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+ - Is Ubuntu Juju Really Magic?->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "There are piles of vendors all pitching cloud — so what sets Ubuntu apart? Time and again the Linux vendor talks about Juju, it's cloud orchestration system as the key piece for enabling an OpenStack Cloud. But is it really — MAGIC? Yes Sean Michael Kerner actually asked Mark Shuttleworth to his face if Juju is magic watch the video to see what Shuttleworth's reaction is .."
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+ - Will.I.Am caught stealing from electronic music->

Submitted by zarathruster
zarathruster (1658981) writes "Many fans of electronic music are outraged that pop music producer Will.I.Am blatantly ripped off a song by Arty and Mat Zo and are crying "copyright infringement" all over social media. What they seem to be forgetting is that electronic music is premised on theft. DJ's around the world can become famous and get paid thousands of dollars for playing music that someone else created, most of the time without credit to the creator. Electronic music producers have been borrowing ideas from pop, rap, rock, and any genre you can think of, since its inception. There is a double standard that I think many fans and producers of electronic music fail to see: when we (electronic musicians) take and use musical ideas from others, we call it sampling, when someone like Will.I.Am or another pop producer takes our musical ideas, we call it theft. Whether he did or didn't copy it is not the question (listen to both songs and you can see that he most certainly did steal the idea), the question is why is this all of the sudden not okay? Why do we redefine the meaning of copyright infringement to suit our interests?"
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+ - Senate's big immigration bill seeks to crack down on offshore outsourcing->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "This bill has the potential of disrupting offshoring outsourcing firms, saddling them with visa fees of as much as $10,000, and the eventual limitation of H-1B and L-1 workers to 50% of an employer's workforce. More than half the U.S.-based workforces of many offshore firms are foreign workers holding temporary visas.

But the bill may please some U.S. based tech firms by raising the 65,000 base H-1B cap to 110,000 upon passage. The cap could reach 180,000 based on a formula that considers visa demand as well as the unemployment rates of managers and professionals.

These are just a few of the major changes sought by the Senate's so-called "Gang of Eight" in their comprehensive immigration bill, dubbed the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.""

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+ - Scientists May Have Discovered Mythical Viking Sunstone-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sorting through the treasures of an Elizabethan warship sunken in 1592 might be on everyone's bucket list, but for scientists, it is a perk of the job. The warship, found within the deep waters near the third largest island of the Channel Islands, Alderney, in 2002 contained several artifacts that included armor, cannons and muskets. But one particular item that has been quietly sitting in the museum was recently discovered to have been one of the more important items used by these Vikings. Although it looks like a crystallized bar of soap, the opaque block of stone could have been a vital navigational device."
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The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: And here I thought we were.. (Score 1) 1277

by TechJones (#35429414) Attached to: Utah To Teach USA is a Republic, Not a Democracy
Hmm and all this time I thought we actually were a Republic.. The pledge of allegiance even says so (note the to the republic part): "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Comment: Block Writes, Bah (Score 1) 625

by TechJones (#26519441) Attached to: Single Drive Wipe Protects Data
NIST 800-88, Read it.. Love it! Modern hard drives have the command for data destruction built in the form of Secure Erase ( Block writing went out with the '90s and unless you are using a drive that is that old block writes are nothing more then a waste of time. Heck the old DoD 5220.22M even calls on the NIST standard these days. Read up on it!

Comment: Re:Linux is killing IT jobs (Score 1) 460

by TechJones (#24524495) Attached to: Nearly 50,000 IT Jobs Lost In Past Year

As Linux takes over in the back rooms, the number of staff required to maintain the systems, reduces. This trend has been ongoing for years. Now that Linux is moving onto desktops and laptops, the trend is bound to accelerate. Microsoft types are doomed and need to upgrade their burger flipping skills.

Yeah I'm sure those end users that can't figure out the difference between a left and right click will find linux easier to use. I'm not too worried about being out of a job because of linux, in fact it just gives me something else to maintain.

The devil finds work for idle circuits to do.