Thu 2014-04-17


[ - Algemeen]

'Nieuwe fase van confrontatie in Europa'

Er is in Europa een nieuwe fase van confrontatie aangebroken nu Rusland de autonomie van Oekraïne blijft bedreigen.

Thu 2014-04-17.14:26 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

Tot achttien jaar cel en tbs in zaak kofferbaklijk

De 31-jarige Eindhovenaar Pascal K. moet achttien jaar de gevangenis in voor het medeplegen van de moord op Mohamed Azzouzi. Mededader Michel van A. uit Valkenswaard krijgt tien jaar cel en tbs met dwangverpleging.

Thu 2014-04-17.14:07 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

25 jaar voor doodslag op echtpaar Hoendiep

Een 41-jarige dakloze moet 25 jaar de cel in voor het doden van een bejaard echtpaar. De man heeft het stel gedood met als doel hun plezierjacht te bemachtigen.

Thu 2014-04-17.14:07 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

Oppositie wil stukken zorgdeal snel zien

De SP, het CDA en GroenLinks willen zo snel mogelijk weten wat het kabinet, de regeringsfracties en de 'bevriende' oppositiepartijen D66, ChristenUnie en SGP precies met elkaar hebben afgesproken over de de zorg.

Thu 2014-04-17.14:26 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update

Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?

Analysis Microsoft's private viewing of Windows Phone 8.1 has been opened to all comers*, many of whom don't like what they see.…

Thu 2014-04-17.14:21 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

Real Time Club invites Reg readers to a Whitehall soiree

As your body staggers down the winding road to death, user interfaces that require fighter pilot-grade eyesight, the dexterity of a neurosurgeon, and the mental agility of Derren Brown, are going to screw with you at some point.…

Thu 2014-04-17.13:29 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Mounties get their man: Heartbleed hacker suspect, 19, CUFFED

Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug

A teen suspected of exploiting the Heartbleed bug to attack Canada's tax computer systems has been arrested.…

Wed 2014-04-16.23:54 | [The Register]



Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Chris Bowlby reports at BBC that medical research has been building up for a while now, suggesting constant sitting is harming our health — potentially causing cardiovascular problems or vulnerability to diabetes. Advocates of sit-stand desks say more standing would benefit not only health, but also workers' energy and creativity. Some big organizations and companies are beginning to look seriously at reducing 'prolonged sitting' among office workers. 'It's becoming more well known that long periods of sedentary behavior has an adverse effect on health,' says GE engineer Jonathan McGregor, 'so we're looking at bringing in standing desks.' The whole concept of sitting as the norm in workplaces is a recent innovation, points out Jeremy Myerson, professor of design at the Royal College of Art. 'If you look at the late 19th Century,' he says, Victorian clerks could stand at their desks and 'moved around a lot more'. 'It's possible to look back at the industrial office of the past 100 years or so as some kind of weird aberration in a 1,000-year continuum of work where we've always moved around.' What changed things in the 20th Century was 'Taylorism' — time and motion studies applied to office work. 'It's much easier to supervise and control people when they're sitting down,' says Myerson. What might finally change things is if the evidence becomes overwhelming, the health costs rise, and stopping employees from sitting too much becomes part of an employer's legal duty of care 'If what we are creating are environments where people are not going to be terribly healthy and are suffering from diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes,' says Prof Alexi Marmot, a specialist on workplace design, 'it's highly unlikely the organization benefits in any way.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2014-04-17.14:07 | [Slashdot]
[ - Internet]

'Lavabit-maker hinderde onderzoek NSA naar Snowden'

Ladar Levison, de eigenaar van e-maildienst Lavabit, zou het onderzoek naar Edward Snowden hebben gehinderd door de lange SSL-sleutel in zeer klein lettertype uit te printen en in te leveren.

Thu 2014-04-17.14:09 | [ - Internet]
[ - Internet]

'Apple verwerkt liedjesherkenning Shazam in iOS 8'

Apple gaat mogelijk samenwerken met de app Shazam. Het moet zo mogelijk worden voor iOS-gebruikers om liedjes te herkennen via de microfoon van hun iPhone of iPad.

Thu 2014-04-17.08:11 | [ - Internet]
[The Register]

OpenSSL Heartbleed bug sniff tools are 'BUGGY' – what becomes of the broken hearted?

Hayter's gonna hate

Software that claims to detect the presence of OpenSSL's Heartbleed bug in servers, PCs and other gear may falsely report a system to be safe when users are actually in danger, according to a security consultancy.…

Thu 2014-04-17.13:14 | [The Register]


[ - Algemeen]

Meeste slachtofferhulp verleend in Flevoland

In Flevoland werd vorig jaar relatief het vaakst beroep gedaan op Slachtofferhulp. Vooral slachtoffers van gewelds- en vermogensdelicten klopten vorig jaar aan bij de organisatie.

Thu 2014-04-17.13:02 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters

Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe

Virgin Media has apologised for a blunder that resulted in some of its customers being bombarded with a deluge of emails.…

Thu 2014-04-17.12:18 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

Tencent: The Secretive, Chinese Tech Giant That Can Rival Facebook and Amazon

A tech war has raged in China, and a winner seems ready to emerge. It's Tencent--a controversial, $139 billion company with nearly a billion users, which functions like Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Uber all rolled into one. Now it's gunning for global expansion.

China's most powerful Internet company is headquartered in a bland, glassy tower in southern Shenzhen. Unlike Silicon Valley's funky campuses, there is nothing to reveal that this might be a hub of creativity. An insurance company, perhaps? In the middle of its nondescript, corporate lobby, an information desk stands next to the only sign of personality: a pair of giant plush penguins, the Tencent mascot times two. Nearby, an iPad displays stats on the company's messaging services. But when I pull out a notebook and start jotting down the numbers, the receptionist waves her hand. "Oh no, that's not updated!" she says. "It's just for show."

Read Full Story

Thu 2014-04-17.12:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Watch An Insane Robot Band Learn How To Shred On Their Instruments

A new collaboration between U.K. DJ Squarepusher and a Japanese robot band known as Z-Machines hints at a future where human musicians might have to practice a bit harder.

First ping-pong. Now this?

Read Full Story

Wed 2014-04-16.16:39 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The States And Cities That Are Best For Getting To Work On Two Feet

Are we slowly seeing the death of the car commute? An exhaustive new report commissioned by the CDC looks at the progress the U.S. has made in encouraging walking and cycling.

There's been a big shift in how cities and states view cycling and walking. Having barely heard of a protected bike lane a few years ago, many are now putting in friendlier infrastructure and generally making bikers and pedestrians feel more valued.

Read Full Story

Wed 2014-04-16.15:02 | [Fast Company]
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'Brussel moet bewaarplicht bij lidstaten verbieden'

Nu het EU-Hof de richtlijn ongeldig verklaart, moeten lidstaten de dataretentie uit hun wetgeving schrappen.

Thu 2014-04-17.12:25 | [Webwereld Feed]
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Amsterdamse brandweer experimenteert met Google Glass

Op afstand meekijken bij het blussen.

Thu 2014-04-17.12:03 | [Webwereld Feed]
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Google verklaart captcha dood

Maar Google's eigen reCAPTCHA is nog wel veilig voor bots, claimt het bedrijf.

Thu 2014-04-17.11:13 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

Heartbleed brengt anoniem surfen via Tor in gevaar

12 procent van exit- en guard-nodes al op zwarte lijst.

Thu 2014-04-17.10:37 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

Bedrijven krijgen langer de tijd voor Windows 8.1-update

Consumenten moeten wel binnen 3 weken upgraden, anders krijgen ze geen beveiligingsupdates meer.

Thu 2014-04-17.10:33 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Beware of the Train]

HiPEAC 2013 Berlin HLCGB

[Wherein we review an academic conference in the High/Low/Crush/Goal/Bane format used for reviewing juggling conventions on rec.juggling.]

