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Submission + - F1 computing kit: 1,500 cores, Linux & SSDs (

Barence writes: "PC Pro has taken a peek behind the scenes at the Lotus Formula 1 garage — and the computing technology used to power the team. It's server farm comprises of 1,500 cores in a room full of blade servers, connected to 96TB of iSCSI storage. Currently, the farm is running on Linux, because that OS is apparently what best supports the number-crunching engine for the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. Meanwhile, all the laptops in the pit are now running on SSDs, because of the increased risk of disk failure caused by the high vibration levels experienced near a running F1 car."

Submission + - Oracle cans commercial OpenOffice ( 2

castrox writes: "Oracle gives up on development of the commercial branch of OpenOffice. The reason appears to be the drain of mindshare from OpenOffice to the newly created, vendor neutral, LibreOffice fork. Control is to be handed over to the community. I guess we'll see the details to this handover in the coming days or weeks."

Submission + - SPAM: The roundest objects ever built by hand 2

An anonymous reader writes: The most perfectly spherical object ever made by hand IS only the size of a ping pong ball, but its surfaces are so smooth that were it blown up to the size of Earth, the tallest mountain would be only eight feet high. It’s one of four spheres that are current floating in Gravity Probe B, which is possibly the coolest piece of space engineering evah. Gravity Probe B is an audacious attempt by NASA and Stanford to confirm Einsteinian physics by measuring, with utterly berserk precision, how much Earth’s enormous mass curves space-time around it.
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Submission + - Guardian goes experimental with Scala and NoSQL ( 1

mikejuk writes: The developer team at online news site is making another interesting decision to use emerging technology for its site — and its choice is Scala and a noSQL database. These are risky in the sense that they are untried on such a scale. Are these guys just trying to make themselves unsackable or are they doing the right-thing?

Submission + - Smartphone Users Feel More Secure Than PC Users (

Orome1 writes: Many users feel more secure using smartphones to surf the Internet than PCs, and a majority consider the risk of losing personal data higher on computers than on smartphones, according to Kaspersky Lab. 1,600 smartphone users were surveyed in Great Britain, France, Italy and Spain. There has been a recent increase in the number of attacks on mobile operating systems like Android and iOS, and experts expect to see considerably more of these in the future. Despite this, users in Europe, according to the Kaspersky Lab survey, feel more secure accessing the Internet via a mobile device.

Submission + - EU copyright term extension (

airfoobar writes: Bad news from Denmark. According to an official press release, the Danish government has changed its position and now endorses the European Commission’s proposal to extend the term of protection for sound recordings. Since Denmark was part of a fragile blocking minority in the European Council, there is a danger now that the EU Presidency (Hungary) will try to push through the proposal within a matter of weeks.
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Submission + - Panasonic's 100GB Blu-Ray arrives (

An anonymous reader writes: It's not unusual to hear of advances made in some research laboratory that could one day lead to unheard of advances in disc storage, like 1000GB optical media. But it's not so often that we see one of these mutant discs — costing a reported 10,000 yen, or approximately $112 — go on sale. Panasonic's BDXL Blu-Ray discs are re-writable and capable of storing 100GB, thanks to three storage layers. According to this story, it can take more than one and a half hours to fill a disc with a compatible drive.

Submission + - IE9 Cannot Stop Decline of IE (

An anonymous reader writes: The usual suspects are out with the browser statistics for the month, which re particularly interesting as IE9, Firefox 4 and Chrome 10 launched within 2 weeks of each other. Firefox had a decent launch, it seems, but IE9 has not caught fire yet. The data also indicates that Chrome is the big winner of the month. Is it just me or is Microsoft setting itself up for failure by limiting IE9 to Windows 7 and how much does it help that Microsoft said that IE9 adoption is great, given the fact that it focuses on Windows 7 and the update process isn't in place yet?

Submission + - Students Create Thought-Controlled Prosthetic Arm (

Zothecula writes: Two undergraduate students from Toronto's Ryerson University have created a prosthetic arm that is controlled by its wearer's brain signals, and powered by compressed air. Not only is the Artificial Muscle-Operated (AMO) Arm said to offer a greater range of movement than traditional prostheses, but it also doesn't require the amputee to undergo invasive surgery, is easy to learn to use, and it is relatively inexpensive to make.

Submission + - Facebook Now Has 250 Million Mobile Users (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has started to roll out a major upgrade to the mobile version of its site ( that “delivers the best possible mobile Web experience no matter what device you’re using.” Previously, Facebook had two mobile versions: for lower-end basic mobile devices and for high-end touchscreen devices.

Facebook took the opportunity today to announce that it now has over 250 million mobile users. That means that a little less than half of its user base uses the mobile version on a monthly basis.

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