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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with <tt>systemd</tt> AND <tt>sysvinit</tt>

El Reg - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 3:00am
That oughta keep the greybeards quiet for now

The Debian project is touting new ports for ARM and POWER architectures, a bunch of software updates, an upgraded Gnome desktop and better security in its just-unleashed Jessie release.…

Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

El Reg - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 1:58am
Hackathon founder killed by passing motorcyclists in Karachi

Unidentified gunmen have killed Pakistani women's activist Sabeen Mahmud in a targeted shooting that also left her mother in intensive care.…

M2 drops on knee, offers scrip ring for iiNet's hand

El Reg - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 1:52am
Counter-offer to the TPG takeover

A second bidder has entered the competition to acquire Australia's second-largest fixed-line internet service provider iiNet, raising the possibility that initial predator TPG might not have things its own way.…

Linux 4.1-rc1 Kernel Released, Packs In Several New Features

Phoronix - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 1:19am
Right on time, Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 4.1-rc1 kernel...

Riverbed retires RVBD from NASDAQ after private equity swoop

El Reg - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 12:52am
US$3.5 beellion takes WAN-furtler private

Riverbed is no longer a publicly-traded company, as the buyout of its stock by private equiteer Thoma Bravo and Teachers’ Private Capital concluded late last week.…

When Exxon Wanted To Be a Personal Computing Revolutionary

Slashdot - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 12:37am
An anonymous reader writes with this story about Exxon's early involvement with consumer computers. "This weekend is the anniversary of the release of the Apple IIc, the company's fourth personal computer iteration and its first attempt at creating a portable computer. In 1981, Apple's leading competitor in the world of consumer ('novice') computer users was IBM, but the market was about to experience a deluge of also-rans and other silent partners in PC history, including the multinational descendant of Standard Oil, Exxon. The oil giant had been quietly cultivating a position in the microprocessor industry since the mid-1970s via the rogue Intel engineer usually credited with developing the very first commercial microprocessor, Federico Faggin, and his startup Zilog. Faggin had ditched Intel in 1974, after developing the 4004 four-bit CPU and its eight-bit successor, the 8008. As recounted in Datapoint: The Lost Story of the Texans Who Invented the Personal Computer, Faggin was upset about Intel's new requirement that employees had to arrive by eight in the morning, while he usually worked nights. Soon after leaving Intel and forming Zilog, Faggin was approached by Exxon Enterprises, the investment arm of Exxon, which began funding Zilog in 1975."

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App makers, you're STILL doing security wrong

El Reg - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 11:58pm
Microsoftie Troy Hunt unpicks privacy invasion and unencrypted passwords

Security expert Troy Hunt has taken a look at what mobile apps collect to send home to their owners, and isn't impressed: even PayPal is still addicted to invasive habits, he says.…

The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

Slashdot - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 11:25pm
An anonymous reader writes: English teacher Michael Godsey writes in The Atlantic what he envisions the role of teachers to be in the future. In a nutshell, he sees virtual classrooms, less pay, and a drastic decrease in the number of educators, but thinks they will all be "super-teachers". From the article: "Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it's enough to say that the role is shifting from 'content expert' to 'curriculum facilitator.' Instead, I describe what I think the public-school classroom will look like in 20 years, with a large, fantastic computer screen at the front, streaming one of the nation's most engaging, informative lessons available on a particular topic. The 'virtual class' will be introduced, guided, and curated by one of the country's best teachers (a.k.a. a "super-teacher"), and it will include professionally produced footage of current events, relevant excerpts from powerful TedTalks, interactive games students can play against other students nationwide, and a formal assessment that the computer will immediately score and record. I tell this college student that in each classroom, there will be a local teacher-facilitator (called a 'tech') to make sure that the equipment works and the students behave. Since the 'tech' won't require the extensive education and training of today's teachers, the teacher's union will fall apart, and that "tech" will earn about $15 an hour to facilitate a class of what could include over 50 students. This new progressive system will be justified and supported by the American public for several reasons: Each lesson will be among the most interesting and efficient lessons in the world; millions of dollars will be saved in reduced teacher salaries; the 'techs' can specialize in classroom management; performance data will be standardized and immediately produced (and therefore 'individualized'); and the country will finally achieve equity in its public school system."

