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  • Fedora 22 rubygem-activesupport-4.2.0-2.fc22 Fixes for:CVE-2015-3226Escape HTML entities in JSON keysCVE-2015-3227XML documents that are too deep can cause an stack overflow, which in turn will cause a potential DoS attack.

  • Fedora 21 gnome-abrt-1.0.0-3.fc21 Security fixes for:* CVE-2015-3315* CVE-2015-3142* CVE-2015-1869* CVE-2015-1870* CVE-2015-3151* CVE-2015-3150* CVE-2015-3159abrt:=====* Move the default dump location from /var/tmp/abrt to /var/spool/abrt* Use root for owner of all dump directories* Stop reading hs_error.log from /tmp* Don not save the system logs by default* Don not save dmesg if kernel.dmesg_restrict=1libreport:==========* Harden the code against directory traversal, symbolic and hard link attacks* Fix a bug causing that the first value of AlwaysExcludedElements was ignored* Fix missing icon for the "Stop" button icon name* Improve development documentation* Translations updatesgnome-abrt:===========* Use DBus to get problem data for detail dialog* Fix an error introduced with the details on System page* Enabled the Details also for the System problems

  • Fedora 21 abrt-2.3.0-7.fc21 Security fixes for:* CVE-2015-3315* CVE-2015-3142* CVE-2015-1869* CVE-2015-1870* CVE-2015-3151* CVE-2015-3150* CVE-2015-3159abrt:=====* Move the default dump location from /var/tmp/abrt to /var/spool/abrt* Use root for owner of all dump directories* Stop reading hs_error.log from /tmp* Don not save the system logs by default* Don not save dmesg if kernel.dmesg_restrict=1libreport:==========* Harden the code against directory traversal, symbolic and hard link attacks* Fix a bug causing that the first value of AlwaysExcludedElements was ignored* Fix missing icon for the "Stop" button icon name* Improve development documentation* Translations updatesgnome-abrt:===========* Use DBus to get problem data for detail dialog* Fix an error introduced with the details on System page* Enabled the Details also for the System problems

  • Fedora 21 libreport-2.3.0-8.fc21 Security fixes for:* CVE-2015-3315* CVE-2015-3142* CVE-2015-1869* CVE-2015-1870* CVE-2015-3151* CVE-2015-3150* CVE-2015-3159abrt:=====* Move the default dump location from /var/tmp/abrt to /var/spool/abrt* Use root for owner of all dump directories* Stop reading hs_error.log from /tmp* Don not save the system logs by default* Don not save dmesg if kernel.dmesg_restrict=1libreport:==========* Harden the code against directory traversal, symbolic and hard link attacks* Fix a bug causing that the first value of AlwaysExcludedElements was ignored* Fix missing icon for the "Stop" button icon name* Improve development documentation* Translations updatesgnome-abrt:===========* Use DBus to get problem data for detail dialog* Fix an error introduced with the details on System page* Enabled the Details also for the System problems

  • Fedora 21 rubygem-activesupport-4.1.5-2.fc21 Fixes for:CVE-2015-3226Escape HTML entities in JSON keysCVE-2015-3227XML documents that are too deep can cause an stack overflow, which in turn will cause a potential DoS attack.

  • Fedora 22 cups-x2go- * New upstream version ( - cups-x2go{,.conf}: port to File::Temp. Use Text::ParseWords to split up the ps2pdf command line correctly. Don't use system() but IPC::Open2::open2(). Capture the ps2pdf program's stdout and write it to the temporary file handle "manually". Should fix problems reported by Jan Bi on IRC. - cups-x2go: fix commented out second ps2pdf definition to output PDF data to stdout. * New upstream version ( - cups-x2go: import tempfile() function from File::Temp module. - cups-x2go: only repeat the last X, not the whole ".pdfX" string (or the like.) - cups-x2go: actually print "real" executed command instead of the "original" one with placeholders. - cups-x2go: read output from ghostscript, don't write a filehandle to the temporary file. Fixes a hanging ghostscript call and... well... random junk, instead of a "real" PDF file. - cups-x2go: use parentheses around function arguments. - cups-x2go: fix binmode() call, :raw layer is implicit. - cups-x2go: fix print call... Does not allow to separate parameters with a comma. - cups-x2go: add correct :raw layer to binmode calls. - cups-x2go: fix tiny typo. - cups-x2go: read data from GS and STDIN in chunks of 8 kbytes, instead of everything at once. Handles large print jobs gracefully. - cups-x2go: add parentheses to close() calls. - cups-x2go: delete PDF and title temporary files automatically. - cups-x2go: unlink PS temporary file on-demand in END block. Also move closelog to END block, because we want to print diagnosis messages in the END block. - cups-x2go: don't use unlink() explicitly. Trust File::Temp and our END block to clean up correctly. - cups-x2go: there is no continue in perl for stepping forward a loop. Still not. I keep forgetting that. Use next. (Partly) Fixes: #887. - cups-x2go: use the same temp file template for PS, PDF and title files. Use appropriate suffixes if necessary when generating PDF and title temp files. (Fully) Fixes: #887.Update to Add a short README that provides some getting started information.Update to Add a short README that provides some getting started information.

