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The State of Ruby VMs — Ruby Renaissance 89 89

igrigorik writes "In the short span of just a couple of years, the Ruby VM space has evolved to more than just a handful of choices: MRI, JRuby, IronRuby, MacRuby, Rubinius, MagLev, REE and BlueRuby. Four of these VMs will hit 1.0 status in the upcoming year and will open up entirely new possibilities for the language — Mac apps via MacRuby, Ruby in the browser via Silverlight, object persistence via Smalltalk VM, and so forth. This article takes a detailed look at the past year, the progress of each project, and where the community is heading. It's an exciting time to be a Rubyist."

Two Arrested For Zbot Trojan 95 95

An anonymous reader writes "Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit have made Europe's first arrests in the battle against the ZeuS or Zbot Trojan which threatened to compromise thousands of computers. Officers arrested a man and woman, both aged 20 years, in Manchester for offenses under the 1990 Computer Misuse Act and the 2006 Fraud Act. Both suspects were interviewed by PCeU detectives and have been bailed for further in-depth inquiries to be completed. The arrests in connection with the malware represent some of the first in the world, and the first in Europe to combat the distribution and control of ZeuS."

Comment Re:bad design (Score 5, Insightful) 381 381

Ever heard of bloom filters? Sharding? Indexes? They are clearly not doing a table scan on 50gb of data every time you open your Facebook inbox.

You know, there's a certain point where people need to stop and actually think about the implimentation.

Um, they do. They regularly blog about their solutions to their problems and open source their solutions and contributions to existing projects. They come up with amazing solutions to their large scale problems. They're running over five million Erlang processes for their chat system!

Also, when was the last time you tried to visit Facebook and it was down? They're doing quite well for people who need to stop and actually think about their "implimentation".

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