Marc writes: Interpol have turned to the internet community to help find a man who has been photographed sexually abusing twelve young boys. The press release describes how pictures of the suspect were obtained: "Although the original photographs had been digitally altered by him or his accomplices to disguise his face, specialists from the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) in Germany working with INTERPOL's Trafficking in Human Beings unit have been able to produce an identifiable picture." This is the first time Interpol have sought the publics assistance in tracking down a suspect.
eldavojohn writes: "Our friend Jeremy at the Kernal Trap has has dug up some interesting criticism of atime from god himself, Linus Torvalds. As Linus submitted patches to improve relatime he noted: "I cannot over-emphasize how much of a deal it is in practice. Atime updates are by far the biggest IO performance deficiency that Linux has today. Getting rid of atime updates would give us more everyday Linux performance than all the pagecache speedups of the past 10 years, _combined_." And later severely beat atime about the head with a pointed stick: "It's also perhaps the most stupid Unix design idea of all times. Unix is really nice and well done, but think about this a bit: 'For every file that is read from the disk, lets do a... write to the disk! And, for every file that is already cached and which we read from the cache... do a write to the disk!" Well, I guess I can expect my Linux machine to become a little bit faster!"
Marc writes: The Institute reports that the IEEE Standards Association has updated their standards policy to require that "members of an IEEE standards development project reveal any knowledge they may have of patents they or their employer hold on intellectual property being considered for inclusion in the standard." In addition to this "anyone in a standards working group is "encouraged to inform the working group chair" if he or she is aware of any patented intellectual property held by others".