Wed 2014-07-30


[More Words, Deeper Hole]

List of Sponsered Reviews

Book                                      Sponsor    Review      Status
Max Gladstone's Trilogy                   Kithrup/      S         Foraging* 
                                          Seth Ellis
?                                         melita66
The Long Run.                             melita66      R          Acquired                                          
Riddlemaster of Hed                       Tavella       T         Acquired 
KJ Parker's Scavenger                     Connatic      S         Acquired
Geraldine Harris's Seven Citadels quartet Yhlee         T         Foraging
Footfall                                  nebogipfel    S         Acquired
A Desert of Stars                         James Angrove S         Acquired
Voyage of the Shadowmoon                  none                    Acquired
Sewer, Gas and Electric                   Marc Dionne   S         Acquired

Tentative schedule

Book                                      Status            date
The Long Run                              Acquired          Monday                                
Riddlemaster of Hed                       Acquired          Wednesday 
KJ Parker's Scavenger                     Acquired          Thursday - Saturday 
A Martha Wells novel.                     Hard to say       um
Max Gladstone's Trilogy                   Foraging*         Tuesday August 5
Geraldine Harris's Seven Citadels quartet Foraging          um
Footfall                                  nebogipfel        Acquired
A Desert of Stars                         James Angrove     Acquired
Voyage of the Shadowmoon                  none              Acquired
Sewer, Gas and Electric                   Marc Dionne       Acquired

A memory jog now might an idea

* The handy "check to see if a store in your area has a copy" button on the Chapters site is no longer visible but as it turns out no local store has it.

S = Sponsored
T = Tears
R = Rediscovery

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Sat 2014-07-26.16:10 | [More Words, Deeper Hole]


The nice thing about headcannnons is that it's really easy to get other people to believe in them.

Wed 2014-07-30.06:00 | []



Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

An anonymous reader writes: Brian Krebs reports on information from Columbia, Md.-based threat intelligence firm Cyber Engineering Services Inc. that attackers thought to be operating out of China hacked into the corporate networks of three top Israeli defense technology companies. The attackers were seeking technical documents related to Iron Dome, Israel's air defense system. "IAI was initially breached on April 16, 2012 by a series of specially crafted email phishing attacks. ... Once inside the IAI’s network, [the attackers] spent the next four months in 2012 using their access to install various tools and trojan horse programs on systems throughout company’s network and expanding their access to sensitive files, CyberESI said. The actors compromised privileged credentials, dumped password hashes, and gathered system, file, and network information for several systems. The actors also successfully used tools to dump Active Directory data from domain controllers on at least two different domains on the IAI’s network. All told, CyberESI was able to identify and acquire more than 700 files — totaling 762 MB total size — that were exfiltrated from IAI’s network during the compromise. The security firm said most of the data acquired was intellectual property and likely represented only a small portion of the entire data loss by IAI." Most of the stolen material pertained to Arrow III missiles, UAVs, and ballistic rockets.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2014-07-30.06:04 | [Slashdot]
[ - Algemeen]

Tientallen doodgedrukt op ramadanfeest Guinee

Ten minste 24 mensen zijn doodgedrukt tijdens een concert op het strand van Guinee. De feestgangers vierden in de hoofdstad Conakry het eind van de ramadan. Het West-Afrikaanse land heeft een week van nationale rouw afgekondigd na het ''tragische drama''.

Wed 2014-07-30.06:26 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

'Bijna geen verkeer voor dure snelweg Bijlmer'

De Gaasperdammerweg, een snelweg door de Bijlmer, wordt nauwelijks gebruikt terwijl de weg binnenkort een van de duurste weguitbreidingen van Nederland ondergaat.

Wed 2014-07-30.06:23 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Thwarted dev sets Instasheep to graze on Facebook accounts

Zuck-land tried to fix crumbling cookie with HTTPS but developer won't bite

London developer Stevie Graham has built an Instagram stealer dubbed Instasheep that can hijack accounts over public networks.…

Wed 2014-07-30.06:32 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal

Amazon has laid out its reasons for wanting to drive the retail prices of ebooks downward, claiming that contrary to popular belief, the practice is actually beneficial for retailers, publishers, and authors alike.…

Wed 2014-07-30.06:01 | [The Register]


[The Register]

UTAS 13,000 Gflop NECTAR node live

National research cloud expands

The University of Tasmania has flicked the switch on its new node of the national NECTAR research cloud, under an $8.75 million collaboration with the CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division.…

Wed 2014-07-30.05:46 | [The Register]



Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

schwit1 writes: "With a drive of 157 feet on Sunday, the Mars rover Opportunity broke the Soviet record, set by Lunokhod 2 in 1973, for the longest distance traveled by a vehicle on another planet. "If the rover can continue to operate the distance of a marathon — 26.2 miles (about 42.2 kilometers) — it will approach the next major investigation site mission scientists have dubbed "Marathon Valley." Observations from spacecraft orbiting Mars suggest several clay minerals are exposed close together at this valley site, surrounded by steep slopes where the relationships among different layers may be evident. The Russian Lunokhod 2 rover, a successor to the first Lunokhod mission in 1970, landed on Earth's moon on Jan. 15, 1973, where it drove about 24.2 miles (39 kilometers) in less than five months, according to calculations recently made using images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) cameras that reveal Lunokhod 2's tracks."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2014-07-30.05:05 | [Slashdot]


[The Register]

Microsoft rolls up more Windows Server 2012 R2 updates

Office 365 monitoring and virtual machine visualiser among 40-plus tweaks

Microsoft has issued a new “rollup” of enhancements and fixes to Windows Server 2012 R2.…

Wed 2014-07-30.04:58 | [The Register]



University of Michigan Solar Car Wins Fifth Straight National Title

An anonymous reader writes For the fifth consecutive year, the solar car team from the University of Michigan has won the American Solar Car Challenge. The event is an eight-day, 1,700-mile race with a total of 23 participating teams. The Umich victory comes in spite of a 20-30 minute delay when they had problems with the motor at the very beginning of the race. "They made the time up when team strategists decided to push the car to the speed limit while the sun was shining bright, rather than hold back to conserve energy." Footage of the race and daily updates on the car's performance are available from the team's website, as are the specs of the car itself. Notably, the current iteration of the car weighs only 320 pounds, a full 200 pounds lighter than the previous version.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2014-07-30.04:01 | [Slashdot]


[The Register]

Canada's boffins need A WHOLE YEAR to recover from China hack attack

'State-sponsored actor' breached National Research Council network

Canada's CIO has pointed the finger at China over a security breach at the nation's National Research Council.…

Wed 2014-07-30.03:56 | [The Register]



The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

An anonymous reader writes: The first teaser trailer for the final installment of the Middle Earth saga, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, debuted at Comic-Con, and now Warner Bros have made it available online. While the trailer contains some nice shots on a visual level, very much in keeping with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, about 80% of the trailer's awesomeness is provided by the background music. Pippin's mournful song from Return of the King plays intercut with the doomed mission that Faramir leads on his father Denethor's orders.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2014-07-30.02:59 | [Slashdot]


[ - Internet]

Wikileaks publiceert verbod van publicatie corruptieschandaal

Wikileaks heeft een document gepubliceerd waaruit blijkt dat de Australische media een verbod is opgelegd om te schrijven over een groot corruptieschandaal.

