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US Judge Say Kim Dotcom May Never Be Tried or Extradited 345

vik writes "As Megaupload's Kim Dotcom's megafarce trial continues, the New Zealand Herald reports that his alleged offense not only falls below the threshold for extradition, but also that the warrant may not be properly served. 'My understanding as to why they haven't done that is because they can't. We don't believe Megaupload can be served in a criminal matter because it is not located within the jurisdiction of the United States,' says Megaupload's lawyer Ira Rothken. Not surprisingly, Kim Dotcom has a few choice words to say about having his business trashed this way, with 220 jobs lost, and millions left without access to their legitimate data."

Comment Re:scsi (Score 1) 297

Nope. They really are constructed and/or tested to higher standards. Now, you may have a poor experience putting high-end drives into a crap situation - that's not necessarily the drive's fault.

If you start talking to a company that wants to sell you a lot of drives, and for relatively cheap (a couple of bucks per managed-RAIDed gigabyte), ask them about the duty cycle on the drives. A lot of consumer and even midline drives have duty cycles of less than 40% (put heavy read/write cycles on the disk for less than 40% of the time it is powered up). Enterprise drives are rated up to 100% utilization. If you take a midline drive and an enterprise drive of the same type (SAS, SATA, FC, etc.) and run them at full load head-to-head, statistically, the midline or consumer drives will fail sooner.

Comment Re:Better idea (Score 4, Interesting) 90

I thought the same thing. Although, from the site:
> One of the hardest parts of hunting for signals
> from space is separating what might be an ET
> signal from the earth-based RFI sources. We
> think that human eyes, and our amazing brains,
> should be better than a computer at finding
> interesting signals in the noise.

So it's an attempt to use the brain to manually pick out patterns? (I can't tell yet because the site may be overloaded - I get a "Loading..." screen but no updates.

I'm not sure that's a great idea, since the brain tends to make associations even if none truly exist.


QuickTime Creator Brings Flash and Office To the iPad, By Subscription 118

New submitter adycarter writes "Steve Perlman, the man responsilbe for QuickTime and WebTV, has recently launched OnLive Desktop which now offers a 'plus' service enabling iPad users to use Flash, Microsoft Office and the ability to use a Gigabit-speed version of Internet Explorer. The service runs on the same basic technology as their game streaming service in that you're using your iPad as client to access a machine located in the cloud."

Comment Re:Steve Jobs said it best (Score 1) 97

> ..."because my company is doing that and I don't like competition"
Why bother to refute the claim itself when you can simply smear the supposed originator? The use of ad hominem remarks weakens your intended message.

I've long thought the same thing, without the use of clever quotes. Where I originally came to this realization was a volunteer librarian, upon hearing I worked "with computers", asking me how best to filter the local library internet connection. We spoke for an hour or so, and I finally became enlightened to my own arguments. You can't "solve" a problem like speech with 100% certainty without destroying the benefit of the remaining, uncensored, content.

> how about this for a famous quote:
> "People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it." - George Bernard Shaw

How about this?
"He who trains his tongue to quote the learned sages, will be known far and wide as a smart ass."
-- Howard Kandel

OK, ribbing aside, what point were you trying to make? Were you saying that there are technological solutions to social problems? Any that are actually and successfully in use? Were you arguing that he said something couldn't be done, or just bickering with an AC?

Also, as pointed out elsewhere in the comments, the performance balked at by the OP above is quite possible. It may not be as cheap or simple as we might imagine, but it's hard to say something is impossible, given enough time and effort (read: money). It's just a large transaction processor.

Operating Systems

The webOS Features Other OSes Should Steal 142

New submitter egparedes points out a post dissecting webOS and highlighting the things it did right, in the hopes that developers for other mobile operating systems will use them as inspiration. Quoting: "webOS isn't quite dead yet. It's just being open-sourced, which, when it happens to commercial software, often turns out to be the digital equivalent of being reanimated as a walking corpse in a George Romero movie. ... Of course, it's not assured that this is the end of webOS. Maybe open-sourcing it will be the best thing that ever happened to webOS. But maybe it just means that HP doesn't care anymore, and that webOS won't receive much attention anymore. This would be unfortunate, because webOS is one of the few current mobile operating systems that are actually a joy to use. It's been hurt by HP's incompetent management, rather than any egregious faults of its own. The least we can do now is to keep its best ideas alive, even if webOS itself won't make it."

Submission + - OpenBSD IPv6 Fragment Handling Sanity (+RFC compliance) Well Ahead of the Pack (si6networks.com)

badger.foo writes: "In a blog post titled IPv6 NIDS evasion and improvements in IPv6 fragmentation/reassembly, security consultants SI6 Networks report on some experiments they conducted recently in order to test IPv6 fragment handling in various general-purpose operating systems.

While the authors did not say so in so many words, the conclusion is that OpenBSD is ahead of the pack in both RFC compliance as well as sane and secure handling of IPv6 fragments.

Read the full article over at the SI6 site: IPv6 NIDS evasion and improvements in IPv6 fragmentation/reassembly"

Submission + - Dutch telecom provider KPN hacked (telecompaper.com)

rvw writes: Dutch biggest telecom and internet provider KPN has been hacked. Between 20 and 27 january a group of Russian and Dutch hackers has been able to enter the network via an unpatched server. They claim to have had access to all systems, including basic phone services. The first week, KPN tried to solve the problems themselves, but that didn't work out. Only after a week they alerted several authorities about the breach. At 27 january they declared "code red", after which 100 people worked 24/7 to patch and reinstall servers. Just yesterday the news came out. They say they waited with the news to protect their customers.

BART Keeps Cell Service Despite Protests 196

Okian Warrior writes "After taking heat from the ACLU and being hacked by Anonymous for shutting down cellphone service to four stations last week, BART kept cell service on during Monday's protests. Officials at Bay Area Rapid Transit decided Monday that cutting cellphone service to thwart another planned protest would cause more trouble than the protests themselves. Instead, four stations were temporarily closed, creating a chaotic rush-hour commute."

Prosthetic-Limbed Runner Disqualified from Olympic Games 509

contraba55 wrote with a link to an Engadget story on a sign of the postmodern times. Oscar Pistorius, a world-class sprinter, has been denied a shot at participating in the Olympics this year. He's a double-amputee, but he's not out because of his handicap; he's disqualified because he's faster than most sprinters. "The runner — who uses carbon-fiber, prosthetic feet — was reviewed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (or IAAF), a review which found the combination of man and machine to be too much for its purely human competitors. According to the IAAF report, the 'mechanical advantage of the blade in relation to the healthy ankle joint of an able bodied athlete is higher than 30-percent.' Additionally, Pistorius uses 25-percent less energy than average runners due to the artificial limbs, therefore giving him an unfair advantage on the track."

Switching Hospital Systems to Linux 305

jcatcw writes "Health care software vendor McKesson Provider Technologies is focusing on ways to cut IT costs for customers, including hospitals and medical offices. The cure is moving many of McKesson's medical software applications to Linux, which can then be used on less expensive commodity hardware instead of expensive mainframes. A deal with Red Hat allows McKesson to offer its software in a top-to-bottom package for mission-critical hospital IT systems."

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