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Modernizing the Copyright Office

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 6:14md
An anonymous reader writes: Joshua Simmons has written a new article discussing the growing consensus that it is time to modernize the Copyright Office. It reviews the developments that led to the last major revision of the Copyright Act; discusses Congress's focus since 1976 on narrower copyright bills, rather than a wholesale revision of U.S. copyright law, and the developments that have led to the review hearings; and considers the growing focus on Copyright Office modernization.

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Aaron Honeycutt: Akademy Day 2

Planet UBUNTU - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 5:42md
A beautiful morning in Spain!

The second day at Akademy started off with 10 or so hours of sleep!, which was much needed for basic functions (really happy I don’t have to drive here).  The hotel (Rialta) had great breakfast with coffee, OJ, bread with meat and cheeses, yogurt, cereal all the basics that makeup a great day!

To the talks!

First talk to start was with Lydia Pintscher with “Evolving KDE” which see went over what is planned in the next stage of Plasma 5 and what she wants to be planned as President of the e.V.

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Next up was Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen talked about the work going on with Plasma Mobile from porting to devices, running Android applications on it and more.

Kubuntu Team

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Harold and Rohan gave a talk about their CI(Continuous Interrogation) work.

Lunch and Group photo

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Then we had the awesome and big group photo with everyone currently at Akademy both the people who are going to it as well as the volunteers who help make the whole thing run. Shortly after the group photo was lunch which again was provided by the Schools cafe and paid for by Blue Systems, which was great with pasta, yogurt, fruits, and pudding!

Right after Lunch everyone was right back to hacking some Open Source goodness!

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Kubuntu Podcast reports in!

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After the Lunch was over Ovidiu-Florin and I did a interview with Matthias Klumpp for the Kubuntu Podcast which has a new episode coming out next month on August 5 with hopes of including this and future interviews from Akademy and if not the next episode.

Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Revealed In MPAA Emails

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 5:15md
vivaoporto writes: Techdirt reports a plan to run anti-Google smear campaign via Today Show and WSJ discovered in MPAA Emails. Despite the resistance of the Hollywood studios to comply with the subpoenas obtained by Google concerning their relationship with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (whose investigation of the company appeared to actually be run by the MPAA and the studios themselves) one of the few emails that Google have been able to get access to so far was revealed this Thursday in a filling. It's an email between the MPAA and two of Jim Hood's top lawyers in the Mississippi AG's office, discussing the big plan to "hurt" Google. The lawyers from Hood's office flat out admit that they're expecting the MPAA and the major studios to have its media arms run a coordinated propaganda campaign of bogus anti-Google stories. One email reads: "Media: We want to make sure that the media is at the NAAG meeting. We propose working with MPAA (Vans), Comcast, and NewsCorp (Bill Guidera) to see about working with a PR firm to create an attack on Google (and others who are resisting AG efforts to address online piracy). This PR firm can be funded through a nonprofit dedicated to IP issues. The "live buys" should be available for the media to see, followed by a segment the next day on the Today Show (David green can help with this). After the Today Show segment, you want to have a large investor of Google (George can help us determine that) come forward and say that Google needs to change its behavior/demand reform. Next, you want NewsCorp to develop and place an editorial in the WSJ emphasizing that Google's stock will lose value in the face of a sustained attack by AGs and noting some of the possible causes of action we have developed." As Google notes in its legal filing about this email, the "plan" states that if this effort fails, then the next step will be to file the subpoena (technically a CID or "civil investigatory demand") on Google, written by the MPAA but signed by Hood. This makes it pretty clear that the MPAA, studios and Hood were working hand in hand in all of this and that the subpoena had no legitimate purpose behind it, but rather was the final step in a coordinated media campaign to pressure Google to change the way its search engine works.

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Senate Passes 'No Microsoft National Talent Strategy Goal Left Behind Act'

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 4:18md
theodp writes: Microsoft is applauding the Senate's passage of the Every Child Achieves Act, a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act, saying the move will improve access to K-12 STEM learning nationwide. The legislation elevates Computer Science to a "core academic subject", opening the door to a number of funding opportunities. The major overhaul of the U.S. K-12 education system, adds Microsoft on the Issues, also "advances some of the goals outlined in Microsoft's National Talent Strategy," its "two-pronged" plan to increase K-12 CS education and tech immigration. Perhaps Microsoft is tackling the latter goal in under-the-radar White House visits with the leaders of Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us PAC, like this one, attended by Microsoft's William "It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway" Kamela and FWD.us President Joe "Save Us From Just-Sort-of-OK US Workers" Green.

