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Google Replaces AT&T At Starbucks 100

coolnumbr12 writes "A new partnership between Starbucks and Google hopes to improve the lives of freelance writers around the country. Starting in August, Google plans to make Internet speeds at all 7,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S. 10 times faster than the current AT&T-powered service. For people in a city equipped with Google Fiber, Google says the speed in Starbucks could increase as much as 100 times."

Submission + - A Sneak Peak at the DoE's Exascale-Class Operating System (

An anonymous reader writes: Linux is at the heart of a super-tweaked supercomputer OS being developed at Argonne National Laboratory. Pete Beckman, who serves as Director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute and is spearheading a DoE funded $9.75 million effort to make a Linux core speak at scale. The project, called Argo, will address traditionally non-OS-ish functions, moving middleware into the kernel and the OS ever-closer to the chip.

Submission + - Annoyed at the NSA, I've written a tutorial about anonymity... 5

PhilipTheHermit writes: Ok, Slashdot, I've been lurking around here for the better part of a dozen years, but I don't think I've ever submitted anything too significant... I'm actually a bit terrified because this is like putting my head in the lion's mouth. If my tutorial sucks, I'll probably be torn to shreds, although I hope that it doesn't suck. Keep an open mind when you read it, OK? So, here goes.

I think the reason why most people aren't using tools like TOR and encryption is that they don't know they CAN, and they think the government is all-powerful, as it's portrayed in movies and on television. Geeks like us know that it's not too hard to be anonymous online or use encryption, but there aren't enough of us doing these things to have much of an effect. What we need to do is get everyone ELSE using this stuff, to make the operation of a potential surveillance state as difficult as possible.

My central thesis here is that the answer to a surveillance state is to maintain two personas, the boring public one you don't care they're watching, and an anonymized one they can't pin to you where you express yourself freely without fear of punishment. My recommendations are to use Tor with anonymous email and forum accounts, GnuPG to protect your files, GnuPG and Tor with Thunderbird to protect your email, and Pidgin with Tor, OTR, and GnuPG to protect your text messaging (I also talk about Cryptocat, which when used through Tor, is kind of an interesting approach).

I've written tutorials for Gnu/Linux and Windows 8 so far (I consider Windows 8 to be a worst case scenario, so anything I managed to get working on 8 should work better everywhere else). I'm going to do a Mac OS/X version also, but I haven't started that one yet.

For Gnu/Linux, which I consider the best-case scenario, the tutorial is available for free download at my website (you can also buy a paper copy if you want to, but the free PDF is exactly the same content as the paper version). On the copyright page of my Gnu/Linux version, I give you permission to copy it to anybody you like, host it on any website you like, and in general, spread it as far and wide as you can (all I ask is that you don't modify it in any way). My site only has so much bandwidth, so if you like the tutorial, PLEASE mirror it and post links to the mirror, ok?

You can download the free tutorial here:

For proprietary operating systems, I'm not offering a free tutorial, but rather a proprietary one at modest cost. I think there's a nice symmetry to that. Besides, if the free PDF is Linux-only, this will give people an incentive to try Linux out, which is a good thing.
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Congress Wants FCC To Auction TV White Spaces 127

GovTechGuy writes "Things don't look good for Google, Microsoft and other companies hoping to experiment with super WiFi and other technologies in unused TV channels or 'White spaces'. Both House Republicans and Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller are prodding the FCC to sell as much spectrum as possible at next year's incentive auction, which may not leave much for those hoping to advance the next generation of WiFi technology."

Comment Re:I just say (Score 1) 385

Once again, looks to me like a data measurement problem, not an inherent problem. A short wave chain in this case is fewer data points than are needed to calculate the wave frequency because you don't have enough peaks. But what if instead of one detector, you have a million? Instead of one processor doing the fourier transform, two million cores, each either working on position or momentum, using a different sensor?

Like I said before. Hard is not impossible. It's just a matter of figuring out how to get more data.

Comment Re:I just say (Score 1) 385

So the real problem is that the Heisenberg uncertainty principle isn't about either position or velocity, but frequency?

Still should be able to compensate for it by running two parallel processors, one working on concentrating the function for position, and the other working on concentrating the function for momentum, thus giving TWO Fourier transforms.

Comment Serve yourself. (Score 2) 207

You don't honestly think I liked all that hand-editing and drudging through man files and so on that I had to do to run Linux when I switched twelve years ago, do you? I switched because I knew that the major vendors couldn't be trusted, and that I needed to learn systems that weren't shielded from users auditing them and securing them outside the scope of what was marketable.

Today, I no longer need to rely on major software and service venders for most things. That puts me ahead of the game. Of course, it's only as good as the services I provide for myself, and the security of the ones I use outside my own.

Comment Re:Broader problem (Score 1) 196

The problem is, I think you're right, and I'm concerned that my lifetime may see either a total federal collapse or a revolution. I take politics seriously and pay attention specifically because I really don't want to see either of those happen. I know that neither is likely to give us a result that we actually want.

I'm hoping for some peaceful alternative, but I'm not sure enough of our elected officials at present are up to the task. That's why I put effort in at local/state level to improve the field of candidates in each election. It's not the general election where you put in guys that fix things. It's in the primaries, and it's truly disturbing how many people don't even know they're happening until they're over.

If you don't do your duty during the primaries, you're stuck with two bad options on election day. And, at that point, we're screwed.

Comment Re:FlyDrive would be a better name (Score 1) 274

That would conflict with my mapped network drives. I mapped those at A: and B: because I felt they'd conflict the least with anything else I might encounter, since first, my only personal Windows machines are virtual, and second, because I own only one floppy drive and zero computers that I actually use which could conceivably ask for one for even a BIOS update. And if I find one and somehow need to, I'll just use the floppy drive on that.

I think my logic is not that far off from yours in selecting A:

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