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Comment One thing I loved about NDS (Score 1) 219

was this exact scenario. NDS (and possibly other directory services) has a concept of an "Organizational Role" which is the source of the privileges, rather than the actual user him or herself, and the user's account in the Tree is given the "role" of ... say, "Admin." There wasn't any privilege outside of that role, the user accounts were all pretty well stripped bare and derived all ability to function from the role they were said to "occupy."

How does that help? Well, if LDAP or some other free-as-in-beer-and-speech directory service will allow your organization to control that level of access better than granting superuser/sudo privs to particular admins, who could in theory leave behind shadowed user accounts, that might be something worth looking into. I haven't been a NetWare admin in several years, and haven't followed their current progress with NDS, but I do recall that for a while there was a version of it that would sit on top of Linux/Unix as well as Windows and Mac workstations, and Linux/Unix and Windows servers, and could be managed from most of them as well.
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Microsoft Kinect With World of Warcraft 80

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies have developed software that enables control of PC video games using the Microsoft Kinect sensor. Their toolkit, known as the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), emulates custom-configured keyboard controls triggered by body posture and specific gestures. This video shows a user playing the online game World of Warcraft using the Kinect. Potential applications of this technology include video games for motor rehabilitation after stroke and reducing childhood obesity through healthy gaming."

Comment I know I'm going to get "Flamebait" .... (Score 0, Flamebait) 509

But this is a no-brainer. Seriously, the only people who think having Flash installed *at all* is a good idea are people who have no brains, namely Adobe and a handful of lazy web developers. Flash is just, exactly, precisely, no-doubt-about-it as retarded as Steve Jobs said ... only I've been saying it since a long time ago, he's just got a bigger platform than I do to evangelize against that steaming pile of crap that is Flash.

Comment Who cares? (Score 1) 353

Why is this even here, exactly? Oh, that's right. Because the six Adobe fanbois, all of whom stalk /., are trying to stir up something from nothing. Flash Player doesn't ship by default on any OS that I have installed on any of the computers in my house, and I like it that way. If I need it, I'll go get it myself.

Comment Re:Good thing ... (Score 1) 216

Not everyone.

<-- admits to being an Apple fanboy. I've hated Flash from the outset; nothing against Adobe /per se/, just that from "GO!" Flash was a memory hog, still leaks even today, and was a major security backdoor through which an otherwise fairly secure web browsing experience could be hijacked, and rather easily.

Apple's recent changes to drive lock-in, such as through the App Store, don't sit well with me, but I'll wait and see what the outcome is. Flash is a miserable piece of crap, and always has been. Forgive me for continually despising it, but I do loathe it so.

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