  • Fedora 22 elfutils-0.163-1.fc22 Update to 0.163. Hardening fixes. Updated eu-addr2line utility. Various bug fixes. Updated translations.Update to 0.162. Hardening fixes. Updated eu-addr2line utility. Various bug fixes.

  • Red Hat: 2015:1199-01: kernel: Important Advisory Updated kernel packages that fix two security issues and three bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Extended Update Support. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]

  • Tough, IP67-sealed box PC runs Linux on Atom
    X-ES unveiled a rugged, sealed embedded PC that runs Linux on an Atom E3800, and offers 4GB of ECC RAM, IP67 protection, M12 ports, and -40 to 70°C support. For its new XPand6903 embedded computer, Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) returned to the same Intel Atom E3800 system-on-chip found in its Linux-ready XPedite8150 and XPedite8152 COM Express modules. The feature sets are close enough that it’s possible there’s a XPedite8150 COM under the hood, although this is not indicated in the documentation.

  • Latest Windows 10 Build Has Some Cool Linux Features
    Windows 10 is about to launch in less than a month, and it's going to be a very interesting release. We had a chance to play with the latest build, and at least a couple of things have jumped out that you could say are flattering towards Linux..

  • Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation
    Microsoft revealed that it will be joining the Linux Foundation R Consortium as a founding member. The founding members of the R Consortium include other major corporations like Google, HP and Oracle.

  • R, Matey: Hoisting the Sails for a Programming Language
    Our friends at the Linux Foundation yesterday set sail wit the formation of the R Consortium, which includes such notorious pirates…um, I mean, notable companies as Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Google and Microsoft, along with the other founders like Alteryx, Mango Solutions, Tibco Software, and we won’t be sailin’ without our mateys at, wait for it, RStudio. Of course, when you read that last one, you read it as Arrrrrr Studio, right? Right?

  • Supreme Court Won't Hear Oracle v. Google Case, Leaving APIs Copyrightable And Innovation At Risk
    This is unfortunate, even if it was somewhat expected: the Supreme Court has now rejected Google's request to hear its appeal over the appeals court decision that overturned a lower court ruling on the copyrightability of APIs. The lower court decision, by Judge William Alsup (who learned to code Java to understand the issues), noted that APIs were not copyrightable, as they were mere methods, which are not subject to copyright.

  • 5 tips for translating documentation
    Writing documentation can have a way of getting into your blood, so that you think about it quite a bit, play with some ideas, start various new ideas that may not come to much, and it seems that what you[he]#039[/he]re looking for as much as anything is a task that takes hold of you and develops its own energy to keep you going until you more

  • How to Migrate Ext2/Ext3 File Systems to Ext4 on Linux
    The Linux file systems Ext2 and Ext3 have now gone outdated. It is the time to convert the old file systems to the latest one, EXT4. The Ext4 filesystem is faster and more reliable than the previous versions. You dont have to reinstall the system; you can simply convert your existing file system to EXT4 by keeping the stored data unaffected.

  • LibreOffice 4.4.4 Arrives with Over 70 Bug Fixes
    The Document Foundation announced that LibreOffice 4.4.4 is now available for download and packs over 70 bugfixes. It's not the last one in the series, so expect to see more of these in the coming months.

