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+ - AOL unplugs 10,000 servers, saves $5M->

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alphadogg (971356) writes "AOL decommissioned almost 10,000 servers and saved itself $5 million along the way to winning a contest that highlights the cost of running inefficient or underutilized IT equipment. Decommissioning a 1U rack server can save a company $500 a year in energy costs, $500 in OS licenses and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs, according to Uptime Institute, the industry group that organized the competition, which it called the Server Roundup Contest. AOL's savings included $1.65 million in energy bills, $2.2 million in OS licenses and $62,000 in hardware maintenance costs. It also gained $1.2 million from scrap and resale, and reduced its carbon emissions by 20 million tons."
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+ - Army Reviews Controversial Drug after Afghan Massacre

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "Time Magazine reports that after the massacre in which Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly massacred 17 civilians in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has ordered an urgent review of the use of the anti-malarial drug mefloquine, also known as Lariam, known to have severe psychiatric side effects including psychotic behavior, paranoia and hallucinations. "One obvious question to consider is whether he was on mefloquine (Lariam), an anti-malarial medication," writes Elspeth Cameron Ritchie in Time. "This medication has been increasingly associated with neuropsychiatric side effects, including depression, psychosis, and suicidal ideation." The drug has been implicated in numerous suicides and homicides, including deaths in the US military. For years the military used the weekly pill to help prevent malaria among deployed troops, however in 2009 the US Army nearly dropped use of mefloquine entirely because of the dangers, using it only in limited circumstances, including sometimes in Afghanistan. Army and Pentagon officials would not say whether Bales took the drug, citing privacy rules however, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson has ordered a new, urgent review to make sure that troops were not getting the drug inappropriately. “Some deployed service members may be prescribed mefloquine (PDF) for malaria prophylaxis without appropriate documentation in their medical records and without proper screening for contraindications,” the order says. It notes that this review must include troops at “deployed locations.” "I know there's a lot of discussion about the malaria drug, and I don't know yet (whether Bales was taking it)," says Bales' attorney, John Henry Browne. "We have to get his medical records. And I don't know. I wouldn't be surprised. But I don't know that.""

Comment: ironic really (Score 1) 157

by Ian 0x57 (#37316512) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Classroom Eco-Projects Suited To Alaska?
that you are pushing a technology that has flaws and you can't demo it because of the flaws. Maybe isn't the solve all problems solution that some think it is, unless you live in a sunny place. Change to something that is relevant for the area, not something that they will see has no impact on them.

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