29th > March > 2008 Archive


Meet Datallegro's database crushing appliance

It appears that companies must have unusual names in the data warehousing game. The kind vendors like Datallegro and Teradata at least stick a 'data' right in there to let you know the issue at hand. Tricker players like HP (NeoView) and Netezza do us no such favors. We assume the flashy names are meant to reflect the importance of the task at hand - gathering, processing and sorting large volumes of data at the fastest possible speed.
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Fujifilm bugs backup tapes with LoJack device

Fujifilm Recording Media has launched in the US a GPS tracking device for tape storage — the backup and archiving medium with a nasty habit of "disappearing" while in transit to remote sites.
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Boss puts development team on Craigslist

Call it compassionate capitalism or a desire to do good in these darkening times, but one US manager has placed a "for hire" ad online touting his developers' skills just one day after being forced to axe them.
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Boffins battle over oldest European woman

Boffins are scrapping over the identity of the oldest woman in Europe after the discovery of a 1.2 million-year-old probably female jaw.

World+Dog tosses orb in public on Byron Review

The Byron Review into the effects of videogames and the internet on children was months in the making. But it’s only taken one day for everyone from government ministers to quangos to voice their opinions on the Review’s recommendations.
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MOAB and the pain ray - Iraq's war-missing wonder weapons

Five years ago, as we hurtled unstoppably towards war with Iraq, I was busy with an alternative weekly column called "Weapon of the Week." At the time journalists were being fed - and in general, were happily eating - a stream of marketing for the weapons and ideas that would make the coming war neat and painless. Well, we know how the main event turned out - but whatever became of the pin-ups?
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Ubuntu chief picks panda over penguin, while Microsoft rolls Novell

Radio Reg If you're ever staying at the HoJo in Victorville, California, be sure to hit up the gay bar next door and down a Chelada with this guy. He's a hoot, and I'm pretty sure he'd be all about open source if he cared as much about software as he does for clam-fused tomato juice and Bud Light.
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Only Ubuntu left standing, as Flash vuln fells Vista in Pwn2Own hacking contest

CanSecWest A laptop running a fully patched version of Microsoft's Vista operating system was the second and final machine to fall in a hacking contest that pitted the security of Windows, OS X and Ubuntu Linux. With both a Windows and Mac machine felled, only the Linux box remained standing following the three-day competition.