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Comment Re:LOL .. RICO (Score 1) 136

I believe it.

We were looking at Sparc Server support. I couldn't find a power supply online, so ended up calling the Oracle Help line. Turns out, you couldn't just buy one. they would provide them as part of a service contract. I can't remember the exact price, but it was pretty much the same as the server itself.

We now have Solaris running on a HP Proliant Server, and it runs great, and easy to find spare parts.

Comment Be careful, this may have unintended consequences (Score 1) 749

With the current situation concerning Privacy Law, being that it is becoming quite complex, what we need is a "Data Extradition Treaty"

If your Courts want some Data which is related to an ongoing investigation, you trundle over the Country that is holding it, and ask for permission to get it.

As long as the local Court has some sort of leverage over a company, they can make that company do their dirty work. The second they lose that leverage, they will have to do it themselves. The thing that the US Gov has to remember is how this could backfire. ITAR guidlines were designed to prevent the spread of military technology, then it was used to give US firms an advantage in foreign sales. Well, that has backfired now, as ITAR un-encumbered weapon systems are growing in popularity. Recently, Canada, a notable ally of the US encouraged the use of non-US systems in order to reduce risk and delays. This DATA situation seems likely to cause similar issues.

In the end, Countries won't really care about complying with US law, especially if the DATA concerned is personal data belonging to that Country's citizens. I see lots of stove-pipe systems cropping up in order to remove the likelihood of having a data-leak to the US justice system.

My 2 cents

Comment Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (Score 1) 145

I can confirm, my work e-mail has been bursting with requests to renew email that I don't read anyways!

I work for the Canadian Government in IT, and hidden url's are stripped out of emails, so when these "partner" email request come in, asking for me to consent to receiving marketing, info and other types of email, I can't. Even if I wanted to. But it turns out that this is a great way to reset the emails I'm getting.

I love it, and not really sure why there is so much hate out there for the legislation. There was certainly a lot of hate for the SPAM people were getting. There are websites that I had to register onto just to see what they were selling . And the sponsored link that took me there, just told me that the item I was looking for was no longer for sale there! But I digress. I'm tired of companies sending me crap emails just because I had a tenuous relationship with them. I understand that this law may stick in the craw of some legitimate businesses, but hey, they can always ask me to opt in.

Now, if we can just get them to stop trying to get me to "like" them on Facebook.

Comment Re:Improper purposes (:-)) (Score 4, Insightful) 60

Well stated, from Voltage's point of view

But of course, behaving like a "good-faith plaintiff" does not fit in with the revenue model. The whole original plan was to try and scare people into settling without going into a courtroom. Because, as soon as you get in the courtroom, there are Judges and sometimes Juries who you can never completely control. Costs also increase. So, you pick a test case you think you can win, prosecute the shit out of that one, even though you know you'll never get any real money, the judgement is the prise. Keep it really high, so that when you get your next batch of infringers you can threaten them with complete destruction. That way, more people will be inclined to settle without you every having to go back in the Courtroom again.

Of course, the Canadian rules have broken this model. Now, they have to pay for the list of names. They will have to pay to bring someone in to actually sue to make the point, and determine how the Canadian Courts are actually going to award damages. With a max infringement level of $5000, this is going to be close. Even if they are awarded some court costs, there will be few big payoff days. I suspect they are hoping that one of the secret treaties (TPP maybe) will force the Canadians to change the rules and come back to a more US style of play, and actions like this will be more placeholders to "prove" that litigation like this is truly important.

Comment So it has come to this (Score 1) 2219

I like Slashdot. I have learned to live with its silly foibles, even when things don't work perfect they work well.

I suppose I am a bit of traditionalist. I hate change for changes sake, I don't really like it unless it is to make things better. Today I got a bit of a look at the beta site. Wow. It appears to embody all of the recent "flat" style that Apple, Microsoft and even Android is gravitating towards.

Why? I don't know. In MS Office, I hardly know what a button is anymore just be looking at it quickly. I have to decide on where to click, and often I have to hunt for the buttons. I don't really like it. It doesn't bring anything real to the table.

I'm not looking for karma, I don't really care, but it won't really matter because /. will change, and if I don't like the changes I'll just stop going there. It's a shame, because I really liked the discussions that took place. Sometimes, I even got the news before it appeared on other sites I frequent.

