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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Central Management systems?

nodeboy writes: I shall be starting a new job soon and will have to set up a central management system for Linux/ BSD systems.
I haven't used any recently so would like some input on which ones others have used and how good they are? like Satellite, spacewalk, CFEngine, OCS inventory, puppet, chef — any I missed?

Submission + - Ubuntu: More bugs than ever? (

An anonymous reader writes: With many users suggesting that Ubuntu has become unstable. We take a look at precisely how buggy Ubuntu has become with its recent releases using statistics provided by Launchpad.

Submission + - Electrical, software engineers leaving workforce ( 1

dcblogs writes: The IEEE-USA says an increasing number of unemployed engineers have moved to other fields, retired, "or giving up on their job searches." The engineering group believes engineering employment is a bellwether of national economic vitality. If companies are to create new products and systems, then they will need to hire engineers do the work.

Submission + - McGraw-Hill CEO lets slip Apple tablet info (

grouchyDude writes: In a CNBC interview, the CEO of McGraw-Hill, the publishing conglomerate, let slip a bunch of details about the imminent Apple tablet. The mentions they have been working closely with Apple, and that is runs the iPhone OS (which is, of course, a UNIX variant not so different from OS X). The interview has been picked up by several sites and provoked some chatter.

Submission + - The Long Fail: A History of Unsuccessful Tablets (

harrymcc writes: If the tablet device that Apple announces turns out to be a hit, it'll reverse more than two decades of disappointment for tablet computers. I've rounded up some prime examples, some of which were launched with Apple-like hype and then died within months. (Anyone remember Momenta and Eo?)

Submission + - Microsoft 'Acknowledged Enterprise Role Of Linux (

eWEEK Europe writes: Three years on from Microsoft's deal with Novell, the real importance is coming through, says Novell's OpenSUSE community manager, Joe Brockmeier.
When Novell and Microsoft signed a deal to support Windows and Linux in the enterprise, it caused a furore. Three years on, the deal shows that Microsoft really does acknowledge the value of Linux in the enterprise — at least that's the view from the OpenSUSE community.


Submission + - 'Space barley' used to make Japanese beer (

tugfoigel writes: A Japanese brewery has created a beer using barley grown from seeds which spent five months on board the International Space Station.

At 10,000 yen, or £68, for just six bottles, the limited edition brew tastes no different from standard beer.

Scientists involved in the joint Japanese-Russian project say this bodes well for attempts to grow other edible plants in space.

Submission + - British geology maps now free to all.

Smivs writes: "Now you can find out what's under your feet by using the British Geological Survey's (BGS) new OpenGeoscience portal. It allows the public to study all the UK's rocks on a simple Google map, down to a scale of 1:50,000. Toggling the map shows overlying towns and streets. A range of educational and professional tools are also brought together on the website, including the huge national geological archive of photographs. The BBC report that Tens of thousands of images have been amassed into the BGS library over the decades, showing different rock forms around Britain, fossil types, and the impact on the landscape of natural events such as flooding. The whole archive is now searchable and free to use for non-commercial purposes. Those who live in Edinburgh, for example, can see how their city is built on top of an ancient volcano. Glaswegians on the other hand will notice that their city is built on the remains of an ancient tropical forest, evident in the coal measures and fossil trees that can be seen today."

Submission + - Mininova removes all 'infringing' torrents (

Pabugs writes: I woke up this morning to cruise the Mininova movies category to find the torrents were removed and the line at the top stating 'From now on, only Content Distribution torrents are allowed' — Could it be that 'The Man" is gaining a foothold in the piracy battle? — I guess we'll have to wait and see, in the meantime, I'm a little less thankful on this Thanksgiving knowing that Corporate interests are now crushing my movie habits — Mininova was one of the few places I could find movies that most rental places won't carry and being forced into purchasing a crappy film for preview @ $9.99 isn't worth it to me.

Submission + - Epic Climate Research Scandal (

PHPNerd writes: While it is clear now that humans are the cause of global warming, a very disturbing scandal has recently been uncovered that threatens to destabilize and discredit the work that has already been done, now being referred to by many as "Climategate". One of the world's leading climate change research centers, the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit, has been accused of manipulating data on global warming after thousands of private emails and documents were leaked via hackers. The CRU plays a leading role in compiling UN reports and tracks long-term changes in temperature and the documents leaked contain verified proof of falsified data and e-mails from leading scientists the world over. Even more disturbing, it appears that Obama's Science Czar John Holdren is directly involved in the CRU's unfolding scandal, and according to files leaked, willingly engaged in ridiculing and bullying people who legitimately and scientifically disagreed. While the complete ramifications of this scandal are yet unknown, it is clear that many well-respected scientists will have their reputations destroyed for engaging in such behavior.

Submission + - Wikileaks publishes 500,000 9/11 pager messages (

An anonymous reader writes: Wikileaks is preparing to release 500,000 intercepted pager messages from a 24-hour period encompassing the September 11 terrorist attacks. The messages show emergency services springing into action and computer systems sending automated messages as buildings collapse. Wikileaks implies this data came from an organised collection effort.

Submission + - NYSE: Data Centers Are Our Future (

miller60 writes: The growth of high frequency trading is driving a data center arms race on Wall Street, and NYSE Euronext intends to win. The exchange says its new data center in New Jersey will be the Death Star of trading facilities, reflecting a major shift for the NYSE's business.“We really see our data centers as the future of our market,” said Stanley Young, CEO of NYSE Technologies. “We think of our data centers as the exchanges used to think of our trading floors years ago.” That's driving an intense focus on fast connections and the cost of power as new business metrics for the financial markets.

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