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Data Storage

Submission + - What OS/FS to use for 16TB storage array? 1TBx16!!

Dan Cabrera writes: "So I just took delivery of a large package (pickup truck bed sized box) labeled 'server' — turns out it's the one I've been waiting for a while from a client. We had some miscommunication and I assumed this was a 2-4, maybe 5TB system for use as a production content shared drive, but it turned into a real monster, SuperMicro SC-836 with HighPoint 2240 Controller and *16*x*1TB* Hitachi drives in a RAID5 array. It's got WinXP64 loaded, but there must be a better solution after reading of ZFS and related technology now available as open source, no? Looking forward to your comments and suggestions! I'll repost with some benchmarks as this puppy grows up (into the wee hours of the morning I'll work :) Happy SD'in! PS: Just need a large drive to save rendered projects to and backup music/other projects (This is for a world known DJ, so the each tour/show can involve a LOT of media!) ...and, how the heck am I gonna do off-site backup for this in event of disaster? Ay-yay-yi!"
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Top 100 Independent Games (

cyrus_zuo writes: " Game Tunnel has just published a list of the Top 100 Independent Games from the last 3 years. The list is compiled from scores given by their monthly panel, which recently finished its 36th month of reviewing all the new games that Indie has to offer. Picked from the 458 games that the panel has reviewed, the Top 100 Games contains many could-be favorites, each accompanied by a review and website link."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - The Ugly Truth About Credit Reporting Agencies (

crazychane writes: "For starters, let's put aside the idea that the credit reporting agencies exist to ensure the safe keeping of your private financial data. The credit bureaus are not official government agencies and they do not create your credit reports for your benefit. They are not in the business of making sure your credit reports are accurate... it-reporting-agencies.html"

Submission + - Federal court denies Internet Radio appeal

StonyandCher writes: A U.S. federal appeals court has denied a petition from music webcaster associations for an emergency stay of new royalty rates that Internet radio companies have to start paying on Sunday.

The stay, if granted, would have delayed the July 15 due date of the increased royalty payments that are owed by music webcasters to SoundExchange, the nonprofit organization set up by the Recording Industry Association of America to collect so-called digital performance royalties for recording artists and record companies.

"If Internet radio goes silent, I will fight to make sure the silence is brief," Inslee said in a statement sent via e-mail. "One thing is sure: After July 15, national pressure for a resolution of this travesty only will increase. We are not going away."

Submission + - New images of deep Martian caves

untree writes: The Astronomy Picture of the Day today is an image recently taken by the HiRISE instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. More information is available on the Planetary Society blog, including a description of the paper (pdf) that describes this series of caves.

From the image description:

"Black spots have been discovered on Mars that are so dark that nothing inside can be seen. Quite possibly, the spots are entrances to deep underground caves capable of protecting Martian life, were it to exist."

And for fans of traditional units of measure, this cave entrance is about the size of a football field.

Submission + - Store Burns Books to Protest Decline in Reading

Frosty Piss writes: "Tom Wayne amassed thousands of books in a warehouse during the 10 years he has run his used book store, Prospero's Books. But wanting to thin out his collection, he found he couldn't even give away books to libraries or thrift shops, which said they were full. So Wayne began burning his books protest what he sees as society's diminishing support for the printed word. 'This is the funeral pyre for thought in America today,' Wayne told spectators outside his bookstore as he lit the first batch of books. The fire blazed for about 50 minutes before the Fire Department put it out because Wayne didn't have a permit to burn them."
The Courts

Submission + - Storing Music for Personal Use Online is Illegal

An anonymous reader writes: In a court case of JASRAC vs. Image City, The Tokyo District Court handed down a ruling that says Image City's MYUTA service is guilty of copyright infringement. MYUTA is an online music storage service that allows users to upload music from their own CDs etc. to a central server from which they can download to their cellphones to listen to. Music uploaded to the central server is accessible only by the user who uploaded it and can only be downloaded to their cellphone. Despite the music only being stored for personal use, the ruling reasoned that the act of uploading music to a central server owned by a company is the equivalent of distributing music to that company. This has implications for other services such as Yahoo! Briefcase which could mean Yahoo! is gulity of copyright infringement if any of its users store music in their account for personal use. Google's translation can have a go at the original Japanese article.

