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Submission + - An Interview With RSA Founder Ron Rivest->

Trailrunner7 writes: With the future of the current system for ensuring the validity of online identities hanging in the balance, Threatpost took the opportunity to use the inauguration of Massachusetts's new Cyber Security Center to button-hole cryptography expert, RSA algorithm co-creator and Turing Prize winner Ron Rivest. A co-founder of RSA Security, Rivest weighed in on the challenges facing SSL and online identity verification, the prospects for security start ups in the current economy and his work on secure voting.
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Submission + - OpenIndiana unleashes oi_151a distro->

An anonymous reader writes: The wait is over.

Today, the OpenIndiana project is pleased to announce the next
development release of the open source, enterprise operating system.

OpenIndiana build 151a is now available for 32- and 64-bit x86
systems. We hope you're as excited as we are for the first complete
platform for servers and desktops that offers the full power of the
virtualisation, observability, management, networking, and storage
technologies from the illumos project.

Download it today:
http://openindiana.org/download

Head over to the release notes for the full details:
http://wiki.openindiana.org/oi/oi_151a+Release+Notes

This milestone also marks the one-year anniversary of our first
release. Look for our first stable release in the near future!

Congratulations to all involved, and thanks to everyone in the illumos
community for your support!

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Submission + - Boost Your WiFi Signal Using Only a Beer Can-> 2 2

AmyVernon writes: This hack is supposed to boost signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars.
What you need: scissors, a utility knife, some adhesive putty and an empty beer can. The brand doesn't matter for the router, but I suppose it would be cooler looking if it were Asahi or Stella Artois than if it were Budweiser.

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Linux

Submission + - Linux kernel moves to Github->

An anonymous reader writes: Linus Torvalds has announced that he will be distributing the Linux kernel via Github until kernel.org servers are fully operational following the recent server compromise.

But hey, the whole point (well, *one* of the points) of distributed development is that no single place is really any different from any other, so since I did a github account for my divelog thing, why not see how well it holds up to me just putting my whole kernel repo there too?


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Math

Submission + - Astrophysicist devises super-fast airplane seating->

MrSeb writes: "Jason Steffen, an astrophysicist from the Fermi National Laboratory in Illinois, has designed an algorithmic approach to plane boarding — and unsurprisingly, given the sorry, haphazard state of plane boarding today, his algorithm actually works rather well. Basically, instead of grouping passengers or assigning blocks, Steffen simply fills the plane by seating a handful of individuals at a time. The algorithm starts with alternate-row window seats, and then fills in the gaps with another round of window seats. Then the process is repeated for the middle seats, and finally the aisle seats. As a result, there is not a single iota of aisle, overhead locker, or seat congestion. The end result is is a no-blocking (ha) boarding method that is twice as fast as conventional block seating, and apparently a saving of up to $110 million per year per carrier."
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Linux

Submission + - Indian State Govt Bans Linux In Tender For Windows-> 1 1

sfcrazy writes: In a shocking and silent move the Tamil Nadu government has displayed yet another example of how the termite of corruption is eating up Indian system. The Tamil Nadu government has broken all records by shutting doors to all competitors and giving exclusive orders for Microsoft products in a latest tender.
The latest tender has removed Linux as the pre-installed operating and make the tender exclusive for Microsoft's Windows. Under the technical requirement it now says:
Certifications: RoHS and any other certificates
Operating System: Pre loaded Windows with Anti virus

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itwbennett writes "British pizza chain Pizza Express is installing iPod docks and soundproof domes in booths of their new iPizzeria stores. 'The idea is that you can plug in your iPod and play whatever music you like without disturbing other diners,' says blogger Peter Smith. 'But I'm sure it'd work for talking about government secrets and other spy stuff, too.'"

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