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Comment: Using CentOS (Score 2) 90

by ecliptik (#35751898) Attached to: Facebook Opens Their Data Center Infrastructure

Buried in the Intel Motheboard PDF on page 10 section 6.8 it says they're using CentOS 5.2 as the OS:

Update from the operating system over the LAN – the OS standard is CentOS v5.2

Also, in the chassis design it seems there are rubber passthrus to allow cables to go between servers above and below each other.

Comment: Re:Choices are ObjC and Java? (Score 1) 111

by ecliptik (#35592150) Attached to: Book Review: Android User Interface Development

Or Python or Perl on Android

There's a nice 20% project called Android-Scripting that lets you use scripting languages through an interpreter. Not exactly fast and lacks some features, but it makes it easy to get started with basic Android development in a language you're more familiar with.

https://code.google.com/p/android-scripting/

Earth

Formerly Classified Global Warming Spy Photos Released 791

Posted by kdawson
from the inconvenient-images dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Obama administration has released more than a thousand intelligence images of Arctic ice, following a declassification request by the National Academy of Sciences. The images feature a 1m resolution, and scientists who have had to base climate models on 15m- or 30m-resolution photos are rejoicing. The photos, kept classified by the Bush administration, show the impact of global warming in the Arctic and the retreat of glaciers in Washington and Alaska."

Comment: Live Streaming through Moonlight (Score 2, Informative) 212

by ecliptik (#26528965) Attached to: The Web Braces For Inauguration Traffic

Miguel de Icaza posted a note this morning saying that after working with MS last night they now have a Moonlight add-on for 32/64-bit and PowerPC Firefox to stream the inauguration live from the official pic2009.org site. The install was quick, although the stream seems to stop and stutter frequently.

Comment: Re:Won't work (Score 1) 138

by ecliptik (#23030982) Attached to: Blockbuster Working on Set-Top Box

That's why Netflix offers "Instant" movies and tv shows, sure it's not the entire library but they're unlimited now and they're constantly adding more. Unfortunately it's only available for Windows, but it's still a nice addition to their already exceptional service at no extra cost.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070116-8627.html
Linux Business

+ - Dell to Linux users: Not so fast

Submitted by
PetManimal
PetManimal writes "After all the hubbub over Dell's note about manufacturing Linux-friendly Dells and choosing distros, the company is now telling users not to expect factory-installed Linux laptops and desktops anytime soon:

The company said today that the note was just about certifying the hardware for being ready to work with Novell SUSE Linux, not an announcement that the computers would be loaded and sold with the operating system in the near future.
According to the article, Dell says that lining up certification, support and training will 'take a lot of work.'"
Sony

Sony Set to Market Blu-ray as Winner of Format War 353

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the self-serving-prophets dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Citing the recent sales numbers, Sony exec David Bishop is claiming that the high-def format war can officially be declared over. With a movie sale ratio of almost 2:1 Blu-ray discs are being declared the victor over rival HD-DVD by Blu-ray supporter Sony. 'And yet while all agree that it was a strong month for Blu-ray, opinion is split on whether the surge in sales is an indicator of stronger user adaption of Blu-ray compared to HD DVD, or simply a reflection of the larger number of new Blu-ray titles that hit the market over the month -- 25 new Blu-ray titles were released in January, compared to just 11 titles on HD DVD for the same period.'"
Power

California Proposes to Ban Incandescent Lightbulbs 1074

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the coming-to-your-house-to-smash-the-old-ones dept.
zhang1983 writes to tell us CNN is reporting that California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine wants to make his state the first to ban incandescent lightbulbs with the "How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act". The act will promote Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) to replace the inefficient incandescent lightbulbs. According to him, "Incandescent lightbulbs were first developed almost 125 years ago, and since that time they have undergone no major modifications, meanwhile, they remain incredibly inefficient, converting only about 5 percent of the energy they receive into light."

Firefox Update Kills Bugs, Adds Mac Support 232

Posted by Zonk
from the best-of-all-worlds dept.
Juha-Matti Laurio writes "Several vulnerabilities are fixed in version Firefox 1.5.0.2, which was released on Thursday. In addition to security patches Firefox now includes some stability enhancements and, as expected, includes native support for Apple Computer's Macs with Intel processors. Secunia has a detailed advisory about vulnerabilities fixed with this release."

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