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Data Storage

Submission + - SAN Vendors - What's hot and What's not?

thepriceisright writes: My organization is a medium sized NGO based in Washington, DC with an international user base of 500. Our IT group is reviewing SAN solutions for the organization. The process has been interesting, if not outright frustrating at times. The shortlist of SAN providers are the usual culprits, LeftHand (HP), EqualLogic (Dell), and EMC. We also stumbled on a new company which has a really interesting storage solution. The company is Nimble Storage (http://www.nimblestorage.com/). Many of the principle engineers were formerly from NetApp, interestingly enough. Have any Slashdot users tried this company? What has your experience been? If you could revisit your SAN procurement would you have done anything differently? Does the /. community know of any other up and coming companies which are trying to turn the SAN world on its head? What makes them interesting?

Nimble has some cool tech in the box, but there are concerns. Does one go with an established market leader or take the risk of going with a start up who may be gone after 2 years. It is exciting and frustrating at the same time. I should be getting ready for Santa, but all i see in my dreams are HP P4300 G2, EqualLogic PS4000X, and CS220. I really should see a doctor for that! Season Greetings all!

Submission + - TSA Facing Death By A Thousand Cuts (house.gov)

OverTheGeicoE writes: The Transportation Security Administration is getting a lot of negative attention, much of it from the US government itself. A recent congressional report blasted TSA for being incompetent and ineffective (PDF). A bill to force TSA to reduce its screening of active duty US military members and their families was approved unanimously by the House of Representatives. After a TSA employee was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman while in uniform, a bill has been introduced to prevent TSA from wearing police-style uniforms and badges or using the title 'officer'. The bill's sponsor calls these practices 'an insult to real cops.' The FBI is getting involved by changing its definition of rape in a way that might expose TSA's 'enhanced pat-down' screeners to prosecution. Lastly, public support for TSA's use of X-ray body scanners drops dramatically when people realize there is a cancer risk.

Submission + - FBI Calls Anonymous a National Security Threat (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "According to what purports to be a leaked psychological assessment of the leaders of LulzSec and Anonymous by the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, Anonymous is not only not a collection of individuals, it's a coherent group that poses a threat to national security. Neither the FBI nor the Dept. of Homeland Security have commented on the document, which may well be a fake, but seems to reflect accurately the thinking behind a series of DHS warning bulletins and crackdowns that have resulted in 75 raids and 16 arrests of Anonymous members just this year."
User Journal

Journal Journal: Where Did Our Future Go? 3

When I was a kid our school textbooks and the general societal belief (what we would now call a “meme”) led us to believe in a future where machines would do the heavy manufacturing and agricultural tasks, which meant humans would be freed to do fulfilling tasks instead of drudgery. We were all going to work 20 hours a week and spend the rest of our time choreographing ballets or writing poetry or something, and lots of serious think-papers were written about how we’d use o


Submission + - The Problem with Open Source GUIs (google.com) 1

npsimons writes: "Ingo Molnar has posted a short, but very insightful rant about open source GUIs. Molnar suggests that the GNOME and KDE projects need to stop focusing on competitor's products and start focusing on process. He cites git and the move of GNOME to git as positive examples of thinking more carefully about products and their users. He also suggests that OSS developers have a unique opportunity to engage desktop users in the development process."

Submission + - How Windows 7 knows about your internet connection (superuser.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: In Windows 7, any time you connect to a network, Windows tells you if you have full internet access or just a local network connection. It also knows if a WiFi access point requires in-browser authentication. How? It turns out, a service automatically requests a file from a Microsoft website every time you connect to any network, and the result of this attempt tells it whether the connection is successful. This feature is useful, but some may have privacy concerns with sending their IP address to Microsoft (which the site logs, according to documentation) every single time they connect to the internet. As it turns out, not only can you disable the service, you can even tell it to check your own server instead.
Social Networks

Submission + - Oxford Study Finds Massive Online Dating (google.com)

destinyland writes: "The Oxford Internet Institute surveyed 12,000 couples in 18 different countries, and discovered that the internet now plays an increasingly important role in finding a mate. In fact, 36% of the respondents between the ages of 40 and 69 now report that they found their romantic partner on the internet. (Surprisingly, for people between the ages of 18 and 40, that number drops to just 23%). "The Web can be just as good a place as any to find love," notes one technology blog, "especially if you're of a certain age and don't feel comfortable approaching strangers in a bar." One of the researchers reports that its popularity seems to stem partly from word of mouth, noting that "people who know others who date online are more likely to try it and approve of it.""

Submission + - Police Chief Teaches Parents to Hack Facebook 3

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "LiveScience reports that James Batelli, the police chief of Mahwah, N.J., and his detectives conduct seminars that teach parents how to outfit a computer with keystroke logging software, giving them access to the full spectrum of the kids' online activities. Batelli explains that kids put themselves in potentially dangerous situations online every day, especially on Facebook, where they run the risk of coming into contact with child predators who troll the social networking site. "Read the paper any day of the week and you’ll see an abduction [or] a sexual assault that’s the result of an Internet interaction or a Facebook comment,” says Batelli. "When it comes down to safety and welfare of your child, I don’t think any parent would sacrifice anything to make sure nothing happens to their children." But not everyone agrees with Batelli's recommendations. “It’s a slippery slope to spy on your kids,” says Edi Goodman, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft 911, who has two young children. “Hopefully I can teach my kids the skill sets to be aware about these [online] dangers, because I can’t be with them all the time.”"

