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x86 Systems Will See Some Boot Time Optimizations With Linux 4.3

Phoronix - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 8:34pm
Ingo Molnar sent in his several Git pull requests today for the code he maintains within the Linux kernel...

Hedvig, Druva, IBM, Catalogic, Nutanix, Arcserve bang storage drums at VMware's rave

El Reg - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 8:09pm
What's the noise from SF?

VMworld 2015  There's been a whirlwind of supplier announcements in the run-up to VMworld, which takes place between August 29 and September 3 in San Francisco.…

3 Category 4 Hurricanes Develop In the Pacific At Once For the First Time

Slashdot - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 8:00pm
Kristine Lofgren writes: For the first time in recorded history, three Category 4 hurricanes were seen in the Pacific Ocean at the same time. Climatologists have been warning that climate change may produce more extreme weather situations, and this may be a peek at the future to come. Eric Blake, a specialist with the National Hurricane Center summed it up with a tweet: "Historic central/eastern Pacific outbreak- 3 major hurricanes at once for the first time on record!"

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OpenBSD Is Getting Its Own Native Hypervisor

Phoronix - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 7:54pm
The OpenBSD Foundation has been funding work on a project to provide OpenBSD with its own, native hypervisor...

The Most Important Obscure Languages?

Slashdot - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 7:17pm
Nerval's Lobster writes: If you're a programmer, you're knowledgeable about "big" languages such as Java and C++. But what about those little-known languages you only hear about occasionally? Which ones have an impact on the world that belies their obscurity? Erlang (used in high-performance, parallel systems) springs immediately to mind, as does R, which is relied upon my mathematicians and analysts to crunch all sorts of data. But surely there are a handful of others, used only by a subset of people, that nonetheless inform large and important platforms that lots of people rely upon... without realizing what they owe to a language that few have ever heard of.

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VMware's got just one more thing you need to build a software-defined data center

El Reg - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 7:04pm
EVO SDDC takes Virtzilla's best bits to build hybrid clouds

VMworld 2015  For the last couple of years, VMware has been talking up the software-defined data center and saying it can deliver it with vSphere and flagship products like VSAN, NSX, and vRealize.…

Muted HAMR blow from Seagate: 4TB whizzbang drive coming 2016

El Reg - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 6:57pm
Well, it's a start, at least

Analysis  Seagate R&D bigwig Jan-Ulrich Thiele says the first Seagate prototype drives built with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) will arrive in late 2016 and have just 4TB capacity.…

VMware unleashes vCAOS on the world

El Reg - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 6:47pm
VMware's vCloud Air Object Storage with either Google or EMC ViPR

VMworld 2015  VMware is launching a cloud object storage service based on either the public Google cloud, or EMC ViPR for a private cloud alternative.…

Book Review: Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways To Write Better Python

Slashdot - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 6:34pm
MassDosage writes: If you are familiar with the "Effective" style of books then you probably already know how this book is structured. If not here's a quick primer: the book consists of a number of small sections each of which focus on a specific problem, issue or idea and these are discussed in a "here's the best way to do X" manner. These sections are grouped into related chapters but can be read in pretty much any order and generally don't depend on each other (and when they do this will be called out in the text). The idea is that you can read the book from cover to cover if you want but you can also just dip in and out and read only the sections that are of interest to you. This also means that you can use the book as a reference in future when you inevitably forget the details or want to double check something. Read below for the rest of Mass Dosage's review.

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NVIDIA 355.11 Driver Stabilizes The Series With Full OpenGL For EGL

Phoronix - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 5:52pm
NVIDIA has released the 355.11 Linux driver today, which is their first stable release in the 355.xx series...

Cities Wasting Millions of Taxpayer's Money In Failed IoT Pilots

Slashdot - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 5:51pm
dkatana writes: Two years ago at the Smart Cities Expo World Congress, Antoni Vives, then Barcelona's second deputy mayor, said he refused to have more technology pilots in the city: "I hate pilots, if anyone of you [technology companies] comes to me selling a pilot, just get away, I don't want to see you." He added, "I am fed up with the streets full of devices. It is a waste of time, a waste of money, and doesn't deliver anything; it is just for the sake of selling something to the press and it does not work." Barcelona is already a leading city in the use of IoT and, according to Fortune, "The most wired city in the world". Over the past 10 years, the city has experienced a surge in the number of sensors, data collection devices and automation and has become "a showcase for the smart metropolis of the future". Over the past few years technology companies have sold pilot programs costing millions of dollars to cities all over the world, claiming it will enhance their "Smart City" rating. Unfortunately, after the initial buzz, many of those pilots never get beyond the evaluation stage and are abandoned because the cities cannot afford them in the first place.

