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June 20, 2014
Fedora Scientific is a Linux distribution specifically designed for enabling open science. It is a Fedora spin targeted at users whose work involves scientific and numerical computing. Perhaps like other Fedora spins, it was conceived out of a simple need: the need to avoid constantly installing the same software on a fresh Linux installation.read more
One of the developers of the TrueCrypt encryption program said it's unlikely that fans will receive permission to start an independent "fork" that borrows from the current source code, a refusal that further clouds the future of the highly regarded application.
I wrote the shell script described here ('grep4') to find up to four items at the same time in my data tables, which are big text files with one record per line. The script gives each searched-for item its own color on the terminal screen. It lets me know in advance how many 'hits' there are, so that if there are lots of hits, I get the choice of printing the results to a file instead of displaying them. The script also lets me choose between seeing all records with any of the items (the OR case: A or B or...) or just the records containing all the searched-for items on one line (the AND case: A and B and...).
GS4 unveiled an autonomous, Linux-based robot security guard called Bob, based on a MetraLabs “Scitos A5? robot programmed by the University of Birmingham. U.K.-based security firm GS4 Technology has launched a three week trial at its Gloucestershire headquarters of a robot called Bob that was designed by the University of Birmingham School of Computer Science. GS4 will evaluate Bob’s performance as a trainee security officer. Bob is part of a £7.2 million ($12.2 million) project called STRANDS, hosted by the University of Birmingham, with an aim of expanding the role of robots in the workplace.
The networking focused Enea Linux 4.0 has arrived with new virtualization features including KVM and Open vSwitch support, plus a Yocto 1.6 build. Swedish telecom software company Enea announced version 3.0 of its Yocto-based commercial Linux distribution and development platform in May 2013, adding real-time Linux support, among other features.
At the end, you have the RetroArch project fully installed and configured, which includes all of the major emulators you'd want and a centralized method to configure them, plus an EmulationStation graphical front end the Pi can boot directly into that makes it simple to navigate to the game you want, all from a gamepad.
This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision concerning software patents and took a small-but-meaningful step in the right direction. In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the Court reaffirmed that abstract ideas are not by themselves patentable and unanimously held that the software at issue was no more than an abstract idea. It also held that "merely requiring generic computer implementation fails to transform that abstract idea into a patent-eligible invention."
HP claims that its light-based, next-generation Machine will do everything except scrub the kitchen sink. But given HP's recent innovation track record, why should we believe any of it?
Although Docker is a relatively new effort that got under way in March 2013, the project has matured quickly and the Docker 1.0 milestone was released on June 9. Alongside the Docker 1.0 release came the official debut of the Docker Hub, which is a repository for what are known as "dockerized" applications that can be deployed to any Docker host. Some of the world's largest technology vendors, including IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Red Hat, support Docker. In this slide show eWEEK examines the world of Docker container virtualization.
June 19, 2014
SocialChorus, an "advocate marketing" company, has been offering to pay bloggers for promoting Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser.
The subsequent rules of thumb arose during the development of the Empirical Gramian Framework (emgr), a young open source software project in the Workgroup for Numerical Analysis [he]amp[/he] Scientific Computing at the University of Münster which targets algorithmic model order reduction for control systems. emgr is written in the often—and wrongfully—belittled MATLAB programming language, which, by its almost pseudo-code like syntax, is easily understandable and yet performs very well. The following guidelines, many of which are related to the Science Code Manifesto, are given from a MATLAB perspective, but they apply to other programming languages and environments as well.
Interest in software defined networking continues to grow, and for many, OpenStack and OpenDaylight are the natural tools for transitioning data centers to this new paradigm in network communications. Both are active and growing open source projects backed by a large community of companies and individual developers.