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Submission + - HTML5 used for new, dynamic Transport for London website (v3.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Transport for London (TfL) which oversees the smooth (sometimes) running of the entire London transport network has unveiled plans to build a new website based entirely on HTML5 so it can meet the needs of mobile commuters on any device. It will also be ditching Microsoft's Bing Maps for Google's services in the process.

Submission + - Aurora Attackers Were Looking for Google's Surveillance Database

An anonymous reader writes: When in early 2010 Google shared with the public that they had been breached in what became known as the Aurora attacks, they said that the attackers got their hands on some source code and were looking to access Gmail accounts of Tibetan activists. What they didn't make public is that the hackers have also accessed a database containing information about court-issued surveillance orders that enabled law enforcement agencies to monitor email accounts belonging to diplomats, suspected spies and terrorists. Whether this was the primary goal of the attacks as well as how much information was exfiltrated is unknown. current and former U.S. government officials interviewed by the Washington Post say that the database in question was possibly accessed in order to discover which Chinese intelligence operatives located in the U.S. were under surveillance.

Submission + - Stem-Cell Treatment Restores Blind Man's Sight (medicaldaily.com)

ewolfson writes: A blind man has received the gift of sight, thanks to an innovative stem-cell treatment. The treatment, which was part of a trial examining the safety of using human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), has restored the man's vision enough for him to pass any standard vision test for a driver's license.

"There's a guy walking around who was blind, but now can see," said Gary Rabin of Advance Cell Technology (ACT) . "With that sort of vision, you can get a driver's license."

This news comes on the heels of the announcement last week that U.S. scientists have successfully cloned human embryos to make stem cells, a development that has reignited the debate surrounding human cloning and the morality of experimentation with stem-cells.

Submission + - Hypervisor or Bare Metal 1

Hunabka writes: I’ve been tasked to re-provision old hardware for an off-site file server. The machine has 2X Xeon E5440 CPUs, 12GB of memory, and 7 Disk Raid 5 with 1 Hot Spare, no warranty. This client does not have any IT staff at the remote location, any hardware issues will require additional cost for support. The plan is to install Server 2012 and enable DFS for the remote office file storage.

My question is: Do I install Server 2012 on the Bare Metal or install a hypervisor (VMware ESXi) Then 2012? Other options or ideas?

Problems with VMware: Our monitoring agent does not support ESXi and it does not look like the ESXi (Free version) supports SNMP monitoring. Although I do get hardware status just no emailing of errors.

Problems with Bare Metal: If anything does go wrong and on-site visit will require physical support staff.

Submission + - EU to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants (blakkened.com)

NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes: A new law proposed by the European Commission would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted” by a new EU bureaucracy named the “EU Plant Variety Agency.”

It’s called the Plant Reproductive Material Law, and it attempts to put the government in charge of virtually all plants and seeds. Home gardeners who grow their own plants from non-regulated seeds would be considered criminals under this law.

As you might suspect, this move is the “final solution” of Monsanto, DuPont and other seed-domination corporations who have long admitted their goal is the complete domination of all seeds and crops grown on the planet.

Submission + - Baroness Thatcher; Britain's first female prime minister dies (telegraph.co.uk)

NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes: Today Baroness Thatcher dies; you can read part of the story from the telegraph in the following link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/margaret-thatcher/9978844/Margaret-Thatcher-dies-live.html

As and ex-special forces solider fighting in the Falklands; she did treat us well after we returned. There will be some people on slashdot with connections in the UK and abroad that will hate her for what she was and still have ill feelings.

Please do not let this get in the way of a remarkable woman who was truly only kicked out of office as she was against the european common market which has evolved into the United States of Europe (EU) or 4th Riech as some of us now call it!

Politics

Submission + - The Last Letter (truthdig.com)

NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes: To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From: Tomas Young I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care. I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries.
Microsoft

Submission + - Squeezing More Power and Efficiency From Microsoft's Cloud (datacenterknowledge.com)

1sockchuck writes: After you’ve built one of the most efficient data centers on earth, how do you make it even better? One refinement at a time, as Microsoft has found in its data center in Dublin, the primary hub that powers the company’s online services throughout Europe. Since 2009, the company has boosted server density while improving its PUE (a key measure of energy efficiency) in Dublin. It's found that it can rely entirely on fresh air to cool its servers, and has disconnected mechanical cooling systems held in reserve for hot weather. The refinements get as esoteric as switching from black cabinets to white ones, which reflect light better and can reduce the amount of overhead lighting required in the $500 million data center.
Ubuntu

Submission + - Chinese open source community is brought into the global Ubuntu community (canonical.com)

GovCheese writes: Canonical, the software company that manages and funds Ubuntu, announced that the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will base their national reference architecture for standard operating systems on Ubuntu, and they will call it Kylin. Arguably China is the largest desktop market and the announcement has important implications. Shuttleworth's phrasing of, “The release of Ubuntu Kylin brings the Chinese open source community into the global Ubuntu community,” will irk many who already feel Shuttleworth controversial, but the partnership further cements Ubuntu as an open-source influencer. This is a win for Ubuntu. Is it a win for the open-source community?
The Military

Submission + - British military drops US pistol for Austrian gun (spacedaily.com) 1

Emma Fernandez writes: "Britain's military is changing its standard-issue pistol to the Austrian-made Glock from the US-built Browning it has used for 40 years, with troops in Afghanistan to get them first, officials said Friday.

The defence ministry said it had awarded the 9-million Pounds ($14-million, 11-million-euro) contract to Glock because the sidearms are lighter, more accurate and can carry more bullets than the Browning.

"We are determined to provide our troops with the best possible personal kit available and these new Glock 17s will give them greater firepower and accuracy on operations," defence equipment minister Philip Dunne said."

Privacy

Submission + - Twitter-shaming can cost you your job - whether you're giving or receiving (infoworld.com)

tsamsoniw writes: "Hoping to strike a blow against sexism in the tech industry, developer and tech evangelist Adria Richards took to Twitter to complain about two male developers swapping purportedly offensive jokes at PyCon. The decision has set into motion a chain of events that illustrate the impact a tweet or two can make in this age of social networking: One the developers and Richards have since lost their jobs, and even the chair of PyCon has been harassed for his minor role in the incident."

Submission + - Retro Database Making a Comeback? (visualstudiomagazine.com)

the_insult_dog writes: "Remember when your primary software suite consisted of WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3 and dBASE III (and you coded while listening to Wham! and Foreigner)? Well, the pioneering database, after almost dying in the new world of SQL and Microsoft, has undergone many changes of ownership since then, but a new company has acquired the rights and just released dBASE PLUS 8. The company claims "millions of software developers" are still using it."

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