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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-16 17:17
just_another_sean sends this followup to yesterday's discussion about the quality of open source code compared to proprietary code. Every year, Coverity scans large quantities of code and evaluates it for defects. They've just released their latest report, and the findings were good news for open source. From the article: "The report details the analysis of 750 million lines of open source software code through the Coverity Scan service and commercial usage of the Coverity Development Testing Platform, the largest sample size that the report has studied to date. A few key points: Open source code quality surpasses proprietary code quality in C/C++ projects. Linux continues to be a benchmark for open source quality. C/C++ developers fixed more high-impact defects. Analysis found that developers contributing to open source Java projects are not fixing as many high-impact defects as developers contributing to open source C/C++ projects."

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Open Source Code Has Fewer Defects Than Proprietary Software

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-04-16 17:00

TechWeek Europe: The report serves as the antidote to the criticism surrounding OpenSSL, following the discovery of the Heartbleed bug.

Categories: linux, news, open source

Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-16 16:54
Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug

A teen suspected of exploiting the Heartbleed bug to rifle through Canada's tax computer systems has been arrested.…

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What's a right pain in the ASCII for IBM? Its own leech-like hardware biz

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-16 16:38
Keep your eyes on our cloud while we remove this pesky thing, say execs

IBM's earnings for the first quarter of the year show that the company's hardware division has turned into a leech sapping Big Blue's profits.…

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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-16 16:35
guises writes: "A recent story discussing the cover of Byte Magazine reminded me of just how much we've lost with the death of print media. The Internet isn't what took down Byte, but a lot of other really excellent publications have fallen by the wayside as a result of the shift away from the printed page. We're not quite there yet, though. There seem to still be some holdouts, so I'm asking Slashdot: what magazines (or zines, or newsletters, or newspapers) are still hanging around that are worth subscribing to?"

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Non-Linux FOSS: Angry IP

Linux Journal - Wed, 2014-04-16 16:12

The de facto standard for port scanning always has been the venerable Nmap program. The command-line tool is indeed very powerful, but I've only ever seen it work with Linux, and every time I use it, I need to read the man page to figure out the command flags. more>>

Categories: linux, news, open source

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

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-16 16:07
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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GNU Debugger or GDB: A Powerful Source Code Debugging tool for Linux Programs

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-04-16 16:00

Tecmint: A debugger plays a vital role in any software development system. Nobody can write a bug-free code all at once.

Categories: linux, news, open source

Weak U.S. prices, not inflation, the threat now: Fed's Yellen

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-16 15:55
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Persistently low inflation poses a more immediate threat to the U.S. economy than rising prices, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday, stressing that the U.S. central bank would be delivering policy stimulus for some time to come.






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Steam's Most Popular Games

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-16 15:54
An anonymous reader writes "The folks at Ars Technica scraped a ton of gameplay data from Steam's player profiles to provide statistics on how many people own each game, and how often it's played. For example: 37% of the ~781 million games owned by Steam users have never been played. Dota 2 has been played by almost 26 million people for a total of 3.8 billion hours. Players of CoD: Modern Warfare 2 spend six times as long in multiplayer as in single-player. This sampling gives much more precise data than we usually have about game sales rates. 'If there's one big takeaway from looking at the entirety of our Steam sales and player data, it's that a few huge ultra-hits are driving the majority of Steam usage. The vast majority of titles form a "long tail" of relative crumbs. Out of about 2,750 titles we've tracked using our sampling method, the top 110 sellers represent about half of the individual games registered to Steam accounts. That's about four percent of the distinct titles, each of which has sold 1.38 million copies or more. This represents about 50 percent of the registered sales on the service. ... about half of the estimated 18.5 billion man-hours that have been spent across all Steam games have gone toward just the six most popular titles.'"

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OpenTBS 1.9.0

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-16 15:36
OpenTBS is a PHP tool that helps you to make OpenOffice and MS Office documents using templates. You first design your template using OpenOffice or MS Office, and then OpenTBS merges it with data that you supply from PHP code and databases. It has facilities to manage pictures. The resulting documents are saved to file, served for download, or returned as a string. In fact, OpenTBS can merge any OpenDocument files, any OpenXML files, and any XML files compressed in a Zip archive. No extra exe file is required and it makes no temporary files, since all work is done in memory. OpenTBS is based on the TinyButStrong template engine.

Release Notes: 8 bugfixes, 6 new features, and 3 enhancements. The new features are: commands for selecting a file, selecting headers and footers, retrieving the list of headers and footers, searching a string in slides, and a new argument $Master for counting a selecting slides. Important fixed bugs are regarding compatibility between LibreOffice and Excel.

