Fri 2015-01-30


[The Register]

You must have at least 8 inches for Windows 10 to go all the way

El Reg decodes Microsoft's size rule

Comment The Windows 10 traditional desktop is no-go zone for new tablets smaller than 8-inches across, according to Microsoft exec Joe Belfiore.…

Fri 2015-01-30.23:37 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Super-cookie crumbles: Verizon will kill off hated zombie stalkers

This time opt-out actually means opt-out, we're told

Verizon has backed down over its fingerprinting of subscribers using so-called immortal "super cookies."…

Fri 2015-01-30.23:02 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

Vine Launches New Video Service Aimed At Kids

To ease parental concerns, there will be a curation process for "appropriate" content.

No matter which business you're in, if you can hook your audience young, you've got it made! So is the case with Vine, which has just launched a junior version of its looping video app.

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Fri 2015-01-30.22:04 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

President Obama's New Health Care Initiative Will Harness The Power Of Big Data

The $215 million plan will help develop data-focused precision medicine to beat diseases like cancer and diabetes.

President Obama has officially announced a new biomedical research project that will use the power of big data to help with the development of specialized drugs to treat diseases like cancer and diabetes.

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Fri 2015-01-30.20:24 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

See NYC Through The Lens Of A 17-Year-Old Stanley Kubrick

Long before he was a legendary film director, Kubrick was a staff photographer at LOOK magazine and, naturally, was rather good at it.

Back in 1945, the youngest staff photographer at LOOK magazine was steadily proving that his skill belied his age with intimately candid photos of the crunch and quietude of New York City life—that photographer was 17-year-old Stanley Kubrick.

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Fri 2015-01-30.19:41 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Buyer's Guide: The Best On-Ear Headphones At Any Price

After testing 53 sets of headphones over a period of 45 hours, The Wirecutter determined the best on-ear headphones to buy.

The $180 Bose SoundTrue offer the best combination of sound quality, portability, and comfort, of any on-ear headphone. If you don't like in-ear headphones, or need something more portable than bulky over-ear headphones, the SoundTrue are the ones to get.

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Fri 2015-01-30.18:27 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House To Reopen

The architect's first Los Angeles project has been under restoration since 2008. Check out our slideshow for beautiful vintage photographs!

After a $4.3 million restoration, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House in Los Angeles will soon reopen to the public.

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Fri 2015-01-30.17:47 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

How Nike Protects Air Jordans From Counterfeiters

And other design details Nike has squirreled away all over its iconic line of shoes.

Over at the sneaker-crazy Sole Collector, there's a great round-up of some of the hidden design details found on various Air Jordan releases. From the 14 Jumpmen symbols hidden all over 1999's Air Jordan 14s, to the handwritten midsole texture on the Air Jordan 2010's, Nike's Tinker Hatfield and crew put a lot more work into the designs of these shoes than first meets the eye.

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Fri 2015-01-30.17:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Nudge Concept App Hopes To Point Pre-Diabetics Toward A Healthier Lifestyle

Could a simple shopping-and-cooking app improve the lives of patients (and increase quinoa sales)?

A new concept app from the London office of design and innovation consultancy Smart Design aims to improve the health of a large portion of the world's population, a segment for whom weight loss can be a matter of life and death: diabetics.

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Fri 2015-01-30.15:01 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Here's What Happens When You Ask Smartphone Users To Read Their App Permissions Out Loud

Those innocent-seeming Angry Birds are tracking your whereabouts.

Angry Birds knows where you are, and so does Fruit Ninja. The apps both track location—something that you might not necessarily know if you haven't taken the time to read through a lengthy user agreement and list of permissions before starting to play.

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Fri 2015-01-30.14:52 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

This Car Politely Helps Drivers Avoid Killing Cyclists And Pedestrians

Jaguar has built an experimental car called "Bike Sense." Why? So it won't smash into cyclists (and other road users as well).

If you're driving in one of Jaguar's new experimental "Bike Sense" cars and a cyclist rides up behind you, your seat will reach forward and politely tap you on the shoulder so you know the bike is there. You'll also hear the sound of a ringing bike bell in the direction of the cyclist, and your dashboard will quickly light up amber, then red, as the cyclist rides by.

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Fri 2015-01-30.14:24 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

This Drone Ambulance Is Totally Wild, And Totally Inevitable

Want to get an ambulance through urban environments faster? Give it propellers and space for one passenger.


[The Register]

Intel brings Broadwell to businesses with 5th-gen Core chips with vPro

But what will it all mean for Skylake?

Intel is pressing onward with its line of fifth-generation Core processors, with the general availability this week of versions of the chips tailored for enterprise customers.…

Fri 2015-01-30.21:19 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

OK, grudgingly impressed: Download that upgrade for inverter

Vid An over-the-air software update to the dual-motor Tesla Model S P85D will cut its zero to 60MPH time from 3.2 to 3.1 seconds.…

Fri 2015-01-30.17:24 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Privacy alert: Outlook for iOS does security STUPIDLY, says dev

Logins stored in cloud, delete button busted

Big Blue boffin Rene Winkelwyer has taken aim at Microsoft's iOS Outlook app, launched overnight, claiming it stores credentials in the cloud potentially even after delete requests, and does not observe known good security practices.…

Fri 2015-01-30.09:28 | [The Register]


[The Register]

US Ambassador: No, net neutrality will NOT allow the UN to seize control of the internet from us

It won't impact foreign policy, please go away

Analysis US Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda has blown up hyperbolic claims that enforcing net neutrality rules in America could lead to the United Nations taking control of the internet.…

Fri 2015-01-30.20:52 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Teen whiz exposes WhatsApp profile pic privacy blunder bug

That teddy bear icon was for friends' eyes only

A privacy hole in WhatsApp meant that any profile photos could be viewed by anyone – even if a user had configured the mobile messenger app to only show them to established contacts.…

Fri 2015-01-30.17:37 | [The Register]
[The Register]

iTunes Connect does developer shuffle

Oh look! I'm running another account!

Apple has kicked off an impromptu game of musical chairs on iTunes Connect dropping developers into random accounts including one lucky punter who was allegedly handed Blackberry's portal.…

Fri 2015-01-30.02:58 | [The Register]



Fixing Verizon's Supercookie

New submitter ferro lad sends a story about Verizon's so-called supercookie, a unique identifier they add to web traffic going across their network to help advertisers target their ads better. A new article at Slate demonstrates how Verizon could fix the identifier so that ad companies would have a harder time misusing it — something they've already been shown to do. "...with just a tiny amount of effort, Verizon could maintain its current business while substantially preventing the misuse of its UID headers." Of course, for privacy-conscious users, the ability to get rid of them altogether would be preferable. Fortunately, Verizon now says users will soon have the ability to opt out of the identifiers. Previously, users could opt out of having their data shared with advertisers, but the unique identifier itself remained with their web traffic. It's not a complete solution — the tracking should be opt-in to begin with — but it's a step in the right direction.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.20:35 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Nabestaanden kunnen wrakstukken MH17 bekijken

De nabestaanden van de slachtoffers van de neergestorte MH17 kunnen begin maart de wrakstukken van het toestel bekijken. 

