[linuxtoday.com] Mageia 2 Beta 1 Released
Linux User & Developer: "The team is planning a 3 week period until the second Beta, using the time to finalize and freeze features, code, and artwork before the next stage of testing."
[slashdot.org] FCC Chair Calls On ISPs To Adopt New Security Measures

alphadogg writes "U.S. Internet service providers should take new steps to protect subscribers against cyber attacks, including notifying customers when their computers are compromised, the chairman of the FCC said Wednesday. Julius Genachowski called on ISPs to notify subscribers whose computers are infected with malware and tied to a botnet and to develop a code of conduct to combat botnets. Genachowski also called on ISPs to adopt secure routing standards to protect against Internet Protocol hijacking and to implement DNSSEC, a suite of security tools for the Internet's Domain Name System."

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[lwn.net] [$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 23, 2012
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 23, 2012 is available.
[lwn.net] Time zone database suit withdrawn
Here's apress release from the Electronic Frontier Foundation announcing theend of Astrolabe's lawsuit against the managers of the time zone databaseand a covenant not to sue again in the future. "In a statement,Astrolabe said, 'Astrolabe's lawsuit against Mr. Olson and Mr. Eggert wasbased on a flawed understanding of the law. We now recognize thathistorical facts are no one's property and, accordingly, are withdrawingour Complaint. We deeply regret the disruption that our lawsuit caused forthe volunteers who maintain the TZ database, and for Internetusers.'"
[slashdot.org] Biologists Debunk the "Rotting Y Chromosome" Theory

An anonymous reader writes "Biologists have previously predicted that that the male sex-determining Y chromosome, which once carried around 800 genes, like the X, has lost hundreds of them over the past 300 million years, will mutate itself out of existence, leading to the eventual extinction of men. However, researchers of a study published in the latest issue of Nature found evidence to suggest that the Y chromosome will not shed anymore of the 19 ancestral genes that it is left with."

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[slashdot.org] NRC Releases Audio of Fukushima Disaster

mdsolar writes "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today released transcripts and audio recordings made at the NRC Operations Center during last year's meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. The release of these audio recordings comes at the request of the public radio program 'BURN: An Energy Journal,' and its host Alex Chadwick. The recordings show the inside workings of the U.S. government's highest level efforts to understand and deal with the unfolding nuclear crisis as the reactors meltdown. In the course of a week, the NRC is repeatedly alarmed that the situation may turn even more catastrophic. The NRC emergency staff discusses what to do — and what the consequences may be — as it learns that reactor containment safeguards are failing, and that spent fuel pools are boiling away their cooling water, and in one case perhaps catching fire."

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[slashdot.org] LinkedIn Buys Rapportive

redletterdave writes "Business networking site LinkedIn acquired Rapportive on Wednesday, which is a Gmail add-on that provides information about your social contacts as you e-mail them. The deal was reportedly already in place by Dec. 8, but Rapportive confirmed the acquisition on Wednesday in its company blog. Rapportive, which is still available over Gmail, adds an e-mailer's social networking accounts, including their Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, and overlays the information over open messages and e-mail drafts. Neither Rapportive nor LinkedIn would release the financial details of the acquisition, but sources close to the situation say the deal closed in the 'low teens' of millions of dollars."

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[slashdot.org] Microsoft's Anti-Google Video Campaign

eldavojohn writes "As the presidential race heats up, the smear ads on TV are also increasing. But Microsoft isn't going to site idly by and let the politicians engage in all that song and dance — and Microsoft really does employ both song and dance. Their Youtube channel appears to be slowly transforming from trade show videos and launches into a marketing attack or propaganda campaign that only targets Google (both videos I've watched seemed to have nothing positive about Microsoft in them). Under a month ago, they launched a spoof called GMail man, a creepy guy that flips through all your GMail and serves up super personal ads that are wrong (although they never say if Hotmail engages in targeted marketing). And a few days ago Googlighting shows up to spread fear and uncertainty about Google Docs. Most amusing to this viewer was that I found no such trace of 'Googlighting' on Bing's video service."

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[slashdot.org] Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Maintaining IT Policy In K-12 Public Education?

