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Comment: Serioulsy ... (Score 5, Insightful) 361

by dnamaners (#32120014) Attached to: AMD Undercuts Intel With Six-Core Phenom IIs
There are more than a few things that AMD besides gaming and over clocking (Intel strong points) that make an AMD a good choice. I don't want to start holy war here but there is not much real gap here 10-5% in my tests at best. The price * power use thing shows AMD is a good choice in many places. Price alone makes me deploy more than a few AMD clusters. Don't just look at the max value on the "speedometer" to see how good a car is, we mostly drive at the speed limit. Take from it what you will.

Comment: One suggestion or 2 (Score 1) 763

by dnamaners (#32119772) Attached to: How Do You Handle Your Keys?
Better yet, have an old leatherman belt case or cell phone holder? Have a spring loaded cord for keys that you hate to use when it jingles? Combine, recycle and triumph. It seems that the key ball fits in the case on your belt. The retractable cord keeps em on you and handy. No jingles. Add a bit of something fluffy to the case to take up any space left (if your key ball is small) and you can even pass the absolute silence test. IE "The Dune (tm) don't jingle your keys like poorly tied water tokens test" for you in the know. On the other hand, as he parent said, use less or flat keys. I personally go the Dune route as I am cool that way.
Input Devices

Researchers Turn Tables and Walls Into "Scratch Input" Surfaces 54

Posted by Soulskill
from the pants-are-input-devices-now-too dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's HCI Institute have developed a new input technology that allows mobile devices to use surfaces they rest on, like tables, for gestural finger input. This is achieved with some clever acoustic tricks — basically taking advantage of high frequency sound propagation through dense materials. Their video highlights some neat applications, such as controlling an MP3 player by scratching on a wall and muting a cell phone by scratching on a table. Further details are available in the academic paper (PDF)."
Businesses

Success Not Just a Matter of Talent 247

Posted by Soulskill
from the ninety-nine-percent-something-something dept.
NinjaCoder writes "The Guardian has an interesting article based on a new book (Outliers: The Story Of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell) which examines some persons of interest to computer technology (Bill Joy, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, amongst others). It examines reasons for their successes and strongly suggests a link between practice (10,000 hours by age 20 being the magic milestone) and luck. This maybe an obvious truism, but the article does give interesting anecdotes on how their personal circumstances led to today's technological landscape. It points out that many of the luminaries of the current tech industry were born around 1955, and thus able to take advantage of the emerging technologies.

Comment: I prefer old school backup (Score 3, Interesting) 34

by dnamaners (#23329376) Attached to: How To Perform a Bare-Metal Backup On Linux LVM
Don't get me wrong, I love centralized backups and backup server/client software (bacula for example). However I use old school methods for a bare metal restore. For simple things blanking the free space and then make a "dd" image is all you need. However you do it, keep it simple, and there may be no need to do bare metal on the whole of a file servers data set. Once I get the core of it back up I can use my favorite software to get the system up-to-the-last-snapshot current.

LVM and Raid can be a little complex if you boot off it so ill give some tips. A nice small boot like SLAX (may favorite) or Knoppix is needed to start any bare metal restore. Pick something that supports the hardware and had LVM and or Raid. Either make a custom disk to add your backup data to the volume or have a 2nd DVD drive. Boot and restore.

I make my backups via simple methods like rsync and tar. I use a few simple scrips to do it all. So simple that it is easy to restore by hand if need be. This makes the restore safer as it can be done a host of ways. Not to mention these unix tools are present in all distributions. Probably the biggest reason for the old school way is that on a bare metal restore often hardware may change. New drives etc, basically failure can be a reason to upgrade etc. Many utilities can choke on big hardware changes, new drive sizes and such.

I take detailed system information and note it in the backup as human notes. Then grab your raid & LVM configuration and write a quick script to rebuild these features via the command line. Basically just a list of the actions you take to make a file system and format them the desired files system types manually. These same scripts will also re-apply boot loader and such as well. If the volumes change after a failure I can just issue updated commands (or edit the script) and make a similar layout of the filesystem. Then just open the tar balls via script or by hand and populate the new filesystem with the files you archived. With a bit of practice all of this can be automated by scripts. But if you need to vary the procedure due to hardware changes or as a way to clone a system you can.
User Journal

+ - Slashdot Party in Middleton, WI->

Submitted by dnamaners
dnamaners (770001) writes "Well, It's the day after the 10th anniversary Slashdot Party in Middleton, WI. As far as I know we all survived.

