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Comment He might also think you're lying... (Score 2) 2

In this day and age, where almost *everybody* has a Facebook account, it's quite possible that the interviewer thought you were simply lying about not having one because there was something on it that you didn't want him/her to see - there are quite a few employees who ask for Facebook logins as a screening mechanism. Given that you're statistically more likely to have a facebook and lie about not having one, than to truly not have one, more people will go with the statistic as Facebook has become *that* ingrained into our lives. As a fellow non-user of that website, I've run into a number of people - too many, IMO, who were literally astounded that I don't have a FB of my own. Frankly, I don't trust the company with my data. Your reasons may vary, but the results are all the same: you're looked upon with suspicion and disbelief for your choices. And that may cost you some semblance of "normalcy" which in this case, has cost you your potential job.

Comment Re:Hamachi (Score 2) 164

There's downsides to everything. I don't use anything in the range, as the entire block is owned by the Ministry of Defense in GB. I'd wager that nobody who reads this article has ever connected to a 25/8 IP, including you, and the user inquiring about a solution to his CGN conundrum.

Comment Hamachi (Score 5, Informative) 164

I've been using LogMeIn's Hamachi system to accomplish this. It's a virtual LAN solution that links machines behind firewalls or CGN devices. The down side is that it has to be installed on all devices that access the virtual LAN, and they don't have any mobile clients (yet), but if you need access from a device you can't install the Hamachi client on, you can always get a cheap VPS, install the linux client on it, and set up some port forwarding - the Hamachi IPs are static, so each machine always gets the same one.

There are some limitations with the free version (5 machines in a virtual LAN, connection only works with a logged in user on desktop clients), but the $30ish it costs per year for a 32 user license is very reasonable. And it supports IPv6 and IPv4 across the VLAN, too.

Comment Hamachi works for me... (Score 1) 1

LogMeIn has a product called "Hamachi" that will give you a personal VPN. You can use it to access devices behind a CGN device. If you need support on mobile devices where the Hamachi client is unavailable, you can rent a small VPS server at a host somewhere, install Hamachi on it, and use it to "bounce" ssh and other ports into your Hamachi VPN.

Chances are you'll need to pay the ~$30 yearly fee for using Hamachi to bypass the "free" restrictions (it only works if there's a user logged in on Windows and Mac).


Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What are the technology hurdles in a US to Canada move? 1

toupsz writes: Considering how many "geek" technologies are now tied to accounts and subscriptions, can anyone speak to the hurdles involved in a (potentially permanent) US to Canada move? Since, presumably, licensing rules, pricing structures, etc. will be different, should I wholesale change my accounts? Leave some of them with a US address (of a trusted family member)?

By "'geek' technologies tied to accounts", I am thinking about things such as Dropbox, Netflix, Hulu, smartphone plan, iTunes, iCloud, Xbox Live, etc., etc., etc. Will various forms of DRM on games, apps, music, and movies fail? How much is tied to where your account officially lies and where it shows up by IP address (say when streaming a movie)?

Submission + - Android Fork Brings Froyo to 12 Smartphones

jj110888 writes: CyanogenMod has just been updated to version 6.0, bringing Android Open Source Project 2.2 (Froyo) to several devices. This fork includes enchantments to many of the built-in apps, Ad-hoc network connectivity, OpenVPN support, Bluetooth HID, Incognito browsing, extensive control over audio and UI elements, and more found in the extensive CHANGELOG. The CyanogenMod team uses an instance of Google's gerrit tool for code review and patch submission, helping make this former backport of Android 1.6 to T-Mobile's G1 into thriving development for the G1/MyTouch/MyTouch 1.2, Droid, Nexus One, HTC Aria, HTC Desire, HTC Evo 4G (minus 4G and HDMI output), Droid Incredible, and MyTouch Slide. HTC Hero (including Droid Eris) are coming soon for 6.0, with Samsung Galaxy S devices expected to be supported in 6.1.

Submission + - Film industry loses against iiNet over file sharin

electrons_are_brave writes: The Australian Federal Court has ruled against several media companies (Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Disney and the television network Seven). They had tried to sue iiNet for providing a file sharing site where people could downloaded "pirated" movies and television programs.

The judge said that "It is impossible to conclude that iiNet has authorised copyright infringement ... (it) did not have relevant power to prevent infringements occurring."

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (who had undetaken a five-month investigation) said they were disappointed with the decision, which did not help to protect the livelihoods of the thousands of Australians who work in the television and film industries.

