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Pike Programming Language

LXer Linux News - 33 min 56 sec ago
A C-like language with all the OO trimmings, garbage collection, strong data types, and excellent string processing makes a powerful tool for Web programming.

Chromebooks are freaking out Microsoft in a very big way

LXer Linux News - 1 hour 31 min ago
In today's open source roundup: Microsoft hits the panic button about Chromebooks. Plus: Firefox 31 has been released, and how to install additional desktops in Linux.

Privacy Badger beta released. Install it on Firefox and Chrome

LXer Linux News - 2 hours 28 min ago
Privacy Badger is a browser add-on for Firefox and Chrome that’s designed to stop “advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web.” And it’s designed to require zero configuration to use. Just install and forget it!

News: Linux Top 3: Slackware Turns 21, Debian Squeezes and Linux 3.16 Nears

LXer Linux News - 3 hours 56 min ago
A review of Linux distribution milestones.

Research shows Australia and U.S. used to be connected

ITWire - 4 hours 39 min ago
A study from the University of Tasmania shows that southern Australia and northwestern United States used to be together -- over 1.3 billion years ago.     Researchers from the University of Tasmania (Sandy Bay, Hobart, Australia, http://www.utas.edu.au/) looked at very old sedimentary rocks on its island and compared them to rocks found the U.S. states of Montana and Idaho, and parts of the province of British Columbia in North America.   They found that the minerals monazite and zircon were present in both samples, and found a similar pattern of both sedimentary rocks from both areas.    The researchers concluded that the minerals had been deposited in an ancient ocean from about 1.45 billion to 1.33 billion years ago. The rocks studied by the Tasmania researchers are considered the oldest rocks in Tasmania.   The lead researcher in the study, Jacqueline Halpin from the University of Tasmania’s Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits, stated that the result was “a strong genetic fingerprint and evidence” that the geographic area of Rocky Cape in Tasmania continues through parts of the United States and Canada called the Belt-Purcell region.   {loadposition william08}Halpin stated that Tasmania and North American were once a part of the supercontinent that is called Nuna, which existed over 1.3 billion years ago.   Over subsequent millions of years, the Nuna supercontinent broke up through tectonic plate action, thus causing the two bodies to move apart.   This research was published in the journal Precambrian Research. Its title is “Authigenic monazite and detrital zircon dating from the Proterozoic Rocky Cape Group, Tasmania: Links to the Belt-Purcell Supergroup, North America”.    Along with Dr. Halpin, the other authors of the study are Torsten Jensena, Peter McGoldrick, Sebastien Meffre, Ron F. Berry, John L. Everard, Clive R. Calver, Jay Thompson, Karsten Goemann, and Joanne M. Whittaker.   Page two continues with this story.     For more on this story, please read the July 21, 2014 TheMercury.com.au article “UTAS rock scientists reveal Tasmania and parts of North America were once close geographical neighbours”.   The article quotes Dr. Halpin: “At this time, both Tasmania and North America were part of a supercontinent called Nuna.”   And, “As plate tectonics and the supercontinent cycle started to rift Nuna apart, a large sedimentary basin formed that included the Rocky Cape Group and Belt-Purcell Supergroup rocks.”   The article added, “The continued break-up of Nuna eventually dispersed parts of this ancient sedimentary basin to opposite sides of the Earth.”

OpenStack product management: wisdom or folly?

LXer Linux News - 4 hours 53 min ago
Two recent, excellent, blog posts have touched on a topic I've been wrestling with since May's OpenStack Summit: What is the role of the Product Management function, if any, in the OpenStack development process?

'530 Fatties' page targets the overweight

CNN - Tech News - 5 hours 17 min ago
A Facebook page created to criticize people about their weight has sparked controversy. CNN affiliate KOVR reports.

What are useful online tools for Linux

LXer Linux News - 5 hours 50 min ago
As you know, GNU Linux is much more than just an OS. There is literally a whole sphere on the Internet dedicated to the penguin OS. If you read this post, you are probably inclined towards reading about Linux online. Among all the pages that you can find on the subject, there are websites that every Linux adventurer should have in his bookmarks because these websites are more than just tutorials or reviews, they are real tools that you can access from anywhere and share with everyone.