  • NoSQL and the next generation of big data
    This year, OSCON attendees will have the opportunity to hear Henrik Ingo speak on Selling Opensource 101. Ingo is a senior solutions architect at MongoDB. He is active in many open source projects, and is the author of Open Life: The Philosophy of Open Source, a book on open source community ethics and business models. In this interview, he provides insight into MongoDB and explains why it[he]#039[/he]s the platform of choice for big data analytics and for building microservices.

  • Former L0pht man 'Mudge' leaves Google for Washington
    Obama lures hacker out of the roof with gig establishing software transparency labMudge, a once-feared and now-respected member of the "L0pht" hacker collective, is headed to Washington to set up a software version of Underwriters' Laboratory.…

  • Media player mini-PC runs Android on 64-bit octa-core SoC
    Tronsmart unveiled a media player mini-PC that runs Android 5.1 on a 64-bit octa-core Rockchip RK3368 SoC and supports H.265 4K video at 60fps via HDMI 2.0. We no longer cover every Android media player or HDMI stick that comes around, but the new Tronsmart “Orion R68″ certainly caught our attention. (So did its similar […]

  • Supreme Court won’t weigh in on Oracle-Google API copyright battle
    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Google's appeal of the Google-Oracle API copyright dispute. The high court's move lets stand an appellate court's decision that application programming interfaces (APIs) are subject to copyright protections. Here is how we described the issue in our earlier coverage:

  • Compact, rugged IoT gateway runs Linux on Quark
    Adlink’s “Matrix MXE-100i” gateway runs Wind River’s Linux-based IDP XT IoT gateway stack on an Intel Quark processor, and offers multiple wireless options. The Matrix MXE-100i is a spinoff of the Matrix MXE-200i gateway computer announced by Adlink in February. Like the MXE-200i, the identically sized, 120 x 100 x 55mm MXE-100i comes preloaded with a Linux-based Internet of Things gateway software stack from Intel subsidiary Wind River, called Wind River Intelligent Device Platform XT.

  • An Everyday Linux User Review Of Debian
    The hardest thing about Debian? Getting the right ISO in the first place. Once you get over that hurdle you will find it is easy to install, even on UEFI based machines and there is a good selection of software available. Getting things like Flash and MP3 audio working is simple and the stability and performance is good.

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  • How To Set Off Fireworks Without Blowing Yourself Up
    Doing your own little fireworks show is a lot of fun — it’s a very American and appropriate desire to want to blow up everything in sight. Just don’t blow yourself up while you’re at it! And stick to the legal explosives: the fireworks you can freely buy, depending on where you are.

  • How To Make Breakfast Like A Brit
    Kate Arnell you keep saying "grilled" when you're putting food in the oven. We don't think that word means what you think it means.

  • How The World's Best Hamburger Buns Are Made
    Martin’s makes a lightly modernized version of traditional Pennsylvania German potato bread, a bread that Dutch farmers used to make with potato-cooking water and leftover mashed potato to replace some of the flour.

  • The Talented Mr. Khater
    When 23-year-old Callie Quinn moved from Texas to Chile, she counted on finding a beautiful country, meaningful work, and interesting friends. She had no idea she’d set off a manhunt for an international con artist.

  • Today's Best Documentary: ‘Carts Of Darkness’
    Explore Vancouver's beautiful, inspiring and fascinating shopping cart racing subculture, pioneered and led by homeless people looking for entertainment while transporting recyclables to exchange facilities.

  • This Guy Can't Just Roll A Regular Blunt
    ​Here is a man with too much time and marijuana on his hands. Instagram user Valleyrec420, a self-described California Prop 215 patient, is spending his days rolling the most incredible blunts we've ever seen. Err... not that we've seen a ton of blunts. We're not experts. Who's asking? Are you a cop? You have to tell us if you're a cop.

  • The Madness Of Descent
    For riders in the Tour de France, the tricky parts aren't riding up the mountains, it's going down them.

  • Would A Nearby Supernova Kill Us All?
    Supernovae are happening all over space. But space is really, really big, so we haven't yet experienced a nearby star blowing up. On this week's episode of "Meanwhile In The Future" — what would happen if one did? (Here's a hint: It would be bad)

  • Robot Kills Worker In VW Factory In Germany
    A 21-year-old external contractor was installing the robot, together with a colleague, when he was struck in the chest by the robot and pressed against a metal plate. He later died of his injuries, reports Chris Bryant, the FT's Frankfurt correspondent.

