Monthly Archives: June 2011

Building an Army to Take Tripoli

France has been parachuting rifles, machine-guns, light armored vehicles and RPGs into western Libya for the rebels to defend themselves, and UK will send 5000 sets of body armor and uniforms, and The folks in Misrata are asking for the … Continue reading

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Probabilities

Probabilities are fun. If some outcome of the chaos around us depends on events A, B and C, the probability of the outcome is the product of the probablities of events A, B, and C happening. P(X) = P(A) P(B) … Continue reading

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http://openoffice.org Down for the Count

“Oracle This site is experiencing technical difficulty. We are aware of the issue and are working as quick as possible to correct the issue. Please try again in a few moments. “ Yeah, right. Apache is working on having the … Continue reading

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FCC: USA Wireless Internet Access Doubling Annually

The FCC’s 15th Annual Mobile Wireless Competition Report is out and it has this gem: Look at that. Mobile Internet Access subscriptions doubled in 2009.

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Tidying Up The Desktop

I love messy desktops. I can find anything if I have a search widget and all the current stuff on the top of the piles. The many variations of the GNU/Linux desktop are no problem at all until they become … Continue reading

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Oh My! Databases are Wonderful, but you Have to Keep Them Secure, Fellows!

A security vulnerability at Groupon was discovered by a fellow using Google to search for database stuff. People are leaving SQL database dumps where the web servers can share them with the world … Talk about leaving the door open. … Continue reading

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Hadoop: Making Money From FLOSS

“The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using a simple programming model. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, … Continue reading

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Tilera Gives 5 Times the CoreMarks per Watt Compared to Xeon

Tilera – 6200 CoreMarks per watt ARM – Tegra2 – 2933 Atom – 1131 Xeon – 988 The message is clear, Tilera is more energy efficient than those other processors. This should matter when electrical power comes from fossil fuels, … Continue reading

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If You Have to Reinstall Your OS to Keep Your PC Running, Install GNU/Linux

If you have to reinstall the OS of your PC to keep it running, consider installing GNU/Linux to stop the foolishness. “Microsoft is advising users to reinstall Windows if they happen to be unfortunate enough to get hit by a … Continue reading

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Android/Linux Activations Exceed “7”

We were told that, once upon a time, “7” was shipped on an average of 7 PCs per second. Growth of “7” is about 1% per month. On 1400 million PCs, that’s about 14 million PCs shipping with “7” per … Continue reading

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Security of GNU/Linux Systems

I was surprised to see Brazil in the list of systems compromised by “Anonymous” recently. To demonstrate the compromise, /etc/passwd from some systems was published. GNU/Linux has a simple and reliable system of authentication which should prevent access to that … Continue reading

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Locking-in Wiltshire Council

When a government has to implement a solution from M$ in a hurry, you know something is wrong. They had to combine all kinds of disparate units into a whole and used facilities in “7” to do that. They had … Continue reading

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