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+ - Russian arctic images 'from Titanic'

Submitted by soccer_Dude88888
soccer_Dude88888 writes: Russia faces embarrassment over its flag planting expedition to the North Pole after claims that state broadcasters borrowed scenes from the movie Titanic to "beef-up" footage.

Television company Rossiya sent images of mini submarines descending to the ocean floor around the world in its report about the mission.

But a 13-year-old boy from Finland spotted the scenes in the national daily newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, and realised that they resembled images on his Titanic DVD.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/ne ws/2007/08/11/wrussia111.xml
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+ - Reuters Image of Russian Subersible from Titanic

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Juha-Matti Laurio
Juha-Matti Laurio writes: "Footage purporting to show Russian explorers claiming the seafloor beneath the North Pole last week was in fact a scene from the 1997 film, reports The Independent. It took a 13-year-old Finnish boy to call a local newspaper pointing out that the footage looked identical to that in the film. According to Finnish Helsingin Sanomat publishing the pictures too 'at the time of the original broadcast, the vessels and their crews were known to be still some hours away from their destination'."
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+ - Man surgically alters thumbs to better use iPhone->

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bheer writes: "North Denver News writes about a man who had surgery to whittle his thumbs so he could better use an iPhone. His big hands were an impediment to gadget use before but the new procedure, which involves making a small incision into both thumbs and shaving down the bones, apparently lets him hit all the right buttons."
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+ - Pirates vs Ninjas: The Great Debate->

Submitted by Zero
Zero writes: Wellington Grey of the Miscellanea webcomic has created a presentation to answer of the the pivotal questions of our age: who would win in a fight, a ninja or a pirate? Grey looks at the weapons, fighting characteristics, environmental concerns, relationship to the flying spaghetti monster and challenges faced by each group. Also included is a slide of particular interest to slashdotters on pirates, ninjas and the RIAA.
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+ - The sky is falling! Meteor shower peaks Sunday eve->

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The Bad Astronomer
The Bad Astronomer writes: "Well, it may be death to my server to submit two articles at once, but I was shocked to see nothing on /. about the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks Sunday night. I have some simple advice on how to watch it, for those of you who can actually venture away from the computer and get outside. No tech, no gadgets, just you and the sky, and little bits of rock and ice impacting our atmosphere at 60 kps."
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+ - Sun Releasing 8-Core Niagara 2 Processor

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sun Microsystems is set to announce its eight-core Niagara 2 processor next week. Each core supports eight threads, so the chip handles 64 simultaneous threads, making it the centerpiece of Sun's "Throughput Computing" effort. Along with having more cores than the quads from Intel and AMD, the Niagara 2 have dual, on-chip 10G Ethernet ports with crytopgraphic capability. Sun doesn't get much processor press, because the chips are used only in its own CoolThreads servers, but Niagara 2 will probably be the fastest processor out there when its released, other than perhaps the also little-known 4-GHz IBM Power 6.

+ - How not to migrate a data center

Submitted by alee
alee writes: Over the last several weeks, Valueweb has been sending email reminders of a pending data center migration (moving the Valueweb servers to Hostway's Tampa data center). The data center migration plan emailed to customers indicated:

"The 12-15 hour outage will take place beginning this Friday July 27th at 8 PM EDT. The outage time will be incremental for customers. Therefore, if your server is taken off line at 8 PM EDT, you should expect your server to be back on line between 8 AM and 11 AM on Saturday July 28th."

That downtime has now exceeded 36 hours. Of the 5000+ servers being moved, Hostway has admitted that currently only 50% of them have been brought online, with no ETA. Support hold times according to their phone queue system show hold times exceeding 3 hrs to talk to a CSR. There are thousands of legitimate businesses hosted at Valueweb that are at the mercy of some of the worst data center migration planning I've ever seen.

While there is no worthwhile SLA to mention as part of the hosting contract, is an email indicating that downtime won't exceed 12-15 hrs considered an addendum to an SLA?

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang