Thu 2015-05-07

11:33

[NU - Internet]

Beslist.nl draait verdienmodel deels terug na ophef

Webshopvergelijker Beslist.nl draait een omstreden nieuw verdienmodel terug onder meer omdat er ophef ontstond bij webwinkels over een geplaatste tracker.

Thu 2015-05-07.11:13 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

'Tough' UK public sector blamed in BT sales hiccup

Giant telco just waiting on clearance for EE gobble

Sales dropped 2 per cent to £17.85bn for telco giant BT's full-year results announced today, while profits increased 12 per cent to £3.17bn compared with the previous year.…

Thu 2015-05-07.11:28 | [The Register]

11:13

[The Register]

Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

1) Make same old phone. 2) Put it in bigger box. 3) Profit

Remember “Peak Apple”? Maybe you haven’t heard the phrase so much lately.…

Thu 2015-05-07.11:03 | [The Register]

10:53

[NU - Algemeen]

Afluisteren Franse ex-president Sarkozy was wettig

Franse onderzoeksrechters hebben geen wetten overtreden toen ze in 2013 de telefoons van ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy aftapten, in verband met een onderzoek naar campagnefinanciering. 

Thu 2015-05-07.10:43 | [NU - Algemeen]

10:33

[Webwereld Feed]

De echte reden waarom er geen Windows 9 is

Het antwoord zit verstopt in binaire code.

Thu 2015-05-07.09:49 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

Nek-aan-nekrace tussen Ubuntu en Windows 10

Beide besturingssystemen beloven dit jaar langverwachte convergentie smartphone-pc.

Thu 2015-05-07.09:35 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog]

Generating compiler back ends at the snap of a finger

The paper:

Resourceable, Retargetable, Modular Instruction Selection Using a Machine-Independent, Type-Based Tiling of Low-Level Intermediate Code

Ramsey and Dias have a series of papers about making it ever easier to generate compiler backends, and the claim is that they produce decent code to boot. I wonder if this stuff has/will show up in compilers I can use? (Or, do you think it not actually matter, for some pragmatic reason or other?)

Abstract: We present a novel variation on the standard technique of selecting instructions by tiling an intermediate-code tree. Typical compilers use a different set of tiles for every target machine. By analyzing a formal model of machine-level computation, we have developed a set of tiles that is machine-independent while retaining the expressive power of machine code. Using this tileset, we reduce the number of tilers required from one per machine to one per architectural family (e.g., register architecture or stack architecture). Because the tiler is the part of the instruction selector that is most difficult to reason about, our technique makes it possible to retarget an instruction selector with significantly less effort than standard techniques. Retargeting effort is further reduced by applying an earlier result which generates the machine-dependent implementation of our tileset automatically from a declarative description of instructions' semantics. Our design has the additional benefit of enabling modular reasoning about three aspects of code generation that are not typically separated: the semantics of the compiler's intermediate representation, the semantics of the target instruction set, and the techniques needed to generate good target code.

[http://tweakers.net/]

Zynga schrapt opnieuw 18 procent van de banen

Zynga ontslaat 18 procent van zijn medewerkers, blijkt uit het eerste kwartaalverslag van dit jaar. 364 medewerkers verliezen hun baan, wat samen met andere maatregelen 100 miljoen dollar, 88 miljoen euro, moet besparen. Het bedrijf leed in het eerste kwartaal 46 miljoen dollar verlies.

Thu 2015-05-07.10:18 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

'Een op tien Nederlandse smartphonebezitters heeft kapot scherm'

Bijna 10 procent van alle smartphonebezitters in Nederland kampt met een beschadigd scherm. Dat claimt Multiscope na onderzoek onder 823 consumenten met een smartphone. Een kapot scherm is het meest voorkomende mankement.

Thu 2015-05-07.10:09 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

'Duitsland geeft geen internetdata meer aan NSA'

De Duitse geheime dienst BND geeft geen gegevens over internetverkeer meer aan de NSA, melden Duitse media. Daartoe zou zijn besloten nadat bleek dat de Duitse geheime dienst jarenlang de Amerikaanse diensten zou hebben geholpen bij spionage.

Thu 2015-05-07.09:48 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Sony Music haalt muziek van Soundcloud

Sony Music heeft de muziek van een handvol populaire artiesten van het label van Soundcloud gehaald nadat onderhandelingen over inkomsten stukliepen. Sony zou problemen hebben met het, in zijn ogen, gebrek aan een verdienmodel bij Soundcloud.

