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Submission + - Google Proposes New Hard Drive Format For Data Centers (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In a new research paper the VP of Infrastructure at Google argues for hard drive manufacturers and data center provisioners to consider revisions to the current 3.5" form-factor in favour of taller, multi-platter form factors — with the possibility of combining the new format with HDDs of smaller circumference which hold less data but have better seek times. Eric Brewer, also a professor at UC Berkeley, writes 'The current 3.5” HDD geometry was adopted for historic reasons – its size inherited from the PC floppy disk. An alternative form factor should yield a better TCO overall. Changing the form factor is a long term process that requires a broad discussion, but we believe it should be considered'

Submission + - Using Data Recovery Software on 20 Android Phones Uncovered 200 Adult Pictures (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An experiment showed that people can't or don't know how to properly wipe out their phones in case their selling them to other persons or to a pawn shop. A security company analyzed 20 random phones from different pawn shops in four different cities and using basic data recovery software found on the Internet, was managed to recover over 2,000 personal files.

The recovered data included more than 1,200 personal photos, 300 email and text messages, three invoices, and even a work contract. Of the 1,200 photos, 149 were photos of the previous owners' children, and 200 included adult content. Researchers also recovered a homemade adult movie.

Submission + - Is Linux Mint a crude hack of Debian-based distros? (infoworld.com)

whoever57 writes: Infoworld has a an article about a discussion at LWN.net which talks about the recent compromise of the Linux mint isos and how Mint is really a security nightmare and a hack. One poster refers to the fact that Linux mint names packaes such that the names collide with existing Debian packages, the fact that Mint pulls binary packages directly from Ubuntu repositories and the the Mint developers also include packages that may infringe on copyright (typically closed-source products that allow downloads, but not redistribution). There is some praise for the work that the Mint developers have done with Cinnamon and Mate, but no mention that Mint is one if the few distros that offers an option that does not use systemd.

Submission + - Next Gen ATLAS Robot from Boston Dynamics is Incredible (roboticstrends.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Boston Dynamics just posted a video of its next generation ATLAS robot, and it’s absolutely incredible. The video shows ATLAS walk, open a door, maintain its balance while it walks through snow and semi-rough terrain, squat and pick up 10-pound boxes and much more. And it does everything without a tether.

The new version is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain and help with navigation. This version of Atlas is about 5’ 9” tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.

Submission + - FFmpeg 3.0 has been released.

An anonymous reader writes: The milestone release FFmpeg 3.0 "Einstein" has been unleashed. For those who need a reminder, FFmpeg comprises several libraries and command-line tools (the main command-line tool being “ffmpeg”) that encode, decode, transcode, and stream audio/visual data, etc. FFmpeg supports a multitude of codecs, filters, and container formats, too numerous to mention here.

FFmpeg is used by MPlayer, VLC, HandBrake, Chrome, and many other projects.

Changes from 2.x to 3.0 include: a much better native AAC encoder, better hardware acceleration, and some API/ABI breakage. See this, this, this, this, and the changelog for much better descriptions of the improvements.

Submission + - SlashDot Slashdotted (slashdot.org) 1

wulfmans writes: Since yesterday on and off SlashDot stories have been unavailable to users and their website VERY slow and unresponsive.
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Guru Meditation:
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Varnish cache server
I doubt this will be published but i had to submit it as a story


Submission + - Osama Bin Laden's Compound Gets Bad Reviews On Goo (aol.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Following President Obama's Sunday night announcement that American forces had killed the man behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Google Maps users — presumably figuring that the real estate is now on the market — hit the Web to assess the bin Laden compound.

Submission + - Want your own bunker like WikiLeaks or Pirate Bay? (thinq.co.uk)

talljamesnixon writes: Fancy starting up your own secure ISP? A bomb-proof Cold War nuclear bunker like the ones that hosted The Pirate Bay and WikiLeaks has come on the market for just £400,000 ($635,000). Situated several metres under the rolling hills of Scotland, the Cultybraggan bunker cost £30 million to build, has space for 150 staff and includes its own BBC studio, canteen, telephone exchange and dormitories.

