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Submission + - Iain Banks has Died. (

The_Other_Kelly writes: Two months after revealing his terminal cancer, the scottish author, Iain (M.) Banks has died.
He was 59 years old, and loved by many.

Submission + - Facebook suffers actual cloud in the datacenter (

An anonymous reader writes: The Register carries the funniest, most topical IT story of the year :

Facebook's first data center ran into problems of a distinctly ironic nature when a literal cloud formed in the IT room and started to rain on servers.

Though Facebook has previously hinted at this via references to a "humidity event" within its first data center in Prineville, Oregon, the social network's infrastructure king Jay Parikh told The Reg on Thursday that, for a few minutes in Summer, 2011, Facebook's data center contained two clouds: one powered the social network, the other poured water on it.

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