Wed 2014-07-30.04:17 | [ - Internet]
[The Register]

Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or nothing

Zuckerberg puts the hammer down

If you're used to sending messages to Facebook friends then enjoy it while you can – Facebook is killing the feature on mobile clients and forcing users to download its Messenger app instead.…

Wed 2014-07-30.03:29 | [The Register]


[The Register]

We're BFFs AGAIN, say AT&T and Netflix after penning peering pact

Netflix customers rejoice - endless TV to numb pain of existence will arrive fast

Netflix has agreed to a network peering deal with AT&T.…

Wed 2014-07-30.02:58 | [The Register]


[ - Algemeen]

'Weer raket gevonden bij VN-school Gaza'

Voor derde keer in korte tijd is een raket gevonden bij een VN-school in Gaza. Dat heeft Unwra, de VN-hulporganisatie voor Palestijnse vluchtelingen, woensdag bekendgemaakt.

Wed 2014-07-30.06:06 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

DARPA collab launches fast cloud-to-cloud provisioning

Yet another elastic cloud

A DARPA-driven project based on OpenStack has been demonstrated in the US, with the bold claim that it will eventually lead to sub-second provisioning for connectivity between clouds.…

Wed 2014-07-30.02:32 | [The Register]



Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

chicksdaddy writes: A four-year-old vulnerability in an open source component that is a critical part of Android leaves hundreds of millions of mobile devices susceptible to silent malware infections. The vulnerability affects devices running Android versions 2.1 to 4.4 ("KitKat"), according to a statement released by Bluebox. The vulnerability was found in a package installer in affected versions of Android. The installer doesn't attempt to determine the authenticity of certificate chains that are used to vouch for new digital identity certificates. In short, Bluebox writes, "an identity can claim to be issued by another identity, and the Android cryptographic code will not verify the claim." The security implications of this are vast. Malicious actors could create a malicious mobile application with a digital identity certificate that claims to be issued by Adobe Systems. Once installed, vulnerable versions of Android will treat the application as if it was actually signed by Adobe and give it access to local resources, like the special webview plugin privilege, that can be used to sidestep security controls and virtual 'sandbox' environments that keep malicious programs from accessing sensitive data and other applications running on the Android device. The flaw appears to have been introduced to Android through an open source component, Apache Harmony. Google turned to Harmony as an alternative means of supporting Java in the absence of a deal with Oracle to license Java directly. Work on Harmony was discontinued in November, 2011. However, Google has continued using native Android libraries that are based on Harmony code. The vulnerability concerning certificate validation in the package installer module persisted even as the two codebases diverged.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2014-07-30.01:58 | [Slashdot]



35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

New submitter meeotch writes: According to a new study by the Urban Institute, 35% of U.S. adults with a credit history (91% of the adult population of the U.S.) have debt "in collections" — a status generally not acquired until payments are at least 180 days past due. Debt problems seem to be worse in the South, with states hovering in the 40%+ range, while the Northeast has it better, at less than 30%. The study's authors claim their findings actually underrepresent low-income consumers, because "adults without a credit file are more likely to be financially disadvantaged." Oddly, only 5% of adults have debt 30-180 days past due. This latter fact is partially accounted for by the fact that a broader range of debt can enter "in collections" status than "past due" status (e.g. parking tickets)... But also perhaps demonstrates that as one falls far enough along the debt spiral, escape becomes impossible. Particularly in the case of high-interest debt such as credit cards — the issuers of which cluster in states such as South Dakota, following a 1978 Supreme Court ruling that found that states' usury laws did not apply to banks headquartered in other states. Even taking into account the folks who lost a parking ticket under their passenger seat, 35% is a pretty shocking number. Anyone have other theories why this number is so much higher than the 5% of people who are just "late"? How about some napkin math on the debt spiral?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2014-07-30.01:14 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Ethics boffins say Facebook's experiments not SO creepy

A little consent would have gone a long way

The Ethical Research Project has weighed into the argument over the ethics of Facebook's “creepy” social contagion research, doing the unthinkable: actually asking ordinary punters how they feel about being lab rats.…

Wed 2014-07-30.02:01 | [The Register]


[ - Algemeen]

'Venezuela dreigde met sluiting raffinaderij Curaçao'

Venezuela dreigde een olieraffinaderij op Curaçao te sluiten als de Venezolaanse drugsverdachte Hugo Carvajal op Aruba niet vrijgelaten zou worden.

Wed 2014-07-30.01:49 | [ - Algemeen]


[The Register]

FTC: We've put '$100 MEEELLION phone bill fee cram scam' on ice

Judge grants order against firms accused of luring people into premium texts subs

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing six companies that allegedly unfairly crammed $100m in text message charges onto victims' bills.…

Wed 2014-07-30.01:31 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Forrester says Australia, not China, is next boom market for cloud

It's cloudy but fine down under, analyst says

Cloud vendors that have done alright in Europe and North American should head to Australia to find their next growth market, according to analyst outfit Forrester.…

Wed 2014-07-30.01:18 | [The Register]



EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

An anonymous reader writes: Electronic Arts has announced a new program called "EA Access," a subscription-based service that will grant Xbox One users access to a small catalog of EA's popular games, as well as early trials of upcoming games. They're beta testing the service now, and the available games are FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. (More titles will be added later.) They're charging $5 per month or $30 per year. It probably won't ever include their newest releases, but it's interesting to see such a major publisher experimenting with a Netflix-style subscription service.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2014-07-30.00:54 | [Slashdot]



Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

An anonymous reader writes: Wladimir Palant is the creator of the Adblock Plus browser extension, but he often gets asked how it compares to a similar extension for Chrome called Adblock. In the past, he's told people the two extensions achieve largely the same end, but in slightly different ways. However, recent changes to the Adblock project have him worried. "AdBlock covertly moved from an open development model towards hiding changes from its users. Users were neither informed about that decision nor the reasons behind it." He goes through the changelog and highlights some updates that call into question the integrity of Adblock. For example, from an update on June 6th: "Calling home functionality has been extended. It now sends user's locale in addition to the unique user ID, AdBlock version, operating system and whether Google Search ads are being allowed. Also, AdBlock will tell (or any other website if asked nicely) whether AdBlock has just been installed or has been used for a while — again, in addition to the unique user ID." Of course, Palant has skin in this game, and Adblock Plus has dealt with fallout from their "acceptable ads policy," but at least it's still developed in the open.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2014-07-30.00:32 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

NBN Co pricing under spotlight

Hated CVC prices could be cut

NBN Co is considering revising its wholesale pricing model, and has approached the industry for comment.…

Wed 2014-07-30.00:46 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses

Good news if you're an American, less so for everyone else

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to the Senate and claims, that, if passed, the legislation will severely curtail the amount of mass surveillance that can be carried out by the NSA and others – provided you're a citizen of the land of the free.…

Wed 2014-07-30.00:24 | [The Register]
[The Register]

China jams MONOPOLY probe into Microsoft: Do not pass 起点, do not collect 200 yuan

Regulators claim Office, Windows illegally tied

Chinese watchdogs have confirmed they are investigating Microsoft for possible breaches of anti-monopoly laws, following a series of surprise visits to Redmond's offices in cities across China on Monday.…

Tue 2014-07-29.21:51 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

Twitter's User Base Grows to 271 Million

The company reported $312.2 million in revenue in the second quarter and $562.7 million for the first half of 2014.

Twitter's base grew to 271 million monthly active users in the second quarter, a 6% increase from 255 million users in the previous quarter. The social network also added 13 million users on mobile, bringing the total to 211 million users.

Read Full Story

Tue 2014-07-29.23:05 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

How Can Recruiters Grab Engineers' Attention? With More Money (Duh)

Job marketplace Hired recently analyzed 8,000 recruiting messages to see what works and what doesn't when trying to hire engineers.

If you can write a lick of code, Silicon Valley is your oyster.

Read Full Story

Tue 2014-07-29.22:14 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Hoping To Rebound, Malaysia Airlines Weighs Name Change

With the support of the Malaysian government, the airliner is seeking new investors and considering a major rebranding.

