Tue 2015-03-03



New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown

New submitter Peter Desnoyers writes: Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) drives are starting to hit the market, promising larger drives without heroic (and expensive) measures such as helium fill, but at a cost — data can no longer be over-written in place, requiring SSD-like algorithms to handle random writes. At the USENIX File and Storage Technologies conference in February, researchers from Northeastern University (disclaimer — I'm one of them) dissected shingled drive performance both figuratively and literally, using both micro-benchmarks and a window cut in the drive to uncover the secrets of Seagate's first line of publicly-available SMR drives. TL;DR: It's a pretty good desktop drive — with write cache enabled (the default for non-server setups) and an intermittent workload it performs quite well, handling bursts of random writes (up to a few tens of GB total) far faster than a conventional drive — but only if it has long powered-on idle periods for garbage collection. Reads and large writes run at about the same speed as on a conventional drive, and at $280 it costs less than a pair of decent 4TB drives. For heavily-loaded server applications, though, you might want to wait for the next generation. Here are a couple videos (in 16x slow motion) showing the drive in action — sequential read after deliberately fragmenting the drive, and a few thousand random writes.

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Tue 2015-03-03.00:46 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Cisco offers carriers adware-as-a-service for fun and profit

Telcos looking for 'value partnerships' can buy a platform from The Borg

MWC2015 Cisco has clouded up a new way to snoop on mobile users “combine network, user, and business intelligence … to realise business outcomes.”…

Tue 2015-03-03.00:59 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

It's sad that this isn't really a surprise

Last year, Google said Android 5, codenamed Lollipop, will encrypt the contents of smartphones and tablets by default. Now it's had to do some backtracking.…

Mon 2015-03-02.23:23 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

Inside The Secret New York Launch Of Munchery, The Delivery Startup That Might Upend Seamless

San Francisco's food delivery war heads east: Munchery's stellar team of chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants are waiting for your order.

The fourth floor of the old Pfizer factory in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood smells like smoked fish. It's a freezing cold day in January, the kind of day I'd rather be at home ordering food delivery—instead, I'm standing in the middle of Munchery's temporary R&D kitchen as the food startup gears up for its big New York launch. Chefs and cooks dart around like they're in football practice. The space is open and enormous, with long metal tables and fertilizer-sized bags of Whole Foods sugar crammed into odd corners. (The space belongs to a local popsicle maker that has closed shop for the winter.) It's here that for the past few months, Munchery's impressive team of chefs from Michelin-starred New York restaurants like Le Bernardin and Daniel have been cobbling together a delivery menu of 300+ dishes: Spice rubbed hanger steaks, lobster rolls, Cambodian pork burgers, butter chicken. Instead of a can of Coke, meal additions include Blue Bottle's impossible-to-find iced coffees and Icelandic Glacial spring water.

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Mon 2015-03-02.23:56 | [Fast Company]
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Hey, Olds: Tinder's New Premium App Will Cost You Double If You're Over 30

Tinder Plus offers new features that the company says older users will pay more for, assuming they can get over the ego punch.

Last week, BuzzFeed executive editor Doree Shafrir wrote a strong argument for using Tinder to find a relationship if you're over 30, despite the app's image as a hook-up facilitator for twenty-somethings. The company has evidently determined that lots of people agree with her, because its new premium app, Tinder Plus, will charge people over 30 twice as much as their younger counterparts.

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Mon 2015-03-02.22:54 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Anything But Benefits: Uber Launches A Magazine For Its Drivers

In an effort to better connect with its drivers, Uber becomes a print publisher.

If you drive for Uber, you may be getting a new perk in the mail this week. No, it's not a notice about a new increase in fare payouts or information about how to sign up for health benefits through the company. But it should make for some solid bathroom reading.

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Mon 2015-03-02.22:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The Last Taboo: Will Smith, "Focus," And Hollywood's Interracial Couples Problem

With love interest Margot Robbie, Smith's character embraces a colorblind romance in a mainstream movie. But is it enough?

Will Smith has already saved the world.

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Mon 2015-03-02.16:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

This World Heritage Site Is Closed To Visitors, But Now You Can Take A Virtual Reality Tour

More and more closed-off places—like the fragile Caves of the Thousand Buddhas in the Gobi Desert—will become accessible as the technology improves.

Carved into cliffs in the Gobi Desert, 700 ancient grottos called the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas hold paintings and sculptures that date as far back as the second century. Unsurprisingly, the World Heritage Site is a little fragile, and many of the grottos are usually closed to the public. But a new experiment in virtual reality is opening up one of the caves for exploration from people around the world.

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Mon 2015-03-02.16:17 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Where It's Best And Worst To Drive An Electric Vehicle

It's better to drive in nice weather.

If you're considering getting an electric car, here's an important thing to bear in mind: It may work better in some parts of the country than others. There are big regional differences in EV performance, with very hot and very cold areas generally doing worse than temperate ones.

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Mon 2015-03-02.16:16 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Look At The Endless Sprawl Of Greenhouses That Cover Spain's Desert

Over $1 billion in cheap, low-quality produce is grown in the middle of the desert each year thanks to environmentally destructive greenhouses.

Fifty years ago, one of the few reasons to go to the southeast corner of Spain was to make a film set in the desert, like Lawrence of Arabia or a spaghetti western. Dry, desolate, and sometimes called uninhabitable, the local province of Almeria was the poorest region in the nation.

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Mon 2015-03-02.14:06 | [Fast Company]

HP koopt maker zakelijke netwerkapparatuur Aruba Networks

HP heeft bekendgemaakt dat het Aruba Networks overneemt, een bedrijf dat zich bezighoudt met het maken van draadloze apparatuur voor de zakelijke markt. Met de overname wil HP zich versterken op de markt voor netwerkapparatuur.

Mon 2015-03-02.22:18 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Silent Circle introduceert nieuwe Blackphone-smartphone en -tablet

Het bedrijf Silent Circle komt met een nieuwe op privacy gerichte versie van de Blackphone. Daarnaast komt er een tablet uit. Beide apparaten worden vergezeld van een nieuwe versie van PrivatOS, een op Android gebaseerd besturingssysteem.

Mon 2015-03-02.21:54 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Vingerafdrukscanner Qualcomm kan in smartphonebehuizing worden gestopt

Qualcomm heeft Sense ID aangekondigd, een vingerafdrukscanner die werkt met ultrasone geluidsgolven en daarmee door materialen heen kan kijken. Dat maakt het mogelijk om de sensor in de behuizing van een smartphone te verwerken.

Mon 2015-03-02.21:30 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[The Register]

Xen bug latest: Cloudpocalypse averted, says Amazon

No mass reboot needed after all, despite latest Xen vulns

Amazon Web Services now says that despite the recent security vulnerabilities discovered in the Xen hypervisor, the vast majority of its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) customers won't need to reboot their virtual machine instances after all.…

Tue 2015-03-03.00:41 | [The Register]



Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

An anonymous reader writes For the 20th anniversary of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer discusses how she's trying to reinvent the company. In a wide-ranging interview, Mayer shares her vision for fixing the company's past mistakes, including a major investment in mobile and a new ad platform. Yet she's been dogged by critics who see her as an imperious micromanager, who criticize her $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr, and who fault her for moving too slowly. The company's executives explain that the business could only return to health after she first halted Yahoo's brain drain and went big on mobile. As one Yahoo employee summarized Mayer's thinking: "First people, then apps."

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Tue 2015-03-03.00:03 | [Slashdot]

Google Prepares To Enter Wireless Market As an MVNO

jfruh writes Google is getting into the wireless connectivity business, but that doesn't mean you'll be able to use them as your wireless connectivity provider any time soon. The company isn't building its own cell network, but will rather be a "mobile virtual network operator" offering services over existing networks. Google says it won't be a full-service mobile network in competition with existing carriers; instead, the MVNO will offer a platform through which it can experiment with new services for Android smartphones.

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Mon 2015-03-02.23:20 | [Slashdot]

Secret Memo Slams Canadian Police On Inaccurate ISP Request Records

An anonymous reader writes Last fall, Daniel Therrien, the government's newly appointed Privacy Commissioner of Canada, released the annual report on the Privacy Act, the legislation that governs how government collects, uses, and discloses personal information. The lead story from the report was the result of an audit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police practices regarding warrantless requests for telecom subscriber information. Michael Geist now reports that a secret internal memo reveals the situation was far worse, with auditors finding the records from Canada's lead law enforcement agency were unusable since they were "inaccurate and incomplete."