  • I Went Undercover As A Nail Salon Worker In NYC
    It was a discouraging start, mirroring the shady business practices Nir exposed in her piece. But during the first two weeks at the salon, I was trained thoroughly on grooming, safety and hygiene requirements.

  • How The Cousin Oliver Syndrome Ruined Television (For A Time)
    For years, television suffered under the burden of "Cousin Oliver Syndrome": a condition where failing shows would add adorable youngsters to their casts as a last-ditch effort to get viewers. Vulture takes a look at this bizarre aspect of TV history in the first episode their "Secret History of Television."

  • This Old GPU Ad Burns Console Gamers
    A reddit user stumbled upon this old ad for 3dfx, a now-defunct graphics card manufacturer and former expert in the wants and needs of women.

  • An American Love Letter To Canada
    Here in the United States, our northern neighbor doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it’s due—for a number of reasons, all of which generally boil down to a bad case of Yankee hubris.

  • Warner Bros. Knew That 'Arkham Knight' For The PC Was A Mess For Months
    You can’t buy "Batman: Arkham Knight" for the PC right now. Warner Bros. pulled it from digital and physical shelves last week, after players found that the PC version had critical performance issues. From what sources tell Kotaku, however, this shouldn’t have been a surprise for Warner Bros.

  • How To Make Chocolate
    It’s easy to forget that chocolate is a fruit. It’s born on a tree and undergoes several steps that transform the bitter, astringent seed into the rich, flavorful bars that we know.

  • 22 Years A Slave
    One man's homecoming after he lost more than two decades and nearly his life to modern-day slavery in Southeast Asia.

  • Ann Pragg, The eSports Writer Who Never Existed
    Ann Pragg was on the cusp of becoming something of a "League of Legends" celebrity when she abruptly quit her esports career. It might have had something to do with the fact that Pragg wasn't a real person.

  • The Irritating Rise Of The Video Cover Letter
    Meet the video cover letter, the latest indignity dreamed up by the sadists in HR. There may not be enough work to go around, but there’s plenty of make-work, doled out to desperate job-hunters in no position to complain. Want to apply? Okay then, but first write, shoot, and edit a video to plead your case.

  • Live Updates From The Greek Debt Crisis
    With Greece effectively in default after failing to pay the IMF €1.5 billion on Tuesday, the Council of Europe criticizing Greece for failing to call a referendum sooner, and Germany's Angela Merkel refusing to make a deal until the referendum goes through, well, things are not looking good. Stay tuned for more international monetary policy hijinks!

  • Digg's Image Of The Day
    Thousands of protesters railed Tuesday against a new Spanish public security law nicknamed the "gag law" before it went into effect at midnight, slamming it as legalized muzzling of free expression and the media.

  • Apple Music Is A Usability Nightmare
    I really tried to convince myself to give it a chance, but Apple Music is just simply awful to use. Everything I would want to do would either take forever or is simply not possible.

  • US And Cuba Reach An Agreement To Reopen Embassies
    The United States and Cuba will announce an agreement on Wednesday to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, formally restoring diplomatic relations more than a half-century after they were ruptured, according to administration officials.

  • The Barbarian Vegetables Of China
    The Chinese have a way of reminding foreigners that they’ll never quite fit in — including branding certain foreign vegetables as “barbaric” or “exotic.”

  • A Machine That Sniffs Out Illegally Harvested Wood
    Illegally traded specimens of endangered species present a huge problem to investigators and customs officials all over the world. But in some cases, the illegal trade isn’t ivory or endangered animals: it’s bits of wood.

  • A Dutch City Is Giving Money Away To Test The 'Basic Income' Theory
    Basic income is an unconditional and regular payment meant to provide enough money to cover a person’s basic living cost. In January of 2016, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands and its partner, the University of Utrecht, will create several different regimes for its welfare recipients and test them.

  • The 100-Year-Old Loophole That Makes California Champagne Legal
    Of you’ve ever seen bottles of bubbly labeled California Champagne — perhaps produced by Korbel, Cook’s or André — what you’ve seen is perfectly legal. The loophole that makes these labels legal is the result of a fight that began in the trenches of the first World War, with roots going back to the nineteenth century.

