[linuxtoday.com] Ubuntu in your pocket
Mark Shuttleworth: The desktop is the killer app for quad-core smartphones in 2012.
[slashdot.org] The webOS Features Other OSes Should Steal

New submitter egparedes points out a post dissecting webOS and highlighting the things it did right, in the hopes that developers for other mobile operating systems will use them as inspiration. Quoting:"webOS isn't quite dead yet. It's just being open-sourced, which, when it happens to commercial software, often turns out to be the digital equivalent of being reanimated as a walking corpse in a George Romero movie. ... Of course, it's not assured that this is the end of webOS. Maybe open-sourcing it will be the best thing that ever happened to webOS. But maybe it just means that HP doesn't care anymore, and that webOS won't receive much attention anymore. This would be unfortunate, because webOS is one of the few current mobile operating systems that are actually a joy to use. It's been hurt by HP's incompetent management, rather than any egregious faults of its own. The least we can do now is to keep its best ideas alive, even if webOS itself won't make it."

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[linuxtoday.com] Linux Top 5: SCO Returns
LinuxPlanet: The past week on the LinuxPlanet saw the return of SCO, a company most of us have long ago written off as a footnote in the history of Linux's success.
[slashdot.org] Why Corporate Cloud Storage Doesn't Add Up

snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia sees few business IT situations that could make good use of full cloud storage services, outside of startups. 'As IT continues in a zigzag path of figuring out what to do with this "cloud" stuff, it seems that some companies are getting ahead of themselves. In particular, the concept of outsourcing storage to a cloud provider puzzles me. I can see some benefits in other cloud services (though I still find the trust aspect difficult to reconcile), but full-on cloud storage offerings don't make sense outside of some rare circumstances.'"

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[slashdot.org] Unconstitutional Video Game Law Costs California $2 Million

An anonymous reader writes "In hopes of protecting the children of California from the ravages of violent video games, then governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attempted to push through a law that would fine retailers $1000 for each infraction of selling a violent game to an underage child. However, in the wake of appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down the law, California is now forced to pay the legal fees of all parties to the tune of two million dollars."

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[slashdot.org] How Google Is Remapping Public Transportation

waderoush writes "Google wants to 'organize the world's information,' but there isn't a marketplace or a category of knowledge it can organize without remaking it in the process. A case in point: public transportation. Largely outside the media spotlight, Google has wrought a quiet revolution over the last five years in the way commuters get schedule information for local buses and trains, and the way public transit agencies communicate with their riders. GTFS and GTFS-realtime, which Google invented, have become the de facto world standards for sharing transit data, and have opened up space for a whole ecosystem of third-party transit app developers. This in-depth article looks at the history of GTFS and Google's efforts to give people information (largely via their smartphones) that can help them plan their commutes on public transportation — and, not incidentally, drive a lot less."

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[slashdot.org] Pico Projector Adapts To New Surfaces, Uses Random Objects As Input Devices

jpwilliams writes "This tiny projector can use any surface you have on hand to project an image. Using a webcam, it adapts to the surface, not just by adjusting keystone, but also following that surface and displaying different amounts of information (in certain cases). The guy in the video also uses a coffee mug as an app changer."

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[slashdot.org] Santorum Calls Democrats 'Anti-Science'

ndogg writes with news that Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has counterattacked those critical of conservative views on science, saying that they're 'anti-science' themselves. From a CBS report:"In his remarks Monday, Santorum went beyond his usual discussion of the importance of increasing domestic energy production to deliver a blistering attack on environmental activists. He said global warming claims are based on 'phony studies,' and that climate change science is little more than 'political science.' His views are not 'anti-science' as Democrats claim, Santorum said. 'When it comes to the management of the Earth, they are the anti-science ones. We are the ones who stand for science, and technology, and using the resources we have to be able to make sure that we have a quality of life in this country and (that we) maintain a good and stable environment,' he said to applause, and cited local ordinances to reduce coal dust pollution in Pittsburgh during the heyday of coal mining."

