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Submission + - X-37B Celebrates One Year in Space (

Thelasko writes: The stubby-winged craft was boosted into space by a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on May 20, 2015, departing Cape Canaveral for a 20-minute ride into a 200-mile-high orbit inclined 38 degrees

This X-37B carries at least two payloads, revealed by the military before the ship took off — an experimental electric propulsion thruster to be tested in orbit and a pallet to expose sample materials to the space environment.

Submission + - 30 years a sysadmin (

itwbennett writes: Sandra Henry-Stocker’s love affair with Unix started in the early 1980s when she 'was quickly enamored of the command line and how much [she] could get done using pipes and commands like grep.’ Back then, she was working on a Zilog minicomputer, a system, she recalls, that was 'about this size of a dorm refrigerator’. Over the intervening years, a lot has changed, not just about the technology, but about the job itself. 'We might be ‘just' doing systems administration, but that role has moved heavily into managing security, controlling access to a wide range of resources, analyzing network traffic, scrutinizing log files, and fixing the chinks on our cyber armor,’ writes Henry-Stocker. What hasn’t changed? Systems administration remains a largely thankless role with little room for career advancement, albeit one that she is quick to note is ‘seldom boring’ and ‘reasonably' well-paid.

Submission + - The Hidden FM Radio Inside Your Pocket (

mr crypto writes: Data providers would probably prefer you not know that most smart phones contain an FM chip that lets you listen to broadcasts for free: "But the FM chip is not activated on two-thirds of devices. That's because mobile makers have the FM capability switched off." The National Association of Broadcasters, National Public Radio, and American Public Media — have launched a lobbying campaign to get those radios switched on.

Submission + - It's Time To Split Linux In Two 7

snydeq writes: Desktop workloads and server workloads have different needs, and it's high time Linux consider a split to more adequately address them, writes Deep End's Paul Venezia. 'You can take a Linux installation of nearly any distribution and turn it into a server, then back into a workstation by installing and uninstalling various packages. The OS core remains the same, and the stability and performance will be roughly the same, assuming you tune they system along the way. Those two workloads are very different, however, and as computing power continues to increase, the workloads are diverging even more. Maybe it's time Linux is split in two. I suggested this possibility last week when discussing systemd (or that FreeBSD could see higher server adoption), but it's more than systemd coming into play here. It's from the bootloader all the way up. The more we see Linux distributions trying to offer chimera-like operating systems that can be a server or a desktop at a whim, the more we tend to see the dilution of both. You can run stock Debian Jessie on your laptop or on a 64-way server. Does it not make sense to concentrate all efforts on one or the other?'

Submission + - NIH Reverses Course, Allows Resubmission of Rejected Grants

lfp98 writes: One of the most Draconian of the recent “enhancements” to peer review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was a provision that any proposal not funded on the first try could only be revised and resubmitted once. ( Since 2010, NIH staff have been screening incoming proposals and eliminating any judged to be merely a further revision of a previous proposal. After vociferous protests from scientists, NIH appears to have relented and scrapped the rule. Henceforth, any proposal not funded on the second try can simply be resubmitted as a new proposal. ( For scientists, this is a huge deal, but whether for good or ill is hard to say. Allowing unlimited resubmissions won't increase the number of funded grants, but will surely increase the total number of applications, so that overloaded NIH grant review panels will become even more so, and already abysmal single-digit funding rates are likely to drop even lower.

Submission + - Risk and the Android Heartbleed vulnerability (

Steve Patterson writes: Less than 10% of Android devices were affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability.

I haven’t written about the Heartbleed vulnerability. Anything I had to say would have just added to the atmosphere of fear, uncertainty, and doubt, or might have caused a 15-year-old who has been coding since he was five to track me down through stackoverflow to reprimand me for some inexcusable oversight. Don’t laugh, it happens. But now that the dust has settled, here are a few thoughts about the OpenSSL vulnerability, aka Heartbleed, in Android 4.1.1

Submission + - GPL Kerfuffle Kills Xbian for RaspberryPi ( 1

tetrahedrassface writes: Rasbmc developer Sam Nazarko is reporting that Xbian had violated the GPL and stolen his installer code without providing attribution and not releasing their source. His breakdown of events is interesting, and currently the Xbian project has been taken offline with several tweets saying Xbian development is terminated.

Submission + - New Debian Theme Brings Lots of "Joy" (

An anonymous reader writes: The theme for the upcoming Debian 7.0 has been selected and it has been dubbed Joy. Adrien Aubourg, the artist of the Joy theme says that it "is intended to appeal by being efficient with a light and simple theme."

Submission + - Linus Torvalds Asks Google To Stop Google+ Event Spam (

sfcrazy writes: Earlier there was no way to decline an event, so when I was invited to Ubuntu 12.10 event I could not decline it and now it is showing up in my calender. So every time you are invited to an event it will be showing up in your calender. That's fine but only those events must show in my calender which I have 'accepted'. I must not see the undecided or rejected events.

