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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What is the best way to become a rural ISP? 1

hawkeyeMI writes: "I live in a small, rural town nestled in some low hills. Our town has access to only one DSL provider, and it's pretty terrible. However, a regional fiber project is just being completed, and some of the fiber is in fact running directly past my house.

Currently, there are no last-mile providers in my area, and the regional project only considers itself a middle-mile provider, and will only provide service to last-mile providers. Assuming this will not be my day job, that the local populace is rather poor, and that because of the hills, line-of-sight service will be difficult, how could I set myself up as an ISP? I have considered WiFi mesh networking, and even running wires on the power/telephone polls, but the required licensing and other issues are foreign to me. What would you do?"

Submission + - Big Bro series: You CAN'T delete a skype account... (skype.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: I've just moved my business operations to a new company and thought it made perfect sense to inform my contacts about it before deactivating or deleting my skype account after a few years. The core of my new activity is developing a competitor to the skype protocol so being associated with their brand might potentially harm my new endeavors. So I started to browse around but to my surprise there's NO way as their support page clearly explains: https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA142/can-i-delete-my-skype-account where they explain that "unfortunately" you can't. Now, that word "unfortunately" sounds more like mockery to me than anything else and how is it even possible they can lawfully get away with it? Would resort to legal action a viable option? I want and need to get out of their system / search directory. What is a slashdotter supposed to do here?
Linux

Submission + - Valve Steam for Linux Beta Survey (valvesoftware.com)

hawkeyeMI writes: "Valve has moved one step closer to releasing Steam for Linux, and they want beta testers that have a lot of experience with Linux. Knowing Slashdot, many of you probably fit the bill. So, if you'd like to try to get into the beta, go fill out the survey! You will need a Steam account to do so."
Technology

Submission + - OCZ Technology: From SSDs to Layoffs (benchmarkreviews.com) 8

An anonymous reader writes: Once upon a time between 2004-2006, OCZ was a well-known manufacturer of high-end memory components and power supply units that sold under the motto "Founded by Enthusiasts, for Enthusiasts". During the peak economy in 2007, OCZ Technology CEO Ryan Petersen proved his devotion to enthusiasts by purchasing PC Power & Cooling (May 2007), swiftly followed by elite system-builder Hypersonic PC (October 2007). Through the years that followed, OCZ's brand name would successfully sell NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, overclocker heatsinks, premium thermal pastes, hardcore gaming peripherals, and even a mind-controlled Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA). On March 2008, OCZ Technology revealed the industry's first consumer Solid State Drive — the apex of their dedication towards high-performance computer hardware enthusiasts. The future looked so very bright, until stock value became the mission. As of 26 October 2012, many of the great minds behind OCZ's enthusiast movement were without work.
Privacy

Submission + - Neal Stephenson Talks REAMDE With Lawyers (boingboing.net)

An anonymous reader writes: From Cory Doctorow over at Boing-Boing:

'Here's a video from a recent U Washington Law School panel discussion with Neal Stephenson regarding his video-game crime-thriller REAMDE. The law school assembled cyber lawyers, security experts from the computer science department, and Stephenson himself, and discussed the real-world implications for the sorts of business, technology, security and crime described in the (excellent) book.'

Comment Re:I think that's all college students (Score 1) 823

This is a great answer, glad it's modded up, but why funny? Anyway, I second this, it's about what I was going to say.

You just need some time and experience. The fact that you're even asking and thinking about it is a good sign.

A good friend of mine also has a theory about male technological hierarchical sorting, and that there's this sort of 'dick-measuring-contest' when a bunch of men meet up where they each sort out their place in the pecking order and their particular skills relative to each others', a self-organization. Could be some of that going on too.

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