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Amazon: DROP DATABASE Oracle; INSERT our new fast cheap MySQL clone

Aremmes

Re: good luck to them

Third-party software vendors have something to do with it, I'm afraid. Where I work we have a big "enterprise application suite" -- ERP stuff. It's a big nasty hodgepodge of PL/SQL, Pro*C, Pro*COBOL, Java, Forms, and other things that should be declared Not Safe For Work, very tightly integrated with the database and associated Oracle stack products. Unsurprisingly, the vendor certifies it compatible only with Oracle, and will not support its use with anything else -- I think they might even consider the use of another database product a violation of the contract or some other equally ludicrous claim. Fortunately, I'm not a DBA, nor do I want to be one.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

Aremmes

Re: Such stamina!

More importantly, why a bus? Did the bus dress provocatively?

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Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control

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Re: A U-2 you say?

Only on a beautiful day, when they're not skipping from three all the way to fourteen.

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Micron takes on Intel with 'breakthrough' processor for streaming data

Aremmes

Everything old is new again

So, essentially, they've put transputers on a DIMM. Maybe they can retarget occam-pi to it too.

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Inventor whips lenscap off 3D-printed pinhole camera

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3D printing too high-tech

Someone already made a medium-format pinhole camera OUT OF PAPER.

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/48-pentax-645d-medium-format/193169-paper-pentax-67-a.html

You can't get any lower tech than that.

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Rich in Philadelphia? Your new phone can be put in your hands TODAY

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Not just for the stonkingly rich

In my experience, those who can hardly make ends meet yet still buy smartphones and pay the extended replacement warranty will be the ones to fork the $20 for this new service. The rich will just direct an employee to pick it up for them.

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How were your hols, cluster kids? Oh, partied, studied... did we mention WE BUILT DRONES

Aremmes

Re: 26 amps?

Ouch. It's hard to go past a single rack with just two 15-amp circuits (per the standard NEMA 5-15 mains outlet rating). Data centers here usually go for dual 30-amp circuits, sometimes at 120V (with L5-30 outlets), or preferably 240V (L6-30) to reduce power losses.

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Vote NOW to name LOHAN doomsday box

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Mushroom

No recursive backronyms

It saddens me that none of the proposed backronyms features recursion, like, say, "Abend Button Escapes Near Doom". What ever happened to that fine geek custom?

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USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

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Boffin

Re: NorrisSpeed USB

Of course it can be extended to speed: an object onto which a roundhouse kick of one Norris of force has been applied flies at a terminal speed of one Chuck.

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Microsoft releases first Windows OS in an original American language

Aremmes

Re: Not the first, I think

Each of those two has more native speakers than Cherokee (16,400 per the wikis) and use a Latin alphabet. Quechua also has the privilege of being an official language in two countries.

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Look out, world! Are you ready for John McAfee: THE MOVIE?

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Stop

The Mosquito Coast

There was a movie (and novel) following the same concept, "The Mosquito Coast," with Harrison Ford: genius gets tired of life at home, bails out, moves to Belize, and things work out well for a short time before turning nasty.

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Apple 'offered Samsung $30-per-mobe' patent licence truce

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Go

Re: Delenda est Pupillam

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

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Million-plus IOPS: Kaminario smashes IBM in DRAM decimation

Aremmes

Re: what's with the name "kaminario?"

It sounds like another product from the strategy boutique. "Caminar" means "to walk" in Spanish, so "kaminario" sort of sounds like it's going for a walk. Probably right before being knocked unconscious and being put on the cart.

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BOFH: Shove your project managementry up your mailbox!

Aremmes

Re: Cricket bats versus baseball bats

An aluminium baseball bat will produce a thoroughly satisfying *PING* when impacted upon a miscreant's head.

http://bit.ly/ON0jFs

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Boffins crack on with ultimate roboass

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Coat

Playing games

Evidently this is Japan's latest games console, designed specifically for playing shiritori.

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Austrian village considers a F**king name change

Aremmes

Re: There's a bunch in PA

Bird In Hand, PA (near Blue Ball, Intercourse, and Paradise)

http://g.co/maps/cvjzf

These towns are deep in Amish country.

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Steve Jobs biopic

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Re: But WHO will play Ballmer

So, they could put Jason Alexander up for an audition, and he wouldn't have to wear his new hairpiece for it.

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AMD plots an end run round Intel with SeaMicro's 'Freedom'

Aremmes

Re: Hyperchannel

Cray did something like that at least twice already. The XD1 uses ASICs to extend HyperTransport into a switched fabric to link 144 processors together into a single system image. The XT3 and successors connect the CPUs to the SeaStar interconnect via HyperTransport.

The processors can connect to each other without any glue logic but that consumes HT links quickly. One can only add so much to the die and packaging before it gets too expensive.

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Alcohol DOUBLES LIFESPAN, helps resist stress

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Boffin

Unlikely - mixing water and flouride results in bread oxide and hydrogen.

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Quote of the Week: 'I shave my balls for this?'

