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Cloud

+ - Will Redhat's biggest future competitor be Vmware?->

Submitted by walshy007
walshy007 writes: Redhat CEO Jim Whitehurst believes that in five years time, vmware will be their most likely competitor.

A view that stems from seeing "Platform as a Service" (cloud computing) heavily influencing the future of business. Intent on becoming the primary data abstractor for x86 platforms by pushing kvm adoption in the enterprise.

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XBox (Games)

+ - Xbox360 reset hack yields unsigned code execution->

Submitted by walshy007
walshy007 writes: A new exploit has been shown which allows unsigned code execution on the xbox360 on all current models. It functions by pulsing the reset pin at a critical time during the checksumming/crypto boot process.

The exploit enables the running of Xell a boot loader which facilitates the running of linux amongst other programs.

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Linux

+ - Jack VS PulseAudio->

Submitted by walshy007
walshy007 writes: A PulseAudio developer goes over the design differences between the pulse and jack audio servers. Key arguments for pulseaudio (although also work against it) are "a system should always run with the highest latency latency possible, but the lowest latency necessary." "A consumer system needs to simplify the view on the hardware, hide the its complexity: hide redundant mixer elements" — who defines what is redundant?, It concludes that the potential cpu time savings from lack of context switching are worth the up to two seconds(!) latency that can be put in the system. The article brings up the question, did pulseaudio really come into existence to shave a fraction of a percent off cpu usage for audio? and at the sacrifice of being unable to pipe audio streams as easily and lack of a global SMPTE code.
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Linux

+ - Jack VS PulseAudio->

Submitted by walshy007
walshy007 writes: A PulseAudio developer goes over the design differences between the pulse and jack audio servers. Key arguments for pulseaudio (although also work against it) are "a system should always run with the highest latency latency possible, but the lowest latency necessary." "A consumer system needs to simplify the view on the hardware, hide the its complexity: hide redundant mixer elements" — who defines what is redundant?, It concludes that the potential cpu time savings from lack of context switching are worth the up to two seconds(!) latency that can be put in the system. The article brings up the question, did pulseaudio really come into existence to shave 1% off cpu usage for audio? and at the sacrifice of being unable to pipe audio streams as easily and lack of a global SMPTE code.
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Nintendo

+ - Miyamoto 'Banned' from talking about hobbies->

Submitted by walshy007
walshy007 writes: After Shigeru Miyamoto developed a love of puzzles, the "brain-training" software that has proved to be an international "killer application" on the Nintendo DS console was born. He became interested in taking more exercise, and Wii Fit was created. He took up music lessons, and Wii Music was the result. Now, according to sources at Nintendo, the games designer has been banned by the company from speaking publicly about his hobbies.
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Operating Systems

+ - linux kernel numbering changes->

Submitted by walshy007
walshy007 writes: In a recent thread it was asked what it would take for an "unstable" 2.7 development tree to be created, to which Linus noted replied:

"Nothing. I'm not going back to the old model. The new model is so much better that it's not even worth entertaining as a theory to go back. That said, I _am_ considering changing just the numbering. Not to go back to the old model, but because a constantly increasing minor number leads to big numbers. I'm not all that thrilled with '26' as a number: it's hard to remember. I think the time-based releases (ie the '2 weeks of merge window until -rc1, followed by roughly two months of stabilization') has been so successful that I'd prefer to skip the version numbering model too. We don't do releases based on 'features' any more, so why should we do version _numbering_ based on 'features'?"

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Censorship

+ - Net censorship to be increased in australia->

Submitted by walshy007
walshy007 writes: The Australian communications minister has put a bill forward to include "terrorism and cyber-crime" on it's blacklists as pornographic material is currently. "Under the proposed amendment, Federal Police will inform ACMA of websites to be blocked, and the agency must then notify the relevant internet service providers. ISPs will be required to "take reasonable steps" to prevent users accessing the website or content." "Without warning, the Government, through Senator Coonan, is proposing to provide Federal Police with powers to censor the internet,"
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