Mozilla Thunderbird 31.0 Officially Released with Lots of Fixes and Important Changes

LXer Linux News - 6 hours 47 min ago
Mozilla has officially released Thunderbird 31.0, an email and RSS client, for all the available platforms, and the developers have actually made a number of improvements to the application. The first version has been released in the Thunderbird 31.x branch, but unlike some of the previous updates, this one actually brings something interesting. It's been a while since Thunderbird received any real improvements, but that's not exactly Mozilla's fault.

Milind Bhandarkar talks big data and open source software

LXer Linux News - 7 hours 45 min ago
Big data is one of the most pervasive buzzwords in today's technology world. But it's impossible to deny how deeply data touches all aspects of not just our lives but also business and industry. The amount of data collected about everything is staggering—a typical transatlantic flight generates 30 terabytes of data about the engines alone!

Cisco relaunches Developer Network

LXer Linux News - 8 hours 42 min ago
Cisco has picked up a lipstick-gloss in one hand and a pig in the other, by re-launching its developer program to have another shot at attracting third party coders to its platforms. For not the first time, The Borg has hit upon the idea that getting others writing functions and applications for it is a big chunk of its future. It's not even the first time it's called the program the Cisco Developer Network (or DevNet in the parlance of today's announcement).

ProtonMail and Subrosa: Encrypted communication for the privacy-conscious

LXer Linux News - 9 hours 39 min ago
ProtonMail, as the name suggests, is an email service. The outfit is based in Switzerland and the service offers bumper-to-bumper encryption, is browser-based, does not log IP addresses, and will accept bitcoin and cash payments for paid accounts.

Training needs are changing

ITWire - 10 hours 33 min ago

The type of training required by IT professionals is changing, according to the CEO of a major training provider.

The continuing trend to outsourcing and offshoring means employers are looking for different skill sets from employees, so training and certification in process and people skills are becoming important if you want to keep working.

DDLS CEO Mal Shaw (pictured) told iTWire that outsourcing and offshoring mean there is reduced demand for staff with systems and network administration skills, but organisations do realise that it is best to use IT staff with appropriate process skills to manage relationships with providers.

He described these people as 'T-shaped professionals' where the vertical stroke describes their IT skills and the horizontal represents soft skills, consulting and marketing expertise, and so on.

{loadposition stephen08}The role of such people isn't limited to provider relationship management, he said. With the growing tendency for IT expenditure to occur outside of IT departments, it's important that IT professionals are still involved in decision making.

Line of business and IT staff need to be part of the process in order to ensure that the organisation gets what it wants and manages the risks appropriately. To this end, training and certification in ITIL (practices for IT service management), PRINCE2 (project management), COBIT (enterprise IT management) and related best practices are increasingly sought by employers.

That said, DDLS still offers a wide range of training in traditional IT skills, and has been recognised by high-profile vendors including Cisco, Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.

There are also changes in the way IT-related training is being delivered, according to Mr Shaw. While traditional 'instructor in a classroom' delivery is still the mainstay, around half the students aren't in the same room as the instructor. Instead, they are participating via telepresence from rooms at other DDLS offices, thus reducing travel and accommodation costs.

The company is considering giving its clients the option of joining courses via telepresence from their own offices, but there is some concern that this would lead to an increase in the number of people failing to complete courses as it becomes so much easier to drag them away to deal with an 'urgent' problem that wouldn't be deemed sufficiently important to have them travel back from a remote location.

Although it is part of NTT-owned Dimension Data, DDLS operates as a separate business, Mr Shaw said, though it partners with Dimension Data and other companies "when training needs to be part of a project."

It has around 100 staff and 150 contract instructors, and operates from seven locations. Clients include major government departments and the country's largest companies.

DDLS's history goes back to 1991 when it was set up as Com Tech Education Services to provide training to Com Tech's resellers. South Africa based Dimension Data completed its acquisition of Com Tech in 2001, and Dimension Data was in turn acquired by Japan based NTT in 2010.

Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

LXer Linux News - 10 hours 36 min ago
When Microsoft swallowed half of Europe's biggest tech company, it was only a matter of time before it spat something out. And so it has, ending Nokia's thirty-year roller-coaster ride. However, the decision will make tens of million of its customers take a look at Android – surely the last thing Microsoft wanted to happen.

