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Submission + - Good technology conference to attend?

SSG Booraem writes: I've recently been hired to a IT supervisor position at a local college. My boss wants me to find some technology conferences that I'd like to attend and submit them to her. Since I've worked in IT for 18 years but usually done scut work, I don't have any ideas. I'd appreciate suggestions with personal experiences.

Submission + - The sorry state of FOSS documentation 1

TWX writes: I've been out of computers as a serious home-hobby for many years and in returning I'm aghast at the state of documentation for Open Source projects. The software itself has changed significantly in the last decade, but the documentation has failed to keep pace; most of what I'm finding applies to versions long since passed or were the exact same documents from when I dropped-out of hobbyist computing years ago. Take Lightdm on Ubuntu 14.04 for example- its entire configuration file structure has been revamped, but none of the documentation for more specialized or advanced uses of Lightdm in previous versions of Ubuntu has been updated for this latest release. It's actually harder now to configure some features than it was a decade ago.

TLDP is close to a decade out-of-date, fragmentation between distributions has grown to the point that answers from one distro won't readily apply to another, and web forums for even specific projects are full of questions without answers, or those that head off into completely unrelated discussion, or with snarky, "it's in the documentation, stupid!" responses. Where do you go for your FOSS documentation and self-help?

Submission + - Snowden reveals scale of US aid to Israel which explains turmoil in Middle East

ltorvalds11 writes: The turmoil gripping the Middle East is a direct result of the provision of cash, weapons and surveillance to Israel by the US, the latest Snowden leak illustrates. In a bold examination, the former Guardian journalist reveals the amazing contrast between what the United States says publicly, and what it does behind the curtain.
In fact, "the single largest exchange between NSA and ISNU (Israeli SIGINT National Unit) is on targets in the Middle East which constitute strategic threats to US and Israeli interests," the leaked paper reveals. One of the "key priorities" of this cooperation is "the Iranian nuclear development program, followed by Syrian nuclear efforts, Lebanese Hizbullah plans and intentions, Palestinian terrorism, and Global Jihad." The paper talks about "targeting and exploiting" these. Greenwald goes on to list the occasions on which the US has been exposed as supplying arms to Israel;
the last such occasion was just before the start of the operation in Gaza, wherein a $1 billion stockpile of ammunition the US stored in Israel specifically for situations like these was used.

Submission + - Microsoft develops its virtual reality headset (net4tech.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft would rely on FOVE company specializing in eye-tracking to create a VR headset.

Oculus Rift of Facebook / Oculus VR, the project Morpheus of Sony or the Cardboard from Google and Samsung VR Gear, that rely on smartphones ... different virtual reality headsets will soon be marketed. This tool will change the way you play and experience the gamer. A new step console manufacturers should not miss. Currently only Sony seems advanced in this sector. -

Submission + - Massive surge in Litecoin mining leads to graphics card shortage (extremetech.com) 1

Kenseilon writes: Extremetech reports(http://www.extremetech.com/computing/172381-massive-surge-in-litecoin-mining-leads-to-radeon-shortage) that the recent price hike of Litecoins has triggered yet another arms race for the *coinminers out there, leading to a shortage of AMD graphics cards. While Bitcoin mining is quickly becoming unfeasible for GPU rigs with general purpose graphics cards, there are several alternative currencies with opportunities. The primary candidate is now Litecoin, which has the aim of 'being silver if Bitcoin is gold'

Swedish Tech site Sweclockers also reports(http://www.sweclockers.com/nyhet/18015-kryptovalutor-hojer-efterfragan-pa-amd-baserade-grafikkort) that GPU manufacturer Club3D have told them that miners are becoming a new important group of potential customers. However, concerns are being raised that this is a temporary boom that may hurt AMD in the long run since gamers, their core consumer group, may not be able to acquire the cards and instead opt for Nvidia.


Submission + - Details emerge of the PlayStation 4 - Orbis (reghardware.com)

Retron writes: Reports are appearing on the Web of the PS3's successor, tipped for a late 2013 release. Backwards compatiblity with the PS3 is said to be non-existant, with the platform being based on an AMD x64 CPU with a Radeon 7xxx "Southern Islands" GPU. Furthermore, it looks like draconian controls will be put on games, all but snuffing out second-hand sales.

Submission + - ACTA "Could Be Dead By Summer" (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The ACTA agreement could actually be thrown out by the European Parliament. The European trade committee has decided not to refer ACTA (the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) to the European Court of Justice, and this is "the first sign that this Parliament is ready to reject ACTA," according to Bernd Lange, the Socialists and Democrats trade spokesman."It was a mistake from the beginning to put counterfeit goods and Internet content in the same agreement.”"

