colin_faber writes "Right on the heals of Bill Gates business week article discussing the importance of disease prevention and cure over technological deployment is news from CNN that U.S. researchers may have a viable vaccine for Malaria. If true this could change the lives of up to 3.3 billion people living in Malaria danger zones and allow us to do away with this disease; which kills hundreds of thousands of people." Link to Original Source top
Could data homogenization be the cause of at least half of global warming?
colin_faber writes "Steirou and Koutsoyiannis recently presented a paper at the European Geosciences Union which takes into account tempature homogenization errors. They've concluded that global warming over the past century was only about half [0.42C] of that stated by the IPCC [0.7-0.8C]. From the article “[tempature] homogenation practices used until today are mainly statistical, not well justified by experiments, and are rarely supported by metadata. It can be argued that they often lead to false results: natural features of hydroclimatic times series are regarded as errors and are adjusted.”" Link to Original Source top
Bluewaters, NCSA HPC machine photos have been posted to their Facebook page
colin_faber writes "Adobe has finally issued a response to Apple's snub of flash on their mobile platforms. Kevin Lynch (Adobe CTO) writes on his blog Thursday evening: "... Given the legal terms Apple has imposed on developers, we have already decided to shift our focus away from Apple devices for both Flash Player and AIR. We are working to bring Flash Player and AIR to all the other major participants in the mobile ecosystem, including Google, RIM, Palm (soon to be HP), Microsoft, Nokia and others,". To the submitter this sounds like Apple users will be left out in the cold and yet another reason to avoid Apple mobile devices all together." Link to Original Source top
colin_faber writes "After last weeks exciting news that there might actually be a verified case of a Toyota Prius going out of control due to the mysterious accelerator control problems discussed here many times. It appears that the drive may have faked the incident. In the recent investigation of the Toyota Prius involved in a dramatic incident federal officials along with engineers from Toyota Motor Corp. found a particular pattern of wear on the car's brakes that doesn't seem consistent with the driver's story.
This does not surprise the submitter at all, as these types of cases have been going on for years now, especially when you factor in the driver being 61 years young." Link to Original Source top
colin_faber writes "Lewis Page of the Register is reporting that forensic nuclear scientists at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) traced the two pieces of metal — described as a cube and a plate — back to their exact origins and dates. Apparently both came from ores extracted at the "Joachimsthal" mine in what is now the Czech Republic from the former Nazi nuclear-weapons programme of the 1940s" Link to Original Source top
I'm hoping that some of you can help me answer the question of hard drive reliability. Now I realize that some of you might being thinking that it depends on many factors, such as how it was used, who built it, how much space it has, and what kind of environment the disk operated in. These are are extremely valid points, however I care for none of them. I'm only strictly interesting in which drives are still around, how long they've run, and what hasn't failed. The only way I can think of doing this is to query the community and find what a few simple questions from all of you.
1) What type and size of disk are you using? 2) How long have you had the disk? 3) When was it manufactured? 4) Who built it? 5) What problems have you had with it if any?
If you're like me, you have a whole slew of various types, styles sizes and speeds when it comes to disks. However I consider my most reliable drives (at least to date) as being the ones which have run forever in various environments.
An example would be the 13GB (thats right 13GB) Western Digital Spartan drive I just yanked out of an old server. This bad boy has been spinning reliably since 2000. After allowing the drive to cool I stuck it into an old USB drive caddy plugged it into my laptop and proceeded to punish it with various IO tests — No errors no problems to date the drive is operating just like it did almost a decade ago.
So I ask again, what is your most reliable drive?
Oh, and for those of you who are wondering — No sector errors, and a massive throughput of 16.5 megabytes a second — fear! =)" top
colin_faber writes "DENVER — U.S. Marshals, along with FBI agents and members of the Safe Streets Task Force, are searching for a notorious "spam king" who walked away from a federal prison camp over the weekend.
Edward "Eddie" Davidson, 35, was serving 21 months in the minimum security facility in Florence, Colo., for sending hundreds of thousands of spam e-mails. He had pleaded guilty to tax evasion and falsifying e-mail headers.
colin_faber writes "As I find my self yet again wasting the first part of my day reviewing emails, I find my self asking; why hasn't Macromedia gone forward with 64bit support for their flash player yet. Almost a year ago the same question was raised, and many of you had very logical and valid arguments. Most of which revolved around the fact that the overall 64bit community was very tiny.
Well a year later the prominence of 64bit based personal computers has grown dramatically. With the release of Intel's Core2 Duo mobile chips and AMD's mobile offerings, 64bit is within reach of the common user.
Additionally larger companies such as Microsoft are actively working to roll out 64bit versions of their operating systems into the main stream. So I ask again, what is Macromedia waiting for?"