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Submission + - LSI sets a new standard in storage density (

secmartin writes: "Up until yesterday, Sun was the leader in high-density storage systems; they have servers that will hold 48 SATA drives in a 4U chassis, a design that's being copied by many storage firms. But now LSI has one-upped Sun by launching a storage array that supports up to 60 drives in the same 4U of rackspace; that means you can have over a petabyte of raw capacity in a standard rack. There's also new SSD support; they provide more details in a couple of YouTube videos.

The new disk array is meant as an add-on for their Engenio 7900 storage system; but this new design will probably available as a standalone unit soon, since it is already in use at several of their HPC customers. Will this be the last major overhaul for large disk storage systems before flash-based storage takes over?"

Comment Re:Well (Score 4, Interesting) 237

That's why we have bloggers, right? Journalists are paid to copy-paste from press released, while bloggers derive their satisfaction from actually reading between the lines / further than the press release (that is, of course, generally speaking; there is at least some good investigative journalism left).

I just had a great example of this in my mailbox. A press release from a storage company announcing a new trade-in program; it's amazing how many websites just copy-pasted the cheerful announcement without mentioning they are facing a delisting from the NASDAQ or any other useful background info. Examples like this keep popping up, it makes you wonder about Murdoch's plans to charge for that "premium" content...

Comment Re:RAID is here to stay (Score 1) 444

In fact, ZFS has just gained support for triple-parity RAID precisely because of the long rebuild times with current-generation drives.

But given the every-increasing size of drives, moving to RAID-10 might be a good alternative; you'll need more disks to reach a certain desired array size, but rebuild times will be far lower because you don't need to do parity calculations. With RAID-1 and RAID-10, a 2TB drive can be completely rebuilt is less than 8 hours, depending on how busy it is; and you don't suffer the extreme performance penalty you get when using a RAID-5 array in degraded mode.

Comment Re:Failure to appear in court... (Score 1) 255

Actually, they sued both the current "owners" of TPB *AND* the company that is planning to buy TPB (Global Gaming Factory). GGF did send lawyers to the court hearing, but they lost anyway; as soon as they take ownership of TPB, they have to install the same block for Dutch users, and will bet the same fine if they fail to do so. There's more info about this, including the complete ruling against GGF, in the first article linked.
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Submission + - Pirate Bay ordered to block Dutch users (

secmartin writes: "In a totally unexpected ruling, a Dutch court has decided that The Pirate Bay should block visitors from the Netherlands, or face a fine of up to 3 million euros. Peter Sunde has already announced that he will appeal the ruling.

Even though the defendents sent a letter explaining that they were unable to come to the hearing and provided arguments in their favor, these were ignored by the judge because they failed to appear in his court. The full text of the ruling was just published by Peter Sunde, and TorrentFreak has some more details."


Submission + - SPAM: Obama to sign "Cash for Clunker" bill 3

coondoggie writes: "That old car of yours may soon be worth more to you than you think. A $1 billion cash-for-clunkers bill has been sent to President Obama for his signature, after the Senate approved the bill as part of a broader $106 billion war spending package. The idea is to stimulate car sales by offering as much as $4,500 to owners of older cars who trade in older, less-efficient vehicles. The act will go into effect 30 days after the president signs the bill, and will run through October 31. [spam URL stripped]"
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Submission + - Google not losing $1.65M/day on YouTube after all (

secmartin writes: "A report by Credit Suisse released earlier this year claimed that Google was losing up to $1.65M per day on YouTube. This was widely considered to be a huge overestimate; now a new report by research firm RampRate provides a better estimate that takes into account that 73% of Google's traffic flows via peering agreements, leading to a more realistic figure of $477k/day.

What both analysts appear to be missing it the fact that Google is working hard to create a completely transit-free IPv6 network; as Google puts it in their IPv6 FAQ:

To qualify for Google over IPv6, your network must have good IPv6 connectivity to Google. Multiple direct interconnections are preferred, but a direct peering with multiple backup routes through transit or multiple reliable transit connections may be acceptable.

What do you think? Do these new figures sound more realistic, and would it be a good or a bad thing if Google didn't have to pay for their internet bandwidth at all?"


Submission + - Apple admits that Mac OS users can get viruses (

secmartin writes: "Since a couple of days, Apple has been warning users that Mac OS might benefit from using a virus scanner. Their security page now offers this warning: "However, since no system can be 100 percent immune from every threat, antivirus software may offer additional protection."

Microsoft has welcomed Apple to this new reality in a blog post by one of their senior Security Advisors, and antivirus vendors are already taking advantage at the new sales opportunities. So are you already using a virus scanner on your Mac? If not, will this change in Apple's communications change your mind?"


Submission + - Would you pay for YouTube videos? (

secmartin writes: "A couple of weeks ago, Google's CEO mentioned to investors that they might start charging YouTube's users for viewing content:

With respect to how it will get monetized, our first priority, as you pointed out, is on the advertising side. We do expect over time to see micro payments and other forms of subscription models coming as well. But our initial focus is on advertising. We will be announcing additional things in that area literally very, very soon.

With the recent Disney — Hulu deal, Google is under increasing pressure to generate more revenue and at the same time attract more premium content. That means we might see payment options coming even sooner than expected, with control over the pricing models being handed over to the studio's providing that content, like the way Apple caved in over variable pricing on iTunes. Which raises an important question: would you actually pay for premium content on YouTube and other sites, or will this draw viewers away to other video sites?"

Comment Re:what about the man's attitude? (Score 1) 66

Have a look at the article, there's a short summary about the qmail issue. In short, there was a security issue, but because it can only be exploited if qmail was assigned gigabytes of memory (the bug involved a 32-bit memory address), DJB didn't think it was an actual issue.

To quote: Nobody gives gigabytes of memory to each qmail-smtpd process, so there is no problem with qmailâ(TM)s assumption that allocated array lengths fit comfortably into 32 bits.


Submission + - Dan Bernstein confirms security issue in djbdns (

secmartin writes: "Dan Bernstein has just admitted that a security issue has been found in the djbdns software, one of most popular alternatives for the BIND nameserver. As part of the djbdns security guarantee, $1000 will be paid to Matthew Dempsky, the researcher that found the bug.

The bug allows a nameserver running djbdns to be poisoned using just a single packet. Other researchers have found a separate issue that allows dnscache, the DNS cache that is also part of the djbdns package, to be poisoned within just 18 minutes when using the default configuration. Anyone using djbdns is strongly encouraged to patch their servers immediately."


Submission + - Researchers warn of possible BitTorrent meltdown (

secmartin writes: "Researchers at Delft University warn that large parts of the BitTorrent network might collapse if The Pirate Bay is forced to shut down. A large part of the avaliable torrents use The Pirate Bay as tracker, and other available trackers will probably be overloaded if all traffic is shifted there. TPB is currently using eight server for their trackers.

According to the researchers, even trackerless torrents using the DHT protocol will face problems: "One bug in a DHT sorting routine ensures that it can only "stumble upon success", meaning torrent downloads will not start in seconds or minutes if Pirate Bay goes down in flames.""

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