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The government is to put £11.5m into a mission to the sun, the UK Space Agency has announced.
The best gamification ideas usually come from just outside the traditional game space (and typically not from gamification 'experts' who are too busy adding badges and points to everything under the sun). The latest blockbuster idea, which could easily be adapted for some really interesting game mechanics, is Pinterest.
While it’s still early days for the billowing mists of cloud computing as they struggle to find some solid form and defined function, the vendors who strive to perform the requisite ‘cloudbusting’ techniques needed to corral this stream of computing power continue to form alliances and movements to bring order where once chaos existed.Aiming to put forward an appropriately secure sunbeam in this space this week is Sun Microsystems.
As we wait with baited breath for Oracle to finally get the green light on the Sun acquisition, those of us that speculated whether we would see an increased push into the Java EE enriched enterprise space in the new world of Sun have had our suspicions confirmed.
Today, Sun announced hundreds of wins across a range of industries for its eco-friendly Sun Storage 7000 series since it was introduced 5 months ago. According to Sun, over 17 petabytes of total space has been purchased, making it "the fastest ramping new product in Sun's storage portfolio ever".
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There's a lot of hardware orbiting our planet, generating ever-increasing space debris. Further afield, the sun is currently in a quiet phase, but is unlikely to stay that way. Rupert and Charles ponder the implications
Rumor has it, IBM is looking at buying Sun. No surprise that we're seeing consolidation in a down market, but will this mean consolidation in the open source space?
Use Stig's Sky Calendar to keep yourself up to date on local and global sky events. It will display sunrise/sunset, twilight and lunar...
Sun Microsystems has flipped the switch on a new data center in Broomfield, Colo., one that represents its largest consolidation project to date.
According to a Stanford University researcher, 'wind, water and sun beat biofuels, nuclear and coal for clean energy.' The scientist 'has conducted the first quantitative, scientific evaluation of the proposed, major, energy-related solutions by assessing not only their potential for delivering energy for electricity and vehicles, but also their impacts on global warming, human health, energy security, water supply, space requirements, wildlife, water pollution, reliability and sustainability.' Wow! The researcher found that some sources of energy were 25 to 1,000 times more polluting than the best available options. Some of his conclusions make sense, some are controversial, but read more...
With Sun pushing JavaFX Desktop 1.0 out into the Rich Internet Application space last week (and Microsoft’s Silverlight & Adobe’s AIR already out there), the blending of the web with the desktop has never been such a hot topic.
At a press conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Sun Microsystems CIO Bob Worrall outlines Sun's plans to make data centers more energy efficient for itself and for its customers by reducing space and utility requirements.
Last week, while at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, Sun drew some major lines in the sand for Java and now, about the only thing we can do is sit back and watch to see what happens. If I had to sum up what I heard, it's that the battle for supremacy in the RIA space (that's Rich Interactive Application if you're Microsoft, Rich Internet Application if you're not) will be fought in the mobile and embedded spaces.
Sun may not be first in this space, but it does have the assets to be large. For example, Sun already has a compute-intensive grid, and ample storage as a service offerings. By bringing its tools, NetBeans framework, open source Java community, middleware, virtualized runtime containers, and pay-per-drink grid together provides a significant, long-term subscription opportunity for Sun and its partners.
It wasn't widely reported at the time, but a major sun flare that took place last December 6 did quite a number on our planet's GPS systems. "Our increasingly technologically dependent society is becoming increasingly vulnerable to space weather," David L.
Sun Microsystems Australia plans to leap past Dell and EMC in storage market share over the next six to 12 months as it reaps the benefits of its StorageTek acquisition. Anthony Clarke, head of Sun Microsystems Australia's storage group and an ex-StorageTek employee, said the marriage of the two vendors was already paying strong dividends.
Sun developer Danny Coward says "Compatibility is king", but Sun is not staying still in the Java space. At last week's JavaOne conference he unveiled some projects that R&D is working on for the upcoming "Dolphin" release of Java, due out in 2008. The proposed changes are in three areas: languages, packaging, and ease of development.
Following the acquisitions of two privately owned security companies last week, Oracle executives claimed they can now supply administrators the sweetest suite of middleware products. Last week, Oracle acquired UK-based Thor Technologies and US-based OctetString to help the software company compete against rivals such as Computer Associates, IBM and Sun Microsystems in the identity management space.
During the Google-Sun press conference [Stephen Shankland's coverage here] [video clip here], Eric Schmidt was asked about Google’s plans to take on Microsoft in the applications space. He basically responded that Google is a search company that sells ads.
Significant performance, availability and feature enhancements make Solaris 10 an automatic choice for existing Sun customers. But as an alternative to Linux, it doesn’t yet deliver.
In response to David Berlind's "Sun bets its future on Java," reader Steven Goldsmith writes: "Microsoft is only going to win in the Microsoft-only space; enterprise customers have heterogeneous environments, and so Java is pretty much a requirement."
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