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Comment Re:That's a relief (Score 1) 80

I work for CollabNet's engineering team for TeamForge -- CollabNet does provide a yum server for updates and current versions of subversion for TeamForge users. While CentOS (What our VMWare image uses) is at 5.x, we stay with that version so that companies get the benefits of having a stable release (as far as underlying software versions go) with security updates (through the upstream).

Feel free to email me and if you have any questions, or any additional feedback about our installer or the product in general, I'd love to have it.

Comment Re:more reasons for a US-China split (Score 1) 515

If the Chinese sold THAT much of our debt at a huge discount, the US government would do well to just buy it back up. If you did some tax hikes and spending cuts to raise revenue the US could make out quite well. After all - the Chinese gave the US $x years ago, and then today the US is free of obligation by giving them $x/10. Even if we paid them back $x we'd still make out on time-value-of-money.

The only thing that it hurts is the ability to issue new debt at low rates - at least until the Chinese run out of bonds to sell.

Comment Re:Free trade of ideas, anyone? (Score 0, Flamebait) 687

How many have you met, out of 1.2 billion, that you can speak for the Chinese people? Have you met those in prisons or those who can't get jobs because of their political beliefs? What about those who can't practice their religion? What about those who censor their beliefs so they can keep their jobs? What about those in Tibet? In Xinjiang? What about those protesting against the government all over China, because their rights are ignored and trampled by a political establishment which has no responsibility to the people (because they can't be voted out of office)? Why must the Communist Party jail democracy advocates and censor the Internet, if their people don't want it?

Let me answer your self-righteous question with another self-righteous question. Of these trampled down masses that are protesting the government, how many have you met? Are they not capable for speaking for themselves? Hare dare you engage in the soft bigotry of ascribing your own motivations to the actions of the oppressed! /sarcasm

But seriously, are the Tibetans that yearn to be free of Beijing, yearning for a democracy, or merely the return to the theocratic feudal state and their god-king that ruled Tibet for millennia?

Are the religious minorities calling for elections, or are they merely wanting to be left alone?

Are the Uyghurs calling for elections, or the end of a government policy of encouraging the migration of Han from the populous east to the less populous west?

Are the Chinese government protests calling for democracy, or merely an end of corruption?

But the facts are overwhelming: Democracy and freedom are desires and values universal to humanity.

And yet authoritarianism is on the rise across the middle east. Do you truly believe that if the Saudi family were toppled today, and election was held, that anything like a Jeffersonian democracy would spring forth, or would it merely be another Iran or worse?

And speaking of Iran, here is a country that not only toppled one dictator, the Shah, but then sought to install a shill democracy, the Islamic Republic. Even now would the Ayatollahs be under threat if they just counted the votes? I think not. And if Ahmadinejad were somehow replaced, would the protest continue, or would they be diminished? An interesting question that neither of us can answer.

The people of South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, India, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa and others, representing almost every other non-Western culture, have adopted it with great success. Only those who are forcibly repressed by their government are denied it. And all over the world, nearly 100% of the most prosperous, stable countries are democracies.

Account for Russia then? It's 6th in GDP by Purchasing Power Parity, yet is only nominally a democracy. Not only have they moved backwards from the joyous day in 1991, they have positively skipped happily back towards oligarchy and totalitarianism. Putin is wildly popular in that country, and yet he has done all he could to dismantle the democratic process.

Turkey is a country that has a history of military coups, including a plot this past year, and threatened one back in 2007. Hardly shining example.

To say the people of China lack the motivation or ability to seize it for themselves is patronizing and insulting.

Nice try.

