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Comment Re:Tech is not a good fit for unions imo (Score 1) 715

Unions are not there to protect the best performing employees--they couldn't care less about those people. The cream of the crop can always negotiate good terms for employment that are better than could be negotiated for the whole crew. Unions are precisely for the 3/4 of the people you mention who do not carry their weight. Now if unions bought into the idea of actually rewarding excellence rather than coddling mediocrity, then maybe my opinion of them would improve. Some employees simply contribute more to the company than others and should be rewarded/paid higher for that. Employees are not fungible. It is somewhat ironic that unions treat them as such. Unions would destroy the tech industry. Top level techs these days can make beaucoup bucks. Unionize the shop and that pay arrangement goes away.

Comment Re:Cogent Disregards Agreement with Sprint (Score 1) 413

That sounds like the most likely explanation for what happened--and Cogent just got ahead of the PR by doing their press release. I never really did understand though why tier 1 carriers insist on the traffic being approximately equal in each direction between themselves. A residential user downloads more than than business customers upload on average. So what? By that I mean, both sending and receiving ends on an internet connection are paying for the service so why does it matter which direction the traffic is flowing?

Submission + - Tit for tat. www.hizbollah.org goes down.

uncreativ writes: After the news broke out here on slashdot that a web site promoting a movie critical of Islam was suspended by network solutions, many were understandably concerned about censorship by a US company.

Well, turnabout is fair play it seems. After Hezbollag related sites were posted by a conservative blogger, those sites seems to be having some troubles staying online. Though I'm sure a slashdotter or two have been "helping" out.

Submission + - Municipal Wireless Left Unsecured

uncreativ writes: According to this article some Municipal Wifi networks have chosen to leave their networks unencrypted. Considering that the local Wifi network in Madison and elsewhere is being used for public safety applications, it would seem that some Municipal Wifi networks have some work to do to address lax security in their services. From the article:

"A brief listening session via a sniffer laptop from a car outside Capitol Centre Apartments Tuesday night indicated that subscribers to Mad City Broadband surf without protection unless they set up security themselves. The apartment complex uses the company's "Mad City-MDU" apartment building service...

Mad City's security precautions correspond to industry standards, according to the company.

USI Wireless, which was contracted by the city of Minneapolis to provide citywide wireless by December, follows a similar system by only encrypting the connection between the access points and the central router."

Submission + - Digg Has Honor

Bob9113 writes: "Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, posted the following. Doing what you believe is right, what your customers believe is right, in the face of impossible odds — that is honor. The following is copied verbatim.

Digg This: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0

by Kevin Rose at 9pm, May 1st, 2007 in Digg Website

Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughts...

In building and shaping the site I've always tried to stay as hands on as possible. We've always given site moderation (digging/burying) power to the community. Occasionally we step in to remove stories that violate our terms of use (eg. linking to pornography, illegal downloads, racial hate sites, etc.). So today was a difficult day for us. We had to decide whether to remove stories containing a single code based on a cease and desist declaration. We had to make a call, and in our desire to avoid a scenario where Digg would be interrupted or shut down, we decided to comply and remove the stories with the code.

But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you've made it clear. You'd rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won't delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

Digg on,


Submission + - Digg.com submits

uncreativ writes: Looks like Digg.com is no longer removing posts of that certain number. They plan to discontinue removing posts and plan to "go down fighting" in support of their user's backlash.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Wifi Health Danger

Zaffle writes: "Britain and New Zealand's top health-protection watchdog wants the wireless networks, which emits radiation, to be full investigated because of the concern for students' health. Several European provincial governments have already taken action to ban, or limit, Wi-Fi use in the classroom.

Recent research has linked radiation from mobiles to cancer and brain damage. And many studies have found disturbing symptoms in people near masts.

Professor Olle Johansson, of Sweden's Karolinska Institute, who is concerned about the spread of Wi-Fi, says "thousands" of articles in scientific literature demonstrate "adverse health effects" from Wi-Fi.

"Do we not know enough already to say, 'stop'?"

For the past 16 months, the provincial government of Salzburg in Austria has been advising schools not to install Wi-Fi, and is considering a ban."

