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Comment: Re:... That we know about (Score 2, Interesting) 161

by GoodOmens (#20695733) Attached to: World's Five Biggest SANs
I know it's not a PB but here at the Census we have one 150TB array thats used for one project and not 170K employees.

It is interesting when you get in storage of this size. I remember sitting in a meeting where we discussed a storage cabinet we were ordering. The RAW size of the cabinet was 150TB but formatted it would be 100TB ... 50TB is a lot of storage to "throw away" for redundancy / formatting! Considering at this price your paying about $10k+ a TB (With staff and infrastructure costs fractured in)!
Music

+ - Music Decoded from 600 Year Old Engravings

Submitted by RulerOf
RulerOf (975607) writes "Musicians recently unlocked a 600 year old mystery that had been encoded into the walls of the Rosslyn Chapel that was featured in "The Da Vinci Code." The song was carved into the walls of the chapel not using traditional notes, but in the form of geometric shapes known as cymatics, or Chladni patterns. After the entire song was decoded, it was set to traditional lyrics and recorded, and can be heard in a video featured here, at the musicians' website. The video also gives a visual representation of how the engravings match up to the cymatic patterns.

From the article:

"The music has been frozen in time by symbolism...They are of such exquisite detail and so beautiful that we thought there must be a message here." The two men matched each of the patterns on the carved cubes to a Chladni pitch, and were able finally to unlock the melody.

Lastly, a direct link to the video."
Editorial

+ - E-Commerce and Drop-Shipping

Submitted by
droidlev
droidlev writes "Ok, Ask Slashdot... Here goes. My business partner and I have a small web design company based in the Chicago suburbs. We have a few clients that have inquired about having some sort of online store. But their problems included: Either they have no budget (most common problem), or they don't have enough product to drive traffic to their site. We've developed a site to solve their problem (and of course make us some dough in the process). We post and sell their product (marked up, marked down, doesn't matter) and they drop-ship to the customer. Great! Yes, it is great, but..... We are beginning to exhaust our local product pool. We are cold calling like crazy, it's very time consuming, and working about 20% of the time. We are now looking at companies like inventorysource.com. The problem is that they cost money up front and we're not sure how safe they are. Do any Slashdotters have any experience with them or companies like them? Have any of you successfully started a business like this one? I only ask that you be constructive and notice that this is not a plug (I have not posted our site address). Also keep in mind the beauty of our original plan was to allow the client to sell their product at what ever price they would like, and we would mark up from there never handling the product because they are doing the shipping (kinda like Cafe Press)."
Data Storage

+ - USB Flash Drive Roundup - Corsair, Kingston, OCZ

Submitted by
MojoKid
MojoKid writes "Although they are very common nowadays and they all seem to offer pretty much the same functionality, USB flash drives can actually differ in a number of ways. In this USB flash drive roundup, HotHardware takes a close look at the features and performance of a 4GB OCZ Rally2, the 16GB OCZ Mega-Kart, a 1GB Kingston DataTraveler ReadyFlash drive, and an 8GB Corsair Voyager GT drive. The test results show that not all USB flash drives are created equal, with data transfer results in various applications that can make a real difference. For those interested in Vista ReadyBoost performance, this showcase can offer some insight."
Programming

+ - STALKER: Developer Interview

Submitted by
GamingJunky.com
GamingJunky.com writes "With a development cycle of 7 years, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl has become one of the longest-awaited titles in recent PC gaming history. GamingJunky.com speaks to Oleg Yavorsky, member of the development team, who explains the process of creation as well as some of their plans for enhancing the multiplayer experience.

Full Article:
http://www.gamingjunky.com/article/2007/4/26/stalk er-developer-interview/"
Biotech

+ - Plankton and Global Warming

Submitted by SixFactor
SixFactor (1052912) writes "An idea to use plankton to fight climate change, is getting serious consideration. Plankton blooms, induced by fertilizing desolate patches of ocean with iron, are being tested for their capacity to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and transport the greenhouse gas to ocean depths. If the tests yield immediate and measurable results, the effort could be a viable implementation of carbon offsets. However, if overdone, imagine getting to a "tipping point," where the concern is no longer global warming, but the opposite. One thing is notably absent from the article: there is no requirement for an Environmental Impact Statement. But I do foresee happier balleen whales."
Privacy

+ - Lip Reading Surveillance Cameras "To Stop Terr

Submitted by mrogers
mrogers (85392) writes "Infowars brings us the following news from the UK, which is fast becoming the front line of the war on privacy:

"Read my lips...." used to be a figurative saying. Now the British government is considering taking it literally by adding lip reading technology to some of the four million or so surveillance cameras in order identify terrorists and criminals by watching what everyone says.
Perhaps the lip-reading cameras and the shouting cameras will find something to talk about."

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