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Submission + - OpenWrt Fork Promises Greater Openness (

DeviceGuru writes: The ubiquitous, router-oriented, lightweight OpenWRT embedded Linux distribution is being forked by some of OpenWRT's core developers into a new Linux Embedded Development Environment (LEDE) distribution. The new distro's goal is to provide greater transparency, inclusiveness, and decentralization than the current OpenWrt project. The LEDE project is billed as both a 'reboot' and 'spinoff' distro that will make it 'easy for developers, system administrators, or other Linux enthusiasts to build and customize software for embedded devices, especially wireless routers,' according to the group. The ELEC announcement, which was signed by Jo-Philipp Wich and six other former OpenWrt core members, claims that LEDE represents a significant share of the most active members of the OpenWrt community.

Submission + - GoPro footage gives you a rocket's-eye view of spaceflight (

Eloking writes: Action cameras have been strapped to dogs, chainsaw-wielding drones and everything in between, but there's a new benchmark for homegrown heroes and their action-cam videos courtesy of UP Aerospace. Having strapped a GoPro HERO 4 to the outside of its SpaceLoft-10 sounding rocket, the company launched it into the thermosphere, gathering some footage that's simply out of this world along the way.

Submission + - Unity 8 and Snaps Are Conquering the Ubuntu Desktop After Ubuntu 16.10

prisoninmate writes: Today is the last day of the Ubuntu Online Summit 2016, and the Ubuntu developers discussed the future of the Ubuntu Desktop for Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) and beyond, and it looks like Snaps (Snappy) and Unity 8 with Mir are slowly conquering the Ubuntu Desktop, at least according to Canonical's Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Manager. Work has already begun on pushing these new and modern technologies to the Ubuntu Desktop, as Ubuntu 16.04 LTS has just received support for installing Snaps from the Ubuntu Snappy Store. Canonical's Will Cooke has mentioned the fact that the Unity 7 desktop enters its twilight years, which means that it gets fewer features and it's being reduced to only critical and OEM work. This is because Unity 8 desktop is getting all the attention now, and it will become the default desktop session somewhere after Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak).

Submission + - Open Standards, Move Over (

Andy Updegrove writes: While it's not been widely recognized or reported, open source foundations are taking over the role that open standards consortia used to play. But an analysis of what the press does write about confirms that transition. Over the last two years, the number of stores focusing on open standards has been dropping, while those reporting on open source have dramatically increased. Meanwhile, the number of launch announcements of new standards consortia has dropped in rough proportion to the increase in the number of stories reporting on the launch of new, significantly funded open source foundations. The explanation is that the top IT companies are increasingly opting to use open source software to solve problems that they used to address with open standards. The reasons are many and obvious: time to market is faster, interoperability is often more easily obtainable, development economies are dramatic, and the number of standards ultimately needed is far less.

Submission + - Theranos founder to be banned from industry for 2 years

supernova87a writes: After technology of the blood-testing startup company Theranos was found to be nearly completely failing to perform as advertised, the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services is proposing banning its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, completely from the industry for 2 years.

"...Federal health regulators have proposed banning Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes from the blood-testing business for at least two years after concluding that the company failed to fix what regulators have called major problems at its laboratory in California.

It's quite a fall from the hotshot startup the Silicon Valley VC world thought it to be.

Submission + - President Obama to Get Advance Episodes of Game of Thrones writes: James Hibberd reports at EW that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have confirmed that Barack Obama wanted – and will get – episodes of their ultra-secret show ahead of their debut on HBO. “When the commander-in-chief says, ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you gonna do?” says Benioff. HBO is remaining mum on the subject, but if Obama gets advanced copies, he’s the only person outside of HBO to do so. In an unprecedented move, HBO decided not to send any screeners to journalists or industry insiders. The move was to maintain the secrecy of the show’s season 6 storylines, which are expanding beyond the scope of author George R.R. Martin’s novels for the first time. Obama has said that GOT is one of his favorite shows and has expressed concern about the fate of the Night’s Watch Lord Commander. “Three weeks ago, I was the in the company of the President of the United States. He turned to me, put his hand on my shoulder, and said, ‘You didn’t kill Jon Snow did you?’” said GOT director David Nutter: Nutter's reply: “‘Jon Snow is deader than dead.” Obama also revealed that like many of us, he has trouble keeping track of the names of the many characters. Asked which character he most identifies with, Obama said he related to "the dwarf...what's his name?"