Fri 2015-01-30.21:05 | [NU - Algemeen]



Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

itwbennett writes: Although Apple has never officially acknowledged issues surrounding Yosemite and Wi-Fi connectivity, the company is clearly aware of the problem: Leading off the improvements offered in the update 10.10.2 update released Tuesday was 'resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect,' according to the release notes. Despite this, Apple's support forum was filled with tales of frustrated users. And Mac owners aren't the only Apple users experiencing wireless connection failures after updating their OS. Wi-Fi connectivity issues have also dogged iOS 8 since Apple released the mobile OS on Sept. 17.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.19:53 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Overspelige vrouw overleeft steniging Syrië

Een vrouw uit Syrië die moest worden gestenigd van Islamitische staat (IS), heeft dit overleefd. 

Fri 2015-01-30.19:54 | [NU - Algemeen]



Fresh kernels

Greg Kroah-Hartman has released the latest batch of stable kernel updates: 3.18.5, 3.14.31, and 3.10.67. All contain important updates throughout the tree.

Fri 2015-01-30.19:36 | []

Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

An anonymous reader writes: When we talk about how the NSA operates, it's typically about the policymakers and what the agency should or should not do. It's worth remembering that the NSA is built upon the backs of world-class mathematicians, whom they aggressively recruit to make all their underlying surveillance technology work. A new piece in Science discusses how the relationship between mathematicians and the NSA has changed following the Snowden leaks (PDF). But as Peter Woit points out, these ethical conundrums are not actually spurring any change. This is perhaps due to the NSA's generous funding of mathematics-related research. The article talks about the American Mathematical Society, which until recently was led by David Vogan: "...after all was said and done, no action was taken. Vogan describes a meeting about the matter last year with an AMS governing committee as 'terrible,' revealing little interest among the rest of the society's leadership in making a public statement about NSA's ethics, let alone cutting ties. Ordinary AMS members, by and large, feel the same way, adds Vogan, who this week is handing over the presidency to Robert Bryant, a mathematician at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. For now, U.S. mathematicians aren't willing to disown their shadowy but steadfast benefactor."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.19:12 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Microsoft 'showers gold' on anti-Google Cyanogen and its Android alternative

Redmond part of $70m funding round, say sources

Microsoft will invest in alternative Android firmware startup Cyanogen, a report claims.…

Thu 2015-01-29.23:00 | [The Register]


[NU - Algemeen]

Australië wil internationale regels voor zoeken vliegtuigen

Australië heeft de Internationale Burgerluchtvaartorganisatie van de Verenigde Naties gevraagd richtlijnen op te stellen voor zoekacties naar vermiste vliegtuigen. 

Fri 2015-01-30.19:22 | [NU - Algemeen]


[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]

Kabinet gaat akkoord met oprichting controlebureau voor ict-projecten

Het kabinet heeft vrijdag ingestemd met de oprichting van een tijdelijk bureau dat 'risicovolle' ict-projecten bij de overheid controleert op haalbaarheid. Het bureau kijkt onder meer naar hoeveel ingediende projecten kosten. Daarmee wil het kabinet een 'stevig signaal' afgeven.

Fri 2015-01-30.18:19 | []

Open beta van Battlefield Hardline start 3 februari

EA heeft de periode bekendgemaakt waarbinnen de open beta van Battlefield Hardline gehouden wordt: van 3 februari tot en met 8 februari. Daarnaast is er informatie over nieuwe game-modi vrijgegeven.

Fri 2015-01-30.17:05 | []

Mogelijke afbeelding van Canon EOS 5DS verschijnt online

Er is afbeelding op internet verschenen van wat mogelijk de Canon EOS 5DS is. De verwachting is dat de Japanse camerafabrikant deze spiegelreflexcamera volgende week aankondigt. Het zou om een 50,6-megapixelcamera gaan.

Fri 2015-01-30.16:40 | []

MSI brengt moederborden met usb 3.1 eind maart uit in de Benelux - update

MSI brengt eind maart de eerste moederborden met usb 3.1 uit in Nederland en België, zo maakt het bedrijf bekend. De Taiwanese fabrikant brengt onder andere de X99A Gaming 9 ACK en meer high-end moederborden met usb 3.1 uit.

Fri 2015-01-30.14:03 | []

Apple iTunes 12.1

Apple heeft versie 12.1 van iTunes uitgebracht. Met dit programma is het onder andere mogelijk om muziek te beluisteren of films en tv-series te bekijken. Met dit programma is het onder andere mogelijk om muziek te beluisteren of films en tv-series te bekijken. Deze kunnen via de internetmuziekwinkel van Apple iTunes worden aangeschaft. Het programma kan verder cd's branden en worden gebruikt om een iPod, iPhone of iPad te beheren. Apples iTunes is beschikbaar voor Windows XP en latere Windows-versies, en natuurlijk voor OS X. In versie 12.1 is de mogelijkheid toegevoegd om aan te sturen vanuit de Notification Center in OS X Yosemite en zijn er prestatieverbeteringen waar te nemen tijden het synchroniseren met een iPhone, iPad, of iPod touch.

Fri 2015-01-30.13:50 | []

Chinese overheid begint registratie eigenaren computers en mobieltjes

In de 'opstandige' regio Xinjiang moeten kopers van een mobiele telefoon of een computer zich verplicht laten registreren bij de overheid. Volgens de Chinese overheid is de maatregel bedoeld om 'kwaadaardige informatie' en illegale activiteiten te voorkomen.

Fri 2015-01-30.10:37 | []
[Charlie's Diary]

In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.

Yes. I've seen the Lars Andersen archery video*. Everybody can stop sending me links to it now.

Speaking as a mediocre archer in my own right, and as somebody who's written three novels with a Mongol archer as a protagonist and done a fair amount of research on the subject of worldwide bow techniques...

That guy's a really good marketer.

But he's not actually doing anything we didn't already know about, he's not shooting in a manner that would be at all effective in combat or for the historically more common purpose of feeding his family, and his quiver-handling skills are worthy of the "before" segment of an infomercial.

I'd like to see him cut a sandwich with a regular knife! It might result in an explosion.

Here's the thing. He's basically misrepresenting a bunch of well-known techniques in non-Western-European archery as his own invention or "rediscovery" (bonus cultural appropriation!), and into the bargain, he's not actually putting any strength into that bow of his.

One of the things about archery is that arrows (even war and hunting arrows) are very light. E=MV^2, as we all know, right? So, if the mass of your projectile is slight, it needs to have a pretty good velocity to do some damage. Where that velocity comes from, in a bow, is the power. And where that power comes from is--surprise--your trapezius muscles.

Not your arms. And not actually the bow: the bow is a mechanical device that transforms back and shoulder strength into velocity, by means of storing the energy you use to draw it. It's more or less a simple mechanism that you spring-load with physical force, and then release. The more energy that bow is physically capable of storing, the more energy it takes to draw the bow.

