Amazon Has Gone From Neutral Platform To Cutthroat Competitor, Say Open Source Developers

An anonymous reader shares a report: Elastic isn't the only open source cloud tool company currently looking over its shoulder at AWS. In 2018 alone, at least eight firms have made similar "rule changes" designed to ward off what they see as unfair competition from a company intent on cannibalizing their services. In his blog post, Adrian Cockcroft, VP of cloud architecture strategy at Amazon Web Services (AWS), argued that by making part of its product suite proprietary, Elastic was betraying the core principles of the open source community. "Customers must be able to trust that open source projects stay open," Cockcroft wrote. "When important open source projects that AWS and our customers depend on begin restricting access, changing licensing terms, or intermingling open source and proprietary software, we will invest to sustain the open source project and community." AWS's announcement did not attract the immediate attention of the Democratic presidential candidates or the growing cadre of antitrust activists who have recently set their sights on Amazon. But in the world of open source and free software, where picayune changes in arcane language can spark the internet equivalent of the Hundred Years War, the release of AWS's Open Distro for Elasticsearch launched a heated debate. [...] Sharone Zitzman, a respected commentator on open source software and the head of developer relations at AppsFlyer, an app development company, called Amazon's move a "hostile takeover" of Elastic's business. Steven O'Grady, co-founder of the software industry analyst firm RedMonk, cited it as an example of the "existential threat" that open source companies like Elastic believe a handful of cloud computing giants could pose. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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Corsair Glaive RGB Pro Gaming Mouse Review: Get a Grip (or Three)

The Corsair Glaive RGB Pro doesn’t come cheap and lacks the ability to adjust its weight, but it offers an overall great user experience and swappable side grips.
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Cougar Gemini X Case Review: Big, Expensive and Flawed

Cougar’s pricey Gemini X sports premium construction and room for two systems. But does its interesting design deliver the functionality to justify the price?
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NSA Recommends Dropping Phone-Surveillance Program

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: The National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a surveillance program that collects information about U.S. phone calls and text messages (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), saying the logistical and legal burdens of keeping it outweigh its intelligence benefits, according to people familiar with the matter. The recommendation against seeking the renewal of the once-secret spying program amounts to an about-face by the agency, which had long argued in public and to congressional overseers that the program was vital to the task of finding and disrupting terrorism plots against the U.S. The latest view is rooted in a growing belief among senior intelligence officials that the spying program provides limited value to national security and has become a logistical headache. Frustrations about legal-compliance issues forced the NSA to halt use of the program earlier this year, the people said. Its legal authority will expire in December unless Congress reauthorizes it. It is up to the White House, not the NSA, to decide whether to push for legislation to renew the phone-records program. The White House hasn't yet reached a policy decision about the surveillance program, according to the people familiar with the matter. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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'Days Gone' Is Interesting But Impossible to Take Seriously

It isn't bad, but it is altogether too reverent of the generic zombie apocalypse it creates.
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GoDaddy Takes Down 15,000 Spammy 'Snake Oil' Subdomains

You know those ads hawking bogus brain pills? Security researchers just helped take out a bunch of the spammers behind them.
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Days Gone impressions: Fun motorcycle times hampered by everything else

By no means a stinker, but open-world biking adventure pales compared to other PS4 hits.
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The Internet Does Not Believe You're Pregnant

Conspiracy theorists are obsessed with the wombs of celebrity women.
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The Antibiotics Business Is Broken—But There's a Fix

Attempts to develop new antibiotics are failing because the projects aren't profitable. To make new drugs, it seems, pharma companies need more money.
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HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Deal UK

Check out this fantastic deal on the HyperX Cloud 2 gaming headset. These legendary pair of headphones, are world renowned for impressive audio, at an already awesome price at almost 30% off.
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