Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Data Center Operators Double As Energy Brokers

mattOzan writes "When data centers first opened in the 1990s, the tenants paid for space to plug in their servers with a proviso that electricity would be available. As computing power has soared, so has the need for electricity, turning that relationship on its head: electrical capacity is often the central element of lease agreements, and space is secondary. While lease arrangements are often written in the language of real estate, they are essentially power deals. 'Since tenants on average tend to contract for around twice the power they need, Mr. Tazbaz said, those data centers can effectively charge double what they are paying for that power. Generally, the sale or resale of power is subject to a welter of regulations and price controls. For regulated utilities, the average "return on equity" -- a rough parallel to profit margins -- was 9.25 percent to 9.7 percent for 2010 through 2012.'"

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Tue 2013/May/14

* [**Emacs, C-SPC, dead keys, and ibus**](http://www.gnome.org/~federico/news-2013-05.html#emacs-ibus)

Some time before or during the GTK+ hackfest, Emacs on my laptop started acting strange. C-SPC wasn't working (a **major** catastrophe), and when using a Latin American keymap, it was spewing nonsense like `<dead-acute> is undefined`.

Today I finally figured it out, but just by comparing things between my machine-where-emacs-works and my laptop. It turns out that `ibus` had gotten installed on my laptop, and it was screwing things up.

**TL;DR** Emacs stopped handling C-SPC and dead keys; I uninstalled the `ibus` package and everything works again.

I have no idea of how Emacs users manage to live when they actually need to use ibus for input methods.

URL: http://www.gnome.org/~federico/news-2013-05.html#14

Steampunked SenseDigitalClock v3 (Screenlet)

[![Thumbnail](http://GnomeFiles.org/CONTENT/content-m1/m158640-1.png)](http://GnomeFiles.org/content/show.php/Steampunked+SenseDigitalClock+v3?content=158640)**[Steampunked SenseDigitalClock v3](http://GnomeFiles.org/content/show.php/Steampunked+SenseDigitalClock+v3?content=158640)**
(Screenlet)
Second customization of the SenseDigitalClock screenlet, this time it is a flip-flop clock, with the mechanism visible; it is not compatible with the older themes nor with my other version of the screenlet.

**changelog:**
For the moment the changes are merely aesthetical, but due to them it does not display the am-pm or the weekday. I am still thinking where to put them.

[[read more]](http://GnomeFiles.org/content/show.php/Steampunked+SenseDigitalClock+v3?content=158640)

**job recommendations:**


[[more jobs]](http://GnomeFiles.org/jobs/)

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Randall Ross: I am Stateless (and So Is Ubuntu)

I am part of a team without state. Please don't feel sad for me though. I am part of an amazing community filled with friendly and diverse people. We meet in person and we have developed deep friendships.

Here's a thought experiment:

What if we (the Ubuntu leadership community at large) were to **enable and actively encourage Ubuntu teams (groups really) at any geographical level**? What if we called them "teams" rather than "sub" teams. What if we "allowed" them to operate autonomously. What if we banished the term "allowed" from our dictionary?

I advocate the removal of geographical team limitations outright. We can and should have teams at the block, neighbourhood, village, town, city, province/state, region, country, super-country (continent), or even planetary level. We already have teams that operate super-country, and others that want to but are actively discouraged from doing so. (Yes, actively.) I can also envision teams smaller than city teams that could flourish if encouraged.

We (briefly) discussed moving toward the "at any geographical level" team structure today at UDS during the Community Roundtable session. I tabled the idea of moving to this model on a *trial* basis to see what (if any) chaos ensues. For an initial trial period, we could try it, say for a single UDS cycle and then measure the result.

My guess is that we (the collective we) are being too fearful of an outcome that would likely never manifest itself. The best way to overcome that fear is with a controlled experiment that results in data. Generally speaking, I propose that we eliminate any artificial barriers to team creation that are not based on data. Any person in a place that has no existing team would be able to form one, or to join another team. Any person not satisfied with a team in their geography would be free, empowered, and encouraged to set up another team, even if the geography overlaps with the existing team. One team in one geography might not be the best thing for Ubuntu, especially if/when that team is out of alignment with Ubuntu.

