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Comment Surprised this hasn't happened already TBH (Score 1) 192

It can be argued that these guys are behind "Noo Meejuh" being an everyday household concept, but I still don't have a facebook account :-)

If anything I'm surprised this hasn't happened already given the size of the company, the talent they attract, etc.

Maybe this will make them innovate and change their game a bit, but for me they seems somewhat like a one-trick-pony and G+ seems to have stolen their trick. /G

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Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."

Comment Abuse of Power (Score 1) 315

The problem with this kind of tool, and really it boils down to all the increasing surveillance options available to law enforcement (trust me, my ass is fully violated, I live in the UK) - they make it trivial for anyone interested with the correct clearance to go to town and infringe on someones rights. This kind of tool rarely has the correct AAA criteria set up for it (nor does any of the increasing computerised government systems), so more and more of our personal data is being shipped wholesale, without our permission, into the hands of people who are either incompetant or not suitable to handle it.

These kind of tools need peer-review as to their use, and an accountable audit procedure.

Comment This is how the internet works, FFS (Score 1) 153

As an ISP, you have 3 things:

- stuff you provide on your own network (ISP email, webspace, etc)
- paths to other networks via peering agreements (IX's etc)
- paths to other networks via transit providers (your so called Tier 1's)

All that is happening here is that the amount of traffic pushed over peering links is getting bigger, mainly because a switchport at an IX is way cheaper (and faster, better latency etc) than going via your transit over the internet for it.

No conspiracy here, move along.


Submission + - Microsoft fires its CIO after investigation

Stony Stevenson writes: Microsoft has fired its chief information officer, Stuart Scott. "We can confirm that Stuart Scott was terminated after an investigation for violation of company policies," the company said. "We have no further information to share." But according to this article, Microsoft is already looking for a replacement. Microsoft General Manager Shahla Aly and Alain Crozier, a Microsoft VP in charge of the company's CFO, sales, marketing and services group will take over Scott's duties while Microsoft looks around.

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