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Comment: Re:What?!? (Score 1) 928

relevant XKCD http://xkcd.com/1357/

Right to free speech doesn't mean you can go around saying what you want without repercussions. It means the government can't stop you or hold it against you. Corporations can mostly do what they want minus some fairly flexible laws around eavesdropping and discrimination and a few other choice things.

Constitutional rights don't translate in to private corporation -> employee/customer rights
http://www.npr.org/templates/s...

"What most Americans generally don't know is that the Constitution doesn't apply to private corporations at all."

Comment: Re:exactly the same as Blockbuster (Score 1) 371

by meatspray (#43558349) Attached to: Washington AG Slams T-Mobile Over Deceptive 'No-Contract' Ads

They're simply doing this wrong. There is an easy, beneficial solution.

If you want to stop "contracts", offer to finance the phone and put them on pay as you go.

They leave, they stop paying the pay as you go but still pay monthly+interest for the phone.

It is what it says, no one gets screwed.

I HATE cellphone subsidy, there's no reason to wrap the equipment in with the service, especially on GSM.

Comment: 8,7, whatever (Score 1) 564

by meatspray (#43440813) Attached to: Why PC Sales Are Declining

People HATE changes, until they've been around long enough not to be "change" anymore. It's simply not time for metro yet, that will come much later. That said, I think it's impossible to site windows 8 as "the" smoking gun. It's the #1 thing people are going to complain about because it's just that different.

What's killing pcs? For the general public, tablet saturation, large phones, slowing pace of software complexity. You can run office from a web browser now. You can do 90% of what you want conveniently from a tablet without burning your lap. your 3 year old hard drives don't fail like they did back in the days, Consoles are still in full force. Where is the pc's place? The number of things you need a pc for, (specifically a new pc) is shrinking quickly every day. Sure /.ers sue pc's and can use all the power they can wrap their hands around, but grandma is just as well off reading emails on her ipad mini, kids are living off their cell phones, the market is shrinking as portable solutions get faster and portable software catches up.

My freaking phone has a 5.5 inch display, 2GB of ram, 80GB of storage and a quad core 1.6GHz processor. What I do for a living requires a pc and I prefer 27" lcd's to my 5.5, but it's not like I break out my laptop on vacation anymore ya know?

I think you're going to see the market move over slowly to keyboarded tablets as people don't need more horsepower, use more cloud storage and want light weight and long battery life.

Youtube

+ - YouTube's ready to select a winner->

Submitted by Proudrooster
Proudrooster (580120) writes "From YouTube. Thanks for all your great entries.
YouTube finally has enough videos to begin selecting a winner.
What do you think is the #bestvideo on YouTube?
We've been thrilled with all of the diverse, creative entries we've seen so far, and we can't wait to begin the process of selecting the best video. We'll be announcing the winner in 10 years. All videos will be deleted within the next 24 hours."

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Google

+ - Google announces Google Nose — "Smelling is believing"-> 1

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Balthisar
Balthisar writes "Being stationed in the Asia-Pacific region certainly has its advantages on certain days of the year, such as today. I'm happy to have discovered Google's launch of Google Nose. According to their information page, "Google Nose(BETA) leverages new and existing technologies to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available.""
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Comment: Thats why your #1 priority in an interview is: (Score 5, Insightful) 397

by meatspray (#43295969) Attached to: Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Picking your boss. If you're not up a creek looking for work, that interview is to let you meet your managers, talk to some workers about the managers.

When I started working it was "If I can just get in the door"

When I was in my 20's it was "What cool things will this job do for me"

Now That i'm in my 30's its "Will I be able to work with these people"

Comment: Re:Noise canceling headphones (Score 1) 561

by meatspray (#43185125) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

I just started working from home. Every little noise was killing me. I left the house before noon on day one and came back with a pair of Bose QC 3. They're expensive but they really work wonders. They completely remove low frequency and reduce mid and upper ranges to a calm level. I can still hear people in the room talking, but it's more like they're mumbling to themselves.

The QC 15's are cheaper, have the same active nr, but also completely cover the ear and have good passive nr. I would have gone for this, but I didn't want something bulky and hot over my ears all the time.

Are they worth $300? As a college student, probably not. Mid and high reduction isn't any better than covering your ears with your hands. As an adult trying to work from home, They're worth it, not a great deal but helpful none the less.

Comment: Re:What is the difference (Score 3, Interesting) 669

by meatspray (#35396776) Attached to: Students Suspended, Expelled Over Facebook Posts

Sure, they're going to sue. It's one of our core values you know? Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the Ineffable right to drag anyone you disagree with though court, beat them up with your abundant supply of money and time until you get your way or they give you a fat check to make you go away.

It's the schools job to keep the place safe and clean and educational. That means they need to kick out asshats and verified wolf criers, and they had damn well do their job or they'll end up with a wholly different six-pack of lawsuits when then fail to kick a real pedo teacher to the curb.

My favorite part is where they're saying the principal violated their privacy by making them log in to facebook at the school. You posted a severely damning lie about an agent of the school on a pseudo-public social website and now you're worried about your privacy?

Suspended for 10 days is a puny slap on the wrist. Yes Honor Roll students screw up too, and just because they generally do the write thing doesn't mean they shouldn't be punished, people need to wake up, children need appropriate and sane levels of discipline or they turn in to jack-asses later in life.

Comment: Yes, but should you? (Score 1) 375

by meatspray (#34202204) Attached to: Can Windows, OS X and Fedora All Work Together?

Mac Linux and Windows can all deal with Windows network shares quite adeptly.
I'm going to assume if you're going to go cross platform and gmail, you expect to use google apps as an office replacement as well.

Can it work? Absolutely. Should it be done? Probably not.

Road bumps and Walls to expect:
Start getting people to use google apps office equivalents, solve those problems first.
If everyone can stomach google apps, then consider the email. Have your Exchange server toss up a test group of email up there.
If the above worked, you might be able to get away with it, but keep in mind:

Bifurcating support is expensive in both time and money.
Users on each disparate system will not be able to self help people on other systems.
Getting people spun up on new/different systems will be very painful for them, and you.
AD integration is nearly a waste of time on anything but Windows.
Software AND patch management on a Windows network can be trivially easy with very little setup, not quite so much on the other platforms.
Wine is purely reserved for one off scenarios, if a large part of your plan is wine, you'd be better off with windows or RDesktop and a terminal server.

Encryption

OpenSSH Releases Version 5.0 41

Posted by kdawson
from the latest-bits dept.
os2man lets us know that OpenSSH version 5.0 has been released. The mirrors are linked from the top page. "OpenSSH (OpenBSD Secure Shell) is a set of computer programs providing encrypted communication sessions over a computer network using the ssh protocol. It was created as an open source alternative to the proprietary Secure Shell software suite offered by SSH Communications Security. OpenSSH is available for almost any Operating System."
The Internet

+ - Should You Raise Your Data Center's Temperature?->

Submitted by
miller60
miller60 writes "With many U.S. corporations trying to lower their data center power bill, some vendors are recommending they raise the temperature in their data centers.. At the recent Data Center World conference, a Sun Microsystems executive recommended a set point of 78 degrees. Nudging the thermostat higher can save money, but some warn that it leaves facilities more susceptible to "hot spots" and may leave less time to recover from a cooling failure. Left to choose between paying a higher power bill or a server meltdown, many data center operators seem inclined to err on the side of applying too much cooling, rather than too little. What's the temperature in your data center?"
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