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  • Red Hat: 2014:1319-01: xerces-j2: Moderate Advisory
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated xerces-j2 packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate security [More...]




  • Mandriva: 2014:191: perl-XML-DT
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated perl-XML-DT package fixes security vulnerability:The mkxmltype and mkdtskel scripts provided in perl-XML-DT allowlocal users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on a/tmp/_xml_##### temporary file (CVE-2014-5260).[More...]









  • Red Hat: 2014:1311-01: bash: Important Advisory
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated bash packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Extended Life Cycle Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 Long Life, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 Extended Update Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Advanced Update Support, and Red Hat [More...]



  • [$] Bash gets shellshocked
    It's been a crazy week for the Bash shell, its maintainer,and many Linux distributions that use the shell. A remote code-executionvulnerability that was reported on September 24 has now morphedinto multiple related vulnerabilities, which have now mostly been fixed andupdates released by distributions. Thevulnerabilities have been dubbed "Shellshock" and the technical (andmainstream) press has had a field day reporting on the incident. It allrevolves around a somewhat dubious Bash feature, but the widespread use of Bashin places where it may not really make sense contributed to the severity ofthe bug.


  • Security advisories for Wednesday
    CentOS has updated kernel(Xen4CentOS: multiple vulnerabilities), libvirt (Xen4CentOS: memory leak), xen (Xen4CentOS: multiple vulnerabilities, andxen (Xen4CentOS: information disclosure).
    Debian has updated rsyslog(denial of service) and xen (multiple vulnerabilities).
    Fedora has updated python (F20: buffer overflow).
    Mageia has updated bash (multiplevulnerabilities).
    Mandriva has updated perl-Email-Address (denial of service) and xerces-j2 (unspecified vulnerability).
    Red Hat has updated openstack-glance (RHEL OSP for RHEL7; RHEL OSP for RHEL6: denial ofservice), openstack-neutron(RHEL OSP for RHEL6: privilege escalation), andpython-django-horizon (RHEL OSP for RHEL7; RHEL OSP for RHEL6: cross-site scripting).
    SUSE has updated mozilla-nss(SLES10 SP4: signature forgery).
    Ubuntu has updated libvirt (information disclosure/denial of service).


  • [$] How implementation details become ABI: a case study
    One of the final changes that went into the mainline kernel repositorybefore the 3.17-rc7 release was thisfix from Mikhail Efremov. It affects some low-level code within thevirtual filesystem layer that manages name changes in the dentry structure— the structure that handles the mapping between file names and in-kernelinode structures. How that change came to be necessary makes a good lessonin how unintended behaviors can become part of the kernel's ABI over time.


  • Learn how to support women in open source (opensource.com)
    Opensource.com coversthe Ada Initiative's Ally Skills Workshop, a training session designed tohelp allies learn how to support women in open source. "While the goal of Ally Skills Workshop is to teach everyone how to best provide support to women in open source, many of the scenarios covered teach skills that extend beyond supporting women. The scenarios about "creating a friendly environment for women" provide lessons that are applicable to creating welcoming environments for anyone. Another scenario covers what to do when a woman's contributions to a meeting are ignored or co-opted. Being ignored at a meeting is something women experience, but men who are introverted or "quiet" experience this as well. Implementing the lessons learned from that scenario will make it so that all of your colleagues are heard at meetings and have their contributions acknowledged."


  • Linux Foundation launches the Open Platform for NFV project
    The Linux Foundation has announcedthe founding of the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV). "Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are part of the overall industry shift towards network and application virtualization. Together they are expected to dramatically change the networking landscape, allowing providers to deliver new services to their customers more quickly while significantly reducing both operating and capital expenditures. These technologies bring both cloud computing and Information Technology (IT) capabilities and benefits into the telecom industry, enabling new levels of flexibility and business growth opportunities for providers. Service provider applications have different demands than most IT applications, so an open platform integrating multiple open source components and ensuring continuous testing for carrier-grade service performance is essential to this transition.OPNFV will establish a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that industry peers will build together to advance the evolution of NFV and ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components. Because multiple open source NFV building blocks already exist, OPNFV will work with upstream projects to coordinate continuous integration and testing while filling development gaps."


  • Tuesday's security updates
    CentOS has updated automake (C5:code execution), bash (C5: commandexecution), bash (C5: two vulnerabilities),bind97 (C5: denial of service), conga (C5: multiple vulnerabilities), krb5 (C5: multiple vulnerabilities), nss (C5: signature forgery), nss, nspr (C5: multiple vulnerabilities), php (C7; C6; C5: multiple vulnerabilities), and xerces-j2 (C7; C6: unspecified vulnerability).
    Fedora has updated kernel (F19:multiple vulnerabilities).
    Oracle has updated php (OL7; OL6: multiple vulnerabilities) and xerces-j2 (OL7; OL6: unspecified vulnerability).
    Red Hat has updated MRG Realtime(RHE MRG: multiple vulnerabilities), php (RHEL7; RHEL5&6: multiple vulnerabilities), and xerces-j2 (RHEL6&7: unspecified vulnerability).
    Scientific Linux has updated xerces-j2 (SL6: unspecified vulnerability).
    Slackware has updated bash (command execution).
    SUSE has updated bash (SLE12; SUSE Manager: multiple vulnerabilities),bash (SLE12: command execution), and mozilla-nss (SLES11 SP1, SLES10 SP3:signature forgery).
    Ubuntu has updated libvncserver(14.04, 12.04: multiple vulnerabilities).


  • Interview with openSUSE chairman Richard Brown (./themukt)
    Swapnil Bhartiya interviewsRichard Brown, the new openSUSE chairman of the board. "The Chairman is appointed by SUSE, and by and large, my role is to be an active Board member, with the same roles and responsibilities as my colleagues on the Board. In addition I have a few additional responsibilities within SUSE, such as being a central point of contact for issues related to openSUSE, and communicating and representing the communities interests and activities within the company. I suppose it also means something more to the outside world, or else we wouldn’t be having this interview."


  • Debian may drop kFreeBSD from the Jessie release
    The latest Debian "Bits from the release team" posting has a sharply wordedwarning to the kFreeBSD developers: their work may not be a part of theJessie release. "We therefore advise the kFreeBSD porters that the port is in danger ofbeing dropped from Jessie, and invite any porters who are able to committo working on the port in the long term to make themselves known *now*.The factor that gives us greatest concern is the human resourcesavailable to the port."


  • Security advisories for Monday
    Debian has updated chromium-browser (multiple vulnerabilities).
    Fedora has updated libvncserver(F20: multiple vulnerabilities), nodejs (F20; F19:denial of service), perl-Data-Dumper (F20: denial of service), and v8 (F20; F19: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Mageia has updated bash (codeinjection, command execution) and kernel(MG3: denial of service).
    Mandriva has updated perl-XML-DT (file overwrites).
    openSUSE has updated bash (13.1, 12.3; 12.3;13.1; 11.4; 13.2: multiple vulnerabilities), dbus-1(13.1; 12.3: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel (11.4: multiple vulnerabilities), geary (13.1: TLS certificate issues), bash (11.4: command execution), mozilla-nss (13.1, 12.3: signature forgery),NSS (11.4: signature forgery), php5 (11.4: multiple vulnerabilities), php5 (11.4: more vulnerabilities), srtp (13.1: denial of service), and wireshark (13.1, 12.3: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Slackware has updated firefox(multiple vulnerabilities), thunderbird: (multiple vulnerabilities) and seamonkey (multiple vulnerabilities).
    SUSE has updated bash (SLE11, SLE10:multiple vulnerabilities) and mozilla-nss(SLES11 SP2: signature forgery).


  • LibreSSL: More Than 30 Days Later
    Ted Unangst has posted an updateon LibreSSL development. "Joel and I have been working on areplacement API for OpenSSL, appropriately entitled ressl. Reimagined SSLis how I think of it. Our goals are consistency and simplicity. Inparticular, we answer the question 'What would the user like to do?' andnot 'What does the TLS protocol allow the user to do?'. You can make asecure connection to a server. You can host a secure server. You can readand write some data over that connection."


  • Kernel prepatch 3.17-rc7
    In the end, Linus did not do the final 3.17 release this weekend; instead,3.17-rc7 is available for testing. "It's not thatanything particularly scary happened, but quite frankly, things justdidn't calm down as I hoped for.And while my travel schedule would have made it really nice had I beenable to just do a shorter-than-usual release, 'convenience' isn'treally part of the release criteria. Oh well."


  • A boatload of weekend security updates
    Debian has updated icedove (nsscertificate forgery vulnerability), andlibvirt (denial of service and data leakage).
    Fedora has updated much of the distribution, mostly in response toCVE-2014-5033 (authentication bypass vulnerability in KDE):akonadi (F20: CVE-2014-5033),analitza (F20: CVE-2014-5033),amor (F20: CVE-2014-5033),ark (F20: CVE-2014-5033),audiocd-kio (F20: CVE-2014-5033),baloo (F20: CVE-2014-5033),baloo-widgets (F20: CVE-2014-5033),blinken (F20: CVE-2014-5033),calligra (F20: CVE-2014-5033),calligra-l10n (F20: CVE-2014-5033),cantor (F20: CVE-2014-5033),check-mk (F19, F20: three CVEs),digikam (F20: CVE-2014-5033),dragon (F20: CVE-2014-5033),filelight (F20: CVE-2014-5033),gwenview (F20: CVE-2014-5033),jovie (F20: CVE-2014-5033),juk (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kaccessible (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kalgebra (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kamera (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kalzium (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kanagram (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kate (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kbruch (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kcalc (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kcharselect (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kcolorchooser (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kcron (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kde-base-artwork (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kde-baseapps (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kde-l10n (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kde-print-manager (F20: CVE-2014-5033,kde-runtime (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kde-wallpapers (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdeaccessibility (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdeadmin (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdeartwork (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdebindings (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdeedu (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdegraphics (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdegraphics-mobipocket (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdegraphics-stringi-analyzer (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdegraphics-thumbnailers (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdelibs (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdemultimedia (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdenetwork (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdenetwork-filesharing (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdenetwork-strigi-analyzers (F20: CVE-2014-5033,kdepim (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdepim-runtime (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdepimlibs (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdetoys (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdeplasma-addons (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdeutils (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdf (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kdnssd (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kfilemetadata (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kfloppy (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kgamma (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kgeography (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kget (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kgpg (F20: CVE-2014-5033),khangman (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kig (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kimono (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kiten (F20: CVE-2014-5033),klettres (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kmag (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kmix (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kmousetool (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kmouth (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kmplot (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kolourpaint (F20: CVE-2014-5033),konsole (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kopete (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kphotoalbum (f20: CVE-2014-5033),kppp (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kqtquickcharts (F20: CVE-2014-5033),krdc (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kremotecontrol (F20: CVE-2014-5033),krfb (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kross-interpreters (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kruler (F20: CVE-2014-5033),ksaneplugin (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kscd (F20: CVE-2014-5033),ksnapshot (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kstars (F20: CVE-2014-5033),ksystemlog (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kteatime (F20: CVE-2014-5033),ktimer (F20: CVE-2014-5033),ktouch (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kturtle (F20: CVE-2014-5033),ktux (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kuser (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kwalletmanager (F20: CVE-2014-5033),kwordquiz (F20: CVE-2014-5033),libkcddb (F20: CVE-2014-5033),libkcompactdisc (F20: CVE-2014-5033),libkdcraw (F20: CVE-2014-5033),libkdeedu (F20: CVE-2014-5033),libkexiv (F20: CVE-2014-5033),libkgapi (F20: CVE-2014-5033),libkipi (F20: CVE-2014-5033),libkolab (F20: CVE-2014-5033),libksane (F20: CVE-2014-5033),marble (F20: CVE-2014-5033),nepomuk-core (F20: CVE-2014-5033),nepomuk-widgets (F20: CVE-2014-5033),okular (F20: CVE-2014-5033),oxygen-icon-theme (F20: CVE-2014-5033),pairs (F20: CVE-2014-5033),parley (F20: CVE-2014-5033),pykde (F20: CVE-2014-5033),qyoto (F20: CVE-2014-5033),rocs (F20: CVE-2014-5033),ruby-korundum (F20: CVE-2014-5033),ruby-qt (F20: CVE-2014-5033),smokegen (F20: CVE-2014-5033),smokekde (F20: CVE-2014-5033),smokeqt (F20: CVE-2014-5033),step (F20: CVE-2014-5033),subsurface (F20: CVE-2014-5033),superkaramba (F20: CVE-2014-5033),svgpart (F20: CVE-2014-5033), andsweeper (F20: CVE-2014-5033).
    Mageia has updated perl-Email-Address (denial of service),perl-XML-DT (symbolic link vulnerability), andnss (certificate forgery).
    Oracle has updated nss (OL5, OL6, OL7: certificate forgery) andbash (OL4: command injection).
    Red Hat has updatedbash (RHEL4-6 (command injection).
    SUSE has updated mozilla-nss (certificate forgery),wireshark (10 CVE numbers), andbash (command injection).
    Ubuntu has updated bash (command injection).


