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Comment White noise (Score 4, Interesting) 1019

Get a white noise generator. I have an ancient one that sits in the corner of my office. It helps drown out the background chit chat and definitely helps me focus my attention without distraction. No one notices that is is on but if I ever turn it off you suddenly become aware of just how noisy everyone is, you can hear every sniffle and word spoken and you realize just how distracting that really is. Maybe stage such a demo, have your noise generator running for a couple of weeks, then one day when your boss is in your cube, just reach over casually and turn it off. When he suddenly becomes aware of all the distracting chit chat pouring in, point out how much more productive you have been since you got the white noise generator and how it serves the same purpose for you music used to do when it was allowed. It might open his mind a little. Or not. But the main thing is you can concentrate.

Comment Re:Clueless (Score 1) 414

Same reason so many people use the crappy msn email accounts that come with their crappy msn internet connection. They don't know any better and since it's microsoft - it must be good enough. Microsoft dosen't need the smarter than average half of the bell curve to use their products, they only need a certain market share and they'll make buckets of money.

Comment Crowley had it right. Drugs are basically food. (Score 1, Insightful) 1367

1. Man has the right to live by his own law-- to live in the way that he wills to do: to work as he will: to play as he will: to rest as he will: to die when and how he will.
2. Man has the right to eat what he will: to drink what he will: to dwell where he will: to move as he will on the face of the earth.
3. Man has the right to think what he will: to speak what he will: to write what he will: to draw, paint, carve, etch, mould, build as he will: to dress as he will.
4. Man has the right to love as he will.
5. Man has the right to kill those who would thwart these rights.
Security

Submission + - Security a top issue as teleworking grows

coondoggie writes: "Security continues to dominate as IT's most pressing concern when it comes to supporting a large telecommuting workforce. But while security is a concern, teleworking, especially in the government realm, continues to grow at an impressive clip according to a study released by the CDW Government consultancy today. The group's report says during the past year, telework growth in the Federal government also outpaced the private sector: 35% of Federal teleworkers started teleworking, compared to 10% of private-sector teleworkers. It also said 44% of Federal employee respondents to the survey indicate that they have the option to telework — up 6% from 2006 — while 15% of private-sector employee respondents have that option, CDW says. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1263 3"
Linux Business

Submission + - Central User Management w/Linux desktop and server

mvip writes: "With the Desktop improvements of the latest releases of Ubuntu Desktop I'm seriously considering migrating one of the offices I administrate entirely over to Linux. All the software that is not available for Linux will run under Wine, so no problems as far as that is concerned.

My thoughts is to install a server with some Linux distribution (Ubuntu Server or Gentoo), and then Ubuntu Desktop on the clients (a handful of them). The only thing I really need from the server is to share files, but I would also like to have central user management.

Now, as far as I know there are two ways to go when it comes to central user authentication; Kerberos or Samba w/ PDC. Kerberos seems to be the 'Unix'-way to do it (recommended in FreeBSD's handbook) , while Samba PDC is more like a mixed-environment solution. Both of these solutions can use OpenLDAP as a back-end, which I need. As for the file-sharing, I guess NFS goes with Kerberos, while obviously Samba takes care of the Samba file-sharing.

What I really want to know is what kind of experience people have when it comes to this. Which is the most 'optimal' way to go, and what would work with the least amount of tweaking/hacking?

I posted on both Ubuntu and Gentoo's forum, but received little feedback."
Security

Submission + - Sweden a haven for digital identity theft

paulraps writes: Some 15 percent of the world's criminal servers are hosted in Sweden. When taken on a per capita basis, the figures — from Symantec's latest security report — mean that Sweden has the highest concentration of online criminal activity in the world. The reason given is not that Swedes are particularly criminally-inclined but that they have such a well-developed IT infrastructure. Nevertheless, Symantec says Sweden is a 'haven for digital identity theft'. The US still hosts the most 'underground economy' servers, though — 51 percent.

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