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U.S. housing starts fall, but trend points to recovery

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-12-16 09:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. housing starts and permits fell in November, but remained at levels consistent with a gradually improving housing market.
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2015 will be the year Linux takes over the enterprise (and other predictions)

Linux Today - Tue, 2014-12-16 09:00

Tech Republic: In previous years, I'd don the rose-colored glasses and make predictions that would shine a fantastic light over the Linux landscape and proclaim 20** will be the year of Linux on the _____ (name your platform).

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IBM: Get yer cloud services! Analytics, mobile, ten a penny

The Register - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:58
Mouthpiece gives us pile of guff about Cloud Marketplace - so we cut through it

With all bets placed behind software and services, IBM needs to quickly re-tune its route to customers to get the right suppliers on board and the revenue dial moving in the right direction again.…

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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:53
As reported by The Independent, A scientific study has found that Greenland is actually connected to the area beneath the polar ice where the North Pole lies – thanks to a huge stretch of continental crust known as the Lomonosov Ridge. Since Greenland is a Danish territory, that gives the country the right to put its hat in the ring for ownership of the stretch of land, Denmark’s foreign minister [Martin Lidegaard ] said. ... Of the five Arctic countries – the US, Russia, Norway, Canada and Denmark —only Canada and Russia had indicated an interest in the North Pole territory until now. "This is a historical milestone for Denmark and many others as the area has an impact on the lives of lot of people. After the U.N. panel had taken a decision based on scientific data, comes a political process," Lidegaard told The Associated Press in an interview on Friday. "I expect this to take some time. An answer will come in a few decades. Why such a big deal? As Business Insider notes, The U.S. currently estimates that the Arctic sea bed could contain 15% of the earth's remaining oil, along with 30% of the planet's natural gas and 20% of its liquefied natural gas. Whichever country is able to successfully claim the Arctic would have the right to extract these resources.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko hails first full overnight truce in rebel east

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:42
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's separatist east passed the night into Tuesday without any shooting, President Petro Poroshenko said, hailing the first such stretch of calm as a positive signal for the next steps in a peace plan.

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Penguin porn? NO! Linux folk in #LCA2015 standoff

The Register - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:18
Live Cam Awards or Linux gabfest? Hmmm...

Each January Linux luminaries from around the world descend on Australia and New Zealand to attend, an antipodean penguinista gathering of sufficient gravitas that Linus Torvalds himself often makes the trip.…

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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:12
An anonymous reader writes: In a scathing indictment of NASA's bureaucracy, the Washington Post documents a $349 million project to construct a laboratory tower that was closed as soon as it was finished. From the article: "[The tower was] designed to test a new rocket engine in a chamber that mimicked the vacuum of space. ... As soon as the work was done, it shut the tower down. The project was officially 'mothballed' — closed up and left empty — without ever being used. ... The reason for the shutdown: The new tower — called the A-3 test stand — was useless. Just as expected. The rocket program it was designed for had been canceled in 2010. ... The result was that NASA spent four more years building something it didn't need. Now, the agency will spend about $700,000 a year to maintain it in disuse. ... Jerked from one mission to another, NASA lost its sense that any mission was truly urgent. It began to absorb the vices of less-glamorous bureaucracies: Officials tended to let projects run over time and budget. Its congressional overseers tended to view NASA first as a means to deliver pork back home, and second as a means to deliver Americans into space. In Mississippi, NASA built a monument to its own institutional drift."

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Committee begins review of High Priority Projects list -- your input is needed

Linux Today - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:00

FSF: Nine and a half years ago the first version of the High Priority Free Software Projects (HPP) list debuted with only four projects

Categories: linux, news, open source SLASHES ICT frameworks by more than HALF

The Register - Tue, 2014-12-16 07:41
Where the hell's our support, shout disgruntled SMEs

The government is cutting the number of its ICT frameworks from 26 down to just 10 - a move that has been criticised for leaving SMEs in the dark.…

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

The Register - Tue, 2014-12-16 07:19
19TB flash cards? Not as far off as you might think

Comment We have 3D NAND flash chip supplier timing, courtesy of financial analyst whiz Aaron Rakers. The four foundry operators will all be pumping out mass production volumes of the high-capacity stuff in 18 months' time…

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Banks, must work together to beat cyber-nasties

The Register - Tue, 2014-12-16 07:01
BoE also warns of IT failures 'exacerbating' sector instability

Government must work closely with UK banks to improve financial institutions' infrastructure and resilience to cyber attacks, the Bank of England has warned.…

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Fedora 19 EOL 01-06-2015

Linux Today - Tue, 2014-12-16 07:00

Fedora Magazine: Fedora 19 will reach end of life on 2015-01-06, and no further updates will be pushed out after that time.

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Amazon workers in Germany stage CHRISTMAS STRIKE

The Register - Tue, 2014-12-16 06:39
Frequently-revolting staff stomp off for three days

Amazon workers are striking yet again in Germany, hoping to put pressure on the etailer over the Christmas shopping period.…

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Suspect in six Pennsylvania killings is target of manhunt

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-12-16 06:35
LOWER SALFORD, Penn. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania police on Tuesday searched for an Iraq war veteran suspected of killing six family members, including his 14-year-old niece, in a shooting spree in communities near Philadelphia.

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Spain arrests seven accused of recruiting women for Islamic State

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-12-16 06:25
MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested seven people in a ongoing joint swoop on suspected efforts to recruit women to go to Syria and Iraq to support Islamic State insurgents, the Spanish Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.
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Server SANs: Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater

The Register - Tue, 2014-12-16 06:21
Killing shared array complexity

Getting rid of SAN complexity and cost is an idea that appeals to many CIOs sick of juggling storage area networking components and array costs.…

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Repsol to buy Talisman Energy for $13 billion

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-12-16 06:17
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Repsol has agreed to buy Talisman Energy, Canada's fifth-largest independent oil producer, for $13 billion, showing how the drop in oil prices is pushing energy companies to take the plunge on big M&A deals.
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Goes like the blazes: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 late 2014 edition

The Register - Tue, 2014-12-16 06:02
Dolby Atmos enabled fondleslab, anyone?

Review Before you all take to the comments page and start asking why in the name of hell it has taken us more than six months to review the Fire 8.9 HDX, let me clarify one thing. This is the new, refreshed winter 2014 model. Yes, I know it looks very similar, OK, make that identical, to the previous (3rd) generation 8.9 HDX but trust me, it has been improved.…

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Yemen presidential aide says Houthis plotting to bring down government

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-12-16 05:59
SANAA (Reuters) - An aide to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said on Monday that the Shi'ite Houthi faction was plotting to bring down the government, after the group accused the president of sanctioning corruption and demanded to monitor state spending.

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Iran says nuclear talks with U.S. proceed in good atmosphere

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-12-16 05:42
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday bilateral nuclear talks with the United states were proceeding in a good atmosphere despite lingering gaps over key issues such as Tehran's uranium enrichment capacity and how fast economic sanctions should be lifted.
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