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What type of storage does your application <em>really</em> need?

El Reg - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 1:31pm
Server? Check. Network? Check. Storage? Mmm

When you are doing the spec for some new server hardware, what do you consider?…

Did Natural Selection Make the Dutch the Tallest People On the Planet?

Slashdot - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 1:23pm
sciencehabit writes The Dutch population has gained an impressive 20 centimeters in the past 150 years and is now officially the tallest on the planet. Scientists chalk up most of that increase to rising wealth, a rich diet, and good health care, but a new study suggests something else is going on as well: The Dutch growth spurt may be an example of human evolution in action. The study shows that tall Dutch men on average have more children than their shorter counterparts, and that more of their children survive. That suggests genes that help make people tall are becoming more frequent among the Dutch. "This study drives home the message that the human population is still subject to natural selection," says Stephen Stearns, an evolutionary biologist at Yale University who wasn't involved in the work. "It strikes at the core of our understanding of human nature, and how malleable it is."

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Google Updates: Ad-free YouTube, tax-free Aussies, and source for free Santa

L'Inq - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 1:13pm

There's a headline we never thought we'd write

Google sticks anti-SQL injection vaccine into MySQL MariaDB fork

El Reg - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 1:01pm
Encryption tables to trip up rogue data

Google is dropping encryption into MariaDB, the fork of Oracle’s MySQL, to help shut out SQL injection attacks.…

X.Org Foundation + SPI Merger Fails

Phoronix - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 12:50pm
After almost two years of the X.Org Foundation's Board of Directors pursuing a merger with SPI, the 2015 X.Org Elections have ended and the results were sent out to X.Org members last night...

ESA Rebukes EFF's Request To Exempt Abandoned Games From Some DMCA Rules

Slashdot - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 12:43pm
eldavojohn writes It's 2015 and the EFF is still submitting requests to alter or exempt certain applications of the draconian DMCA. One such request concerns abandoned games that utilized or required online servers for matchmaking or play (PDF warning) and the attempts taken to archive those games. A given examples is Madden '09, which had its servers shut down a mere one and a half years after release. Another is Gamespy and the EA & Nintendo titles that were not migrated to other servers. I'm sure everyone can come up with a once cherished game that required online play that is now abandoned and lost to the ages. While the EFF is asking for exemptions for museums and archivists, the ESA appears to take the stance that it's hacking and all hacking is bad. In prior comments (PDF warning), the ESA has called reverse engineering a proprietary game protocol "a classic wolf in sheep's clothing" as if allowing this evil hacking will loose Sodom & Gomorrah upon the industry. Fellow gamers, these years now that feel like the golden age of online gaming will be the dark ages of games as historians of the future try to recreate what online play was like now for many titles.

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ISIS: You bomb us, we’ll interrupt your TV transmissions

El Reg - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 12:40pm
French broadcast signal affected, social media disturbed

TV5Monde was prevented from broadcasting last night, and claims to still be working on a return to its regular programming schedule, after "hackers" interrupted its transmissions for a couple of hours.…

Trade body, universities row over US patent troll act proposals

El Reg - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 12:17pm
Academics: legislation goes ‘well beyond what is needed’

A spat has erupted between US universities and the trade body representing the $286bn (£193bn) consumer electronics industry, over a proposed crackdown on patent trolls.…

The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

Slashdot - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 12:02pm
HughPickens.com writes Robinson Meyer writes in The Atlantic that in the past year, after the killings of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, many police departments and police reformists have agreed on the necessity of police-worn body cameras. But the most powerful cameras aren't those on officer's bodies but those wielded by bystanders. We don't yet know who shot videos of officer Michael T. Slager shooting Walter Scott eight times as he runs away but "unknown cameramen and women lived out high democratic ideals: They watched a cop kill someone, shoot recklessly at someone running away, and they kept the camera trained on the cop," writes Robinson. "They were there, on an ordinary, hazy Saturday morning, and they chose to be courageous. They bore witness, at unknown risk to themselves." "We have been talking about police brutality for years. And now, because of videos, we are seeing just how systemic and widespread it is," tweeted Deray McKesson, an activist in Ferguson, after the videos emerged Tuesday night. "The videos over the past seven months have empowered us to ask deeper questions, to push more forcefully in confronting the system." The process of ascertaining the truth of the world has to start somewhere. A video is one more assertion made about what is real concludes Robinson. "Today, through some unknown hero's stubborn internal choice to witness instead of flee, to press record and to watch something terrible unfold, we have one more such assertion of reality."

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Everything's code, 'zero tolerance for assholes': Yup, it's ChefConf

El Reg - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 11:58am
Featuring DevOps Kung fu - and how open source Windows is "definitely possible"

ChefConf 2015 took place last week in Santa Clara, with around 1500 attendees focusing on DevOps using Chef software to automate infrastructure configuration and application deployment.…

Facebook Messenger gets a standalone web version

L'Inq - Thu, 09/04/2015 - 11:57am

Mwssenger.com offers a dedicated desktop messaging experience

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