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Submission + - The End For Win 7/8 Users Is Near (

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Microsoft’s Senior Product Marketing Manager Nathan Mercer just announced that, “From October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Monthly Rollup that addresses both security issues and reliability issues in a single update. The Monthly Rollup will be published to Windows Update (WU), WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog. Each month’s rollup will supersede the previous month’s rollup, so there will always be only one update required for your Windows PCs to get current." What this means is that individual patches will no longer be available after October 2016, and Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will now only have two choices: stop updating completely and leave your computers vulnerable to security holes, or accept everything single thing Microsoft sends you whether you want it or not. No word on whether this will include forced installs of Win 10 on existing Win 7/8 PCs.

Submission + - The $5 Onion Omega2 Gives Raspberry Pi A Run For Its Money (

An anonymous reader writes: Onion's Omega2 computer may give the Raspberry Pi a run for its money if the success of the Kickstarter campaign is any indication. The Daily Dot reports: "With an initial goal of just $15,000, over 11,560 backers have pledged the company $446,792 in hopes of getting their hands on this little wonder board. So why are thousands of people losing their minds? Simple; the Omega2 packs a ton of power into a $5 package. Billed as the world’s smallest Linux server, complete with built-in Wi-Fi, the Omega2 is perfect for building simple computers or the web connected project of your dreams. The tiny machine is roughly the size of a cherry, before expansions, and runs a full Linux operating system. For $5 you get a 580MHz CPU, 64MB memory, 16MB storage, built-in Wi-Fi and a USB 2.0 port. A $9 model is also available with 128MB of memory, 32MB of storage, and a MircoSD slot. The similarly priced Raspberry Pi Zero comes with a 1GHz Arm processor, 512MB of memory, a MicroSD slot, no onboard storage, and no built-in Wi-Fi. Omega2 supports the Ruby, C++, Python, PHP, Perl, JavaScript (Node.js), and Bash programming languages, so no matter your background in coding you should be able to figure something out."

Submission + - The nuclear power industry could take a lesson from the history of car safety (

Lasrick writes: Nuclear energy could play an important role in mitigating climate change, but fears about safety impede its spread. These fears aren’t always grounded in reality: It is one of the safest industries around in terms of occupational hazards, and severe accidents are rare. Nuclear professionals embrace a strong culture of safety, but is a culture of safety enough? And if it’s not, what can be done to improve? The answer may be found in some of the many US nuclear power plants in danger of closing their doors. Terrific read from Jeff Terry at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Submission + - OpenBSD 5.9 released (

LichtSpektren writes: The free Unix operating system OpenBSD is now on release 5.9. This version includes OpenSSH 7.2, LibreSSL 2.3.2, and support for lots of new hardware drivers, including GPT-partitioned hard drives.

Submission + - Increasingly, U.S. IT workers are alleging discrimination (

An anonymous reader writes: Some U.S. IT workers who have been replaced with H-1B contractors are alleging discrimination and are going to court. They are doing so in increasing numbers. There are at least seven IT workers at Disney who are pursuing, or plan to pursue, federal and state discrimination administrative complaints over their layoffs. Separately, there are ongoing court cases alleging discrimination against two of the largest India-based IT services firms, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services. There may also be federal interest in examining the issue.

Comment We have hardly even tried nuclear, don't give up (Score 1) 309

The thing that bugs me, is we haven't really even given Nuclear power a very good try yet.

We barely dipped our toes into the technology and then stopped, its only been a few decades worth so far. Imagine if we gave up on other technologies such as electricity, refrigeration, combustion engines, farming, aircraft, boats, or whatever after only a couple of decades of trying.

There is massive potential for engineering solutions to be developed to the problems that are present in these early attempts at nuclear power.

For people to just who totally say "no nuclear power", I say you are taking an ANTI-SCIENCE position.

Comment We haven't even given Nuclear a good "Try" yet. (Score 1) 1

The thing that bugs me, is we haven't really even given Nuclear power a very good try yet. We dipped our toes into the technology and then stopped. There is massive potential for engineering solutions to the problems that are present in those early attempts at nuclear power.

For people to just totally say "no nuclear power", it is just anti-science.

Comment The idea is just starting to take hold in hardware (Score 1) 1

The concept of Open Source is not nearly as prevalent in hardware as it is in software. There are still many people who just don't get the ideas of Open Source in the world of electronics hardware design.

However, over the last few years I have seen more and more people coming into electronics hardware from the software side via paths of arduino, raspberry pi, beagleboard, or even robotics, UAV, 3d printing, ham radio, etc.

And its interesting to see the software people start to question why not make hardware designs open source in the same way as software.

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