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Linux 4.0 Getting No-Reboot Patching 125

Posted by Soulskill
from the post-your-uptimes dept.
An anonymous reader writes: ZDNet reports that the latest changes to the Linux kernel include the ability to apply patches without requiring a reboot. From the article: "Red Hat and SUSE both started working on their own purely open-source means of giving Linux the ability to keep running even while critical patches were being installed. Red Hat's program was named kpatch, while SUSE' is named kGraft. ... At the Linux Plumbers Conference in October 2014, the two groups got together and started work on a way to patch Linux without rebooting that combines the best of both programs. Essentially, what they ended up doing was putting both kpatch and kGraft in the 4.0 Linux kernel." Note: "Simply having the code in there is just the start. Your Linux distribution will have to support it with patches that can make use of it."

Comment: Pardoned in 2017? (Score 2, Interesting) 671

by AdamStarks (#49174885) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

The only way home I can think of for Snowden is if someone like Rand Paul ends up as President (not ideal, but there are worse choices):
1) He seems to genuinely care about civil rights (is against the Patriot Act, use of drones, government surveillance etc), and this would be an opportunity to put his money where his mouth is
2) Only a Republican would snub President Obama in such a way

Fat chance of that happening, though.

Comment: The Real Thing (Score 5, Insightful) 411

by AdamStarks (#49148225) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

So many other logical characters function as the butt of the joke. They're always the ones who "don't get it", or "lack compassion", or seem "out of touch".

Mr. Nimoy, through Spock, showed how such characters can be more than just socially awkward, how through logic one can derive strong ethics, compassion, and integrity.

A literal inspiration.

Medicine

Scientists Float Soap Bubbles As a More Effective Drug Delivery Method 15

Posted by Soulskill
from the bad-news-if-you-enjoy-getting-stabbed-by-sharp-objects dept.
Zothecula writes: As if soap bubbles don't spread enough happiness on their own, scientists have discovered a way of coating them in biomolecules with a view to treating viruses, cancer and other diseases. The technology has been developed at the University of Maryland, where researchers devised a method of tricking the body into mistaking the bubbles for harmful cells, triggering an immune response and opening up new possibilities in the delivery of drugs and vaccines.

Comment: Game Worlds (Score 1) 121

by AdamStarks (#48639463) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

If you happen to live in central Texas, Game Worlds runs Summer Camps in Austin that teach kids how to make games: http://gameworldscamp.com/

The kids mostly use Construct2 ( https://www.scirra.com/ ), though we also introduce them to Stencyl and Unity.

Full Disclosure: my wife is the owner and director of Game Worlds, and I've developed and taught a lot of the programming curriculum

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