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SolidFire's flash boxes pull into Platform9

El Reg - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 5:34pm
All abord the private cloud train

Has the OpenStack loco got enough of a head of steam to leave the station? No one knows yet, but here is more evidence of suppliers rushing to support it: SolidFire's all-flash arrays can be integrated into Platform9's Managed OpenStack OSaaS – OpenStack-as-a-Service – offering.…

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do If You Were Suddenly Wealthy?

Slashdot - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 5:09pm
An anonymous reader writes: There are a few articles floating around today about comments from Markus Persson, aka "Notch," the creator of Minecraft. He sold his game studio to Microsoft last year for $2.5 billion, but he seems to be having a hard time adjusting to his newfound fame and wealth. He wrote, "The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance. ... Found a great girl, but she's afraid of me and my life style and went with a normal person instead. I would Musk and try to save the world, but that just exposes me to the same type of a$#@%&*s that made me sell minecraft again." While he later suggests he was just having a bad day, he does seem to be dealing with some isolation issues. Granted, it can be hard to feel sorry for a billionaire, but I've wondered at times how I'd handle sudden wealth like that, and I long ago decided it would make the human relationships I'm accustomed to rather difficult. So, how would you deal with Notch's problem? It seems like one the tech industry should at least be aware of, given the focus on startup culture.

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Arma 3 Now Available In Beta For Linux, Might Be Benchmarked

Phoronix - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 4:57pm
As expected, Arma 3 is now available for Linux gamers in beta form...

Ex top judge admits he's incapable of reading email, doesn't own a PC

El Reg - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 4:39pm
Clears self of bias on basis someone else read and sent contentious messages

A retired judge presiding over an Australian Royal Commission into corruption in the union movement has admitted he is incapable of sending email and does not own a computer.…

Google Facing Fine of Up To $1.4 Billion In India Over Rigged Search Results

Slashdot - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 4:27pm
An anonymous reader writes: The Competition Commission of India has opened an investigation into Google to decide whether the company unfairly prioritized search results to its own services. Google could face a fine of up to $1.4 billion — 10% of its net income in 2014. A number of other internet companies, including Facebook and FlipKart, responded to queries from the CCI by confirming that Google does this. "The CCI's report accuses Google of displaying its own content and services more prominently in search results than other sources that have higher hit rates. It also states that sponsored links shown in search results are dependent on the amount of advertising funds Google receives from its clients. Ecommerce portal Flipkart noted that it found search results to have a direct correlation with the amount of money it spent on advertising with Google." The company has faced similar antitrust concerns in the EU and the U.S

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S390 To Get "Fake NUMA" / NUMA Emulation In Linux 4.3

Phoronix - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 4:15pm
The IBM s390 architecture will gain fake NUMA support with the upcoming Linux 4.3 for providing faster performance under some workloads...

Plunging Battery Prices Expected To Spur Renewable Energy Adoption

Slashdot - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 3:45pm
Lucas123 writes: Lithium-ion (Li-on) and flow battery prices are expected to drop by as much as 60% by 2020, making them far more affordable for storing power from distributed renewable energy systems, such as wind and solar, according to a recent report by Australia's Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The 130-page report (PDF) shows that Li-on batteries will drop from $550 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in 2014 to $200 per kWh by 2020; and flow battery prices will drop from $680 per kWh to $350 per kWh during the same time. Flow batteries and Li-ion batteries work well with intermittent energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines because of their ability to be idle for long periods without losing a charge. Both battery technologies offer unique advantages in that they can easily be scaled to suit many applications and have high cycle efficiency, the ARENA report noted. Li-ion batteries more easily suit consumer market. Flow batteries, which are less adaptable for consumer use because they're typically too large, scale more easily because all that's needed to grow storage capacity is more electrolyte liquid; the hardware remains the same.

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Mesa 11.0 RC2 Released, Brings RadeonSI Performance Fix

Phoronix - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 3:29pm
The second release candidate to Mesa 11.0 is now available for testing...

LLVM Clang 3.7 vs. GCC Compiler Benchmarks On Linux

Phoronix - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 3:20pm
With the official release of LLVM 3.7 being imminent, here are some fresh compiler benchmarks comparing its performance on Linux x86_64 to that of LLVM Clang 3.6 as well as GCC 4.9 and GCC 5.2.
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