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[linuxtoday.com] Apache 2.4 Delivers More Performance
ServerWatch: Apache taking a shot at nginx and yeah Varnish too.
[linuxtoday.com] Developments mainstream projects are looking forward to
Tech Chords: "While working on the cover feature for Linux Format magazine (LXF 153 to be precise), I asked some of the people who toil down in the trenches for us to enjoy the vibrant Linux desktop, about their wishlist for the new year."
[osnews.com] Opa 0.9.0 'S4' released
Opa, the new open source programming language for web applications, just released its 0.9.0 'S4' version.Opa is a single programming language for specifying client code, server code and database code. The new release introduces two major features: A new default syntax that resembles JavaScript and was asked for by the community, and an abstraction layer for the NoSQL database MongoDB. Features that were previously supported by the internal Opa database are now available with the fast-growing, scalable NoSQL database. Together, Opa and MongoDB, provide a way to develop complex web applications and have them scale out easily. Many other smaller features have been added, as the number of contributors to the code on github grows.
[osnews.com] Apache HTTP Server 2.4 released
For the first time in six years, the Apache Foundation has released a new version of the successful Apache HTTP Server. "It is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of Apache HTTP Server 2.4", said Eric Covener, vice president of the Apache HTTP Server project, "This release delivers a host of evolutionary enhancements throughout the server that our users, administrators, and developers will welcome. We've added many new modules in this release, as well as broadened the capability and flexibility of existing features."
[slashdot.org] DHS Budget Includes No New Airport Body Scanners

OverTheGeicoE writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center has been examining the White House's proposed budget for Department of Homeland Security for 2013, and they point out that it doesn't include any money for additional airport body scanners for TSA. Did the recent scandal involving TSA workers targeting women for scans make the White House realize that TSA is a national embarrassment? Does the executive branch finally understand the questionable safety and effectiveness of these devices? Or does DHS just think it has enough scanners once TSA installs the 250 new scanners in this year's budget?"

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[slashdot.org] How Mailinator Compresses Its Email Stream By 90%

An anonymous reader writes "Paul Tyma, creator of Mailinator, writes about a greedy algorithm to analyze the huge amount of email Mailinator receives and finds ways to reduce its memory footprint by 90%. Quoting: 'I grabbed a few hundred megs of the Mailinator stream and ran it through several compressors. Mostly just stuff I had on hand 7z, bzip, gzip, etc. Venerable zip reduced the file by 63%. Not bad. Then I tried the LZMA/2 algorithm (7z) which got it down by 85%! Well. OK! Article is over! Everyone out! 85% is good enough. Actually — there were two problems with that result. One was that, LZMA, like many compression algorithms build their dictionary based on a fixed dataset. As it compresses it builds a dictionary of common sequences and improves and uses that dictionary to compress everything thereafter. That works great on static files — but Mailinator is not a static file. Its a big, honking, several gigabyte cache of ever changing email. If I compressed a million emails, and then some user wanted to read email #502,922 — I'd have to "seek" through the preceding half-million or so to build the dictionary in order to decompress it. That's probably not feasible.'"

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[lwn.net] [$] Handset cohabitation: Ubuntu for Android
As many observers have pointed out, the phone handsets that many of uscarry now exceed the power of the laptops we were carrying not all thatlong ago. The much-hyped Galaxy Nexus, for example, includes a 1280x720display, 32GB of flash storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2GHz dual-coreprocessor, and a number of interesting peripherals never found on that oldlaptop. And, of course, there is a Linux kernel running the whole thing. Giventhat, one might well wonder why one should still bother carrying a laptoparound. Canonical, it seems, believes a number of people are wonderingthat; thus the announcement of Ubuntu for Android, aninteresting attempt to move laptop-based activities onto the handset.

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[lwn.net] What's new in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 (The H)
The H looksat the new and improved stuff in the eighth update to Red HatEnterprise Linux 5. "A little under five years since it was first released, Red Hat has provided customers with the eighth "minor release" of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5. Scalability improvements mean that rather than 128 cores, guests virtualised with KVM can now use up to 256 processor cores. Red Hat says it has improved support for clock and timer hardware in KVM guest systems. KVM guests will now boot more quickly and, thanks to updates to the real time clock (RTC) code, RHEL 6 guests running on RHEL 5 hosts will run faster. The Spice client now supports Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.0 and RHEL 6.2 hosts, enabling the remote desktop protocol to be used on wide area networks."
[linuxtoday.com] What Greg Does
Linux Kernel Monkey Log: Greg Kroah-Hartman explains what does now that he's a Linux fellow.
[slashdot.org] New Opa S4 Release Puts Forward New 'ORM' For MongoDB

phy_si_kal writes "The new, open source, Opa web programming language just hit version 0.9.0 'S4,' six months after its last major release. Apart from a new syntax more similar to JavaScript, the new release focuses on mongoDB integration. Opa now features something similar to object-relational mapping (ORM) except that mongoDB is a non-relational, document-oriented database and Opa a functional, non-object-oriented language. The new functionality makes the NoSQL database even easier to use, as all language-database calls are automated. The mapping of functional datastructures to documents could even be much better than current ORM approaches and solve the object-relational impedance mismatch."

