Mark.JUK writes: "A UK government advisory body, the Broadband Stakeholders Group, has confirmed that most of the major fixed line internet providers in the country will next week sign-up to a new Voluntary Code of Practice on Traffic Management Transparency. Recently everybody from the European Commission to the UK government has called upon ISPs to be more "transparent" with their traffic management policies, which until now have been too vague and often fail to inform customers about any background restrictions that might be being imposed upon their services.
The new code is likely to surface as a result of last year's Net Neutrality consultation — the principal of treating all internet traffic as equal — by the country's communications regulator. Ofcom is not expected to enforce any tough new rules, largely due to a lack of evidence for market harm, but will recommend greater transparency from ISPs. However, to most providers, transparency usually means yet more unreadable small print."
astroengine writes: "The Keck II infrared telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, has spotted what appears to be the coldest brown dwarf ever detected. Astronomers from the University of Hawaii have managed to constrain its temperature to just shy of 100 degrees Celsius. The object is part of a brown dwarf binary system and is estimated to be 6-15 times the mass of Jupiter. This is an exciting object as it could belong to a so-far theoretical "Y" class of brown dwarf, a classification that makes objects like this cool example more planet-like than star-like."
DrSpock11 writes: "Once touted as the "next big thing" in memory. MRAM has been slow to make it to market. A new breakthrough changes all that; promising MRAM with write speeds comparable to other forms of memory, along with its benefits of unlimited writes and maintaining state after power loss."
jschauma writes: To the cloud! Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) has long offered cheap virtual machines running Windows, Solaris or Linux. Recently, both NetBSD and FreeBSD have been added to the mix:FreeBSD's Colin Percival made available experimental FreeBSD/EC2 AMIs, and based on his experience and instructions, NetBSD's Jean-Yves Migeon wasable to make available (equally experimental) NetBSD/EC2 AMIs. Oooh, cloud!
linuxwrangler writes: It's used in Java. It's used in nearly every flavor of UNIX/Linux. In PostgreSQL, Oracle and other databases. Several RFCs refer to it. But where does the timezone database come from? I never gave it much thought but would have assumed that it was under the purview of some standards body somewhere. It's not. Since the inception of the database Arthur David Olson has maintained the database, coordinated the mailing list and volunteers and provided a release platform and now he is retiring. IANA is developing a transition strategy. Jon Udell has an interesting literary appreciation of the timezone database.
coondoggie writes: "Egypt's revolution was heralded as a success story for social media services such as Twitter and Facebook. Western journalists fawned over every rare example of social media, ignoring the more mundane but far more at communication services such as cellular phone calls and text messaging. The really interesting story out of Egypt, and more recently Libya, Iran and other places was the communications blackouts imposed by each regime. While the west focused on layer-7 technologies, the tyrants were smart enough to strike at the root of their citizens efforts: layer-1 physical layer connectivity for phones."