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"I guess they are starting to catch on... ;-)" Read more
by Jason Flowers on TN bans password shares for Netflix, sites

"This is really incredible technology to experience. If you haven't had a chance yet, take a test drive." Read more
by Jason Flowers on Microsoft Sets Guinness Sales Record with Kinect

"I remember discussing this as a general idea 7 or 8 years ago with Mark and Jeff... Are we there yet?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Exotic nanodevice could let computers ditch slowpoke electrons and run thousands of times faster

"Can I get one that looks like Anakin Skywalker's?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Human Trials Next for Darpa’s Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

"Flying Car Gets FAA Approval The Federal Aviation Administration has just removed a major hurdle from the path of a vehicle that may well be the first commercially viable flying car. The agency has agreed to classify the Terrafugia Transition as a Light Sport Aircraft, even though the vehicle is 120 pounds too heavy to qualify for that class. " Read more
by Jason Flowers on The reality of flying cars

"All of this, a 256GB SSD, and a backlit keyboard... hard to resist!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Alienware M11x gets overseas Core i3 / i5 / i7 and NVIDIA Optimus update, US version due tomorrow?

"Don't buy this hypothesis... They would very likely not have a lack for energy resources since they're traveling the stars. They solved that problem. Being that advanced, they'd also likely be able to synthesize any other resource at a molecular level. So I don't see resources as a motivation, unless humans are the resource (slaves). I could see them being nomads as he imagines, but not looking for resources. More likely just a habitual environment to live, in which case, the Hawking outcome might be the same." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

"Cool, but creepy…" Read more
by Mark Hodson on New tech sees dead people

"Does this mean we should keep searching for Bigfoot? I mean, how can you not know there is a 6 foot lizard running around!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines

"Cool, but I still want a flying car!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on It's 2010 - finally my jet pack is here!

"Interesting the technologies used considering that Microsoft is a big investor in Facebook." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Technology Explained: How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts

"iTunes is great, but pricey; Netflix is better, but only offers 12K streaming downloads (I know… ‘only’); Perhaps Wal-Mart’s entry into this space will both lower the prices & provide more streaming content." Read more
by Mark Hodson on Walmart Jumps Into Online Movie Rentals, Buys Vudu

"I’ve often found InfoWorld’s commentaries to be anti-Microsoft and often unfounded. " Read more
by Mark Hodson on Fake Windows Expert Unmasked

"They say Spring 2010.. should be good. :-)" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"I wonder when the Wizarding World will be opening??" Read more
by Jason Flowers on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"Bertie Bott's every scented flower!!!" Read more
by Mark Hodson on Custom-scented flowers may be on the way

"I agree. I notice that they do not dispute the actual findings (that it runs VERY hot), but instead complain about the inferences. Those inferences are nothing more than the viewer’s commonsense and reasoning kicking in..." Read more
by Anonymous on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"Sounds like QLogic has weak case to me. It's conventional wisdom that excessive heat is bad for electronics. The industry spends billions on cooling. Making a case that reduced heat increases reliability is logical." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"That's just wrong..." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Microsoft Refused to Sell Xbox 360s to the Military for Training

"Cool, I want to play!" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Keep your 20-sided dice, I have D&D on the Surface

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Posted by: Mark Hodson on 6/9/2011 | 0 Comments

In a letter sent to Oracle, HP executives reportedly said Oracle has a legal obligation to support Intels Itanium platform. - Hewlett-Packard officials are putting more pressure on Oracle to reverse its decision to end software development for Intel’s Itanium platform, reportedly sending the software giant a notice saying the decision violated contractual agreements with HP and harmed the companies 140,000 shared custom...

 HP Threatens to Sue Oracle for Ending Itanium Support

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 3/24/2011 | 0 Comments

Microsoft today showcased the success of U.S. retailer Target Corp. in using server virtualization to reduce its physical server footprint across its 1,755 stores.

Microsoft Touts Server Virtualization for Target Corp.

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 3/24/2011 | 0 Comments

Windows users who install the latest Java security patches may end up with a little more security than they bargained for, at least that's the risk they take if they don't pay close attention to the installation process. Starting last month, Oracle began bundling a security scanning tool called the McAfee Security Scan Plus with its Java updates for the Windows operating system. The software is installed by default with the Java update, so unless users notice and uncheck the McAfee installation box as they're updating Java, they'll end up downloading McAfee's software too.

