ndogg writes: The rumors of Munich city going back to Microsoft seem to have been greatly exaggerated. There was a review of the city's IT systems that was called for by the mayor, but it wasn't solely just to decide on whether to move back to Microsoft. And while there have been complaints about LiMux, they mostly seem to concern compatibility with OpenOffice.org, which may well be resolved by switching to LibreOffice.
ndogg writes: The IRS has denied the non-profit status of Yorba, which develops Shotwell and Geary, stating, “You have a substantial nonexempt purpose because you develop software published under open source compatible licenses that authorize use by any person for any purpose, including nonexempt purposes such as commercial, recreational, or personal purposes, including campaign intervention and lobbying.”
ndogg writes: Qualcomm has reversed course on its DMCA takedown of 100+ GitHub repositories. Many of the repositories are back online, although the original takedown notice can still be found on GitHub's website.
ndogg writes: Mozilla is considering pulling TeliaSonera from its list of root certificate SSL providers. They have asked for comments on this on their mailing list. They're concerned about the use of the certificates by those governments for spying on its citizens, particularly in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan — where TeliaSonera operates subsidiaries or is heavily invested. Mozilla's concern is that TeliaSonera has possibly issued certificates that allow hardline government servers to masquerade as legitimate websites — so-called man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks — and decrypt web traffic. This alleged activity would contradict Mozilla's policy against "knowingly issuing certificates without the knowledge of the entities whose information is referenced in the certificates".
ndogg writes: "Shawn McGrath is of the opinion that the Doom 3 source code is some of the most beautiful code he's seen. He likes the abundant use of const'ness throughout, the restrained use of templates, the self-explanatory code that requires few comments and documentation, and a number of other things."
ndogg writes: "Netflix has been released on Linux...sort of. The folks at iheartubuntu have figured out a way to get Netflix to run on the Windows version of Firefox using Wine (with a number of custom patches) and Silverlight. They plan on releasing packages for it all soon. Currently, it seems they have only had success with 32 bit while compiling for 64 bit is tricky."
ndogg writes: "Adapteva had started a Kickstarter project to fund mass production of a highly parallel computer for just $99. They have met their Kickstarter goal. Their first system will have a dual-core ARM A9 that will control their 16-core Epiphany accelerator (each core running at 700 Mhz). It will ship with Ubuntu pre-installed."
ndogg writes: "Todd Akin's comments were not merely wrong and anti-scientific, they seem to be almost completely the opposite of the science that's out there. A study, "Are per-incident rape-pregnancy rates higher than per-incident consensual pregnancy rates?", published in the journal Human Nature by Jonathan A. Gottschall and Tiffani A. Gottschall, two professors at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. seemed to indicate that rape victims are actually twice as likely to become pregnant than women that had consensual sex. One of the hypotheses put forward as to why is that rapists are attracted to fertile women."
ndogg writes: "Lenovo CEO, Yang Yuanqing, has decided to give his $3,000,000USD to his workers instead of keeping it. Those 10,000 employees include receptionists, production line workers, and assistants. That works out to about 2,000 yuan or $300 per employee which is about a month's worth of salary."
ndogg writes: "In every place that has a Google office, Google has launched a campaign to legalize gay marriage. “We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office,” says Google's Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe."
ndogg writes: "Nigerian scammers intentionally point out that they are from Nigeria, and intentionally use bad spelling and grammar. An article in Computerworld points out a paper by Cormac Herley at Microsoft Research that points out that this weeds out all the skeptical people so that they can more easily focus on the gullible."
ndogg writes: "A network engineer just recently found out that Comcast censors its Internet connection, and requires that each block website have a form filled out for it to be unblocked. He found this out when he tried to visit a porn site link sent to him by his girlfriend, and he decided to post his chat conversation with a Comcast representative to Reddit."
ndogg writes: "There are talks underway by the GCC developers that GCC 5.0 could be modularized like LLVM, and its different components be split up, and put into libraries. Doing so would be a massive undertaking (some saying it's probably practically impossible), which would mean that GCC 5.0 release would be very long in the making. There would be likely sacrifices to performance, and optimizations during the process."
ndogg writes: "A company, Specialisterne, or "the Specialists," out of Denmark has made its mission to specifically hire people with Asperger's syndrome so that their talent can be used for the good of the world. They help to bring those talents to businesses that may have overlooked them otherwise due to the inability of those with Asperger's to socialize. They are looking to expand their operations to the rest of the world."