High: My old Codeplay colleague Ally Donaldson's FAT-GPU workshop. He was talking about his GPUVerify system, which takes CUDA or OpenCL programs and either proves them free of data races and synchronisation-barrier conflicts, or finds a potential bug. It's based on an SMT solver; I think there's a lot of scope to apply constraint solvers to problems in compilation and embedded system design, and I'd like to learn more about them.

Also, getting to see the hotel's giant fishtank being cleaned, by scuba divers.

Low: My personal low point was telling a colleague about some of the problems my depression has been causing me, and having him laugh in my face - he'd been drinking, and thought I was exaggerating for comic effect. He immediately apologised when I told him that this wasn't the case, but still, not fun. The academic low point was the "current challenges in supercomputing" tutorial, which turned out to be a thinly-disguised sales pitch for the sponsor's FPGA cards. That tends not to happen at maths conferences...

Crush: am I allowed to have a crush on software? Because the benchmarking and visualisation infrastructure surrounding the Sniper x86 simulator looks so freaking cool. If I can throw away the mess of Makefiles, autoconf and R that serves the same role in our lab I will be very, very happy.

Goal: Go climbing on the Humboldthain Flakturm (fail - it turns out that Central Europe is quite cold in January, and nobody else fancied climbing on concrete at -7C). Get my various Coursera homeworks and bureaucratic form-filling done (fail - damn you, tasty German beer and hyperbolic discounting!). Meet up with maradydd, who was also in town (fail - comms and scheduling issues conspired against us. Next time, hopefully). See some interesting talks, and improve my general knowledge of the field (success!).

Bane: I was sharing a room with my Greek colleague Chris, who had a paper deadline on the Wednesday. This meant he was often up all night, and went to bed as I was getting up, so every trip into the room to get something was complicated by the presence of a sleeping person. He also kept turning the heating up until it was too hot for me to sleep. Dually, of course, he had to share his room with a crazy Brit who kept getting up as he was going to bed and opening the window to let freezing air in...

Thu 2013-01-24.22:59 | [Beware of the Train]
[Beware of the Train]

Falsehoods programmers believe about build systems

Inspired by Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names, Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Time, and far, far too much time spent fighting autotools. Thanks to Aaron Crane, totherme and zeecat for their comments on earlier versions.

It is accepted by all decent people that Make sucks and needs to die, and that autotools needs to be shot, decapitated, staked through the heart and finally buried at a crossroads at midnight in a coffin full of millet. Hence, there are approximately a million and seven tools that aim to replace Make and/or autotools. Unfortunately, all of the Make-replacements I am aware of copy one or more of Make's mistakes, and many of them make new and exciting mistakes of their own.

I want to see an end to Make in my lifetime. As a service to the Make-replacement community, therefore, I present the following list of tempting but incorrect assumptions various build tools make about building software.

All of the following are wrong:

  • Build graphs are trees.
  • Build graphs are acyclic.
  • Every build step updates at most one file.
  • Every build step updates at least one file.
  • Compilers will always modify the timestamps on every file they are expected to output.
  • It's possible to tell the compiler which file to write its output to.
  • It's possible to tell the compiler which directory to write its output to.
  • It's possible to predict in advance which files the compiler will update.
  • It's possible to narrow down the set of possibly-updated files to a small hand-enumerated set.
  • It's possible to determine the dependencies of a target without building it.
  • Targets do not depend on the rules used to build them.
  • Targets depend on every rule in the whole build system.
  • Detecting changes via file hashes is always the right thing.
  • Detecting changes via file hashes is never the right thing.
  • Nobody will ever want to rebuild a subset of the available dirty targets.
  • People will only want to build software on Linux.
  • People will only want to build software on a Unix derivative.
  • Nobody will want to build software on Windows.
  • People will only want to build software on Windows.
    (Thanks to David MacIver for spotting this omission.)
  • Nobody will want to build on a system without strace or some equivalent.
  • stat is slow on modern filesystems.
  • Non-experts can reliably write portable shell script.
  • Your build tool is a great opportunity to invent a whole new language.
  • Said language does not need to be a full-featured programming language.
  • In particular, said language does not need a module system more sophisticated than #include.
  • Said language should be based on textual expansion.
  • Adding an Nth layer of textual expansion will fix the problems of the preceding N-1 layers.
  • Single-character magic variables are a good idea in a language that most programmers will rarely use.
  • System libraries and globally-installed tools never change.
  • Version numbers of system libraries and globally-installed tools only ever increase.
  • It's totally OK to spend over four hours calculating how much of a 25-minute build you should do.
  • All the code you will ever need to compile is written in precisely one language.
  • Everything lives in a single repository.
  • Files only ever get updated with timestamps by a single machine.
  • Version control systems will always update the timestamp on a file.
  • Version control systems will never update the timestamp on a file.
  • Version control systems will never change the time to one earlier than the previous timestamp.
  • Programmers don't want a system for writing build scripts; they want a system for writing systems that write build scripts.

[Exercise for the reader: which build tools make which assumptions, and which compilers violate them?]

Thu 2012-12-06.22:45 | [Beware of the Train]
[Beware of the Train]

New Year's Resolutions

I don't normally make New Year's resolutions, but what the hell.

1. Start tracking my weight and calorie intake again, and get my weight back down to a level where I'm comfortable. This morning it was 12st 1.9 - not terribly high in the scheme of things, but it's almost as high as it was when I first started dieting (though I think a bit more of it may be muscle now) and it's definitely high enough to negatively impact my sense of well-being.

What went wrong? Well, I'm gonna quote from Hyperbole and a Half: "trying to use willpower to overcome the apathetic sort of sadness that accompanies depression is like a person with no arms trying to punch themselves until their hands grow back. A fundamental component of the plan is missing and it isn't going to work." A scheme for weight loss that depends on willpower is similarly doomed if you're too depressed to stick to it. So this time I'm going to try to make changes to my eating habits that require less willpower. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

2. Start making (and testing!) regular backups of my data. I lost several years of mountain photographs last year when the external hard drive I was keeping them on died: I don't want that to happen again.

3. Get my Gmail account down to Inbox Zero and keep it there. It's currently at Inbox 1713, most of which is junk, but it's just *easier* to deal with an empty inbox, and not have to re-scan the same old things to look for the interesting new stuff.

I have a few more Ambitious Plans, but they don't really count as resolutions:

1. Do some more Stanford online courses. I'm currently signed up to Human-Computer Interaction, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Software Engineering for Software as a Service, and Information Theory. Fortunately they don't all run concurrently!

[BTW, they're not all computing courses: wormwood_pearl is signed up to Designing Green Buildings, for instance.]

2. Enter (and complete!) the Meadows Half-Marathon in March. I started training for this back in December, but then I got ill and Christmas happened, so today was my first run for a while and it wasn't much fun. Never mind; I've got time to get back on course.

3. If that goes well, enter (and, ideally, complete...) the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon. As I understand things, it's basically two 20km-ish fell runs back-to-back, with a night camping in between. Oh, and you have to carry all your camping kit with you. In the high classes people do the whole thing at a run, but in the lower classes (which I'd be entering) there's apparently a bit more run/walk/run going on. Philipp and I did nearly 40km in one day on the South Glen Shiel ridge in November, and then went for another hike the next day, so I should be able to at least cover the distance. Providing I don't get too badly lost, of course :-)

The only way to progress in anything. The trick, of course, is not biting off enough to cause you damage.

Tue 2012-01-03.01:58 | [Beware of the Train]

Google brengt Chrome Remote Desktop voor Android uit

Google heeft Chrome Remote Desktop uitgebracht voor Android. Gebruikers kunnen nu hun Windows-, Linux- of OS X-systeem op afstand bedienen met hun Android-smartphone. Voorheen kon dat alleen vanuit de Chrome-desktopbrowser.

Thu 2014-04-17.11:43 | []

Zakelijke gebruikers mogen langer doen over Windows 8.1-update

Zakelijke Windows 8.1-gebruikers hoeven niet voor mei te updaten naar Windows 8.1 Update 1 om verdere updates te blijven ontvangen. In plaats daarvan hebben ze tot augustus. Dat geldt ook voor gebruikers van Windows Server 2012 R2.

