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Paleontologists Discover World's Horniest Dinosaur 109

Posted by samzenpus
from the overcompensatesaurus dept.
Ponca City, We love you writes "The Guardian reports that paleontologists have uncovered the remains of an ancient beast called Kosmoceratops richardsoni that stood 16 feet tall with a 6-foot skull equipped with 15 horns and lived 76 million years ago in the warm, wet swamps of what is now southern Utah. 'These animals are basically over-sized rhinos with a whole lot more horns on their heads. They had huge heads relative to their body size,' says Scott Sampson, a researcher at the Utah Museum of Natural History."
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First MySQL 5.5 Beta Released 95

Posted by kdawson
from the taking-care-of-business dept.
joabj writes "While MySQL is the subject of much high-profile wrangling between the EU and Oracle (and the MySQL creator himself), the MySQL developers have been quietly moving the widely-used database software forward. The new beta version of MySQL, the first publicly available, features such improvements as near-asynchronous replication and more options for partitioning. A new release model has been enacted as well, bequeathing this version the title of 'MySQL Server 5.5.0-m2.' Downloads here."

Comment: Re:There are other options (Score 1) 300

by worthb (#28869099) Attached to: Antitrust Pressure Mounts For Wireless Providers

..... Texting is still hideously expensive, but if you don't need it, the service is worlds better than AT&T.

As you said, hideously expensive, for text messages sent in the otherwise unused bandwith between voice packets, essentially free for the carriers. Hence the need for investigations. You have 2 options, an overpriced monthly play, or a severly limited pay as you go plan, but nothing in between. With so many carriers, there should be a whole range of plan types to fit everybody's needs, but there's not.

Comment: Re:QOS (Score 1) 282

by worthb (#26647037) Attached to: Cox Communications and "Congestion Management"

Sounds like QOS to me.

Except that's where the problem lies, in choosing which protocols deserve "quality service" and which don't.

If I'm making a "voice call" through a service they offer, is that a higher priority than your "peer to peer" connection that is in fact a Skype call between yourself and a friend who lives overseas?

If I'm streaming video through their on demand video servers, does that traffic get higher priority than the free video you are streaming from Hulu.com?

If you are encrypting traffic for security reasons, does that get delayed because they fear you are using encryption to circumvent their thrott^H^H^H^H^H^H congestion management?

They want the monopoly rights of a utility provider but then want to promote quality service for their commercial offerings at the expense of traffic they deem less important, just because it doesn't bring them any additional revenue.

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