Thu 2015-05-07.09:06 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Samsung start bouw omvangrijke chipfabriek in Zuid-Korea

Samsung is de bouw van een nieuwe chipproductiefaciliteit in Zuid-Korea gestart. In 2017 moet de omvangrijke faciliteit gereed zijn voor de productie van chips voor mobiele apparaten en servers. Ook moet de fabriek Samsung een voorsprong op gebied van internet-of-things-chips geven.

Thu 2015-05-07.08:29 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

jv16 PowerTools X 4.0.0.1486

Macecraft Software heeft een update van jv16 PowerTools X uitgebracht. Dit programma is bedoeld om allerlei zaken in Windows te tweaken. Zo zijn er modules om te bepalen welke programma's bij het booten van Windows worden gestart en er kan naar dubbele bestanden worden gezocht. Verder kan het register worden ontdaan van overbodige sleutels en kleiner worden gemaakt, wat een gunstig effect op de Windows-prestaties heeft.

Thu 2015-05-07.08:04 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Suricata 2.0.8

Versie 2.0.8 van Suricata is uitgekomen. Suricata is een opensource-network intrusion detection system (IDS), intrusion prevention system (IPS) en network security monitoring engine. Het kan worden gebruikt om netwerkverkeer te monitoren en een systeembeheerder een waarschuwing te geven als er iets verdachts wordt gesignaleerd. De ontwikkeling wordt overzien door de Open Information Security Foundation, met hulp van de community en diverse fabrikanten. De belangrijkste verandering in versie 2.0 is Eve, een volledig op json gebaseerd logsysteem. Eve kan onder meer met Logstash worden gebruikt om zo informatie grafisch weer te geven. De changelog voor deze uitgave ziet er als volgt uit:

Thu 2015-05-07.08:04 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

ownCloud 8.0.3

Versie 8.0.3 van ownCloud server is uitgekomen. OwnCloud is een opensourceproject waarmee het mogelijk is om in eigen beheer cloudopslag te draaien. Het is eenvoudig op te zetten, want het enige dat je nodig hebt, is een server waarop php en MySQL draaien. Behalve het opslaan en delen van bestanden is het ook mogelijk om bijvoorbeeld muziek te streamen of een agenda en adresboek bij te houden. De server heeft Windows of Linux nodig, clients zijn beschikbaar voor Windows, Linux, OS X, Android en iOS. In versie 8.0 is onder meer makkelijker gemaakt om bestanden uit te wisselen tussen gebruikers die niet van dezelfde cloud gebruikmaken, is de zoekfunctionaliteit verbeterd en heeft OwnCloud nu zijn eigen app store. Sindsdien zijn nog de volgende veranderingen doorgevoerd:

Thu 2015-05-07.08:02 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Vermeende afbeelding van compacte Radeon R9 390X komt online

Op internet is een afbeelding verschenen van wat mogelijk de komende Radeon R9 390X is. De kaart zou erg compact voor een high-endmodel dankzij high bandwidth memory. Ook verscheen een afbeelding van de mogelijke Fiji XT-gpu.

Thu 2015-05-07.08:01 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

GOG komt met Steam-achtige client GOG Galaxy

Game-distributieplatform GOG komt met Galaxy, een Steam-achtige client om games te installeren, te spelen en te voorzien van updates. Tevens moet het platform dienst doen als hub voor multiplayergames, het behalen van achievements, chats en het bijhouden van in-game-tijd.

Wed 2015-05-06.09:45 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[NU - Algemeen]

Mount Everest door aardbeving Nepal gekrompen

De hoogste berg ter wereld, de Mount Everest, is door de aardbeving in Nepal iets minder majestueus dan hij was. 

Thu 2015-05-07.10:33 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Veel schade door tornado's Oklahoma

De Amerikaanse staat Oklahoma is woensdag (lokale tijd) getroffen door meerdere tornado's.

Thu 2015-05-07.10:14 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

CommVault struggles to get the wheels back on its growth engine

New execs struggle to make turnaround, understandably given wheel issue

A hard rain's a-gonna continue to fall as CommVault's uphill struggle shows a fourth fiscal 2015 quarter revenues fall.…

Thu 2015-05-07.10:29 | [The Register]

10:13

[NU - Internet]

Nederlanders maken vooral gebruik van gratis cloud-diensten

Nederlanders slaan gemiddeld vaker bestanden op in de cloud dan internetgebruikers in andere Europese landen. Daar wordt in Nederland echter wel iets minder vaak voor betaald.