This is what we mean when we say a bow has a "draw weight." I own two bows--a lightweight recurve, very simple and primitive, and a medium-weight compound bow, which are the ones with pulleys and stuff. (The pulleys are there to create a mechanical advantage, but they don't make it significantly easier to draw the bow. What they do is make it easier to hold the bow in a full draw. This is called letoff, and there's a bunch of technical stuff about round pulleys vs. oblong pulleys and you probably don't care about it anyway--and I don't understand it well enough to explain it even if you did. There are books, you can read some.)

Anyway. The reasons archers draw the way we do--which is to say, standing sideways to the target, less-dominant arm extended and slightly flexed with a relaxed wrist and loose grip on the bow; dominant hand brought back to the jaw or ear; dominant elbow raised and drawn back--is to engage the back muscles and create a broader draw. A significant portion of the power of your draw comes from those final inches, because of the way that springs work.

The thing he says about modern archers only drawing with one arm, by the way, is patent nonsense. Anybody who's had half an hour of archery instruction at a range populated by people who know what they're doing has been told to push the bow away with the bow hand as they simultaneously draw back with the draw hand.)

Also having a reliable anatomical point at which to anchor your draw, and a reliable stance, means that you have a reliable point of aim. Incredibly minor alterations in biomechanics--something as invisible as tensing your neck, or not fully broadening your back--can send an arrow wildly off course over distances as short as ten or twenty yards. Something as major as moving your draw point an inch? No freaking telling where that arrow is going.

When you are drawing a bow correctly, there is a feeling of being inside the span of the bow, a sense that the bow and your body have melded and that you are as much suspended in the tension of the bow as the bow is drawn by you.

Is this effective? Well, worldwide, millions--perhaps hundreds of millions!--of men and women successfully feed their families using this technique to this very day. They have cable channels up in the high digits where you can watch them do it. Whole cable channels devoted to stalking and killing deer and bear with a bow. Turkeys, too. Wild boar. Yes, it's effective.

Anyway, back to Mr. Andersen. His draw is likely to be largely useless for killing anything larger or farther away than a paper plate. It's any which way, and it's insufficient for power. (Also, hunting and war arrows are, generally speaking, much larger and heavier than what he's using there. E=MV^2, after all. Size does matter.)

Compare his release to that of Adama Swoboda (below), and see that Swoboda, even shooting fast, brings the bowstring back to his jaw. Andersen is shooting so fast that he doesn't have time for a full draw.

His tactics, though--speed shooting and so forth--are suited to a shorter recurve (like a Mongol, Hun, or Indian bow), which is designed to be shot in motion and from horseback.

If you're using a very heavy, penetrating bow such as an English/Welsh longbow, different tactics apply. For one thing, a heavier-limbed bow has a lot more mass, and accelerates the arrow in a different way. A laminated Mongol-style bow relies for its power on some gloriously advanced materials hacks involving laminating substances with different compressibility to one another and making them fight. They're snappy, and because they are small the tips of their limbs whip back into position speedily. You can't speed-fire a longbow that way, because the limbs of the bow are large, there's more mass to be moved, and they derive their draw power from compressing a quantity of wood. (They also make use of the varied compressibility of different substances, by the way--but those substances are the heartwood and sapwood of a young tree. Nature provides the lamination itself!)

(And massed fire with the things is indeed withering!)

And Mr. Andersen is firing so fast that he's not actually even getting his Asian-style bow to a full draw! He's basically doing the equivalent of swinging a hammer from the wrist; just plinking away, not really thumping on anything.

You can, in fact, fire these bows quite quickly. I've included some Youtube links to videos of people using them more correctly below. You'll notice that the master archers in those clips are handling their bows quite differently from Andersen. (He also has a death-clutch on the grip, which affects your aim rather badly. Proper grip on a bow is tender enough that when you loose the arrow, the bow actually rocks back against the web of your thumb.)

Meanwhile, to continue debunking his claims that modern archers don't use a right-side draw and that he's somehow reinvented the technique of keeping both eyes open:

If you look closely at the links below, you'll see that one of the Mongol/Hun techniques is indeed a right-side draw, and that a number of archers shoot with both eyes open. (This actually has more to do with whether you have a strongly dominant eye or not, in my experience, than the style of archery you prefer.) Another technique involves whipping the arrow from a quiver opening at your shoulder over your head, and not doing any of Andersen's dramatically inept banging it against the side of the bow. (Another infomercial moment.)

(I feel like Kirk in Wrath of Khan--"He's thinking in two dimensions!")

Andersen also neglects to mention (or possibly is not aware) that there are about seventeen different possible ways to grip a bowstring (not counting modern trigger or twist-style releases), and that one of the technical challenges of anyone who shoots a bow suitable for hunting or war is preventing nerve damage to the fingertips on the draw hand. Possibly because he's using a light bow and not drawing it to its full potential. The classically Asian/Mongol draw uses the thumb to hook the bowstring, with a flat-sided ring carved from animal horn to protect the thumb. (Tabs, archery rings, and so forth serve another purpose beside protecting the archer's fingers. They also provide a smooth surface for the string to slide off of, so that the friction of the archer's fingerprints snagging on her serving does not affect her aim. Yes, that's all it takes.)

You'll also notice that the traditional archers linked below have no problem keeping arrows in a quiver on a cantering horse!

Andersen's various trick shooting bits pretty much have to involve prepared materials. I feel like the Mythbusters have adequately debunked arrow splitting and arrow catching. (I myself have split a modern aluminum tube arrow on more than one occasion, which always makes you feel good but gets expensive.) The armor piercing trick is actually not particularly impressive. That looks to be costume chain, which is basically snipped bits of spring steel twisted together like a bunch of keychains. You can pull it apart with your hands.

And as for his shooting a guy across a table thing--I wouldn't try that with *gun*, frankly, let alone a bow. FBI guidelines for an officer armed with a firearm to safely kill an attacker armed with a knife are... 21 feet. Inside that range, and you are very likely to get cut.


*If you haven't seen it, there's an embed and an even eyerollinger response than mine over on Geek Dad. I saw a link to this post just as I was completing my own rant, or I'd probably have saved the time and just linked over there.


Here are some examples of similar rapid-fire and archery-in-motion techniques as used by modern archers, and a nice video of a military historian talking about some of the same things I have--and making some points of his own.

Fri 2015-01-30.22:12 | [Charlie's Diary]
[More Words, Deeper Hole]

Star Born by Andre Norton

Star Born

Star Born by Andre Norton

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

Fri 2015-01-30.16:48 | [More Words, Deeper Hole]
[NU - Algemeen]

'Belgische terreurverdachten hadden geen plannen voor aanslagen'

De vier terreurverdachten die vrijdag in België werden opgepakt, waren volgens justitie niet van plan om aanslagen te plegen. 

