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Submission + - Linux receives 20th birthday video from Microsoft

moonbender writes: "The Linux kernel has received birthday wishes from an unexpected direction — a video animation from Microsoft. Quoting The H: The video picks up on the strained relationship between Microsoft and Linux by displaying the phrase "Microsoft Vs. Linux" and then showing Tux, the Linux mascot, turning his back on the offer of a birthday cake from Microsoft. After a brief outline of the history between Microsoft and Linux, the video ends with a conciliatory gesture: Tux accepts the birthday cake in his igloo and the video ends with "Happy Birthday" and the editing of the initial phrase to "Microsoft and Linux?". The Linux Foundation has more stuff celebrating the kernel's 20th birthday."

Submission + - Decentralised social web movement meets in Berlin

moonbender writes: "W3C and PrimeLife, a EU research project on privacy issues, join forces with Diaspora and others to start developing standards for a federated social web during a conference in Berlin next month. There will be a keynote by Egyptian blogger-dissident Amr Garbheia, presentations, workshops and a hackathon to start implementing stuff to prepare a post-Facebook web. Friday evening will see a round table with people from the European pirate party, Google, Diaspora and London's Imperial Business School... That should make for some butting of heads. The call for papers ends next monday — but the open spaces stay open.

At the same time analysts voice growing concerns about the current market value of facebook, while Assange calls it a spy machine. First signs of Facebook's demise?"

Submission + - Linux Chrome 7 might encrypt stored passwords

morsch writes: "Chrome 7 for Linux is planned to tie in with the Gnome Keyring and the KDE Wallet to securely store saved browser passwords. Users of the stable version of Google's Webkit-based browser might be surprised to find out that, so far, passwords are stored on the hard disk as clear text. On Windows, Chrome has always used a platform-specific crypto API call for encrypted storage. The corresponding Linux function was never implemented — until now. Unstable versions of Chrome 7 still disable the feature by default; it can be enabled using a parameter."

Submission + - P != NP 1

morsch writes: "Researcher Vinay Deolalikar from HP Labs claims proof that P != NP. The 100 page paper has apparently not been peer-reviewed yet, so feel free to dig in and find some flaws. However, the attempt seems to be genuine, and Deolalikar has published papers in the same field in the past. So this may be the real thing! Given that one million USD prize money from the Millenium Prize is involved, it will certainly get enough scrutiny. Greg Baker broke the story on his blog, including the email Deolalikar sent around."

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