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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: DocBook Success Stories

Lasse Kliemann writes: Have you ever faced the decision either to use DocBook with an appropriate stylesheet to produce XHTML output (for example the XSL stylesheet for XHTML 1.1) OR to directly code XHTML? I'm currently doing it the DocBook way, but am growing frustrated about the XHTML output; it appears messy to me. For example, the use of 'span', 'em', 'code', and 'strong' tags appears inconsistent. Styling this with CSS is difficult. I'm managing, but my CSS is becoming more and more complicated and looks messy just like the XHTML. So I'm wondering if it's worth it. Right now, for my project, I cannot see any practical benefit of DocBook; it's more a matter of doing it the 'clean' or 'professional' way. Could anyone contribute a story that started in a similar way, but later some practical benefits of DocBook manifested themselves? For example: better conversion to other media, better text-to-speach properties, ... anything that made you say: "Glad we did it in DocBook!"

Submission + - Apache CloudStack 4.3 Released (

darthcamaro writes: Apache CloudStack 4.3 is now out providing cloud users with a long list of new features. At the top of the list is support for Microsoft's Hyper-V, as well as support for scalable instance sizing that is unrelated to the auto-sizing feature common on all modern cloud platforms.Hugo Trippaers, vice president of Apache CloudStack explained that what Dynamic Comput provides is instead having to maintain lists of fixed compute offerings catering to all, a number of dynamic offerings can be made available, and the user has the freedom to set, for example, the number of CPUs.-

Submission + - Intel Challenges Manufacturers to Avoid "Conflict Metals" (

retroworks writes: Several news outlets, CBS, Verge, Engadget, National Geographic, MarketWatch, etc. report on Intel's announcement that the chips it produces will avoid purchases of rare earth minerals and metals, such as tantalum, sourced from high conflict areas such as Congo basin. Will recycled content follow? Will manufacturers begin stating the percentage of their boards which are made from recycled boards, like recycled paper greeting cards, closing the loop on the environmental conflict-mine-to-ewaste chain? Or is another De Caprio "Blood Diamonds" film in our future?

Comment Re:And I Will Stop Buying... (Score 1) 521

I'm just hoping they don't do this with 3/4 and 1 ton pickups and SUVs. I agree with you, I need a pickup to work and haul. Sure, Al can be used in some places to lighten load, but when you start looking at the frame, you are weakening the overall strength...Got, imagine grade 8 bolts made out of Al.

Submission + - Stolen Adobe Passwords Were Encrypted, Not Hashed

rjmarvin writes: The hits keep coming in the massive Adobe breach. It turns out the millions of passwords stolen in the hack reported last month that compromised over 38 million users and source code of many Adobe products were protected using outdated encryption security instead of the best practice of hashing. Adobe admitted the hack targeted a backup system that had not been updated, leaving the hacked passwords more vulnerable to brute-force cracking.

Comment Bounty Source (Score 3, Informative) 109

How does this differ from Bounty Source? Bounty Source has been around for awhile now, is well maintained and already offers everything here. In some things, to much diversity is a bad thing and I see that here. You need to be able to meet up as many users with developers as possible for a system like this to work well.

Submission + - Microsoft Hires Former Steam Boss Holtman to Make Windows Great for Gaming

SmartAboutThings writes: Jason Holtman has spent the last eight years transforming Steam into a veritable cornucopia of PC games and a real success. Starting this month he'll be working at Microsoft to improve Windows' gaming strategy. He said: "Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment. I think there is a lot of opportunity for Microsoft to deliver the games and entertainment customers want and to work with developers to make that happen, so I'm excited to be here." The main job that Holtman was doing at Valve consisted in convincing developers and major game publishers to choose Steam and entrust it with its digital sales. More than that, he was excited with what he was doing and was a driving force over at Steam. Microsoft has focused solely on the Xbox One launch lately, somehow neglecting the potential that Windows and overall, the PC gaming industry still have. With Holtman’s hiring, maybe Microsoft is going to revamp its Games for Windows initiative.

Submission + - Intel 22nm Bay Trail Atom Processor Unveiled (

MojoKid writes: Intel has finally taken its low power Atom mobile processor architecture back to the drawing board, with the official announcement today of their Bay Trail Atom microarchitecture. For the past five years Intel has been almost solely focused on improving power consumption. Dual-core variants appeared on the desktop in fairly short order, and clock speed nudges have only bumped performance slightly higher. The new Bay Trail Atom SoC, on the other hand, is an out-of-order processor. Intel stuck with a dual-issue design with relatively limited integer and floating point pipelines, though there are a significant number of improvements. Execution units have been redesigned for more efficient, lower-latency operation. The L2 cache has been expanded and is now shared between cores. Intel isn't using Hyper-Threading this time around, opting instead to go for a straight 1:1 relationship between threads and core count. Many of the most significant changes to the new Bay Trail Atom's "Silvermont" core are focused on how the chip handles floating-point code. Silvermont's latencies for various x87 operations are often half of Saltwell's, with certain instructions outputting more than twice as often.

Submission + - ROT13 challange (

ByOhTek writes: Seeing as how the trolls... err... editors have decided to ROT13 the stories on slashdot for April Fools, why not add some fun to the tedium — a challange. Can you make a sentance that is readable (not necessarily having the same meaning) in ROT13?

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The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

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