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Comment Re:Using Linux would prevent these Cisco mishaps! (Score 1) 112

I've forgotten the name of the company now, but there was a presentation at the Linux conference last year (two years ago, maybe?) in New Orleans that talked about this very topic, and they (or someone else that approached me afterward because I asked a question about it) said that their company was making switching hardware that did stuff in kernel-space, maybe with a proprietary module. This is key here... you can stuff a bunch of NICs in a box and use brtables or whatever and make a switch, but that's going to be dog-slow. ASICs are needed, and at least that one Linux company is making them.

Comment Don't just sit on your hands... (Score 4, Insightful) 239

I would contact my local police force and talk to the financial crimes desk. They may not be able to do anything at this point, but you should establish a paper trail ASAP, which would certainly work in your favor while explaining things to your bank or whatever if the bad guys do manage to hurt you in some manner.

Submission + - My preparedness toolkit (geekscrap.com)

geekscrap writes: After catastrophic events like Haiti earthquake, a lot of people start considering their personal survival capabilities. How long can one survive when civilization facilities are temporarily suspended? The answer is not equal for everyone: it depends on personal abilities and resources, location and duration of the emergency.

I’ve evaluated a 48-hours emergency plan to survive in an urbanized environment and prepared a set of life support tools for two people. The base criteria is portability: heavy-weighted backpacks are difficult to carry in suboptimal situations and to store where needed.

Read the whole story at: http://geekscrap.com/2010/01/my-preparedness-toolkit/

Submission + - VESA Unveils Displayport v1.2 (allion.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has finalized the long awaited DisplayPort v1.2 specification, offering improved performance and a multitude of new features. DisplayPort v1.2, which doubles the transfer rate from the version 1.1 specification from 10.8Gbps to 21.6Gbps, is paving the way for higher performance, faster refresh rates, and 3D stereo display.
Idle

Submission + - Republicans and Democrats do look different. (plosone.org)

quaith writes: It's not the way they dress, but the appearance of their face. A study published in PLoS One by Nicholas O. Rule and Nalini Ambady of Tufts University used closely cropped greyscale photos of people's faces, standardized for size. Undergrads were asked to categorize each person as either a Democrat or Republican. In the first study, students were able to different Republican from Democrat senate candidates. In the second, students were able to differentiate the political affiliation of other college students. Accuracy in both studies was about 60% — not perfect, but way better than chance.
Businesses

Submission + - BSkyB wins in £709m lawsuit against HP-EDS (computerworlduk.com) 2

E5Rebel writes: Massive legal case in the UK. HP- EDS found guilty of "fraudulent misrepresentation" by their sales team when winning a major CRM project. Settlement could cot £200m out of an initial claim for £700m. HP's only relief was that parts of the claim were dismissed, but the core claim was upheld. HP likely to appeal.
Outsourcing will never be the same again. HP workers have been on strike against pay cuts last week. No doubt management will try and screw them further to pay for this debacle.

Games

Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site 174

mark.leaman writes "BoingBoing has a recent post regarding Games Workshop's aggressive posturing against fan sites featuring derivative work of their game products. 'Game publisher and miniature manufacturer Games Workshop just sent a cease and desist letter to boardgamegeek.com, telling them to remove all fan-made players' aids. This includes scenarios, rules summaries, inventory manifests, scans to help replace worn pieces — many of these created for long out of print, well-loved games...' As a lifelong hobby gamer of table, board, card and miniature games, I view this as pure heresy. It made me reject the idea of buying any Games Workshop (read Warhammer) products for my son this Christmas. Their fate was sealed, in terms of my wallet, after I Googled their shenanigans. In 2007 they forbid Warhammer fan films, this year they shut down Vassal Modules, and a while back they went after retailers as well. What ever happened to fair use?"
Input Devices

The Mice That Didn't Make It 202

Harry writes "For every blockbuster of the mouse world (such as Microsoft and Logitech's big sellers) there have been countless mice that flopped, or never made it to market. Mice shaped like pyramids; mice shaped like Mickey; mice that doubled as numeric keypads or phones. Even one that sat on your steering wheel. I've rounded up some evocative patent drawings on twenty notable examples."
User Journal

Journal Journal: Lazy, lazy, lazy...

I'm probably the laziest blogger on the intarweb.

Anyhow, I've been using VMware on and off for years, but I finally decided to get off my duff and set up a lab for Samba, LDAP and groupware testing. Surely someone will complain that I'm not running Xen, but if it would actually run on my hardware for more than 15 minutes without locking up, I would. Besides, I need windows machines in my lab, and since I don't have hyper-whatsit capabilities, free VMware it is.
News

Huge Interest Brings Wikileaks Offline 163

DragonFire1024 writes "Wikinews.org — The Wikileaks website, which publishes sensitive and censored material submitted by anonymous contributors, has experienced unprecedented levels of Internet traffic today through public interest. This interest has caused the website's servers to be unable to meet the enormous demand of over 164 gigabytes of download traffic within twenty-four hours, leading the site to be temporarily inaccessible."

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