First time accepted submitter El Fantasmo writes "I work in public education, K-12, for a small, economically shaky, low performing school district. What are some good or effective tactics for getting budget controllers to stop bypassing the IT boss/department? We sometimes we end up with LOW end MS Win 7 Home laptops, that basically can't get on our network (internet only) or be managed. The purchaser refuses to return them for proper setups. Unfortunately, IT is currently under the 'asst. superintendent of curriculum and instruction,' who has no useful understanding of maintaining and acquiring IT resources and lets others make poor IT purchasing decisions, by bypassing the IT department, and dips into IT funds when their pet project budgets run low. How can this be reversed when you get commands like 'make it work' and the budget is effectively $0?"

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[lwn.net] Oracle offering DTrace for Linux
Oracle has announcedthe availability of a beta release of the DTrace tracing framework, portedto its "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel." There is not a lot of informationcurrently about how the port works or how to use it; the DTrace onLinux forum contains only a "welcome" message. There is a usageexample in this weblogpost by Wim Coekaerts.
[linuxtoday.com] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 to 5.8 Risk Report
OSTATIC: "Cox reported that 118 vulnerabilities were addressed in 42 advisories for the default install."
[linuxtoday.com] Adobe Flash For Linux Will Only Be Available For Chrome
Web Upd8: "According to a blog post by Adobe, after the 11.2 release, Flash Player for Linux will only be available through a new 'Pepper' API as a part of Google Chrome"
[osnews.com] How to remove your Google Search history
So, the EFF has an article up on how to clear your search history at Google before the changes to the company's privacy policy takes effect. Most importantly, the hitherto sealed search hisory will now be shared with other Google services to provide better products advertising. Interestingly enough, when I got to the search history page, I saw this. Was this feature opt-in or something? Also, just to be safe, where do I go to delete or even just see the information associated with my Apple ID or my Live ID?
[slashdot.org] Faulty Cable To Blame For Superluminal Neutrino Results

smolloy writes "It would appear that the hotly debated faster-than-light neutrino observation at CERN is the result of a fault in the connection between a GPS unit and a computer. This connection was used to correct for time delays in the neutrino flight, and after fixing the correction the researchers have found that the time discrepancy appears to have vanished."

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[slashdot.org] Book Review: Liars and Outliers

First time accepted submitter benrothke writes "It is said that the song Wipe Out launched a generation of drummers. In the world of information security, the classic Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C by Bruce Schneier may have been the book that launched a generation of new cryptographers. Schneier's latest work of art is Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive. For those that are looking for a follow-up to Applied Cryptography, this it is not. In fact, it is hard to classify this as an information security title and in fact the book is marked for the current affairs/sociology section. Whatever section this book ultimately falls in, the reader will find that Schneier is one of the most original thinkers around." Keep reading for the rest of Ben's review.

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[linuxtoday.com] Core Sponsors Announced For Spring 2012 Open Source Think Tank
The Sacramento Bee: "The Open Source Think Tank is the only by-invitation gathering where leading global experts come together to collaborate on the issues facing commercial open source and the evolution of cloud computing."
[linuxtoday.com] Actionable Control For Open Source Components
Dr.Dobb's: "Sonatype has released the Nexus Professional 2.0 open-source repository manager. The new iteration now includes more 'actionable' information about the open-source components used in any development project."
[osnews.com] 'Please steal these webOS features'
Lukas Mathis touts many webOS features that he wants other vendors to steal. All this stuff just makes me more sad I never got to try webOS on anything because nobody gives a rat's bum about The Netherlands. WebOS never came to market here. Especially its multitasking with cards looks so much more elegant than the horrible "multi"tasking implementations on Android and iOS. Hopeful note: Matias Duarte now heads the UX team for Android.
[osnews.com] What we learned from the 'Nightline' report on Foxconn factories
"Nightline has aired its report from Foxconn's factories on ABC. In the report, host Bill Weir speaks directly to factory workers as well as their managers. You would think that this unprecedented' look inside Apple factories would reveal much we didn't know, but the show was relatively light on information. Weir did extensively survey the places where iPads and iPhones are constructed, spent time interviewing both employees and their families, and talked to FLA president Auret van Heerden, though he uncovered mostly familiar information." Mind you, ABC is owned by Disney, which has close ties to Apple. Make of that what you will.
[osnews.com] DragonFly BSD 3.0 released
DragonFly BSD 3.0 was released today, bringing the improved performance on MP systems (MP kernel became the default one in ths release), TrueCrypt-compatible disk encryption, enhanced POSIX compatibility and other improvements. The next big thing for the project will be the major revision of the HAMMER file system (HAMMER2). The DragonFly founder Matthew Dillon said it to be the main focus of his effort for the whole yaer, though the full implementation is expected only in 2013.
[lwn.net] ABS/ELC videos available
The Linux Foundation has posted videos of the talks given at the 2012 AndroidBuilders Summit and EmbeddedLinux Conference. While most of the talks are up, evidently they arestill working on some of the videos; the remaining talks should appearshortly.
[lwn.net] [$] Subtle interactions in the embedded world - what bugs can teach us
Neil Brown writes: "One of the freedoms that free and open sourcesoftware provides is the freedom to study the source code. However havingthat freedom doesn't mean it's easy to use it. When faced with a largebody of code such as the Linux kernel it can be hard to know where tostart, or when to move on. There is no story-line, no curriculum, no plotto guide your study. This is where a bug comes in: it can provide a storyline." Click below (subscribers only) for the full story line fromthis week's Kernel Page.
[slashdot.org] Disconnection of Millions of DNSChanger-Infected PCs Delayed