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Mon 2015-03-02.18:19 | [Slashdot]

Intel Announces Atom x3, x5 and x7, First SOCs With Integrated 3G and LTE Modems

MojoKid writes Intel is unleashing a new family of Atom processors today, taking a cue from its highly successful Core series with model branding. Similar to the Good, Better, Best strategy with the Core i3, i5 and i7, Intel is renaming its Atom family with x3, x5, and x7 designations. The biggest news comes from the low-end Atom x3, which will be available in three distinct variants; all of which will come with integrated modems — a first for the Atom family. All three variants are 64-bit capable cores. The Atom x3-C3130 tops out at 1GHz, incorporates a Mali 400 MP2 GPU, and includes an integrated 3G (HSPA+) modem. The Atom x3-C3230RK bumps the max clock speed to 1.2GHz, throws in a Mali 450 MP4 GPU, and the same 3G modem. Finally, the Atom x3-C3440 clocks in at 1.4GHz, features a Mali T720 MP2 graphics core, incorporates a Category 6 LTE modem, and can optionally support NFC. Using handpicked benchmarks, Intel claims that the Atom x3-C3230RK can offer up to 1.8x the media editing performance of competing SoCs from Qualcomm and MediaTek. Then there's Intel's Cherry Trail-based Atom x5 and x7. These are the first 64-bit Atom SoCs to be built using a 14nm manufacturing and they incorporate eighth generation Intel graphics. While the Atom x5 and x7 don't feature integrated modems like the Atom x3, they do support Intel's next generation XMM 726x and 7360 LTE modems. Intel claims that the Atom x7 offers two times the graphics performance of the existing high-end Atom Z3795 in the GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD benchmark and 50 percent greater performance on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark.

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Mon 2015-03-02.16:33 | [Slashdot]

Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

An anonymous reader writes It seems Google+ will see some significant changes under new boss Bradley Horowitz. Google+ will be separated into different products: Photos and Hangouts will be split out, and the social part is now called "the stream". From the article: "Google+ has taken a lot of criticism — notably the infamous 'ghost town' knock that it's devoid of users and concerns about Google's attempts to force its relevance by tying it in with functions like search results and YouTube comments. But Google executives have denied the 'ghost town criticism over and over. In part that's because the company used Google+ to describe more than just its Facebook-esque service for posting and commenting — the part now called Streams. For Google, Google+ also has been the "social spine" that unifies Google users' activities under a single unified identity."

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Mon 2015-03-02.15:30 | [Slashdot]

Mon 2015-03-02


[NU - Algemeen]

'OVSE moet waarnemers naar Oost-Oekraïne sturen'

Europese waarnemers moeten gaan controleren of het leger en de rebellen in Oost-Oekraïne zich aan de wapenstilstand houden. 

Tue 2015-03-03.00:26 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Internet]

Sony Mobile-topman sluit verkoop mobiele divisie uit

Hiroki Totoki, hoofd van Sony Mobile, zegt dat het Japanse bedrijf zijn mobiele divisie niet gaat verkopen.

Tue 2015-03-03.00:35 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

Chasing pennies, Sony, Microsoft and smartphone biz rivals retreat to mid-range

There's nowhere else to go

MWC 2015 Before you read this, or any phone news at all this week, keep in mind one statistic. According to Strategy Analytics, for every Great British pound of profit made in the entire smartphone industry, Apple pocketed 89 pence. Everyone else is left with 11.7 pence. Everyone. In an industry that generates $300bn in wholesale revenue, everyone except Apple is scrambling for those few pennies.…

Mon 2015-03-02.23:27 | [The Register]



Photo First: Light Captured As Both Particle and Wave

mpicpp sends word that scientists have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of the dual behavior of light. "It's one of those enduring Zen koans of science that we've all grown up with: Light behaves as both a particle and a wave—at the same time. Einstein taught us that, so we're all generally on board, but to actually understand what it means would require several Ph.D.s and a thorough understanding of quantum physics. What's more, scientists have never been able to devise an experiment that documents light behaving as both a wave and a particle simultaneously. Until now. That's the contention of a team of Swiss and American researchers, who say they've succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of light's dual behavior. Using an advanced electron microscope – one of only two on the planet – at the EPFL labs in Switzerland, the team has generated a kind of quantum photograph of light behaving as both a particle and a wave. The experiment involves firing laser light at a microscopic metallic nanowire, causing light to travel — as a wave — back and forth along the wire. When waves traveling in opposite directions meet, they form a "standing wave" that emits light itself — as particles. By shooting a stream of electrons close to the nanowire, the researchers were able to capture an image that simultaneously demonstrates both the wave-nature and particle-nature of light. 'This experiment demonstrates that, for the first time ever, we can film quantum mechanics — and its paradoxical nature — directly,' says lead researcher Fabrizio Carbone of EPFL, on the lab's project page. The study is to be officially published this week in the journal Nature Communications."

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Mon 2015-03-02.22:36 | [Slashdot]


[NU - Algemeen]

Thé Lau krijgt Edison Pop-prijs voor hele oeuvre

Bij de uitreiking van de Edison Pop-prijzen heeft zanger en The Scene-oprichter Thé Lau maandagavond de oeuvreprijs gewonnen.

Mon 2015-03-02.23:30 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

ICANN switches off dot-word admin portal amid security leak scare

Companies competing for gTLDs may have peeked at each others' privates

Global domain-name overlord ICANN has found another security hole in its systems.…

Mon 2015-03-02.22:29 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Turnbull's Digital Transformation Office already missing deadlines

Department won't reveal hires or plans, but 2017 finish line is still policy

On January 23rd, Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott and communications minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a Digital Transformation Office (DTO) modelled on the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS) and charged with taking government services online.…

Mon 2015-03-02.22:16 | [The Register]
[The Register]

March 24th: The day most Australian download allowances become inadequate

Netflix names the day for its first antipodean transmissions

Netflix has named the day on which its Australian (and New Zealand) service will commence: March 24th, 2015.…

Mon 2015-03-02.22:04 | [The Register]



Blackphone 2 Caters To the Enterprise, the Security-Minded and the Paranoid

Mark Wilson writes While much of the news coming out of MWC 2015 has been dominated by Microsoft's Lumia 640, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and tablets from Sony, there's always room for something a little different. Following on from the security-focused Blackphone, Silent Circle used the Barcelona event to announce the follow-up — the Blackphone 2. The privacy-centric company has been working on the "world's first enterprise privacy platform" for some time now and the second generation Blackphone. As you would expect, there's a faster processor than before -- an 8-core beast -- as well as an upgraded 3GB RAM, a larger 5.5 inch screen and a bigger battery than before. Blackphone 2 has a $600 price tag and will be unleashed in July.

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Mon 2015-03-02.21:52 | [Slashdot]



NASA's Spitzer Team Releases Highest-resolution View of the Full Galactic Plane

StartsWithABang writes From our vantage point within the Milky Way, most of our 200-400 billion stars are obscured by the dust lanes present within. But thanks to its views in infrared light, the Spitzer Space Telescope can glimpse not only all of the stars and the dust simultaneously, it can do it at an alarming resolution. Recently, NASA has put together a 360 panorama of more than 2,000,000 Spitzer images taken from 2003-2014, and one astrophysicist has gone and stitched them together into a single, 180,000-pixel-long viewable experience that shows less than 3% of the sky, but nearly 50% of its stars.

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Mon 2015-03-02.21:30 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Twitter probes terror threat: Medieval murder mob ISIS allegedly puts co-founder in crosshairs

If you believe an anonymous post on the internet

Twitter says it is investigating menacing threats made against its employees allegedly by deranged terror bastards ISIS (or IS, or ISIL, or whatever.)…

Mon 2015-03-02.21:34 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

Work For An Airline? Are You A Retail Buyer? Apple And IBM Are Building Apps For You

New enterprise apps will help airlines rebook stranded customers, improve retail buying, and provide mobile tools for financial advisors.

When IBM and Apple entered into a partnership last year, it was out of naked self-interest from both companies. IBM has been financially struggling as of late, and recognizes that the mobile market is essential to their long-term survival. Apple, meanwhile, is a top-performing brand with loyal customers and a wealth of certain niche employees like graphic designers, but has yet to make massive inroads into the enterprise market. Their partnership to build new apps for business took care of both those problems.

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Mon 2015-03-02.19:58 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The Official Nintendo Style Guide From 1993

A vintage branding guide establishes everything from the proper Pantone color of Yoshi to the fact that Mario isn't human at all.

In 1993, buoyed by three years of SNES sales and at the height of its success, Nintendo decided to get its brand in order by creating an official style guide for all of its major characters, from Mario to Samus. Forgotten for years, the 30-year-old Nintendo Character Manual has just popped up online, and it's a wealth of forgotten information about Nintendo's most famous characters, from the particular color of Princess Peach's belt (Pantone 223) to Mario's favorite kinds of music (opera and new-wave Europop).

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Mon 2015-03-02.15:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

What The Data Says About Airbnb In New York City

16,000 people are renting out their entire apartments on Airbnb—meaning many are illegal hotels. There's also a divide between neighborhoods rich and poor.

New York City is currently undergoing a thorough review of Airbnb activity in the city. Much of the debate has centered on whether the rentals violate the city's illegal hotels law, which prevents people from renting out apartments or rooms in them for less than a month unless they are also in the apartment at the same time.

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Mon 2015-03-02.14:20 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

A "Quirky For Sneakers" Is In The Making

Pensole Academy and Rooy Inc. are teaming up on a new project to make sneakerheads' footwear dreams a reality.

Aspiring footwear designers are about to have a new point of entry into the business: Pensole Footwear Design Academy and cocreation company Rooy have just secured $4 million to build a new platform that will help designers launch designs and get free education.

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Mon 2015-03-02.12:06 | [Fast Company]
[Planet PostgreSQL]

Tomas Vondra: Performance since PostgreSQL 7.4

When I gave my Performance Archaeology talk at pgconf.eu 2014 in Madrid, I mentioned I plan to do a few blog posts about that topic soon. It's been four months since the conference, so it's about time to fulfill the promise. In my defense, a lot changed since that talk (e.g. I moved to 2ndQuadrant.