  • Environmental Design In The Modern Era
    Environmental change is accelerating, although it is not always perceptible or predictable. Landscape designers grapple daily with this problem, and many now focus their practice on designing for adaptation to change.

  • High-Profile Study Turns Up The Antitrust Heat On Google
    The new study, which was presented at the Antitrust Enforcement Symposium in Oxford, UK, over the weekend, says the content Google displays at the top of many search results pages is inferior to material on competing websites.

  • Can Lyft Pull An Avis?
    Can Lyft survive as No. 2? What could make it No. 1? Or should it become a different product altogether?

  • The Deadly Mystery Behind Kawasaki Disease
    Hard to diagnose, with an unknown cause, Kawasaki disease has been puzzling doctors for 150 years. Exploring what we know, and still don’t know, about this troubling childhood heart condition.

  • Federal Wiretaps Down Slightly, Encryption Impact Decreases
    coondoggie writes: According to the 2014 Wiretap Report, released today by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts a total of a total of 3,554 wiretaps were reported as authorized, with 1,279 authorized by federal judges and 2,275 authorized by state judges. Compared to the applications approved during 2013, the number approved by federal judges decreased 13% in 2014 and the number approved by state judges increased 8%. One state wiretap application was denied in 2014, the report stated.

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  • How the Next US Nuclear Accident Might Happen
    Lasrick writes: Anthropologist Hugh Gusterson analyzes safety at US nuclear facilities and finds a disaster waiting to happen due to an over-reliance on automated security technology and private contractors cutting corners to increase profits. Gusterson follows on the work of Eric Schlosser, Frank Munger, and Dan Zak in warning us of the serious problems at US nuclear facilities, both in the energy industry and in the nuclear security complex.

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  • Windows 10 Shares Your Wi-Fi Password With Contacts
    gsslay writes: The Register reports that Windows 10 will include, defaulted on, "Wi-Fi Sense" which shares wifi passwords with contacts, Skype contacts and, with an opt-in, Facebook friends. This involves Microsoft storing the wifi passwords entered into your laptop which can then be used by any other person suitably connected to you. If you don't want someone's Windows 10 passing on your password, Microsoft has two solutions; only share passwords using their Wi-Fi Sense service, or by adding "_optout" to your SSID.

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  • Depression: The Secret Struggle Startup Founders Won't Talk About
    mattydread23 writes: In May, Cambrian Genomics CEO Austen Heinz committed suicide. The news stunned friends and family, and sparked a conversation about the growing problem of depression among startup founders. Some estimates say 30% of startup founders suffer from depression, but many are reluctant to talk about their struggle for fear of alienating investors and employees. This feature by Business Insider includes conversations with a friend of Heinz, plus many investors and other startup founders who are starting to talk about the problem and figure out how to make things better.

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  • First Human Colonies Should Be Among Venus' Clouds
    StartsWithABang writes: When we talk about humans existing on worlds other than Earth, the first choice of a planet to do so on is usually Mars, a world that may have been extremely Earth-like for the first billion years of our Solar System or so. Perhaps, with enough ingenuity and resources, we could terraform it to be more like Earth is today. But the most Earth-like conditions in the Solar System don't occur on the surface of Mars, but rather in the high altitudes of Venus' atmosphere, some 50-65 km up. Despite its harsh conditions, this may be the best location for the first human colonies, for a myriad of good, scientific reasons. NASA proposed something similar last year and released a report on the subject.

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  • Meet the Makers of an Exotic (Partially) 3-D Printed Car (2 Videos)
    Last month, in a story headlined 3D Printed Supercar Chassis Unveiled, we promised video interviews with builders Kevin and Brad "in the near future." Here they are. First, we have Kevin Czinger, Founder & CEO of Divergent Microfactories. He says the way we build cars is more important from an environmental standpoint than how we fuel them, and that the way we make cars now is a lot less efficient and a lot more expensive than it needs to be. Divergent's first demo vehicle, the Blade, is a tandem-seating 700 HP supercar its makers say does 0 - 60 in 2.5 seconds. Price? No word yet, but it's safe to assume "plenty" might be an accurate guess.   In the second video, Blade project lead Brad Balzer goes into detail about how, why, and where they use 3-D printing, and explains the modular nature of their car chassis design. He says they don't need to change many parts to go from ultra-sports car to pickup truck. He also says that while Divergent Microfactories is working on cars right now, their manufacturing system can be applied to many different industries. Indeed, their long-range goal is to help people build microfactories making many different kinds of products faster, more flexibly, and for less money than it takes to make similar manufactured items today.   Note: The transcript covers both videos and has a little 'bonus' material in it, too.

