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Linux Sucks (Video)

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:50
How do we know Linux sucks? Because Bryan Lunduke says so. How did he become a Linux authority? By using Linux, of course. He has also written a kids Linux book, Linux for Hank, and a grown-up Linux book, Linux is Badass. But wait! That's not all! Bryan is also one of the people behind the infamous Bad Voltage podcast. And now, for something slightly different: In moments of weakness, Bryan admits that maybe Linux suckage isn't total, and Linux may have a good point or two and maybe some of the suckage could be removed. Zounds! Is that possible? Watch our video chat with Bryan (and/or read the transcript) and see. Or watch the entire 44 minute speech he gave at the 2014 LinuxFest Northwest, which was the 5th (or maybe 6th) "Linux Sucks" speech he's given at LFNW. That makes this a tradition, not just a speech. So if you find yourself in or near Bellingham, Washington, in 2039 you might want to pop in and see if Bryan is still updating his "Linux Sucks" speech. He'll be the geezer hobbling to the front of the room with help from his AutoCane, a device sure to be developed between now and then -- which will no doubt run Linux. (Alternate video link)

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Election officials at sharp end in separatist Ukraine city

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:40
DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - From a cramped office in residential Donetsk, election officials were frantically working on Sunday to prepare for Ukraine's May 25 presidential poll, despite what they described as intimidation and threats from pro-Russian separatists.
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Zorka 1.0.3

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:28
Zorka is a sophisticated programmable profiling/monitoring agent for Java suitable for running with production applications. The agent integrates seamlessly with popular monitoring systems and protocols (Zabbix, Nagios, syslog, SNMP) and offers additional tracing/profiling capabilities that - along with the accompanying data collector - help with spotting performance issues and general problems. The agent also exposes JMX data to conventional monitoring systems. Platforms (more or less) supported out of the box include: JBoss 4/5/6/7, Wildfly 8, Tomcat 6/7/8, Jetty 6/7/8/9, Websphere, Weblogic, GlassFish 4.0, WSO2 ESB, Mule ESB, and Jasig CAS. There is also dedicated support for the popular Java libraries Spring, Quartz, CXF, and Axis 1.x. The agent should run on most other platforms with limited functionalities (that is, lack of support for platform-specific features). It works with JDK6, JDK7, and JDK8. JDK5 support is also possible after preprocessing the agent binary with retrotranslator. Functionality can be easily added by implementing simple BSH scripts.

Release Notes: This release brings a set of predefined metrics for Nagios (JVM, HTTP, SQL, LDAP, EJB) and a major overhaul of ZICO collector UI (getting rid of GXT). Many dependencies have been updated (asm, GWT, and Jetty, among others).

Release Tags: Stable, Minor

Tags: java agent, JMX, profiler, bytecode, Monitoring Tools, Java, zabbix

Licenses: GPLv3

Categories: open source

uftpd 1.2

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:17
uftpd is a small, no nonsense FTP server with no confusing configuration files and security features you don't need. It serves files from /srv/ftp on port 21 by default and just works.

Release Notes: This release fixes a problem with listing "big" directories.

Release Tags: Stable

Tags: FTP Server, FTPD

Licenses: ISC

Categories: open source

California Bill Would Safeguard Consumers' Rights To Criticize Firms Online

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:05
An anonymous reader writes in with news about a California bill that aims to protect online reviewers’ rights."The proposed law appears to take aim at online licensing agreements that consumers often enter into with companies when they click through the many boilerplate terms and conditions of various online services. Buried deep in the small print of a number of these contacts are provisions stating that consumers agree not to write negative reviews about the service provider. 'If merchants think that our First Amendment free speech rights need to be curtailed, they should say so upfront and in plain language,' Pérez explained of the impetus for his bill, as reported by the Times."

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California Bill Would Safeguard Consumers' Rights To Criticize Firms Online

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:05
An anonymous reader writes in with news about a California bill that aims to protect online reviewers’ rights."The proposed law appears to take aim at online licensing agreements that consumers often enter into with companies when they click through the many boilerplate terms and conditions of various online services. Buried deep in the small print of a number of these contacts are provisions stating that consumers agree not to write negative reviews about the service provider. 'If merchants think that our First Amendment free speech rights need to be curtailed, they should say so upfront and in plain language,' Pérez explained of the impetus for his bill, as reported by the Times."

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California Bill Would Safeguard Consumers' Rights To Criticize Firms Online

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:05
An anonymous reader writes in with news about a California bill that aims to protect online reviewers’ rights."The proposed law appears to take aim at online licensing agreements that consumers often enter into with companies when they click through the many boilerplate terms and conditions of various online services. Buried deep in the small print of a number of these contacts are provisions stating that consumers agree not to write negative reviews about the service provider. 'If merchants think that our First Amendment free speech rights need to be curtailed, they should say so upfront and in plain language,' Pérez explained of the impetus for his bill, as reported by the Times."