Release Tags: major feature, minor bugs

Tags: OpenOffice, php classes, Internet, Software Development, Dynamic Content, Zip, Template engine, Ms Office, ODF, OOXML, odt, ods, odg, odm, odp, ott, ots, otg, OTP, docx, xlsx, pptx., LibreOffice

Licenses: LGPL

Categories: open source

Burnt out on patches this month? Oracle's got 104 MORE fixes for you

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-16 15:33
Mass patch for issues across its software catalog

Oracle has released a hefty load of security updates that address a total of 104 different vulnerabilities across its product lines.…

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TbsZip 2.16

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-16 15:31
TbsZip is a PHP class that enables you to read and write Zip archives. The class doesn't require PHP extensions or temporary files. TbsZip can read, add, delete, and modify files stored in an archive. It can even start with an empty archive. The original archive is not modified. The new archive can be saved in the server as a new file, or provided directly as an HTTP download, or even as a binary string. If the Zlib extension is activated in PHP, then TbsZip can automatically compress and uncompress files in the archive.

Release Notes: 1 bug has been fixed: you could not download a file that has the same name as the opened archive.

Release Tags: Minor bugfixes

Tags: PHP, php class, Zip, archive, Dynamic Content, Software Development, Libraries

Licenses: LGPL

Categories: open source

Microsoft reissues Windows 8.1 Update for enterprise customers

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-16 15:21
Install it now, because August is the new cutoff for future fixes

Microsoft has patched a bug that prevented enterprise customers from receiving software fixes after they installed the Windows 8.1 Update, meaning all customers should now receive the update as Redmond's new "servicing baseline."…

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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-16 15:12
sciencehabit writes: "Fossil fuels power modern society by generating heat, but much of that heat is wasted. Researchers have tried to reclaim some of it with semiconductor devices called thermoelectrics, which convert the heat into power. But they remain too inefficient and expensive to be useful beyond a handful of niche applications. Now, scientists in Illinois report that they have used a cheap, well-known material to create the most heat-hungry thermoelectric so far (abstract). In the process, the researchers say, they learned valuable lessons that could push the materials to the efficiencies needed for widespread applications. If that happens, thermoelectrics could one day power cars and scavenge energy from myriad engines, boilers, and electrical plants."

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Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-16 15:08
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?

Cloudy upstart Streem is reinventing file sync'n'share by getting rid of the sync. Instead of throwing out everything but the kitchen sink, it’s just throwing out the sync - so to speak.…

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Syrian opposition accuses Assad's forces of new poison gas attack

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:43
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of a new poison gas attack in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, posting footage of four men being treated by medics.
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c++-gtk-utils 2.2.6

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:31
c++-gtk-utils is a lightweight library containing a number of classes and functions for programming GTK+ programs using C++ in POSIX environments where the user does not want to use a full-on wrapper such as gtkmm or wxWidgets. It provides classes for managing the lifetimes of GTK+ widgets and windows that will make GTK+ exception safe, functions to make single instance programs where restarting will bring up the existing instance, smart pointer classes for memory management, thread-safe signal/slot classes with automatic disconnection, classes for using std iostreams with files opened with Unix file descriptors, functions for connecting a callback object and a Unix file descriptor to the main loop with provision for automatic disconnection, classes and functions for inter-thread communication, some convenience pthread wrapper classes., a class encapsulating anonymous Unix pipes, a class to reassemble UTF-8 sent over pipes and sockets, and classes for printing Postscript files and plain text using the GTK+ print system.

Release Notes: Minor improvements have been made. Breakage of one of the unit tests by GTK+3.12 has been fixed.

Tags: C++, GTK+

Licenses: LGPL

Categories: open source

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:30
msmoriarty writes: "According to a recent survey of 1,000 U.S.-based software developers, 56 percent expect to become millionaires in their lifetime. 66 percent also said they expect to get raises in the next year, despite the current state of the economy. Note that some of the other findings of the study (scroll to bulleted list) seem overly positive: 84 percent said they believe they are paid what they're worth, 95 percent report they feel they are 'one of the most valued employees at their organization,' and 80 percent said that 'outsourcing has been a positive factor in the quality of work at their organization.'"

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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-16 14:30
msmoriarty writes: "According to a recent survey of 1,000 U.S.-based software developers, 56 percent expect to become millionaires in their lifetime. 66 percent also said they expect to get raises in the next year, despite the current state of the economy. Note that some of the other findings of the study (scroll to bulleted list) seem overly positive: 84 percent said they believe they are paid what they're worth, 95 percent report they feel they are 'one of the most valued employees at their organization,' and 80 percent said that 'outsourcing has been a positive factor in the quality of work at their organization.'"

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