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Comment Hosting Matters (Score 1) 456 I use Hosting Matters. Been using them for years, they're cheap, provide MySQL and cpanel access, sftp, and ssh (if you ask). Their rates are reasonable, and -- bonus -- every time I've filed a help ticket, I've gotten a response in hours*, and it's always been knowledgeable.

*Once it took 12 hours (essentially overnight) and the support rep apologized for taking so long.

Comment Re:Speaking of tags... (Score 1) 4

I think there's an actual Slashdot preference setting that hides tags.

I honestly don't know any more, I have so many ad blockers, script blockers, greasemonkey scripts, firefox extensions, CSS modifiers, and other stuff filtering down every site I really couldn't tell you which particular one shut off the damn tags.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 353

Android has limited multitasking that isn't terribly intuitive to use

You don't "use" multitasking on Android at all; it's completely transparent to the user, since all activities can be fully stopped and resumed.

Yet all I hear on /. is "iPhone, Android, iPhone, Android" ALL FRACKING DAY LONG. It's like WebOS isn't even on your radar,

I tried WebOS and I like neither the hardware, nor the software, nor the programming model. In addition, it looks to me like the company is going to die. Why would I care about WebOS?


Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable" 1144

theodp writes "When questioned about his firm's US hiring, Information Week reports that Vineet Nayar, the CEO of the Indian outsourcing giant HCL Technologies, showed he can stereotype with the best of them, telling an audience in NYC that most American tech grads are 'unemployable.' Explaining that Americans are far less willing than students from developing economies like India, China, and Brazil to master the 'boring' details of tech process and methodology, the HCL chief added that most Americans are just too expensive to train. HCL, which was reportedly awarded a secretive $170 million outsourcing contract by Microsoft last April, gets a personal thumbs-up from Steve Ballmer for 'walking the extra mile.' Ballmer was busy last week pitching more H-1B visas as the cure for America's job ills at The National Summit."

Comment Re:1. Upload to Wikileaks with Xerobank 2. Link to (Score 4, Informative) 471

Depending on how important/inflammable this document is, I might look into buying a cheap 20GB laptop hard drive, installing ubuntu, going to a star bucks, doing the above and then "disposing" of the drive and all media so that there are no questions.

For this to work you would also have to change your wireless interface's Ethernet MAC (hardware) address. By default this is a vendor-specific code that is probably unique enough that it could be used to link you to the upload. This would require that (a) the coffee shop kept some kind of long-term logging on their wireless device, (b) the authorities were able to trace the upload to the coffee shop, and (c) the police had some kind of suspicion of you already. All are improbable, but none are impossible.

Most wireless cards will let you change the hardware address. I'll leave instructions for how to do that to the enterprising googler.

The alternative is to use a cheap throwaway laptop with wireless, or a disposable wireless ethernet card.

(Yes, it's paranoid, but so is the original question.)

Comment Re:3 to 3000 percent? (Score 2, Informative) 292

Enterprise tape has a proven 20-year shelf life, no HDD does.

That may be, but I've lost track of the number of times (as a storage engineer) that I've seen tape backups go bad. Even "enterprise-quality" tapes. I think the claims don't match the reality.

Hard drives die too, but in the case of drive storage (1) it's a lot easier to verify your backups on a periodic basis, like every month; and (2) you can suffer a failure or two (depending on your RAID setup -- most people wouldn't run anything more than RAID-5 for backups) and react accordingly to preserve the data in full.

Of course, if you're really serious about your backups, you back up to disk and THEN offload to tapes and keep those offsite.

Comment Re:without any humans ever having been involved (Score 5, Informative) 898

The legislators have thought of that. It's an infraction, rather than a misdemeanor, so it's an administrative fine -- it goes on your driving record, but not your criminal record.

Because it's a criminal charge, you aren't given the right to face your accuser.

It's a perversion of justice for the profit of the state, but right now the judges let it pass constitutional muster.


Submission + - Linus Chats with the Kazakhstan President (

zhennian writes: "Okay, this is a little left field, but I did a search and couldn't find the story elsewhere. I'm currently in Kazakhstan, Almaty (old capital) for three months (accompanying my wife on her PhD research). While trolling the un-sub-domained .kz webspace, I came across a free-for-all on-line question and answer session hosted by the Kazakh President. President Nazarbaev, while in the same region as some #1 nutters, is a shrewd, well respected leader struggling to cope with a cut and run by the crumbling Russian regime in 1991, and a population inexperienced in dealing with billions of dollars in oil income. The interesting bit is that I found a question posted by Linus Torvalds asking the president's opinion on open source software. His answer was the evasive but valid response that all types of software should compete in the open market. A question springs to mind, "does Linus spend his time trolling 1-2.5 world countries searching for web forums hosted by leaders attempting to appear internet-savy?".
If the answer is yes, then my respect for the illustrious prince (RMS the father course) of OS freedom has significantly increased, he has time to keep the kernel alive and run global PR as well. The website seems to be only available at the google cache and no longer accessible from I think the forum was held in 2006, but it isn't clear from the website. Kazakhstan is certainly an exercise in weirdness, mixing the left-overs of soviet suppression with a widening poverty gap and ridiculous wealth in the hands of a few. The result is pollution, poverty and crumbling infrastructure next to the construction of an arboretum to hold 'all the trees in the world', a temple for 'all the worlds religions' and the construction of numerous other grandiose buildings in the middle of the Steppe. Obligatory Travel Blog here."

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