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Submission + - Senate bill would allow Obama to kill Internet

moxitek writes: A Senate bill would offer President Obama emergency control of the Internet and may give him a "kill switch" to shut down online traffic by seizing private networks — a move cybersecurity experts worry will choke off industry and civil liberties.
The new legislation allows the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and make a plan to respond to the danger, according to an excerpt published online — a broad license that rights experts worry would give the president "amorphous powers" over private users.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 509

I know that the discussion is based around the "official" app stores, but because of the Pre's open nature there's a huge homebrew app scene. And while it may not be able to support a great gaming framework (yet), I've heard of really cool projects like a Doom emulator and others. The app store for the Pre may be limited now, but already the homebrew scene is looking healthy and has a lot of great offerings.

Comment Re:Umm... (Score 1) 164

*Hundreds* of 300ft wind farms to power a data center? Holy sustainability problems Batman!

You said it! A good friend of mine is an engineer for Vestas, and I hear constantly about their nightmares in dealing with turbine uptime. Those wind farms are producing at 20% most of the time. Those guys better take that into account in their power capacity planning!

Comment Re:SharePoint? (Score 1) 438

Possibly because business doesn't normally give a shit if a blind monkey with three fingers wrote the code as long as it just fucking works and they can see some cost savings or business benefit to implementing it. Us in the real business world are less concerned about "lock in" or what license something was written under and just want our shit to run and run well. MOSS enterprise search does a really kick ass job of indexing file shares and making them available in a really to use, easy to manage central location.

Software is a tool to acheive a business objective. If I've got the best tool to do the job, I don't care what political/social dynamic the license of the code falls into.

Comment Bring out the Pitchforks and Rope (Score 1) 438

I know that I'll probably get verbally lynched for saying this here, but MOSS 2007 enterpise search is a REALLY nice way of dealing with this . Since MOSS can index your file shares, then all of your users can search for documents contextually using a simple web portal across multiple sites... I better leave before I'm hanging from the Slashdot tree.

Comment Where's your ticket? (Score 3, Insightful) 902

After doing this type of work for a while, I've found that the best way to keep my sanity while keeping users happy was to implement rigorous policy regarding how and when users ask for help. It sounds like your outfit may be too small to have a dedicated "helpdesk" or front line support, but I would suggest at least setting up a helpdesk system or Sharepoint portal that is self service to allow users to send in issues.

This allows you to maintain visiblity into your workload, so you can show why something isn't getting done after the fifth time Joe User asks the status, plus is an easy sell to your management with the argument that it allows you to effectively prioritize without users in your face all day asking why such and such isn't done or that this or that is the most important thing in the world at the moment.

The best thing about a policy like this is that you can easily deflect to people that are rude or in your face. "Did you put in a ticket?" "Sorry, I'm super busy and I can't effectively prioritize this request until you submit it." "Oh, your an asshole and want to know the status every five minutes? Check the portal." Getting enforcment on this is your biggest battle. If you can't win that, then take your experience, dedication and hard work and start shopping around. There's no reason to be burnt out because of the user population if you can help it.

Comment Re:I have a feeling.... (Score 1) 1010

If you need those drivers to run Vista on your PC, then Vista has a problem.

Just to play Devil's advocate here, I've had plenty of lockups, kernel panics, etc. due to faulty Linux modules with no "esoteric" or obscure hardware. To a normal user that would appear to be a "Linux" problem as well. Your statement appears to be contradicting itself.


Submission + - Exchange 2010 to out-innovate GMail?

ericatcw writes: "Microsoft's upcoming Exchange 2010 e-mail server will have some features that match ones in Google's Gmail, and some that appear to top it. 'MailTips' will show users if potential recipients are available, while 'Ignore Conversation' will allow users to 'mute' unwanted e-mails such as endless 'Reply all' loops. Users will also be read text previews of voicemails and check if recipients have received an e-mail. For admins, Exchange 2010 will offer e-mail archiving and better disaster recovery. One disappointment: Exchange 2010 will continue to use the Jet database engine rather than switching to what some view as the more scalable SQL Server."

