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Average Cellphone Data Usage Is 145.8 MB Per Month 107

destinyland writes "For the first time, the majority of cell phones are accessing data services — 53 percent, compared to only 42 percent last year, according to a new study by Validas. And each user downloads an average of 145.8 MB per month (the average was just 96.8 MB per month in 2009). The heaviest users are Verizon smartphone owners, averaging 428 MB per month (338 MB on average for iPhone users). In fact, Verizon users were twice as likely as iPhone users to exceed both 500 MB and 2 GB each month."
The Internet

IETF Turns Introspective With New Wiki 13

alphadogg writes to tell us that the Internet Engineering Task Force has decided to document the successes and failures of past standards and the reasons why. The hope is that lessons learned can influence future decisions. "Grading the success of the IETF standards can also serve several other functions, Crocker pointed out. It could help working groups focus their thinking on how their standards may get implemented, acting in effect a bit like a report card. A secondary benefit of the wiki is that it could serve as an aid in public relations, a place for the standards body to tout its successes. This is not the IETF's first foray into deriving lessons learned from its own work, Housley said. In 2007, Microsoft software architect Dave Thaler gave a talk at the IETF 70 meeting, held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in which he outlined some of the factors that make a protocol a success."

The Art of Scalability 63

Martijn de Boer writes "Creating high performance growing networks is really a special skill managers and network architects should possess to be ready for the future. The Art of Scalability is a book written for these kinds of functions, and prepares you for the present and the imminent future. Scalability is achieved by principles that work on many levels within enterprises, whether it's processes, organizational structure or setting up your project, this book covers it all." Read on for the rest of Martijn's review.

How To Get Out of Developer's Block? 601

Midnight Thunder writes "I have spent the past six months working on a software project, and while I can come up with ideas, I just can't seem to sit down in front of the computer to code. I sit there and I just can't concentrate. I don't know whether this is akin to writer's block, but it feels like it. Have any other Slashdotters run into this and if so how did you get out of it? It is bothering me since the project has ground to a halt and I really want to get started again. I am the sole developer on the project, if that makes a difference."

Comment Re:Subversion with a touch of bash (Score 1) 421

Sure, please post it somewhere. I've actually been planning a shell wrapper for svn for my own purposes lately (home configs, but also company configs with multiuser access and good audit/accountability features). I think I won't symlink into the checkout dir, but rather introduce an extra step to sync it with configs all over the system.

Thanks for sharing your experience.
Data Storage

Submission + - Online Storage for Lawyers

alharaka writes: "I have a relative that has been a lawyer for over two decades. In passing conversation, he revealed to me that he has a great deal of his data stored on floppies. Naturally, as an IT guy, I lost it on him, telling him that a one-dimensional storage strategy of floppies was unacceptable. If he lost those files, his clients would be enraged. Since I do not know much about online data storage for lawyers, I read a few articles I found on Google. A lot of people appear to recommend CoreVault, since a few bar associations, including Oklahoma, officially endorsed them. That is not enough for me. Do any Slashdotters have info on this topic? Do you have any companies you would recommend for online data storage specifically for lawyers? As a lawyer with recognition in NJ, NY, CA, and DC, are there any rules and regulations you know of regarding such online storage he must comply with? I know IT and not law. I am aware this is not a forum for legal advice, but do any IT professionals who work for law firms know about such rules and regulations?"
The Internet

Submission + - New Data Center Will Heat Homes in London (datacenterknowledge.com)

1sockchuck writes: "The heat generated by thousands of servers at the new Telehouse West data center in London will soon be used to heat nearby houses and businesses. The Greater London Authority has approved a plan in which waste heat from the colocation facility will be used in a district heat network for the local Docklands community. The project is expected to produce up to nine megawatts of power for the local community."

Submission + - In-house or Out-sourced email 1

teabaggs writes: I am starting work as the sole IT guy for a still small but growing starting start up company. I have been educated, but lack some experience so this is a big step up for me and I don't wanna screw this up. Currently they let Go Daddy handle their site and email hosting. They are becoming concerned about security as business is picking and they trade confidential files with their overseas parent company more frequently. They have basically asked the question what should we do? Move our servers and host everything here, or continue using a third party service. And so I ask you reader what are the pros and cons of each situation?

Submission + - SPAM: Acai Berry and Depression

babbbtt08 writes: "The world of health and wellness has recently been shook-up by a marble sized fruit. Harvested in the rain forests of the Amazon, the acai (pronounced ah-cye-EE) berry is the latest health phenomenon. A lack of vital nutrients could cause a chemical imbalance resulting in depression, insomnia and other mental illnesses. The acai berry is chalked full of many nutrients to improve stability of the mind and body."
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PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Steam Sux!

Archerford writes: I check Slashdot several times a day and have done so for years but have never submitted anything today. Recently my brother got his Steam account banned for purchasing a game off of Ebay. I had cautioned him about doing this, but his reply was "the guy's got like 200 postive feedback, how can it be bad?". Needless to say the guy he purchased the games from was using a stolen credit cards to purchased games on Steam and send them as gifts to the people how purchased them. Since my brother accepted these games as a gift, his account has been permanently banned. All his games gone. I myself have gifted him about a dozen games, all lost. Comparably, If I buy a moive off of the interent and it turns out to be pirated, does someone have a right to come in my house and take all of my movies? I guess my question is how can Steam do this, is it legal and what recourse does my brother have to get his account activated again?

Submission + - Pirate Bay offers private VPN for $7 a month (arstechnica.com)

Death Metal writes: "The Pirate Bay is planning to launch a paid VPN service for users looking to cover their tracks when torrenting. The new service will be called IPREDator, named after the Swedish Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) that will go into effect in April. IPREDator is currently in private beta and is expected to go public next week for 5 per month.

IPREDator is clearly a response to the introduction of IPRED in Sweden, which will allow law enforcement and copyright holders to request the personal details of suspected infringers. The copyright holders will then be able to make direct contact with the accused users and presumably threaten them with lawsuits.

If users connect to The Pirate Bay through something like Tor or VPN, however, they're less likely to be tracked. IPREDator's website says that it won't store any traffic data, as its entire goal is to help people stay anonymous on the web. Without any data to hand over, copyright owners won't be able to find individuals to target."


Submission + - Google Earth spawns revolution in conservation (yale.edu)

rhettb writes: "Armed with vivid images from space and remote sensing data, scientists, environmentalists, and armchair conservationists are now tracking threats to the planet and making the information available to anyone with an Internet connection.

In October 2008, scientists with the Royal Botanical Garden at Kew discovered a rich pocket of biodiversity, including several notable new species, in a remote highland forest in Mozambique. What's significant about this find is that it was initiated not by some intrepid adventurer, but rather by a scientist sitting behind his computer. Three years prior, conservationist Julian Bayliss identified the site — Mount Mabu — using Google Earth. Bayliss, a Tanzanian ecologist, then helped plan and lead the expedition.

The use of Google Earth to make a virtual discovery, which then led to an actual one, is just the latest example of how the spread of satellite technology — and related computer applications such as Google Earth — are changing the way scientists, conservationists, and ordinary citizens are monitoring the environment and communicating their findings to the public."

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