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Comment: Re:Wait (Score 1) 228

by teflaime (#37121732) Attached to: The FCC Says ISPs Aren't Hitting Advertised Speeds
We can't FIOS in central Illinois. Actually, we can't get Verizon anymore - they sold all their phone and internet accounts in the area to Frontier (which has developed an abysmal reputation for their DSL, which is slower than advertised (and it's only advertised at the 700kb level) and has been unavailable more than 10 days last year in some parts of town. Which, to my mind, is absolutely awful. Comcast is better than Frontier, which is the only reason I have it.
Security

+ - Open-source implementation of the Google Auth->

Submitted by elfguy
elfguy (22889) writes "This is a quick demo of how to implement two-factor authentication using the Google Authenticator on your own site or application. I created this page in less than 2 hours to show how trivial it is to do. Here, you can register a user name, and then login by using the information provided by the Google Authenticator. Note that this would also work with any OATH HOTP compliant hardware token."
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News

+ - SPAM: The best in bots at RoboGames 2011

Submitted by
merven
merven writes "The doors opened at noon Friday and already in the pits sparks were flying and the smell of solder was in the air. Teammates shouted urgently for wire and batteries, and final preparations were being made for the first competitions.

The passionate community, which will send its various creations into competitions ranging from kung-fu android battles to urban Mech Wars to soccer and hockey, is proving that builders in basements and backrooms can engineer some of the best bots in the world."

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Technology

+ - Kohler's New Hi-Tech Toilet->

Submitted by WrongSizeGlass
WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "PCWorld has an article on Kohler's new hi-tech toilet. The Numi comes complete with a detachable touch screen remote; motion-activated lid and seat; integrated air dryer; a heated seat; feet warmers; ambient lighting; built-in speakers with FM radio and an MP3 player input jack. If you have $6,300 to flush down the drain on a toilet this is for you."
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Businesses

+ - This Tech Bubble is Different 3

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Tech bubbles happen, writes BW's Ashlee Vance, but we usually gain from the innovation left behind. But this one — driven by social networking — could leave us empty-handed. Math whiz Jeff Hammerbacher provides a good case study. One year out of Harvard, 23-year-old Hammerbacher arrived at Facebook, was given the lofty title of research scientist and put to work analyzing how people used the social networking service. Over the next two years, Hammerbacher assembled a team that built a new class of analytical technology, one which translated insights into people's relationships, tendencies, and desires into precision advertising and higher sales. But something gnawed at him. Hammerbacher looked around Silicon Valley at companies like his own, Google, and Twitter, and saw his peers wasting their talents. 'The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,' he says. 'That sucks.' Silicon Valley historian Christophe Lecuyer agrees: 'It's clear that the new industry that is building around Internet advertising and these other services doesn't create that many jobs. The loss of manufacturing and design knowhow is truly worrisome.'"

+ - Judge Reveals Secret Righthaven Copyright Contract

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Joe Mullin writes in Paid Content that US District Judge Roger Hunt has unsealed the confidential agreement between Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review-Journal that has allowed Righthaven to sue over more than 250 charities, impoverished hobby bloggers, reporters, and the newspaper’s own sources for $150,000 each in damages and forfeiture of the sites' domain names, and the contents of the agreement could end up being ruinous for Righthaven’s campaign of copyright lawsuits. The problem is that Stephens Media, the company that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal, didn’t actually assign any of the rights related to copyright to Righthaven except the right to sue—and that has been found in Silvers vs. Sony Pictures to be illegal under case law. In other words, none the important things that come with a copyright—such as the right to make copies of a work, or distribute it, or make “derivative works”—were handed off to Righthaven. Only the right to sue was given, and that makes the copyright transfer bogus, argue lawyers for the Democratic Underground who are being sued for one of its website users posting the first four paragraphs of a 34 paragraph story. “There is an old adage in the law that, if the facts are on your side, you pound on the facts. If the law is on your side, you pound on the law," says Judge Hunt who joins District Judge John Kane in becoming angry at Righthaven’s litigation behavior. "If neither the facts nor the law is on your side, you pound on the table. It appears there is a lot of table pounding going on here.”"
IT

+ - IT-department KPIs?

Submitted by Abacus-keeper
Abacus-keeper (2043170) writes "So I run the IT department for a medium sized manufacturing corp spanning over four sites and countries. I've run this place place for the last five years, built it from the ground up.

It's a family operated company that has grown into a fairly complex operation over the years. Thus all my 'reporting' has been pretty simple. Ie wanna spend money (hire, procure, upgrade) I just submit a solid cost-benefit analysis to the CEO and done.

Today I got called in for a meeting and they wanted me to set up KPIs for my department. So my question to you is this: what are the KPIs you use? Like to use? Hate to use? Forced to use?

The layout
My staff provides, amongst other, these key tools for the company:
- Active domain server
- Exchange server
- Document servers (Both external and internal)
- ERP server
- CRM server
- WAN, LAN, VPN, VOIP, WLAN mesh infrastructure
- 24/7/365 on call hardware and software in-house support and
- Most of the end-user education

Sorry if might be a bit of today — crazy hangover for the apparent reason; since I have never been asked to provide this kind of information the corp is being sold/merged/taken over soon'ish.
Yes this is a throw away account.

Thx in advance!"
Science

+ - New Spin on Graphene Makes It Magnetic->

Submitted by intellitech
intellitech (1912116) writes "A team led by Professor Andre Geim, a recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize for graphene, has shown that electric current can magnetize graphene. The researchers found a new way to interconnect spin and charge by applying a relatively weak magnetic field to graphene and found that this causes a flow of spins in the direction perpendicular to electric current, making a graphene sheet magnetised."
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Google

+ - Google Videos will no longer playback

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I received this email this morning: "Later this month, hosted video content on Google Video will no longer be available for playback. Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009 and now we’re removing the remaining hosted content... On April 29, 2011, videos that have been uploaded to Google Video will no longer be available for playback. " They've added a a download button for saving your content but it expires after May 13, 2011 and they encourage users to move the content to youTube. Personally, I hated youTube when it started with it's 10 min limits and crappy quality but have long since migrated. I want to write something troll like but I'll refrain. RIP."

Comment: More bad business decisions (Score 1) 1

by teflaime (#35833374) Attached to: Cisco Killed A Wi-Fi Enabled Flip
I never really understood why Cisco bought Flip in the first place. I thought GE had pretty much shown that conglomerates were not the way to go future? And Cisco was nowhere near being able to function as a conglomerate anyway. I don't think whoever made that decision asked, "How will buying Flip help us continue to dominate Brocade and other switch manufacturers?"
And who ever made the decision to just shut down Flip must have conversely asked this question: "How can I lose the largest possible amount of money for Cisco?"
Businesses

+ - Cisco Killed A Wi-Fi Enabled Flip-> 1

Submitted by
jfruhlinger
jfruhlinger writes "When Cisco killed the Flip earlier this week, a lot of tech commentators reacted with sadness. The video camera line might have seemed a bit out of date in the world of video-enabled smartphones, but they were much loved devices. And now word is filtering out that Flip had a Wi-Fi-enabled Flip camera, which may have had live Internet broadcasting capabilities, ready to be released at the moment when the decision to shut down the division was made."
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Comment: It would seem (Score 5, Insightful) 236

by teflaime (#32759608) Attached to: Plagiarism Inc.
that given Mr. Kavoosi's lack of basic vocabulary knowledge, it's a good thing that he hires other people to write the papers he sells. Someone one who doesn't know what the word 'ethical' actually means would probably have a hard time writing papers that use other large words. Unless, perhaps, they were writing papers for business classes...

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