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Submission + - Bitcoin Barron Challenges Berkshire ( 2

Submission + - Linode hacked, CCs and passwords leaked 6

An anonymous reader writes: On Friday Linode announced a precautionary password reset due to an attack despite claiming that they were not compromised. The attacker has claimed otherwise, claiming to have obtained card numbers and password hashes. Password hashes, source code fragments and directory listings have been released as proof. Linode has yet to comment on or deny these claims.

Submission + - Bitcoin releases Version 0.3 4

Teppy writes: How's this for a disruptive technology? Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer network based digital currency with no central bank, and no transaction fees. Using a proof-of-work concept, nodes burn CPU cycles searching for bundles of coins, broadcasting their findings to the network. Analysis of energy usage indicates that the market value of Bitcoins is already above the value of the energy needed to generate them, indicating healthy demand. The community is hopeful the currency will remain outside the reach of any government.

Con Kolivas Returns, With a Desktop-Oriented Linux Scheduler 333

myvirtualid writes "Con Kolivas has done what he swore never to do: returned to the Linux kernel and written a new — and, according to him — waaay better scheduler for the desktop environment. In fact, BFS appears to outperform existing schedulers right up until one hits a 16-CPU machine, at which point he guesses performance would degrade somewhat. According to Kolivas, BFS 'was designed to be forward looking only, make the most of lower spec machines, and not scale to massive hardware. i.e. [sic] it is a desktop orientated scheduler, with extremely low latencies for excellent interactivity by design rather than 'calculated,' with rigid fairness, nice priority distribution and extreme scalability within normal load levels.'"

Submission + - Activist Disrupts Detonations to Protect Cranes

The Narrative Fallacy writes: "Nature reports that on 14 July, Ingmar Lee broke into a buried explosive charge and cut the detonation cord, later claiming responsibility and giving television interviews threatening more damage at Denny Island, an isolated Canadian island in British Columbia about 500 km north of Vancouver where a team of geophysicists is studying granite formation. The aim of the seismic studies on Denny Island is to define the formation, growth and recycling of Earth's crust in that area — events that happened in the late Cretaceous, some 65 million years ago. After Royal Canadian Mounted Police declined to provide protection to the scientists, local residents rallied to guard them so that they could complete repairs and set off a targeted charge late on the night of 16 July and over the following two days, the team were able to set off the remainder of the charges at 15 other sites in a line moving inland through a river valley. Lee, a long-time forest-protection campaigner who lives 1 km from the blast site, says that "there has been no prior community information, consultation or discussion" of the detonations and that the reason he disrupted the detonations was to protect Sandhill crane nests located within 2 km of the Denny Island blast site whose recently hatched chicks are currently in their most vulnerable pre-flight stage. "This is a very specialized wilderness area," says Lee. "I was concerned for the sandhill cranes and salmon. I consider this non-violent civil disobedience." On 17 July, police charged Lee with one count of willful mischief endangering life for disrupting the seismic studies."
Data Storage

Submission + - GlusterFS, GPL3 Clustered File System, Release 2.0 (

Shehjar Tikoo writes: "GlusterFS is a clustered file system that runs on commodity off-the-shelf hardware, delivering multiple times the scalability and performance of conventional storage. The architecture is modular, stackable and kernel-independent, which makes it easy to customize, install, manage and support different operating systems. Multiple storage systems can be clustered together, supporting petabytes of capacity in a single global namespace. Building a configuration of a few hundred terabytes can be accomplished in less than thirty minutes.

GlusterFS 2.0 Release:
GlusterFS v2.0 has gone through a major revamp in design and development since v1.3. Thanks to thousands of initial users who provided us great feedback and bug reports. There are a number of production deployments now. GlusterFS uses existing disk file systems (such as Ext3, XFS, ZFS..) to store your data as regular files and folders. You can restore the data, even after you uninstall GlusterFS. So, give it a try and let us know.

