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Comment Re: GlusterFS could be on this list (Score 2) 49

You can run it in the cloud too. You'll have the same/similar latency problems as with "native" could storage. If your storage is distributed across different AZ's, latency will be worse. Depends on your provider too. Jeff Darcy gave a talk about this at LISA:

GlusterFS has proper, geo-replication which is becoming much better and HA in 3.5 (coming soon).


Comment GlusterFS could be on this list (Score 4, Informative) 49

It's pretty awesome, and pretty cheap on $/Gb/Performance.
I'm biased because I'm the Puppet-Gluster dev.

You can run GlusterFS in "cloud" or on your own iron. Because it's not proprietary, the possibilities are endless, and it has a lot of very elegant features.


Comment Advanced Puppet (Score 3, Interesting) 141

I prefer Puppet, but I don't think it's perfect. As a result, I've written some complicated hacks do to complicated things that aren't directly possible in core. I still think Puppet is the closest thing to being right.

Feel free to look through my articles and hacks: https://ttboj.wordpress.com/
Most code available at: https://github.com/purpleidea/

Submission + - Senators Push to Preserve N.S.A. Phone Surveillance (nytimes.com)

cold fjord writes: The New York times reports that the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Vice Chairman, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), are moving a bill forward that would “change but preserve” the controversial NSA phone log program. Senator Feinstein believes the program is legal, but wants to improve public confidence. The bill would reduce the time the logs could be kept, require public reports on how often it is used, and require FISA court review of the numbers searched. The bill would require Senate confirmation of the NSA director. It would also give the NSA a one week grace period in applying for permission from a court to continue surveillance of someone that travels from overseas to the United States. The situation created by someone traveling from overseas to the United States has been the source of the largest number of incidents in the US in which NSA's surveillance rules were not properly complied with. The rival bill offered by Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Udall (D-CO) which imposes tougher restrictions is considered less likely to pass. More at The New York Times.

Laser Fusion's Brightest Hope 115

First time accepted submitter szotz writes "The National Ignition Facility has one foot in national defense and another in the future of commercial energy generation. That makes understanding the basic justification for the facility, which boasts the world's most powerful laser system, more than a little tricky. This article in IEEE Spectrum looks at NIF's recent missed deadline, what scientists think it will take for the facility to live up to its middle name, and all of the controversy and uncertainty that comes from a project that aspires to jumpstart commercial fusion energy but that also does a lot of classified work. NIF's national defense work is often glossed over in the press. This article pulls in some more detail and, in some cases, some very serious criticism. Physicist Richard Garwin, one of the designers of the hydrogen bomb, doesn't mince words. When it comes to nuclear weapons, he says in the article, '[NIF] has no relevance at all to primaries. It doesn't do a good job of mimicking secondaries...it validates the codes in regions that are not relevant to nuclear weapons.'"

Submission + - European Commission's Low Attack on Open Source (computerworlduk.com)

jrepin writes: "While the UK has seen the light, the EU has actually gone backwards on open standards in recent times. The original European Interoperability Framework also required royalty-free licensing, but what was doubtless a pretty intense wave of lobbying in Brussels overturned that, and EIF v2 ended up pushing FRAND, which effectively locks out open source — the whole point of the exercise. Shamefully, some parts of the European Commission are still attacking open source."

Submission + - Keystone XL Pipeline Brings Protests from Texas Locals

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The LA Times reports that Texas landowners are joining outside activists in the fight against the massive tar sands pipeline going in across their properties with some protesters holing up in "tree sits" 80 feet above ground or binding themselves to construction equipment to block TransCanada from finishing the Texas portion of the 1,660-mile pipeline by next year. Eleanor Fairchild, 78, a great-grandmother and retired homemaker, became an alleged "eco-terrorist" in the early hours of October 4, crawling through brush on her farm about 100 miles east of Dallas in jeans and a button-down shirt to stop work on the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Fairchild never agreed to let TransCanada build on her land. The company created an easement on her property under Texas' eminent domain law, paying what she says was less than half of what they initially offered. Fairchild has hired an attorney to fight for her land. "I don't even know what an eco-terrorist is," says Fairchild. "I've had three traffic tickets in my life. I'm not a criminal and I'm not a terrorist." One result has been that until the pipeline is completed, oil companies like Phillips 66 have able to take advantage of the glut of mid-continent oil available to their refineries to buy crude oil cheap and sell the refined products high with record realized crack spreads. In the meantime TransCanada says the company deals fairly with landowners and has made extra efforts to safely route and reinforce the pipeline, using thicker pipe, burying pipes deeper and spacing valves so that leaks can be isolated quickly. "This is going to be the safest pipeline ever built," says a TransCanada spokesman of the $3.2-billion project, which would stretch from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast."

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