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Comment Re:CDW, Newegg, etc (Score 2, Informative) 420

Right, so this means that the IT department in the summary could buy a new storage system every month, since they are charging $30/GB per month.

Actually, no it doesn't.

They have already paid over $25 dollars for every GB that they offer to the rest of the company.

Now, if you want to reduce these costs, you have to do a risk assessment. Under the model described in AUD above, there are at least 5 copies of a given set of data. Do you NEED the two DR copies ? Depending on the processing model, some intermediate files don't need to have any more than a single copy. In other words, storage space CAN cost $25 - $30 / GB, but thats for the rolls royce version.

Just make sure that if you ask for the Trabant version, that's really all you need.


Submission + - SCO Files for Bankruptcy (linux.com)

GuitarNeophyte writes: "SCO announced today that it has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code." After years of fighting and losing legal battles with Linux, Novell, Redhat and other users, SCO is finally losing their monetary backers. Now that they've realized that their gambles didn't pay off, many investors are cutting their losses. From this article, "The company's stock lost 43% of its value today, last trading at 37 cents, down from around $20 a share in 2003, shortly after the company filed its first lawsuit."

Submission + - Wikipedia Bans HD-DVD Encryption Key

An anonymous reader writes: Much like Digg, Wikipedia is deleting edits to pages that include the key. They've even locked down the HD-DVD so that users can't edit it. How many more web sites will be brainwashed into believing that a number can be copyrighted?

Submission + - HD-DVD key censorship revolt at digg.com

earthforce_1 writes: "It looks like the founders at digg.com have received and complied with a takedown notice regarding the HD-DVD master keys, and blocking accounts of some users attempting to repost the keys. Subscribers have revolted en-masse and have reposted the keys in at least a dozen story threads and thousands of comments in countless ways. They also modded up all stories about the censored keys until at one point, every single front page story was about the HD-DVD keys! Until the original story was taken down, it was modded up over 15,000 times, an all time record.

This has been a totally unprecedented subscriber revolt against the website moderators, and at least one story thread suggests one of the founders had taken promotional money from the HD-DVD consortium."

Submission + - Vista more secure than Mac OS X

myfootsmells writes: Vista more secure than Mac OS X. In a recent interview Dino Dai Zovi, the New York-based security researcher who took home $10,000 in a highly-publicized MacBook Pro hijack has declared the code quality, at least in terms of security, to be much better overall in Vista than Mac OS X 10.4. and praises Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) at making this possible suggesting more vendors follow their lead.
The Matrix

Submission + - Can you prove we are not in The Matrix?

Herby Sagues writes: "The theories that claim that we are not living in the real world but we live in a simulated world run on computers instead, in which we are either part of the simulation (like in "13th floor") or just plugged to it (like in The Matrix) are not taken seriously by most, but have not be disproven either. Can you propose an experiment that would prove (or disprove) we run in the real world? Playing with intractable problems, discrete time or other techniques might yield results, though you must consider the possibility of nontraditional (i.e. not temporal/spatial) simulations."

Submission + - OS Comparisons from the BBC

igb writes: The BBC are covering the launch of Vista. Last week they asked people to submit descriptions of the benefits of their chosen operating systems, and today they've posted responses from two Vista users, a Linux user and an OSX user. There's nothing earthshattering, but it's interesting to see the operating systems compared on a level playing field, and nice that the BBC is given equal time to alternatives.

Submission + - Things to know before Google indexes your website

Etherfast writes: "The same way you clean up your house before your guests arrive, the same way you should get your website ready for Google's crawler, as this is one of the most important guests you will ever have. According to that, here are 10 things you should double check before submitting your website to the index. If you want, you can view this article as the correction of the top 10 mistakes made by webmasters.
1. If you have a splash page on your website, make sure you have a text link that allows you to pass it. I've seen many websites with a fancy flash introduction on the index and no other way to navigate around it. Well, Google can't read into your flash page, and therefore it cannot bypass it. All you have to do is put a text link to your website's second index, and the deed is done.
2. Make sure you have no broken links I know this is kind of obvious, but you'll be surprised to find out how many errors is the Google crawler experiencing daily due broken links. Therefore, you'd better check and double check every internal link of your webpage before submission. Don't forget that your links are also your visitor's paths to your content. It's not all about Google, you know :)
3. Check the TITLE tags Since you are able to search in title tags on Google and since the title tags is displayed in the top of your browser window, I'd say this is an important aspect you need to check. This doesn't mean you have to compile a >20 keywords list there. Instead, make it a readable sentence since it's viewable by both crawlers and surfers.
4. Check the META tags Rumors about Google not caring about META tags are not 100% correct. Google relies on these tags to describe a site when there's a lot of navigation code that wouldn't make sense to a human searcher, so why not make sure you're all in order and set up some valid KEYWORDS and a valid DESCRIPTION. You never know.
5. Check your ALT tags The ALT tags are probably the most neglected aspect of a website since no one bothers to put them in order. It's definitely a plus if you do, so Google spider can get a clue about all of your graphics. However, don't go extreme and start explaining in an ALT tag that a list bullet is a list bullet.
6. Check your frames If you use frames on your website, you might not be indexed 100%. Google actually recommends that you read an article of Danny Sullivan on Search Engines and Frames. You have to make sure that either Google can read from your frames, either that it has an alternative, defined via the NOFRAMES tag.
7. Do you have dynamically generated pages? I know the web evolved so much in the last period of time, and more and more websites based on dynamic scripting languages (PHP, ASP, etc) are coming out every second, but Google said they are limiting the amount of dynamic webpages they're indexing. It's not too late to consider a compromise and include some static content in your pages. It helps.
8. Update your content regularly This is an important aspect that you should consider, since Google indexes more quickly pages that get updated on a regular basis. You will notice that the number of pages indexed by the search engine will increase day by day if you update, but will stagnate or decrease if you don't bring something new. I suggest setting up a META option in the header that will tell Google how frequently should it come back for a reindexing.
9. The robots.txt This file is a powerful resource if used properly. You have the chance to filter out the bots that crawl your website, and you have the chance of restricting access to certain URL's that should not be indexed (login pages, admin backends, etc).
10. To cache or not to cache?
Google caches some webpages for quick access, but some webmasters do not like that. The procedure is quite simple. All you have to do is write a line of code between your HEAD tags.
META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOARCHIVE" — should be enough to stop all robots from caching and archiving the page where the code is embedded. All these being said, you can now submit your website to Google's index."

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