May 19 2010

Foucault’s pendulum is sent crashing to Earth

Tag: (i)realidadJoaquim Anguas @ 8:58 pm

If there were ever any truth in the esoteric tales of Umberto Eco’s bestselling novel Foucault’s Pendulum, it seems that the key to that knowledge has been lost.

The original pendulum, which was used by French scientist Leon Foucault to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth and which forms an integral part of Eco’s novel’s labyrinthine plot, has been irreparably damaged in an accident in Paris.

The pendulum’s cable snapped last month and its sphere crashed to the marble floor of the Musee des Arts et Metiers.»

Foucault's Pendulum @ Musée des Arts et Métiers

TimesHigherEducation via BoingBoing.

May 16 2010

Single action, multiple defendants and the power of self interest

Tag: Informática LegalJoaquim Anguas @ 3:01 pm

Thus, if the plaintiff wants to sue these 2,094 defendants, it owes this court 2,094 separate filing fees, and it must file individual actions. Plaintiff then would be unable to combine together a single, massive discovery request with which to burden non-party ISPs such as TWC.»

From arstechnica:

The power of self-interest

Time Warner Cable has not always had the reputation of a white knight when it comes to helping its subscribers—the company famously tried to squeeze more cash from broadband users by applying ridiculous data caps, an issue so sensitive to it eventually drew the wrath of senators and congressmen.

But in this case, with its own self-interest also on the line, TWC has made an argument that strikes not just at a single subpoena but also at the overarching legal strategy behind the US Copyright Group’s work.»

May 12 2010

Jornada CEA -40

Tag: Informática LegalJoaquim Anguas @ 10:32 pm

Esta mañana he participado en un encuentro organizado por Javier Fernández-Samaniego y su equipo de Bird & Bird en España que se ha celebrado en la sede de FIDE en el marco de las actividades de CEA -40 del Club Español del Arbitraje. Alrededor del tema de la sesión «Arbitraje y nuevas tecnologías», hemos actuado como ponentes Javier y su compañero en Bird & Bird Pablo Berenguer en la vertiente  jurídica y en referencia a aspectos más técnicos Raúl Maldonado de Tecnoperitaciones y yo mismo.

Mi agradecimiento desde aquí a los organizadores. Ha sido un placer saludar a los compañeros de CEA -40 de Madrid y la jornada ha dado para discutir y aportar; a mi desde luego ma ha resultado enriquecedora.

Os dejo el guión de mi ponencia aquí.

May 03 2010

The era of platter-free enterprises

Tag: (i)realidad,01,SystemsJoaquim Anguas @ 6:05 pm

We’ve been covering the progression of SandForce for over a year now, creator of smart SSD processors that extend the life of flash storage by better spreading writes across them, boosting performance and reliability along the way. This, according to the company, makes them reliable enough for enterprise use, and IBM has added its vote of support, configuring a 9189 Power 780 server with 56 177GB SSDs (10.5TB in all) sitting behind SandForce’s SF-1500 processor. That combination, when running the TPC-C benchmark, delivered a performance of 150,000 transactions per minute per CPU core. That’s 50 percent higher (per-core) than other entries in the TPC-C benchmark — and considerably cheaper, too. IBM’s configuration is set to be available around October of this year, perhaps ushering in a new era of the platter-free enterprise.»

Find the benchmark here.
Via Engadget, via StorageReview.

May 02 2010

lawful interception / lawful spying and FRE

Tag: Informática LegalJoaquim Anguas @ 9:14 pm

Recent news have taken lawful interception to (some) media exposure.

That LEA, NSA and other agencies may be using interception and/or spying to gather intelligence is no surprise to no one.

To do so, there has to be many actors intervening, including operating system vendors, network hardware manufacturers, network providers, TTP, etc, who may release proprietary secret knowledge about their systems in order to keep a competitive advantage with the considered «bad guys».

But reading FRE 702 and 703 (and the excellent notes here and here) one wonders in his infinite ignorance, if evidence collected using bleeding edge lawful interception techniques (those that use to be proprietary and secret) ever surfaces in trial, how is it going to stand?