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Submission + - Day of reckoning arrives for BitKeeper's Larry McVoy (

An anonymous reader writes: Eleven years after he rocked the Linux community by withdrawing the non-commercial version of BitKeeper, his source code management system, Larry McVoy has finally been forced to open source the application.

Submission + - Don't be fooled by Opera browser claim of 150% battery life (

richi writes: The Opera Web browser has a new 'power-saving' feature. Opera claims you can get 'up to' 50% more battery life — but is that likely? Uh, NO!

Yes, the actual software tweaks will make a difference, but the tests Opera's quoting are skewed, unscientific, and compare apples to oranges. But what do you expect from a company that's trying to get bought by a Chinese consortium for more than $1.2 billion?

Submission + - Isao Tomita electronic music pioneer has died

Sooner Boomer writes: Isao Tomita, the so-called "godfather of Japanese music" passed away Tuesday at the age of 84. He was the first person to import a Moog synthesizer into Japan, encountering trouble with customs who suspected it was some sot of military device. His music, although mostly based on classical music, influenced great rock icons such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Obit and more at LA Times:

Submission + - Linux is the largest software development project on the planet: Greg K-H ( 1

sfcrazy writes: Greg Kroah-Hartmant, the Linux superstar, delivered a keynote at CoreOS Fest where he gave some impressive details on how massive is the Linux project. Kroah-Hartman said the latest release (4.5) made two months ago contains over 21 million lines of code. More impressive than the amount of code, and what truly makes Linux the world's largest software project is the fact that last year around 4,000 developers and at least 440 different companies that contributed to the kernel. Kroah-Hartman said, “It's the largest software development project ever, in the history of computing — by the number of people using it, developing it, and now using it, and the number of companies involved. It's a huge number of people.”

Submission + - Mozilla Fights In Court To Get Info About Potential Firefox Flaw

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has asked a Washington State District Court to compel FBI investigators to provide details about a vulnerability in the Tor Browser with them before they share it with the defendant in a lawsuit, so that they could fix it before the knowledge becomes public. The lawsuit in question is against Jay Michaud, a Vancouver (Wa.) teacher that stands accused of accessing and downloading child pornography from a website on the Dark Web.

Submission + - Would YOU Fire This Person? (

Esther Schindler writes: If “Tracy” were on your team, how would you handle her?

Among a project manager’s most painful tasks is firing an employee. Nobody enjoys the experience, even when the employee clearly deserves to be booted. But it’s much worse when an individual is a drag on the team, not a complete failure. Few of us are certain when it’s time to say, “I give up. I must get rid of this person.”

It’s an age-old management dilemma, but we can all learn from the way other people handle such situations. Here’s the story of a real team “problem child” and the troubles “Tracy” caused her manager. You get the opportunity to decide what you would do if you were the project manager. Then you can compare notes with other managers – before you learn how the story really ended.

Submission + - New method for dense, efficient memory storage (

An anonymous reader writes: “A team of scientists from Rice University have designed a new technology for solid-state memory storage [ ], using tantalum oxide, which could potentially be a dramatic improvement on current technologies in terms of both the density of storage and the efficiency of energy consumption. The journal Nano Letters, of the American Chemical Society, has the details. [ ]”

“According to the researchers, this design could store up to 162 gigabits (approximately 20GB) using crossbar array memories, and could use one hundredth of the energy required by devices currently in use. If these claims were to be realised consistently on a large, commercial scale, this would be a significant breakthrough in the field of memory storage.”

Submission + - Nintendo Fires Employee for Speaking About Job on a Podcast

An anonymous reader writes: You may not have heard of Chris Pranger before, but he's one of the localizers that works to bring Nintendo games over to the west. He recently talked about the localization process for a small podcast, providing Nintendo fans some details about how games make it from Japan to the western world. Nintendo's response to the fan interest in the game localizing process? They fired him, of course. It's unclear what statements in specific Nintendo objected to and Nintendo, so far, hasn't explained its decision.

Submission + - 'Banned' article about faulty immobiliser chip published after two years

An anonymous reader writes: In 2012, three computer security researchers Roel Verdult, Flavio D. Garcia and Baris Ege discovered weaknesses in the Megamos chip, which is widely used in immobilisers for various brands of cars. Based on the official responsible disclosure guidelines, the scientists informed the chip manufacturer months before the intended publication, and they wrote a scientific article that was accepted for publication at Usenix Security 2013. However, the publication never took place because in June 2013 the High Court of London, acting at the request of Volkswagen, pronounced a provisional ban and ruled that the article had to be withdrawn. Two years ago, the lead author of a controversial research paper about flaws in luxury car lock systems was not allowed to give any details in his presentation at Usenix Security 2013. Now, in August 2015, the controversial article Dismantling Megamos Crypto: Wirelessly Lockpicking a Vehicle Immobilizer that was 'banned' in 2013 is being published after all.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Struggling Qualcomm wrote this ludicrous PR for Snapdragon 820 - Computerworld (


Struggling Qualcomm wrote this ludicrous PR for Snapdragon 820
The Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm's upcoming SoC, will be available soonish. But the company is making some frankly bizarre claims for the chip. Apparently, new phones based on the device will offer "DSLR-quality photography." Cue loud guffaws from...
Qualcomm Tips 'DSLR-Quality' Photos With Snapdragon 820PC Magazine
Qualcomm bets big on new Snapdragon chipLivemint
Qualcomm outs next-gen Adreno GPU ahead of Snapdragon 820 launchInquirer
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Submission + - Finnish co-inventor of SMS texting dies (

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC News reports that Matti Makkonen, one of the "grand old man of mobile industry" who helped launch the worldwide sensation of texting, has died at the age of 63 after an illness.

Although planning to retire later in 2015 from the board of Finnet Telecoms, Makkonen constantly remained fascinated with communications technologies, from the Nokia 2010 mobile phone to 3G connections.

He lived just enough to witness the last remnants of former finnish mobile industry giant Nokia disappear, as Redmond announced its intent last month to convert all Nokia stores into Microsoft-branded Authorised Reseller and Service Centres, offering Xbox game consoles alongside the Nokia-drived Lumia range of smartphones.

Submission + - Developer Exposes Indian Telco's Net Neutrality Violation, Gets Threatened

knightsirius writes: Indian broadband and cellular operator Airtel was discovered to be injecting third-party JavaScript files into web pages delivered over their wireless networks. A developer was viewing the source of his own blog and noticed the additional script when viewed on a Airtel connection. He traced the file back to Flash Networks, an Israel-based company, which specializes in "network monetization" and posted the source on GitHub. Since then, he has received a cease-and-desist from Flash Networks and the code on GitHub has been removed following a DMCA takedown notice.

Readers may remember Airtel from its previous dubious record with network neutrality.

Submission + - Airtel & Vodafone India hide MITM javascript injection on 3G users ( 1

SlashDotterOne writes: Airtel & Vodafone — 2 major Indian mobile networks were found to be injecting Javascript into all http webpages accessed through their 3G and WiFi dongle connections. Indian techie Thej posted it on twitter and GitHub, but had to take it down following a DMCA takedown at Github and a legal notice sent to him. Of course the scripts are archived if you want to see what is does. Look for or to check if you are being served infected pages. Covered by The Wire, Reddit

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