shadowknot writes "Patrick Volkerding announced the release of Slackware 14.1 today:
"Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.1!"
The latest release features a 3.10.17 kernel as well as the KDE 4.10.5 and Xfce 4.10.1 desktop environments. Slackware 14.1 also marks the first major release to feature MariaDB in favor of MySQL in the light of ongoing licensing concerns with the latter." top
shadowknot writes "Monday October 7th will see the beginning of IBM's ninth-annual Master the Mainframe competition. The contest consists of three parts, a heavily supported introduction, a practical experience section to apply the knowledge gained in part one and a "Real World Challenge" which it is claimed "will require extensive work from the student over weeks and months". It is open to current students in full or part time education and involves access to and use of z/OS Mainframe systems as well as Linux on System z. The contest runs through December 28th with prizes ranging from t-shirts and bumper stickers, to an expenses-paid trip to the IBM Mainframe Lab in Poughkeepsie, NY." top
shadowknot writes "The Register is reporting that the court case to determine who exactly owns UNIX is back on. Groklaw points out that it is being allowed to return to court due to a mix up on the part of the judge:
"The Hon. David Nuffer has ruled on the SCO v. IBM motions, granting SCO's motion for reconsideration and reopening the case, which IBM did not object to. Judge Nuffer apologizes to the parties for the error in his previous order refusing to reopen the case."" top
shadowknot writes "It would appear that Patrick Volkerding has allowed his ownership of slackware.com to expire. As of today there is a link dump up in place of the regular slackware site and a whois query shows the domain is "Pending Renewal or Deletion". Hopefully this is not an ominous sign as to the future of the most senior Linux distribution." Link to Original Source top
shadowknot writes "Livescience.com has a story about a giant blob of rock underneath Nevada and Western Utah that is believed to appear like "honey dripping off a spoon". According to the article "the blob is between about 30 miles and 60 miles in diameter (between 50 km and 100 km) and extends from a depth of about 47 miles to at least 310 miles (75 km to 500 km) beneath Earth's surface" and is believed to be 15 to 20 million years old and only recently detached from its plate. Last year, Arizona State University Allen McNamara explained how Earth is not neatly divided into a crust, mantle and core. Rather, several large blobs of highly compressed rock, which he described as behaving like honey or peanut butter, exist.
The blob is not thought to pose any kind of risk to those living above it and is not expected to cause any sink or rise in the terrain above it." top
shadowknot writes "The Volokh Conspiracy has an interesting story regarding the status of hashing seized storage media and the files therein. It revolves around a case where a computer was passed on to a third party without the permission of the owner. The person receiving the computer then found child pornography on it and "freaks out and calls the police". The police then hashed and imaged the hard drive and performed an MD5 hash analysis using EnCase and compared the hashes to a database containing hashes of known child pornography. This turned-up 171 hashes relating to videos of child pornography.
The district court for mid-Pennsylvania then ruled that the search constituted a Fourth-Amendment search and the evidence relating to the discovered child pornography was suppressed. The question is: Does hashing constitute a search?" Link to Original Source top
shadowknot writes "WoW Insider last night ran around 500 Tauren from the Horde stronghold of Camp Narache to the Human capital city and Alliance fortress Stormwind.
From the Article:
"At Stormwind, the scene was chaos — cows dead everywhere, as stepping inside an Alliance city, even on a PvE server, flags you. People were AoEing on the Stormwind bridge, and even just inside the city, guards were felling cows left and right."
Several videos are available of the event which took place on the Zangarmarsh realm and included WoWers normally found on other realms who created Tauren characters just to take part in the run." Link to Original Source
I've been a/. member for quite a long time. In the last couple of years however, I have been a less than frequent visitor. I have been a student, half way around the world from my place of birth. Now I am done studying, married and resuming my career in the Linux/Forensics world I have come back and can't think why I ever left. I enjoy the lively discussion and like-minded (technically at least!) individuals as well as being more up to date on the goings-on of the day. I'm still a crotchety Slackware user who enjoys the world of text and terminals more than bright and shiny desktops, but a nice comforting green glow from/. is wonderful!