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Thumb Up

WebOS

As a Spanish-speaking geek who can't read "WebOS" without thinking of baggy appendages, I'veIthoIght of perhaps starting a new tech company to make a WebOS-based gadget named Plantain. The marketing copy would write itself: "Taste the power of the Plantain, powered by WebOS."

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Ten... all-in-one inkjet printers

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FAIL

FAIL

Lexmark X2600, HP CLJ Pro 100, Samsung SCX-4826FN, Konica Minolta 1690MF, Brother MFC 9010CN... Just a random pick list from the first page of a search at CDW.com.

Try harder next time.

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Tokyo trains get lightsabre handrails

Aremmes

The title is optional, and may include ninjas

They're probably ninjas, and are able to perform "specific activities" too quickly for the average human eye to even notice.

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HP sued by investor over PC and TouchPad antics

Aremmes

A title is optional, and may contain badgers

"So come on HP shareholders - sounds like easy way to get your 20% market loss back"

You know that won't happen; even Fiorina was able to steamroll them into the ground.

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NASA aims for space tests of Mars-in-a-month plasma drive

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Stop

Upon arrival

To slow down, you turn the spacecraft 180° to point the engine in the direction of travel halfway through the trip and apply the same thrust. There's a video of this particular flight plan somewhere on the 'net.

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Obama to overhaul heinous US patent system

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Stop

"Limit software patents protection to 3 years"

Software gets copyright protection - why should it have patent protection at the same time? It's the only human invention to be covered by both copyright law and patent law, and it's not even a tangible product.

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Google algorithm change squashes code geek 'webspam'

Aremmes
Stop

Finally something

At last Google is at least acknowledging the search spam problem. Now, will they do something about the keyword search spam sites and the shopping spam sites that I keep getting in my search results? Take care of that, Google, and you'll have gotten rid of most of the spam results that I've faced.

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Steelie Neelie floats pan-European phone number notion

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Euro-NANP

Seems like someone thought that the NANP is better than E.164.

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Cryptographers crack system for verifying digital images

Aremmes
FAIL

NIH syndrome strikes again

So the requirements say that a method to asymmetrically authenticate a message is needed. There are several digital signature algorithms available, many within reach of a Google search. What do we do? We'll ignore decades of crypto research and invent our own signing algorithm, of course.

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'Plastic surgeon' cuffed for in bar boob checks

Aremmes

definitely ignorant

Thing is, the odds of encountering a South African anywhere between the Rockies and the Appalachians are so low that most people won't be able to tell a real SA accent from a fake one. Those same people wouldn't be able to distinguish between English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, or Australian accents either, for that matter.

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The forgotten, fat generation of Mac Portables

Aremmes

Apple SCSI

Real SCSI, as the Lord intended it to be, uses the target (i.e., the peripheral device) to drive the transaction. Apple's SCSI as implemented in the Mac Plus, on the other hand, uses the initiator (i.e., the controller) for that function. Granted, the SCSI standard was still in development, but IIRC the roles of initiator and target were well understood back then.

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Promise roars into mid-range with Jasper Forest

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FC is better

"What small or medium company is going to set up a greenfield Fibre Channel SAN these days, when iSCSI is rampaging around?"

Given that it is cheaper and easier to buy a pair of Qlogic SANbox switches and set up zoning, than to buy a pair of decent wire-speed Ethernet switches and dick around with STP/QoS/trunking/VLANs/etc. to obtain equivalent performance, I'd say that any company that can crunch numbers without developing haemorrhoids would see the benefits of going the FC way.

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Oz journo pokes PARIS

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The N

"Low Orbit High Altitude... um..."

The "N" is for "nonsense".

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Google Wave crash helped push Maps man to Facebook

Aremmes
Flame

As an Italian mum would say...

"Si non sopporta il calore, vattene dalla cucina."

Nobody will miss him.

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Adobe Reader purged of hole that was under attack

Aremmes
Paris Hilton

I am disappoint

"... purged of hole that was under attack"

And here I thought that there was a Paris Hilton angle to this article.

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Cisco jump-starts home 'telepresence'

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Competition for LifeSize

I see this more as a competitor to LifeSize's Passport, which does only $720p and currently goes for $2k, but can do Skype video calls as well as H.323/SIP, is smaller, and doesn't require you to pay a pizzo. Either way, people aren't going to pay for HD video calls when free webcam video calls are "good enough," same as how MP3s, pirated DVDs, fast food, and Coors Light are "good enough."

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3PAR CEO to run HP StorageWorks

Aremmes

Migration path

-- "We might see an importation of the EVA software environment onto the 3PAR platform, giving it an EVA personality."

Given that the SOP for upgrading an EVA is to use Continuous Access to migrate LUNs, I'd hope that HP would only add the minimum amount of logic necessary to make a 3PAR system participate in CA, instead of porting that pile of cobwebs and dust that is XCS.

-- "But the 3PAR architecture can be, and probably will be, pushed up-scale and down-scale, overlapping the mid-range EVA's capabilities more and more."

What would that make of the Dot Hill-sourced MSAs then? Those always looked like a temporary solution while HP could find something else that they could maintain in-house.