Ubuntu has no country or boundaries. Why impose them? Are we not all stateless after all? Are we Ubuntu?

I say, "Let a thousand flowers bloom!"

URL: http://randall.executiv.es/stateless

iTunes: Still Slowing Down Windows PCs After All These Years

colinneagle sends this quote from an article at NetworkWorld: "I run a very nifty desktop utility called Rainmeter on my PC that I heartily recommend to anyone who wants to keep an eye on their system. One of its main features is it has skins that can monitor your system activity. Thanks to my numerous meters, I see all CPU, disk, memory and network activity in real time. the C: drive meter. It is a circle split down the middle, with the right half lighting up to indicate a read and the left half lighting up for write activity. The C: drive was flashing a fair amount of activity considering I had nothing loaded save Outlook and Word, plus a few background apps. At the time, I didn't have a Rainmeter skin that lists the top processes by CPU and memory. So instead, I went into the Task Manager, and under Performance selected the Resource Monitor. Under the Processes tab, the culprit showed its face immediately: AppleMobileDeviceService.exe. It was consuming a ridiculous amount!
of threads and CPU cycles. The only way to turn it off is to go into Windows Services and turn off the service. There's just one problem. I use an iPhone. I can't disable it. But doing so for a little while dropped the CPU meters to nothing. So I now have more motivation to migrate to a new phone beyond just having one with a larger screen. This problem has been known for years. AppleMobileDeviceService.exe has been in iTunes since version 7.3. People complained on the Apple boards more than two years ago that it was consuming up to 50% of CPU cycles, and thus far it's as bad as it always has been. Mind you, Mac users aren't complaining. Just Windows users."

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Drones: Coming Soon To the New Jersey Turnpike?

redletterdave writes "The FAA predicts 30,000 drones will patrol the US skies by 2020, but New Jersey drivers could see these unmanned aerial vehicles hovering above the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway much sooner than that. New Jersey lawmakers from both Republican and Democratic parties have introduced a number of bills to tackle the drones issue before the federal government starts issuing the first domestic drone permits in September 2015."

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Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Virtual UDS starts today

![](http://developer.ubuntu.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/banner-uds-p.jpg)

[UDS](http://uds.ubuntu.com/), the Ubuntu Developer Summit, is here again, starting in just a few hours. A week packed with content that will define the plans for the new Ubuntu development cycle, and as usual, a with a full track dedicated to application development.

So for all of you interested in helping and being part of the effort of making Ubuntu a platform of choice for application developers, here's a quick list with an overview of the sessions we've got in store for today.

The links in the list below will take you to the each session, ready to participate on the live hangout or on IRC. You can also check out the [full UDS schedule](http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-1305).

So, without further ado, here's the **list of app development sessions for today**:

* At 15:05 UTC: [App Development Roundtable](http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-1305/meeting/21820/app-developer-roundtable/)
* At 16:05 UTC [SDK UI Toolkit Theming](http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-1305/meeting/21770/appdev-1305-ui-toolkit-theming/)
* At 16:05 UTC [SDK Feedback from App Developers](http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-1305/meeting/21825/appdev-1305-sdk-feedback/)
* At 18:05 UTC [SDK Roadmap](http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-1305/meeting/21767/appdev-1305-sdk-roadmap/)
* At 19:05 UTC [Growing the Ubuntu SDK Apps Collection](http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-1305/meeting/21711/appdev-1305-apps-collection/)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