tsu doh nimh writes "Millions of computers infected with the stealthy and tenacious DNSChanger Trojan may be spared a planned disconnection from the Internet early next month if a New York court approves a new request by the U.S. government. Meanwhile, six men accused of managing and profiting from the huge collection of hacked PCs are expected to soon be extradited from their native Estonia to face charges in the United States."

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[slashdot.org] Last Day To Tell Google To Forget You

itwbennett writes "Google's new privacy policy will consolidate all your data at google.com — unless you erase it first. And today is your last day to do it. The change goes into effect tomorrow. Which is why the helpful folks at EFF have posted some simple instructions showing how to delete your web history at Google."

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[linuxtoday.com] Aruba Delivers BYOD Control with ClearPass (powered with Linux and FreeRADIUS)
EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet: FreeRADIUS forms the key underpinning for new commercial BYOD policy engine.
[slashdot.org] FDA To Review Inhalable Caffeine

First time accepted submitter RenderSeven writes "Manufacturing .NET reports that U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement. AeroShot went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York, and it's also available in France. Consumers put one end of the canister in their mouths and breathe in, releasing a fine powder that dissolves almost instantly."

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[linux.com] Expert Tips and Tricks With Kate and Konsole

The Kate graphical text editor and Konsole graphical terminal emulator are chock-full of advanced features and time-saving shortcuts. They work nicely together to make the lives of system administrators, writers, users, and programmers easier. Here is a look at some of the ways to make these power tools work for you.

[linux.com] Distribution Release: ConnochaetOS 0.9.1

Henry Jensen has announced the release of ConnochaetOS 0.9.1, an Arch-based Linux distribution for old computers (from i486 to Pentium MMX 166), built exclusively with "libre" software: "I am announcing the release of ConnochaetOS 0.9.1. This is a maintenance release. Since the 0.9.0 release many bugs were fixed.....

[linux.com] Kuhn: Busybox GPL Enforcement Concerns Resolved

On the Busybox list, Bradley Kuhn (of the Software Freedom Conservancy) reports that he had a discussion with Tim Bird at the Embedded Linux Conference and was able to address most of Tim's concerns with regard to how GPL enforcement around Busybox is done. "From my point of view, my...

[linux.com] Open Innovation - The Passion Behind the Civic Commons Community

From the beginning, Civic Commons has been a dynamic community initiative.  What began in January 2010 as a simple wiki of open government policies and practices (originally called “OpenMuni”, domains for which were simultaneously and independently obtained by Code for America and OpenPlans), grew into a partnership between the two organizations to support...

[linux.com] Firefox's Jetpack Extensions Reach Mobile Browsing

Mozilla has begun adding mobile device support to its newer extensions framework--but it's also change Jetpack's direction and breaking earlier extensions' compatibility.

[linux.com] Ubuntu for Android to Star at Mobile World Congress

According to Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical is moving quickly ahead with its plans to bring Ubuntu to platforms going well beyond just desktop computers. In his latest blog post, Shuttleworth notes: "We’ll show Ubuntu neatly integrated into Android at Mobile World Congress next week. Carry just the phone, and connect it to any monitor to get a full Ubuntu desktop with all the native apps you want, running on the same device at the same time as Android. Magic. Everything important is shared across the desktop and the phone in real time."