Fri 2015-01-30.19:08 | [NU - Algemeen]
[Schneier on Security]

Canada Spies on Internet Downloads

Another story from the Snowden documents:

According to the documents, the LEVITATION program can monitor downloads in several countries across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America. It is led by the Communications Security Establishment, or CSE, Canada's equivalent of the NSA. (The Canadian agency was formerly known as "CSEC" until a recent name change.)


CSE finds some 350 "interesting" downloads each month, the presentation notes, a number that amounts to less than 0.0001 per cent of the total collected data.

The agency stores details about downloads and uploads to and from 102 different popular file-sharing websites, according to the 2012 document, which describes the collected records as "free file upload," or FFU, "events."

EDITED TO ADD (1/30): News article.

Thu 2015-01-29.13:26 | [Schneier on Security]
[Schneier on Security]

My Conversation with Edward Snowden

Today, as part of a Harvard computer science symposium, I had a public conversation with Edward Snowden. The topics were largely technical, ranging from cryptography to hacking to surveillance to what to do now.

Here's the video.

EDITED TO ADD (1/24): News article.

EDITED TO ADD (1/30): Another news ">article.

Fri 2015-01-23.23:57 | [Schneier on Security]



How Gaseous, Neptune-Like Planets Can Become Habitable

An anonymous reader writes: Life as we know it requires small, rocky planets. The gas giants of our solar system aren't habitable (to our knowledge), but a research team has discovered that smaller, Neptune-like planets can be transformed into gas-free, potentially habitable worlds with a little help from red dwarf stars. Such planets are usually formed far out in a planetary system, but tidal forces can cause them to migrate inward. When they reach the habitable zone of their host star, they absorb far larger amounts of x-ray and ultraviolet radiation. This can eventually boil off most of the the gas atmosphere, leaving behind the core: a small, rocky world capable of supporting life.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.18:30 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Veiligheid politiemedewerkers aangescherpt wegens recente terreur

De Nationale Politie heeft de veiligheidsmaatregelen voor agenten aangescherpt als gevolg van de recente aanslagen in Parijs en de anti-terreuractie in de Belgische stad Verviers.

Fri 2015-01-30.18:44 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

EMC reports mixed results, fingers axe: 'Reduction in force' planned

SEC filing didn't reveal how many were for the chop

+Comment Storage giant EMC has announced its plans to lay off an unspecified number of staffers in Q1 and said in an SEC filing that it would record restructuring charges in the range of $130m to $150m.…

Thu 2015-01-29.17:40 | [The Register]



Friday's security updates

CentOS has updated kernel (C7; C7: multiple vulnerabilities in each update) and libyaml (C7: denial of service).

Debian has updated openjdk-6 (multiple vulnerabilities), openjdk-7 (multiple vulnerabilities), privoxy (multiple vulnerabilities), and requests (multiple vulnerabilities).

Debian-LTS has updated polarssl (code execution).

Fedora has updated polarssl (F20; F21: code execution), thunderbird (F20: multiple vulnerabilities), unzip (F20: unspecified impact), and vorbis-tools (F21:).

Oracle has updated glibc (O4: code execution) and kernel (O6; O7: multiple vulnerabilities; O5; O6; O5; O6: denial of service).

SUSE has updated kernel (SLE 12: multiple vulnerabilities).

Fri 2015-01-30.17:47 | []
[NU - Algemeen]

Files in avondspits door gladheid en winterse neerslag

Vrijdagavond heeft het verkeer opnieuw te maken met gladheid. Vooral automobilisten in het oosten van het land en in Amsterdam en Haarlem moeten oppassen.

Fri 2015-01-30.18:11 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Afrikaanse Unie vormt troepenmacht tegen Boko Haram

De Afrikaanse Unie formeert een multinationale troepenmacht van 7500 militairen die de terreurbeweging Boko Haram gaat bestrijden. Dat is vrijdag bekendgemaakt tijdens de top van de unie in Ethiopië.

Fri 2015-01-30.18:15 | [NU - Algemeen]



VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

jones_supa writes: Phoronix notes how it has been a long time since last hearing of any major innovations or improvements to VirtualBox, the virtual machine software managed by Oracle. This comes while VMware is improving its products on all platforms, and KVM, Xen, Virt-Manager, and related Linux virtualization technologies continue to advance as well. Is there any hope left for a revitalized VirtualBox? It has been said that there are only four paid developers left on the VirtualBox team at the company, which is not enough manpower to significantly advance such a complex piece of software. The v4.3 series has been receiving some maintenance updates during the last two years, but that's about it.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.17:48 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

QLogic hits all-flash bullseye, doubles profit

10% quarterly revenue rise – take that, market uncertainty

QLogic is smiling, and so it should, with revenues and profits growing, and all-flash arrays, where it has host server connectivity dominance, blooming too. The glory days might just be coming into sight again.…

Fri 2015-01-30.18:03 | [The Register]


[NU - Algemeen]

Mitt Romney geen kandidaat presidentschap VS in 2016

Mitt Romney gaat niet voor de derde keer een gooi doen naar het Amerikaanse presidentschap. De Republikein laat vrijdag weten dat hij geen kandidaat zal zijn in 2016.

Fri 2015-01-30.17:26 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Google forced to - gasp! - OBEY the LAW with privacy policy tweaks

Ad broker agrees to tell you what it does with your privates

Google has agreed to change its privacy policy to comply with the Data Protection Act following an investigation by Blighty's data watchdog into its harvesting of personal information.…

Fri 2015-01-30.14:16 | [The Register]



Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

An anonymous reader writes: China is putting into place a new set of regulations for how banks interact with technology, and it has many companies worried. While the rules might enhance security for the Chinese government, they devastate it for everyone else. For example, not only will China require that companies turn over source code for any software sold to banks, the companies building the software (and hardware) must also build back doors into their systems. The bad news for us is that most companies can't afford to simply refuse the rules and write China off. Tech industry spending is estimated to reach $465 billion in 2015, and it's projected for a huge amount of growth.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.17:05 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Internet]

Dit is wat Facebook doet met uw privégegevens

Vrijdag 30 januari is het veelbesproken nieuwe privacybeleid van Facebook ingegaan, maar er verandert nauwelijks iets voor de gebruiker. Toch blijft het belangrijk om te weten wat Facebook allemaal met uw privégegevens doet.

Fri 2015-01-30.17:11 | [NU - Internet]


[The Register]

Three to pleasure bumpkins with 800Mhz

Broadband boost before O2 craps all over it

Hutchison's Three will finally launch into the prime 800Mhz band later this year, which it expects will improve rural coverage significantly.…

Fri 2015-01-30.16:57 | [The Register]


[NU - Algemeen]

Indringer NOS nog twee weken vast

De 19-jarige man die donderdagavond de NOS-studio binnendrong zit nog twee weken vast.

Fri 2015-01-30.20:42 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Kroongetuige Fred Ros sprak moordenaars Van der Bijl na aanslag

Kroongetuige Fred Ros sprak de daders van de liquidatie van Thomas van der Bijl, Dwight S. en Remy H., na de moordaanslag.

