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Submission + - Gitchain: Where Git Meets Bitcoin

rjmarvin writes: A New crowdfunding project is combining the collaborative coding of GitHub with the distributed cloud storage of Bitcoin to create Gitchain, an application that acts as a local proxy for a network of decentralized, peer-to-peer Git repositories Canadian developer Yurii Rashkovskii came up with the idea of applying the decentralized storage of the Bitcoin blockchain to Git hosting, and he started a Kickstarter project to fund it, which has just about hit its $10,000 goal. By storing Git metadata across the DHT (distributed hash table) popularized by Bitcoin and BitTorrent, he aims to store data on every node of the Gitchain network to ensure Git code redundancy.

Submission + - Microsoft Open-Sources ASP.NET on GitHub

rjmarvin writes: Hell hath frozen over. Microsoft has released the source code for its ASP.NET server-side Web application framework, hosted freely on GitHub This release marks the first major Microsoft platform to see the light of day, but Microsoft's open-source stance has been softening for years, most recently with the open-sourcing of the Roslyn C# compiler at Build 2014, and Monday's announcement on ASP.NET vNEXT as an open-source project under the banner of the .NET Foundation, Microsoft's newly announced organization driving its open-source ecosystem ASP.NEt is open source under the Apache 2.0 license.

Submission + - Apple Is Working On A JavaScript Accelerator Codenamed FTLJIT

rjmarvin writes: An upgrade to Safari's JavaScriptCore engine is integrating the LLVM compiler to speed up Javascript performance The revamped JavaScript engine, codenamed FTLJIT (Fourth Tier LLVM Just-In-Time,) invokes the LLVM infrastructure to compile JavaScript code rather than generating code directly from the DFG IR. FTLJIT is not yet enabled, but Apple has made it available by default as an OS X port for WebKit

Submission + - Microsoft Announces Visual Studio Support For Apache Cordova, More At TechEd

rjmarvin writes: Microsoft announced support for the Apache Cordova cross-device development platform in Visual Studio, open APIs for Visual Studio Online, a preview of the next .NET framework, changes to ASP.NEt and a preview of Azure Files at its TechEd 2014 conference The announcements were part of Microsoft's "Mobile First, Cloud First" message. The Cordova integration ill allow developments to create JavaScript or TypeScript apps.

Submission + - SEC Issues Bitcoin Advisory Warning

rjmarvin writes: Virtual currency was one of the North American Securities Administrators Association's Top 10 threats to investors in 2013, and now the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is finally voicing its concerns The SEC isn’t saying to avoid cryptocurrencies altogether, but it's advising investors to tread carefully. If the concerns still don’t outweigh an investor’s desire to invest, the SEC says to watch out for potential warning signs of fraud such as “guaranteed” high investment returns, unsolicited offers, unlicensed sellers, no net worth or income requirements, “sounds too good to be true,” or pressure to buy right now.“Before making any investment, carefully read any materials you are given and verify the truth of every statement you are told about the investment,” the report states.

Submission + - Oracle Engineers Write Official Proposal For Value Types In JVM And Java

rjmarvin writes: Oracle engineers have submitted a formal thesis of proposed enhancements to the Java Virtual Machine and Java language to support small, immutable value types Oracle Java language architect Brian Goetz, consulting engineer John Rose and Oracle Labs software architect Guy Steele publicized the first draft of their “State of the Values” proposal describing their overall approach to adding value types or user-defined primitives to the JVM instruction set. The engineers view value types as a way to build new value-based data structures integrated into the JVM that could enable Java support for features such as numerics, algebraic and native data types, tuples, cursors and flattening.

Submission + - Canonical Halts Ubuntu For Android Development 1

rjmarvin writes: In a since-removed bug report on Launchpad, Ubuntu’s issue tracker, Canonical’s Matthew Paul Thomas stated that Ubuntu for Android is no longer in active development. In a statement, Canonical stated that while the project is not completely dead, Canonical is currently focusing on pushing Ubuntu for Phones. The company is open to working with partners on Ubuntu for Android, but will not proceed with further U4A development unless they can form a partnership with an OEM partner to launch it.The Ubuntu for Android project was first announced in early 2012.

