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Comment Re:zimbra (Score 1) 204

My company switched to Zimbra about 2 years ago, all managed in-house on company owned servers. We have 2 MTAs, 2 LDAP servers, and 2 Mailstores (although only currently using 1 mailstore with RAID and backups since it is in a different physical location than the primary mailstore and I believe it requires licensing to make that work properly). It does everything we want it to and is all open source. The webmail interface is great. We still have alot of users on Outlook 2003 and they are about to get that ripped off their systems and be told to use the zimbra webmail or desktop client instead of paying the MS tax. All in all, it has worked out great for us. The company went from hosted email that would go down once a week to now maybe 10 minutes of downtime in the 2 years we have been using Zimbra.

Comment Re:Congratulations, Verizon (Score 1) 331

The SIM cards in Verizon or Sprint phones (CDMA based networks) are only 4G LTE SIM cards, so you can't just take your phone to any other carrier because your phone "has a sim card", which is what I think your comment is implying.

Verizon still uses CDMA for all voice traffic, 4G is only used for data traffic currently (the SIM card is only a 4G LTE SIM card, still no cards for their 3G/2G CDMA which is what all voice traffic still uses)...

Comment Re:Ah ah ah! (Score 0) 120

And how do you know an AC really is the business that gave you the bid?

If I was you, I'd go with with a proprietary solution (especially since you made sure to put 'free' after you mentioned 'open source solution' in the OP).

Since you don't appear to know enough about this on your own (thus Ask Slashdot), I *highly* doubt that even if you found an open source solution that it would be completely "free" to you/your business/your employer. Think of the outrageous support costs you will get when the "free" system takes a dump and you have no clue how to fix it. Debugging and fixing a 'free' system that you cobbled together isn't going to be exactly cheap.

Ubuntu Server is "free", but that doesn't stop my company from paying Canonical for a support contract just incase some outrageously strange kernel bug or something comes up that brings a critical production server screeching to a halt (of course we deal with patient medical data so the definition of critical production server is probably alot different than if the music stops at the theme park). The same goes for our "free" linux (software) based firewall distro we use at branch offices. We liked it so much we bought the hardware from the makers of the FW linux distro (Endian). The hardware from them comes with a support contract as well incase something screws up on the firewall.

Open Source and completely free doesn't always go together in a business environment, doubly so if you needed to use Ask Slashdot.

Comment Bye Taco (Score 1) 1521

As one of the first 3000 registered users of the site (first pointed to your site by you or Hemos iirc in the Enlightenment WM IRC channel).. I must say wthe obligatory so long and thanks for all the fish. Go on to do better things. Slashdot will continue on but never will be the same without you (as well as Hemos)! Who would have thought a little site to share stories with your friends would have exploded so rapidly.

Comment Laptop accessory (Score 1) 292

I did not RTFA, but this sounds like a *great* laptop accessory. I hate laptop trackpads and nipples, and am frequently too lazy to plug a regular mouse in, or get it out of my bag in the first place.. even if it is wireless. I don't see why this shouldn't be the next great thing in portable computing. Especially due to the price.
Music

RIAA Accounting — How Labels Avoid Paying Musicians 495

An anonymous reader writes "Last week, we discussed Techdirt's tale of 'Hollywood Accounting,' which showed how movies like Harry Potter still officially 'lose' money with some simple accounting tricks. This week Techdirt is taking on RIAA accounting and demonstrating why most musicians — even multi-platinum recording stars — may never see a dime from their album sales. 'They make you a "loan" and then take the first 63% of any dollar you make, get to automatically increase the size of the "loan" by simply adding in all sorts of crazy expenses (did the exec bring in pizza at the recording session? that gets added on), and then tries to get the loan repaid out of what meager pittance they've left for you. Oh, and after all of that, the record label still owns the copyrights.' The average musician on a major record deal 'gets' about $23 per $1,000 made... and that $23 still never gets paid because it has to go to 'recouping' the loan... even though the label is taking $630 out of that $1,000, and not counting it towards the advance. Remember all this the next time a record label says they're trying to protect musicians' revenue."
Input Devices

