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Submission + - Amazon EBS failure brings down Reddit, Imgur, others ( 1

BButlerNWW writes: "Amazon Web Services has confirmed that its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) service is experiencing degraded service, leading sites across the Internet to experience downtime, including Reddit, Imgur and many others.

AWS confirmed on its status page at 2:11 p.m. ET that it is experiencing "degraded performance for a small number of EBS volumes." It says the issue is restricted to a single Availability Zone within the US-East-1 Region, which is in Northern Virginia. AWS later reported that its Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) and its Elastic Beanstalk application plaform also experienced failures on Monday afternoon."


Submission + - Ubuntu 12.04 a disaster? 5

Dr_Ish writes: When Ubuntu moved from version 10.04 LTS to 12.04 LTS, the process looked pretty slick. There was no need to do a complete re-install, save all those files, etc. However, it seems to be slowly emerging that the transition may be far from smooth. Ubuntu forums are currently flooded with reports of system freezes and crashes. To make matters worse, no solution has been offered, other than generic suggestions about updating drivers and the last. Although the move to the Unity desktop was already controversial, this could be the nail in the coffin if the Ubuntu ascendancy. That being said, it may be a boon for alternative distros, like Mint, if Ubuntu does not address the issue rapidly.

Submission + - Enhancing your breathing experience with breathable caffeine (

techgeek0279 writes: "Breathing only air is passé. People have been breathing air forever. People breathe air every day, all day. It is boring. So why are people only breathing air? Are there no other wonderful substances that could enhance our drab breathing experience? David Edwards, a Harvard professor and founder of Le Laboratoire, seems to think that it is possible to enhance breathing. So, he developed Aeroshot."

Submission + - Google gets approval to buy Motorola (

An anonymous reader writes: From the Article:
Today, the European Commission approved the acquisition of Motorola by Google. Joaquín Almunia, Commission Vice President in charge of competition polices stated that they will be continuing to watch Google as the acquisition goes through. It was a unanimous decision by the Commission as well. The European Commission and the United States Justice Department often coordinate over big deals like this, so it is very likely the deal will get approval by the US within a few weeks.

Submission + - LHC beams its beams up to 4 TeV (

An anonymous reader writes: Due to a decision made at Chamonix , the LHC will operate a 4 TeV beam energy in 2012. This will allow at least 20% increase of luminosity and ensure the Higgs (de)falsification. After that the whole accelerator complex will shut down and be open for guided tours. “By the time the LHC goes into its first long stop at the end of this year, we will either know that a Higgs particle exists or have ruled out the existence of a Standard Model Higgs,” said CERN’s Research Director, Sergio Bertolucci. “Either would be a major advance in our exploration of nature, bringing us closer to understanding how the fundamental particles acquire their mass, and marking the beginning of a new chapter in particle physics.". Will this be the 2012 Nobel prize?

Submission + - The US Embassy sanctioned a conspiracy to target a (

Elenor writes: The Canberra Wikileaks cables have revealed that the US Embassy sanctioned a conspiracy by Hollywood studios to target Australian communications company iiNet through the local court-system, with the aim of establishing a binding common-law precedent which would make ISPs responsible for the unauthorised file-sharing of their customers. Both the location, Australia, and the target, iiNet, were carefully selected. A precedent set in Australia would be influential in countries with comparable legal systems such as Canada, India, New Zealand and Great Britain. Australian telecommunications giant Telstra was judged too large for the purposes of the attack. Owing to its smaller size and more limited resources, iiNet was gauged the perfect candidate.

Submission + - While Being Held without Bail, Megaupload drops Un (

bs0d3 writes: Not so long ago, a legal video was taken down by repetitive DMCA requests to youtube. In response, megaupload filed a lawsuit against Universal Music. This past week, megaupload was raided by US authorities and forced offline, which is costing megaupload millions of dollars in damage. Today; while in US custody, megaupload has mysteriously dropped their lawsuit against Universal Music.

Submission + - Members of congress caught pirating via bittorrent (

Dega704 writes: TorrentFreak used Hurricane Electric's handy list of assigned IP blocks to track down which IP addresses belong to the offices of members of Congress. And lo and behold, when those addresses were compared to results on YouHaveDownloaded, a torrent tracking site, they yielded over 800 hits.

Now to put this in context. YouHaveDownloaded tracks only a tiny portion of torrent traffic, so it appears that Congress — even as they look to punish lesser mortals for file sharing — are themselves gleefully committing a "smash and grab" as Vice President Joe Biden (D) once put it.


Submission + - Intel Ships New Atom Processors to PC Makers (

randomErr writes: "Intel began shipping the new mobile Atom, formerly codenamed "Cedar Trail", processors to manufacturers. As with most new chips it has more features and longer battery life. Intel said today "Computing systems using new Atom processors will debut in early 2012 through leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba." A netbooks based on the new chip may have up to 10 hours of battery life, weeks of standby and high-definition video."

Submission + - GoDaddy Backs SOPA ( 1

redletterdave writes: "Website hosting company GoDaddy has officially voiced its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Bill in 2012, which is designed to thwart movie and music piracy on the Internet by empowering copyright holders to effectively shut down websites or online services found with infringing material. If passed, the U.S. government could blacklist any website it deems in violation of copyright, which could range from a few posts in a Web forum to a few links sent in an e-mail. GoDaddy supports SOPA for "protecting the intellectual property of hard-working Americans, U.S. business and the American public from the harm that necessarily flows from the purchase of counterfeit products." Yet, of the 142 companies that support the SOPA bill, GoDaddy is the only Internet company on that list."

Submission + - Getting into Management Without a Degree

Tha_Big_Guy23 writes: At the beginning of my IT career, after I left college, I got a leg up from a friend of mine and acquired a job working in IT. Since then, I've worked more than a decade as an application developer and/or sysadmin. Along the way I've been team leads, project leads, and a senior developer. At this point I'm looking at trying to transition away from what I'm currently doing into more of a managerial position. The problem is that I don't have a college degree. While the college degree isn't absolutely necessary for what I do, given my past experience, it seems that any management track requires some type of formal education. I estimate that It would take several years to complete my degree and/or an MBA going to school for each only part-time. Upon completion of said education I would be in my mid 40's. So I ask the slashdot crowd, how would you go about getting into management in the IT fields without a degree, or is going back to school my only option?

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