URL: http://developer.ubuntu.com/2013/05/virtual-uds-starts-today/

Russia Captures Alleged American CIA Agent In Moscow

wiredmikey tips this AFP report: "Russia on Tuesday said it had detained an alleged American CIA agent working undercover at the U.S. embassy who was discovered with a large stash of money as he was trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer. Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB, ex-KGB) identified the man as Ryan C. Fogle -- third secretary of the political section of Washington's embassy in Moscow -- and said he had been handed back to the embassy after his detention. Photographs published show his alleged espionage equipment including wigs, a compass, torch and even a mundane atlas of Moscow as well as a somewhat old fashioned mobile phone. Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said Fogle was carrying 'special technical equipment, written instructions for recruiting a Russian citizen, a large sum of money and means for changing a person's appearance.' The FSB also said the U.S. intelligence service has made repeated attempts to recruit the staff of Russian law e!
nforcement agencies and special services. The incident comes amid a new chill in Russian-U.S. relations sparked by the Syrian crisis and concern in Washington over what it sees as President Vladimir Putin's crackdown on human rights."

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Ralph Janke: The Problem of Sunsetting Ubuntu Brainstorm

Yesterday, [ it has been suggested to sunset Ubuntu brainstorm](https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2013-May/037100.html). While the arguments on the surface make a lot of sense, a bigger problem seem to be not as much in the focus of the discussion as they maybe should be.

Ubuntu is in a tremendous danger of losing what is understood to be a "community" distribution. Well, community in the sense of a wider community that is substantially larger than Canonical (it can always be claimed Canonical as being a community :-))

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Kevin DuBois: Friendly Mir Links

Just a friendly reminder, but Mir is open! Here are some useful links.

## Documentation

We've put effort into sharing as much as possible and lowering the knowledge-barrier to entry for the project. We want you to understand how your pixels will be painted under Mir. Here's some good links:

Mir documention: [http://unity.ubuntu.com/mir/](http://unity.ubuntu.com/mir/)
This is all generated right from the trunk code ([lp:mir's doc/ folder](http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~mir-team/mir/trunk/files/head:/doc/))
We also generate api documentation on same site: [http://unity.ubuntu.com/mir/annotated.html
](http://unity.ubuntu.com/mir/annotated.html)

## Code

The code is all available on launchpad: [lp:mir](https://code.launchpad.net/~mir-team/mir/trunk)
The reviews are all done on out in the open: [active reviews](https://code.launchpad.net/mir/+activereviews)
Our continuous integration is on jenkins like the rest of the Ubuntu projects: [https://jenkins.qa.ubuntu.com/job/mir-ci/](https://jenkins.qa.ubuntu.com/job/mir-ci/)
Lastly there are no secret branches or anything like that anymore. We're operating fully in the open! ![:)](http://kdubois.net/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif)

## Coordination and Planning

We do all of our coordination surrounding the code on freenode's #ubuntu-mir channel. Since this is an Ubuntu channel, its logged. Here's an example: [#ubuntu-mir log](http://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2013/03/13/%23ubuntu-mir.html) You'll see in the logs that we really do our updates, coordination and planning all on this channel.

We have our blueprints out in the [open too](https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/client-1303-mir-phone-iteration-0). You can see our upcoming plans and the upcoming work items that are slated.

We've got a mailing list on launchpad too! Join up and stay abreast of all the latest email chains.

URL: http://kdubois.net/?p=1845

DHS Shuts Down Dwolla Payments To and From Mt. Gox

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from BetaBeat: "The Department of Homeland Security appears to have shut down the ability to use Dwolla, a mobile payment service, to withdraw and deposit money into Mt. Gox, a Bitcoin trading platform. ... A representative for Dwolla told Betabeat that the company is 'not party' to this matter and encourages those with questions to reach out to Mt. Gox or the DHS. 'The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued a 'Seizure Warrant' for the funds associated with Mutum Sigillium's Dwolla account (a.k.a. Mt. Gox),' he said. 'In light of the court order, procured by the Department of Homeland Security, Dwolla has ceased all account activities associated with Dwolla services for Mutum Sigillum while Dwolla's holding partner transferred Mutum Sigillium's balance, per the warrant.'"

