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Data Storage

ZFS Hits an Important Milestone, Version 0.6.1 Released 99

sfcrazy writes "ZFS on Linux has reached what Brian Behlendorf calls an important milestone with the official 0.6.1 release. Version 0.6.1 not only brings the usual bug fixes but also introduces a new property called 'snapdev.' Brian explains, 'The snapdev property was introduced to control the visibility of zvol snapshot devices and may be set to either visible or hidden. When set to hidden, which is the default, zvol snapshot devices will not be created under /dev/. To gain access to these devices the property must be set to visible. This behavior is analogous to the existing snapdir property.'"

Submission + - Jonathan Coulton on "Still Alive", The Por (

An anonymous reader writes: Jonathan Coulton, the musician responsible for such geek favorites as "Code Monkey" and "Re: your brains," blogs about his latest masterpiece "Still Alive" (called by many the best song in modern gaming), which plays during the end credit sequence of Portal. He write about his initial contact with Valve as well as the actual recording and production process. For the moment, the only legal way to hear the song, and the best way, is in the end credits of Portal, however Valve has indicated they may be releasing it separately and thus far they haven't asked that copies be removed from YouTube. If you intend to play the game, it's recommended you don't listen to the song as it does contain some spoilers. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

Submission + - Adobe Releases ColdFusion 8 (

I_am_mccool writes: "Adobe has released ColdFusion 8 today. The new release has a number of new features making once tedious and complicated tasks much easier and frankly more interesting. In addition expect to see significant performance boosts for existing CF applications. Those of you who have skipped CF over in the past should give it another look. This release rocks."

Submission + - Mozilla and Thunderbird to Split Up? (

An anonymous reader writes: Mitchell Baker's latest blog entry is an Email Call to Action discussing the future of Thunderbird and its role in Mozilla. Because of Mozilla's extreme focus on Firefox and the web, they feel Thunderbird isn't getting the attention it deserves, and thus that they "should find a new, separate organizational setting for Thunderbird." Three options are briefly explored: a Thunderbird foundation, a new Thunderbird subsidiary of the Mozilla foundation, and releasing Thunderbird as a community project like SeaMonkey. They're hoping to start a public discussion on Thunderbird's future, and are seeking additional ideas for how to handle this.

Submission + - PHP 4 End of Life Announcement (

An anonymous reader writes: PHP today announced the end of life of version 4, with support continuing until the end of the year and critical security patches continuing until August 8, 2008. There will be no more releases of version 4.4. PHP notes today is the third anniversary of the release of PHP 5 and that PHP 6 is soon on the way. PHP recommends developers spend the rest of the year updating applications to run on PHP 5, and offers a migration guide.

Submission + - Dead man's Wikipedia entry changed in advance

Ykant writes: According to an AP article, the Wikipedia entry of pro wrestler Chris Benoit (who was found dead in his home earlier this week, along with his wife and child) was updated at 12:01 a.m. Monday, about 14 hours before authorities say the bodies were found. It said he missed a match Saturday night "stemming from the death of his wife." An Atlanta news station reports that a Wikipedia user has admitted to making the edits, but had no advance knowledge of the event, calling it a "terrible coincidence".
The Courts

Submission + - Death Notice on Wikipedia Before Body Found (

RobertB-DC writes: "A popular WWE wrestler's Wikipedia entry was edited to include his wife's death. 14 hours later, the bodies of Chris Benoit, his wife, and their son were found, apparent victims of a murder-suicide. Authorities want to know who updated the Wikipedia entry, since the IP address associated with the change is registered in Stamford, Connecticut, where WWE is headquartered. Of course, the incident is also a clear violation of Wikipedia's "no original research" rule."
The Media

Submission + - Wikipedia notes death before bodies found (

vigmeister writes: "WWE wrestler Chris Benoit and his family were found dead in his house in Atlanta last weekend. Chris Benoit's wikipedia entry apparently declared his wife's death 13 hours before their bodies were found and the news was publicly released. This entry has an IP address from Connecticut where the WWE is headquartered. Conspiracy theory?"
The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia's role in wrestler murder/suicide case

93,000 writes: "Relating to the apparent murder/suicide, CNN reports that the Wikipedia entry for WWE wrestler Chris Benoit was edited to mention the death of his wife — fourteen hours before the authorities found the bodies. Even more interesting, according to CNN: "A Wikipedia official, Cary Bass, said Thursday that the entry was made by someone using an Internet protocol address registered in Stamford, Connecticut, where World Wrestling Entertainment is based.""
The Internet

Submission + - Writing your own obituary?

mcgrew writes: "The deaths of a pro wrestler and his family are by no means "news for nerds"; I know I don't watch wrestling.

However, The Associated press says (via Yahoo News) that "Investigators had not yet discovered the bodies of pro wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and their 7-year-old son when someone altered Benoit's Wikipedia entry to mention his wife's death, authorities said. Authorities said Thursday they are trying to determine who altered the entry on the collaborative reference site 14 hours before authorities discovered the bodies of the couple and their son."

Wiki says "Editing of this article by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled until July 8, 2007 (UTC) due to vandalism.""
The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia vandal predicts death

An anonymous reader writes: A wikipedia vandal inserted into wikipedia information that Nancy Benoit was dead 14 hours before police found out. The vandal later came forward and said it was just a coincidence, and apologizing for ever vandalizing wikipedia:

...I feel incredibly bad for all the attention this got because of the fact that what I said turned out to be the truth. Like I said it was just a major coincidence, and I will never vandalize anything on wikipedia or post wrongful information. I've learned from this experience. I just can't believe what I wrote was actually the case, I've remained stunned and saddened over it....
The Media

Submission + - Wrestler's Wikipidea page altered before death! (

sirrube writes: "On June 24, 2007, Chris Benoit, a WWE wrestler was found dead in a bizarre murder suicide that included the loss of his wife and son. Hours before the death was reported by the police the Wikipedia entry about him was altered reporting the death of his wife. Investigators are looking into who altered pro wrestler Chris Benoit's entry to mention his wife's death hours before authorities discovered the bodies of the couple and their 7-year-old son. MSN News && Yahoo News"

Submission + - Wikipedia reports death before authorities knew ( 1

earthworm2 writes: Wikipedia had quite the scoop on the death of the wife of wrestler Chris Benoit. It reported her death on 401 GMT 6/25. This was eight hours before authorities discovered the bodies of the couple and their son. Authorities are now looking into who posted the information, in the hope of learning more about the alleged murder-suicide.
After all, I think it was Agatha Christie who said, "The killer always returns to the Wikipedia entry of the crime." Or something like that.

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