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Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed

The Register - Thu, 2014-04-17 03:03
Nadella's database sqares the circle of cheap memory vs speed

It's 1996 and Mission:Impossible has just arrived on the cinema screens. RAM is $10 per megabyte and falling. Against this backdrop, Microsoft has quietly commenced its own seemingly impossible mission, a complete re-write of a little known database which will be released two years into the future, and will be known as SQL Server 7.…

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Kigo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac 6.0.4

Freshmeat - Thu, 2014-04-17 02:48
Kigo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is a video converter and editor. It supports converting between popular video formats, including FLV, MPEG1, MPEG2, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, MOV, AVI, M2TS, MPEG TS/TP (for HD Video), and M4V with good output quality and high conversion speed. It can also edit videos by clipping, splitting and merging videos, or adding special video effects.

Release Notes: The conversion engine was reconstructed. PCM audio encoding is now supported in customized AVI formats. Downloading of videos from Dailymotion, The Daily Show, Youtube, Rutube, and other sites were fixed. Minor bugs were fixed.

Release Tags: Video, DVD ripper, video editor, website video downloader, screen recorder

Tags: video converter, video editor

Licenses: Shareware

Categories: open source

Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

The Register - Thu, 2014-04-17 02:35
Report uncovers giant octopus squid of lobbying influence

Analysis Google's lobbying and influence-courting in Washington DC is more intense and extensive than even Google-watchers thought, a must-read Washington Post investigation has revealed.…

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The Squishy Future of Robotics

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-04-17 02:09
An anonymous reader writes "The field of soft robotics is fast growing and may be the key to allowing robots and humans to work side-by-side. 'Roboticists are prejudiced toward rigid structures, for which algorithms can be inherited from the well-established factory robot industry. Soft robots solve two huge problems with current robots, however. They don't have to calculate their movements as precisely as hard robots, which rely on springs and joints, making them better for navigating uncontrolled environments like a house, disaster area, or hospital room. They're naturally "cage free," meaning they can work shoulder-to-shoulder with humans. If a soft robot tips over or malfunctions, the danger is on par with being attacked by a pillow. The robot is also less prone to hurt itself.'"

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The Eagle Project 1.0 beta 30

Freshmeat - Thu, 2014-04-17 01:28
Eagle, Extensible Adaptable Generalized Logic Engine, is an implementation of the Tcl scripting language for the Common Language Runtime (CLR).

Release Notes: This release added full support for Tcl 8.4 compliant namespaces, including tests, with the exception of creative reading/writing. In addition, the [namespace unknown] sub-command from Tcl 8.5 has been implemented. Namespace support is currently disabled by default (i.e. the legacy namespace behavior is used). [namespace enable] and [namespace info] sub-commands were added, along with -namespaces, -setLoop, -setInitialize, and -forceInitialize command lines to help control the interactive shell. The ScriptBlocks class was added.

Tags: Software Development, Libraries, Tcl Extensions, Interpreters

Licenses: BSD Revised

Categories: open source

AWS bins elastic compute units, adopts virtual CPUs

The Register - Thu, 2014-04-17 01:27
Customers tired of wrapping their heads around odd computing power metric

Gartner analyst Kyle Hilgendorf has spotted something very interesting: Amazon Web Services seems to have stopped rating cloud servers based on EC2 compute units (ECUs), its proprietary metric of computing power.…

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Aspose.Pdf for Reporting Services 2.5.5

Freshmeat - Thu, 2014-04-17 01:05
Aspose.Pdf for Reporting Services makes it possible to generate PDF reports from Microsoft SQL Server 2000 & 2005 Reporting Services. It supports advanced features like adding PDF bookmarks, using HTML tags, XMP metadata, custom embedded fonts, and rendering watermarks for pages. It can also convert all RDL report features including sections, images, charts, tables, matrices, headers, and footers to PDF. It also enables you to create PDF documents on the server without using Adobe PDF Library SDK.

Release Notes: Image rendering when transforming RDL files to PDF format was enhanced. There were also other improvements and bugfixes.

Release Tags: image rendering in output PDF files, transforming RDL files to PDF, image rendering capabilities, image rendering in reports, Reporting Services Export to PDF Image, Colors of image are enhanced, export image & graph objects

Tags: Font size rendering, Integration with Report Viewer in local mode, render HTML text, generate Table of Contents, Improved Un-installation, Improved report conversion, Reporting Services

Licenses: Evaluation License, Developer Enterprise License, Developer OEM License, Site Enterprise License, Site OEM License

Categories: open source

China's Xi purging corrupt officials to put own men in place: sources

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-04-17 01:04
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said.






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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

The Register - Thu, 2014-04-17 01:01
What could go wrong with that?

Boffins at MIT have mooted a new concept for nuclear power plants which would see the entire facility towed several miles out to sea and moored in a similar way to offshore oil and gas platforms.…

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China economy stronger than data suggests: government

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-04-17 01:00
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy is doing better than official data suggests, the Commerce Ministry said a day after figures showed growth at an 18-month low, adding that targets for exports and imports this year should be met despite some caution over the trade outlook.
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Canonical's Ubuntu Linux 14.04 Open Source OS Almost Here

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-04-17 01:00

The VAR Guy: Oxide is an important step in helping Canonical to transform Ubuntu into a more mobile-friendly platform.

