Noryungi writes: To little fanfare, the NetBSD project released on September 25th NetBSD version 7.0, the fifteenth release of that operating system. On the menu: 256 CPU support for AMD64, EPOC support, Lua kernel scripting, better support for all ARM platforms (including the Raspberry Pi) and SMP-safe USB subsystem (and much, much more). Read all about it here, download and enjoy!
Noryungi writes: Details are still sketchy, but there was a terrorist attack at a gaz plant near the major city of Lyon, France. Two people broke into the plant using a car to ram the entrance, collided with a small gaz tank that exploded. One person was found dead and beheaded near the plant, and banners and ISIS flags written in Arabic have also been recovered. At least one terrorist has been arrested. More details if you read French on Le Monde newspaper web site or at the Guardian web site
Noryungi writes: Interesting article at the Guardian about the Open-Source Everything Manifesto, the latest book by Robert David Steele "former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity", who posits (a) that conditions are ripe for a revolution in the USA and the UK and (b) that the only forward for humanity is by open-sourcing everything and conducting all government business — even foreign intelligence — in an open-source, let's-share-everything manner. Robert Steele is known as the inventor of open-source intelligence.
Noryungi writes: Joshua Kiepert, a PhD student at Boise State University has created a small 32 node Beowulf Cluster, (PDF paper) running Arch Linux to support his PhD research. This allowed him to avoid running his simulation on the official (Xeon-powered) cluster of his university for a cost of slightly less than US$ 2000 — which is the price of a single Xeon machine. While the cluster will never break speed record it allowed him to work on his research for quite a reasonable price.
Noryungi writes: Researchers at the University of Erlangen demonstrates how to recover an Android phone confidential content, with the help of a freezer and FROST, a specially-crafted Android ROM. Quite an interesting set of pictures, starting with wrapping your Android phone in a freezer bag...
Noryungi writes: While Aaron Swartz was hounded mercilessly for the made-up crime of publishing information, Piers Morgan enjoys his prime-time slot on CNN... While guilty of much more serious crimes than Aaron. A must-read article by investigative journalist Greg Palast.
Noryungi writes: "A fascinating article in Nature, details how a tsunami, provoked by a massive landslide, ravaged the shores of the Lake Geneva, including the city of the same name. Interesting, especially given the much larger population now present on the shores of the same lake."