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Submission + - ZFS on Linux is Ready for Wide Scale Deployment (

jrepin writes: "Developer Brian Behlendorf has announced the release of version 0.6.1 of the native ZFS on Linux port. After over two years in experimental status, the developers now say the file system "is ready for wide scale deployment on everything from desktops to super computers." The native ZFS on Linux is based on the Solaris Porting Layer (SPL) which emulates underlying features of Solaris in the Linux kernel."

Comment Microsoft helped (Score 4, Informative) 343

Stop them? Microsoft helped the Samba team. Microsoft even uses the samba torture testing framework internally for their own products as I understand it. The torture tests catch crap that their own testing wouldn't since it tries to send packets that Windows clients would never send.

The EU is still a bit angry at Microsoft (remember when they had to release all of the documentation on their implementation of the SMB protocol?) and they don't need to be stoking that flame.

Submission + - Samba 4.0 released - The First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server (

Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: "I thought you'd be interested to know we released Samba 4.0 today,
containing the first compatible Free Software implementation of
Microsoft’s Active Directory protocols.

The press release is attached. Microsoft were nice enough to
give us a positive quote for the press :-).

Jeremy Allison,
Samba Team."

Submission + - Large Hadron Collider May Have Produced New Matter (

Covalent writes: The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator and the “Big Bang machine” that was used to discover what appears to be the long-sought Higgs boson particle (as announced July 4), may have another surprise up its sleeve this year: The LHC looks to have produced a new type of matter, according to a new analysis of particle collision data by scientists at MIT and Rice University.

The new type of matter, which has yet to be verified, is theorized to be one of two possible forms: Either “color-glass condensate” — a flattened nucleus transformed into a “wall” of gluons, which are smaller binding subatomic particles, or it could be “quark-gluon plasma,” a dense, soup or liquid-like collection of individual particles.

Comment Re:Does it really take so much computing power? (Score 1) 861

Also, if these things works like the Phalanx missile defense system, you have to prioritize your shots because the gun needs to pivot (on up to three axis) to line up the shot. You could wait for two missiles to be closer so you have to adjust your gun less, but it might mean you lose the chance to hit another missile.

AFAIK, it basically works like a disk scheduler in your OS; you optimize to get as much as you can with the least amount of mechanical movement (since you can crunch numbers faster than the mechanical part can move).

Comment Meh (Score 3, Informative) 205

Meh. The keyboard that I'm using (Kensington, FWIW) is "water proof"; it has two holes in the bottom where liquids that are spilled into the keys can drain out. It also (in theory) dries quickly after a cleaning because of these holes. Best $15 keyboard I bought in college.

Comment Please tell me more (Score 1) 304

Could you point me to those registry changes? I've been fighting with Sickbooks to get limited users (read: users, not super users or admins) to run Quickbooks. I used the settings that Intuit specified, but no go. Then I created a domain group "quickbooks users" and gave them full ownership of all the folders and registry keys that they should need. No joy. Now all "quickbooks users" are super users on their local machine.

Still won't allow them to do the update that it bugs the users about ever couple of weeks when they decide to push a new release that doesn't fix anything you need and breaks more stuff you do need. The installer fails citing that the user isn't an admin (why not check this before you nag them?). It doesn't check the permissions, it just fails when it does the GID check.

Quickbooks is the only software I've ever seen that makes you trash your box just to get it to mostly run. Bonus points for it insisting on installing an old version of Flash. I've been dealing with this stuff since the 2005 or 2003 version. It's maddening and I want to switch to XTuple Postbooks ( It's open source and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux ( source forge page). Unfortunately, no one is going to want to make that switch since they know Quickbooks.

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