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Comment: Re:The noob is you (Score 1) 215

by greenfruitsalad (#48891777) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

although for a slightly different reason, this is exactly how i run our openvpn network. whenever somebody from our company went on a trip to a country where SIP telephony was blocked (yes, it's you UAE!), they took a small raspberrypi-like box (dreamplug) with them whose only purpose was to create an openvpn tunnel via port 443.

i analysed the first couple of packets captured in wireshark and there's pretty much no difference between this and https.

+ - Justified: Visual Basic over Python for an Intro to Programming

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "ICT/Computing teacher Ben Gristwood justifies his choice of Visual Basic as a programming language (as a gateway to other languages), sharing an email he sent to a parent who suggested VB was not as 'useful' as Python. "I understand the popularity at the moment of the Python," Gristwood wrote, "however this language is also based on the C language. When it comes to more complex constructs Python cannot do them and I would be forced to rely on C (which is incredibly complex for a junior developer) VB acts as the transition between the two and introduces the concepts without the difficult conventions required. Students in Python are not required to do things such as declare variables, which is something that is required for GCSE and A-Level exams." Since AP Computer Science debuted in 1984, it has transitioned from Pascal to C++ to Java. For the new AP Computer Science Principles course, which will debut in 2016, the College Board is leaving the choice of programming language(s) up to the teachers. So, if it was your call, what would be your choice for the Best Programming Language for High School?"

+ - Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM Pricing As Low As $0.00 After Discounts 1

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "ZDNet has obtained the OEM pricing for Windows 8.1 and Office365, which reveal that, after discounts, the price per copy can be as low as $0.00.

Windows 8.1 with Bing is listed at $10 per copy for Intel-based tablets under nine inches in screen size. But after a "configuration discount," of $10, OEMs get that SKU for those tablets for free. For tablets with screen sizes of smaller than or equal to 10.1 inches, the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU is listed at $25 per copy, with the same $10 "configuration discount," resulting in a $15 per copy cost for OEMs.

There's another related SKU that is also meant to help stimulate the market for mobile devices running Windows. The "Windows 8.1 with Bing and Office 365 Personal" is another low-price SKU available to OEMs. Like the Windows with Bing SKU, this one also requires OEMs to set Bing search and as the defaults (changeable by users) on new PCs. This SKU also includes a free, 12-month subscription to Office 365 Personal.

The prices with Office 365 are identical to those for the Bing SKU without Office 365, meaning Microsoft effectively is giving away a year subscription to Office 365 Personal to OEMs for free."

+ - Systemd's Lennart Poettering: "We Do Listen To Users" 1

Submitted by M-Saunders
M-Saunders (706738) writes "Systemd is ambitious and controversial, taking over a large part of the GNU/Linux base system. But where did it come from? Even Red Hat wasn't keen on it at the start, but since then it has worked its way into almost every major distro. Linux Voice talks to Lennart Poettering, the lead developer of Systemd, about its origins, its future, its relationship with Upstart, and handling the pressures of online flamewars."

+ - Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issues CC-BY-SA

Submitted by M-Saunders
M-Saunders (706738) writes "As covered previously on Slashdot, Linux Voice crowdfunded its way to success in late 2013, showing how a small team can make things happen with a different business model (giving profits and content back to the community). Now, as promised, the magazine has made issue 1 and issue 2 available under the Creative Commons for everyone to share and modify. If you've ever fancied making your own Raspberry Pi-powered arcade machine, there's a full guide in the second issue."

Comment: Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

Somebody forgot to tell Renault. I used to have a Renaulte Megane (2007). Changing the bulb took 30-40 minutes. It involved wiggling your arm through opening in the wheel arch and breaking it in several places. There was an episode of Fifth Gear about that -

The alternative was to go to official Renault garage and pay 35 GBP (53 USD) for a single bulb change.

Now I have a brand new Toyota hybrid and the process is similarly idiotic.

Comment: Re:XMPP (Score 1) 29

"conversations" supports xep-198 and xep-280. those 2 are the minimum for a functional mobile client. however, when i tried this messenger (6+ months ago), i found the user interface pretty but less than intuitive.

"yaxim" gives you those xeps too, but only 1 xmpp account is supported and it looks like it's from the nineties.

Comment: Re:XMPP (Score 2) 29

show me a free xmpp server that supports all the necessary XEPs for reliable message delivery on mobile devices. you'll find exactly 0.

if i remember correctly, only ejabberd caters for mobile users and that is only free for up to 5 users. (the gpl only version does not support all needed extensions)

even if you manage to find one, try to find a free jabber client that supports those xeps. you'll find exactly 0 (well, you'll find 1 on fdroid, but in play store, it's paid for).

so you see, at the moment, xmpp is a very poor substitute for whatsapp (with OTR), telegram and the likes.

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.