Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Google Summer of Code 2010 now accepting student applications

The Google Summer of Code 2010 program is now accepting student applications!

Google Summer of Code is a global program to introduce students, ages 18 and over, to the wonderful world of Open Source development. GSoC offers student developers stipends to write code for various Open Source projects. Students can choose from 150 Free and Open Source software projects, in technical areas as diverse as gaming to humanitarian efforts to operating system design.

More info on the Google open-source blog and the GSoC home page.

Monday, March 29, 2010

CERN Large Hadron Collider ready for record particle beam collisions

"We are opening the door to New Physics, to a new period of discovery in the history of humankind," said Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director-general of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. 

Pretty exciting news from the Swiss / French border! In a few hours, high energy particle beams will start circulating in opposite directions around the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC), causing particle collisions that could help unlock secrets of the  dark matter, dark energy and what happened in the universe 13.7 billion years ago... 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Binding to port 80 without running as root

I've been looking for a way to allow server programs like Apache httpd, memcached, Couchdb, Qpid etc to bind to privileged IP ports under 1024 like 80 or 443 for example, without running them as the root user. Normally, on Linux you need to run as root to be allowed to bind to these standard privileged ports


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