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Submission + - Building a new spy-proof Internet - the Edge Net (

pieterh writes: The Edge Net lives safely at the edge of the Internet, on our smart phones. It uses mobile WiFi hotspots to create "cells" for exchanging news and content. Cells talk to cells, asynchronously, covering neighborhoods, and cities. The Edge Net doesn't exist yet. This project is about building it. The fundraiser project raised $1,700 in its first day.

Submission + - what went wrong? ( 1

codeusirae writes: An initial round of criticism focused on how many files the browser was being forced to download just to access the site, per an article at Reuters. A thread at Reddit appeared and was filled with analyses of the code. But closer looks by others have teased out deeper, more systematic issues.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Easy, Open Source Desktop Sharing Software 2

N8F8 writes: Like many IT professionals I provide a lot free helpdesk type support to friends and family. I've decided to expand my support work and create a site where Veterans can receive free computer help ( I'm using OSTicket ( for the ticket reporting. What It really need is an easy to use desktop sharing system. In the past I've used TeamViewer because it is easy to use but it is not really free for non personal use. Recently I switched to Meraki Systems Manager because it is free and it uses VNC but unfortunately it isn't intended for the one-time-use type support I'll be offering. So I'm looking for a reliable, open source, easy to use desktop sharing solution that I can set up on my site for people to join one-time-use help desk sessions.

Comment Re:Small correction - not hosting (Score 5, Insightful) 164

No, we're a party of civil rights.

We think it's wrong for private companies to spy on your Internet traffic and that copyright infringement should not render prison sentences. From this follows that it becomes impossible to enforce the copyright monopoly unless of course someone starts copying to sell - it's always much easier to follow the money. The obvious corollary to this is of course that it becomes legal to download songs and movies off the Internet. Like it already is in Spain, for example. And somehow, the Spanish movie industry flourishes. Coincidentally, a continued rise in file-sharing happens to correspond to increased sales of music and film in Sweden while movie theatres scored yet another record year. Obviously, they still get paid so your basic premise is flawed.

So, please tell me why we would give up our civil liberties because Hollywood wants to control how and when we watch movies?

Comment Small correction - not hosting (Score 5, Informative) 164

We're not hosting TPB, we're just routing traffic to them. Just like an ISP. Serious Tubes routes traffic to the Pirate Party, so they're even more removed. But, last night, Portlane, one of the ISPs that routes traffic to Serious Tubes, was pressured into cutting their transit to ST, even if they were just a provider to a provider to a provider to TPB.

Comment Gah. (Score 4, Informative) 175

the printer’s fuser – which is designed to dry the ink once it’s applied to paper

Stupid submitter makes my head hurt.

There is no ink in laser printers. There is toner, a bone-dry powder that is fused to the paper by the fuser, generally a very warm cylinder.

Ink-jet printers use ink, but those droplets are so small they dry into the paper without having to be heated.

Facts, use them.

Comment Re:This is not unique. (Score 1) 622

I think you're mixing copyright, patents and trademarks. They are actually quite different in scope, subject matter and duration so please try to keep them apart. From your description, I'd guess that your story concerned a trademark. The USPTO can very well deny a trademark application for a name that can be mistaken for a name already registered in a different, but similar, category. Or grant it, as you say it's a bit of a crapshoot.

One real-world example: Apple Records could not keep Apple Computer from trademarking their name until Apple Computer went into the music business with iTunes. It's still not the same category (record company/recording vs music distribution/sales) but close enough to possibly cause confusion and a court date.

Comment Re:This is like GM removing the spare in trunk (Score 1) 862

I have both Win 7 and Ubuntu running on this system (concurrently, the Ubuntu is a VirtualBox fullscreened on the second monitor), and I find your post interesting because on Windows side I have like 2 dozen icons pinned to the taskbar. Basically anything I need even semiregularly. On the Ubuntu, I have 2 icons in the Gnome panel: Firefox and gnome-terminal. I never use the Firefox icon. I think it was there by default. If I need Firefox on the Ubuntu for some reason (usually I browse with Chrome from the Windows) I'll do the same thing I do with any program other than terminal (which I usually have around 10 open on each of the 4 virtual desktops): open yet another terminal and type: firefox &

Comment Re:Virtualization (Score 1) 239

My thoughts exactly. At work (as a sysadmin) I'm running a Windows desktop with 2 screens. On the second screen (which isn't really essential, but still nice) I have a VirtualBox Ubuntu installation fullscreened 24/7. So I basically have two systems side-by-side except:
  • I have one mouse and one keyboard.
  • I can see what's going on in both OS at the same time
  • I only need to lock/unlock my console once
  • I can seamlessly copy-paste between them.
  • If I need to remote from home, I can just take normal RDP and the Ubuntu is available in a window too.

Even useless eye-candy in compiz works fine (though it's a bit slowish with RDP over interwebs). Both systems run all the time (well, the Windows needs to be booted occasionally where as KSplice deals with the Ubuntu pretty well), and they work just fine. From work-flow point of view it's mostly like working with a single system.

I also have a console switch so I can access a separate Mac (for OSX) from the same console. It works too, but it's such a pain to hop from one system to another that I usually try to avoid having to bother. What this "hot switching" sounds like is basically like using such a console switch. Doesn't sound so great when you're used to being able to just focus another window.

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