Submission + - AMD mobile roadmaps surface (

Slatterz writes: AMD has updated its laptop roadmap, and it looks like there won't be major changes in what you see until the end of 2010. The roadmap slides are here and you can read some discucssion about what it all means here. The big news is a platform called Sabine, which will arrive in 2011. Sabine is based on the Llano CPU, now called an APU, which the firm first mentioned last November.
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Submission + - Study Says People Don't Understand Rain Forecasts 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "Cognitive Psychologist Susan Joslyn writes that many people don't understand what the 20 percent chance of rain actually refers to. Many people think it means that it will rain over 20 percent of the area covered by the forecast or for 20 percent of the time period covered by the forecast. "When a forecast says there is 20 percent chance of rain tomorrow it actually means it will rain on 20 percent of the days with exactly the same atmospheric conditions," Joslyn says. To probe people's understanding of the term probability of precipitation, a technique used in public forecasts since the late 1960s, Joslyn and her colleagues tested more than 450 Pacific Northwest college students. Each student only saw one icon or "precipicons," that is visual representation of the chance of rain and forecast, and filled out a questionnaire. Two of the questions asked how much of the time it would rain and over approximately what area of the region would it likely rain today. The correct answer for both questions was "can't tell from this forecast," and only 43 percent of the students correctly responded to both questions. Joslyn says that if the misunderstandings uncovered in this research exist among a college-educated group of students from the Pacific Northwest, where it frequently rains, then similar error probably occur in similar, or larger, numbers elsewhere among the general public. "In dealing with a forecast about rain people must simultaneously consider several hypothetical outcomes, their corresponding levels of uncertainty and their consequences. For some people it may be easier to commit to a single outcome, reducing cognitive load, and proceed as through the uncertainty has been resolved. In some cases they may not be aware of this simplification.""

Submission + - Using net proxies will lead to harsher sentences

Afforess writes: ""Proxy servers are an everyday part of Internet surfing. But using one in a crime could soon lead to more time in the clink" reports the Associated Press. The new federal rules would make the use of proxy servers count a "sophistication" in a crime, leading in 25% longer jail sentences. Privacy advocates complain this will disincentivize privacy and anonymity online. "[The government is telling people] ...if you take normal steps to protect your privacy, we're going to view you as a more sophisticated criminal" writes the Center for Democracy and Technology. Others fear this may harm lead to "cruel and unusual punishments" as Internet and cell phone providers often use proxies without users knowledge to reroute Internet traffic. This may also ultimately harm corporations when employees abuse VPN's, as they too are count as a "proxy" in the new legislation. TOR, a common Internet anonymizer is also targeted in the new legislation. Some analysts believe this legislation is an effort to stop leaked US Government information from reaching outside sources, such as Wikileaks, a prominent and controversial government watchdog site. The legislation (Warning, PDF file. The proposed amendment is on pages 5-15) will be voted on by the United States Sentencing Commission on April 15, and are set to take effect on November 1st."

Submission + - Security In IE7 and IE8 Puts Intranets at Risk

ancientribe writes: The default security settings in Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 are not always safe for internal Web-based applications, a security expert has found. IE's default features for intranet "zones" can be abused to wage attacks on internal Web applications both from the outside and from within the organization, says Cesar Cerrudo of Argentina-based Argeniss. The settings in various instances and combinations leave internal Web-based apps vulnerable to phishing, cross-site scripting and SQL injection-combination attacks, and cross-site request forgery attacks.;jsessionid=MMYJ41FU0TSO4QSNDLRSKHSCJUNN2JVN?articleID=216500431

Submission + - Electric Cars (

amam12 writes: "High oil prices, green regs, and better batteries are behind the mad dash to create the ultimate electric automobile. So far, Asian manufacturers are leaving U.S. rivals in the dust. GM and Chrystler should be gearing up to move forward in developing more economically friendly cars, but instead, they are struggling to survive."

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