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Programming

An Open Source Compiler From CUDA To X86-Multicore 71

Gregory Diamos writes "An open source project, Ocelot, has recently released a just-in-time compiler for CUDA, allowing the same programs to be run on NVIDIA GPUs or x86 CPUs and providing an alternative to OpenCL. A description of the compiler was recently posted on the NVIDIA forums. The compiler works by translating GPU instructions to LLVM and then generating native code for any LLVM target. It has been validated against over 100 CUDA applications. All of the code is available under the New BSD license."
Censorship

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.
Debian

FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux 206

dnaumov writes "FreeNAS, a popular, free NAS solution, is moving away from using FreeBSD as its underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers, can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."

Comment Re:Brilliant piece of software (Score 2, Informative) 225

So great, Inkscape SVGs are renderable in Inkscape, and really simple ones will work in Firefox and Opera. Whoopdee-doo.

Just out of curiosity, I opened the native Inkscape (0.47) version of a logo I'm working on in Firefox (Linux, v3.5.5). It rendered beautifully. Same with Opera v9.63. The art has ~50 paths with more than 600 nodes each (largest ones around 3000 nodes each), transparency and blur filter effects, linear color blends and I'm pretty sure I've got a couple of radial blends in there as well. So, what's all this f*cking nonsense about "really simple ones will work in Firefox and Opera?"

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I'd horse whip you, if I only had a horse."
—Groucho Marx

Comment Re:Problem (Score 1) 639

In a proprietary project if your boss says "do this" you either do it or find another job.

No, what's much more common in the proprietary world is that you tell your boss "Say, we really need to fix this code before it costs us customers or becomes a security risk" and your boss replies, "Listen, Ace, as soon as you become CFO you can initiate that little project and go explain to our stockholders why we blew $54 million retasking 1,200 of our people to rewrite something we should have coded properly 10 years ago . But until the time you're named CFO, Ace, the Marketing and Accounting Departments dictate the shots. And they're happy with the new-customer-to-lost-customer ratio. Now, go get me coffee."

Real-world examples:

Microsoft's ActiveX (security experts first pointed out how dangerous it was in a networked environment way back in '94; it remains unfixed 15 years later despite an average of one new major ActiveX exploit-in-the-wild per month since then).

IBM's Lotus Notes (which IBM cheerfully refused to do anything about until 2007 despite it creating an entire cottage industry of Websites chronicling its many failures; finally God Himself intervened and threatened Sam Palmisano with enternal damnation unless he did something about it)

Adobe Creative Suite (which, in each subsequent Windows version, becomes less compatible with SMB and spends more and more CPU cycles attempting to find unauthorized copies of itself on your network and fewer cycles focusing on the task you just gave it.

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Comment Might want to talk to these folks. (Score 1) 438

You might want to forward your question(s) to these folks:

http://wilsonelectronics.com/

I don't have any affiliation with Wilson, and I don't do Internet in the field, but their cellphone amps and antennas have enabled me to establish voice service with cellular towers many miles further away than what I normally could when I'm out doing nature photography in remote parts of the U.S. Southwest. Their gear is also said to be popular with long-haul truckers who need cellular access in remote areas. They may just be able to recommend a setup (typically an amplifier/antennna combo) that will put you in business for terrestrial 2G/3G services. Do note that even with my kit, I still find black holes; they're just not as huge as they would be with a non-amplified phone.

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Linux

Best Backup Server Option For University TV Station? 272

idk07002 writes 'I have been tasked with building an offsite backup server for my university's television station to back up our Final Cut Pro Server and our in-office file server (a Drobo), in case the studio spontaneously combusts. Total capacity between these two systems is ~12TB. Not at all full yet, but we would like the system to have the same capacity so that we can get maximum life out of it. It looks like it would be possible to get rack space somewhere on campus with Gigabit Ethernet and possibly fiber coming into our office. Would a Linux box with rsync work? What is the sweet spot between value and longevity? What solution would you use?'
Transportation

(Near) Constant Internet While RV'ing? 438

Neilio writes "What systems would Slashdotters recommend for staying connected while RV'ing across the US and Canada? While a 3G data plan seems obvious, the intrepid RV'er wants to get remote and into those parts of the coverage map that are usually gray (no coverage). But satellite can be expensive, includes high latency for VoIP and gaming, and requires a clear view of the southern sky. I've come across some intriguing products that use an amplified 2G/3G signal and bridge to WiFi, like WiFi In Motion, and CradlePoint's MBR1000 (I have no affiliation with either). Do folks have any experience with these, or can you recommend another approach (even homebrew)? While I am an electrical engineer by degree, you have to go back a few decades since I last expertly sported a soldering iron, so the less DIY the better. My wife and I now run a web-based business, so nearly daily connectivity is a must, no matter where we are."

Comment Re:Whooopeeeee (Score 1) 331

Not like IBM's "version" of OpenOffice is free. Its proprietary and costs you money...

http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/download/nochargesearch.jsp?cat=&q0=&pf=&k=ALL&pn=&pid=&rs=&S_TACT=104CBW71&status=Active&S_CMP=&b=&sr=1&q=symphony+1.3&ibm-search=Search

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I'd horse whip you, if I only had a horse!
—Groucho Marx

Comment Re:And where exactly is moonlight? (Score 1) 335

Moonlight is always hot on their heels [tirania.org].

I've got Moonlight 1.0.1 installed with Firefox 3.5 on Fedora and so far, I've not been able to find a single Silverlight/Moonlight demo which will work, even when I go to a Moonlight 1.0-specific demo site.

Most things just display that silly "Install Microsoft(R) Silverlight(TM)" button. Other demos don't even get that far.

Impressive. Truly impressive.

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I'd horse whip you, but I don't have a horse!
—Groucho Marx

Businesses

Submission + - Adobe's global customer service lines are down

An anonymous reader writes: Looks like the entire customer service operations at Adobe has grinded to a halt. It seems calls are taking 40 minutes to answer and some don't even get through. Someone in Australia has complained and the press have picked it up. It is a worldwide problem looks like. From the story: "We had some customers waiting for about 40 minutes and some calls couldn't get through," Brett Frazer from Adobe said. How long will this last? Wait for it, Adobe says a whole month which means they'll fix it in August!
Operating Systems

Submission + - London Stock Exchange to abandon Windows for Linux (computerworld.com)

apachetoolbox writes: "The LSE (London Stock Exchange)'s Windows-based TradElect system brought the market to a standstill for almost an entire day. TradElect runs on HP ProLiant servers running, in turn, Windows Server 2003. Since then, the CEO that brought TradElect to the LSE, Clara Furse, has left without saying why she was leaving. Sources in the City-London's equivalent of New York City's Wall Street--say that TradElect's failure was the final straw for her tenure. The new CEO, Xavier Rolet, is reported to have immediately decided to put an end to TradElect. LSE's competition, such as its main rival Chi-X with its MarketPrizm Linux based trading platform software, was able to deliver a high level of performance and in general it was running rings around TradElect."

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