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Study Reveals Wikimedia Foundation Is 'Awash In Money'

Slashdot - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 12:32pm
New submitter Harold Dumbacher writes: Few things seen on Wikipedia aggravate its users more than the annual fundraising banners. Yet millions of people continue to contribute, seeming to think that Wikipedia will "go offline" if they aren't given more donations. Yet as a new Wikipediocracy blog post reveals, the Wikimedia Foundation is rolling in dough — $53 million in net assets as of this year (that's actual hard sitting-around currency, currently put into various investment vehicles). Meanwhile it only costs about $2.5 million to actually keep Wikimedia project servers online and handling user traffic. The rest of the WMF's annual donations go for "staff salaries, travel and miscellaneous." And evidently, many people are growing disgruntled with this ongoing state of affairs, even Wikimedia staff who benefit from it.

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Pinning a value on big tech's top names. Not as easy as it looks

El Reg - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 12:31pm
Markets vs. Monkeys. Who has it right?

Does the efficient markets hypothesis (EMH among friends) have any value when looking at tech companies in the enterprise and data centre world?…

Apple continues to turn an acceptable shade of green

L'Inq - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 12:02pm

Better living through forestry

Gaze upon the desirable Son of Alpha: Samsung Galaxy A5

El Reg - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 12:02pm
Mid-ranger with tip-top build quality and a touch of style

Review  The most important Samsung phone of the last 12 months was the Galaxy S6, right? Nah. It was the Galaxy Alpha. The Alpha heralded a momentous change in Samsung design, from tired and mundane to rather stylish, and in material quality, from cheap plastic to high quality metal.…

Gartner: Dell nowhere to be seen as storage SSD sales go flat

El Reg - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 11:41am
EMC leads the way

Well, here's another nail in the coffin for traditional storage arrays; Gartner claims array SSD sales were up just one per cent year-on-year, while server flash sales grew 51 per cent. EMC leads the AFA players, while Cisco and Dell are nowhere.…

Tor bugs mean that its cloud has stopped reigning

L'Inq - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 11:36am

But it's available for anyone who gives a fork

Linux Mint Will Continue To Provide Both Systemd and Upstart

Slashdot - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 11:28am
jones_supa writes: After Debian adopted systemd, many other Linux distributions based on that operating system made the switch as well. Ubuntu has already rolled out systemd in 15.04, but Linux Mint is providing dual options for users. The Ubuntu transition was surprisingly painless, and no one really put up a fight, but the Linux Mint team chose the middle ground. The Mint developers consider that the project needs to still wait for systemd to become more stable and mature, before it will be the default and only option.

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ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

El Reg - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 11:19am
Café au urine quaffer shows off spaceborne khazi

Italy's first female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, has offered the internet a full talkthrough on one of the International Space Station's most famous and terrifying facilities: its lavatory.…

Delphix hires anti-PR bloke Silicon Valley Watcher as head of PR

El Reg - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 11:01am
Live! Press release! Live! Live! Live!

Gearing up for an IPO, copy data virtualiser startup Delphix has hired veteran blogger Tom Foremski as its communications editor, a CFO and corporate comms head.…

Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

El Reg - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 10:28am
Brilliance of the AeroMobil prototype's parachute demonstrated

Slovakian company AeroMobil, which claims to have spotted a gap in the market for flying cars, managed to take its experimental prototype to an altitude of 300 metres before test pilot and inventor, Stefan Klein, "encountered an unexpected situation" and opened the vehicle's parachute.…

America and Europe could be coming to terms on mutual data sharing

L'Inq - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 10:23am

PRISM being primed for permanence