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Aye-aye Eyeo, go safely on your way-o, says German judge

El Reg - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 5:28pm
Adblock Plus maker's activities are definitely legal

A Munich court ruled on Wednesday (May 27) that there was nothing illegal about the activities of Eyeo, owner of Adblock Plus.…

How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

Slashdot - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 5:17pm
Nerval's Lobster writes: How much C++ do you need to know to land an entry-level job that's heavy in C++? That's a question Dice posed to several developers. While the exact topic was C++, the broader question of "How much X do you actually need to know to make money off it?" could also apply to any number of programming languages. In the case of C++, basics to know include virtual methods, virtual destructors, operator overloading, how templates work, correct syntax, the standard library, and more. Anything less, and a senior developer will likely get furious; they have a job to do, and that job isn't teaching the ins and outs of programming. With all that in mind, what's a minimum level of knowledge for a programming language for entry-level developers?

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Microsoft tosses Office, Skype portball to 20 Android makers

El Reg - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 4:57pm
Redmond fanbois wail as Cortana gets to go on foreign exchange, too

LG and Sony have joined 18 other device makers in the latest phase of Microsoft’s strategy to get Office and Skype as portable as possible.…

Russia's Baikal Chips End Up Going For A MIPS CPU

Phoronix - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 4:46pm
Last year was news about Russia wanting to design its own processors to be less reliant upon Intel and AMD. The initial "Baikal" processor was expected to be based on ARMv8 but it turns out now that it's a MIPS design...

Red Hat CEO Publishes Open Source Management Memoir

Slashdot - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 4:35pm
ectoman writes: Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst has just published The Open Organization, a book that chronicles his tenure as leader of the world's largest open source company. The book aims to show other business leaders how open source principles like transparency, authenticity, access, and openness can enhance their organizations. It's also filled with information about daily life inside Red Hat. Whitehurst joined Red Hat in 2008 after leaving Delta Airlines, and he says his time working in open source has changed him. "I thought I knew what it took to manage people and get work done," he writes in The Open Organization. "But the techniques I had learned, the traditional beliefs I held for management and how people are taught to run companies and lead organizations, were to be challenged when I entered the world of Red Hat and open source." All proceeds from the book benefit the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Opensource.com is hosting free book club materials.

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Oz dad-and-son team rattle tin for homemade reusable spaceplane

El Reg - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 4:30pm
ThunderStruck flies into Kickstarter

Australian father and son team Robert and Jason Brand have taken to Kickstarter in search of funds for their ThunderStruck project, which they hope will eventually lead to a reusable spaceplane capable of carrying a 50kg payload into low Earth orbit.…

ID-stealing scammers had a bumper start to the year, reveals report

El Reg - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 3:57pm
25 per cent rise in identity fraud in first 3 months of 2015

Incidences of identity fraud in the UK rose by more than 25 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, a new report has revealed.…

Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

Slashdot - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 3:54pm
mi writes: President Obama has asked the Senate to renew key Patriot Act provisions before their expiration on May 31. This includes surveillance powers that let the government collect Americans' phone records. Obama said, "It's necessary to keep the American people safe and secure." The call came despite recent revelations that the FBI is unable to name a single terror case in which the snooping provisions were of much help. "Obama noted that the controversial bulk phone collections program, which was exposed by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, is reformed in the House bill, which does away with it over six months and instead gives phone companies the responsibility of maintaining phone records that the government can search." Obama criticized the Senate for not acting on that legislation, saying they have necessitated a renewal of the Patriot Act provisions.

