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Linux blockchain initiative announces 30 founding members, receives code proposals - Automated Trader

Linux News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 04:28

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Linux blockchain initiative announces 30 founding members, receives code proposals
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"The Hyperledger Project has ramped up incredibly fast, a testament to how much pent-up interest, potential and enterprise demand there is for a cross-industry open standard for distributed ledgers," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux ...
Linux Foundation-Led Blockchain Project Grows to 30 MembersCoinDesk
Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Blockchain Project Reveals Code Proposals & New MembersCryptoCoinsNews
Linux Foundation unveils unusual management structure to guide future blockchain developmentNew York Business Journal
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SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out - The Register

Linux News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:32

The Register

SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out
The Register
As we reported on Tuesday, Judge David Nuffer of the US District court found against SCO's attempt to work a breach of contract angle in its long-running dispute with IBM, which centres on SCO code that may or may not have made it into Linux and AIX.

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First timer’s guide to FOSS conferences

OpenSource.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:02

I’ve been going to FOSS (free and open source) conferences since 2006. My first open source conference was FreedomHEC in Seattle, a little 30-person conference for Linux users to protest Microsoft’s WinHEC. My next open source conference was OSCON, which had over a thousand attendees. They were both very different conferences, and as a college student, I really didn’t know what to expect. Going to your first open source conference can be intimidating, so I’ve complied ten tips for people who are new to the conference circuit.


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Cluster computing on the Raspberry Pi with Kubernetes

OpenSource.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:01

Ever wanted to make your very own cloud? Now you can! All it takes is some cheap open source hardware and open source software. For about $200, I was able to set up four Raspberry Pi 2s with the Kubernetes cloud operating system using Fabric8.


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Getting started with Emacs text editor

OpenSource.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:00

The GNU Emacs text editor has been around since 1976 and remains a popular choice among software developers and writers. Its main focus is extensible, customizable, self-documenting, and real-time display, and it boasts the functionality of an operating system. (Yes, for me it's an operating system.)


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Study Finds You Can Grow Brain Cells Through Exercise

Slashdot.org - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 02:18
phantomfive writes: Researchers have discovered that aerobic exercise may increase neurogenesis. Based on the results, rats that were put on a treadmill grew more brain cells than rats that didn't. Resistance training seemed to have no effect. This is significant, because the neuron reserve of the hippocampus can be increased, thus preconditions for learning for humans could be improved simply through aerobic exercise.

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How to mount qcow2 disk image on Linux

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 02:00
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Consumers Credit Union Free Rewards Checking Review – New Rate Tiers

MyMoneyBlog.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 01:30

Consumers Credit Union (CCU) has a Free Rewards Checking account that offers a high interest rate between 3.09% and 4.59% APY if you meet certain requirements. As with similar accounts elsewhere, the catch is if you don’t jump through all of the hoops, you effectively won’t earn any interest at all that month (0.01% APY). As of February 1st, 2016, their rates, balance tiers, and requirements were changed. Let’s take a closer look at the new structure.

Membership
To open a Rewards Checking account, you must be a member. However, CCU has a very open membership policy; basically anyone nationwide can join if they do the following:

  • Join the Consumers Cooperative Association with a one-time $5 fee.
  • Open and maintain a share savings account with a minimum $5 deposit.

Earn 3.09% APY on up to $10,000 + ATM Fee Refunds if you:

  • Complete at least 12 Debit/Check Card point-of-sale purchases (transactions must be made without using your personal identification number [PIN] to count toward the minimum of 12 and must post and clear your account on or before the last day of the calendar month). In stores, select to run it as a “credit” purchase.
  • At least one of the following transactions must post and clear on or before the last day of the calendar month: direct deposit OR ACH debit OR electronic bill payment via CCU’s Free Online Bill Pay.
  • Access Online or Mobile Banking at least once each calendar month
  • Receive e-Documents (enroll and accept the disclosure)

Earn 3.59% APY on up to $15,000 + ATM Fee Refunds if you:

  • Complete all of the 3.09% Tier requirements above, plus
  • $500 or more in CCU VISA Credit Card purchase transactions

Earn 4.59% APY on up to $20,000 + ATM Fee Refunds if you:

  • Complete all of the 3.09% Tier requirements above, plus
  • $1,000 or more in CCU VISA Credit Card purchase transactions

A nice feature is that their online interface has a progress tracker, updated daily, telling you number of debit card transaction and the total spend on your CCU credit card.

Tracking is also available via their smartphone app (Apple/Android):

All tiers will also receive:

  • No minimum balance. No monthly service fees.
  • Free online Bill Pay.
  • Mobile check deposit via smartphone app.

Excess Balances
Note that each tier has it’s own specific APY and balance limitations. Here is a table that shows the APY if you exceed the high-interest balance limits.

