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Apple, Google Vying For Mobile Game Exclusivity

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-04-21 10:18
An anonymous reader writes "Here's an interesting look at the battle for mobile video game money between Google and Apple. 'Last August, for the launch of "Plants Vs. Zombies 2," a highly anticipated sequel to a popular zombie-survival strategy game, publisher Electronic Arts Inc. struck a deal with Apple, which promoted the game prominently in its App Store, according to people familiar with the matter. In exchange, one of these people said, EA agreed to give Apple about a two-month window of exclusivity for the title, which wasn't released on Google's Android software until October.'"

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Open Source Better Than Proprietary Code

Linux Today - Mon, 2014-04-21 10:00

I-Programmer: On the basis of scanning million of lines of code Coverity has discovered that in 2013, the defect density in open source code was lower than that in proprietary code.

Categories: linux, news, open source

Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:58
darthcamaro (735685) writes "The Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability has dominated IT security headlines for two weeks now as the true impact the flaw and its reach is being felt. But what will all of this cost? One figure that has been suggested is $500 million, using the 2001 W.32 Nimda worm as a precedent. Is that number too low — or is it too high?"

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Text Fiction 2.3

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:56
Text Fiction is a Z-Machine for playing text adventures (a.k.a. interactive fiction) on mobile devices.

Release Notes: This release adds a "Jason" theme.

Tags: Games, text adventure

Licenses: Apache 2.0

Categories: open source

NHTSA closes four-year probe of Ion steering issues after GM recall

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:33
DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators closed a four-year probe into power steering problems in almost 335,000 older Saturn Ions after General Motors Co recalled the cars, which are also part of an unrelated recall of defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.
Categories: news

Java Algebra System 2.5.4821

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:29
The Java Algebra System (JAS) is an object oriented, type safe, multi-threaded approach to computer algebra. JAS provides a well designed software library using generic types for algebraic computations implemented in the Java programming language. The library can be used as any other Java software package, or it can be used interactively or interpreted through a Jython or JRuby front end. The focus at the moment is on commutative and solvable polynomials, power-series, multivariate polynomial factorization, Gröbner bases, and applications.

Release Notes: This release brings the solvable polynomial common divisor package edu.jas.fd in a partially usable condition. The definition of greatest common divisor has changed and left and right gcds are now distinguished. Various improvements were made and bugs were fixed. The GB class constructors with PairList parameters have been completed. There is a new parallel recursive polynomial Gröbner base computation. More cases are handled in the GBAlgorithmBuilder and GBFactory. The jython scripting GB now have selectable sig-based GB algorithms. Unit tests for the new algorithms are added.

Tags: Mathematics, Scientific/Engineering, algebra, education, Symbolic Computation

Licenses: GPL, LGPL

Categories: open source

finit 1.9

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:21
Finit is a small SysV init replacement with process supervision similar to that of daemontools and runit. Its focus is on small and embedded GNU/Linux systems, although it is fully functional on standard server and desktop installations. Finit is fast because it starts services in parallel; it then supervises and automatically restarts them if they fail. This can be extended upon with custom callbacks for all services, hooks into the boot process, or plugins to extend the functionality and adapt Finit to your needs. Finit is not only fast, it’s arguably one of the easiest to get started with. A complete system can be booted with one simple configuration file.

Release Notes: This is a minor bug fix release, but with added support for include directives in .conf files.

Release Tags: Stable

Tags: Unix, Boot, Init, Init Daemon

Licenses: MIT/X, ISC

Categories: open source

Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:15
schwit1 (797399) writes "An electromagnetic pulse is a burst of electromagnetic energy strong enough to disable, and even destroy, nearby electronic devices. In the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die. That's the worst-case scenario that author William R. Forstchen estimated would be the result of an EMP on the electric grid. 'If you do a smart plan — the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion,' Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, told Watchdog.org. 'That's what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year.' He said the more officials plan, the lower the estimated cost gets. 'The problem is not the technology,' Pry said. 'We know how to protect against it. It's not the money, it doesn't cost that much. The problem is the politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way.'"

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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:15
schwit1 (797399) writes "An electromagnetic pulse is a burst of electromagnetic energy strong enough to disable, and even destroy, nearby electronic devices. In the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die. That's the worst-case scenario that author William R. Forstchen estimated would be the result of an EMP on the electric grid. 'If you do a smart plan — the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion,' Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, told Watchdog.org. 'That's what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year.' He said the more officials plan, the lower the estimated cost gets. 'The problem is not the technology,' Pry said. 'We know how to protect against it. It's not the money, it doesn't cost that much. The problem is the politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way.'"

