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+ - Bussard Fusion Validated at EMC2fusion.org->

Submitted by dch24
dch24 (904899) writes "Ever since Robert W. Bussard did his Google Tech Talk: Should Google Go Nuclear?, the question of whether Polywell Fusion generation will make net power has hung in the air. Today, EMC2fusion.org updated their web site with results from the efforts of a world-class team of physicists to verify Bussard's papers.

Bussard's experiments were WB-6; he lost the battle against cancer in 2007. EMC2fusion then built WB-7 and validated Bussard's experiments (with technical data given to the government sponsors but not to the public). Now the EMC2fusion site has pictures of WB-8 and plans for WB-D. The results are still unpublished, but this acknowledges that WB-7 was a success, and that EMC2fusion is moving forward with plans for a net power machine."

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Handhelds

+ - iPhone 2.0 unlocked->

Submitted by dch24
dch24 (904899) writes "The iPhone 2.0 software update has been unlocked. Gizmodo has received a test release from the iphone-dev team:

If you were wondering how I was doing push email tests on iPhone OS 2.0 and Vodafone UK, this is the reason why. The code wizard commandos at the iPhone Dev Team have been working on this non-stop since the early days of beta testing. In fact, I had iPhone OS 2.0 running on my iPhone since last week. That was version 5A345, two below 5A347, but identical in functionality.

The iphone-dev team says they are close to releasing an unlock for the iPhone 3G but are not there yet."
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Cellphones

+ - T-mobile Data Center Recovers From Seattle Floods->

Submitted by dch24
dch24 (904899) writes "T-mobile was hit hard on Tuesday by major floods at their Bothell datacenter near downtown Seattle. Blogs and news sites are getting reports in the comments:

[I] work directly with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint / Nextel. I was on the morning conference calls hosted by T-Mobile's president and staff for the American side discussing the issues directly and the solutions to be provided.

What happened: Floods affected the main servers which supported all activation portals, company websites (public and internal), as well as star services (#646#, #225#, etc.) and myFaves updates. ... an attempt was made to migrate the data over to the back-up servers, but that was unable to be completed due to environmental issues.

Existing customers can continue to use their phones as normal, however things such as updating the myFaves settings or any other billing related updates can not be made at this time. Payment can NOT be accepted at T-Mobile corporate stores, however independent vendors (PreCash, etc.) are unaffected by this flood and money will credit to account as normal. FlexPay customers whose bill would be due WHILE the flood situation is being resolved will NOT be disconnected for failure to pay, however the bill will be due immediately after. FlexPay customers whose bill was due BEFORE this incident may be disconnected for failure to pay and must week an alternate independent vendor to pay the bill.

In my experience with these companies, there have been times when whole systems go down. T-Mobile has set up several internal conference numbers that we (employees, dealers, independent retailers, etc) may call in directly to have our questions answered. I have not seen this from any other company. For both our needs and those of the customers, additional operators have been tasked to all working call centers to answer questions and concerns you may have.

The progress: as of 6:00 am this morning [Tue Dec 4, 2007], power was restored and the long process of rebooting the systems has begun again. Proof of the progress can be seen in the main corporate website, t-mobile.com, being live once more. As more applications come online, retailers can expect to see their Samson, Watson, and iCam systems functioning normally. The earliest estimates put these all being corrected around 15:00 PST, however it may be up to 48 hours. Thankfully, though some IT staff did have to relocate during the flood, no one was injured from within the company, and additional staff have already been sent in to facilitate with bringing it all back online.

Please note that what I have mentioned above is NOT to be considered official until T-Mobile directly acknowledges this through a press-release of some sorts.
That was several days ago, and services are slowly coming back online. I called their customer care line, and they still sounded quote busy. Over at datacenterknowledge.com, a reader comments:

Bothell has a small concentration of datacenters and callcenters: T-Mobile, AT&T Wireless, OnFiber, Time-Warner Telecom, Worldlink, to name a few. North Creek runs right through Bothell and is prone to minor flooding every decade or so, and a major flood risk is always looming. ... We were at North Creek for 7 years and one of our perennial worries was an autumn storm causing North Creek to overflow its levees.
The press releases on t-mobile.com have nothing."

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Linux Business

+ - Citrix Announces Acquisition of Xensource-> 1

Submitted by dch24
dch24 (904899) writes "Citrix announced today in a press release that they will acquire XenSource for $500M. Over at ZDNet UK, "XenSource is a small company, claiming 500 paying customers and 5,000 production users."

This comes hard on the heels of the VMWare IPO. An eWeek article suggests, "The Citrix-XenSource deal might pressure VMware to drop the price on some of its products. To increase the pressure, Citrix announced that it will begin selling XenSource's products through its roughly 5,000 channel partners."

How will this affect the open-source Xen hypervisor? The press release says, "The acquisition will also strengthen each company's strong partnership with Microsoft and commitment to the Windows platform." Does that mean a change in direction?"

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+ - Slashdot eats a reply

Submitted by dch24
dch24 (904899) writes "I found my second slashcode bug today. The first one was a post with   used to indent each paragraph. But it was long enough to get a "Read The Rest of This Comment" link. Somehow, when the post was in its abbreviated form, all the   codes didn't show up, but when I clicked on the link, they came in. Minor bug. (Oh, and I've seen it a few times now, not just once.)

But today really takes the cake. You should look at my post here. Click on the "Parent" link. Guess what? Even though it's attached to the discussion, the parent post got lost somehow. (I'm guessing it's a javascript bug. I'm browsing with FireFox 1.5.0.6.)

Wow, I just got censored."

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