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Submission + - Mark Shuttleworth Says Open-Source is More Secure Because of Diversity (

darthcamaro writes: 2014 was seen by some as a tough year for open-source, given the Heartbleed and Shellshock vulnerabilities that impacted millions of users and systems. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux (and former space tourist) has a different view. 2014 was a great year for him, as he marked the 10th anniversary of Ubuntu — and in terms of security he knows exactly why the open-source model is superior.

"The great thing about open source is that it's so dynamic and has so much innovation, that we have much more diversity in our ecosystem than there has ever been in the proprietary ecosystem," Shuttleworth said. "You'll never stop security issues from occurring in either open source or proprietary software but you deal with issues faster in open source."

Submission + - After a Five Year Delay, Snort 3.0 is Back in Development (

darthcamaro writes: The world's most popular open-source Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) has long been Snort, but it has been a while since there has been a major upgrade. Back in 2009 an effort started to build a Snort 3.0 but it got shelved. This week, Cisco announced that Snort 3.0 is now in development and it will bring a new policy language engine and a new command line shell.

"The user-friendliness features, for example, might enable users to build a programmatic interface for Snort, so when you run it, it can ask the user what class of attacks to look for," Marty Roesch, Snort founder said

Submission + - Do Developers Need Free Perks to Thrive? (

jammag writes: Free sodas, candy and energy bars can be surprisingly important to developers, says longtime coder Eric Spiegel. They need the perks, not to mention the caffeine boost. More important, free sodas from management are like the canary in the coal mine. If they get cut, then layoffs might be next. “The sodas are just the wake-up call. If the culture changes to be focused more on cost-cutting than on innovation and creativity, then would you still want to work here? I wouldn’t.” Are free perks really that important?

Submission + - How Much Storage Does It Take to Cure Cancer? (

storagedude writes: The answer: A lot.

It takes 1.5 GB of data to sequence the genome of an individual. With 12.5 million cancer patients in the U.S., it would take just under 19 PBs to store all that data. Then you need to sequence the cancer, which would take 20 to 200 times more storage than that. Throw in all the other diseases that could potentially be treated with in silico analysis, and you have one heck of a Big Data problem.

Writes Henry Newman on Enterprise Storage Forum: 'We are on the brink of having the technology and methods to be able to detect and treat many diseases cost-effectively, but this is going to require large amounts of storage and processing power, along with new methods to analyze the data. ... Will we run out of ideas, or will we run out of storage at a reasonable cost? Without the storage, the ideas will not come, as the costs will be too high.'


Submission + - OpenStack Headed to Ubuntu Cloud (

darthcamaro writes: The Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is set to get a major boost for the 11.04 release. It will include the OpenStack cloud computing platform, which hit its Bexar release today. Bexar has IPv6, unlimited data storage capabilities and a new image storing and deployment capability called Glance.

"The best packaging experience if you want to run OpenStack is through Ubuntu and some of that is because we have developers that have come from Canonical," Jonathan Bryce, chairman of the OpenStack project oversight committee and co-founder of the Rackspace Cloud said. "I think what they're now starting to talk about is including OpenStack as an option under UEC, which is pretty exciting. I think it will be good exposure for us."


Submission + - Conduit 2 Opens Up Online Mulitplayer on the Wii (

bbretterson writes: The upcoming Wii game Conduit 2 has managed to circumvent many of Nintendo's stringent standards of online multiplayer on the Wii. From the article:

That's where High Voltage runs afoul of Nintendo's rules. True-skill matchmaking is easy; parties are tough. Corso's pretty sure it's against regulations to team up in any online mode, but they did secure a waver to partly bypass it and to circumvent the sticky Wii Friend Code issues.

"We have a Rival system that allows you play with people who aren't just your friends," says Nofsinger, and it will be chat-enabled using the upcoming Headbanger headset. "Not the greatest name," he admits, "but it's actually a pretty good device. Nintendo told us to not use WiiSpeak."

They've also incorporated an entirely new system of patching under Nintendo's watchful eye. "We had some systems in place with the first game, but this time those systems are much better," says Nofsinger, "and because we can do those updates this time around, it opens up a whole new level of things you can do."

Such as downloadable content? "We have the structure in place for DLC," says Nofsinger, "We're not announcing any DLC right now."

