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Comment Naming conventions (Score 2) 722

At my current job, its domain/sitecode/type/### (e.g DKLWNAVMH200). The three digit number corresponds to what its purpose is - e.g. servers in the 100 range are email servers, 200 = file/print, 300 = citrix, etc. Its nice having a decent convention

Previous places of employments used sitecode/windowsedition/###. It was pain in the ass when they switched to 2k3 and 2k8 but didnt update the naming convention to cope (it was written when 2000 server was king). The windows edition was specified as '2K', which could mean 2000,2003,2008. That coupled with the numbers having no significance other than incrementing with each new server rendered it useless.

Another used planet names (not an issue as long as you dont have many servers).

My own PCs/Servers use stone/mineral names e.g. Obsidian, Amethyst, Malachite, etc

Comment Re:For those wondering why 21st of October (Score 3, Insightful) 585

The same person made a similar claim in 1998, stating that the Rapture would occur followed by Armageddon. Of course nothing happened. He selectively chooses which verses that supports such claims and ignores ones that point out that no-one bar God knows when it will happen:

  • Matthew 24:36: No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
  • Matthew 24:42: Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
  • Matthew 25:13: Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
  • Mark 13:32-33: No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.
  • Mark 13:35: Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back–whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.

There are other conditions laid out in the Bible that are to occur before the Rapture, none of which have occured:

  • Where is the rebuilt Temple ?
  • If the temple hasn’t been rebuilt, how can it be desecrated by the Antichrist?
  • Where is the Antichrist?
  • The institution of One World Government, Currency, and Reulgion
  • The battles against Israel by Russia and Iran
  • the return of jews to Israel

How can someone calulng themselves Christian ignore all of that?

Comment For those wondering why 21st of October (Score 3, Informative) 585


They claim that Judgement Day is happening on May 21 (hey seem to use their own definition for Judgement Day - not the standard, end of the world, all people are judged etc) and then their idea is that 5 months later BOOM.

Either way, i still plan on being here on October 22 - regardless of your beliefs, this is a pretty crack pot mix up of lets read some of the bible, ignore the parts that contradict us, and see if we can create a global panic.


Submission + - Honeycomb the new Vista? (zdnet.com)

Planky writes: ZDnet has an interesting piece postulating that Honeycomb could be the Windows Vista of the Android world. From the article: "You remember Vista don’t you? Microsoft’s much maligned operating system that followed Windows XP? I’m sure many of you are trying to forget it, so apologies for the reminder. The reason I bring it up is that there are many parallels between Vista and Android Honeycomb. Google could have another Vista on its hands, and it would do well to learn from Microsoft’s ordeal."

Submission + - Red Hat's Secret Patent Deal (gigaom.com)

Bruce Perens writes: When patent troll Acacia sued Red Hat in 2007, it ended with a bang: Acacia's patents were invalidated by the court, and all software developers, open-source or not, had one less legal risk to cope with. So, why is the outcome of Red Hat's next tangle with Acacia being kept secret, and how is a Texas court helping to keep it that way? Could the outcome have placed Red Hat in violation of the open-source licenses on its own product?

Submission + - FTC Ended Google Probe Just Days After Fundraiser (biggovernment.com)

bonch writes: Days before the FTC dropped its investigation into Google's wifi data-harvesting, executives at Google hosted a $1.8 million Democratic party fundraiser with an appearance by President Obama. Coincidence? Elsewhere, the British Government re-opened their investigation last weekend, and States Attorneys General continue their probes into Google's alleged privacy violations. Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently said, 'The average American doesn't realize how much of the laws are written by lobbyists.'

Submission + - Google Docs now does LaTeX processing (appspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Collaborative working on academic papers for many computer scientists and mathematicians used to be a bind as there was little support for change tracking, or simultaneous editing using LaTeX file editors. But now some clever clogs has brought together Google Docs as a file repository, Google Apps as an editor and Amazon EC2 to host the LaTeX environment. Now you can edit, share and compile your LaTeX documents online, there's even a split pane preview. It's only beta, but it's already very accomplished.

Submission + - Teacher fired after objecting proprietary software

usrbinsh writes: Teacher, also vice principle, of Moscow high school #572 objected the mandatory order of Moscow City Department of Education. The order instructs each school to use particular software to assist students in cramming mandatory Unified State Exam (it's somewhat similar to GED).The hosting software is Windows based and requires IE on a client to run properly. Apparently the school's computer environment is Linux based. The teacher found that Firefox unable to talk to training host system, and voiced the concern to the Department of Education appealing to the law signed by President Medvedev that encourages using Open Source Software in education. The Department of Education ignored the concern. The teacher filed complaint addressing it directly to the Russian President. Apparently the complaint went down the chain of command, back to the Department of Education, which retaliated by firing concerned teacher. The cheese part: wife of the head of the software vendor that created training ware is noted as proponent of and lobby for Microsoft in education of City of Moscow. Also, per her input, the Department adopted such technical requirements as using Apple MacBook and MacMini with preinstalled Windows XP. The source in Russian, more detailed; in English

Submission + - Apple Debates Open, Linux Gets Best of Both Worlds

jennifercloer writes: Let’s face it — Steve Jobs and Apple have shown that blending software and hardware together in an elegant way can produce amazing results. Apple calls this their “integrated approach” and uses that to criticize the “open approach.” Our response is to help the Linux community have the best of both worlds with tools that allow anyone to take “open software” and create a custom “integrated experience” quickly. And while I can’t predict what the next iPhone or breakthrough consumer device will be, I do know that if the community comes together and develops tools that make it easier to create that device using upstream open source components, then what we’re announcing today will have have been successful — and so will Linux.

Submission + - BA boss slams US airport security (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The chairman of British Airways has said some "completely redundant" airport security checks should be scrapped and the UK should stop "kowtowing" to US security demands.

Practices such as forcing passengers to take off their shoes should be abandoned, Martin Broughton said.

And he questioned why laptop computers needed to be screened separately.

"We all know there's quite a number of elements in the security programme which are completely redundant and they should be sorted out."

Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA, said security at Heathrow and its other airports was "defined by the authorities" and consisted of "one requirement laid on top of another".

He added: "There's European requirements, there's UK requirements, and... US requirements laid on top of that.

"We could certainly do a better job for customers if we could rationalise all of that into a single, coherent process, and I'd love to have the chance to do that."

Submission + - fitted wardrobes (bravolondon.co.uk)

Golden7 writes: Bravo London is one of UK’s foremost experts in bespoke fitted bedrooms and home office furniture. Offering fitted bedroom furniture and fitted wardrobes in London and the UK, we pride ourselves in our custom designs to suit the size and shape of your room.

Submission + - The Hobbit to be filmed in NZ (stuff.co.nz)

An anonymous reader writes: John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand has confirmed this afternoon that The Hobbit will be filmed in NZ, after weeks of uncertainty. From the article:

The future of the $670m production hung in the balance after an actors union issued a no-work order on the films last month.Talks were held overnight with studio executives from Warner Brothers to resolve concerns about industrial laws in New Zealand.

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