Thu 2014-04-17.11:13 | []

KDE Software Compilation 4.13

Versie 4.13 van de KDE Software Compilation is verschenen. Deze populaire desktopomgeving, die bestaat uit de onderdelen Development Platform, Plasma Workspaces en Applications, wordt primair voor Linux, FreeBSD en Solaris ontwikkeld, maar er bestaan ook versies voor Windows en OS X, al zijn die iets minder ver in hun ontwikkeling. De KDE Software Compilation wordt met een standaarddesktop geleverd, inclusief een groot aantal applicaties, waaronder een personal information manager, programma's voor multimedia en netwerkbeheer, en spelletjes. In versie 4.13 is onder meer de semantische zoekfunctie verbeterd.

Thu 2014-04-17.10:23 | []

WordPress 3.9

De final release van WordPress versie 3.9 is uitgekomen. Met dit programma, dat onder een gpl-licentie beschikbaar wordt gesteld, is het mogelijk om een weblog op te zetten en bij te houden. WordPress is eenvoudig in te stellen en kan binnen vijf minuten draaien als er al een server met php en MySQL beschikbaar is. Er zijn mogelijkheden om de functionaliteit van WordPress, naast bloggen, verder uit te breiden en het uiterlijk met plug-ins en themes aan te passen. Versie 3.9 bevat onder meer een nieuwere versie van TinyMCE, de component die voor het invoeren van tekst gebruikt wordt. De release notes voor deze uitgave kunnen hieronder worden gevonden.

Thu 2014-04-17.10:12 | []

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema 1.7.4

Media Player Classic is een kleine no-nonsense-mediaspeler met het uiterlijk van Windows Media Player 6.4. Gabest, de originele maker van dit programma, heeft de ontwikkeling echter alweer een tijdje geleden gestaakt en er zijn verschillende projecten ontstaan op basis van de opensourcebroncode, waaronder Media Player Classic - Home Cinema. Het programma kan overweg met de meest gebruikte mediaformaten, heeft ondersteuning voor hardwareacceleratie en is in meer dan 25 talen te gebruiken. Versie 1.7.4 is uitgekomen en hierin zijn de volgende veranderingen en verbeteringen aangebracht:

Thu 2014-04-17.09:59 | []

Spotify stapt af van p2p en gaat alle muziek via centrale servers afspelen

Muziekdienst Spotify stapt over enkele maanden over op louter centrale servers om gebruikers muziek af te laten spelen. In de afgelopen jaren werkte de dienst ook met p2p om de lag bij het afspelen van een nummer minimaal te houden.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:55 | []

PS4-update laat spelers games preloaden - update

Een firmware-update voor de PlayStation 4 laat spelers games al downloaden voordat ze uit zijn, zodat ze de game meteen bij de release kunnen spelen. Ook komt er een video-editor. Wanneer de firmware-update precies uitkomt, is nog niet bekend.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:08 | []
[ - Algemeen]

Bewoners flat Rotterdam moeten nog wachten

De bewoners van de Rotterdamse flat voor 55-plussers waar dinsdag brand uitbrak, mogen op zijn vroegst vrijdag terugkeren naar hun woning. Dat heeft woningcorporatie Havensteder donderdag laten weten.

Thu 2014-04-17.12:40 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

'Iran heeft uraniumvoorraad verminderd'

Iran heeft de helft van zijn voorraad hoger verrijkt uranium vernietigd. Dat materiaal kan snel worden verwerkt in een kernwapen. Het land beschikt nu over substantieel minder tot 20 procent verrijkt uranium.

Thu 2014-04-17.11:53 | [ - Algemeen]


[The Register]

Heartbleed mega-bug clean up shrinks Tor network by an eighth

And that's before they look at all the nodes and what version of OpenSSL they're running

Tor, the sometimes-controversial internet-traffic-anonymising service, is bleeding thanks to the Heartbleed flaw.…

Thu 2014-04-17.03:02 | [The Register]



Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

thundergeek (808819) writes "I am the sole sysadmin for nearly 50 servers (win/linux) across several contracts. Now a Change Advisory Board (CAB) is wanting to manage every patch that will be installed on the OS and approve/disapprove for testing on the development network. Once tested and verified, all changes will then need to be approved for production. Windows servers aren't always the best for informing admin exactly what is being 'patched' on the OS, and the frequency of updates will make my efficiency take a nose dive. Now I'll have to track each KB, RHSA, directives and any other 3rd party updates, submit a lengthy report outlining each patch being applied, and then sit back and wait for approval. What should I use/do to track what I will be installing? Is there already a product out there that will make my life a little less stressful on the admin side? Does anyone else have to go toe-to-toe with a CAB? How do you handle your patch approval process?"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2014-04-17.11:27 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

OpenSSL bug hunt: Find NEXT Heartbleed, earn $$$ – if enough people donate cash

Quarter of a million dollars could be up for grabs

An effort to raise $250,000 for an OpenSSL bug-bounty program is underway – and its organisers hope it will help ensure the Heartbleed omnishambles is never repeated.…

Wed 2014-04-16.18:03 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

Recruiting now for charity starvation diet

Last year, I rather recklessly signed my self up for the Live Below the Line quid-a-day nosh challenge, which involves surviving for five days on £1 per day for food.…

Thu 2014-04-17.11:28 | [The Register]


[ - Algemeen]

Thuiscontroles wapenvergunningen meer dan verdubbeld

Het aantal thuiscontroles van wapenvergunningen door de politie is sinds 2011 meer dan verdubbeld. Dat leidt echter niet tot meer afgekeurde vergunningen.

Thu 2014-04-17.11:53 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – A jolly little war for lunchtime

Free-to-play WoW turn-based game when you have 20 minutes to kill

Quick review Hearthstone is a game that I've been a bit obsessed with lately.…

Thu 2014-04-17.11:04 | [The Register]
[The Register]

What's a right pain in the ASCII for IBM? Its own leech-like hardware biz

Keep your eyes on our cloud while we remove this pesky thing, say execs

IBM's earnings for the first quarter of the year show that the company's hardware division has turned into a leech sapping Big Blue's profits.…

Wed 2014-04-16.23:38 | [The Register]


[ - Algemeen]

Dit jaar toch sprake van milde griepepidemie

Er was dit jaar toch een milde griepepidemie in Nederland.

Thu 2014-04-17.11:39 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

'Geen Russische militairen in oosten Oekraïne'

De Russische president Vladimir Poetin doet de berichten dat er Russische militairen in het oosten van de Oekraïne zijn af als nonsens.

Thu 2014-04-17.13:51 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

Berging vrachtwagen na ongeval A2 bij Weert

Een ongeval met een vrachtwagen op de A2 bij Weert zorgt donderdag in beide richtingen voor veel vertraging. De vrachtwagen reed op de weg van Eindhoven richting Maastricht door nog onbekende oorzaak door de middenberm.

Thu 2014-04-17.11:15 | [ - Algemeen]


[ - Algemeen]

Staat draait op voor berging Baltic Ace

De berging van de voor de kust gezonken Baltic Ace gaat 67,5 miljoen euro kosten en dat bedrag komt grotendeels voor rekening van de staat.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:51 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

Excuses VN voor falen bij genocide Rwanda

De VN-Veiligheidsraad schoot tekort tijdens de volkerenmoord in Rwanda. Dat erkende de voormalige voorzitter van raad, die woensdag alsnog door het stof ging.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:57 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed

Nadella's database sqares the circle of cheap memory vs speed

It's 1996 and Mission:Impossible has just arrived on the cinema screens. RAM is $10 per megabyte and falling. Against this backdrop, Microsoft has quietly commenced its own seemingly impossible mission, a complete re-write of a little known database which will be released two years into the future, and will be known as SQL Server 7.…

Thu 2014-04-17.10:03 | [The Register]


[Webwereld Feed]

Zuck zag WhatsApp-explosie niet helemaal aankomen

En moest dus diep in de buidel tasten.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:12 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

Google brengt Fiber naar eerste bedrijfjes

Van zoekmachine naar zakelijke internetprovider.