If you look at the pgconf.eu talk, you'll see it has about four sections:

  1. intro - motivation, gotchas and brief description of benchmarks/hardware
  2. pgbench - pgbench results (TPC-B like workload)
  3. TPC-DS - TPC-DS results (warehouse / analytical workload)
  4. fulltext - fulltext results (applicable to GIN/GiST indexes in general)

I've decided to keep this structure for the blog posts too, so this post is a short explanation into the benchmarking, why I did that and what to be careful about when interpreting the data. And then there will be three blog posts, each discussing results for one of the benchmarks.

The series of blog posts may be seen as a different way to present the talk, but in case you'd like to see the actual talk (say, on a local meetup), let me know.

PostgreSQL 7.4, the first release I've been using in production, was released more than 10 years ago (in November 2003 to be precise). When it comes to features, it's simple (although tedious) to skim through the Release Notes and check what new features were added - but what about performance? How did the performance evolve (hopefully improved) since 7.4?

Why should you care?

The question you're maybe asking at this point is "Why do I care?" I personally see three main reasons why that might be interesting for you.

If you're already using an older PostgreSQL release (particularly one of those already unsupported ones, so anything older than 9.0), this might give you another reason to upgrade - not only you'll get a properly maintained version and new features, you'll also get better much performance in many cases.

If you're considering using PostgreSQL, this might give you a sense of how careful and reliable the development community is. Sure, we do mistakes from time to time, but the performance improvements in the long run are astonishing (sorry for the spoiler alert).

And finally, if you're a member of the PostgreSQL community, participating in the development in some way, hopefully you'll feel some accomplishment after looking at the results.

Why this way?

The second question you might ask is "Why to do that amount of testing?" After all, we often do a fair amount of performance testing when developing new features, people (hopefully) do performance testing when deploying their applications on new PostgreSQL versions, and we do have experience from running those systems in production, right?

The thing is it's really difficult to get an idea of how the performance changed over longer periods of time from those pieces. When we do performance testing during development, the scope is usually very narrow - targetted specifically to the feature being developped (and places that might be impacted by the code changes), ignoring all the remaining parts.

Sometimes we do get results from a more complex benchmark, comparing two PostgreSQL versions (usually the new one and the previous one), but even if you have a sequence of those benchmarks (e.g. comparing 9.1/9.2, 9.2/9.3 and 9.3/9.4), it's difficult to combine those results because only rarely are the systems comparable - people simply don't keep the old hardware indefinitely, update the kernel, buy new drives, etc.

And using data collected from production applications is even trickier, because not only are the systems subject to the same hardware/system upgrades, but the applications and workloads change too - the application gets improved/extended over time, number of users and data amounts grow over time, people use the systems differently etc.

So if you want to get an idea of performance changes over longer periods of time, then doing proper benchmarking is probably the only way.


To do the testing, I used three benchmarks, each simulating a slightly different workload.


The "default" benchmark used with PostgreSQL, actually part of the PostgreSQL source tree (often packaged into a separate contrib package). It's a very close implementation of TPC-B benchmark, simulating a transactional workload - doing a lot of "small" transactions, mostly accessing the data through primary keys.

The benchmark models a (very simple) bank, with branches, tellers and accounts, and performs simple operations (lookup account status, transfer funds from one account to another), etc. This is usually a reasonable representation of systems where users manipulate individual records - read individual articles in a CMS system, update orders in e-commerce site, etc.


Another benchmark specified by TPC, but focused on analytical workloads, so the queries are processing large amounts of data, performing aggregations (GROUP BY), various joins, etc. This is usually a good model for queries used for reporting, data analysis, decision support systems and so on.

The TPC-DS benchmark is a replacement for TPC-H, making the dataset more representative of real-world (e.g. by introducing non-uniform data distributions etc.).


Benchmark evaluating performance of fulltext search, but as that's based on GIN and GiST indexes, the results are relevant for all applications using those index types.

It's based on archie, a simple web application to index and access mailing list archive, and the benchmarks were performed with data from main PostgreSQL mailing lists (roughly 1M messages).


To do the benchmarking, I've used two machines. An HP DL380 G5 server, and workstation with Intel i5-2500k CPU.

HP DL380 G5 (2007-2009)

  • 2x Xeon E5450 (each 4 cores @ 3GHz, 12MB cache)
  • 16GB RAM (FB-DIMM DDR2 667 MHz), FSB 1333 MHz
  • S3700 100GB (SSD), using a PCIe-SATA controller
  • 6x10k RAID10 (SAS) @ P400 with 512MB write cache
  • Scientific Linux 6.5 / kernel 2.6.32, ext4

Workstation i5 (2011-2013)

  • 1x i5-2500k (4 cores @ 3.3 GHz, 6MB cache)
  • 8GB RAM (DIMM DDR3 1333 MHz)
  • S3700 100GB (SSD)
  • Gentoo, kernel 3.12, ext4

So the HP DL380 is a "proper server", but it's not the newest hardware. New servers certainly have more RAM, better CPUs memory with higher throughput, etc. But maybe this is a bit more fair, as it's roughly "half-way" between 7.4 and 9.4 - the development often reflects hardware changes, so using a very old hardware would be an unfair advantage for old PostgreSQL versions, and vice versa.

It has a traditional storage system (RAID10 on SAS drives with 10k rpm), and also an Intel S3700 SSD, connected through a cheap PCIe/SATA card (which is not ideal, that's for sure).

The i5 workstation is a bit more modern hardware, although not considered a server-grade. It has a more modern CPU, memory and so on (which may have really significant impact, as we'll see later) and only has an SSD, no spinning drives.


So, that's probably enough for an introduction. I'll post the pgbench results in about a week.

Mon 2015-03-02.21:20 | [Planet PostgreSQL]

Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

jones_supa writes In 2014, Epic Games took the step of making Unreal Engine 4 available to everyone by subscription for $19 per month. Today, this general-purpose game engine is available to everyone for free. This includes future updates, the full C++ source code of the engine, documentation, and all sorts of bonus material. You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. The business scheme that Epic set in the beginning, remains the same: when you ship a commercial game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. Epic strived to create a simple and fair arrangement in which they succeed only when your product succeeds.

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Mon 2015-03-02.21:09 | [Slashdot]

'Google verplicht niet langer standaard disk-encryptie in Android Lollipop'

Het lijkt er op dat Google is gestopt met de verplichting om encryptie van het opslaggeheugen op Android-versies vanaf 5.0 standaard aan te zetten. Het beveiligen van de bestandsopslag zorgt voor prestatievermindering, wat waarschijnlijk voor deze beslissing heeft gezorgd.

Mon 2015-03-02.21:05 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Bliep stapt van T-Mobile over naar Tele2 en past tarieven aan

De virtuele telecomprovider bliep gaat over van het T-Mobile-netwerk naar dat van Tele2. De verhuizing vindt plaats in april. Tegelijkertijd past bliep de databundels aan, waardoor onder andere de mogelijkheid tot onbeperkt internet voor 50 cent per dag verdwijnt.

Mon 2015-03-02.20:32 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Epic Games maakt gebruik Unreal Engine 4 gratis

Epic Games heeft bekendgemaakt dat het ontwikkelaars niet langer laat betalen voor het gebruik van Unreal Engine 4. De eis om 5 procent van de opbrengsten van uitgebrachte games af te staan blijft echter wel staan.

Mon 2015-03-02.20:04 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Kabinet wil regels voor professioneel gebruik van drones versoepelen

Het kabinet wil de regelgeving rondom drones verruimen. Het professioneel gebruik van drones moet gemakkelijker worden gemaakt, zodat bijvoorbeeld politie en brandweer gemakkelijker van de mogelijkheden van onbemande vliegtuigjes gebruik kunnen maken.

Mon 2015-03-02.19:53 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Intel introduceert nieuwe Atoms voor instap-smartphones en tablets

Intel heeft tijdens MWC 2015 de Atom-lijnen voor instaptoestellen en mainstreamproducten uit de doeken gedaan. De instappers in de x3-lijn maakt TSMC op 28nm maar de x5- en x7-Atoms zijn Cherry Trail-modellen die Intel zelf op 14nm produceert.

Mon 2015-03-02.18:32 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[NU - Algemeen]

'Rusland belet Europese politici naar uitvaart Nemtsov te gaan'

Meerdere politici uit Europa zeggen dat ze niet naar de begrafenis van de vermoorde Russische oppositieleider Boris Nemtsov mogen gaan. Rusland houdt ze tegen, stelden ze maandag. Nemtsov wordt dinsdag begraven in Moskou.

Tue 2015-03-03.00:37 | [NU - Algemeen]


[NU - Algemeen]

Behandeling van zaak Decembermoorden opnieuw jaar uitgesteld

De Surinaamse krijgsraad heeft maandag de behandeling van de zaak van de Decembermoorden opnieuw een jaar uitgesteld. 