Java updates for Windows also install McAfee security scanner

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 3/24/2011 | 0 Comments

Oracle's decision to stop supporting its products on Intel's Itanium chips drew a particularly harsh response from Hewlett-Packard, which ships the vast majority of servers that are based on the processor. An HP statement said the company was "shocked." HP has about 90 percent of the Itanium market, according to IDC.

Oracle stopping development on Itanium -- slap at HP or obvious decision?

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 3/17/2011 | 0 Comments

Microsoft released a new version of Internet Explorer last night. It only works on Windows 7 or Vista -- not XP -- but if you have those operating systems, it's definitely worth checking out.

Speed Demon: Microsoft's New Browser Makes The Web Faster

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

The freshly Microsoft-funded TurboHercules offers an emulator to run IBM mainframe OSes on x86 servers.

Microsoft Quietly Invests in IBM Emulator TurboHercules

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

During a press briefing this week, Oracle head Larry Ellison announced the launch of the SPARC Supercluster, a new high-performance enterprise computing system that couples Sun's processor architecture, UNIX-based Solaris operating system, and ZFS-based storage technology.

Oracle has extensively tested its own database software on the massive computer and says that it has achieved the highest database performance ever recorded. According to the company's benchmarks, Oracle on the SPARC Supercluster can perform 30 million database transactions per minute—reportedly 3 times faster than the previous record, which was held by IBM's DB2 on a P7 cluster.

Oracle launches SPARC Supercluster, sets new DB performance record

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

Hikes 'em on HP Itanium

Well before Oracle was even close to buying Sun Microsystems, the company was kind enough to tweak its per-core pricing for its eponymous database software to make it competitive on processors with fewer threads and higher clock speeds. Now, the company is making its software pricing less attractive on servers using Itanium 9300 processors from Intel - which pretty much come from only Hewlett-Packard these days. The idea us to help Oracle's new Sparc T3 Unix boxes steal some business in HP-UX shops.…

Oracle slashes software prices on own iron

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

Microsoft's cloud infrastructure has achieved security certification required to provide federal agencies with cloud-based services.

Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure Gets FISMA Approval

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

Oracle will port its Enterprise Linux distribution to Sun's Sparc processor, a move that could help it compete better against IBM and Hewlett-Packard in the high-end server business. CEO Larry Ellison made the disclosure in response to a question about Oracle's Linux strategy at the company's Sparc systems launch last Thursday.

Oracle Enterprise Linux coming to Sparc

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

Hoping to pique the interest of the cloud-curious enterprise, data-integration software provider Informatica has unveiled a low-cost, cloud-based data integration service, called Informatica Cloud Express. Pricing for the service, which will be available in January, will start at $99 per month, and will allow up to 250 integration jobs per day.

Informatica debuts pay-as-you-go data integration service

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Oracle support is too costly, according to 58 percent of respondents to a recent research firm study. However, a third expect to pay Oracle more in coming years. - About 58 percent of Oracle customers are dissatisfied with their cost of support, according to a new study published by research firm Computer Economics. Some 42 percent of those customers reported dissatisfaction with the quality of Oracles support. The 109 respondents included customers of Ora...

Oracle Support Too Costly, Say Business Customers: Study

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

"If SQL Server is something that only Microsoft shops would be interested in, then MS has big problems." This comment , made in response to last week's coverage of Microsoft's Parallel Data Warehouse and "Denali" SQL Server release, is a glass-half-empty take on what could just as easily be viewed as a juggernaut scenario for Microsoft BI, ...

Microsoft Tops 2010 BI Survey

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

How effective is free antivirus software? I had a chance to see a real, in-the-wild example just this month, and the results were, to put it mildly, unexpected.

Microsoft vs. McAfee: How free antivirus outperformed paid

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Microsoft recently announced a new roadmap for its BI architecture. The next version of SQL Server, codenamed “Denali”, is going to introduce a new semantic model named BISM (Business Intelligence Semantic Model). Analysis Services will host it and it will be queryable through MDX and DAX. DAX has been introduced in PowerPivot as an expression language, but it will be extended in Denali to provide also query capabilities, but it will keep its nature of a “functional” language. A more complete description...

The Microsoft BI Roadmap: BIDS, UDM and Beyond

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