[linux.com] ISPConfig 3 With Xeround Cloud Database Service

This tutorial is a companion to any of the Perfect Server tutorials. ISPConfig 3 will not work with the Xeround Cloud database service by default. With minor modifications from this tutorial you will be able to run your Perfect Server without having to...

[linuxtoday.com] Disable annoying bell in Gnome Terminal, vim, xterm, etc�
LinuxOS Pro: It's the simplest thing to do but we never look into it � because most of the time when the bell goes off we're in the middle of something else.
[lwn.net] Kuhn: Busybox GPL enforcement concerns resolved
On the Busybox list, Bradley Kuhn (of the Software Freedom Conservancy)reports that he had a discussion with Tim Bird at the Embedded Linux Conference and was able to address most of Tim'sconcerns with regard to how GPL enforcement around Busybox is done."From my point of view, my discussion with Tim settles settles thematter. Tim got some incorrect information about BusyBox enforcementefforts, and that's what led him to feel he needed to support a BusyBoxreplacement initially. Tim seems to be in completely reasonable [sic] about thewhole thing now that he's talked directly with me about the actual GPLenforcement efforts by Conservancy for BusyBox." (Those who arejust tuning in to this story can find some background in this article).
[slashdot.org] PSVita Released In the USA and Europe

YokimaSun writes "Sony have today released the PSVita in the USA and Europe, the console comes with features such as dual touch pads at the front and rear, dual cameras at the front and rear, dual analog sticks, a 5-inch OLED screen, GPS, six-axis motion sensors and a three-axis electronic compass. The PSVita is Sony's attempt at stealing the thunder away from the 3DS but also bringing back the gamers lost to the likes of Android and IOS Devices. The PSVita in japan sold massively on its first release week but since has struggled and sold less than the PSP. With this in mind sites like Amazon have been offering many different deals to entice people to buy the console. Can Sony stop homebrewers from taking over this console?"

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[slashdot.org] Is It Time For NoSQL 2.0?

New submitter rescrv writes "Key-value stores (like Cassandra, Redis and DynamoDB) have been replacing traditional databases in many demanding web applications (e.g. Twitter, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and others). But for the most part, the differences between existing NoSQL systems come down to the choice of well-studied implementation techniques; in particular, they all provide a similar API that achieves high performance and scalability by limiting applications to simple operations like GET and PUT.HyperDex, a new key-value store developed at Cornell, stands out in the NoSQL spectrum with its unique design. HyperDex employs a unique multi-dimensional hash function to enable efficient search operations — that is, objects may be retrieved without using the key (PDF) under which they are stored. Other systems employ indexing techniques to enable search, or enumerate all objects in the system. In contrast, HyperDex's design enables applications to retrieve search results directly from servers in the system. The results are impressive. Preliminary benchmark results on the project website show that HyperDex provides significant performance improvements over Cassandra and MongoDB. With its unique design, and impressive performance, it seems fittng to ask: Is HyperDex the start of NoSQL 2.0?"

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[slashdot.org] Microsoft Files EU Antitrust Complaint Against Motorola Mobility

judgecorp writes "Microsoft has filed a complaint with the European Commission complaining that Motorola Mobility is charging too much for use of its patented technology in phones and tablets. The complaint follows a similar one by Apple last week, and will need to be resolved by Google as it takes charge of Motorola Mobility."

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[linuxtoday.com] Oracle's Java claims now less than $230 million
ITworld: Google claims damages report still "riddled with fatal errors"
[linuxtoday.com] Best Lightweight Linux Distribution for Older Computers
MakeTechEasier: The problem with advancement of technology is that it makes the old gadgets almost obsolete.
[slashdot.org] Solid Buckeyballs Detected In Space

astroengine writes with an excerpt from an article at Discovery: "For the first time, 'buckyballs' have been discovered in the cosmos in a solid form. Until now, the only evidence in space for the bizarre little hollow balls of carbon atoms have been in interstellar gases, but with the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered buckyballs accumulating and stacking atop one another to form solid particles. 'These buckyballs are stacked together to form a solid, like oranges in a crate,' said Nye Evans of Keele University in England, lead author of a paper appearing in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 'The particles we detected are minuscule, far smaller than the width of a hair, but each one would contain stacks of millions of buckyballs.'"

