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Software

Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly, Version-Preserving File Sharing For Linux? 199 199

Posted by timothy
from the when-diff+cron-isn't-the-right-answer dept.
petherfile writes: I've been a professional with Microsoft stuff for more than 10 years and I'm a bit sick of it to be honest. The one that's got me stuck is really not where I expected it to be. You can use a combination of DFS and VSS to create a file share where users can put whatever files they are working on that is both redundant and has "previous versions" of files they can recover. That is, users have a highly available network location where they can "go back" to how their file was an hour ago. How do you do that with Linux?

This is a highly desirable situation for users. I know there are nice document management things out there that make sharepoint look silly, but I just want a simple file share, not a document management utility. I've found versioning file systems for Linux that do what Microsoft does with VSS so much better (for having previous version of files available.) I've found distributed file systems for Linux that make DFS look like a bad joke. Unfortunately, they seem to be mutually exclusive. Is there something simple I have missed?
Security

My United Airlines Website Hack Gets Snubbed 185 185

Posted by timothy
from the no-seat-back-recline-for-you! dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: United Airlines announced that they will offer up to 1 million air miles to users who can find security holes in their website. I demonstrated a way to brute-force a user's 4-digit PIN number and submitted it to them for review, emailing their Bugs Bounty contact address on three occasions, but I never heard back from them. Read on for the rest. If you've had a different experience with the program, please chime in below.
Google

Google Tests Code Repository Service 44 44

Posted by Soulskill
from the a-challenger-appears dept.
An anonymous reader writes: VentureBeat notes that Google has begun testing an unannounced service to host and edit source code repositories as part of its cloud platform. It's called Cloud Source Repositories, and it's currently being beta-tested. "Google is taking a gradual approach with the new service: It can serve as a 'remote' for Git repositories sitting elsewhere on the Internet or locally. Still, over time the new tool could help Google become more of an all-in-one destination for building and deploying applications."

Comment: Re:"find a way to leverage existing faculty" (Score 1) 89 89

by Lunix Nutcase (#49987547) Attached to: New Google and CMU Moonshot: the 'Teacherless Classroom'

Bingo. This is the advancement. You can get a world class education for NOTHING. How is that not an advancement? You only need to attend a physical university if you want 1) a diploma, or 2) to meet girls.

Except that this still requires students to enroll in a university to take the class. And $6000 is hardly "nothing" to most people.

Yahoo!

The Next Java Update Could Make Yahoo Your Default Search Provider 327 327

Posted by samzenpus
from the feature-not-a-bug dept.
itwbennett writes: At the company's shareholder meeting on Wednesday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced a partnership with Oracle that could result in Yahoo becoming your default search provider in your browser. Starting this month, when users are prompted to update to the next version of Java, they'll be asked to make Yahoo their default search engine on Chrome (and Internet Explorer, for what it's worth). And, according to a Wall Street Journal report, the button will be checked by default, so if you aren't looking out for it, you might unwittingly find yourself a Yahoo user.

Comment: Re:A few years ago (Score 1) 51 51

by Lunix Nutcase (#49979723) Attached to: "Invite-Only" Ubuntu Mobile-Powered Meizu UX4 Goes On Sale

The Atrix had a dock which turned the Android phone into an Android tablet.

No. The Atrix had a dock that provided a desktop that used a modified Ubuntu.

The Atrix 4G was one of the first Motorola devices to ship with its Webtop platform. When the phone is placed into its HD Multimedia Dock or Laptop Dock accessories, the user can access an Ubuntu-based desktop featuring access to the phone and its applications via the Mobile View'application, integration of Android notifications into the desktop, multimedia playback through Entertainment Center, file management through Nautilus, and the Firefox web browser (along with support for Prism for the site-specific browsers used on Webtop mode).[19]

Comment: Re:A few years ago (Score 1) 51 51

by Lunix Nutcase (#49979701) Attached to: "Invite-Only" Ubuntu Mobile-Powered Meizu UX4 Goes On Sale

Ubuntu hacked a Motorola Atrix so it ran Android when you used it like a phone, but plug it into a dock and suddenly it became a full blown Linux desktop. That's a concept ripe with potential. Doesn't have to be Android of course, but just the idea that it's a phone when you carry it around but you can use it as a computer too with a dock with some ports on it.

Bzzzt, wrong. Motorola is the one that implemented the modified Ubuntu desktop when docking the Atrix. It was not Canonical that did that.

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