Ars Technica

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Dell in talks with IBM to buy Big Blue’s x86 server business

After talks with Lenovo broke down last spring, IBM tries again.

After giving up on talks last spring with Lenovo Group, IBM is apparently seeking a buyer again for its low-end server business. A Wall Street Journal report cites “people familiar with the matter” who say IBM is now talking with a number of potential suitors for its x86 server group—including Dell.

IBM bailed from the desktop and notebook PC business in 2005 when the company sold its personal computer division to Lenovo.  Last year, it seemed that Lenovo would also become home to the PC server business as IBM sought to further retreat from low-margin hardware. But negotiations with Chinese hardware maker over the business stalled last year when Lenovo offered less than $2.5 billion, according to the Journal’s sources.

According to Morgan Stanley estimates, IBM’s x86 servers brought in about $4.9 billion for the company in 2012; it’s difficult to determine exactly how much IBM makes off the business since it is not broken out in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. There are no details about whether Lenovo is returning to the table, or how serious the negotiations with Dell are at this time.

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Did life start with a replicating molecule or a metabolism?

Despite lots of progress on the origins of biomolecules, we're still not sure.

Early biologists may have been at a loss when they wondered how life on Earth could ever have possibly arisen. Modern biochemists face the opposite quandary. They know of many possible prebiotic chemistries that could have produced cells and therefore life, the challenge lies in figuring out which one actually occurred.

The idea of a primordial RNA world was proposed 50 years ago, and it has since been demonstrated that biological compounds—i.e. DNA, proteins, and membranes that can enclose vesicles—can be generated with prebiotic means. That's a lot of progress. But these prebiotic means require minerals like boron and molybdenum that are only present in the requisite quantities on Mars. And there is still a big gap between the synthesis of such compounds and their organization into Life As We Know It: understanding how those biological compounds, once synthesized, became capable of replication.

According to Science's latest perspective on the origin of life, biochemistry occurred on geological time scales, in which millions of years of a poor replicator (a blink on the geological time scale) might well have been necessary to craft a feedback cycle that led to a slightly better replicator.

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Kim Dotcom’s answer to Spotify and iTunes—Baboom—will soft launch on Monday

The first artist to be featured on the music service? Kim Dotcom himself.

Kim Dotcom's major Party Party at Auckland's Vector Arena may have been cancelled, but the mogul is still going through with a soft launch of Baboom, the soon-to-be music service formerly known as Megabox.

Baboom.com returns the placeholder above for now, but an official company press release states Dotcom will debut his Baboom.com artist page on Monday. This soft launch is intended to give everyone a flavor of what's to come when the site is fully unleashed in late 2014, according to the press release.

(That's right, Dotcom's artist page. His new album, Good Times, will be featured on Baboom for the site's launch. For a small sample of Dotcom's musical past, he infamously rapped about New Zealand politician John Banks and dug at his content-creator foes in the Megaupload Mega Song.)

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Western Digital My Cloud Review: The $150 personal cloud

WD's small single-disk network storage system is surprisingly cheap and good.

In the consumer electronics world, simplicity is king. Manufacturers must constantly struggle to balance power and complexity with ease of use. Western Digital has been walking that tightrope for a while now with its My Book line of personal storage products, trying to pack in features without making the devices too difficult to use. Last year we saw the company try its hand at a networked solution with the My Book Live, and now it's taking this idea a bit further with the WD My Cloud. My Cloud is a set of personal cloud-in-a-box products designed to not just store your stuff, but to let you take it outside of your home. Could this be the network storage system for the layman?

The Appliance NAS

The WD My Cloud certainly falls in a safe and friendly space in the looks department. WD isn't straying too far from the My Book line, and this 2TB version looks like a standard external disk enclosure with a 3.5” disk inside. However, flip it around back and you see the additional port that makes all the difference: a single Gigabit Ethernet port.