Fri 2015-01-30.16:32 | [NU - Algemeen]



Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol

An anonymous reader writes: Security researcher Simone Margaritelli has reverse engineered the Bluetooth low-energy communications protocol for his Nike+ FuelBand SE, a wrist-worn activity tracker. He learned some disturbing facts: "The authentication system is vulnerable, anyone could connect to your device. The protocol supports direct reading and writing of the device memory, up to 65K of contents. The protocol supports commands that are not supposed to be implemented in a production release (bootloader mode, device self test, etc)." His post explains in detail how he managed this, and how Nike put effort into creating an authentication system, but then completely undermined it by using a hard-coded token. Margaritelli even provides a command list for the device, which can do things like grab an event log, upload a bitmap for the screen, and even reset it.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.16:23 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Rutte noemt incident bij NOS 'ernstig en bizar'

Dat donderdagavond een man met een nepwapen de studio's van de NOS binnendrong was ''een ernstig incident'' en een ''bizarre en angstaanjagende gebeurtenis''. Premier Mark Rutte zei dat vrijdag na de wekelijkse ministerraad.

Fri 2015-01-30.16:42 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Britten herdenken Winston Churchill

De Britten herdenken vrijdag in Londen de staatsbegrafenis precies vijftig jaar geleden van oud-premier Sir Winston Churchill.

Fri 2015-01-30.19:11 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Emulex ends seven-quarter run of losses

Posts $4.3m profits

+Comment After seven straight quarters of losses, Emulex has made a $4.3m profit in its second financial 2015 quarter – but that performance might not be repeated next quarter.…

Fri 2015-01-30.16:27 | [The Register]


[NU - Internet]

Aandeel Apple op recordhoogte

Het aandeel van Apple heeft zijn oude record van 119 dollar per aandeel doorbroken, en bereikte vrijdagmiddag een nieuw record van 119,96 dollar. 

Fri 2015-01-30.16:20 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

Quantum of Suspicion: Despite another $29m, D-Wave doubts remain

What exactly is company offering?

Controversial quantum computing venture D-Wave Systems has scooped $29m in lovely fresh cash, courtesy of investors, despite lingering doubts about whether what it offers can be considered "quantum".…

Fri 2015-01-30.16:01 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

Meet Dr. Armpit, Changing Body Odor With Bacteria

What's really happening under your arms? The secret to skin smells is all in the microbes.

Here's an undeniable fact: In samples collected from seven of New York's subway platforms, scientists discovered that we're surrounded in plumes of microbes wafting off other people's skin. Here's another undeniable fact: Those bacteria colonize all of our glands and follicles and the entire epidermis. They make our skin smell. The scientific justification for l'eau de bacteria is that scents enabled great apes to sniff out those with optimal fitness and health, basically, find sex without the sickness.

Read Full Story

Fri 2015-01-30.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Why An Apple Employee Created A Company To Help Him Lose Weight

To hit his New Year's weight loss resolution, this ex-Apple employee and journalist became a tech CEO.

A little over a year ago I was a much bigger guy than I am now. And when I say "big" I mean big. To be exact, I weighed 280 pounds. The U.S. Center for Disease Control says a person of my height (6'1") and age (at the time I was 35) should weigh 140 to 189 pounds. I was almost 100 pounds over the high end of that spectrum. My BMI was over 38, when it should have been 19-24.

Read Full Story

Fri 2015-01-30.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

4 Office Culture Killers And How To Avoid Them

Does your company culture come from a genuine, thoughtful process? If not, you might be making these mistakes.

There's a reason water coolers are the iconic meeting place for employees to air their grievances: in a workplace where there's nowhere else for staffers to break from the daily grind and let off steam, chances are high they'll have a lot of gripes to share—and that they spend more time stewing at their desks than working.

Read Full Story

Fri 2015-01-30.11:57 | [Fast Company]
[Webwereld Feed]

Datingsite beloont dief van 20 miljoen e-mailadressen

E-mailadressen stonden al te koop op internet.

Fri 2015-01-30.15:30 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

11 technologieën die Linus Torvalds laten schuimbekken

OS X, Java, Emacs - het zijn stuk voor stuk verschrikkingen.

Fri 2015-01-30.14:42 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

Sneeuwstorm zorgt voor enorme toename illegale downloads

Vroeger kreeg je een geboortegolf, maar nu hebben we internet.

Fri 2015-01-30.14:18 | [Webwereld Feed]

US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion

An anonymous reader writes: The FCC's recent wireless spectrum auction closed on Thursday, and the agency has raked in far more money than anyone expected. Sales totaled $44.89 billion, demonstrating that demand for wireless spectrum is higher than ever. The winners have not yet been disclosed, but the FCC will soon make all bidding activity public. "The money will be used to fund FirstNet, the government agency tasked with creating the nation's first interoperable broadband network for first responders, to finance technological upgrades to our 911 emergency systems, and to contribute over $20 billion to deficit reduction. In addition, the auction brought 65 Megahertz of spectrum to market to fuel our nation's mobile broadband networks. The wireless industry estimates that for every 10 Megahertz of spectrum licensed for wireless broadband, 7,000 American jobs are created and U.S. gross domestic product increases by $1.7 billion."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.15:40 | [Slashdot]

Nieuw overklokrecord ddr4 is vastgesteld op 4351MT/s

Overklokker Toppc van MSI heeft een ddr4-module van Kingston opgevoerd naar een snelheid van 4351MT/s. Daarmee is het oude record van 4255MT/s, dat nog maar enkele weken geleden werd neergezet, alweer verbroken.

Fri 2015-01-30.15:32 | []

Huawei kondigt opvolger Ascend P7 half april aan

Huawei kondigt de Ascend P8 op 15 april in Londen aan, zo maakt de Chinese fabrikant bekend. Het concern komt begin maart tijdens de grote telecombeurs MWC in Barcelona niet met nieuwe smartphones, maar wel met tablets en wearables.

Fri 2015-01-30.15:31 | []


Versie van BatteryCare is uitgekomen. Dit programma geeft informatie over de accu in een laptop en kan helpen bij het optimale gebruik ervan. Zo wordt aangeraden om de accu na dertig keer laden een keer volledig te laten leeglopen. BatteryCare kan precies aangeven wanneer die tijd is aangebroken. Het programma kan verder Aero en andere zaken die veel energie gebruiken, automatisch uitschakelen als de accu wordt gebruikt en deze weer inschakelen als de adapter wordt aangesloten. BatteryCare is gratis, huist in de system tray en gebruikt zeer weinig resources. Nieuw in deze release is de mogelijkheid om alle statistieken weg te gooien, handig wanneer de batterij vervangen wordt voor een nieuwe.

