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A Ph.D Thesis Defense Delayed By Injustice 77 Years

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-05-27 14:42
Taco Cowboy writes: A story about a 102-year old lady doing her PhD thesis defense is not that common, but when the thesis defense was delayed by a whopping 77 years, that gotta raise some eyebrows. Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport studied diphtheria at the University of Hamburg in Germany and in 1938, the 25-year old Protestant-raised, German-born Ingeborg submitted for her doctorate thesis defense. She was denied her chance for her defense because her mother was of the Jewish ancestry, making her an official "cross-breed". As such the Nazi regime forbid the university from proceeding with her defense, for "racial reasons". She became one of the thousands of scholars and researchers banished from German academe, which at the time included many of the world's most prestigious research institutions, because of Jewish ancestry or opposition to Nazi policies. Many of them ended up suffering or dying in concentration camps. Rudolf Degkwitz, Syllm's professor, was imprisoned for objecting to euthanizing children. Syllm, however, was able to reach the United States and earned her medical degree from the old Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Eventually she married a fellow physician named Samuel Mitja Rapoport, had a family, and moved back to Germany in the 1950s, where she achieved prominence in neonatology. Syllm-Rapoport, who is now 102 years old, might have remained just a doctor (if a very accomplished one) had not the present dean of the Hamburg medical school, Uwe Koch-Gromus, heard her story from a colleague of her son, Tom Rapoport, a Harvard cell biologist. Determined to do what he could to mitigate this wrong, Koch-Gromus arranged Syllm-Rapoport's long-delayed defense. Despite failing eyesight, she brushed up on decades of developments in diphtheria research with the help of friends and the Internet. Koch-Gromus called the 45-minute oral exam given by him and two colleagues on 13 May in her Berlin living room "a very good test. Frau Rapoport has gathered notable knowledge about what's happened since then. Particularly given her age, she was brilliant."

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New Linux Based OS Brings Internet of Things Closer to Reality

Linux Journal - Wed, 2015-05-27 14:16

The "Internet of Things," or IoT, has the potential to change the way we interact with the devices and objects in our homes and lives.

The IoT is the idea that all of the devices and gadgets that you interact with could be connected to the internet. more>>

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Boffins create tiny holographic battery that fits INSIDE a chip

The Register - Wed, 2015-05-27 14:04
Tech that's not hard to swallow intended for aspirin-sized medical devices

A battery small enough to be mounted inside a chip has been developed at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.…

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Are Windows and OS X malware?

Linux Today - Wed, 2015-05-27 14:00

 ITworld: Richard Stallman has never been...er...shy about sharing his opinions, particularly when it comes to software that doesn't adhere to his vision.

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Prospects and Limits For the LHC's Capabilities To Test String Theory

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-05-27 14:00
StartsWithABang writes: The Large Hadron Collider has just been upgraded, and is now making the highest energy collisions of any human-made machine ever. But even at 13 TeV, what are the prospects for testing String Theory, considering that the string energy scale should be up at around 10^19 GeV or so? Surprisingly, there are a number of phenomenological consequences that should emerge, and looking at what we've seen so far, they may disfavor String Theory after all.

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Islamic State sympathizers may have made airline threats: U.S. officials

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-05-27 13:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State sympathizers may have been behind more than a dozen threats in the last two days to international flights using U.S. airports or flying over American airspace, U.S. law enforcement and security sources said on Wednesday.
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Aye-aye Eyeo, go safely on your way-o, says German judge

The Register - Wed, 2015-05-27 13:28
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.…

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

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-05-27 13:17
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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SUSE OpenStack Cloud: Any platform, anytime

Linux Today - Wed, 2015-05-27 13:00

SUSE's latest release of SUSE Cloud comes ready to run on both public and private cloud

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EU officials dismiss Greek statement on aid agreement being drafted

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:58
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's government on Wednesday said it is starting to draft an agreement with creditors that would pave the way for aid, but European officials quickly dismissed that as wishful thinking.
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Microsoft tosses Office, Skype portball to 20 Android makers

The Register - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:57
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.…

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Queen Elizabeth sets in motion Britain's EU referendum plan

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:36
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth set in motion on Wednesday the new government's plans for an in-out referendum on staying in the European Union, but left open questions about when it will be and what changes to the EU the government wants beforehand.







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Red Hat CEO Publishes Open Source Management Memoir

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:35
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

The Register - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:30
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.…

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Republican Rick Santorum to enter 2016 White House race: ABC News

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a Christian conservative, will announce on Wednesday that he will make another run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 after a failed attempt in 2012, according to ABC News.
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Private cloud storage at public cloud prices: Ubuntu Advantage Storage

Linux Today - Wed, 2015-05-27 12:00

 ZDnet: Mark Shuttleworth thinks the only way private clouds can compete in the long run with public clouds is with by offering similar pricing.

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

The Register - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:57
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.…

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Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

Slashdot - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:54
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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Mozilla: We don't give a damn about cheap smartphones

The Register - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:29
Get ready for ‘Ignite’, whatever that is

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

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Etihad Airways says it will add $6.2 billion to U.S. economy by 2020

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-05-27 11:15
DUBAI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airway's contribution to the U.S. economy will almost double to $6.2 billion by 2020, it said on Wednesday, in an apparent counter to allegations that government subsidies gave it an unfair edge over competition.







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