License: GNU GPLv3
What is in 2.0 release
Who is using GlusterFS

Happy Hacking
GlusterFS Team"


Submission + - Botnet worm that targets DSL modems and routers (

CoreDuo writes: The people that bring you the DroneBL DNS Blacklist services, after investigation of a recent DDoS incident, have disocvered a botnet that is comprised of exploited DSL modems and routers. What makes this impressive is the sophisticated nature of the bot, and the potential damage it can do not only to an knowing end user, but to small businesses using non-commercial internet connections and the unknowing public that take advantage of the more popular than ever free wifi services. The botnet is believed to have an estimated 100,000 effected hosts.

Recourse For Poor Customer Service? 593

eleventypie writes "I am in the Army and currently stationed in Afghanistan. Recently I found myself without a laptop so I decided to build a studio 17 from Dell. I designed/customized my laptop on 2008-09-17 and placed my order, which totaled approximately $1,700. The laptop was built and apparently shipped on 2008-09-28. Given my APO address, I know mail can sometimes take a little while to get here, though 7-10 days is normal. Dell said to give my laptop 6-8 business days and occasionally, it might take as much as 4-6 weeks. So on 2008-11-12 I sent another email to Dell informing them I still had not received my laptop. One person said to give it more time, while another person responded to my message telling me to send my address again and they would send me a replacement. So I sent my address immediately and never got a response. It is now the 30th of November and I still have no laptop and Dell seems to have quit responding to my emails. This is very frustrating being out $1,700 and not having a laptop to talk to my friends and family and do school work. Phone calls aren't easy so calling them is pretty much out of the question. Any advice on what I can or should do at this point to get the computer I ordered or get my money back?"

Submission + - Vanishingly Small Levels of Internet IPv6 Usage (

An anonymous reader writes: The impending IPv4 address allocation shortage has lead to a lot of speculation on the future of IPv6 (including Slashot). A new study says that Internet IPv6 migration is not just going slowly — it has basically not even begun. After spending a year measuring IPv6 traffic across 90 ISPs around the world, the study concludes "less than one hundredth of 1% of Internet traffic is IPv6... equivalent to the allowed parts of contaminants in drinking water".

Submission + - Spamming automated, CAN-SPAM implications? ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Ryan Farmer, previously known for the Foxconn BIOS bug (previously featured on Slashdot), has now come up with a website that automates spamming people called Spamza. Is this a violation of the CAN-SPAM act, and can/will Ryan Farmer be facing jail time over this?
The Matrix

Submission + - SPAM: Wisdom of crowds applied to education

Anti-Globalism writes: "Pastorek says that he wants the states role to be that of a harvester of high-quality schools in the city nurturing promising ones and weeding out failing ones. If schools run into trouble, you support them, Pastorek said. But if theyre still failing after you support them, then you pull the plug and bring in a new provider or an experienced provider. Over a period of 5 or 6 years, 10 at the most, well have nothing but high-quality operators in our city."
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Submission + - Microsoft, Google and Yahoo sued in India over ads (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have been issued notices by India's Supreme Court, following a complaint that they were promoting techniques and products for the selection of an unborn child's sex through advertising and links on their search engines. (Last October, Rishi Jaitly, a policy analyst from Google India posted a blog entry on "Intermediary liability and the future of the Internet in India").

Submission + - Mars Lander snaps most detailed Martian pics yet (

An anonymous reader writes: Wanna get up close and personal to a Martian? The Mars Lander has taken its very first microscopic image of a single piece of Martian dust. The particle, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory , is shown at a higher magnification than anything ever seen from another planet. The piece of dust is a rounded particle about one millionth of a meter across. This particle is one of the countless specks of dust that continually swirl around the Red Planet, even coloring the Martian sky pink. "Taking the images required the highest resolution microscope operated off of Earth and a specially designed substrate to hold the Martian dust," said Tom Pike, a Phoenix science team member, in a statement. "We always knew it was going to be technically very challenging to image particles this small."

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