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[slashdot.org] Transparency Grenade Collects and Leaks Sensitive Data

Zothecula writes "If you thought WikiLeaks was a disruptive idea, the transparency grenade is going to blow you away. This tiny bit of hardware hidden under the shell shaped like a classic Soviet F1 hand grenade allows you to leak information from anywhere just by pulling a pin. The device is essentially a small computer with a powerful wireless antenna and a microphone. Following 'detonation,' the grenade intercepts local network traffic and captures audio data, then makes the information immediately available online."

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[slashdot.org] Electric Rockets Set To Transform Space Flight

An anonymous reader sends this quote from an article at Txchnologist:"The spectacle of a booster rocket lifting off a launch pad atop a mass of brilliant flames and billowing smoke is an iconic image of the Space Age. Such powerful chemical rockets are needed to break the bonds of Earth's gravity and send spacecraft into orbit. But once a vehicle has progressed beyond low-earth orbit chemical rockets are not necessarily the best way to get around outer space. That's because chemical propulsion systems require such large quantities of fuel to generate high speeds, there is little room for payload. As a result rocket scientists are increasingly turning to electric rockets, which accelerate propellants out the back end using solar-powered electromagnetic fields rather than chemical reactions. The electric rockets use so much less propellant that the entire spacecraft can be much more compact, which enables them to scale down the original launch boosters."

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[linuxtoday.com] The KDE Death Watch
Datamation: Ever since Kubuntu lost its funding from Canonical, people have been talking about the decline of KDE. Is the concern real?
[linuxtoday.com] Help us Open Source NASA.gov
NASA: The use of open source software, cloud computing technologies, and an integrated approach to search, video, and social media seems almost common-place in industry these days.
[slashdot.org] Mathematical Parrot Reveals His Genius With Posthumous Paper

ananyo writes "Even in death, the world's most accomplished parrot continues to amaze. The final experiments involving Alex – a grey parrot trained to count objects – have just been published (abstract). They show that Alex could accurately add together Arabic numerals to a sum of eight, and correctly add three small sets of objects, putting his mathematical abilities on par with (and maybe beyond) those of chimpanzees and other non-human primates."

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[slashdot.org] Damaged US Passport Chip Strands Travelers

caseih writes "Damaging the embedded chip in your passport is now grounds for denying you the ability to travel in at least one airport in the U.S. Though the airport can slide the passport through the little number reader as easily as they can wave it in front of an RFID reader, they chose to deny a young child access to the flight, in essence denying the whole family. The child had accidentally sat on his passport, creasing the cover, and the passport appeared worn. The claim has been made that breaking the chip in the passport shows that you disrespect the privilege of owning a passport, and that the airport was justified in denying this child from using the passport."

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[slashdot.org] Heartland Institute Document Leaker Comes Forward, Maintains Documents Are Real

The Bad Astronomer writes "Last week, an anonymous source leaked several internal documents from the Heartland Institute, a non-profit think tank known for anti-global-warming rhetoric. The leaker has come forward: Peter Gleick, scientist and journalist. In his admission, he cites his own breach of ethics, but also maintains that all the documents are real. This includes the potentially embarrassing '2012 Climate Strategy' document stating that Heartland wants to 'dissuade teachers from teaching science.' Heartland still claims this document is a forgery, but there is no solid evidence either way."

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[linuxtoday.com] What does Ubuntu want to be when it grows up?
ZDnet: You can use Ubuntu in the cloud, on servers, on the desktop, on tablets and smartphones, but can the popular Linux distribution play in all these spaces?
[slashdot.org] Slashdot Visits Metrix Create:Space in Seattle (Video)

Metrix Create:Space is full of people busily making electronics gadgets. And hats. And everything in between. Some of them saw the street-level sign and stopped in out of curiosity, while others are long-time createspace scenesters. It doesn't matter which you are, says Metrix founder Matt Westervelt. Come in and make something. Need new skills? They have workshops. And lots of great tools.