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  • Microsoft To Launch Minecraft Education Portal For Teachers
    Mickeycaskill writes: Microsoft wants to help educators use Minecraft to teach pupils about maths, history, creative design and other subjects and skills, claiming the game is already being used in classrooms in the US and UK. Minecraft developer Mojang was bought by Microsoft last year for $2.5 billion and the game has been featured in a number of HoloLens demos, an indication of how it sees the former indie phenomenon as more than just a game. "Very soon after Minecraft launched, we noticed teachers bringing the game into their classrooms," said a blog post. "Often inspired by the passion of their students, they started using Minecraft to design history lessons, teach language classes, explore mathematics, physics, computer science, writing, and more."

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  • Google Apologises For Photos App's Racist Blunder
    Mark Wilson writes: Google has issued an apology after the automatic tagging feature of its Photos apps labeled a black couple as "gorillas". This is not the first time an algorithm has been found to have caused racial upset. Earlier in the year Flickr came under fire after its system tagged images of concentration camps as sports venues and black people as apes. The company was criticized on social networks after a New York software developer questioned the efficacy of Google's algorithm. Accused of racism, Google said that it was "appalled" by what had happened, branding it as "100% not OK".

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  • Pew Survey Documents Gaps Between Public and Scientists
    PvtVoid writes: A new Pew Research Study documents an alarming gap between public perception of scientific issues and the opinions of the scientists themselves, as measured by a poll of AAAS scientists. Even worse, the gap is partisan, with clear differences between Republicans and Democrats, and between conservatives and liberals. For example, while 98% of AAAS members agree with the statement that "Human beings and other living things have evolved over time", only 21% of conservatives agree, compared with 54% of liberals. Global warming, similarly, shows an ideological gap: 98% of AAAS scientists agreed with the statement that "the Earth is getting warmer mostly due to human activity", compared with 21% of conservatives and 54% of liberals. Encouragingly, almost everybody thinks childhood vaccines should be required (86% of AAAS members, 65% of conservatives, and 74% of liberals.) Go here for an interactive view of the data.

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  • 18 Years On, Ultima Online Is Still Going
    An anonymous reader writes: Ultima Online was released in September, 1997. It was the game that popularized graphical MMOs, and somehow, it's still running. Rock, Paper, Shotgun took a dive into the game to see how much it's changed, and who still plays it. As the community has shrunk, it's become increasingly tight-knit, and giving up the game now means giving up a social circle for many players. Even though newer MMOs have eclipsed the game's functionality, UO has a dedication to the full adventuring experience that later games haven't replicated. From the article: "While initially I couldn't understand the appeal of Ultima, when I decided to shake off the limitations of an early level character and simply explore for myself, I found a game world with a lot to offer. Player created civilizations, unique monsters, and the sheer mystery of the world combine to keep this ancient MMO compelling. For all the ways in which the genre has improved, Ultima Online remains one of just a few MMOs that let you live an alternative life. That feeling of ownership ... combined with the diversity on offer, keeps players coming back day after day."

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  • Ask Slashdot: Getting My Wife Back Into Programming After Long Maternity Leave?
    An anonymous reader writes: My wife has been on a maternity leave for three years, now. She is starting to think about refreshing her coding skills and looking for a job. Before, she worked as a Java developer for around two years doing mostly Java Enterprise stuff. However, she is not very eager to go back to coding. I think she has the right mental skills to be a developer, but she is just not very passionate about coding or IT in general. On the other hand, it's relatively easier to find a job in IT than starting a new career. We live in Spain, and with the current economic situation, the market for software developers is not great — but it's definitely better than other jobs. I there anything else she might do, ideally Java (but could be anything IT related) that would be easier and more fun than the typical Java Enterprise stuff, while also giving her a good change to find a decent job? (I'm a Java developer myself with many years of experience but mostly doing boring Java Enterprise stuff.)

