oliderid writes: France could start taxing internet advertising revenues from online giants such as Google, using the funds to support creative industries that have been hit by the digital revolution, Link to Original Source
oliderid writes: I have almost finished a web application that should support more than 100 queries per second some tables having more than 500.000 rows. Well I'm not used to this kind of load. I did my best to apply the best practices I could find over the web, reduce the queries to the database to the minimum, indexing, etc. but I'd like to have a GPL tool to monitor this database in real-time and see clearly how often a query is done, redundant ones, be sure that my mental is respected "One query per "page", processing time, etc. See when the server is about to be overloaded. The server is remote, Linux (redhat or ubuntu). There is no Xwindow, so I can monitor it through SSH/shell or through a web application. Any idea? Thx!
Inside the Defense Ministry, alternatives to the A400M are already being looked into. "We aren't married to Airbus," said the high-ranking air force officer who spoke with Spiegel Online. He said the German military could live with a delay of "one or two years" by continuing to fly its old fleet of C-160 Transall cargo planes. "But at some point, we will have to decide what to do if the plane from Airbus continues to be delayed."
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Boeing had already spoken with a number of countries to offer C-17 aircraft as an interim solution, given significant delays in the EADS A400M military transport plane program.
Another option is the less known but quite impressive AN-70. Link to Original Source
oliderid writes: It looks like I can savely invest a part of my money into stocks, after years of hard work. I missed Google, Facebook and all these opportunities but well that's life, I couldn't risk a cent at that time anyway. I'd like to build a portfolio in technologies (computer/Internet, this is my field as a web developer). What would be the next big hit for us technicians of all sorts? I'm mainly open to US investments (since my money is in Euro and it looks like US dollar is recovering finally) and I'm fine with investments up two three years.
oliderid writes: The European Synchroton radiation facility in Grenoble (France) is helping scientists to study ancient insects trapped in rocks. they have identified nearly 360 fossil animals. Wasps, flies, ants — even spiders so far. They use a 3D plastic printer to make a physical model of these insects. (watch the video clip)
oliderid writes: The European Union is spending 14m euros (£10.5m) to create a standard way to send TV via the net.The project will create a peer-to-peer system that can pipe programmes to set-top boxes and home TV sets. It will be based on the BitTorrent technology.the four-year research project will try to build a system that can stand alongside the other ways that broadcasters currently get programmes to viewers. Link to Original Source
oliderid writes: Europe's space laboratory, Columbus, has been unloaded from the space shuttle Atlantis and docked with the International Space Station (ISS).
Once the lab is in place, an intensive programme of research in weightless surroundings will begin.
The experiments will also help researchers better understand the physiological demands of long-duration spaceflight, something that will be important if humans are ever to colonise the Moon or travel to Mars. Link to Original Source