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Ask Slashdot: How To Own the Rights To Software Developed At Work?

Slashdot - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 2:32pm
New submitter ToneyTime writes: I'm a young developer building custom add-ins for my company's chosen SAAS platform as a full time staff member. The platform supports a developer community to share code and plug-ins with an option to sell the code. While I don't plan on having a breakthrough app, I am interested in sharing the solutions I create, hopefully with the potential of selling. All solutions are created and made by me for business needs, and I aim to keep any company's specific data out. I have a good relationship with management and can develop on my own personal instance of the platform, but would be doing so on company time. Going contractor is a bit premature for me at this stage. Any advice, references or stories to learn from?

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BILLION YEAR SECRET of baking hellworld Mercury UNLOCKED by NASA probe crash

El Reg - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 2:26pm
Spaceship beamed back data to Earth before prang

Boffins have discovered that Mercury's magnetic field is nearly four beeellion years old.…

The Exciting Ubuntu 15.10 Linux News Of The Past Week

Phoronix - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 2:22pm
With Canonical having hosted the Ubuntu Online Summit this past week to lay out and plan early details of Ubuntu 15.10, here's a recap of our Phoronix coverage over the past week for their next major update due to ship in October...

F2FS Is Working Fine These Days With Fedora's Kernel

Phoronix - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 1:52pm
A Phoronix reader recently asked whether Fedora developers have yet enabled F2FS file-system support within their packaged kernel. While I didn't mention it before, yes, they ended up enabling support for the Flash-Friendly File-System...

Poker Pros Win Against AI, But Experts Peg Match As Statistical Draw

Slashdot - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 1:33pm
hypnosec writes with some positive news for Skynet watchers, in that humans still have at least a slight lead against the AIs who might one day imprison us in energy-harvesting goo tanks, or at least beating us in Las Vegas. The two-day poker showdown involving four of the world's top (human) players and a Carnegie Mellon University AI program called Claudico saw the professionals win, after several days of heads-up no-limit Texas Hold'em. "Despite the win, the poker players' $732,713 collective lead over Claudico wasn't quite large enough to attain statistical significance, experts have said. This means that the results can't be accepted as scientifically reliable thereby indicating that the "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence" competition effectively ended in a statistical tie." On the other hand, the computers sure got over what looked like a rout by the humans.

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Broadwell Graphics, HDMI 4K & Other Features Land In DragonFlyBSD

Phoronix - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 1:29pm
Earlier this month we wrote about DragonFlyBSD having experimental Broadwell graphics support and now this updated DRM driver code has landed in the BSD distribution. Besides supporting the new Intel Broadwell HD/Iris Graphics, there's also a number of other new features...

FWD.us To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo

Slashdot - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 12:27pm
theodp writes: Speaking at a National Journal LIVE event that was sponsored by Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us and Laurene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective, FWD.us "Major Contributor" Lars Dalgaard was asked about the fate of 500 laid-off Southern California Edison IT workers, whose forced training of their H-1B worker replacements from offshore outsourcing companies sparked a bipartisan Senate investigation. "If you want the job, make yourself able to get the job," quipped an unsympathetic Dalgaard (YouTube). "Nobody's going to hold you up and carry you around...If you're not going to work hard enough to be qualified to get the job...well then, you don't deserve the job." "That might be harsh," remarked interviewer Niharika Acharya. Turning to co-interviewee Pierre-Jean Cobut, FWD.us's poster child for increasing the H-1B visa cap, Acharya asked, "Do you agree with him?" "Actually, I do," replied PJ, drawing laughs from the crowd.

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Ex-NSA bloke: 'I love Apple products, I just wish they were secure'

El Reg - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 12:00pm
Plus: Chocolate Factory is still hanging on to stale pale males

QuoTW  The first full week of May saw Uber size up Nokia's map biz, while a Tiversa employee claimed he went rogue and Tesla caught flack for its new home battery pack.…

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: <i>Cuy Chactado</i> – Deep-fried guinea pig

El Reg - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 11:00am
Ideal if you roll in pissed to find an empty fridge ... but a full pet cage. Or maybe not

We at the El Reg post-pub nosh team are taking a break from the kitchen this week, and bringing instead a report from deepest Peru on classic cuy chactado (deep-fried guinea pig), courtesy of my old pal Gavin Wright.…

<strong>[<abbr title="Not Safe For Work">NSFW</abbr>]</strong> What to do when the users are watching Nazi dwarf smut at work?

El Reg - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 10:00am
Reg readers handle sticky situations with grace and wit

On-call (a bit NSFW)  Welcome to On-call, our fortnightly look at readers' experiences when called off-site. In our last instalment, we recounted the tale of the reader who sprung a colleague pleasuring herself with cutlery. Which of course prompted readers to send tales about similar indiscretions.…

Enterprise SSDs, Powered Off, Potentially Lose Data In a Week

Slashdot - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 10:00am
New submitter Mal-2 writes with a selection from IB Times of special interest for anyone replacing hard disks with solid state drives: The standards body for the microelectronics industry has found that Solid State Drives (SSD) can start to lose their data and become corrupted if they are left without power for as little as a week. ... According to a recent presentation (PDF) by Seagate's Alvin Cox, who is also chairman of the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC), the period of time that data will be retained on an SSD is halved for every 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) rise in temperature in the area where the SSD is stored. If you have switched to SSD for either personal or business use, do you follow the recommendation here that spinning-disk media be used as backup as well?

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Like a Dell factory but what comes out is a LOT more fun: We visit Aston Martin

El Reg - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 9:00am
A day out at James Bond's car maker

Vulture @ the Wheel  Aston Martin wants to take on Tesla with a 1,000bhp electric version of its Rapide S. The prestige British marque has also recently announced that it has secured funding to build an all-electric crossover car called the DBX. This is all part of a 200m expansion plan for the firm's factory in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and it seemed like more than enough of a reason for us to visit this modern (and yet retro) palace of technology.…

So what <i>would</i> the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

El Reg - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 8:00am
Assuming anyone votes for it, as I did

Worstall @ the Weekend  Now that the election's over (result unknown as I write) it's possible to perform for a reader request: what would the economic effect of Britain leaving the European Union be?…

Messenger Data Says Mercury's Magnetic Past Goes Back Billions of Years

Slashdot - Sun, 10/05/2015 - 7:06am
Space.com notes a study published in the May 7th issue of Science (abstract) which concludes not only that Mercury has a magnetic history dating back billions of years, but also that the strength of that field means that it once rivaled Earth's own magnetic field, though it is now "about 100 times weaker." The source of this conclusion is data gathered prior to the crash of NASA's Messenger probe into Mercury's surface on April 30 of this year. Says the story: The researchers analyzed magnetic data collected by MESSENGER in the fall of 2014 and 2015, when the spacecraft flew incredibly close to the planet's surface, at altitudes as low as 9 miles (15 kilometers). In contrast, the lowest that MESSENGER flew in previous years was between 125 and 250 miles (200 and 400 km). ... The scientists detected magnetized rocks in a part of Mercury's crust that, due to the presence of many craters from cosmic impacts, appears to be quite ancient. The researchers suggest the rocks were once magnetized by the planet's magnetic field, and based on the age and amount of the magnetized rocks, as well as how strongly they were magnetized, the investigators deduced that Mercury's magnetic field has persisted for 3.8 billion years.

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