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Comment Backblaze is speaking about scalability in SF (Score 3, Informative) 239

If you're in the SF Bay Area check out where Gleb Budman from Backblaze will be speaking about the Storage Pod and their approach to Network & Infrastructure scalability along with engineers from Zynga, Yahoo!, and Boundary. This event will also have a live stream on

Full Disclosure: This is my event.

50% discount to the event (about $8 bucks and free beer) for the Slashdot crowd here:

Comment Paid Advertising Destroys Independence (Score 1) 608

The source of funds is very important. Paid Ads would implicitly mean corruption and sponsor controlled information.

What's important here is not "Jimmy's Begging Mug vs. Ugly Teeth Whitening Ads". Both are unpleasant to look at but the Ads implicitly cause corruption. Period...

Thanks about it: Pepsi spends a lot on advertising, Pepsi owns Taco Bell. If Taco Bell uses an ingredient which is suspected to cause cancer, I'd like to read about that on Wikipedia! I WONT BE ABLE TO if PepsiCo is funding Wikipedia! Then Wikipedia is just like every other 0wned source of information. Untrustworthy.

Wikipedia isn't perfect. As some have said, humans are flawed. We all try to make it go our way. We all try to "game" the system. Maybe Wikipedia's information is biased by editors with an agenda, but adding the automatic corruption of corporate sponsorship is not the answer.

Comment OSS and For Purchase Apps --taste great together (Score 1) 416

The reasons to write an OSS app for Andriod or iPhone are the same as any other open source software.

I developed an Open Source game for the iPhone called Dark Nova. We're looking at porting it to Andriod right now. The game is based off Space Trader for the Palm which is itself GPL.

Dark Nova is open source. We build the retail app from the Google Code repo. We charge $1 for the game in the App Store. So far this has worked out pretty well. We've had an OSS developer contribute some helpful code. Starting with a port instead of from scratch lowered the initial risk/investment for a 1st time app developer.

Our game is for sale and we're making money on it. The code is under the Apache License. The graphics and music are copyrighted and the name is trademarked. I think it's a great model and holds true to the path laid out by Red Hat and others. If someone wants to take the trouble the "roll-their-own" they can have the game for free. Most folks just pay the dollar. If someone wants to use the code. It's up there. If someone wants to help, they can.

Of course the motivation of this post is a shameless plug. This is my first OSS project and I could use any help/advice I can get with development or management of the project. The Dark Nova Google Code site is here

Comment A 17 year old Sci Fi device from the book "Earth" (Score 3, Interesting) 205

This tech was described in a fair amount of detail in the 1990 book "Earth" by David Brin.

Quote from Earth: "She took a subvocal input device from its rack and placed the attached sensors on her throat, jaw, and temples. A faint glitter in the display screens meant the machine was already tracking her eyes, noting by curvature of lens and angle of pupil the exact spot on which she focused at any moment.

She didn't have to speak aloud, only intend to. The subvocal read nerve signals, letting her enter words by just beginning to will them. It was much faster than any normal speech input device... and more cantankerous as well. Jen adjusted the sensitivity level so it wouldn't pick up each tiny tremor - a growing problem as her once athletic body turned wiry and inexact with age. Still, she vowed to hold onto this rare skill as long as possible."

Once again Sci Fi pwns reality...


Submission + - Experts Discuss PHP And Take Your Questions Live (

Jim Ethanol writes: "Live from San Francisco tonight at 6:30PM: Renown PHP gurus from Facebook, Yahoo, Flickr, and Outspark have come together to share their knowledge with the masses — and to drink beer. You can watch it all live at We'll also be hosting a QA session with the live and online audience so you can participate via the live-stream-chat and have your toughest PHP questions answered.

Speakers include: Lucas Neelan, lead engineer at Facebook, Sara Golemon Sr. Engineer, Yahoo! Inc., Cal Henderson Director of Engineering, Flickr, and Andrei Zmievski Chief Architect, Outspark Inc."


Submission + - A solar-powered data center....on a dirt road?

BDPrime writes: " has an almost 100% solar-powered data center that sits on a dirt-road property where the owner's three dogs roam at will, catching shade underneath the solar panels when it gets really hot. The owner, Phil Nail, also despises the notion of carbon offsets, which allows companies to pretend they're green by paying someone else to be green in their place."

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