Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Re:Why redirect them? (Score 1) 512

My school refuses to upgrade from IE6, and as a result a lot of us have been running portable Firefox from usb flash drives. So what does the brilliant administration do? They actively put measures in place to prevent us from running anything except IE; now they have the systems set up to instantly kill your session if any window has the word "Mozilla", "Firefox", "Iceweasel", or "Chrome" in the window title (I guess they're not aware of the Firesomething extension).

Comment Re:Good (Score 2, Insightful) 440

Unfortunately 2 GBs *ain't* enough for anybody, and the 32-bit address space is a bit short for properly managing more than that.

Right now I'm running Firefox with 12 tabs, listening to music, and editing a lengthy file in OpenOffice, while running KDE with full composing effects enabled... and I'm using about half of my 1GB. What use could I possibly have for 4GB?

Comment Re:"Hate" speech is Free Speech (Score 1) 651

This is Canada. It's *not* the USA. We do not have absolute rights here when it comes to freedom of expression. Those rights are tempered by the reality that such expression can bring about great social harm. The right to freedom of expression can be infringed if is necessary to serve the goals of a multicultural, free and democratic society.

To criticize Soviet policy goes against the will of the people, and opposition to the people cannot be allowed in a free socialist society.

Submission + - Using free wireless at library described as theft

dallas writes: "http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/8667098p-8559 268c.html

Using free wireless at library described as theft
PALMER: Man was tapping into library connection after hours.

Anchorage Daily News

(Published: February 24, 2007)
WASILLA — Brian Tanner was sitting in his Acura Integra recently outside the Palmer Library playing online games when a Palmer police pulled up behind him.

The officer asked him what he was doing.

Tanner, 21, was using the library's wireless Internet connection. He was told that his activity constituted theft of services and was told to leave. The next day, Sunday, police spotted him there again.

"It was kind of like, 'Well gee whiz, come on,' " police Lt. Tom Remaley said.

The police officer confiscated Tanner's laptop in order to inspect what he may have been downloading, Remaley said. Remaley on Friday said he hasn't looked inside the computer yet; he's putting together a search warrant application.

Alaska state troopers had chased Tanner off a few times at other locations, Remaley said.

Tanner said that was true. He has a device on his keychain that sniffs out wireless networks. When he found one, he would park in his neighborhood and use his $800 Dell laptop to hop on the Web. But worried neighbors summoned the troopers, who told him to park in a public place.

"I went to the public library because I go there during the day," Tanner said.

Though the library was closed, its wireless was up and running, he said.

Tanner said he was upset that he hasn't gotten his computer back yet. The police have told him he won't until the case is concluded, he said.

Jeanne Novosad, the library system manager, said the wireless connection is normally shut off when the library is closed. But the library was waiting on a technician to install a timer and the connection was left on after hours for several days, she said.

Remaley said the investigating officer is talking with the District Attorney's Office to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.

Remaley said few of these cases that he's seen have resulted in criminal prosecution.

But, "in this particular case you know he's feeding off something that we know the city of Palmer pays for and there are requirements to use it," Remaley said.

Either way, Tanner's Internet usage has been curtailed. He's got a home computer, but his parents don't let him on the Web after 9 p.m. He's been using computers at the library during the day.

He's a moderator on an online gaming site, conquerclub.com, where he plays a game similar to the board game Risk.

"It's pretty addicting," he said.

Contact Daily News reporter Andrew Wellner at 352-6710 or awellner@adn.com

Copyright © 2007 The Anchorage Daily News (www.adn.com)"

Mr. Ballmer, Show Us the Code 462

DigDuality writes "A new campaign, Showusthecode.com, requests every leader in the Linux world, and companies invested in Linux, to stand up and demand that Steve Ballmer show the world where Linux violates Microsoft's intellectual property. He has been making these claims since the Novell-Microsoft deal. If Microsoft answers this challenge — by May 1st — then Linux developers will be able to modify the code so that it remains 'free' software. If such infringing code doesn't exist, we will have called Microsoft's bluff. And if the campaign garners enough attention and if Steve Ballmer maintains silence, then the community and companies behind Linux can take the silence for the admission that it is."

Submission + - BBC Top Gear Launches Reliant Rocket

slashmojo writes: After providing presenter Richard Hammond with a near death rocket car experience, BBC car show Top Gear reached for greater heights and brought new life (briefly) to a Reliant Robin by adding wings and strapping it to a rocket to make what looks remarkably like a space shuttle.

Amazingly it actually launched quite successfully before crashing back to earth spectacularly after a malfunction prevented the car detaching from the rocket for landing. The impressive reliant rocket was constructed in Manchester (UK) and fortunately none of the Top Gear presenters were on board this time as it was flown by remote control. More about the launch here.

Submission + - Why the iPhone Will be a Social Hit

rhs.coder writes: " digit has a quick insight on the oft-forgotten social aspect of Apple's upcoming iPhone and why it, contrary to most internet technospeak, may not be a complete failure. Christian Willman takes a look at how the iPhone compares to the iPod and the possible linking and transition between the two among the youth, who are undeniably hooked on the iPod.

From the article: "In short the thing is quite popular on social networking sites, and there's no sign of it stopping. With the iPod's dominance in the teen- and college-aged markets, the same groups have wasted no time becoming attached to the iPhone, with the aforementioned examples clear proof. But with fanboys and unbiased technocrats and bloggers have all pointing out the iPhone's flaws, why is it so popular among the youth?"

Certainly, the technological arguments over the iPhone cast a negative future for it. Is all of the bashing full of canard and fluff? Will Apple's fusion of phone and iPod bite the nay-sayers and turn to be a huge success in some markets?"

Slashdot Top Deals

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless. -- Sinclair Lewis