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Comment Re:Lazy != Stupid or Ignorant (Score 1) 663

Indeed... and that's why the public access computers I support run Windows, and why the Library Management System uses IE as a client, because Firefox can't support all required functionality and Chrome can sort-of but too much trouble to support; if you want less crap in your support day MS is a nobrainer... while at the same time you know you ought to join the guerillas...

Comment Re:Software freedom trumps proprietorship every ti (Score 0) 231

Years ago I got tired of all the hassle trying to get FOSS drivers to work reliably with Nvidia cards. It was a nobrainer to go with the proprietary drivers and still is. Current example : FlightGear flight simulator : Segmentation fault. I switched to Linux for reliability and security reasons rather than for any moral/ethical/economic reason, and my criteria are still : would I trust this OS with a mission-critical application. And to me, I can't really trust code that is put together as a workaround without direct access to all relevant technical information, and/or without cooperation of the hardware designers or even with the opposition of same, no matter the brilliance and dedication of the developers. The sad reality is that Nvidia, AMD etc are in a far better position to deliver drivers I can trust critical applications to.

Comment Re:Question the whole premise (Score 1) 667

The Supreme Leader has declared nuclear weapons sinful and un-Islamic, hence not to be developed or used. He comes across as a decent honest and serious man, more credible than many of the devious jerks leading Western countries - I would accept his word before that of Blair, Cameron, Bush, Obama or Sarkozy. Further - what he says goes in Iran, Ahmadinejad is just the frontman. Conclusion : Iran's enrichment program is for peaceful power-generation purposes, until we have evidence to the contrary.

Submission + - How to avoid digital obsolescence of archival stor

rcbutcher writes: I'm looking at options for longterm digital data storage for small organizations and individuals. They don't have the interest or capability to regularly (e.g. every few years) migrate the data to new storage media and new technology. So they risk digital obsolescence 10, 20 or 50 years down the line : either the media decays and is unreadable, there is no longer software to read the media if it does survive, or there are no or few devices that can read the media.
Are there any individuals or organizations producing reports predicting IT trends, rating expected lifespans for technologies such optical disks : e.g. how far into the future will devices capable of reading today's CD-ROMs, CD-Rs, DVD-Rs and hard disks be commonly available, likewise for software capable of reading files on them, typically normalised to open formats such as .odt ?
Likewise, are there any impartial research papers out there with figures for anticpated lifespans for CD-ROM (i.e. pressed aluminium), CD-R and DVD-R ? I have figures for CD-ROM of 100-200 years, and 5-25 years for CD-R, but what I've found range from 2 years to 100 years and most appears to be guesswork.

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 682

Indeed - law enforcement needs to be able to monitor digital communications, anonymously, without identifyinjg individuals, to detect probabilities of mass instant social aggregation, and to respond accordingly. I.e. if the stats look like a riot forming, they have grounds for listening in. Police also need to be able to use the same technology themselves to respond quicker. I understand that you need police permission the form a large orderly demonstration - hence if social media traffic predicts a large gathering forming rapidly, then police are within their right to act... Dixon of Dock Green meets cyberwarfare.

Comment Re:Technology Blamed For Helping UK Rioters (Score 1) 682

The real question is, what does this say about the impact of online social media in modern society - this is a technology forum, not a social justice opinion shop. Reports say they're using BlackBerries - are they true ? Should social media be regulated ? If the folks running the zoo want to keep running it they always need to be better equipped than, and a step ahead of, the animals, and always used to be. Looks to me like the zookeepers here need to be able to detect, plan, aggregate and deploy before the animals get serious. To do that they need to have a computer system than monitors suspicious communications and predicts trouble before it starts. This may well be an infringement of current liberties and the British find that sort of thing distasteful. You can't very well enact laws that say vendors of communications devices must sell them with a proviso that they can't be used to plan illegal activities, any more than you could ban people using the telephone for illegal activities. But this to me looks similar to the ban on using the internet to host illegal porn - you can only start prceedings once there is evidence that illegal content has been posted online, you can't filter every ftp upload. Likewise Twitter etc... but you can do anonymous statistical analysis of message volume by area, and at a certain point enough would be available to warrant a human to listen in...but it would be open to charges of abuse, and the thresholds levels for human intervention are arbitrary and debateable. My guess is just that police need to be able to aggregate and deploy quicker, using social media themselves, to prevent these angry kids doing things they may well regret next day in court.

Sharks Seen Swimming Down Australian Streets 210

As if the flood waters weren't bad enough for the people of Queensland, it now appears that there are sharks swimming in the streets. Two bull sharks were spotted swimming past a McDonald’s in the city of Goodna, Butcher Steve Bateman saw another making its way past his shop on Williams street. Ipswich councillor for the Goodna region Paul Tully said: "It would have swam several kilometres in from the river, across Evan Marginson Park and the motorway. It’s definitely a first for Goodna, to have a shark in the main street."

KDE SC 4.7 May Use OpenGL 3 For Compositing 187

An anonymous reader writes "KDE SC 4.5 is about to be released and KDE SC 4.6 is being discussed. However, Martin Graesslin has revealed some details about what they are planning for KDE 4.7. According to Martin's blog post, they are looking at OpenGL 3.0 to provide the compositing effects in KDE SC 4.7. OpenGL 3.0 provides support for frame buffer objects, hardware instancing, vertex array objects, and sRGB framebuffers."
Data Storage

Best Format For OS X and Linux HDD? 253

dogmatixpsych writes "I work in a neuroimaging laboratory. We mainly use OS X but we have computers running Linux and we have colleagues using Linux. Some of the work we do with Magnetic Resonance Images produces files that are upwards of 80GB. Due to HIPAA constraints, IT differences between departments, and the size of files we create, storage on local and portable media is the best option for transporting images between laboratories. What disk file system do Slashdot readers recommend for our external HDDs so that we can readily read and write to them using OS X and Linux? My default is to use HFS+ without journaling but I'm looking to see if there are better suggestions that are reliable, fast, and allow read/write access in OS X and Linux."
Social Networks

"David After Dentist" Made $150k For Family 234

It turns out recording your drugged child pays pretty well. 7-year-old David DeVore became an overnight sensation when his father posted a video of his ramblings after dental surgery. To date that video has made the DeVore family around $150,000. Most of the money came from YouTube, but the family has made $50k from licensing and merchandise. From the article: "The one seemingly minor decision to make the video available all over the Internet set off a whirlwind of changes for the DeVore family. Within just four days, 'David After Dentist' received 3 million views on YouTube and the younger David quickly became an Internet celebrity. His father quit his job in residential real estate (did we mention they live in Florida?), and the family started selling T-shirts featuring cartoon drawings of their son post-dental surgery."
Linux Business

Is LGP Going the Way of Loki Software? 124

An anonymous reader writes "After the demise of Loki Software, Linux Game Publishing sprouted up in its place, and for the past nine years has ported a number of games to Linux. But LGP may now be sharing the same fate as Loki. Linux Game Publishing hasn't updated its blog or news pages in months, has stopped responding to e-mails, and its only active ports are games they began work on in 2002/2003."

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