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Repairing / Establishing Online Reputation? 564

illini1022 writes "I'm currently a senior nearing graduation from college. With studies focusing on power and energy I believe I have set myself up extremely well for post-graduation employment. I have one concern. The top search result on Google for my full name is a blog posting regarding an article about a pedophile that happens to bear the same name as myself. The blog also originates from a city I lived in during one summer (specified on my resume). Upon closer inspection, it would become quickly apparent that the subject in question is not me. The person of interest was in the military, and I have never been. However, I fear this unfortunate coincidence might cost me chances at employment with companies I'm now applying to. I have absolutely no issue with any employer finding anything I've put on the Internet; I have been careful to protect my reputation. My concern is with an employer mistaking me for someone else, and disqualifying me from recruitment. I've attempted to contact the blog owner to no avail. What are my options? Am I overreacting? Should I attempt to set up my own site that would steal the top Google search from this blog posting? I appreciate any insight/advice."

Submission + - Microsoft's new appliance revealed

Drewsk writes: "From The Globe and Mail... Microsoft Corp. has taken the wraps off "Surface," a coffee-table shaped computer that responds to touch and to special bar codes attached to everyday objects. The machines, which Microsoft planned to debut Wednesday at a technology conference in Carlsbad, Calif., are set to arrive in November in T-Mobile USA stores and properties owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Harrah's Entertainment Inc. Read more."

Submission + - last.fm bought by CBS for $280m

megla writes: The BBC is reporting that last.fm has been purchased by CBS for the princely sum of $280m — not quite up to Gootube levels, but fairly significant.
While the article quotes founding member Martin Stiksel as saying it's "an exciting opportunity", I can't help but feel that not all the 15 million users will agree with the effects of commercialization.
As yet their seems to be no announcement on the last.fm website.

Submission + - Ubuntu Media Center to use Elisa instead of MythTV

clevelandguru writes: Canonical is working on a Media Center Editon of Ubuntu. Recently, the Ubuntu Media Center Team made a decision to use Elisa instead of MythTV. Elisa is still in development and lacks lot of features that are in MythTV, but It has a very impressive user interface. Here are some screenshots of Elisa. Elisa uses GStreamer Multimedia Framework which is legally appealing compared to FFmpeg that MythTV uses.

Submission + - Assertion that Microsoft's 'dead' doesn't compute

AlexGr writes: "By Andrew Kantor (USAToday.com) "Microsoft is dead," wrote Paul Graham late last week in one of the silliest columns I've seen in a while. Graham is a smart guy, and probably the one most responsible for you not getting entirely inundated by spam. His " A plan for spam" outlined the method now used by most anti-spam software. In this latest message, " Microsoft Is Dead"Graham argues that the Redmond giant was killed by Google, which showed people that the desktop wasn't nearly as important in the age of Web-based applications. Plain and simple, Graham is wrong. There's no way anyone could argue that Microsoft is dead. Just look at the numbers. When a software runs more than 90% of the desktops on the planet — and will for the foreseeable future — it's simply not dead. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/andrewkanto r/2007-04-12-graham-microsoft_N.htm"

Submission + - Get High-Quality Audio From Your PC

audiophile writes: Just because it's a PC doesn't mean it can't output good-sounding audio. In the same vein as specialty A/V products, you can find PC-based A/V systems with extensive audio processing and step-up performance specifications, including Signal-to-Noise ratio, which can make a significant difference when using the analog outputs. Media center manufacturer Niveus shares tips for getting high-quality audio from a PC.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Al Gore: Embedded Tech can Help Heal the Earth

An anonymous reader writes: Former Vice President Al Gore told Embedded Systems Conference keynote attendees in San Jose, Calif. today that energy-efficient IT systems of the future — many containing embedded processors — will be a major factor in helping overcome the major climate problems the Earth is now facing. Change is going to come in the millions and billions of embedded systems that will bring higher levels of performance and lower levels of power consumption to everything we do, Gore said. Not only are the poles melting, but microbes that proliferate in the tropics are moving to the higher and lower latitudes, away from the equator, Gore warned. 'Once we realize the challenge, we will find kids flowing into science and engineering classes, wanting to be a part of something larger than themselves, and more important,' Gore said. 'You can lead this vision. Engineering is making visions real.'

