calmond writes: Those weird faster-than-light neutrinos that CERN thought they saw last month may have just gotten slowed down to a speed that'll keep them from completely destroying physics as we know it. In an ironic twist, the very theory that these neutrinos would have disproved may explain exactly what happened.
calmond writes: Scientists at CERN, the research facility that's home to the Large Hadron Collider, claim to have successfully created and stored antimatter in greater quantities and for longer times than ever before. Researchers created 38 atoms of antihydrogen – more than ever has been produced at one time before... "This is the first major step in a long journey," Michio Kaku, physicist and author of Physics of the Impossible, told PCMag. "Eventually, we may go to the stars."
calmond writes: The International Business Times has an interesting article up on Google's response to Oracle's Java lawsuit regarding the Dalvik virtual machine used in Android. Google claimed that it has an implied license to use the patents in question, and iterated that Oracle and Sun smack of hypocrisy as they fail to comply with the basic tenets of open-source.
calmond writes: The gulf oil spill currently underway has gotten me thinking about how we all deal with and plan for disasters. I'm curious what lessons slashdotters thinks we can learn from this disaster that might apply to disaster recovery plans in other areas, such as IT, and how we can apply those lessons to our IT and business planning and practices.
calmond writes: "According to an E-week article, Oracle might be looking to acquire RedHat. This week, a report surfaced that claimed an Oracle-Red Hat merger might "[make] sense." Even as the note cautioned that the acquisition wouldn't happen "now," other reports have Oracle and Hewlett-Packard recently in unsuccessful talks to snatch up Sun Microsystems.
Oracle might be gearing up for another highly public acquisition, and this time the IT giant may have its eyes set on open-source innovator Red Hat. This week, an analyst suggested that an Oracle acquisition of Red Hat is "eventually highly likely."
Although Oracle and Red Hat are not speaking about these reports, it generated enough buzz to warrant stories and additional speculation."
calmond writes: "Dimdim Open Source Community Edition v4.5 "Liberty" was released this morning. This new version has several new features, including meeting scheduling, and is available as a virtual appliance, RPM package, or raw sourcecode. This new version may even support recording/archiving, but I haven't been able to confirm that yet. Some of the documentation can be found here.
Will this be able to compete against live meeting, webex, breeze or some of the other commercial solutions out there?"
calmond writes: "Red Hat has acquired Qumranet, Inc. The acquisition includes Qumranet's virtualization solutions, including its KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine) platform and SolidICE offering, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) which together present a comprehensive virtualization platform for enterprise customers. In addition, Qumranet's talented team of professionals that develop, test and support Qumranet solutions, and its leaders of the open source community KVM project, will join Red Hat.
What does this mean for virtualization under Linux, and especially the future of Xen and Linux..."
calmond writes: "QinetiQ Group PLC claimed Sunday that its propeller-driven aircraft called Zephyr flew for 83 hours and 37 minutes non stop, more than doubling the official world record set by Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk in 2001.
The Zephyr is much different from the Global Hawk, which is about the size of a fighter and requires runway for taking off and landing.
Zephyr, on the other hand, is an ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber aircraft that weighs less than 70lbs and is designed to launch by hand. The little aircraft flies on solar power generated by amorphous silicon arrays covering the aircraft's paper-thin wings. It is powered day and night by rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries that are recharged during the day using solar power."
calmond writes: According to Information Week , Google's answer to the Wikipedia encyclopedia, Google Knol (short for Knowledge), launched earlier this week to some fanfare, at least from cash-strapped authors and other subject-matter experts.
The key idea behind the knol project is to highlight authors (either singularly or in groups) willing to put their names behind their content on a wide of range of topics, "from scientific concepts, to medical information, from geographical and historical, to entertainment, from product information, to how-to-fix-it instructions." Google will not edit the content in any way, but, like Wikipedia, readers will have access to community tools that will allow them to submit comments, questions, edits, and additional content — in addition to being able to rate or write a review of a knol.
calmond writes: "CNET has an article here about Microsoft's new Hyper-V virtualization offering. From the article, "Microsoft did something that it rarely does last week when it announced availability of its Hyper-V server virtualization technology months ahead of schedule. Unlike Microsoft Virtual Server, which ran as an application, Hyper-V is a true hypervisor capable of hosting multiple instances of Windows and even Suse Linux."
Being so late to the virtualization game, how will it fare against VMware, Virtual Iron, Xen, and the other offerings out there..."