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GNU is Not Unix

GNU Hurd 0.7 and GNU Mach 1.6 Released 129

jones_supa writes: Halloween brought us GNU Hurd 0.7, GNU Mach 1.6, and GNU MIG 1.6. The new Hurd comes with filesystem driver improvements, provides a new rpcscan utility, and the Hurd code has been ported to work with newer versions of GCC and GNU C Library. The Mach microkernel has updates for compiler compatibility, improvements to the lock debugging infrastructure, the kernel now lets non-privileged users write to a small amount of memory, timestamps are now kept relative to boot time, and there are various bugfixes. MIG 1.6 is a small update which improves compatibility with newer dialects of C programming language. Specific details on all of the updates can be found in the full release announcement. jrepin adds some more details: The GNU Hurd 0.7 improves the node cache for the EXT2 file-system code (ext2fs), improves the native fakeroot tool, provides a new rpcscan utility, and fixes a long-standing synchronization issue with the file-system translators and other components. The GNU Mach 1.6 microkernel also has updates for compiler compatibility, improvements to the lock debugging infrastructure, the kernel now lets non-privileged users write to a small amount of memory, timestamps are now kept relative to boot time, and there are various bug-fixes.

Submission + - DMTF's Scalable Platforms Management Forum releases first WIP for new server API

An anonymous reader writes: The Distributed Management Task Force's Scalable Platforms Management Forum has released the first Work In Progress of its new Open Server/Data Centre API for comment. It includes two technical submissions one based on the Redfish Proposal covered many times and a modified proposal from Microsoft aligning it with OData 4.0. They are looking for community feedback to help shape the API.

Submission + - Dell, Emerson, HP and Intel propose Redfish; an open and RESTful replacement for

Phelan writes: (Full disclosure: I work for one of these companies) As presented at last weeks Intel Developer Forum the Redfish Specification proposal aims to replace the much older and sometimes criticized IPMI over LAN interface. It offers significant improvements in scalability, ease of development and security by utilizing well understood JSON Schema, data model and secure web services.
A preliminary version of the specification proposal is available for review and feedback at RedfishSpecification.org (registration required for deep dive) and is being submitted as an open proposal to the Distributed Management Task Force's Scaleable Platform Management Forum.

Portland Edges Closer To Google Fiber 106

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes Portland, Oregon has taken another step toward finalizing a franchise agreement with Google Fiber. In a unanimous vote, the city council has approved the prospective contract. While existing Internet Service Providers fume, Mary Beth Henry, manager of Portland's Office for Community Technology, pointed out that Google is prepared to make a major investment in the city's infrastructure, while the other firms are not. Ms. Henry also indicated that Google was not receiving any special treatment. Google spokesperson, Jenna Wandres, responded to events in an email, saying, "There's still a lot of work to do beyond this one agreement, but we hope to provide an update about whether we can bring Fiber here later this year."
Data Storage

Open Source ExFAT File System Reaches 1.0 Status 151

Titus Andronicus writes "fuse-exfat, a GPLv3 implementation of the exFAT file system for Linux, FreeBSD, and OS X, has reached 1.0 status, according to an announcement from Andrew Nayenko, the primary developer. exFAT is a file system designed for sneaker-netting terabyte-scale files and groups of files on flash drives and memory cards between and among Windows, OS X, and consumer electronics devices. It was introduced by Microsoft in late 2006. Will fuse-exfat cut into Microsoft's juicy exFAT licensing revenue? Will Microsoft litigate fuse-exfat's developers and users into patent oblivion? Will there be a DKMS dynamic kernel module version of the software, similar to the ZFS on Linux project? All that remains to be seen. ReadWrite, The H, and Phoronix cover the story."

Comment Nice creation myth (Score 2) 54

So two years after CEPT approved working towards the SMS messaging standards 3 dudes who nobody ever heard of met and invented the standard.

Unless the two unnamed people in this story are Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert it is a myth sold to a reporter.

Otherwise it's like the guy that copyrighted email.

Comment Re:Bollocks (Score 1) 409

10k? People are terrible at estimating the worth their stuff has. So that's probably closer to 2 or 3k (I'm not talking replacement cost I'm talking if we had to sell the stuff wholesale)

So we got the MRI and an aspirin covered at ER rate... congrats what are we getting for the rest of your bill?

Health insurance mandate protects the responsible part of the population from the irresponsible part that thinks they are invincible. Because right now we as a society are paying for the idiots that are using the ER as their general physician


Aussie Researchers Crack Transport Crypto, Get Free Rides 88

mask.of.sanity writes "Shoddy customised cryptography by a state rail outfit has been busted by a group of Australian researchers who were able to replicate cards to get free rides. The flaws in the decades-old custom cryptographic scheme were busted using a few hundred dollars' worth of equipment. The unnamed transport outfit will hold its breath until a scheduled upgrade to see the holes fixed."

Comment Short term shareholder value (Score 3, Informative) 286

What do you do when you are trying to maximize short term shareholder value in a distribution based business?
Cut R&D, get rid of sales staff for new markets...
Hit your profit goal, sell stock, get bonus by the time the company goes under you're long gone with your friends at McKinney.
Usually it takes 3 years in hardware for a R&D cut to show in sales figures... Mark it down also mark down the current CEO will be chilling on his new island by that time

Comment Re:Obligated to point out another security concern (Score 1) 226

Those were replacement parts purchased on contract. Some small business probably got the contract for replacement parts and decided to cut corners

For items that absolutely need to be TAA compliant a lot of auditing is done. Especially with products that require that all handling is done on a NOFORN basis. If one of the units we manufacture and market under these regulations would be found to have a ROC sourced component it would be good night sweetheart for us.

Comment Re:Must be true... (Score 4, Informative) 519

This is the model that passed peer review despite not passing the smell test, right?
Also the model that hasn't predicted anything yet? It simply correctly models past elections back to 1980. That's not quite the same thing.

A lot of it is also crap: The model for example claims a huge multiplier effect for unemployment ONLY for incumbent Dems, incumbent Reps are not affect by unemployment in this model.

Basically they threw bunch of crap of crap together , tweaked it until they got past elections correct... it also required them to be able to selectively dismiss 7 measurements from 8 elections

And not I didn't come up with this analysis, Nate Silver did. http://www.twitter.com/fivethirtyeight

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