Thu 2015-05-07.10:43 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

Aiming at the five series

VULTURE AT THE WHEEL The VW Passat 2/0 is a car you buy with your head.…

Thu 2015-05-07.10:00 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Oculus Rift VR bucket will be seen on noggins near you in 2016

Invasion of the bonce-oids foretold for Q1 next year

Oculus has announced that its Rift VR headset will ship to customers in the first quarter of 2016. A consumer version of the headset, which has slowly crawled towards the market since developer kit was flogged using Kickstarter, has been settled on. Oculus promises it will soon be strapped to noggins everywhere.…

Wed 2015-05-06.16:14 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Too much Appley WRISTJOBBERY could be BAD for your HealthKit

Security bods warn of potential wristy fatpipe abuse

Users of Apple's healthcare data app platform - intended to allow developers access to healthcare info collected via its wristy gizmo - could be left wide open to security exploits, infosec bods have warned.…

Wed 2015-05-06.15:25 | [The Register]

09:53

[NU - Internet]

Sony haalt muziek van Soundcloud

Sony Music heeft de muziek van een aantal artiesten, waaronder Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Passion Pit en Leon Bridges, van muziekdienst Soundcloud gehaald.

Thu 2015-05-07.09:48 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

Spooks BUSTED: 27,000 profiles reveal new intel ops, home addresses

Searchable OPSEC built by scouring LInkedIn for folks claiming spook skillz

A trio of transparency boffins have revealed personal details of 27,000 intelligence officers they say are working on surveillance programs. The resulting dump not only names the officers, but in some cases tells you where they live based on data sourced from LinkedIn profiles and other easy-to-access sources.…

Thu 2015-05-07.09:39 | [The Register]

09:33

[The Register]

Apple swats Webkit bugs that bit it on Safari

Webkit history, page loading and everyday browsing holes plugged

Apple has update its Safari browser to quash three Webkit-derived bugs.…

Thu 2015-05-07.09:19 | [The Register]

09:13

[Slashdot]

LinkedIn Used To Create Database of 27,000 US Intelligence Personnel

An anonymous reader writes: A new group, Transparency Toolkit, has mined LinkedIn to reveal and analyze the resumes of over 27,000 people in the U.S. intelligence community. In the process, Transparency Toolkit said it found previously unknown secret codewords and references to surveillance technologies and projects. "'Transparency Toolkit uses open data to watch the watchers and hold the powerful to account,' the group's website says. 'We build free software to collect and analyze open data from a variety of sources. Then we work with investigative journalists and human rights organizations to turn that into useful, actionable knowledge. Currently, our primary focuses are investigating surveillance and human rights abuses.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2015-05-07.09:09 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Dinsdag zomerse temperaturen verwacht

De temperatuur gaat vanaf zondag een stuk omhoog. Volgende week dinsdag wordt zelfs een zomerse dag verwacht met middagtemperaturen van 25 tot 28 graden.

Thu 2015-05-07.09:31 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

'Duitsland beperkt samenwerking met NSA'

De Duitse inlichtingendienst BND heeft de samenwerking met de Amerikaanse collega's van de NSA beperkt. 

Thu 2015-05-07.08:57 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Luchthaven Rome dicht na brand

De internationale luchthaven van Rome is donderdagochtend afgesloten, nadat er brand was ontstaan in een bar. 

Thu 2015-05-07.11:29 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Kiwi company posts job ad for Windows support scammers

Broken English ad for 'Technical Department of Windows' aims to cut through in tight talent market

Fancy a gig in which you must “Tell users all computer are infected”, always “Follow a script no matter what” and “Write down credit card numbers and details most clearly”?…

Thu 2015-05-07.08:55 | [The Register]
[The Register]

A world of conferences beckons for the Apple sysadmin

Which is right for you?

