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Friday, August 18, 2006
Parallels Compressor Server
: In addition to a virtualization engine for the Intel Mac, Parallels offers the Compressor, which "improves the performance of any Windows-powered Parallels, VMware and Microsoft virtual server or virtual workstation by reducing virtual hard disk size by 50% or more. .. Compatible with virtual servers built with Parallels Server (expected late 2006), VMware Server, VMware GSX Server, Microsoft Virtual Server.[or] Parallels Workstation 2.1, Parallels Desktop for Mac, VMware Workstation, and Microsoft Virtual PC." Two versions for sale, $50 and $180, with 15-day free trials. 11:55:38 PM
Interesting peer-to-peer storage "grid" in which copies of each users's data are encrypted and scattered among many peers for backup. Service is free if you agree to house 10 GB for every 1 GB you back up. If you pay a modest fee, you may store data without providing corresponding storage yourself. It makes sense for many broadband users with excess bandwidth and much empty disk space. It will be interesting to see if they can make the business model work. 11:48:52 PM
Uranium moved from Poland to Russia
: "The International Atomic Energy Agency secretly completed the removal of 40 kilograms of highly enriched uranium from a nuclear reactor near Warsaw on Wednesday and transferred the material to a secure site in Russia for disposal, according to an IAEA document.
The operation is part of an ongoing effort by American and United Nations officials to secure and recover high-risk nuclear and radiological materials around the world. Similar operations over the past three years have returned material from Libya, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Uzbekistan to Russia, where it was first made during the Soviet era.
The IAEA wants to reduce the number of reactors around the world that still use weapons-grade uranium. The agency says that more than 100 are still in operation, including in the United States, China and India, though numbers are concentrated in Eastern and Central Europe. It wants them converted to use low-enriched uranium and to eliminate the commerce in highly enriched uranium for research reactors." 11:18:06 PM