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Submission + - Linux Vendors Push for Open-Source in Hybrid Datacenter Clouds (

Nerval's Lobster writes: Linux vendors Red Hat and SUSE are pushing to make sure Linux-based virtual machines are an important part of datacenter-based hybrid clouds. The two are taking significantly different tacks toward the same destination, however. SUSE is using the visibility and cloud hype of VMware by extending its partnership with the virtualization provider to promote its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware as an alternative operating system for virtual machines running on VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service. Red Hat is happy to include VMware in its plans, but isn’t limiting itself either to VMware-based clouds or, in fact, the idea that a Linux vendor has to tag along with a cloud- or virtualization developer to find its place in mixed infrastructures. “We do not buy into the premise that a private or a hybrid platform based on one vendor’s technologies and products is the answer,” wrote Bryan Che, general manager of Red Hat’s Cloud Business Unit. More than 25 percent of customers want clouds or datacenter infrastructures using virtualization products from more than one vendor, according to a buyers’ guide published in August by market researcher IDC.

Submission + - Confirmed: ChromeCast will be able to play local content (

sfcrazy writes: As you all know about the story that ChromeCast update disabled the playback of local content. Many though, including me that Google is going Apple's path. But Google has confirmed that it will allow every kind of content. Google Statement: We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It's still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available. So no need to fear!

Submission + - Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures (

An anonymous reader writes: there is an email to Gates and others at Microsoft dealing with "combinations" that they say came from Myhrvold's email account that they are interested in asking him about. Finally, there is an IV license with Microsoft that Lodsys would like more information about ..

Submission + - Shades of Jack Ryan: altering text in eBooks to track pirates (

wwphx writes: German researchers have created a new DRM feature that changes the text and punctuation of an e-book ever so slightly. Called SiDiM, which Google translates to “secure documents by individual marking,” the changes are unique to each e-book sold. These alterations serve as a digital watermark that can be used to track books that have had any other DRM layers stripped out of them before being shared online. The researchers are hoping the new DRM feature will curb digital piracy by simply making consumers paranoid that they’ll be caught if they share an e-book illicitly.

Seems like I recall reading about this in Tom Clancy's Hunt for Red October when Jack Ryan used this technique to identify someone who was leaking secrets to the Russians. It would be so very difficult for someone to write a little program that, when stripping the DRM, randomized a couple of pieces of punctuation to break the hash that the vendor is storing along with the sales record of the individual book.

Submission + - Investigate Booz Allen Hamilton, not Edward Snowden (

An anonymous reader writes: "The firm that formerly employed both the director of national intelligence and the NSA whistleblower merits closer scrutiny" ..

"Military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton of McLean, Virginia, has shot into the news recently over two of its former employees: Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who has just revealed the extent of US global spying on electronic data of ordinary citizens around the world, and James Clapper, US director of national intelligence."

"Clapper has come out vocally to condemn Snowden as a traitor to the public interest and the country, yet a review of Booz Allen's own history suggests that the government should be investigating his former employer, rather than the whistleblower."

"Clapper worked as vice-president at Booz Allen from 1997 to 1998, while Snowden did a three-month stint at their offices in Hawaii in spring 2013 as a low-level contract employee. Both worked on intelligence contracts, which are estimated to make up almost a quarter of the company's $5.86bn in annual income. This past weekend, Clapper condemned Snowden's leak about US government surveillance, telling NBC News's Andrea Mitchell":

Submission + - Facebook and Microsoft Disclose Government Requests for User Data (

wiredmikey writes: Facebook and Microsoft say they received thousands of requests for information from US authorities last year but are prohibited from listing a separate tally for security-related requests or secret court orders related to terror probes. The two companies have come under heightened scrutiny since word leaked of a vast secret Internet surveillance program US authorities insist targets only foreign terror suspects and is needed to prevent attacks. Facebook said Friday it had received between 9,000 and 10,000 requests for user data affecting 18,000 to 19,000 accounts during the second half of last year and Microsoft said it had received 6,000 to 7,000 requests affecting 31,000 to 32,000 accounts during the same period.

Submission + - There is no way anyone can tap into emails of phone calls!

An anonymous reader writes: Maine senator Susan Collins asks about Edward Snowden's claim that at the NSA he had the ability to "tap into virtually any American's phone or emails."

Collins asks: True or False?

Alexander: "False. I know of no way to do that."

How out of touch with reality is the NSA?

Submission + - Mozilla developing browser of the future (

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla, developer of the popular browser for UNIX platforms like Firefox, announced improving their product to the needs of today's users.

Submission + - Cisco to double the speed of the Internet

trazom28 writes: As reported on CNN, Cisco is updating the core router technologies. From the article, "The new core router technology, known as "CRS-X," will provide speeds of 400 Gigabits per second — and that's just for one slot on the router's rack. Each rack is scalable up to 6.4 Terabits per second, and the entire CRS-X system is capable of nearly 1 Petabit per second if multiple racks are set up in tandem. " Units set to go on sale this fall.

Submission + - Patenting Email Threading - in 2006! (

An anonymous reader writes: AOL have been awarded a Patent for displaying the threading of email messages — which they "invented" in 2006. Can there be any better symbol of a broken patent system?

Submission + - The race to the bottom with FauxNews (

An anonymous reader writes: Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.

Submission + - Salt linked to autoimmune diseases ( 1

ananyo writes: "The incidence of autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes, has spiked in developed countries in recent decades. In three studies published today, researchers describe the molecular pathways that can lead to autoimmune disease and identify one possible culprit that has been right under our noses — and on our tables — the entire time: salt. Some forms of autoimmunity have been linked to overproduction of TH17 cells, a type of helper T cell that produces an inflammatory protein called interleukin-17. Now scientists have found sodium chloride turns on the production of these cells. They also showed that in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis, a high-salt diet accelerated the disease’s progression."
Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Steam For Linux Adoption Closes In On Mac (

An anonymous reader writes: Valve has just released its February, 2013 Steam Hardware & Software Survey, and the results are absolutely mind blowing. Linux is now standing strong as a legitimate gaming platform. It now represents 2.02% of all active Steam users.

Submission + - Torvalds clarifies Linux's Windows 8 Secure Boot position (

An anonymous reader writes: No one, but no one, in the Linux community likes Microsoft's mandated deployment of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot option in Windows 8 certified PCs. But, how Linux should handle the fixes required to deal with this problem remains a hot-button issue. Now, as the debate continues hot and heavy, Linus Torvalds, Linux's founder and de facto leader, spells out how he thinks Linux should deal with Secure Boot keys.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.