  • Lightworks 12 gets better asset management, improves interoperability (Libre Graphics World)
    Libre Graphics World (LGW) is running a look at the recently releasedversion 12.0 of the Lightworksnonlinear video editor. "Aquick look suggests that the titler has been returned to the freeversion, but exporting is still limited to H.264/MPEG-4 with 240p,360p, 480p, and 720p options. One other source of income that thecompany initially named was a marketplace for 3rd party plugins. Aftera few years the idea looked generally forgotten or, at least, putaside." We took at look at the first Linux release,11.5, in February. The latest updateis noteworthy for being the first to support Linux, Windows, and MacOS X, which manufacturer EditShare has long maintained would bethe milestone required to release the application under open-sourceterms. In addition to reviewing this update, LGW also spoke to the companyabout its ever-changing plans for an open-source release.


  • Friday's security updates
    CentOS has updated bash (C5; C6; C7:code execution) and nss (C6; C7:certificate forgery).
    Debian has updated bash(code execution) and mediawiki(cross-site scripting).
    Fedora has updated bash (F19; F20:code execution), drupal6 (F20: multiplevulnerabilities), nss (F20: certificateforgery), nss-softokn (F20: certificateforgery), nss-util (F20: certificateforgery), perl-Email-Address (F19; F20:denial of service),python-oauth2 (F19; F20: multiple vulnerabilities), rubygem-activerecord (F20: authentication bypass), and tomcat (F20: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Mandriva has updated bash(BS1: code execution).
    Oracle has updated bash (O4; O5;O6; O7: code execution) and bash (O5; O6; O7: code execution; second vulnerability).
    Red Hat has updated bash (code execution) and nss (certificate forgery).
    Scientific Linux has updated automake (SL5: code execution), bash (code execution), nss (certificate forgery), and nss, nspr (certificate forgery).
    Slackware has updated bash (code execution) and bash-3.1 (13.0: code execution).
    SUSE has updated spacewalk-java (Manager Server:cross-site scripting).
    Ubuntu has updated bash (10.04, 12.04, 14.04: code execution; 14.04: code execution).



  • Chakra GNU/Linux 2014.09 Screenshot Tour
    The Chakra team is happy to announce the first release of the Chakra Euler series, which will follow the 4.14 KDE releases. A noticeable change in this release is the major face-lift of Kapudan, which now gives the option to users to enable the [extra] repository during first boot so they can easily install the most popular GTK+-based applications.





  • Android DBMS adds bidirectional sync
    ITTIA has added bidirectional sync to ITTIA DB SQL for Android, enabling a back-end RDBMS to store device data and download sync’d updates for each device. In March of last year, ITTIA announced the Android version of its Linux-compatible ITTIA DB SQL lightweight embedded relational database. Now, ITTIA has added bidirectional synchronization for Android apps to the Android version, in order to “bridge the gap of collecting big data on-the-go” in an era of “unprecedented influx of sensitive data that is managed and collected on mobile devices,” says the company.



  • elementary OS Freya Beta 1 is Looking Sparse But Fast and Sleek
    elementary OS is a GNU/Linux distribution that you will either adore or on the other hand, find isn't for you. Fast, tight and favouring beauty and a logical simplicity over the ability to customize every little thing, eOS takes a different approach to many Linux distributions. In this article we shall take a look at elementary OS Freya Beta 1, a preview of the upcoming Freya release.




  • Open source history, present day, and licensing
    This article is part of my talk, Open-Source Business Models. You can see the full transcript and the video of my talk on Heavybit.com.My name is Marten Mickos and I'm the CEO of Eucalyptus Systems. As Tom mentioned, I was the CEO of MySQL for eight years. I was de facto the only CEO that the company ever had from 2001 to 2008 when it was sold to Sun, and then one year at Sun Microsystems. I'm here tonight to talk about open source business models which is a difficult, complex, complicated nuanced topic that doesn't really allow itself to be structured and summarized, but I'll do my best anyhow.read more


  • How to create a document in LaTeX using the LyX document processor
    Do you regularly write technical reports or publications? If so, you should consider using the LaTeX typesetting system. This system allows you to create professional-quality documents, especially those with scientific and mathematical content. Perhaps you have heard of (or currently use) LaTeX, but are not fond of the detailed input syntax required to create documents. [[he]#8230[/he]]Continue reading...


  • What Linux User Groups Can Do for FOSS
    But where we once were rolling up our sleeves and helping out those who came to us with questions and problems, there’s not a lot of that anymore. In our discussion last Saturday, we determined that it isn’t so much that people aren’t using Linux and FOSS, but that people are finding Linux and FOSS more user friendly, more familiar and less problematic now compared to years past, which possibly rendered our being a “help desk” remotely obsolete.


  • Open source goes corporate at Samsung
    The list of major corporations getting involved with open source communities is persistently growing, a trend evidenced by the rapidly expanding financial backing of open source foundations like the Linux Foundation. Samsung is one of these companies through its Open Source Group which was established in February of 2013. It's part of an effort to bridge the gap between the company and the open source communities it relies on and to promote the use and development of open source technology within many sectors of the company.read more


  • How to set up EPEL repository on CentOS
    If you are using CentOS or RHEL, it is strongly recommended that you configure EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository on your system. EPEL is a community effort to create a repository of high-quality add-on free software packages for RHEL-based distributions. Once you set up EPEL repository, you can use yum command to install […]Continue reading...The post How to set up EPEL repository on CentOS appeared first on Xmodulo.No related FAQ.


  • How to convert image, audio and video formats on Ubuntu
    If you need to work with a variety of image, audio and video files encoded in all sorts of different formats, you are probably using more than one tools to convert among all those heterogeneous media formats. If there is a versatile all-in-one media conversion tool that is capable of dealing with all different image/audio/video […]Continue reading...The post How to convert image, audio and video formats on Ubuntu appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to install and configure Nvidia Optimus driver on Ubuntu How to install FFmpeg on Linux How to install HandBrake on Linux How to convert video to animated gif image on Linux How to watch free online TV on Linux


  • FPGA-enabled vision system uses USB3 cams, runs Linux
    NI unveiled a fanless, rugged vision computer that runs NI Linux on a quad-core Atom E3845, and offers an FPGA and support for 350MB/s USB3 Vision cameras. National Instruments (NI) has delivered its NI Linux Real-Time OS on a variety of embedded industrial computers and control systems, including its recent CompactRIO 4-slot Performance Controller. Now, […]






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  • Darkcoin Steps Out of the Shadows
    Darkcoin has exited beta and is now ready for mainstream use. Also, the software's code is now open source. Darkcoin is the first fully open source cryptocurrency with financial privacy built directly into the software, its developers claimed. Open-sourcing financial software is vitally important, they said, because it instills confidence that users' financial privacy is protected.


  • Scribbleton Has a Ton of Potential
    Scribbleton is a very infant -- as in alpha -- release of an innovative note-taking app for Linux that provides cross-platform access with Windows and Apple computers. It creates a personal wiki for storing everything from quick notes to detailed checklists to outlines. It creates links between pages in Scribbleton. Think of this as an easy-to-use database to link words, phrases and pages.


  • GNOME Again, GNOME Again, Jiggety Jig
    There's just never a dull moment here in the Linux blogosphere, and the last week or so has been a perfect illustration. Not only did the Shellshock bug hit the proverbial fan, but the ever-burning Systemd flames flared even brighter, thanks to the addition of some fresh fuel. The Debian team has decided to make the GNOME desktop default again -- and Systemd is at least part of the reason.


  • Banks, Businesses Scramble to Smash Bash Shellshock Bug
    Banks and businesses toiled over the weekend to crush a bug in a widely used open source operating system. The flaw has been in Unix for some 25 years, but it was revealed just last week. If exploited, the vulnerability could be used to inject malicious code or take command of a system or device. Dubbed "Shellshock," it requires patching systems and devices running Apple's OS X, Linux and Unix.


  • The Power of Linux (Almost) Everywhere
    Linux -- the free open source operating system for enterprise, small business and home computing use -- is not used everywhere yet. However, its user base crosses nearly every industry. It's in consumer products like TVs and computer networking gear. Linux drives services that users do not even know run Linux. Think in terms of servers, Big Data farms and cloud storage facilities.


  • Pale Moon Shines for Classic Firefox Fans
    The Pale Moon Web browser project gets rid of a problem that many Mozilla Firefox users would like to solve. The Pale Moon browser is a fork of Mozilla's official browser developed by Moonchild Productions. It provides users with access to all of their favorite Firefox extensions but eliminates the Australis interface, which some dislike. Firefox debuted the new UI in late April.


  • Dan Allen and Sarah White: Documentation Dearth Dooms Open Source Projects
    One of the essential draws to open source software should be superior product documentation. Well-written user guidelines are a key strategy that software developers should use to increase an open source project's growth and user adoption.  All too often, programmers finish their last line of code and shove the open source software out the door. Documentation is often an afterthought, if that.


  • DIY Pi-Top Computer Lets Users Get Under the Hood
    Pi-Top, a Raspberry Pi Model B+ powered build-your-own-laptop kit, soon could enable users to learn computer programming, designing and 3D-printing skills. The Pi-Top team recently released details on its construction of a prototype computer. The developers plan to use the model in a Kickstarter campaign to generate funding for the project.


  • Hacker Gives Google a Hand With Chrome-Android Compatibility
    An unplanned convergence of Android apps and the Chrome OS may be setting the stage for a wide-open cross-platform architecture that combines Android and Chrome. Freelance programmer Vlad Filippov, aka "Vladikoff," discovered a way around Google's limitations on its ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, which is essentially a Chrome extension application programming interface.


  • Farewell, Bonny Bodhi?
    Well autumn is nigh upon us here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, and any day now the a/c will downshift to "medium" over at the Broken Windows Lounge. Oktoberfest ales are selling like hotcakes, and more than a few bloggers are rejoicing at the end of the Dog Days in fact -- but for the recent arrival of a sad bit of news: Developer Jeff Hoogland is leaving Bodhi Linux.


