Sat 2014-10-25


[NU - Algemeen]

Treinverkeer Raalte en Nijverdal ligt stil na aanrijding koeien

Door een aanrijding met koeien rijden er zaterdagochtend geen treinen tussen Raalte en Nijverdal. Volgens de politie zijn er drie koeien bij betrokken.

Sat 2014-10-25.08:59 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

If she has nothing to hide, she has nothing to worry about, right?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? My wife is parading naked in front of a webcam again. Here's the funny thing, though: she doesn't even know that the webcam is on. In fact, it's not even her computer – it's mine – and she's not doing it deliberately. Come to think of it, I wasn't even aware that my webcam was on until just now when the green LED illuminated all by itself when she walked into the room. It's as if the mere sight of Half Life half-dressed turned it on.…

Sat 2014-10-25.09:01 | [The Register]


[NU - Internet]

Podcast: Recordcijfers Apple, Google Inbox en opkomst Ello

Vanaf deze week bespreekt de techredactie van elke week het opvallendste technieuws in de podcast De week van NUtech. Met deze week positieve kwartaalcijfers voor Apple, een nieuwe e-mail-app van Google, een forse investering voor het opkomende sociale netwerk Ello en de nieuwe designfilosofie van Samsung.

Sat 2014-10-25.08:35 | [NU - Internet]



Peter Kuran:Visual Effects Artist and Atomic Bomb Archivist

Lasrick links to this interview with Peter Kuran, an animator of the original Star Wars and legendary visual effects artist, writing If you saw the recent remake of Godzilla, you saw stock footage from Atom Central, known on YouTube as 'the atomic bomb channel.' Atom Central is the brainchild of Kuran, who among his many talents is an expert on archival films of the atmospheric testing era of 1945 to 1963. Combining his film restoration and photography expertise with his interest in nuclear history, he has also produced and directed five documentaries. He is currently working with Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories to preserve and catalog images from the bomb-testing era, and to produce a technical handbook that will help people understand these images and the techniques used to create them.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sat 2014-10-25.08:21 | [Slashdot]



Skylanders: Trap Team - zoekt het grote publiek via tablets

Dat je nu boeven kunt vangen in Traps en daarna met diezelfde boeven verder kunt spelen is leuk, maar de grootste vernieuwing aan Trap Team betreft wellicht de mobiele versie van de game.

Sat 2014-10-25.06:00 | []
[More Words, Deeper Hole]


is the purpose of November?

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

Sat 2014-10-25.06:36 | [More Words, Deeper Hole]


[NU - Algemeen]

SP en FNV pleiten voor meer belasting voor miljonairs

De SP heeft een plan klaar om miljonairs flink meer belasting te laten betalen. 

Sat 2014-10-25.06:25 | [NU - Algemeen]


[NU - Algemeen]

Topman Google maakt hoogste vrije val

Een topman van Google, Alan Eustace, heeft vrijdagavond een vrije val gemaakt van 40 kilometer en heeft daarmee een record verbroken.

Sat 2014-10-25.07:06 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Time to test your sarcasm detectors: It's the UN's global comms shakeup extravaganza!

Five days of socializing and… well, judge for yourself

The United Nations is often mocked as an old boy's network where representatives spend all their time making speeches about nothing and attending social events while wasting millions of dollars congratulating each other for doing so.…

Sat 2014-10-25.06:04 | [The Register]



OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

operator_error notes a report that ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has emailed the Ubuntu Devel mailing list to request that ownCloud (server) be removed from the Ubuntu repositories because it contains "multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported," through which an attacker could "gain complete control [of] the web server process." From the article: However, packages can't be removed from the Ubuntu repositories for an Ubuntu version that was already released, that's why the package was removed from Ubuntu 14.10 (2 days before its release) but it's still available in the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories (ownCloud 6.0.1 for Ubuntu 14.04 and ownCloud 5.0.4 for Ubuntu 12.04, while the latest ownCloud version is 7.0.2). Furthermore, the ownCloud package is in the universe repository and software in this repository "WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security team" (you should see this if you take a look at your /etc/apt/sources.list file) so it's up to someone from the Ubuntu community to step up and fix it. "If nobody does that, then it unfortunately stays the way it is", says Marc Deslauriers, Security Tech Lead at Canonical. You can follow the discussion @ Ubuntu Devel mailing list. So, until (if) someone fixes this, if you're using ownCloud from the Ubuntu repositories, you should either remove it or upgrade to the latest ownCloud from its official repository, hosted by the openSUSE Build Service."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sat 2014-10-25.05:14 | [Slashdot]


[The Register]

Wanna see how Russia et al hope to shape the internet? ITU opens up (a little more) to public

Unfortunately you now have to make sense of the documents

Having tried and failed for a decade to understand and influence the internet, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) appears to finally be grasping the fundamentals of the open web.…

Sat 2014-10-25.05:03 | [The Register]


[NU - Algemeen]

Gestrande bezoekers Walibi opgevangen

Een groep van zeventig jongeren is vrijdagnacht opgevangen in een sporthal in Harderwijk. Ze waren gestrand op het station, nadat ze de laatste trein hadden gemist. 

Sat 2014-10-25.04:41 | [NU - Algemeen]


[NU - Algemeen]

Doden bij ontsnapping gevangenis Dominicaanse Republiek

Een grote groep gevangenen dacht vrijdag uit de gevangenis van San Cristobal in de Dominicaanse Republiek te kunnen breken. Maar dat ging faliekant mis toen bewakers het vuur openden op de gevangenen. 

Sat 2014-10-25.04:22 | [NU - Algemeen]


[The Register]

Google CEO Larry Page gives Sundar Pichai keys to the kingdom

Android, Chrome boss moves another step closer to Choc Factory's top job

Ten years after joining Google and with running Android, Chrome, and Google Apps already on his plate, Sundar Pichai's star has now risen even higher, gaining a new tranche of responsibilities in the process.…

Sat 2014-10-25.04:04 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Cheapo telcos fined for their cheapo security: Financial records on 305,000 people spilled

Firms stored sensitive data in clear text for all to see

American watchdog the FCC is fining a pair of US mobile operators for an astonishing lack of security in handling customer information.…

Sat 2014-10-25.03:00 | [The Register]



Microsoft Now Makes Money From Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion

SmartAboutThings writes Microsoft has recently published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, disclosing that it has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. According to the report, revenue has increased by $4.67 billion, compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year. However, net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion mainly because of the $1.14 billion cost associated with the integration and restructuring expenses related to the Nokia acquisition. But what's finally good news for the company is that the Surface gross margin was positive this quarter, which means the company finally starts making money on Surface sales. Microsoft didn't yet reveal Surface sales, but we know that Surface revenue was $908 million this quarter, up a massive 127 percent from the $400 million this time last year. However, if we assume that the average spent amount on the purchase of this year's Surface Pro 3 was around $1000, then we have less than 1 million units sold, which isn't that impressive, but it's a good start.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sat 2014-10-25.02:07 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

LG taps TSMC to bake its first-ever mobile chip

Joins Apple, Samsung in ARM chipmaking party with Nuclun

South Korea's LG Electronics has announced its first self-made mobile system-on-chip (SoC), along with plans to debut the chip in a new smartphone to be released within the week.…

Sat 2014-10-25.02:28 | [The Register]



Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

New submitter o_ferguson writes As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. As many comments predicted, the national government has seized this as an opportunity to roll out considerable new regressive legislation, including measures designed to* increase data access for domestic intelligence services, institute a new form of extra-judicial detention, and, perhaps most troubling, criminalize some forms of religious and political speech online. As an example of the type of speech that could, in future, be grounds for prosecution, the article mentions that the killer's website featured "a black ISIS flag and rejoiced that 'disbelievers' will be consigned to the fires of Hell for eternity." A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not "trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents. Needless to say, some internet observes remain, as always, highly skeptical of the manner in which events are being portrayed. (Please note that some articles may be partially paywalled unless opened in a private/incognito browser window.)