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Jonathan Riddell: Plasma Mobile Images by Kubuntu

Planet UBUNTU - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 4:00md

Yesterday we revealed the project we’ve been working on for the last few months, Plasma Mobile and images of it on Kubuntu.

KDE has been trying for years to get Plasma working on different form factors with mixed success, so when I first started on this I was pretty intimidated.  But we looked around for how to build this and it turns out there is software for it just lying around on the internet ready to be put together.  Incredible.

It got very stressful when we couldn’t get anything showing on the screen for a few weeks but the incredible Martin G got Wayland working with it in KWin, so now KDE has not just the first open mobile project but also one of the first systems running with Wayland.

And with Shashlik in the pipeline we are due to be able to run Android applications on it too giving us one of the largest application ecosystems out there.

The question is will there be traction from the community?  You can join us in the normal Plasma ways, #plasma on Freenode and plasma-devel mailing list and #kubuntu-devel to chat about making images for other devices.  I’m very excited to see what will happen in the next year.

Plasma Mobile announcement.

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MIT Is Improving Object Recognition For Robots

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 3:20md
jan_jes writes: MIT have demonstrated their monocular SLAM supported approach that is able to achieve stronger performance against the classical frame based approach [where misclassifications occur occasionally]. The system is able to detect and robustly recognize objects in its environment using a single RGB camera. They have presented their paper at the Robotics Science and Systems conference last week. The system uses SLAM information to augment existing object-recognition algorithms. Robot with camera provide the improved object predictions in all views.

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Twitter Yanks Tweets That Repeat Copyrighted Joke

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 2:23md
Mark Wilson writes at Beta News: Can a joke be copyrighted? Twitter seems to think so. As spotted by Twitter account Plagiarism is Bad a number of tweets that repeat a particular joke are being hidden from view. The tweets have not been deleted as such, but their text has been replaced with a link to Twitter's Copyright and DMCA policy. Quality of the joke itself aside -- no accounting for taste -- this seems a strange move for a site and service which is largely based around verbatim retransmission of other people's low-character-count declarations, recipes, questions, and Yes, jokes.

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EU May Become a Single Digital Market of 500 Million People

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 12:00md
RockDoctor writes: The Guardian is reporting that the EU is becoming increasingly vociferous in its opposition to "geo-blocking" — the practice of making media services available in some areas but not in others: "European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channel of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU." That adds up to a block of nearly 500 million first-world media consumers. They don't necessarily all speak the same language, but English is probably the most commonly understood single language. And the important thing for American media companies to remember is that they're not American in thought, taste or outlook.

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Aaron Honeycutt: Akademy Day 1

Planet UBUNTU - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 11:12pd

Before I start this blog I would like to thank the wonderful Ubuntu community for sponsoring my trip to the wonder hub of KDE development at Akademy!

Akademy 2015

My trip to Akademy 2015 in La Coruna Spain started at 4:45 pm on Friday in Miami with a flight to Lisbon. I was serve decent dinner and later breakfast. I did not get much sleep on the first part of the trip, but the second one from Lisbon to La Coruna I got about 1 hour or additional sleep with me finally arriving at 11:30 or so AM local time. I also saw the entertainment system reboot and show me that it was running Linux! I finally had the awesome experience of meeting some of the people I have been working with for over 2+ years over IRC, Hangouts and phone calls. Today was filled many great talks from our own Riddell and Clark on the new Plasma phone and continued work on the CI end of Kubuntu respectably.On the first day we also had the announcement of Plasma Mobile being worked on by Blue Systems and the larger KDE community as well. I’ll have some more pictures of that in there own blog post and album on imgur later on. Blue Systems has been kind enough to sponsor lunch for this weekend and next weekend. So here I type this blog post with under 2 hours of sleep for 36+ hours of uptime lol.

Eye Drops Could Dissolve Cataracts

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 9:10pd
An anonymous reader writes: As Slashdot readers age, more and more will be facing surgery for cataracts. The lack of cataract surgery in much of the world is a major cause of blindness. Researchers at University of California San Diego have identified lanosterol as a key molecule in the prevention of cataract formation that points to a novel strategy for cataract prevention and non-surgical treatment. The abstract is freely available from Nature. If you have cataracts, you might want to purchase a full reprint while you can still read it.

