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Comment Lode Data (Score 1) 75

Although this product is part of a larger selection of CATV design software, it is well written for the lifecycle installed metro fiber with the ability to pre-allocate either fiber or individual lambdas based upon anticipated needs and stakeholders. In addition, it incorporates storage of OTDR results and allows some extrapolation for expected signal strength should future cuts and splices be needed in the future. Their traditional copper plant design tools are nice to have should this be part of a campus network design with a traditional (institution owned) CATV plant.

Results are linked through AutoCAD files for both the metro fiber map out in the field as well as documenting terminations inside the (head-end and distro) facilities as well.

Disclaimer: I have taken their Lode Data training as part of college campus CATV upgrade and have been please with what I saw on their fiber plant software.

Submission + - Suspect arrested in Spamhaus DDoS attach (bbc.co.uk)

apenzott writes: According to the BBC Technology News "Spanish police have arrested a Dutchman suspected of being behind one of the biggest ever web attacks..."

"The man arrested is believed to be Sven Kamphuis, the owner and manager of Dutch hosting firm Cyberbunker that has been implicated in the attack...."

" 'Spamhaus is delighted at the news that an individual has been arrested and is grateful to the Dutch police for the resources they have made available and the way they have worked with us,' said a Spamhaus spokesman."

Comment What are they shutting down exactly? (Score 2, Insightful) 390

I doubt that these senators have considered the possibly that being able to shut down an offending site (say Bing, Google, Hotmail, Yahoo, Youtube, ) wouldn't have significant collateral damage.

This is equivalent to shutting down an entire mall (which happens to include an office for the County Tax Assessor, small FBI field office, post office and police substation) on the account of one bad employee grossly (mis)representing the interests of the merchant renting space in said mall.

Bottom line:
Merely having such a kill switch is not a license use it indiscriminately and not face the consequences of its misuse.
(Notice that engineers are required to retain errors and omissions insurance for bad engineering decisions, but no legislator is required to retain insurance for passing of bad laws.)

Comment Counter-suit stratagy (Score 4, Interesting) 422

I would like to see a John/Jane Doe counter-sue the promoter and request an injunction to prevent the event from happening. Using the **AA logic against them, canceling the event and refunding all the sold tickets and paying the resultant venue cancellation fees would be far less costly than dealing with the resultant piracy with very little hope of cost recovery from said lawsuit.

Comment Why can't they use this data fix their coverage? (Score 3, Insightful) 178

It seems odd that now that the carriers have GPS coordinates of where their subscribers are using their services, that they seem unwilling to use this data (GPS coordinates and dropped calls) to improve their coverage and services where the customer needs it.

Oh, that entails spending money rather than making money. (Fail.)

Comment Re:I actually bought some 3.5" disks recently... (Score 1) 505

That sounds like my story.
Old BIOS (doesn't support USB for floppy drive mapping)
Windows Server 2003
On-board RAID controller that hasn't been sold in the last six years ("new" enough to not be included in the stock windows drivers.)
On top of that, I had to buy the floppy drive and cable to do this one-time OS reload. (None of the machines from the bone pile had a working floppy drive.)
Sure makes one appreciate the way the HP server install media can on-the-fly create an "unattended" install for these legacy OS installs.

Comment Re:Old school (Score 1) 823

I quit using pencil when I had a calculus instructor that sped through examples faster than any pencil (mechanical, #6, other) could keep up with. I switched to pen as it was the only writing implement that could keep up without fail.

Errors were corrected in-line as a mark-up.

Comment Re:Let me get the straight... (Score 1) 451

I deliberately posed this as a trick question and you took the bait.

According to the copyright law as written in Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 the Federal Government is prohibited from holding any copyright (with rare exceptions that probably don't apply here.)

Besides, the original song was written during the War of 1812 so the music copyright is out the window, that leaves the performance right.

Comment Let me get the straight... (Score 1) 451

If I were to stream and copy the American National Anthem as performed by the US Marines from the most recent Presidential Inauguration, who am I stealing from?

Who owns the copyright and who will make the claim that I have "stolen" (infringed on their copyright?)
What is the criteria of disallowing fair-use for such an official and publicly performed work?

Zero Tolerance = Zero Sensibility = Zero Critical Thinking


Submission + - 3 charges against Terry Childs dropped (sfexaminer.com)

phantomfive writes: Terry Childs, who was arrested nearly a year ago for refusing to turn over the passwords to the San Francisco's FiberWAN network has been cleared for three of the four charges against him. The charges that were dropped referred to the attachment of modems to the network. The remaining charge is for refusing to turn over the password. The prosecutor has vowed to appeal, to have the charges reinstated. We have the original story, and the story where Childs tells his side, for those who want a refresher.
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Submission + - How do you pay the bills?

Deanalator writes: "What sort of stuff do you do on a daily basis to pay the bills?

web stuff
programming stuff to sell
programming stuff internally
testing stuff
networking stuff
tech support
retail stuff
academic stuff
multi level marketing
finance stuff
legal stuff
businessy stuff
sciency stuff
mercenary stuff
criminal stuff
my government pays my bills
other people pay my bills"

Submission + - Zimbra, a Yahoo! Company Competes with Exchange (doublehorncommunications.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It would appear that Zimbra's Collaboration suite is getting more traction with hosted service providers. It would appear from the list of providers using Zimbra, which is a Yahoo! company, that an alternative to hosted Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint is growing.

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