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Pool settings are not saved, new pools cannot be created, and vCenter Server tasks are not processed in a Horizon View e…

· You are unable to successfully apply pool settings. · Virtual machines may stall when deleting,... Published: 8/27/14

Changing the default VMware vCenter Server Appliance database password (2056968)

You can change the default password for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance database when you want or if the password is compromised. To change the default: 1) Change... Published: 8/27/14

Manually deleting replica virtual machines in VMware Horizon View 5.x (1008704)

· You cannot remove replica virtual machines associated with desktop pools in View Composer. · Removing source and replica virtual machines associated with desktop pools... Published: 8/27/14

Jabra’s pulse-tracking earbuds tout Bluetooth connectivity for fewer tangles

Heart rate tracking in-ear headphones are starting to pop up on the regular it seems. A couple weeks ago, SMS Audio revealed its collaborative effort with Intel, and now Jabra's joining the fray, but without the tether. In an effort to limit cord...

Report: Apple Will Announce Its Watch at the Sept. 9th iPhone Event

Report: Apple Will Announce Its Watch at the Sept. 9th iPhone Event

The ever-reliable John Paczkowski is reporting that Apple will announce a wearable at the previously reported event on September 9. That wearable is almost surely that "iWatch" thing everyone has been talking about, though an announcement wasn't expected until later this year. But why wait when you have billion of dollars to make by disrupting a burgeoning industry (again)? [Re/Code]


The City Pipes and Stairways That Get Left Behind and Lead to Nowhere

The City Pipes and Stairways That Get Left Behind and Lead to Nowhere

Cities, like living things, evolve slowly over time. Buildings and structures get added and renovated and removed, and in this process, bits and pieces that get left behind. Vestiges. Just as humans have tailbones and whales have pelvic bones, cities have doors that open into a limb-breaking drop, segments of fences that anyone can walk around, and pipes that carry nothing at all.


Comcast To Regulators: Data Caps? These? Nooo! These Are Just… Fuzzy Friendly Flexible Consumption Plans For Friends

A few weeks ago, Verizon Wireless introduced a new bandwidth throttling plan and tried to claim it wasn't throttling at all, but rather "network optimization," and now Ars Technica has the story of how Comcast is trying to spin its data caps as not being data caps at all. Instead, they're "flexible data consumption plans." Because flexible is fun. Of course, their definition of flexible may be different from yours and mine, because they're only "flexible" on Comcast's side in determining just what the caps are. Once you go over those "flexible" plans, you'll certainly be paying more. Just like a data cap. But, Comcast insists, it's no data cap.

Comcast has been trying to make this argument for a while, even demanding a correction from GigaOm when it referred to these plans as data caps. However, now it's made this argument in a regulatory filing with the New York Public Service Commission in support of its merger with Time Warner Cable. In a section responding to the concerns that some have raised about the merger, Comcast attacks the worries about data caps head on:
First, Comcast does not have “data caps” today. Comcast announced almost two years ago that it was suspending enforcement of its prior 250 GB excessive usage cap and that it would instead be trialing different pricing and packaging options to evaluate options for subscribers – options that reflect evolving Internet usage and that are based on the desire to provide flexible consumption plans, including a plan that enables customers who want to use more data the option to pay more to do so as well as a plan for those who use less data the option to save some money. As has been well publicized for some time now – including through Comcast’s own website – these trials are ongoing and currently cover a small minority of customers. Some of these trials include a data usage plan that allows customers who use very little Internet each month to receive a discount on their service fee, and variations on a plan that provide customers with the ability to buy additional increments of usage if they exceed a base amount (starting at 300 GB) that is included with their service. As it turns out, only a very small percentage of Comcast customers in the trials go over 300 GB in any given month, so few customers see increased costs because of the data plans and Comcast has seen no evidence that the data plans discourage usage, which has generally continued to increase in and outside of the trial markets.
In other words... Comcast is, in fact, testing a data cap. They just don't want you to call it that. Because it's flexible.

