-speed cable connectivity is normal for many of us, but in most developing countries of the world and many areas of Europe, the US, and other developed countries, access to "super-fast" broadband networks is still a dream. This is creating another "digital divide." Not having the virtually unlimited bandwidth of all-fiber networks means that, for these populations, many activities are simply not possible. For example, broadband provided over all-fiber networks brings education, healthcare, and other social goods into the home through immersive, innovative applications and services that are impossible without it. Alternatives to fiber, such as cable (DOCSYS 3.0), are not enough, and they could be more expensive in the long run. The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber.

Comment: CiviCRM (Score 2) 104

by Mathieu Lutfy (#48197811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

They should only go with custom code up to a certain extent. The organization should have the freedom to choose its own service provider (including volunteers). I'm probably stating the obvious, but if there is too much custom code they will be forced to spend a lot to rewrite code when volunteers rotate (and most likely will want to roll their own fancier solution), spend a lot of energy/time/money to maintain the code, or have difficulties finding volunteers who want to get involved in such a mess.

I don't know the specifics of your use-case, but CiviCRM is a Free Software contact relationship management software aimed specifically at non-profits. It has a large community of users and developers. While the community mostly operates on non-profit budgets, it includes users such as the FSF, EFF, Wikimedia, sub-orgs of UNESCO, Amnesty International, NY State Senate, etc. I use it for my small local clients, but I'm happy to be able to pool ressources with such organisations.

While turn-key tools can only do so much, you would probably have better chances of customizing that to fit your needs, and in the long term, the organization can turn to specialized service providers if necessary, without restarting from scratch.

Heck, worst case, if your volunteers are PHP-averse and don't feel like spending too much time customizing the application, you can write just a front-end application to it, and use the CiviCRM REST API to store the data. Writing a whole new application just for that seems like a huge waste of ressources, and does not seem sustainable. An event management tool has a ton of small but critical features to think about.

If they think it will be hard to learn an existing generic tool, imagine how hard it will be for new staff/volunteers to use a completely custom tool. Not to mention that if your organisation has an aim of promoting common good, community building, etc, they should also participate in existing Free Software projects :)


If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data 312

Posted by timothy
from the so-they-can-notify-next-of-kin dept.
fyngyrz (762201) writes It would seem that no matter how you configure Yosemite, Apple is listening. Keeping in mind that this is only what's been discovered so far, and given what's known to be going on, it's not unthinkable that more is as well. Should users just sit back and accept this as the new normal? It will be interesting to see if these discoveries result in an outcry, or not. Is it worse than the data collection recently reported in a test version of Windows?

Comment: Re:What do you expect? (Score 4, Insightful) 367

by r_naked (#48069097) Attached to: Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

Absolutely there is justification for this, and as has been pointed out MANY times on this thread already, THEY MAKE IT VERY CLEAR.

* Install it in a VM
* Don't visit your normal sites / "private" sites that you don't want MS (or whoever) to know about
* Create new accounts for any site that you don't care that they know you visit, but you don't want them to have your login credential.

I mean this is brain dead stupid obvious shit...

I am running it because I WANT MS to get that feedback. I don't want them to be tracking my normal usage though.

I have switched to Linux Mint after the Win8 fiasco, but I don't want to see MS fail. They keep me in business, so I want to give them as much feedback as possible.

This whole article is a non-issue if you pay attention to what you are agreeing to. *sigh*

-- Brian

+ - Are the world's religions ready for ET?-> 2

Submitted by Science_afficionado
Science_afficionado (932920) writes "At the current rate of discovery, astronomers will have identified more than a million exoplanets by the year 2045. That means, if life is at all common in the Milky Way, astronomers will soon detect it. Realization that the nature of the debate about life on other worlds is about to fundamentally change lead Vanderbilt astronomer David Weintraub to begin thinking seriously about how people will react to such a discovery. He realized that people's reactions will be heavily influenced by their religious beliefs, so he decided to find out what theologians and leaders from the world's major religions have to say about the matter. The result is a book titled "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life" published by Springer this month. He discovered that from Baptists to Buddhists, from Catholics to Mormons, from Islam to the Anglican Communion religious views differ widely."
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Comment: Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (Score 4, Interesting) 613

by r_naked (#47812339) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

I hate posting a "me too" post, but you nailed it. Who the FUCK thought that having to run a separate command to find out if your service started was a good idea?!?

I work in a shop that has ~2000 Red Hat servers / VMs, and my advice will be to switch to something else unless Red Hat gets their heads out of their asses, and gets rid of systemd. Unfortunately we don't really have the option of moving to FreeBSD (tooooo much code to port), but I am sure their will be a distro that fills the void. At least we have a few years to worry about it since 6.x is supported for a few more years -- hell I might fork the final 6.x release.

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1) 65

by r_naked (#47637541) Attached to: Red Hat CEO: Open Source Goes Mainstream In 2014

I use OSX at work, and I haven't *HAD* to open a shell for anything when it comes to day to day use. There are some things I find quicker to fix / install from the shell, but that is my choice -- I am not forced to. I have found the same to be true with Linux Mint.

If you look at my post history, up until recently I was a die-hard Windows fan when it came to my desktop OS. Even OSX is missing little things that Windows 7 has when it comes to window management. For example, Aero peek on the superbar. I didn't realize just how much I used that until I was forced to use OSX at work. Also, clicking on an running app to minimize it. I could go on, but an OSX vs Windows vs Linux debate is not what this is about. I still love Windows 7, and if MS ever gets their head out of their ass and releases a decent OS again, I will be glad to use it if I have to. Again though, the point of my post was to let people know that if they hadn't tried Linux as a desktop OS -- maybe they should. I am a convert now, and unless The Linux Mint team decides to go full retard (like MS has), I'll stick with it.

Comment: Re: Finally! (Score 1) 65

by r_naked (#47637037) Attached to: Red Hat CEO: Open Source Goes Mainstream In 2014

Linux Mint 17 - Cinnamon with the non-free tools. Yea, it isn't completely F/OSS, but I am not a fanatic like some people.

It is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: "Linux Mint 17 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019."

I have installed it on HP desktops, and laptops (various models), and Dell desktops and laptops (various models), and everything has worked out of the box. Multi-monitor support rivals Win7 IMHO (this was one of my big beefs a few years ago). Now I could probably have just gone with Ubuntu 14.04, but the Linux Mint team has taken the time to make Cinamon / GTK2 / GTK3 look consistent -- I am really impressed. Again, *I* could have spent the time to make any Linux distro look good, and have a consistent look and feel, but why should I have to. Working with computers isn't my hobby -- it is my job. I have too many other things that I want to do when I get home. On the flip side, if I do find something I can fix, and I have the time, I like being able to share that back with the community. But the most important part of my decision was the fact that GNU/Linux has finally reached the stage where mom / pop / insert non-technically inclined person here, can use it without me constantly being on the hook for tech support.

If you would like further details on the exact hardware I have tested so far, please let me know.

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