Thu 2014-04-17.08:22 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

1,1 miljoen euro voor XP-support bij gemeenten

Microsoft blijkt niet altijd scheutig met kortingen.

Thu 2014-04-17.07:51 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Planet PostgreSQL]

Michael Paquier: Postgres 9.4 feature highlight: Basics about logical decoding

The second huge feature coming in PostgreSQL 9.4 with jsonb is called logical decoding. In short, it is a new plugin facility that can be used to decode changes that happen on a database and stream them to external sources. It can be used for many things like replication, auditing or even online upgrade solutions.

Logical decoding has been introduced in the core of PostgreSQL incrementally with a set of features that could roughly be listed as follows:

  • Logical replication slots, similar to physical slots except that they are attached to a single database.
  • WAL level "logical" in wal_level, level of WAL generated by server to be able to decode changes to the database into a coherent format.
  • Creation of a SQL interface to view the changes of a replication slot.
  • Extension of the replication protocol to support logical replication (with particularly the possibility to provide a database name in parameter "replication" of a connection string)
  • Addition of REPLICA IDENTITY, a table parameter to modify how updated and deleted tuple data is written to WAL.

Then, two new utilities are present to help users to grab an understanding of how things work:

  • test_decoding, providing an example of output plugin for decoding.
  • pg_recvlogical, an example of utility that can be used to receive changes from a logical replication slot.

Logical decoding introduces a lot of new concepts and features, making it impossible to write everything in a single post. Remember however that it is possible to customize the decoding plugin, or in this post test_decoding, and the remote source receiving the changes, pg_recvlogical in the case of this post. So for now, using what Postgres core offers, let's see how to simply set up logical replication. First, be sure that the following parameters are set in postgresql.conf:

wal_level = logical
max_replication_slots = 1

max_replication_slots needs to be at least 1. test_decoding needs to be installed as well on your server. In order to work, logical replicaton needs first a logical replication slot, which can be created using pg_create_logical_replication_slot like that. Providing a plugin name is mandatory:

=# SELECT * FROM pg_create_logical_replication_slot('my_slot', 'test_decoding');
 slotname | xlog_position
 my_slot  | 0/16CB0C0
(1 row)

xlog_position corresponds to the XLOG position where logical decoding starts. After its creation, it is listed in the system view pg_replication_slots, it will be marked as active once a remote source using a replication connection starts the logical decoding with this slot:

=# SELECT * FROM pg_replication_slots;
-[ RECORD 1 ]+--------------
slot_name    | my_slot
plugin       | test_decoding
slot_type    | logical
datoid       | 12393
database     | postgres
active       | f
xmin         | null
catalog_xmin | 1001
restart_lsn  | 0/16CB088

The next step is to enable the utility consuming the decoded changes, pg_recvlogical, like that for example:

pg_recvlogical --slot -d postgres --slot my_slot --start -f -

Note that you need to connect to the database where the replication slot has been created, in my case "postgres". This command will also make all the decoded changes to be printed in stdout.

pg_recvlogical provides as well options to create and drop slots, this is not really mandatory but it is rather handy when testing logical decoding on multiple slots.

OK, now you will be able to see the logical changes received by pg_recvlogical. Logical decoding cannot replicate DDL changes, so a simple DDL like that:

=# CREATE TABLE ab (a int);

Results in that at the logical data receiver level (in the case of test_decoding of course):

BEGIN 1002

Now here is how an insertion is decoded:

# SQL query
# Logical data receiver
BEGIN 1003
table public.ab: INSERT: a[integer]:1

Similarly to physical slots, as long as a receiver has not consumed the changes of a slot, WAL files will be retained in pg_xlog, so be careful that you pg_xlog partition or disk does not get completely filled up! This post shows only the top of the iceberg of this feature, and there are really a lot of things to tell about it. So stay tuned! For the time being, feel free to have a look at this very promising infrastructure.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:18 | [Planet PostgreSQL]

Philips presenteert smartphone met gigantische accu voor Chinese markt

De Nederlandse fabrikant Philips heeft voor de Chinese markt een smartphone gepresenteerd met een 5300mAh-accu. Smartphones op de Nederlandse markt hebben over het algemeen accu's met de helft van die capaciteit. De telefoon is 11,4mm dik.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:17 | []

HTC zet sdk online voor gebruik tweede cameralens van nieuwe HTC One

HTC heeft de sdk online gezet waarmee ontwikkelaars effecten kunnen maken die de tweede cameralens van de One (M8)-smartphone gebruiken. De fabrikant hoopt dat er zo meer toepassingen komen voor de tweede lens aan de achterkant van de smartphone.

Thu 2014-04-17.08:57 | []

IBM verkoopt minder servers

IBM heeft het afgelopen kwartaal veel minder servers verkocht. De omzet uit de hardwaretak daalde bijna een kwart vergeleken met een jaar geleden. IBM behaalde zijn laagste omzet sinds begin 2009; de omzet daalde de afgelopen twee jaar telkens opnieuw.

Thu 2014-04-17.08:46 | []

Samsung gaat smartwatch met Android Wear maken

Samsung werkt aan een smartwatch met Android Wear, de versie van Googles mobiele besturingssysteem voor horloges en andere wearables. Samsung gebruikt Tizen voor zijn net uitgekomen slimme horloges Gear 2 en Gear Neo.

Thu 2014-04-17.08:22 | []

Google verdient meer maar heeft last van dalende prijs per advertentie

Google heeft in de afgelopen drie maanden meer advertenties geserveerd en meer geld verdiend. Tegelijkertijd verdient de zoekgigant echter minder geld per advertentie, doordat advertenties op mobieltjes en tablets minder geld opleveren.

Thu 2014-04-17.08:13 | []

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: sfeervol opwarmertje

Hoewel het WK pas in juni begint, kunnen gamers het lot van hun land nu al in eigen hand nemen. In het sfeervolle World Cup 2014 kan de beker op diverse manieren gewonnen worden.

Thu 2014-04-17.08:00 | []

Google zet Camera-app in Play Store met functie voor nep-bokeh

Google heeft zijn eigen Camera-app in de Play Store gezet. Deze app kan de standaard-app op telefoons voor het nemen van foto's vervangen. De app bevat de functie Lensvervaging, waarmee foto's volgens Google een nep-bokeh-effect kunnen krijgen.

Thu 2014-04-17.07:52 | []

Gerucht: Apple bouwt muziekherkenning Shazam in iOS

Apple bouwt volgens een gerucht de functie voor muziekherkenning van Shazam in iOS. De integratie zou er bijvoorbeeld toe kunnen leiden dat digitale assistent Siri muziek kan herkennen zonder dat er een app van een derde partij nodig is.

Thu 2014-04-17.07:26 | []

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft verschijnt voor iPad

Blizzard Entertainment heeft de iPad-versie van Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft op de markt gebracht. De mobiele versie van het kaartspel is gratis te downloaden. De game kan online crossplatform gespeeld worden. Een versie voor Android en Windows 8-tablets komt nog.