Submission + - Tacocopter Startup To Deliver Tacos Using Drones (tacocopter.com)

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: "Do You Want Fry and Leela with That?" Dept.
If you live near Silicon Valley, and have a smartphone, then SkyNet is about to serve your lunch. In a private beta, Tacocopter will take your order and deliver to you by drone. Make sure you allow location awareness for their app: with the aid of your mobile's GPS, you'll have guacamole delivered with the accuracy of a Hellfire missle. The Huffington Post manages to sum this: "perhaps the next great startup out of Silicon Valley, which boasts a business plan that combines four of the most prominent touchstones of modern America: tacos, helicopters, robots and laziness." They forgot to note when talking to founder Star Simpson, that she was the geek gal from MIT's Personal Robots Group, who's LED t-shirt caused a TSA ruckus, a few years ago.


Submission + - SPAM: Blackberry Playbook Apps

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Submission + - The Mob and Nuclear Waste (guardian.co.uk)

mdsolar writes: "The Mafia has been involved with waste disposal for forever but they seem to be getting very interested in nuclear waste disposal these days. In Europe they scuttle ships containing nuclear waste in the sea. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8257912.stm Now in Japan, their Asian counterparts are angling for disposal contracts resulting from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/15/yakuza-swaps-charity-for-reconstruction"

Submission + - Foxconn's iPad2 Design Leakers Sentenced (google.com)

eldavojohn writes: Almost two months ago three individuals were charged with selling the designs of Apple's latest tablet to Maita Electronics for 200,000 yuan (about $30,857.60 USD). They have now been sentenced in Shenzhen City: 'Xiao Chengsong, the legal agent of Maita Electronics, to 18 months in prison and fined him 150,000 yuan ($23,000) for buying the design from two Foxconn workers ... Foxconn employee Lin Kecheng, was sentenced to 14 months and fined 100,000 yuan, while another worker identified as Hou Pengna was given a two-year sentence suspended for one year and fined 30,000 yuan. All three were convicted of the crime of violating commercial secrets.'

US Senate Passes 'Libel Tourism' Bill 467

Hugh Pickens writes "AFP reports that the US Senate has passed (by a 'unanimous consent' voice vote) a bill that prevents US federal courts from recognizing or enforcing a foreign judgment for defamation that is inconsistent with the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech. If the bill becomes law it will shield US journalists, authors, and publishers from 'libel tourists' who file suit in countries where they expect to get the most favorable ruling. 'While we cannot legislate changes to foreign law that are chilling protected speech in our country, we can ensure that our courts do not become a tool to uphold foreign libel judgments that undermine American First Amendment or due process rights,' said Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy. Backers of the bill have cited England, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore as places where weak libel safeguards attract lawsuits that unfairly harm US journalists, writers, and publishers. The popular legislation is headed to the House of Representatives, which is expected to approve it. 'This bill is a needed first step to ensure that weak free-speech protections and abusive legal practices in foreign countries do not prevent Americans from fully exercising their constitutional right to speak and debate freely,' said Senator Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on Leahy's committee."

Can We Legislate Past the H.264 Debate? 310

Midnight Warrior writes "We could solve the H.264 debate if a country's legislature were to mandate that any patents that contribute to an industry-recognized standard were unenforceable in the application of that standard. Ideally, each standard would also be required to have a 'reference design' that could be used without further licensing. This could also solve problems with a ton of other deeply entrenched areas like hard drives, DRAM, etc. RAND tries to solve this strictly within industry, but both the presence of submarine patents and the low bar required to obtain a patent have made an obvious mess. Individual companies also use patent portfolios to set up mutually assured destruction. I'm not convinced that industry can solve this mess that government created. But I'm not stupid; this clearly has a broad ripple effect. Are there non-computer industries where this would be fatal? What if the patents were unenforceable only if the standard had a trademark and the implementer was compliant at the time of 'infringement'? Then, the patents could still be indirectly licensed, but it would force strict adherence to standards and would require the patent holders to fund the trademark group to defend it to the end. In the US model, of course."

More Evidence For Steam Games On Linux 256

SheeEttin writes "Back in November 2008, Phoronix reported that Linux libraries appeared in the Left 4 Dead demo, and then in March, Valve announced that Steam and the Source engine were coming to Mac OS X. Now, Phoronix reports that launcher scripts included with the (closed beta) Mac version of Steam include explicit support for launching a Linux version."

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