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How to sail the stormy seas of international trade

The Register - Wed, 2014-05-14 04:38
Navigation for SMEs

Bono must love Japan. Most of the streets there really do have no name; instead, cities and towns are subdivided into areas, subareas and blocks.…

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WebKit Unifies JavaScript Compilation With LLVM Optimizer

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-05-14 04:10
An anonymous reader tips this post at Webkit.org: "Just a decade ago, JavaScript – the programming language used to drive web page interactions – was thought to be too slow for serious application development. But thanks to continuous optimization efforts, it's now possible to write sophisticated, high-performance applications – even graphics-intensive games – using portable standards-compliant JavaScript and HTML5. This post describes a new advancement in JavaScript optimization: the WebKit project has unified its existing JavaScript compilation infrastructure with the state-of-the-art LLVM optimizer. This will allow JavaScript programs to leverage sophisticated optimizations that were previously only available to native applications written in languages like C++ or Objective-C. ... I'm happy to report that our LLVM-based just-in-time (JIT) compiler, dubbed the FTL – short for Fourth Tier LLVM – has been enabled by default on the Mac and iOS ports. This post summarizes the FTL engineering that was undertaken over the past year. It first reviews how WebKit's JIT compilers worked prior to the FTL. Then it describes the FTL architecture along with how we solved some of the fundamental challenges of using LLVM as a dynamic language JIT. Finally, this post shows how the FTL enables a couple of JavaScript-specific optimizations."

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How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

The Register - Wed, 2014-05-14 04:04
Nothing attracts 'unnatural' numbers like this smooth curve

Big Data's Big 5 Yes, we've been hit over the head enough times with the phrase "big data" to be aware of its presence, even though we've been up to our armpits in streams of huge unstructured datasets for years.…

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IBM keeps it real with Storwize V7000

The Register - Wed, 2014-05-14 03:38
You might have something with this storage lark, Big Blue

Storagebod It has been very gratifying to see the IBM Storwize V7000 and SVC getting some real love from IBM over the past couple of years. The latest bunch of announcements are good: it'll be bigger and faster, says IBM, yet it presents this news with some realism.…

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TheSSS (The Smallest Server Suite) 8.2 ToolBox

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-05-14 03:35
TheSSS (The Smallest Server Suite) is a lightweight server suite distributed as a live CD. It is designed for system administrators who need a small (less than 30MB) set of server software for small local area networks. The supported servers are FTP, HTTP, SFTP, SSH, and Telnet. A proxy server (Polipo) with the Tor anonymizer is also included. The main security components are a 4MLinux Firewall (based on iptables) and Clam AntiVirus.

Release Notes: This release is distributed in the form of a multiboot CD (about 80 MB in size), which allows you to install server software (TheSSS 8.2 PHP) and later keep it in good shape by ensuring antivirus protection (via Antivirus Live CD 8.2-0.98.1) and data backup (via BakAndImgCD 8.2). It is also possible to boot FreeDOS in order to run TestDisk 6.14 and Ranish Partition Manager 2.44.

Tags: Server Administration, lan, 4mlinux

Licenses: GPLv3

Categories: open source


Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-05-14 03:28
Scache is a different approach for PHP session data management. It provides a generic key-value data cache to use for transient session data storage. Scache also provides a shared keyspace, shared counters, and simple cache features. Scache's difference to other implementations is a tree-structured keyspace where one can easily operate only on required parts of stored session data and also invalidate groups of stored data by expiring whole subtrees. Despite its name, scache is not a cache. Scache stores all session data inserted until data is deliberately destroyed and so reduces the need to redundantly store the same data somewhere else. Scache consists of a daemon and a PHP extension.

Release Notes: A fix for a crash bug and a fundamental flaw in non-overwriting ADD functions.

Tags: PHP, Software Development, sessions

Licenses: GPLv3

Categories: open source

SanDisk ships its first self-encrypting SSDs

LinuxSecurity.com - Wed, 2014-05-14 03:13
LinuxSecurity.com: SanDisk today released its first self-encrypting SSDs, a line of drives aimed at enterprises. SanDisk's new X300s SSD uses both the Trusted Computing Group's Opal 2.0 specification and Microsoft Encrypted Hard Drive hardware-based encryption to protect data on the drive.
Categories: linux, news, security

The sky is falling! Hackers target satellites

LinuxSecurity.com - Wed, 2014-05-14 03:11
LinuxSecurity.com: With that basic assumption in mind, IOActive decided to assess the vulnerability of communication satellites. In a nutshell, here's what it found:
Categories: linux, news, security

LG: Smartwatch? Pah! We'll measure your heart rate through your EARS

The Register - Wed, 2014-05-14 03:03
'The other Korean chaebol' jumps onto wearable health tech bandwagon

Fitness is the new fad among mobe-makers: first Samsung started to measure your heart rate through its smartwatches and now LG has announced headphones which do the same thing.…

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Thai government, election agency postpone talks over security worry

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-05-14 03:00
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A meeting between Thailand's interim prime minister and the Election Commission to fix a date for polls that the government hopes will break a stalemate was postponed on Wednesday due to security concern over the venue, a commission official said.

