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Oracle cluster daddy jumps ship to NoSQL upstart MongoDB

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-30 22:14
30-year SQL veteran says firm is 'revolutionizing' databases

Roger Bamford, a pioneering engineer who spent 30 years at SQL stalwart Oracle, has jumped over to the NoSQL side and landed in a new job at MongoDB.…

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Yes, Australia's government SHOULD store comms metadata

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-30 21:23
Not because it's a good idea but because it already operates the infrastructure and processes to do it well

Australia's federal government should store metadata collected by the nation's Internet service providers (ISPs), because the government already operates suitable facilities in which to do so.…

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Tor attack may have unmasked users

BBC News - Technology - Wed, 2014-07-30 21:16
Users of the "dark net" service Tor who visited hidden websites may have had their identities revealed by a five-month long cyber-attack.
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FREE PARTY for TEN lucky Australian <i>Reg</i> readers

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-30 21:08
Vulture South is having a party and you can score liquid presents

The Register's Australian outpost is having a party and we want ten readers to come along.…

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Google slips Hangouts into a suit and tie – now it's ready for BUSINESS

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-30 20:41
With a whole three-nines uptime and phone support

Google's Hangouts feature is being smartened up in the hope of breaking into the business market.…

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Driverless cars could be on UK streets in six months

New Scientist - Wed, 2014-07-30 18:08
Business secretary Vince Cable announced today that the law is to be changed to allow self-piloting cars, like Google's, on Britain's roads by January 2015






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Speaking in Tech: 'It's as sexy as enterprise storage. Not sexy at all'

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-30 18:05
Plus: 'He's like the Bob Ross of bullshit'
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Smart home kit proves 'easy to hack'

BBC News - Technology - Wed, 2014-07-30 17:13
Security experts at HP raise concern about smart home devices after testing 10 app-controlled examples and discovering vulnerabilities.
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LibreOffice Makes Its Case as Open Source Alternative to MS Office

Newsforge - Open Source News - Wed, 2014-07-30 17:08

After a headline lull, LibreOffice on Wednesday renewed its drive to replace Microsoft Office with the newest version of its open source suite of applications.

After a headline lull, LibreOffice on Wednesday renewed its drive to replace Microsoft Office with the newest version of its open source suite of applications.

The latest update comes as the organization behind LibreOffice says that its products are now being used by some 80 million users around the world. In contrast, only 10 million users had downloaded the software by Sept. 2011.

Read more on CNET.

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Learn Linux with This Free edX Course from the Linux Foundation

Newsforge - Open Source News - Wed, 2014-07-30 17:01

The free course starts on August 1st, but to get the best experience from the class, you should install Linux on your computer before it starts.

Intro to Linux is normally a $2,400 course from the Linux Foundation, but it's being offered for free now on edX. If you've ever wanted to learn how to use the open source operating system, there's no better time than now.

The free course starts on August 1st, but to get the best experience from the class, you should install Linux on your computer before it starts. The Linux Foundation has a helpful guide for doing just that—so you can hit the ground running when the course starts in a couple of days.

Read more at Lifehacker.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-30 17:01
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software

Worstall on Wednesday  There's a nice little feuilleton in the New York Times looking at why everyone whines about their iPhone slowing down when Apple releases a new variant.…

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Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-30 16:40
Brit buyers still not falling for Windows' charms

The good citizens of Britain are still giving Windows 8 and 8.1 fondleslabs a wide berth, official figures from disties has confirmed.…

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Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-30 16:23
Traffic confirmation attack bared users' privates - but to whom?

The Tor Project has warned users about a subtle attack aimed at partially uncloaking their activities on the anonymising network.…

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VIDEO: Broads-view opens up Norfolk waterways

BBC News - Technology - Wed, 2014-07-30 16:22
The Norfolk Broads will soon be available for virtual navigation thanks to a novel aquatic equivalent of Google's Streetview technology
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GSoC: Open Source Event Manager Organizer Dashboard

Newsforge - Open Source News - Wed, 2014-07-30 16:10

In the past 4 months during this years Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for open source software projects, Christian Bruckmayer collaborated with other students and mentors to code a dashboard for the Open Source Event Manager  (OSEM). In this series of three posts Christian will tell you about his project and what he has learned from this experience. 