  • Red Hat Slurps Up FeedHenry
    Red Hat has inked a deal to acquire FeedHenry as part of a stepped-up initiative to support mobile application development. "Given the sheer number of mobile phones out there and the sheer adoption in the market at large of mobile technologies, our customers and prospects and target customer base are moving more and more toward mobile," said Mike Piech, Red Hat's general manager for middleware.



  • Bangladesh Considers Building World's 5th-largest Data Center In Earthquake Zone
    An anonymous reader writes with news about a government plan to build a Tier IV data center in an earthquake prone district of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Ministry of Information is considering the establishment of a Tier 4 data centre in Kaliakair, in the Gazipur region, an ambitious build which would constitute the fifth largest data centre in the world, if completed. And if it survives – the site planned for the project is prone to earthquakes. Earthquake activity in the environs is discouraging, with one nearby earthquake seven months ago in Ranir Bazar (3.8), and no less than ten within the same tectonic zone over the last three years, the largest of which measured 4.5 on the Richter scale.


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  • 35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska
    the eric conspiracy writes "Lack of sea ice in the Arctic has forced record numbers of walrus to come ashore in Alaska. The walrus, looking for a place to rest have come ashore in Point Lay Alaska. The walrus normally rest on floating ice. "We are witnessing a slow-motion catastrophe in the Arctic," Lou Leonard, vice president for climate change at the World Wildlife Fund, said in a statement that was reported by CNN. "As this ice dwindles, the Arctic will experience some of the most dramatic changes our generation has ever witnessed. This loss will impact the annual migration of wildlife through the region, threaten the long-term health of walrus and polar bear populations, and change the lives of those who rely on the Arctic ecosystem for their way of life."


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  • 35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska
    the eric conspiracy writes "Lack of sea ice in the Arctic has forced record numbers of walrus to come ashore in Alaska. The walrus, looking for a place to rest have come ashore in Point Lay Alaska. The walrus normally rest on floating ice. "We are witnessing a slow-motion catastrophe in the Arctic," Lou Leonard, vice president for climate change at the World Wildlife Fund, said in a statement that was reported by CNN. "As this ice dwindles, the Arctic will experience some of the most dramatic changes our generation has ever witnessed. This loss will impact the annual migration of wildlife through the region, threaten the long-term health of walrus and polar bear populations, and change the lives of those who rely on the Arctic ecosystem for their way of life."


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  • Laying the Groundwork For Data-Driven Science
    aarondubrow writes The ability to collect and analyze massive amounts of data is transforming science, industry and everyday life. But what we've seen so far is likely just the tip of the iceberg. As part of an effort to improve the nation's capacity in data science, NSF today announced $31 million in new funding to support 17 innovative projects under the Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program, including data infrastructure for education, ecology and geophysics. "Each project tests a critical component in a future data ecosystem in conjunction with a research community of users," said said Irene Qualters, division director for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at NSF. "This assures that solutions will be applied and use-inspired."


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  • Leaked Docs Reveal List of 30 Countries Hacked On Orders of FBI Informant Sabu
    blottsie writes A Federal Bureau of Investigation informant targeted more than two dozen countries in a series of high-profile cyberattacks in 2012. The names of many of those countries have remained secret, under seal by a court order—until now. A cache of leaked IRC chat logs and other documents obtained by the Daily Dot reveals the 30 countries—including U.S. partners, such as the United Kingdom and Australia—tied to cyberattacks carried out under the direction of Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as Sabu, who served as an FBI informant at the time of the attacks.


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  • Verizon Wireless Caves To FCC Pressure, Says It Won't Throttle 4G Users
    MetalliQaZ writes Verizon Wireless was scheduled to begin throttling certain LTE users today as part of an expanded "network optimization" program, but has decided not to follow through with the controversial plan after criticism from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. All major carriers throttle certain users when cell sites get too congested, but Wheeler and consumer advocates objected to how carriers choose which customers to throttle. The fact that Verizon was throttling only unlimited data users showed that it was trying to boost its profits rather than implementing a reasonable network management strategy, Wheeler said.


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  • Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function
    An anonymous reader writes Researchers have found that a chemical found in hops may actually improve memory. Unfortunately, a person would need to drink 3,520 pints of beer a day to get a high enough dose of the chemical to boost their brain power. A daunting task for even the most enthusiastic Oktoberfest participant. From the article: "Researchers at Oregon State University discovered that doses of xanthohumol, a flavonoid found in hops, improved memory and thinking in a lucky group of mice. Flavonoids are a class of compounds present in plants, known to have numerous health benefits. Last year, researchers discovered that a flavonoid found in celery and artichokes could potentially fight pancreatic cancer. The researchers treated the mice with dietary supplements of xanthohumol over the course of eight weeks. Their goal was to determine if xanthohumol could affect palmitoylation, a naturally occurring process in animals (including humans) that's associated with memory degradation. The mice then went through a series of tests—including the popular Morris water maze—to gauge whether or not the treatments had improved their spatial memory and cognitive flexibility. For the younger mice in the group, it worked. But on the older mice, unfortunately, the xanthohumol didn't seem to have any effect."


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  • DARPA Technology Could Uncover Counterfeit Microchips
    coondoggie writes The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said this week one of its contractors, working on one of the agency's anti-counterfeit projects has developed and deployed what it calls an Advanced Scanning Optical Microscope that can scan integrated circuits by using an extremely narrow infrared laser beam, to probe microelectronic circuits at nanometer levels, revealing information about chip construction as well as the function of circuits at the transistor level.


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  • Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
    colinneagle (2544914) writes The real question on my mind is whether Windows 10 will finally address a problem that has plagued pretty much every Windows OS since at least 95: the decay of the system over time. As you add and remove apps, as Windows writes more and more temporary and junk files, over time, a system just slows down. I'm sure many of you have had the experience of taking a five-year-old PC, wiping it clean, putting the exact same OS on as it had before, and the PC is reborn, running several times faster than it did before the wipe. It's the same hardware, same OS, but yet it's so fast. This slow degeneration is caused by daily use, apps, device drive congestion (one of the tell-tale signs of a device driver problem is a PC that takes forever to shut down) and also hardware failure. If a disk develops bad sectors, it has to work around them. Even if you try aggressively to maintain your system, eventually it will slow, and very few people aggressively maintain their system. So I wonder if Microsoft has found a solution to this. Windows 8 was supposed to have some good features for maintaining the OS and preventing slowdown. I wouldn't know; like most people, I avoided Windows 8 like the plague. It would be the most welcomed feature of Windows 10 if I never had to do another backup, disk wipe, and reinstall."


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  • Factory IoT Saves Intel $9 Million
    jfruh writes Want a good way to sell someone a new technology? Prove to them that you believe in it enough to use it yourself. Intel has been trying to get customers to buy into the concept of the "Internet of Things," in which tiny distributed networked sensors would improve manufacturing processes. To prove its point, they implemented such a system in one of their Malaysian factories, and claimed $9 million in savings.


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  • The "Man In the Moon" Was Created By Mega Volcano
    astroengine writes Whenever you look up at the near side of the moon, you see a face looking back at you. This is the "Man in the Moon" and it has inspired many questions about how it could have formed. There has been some debate as to how this vast feature — called Oceanus Procellarum, which measures around 1,800 miles wide — was created. But after using gravity data from NASA's twin GRAIL spacecraft, researchers have found compelling evidence that it was formed in the wake of a mega volcanic eruption and not the location of a massive asteroid strike.


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  • Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi
    Rambo Tribble writes The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered Boeing to replace Honeywell-built cockpit screens that could be affected by wi-fi transmissions. Additionally, the FAA has expressed concerns that other frequencies, such as used by air surveillance and weather radar, could disrupt the displays. The systems involved report airspeed, altitude, heading and pitch and roll to the crew, and the agency stated that a failure could cause a crash. Meanwhile, the order is said to affect over 1,300 aircraft, and some airlines are balking, since the problem has never been seen in operation, that the order presents "a high, and unnecessary, financial burden on operators".


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  • Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics
    mi writes Attorney General Eric Holder called it is "worrisome" that tech companies are providing default encryption on consumer electronics, adding that locking authorities out of being able to access the contents of devices puts children at risk. “It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,” Holder said at a conference on child sexual abuse, according to a text of his prepared remarks. “When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children. It is worrisome to see companies thwarting our ability to do so.”


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  • Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary
    AmiMoJo writes Japan's Shinkansen bullet-train has marked its 50th anniversary. The first Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka debuted on October 1st, 1964, ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Since then, the Shinkansen has run about 2 billion kilometers, or the equivalent of 50,000 times around the earth. It has carried about 5.6 billion passengers. The latest series to enter operation, the E5, operates at 320km/h.


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  • iOS Trojan Targets Hong Kong Protestors
    First time accepted submitter Kexel writes Security researchers have claimed to discover the first Apple iOS Trojan attack in a move to thwart the communications of pro-democracy Hong Kong activists. From the article: "The malicious software, known as Xsser, is capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobile devices, researchers with Lacoon Mobile Security said on Tuesday. They uncovered the spyware while investigating similar malware for Google Inc's Android operating system last week that also targeted Hong Kong protesters. Anonymous attackers spread the Android spyware via WhatsApp, sending malicious links to download the program, according to Lacoon. It is unclear how iOS devices get infected with Xsser, which is not disguised as an app."


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  • Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon
    The Bad Astronomer writes Astronomers have found a new asteroid, 2014 OL339, that is a quasi-moon of the Earth. Discovered accidentally earlier this year, the 150-meter asteroid has an orbit that is more elliptical than Earth's, but has a period of almost exactly one year. It isn't bound to Earth like a real moon, but displays apparent motion as if it did, making it one of several known quasi-moons.


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  • Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records
    nbauman writes: Doctors with one medical records system can't exchange information with systems made by other vendors, including those at their own hospitals, according to the New York Times. One ophthalmologist spent half a million dollars on a system, but still needs to send faxes to get the information where it needs to go. The largest vendor is Epic Systems, Madison, WI, which holds almost half the medical records in the U.S. A report from RAND described Epic as a "closed" platform that made it "challenging and costly" for hospitals to interconnect. The situation is bad for patients and costly for medical works: if doctors can't exchange records, they'll face a 1% Medicare penalty, and UC Davis alone has a staff of 22 dedicated to communication. On top of that, Epic charges a fee to send data to some non-Epic systems. Congress has held hearings on the matter, and Epic has hired a lobbyist. Epic's founder, billionaire computer science major Judith Faulkner, said that Epic was one of the first to establish code and standards for secure interchange, which included user authentication provisions and a legally binding contract. She said the federal government, which gave $24 billion in incentive payments to doctors for computerization, should have done that. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology said that it was a "top priority" and just recently wrote a 10-year vision statement and agenda for it.


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  • Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger
    realized sends this news from the EFF: For years, local law enforcement agencies around the country have told parents that installing ComputerCOP software is the "first step" in protecting their children online. ... As official as it looks,ComputerCOP is actually just spyware, generally bought in bulk from a New York company that appears to do nothing but market this software to local government agencies. The way ComputerCOP works is neither safe nor secure. It isn't particularly effective either, except for generating positive PR for the law enforcement agencies distributing it. As security software goes, we observed a product with a keystroke-capturing function, also called a "keylogger," that could place a family's personal information at extreme risk by transmitting what a user types over the Internet to third-party servers without encryption. EFF conducted a security review of ComputerCOP while also following the paper trail of public records to see how widely the software has spread. Based on ComputerCOP's own marketing information, we identified approximately 245 agencies in more than 35 states, plus the U.S. Marshals, that have used public funds (often the proceeds from property seized during criminal investigations) to purchase and distribute ComputerCOP. One sheriff's department even bought a copy for every family in its county.