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California Bill Would Safeguard Consumers' Rights To Criticize Firms Online

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:05
An anonymous reader writes in with news about a California bill that aims to protect online reviewers’ rights."The proposed law appears to take aim at online licensing agreements that consumers often enter into with companies when they click through the many boilerplate terms and conditions of various online services. Buried deep in the small print of a number of these contacts are provisions stating that consumers agree not to write negative reviews about the service provider. 'If merchants think that our First Amendment free speech rights need to be curtailed, they should say so upfront and in plain language,' Pérez explained of the impetus for his bill, as reported by the Times."

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California Bill Would Safeguard Consumers' Rights To Criticize Firms Online

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:05
An anonymous reader writes in with news about a California bill that aims to protect online reviewers’ rights."The proposed law appears to take aim at online licensing agreements that consumers often enter into with companies when they click through the many boilerplate terms and conditions of various online services. Buried deep in the small print of a number of these contacts are provisions stating that consumers agree not to write negative reviews about the service provider. 'If merchants think that our First Amendment free speech rights need to be curtailed, they should say so upfront and in plain language,' Pérez explained of the impetus for his bill, as reported by the Times."

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California Bill Would Safeguard Consumers' Rights To Criticize Firms Online

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:05
An anonymous reader writes in with news about a California bill that aims to protect online reviewers’ rights."The proposed law appears to take aim at online licensing agreements that consumers often enter into with companies when they click through the many boilerplate terms and conditions of various online services. Buried deep in the small print of a number of these contacts are provisions stating that consumers agree not to write negative reviews about the service provider. 'If merchants think that our First Amendment free speech rights need to be curtailed, they should say so upfront and in plain language,' Pérez explained of the impetus for his bill, as reported by the Times."

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Wargame: Red Dragon, Strategy Game Released For SteamOS Linux

Linux Today - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:00

 GamingOnLinux: Today Wargame: Red Dragon has its official Linux release, although the developers refer to it as SteamOS which is a sign of things to come

Categories: linux, news, open source

AT&T to buy DirecTV in $49bn mega-gobble

The Register - Mon, 2014-05-19 14:53
Deal would pit combined company vs Carlos Slim's América Móvil in Latin America

US telecoms giant AT&T has announced plans to acquire leading US satellite TV provider DirecTV in a deal valued at $48.5bn.…

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Docker: Lightweight Linux Containers for Consistent Development and Deployment

Linux Journal - Mon, 2014-05-19 14:47

Take on "dependency hell" with Docker containers, the lightweight and nimble cousin of VMs. Learn how Docker makes applications portable and isolated by packaging them in containers based on LXC technology. more>>

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As NASA Seeks Next Mission, Russia Holds the Trump Card

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-05-19 14:22
Geoffrey.landis (926948) writes "After the space shuttle retired in 2011, Russia has hiked the price of a trip to the International Space Station, to $71 million per seat. Less well recognized is the disparity in station crews. Before the shuttle stopped flying, an equal number of American and Russian crew members lived on board. But afterwards the bear began squeezing. For every two NASA astronauts that have flown to the station, three Russians have gone. Eric Burger asks, how did it come to this?"

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KBibTeX 0.5.1

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-05-19 14:06
KBibTeX is a BibTeX editor for KDE to edit bibliographies used with LaTeX. Features include comfortable input masks, starting Web queries (e. g. Google or PubMed), and exporting to PDF, PostScript, RTF, and XML/HTML. As KBibTeX is using KDE's KParts technology, it can be embedded into Kile or Konqueror.

Release Notes: Various bugfixes since 0.5, such as: sorting issues in the main list, crashes when searching PDF files, proper registration as the default BibTeX editor, and proper parsing of filenames on the command line.

Release Tags: Stable

Tags: Text Processing, Bibliography, Scientific/Engineering, KDE

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

(R)?ex 0.46.1

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-05-19 14:01
(R)?ex is a tool that allows you to manage all of your servers from a central point, through the complete process of configuration management and software deployment.

Release Notes: This is a bugfix release fixing a bug with sudo causing an endless loop and also some other minor bugs.

Release Tags: Stable, Minor

Tags: Deployment, System Administration, Configuration Management, remote execution

Licenses: Apache 2.0

Categories: open source

Preview of GhostBSD 4.0

Linux Today - Mon, 2014-05-19 14:00

 LinuxBSDos: I'm still not terribly impressed, though I realize the this is only a third alpha release.

Categories: linux, news, open source

FINGERS CROSSED: Apple and Samsung said to be hammering out settlement

The Register - Mon, 2014-05-19 13:55
Could Android patent wars be nearing a merciful end?

Apple and Samsung are reportedly in talks to settle all of their patent litigation cases, possibly bringing an end to the mobile giants' years-long international court battle.…

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Pervasive Monitoring as Network Attack

Schneier on Security - Mon, 2014-05-19 13:44
New IETF RFC: "RFC 7258: Pervasive Monitoring Is an Attack" that designers must mitigate. Slashdot thread....
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Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-05-19 13:35
Taffykay (2047384) writes "Tech giant Fujitsu has opened an organic lettuce farm in Japan's Fukushima prefecture. Blending agriculture, technology, and medicine in a former microchip factory, the company has developed a new variety of organic lettuce that is not only lower in potassium and nitrates than standard varieties, but is also radiation-free."

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