jjoelc (1589361) writes "One year after their last release "Luna", Elementary OS (a Linux distribution with a very heavy emphasis on design and usability which draws a lot of comparisons to Mac OS X) Has released the public beta of their latest version "Freya"
Using core components from Ubuntu 14.04, "Freya" sports many improvements including the usual newer kernel, better hardware support and newer libraries.Other updates include a GSignon-based online accounts system, improved searches, Grub-free uEFI booting, GTK+ 3.12, an updated theme, and much more.
This being a beta, the usual warnings apply, but I would also point out that the Elementary OS Team also has over $5,000 worth of bugs still available on Bountysource which can be a great way to contribute to the project and make a little dough while you are at it." Link to Original Source top
jjoelc (1589361) writes "Being one of those "suffering" through the time change last night, the optimist in me reminded me that it could be much worse. That's when I started wondering how many different time/date standards there really are. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_standard is a good starting point, but is sorely lacking in the various formats used by e.g. Unix, Windows, TRS-80, etc. And that is without even getting into the various calendars that have been in and out of use throughout the ages. So how about it Slashdotters? How many different time/date "standards" can we come up with, and I'm betting there are more than a few horror stories of having to translate between them..." top
Ask Slashdot: Justifications for Creating an IT De
jjoelc (1589361) writes "This may sound like an odd request, so first some background. I work in a broadcast television station. I have found it to be very common for IT to be lumped in with the engineering department at many TV stations. I believe this is mainly because the engineers were the first people in the business to have and use computers in any real capacity, and as the industry has moved to file-based workflows, it has simply stayed that way, despite having obviously different priorities. I do believe there is a need for IT to be its' own department, with its' own goals, budgets, etc. But I am having a bit of a rough time putting together the official proposal to justify this change. Likely because it seems so obviously the way it should be and is done everywhere else. So I am asking for some pointers on the best ways to present this idea to the general manager. What are the business justifications for having a standalone IT department in a small business and how would you go about convincing upper management of those needs? There are approximately 100 employees at the station I am currently at, but we do own another 4 stations in two states (each of these other stations are in the 75-100 employee range) The long term goal would be to have a unified IT department across all 5 stations." top
jjoelc (1589361) writes "The success of Wikileaks in obtaining and releasing information has inspired mainstream media outlets to develop proprietary copycat sites. Al-Jazeera got into the act first, launching the Al-Jazeera Transparency Unit (AJTU), and On May 5, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), a subsidiary of Dow Jones & Co., Inc., launched its own site, SafeHouse. According to the EFF though, both sites offer "false Promises" of anonymity." Link to Original Source top
jjoelc (1589361) writes "In this paper we experimentally evaluate these issues on a modern automobile and demonstrate the fragility of the underlying system structure. We demonstrate that an attacker who is able to infiltrate virtually any Electronic Control Unit (ECU) can leverage this ability to completely circumvent a broad array of safety-critical systems. Over a range of experiments, both in the lab and in road tests, we demonstrate the ability to adversarially control a wide range of automotive functions and completely ignore driver input — including disabling the brakes, selectively braking individual wheels on demand, stopping the engine, and so on." Link to Original Source top
jjoelc (1589361) writes "Geek Site Slashdot has seemingly taken the annual April Fool's tradition very seriously this year, bombarding readers with a constant stream of false stories, prompting some regular readers to resort to previously unheard of levels of begging and pleading on the site's discussion boards
jjoelc (1589361) writes "There have to be at least a few slashdotters out there with fond memories of ZZZonline. For those that don't remember, take a look. They covered truly bleeding edge technology in a clear, informative and fun way. Unfortunatley, they have been silent for about 5 years now, and I have not had much luck finding anything even close to an equivalent. I'm hoping some of you have suggestions?" Link to Original Source