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Comment My phone is my lifeline (Score 1) 445

As a contractor, I spend most of my busy days on my desk phone in conference calls with people from all over the country. We also use various live-meeting tools to share documents and presentations, but for all the audio, there's few things as reliable and clear as a wired telephone system. Most times the bad connections come from people "on-the-go" calling in from their cell phone.

For inter-office communication it depends on the immediacy. If a coworker is working from home, I'll drop them an IM or an email if it's not urgent. Otherwise, I may give them a call. If they're in the office, I'll usually just walk over to their desk and ask. It also helps I sit in a 10 foot radius of my project team.

Our phones are also of the VOIP type which means I can forward my desk phone to my cell when I work from home and still utilize all its features.
Data Storage

Submission + - Amazon's Glacier Offers Archival Storage in the Cloud (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Amazon is expanding its reach into the low-cost, high-durability archival storage market with the newly announced Glacier.

While Glacier allows companies to transfer their data-archiving duties to the cloud—a potentially money-saving boon for many a budget-squeezed organization—the service comes with some caveats. Its cost structure and slow speed of data retrieval make it best suited for data that needs to be accessed infrequently, such as years-old legal records and research data.

If that sounds quite a bit like Amazon Simple Storage Service, otherwise known as Amazon S3, you’d be correct. Both Amazon S3 and Glacier have been designed to store and retrieve data from anywhere with a Web connection. However, Amazon S3—“designed to make Web-scale computing easier for developers,” according to the company—is meant for rapid data retrieval; contrast that with a Glacier data-retrieval request (referred to as a “job”), where it can take between 3 and 5 hours before it’s ready for downloading."

Data Storage

Submission + - Amazon Web Services Presents: Glacier (amazon.com)

isaachulvey writes: Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup. In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions.

Comment Try, try again... (Score 3, Interesting) 442

While I want to think that we could be on the verge of some new physics discoveries... I have my doubts. It very likely could be that OPERA is still using a flawed method and thus seeing flawed results.

That being said, if and when other (independent) groups can verify this claim, that will be an exciting day.

Comment Android Phone Manufacturers (Score 2) 770

A big issue is Android phone manufacturers pump out all different "levels" of phones to reach as many people as possible. Apple makes one phone (two or three if you wanna get picky) and reaches as many people as possible with that.

In other words with Android you have: HTC, Motorola, Samsung each producing 5+ models per year resulting in 15+ different Android phones for a current year. When my HTC EVO 4G was brand new, it was $200 but I could have purchased the HTC Hero for less. However, I knew that in a year or so, that Hero would be so old and out-dated that it wouldn't be worth my time and money. I forked over the extra cash knowing I was buying a phone that would live much longer.

With Apple you have one. They release roughly one phone per year. If you wan an "Apple phone" you buy the most recent or maybe a version behind, but really, who's buying the iPhone 4 right now when you can get the 4s?

The problem people get into is they buy Android phones that are already on their way out. The EVO is still available from Sprint, but there is no way I would buy that now. It's substantially cheaper than any other Android phone Sprint offers (maybe with the exception of a few free with contract options) but why would I buy a phone that's going on two years old?

Android manufacturers need to step up their game and stop pumping out as many different phones as they can. Focus that "creative" energy into developing a couple powerful and sharp phones per year. I've had no issues with my HTC phone, but with how fragmented the HTC line-up is currently, I don't think I even know what the "best" available phone they offer is... I'll likely be going to the Galaxy Nexus assuming it comes to Sprint.

Comment Mouse! (Score 1) 522

When I forked over the cash and bought a Logitech G5 laser mouse for my laptop it blew using the touchpad out of the water! Custom sensitivities, weighting, extreme durability (over 5 years of use and still going strong)... easily the best $50 I've ever spent on a computer upgrade in terms of longevity and functionality boost.

Submission + - DNA Could ID Gacy's Last Victims (discovery.com)

RedEaredSlider writes: 30 years ago John Wayne Gacy killed 33 young men and boys. He buried most of them under his home and threw other victims in a river. Eight of them were unidentified, but modern DNA techniques could do what forensic scientists in the 1970s could not: give them back their names.

Submission + - passing of long-time Motorola CEO, Robert Galvin (prnewswire.com)

bobD60067 writes: Many people are reflecting on the passing of Steve Jobs. This week, we also lost Robert Galvin who led Motorola as CEO for 29 years during which the company grew from $290M in sales to almost $11B in sales. During his tenure, Motorola helped establish the cell phone industry with products like the DynaTAC, StarTAC, and MicroTAC — each a ground-breaking product of its time.

In addition to other innovations in technology and process, and actually more important, was Mr Galvin's believe in the power of his employees.

We have lost another great leader.


Submission + - Nice Pack Exploit Kit Found, Thousands of Sites Ow (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: A new exploit pack has appeared on the scene in the last week or so and it already is causing trouble for users, with more than 16,000 compromised Web sites redirecting users to a page that is hosting the pack and exploiting vulnerabilities on their machines to install malware.

The attackers behind the exploit pack, known as Nice Pack, are following the tried and true path blazed by groups that use other better-known exploit kits such as Black Hole. The attackers are using various techniques to compromise a large number of legitimate Web pages, on which they then place malicious JavaScript that will redirect unsuspecting users to the remote site that's hosting the exploit pack itself.

This is the same attack sequence that the crews who have been employing Black Hole and other exploit kits have been using for some time now. In fact, security researchers say that the JavaScript code that they've seen redirecting users to the site hosting Nice Pack is identical to the code that attackers recently used in the attack on MySQL.com that was redirecting users to the Black Hole exploit kit. Researchers at the Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit discovered the Nice Pack kit recently and say that its immediate goal is to install the ZeroAccess Trojan on compromised machines.

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