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Submission + - Bluum - A Curiosity Engine (

An anonymous reader writes: Bluum, a web application launched today, enables users to explore anything they're curious about by simply highlighting a word. A Bluum window displays related wiki, pictures, video, real time news, tweets and more. With Bluum, users can watch YouTube videos, click on links, surf and see what people are tweeting about, all without leaving the page or opening a new tab.

For most people, a few hours of surfing and searching the web can result in multiple open tabs and lots of wasted time bouncing chaotically from site to site. Bluum displays relevant content and media within the one page being viewed, as opposed to traditional Search Engines that deliver individual links and redirect to new pages.

“Bluum brings the whole web to you,” explains Jim Haas, Bluum Co-Creator. “Instead of getting sucked into a wormhole of content and new tabs, Bluum keeps you on the page so you can quickly learn more about something and then get back to what you were reading.”

Bluum also introduces a whole new way to surf the web with its window-in-window browsing feature, which allows users to view two sites at the same time within the same page. For instance, with Bluum you could be watching a Hulu video and pull up live sports scores without leaving the page.

“We're all suffering from Tab-overload,” claims David Littlejohn, Bluum Co-Creator. “With Bluum we want to deliver instant access to more information and relevant content, so people can explore their natural curiosity."

Bluum is a Free Google Chrome Extension. You can learn more and install it at


Submission + - XenServer vs. Hyper-V vs. Red Hat vs. vSphere (

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Paul Venezia provides an in-depth comparison of server virtualization solutions from Citrix, Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware, putting XenServer, Hyper-V, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and vSphere through an extensive battery of tests. 'From the beginning, VMware has been the king of x86 server virtualization, hands down. VMware's feature set, reputation, and pricing all reflect that fact. But where there used to be little competition, you'll now find a select group of challengers that have brought a wealth of enterprise features to their virtualization solutions and begun to give VMware a run for its money,' Venezia writes. 'The results showed that all four solutions combine very good hypervisor performance with rich sets of management tools. But the solutions are not all equal in either performance or management. Although VMware is no longer the only game in town, choosing an alternative certainly involves trade-offs.'"

Comment Re:Level playing field (Score 1) 705

There are a few problems with this.
While I might agree that if you are going to charge one person sales tax to purchase thing, you really ought to charge them all...
But the sales tax system is just burdensome and nasty out there. Sales tax laws vary from state to state and even within cities! Trying to keep track of the nexus of taxation is totally a pain in the ass. And then dealing with the multiple state auditors when they come knocking on your door to prove every single piece of kit you send somewhere is properly accounted for in your taxation records...
Suppose I live in New York, and I order a widget from a company based in Arkansas, but with a DC in California, and they need to send to my current location in Colorado--on the east side of Main Street (which has a different tax rate than the west side of Main Street between 4th and Elm...).
Which sales tax do I need to pay?
At the end of the day, only larger firms will be able to afford the grief/expenditure that this level of taxation and taxation support systems requires. And only rarely does anybody get to the details where they discussion the difficulties in dealing with taxation nexus.

Comment Re:wikileaks != press (Score 4, Informative) 614

Actually the New York Times did get a hold of some documents back during the Vietnam War. It ended up in the US Supreme Court (look up "Pentagon Papers").
Secrecy is necessary. There is no question of that. But then KEEP IT SECRET! After 9/11 when the government got slapped for not sharing intel, they responded by letting everybody and their uncle read this stuff. That's not the way to keep secrets.
Trying to wrap your head around what intel needs to be kept and who really needs to be able to see it is a huge task. One that has not been handled well.
For some other disucssions around this topic check out the Secrecy Blog ( ).

Comment Why are we only hearing about this now? (Score 1) 426

My question is: why we didn't hear about these requirements (the internal storage is spanned onto the expansion microsd storage--with vague requirements) when the devs started getting kits and working with this almost a year ago. So much for getting good advance info about this fantastic new product into the ether. Nah: We'll just spew the marketing cruft instead. It's easier. >sigh

Comment What software? (Score 1) 941

I do not see anything in the complaint about what software (or in a more general sense: HOW) the school administrators were able to remotely take control of the webcams.
Does anybody out there have any idea what was used for this purpose? Or has anybody gotten to place hands on one of these laptops to take a look at what was loaded?
And would it have been possible for someone knowledgeable to find and defeat this software as part of a normal computer cleanup process?

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