Business as usual isn't an option for Malaysia Airlines. In a span of months, the commercial airliner lost two planes--MH370 mysteriously disappeared while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and MH17 was shot down over Ukraine while traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur--unnerving travelers who are responding by canceling their flights.

Read Full Story

Tue 2014-07-29.21:14 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Amazon Is Experimenting With A New Homepage Design

The newer, flatter design puts Kindle, Fire, and Prime categories front and center.

Amazon has unveiled a new homepage design to select users, placing a new emphasis on the retail giant's biggest brands: the Kindle e-book platform, its Fire lineup of tablets and smartphones, and the Prime subscription service, which offers users next-day shipping and a huge library of digital content for a yearly fee.

Read Full Story

Tue 2014-07-29.20:45 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Red Lobster Aims For An Elusive Catch: The Upscale Diner

Er, date night?

If "Endless Shrimp" doesn't get you in the door at Red Lobster, maybe gourmet-style "vertical" plating will do the trick?

Read Full Story

Tue 2014-07-29.20:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Experts In Charge Of Imaginary $200 Billion VC Climate Fund Say Kill Coal, Spend On Nuclear

It's controversial, but scientists seem to agree it holds the key to stopping climate change as quickly as possible.

It's often a difficult task to cut out the political noise surrounding climate change, let alone discuss the solutions necessary to make sure we adapt to the extreme shifts ahead. But when one survey gathered the opinions of nearly 100 climate experts online, a majority came to two conclusions: Getting rid of coal-fired power plants should be a priority, and stabilizing the climate wouldn't be possible without nuclear power.

Read Full Story

Tue 2014-07-29.15:31 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

MOOCs Are No Longer A Cultural Export Of The West

From China to Saudi Arabia, nations are translating, adapting, and creating MOOCs to fit their own unique needs.

At a recent event at the United Nations about education accessibility in the developing world, Anant Agarwal, CEO of the open-source online-learning platform edX and a former MIT computer scientist, heard one word too much for his liking.

Read Full Story

Tue 2014-07-29.15:12 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Remembering Priya Haji: "The Best Social Entrepreneur Of Our Generation"

With her mix of passion, smarts, and approachability, Priya Haji was a precocious, prolific, and pioneering force in Silicon Valley. She died earlier this month.

The story of Priya Haji's life is full of numbers. There are upsetting numbers, like 44--her age when she died earlier this month from a suspected pulmonary embolism. There are awe-inspiring numbers, like the 500,000 people (at least) in 70 countries served by her socially conscious startups. And there are tongue-in-cheek numbers, like 325,510, a rough estimate of the total voice mail messages she left family and friends--messages full of her warmth, optimism, insight, self-deprecating humor, and advice.

Read Full Story

Tue 2014-07-29.14:34 | [Fast Company]
[Planet PostgreSQL]

Shaun M. Thomas: Finally Done With High Availability

Well, my publisher recently informed me that the book I’ve long been slaving over for almost a year, is finally finished. I must admit that PostgreSQL 9 High Availability Cookbook is somewhat awkward as a title, but that doesn’t detract from the contents. I’d like to discuss primarily why I wrote it.

When Packt first approached me in October of 2013, I was skeptical. I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the “cookbook” style they’ve been pushing lately. Yet, the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was something the community needed. I’ve worked almost exclusively with PostgreSQL since at late 2005 with databases big and small. It was always the big ones that presented difficulties.

Back then, disaster recovery nodes were warm standby through continuous recovery at best, and pg_basebackup didn’t exist. Nor did pg_upgrade, actually. Everyone had their own favorite backup script, and major upgrades required dumping the entire database and importing it in the new version. To work with PostgreSQL then required a much deeper understanding than is necessary now. Those days forced me to really understand how PostgreSQL functions, which caveats to acknowledge, and which needed redress.

One of those caveats that still called out to me, was one of adoption. With a lot of the rough edges removed in recent releases of PostgreSQL, came increased usage in small and large businesses alike. I fully expected PostgreSQL to be used in a relatively small customer acquisition firm, for instance, but then I started seeing it in heavy-duty financial platforms. Corporate deployments of PostgreSQL require various levels of high availability, from redundant hardware, all the way to WAL stream management and automated failover systems.

When I started working with OptionsHouse in 2010, their platform handled 8,000 database transactions per second. Over the years, that has increased to around 17k, and I’ve seen spikes over 20k. At these levels, standard storage solutions break down, and even failover systems are disruptive. Any outage must be as short as possible, and be instantly available with little to no dependency on cache warming. Our backup system had to run on the warm standby or risk slowing down our primary database. Little by little, I broke the database cluster into assigned roles to stave off the total destruction I felt was immanent.

I was mostly scared of the size of the installation and its amount of activity. Basic calculations told me the database handled over a billion queries per day, at such a rate that even one minute of downtime could potentially cost us tens of thousands in commissions. But I had no playbook. There was nothing I could use as a guide so that I knew what to look for when things went wrong, or how I could build a stable stack that generally took care of itself. It was overwhelming.

This book, as overly verbose as the title might be, is my contribution to all of the DBAs out there that might have to administer a database that demands high availability. It’s as in-depth as I could get without diverging too much from the cookbook style, and there are plenty of links for those who want to learn beyond the scope of its content. The core however, is there. Anyone with a good understanding of Linux could pick it up and weave a highly available cluster of PostgreSQL systems without worrying, or having to build too many of their own tools.

If I’ve helped even one DBA with this high availability book, I’ll consider my mission accomplished. It’s the culmination of years of experimentation, research, and performance testing. I owe it to the PostgreSQL community—which has helped me out of many jams—to share my experience how I can.

Thanks, everyone!

Tue 2014-07-29.22:23 | [Planet PostgreSQL]

A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

From the Firepick website: 'We are developing a really cool robotic machine that is capable of assembling electronic circuit boards (it also 3D prints, and does some other stuff!). It uses a vacuum nozzle to pick really tiny resistors and computer chips up, and place them down very carefully on a printed circuit board.' There are lots of companies here and in China that will happily place and solder components on your printed circuit board, but hardly any that will do a one-off prototype or a small quantity. And the components have gotten small enough that this is really a job for a robot (or at least a Waldo), not human fingers. || There are obviously other devices on the market that do this, but Firepick Delta creator Neil Jansen says they are far too expensive for small companies, let alone individual makers. The Firepick Delta Hackaday page talks about a $300 price for this machine. That may be too optimistic, but even if it ends up costing two or three times that amount, that's still a huge step forward for small-time inventors and custom manufacturers who need to populate just a few circuit boards, not thousands. They have a Haxlr8r pitch video, and have been noticed by TechCrunch,, and Adafruit, just to name a few. Kickstarter? Not yet. Maybe next year. Open source? Totally, complete with GitHub repository. And they were at OSCON 2014, which is where Timothy found them. (Alternate Video Link)

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.23:50 | [Slashdot]

Hackathon laat ontwikkelaars api's, Philips en AH gebruiken

Meerdere grote Nederlandse bedrijven , waaronder, Albert Heijn en Philips, geven ontwikkelaars tijdens een grote hackathon toegang tot hun api's en technologie. Maximaal vijfhonderd ontwikkelaars kunnen meedoen aan de hackathon.

Wed 2014-07-30.00:00 | []
[The Register]

Twitter shares balloon on another quarter of ho-hum results

Still not making money, but since when did that matter?

Despite continued growth, Twitter's earnings report for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 didn't look much better than the first quarter's results, with the company still bleeding money even as it continues to ramp up its advertising and user-engagement efforts.…

Tue 2014-07-29.23:58 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro

Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro notebook line, adding a slightly faster processor and more memory for the cheapest models.…

Tue 2014-07-29.21:39 | [The Register]

Tue 2014-07-29


[ - Algemeen]

VS voeren sancties tegen Rusland op

De Verenigde Staten voeren de economische sancties tegen Rusland stevig op. In navolging van de EU staakt de VS de export naar Rusland van goederen en technologie voor de olie- en gassector en worden Russische staatsbanken van de financiële markt afgesneden.