Qualifying Credit Cards
If you don’t have a CCU credit card, the best you can do is the 3.09% APY tier. Here is a list of their credit cards. It looks like the best one is their Visa Signature Cash Rebate Card, which offers a 3% cash rebate on up to $6,000 in “Grocery/Convenience Store” purchases annually, 2% cash rebate for “Gas” purchases, and 1% cash rebate for all other purchases. No annual fee.

Cost/Benefit Analysis
As a benchmark, I choose a “no hassle” high-yield savings account which would roughly yield 1% APY. You could also use a certificate of deposit, but a rewards checking account is liquid with no early withdrawal penalties.

  • $10,000 times 3.09% APY would be $309 per year, or $25.75 per month in interest. $10,000 times 1.00% APY would be $100 per year, or $8.33 per month in interest.
  • $15,000 times 3.59% APY would be $538.50 per year, or $44.88 per month in interest. $15,000 times 1.00% APY would be $200 per year, or $16.67 per month in interest.
  • $20,000 times 4.59% APY would be $918 per year, or $76.50 per month in interest. $20,000 times 1.00% APY would be $300 per year, or $25 per month in interest.

The 3.09% APY tier would be an increase of $17.42 per month over 1% APY, in exchange for tracking 12 debit card purchases a month. If you keep those debit purchases small, then you’d come out ahead by about $200 per year.

The 3.59% APY tier would be an increase of $28.21 per month over 1% APY, in exchange for tracking 12 debit card purchases a month plus $500 in credit card purchases. Let’s say you could earn 2% cash back on credit card purchases elsewhere, but only 1% on a CCU credit card. That is a loss of $5 in (non-taxable) rewards per month, for a net increase of $23.21 per month ($278 per year).

The 4.59% APY tier would be an increase of $51.50 per month over 1% APY, in exchange for tracking 12 debit card purchases a month plus $1,000 in credit card purchases. Let’s say you could earn 2% cash back on credit card purchases elsewhere, but only 1% on a CCU credit card. That is a loss of $10 in (non-taxable) rewards per month, for a net increase of $41.50 per month ($498 per year).

To qualify for the 3.59% APY and 4.59% APY tiers, you’d also have to apply for a new credit card, which would entail a credit check. There is an opportunity cost here, as there are other new credit cards that offer $400 or $500 in sign-up incentives within a few months. You can apply for multiple new credit cards, but once you reach a certain number it will hurt your chances for getting the next one.

My thoughts. These types of checking accounts are not for everyone. Not only do you have to jump through hoops each month to get a reward (higher interest than no-hassle account), if you don’t you’ll actually get punished in a way (lower interest than a no-hassle account). Try to create a reliable system where you satisfy the requirements early on in the month, for example putting some automatic insurance, phone, or utility bills on the credit card. My favorite feature is their qualification tracking; I wish all rewards checking accounts had this feature.

To justify the opportunity cost of getting a new credit card, you should definitely try to reach the 4.59% APY tier. The changes have made the middle 3.59% APY tier much less attractive than before. Otherwise, the debit card-only 3.09% APY tier isn’t bad for more modest balances. Keep in mind that there is no longer any guarantee on how long these rates will last. The positive spin would be that CCU has been running a rewards checking account now for well over 5 years, so hopefully they have crunched the numbers and set the rates at sustainable levels.


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Consumers Credit Union Free Rewards Checking Review – New Rate Tiers from My Money Blog.

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French Gov't Gives Facebook 3 Months To Stop Tracking Non-User Browsers

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 23:23
Reader iamthecheese writes RT reports that France's National Commission of Information and Freedoms found Facebook tracking of non-user browsers to be illegal. Facebook has three months to stop doing it. The ruling points to violations of members and non-members privacy in violation of an earlier ruling. The guidance, published last October, invalidates safe harbor provisions. If Facebook fails to comply the French authority will appoint someone to decide upon a sanction. Related: A copy of the TPP leaked last year no longer requires signing countries to have a safe harbor provision.

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Mozilla Firefox 46 Web Browser to Finally Bring Smoother Scrolling to Linux - Softpedia News

Linux News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 22:35

Softpedia News

Mozilla Firefox 46 Web Browser to Finally Bring Smoother Scrolling to Linux
Softpedia News
As a personal note, I have never encountered such issues with recent versions of the Mozilla Firefox web browser, and trust me, I use it more than 15 hours a day on Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems (but mostly Linux). And when I ...

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Arch Anywhere: An easy way to install a fully custom Arch Linux system

LinuxToday.com - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 22:00

 ostechnix: Arch Anywhere lets you to install a fully custom Arch Linux from anywhere in minutes

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Scientists Turn Paper Waste Into Aerogel

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 21:55
Kristine Lofgren writes: A team of scientists have successfully turned paper waste into aerogel. Aerogels are used in insulation, and they are usually made out of polymers and silica. But a research team at the National University of Singapore managed to make the highly sought-after product using recycled paper, which could have huge implications not only for the rate at which we are filling up our landfills, but also for the amount of chemicals that we are producing and releasing into the environment.