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  • NASA To Waste $150 Million On SLS Engine That Will Be Used Once
    schwit1 writes: NASA's safety panel has noticed that NASA's SLS program either plans to spend $150 million human-rating a rocket engine it will only use once, or will fly a manned mission without human-rating that engine.  "The Block 1 SLS is the 'basic model,' sporting a Delta Cryogenic Second Stage (DCSS), renamed the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion System (ICPS) for SLS. The current plan calls for this [interim] stage to be used on [the unmanned] Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) and [manned] Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2), prior to moving to the [Exploration Upper Stage] — also to be built by Boeing — that will become the workhorse for SLS. However, using the [interim upper stage] on a crewed mission will require it to be human rated. It is likely NASA will also need to fly the [Exploration Upper Stage] on an unmanned mission to validate the new stage ahead of human missions. This has been presenting NASA with a headache for some time, although it took the recent ASAP meeting to finally confirm those concerns to the public." NASA doesn't have the funds to human-rate it, and even if they get those funds, human-rating it will likely cause SLS's schedule to slip even more, something NASA fears because they expect the commercial manned ships to be flying sooner and with increasing capability. The contrast — a delayed and unflown and very expensive SLS vs a flying and inexpensive commercial effort — will not do SLS good politically. However, if they are going to insist (properly I think) that SpaceX and Boeing human-rate their capsules and rockets, then NASA is going to have to hold the SLS to the same standard.

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  • Where Facebook Stores 900 Million New Photos Per Day
    1sockchuck writes: Facebook faces unique storage challenges. Its users upload 900 million new images daily, most of which are only viewed for a couple of days. The social network has built specialized cold storage facilities to manage these rarely-accessed photos. Data Center Frontier goes inside this facility, providing a closer look at Facebook's newest strategy: Using thousands of Blu-Ray disks to store images, complete with a robotic retrieval system (see video demo). Others are interested as well. Sony recently acquired a Blu-Ray storage startup founded by Open Compute chairman Frank Frankovsky, which hopes to drive enterprise adoption of optical data storage.

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  • Scientist Union's Talks Stall Over Pay writes: The Sacramento Bee reports that the labor contract between California's state government and the 2,800 employees represented by the California Association of Professional Scientists expired this week, spotlighting yet again the long-running feud over whether the tiny union's members should earn as much as their peers in federal and local governments and private industry. "It's a challenge to keep people motivated," says Rita Hypnarowski. "We talk about retaining the best and the brightest, but I can see that's not going to happen." A recent survey by the Brown administration found that the total compensation for half of state-employed chemists is less than $8,985 per month ($5,715 in salary, plus $3,270 in benefit costs). That's 33 percent less than the median total compensation for federal chemists, nearly 13 percent less than the midpoint for local-government chemists and almost 6 percent below the private sector. Members of the union perform a wide variety of tasks, everything from fighting food-borne illnesses to mopping up the Refugio State Beach oil spill. For example, Cassandra McQuaid left a job last year at the Department of Public Health's state-of-the-art Richmond laboratories where she tracked foodborne illnesses. It's the kind of vital, behind-the-scenes work that goes unnoticed until an E. coli outbreak makes headlines and local health officials need a crack team of scientists to unravel how it happened. "It really came down to money," says McQuaid. "I just couldn't live in the Bay Area on a state salary."

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  • Azure's already a AU$50 million business in Australia
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  • The blessing and the curse of Big Data
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  • ‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France
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  • Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time
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  • Want to spoil your favourite storage vendor's day? Buy cloud
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  • 'Watered down' net neutrality rules could mean 'almost anything'
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  • A third of iThings open to VPN-hijacking, app-wrecking attacks
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  • World+dog will soon watch 'at least 200 pr0n vids a year'
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  • Vale Matti Makkonen, SMS dreamer
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  • Small change to Medium takes large axe to passwords
    This login will self-destruct in 15 minutes
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  • Former L0pht man 'Mudge' leaves Google for Washington
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  • Former VMware staffer blows whistle on government pricing plan
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  • Yikes! Facebook will run on TELEPATHY, claims Zuck, in Q&A
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