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[slashdot.org] UN Pushes Plan To Assume Internet Governance Role

no0b writes with an Op-Ed by the FCC Commisioner on a UN plan to gain more control over Internet regulation. From the article: "On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year's end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish 'international control over the Internet' through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices. "BoingBoing offers a slightly different perspective; The Register offers a quite different perspective.

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[slashdot.org] The Recycling of the Tevatron

ananyo writes with an excerpt from an article in Nature about the decomissioning of the Tevatron: "It is a 4,000-tonne edifice that stands three stories high, chock full of particle detectors, power supplies, electronics and photomultiplier tubes, all layered like a giant onion around a cylindrical magnet. During 26 years of operation at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, this behemoth, the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF), helped to find the top quark and chased the Higgs boson. But since the lab's flagship particle collider, the Tevatron, was switched off in September 2011, the detector has been surplus stock — and it is now slowly being cannibalized for parts."Currently other projects are taking small bits and pieces of the Tevatron, but another Fermilab project, ORKA, wants to gut the collider to study kaon decay.

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[slashdot.org] KDE KWin May Drop Support For AMD Catalyst Drivers

An anonymous reader writes "The KWin window manager maintainer for KDE is looking at removing the legacy OpenGL 1.0 renderer from the KWin code-base due to the costs of supporting legacy hardware. This means dropping support for non-GL2+ graphics cards, which are all over six years old, but in the process would mean that for now there is no longer any support for the AMD Catalyst driver on the KDE desktop. Due to driver bugs, AMD's proprietary Catalyst software only works well with the GL1 renderer even though their latest hardware supports OpenGL 4."

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[linux.com] NASA Calls for Vendors to "Open Source" NASA.gov

NASA is looking to open source as part of its revamp of nasa.gov and has put out a "Request For Information" looking for vendors who can take on the challenge...

[linux.com] No More Flash for Firefox on Linux

Adobe has announced that its proprietary Flash plugin will be moving to a new "Pepper" API for interaction with the browser, leaving the old Netscape plugin API behind. "For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the 'Pepper' API as...

[linux.com] First official release of Eclipse Code Recommenders

The project developers plan to provide intelligent code prediction for the Eclipse development environment as an "IDE 2.0" effort...

[linux.com] Mageia 2 Enters Beta Testing

Aimed at developers and testers, the first of two planned betas for version 2 of the Mandriva Linux community fork brings updates to the Linux kernel and included desktops, as well as various package udpates...

[linux.com] Ubuntu For Android Smartphones Coming For MWC

Canonical is preparing to show off Ubuntu for Android at Mobile World Congress next week. The Linux OS package will dock to a desktop and sync with the Android phones contacts and services. - Linux software distributor Canonical Feb. 21 introduced a version of its Ubuntu Linux operating system for...

[lwn.net] Mageia 2 beta 1 available
For those interested in helping to test the next Mageia distributionrelease: thefirst Mageia 2 beta is out. New features are listed on this page, theyinclude a switch to systemd, the latest desktop environments, a switch fromMySQL to MariaDB, and more.
[lwn.net] No more Flash for Firefox on Linux
Adobe has announcedthat its proprietary Flash plugin will be moving to a new "Pepper" API forinteraction with the browser, leaving the old Netscape plugin API behind."For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browserplugin for Linux will only be available via the 'Pepper' API as part of theGoogle Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as adirect download from Adobe. Adobe will continue to provide security updatesto non-Pepper distributions of Flash Player 11.2 on Linux for five yearsfrom its release."
[linuxtoday.com] FlightGear 2.6.0 Released With Massive Changes
Ubuntu Vibes: "FlightGear, a free and open source flight simulator has received yet another major update and many new features have introduced."
[osnews.com] Flash Player for Linux becomes Pepper-only
On my mark... Get set... Start not caring! Adobe has announced it plans to discontinue the stand-alone Flash Player for Linux, instead focussing all its effort on the version available through the Pepper API - which, besides Chrome, no one else is going to support.
[osnews.com] Canonical brings Ubuntu to Android
Take this as a sign of things to come in the land of convergence. Yesterday, Ubuntu announced Ubuntu for Android. This new product basically allows you to run the entire Ubuntu Linux distribution on your Android smartphone connected to an external display and keyboard and mouse.
[slashdot.org] Playbook OS 2.0 Released

