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Comment Teamviewer, Skype, VM (Score 1) 212

You might check out Teamviewer, and Skype for Linux is in beta.

Also, I'd recommend running a Windows VM. Often you might need to use your client's tools (like GoToMeeting, etc). Having access to these and being flexible for their needs makes them much more likely to get the warm fuzzies that keep them as clients.

Comment It's still there (Score 1) 574

"Google ... today moved to silence dissent and lock comments on the issue."

That's ridiculous; closing a bug doesn't silence anyone's opinion. The dissenting opinion on that bug will now stand forever, for all to see.

Google didn't silence dissent. If anything, they immortalized it.

Submission + - Samsung expands patent attack against Apple (

An anonymous reader writes: Samsung recently expanded its patent attack against Apple, bringing suit in the US claiming that Apple infringes upon 10 Samsung patents relating to mobile phones and “fundamental innovations that increase mobile device reliability, efficiency, and quality, and improve user interface in mobile handsets and other products.”

Submission + - What is the best way to leave my router open? ( 4

generalhavok writes: I read the story on Slashdot earlier about the EFF encouraging people to leave their WiFi open to share the internet. I would like to do this! I don't mind sharing my connection and letting my neighbors check their email or browse the web. However, when I used to leave it open, I quickly found my limited bandwidth dissappearing, as my neighbors started using it heavily by streaming videos, downloading large files, and torrenting. What is an easy way I can share my internet, while enforcing some limits so there is enough bandwidth left for me? What about separating the neighbors from my internal home network? Can this be done with consumer-grade routers? If the average consumer wants to share, what's the easiest and safest way to do it?

Submission + - Best. Geek. Wedding. Invitation. Ever. (

kfogel writes: "Karen Sandler (a lawyer at the Software Freedom Law Center) and Mike Tarantino (a professional musician) are getting married in May. They've sent out the coolest wedding invitation ever: a beautifully packaged flexidisc record where the invitation itself is the record player. That's right: It's paper! And it plays a record! The song itself was written by Mike, is performed by Karen and Mike together, and FTW is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. The person who designed the invitations — a friend of the couple's — has blogged about it. It's also made Make Magazine, Mashable, and"

Submission + - Why can CGI not create a convincing eye? (

An anonymous reader writes: The latest trailer for this summer's 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' presents us again with a briliantly rendered CGi creature, but which possesses the same 'dead' eyes that were criticised in the recreation of Arnold Schwarzenegger for 2009's 'Terminator Salvation'. It's ironic, since the eyes of the human actors in the original cycle of 'Apes' movies were what brought John Chambers' Oscar-winning make-up to life. This article looks at some possible reasons why the depiction of the human or anthropomorphic eye in CGI has proved such an oft-criticised albatross for VFX artists — and how Digital Domain's Ed Ulbrich arguably is among the very few who have taken a serious and creative attitude to the problem.

Comment Not entirely accurate (Score 2) 213

If you read the brief, it's actually not quite as simple as Google "does not have FISMA certification." FISMA certification is per-agency, and Google *has* FISMA certification for GSA. Google *does not* have FISMA certification for any other agency. Each agency makes its own determination. It also appears that FISMA is a minimum for information security, so agencies can require more than FISMA if they want to. (Refer to brief pages 37-39 for the details on FISMA.)

Comment Re:Firefox not developed by Google (Score 1) 803

If Firefox defaults to Google, it is because the Firefox development team concluded it is a better search engine.

I'm really surprised this hasn't been brought up yet, and maybe not many people know, but this statement is completely false. A BIG part of the financial support for the Mozilla Foundation and Firefox comes from Google. Google pays Mozilla per download for the benefit of being the default search engine in the browser.

Does this change who's right and who's wrong? Maybe not. But it keeps me from having the blind faith in Google's altruism that most of these other posts are littered with.

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