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Digg Says Yes To NoSQL Cassandra DB, Bye To MySQL 271

donadony writes "After twitter, now it's Digg who's decided to replace MySQL and most of their infrastructure components and move away from LAMP to another architecture called NoSQL that is based in Cassandra, an open source project that develops a highly scalable second-generation distributed database. Cassandra was open sourced by Facebook in 2008 and is licensed under the Apache License. The reason for this move, as explained by Digg, is the increasing difficulty of building a high-performance, write-intensive application on a data set that is growing quickly, with no end in sight. This growth has forced them into horizontal and vertical partitioning strategies that have eliminated most of the value of a relational database, while still incurring all the overhead."

Comment Re:Nintendo? (Score 1) 483

I still hate Nintendo from the stranglehold on developers they had in the 80s... they demanded exclusivity, i.e. if you developed for the NES, you could not release games at all for competing systems such as the Sega Master System. This was pretty annoying as the SMS was technologically superior to Nintendo's system.

The Courts

Facebook Founder Accused of Hacking Into Rivals' Email 261

An anonymous reader notes a long piece up at accusing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg of hacking into the email accounts of rivals and journalists. The CEO of the world's most successful social networking website was accused of at least two breaches of privacy. In a two-year investigation detailing the founding of Facebook, Nicholas Carlson, a senior editor at Silicon Alley Insider, uncovered what he claimed was evidence of the hackings in 2004. "New information uncovered by Silicon Alley Insider suggests that some of the complaints [in a court case ongong since 2007] against Mark Zuckerberg are valid. It also suggests that, on at least one occasion in 2004, Mark used private login data taken from Facebook's servers to break into Facebook members' private email accounts and read their emails — at best, a gross misuse of private information. Lastly, it suggests that Mark hacked into the competing company's systems and changed some user information with the aim of making the site less useful. ... Over the past two years, we have interviewed more than a dozen sources familiar with aspects of this story — including people involved in the founding year of the company. We have also reviewed what we believe to be some relevant IMs and emails from the period. Much of this information has never before been made public. None of it has been confirmed or authenticated by Mark or the company." The single-page view doesn't have its own URL; click on "View as one page" near the bottom.
The Media

Popular Science Frees Its 137-Year Archives 135

DesScorp writes "Popular Science magazine has scanned every issue they've ever produced, and posted the archives at their website, at no charge. 'We've partnered with Google to offer our entire 137-year archive for free browsing. Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements. It's an amazing resource that beautifully encapsulates our ongoing fascination with the future, and science and technology's incredible potential to improve our lives. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.'" First search: the history of the flying car.

PayPal Freezes Cryptome's Account 253

grimwell sends in the news that after Cryptome's little run-in with Microsoft and NetSol, the activist site has now had its funds frozen by PayPal. Cryptome founder John Young notes, "Google lists thousands of instances of this asymmetrical high-handedness." "We have reviewed your PayPal Account, and due to the excessive risk involved, we would like to begin parting ways in a manner that is least disruptive to your business."

Submission + - Google is not aways right.

GarryFre writes: Search of the terms king snake pictures in google yields the first link showing four pictures of what is supposed to be king snakes but one of them is a deadly coral snake...

Imagine you our your child caught a snake and you want to identify it.

You search in google for the three words king snake pictures brings up four pictures. The pictures are presented as harmless king snakes except the third which is a coral snake, a venomous neurotoxic snake that can kill you if you are bitten and not treated.

You can tell a coral snake by the phrase "Red touches black, venom lack red touches yellow you're a dead fellow"

Here is a link from firefox but I've confirmed that the same search in IE shows the same four pictures. It is a stretch but I could imagine someone making this mistake and maybe trying to file a lawsuit, and who knows they might win on the argument that such misinformation should have been better screened out.

PS: If you click on the third picture you find that the file is named coral.jpg

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