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Comment: Re:Why not fork/wrap systemd to make it more sane? (Score 1) 850

As the trolls will surely tell you, that is how systemd works. it actually is a bunch of binaries, and not a single one. However, they will also conveniently forget that the biggest issue is that all these binaries have huge interdependencies; if you need one, like for instance some desktop decides to depend for some stupid reason on logind, you'll get the whole enchilada. And that, is the single biggest issue with systemd. It has absorbed many projects, and is even trying to break the kernel (by integrating a DBUS that only works with systemd, or removing firmware upload functionality so that only systemd will be able to do it). It is not an init system - it is an interdependent bunch of overcomplicated code, made non-modular and impossible to replace by design.

+ - Raging debate over systemd exposes the two factions tugging at modern-day Linux->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "In discussions around the Web in the past few months, I've seen an overwhelming level of support of systemd from Linux users who run Linux on their laptops and maybe a VPS or home server. I've also seen a large backlash against systemd from Linux system administrators who are responsible for dozens, hundreds, or thousands of Linux servers, physical and virtual."
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+ - ESA - Rosetta - Rosetta: the ambition to turn science fiction into science fact->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "ESA — Rosetta had a surprise for us, in just released "Science Fiction" short movie about Rosetta probe.
Directed by Tomek Bagiski and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi.

Imagine: with a wasteland as their canvas, a Master and his young Apprentice set about turning rubble into planets and moons, asteroids and comets. They levitate the worlds above their heads, spinning them in orbit around their symbolic Sun.
Rosetta, making of"

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+ - The Penguin Update 3.0 of Google ->

Submitted by ormzoom
ormzoom (3889117) writes "It has been announced by Search Engine Land that Google had been in touch to confirm the release of this newest Penguin update on 19th October, 2014, answering all the speculations that had been thrown around over the recent weeks. This is the first time that over a year Google has rolled out an update. Theoretically aimed at fighting all the spam over the web, it only lies in the knowledge of a SEO that Google can be ruthless at this juncture and as often, can paint a wide brush over the previously accepted SEO tactics."
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+ - wish for an indefinitely supported linux distribution->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I posted a wish for a current linux distribution, or set of distributions, perhaps debian 7/ubuntu 14.04,
to be supported for ever. This should be a distribution with the most widely used components,
such as system V init and X Window. Inter alia, it would make stable documentation possible. What do slashdotters think? Is now the right time for this to happen?"

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+ - Penguin 3.0: A Refresh Impacting 1% of English Queries ->

Submitted by creativeshory
creativeshory (3469251) writes "The long awaited and widely anticipated Penguin 3.0 update from Google is finally here. Google updated their Penguin algorithm with version Penguin 3.0 this past Friday night. It should be rolling out for the next few weeks now. The Penguin algorithm primarily looks at a site’s backlink profile and may demote a site that appears to have a poor backlink profile.
In a post on Google+, Google’s Pierre Far revealed that Penguin 3.0 is actually a "refresh" and not a full-fledged update. It impacts less than 1% of English queries but may impact other languages more or less, with the main focus of the refresh being to help sites that have cleaned up webspam penalties incurred in previous iterations of Penguin."

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+ - Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public-> 1

Submitted by zonker
zonker (1158) writes "In 1970 the Xerox Corporation established the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) with the goal to develop an “architecture of information” and lay the groundwork for future electronic office products. The pioneering Alto project that began in 1972 invented or refined many of the fundamental hardware and software ideas upon which our modern devices are based, including raster displays, mouse pointing devices, direct-manipulation user interfaces, windows and menus, the first WYSIWYG word processor, and Ethernet.

The first Altos were built as research prototypes. By the fall of 1976 PARC’s research was far enough along that a Xerox product group started to design products based on their prototypes. Ultimately ~1500 were built and deployed throughout the Xerox Corporation, as well as at universities and other sites. The Alto was never sold as a product but its legacy served as inspiration for the future.

With the permission of the Palo Alto Research Center, the Computer History Museum is pleased to make available, for non-commercial use only, snapshots of Alto source code, executables, documentation, font files, and other files from 1975 to 1987. The files are organized by the original server on which they resided at PARC that correspond to files that were restored from archive tapes. An interesting look at retro-future."

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+ - 6 New Features in Android 5.0 Lollipop->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google affirmed a lot of information about the latest version of Android previously, but we didn’t get a name – it was just “Android L.” Currently there is a name and a version number too. Google has named it “Lollipop”, bearing in mind the trend of naming its OSes after treats. Lollipop has landed first on the newest Nexus devices – Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player.
More: http://auckland.fortuneinnovat..."

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+ - Lead Mir Developer: "Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years"

Submitted by M-Saunders
M-Saunders (706738) writes "Canonical courted plenty of controversy with it announced Mir, its home-grown display server. But why did the company choose to go it alone, and not collaborate with the Wayland project? Linux Voice has an interview with Thomas Voss, Mir's lead developer. Voss explains how Mir came into being, what it offers, and why he believes it will outlast Wayland."

+ - Debian - preserve freedom of choice of init systems->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""Debian has decided (via the technical committee) to change its
    default init system for the next release. The technical committee
    decided not to decide about the question of "coupling" i.e. whether
    other packages in Debian may depend on a particular init system.

    This GR seeks to preserve the freedom of our users now to select an
    init system of their choice, and the project's freedom to select a
    different init system in the future. It will avoid Debian becoming
    accidentally locked in to a particular init system (for example,
    because so much unrelated software has ended up depending on a
    particular init system that the burden of effort required to change
    init system becomes too great). A number of init systems exist, and
    it is clear that there is not yet broad consensus as to what the
    best init system might look like.""

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+ - Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over U.S. Spying Will "Break The Internet"->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Oregon Senator Ron Wyden gathered a group of tech luminaries to discuss the implications of U.S. surveillance programs, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt didn't mince words. He said that worries over U.S. surveillance would result in servers with different sets of data for users from different countries multiplying across the world. "The simplest outcome is that we're going to end up breaking the Internet.""
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+ - The malware of the future may come bearing real gifts->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Research by Prof. Giovanni Vigna of the University of California leads him to believe that the malware of the future will come in a friendly form, be genuinely useful and may not reveal its intentions for a protracted period of time.

Prof. Vigna, speaking at IP Expo in London, outlined a fearful future of 'mimicry' in evolved strains of malware. In the current stage of the war between malware and security researchers, the emphasis is almost entirely on the attempt to convince increasingly intelligent — and increasingly suspicious — malware that it is operating in a bare-metal environment when it is in fact in a sandbox or VM environment.

For the malware, the stakes are tremendously high — if it has reached the point of OS-level execution without its hash being indexed and red-flagged by online security databases, it cannot afford to reveal its intentions in a test environment. This article outlines the extraordinary game of cat-and-mouse being played between researchers and hackers, and how future malware exploits are likely to abandon a rush for the buffer overflow in favour of 'the long game' — and to make themselves useful in the process."

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