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  • The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
    An anonymous reader writes: You may recall Cody Wilson as the man behind the world's first 3D-printed gun. He built a company behind the ideals of DIY gun-making, and now he's come back with another device: the "Ghost Gunner," a CNC mill designed to create the lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle. "That simple chunk of metal has become the epicenter of a gun control firestorm. A lower receiver is the body of the gun that connects its stock, barrel, magazine and other parts. As such, it's also the rifle's most regulated element. Mill your own lower receiver at home, however, and you can order the rest of the parts from online gun shops, creating a semi-automatic weapon with no serial number, obtained with no background check, no waiting period or other regulatory hurdles. Some gun control advocates call it a "ghost gun." Selling that untraceable gun body is illegal, but no law prevents you from making one." Wilson's goal is still to render government gun regulation useless, even as debate rages on banning this kind of manufacturing.


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  • Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry
    An anonymous reader writes: In 2000, NASA began taking satellite images of the Aral Sea in central Asia, which was once the fourth-largest inland lake in the world. At that time, there was an expansive eastern basin, and smaller basins to the north and west. In images recorded just last week, we see that the eastern basin is completely gone, and the western basin just a thin strip of water. The local fishing industry has been devastated, old ship graveyards now rest on dry ground, and salt-heavy sand is being blown around the region, causing health issues. Most of the lake's decline is attributable to human intervention: "In the 1950s, two of the region's major rivers – the Amu Darya and and the Syr Darya – were diverted by the Soviet government to provide irrigation for cotton production in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, starving the Aral. It has been diminishing ever since, with the sea level dropping 16 meters between 1960 and 1996, according to the World Bank. Water levels are believed to be down to less than 10 per cent of what they were five decades ago." Low levels of rain and snow didn't help.


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  • China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons
    An anonymous reader writes: A pleasant event was planned for the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. A ceremony at Tiananmen Square would release 10,000 pigeons at sunrise to symbolize an era of peace. Unfortunately, even symbols of peace can apparently remind people of violence. Chinese authorities searched all 10,000 pigeons for "dangerous materials," after the government was concerned they might be used for attacks. The pigeons' feathers were checked, and they were given a cavity search as well. The reports did not indicate what kind of "dangerous materials" these pigeons might be carrying. It's unclear whether any pigeons disclosed terror plots under interrogation.


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  • Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?
    An anonymous reader writes: Have you ever been pulled over for a traffic stop and wondered if your sporty car was what caught the officer's attention? Ever had an officer pass up your clunker to snag a flashier vehicle? Well, there's now some data showing which vehicles accumulate the most tickets. According to a study by Insurance.com, drivers of the Subaru WRX, Pontiac GTO, and Scion FR-S get a higher percentage of tickets than drivers of any other cars. At the bottom of the list, we see vehicles such as the Ford Ecosport, the Land Rover LR4, and Chevy Sportvan. They have a widget that will let you see data on your own make/model, if you're curious.


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  • Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film
    SchrodingerZ writes: Threshold Entertainment has announced that it will be producing a live action film based on the Russian stacking game Tetris. Designed in 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris has sold over 35 million copies worldwide. Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff promises "a very big, epic sci-fi movie," explaining, "this isn't a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We're not giving feet to the geometric shapes." Kasanoff is known for his work with the video game films Mortal Kombat, and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, collectively grossing $105 million in revenue. The studio is planning "a story behind Tetris which makes it a much more imaginative thing," though no directors nor cast have been connected to the film. Threshold Entertainment teased the idea, saying "What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."


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  • Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
    An anonymous reader writes: Elon Musk's ambitions for SpaceX keep getting bigger. First he wanted to make the trip to Mars affordable, then he wanted to establish a city-sized colony, and now he's got his eye on the future of humanity. Musk says we need a million people on Mars to form a "sustainable, genetically diverse civilization" that can survive as humanity's insurance policy. He continued, "Even at a million, you're really assuming an incredible amount of productivity per person, because you would need to recreate the entire industrial base on Mars. You would need to mine and refine all of these different materials, in a much more difficult environment than Earth. There would be no trees growing. There would be no oxygen or nitrogen that are just there. No oil." How fast could we do it? Within a century, once the spacecraft reusability problem is solved. "Excluding organic growth, if you could take 100 people at a time, you would need 10,000 trips to get to a million people. But you would also need a lot of cargo to support those people. In fact, your cargo to person ratio is going to be quite high. It would probably be 10 cargo trips for every human trip, so more like 100,000 trips. And we're talking 100,000 trips of a giant spaceship."


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  • David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures
    00_NOP writes: Children in the U.K. have been taught in metric measures in school since (at least) 1972, but yesterday British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that they should actually be taught in Imperial measures (which are still in use officially to measure road distances and speeds, but not really anywhere else). Is this because he hasn't a clue about science or because he is catering to a particular political base?


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  • Supercomputer water-cooling comes to solar power
    Big Blue shows off Swiss research project
    Solar power outfit Airlight Energy has borrowed technology from the world of supercomputers to make its large-scale photovoltaic collectors more efficient, on the way heating water to get a second source of energy.…


  • IoT coding kit targets experimenters who can't code
    SAMLabs hits Kickstarter target
    London startup SAMLabs reckons the Internet of Things is just like LegoTM – and has put together a combo of hardware breadboard and software programming environment to prove it.…


  • DARPA joins math-secured microkernel race
    Embedded systems need better security
    In a discussion that will sound familiar to Australian readers, US military development agency DARPA wants to create provably-secure software.…


  • Researchers bypass Redmond's EMET, again
    Version 5 still a bit soft
    Researchers have again disarmed Microsoft's lauded Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) defence tool, and criticised Redmond for not improving its security controls by much.…


  • Vendors join hands to foster open source NFV
    Reference platform rather than standards
    The Linux Foundation has added another string to its virtualisation bow, with the launch of OPNFV, its project for an open-source network function virtualisation (NFV) platform.…



  • Proprietary OS source code LEAKED to web – from 40 years ago
    No Shellshock bug spotted in ancient CP/M code so far
    Forty years after Gary Kildall released the first version of CP/M, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California has made the source code to several versions of the landmark eight-bit OS available as a free download from its website.…


  • Vertigan hands Turnbull a knife, Turnbull carves Vertigan report
    Government declines to spifflicate the NBN
    It would be hard to find a more doctrinaire document than the final Vertigan panel's Markets and Regulatory Report that was handed down yesterday. The panel has managed to produce a report so far off realpolitik that the government had no choice but to damp it down immediately.…




  • NBN Co to launch commercial FTTN in Q3 2015
    The slow crawl to a faster rollout
    The Federal Government's favoured “multi-technology model”, under which fibre-to-the-node would become the default build for NBN Co where the fibre build hasn't commenced, has finally got a landing date: 2015.…



  • Facebook apologizes for binning accounts of drag queens
    Promises to take another look at 'real names' policy
    Facebook has backed down and apologized to a section of the social networking community for shutting down their accounts on the grounds that they weren't using their proper names.…


  • New EU data chief won't scrap Safe Harbor with US sans Plan B
    MEPs worried that too many cooks will spoil the data protection broth
    The EU's "Safe Harbor" data privacy agreement with the US might not really be safe, but Europe's new Justice Commissioner-designate said on Wednesday that she won't ditch the rule without an alternative.…



  • FCC flashes cash at broadcasters ahead of wireless auction
    Sell off your spectrum for huge profits, feds promise
    The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pitching broadcasters to join in on its upcoming wireless spectrum auction with the promise of huge payouts from mobile giants if the TV industry give portions of its broadcast space.…


  • Bash bug flung against NAS boxes
    SSHit just got real
    Hackers are attempting to exploit the BASH remote code injection vulnerability against Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems.…


  • Internet of Things? Hold my beer, I got this: ARM crafts OS to rule them all
    New mbed operating system tries to pave over chip rivalries to lure in IoT startups
    ARM TechCon ARM will today announce a new operating system called mbed OS: it seeks to smooth over all the differences between various competing system-on-chips so that high-level applications can talk to sensors and other gizmos whether they're using silicon from Atmel, Marvell, ST, Freescale, NXP, and so on.…








  • Wide Open Data: NYC taxi dump catches strip club Johns
    Danger of supposed data democracy highlighted
    Open Data zealots rarely give an individual’s privacy a thought – it’s just another obstacle to be driven over in their desire to provoke a data-powered revolution. But a gigantic dump of journeys made by licensed New York City taxis gives a vivid reminder of the dangers of careless data drops.…



  • AWS Enterprise Summit 2014 hits the heart of London
    Thinking of going to the town on the cloud? Go to the city first
    Promo If you’re wondering whether you need to be in the cloud or what you should be doing there, you should definitely be at the AWS Summit 2014 on 21 October.…



  • CIOs: What’s stopping you getting on the board?
    Old hands spill the beans at Reg Roundtable
    Reg Events Who really sets the technology strategy for your company? If you're the head of tech, but you’re not on the board, it probably isn’t you.…




  • DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire
    Welcome to GOV.UK - digital by de ... FAULT
    The government's rebuilt Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website went titsup last night after failing to cope with demand for its service as thousands of drivers rushed to renew their car tax.…





  • A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs
    Thus doth tech of future illuminate present, etc
    Breaking Fad Home automation can be a lot of fun. However, it can also be the cause of an awful lot of headaches. So, you thought those remote control plug sockets from the DIY store were a good deal?…




  • Larry Ellison, Oracle's humble CTO, demos cloud migration at OpenWorld
    Ex-CEO still knows his way around a server
    OpenWorld Larry Ellison is so confident that Oracle's new platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering lets customers move their databases and applications to the cloud "with the push of a button" that he was even willing to try it himself in front of an audience of thousands.…


  • German data commish makes a Hamburger out of Google
    Profiling punters? Get permission
    In another likely-to-be-fruitless attempt to rein in the globalisation of privacy invasion, Hamburg is telling Google to seek punters' permission for a range of services that build user profiles.…




  • Researcher details nasty XSS flaw in popular web editor
    First denial, then anger, then DDoS, then patching.
    A tool that's popular with Microsoft's in-house developers, the RadEditor HTML editor, contains a dangerous cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability, researcher GS McNamara says.…


  • The Geek Chorus: 'Give MARK ZUCKERBERG all the DATA he wants!'
    Robert Scoble made a Marxist out of me
    Opinion I doubt he intended this. Nor, I suspect, did sponsors Telstra Digital know that a lovely luncheon laid out at Sydney’s Establishment would, by the end of Scoble’s all-over-the-map presentation about the new landscape of sensors, social, clouds, and services, leave me humming “The Internationale”.…


  • DataDirect Networks stuffs tricky GPFS file system into GS7K box
    Easy-to-use, ready to run, raring to go
    DataDirect Networks has bundled its GPFS parallel file system, which uses GridScaler technology, into its GS7K appliance. The appliance can use its WOS object storage as a huge back-end vault, which DDN hopes will remove GPFS set-up complexity while preserving standardised NAS access.…


  • Huawei promises €1.5 BILLION French investment
    Cash splash follows prime ministerial love-in
    China's telco juggernaut is taking its international charm offensive to France, promising investment, jobs and training after a confab with prime minister Manuel Valls.…




  • Xbox hackers snared US ARMY APACHE GUNSHIP ware - Feds
    International charges net Americans and an Aussie
    Hackers from the US, Canada and Australia have been arrested over a sting that took in the US Army, gaming companies and Microsoft. The Department of Justice accuses the alleged perps of copying software worth more than US$100m.…



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  • Dash As The Default Shell For Fedora?
    While Ubuntu/Debian have long preferred Dash as its /bin/sh implementation, in light of the recent Shellshock Bash vulnerability there's a discussion starting about Dash potentially becoming the default shell for Fedora Linux...