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SourceForge Eliminates DevShare Program

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 21:01
SourceForge has officially eliminated its DevShare program. The DevShare program delivered installer bundles as part of the download for participating projects. We want to restore our reputation as a trusted home for open source software, and this was a clear first step towards that. We are more interested in doing the right thing than making extra short-term profit. This is just the first step in a number of improvements we will outline in the coming weeks. SourceForge and Slashdot were acquired in late January by BIZX.

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Is Docker ditching Ubuntu Linux? Confusion reigns - PCWorld

Linux News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 20:54

PCWorld

Is Docker ditching Ubuntu Linux? Confusion reigns
PCWorld
Docker has long relied on Ubuntu Linux as the default host environment for Docker apps, but comments from the company's CTO recently suggest that might not be the case much longer. "We have hired Natanael Copa, the awesome creator of Alpine Linux, ...
Alpine Linux Goes All In for DockereWeek
Docker gets minimalist with plan to migrate images to Alpine LinuxSiliconANGLE (blog)
Unikernels, Docker, and Why You Should CareLinux Journal

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Nvidia 361.28 Video Driver Released for Linux with Support for GeForce 945A GPUs - Softpedia News

Linux News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 20:43

Softpedia News

Nvidia 361.28 Video Driver Released for Linux with Support for GeForce 945A GPUs
Softpedia News
On February 9, 2016, Nvidia announced the release a new stable, long-lived graphics driver for all supported UNIX-like operating systems, including GNU/Linux, BSD, and Solaris. According to the release notes, Nvidia 361.28 introduces support for the ...

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Hearthstone Cheats and Tools Spiked With Malware

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 20:05
itwbennett writes: Cheating at the online card game Hearthstone (which is based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft) can get you banned from the game, but now it also puts you at risk of 'financial losses and system ruin,' writes CSO's Steve Ragan. Symantec is warning Hearthstone players about add-on tools and cheat scripts that are spiked with malware. 'In one example, Hearth Buddy, a tool that allows bots to play the game instead of a human player (which is supposed to help with rank earnings and gold earning) compromises the entire system,' says Ragan. 'Another example, are the dust and gold hacking tools (Hearthstone Hack Tool), which install malware that targets Bitcoin wallets.'

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uGet, the Best Download Manager for Linux, Has Been Updated to Version 2.0.5 - Softpedia News

Linux News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00

Softpedia News

uGet, the Best Download Manager for Linux, Has Been Updated to Version 2.0.5
Softpedia News
Whether you want to or not, uGet remains one of the best graphical download manager applications for GNU/Linux operating systems, and it has been updated today to version 2.0.5. Please note that we've said "graphical" download manager in the above ...

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Uborne Children's Books Release For Free Computer Books From the '80s

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 18:57
martiniturbide writes: To promote some new computer coding books for kids, Uborne Children's Books has put online 15 of its children books from the '80s to learn how to code games. The books are available for free in PDF format and has samples to create your game for Commodore 64, VIC 20, Apple, TRS 80, Spectrum and other. Maybe you read some of them like "Machine Code for Beginners" or "Write your own Adventure Program for MicroComputers." Should other publishers also start to make their 80's and 90's computer books available for free?

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The Sexual Misconduct Case That Has Rocked Anthropology

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 18:15
sciencehabit writes: An investigative report in Science describes allegations of sexual misconduct against noted paleoanthropologist Brian Richmond, as well as the field's response. The story highlights a major shift in how academic communities deal with sexual misconduct, going beyond delineating rules on paper to striving to change the culture of the field at the institutional level. This shift – "a long time coming," according to many researchers – was spurred in part by recent high-profile cases in astronomy and biology. Now, as Balter notes, "paleoanthropology is responding to its own complex case." The first public allegation against Richmond, the curator of human origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, inspired a cascade of other allegations about him. This in turn motivated several senior paleoanthropologists, including one of Richmond's key mentors, Bernard Wood, to explore the allegations with peers. "As I talked to more and more current and former students at [George Washington University]," Wood said, "I became more concerned and alarmed about what I heard." In light of their findings, Wood and others in the field of anthropology are now tackling sexual misconduct head-on. The article details additional institutional efforts to stop sexual misconduct in science while trying to balance the rights of victims and accused, and provides the latest update on investigations into Richmond.

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Monitor Linux Servers log files in Real-time in your browser using Log.io

LinuxToday.com - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 18:00

 tecmint: Log.io is a small simple but effective application build on top of Node.js and Socket.io, which allows to monitor Linux servers log files in real time through web interface screen widgets.

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