Unlike most of its rivals, Apple is primarily a hardware company which also happens to make the operating system and application delivery platform, taking a cut from the sales of software and media that others create for its platform. Mass laptop and desktop management is not really what Apple does; it lets others fill this void.…

Thu 2015-05-07.04:03 | [The Register]

08:53

[The Register]

Attackers target new XSS in millions of WordPress sites

Dirty hole in default plugins

Sucuri researcher David Dede has uncovered a critical cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in a default WordPress plugin that allows attackers to hijack websites.…

Thu 2015-05-07.08:32 | [The Register]

08:33

[NU - Algemeen]

Paleis op de Dam beklad met woorden 'fuck de koning'

Het Paleis op de Dam in Amsterdam is in de nacht van woensdag op donderdag beklad met de woorden "Fuck de Koning".

Thu 2015-05-07.08:45 | [NU - Algemeen]

08:13

[NU - Algemeen]

Britten naar stembus voor nieuw parlement

Inwoners van Groot-Brittannië kiezen donderdag een nieuw Lagerhuis. Het lijkt een nek-aan-nekrace te worden tussen de twee grootste partijen, de Conservatieven van premier David Cameron en Labour van Ed Miliband.

Thu 2015-05-07.10:54 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Internet]

Slim bord houdt automatisch aantal calorieën bij

De Amerikaanse startup Fitly wil een slim bord dat eten analyseert op de markt brengen. 

Thu 2015-05-07.09:10 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

Crowdfunded ZX Spectrum revival just days from shipment

You’d need to connect it to your Deja VDU

The remake of the Sinclair Spectrum from Retro Computers is about to ship.…

Thu 2015-05-07.08:01 | [The Register]

07:33

[Webwereld Feed]

ADV: Maak kennis met de printers die op elke pagina besparen

De HP OfficeJet serie; Haal snelheid en kwaliteit in huis die vergelijkbaar is met een kleurenlaserprinter en die tot wel 50% lagere kosten per pagina biedt.

Thu 2015-05-07.08:00 | [Webwereld Feed]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Panasonic Lumix GF7: stille kleine rakker

De Panasonic Lumix GF7 is een zeer compacte systeemcamera, die ondanks zijn kleine voorkomen behoorlijk veelzijdig blijkt te zijn. Hoe presteert hij in de praktijk?

Thu 2015-05-07.06:00 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[NU - Algemeen]

Maastricht heeft weer stroom na storing

Alle huishoudens in Maastricht, Valkenburg, Berg en Terblijt en Cadier en Keer hebben donderdag weer stroom.

Thu 2015-05-07.07:14 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Net admins: the white box world HASN'T forgotten you

Big Switch upgrades monitoring, turns on bigger Big Tap

Pervasive security and deeper monitoring: that's what Big Switch Networks is pitching as the centrepiece of the next iteration of its Big Tap Monitoring Fabric, version 4.5.…

Thu 2015-05-07.07:35 | [The Register]

07:13

[NU - Algemeen]

250.000 huizen verwoest in Nepal

Door de aardbeving in Nepal zijn rond de 256.000 huizen verwoest. Nog eens 213.000 andere huizen raakten zwaar beschadigd.

Thu 2015-05-07.08:48 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Online pizza order saves woman and children from knife-wielding kidnapper

I'd like a pepperoni with extra jail time, hold the drugged-out homicidal maniac

A quick-thinking kidnappee managed to summon the cops using the comments section of an online order for pizza while being held hostage with her three children.…

Thu 2015-05-07.06:58 | [The Register]

06:53

[NU - Algemeen]

'EBI Vught schendt structureel recht advocaten'

De Extra Beveiligde Inrichting (EBI) in Vught schendt structureel het recht van advocaten om onbelemmerd contact te kunnen hebben met hun cliënt.

Thu 2015-05-07.07:59 | [NU - Algemeen]

06:33

[Slashdot]

C Code On GitHub Has the Most "Ugly Hacks"

itwbennett writes: An analysis of GitHub data shows that C developers are creating the most ugly hacks — or are at least the most willing to admit to it. To answer the question of which programming language produces the most ugly hacks, ITworld's Phil Johnson first used the search feature on GitHub, looking for code files that contained the string 'ugly hack'. In that case, C comes up first by a wide margin, with over 181,000 code files containing that string. The rest of the top ten languages were PHP (79k files), JavaScript (38k), C++ (22k), Python (19k), Text (11k), Makefile (11k), HTML, (10k), Java (7k), and Perl (4k). Even when controlling for the number of repositories, C wins the ugly-hack-athon by a landslide, Johnson found.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2015-05-07.06:30 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Is Nutanix's secret hypervisor 'PROJECT ACROPOLIS'?

