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Comment Effictive and Anonymous (Score 1) 1

When you think about it, the touch is a near perfect platform for stealthy attacks. As the article states, put the thing in a fake wall plate on a power switch and attack until the device is found. No phone account, so the device is close to untraceable. Just don't give it your name :)

Submission + - Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal ( 3

e9th writes: We know that Microsoft failed last February in its attempt to buy Yahoo. Now, Advertising Age reports that they've reached a deal. Instead of a buyout, the two will enter into a revenue sharing agreement, and Bing will become Yahoo's default browser. The meat of the AdAge article can be found here, in Yahoo News.
This may give Google something to worry about.

Comment Re:Sounds like a bad excuse (Score 1) 5

Seriously, I think that you are thinking to hard about this. You successfully got an interview, thus you are most likely capable of fulfilling the job. True, people make snap assessments based on looks, but it is unlikely that this is the criteria you are being failed on. My thoughts are that you are seriously lacking in self confidence (likely since you have no confidence in your appearance) and this is showing in your interviews. Forget about your looks and show the prospective employer that you are confident in your abilities to accomplish the job s/he wants filled.
The Courts

Visualizing the Ideological History of SCOTUS 151

langelgjm writes "An interesting exercise in quantifying and visualizing ideological shifts, the website tracks changes in the ideological history of the US Supreme Court from 1937 to 2007. Ideological positions are quantified using Martin-Quinn scores, and the chart highlights the often-bumpy transitions (Thurgood Marshall to Clarence Thomas), as well as tendencies within each Justice's career."

Submission + - RC Car Powered By Opera Unite (

radekradekradek_lol writes: If there are any doubts about the potential of Opera Unite, perhaps this story from 2007 can convince the disbelievers! During a seminar in 2007 there was a competition among Opera engineers to create the best showcase for the as yet unnamed Opera Unite. The winner was a Radio Controlled Car controlled through Opera Unite! I wonder what else they hacked together that the world hasn't seen yet.

Submission + - Remote slow multi-site Windows network dilemma

Wasteofspace writes: "I am the IT Admin for a medium sized corporation with 40+ networked sites (usually 2 or three staff per site), all connected with various network connections ranging from 64k ISDN to 384k Sat to 512/512k DSL. We have 2 large sites with 70+ people, one with a 2MB frame relay, the other 10MB ethernet.

Obviously this is a dream setup for Terminal Services/Citrix, though it appears that previous engineers screwed the Citrix implementation so badly that it has been almost impossible to try and sell it to the senior managers again.

I have walked into the joint with some sites having a 2003 server, most storing their files either to a cheap NAS, or to their local disks. Email is through a thick outlook client chatting across to an exchange server on a 10MB link. Certain apps are still running on Citrix, mainly financial systems.

I need to get this network under some sort of control, and my two major headaches are managing and backing up the files across these sites, and implementing some sort of disaster recovery/business continuity solution.

My thoughts are to continue pushing the Terminal Services solution, migrate all data to a central repository, and set up some basic redundancy for all sites that have only one method of connecting.

I have no idea how to turn the server environment into a high availability setup while maintaining the requirement of the DR site being 30km from the primary site, while not being able to connect the two at decent speeds for replication.

Any one have any wisdom to share??"

Submission + - Australian National Broadband Tender Scrapped

Wasteofspace writes: This morning Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced that The Federal Government has terminated the National Broadband Network tender process after failing to find any of the NBN bids satisfactory.

Citing "deterioration of the economy" and flanked by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Treasurer Wayne Swan, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said at a Canberra press conference this morning that the government had not found any of the NBN bids by players like Acacia, Optus, Axia Netmedia satisfactory.

Instead of accepting an NBN bid, Rudd said, the Federal Government would establish a company in partnership with the private sector to roll out its own network, based on fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology, that would reach 90 per cent of Australians with speeds of up to 100Mbps. "This is the single largest nation-building infrastructure project in Australia's history," Rudd said, comparing the project to the Snowy Mountains Hydro scheme and the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The remaining 10 per cent of Australians would be served by a combination of ADSL broadband, wireless and satellite.,130061791,339295839,00.htm,24897,25301755-15306,00.html

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