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Comment Re:B&W? (Score 3, Informative) 50

It's an e-ink reader; it's supposed to be greyscale. While colour e-ink screens are now available, they're still *very* new technology, and not yet present in any currently shipping devices that I'm aware of.

Comment Re:data storage? (Score 3, Insightful) 98

Actually, if the Internet backbone ever reached exabit/sec speeds, the whole way we viewed data storage would change. I see no reason why most computers would need local storage at all.

Latency is why. It doesn't matter how fast the link to your storage is, if it's several ms away from you the delay gets annoying *real* fast.


New Zealand Scientists Make Atom-Trapping Breakthrough 101

Mogster writes with this news from New Zealand: "'University of Otago scientists have made a 'major physics breakthrough' with the development of a technique to consistently isolate and capture a fast-moving single atom. A team of four researchers from the university's physics department are believed to be the first to isolate and photograph the Rubidium 85 atom.' Good to see Kiwis following in Rutherford's footsteps."

Iris Scanning Set To Secure City In Mexico 265

kkleiner writes "The million-plus citizens of Leon, Mexico are set to become the first example of a city secured through the power of biometric identification. Iris and face scanning technologies from Global Rainmakers, Inc. will allow people to use their eyes to prove their identify, withdraw money from an ATM, get help at a hospital, and even ride the bus. Whether you're jealous or intimidated by Leon's adoption of widespread eye identification you should pay attention to the project – similar biometric checkpoints are coming to locations near you. Some are already in place."

Comment Re:Axe job (Score 1) 338

You're missing the point. The issue is not that the project has problems - the issue is that the Diaspora devs are making elementary mistakes that should never have been made. The problems that have been pointed out essentially mean that they're clueless about how to write secure code, and as such anything they write / are responsible for is automatically suspect.

In order for Diaspora to be at all credible, the devs need to learn a hell of a lot about security first, or someone else needs to take over the project - the kind of mistakes they're making here are elementary, and shows that not only do they have almost no knowledge of how to make a web application secure, they also aren't thinking through the logical consequences of what they're writing.

Diaspora isn't doomed because it has flaws, it's doomed because the developers have proven themselves to be fundamentally incompetent.


Google Caffeine Drops MapReduce, Adds "Colossus" 65

An anonymous reader writes "With its new Caffeine search indexing system, Google has moved away from its MapReduce distributed number crunching platform in favor of a setup that mirrors database programming. The index is stored in Google's BigTable distributed database, and Caffeine allows for incremental changes to the database itself. The system also uses an update to the Google File System codenamed 'Colossus.'"

Submission + - IBM: Linux is on Parity with AIX Unix (

darthcamaro writes: After a dozen years of pushing AIX as its premier mission critical operating system — a top IBM exec is now saying that there is little difference in features between AIX-Unix and Linux.

"Linux is on parity with AIX," Jean Staten Healy, IBM's director of worldwide Linux strategy told "Linux enables choice. I think that's one of the basic tenants of the faith."

Data Storage

Submission + - Leaked Intel roadmap shows 600GB SSD (

An anonymous reader writes: Solid State Drives have been trying to fill the mechanical hard drive niche for some time now. The problem is that while flash memory is faster than a spinning platter, it is also much more expensive per gigabyte. Over the weekend details leaked about Intel's SSD roadmap, and what is most interesting about the new roadmap is that the capacities of Intel's SSDs are going to increase, in a big way . First off is a refresh to the high performance X25-M range of SSDs. Currently available in 80GB and 160GB models, these will be replaced by a new design, codenamed Postville, which will come in 160GB, 300GB and 600GB variants.

Submission + - Hackers Hijack Gmail in China ( 2

crf00 writes: Here in the U.S., we've been complaining about Gmail for its new design (Why do we need a "Mail" button and "Inbox" button only an inch apart!?!). In China, they're complaining about Gmail too, but for a very different reason.

Over the past week, reports from Chinese Internet users indicate that when Gmail is accessed, users are auto-forwarded to a replica site at a different address ( where they're asked to enter or re-enter their account information. Based on the rough translations available, users connect to this non-Google owned site if they use Google's browser toolbar or simply enter the address "" There, they'll face a classic phishing attack which has users giving away login usernames, passwords, and other personal information. China's Gmail has been hijacked.


Girl Quits On Dry Erase Board a Hoax 147

suraj.sun writes "It's the same old story: young woman quits, uses dry erase board and series of pictures to let entire office know the boss is a sexist pig, exposes his love of playing FarmVille during work hours." Story seem too good to be true? It probably is, at least according to writer Peter Kafka. Even so, Jay Leno and Good Morning America have already reached out to "Jenny."

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