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The Twighlight of Small In-House Data Centers 180

dcblogs writes "Virtualization, cloud services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) is making it much easier to shift IT infrastructure operations to service providers, and that is exactly what many users are doing. Of the new data center space being built in the U.S., service providers accounted for about 13% of it last year, but by 2017 they will be responsible for more than 30% of this new space, says IDC. 'We are definitely seeing a trend away from in-house data centers toward external data centers, external provisioning,' said Gartner analyst Jon Hardcastle. Among those planning for a transition is the University of Kentucky's CIO, who wants to reduce his data center footprint by half to two thirds. He expects in three to five years service provider pricing models 'will be very attractive to us and allow us to take most of our computing off of our data center.' IT managers says a big reason for the shift is IT pros don't want to work in data centers at small-to-mid size firms that can't offer them a career path. Hank Seader, managing principal of the Uptime Institute, said that it takes a 'certain set of legacy skills, a certain commitment to the less than glorious career fields to make data centers work, and it's hard to find people to do it.'"

Did the Spamhaus DDoS Really Slow Down Global Internet Access? 70

CowboyRobot writes "Despite the headlines, the big denial of service attack may not have slowed the Internet after all. The argument against the original claim include the fact that reports of Internet users seeing slowdowns came not from service providers, but the DDoS mitigation service CloudFlare, which signed up Spamhaus as a customer last week. Also, multiple service providers and Internet watchers have now publicly stated that while the DDoS attacks against Spamhaus could theoretically have led to slowdowns, they've seen no evidence that this occurred for general Internet users. And while some users may have noticed a slowdown, the undersea cable cuts discovered by Egyptian sailors had more of an impact than the DDoS."

Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America 89

First time accepted submitter markboyer writes "The Solar Impulse just landed at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California to announce a journey that will take it from San Francisco to New York without using a single drop of fuel. The 'Across America' tour will kick off this May when founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg take off from San Francisco. From there the plane will visit four cities across the states before landing in New York."

Laser Fusion's Brightest Hope 115

First time accepted submitter szotz writes "The National Ignition Facility has one foot in national defense and another in the future of commercial energy generation. That makes understanding the basic justification for the facility, which boasts the world's most powerful laser system, more than a little tricky. This article in IEEE Spectrum looks at NIF's recent missed deadline, what scientists think it will take for the facility to live up to its middle name, and all of the controversy and uncertainty that comes from a project that aspires to jumpstart commercial fusion energy but that also does a lot of classified work. NIF's national defense work is often glossed over in the press. This article pulls in some more detail and, in some cases, some very serious criticism. Physicist Richard Garwin, one of the designers of the hydrogen bomb, doesn't mince words. When it comes to nuclear weapons, he says in the article, '[NIF] has no relevance at all to primaries. It doesn't do a good job of mimicking secondaries...it validates the codes in regions that are not relevant to nuclear weapons.'"

Submission + - Via launches a new Mini-ITX system (icrontic.com)

primesuspect writes: "Coming in close to the 10th anniversary of the format and billed as a “motherboard for digital home media DIY enthusiasts”, VIA have paired their Nano X2 1.4ghz dual-core CPU with their VX900 chipset to produce an intriguing addition to their mini-ITX lineup."

Submission + - Irreversible Climate Change in 5 Years (guardian.co.uk)

iONiUM writes: "As a follow up to the previous slashdot story, there has been a new release by the IEA indicating that within 5 years we will have irreversible climate change. According to the IEA, "There are few signs that the urgently needed change in direction in global energy trends is under way. Although the recovery in the world economy since 2009 has been uneven, and future economic prospects remain uncertain, global primary energy demand rebounded by a remarkable 5% in 2010, pushing CO2 emissions to a new high. Subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption of fossil fuels jumped to over $400bn (£250.7bn).""

Submission + - LulzSec Hacks The US Senate (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "LulzSec might not be as famous as Anonymous — they're really best known for hacking sites they like, to prove a point about security — but they may have just raised their profile significantly, posting what appears to be data taken from an internally facing server at the U.S. Senate. However, they fun-loving group might find that the Senate reacts a lot more harshly to intrusions than, say, PBS did."

Submission + - Lodsys ignores Apple, sues iOS developer (edibleapple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Well that was quick. Just one week after targeted iOS developers felt they were in the clear after Apple issued a strongly worded response to Lodsys over alleged claims of patent infringement, the patent troll has decided to move forward with its plans regardless and has filed suit against iOS developers.

Submission + - Study Suggests Insider Trading by Congressmen (huffingtonpost.com)

Belteshazzar writes: Four university researchers examined 16,000 common stock transactions made by approximately 300 House representatives from 1985 to 2001, and found what they call "significant positive abnormal returns," with portfolios based on congressional trades beating the market by about 6 percent annually.
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - SPAM: Bluecherry releases a GPL'd H.264 capture card

azop writes: "Editor,

The previous submission was marked as spam, though I'm not sure why. If I'm doing something incorrect, please let me know.

Bluecherry recently released its multi-input H.264 hardware compression cards. Much like the MPEG-4 card previously mentioned on Slashdot, this card now supports a faster frame rate, a PCIe interface, and most importantly H.264 encoders. This card is also supported in Bluecherry's GPL licensed Video4Linux2 driver. This driver is available on Github ([spam URL stripped]) or in the Linux staging area on git.kernel.org ([spam URL stripped])

Links in this article:

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The Internet

Submission + - IPv6 traffic volumes a bit of a mystery (networkworld.com) 1

netbuzz writes: As the June 8 World IPv6 Day experiment draws near, there is universal agreement that little IPv6 traffic is traversing the Internet at the moment. The event is designed in part to increase that volume. However, it will be difficult for Internet policymakers, engineers and the user community at large to tell how the upgrade to IPv6 is progressing because no one has accurate or comprehensive statistics about how much Internet traffic is IPv6 versus IPv4.

Submission + - Satellites Show 200K Enslaved In North Korean Camp (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: "No one really knows how bad it is, but it’s much worse than I thought possible. Piecing together information from satellite images and eye witness accounts, Amnesty International suspects that the horrific concentration camps in North Korea are growing. Some 200,000 people live as slaves – enduring starvation, torture, and rape while performing hard labor. Sixty years ago the world was embroiled in a global war that saw some of the worst crimes against humanity we had ever experienced. Today, the concentration camp lives on in North Korea. Will this evil still be with us another sixty years from now?"

Submission + - Obama's PDF: Tech Breakdown (youtube.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Of course, conventional media are not geeky enough for me. I trust the slashdot community to analyze what's up with the PDF of US President Obama's birth certificate, released yesterday.
What's up with the layers? Is this reproducible with an Adobe OCR scan of other similar documents?
Please, slashdotters, your insight and tech analysis here is much appreciated!


Submission + - Apple tops Microsoft revenue (theregister.co.uk) 1

doperative writes: After surpassing Microsoft's market capitalization and its quarterly revenues, Apple has now surpassed its quarterly profits. In the Apple quarter ending March 26, Steve Jobs and company stacked up profits of $5.99 billion, while Microsoft's most recent quarter managed (only) $5.23 billion.

Not only is UNIX dead, it's starting to smell really bad. -- Rob Pike