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sat 2014-10-25.01:22 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

FCC: You'll have to wait even longer for faster wireless broadband

US spectrum auction won't happen until 2016 now

The FCC today said it will delay its planned wireless broadband spectrum auction until at least 2016.…

Sat 2014-10-25.01:47 | [The Register]



AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads aren't necessarily so -- at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple with the ability to support (and be switched among with software, if a change is necessary) all major carriers, "AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. ... AT&T appears to be the only participating carrier that is locking the Apple SIM to its network. T-Mobile's John Legere has indicated that T-Mobile's process does not lock a customer in to T-Mobile, which appears to be confirmed by Apple's support document, and Sprint's process also seems to leave the Apple SIM unlocked and able to be used with other carrier plans. Verizon, the fourth major carrier in the United States, did not opt to allow the Apple SIM to work with its network." The iPad itself can still be activated and used on other networks, but only after the installation of a new SIM.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sat 2014-10-25.00:47 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Breaking news: Google exec in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA

Baumgartner bummed by high-up's higher-up one-up?

A Google executive has broken the record for the highest free fall to Earth – in a largely self-funded stunt to explore the stratosphere.…

Sat 2014-10-25.01:08 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? Don't hop on AT&T

Not unless you want your network-swapping tech disabled for good, that is

If you're looking forward to using the new iPads' multi-carrier Apple SIM in the US, don't pick AT&T as your first choice – or you'll lose the ability to switch to another carrier altogether.…

Fri 2014-10-24.22:53 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

Twitter Will Teach The Homeless To Code When Learning Center Opens This Summer

Twitter-funded San Francisco facility NeighborNest will offer a safe place for city's poorest to learn tech and resume-writing skills.

This summer Twitter will open a learning center in San Francisco in order to teach the homeless and some of the area's poorest citizens tech skills, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Fri 2014-10-24.22:45 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

You Can Now Watch A Full Movie On Oculus Rift

How does the Zachary Quinto-produced horror movie Banshee Chapter look on the much-discussed VR device?

It's been more than two years since virtual reality device Oculus Rift made its debut, and while the possibilities remain exciting, so far the reality has been less thrilling. But today the technology is taking a big step: A full-length 3-D movie that you can strap to your head and immerse yourself in.

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Fri 2014-10-24.22:15 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Ikea's New Desk Goes From Sitting To Standing With The Push Of A Button

Sit. Swoosh. Stand.

Anyone who has priced a convertible desk that he or she can both sit and stand at knows it's an expensive proposition that can quickly reach into four digits. If only Ikea made one in birchwood veneer, or something.

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Fri 2014-10-24.16:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Let Ideo's Top Brass Show You How To Solve Problems Like A Designer's new Design Kit aims to teach everyone, from CEOs to activists to ministers, the principles of human-centered design.

Last month, nonprofit spinoff of global design and innovation firm Ideo--launched an online guide to the practice of human-centered design. A creative approach to problem-solving, human-centered design focuses on the needs and interests of users, and emphasizes designing with users, not for them. With Design Kit, a free web platform cataloging an array of mindsets, methods, and case studies, wants to make human-centered design available to everyone, from corporate leaders to community organizers to ministers to designers themselves. And it has tapped Ideo's top brass, including CEO Tim Brown and cofounder David Kelley, to help.

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Fri 2014-10-24.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Best in Show: #TopDog Has a Winner!

We have a winner.

UPDATE: A winner has been annointed! It is NORI! Congrats Nori and all the other dogs (and birds) who entered!

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Fri 2014-10-24.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Meet Hatsune Miku, The Japanese Pop Superstar Who Is Entirely Virtual

Hatsune Miku weighs 93 pounds, has 2.5 million Facebook fans, and recently sold out the Hammerstein Ballroom. She's also made of software.

When Hatsune Miku comes on stage, she can't hear the crowd cheering. Nor can she see her fans swinging their green glowsticks to the beat. That's because Hatsune Miku isn't a person; she's an animated character.

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Fri 2014-10-24.12:06 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

How Creative Discomfort Fueled the Foo Fighters' Latest Project: "Sonic Highways"

Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl on how Sonic Highways--part album, part HBO series--is an exercise in breaking from familiarity.

For a band like Foo Fighters, which during its 20-year career has recorded eight studio albums, the process of stepping into the studio to create a new record is a familiar experience. But for creative endeavors, familiarity can be a serious drawback. If there's one thing that should never be done by rote, it's writing music. So in contemplating a creative approach for the band's new album, front man Dave Grohl opted to make the experience as challenging and as uncomfortable, yet creatively stimulating, as possible.

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Fri 2014-10-24.12:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Least Creative Thing Of The Week: Some Villain Did Paintings All Over Our National Parks

Someone didn't get the memo from Earth specifically asking we not paint on it.

The world is nobody's canvas. Theoretically, sure, but as far as the actual, physical Earth goes; it should only serve as muse, and possibly benefactor for your orange-peel fresco or whatever. Of course, some bonehead will always feel the need to slather their vision across God's creation, and in one recent case, not since the Ecce Homo debacle of 2012 has someone's misguided faith in their artistic calling led to such a travesty.

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Thu 2014-10-23.23:19 | [Fast Company]
[Planet PostgreSQL]

Bruce Momjian: Two New Presentations

PostgreSQL Conference Europe has just finished and I delivered two new presentations at the conference (a first for me). Postgres Scaling Opportunities summarizes scaling options, and Flexible Indexing with Postgres summarizes indexing options. I have been submitting these presentations to conferences for many months but this is the first conference to have chosen them. The talks were well attended and generated positive feedback.

The talks are more surveys rather than focussing on specific technologies. It might be beneficial for future conferences to have more survey-oriented talks, as many attendees are not Postgres experts.

I am now heading to Russia for two weeks, presenting in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Continue Reading »

Fri 2014-10-24.22:45 | [Planet PostgreSQL]

Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

An anonymous reader writes: Sophos has a blog post up saying, "attempts to get users to choose passwords that will resist offline guessing, e.g., by composition policies, advice and strength meters, must largely be judged failures." They say a password must withstand 1,000,000 guesses to survive an online attack but 100,000,000,000,000 to have any hope against an offline one. "Not only is the difference between those two numbers mind-bogglingly large, there is no middle ground." "Passwords falling between the two thresholds offer no improvement in real-world security, they're just harder to remember." System administrators "should stop worrying about getting users to create strong passwords and should focus instead on properly securing password databases and detecting leaks when they happen."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sat 2014-10-25.00:08 | [Slashdot]
[More Words, Deeper Hole]

Turns the final version of the rules posted in May were not final

Not least because they were specifically for Rediscovery reviews.

