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Submission + - Cox and other home ISPs violating Net Neutrality (gpo.gov) 3

popsensation writes: "Cox communications is unlawfully blocking ports to home and business internet users. This is deemed unlawful by FCC 59192 preserving the free and open internet. They post their blocked ports online citing security and safety reasons, but that is not the case. I requested Cox technical service representative Becky — 1770 to unblock 445 as I am aware of the risks and was informed they will not open that or any other blocked ports. Their other blocked ports are used to provision web pages and files between neighbors, businesses, and communities. This is is unlawful and in violation of FCC rules and regulations. I've filed a complaint with the FCC reference number 11-C00348996."
Books

Submission + - Dead Man's Twitter Feed Keeps Updating (beyond-black-friday.com) 1

destinyland writes: Last week John Pospisil, the editor of Blorge.com, passed away. But his Twitter feed continued updating, since he'd configured it to re-tweet all the headlines from his group technology blog. "Eventually I figured it out," reports one technology blogger, "but it was a big shock to see more messages appearing from John himself on the day after he'd died." They also dedicated their first ebook to Pospil, a Thanksgiving children's story, because "I'd always thought we'd watch the world changing together..."

Submission + - Electronic contact lens displays pixels on the eye (newscientist.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The future of augmented-reality technology is here — as long as you're a rabbit. Bioengineers have placed the first contact lenses containing electronic displays into the eyes of rabbits as a first step on the way to proving they are safe for humans. The bunnies suffered no ill effects, the researchers say.

Comment Open Source has nothing to do with openness (Score 0) 65

It is a license. Free Software and Open Source both are derived from a simple idea, the code is free to reuse and distribute. The religiousity of the community is derived only from the community itself. Would it be nice if those projects were more community driven? Sure. Does it make them any less "Open" or "Free", no.

IT

Submission + - How fast are SSDs anyway? (cacheiq.com)

Brian Boyko writes: "There’s no question that solid state storage is faster than more traditional disk drives, but how fast are SSDs are compared to each other? There’s no industry standard methodology or test environment for measuring SSD performance. Drive manufacturers and reviewers all use different applications, operating systems, and hardware, they produce the metrics and use them selectively to promote the products. It is difficult to compare test results from different sources. So how do you create an industry standard SSD test?"
Spam

Submission + - A New Approach To Reducing Spam? (nytimes.com)

WrongSizeGlass writes: A New Approach To Reducing Spam?

A team of computer scientists at two University of California campuses has been looking deeply into the nature of spam, and they think found a 'oechoke point' [PDF] that could greatly reduce the flow of spam. It turned out that 95 percent of the credit card transactions for the spam-advertised drugs and herbal remedies they bought were handled by just three financial companies — one based in Azerbaijan, one in Denmark and one in Nevis, in the West Indies. If a handful of companies like these refused to authorize online credit card payments to the merchants, “you’d cut off the money that supports the entire spam enterprise,” said one of the scientists.

The Internet

Submission + - Internet Now Has 196 Million Domain Names (enterprisenetworkingplanet.com)

darthcamaro writes: Recovery is underway in the internet domain name business now reported to total 196.3 million domain names at the end of the second quarter of 2010, that's a 7 percent yearly increase. While country code level domains are growing too, the big winners continue to be .com and .net.

"Domain name registrations continue to trend positively in line with our expectations," Pat Kane, vice-president of Naming Services at VeriSign, told InternetNews.com. "We were pleased that the .com and .net TLDs saw strong aggregate growth in the second quarter, surpassing a combined total of 100 million names."


Submission + - ACS:Law Email Database Leaked onto The Pirate Bay

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that 4chan's "Operation Payback" has hit ACS:Law again — this time taking advantage. of a security flaw on their website that allowed a backup file of the website to be downloaded and analyzed — yielding a treasure trove of information to be exposed. The information was then posted on The Pirate Bay.

Comment I would try to defeat this as well. (Score 2, Interesting) 866

I am not rich but I do make more than 200k. You know why? I employ people and am an S-Corp. The current tax format in Washington is actually fair. I pay a % right off the top for the business. I don't pay off profit, I pay off GROSS!. An income tax on top of that would literally double my tax burden.

That is ridiculous.

Submission + - PostgreSQL 9.0 Released (postgresql.org) 1

poet writes: Today the PostgreSQL Global Development Group (PGDG) released PostgreSQL 9.0. This release marks a major milestone in the PostgreSQL ecosystem with added features such as streaming replication (including DDL), Hot Standby and other nifty items such as DO. Get your copy today.

Submission + - PostgreSQL 9.0 released (postgresql.org)

greg1104 writes: "PostgreSQL 9.0 has been released today, including a pile of new features (with example usage for many). The biggest pair of features now included with the database allow near real-time asynchronous binary replication to slave nodes, along with the ability to run queries against them. Packages such as pgpool-II 3.0 have already been updated to build clusters using that feature, allowing transparent application load-balancing across multiple nodes for scaling read-heavy loads."

Comment Re:I hate SQL and Databases in General... (Score 5, Informative) 272

Spoken with proud ignorance.

Anyone who has properly scaled an application knows the database isn't the problem. If it was, it wouldn't take 12 applications servers to bring the thing to its knees. That said, most of your gripes equate to:

I am not a DBA and therefore I do not understand DBA and therefore I must complain.

Further SQL has nothing to do with ACID. AT ALL!

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