prostoalex writes: "At QCon San Francisco Aditya Agarwal of Facebook described how his employer runs its software stack. Facebook runs a typical LAMP setup where P=PHP with certain customizations, with backend services written in C++ and Java. Some of the infrastructure components Facebook has released into the open source community. Those include Thrift RPC framework and Scribe distributed logging server."
Martin Lawrence writes: "David Lance Arneson, who helped trigger the global phenomenon of role-playing games as co-inventor of "Dungeons & Dragons," has died at the age of 61.
A statement on the game's official Web site, wizards.com, said Arneson died Tuesday evening "after waging one final battle against cancer."
Arneson "developed many of the fundamental ideas of role playing: that each player controls just one hero, that heroes gain power through adventures, and that personality is as important as combat prowess," the statement said.
The game's co-creator, Gary Gygax, died last year."