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A Tardis Art Piece at the Austin Mini Maker Faire (Video)

One thing about a Maker Faire is that it brings a delightful number of non-mainstream projects to light that your neighbors have been working on. Scroll down the linked page above to see some samples of what came out of the woodwork at the latest Austin version. A Jedi Starfighter under construction.... a very strange little boat... and down at the bottom of the page we see The Type 40 Mark III Console, an "interactive sound sculpture" that redefines the term "bells and whistles" in a whole new way that pleases children and adults alike as they twist knobs and punch buttons, and things happen (or don't happen). It really does look just like a Tardis control console. Even project co-creator and spokesbeing Steve Noreyko says so, and he's the one who got in front of Timothy Lord's camcorder in an unfortunately noisy room. But there he was, with das blinkenlights behind him delighting and amazing a happily bemused crowd, just as Steve and his crew have amazed crowds at Art Outs!
ide, Burning Flipside, and other local festivals.

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In Germany, Offensive Autocomplete Is No Laughing Matter

itwbennett writes "We've all had a chuckle over Google's autocomplete results for various search queries. But one German businessman had a less funny experience when he searched for his name on Google.de: The autocomplete suggested search terms where his name was tied with 'Scientology' and 'fraud' (in German, of course). This was back in 2010. In 2012, a German court ruled that the autocomplete terms did not infringe the plaintiff's privacy. Now, a year later, the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe has overturned that ruling and ordered that Google remove offensive search suggestions when notified."

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Jono Bacon: Unity 8 Running on Mir on a Galaxy Nexus

Hot on the heels of [my last post](http://www.jonobacon.org/2013/05/14/video-demo-of-unity-next-on-mir/) showing Unity 8 running on Mir on a Macbook Pro Retina, there were some folks who were curious about how well Unity and Mir work on a phone.

Well, thanks to your friend and mine, _Kevin Gunn_, you can see a video of Unity 8 on Mir running on a Galaxy Nexus (which is by no means a super-powerful smartphone these days):

_Can't see the video? [See it here](http://youtu.be/_wKJvvR0oag)!_

Again, just to emphasize, this has not been through a round of performance optimizations, so you can expect additional performance improvements in the future, but I think this demonstrates that we are heading in the right direction. ![:-)](http://www.jonobacon.org/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif)

If you are interested in participating in Mir development, [click here](http://unity.ubuntu.com/mir/) and if you are interested in participating in Unity 8, [click here](http://unity.ubuntu.com/getinvolved/development/unitynext/).

URL: http://www.jonobacon.org/2013/05/14/unity-8-running-on-mir-on-a-galaxy-nexus/

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bing Translator Adds Klingon

Today Microsoft made an addition to its Bing translation service: the Klingon language. You can now easily read up on proper grooming habits for your Targ, learn how to perform routine maintenance on your painstiks, and brush up on your Shakespeare. You can also brush up on your tlhIngan Hol by reading your favorite websites through a translation filter. The timing is no coincidence; Star Trek: Into Darkness is coming out on Friday. Qapla'

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NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

Officials for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board have recommended a nationwide lowering of the blood-alcohol level considered safe for operating a car. The threshold is currently 0.08% -- the NTSB wants to cut that to 0.05%. "That's about one drink for a woman weighing less than 120 lbs., two for a 160 lb. man. More than 100 countries have adopted the .05 alcohol content standard or lower, according to a report by the board's staff. In Europe, the share of traffic deaths attributable to drunken driving was reduced by more than half within 10 years after the standard was dropped, the report said. NTSB officials said it wasn't their intention to prevent drivers from having a glass of wine with dinner, but they acknowledged that under a threshold as low as .05 the safest thing for people who have only one or two drinks is not to drive at all. ... Alcohol concentration levels as low as .01 have been associated with driving-related performance impairment, and levels as!
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NeuroGaming Conference Profiles the Rise of Brain-Computer Interfaces

kkleiner writes "The first NeuroGaming Conference and Expo took place at the beginning of May to showcase the convergent technologies that are paving the way toward gaming with your mind. Tech news has been dominated with stories about Google Glass and the Oculus Rift, which was on display for attendees to test out. Other technologies that utilize EEG are opening up possibilities of a controller-free gaming experience into virtual realities with unlimited potential. 'Deeper questions surrounding the morality of neurogames will be sure to stir debate. As virtual reality technology inches closer to lifelike resolution, should gamers simulate themselves as characters engaged in acts of violence or criminal activity? It's unpredictable what these games could uncover about the user as neurogames gain insight into a users' psyche and how they respond to stimuli at a subconscious level. For instance, a game could uncover how its user particularly enjoys shooting at civilians in gam!
eplay. Games might even become expert at diagnosing psychiatric disorders. As computers become exponentially more powerful, game resolution could fully mimic our ever-present reality.'"