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HEVC Advance Announces H.265 Royalty Rates, Raises Some Hackles

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 6:18pd
An anonymous reader writes: The HEVC Advance patent pool has announced the royalty rates for their patent license for HEVC (aka H.265) video. HEVC users must pay these fees in addition to the license fees payable to the competing MPEG LA HEVC patent pool. With HEVC Advance's fees targeting 0.5% of content owner revenue which could translate to licensing costs of over $100M a year for companies like Facebook and Netflix, Dan Rayburn from Streaming Media advocates that "content owners band together and agree not to license from HEVC Advance" in the hope that "HEVC Advance will fail in the market and be forced to change strategy, or change their terms to be fair and reasonable." John Carmack, Oculus VR CTO, has cited the new patent license as a reason to end his efforts to encode VR video with H.265.

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Jonathan Kang: A brief summary for the second step of GSoC 2015

Planet GNOME - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 3:56pd
The Second step has finished June 26. But I prepared several exams in early July and went to Beijing to apply the Visa for GUADEC and had a travel in Beijing. So I was a little busy in the past few days. Now I'd like to spend sometime to write this blog and share something I learned during the second step of my plan.

The commit of this step can be found here.

The job of second step is to add the feature that view logs from different boots to Logs. Previously, Logs could only show the user logs from the current boot. What I did is adding the option for the users to view logs from previous boots. Pictures below show the difference.

Before patch:

After patch:

You can see the icon and the menu list beside the search icon in the second picture. Here users can select the latest five boots. Yep, right now we choose to give users the option to choose the latest five boots. Later on viewing all boots will be available.

There are two things I wanna mention here. The first is how to add a GMune with GtkMuneButton. The second one is how to get all boot ids in coding level.


  • How to add a GMune with GtkMuneButton
We use GtkMenuButton as the menu button shown in the UI. Then we need set the GMenuModel from which the popup will be constructed. Here we use GMenu as the model. Suppose we have the following statement:
GMenu *boot_menu;GMenuItem *item;

We create a new GMenu using
boot_menu = g_menu_new ();
Then we create items in the menu using
item = g_menu_item_new (...);

And append these items into boot_menu using

g_menu_append_item (boot_menu, item);

After appending all the items into boot_menu, it's time to set GtkMenuButton's GMenuModel using

gtk_menu_button_set_menu_model (GTK_MENU_BUTTON (priv->menu_button),
                                                                   G_MENU_MODEL (boot_menu));

And it will be done.


  • How to get all boot ids in coding level
I found these codes in the source code of journalctl. It's a function shown as below:
SD_JOURNAL_FOREACH_UNIQUE (sd_journal *journal, const void *data, size_t length);
In the body of this function, the boot match will be saved into data. You can use the following code to convert it to a sd_id128_t id.
r = sd_id128_from_string (((const char *)data) + strlen ("_BOOT_ID="), &id);
Because boot match is in form of "_BOOT_ID=......", and we need make data point at the start of the actual boot id, data should plus the length of "_BOOT_ID=".
BTW, the Visa application result will probably be out tomorrow. Hope everything is fine and I can go to Sweden to meet you!

Nintendo TVii Service Will Go Dark August 11th

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 3:26pd
Kotaku reports that Nintendo's has announced it will shutter its Wii U TVii in just a few weeks; after August 11th, the service will be no more. The description that Kotaku offers gives some idea of why: Nintendo TVii promised to turn television watching into a robust social experience, tracking users' favorite shows, making suggestions based on familial preferences, integrating with all of the major streaming video services, programming DVR recordings and acting as a second screen experience on the Wii U game pad. It sounded pretty amazing. It wasn’t really. It was awkward and fumbling and a year later the Xbox One came along with its HDMI pass-through and voice-controlled TV watching and made Nintendo TVii look silly."

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Chinese Consumers Can Now Buy Formerly Banned Consoles, Nationwide

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 1:12pd
PC Magazine reports that China has entered a new phase in its liberalization of game console sales. Restrictions amounting to a nationwide ban were loosened recently, so that manufacturers which produced (and sold) consoles in Shanghai's free trade zone were allowed to also sell their wares elsewhere in China. The newest change is to remove that geographic requirement, so Chinese buyers are expected to be able to buy whatever consoles they'd like. Games to play on those consoles, though, are a different story.