The bottom line for me is, if the conversation stops, and the futue looks like a whitewashed, pastel coloured world I won't bother. It's not worth it to get upset, I'll just look for something else to pass my time.

The site belongs to Dice. They can do what they will with it. If they screw it up, well, not many of us from the looks of it will be back to say "I told you so"

That's it. My 2 cents. Good luck Slashdot, I'll miss you for a while,

Comment Re:If they hadn't locked it down... (Score 3, Insightful) 293

It seems as well that Microsoft wanted the locked-down environment to prevent Windows RT from having viruses,

I don't think so.

Microsoft, ultimately wanted to duplicate Apple's App Store Environment. They were hoping the lower price point would bring in the users, which would spur development of the Applications for it, which would of course induce more to join the ecosystem. Once Microsoft realized the value of the entire system, they were willing to try and duplicate it.

Of course, the hardware was there, but the Apps and the OS itself fell short, and they were not able to complete the task at hand. In order for them to have a chance at success here, they need more time. Time that just may not be available.

Submission + - New Most Wanted Cyber Criminal Named - Creator of "Loverspy" (

dakohli writes: The FBI has named Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara to its Cyber's Most Wanted List

His crime was to create a Mal-Ware package called Loverspy which he sold on his website for $89. This Mal-Ware allowed someone to monitor their spouse (or other target's) online activities. It captured passwords, emails, and could activate a webcam.

With recent relavations in the Press concerning NSA antics, I thought the Government might be able to use talent such as Carlos'. I guess they really don't want the competition.

Comment Re:Pretty common support forums policies (Score 1) 326

The real problem is a lack of real information so people can only guess. It's hard for manufacturers to deal with this kind of situation because they don't want to say anything until they are sure.

Hammer, meet Nail!

This is the issue exactly! Apple is not the only company that likes to hold information closely. I once had an ISP that would pretend that they did not have outages, and liked to blame their customers. I spent several hours trying to debug my girlfriend's network connection only to find out that they had a 6 hour outage that they only admitted to after the fact.

Comment WII has been a nice second console (Score 1) 277

I have a WII, didn't see the need to upgrade to the WII-U. I also have a XBox, had a PS3 but only because I wanted to watch BlueRays. Is it me, or has Nintendo just lagged a bit in terms of graphics? They revolutionized the controllers with the WII, but now I really feel the others have caught up. I do not know if the Nintendo catalog will be enough to keep people with the platform just to play those games. Time will tell.

Comment Re:Short term money saving. (Score 4, Interesting) 183

They already switched to OpenOffice, I've used both and while there are some differences, if you know one, you can use the other without too many problems.

Most folks don't even use more than a small percentage of the features of a word processor anyways. I have friends who work with lawyers who say Word is no good for them, and that they have to use WordPerfect for their legal documents.

I agree that formats are very important. This organization is large enough to be able to mandate the formats they will use. But a quick check of LibreOffice Writer ( shows it can handle the fol formats: odt, ott, sxw, stw, fodt, uot, doxc(MS Word 2007/2010 XML) , doc, xml(ms Word 2003 and Doc Book), html, rtf, txt, and docx (OpenOffice XML Text)

It appears that they won't have many problems accepting any common format.

I work in a very large organization. We use MS Office, and we provide training for many of our staff in Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Outlook. If we were to swtich, it would involve creating new lesson plans, but the savings in licensing would more than pay for that.

Submission + - Microsoft Retiring the TechNet Subscription (

ErichTheRed writes: One of the nicest perks that Microsoft offered is being retired. Microsoft has reasonably-priced "TechNet Subscriptions" which give you low-cost full access to download fully functional evaluation software. The idea is that IT people could use a product in their lab for learning or simulation purposes without having to shell out thousands for an MSDN subscription. These are being retired as of August 31st. Apparently they're trying to shift "casual" evaluation of software onto their Virtual Labs and other online offerings. If you want full evals of software, you're going to need to buy an MSDN Subscription. I know lots of people abuse their TechNet privileges, but it's a real shame that I won't just be able to pull down the latest software to replicate a customer problem, which is part of what I do on a daily basis. I guess you can mark this one as "From the one-bad-pirate-ruins-the-whole-bunch department..."

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