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+ - Oracle Sends Hudson Up the River->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Brian Proffitt is blogging about (yet another) stupid open source move by Oracle. The twist: Oracle is actually fighting to keep the Hudson software project hosted on Java.net. In fact, Oracle has threatened that switching the Hudson code repositories over to GitHub, as the Hudson team had planned, would be considered a fork. 'Wanting to move a project away from its hosting infrastructure doesn't in any way mean developers want to fork it' says Proffitt. 'Now the Hudson team finds themselves trying to figure out what the heck to do next.'"
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+ - WikiLeaks has deleted 21 cables from web->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Wikileaks has recently removed 20 cables from their torrent and web. As well 10STATE17263 (about Iran and North Korea missile programs) is not available for more then 12 hours.
Is this start of censorship for CableGate or a bug?"

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+ - Framework fatigue: How many frameworks do I need t->

Submitted by chris.hardin
chris.hardin (1936590) writes "Have you ever heard of "framework fatigue"? This term is meant to describe the creep of hundreds of third-party frameworks into development projects. Ten years ago, there wasn't a whole lot of choice out there for Java, so the average number of third-party libraries included in a project were 1-5, but today, the average has grown to around 30. You've got Spring, Hibernate, JUnit, Struts, Commons, TestNG, Joda, Unitils, DBUnit, iBatis just to name a few in the Java space and each of these have dependencies on other libraries and those have dependencies on others. While I don't think that choice is a bad thing, and while I tend to use 20-30 third-party libraries in a project, I do think that there have been certain side effects of this that have been detrimental to technology. I am going to address what I think is the biggest from an administration perspective."
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Earth

Yellowstone Hot Spot Shreds Ancient Pacific Ocean 69

Posted by Soulskill
from the tectonic-violence dept.
jamie passes along this excerpt from DiscoveryNews: "If you thought the geysers and overblown threat of a supervolcanic eruption in Yellowstone National Park were dramatic, you ain't seen nothing: deep beneath Earth's surface, the hot spot that feeds the park has torn an entire tectonic plate in half. The revelation comes from a new study (abstract) in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that peered into the mantle beneath the Pacific Northwest to see what happens when ancient ocean crust from the Pacific Ocean runs headlong into a churning plume of ultra-hot mantle material."
Open Source

Open Source PS3 Jailbreak Released 226

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the out-of-the-bag dept.
tlhIngan writes "Despite all the lawsuits and injunctions by Sony to keep the PS3 Jailbreak out of modder's hands, it appears that a third party has made a clone. The best part is, it only requires a cheap (approximately $40) development board by Atmel, and the requisite software is open-source. Get the Atmel code from GitHub and apply a small patch which will enable backup play (the code by itself only lets you run unsigned code, the patch allows for BD backups). The code is GPLv3. It would be highly ironic if someone ported this to Linux USB Gadgets, then you could use a Linux device to jailbreak your PS3, to which Sony removed Linux functionality. An Android phone would be suitable."
The Media

Local Newspapers Use F/OSS For a Day 460

Posted by Soulskill
from the free-as-in-a-dying-industry dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Journal Register Company owns 18 small newspapers, and in honor of the July 4th holiday and Ben Franklin, the company's newsrooms produced their daily papers using only free software. The reporters were quick to note that 'the proprietary software is designed to be efficient, reliable and relatively fast for the task of producing a daily newspaper. The free substitutes, not so much.' I applaud the company for undertaking such a feat, but I hope their readership's impression of free software won't be negatively affected by the newspaper's one-day foray into F/OSS."
Technology

+ - Opera 10.6 released. Faster JS, WebM video support-> 1

Submitted by teh31337one
teh31337one (1590023) writes "Four short months after Opera 10.5, the latest version of Opera's lightweight web browser has been released. It not only claims to be the fastest browser, but the features the first final browser with WebM video support. It's available for Windows, Mac and Linux over on their site."
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Encryption

+ - The secrets of the Chaocipher finally revealed!->

Submitted by nickpelling2
nickpelling2 (1044588) writes "In 1918, John F. Byrne invented a truly amazing cipher system called "The Chaocipher", that fitted inside a small cigar box, could be operated by a ten-year-old, yet produced practically unbreakable ciphertext (arguably even stronger than the Nazi Enigma machine). But now, thanks to the efforts of Chaocipher fan Moshe Rubin and the generous gift of Byrne's cryptographic effects by his daughter-in-law Pat Byrne to the National Cryptologic Museum, the secrets of the Chaocipher are finally starting to be revealed — it's a great story.