Wed 2014-07-30.02:23 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

Rebellen weerspreken dreigement tegen OVSE

De pro-Russische separatisten hebben dinsdag tegengesproken dat zij hebben gedreigd de OVSE de toegang te ontzeggen tot de plaats waar het vliegtuig van Malaysia Airlines is neergestort.

Tue 2014-07-29.22:35 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Internet]

Muzikanten klagen autofabrikanten aan om autoradio

Een groep Amerikaanse muzikanten heeft Ford en General Motors aangeklaagd om een autoradio die cd’s kan kopiëren naar een interne harde schijf.

Tue 2014-07-29.23:37 | [ - Internet]
[ - Internet]

Instagram brengt Snapchat-alternatief beperkt uit

Instagram heeft zijn Snapchat-alternatief Bolt in Singapore, Zuid-Afrika en Nieuw-Zeeland geïntroduceerd.

Tue 2014-07-29.23:50 | [ - Internet]
[The Register]

Android busted for carrying Fake ID: OS doesn't check who really made that 'Adobe' plugin

Versions 2.1 to 4.4 affected – is your gadget patched?

Google Android allows malware to masquerade as legit, trusted apps thanks to weaknesses in the way the operating system checks digital certificates of authenticity.…

Tue 2014-07-29.23:43 | [The Register]



seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source

Back in 2009, OKLabs/NICTA announced the first formally verified microkernel, seL4 (a member of the L4 family). Alas, it was proprietary software. Today, that's no longer the case: seL4 has been released under the GPLv2 (only, no "or later versions clause" unfortunately). An anonymous reader writes OSnews is reporting that the formally verified sel4 microkernel is now open source: "General Dynamics C4 Systems and NICTA are pleased to announce the open sourcing of seL4, the world's first operating-system kernel with an end-to-end proof of implementation correctness and security enforcement. It is still the world's most highly assured OS." Source is over at Github. It supports ARM and x86 (including the popular Beaglebone ARM board). If you have an x86 with the VT-x and Extended Page Table extensions you can even run Linux atop seL4 (and the seL4 website is served by Linux on seL4).

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.23:08 | [Slashdot]

Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean

astroengine writes: New observations from NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft have revealed at least 101 individual geysers erupting from Enceladus' crust and, through careful analysis, planetary scientists have uncovered their origin. From the cracked ice in this region, fissures blast out water vapor mixed with organic compounds as huge geysers. Associated with these geysers are surface "hotspots" but until now there has been some ambiguity as to whether the hotspots are creating the geysers or whether the geysers are creating the hotspots. "Once we had these results in hand, we knew right away heat was not causing the geysers, but vice versa," said Carolyn Porco, leader of the Cassini imaging team from the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo., and lead author of one of the research papers. "It also told us the geysers are not a near-surface phenomenon, but have much deeper roots." And those roots point to a large subsurface source of liquid water — adding Enceladus as one of the few tantalizing destinations for future astrobiology missions.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.22:28 | [Slashdot]


[ - Internet]

Twitter heeft 271 miljoen actieve gebruikers

Twitter heeft afgelopen kwartaal boven verwachting gepresteerd, met een omzet van 321 miljoen dollar en 271 miljoen actieve gebruikers.

Tue 2014-07-29.22:29 | [ - Internet]



Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Nerval's Lobster writes: Over at Dice, there's a breakdown of the programming languages that could prove most popular over the next year or two, including Apple's Swift, JavaScript, CSS3, and PHP. But perhaps the most interesting entry on the list is Erlang, an older language invented in 1986 by engineers at Ericsson. It was originally intended to be used specifically for telecommunications needs, but has since evolved into a general-purpose language, and found a home in cloud-based, high-performance computing when concurrency is needed. "There aren't a lot of Erlang jobs out there," writes developer Jeff Cogswell. "However, if you do master it (and I mean master it, not just learn a bit about it), then you'll probably land a really good job. That's the trade-off: You'll have to devote a lot of energy into it. But if you do, the payoffs could be high." And while the rest of the featured languages are no-brainers with regard to popularity, it's an open question how long it might take Swift to become popular, given how hard Apple will push it as the language for developing on iOS.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.21:45 | [Slashdot]


[ - Internet]

Apple bevestigt overname streaming radio-app Swell Radio

Zoals geruchten al suggereerden heeft Apple inderdaad streaming radio-app Swell Radio overgenomen. De app is per direct niet meer verkrijgbaar.

Tue 2014-07-29.21:30 | [ - Internet]



Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

An anonymous reader writes: Today Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill that would ban bulk collection of telephone records and internet data for U.S. citizens. This is a stronger version of the legislation that passed the U.S. House in May, and it has support from the executive branch as well. "The bill, called the USA Freedom Act, would prohibit the government from collecting all information from a particular service provider or a broad geographic area, such as a city or area code, according to a release from Leahy's office. It would expand government and company reporting to the public and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews NSA intelligence activities. Both House and Senate measures would keep information out of NSA computers, but the Senate bill would impose stricter limits on how much data the spy agency could seek."

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Tue 2014-07-29.21:03 | [Slashdot]


[Fast Company]

Microsoft Offices In China Raided In Antitrust Investigation

China's investigation into Microsoft is just getting started.

Officials from China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC)--the organization responsible for enforcing China's business laws--made surprise visits Monday to four of Microsoft's offices across China. The agency is looking into monopoly complaints related to the Windows operating system and Office software.

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Tue 2014-07-29.20:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Uber Partners With Concur To Streamline Business Expenses

Expense management platform Concur is embracing the sharing economy.

Put it on the company card. Reflecting a shift in business travel, Concur's expense management platform is now integrated with Uber's car service and Airbnb's hotel alternatives.

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Tue 2014-07-29.19:11 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Lyft Taps Virgin America's Jesse McMillin For Its First Creative Director

In the midst of expansion and regulator battles, Lyft recruits a big creative player to step up its branding game.

Jesse McMillinImage courtesy of Lyft

Amid a long-awaited but rough-start New York City launch, Lyft has just announced a big hire to further build the brand. Virgin America creative director Jesse McMillin will join the ridesharing service as Lyft's first creative director, to "lead the team in creating the magical and delightful moments in nearly every touchpoint of the Lyft experience and brand," according to Lyft representative Erin Simpson. The news comes a day after Virgin America filed for an IPO.

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Tue 2014-07-29.19:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Facebook Will Start Forcing Users Over To Messenger In The Next Few Days

The social network is killing in-app messaging for iPhone and Android users.

A few weeks ago, a few phone owners poking around on Facebook were fed an alert that said, pretty soon, you would not be able to send messages from inside Facebook's app. To do so, they'd need to download a separate app, Messenger.

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Tue 2014-07-29.18:08 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Versailles To Get First New Permanent Sculpture In 300 Years

Versailles embraces contemporary art. Well, sort of.

Versailles, the opulent royal landmark that awes millions of visitors each year, is adding yet another bauble to its crown--or 2,000 baubles, to be exact. French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel is near to completing three fountain-sculptures composed of 2,000 bowling ball-sized orbs that are set to be installed later this summer, the first new permanent piece on the property in 300 years.

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Tue 2014-07-29.18:05 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

"I Lied To You A Few Days Ago": The Leak Messaging App And Anonymous Honesty

The tool for sending anonymous messages is gaining traction. But is it really the truth we're after?

"I lied to you a few days ago. Telling you anonymously makes me feel better. Sorry."

