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Comment: DRBL or WDS (Score 1) 253

by cecil36 (#38204246) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Networked Back-Up/Wipe Process?

What I would do is configure a laptop to run DRBL or Windows Deployment Services (WDS). Both will give you PXE boot options and can boot whatever Linux (DRBL) or WinPE (WDS) utilities you want to use. WDS is a part of Windows Server 2008 R2 and for what you are going to need it for, you shouldn't have to purchase a license since the evaluation period should be sufficient time for you to complete your process. My suggestion would be to customize a Windows PE image to run a backup utility to capture all the data and write it to wherever you are putting it at, then run Gdisk32, which is a part of Norton Ghost to wipe the drive once the backup is complete and verified. You should be able to script this so it runs automatically once the PXE boot completes off a WDS server. I'm sure there's a way to do the same thing with DBAN if you're going to use DRBL instead.

Businesses

+ - Enterprise-friendly Cell Phones Lose Market Share->

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rsmiller510 writes "Android and iPhone continue to make significant market share gains, as RIM and Microsoft continue to bleed market share. IT seems to have stopped buying cell phones and is letting end users decide. From a support perspective, that means IT has to be prepared to deal with iOS and Android, and probably sooner than later."
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Programming

+ - What Your QA Team Can Learn from Open Source Devel->

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Anonymous Coward writes "If studies show that major FOSS projects have fewer defects per lines of code than proprietary software (and they do), then it makes sense to apply some of the successful development techniques to other realms as well. Free and open source projects follow slightly different protocols than their proprietary counterparts. You can apply some of these processes in your team to your benefit, even if you're developing proprietary software."
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Comment: Re:What's really interesting... (Score 1) 374

by xonker (#35319360) Attached to: Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME

Really not what the original article says - have you read it?

From TFA:

In fact, Burt says that the Banshee team had unanimously opted to turn off the Amazon store when given the choice, but now "Canonical came up with their own plan: essentially the option we rejected."

Further, Burt doesn't seem pleased with the way Canonical has handled the situation. "Canonical offering us options and then going back on them when we didn't pick their preferred one was not reasonable." Lorentz says he agrees "wholeheartedly" with Burt's response.

Some who commented on the original report suggested that the Banshee team had made a mistake in choosing to turn off the store rather than taking the 25% cut. Burt says, "it is possible that GNOME will do better financially with this arrangement than if Canonical disabled the Amazon store. GNOME would do 4x better than that if our upstream code shipped unmodified, as it does in other Linux distributions.

Comment: Re:Flamebait (Score 2) 374

by xonker (#35319312) Attached to: Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME

Did you RTFA? The maintainers they asked were *not* happy with the decision and the maintainers have *gone on record* as saying it's "unreasonable" - I know that one of the OMGUbuntu folks has been going around saying he's a Banshee contributor (he is, but not one of the maintainers) and trying to characterize it as everything is OK - but that is NOT the case.

GNOME

+ - Canonical disables Amazon MP3 store in Banshee->

Submitted by polar_bear`
polar_bear` (29382) writes "Banshee contributors were happy to have it chosen as the default music player in Ubuntu 11.04. The joy may be short-lived, though. Canonical approached the team with a choice: give us 75% of Amazon affiliate fees, or we disable the Amazon Store in Banshee to avoid competing with Ubuntu One. The Banshee store was on track to raise $10K for the GNOME Foundation in 2011."
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Facebook

+ - Indexing the Social Signal: Search & Social Me->

Submitted by blackbearnh
blackbearnh (637683) writes "Search engines have gotten pretty good at indexing the semi-static web, but new information sources such as Twitter and Facebook are starting to change the game. How do you find the meaningful tweets about protests in Egypt, when they're being drowned out by a thousand times as many retweets, not to mention stuff about Justin Bieber.

Social Media guru Charlene Li thinks that finding search value in 140 character tweets requires an entirely new approach to ranking the value of information, and in a new interview, she talks about why PageRank doesn't work for this kind of real-time information, as well as how the increasing searchability of social media is changing how people use it. "With PageRank, the more links that came into a piece of content the more meaningful and important it was. That works in a static web, and it tends to lean toward things that have better longevity. When things are coming in real-time, how do you determine whether content is important or relevant to a particular search query? How do you understand the social signal and all of the metadata that surrounds it? There's very little metadata associated with a 140-character tweet.""

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DRM

+ - E-Book Lending Stands Up To Corporate Mongering->

Submitted by phmadore
phmadore (1391487) writes "Publishing Perspectives is talking today about the rise of e-book lending, which, one would hope, will lead to a rise in questioning exactly how far one's digital rights extend. Although the articles are mostly talking about the authorized lending programs through Kindle and Nook ("The mechanics are simple: ebook owners sign up and list books that they want to allow others to borrow. When someone borrows one of the ebooks you have listed, you earn a credit. Credits can also be purchased for as little as $1.99 from eBook Fling."), we have to ask ourselves why we are suddenly paying publishers more for less. In the case of iBooks, you can't even transfer your books to another device, let alone another user, but then at least the prices are somewhat controlled. In the case of sites like BooksOnBoard, you've got ridiculously out of control prices with a greatly decreased cost of delivery. It's not all bad, don't get me wrong: Kobo offers competitive that never leave me feeling ripped off or stuck with an inferior product. Still, I can't help but think: digital rights management, sure! Where are my rights, as a consumer, and who is managing them? I wouldn't mind selling the rights back to the publisher or store for in-store credit; I also wouldn't be terribly bothered if they got a reasonable cut off the resale of the product to someone else. What I won't like is if they never allow it or continue to make it impossible for me to sell what's rightfully mine! This is not software we're talking about and copyright has been very clear on it for decades: not only can I legally re-sell a CD, but I can burn a copy and give it to my mother if I please, or even burn a copy and give it to my mother and THEN re-sell it. Anyways, WTF /.?"
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Security

+ - Terrorist attack in Moscow->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It was bound to happen... terrorists are starting to blow up the airports, instead of planes.
More damage with way less hassle.

Will the airport security theater finally be fixed, or will they just make it worse?

PS: I fully condemn any sort of violence, and I am not happy at all to see these kind of news."

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Open Source

+ - Pardus 2011, Independent Distro Releases Latest an->

Submitted by Thinkcloud
Thinkcloud (1901664) writes "Funded by the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey, the distro is big in all Turkish Government sectors including the Armed forces and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Naturally, it’s a distro to watch out for, specially because, for some reason, it remains hugely underused."
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