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Comment: Re:Not a flaw in the system (Score 1) 437 437

by dazjorz (#31562154) Attached to: Flaw In Emergency Response System May Have Killed Hundreds

If a call involved a fall of more than 6 feet it was designated a lower priority 'category B response' despite the presence of life-threatening conditions which were supposed to receive the most urgent category A response.

Even if other factors should have given the situation an A level, it would be B because the fall wasn't "high enough". That's the flaw in the system here, if I understand the article correctly.

Comment: Re:careful what you wish for (Score 1) 298 298

by dazjorz (#30181000) Attached to: iPhone Owners Demand To See Apple Source Code
There are options for extra legs, a second tail, and (however quite expensive) an extra head. By the way, you can get AppleCare for your iPony too. And, obviously, if you teach it things that Apple didn't want it to know, AppleCare is revoked (but you can unteach it so they don't notice) and the next firmware update for your iPony will kill it right away... A few years later, Apple will be sued and forced to release iPony firmware update release code, to see if that was on purpose.

Remus Project Brings Transparent High Availability To Xen 137 137

Posted by timothy
from the when-servers-go-south-a-song dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Remus project has just been incorporated into the Xen hypervisor. Developed at the University of British Columbia, Remus provides a thin layer that continuously replicates a running virtual machine onto a second physical host. Remus requires no modifications to the OS or applications within the protected VM: on failure, Remus activates the replica on the second host, and the VM simply picks up where the original system died. Open TCP connections remain intact, and applications continue to run unaware of the failure. It's pretty fun to yank the plug out on your web server and see everything continue to tick along. This sort of HA has traditionally required either really expensive hardware, or very complex and invasive modifications to applications and OSes."
Hardware Hacking

Google Voice Controls Giant LED Display 66 66

Posted by kdawson
from the can-you-understand-me-now dept.
compumike writes "What geek among us has never thought about how cool it would be if you could call your computer and have it do stuff? Josh Davis put together a quick video demo and source code of his Voice Controlled LED Marquee, powered by Google Voice speech recognition and a DIY LED Array Kit. Imagine using the same display for monitoring server uptime, or RSS feeds!"

Comment: Re:Windows Upgrades (Score 2, Interesting) 570 570

by dazjorz (#29829371) Attached to: Some Users Say Win7 Wants To Remove iTunes, Google Toolbar
That's what everybody always says or thinks. I never had any problems with Ubuntu either, yet there they are. I'm a developer for an instant messaging client, and hell, I've really never had any of the bugs all those users are screaming about! I don't know if you intended to say "Damn all you Windows haters", or that I just made that up while reading your reply, but it's really a problem every software project always has. I'd know what Apple would say if I said libxml was totally broken for me after upgrading my Macbook to Snow Leopard.... (Bonus mod points for everybody who replies "I didn't have that problem, you Apple hater!")

Comment: Re:Internet Addresses in Other Languages? (Score 1) 230 230

by dazjorz (#29596527) Attached to: US Relaxes Control Over ICANN
Yeah, probably domain names. My first thought was related to IP addresses too: maybe they mean allocation of subnets to countries where English is not an understood, let alone spoken, language. Such communication problems would make the process slow... But then again, that thought was probably just stupid :P

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