Great Scott! It's Version 13!

LXer Linux News - 11 hours 33 min ago
No matter how much I love Plex, there's still nothing that comes close to XBMC for usability when it comes to watching your network media on a television. I've probably written a dozen articles on Plex during the last few years, so you know that's tough for me to admit. Still, no matter how many Plex-enabled devices I might buy (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, phones, tablets, Web browsers), I run XBMC on all my televisions. The interface, when coupled with a back-end MySQL database, is just unbeatable.

RSA Web Threat Detection watches for mobile fraud

ITWire - 11 hours 47 min ago

A new version of RSA Web Threat Detection adds mobile application traffic visibility to crime and fraud monitoring.

RSA Web Threat Detection is intended to provide organisations operating externally-facing web sites with a way of detecting criminal and fraudulent activity, including business logic abuse.

It uses big data analytics to monitor millions of web sessions in real time to reveal threats and potential threats.

The latest version provides improved visibility of activities, additional detections, and new mobile traffic monitoring capabilities (almost one-third of fraudulent transactions detected by RSA during the first half of 2014 originated from mobile devices).

{loadposition stephen08}Once an attack is identified by one client, similar attacks are automatically detected.

RSA officials said Web Threat Detection "shines a spotlight on the 'needle in the haystack', even if an analyst isn’t sure what 'the needle' looks like." Its analyst summary dashboard helps security analysts determine whether an incident warrants further investigation.

RSA Web Threat Detection can automatically communicate with network devices to block apparently malicious users or IP addresses.

"With the proliferation of threats focused on the web portal and mobile channels, organisations need end-to-end visibility into what is occurring to protect their customers and brand. RSA Web Threat Detection is engineered to provide this visibility by analysing click stream data during web and mobile web sessions, translating it into actionable intelligence to help organisations distinguish between legitimate and disruptive use," said RSA Security Analytics vice president Grant Geyer.

"By providing a complete look into online behaviour before, during and after authentication, organisations can detect anomalies in order to effectively mitigate fraud, business logic abuse and other malicious activity in real-time while also strengthening their overall security operations."

The new version of RSA Web Threat Detection will be released this quarter. Pricing was not announced.

NetSuite suits Yellow Brick Road

ITWire - 12 hours 20 min ago

Financial services company Yellow Brick Road has adopted NetSuite as its primary software system.

Yellow Brick Road - perhaps best known for personal financial services such as arranging home loans - has rejected on-premises software in favour of NetSuite's cloud-based service for financial management, financial planning, CRM, and analytics and reporting.

The elasticity of a cloud service played a big part in the decision.

"NetSuite allows us to easily extend our business management capabilities organically as we grow, as well as more effectively incorporate any new businesses that we may acquire in the future," said CFO Richard Shaw.

{loadposition stephen08}"We now have a solution that has the capacity to adapt to our changing needs over the next ten plus years, not just a stopgap measure to get us through the next couple of years - which the other options we considered would have potentially provided."

That includes step-changes resulting from the company's plans for expansion through acquisition.

Yellow Brick Road originally adopted NetSuite for its general ledger function, but has extended its use to cover most of its information management tasks.

Mr Shaw said NetSuite has allowed his team to spend less time on information management and more on analysis and in support of company growth.

"We know we've made a smart technology decision, without having to invest big money in infrastructure that we would probably have to change again in a few years. It was a manageable investment and it is the right technology for our expanding business," he said.

A new OpenStack book, advice for contributing, and more

LXer Linux News - 12 hours 31 min ago
Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for what's happening right now in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

Learn to program Python with our digital bookazine

LXer Linux News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:57
Read our Python masterclass for beginners and follow it up with ten projects in Understanding & Implementing Python volume one. Python is one of our favourite programming languages and we’ve covered it a lot over the years in Linux User & Developer. We’ve compiled ten of the best Python projects in the first edition of our digital Developer Manual, available now from our Newsstand app.

Microsoft Contractors Face New Work Limits

LXer Linux News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:00
The pitfalls of working on closed source projects for contract developers...


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