I and my lady (yes I have one) arrived around 7:00 pm, apparently we were not the first. There was one lone software DB there in his fervor to get his Friday night started right, with the power of beer. A few other had arrived earlier for dinner first, we did not meet them until later. About 7:25 pm our host Zonk arrived with the big box of gifts. It was perhaps only a few minutes and soon many Slashdotters arrived. Apparently the Pub had reserved us one booth, we were to get more later but for a while there were enough of us present to readily break fire codes. Probably 25 or thirty of us eventually showed up. As far as I know every one got a cool think geek promo code worth $10 off and the promised XL special edition Slashdot tee shirts. The night was for a few beers and conversation, that is what happened. I don't feel the need to say more. Of course, feel free to add if you want to.

The lady took many pictures and put them up on flicker in all their 8 mega pixel glory (1.6 MB each). Feel free to name everybody here or on the Flicker, enjoy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15579773@N08/sets/72157602561010007/

The party was at Claddagh's Irish Pub (1611 Aspen Cmns, Middleton, WI, USA) Our Slashdot host moderator was Zonk (12082). The thing took place on October 19, 2007, 8 pm- 10 pm."

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The Courts

+ - Florida Judge OK's Claims Against Record Companies->

Submitted by NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) writes "A federal judge in Tampa, Florida, has ruled that an RIAA defendant's counterclaim against the record companies for conspiracy to use unlicensed investigators, access private computer records without permission, and commit extortion, may move forward. The Court also sustained claims for violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as well as a claim under Florida law for deceptive and unfair trade practices. The decision (pdf) by Judge Richard A. Lazzara in UMG v. DelCid rejected, in its entirety, the RIAA's assertion of "Noerr Pennington" immunity, since that defense does not apply to "sham litigations", and Ms. Del Cid alleges that the RIAA's cases are "sham"."
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Censorship

+ - UK Lawyers Are Shutting Down Blogs Left and Right-> 7

Submitted by zarloq2
zarloq2 (1160039) writes "Craig Murray's site, along with several other UK-based political blogs have been shut down in response Usmanov's lawyers putting pressure on his webhost.

Here's an excerpt from the sports.aol.com blog:
Craig Murray, the former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, is badmouthing Alisher Usmanov, the billionaire Russian steel magnate attempting to take over Premier League club Arsenal (UK football club), because he wants to sell you a book he wrote about his experience in that former Soviet republic. It has become clear today, however, that whatever Murray is attempting to sell, Usmanov and his lawyers do not want anyone to buy it.
According to Tom Dunmore at PitchInvasion.net, Craig Murray's web site was taken off line today after sustained pressure on Murray's web hosting provider from Schillings, the London law firm representing Usmanov. What's more, Schillings has also managed to put the kibosh on political site Bloggerheads three days after Tim Ireland wrote this piece on Schillings' cease & desist letters."

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The Courts

+ - RIAA Targets New Colleges, Still Avoids Harvard

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Billboard reports that the RIAA has filed its eighth round of "early settlement" letters to twenty-two colleges. Continuing its practice of avoiding Harvard, the RIAA's new round does not include any letters to that institution, where certain law professors have counseled resistance to the RIAA and told the RIAA to "take a hike". The unlucky institutions on the receiving end of the 403 new letters include Arizona State University (35 pre-litigation settlement letters), Carnegie Mellon University (13), Cornell University (19), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (30), Michigan State University (16), North Dakota State University (17), Purdue University — West Lafayette and Calumet campuses (49), University of California — Santa Barbara (13), University of Connecticut (17), University of Maryland — College Park (23), University of Massachusetts — Amherst and Boston campuses (52), University of Nebraska — Lincoln (13), University of Pennsylvania (31), University of Pittsburgh (14), University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire, Madison, Milwaukee, Stevens Point, Stout and Whitewater campuses (62)."
Privacy

+ - MediaDefender gets source code cracked!