Submission + - Are IT Support Staff Going the Way of the Dinosaur? (

skinfaxi writes: Yesterday I heard Neal Conan interviewing Farhad Manjoo on "Talk of the Nation" regarding "A Look Ahead At The Future Of Tech." Among other things, Manjoo said "I feel bad for ... IT people in general because, you know, the office IT person, the person who would help you with your technology, I think that role is, sort of, going away..." because, BYOT+ Google. Do you agree? Are offices going all BYOT? Is Google going to save you when your computer is trashed by malware?

Submission + - Quality is Surprisingly Variable at Cloud Companies (

An anonymous reader writes: InfoWorld went to Amazon's EC2, booted up 36 different machines, and ran some benchmarks. Were the results identical? No and some were so different that the article calls one machine a "lemon". I thought the cloud was supposed to be built of a vast array of identical machines like the clone army in "Star Wars".

Submission + - Video poker bug reaped rewards for player and CFAA charge (

JoeyRox writes: Over the course of playing $12 million worth of video poker, Las Vegas resident John Kane stumbled onto a firmware bug in IGT's "Game King" machines that allowed him to cash out for 10x the amount of his winnings. John and friend took advantage of the vulnerability to the tune of $429,945. John's friend was arrested by U.S. marshals and charged with violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, but a federal magistrate ruled that the law doesn't apply and recommended dismissal. The case is currently being argued in a U.S. District Court.

Submission + - ESEA League Stuffed Bitcoin Mining Code inside Client Software (

hypnosec writes: E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) League has admitted to embedding Bitcoin mining code inside league’s client software. What began as an April fool’s day joke, the code ended up mining as many as 29 Bitcoins worth over $3700 for ESEA league in a span of two weeks. According to Eric Thunberg, one of the League's administrators, the mining code was included as early as April and tests were run for a few days after which they "decided it wasn't worth the potential drama, and pulled the plug, or so we thought." The code was discovered by users after they noticed that their GPUs were working away with unusual high loads over the past two weeks. After users started posting on the ESEA forums about discovery of the Bitcoin mining code, Thunberg admitted to existence of a problem – a server restart for "a setting getting changed which enables it for all idle users."

Submission + - Most Startups are Turds 1

theodp writes: If you're thinking of joining a startup, make sure you do your due diligence. 'Most tech jobs at startups are shit,' warns Ardit Bajraktari. 'There is a lot of demand for engineers in general, but what is offered to them is usually poor and unstable environments, long and unreasonable working hours and no job security/financial safety.' Ardit's advice? 'You can learn more by being in a company that offers reasonable hours while you can have a side project. An open source project, a small app, something your parents can use, anything that you either enjoy, try to make it big, or just make the world a better place. You will never have the time to do that if you work on most startups out there.' Remember, all programming and no play can make Jack an insane boy.

Submission + - Android 4.0 Tablet Selling Under £100 in UK (

YokimaSun writes: Today Android News has posted details of the first 10inch Android Tablet running 4.0 of Googles OS in the UK for less than £100. With a Vimicro 1.2GHz Frequency processor , 4G NandFlash HDD , 1GB DDR3 RAM & 2D/3D Graphics Hardware Acceleration it may not be a genuine rival for the iPad but at a quarter of the price of an iPad 2 would you consider it?

Submission + - IT price hike inquiry kicks off: Submissions wanted (

wirelessduck writes: After some recent complaints from a Labor MP about price markups on software and technology devices in Australia, Federal Government agencies decided to look in to the matter and an official parliamentary inquiry into the issue was started.

"The Federal Parliament’s inquiry into local price markups on technology goods and services has gotten under way, with the committee overseeing the initiative issuing its terms of reference and calling for submissions from the general public on the issue."

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