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Comment Re:Time to develop.. (Score 1) 103

..magnetic field there would have to be enormous, which is not easy to do. Using the one that comes with the planet, could be touchy, as side effects could be unexpectedly bad.

Inducing a charge to the particles to have them be more attractive to an oppositely charged collector system perhaps. What kind of storm can one engineer that high up?

Out military does have high power lasers now, that can track fast moving small objects, and vaporize them. Lots of target practice.

Problem remains, space is full of dust and particles, so shielding to absorb or deflect those bits is the method used in Sci-Fi thought experiments on the subject.

Comment BixData. (Score 1) 342

If you haven't evaluated BixData yet? You're missing out. No nag/reg required, free use for less than 30 hosts.

Does not include kitchen sink. Only the next generation advanced monitoring system that can handle phyisical and virtual as well as the hypervisors! VMware friendly.

On their science page, they say Bix is Borg. And they're not kidding.

"BixData is profoundly different. It took science fiction to provide the metaphor. Bix is Borg - 'an inter-connected collective' (self-organizing p2p) that 'assimilates' new life forms (cross-platform virtual machine), functions with a single hive-mind (n-cube datastore) and adapts through self-learning (cybernetic feedback loop) - all in pursuit of perfection. Resistance is Futile."

Just... Wow.

Comment Re:I Hate War Rooms (Score 1) 342

Yes, there is a solution to this problem. BixData.

This is the next generation monitoring solution. Self-installing,organizing,adjusting,correcting,tuning, P2P, 3D, n-cube OLAP, scalable, ...

It's like something they'd have on StarTrek. A huge advancement in management science. I had a chance to use it a while ago, and I can only say you have to try it to experience the 'awesome'. Hardly compares to the current day popular systems people are still struggling with.

There's even a free version community edition for 30 hosts.. no registration required either, and they love critical feedback. So don't forget to give them some.

I'm not affiliated with BixData, just love the efficiency and thoughtfulness.

Comment It works as advertized (Score 5, Informative) 86

Like everyone else pointed out, it's a VM in lockstep with a 'shadow' VM. This is not just 'continuous VMotion'.

If something happens to the VM, the shadow VM goes live instantly (you don't notice a thing if you're doing something on the VM).

Right after that, the system starts bringing up another shadow VM on another host to regain full FT protection.

This can be network intensive, depending on the VM load, and currently only works with 1 vCPU per VM. Think 1-2 FT VMs per ESX host + shadow VMs.

You'll need recent CPUs that support FT and have an VMware HA / DRS Cluster set up.

So if you've got it, use it wisely. It's very cool.

Comment Soon you may be able to buy a quick test for the.. (Score 1) 695

When these guys ramp up, there may be a great quick way of testing for any of these nasty flu variants.
They have a great test for the A/H5N1 Avian Flu right now. 100% sensitivity and specificity, which means no false positives. There's nothing else like this.. cool technology and FDA approved.


Submission + - Perfect Bird Flu A/H5N1 test developed. FDA = YES! (

RobiOne writes: Arbor Vita Corporation (AVC), a biopharmaceutical company developing both diagnostics and therapeutics, announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its AVantage(TM) A/H5N1 Flu Test. This is a non-invasive rapid diagnostic device for the specific detection of the avian influenza A/H5N1 virus in humans. AVC's AVantage A/H5N1 Flu Test detects the influenza virus nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) in specimens from throat swabs or nose swabs collected from patients with flu symptoms.

While the AVantage flu test is highly sophisticated, it is easy-to-use. It is a rapid test that can detect the presence of the avian influenza A/H5N1 virus in less than 40 minutes, without complicated sample preparation.

The U.S. Navy was an integral partner in evaluating this flu test for FDA clearance, with the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, CA providing testing on both archival and prospective clinical specimens to ensure the specificity of the test, while Navy Medical Research Unit-3 (NAMRU-3) provided invaluable access to avian influenza isolates for development and testing.

100% Sensitivity and 100% Specificity with no false positives. Simply revolutionary. Press Release


Submission + - More Virtualization FUD from Microsoft

RobiOne writes: "Microsoft said on Thursday that it has begun public trials of virtualization software that will compete head-on with programs from VMware, saying the tests were starting ahead of schedule." "Microsoft said it previously told customers the first public release of the test version of Hyper-V would come out in the first quarter of 2008." "Chowdhry said Microsoft's engineers have told him the company's Hyper-V is three times as efficient as VMware's product. Oracle has made a similar claim."

Read on here for the full article. Makes you wonder what their engineers are smoking. VMware has so many products, they make no attempt to mention which one they think they compete with. It sure isn't their Enterprise ESX Server. Not to mention more features, better stability and the fact that most all the Fortune 100 companies run VMware products in their datacenters.

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