Alt-kun writes "On February 21st, The Blackberry Playbook finally received its long-promised overhaul. Called Playbook OS 2.0, this major upgrade provides native email and calendaring apps, limited support for Android applications (the developer has to repackage the app for the Playbook), and a bunch of other features. There are some fairly positive initial reviews, although one can no doubt expect a lot of too-little-too-late naysaying from various quarters as well. The Globe and Mail article also contains this somewhat interesting note: '...until RIM began deep discounting ... the device languished way behind rivals such as the iPad in terms of market share. One recent report by Toronto-based Solutions Research Group, however, pegs RIM's share of the tablet market at around 15 per cent, a big jump after discounting over the holiday buying season.'"ZDNet has some screenshots of the new features, and El Reg has a piece on an interesting bit of the new software.

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[slashdot.org] Man Ordered To Apologize To Wife On Facebook

New submitter Marillion writes "Photographer Mark Byron was so bothered by his pending divorce and child visitation issues that he blasted his soon-to-be ex-wife on his personal Facebook page. That touched off a battle that resulted in a Hamilton County judge ordering Byron jailed for his Facebook rant — and to post on his page an apology to his wife and all of his Facebook friends, something free speech experts found troubling."

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[slashdot.org] Intel Opening Foundry To Third Parties

angry tapir writes "Intel is exploring whether it can branch out as a foundry by opening its chip manufacturing facilities to more third-party customers. Intel has expanded its chip-to-order business by signing up additional customers to take advantage of its 22-nanometer process facilities."In particular, two FPGA design companies will be using Intel's fabrication plant, and "the unit has more than two customers but others are not disclosing their plans yet."

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[slashdot.org] ACTA Referred To Europe's Top Court For Analysis

superglaze writes "The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is to get an extra level of scrutiny in the EU after the European Commission said it would refer it to the European Court of Justice, to check it really does comply with fundamental freedoms in the union. This obviously follows mass protests over ACTA, and it seems justice commissioner Viviane Reding was the one who pushed for ECJ scrutiny. It's not currently clear if this will delay the European Parliament ratification process, but it is hard to imagine the parliament voting on ACTA (scheduled for June at the moment) before the ECJ has had its say — and no-one can say right now how long that will take to happen."

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[linuxtoday.com] Hortonworks University Launches, and Can Teach You Valuable Hadoop Skills
OSTATIC: "Hortonworks officials have predicted that half of the world's data will be processed by Apache Hadoop within five years."
[linuxtoday.com] Ford's open source OpenXC platform as gateway to future high tech car gizmos
Torque News: "With the OpenXC platform Ford is creating a channel for open collaboration with 3rd party application developers, allowing them to use cars like the Ford Focus to prototype their gizmos."
[slashdot.org] Adobe Makes Flash on GNU/Linux Chrome-Only

ekimd writes "Adobe has anounced their plans to abandon future updates of their Flash player for Linux. Partnering with Google, after the release of 11.2, 'the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the 'Pepper' API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe.' Viva la HTML 5!"And it appears that Mozilla won't be implementing Pepper anytime soon.

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[slashdot.org] Have Bad Cars Gone Extinct?

Hugh Pickens writes "AP reports that global competition is squeezing lemons out of the market and forcing automakers to improve the quality and reliability of their vehicles. With few exceptions, cars are so close on reliability that it's getting harder for companies to charge a premium. 'We don't have total clunkers like we used to,' says Dave Sargent, automotive vice president with J.D. Power. In 1998, J.D. Power and Associates found an industry average of 278 problems per 100 vehicles, but this year, the number fell to 132. In 1998, the most reliable car had 92 problems per 100 vehicles, while the least reliable had 517, a gap of 425. This year the gap closed to 284 problems. It wasn't always like this. In the 1990s, Honda and Toyota dominated in quality, especially in the key American market for small and midsize cars. Around 2006, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler were heading into financial trouble and shifted research dollars from trucks to cars after years of neglect and spent more on engineering and parts to close the gap. Meanwhile Toyota's reputation was tarnished by a series of safety recalls, and Honda played conservative with new models that looked similar to the old ones. Now it's 'very hard to find products that aren't good anymore,' says Jeremy Anwyl, CEO of the Edmunds.com automotive website. 'In safety, performance and quality, the differences just don't have material impact.'"

