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Submission + - Good technology conference to attend?

SSG Booraem writes: I've recently been hired to a IT supervisor position at a local college. My boss wants me to find some technology conferences that I'd like to attend and submit them to her. Since I've worked in IT for 18 years but usually done scut work, I don't have any ideas. I'd appreciate suggestions with personal experiences.

Submission + - The sorry state of FOSS documentation 1

TWX writes: I've been out of computers as a serious home-hobby for many years and in returning I'm aghast at the state of documentation for Open Source projects. The software itself has changed significantly in the last decade, but the documentation has failed to keep pace; most of what I'm finding applies to versions long since passed or were the exact same documents from when I dropped-out of hobbyist computing years ago. Take Lightdm on Ubuntu 14.04 for example- its entire configuration file structure has been revamped, but none of the documentation for more specialized or advanced uses of Lightdm in previous versions of Ubuntu has been updated for this latest release. It's actually harder now to configure some features than it was a decade ago.

TLDP is close to a decade out-of-date, fragmentation between distributions has grown to the point that answers from one distro won't readily apply to another, and web forums for even specific projects are full of questions without answers, or those that head off into completely unrelated discussion, or with snarky, "it's in the documentation, stupid!" responses. Where do you go for your FOSS documentation and self-help?

Submission + - Snowden reveals scale of US aid to Israel which explains turmoil in Middle East

ltorvalds11 writes: The turmoil gripping the Middle East is a direct result of the provision of cash, weapons and surveillance to Israel by the US, the latest Snowden leak illustrates. In a bold examination, the former Guardian journalist reveals the amazing contrast between what the United States says publicly, and what it does behind the curtain.
In fact, "the single largest exchange between NSA and ISNU (Israeli SIGINT National Unit) is on targets in the Middle East which constitute strategic threats to US and Israeli interests," the leaked paper reveals. One of the "key priorities" of this cooperation is "the Iranian nuclear development program, followed by Syrian nuclear efforts, Lebanese Hizbullah plans and intentions, Palestinian terrorism, and Global Jihad." The paper talks about "targeting and exploiting" these. Greenwald goes on to list the occasions on which the US has been exposed as supplying arms to Israel;
the last such occasion was just before the start of the operation in Gaza, wherein a $1 billion stockpile of ammunition the US stored in Israel specifically for situations like these was used.

Submission + - Microsoft develops its virtual reality headset (net4tech.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft would rely on FOVE company specializing in eye-tracking to create a VR headset.

Oculus Rift of Facebook / Oculus VR, the project Morpheus of Sony or the Cardboard from Google and Samsung VR Gear, that rely on smartphones ... different virtual reality headsets will soon be marketed. This tool will change the way you play and experience the gamer. A new step console manufacturers should not miss. Currently only Sony seems advanced in this sector. -

Comment Re:The advertising is okay (Score 1) 250

The questions raised in the advertising are pretty good ones. If the city bungles the fibre network and loses a lot of money, you'll be forced to pay for it in taxes. If Comcast fucks up and their costs go out of control, you at least have a choice to opt out. As much as I don't like Comcast and AT&T, I have no faith in government to be an ISP.

Opting out means living without internet access for several years. Is that a realistic option?

Comment Re: Poorly Designed Roadways Addressed By This (Score 5, Informative) 243

Some drivers did not like it. Others loved it for roadholding in curves that exceeded any other street-legal car. The Citroen Xantia Activa still holds the speed record in the Teknikens Värld Moose test. (The one that cause Mercedes to halt the launch of the A-class) A 2000 Citroen Xantia faster than the latest Porsche. The link to the table seems to be down right now, but it should be on http://teknikensvarld.se/algte...

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 818

In Norway the political parties have all the power.
The voters are only allowed to choose between a few prepared lists, one for each party. Not really as democratic as it seems.
Especially when the two major parties decide that in a few cases they will unite and just pass into law whatever they want regardles what the people want.

Comment Re:This is why nobody reads the articles (Score 2) 476

I'd advise Slashdot readers to take their typical tack, and not read the linked articles. They are crap. However (again, much like Slashdot), the comments can be enlightening.

What I'm seeing there is: .....

d) Norway's power grid is so dirty that it is fooling the cables. That's the issue, near as I can tell.

The power grid is not dirty, but uses a different system with no neutral wire and the voltage will therefore be floating with respect to earth. Tesla cables detect this as an earth-fault and disconnect.

Comment Re:It's almost as though cars need winterizing (Score 1) 476

Norway has a different system for electric power.
Most countries use what is called TN, where you have one live wire and one neutral.
Norway uses mostly what is called IT, where you have two live wires and no neutral.
(some regions of Norway have converted to TN, presumably there is no problem there, but those are also the warmest regions so it may be hard to tell)

Submission + - Senator files bill prohibiting phone calls on planes (bizjournals.com)

SonicSpike writes: U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today filed legislation to prohibit cell phone conversations on commercial flights.

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing today on a potential rule change, having recently eased restrictions on the use of other wireless devices during flights.

"When you stop and think about what we hear now in airport lobbies — babbling about last night's love life, next week's schedule, arguments with spouses — it's not hard to see why the FCC shouldn't allow cell phone conversations on airplanes," Alexander said in a news release. "The solution is simple: text messages, yes; conversations, no."

Submission + - The Tyranny of the Clouds (gluster.org)

porkrind writes: Cloud computing is a way for the technology "empire" to strike back at smaller end users and developers, taking away the rights and freedoms we won via the establishment of Open Source ecosystems. That they're using the very open source tools we helped create just makes it that much more painful. Now that we know that open source was never about innovation, what leverage do we have to bring about the open cloud? And what is the best way to project the four freedoms onto the cloud?

Submission + - Massive surge in Litecoin mining leads to graphics card shortage (extremetech.com) 1

Kenseilon writes: Extremetech reports(http://www.extremetech.com/computing/172381-massive-surge-in-litecoin-mining-leads-to-radeon-shortage) that the recent price hike of Litecoins has triggered yet another arms race for the *coinminers out there, leading to a shortage of AMD graphics cards. While Bitcoin mining is quickly becoming unfeasible for GPU rigs with general purpose graphics cards, there are several alternative currencies with opportunities. The primary candidate is now Litecoin, which has the aim of 'being silver if Bitcoin is gold'

Swedish Tech site Sweclockers also reports(http://www.sweclockers.com/nyhet/18015-kryptovalutor-hojer-efterfragan-pa-amd-baserade-grafikkort) that GPU manufacturer Club3D have told them that miners are becoming a new important group of potential customers. However, concerns are being raised that this is a temporary boom that may hurt AMD in the long run since gamers, their core consumer group, may not be able to acquire the cards and instead opt for Nvidia.

Comment Re:Human-like? (Score 2) 238

If you are questioning the Bible then you already assume that it is the work of men.
Even if it is not the literal Word of God it can still have value as a source of the knowledge and beliefs of the men who wrote it long ago. And they will naturally have different viewpoints since it is not the work of one singular author, but written by many at different times.

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