Current version:

A: You can buy a review for a book for $100 (or by supporting my Patreon: see its page for specific details).

B: Authors may not buy reviews of their own books nor can their family members, publishers or agents. I have the right to decline any book; this is not to be taken as a negative comment on the author or book.

Authors may point out to me that their qualifying books are now out and while I cannot promise to read said, there will not be a charge if I do.

I reserve the right to break my own rules (except for B because, wow, can authors buying reviews go horribly wrong fast).

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

Fri 2014-10-24.23:06 | [More Words, Deeper Hole]
[NU - Internet]

'Google-ceo Larry Page doet stap terug'

Google-medeoprichter en -ceo Larry Page doet een stap terug bij het internetbedrijf en wil zich meer richten op "het grotere plaatje".

Sat 2014-10-25.00:15 | [NU - Internet]


[NU - Algemeen]

'Koerden doden IS-gevangenen en verwoesten stadje Irak'

Koerdische strijders hebben uit wraak op terreurbeweging Islamitische Staat (IS) een Arabisch stadje in Noord-Irak verwoest en IS-krijgsgevangenen vermoord. 

Fri 2014-10-24.23:54 | [NU - Algemeen]

Fri 2014-10-24


[The Register]

Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

And a fingerprint sensor

Teardown Ready to ditch your iPad Mini 2 for the latest and greatest miniature fondleslab from Apple? You may not get much more for your money.…

Fri 2014-10-24.23:41 | [The Register]



Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

An anonymous reader writes: Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, is now also a real-time data broker. According to a security researcher at Stanford, Big Red has been adding a unique identifier to web traffic. The purpose of the identifier is advertisement targeting, which is bad enough. But the design of the system also functions as a 'supercookie' for any website that a subscriber visits. "Any website can easily track a user, regardless of cookie blocking and other privacy protections. No relationship with Verizon is required. ...while Verizon offers privacy settings, they don’t prevent sending the X-UIDH header. All they do, seemingly, is prevent Verizon from selling information about a user." Just like they said they would.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2014-10-24.23:26 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

Dept of Labor fines Electronics For Imaging the max – $3.5k

A successful Silicon Valley firm has admitted paying staff $1.21 an hour and working them for more than 120 hours a week.…

Fri 2014-10-24.23:26 | [The Register]



Secretive Funding Fuels Ongoing Net Neutrality Astroturfing Controversy

alphadogg writes: The contentious debate about net neutrality in the U.S. has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts the political process. News stories from a handful of publications in recent months have accused some think tanks and advocacy groups of "astroturfing" — quietly shilling for large broadband carriers. In a handful of cases, those criticisms appear to have some merit, although the term is so overused by people looking to discredit political opponents that it has nearly lost its original meaning. An IDG News Service investigation found that major groups opposing U.S. Federal Communications Commission reclassification and regulation of broadband as a public utility tend to be less transparent about their funding than the other side. Still, some big-name advocates of strong net neutrality rules also have limited transparency mechanisms in place.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2014-10-24.22:43 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Internet]

Google toont meer informatie bij zoekresultaten games

Google heeft zijn Knowledge Graph uitgebreid waardoor er meer informatie wordt getoond als iemand naar een specifieke game zoekt.

Fri 2014-10-24.22:32 | [NU - Internet]
[NU - Internet]

'Inkomsten muziekdownloads via iTunes 13 procent gedaald'

De inkomsten die Apple genereert uit iTunes zouden sinds het begin van dit jaar met 13 tot 14 procent zijn gedaald.

Fri 2014-10-24.22:36 | [NU - Internet]



Taiga, a new open source project management tool with focus on usability ( takes a look at the Taiga project management tool. "It started with the team at Kaleidos, a Madrid-based company that builds software for both large corporations and startups. Though much of their time is spent working for clients, several times a year they break off for their own Personal Innovation Weeks (ΠWEEK). These are weeklong hack-a-thons dedicated to personal improvement and prototyping internal ideas of all sorts. While there, they unanimously decided to solve the biggest of their own problems: project management. Taiga was born, and by early 2014, the team at Kaleidos was already using Taiga for all their internal projects. Taiga Agile, LLC was formed in February 2014 to give the project a formal structure, and the source code was made available at GitHub."

Fri 2014-10-24.21:50 | []

A Low Cost, Open Source Geiger Counter (Video)

Sawaiz Syed's LinkedIn page says he's a "Hardware Developer at GSU [Georgia State University], Department of Physics." That's a great workplace for someone who designs low cost radiation detectors that can be air-dropped into an area where there has been a nuclear accident (or a nuclear attack; or a nuclear terrorist act) and read remotely by a flying drone or a robot ground vehicle. This isn't Sawaiz's only project; it's just the one Timothy asked him about most at the recent Maker Faire Atlanta. (Alternate Video Link)

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2014-10-24.22:01 | [Slashdot]


[NU - Internet]

'Apple verstuurt porno naar ontwikkelaar voor weigeren app'

Apple heeft een pornografische afbeelding naar een ontwikkelaar verstuurd om aan te tonen dat zijn app kan worden gebruikt om naar porno te zoeken.

Fri 2014-10-24.22:23 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods

Chipmaker FTDI has pulled a driver from Windows Update that could brick devices containing knockoff versions of its USB-to-serial bridge chips, but says it won't back down on its aggressive anti-counterfeiting stance.…

Fri 2014-10-24.21:53 | [The Register]


[NU - Internet]

Man verkoopt domeinnaam voor 200.000 dollar

Een Amerikaanse man heeft de domeinnaam verkocht voor 200.000 dollar.

Fri 2014-10-24.21:50 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

Remember the Aereo streaming TV service? Wasn't it COOL? Well, it's pretty much dead now

Streaming TV service barred from showing live TV streams

Embattled streaming TV service Aereo was dealt a fatal blow Thursday as a US judge barred the service from broadcasting live television streams.…

Fri 2014-10-24.05:31 | [The Register]



Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that Alan Eustace, a computer scientist and senior VP at Google, has successfully broken the record for highest freefall jump, set by Felix Baumgartner in 2012. "For a little over two hours, the balloon ascended at speeds up to 1,600 feet per minute to an altitude of 135,908 feet, more than 25 miles. Mr. Eustace dangled underneath in a specially designed spacesuit with an elaborate life-support system. He returned to earth just 15 minutes after starting his fall. ... Mr. Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at a speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by observers on the ground. ... His technical team had designed a carbon-fiber attachment that kept him from becoming entangled in the main parachute before it opened. About four-and-a-half minutes into his flight, he opened the main parachute and glided to a landing 70 miles from the launch site."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2014-10-24.21:14 | [Slashdot]


[Fast Company]

Why Did Apple Apparently Send Porn To This Unsuspecting App Developer?

The company included explicit screenshots in a message expressing concerns over a new app.

Complaining about Apple's process for approving new content for the app store is something of a sport among developers. The process, they say, is too strict, takes too much time, and interferes with the "launch-fast-and-iterate" product philosophy.