  • CUPS Turn 15 Years Old, CUPS 2.0 Released
    CUPS 2.0 has finally been released in marking the fifteen years the project has been around with what was originally referred to as the Common Unix Printing System...


  • VA-API Gallium3D State Tracker Added Back To Mesa
    Last week I wrote about AMD working on a new VA-API state tracker for Gallium3D after the original VA-API support was dropped two years ago. That new state tracker has landed in mainline Mesa Git...



  • The MSI X99S SLI PLUS Is Working & Running Well On Linux
    Last month following the launch of Intel's Core i7 5960X Haswell-E platform I ran into a rather odd situation with the first system assembled using the X99 chipset and eight-core, $1000+ processor: the motherboard failed. Coincidentally it happened at the same time as another motherboard failure at a fellow review site. Fortunately, since then, there's been no other major reports of failures with Intel's new platform. MSI has been helpful in this matter and I've since received a new MSI X99S SLI PLUS to confirm there's no fundamental issues with their board.








  • Borderlands 2 Launches On Steam For Linux
    Borderlands 2 is available today as the newest action RPG / first person shooter on Linux. Borderlands 2 -- a game powered by a modified Unreal Engine 3 -- is now available natively via a port done by Aspyr Media...



  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980: The Best GPU For Linux Gamers
    Earlier this month NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 as their highest-end offerings based on their Maxwell architecture. Since the GTX 750 series debut I have been anxious to see Maxwell succeed Kepler in the high-end space and finally last week I got hands on time with the GTX 980. As long as you are not committed to using pure open-source graphics drivers, the GeForce GTX 980 is the best you can get as a Linux gamer/enthusiast for high performance graphics for ending out 2014.


  • Fedora Might Try A New Scheduling Strategy For Its Releases
    It's no secret that Fedora has had a challenging time sticking to their release schedules for a long time. With taking care of blocker bugs, Fedora Linux releases tend to frequently slip -- with Fedora 21 it's about two months behind schedule and we're just past the alpha stage. By the time Fedora 21 actually ships, Fedora 20 will have been at least twelve months old. However, a new release scheduling strategy might be tried starting with Fedora 22...


  • AMD's Catalyst Working On A GLSL Shader Cache
    There's a lot of work going on right now to the AMD Catalyst Linux graphics driver. We've written about new features coming to an upcoming Catalyst Linux driver but silently being pushed into the latest round of release is a GLSL shader disk cache...






  • Operating System U Fails To Live Up To Its Goals
    Back in July we wrote about the Linux distribution based on Arch and powered by Wayland aiming for commercial success to compete with the likes of Ubuntu. Well, that distribution has now thrown in the towel...



  • Nouveau Memory Re-Clocking Comes For More NVIDIA GPUs
    Roy Spliet, the student developer behind funded by the X.Org Foundation to work on Nouveau re-clocking, continues making great progress on this critical feature for the open-source NVIDIA graphics driver. With the latest patches, DDR2 / DDR3 / GDDR3 memory re-clocking should be working for a lot more NVIDIA graphics cards...


  • NVIDIA Suggests Explicit Synchronization For Nouveau
    As another interesting NVIDIA Linux news item before ending out the month are some patches published just before the start of the weekend by NVIDIA. A NVIDIA developer has proposed explicit synchronization support for the Nouveau driver, complete with some "RFC" patches...



  • OverlayFS Proposed For The Linux 3.18 Kernel
    After years of development, more than two dozen versions of the file-system, and real-world deployments in some Linux distributions, OverlayFS is trying again to get in the mainline Linux kernel...




  • Intel Haswell HD Graphics With CS:GO On Linux
    Besides Radeon Gallium3D tests of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, I also did one test-run this weekend of CS:GO using Intel's "Haswell" HD Graphics with the open-source Mesa driver...



  • Preview: Radeon Gallium3D Performance For CS:GO On Linux
    Following last week's release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Linux I published many AMD/NVIDIA GPU benchmarks of CS:GO. Those initial results were done using the proprietary AMD and NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers while starting today will be the open-source graphics driver results for this highly popular Valve game.





  • AMD Is Working On A New VA-API State Tracker For Gallium3D
    Years ago there was a VA-API state tracker within Gallium3D for offering drivers support for the Video Acceleration API. That implementation, however, was dropped back in 2012 as it was largely unmaintained and the VDPAU state tracker proved to be more popular. Now, however, it seems AMD is working to introduce a new VA-API implementation for Gallium3D...




Engadget


  • Vertu Aster is a luxury smartphone with 'mid-tier' price, top-tier specs


    Since the launch of the Signature Touch, Vertu CEO Max Pogliani promised that "technology will be more a merging factor and not a differentiation point" for his phones. That's literally the case with the new mid-tier Aster launched today: This titanium Android device is every bit identical to its flagship sibling device internally, just wrapped within a more contemporary and unisex design. We're looking at a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a 5.1-inch 117 carat sapphire screen, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset, a 13-megapixel Hasselblad-certified main camera with twin LED flash, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing imager, 64GB of internal storage, a 2,275mAh battery, front stereo speakers, NFC, Qi wireless charging and great LTE compatibility (though no love for China, for some reason). With the specs out of the way, let's look at why this swanky phone starts from $6,900 or £4,200.

    While the Aster is technically the successor of the Constellation, the former avoided the path of screen enlargement (from the Ti's 3.7-inch screen to the Constellation's 4.3-inch) while managing to bring back the iconic V-pillow. By keeping the same 4.7-inch screen size on both the Signature Touch and the Aster, Vertu could risk losing appeal to a wider audience, especially in China where phablets are the norm. But Pogliani opted for a more sensible strategy.

    "Vertu is not here to follow general mass market mobile trends."

    "Vertu is not here to follow general mass market mobile trends; our technology is leading edge but it doesn't have to be bleeding edge. The same goes for the physical design of Vertu products. The nature of our customers and of our products mean that we have to develop what is right for them, not follow generic broader industry design themes that may be more fleeting than those of the luxury market.

    "Many of our customers desire and appreciate compact size Vertu products that comfortably fit the inside the pocket of a well-tailored suit or in an expensive clutch bag."

    The CEO added that this also has nothing to do with the cost of sapphire, and he even said it's possible that his company might offer larger screen sizes in the future.

    Much like the other Vertu handsets, the Aster is offered with a range of skins and colors. The base price gets you calf leather in black, pink or blue, while £5,600/$9,100 gets you shiny snake skin in black or orange (the latter is this author's favorite), and you can max out at £5,900/$9,700 -- a "little" below the Signature Touch's £6,750/$10,300 base price -- for ostrich skin in brown or purple. This is pretty much why the Aster comes in at 11.2mm thick, which is just a tad more than the Signature Touch's.


    Going back to the point about differentiation, the Aster is more affordable because it comes with a shorter "Classic Concierge" subscription -- just six months instead of a year and no dedicated agent. This may tempt those who doubt they will make full use of Vertu's signature service; and they can always renew their subscription afterwards. There's also the Vertu Certainty package that offers six months of iPass WiFi hotspots around the world, 12 months of Silent Circle communication encryption and 12 months of Kaspersky mobile security subscription. Vertu Life, a curation service that offers exclusive access to events and venues, will continue to last for 18 months -- a figure based on usage statistics within Vertu's global customer base, according to Pogliani.

    "Concierge and services continues to be of significant importance to Vertu and they are a key part of our brand DNA," the exec added. "We are continually developing this aspect of our business and new partnerships with the likes of Bentley indicate the level of our vision and ambition."

    On top of that, Vertu is also entering the e-commerce space. The English company will be gradually rolling out its Vertu Digital service between now and early next year, by which point folks around the world will be able to directly order personalized devices online, though they can also collect their new phones at a boutique -- we think the latter is more fun, if there's one nearby. But of course, this alone still won't win the majority of us over -- we're waiting for that more affordable Vertu device that Pogliani is working on.

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    Source: Vertu


  • Netflix is the exclusive home for four new Adam Sandler movies
    would probably be a waste of time anyway.

    [Image credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]


    Netflix exec Ted Sarandos says people worldwide love Sandler's movies and watch them again and again, something the company can certainly track with its data and ratings systems. All jokes aside, it could be a good fit -- Sandler has hits from Hotel Transylvania to Grown Ups to The Waterboy, and has executive produced big movies for others. Netflix gave us House of Cards and Orange is the New Black -- we'll wait for the first movie to arrive, and at best, hope for a surprise on the level of Punch Drunk Love. At worst? Sandler is about to join Van Damme and other faded stars on the direct-to-video aka direct-to-streaming shelf.
    Four New Original Movies. All Adam Sandler. Exclusively on Netflix. Coming soon. #SandlerOnNetflix http://t.co/xhNiUAuJ2d
    - Netflix US (@netflix) October 2, 2014
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    Source: Netflix



  • Next year's Hondas will have Tegra and Android inside


    Curious as to just which Honda models you'd see Android pop up in first? If you had money on the 2015 Civic, Civic Tourer and CRV it's time to collect your prize from the pool. Google's mobile OS will appear as standard equipment in those vehicles with a little help from Nvidia, naturally, and as the GPU giant tells it, Honda Connect will be the first infotainment system to run embedded Android on a Tegra chipset. Nvidia says that Connect will sport a 7-inch customizable touch-screen display that acts a lot like what you'd expect from a smartphone or a slate. Naturally that means there are swipe, pinch and zoom gestures along with an app store for the Ice Cream Sandwich-based system. How this will all play with Android Auto, though, remains to be seen.

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    Source: Nvidia Blog



  • Verizon's new FiOS deal will let you watch Comedy Central away from home

    Verizon is about to make it much easier to catch The Daily Show when you can't reach your TV on time. As part of a renewed carriage deal, Big Red will let you watch all of Viacom's live channels (including Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon) through the FiOS Mobile app when you're away from home. You'll also have access to all of Viacom's authenticated TV Everywhere services, so you'll get to stream on-demand shows through a wide array of apps and devices. There's more on the way, too. Verizon says the renewal will let it offer a mysterious bundle of "marquee content" nationwide to its wireless customers -- even if they don't have FiOS -- and it expects to roll out "innovative new TV packages" that better match viewers' tastes. We doubt the channel bundle will disappear entirely any time soon but we'd welcome more choices and, hopefully, lower prices.

    [Image credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster]

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    Source: Verizon


  • Elon Musk teases Tesla 'D' unveiling on October 9th


    Did you think that Tesla was done with surprises this year after name-dropping the Model 3? Far from it. The company's Elon Musk has just teased the unveiling of what looks like another vehicle, the "D," on October 9th. There will also be "something else" in store, he says. Just what either of those entail is still a mystery, although Musk has previously hinted that the third generation of Teslas would involve both the long-expected "budget" sedan and an SUV smaller than the Model X. There's a real possibility that you'll hear about one or both of those EVs in a week's time.

