Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's
It might be a silly question, but why don't they just use FreeBSD in that case?
Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS
You mean, DON'T PANIC .
Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
Until you become the last person on earth, anyway.
It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)
You do it in the same way everyone else who rides motorcycles do, with a tight turn :) and get out and push it back when you need to.
ISEE-3 Satellite Is Back Under Control
The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event
"a known object in Andromeda that emits X-rays appeared to brighten, as a result of electronic noise in Swift’s instruments"
Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years
A friend of mine already got hit with this 300 GB limit more than a year ago. At the time, I think they're just targeting their top 1% customers. Now they're just targeting the rest.
Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?
If a collision is unavoidable, they'd just brake as hard as they can without skidding, and hope the other side can maneuver out of the collision.
Oldest Known Star In the Universe Discovered
... yet I was still too far away to make this the F1rst Post.
Wine On Android Starts Allowing Windows Binaries On Android/ARM
Just get DOSBox for Android. It should run Commander Keen without problems.
I even booted Windows 3.11 on it just for kicks. Everything seems to work fine.
Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships
You should read the Doom Star series by Vaughn Heppner: Star Soldier. He have put a lot of thoughts into the matter.
23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered
It's kinda funny, but all my XServers run on Windows these days, and only run once in a blue moon, so I can access that one or two stubborn applications that requires X. Not that it makes it less of an issue.
Astronomers Discover Largest Structure In the Universe
If you look further, you will find that there is a spherical structure with radius of approximately about 13 billion light years, and nothing outside of that.
OpenZFS Project Launches, Uniting ZFS Developers
I recently had a bunch of BTRFS failure on disks with heavy traffic. It's terrifying when you have to reboot any of those servers.
The only saving grace was the cluster was able to tolerate multiple block device failures, so I was able to reformat those disks using ZFS and resync the data.
To sum up, I experimented on an experimental file system, got burnt, and then switched back to ZFS. I didn't lose data, just time and frustrations.
Abandoned UK National Health Service IT System Has Cost $16bn... So Far
Another use of the paper record is when they need to re-input all that into the new systems they upgrade to.
It sounds like a joke, but it's not. Happens all the time. These office systems are so obscure that the new vendors often time don't even bother to migrate the data, forcing manual data entry for all the relevant records. It's very sad.
It's the same when these "office" systems have thousands of connected offices. Each would still have to re-enter its records.
How the UN Might Have Inadvertently Started a Cholera Epidemic In Haiti
I fail to believe that Cholera is absent from Haiti before hand. It's something that most people (read tourists) carry, and it's presumed to be everywhere.
3D Printing In Gel Enables Freeform Design and an Undo Function
This allows you to print "unbalanced" objects, e.g. those that would tip over when you print layer-by-layer.
New Thermocell Could Turn 'Waste Heat' Into Electricity
Let's supposed your "final" exit temperature is 90C. Also let's assume the cooling reservoir is around 10C. Let's also assume that the final stage takes steam from 200C down to 90C. That give it a theoretical Carnot limit of 110/363 ~ 30%.
From the article, "The device offers the possibility of a cheap and flexible design suitable for harvesting waste heat in the 100- to 200-degrees Celsius range.". Assume it really work all the way to 10C, that could theoretically be 190/283 ~ 67%. If their efficiency is higher than a turbine, then they can use that to replace the last turbine stage. If not, then there is nothing to see.
I think the news here is that they *might* have come up with a better device than a low temperature turbine.
Linux 3.11 Features Fall Into Place With Merge Window
I actually install mwm (Open Sourced now) on lots of headless machines nowadays. I found it to work very well over VNC. Much better than a lot of the alternatives.
And yes, I use VNC, because X over VPN is just painful.
Code Released To Exploit Android App Signature Vulnerability
The people on xda-developers have been doing that for ages. That's how they mod the official APKs and change images to match the various themes.
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