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Fri 2014-10-24.20:45 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Doctors Use Adult (Not Embryonic) Stem Cells To Grow And Implant Petri-Dish Retina

The medical breakthrough could lead to cures for other diseases.

The clones are coming! The clones are coming! (Maybe.) Doctors have grown a retina in a petri dish using stem cells from a 70-year-old patient's skin and successfully transplanted the retina to her eye at Japan's Riken Center for Developmental Biology.

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Fri 2014-10-24.18:45 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Scientists Experiment With... Robotic Bacteria?

A team at MIT has begun work on microscopic bacteria-like robot which can be injected into the human body.

MIT researchers are researching robotic bacteria that walk through human bodies that could help deliver drugs to different organs and even detect tumors. In a journal article published in Physical Review Letters, a team lead by Alfredo Alexander-Katz described how they could make robots reminiscent of 1980s science fiction movie Innerspace.

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Fri 2014-10-24.17:53 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The Internet Is Full Of People Pretending To Be Animals

Specifically, cats and dogs. And some wolves.

The below Twitter exchange is in two languages. One is obvious: It's in Thai. The second is harder to understand because it's also written in . . . dog.

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Fri 2014-10-24.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

How A Booze-Soaked Tradition Bonds Employees At This Well-Lubricated Startup

Bespoke Post has a literal ice-breaker for its new hires--by asking them to make fancy cocktails for the team.

Back in 2012, when Bespoke Post was just a startup with handful of people, it began as many new businesses do: with conversations around beer. The gang met for a weekly happy hour at Lolita Bar on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which offered pints of better-than-average brews for $3. (The bar has since gone out of business.) Like at a lot of companies founded by young folks--like a lot of companies, period--booze found its way into Bespoke Post's DNA early.

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Thu 2014-10-23.23:30 | [Fast Company]

Deezer krijgt ondersteuning voor podcasts na overname Stitcher

Muziekstreamingdienst Deezer heeft de podcast-app Stitcher overgenomen, hebben beide bedrijven bekendgemaakt. Nu Stitcher is overgenomen zal Deezer het aanbod aan podcasts van Stitcher integreren in zijn eigen dienst en apps.

Fri 2014-10-24.19:51 | []

'Encryptiesleutels Samsung Knox zijn zwak'

Knox, het beveiligingsplatform van Samsung, gebruikt zwakke encryptiesleutels. Bovendien wordt de sleutel lokaal opgeslagen op het apparaat, om gebruikers wachtwoordhints te kunnen geven. Dat stelt een beveiligingsonderzoeker.

Fri 2014-10-24.18:57 | []

Driver-update die namaakchips onbruikbaar maakte is verwijderd

Een driver-update van chipmaker FTDI die nagemaakte varianten op zijn veelgebruikte FT232-chip onbruikbaar maakte, is inmiddels verwijderd. Dat heeft Microsoft laten weten. De update herprogrammeerde het product-id, zodat Windows er niet meer mee overweg kon.

Fri 2014-10-24.18:20 | []
[The Register]

Moment of truth for LOHAN's servos: Our US allies are poised for final test flight

Will Vulture 2 freeze at altitude? Edge Research Lab to find out

The matter of whether our Vulture 2 spaceplane's servos will freeze at altitude will be resolved on Saturday by our US allies at Edge Research Lab, when they send a complete spaceplane autopilot/battery/servo rig stratowards.…

Fri 2014-10-24.20:52 | [The Register]



Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

Trailrunner7 writes: A security researcher has identified a Tor exit node that was actively patching binaries users download, adding malware to the files dynamically. The discovery, experts say, highlights the danger of trusting files downloaded from unknown sources and the potential for attackers to abuse the trust users have in Tor and similar services. Josh Pitts of Leviathan Security Group ran across the misbehaving Tor exit node while performing some research on download servers that might be patching binaries during download through a man-in-the middle attack. What Pitts found during his research is that an attacker with a MITM position can actively patch binaries–if not security updates–with his own code. In terms of defending against the sort of attack, Pitts suggested that encrypted download channels are the best option, both for users and site operators. "SSL/TLSis the only way to prevent this from happening. End-users may want to consider installing HTTPS Everywhere or similar plugins for their browser to help ensure their traffic is always encrypted," he said via email.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2014-10-24.20:32 | [Slashdot]


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'Jonge Palestijn doodgeschoten op Westoever'

Een 14-jarige Palestijn is vrijdag op de Westelijke Jordaanoever doodgeschoten bij schermutselingen tussen Israëlische militairen en Palestijnse betogers die stenen naar hen gooiden. 

Fri 2014-10-24.20:30 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Activist investors force Riverbed into climbdown over cash 'n' costs

Bad news for the stronghold firms

Comment Another one bites the dust as activist investor Elliott Management forces networking biz Riverbed into a strategic review of its options.…

Fri 2014-10-24.20:16 | [The Register]



Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Nerval's Lobster writes: Every company needs employees who can analyze information effectively, discarding what's unnecessary and digging down into what's actually useful. But employers are getting a little bit worried that U.S. schools aren't teaching students the necessary critical-thinking skills to actually succeed once they hit the open marketplace. The Wall Street Journal talked with several companies about how they judge critical-thinking skills, a few of which ask candidates to submit to written tests to judge their problem-solving abilities. But that sidesteps the larger question: do schools need to shift their focus onto different teaching methods (i.e., downplaying the need for students to memorize lots of information), or is our educational pipeline just fine, thank you very much?

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Fri 2014-10-24.19:49 | [Slashdot]
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Van der Laan wil gratis water in Amsterdamse clubs

Burgemeester Eberhard van der Laan wil dat alle Amsterdamse clubs gratis water verstrekken aan hun bezoekers.

Fri 2014-10-24.20:10 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

Party like it's 1999

Facebook has built an internet chat-room app that lets people anonymously gossip with one another, just like on IRC.…

Fri 2014-10-24.01:52 | [The Register]



Friday's security advisories

Debian has updated pidgin (multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated ctags (denial of service), ejabberd (incorrectly allows unencrypted connections), iceape (multiple vulnerabilities), libxml2 (denial of service), lua (code execution), openssl (multiple vulnerabilities), and phpmyadmin (cross-site scripting).

Mandriva has updated ctags (denial of service), ejabberd (incorrectly allows unencrypted connections), java-1.7.0-openjdk (multiple vulnerabilities), libxml2 (denial of service), lua (code execution), openssl (multiple vulnerabilities), and phpmyadmin (cross-site scripting).

Red Hat has updated kernel (RHEL6.5: denial of service).

Ubuntu has updated openjdk-7 (14.10: multiple vulnerabilities).

Fri 2014-10-24.18:51 | []


[NU - Algemeen]

'Schutter Ottawa wilde Libisch paspoort'

De man die woensdag in Ottawa een Canadese militair doodschoot, zou onlangs bij de Libische ambassade in de Canadese hoofdstad een verzoek voor een Libisch paspoort hebben ingediend. 

