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Power

+ - First beam in the LHC->

Submitted by spatialguy
spatialguy (951355) writes "Geneva, 10 September 2008. The first beam in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN1 was successfully steered around the full 27 kilometres of the world's most powerful particle accelerator at 10h28 this morning. This historic event marks a key moment in the transition from over two decades of preparation to a new era of scientific discovery.

"It's a fantastic moment," said LHC project leader Lyn Evans, "we can now look forward to a new era of understanding about the origins and evolution of the universe."

http://press.web.cern.ch/press/PressReleases/Releases2008/PR08.08E.html"

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Windows

+ - Nearly all Windows are proven to be insecure-> 2

Submitted by spatialguy
spatialguy (951355) writes "95% of all pc's with Windows have at least one program installed that was not updated with the latest available security update. Those statistics were collected by the danish security company Secunia on the basis of 20.000 consumers who have there system checked by that companies software. The security software is designed to check for the latest safe version of all installed applications. Only with 4.54 % of the systems this was the case.

Secunia thinks these numbers might be worse, because only security minded people check their systems. Check http://secunia.com/blog/18/ for the full story"

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Windows

+ - Dutch parliament questions windows pre-install

Submitted by spatialguy
spatialguy (951355) writes "Dutch members of parliament are questioning the minister of economic affairs of the pre-install of windows on all commercially available personal computers. The Socialist party says this is bad for the free choice of consumers and that other OSes have a economical disadvantage. They stipulate it is hard to get a cash refund when people do not want to use the pre-installed OS. Microsoft reacted with a statement that there is a procedure to get a cash refund. The member of parliament Arde Gerkens states that a better option would be if Windows is available as a separate option. People buying computers in non-specialized shops, like supermarkets, will have a very difficult time to obtain a refund in the case the do not use the pre-installed OS. The article is in a dutch: http://www.nu.nl/news/1299808/52/SP_stelt_kamervragen_over_meeleveren_Windows.html"
Databases

+ - MySQL vs PostgreSQL benchmarks

Submitted by spatialguy
spatialguy (951355) writes "Tweakers is a dutch community of online tweakers that are deciding on new hardware for their website and databases.
The link http://tweakers.net/reviews/674/7 [tweakers.net] leads you to some stunning performance graphs on a 8-way opteron system.
It shows that not only postgresql 8.2 is faster then MySQL 5.0, it also scales much better on heavy loads.
The tweakers community are longterm MySQL users and were new to PostgreSQL. However they even brought in a MySQL/Solaris expert to configure it optimally.
Still PostgreSQL turned out to be the better dbms under heavy loads.
They are very thorough in their tests, are themselves MySQL users, and give insight in which optimizations they used to perform these tests.

Interesting is that they discovered a small issue in the stable release of postgresql 8.2 which was subsequently patched by the postgresql developers.
The version pg 8.2.1 did ship with these patches.
They also revealed issues with Solaris, which were investigated by Sun developers, who helped in configuring the Solaris installation.

This second link http://tweakers.net/search?DB=Reviews&item_catId=1 2&productCatId=&Query=postgresql&x=0&y=0
will give you a search results page with links to many similar benchmarks on different architectures of MySQL vs PostgreSQL on their site.

All in all a very convincing read."

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