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Submission + - Bob Woodward says: Gulf Oil spill? Call in Google. (

dakotamangus writes: John Cook notes on Tech Flash: "Veteran journalist Bob Woodward — appearing on NBC's 'Meet the Press' this morning — offered a stunning statement about how to address the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. '...Why don't they call in Google?' Woodward asked at one point. 'Why don't they call in some of these people who have these great minds to fix it?' What's interesting about Woodward's remark is it shows just how far Google has come in establishing itself as the place where super smart people hang out. You didn't hear Woodward say: 'Call in Microsoft' or 'Call in Apple.'"

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Centralized Management of iPads

yubb writes: I work with many school districts where Windows is only server and desktop OS in sight. We build networks this way so we have a centralized place for deploying apps, applying security policies and for ease of management.

With the release of the iPad, everyone suddenly realized that they needed tablets. With this "realization" comes another layer of management. I just lost all of the tools I had previously used to manage the network and its devices. There is LDAP integration for iPad, but it seems limited to mail/contacts. Without LDAP integration I lose the ability to easily give users access to their network shares and other network resources.

Another major hurdle is authenticating the iPad users with our content filter so they get the same policies as they're accustomed to on their desktop. Our content filter utilizes Active Directory and since the iPads don't login to AD, they don't get the right filtering policy.

The administrators in the school districts seem set on the iPad and not really open to any alternatives like the Archos netbook/tablet: Although they claim that they want to explore the iPad because it will revolutionize education, not being open to other options seems to indicate otherwise. It seems Apple's slick advertising and the public wanting the next new thing is playing a part here as well. But for something to be able to work well for the end user it needs to be easily manageable from the IT staff side, which is why I would prefer a Windows-based tablet (remember, we're an all-Windows network).

Is there anything I can do to alleviate this management nightmare? My belief is that a Windows-based tablet is the best answer; however, I'm not so sure I'll be able to convince the decision-makers of that.

Comment Re:4G only (Score 0, Redundant) 284

per TFA, ..."swapping between EVDO Rev. A, WiMAX and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g on demand." and "The Evo 4G will swap between 3G and WiMAX for data depending on what's available" It works just fine on the marketing networks such as 3g and 4g, and on the networks everyone else knows and loves, ev-do rev. A and wimax

Comment Re:Sprint? (Score 5, Informative) 187

I've never understood while Sprint get's bashed every time they are compared to other providers. I've been with Sprint for ~10 years and they have always provided me with good service and coverage with reasonable rates. I can not remember the last time I had no service or a call was dropped. Maybe it's because I live in a metro area, but I have nothing bad to say about them.

Comment Oblig. (Score 1) 238

John Hammond: "All major theme parks have had delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!"

Dr. Ian Malcolm: "But, John. If the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists."

Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

Modern Warfare 2 Not Recalled In Russia After All 94

thief21 writes "After claims that console versions Modern Warfare 2 had been recalled in Russia due to complaints from politicians and the gaming public over the infamous airport slaughter scene, it turns out the stories were completely untrue. Activision never released a console version of the game in Russia." Instead, they simply edited the notorious scene out of the PC version. They did this of their own volition, since Russia doesn't have a formal ratings committee.

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