Fri 2014-10-24.19:50 | [NU - Algemeen]



Recent Nobel Prize Winner Revolutionizes Microscopy Again

An anonymous reader writes: Eric Betzig recently shared in the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on high-resolution microscopy. Just yesterday, Betzig and a team of researchers published a new microscopy technique (abstract) that "allows them to observe living cellular processes at groundbreaking resolution and speed." According to the article, "Until now, the best microscope for viewing living systems as they moved were confocal microscopes. They beam light down onto a sample of cells. The light penetrates the whole sample and bounces back. ... The light is toxic, and degrades the living system over time. Betzig's new microscope solves this by generating a sheet of light that comes in from the side of the sample, made up of a series of beams that harm the sample less than one solid cone of light. Scientists can now snap a high-res image of the entire section they're illuminating, without exposing the rest of the sample to any light at all."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2014-10-24.19:07 | [Slashdot]
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Screw the guvmint, vows CEO of ubiquitous Korean jabber app KakaoTalk

Ordinary Koreans: 'Meh, that's nice. What's for tea?'

The boss of South Korea's leading messaging app KakaoTalk has apologised for handing access to users' private conversations to the country's authorities and vowed it won't happen again.…

Fri 2014-10-24.18:56 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Techies: Meet the Microsoft A Team at Future Decoded

Brian Cox, Sir Nigel Shadbolt at Tech Day, ExCeL, 12 Nov

Promo Microsoft is running a huge conference - Future Decoded - in London’s ExCeL centre on November 10-12. The Tech Day on Day 3 has a huge agenda, big name keynote speakers, eight training tracks – and one track dedicated to entrepreneurial startups and students.…

Fri 2014-10-24.14:01 | [The Register]



Decades-old Scientific Paper May Hold Clues To Dark Matter

sciencehabit writes: Here's one reason libraries hang on to old science journals: A paper from an experiment conducted 32 years ago may shed light on the nature of dark matter, the mysterious stuff whose gravity appears to keep the galaxies from flying apart. The old data put a crimp in the newfangled concept of a 'dark photon' and suggest that a simple bargain-basement experiment could put the idea to the test. The data come from E137, a "beam dump" experiment that ran from 1980 to 1982 at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. In the experiment, physicists slammed a beam of high-energy electrons, left over from other experiments, into an aluminum target to see what would come out. Researchers placed a detector 383 meters behind the target, on the other side of a sandstone hill 179 meters thick that blocked any ordinary particles.

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Fri 2014-10-24.18:23 | [Slashdot]
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Veel files in midden en zuiden door regen en vakantieverkeer

Vrijdagmiddag stond er om 16.30 uur in het hele land 150 kilometer file. Oorzaak is het einde van de herfstvakantie, waardoor veel mensen terugkeren naar huis. 

Fri 2014-10-24.18:27 | [NU - Algemeen]


[Fast Company]

Let's Make This The Last Story About A Celebrity Using Twitter You Ever Read

The queen is on Twitter, which should surprise nobody.

Oprah Winfrey first tweeted in 2009. Barack Obama sent his first tweet in 2010. So did Conan O'Brien and the Dalai Lama and Bill Gates. Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet in 2011. Prince, Kobe Bryant, and Justin Bieber's cat all started tweeting in 2013.

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Fri 2014-10-24.17:15 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company] Sells For $50,000 To A Marijuana Startup just got a big Las Vegas payout.

It's the kind of story that could only happen in Las Vegas:, a web domain purchased by speculators in 2008 for $13,500, just sold for $50,000 and a large number of shares in a marijuana startup owned by the former governor of New Mexico. Chris Hood and Jon Schultz, who own a total of 5,000 domain names in their portfolio including, sold the domain to a company named the Weed Growth Fund.

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Fri 2014-10-24.17:12 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Survey: Venture Capitalists A Little Less Confident

A new survey indicates Silicon Valley VCs are losing confidence in the economy.

Are Silicon Valley investors worried about the economy? A new survey says… maybe. University of San Francisco professor Mark Cannice polled over 30 tech industry venture capitalists and found the first decline in economic confidence by VCs in two years. According to Cannice's survey, respondents' average ranking of the economy dropped from 4.02 to 3.89 on a five-point scale.

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Fri 2014-10-24.16:55 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Why There Is No Available Ebola Vaccine

A vaccine was found to be 100% effective at protecting monkeys against Ebola, but pharma's business model kept it on the shelf.

New York City officials have been working hard to prevent the public from panicking after a doctor living in Harlem was diagnosed with Ebola. "He did not have a stage of disease that creates a risk of contagiousness on the subway," Dr. Mary Bassett, the city health commissioner, said. "We consider it extremely unlikely, the probability being close to nil, that there will be any problem related to his taking the subway system."

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Fri 2014-10-24.15:45 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Paul Budnitz's Bohemian Rhapsody, Ello

If SoHo were turned into a social network, it might look something like Ello.

Paul Budnitz's buzzy invite-only social network Ello is a hot ticket in Silicon Valley right now. But Budnitz is not your typical tech entrepreneur, having last run a bicycle shop in Burlington, Vermont, far from the shadow of the California tech scene. Ello, a still-in-beta experiment that has attracted $5.5 million in venture backing, is his side project. And it's unlikely to have a measurable impact on existing social networks anytime soon.

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Fri 2014-10-24.15:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Inside America's First Cat Café

It's in Oakland, California and it was hell to open.

The race to open the first cat café in the U.S. is over. As of Catur-- er, Saturday, October 25, Oakland's Cat Town Café will welcome cat and coffee lovers to its friendly space in the city's Uptown neighborhood for lattes and lap cuddles alike.

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Fri 2014-10-24.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Oversharing Toys Let Your Baby Post On Facebook

Ingenious design or sickening sign of the times? That's for you to decide.

Every new set of parents must have The Talk, and no, I don't mean something about how babies are made. I mean, you have to decide with your partner just what images and stories you can share of your child on social media. Will you photograph a poopy diaper? Should you record a temper tantrum? Are you going to post media at all?

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Fri 2014-10-24.13:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Don't Blame The iPad's Malaise On The App Situation

The iPad ecosystem is still going strong, so why are pundits calling it a failure?

Over the past couple of weeks, tech pundits have been grappling with an unusual question: Why isn't an Apple product selling as well as it should?

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Thu 2014-10-23.22:30 | [Fast Company]

PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

AberBeta writes: PCGamingWiki contributor Soeb has been looking into the recent larger budget game releases to appear on Linux, including XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Borderlands: The Pre–Sequel produced by Mac porting houses Feral and Aspyr. Soeb reports that while feature parity is high, performance could be a bit better. Performance differences aside, the games are finally arriving on Linux — now the userbase needs to expand to make a virtuous cycle.

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Fri 2014-10-24.17:40 | [Slashdot]

'Galaxy S5 Active komt naar Nederland'

De Galaxy S5 Active komt toch naar Nederland. Dat claimt de Samsung-site Sammobile te hebben afgeleid van een server die Samsung gebruikt om firmware te verspreiden. Oorspronkelijk zou de Galaxy S5 Active enkel uitkomen in de Verenigde Staten.

Fri 2014-10-24.17:51 | []

China lanceert met succes testsatelliet voor vlucht om de maan

China heeft vrijdagochtend een onbemand ruimteschip gelanceerd. In een achtdaagse missie moet de satelliet rondom de maan vliegen en vervolgens terugkeren naar de aarde. Het project is een test voor een ruimtemissie die het land in 2017 wil gaan uitvoeren.