Mon 2015-03-02.21:03 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

Sounds cool but it's more Captain Slow than Captain Buck Rogers

Pics Another month, another successful SpaceX launch. This time, a Falcon 9 sent into orbit a twin set of communications satellites that eschew chemical-engine propellant in favor of solar power.…

Mon 2015-03-02.21:02 | [The Register]



Doomsday Vault: First Tree Samples Arrive At Underground Seed Store

An anonymous reader writes "The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, built into an Arctic mountain, received its first delivery of tree seeds. Opened in 2008, the vault is designed to withstand all natural and human disasters. From the article: "The 'doomsday' vault built into an Arctic mountain, which stores seeds for food crops in case of a natural disaster, has received its first delivery of tree samples. Norway spruce and Scots pine seeds have arrived at the frozen vault, which is located on Svalbard, an archipelago owned by and north of Norway. The organizations behind the vault hope to bring more seeds from outside of the Nordic countries. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault will now look after the samples and use them to monitor how natural forests change. They will also keep them as back-ups, in case any of the species are lost, and to see how the forests change during breeding."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mon 2015-03-02.20:26 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Internet]

Telecomprovider Bliep stopt met onbeperkte databundels

De virtuele telecomprovider Bliep, dat zich voornamelijk richt op jongeren, stopt met het aanbieden van onbeperkte databundels voor 50 eurocent per dag.

Mon 2015-03-02.22:50 | [NU - Internet]
[NU - Internet]

Bill Gates voor zestiende keer rijkste man ter wereld

Zijn geschatte vermogen groeide met 3 miljard dollar in het afgelopen jaar en daardoor is Bill Gates voor de zestiende keer de rijkste man ter wereld. 

Mon 2015-03-02.21:05 | [NU - Internet]


[NU - Algemeen]

Schippers trekt extra geld uit voor voorlichting kwaliteit en kosten zorg

Het kabinet trekt jaarlijks 5 miljoen euro extra uit om patiënten in de zorg beter in te lichten over de kwaliteit en kosten van de zorg.

Mon 2015-03-02.20:32 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

A4 maandagavond dicht voor weghalen vliegtuigbommen

De snelweg A4 gaat maandagavond om 23.30 uur dicht tussen knooppunt Badhoevedorp en knooppunt De Hoek. 

Mon 2015-03-02.23:56 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Internet]

Twitter onderzoekt bedreigingen IS tegen oprichter

Twitter gaat de vermeende bedreigingen van Islamitische Staat (IS) tegen medeoprichter Jack Dorsey en enkele werknemers onderzoeken.

Mon 2015-03-02.20:07 | [NU - Internet]



Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

linuxwrangler writes The government has fought hard to keep details about use and effects of the controversial Stingray device secret. But this Wired article points to recently released documents in which the government admits that the device can cause collateral damage to other network users. The controversy has heated to the point that Florida senator Bill Nelson has made statements that such devices will inevitably force lawmakers to come up with new ways to protect privacy — a comment that is remarkable considering that the Stingray is produced by Harris Corporation which is headquartered in Nelson's home state.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mon 2015-03-02.19:44 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

'We'll definitely stop soon,' spooks promise through gritted teeth

A US federal court has rubber stamped approval for the NSA to carry on with its controversial dragnet collection of Americans' phone records.…

Mon 2015-03-02.19:32 | [The Register]



World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

AmiMoJo writes Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK. The six lagoons — four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria — will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines. The series of six lagoons could generate 8% of the UK's electricity for an investment of £12bn. Tidal Lagoon Power wants £168 per MWh hour for electricity in Swansea, reducing to £90-£95 per MWh for power from a second, more efficient lagoon in Cardiff. The £90 figure compares favorably with the £92.50 price for power from the planned Hinkley nuclear station, especially as the lagoon is designed to last 120 years — at a much lower risk than nuclear. Unlike power from the sun and wind, tidal power is predictable. Turbines capture energy from two incoming and two outgoing tides a day, and are expected to be active for an average of 14 hours a day. Friends of the Earth Cymru, said the group is broadly in favor of the Swansea lagoon.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mon 2015-03-02.19:02 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Kabinet wil meer bevoegdheden politie voor gebruik drones

Drones kunnen in de toekomst een grote rol spelen bij hulpverlening, opsporing en handhaving van de openbare orde. Het kabinet wil daarom dat er qua regelgeving meer mogelijk wordt voor het beroepsmatig gebruik van drones.

Mon 2015-03-02.19:50 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Internet]

Google bevestigt betaalsysteem Android Pay

Android-topman Sundar Pichai heeft de komst van het mobiele betaalsysteem Android Pay bevestigd. 

Mon 2015-03-02.19:31 | [NU - Internet]



Interactive Edition of the Nuclear Notebook

Lasrick writes The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has just launched a very cool interactive graphic to go with their famed Nuclear Notebook, the feature that tracks the world's nuclear arsenals. Now you can see at a glance who has nuclear weapons, when they got them, and how those numbers compare to each other. A short introductory video gives some background on the success of the Notebook, which has been tracking nukes since 1987.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mon 2015-03-02.18:40 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Netanyahu ontkent slechter worden van relatie met VS

Het is absoluut niet zo dat de relatie tussen Amerika en Israël slechter wordt. Dat heeft de Israëlische premier Benjamin Netanyahu maandag bezworen. 

Mon 2015-03-02.22:07 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Internet]

Iran houdt 8 miljoen Facebookprofielen in de gaten

Iran houdt met nieuwe software acht miljoen Facebookprofielen in de gaten en zal ook andere sociale media gaan napluizen op inhoud die ingaat tegen de morele normen van de Islamitische Republiek.

Mon 2015-03-02.18:36 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

Insight: Have you heard about Windows Server 2003 support?

No, this is not a joke...

As organisations using Windows Server 2003 march - perhaps with ill-found confidence - toward the expiry date for Microsoft support, Insight Enterprises has scare stories galore warnings for them.…

Mon 2015-03-02.18:42 | [The Register]
[The Register]

HP gulps down Aruba Networks for $3bn

Biggest buy since Autonomy

After a period of abstinence from mega buys, HP has dipped into its cash reserves to find $3bn (£2bn) for wireless infrastructure biz Aruba Networks.…

Mon 2015-03-02.15:48 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

Ikea Releases Furniture That Wirelessly Charges Your Phone

Want a world without wires? Ikea wants to make that dream come true, too.

Ikea is adding wireless charging to its furniture, with a new line of lamps, bedside tables, and desks.

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Mon 2015-03-02.15:45 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The NHL Is Getting Player-Tracking Technology--Finally

The NBA, MLB, even the NFL have gotten into the stats game. What's taken hockey so long?

A couple weeks ago, the NHL held an Innovation Event in Northern California to announce that the league's website would now feature dozens of "enhanced" metrics that had previously been available to the public only on independently operated sites. Enhanced! These metrics were to be the most advanced ever available in hockey—meaning that they're still way behind the kinds of stats available in other professional sports.

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Mon 2015-03-02.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

You Guys Realize The Apple Watch Is Going To Flop, Right?

I'm just saying what a lot of people are thinking.

Few analysts or writers will outright say it, but I will: the Apple Watch is going to flop. And I bet a lot of other people are thinking the same thing for many good reasons.

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Mon 2015-03-02.13:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

March Madness Starts Now With Our #OfficeThrowdown Tournament!

It's like the NCAA tournament, but with offices. And fewer pairs of shorts.

Offices. Throwing. DOWN. That's right, #MarchMadness starts now with our own tournament: #OfficeThrowdown. For this (decidedly less sweaty) event, we're taking you inside eight of New York City's hottest workspaces to let you decide who's No. 1! Are you a fan of Stack Exchange's in-house pastry chef? Or is Refinery29's puppy play time more your thing? How about Shutterstock's free massages? Yelp's indoor park? Quirky's wine and beer on tap? GrubHub's sundae bar!?! These offices' fates are in your hands. So cast your vote on the eight finalists this week before Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m. ET. Then check back next week to vote on the #FinalFour best offices in the city. Is that enough #hashtags for you?! #GREAT!

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Mon 2015-03-02.13:00 | [Fast Company]

Qualcomm kondigt Snapdragon 820-soc met eigen 'leermogelijkheden' aan

Qualcomm heeft zijn Snapdragon 820 op het MWC 2015 aangekondigd, een soc waarmee het bedrijf cognitieve mogelijkheden in toekomstige mobiele apparaten wil stoppen. Door gebruik te maken van Qualcomm's eigen Zeroth-platform kan de chip van zelflerende functies gebruikmaken.

Mon 2015-03-02.16:46 | [http://tweakers.net/]

CouchPotato 2.6.3

Versie 2.6.3 van CouchPotato is kort geleden verschenen. CouchPotato is een automatische nzb- en torrentdownloader, waarmee je speelfilms kunt beheren. Het is mogelijk een 'wanted'-list aan te maken, zodat het programma op gezette tijden zoekt of er een nzb of torrent van deze films beschikbaar is. Als er een gevonden is, serveert CouchPotato hem aan een downloadprogramma, zoals Sabnzbd. Daarnaast kan het programma de media voorzien van een cover, trailer, ondertitels en metadata. Verder is het mogelijk om aan te geven welke kwaliteit de download moet hebben, bijvoorbeeld 'standaard' of 'hd'. De changelog voor versie 2.6.3 ziet er als volgt uit.