Fri 2015-01-30.14:56 | []

NewsBin Pro 6.60 build 3755 bèta 3

De derde 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. De changelog voor deze uitgave ziet er als volgt uit:

Fri 2015-01-30.14:56 | []

Halite 0.4.0

Binary Notions heeft een nieuwe versie van zijn Bittorrent-client Halite uitgebracht. Dit programma, dat zijn naam aan het gelijknamige mineraal dankt, is opensource en wordt door de Ier Eóin O'Callaghan ontwikkeld. Halite maakt gebruik van de door Arvid Norberg gemaakte libtorrent-bibliotheek en enkele Boost-bibliotheken. Hieronder is een lijst met de belangrijkste veranderingen in deze release te vinden.

Fri 2015-01-30.13:49 | []

UPC hoeft naw-gegevens illegale pornodownloaders niet te overhandigen

UPC hoeft de naw-gegevens van downloaders van pornofilms niet te overhandigen aan een Duits bedrijf, dat van de downloaders een schadevergoeding had willen eisen. Er bestond vooral onduidelijkheid over de vraag of het bedrijf wel de auteursrechthebbende was.

Fri 2015-01-30.13:12 | []
[NU - Algemeen]

Schippers maakt lekkende borstimplantaten beter traceerbaar

Medische implantaten zoals pacemakers, kunstheupen en borstimplantaten worden voortaan in een landelijk register geregistreerd. Dat maakt minister Edith Schippers (Volksgezondheid) vrijdag bekend na de ministerraad.

Fri 2015-01-30.15:42 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Internet]

Belastingdienst kampt weer met storing bij deadline omzetbelasting

De Belastingdienst kampt met een storing waardoor ondernemers geen aangifte kunnen doen van hun omzetbelasting.

Fri 2015-01-30.15:49 | [NU - Internet]
[NU - Internet]

Kaartspel met exploderende katten populairste Kickstarter-project ooit

Exploding Kittens, een kaartspel over katten en explosies, heeft geld van ruim 120.000 mensen ontvangen en is daarmee het populairste Kickstarter-project ooit.

Fri 2015-01-30.16:30 | [NU - Internet]
[Schneier on Security]

Operating a Fake Bank

Here's a story of a fake bank in China -- a real bank, not an online bank -- that stole $32m from depositors over a year. Pro tip: real banks never offer 2%/week interest.

Fri 2015-01-30.13:49 | [Schneier on Security]
[The Register]

Fujitsu slapped down in Land of the FALLING YEN

Homegrown demand wanes for mobes, PCs and network products

Revenue dropped 2.4 per cent at Japanese IT giant Fujitsu to ¥1,171.5bn (£6.6bn, $9.9bn) in the firm's third-quarter results, when compared with the same period last year, although a fall in the yen propped up non-domestic revenue levels.…

Fri 2015-01-30.15:34 | [The Register]


[NU - Internet]

Kabinet gaat ICT-projecten toetsen

Het kabinet gaat actief werk maken van de slechte controle op ICT-projecten. Zo komt er een tijdelijke autoriteit die gaat kijken naar de haalbaarheid en wenselijkheid van de projecten. 

Fri 2015-01-30.15:38 | [NU - Internet]



Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

siddesu writes: The U.S. Department of Energy's 2008 proposal to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, was technically sound, a report by the NRC says. However, the closed-down project is unlikely to revive, as its staff has moved on, and there are few funds available to restart it. "With the release of the final two volumes of a five-part technical analysis, the commission closed another chapter on the controversial repository nearly five years after President Barack Obama abandoned the project, and more than a quarter century after the site was selected. While the staff recommended against approving construction, the solid technical review could embolden Republicans who now control both houses of Congress and would like to see Yucca Mountain revived."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.14:51 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

Nobody’s found a politically charged package have they?

Discs containing information from three sensitive police inquiries – two of which involved‪ highly controversial shootings in London, including that of Mark Duggan – ‬have gone missing after being sent through the post. Yeah, you read that right: sent through the post.…

Fri 2015-01-30.15:01 | [The Register]


[NU - Algemeen]

'Voor het eerst in zestig jaar geen Achtuurjournaal uitgezonden'

"Voor het eerst in zestig jaar is er gisteravond geen Achtuurjournaal uitgezonden", sprak directeur Jan de Jong van de NOS vrijdag op een persconferentie over het incident donderdagavond.

Fri 2015-01-30.16:38 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

Tim Cook puts numbers on his world domination claim

Apple is wolfing down KitKats and Lollipops for lunch after it emerged that most iPhone 6 users have come from Android.…

Fri 2015-01-30.14:44 | [The Register]


[NU - Internet]

Google past Brits privacybeleid aan na onderzoek datawaakhond

Google past zijn privacybeleid aan na onderzoek van de Britse datawaakhond, het Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). 

Fri 2015-01-30.14:25 | [NU - Internet]



New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels writes The NYT reports on a new study from a prominent environmental think tank that concludes turning plant matter into liquid fuel or electricity is so inefficient that the approach is unlikely ever to supply a substantial fraction of global energy demand. They add that continuing to pursue this strategy is likely to use up vast tracts of fertile land that could be devoted to helping feed the world's growing population. "I would say that many of the claims for biofuels have been dramatically exaggerated," says Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization based in Washington that is publishing the report. "There are other, more effective routes to get to a low-carbon world." The report follows several years of rising concern among scientists about biofuel policies in the United States and Europe, and is the strongest call yet by the World Resources Institute, known for nonpartisan analysis of environmental issues, to urge governments to reconsider those policies. Timothy D. Searchinger says recent science has challenged some of the assumptions underpinning many of the pro-biofuel policies that have often failed to consider the opportunity cost of using land to produce plants for biofuel. According to Searchinger, if forests or grasses were grown instead of biofuels, that would pull carbon dioxide out of the air, storing it in tree trunks and soils and offsetting emissions more effectively than biofuels would do. What is more, as costs for wind and solar power have plummeted over the past decade, and the new report points out that for a given amount of land, solar panels are at least 50 times more efficient than biofuels at capturing the energy of sunlight in a useful form. "It's true that our first-generation biofuels have not lived up to their promise," says Jason Hill said. "We've found they do not offer the environmental benefits they were purported to have, and they have a substantial negative impact on the food system."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.14:08 | [Slashdot]

UK Broadcaster Sky To Launch Mobile Service

An anonymous reader sends word that British pay-TV company Sky will launch mobile services next year. UK pay-TV firm Sky is launching a mobile phone service next year in partnership with O2's Spanish parent Telefonica. Sky will use Telefonica UK's wireless network, enabling the satellite broadcaster to offer mobile voice and data services for the first time. It takes Sky into the battle for "quad play", adding mobile to its existing services of internet, landline and TV. Offering all four services is seen as the next big UK growth area for telecoms firms and broadcasters.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.09:00 | [Slashdot]

Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

An anonymous reader writes The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft plans to be a minority investor in a roughly $70 million round of equity financing for mobile startup Cyanogen Inc. Neither company is commenting on the plan but last week during a talk in San Francisco, Cyanogen's CEO said the company's goal was to "take Android away from Google." According to Bloomberg: "The talks illustrate how Microsoft is trying to get its applications and services on rival operating systems, which has been a tenet of Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. Microsoft has in the past complained that Google Inc., which manages Android, has blocked its programs from the operating system."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.01:55 | [Slashdot]

Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

New submitter rsanford, apropos of today's FCC announcement about what is officially consided "broadband" speed by that agency, asks In the early and middle 90's I recall spending countless hours on IRC 'Trout-slapping' people in #hottub and engaging in channel wars. The people from Europe were always complaining about how slow their internet was and there was no choice. This was odd to me, who at the time had 3 local ISPs to choose from, all offering the fastest modem connections at the time, while living in rural America 60 miles away from the nearest city with 1,000 or more people. Was that the reality back then? If so, what changed, and when?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2015-01-29.20:50 | [Slashdot]


[NU - Algemeen]

Zeker 35 doden door aanslag op moskee in Pakistan

Zeker 35 mensen zijn vrijdag gedood door een aanslag op een sjiitische moskee in het district Shikarpur, in het zuiden van Pakistan. Minstens vijftig anderen raakten gewond.

Fri 2015-01-30.13:56 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

Latest handset? Punters say 'meh'. It's all about networks now, prays Three

People are turning away from pricey "flagship" smartphones sold on complicated expensive contracts, according to industry figures.…

Fri 2015-01-30.13:45 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Mobe-hungry BT's sales slip over Xmas amid EE buyout silence

Firm can't ignore £7bn pensions deficit much longer

Sales at one-time state telco monopoly BT fell by three per cent to £4.48bn in its third quarter, the company announced today.…

Fri 2015-01-30.13:29 | [The Register]


[NU - Algemeen]

Weer levenslang voor sleutelfiguren massamoord Srebrenica

Ook in hoger beroep hebben twee sleutelfiguren van de massamoord op moslimmannen na de val van de Bosnische enclave Srebrenica in juli 1995 levenslange gevangenisstraf gekregen.

Fri 2015-01-30.15:13 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Whee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

If it works it'll go nationwide, says telco's top dog

BT has announced that it wants to roll out and fibre to the home to provide internet speeds of up to 500Mbps and 1Gbps.…

Fri 2015-01-30.13:02 | [The Register]


[Fast Company]

Google Admits Glass Didn't "Have The Impact We Hoped For"

Google announced it's fourth-quarter earnings Thursday.

Google announced it's fourth-quarter earnings Thursday with revenues of $18.10 billion—compared to analyst estimates of $18.46 billion. Overall, however, the search company did improve in several areas, including year-over-year revenue.

Read Full Story

Fri 2015-01-30.00:37 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Your Local Sewage Is Filled With Millions Of Dollars Worth Of Gold And Silver

Your future smartphone may be made out of poop metal.

More than 150 years after gold miners first filled the Wild West, people are still looking for precious metals in essentially the same way. Later this year, a mining company plans to open a new gold mine carved into a mountain outside Butte, Montana. But are there better ways to mine in 2015?

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Thu 2015-01-29.14:33 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Black History Matters, So Why Is Wikipedia Missing So Much Of It?

Coming soon: An edit-a-thon to add articles on the people who are sorely lacking on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is an incredible free resource and the quintessential example of the power of crowdsourcing. And yet, it can't help but suffer from the same biases as society at large. Because of the digital divide, black people (and people of color more broadly) lack the same reliable access to the Internet as white people. Meanwhile, black employees make up a tiny fraction of the tech sector's workforce. The result is a lack of black Wikipedia editors and a lack of articles relating to important aspects of black history.

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Thu 2015-01-29.14:17 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Free App Friday: 5 Painless Ways To Be More Productive At Work

Whether you're already a highly effective person or merely aspire to be one, there's a tool here for you.

As the old saying goes: Work smarter, not harder. Never has that been more possible than with modern technology.

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Fri 2015-01-30.12:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Amazon Posts Strong Holiday Sales, Appeasing Impatient Investors

After two product flops, a red-faced Jeff Bezos is steering the company back toward its strengths.

First, Amazon's Fire Phone tanked. Then, the company pulled its new line of diapers just weeks after they launched, due to design flaws. Investors, ever skeptical of CEO Jeff Bezos's aggressive emphasis on investments in growth and product innovation, began to lose the faith.

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Fri 2015-01-30.00:51 | [Fast Company]
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Duitse pornoboer jaagt op Nederlandse downloaders

Maar UPC hoeft NAW-gegevens van vermeende downloaders niet te geven.

Fri 2015-01-30.11:33 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

IT wordt almaar belangrijker voor banken

ING leidt eigen IT'ers vaker zelf op.

Fri 2015-01-30.10:35 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

De hacker en het mysterie van de verdwijnende tekst

Sloegen snode overheidshackers toe of was het een vastzittend knopje?

Fri 2015-01-30.10:24 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

Facebook stuurt je naar de kroeg

Komaan, allemaal achter die schermpjes vandaan!

Fri 2015-01-30.10:07 | [Webwereld Feed]

Onderzoekers herleiden eigenaren creditcard op basis van ruwe metadata

Slechts vier ruwe gegevens op basis van metadata afkomstig van creditcardbetalingen zijn voldoende om een persoon te identificeren, zonder dat het gaat om concrete gegevens als naam, adres of creditcardnummer. Dat stellen onderzoekers van MIT.

Fri 2015-01-30.12:03 | []

Tele2 Nederland groeit met 22.000 nieuwe mobiele klanten

Tele2 Nederland heeft er in het vierde kwartaal van 2014 22.000 nieuwe klanten bijgekregen voor een totaal van 813.000. De groei van het aantal klanten vlakt daarmee af. Op de markt voor vast internet steeg het aantal klanten met 1000.

Fri 2015-01-30.11:20 | []

MAME & MESS 0.158

Versie 0.158 van MAME en MESS zijn uitgekomen. MAME staat voor Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator en is een programma waarmee het mogelijk is om een grote hoeveelheid klassieke arcadespellen te spelen. Tegenwoordig wordt MAME tegelijk met MESS uitgebracht, dat van dezelfde source repository gebruikmaakt. MESS staat voor Multi Emulator Super System en emuleert een groot aantal oude spelcomputers, zoals de Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Gameboy en ZX Spectrum. Meer informatie over deze programma's kan in de wiki van MAME en MESS worden gevonden. De uitgebreide lijst met veranderingen in MAME staat hier, voor MESS daar; de releasenotes daarentegen zijn zoals gebruikelijk kort maar krachtig:

Fri 2015-01-30.10:12 | []

Drupal 8.0.0 bèta 6

De zesde bètarelease van Drupal versie 8.0.0 uitgebracht. Drupal is een in php geschreven, gebruiksvriendelijk en krachtig contentmanagementplatform, waarmee bijvoorbeeld websites kunnen worden gemaakt. In versie 8 staan responsive templates standaard aan, waardoor een website er altijd goed uitziet, onafhankelijk van het apparaat dat wordt gebruikt om hem te bekijken. De in Drupal 7 veel gebruikte xhtml is in Drupal 8 grotendeels door html5 vervangen, wat onder meer web-apps mogelijk maakt. Verder is de in php geschreven broncode flink opgeschoond en gemoderniseerd, en zouden door slimmere caching de prestaties zijn verbeterd. De changelog voor bèta 6 ziet er als volgt uit:

Fri 2015-01-30.10:11 | []

OnePlus introduceert 12 februari eigen OxygenOS-rom

Smartphonefabrikant OnePlus gaat op 12 februari zijn OxygenOS introduceren. De eigen Android-rom moet vooral voor eenvoudige software zorgen, zonder onnodige functionaliteit. Daarmee gaat Cyanogen mogelijk van de OnePlus verdwijnen.