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NBN Co loses the “Co” for AU$700,000

El Reg - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 11:19pm
The National Broadband Network is now brought to you by NBN, not by NBN Co

NBN Co, the entity charged with building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has changed its name to NBN.…

Grooveshark faces $750 MEELLION piracy payout

El Reg - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 10:58pm
The day the illegally shared music died

Copy-shop Grooveshark's prospects in the latest round of its lawsuit are looking bleak: remarks made by the judge hearing the case have opened up the possibility of damages close to three quarters of a billion dollars against the song-share site.…

Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails

Slashdot - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 10:15pm
An anonymous reader points out that Russian hackers reportedly obtained some of President Obama’s emails when the White House’s unclassified computer system was hacked last year. Some of President Obama's email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House's unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation. The hackers, who also got deeply into the State Department's unclassified system, do not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from Mr. Obama's BlackBerry, which he or an aide carries constantly. But they obtained access to the email archives of people inside the White House, and perhaps some outside, with whom Mr. Obama regularly communicated. From those accounts, they reached emails that the president had sent and received, according to officials briefed on the investigation.

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It Doesn't Look Like KDBUS Will Make It For Linux 4.1

Phoronix - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 10:14pm
While Linux 4.1 is bringing many new features and improvements, there's one addition that's noticeably absent...

Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Among Victims of Everest avalanche

Slashdot - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 9:04pm
alphadogg writes: Dan Fredinburg, privacy director for the company's Google X team, and an engineer who worked on many of Google's most exciting projects during his 8 years with the company, died over the weekend in an avalanche on Mount Everest. The 33-year-old worked on projects such as Google Loon, the company's balloon-based Internet access effort and self-driving car. He also was involved in Google Street View Everest, leading expeditions to gather imagery of the Khumbu region around Mt. Everest. Fredinburg's career began in a much less glamorous fashion as a "dock rat" and as a farm hand in Arkansas.

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Debian 9.0 Is Codenamed Stretch

Phoronix - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 8:00pm
With this weekend's release of Debian 8.0 "Jessie" cleared, it's now time for Debian developers to start thinking about Debian 9.0...

Seeing Buildings Shake With Software

Slashdot - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 7:55pm
mikejuk writes: In 2012 a team from MIT CSAIL discovered that you could get motion magnification by applying filtering algorithms to the color changes of individual pixels. The method didn't track movement directly, but instead used the color changes that result from the movement. Now another MIT team has attempted to put the technique to use in monitoring structures — to directly see the vibrations in buildings, bridges and other constructions. Currently such monitoring involves instrumenting the building with accelerometers. This is expensive and doesn't generally give a complete "picture" of what is happening to the building. It would be much simpler to point a video camera at the building and use motion magnification software to really see the vibrations and this is exactly what the team is trying out. Yes you can see the building move — in real time — and it seems to be a good match to what traditional monitoring methods say is happening. The next stage is to use the method to monitor MIT's Green Building, the Zakim Bridge and the John Hancock Tower in Boston.

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AMD Radeon GPUs With Linux 4.0 + Mesa 10.6-devel

Phoronix - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 7:16pm
On Friday I posted the results showing Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source. For those wishing to run with a slightly newer kernel and Mesa driver stack, here are fresh open-source AMD Radeon benchmark results with Linux 4.0 and Mesa 10.6-devel...

Intel Showcases RealSense 3D Camera Applications and Technologies In New York

Slashdot - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 6:47pm
MojoKid writes: Intel gathered a number of its OEM and software partners together in New York City recently to showcase the latest innovations that the company's RealSense 3D camera technology can enable. From new interactive gaming experiences to video collaboration, 3D mapping and gesture controls, Intel's front-facing RealSense technology holds promise that could someday reinvent how we interact with PCs. The F200 RealSense camera module itself integrates a depth sensor and a full color 1080p HD camera together with standard technologies like dual array mics, but with an SDK, on-board processing engine and 3rd party software that can allow the camera module to sense numerous environmental variables, much more like a human does. In the demos that were shown, RealSense was used to create an accurate 3D map of a face, in a matter of seconds, track gestures and respond to voice commands, allow touch-free interaction in a game, and remove backgrounds from a video feed in real-time, for more efficient video conferencing and collaboration.

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The Many Features Of The Linux 4.1 Kernel

Phoronix - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 6:45pm
The Linux 4.1 kernel merge window has been open now for two weeks and will most likely be closed by Linus Torvalds this evening. For those curious about the Linux 4.1 features, here's a look at the newest additions to the mainline Linux kernel!..

HTTPS For Phoronix.com

Phoronix - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 6:29pm
Thanks to the new and much more powerful web server for Phoronix.com, if you've tried to access the site in the past few hours, there's proper HTTPS support...

Gallium3D's HUD Gets New Customization Options

Phoronix - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 6:10pm
For the past two years there has been an optional Gallium3D HUD to display various performance-related metrics as an overlay while running OpenGL applications with the Gallium3D drivers. With the latest Mesa Git code, the heads-up display can be a bit more customized...
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