Thu 2014-04-17.07:00 | []
[ - Algemeen]

Staat draait op voor berging Baltic Ace

De berging van de voor de kust gezonken Baltic Ace gaat 67,5 miljoen euro kosten en dat bedrag komt grotendeels voor rekening van de staat.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:51 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

Report uncovers giant octopus squid of lobbying influence

Analysis Google's lobbying and influence-courting in Washington DC is more intense and extensive than even Google-watchers thought, a must-read Washington Post investigation has revealed.…

Thu 2014-04-17.09:35 | [The Register]



The Squishy Future of Robotics

An anonymous reader writes "The field of soft robotics is fast growing and may be the key to allowing robots and humans to work side-by-side. 'Roboticists are prejudiced toward rigid structures, for which algorithms can be inherited from the well-established factory robot industry. Soft robots solve two huge problems with current robots, however. They don't have to calculate their movements as precisely as hard robots, which rely on springs and joints, making them better for navigating uncontrolled environments like a house, disaster area, or hospital room. They're naturally "cage free," meaning they can work shoulder-to-shoulder with humans. If a soft robot tips over or malfunctions, the danger is on par with being attacked by a pillow. The robot is also less prone to hurt itself.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:09 | [Slashdot]

Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

An anonymous reader writes "Rumors have surfaced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will restrict bidding at their TV spectrum auction in 2015 to effectively favor smaller carriers. Specifically, when 'auction bidding hits an as-of-yet unknown threshold in a given market, the FCC would set aside up to 30MHz of spectrum in that market. Companies that hold at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market then wouldn't be allowed to bid on the 30MHz of spectrum that has been set aside.' Therefore, 'in all band plans less than 70MHz, restricted bidders—specifically AT&T and Verizon (and in a small number of markets, potentially US Cellular or CSpire)—would be limited to bidding for only three blocks.' The rumors may be true since AT&T on Wednesday threatened to not participate in the auction at all as a protest against what it sees as unfair treatment."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2014-04-17.06:34 | [Slashdot]
[ - Algemeen]

Donderdag drukste dag verkiezingen India

Het is donderdag de drukste dag van de parlementsverkiezingen in India. Ongeveer 166 miljoen kiesgerechtigden in 12 deelstaten kunnen hun stem uitbrengen. Zij zijn goed voor 121 zetels in het parlement, dat 543 zetels kent.

Thu 2014-04-17.11:47 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

Aanvragen wapenvergunning afgenomen na 'Alphen'

Het aantal verstrekte wapenvergunningen is na de schietpartij in Alphen aan den Rijn drie jaar geleden flink gedaald. In 2011 werden nog 77.983 vergunningen verleend, vorig jaar waren dat er 75.806.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:57 | [ - Algemeen]


[The Register]

AWS bins elastic compute units, adopts virtual CPUs

Customers tired of wrapping their heads around odd computing power metric

Gartner analyst Kyle Hilgendorf has spotted something very interesting: Amazon Web Services seems to have stopped rating cloud servers based on EC2 compute units (ECUs), its proprietary metric of computing power.…

Thu 2014-04-17.08:27 | [The Register]


[ - Algemeen]

Doden onder separatisten bij aanval op Oekraïense kazerne

Zeker drie pro-Russische separatisten zijn donderdag omgekomen, toen zij een kazerne van de Nationale Garde in de Oekraïense stad Marioepol aanvielen. Dertien mensen raakten gewond.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:31 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

What could go wrong with that?

Boffins at MIT have mooted a new concept for nuclear power plants which would see the entire facility towed several miles out to sea and moored in a similar way to offshore oil and gas platforms.…

Thu 2014-04-17.08:01 | [The Register]


[ - Algemeen]

Doden bij aanval op Oekraïense kazerne

Zeker drie personen zijn donderdag omgekomen, toen pro-Russische separatisten een kazerne van de Oekraïense strijdkrachten in de stad Marioepol aanvielen. Dertien anderen raakten gewond.

Thu 2014-04-17.07:32 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

Argentijns meisje jaren opgesloten in garage

De Argentijnse politie heeft een tiener gered die negen jaar opgesloten zat in de garage van haar pleegouders. Het 15-jarige meisje woog nog twintig kilo.

Thu 2014-04-17.10:04 | [ - Algemeen]
[ - Algemeen]

Families opvarenden veerboot Zuid-Korea woest op overheid

In Zuid-Korea groeit de wanhoop en frustratie over het gebrek aan informatie over lot van honderden vermiste opvarenden van de Sewol.

Thu 2014-04-17.10:47 | [ - Algemeen]


[The Register]

Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps

Fruity toy maker Apple’s next iPhone looks like it will definitely have a significantly bigger screen, if you believe the latest images to have found their way onto the Chinternet.…

Thu 2014-04-17.07:26 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Multi-hypervisor workload ... what? Just think of it as a virtual MAGIC CARPET

Zerto converts VMs between hypervisor environments

Comment Zerto offers multi-hypervisor and cloud workload transformation and protection services – there, I’ve said it. But what does it mean?…

Thu 2014-04-17.07:02 | [The Register]



Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

An anonymous reader writes "Rumors have surfaced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will restrict bidding at their TV spectrum auction in 2015 to effectively favor smaller carriers. Specifically, when 'auction bidding hits an as-of-yet unknown threshold in a given market, the FCC would set aside up to 30MHz of spectrum in that market. Companies that hold at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market then wouldn't be allowed to bid on the 30MHz of spectrum that has been set aside.' Therefore, 'in all band plans less than 70MHz, restricted bidders—specifically AT&T and Verizon (and in a small number of markets, potentially US Cellular or CSpire)—would be limited to bidding for only three blocks.' The rumors may be true since AT&T on Wednesday threatened to not participate in the auction at all as a protest against what it sees as unfair treatment."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2014-04-17.06:34 | [Slashdot]


[Fast Company]

Judge A Food By Its Texture And Risk Being Wrong

Food designers, rejoice: Low-cal's all about crunchiness, or so people think.

Texture counts for a lot when we eat. New research, in the Journal of Consumer Research, says people assume that "hard" foods, such as raw vegetables, have fewer calories than "soft" foods, such as ice-cream. Calorie-counters tend towards those harder foods when planning their diet, and eat more of them altogether. This has big implications for the way food is designed.

Read Full Story

Wed 2014-04-16.21:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Embattled Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Expected To File For Liquidation

It's also possible the Japan-based Bitcoin exchange could find a buyer.

What was once the largest Bitcoin exchange now plans to file for liquidation.

Read Full Story

Wed 2014-04-16.19:58 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Google's Next Big Conference Is About Design

Google plans to focus on design at Google I/O, the developers' conference that draws thousands of software engineers each year.

Every year, a few thousand software engineers head to Google I/O at San Francisco's Moscone Center to eat Goldfish, listen to other geeks lecture, and learn how to tap Google's intricate and endless code libraries to create the products of tomorrow.

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Wed 2014-04-16.19:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

iPhone Alarm Gives You A Seat In A Global Orchestra

Wake up and you become an instrument in an impromptu musical composition.

Wake Up With The World, an iPhone app by Pratt Institute MFA student Eric Rieper, can't solve the repetitive Pavlovian torture of being forced to wake up early every morning, but it can make the horrors of daily wake ups a more positive, communal experience. It's an alarm clock that syncs with other alarm clocks around the world, turning your phone into but one instrument in a global orchestra.

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Wed 2014-04-16.18:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Oddball Wallpaper Will Turn Your Room Into A Big Happy Funhouse

It's not your grandmother's toile.

The trend in wallpaper design has definitely been leaning toward maximalism, and if that's your jam, have we got something for you: Netherlands-based design collective Extrapool. The studio commissions artists (mostly European) to create original prints for its wallpaper collection. And original they are. In these designs, children have disappearing heads and repeat patterns include abstract butts and breasts, eyes on trees, and bats.

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Wed 2014-04-16.18:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

A Handy Guide To Maker Culture, For Kids Ages 1 To 100

Fusing 3-D printing and DIY robotics with traditional crafts like woodworking and metalworking, the maker movement is booming. The Makers' Alphabet, whimsically illustrated by two SVA students, offers an A-to-Z guide to making things in 2014.

How do you introduce children to today's exploding maker culture, which fuses cutting-edge technology, like 3-D printing and DIY robotics, with traditional arts and crafts, like woodworking and metalworking? With The Makers' Alphabet, that's how. It's a whimsically illustrated A-to-Z manual of all things maker-y in 2014, created by Sneha Pai and Melody Quintana, interaction design MFA candidates at New York's School of Visual Arts. The book is simple enough to serve as a primer for creative kids, but its breadth makes it appeal to anyone with an interest in innovation and design.