The Mouse Vanishes 292

countertrolling sends in a clip from Wired that begins "...researchers at MIT have found a method to let users click and scroll exactly the same way they would with a computer mouse, without the device actually being there. Cup your palm, move it around on a table and a cursor on the screen hovers. Tap on the table like you would click a real mouse, and the computer responds. It's one step beyond cordless. It's an invisible mouse. The project, called 'Mouseless,' uses an infrared laser beam and camera to track the movements of the palm and fingers and translate them into computer commands... A working prototype of the Mouseless system costs approximately $20 to build, says Pranav Mistry, who is leading the project."

Comment AT&T shot themself in the foot (Score 1) 249

AT&T's "branded" 3G is HSDPA. However, EDGE is also actually considered a 3G technology, but AT&T labels it as 2.75G or 2.5G or something so as to not confuse customers by having 2 different 3G techs. The actual specs for 3G include EDGE as a 3G protocol.

Basically, verizons 3G service cdma2000, was a bolt on replacement upgrade to go from their 2G tech (cdmaOne). EDGE for AT&T was also a bolt on upgrade from their 2G tech (GPRS - a TDMA signal, not CDMA). Verizon just stopped after doing this bolt on upgrade so their entire network is considered 3G pretty much.

AT&T then decided to go with an entirely different 3G technology because it was way faster than EDGE (even though EDGE is considered a 3G tech). This new tech was HSDPA which is based on a CDMA network, not TDMA. Therefore, AT&T has to deploy entirely new towers to roll out this new 3G service so their 3G map is much smaller than Verizons. Technically EDGE is still a 3G tech though.

If AT&T still marketed EDGE as 3G and then maybe HSDPA as 3.25G or something, Verizon could not be making this claim. And technically speaking, AT&T would be on solid ground for doing so.

See the "Overview of 3G/IMT-2000 standards" chart at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3G to clarify.

Comment release upgrade with apt-get dist-upgrade (Score 1) 1231

I'm not sure how you initially tried to upgrade because you didn't say... but an ubuntu upgrade from one release to another one should NEVER, EVER be done by simply changing/updating your repos and doing apt-get dist-upgrade. Alot of old debian users think that you can do this and it leads to their system getting hosed more often than not.

The proper and supported method is to do:

sudo apt-get install update-manager-core && sudo do-release-upgrade

So while you did not specify how you tried the initial upgrade attempt, if it happened to be via apt-get dist-upgrade it was in no way ubuntu's fault that your system got hosed.

I really wonder how many of these people (again, maybe or maybe not you) with all these upgrade horror stories have tried to upgrade via apt-get dist-upgrade instead of the proper, documented, and supported method.

Comment Re:Floor mat, really? (Score 1) 1146

It sounds like this is the cruise control distance limiter combined with the speed increase button trying to be smarter then it should be.

Bumping the cruise control the first few times gives a slight speed increase. However, after X amount of bumps within Y time, the distance limiter notices there is no car in front of you and that you keep bumping the increase speed button. So the only logical conclusion for it to make is you want to go REALLY fast. Cue car taking off like a rocket until you hit the brake or (I'm assuming) come up on a car in front of you.

You call it a bug, I call it a feature! :)

Seriously though.. this sounds like a major screw up on Toyota's part..

PS You should do Kathy Griffins show again...

Comment Re:JGE v EVE (Score 1) 86

PVP is what makes eve so awesome... Why wouldn't JGE want to focus on it as well due to the popularity of it in Eve? And to say you can't focus on both is absolutely ridiculous.. Just look at the market in EVE, or invention, or missions, or ratting.... Sure EVE PVE isn't great but the PVP aspect is what makes the game the way it is and the PVE still is decent.

You kinda sound like an EVE carebear to me that mined in Jita all day until that was nerfed - and probably got your ship suicide ganked a few times - and now you want JGE to be the PVE hold hands all day paradise that EVE isn't... Hello Kitty online is that way.......

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