I am not the single one, Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, also feels the same and considers this a spam. He posted on his Google+ page:

Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - In Defense of Star Wars: Episode I (

silentbrad writes: IGN has an opinion piece that brings up a few good points about why you shouldn't hate The Phantom Menace. "As I write this, we stand on the brink of the first Star Wars 3D release. It's a bold move from Lucasfilm to offer up The Phantom Menace first, but it makes sense when you consider that it's largely the most reviled film in the saga. It's almost as if they are saying, hey, if you don't pay to see the movie you hate, then you can't see the ones you love. Except I'll be seeing it opening weekend, and I'll be damn excited about it. The Phantom Menace, in my opinion, gets a bad rap for being a "travesty," an "outrage," and, my personal favorite, "childhood rape." While I'm the first to admit that Anakin Skywalker is certainly annoying (but then, isn't his son, too?) and the movie suffers from some odd pacing and stilted acting, there's also a lot to love about it. A movie not living up to the most astronomical expectations known to man and actually being a travesty are hardly one and the same." He goes on to cover politics, emotion, choreography, and – of course – Jar Jar Binks.

Submission + - Best Buy sells 2TB drive box with 60Gig inside 1

fdisk3hs writes: I posted today to the Best Buy forums about my recent hard drive purchase at one of their local stores. My wife bought a 2TB Seagate SATA drive for me as a gift. Today I took the day off work while our new furnace was being installed at the house, and thought it was a good time to install my new drive. I cut the cellophane and the circular sticker off of the flap of the box, and opened it. Inside was an anti-static bag with a sticker across the opening. I tore the sticker and pulled out — a 60GB IDE drive with an Apple logo on it. Somewhere in the world a G4 iMac is missing it's drive.
I took the receipt and everything back to the store, where the manager said that he had never seen that before, and that he was not going to exchange or refund it. He suggested that I call Seagate or 888-Best-Buy.
Apparently I am just another statistic.

Submission + - Zimbabwe govt websites hit by pro-WikiLeaks DDoS (

An anonymous reader writes: Pro-WikiLeaks hacktivists have struck a blow against the-powers-that-be in Zimbabwe, bringing down three government websites through denial-of-service attacks.

The distributed-denial-of-service attacks appear to be in support of newspapers who published secret cables in the ongoing WikiLeaks saga, to the annoyance of the-powers-that-be in the country. Grace Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, was recently reported to be suing a newspaper for $15 million after it published a WikiLeaks cable that claimed she has benefited from illegal diamond trading.

The Zimbabwe government's online portal at and the official ZANU-PF website continue to be offline, and the Finance Ministry's website now displays a message saying it is under maintenance.


Submission + - Scientist Alleges Religious Discrimination

Hugh Pickens writes: "The Washington Post reports that astronomer Martin Gaskell claims he was passed over for the job of Director of the University of Kentucky's MacAdam Student Observatory three years ago because he is an evangelical Christian and because statements that Gaskell made were perceived to be critical of the theory of evolution and has sued the university, claiming lost income and emotional distress. "There is no dispute that based on his application, Gaskell was a leading candidate for the position," wrote U.S. District Judge Karl S. Forester in the ruling allowing the case to go to trial. According to court records, university scientists wondered to each other in internal e-mails if Gaskell's faith would interfere with the job, which included public outreach and cited a lecture Gaskell gave in 1997 called "Modern Astronomy, the Bible and Creation" which he developed for "Christians and others interested in Bible and science questions." Gaskell says his views on evolution are in line with other biological scientists and distances himself from Christians who believe the earth is a few thousand years old, saying their assertions are based on "mostly very poor science."""

Submission + - Need help convincing boss to invest in new systems

jsepeta writes: 2 weeks ago I accepted a new job as a network admin 350 miles from home, and the offer was less than I had expected: no moving expenses, low end of the salary range, and no vacation time for a year. My first day I discovered that our primary domain controller had been freezing, we have no backups, and no antivirus protection, as well as a surprising lack of security on our cloud effort in a data center. Of course, first weekend the PDC breaks, and the boss dismissed my request for additional hard drives so there's no place for me to save backups to. After dedicating my Sunday-thru-Wednesday building a new DC and CRM server in VMWare Free (we're hosting no fewer than 4 functions on every server), the boss decided not to repair the 2 dead servers, and then went back on his plan to buy a replacement server after I'd already explained to him the deficiencies in our network. After spending far too many 10+ hour days in the office, I'm ready to GTFO.

With 20 years' experience maintaining computers and servers on networks, I realize that I have no desire to be in the hot seat when his cheapassed house of cards built on used 5 year old Ultra320 hard drives purchased from Ebay fails again. But in the interim, what strategies can I engage in to impress upon him that while he may have spent/wasted a great deal of money on the old network admin, the company is now at great risk for crashing and data loss unless he commits some money for equipment and software for backups. We're running a mixed Win2k8/2k8R2/CentOS environment and the $8500 pricetag for Backup Exec was nixed, as well as the $3500 from Roxio Retrospect. BTW, I tried running Windows backup on the DC that died BEFORE it died, but it froze twice while trying to make the backup — and now he thinks I'm responsible for killing the damned server. Keep in mind that the company is a startup in the medical software field, and there are NO older pc's sitting around to do squat with. Also, Microsoft's built-in backup software had pretty crappy logging from the W2k8 server I ran it from. One of the problems is he's a seemingly smart guy who's run other companies with far less IT resources than this company, which is a software development house. He's against my suggestion for offsite backups, even though I warned him that if a server in the data center goes down, he's going to lose not just data but customers.

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