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+ - Does OpenStack need a Linus Torvalds? ->

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BButlerNWW
BButlerNWW writes "OpenStack has been dubbed by some enthusiasts as the Linux of the cloud — an open source operating system for public or private clouds. But there's one stark difference between the two projects: OpenStack doesn't have a Linus Torvalds, the eccentric, outspoken, never-afraid-to-say-what-he-thinks leader of the Linux world.

Torvalds personifies Linux in many ways. OpenStack doesn't have that one central figure right now. The question is: Does OpenStack need it?

Some would argue yes. Torvalds, because of the weight he holds in the project, calls the shots about how Linux is run, what goes in, what stays out of the code, and he's not afraid to express his opinions. He provides not only internal guidance for the project, but also an exterior cheerleading role.

Others would say OpenStack does not need a Torvalds of its own. The project is meant to be an open source meritocracy, where members are judged based on their code contributions to the project. OpenStack has been fighting an image that the project is just full of corporate interests, which is part of the reason Rackspace ceded official control of the project to the OpenStack Foundation recently."

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Twitter

+ - ExactTarget Releases Fuel UX-> 2

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bdeanet
bdeanet writes "ExactTarget has released Fuel UX. Fuel UX extends Twitter Bootstrap with additional lightweight JavaScript controls. Other benefits include easy installation into web projects, integrated scripts for customizing Bootstrap and Fuel UX, simple updates, and solid optimization for deployment. All functionality is covered by live documentation and unit tests."
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Cloud

+ - Lessons learned from the Amazon Web Services outage->

Submitted by SteveV4389
SteveV4389 (2708759) writes "On Monday, Amazon Web Services — the leading provider of cloud services — suffered an outage, and as a result, a long list of well-known and popular websites went dark. According to Amazon’s Service Health Dashboard, the outage started out as degraded performance of a small number of Elastic Bloc Store (EBS) storage units in the US-EAST-1 Region, then evolved to include problems with the Relational Database Service and Elastic Beanstalk as well."
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Encryption

+ - How a Google Headhunter's E-Mail Unraveled a Massive Net Security Hole->

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concealment
concealment writes "The problem lay with the DKIM key (DomainKeys Identified Mail) Google used for its google.com e-mails. DKIM involves a cryptographic key that domains use to sign e-mail originating from them – or passing through them – to validate to a recipient that the header information on an e-mail is correct and that the correspondence indeed came from the stated domain. When e-mail arrives at its destination, the receiving server can look up the public key through the sender’s DNS records and verify the validity of the signature.

Harris wasn’t interested in the job at Google, but he decided to crack the key and send an e-mail to Google founders Brin and Page, as each other, just to show them that he was onto their game."

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Security

+ - Experts warn about security flaws in airline boarding passes->

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concealment
concealment writes "Butler said he had discovered that information stored within the bar codes of boarding passes is unencrypted, and so can be read in advance by technically minded travelers.

Simply by using a smartphone or similar device to check the bar code, travelers could determine whether they would pass through full security screening, or the expedited process."

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China

+ - Huawei Willing to Reveal Its Source Code->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Chinese telecom giant Huawei, one of the two firms that Congress labeled it a spy threat, today offered to lay bare its source code and equipment in Australia in an effort allay fears and prove its innocence.

The firm's Australia chief John Lord has called for the establishment of an independent cybersecurity testing center where he said Huawei is willing to offer “complete and unrestricted access” to the firms software source code and equipment.

Lord said Huawei's future depended on its "complete transparency" on security and other issues, and dismissed questions about its links to the Chinese state, denying that client information had or ever would be shared.
Lord said simply blacklisting a country or company no longer made sense, with major telecoms companies sourcing their components from the same factories across the globe, adding that some 70 percent of Huawei's own materials came from outside China."

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