Jon Brodkin, over at Ars Technica, notes that the FCC's own working group on data caps -- which included a Comcast VP -- defines data caps in a way that makes it clear that Comcast's plans are, in fact, data caps.
A cap is rarely, if ever, a hard and fast ceiling on a customer's ability to access the network. A cap is usually better understood as a threshold after which the user is subject to a different set of conditions for access, such as movement to a higher priced tier, different product or different speeds. As discussed below, another way of thinking of this is as the boundary between different ‘tiers' of service.
Though, there is a footnote (perhaps added at the behest of the Comcast VP) that Comcast "does not have any caps in place but is trialing two UBP [usage-based pricing] plans."

Either way, the point is pretty clear. To basically everyone who doesn't work for a giant broadband provider, Comcast is testing data caps. Time Warner Cable has tested them in the past. And, furthermore, as we wrote about back in May, in candid moments Comcast will admit that it wants to roll those data caps out to everyone within a few years. Having Time Warner Cable under its belt would certainly help on that front...

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Kickstarter has a new king: Coolest, an all-in-one cooler

Back when it introduced its first smartwatch, there's no doubt that Pebble took the crowdfunding world by storm. But, more than two years after Pebble broke and set new records on Kickstarter, a cooler is now doing the same. As of today, Coolest is...

The Evolution of ATM Skimmers

The Evolution of ATM Skimmers

In a little over a decade, ATM skimmers have gone from urban myth to a wildly complex, ever-evolving suite of technologies that has the potential to be the worst nightmare of anyone with a bank account. Here's a look at how quickly skimmers have evolved—and why they're increasingly impossible to spot.


Control Your Living Room with Your Phone, Three-Year Mouse [Deals]

Control Your Living Room with Your Phone, Three-Year Mouse [Deals]

Logitech Harmony remotes have always been among the best for wrangling massive home theater systems, but this particular version actually turns your smartphone into the remote. You'll also get a basic universal remote with physical buttons for when your phone isn't handy. [Logitech Harmony Smart Control, $91]


THP Semifinalst: Laser Solder Paste


A relative latecomer to The Hackaday Prize, [AltMarcxs] has nevertheless come up with a very interesting tool for fabrication, the likes of which no one has ever seen before. It’s a rotating laser soldering paste applicator, meant to be an add-on to a CNC machine. What does it do? RIght now it looks extremely cool while being an immense time sink for [AltMarcxs], but the potential is there for being much more than that, ranging from a pick and place machine that also dispenses solder paste, to the closest thing you’ll ever get to a carbon fiber printer.

[AltMarcxs]‘s build consists of two 3W laser diodes focused just beyond the tip of the syringe. The syringe dispenses solder paste, and rotating the diodes around, [Alt] is able to put a melted solder blob anywhere on a piece of perfboard. He put up a reasonably well focused video demonstrating this.

With a few homebrew pick and place machines making the semifinalist cut for The Hackaday Prize, it’s easy to see the utility of something like this: Putting a board in a machine, pressing a button, and waiting a bit for a completely populated and soldered board is a dream of the electronic hobbyist rivaled only by a cheap and easy way to make PCBs at home. [AltMarxcs]‘s machine could be one step on the way to this, but there are a few other ideas he’d like to explore first.

The build also has wire feeders that allow a bit of copper wire to be soldered to the newly formed metal blob. There are plans to replace this with a composite fiber, replace the paste in the syringe with a UV resin, cut the fiber and cure the resin with the laser, and build something much better than other carbon fiber 3D printers we’ve seen before.

SpaceWrencherThe project featured in this post is a semifinalist in The Hackaday Prize. 

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Russia wants to ban films that make it seem oppressive or silly

Russia's recent crackdown on "things it doesn't want to hear" may take a nostalgic turn if culture committee member (and kickboxer) Batu Khasikov has his way. He wants to invoke the USSR days by banning foreign films that "demonize or present Russia...