Submission + - Mac OS X 10.6.2 Will NOT Block Atom Processors (

pcaylor writes: It looks like the reports of Apple disabling support of Atom processors in Mac OS 10.6.2 was premature. The latest developer build of 10.6.2 (10C535) apparently works fine on Atom based systems. As Stell's Blog writes:
Wow, didn't expect to get linked all over the internet for this damn post. Anyways, in the latest development build Atom appears to have resurrected itself zombie style in 10C535. The Atom lives another day, but nothing is concrete until the final version of 10.6.2 is out.

Perhaps people shouldn't freak out quite so much when unsupported processors break in an development build.


Google Losing Up To $1.65M a Day On YouTube 290

An anonymous reader writes "The average visitor to YouTube is costing Google between one and two dollars, according to new research that shows Google losing up to $1.65 million per day on the video site. More than two years after Google acquired YouTube, income from premium offers and other revenue generators don't offset YouTube's expenses of content acquisition, bandwidth, and storage. YouTube is expected to serve 75 billion video streams to 375 million unique visitors in 2009, costing Google up to $2,064,054 a day, or $753 million annualized. Revenue projections for YouTube fall between $90 million and $240 million." Maybe this is in part because, as Al writes, "Researchers from HP Palo Alto studied videos uploaded to YouTube and found that popularity has little to do with quality or persistence."
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Happy 40th Birthday, Internet RFCs 58

WayHomer was one of several readers to point out the 40th birthday of an important tool in the formation of the Internet, and a look back at it by the author of the first of many. "Stephen Crocker in the New York Times writes, 'Today is an important date in the history of the Internet: the 40th anniversary of what is known as the Request for Comments (RFC).' 'RFC1 — Host Software' was published 40 years ago today, establishing a framework for documenting how networking technologies and the Internet itself work. Distribution of this memo is unlimited."

Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal 700 writes "CNN is running an article on the notorious effects of caffeine withdrawal, a problem that seems to be affecting an increasing number of people. Citing numerous reasons why people might need to cut back on their caffeine intake (pregnancy, pre-surgery requirements, etc), the story notes a significant number of people who are simply unable to quit. I drink around eight cups of coffee a day, along with a soda or two, and I definitely suffer from nasty withdrawal symptoms without my fix."

FTC Warns Against Deceptive DRM 159

Jane Q. Public writes "At the Federal Trade Commission's Seattle conference on DRM, FTC Director Mary Engle started off by referencing the Sony rootkit debacle, and said that companies are going to have to get serious about disclosing DRM that may affect the usability of products. She also said that disclosure via the fine print in a EULA is not good enough, and 'If your advertising giveth and your EULA taketh away, don't be surprised if the FTC comes calling.' Transcripts and webcasts are available from the FTC website." Update 18:13 GMT by SM: as Jane Q. Public was nice enough to diplomatically point out, the webcasts are no longer functioning, but transcripts are still available.

Pirate Bay To Offer VPN For $7 a Month 461

Death Metal sends along an Ars Technica piece about The Pirate Bay's plans for a virtual private network service to help ensure its users' privacy. "The Pirate Bay is planning to launch a paid VPN service for users looking to cover their tracks when torrenting. The new service will be called IPREDator, named after the Swedish Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) that will go into effect in April. IPREDator is currently in private beta and is expected to go public next week for €5 per month. ... IPREDator's website says that it won't store any traffic data, as its entire goal is to help people stay anonymous on the web. Without any data to hand over, copyright owners won't be able to find individuals to target. ... The question remains, however, if any significant portion of The Pirate Bay's users will decide to fork over 5 Euro per month solely to remain anonymous. It seems more likely that the majority either won't care, or will simply start looking for lesser-known torrent trackers to use."

Start-Up Genetically Modifies a Better Biofuel Bug 124

Al writes "A tiny cellulose-eating bacterium found a few years ago in the Chesapeake Bay has been genetically modified to help it break down cellulose and convert the results into the sugars needed to make ethanol. Scientists analyzed the organism's genome in 2003 and found that it possessed a combination of enzymes that simultaneously break down the tough cell walls in dead plants and convert the remaining cellulose into sugars. Recently, Zymetis completed its first successful commercial-scale trial using the bug. The company ran the modified microbe through a series of tests in large fermenters and found that it could convert one ton of cellulosic plant fiber into sugar in 72 hours. The microbe's main advantage is its ability to naturally combine two major steps in the ethanol process, which the company says could considerably slash the high costs of producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass like switchgrass, wood chips, and paper pulp. The piece includes a video of the company's CEO discussing the project."

"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."