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Attractive Open Source Search Interfaces? 65

Posted by timothy
from the you'll-have-this-ansi-terminal-and-like-it dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I work for a company that manages an online database for the political market. We add to this DB daily with updates from a variety of sources and our customers then search through this content via our Solr/Lucene search engine. My problem is, our search interface is a little, well, basic and I would love to know if there are any feature-rich open source alternatives out there. The only one I can find is Flamenco, and while that seems strong on categorisation, that seems to be about the height of it."
Businesses

Netflix Will Delay Renting New WB Releases 418

Posted by kdawson
from the times-they-are-a-changin' dept.
DesertBlade tips the news that Netflix will delay renting new releases from Warner Brothers for 28 days, and adds "Luckily I am so far behind in my movie watching that I will probably never catch up anyway." "It's part of a strategy by several studios to create staggered releases of DVDs so that the most profitable transactions are available first and cheaper rental options take effect further down the road. The move could be copied by other studios, forcing consumers to wait nearly a month if they want to rent popular movies from Netflix. ... The studio is hoping that the four-week window will push consumers interested in watching movies at home to buy the DVDs or pay a premium to rent them from stores like Blockbuster or from Internet and cable video-on-demand services. Warner Bros. already imposes a 28-day window on $1-a-night kiosk firm Redbox."
Security

+ - Will secure streams be the finite solution to DRM?

Submitted by Spiff76
Spiff76 (666) writes "The Secustream Technologies company was one of the head news on Norwegian national TV yesterday (2007-03-02). They state that it will take months to crack their secure streaming technology, and cracking it will only reveals a few seconds of content from a specific stream. The key idea is to use lots of lots of smaller locks rather than using one big lock. More or less all DRM systems yet have been defeated and has been very cumbersome for the user. In this perspective this technology claim to use a brand new approach. Will they succeed? All software used in a non trusted computing setting is crackable. Why won't this be feasible with this technology? They have even hired DVD-Jon to try to find security holes in their technology. http://www.secustream.com/?page=technology"
Data Storage

+ - Disk drive failures 15 times what vendors say

Submitted by
sysrammer
sysrammer writes "Computerworld has an article on disk drive failures from the 5th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies in San Jose, showing, among other things, "no evidence that Fibre Channel (FC) drives are any more reliable than less expensive but slower performing Serial ATA (SATA) drives", and that "that temperature seems to have little effect on drive reliability" (it looks like they're talking about temps closer to the upper operational limit, not catastrophic a/c failures, etc.). FTA: "About 100,000 disks are covered by this data, some for an entire lifetime of five years. The data include drives with SCSI and FC, as well as SATA interfaces. The mean time to failure (MTTF) of those drives, as specified in their datasheets, ranges from 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 hours, suggesting a nominal annual failure rate of at most 0.88%. We find that in the field, annual disk replacement rates typically exceed 1%, with 2-4% common and up to 13% observed on some systems. This suggests that field replacement is a fairly different process than one might predict based on datasheet MTTF." The authors did not identify particular vendors vs. the drive stats...their goal "is not choosing the best and the worst vendors but to help them to improve drive design and testing". Another note is that the study shows disk replacement rates, not necessarily actual failure. The article is at... http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9012066&source=NLT _AM&nlid=1 ...and the Usenix site is here... http://www.usenix.org/events/fast07/tech/schroeder .html mp"
Music

+ - Why DRM Cannot Open Up New Business Models

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Techdirt has a cool post up that doesn't just explain why DRM is bad, but gives a really interesting economic explanation for why DRM cannot create successful new business models. Since the RIAA and MPAA keep insisting that DRM will create new business models, it's useful to see an argument for why that's basically impossible."

Comment: Good Podcasts (Score 1) 90

by lemkepf (#14989708) Attached to: Good Podcasts and Podcatchers?
I listen to a few...

The Signal; A podcast about Firefly and Serenity.
http://signal.serenityfirefly.com/

TWIT; Basically Leo Laporte and his crew talk about tech stuff for an hour.
http://www.twit.tv/

Slice of SciFi; for all the science fiction news you could shake a stick at.
http://www.sliceofscifi.com/

FireflyTalk is good too...
http://fireflytalk.libsyn.com/

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