kreide33 writes "Key/Value storage systems are gaining in popularity, much because of features such as easy scalability and automatic replication. However, there are several to choose from and performance is an important deciding factor. This article compares the performance of two of the most well-known projects, Cassandra and Voldemort, using several different mixes of access types, and compares both throughput and latency."
theodp writes "Using Yahoo's free e-mail service to conduct government business was good enough for Sarah Palin. And now the Washington Times reports that Obama staffers turned to Gmail on Inauguration Day to conduct their business. Those wishing to contact members of the incoming Obama administration were instructed to contact staffers at wh.LASTNAME@gmail.com until official White House e-mail addresses became available."
In light of the increased focus on the DRM controversy in recent days, Ars Technica did an interview with execs from CD Projekt's Good Old Games about where the problems are with current DRM implementation. "For me, the idiocy of those protection solutions shows how far from reality and from customers a lot of executives at big companies can be. You don't have to be a genius to check the internet and see all the pros and cons of those actions." Penny Arcade is also running a three-part series on DRM from game journalists Brian Crecente and Chris Remo. Crecente talks about how some companies are making progress in developing acceptable DRM, and some aren't. Remo recommends against a trend of overreaction to minor gripes.
Why thank you.
:) As a matter of fact, I love most things Disney. Since my sons have long since moved into the world of making fart sounds with their mouths and knitting their brows over schoolwork, I find it satisfying that they can still have a moment of excitement before seeing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, or getting ready to go to the midnight party and read the last book. However, I wasn't ONLY referring to Harry Potter when I was talking about wonder. I was talking about ANY experience in life that brings a sense of excitement or anticipation or yes, magic and wonder (no matter HOW it may make anyone else feel, everyone feels different things for different events, and there's nothing at all wrong with that). There are enough grim things to deal with in life. A little mystery and enchantment can't possibly be a bad thing, no matter where they come from.
Andy King writes "Unique iTunes users will exceed RealPlayer users by the first half of 2007, according to the latest data from Nielsen//NetRatings. European broadband penetration growth is slowing as the US approaches 80% penetration among active Internet users. http://www.websiteoptimization.com/bw/0702/"