Submission + - Docker Forms Governance Advisory Board With Google, IBM, Rackspace & Red Hat

rjmarvin writes: Docker announced today the formation of the Docker Governance Advisory Board . The board will function as a tool for feedback from the communities that use Docker, but will not have any actual control over the project itself .The idea is to model the Docker governance process after that of the Linux kernel, according to Docker SVP of product Scott Johnston. Three seats of the 15-member advisory board will go to the top Docker project contributors including project creator Solomon Hykes. As for the other seats, Johnson told SD Times that Google, IBM, Rackspace and Red Hat have all heavily invested their internal use of Docker. The Docker Governance Advisory Board members will be formally announced at the first Docker Conference, which takes place in San Francisco, June 9-10.

Submission + - MIT Bitcoin Project To Create Cryptocurrency Ecosystem, Give $100 Per Student

rjmarvin writes: Two MIT students have raised $500 million to turn the campus into a cryptocurrency ecoystem , giving each MIT undergrad $100 in Bitcoin (or about 0.22 Bitcoins) starting next Fall. The MIT Bitcoin Project will make MIT the first physical location worldwide with widespread access to the digital currency. As of yet, there are no regulations governing how the students can use it.

Submission + - Nokia's Indian Factory Will Not Be Part Of Microsoft Deal, Due To Tax Dispute

rjmarvin writes: Nokia’s Chennai, India factory, its largest manufacturing center worldwide, will not be part of Microsoft’s Devices and Services acquisition set to close on Friday, due to an tax dispute in India. According to Reuters , Nokia will operate the factory under a service contract for Microsoft until the dispute is resolved. Before it transfers the factory to Microsoft, Nokia must agree to the conditions set by the Indian court. The final terms of the tax settlement have not yet been reached, but the initial tax bill levied by the Indian government , consisting of eight years of back taxes and penalties, was for $3.4 billion.

Submission + - Algoraves: Dancing To Live Coded Music

rjmarvin writes: Algoraves, or algorithmic raves--an offshoot of a type of improvised algorithmic composition known as live coding--are a growing movement among both programmers and musicians. Over the past few years across western Europe and in places like Mexico, Australia, Japan and Canada, live-coded performances have given electronic artists and bands a way to break through the stand-around DJ culture of today’s electronic music in live, messy fashion. Live coders write code on the fly, often in a custom programming environment, projecting their screen for the audience to see and making them active, dancing participants in the performance.

Submission + - Heartbleed Proves We Need A Change In How We Use Open Source

rjmarvin writes: Heartbleed isn't real problem. The problem is how we currently view and deploy open-source and outsourced code We need to start reviewing open-source software the same way any organization would review an outsourced software build. You would think that an organization would never take freshly coded modules from a vendor and just throw them into an application without thoroughly testing their functional and structural quality. But it happens all the time, and it’s the main reason we didn’t catch Heartbleed until it was too late. This bug has taught us that we can no longer trust that every line of code on the Web has been combed over and tested by the development community. No one else is going to ensure your software’s structural quality.

Submission + - Google's Project Tango And NASA Are Building Self-Aware Space Robots

rjmarvin writes: Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) team has been working with NASA since the summer of 2013 to integrate the Project Tango 3D mapping technology into an autonomous robot that moves in zero gravity The ATAP team is working with NASA’s Ames Research Center to integrate a prototype of Project Tango onto NASA’s SPHERES robotic platform at the International Space Station, which could act as a robotic assistant for astronauts or perform independent maintenance tasks. The ATAP team officially announced yesterday that Project Tango is prepping for a launch into space this summer after a successful zero-gravity test flight at NASA’s Houston facility.

Submission + - Privacy-Conscious Google Glass App Identifies Surveillance Cameras 1

rjmarvin writes: Dutch developer Sander Veenhof, creator of a third-party augmented reality add-on for Google Glass, believes the most effective solution to combat privacy concerns is to turn Glass into a privacy radar Watch Your Privacy, a browser add-on that works as part of the Layar augmented reality app for Google Glass, alerts the wearer to privacy threats by projecting green “safe” zones and red “unsafe” zones based on OpenStreetMap data of surveillance cameras and tracking technology in the vicinity.The app also registers real-time location data to identify any "Glassholes" watching you.

Submission + - Princeton Students Develop Open Source Voice Control Platform For Any Device

rjmarvin writes: Two Princeton computer science students have created an open source platform for developing voice-controlled applications that unlike other voice-control software like Siri or Cortana, are always on. Created by Shubhro Saha and Charlie Marsh, Jasper runs on Raspberry Pi hardware with Raspbian software, using a collection of open source libraries to make up a development platform for building voice-controlled applications. Marsh and Saha demonstrate Jasper's capability to perform Internet searches, update social media and control music players such as Spotify as just some of the modules developers could build using Jasper's Developer API.

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