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Submission + - Apache CloudStack 4.2.0 released (apache.org) 2

ke4qqq writes: This release represents over six months of work from the Apache CloudStack community with 57 new and 29 improved features being provided. Many new features incorporate contributions from major corporations and support for industry standards. New integrated support of the Cisco UCS compute chassis, LXC, SolidFire storage arrays, and the S3 storage protocol are just a few of the features available in this release.

Submission + - Former Qwest CEO out prison, blames NSA for troubles (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Revelations made by NSA leaker Edward Snowden would have given former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio a fighting chance to beat insider-trading charges that garnered him a 70-month jail term, says Nacchio, who was released this month after serving four and a half years. Had he been able to provide testimony that the government brought the charges in retaliation of Nacchio’s refusal to let Qwest participate in a warrantless surveillance program sought by the NSA without approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court – a program that came to light with the NSA documents Snowden leaked, Nacchio told the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303983904579093173797712780.html

Submission + - Lenovo To Drop Iomega Brand On Joint EMC Products (crn.com)

FrankPoole writes: The Iomega brand name will soon be officially laid to rest. Lenovo and EMC, which jointly own the storage company, will replace the Iomega name on all NAS products with "LenovoEMC." Lenovo and EMC entered into a joint venture last year, with Lenovo buying partial ownership of Iomega. But because the company name is associated with cheap, consumer storage and ZIP drives, Lenovo is giving Iomega the boot.

Submission + - Critical Vulnerabilities found in Call of Duty:MW3, CryEngine 3 (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and CryEngine 3 graphics platform suffer from critical vulnerabilities, two security researchers have revealed. ReVuln security consultants Luigi Auriemma and Donato Ferrante presented results of their research at the Power of Community (POC2012) security conference in Seoul and said that not only hackers but also other online gaming companies can benefit by exploiting these vulnerabilities. The security researchers have revealed that online gaming companies can try and steal a competitor's players or shut down a competitor’s game completely.

Submission + - Ideas on protecting New York from future storms float to surface (nbcnews.com)

SternisheFan writes: By Becky Bratu, NBC News: The killer storm that hit the East Coast last month and left the nation's largest city with a crippled transit system, widespread power outages and severe flooding has resurfaced the debate about how best to protect a city like New York against rising storm surges.
    In a 2011 report called "Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan," NYC's Department of City Planning listed restoring degraded natural waterfront areas, protecting wetlands and building seawalls as some of the strategies to increase the city’s resilience to climate change and sea level rise.
"Hurricane Sandy is a wake-up call to all of us in this city and on Long Island," Malcolm Bowman, professor of physical oceanography at State University of New York at Stony Brook, told NBC News' Richard Engel. "That means designing and building storm-surge barriers like many cities in Europe already have."
    Some of the projects showcased at Rising Currents include: Ways to make the surfaces of the city more absorptive (through porous sidewalks) and more able to deal with water, whether coming from the sea or sky; Parks and freshwater and saltwater wetlands in Lower Manhattan; Artificial islands or reefs (including ones made of recycled glass) to make the shoreline more absorptive and break the waves.

Submission + - Speeding up web applications the easy way

asaywer writes: MIT researchers have come up with a system that aims to speed up web applications that interact with databases. The system works by automatically converting part of the source code into database stored procedures and push them into the database, and can furthermore dynamically switch the amount of source code to be converted based on the current system load. The experiments in their paper shows up to 3 times throughput improvement in database benchmarks. More info can be found in a MIT press release.

My question is, do developers still use stored procedures these days? I thought hosting compiled code on app servers is always going to be more efficient than database stored procedures?

Submission + - Speech Recognition using the Raspberry Pi (aonsquared.co.uk)

aonsquared writes: "In a previous slashdot story I demonstrated a voice-controlled robotic arm using the open-source speech decoder Julius. This time, I have managed to port the system to a Raspberry Pi to control the same robotic arm, and as usual, posted the tutorial and source code. Some negative reviews of the Raspberry Pi are starting to appear, and they're missing the educational point of this device — I'm hoping this will counter the naysayers, and help inspire a new generation of hackers, as well as also bring open-source speech recognition the same attention as proprietary solutions (i.e Siri) are getting!"

Submission + - Are Porn and Games Basically the Same Thing? (ign.com)

silentbrad writes: IGN published an article, today, discussing an editorial from CNN: Pornography and videogames are pretty much the same thing, according to a sensational and terrifying editorial published on CNN today called ‘The Demise of Guys: How Videogames and Porn are Ruining a Generation’. Games and porn are not only equal, they are equally damaging to young men, destroying their ability to connect with women, and therefore threatening the future of our entire species. ... The article, by psychologist Philip G. Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan argues that young men are “hooked on arousal, sacrificing their schoolwork and relationships in the pursuit of getting a tech-based buzz”. ... Zimbardo, has danced this jig before. At the Long Beach TED conference last year he told a delighted audience that “guys are wiping out socially with girls and sexually with women.” He added that young men have been so zombiefied by games and porn that they are unable to function in basic human interactions. “It’s a social awkwardness like a stranger in a foreign land”, he said. “They don’t know what to say. They don’t know what to do.”

