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+ - GoDaddy outtage not the result of hackers->

Submitted by caknuckle
caknuckle (2521404) writes "The outage at the domain hosting giant GoDaddy that was responsible for millions of websites going down yesterday was not the result of a DDoS attack or hacking attempt. GoDaddy claims the problem was a result of a series of internal problems that caused their routing tables to get corrupted."
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Comment: So they aren't a victim of anything but their... (Score 1) 1

by andy_from_nc (#41302945) Attached to: GoDaddy claims it wasn't hacked or DDOS'd

So they aren't a victim of anything but their own incompetence? Being DDOSed isn't exactly anything to be ashamed of, with enough horsepower or enough bots anyone can DDOS anything in the end. However, DOSing yourself is a bigger problem. Taking a long time to fix a corrupt routing table means they don't have very good processes and procedures available to recover from a pretty minor problem. This isn't the first time GoDaddy has looked like they don't have someone with all their scruples firmly at the helm. No one is perfect, but maybe they should stick to shooting elephants, other PR debacles, misogyny and taking sites off the internet and get out of the rest ;-)

Hardware

+ - Intel promises 10 watt Haswell Core chip for Ultrabooks->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With Ultrabooks becoming more popular the highlight of the IDF so far has to be the discussion of Intel’s next microarchitecture for the Core processor range. In 2013 we can expect to be buying systems that use 22nm Core processors using the Haswell microarchitecture.

These 4th generation Core chips have been designed with a focus on cutting power while increasing performance, and that’s especially true for mobile chips. If you select a Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge processor for use in an Ultrabook today, you’re looking at a TDP of between 17 and 35 watts. Intel is promising to get that down to 10 watts for a Haswell Ultrabook solution, with a big chunk of the power saving coming from merging the CPU and PCH (platform controller hub).

Alongside Haswell we can also expect to see Intel’s Clover Trail Atom chip making an appearance. A range of 32nm processors Intel is touting as not only perfect for lightweight tablets and convertibles, but also “architected specifically for Windows 8.”"

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Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun bullies OpenDS developers-> 2

Submitted by andy_from_nc
andy_from_nc (472347) writes "Neil Wilson has posted that he and all of the American developers on Sun's OpenDS project and the positions have been moved to France. In order to collect their severance benefits Sun required the developers to accept a governance change to the project which ensured Sun's control. Instead the developers resigned from the project (which allowed Sun to make the change anyhow) as they did not feel it was in the best interest of the project but could not afford to loose their benefits. Neil was probably the most prolific committer to the project as evidenced by the revision control logs. Sun has responded on the OpenDS users mail list saying that they did not ask the developers to resign and that the governance change was a return to a previous "Sun approved" revision.

Network World Article: Sun bullied, used threats to gain control of open source project, former owner says

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Government

+ - Swiss DMCA quietly adopted->

Submitted by roady
roady (30728) writes "We have seen a lot of talk about the Canadian DMCA. But few know about the Swiss version recently adopted by law makers, not even the Swiss people. The government and media have been very quiet, probably to avoid a referendum. Indeed, Switzerland is a direct democracy and if 50'000 citizens sign a referendum, the whole country will have a chance to vote against the new copyright law. In this version of the DMCA, sharing a file on P2P networks will land you one year in jail, even though the law mandates a levy on blank media. The history of the law can be read here."
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Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun used threats to sieze OpenDNS,owner says-> 1

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Sun used strong-arm tactics and made threats to the owners of an open-source directory project to wrestle away control, according to one of the former owners and creators of the project.In the process, Sun potentially has torn a gaping hole in the OpenDS (directory service) project, which is creating a free Java-based directory service for large deployments that offers high performance, extensibility and management. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/112907-sun-opends.html"
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Biotech

+ - Scientific Study of Coffee Bean Aroma

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CupOJoe (666) writes "Chemists from the University of Munich have performed a detailed analysis of green coffee beans. Using Gas Chromatography and GC-Mass Spectrometry, they concluded that after nine months of storage in tropical conditions, the coffee would take on an increased apple, clove, and smoky aroma. The smoky chemical had never been observed in coffee before, but has previously been observed in marijuana. Apparently, it is a very good indicator that the beans have spoiled. Their advice is to keep coffee cool and dry during storage."
Patents

+ - Duke Fellow on GPLv3 and the SoftwarePatent Menace->

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andy_from_nc
andy_from_nc writes "Recently the Triange Linux Users' Group (which meets at the Raleigh, NC Red Hat HQ on NCSU campus) hosted Sapna Kuma speaking on GPLv3 and more particularly about the Microsoft Patent menace. The videos are now up on iBiblio in both MP4 and OGM (OGG for video). I've also posted links to torrents and will update with mirrors on here.

The talk raised some important issues and raises a call to action for the entire "FLOSS" community on battling the Microsoft menace of patents. The video is okay (the other camera failed) and the audio is decent with captions of the key questions."

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Software

+ - New Trend in OSS: Small Teams Develop Better Apps->

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OSS
OSS writes "MadPenguin.org has a new article up that discusses the latest trend in open source software. The author notes that a lot of OSS developers are keeping their teams small to personally benefit themselves and release better releases in a timely manner to benefit the community. He further writes, "More and more, it seems like open source projects are doing more with less. Even to the tune of more frequent release dates and a solid release each time. Is this a good thing? Should this become the new model for the future of budding, young open source projects? I suppose a lot of this has to do with goals and the future plans of each specific project."
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