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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.'"

Comment Not new (Score 1) 135

This was being investigated in Spain as soon as 1980, as I remember from reading an article in a spanish scientific journal in that year. Sadly, i cannot locate the reference. But I remember a photo of the PM of that time, Adolfo Suarez, visiting the facility, and complaints of the researchers of lacking funds.

Comment Re:Fake forumla continues to sink (Score 1) 246

My own opinion is that the most important unknown in the Drake Equation will turn out to be "fi" - the fraction of life-bearing planets on which intelligent life develops. I say this, because, on this planet, it took several billion years for that to occur - and it seems safe to say that it appears to have been a product of sheer random chance.

Yes, developing intelligent life needs enough randomness; but random changes that give surviving advantage are almost always kept by evolution, so it inevitably leads to intelligent life given enough time (it's one of the best ways to achieve survival).


Japanese Researchers Make Plastic Out of Water 117

greenrainbow writes with this excerpt from Inhabit: "The material shown in the picture above is just ice, right? Look again. Elastic water, a new substance invented by researchers at Tokyo University, is a jelly-like substance made up of 95% water along with two grams of clay and a small amount of organic materials. As is, the all-natural substance is perfect for medical procedures, because it's made of water, poses no harm to people, and is perfect for mending tissue. And, if the research team can increase the density of this exciting new substance, it could be used in place of our current oil-based plastics for a host of other things."

Comment Re:France: a nation of warriors. (Score 1) 161

Frenchs resisted against most of european powers that tried to strip them the rights gained in the French Revolution and restore an absolutist monarch. They resisted against reactionary and monarchic forces, showing peasants around Europe what rights to stand for. Napoleon was not only a successful general, but gave the world the Napoleonic Code which is used throughout the world as a basis for justice of all people and not only the aristocrats. I say that even though I'm from one of the countries that most suffered the invasion from the french (and my home city was bombed, sacked and burned, althougth Wellington was responsible for that)

Blizzard Authenticators May Become Mandatory 248

An anonymous reader writes "WoW.com is reporting that a trusted source has informed them that Blizzard is giving serious consideration to making authenticators mandatory on all World of Warcraft accounts. The authenticators function the same as ones provided by most banks — in order to log in, you must generate a number on the external device. Blizzard already provides a free iPhone app that functions as an authenticator. The source stated, 'it is a virtually forgone conclusion that it will happen.' This comes after large spates of compromised accounts left Bizzard game masters severely backlogged by restoration requests."

Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”

Comment Re:Confused (Score 1) 478

Can you explain to me why it's a good idea to get in a hunk of metal traveling 60+ mph on the same roads that we let 80 year old people drive on? Or do you not leave your house?

I haven't done the math, but I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the odds of the LHC destroying the universe are about the same as you getting struck by lightning, a comet, a crashing 747, and a baguette, all at once.

Oh, that's easy! The falling comet, while causing a lightning storm because of all the atmospheric friction, collides with a 747 in which a passenger carries a baguette. All of it, of course, falls on you because that's what Murphy's laws say.

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