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Comment: Re:In my experience (Score 1) 118

by schmaustech (#48539519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?
Is it a question of extra staff for a large organization or the right technical talent and paying for it? I know CERN does not use support and they have a fairly large publicly known OpenStack environment. However there seems to be this idea that if it is research or academia it does not count toward a true production environment.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Paying for Linux Support or Rolling Your Own Support

Submitted by schmaustech
schmaustech (766915) writes "There seems to a be a lot of businesses that pay for Linux support but is that support really worth it and would if be better to provide your own internal support and write your own patches which could be submitted back to the community? The inherit risk is that your organization is accountable and accepts the risks if a major bug is encountered within any of the Open source applications they are using. What is the Slashdot communities perspective on this and how many major corporations are taking this approach?"

+ - SPAM: Auto Call Recorder

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+ - Russia Behind Fracking Protests in Europe?

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Andrew Higgins reports in the NYT that Romanian officials including the prime minister point to a mysteriously well-financed and well-organized campaign of protests over fracking in Europe and are pointing their fingers at Russia's Gazprom, a state-controlled energy giant, that has a clear interest in preventing countries dependent on Russian natural gas from developing their own alternative supplies of energy and preserving a lucrative market for itself — and a potent foreign policy tool for the Kremlin. “Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called nongovernmental organizations — environmental organizations working against shale gas — to maintain dependence on imported Russian gas,” says NATO’s former secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. A wave of protest against fracking began three years ago in Bulgaria, a country highly dependent on Russian energy. Faced with a sudden surge of street protests by activists, many of whom had previously shown little interest in environmental issues, the Bulgarian government in 2012 banned fracking and canceled a shale gas license issued earlier to Chevron.

Russia itself has generally shown scant concern for environmental protection and has a long record of harassing and even jailing environmentalists who stage protests. On fracking, however, Russian authorities have turned enthusiastically green, with Putin declaring last year that fracking “poses a huge environmental problem.” Places that have allowed it, he said, “no longer have water coming out of their taps but a blackish slime.” For their part Green groups have been swift to attack Rasmussen’s views, saying that they were not involved in any alleged Russian attempts to discredit the technology, and were instead opposed to it on the grounds of environmental sustainability. “The idea we’re puppets of Putin is so preposterous that you have to wonder what they’re smoking over at Nato HQ,” says Greenpeace, which has a history of antagonism with the Russian government, which arrested several of its activists on a protest in the Arctic last year."

Comment: Re:Stapler (Score 1, Funny) 272

by schmaustech (#29655233) Attached to: 72% of Banks Say Their Employees Committed Fraud
...because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...

+ - TARP: Taxpayers on the hook for $200 billion->

Submitted by schmaustech
schmaustech (766915) writes "NEW YORK ( — Taxpayers stand to lose between $100 billion and $200 billion on TARP — Treasury's $700 billion financial market bailout. While that's nothing to sneeze at, many experts say that the Troubled Asset Relief Program helped rescue the economy from a second Great Depression. But there are others who argue that the billions of dollars that taxpayers shelled out simply delayed an inevitable epic collapse of the financial sector."
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+ - Nike x Futura "Be True" Spring 2010 Release->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The latest collaboration between Nike and NY-based graffiti artist Futura resulted to four new designs for Nikeâ(TM)s Spring 2010 Sportswear collection. Shown above is one of the designs included in the collection, the
Nike Air Force 1 Low âoeTeam Orangeâ by Futura.

This particular pair is made of leather, with the heels constructed in perforated leather extending to the side panel. The warm Team Orange hue translucent sole has the words âoeBeâ and âoeTrueâ written on each foot- a shoe statement that will surely capture the fancy of young and old generations alike.

Watch out for the release of this collection in February 2010.

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+ - New iPhone Virus Targeting Facebook Application?->

Submitted by mfbatzap
mfbatzap (1216220) writes "I have noticed this messages on my Facebook account too! And for sure, one of them is using an iPhone and the update was done via the mobile application. Have the SPAM programs managed to get through iPhone OS? I hope this raises some kind of awareness to all phone users with Facebook application installed.

The message posted: I lost 8 1/2 pounds in only 2 weeks with this new pill! visit to get your free trial pack! efO"

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