Mon 2015-03-02.16:26 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Jolla introduceert Sailfish OS 2.0

Jolla, het bedrijf achter Sailfish, komt deze zomer met versie 2.0 van het mobiele besturingssysteem. De nieuwe versie van Jolla biedt onder meer een nieuwe interface en ondersteuning voor Intel-chips.

Mon 2015-03-02.16:26 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Lenovo komt met nieuwe Android- en Windows-tablets

Lenovo heeft tijdens het Mobile World Congress drie nieuwe tablets aangekondigd. De Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70 en A8 draaien beide op Android, terwijl de Lenovo ideapad MIIX 300 voorzien is van Windows 8.1 en een Intel Atom-soc gebruikt.

Mon 2015-03-02.16:24 | [http://tweakers.net/]

HP brengt Spectre x360-convertible uit

HP heeft een nieuwe convertible aangekondigd: de Spectre x360. Het 13,3"-scherm van deze hybride is volledig om te klappen. Het systeem heeft een behuizing van aluminium en HP richt zich met de Spectre x360 op de high-endmarkt.

Mon 2015-03-02.16:01 | [http://tweakers.net/]

HTC brengt One M8s uit als vervanging One M8

HTC zal in Nederland en België een licht gewijzigde versie van de One M8 gaan uitbrengen onder de naam M8s. Dat bevestigt de fabrikant tegenover Tweakers. De grootste wijziging is de processor in de telefoon.

Mon 2015-03-02.15:48 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Google gaat Google+ in delen opsplitsen

Google heeft aangekondigd dat het Google+ gaat opsplitsen. Er komt een 'photos'-divisie en een zogeheten 'streams'-afdeling, zonder dat Google daar een precieze invulling aan heeft gegeven. De nieuwe baas wordt Bradley Horowitz die David Besbris aflost.

Mon 2015-03-02.15:29 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Frozenbyte kondigt platformgame Trine 3 aan

Frozenbyte heeft een derde deel in de platform-franchise Trine aangekondigd en een trailer uitgebracht. De game krijgt de subtitel The Artifacts of Power en zal in eerste instantie voor de pc beschikbaar komen.

Mon 2015-03-02.15:09 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[NU - Algemeen]

Treinverkeer rondom Utrecht hervat na grote storing

Het treinverkeer rondom Utrecht Centraal is maandagmiddag "stukje bij beetje" hervat, na een grote storing die de hele ochtend en middag duurde. De storing is "zo goed als opgelost", laat de NS weten. 

Mon 2015-03-02.19:07 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Kabinet erkent negeren veiligheid Groningers bij gaswinning

Het kabinet erkent dat er decennialang bij de gaswinning in Groningen te weinig aandacht is geweest voor de veiligheid van de Groningers.

Mon 2015-03-02.22:11 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Groovy Java guy off for Restlet

Project now the leader of the pack following withdrawal of funding

Guillaume Laforge, leader of the Groovy project, is joining Restlet, a small company which supports the open source Restlet framework.…

Mon 2015-03-02.18:15 | [The Register]


[NU - Algemeen]

Aanklacht UEFA tegen Feyenoord wegens racisme en wangedrag

De Europese voetbalbond UEFA dient een aanklacht in tegen Feyenoord wegens racisme en wangedrag tijdens de Europa League-wedstrijd van afgelopen donderdag tegen AS Roma.

Mon 2015-03-02.17:54 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Defensie krijgt meer dan 1.600 klachten over chroomverf

Meer dan 1.600 (oud-)medewerkers van Defensie hebben geklaagd over het kankerverwekkende chroomverf-6. Dat meldde het ministerie van Defensie maandag.

Mon 2015-03-02.22:20 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

HDS blogger names HDS flash array as latency winner

Who knew?

Flash array response times climb as load increases, with good ones able to delay the response time uptick for longer.…

Mon 2015-03-02.17:54 | [The Register]



Security advisories for Monday

Debian-LTS has updated bind9 (denial of service), e2fsprogs (code execution), libgtk2-perl (code execution), and sudo (two vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated httpd (F20: multiple vulnerabilities), librsvg2 (F21; F20: multiple unspecified vulnerabilities), libuv (F21: privilege escalation), nodejs (F21: privilege escalation), v8 (F21: privilege escalation), and vorbis-tools (F21; F20: denial of service).

Mandriva has updated cups (buffer overflow).

openSUSE has updated firefox, nss (13.2, 13.1: multiple vulnerabilities).

SUSE has updated java-1_6_0-ibm (SLES11 SP1,SP2: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated kernel (14.04: regression in previous update).

Mon 2015-03-02.17:51 | [LWN.net]

Jolla Partners With SSH To Create Sailfish Secure

First time accepted submitter muckracer writes Finnish mobile company Jolla will be working with Finland's SSH Communications to offer another version of its SailfishOS platform with stronger security credentials. The partnership was announced today at Jolla's press conference in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress trade show. SSH will be providing comms encryption and key management to Sailfish Secure.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mon 2015-03-02.17:37 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

NXP snaps up Freescale to form new chipzilla

Probably more chips than McCains

Dutch chip company NXP has snapped up US rival Freescale Semiconductor for $11.8bn (£7.7bn).…

Mon 2015-03-02.17:39 | [The Register]



That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

journovampire writes with this interesting bit about the fallout of U2's partnership with Apple. "Remember U2's album giveway with Apple at the end of last summer? And how the world seemed to become very annoyed that its contents had been "pushed" to their devices without permission? Well, the naysayers might have been loud – but that hasn't stopped the stunt having a lasting effect on the band's popularity. That’s according to new research from retail insight experts Kantar in the US, which shows that nearly a quarter (24%) of all US music users on iOS devices in January listened to U2, nearly five months after Songs Of Innocence was released for free onto 500m iPhones across the world. In a survey of iOS users, Kantar found that more than twice the percentage of people listened to U2 in January than listened to the second-placed artist, Taylor Swift (11%)."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mon 2015-03-02.16:56 | [Slashdot]


[NU - Algemeen]

Luchtalarm in Leeuwarden zorgt urenlang voor overlast

De maandelijkse test met het luchtalarm heeft maandag in de Leeuwarder wijk Camminghaburen voor overlast gezorgd: de sirene bleef urenlang hangen. 

Mon 2015-03-02.16:58 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Jolla launches Sailfish 2.0, now with added security

Tablet coming later this year, but will it be competitive?

MWC 2015 Jolla, the smouldering platform which was born out of Nokia’s decision to go Microsoft, has announced its new version of the Sailfish OS.…

Mon 2015-03-02.16:56 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Google dips into U.S. wireless market with 'small scale' MVNO offering

Pichai unveils cautious carrier plans

MWC 2015 Google confirmed on Monday that it plans to enter the wireless carrier market Stateside within the "coming months".…

Mon 2015-03-02.16:32 | [The Register]


[NU - Algemeen]

Ontruiming Maagdenhuis in Amsterdam blijft voorlopig uit

Het Maagdenhuis, het bestuursgebouw van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, wordt op korte termijn nog niet ontruimd. 

Mon 2015-03-02.16:47 | [NU - Algemeen]



Statistical Mechanics Finds Best Places To Hide During Zombie Apocalypse

HughPickens.com writes Eric Mack reports at Cnet that a team of researchers at Cornell University, inspired by the book "World War Z" by Max Brooks, have used statistical-mechanics to model how an actual zombie outbreak might unfold and determined the best long-term strategy for surviving the walking dead: Head for the hills. Specifically, you should probably get familiar now with the general location of Glacier National Park so that when it all goes down, you can start heading in that direction. The project started with differential equations to model a fully connected population, then moved on to lattice-based models, and ended with a full US-scale simulation of an outbreak across the continental US. "At their heart, the simulations are akin to modeling chemical reactions taking place between different elements and, in this case, we have four states a person can be in--human," says Alex Alemi, "infected, zombie, or dead zombie--with approximately 300 million people." Alemi believes cities would succumb to the zombie scourge quickly, but the infection rate would slow down significantly in more sparsely populated areas and could take months to reach places like the Northern Rockies and Glacier National Park. "Given the dynamics of the disease, once the zombies invade more sparsely populated areas, the whole outbreak slows down--there are fewer humans to bite, so you start creating zombies at a slower rate," Alemi says. Once you hit Montana and Idaho, you might as well keep heading farther north into the Canadian Rockies and all the way up to Alaska where data analysis shows you're most likely to survive the zombie apocalypse. The state with the lowest survival rate? — New Jersey. Unfortunately a full scale simulation of an outbreak in the United States shows that for `realistic' parameters, we are largely doomed.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mon 2015-03-02.16:13 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Noorse gedetineerden komen in september naar Veenhuizen

Op 1 september komen de eerste Noorse gedetineerden naar ons land. Ze worden ondergebracht in de locatie Norgerhaven van de penitentiaire inrichting in Veenhuizen.

Mon 2015-03-02.17:37 | [NU - Algemeen]


[NU - Internet]

Breedband naar bijna 7 miljoen verbindingen

Het aantal breedbandverbindingen in Nederland is in het vierde kwartaal van 2014 gestegen met 0,8 procent tot bijna zeven miljoen.