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[linuxtoday.com] Introduction To The Linux Mint Cinnamon Desktop
HowtoForge: "This tutorial is supposed to guide the reader through the features of the Cinnamon desktop, Mint's new desktop environment to be used in Linux Mint 13."
[slashdot.org] Astronomers Confirm a Hot and Steamy Exoplanet

The Bad Astronomer writes "The extrasolar planet GJ 1214b was discovered in 2009 orbiting a nearby (40 light year distant) red dwarf star. The planet was quickly found to have a thick atmosphere, but it wasn't known at the time if the composition was water vapor or a hazy shroud of particulates. New Hubble observations confirm the atmosphere of the exoplanet is rich in water, comprising up to 50% of the atmosphere's mass (PDF). At 230 degrees Celsius, this means the planet is shrouded in steam."

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[linuxtoday.com] SSH Inside & Out
Doug Vitale Tech Blog: "In the background SSH sessions involve authentication, key exchange, encryption, and passphrase generation and storing, making SSH a complex protocol."
[linuxtoday.com] Python4Kids New Tutorial: Starting our Config Editor
Python Tutorials for Kids 8+: "When people write computer programs they try to write the program they don't necessarily know all the relevant details about how and where it will be run."
[slashdot.org] Google Heads Up Display Coming By the End of the Year

kodiaktau writes "Google is working to deliver a heads-up display allowing users access to email, maps and other tools through a wearable interface. According to the NY Times' sources, the device will be available later this year, and sell for prices comparable to smartphones. 'The people familiar with the Google glasses said they would be Android-based, and will include a small screen that will sit a few inches from someone’s eye. They will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion and GPS. ... The glasses will have a low-resolution built-in camera that will be able to monitor the world in real time and overlay information about locations, surrounding buildings and friends who might be nearby, according to the Google employees. The glasses are not designed to be worn constantly — although Google expects some of the nerdiest users will wear them a lot — but will be more like smartphones, used when needed.'"

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[slashdot.org] Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050

mattr writes "Japan's Obayashi Corp. has announced plans to build a space elevator by 2050. They are famous for wrecking skylines with the over-sized bullet train station in Kyoto, the world's tallest self-supporting tower Tokyo Sky Tree and just recently, the beginnings of the Taipei Dome. It will take a week at 200 kph for your party of 30 to reach the 36,000-km-high terminal station, while the counterweight along 96 km high, a quarter of the way to the Moon."

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[linuxtoday.com] Firefox To Get A New Default Theme, Other Enhancements
Web Upd8: "nfortunately, there are still no plans to support tabs in the titlebar for Linux (because of GTK limitations), but most other UI changes should be available for Linux too."
[slashdot.org] Europe Plans Exascale Funding Above U.S. Levels

dcblogs writes "The European Commission last week said it is doubling its multi-year investment in the push for exascale computing from €630 million to €1.2 billion (or the equivalent of $1.58 billion). They are making this a priority even as austerity measures are imposed to prevent defaults. China, meanwhile, has a five-year plan to deliver exascale computing between 2016-20 (PDF). The Europeans announced the plan the same week the White House released its fiscal year 2013 budget, which envisions a third year of anemic funding to develop exascale technologies. Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy science budget asked for nearly $91 million in funding for the efforts in the current fiscal year; it received $73.4 million. DOE science is trying for about $90 million for exascale for 2013. There's more funding tucked in military and security budgets. The U.S. wants exascale around 2018, but it has yet to deliver a plan or the money for it."

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[slashdot.org] Privacy-Centric Search Engine Scroogle Shuts Down

An anonymous reader writes "Daniel Brandt started his 'Scroogle' search engine because he wanted to provide increased privacy to people who searched online through Google. Unfortunately, while Google tolerated this for a while, they began throttling Scroogle queries. This, in combination with extensive DDoS attacks on Brandt's servers, has caused him to take Scroogle offline, along with his other domains. He said, 'I no longer have any domains online. I also took all my domains out of DNS because I want to signal to the criminal element that I have no more servers to trash. This hopefully will ward off further attacks on my previous providers. Scroogle.org is gone forever. Even if all my DDoS problems had never started in December, Scroogle was already getting squeezed from Google's throttling, and was already dying. It might have lasted another six months if I hadn't lost seven servers from DDoS, but that's about all.' Internet users who made use of the services will now need to investigate other options."

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