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Google and Microsoft make patent peace

LinuxToday.com - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:00

 ZDnet: After years of intellectual property lawsuit battles, the two tech giants are declaring a ceasefire in the courtroom.

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Reports: Telstra Customers Suffering Crippling Speeds To Any Apple Service

Slashdot.org - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:56
An anonymous reader writes: It appears a large number of customers of Telstra (one of Australia's largest telcos) have been suffering crippling speeds while attempting to connect to any Apple Service for the better part of four days. Reports indicate this is affecting Apple Music, Apple App Stores (on both iOS and OSX) and are stopping many Telstra customers from getting access to app updates and the much anticipated El Capitan release of OS X. Mobile phone customers as well as home broadband customers seem to be affected at this stage with a large number of posts both on Twitter and the Whirlpool Broadband Forum. It appears one Twitter user has also fully summarised all the issues in a single post including many of the Twitter posts as well.

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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Builds Its Very Own Linux OS - Bidness ETC

Linux News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:54

Bidness ETC

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Builds Its Very Own Linux OS
Bidness ETC
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), known for its Windows operating system (OS), has finally succumbed to the free OS Linux to further build and enhance its online presence. As Microsoft continues to grow, it has realized that traditional servers and ...
Microsoft ends patent disputes with GoogleITworld

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Google and Microsoft Agree To Stand Down In Patent Wars

Slashdot.org - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:15
_0x783czar writes: Today Google and Microsoft have announced an end to litigious hostilities between themselves; signaling another step on the road to peace as the "global smartphone wars" wind down. This moves settles 18 lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany, including those involving Motorola Mobility's patents, which Google retained after selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo. Both companies hope this move will help settle the smartphone wars and refocus their efforts on consumers. Reuters reports: "Google and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate on certain patent matters and anticipate working together in other areas in the future to benefit our customers."

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2xSSL certificate setup on VPS by robikuss

Freelancer.com - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:45
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1 Hour VPS Bug Fix by premiumclaimsuk

Freelancer.com - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:42
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Scientists Discover How To Get Kids To Eat Their Vegetables

Slashdot.org - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:35
HughPickens.com writes: Roberto Ferdman writes in the Washington Post that researchers at Texas A&M University, looking for patterns in food consumption among elementary school children, found an interesting quirk about when and why kids choose to eat their vegetables. After analyzing plate waste data from nearly 8,500 students, it seems there's at least one variable that tends to affect whether kids eat their broccoli, spinach or green beans more than anything: what else is on the plate. Kids are much more likely to eat their vegetable portion when it's paired with a food that isn't so delicious that it gets all the attention. For example, when chicken nuggets and burgers, the most popular items among schoolchildren, are on the menu, vegetable waste tends to rise significantly. When other less-beloved foods, like deli sliders or baked potatoes, are served, the opposite seems to happen."Our research team looked at whether there is a relationship between consumption of certain entrees and vegetables that would lead to plate waste," says Dr. Oral Capps Jr. "We found that popular entrees such as burgers and chicken nuggets, contributed to greater waste of less popular vegetables." Traci Man, who has been studying eating habits, self-control and dieting for more than 20 years, believes that food pairings are crucial in getting kids to eat vegetables. "Normally, vegetables will lose the competition that they're in — the competition with all the other delicious food on your plate. Vegetables might not lose that battle for everyone, but they do for most of us. This strategy puts vegetables in a competition they can win, by pitting vegetables against no food at all. To do that, you just eat your vegetable first, before any of the other food is there," says Mann. "We tested it with kids in school cafeterias, where it more than quadrupled the amount of vegetables eaten. It's just about making it a little harder to make the wrong choices, and a little easier to make the right ones."

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Pentaho 6 Blends Virtual and Physical Data for Business Intelligence

LinuxToday.com - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:00

Enterprise Apps Today: New enterprise and community editions bring enhanced capabilities.

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The issue with embedded Linux... and the solution - TechRepublic

Linux News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 05:55


The issue with embedded Linux... and the solution
This works through embedded Linux (such as router firmware) and brute forces its way to SSH access of a machine (by exploiting weak passwords—this is another issue all together, but one that rests squarely on users' shoulders). Once the botnet has SSH ...
Security firm discovers Linux botnet that hits with 150 Gbps DDoS attacksEngadget
A Linux botnet is launching crippling DDoS attacks in excess of 150GbpsPCWorld
Danger: Linux Botnet Strikes With 150Gbps DDoS AttacksTech Times
Ars Technica -ZDNet -CSO Online
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Linux Foundation: Companies Are Asking Us How To Use Open Source - Forbes

