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Businesses

+ - Skype Outage Hits Users Worldwide

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that millions of Skype phone users worldwide couldn't make calls or were dropped in mid-conversation, because of a network connection failure that began about 9 a.m. Wednesday PST. "For a communications system this large to go down, it's almost unheard of," says Charles S. Golvin, a Forrester Research analyst. "Usually when phone lines are disrupted, the blackout is confined to a specific geographical area. This is worldwide." In theory, Skype, which is based on peer-to-peer networking technology shouldn't see an outage but that is not really the case — the company has a massive infrastructure that it uses for purposes such as authentication and linking to the traditional phone networks. "The outage comes at a time when Skype is starting to ask larger corporations for their business," writes Om Malik. "If I am a big business, I would be extremely cautious about adopting Skype for business, especially in the light of this current outage.""
Businesses

+ - 439 Fewer Ways to Hate Bank of America

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Haters of Bank of America and CEO Brian Moynihan now have 439 fewer ways to express their disdain for the bank. In recent days, at least 439 domain names that are critical of BofA’s top officials were taken off the market. The registrations of the domain names, which include imaginative swipes at the bank's CEO, such as BrianMoynihanBlows.com and BrianTMoynihanSucks.net, will stop BofA-haters from slamming the bank's top execs and directors with a couple of very specific pejoratives. Companies have made it a practice to scoop up negative web addresses that might be used by disgruntled customers, but this domain name buy is unusual in that it focuses on BofA's directors and corporate officers rather than the corporate brand. In other BofA news, a cloud of suspense surrounds Bank of America and WikiLeaks amidst speculation that BofA may be the next target of Julian Assange."
Republicans

+ - Republicans Vow to Take Down FCC's Net Neutrality ->

Submitted by oldspewey
oldspewey (1303305) writes "The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved net neutrality rules, but that will be a short-lived victory if congressional Republicans have anything to say about it.

"Today's action by the FCC will hurt our economy, stifle private-sector job creation, and undermine the entrepreneurship and innovation of Internet-related American employers," Rep. John Boehner, the incoming House majority leader, said. "The FCC is attempting to push excessive government regulation of the Internet through without Congressional authority and these actions threaten the very future of the technology," according to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas.

Under the Congressional Review Act of 1996, a resolution of disapproval lets Congress disapprove of regulatory rules issued by federal agencies. If enacted, the rule may not take effect and the agency can't issue similar rules with statutory authorization, according to the Congressional Research Service.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski defends the changes, arguing the "freedom and openness of the Internet is unprotected." The rules crafted by the commission will protect basic Internet values, provide a process for monitoring Internet openness and a recourse for innovators, consumers, or speakers harmed by improper practices. It will also provide predictability for Internet service providers so they can manage and invest in networks, he said. "On one end of the spectrum, there are those who say government should do nothing at all. On the other end of the spectrum are those who would adopt a set of detailed and rigid regulations," Genachowski said. "I reject both extremes in favor of a strong and sensible framework – one that protects Internet freedom and openness and promotes robust innovation and investment.""

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Software

+ - Best Corporate IM client?

Submitted by GJSchaller
GJSchaller (198865) writes "We're looking for a new corporate IM client for our workplace. There's plenty of clients out there, but none quite seem to fit our needs. We're looking for a client that will connect to multiple protocols (MSN and AIM are primary, but others would be nice), and that has the ability to store preferences in a location other than the user's desktop, such as a home folder on the network (so that people can hop PCs and not need to reconfigure the client each time they do). I'm fond of many of the Open Source clients, but they don't seem to fit the ability to store a configuration somewhere on the network.

Has anyone come across a suitable IM client for the workplace that they can recommend? Open Source, Closed Source, or even an appliance are all options."
Transmeta

Journal: Gnu Zoo Review 4

Journal by Real World Stuff

'Me, I just don't care about proprietary software. It's not "evil" or "immoral," it just doesn't matter. I think that Open Source can do better, and I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is by working on Open Source, but it's not a crusade -- it's just a superior way of working together and generating code.'

~Linus "Poke me in the tummy and listen to me giggle" Torvalds

I can respect this.

Education

+ - Choosing F/OSS distance education tools

Submitted by SgtChaireBourne
SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "A lot of the all-in-one distance education systems are expensive, poorly done, or both. Distance education makes heavy use of text-based chat, shared whiteboards (including the ability to display PDF and OpenDocument), and conference calls with recording and playback. Many of these have been available for ages, individually, as Free or open source software.

Which F/OSS tools or components would be most suitable, either individually or combined, for distance education and why?"
Power

+ - Micro-Wind Turbines for use in the city

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Engineers at the University of Hong Kong and a private renewable energy company have developed a new micro wind turbine that can generate electricity even if wind speeds are as low as two meters per second. Lucien Gambarota , the main inventor of the technology, says this is its advantage over conventional small wind turbines, which only work about 40 percent of the time because of low wind speed. "We never stop this machine and they never stop because there is always one meter per second wind — 365 days, 24 hours a day, they keep working," said Gambarota. "They deliver different levels of energy because the wind changes but these turbines they keep moving, they keep spinning." More: http://www.energyhack.com/"

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