To accompany Moshe Rubin's excellent textual description of the Chaocipher, I've posted a 30-second animation of the Chaocipher in action to YouTube, just in case anyone wants to see the most devious cipher of the 20th century in action (sort of). :-)"

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Australia

Movie Studio Finally Sees the Light On Rentals 213

Posted by Soulskill
from the turns-out-wishful-thinking-is-a-bad-business-model dept.
Griller_GT writes "After months of conducting studies about the effects of delays on sales of DVDs, 'Paramount Pictures has agreed to provide its movies to Redbox on the same day they go on sale.' A Paramount exec said, 'Those people who want to rent are going to figure out ways to rent, and us restricting them from renting isn't going to turn it into a purchase.' Gee, who would have thought of that?" Reader DisKurzion sends in news of another movie business experiment underway by an Australian company called Distracted Media. They are raising funds for a movie called The Tunnel by letting people invest in individual frames for $1 apiece. When the movie is complete, it will be released for free on torrent sites.
NASA

Shuttle Reentry Over the Continental US 139

Posted by kdawson
from the boom-boom dept.
TheOtherChimeraTwin notes that the shuttle Discovery will land at Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning at 8:48 EDT. The craft will make a rare "descending node" overflight of the continental US en route to landing in Florida. Here are maps of the shuttle's path if is lands on orbit 222 as planned, or on the next orbit. Spaceweather.com says: "...it takes the shuttle about 35 minutes to traverse the path shown... Observers in the northwestern USA will see the shuttle shortly after 5 am PDT blazing like a meteoric fireball through the dawn sky. As Discovery makes its way east, it will enter daylight and fade into the bright blue background. If you can't see the shuttle, however, you might be able to hear it. The shuttle produces a sonic double-boom that reaches the ground about a minute and a half after passing overhead."
Graphics

+ - Support Libre Graphics Meeting & Developers

Submitted by Gramer
Gramer (666) writes "The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) is an annual working conference for free software graphics application users and developers. The fifth edition takes place 27-30 May 2010 in Brussels, Belgium. Projects such as GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Krita, Scribus, Hugin, the Open Clipart Library, the Open Font Library and many others gather to improve their software, according a report from Eming.com.

LGM emphasizes the sharing of collective creativity, innovation and ideas and is free for everyone to attend.
Registration for LGM 2010 is open now for developers and users. Proposal of talk or presentation is also welcomed.

The Libre Graphics Meeting wishes to raise money to help underwrite the costs of putting on the conference and to help make it possible for individual open source developers to attend.

Support the development of a Free, Libre and Open Source application-ecosystem and make a donation at http://pledgie.com/campaigns/8926."
PC Games (Games)

Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming 375

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-ubisoft-all-the-time dept.
Shacknews wraps up a developer panel at PAX East discussing the future of gaming on the PC. They cover topics including DRM, digital download platforms and cloud-based gaming services. "Joe Kreiner of Terminal Reality: 'If you look at it from a giant publisher perspective, then the numbers on the PC just really don't make financial sense for you to bother with it. But if you start out with the mindset — you know, you're targeting that group, you make a niched product that's going [to] do well, if you look at a lot of the titles on Steam, Torchlight's a really good example — as long as you know that's your audience to begin with, and you make something inside of a budget that you know you're going to be selling those kinds of numbers, you can be very successful. I think it just takes a targeted developer. ... There is no [PC] platform, really. It's just a mish-mosh of hardware, an operating system that kind of supports games. The problem with that platform is, there's no standards and piracy is rampant, so why would we want to make a video game for that platform unless you had some sort of draconian DRM thing to keep it from being stolen?"
Debian

Ubuntu Gets a New Visual Identity 683

Posted by samzenpus
from the it-cleans-up-well dept.
buntcake writes "Canonical has launched a new visual identity for the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Ubuntu is shedding its previous brown look and adopting a more professional color scheme with purple and orange. The colors will be used in a new GNOME theme and boot splash for Ubuntu 10.04. According to updated design documents that were published in the Ubuntu wiki, 'light' is the underlying concept behind the new visual identity. It displaces the 'human' concept that has been part of Ubuntu's theming and brand vernacular for the past five years. Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon has posted a screenshot and additional information."

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