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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:15
schwit1 (797399) writes "An electromagnetic pulse is a burst of electromagnetic energy strong enough to disable, and even destroy, nearby electronic devices. In the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die. That's the worst-case scenario that author William R. Forstchen estimated would be the result of an EMP on the electric grid. 'If you do a smart plan — the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion,' Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, told Watchdog.org. 'That's what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year.' He said the more officials plan, the lower the estimated cost gets. 'The problem is not the technology,' Pry said. 'We know how to protect against it. It's not the money, it doesn't cost that much. The problem is the politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way.'"

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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:15
schwit1 (797399) writes "An electromagnetic pulse is a burst of electromagnetic energy strong enough to disable, and even destroy, nearby electronic devices. In the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die. That's the worst-case scenario that author William R. Forstchen estimated would be the result of an EMP on the electric grid. 'If you do a smart plan — the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion,' Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, told Watchdog.org. 'That's what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year.' He said the more officials plan, the lower the estimated cost gets. 'The problem is not the technology,' Pry said. 'We know how to protect against it. It's not the money, it doesn't cost that much. The problem is the politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way.'"

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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:15
schwit1 (797399) writes "An electromagnetic pulse is a burst of electromagnetic energy strong enough to disable, and even destroy, nearby electronic devices. In the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die. That's the worst-case scenario that author William R. Forstchen estimated would be the result of an EMP on the electric grid. 'If you do a smart plan — the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion,' Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, told Watchdog.org. 'That's what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year.' He said the more officials plan, the lower the estimated cost gets. 'The problem is not the technology,' Pry said. 'We know how to protect against it. It's not the money, it doesn't cost that much. The problem is the politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way.'"

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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:15
schwit1 (797399) writes "An electromagnetic pulse is a burst of electromagnetic energy strong enough to disable, and even destroy, nearby electronic devices. In the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die. That's the worst-case scenario that author William R. Forstchen estimated would be the result of an EMP on the electric grid. 'If you do a smart plan — the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion,' Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, told Watchdog.org. 'That's what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year.' He said the more officials plan, the lower the estimated cost gets. 'The problem is not the technology,' Pry said. 'We know how to protect against it. It's not the money, it doesn't cost that much. The problem is the politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way.'"

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Image Manipulation with ImageMagick

Linux Today - Mon, 2014-04-21 09:00

LinuxJournal: I'm talking about ImageMagick, a set of programs that has grown and expanded through the years and now includes powerful Perl and Ruby interfaces too.

Categories: linux, news, open source

Air strikes kill dozens in Syria's Aleppo: monitor group

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:49
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Dozens of people have been killed in air strikes on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Monday, including at least 29 people in a single neighborhood.
Categories: news

Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine, angers China, South Korea

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:39
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, angering both South Korea and China on Monday and putting regional ties under further strain.






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Open source pitfalls -- and how to avoid them

Computerworld Linux News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:35
It's hard to imagine a company these days that isn't using open source software somewhere, whether it's Linux running a company's print and web servers, the Firefox browser on user desktops, or the Android operating system on mobile devices.
Categories: linux, news

AMD Not Trying To Get Its Chips Into Low-Cost Tablets

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:32
jfruh (300774) writes "While Intel is going after low-end Android tablets in a big way chipmaking x86 rival AMD is taking a more judicious approach, looking to focus on the high end. 'This idea of contra revenue is foreign to us,' said AMD's CEO, referring to Intel's strategy of selling chips at a loss to boost market share. But will Intel's vast resources keep AMD in its niche?"

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TreeFrog Framework 1.7.6

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:28
TreeFrog Framework is a high-speed and full-stack C++ framework for developing Web applications. It provides an O/R mapping system and template system on an MVC architecture, and aims to achieve high productivity through the policy of convention over configuration.

Release Notes: Some functions were added to the TAccessValidator class. StandardException was added. The sendmail command as a mail client was implemented. There are other bugfixes.

Release Tags: Bugfixes

Tags: High Performance, Software Development, Web, Internet, Dynamic Content, Libraries

Licenses: BSD Revised

Categories: open source

OVAL Interpreter 5.10.1.7

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:27
The OVAL Interpreter is a freely available reference implementation that demonstrates the evaluation of OVAL definitions. Based on a set of definitions, the interpreter collects system information, evaluates it, and generates a detailed OVAL results file.

Release Notes: This minor update fixes a bug in importing directives and definition evaluation-id files, adds support for 64-bit RPMs, and addresses a number of bugs reported by the community.

Release Tags: Minor bugfixes

Tags: Security, Software Development, Interpreters

Licenses: BSD Revised

Categories: open source