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Comment Online shopping (credit card, delivery address)? (Score 1) 206

How about credit card? If you buy from Ebay or from China are they then allowed to store credit card information, email address and home address?
Question is - what is personal information? I can understand SSN to be personal. But how about your birth date, sex (gay?), tracking cookies?

And famous Russian search engine is just building a data center outside from Russia...

Comment Why firewall? Protecting some other computers? (Score 0) 187


Good you found Linux and you are trying it.

Some rules what you should know about different Operating Systems - examples about Linux here:
- Linux does not need firewall. Unless you are protecting other computers.
- Firewall is not needed unless you have ports open (listening) what you can not close. On Linux _you_manage_your_computer_ and you can close programs which are listening and you don't like.
- If you have any services you want to protect being accessed from bad/wrong hosts... you have options like tcpwrapper.
So check your ports by running command: sudo lsof -i -Pn
It shows you currently open connections AND ports which are ready to receive traffic from Internet.

If you see ports what you don't want to be listening then identify it and stop. Like this:
smbd 7114 root 26u IPv6 101652 0t0 TCP *:445 (LISTEN)
So you have smbd (Samba) listening TCP port 445, it has PID number 7114 ("sudo kill 7114" to kill it) and it is running as root level.

So - you don't need firewall. Just knowledge how to close unneeded services/programs.

Br, Henri

Comment LOGO for children (Score 1) 430

Over 20 years ago we were using LOGO programming language. It is visual where you see "turtle" who you command to move, turn left or right and so on.
So that's visual and even children understand simple commands: go forward, turn left, pen down, go forward, turn left, go forward, pen up ...
Also even more visual if you can have physical robot with a pen control. Children can see robot crawling on floor as you program. Control pen and even change color.
Later they can learn loops and other more complex things. See Wiki:
There are also links for teaching programming languages for children.

Comment It's good for competition (Score 1) 259

If somebody can do it cheaper then it's better for consumers.
But competing against free? Just same as paid OS versus free OS.
Your laptop's free OS is also good even you get some trial(crap)ware what you should pay later.
WIth free internet you could get some ads. Or would you pay to get it ad-free?

Here is one good example from Nordic country where University, City and local companies can make it free for all


Submission + - Fake Tamiflu 'out-spams Viagra on Web' (

cin62 writes: The number of Internet scammers offering fake anti-swine flu drug Tamiflu has surpassed those selling counterfeit Viagra, reports CNN. Since the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, was declared a global pandemic last month, there has been an increase in the number of Web sites and junk emails offering Tamiflu for sale. "Every Web site that used to sell Viagra is now selling Tamiflu. We are pretty sure that the same people are making the Tamiflu as are making the Viagra," said Director of Policy for the UK's Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).
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Submission + - Moblin 2 Beta Reviewed

An anonymous reader writes: Over at PC World, Keir Thomas has written a detailed review of Moblin 2, Intel's new OS created specifically for netbooks. FTA: "Moblin is in no way a "cut down" operating system for netbooks, as I'm sure many fuddy-duddy commentators in the industry would like to see it. Moblin is an example of a platform from which you can launch your online adventures, whatever they may be. It's a jumping off point... What I like more, though, is what Moblin is trying to do. It might be that Moblin doesn't reach its destination but, as often happens with computing, Moblin's gift to the world may turn out to be a proof of concept."

Submission + - Swiss interim judgement: buying Microsoft is risky

cheros writes: It's presently only available in German, sorry — this is in principle a followup of I expect there will be a Redhat press release surfacing at some point.

The Swiss NZZ newspaper reports (at that an interim judgement now allows the procurement of Microsoft products & services, with the proviso that such contracts could be annulled by the final judgement.

This means that the purchase of Microsoft products is presently a risk until the final judgement. IMHO this is as effective as banning purchases until then, but without enabling Microsoft to do anything about it (AFAIK, IANAL).

This interim judgement is in principle a confirmation that there is actually a case to answer, and that the existence of viable alternatives is accepted by the court.

In related news, Redmond Microsoft staff recently dismissed are asked to bring their office chairs to a storage room on the executive floor before they leave. No explanation is provided :-)

Submission + - Dueling facts: Is telecommuting growing or not? (

coondoggie writes: "Anecdotally you know telecommuting is growing but many days when you get out on the road, it looks like that notion is bunk. And some of it just might be if you give a new study out today from the US Census Bureau much weight: despite rising fuel costs, 77% of commuters continue to drive their cars — alone — most of the time. The kicker is that the survey looks at 2005 figures -the latest it has — from U.S. Census Bureau American Community Service analysis. As for telecommuting, the bureau says approximately 4% us worked from home in 2005. Compare that to a A CDW Government study released in Marc said during the past year, telework growth in the federal government also outpaced the private sector: 35% of Federal teleworkers started teleworking, compared to 10% of private-sector teleworkers. 6"

What Microsoft Could Learn from OSS and Linux 271

An anonymous reader writes "An article on discusses a few things that Microsoft could learn from OSS and Linux. 'As Microsoft continues to understand that open source does not mean they cannot generate a decent profit, I honestly wonder if they will eventually "get" that releasing MS Office code to the open source community is their only option. Since the whole threatening to sue thing will be met with the same fan base response, just like the RIAA, it is certainly not a wise decision. And if Microsoft thinks Open Office is a pain now, try suing people over it, then see how many people refuse to buy their products.'"

Submission + - Hidden Images On Windows Vista DVD

bigwophh writes: "A blog post at Spanish-speaking website shows a hidden image of three men standing side-by-side on a Windows Vista Business DVD. So, we decided to investigate further and slapped a Windows Vista Ultimate DVD down on a scanner to see if we could verify the original image and to see if there were any other hidden images to speak of. Well, we were able to verify the hidden image of the three men and found another picture of what appears to be two more faces, and another that looks like a view of Earth from the Moon. A fourth image is also visible, but we haven't been able to make out the details."

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