Fri 2014-10-24.17:10 | []

Prijs Nvidia Titan Z daalt met 1000 euro

De prijzen van Titan Z-kaarten zijn bij verschillende merken met meer dan 1000 euro gedaald tot tussen 1700 en 1500 euro. Het gaat onder andere om de kaarten van de fabrikanten Asus, MSI, EVGA en Inno3D.

Fri 2014-10-24.16:24 | []

Rockstar brengt zondag 720p-versie van GTA: San Andreas naar Xbox 360

Rockstar heeft een visueel verbeterde versie van GTA: San Andreas voor de Xbox 360 aangekondigd. De hd-versie van de game verschijnt dan tien jaar na het debuut van het spel als Games on Demand-titel.

Fri 2014-10-24.15:49 | []

Duke Nukem-ontwikkelaar 3D Realms kondigt retro-gamebundel aan

3D Realms maakt opnieuw zijn opwachting in de game-industrie. De ontwikkelaar kwam enkele jaren geleden in financiële moeilijkheden, maar keert inmiddels terug met nieuwe personeelsleden en games. Het bedrijf brengt eerst de 3D Realms Anthology-bundel uit.

Fri 2014-10-24.15:05 | []

'Dumpert, 9gag en Yahoo verspreidden malware' - update

Meerdere populaire websites als 9gag, Dumpert en Yahoo Finance verspreidden malware via geïnfecteerde advertenties. Dat meldt beveiligingsbedrijf Proofpoint. Het gaat om ransomware, die bestanden van gebruikers versleutelt en tegen betaling weer ontsleutelt.

Fri 2014-10-24.13:57 | []

Bezoekersverkeer halveert na aanpassing algoritme Google - update

De grote downloadsite heeft het verkeer vanaf Google drastisch zien teruglopen in de afgelopen week. Google heeft aanpassingen aan zijn zoekalgoritme doorgevoerd die grote downloadsites als en Torrentz een lagere ranking geeft.

Fri 2014-10-24.09:57 | []
[The Register]

32,000 Hungarians plan to take to the streets for 'internet tax' protest

New law proposes taxing every gigabyte in the land

More than 30,000 people have pledged to stage a protest against Hungary's proposed internet tax law in the capital on Sunday.…

Fri 2014-10-24.18:01 | [The Register]


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In totaal 284 slachtoffers vliegramp MH17 geïdentificeerd

Deze week zijn zes slachtoffers van de vliegramp in Oekraïne geïdentificeerd. Vijf van hen hebben de Nederlandse nationaliteit. In totaal zijn er nu 284 slachtoffers van de MH17 geïdentificeerd. 

Fri 2014-10-24.19:48 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

iMessage SPAM floods US mobile networks

iSpam knockoff goods scam

China-based counterfeiters are spamvertising knock-off designer goods using Apple iMessage instead of using conventional email spam runs.…

Fri 2014-10-24.17:33 | [The Register]


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Apenheul voor komend weekeinde al uitverkocht

Dierenpark Apenheul in Apeldoorn heeft vrijdagmiddag de kaartverkoop voor zaterdag en zondag stilgelegd. Er waren al zoveel kaartjes verkocht voor het komende weekend dat het park vol is. 

Fri 2014-10-24.17:12 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Verpleegkundige uit Dallas heeft geen ebola meer

De verpleegkundige Nina Pham, die bij de behandeling van een ebolapatiënt in een ziekenhuis in de Amerikaanse stad Dallas zelf besmet raakte, is genezen. 

Fri 2014-10-24.22:18 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Noodfonds voor slachtoffers Haaksbergen

Verzekeraars Nationale Nederlanden en Achmea hebben vrijdag een noodfonds in werking gesteld voor slachtoffers van het ongeluk met de monstertruck in Haaksbergen.

Fri 2014-10-24.21:14 | [NU - Algemeen]



How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

New submitter Intrepid imaginaut sends word of a study (PDF) into how e-commerce sites show online shoppers different prices depending on how they found an item and what the sites know about the customer. "For instance, the study found, users logged in to Cheaptickets and Orbitz saw lower hotel prices than shoppers who were not registered with the sites. Home Depot shoppers on mobile devices saw higher prices than users browsing on desktops. Some searchers on Expedia and consistently received higher-priced options, a result of randomized testing by the websites. Shoppers at Sears, Walmart, Priceline, and others received results in a different order than control groups, a tactic known as “steering.” To get a better price, the article advises deleting cookies before shopping, using your browser's private mode, putting the items in your shopping cart without buying them right away, and using tools like Camelcamelcamel to keep an eye out for price drops.

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Fri 2014-10-24.16:57 | [Slashdot]
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Politie onderzoekt anti-islamuitspraken politiedocent

De politie beraadt zich op disciplinaire en strafrechtelijke maatregelen tegen een Rotterdamse agent die zich laatdunkend over de Islam en moslims heeft uitgelaten.

Fri 2014-10-24.17:04 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Microsoft discovers long-lost phone division down back of sofa

Confirms it'll be chucking 'Lumia' brand into the round file

Nokia phones generated $2.6bn in revenue for Microsoft as the division arrested its decline. Redmond sold 9.3m Lumia devices in the quarter, the most ever.…

Fri 2014-10-24.17:06 | [The Register]


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Vermeende Utrechtse serieverkrachter moet voor rechter

De 51-jarige Gerard T., de vermoedelijke Utrechtse serieverkrachter, moet maandag zijn opwachting maken in de rechtszaal. 

Fri 2014-10-24.19:06 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy

Exciting possibilities. Just not yet

Review For a celebratory 10th birthday release, Ubuntu 14.10 is a bit of a damp squib.…

Fri 2014-10-24.16:33 | [The Register]



Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

dcblogs writes: McDonald's this week told financial analysts of its plans to install self-ordering kiosks and mobile ordering at its restaurants. This news prompted the Wall Street Journal to editorialize, in " Minimum Wage Backfire," that while it may be true for McDonald's to say that its tech plans will improve customer experience, the move is also "a convenient justify a reduction in the chain's global workforce." Minimum wage increase advocates, the Journal argued, are speeding along an automation backlash. But banks have long relied on ATMs, and grocery stores, including Walmart, have deployed self-service checkouts. In contrast, McDonald's hasn't changed its basic system of taking orders since its founding in the 1950s, said Darren Tristano, executive vice president of Technomic, a research group focused on the restaurant industry. While mobile, kiosks and table ordering systems may help reduce labor costs, the automated self-serve technology is seen as an essential. It will take the stress out of ordering (lines) at fast food restaurants, and the wait for checks at more casual restaurants. It also helps with upselling and membership to loyalty programs. People who can order a drink refill off a tablet, instead of waving down waitstaff, may be more inclined to do so. Moreover, analysts say younger customers want self-service options.

