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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why don't browsers honor "SMB://" URIs? 1

DraugTheWhopper writes: One thing that (I think) irks many tech people is the lack of ubiquity for handling common protocols. For example: a small college campus maintains an intranet website, and wishes to provide its non-tech-savvy students with easy links to files on an NFS or SMB share. It seems there is no elegant solution to allow a hyperlink to open a network address in the appropriate file manager. From my perspective, it doesn't seem any harder than having the web browser pass the URI to the OS, or if the OS isn't capable of handling it, to translate it first (smb://Server/Share to \\Server\Share). I thought the whole point of the URI system is to allow simple accessing of resources? And to all those who cry "But SECURITY!", keep in mind that custom URI scheme names are already being used, e.g., the new LogMeIn client program registers the "logmein://" protocol in Windows, and Chrome passes it without incident after an unobtrusive confirmation checkbox.

Submission + - Decade of Failed IT Education Hindering UK Economy (

An anonymous reader writes: Computer education has been a missed opportunity for 10 years, leading to a widespread lack of IT knowledge felt across the UK economy.

After addressing members of private sector technology and business coalition Tech London Advocates (TLA), its founder Russ Shaw warned that changes must be made across the IT curriculum if the UK economy is to fully benefit from the capital's thriving technology startup hub.

Speaking to IBTimes UK, Shaw, a former Skype vice president, said: "It's apparent that ICT hasn't been taught properly in our schools at all and has been a missed opportunity for about 10 years. The good news is that [the government is] getting the message and changing the curriculum, but we've got to move faster."

Submission + - Steve Ballmer this generation's Ken Olsen?

Amigan writes: Many may remember that DEC's founder and CEO was quite dismissive of the original IBM PC, so much so that when DEC finally introduced their Intel based system it was incompatible with the 'industry standard.' Steve Ballmer has had just as much a dismissive attitude towards smartphones, at first. Here are three of Steve's quotes that sum it all up.

Submission + - How DirecTV overhauled its 800-person IT group with a game (

mattydread23 writes: Most gamification efforts fail. But when DirecTV wanted to encourage its IT staff to be more open about sharing failures, it created a massive internal game called F12. Less than a year later, it's got 97% participation and nearly everybody in the IT group actually likes competing. So what did DirecTV do right? The most important thing was to devote a full-time staffer to the game, and to keep updating it constantly.

Submission + - Attitudes towards time of Facebook users predict Problematic Internet Use

vrml writes: A study that has just appeared on the Personality and Individual Differences Journal has linked specific attitudes towards time (TIme Perspective) of Facebook users with their level of Problematic Internet Use, by applying Phil Zimbardo's psychology of time. More specifically, a negative view of the past (Past Negative) and a fatalistic view of the present (Present Fatalistic) turned out to be the two time perspectives that predict pathologic Internet use in Facebook users. A full copy of the paper can be downloaded at this link .

Submission + - UBS reveals legal minefield of social collaboration integration (

TinTops writes: Global financial firm UBS's head of online media IT Peter Barnes has offered a candid insight into the regulatory nightmare that is the setting up of internal social collaboration software. His firm took on Jive in 2010, but it hasn't been a smooth ride:

V3: "Following a scandal in 2011 in which a rogue trader lost the firm over $2bn, the system was shut down. The shutdown was not related to Jive, but rather a cultural shift that resulted in a significant increase in accountability and greater regulatory requirements, according to UBS's global head of online media IT Peter Barnes.
Peter Barnes is UBS' head of online media IT. "The lawyers felt we didn't have enough control on what employees could or couldn't comment on," he explained at an event attended by V3. "I then had the joyous task of putting millions of controls in so the lawyers were happy that we weren't going to get sued and that everyone felt they knew what the rules of the game were."

"There were concerns about where data is stored," he explained. "There were concerns about if you do something not in the terms of use of a social system, what's the sanction you're going to get?"