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Tue 2014-07-29.17:42 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

How One Artist's Work Tackled Big Data (40 Years Before It Existed)

A new show bridges the conceptual art of the '70s and the iconography of the modern web.

We take fluency in digital imagery for granted, circa 2014. A pixelated face conveys foreboding anonymity. Emoji color the plain text of our messages with personality. GIFs, with their noisy loops, have the power to ratchet up the emotional volume. Add it all together and the result is a visual cacophony, devoid of process or provenance.

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Tue 2014-07-29.16:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Would You Hire These Famous People Based On Their Former Job Applications?

Could you be passing over the next Hunter S. Thompson or Madonna? These famed artists and writers had to start somewhere.

Everyone has to start somewhere. Even the rich and famous often come from humble beginnings. Jennifer Hudson worked at Burger King. Jon Bon Jovi made Christmas decorations. Demi Moore was a debt collector. Before they were famous, they were just trying to make a buck.

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Tue 2014-07-29.11:43 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

How To Start A Networking Group That Will Actually Work

Feel like your get-together efforts always fall flat--or start with enthusiasm, and eventually die? Here's how to keep the excitement going.

Networking can help you meet new people and advance your career. But what if you're not sure you'll find a group that fits your needs? Starting your own group can be an option, though it's a risky proposition. Here's how to increase your odds of creating something that will last long enough to make an impact.

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Tue 2014-07-29.11:22 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

New York's New $20 Billion Neighborhood Of Skyscrapers Is Designed With Millennials In Mind

The new $20 billion Hudson Yards development project is designed specifically to court the younger demographic that companies want in their workforces.

Employers, and by extension, cities seeking growth and tax dollars, are competing more fiercely than ever to become centers of innovation and attract top talent. In New York City, that thinking applies to the city within a city that will rise above wide-open expanse of rail yards on Manhattan's West Side.

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Tue 2014-07-29.14:18 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

How To Jump The Shark (Onto A New York Subway) From The Director Of "Sharknado" And "Sharknado 2"

Anthony C. Ferrante talks to Co.Create about embracing outrageous concepts, working with budgetary and logistical limitations and creating music--that's him singing the Sharknado theme song!

When you make a B movie, it's best not to question the plot--no matter how ridiculous it is, advises Anthony C. Ferrante, the director of Sharknado, which debuted on Syfy last summer. "It bogs you down if you worry about that stuff," Ferrante says, musing, "A sharknado can do whatever we tell it to do. It can tear through cars. It can go into the subway. And it doesn't have to have a reason for anything. That's the beauty of it. And once you accept it for what it is creatively as a director, you're liberated because you're not going, 'Sharks in a tornado can't really come into the city and do this!'"

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Tue 2014-07-29.05:58 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Brainstorming Doesn't Work; Try This Technique Instead

Ever been in a meeting where one loudmouth's mediocre idea dominates? Then you know brainstorming needs an overhaul.

Brainstorming, in its current form and by many metrics, doesn't work as well as the frequency of "team brainstorming meetings" would suggests it does.

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Tue 2014-07-29.12:06 | [Fast Company]

Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

cartechboy writes: Tesla's been pretty quiet regarding its upcoming gigafactory lately, but that's about to change. It seems the Silicon Valley startup has reached an agreement with Panasonic in regards to the gigafactory, and Panasonic's going to end up having skin in the game. While the electronics giant was originally skeptical of Tesla's battery factory, it now isn't just on board, it's actually going to participate in the construction of this new facility. It's reported that Panasonic will invest 20 billion to 30 billion yen (194 million to $291 million at current exchange rates), and supply fabrication machinery necessary for cell production. That means Pansonic could end up footing the bill for $1 billion of the total $5 billion anticipated investment required for the gigafactory to get off the ground. If things continue to move forward, the Gigafactory should be online by the end of 2017.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.20:20 | [Slashdot]

China opent mededingingsonderzoek naar Microsoft

De Chinese overheid is een monopolie-onderzoek begonnen naar Microsoft. De Chinese overheid wil weten hoe Microsoft Office en Windows aan elkaar verbindt. Maandag werd al bekend dat China bij Microsoft was binnengevallen.

Tue 2014-07-29.19:55 | []

Noorwegen overweegt volledige overstap op elektronisch geld

Noorwegen wordt mogelijk het eerste land ter wereld waar betalen met contant geld volledig wordt uitgebannen. Een organisatie van 200 banken en andere financiële instellingen heeft zich daarvoor uitgesproken.

Tue 2014-07-29.18:09 | []

Certificaat-bug liet Android-apps zich als andere apps voordoen - update

Android controleerde tot voor kort de certificate chain van certificaten van te installeren software niet. Daardoor kon een malafide app zich bijvoorbeeld voordoen als een applicatie van Adobe; apps van Adobe hadden tot en met Android 4.3 meer rechten in Android.

Tue 2014-07-29.17:25 | []
[More Words, Deeper Hole]

Well, bother

I seem to be missing Parker's Shadow.

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comment(s); comment here or there.

Tue 2014-07-29.18:07 | [More Words, Deeper Hole]
[Schneier on Security]

The Costs of NSA Surveillance

New America Foundation has a new paper on the costs of NSA surveillance: economic costs to US business, costs to US foreign policy, and costs to security.

News article.

Tue 2014-07-29.19:10 | [Schneier on Security]
[The Register]

NASA Cassini boffins spot 101 frigid gushers on Saturn moon

Caused by heated rubbing, apparently

Boffins have now spotted 101 different geysers spewing material from the surface of Enceladus, one of Saturn's icy moons.…

Tue 2014-07-29.20:54 | [The Register]



3-D Printing Comes To Amazon

An anonymous reader writes Promising "an appstore for the physical world," Amazon has just unveiled their new online market for products created using a 3-D printer. "Customization gives customers the power to remix their world," explains the co-founder of Mixee Labs (an Amazon partner), "and we want to change the way people shop online." Amazon's ability to sell you things before they've even been built is currently limited mostly to novelties like iPhone cases, jewelry, and bobbleheads that look like you. But this could be the beginning of mainstream 3D printing.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.19:37 | [Slashdot]



Ask Slashdot: Open Hard- & Software Based Security Token?

Qbertino (265505) writes I've been musing about a security setup to allow my coworkers/users access to files from the outside. I want security to be a little safer than pure key- or password-based SSH access, and some super-expensive RSA Token setup is out of question. I've been wondering whether there are any feasible and working FOSS and open hardware-based security token generator projects out there. It'd be best with ready-made server-side scripts/daemons. Perhaps something Arduino or Raspberry Pi based? Has anybody tried something like this? What are your experiences? What do you use? How would you attempt an open hardware FOSS solution to this problem?

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Tue 2014-07-29.18:55 | [Slashdot]


[ - Algemeen]

'Toch geen bestand Israël en Hamas'

Het Israëlische tv-station Channel Two heeft dinsdag een melding van een wapenstilstand ingetrokken.

Tue 2014-07-29.18:49 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

Rebellen overwegen OVSE toegang rampplek te ontzeggen

Rebellen in Oost-Oekraïne overwegen naar eigen zeggen de OVSE de toegang te ontzeggen tot de plaats waar 17 juli een Maleisisch verkeersvliegtuig is neergestort.

Tue 2014-07-29.20:06 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

BlackBerry to slurp encrypted mobile comms firm Secusmart

Firms to work together on snoop-proof mobes - like, er, Angela Merkel's

BlackBerry has bought privately held German firm Secusmart as part of its drive to become the mobile handset provider of choice for security-conscious clients like government agencies and big businesses.…

Tue 2014-07-29.18:32 | [The Register]



Better Living Through Data

jradavenport (3020071) writes "Using two years of continuous monitoring of my MacBook Air battery usage (once every minute), I have been able to study my own computer use patterns in amazing detail. This dataset includes 293k measurements, or more than 204 days of use over two years. I use the laptop over 50 hours per week on average, and my most productive day is Tuesday. Changes in my work/life balance have begun to appear over the two-year span, and I am curious whether such data can help inform how much computer use is healthy/productive."