The Federation representative said he was confident that the Federal Government would now review the laws surrounding copyright infringement.

Submission + - Nexus One Update Fixes 3G, Adds Multitouch (

snydeq writes: "Google is pushing out an update for the Nexus One that will fix a 3G connectivity problem and add limited support for multitouch. After receiving over 1,500 messages in a support forum from people complaining about trouble connecting to 3G, Google said it has identified the problem and has started delivering the fix. In addition to fixing 3G, the update adds the first applications to support multitouch. While the recent versions of the Android OS include multitouch capability, no phone in the U.S. has supported it."

Submission + - 'We'll take $25K' RIAA tells Jammie Thomas-Rasset (

An anonymous reader writes: Having seen their award against Jammie Rasset-Thomas slashed from a staggering $1.92 million dollars to $54,000, the RIAA now wants to settle for half even that amount. But Jammie is having none of it. "They want me to take a settlement of $25,000 without me knowing what I'm agreeing to," she told p2pnet. "The offer has been made without any kind of explanation what the settlement would involve. But I'm still not caving in ... Here's what I'm telling them. 'You guys can settle this on my terms or take it to trial and try to prove the damages. 'You're going to be lucky to prove more than $24'."
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Submission + - SPAM: Big step for IPv6: Comcast starts trials

alphadogg writes: Comcast will begin in April a series of public trials of three different mechanisms that are aimed at helping the Philadelphia-based ISP transition its network to IPv6, the next-generation Internet Protocol. Comcast announced that it is starting IPv6 production-level network trials on its blog on Wednesday. The carrier has been working on IPv6 development for five years. Comcast needs IPv6 because the Internet is running out of address space using its current protocol, which is known as IPv4. IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses and can support around 4 billion IP addresses. More than 90% of IPv4 addresses have been distributed to ISPs and other network operators. Comcast plans to complete its transition to IPv6 in 2012, which is when the last IPv4 addresses are expected to be allocated.
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Submission + - Antitrust case against RIAA reinstated ( 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In Starr v. SONY BMG Music Entertainment, an antitrust class action against the RIAA, the complaint — dismissed at the District Court level — has been reinstated by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In its 25-page opinion (PDF) , the Appeals court held the the following allegations to sufficiently allege antitrust violations: 'First, defendants agreed to launch MusicNet and pressplay, both of which charged unreasonably high prices and contained similar DRMs. Second, none of the defendants dramatically reduced their prices for Internet Music (as compared to CDs), despite the fact that all defendants experienced dramatic cost reductions in producing Internet Music. Third, when defendants began to sell Internet Music through entities they did not own or control, they maintained the same unreasonably high prices and DRMs as MusicNet itself. Fourth, defendants used [most favored nation clauses (MFNs)] in their licenses that had the effect of guaranteeing that the licensor who signed the MFN received terms no less favorable than terms offered to other licensors. For example, both EMI and UMG used MFN clauses in their licensing agreements with MusicNet. Fifth, defendants used the MFNs to enforce a wholesale price floor of about 70 cents per song. Sixth, all defendants refuse to do business with eMusic, the #2 Internet Music retailer. Seventh, in or about May 2005, all defendants raised wholesale prices from about $0.65 per song to $0.70 per song. This price increase was enforced by MFNs.'

Submission + - FAQ: How the IE ballot screen works (

CWmike writes: After an 11-month legal face-off, Microsoft and European antitrust officials signed off yesterday on the ballot screen concept that will give Windows users a chance to download rivals' browsers. But now that the battle's over and the ink has dried, it's time to look closely. Some FAQ examples: What's Microsoft promised? How will it work? How many browsers will be on the ballot? Who decides which browsers? Who will see it? Gregg Keizer delved into the agreement to provide the answers.

Submission + - Why Google should buy Sprint: to save mobile (

GMGruman writes: Is one tech oligarch better than another? I think in the case of the development of mobile broadband, the answer is yes. And thus, Google should buy Sprint to turn its cellular network into an effective, powerful wireless network that delivers on the carriers' decade-old promise of untethered information flow. The alternative is clear: More dark hints by carriers such as AT&T that they'll meter the heck out of wireless broadband, all while blaming the users whom they happily sell 3G service to for using it too much. The comfy telecom oligarchy needs a shakeup. Google could do it, and further its own cloud, Android, and Chrome ambitions along the way.

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