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Comment: It Depends On... (Score 1) 403

by seanmcelroy (#40030689) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Outsourcing Development a Good Idea?

Whether you're outsourcing development central to your line of business, or whether you're outsourcing route work that is not a core competency.

Organizations that outsource core competencies dissolve rather quickly, because essentially the only value they provide is as a virtual organization that resells a service some other firm provides. One of the primary things I learned in B-school is: you never, ever outsource core competencies. But, you're crazy not to look at outsourcing the rest of the work.

Space

North Korea Shows Off Space Center and Launches Missile 294

Posted by samzenpus
from the pay-no-attention-to-the-missle-behind-the-curtain dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that nobody would describe North Korea's mission control as imposing. It is a small, unremarkable, two-story building, tiny compared to Nasa's Houston home in America or Russia's space command. But the North's secretive regime, now headed by the third of the Kim dynasty to rule here, Kim Jong-un, is opening up, for the first time in an attempt to allay fears it is about to test missile technology that could deliver a warhead as far as America. 'Sixteen technicians man the satellite command center. Dressed in white coats, like doctors, they sit behind computer screens,' writes Damian Grammaticas. 'On a big screen are live pictures from the launch pad, showing North Korea's rocket being fueled up. The satellite it will carry has already been loaded on board, we are told.' Pyongyang says the minibar refrigerator-sized satellite covered with solar panels and golden foil to protect its instruments will broadcast martial music praising North Korea's founder, Kim Il Sung and is designed to monitor weather, natural disasters and agriculture patterns. As the five-day window for North Korea's rocket launch opens today, the United States has warned a launch would be a breach of UN Security Council resolutions that ban the North from testing missile technology. If North Korea goes ahead it could lead to UN sanctions, it has warned. 'That's why we have invited you, to clearly show that this is a satellite launch not a ballistic missile,' says Paek Chang-ho, head of the satellite control center. 'I hope you become supporters in showing the transparency of our satellite launch.'" After all that North Korea decided to launch a missile anyway. From the article: "The three-stage rocket, called the Unha-3, blasted off from the Soehae launch site near North Korea’s western corner with China, at about 7:39 a.m., the South Korea Defense Ministry said."
Government

Fed Gave Banks Eye-Popping Emergency Loans, Without Telling Congress 629

Posted by timothy
from the please-don't-blame-this-on-a-free-market dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt: "The Fed didn't tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn't mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy. And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed's below-market rates, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue."

Comment: As boring as... (Score 1) 186

by seanmcelroy (#37679052) Attached to: UK ISPs To Begin Censorship of Porn Websites

Is it just me, but the continuous, crushing global regulation of the Internet both in what content is legal, what our allowed "bandwidths and data caps are", what behaviors or opinions can be freely expressed, and a constant barrage of advertisements are making it as boring as television?

I don't pay for television. I won't pay for the public Internet if this trend doesn't stop.

There's plenty of private alternatives. Grandma can enjoy her walled gardens of Facebook and have her viewing habits sold off ten times over. I'll pass.

Sci-Fi

Ask Slashdot: Is It Time For SyFy To Go Premium? 607

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the toss-some-cash-in-the-hat dept.
Cutriss writes "Now that Caprica is gone and SG:U has concluded, I see new shows coming in their place such as Alphas and the Red Faction series, and I find myself asking if the fate of Atlantis and SG:U might have gone differently if SyFy had been a paid cable network. I know the Slashdot audience would probably trade a few dollars a month if it meant replacing wrestling and ghost-chasing shows with relicensed classics and more appropriate treatment of original content. Plus, with a paying audience, the ad space would become much more lucrative and SyFy could lose some of the seedier ads it has been saddled with lately, and better fund new original content."

Comment: Re:There's no difference. (Score 1) 204

by seanmcelroy (#36002518) Attached to: Tom Tom Sells GPS Info To Dutch Cops

Despite the egregious lack of corporate responsibility, perhaps there could be some useful application of the data for traffic safety and road engineering.. for instance, if traffic engineers can see what roads are congested which have too low of a speed limit imposed, they could propose raising them? A pipe dream, but I have to believe someone looking to optimize traffic flows would consider the design upside as well as the police simply considering how to generate revenue.

Comment: Re:Route their traffic through Tor (Score 1) 520

by seanmcelroy (#35967746) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Leave My Router Open?

Wow... this is a great idea! Providing a Tor or I2P channel for free is an awesome way to contribute to onion routing networks and provide a more "secure" way to run an insecure public setup. I'm curious what would have to be done to expose a Freenet node in this way... such that the interfaces for managing the node were blocked, but regular traffic wasn't impeded.

Comment: DD-WRT + QoS (Score 5, Informative) 520

by seanmcelroy (#35967260) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Leave My Router Open?

It's absolutely possible and fairly easy these days with out of the box router firmwares, or if yours doesn't support QoS (Quality of Service), then you can potentially put on an open-source firmware -- DD-WRT to provide that ability and much more. QoS lets you designate classes of traffic, such as streaming, gaming, and other protocols, or particular devices on a WAN or plugged into the router itself and set priorities for them. Doing this, you can share your WiFi AP (good for you!), but also get the lions' share of your bandwidth when you are wanting to use it.

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