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Fri 2014-10-24.16:15 | [Slashdot]



openSUSE Factory and Tumbleweed to merge

The openSUSE project has announced that the "Factory" and "Tumbleweed" distributions will merge into a single rolling distribution (called "Tumbleweed"). There is also an FAQ posting about the merger. "With the vast improvements to the Factory development process over the last 2 years, we effectively found ourselves as a project with not one, but two rolling release distributions in addition to our main regular release distribution. GregKH signalled his intention to stop maintaining Tumbleweed as a 'rolling-released based on the current release'. It seemed a natural decision then to bring both the Factory rolling release and Tumbleweed rolling release together, so we can consolidate our efforts and make openSUSE's single rolling release as stable and effective as possible."

Fri 2014-10-24.15:13 | []
[The Register]

Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Heart of Windows 8 lives on in Windows 10

Analysis This weekend marks two years since Windows 8 and Surface were launched at a press event at Pier 57 on the Hudson River in New York.…

Fri 2014-10-24.16:04 | [The Register]



FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

New submitter weilawei writes: Last night, FTDI, a Scottish manufacturer of USB-to-serial ICs, posted a response to the ongoing debacle over its allegedly intentional bricking of competitors' chips. In their statement, FTDI CEO Fred Dart said, "The recently release driver release has now been removed from Windows Update so that on-the-fly updating cannot occur. The driver is in the process of being updated and will be released next week. This will still uphold our stance against devices that are not genuine, but do so in a non-invasive way that means that there is no risk of end user's hardware being directly affected." This may have resulted from a discussion with Microsoft engineers about the implications of distributing potentially malicious driver software. If you design hardware, what's your stance on this? Will you continue to integrate FTDI chips into your products? What alternatives are available to replace their functionality?

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Fri 2014-10-24.15:32 | [Slashdot]


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Oud-wethouder Jos van Rey vervolgd voor corruptie

Het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) vervolgt oud-wethouder Jos van Rey van Roermond voor omkoping, verkiezingsfraude en witwassen van 175.000 euro.

Fri 2014-10-24.15:23 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet

Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum

Here it is:…

Fri 2014-10-24.15:25 | [The Register]



Stem Cells Grown From Patient's Arm Used To Replace Retina

BarbaraHudson writes: The Globe and Mail is reporting the success of a procedure to implant a replacement retina grown from cells from the patient's skin. Quoting: "Transplant doctors are stepping gingerly into a new world, one month after a Japanese woman received the first-ever tissue transplant using stem cells that came from her own skin, not an embryo. On Sept. 12, doctors in a Kobe hospital replaced the retina of a 70-year-old woman suffering from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. The otherwise routine surgery was radical because scientists had grown the replacement retina in a petri dish, using skin scraped from the patient's arm. The Japanese woman is fine and her retinal implant remains in place. Researchers around the world are now hoping to test other stem-cell-derived tissues in therapy. Dr. Jeanne Loring from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., expects to get approval within a few years to see whether neurons derived from stem cells can be used to treat Parkinson's disease."

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Fri 2014-10-24.14:50 | [Slashdot]
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Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer

Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'

Comment One of the oddest cloud storage offers ever has just been binned as Bitcasa bumps into reality. When sprats are competing with killer whales what do you expect?…

Fri 2014-10-24.15:02 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

New Habit Challenge: Only Check Email Twice A Day

No more reactive clicking every time we hear that "new message" ping. We're drastically cutting our email habit in the name of productivity.

We're kind of obsessed with email.

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Fri 2014-10-24.11:58 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Productivity Hack Of The Week: The Two Pizza Approach To Productive Teamwork

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's two pizza approach might just be the perfect way to build a productive team. Here's what it is and why it works.

If you're looking for more effective teamwork, Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos suggests implementing a very simple trick: the Two Pizza Rule.

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Fri 2014-10-24.11:57 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

4 Habits of People Who Follow Their Dreams

Inspiration from famous people who followed their childhood dreams and the habits that kept them going.

As kids we all had dreams. Some of us wanted to be firefighters while others planned to become teachers, veterinarians, or even President. I wanted to be Nancy Drew. Along the way, however, most dreams get derailed. It could be because we form new dreams or outgrow the idea. Often it's because we're told that our dreams aren't realistic.

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Fri 2014-10-24.11:05 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

#FastPet: Do You Have A Cover Star?

Special, limited-time offer: we'll put your pet on the cover of Fast Company! (Sorta)

This has been quite a week for Pet Week and to cap it off, we are going to be doing something silly for a few hours on Oct. 24th:

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Thu 2014-10-23.23:54 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

A Look At The Twitter #Music Website That Never Launched

This is what Twitter's web-based music service almost looked like.

Twitter's introduction of the "Audio Card" last week makes it easy to forget that Twitter #Music was at one time a separate app, and the company's cornerstone attempt to harness one of its most consistently popular topics of conversation: music.

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Thu 2014-10-23.18:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Meet Your New Pet, A Domesticated Fox

Thanks to Russian scientists, a new breed of fox is available. And it's pretty darn cute.

Dogs have been evolving as human companions for at least about 14,000 years. Cats have lived with us for 12,000. But if you want something a little more cutting edge--and you're willing to pay up-- a pet fox might be just the thing.

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Thu 2014-10-23.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Webwereld Feed]

12 bizarre plekken in Street View

Een spookeiland, oceanen en duistere grotten. Het oog van Google aan het eind van de wereld.

Fri 2014-10-24.14:45 | [Webwereld Feed]

Revisie PS4 heeft gewijzigde heatsink

Sony heeft een Playstation 4 met een nieuw typenummer op de markt gebracht die op enkele punten gewijzigd is. Onder andere is het gewicht met 50 gram teruggebracht, is de energievoorziening aangepast en is er een gewijzigde heatsink.

Fri 2014-10-24.14:21 | []

URD 1.12.0

Versie 1.12.0 van URD is uitgebracht. URD staat voor Usenet Resource Downloader. Met dit programma kunnen bestanden van usenet worden gedownload. Dat kan door gebruik te maken van nzb-bestanden, maar het programma is ook in staat om zelf een nieuwsgroep te analyseren en een downloadset te genereren voor een specifieke verzameling bestanden. URD wordt ontwikkeld voor Linux en BSD, en wordt onder een opensourcelicentie uitgebracht. De changelog voor versie 1.11.0 laat de volgende veranderingen en verbeteringen zien:

Fri 2014-10-24.14:17 | []

Asus komt met opvolger MeMO Pad 10-tablet

Asus brengt een opvolger voor zijn MeMO Pad 10-tablet van vorig jaar uit. De tablets is iets kleiner, maar het scherm is even groot gebleven. Bovendien heeft Asus de Rockchip-soc uit de tablet van vorig jaar ingeruild voor een van Qualcomm.

Fri 2014-10-24.14:03 | []

Nvidia GeForce/Ion 344.48 WHQL

Nvidia heeft nieuwe stabiele GeForce/Ion-drivers uitgebracht. De drivers dragen versienummer 344.48, en zijn geschikt voor Windows Vista en hoger, met zoals gebruikelijk aparte downloads voor 32bit- en 64bit-omgevingen. De nieuwe drivers bieden onder meer ondersteuning voor de spellen Lords of the Fallen, Civilization: Beyond Earth en Elite: Dangerous.

Fri 2014-10-24.13:45 | []

Synology Disk Station Manager 5.0 build 4528

Synology heeft een nieuwe uitgave van versie 5.0 van Disk Station Manager beschikbaar gesteld. 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 backups 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.