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Future iPhones could be powered by chips made from trees

L'Inq - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 3:30pm

Wood chips not woodchip

Mozilla: We don't give a damn about cheap smartphones

El Reg - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 3:29pm
Get ready for ‘Ignite’, whatever that is

Browser-turned-OS-institution Mozilla has acknowledged that its $25 phone has failed.…

Heat Wave Kills More Than 1,100 In India

Slashdot - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 3:12pm
An anonymous reader sends word that a week-long heat wave in India has resulted in the deaths of more than 1,100 people. Temperatures reached 47C (117F) on Monday and are expected to stay dangerously high throughout the week. The heat and extreme dryness are being accompanied by strong westerly winds. "About one-third of the country's 1.2 billion people have access to electricity, meaning millions are enduring the blistering heat without relief." The local power grid has been struggling under high demand from fans and air conditioning. In some states, citizens are being advised to stay indoors during the middle of the day, when the sun is at its peak. Many hope the upcoming monsoons will return temperatues to less dangerous levels.

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Speaking in Tech: Scrubbing Chrome with Google's Brillo

El Reg - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 3:01pm
Tiversa’s security extortion allegations explored

US Supreme Court acknowledges that 'patent trolls' are a thing

L'Inq - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 2:47pm

And that the law is an ass

Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

El Reg - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 2:39pm
Industry folk react calmly to Microsoft's hopeful future sales targets

What a difference a year makes. At this point in 2014, PC vendors were riding high on Windows XP support doom, but fast forward to the here-and-now and the pending launch of a certain OS isn’t causing the same waves.…

Clinton Foundation: Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy

Slashdot - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 2:30pm
theodp writes: As the press digs for details on Clinton Foundation donations, including a reported $26+ million from Microsoft and Bill Gates, it's probably worth noting the interest the Clintons have developed in computer science and the role they have played — and continue to play — in the national K-12 CS and tech immigration crisis that materialized after Microsoft proposed creating such a crisis to advance its 'two-pronged' National Talent Strategy, which aims to increase K-12 CS education and the number of H-1B visas. Next thing you know, Bill is the face of CS at the launch of Code.org. Then Hillary uses the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference to launch a Facebook, Microsoft, and Google initiative to boost the ranks of female and students of color in CS, and starts decrying woeful CS enrollment. Not to be left out, Chelsea keynotes the NCWIT Summit and launches Google's $50M girls-only Made With Code initiative with now-U.S. CTO Megan Smith. And last December, the Clinton Foundation touted its initiatives to engage middle school girls in CS, revamp the nation's AP CS program, and retrain out-of-work Americans as coders. At next month's CGI America 2015, the conference will kick off with a Beer Bust that CGI says "will also provide an opportunity to learn about Tech Girls Rock, a CGI Commitment to Action launched by CA Technologies in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America that helps girls discover an interest in tech-related educational opportunities and careers." On the following days, CGI sessions will discuss tech's need for a strong and diverse talent pipeline for computer and information technology jobs, which it says is threatened by "the persistent poor performance of American students in science, technology, engineering, and math," presenting "serious implications for the long-term competitiveness of the U.S. economy." So what's the long-term solution? Expanding CS education, of course!

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Stranded Brussels airport passengers told to check Facebook

El Reg - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 2:20pm
Power surge nixes Belgian air traffic control, grounds 20,000 travellers

An “electrical fault” wiped out Belgium's air traffic control systems nationwide this morning, according to Belgocontrol, which is responsible for air navigation above Belgium and Luxembourg.…

UK government outlines plans for supercharged surveillance powers

L'Inq - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 2:12pm

Snoopers Charter returns in the form of the Investigatory Powers Bill

EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

El Reg - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 1:56pm
Leaked doc reveals massive bunfight ahead if Cameron forces the issue

David Cameron’s plans to treat us all like children unless we opt out looks likely to be scuppered by new EU rules on net neutrality.…

Apple bumps Samsung and Xiaomi to take number one spot in China

L'Inq - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 1:46pm

Also closes the gap on Galaxy S6 maker globally

Mesa Git OpenGL Tests With Intel Ivy Bridge Graphics

Phoronix - Wed, 27/05/2015 - 1:43pm
Most often these days when running Intel Linux graphics tests at Phoronix it's with Haswell, Broadwell, or Bay Trail hardware. However, in being curious if there's any performance improvements for slightly older hardware with Mesa 10.6 or Mesa 10.7-devel Git, I've run some fresh Ivy Bridge numbers...