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Tue 2014-07-29.18:14 | [Slashdot]

$299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

Vigile (99919) writes "Last week NVIDIA announced the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller, and reviews are finally appearing this morning. Based on the high performance Tegra K1 SoC that integrates 192 Kepler architecture CUDA cores, benchmarks reveal that that the SHIELD Tablet is basically unmatched by any other mobile device on the market when it comes to graphics performance — it is more than 2.5x the performance of the Apple A7 in some instances. With that power NVIDIA is able to showcase full OpenGL versions of games like Portal and Half-Life 2 running at 1080p locally on the 19:12 display or output to a TV in a "console mode." PC Perspective has impressions of that experience as well as using the NVIDIA Game Stream technology to play your PC games on the SHIELD Tablet and controller. To go even further down the rabbit hole, you can stream your PC games from your desktop to your tablet, output them to the TV in console mode, stream your game play to Twitch from the tablet while overlaying your image through the front facing camera AND record your sessions locally via ShadowPlay and using the Wi-Fi Direct powered controller to send and receive audio. It is incredibly impressive hardware but the question remains as to whether or not there is, or will be, a market for Android-based gaming devices, even those with the power and performance that NVIDIA has built."

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Tue 2014-07-29.17:34 | [Slashdot]

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr., 24, allegedly scammed Apple not once, but 42 times, cheating the company out of more than $300,000 — and his scam was breathtakingly simple. According to a Secret Service criminal complaint, Parrish allegedly visited Apple Stores and tried to buy products with four different debit cards, which were all closed by his respective financial institutions. When his debit card was inevitably declined by the Apple Store, he would protest and offer to call his bank — except, he wasn't really calling his bank. So he would allegedly offer the Apple Store employees a fake authorization code with a certain number of digits, which is normally provided by credit card issuers to create a record of the credit or debit override. But that's the problem with this system: as long as the number of digits is correct, the override code itself doesn't matter."

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Tue 2014-07-29.17:07 | [Slashdot]

Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

hawkinspeter (831501) writes Amazon has given the green light to produce the Hugo award-winning "The Man in the High Castle". This is after the four-hour mini-series was rejected by Syfy and afterwards by the BBC. Philip K Dick's novel takes place in an alternate universe where the Axis Powers won the Second World War. It's one of his most successful works, probably due to him actually spending the time to do some editing on it (most of his fiction was produced rapidly in order to get some money). Ridley Scott has previously adapted PKD's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" as the film Blade Runner, so it will be interesting to see how close he keeps to the source material this time. This news has been picked up by a few sites: International Business Times; The Register and Deadline.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.16:53 | [Slashdot]



[$] The EFF launches a router project

[Settings screen] The Electronic Frontier Foundation is probably best known for its work in the political arena. But the EFF also occasionally tries to make change happen more directly by releasing interesting technologies of its own. The organization's July 20 announcement of the Open Wireless Router project is an example of this type of initiative. Your editor has long been concerned about the state of home (and small business) router software, so it made sense to take a look. What was revealed is a project with some interesting potential — but that potential may take more resources than are currently available to realize.

Tue 2014-07-29.18:12 | []

openSUSE Factory becomes a rolling-release distribution

The openSUSE project has announced that the "Factory" development distribution has been reworked into an independent distribution using a rolling-release model. "With a daily fresh Factory distribution making it easier for those who want to preview and test, we hope to see more users and contributors, leading to faster fixes and even higher quality. Factory is critical as it provides the base technology for openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise, which is used by tens of thousands of organizations around the world."

Tue 2014-07-29.18:06 | []

Tuesday's security updates

Debian has updated kernel (multiple vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated drupal6 (F20; F19: multiple vulnerabilities) and drupal7 (F20; F19: multiple vulnerabilities).

Mandriva has updated nss (BS1.0: code execution).

Red Hat has updated kernel (RHEL6.2: privilege escalation).

Tue 2014-07-29.17:31 | []
[ - Algemeen]

Wateroverlast in zuiden door onweersbuien

In navolging van het westen van het land kampt dinsdag het zuidoosten van Nederland met zware regenbuien. In Limburg en Noord-Brabant geldt code geel.

Tue 2014-07-29.22:32 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Texan firm buys disaster recovery bods Neverfail

Artisan Infrastructure taken it over

UK business continuity specialist Neverfail has been acquired by US-based Artisan Infrastructure in a quiet and unannounced deal.…

Tue 2014-07-29.18:02 | [The Register]


[ - Algemeen]

Vermiste man na 26 jaar gevonden in Waal

Op de bodem van de Waal bij het Gelderse Brakel zijn in het wrak van een auto de stoffelijke resten gevonden van een man die 26 jaar geleden verdween.

Tue 2014-07-29.21:25 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

Tientallen doden en gewonden bij aanval China

Met messen bewapende strijders hebben in de Chinese provincie Xinjiang tientallen mensen gedood. Dat meldt het Chinese staatspersbureau Xinhua dinsdag. Daarnaast zijn er nog eens tientallen gewonden gevallen.

Tue 2014-07-29.17:34 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Internet]

Android-bug vormde potentieel malware-gevaar

Een bug in Android gaf malafide apps de mogelijkheid zich voor te doen als andere apps. Die apps hadden vervolgens meer rechten dan de standaard Android-app.

Tue 2014-07-29.18:12 | [ - Internet]
[The Register]

Old-timey music streamer Rhapsody (aka Napster) reaches 2m subscribers

Partly down to 'unRadio' mobile app deals with cell providers

Antique music streaming service Rhapsody has finally hit two million subscribers after its expansion to include 32 countries worldwide.…

Tue 2014-07-29.17:27 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

Report: Microsoft To Release Two New Windows Phones

One of them is described as a "selfie phone." Yeah, it's just phone with a camera.

Microsoft is reportedly gearing up for the forthcoming release of two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

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Tue 2014-07-29.16:25 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Peeking Under The Hood Of NPR's New Mobile App

NPR One rethinks everything, even ditching the Like button.


[ - Algemeen]

Meer dan honderd doden bij luchtaanval op Gaza

Bij Israëlische luchtaanvallen zijn sinds maandag zeker honderd Palestijnen om het leven gekomen. Dat heeft een woordvoerder van Hamas gezegd.

Tue 2014-07-29.22:33 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

EU neemt economische sancties tegen Rusland

De Europese Unie gaat economische sancties instellen tegen Rusland, wegens de Russische agressie en bemoeienis in buurland Oekraïne.

Tue 2014-07-29.17:34 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'

The UK's Parliamentary climate change select committee has just issued a written endorsement of the latest, alarmist UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. However, two MPs - the two most scientifically qualified on the committee - have strongly disagreed with this position.…

Tue 2014-07-29.13:20 | [The Register]



Android crypto blunder exposes users to highly privileged malware (ars technica)

Ars technica reports on a newly disclosed Android vulnerability. It seems that some apps are hard-coded into the system as having special privileges. "According to Jeff Forristal, CTO of Bluebox Security, Android fails to verify the chain of certificates used to certify an app belongs to this elite class of super privileged programs. As a result, a maliciously developed app can include an invalid certificate claiming it's Flash, Wallet, or any other app hard coded into Android. The OS, in turn, will give the rogue app the same special privileges assigned to the legitimate app without ever taking the time to detect the certificate forgery."