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Wed 2014-04-16.18:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

As Black Box Pings Go Silent, Here's How Data Can Narrow The Search For Malaysia Air Flight MH370

Our evolving data model shows the most likely locations for the plane's remains, according to recent evidence.

We're now entering the 6th week of search of MH370, and the 5th week of FastCoLab's MH370 model. There are two major developments since the last installment of this series.

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Wed 2014-04-16.17:33 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Seem Too Worried About Facebook's Teen Exodus As His 30th Birthday Looms

Facebook is looking beyond American teenagers to emerging markets around the world.

Looking at Facebook's recent moves--What's App, Oculus Rift, the death of in-app messaging--the company seems to be in experimentation mode, grasping to find what works and what doesn't. All of these decisions are part of the same overarching (and important) strategy: finding the next generation of Facebook users, as it's becoming clear American youth might have other loyalties.

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Wed 2014-04-16.16:39 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Caterpillar Plays Jenga With 600-Pound Blocks And Massive Machines

The heavy equipment brand creates its own unique version of the popular game.

When Leslie Scott launched Jenga at the London Toy Fair in 1983, chances are this isn't what she had in mind. As part of its ongoing "Built For It" campaign, heavy equipment brand Caterpillar has taken five of its machines, including excavator and a telehandler, and set up what must be the world's biggest game of Jenga.

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Wed 2014-04-16.15:55 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Candy Crush Is Coming To China

A breakthrough partnership between King and Tencent will push Candy Crush Saga through WeChat, and should help King tap a massive new market of Asian gamers.

If King Digital's disappointing IPO this year demonstrated anything, it's that investors seem afraid that Candy Crush is little more than a one-hit wonder. Yet the gaming company may have more magic up its sleeve, with a major new initiative that should gain it some traction in a market that has been historically lackluster: China.

Read Full Story

Wed 2014-04-16.15:25 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

An Occupy-Inspired App That Helps Groups Make Actual Group Decisions

There are no great tools for making decisions collaboratively online. Inspired by the hand gestures used at Occupy protests, Loomio aims to fill that gap.

If you've ever tried to make a tough decision with a group of people online, then you've most likely done one of two things. You may have had a discussion over email, in which case the conversation has gotten very messy and it becomes difficult to suss out exactly where everyone stands. Or, you could have tried a poll, which doesn't give the opportunity for re-working proposals based on feedback.

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Wed 2014-04-16.15:24 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The 10 Most Polluted States For People Of Color

Non-whites are shockingly more likely to be exposed to deadly air pollution, compared to whites even at the same income levels.

Glaring economic inequality has become one of the most talked about issues in post-recession America. But a new study from the University of Minnesota shows the reasons why racial inequality shouldn't be swept aside--especially when it's related to an additional 7,000 deaths a year.

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Wed 2014-04-16.15:17 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

How The Word "Entrepreneur" Got Too Popular For Its Own Good

Our language and our economic data are increasingly out of step with how we work. Here's why it matters.


[ - Algemeen]

Grote brand op industrieterrein Zwijndrecht

Zeker vier bedrijven zijn in de nacht van woensdag op donderdag getroffen door een brand op industrieterrein Develpoort in Zwijndrecht. De panden zijn vermoedelijk volledig uitgebrand.

Thu 2014-04-17.09:55 | [ - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Oz winemaker/cloud says DEY buy cheaper than vendors' SDS

Door left open to future productisation

CloudCentral, the Australian cloud-cum-wine company that this week acquired the intellectual property of software-defined storage (SDS) startup DEY, says the transaction was a cheaper way to build its own SDS than buying it from a vendor.…

Thu 2014-04-17.06:02 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Google spends in three months on data centers what used to take a year

Chocolate Factory on track for TEN BEEELLION dollar annual bit barn spend

Google spent a whopping $US2.35bn on its data centers in the first quarter of 2014.…

Thu 2014-04-17.05:02 | [The Register]



Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

coondoggie (973519) writes "It's impossible to imagine the Internal Revenue Service or most other number-crunching agencies or companies working without computers. But when the IRS went to computers — the Automatic Data Processing system --there was an uproar. The agency went so far as to produce a short film on the topic called Right On The Button, to convince the public computers were a good thing."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2014-04-17.04:02 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

VMware starts invitation-only NSX training

How many of you really need network virtualisation anyway?

If you visit VMware's certifications portal you may notice there's something missing: Virtzilla currently offers no courses for its NSX network virtualisation product.…

Thu 2014-04-17.03:56 | [The Register]



[$] Weekly Edition for April 17, 2014

The Weekly Edition for April 17, 2014 is available.

Thu 2014-04-17.02:57 | []
[The Register]

AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits

Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction

US wireless megacarrier AT&T has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it could withdraw from an upcoming wireless spectrum auction over proposed buying limits.…

Thu 2014-04-17.03:00 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers

Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late

Ladar Levison, owner of the now-defunct Lavabit email service, could be facing a heavy fine after an appeals court ruled that he failed to properly contest the government's attempts to install taps on his servers.…

Thu 2014-04-17.02:55 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Samsung claims it still plans to ship Tizen phones in Q2

Even without carrier backing, 'a few countries' will get Linux-based mobes

Hope springs eternal for wannabe Android competitor Tizen, with Samsung saying it plans to ship the first smartphones based on the open source OS in the second quarter of 2014 – carriers' cold feet be damned.…

Thu 2014-04-17.02:54 | [The Register]



FBI Drone Deployment Timeline

An anonymous reader writes "The FBI insists that it uses drone technology to conduct surveillance in 'very limited circumstances.' What those particular circumstances are remain a mystery, particularly since the Bureau refuses to identify instances where agents deployed unmanned aerial vehicles, even as far back as 2006. In a letter to Senator Ron Paul last July, the FBI indicated that it had used drones a total of ten times since late 2006—eight criminal cases and two national security cases—and had authorized drone deployments in three additional cases, but did not actually fly them. The sole specific case where the FBI is willing to confirm using a drone was in February 2013, as surveillance support for a child kidnapping case in Alabama. New documents obtained by MuckRock as part of the Drone Census flesh out the timeline of FBI drone deployments in detail that was previously unavailable. While heavily redacted—censors deemed even basic facts that were already public about the Alabama case to be too sensitive for release, apparently—these flight orders, after action reviews and mission reports contain new details of FBI drone flights."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2014-04-17.02:33 | [Slashdot]



GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "A project involving GoPro cameras and people living on the streets of San Francisco has suggests technology is making people feel less compassionate towards the homeless. Started by Kevin F Adler, the Homeless GoPro project aims to 'build empathy through a first-hand perspective' by strapping one of the cameras onto homeless volunteers to document their lives and daily interactions. One of the volunteers, Adam Reichart, said he believes it is technology which is stopping people feel sympathy towards people living on the street as it's easier to have 'less feelings when you're typing something' than looking at them in the eye"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2014-04-17.01:48 | [Slashdot]


[ - Algemeen]

Separatisten belagen basis in Oost-Oekraïne

Oekraïense troepen hebben woensdag in de lucht geschoten toen hun basis in het oosten van het land werd belaagd door een groep pro-Russische separatisten.

Thu 2014-04-17.02:14 | [ - Algemeen]



Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

mpicpp (3454017) writes "The 'kill switch,' a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players. Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are among those that have signed on to a voluntary program announced Tuesday by the industry's largest trade group. All smartphones manufactured for sale in the United States after July 2015 must have the technology, according to the program from CTIA. Advocates say the feature would deter thieves from taking mobile devices by rendering phones useless while allowing people to protect personal information if their phone is lost or stolen. Its proponents include law enforcement officials concerned about the rising problem of smartphone theft."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2014-04-17.01:02 | [Slashdot]


[ - Algemeen]

'Poetin wil Russisch veto in Oekraïne'

De Russische president Vladimir Poetin wil een federaal Oekraïne waarbij Rusland een veto krijgt in Oekraïense aangelegenheden.