Mon 2015-03-02.15:49 | [NU - Internet]


[The Register]

Silent Circle revamps secure smartphone

Blacker is the new black

MWC 2015 Silent Circle ‪has lifted the lid of the Blackphone‬ 2 smartphone and ‪Blackphone‬+ tablet.…

Mon 2015-03-02.15:33 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

Help Us Name The World's Most Overrated Design

Which designs do you think get way more credit than they're worth?

Here at Co.Design, we love to highlight great ideas. But we also want to cut through the hype. Just because a design is a household name doesn't mean it's worthy of universal adoration. In that vein, we're celebrating March Madness the only way we know how: by pitting what we consider the world's most senselessly overvalued designs against each other in one big bracket of awfulness. At the end of the month, we'll crown the winner the World's Most Overrated Design.

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Mon 2015-03-02.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Diversity Training Myths Your Company Needs To Drop Now

Don't believe everything you hear about how to bring diversity to your team.

Diversity training has been one of those buzz terms making the rounds at companies big and small for decades. But while businesses understand that change needs to happen from the top down, social scientists have found that the approaches many companies take are often vastly misguided.

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Mon 2015-03-02.11:30 | [Fast Company]
[Webwereld Feed]

Google bepaalt de waarheid op het web

Websites met 'ware feiten' komen hoger in de zoekresultaten.

Mon 2015-03-02.15:00 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Planet PostgreSQL]

Jim Smith: Myśli o istotnych Szczegóły kwiatów dostawy online

. Według z zapory użytkowników Twittera, 1-800-Flowers nie na oba .poczta i kwiatowa dostawa Flower - Aura jest oczywiście najlepszy wybór podczas przeglądania netto za usługi dostarczania kwiatów on-line Dostawcy . ma dużą zdolność Łatwo się i umieszcza dokument powodu Birkin Bag ponadto wiele dziedziny kobiety prowadzącym wysokim smaczne uwadze a użytkowania teczki do niego . Na przykład jak może wybrać na prowadzenie pojazdu długich dystansach, istnieją inne tym regionalne pracy, że tylko grab i dostarczyć ciągu pewna część kraju, dedykowane trasy po prostu podróżują tam iz powrotem między tymi samymi miejsc konsekwentnie i lokalnych miejsc pracy dla którego zatrzymać w twoim lokalnego miasta lub regionu .

Mon 2015-03-02.14:48 | [Planet PostgreSQL]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dual Satellite Mission

JoeSilva writes SpaceX successfully launched two satellites towards Geosynchronous Orbit. There's already a video of one deployment. Word is the launch went very smoothly and bodes well for their next launch in three weeks, as they work to fulfill what is now a very full launch manifest. In addition Elon had one more thing to share: "Upgrades in the works to allow landing for geo missions: thrust +15%, deep cryo oxygen, upper stage tank vol +10%."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mon 2015-03-02.14:48 | [Slashdot]

Audacity 2.1.0 RC

De eerste release candidate van versie 2.1.0 van de opensource-audio-editor Audacity is uitgekomen. Het programma, dat beschikbaar is voor Windows, Linux en OS X, kan geluid opnemen, en wav-, aiff-, ogg- en mp3-bestanden importeren en exporteren. Het heeft een ongelimiteerde undo-functie en heeft daarnaast een grote verzameling effecten aan boord, zoals fade-in en fade-out, echo, tempowijziging en ruisonderdrukking. Meer effecten kunnen eenvoudig worden toegevoegd, want het programma ondersteunt zowel vst- als ladspa-plug-ins. Sinds versie 2.0.6 zijn de volgende veranderingen en verbeteringen doorgevoerd:

Mon 2015-03-02.14:42 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Sandisk voorziet micro-sd-kaartje van 200GB opslagruimte

SanDisk heeft een micro-sd-kaartje aangekondigd met een opslagcapaciteit van 200GB. De Ultra micro-SDXC UHS-I Premium Edition is daarmee volgens de geheugenkaartenfabrikant momenteel recordhouder op gebied van beschikbare opslagcapaciteit op een micro-sd-kaart.

Mon 2015-03-02.14:41 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Google gaat afgebroken gesprekken hervatten als virtuele provider

Google komt binnen enkele maanden met zijn eigen dienst als virtuele telecomaanbieder in de Verenigde Staten. Het bedrijf start met een bescheiden dienst en wil hiermee aan andere providers laten zien wat er mogelijk is met nieuwe technologie, zoals automatisch hervatten van gesprekken.

Mon 2015-03-02.14:33 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Synology Disk Station Manager 5.1 build 5022.3

Synology heeft een nieuwe versie van Disk Station Manager 5.1 uitgebracht. Synology DSM is de beheersoftware die op diverse nas-producten van het bedrijf draait. De Disk, Cube en Rack Stations bieden meer dan alleen extra opslagruimte. Zo kunnen ook back-ups van alle clients op het netwerk worden gemaakt en kunnen bestanden via http, ftp, bittorrent, usenet en emule worden gedownload, zodat bijvoorbeeld energiegulzige pc's 's nachts uit kunnen, terwijl de download gewoon binnenkomt. Verder kunnen via de ingebouwde iTunes-server audio- en videobestanden over het netwerk worden gestreamd, kan met behulp van php en MySQL een dynamische website worden gehost en kan het apparaat als printserver fungeren.

Mon 2015-03-02.14:24 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Microsoft introduceert vouwbaar toetsenbord voor smartphones en tablets

Microsoft heeft een Universal Foldable Keyboard aangekondigd. Het toetsenbord is volgens het concern bedoeld voor gebruik in combinatie met mobiele apparaten die op iOS, Android of Windows draaien.

Mon 2015-03-02.12:47 | [http://tweakers.net/]


VSO Software heeft een nieuwe stabiele versie van ConvertXtoDVD uitgebracht. Met dit programma kunnen dvd-schijfjes worden gemaakt van uiteenlopende videobestanden, zodat ze bijvoorbeeld op de stand-alone-dvd-speler in de huiskamer kunnen worden afgespeeld. ConvertXtoDVD heeft ondersteuning voor een groot aantal audio- en videoformaten, kan ondertiteling invoegen en uitgebreide menu's maken, en heeft zelfs een eenvoudige video-editor aan boord. Verder is het programma te gebruiken in een groot aantal talen, waaronder het Nederlands. Hieronder is te vinden wat er sinds versie veranderd is:

Mon 2015-03-02.12:45 | [http://tweakers.net/]

MKVToolnix 7.7.0

Versie 7.7.0 van MKVToolNix is uitgekomen. MKVToolNix is een verzameling opensourceprogramma's waarmee Matroska-bestanden kunnen worden bekeken, bewerkt en geconverteerd. Zo kunnen geluidssporen en ondertiteling worden toegevoegd, verwijderd of juist als standaard worden ingesteld. Het zijn afzonderlijke commandline-tools, maar er wordt een grafische gebruikersinterface meegeleverd. Versies kunnen worden gedownload voor Windows, een groot aantal Linux-distributies en OS X. In deze release zijn de volgende veranderingen en verbeteringen aangebracht:

Mon 2015-03-02.12:44 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Xiaomi kondigt goedkope actiecamera aan

Xiaomi heeft de Mi Pro Action Camera aangekondigd, een actiecamera die voorzien is van een 16-megapixelsensor van Sony's Exmor R BSI-generatie. De camera kost omgerekend 57 euro, maar zal in eerste instantie alleen op de Chinese markt verkrijgbaar zijn.

Mon 2015-03-02.12:22 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[NU - Algemeen]

Nederlandse kogel raakt Koerdische strijder

Een Nederlandse militair heeft maandag tijdens de trainingsmissie in het noorden van Irak per ongeluk een Koerdische strijder beschoten. De peshmerga-strijder is gewond geraakt en overgebracht naar een ziekenhuis.

Mon 2015-03-02.15:09 | [NU - Algemeen]
[Schneier on Security]

The Democratization of Cyberattack

The thing about infrastructure is that everyone uses it. If it's secure, it's secure for everyone. And if it's insecure, it's insecure for everyone. This forces some hard policy choices.

When I was working with the Guardian on the Snowden documents, the one top-secret program the NSA desperately did not want us to expose was QUANTUM. This is the NSA's program for what is called packet injection--basically, a technology that allows the agency to hack into computers.

Turns out, though, that the NSA was not alone in its use of this technology. The Chinese government uses packet injection to attack computers. The cyberweapons manufacturer Hacking Team sells packet injection technology to any government willing to pay for it. Criminals use it. And there are hacker tools that give the capability to individuals as well.

All of these existed before I wrote about QUANTUM. By using its knowledge to attack others rather than to build up the internet's defenses, the NSA has worked to ensure that anyone can use packet injection to hack into computers.

This isn't the only example of once-top-secret US government attack capabilities being used against US government interests. StingRay is a particular brand of IMSI catcher, and is used to intercept cell phone calls and metadata. This technology was once the FBI's secret, but not anymore. There are dozens of these devices scattered around Washington, DC, as well as the rest of the country, run by who-knows-what government or organization. By accepting the vulnerabilities in these devices so the FBI can use them to solve crimes, we necessarily allow foreign governments and criminals to use them against us.

Similarly, vulnerabilities in phone switches--SS7 switches, for those who like jargon--have been long used by the NSA to locate cell phones. This same technology is sold by the US company Verint and the UK company Cobham to third-world governments, and hackers have demonstrated the same capabilities at conferences. An eavesdropping capability that was built into phone switches to enable lawful intercepts was used by still-unidentified unlawful intercepters in Greece between 2004 and 2005.

