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Comment Re:No (Score 4, Insightful) 480

Agreed. Also online aps are more-expensive longterm. For example I purchased Microsoft Office 97, and I'm still using it 12 years later, which is an annual cost of just ~$12. Online aps have significantly higher fees than that.

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Do you really think it's wise or responsible to be using a piece of closed-source software (and one not known for its security, to say the least) so many years after the vendor has stopped supporting or releasing patches for it, and for which known exploits are in the wild?

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In what way does, for example, Google Apps Standard Edition ($0/year), cost more -- either up-front or in the long term?

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Do you not think using current tools at the time to produce a file, then ensuring the file is stored in an industry-standard open file format (such as ODF, RTF, plain text, HTML, TeX, or PDF -- or even better, more than one), is an acceptable archive, without needing to also archive a copy of (or later run) a dated (and bug-ridden and proprietary, in this case) application along with it -- which may not even run on machines "15 or 20 years" later, as you mention?

Comment There's an App for That (Score 3, Interesting) 394

Right here.

Quoting the Google:

Now businesses can run Microsoft Outlook on Google Apps instead of Microsoft Exchange, so they can achieve the cost savings, security and reliability of Google Apps while employees use the interface they prefer for email, contacts and calendar.

Oh, and it works with all editions of Google Apps, both free and paid, and it costs $0 extra.

You're welcome.

Comment Re:Worst Mistake That Still Needs Fixing (Score 1) 806

This sums up the problems - http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB570Z/A

DVI was great when it first came out; HDMI has obsoleted it in home theater and Mini DisplayPort is beginning to do the same in IT.

DVI is just too big a connector for some applications; look at the port side of any Unibody MacBook Pro and you'll see that the use of a DVI connector would have resulted in the loss of a USB port, since the ports are stuffed edge-to-edge on the board.

Mini DisplayPort is part of the VESA DisplayPort 1.2 open standard.

Did you complain when DVI ports were brand-new and required a DVI-VGA adapter for most endusers to be able to use? This is exactly the same concept.

If you don't like Apple's price on the adapter, buy it from elsewhere (like monoprice.com).

Comment Re:Holy Crap! Calm down (Score 1) 1092

Holy crap- you are, what we in the biz call, an over-reacting parent. Calm down and take it easy before you destroy your daughter's life.

I have mod points and am forfeiting the right to moderate this story by posting this. I second this sentiment (although I, myself, would try to not be quite so harsh in the delivery). Here are two links I think you should read, and a book I think you should buy (I bought a copy myself and gave several extra copies to friends with kids):

http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/2008/04/06/why-i-let-my-9-year-old-ride-the-subway-alone/

http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Free-Range-Kids-Children-Freedom-Without/dp/0470471948

I also recommend watching the video in the Amazon link.

Cheers,
Alex

Comment Re:Funny (Score 1) 151

(1) RIM sold more devices in the last quarter; marketshare has nothing to do with that. You are quoting nonsense. In addition, iPhone sales dropped off a cliff last year when people realized a new iPhone model was on its way, and the same is happening now.

(2) What the hell are you talking about with Linux surpassing MS and Apple? RIM devices don't run Linux. The closest thing which exists to handheld UNIX is the iPhone, which is based on BSD UNIX and the Darwin kernel, just like the desktop version of Mac OS X.

Networking

Microsoft Working For Samba Interoperability 221

JP writes "Andrew Bartlett of Samba fame has written a document describing their recent collaboration with Microsoft's Active Directory team. In brief, it would seem that the sky is falling, as Microsoft's engineers seem to be really committed to making Samba fully interoperable with AD. They have organized interoperability fests and have knowledgeable engineers answering technical questions without legal or marketing drones getting in the way. However according to Andrew the Samba AD team is currently very short on manpower, so if you have network experience, now is the time to get coding."
Communications

Choosing a Replacement Email System For a University? 485

SmarkWoW writes "The university I attend is currently looking to change the way in which is provides its students with an email service. In the past they used a legacy mail system which can no longer fit their needs. A committee has narrowed the possibilities down to three vendors: Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. Representatives from these three vendors will be coming to our college and giving a presentation on the advantages of their systems. We're looking at other services these companies provide such as calendaring and integration with existing software that our university runs. What questions would Slashdot readers ask during these Q&A sessions? Which of these three companies would you recommend? Why? What advantages would each have that college-level students would take advantage of? What other aspects should we consider when making our decision?"
Security

Submission + - Apple Patches Kaminsky DNS Vulnerability

Alexander Burke writes: "Apple has just released Security Update 2008-005, which patches BIND against the Kaminsky DNS poisoning issue. "This update addresses the issue by implementing source port randomization to improve resilience against cache poisoning attacks. For Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems, BIND is updated to version 9.3.5-P1. For Mac OS X v10.5.4 systems, BIND is updated to version 9.4.2-P1."

It also closes the script-based local privilege escalation vulnerabilities, the most common examples of which were ARDAgent and SecurityAgent, and addresses other less-publicized security issues as well."

Comment Re:Wee Fit (Score 1) 301

Ascorbic acid, otherwise known as vitamin C, also works great to prevent apple slices from browning. It's probably a dilute solution of ascorbic acid sprayed onto them before packaging; there's an ancillary benefit of being even better for you as a result.

Comment Re:Iron Man's Suit Defies Physics -- Mostly (Score 2, Interesting) 279

Hydrogen peroxide powered rocket packs fly for around 30 seconds, because they have a specific impulse of around 125, meaning that one pound of propellant can make 125 pound-seconds of thrust, meaning that it takes about two pounds of propellant for every second you are in the air. Mass ratios are low for anything strapped to a human, so the exponential nature of the rocket equation can be safely ignored.

A pretty hot (both literally and figuratively) bipropellant rocket could manage about twice the specific impulse, and you could carry somewhat heavier tanks, but two minutes of flight on a rocket pack is probably about the upper limit with conventional propellants.

However, an actual jet pack that used atmospheric oxygen could have an Isp ten times higher, allowing theoretical flights of fifteen minutes or so. Here, it really is a matter of technical development, since jet engines have thrust to weight ratios too low to make it practical. There is movement on this technical front, but it will still take a while.

John Carmack

Comment Re:throttling from bell and rogers (Score 1) 229

Sadly, that's categorically incorrect. As a western-Canadian Shaw customer I can confidently assert that despite my connection's maximum speed of 1Mb/sec (tested using speed tests and some fast external servers) bittorrent, even on well-seeded (>2000 seeds) torrents _never_ exceeds 300k/sec. I can and do have dozens of torrents running, and no matter how many individual ones there are they don't top 300k/sec between them.

A less anecdotal bit of supporting evidence is that, after an odyssey with technical support that got me as far as someone claiming to be one of Shaw's network engineers, Shaw told me themselves that they throttle P2P connectivity.

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