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Submission + - ARM Support Comes to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server->

jrepin writes: SUSE announced partner program expansion to include support for 64-bit ARM server processors. This expansion makes available to partners a version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 that allows them to develop, test and deliver products to the market using 64-bit ARM chips. To simplify partner access, SUSE has also implemented support for ARM and AArch64 into its openSUSE Build Service. This allows the community to build packages against real 64-bit ARM hardware and the SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 binaries,
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Submission + - Reddit CEO: site is "not a bastion of free speech", change coming

An anonymous reader writes: Reddit's new CEO, cofounder Steve Huffman, has made a statement regarding the site's controversial racism and abuse community "subreddits": "we don’t have any obligation to support them". In the brief announcement, Huffman explains that a robust content policy is something they have "been thinking about for quite some time" and is on the cards in the near future. It has also come to light via former CEO Tishan Wong that ousted interim boss Ellen Pao was one of the few defenders of the controversial subreddits, favouring a strategy of coexistence over the board's plan to eliminate problem communities. Wong blames another co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, for strategy changes that led to the firing of "Ask Me Anything" administrator Victoria Taylor whose unexpected absence crippled that component of the site.

Submission + - Google Throws Teachers Under the Bus, Blames Them for Tech's Diversity Problem 1 1

theodp writes: Over at the Google Research Blog, Director of Education and University Relation Maggie Johnson gives the diversity-challenged search giant an attaperson for its computer science outreach efforts, but throws teachers under the bus in her list of "reasons why the pipeline for technical talent is so small and why the diversity pipeline is even smaller." Johnson writes: "Many teachers are oblivious to or support the [CS] gender stereotypes by assigning problems and projects that are oriented more toward boys, or are not of interest to girls. This lack of relevant curriculum is important. Many women who have pursued technology as a career cite relevant courses as critical to their decision." Johnson also points to an earlier Google white paper that blames parents' lack of support and encouragement for keeping many girls from considering computing as a career. In the comments, retired Stanford prof Jeffrey Ullman and others challenge the low CS/CE Bachelor's degree production figures that Google offers as evidence of a looming CS worker shortage. "There seems to be a bit of misinformation here," Ullman explains. "The 16K BS/CS figure [cited by Google] appears to be taken from the most recent (2013-4) Taulbee study. But that looks at only the PhD-granting institutions." Hey, good enough for government work!

Submission + - SourceForge Joins the Bundle Wagon

An anonymous reader writes: The irony of submitting this on /. is not lost on me.
http://arstechnica.com/informa...
"Apparently, SourceForge's mysterious "sf-editor1" has also claimed ownership of a number of other accounts for open source and other software projects."
SF is claiming ownership of these projects for the specious reason of them being "abandoned" when in fact these project simply stopped using SF (apparently for good reason).

Submission + - SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing -> 1 1

shanehiltonward writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

Update: In a blog post issued shortly after this story posted, an unidentified member of SourceForge's community team wrote that, in fact, "this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current." That runs counter to claims by members of the GIMP development community.

The GIMP project is not officially distributed through SourceForge—approved releases are only posted on the GIMP project's own Web page. But Jernej Simoni, the developer who has been responsible for building Windows versions of GIMP for some time, has maintained an account on SourceForge to act as a distribution mirror. That is, he had until today, when he discovered he was locked out of the Gimp-Win account, and the project's ownership "byline" had been changed to "sf-editor1"—a SourceForge staff account. Additionally, the site now provided Gimp in an executable installer that has in-installer advertising enabled. Ars tested the downloader and found that it offered during the installation to bundle Norton anti-virus and myPCBackup.com remote backup services with GIMP—before downloading the installer authored by Simoni (his name still appears on the installer's splash screen).

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Submission + - SourceForge hijacks Win-Gimp, wraps installer in adware-> 1 1

slashdice writes: Ars Technica (and, well, everybody other than slashdot) is reporting on the reprehensible behavior by SourceForge, Slashdot sister sister site. "SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements."
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Submission + - Goatse billboard hack horrifies drivers in Atlanta->

Yossarian45793 writes: In a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, hackers managed to get a video billboard to display the goatse image for several hours. Many slashdotters are familiar with that horror, and now a number of Atlanta residents are too. I'm surprised that such an obvious prank took this long to happen, and I wonder how many more times it will given the proliferation of video screens in public places.
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Submission + - MP3 Backend of Firefox and Thunderbird Found Vulnerable->

jones_supa writes: A critical vulnerability has been found in the MPEG-1 Layer III playback backend of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird. Security researcher Aki Helin reported a use-after-free scenario when playing certain audio files on the web using the Fluendo MP3 plugin for GStreamer on Linux. This is due to a flaw in handling certain MP3 files by the plugin and its interaction with Mozilla code. A maliciously crafted MP3 file can lead to a potentially exploitable crash. Linux is the only affected platform, so Windows and OS X users are safe from this particular vulnerability.
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Submission + - India Bans BBC Documentary on Rape

An anonymous reader writes: India's far-right Hindu Nationalist government headed by Narendra Modi has banned telecasting and viewing online of a BBC documentary on the 2012 Delhi rape which shocked the nation. The documentary consists interviews of the rapist Mukesh Singh, his lawyers and the victim's parents seems to expose the male dominant nature of Indian society. Indian government is now attempting to ban the documentary worldwide. Critics of Indian government's action has accused it for not addressing issues women face and instead trying to hide the dirty secrets of its culture from the world. Some Indian websites also reported that the views expressed by the rapist is echoed by policemen, lawyers and politicians of the nation. So far the government's attempt to ban the video online is with mixed success.
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Journal Journal: Systemd (or, how to make portable software) 10 10

In this post, Lennart explains that he doesn't know how to write portable C code. He says:

[Making systemd portable] would turn every second line of systemd into #ifdefs.

The purpose of my post here is to explain how to write portable code, without #ifdefs on every other line. If that happens, you are doing it the hard way.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 58 58

I studied chemistry in a non-English-speaking country and in situ was a known term. It means that a specific compound needed in a reaction is made in the same vessel as the synthesis continues, not separated and transferred to another flask. Example: reacting sodium with ethanol to produce sodium ethoxide followed by transesterification.

On site would in deed mean that something was prepared in the same laboratory or even the same fume cupboard.

Comment Re:Sounds unlikely to me (Score 2) 135 135

Re "heaviness of water": Water molecule (molecular mass 18) is lighter than eg. oxygen gas (molecular mass 32) or nitrogen gas (molecular mass 28). The reason water stays liquid is that it forms hydrogen bonds with the neighbouring water molecules, thus raising the boiling point.

Comment Openstreetmap, Nominatim, OSRM (Score 1) 208 208

You could consider donating server space and bandwidth to Openstreetmap projects. There's a wiki for OSM but it's quite confusing at times. Then there's Nominatim, the name search; it requires lots of computer resources. Open source routing from OSM data can be done with OSRM, which is quite fast.

Perhaps extracts of OSM data for downloading would be nice, eg. just roads, waters; see what's already available.

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