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Hardware Hacking

Submission + - SysAd Hardware search

BiloxiGeek writes: I'm trying to find a piece of equipment and so far I'm coming up with nothing. I have a number of workstations scattered throughout the building that are headless. No monitor, no mouse, and some have no keyboard. They just sit in a corner and do their thing. It would be nice to move them into the server room and connect them to our IP KVM but that's not an option at this time.

What I'm trying to find is a lightweight, easy to carry, monitor, keyboard and mouse. Occasionally I need to get to those systems directly and have to lug around an LCD, keyboard and sometimes a mouse and that gets really obnoxious. I'm thinking the LCD should be no more that 17" or it would kind of ruin the whole portable idea. The keyboard and mouse should be USB and PS/2 compatible but I'd settle for just USB. I suppose it would probably end up looking like a laptop, but be more like a single port, portable KVM, without the KVM switch capability.

Do you know of anyone manufacturing such an item?

Comment Let just ignore... (Score 1) 82

The fact that the military has had containers hosting communications, power production and AC equipment for decades. All of them transportable by air, land or sea. I worked in just such a box in Saudi Arabia in 1986, and that thing was probably 20 years old then.

But of course all these companies are the great innovators. Didn't MS invent them internets for us?

Communications

Submission + - SIPRNet in a handheld!

BiloxiGeek writes: Lots of reports coming out that the NSA has approved a mobile handheld to access classified data networks, voice and email. This just seems like a recipe for disaster.
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=3442358&c=FEA&s=TEC
http://www.gdc4s.com/content/detail.cfm?item=32640fd9-0213-4330-a742-55106fbaff32
http://www.military-information-technology.com/article.cfm?DocID=1977
http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=5890
Movies

Submission + - NetFlix site down.. (news.com)

BiloxiGeek writes: CNet is reporting the NetFlix site has been down for over 4 hours and there's no estimated restoration time coming from customer service. I've tried it off and on for at least the last four hours and keep getting:
The Netflix web site is temporarily unavailable. Our site is temporarily down. We're working hard to get the site up as soon as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. You can contact Netflix Customer Service at 1-888-638-3549. — Your friends at Netflix

United States

Submission + - MA Treasurer Arrested for 3 Peaches at Airport 2

boot1780 writes: The treasurer for the state of Massachusetts announced that he and his family arrested by US Customs officials and "treated like criminals" on their way back from Italy due to three peaches in his daughter's carry-on bag. "It felt like we were being interrogated and found guilty without any process, no explanation, no rundown of our rights," he said. He was told he had to pay a $300 fine or spend a night and jail, but wasn't told that paying the fine waived any right he had to an appeal. Well, they nabbed the girl with the three peaches. Any word on Osama yet?
Mozilla

Submission + - New Apple website causes Firefox to crash (apple.com)

Spiri writes: "Following the announcement of it's new iPods, Apple has released a website promoting the iPod nano: . It appears now that clicking the "Buy Now" button causes Mozilla Firefox to completely freeze in Windows XP. Did Apple (accidentally?) discover a new vulnerability in Firefox?"
AMD

Submission + - Dell and AMD, One Year Later

Anonymous writes: One year in to his relationship with AMD, Michael Dell seems pretty satisfied, according to his remarks at the Citigroup technology conference. Key quote: "It is simply unacceptable for a company of Dell's size to only have one of those choices. So we have quite a complete spectrum of both 'A' and 'I' flavors and we'll continue to do that." He seemed to have given a thumbs up to Barcelona.
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Submission + - POLL:Where are those Elliptical galaxies pointing? (slashdot.org)

BiloxiGeek writes: What do you think those elliptical and aligned galaxies are pointing at?

— George "DubYa" Bush
— Osama "I'm gonna get you sucka" bin Laden
— Hillary "I wear the pants" Clinton
— Waldo
— The elusive 3rd step (???) before "Step 4. Profit!"
— Cowboy "Scape Goat" Neal

Privacy

Submission + - New York Taxi Drivers Will Strike if GPS installed (gpsdaily.com)

wooferhound writes: "http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/New_York_taxi_driv ers_threaten_two-day_strike_999.html New York's taxi drivers on Thursday said they would mount a two-day strike in early September if authorities did not scrap plans to introduce satellite positioning systems in the city's yellow cabs. "We are ready to go on strike on September 5 and September 6," Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which represents some 8,400 of New York's 26,000 cabbies, told AFP."

Feed Publishing exec 'steals' Google laptops in silly demonstration (engadget.com)

Filed under: Misc. Gadgets

We can't say that we'd recommend a CEO steal property from Google in order to prove a point, but the head honcho of Macmillan Publishers pushed his superego aside and did just that at a recent BookExpo America in NYC. It's no secret that a number of publishers have been up in arms about Google's approach to digitizing their works, but Richard Charkin went so far as to recruit a colleague and swipe a pair of laptops from a Google Books kiosk at the event. About an hour later, the booth attendants actually noticed the missing goods and presumably began to panic, and the haughty executive then had the nerve to return the machines to their rightful owners whilst dropping the "hope you enjoyed a taste of your own medicine" line. He justified the bizarre behavior by suggesting that "there wasn't a sign by the computers informing him not to steal them," apparently referencing Google's controversial tactics when scanning books. That'll show 'em, Mr. Charkin.

[Via TechDirt]

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Submission + - Just add water - students invent alcohol powder

spamking writes:


AMSTERDAM (Reuters) — Dutch students have developed powdered alcohol which they say can be sold legally to minors.

The latest innovation in inebriation, called Booz2Go, is available in 20-gramme packets that cost 1-1.5 euros ($1.35-$2).
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I can hear it now . . . "honestly mom it's kool aid.

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