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Submission + - Facebook, MSFT, others back opensource networking (networkworld.com)

Julie188 writes: "The Open Networking Foundation was announced this week in the hopes of fostering a new, open source-based approach to networking. The founding members are: Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo. Almost immediately Cisco, Brocade, Juniper Networks, HP, Broadcom, Ciena, Riverbed Technology, Force10, Citrix, Dell, Ericsson, IBM, Marvell, NEC, Netgear, NTT and VMware also joined. Their goal is the adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and an open source standard called OpenFlow. One notable name is missing from the list ... Vyatta."
Science

Submission + - Prehistoric Garbage Piles Created 'Tree Islands' (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Piles of garbage left by humans thousands of years ago may have helped form "tree islands" in the Florida Everglades--patches of relatively high and dry ground that rise from the wetlands. They stand between 1 and 2 meters higher than the surrounding landscape, can cover 100 acres or more, and host two to three times the number of species living in the surrounding marsh. Besides providing habitat for innumerable birds, the islands offer refuge for animals such as alligators and the Florida panther during flood season. The trash piles—a mix of discarded food, charcoal, shell tools, and broken pottery—would have been slightly higher and drier than the surrounding marsh, offering a foothold for trees, shrubs, and other vegetation.

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