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Comment Re:In my experience (Score 1) 118

Is it a question of extra staff for a large organization or the right technical talent and paying for it? I know CERN does not use support and they have a fairly large publicly known OpenStack environment. However there seems to be this idea that if it is research or academia it does not count toward a true production environment.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Paying for Linux Support or Rolling Your Own Support

schmaustech writes: There seems to a be a lot of businesses that pay for Linux support but is that support really worth it and would if be better to provide your own internal support and write your own patches which could be submitted back to the community? The inherit risk is that your organization is accountable and accepts the risks if a major bug is encountered within any of the Open source applications they are using. What is the Slashdot communities perspective on this and how many major corporations are taking this approach?

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Submission + - Russia Behind Fracking Protests in Europe?

HughPickens.com writes: Andrew Higgins reports in the NYT that Romanian officials including the prime minister point to a mysteriously well-financed and well-organized campaign of protests over fracking in Europe and are pointing their fingers at Russia's Gazprom, a state-controlled energy giant, that has a clear interest in preventing countries dependent on Russian natural gas from developing their own alternative supplies of energy and preserving a lucrative market for itself — and a potent foreign policy tool for the Kremlin. “Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called nongovernmental organizations — environmental organizations working against shale gas — to maintain dependence on imported Russian gas,” says NATO’s former secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. A wave of protest against fracking began three years ago in Bulgaria, a country highly dependent on Russian energy. Faced with a sudden surge of street protests by activists, many of whom had previously shown little interest in environmental issues, the Bulgarian government in 2012 banned fracking and canceled a shale gas license issued earlier to Chevron.

Russia itself has generally shown scant concern for environmental protection and has a long record of harassing and even jailing environmentalists who stage protests. On fracking, however, Russian authorities have turned enthusiastically green, with Putin declaring last year that fracking “poses a huge environmental problem.” Places that have allowed it, he said, “no longer have water coming out of their taps but a blackish slime.” For their part Green groups have been swift to attack Rasmussen’s views, saying that they were not involved in any alleged Russian attempts to discredit the technology, and were instead opposed to it on the grounds of environmental sustainability. “The idea we’re puppets of Putin is so preposterous that you have to wonder what they’re smoking over at Nato HQ,” says Greenpeace, which has a history of antagonism with the Russian government, which arrested several of its activists on a protest in the Arctic last year.

Comment Ridiculous (Score 0) 170

This is the reason why Linux will never make it to the desktop. The distro's spend far too time changing out tools for the new fan-boi based ones instead of maturing and refining the existing ones. Hey I have this new tool because nobody had the common sense to fix the bugs in the previous tools.

Submission + - Device intercepts cell phone calls. (yahoo.com)

schmaustech writes: A computer security researcher has built a device for just $1,500 that can intercept some kinds of cell phone calls and record everything that's said.

Comment Re:Stapler (Score 1, Funny) 272

...because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...

Submission + - TARP: Taxpayers on the hook for $200 billion (cnn.com)

schmaustech writes: NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Taxpayers stand to lose between $100 billion and $200 billion on TARP — Treasury's $700 billion financial market bailout. While that's nothing to sneeze at, many experts say that the Troubled Asset Relief Program helped rescue the economy from a second Great Depression. But there are others who argue that the billions of dollars that taxpayers shelled out simply delayed an inevitable epic collapse of the financial sector.

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