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Comment: Re:Great! It's open source! (Score 1) 139

by zarqman (#27992241) Attached to: Open Source Solution Breaks World Sorting Records
Yeah. They'll add it in conference committee, where, after the initial vote, they reconcile differences in bills between the House and Senate versions. It goes back for a quick final vote in each chamber but that's usually considered procedural as I understand.

I don't know for sure, but somehow doubt that it's uncommon. More likely, the changes snuck in aren't enough to raise significant ire so they get away with it. And if if people figure it out and are unhappy, there's always plausible deniability: "Some intern added it; it wasn't supposed to be there."

Comment: Re:Not quite as impressive as it sounds (Score 1) 139

by zarqman (#27984489) Attached to: Open Source Solution Breaks World Sorting Records

I'm actually more impressed that Google is cramming 12 disks onto a single machine, how do they get them to fit?

umm... a rubber mallet?

More seriously, Google has a history of not even using cases some of the time -- at least not cases as most people think of them.

As I recall, they're even using custom motherboards and such, so custom cases (or special racks if they're still doing the caseless thing) to accommodate 12 disks per mobo seems very reasonable for them.

Spam

+ - Hotmail vaporizing legitimate emails

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Hotmail Vaporizer (666) writes "Hotmail is among the most popular free web mail services, but its getting extremely stringent in its filtering techniques, to the point of vaporizing legitimate emails without sending the age-old 'bounce' message to the sender or even placing it in an end-users junk folder. An interesting read for anyone operating private domains or legitimate mailing lists and trying to reach Hotmail users, includes the hoops you need to go through to comply with Hotmail policy's http://www.webforefront.com/archives/2007/11/getting_through.html"
Intel

+ - Why Intel Isn't a Monopoly->

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An anonymous reader writes "The topic seems to come up every time AMD releases its quarterly financial results. But how close are we really to a world dominated by one chipmaker? Wired takes a casual look and concludes: not very."
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Cellphones

+ - iPhones Affected by AT&T DNS Problems

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brianlee (728503) writes "Some iPhone users on AT&T's GoPhone Pick Your Plan account are reporting problems accessing the internet over AT&T's EDGE. Visiting any site with a domain using Safari will give a server not found error. Using a standard domain, eg. 64.233.169.147, will still allow connections to some sites. AT&T currently has a trouble ticket out for this issue. A product manager from Apple said this issue has been happening to some users in Oregon and California."
Television

+ - Blu-ray vs HD DVD - the war that's strangling HD ->

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WirePosted writes "As the prices of Blu-ray and HD DVD players keep dropping, along with high-def flat panel TVs, consumers buying a next-gen player are having to make a choice, not knowing which format will ultimately win, buoyed only perhaps by the fact their new player should also upscale regular DVDs. Will 2008 be the year the high-def madness ends?"
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Education

+ - Old Software or Open Source? 7

Submitted by Pakled
Pakled (1145971) writes "I teach a high school multimedia course. We were scheduled to get new software this year but due to several pointy haired bosses, no software was ordered. The software I have to teach is Flash 5, Dreamweaver 2000, Photoshop 7 and (god help me) Movie Maker. The question is: is it better to teach old commercial software or their open source counterparts (Komposer, Gimp, etc.)?

Is the steep learning curve and slightly less uniform design worth a little student frustration to teach them software written in the past 5 years?"
Security

+ - Canadian passport security full of online holes

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twilight30 (84644) writes "Tuesday's Globe and Mail is reporting that 'A security flaw in Passport Canada's website has allowed easy access to the personal information — including social insurance numbers, dates of birth and driver's licence numbers — of people applying for new passports. The breach was discovered last week by an Ontario man completing his own passport application. He found he could easily view the applications of others by altering one character in the Internet address displayed by his Web browser. "I was expecting the site to tell me that I couldn't do that," said Jamie Laning of Huntsville. "I'm just curious about these things so I tried it, and boom, there was somebody else's name and somebody else's data." That data included social insurance numbers, driver's licence numbers and addresses.'"
Networking

+ - Google's Infrastructure-- its Strategic Advantage->

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wjamesau writes "Om Malik highlights server infrastructure, the nuts and bolts behind Google's speedy searches: 'The magic is in delivering the search results from this index at lightning speed, and that requires an infrastructure — oodles of bandwidth and specialized hardware — that is finely tuned, much like a Formula One Car.'"
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Television

+ - Why Low Def is the New HD->

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DECS (891519) writes "RDM outlines how Low Def video is counterintuitively bigger than the celebrated HD, and why it is successfully competing alongside HD in the market. Daniel Eran Dilger writes, "While it's uncontroversial that HDTV can deliver an exceptional picture for users of the latest large flat screen displays, sometimes a high pitched marketing message can drown out more interesting realities. In 2008, it appears that low definition video will actually have a bigger impact on consumers. Here's why Low Def is big and getting bigger-and why it's bigger than HD." Why Low Def is the New HD."
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Microsoft

+ - Linux talks to AD natively with Likewise Open->

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Lumenary7204 (706407) writes "According to this blog entry over at ZDNet by Dana Blankenhorn, Likewise Software (formerly Centeris) has developed a product to allow Linux users and workstations to authenticate to Active Directory using RPC, Microsoft's ubiquitous native COM implementation. "Why not just use LDAP," you ask? Because according to Barry Crist, CEO of Likewise, Active Directory is so wrapped up in RPC code that it "would cost Microsoft pain to change, just as much as it would us..." More detailed information from Likewise Software."
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Google

+ - Google lowering hiring standards? 1

Submitted by Weyoun
Weyoun (174697) writes "In 2003 I interviewed at Google and was rejected (for unexplained reasons). Last week, I was contacted by a Google recruiter, who told me that Google wanted to talk to me again since they were "very impressed by the feedback from the interviews". Four years later? Incredulous, I asked for an explanation, and the recruiter came clean: "While we have a high hiring bar now, we had an even higher hiring bar then." Odd, since standards have only gone up at the very successful company I joined instead. Anyone else had this happen to them?"

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