I just looked back on the Halloween Documents, specifically
http://www.catb.org/esr/halloween/halloween1.html . Here are two quotes
I find both interesting and timely:
* Linux can win as long as services / protocols are commodities.
* OSS projects have been able to gain a foothold in many server
applications because of the wide utility of highly commoditized,
simple protocols. By extending these protocols and developing new
protocols, we can deny OSS projects entry into the market.
So next time one of the new breed calls you a neckbeard for helping
build a distro with simple protocols and services, show him
http://www.catb.org/esr/halloween/halloween1.html . And try not to
laugh when the whole thing goes right over his head.
VLANd is a python program intended to make it easy to manage port-based VLAN setups across multiple switches in a network. It is designed to be vendor-agnostic, with a clean pluggable driver API to allow for a wide range of different switches to be controlled together.
I want to make something very clear at the start of this review – I have an iPad Mini which I absolutely love. I wasn’t entirely sure about the iPad when it launched but all these years later I thought it would be stupid not to have one in the house. As it turns out, I’ve used it loads and really like it.
And then Sony sent over my review sample of the Z4 Tablet. To say it has won me over is actually reasonable. I’ve used it a lot now, carried it around with me, replaced my laptop for a short period to see how it stacks up. I have to say, it has done nothing to annoy me, and everything to worm its way into my heart. So what is it that makes the Z4 so good?
The two big phone announcements of the week featured new Android devices — the OnePlus 2 and the Moto X Style — with specs that compete well with $600-plus premium phones, yet cost between $300 and $400. We also heard that Samsung plans to “adjust” (read: reduce) the price of its $600 – $700 Galaxy S6 phone after weaker than expected sales.
Android Studio, which has been billed as the official Android IDE, will get improvements in C++ language accommodations, annotations, and memory profiling with the release of the 1.3 version this week.
Based on JetBrains' popular IntelliJ Idea Java development environment, Android Studio has been viewed by InfoWorld as a superior alternative to the Eclipse IDE. Version 1.3 is now available in the Android Studio release channel. Key features include full editing and debugging support for C++, a new memory profiler, and improved testing, according to the Android Developers Blog.
If you're tired of having to pause games on your Android mobile device just to wipe finger grease off the screen, you are in luck. For $80, the Bluetooth-connected Razer Serval gamepad will ensure that you never touch that screen again (at least until playtime is over). Razer initially announced the Serval back at CES in January but it has finally hits Google Play's virtual store shelves.
The next official build of Android M, Preview 3, may see a bit of delay in release, according to the public Android M Developer Preview community on Google+. As stated by a moderator in the community, “We want this to be a near final release to test your apps on, but we need a little more time to get it out to you.” Preview 3 was previously scheduled to be released around late July.
IBM’s new developerWorks Open is a cloud-based environment on which developers can access emerging IBM technologies, technical expertise and collaborate with a global network of other developers to try and speed up projects of many diverse types. Developers can not only expect to download the code, but also have access to blogs, videos, tools and techniques to accelerate their efforts.
IBM is no stranger to the open source movement, having been at the forefront of initiatives such as Apache, Linux, Eclipse and most recently Spark, Docker, Cloud Foundry and OpenStack .IBM has thousands of developers working on open source projects.
Is your data safe on Mega? Not according to Mega's founder, the headline-grabbing Kim Dotcom. According to Dotcom, speaking in a Q&A session over at Slashdot earlier this week, he's basically been ousted from ownership of the service he created back in January of 2013. He no longer works for Mega, nor does he even own any shares of Mega.
As 3D printing technology inches into the mainstream, users of various devices are requiring easy compatibility between their PCs, laptops, and tablets, and the various desktop 3D printers currently on the market. While we’ve seen Microsoft push forward with initiatives to better integrate 3D printing into their Windows 8 and Windows 10 operating systems, we are still a ways away from the ease in compatibility seen within the 2D printing space, and Apple’s Mac compatibility is still seemingly lagging behind.
Giving away something that could make you a billion dollars sounds foolish. But Dr. Jay Bradner believes it's essential to share even the most prized scientific discoveries if we hope to find a cure for cancer.
The most sensitive work environments, like nuclear power plants, demand the strictest security. Usually this is achieved by air-gapping computers from the Internet and preventing workers from inserting USB sticks into computers. When the work is classified or involves sensitive trade secrets, companies often also institute strict rules against bringing smartphones into the workspace, as these could easily be turned into unwitting listening devices.
Regular readers will have noticed that I've been running a small scale experiment over the last few months, feeding one spammer byproduct back to them via a reasonably accessible web page. The hope was that I would learn a few things about spammer behavior in the process.