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Comment Trac works well (Score 2, Interesting) 428

I've worked with people in the same situation (small office & 1 person IT team) before.

They used Trac ( to keep things organized. It works really well because it has integration with the standard SVN features for software development, while tickets/milestones can be used for non-programming projects. It even scales well with job assignments if you eventually get an IT team.

Microsoft eOpen Site Down For Nearly a Week 133

mauriceh writes "Since Monday Dec. 7, the Microsoft eOpen license website has been mostly 'Down for Maintenance.' When we do not see this message, we still do not see most of the normal functionality. As this is Microsoft's main channel for managing and installing licenses for products such as Server, and for open license products for business, this makes the company effectively 'closed for business!' Attempts to connect to are redirected (after a bad certificate warning) to For those who wish to activate Microsoft Business Solutions software need to obtain Software Registration keys, and these also can not be obtained, as the site does not resolve; instead one gets a Microsoft Search page. Telephone calls to their support numbers for the licensing program yield either busy signals, or a message saying one should 'call back later.'"

Comment Revelation + PasswordSafe (Score 1) 1007

I use a split solution.

On my desktop running Gnome, I use revelation. It has a handy applet you can add to the gnome toolbar.

You can export your password file to something compatible with PasswordSafe and then do a USB key install on it. Since the file is encrypted, you don't need to worry about people getting access to your accounts if you lose the USB key.

Best Tool For Remembering Passwords? 1007

StonyCreekBare writes "Lately I've been rethinking my personal security practices. Should my laptop be stolen, having Firefox 'fill in' passwords automatically for me when I go to my bank's site seems sub-optimal. Keeping passwords for all the varied sites on the computer in a plain-text file seems unwise as well. Keeping them in my brain is a prescription for disaster, as my brain is increasingly leaky. A paper notepad likewise has its disadvantages. I have looked at a number of password managers, password 'vaults' and so on. The number of tools out there is a bit overwhelming. Magic Password Generator add-in for Firefox seems competent, but it's tied to Firefox, and I have other places and applications where I want passwords. And I might be accessing my sites from other computers that don't have it installed. The ideal tool in my mind should be something that is independent of any application, browser, or computer; something that is easily carried, but which if lost poses no risk of compromise. What does the Slashdot crowd like in password tools?"

Comment Re:$699 (Score 1) 109

To be fair, the Litl has some pretty cool hardware features that aren't available on standard netbooks. Take the Easel Mode for example: There also seems to be a lot of hardware that was customized, such as the keyboard.

Also, this seems to be a pretty open source company and they managed to get the Z series atoms working with linux, so that's also pretty impressive. The money from the hardware purchase goes to subsidize open source community development.

Comment Laptop (Score 5, Interesting) 697

An old laptop will probably give you the lowest power for the cheapest cost. It doesn't sound like reliability or performance is your main concern. You can disassemble it and take out the LCD to save a couple more watts if you want, but a typical laptop draws between 10-20 watts.

Comment Re:As in... (Score 1) 576

Not geeky enough. We should be arguing for an extension to the HTML standard allowing a number to be tagged as a distance and assigned a unit, thereby allowing the browser to convert automatically to the units preferred by the reader.

It's really a cool concept. The semantic web movement is allowing this through RDF notation. That's what we really should be arguing for on ./. It goes beyond simple units though, it allows representation of data in any form that suits the user. The downside is that OWL and other extensions to RDF to make it logically consistent are quite complex.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 3, Interesting) 137

Is there any morally correct application for 'writing' false memories into a brain?

Identifying the areas responsible for trauma and bad memories can be useful for treatment of patients who have experienced things like car crashes. It can help by reducing the effects associated with these memories.
The thing about research is that lots of times the applications are not immediately obvious. Academia does research all the time on subjects that people don't have uses for yet. You're right in pointing out the possible negative side effects of this knowledge though. It's something that is very often unavoidable in research. A good example of this would be nuclear fission and it's range of uses.

Comment Used computer (Score 1) 176

If you're planning on using this tablet as a teaching tool and nothing else, I suggest getting an used X61 tablet. They're well under $1000 now and they're portable enough to be brought from class to class easily. They're also extremely durable. I'm using a 5 year old T42 right now with no signs of breaking down.

Comment Re:Sounds like they should hand out liveCDs (Score 1) 201

As hardware gets cheaper and/or for larger accounts, it might even make sense to put together a dedicated banking appliance offering, basically the cheapo embedded ARM embodiment of the above.

And for added convenience, you could even have the dedicated appliance dispense cash on the spot! Of course, you'd need to add locks and harden the case with heavier steel.

Wait a sec....

Comment bizare turn of events (Score 2, Insightful) 624

Does it seem strange to anyone else that the Sheriff's office is conducting a raid on the Government offices and is disregarding orders from the justice department?

I always thought that law enforcement was supposed to be the arm of the government. It seems more like the arm is acting of its own accord in this case.

Nano Origami for DNA, Complete With Software 32

wisebabo writes "Some researchers at Technische Universitaet Muenchen and Harvard have developed a way to make DNA 'Origami' fold up into all sorts of desired nanoscale shapes. While this has been done before, there now seems to be a much greater assortment of shapes they can create. What's particularly interesting is that they've developed some software that can be used (presumably with a DNA assembler) that will create what you want; think of CAD/CAM on a molecular scale! 'The toolbox they have developed includes a graphical software program that helps to translate specific design concepts into the DNA programming required to realize them. Three-dimensional shapes are produced by "tuning" the number, arrangement, and lengths of helices.'"

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