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Firefox 21 Arrives

An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla on Tuesday officially launched Firefox 21 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Improvements include the addition of multiple social providers on the desktop as well as open source fonts on Android. In the changelog, the company included an interesting point that's worth elaborating on: 'Preliminary implementation of Firefox Health Report.' Mozilla has revealed that FHR so far logs 'basic health information' about Firefox: time to start up, total running time, and number of crashes. Mozilla says the initial report is pretty simple but will grow 'in the coming months.' You can get it now from Mozilla."

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BBM Coming To iOS and Android

grub writes writes with news that BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has announced that BBM (BlackBerry Messenger, one of the favorite features of BlackBerry device-owners) will soon be coming to rival mobile operating systems. Devices running iOS 6 and Android ICS or later will be supported, pending approval with the App Store and Google Play. "BBM uses carrier data networks to pass secure messages back and forth through its servers to other BlackBerry users. The service recently gained the ability to make phone calls, conduct video chats and even share screen tops with other BBM users (requires BlackBerry 10). Normal chat and group chats will be the first features to hit the Android and iOS BBM apps, followed by the others (including voice and video) during the course of the year. BBM for Android and iOS will be free." The company also unveiled a new smartphone today: the Q5. It's a budget device intended for emerging markets.

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Windows Blue Is Officially Windows 8.1, Free For Existing Users

Several readers sent word that Microsoft has officially dubbed the upcoming revision to its flagship operating system "Windows 8.1," retiring the code-name "Windows Blue." They also said the update would be freely available to anybody with Windows 8. It will be available through the Windows Store. "Reller declined to provide an exact release date for Windows 8.1, but said that Microsoft is 'very sensitive to the timing of the holidays.' Ideally, Microsoft will be able to provide devices with Windows 8.1 pre-loaded in time for the holiday 2013 season, Reller said, but those who purchase a Windows 8 device later this year will be able to easily upgrade to 8.1."

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Ask Slashdot: Do You Trust When a Vendor Tells You To Buy New Parts?

Nerval's Lobster writes "Roughly 85 percent of IT managers polled by Forrester said they would hold onto networking infrastructure longer, but vendors retire products prematurely in an effort to force customers to upgrade. In a response that may seem familiar to anyone who's ever been pressured into buying a maintenance contract--either by an enterprise vendor or a major electronics retailer--over 80 percent of the 304 respondents said they don't like the misrepresented cost savings, new fees, and inflexible pricing models--but buy the products anyway. One of the survey's interesting points is that IT decision makers aren't willing to contradict the vendor. The uncertainty seems to come from the fact that the vendor may in fact be right--and a customer who contradicts what they're saying may end up shouldering the blame if the equipment goes south. It's the 'you never got fired for buying IBM' argument, applied to the networking space. The problem, of course, is that the ven!
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Firefox 21 Changed Plugins Folder

Today was the day to install patches for Firefox and the various plugins, and at first I couldn't get Firefox to see the plugins at all.  It turns out they moved the folder and it's not really well documented, and doesn't seem to be in the release notes.  Maybe publishing the fix will help someone.  Seems like this is going to really break things on distros if users upgrade.

Previously plugins on a multi-user server were in

**[base_of_firefox]/firefox/plugins/**

Now they are stored in

**[base_of_firefox]/firefox/browser/plugins/**

URL: http://davelargo.blogspot.com/2013/05/firefox-21-changed-plugins-folder.html

Jono Bacon: Video Demo of Unity 8 on Mir

Recently the [Mir](https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mir) and [Unity Next](https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UnityNextSpec) teams got Unity 8 up and running on Mir. Now, this work is still very early in development and neither Mir nor Unity Next are finished yet, but I reached out to _Michael Zanetti_, who is on the team, and asked him to put together a short video demo to show the progress of this work.

