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Operation Facebook, Anonymous To Destroy Facebook On 5th November


The hacktivist group Anonymous has issued a YouTube video in English, Spanish and German announcing plans to destroy the world’s biggest social network, Facebook.

The hackers offer anyone concerned with the spread of personal information on the web to join the cause and “kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy” in the action that “will go down in history,” setting the date for November 5, 2011.


“Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from around the world,” the video statement, recorded in a typical digitally-altered voice says.

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For those who Say “I STILL don’t know who to vote for” Help is here!! ” Vote Match! “


Vote Match is designed to help you with determining your voting preferences for the General Election.

TV3 have teamed up with Unlock Democracy and the University College Cork to produce the first ever Vote Match for this year’s General Election.


We encourage you to pass it on to friends and family through Facebook or Twitter.



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Skype Your Facebook Friends “Facebook And Skype Announce New Integration”

Facebook and Skype officially announced a new partnership which includes the complete integration of the Facebook newsfeed into Skype as well as the phonebook which lists all of a Skype user’s Facebook friends.

According to the release, “ Facebook Phonebook in Skype allows users to call and SMS their Facebook friends directly on their mobile phones and landlines”. While the major partnership between the two companies was first leaked a couple weeks ago, the official announcement just came this morning.

The Facebook Blog Reads:

Few things are better than connecting with friends and family, especially when you’re far apart.Skype provides a great way to communicate with people no matter where they are. And starting today, it’s also making it easier for you to connect with your Facebook friends.

When you install the new Skype version 5.0 for Windows and sign in with Facebook, you can easily call or SMS your friends. You also can check out your News Feed, update your status, and like and comment on posts directly within Skype.

We’re working with companies such as Skype to make it easy to find your friends anytime you want to connect. Try out the new Skype with your friends.

This is a partnership of massive proportions as Skype also has a user base of 560 million, a number which Facebook should surpass in the near future (if they haven’t already).


Facebook down for 2.5hours – “Worst Outage in Over Four Years”

Facebook Down 7.30pm GMT 23/09/2010 for 2.5hours

Facebook Down 7.30pm GMT 23/09/2010 for 2.5hours

Facebook Software Engineering Director Robert Johnson was kind enough to explain to a curious public exactly why Facebook went down earlier today, calling the mishap “the worst outage we’ve had in over four years.”

In a brief blog post, Johnson discussed last nights downtime, which began around 7.30pm. The site wasn’t functioning again for most users until around 10pm gmt.

the blog read…

Early today Facebook was down or unreachable for many of you for approximately 2.5 hours. This is the worst outage we’ve had in over four years, and we wanted to first of all apologize for it. We also wanted to provide much more technical detail on what happened and share one big lesson learned.

The key flaw that caused this outage to be so severe was an unfortunate handling of an error condition. An automated system for verifying configuration values ended up causing much more damage than it fixed.

The intent of the automated system is to check for configuration values that are invalid in the cache and replace them with updated values from the persistent store. This works well for a transient problem with the cache, but it doesn’t work when the persistent store is invalid.

Today we made a change to the persistent copy of a configuration value that was interpreted as invalid. This meant that every single client saw the invalid value and attempted to fix it. Because the fix involves making a query to a cluster of databases, that cluster was quickly overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of queries a second.

To make matters worse, every time a client got an error attempting to query one of the databases it interpreted it as an invalid value, and deleted the corresponding cache key. This meant that even after the original problem had been fixed, the stream of queries continued. As long as the databases failed to service some of the requests, they were causing even more requests to themselves. We had entered a feedback loop that didn’t allow the databases to recover.

The way to stop the feedback cycle was quite painful – we had to stop all traffic to this database cluster, which meant turning off the site. Once the databases had recovered and the root cause had been fixed, we slowly allowed more people back onto the site.

This got the site back up and running today, and for now we’ve turned off the system that attempts to correct configuration values. We’re exploring new designs for this configuration system following design patterns of other systems at Facebook that deal more gracefully with feedback loops and transient spikes.

We apologize again for the site outage, and we want you to know that we take the performance and reliability of Facebook very seriously.

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Fuinneamh Linn – The Irish Energy Co-op,

Irish Energy Co-op

Founding Member Dr. Carl Diver will be officially launching the Irish Energy Co-op on the 18th of August (tonight) in Ionad Cois Locha, Dunlewey at 7 pm. The co-op has been founded to look at all forms of renewable energy, wind, tidal, wave, hydro etc.. . The launch night will be a night of information on renewable energy we will have presentations from the Spirit of Ireland project and the Western Development Commission, and LYIT amongst others and we are inviting some local SME’s who are working in that sector to come along. The purpose of the evening is to inform the community of the co-op’s existence and its proposed activities and to attract membership.

We have about 41 members at the moment, the co-op was officially registered with ICOS in May and as far as we know we are the first renewable energy co-op in the country. We have Spanish student who was doing an MSc on renewables in Sligo last year, who is a member as well, he has carried out some initial studies on sites that could be suitable for generating electricity from wind turbines using a basic package that allows you to place the turbines on the proposed site in the most efficient layout.

The co-op wants to engage with the community and get the community to decide on the type of projects that we should investigate be it wind or hydro or something else. We also want to work with all groups in the community that have concerns and to work with them.

If we can have wind farms in Donegal owned by the people in Donegal then the profit generated stays in Donegal and it should lead to job creation, the sites could be developed into tourist attractions as well with mountain bike trails making the sites accessible for people with all abilities.

The launch night will be an evening of information and will be a chance for people to find out about the co-op and to apply for membership.

You can also register you interest to attend on Linkedin Events

Information by Dr. Carl Diver

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Gmail storage actually does have a bottom – So much for, “never delete an e-mail again.”

What Happens When You Run Out of Storage Space in Gmail?

Pic "Mike Monteiro"

It turns out that Gmail storage actually does have a bottom. Just ask Mike Monteiro, the most recent person to break Gmail’s usage cap.

So much for, “never delete an e-mail again.” When Gmail first launched in 2004, its massive storage space (then 1GB) was a highly touted feature. Over time, the amount of space made available to users has grown — by our count, it looks like standard Gmail and Google Apps users have about 7.3GB at their disposal today. However, users also now send larger e-mail attachments and archive more messages. Still, for non-corporate e-mail users, racking up more than 7GB in e-mail archives is a pretty impressive feat.

A few years ago, when some users first started to hit the ceiling for Gmail storage space, Google rolled out the ability to buy more storage. Nonetheless, it’s a problem Google doesn’t expect many users to ever encounter.

Tip for Google remove that “Who needs to delete when you have so much storage?!” line from the Gmail Trash folder.

How close are you, I am at 15%  let me know in the comments your “score” !
[via Daring Fireball]  & Mashable

[img credit: Mike Monteiro]