These are the stories you need to keep in mind when thinking about proposals to ensure that all communications systems can be eavesdropped on by government. Both the FBI's James Comey and UK Prime Minister David Cameron recently proposed limiting secure cryptography in favor of cryptography they can have access to.

But here's the problem: technological capabilities cannot distinguish based on morality, nationality, or legality; if the US government is able to use a backdoor in a communications system to spy on its enemies, the Chinese government can use the same backdoor to spy on its dissidents.

Even worse, modern computer technology is inherently democratizing. Today's NSA secrets become tomorrow's PhD theses and the next day's hacker tools. As long as we're all using the same computers, phones, social networking platforms, and computer networks, a vulnerability that allows us to spy also allows us to be spied upon.

We can't choose a world where the US gets to spy but China doesn't, or even a world where governments get to spy and criminals don't. We need to choose, as a matter of policy, communications systems that are secure for all users, or ones that are vulnerable to all attackers. It's security or surveillance.

As long as criminals are breaking into corporate networks and stealing our data, as long as totalitarian governments are spying on their citizens, as long as cyberterrorism and cyberwar remain a threat, and as long as the beneficial uses of computer technology outweighs the harmful uses, we have to choose security. Anything else is just too dangerous.

This essay previously appeared on Vice Motherboard.

Mon 2015-03-02.13:49 | [Schneier on Security]
[The Register]

ASML‬ plays down mystery hack attack

Firm that makes machines that make chips makes statement

‪Semiconductor supplier ASML‬ has admitted that unnamed hackers broke into its systems.…

Mon 2015-03-02.15:02 | [The Register]


[NU - Algemeen]

Vermoorde politicus uitte forse kritiek op Poetin in laatste interview

De vermoorde Russische politicus Boris Nemtsov gaf vrijdag in een rechtstreeks vraaggesprek met de radio-omroep Echo Moskwy bittere kritiek op president Vladimir Poetin, vooral over diens ''waanzinnig agressieve'' Oekraïne-beleid. 

Mon 2015-03-02.18:01 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

High Court: IBM staff refused pay increases can claim damages

Big Blue set to appeal

IBM employees who were refused salary increases because they would not agree to changes to the company's pension scheme are entitled to claim damages, the High Court has ruled.…

Mon 2015-03-02.14:28 | [The Register]



Valve and HTC Reveal "Vive" SteamVR Headset

An anonymous reader writes Today Valve and HTC revealed the "Vive" SteamVR headset which is designed to compete with Oculus and others, which aim for a high-end VR experience on PC. The Vive headset uses dual 1200x1080 displays at 90Hz and a "laser position sensor" to provide positional tracking (head movement through 3D space), and also includes a pair of motion input controllers. The companies say that the Vive headset will be available to developers in Spring and receive a proper consumer launch holiday 2015, though no price has been announced.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mon 2015-03-02.14:05 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Internet]

Google+ opgesplitst in kleinere delen

Google splitst verschillende onderdelen los van Google+, en lijkt de titel van het sociale netwerk te schrappen.

Mon 2015-03-02.14:03 | [NU - Internet]
[NU - Internet]

Internetdrones Google stijgen in komende maanden op

De internetdrones van Google stijgen in de komende maanden voor het eerst op.

Mon 2015-03-02.14:58 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Barney McGrubuntu, Cuthbert, GNOME and MATE

Ubuntu 15.04 is here – almost. The first beta of Vivid Vervet has been delivered, and with it have come images of the penguin flock that nestles on this OS.…

Mon 2015-03-02.14:01 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Coms CEO: Sorry about accidentally buying 20k shares, I'm off

Loss-making B2B comms outfit looks for new boss and non-exec directors

The chief of Coms Plc appeared to be close to the exit following his public spat with the rest of the board last week. Sure enough, the company today confirmed he’s stepped down.…

Mon 2015-03-02.13:46 | [The Register]
[The Register]

3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

We've missed you, Stephen Elop

MWC 2015 Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop emerged from cryogenic storage at Microsoft to announce two new phones and give a glimpse of mobile Office for Windows 10. But not a lot – more will be revealed at Microsoft’s developer event, Build, in April.…

Mon 2015-03-02.12:33 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Ericsson, Telstra and Qualcomm up the ante with 600Mbps demo

Meanwhile EE scores with 400Mbps at Wembley

MWC 2015 Qualcomm, Ericsson and Telstra are set to demonstrate a new tri-carrier LTE-A solution capable of delivering 600Mbps over mobile at this week's Mobile World Congress.…

Mon 2015-03-02.13:31 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Have it all: BlackBerry to port crown jewels to iPhone, Android

We’re still going to make hardware, insists CEO

MWC 2015 At Mobile World Congress, BlackBerry said it will port key client platform features – like its soft keyboard, Universal Search and Hub – to iPhone and Android, and also throw them into its enterprise software bundles.…

Mon 2015-03-02.13:16 | [The Register]


[NU - Algemeen]

Misdaadduo had arrestatie niet verwacht

Antonio van der P. en Enise B., het stel dat een jaar geleden rovend door Nederland trok, hadden niet verwacht dat ze in Duitsland door de politie zouden worden aangehouden. 

Mon 2015-03-02.17:58 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

Android-based securomobe makes play against the West's Blackphone

A Russian firm is developing its own anti-surveillance enterprise smartphone prototype - the TaigaPhone.…

Mon 2015-03-02.13:01 | [The Register]


[NU - Algemeen]

Crimineel Marchano P. doodgeschoten in Suriname

De crimineel Marchano P. is in de nacht van zondag op maandag doodgeschoten in de Surinaamse hoofdstad Paramaribo. 

Mon 2015-03-02.14:38 | [NU - Algemeen]


[Fast Company]

Starbucks's New Drink, The Flat White, Is Made Of Hot Marketing And Foam

It comes from Australia (maybe). Hipsters like it. No one really knows what it is. On the mysterious trail of the latest must-sip beverage.

The first time I order a flat white, I have no idea what I've just asked for.

Read Full Story

Mon 2015-03-02.11:44 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

This Photographer Makes Famous Buildings Look Like Portals To Heaven

Architecture photographer Hélène Binet is a true painter of light.

For the past 25 years, Swiss-French photographer Hélène Binet has been documenting the work of the world's most famous contemporary architects, like Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, and Peter Zumthor. Her prints turn their famous structures into luminous black-and-white compositions, bringing to mind a quote by architect Louis Kahn: "The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building."

Read Full Story

Fri 2015-02-27.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Lego Crosses The Digital Divide

Having learned from its own mistakes, Lego is embracing technology on its own terms, putting kids—and the fun of building—first.

With licensing agreements with Hollywood's biggest franchises, a wildly successful film series of its own, and original product lines that have spawned television and Internet tie-ins, Lego is experiencing a boom that makes its brush with bankruptcy over a decade ago seem like an alternate reality. Plus, it still lacks any real competition in the interlocking-building-toy field. The company does what it does, and it does it really well. That's why, unlike the rest of the toy industry—or the world, for that matter—Lego isn't tripping over itself trying to integrate accelerometers or Bluetooth or Internet of things functionality into all of its product lines to get kids' attention.

Read Full Story

Fri 2015-02-27.19:48 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

What It's Like To Go Without Complaining For A Month

How different would your life be if you cut complaining out of it altogether? Is it even possible?

For the month of February, Leah Shapiro had one goal: no complaining.

Read Full Story

Mon 2015-03-02.11:15 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Jess Leber, Who Walked The New York City Subway Tunnels

The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees.

Name: Jessica Leber
Role at Fast Company: Assistant editor, I write and edit stories for Fast Company's Co.Exist site.
Twitter: @jessleber

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Fri 2015-02-27.18:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Many Patients Would Like To Hide Some Of Their Medical Histories From Their Doctors

Doctors: less enthusiastic about it.

Doctors and nurses usually want to know a lot about a patient's medical history to treat them effectively. But does, say, your podiatrist really need to know about the abortion you had 10 years ago?

Read Full Story

Fri 2015-02-27.16:35 | [Fast Company]
[Webwereld Feed]

'Netneutraliteit brengt zelfrijdende auto in gevaar'

File van internetverkeer? Botsing!

Mon 2015-03-02.10:52 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

Belastingdienst zet burgers in digitale rij

Opschalen ho maar!

Mon 2015-03-02.09:59 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

Opgeknipt Google+ wordt 'Streams'

Nieuwe directeur ontmantelt zwalkend sociaal netwerk direct.

Mon 2015-03-02.09:29 | [Webwereld Feed]

Doelwit van hackers: ASML - Bedrijfsspionage in Brabant

ASML is getroffen door een hack, waarschijnlijk afkomstig van Chinese staatshackers. Wat zijn deze hackeenheden en waarom richtten ze hun pijlen op het bedrijf uit Veldhoven?

