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Submission + - ReactOS-Based Thorium Core is on Kickstarter (kickstarter.com)

NiteMair writes: Several members of the ReactOS project have started a Kickstarter campaign in order to create a commercial service (Thorium Core) to provide cloud desktop services based on the ReactOS operating system. The plan is to provide commercial funding to further develop ReactOS, a Windows clone which has been in various stages of development since the late 90s. Their goal of $120,000 would seem to be a bit lofty, and they are off to a slow start still after nearly a month, but considering some of the amazing things that have happened during Kickstarter campaigns in the past, perhaps this project still has some potential.

Comment You Still Need Wireless (Score 1) 183

Low orbit satellites are not going to carry a continent's worth of network traffic. On top of that you still need backhaul at your ground stations. All those cell towers, they need something for backhaul. Microwave repeaters are only going to carry you so far. On top of that fiber simply has the highest available and future bandwidth with the lowest latency of any available technology. Sure wireless may dominate the immediate future of Africa, but eventually they'll exceed it's limits and move to a wired infrastructure.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Adhesive Used In Hard Drive Construction

Ironlenny writes: I have several dissembled hard drives. What I am most interested in is the construction of the actuators. Some kind of adhesive is used to bind the magnets to their metal supports which is strong enough to take the platting off of the magnets when I separate them from their supports. I was wondering if any one knew what adhesive was used, or where I could find that information?

Submission + - Bee disease breakthrough (bbc.co.uk) 1

moorhens writes: The BBC is describing new research that could save honeybees from the deadly Varroa mite. Unlike other treatments that have to balance the prospect of killing the mites against killing the bees themselves, this uses a genetic switch to turn the mites into their own worst enemy. Worldwide, the Varroa mite has been ravaging honeybee populations, either as a result of direct parasitism or by transmitting viruses. If this research does result in a practical medicine for bees, perhaps this will provide an answer to colony collapse disorder that has been decimating US bees. In Europe, we haven't had CCD (whatever you may read elsewhere), but Varroa alone is enough to wipe out an untreated colony in three years.
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Submission + - DickiLeaks data loss saga exposes Oz sportsmen (sophos.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A young woman has published nude photos of football players from high-flying Australian Football League club St. Kilda, rapidly accumulating thousands of Twitter followers as a result.

Varying accounts exist of how she came by the photos. The youngster is reported to have claimed that she took the photos herself. Another report documents a counterclaim by the manager of team captain Nick Riewoldt, one of the pictured players. In the counterclaim, the photos were copied from the laptop of a teammate who snapped the photos on a club trip to the USA last year.

The whole sorry mess also brings into question current laws about who gets the rights to a photo. In many countries, the law comes from a time when photographs were comparatively difficult to take, develop, publish, index and search.

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Submission + - Passwords Are The Weakest Link In Online Security (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: It's not surprising to find that 79% of consumers use risky password construction practices, such as including personal information and words. The recent Gawker breach and a detailed analysis of breached passwords show undeniably that passwords continue to be the Achilles' heel of the average Internet user. This insecure trend sadly doesn't shift as 26% of users reuse the same password for important accounts such as email, banking or shopping and social networking sites while 29% had their own email or social network account hacked, and over half (52%) know someone who has had a similar problem.

Submission + - Microsoft Windows for ARM (bloomberg.com)

randallman writes: According to this article an article on Bloomberg.com, Microsoft will be presenting an ARM version of Windows. "The new product will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Microsoft's plans are confidential. The software would be tailored for battery-powered devices, such as tablet computers and other handhelds, the people said." Will Windows on ARM be able to compete with iOS, Andriod and the other operating systems already in the ARM handlheld market?

Submission + - Any competent hosting companies for e-mail? 2

cpm99352 writes: I've had my domain for 10 years, and the hosting company was doing a pretty good job — all we needed was POP3 e-mail for five accounts. However, as of the past six months, they've gone rapidly downhill. I tried looking at older slashdot submissions, but I see a ton of articles from 2003 and before, which doesn't do me a lot of good.

What I'm looking for is POP3 e-mail, ideally with a secure method of transmitting the userID/password.

Does such a thing exist in the United States? Googling hasn't proved useful, either, since it appears a ton of dubious outfits have gamed the Google search results.

I'm not looking for any discount fly-by-night outfit. I want secure reliable e-mail for a small business. Are there any out there?

For that matter, is there a website to get reasonably unbiased reviews of domain hosting companies?

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