Submission + - Best value content/media delivery solution for a 'group'/ work site village (

chiefhoneybadger writes: OK here’s one for the great techy think tank that is Slashdoters.
I'm a sys admin at a major mining company and responsible for budget and decisions in delivering TV content on mining staff at our FIFO villages. Some mines 50 staff, others 2000.

On news FOXTEL are doubling their channel monthly subscriptions, our bosses want to research an alternative and give them the middle finger.

FOXTEL loves how we (most) companies whom maintain a village, end up using their service to deliver to stock analog/digi tv’s, we basically have to buy a subscription for each channel, which comes with its own box which gives you one analog AV output for every channel you include in your ‘package’. These then get plexed back into a VHF coax signal out to each room and they just use stock tv analog tuner to get VHF channels 1-10 etc. So most sites have around 10 Satellite Foxtel boxes, and we even pay for Freeview channels delivered through Foxtel. Its time for FOXtel to profit off the mining boom. MOAR.

But given our mass of streaming, digital content offerings and all the bag of tricks we could ‘possibly’ use to access usually geo-restricted content, how and what options are there that we can put together and hopefully fit together to make a ‘acceptable’ entertainment package for our staff, that hopefully we can use existing end point hardware (ie. TV’s without need for new set top/media boxes).

Thanks muchly slashers!

Submission + - Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex to Freeze Customer Accounts

Powercntrl writes: Vircurex, an online exchange for Bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies is freezing customer accounts as it battles insolvency. While opinions differ on whether cryptocurrency is the future of cash, a Dutch tulip bubble, ponzi scheme or some varying mixture of all three, the news of yet another exchange in turmoil does not bode well for those banking on the success of Bitcoin or its altcoin brethren, such as Litecoin and Dogecoin.

Submission + - Ebola Outbreak in Guinea Kills At Least 59 (

An anonymous reader writes: An outbreak of the highly contagious and horrific Ebola virus has occurred in Guinea, killing at least 59 people so far. Outbreaks of the African virus are rare but deadly. According to CNN reporting, local authorities are isolating the virus to prevent further spread and UNICEF is actively working to provide aide to contain the outbreak.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: A career change from tech support to development

An anonymous reader writes: My eastern European tech-support job will be outsourced in 6 months to a nearby country. I do not wish to move, having relationship and roots here, and as such I stand at a crossroads.

I could either take my current hobby more seriously and focus on Java development. I have no degree, no professional experience in the field, and as such, I do not hold much market value for an employer. However, I find joy in the creative problem solving that programming provides. Seeing the cogs finally turn after hours invested gives me pleasures my mundane work could never do.

The second option is Linux system administration with a specialisation in VMware virtualisation. I have no certificates, but I have been around enterprise environments (with limited support of VMware) for 21 months now, so at the end of my contract with 27 months under my belt, I could convince a company to hire me based on willingness to learn and improve. All literature are freely available, and I've been playing with VDIs in Debian already.

My situation is as follows: all living expenses except food, luxuries and entertainment is covered by the wage of my girlfriend. That would leave me in a situation where we would be financially alright, but not well off, if I were to earn significantly less than I do now. I am convinced that I would be able to make it in system administration, however, that is not my passion.

I am at an age where children are not a concern, and risks seem to be, at first sight, easier to take. I would like to hear the opinion and experience of fellow /. readers who might have been in similar situation.

Submission + - Electric 'thinking cap' controls learning speed (

An anonymous reader writes: Vanderbilt researchers say they've shown it's possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn by applying a mild electrical current to the brain. Using an elastic headband that secured two electrodes conducted by saline-soaked sponges to the cheek and the crown of the head, the researchers applied 20 minutes of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to each subject. Depending on the direction of the current, subjects either learned more quickly, slower, or in the case of a sham current, with no change at all. The study appears in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Submission + - Titanium-Coated Golf Clubs Create Brush Fire Hazard in California

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Things to pack in your golf bag: clubs, balls, tees, beverages and a fire extinguisher. The NYT reports that scientists have determined that striking a rock while swinging a titanium club can create a shower of sparks that are hot enough, and last long enough, to start a brush fire. The finding, by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, clears up what fire officials in Southern California have seen as a mystery: the origin of two recent golf course fires in Irvine and Mission Viejo including one that burned 25 acres and injured a firefighter in 2010. “That was hard for anybody to believe,” says Steve Concialdi, a captain with the Orange County Fire Authority. “We were thinking they were started by cigars or cigarettes.” Most clubs come with stainless steel heads, but a significant number have recently been produced with a titanium alloy, which makes them lighter and easier to swing. The only problem is that, when struck against hard surfaces — like rocks or concrete — the impact with the rock abrades the titanium surface, producing small particles — up to about one-fiftieth of an inch in diameter — that burned for up to a second, at temperatures high enough to cause dry vegetation to ignite. Given the drought in California and the extreme fire danger, Concialdi says the fire department is asking golfers using titanium-coated clubs to move their balls away from rocks and dry vegetation and onto the irrigated fairways. He says while golfers may complain it's making the game easier, it's too risky to do otherwise this season. "Talk about a hazard," says Concialdi. "We are looking at a severe fire season because of the drought, and no one should take chances with titanium clubs on dry ground."

Submission + - Los Angeles Cops Argue All Cars in L.A. Are Under Investigation (

An anonymous reader writes: Do you drive a car in the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area? According to the L.A. Police Department and L.A. Sheriff's Department, your car is part of a vast criminal investigation.

The agencies took a novel approach in the briefs they filed in EFF and the ACLU of Southern California's California Public Records Act lawsuit seeking a week's worth of Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) data. They have argued that "All [license plate] data is investigatory." The fact that it may never be associated with a specific crime doesn't matter.

This argument is completely counter to our criminal justice system, in which we assume law enforcement will not conduct an investigation unless there are some indicia of criminal activity. In fact, the Fourth Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution exactly to prevent law enforcement from conducting mass, suspicionless investigations under "general warrants" that targeted no specific person or place and never expired.

ALPR systems operate in just this way. The cameras are not triggered by any suspicion of criminal wrongdoing; instead, they automatically and indiscriminately photograph all license plates (and cars) that come into view. This happens without an officer targeting a specific vehicle and without any level of criminal suspicion. The ALPR system immediately extracts the key data from the image—the plate number and time, date and location where it was captured—and runs that data against various hotlists. At the instant the plate is photographed not even the computer system itself—let alone the officer in the squad car—knows whether the plate is linked to criminal activity.

Taken to an extreme, the agencies' arguments would allow law enforcement to conduct around-the-clock surveillance on every aspect of our lives and store those records indefinitely on the off-chance they may aid in solving a crime at some previously undetermined date in the future. If the court accepts their arguments, the agencies would then be able to hide all this data from the public.

Submission + - Functional 3D Printed Tape Measure

Trep writes: I thought Slashdot readers might be interested in seeing how my friend is slowly building a 3D printed toolbox. He's created a fully functional tape measure which is 3D printed as a single assembly, to follow up on his 3D printed dial calipers. This is a pretty novel design, with a lot of moving parts that come out of the printer completely assembled!

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