Fri 2014-10-24.11:48 | []

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100: 'professionele' compactcamera

De Panasonic Lumix LX100 is een compactcamera met een relatief grote mft-sensor, zeer lichtsterke f/1.7-2.8-zoomlens en geavanceerde bediening. Hoe presteert hij in de praktijk?

Fri 2014-10-24.10:00 | []

Win een key voor de Big Alpha van Evolve - update

Voor Turtle Rock Studios en 2K Games is het de hoogste tijd om de asymmetrische shooter Evolve eens flink te testen. De game komt in februari pas uit, maar voor die tijd willen ontwikkelaar en uitgever testen hoe de game zich online houdt. En jij kunt aan die test meedoen.

Thu 2014-10-23.18:00 | []

Leveringen smartphones Huawei zakken in

De smartphoneleveringen van Huawei zijn afgelopen maanden ingezakt. Het bedrijf leverde afgelopen kwartaal 20 procent minder smartphones dan in de maanden ervoor. Ten opzichte van een jaar geleden stegen de leveringen nog wel.

Thu 2014-10-23.11:31 | []
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EU verhoogt hulp tegen ebola naar 1 miljard euro

De Europese Unie schroeft de financiële hulp voor de strijd tegen ebola op tot 1 miljard euro.

Fri 2014-10-24.14:35 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Microsoft: Cloud-o-bile still only small slice of softening revenue pie

New areas show growth, but still just 13 per cent

Microsoft reported revenues that beat estimates for Q1 of fiscal 2015, boosted by strong growth in cloud and mobility. But its solid-looking numbers belied ongoing softness in its traditional core markets.…

Fri 2014-10-24.00:52 | [The Register]



Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells

bmahersciwriter writes Tiny bubbles of cell membrane — called exosomes — are shed by most cells. Long thought to be mere trash, researchers had recently noticed that they often contain short, regulatory RNA molecules, suggesting that exosomes may be one way that cells communicate with one another. Now, it appears that RNA in the exosomes shed by tumor cells can get into healthy cells and 'transform' them, putting them on the path to becoming cancerous themselves.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2014-10-24.14:07 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar

Movie special effects project spawns academic papers on gravitational lensing

Vid Youtube Video

Fri 2014-10-24.14:29 | [The Register]


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'Nog geen Vrije Syriërs naar Kobani'

De Koerdische strijders van de PYD in Kobani ontkennen dat overeenstemming is bereikt over de komst van 1300 manschappen van het Vrije Syrische Leger (FSA) naar de Syrische grensplaats.

Fri 2014-10-24.14:06 | [NU - Algemeen]


[The Register]

CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

$5.99 a month will buy you current primetime shows too

Only a day after HBO announced its OTT intentions, CBS followed suit and unveiled its own online ambitions – with archived content, current shows and livestreams in CBS’s 14 largest markets.…

Fri 2014-10-24.13:46 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Dropbox-but-with-an-actual-box firm touts new biz appliances

Cloudy-style biz P2P - but without the cloud

Private cloud firm Connected Data has birthed a business-class, private cloud/file sync 'n' share product based on its consumer Transporter product's base.…

Fri 2014-10-24.13:29 | [The Register]


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Dijsselbloem 'zeer onaangenaam verrast' over naheffing EU

Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem van Financiën is ''zeer onaangenaam verrast'' over de forse naheffing die Nederland krijgt op de afdracht aan Brussel.

Fri 2014-10-24.13:03 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Lucky you. Twitter offers you its 'Digits' (for mobe app sign-ins)

No ma – no passwords

Twitter's launch of a service that provides a new way to sign up to apps without using passwords has received a cautious welcome from security experts.…

Fri 2014-10-24.13:03 | [The Register]


[The Register]

We chat to CloudFlare about its 'EVERYBODY GETS SSL' venture

Has gutsy move generated biz?

Interview CloudFlare boss Matthew Prince is hoping the firm's project to roll out SSL support to customers who use its free cloud-based web hosting service will inspire other internet firms to build out a fully encrypted web.…

Fri 2014-10-24.12:34 | [The Register]


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Utrecht schrikt van brief over 'NSB-museum'

Utrechters die aan of in de buurt van de Maliebaan wonen, zijn deze week opgeschrikt door een brief waarin wordt gemeld dat er een NSB-museum in hun buurt komt. 

Fri 2014-10-24.17:48 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you


Battle of Ideas Do you ever get invited to talk and wish that Steve Bong was there instead of you? That’s what happened to me last weekend. The subject was "gamification" at the Battle of Ideas. Things got really strange, really quickly – I think you’ll find what is coming up to be quite eye-opening - but I’m sure Steve would have taken it all in his stride.…

Fri 2014-10-24.12:05 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Cisco patches three-year-old remote code-execution hole

Patch or kill Telnet

A three-year-old dangerous remote code execution hole affecting Cisco kit has been patched.…

Fri 2014-10-24.11:33 | [The Register]



British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

concertina226 writes The U.K. branch of global defense firm General Dynamics is working on a futuristic state-of-the-art smart-tank to replace the British Army's aging armored vehicle fleet, to be delivered to the Ministry of Defense in 2020. The Scout SV armored vehicle is the first fully-digitized armored fighting vehicle to have been built for the British Army, and is far bigger and more durable than any of its existing tanks, which are now at least 20 years old. The tank comes in six variants that can be customized with a tools for different missions, and has numerous sensors, cameras, and sights to offer real-time intelligence on weather conditions, target acquisition, and reconnaissance — all crucial battlefield data required by commanders to access and direct situations. "With the capability in the Scout SV, we're really looking for the type of people who play Xbox games – tech-savvy people who are able to take in a lot of information and process it in the proper way," says Kevin Connell, the vice president for General Dynamic UK's Land Systems Regiment.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2014-10-24.11:29 | [Slashdot]
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'Zeldzame aal' blijkt gewoon een dikke paling

De zeldzame aal waar natuurcentrum Ecomare op Texel naar op zoek was, blijkt een flink uit de kluiten gewassen, gewone paling te zijn.

Fri 2014-10-24.11:52 | [NU - Algemeen]
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Tien jaar cel geëist voor aanslag op advocaat Marcel S.

Tegen ieder van de drie mannen die worden beschuldigd van betrokkenheid bij de poging om toenmalig advocaat Marcel S. dood te schieten is vrijdag tien jaar celstraf geëist.

Fri 2014-10-24.13:27 | [NU - Algemeen]


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Rekenzwakte van Deep Blue versloeg Kasparov

Computer raakte in een loop en bracht de schaakgrootmeester in verwarring.

Fri 2014-10-24.10:51 | [Webwereld Feed]
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Microsoft: Nokia-merk blijft... voor dumbphones

Vaarwel Nokia-smartphones, welkom Microsoft Lumia.

Fri 2014-10-24.10:25 | [Webwereld Feed]
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Pas op voor schattige robots!

Die grote blauwe kijkers verbergen een datagraaiende rotzak.

Fri 2014-10-24.09:18 | [Webwereld Feed]
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Geen hond wil de smartphone van Amazon

Amazon: Voor 99 cent is ie van jou! Publiek: Meh.

Fri 2014-10-24.08:30 | [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]


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