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Comment Slashdotters not getting the point (Score 5, Informative) 260

I feel that most people here is Slashdot didn't get Opera Unite:

  • It's not meant to replace traditional webservers. It's meant for average joes to be able to quickly and easily run some ephemeral services from their own computer, specially file sharing. If I want to send some file to a friend, I need to upload it to some place (via e-mail. FTP, whatever). With Unite, I just turn on the file sharing service and give the URL to my friend. No uploading needed.
  • Bandwidth issues are mostly moot, as Unite services are not meant to replace traditional Web servers (unless you share loads of files with doeload-hungry friends, of course :))
  • Regarding security: people talk about this issue as if Unite was a full-blown Web server. It's is not Apache nor IIS (God forbid), it's just an environment where simple applications written in HTML, CSS and Javascript are run. So Unite is as secure as Opera's Javascript security, and Opera has a very good security record to date.
  • The whole environment is sandboxed. All file access is only allowed in folders chosen by the user, and only when it runs some service that needs file access. Unite provides a file storage for services date, but the service doesn't know where its data is located.
  • Opera does not run Unite by default. No services are run by default, just the ones started by the user.
  • The FAQ
  • address most issues people discusss here and elsewhere.

  • Unite supports UPnP, so the Opera proxy servers are only used when UPnP is disabled.
  • You can use your own domain server.
Microsoft

Submission + - MS donates 8 meals for each IE8 download ($1.15) 1

Thiago HP writes: "In a recent Microsoft PR stunt, MS created website which promises the donation of 8 meals for Feeding America for each Internet Explorer 8 download. Fine print:

Microsoft® is donating $1.15 per download to Feeding America® up to a maximum of $1,000,000. Meals are used for illustrative purposes only. Meal conversion is effective until June 30th, 2010.

8 meals for 1.15 dollars? (Through Geek Hero Comic)"

Power

Submission + - World's First Hybrid Solar Power Plant Opens in Is (inhabitat.com)

Mike writes: "Israel-based Aora Solar has announced the opening of the world's first off-grid hybrid solar plant next week. Shaped like a towering tulip sprouting up from the desert, the plant will be the first to combine concentrated solar power with a hybrid microturbine to generate energy 24 hours a day in sunshine or under cloud cover. This technology could help provide off-grid communities with necessary power without having to run miles of costly transmission lines."

Comment Re: Why? (Score 4, Insightful) 302

At least, here in Brazil, the election results always match the exit polls and no serious allegations of tampering were made. We've been using this system for 10 years without any major problems.

Something that the Americans could learn from the Brazilian system is the simplicity of its use: no touch screen, you just type the number of your candidate in a keyboard that is the same used in telephones and then press a huge green button.

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