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Comment Re:Oracle no threat? (Score 1) 215

We recently switched to OEL from RedHat, purely for the cost savings. Oracle even provides an 'up2date' package that switches a current RHEL box to OEL, and will give a discount based on current RHEL support licenses.

Considering that I've been at my current company for over 2 1/2 years, and haven't called Redhat or Oracle for Linux support, I'm not too worried about the quality of support.

In fact, like a lot of people, the only real reason we even pay for support is so that management feels good.

Comment Re:Not Exactly for Taking a Photo (Score 1) 1232

It took me a minute to figure out what was wrong with this exchange. Tackling someone is assault--but threatening bodily harm unless someone complies (assuming you're not a cop doing his lawful duty, which Loomis Boy obviously wasn't) is coercion, which is just as illegal as assault.

In either case, Loomis Boy had a gun. In most states, the possession of a gun during a violent crime (like coercion) is a felony.

So a trained Loomis guard (had to have some training, or he wouldn't be licensed to carry) commited a felony in front of a room full of people. I'm actually having a bit of trouble believing this, especially since our victim, according to his own blog, never once asked anyone (Loomis, REI, or actual police) if they thought he had committed a crime. Would have been the first thing out of my mouth.

But, if it did happen that way, my guess is that the guard, at some level, knew that he f***ed up, and needed to stay on the offensive to keep from getting called for it.


Submission + - TWEET-A-WATT: A Twittering Power Monitor (

Mike writes: "This year's Greener Gadgets Competition is turning up some great entries and Ladyada's new Tweet-o-watt is stirring up a lot of attention. This twittering power meter can be hacked together for less than $50, and automatically broadcasts your home's energy use online, making it easy to keep tabs on your kwh for sharing, competing or bragging. There's nothing like a little public accountability to keep us all honest!"

Submission + - Investors may pour billions into tide power (

surely_you_cant_be_serious writes: "More than 30 companies are trying to tap tidal currents around the world. In the U.S., President Obama's plans to increase tax breaks for renewable energy is stirring high hopes for a promising technology that receives little public attention. Meanwhile, investors may pump 2.5 billion pounds into plants in Europe by 2020."

Submission + - UK can't read its own ID cards

An anonymous reader writes: Despite introducing ID cards last November it has emerged that Britain has no readers that are able to the cards' microchip, containing the person's fingerprints and other biometric information. With cops and border guards unable to use the cards to check a person's identity critics are calling the £4.7bn scheme "farcical" and a "waste of time".

Submission + - Hardening Windows XP

FlyingBishop writes: I was recently in Latin America, and came across a number of cyber cafes with less than ideal patching. On the one hand, it puts me a little bit at ease — at least I know the management isn't intelligent enough to snoop my passwords. On the other hand, I feel something of a civic duty to bring them up to scratch. If you decide to take the plunge and insist that they patch, what do you want to have on hand? Obviously, if the computer is in the hands of the sort of people that leave things unupgraded for that long, you won't be able to truly 'harden' it — but what's the absolute minimum set of packages you want to install to get the box up to a reasonable level of security? Do you just hand them an SP3 install disc and be done with it, or is there anything else you could put on that disc? SP3 is only 340 mb, that leaves 360 mb for a whole host of programs that could help keep the cafe from turning into a botnet. What would you put there?
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Submission + - Kismac development discontinued due to German law. (

BDaniels writes: Kismac is an excellent wireless sniffer app for OSX. The original developers announced today that they are ceasing development due to upcoming changes in German law that will make it illegal to possess this sort of 'hacking tool':

"German laws change and are being adapted for "better" protection against something politicians obviously do not understand. It will become illegal to develop, use or even posses KisMAC in this banana republic (backgound: the change of 202c StGB)."

They are asking for others outside Germany to take over the code and continue development.


Submission + - Reboot to get Reboot

superstick58 writes: "Reboot, one of the first CG animated TV shows is returning as a trilogy of feature-length films. This was a great cartoon for me as a budding geek in the mid 90's. Perhaps it also helped stimulate other developing nerds to embrace the computers that are supposedly run by these enjoyable CG characters."

Submission + - Wikia acquires Grub, releases it under open source (

An anonymous reader writes: This morning, during a keynote address at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON), Jimmy Wales announced that Wikia has acquired Grub, the original visionary distributed search project, from LookSmart and released it under an open source license for the first time in four years. Grub operates under a model of users donating their personal computing resources towards a common goal, and is available today for download and testing at: .

Submission + - Putting chips inside our brains

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) have developed chips which someday might be inserted in the brains of people affected by epilepsy or who have lost a limb. These neuroprosthetic chips 'can interpret signals in the brain and stimulate neurons to perform correctly.' The University claims this is the future of medicine. This is maybe a little bit extreme. However, the researchers are currently studying these chips with rats and hope to have a prototype ready within 4 years that could be tested on humans. But read more for additional references and a picture of the electrodes to be used in neuroprosthetic chips."

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