Here is is:

_Can't see the video? [Click here](http://youtu.be/E9AzRxsnfTE)!_

As you can see, impressive progress is being made; this demo is running on a MacBook Pro Retina utilizing the full resolution of 2880×1800 pixels and using Intel HD 4400 graphics. The performance is already looking great, and the team haven't done a deep dive into performance optimization yet.

If you are interested in participating in Mir development, [click here](http://unity.ubuntu.com/mir/) and if you are interested in participating in Unity 8, [click here](http://unity.ubuntu.com/getinvolved/development/unitynext/).

URL: http://www.jonobacon.org/2013/05/14/video-demo-of-unity-next-on-mir/

Has Supercomputing Hit a Brick Wall?

anzha writes "Horst Simon, Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has stood up at conferences of late and said the unthinkable: supercomputing is hitting a wall and will not build an exaflop HPC system by 2020. This is defined as one that passes linpack with a performance of one exaflop sustained or better. He's even placed money on it. You can read the original presentation here."

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Microsoft Reads Your Skype Chat Messages

An anonymous reader writes "A Microsoft server accesses URLs sent in Skype chat messages, even if they are HTTPS URLs and contain account information. A reader of Heise publications notified Heise Security (link to German website, Google translation). They replicated the observation by sending links via Skype, including one to a private file storage account, and found that these URLs are shortly after accessed from a Microsoft IP address. When confronted, Microsoft claimed that this is part of an effort to detect and filter spam and fishing URLs."

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N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

nametaken writes with this excerpt from Slate: "From the state that brought you the nation's first ban on climate science comes another legislative gem: a bill that would prohibit automakers from selling their cars in the state. The proposal, which the Raleigh News & Observer reports was unanimously approved by the state's Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, would apply to all car manufacturers, but the intended target is clear. It's aimed at Tesla, the only U.S. automaker whose business model relies on selling cars directly to consumers, rather than through a network of third-party dealerships. ... [The article adds] it's easy to understand why some car dealers might feel a little threatened: Tesla's Model S outsold the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8 last quarter without any help from them. If its business model were to catch on, consumers might find that they don't need the middle-men as much as they thought." State laws imposing restrictions on manufacture!
rs in favor of dealers aren't new, though; For more on ways that franchise operations have "used state regulations to protect their profits" long before Tesla was in the picture, check out this 2009 interview with Duke University's Michael Munger.

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To Avoid Confusion: Oracle's Confusing New Java Numbering Scheme

twofishy writes "'To avoid the confusion caused by renumbering releases,' Oracle has announced that it is adopting a new numbering scheme for JDK 5.0, JDK 6 and JDK 7. 'The next Limited Update for JDK 7 will be numbered 7u40, and the next 3 CPUs after that will be numbered 7u45, 7u51, and 7u55." The vendor notes that a more elegant solution would require the changing of the version numbering scheme to accommodate different kinds of changes (for example by using 7u44-2 ). However this cannot be implemented outside of a major release, since doing so might break existing code that parses version strings (possibly including the Java auto-update system)" Here's Oracle's announcement.

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Cosmos_ Remake Coming To Fox In 2014

TheSync writes "The long-awaited remake of Carl Sagan's amazing Cosmos series, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, will be coming to Fox television next year. It will star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Surprisingly, Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy fame is an executive producer. MacFarlane was introduced to Carl Sagan's widow Ann Druyan by deGrasse Tyson, and MacFarlane helped them pitch the show to Fox executives."

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Mayan Pyramid In Belize Leveled By Construction Crew

An anonymous reader writes "If an imposing 2300-year old Mayan temple situated at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was on your list of things to see before you die, you're too late. The monument was essentially destroyed by a construction crew in order to provide gravel for road construction. Archaeologists expressed shock, as Nohmul (the "great mound") was a major Mayan religious center in its day. While the pyramid was situated on private property, such historical sites are supposedly protected by ordinance, and officials may file criminal charges."