Linux News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 05:17

SiliconANGLE (blog)

Linux Foundation: Companies Are Asking Us How To Use Open Source
Let's set the record straight, Jim Zemlin is actually the executive director at the Linux Foundation — not the chief, that would probably still be Linus Torvalds. In a world where meritocracy is champion and contribution outranks job title designation ...
Linux Study Claims $5B in Economic ImpactEnterpriseTech
The Linux Foundation claims open-source code is worth $5 billionSiliconANGLE (blog)
Linux Foundation: Open Source Code Worth $5BInformationWeek
Softpedia News -The VAR Guy -FierceCIO
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Most Open Month highlights new contributors, kicks off My Open Source Story series

OpenSource.com - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 05:00

In October, we kick off our new My Open Source Story series and highlight first-time Opensource.com contributors. If you're reading this and have thought about writing for us before, now's your time—share your open source story, your Linux story, or write about the open source project you are working on or using to reach your goals.

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The Case For Going To Phobos Before Going To Mars

Slashdot.org - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 04:30
MarkWhittington writes: The current NASA thinking concerning the Journey to Mars program envisions a visit to the Martian moon Phobos in the early 2030s before attempting a landing on the Martian surface in the late 2030s, as Popular Mechanics noted. The idea of a practice run that takes astronauts almost but not quite to Mars is similar to what the space agency did during the 1960s Apollo program. Apollo 8 and Apollo 10 each orbited the moon but did not land on it before the Apollo 11 mission went all the way to the lunar surface, fulfilling President John. F. Kennedy's challenge.

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Save Money on Pet Costs: Splitting Larger Doses of Frontline Flea Medication

MyMoneyBlog.com - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 04:16

Updated details for 2015, but it still works! Now that we have two dogs (three for a while), we’ve had to keep a closer eye on pet costs. One regular expense is flea medication, for which we have found Frontline Plus to work acceptably. If you buy it straight from the vet or in a retail pet store it can be around $15 per monthly dose. Here, I’ll show you how we get it down to between $1.50 and $3 per dog per month. That’s nearly $300 a year in savings for us! We have dogs so that is what I’m using for my numbers, but it would work the same way for cats.

Online shopping savings. In the past, we’ve found that the cheapest price has been on eBay, getting costs down to about $8 per dose for the exact same 6-pack product packaging. Here’s an example of the cost comparison for their “Orange box” meant for small dogs (22 lbs and under).

Store Cost (w/ shipping) Cost per 0.67 ml dose 1800PetMeds.com (“retail”) $75 for 6-pack Orange $12.50 Amazon.com $66 for 6-pack Orange $11 eBay (sample listing) $50 for 6-pack Orange $8.33


Online shopping + DIY savings. For a while, eBay sellers were selling the biggest size (Red box) made for 89+ lb. dogs along with with glass vials and syringes. The idea is that the consumer could split the medication fluid into smaller doses themselves. I’m not sure what happened, but I believe that the manufacturer Merial pressured eBay and/or their authorized sellers to stop the sale of such kits. I don’t see any such kits available for sale any longer.

I still believe the DIY method can be efffective and safe if done properly. I can understand why the manufacturer can’t officially condone such actions. But I’ve seen articles from licensed vets and also multiple reader comments saying their own vet approves this practice. Pet shelters and rescues also commonly do this.

You can also achieve more accurate dosing for your pet. By default, Merial categorizes dogs into four broad categories: 0-22 lbs, 23-44 lbs, 45-88 lbs, and 89-132 lbs. This corresponds to vial sizes of 0.67 ml, 1.34 ml, 2.68 ml, and 4.02 ml. I don’t know about you, but I see a pretty big gap between 45 and 88 pounds.

They have to make sure even the biggest dogs in the range are adequately dosed, so if you divide the vial size by the largest size for each category in pounds, you get 0.0305 ml per pound every time. So if you have a 25 lb. dog why give them double the dose of a 22 lb. dog? Just give them a bit more (0.76 ml) and you should be fine – and save even more money!

Here’s an estimate of your savings for smaller dogs. For math simplicity, I’ll assume you have exactly a 22 lb. dog. Remember, if you go by the boxes and have a 25 lb. dog, you’d need to get the bigger and often more expensive size of a 44 lb dog. I’ll assume you buy the biggest size (Red box) made for 89+ lb. dogs and split it into the exact same 0.67 ml doses as the 22b size (Orange box) using a glass vial and plastic syringes.