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[slashdot.org] Canonical Puts Ubuntu On Android Smartphones

nk497 writes "Canonical has revealed Ubuntu running on a smartphone — but the open source developer hasn't squashed the full desktop onto a tiny screen. Instead, the Ubuntu for Android system runs both OSes side by side, picking which to surface depending on the form factor. When a device — in the demo, it was a Motorola Atrix — is being used as a smartphone, it uses Android. When it's docked into a laptop or desktop setup, the full version of Ubuntu is used. Files, apps and other functionality such as voice calls and texting are shared between the two — for example, if a text message is sent to the phone when it's docked, the SMS pops up in Ubuntu, while calls can be received or made from the desktop." ZDnet has pictures; ExtremeTech has a story, too, including some words from Canonical CEO Jane Silber.

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[linux.com] The Ever-Changing Linux Skillset

Just because you had what it takes for a good Linux-related job a decade ago, it doesn't mean that you have what it takes today. The Linux landscape has changed a lot, and the only thing that's really stayed constant is that a love of learning is a requirement.

[linux.com] WebKit Browsers Learn to Calculate with CSS

The developers behind the open source WebKit engine, used in browsers such as Chrome and Safari, have added support for the calc function specified in CSS3...

[linux.com] Apache HTTP Server 2.4.1 Released

Version 2.4.1 of the Apache HTTP server - the first release in the 2.4 series - is now available. There are plenty of new features, including runtime-loadable processing modules, better asynchronous I/O support, more logging configuration options, a new general-purpose expression parser, a dozen or so new modules, and more.

[linux.com] Proposals To Split KMS & GPU Drivers, 2D Kernel API

Following a "Kernel Display and Video API Consolidation" mini-summit held at the Emebedded Linux Conference (ELC 2012) last week, Linaro and other mobile/embedded Linux stakeholders have come up with several graphics-related action items for the Linux kernel. One of the proposals is to split KMS and GPU drivers in the...

[linux.com] Exascale by 2018: Crazy …or Possible?

I recently saw some estimates that show we should hit exascale supercomputer performance by around 2018. That seems a bit ambitious – if not stunningly optimistic – and the search to get some perspective led me on an hours-long meander through supercomputing history, plus what I like to call “Fun With Spreadsheets.”

[linux.com] The Btrfs File-System Repair Tool Is Available

After writing about Btrfs LZ4 compression support and that the Btrfs FSCK tool wasn't available, it turns out that there is the new Btrfs repair tool, but it's not widely known and it's not recommended to ever use it -- at least at this stage...

[linux.com] Will KDE Drop Support for Older Graphics Chips?

KWin's lead developer is considering dropping support for graphics hardware that is only capable of OpenGL 1.x if alternatives prove to perform well enough...

[linux.com] TryStack Offers a Free OpenStack Sandbox

OpenStack community members are providing "156 cores, 1040GB memory and 59.1TB of disk storage" so that developers can get a feel for the OpenStack platform at no cost...

[linux.com] New Package Format in Tiny Core Linux 4.3

"Self Contained Mountable applications" (SCMs) can now be used to mount extensions for the lightweight distribution...

[linux.com] Booktype Makes Book Collaboration Web-Based and Simple

If you've ever tried to collaborate with other authors and editors and the many other people who work to make a book successful, you know it's not easy. Even if your experience stops at trying to incorporate three comments with changes tracked in word processing software, you get the idea.

[linux.com] OpenJFX gets JavaFX Testing Framework

JavaFX's open source version, OpenJFX, now has a functional testing framework in the form of JemmyFX...

[linux.com] Development Release: Porteus 1.2 RC1

Jay Flood has announced the availability of the first release candidate for Porteus 1.2, a Slackware-based mini-distribution featuring Trinity (KDE 3), KDE 4, LXDE and now also the Xfce desktop: "The Porteus community is pleased to announce the first release candidate of Porteus version 1.2 This release features....

