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Submission + - Cisco Systems to lay off about 14,000 employees (crn.com)

schwit1 writes: Cisco Systems is laying off about 14,000 employees, representing nearly 20 percent of the network equipment maker's global workforce.

San Jose, California-based Cisco is expected to announce the cuts within the next few weeks, the report said, as the company transition from its hardware roots into a software-centric organization.

Cisco increasingly requires "different skill sets" for the "software-defined future" than it did in the past, as it pushes to capture a higher share of the addressable market and aims to boost its margins, the CRN report said citing a source familiar with the situation.

Comment sharp edge (Score 4, Insightful) 304

i vote for getting rid of the sharp edge that's grating the skin off my wrists. i'd similarly welcome a computer that can keep itself cool without sounding like an asthmatic jet engine. it would also be nice to be able to fall asleep with a running computer on my chest/abdomen without being woken up by a burning skin sensation.

Comment Re:what kind of answer do you want? (Score 1) 8

the problem is that any phone is practically 2 separate computers. there's the modem part that's controlled by a closed source firmware only manufacturer/NSA/Chinese know how to activate remotely and abuse, and then there's the computer part that you interact with that everybody knows how to abuse.

if you want to secure the 2nd, user facing computer, there are projects to take care of you, like the recently mentioned copperheadOS or blackberry with grsecurity patches. i personally like cyanogenmod, which gives me ability to switch off applications' permissions (even more granular permissions than android's built in model). if you want best support for alternative OSs for your phone, you should just buy a google nexus phone. they are the most popular amongst tinkerers.

if you want to secure your phone's modem against government eavesdropping and BTS triangulation, you need to build the phone yourself and avoid closed source modem part. check out osmocom.org

Submission + - LastPass accounts can be 'completely compromised' when users visit sites (theregister.co.uk)

mask.of.sanity writes: A dangerous zero-day vulnerability has been found in popular cloud password vault LastPass, which can completely compromise user accounts when users visit malicious websites. The flaw is today being reported to LastPass by established Google Project zero hacker Tavis Ormandy who says he has found other "obvious critical problems".

Comment Re: Is free software in this realm? (Score 1) 74

1. even the most basic server setup is way too difficult for the average Joe user (a Teamspeak server takes minutes, Asterisk will take you the whole day)
2. setting up your SIP phone is a lot more difficult than skype/teamspeak/discord/whatsapp/viber/etc.. (codecs, NAT traversal technique, SIP encryption, RTP encryption, presence settings)
3. even if you get everything right on 1st attempt, as soon as you find yourself behind a different router, you may need to reconfigure everything to get it to work again. this is why Bria SIP phone (on mobile phone) asks you after every call whether you could actually hear the other party and whether the other party heard you. if you answer no, it changes the nat traversal technique to another permutation of various settings.

SIP will be the bee's knees when we one day switch to ipv6. before that, it's only really useful for business setups where people setting it up actually know what they're doing.

Comment Re: Is free software in this realm? (Score 1) 74

i was responding to the suggestion to run your own jabber server, not to the question about replacing skype.

regarding asterisk - while i've spent a decade working with it (and freeswitch), i would not recommend it as a replacement for skype. its primary problem, like jabber's, is the protocol. SIP will never be a good fit for today's NATed IPv4 networks (hence the crap like STUN, TURN, ICE and SIP ALGs). IAX2 solves these problems with ease, but there are almost no phones with support for that protocol. there are a few commercial softphones that can use it but that's not a FOSS solution.

the simple answer is, you have to go for a proprietary solution to replace skype if you want to maintain the comfort level (setup and use).

Comment Re:Is free software in this realm? (Score 5, Informative) 74

slashdot should have a bot to do this: for the millionth time, there is NO free (as in beer) FOSS jabber server that supports all the necessary XEPs for reliable message delivery on mobile devices (devices with frequent network dropouts, IP changes, packet loss). PAID version of ejabberd is the closest you can get to reliable xmpp message delivery.

and 2nd of all, there are almost no xmpp clients that support the said XEPs. last time i checked, there were only 2 somewhat equipped for it. one is discontinued, the other one is Conversations. again, Conversations isn't free (as in beer). it used to be on fdroid too but i can't find it there anymore.

for those interested, to have reliable xmpp communication on a mobile device, you need at the very least - xep-198, xep-280, xep-313

xmpp is overly complicated, stupid (xml), doesn't reflect current user requirements (mobile devices) and speed of its evolution is hampered by the massive number of stakeholders.

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