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Comment How about restricting year-end outages? (Score 1) 284

At my company we have a change freeze from mid-December to mid-January to avoid problems such as this. With a large (40B+) company, you need to have a stable environment to perform year-end financial activities, and an outage like this would be completely unacceptable.

While I don't personally use a Blackberry, I would be asking some serious questions about their change policies before I relied too heavily on a BB for business purposes...

Operating Systems

Submission + - Mac Leopard Server preview (computerworld.com)

johannacw writes: "This operating system could open a whole new market for Apple — as a small-business and home-office server that intuitively supports both Mac and Windows clients. But large companies have lots to like, too; our writer believes Leopard Server's directory services pieces could be "revolutionary.""
Power

Submission + - A pollution indicator on our car dashboard?

Roland Piquepaille writes: "This might soon be possible according to researchers at the University of Manchester. They've designed a near-infrared diode laser sensor able to record levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane directly from your car's exhaust. Their device could be one day incorporated into onboard diagnostic systems and be permanently in use while you drive. So you could be warned that your pollution levels are too high. The system would include dashboard warnings telling you to modify the way you're driving. But read more for additional details and a picture of the test bed the researchers used to take their measurements."
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Soviet Video Games from the 70s

vigmeister writes: "Russian kids have uncovered and rebuilt some arcade games from the Soviet era. These games apparently offered free play when someone played well, but no list of hi-scores. Roughly 32 of them have been found and although they are based on other arcade games, I hope these games were unique enough to offer playability for the present day arcade game lovers. Wonder when they'll be available for download on the Wii though...:))"
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Uncovering the iPhone Mystery

DigitalDame2 writes: The iPhone may well be the most hyped tech launch ever. There, we said it; we said it because it's probably true. And, as always, Apple brass is being cryptic and guarded about details of its new baby — especially about its software and applications. Pulling together clues from countless news reports, executive statements, and comments from the man Jobs himself, we can get a faint picture of what might be ahead. From the phantom twelfth app that may have slipped into a teaser ad, to the big questions of whether or not the phone will be open for third-party software, we're just a bit closer to getting answers.
Television

Submission + - 2012 Olympic Ads cause epileptic siezures

monkeyboythom writes: The BBC reports, "The media regulator, Ofcom, has begun an investigation into claims that TV footage promoting the London 2012 Olympics has triggered epileptic seizures." In what may have been a rush to promote the Olympics, the Epilepsy Action said the potential effects should have been identified earlier. The spokesperson for the nonprofit Epilepsy Action, uhm, goes by the name, Simon Wigglesworth. No, I am not snickering.
Mars

Massive Cave Found on Mars 310

mrcgran writes "Space.com is reporting a very deep hole found on Mars: 'The geological oddity measures some 330 feet (100 meters) across and is located on an otherwise bright dusty lava plain to the northeast of Arsia Mons, one of the four giant Tharsis volcanoes on the red planet. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) used its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) instrument to draw a bead on the apparent deep hole — a feature that may cause more scientists to ponder about potential subsurface biology on Mars. Because the spot lacks a raised rim or tossed out material called ejecta, researchers have ruled out the pit being an impact crater. No walls or other details can be seen inside the hole, and so any possible walls might be perfectly vertical and extremely dark or — more likely — overhanging.' The original image and its cutout at full resolution can be found in the HiRISE site."

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