Mon 2015-03-02.12:00 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Krita 2.9.0

Versie 2.9.0 van Krita is verschenen. Krita is een programma waarmee digitale tekeningen kunnen worden bewerkt en gecreëerd, en kan overweg met zowel bitmap- als verctorafbeeldingen. Het programma is onderdeel van Calligra Suite en wordt ontwikkeld door het KDE-team, maar werkt ook prima onder Gnome of XFCE. Daarnaast is er een download voor Windows en is er een versie voor OS X in ontwikkeling. De changelog voor deze uitgave ziet er als volgt uit:

Mon 2015-03-02.11:34 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Waterfox 36.0

Versie 36.0 is uitgekomen van Waterfox. Waterfox is een 64bit-versie van de webbrowser Firefox, iets dat Mozilla wel al lang in ontwikkeling heeft maar nog nooit een stabiele versie van heeft uitgebracht. Het project is in maart 2011 gestart door de toentertijd 16-jarige Alex Kontos. Waterfox is een van de snelste browsers beschikbaar en op de website staan verschillende benchmarks die dat onderbouwen. De browser is alleen verkrijgbaar voor Windows en OS X en door middel van het toevoegen van een taalbestand is het ook in het Nederlands te gebruiken. De release notes voor deze uitgave kunnen hieronder worden gevonden.

Mon 2015-03-02.11:33 | [http://tweakers.net/]

SUMo 3.13.2

KC Softwares heeft versie 3.13.2 van SUMo uitgebracht. SUMo, wat staat voor Software Update Monitor, is een programma dat de computer scant op aanwezige software en vervolgens controleert of er nieuwere versies beschikbaar zijn. Door het installeren van een driver agent kan het ook controleren op nieuwe drivers. SUMo is gratis en in diverse talen te gebruiken, waaronder in het Nederlands. Het standaard-installatieprogramma bevat een optionele advertentiemodule, maar er zijn ook een lite- en portable-versie beschikbaar waar deze niet in zit. In deze release zijn de volgende veranderingen waar te nemen:

Mon 2015-03-02.11:32 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Nikon Coolpix P900 breekt record met 83x optische zoom

Nikon vestigt naar eigen zeggen een nieuw 'zoomrecord' met de Coolpix P900. De bridgecamera is uitgerust met een zoomlens met 83x optische zoom, wat neerkomt op 24 tot en met 2000mm. De camera is voorzien van 5 stops optische beeldstabilisatie, een kantelbaar scherm, wifi en nfc.

Mon 2015-03-02.11:30 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Nikon kondigt D7200 spiegelreflexcamera aan

Nikon heeft de D7200 spiegelreflexcamera aangekondigd. Dit nieuwe aps-c-topmodel richt zich op veelzijdige fotografen en filmers. Hij is voorzien van een verbeterd autofocussysteem, een grotere buffer, een nieuwe beeldprocessor en een langere accuduur.

Mon 2015-03-02.10:31 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Microsoft kondigt midrange-Lumia 640 en 640 XL aan

Microsoft heeft op het Mobile World Congress de Lumia 640 en Lumia 640 XL aangekondigd. Beide midrange-toestellen beschikken over een scherm met 1280x720 pixels, waarbij de XL-versie een 5,7"-touchscreen heeft en de 'normale' Lumia 640 het moet doen met een 5"-scherm.

Mon 2015-03-02.10:23 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Sony introduceert waterdichte Xperia M4 Aqua-smartphone

Sony heeft tijdens het Mobile World Congress in Barcelona een nieuwe smartphone aangekondigd. De Xperia M4 Aqua is een waterdichte mainstream-smartphone met een 5"-scherm en een Qualcomm Snapdragon 615-processor.

Mon 2015-03-02.09:48 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Sony kondigt 6,1mm dunne Xperia Z4 Tablet aan

Sony heeft op het Mobile World Congress de Xperia Z4 Tablet aangekondigd. De tablet heeft een 10,1"-touchscreen en is 6,1mm dun. Daarmee is de Tablet Z4 Tablet volgens Sony momenteel de dunste 10"-tablet op de markt. Er staat ook een model met 4g op stapel.

Mon 2015-03-02.09:36 | [http://tweakers.net/]

SoftPerfect Network Scanner 6.0.4

SoftPerfect heeft versie 6.0.4 van Network Scanner uitgebracht. Dit programma is een eenvoudige ip-, netbios- en snmp-scanner. Het hoeft niet te worden geïnstalleerd om zijn werk te kunnen doen en kan dus snel en simpel worden gebruikt om te kijken wie en wat er allemaal op het netwerk zijn aangesloten. Het programma is multithreaded en kan onder andere network-shares, mac-adressen, openstaande poorten en ingelogde gebruikers zien. De download is nog geen drie megabyte groot en het programma is volledig gratis te gebruiken. In versie 6.0.4 zijn de volgende veranderingen en verbeteringen aangebracht:

Mon 2015-03-02.09:17 | [http://tweakers.net/]

WinPatrol 33.1.2015

BillP Studios heeft versie 33.1 van WinPatrol uitgebracht. In dit programma houdt 'Scotty, de Windows-watchdog' het systeem in de gaten, waardoor dit sneller en stabieler zijn werk doet. WinPatrol detecteert en stopt aanvallen van spy-, ad- en malware, virussen en kwaadaardige Internet Explorer-add-ons, terwijl het beestje ook startpagina-hijacks voorkomt. Daarnaast worden nog enkele andere zaken in de gaten gehouden, waaronder de op de pc draaiende processen, het hosts-bestand, de bestandsextensies en of een programma of proces zich aan de start-up-lijst toevoegt. Naast de gratis versie is er ook een betaalde Plus-variant, die toegang geeft tot een database met uitgebreide informatie over programma's en processen, waarin bijvoorbeeld staat of deze veilig of juist kwaadaardig zijn. De release-notes voor deze uitgave zien er als volgt uit:

Mon 2015-03-02.09:17 | [http://tweakers.net/]

AIMP 3.60 build 1483

Er is een update voor versie 3.60 van de mediaspeler AIMP verschenen. Deze gratis lichtgewichtmediaspeler van Russische makelij heeft ondersteuning voor de populairste muziekformaten. Het uiterlijk heeft wat weg van het bekende Winamp en is door middel van skins aan te passen. AIMP heeft een 18-kanaalsequalizer aan boord en ondersteunt plug-ins. Verder kan het programma cd's rippen, muziekbestanden converteren en tags bewerken. In deze release zijn de volgende verbeteringen aangebracht:

Mon 2015-03-02.09:15 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Xfce 4.12

Versie 4.12 van Xfce is verschenen, als opvolger van de bijna drie jaar geleden verschenen versie 4.10. Deze lichtgewichtdesktopomgeving voor Linux, Solaris en BSD richt zich op snelheid, zonder afbreuk te doen aan de visuele aspecten of de gebruiksvriendelijkheid. De meeste distributies hebben een variant beschikbaar met Xfce, maar los downloaden is natuurlijk ook mogelijk. De release-notes voor deze uitgave kunnen hieronder worden gevonden.

Mon 2015-03-02.09:14 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Tor Browser Bundle 4.0.4

Versie 4.0.4 van de Tor Browser Bundle is uitgekomen. Tor staat voor The Onion Router en is een netwerk dat gebruikt kan worden om anoniem over het internet te surfen. Al het tcp-verkeer van gebruikers wordt langs verschillende Tor-routers geleid, waarna het voor de ontvanger niet meer mogelijk is om na te gaan wie de oorspronkelijke verzender was. Binnen het Tor-netwerk is die informatie nog wel aanwezig, zodat antwoorden - uiteraard ook weer via het stelsel van routers - uiteindelijk weer op de juiste plek aankomen. De release-notes voor deze uitgave kunnen hieronder worden gevonden.

Mon 2015-03-02.09:03 | [http://tweakers.net/]

NewsBin Pro 6.60 build 3845 bèta 7

De zevende bètarelease van NewsBin Pro versie 6.60 is uitgekomen. Met dit programma kunnen bestanden, zoals foto's, video's en programma's, van usenet worden gehaald. Het heeft alles wat je van een usenet-downloader mag verwachten, zoals ondersteuning voor multi-threading, ssl en autopar. Verder zijn er uitgebreide filtermogelijkheden en kan er van een optionele Usenet search service gebruikgemaakt worden. Sinds bèta 4 zijn de volgende aanpassingen doorgevoerd:

Mon 2015-03-02.09:13 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Asus RT-AC68U

Asus heeft nieuwe firmware voor de RT-AC68U beschikbaar gesteld. Deze dualband-router kan clients zowel bedraad als draadloos van netwerktoegang voorzien. Verder zijn er twee usb-poorten aanwezig, waarvan een usb 3.0, zodat een printer of externe opslag over het netwerk kan worden gedeeld. De nieuwe firmware heeft versienummer en de download is net geen 29MB groot. Na de update is het belangrijk om de resetknop vijf seconden ingedrukt te houden. De release notes maken melding van de volgende veranderingen en verbeteringen:

Mon 2015-03-02.09:10 | [http://tweakers.net/]

Nederlandse chipfabrikant NXP koopt Amerikaanse concurrent Freescale

De Nederlandse chipfabrikant NXP koopt zijn Amerikaanse branchegenoot Freescale voor het bedrag van 11,8 miljard dollar, omgerekend 10,6 miljard euro. De twee bedrijven zullen fuseren tot één chipfabrikant.

Mon 2015-03-02.08:07 | [http://tweakers.net/]


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