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+ - Inside the London 2012 Olympics IT Control Centre->

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twoheadedboy
twoheadedboy writes "With the London Olympics less than a year away, IT preparations are fully underway. IT Pro got to have a poke around the testing facilities as well as the shiny Technology Operations Center. It's an IT project like no other and not just because of the technological asks. The seriously strict deadlines and immovable budgets have made this a truly strenuous initiative — one that we'll be able to judge by this time next year."
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Comment: comparable? (Score 1) 213

by xiao_haozi (#36973326) Attached to: Google+ Registers 25 Million Visitors
Really digging it so far... Just now sure how you can compare membership rates. College kid starting a site and letting it grow through exclusivity vs the internet's biggest presence sliding over users from their other services. Don't get me wrong, they are interesting metrics... just not that comparable in my mind.

Comment: Re:this is a (Score 1) 310

by xiao_haozi (#35794806) Attached to: Fellow Hackers Blast Geohot For Sony Settlement

The main complaint is that he was asking for donations to fight this, and then more or less bailed on the fight. That's the only valid complaint in my opinion, then again, we don't know if and how much money was raised. It pays to be wary of donating to a legal defense fund, you can't be certain it will be spent the way you want it to be spent.

Agreed. Whether it was a good move on his part or not, it doesn't matter when it comes to the donations scenario. He implicitly collected donations to fight Sony, and then discontinued the fight. Would we do it too? Probably. But that is not the point. If I paid seeded X amount of money to you to sail across the world and then you stopped part way because the outcome looked bleak, I would all or some of my money back. Hopefully it does get passed on to the EFF.

Comment: Re:Misleading (Score 1) 310

by xiao_haozi (#35794710) Attached to: Fellow Hackers Blast Geohot For Sony Settlement

it's assumed that he is going to donate remaining legal funds to the EFF

Assumptions are always dangerous, especially when a lot of money is involved. Will he donate all of it, some of it, of none of it? We'll likely never have anything better than his word on what he did with the money. And that has an even more damning effect on these sorts of cases in the future, since people will be much more reluctant to donate to someone else's case after this guy sold out and took the money (even if it's just some of the money, even if it's just *allegations* that he pocketed some of the money).

Well we can always hope that the EFF would share information as to whether these donation claims are factual or not down the road.

+ - Finally Opera Has Decided To Support Extensions->

Submitted by dkd903
dkd903 (1156359) writes "Opera is one of the most solid browsers around. It is very fast, extremely customizable and has a lot of functionalities which others do not have. Opera is also a very supporter of web standards. It is one of the first browsers to pass the ACID 3 test. However Opera has always been confined to a relatively small user-base because of one critical thing – lack of extensions. Well, that is about to change – at least the extensions part. Today, it has been announced that Opera 11 will support extensions."
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Spam

+ - U.S. tops list of spam-relaying countries->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "The United States is the top spam-belching nation in the entire world — by far.

That's according to the Sophos "Dirty Dozen" report issued Thursday about the top spam-producing and relaying countries around the globe from July to September of this year. According to Sophos, the U.S. produces about one in five of all the junk mail polluting global networks. (Industry estimates are that over 90% of all e-mail is spam.)

So why does America lead in the spam race? Obvious reasons for this are that it has developed bandwidth, lots of computers that cyber-criminals (from all around the world) like to exploit to turn them into botnet-control relay points, and we have a lot of suckers, as circus kingpin P.T. Barnum used to put it, born every minute who can be fooled into doing almost anything. That would include opening attachments from anybody and anything, and ordering illegal (and potentially lethal) counterfeit pharmaceuticals right off a spam message, apparently pretty fine with a box of pills that arrives from China or elsewhere far away."

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