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Submission + - OpenBSD 5.7 Released

An anonymous reader writes: Just as per the schedule, OpenBSD 5.7 was released today, May 1, 2015. The theme of the 5.7 release is "Source Fish". There are some big changes in OpenBSD 5.7. The nginx httpd server removed from base in favor of an internally developed httpd server in 5.7. BIND (named) from base in 5.7 in favor of nsd(8) (authoritative DNS) and unbound(8) (recursive resolver). Packages will exist for BIND and nginx. This version include a new control utility, rcctl(8), for managing daemons/services, USB 3 support and more. See a detailed log of changes between the 5.6 and 5.7 releases for more information. If you already have an OpenBSD 5.6 system, and do not want to reinstall, upgrade instructions and advice can be found in the Upgrade Guide. You can order the 5.7 CD set from the new OpenBSD Store and support the project.

Submission + - How an open standard API could revolutionize banking (opensource.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Open bank data will give us the freedom to access all banks in real time and from a single view, automatically calculating the best deals in complete transparency, which will be a significant step forward for social good and give people more control over their finances. Meanwhile, financial tech incubators, accelerators, and startups are creating a more experienced talent pool of developers ready to act upon these newly available assets.

Submission + - Progress M-27M cargo mission to ISS out of control

quippe writes: Many sources report that the Russian spacecraft, launched successfully from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier Tuesday, is in big trouble now after having a glitch shortly after liftoff. There is a video on youtube (credit: NASA) of the space ship spinning on itself, it doesn't look any good. Current speculation points to a bigger than expected lift by the third-stage, based on the fact that apogee is 20km higher than planned. It seems it is not posing any threat to the ISS at the moment.

Submission + - Timelapse of Endeavour's Final Ride

tippen writes: Fascinating timelapse video of the space shuttle Endeavor's final ride from Kennedy Space Center to LAX, then through 12 miles of city streets to the museum.

Sad to see the end of an era.

Comment Re:Correct (Score 1) 209

Because both ends of the landline call need to be regulated. It has nothing to do with the computer aspect of it.

And aren't all you guys cheering on regulation the same people who would cry murder if they were trying to regulate the Internet?

You are confusing regulation on the content (free speech) with regulation of the transport (access to communication).

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage Suffers Major Outage Over Expired SSL Certificate (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: Microsoft's public cloud storage service suffered a global outage due to a lapsed security certificate.

Beginning around 4 p.m. EST, developers and other Azure customers began being blocked from accessing files.

"Storage is currently experiencing a worldwide outage impacting HTTPS operations (SSL traffic) due to an expired certificate," according to a message on the Windows Azure Service Dashboard that remained posted Friday night. "HTTP traffic is not impacted. We are validating the recovery options before implementing them. Further updates will be published to keep you apprised of the situation. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our customers."

Your Rights Online

Submission + - Whitehouse.gov petition to make cell phone unlocking legal needs 15K petitions (whitehouse.gov)

namalc writes: Recently the Librarian of Congress declared cell phone locking to be illegal for phones sold after Jan 26. Now, a whitehouse.gov petition https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-unlocking-cell-phones-legal is coming close to the number of signatures needed to get a formal response from the Whitehouse.
Crime

Submission + - Wash. state bill allows police to enter gun owners' homes (examiner.com)

Examiner News writes: A new gun control bill sponsored by three Democrats is making its way through Washington state’s legislature. On Tuesday, SB 5737-2013-14 was filed in the state legislature. If passed into law, it would allow local sheriffs to enter the homes of gun owners for regular inspections (more than once a year) on whether firearms are properly stored.

Submission + - Moon Water: Apollo Astronauts Discover Plagioclase

An anonymous reader writes: A new analysis of lunar samples brought back to the Earth by Apollo astronauts in the early 1970s indicates that the moon's interior may have been a little damp in the early days. While this might not be any 'Moon River,' per see, scientists are baffled about the current beliefs for the planet as deposit's left on the moons surface are typically comets, asteroids and other object that bare no moisture. Yet the findings, published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, show mounting evidence that the moon once contained some "native" water.
Transportation

Submission + - Bombardier to test electric buses that charge wirelessly (www.cbc.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: Bombardier's electric transit technology will be tested next winter on buses in Montreal, followed in early 2014 on a route in the German city of Mannheim. The transportation giant's Primove technology is designed to allow buses to be charged by underground induction stations when they stop to let passengers hop on and off.

(This technology while impressive may not make it to the U.S. even if proven successful due to the lack of popularity of public transportation is still impressive. If they could only get my phone to charge wirelessly.) ZU

Facebook

Submission + - Facebook Lets Users Pay To Promote Friends' Posts (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: "This fall, Facebook introduced the concept of "promoted posts" — posts that you could pay (generally small amounts, starting at under $10) to ensure that more people of your followers saw more often. Now, if you're feeling generous, you can promote your friends' posts as well. Facebook offers some semi-plausible reasons why you might want to do this (if your friend is raising funds for a charity marathon, say, or looking for a new roommate). Perhaps a more likely reason for the move came in Facebook's recent report to the SEC, in which it says revenues it's collected from the promoted posts program "have not been material.""
Government

Submission + - President Obama Calls For New 'Space Race' Funding (theverge.com)

dmfinn writes: While his union address covered a wide range of topics, President Obama made sure not to skip over the U.S.'s space program. The talking point was nearly identical to the one he gave in 2009, in which he called for space R&D spending to be increased past the levels seen during the the original cold war space race. Now, 4 years after that speach, it appears things have gone the opposite way. Since 2009 NASA has seen some serious cuts. Not only has the space-shuttle program been deactivated, but the agency was forced to endure harsh funding cuts during the presidents latter term. Despite an ominous history, it now seems that Obama is back on the space objective, pushing congress to increase non-defensive R&D spending to 3% of the U.S. GDP. It's important to keep in mind that not all of this money goes directly to space related programs, though under the proposed budget the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Laboratories will have their budgets doubled.There will also be an increase in tax credits towards companies and organizations working on these R&D projects.

Should the U.S. go back to its 'Let's put a man on the moon" ideology, or is the federal government fighting an uphill battle against newly emerging private space expeditions? Either way, the question remains whether or not Obama will act on any of the propositions.

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