The My Cloud line comes with Western Digital's Red drives, which are designed to be used in consumer network-attached storage (NAS) systems. WD Reds have NAS-friendly features like faster error recovery, more vibration tolerance, and power optimizations. Judged by MSRP alone, buying the 2TB My Cloud gets you a $180 NAS and a free 2TB disk. Looking at street price, you see an affordable single drive NAS, for which the cost of the disk alone would make up one-third of the total price.

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How do you know if you’re overthinking development?

What to do when a senior dev says, F*ck the future, build for now.
Stack Exchange

This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and answered by users at Stack Exchange, a free, community-powered network of 100+ Q&A sites.

user1454517 asks:

I've been working as an app developer for a year and a half now (not long I know) and I've just been given my first big project.

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Team Liquid

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SPL KT Rolster Move to First Place at Midway Point

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Code A Cheers and Jeers - Week end recap

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Code A No Country for Old Gods

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Code A Flash steps up to the plate on Day 2

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Through The Eyes of a Hero

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CBC Sports NHL

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NHL injuries cost an estimated $218M US a year

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About half of NHL players suffer an injury such as concussion that benches them, costing the league an estimated $218 million in lost time, say Canadian doctors who want arenas to be safer workplaces.

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Canucks coach John Tortorella to have in-person hearing Monday

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Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella will have an in-person hearing with the National Hockey League on Monday for his actions during a fight-filled tilt with the Flames on Saturday night on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

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Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella will have an in-person hearing with the NHL on Monday at 11 a.m. ET for his actions during a fight-filled tilt with the Flames on Saturday night on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

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MLB analyst calls NHL 'minor sport' after Canucks, Flames brawl

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Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseball's network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before.

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After Hours: Canucks' Hamhuis discusses brawl against Flames

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Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis joined co-hosts Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey to discuss the wild first-period brawl that highlighted Saturday night's game between his Canucks and the Calgary Flames.

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Scientific American News

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Astronomers Get a Clearer Look at Supermassive Black Holes at Galactic Centers

Many of the astronomers and physicists invited to the meeting feared for their safety. Others felt that the event should be cancelled outright. To hold a conference in Dallas, Texas, only weeks after...

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New Genetic Clue to Lupus Is Found

It was a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup moment in genetic evolution: The end of one gene fused to the beginning of another and, voilà, a new, composite gene was born. In most people the...

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Comet Craft Approaches its Target

Space scientists are used to moments of high tension. They often have just one chance to get things right, and experiments can hinge on the success of equipment that may be millions of kilometers...

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Migrating Birds Use Precise Flight Formations to Maximize Energy Efficiency

Migratory birds coordinate their wing flaps with much more finesse than previously thought, so as to reap the best energy savings from flying in formation, suggests a new study. More

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Obama to Speak Out on NSA Surveillance Controversy

President Barack Obama will address the future of government snooping on our personal phone records and other data in a speech Friday. Ever since the revelations made last year by former National...

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Penny Arcade

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Comic: iPatch

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News Post: Double Stream

Tycho: Camera’s on. Watch live video from CWgabriel on www.twitch.tv Gabe’s Twitchum or whatever it’s called is right here if you want a taste of the least hot chat available online. (CW)TB #2

News Post: Lookouts Comic Bundle

Gabe: Comixology and Cryptozoic have put together an awesome digital exclusive for the Lookouts comic book. This bundle includes all six issues of the Lookouts book plus 50 pages of exclusive content, much of it never before seen. It’s got alternate covers, maps, character sketches and lots more. You can get the entire package for $9.99 over at Comixology right now. -Gabe out #3

Comic: Thanks, Lord

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News Post: Thanks, Lord

Tycho: We’d seen the Kickstarter for Bible Adventures: Call of Abraham mentioned all over, and it reminded us of The Bible Online strip we’d done a ways back. But that was very much in The Far Side vein, single panel type stuff, and I thought there was room to investigate it further. The new game is more of a single player RPG, but we couldn’t leave well enough alone. That’s correct: in our humorous .jpeg, we were less than entirely factual. Call the police. The pitch is poor; we may accurately call the offer they’ve made of Bible Adventures:...
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