Relayman writes "Charlie Dowd, a 68-year-old travelling from California to Chicago on Amtrak, disappeared. His body was found in Nebraska eight days later after he had opened an unlocked door and fallen off the train moving at over 70 mph. This is not new, as the Santa Fe New Mexican found 40 cases of people falling to their deaths since 1972.
If you have an elderly relative or one who has a tendency to exit a moving vehicle, do not send them on Amtrak alone!"Link to Original Source
Relayman writes "MG Sieglar was looking at three pie charts developed by Ed Bott and noticed something interesting: Using last quarter's numbers, Apple's iPhone sales alone (over half of $46.33 billion) are larger than all of Microsoft's sales ($20.89 billion). In addition, Apple's non-iPhone sales (iPads, Macs, etc.) are also larger than all of Microsoft's sales. Perhaps it's time for some changes at Microsoft."Link to Original Source
Relayman writes "The authors of MacDefender have released MacGuard, which doesn't need an administrator password to be installed. Instead, it copies the method Firefox uses, which is to copy the application directly into the Applications folder."Link to Original Source
Relayman writes "Henry Blodget is reporting that the recent EC2 crash caused permanent data loss. Apparently, the backups that were being made were not sufficient to recover the lost data. Although a small percentage of the total data was lost, any data loss can be bad to a Website operator."Link to Original Source
Relayman writes "Joe Mailer wanted to download an iTunes movie recently and his Apple TV told him it would take two hours. When he switched his DNS resolver settings, the download time dropped to less than 20 seconds. Apparently, iTunes content is served by Akamai which uses geolocation based on the IP address of the DNS request to determine which server should provide his content. When you use Google or Open DNS to resolve the Apple domain name, all the requests to Akamai appear to be coming from the same location and they're all directed to the same server pool, overloading that pool and causing the slow downloads. The solution: Be wary of using Google or Open DNS when downloading iTunes files or similar large files. Use your own ISPs DNS servers instead or run your own resolving DNS server (This is /., is it not?)."Link to Original Source