Feed Online Guitar Tablature Finally Going Legit (techdirt.com)

Among the more ridiculous campaigns waged by music publishers in their bid to control every aspect of their copyrights, has been their war on guitar tablature. Tablature is a simple notation system that helps people write down and learn how to play songs. For many years, there were a number of sites devoted to organizing all the tablature on the web, much of which was posted originally on message boards and fan sites, with these sites serving as popular destinations for amateur guitar players looking to learn their favorite songs. Although you'd think the music industry would be thrilled by the prospect of people learning to play popular songs so that they'd maintain an interest in the material, the big sites have all been basically shut down. Needless to say, all the tablature is still available elsewhere on the web, but if you want to find it, you just have to search a little bit harder. Now, the industry has worked out a deal to legitimize online tablature. One of the sites that had been shut down will reopen and its advertising revenue will be shared with music publishers, which will then supposedly share it with the artist. This is a positive development for guitar players, but it's still not clear why the industry went down this road in the first place. These companies admit that they don't derive any significant revenue from selling published tablature, so it's not as though the presence of it online was hurting its sales. It's the same thing as when the industry went after people posted videos of themselves dancing to certain songs on YouTube. Instead of appreciating the fact that fans were expressing interest in their music, and figuring out a way to take advantage of it, their first inclination is to treat their most avid fans like criminals.

Submission + - Why Microsoft Should Fear Apple

jcatcw writes: Computerworld's Scot Finnie says that MS should be afraid because Apple has gotten smarter about how it competes. He says that it's the Parallels Desktop software that has been truly transformational for the Mac. Finnie did a simple three-month trial of the Mac last in the fall and realized four months later that he wasn't going back. Since then he's received hundreds of messages from readers who've also made the switch.

Submission + - Google developing products for TV

jbrodkin writes: "This story investigates Google's plans for television by reviewing the job advertisements Google has posted as it looks for engineers and sales executives who will bring the Google television offering to market. Google itself is keeping quiet, but its intentions are made clear by the fact that it is building a team to "make the world's information universally accessible and useful through television." http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/032707-googl e-next-frontier.html"
Linux Business

Submission + - Using OSS without knowledge to support it

[HeMaN] writes: I own a small company, and bought a Thecus N5200 NAS just before Christmas to use for storing data in a safer way than just depending on my laptop's internal harddrive.
A month ago, when running a filesystemcheck from a menu in the controlwebsite due to an error while copying data, it trashed my data completely, and now refuses to "mount" the raidset. I wrote Thecus twice the next two following days, so far no reply!
As far as I can see, it runs some kind of embedded Linux, and the Ext3 filesystem with volumegroups. But I can't access it in other ways than using the administration website. So my question is: "What do you do when someone uses Linux and other OSS products within their own product, and obviously don't have the knowledge to support it"?!? It sure gives Linux/OSS a bad name, and the feeling that it's not ready to use for businesses.
I'd probably been better off using my own custom build FreeNAS.
Data Storage

Submission + - Open Source Highly Available Storage Solutions?

Gunfighter writes: I run a small datacenter for one of my customers, but they're constantly filling up different hard drives on different servers and then shuffling the data back and forth. At their current level of business, they can't afford to invest in a Storage Area Network of any sort, so they want to spread the load of their data storage needs across their existing servers like Google does. The only software packages I've found that do this seamlessly are Lustre and NFS. The problem with Lustre is that it has a single metadata server unless you configure failover, and NFS isn't redundant at all and can be a nightmare to manage. The only thing I've found that even comes close is Starfish. While it looks promising, I'm wondering if anyone else has found a reliable solution that is as easy to set up and manage? Eventually, they would like to be able to scale from their current storage usage levels (~2TB) to several hundred terabytes once the operation goes into full production.

Comment Re:it's sociological (Score 1) 369

And that's where the social music sites, like last.fm and Pandora, comes in. I use last.fm, and it works both ways:
- There's recommendations based on what I listen to, and there's the "similar bands" on every band page. I was able to find some really good stuff using these tools.
- You can see what your real life friends are listening to. I check my friends list and if there's any band there on the "top artists", I'll go check them out.

We don't need the Labels to filter things for us.

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