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Submission + - Mozilla firefox release 52 goes silent (

fredan writes: Since the release of Mozilla firefox 52 for Linux, they, Mozilla, have decided that support sound through alsa (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) is no more. Their solution is that everyone shall be using Pulseaudio for now on.

I has trying to following their suggestions for fixing this at their support page but I had no luck.

Submission + - I have released a new authority DNS server called fDns! (

fredan writes: Welcome to the first release of fDns 0.9.29-alpha, called High Bloodpressure!

This authority DNS server has a couple of unique features:

Native support for Lua script (function) based on the name or the type.

Doesn't have any answer to question hard-coded. That's what Lua is for. Take a look at how fDns does answer questions to 'version.server' as an example: dataset/server.json and lua/chaos_server.lua

Supports DNSCurve.

Using json when updating the databases. 10 000 domains in like a second
or two to do that.

Even though it saves DNS-answers hard-coded within the database, it can still randomize the answers AND still achieve zero-copy of the data from
the database (zero-copy is not for encrypted answers).

A benchmark utility is included.

Has a separate database for ipaddresses (networks with netmask).
Scripts for importing ipaddresses from Inetnum, Routes and Maxmind's GeoLite2 City or Country is included. Which means that you can give back different answers to different ipaddresses. You do this within your Lua script. There is one source-code file that needs to be changed if you want to extend the database. You can search based on EDNS Client Subnet.

Submission + - Congressional Report Warns of Potential Bitcoin Threat to US Dollar

fredan writes: If I understand the comments from the previously Bitcoin story that you really love these, here's another one for you:

'A Congressional report quietly released last month suggests that bitcoin could be a threat to US monetary policy, and makes the case for continued central banking control.

The report, Bitcoin: Questions, Answers, and Analysis of Legal Issues, was published by the Congressional Research Service, which produces research reports for US policy makers. It argues for the benefits of a single, incumbent currency (the US dollar), for stability.'

Now in a true slashdot spirit there will not be an link directly to the report, instead I will provide a link to a link to the link of the report:

Submission + - Bitcoin just hit the $2 Billion dollar market capitalization!

fredan writes: Based on the number of Bitcoins in circulation and the current price of over $181 / BTC, the total market capitalization is now over $2 Billion dollars.

The $1 Billion dollar market capitalization was achieved on the 27 Mars 2013.

That was just 11 days ago.

Submission + - Tesla Motors: Early Re-Payment of Tesla's ATVM Loan (

fredan writes: On February 26, at an event hosted by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Elon Musk announced Tesla will pay off our Department of Energy (DOE) loan five years early, twice as fast as required by the original 2010 loan agreement signed by Tesla and the DOE.

It is worth noting that in comparison with these three other recipients, Tesla had the smallest loan. Ford's loan was for $5.9 billion, Nissan's was for $1.4 billion, and Fisker's was for $529 million.


Submission + - A filesystem or a Trival Database?

fredan writes: Is an Trival Database on a block device, which is mmap, any faster than filesystem (pick your favorit) on the same blockdevice? You will store ordinary files on the TDB as you would in a filesystem.

The question is: Which will give you the fastest read access of them?

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