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Dogevault praying backups work after confirming attack

The Register - Wed, 2014-05-14 02:33
So deleted. Very missing. Much backed up

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but the day after it went down for mysterious reasons, crypto-currency wrangling site Dogevault.com has confirmed someone stole its kibble.…

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Salesforce.com connects Heroku and Force.com

The Register - Wed, 2014-05-14 01:58
One for workers and one for punters makes double the fun for devs

Salesforce.com's decision to acquire Heroku has looked an oddity for a while: why does a SaaS juggernaut with its own perfectly good Force.com development platform need a PaaS play like Heroku?…

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

The Register - Wed, 2014-05-14 01:29
Chocolate Factory not fooled by Bayswater-to-Queensway Tube jape

Google Maps' UK edition now incorporates data on every train, bus, tram and ferry across England, Scotland and Wales.…

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inadyn 1.99.7

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-05-14 01:23
Inadyn is a small and simple DDNS client used in many open source routers and gateways. It automates the task of keeping a DNS record up to date with a user’s dynamic IP address. It is the continuation of the original INADYN by Narcis Ilisei. The goal of this project is to entirely focus on *BSD, UN*X, and various embedded Linux platforms.

Release Notes: Adds support for multiple cache files, one per DDNS provider. Fixes issue #35. Refactors DDNS providers as plugins, fixing issue #30.

Release Tags: Stable

Tags: Internet, ddns, Dynamic DNS

Licenses: GPL v2 Or Later

Categories: open source

New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-05-14 01:15
joe5 writes "Many experts suggest that battery technology is really the key to the future of transportation. Its certainly the key to unlocking Tesla for even further growth. Today, a Japanese startup called Power Japan Plus unveiled a new battery chemistry that could significantly improve transportation batteries. In testing, the recycle-able cell has completed more than 3,000 charge/discharge cycles with virtually no performance degradation, meaning that it could conceivably last the lifetime of a car. They company won't yet provide too many details due to pending patents, and won't even say who its first customer is — but the chemistry requires 'specific and proprietary changes to the nanostructure of the carbon crystals.'"

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550 reasons to buy this book for your beloved: COCKROACHES of Oz

The Register - Wed, 2014-05-14 01:00
224 days 'til Xmas and we've saved you a trip to the offy. Thank us!

With Father's Day on the way any month now and just 224 days until Christmas, The Reg thinks you deserve a little personal shopping assistance.…

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OpenStack : Security is Better in the Cloud

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-05-14 01:00

eWEEK: The OpenStack Summit devoted many sessions to securing the open-source cloud platform. Some experts said the cloud offers an opportunity to do good security work.

Categories: linux, news, open source

VMware poaches Citrix man to further end user computing ambitions

The Register - Tue, 2014-05-13 23:58
Virtzilla has some catching up to do after Citrix cloudifies XenApp and XenDesktop

VMware's ongoing attempt to grow an end-user computing business went up a level yesterday, as the company announced the poaching of Citrix's veep for the Indian sub-continent Sanjay Deshmukh.…

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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-05-13 23:10
Lucas123 writes: "The USB SuperSpeed+ spec (a.k.a. v3.1) offers up to 10Gbps throughput. Combine that with USB's new C-Type Connector, the specification for which is expected out in July, and users will have a symmetrical cable and plug just like Thunderbolt but that will enable up to 100 watts of power depending on the cable version. So where does that leave Thunderbolt, Intel's other hardware interconnect? According to some analysts, Thunderbolt withers or remains a niche technology supported almost exclusively by Apple. Even as Thunderbolt 2 offers twice the throughput (on paper) as USB 3.1, or up to 20Gbps, USB SuperSpeed+ is expected to scale past 40Gbps in coming years. 'USB's installed base is in the billions. Thunderbolt's biggest problem is a relatively small installed base, in the tens of millions. Adding a higher data throughput, and a more expensive option, is unlikely to change that,' said Brian O'Rourke, a principal analyst covering wired interfaces at IHS."

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Linux distros get patching on terminal bug

The Register - Tue, 2014-05-13 22:58
Pseudo-terminal buffer bug from 2009 discovered

Linux admins need to get busy patching, as a newly discovered bug has emerged in the kernel's tty handling that can let local users create memory corruption leading to denial of service, unauthorised modification of data, and disclosure of information.…

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