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Comment: Re:Incorrect premise (Score 1) 945

by CerebusUS (#30891440) Attached to: The Apple Paradox, Closed Culture & Free-Thinking Fans

if android really takes off (and it seems to be starting that roll around now, given the number of devices coming out), that may change, as the dev environment is java based and so can be run on top of just about anything that can handle a java VM.

Which still makes a Mac a better platform for a developer who wants to write code on multiple platforms. JavaVM? great. OS X / OS X mobile? done. Windows .NET? Virtualbox / Fusion to the rescue. Web/php/python/mysql/whatever? It's all available.

Comment: Re:Simple method to provide HA to static websites (Score 1) 298

by CerebusUS (#27039171) Attached to: Best Solution For HA and Network Load Balancing?

How do browsers behave when 1 of the server goes down?

Half the DNS lookups will still point at the failed server. Since most browsers cache the dns lookup, they will not re-request the IP address, and will just assume the site is down.

If you rely on DNS round-robin records, you need to either ensure that they are always up (i.e. each one is an HA cluster) or that you can remove them quickly enough to cause your users as little pain as possible. (TTL should probably be 1 minute, and you'll want an automated method of removing the bad entry from the zone file)

Networking

+ - Help troubleshooting a DNS issue

Submitted by CerebusUS
CerebusUS (21051) writes "I believe I'm seeing a problem with a specific top-level DNS server, and I'm not sure how to fix it.

Specifically, if I do this dig:
dig @a0.org.afilias-nst.info isc.org

it's supposed to return the authoritative name servers for isc.org, but it frequently doesn't for the machines on my network. I've tried it from an Amazon EC2 instance and don't see any problems from there, but I can't figure out why there would be a difference based on where I perform the query from.

What should I be looking at next? If it is indeed an issue with that particular server, how would I report it?"
Media (Apple)

Apple Sues Over iGasm Ads 342

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the too-hot-to-rock dept.
funkeymonkeyman writes "Apple is less than pleased with an interesting new peripheral for the iPod which promises to 'take your appreciation of music to a whole new level.' Legal action has been taken against Ann Summers, the manufacturers of the new device, specifically for the similarity of the iGasm advertisements to the iconic iPod silhouette ads. The CEO of the adult retail chain replied to the threat cheerily, 'Perhaps I can send them an iGasm to put a smile back on their faces.'"
Games

Your Mom And Gaming 76

Posted by Zonk
from the lady-bought-me-a-nes-i'm-legally-obligated-to-love-her-now dept.
Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the US, and Newsweek's N'Gai Croal rightly estimates that many gamers owe a lot to their mothers. Because they indulged what they likely initially saw as a strange choice of hobby, we have a thriving gaming industry to enjoy today. The Level Up site offers an interview with a woman on the Newsweek staff who learned to tolerate those 'console things', and another piece where N'Gai interviews his own mom about his games-related past. "N'Gai: Growing up, you allowed us kids to have a computer, but we weren't allowed to have a videogame machine. What was your thinking behind that? Yvonne Croal: Well, in my estimation at that time, videogames were just another silly game. We certainly didn't want you to be spending 24/7 playing these games that we considered not productive in any way." If you're still looking for a gift for your own mom, Pop Cap is giving away a free copy of Bejeweled to anyone that signs up for their newsletter. Worked on my mom. Happy Mother's Day.
The Internet

Is Virtual Rape a Crime? 690

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the because-/quit-is-so-hard-to-type dept.
cyberianpan writes "Wired is carrying commentary on the story that Brussels police have begun an investigation into a citizen's allegations of rape in Second Life. For reasons of civil liberty & clarity we'd like to confine criminal law to physical offenses rather than thought crimes but already threats, menace & conspiracy count as crimes. Could we see a situation where our laws extend?"
Software

Has Open Source Jumped the Shark? 250

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the 100-yard-shark-hurdles dept.
AlexGr writes to tell us that Jeff Gould has a somewhat jaded look at the commercial push of Open Source and what that may be doing to the overall Open Source movement. "I've been a Linux fan for years, but lately I wonder if the drum beating from the big IT vendors in favor of open source hasn't finally slipped over the edge from sincere enthusiasm to meaningless — or in some cases downright hypocritical — sloganeering. The example that brought this gloomy thought to mind was a recent IBM press release touting a 'new open client solution' as an 'alternative to vendor lock-in'. Wow. Imagine that. An alternative to vendor lock-in."

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