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Setting Up High-Performance HHVM and Nginx/Apache with MariaDB on Debian/Ubuntu

Linux Today - Sat, 2015-08-29 13:00

 tecmint: high performance web app server

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Ask Slashdot: Best Data Provider When Traveling In the US?

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-08-29 12:35
An anonymous reader writes: I am visiting USA 3-4 times a year and I need a data service. I also need to keep my cell phone number, so swapping the SIM card in my phone is not an option. I have bought those 19.95$ phones in Best-Buy to get a local number, but those were voice only. So I have been thinking about getting a MiFi hotspot. I have been looking at pre-paid plans from Verizon(only 700 LTE band for their pre-paid hotspot), AT&T, T-Mobile etc. perhaps to put in a MiFi hotspot or buy a hotspot from a provider, but have no idea which one to use, their reputation, real life coverage etc. It is clear that all data plans in the USA are really expensive, I get 100GB monthly traffic with my Scandinavian provider for the same price as 6-8 GB montly in the US, which I guess could be a problem with our Apple phones as they do not recognize a metered WiFi hotspot. But that is another issue. I travel all over but most of the time outside the big cities -- and my experience from roaming with my own phone and the cheap local phone so far tells me that coverage fluctuates wildly depending on the operator.

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Hollande, Merkel, Putin back bid for new Ukraine ceasefire

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-29 12:00
PARIS (Reuters) - The leaders of France, Germany and Russia backed a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine in a three-way phone call on Saturday, but offered contrasting views of why February's peace deal is in trouble.
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Three children found in critical condition on refugee truck: APA

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-29 11:41
VIENNA (Reuters) - Three young children were found in critical condition due to dehydration on Friday after police in Austria stopped a truck with 26 refugees, Austrian news agency APA reported on Saturday.
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Systemd Absorbs "su" Command Functionality

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-08-29 11:29
jones_supa writes: With a pull request systemd now supports a su command functional and can create privileged sessions that are fully isolated from the original session. The su command is seen as bad because what it is supposed to do is ambiguous. On one hand it's supposed to open a new session and change a number of execution context parameters, and on the other it's supposed to inherit a lot concepts from the originating session. Lennart Poettering's long story short: "`su` is really a broken concept. It will given you kind of a shell, and it's fine to use it for that, but it's not a full login, and shouldn't be mistaken for one." The replacement command provided by systemd is machinectl shell.

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Astroboffins clock TWO HUGE BLACK HOLES inside quasar-hosting galaxy nearest to Earth

The Register - Sat, 2015-08-29 11:22
Double-trouble collision a few 100,000 years away, apparently

Scientists have spotted two central black holes raging and skating around each other in Markarian 231 (Mrk 231) – the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar.…

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Buffett's Berkshire takes $4.48 billion stake in Phillips 66

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-29 11:21
(Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc disclosed a $4.48 billion stake in oil refiner Phillips 66 , rebuilding a bet it had made in the energy industry before oil prices fell.
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Iran's Rouhani says military power not affected by nuclear deal: state TV

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:44
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's military capability has not been affected by its nuclear deal last month with six world powers, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, moving to reassure hardliners that the deal was no sign of Iranian weakness.
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GNOME To Start Using Codenames

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:27
prisoninmate writes: A discussion between GNOME developers and users during the annual GUADEC conference lead to potential code names for the desktop environment, starting with the upcoming September release, GNOME 3.18, which might be dubbed Gothenburg. They decided to codename the September releases after the city where the GUADEC conference took place, as explained above, and the March releases after the city where the GNOME.Asia Summit will take place.

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Yellen ally pours cold water on rule-based monetary policy

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:07
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (Reuters) - For much of her tenure as head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen has been pressured by Republican lawmakers who want the U.S. central bank to adopt a monetary policy rule, a straightforward formula connecting unemployment and inflation to a benchmark interest rate.
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In Hawaii, a 6-Person Crew Begins a Year-Long Mars Isolation Experiment

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-08-29 09:34
The BBC reports that six volunteers have begun a planned year-long stint "without fresh air, fresh food or privacy" in a NASA simulation of what life might be like for a group of Mars colonists. The volunteers are to spend the next 12 months in the dome (11 meters in diameter, 6 meters high), except for space-suited out-of-dome excursions, where they will eat space-style meals, sleep on tiny cots, and keep up a science schedule. The current mission is the fourth (and longest yet) from the Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation; you can read more about this mission's crew here.

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Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

The Register - Sat, 2015-08-29 09:01
So Italian it probably has Venetian glass

Vulture at the wheel Ever since Fiat became FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automotive – there has been something a bit incongruous about the mix of brands. An Italian Jeep takes a bit of getting used to. Refined, exceptionally nice leather, a responsive automatic gearbox, multi-link rear suspension.…

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Linux workstation security checklist

Linux Today - Sat, 2015-08-29 09:00

This is a set of recommendations used by the Linux Foundation for their systems administrators.

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Uber pulls up to the bumper, poaches infosec bods from Twitter and IOActive

The Register - Sat, 2015-08-29 08:46
Make driver-free cars more secure? Good luck with that!

Uber has hired two security researchers as it shifts gears on its biz strategy with plans to develop driver-free cars.…

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EU parliament chief attacks 'cynical' states over refugee crisis

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-29 08:46
BERLIN (Reuters) - The "glaring failures" of some European countries to take in refugees are turning the Mediterranean into a mass grave and creating gruesome scenes at borders, the head of the European Parliament has said.
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A Courtroom Victory For Microsoft In Cellphone-Related Patent Suit

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-08-29 08:33
Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft has been cleared of patent infringement by the US International Trade Commission. The case dates back to 2007 when InterDigital Inc claimed Microsoft infringed its patents, and there were calls for a ban on the import of handsets. InterDigital Inc has been battling in court for eight years, initially trying to claim royalties on phones made by Nokia, now transferred to Microsoft. As well as blocking the call for an import ban, the ITC stated that Microsoft did not infringe patents relating to the way mobiles make calls. In short Microsoft is in the clear and InterDigital's rights have not been violated.

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With rhythm and reverence, New Orleans marks 10 years since Katrina

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-29 07:28
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans, a town renowned for staging big celebrations, faces a tricky challenge on Saturday, 10 years to the day from when Hurricane Katrina slammed into southeast Louisiana and triggered flooding that would leave 80 percent of the city under water.
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IMF's Lagarde says restructuring should suffice for Greek debt

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-08-29 07:11
ZURICH (Reuters) - A form of debt restructuring rather than outright forgiveness should enable Greece to handle its "unviable" debt burden, the head of the International Monetary Fund was quoted as telling a Swiss newspaper.
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Arro Taxi App Arrives In NYC As 'Best Hope' Against Uber

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-08-29 07:02
An anonymous reader writes with a report at The Stack that "New York City cabs have begun testing a new app-based taxi system in an attempt to win back customers lost to Uber and Lyft." The app is called Arro, and is being trialled in about 7,000 New York cabs. It sticks with metered prices, rather than the demand-based price increases that Uber institutes for times of peak demand. With so many cabs on the road already, the makers boast that Arro will outpace Uber soon. At least based on my limited experience with each, real competition with Uber or Lyft would require some seminars on good customer service.

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Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor

The Register - Sat, 2015-08-29 07:01
Paradigm puncher ...Is It Something I Said? hits 40

Feature Readers are advised that a number of the video clips featured in this article contain colourful language of a NSFW nature.

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