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Comment Filter Your Connection, Don't Lock Down the PCs (Score 1) 1117

If you are worried about kids using the internet to do bad things, then filter the internet. Use something like SurfControl which runs essentially between the internet and your network and looks out for things you don't want your network users to be looking at. Since it's your internet, you should be able to dictate how it is used. However, you said in your post that the laptops are basically theirs, so they should be the ones who decide how the laptops are used. Let them do what they want with them when they are at home. Using a filter that runs externally to the PCs is a great compromise. It gives them flexibility at home and the structure you need at school.

Submission + - Vista named year's most dissapointing product (

Shadow7789 writes: No surprise here, but to complete its humiliation, PC Magazine has named Windows Vista the most disappointing product of 2007. From the article:
'Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?...No wonder so many users are clinging to XP like shipwrecked sailors to a life raft, while others who made the upgrade are switching back. And when the fastest Vista notebook PC World has ever tested is an Apple MacBook Pro, there's something deeply wrong with the universe.'


Submission + - Linux patent infringment found (

Shadow7789 writes: The Inquirer published an editorial today that suggests a new spin on Linux's alleged infringements on Microsoft's patents. Instead of infringements in code, The Inquirer claims that Microsoft's claims stem from similarities between GNOME and KDE with the Windows GUI. While it is doubtful that anyone will ever truly know Microsoft's motives, this is certainly an interesting theory, and it does raise questions about the level of innovation in the various Linux GUIs.

Submission + - Carnegie Mellon wins DARPA Urban Challenge

angio writes: "Carnegie Mellon University's Tartan Racing team won the DARPA Grand Challenge, narrowly beating out competitors Stanford and Virginia Tech in a closely-watched race. Eleven finalists started the race on Saturday, with six finishing. The top three winners received $2 million, $1 million, and $500 thousand, respectively. Blow-by blow blogging of the event was covered by the register, Wired, and Popular Mechanics."

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