Submission + - UK Publisher's Association Accuses British Library Of 'Tawdry Theft' For Support (techdirt.com)

TheGift73 writes: "The UK Publisher's Association seems to be making sure it appears as out of touch and obsolete as possible these days. This is the same group that, a few months ago, announced that fair use would put a "chokehold on innovation" despite the fact that we've got plenty of experience with fair use in the US, and see no such chokehold due to it. The latest is that the Publisher's Association has apparently decided to go on the offensive (and I mean that in multiple ways), attacking all who call for more reasonable copyright laws — including the British Library — as defending "tawdry theft":
[PA chief executive Richard Mollet] attacked organisations such as the Open Rights Group, research councils and the British Library, who he said all to varying degrees wish to erode copyright, and the tactics of lobby groups, who have "the temerity to appropriate the language of freedom of expression as a cloak for their tawdry theft". He said it was "a grotesque attempt to draw moral equivalence between stealing someone's work and the struggle for political representation".
That's pretty funny, since it appears that he (and many others on his side) are the ones who are actually "appropriating" language in a ridiculous way — such as referring to things like the public domain, open access and fair use as "stealing" or "tawdry theft." The thing is, Mollet is coming down on the wrong side of history. People are growing up today with the internet understand the importance of unfettered communication and openness, and they don't buy the mythical story that locking up works is good for anyone. All the Publishers' Association is doing here is guaranteeing that they're seen as obsolete and out of touch for the entire next generation.

But, really, when you stoop so low as to accuse the British Library of supporting theft, you would think that someone, somewhere, would point out to Mollet how ridiculous he looks. However, it does reveal the publisher's true belief: things like libraries are apparently evil copyright abusers. Incredible."

The Military

Submission + - Fire May Leave US Nuclear Sub Damaged Beyond Repair

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "AP reports that a fire that swept through a nuclear-powered submarine in dry dock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has caused such extensive extensive damage to its forward compartments that the 22-year-old Los Angeles class attack submarine might have to be scrapped. "These submarines were designed decades ago. So they're no longer state of the art," says analyst Loren Thompson. "If this vessel returns to service, I will be amazed." The fire broke out while the Miami was on a 20-month stay at the shipyard for an overhaul, and it took firefighters from more than a dozen agencies twelve hours to put out the fire, described as intense, smoky, and a "hot scary mess." "It takes a lot of guts to go into a burning building. But the idea of going into a submarine full of hot toxic smoke — that's real courage," said US Rep. Chellie Pingree after meeting with the shipyard commander. Firefighters isolated the flames so they would not spread to nuclear propulsion spaces at the rear of the submarine. There was nuclear fuel on board the sub, but the reactor has been shut down for two months and was unaffected. Rear Admiral Rick Breckenridge says an investigation has been launched into what caused the fire, but he expects that investigation to take a long time to complete and wouldn't say if human error has been ruled out as a cause of the fire, or if the focus is on mechanical issues."

Submission + - Call for DOJ to reopen Google Wi-Fi spying investigation (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Two U.S. lawmakers have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into Google's snooping on Wi-Fi networks in 2010 after recent questions about the company's level of cooperation with federal inquiries. Representatives Frank Pallone Jr., a New Jersey Democrat, and John Barrow, a Georgia Democrat, called on the DOJ to fully investigate Google's actions for potential violations of federal wiretapping laws. In light of a recently released U.S. Federal Communications Commission report on Wi-Fi snooping by Google Street View cars, the DOJ should take a new look at the company's actions, wrote the lawmakers in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder."

Submission + - Annual Family Healthcare Costs Surge Past $20,000 (forbes.com)

lambourne writes: "The annual Milliman Medical Index (MMI) measures the total cost of healthcare for a typical family of four covered by a preferred provider organization (PPO) plan. The 2012 MMI cost is $20,728, an increase of $1,335, or 6.9% over 2011. The rate of increase is not as high as in the past, but the total dollar increase was still a record. This is the first year the average cost of healthcare for the typical American family of four has surpassed $20,000. Even so, as a family of four, you’re basically buying this baby every year – with a 12 month payment schedule. By 2022, each family of four will have paid the cost equivalent of this model in each of the 10 color choices (over $200,000) – just for healthcare."

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