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Comment Re:Terrible inteface (Score 1) 88

The photo tour has one of the worst interfaces I've seen for viewing photos. Hiding half of the photo caption by default? Who comes up with this idiocy?

One small redeeming feature is that they haven't hijacked the right-click with a bloody Lightbox script.

it feels like the interface was designed to work on both big monitors and hand-held devices. Can't blame them for trying.

Comment Re:240/4 subnets (Score 1) 312

> Isn't it a bit idiotic to hard code refusal to route addresses reserved for "future use"?

they were reserved for multicast, back when everyone thought TV/movies would be distributed through the web. Multicast (1 server stream sending to lots of clients) never really took off though....

It's not so much a "refusal to route" to them as they are handled specially, and aren't designed to be routed as normal. Lots of home routers (eg my WRT54) will occasionally send out multicast broadcast packets onto the LAN, which you can see with a network capture tool.

HP

Submission + - ex-HP CEO Hurd Pays $14 Million Oracle Pledge Fee

theodp writes: Valleywag reports that ousted HP CEO Mark Hurd is paying dearly to roll with Oracle, giving up millions of dollars to settle the HP lawsuit that threatened to prevent him from working with his tennis pal Larry Ellison. Hurd will forfeit about 345,000 restricted HP shares that he was given as part of his HP exit package, which had a market value of $13.6 million Monday. In addition to announcing the truce against the backdrop of Oracle's OpenWorld conference, HP and Oracle also reaffirmed their vows to each other.

Comment Re:How far should social responsibility reach? (Score 1) 144

just to pick nits, I think the Sea Shepard vessels are careful not to break any Australian or New Zealand laws when they are in Australian or New Zealand waters. All the "action" happens in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica.

They're definitely not following the established "rules" of the sea though, in terms of who has right-of-way...

Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."
Operating Systems

Submission + - netboot.me: Turning 'netboot' into 'internetboot' (netboot.me)

Nick Johnson writes: "Netboot.me takes regular netbooting and makes it a whole lot more versatile — now, you can netboot directly into the installers for many popular linux distros, as well as system tools and even live linux distributions, all directly over the Internet, and without any local configuration required!

All that's required to set up netboot.me is a spare writable CD, USB key, or floppy disk to write a small (less than 1MB) disk image to. Alternately, determined geeks can change their DHCP server to allow computers to netboot directly. Once you've done that, booting off the device on any computer with wired ethernet (wifi is a work in progress) will automatically cause the bootloader to download the current version of the menu from netboot.me, which you can then find the boot image you want to boot from. Selecting it causes the boot image to be downloaded and booted immediately.

Best of all, netboot.me lets you add your own boot configurations; once you've tested them, and if they're of general interest, you can file a bug to have them included in the menu system. netboot.me is capable of booting any linux kernel and any other standard boot image, as well as disk images and CD images, thanks to syslinux's memdisk.

The getting started and help pages have many more details on how to use netboot.me, and how to contribute to it. The more boot images in the system the better, so contributions are much appreciated."

Comment Re:Does Brother Make Any Label Printers? (Score 2, Informative) 188

Yes, we use the Brother P-Touch QL-550. It works fine with CUPS but we had to install a 3rd party (open source) driver for it that converts the postscript input from applications into the correct raster format for the printer.

Driver here: http://etc.nkadesign.com/Printers/QL550LabelPrinterCUPS. Brother also release a binary-only driver, but why use that when an open source one works....

Networking

DHCP Management Across a Diversified Network? 100

ET Admin writes "I work for a small Wireless ISP, where we are deploying new network hardware to allow for growth and contain broadcast traffic. All routing/switching equipment is Cisco. We use Linux stand-alone boxes and VMs (running on Win 2003 boxes). We have decided on a hybrid VLAN layout where we have certain VLANs limited by location, and other VLANs that are global across the network. And I want DHCP served across it all. Does anyone have experience with IPAM software that handles multiple DHCP servers? Our network is small so spending a couple grand is overkill at this point. Any recomendations to help me decide between serving DHCP from the Nix boxes, or from the Cisco gear? Knowing that a single DHCP server will handle from 100-500 hosts."
Toys

Submission + - Unusual PC upgrades (pcmag.com)

prostoalex writes: "For holiday season PC Magazine runs a list of somewhat unusual PC upgrades. They recommend Thermaltake MediaLAB A2331 for turning any PC into a media center, M-Audio FireWire 410 for basic stereo recording, Sunbeam 20 in 1 Superior Panel for increased connectivity and extra ports, Highpoint RocketRAID 2302 for extra eSATA ports and RAID backup, as well as a few other products. Any unusual upgrades Slashdot readers would recommend?"
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - EVE Online update corrupts Windows installations

An anonymous reader writes: The recent EVE Online expansion, Trinity, appears to have an unbelievably nasty bug that makes one question whether the publisher, CCP, has any QA at all; a typo in the patch results in C:\boot.ini being deleted. The patcher adds an extra backslash onto a delete command for "boot.ini" resulting in "\boot.ini", which if the game is installed on C: refers to Windows' boot.ini file. Hundreds of players have reported their computers being unable to boot, and tens of thousands more will likely encounter the same problem when they attempt to turn on their computer tomorrow. Oops?
Bug

Submission + - EVE Online Expansion Renders Computers Unbootable

Chuu writes: "Today EVE Online launched a major expansion named 'Trinity' which included a major engine overhaul. The problem is that because of a bug in the install script, the graphics add-on deletes the system's boot.ini file which renders the system unbootable. There is no official word from CCP about this yet, however many large alliances in game and individuals in the official forums have confirmed the bug. Some discussion about the bug and what to do if effected is here."
Google

Submission + - Google disables mass Gmail accounts

bconway writes: Within the past few hours, Google has mass disabled Gmail accounts for unknown reasons. The support forum quickly filled up with hundreds of posts from disabled users. Even worse than not being able to log in and access mail, email sent to these accounts is being bounced. Google has not responded at this time.
Quake

Submission + - OpenArena 0.70 Now Available

An anonymous reader writes: OpenArena is a project designed to provide a free Quake 3 experience. While the source for Quake 3 is free, the data is not so OpenArena is making all new Q3A compatible data to go with an upgraded engine. Many existing Q3A maps and mods already work fine but the project needs your support. 0.70 is available for Windows, Linux and MacOSX and is mirrored at many popular sites. Try it out, and contribute if you can.

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