Submission + - Judge Rules Against China in 'Green Dam' Suit (pcmag.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: ""About a year after Cybersitter sued the Chinese government and several Asian OEMs for allegedly copying its code to create the "Green Dam" software, a U.S. federal judge has allowed the $2.3 billion suit to proceed.

Judge Josephine Staton Tucker, a California district judge, entered a judgement of default against the People's Republic of China on Wednesday, after PRC officials failed to respond to the ruling. Although the PRC's embassy sent a letter to the U.S. State Department protesting Cybersitter's suit, such a letter did not qualify as a formal response.""


Submission + - Musician faces 20 years for YouTube video (hypervocal.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Evan Emory, a 21-year-old aspiring musician, edited together video of him singing a G-rated song to a bunch of giggling school kids, combined with video of him singing a song with sexually explicit lyrics, and posted it on YouTube. For this stupid joke, admittedly done without getting permission from the children shown "hearing" him sing naughty words, done many times by professional comedians, he is facing 20 years in prison as a sex offender. On the pretext of looking for "souvenirs" of child sexual abuse, his house has been searched by police, and the Muskegon County (Michigan) Prosecutor has insinuated (with no further evidence) that Emory actually wants to have sex with children and claims he "victimized every single child in that classroom". Emory insists he had no such intention.

Submission + - Employer Demands Facebook Login from Job Applicant 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Alex Madrigal reports in the Atlantic that the ACLU has taken up the case of Maryland corrections officer Robert Collins who was required to provide his Facebook login and password to the Maryland Division of Corrections (DOC) during a recertification interview so the interviewer could log on to his account and read not only his postings, but those of his family and friends too. "We live in a time when national security is the highest priority, but it must be delicately balanced with personal privacy," says Collins. "My fellow officers and I should not have to allow the government to view our personal Facebook posts and those of our friends, just to keep our jobs." The ACLU of Maryland has sent a letter to Public Safety Secretary Gary Maynard (PDF) concerning the Division of Correction's blanket requirement that applicants for employment with the division, as well as current employees undergoing recertification, provide the government with their social media account usernames and personal passwords for use in employee background checks. After three weeks the ACLU has received no response."

Submission + - Wikipedia Works to Close Gender Gap

Hugh Pickens writes writes: The Wikimedia Foundation collaborated on a study of Wikipedia’s contributor base last year and discovered that it was barely 13 percent women and set a goal to bring it up to 25 percent by 2015. But now the NY Times (reg. may be required) reports that progress in reaching that goal is running up against the traditions of the computer world and an obsessive fact-loving realm that is dominated by men and, some say, uncomfortable for women. "The big problem is that the current Wikipedia community is what came about by letting things develop naturally," says Kat Walsh, a member of the Wikimedia board. "Trying to influence it in another direction is no longer the easiest path, and requires conscious effort to change." Joseph Reagle says that Wikipedia shares many characteristics with the hard-driving hacker crowd including an ideology that resists any efforts to impose rules or even goals like diversity, as well as a culture that may discourage women. Adopting openness means being “open to very difficult, high-conflict people, even misogynists,” adds Reagle, “so you have to have a huge argument about whether there is the problem."
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Xen vs. VirtualBox vs. VMware. which is better?

el_pancreas writes: We just bought a new server with the following specs: Dell Poweredge T300 1 x Intel Xeon X3323 Quad Core 2.5 ghz 16 GB Ram We need to run aprox. 12 virtual machines on this server: 1 CentOS (SAMBA) 1 CentOS (DNS — Bind) 2 CentOS (MySQL) 6 CentOS (Apache) 1 WinXP IE6 (for VNC access to perform testing) 1 WinXP IE7 (for VNC access to perform testing) All of them will be used very "lightly". All of them are intended for web app development and testing among a group of 6 programers so no heavy duty use on any of them. We are replacing an aging Dell Poweredge 2600 with 512MB ram (that's right) with an intel xeon processor (single core 1.8Ghz i believe) It was running Open Virtuozzo and did managed to run aproximatelly 10 virtual servers (yes.. i know..) all of them running at the same time on only 512 MB RAM. So.. we are still deciding on which technology to use. Did we mention that we need them to be free options? So far we've narrowed it down to 4 contenders: Xen 3.0.3 (CentOS native virtualization technology) VirtualBox 2.2 VMware ESXi VMware Server 2 Anyone with experience running this many servers in a single server using the above listed technologies? We haven't been able to find any recent comparisons among them (only a few old blog posts here and there but all talk about outdated versions). Any suggestions?

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