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License Details Hint MS Undecided On Suing Users of Its Open Source Net Runtime 170

Posted by timothy
from the full-of-shift dept.
ciaran2014 writes With Microsoft proudly declaring its .NET runtime open source, a colleague and I decided to look at the licensing aspects. One part, the MIT licence, is straightforward, but there's also a patent promise. The first two-thirds of the first sentence seems to announce good news about Microsoft not suing people. Then the conditions begin. It seems Microsoft can't yet bring itself to release something as free software without retaining a patent threat to limit how those freedoms can be exercised. Overall, we found 4 Shifty Details About Microsoft's "Open Source" .NET.

+ - Reconnaissance trojan targeted Middle East energy sector this year->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Symantec identified a two-month campaign against global energy firms, with 'a focus on the Middle East' between January and February of this year. The attackers use the Laziok trojan to initiate the attack (once launched from an infected email attachment in an unpatched Windows environment), after which bespoke versions of the Trojan.Zbot and Backdoor.Cyberat infections are downloaded to the victim to carry out the exfiltration. Despite this the campaign is characterized by Symantec as not 'particularly advanced' — but a good example of the potential effectiveness of relatively low-level end-users employing tools from the malware marketplace."
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+ - IBM brings IoT-based weather analytics into critical business systems->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "IBM is collaborating with The Weather Company (owner of The Weather Channel) to migrate the latter's IoT-based meteorological data from 100,000 sensors into the IBM cloud, where AI engine Watson will seek to derive new exploitable business insights. In one example of the possibilities of the new business-integrated analytics system, the announcement [http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/46446.wss] suggests that insurance companies could send out timely alerts to customers to warn of hail damage, which costs $1 billion annually; or that retailers could use temperature fluctuations to control their staffing levels and inventory flow."
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+ - MS undecided on suing users of its open source .NET

Submitted by ciaran2014
ciaran2014 (3815793) writes "With Microsoft proudly declaring its .NET runtime open source, a collegue and I decided to look at the licensing aspects. One part, the MIT licence, is straight forward, but there's also a patent promise. The first two-thirds of the first sentence seems to announce good news about Microsoft not suing people. Then the conditions begin. It seems Microsoft can't yet bring itself to release something as free software without retaining a patent threat to limit how those freedoms can be exercised. Overall, we found 4 Shifty Details About Microsoft's "Open Source" .NET."

+ - Neo: A new 64-bit processor core architecture eyeing up exascale computing->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "“Caches and virtual memory as they are currently implemented are some of the worst design decisions that have ever been made. A lot of people are thinking about the HPC problem incorrectly. Caches are great when you’re thinking of things from a pure memory and latency point, but as time went on, so many extra features were layered into the cache systems, especially virtual memory, that while making the programmers lives easier (especially before compilers), it added a lot of new inefficiencies.”

RexArchitectureNeo is a 256 core MIMD processor that will offer 256 gigaflops at double precision, 512 for single precision that is able to multitask remarkably well. The concept is that for every cycle, there is an ALU operation, a double-precision floating operation, a load store from the local memory to registers (or vice versa) and a DMA operation—all happening at once to push the pipeline."

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+ - SPAM: Facebook to launch social network by The Corliss Group Latest Tech Review

Submitted by benheinig123
benheinig123 (3631777) writes "Facebook is launching a social network for cyber security professionals to share information about threats that could lead to cyber attacks, as the US government and companies search for new ways to co-ordinate their defences.

The world’s largest social network is stepping up its work in cyber security by teaming with other technology companies including Yahoo and online scrapbooking site Pinterest. The platform will enable companies to share clues about how hackers are behaving in the hope of preventing security breaches.

As cyber attacks hit companies from Sony Pictures to health insurer Anthem, the private and public sector are under pressure to work together to understand their adversaries. Hackers join forces and share tips to break into networks but so far, communication about cyber defence has often been haphazard.

Mark Hammel, Facebook’s manager of threat infrastructure, said ThreatExchange had been developed from a system that Facebook was already using internally to make it easier to catalogue threats to the site in real time."

