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Linux 4.0-rc4 Kernel Is A Fairly Normal Update

Phoronix - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 1:04am
The fourth weekly release candidate to the Linux 4.0 kernel was just released for the newest round of Linux kernel testing...

Ow.ly plus AWS plus Box roped into worm-spreading spree

El Reg - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 12:54am
From Facebook to dumb suckers to Facebook again

Users with a bent for nasty content and too much trust in shortened links are helping to spread a Facebook worm, according to researchers at Malwarebytes.…

Sydney's Bugcrowd lands $6m from venture capitalists

El Reg - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 12:16am
'Enterprise is ready' for mass hacking fest

Vulnerability mercenary outfit Bugcrowd has scored $6 million in Venture Capital funding.…

Ask Slashdot: What Can Distributed Software Development Teams Learn From FLOSS?

Slashdot - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 12:01am
An anonymous reader writes: As a long time free software proponent and leader of a small development team (10+ people) within a mid-sized company, I always try to incorporate my experiences from both worlds. Lately I was confronted with the need to accept new team members from abroad working on the same codebase and I expect to have even more telecommuting people on my team in the future (even though research suggests the failure rate of virtual teams could be as high as 70%). On the other hand, FLOSS does not seem to suffer from that problem, despite being developed in a distributed manner more often than not. What can corporations and managers learn from FLOSS to make their distributed teams more successful? Consequently, what FLOSS tools, methods, rules, and policies can and should be incorporated into the software development process within a company more often? I'm interested in hearing what you think, especially regarding technical issues like source code ownership and revision control systems, but also ways of communication, dealing with cultural differences, etc.

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Oracle adds secure-ish boot support to its Linux distro

El Reg - Sun, 15/03/2015 - 11:53pm
But how secure is it?

Oracle has released a new secure-boot version of its Linux, but the new issuance is attracting criticism that it's not actually secure.…

Valve's SteamVR: Solves Big Problems, Raises Bigger Questions

Slashdot - Sun, 15/03/2015 - 11:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: When Valve debuted its SteamVR headset recently, it came as somewhat of a surprise — it certainly hasn't gotten the same level of hype as the Oculus Rift. But people who got to try out the new headset almost universally impressed with the quality of the hardware and software. Eurogamer has an article about the device expressing both astonishment at how far the technology has come in three short years, as well as skepticism that we'll find anything revolutionary to do with it. Quoting: "R demands a paradigm shift in the thinking of game designers and artists about how they build virtual space and how players should interact with it. We're only at the very beginning of this journey now. ... but this process will likely take years, and at the end of it the games won't resemble those we're currently used to. In short, they won't be Half-Life 3." The author thinks simulation games — driving, piloting, and space combat — will be the core of the first wave, and other genres will probably have to wait for the lessons learned making sims good. He adds, "...the practical challenges are great, too — not least in persuading players to clear enough space in their homes to use this device properly, and the potential for social stigma to attach to the goofy-looking headsets and the players' withdrawal into entirely private experiences. I still think that these present major obstacles to the widespread adoption of VR, which even more practical and commercially realistic offerings like Morpheus will struggle against."

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

El Reg - Sun, 15/03/2015 - 10:03pm
Downloading OS updates from random PCs? What could possibly go wrong with that?

A new build of Windows 10, number 10036, appears to have somehow found its way beyond Redmond's firewalls, and folks running it report it has all manner of interesting additions.…

UN Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

Slashdot - Sun, 15/03/2015 - 9:58pm
mdsolar sends this report from The Guardian: The UN organization in charge of global climate change negotiations is backing the fast-growing campaign persuading investors to sell off their fossil fuel assets. It said it was lending its "moral authority" to the divestment campaign because it shared the ambition to get a strong deal to tackle global warming at a crunch UN summit in Paris in December. The move is likely to be controversial as the economies of many nations at the negotiating table heavily rely on coal, oil and gas. In 2013, coal-reliant Poland hosted the UNFCCC summit and was castigated for arranging a global coal industry summit alongside. Now, the World Coal Association has criticized the UNFCCC's decision to back divestment, saying it threatened investment in cleaner coal technologies.

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El Reg - Sun, 15/03/2015 - 9:04pm
Purple Palace pitches painless PGP protection at prosaic punters

Yahoo! has shown off an OpenPGP-based end-to-end e-mail encryption it says will be offered as a plug-in by the end of the year.…

Galaxy S6 vs S5

L'Inq - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 9:29am

We see whether Samsung's redesigned smartphone can turn its fortunes around


AI and IoT merger could signal the end of civilisation, says John Lewis IT head

L'Inq - Fri, 13/03/2015 - 5:23pm

Expresses concerns over handling of data with IoT in retail


GCHQ students protecting virtual Boris Johnson from a cyber kicking right now

L'Inq - Fri, 13/03/2015 - 4:37pm

Cyber Security Challenge UK is a bit like Pop Idol, but with less drama


The Apple Watch doesn't belong in business

L'Inq - Fri, 13/03/2015 - 4:30pm

And other myths that CIOs tell themselves