Wed 2014-04-16.23:11 | [ - Algemeen]


[The Register]

US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits

US mobile companies have finally agreed to install free anti-theft software on their products, but not until the middle of next year and they plan to leave it turned it off by default.…

Thu 2014-04-17.00:36 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Google's latest mega-earnings fail to impress shareholders

What, just $15.4bn? You bore us, Google...

It's hard to be disappointed about quarterly revenues of $15.42bn – unless you're Google, that is, and the analysts expected you to bring in even more.…

Thu 2014-04-17.00:33 | [The Register]



Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

just_another_sean sends this followup to yesterday's discussion about the quality of open source code compared to proprietary code. Every year, Coverity scans large quantities of code and evaluates it for defects. They've just released their latest report, and the findings were good news for open source. From the article: "The report details the analysis of 750 million lines of open source software code through the Coverity Scan service and commercial usage of the Coverity Development Testing Platform, the largest sample size that the report has studied to date. A few key points: Open source code quality surpasses proprietary code quality in C/C++ projects. Linux continues to be a benchmark for open source quality. C/C++ developers fixed more high-impact defects. Analysis found that developers contributing to open source Java projects are not fixing as many high-impact defects as developers contributing to open source C/C++ projects."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2014-04-17.00:17 | [Slashdot]

Wed 2014-04-16



Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

guises writes: "A recent story discussing the cover of Byte Magazine reminded me of just how much we've lost with the death of print media. The Internet isn't what took down Byte, but a lot of other really excellent publications have fallen by the wayside as a result of the shift away from the printed page. We're not quite there yet, though. There seem to still be some holdouts, so I'm asking Slashdot: what magazines (or zines, or newsletters, or newspapers) are still hanging around that are worth subscribing to?"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2014-04-16.23:35 | [Slashdot]



Steam's Most Popular Games

An anonymous reader writes "The folks at Ars Technica scraped a ton of gameplay data from Steam's player profiles to provide statistics on how many people own each game, and how often it's played. For example: 37% of the ~781 million games owned by Steam users have never been played. Dota 2 has been played by almost 26 million people for a total of 3.8 billion hours. Players of CoD: Modern Warfare 2 spend six times as long in multiplayer as in single-player. This sampling gives much more precise data than we usually have about game sales rates. 'If there's one big takeaway from looking at the entirety of our Steam sales and player data, it's that a few huge ultra-hits are driving the majority of Steam usage. The vast majority of titles form a "long tail" of relative crumbs. Out of about 2,750 titles we've tracked using our sampling method, the top 110 sellers represent about half of the individual games registered to Steam accounts. That's about four percent of the distinct titles, each of which has sold 1.38 million copies or more. This represents about 50 percent of the registered sales on the service. ... about half of the estimated 18.5 billion man-hours that have been spent across all Steam games have gone toward just the six most popular titles.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2014-04-16.22:54 | [Slashdot]

'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

sciencehabit writes: "Fossil fuels power modern society by generating heat, but much of that heat is wasted. Researchers have tried to reclaim some of it with semiconductor devices called thermoelectrics, which convert the heat into power. But they remain too inefficient and expensive to be useful beyond a handful of niche applications. Now, scientists in Illinois report that they have used a cheap, well-known material to create the most heat-hungry thermoelectric so far (abstract). In the process, the researchers say, they learned valuable lessons that could push the materials to the efficiencies needed for widespread applications. If that happens, thermoelectrics could one day power cars and scavenge energy from myriad engines, boilers, and electrical plants."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2014-04-16.22:12 | [Slashdot]

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

msmoriarty writes: "According to a recent survey of 1,000 U.S.-based software developers, 56 percent expect to become millionaires in their lifetime. 66 percent also said they expect to get raises in the next year, despite the current state of the economy. Note that some of the other findings of the study (scroll to bulleted list) seem overly positive: 84 percent said they believe they are paid what they're worth, 95 percent report they feel they are 'one of the most valued employees at their organization,' and 80 percent said that 'outsourcing has been a positive factor in the quality of work at their organization.'"

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Wed 2014-04-16.21:30 | [Slashdot]

Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

An anonymous reader writes "Here's another story of a tech gadget that arrived before its time. Nokia created a web-ready tablet running EPOC (later to be renamed as Symbian) thirteen years ago. The tablet was set to go into full production, and they actually built a thousand units just before it was canceled. The tablet was scrubbed because market research showed there wasn't demand for the device. The team got devices for themselves and the rest were destroyed. The team was then fired. The lesson: Don't try to be pioneer if you're relying on market research studies."

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Wed 2014-04-16.20:47 | [Slashdot]

Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

SpankiMonki sends this news from The Guardian: "Children are arriving at nursery school able to 'swipe a screen' but lack the manipulative skills to play with building blocks, teachers have warned. They fear that children are being given tablets to use 'as a replacement for contact time with the parent' and say such habits are hindering progress at school. Addressing the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Manchester on Tuesday, Colin Kinney said excessive use of technology damages concentration and causes behavioural problems such as irritability and a lack of control."

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Wed 2014-04-16.20:05 | [Slashdot]

Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

jfruh (300774) writes "The Wintel cartel appears to be well and truly dead, as Intel chases after ARM with grim determination into the rapidly growing world of Android tablets. 'Our mix of OSes reflects pretty much what you see in the marketplace,' the company's CEO said, a nice way of saying they see more potential growth from white-box Chinese tablet makers than from Microsoft Surface. Intel managed to ship 5 million tablet chips in the first quarter of the year, although plunging PC sales meant that company profit overall was still down."

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Wed 2014-04-16.19:23 | [Slashdot]

Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Iapetus, Saturn's third largest moon, was first photographed by the Cassini spacecraft on 31 December 2004. The images created something of a stir. Clearly visible was a narrow, steep ridge of mountains that stretch almost halfway around the moon's equator. The question that has since puzzled astronomers is how this mountain range got there. Now evidence is mounting that this mountain range is not the result of tectonic or volcanic activity, like mountain ranges on other planets. Instead, astronomers are increasingly convinced that this mountain range fell from space. The latest evidence is a study of the shape of the mountains using 3-D images generated from Cassini data. They show that the angle of the mountainsides is close to the angle of repose, that's the greatest angle that a granular material can form before it landslides. That's not proof but it certainly consistent with this exotic formation theory. So how might this have happened? Astronomers think that early in its life, Iapetus must have been hit by another moon, sending huge volumes of ejecta into orbit. Some of this condensed into a new moon that escaped into space. However, the rest formed an unstable ring that gradually spiraled in towards the moon, eventually depositing the material in a narrow ridge around the equator. Cassini's next encounter with Iapetus will be in 2015 which should give astronomers another chance to study the strangest mountain range in the Solar System."

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Wed 2014-04-16.18:38 | [Slashdot]

Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

After being forced to turn over encryption keys (being held in contempt of court for several weeks after initially refusing to comply), secure mail provider Lavabit halted all operations last year. With the assistance of the EFF, an appeal was mounted. Today, the appeals court affirmed the district court decision and rejected the appeal. From Techdirt: "The ruling does a decent job explaining the history of the case, which also details some of the (many, many) procedural mistakes that Lavabit made along the way, which made it a lot less likely it would succeed here. ... The procedural oddities effectively preclude the court even bothering with the much bigger and important question of whether or not a basic pen register demand requires a company to give up its private keys. The hail mary attempt in the case was to argue that because the underlying issues are of 'immense public concern' (and they are) that the court should ignore the procedural mistakes. The court flatly rejects that notion: 'exhuming forfeited arguments when they involve matters of “public concern” would present practical difficulties. For one thing, identifying cases of a “public concern” and “non-public concern” –- divorced from any other consideration –- is a tricky task governed by no objective standards..... For another thing, if an issue is of public concern, that concern is likely more reason to avoid deciding it from a less-than-fully litigated record....'"

