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Submission + - Clinton Does Best Where Voting Machines Flunk Hacking Tests (

Jeffrey_Walsh VA writes: Hundreds of jurisdictions throughout the United States are using voting machines or vote tabulators that have flunked security tests. Those jurisdictions by and large are where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is substantially outperforming the first full wave of exit polling in her contest against Senator Bernie Sanders.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Neighbours pooling to build an ISP

An anonymous reader writes: Background:
1. Neighborhood of about 500 homes. Assume 100 will sign up initially.
2. Running optical fiber over the existing electric poles adds up to 10km or so. Let's say 10 independent 'loops' that converge to a central location that has space for a full-size rack + supporting power equipment.

Let's assume that there are no regulatory impediments. What we are thinking of is laying down a full optical fiber network with splices for each subscriber. We'll get a leased-line connection from a Tier-1 BW supplier for 10+Gbps, and share it out evenly as per the total load on the switch in real-time (i.e., no artificial upper limit. If only 10 homes are 'active' at a time, they all get 1Gbps at that time, etc.).

My questions are:
1. Has something like this been done before? Online references much appreciated; especially the kind that goes into technical details like what kind of gear, terminology, etc were utilized.
2. What kind of Bill of Material should we expect? Rough estimates in USD are acceptable.
3. One alternative idea is to not buy bulk bandwidth on our own and just leave the central switch open to external ISPs to supply their plans to our residents. This way we foster competition and minimize a whole universe of headaches. How easy is this technically speaking?
4. Can it be run in a plug-n-forget manner, with minimal running maintenance? We assume that the contractors we use for laying the fiber and equipment will provide support for fixed annual payment.

Submission + - Bacteria-Powered Solar Cells Generate Clean Energy (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have created a biosolar panel that continuously generated electricity from bacterial activities. Miniature bio-solar cells were installed in an array and generated 5.59 microwatts of clean energy, and sustained that energy output over 60 hours.

This represents a step forward in the use of cyanobacteria as a sustainable clean energy source. While 5.59 microwatts is a small amount, this research represents a significant improvement in biosolar performance. The researchers arranged solar cells in a 3×3 array, creating a nine-cell biosolar panel. The panel concept, and the successful functioning of sustained clean output, will contribute to the growing store of knowledge on how microorganisms use photosynthesis to transfer electrons, providing a foundation for the study of biosolar cellular activities.

Comment Re:Am I the only one who actually likes Gnome 3? (Score 1) 835

I have been using Linux since 1996, and I am finding Gnome 3 to be very usable. I upgraded to Fedora 15 on a four year old Dell D520, and it has been a really good experience. I admit that it was a huge change at first, but I haven't found much to complain about. I missed the ability to shade my windows, but now I'm used to rotating them out on the fly. On thing I have learned in 15+ years of being a sysadmin is to approach changes with an open mind. Sometimes changes do flat out suck, but for me, Gnome 3 is a success.
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US Says Canadian Copyright As Bad As China's, Russia's 323

An anonymous reader writes "The US is blaming Canada in a new report that claims that Canadian copyright and intellectual property laws are as bad as those found in China and Russia. Michael Geist notes that Canadian officials have dismissed these findings in the past, arguing it 'does not recognize the Special 301 process due to its lacking of reliable and objective analysis.'" (Read more about the annual Special 301 report.)

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