Submitted by
DragonTHC
DragonTHC writes "Slyck news is reporting that MediaDefender has been cracked again and this time, their source code for anti-freedom efforts against p2p and bit torrent. The fifty megabyte download is by the same group that brought you the MediaDefender emails, MediaDefender-Defender."
Music

+ - RIAA Pursues Students at Purdue->

Submitted by nbuuck
nbuuck (666) writes "In an article (PDF) from The Exponent, an independent student newspaper at Purdue University, students and faculty learned of another wave of "pre-litigation" letters being forward by the university from the RIAA. These letters are preceded by another group of thirty-seven that were issued to Purdue students in the spring of 2007, eventually leading to seventeen subpoenas for names of university students alleged to have shared music illegally. The RIAA will now be issuing a total of forty-seven to university students, offering each of them a settlement within twenty days upon receiving the notice. Purdue was rated second among university schools that have been identified as being host to illegal file sharing by the RIAA earlier this year (see "Forget Party Schools...", Ars Technica)."
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Privacy

+ - Inside New Office Surveillance Software->

Submitted by mattnyc99
mattnyc99 (1008511) writes "Glenn Derene at Popular Mechanics has a frightening look at the growing industry of corporate security investigation, learning how software to spy on your cubicle data, e-mail, phone and even corporate smartphone has grown more powerful and prevalent than ever before. Who knew that digital snapshots of your screen were being taken so frequently? Or that a "poison pill" can shred your company BlackBerry? Or that companies can remotely steal things off your iPod? That countdown clock to a surveillance society is ticking real fast..."
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - P2P Sites Mock MediaDefender's Legal Threats-> 1

Submitted by
Happy Talk Lika a Pirate Day!
Happy Talk Lika a Pirate Day! writes "Apparently, MediaDefender's attempts to stop the email leak aren't going so well. Several major BitTorrent sites have replied to their claims with hilarious rejoinders. While they've had somewhat more luck DoSing the new MediaDefender-Defenders web site, which reports that 1020 out of the 1257 IPs that are DoSing them are from known MediaDefender subnets, the BitTorrent sites have just been publishing their legal threats and laughing. ISOHunt responded by asking them, "If Mr. Gerber is truly as experienced in IP law as his bio claims he is why is it that he is incapable of composing a DMCA takedown notice as per USC Title 17 Section 512?" Meganova was even less kind, telling the "asstunnels" what they can go do with themselves and saying "In case you haven't noticed, this site is located in Europe (I hope you can point it out on a map)." Perhaps some US copyright lawyers, like some people out there in our nation, don't have maps?"
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The Courts

+ - Record Company Collusion a Defense to RIAA Case?

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Is collusion by the record companies a defense to an RIAA case? We're about to find out, because the RIAA has made a motion to strike the affirmative defense of Marie Lindor, who alleged that "the plaintiffs, who are competitors, are a cartel acting collusively in violation of the antitrust laws and of public policy, by tying their copyrights to each other, collusively litigating and settling all cases together, and by entering into an unlawful agreement among themselves to prosecute and to dispose of all cases in accordance with a uniform agreement, and through common lawyers, thus overreaching the bounds and scope of whatever copyrights they might have" in UMG v. Lindor. The motion will be decided by the same judge who agreed with legal scholars in sustaining another affirmative defense of Ms. Lindor, in which she alleges (pdf) that the RIAA's $750-per-song-file statutory damages theory is "unconstitutionally excessive and disproportionate to any actual damages that may have been sustained, in violation of the Due Process Clause"."
Privacy

+ - Rep. Berman Doing Mafiaa Bidding (As Usual)->

Submitted by
Panaqqa
Panaqqa writes "Howard Berman, the Representative from Disney, is once again trying to turn ISPs into part of the RIAA/MPAA's extortion and shakedown juggernaut by requiring them to pass along threatening letters to subscribers that use P2P. This is quite alarming, coming as it does from the head of the house Intellectual Property Committee. Many P2P lawsuits are based on very flimsy evidence, such as an IP address alone. One can only hope that more defendants have positive outcomes such as winning back their attorney's fees."
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