[lwn.net] Ubuntu for Android
Canonical's Ubuntu forAndroid offering has been announced. "Ubuntu for Androidprovides a full desktop experience, including office software, webbrowsing, email and media applications, on Android phones docked to ascreen and keyboard. Thanks to tight integration with the Android servicelayer, the transition between the two environments is seamless, making iteasy to access the phone's services from the desktop when docked."The target audience at this point looks to be handset manufacturers ratherthan end users.
[lwn.net] Apache HTTP Server 2.4.1 released
Version 2.4.1 of the Apache HTTP server - the first release in the 2.4series - is now available. There are plenty of newfeatures, including runtime-loadable processing modules, betterasynchronous I/O support, more logging configuration options, a newgeneral-purpose expression parser, a dozen or so new modules, and more.
[linuxtoday.com] LibreOffice Foundation Symbolises Maturity
ComputerWorldUK: Finally established as an independent entity, The Document Foundation and LibreOffice are a refreshing story of community triumphing over adversity.
[linuxtoday.com] Debian Position on Software Patents
Debian: Debian recognizes the threat that patents pose to Free Software, and continues to work with others in the Free Software community on patent defense.
[slashdot.org] Aging Eyes Blamed For Seniors' Health Woes

Hugh Pickens writes "Scientists have looked for explanations as to why certain conditions occur with age, among them memory loss, slower reaction time, insomnia and even depression looking at such suspects as high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and an inactive lifestyle. Now Laurie Tarkan writes that as eyes age, less and less sunlight gets through the lens to reach key cells in the retina that regulate the body's circadian rhythm, its internal clock that rallies the body to tackle the day's demands in the morning and slows it down at night, allowing the body to rest and repair. 'Evolution has built this beautiful timekeeping mechanism, but the clock is not absolutely perfect and needs to be nudged every day,' says Dr. David Berson, whose lab at Brown University studies how the eye communicates with the brain. Dr. Patricia Turner, an ophthalmologist who with her husband, Dr. Martin Mainster has written extensively about the effects of the aging eye on health, estimate that by age 45, the photoreceptors of the average adult receive just 50 percent of the light needed to fully stimulate the circadian system, by age 55, it dips to 37 percent, and by age 75, to a mere 17 percent and recommend that people should make an effort to expose themselves to bright sunlight or bright indoor lighting when they cannot get outdoors and have installed skylights and extra fluorescent lights in their own offices to help offset the aging of their own eyes. 'In modern society, most of the time we live in a controlled environment under artificial lights, which are 1,000 to 10,000 times dimmer than sunlight and the wrong part of the spectrum,' says Turner. 'We believe the effect is huge and that it's just beginning to be recognized as a problem.'"

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[slashdot.org] Apache 2.4 Takes Direct Aim At Nginx

darthcamaro writes "The world's most popular web server is out with a major new release today that has one key goal — deliver more performance than ever before. Improved caching, proxy modules as well as new session control are also key highlights of the release. 'We also show that as far as true performance is based — real-world performance as seen by the end-user- 2.4 is as fast, and even faster than some of the servers who may be "better" known as being "fast", like nginx,' Jim Jagielski, ASF President and Apache HTTP Server Project Management Committee, told InternetNews.com." Here's list of new features in 2.4.

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[slashdot.org] Moon May Not Be As Dead As We Thought

rivin2e writes "It would seem our neighbor, the moon, has something hidden below the surface. 'Images collected by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter hints the moon has probably seen tectonic activity within the last 50 million years.' It would appear from the article that the moon is changing a lot more than we think, even if it doesn't seem like it. I, for one, am still waiting for that big black obelisk to be dug up." From NASA's press release: "A team of researchers analyzing high-resolution images obtained by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) show small, narrow trenches typically much longer than they are wide. This indicates the lunar crust is being pulled apart at these locations. These linear valleys, known as graben, form when the moon's crust stretches, breaks and drops down along two bounding faults. A handful of these graben systems have been found across the lunar surface."

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[linuxtoday.com] 4 Online Resources to Kickstart Coding
NetworkWorld: When you decide your child is ready to learn about the functions and variables, what resources will help you help her? Several online resources can help you � or your kid � learn how to program.
[slashdot.org] Oracle's Java Claims Now Down To $230 Million

jfruh writes "Hey, remember when Oracle decided to sue Google over claims that Android violated Oracle's Java patents and copyrights? How's that working out? Not so well, it seems! Oracle has been forced to take many of its patents out of the lawsuit due to lack of evidence, and the damages in play now are down to a little less than 4 percent of Oracle's original $6.1 billion claims."

