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Comment CoAST and jira (Score 1) 428

Our developers use jira to track software bugs.

For computer trouble tickets we wrote a piece of software called CoAST which allows users to enter and comment on trouble tickets. I.T. can add comments and change priorities. It also includes software and asset tracking, and a library for loaner resources (like projectors)


Huge iPhone Cut-and-Paste Tool Security Flaw 85

Harry writes "I'm using Pastebud, the new third-party copy-and-paste solution for the iPhone. It's extremely clever, using a Web-based clipboard to get around the fact that Apple doesn't provide one on the phone. Unfortunately, it seems to be giving users access to e-mails that other Pastebud users send to their clipboards. This has happened to me repeatedly and is being reported by other users in Pastebud's Get Satisfaction support forum. Pastebud is operational and still doing this as I write, even though a message at Get Satisfaction says they're working on the problem."

New MacBook Case Leak Rumors 243

Someone noted that there are more macbook case leaks which look to all but confirm a new MacBook and possibly a MacBook Pro expected to be announced for later this week. There seem to be fewer ports, and no leaks of a 17" aircraft carrier laptop.
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Submission + - Italian MPs choose Linux on their personal PCs (

Bergamo writes: according to the Italian daily LaRepubblica, all Italian MPs can from today chose Linux as their the operating system for the PCs they use at the parliament, instead of Windows. This was decided yesterday after a motion from two MPs. You can read the article translated from Italian into English with the fish.

from the article: "Apart from technological aspects, the adoption of Linux on the PC of the MPs can represent a cut to expenses of approximately three million euro ... for the House." Linux, one of the two MPs that tabled the motion suggests, "...means also more security, transparency and freedom". "this represents an example ... for all the public administrations".


Submission + - The Network Engineer's "Credibility Gap" ( writes: "Are network engineers and networking teams getting unfairly scapegoated in enterprise IT organizations? Network Performance Daily looks at a particular example and asks why the typical end-user response of "the network is slow" translates into the network engineering team getting the blame for poorly developed applications and malfunctioning servers.

From the article: "This particular issue had been going on for probably over a month and a half... retransmissions went through the roof, while no other metric did anything... all this mounting evidence that we hoped the server team for this particular Web server would just take a look at. But it never went that way. The [Web server team] kept asking us to bring in our vendors, or bring in AT&T and do all this other stuff, when we had already called AT&T to verify that we had an error-free network. It got to batting back-and-forth 'Whose problem is it?'"

"What frustrated us is that we've got these great graphs and great tools that tell us specifically... where it's going wrong and where we should focus, and it's never an easy sell.... Imagine a man walking into a hospital, saying that he doesn't feel good, and doctors around the country are immediately called in, starting with the cardiologist, who rules out heart trouble. The man is next wheeled to a podiatrist, who rules out any problems with his feet. He's then wheeled to a gynecologist (But I'm a man... Ma'am, I'm a doctor. I think I should make that determination — and only after the tests come back.) If your diagnostic process is trial by error, you're not, technically, diagnosing.""


Submission + - Ten steps to the end of freedom

mdsolar writes: "Naomi Wolf, never shy to speak up, has published a piece in the Guardian that I found disturbing. It is call "Fascist America, in 10 easy steps" and it works through a number of issues that have been discussed on slashdot. Her ten steps are:

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. Create a gulag
3. Develop a thug caste
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
5. Harass citizens' groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
7. Target key individuals
8. Control the press
9. Dissent equals treason
10. Suspend the rule of law

Her thoughts on number 3 seemed especially provocative to me, leading me to wonder, does an all volunteer army lead to the creation of private armies?

Towards the end she says this:

Right now, only a handful of patriots are trying to hold back the tide of tyranny for the rest of us — staff at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who faced death threats for representing the detainees yet persisted all the way to the Supreme Court; activists at the American Civil Liberties Union; and prominent conservatives trying to roll back the corrosive new laws, under the banner of a new group called the American Freedom Agenda. This small, disparate collection of people needs everybody's help, including that of Europeans and others internationally who are willing to put pressure on the administration because they can see what a US unrestrained by real democracy at home can mean for the rest of the world.
Other issues, like messing up elections, didn't make her list but what she does cover seems spooky."

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