Categories: linux, news, open source

isort 3.7.0

Freshmeat - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:37
isort automatically sorts and sections Python imports. It can turn even the most messy import structure into nice clean sections without duplicates. It provides a command line utility, Python library, and Kate plugin for convenient use.

Release Notes: This release improved handling of * imports and of spacing before statements directly following imports. It fixed a bug with atomically parsing files when encoding is set at the top of the file, a bug that made it impossible to sort imports on __init__.py, and a bug that caused incorrect line split for as imports.

Tags: Python, clean, refactor

Licenses: MIT

Categories: open source

Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

The Register - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:26
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps

Fruity toy maker Apple’s next iPhone looks like it will definitely have a significantly bigger screen, if you believe the latest images to have found their way onto the Chinternet.…

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Mandriva: 2014:079: json-c

LinuxSecurity.com - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:04
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated json-c packages fix security vulnerabilities: Florian Weimer reported that the printbuf APIs used in the json-c library used ints for counting buffer lengths, which is inappropriate for 32bit architectures. These functions need to be changed to using [More...]
Categories: linux, news, security

Multi-hypervisor workload ... what? Just think of it as a virtual MAGIC CARPET

The Register - Thu, 2014-04-17 00:02
Zerto converts VMs between hypervisor environments

Comment Zerto offers multi-hypervisor and cloud workload transformation and protection services – there, I’ve said it. But what does it mean?…

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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:34
An anonymous reader writes "Rumors have surfaced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will restrict bidding at their TV spectrum auction in 2015 to effectively favor smaller carriers. Specifically, when 'auction bidding hits an as-of-yet unknown threshold in a given market, the FCC would set aside up to 30MHz of spectrum in that market. Companies that hold at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market then wouldn't be allowed to bid on the 30MHz of spectrum that has been set aside.' Therefore, 'in all band plans less than 70MHz, restricted bidders—specifically AT&T and Verizon (and in a small number of markets, potentially US Cellular or CSpire)—would be limited to bidding for only three blocks.' The rumors may be true since AT&T on Wednesday threatened to not participate in the auction at all as a protest against what it sees as unfair treatment."

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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:34
An anonymous reader writes "Rumors have surfaced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will restrict bidding at their TV spectrum auction in 2015 to effectively favor smaller carriers. Specifically, when 'auction bidding hits an as-of-yet unknown threshold in a given market, the FCC would set aside up to 30MHz of spectrum in that market. Companies that hold at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market then wouldn't be allowed to bid on the 30MHz of spectrum that has been set aside.' Therefore, 'in all band plans less than 70MHz, restricted bidders—specifically AT&T and Verizon (and in a small number of markets, potentially US Cellular or CSpire)—would be limited to bidding for only three blocks.' The rumors may be true since AT&T on Wednesday threatened to not participate in the auction at all as a protest against what it sees as unfair treatment."

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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:34
An anonymous reader writes "Rumors have surfaced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will restrict bidding at their TV spectrum auction in 2015 to effectively favor smaller carriers. Specifically, when 'auction bidding hits an as-of-yet unknown threshold in a given market, the FCC would set aside up to 30MHz of spectrum in that market. Companies that hold at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market then wouldn't be allowed to bid on the 30MHz of spectrum that has been set aside.' Therefore, 'in all band plans less than 70MHz, restricted bidders—specifically AT&T and Verizon (and in a small number of markets, potentially US Cellular or CSpire)—would be limited to bidding for only three blocks.' The rumors may be true since AT&T on Wednesday threatened to not participate in the auction at all as a protest against what it sees as unfair treatment."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:34
An anonymous reader writes "Rumors have surfaced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will restrict bidding at their TV spectrum auction in 2015 to effectively favor smaller carriers. Specifically, when 'auction bidding hits an as-of-yet unknown threshold in a given market, the FCC would set aside up to 30MHz of spectrum in that market. Companies that hold at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market then wouldn't be allowed to bid on the 30MHz of spectrum that has been set aside.' Therefore, 'in all band plans less than 70MHz, restricted bidders—specifically AT&T and Verizon (and in a small number of markets, potentially US Cellular or CSpire)—would be limited to bidding for only three blocks.' The rumors may be true since AT&T on Wednesday threatened to not participate in the auction at all as a protest against what it sees as unfair treatment."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: news

Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:34
An anonymous reader writes "Rumors have surfaced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will restrict bidding at their TV spectrum auction in 2015 to effectively favor smaller carriers. Specifically, when 'auction bidding hits an as-of-yet unknown threshold in a given market, the FCC would set aside up to 30MHz of spectrum in that market. Companies that hold at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market then wouldn't be allowed to bid on the 30MHz of spectrum that has been set aside.' Therefore, 'in all band plans less than 70MHz, restricted bidders—specifically AT&T and Verizon (and in a small number of markets, potentially US Cellular or CSpire)—would be limited to bidding for only three blocks.' The rumors may be true since AT&T on Wednesday threatened to not participate in the auction at all as a protest against what it sees as unfair treatment."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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