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Comment Re:do you want a CMS, or a wiki? (Score 1) 369

I have set my employer up with Deki Wiki, which is a FOSS version of their Enterprise Mindtouch Deki software.

This is built as a fork from the same codebase as mediawiki, wikipedia's software. Also, Mindtouch, or Deki or whatever, offers Enterprise features as an upgrade with hosted solutions and various support levels if they find the cost internally is growing out of control.

Also, as someone mentioned above about the power of just doing it, I was able to set it up on old hardware out of my house in order to showcase the feature set to my boss. By doing so she saw that this was something I understood, and could teach someone to manage as I had taught her how to use the majority of the admin features in an hour or so.

I guess it is called Mindtouch Core v10 now.... and they make it a bit harder to get the unlimited core features, with out the trial period sunset, of course. But, stick with MindTouch Core in the selections and you should be fine, provided you have a little know how and a can do attitude.

Good luck! And NO, I do not work for them. I like the free version of their software and found it an easy sell to the suits.
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Dogs Can Be Pessimistic 99

Not that it will change anything, but researchers at Bristol University say that your dog might be a gloom-monger. In addition to the downer dogs, the study also found a few that seemed happy no matter how uncaring the world around them was. "We know that people's emotional states affect their judgments and that happy people are more likely to judge an ambiguous situation positively. What our study has shown is that this applies similarly to dogs," said professor Mike Mendl, an author of the study and head of animal welfare and behavior at Bristol University.

Comment This sounds like the worst job ever... (Score 5, Funny) 364

I'm going out on a bit of a limb here, so bear with me if you wood...

But seriously, figuring out an algorithm to ID wangs; sounds like those developers are going to be eyebrow deep in junk for a while. That's a job, much like plumbing, that I can appreciate for the value of the product, but can't fathom the drive to devote oneself to.

Submission + - Why isn't AT&T Femotcell Technology an App?

hajihill writes: "The technology behind a femtocell is essentially a network bridge which connects to a cell phone signal and bridges that signal via an authenticated VOIP connection back to, in this case, AT&T where it is routed as a phone call normally would be. This is understood. What I don't get is why a smartphone, with wifi capabilities, would need a femtocell to operate where there is already an available wireless connection in place. At the point where AT&T has worked out how to authenticate a call routed over the open internet as coming from your handset, isn't this extra piece of hardware they are charging us for superfluous?

I hope you choose to carry this story as it seems to be a case of AT&T blatantly profiting from customer ignorance and really shouldn't be tolerated. AT&T instead should release an AT&T branded VOIP app for it's iPhone handsets, instead of peddling additional hardware to it's customers when it should have beefed up it's wireless networks in the first place. Of course, the same could be said of others carriers and their respective smartphones, however, with the connectivity issues experienced by AT&T and iPhone users, I think this is particularly pertinent."

Comment Re:Are we guppies (Score 1) 834

Good point.

Corollary question for consideration: Did cheetahs have this problem before the advent of modern poaching/hunting practices brought down their numbers drastically (assuming this was the case)?

Could we be witnessing, through globalization and the blurring of the lines between cultures, a minimization of variance and an increased risk of serious genetic disorders? Could this reduce our survivability as a species in the face of some dire consequence?

Honestly, I'm guessing we'll be able to engineer our way around any such problem, but I would; I'm here.

Comment Re:GATTACA (Score 1) 203

I said this all once here, but here it is again, just as pertinent:

I had a conversation and a dream about this just last week. No joke. And this time your tin foil hats won't help you.

I think the technology is there for the government to take genetic samples from everyone in the U.S. armed forces, and thereby build a database in which they could match any found genetic material by gene clade, and describe your relationship, and triangulate your placement in the larger family tree, with a reasonable degree of certainty.

More simply put, a hair or skin flake on the ground could tell them who your brother, cousin, second cousin, uncle, all in different branches of your family, are. With that information it wouldn't be hard to find you.

Really, I'd be more surprised to find out definitively that this wasn't already in place.

Anyway, I feel a bit like a nutter saying it, but with enough computing power, we already have algorithms that do almost, if not, all of this.

"Stayin Alive" Helps You Stay Alive 31

In a small study conducted at the University of Illinois medical school, doctors and students maintained close to the ideal number of chest compressions doing CPR while listening to the Bee Gees hit, "Stayin' Alive." At 103 beats per minute, the old disco song has almost the perfect rhythm to help keep accurate time while doing chest compressions. The study showed the song helped people who already know how to do CPR, and the results were promising enough to warrant larger, more definitive studies with real patients or untrained people. I wonder what intrinsic power is contained in "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?"

Ars Examines Outlandish "Lost To Piracy" Claims and Figures 380

Nom du Keyboard writes "For years the figures of $200 billion and 750,000 jobs lost to intellectual property piracy have been bandied about, usually as a cudgel to demand ever more overbearing copyright laws with the intent of diminishing of both Fair Use and the Public Domain. Now ARS Technica takes a look into origin and validity these figures and finds far less than the proponents of them might wish."

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