In the past 4 months during this years Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for open source software projects, Christian Bruckmayer collaborated with other students and mentors to code a dashboard for the Open Source Event Manager  (OSEM). In this series of three posts Christian will tell you about his project and what he has learned from this experience. 

Hey my name is Christian and I’m a student currently in the third year of the Bachelor of Science course with information systems and management major in Nuremberg, Germany. During my time at university I already was interested in developing web applications and gained first experience. Google Summer of Code at openSUSE was a great opportunity for me to improve my knowledge and work together with other excellent developers. There are only two weeks left which makes now the perfect time to summarize what I have achieved and learned so far.

About the Open Source Event Manager (OSEM)

With OSEM it’s incredible easy to set up and manage all tasks to organize a successful open source conference. As conference organizer you can let people register for your event, run a call for papers and create an entertaining schedule out of users proposals. And as participant you have a central place to get all the info about the event.

Read more at openSUSE News

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LibreOffice 4.3 Upgrades Spreadsheets, Brings 3D Models to Presentations

Newsforge - Open Source News - Wed, 2014-07-30 16:09

LibreOffice's latest release provides easier ways of working with spreadsheets and the ability to insert 3D models into presentations, along with dozens of other changes.

A 3D duck in the latest version of LibreOffice Impress. Document Foundation

LibreOffice's latest release provides easier ways of working with spreadsheets and the ability to insert 3D models into presentations, along with dozens of other changes.

LibreOffice was created as a fork from OpenOffice in September 2010 because of concerns over Oracle's management of the open source project. LibreOffice has now had eight major releases and is powered by "thousands of volunteers and hundreds of developers," the Document Foundation, which was formed to oversee its development, said in an announcement today. (OpenOffice survived the Oracle turmoil by being transferred to the Apache Software Foundation and continues to be updated.)

Read more at Ars Technica
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Bloodthirsty Apple fanbois TEAR OPEN new Macbook, bare its guts to world+dog

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-30 16:03
Slasher pics may be too much for the weak-hearted

An Apple upgrade outfitter has exposed the new Macbook Retina to the world, cracking it open for a teardown just days after its release.…

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Tor Anonymity Service Says Unknown Attackers Compromised Its Network

Newsforge - Open Source News - Wed, 2014-07-30 15:53

The Tor encryption service is a high-profile bastion of computer security, but the project appears to have been compromised earlier this year. Today, the Tor Project blog announced that an unknown party likely managed to gather information about people who were looking up hidden services — websites that users can operate...

The Tor encryption service is a high-profile bastion of computer security, but the project appears to have been compromised earlier this year. Today, the Tor Project blog announced that an unknown party likely managed to gather information about people who were looking up hidden services — websites that users can operate and visit anonymously, like Silk Road — and could theoretically have compromised other parts of the network.

Anyone who used Tor between early February and July 4th of 2014 "should assume they were affected" by the attack, says the Tor team. But they don't know what exactly that means. The attackers specifically looked for who was retrieving the public keys to hidden services, but they "likely were not able to see any...

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Read more at The Verge
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Builder: A New Development IDE Being Built For GNOME

Newsforge - Open Source News - Wed, 2014-07-30 15:44

GNOME Builder is a new integrated development environment (IDE) being developed for building GNOME applications faster and better...

GNOME Builder is a new integrated development environment (IDE) being developed for building GNOME applications faster and better...

Read more at Phoronix
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Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-30 15:26
Welcome in a New Era ... of copyright litigation

Analysis  The dog-ends of the “Google Review” of copyright sailed through the Lords yesterday and will become law on 1 October – creating work for the courts and quite possible, legal headaches for the government.…

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