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Comment: I have used change logs before (Score 1) 162

by rgbe (#45659071) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: To Publish Change Logs Or Not?

I worked in a large financial services company in Switzerland. We were one of the most intense users of a particular risk & control application. We understood each corner of this application and with each new release we analysed each change in detail. This was necessary to weigh-up the value of upgrading or not, or timing the upgrade appropriately. Some seemingly insignificant change could be a show-stopper for our users.

Comment: Once you do get it going... (Score 1) 175

by rgbe (#45331337) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Satellite Internet For Remote Locations?

You can optimize your connection using an optimizing proxy hardwired to the Internet. The proxy can reduce some of the latency by doing dns lookups for you and reducing page sizes. It won't make real time apps like VOIP any better. There are also services like this available: http://www.vortexvpn.com/ or Opera browser, etc. I think even Chrome has it available.

Comment: Wikimedia could copy StackOverflow's process (Score 3, Interesting) 166

by rgbe (#45207463) Attached to: Wikipedia Actively Battling PR Sockpuppets

We all know how StackOverflow works. You can always ask or answer a question, but other privileges are based on your reputation. Reputation is only gained by creating good questions and answers. It takes work to get a good reputation on StackOverflow.

I actually don't know what Wikimedia has in place, but it could implement a similar reputation based approach as StackOverflow. Of course the algorithm and mechanism would be different since Wikipedia is not a Q&A site.

To make things even harder, they could implement a reputation killer. For example: if user A improved the score of user B, then user B gets nuked because they are one of these PR firms, then user A should suffer a major reputation dive.

While I'm at it... Instead of Wikipedia begging for money once a year, they could implement a wikipedia.com site which has some light advertising. By default all users go to wikipedia.org, but for those who want can manually redirect to wikipedia.com. I would be glad to support such a system.

Comment: Been there, done that (Score 4, Informative) 72

by rgbe (#44968823) Attached to: New Zealand Converting Old Phone Booths Into National WiFi Network

I was one of those 175'000 customers who trialled it. And I have to say the speed was reasonable and you can't complain about free WiFi on the street. We were travelling NZ for 6 months and we used it all over the place. It tended to be the most reliable connection you could find, even better than sitting in a café and using their WiFi.

Comment: This technology has been around for many years (Score 3, Informative) 33

by rgbe (#44712179) Attached to: The Augmented Reality America's Cup

Animation Research Limited in New Zealand pioneered this way back in 1992 for the America's Cup in San Diego. It was revolutionary, what's in the article above is just evolutionary.

Some pix I could find of the original, seem to be not many around:
http://arl.co.nz/index.php/arl-news/131-what-does-it-take-to-be-world-class
http://arl.co.nz/index.php/arl-company/arl-history

Here is was Animation Research Limited are working to today:
http://virtualeye.tv/index.php/the-sports/virtual-eye-sailing

+ - YouTube Removes Greenpeace's F1 Protest Video->

Submitted by rgbe
rgbe (310525) writes "Greenpeace has claimed YouTube removed a video of its protest from this weekend’s Formula One race in Belgium, at the bequest of the sport’s organisers. The protest sought to draw attention to oil giant Shell’s operations in the Arctic, where a spill would be a “disaster, threatening a region of breathtaking beauty and the polar bears that live there”, according to Greenpeace. It formed part of the Save The Arctic campaign." The video is now available on Vimeo and Facebook."
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Comment: I have a OpenVPN you could try (Score 1) 251

by rgbe (#44662527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?

Try this service and see how it compares to yours:
https://www.vortexvpn.com/
See if you get the same behaviour. You get 1GB of free data, if you email support I can give you more. I could also open port 443 if they seem to be shaping non-Http(s) traffic. I have had it running for a few days. There is a server in Dublin you could use.

+ - Man Who Sold $100 Million Worth of Pirated Software Gets 10 Years In Prison->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Chinese national was sentenced to 12 years in a U.S. prison for selling more than $100 million worth of software pirated from American companies, including Agilent Technologies Inc., from his home in China. Li and his wife, of Chengdu, China, were accused of running a website called 'Crack 99' that sold copies of software for which 'access-control mechanisms had been circumvented, the U.S. said in an unsealed 46-count indictment. The pair was charged with distributing more than 500 copyrighted works to more than 300 buyers in the U.S. and overseas from April 2008 to June 2011. The retail value of the products was more than $100 million, the government said. Li is the first Chinese citizen to be 'apprehended and prosecuted in the U.S. for cybercrimes he engaged in entirely from China,' prosecutors said in court filings."
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Comment: Re:I may be odd in this (Score 1) 273

I would disagree with your post and most of the "don't work and travel - it's a waste" posts. Because I have found that living in one place for a longer period of time you get to learn about the city you are in, much more than a typical tourist. You will get to appreciate how things operate in a different country, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Comment: Re:Assume worst case scenarios (Score 1) 273

As long as you understand that you will very likely get robbed, or have your laptop stolen at some point,

I would disagree that it is "very likely" that you will get robbed. I have traveled loads (I am the end of our 9 month travel around the world) with computers, fancy smart phones, etc. I have never been robbed or had anything stolen (except a $25 city map that I left sitting around for a while). I am cautious and take care of my belongings. As long as you take care of your things and be aware of people around you, do not look like a typical tourist and dress down, you should be okay.

Comment: Re: Public libraries (Score 1) 273

I agree with above post. I have done this in Switzerland and New Zealand. Libraries often have a café attached where you can buy drinks and work at the same time. Some libraries have limits on how much data you can use up, typically around 100 MB. Some also charge per session. Check out the libraries before you decide to move to a place for a month. Because you may find the have no wifi or charge huge fees.

Cafés with Internet can be hard to find in Switzerland. Starbucks will only give you 1 hour high bandwidth per day.

  China if you want internet you may want to get a service like Boingo. Free internet is difficult to find in China if you have no Chinese phone number, because the government wants to keep tabs on who you are, so to get free Internet you typically get sent a txt/sms.

I have tried working while travelling. I have found that although a hotel advertises that it has wifi, it can be flakey (I have had to ask reception to reboot the router every 30 minutes) or the signal in your room is weak and useless.

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