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World Press Photo Winner Accused of Photoshopping

vikingpower writes "The winner of this year's World Press Photo award, Paul l Hanssen, is under fire for allegedly having photoshopped the winning picture. The Hacker Factor is detailing the reasons and technicalities for the accusations. ExtremeTech also runs an item about the possible faking. Upon questions by Australian news site news.com.au, Hanssen answers his photo is not a fake. The whole story, however, is based upon somewhat thin proof: three different times in the file's Adobe XMP block; this does not necessarily mean that more than one file was used in order to obtain a composite image."

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New Prenda Law Shell Corp Threatening to Tell Your Neighbors You Pirated Porn

It appears that Prenda Law, freshly defeated, has formed a new shell company named the "Anti-Piracy Law Group," and has resumed sending threatening letters to supposed porn pirates. But this time, they've expanded their threats (from a letter (PDF) sent to Fight Copyright Trolls): "The list of possible suspects includes you, members of your household, your neighbors (if you maintain an open wi-fi connection) and anyone who might have visited your house. In the coming days we will contact these individuals to investigate whether they have any knowledge of the acts described in my client's prior letter" Naturally, the letter also notes that the recipient can avoid having the list of videos they supposedly copied sent to their neighbors and family if they settle for a few thousand bucks...

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Joel Pickett: Important desktop and end-user topics this week at UDS

The (second virtual) Ubuntu Developer Summit is being held this week. Of the many topics being discussed, I've come across a few that I find interesting.

**Chromium as default browser**

Great to see a session on this topic. I spend most of my time computing in a browser, so it'd be nice to see my favourite browser as the default. Although I have no objections to Firefox as the default, I usually download the .deb from Google on each install, mainly due to the chromium-browser package being fairly outdated. It will be interesting to see the outcome for 13.10 and 14.04 LTS.

******Growing a strong translation community**

****I still find translations to be a core concept of the Ubuntu. No matter where you're from, you should be able to download a copy of Ubuntu, ready in your native language.

**Planning for documentation and positioning of the development release**

The last cycle entailed a barrage of fireworks and cracking decisions. The standard release support cycle was halved and more effort was to be put to backporting important features and enhancements to the LTS. Although the development release, by nature, doesn't directly affect end users, it is the test bed for what will become ubuntu+1. The quality of the development releases have been superb and I'd argue that they are much more ready for testing than where we were a few years ago.

**Shaping a plan for the future of (the) Ubuntu Documentation Team**

There's a lot of computer users out there that still haven't even tried Ubuntu. We have a more usable, sleek and fun desktop than what we did many moons ago, but the documentation of the Ubuntu Desktop is certainly an area that needs attention. We can't just assume people know how to use the Dash, Scopes and find help. People come and go from the team and it's time to reshape and recruit more Ubuntu Doc folks.

**Desktop Unity Polish for 13.10**

In most of the releases since Unity has been released (11.04!), there have been radical changes and controversial moves to the Ubuntu Desktop. It's nice to see everything calming down and focus shifting to the little details. Probably not a thrilling session for the non-developers, but it would be nice to see what is coming up in Unity+1.

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Microsoft Patents "Cartoon Face Generation"

theodp writes "The latest round of patents granted by the USPTO included one for Cartoon Face Generation, an invention which Microsoft explains 'generates an attractive cartoon face or graphic of a user's facial image'. Microsoft adds, 'The style of cartoon face achieved resembles the likeness of the user more than cartoons generated by conventional vector-based cartooning techniques. The cartoon faces thus achieved provide an attractive facial appearance and thus have wide applicability in art, gaming, and messaging applications in which a pleasing degree of realism is desirable without exaggerated comedy or caricature.' A Microsoft Research Face SDK Beta is available. Hey, too bad Microsoft didn't have this technology when they generated Bob from Ralphie!"

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