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Submission + - Meltdown at Wikipedia (wordpress.com)

Andreas Kolbe writes: As Wikipedia is about to turn 15 years old, relations between the volunteer community and the Wikimedia Foundation board have reached a new nadir. First, Dr James Heilman, an immensely popular volunteer noted for his energetic efforts to make Wikipedia's medical articles more trustworthy, was expelled from the board, causing wide-spread protests. Then it transpired that Wikimedia is working on a secretive "Knowledge Engine" project funded by a restricted grant from the Knight Foundation, leading to calls for more transparency about the project. Lastly, a few days ago the board announced the appointment of Arnnon Geshuri, former Senior Director of HR and Staffing at Google, to the Wikimedia board, provoking a further loss of confidence. The volunteers are pointing to Geshuri's past involvement in anticompetitive hiring agreements at Google, which led to a class-action lawsuit resulting in a $415 million settlement. They want Geshuri gone.

Comment Re:Port to Mono (Score 2) 97

Truth be told, that 7x speedup was only in a part where they rewrote their autogenerated C# code to use some special construct that only exists in C# but not in Dalvik/Java. On a micro benchmark of that particular part they got a 7x speedup.

Basically they found a special case where the C# compiler knows a trick that Java doesn't do, then pointed out such a case exists in AOSP and tweaked that source code file.

Comment Re:SUICIDE not good enough... (Score 2, Informative) 260

A format is not enough. You have to do a ATA Secure Erase to be really sure. But, a format or full empty space overwrite should make sure somebody will have to disassemble the drive to actually get to the data remnants. Since the visible virtualized drive part will of course remain empty, else the 'contract' of storage would be broken.

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Submission + - [Videos] Linaro engineers talk about the status of Linux on ARM (armdevices.net) 2

Charbax writes: "Some of the worlds best developers work at Linaro optimizing the future of Linux on ARM. In this 4-hour video series several of them describe software solutions for the upcoming ARM big.LITTLE architecture (ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7), demonstrate how Linaro Android 4.0.4 runs twice as fast as stock Android 4.0.4 on the TI OMAP4430 Pandaboard, talk about the future of Android, unify the ARM bootloader, combine multiple ARM SoCs into one Linux Kernel for ARM. Canonical works to support ARM Servers, Mark Shuttleworth talks about the opportunity that ARM constitutes for Ubuntu on Laptops and Servers. The CTO of Linaro talks about the next billions of ARM Powered devices that they are working to optimize Linux for."

Comment Vitamin D (Score 1) 240

It doesn't appear learning hurts the development, as much as the diminished amount of exposure to the sun when you keep people indoors. Low vitamin D gives all kinds of odd immune problems, muscle problems, hormone problems, brain problems, as it is needed for a lot of biological activity.

We need to ask manufacturers to make their devices outdoor proof.

Comment Re:Yo dawg, (Score 1) 393

I vaguely remember somebody writing a text only X11 frontend driver for the console. I can't seem to find it though. It think it would emulate the display of a virtual framebuffer via AAlib by displaying characters that approximate the pixels.

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