Submission + - Intense Fans Of TV Shows Make Better Spam Targets (

jfruh writes: One the latest spam trends is the so-called "watering hole attack," in which users are tempted to jump through some hoops (clicking on affiliate links and downloading adware in the process) with the false promise of a leaked episode of a popular TV show. What's interesting is that these attacks don't use as bait CBS's "NCIS," by far the most popular TV show in the country; instead, they focus on shows with smaller but more intense fan bases, like "Breaking Bad," which offers some insight into the psychology of how these attacks work.

Submission + - Link Rot and the U.S. Supreme Court

necro81 writes: Hyperlinks are not forever. Link rot occurs when a source you've linked to no longer exists — or worse, exists in a different state than when the link was originally made. Even permalinks aren't necessarily permanent if a domain goes silent or switches ownership. According to new research from Harvard Law, some 49% of hyperlinks in Supreme Court documents no longer point to the correct original content. A second studyon link rot from Yale stresses that for the Court footnotes, citations, parenthetical asides, and historical context mean as much as the text of an opinion itself, which makes link rot a threat to future scholarship.

Submission + - How to Live Longer, Without Help from Google (

waderoush writes: Google’s plan to combat aging and age-related illness through a new company called Calico, unveiled this week, has sparked massive, mostly worshipful media coverage. But the idea has many of the hallmarks of what scholar Evgeny Morozov has called ‘technological solutionism’---the idea that there’s no problem so large that it can’t be solved with enough data and processors. Perhaps, given enough time, Google-style thinking can 'Solve Death,' as Time put it this week. But the danger of the media's fixation on such moon-shot projects is that it will draw attention away from simpler things that can be done to improve life expectancy right now, like improving access to prenatal care, battling hospital-based infections, and reducing gun violence. This Xconomy commentary details those three ideas and seven others.

Submission + - Open plan offices attract highest levels of worker dissatisfaction (

hessian writes: An open plan workplace, in which enclosed rooms are eschewed in favour of partitioned or non-partitioned desks arranged around a large room, are supposed to promote interaction between workers and boost teamwork.

However, a study of over 40,000 survey responses collected over a decade has found that the benefits for workers are quickly outweighed by the disadvantages.

Submission + - Real Names, Real Problems: Pseudonymity Under Siege (

jfruh writes: Imagine that you're a lawyer who also runs a popular sexual fetish podcast. Or that you're a blogger on political issues and you want to determine for yourself who you're going to get into political arguments with. Or you're a transgender woman who isn't out to your real-life associates but you want to explore your gender identity online. Or that you're a female gamer who wants to play World of Warcraft without being hit on or harassed. All of these people have perfectly good reasons for wanting to use a pseudonym online. And yet more and more websites are making it difficult or impossible to do so, often for perfectly legitimate reasons of improving civility and stopping anonymous abuse. How can pseudonymity — one of the key foundations of early internet communities — be saved?

Submission + - Is The Motion Picture Industry Discouraging The Next Ray Dolby? (

sperlingreich writes: Digital Cinema Initiatives crafted their requirements to rely on open standards specifically so they could stop paying for proprietary technologies supplied by companies like Dolby and their competitor DTS.

In the future, will pioneers like Ray Dolby set out to invent advanced technologies for cinema, knowing that if they come up with something truly visionary their financial upside could be limited by a small group of powerful entities (Hollywood studios) who can mandate non-proprietary alternatives? What if those who follow in Ray Dolby’s footsteps choose instead to focus their groundbreaking work in a market other than motion picture exhibition in order to better profit from it?

Submission + - How The Tech Elite Pushes A Workaholic Culture (

jfruh writes: Marissa Mayer says you can work 130-hour weeks like she did at Google if "you're strategic about when you shower." Elon Musk asked an interviewer "I would like to allocate more time to dating ... How much time does a woman want a week?" Jack Dorsey puts in a standard eight-hour workday — at each of his two jobs. If you wonder where Silicon Valley's crazy workaholic culture comes from, start at the top.

Submission + - How the NSA sabotaged the Internet (

An anonymous reader writes: Trust is the world’s most valuable intangible commodity. Economies, political systems, partnerships and marriages rise or fall based on it. All commerce — both online and offline — rests on it. And yet the US’s National Security Agency (NSA) is actively and recklessly undermining the fabric of trust that holds the Internet together.

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