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Amazon To Block Phorm Scans 140

clickclickdrone writes "The BBC are reporting that Amazon has said it will not allow online advertising system Phorm to scan its web pages to produce targeted ads. For most people this is a welcome step, especially after the European Commission said it was starting legal action against the UK earlier this week over its data protection laws in relation to Phorm's technology. Anyone who values their privacy should applaud this move by Amazon."
Data Storage

Submission + - Aesthetically-pleasing, disk-intensive benchmarks.

tomm3h writes: I am a final year University student in the UK, studying Network Engineering. At present I'm finishing-off my dissertation, which is based around a comparison of low-cost storage networking protocols. Whilst this comparison isn't meant to be world-changing or radical, I am required to 'show-off' my project at an exhibition held by the University shortly after the hand-in date. I am simply un-sure how best this can be accomplished where mere mortals are involved.

My testing setup consists of a cheap Ubuntu 8.10 Server, hosting some WD Raptor disks, a Dell 5224 Gigabit switch, and my own workstation (running Ubuntu 8.10) which hosts VirtualBox virtual machines. All storage is abstracted across the network with whichever protocol I'm testing, the best of which will be used within the demonstration.

There is a certain amount of competition on the day, thus I believe that the judges and potential employers present will need to be 'caught' before I can properly explain my project. As we all know that humans respond well to shiny things, I thought that the readers of Slashdot might know of a relevant, disk-intensive benchmark (running on any guest platform that VirtualBox supports) that also provides an eye-catching element to aid me with hooking-in the judges. Any suggestions?
PC Games (Games)

Does Professional Gaming Have a Future? 116

mr_sifter writes "Three years ago, celebrity gamers such as Fatal1ty were bagging millions in prizes, and TV channels were queuing up to broadcast games on TV. Professional gaming looked set for the big time. It never happened, and in the current economic crisis, sponsors and media organizations are cutting costs, resulting in the closure of many pro gaming competitions (as we recently discussed) and a down-scaling in prize money. This feature looks at whether pro gaming can bounce back, and whether it will always be a PC sport, or if pro gaming on consoles is the future."

Comment Re:Catch-up! (Score 1) 140

You can get a hard drive and back it up for cheaper and at faster speeds. Plus it is likely (if you go USB) that you will be able to take it with you to any computer without the need to check for blu-ray.

I don't currently back up to a hard drive and stick it in my drawer... I back up important data to CD/DVD/.

Backing up to a HDD each time is expensive compared to the cost that a few discs should run to. The problem is that next-gen optical storage isn't cheap enough yet.

Comment Catch-up! (Score 3, Interesting) 140

I really wish they'd start investing in dragging the cost of next-generation media down. Blu-Ray is great if you ignore the DRM aspects.. Which for data backup renders it perfectly adequate.

Though I'd much rather see something with a little more than 50GB of storage... But then, if they spent their R&D money on perfecting/improving the multi-layer technology, we'd all be backing-up to n*25GB discs in no time.

Why waste all the research budget on ageing technology, when it takes a whole spindle of DVD-Rs to back-up my 2TB RAID array?

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