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Submission + - Amazon EBS failure brings down Reddit, Imgur, others ( 1

BButlerNWW writes: "Amazon Web Services has confirmed that its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) service is experiencing degraded service, leading sites across the Internet to experience downtime, including Reddit, Imgur and many others.

AWS confirmed on its status page at 2:11 p.m. ET that it is experiencing "degraded performance for a small number of EBS volumes." It says the issue is restricted to a single Availability Zone within the US-East-1 Region, which is in Northern Virginia. AWS later reported that its Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) and its Elastic Beanstalk application plaform also experienced failures on Monday afternoon."


Submission + - Apple's Siri is as revolutionary as the Mac (

hype7 writes: "The Harvard Business Review is running an article on Siri, the speech recognition technology inside the new iPhone. They make the case that Siri's use of artificial intelligence and speech recognition is going to change the way we interact with machines. From the article: "the desktop metaphor — that the Mac introduced all those years ago — has long been stretched past breaking point. Novice users often don't know where to begin. The touch paradigm introduced in the iPhone began to change that: it removed the intermediary of the mouse and the cursor. But even still, unnecessary complexity remains...

Siri is going to be the first step in fixing it.""

Comment On Killing Seldom Used Features (Score 3, Funny) 862

Let's do a quick exercise in Microsoftian design: The week has 168 hours.

Shall we assume the typical adult male has 4x 15-minute sexual intercourses per week ? It's probably pushing a bit, but fine, let's exaggerate. That'll be 1 hour per week.

Shall we assume the typical adult male urinates 8 times per day (once every 2 hours while awake), and each event lasts 1 minute ? That'll be 8 minutes per day, 56 minutes per week. Let's round things up and call it 1 hour. We're exaggerating anyway.

166/168 = 0.9880. On our typical adult male, the penis is idle and unused 98.8% of the time. If the human body was designed by the Windows 8 design team, we would be dickless.

Comment Re:Thank god i don't buy Apple (Score 1) 148

Brazil provides huge tax breaks for products *assembled* in the country with local workforce, even if all the components are manufactred elsewhere. So the big manufacturers just import the component kits from China and assemble them here. This is true for Sony notebooks, the Xbox360 (recently started to be assembled here, and will start selling cheaper than the Wii for that alone), and the same goes for electronics such as phones, monitors, TVs, etc. Foxconn isn't starting up a facility out of nothing, the Sony vaio line is already assembled by them in Brazil.

Recently the legislation was changed to include tablets in the tax break law, and local assembly of ipads here will start soon. That is not a rumor and has been on the brazilian news for months, with official word from both the government and Foxconn. How much of the global market will be "served" from the brazilian output is the actual question. I wouldn't be surprised if the entire iPad 2 assembly transitioned to Brazil while the chinese sweatshops move to the iPad 3. With local economic treaties, it will be no surprise if the brazilian output of tablets starts serving the entire South America market right away.

Regarding the Argentinian coward's opinion on the quality of brazilian goods, there is no such perception of bad quality in the internal market, save for the automotive sector -- where the national industry is heavily protected and gets away with exorbitant profit margins on cars with considerably less features than cars from european and asian competitors.


IBM Files the Patent Troll Patent 109

An anonymous reader writes "It's all or nothing over at IBM as the company goes for the gold and files the patent troll patent. Forget the Hyperlink patent or the POS shutdown patent, IBM wants the patent patent. Its idea is centered around an approach to managing patents from inventor training to filing and protection strategies, including competitive monitoring. At least in theory, IBM could get approval to own the idea of how to manage patents and make a business out of IP. The next time you file a patent, you may want to contact them as you may need a license to file for filing."

NASA's 'Arsenic Microbe' Science Under Fire 152

radioweather writes "The cryptic press release NASA made last week that set the blogosphere afire with conjecture, which announced: 'NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.' may be a case of 'go fever' science pushed too quickly by press release. A scathing article in lists some very prominent microbiologists who say the NASA-backed study is seriously flawed and that the finding may be based on something as simple as poor sample washing to remove phosphate contamination. One of the scientists, Shelley Copley of the University of Colorado said 'This paper should not have been published,' while another, John Roth of UC-Davis says: 'I suspect that NASA may be so desperate for a positive story that they didn't look for any serious advice from DNA or even microbiology people,' The experience reminded some of another press conference NASA held in 1996. Scientists unveiled a meteorite from Mars in which they said there were microscopic fossils. A number of critics condemned the report (also published in Science) for making claims it couldn't back up."

Submission + - The Statistics of the Linux Kernel ( 1

eldavojohn writes: The Linux Foundation has released a new report (PDF) titled "Linux Kernel Development – How Fast it is Going, Who is Doing It, What They are Doing, and Who is Sponsoring It." This is the third update to this report that gives us a statistical look at Linux development in the form of who, what and when. The report focuses on development since 2005 (about 5.5 years) and notes that we've had 6,100 programmers from over 600 different companies working on it yet 19% of changes are still from unaffiliated hobbyists (surpassing any single company). The report also says that on average there are "6,683 lines added, 3,774 lines removed, and 1,797 lines changed every day." And since 2.6.30, those numbers have really gone up: "6,683 lines added, 3,774 lines removed, and 1,797 lines changed every day." It's clear that Linux itself is growing, source activity is increasing and the number of participants is growing with the individual being the biggest contributor. Several news outlets are also reporting that a growing number of wireless companies are becoming more active — perhaps as a result of the Linux-based Android's success.

Orchestra To Turn Copyright-Free Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music 327

destinyland writes "An online music site has raised over $13,000 to hire a full orchestra to record royalty-free classical music. ('"Although the actual symphonies are long out of copyright, there is separate protection for every individual performance by an orchestra," notes one technology site.') MusOpen has reached their fundraising goal for both the orchestra and a recording facility, and will now record the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. And because their fundraising deadline doesn't end until Tuesday, they've promised to add additional recordings for every additional $1,000 raised."

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