Feed Can We Please Have Politicians Understand The Internet Before They Regulate It? (techdirt.com)

Lots of folks have been submitting the story that a Canadian MP has introduced "The Clean Internet Act" which is a bizarre bit of proposed legislation that is typical of other "protect the children!" laws that politicians love to propose without actually understanding what they're talking about. This one is pretty ridiculous, basically requiring anyone who provides internet service (including if you have a WiFi connection) to register with the government (hello, bureaucracy). Then it includes all sorts of impossible to obey rules about censoring and blocking users and content. ISPs won't be allowed to allow "past offenders" to access the internet. They have to block all sites "that promotes violence against women, promotes hatred, or contains child pornography." Failure to do so can result in jail time. Also, they have to (of course!) allow easy access for the government to search records of what users are doing. We're almost surprised he also didn't include in the bill demands that the earth stop spinning and the tides stop rising and falling. The MP in question probably would have found it more effective to have written a bill that just said "I demand all bad stuff on the internet go away." With that in mind, is it really that much to ask that those who are regulating the internet actually have some clue about the thing that they're trying to regulate?

Submission + - SCO Chairman Fights to Ban Open Wireless Networks

cachedout writes: "SCO's Ralph Yarro had the floor yesterday at the Utah Technology Commission meeting in front of Utah lawmakers. Yarro proposed that free wireless sites and subscribers should be held responsible should any porn be delivered to minors because hotspots are apparently where kids go to watch porn all day long. Yarro told lawmakers that open wireless access points should be made a crime because we have an Internet out of control."

Submission + - Canadian MP Calls For ISP Licenses, Content Blocks

An anonymous reader writes: A member of Canada's ruling Conservative party has pledged to "clean up" the Internet with new bill that would mandate ISP licensing, know-your-subscriber rules, and allow the government to order ISPs to block content. ISPs that fail to block would faces possible jail time for the company's directors and officers.

Submission + - Linux on the TabletPC

n9uxu8 writes: "The workplace just puchased a Toshiba (m400) TabletPC for training purposes. I liked it so much I bought a tablet (HP TC4400) for myself. While officially rescinding my previous rants against the TabletPC format, I'm still currently staring at a windows box. With the recent announcements of the Mandriva's and Ubuntu's latest releases, it seems an appropriate time to focus the usual my distro is better than your distro rants with the following question: which distro, in your experience, actually offers best tablet support out of the box? Key features include pen (and pressure) support, handwriting recognition, screen rotation and suspend to disk/ram.


Feed FCC Admits It Sucks At Measuring Broadband Competition (techdirt.com)

For years, plenty of folks (including the Government Accountability Office) have been pointing out that the way the FCC measures broadband competition is very flawed. It simply assumes that if a single household in a zip code is offered broadband by provider A, then every household in that zip code can get broadband from provider A. In an extreme version of this, say provider A offers broadband to a single household, and provider B offers broadband to a different household and everyone else has no broadband at all. Under the current FCC measurements, that's an area that has full broadband competition. See the problem? For some reason, the FCC hasn't done much about this measuring problem, but it appears that the Commission is finally recognizing it has a problem and saying it needs to change the way it measures things. Commissioner Michael Copps points out: "Our statistical methodology seems almost calculated to obscure just how far our country is falling behind many other industrialized nations in broadband availability, adoption, speed and price." Of course, who knows if what comes next will be any better, but at least admitting you have a problem is the first step...
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Madison Municipal WiFi failure?

An anonymous reader writes: As reported here, ResTech, one of the vendors providing municipal wif,i has pulled out of the network. From the article, the vendor said that "most of his customers who canceled said they just couldn't get a reliable signal...Actually, that was typically the reason why (customers left). When they were connected they were happy and fine and using the service."

I first tried Merr, one of the other wifi vendors, before ResTech and ended up cancelling both. The problem I saw was not signal strength as claimed in the news article, but interference. As noted here on Slashdot by a fellow Madisonian, I see a million other access points downtown, making wifi very difficult to use since I live in an apartment in a dense housing area. The problem wasn't bad when the students were away in the summer, but they came to campus with all their routers.
What does this mean about the future of municipal wifi? I was hopeful that the service would work, and I'd go back if it did, but I'm afraid that until the interference issue is resolved in dense housing, municipal wifi will continue to have problems.

Submission + - New Legislation Would Overhaul U.S. Patent System

FutureDomain writes: With the US patent system in a mess, PC World writes about senators who have introduced a bill to reform the patent system.
The provisions of the Patent Reform Act would change the patent process from the current "first to invent" system to a "first to file" system like the rest of the world, restrict damages that patent holders can receive for infringement lawsuits, create a new procedure to challenge the validity of a patent after it has been granted, and boost resources for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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