Submission + - Microsoft is using Linux for their Servers!

jhepoy writes: -linux-for-their-servers/ is a consistent FreeBSD on their servers. which is known for OSX as based in Unix is not surprising to see MacOSX and Linux running on their servers. The most surprising part is when I looked for statistics and found out that they are running Linux on some of their web servers. The irony is that Microsoft is attacking Linux as an insecure OS which can be found on their Get The Facts campaign.

Submission + - Scientists prepare to move Doomsday Clock forward

antikarma writes: The keepers of the "Doomsday Clock" plan to move its hands forward next Wednesday to reflect what they call worsening nuclear and climate threats to the world. The symbolic clock, maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, currently is set at seven minutes to midnight, with midnight marking global catastrophe. The group did not say in which direction the hands would move. But in a news release previewing an event next Wednesday, they said the change was based on "worsening nuclear, climate threats" to the world.

Submission + - iPhone not running OS X

rochlin writes: "The iPhone looks to be running on a Samsung provided ARM core processor. That means it's not running on an Intel (or PPC) core. That means it's not running OS X in any meaningful sense (Apple can brand toilet paper as running OS X if they like). Darwin, the BSD based operating system that underlies what Apple has previously called OS X does not run on ARM processors. The Darwin/Apple Public Source licensing agreement says the source would have to be made available if it is modified and sold (paraphrased. read it yourself). A Cingular rep has said the iPhone version of the OS source will not be made available. It will be closed, like the iPod OS and not Darwin. So if it ain't Darwin, it ain't OS X (in any meaningful way).An InfoWorld article on an FBR Research report breaks down iPhone component providers and lists Samsung as the chip maker for the main application/video cpu. So, that leaves the question... What OS is this phone really running? (not Linux or the source would need to be open)"

Submission + - Inconvenient Truth Too Inconvenient For Schools

An anonymous reader writes: The Federal Way School Board in Washington State recently restricted the showing of An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore's documentary about global warming and its potential effects on Earth. An email was sent to the school board that said "The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD" prompting one of the board members to propose a moratorium on the showing of the film. The film is being made available to educators via, which also provides films such as Fast Food Nation, Murderball (not what it sounds like), and Stand Up. Up to 50,000 copies of An Inconvenient Truth are made available to teachers.

Submission + - My Wife's SSN was Hacked. What can I do?

Anonymous Coward writes: "My Wife received a letter yesterday from UCLA confirming that she was on the short list of 28,000 people who had their personal information compromised by the UCLA database hack reported last month: 2,0,7111141.story?coll=la-home-headlines UCLA has suggested that she put out a fraud alert on her credit as precautionary measure. I'm skeptical of doing this since the data has already been compromised for over a year and the fraud alert only lasts for 90 days. In addition to this, fraud alerts do not mandate that creditors actually research any credit applications. It's merely advisory. It seems that filing a fraud alert on her credit will only inconvenience her and do little to actually deter anyone who wishes to abuse her social security number in the distant future or prevent any fraud that has already taken place. So far we have no evidence that her SSN has been abused in any way or that there has been fraudulent use of her credit or identity. I am of the understanding that changing her SSN is next to impossible. Are there any other steps that I can take to help protect her personal information?"

Journal Journal: Warner Solves Blu-ray, HD DVD War With Total HD

LAS VEGAS -- On Tuesday at CES, Warner Home Video made a splash with its announcement of the company's Total High-Def disc, a disc that will put an HD DVD-formatted movie on one side and a Blu-ray version on the other. In true Hollywood fashion, this announcement was an orchestrated and visual event, right down to the coordinated flashes of red and blue--Warner's way of representing the competing factions. HD DVD was red (an outgrowth of the deep-burgundy border that surrounds HD DVD cases), wh

Submission + - Blogger in fair use fight with ABC

joeflies writes: The dispute arises out of whether the blogger can use clips of show recordings in grassroots activism against the station, and where to draw the line on digital free speech for both parties. The story has been picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle

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