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Comment More likely to influence companies outside of US (Score 3, Interesting) 393

I think the whole fiasco is going to convince a lot more companies located outside of the U.S. to stay away from U.S. based cloud-providers and SaS. As a Canadian, I'm looking for a Canadian cloud provider that guarantees data is located in Canadian data centres, is Canadian-owned (U.S. law treats subsidiaries of U.S. companies as U.S. companies), and is only subject to Canadian laws.

I suspect many non-U.S. companies are going to do the same- I'd rather be subject to laws I have some influence over.

Comment My workflow (Score 1) 187

I've been doing this for a while now. Like others here, I have a Fujitsu Scansnap 1500- it's one of the best investments I've made for cleaning up my office/workflow.

When something comes in, I immediately scan it to the filesystem. My structure is:

2013/Banking/BankName/2013-01-31-14h32.pdf (or something like that- it's the default Scansnap filename.)

I then place the original in a filebox- keeping one filebox for each year. No sorting, organizing, just keeping originals.

At the end of each year, the filebox goes to the crawlspace, and I start a new one. After 7 years, intention is get the box securely shredded (costs about $10/box around here.)

I back the filesystem up nightly to two separate local NASs, and upload the whole filesystem (as a series of encrypted files) to Amazon Glacier (this is a recent addition to my workflow- has stopped me worrying about a fire etc. wiping out both NASs).

All of my documents go in there- it's really easy to find stuff (depending on how good your folder organization is- you can add depth for those kinds of documents that need it, while other ones that aren't likely to be needed can be put in a less descriptive folder hierarchy.)


Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."

Submission + - Interview with open-source backer Eben Moglen (

inkslinger77 writes: "As a lawyer, law professor and software programmer, Eben Moglen is passionate about technology, software and user freedom. A former board member of the Free Software Foundation and the founder, president and executive director of the Software Freedom Law Center in New York since 2005, Moglen has worked to protect and advance open source and free software. Moglen recently talked with Computerworld about his work, his belief in open source and what he sees as the changing future of software in the world economy."

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