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HardenedBSD Completes Strong ASLR Implementation

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/07/2015 - 12:16pd
New submitter HardenedBSD writes: A relatively new fork of FreeBSD, HardenedBSD, has completed its Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) feature. Without ASLR, applications are loaded into memory in a deterministic manner. An attacker who knows where a vulnerability lies in memory can reliably exploit that vulnerability to manipulate the application into doing the attacker's bidding. ASLR removes the determinism, making it so that even if an attacker knows that a vulnerability exists, he doesn't know where that vulnerability lies in memory. HardenedBSD's particular implementation of ASLR is the strongest form ever implemented in any of the BSDs. The next step is to update documentation and submit updates to the patches they have already submitted upstream to FreeBSD. ASLR is the first step in a long list of exploit mitigation technologies HardenedBSD plans to implement.

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AMD Starts Rolling Out New Linux Driver Model, But Many Issues Remain

Slashdot.org - Sht, 25/07/2015 - 11:16md
An anonymous reader writes: With the upcoming Linux 4.2 kernel will be the premiere of the new "AMDGPU" kernel driver to succeed the "Radeon" DRM kernel driver, which is part of AMD's long talked about new Linux driver architecture for supporting the very latest GPUs and all future GPUs. Unfortunately for AMD customers, there's still much waiting. The new open-source AMDGPU Linux code works for Tonga/Carrizo GPUs but it doesn't yet support the latest R9 Fury "Fiji" GPUs, lacks re-clocking/DPM for Tonga GPUs leading to low performance, and there are stability issues under high-load OpenGL apps/games. There's also the matter that current Linux users need to jump through hoops for now in getting the code into a working state with the latest kernel and forked versions of Mesa, libdrm, new proprietary microcode files, and the new xf86-video-amdgpu user-space driver.

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Randall Ross: Cool Conference Ideas

Planet UBUNTU - Sht, 25/07/2015 - 10:50md

I just returned from a large, well managed conference in Portland (you know the one), and this was one of the ideas that stood out as excellent, at least in my opinion: Sticker Table!


People leave stickers, take stickers, and see stickers. It's a great way to give your project more visibility and it's also a great way to see what other projects are around, and possibly even at the show/conference.

Have you seen anything at recent shows that made you say, "Wow! Great idea." Please share in the comments or shoot an email to randall at ubuntu dot com.

HP R&D Starts Enforcing a Business Casual Dress Code

Slashdot.org - Sht, 25/07/2015 - 10:14md
An anonymous reader writes: HP was once known as a research and technology giant, a company founded in a garage by a pair of engineers and dominated by researchers. Whilst a part of that lives on in Agilent any hope for the rest of the company has now died with the announcement that HP R&D will have to dress in business "smart casual" with T-shirts, baseball caps, short skirts, low cut dresses and sportswear all being banned.

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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Store a Half-Petabyte of Data? (And Back It Up?)

Slashdot.org - Sht, 25/07/2015 - 9:15md
An anonymous reader writes: My workplace has recently had two internal groups step forward with a request for almost a half-petabyte of disk to store data. The first is a research project that will computationally analyze a quarter petabyte of data in 100-200MB blobs. The second is looking to archive an ever increasing amount of mixed media. Buying a SAN large enough for these tasks is easy, but how do you present it back to the clients? And how do you back it up? Both projects have expressed a preference for a single human-navigable directory tree. The solution should involve clustered servers providing the connectivity between storage and client so that there is no system downtime. Many SAN solutions have a maximum volume limit of only 16TB, which means some sort of volume concatenation or spanning would be required, but is that recommended? Is anyone out there managing gigantic storage needs like this? How did you do it? What worked, what failed, and what would you do differently?

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Battle For Wesnoth Seeks New Developers

Slashdot.org - Sht, 25/07/2015 - 8:19md
jones_supa writes: Twelve years ago, David White sat down over a weekend and created the small pet project that we know today as the open source strategy game The Battle For Wesnoth. At the time, Dave was the sole programmer, working alongside Francisco Muñoz, who produced the first graphics. As more and more people contributed, the game grew from a tiny personal project into an extensive one, encompassing hundreds of contributors. Today however, the ship is sinking. The project is asking for help to keep things rolling. Especially requested are C++, Python, and gameplay (WML) programmers. Any willing volunteers should have good communication skills and preferably be experienced with working alongside fellow members of a large project. More details can be found at the project website.

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