PayPal Most Phished, Facebook Most Blocked 37

Orome1 writes "OpenDNS released statistics about which websites were commonly blocked — and which websites users were frequently given access to — in 2010. The report additionally details the companies online scammers targeted in 2010, as well as where the majority of phishing websites were hosted. Facebook is both one of the most blocked and the most allowed websites, reflecting the push/pull of allowing social sites in schools and the workplace. On the other hand, 45 percent of all phishing attempts made in 2010 were targeting PayPal."

BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website 189

An anonymous reader writes "The BBC has announced their intention to dispose of the H2G2 website, originally founded by Douglas Adams. This comes as part of an initiative by the BBC to cut their online spending by 25%. 'BBC Online will be reorganised into five portfolios of "products." All parts of BBC Online have to fit with these. Over the past year all areas of the site have been reviewed to see where, and if, they fit. Sadly ... H2G2 does not fit in the new shape of BBC Online. However, H2G2 is unusual. It is a pre-existing community that the BBC brought into its fold, not a community that the BBC set up from scratch. So rather than closing it, we've decided to explore another option. This process has been referred to elsewhere as the "disposal" of H2G2. I'll admit this is not a great choice of words, but what is means is that we'll be looking for proposals from others to take on the running of H2G2.' One option under discussion is a community buyout."

Mozilla Proposes 'Do Not Track' HTTP Header 244

MozTrack writes "The emergence of data mining by third party advertisers has caused a national debate from privacy experts, lawmakers and browser supporters. Mozilla's Firefox, a popular browser company, has proposed a new feature that will prevent people's personal information from getting mined and sold for advertising. The feature would allow users to set a browser preference that will broadcast their desire to opt-out of third party, advertising-based tracking. It would do this via a 'Do Not Track' HTTP header with every click or page view in Firefox."
The Matrix

The Matrix Re-Reloaded 640

derGoldstein writes "According to Keanu Reeves: ' Matrix 4 and 5 are coming.' At an event that took place at the London International School of Performing Arts, 'Reeves revealed that he met with the Wachowskis around Christmas. They told him that they completed script treatments for two more Matrix installments. They are planning to make the films in 3D and have already met with James Cameron to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the technology. Reeves added that he's excited to return as Neo and promised that the treatments will truly revolutionize the action genre like the first Matrix film did.'"

Wikileaks Movie Coming To the Big Screen 181

Hugh Pickens writes "First Facebook and now Wikileaks as the Guardian reports that studio executives have picked up the screen rights to the forthcoming Julian Assange biography 'The Most Dangerous Man in the World' by award-winning Australian writer Andrew Fowler. The book details Assange's life from his childhood on Magnetic Island in Queensland, Australia, all the way through to his founding of the whistleblower website in 2006 to publish classified material. Producers Barry Josephson and Michelle Krumm, who have optioned The Most Dangerous Man in the World, say they are planning a 'suspenseful drama' in the vein of All the President's Men and with the thrill of a Tom Clancy novel. 'As soon as I met Andrew and read a few chapters of his profound book, I knew that – with his incredibly extensive depth of knowledge – it would enable us to bring a thought-provoking thriller to the screen,' says Krumm."

Mozilla Flips Kill-Switch On Skype Toolbar 284

An anonymous reader writes "Whenever Skype is installed or updated, it automatically installs the Skype Toolbar add-on for Firefox. Unfortunately, the add-on causes serious performance problems, slowing down some operations by a factor of 300 and is one of the top causes for Firefox crashes. As a result, Mozilla has decided to 'soft-block' the add-on, effectively killing it on all Firefox installs unless the user intentionally re-enables it. Given the extreme popularity of Skype, this has ramifications for millions of users."

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