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HP says P9500 is bullet-proof

Aremmes
Grenade

The stuff that dreams are made of

Bulletproof XP array coming up!

http://tinyurl.com/5zjsq8

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Las Vegas death ray roasts hotel guests

Aremmes
Boffin

Giant robot

If you've ever watched " Super Dimension Fortress Macross," you'd already know the answer: make the building into a giant flying robot. That'd take care of the aiming bit.

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IBM punts first z196 mainframes

Aremmes
FAIL

Reading FAIL

"...can have 80 cores... allocated to a single system image running z/OS."

So, of the 96 cores, a single LPAR can use a maximum of 80. Got it?

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Blockbuster winds itself into Chapter 11

Aremmes
Grenade

Transformation won't save them

Blockbuster really needs to die. Now. With Netflix posting/streaming discs directly to the home, Redbox vending machines sprouting up at every grocery store and Wal-Mart with $1-per-day rentals, and online-only video sites like Hulu, Blockbuster really has nowhere to turn to now, not even the "miracle" that their strategerists are likely depending on. Even Hollywood Video saw it fit to keep its dignity and close up shop, and they were much better. Nowadays the only brick-and-mortar video rental places that are still thriving are the small chains and private businesses that carry old, obscure, weird, and/or indie movies, and/or porn.

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Swedes brew up 18.5 per cent 'Ace of Spades Porter'

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Pint

New world brews

This side of the pond also has the Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware, where they brew their 120-minute IPA, Fort ale, and World Wide Stout, all of which hover around 18% ABV. They also brew Chateau Jiahu, the world's oldest beer recipe still in use, based on residue from a 7th millenium archaeological site in China.

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AMD: 'Bobcat' smaller, faster than Intel's Atom

Aremmes

Superscalar

A typical superscalar processor is still a single core and executes a single thread (assuming SMT is not used), but may execute instructions out of order in order to fit as many as it can into the execution units if instruction dependencies allow it. The alternative would be a barrel processor like the UltraSPARC T1/2 cores.

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Wiki crew launch attack on FBI official seal bluster

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Thumb Up

Re: Apt picture

It's still missing a few things: a bald eagle (red, white, and blue, of course), WTC towers, an F-14/F-15 dropping smart bombs, a NASCAR race car burning its tires, and Jesus on the cross. Maybe a Hummer or two for good measure. That would totally send the right message about the current state of affairs here.

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Forget the Jesus Phone, here's the Rude Phone

Aremmes
Coat

Place names too

Curiously, "wanka" means "thorn."

One wonders if Deportivo Wanka plays at the Wanka Wasi ('house").

The one with the Quechua dictionary in the pocket, please.

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Swindon twins with Walt Disney World

Aremmes
Paris Hilton

Squint your eyes just a bit

You can make out an approximation of the outline of Mickey Mouse's head in the Magic Roundabout. I wouldn't be surprised if that's all that they took into consideration, especially given how so many people in Florida have never seen a proper roundabout.

Paris, 'cause she's a big fan of Hugh Wood.

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AOL taps strategy boutique ahead of Time Warner spin-off

Aremmes

Translation from marketingspeak

“Our new identity is uniquely dynamic." -- The same as it was before.

"Our business is focused on creating world-class experiences for consumers." -- World+dog has experienced dial-up at least once.

"AOL is centered on creative and talented people - employees, partners, and advertisers." -- Those who have a clue will get sacked after a week.

"We have a clear strategy that we are passionate about and we plan on standing behind the AOL brand as we take the company into the next decade.” -- We haven't got a clue about what we're doing.

“AOL is a 21st century media company," -- An unpaid intern tested the AOL client software on a netbook and it worked.

"We’re delighted to have worked so closely with the AOL leadership team to create something bold and exciting that sets AOL apart.” -- Thanks for the cheque!

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Ringback tones outselling ring tones

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Go

Ignorance is bliss

"But Real reckons the problem isn't that people don't like Ring Back Tones, only that they have no idea what they are."

And yet people say that being ignorant is bad, here's an example of ignorance actually providing a significant benefit. It's just too bad that the beneficiaries are ignorant of the benefit, though.

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Google backs enormous load of balls for Olympics

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Paris Hilton

Wasted opportunity

If they want to build a monument with giant balls as its most prominent feature, putting just a couple of balls next to the Gherkin ought to do the trick.

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Toyota at Tokyo: micro e-car on display

Aremmes

US Launch

"Toyota has promised that it will launch a leccy city car in the US sometime in 2012."

Certainly not this one. With a top speed of 62 mph., it'd be quickly run over as soon as it enters an expressway. Any expressway. Even Smart drivers do around 75-80 mph. on these roads just to avoid the sight of a Freightliner in their rear view mirror.

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Geordi LaForge video-to-brain rig built at MIT

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Big Brother

Minority Report

I'd hope that the glasses and implant would be keyed so that the implant would only accept signals from the appropriate set of glasses. How long until someone starts blasting video signals from a hidden high-power transmitter into a person's implants to inject adverts into the field of view?

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