Facebook Switching To HTTPS By Default
Facebook used to allow apps/games to optionally provide a secure URL to be used when a user was logged in via https but it was up to the developer to determine if https was supported or not. Because SSL = the need to purchase a certificate many did not, but it's now required that a secure URL be provided.
Apple To Add 3600 Jobs At New $304 Million Campus In Austin
The Cupertino, California, customer device huge already...
Looks like auto correct is at it again!
Oracle Acquires K-splice For an Undisclosed Amount
For starters, Oracle has restricted access to download firmware for Sun servers as discussed in this old Slashdot story. Loved Sun's x86 server line, but will no longer considering buying it. Just do not trust Oracle not to screw us.
Confirmed: Microsoft Says It Will Open Source VB 6
And the person who broke the "news" wasn't even trying to pretend it was true.
@RoyOsherove here's a more official video of announcement of VB6 going open source from #msteched http://bit.ly/79qHlZ
Woman Filming Sister's Birthday Party Gets Charged With Felony Movie Piracy
The MPAA gives a $500 reward to theater employees who assist in the arrest/charging of someone who is caught recording a film. So yes, a jerk, but because he wanted his blood money. It's the same situation as that girl who recorded a few seconds of Transformers a couple years back.
Why Cloud Storage Is Lousy For Enterprises (and Individuals)
For a while now they've had their AWS Import/Export service. It's still in beta and only available to people in the US, but it won't stay that way forever.
Need to transfer 1TB of data? Mail Amazon the data on a drive, they load it, send you the device back. Sure beats uploading for 3 month with a cable modem. Have more data than that? You can send them up to an 8U drive enclosure, and more than that if you make special arrangements.
$18M Contract For Transparency Website Released — But Blacked Out
Is it just me or is something about the deliverables on page 97 a little off? "Advanced search" due Aug 10, but the system architecture due after 6 months? Data migration due in 2007?
Crowdsourcing Big Brother In Lancaster, PA
While I don't advocate the approach they used to get the cameras in place, surely catching drunk drivers as they're leaving the pub isn't a bad thing? Hell, given all the press on just how useless cameras are at preventing crime, it seems using them to catch drunk drivers is probably just about all they're actually good for.
Getting Started With Part-Time Development Work?
Uh... he did say: "hey, if I invented it, I can brag about it". Seems pretty clear what his relationship is to me.
Prototype Scanner Detects Cancer In Under 1 Hour
How does this compare to traditional tests? One hour is great and all, but how long to today's tests take to return results?
On the State of Linux File Systems
Another feature would be automatically copying of frequently accessed files -- if a certain bunch of files on a website becomes popular, they would be transparently copied across the spindles to increase access time.
Doesn't Sun's new ZFS-based "open storage" hardware do this already to some extent? It automatically moves the most accessed files onto the solid state drives to speed things up.
Sun Unveils RAID-Less Storage Appliance
While that may be true, you're hardly comparing apples to apples. The entry level 2TB model has 14 146GB 10K RPM SAS drives.
You'd still be able to whitebox it for a lot cheaper, but not 4x1TB SATA cheap.
It was also mentioned on the pre-announcement discussion that some people at Sun wanted to price it lower, but internally the powers that be didn't want their hardware to look "cheap". As such, prices went up. The good news is that supposedly the VARs will have some room to play with on the pricing. Not the most straight forward way to go on Sun's part, but the actual prices may be a fair bit lower at the end of the day. Hell, you can get it at 20% off from Sun directly through their try and buy program.