Tue 2014-07-29.15:37 | []
[The Register]

Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old

+Comment With the ominous words “We take your investment in Sonos very seriously,” Sonos has killed off support for iOS v4 and 5 devices.…

Tue 2014-07-29.16:36 | [The Register]



Put Your Code in the SWAMP: DHS Sponsors Online Open Source Code Testing

cold fjord (826450) writes with an excerpt from ZDNet At OSCon, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ... quietly announced that they're now offering a service for checking out your open-source code for security holes and bugs: the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP). ... Patrick Beyer, SWAMP's Project Manager at Morgridge Institute for Research, the project's prime contractor, explained, "With open source's popularity, more and more government branches are using open-source code. Some are grabbing code from here, there, and everywhere." Understandably, "there's more and more concern about the safety and quality of this code. We're the one place you can go to check into the code" ... funded by a $23.4 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), SWAMP is designed by researchers from the Morgridge Institute, the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, Indiana University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each brings broad experience in software assurance, security, open source software development, national distributed facilities and identity management to the project. ... SWAMP opened its services to the community in February of 2014 offering five open-source static analysis tools that analyze source code for possible security defects without having to execute the program. ... In addition, SWAMP hosts almost 400 open source software packages to enable tool developers to add enhancements in both the precision and scope of their tools. On top of that the SWAMP provides developers with software packages from the National Institute for Standards and Technology's (NIST) Juliet Test Suite. I got a chance to talk with Beyer at OSCON, and he emphasized that anyone's code is eligible — and that there's no cost to participants, while the center is covered by a grant.

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Tue 2014-07-29.16:11 | [Slashdot]

OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

With recent news that Facebook altered users' feeds as part of a psychology experiment, OKCupid has jumped in and noted that they too have altered their algorithms and experimented with their users (some unintentional) and "if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work." Findings include that removing pictures from profiles resulted in deeper conversations, but as soon as the pictures returned appearance took over; personality ratings are highly correlated with appearance ratings (profiles with attractive pictures and no other information still scored as having a great personality); and that suggesting a bad match is a good match causes people to converse nearly as much as ideal matches would.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.01:15 | [Slashdot]

Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

New submitter tekxtc (136198) writes Slashdot has reported in the past that a Tizen phone is coming and that the design and photos leaked. But, it has just been announced that the launch of the first Tizen phone has been delayed because of Tizen's small ecosystem. Should it ever ship? Haven't Android and iOS completely cornered the market? Is there any hope for the likes of Tizen, Firefox OS, and Windows on phones and tablets?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.00:33 | [Slashdot]
[ - Algemeen]

Kamer waarschuwt Kiev voor verlies 'goodwill'

De Tweede Kamer heeft tijdens het debat over de nasleep van de vliegramp de aanval geopend op de Oekraïense regering, die ook dinsdag het staakt-het-vuren rond het rampgebied naast zich neer lijkt te hebben gelegd.

Tue 2014-07-29.20:17 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

OVSE snel naar grens Rusland-Oekraïne

De Organisatie voor Veiligheid en Samenwerking in Europa stuurt zo snel mogelijk waarnemers naar twee Russische posten op de grens met Oekraïne om toe te zien op het grensverkeer.

Tue 2014-07-29.17:51 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

OKCupid: OK, STUPID, YES we set you up with BAD DATES. On purpose

'Myth of compatibilty as good as truth'

The recent uproar from users who had discovered Facebook was meddling with their minds is overblown, according to Christian Rudder, co-founder of dating site OKCupid.…

Mon 2014-07-28.23:43 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Mozilla: We're keeping the Beard – Brendan Eich successor now permanent pick

New man to wash away anti-gay-marriage mojo

Firefox-maker Mozilla has made Chris Beard's CEO role permanent. Beard had been interim chief when anti-gay-marriage JavaScript inventor and co-founder Brendan Eich vacated the role in April.…

Tue 2014-07-29.16:02 | [The Register]



Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

necro81 (917438) writes "Gaza's only power plant (see this profile at IEEE Spectrum — duct tape and bailing wire not included) has been knocked offline following an Israeli strike. Reports vary, but it appears that Israeli tank shells caused a fuel bunker at the plant to explode. Gaza, already short on electricity despite imports from Israel and Egpyt, now faces widening blackouts."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.15:30 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Dusty pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter laws will do for social media crimes

Lords say decades-old legislation is 'fit for purpose'

Blighty peers have said that the country doesn’t need new laws to cover criminal offences committed on social media, but said public prosecutors need to clarify when revenge porn qualifies for prosecution.…

Tue 2014-07-29.13:43 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS

Analyst: iThing factories can't make 'em without components

Several Apple analysts have speculated over the past few months that the next iPhone and perhaps even the near-mythical iWatch will use super-tough sapphire glass in some capacity.…

Tue 2014-07-29.15:26 | [The Register]



London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The City of London police has started placing banner advertisements on websites believed to be offering pirated content illegally. The messages, which will appear instead of paid-for ads, will ask users to close their web browsers. The move comes as part of a continuing effort to stop piracy sites from earning money through advertising. Police said the ads would make it harder for piracy site owners to make their pages look authentic. "When adverts from well known brands appear on illegal websites, they lend them a look of legitimacy and inadvertently fool consumers into thinking the site is authentic," said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe from the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (Pipcu). "This new initiative is another step forward for the unit in tackling IP crime and disrupting criminal profits. "Copyright infringing websites are making huge sums of money though advert placement, therefore disrupting advertising on these sites is crucial and this is why it is an integral part of Operation Creative.""

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.14:48 | [Slashdot]
[ - Algemeen]

Nederlandse ambassade Libië gesloten om geweldsdreiging

De Nederlandse ambassade in Libië is dinsdagochtend gesloten vanwege de onveilige situatie in de hoofdstad Tripoli.

Tue 2014-07-29.16:01 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Internet]

Amerikaanse datingsite experimenteerde met gebruikersgegevens

Populaire Amerikaanse datingsite OKCupid experimenteerde met zijn gebruikers door bewust onder meer foto's en informatie van hun profielen te verwijderen.

Tue 2014-07-29.14:55 | [ - Internet]
[The Register]

MoJ IT workers 'n' pals extend strike action over privatisation

Fears of cuts when shared services gig moves to Steria

Unionised civil servants at the MoJ have extended strike action over plans to outsource back office functions to a French integrator amid fears of wide-scale job cuts.…

Tue 2014-07-29.14:55 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Asteroid's SHOCK DINO MURDER SPREE just bad luck - boffins

Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists

It seems the dinosaurs may well have survived the giant asteroid that smashed into Earth and wiped them out, had it not been for the rather poor (from their point of view) timing with which it arrived.…

Mon 2014-07-28.10:35 | [The Register]


[The Register]

VVOL update: Are any vendors NOT leaping into bed with VMware?

It's not yet been released but everyone thinks it's the dog's danglies

After a first look into suppliers’ widespread support for VMware's VVOL, further explorations under the VVOL bedcovers have revealed Dell, IBM, Nexenta, Nimble Storage, Tegile and Violin have also joined the VVOL train. Here’s what they say about it.…

Tue 2014-07-29.14:29 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

How To Build A Feminist Workplace

These companies adapt to the needs of women, so employees aren't required to lean in too far.

Jane Park, CEO of the Seattle-based cosmetics company Julep, is fired up about the recent Hobby Lobby ruling.

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Tue 2014-07-29.11:16 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

How A Billionaire Crook Bought Art-World Cred

The tycoon wanted in connection to April's South Korean ferry disaster spent millions to exhibit his photographs in lofty places.