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+ - US Museums Outnumber Starbucks And McDonald's Combined->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Washington Post reports, "There are roughly 11,000 Starbucks locations in the United States, and about 14,000 McDonald's restaurants. But combined, the two chains don't come close to the number of museums in the U.S., which stands at a whopping 35,000. So says the latest data release from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent government agency that tallies the number and type of museums in this country. By their count the 35,000 active museums represent a doubling from the number estimated in the 1990s.""
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+ - 1,000 year old eye salve recipe kills golden staph->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Scientist at the Univeristy of Nottingham use a recipe from an ancient medical text to successfully kill the golden staph bacteria. Bald's Leechbook calls for leeks, garlic, brass, wine and other ingredients to create an eye salve for curing an infected eyelash. The salve has been found to be effective in killing the superbug staphylococcus aureusat at least as well any modern remedy."
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+ - No Film at 11: The Case for the Less-Video-Is-More MOOC

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "In Why My MOOC is Not Built on Video, GWU's Lorena Barba explains why the Practical Numerical Methods with Python course she and colleagues put together has but one video: "Why didn’t we have more video? The short answer is budget and time: making good-quality videos is expensive & making simple yet effective educational videos is time consuming, if not necessarily costly. #NumericalMOOC was created on-the-fly, with little budget. But here’s my point: expensive, high-production-value videos are not necessary to achieve a quality learning experience." When the cost of producing a MOOC can exceed $100,000 per course, Barba suggests educators pay heed to Donald Bligh's 1971 observation that "dazzling presentations do not necessarily result in learning." So what would Barba do? "We designed the central learning experience [of #NumericalMOOC] around a set of IPython Notebooks," she explains, "and meaningful yet achievable mini-projects for students. I guarantee learning results to any student that fully engages with these!""

+ - User resignation from an IT perspective 1

Submitted by recaptcha
recaptcha (4064357) writes "Today one of my fellow workers has announced he has found another job and will be leaving our company in two weeks' time. This is all above board and there is no disgruntled employee scenario here; he is simply working through his notice period and finishing up some jobs. I have already set some fileserver folders to Read-Only for him and taken a backup of his mailbox in case he empties it on the last day. Which best practices do you follow that will prevent a resigning user from causing any damage (deliberately or not) in these last days of employment before his account is disabled?"

+ - X-37B to fly again

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The May 6 Atlas 5 launch will carry one of the Air Force’s two X-37B mini-shuttles on a new mission in space.

The Air Force won’t yet confirm which of the Boeing-built spaceplanes will be making the voyage. The first craft returned in October from a 675-day mission in space following a 224 day trek in 2010. OTV No. 2 spent 469 days in space in 2011-2012 on its only mission so far. “The program selects the Orbital Test Vehicle for each activity based upon the experiment objectives,” said Capt. Chris Hoyler, an Air Force spokesperson. “Each OTV mission builds upon previous on-orbit demonstrations and expands the test envelope of the vehicle. The test mission furthers the development of the concept of operations for reusable space vehicles.”

There are indications that the Air Force wants to attempt landing the shuttle at Kennedy this time."

+ - Microsoft Rolls Out Project Spartan With New Windows 10 Build->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Today Microsoft released a new Technical Preview build for Windows 10. Its most notable addition is Microsoft's new browser: Project Spartan. In a brief post explaining the basics of the browser, the company says it includes their personal assistant software, Cortana, as well as "inking" support, which lets you write or type on the webpage you're viewing. But the biggest change, of course is the new rendering engine. The "suggestion box" page for Project Spartan is already filling up with requests from customers, including one for Trident/EdgeHTML to be released as open source."
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+ - Bitcoin in China still chugging along, a year after clampdown->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "A year after China began tightening regulations around Bitcoin, the virtual currency is still thriving in the country, albeit on the fringes, according to its largest exchange. Bitcoin prices may have declined, but Chinese buyers are still trading the currency in high volumes with the help of BTC China, an exchange that witnessed the boom days back in 2013, only to see the bust following the Chinese government's announcement, in December of that year, that banks would be banned from trading in bitcoin."
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+ - IT Jobs with the Best (and Worst) ROI->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Over at Dice, there's a breakdown of which tech jobs have the greatest return on investment, with regard to high starting salaries and growth potential relative to how much you need to spend on degrees and certifications. Which jobs top this particular calculation? No shockers here: DBAs, software engineers, programmers, and Web developers all head up the list, with salaries that tick into six-figure territory. How about those with the worst ROI? Graphic designers, sysadmins, tech support, and software QA testers often present a less-than-great combination of relatively little money and room for advancement, even if you possess a four-year degree or higher, unless you're one of the lucky few."
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