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Submission + - Open Source alternative to $25k F5 Appliance (o3magazine.com)

Shawn Wilson writes: "Nginx (Engine-X) provides a FOSS alternative to high priced Global Traffic Management Appliances from F5 Networks and Global Server Load Balancers from companies such as Foundry Networks and Nortel. Nginx provides a fast and lightweight solution that enables Global Traffic Management. GTM or GSLB is a technique used to direct browsers to faster local copies of the same web content, by using the source IP to identify the geographical location of the user. Detailed installation and setup instructions are available in issue 6 of o3 magazine, a free open source / business digital magazine. The magazine is showcasing the solution, as it is hosted on a Content Delivery Network using the very same solution. Using F5 or another vendor, would have cost the magazine approximately US$250,000, instead of two weekends to configure and test the solution."
Microsoft

Submission + - Alienware: CableCard Not Ready for Mass Market

An anonymous reader writes: Alienware doesn't think CableCard is ready for the mass market. The Dell subsidiary is coming out with some high-end Media Center PCs but won't sell them directly to consumers because the HD-enabling CableCard "requires the expertise of a reseller and installer." CableCard was supposed to be the savior for Windows Media Center, which has been inhibited by its inability to support high-def content. Alienware made its fortune by selling tricked-out computers to gamers, so it's telling that the company doesn't think its traditional geeky customer can handle CableCard without professional help.
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Submission + - The Great Internet Swear Word Project (doyoukissyourmotherwiththatmouth.co.uk)

morner writes: "The great internet swear word project aims to find the best swear word in the world according to you, the internet. Each visitor to this page is offered a choice between two randomly selected user-submitted swear words, their vote is recorded and fed into a Condorcet voting algorithm. Over the course of many thousands of votes, an accurate picture of the group preference emerges and thus, or so the theory goes, the world's best swear word may be identified unambiguously. YMMV."

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