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Comment Re:Firewall it (Score 1) 397

Why would you by a "web printer" if at the same time you want to block its access to or from the internet? Let's just see what we are talking about here: - the is a printer whose purpose is to allow direct printing from the web - the direct printing from the web is done through the HP ePrintCenter which is a service hosted by HP and which accepts the print jobs. - your printer merly connects to HP ePrintCenter to pull jobs from there are do any other tasks it is being told to do So if you in any way block the access from your printer to HP ePrintCenter, then you effectivly block your pritner's ability to print (or at least to use the web printing, I don't know if these printers can also do local printing), and in that case, why did you buy this printer in first place?

Comment Re:The first planned spam... (Score 1) 397

I guess you misunderstand how these printers work. HP has an internet platform called HP ePrintCenter. Jobs from other sources are sent to that HP site and your printer pulls the jobs from there. So no one will try to connect directly to your printer, but your printer will try to connect to the internet to find jobs to print.

Submission + - Novell suddenly requiring maintenance on products

An anonymous reader writes: Novell recently sent out an email to their partners stating: "To further encourage more customers to take advantage of the comprehensive benefits a maintenance contract provides, Novell is announcing that as of November 15, 2009, maintenance or subscription authorization will be required to access service packs and patches (excluding stand-alone security patches) for most Novell products. In early 2010, we will extend this initiative to include Technical Information Documents (TIDs) in the Novell Support Knowledgebase for products in the general support phase of the product lifecycle." In discussion at the Novell Forums, the full letter from John Dragoon was posted at: — other posts by Novell employees included "We absolutely believe there is tremendous value in Novell's patches, service packs and other intellectual property and that the cost of providing these services should not be solely born by current maintenance customers. Even with this revised policy, there are still a number of valuable services available without a maintenance contract including stand-alone security patches, access to core support knowledgebase content, product documentation, product evaluation versions, collateral, and access to Cool Solutions and various Novell Support Forums. The new policy also does not impact customers of the SUSE Linux Enterprise product line. It will also not apply to NetWare or products that have moved beyond general support phase of the product lifecycle. Finally, ALA/SLA customers will continue to have access to all patches, service packs and knowledgebase content for the products they own." — one side effect of is that they have asked that any of the volunteers who help answer customer questions in their support forums to "to paraphrase and even do select quoting of these TIDs as long as it isn't just a copy/paste of the entire thing." There is a lot of discussion happening at but the general consensus is that this is a bad decision on Novell's part, especially in asking for customers to have software maintenance just to access patches and support articles for problems with products the customers already own.

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