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+ - Shuttleworth Wants To Get Rid Of Proprietary Firmware->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "In a new blog post, the Ubuntu main man Mark Shuttleworth calls an end for proprietary firmwares such as ACPI. His reasoning is that running any firmware code on your phone, tablet, PC, TV, wifi router, washing machine, server, or the server running the cloud your SAAS app is running on, is a threat vector against you, and NSA's best friend. 'Arguing for ACPI on your next-generation device is arguing for a trojan horse of monumental proportions to be installed in your living room and in your data centre. I've been to Troy, there is not much left.' As better solutions, Shuttleworth suggests delivering your innovative code directly to the upstream kernel, or using declarative firmware that describes hardware linkages and dependencies but doesn’t include executable code."
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+ - The Future Will Be Modular: Tinkertoy-Like Blocks Will Build Bridges, Planes

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Does that sketchy bridge on your commute to work freak you out? How about that budget airplane seat your boss puts you in once a month? If you're nervous about that, then you'll probably freak out about this: Future airplanes, bridges, boats, even spacecraft may be built from modular blocks that snap together like Tinkertoys. While the idea seems strange, the parts are claimed to be up to 10 times stiffer than existing ultralight materials and the construction work will be done by tiny robots crawling along the structure as it's built. It would even be possible to disassemble one structure, say, a bridge, and repurpose it into a new building. Imagine taking apart one wing of your office building and turning it into a boat--just be sure to bring your life jacket."

+ - What to do when your boss is ineffective

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I have recently starting working for a company in the last year and my boss was newly promoted to his position. We all work remote except for the few days we try and meet in the office. It's becoming more and more noticeable that he's more concerned about deadlines and timelines than actually putting out functional designs and servers. He would rather put in a half working server cluster that meets a timeline he sets than actually making sure it's done right and working properly. And then when it comes back that the stuff isn't working properly, he puts it on us as if we didn't do our job.This has caused numerous people in our department to quit within the last few months leaving the only real working staff in it as me. I'd like to stay working here because the pay is decent and the advancement opportunities are good, but the 24x7 work days are killing me. I rarely spend time with my kids anymore. I have tried both the vocal approach and the subtle approach with him to no avail. Sometimes he actually just flat out doesn't respond to questions or ideas. What do I do? Mark it up as life as an admin and find a new position? Or try and convince the company and him that there's a better way to work?"

+ - Why Are Some Hell-Bent on Intelligent Design?->

Submitted by Funksaw
Funksaw (636954) writes "An Op-Ed by first-time politician, long-time Slashdotter Brian Boyko, where he talks about his experiences testifying at the Texas Board of Education in favor of actually having real science in science textbooks. But beyond that, he also tries to examine, philosophically, why there is such hardened resistance to the idea of evolution in Texas.

From the article:

[W]hat is true is that evolution tests faith. The fact of evolution is incontrovertible and supported by mounds of empirical evidence. Faith, on the other hand, is fragile. It is supported only by the strength of human will. And this is where it gets tricky. Because to many believers, faith, not works, is the only guarantee that one can pass God’s litmus test and gain access to His divine kingdom. To lose one’s faith is to literally damn oneself. So tests to that faith must be avoided at all costs. Better to be a philosophical coward than a theological failure.

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+ - Post-post PC: Materials and technologies that could revive enthusiast computing->

Submitted by Dputiger
Dputiger (561114) writes "Given the recent emphasis on mobile computing and the difficulty of scaling large cores, it's easy to think that enthusiast computing is dead. Easy — but not necessarily true. There are multiple ways to attack the problem of continued scaling, including new semiconductor materials, specialized co-processor units that implement software applications in silicon, and enhanced cooling techniques to reduce on-die hot spots."
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+ - Google Makes Quickoffice For Android And iOS Free For All

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced it is making Quickoffice free for everyone. That means Android and iOS users can edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go without paying a dime. You can download the free versions now directly from Google Play and Apple's App Store. The only requirement is that sign in with your Google Account."

+ - 40-Million-Year-Old 'Walking Whale' Fossil Found In Peru->

Submitted by minty3
minty3 (2942557) writes "Found in the Ocucaje Desert in southern Peru, the fossils belong to a group called Achaeocetes, or ancient whales, that possess both land and sea-dwelling characteristics. Over time, the ancient land animals adapted to water environments where their legs became fin-like and their bodies began to resemble modern sea mammals like dolphins and whales."
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+ - Programmers' Most Hated Languages - And How To Avoid Them-> 1

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "If you work in programming for any length of time, you will sooner or later be forced to work with a language that, whether due to odd syntax, too much (or too little) flexibility, poor debugging capabilities or any number of other reasons, makes you pull your hair out. Of course, some languages are easier to avoid than others. If Visual Basic is your I-can't-stand-it language you can simply not work at any company with Windows applications created before 2008. But if Perl's myriad ways of doing things (and hence near=unreadability) turn you off, maybe you should just give up on programming altogether."
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+ - Eric Schmidt: Regulate Civilian Drones Now->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is urging lawmakers to regulate the use of unmanned aircraft by civilians — and quickly. He posed this hypothetical situation to The Guardian: 'You're having a dispute with your neighbor. How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their backyard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?' Schmidt went on to bring up military and terrorist concerns. 'I'm not going to pass judgment on whether armies should exist, but I would prefer to not spread and democratize the ability to fight war to every single human being. It's got to be regulated... It's one thing for governments, who have some legitimacy in what they're doing, but have other people doing it... it's not going to happen.'"
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+ - Stephen Hawking Predicts End-Of-Earth Scenario->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "Stephen Hawking, one of the world's greatest physicists and cosmologists, is once again warning his fellow humans that our extinction is on the horizon unless we figure out a way to live in space. Not known for conspiracy theories, Hawking's rationale is that the Earth is far too delicate a planet to continue to withstand the barrage of human battering. "We must continue to go into space for humanity," Hawking said today, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We won't survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet.""
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Comment: Re:Missing the point (Score 2, Insightful) 795

by Medgur (#33181058) Attached to: DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty
DRM is working fairly well for Steam.
IIRC, when connecting to a game server with full Steam integration the Client first requests an authentication packet, based on a pub key from their client ID. The server then requests an authorization key from Valve, if that's provided, the user may begin connecting. On the client end, this dance is played directly with the Valve auth servers to even launch the game.
Yes, both avenues have been hacked, but in doing so you're left with either:
1. Playing only with other people who have hacked the client and server, without any match making support for finding such servers
2. Playing alone

Comment: Too costly (Score 4, Insightful) 322

by Medgur (#30331294) Attached to: Why Open Source Phones Still Fail
No.

It's because they cost hundreds of dollars.

I want an open source phone, I really do, but I can't justify spending 500 on little more than a PDA + phone. I already had a PDA once, hardly used it, and phones that just work as phones are less than a hundred these days. Make an open source phone that's a reasonable price and I'll buy it.

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