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Comment Remember your turnover (Score 2) 383

Keep in mind that as a university you are going to have a much larger turnover than a standard organisation, so their strategies may not be suitable for you. I would suggest that using any combination of First Name and Last Name will give you a pretty large amount of collisions, either with current users, or with past users. Collisions with past users may not seem like a huge problem until you get a ton of new users asking you why their accounts filled up with donkey porn spam on the first day. Of course you could do something like including their first year in the account, i.e. But it's probably just easier to use the username (as long as that is unique of course)

Comment Better/Customisable Layout? (Score 1) 339

I like the concept, and it's relevant to my line of work so I'll probably be keeping a regular eye on it. But the layout is pretty awful, the two-uneven-columns approach really doesn't do it for me. It's hard to read, and particular it's hard to read one article summary then just move on to the next. Could it not just use the normal slashdot style single list ?
The Almighty Buck

EA Flip-Flops On Battlefield: Heroes Pricing, Fans Angry 221

An anonymous reader writes "Ben Kuchera from Ars Technica is reporting that EA/DICE has substantially changed the game model of Battlefield: Heroes, increasing the cost of weapons in Valor Points (the in-game currency that you earn by playing) to levels that even hardcore players cannot afford, and making them available in BattleFunds (the in-game currency that you buy with real money). Other consumables in the game, such as bandages to heal the players, suffered the same fate, turning the game into a subscription or pay-to-play model if players want to remain competitive. This goes against the creators' earlier stated objectives of not providing combat advantage to paying customers. Ben Cousins, from EA/DICE, argued, 'We also frankly wanted to make buying Battlefunds more appealing. We have wages to pay here in the Heroes team and in order to keep a team large enough to make new free content like maps and other game features we need to increase the amount of BF that people buy. Battlefield Heroes is a business at the end of the day and for a company like EA who recently laid off 16% of their workforce, we need to keep an eye on the accounts and make sure we are doing our bit for the company.' The official forums discussion thread is full of angry responses from upset users, who feel this change is a betrayal of the original stated objectives of the game."

Comment Re:Screw Sharepoint (Score 1) 225

I would suggest that the "bouncing from router to router" is most likely the cause of your performance issues. TBH where feasible an application server should always be on the same local network as it's database server, particularly when the application server is as database intensive as sharepoint. It's also not uncommon for there to be a dedicated gigabit (or higher) link. As for the storage model, I'd agree SQL Server (or any other RDBMS I know of) isn't really optimum, it's great for list based data, site config etc, but I suspect it's not the ideal solution for document storage (I don't have hard facts to back that up but I don't think too many will disagree). But at the same time I think it is a step on a standard file system when it comes to the kind of dynamic structures, metadata storage, search/indexing etc. I suspect though that when (if?) WinFS is released Sharepoint will move to some combination of a SQL Server DB with a WinFS file store.

Comment Data Protection (Score 2, Insightful) 164

Wow, even for /. there's a lot of people who didn't even read the summary, let alone TFA. And there's a lot of FUD being spread. What this means is that IP address information might be considered personal data under EU data protection laws. This means that companies/corporations/organisations which log your IP address will have to have a privacy policy in place governing how that information is used. There are also certain requirements, such as they have to make people's own information available to them if requested, they have to disclose breaches of information to those affected and so on. It doesn't stop logging IP addresses, it won't stop webservers using client IPs to maintain statefull connections, it won't stop google associating IP addresses with search data, it won't stop wikipedia or forums storing the IP of posters. It just means that organisations doing this need need a privacy policy in place to protect this data (which most of them already have to protect other private data they store). It's just acknowledging that IP addresses can/may be used, in some cases (the summary points out that they already acknowledge IP addresses are often dynamic), to identify a person and deserves the same level of protection that things like phone numbers and home addresses already have.

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