The New York Times has a tremendous story about Yoo Byung-eun, the South Korean billionaire who disappeared shortly after a ferry owned and operated by one of his family's companies sank, killing more than 300 people, many of them school children. As the Times reports, the 73-year-old tycoon led a bizarre, sordid life: he helmed a cultish religious movement that was linked to a mass suicide, and he spent four years in prison for siphoning church funding into his businesses. He also spent millions of dollars trying to style himself as a reclusive but brilliant photographer--a strategy that, incredibly, worked.

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Mon 2014-07-28.21:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Why Modern Computing Devices Drive Us To Distraction

It's easy to build something that's more powerful than an iPad--and very, very hard to do it without introducing complexity.

Over at Medium, MG Siegler has a nice piece likening the iPad to a typewriter. He means the comparison to a defunct piece of technology as a compliment: Writing on an iPad with an external Logitech keyboard, he says, strips away all the distractions of other applications and web services and lets you focus on your thoughts and the words.

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Mon 2014-07-28.21:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The Chicago Nonprofit That's Helping A Million Low-Income Students Graduate

Three families started One Million Degrees to help community college students. Now the statistics are finally changing.

David Scherer was troubled by the numbers. In 2002, roughly 100,000 students were attending one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago. Yet less than 10% were getting a degree. And those who did were taking an average of six years to do so.

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Tue 2014-07-29.11:54 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Why Did We Care About the Facebook Contagion Study? Or Did We Even Care At All?

General outrage erupted after Facebook was caught messing with people's News Feeds in order to get an emotional response. Or did it? A new study looks at how people really feel about being manipulated.

Earlier this month, academics, politicians, journalists, and thousands on social media expressed considerable outrage at the news of a Facebook study that toyed with the News Feeds of nearly 700,000 Facebook users. The experiment removed positive or negative posts, then examined whether those changes affected the users' own emotional expression on Facebook. In the weeks following the viral story, at least one American politician and a privacy group filed formal complaints to the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.K.'s data regulation body, the Information Commissioner's office, launched an investigation into Facebook's practices.

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Mon 2014-07-28.16:09 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The Five Best Places In The World To Start A Company (Infographic)

Which country has the lowest tax rates? The highest graduation rates? The most stable economy?

When considering where to startup, you might want to consider Hong Kong.

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Tue 2014-07-29.11:45 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The Coming Human Body On A Chip That Will Change How We Make Drugs

No more animal testing and no more guesswork about whether drugs that work on animals might also work on humans. Scientists are making an entire electronic set of organs that can test our drugs quickly and easily.

Over the last century, animal welfare advocates have protested the rising use of animals in biomedical research and, later, in drug, chemical, and cosmetic testing. One 2008 study estimated 115 million animals are used a year for scientific research alone. Agree with the cause or not, their reasons are well understood to anyone who has felt a little sad about that frog dissection in middle school.

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Mon 2014-07-28.14:04 | [Fast Company]
[Webwereld Feed]

China onderzoekt monopolie Windows

Immers, 95 procent van het land draait nog op XP (of Win7).

Tue 2014-07-29.11:15 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

Ex-MySpacer waarschuwt Facebook voor ondergang

Wijze lessen van een gevallen sociaal netwerk.

Tue 2014-07-29.10:57 | [Webwereld Feed]

How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

An anonymous reader writes "Sunday was the birthday of the late great Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons and Futurama guest star. With the fifth edition of D&D soon to come out at Gen Con this year, Jon Peterson, author of Playing at the World, has released a new piece to answer a historical question: how was it, back in 1985, that Gary was ousted from TSR and control of D&D was taken away from him? Drawn from board meeting minutes, stock certificates, letters, and other first-hand sources, it's not a quick read or a very cheery one, but it shows how the greatest success of hobby games of the 1980s fell apart and marginalized its most famous designer."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2014-07-29.14:06 | [Slashdot]

Intel SSD Toolbox 3.2.3

Intel heeft versie 3.2.3 uitgebracht van de Solid State Drive Toolbox. Met dit programma is het mogelijk om een solid state drive van Intel te beheren. Zo kan het informatie geven over de karakteristieken van de drive, kunnen er enkele diagnostische tests op worden losgelaten en kunnen de prestaties worden geoptimaliseerd. Daarnaast is het mogelijk om de firmware bij te werken. Versie 3.2.3 voegt ondersteuning toe voor de nieuwe Pro 2500-modellen en kan nu ook ssd's tonen met een capaciteit groter dan 1TB.

Tue 2014-07-29.13:14 | []

CCleaner for Android 1.03.22

Piriform heeft een update uitgebracht van zijn opschoon-tooltje voor Android. CCleaner for Android schoont onder meer de programmacache, download folders, browser history, en de inhoud van het clipboard. Ook is er een app-manager aan boord en kan het informatie over processorbelasting, geheugengebruik en batterijbelasting weergeven. In versie 1.03.22 zijn de volgende veranderingen en verbeteringen aangebracht:

Tue 2014-07-29.13:14 | []

BurnAware 7.3

Versie 7.3 van het cd-, dvd- en blu-ray-brandprogramma BurnAware is uitgekomen. Dit programma is beschikbaar in een Free-versie en in betaalde Premium- en Professional-edities, met prijzen van respectievelijk 30 en 40 dollar. Deze uitvoeringen hebben extra functionaliteit, zoals voor het kopiëren van schijfjes en het rippen van audio-cd's. Op deze pagina worden de verschillende edities tegen elkaar afgezet. In versie 7.0 is onder meer de gebruikersinterface opgefrist, kan de schrijfsnelheid worden ingesteld en is het nu mogelijk om verschillende schijfjes tegelijk te wissen. Deze eerste update bevat verder nog de volgende veranderingen en verbeteringen:

Tue 2014-07-29.13:13 | []


SlySoft heeft versie van AnyDVD uitgebracht. Een mooi rond nummer, maar niet meer dan de logische opvolger van versie Dit programma draait op de achtergrond in Windows en is in staat om de regio- en kopieerbeveiliging van dvd-, hd-dvd- en blu-ray-schijfjes on the fly te omzeilen. Ook is AnyDVD in staat om verplichte onderdelen, zoals copyright- en FBI-waarschuwingen, over te slaan. Ten slotte kan de snelheid van de drive worden aangepast om het lawaai dat tijdens het afspelen wordt geproduceerd, terug te dringen. De prijs van een licentie hangt af van de gekozen tijdsduur en begint bij 41 euro. De nieuwe versie brengt ondersteuning voor enkele nieuwe schijfjes en verhelpt enkele kleine problemen.

Tue 2014-07-29.13:10 | []
[ - Algemeen]

Verdachte aanslag Joods Museum Brussel uitgeleverd

De vermoedelijke dader van de dodelijke aanslag in het Joods Museum in Brussel is dinsdag uitgeleverd aan België.

Tue 2014-07-29.14:30 | [ - Algemeen]
[Schneier on Security]

Conference on Deception

There was a conference on deception earlier this month. Sophie Van Der Zee has a summary of the sessions.

Tue 2014-07-29.13:29 | [Schneier on Security]
[The Register]

Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu

Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told

A study of the public-facing web servers run by some of the world's largest firms has suggested only three per cent of the machines have been fully protected against the OpenSSL vulnerability known as Heartbleed.…

Tue 2014-07-29.14:00 | [The Register]


[ - Algemeen]

Zaterdag grote drukte door vakantieverkeer verwacht

Het begin van de schoolvakanties in Frankrijk, Duitsland en Italië zorgt komend weekend in die landen voor grote verkeersdrukte.

Tue 2014-07-29.13:35 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Internet]

Consumentengroepen protesteren tegen advertentiebeleid Facebook

Verschillende privacy- en consumentenorganisaties roepen Facebook op om zijn advertentiebeleid te wijzigen.

Tue 2014-07-29.13:41 | [ - Internet]


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