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Wed 2014-04-16.18:04 | [Slashdot]

Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "While we are still waiting for the official Windows 8.1 touch-enabled apps to get launched on the Windows Store, Microsoft went and decided that it's time to finally bring the Office online apps to the Chrome Web Store, instead. Thus, Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store and also improving all of them with new features, along with several bug fixes and performance improvements." More on the Microsoft front: an anonymous reader wrote in with a link to Ars Technica's review of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release: "It is a major platform update even if it is just a .1 release. Updates include the debut of Cortana, using the same kernel as Windows 8.1 and the Xbox One, a notebook reminder app, inner circle friend management, IE 11, Nokia's camera app by default, lock screen and background customizations, a much improved email client with calendar support, more general Windows 8.1 API inclusion for better portability, and a notification center. Ars rated it more of a Windows Phone 9 release than .1 update."

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Wed 2014-04-16.17:35 | [Slashdot]

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "In his yet-to-be-released book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, John Paul Stevens, who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court for 35 years, believes he has the key to stopping the seeming recent spate of mass killings — amend the Constitution to exclude private citizens from armament ownership. Specifically, he recommends adding 5 words to the 2nd Amendment, so that it would read as follows: 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.' What I find interesting is how Stevens maintains that the Amendment only protects armament ownership for those actively serving in a state or federal military unit, in spite of the fact that the Amendment specifically names 'the People' as a benefactor (just like the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth) and of course, ignoring the traditional definition of the term militia. I'm personally curious about his other 5 suggested changes, but I guess we'll have to wait until the end of April to find out."

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Wed 2014-04-16.16:55 | [Slashdot]

All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

Eben Moglen's FreedomBox concept (personal servers for everyone to enable private communication) is getting closer to being an easy-to-install reality: all packages needed for FreedomBox are now in Debian's unstable branch, and should be migrating to testing in a week or two. Quoting Petter Reinholdtsen: "Today, the last of the packages currently used by the project to created the system images were accepted into Debian Unstable. It was the freedombox-setup package, which is used to configure the images during build and on the first boot. Now all one need to get going is the build code from the freedom-maker git repository and packages from Debian. And once the freedombox-setup package enter testing, we can build everything directly from Debian. :) Some key packages used by Freedombox are freedombox-setup, plinth, pagekite, tor, privoxy, owncloud, and dnsmasq. There are plans to integrate more packages into the setup. User documentation is maintained on the Debian wiki." You can create your own image with only three commands, at least if you have a DreamPlug or Raspberry Pi (you could also help port it to other platforms).

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Wed 2014-04-16.16:28 | [Slashdot]

Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

theodp (442580) writes "As Google Glass goes on sale [ed: or rather, went on sale] to the general public, GeekWire reports that Bill Gates has already snagged one patent for 'detecting and responding to an intruding camera' and has another in the works. The invention proposes to equip computer and device displays with technology for detecting and responding to any cameras in the vicinity by editing or blurring the content on the screen, or alerting the user to the presence of the camera. Gates and Nathan Myhrvold are among the 16 co-inventors of the so-called Unauthorized Viewer Detection System and Method, which the patent application notes is useful 'while a user is taking public transportation, where intruding cameras are likely to be present.' So, is Bill's patent muse none other than NYC subway rider Sergey Brin?" A more cynical interpretation: closing the analog hole. Vaguely related, mpicpp pointed out that Google filed a patent for cameras embedded in contact lenses.

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Wed 2014-04-16.16:06 | [Slashdot]

Mt. Gox Ordered Into Liquidation

An anonymous reader writes "The Japanese edition of The Wall Streeet Journal reports that Mt. Gox has filed for liquidation under Japanese bankruptcy law (link to article in Japanese, U.S. version may be paywalled). The article cites a 'related party' as saying that Mt. Gox was unable to work out how to deal with creditors spread out all over the globe, nor design a realistic rebuilding plan. The article adds a comment from the company lawyer: Mark Karpeles will not be attending the bankruptcy court hearing in the United States scheduled for April 17th." The announcement from Mt. Gox's lawyer.

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Wed 2014-04-16.15:28 | [Slashdot]

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance,' 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.' Their study (PDF), to be published in Perspectives on Politics, found that 'When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.'"

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Wed 2014-04-16.08:08 | [Slashdot]

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charges

An anonymous reader tips news of an incident in a Pennsylvania high school in which a student, Christian Stanfield, was being bullied on a regular basis. He used a tablet to make an audio recording of the bullies for the purpose of showing his mother how bad it was. She was shocked, and she called school officials to tell them what was going on. The officials brought in a police lieutenant — but not to deal with the bullies. Instead, the officer interrogated Stanfield and made him delete the recording. The officer then threatened to charge him with felony wiretapping. The charges were later reduced to disorderly conduct, and Stanfield was forced to testify before a magistrate, who found him guilty. Stanfield's mother said, "Christian's willingness to advocate in a non-violent manner should be championed as a turning point. If Mr. Milburn and the South Fayette school district really want to do the right thing, they would recognized that their zero-tolerance policies and overemphasis on academics and athletics have practically eliminated social and emotional functioning from school culture."

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Wed 2014-04-16.14:12 | [Slashdot]

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

An anonymous reader writes "Python guru Jeff Knupp writes about his frustration with the so-called 'DevOps' movement, an effort to blend development jobs with operations positions. It's an artifact of startup culture, and while it might make sense when you only have a few employees and a focus on simply getting it running rather than getting it running right, Knupp feels it has no place in bigger, more established companies. He says, 'Somewhere along the way, however, we tricked ourselves into thinking that because, at any one time, a start-up developer had to take on different roles he or she should actually be all those things at once. If such people even existed, "full-stack" developers still wouldn't be used as they should. Rather than temporarily taking on a single role for a short period of time, then transitioning into the next role, they are meant to be performing all the roles, all the time. And here's what really sucks: most good developers can almost pull this off.' Knupp adds, 'The effect of all of this is to destroy the role of "developer" and replace it with a sort of "technology utility-player". Every developer I know got into programming because they actually enjoyed doing it (at one point). You do a disservice to everyone involved when you force your brightest people to take on additional roles.'"

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Wed 2014-04-16.04:05 | [Slashdot]

How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

jammag writes: "Heartbleed has dealt a blow to the image of free and open source software. In the self-mythology of FOSS, bugs like Heartbleed aren't supposed to happen when the source code is freely available and being worked with daily. As Eric Raymond famously said, 'given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.' Many users of proprietary software, tired of FOSS's continual claims of superior security, welcome the idea that Heartbleed has punctured FOSS's pretensions. But is that what has happened?"

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Tue 2014-04-15.23:16 | [Slashdot]

Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

Lasrick writes: "Meghan McGuinness of the Bipartisan Policy Center writes about the Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative, a collaborative effort between the center's Energy and Homeland Security Projects. She points out that over half the attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure sectors last year were on the energy sector. Cyber attacks could come from a variety of sources, and 'a large-scale cyber attack or combined cyber and physical attack could lead to enormous costs, potentially triggering sustained power outages over large portions of the electric grid and prolonged disruptions in communications, food and water supplies, and health care delivery.' ECGI is recommending the creation of a new, industry-supported model that would create incentives for the continual improvement and adaptation needed to respond effectively to rapidly evolving cyber threats. The vulnerability of the grid has been much discussed this last week; McGuinness's recommendations are a good place to start."

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Tue 2014-04-15.22:35 | [Slashdot]

Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event

An anonymous reader writes "With Watch Dogs launching next month, Ubisoft is ramping up the promotion. That includes holding press events to show off the game to journalists, many of whom will end up reviewing Watch Dogs. One such event was held last week in Paris, and it has been revealed by attendees that Ubisoft decided to give everyone who turned up a Nexus 7 tablet. Why? That hasn't been explained yet, but in a statement on Twitter, Ubisoft said such gifts were 'not in line with their PR policies.' You can see how it would be viewed with skepticism; after all, these are the individuals who will give Watch Dogs a review score, which many gamers rely on to help them make a purchasing decision."

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