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Comment Re:Moodle. (Score 3, Informative) 120

FWIW, a few months back, blackboard purchased moodlerooms, which (I believe) manages the open source moodle project.

Obviously, they played lip service to "We're committed to the moodle project blah blah blah..." But honestly, it's too early to tell what will really become if moodle. My guess is that it will morph into blackboard "lite" and they will use it to try and up sell you to their blackboard program.

Comment Dog & Pony show (Score 5, Insightful) 285

This whole thing is just a huge dog & pony show by Hollywood and the FBI. Its the exact same tactics they use when they catch someone downloading illegal content.

Early on, they made a huge "example" out of the first offenders. Huge fines, drag them into court, media everywhere, blah blah blah. Now, the majority of the cases settle for a few thousand bucks and everyone moves on.

Well, this is their first hosting provider that they (HollywoodFBI) have gone after, and they want to put on a big show so that everyone else knows they mean business. They'll bring in helicopters & troops & go after your kids and pregnant wife if you don't play by their rules.


Submission + - Ask Slashdot: best way to take notes in the modern classroom? 3

Krau Ming writes: After about 8 years spent in research, I've made the decision to go back to school... medical school. When I last spent the bulk of my days sitting in lectures, I took notes with paper, and if the professor wasn't technologically impaired, he/she would have posted powerpoint slides as a pdf online for us to print and make our notes on. Since it has been so long, I am looking for some options other than the ol' pen and paper. Is there an effective way of taking notes with a laptop? What about tablet options? Are there note-taking programs that can handle a variety of file types (eg: electronic textbooks, powerpoint slides, pdfs)? Or should I just sleep in and get the lectures posted online and delay learning the course material until the exam (kidding)? Thanks Slashdot!

Submission + - Poll: Did Samsung rip off Apple's designs? (

zacharye writes: Regardless of how the Apple vs. Samsung trial may or may not be, there’s obviously a lot on the line here, and much of it boils down to a simple question: did Samsung rip off Apple’s designs? You’re the judge and the jury now, readers. Let us know what you think by casting your vote in this poll...

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 126

Tell that to finance. Or a school board. Or any media "investigative reporter" looking for a ratings bump during sweeps week.

In any public sector, low price almost always wins, because it's safe. Not necessarily for the organization, but definitely for the IT or CIO's job. If shit hits the fan, they can almost always pass the blame and keep their job. Except when it comes to money and (perceived) overspending and waste.


Submission + - Android Upgrade Report Card: Who Failed in Q2? (

CWmike writes: "Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release may be making all the headlines these days, but for many users, Android 4.0 — Ice Cream Sandwich — is still the object of desire. Android 4.0 started rolling out to devices last December. As of early July, though, it's on just 11 percent of devices, according to Google's own measurements. And that means the vast majority of people are still waiting for a taste. It's inevitable that upgrade availability and timing will vary to some extent from one device to the next; Nexus devices aside, after all, it's up to manufacturers to prepare and provide Android OS upgrades. For better and sometimes for worse, that's the nature of Android's open source model. There may not be a centralized system for upgrade standards, but there is a level of accountability. Many manufacturers make promises for when their devices will be upgraded — and with the second quarter now behind us, it's time to check up on those promises once again to see who followed through and who let us down."

Submission + - Can Android Jelly Bean Solve Google's Fragmentation Problem? (

An anonymous reader writes: Mobile security expert Cesare Garlati speaks about the new Platform Development Kit which was launched along with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and seeks to help streamline the launch of Android updates for a greater range of smartphones and tablets.

Comment What other options do the OEM's have? (Score 2) 565

The major Microsoft OEM's really don't have many other options. You can't OEM the Mac OS, and as much as we would all see a major linux distro get more widely adopted, that just not realistic. Especially in the corporate space.

MS can piss off their OEM's to the Nth degree. They still need to sell MS products to move hardware.

In other words, the OEM's need MS more than MS needs the OEM's. Especially now that they've shown (not proven) the ability to design and manufacturer a very decent Windows hardware platform.


Submission + - Safari leaks client certificates (

An anonymous reader writes: If you have client certs installed in your iPhone or iPad that contain your employment details or other personal information be very careful what sites you visit.
When browsing to a website that requests an x509 client certificate from Safari, the user is prompted to select a client certificate. Selecting cancel results in safari sending a client certificate anyway. The server now has all the personal information stored in the client cert.

Submission + - How to scrub unethical company from resume? 1

An anonymous reader writes: I few years ago I worked for Berico Technologies (one of the axis of evil partners from the HB Gary hacking scandal). I had nothing to do with the shenanigans Berico was involved in — I worked for an entirely different division of the company. The team I worked with was a nice group of people, fairly typical as far as DC area developers go, none of whom were involved in the scandalous behavior either.

Lately I have been job hunting — the Berico Technologies bullet raises eyebrows with the more diligent interviewers. A few have questioned why I would work for such a company. My reply that 90% of the employees there were innocent (as was I) is sometimes believed and sometimes not. Long story short: I am tired of defending my time at Berico.

So. What to do? What was Berico has since split up into several companies. In some cases they are simply shell companies to hide the Berico name, in other cases they are subsidiaries that simply retreated into their acronym, and the original Berico still exists as sort of a honeypot to divert attention from the spin offs. The owner seems to have been kicked out of DC so to speak and is last been seen skulking about the Baltimore startup community. Should I simply plop the name of the company which was formed from my former division at Berico on my resume? After all if they can hide behind that name why can't I? Perhaps just omit the experience completely?

Submission + - Older Means Wiser to Computer Security (

An anonymous reader writes: Growing up in the digital age, 18 – 25s may appear to be a more tech-savvy generation, but that does not translate into safer computing and online practices. A new study reveals that they are the most at-risk group, and prone to cyber-attacks. That makes this group even more vulnerable to online security threats. Younger users tend to prioritize entertainment and community over security, perhaps due to overconfidence in their security knowledge. For example, they’re more concerned about gaming or other social activities than their online security. They also have less sophisticated security software, and hence, have reported more security problems than other groups.

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