    Update: According to Musk, the interesting wording of his original tweet was unintentional, but interestingly he closed saying "Glad I didn't mention the other letter!"

    About time to unveil the D and something else pic.twitter.com/qp23yi59i6
    - Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 2, 2014
    I love the Internet. Comments had me literally ROFL. No, it wasn't intentional. Glad I didn't mention the other letter!
    - Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 2, 2014
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    Source: Elon Musk (Twitter)


  • Rumor calls out Windows 95 as the reason Microsoft skipped version 9


    Still confused about why the new version of Windows is 10, instead of 9? Beyond the loosely defined numbering schemes that are all too common in tech (how many iPhones did it take to get to 6?), a note posted to Reddit could provide an answer. Reddit user cranbourne claims to be a Microsoft developer, and cites rumors that early testing with the name "Windows 9" ran into problems with code some third-party developers used as a shortcut to detect when apps are running on Windows 95 or Windows 98. The problem, is that it wasn't written to actually check for the extra character. Whatever the real reason is Microsoft isn't saying, and it gave cranbourne:

    Microsoft dev here, the internal rumours are that early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form:

    if(version.StartsWith("Windows 9"))

    { /* 95 and 98 */ } else {

    and that this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that.

    LOL at the "real" reason MSFT went straight to Windows 10! This code is all over the place: https://t.co/mHqYMPDocw) pic.twitter.com/t6UI8XVHCd
    - Christer Kaitila (@McFunkypants) October 1, 2014
    The news that Windows 10 may have been named that way because of .StartsWith("Windows 9") checks reminds me of http://t.co/CVArfBVbZj
    - Jeff Atwood (@codinghorror) October 1, 2014
    I bet the real reason it's called Windows 10 is because some enterprise app written 20 years ago checks for "Windows 9x". #imaginethemeeting
    - ଅନିଲ (@anildash) September 30, 2014
    It sounds bizarre, and other versions of Windows have had different names publicly and internally to avoid such issues (Windows 7 aka Windows 6.1). Still, it carries weight for a couple of reasons and developers we asked found the reasoning plausible. Programmer Jeff Atwood points out a similar issue that hit Windows 2000 and certain Pentium processors back in the day, while indie dev Christer Kaitila exposed exactly how much of the potentially offending code is out there with a simple search. If you have a better idea, let us know in the comments below.

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    Source: Reddit


  • Engadget Live hits Los Angeles this Friday!


    As we told you last time, there's lots going on in Los Angeles on Friday nights, but we still think our event trumps anything else you could possibly have planned. Our final Engadget Live event of the year kicks off at 7PM this Friday (October 3rd) at the Belasco Theatre.

    Engadget Live is all about bringing together gadget lovers and tech brands. You (the gadget lover) will get to put your hands on some of the latest technology your friends haven't seen. Try out vaporized spirits from Vapshot, experience Jaunt's world of Cinematic VR, try out Huawei's powerful smartphones and much more that you can preview in the gallery below.

    So if you're in the Southland this Friday night, get your free tickets and we'll see you at the Belasco (not to be confused with the Velazco theatre, that's in New Jersey). Then we'll gear up for Engadget Expand, heading to New York on November 7-8!

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  • A video game museum is rebuilding an MMO designed for the Commodore 64
    Everquest and Ultima Online? Step back, son: those games are spring chickens next to 1986's premier virtual world: LucasFilm's Habitat. Don't fret if you haven't heard of it -- the Commodore 64-powered online world only lasted for two years and was exclusive to Quantum Link, an ISP that would eventually evolve into America Online. Habitat seems fairly basic by today's standards, but it was a breakthrough in its own era, featuring support for thousands of simultaneous players in a self-governed virtual world. It's gaming history, and Alex Handy, founder and director of the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment in Oakland, is trying to revive it.

    The project almost came about by accident -- Handy was working on a retrospective of Lucasfilm titles, and reached out to Habitat co-creator Chip Morningstar to see if he had any of the game's old source code. Turns out he had all of it, but that itself isn't enough to rebuild the game. Not only is Habitat limited by its exclusive service provider and ancient console, but the game's servers ran on the obscure and defunct Stratus Nimbus. Luckily, an old Stratus employee was willing to donate an old Nimbus to the cause, giving the museum the hardware it needs to try and relaunch one of the world's oldest online games.

    Now Handy is in the last stretches of his project. This past weekend, he assembled a team of folks from Commodore, AOL (Engadget's parent company), Q-Link and even the game's original creators: Randy Farmer and the aforementioned Chip Morningstar. Over 12-hours the group sifted through old code and reverse engineered the Q-Link server code that ran Habitat in the old days. The game still isn't up and running, but by the end of the day they had their proof of concept: a single Habitat room with just one active player in it. The player avatar doesn't have a head, and it can't actually do anything, but it means that the team can now communicate with the server from an emulated Commodore 64 client.

    It's only a matter of time before Handy is able to get the game back up and running, something he says will happen much faster if he can manage to find the server source code for the old Q-Link service. Know where to find it? Hit up the source link below -- the museum would love to hear from you.

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    Source: MADE, Wired


  • New spyware targets Hong Kong protesters' phones

    Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters have more to worry about than they thought -- someone is gunning after their phones, too. Lacoon Mobile Security says it has detected new spyware, Xsser, that tries to trick WhatsApp users on Android and iOS by posing as a coordination tool for the Occupy Central movement. Anyone who falls for the ploy grants access to virtually all of their sensitive info, including contacts, call logs and instant messaging archives. The code is unusually sophisticated, to boot; it's a rare instance of a cross-platform mobile attack, and it updates itself over time.

    Just who's responsible (beyond a Chinese-speaking entity) isn't clear, since the culprits have gone out of their way to hide their tracks. Lacoon suspects that the Chinese government may have crafted Xsser to snoop on protesters, but there's also a chance that criminals are using the hostile code to look for accounts they can steal. The malware isn't likely to be all that effective no matter who's at fault, especially among cautious types who've already switched to secure messaging software. Still, it's not exactly comforting for activists who already have plenty of reasons to be suspicious.

    [Image credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images]

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    Via: New York Times

    Source: Lacoon Mobile Security



  • Algae-based thread will keep your clothes odor-free

    If you're worried that the silver ions in antibacterial and anti-odor clothing might also pose serious health risks, like destroying genetic material, you'll be glad to hear that there should soon be a safer alternative. The KTH Royal Institute of Technology has developed an antibacterial thread that uses a mix of bio-compatible plastics and lanosol, a bacteria-fighting compound that you normally find in red algae. The material should not only be a less contentious germ-killer than silver, but more effective. Because it's woven into super-thin fibers through electrospinning (which uses electrical charges to draw thread from liquid), the antiseptic element doesn't clump up and leave some areas unprotected.

    KTH's discovery could make antibacterial clothing commonplace, which would undoubtedly be welcome to anyone who hates dealing with smelly laundry. However, that's just the start of its potential uses. The researchers believe that it could be used for air filters, bandages and other fabrics where the presence of microbes would be unpleasant or outright dangerous. Don't be surprised if you eventually see a lot of companies, not just fashion brands, touting algae-based safeguards.

    [Image credits: Shutterstock / Ljupco Smokovski, KTH Royal Institute of Technology]


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    Via: Phys.org

    Source: KTH


  • Aquarium of Boise gives the internet control of a tank-dwelling submarine


    Maybe you like swimming. Maybe you like going to the aquarium. Maybe you'd like to do both without leaving your house. Now, you can: a new exhibit at the Aquarium of Boise allows anyone with an internet connection to take a virtual tour of one of its largest fish habitats using a remote controlled submarine. The telepresence sub can be controlled from the aquarium's webpage using either a computer keyboard or clicking on-screen controls. It works okay, but there's a noticeable delay: we had a hard time getting the LiveDiver sub to look at much else besides a wall. Part of this could be the tank's regular inhabitants: the aquarium says that Letterman, a gap-toothed mappa puffer fish, has taken to chewing the submarine's tether, disrupting service several times. Still, it's a neat exhibit and (provided Letterman hasn't fouled things up recently) you can try it out for yourself at the source link below.

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    Source: Aquarium of Boise, PhysOrg


  • Lamborghini reveals 910-horsepower Asterion hybrid concept

    Lamborghini has announced its first plug-in hybrid showpiece, and it's quite beautiful. The Asterion LPI 910-4 packs in a 5.2-liter V10 with 610 horsepower, and its trio of electric motors beef up that latter figure another 300 (hence the 910 moniker). Those numbers puts the hypercar in the same neighborhood as McLaren's P1 and the LaFerrari hybrid. In terms of speed, the blue machine can hit 0 to 60 MPH (0 to 100 km/h) in three seconds and tops out at just under 200 MPH (320 km/h). What's more, the Asterion can reach 78 MPH (125 km/h) using only electric power, traveling around 31 miles (50km) without firing up the main engine. As this is more of a proof of concept than anything else, there's no word on pricing and availability, or whether more than one will even be made. However, feel free to ogle the leather-wrapped cockpit after the break.

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  • Verizon won't be throttling unlimited LTE data plans after all

    If you were worried that Verizon would start throttling your unlimited data plan because you use it a lot, you can relax -- Big Red just had a last-minute change of heart. The carrier tells Droid-Life that it has decided against pursuing "network optimization" (read: throttling) for uncapped LTE users. There's no direct explanation for the about-face, but Verizon says that it "valued the ongoing dialogue" on slowdowns. In other words, it's likely trying to avoid a clash with the FCC, not to mention angry customers, over a potential violation of net neutrality guidelines. Whatever triggered the provider's second thoughts, it's good news if you've felt that the unlimited service you pay for shouldn't have any strings attached. Check out the full statement below.

    Update: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler approves, saying in a statement that "I salute Verizon Wireless's decision. This is a responsible action and I commend Verizon's leadership on this issue." Clash averted.

    [Image credit: AP Photo/John Minchillo]

    Verizon is committed to providing its customers with an unparalleled mobile network experience. At a time of ever-increasing mobile broadband data usage, we not only take pride in the way we manage our network resources, but also take seriously our responsibility to deliver exceptional mobile service to every customer. We've greatly valued the ongoing dialogue over the past several months concerning network optimization and we've decided not to move forward with the planned implementation of network optimization for 4G LTE customers on unlimited plans. Exceptional network service will always be our priority and we remain committed to working closely with industry stakeholders to manage broadband issues so that American consumers get the world-class mobile service they expect and value.

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    Source: Droid-Life


  • Scared of needles? Try swallowing them

    If you're one of the many who fear needles, you might be in luck. Researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital are working on an oral alternative to injections, and it involves the use of a capsule. On the pill's surface, tiny needles inject drugs directly into the lining of the stomach once it's swallowed. During trials, insulin was delivered more efficiently, and the capsule didn't cause any issues as it passed through the digestive system. While insulin was used in tests, the delivery system is said to be most helpful for antibodies to treat cancer and autoimmune disorders. At any rate, those of us who prefer to avoid shots entirely may soon have one less source of anxiety during doctor's visits.

    [Image credit: Christine Daniloff/MIT]

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    Source: MIT


  • Sprint and Verizon are doubling data on shared plans too

    Not to be outdone by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have now announced they are also going to double the data for users on shared mobile plans, at no extra cost. What's more, both carriers are bringing the promotion to family and business customers alike, making the news all the better. With Sprint, for example, you can get 120GB maximum for $225 per month on a family plan, while business accounts will receive up to 200GB for $330 -- on the former, there's also the $130 option, which lets you share 60GB between lines. Similarly, Verizon is set to double the data amount on its 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB More Everything plans; the 12GB and 16GB are making the jump as well, but only to 15GB and 30GB, respectively. Verizon's promo is kicking off tomorrow, with Sprint following suit the day after. But be sure to act fast, since the networks will only be offering this through the end of October.

    Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless, Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T

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    Source: Sprint, Verizon


  • Vuzix's smart glasses now talk to your iPhone

    Vuzix's M100 Smart Glasses may be Android-powered, but that doesn't mean you have to use its hands-free features with other Android devices. The company has rolled out an OS 2.0 update that lets you use the wearable with most iOS gear. So long as you have the companion app (due very shortly), you can take full advantage of the M100's augmented reality apps, hands-free calling and other features that keep your hands free. If you've been looking for a head-mounted computer that will play nicely with your iPhone (and isn't as pricey as Google Glass), your search might be over.

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    Source: Vuzix (Digital Journal)


  • Facebook apologizes for spurning drag queens, might do something about it
    ?

    Facebook's real name policy has caused quite a stir recently, especially among the drag queen community. Several performers found themselves on the receiving end of merciless deletion because they used their stage names, rather than their legal names for their profiles. When those accounts were reported as fake (apparently by a single individual with a vendetta against drag queens) they got swept up into Facebook's system and removed along with the bullies, impersonators and trolls. Now the company's chief product officer, Chris Cox, has issued an apology, though one that makes it clear the policy will not be changing.

    Cox makes it clear that forcing Sister Roma or Lil Miss Hot Mess to change the names associated with their accounts would be a mistake, however. As he explains:

    Our policy has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name. The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life. For Sister Roma, that's Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Hot Mess, that's Lil Miss Hot Mess.

    That being said, he goes on to say the policy is "the right one" for Facebook, and gives no inclination that it's going to change anytime soon. Instead he says that the company's "reporting and enforcement mechanisms" are largely to blame for the problems. So, while the real name policy will stay in place, it looks as if Facebook is taking the issues it has caused recently at least somewhat seriously and is looking for solutions -- even if it's not sure what those solutions are yet. Suffice to say, Edwina Gadgetina was hoping for something more.

    [Image Credits: Shutterstock (Facebook), Mathu Andersen/Logo (RuPaul)]

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    Via: The Next Web

    Source: Facebook


  • Netflix will pay you to take Instagram photos of famous movie locations

    Ever felt that your Instagram photography is so good that you should start charging for it? Now's your chance to prove your worth. Netflix is looking for three professional Instagram shooters (aka "Grammasters") that will travel across the continental US snapping square photos of "iconic" movie and TV show locations to drum up attention for the streaming movie service. All you have to do to apply is share three of your best shots by October 7th. The gig only lasts for two weeks, so you won't want to quit your day job -- and it's safe to say that you won't have as much creative control as you'd probably like. However, you'll be paid $2,000 a week with all travel expenses covered. That's not too shabby for something you were already doing for free.

    [Image credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images]

    Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD, Facebook

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    Source: Netflix



  • Trouble sleeping? A snooze-inducing cap might help

    If you can't get to sleep at night, then you've probably been told to avoid cheese, say no to caffeine after lunchtime and drink a cup of warm milk before bed. That was good advice, or at least it was, until the advert of the Sleep Shepherd, which is a beanie that promises to gently send you to sleep and wake you up at the right time. Equipped with a variety of sensors, the headgear monitors your brain activity and sends a soothing pulse to your noggin to convince you that it's time to stop thinking about what Dave at the office said to you that morning.

    According to its creator, Dr. Michael Larson, there's a part of our brain called the Medial Superior Olive, which we use to pinpoint the location of sounds. For instance, if someone speaks by our left ear, the sound reaches the left hemisphere of the MSO first, and we use the delay between that and when it reaches the right hemisphere to understand the location. The Sleep Shepherd takes advantage of this by sending a series of left-right pulses that trick your MSO into thinking that you're rocking back and forth on a hammock. This, apparently, causes your brain into lowering the frequency of your brainwaves, and will eventually send you to sleep.



    Once you've nodded off, the Sleep Shepherd will deactivate, but will continue to monitor your brainwaves, so if you start to wake up, the hat will resume activity. The company's Kickstarter page doesn't go into a lot of detail about how it does this, but given the (now defunct) Zeo was able to shrink a simple EEG unit into a headband, we'd guess that this takes a similar approach. There's also no word on how you'd set the device to rouse you in the morning, but hopefully a companion app is in the offering. Perhaps, instead, the plastic section at the top of the beanie that houses the rechargeable lithium ion battery has a set of manual controls, although I think an app is more likely.

    As we mentioned, this device is on Kickstarter, and the company is hoping to raise $50,000 to go into mass production. A pledge of $140 will bag you a regular version of the Sleep Shepherd, or you can buy one for you and your partner for $270. The company is planning to ship by March 2015 and have demonstration models ready in time for CES this January, and you can bet that we'll be catching up with them at the show.

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    Source: Kickstarter


  • Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?
    So, why did Microsoft skip version 9, jumping straight to Windows 10? On Reddit, someone who claims to be a Microsoft developer, points us into an interesting direction.  Microsoft dev here, the internal rumours are that early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form  if(version.StartsWith("Windows 9")) { /* 95 and 98 */ } else {  and that this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that.  I want this to be true. It's perfect.


  • Microsoft announces Windows 10
    Microsoft finally surprised us all: At the eagerly-awaited first briefing for the next Windows, the firm revealed that they had decided to skip the 9 and call it Windows 10 instead. From a features perspective, we only learned about a few minor new features that hadn't already leaked. And as promised, the technical preview won't ship until October. Which starts tomorrow, by the way.  To say that this was a different kind of Windows event is a major understatement. I want to focus on the details of the announcement here, but it's at least worth pointing out that Terry Myerson's team is approaching Windows 10 with a completely different - for the better - approach. Not just when compared to the past few releases. But when compared to every Windows release from the past 20 years. Everything is new again.  It's looking like a good release so far - I'm especially very happy with the further neutering of Metro and the Expose-like functionality. Odd they're skipping 9 though.


  • EU: Apple-Ireland tax deal illegal, possible fines imposed on Apple
    We already reported on this one yesterday, but it's official now: after a preliminary investigation, the EU has accused Ireland of providing illegal state aid to Apple by means of Apple-specific low tax rates which the EU states do not conform to market standards. In addition, while there are certain specific cases in which state aid is legal, none of those seem to apply in this case. These cases cover things like aid to severely impoverished regions, natural disaster relief, important projects of common European interest, and similar things.  At this stage, the Commission considers that the measure at issue appears to constitute a reduction of charges that should normally be borne by the entities concerned in the course of their business, and should therefore be considered as operating aid. According to the Commission practice, such aid cannot be considered compatible with the internal market in that it does not facilitate the development of certain activities or of certain economic areas, nor are the incentives in question limited in time, digressive or proportionate to what is necessary to remedy to a specific economic handicap of the areas concerned.  Possible fines, which could run in the billions of euros, would be on Apple. So, unlike what some of our readers vehemently claimed - "There is no possibility of a fine upon Apple whatsoever" - Apple could very well end up paying billions of euros.  The Commission wishes to remind Ireland that Article 108(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union has suspensory effect, and would draw your attention to Article 14 of Council Regulation (EC) No 659/199935, which provides that all unlawful aid may be recovered from the recipient.  This is only the beginning. Several other companies and countries - Google, Starbucks, The Netherlands, Luxembourg - are also under investigation, and will likely face similar proceedings in the near future.


  • Adobe, Google bring Photoshop to Chromebooks
    Chromebooks are fast, easy to use and secure. They bring the best of the cloud right to your desktop, whether that's Google Drive, Google+ Photos or Gmail. Today, in partnership with Adobe, we're welcoming Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks, initially with a streaming version of Photoshop. This will be available first to U.S.-based Adobe education customers with a paid Creative Cloud membership - so the Photoshop you know and love is now on Chrome OS. No muss, no fuss.  This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook. It's always up-to-date and fully integrated with Google Drive, so there's no need to download and re-upload files - just save your art directly from Photoshop to the cloud. For IT administrators, it's easy to manage, with no long client installation and one-click deployment to your team's Chromebooks.  This is quite interesting - and a direct assault on Windows and OS X. We'll have to see just how well it works, but if it works well, and a lot of the heavy lifting is done server-side, it might a winner.


  • EU to accuse Apple of taking illegal tax aid from Ireland
    The European Union will accuse Apple of taking illegal aid from the Irish state through sweetheart tax deals over two decades, the Financial Times reported on Monday.  A European Commission investigation into Apple's tax affairs in Ireland, where it has a rate of less than 2%, has found that the company benefited from illegal state aid, the newspaper reported, citing sources close to the matter.  Nail these corporate criminals.


  • Over 200000 BlackBerry Passports sold
    Since announcement of the BlackBerry Passport in Toronto, London and Dubai, there has been over 200,000 devices sold across Amazon and Shop BlackBerry. As noted by BlackBerry CEO John Chen on the Q2 2015 earnings call, the BlackBerry Passport has moved to the number one spot on the Amazon unlocked device list and sold out through ShopBlackBerry within the first six hours after sales had gone live.  I'm pretty sure all the really, really funny people are already making very, very funny jokes about these numbers compared to the quazillion iPhones Apple sold in three nanoseconds. We're all laughing. Really, we are.


  • My coworkers made me use Mac OS 9 for their amusement
    So here I am on a battered PowerBook that will barely hold a charge, playing with classic Mac OS (version 9.2.2) and trying to appreciate the work of those who developed the software in the mid-to-late '90s (and to amuse my co-workers). We're now 12 years past Steve Jobs' funeral for the OS at WWDC in 2002. While some people still find uses for DOS, I'm pretty sure that even the most ardent classic Mac OS users have given up the ghost by now - finding posts on the topic any later than 2011 or 2012 is rare. So if there are any of you still out there, I think you're all crazy... but I'm going to live with your favorite OS for a bit.  Ars Technica rewrote the article I wrote eight years ago.


  • What is the Shellshock Bash bug and why does it matter?
    By now you may have heard about a new bug found in the Bash shell. And unless you're a programmer or security expert, you're probably wondering if you should really worry. The short answer is: Don't panic, but you should definitely learn more about it, because you may be in contact with vulnerable devices.  This bug, baptized "Shellshock" by Security Researchers, affects the Unix command shell "Bash," which happens to be one of the most common applications in those systems. That includes any machine running Mac OS X or Linux.  A very simple and straightforward explanation of this major new security issue. The OSNews servers were updated yesterday.


  • Apple releases iOS 8.0.2, addresses previous update errors
    Apple has released iOS 8.0.2. It's available now via Settings > General > Update or over Lightning to USB tether to iTunes on your Mac or PC. This comes just one day after the iOS 8.0.1 update left iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers unable to use Touch ID or connect to cellular networks. Apple promised a fix within days and delivered it with a day.  Quick response by Apple.