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[slashdot.org] Google: IE Privacy Policy Is Impractical

itwbennett writes "In response to Microsoft's claim that Google circumvented Internet Explorer privacy protections (following the discovery that Google also worked around Safari's privacy settings), Google on Monday said that IE's privacy protection, called P3P, is impractical to comply with."

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[slashdot.org] Ask Slashdot: Copy Protection Advice For ~$10k Software?

An anonymous reader writes I'm part owner of a relatively small video editing software company. We're not yet profitable, and our stuff turned up on thePirateBay recently. Some of our potential paying customers are using it without paying, and some non-potential customers are using it without paying. Our copy protection isn't that tough to crack, and I'd rather see the developers working on the product than the DRM (I'm convinced any sufficiently desirable digital widget will get copied without authorization). Would it be insane to release a 'not for commercial use' copy that does some spying and reporting on you, along with a spy-free version for ~$10,000? I feel like that would reduce the incentive to crack the paid version, and legit businesses (In the US anyway but we're trying to sell everywhere) would generally pay and maybe we could identify some of the people using it to make money without paying us (and then sue the one with the biggest pockets). What would you do?"

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[linuxtoday.com] Adventures in FPLing: The two-week mark, and what I do all day
Robyn Bergeron: I'm approaching the two-week mark in FPL-hood. (Fedora Project Leader)
[linuxtoday.com] OpenStack Debuts TryStack
ServerWatch: A new effort called TryStack debuted last week, providing developers and users the opportunity to try OpenStack on a hosted infrastructure.
[osnews.com] Microsoft Office for iPad spotted?
So, Microsoft Office for the iPad is supposedly coming, dressed in a Metro user interface. Fun, since running a fresh Metro application (like the XBox Live one) on the iPad accentuates just how outdated and archaic iOS really looks and feels next to Metro. An Android version is supposedly not in the works, but that's to be expected - Apple and Microsoft have long been best buds (although this is still a total and utter surprise to some, which is kind of precious in a Bambi's-first-steps kind of way).
[osnews.com] ReactOS gets USB stack with Haiku's help
Now this is what I like to see. Smaller, alternative operating systems have been dying by the dozens these past 6 years or so, so in order for the remainder to survive, they need to work together. ReactOS and Haiku have been doing that for a while now, and the latest fruits of this collaboration is a much-improved USB stack for ReactOS.
[slashdot.org] Tech Billionaire-Backed Charter School Under Fire In Chicago

theodp writes " As a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm,' boasts the billionaire-backed NewSchools Venture Fund, 'we raise philanthropic capital from both individual and institutional investors, and then use those funds to support education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education.' One recipient of the NewSchools' largesse is The Noble Network of Charter Schools, which received a $5,300,000 NewSchools 'investment', as well as a $1,425,000 grant from NewSchools donor Bill Gates. One way that Noble Street College Prep has been transforming education, reports the Chicago Tribune, is by making students pay the price — literally — for breaking the smallest of rules (sample infractions). Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended Noble after a FOIA filing revealed the charter collected almost $190,000 in discipline 'fees' — not 'fines' — last year from its mostly low-income students, saying the ironically exempt-from-most-district-rules charter school gets 'incredible' results and parents don't have to send their children there. Beyond the Noble case, some are asking a bigger question: Should billionaires rule our schools?"

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[slashdot.org] With Push for OS X Focus, CUPS Printing May Suffer On Other Platforms

CUPS is the popular open-source printing system that many projects have used successfully as a core, for desktop printing and as the basis of dedicated print servers. Reader donadony writes with word that Apple "has chosen to abandon certain Linux exclusive features, [while] continuing with popular Mac OS X features. The changeover is being attempted by Apple to set new printing standards that will not require 'drivers' in the future." However, as this message from Tim Waugh at Red Hat points out, all is not lost: "Where they are ofuse for the Linux environment, those orphaned features will continue tobe maintained at OpenPrinting as aseparate project."

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[slashdot.org] Get a Glimpse At the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix

TheNextCorner writes "What software runs on the Raspberry Pi $25 computer? This video shows some of the preparation of the software package, run from a SD card using the open source Fedora OS."

