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Comment Re:Notes (Score 2, Interesting) 569

I can type on my iTouch as fast as most people type on a computer (which is faster than most people write) so I'll be surprised if i cant do the same on an iPad. Get a stylus for your iPad (yeah it's a little annoying it isn't included but whatever) and draw diagrams and stuff and you're probably set. If you just can't type by muscle memory without having a touch keyboard then maybe add a bluetooth keyboard. Add in the ability to record the audio and you can probably get some pretty good notes. I don't buy the handwriting being better for memory. It's probably just whatever you're used to. I always type my notes on my laptop and I find it less distracting than writing. The diagram thing is a point but having a screen you can draw on would take care of it.

Submission + - Symantec's Reliance on Forums Criticized (

dasButcher writes: Symantec is using its forums to keep partners and customers up to date on the progress being made on a patch to correct a date-recognition flaw in its endpoint security products. Not only is the time it's taking to create a patch irking the Symantec user base, but so is Symantec's perferred method of communications — its forum. Many people are saying that Symantec's overreliance on this channel is "foolish" and a reflection of Symantec's poor communications with partners and customers.

Comment Re:Virtualization (Score 4, Informative) 71

Virtualization gives some advantages:

1: You can move the VM between physical hardware with little trouble. Power off VM, robocopy the files, power it on. For older Windows operating systems that required a reinstall if the underlying HAL changed, this is a large lifesaver.

2: Fast backups with the snapshot functionality.

3: Cloning -- need more instances, grab more hardware, fire up Hyper-V or ESXi, slap the VM on and go to town.

4: Clustering -- several physical machines can host one VM through a SAN and if one box fails, the failover can pick up where the main machine left off on the machine (not the app) level. This means you don't need to worry about how apps will deal with jumping MACs or hardware changes unexpectedly.

5: Security. If a VM got infected, it can be powered off and rolled back to a safe snapshot, and also a snapshot taken of its dirty state for forensics.

6: Ability to run on future hardware. Say everyone ditches x86 and amd64 and decides to go to IBM's POWER architecture and emulate legacy stuff. The stuff in the VM won't care that is is actually isn't running on a different CPU.

Of course, virtualization's disadvantage is performance losses due to the added overhead of more context switching.

For a MMO, virtualization isn't really needed except at the database core. If a zone server [1] goes down, there will be people nerd raging on the forums, but in reality if someone gets to it in 24 hours or so, people won't be pulling their subscriptions. The only real thing that would cause people to bail is a large player database rollback, so days to weeks of playing are lost. However if you have a good database cluster, this isn't going to happen.

Virtualization is just one of many IT tools. Sometimes it is an excellent thing to have. Other times, there isn't any real need to have it, especially for CPU intensive stuff on a server that can be cloned or easily reimaged with the apps on it.

[1]: I'm assuming zone servers handle the combat mechanics, only sending updates to the core player database when a player loots an item, dies, logs out, disconnects, or at a periodic interval if nothing else changes.

Comment Re:That's not new (Score 2, Interesting) 366

Definitely not news. Before peer-to-peer became a buzzword, a common way of distributing this kind of thing was to slit it into lots of rar files and upload each to a free hosting service. Things like i-drive and geocities, for example, would host things for free with something like a 10MB limit. A 100MB file would be split across ten of these sites and there'd be a web page somewhere with links to them all. The individual components had innocuous names, and the hosting companies couldn't tell that they were illegal because they couldn't decompress them without the other parts. Back then, hardly anyone had broadband, so you'd often download things by getting all of your friends to get one piece then passing a ZIP disk around to collect all of the pieces.
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Submission + - Social networking: Lots of buzz, little revenue (

Ian Lamont writes: "MySpace, YouTube, and other websites that incorporate social networking features may be generating a lot of buzz, but they are not generating a lot of revenue, according to an IDC report cited in Computerworld. The reasons include a lack of precise demographic information for advertisers, and the desire for an "environment that doesn't threaten the safety of a company's brand." A potential solution for YouTube, says IDC, is to set up distribution deals with big media conglomerates, but that may not fly either:

YouTube, the report suggests, could earn substantial advertising revenue if it could figure out a way to acquire premium content from distribution deals with companies like Viacom Inc., NBC and Walt Disney Co. However, the report noted that Google so far declines to pay the sums required to purchase the content.
These issues haven't stopped some observers from predicting huge revenue streams for social networking sites, such as Henry Blodget, who sees Facebook hitting a "$1 billion run-rate within a year"."


Submission + - Microsoft coup against iso standards body (

bytewize writes: "Today the iso standards body here in Sweden has accepted ooxml as a standard. It seems that a number of Microsoft partners joined the body just before the vote and managed to swing the vote in Microsoft's faviour. IBM walked out and refused to vote. If this is what we can expect in the future then the iso standards body might just as well pack up and close shop. Nobody should be able to buy acceptance of a standard. It should become a standard based entirely on its own merits."

Submission + - Core Computer Books for a Library

Techie Librarian writes: I am putting together a collection for the opening day of a new library. What are the core books in your computer library? What books or series do you recommend to your friends and relatives who know little to nothing about computers? If you were in my position, what computer books would buy for a library?

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