  • Why women aren't safe on the internet
    Elizabeth Lopatto writing for The Verge:  Maybe I sound exasperated. I am. I cannot believe it is 2014, and threats against women are still treated as fundamentally unserious. Here's why: One in five U.S. women has been raped in her lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in six has been stalked. One in four women has experienced violence from a domestic partner. When women are murdered, two times out of five, the culprit is an intimate partner, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Domestic violence is a leading cause of death for pregnant women, the CDC warns. So it's in our best interest to take threats seriously, even when they're coming from internet strangers, because we know women to be at extremely high risk for violence at the hands of men.  Threats make the internet unsafe for me, and for Emma Watson, and for a lot of other women, too. Ask Anita Sarkeesian. Ask Kathy Sierra. Ask Catherine Mayer, Lindy West, or Alyssa Royce. This isn't even an exhaustive list, it's just the first women that came to mind, because the sick thing is that this never stops. And honestly, if we - all of us - don't make it stop, it never will.  The treatment of women on the internet will remain a topic on OSNews until the problem is resolved, or the day I die - whichever comes first. I know from previous stories that many OSNews commenters would rather not face the harsh reality of the systematic mistreatment of women online - I have been disgusted with some of the comments posted - but those people can hit that little 'close tab' button and leave, because I don't want them here.


  • BlackBerry Passport released
    Today was the day! You marked it in your calendar, you counted down the nights, and last night, as you went to bed, your stomach had that tingly feeling you get when you're nervous about what that long-awaited day would bring. Yes, today, BlackBerry officially released the Passport - the first high-end smartphone with a proper keyboard in years. Since everything was already known about this device, let's go straight to CrackBerry's review:  The whole time I've been reviewing the BlackBerry Passport there's been a lingering thought in my head and I'm sure it's one I share with many of you all as well. How well is the BlackBerry Passport going to sell for BlackBerry? At the end of the day, or in this case at the end of the review, I really don't know but what I have decided is this. The BlackBerry Passport is just quirky enough, just odd enough to make people interested in it. Even during my review, I've had several people ask about the device, even a guy at the Apple Store (Yes, I was showing off) had questions about it and that's actually beneficial to BlackBerry. Just quirky enough, just odd enough, that people want to pick up the device and see what it is all about and well, BlackBerry needs that. Not enough people know BlackBerry 10 even exists, let alone the fact that's a great operating system. If their first experience on BlackBerry 10 is the BlackBerry Passport, I feel that's a good thing because even though it looks a little odd, it's a pretty complete package when all things are considered.  This pretty much sums up how I feel about the Passport (but obviously without actually having used it). It looks a little quirky - and therefore interesting - and I am very happy that at least someone has the gusto to try something new in the physical keyboard department. At this point, the Passport is literally the only high-end, modern smartphone with a hardware keyboard.  That's sad, but at least we have an option now.


  • Apple releases iOS 8.0.1, users report major problems with update
    One week after the launch of iOS 8, Apple has already released its first update for the new OS in iOS 8.0.1, which contains a slew of bug fixes.  But you shouldn't hit the install button yet. Soon after the update hit, an abnormally high number of users immediately started reporting that the iOS 8.0.1 update is breaking cellular reception and other features like TouchID. For those affected, "no service" is displayed after the update has been installed, and toggling airplane mode or powering the phone off and on again doesn't seem to be fixing it. We've reached out to Apple for comment on the situation.  Do not install this update. There's no way around it - these issues are very widespread. The iOS developers and ordinary users in my Twitter timeline are not pleased right now.


  • Debian switches back to Gnome as default desktop environment
    Debian switched to Xfce as the default desktop environment back in November 2013. But that didn't last long because a few days ago, Debian restored GNOME as the default desktop, based on preliminary results from the Debian Desktop Requalification for Jessie.  According to Joey Hess, the Debian developer who performed this change, the main reasons for Debian switching back to GNOME as the default desktop are related to accessibility and systemd integration.


  • AnandTech's iOS 8 review
    I missed this one last week, so just pretend it's 17 September. AnandTech's in-depth review of iOS 8, probably the best one you'll read online. They conclude:  Despite my concerns, iOS 8 makes me feel excited for the future more than anything else. Apple's steps to open up more options for customization by developers and users on iOS marks a significant departure from their previous releases. It's not Android but it isn't meant to be. It brings new features and capabilities that are implemented in a very Apple-like manner, for better or for worse. I don't think it's going to do much to sway Android fans toward iOS, but it gives a lot of reason for current iOS users to stay with Apple. This is especially true for users who can take advantage of continuity. iOS 8 feels like another step in the maturation that began with iOS 7. Most exciting of all is that it's still only the beginning.  Like I said before: consolidation.


  • How Apple and Samsung like their customers
    Chris Nacca has posted an interesting video, in which the startup times of applications are compared between a Nexus 5 (released about a year ago) and the brand new iPhone 6. As you can see in the video, application startup times are essentially the same between the two devices, and in both cases, applications open very quickly.  This raises an interesting question, more so because of this article I read on The Verge today, about some guy who was very depressed about his brand new iPhone 6 Plus because he couldn't use it with one hand. Aside from two obvious points - one, you have two hands, and two, didn't you know how big the phone was? - it struck me that with phones being used almost exclusively for very lightweight tasks, why would you rush out and buy the latest iPhone or Galaxy or whatever when it doesn't bring you any obvious benefit?  The iPhone 5S, or even the 5, is still a perfectly fine, fast, and capable phone, and other than getting a larger screen, upgrading to an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus will get you absolutely nothing. If even a year-old Nexus 5 that's only half the price gives you about the same performance when checking Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and so on, what's the point in spending $700-$900 on the new iPhone or Galaxy?  The video is not interesting because a Nexus 5 and iPhone 6 show equal application startup performance, but because it illustrates that the specifications race has already run its course. On desktop computers, newer machines at least give you better gaming performance, but on phones? Are you going to notice that little bit of extra AA or whatever the iPhone 6 is going to give you over the 5S?  Phones have really gotten into the numbers game, and it serves absolutely nobody, except the bank accounts of Apple and Samsung. The person in The Verge article is exactly how Apple and Samsung like their customers: rushing out to buy the latest and greatest phone, without giving it any obvious thought - not because they need it, but because they feel inferior if they don't have the latest and greatest, actual needs be damned.




  • Encrypt Your Dog (Mutt and GPG)
        
    I have been focusing a lot on security and privacy issues in this year's columns so far, but I realize some of you may expect a different kind of topic from me (or maybe are just tired of all this security talk). Well, you are in luck.
       


  • New Products

    Please send information about releases of Linux-related products to newproducts@linuxjournal.com or New Products c/o Linux Journal, PO Box 980985, Houston, TX 77098. Submissions are edited for length and content.
       



  • Practical Tiny Core in the Fire Service
        
    I'm sure many of you have at least heard of Tiny Core Linux—legends of how small it is, how little it takes it to run a system with it and even now how it's been ported to run on Raspberry Pi. It's an esoteric minimalist distribution.
       


  • Open Axiom
        
    Several computer algebra systems are available to Linux users. I even have looked at a few of them in this column, but for this issue, I discuss OpenAxiom. OpenAxiom actually is a fork of Axiom. Axiom originally was developed at IBM under the name ScratchPad. Development started in 1971, so Axiom is as old as I am, and almost as smart.
       


  • Is the Private Cloud a Real Cloud?
        
    Consider this traditional scenario: in today's competitive world, dynamic business requirements need flexible and rapid provisioning of IT resources. Along with flexibility, traditional IT environments need new resources to support the dynamic workloads of applications.
       



  • Geolocation
        
    There's an old saying in the real-estate business that the three most important things in a property are location, location and location. We can assume this is still true when it comes to real estate, but it also is increasingly true when it comes to Web applications.
       


  • Give new life to old phones and tablets with these tips!
        
    If you're like me (and you're a Linux Journal reader, so you may actually be like me), you probably rotate through your cell phones and/or tablets every couple years. These little devices are so convenient and have been consistently dropping in price, while their power continues to go up, so you may have a few older devices sitting in a drawer.
       


  • Lucidchart
        
    I am a visual learner. When I try to teach something, I naturally like to use visual examples. That usually involves me working for hours to create flowcharts in Google Docs using the drawing program. Yes, it works, but it's a very cumbersome way to create a flowchart. Thankfully, I recently discovered Lucidchart
       


  • Non-Linux FOSS: AutoHotkey
        
    Text expansion and hotkey automation are the sort of things you don't realize you need until you try them. Those of you who ever have played with system settings in order to change the function of a keystroke on you system understand the value of custom hotkeys. 
       


  • diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development
        
    Sometimes a new piece of code turns out to be more useful than its author suspected. Alejandra Morales recently came out with the Cryogenic Project as part of his Master's thesis, supervised by Christian Grothoff. The idea was to reduce energy consumption by scheduling input/output operations in batches. 
       


  • One Charger to Rule Them All
        
    If you're anything like me, your nightstand is full of electronic devices that need to be charged regularly. Every night I have:

    Nexus 7 tablet.
      
    Cell phone.
      
    Kindle Paperwhite.
      
    iPad Air.
      
    Fitbit. 
       


  • Android Candy: Quit Thumbing Your Passwords!
        
    I use my phone more often to log in to on-line accounts than I use a computer. I can assure you it's not because typing passwords on a tiny keyboard is fun. For most of us, we just have instant access to our phones at any given time during the day.
       




  • Extended File Attributes Rock!
    Worldwide, data is growing at a tremendous rate. However, one recent study has pointed out that the size of files is not necessarily growing at the same rate; meaning the number of files is growing rapidly. How do we manage all of this data and files? While the answer to that question is complex, one place we can start is with Extended File Attributes. Continue reading ’


  • Checksumming Files to Find Bit-Rot
    In a previous article extended file attributes were presented. These are additional bits of metadata that are tied to the file and can be used in a variety of ways. One of these ways is to add checksums to the file so that corrupted data can be detected. Let's take a look at how we can do this including some simple Python examples. Continue reading ’



  • What’s an inode?
    As you might have noticed, we love talking about file systems. In these discussions the term "inode" is often thrown about. But what is an inode and how does it relate to a file system? Glad you asked. Continue reading ’




  • Emailing HPC
    Email is not unlike MPI. The similarities may help non-geeks understand parallel computers a little better. Continue reading ’



  • iotop: Per Process I/O Usage
    Based on a reader comment, we take iotop for a spin to see if it can be used for monitoring the IO usage of individual processes on a system. The result? It has some interesting capability that we haven't found in other tools. Continue reading ’





  • SandForce 1222 SSD Testing, Part 3: Detailed Throughput Analysis
    Our last two articles have presented an initial performance examination of a consumer SandForce based SSD from a throughput and IOPS perspective. In this article we dive deeper into the throughput performance of the drive, along with a comparison to an Intel X-25E SSD. I think you will be surprised at what is discovered. Continue reading ’


  • Putting Drupal to Work
    Drupal is a simple but powerful CMS. However, you'll probably want to configure it. Learn how to tweak Drupal's settings to your liking. Continue reading ’


  • SandForce 1222 SSD Testing – Part 2: Initial IOPS Results
    SandForce has developed a very interesting and unique SSD controller that uses real-time data compression. This affects data throughput and SSD longevity. In this article, we perform an initial examination of the IOPS performance of a SandForce 1222-based SSD. The results can be pretty amazing. Continue reading ’


  • Drupal at Warp Speed
    Need to setup Drupal CMS but don't have the time to learn how? Try this 30 minute quick start guide. Continue reading ’


  • Chasing The Number
    The Top500 list is a valuable measure of HPC progress, but the race it has spawned maybe over for many organizations Continue reading ’


  • Stick a Fork in Flock: Why it Failed
    This probably won't come as a surprise to many, but the "social Web browser" has thrown in the towel. Don't cry for the Flock team - they're flying the coop for Zynga to go make Facebook games or something. But Flock's loyal fans are out in the cold. Why'd Flock fail? There's a few lessons to be learned. Continue reading ’


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