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World's Servers Process 9.57ZB of Data a Year
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 12:30 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's how-many-gigaquads-is-that department:
CWmike writes "Three years ago, the world's 27 million business servers processed 9.57 zettabytes, or 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information. Researchers at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the San Diego Supercomputer Center estimate that the total is equivalent to a 5.6-billion-mile-high stack of books stretching from Earth to Neptune and back to Earth, repeated about 20 times. By 2024, business servers worldwide will annually process the digital equivalent of a stack of books extending more than 4.37 light-years to Alpha Centauri, the scientists say. The report, titled 'How Much Information?: 2010 Report on Enterprise Server Information,' (PDF) was released at the SNW conference last month."

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Project Icarus: an Interstellar Mission Timeline
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 12:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's to-boldly-go department:
astroengine writes "What would the infrastructure supporting an interstellar mission look like? Considerations such as fuel sources, mining methods, interstellar spaceship construction activities and maintenance are being analyzed, all of which would be carried out before even reaching the ultimate interstellar goal. Project Icarus is currently unravelling the complexities of this operation and recently created a nifty animation of how one of the many fuel tanks may be recycled as communication relay pods en route to nearby stars."

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Ubuntu Aims For 200 Million Users In Four Years
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 11:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's it's-nice-to-have-goals department:
dkd903 writes "Delivering the keynote at the Ubuntu Developer Summit at Budapest, Hungary, Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical's goal is to have 200 million Ubuntu users in four years. Canonical has not officially provided any data on how many Ubuntu users there currently are — in fact, the number is quite difficult to track. However, according to Prakash Advani, a partner manager for Central Asia at Canonical, there are an estimated 12 million Ubuntu users"

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Book Review: Alfresco 3 Records Management
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 10:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it department:
ecmguru writes "My first impression of the book was that the author did an excellent job in presenting records management (RM) concepts, describing how Alfresco implemented the RM features in Share, and how you could customize this features if necessary. I was somewhat excited about reading this book because I am currently working on an RM project." Read on for the rest of ecmguru's review. Alfresco 3 Records Management
author Dick Weisinger
pages 488
publisher Packt
rating 8/10
reviewer ecmguru
ISBN 1849514364
summary Provides a good mix of records management concepts and technical details for developers

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Worldwide Night Sky Stitched Together In 5 Gigapixel Image
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 09:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's billions-and-billions-of-pixels department:
katarn writes "Nick Risinger traveled the world, using a robotic camera mount and six air-cooled cameras, each fitted with their own lenses and filters, to capture the entire night sky in one image; the largest full true-color sky survey. The project took a year to complete, and Risinger logged 60,000 travel miles. The final image is made up of over 37,000 individual photos, has a resolution of 5,000 megapixels, and took months to piece together. Risinger says, 'Travel was necessary as capturing the full sphere of the night sky brought with it certain limitations. What might be seen in the northern hemisphere isn't always visible from the south and, likewise with the seasons, what may be overhead in the summer is below the horizon in the winter. Complicated by weather and moon cycles, this made for some narrow windows of opportunity which we chased through the remote areas of Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Colorado, California and Oregon.'"

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Netflix CEO Hesitant To Fight Cable
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 09:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's cowboy-up department:
imamac writes "Those who were hopeful that Netflix would bring the fight to the cable companies may be disappointed in the latest comments from their CEO. 'Reed Hastings is pleased with his company's massive growth, but he fears that getting too large will start "an Armageddon" with cable networks.' It's a fight he doesn't think his company could survive."

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The Dirtiest Jobs in IT
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 09:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's but-someone-has-to-do-it department:
snydeq writes "Carcasses, garter belts, anthrax — there is no end to nasty when it comes to working in IT, as the fourth installment of InfoWorld's Dirty IT Jobs series proves. From the systems sanitation engineer, to the human server rack, surviving in today's IT job market often means thriving in difficult conditions, including standing in two feet of water holding a plugged-in server or finding yourself in a sniper's crosshairs while attempting to install a communications link." In case you missed them, here are the first three parts.

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Apple Delays Release of LGPL WebKit Code
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 08:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's hey-now-wait-a-minute department:
jfruhlinger writes "Ever since Apple forked the KHTML project to create WebKit, the rendering engine at the core of Safari, the company has been a good open source citizen, releasing the code back to the community after updates. But that suddenly stopped in March, with no code releases for the last two updates to the iOS version of the browser, for reasons unkown. This might remind you of Google's failure to release the Honeycomb source code. But at least Google announced that it was holding the code back, and Android is under a license that allows for a delay; the LGPL'd WebKit isn't."

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Drudge Generates More News Traffic Than Social Media
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 07:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's nobody-cares-about-your-day department:
tcd004 writes "A report released today by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism shows that the Drudge Report is a far more important driver of online news traffic than Facebook or Twitter. In fact, for the top 25 news websites, Twitter barely registers as a source of traffic. The report hits on several other interesting findings about news behavior."

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Battle Brews Over FBI's Warrantless GPS Tracking
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 07:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's who-watches-the-watchers department:
fysdt writes "The FBI's use of GPS vehicle tracking devices is becoming a contentious privacy issue in the courts, with the Obama administration seeking Supreme Court approval for its use of the devices without a warrant, and a federal civil rights lawsuit targeting the Justice Department for tracking the movements of an Arab-American student. In the midst of this legal controversy, Threat Level decided to take a look at the inside of one of the devices, with the help of the teardown artists at iFixit."

