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Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."

Comment I'd blame middle management (Score 1) 304

After learning this was likely caused by a failed single SAN upgrade by Hitachi, I have to think that the architecture built to support the Sidekick didn't have an adequate budget to be built right.
Budgets ultimately decide what we techs/admins get to work with. We can always ask for what we want. But someone else (procurement, finance, project management, architect) can shoot it down, resulting in Plan B. And in most cases the person(s) signing/approving the final purchase order hasn't got a clue. By the time a failure occurs, the parties responsible for the system in place have long gone to their next position to screw up.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 5, Insightful) 1091

Athletes, the Track & Field ones, are already required to piss in a cup for drug testing. The results of which will eventually be published for a positive test. DNA testing is just an extrapolation of an existing process. From the IAAF's perspective participants have no right to hide their sexual identity. Don't like the rules? go form your own organization. Vince McMahon will tell you that's a dumb idea (re: XFL with no drug tests). You want to talk about privacy invasion, try looking at the list of drugs which aren't allowed in an athlete's system and see how many you may have in your medicine cabinet. The majority of cough medicines are verboten. The right question isn't so much about privacy as much as it is how a governing organization should go about sanctioning a fair competition.

Comment Caint trust the gubment (Score 1) 1

/right-wing conspiracy theorist sarcasm/

Next Darpa development: flying scorpions.

Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. /right-wing conspiracy theorist sarcasm/

Communications

Submission + - Cell phone service in a bomb shelter

hedgemage writes: I work at a retirement home and we have trouble with the cell phones that our nursing and maintenance staff use. The problem is that our nursing home area is built into a lower level that was originally constructed as a fallout shelter in 1960. There's a lot of solid concrete in the walls and ceiling. We have paid out tens of thousands to try and get an on-site mobile to work using NEC Dterm PSII phones, but they have proven absolutely unreliable (not just in the bomb shelter but throughout the campus) and the only solution our telecom provider has is to install several thousand dollars more in transcievers. If we could use ordinary cell phones, it would be ideal for everyone. Is there an off-the-shelf solution that could boost regular cellular signals in our bomb shelter?

Feed Lost in Space: Astronaut's Wasabi (wired.com)

Spill a little wasabi at home and, well, it's messy. Spill some in the weightlessness of the international space station and you're looking at a major cleanup job. By the Associated Press.


Businesses

Submission + - Who's driving the revolution?

hlovy writes: "Ethanol vs. electric cars. Well, if market demand or technological progress outpace the ability or willingness of an industry to adopt change from within, it's time to let the old ways simply implode under the weight of their own inadequacies. An "ethanol economy" is change from within. The all-electric Tesla represents real revolution. More here"
Businesses

Submission + - Best Buy Confirms 'secret' Website

Iberian writes: Courant.com confirms Best Buy does indeed maintain a second website for what one could only assume is for fraudulent purposes.

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal ordered the investigation into Best Buy's practices on Feb. 9 after my column disclosed the website and showed how employees at two Connecticut stores used it to deny customers a $150 discount on a computer advertised on BestBuy.com.
Data Storage

Submission + - Disk drive failures 15 times what vendors say

sysrammer writes: "Computerworld has an article on disk drive failures from the 5th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies in San Jose, showing, among other things, "no evidence that Fibre Channel (FC) drives are any more reliable than less expensive but slower performing Serial ATA (SATA) drives", and that "that temperature seems to have little effect on drive reliability" (it looks like they're talking about temps closer to the upper operational limit, not catastrophic a/c failures, etc.). FTA: "About 100,000 disks are covered by this data, some for an entire lifetime of five years. The data include drives with SCSI and FC, as well as SATA interfaces. The mean time to failure (MTTF) of those drives, as specified in their datasheets, ranges from 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 hours, suggesting a nominal annual failure rate of at most 0.88%. We find that in the field, annual disk replacement rates typically exceed 1%, with 2-4% common and up to 13% observed on some systems. This suggests that field replacement is a fairly different process than one might predict based on datasheet MTTF." The authors did not identify particular vendors vs. the drive stats...their goal "is not choosing the best and the worst vendors but to help them to improve drive design and testing". Another note is that the study shows disk replacement rates, not necessarily actual failure. The article is at... http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9012066&source=NLT _AM&nlid=1 ...and the Usenix site is here... http://www.usenix.org/events/fast07/tech/schroeder .html mp"

Project zBot (sourceforge.net)

zBot is a modular IRC-Bot written in Python. It includes a small engine to handle IRC communication and user management. It can easily be extended by plugins that add commands and handle events. Some plugins for basic functionality are included.

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