Store Cost (w/ shipping) Cost per 0.67 ml dose 1800PetMeds.com (“retail”) $75 for 6-pack Red
(6 x 4.02 ml = 36 x 0.67 ml doses) $2.08 Amazon.com $66 for 6-pack Red
(6 x 4.02 ml = 36 x 0.67 ml doses) $1.83 eBay (sample listing) $54 for 6-pack Red
(6 x 4.02 ml = 36 x 0.67 ml doses) $1.50


Online shopping + DIY savings + Generic brand savings. In 2011, the patent for the main active ingredient in Frontline (fipronil) expired. Generic options now include Sentry FiproGuard Plus and PetArmor Plus. If you bought Pet Armor Plus for 4-22 lb dogs (Orange equivalent), that would cost $57 per 6-pack on Amazon, a savings of 7%.

For some odd reason, you can also find PetArmor Plus for 89+ lb dogs on Amazon for roughly $38 including shipping for a 6-pack of their 89+ lb (Red equivalent). That’s less money for a bigger size!? If you split this package for 22 lb dog, that would work out to $1.06 per 0.67 ml dose.

Proper precautions. Here are some tips to make sure you split your doses safely and effectively.

  • Use protective gloves. You’d ideally want to do this with the official product anyway, but you’ll be handling it more when splitting doses so a box of latex or similar gloves is a good investment.
  • Keep medication away from light and air. You can either use a dark, glass vial or keep it an airtight syringe in airtight bag in a dark, cool space. When using a plastic syringe as the applicator, remove any needle! You’re just drizzling the stuff on your dog’s skin surface. You can buy kits of glass vials and plastic syringes on eBay for around 5 bucks.
  • Do not mix and match dog and cat Frontline. The ingredients may be the same, but sometimes they aren’t. Also, even if the ingredients are the same, the ratios are not and that is also important.
  • Don’t overdose! As with all these flea medications, you can do some trial and error to see what brand and dosage level works for your dog. You might need more or less than indicated, but I would avoid going over the max manufacturer recommendation.

As you can see, you get most of the savings from simply doing the splitting. You can get some additional savings by buying online and/or going generic. eBay is often cheapest online source, but I know some folks may be wary of authenticity so Amazon or your local warehouse store may be another option.


Save Money on Pet Costs: Splitting Larger Doses of Frontline Flea Medication from My Money Blog.

© MyMoneyBlog.com, 2015.

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How open source found me

OpenSource.com - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 04:00

This isn't a story about me finding open source—this is about how open source chose me.

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Need php developer for long-term cooperation by GisOnline

Freelancer.com - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 03:56
Hi there, I am searching for 5 individual developers skilled in PHP mainly and HTML5, CSS3 certainly for long-term cooperation. Main jobs is to develop my applications. I have many applications to build but I'm so busy from day to day... (Budget: $15 - $25 USD, Jobs: CSS, HTML5, Linux, PHP, PSD to HTML)
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El Capitan's System Integrity Protection

OSNews.com - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 03:55
With El Capitan released, there's one 'feature' that really needs to be highlighted - for better or worse. System Integrity Protection (SIP, sometimes referred to as rootless) is a security feature of OS X El Capitan, the operating system by Apple Inc. It protects certain system processes, files and folders from being modified or tampered with by other processes even when executed by the root user or by a user with root privileges (sudo). Apple says that the root user can be a significant risk factor to the system's security, especially on systems with a single user account on which that user is also the administrator. System Integrity Protection is enabled by default, but can be disabled. Here's Apple's WWDC presentation about SIP, and here's the Ars review's section about it.

A gentle introduction to microservices

OpenSource.com - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 03:00

What are microservices? Have you heard the phrase "microservices" used in a discussion of modern application development and wondered what it's all about?

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Foam-Eating Worms May Offer Solution To Mounting Waste

Slashdot.org - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 02:04
ckwu writes: Polystyrene foams—including products like Styrofoam—are rarely recycled, and the materials biodegrade so slowly that they can sit in a landfill for hundreds of years. But a pair of new studies shows that mealworms will dine on polystyrene foam when they can't get a better meal, converting almost half of what they eat into carbon dioxide. In one study, the researchers fed mealworms polystyrene foam and found that the critters converted about 48% of the carbon they ate into carbon dioxide and excreted 49% in their feces. In the second study, the researchers showed that bacteria in the mealworms' guts were responsible for breaking down the polystyrene--suggesting that engineering bacteria might be a strategy for boosting the reported biodegradation.

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Today's #OpenOrgChat: Embracing friction

OpenSource.com - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 02:00

In the Open Organization book club this week, we're discussing Chapter 5: Letting the Sparks Fly.

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