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The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment Re:Complexity arising from simplicity (Score 1) 74

Now, if you recall what happened with AWS in April, they had a low-bandwidth management network that all of a sudden had all primary EBS API traffic shunted to it. This was caused by a human flipping a network switch when they shouldn't have. Something like this is not something that happens all the time, has little, if any diagnosable features, is not well-defined to have a proper workflow attached to it, and needs human engineers to correct. This is an example of a complex, large-scale problem.

I wonder when this army of automated-problem-fixing engines will encounter a corner case its masters never considered and how it will react.

I give the ops guys at Facebook a lot of credit for managing such a gigantic workload with just a (relatively) few, very smart, people. Amazon also has a lot of smart people who have been working on EBS (in one form or another) since before Facebook was founded. These systems just interact in unpredictable ways when they get out of their comfort zone.

Systems so complicated they require self-managing management systems are going to have some interesting failure modes, to say the least.

Comment Re:UEFI has been around for years. (Score 1) 216

Actually, it is uncommon for someone to modify their automobile. Only 3.5% of people will use non-OEM parts if they are given an equal-cost choice, so the number who would go for an out-of-spec non-OEM replacement/upgrade is even smaller. Basically, you are trying to say that something that occurs with less frequency than coming across someone running Linux on their Desktop is actually common. Bzzzzt.

New WoW Patch Brings Cross-Server Instances 342

ajs writes "World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King expansion was staggered into 4 phases. The fourth and final phase, patch 3.3, was released on Tuesday. This patch is significant in that it will be the first introduction of one of the most anticipated new features in the game since PvP arenas: the cross-realm random dungeon, as well as the release of new end-game dungeons for 5, 10 and 25-player groups. The patch notes have been posted, and so has a trailer. The ultimate fight against the expansion's antagonist, the Lich King a.k.a. Arthas, will be gated as each of the four wings of the final dungeon are opened in turn — a process that may take several months. The next major patch after 3.3 (presumably 4.0) will be the release of Cataclysm, the next expansion."

Kids Score 40 Percent Higher When They Get Paid For Grades 716

A large number of schools participating in a pay-for-grades program have seen test scores in reading and math go up by almost 40 percentage points. The Sparks program will pay seventh-graders up to $500 and fourth-graders as much as $250 for good performance on 10 assessment tests. About two-thirds of the 59 schools in the program improved their scores by margins above the citywide average. "It's an ego booster in terms of self-worth. When they get the checks, there's that competitiveness -- 'Oh, I'm going to get more money than you next time' -- so it's something that excites them," said Rose Marie Mills, principal at MS 343 in Mott Haven. Critics, who are unaware that most college students don't become liberal arts majors, argue that paying kids corrupts the notion of learning for education's sake alone.

Submission + - Ruby on Rails 1.2 Released

Scooter[AMMO] writes: David Heinemeier Hansson sent a post to the Rails Blog letting everyone know about the availability of Rails 1.2. This new version adds a slew of buff and polish to the rest of the system, as well several new features like RESTful interfaces, response formats, improved multi-byte support, and more. If you haven't checked out the web application framework that aims to renew joy within its users, give it a look. You may be amazed at how easy it makes things without sacrificing power or functionality.

Submission + - Chinese test satellite-killer

MajroMax writes: Aviation week is reporting that the Chinese government has tested a satellite-killer weapon, destroying one of their old weather satellites. If this report is true, it confirms that the theoretical vulnerability of satellites is an actual one.

After all, who needs to jam GPS when the satellites can be shot out of the air?
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - DigiPen Forces Slamdance Reinstatement

An anonymous reader writes: The Slamdance saga continues. Water Cooler Games is reporting that DigiPen Institute of Technology has re-admitted Toblo as a finalist against the creators' wishes. Apparently, DigiPen possesses the game's IP and has decided to overrule the team's previous decision to withdraw from the festival. The team has stated on their website that they will not present their game at the festival and plan on refusing any awards it might receive.

Submission + - Sega to stop GD-ROM production

Joan Cross writes: Sega of Japan plans to discontinue production of GD-ROM media in February, 2007. This media is used almost exclusively by the Sega Dreamcast home console, and the NAOMI arcade system. By stopping production, future official games (licensed by Sega) on the Dreamcast or NAOMI will not be possible. The Dreamcast Community are asking all fans past and present to help keep alive the Dream.

Submission + - PCI SIG releases PCIe 2.0

symbolset writes: "According to The Register PCI SIG has released version 2.0 of the PCI Express base specification.
The new released doubles the signalling rate from 2.5Gbps to 5Gbps. The upshot: a x16 connector can transfer data at up to around 16GBps.
The PCI-SIG release is here. The electromechanical specification is also due to be released shortly:
The companion PCI Express Card Electromechanical 2.0 specification is currently at revision 0.9, having completed its 60-day member review. The PCI-SIG anticipates that this specification too will be released in the near future.

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