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Chain Reactions Reignited At Fukushima
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 05:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's someone-explain-the-science department:
mdsolar writes "Radioactive byproducts indicate that nuclear chain reactions must have been burning at the damaged nuclear reactors long after the disaster unfolded. Tetsuo Matsui at the University of Tokyo, says the limited data from Fukushima indicates that nuclear chain reactions must have reignited at Fuksuhima up to 12 days after the accident. Matsui says the evidence comes from measurements of the ratio of cesium-137 and iodine-131 at several points around the facility and in the seawater nearby."

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Anonymous Under Civil War?
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 05:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's oroboros-is-hungry department:
Stoobalou writes "Civil war appears to have broken out in the ranks of headless 'hacktivist' collective Anonymous, with claims that a rogue admin has seized control of two key sites used to coordinate the loose-knit group's online direct action. The news follows speculation that a breakaway group of Anonymous members was responsible for the hacking attacks on Sony's PlayStation Network and Online Entertainment Network, which saw personal information, including credit card details, stolen from as many as 100 million users' accounts."

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AMD To Support Coreboot On All Upcoming Processors
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 04:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's you-had-me-at-hello department:
nukem996 writes "AMD has just announced that they will be supporting Coreboot (previously LinuxBIOS) on all upcoming processors." That means a flexible Free software BIOS replacement with a nice list of benefits.

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In Indonesia, a Winner For Now In the Browser Wars
Posted by News Fetcher on May 09 '11 at 01:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's no-longer-beginner's-luck department:
angry tapir writes "Mozilla is building an army of volunteers in Indonesia to help customize Firefox and recommend add-ons. Mozilla wants that input so it can retain the high market share that Firefox already has in the country. Web statistics company StatCounter puts the share at 75 to 80 percent, the browser's highest in Asia. The worldwide share of Firefox, which competes with Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, is just over 30 percent."

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Australian Tax Office Seeks Keylogger To Combat RSI
Posted by News Fetcher on May 08 '11 at 10:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's hot-key-for-naughty department:
schliz writes "The Australian Tax Office plans to track employees' keystrokes and mouse clicks in attempts to address the growing incidence of repetitive strain injuries (RSI) among staff. It hopes to purchase commercial, off-the-shelf 'pause or exercise break software' that delivers safety messages to users, while determining 'more information about the nature of computing use in the workplace.'"

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Bin Laden Hideout Recreated In Counter-Strike
Posted by News Fetcher on May 08 '11 at 07:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's should-be-done-for-every-workplace department:
dotarray writes "Osama bin Laden's final hiding spot in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has been made into a playable map for Counter-Strike: Source. Honestly, we're a little surprised that it took this long."

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File-hosting Sites Not a Safe Haven For Private Data
Posted by News Fetcher on May 08 '11 at 04:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's but-then-nowhere-really-is department:
An anonymous reader tips a story at the Register, according to which "Academic researchers say they've uncovered weaknesses in dozens of the most popular file hosting sites that allow people to gain unauthorized access to data that's supposed to be available only to those selected by the user."

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Kepler May Uncover Numerous Ring Worlds
Posted by News Fetcher on May 08 '11 at 03:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's from-which-monkeys-might-hypothetically-fly department:
astroengine writes "According to a new publication, NASA's Kepler exoplanet hunting space telescope may soon start discovering Saturn-like ringed alien worlds. So far, none have been positively identified, as Kepler has only detected exoplanets orbiting close to their parent stars; if these exoplanets have rings, they are most likely to have rings facing edge-on to their orbits, so making them nearly impossible to detect. As more distant-orbiting exoplanets are detected, there's more likelihood ringed worlds will be tilted, allowing Kepler to see them."

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Sony Delays PlayStation Network Reactivation
Posted by News Fetcher on May 08 '11 at 01:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's toes-in-the-hostile-waters department:
i4u writes "Earlier this week chatter in an IRC network led to speculation of a third attack on Sony's network. For its part, the company steadfastly promised that at least some services would resume by the end of this week. But now it looks like Sony has given up on that goal. The PSN reactivation has been delayed. Sony's explanation? They were 'unaware' of the extent of the attacks on their system."

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Marking 125 Years Since the Great Gauge Change
Posted by News Fetcher on May 08 '11 at 12:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's railly-good-effort department:
Arnold Reinhold writes "This month ends with the 125th anniversary of one of the most remarkable achievements in technology history. Over two days beginning Monday, May 31, 1886, the railroad network in the southern United States was converted from a five-foot gauge to one compatible with the slightly narrower gauge used in the US North, now know as standard gauge. The shift was meticulously planned and executed. It required one side of every track to be moved three inches closer to the other. All wheel sets had to be adjusted as well. Some minor track and rolling stock was sensibly deferred until later, but by Wednesday the South's 11,500 mile rail network was back in business and able to exchange rail cars with the North. Other countries are still struggling with incompatible rail gauges. Australia still has three. Most of Europe runs on standard gauge, but Russia uses essentially the same five foot gauge as the old South and Spain and Portugal use an even broader gauge. India has a multi-year Project Unigauge, aimed at converting its narrow gauge lines to the subcontinent's five foot six inch standard."

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