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[slashdot.org] Anonymous Cowards, Deanonymized

mbstone writes "Arvind Narayana writes: What if authors can be identified based on nothing but a comparison of the content they publish to other web content they have previously authored? Naryanan has a new paper to be presented at the 33rd IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy. Just as individual telegraphers could be identified by other telegraphers from their 'fists,' Naryanan posits that an author's habitual choices of words, such as, for example, the frequency with which the author uses 'since' as opposed to 'because,' can be processed through an algorithm to identify the author's writing. Fortunately, and for now, manually altering one's writing style is effective as a countermeasure."In this exploration the algorithm's first choice was correct 20% of the time, with the poster being in the top 20 guesses 35% of the time. Not amazing, but: "We find that we can improve precision from 20% to over 80% with only a halving of recall. In plain English, what these numbers mean is: the algorithm does not always attempt to identify an author, but when it does, it finds the right author 80% of the time. Overall, it identifies 10% (half of 20%) of authors correctly, i.e., 10,000 out of the 100,000 authors in our dataset. Strong as these numbers are, it is important to keep in mind that in a real-life deanonymization attack on a specific target, it is likely that confidence can be greatly improved through methods discussed above — topic, manual inspection, etc."

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[linuxtoday.com] Why 'Android fragmentation' isn't so bad
CNN Tech: "Many popular consumer apps are still are rolled out first for the iPhone. (Hello, Instagram?) That's because many Android phones are running substantially older versions of Android, which limits which apps they can support."
[linuxtoday.com] Linux 3.3 rc4
Linus Torvalds: So it's almost getting to be a habit: yet another -rc release that isdelayed by a couple of days.
[linuxtoday.com] Chrome Connecting To Random Domains On Start? Here Is Why!
ghacks: "f you are monitoring your network traffic closely you may have noticed that the Google Chrome web browser and its Open Source counterpart Chromium are both trying to connect to three random ten letter words on start up."
[osnews.com] PlayBook OS 2.0 released
Research In Motion has just released version 2.0 of their QNX-based PlayBook operating system. This long-awaited update could be seen as making the PlayBook feature-complete, bringing things like a native email client to RIM's 7" tablet.
[slashdot.org] Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

Required Snark writes "A remote control drone operated by an animal rights group was shot down in South Carolina by a group of thwarted hunters. Steve Hindi, the group president said 'his group was preparing to launch its Mikrokopter drone to video what he called a live pigeon shoot on Sunday when law enforcement officers and an attorney claiming to represent the privately-owned plantation near Ehrhardt tried to stop the aircraft from flying.' After the shoot was halted, the drone was launched anyway, and at this point it was shot down. 'Seconds after it hit the air, numerous shots rang out,' Hindi said in the release. 'As an act of revenge for us shutting down the pigeon slaughter, they had shot down our copter.' 'It is important to note how dangerous this was, as they were shooting toward and into a well-travelled highway,' Hindi stated in the release."

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[slashdot.org] Hackers In Space: Designing A Ground Station

An anonymous reader writes with some new information on the happenings of the Hacker Space Program. From the article: "At the Chaos Communication Camp 2011 Jens Ohlig, Lars Weiler, and Nick Farr proposed a daunting task: to land a hacker on the Moon by 2034. The plan calls for three separate phases: Establishing an open, free, and globally accessible satellite communication network, put a human into orbit, and land on the Moon. Interestingly enough, there is already considerable work being done on the second phase of this plan by the Copenhagen Suborbitals, and Google's own Lunar X Prize is trying to spur development of robotic missions to the Moon. But what about the first phase? Answering the call is the 'Shackspace,' a hackerspace from Stuttgart, Germany, who've begun work on an ambitious project they're calling the 'Hackerspace Global Grid.'"

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[linuxtoday.com] Installing Nginx With PHP5 (And PHP-FPM) And MySQL Support On Fedora 16
HowtoForge: "his tutorial shows how you can install Nginx on a Fedora 16 server with PHP5 support (through PHP-FPM) and MySQL support."
[slashdot.org] The Pirate Bay On Track To Be Banned In the UK?

redletterdave writes with this excerpt fromthe International Business Times about the fate of the Pirate Bay in the UK: "Swedish filesharing website The Pirate Bay may soon be blocked in the UK after a London judge ruled that the site breaches copyright laws on a large scale, and that both the platform and its users illegally share copyrighted material like movies and music. In addition to finding legal fault with The Pirate Bay and its users, the British Phonographic Industry also wants all British ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay in the UK."

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