Fri 2015-01-30.10:10 | []

Toshiba stopt eigen ontwikkeling en levering consumenten-tv's wereldwijd

Toshiba trekt zich wat betreft ontwikkeling en levering terug uit de wereldwijde markt voor consumenten-tv's. In april dit jaar wil Toshiba wereldwijd overgestapt zijn op een structuur waarbij tv's van andere fabrikanten onder de Toshiba-merknaam verkocht worden, behalve in Japan.

Fri 2015-01-30.09:06 | []

Man dreigde met cyberaanval namens 'hackerscollectief' - update

Een man eiste donderdag live zendtijd op het Nederlandse NOS-journaal en dreigde daarbij met een cyberaanval. De man verklaarde te handelen namens een niet nader genoemd 'hackerscollectief'. Hij zei verder ingehuurd te zijn door inlichtingendiensten en informatie te willen onthullen.

Thu 2015-01-29.21:29 | []
[NU - Internet]

'Rambam riskeert flinke boete om phishingmails'

Het televisieprogramma Rambam van VARA riskeert mogelijk een boete van duizenden euro's, nadat medewerkers van het programma een poging hebben gedaan om gegevens van Tweede Kamerleden af te troggelen.

Fri 2015-01-30.13:39 | [NU - Internet]


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Indringer NOS zegt alleen te hebben gehandeld

De negentienjarige man die donderdagavond binnendrong bij de NOS handelde alleen, en niet namens een organisatie. Ook was er volgens hem geen sprake van een cyberaanval of explosieven.

Fri 2015-01-30.12:05 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Mugabe gekozen tot voorzitter Afrikaanse Unie

Robert Mugabe, de omstreden president van Zimbabwe, is vrijdag gekozen tot voorzitter van de Afrikaanse Unie. 

Fri 2015-01-30.14:50 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Internet]

UPC hoeft namen downloaders van pornofilms niet te overhandigen

UPC hoeft de namen en adressen van klanten die naar verluidt een pornofilm illegaal hebben gedownload niet te overhandigen aan de vermeende auteursrechthebbende.

Fri 2015-01-30.12:17 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

Oracle is BETTER at cloud than everyone else so NER, shouts Hurd (no Katz)

Laser focus on self embiggenment, says co-chief

Oracle’s co-CEO Mark Hurd is banging the drum for the database giant’s success in cloud computing.…

Fri 2015-01-30.12:28 | [The Register]


[The Register]

Undead nights: Zombie FPS Dying Light shines bright

Dead Island all grown up and covered in putrefying flesh

Game Theory Dying Light is set in the devastated city of Harran, Turkey, and my first impression on hitting the ground, as freelance operative Kyle Crane, is that I’m trapped in some zombie-infested remake of American Sniper but with graffiti that seems more of a nod to the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo.…

Fri 2015-01-30.11:59 | [The Register]



The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

First time accepted submitter burtosis writes Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). From FiveThirtyEight: "The surveys found broad support for government to spend money on science, but that doesn't mean the public supports the conclusions that scientists draw. The biggest gap between scientists and the public came on issues that may elicit fear: the safety of genetically modified (or GMO) foods (37 percent of the public said GMOs were safe, compared to 88 percent of scientists) and the use of pesticides in agriculture (28 percent of the public said foods grown with pesticides were safe to eat, versus 68 percent of scientists). There was also disagreement over the cause of climate change (50 percent of the public said it is mostly due to human activity, compared to 87 percent of scientists). Here’s a full list, via Pew Research Center, of the scientific issues the survey asked about."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fri 2015-01-30.11:34 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

'Voorlopig geen nieuwe uitgave Charlie Hebdo'

Vooralsnog is niet bekend wanneer het satirische weekblad Charlie Hebdo een nieuwe editie uitbrengt. Zeker is wel dat er geen nieuwe uitgave komt vóór 11 februari. Het team is er nog niet klaar voor om een nieuw nummer uit te brengen.

Fri 2015-01-30.11:39 | [NU - Algemeen]


[NU - Algemeen]

Jordanië wacht nog altijd op bewijs dat piloot in handen van IS in leven is

De autoriteiten van Jordanië stellen dat zij nog altijd wachten op een teken van leven van de Jordaanse piloot die gevangen wordt gehouden door Islamitische Staat (IS). 

Fri 2015-01-30.11:26 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Internet]

Jay-Z koopt muziekdienst Tidal voor 50 miljoen euro

Jay-Z koopt de onlangs in Nederland gelanceerde muziekstreamingdienst Tidal, die muziek aanbiedt in cd-kwaliteit in plaats van als gecomprimeerde mp3's.

Fri 2015-01-30.15:16 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

Sky sidles up to O2, whispers: 'Fancy a little FOUR-PLAY?'

It's been a long time coming *fnarr fnarr*

As we predicted, Sky is to launch an MVNO and get competitive against the other networks' four-play offerings.…

Fri 2015-01-30.11:31 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

You don't know what it was like, man, you weren't there

+Vids If you want to get an idea of how pop music will be sounding in 2015, then this year's exhibition of the National Association of Music Merchants, better known as the NAMM Show, that took place in California last week was the place to be – think of it as CES for musos.…

Fri 2015-01-30.11:05 | [The Register]


[The Register]

UK watchdog grills big biz: So HOW do you use their 'consumer data'?

Slurp it, trade it, sell it, swap it?

The UK's main competition regulator is looking to build its knowledge of how consumer data is collected, used and traded by businesses.…

Fri 2015-01-30.10:39 | [The Register]


[The Register]

HP: We're gonna book $1bn worth of Server 2003 sales THIS WEEK

A month's worth of activity in seven days? Good luck, says analyst

A Windows Server 2003 customer migration blitzkrieg is underway at HP's as it tries to generate $1bn of x86-related sales this week, squeezing a month’s worth of customer deals into just seven days.…

Fri 2015-01-30.10:04 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Alibaba's magic cave empties as it misses revenue target

Denies claims its stock comes from 40 thieves

Chinese online tat bazaar Alibaba has not only posted disappointing results, been caned by the stock market but now has also fallen foul of China's government for knowingly hosting sellers of counterfeit kit.…

Fri 2015-01-30.08:57 | [The Register]


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