Hardware Hacking

DIY USB Servo-Guided Water Gun 66

An anonymous reader writes "What better way is there to learn something than by making your own DIY gadget? Here's a new video showing how to use a common hobby servo, in conjunction with a small water pump, to create a USB controlled water gun! You can use your keyboard to aim and fire at an unsuspecting passerby. Both fun and educational, this project looks like a great DIY weekend project for any IT guy, wanting to make sure people think twice before asking a stupid question!"
The Courts

Submission + - Ohio University finds key to getting RIAA to stop 7

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, has found the key to getting the RIAA to stop inundating it and its students with "settlement" letters. According to the university's student online publication, the university paid $60,000, plus $16,000 per year "maintenance", to Audible Magic, the business partner of the RIAA's all-purpose expert witness Dr. Doug Jacobson, for its "CopySense" filtering software. Once it made the payments, the letters stopped. This of course raises a lot of questions as to the 'disinterestedness' of Dr. Jacobson, whose deposition in the UMG v. Lindor case was the subject of interesting Slashdot commentary."

Why Are T1 Lines Still Expensive? 556

badfrog asks: "Over the last 10 years, DSL and cable modem has upped its speed (although in some instances only slightly) and dropped its price. However, the price of a T1 has stayed almost exactly the same. If you had asked me 10 years ago, I would have predicted any geek that wanted to would have fiber or their own T1 line to the house by now. What is with this sad state of affairs that a 'business class' 1.544Mbit connection is hundreds of dollars more than a 6Mbit cable connection? Is it a legitimate case that a high upload rate should increase cost so significantly?"

Submission + - SFEE acquired by CollabNet

anomalous cohort writes: Both CollabNet and VA Software have announced that VA Software has sold their SFEE product to CollabNet.

My questions for the /. community are this. Who is CollabNet? What are your experiences with CollabNet? What do you think CollabNet will do with SFEE? Does SFEE compete directly with CollabNet Enterprise Edition or are these two complimentary products that serve different market segments?

Submission + - CollabNet buys SourceForge Enterprise Edition

rca66 writes: Yesterday CollabNet and VA Software announced in a press release, that CollabNet will take over the SourceForge Enterprise Edition Business from VA Software. As part of this deal several employess from VA Sofware will change to CollabNet. CollabNet is specialized on the development of distributed applications and supports the Open Source project Subversion. VA Software will concentrate on the the online media of its subsidiary OSTG, which owns Slashdot, SourceForge, NewsForge, and Freshmeat.

Submission + - Testing commercial 2-factor authentication systems

Fry-kun writes: I recently became interested in setting up a 2-factor authentication system for my laptop. With that in mind, I bought a fairly inexpensive USB key. Although it seems to work, I can't bring myself to trust it completely: Kensington claims that the system is secure, but there is no independent security lab analysis of the product. In other words, for all I know, there may be a gaping hole in their security setup.
Worse yet, there are apparently no reviews of the product, no mention of anyone trying to test it and no hardware hackers tried to make it work in Linux, even though it's been out for over 2 years.

How would you go about making sure that a security product does what it claims to?

Submission + - Week of Oracle database bugs gets cancelled!

kantaguru writes: "Do you remember so called Week Of Oracle Bugs (WOOB) announced by
security researcher Cesar Cerrudo last week on 21.11 also at Slashdot: 3208

Well guess what?

WOOB is no more, woop! It's gone, its nowhere to be found!

It got suspended, from where Argeniss writes:

"The Week of Oracle Database Bugs

We are sad to announce that due to many problems the Week of Oracle Database Bugs gets suspended.

We would like to ask for apologizes to people who supported this and were really excited with the idea, also we would like to thank the people who contributed with Oracle vulnerabilities."

Would anyone like to know what possible problems they had for trying to run the Week of Oracle bugs?

I'd guess they got pretty much quiesced by Oracle PR or lawyers :(

Aren't we sad now too? Maybe we can try it again next week!

Any volunteers up for this?"

Feed Feds Relent on Security Hacker (

A grad student who posted a fake boarding pass generator to illuminate a security hole, only to get raided by the FBI, avoids prosecution. But he says his treatment will make the nation less safe. In 27B Stroke 6.

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