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Comment: future compiler trends (Score 1) 196

by sander (#45329783) Attached to: Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

The main claim for g++ for a very long time was "while it does not optimize much or support all of the language, it is FREE". With clang on the scene and offering a comparable feature set and speed of compiled code, it will be interesting to see how g++ and the gnu compiler collection in general will fare over time. Especially as a part of the canonical GNU core.

Comment: Very much like Amazon in everything (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by sander (#40840131) Attached to: Amazon Matches iTunes Match With New 'Audio Upgrade' Feature

This is very much like Amazon in everything - you have no rights, only the obligation to pay them and have them do pretty much what they want with your data. There is no effective SLA, and if you don't like what they do only recourse is trying to win over a megacorp in court.

So ... You use their crap ? Blame yourself!

Science

+ - Small rocky exoplanet discovered close to Sol system->

Submitted by sander
sander (7831) writes "Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered of a 0.67 earth mass sized planet 33 light years away from the Sol system by the Spitzer Space Telescope- and the article speculates that Spitzer might be able to spot planets as small as Mars in future. The planet may be out of the habitable zone, but close to Earth rocky exoplanet discoveries are always exciting."
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Privacy

+ - How to avoid being tracked online-> 1

Submitted by
Barence
Barence writes "With governments around the world increasingly snooping on the internet activity of their citizens, PC Pro has a feature outlining how to (legally) avoid being tracked online. The feature covers techniques such as end-to-end encryption, onion networks, VPNs and proxies, and how to cover your tracks on social networks."
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DRM

+ - Japan: Police arrest "anti DRM" journalists...->

Submitted by Modellismo
Modellismo (1676052) writes "Last week 4 journalists from SANSAI BOOKS have been arrested for selling, through the company website, a copy of a magazine published last year (with a free cover mounted disc) focused on how to backup/rip DVDs. They violated Japan's Unfair Competition Prevention Law that recently has been revised to make illegal the sale of any DRM circumvention device or software.

It's interesting to note that Japanese cyber Police could arrest the Amazon Japan CEO too as the online giant is selling a lot of magazines, books and software packages for DVD copy and ripping: exactly what put in trouble Sansai Books staff.

Will Japanese Cyber Police raid Amazon Japan offices like they have done with Sansai Books?!"

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Open Source

+ - Linux 3.5 released

Submitted by diegocg
diegocg (1680514) writes "Linux 3.5 has been released. New features include support for metadata checksums in Ext4, userspace probes for performance profiling with systemtap/perf, a simple sandboxing mechanism that can filter syscalls, a new network queue management algorithm designed to fight bufferbloat, support for checkpointing and restoring TCP connections, support for TCP Early Retransmit (RFC 5827), support for android-style opportunistic suspend, btrfs I/O failure statistics, and SCSI over Firewire and USB. Here's the full changelog."
Programming

+ - HTML5 Splits Into Two Standards-> 2

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "Until now the two standards bodies WHATWG and W3C working on HTML5 have cooperated. An announcement by WHATWG makes it clear that this is no longer true. WHATWG is going to work on a living standard for HTML which will continue to evolve as more technologies are added. WC3 is going the traditional and much more time consuming route of creating a traditional standard which WHATWG refers to as a "snapshot" of their living standard. Of course now being free of WC3's slower methods WHATWG can accelerate the pace of introducing new technologies to HTML5.
What ever happens the future has just become more complicated — now you have to ask yourself which HTML5?"

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Mozilla

+ - Mozilla Outs Desktop version of Firefox OS->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Mozilla has released a desktop version of its Firefox OS allowing developers to have a sneak peak the OS before it is officially made available on phones. Mozilla has ensured that it gets the highest audience for the Firefox OS and for that it has released the builds for all three major desktop operating systems: Mac, Windows, and Linux. Mozilla's Tony Chung wrote in a blog post, "If you're a web developer, you can use these builds to create and test your webApp against." Gaia/Hacking has the setup instructions. You would need a Gaia profile to launch the build otherwise you might encounter a black screen. Further information is available in Chung's blog post."
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Science

+ - M-Carbon: 50yro mystery solved-> 1

Submitted by slew
slew (2918) writes "Unlike its more famous carbon cousins: diamonds and fullerenes, you've probably never heard of M-Carbon, but this form of compressed graphite which is as hard as diamonds has baffled researcher for half a century. Over the past few years, many theoretical computations have suggested at least a dozen different crystal structures for this phase of carbon, but new experiments showed that only one crystal structure fits the data: M-carbon."
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Security

+ - Open Source Smart Meter Hacking Framework Released->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "A researcher specializing in smart grids has released an open-source tool designed to assess the security of smart meters. Dubbed “Termineter”, the framework would allow users, such as grid operators and administrators, to test smart meters for vulnerabilities.

Termineter uses the serial port connection that interacts with the meter's optical infrared interface to give the user access to the smart meter's inner workings. The user interface is much like the interface used by the Metasploit penetration testing framework. It relies on modules to extend its testing capabilities.

Spencer McIntyre, a member of SecureState's Research and Innovation Team, is scheduled to demonstrate Termineter in a session "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Smart Meter," at Security B-Sides Vegas on July 25. The Termineter Framework can be downloaded here."

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Comment: Re:Can this be used to get a re-trial? (Score 1) 265

by sander (#40600651) Attached to: Hans Reiser Sued By Own Kids For $15 Million

This does not give any new information that would cause any doubts as to whether or not it was a murder or manslaughter - the fact that he killed his wife is pretty damn watertight. So this does not change anything trial or sentencing wise, never mind the part where he pleaded guilty and lead police to her grave.

Trying to go back no saying "hey! look! like i said, they are evil money-grabbing bastards! this makes my trial invalid!" would simply get him laughed out of court.

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