KVM-wrangling kit is hiding in plain view and headed for hyperscale

The Reg's pursuit of Nutanix's rumoured hypervisor has turned up some leads about something called “Project Acropolis”.…

Thu 2015-05-07.06:28 | [The Register]

06:13

[Slashdot]

Netflix Open-Sources Security Incident Management Tool

alphadogg writes: Netflix has released under an open-source license an internal tool it developed to manage a deluge of security alerts and incidents. Called FIDO (Fully Integrated Defense Operation), the tool is designed to research, score and categorize threats in order to speed up handling of the most urgent ones.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2015-05-07.06:02 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

Reality pays the pretty Powerwall a visit

A couple more interesting details have emerged about Tesla's “game-changing” home battery, and it remains a moderately limp competitor that's done wonders for market awareness.…

Thu 2015-05-07.05:58 | [The Register]

05:53

[The Register]

FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

Recovery team heads for Thargominda

PICS The NASA super-balloon that landed in Australia in late April has been found on a cattle station in western Queensland.…

Thu 2015-05-07.05:32 | [The Register]

05:13

[The Register]

Infusion pump is hackable … but rumours of death are exaggerated

Yes, medical devices have flaws, but they're harder to exploit than you're led to believe

It's the kind of vulnerability that's tailor-made for infosec publicity: a brand of infusion pumps used to deliver drugs to patients in hospital has an open, unauthenticated Telnet port that allows an attacker access to the dosage database.…

Thu 2015-05-07.04:54 | [The Register]

04:33

[LWN.net]

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 7, 2015

The LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 7, 2015 is available.

Thu 2015-05-07.04:06 | [LWN.net]

04:13

[Slashdot]

Self-Destructing Virus Kills Off PCs

mpicpp sends word about particularly bad virus making the rounds. "A computer virus that tries to avoid detection by making the machine it infects unusable has been found. If Rombertik's evasion techniques are triggered, it deletes key files on a computer, making it constantly restart. Analysts said Rombertik was 'unique' among malware samples for resisting capture so aggressively. On Windows machines where it goes unnoticed, the malware steals login data and other confidential information. Rombertik typically infected a vulnerable machine after a booby-trapped attachment on a phishing message had been opened, security researchers Ben Baker and Alex Chiu, from Cisco, said in a blogpost. Some of the messages Rombertik travels with pose as business inquiry letters from Microsoft. The malware 'indiscriminately' stole data entered by victims on any website, the researchers said. And it got even nastier when it spotted someone was trying to understand how it worked. 'Rombertik is unique in that it actively attempts to destroy the computer if it detects certain attributes associated with malware analysis,' the researchers said."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2015-05-07.04:09 | [Slashdot]
[Schneier on Security]

Another Example of Cell Phone Metadata Forensic Surveillance

Matthew Cole explains how the Italian police figured out how the CIA kidnapped Abu Omar in Milan. Interesting use of cell phone metadata, showing how valuable it is for intelligence purposes.

See also this example.

Thu 2015-05-07.00:12 | [Schneier on Security]
[Schneier on Security]

An Example of Cell Phone Metadata Forensic Surveillance

In this long article on the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri in Beirut, there's a detailed section on what the investigators were able to learn from the cell phone metadata:

At Eid's request, a judge ordered Lebanon's two cellphone companies, Alfa and MTC Touch, to produce records of calls and text messages in Lebanon in the four months before the bombing. Eid then studied the records in secret for months. He focused on the phone records of Hariri and his entourage, looking at whom they called, where they went, whom they met and when. He also followed where Adass, the supposed suicide bomber, spent time before he disappeared. He looked at all the calls that took place along the route taken by Hariri's entourage on the day of the assassination. Always he looked for cause and effect. How did one call lead to the next? "He was brilliant, just brilliant," the senior U.N. investigator told me. "He himself, on his own, developed a simple but amazingly efficient program to set about mining this massive bank of data."

The simple algorithm quickly revealed a peculiar pattern. In October 2004, just after Hariri resigned, a certain cluster of cellphones began following him and his now-reduced motorcade wherever they went. These phones stayed close day and night, until the day of the bombing -­ when nearly all 63 phones in the group immediately went dark and never worked again.

[...]

The investigators now turned their full attention to the cellphone records. Building on Eid's work, they determined that the assassins worked in groups, each with a leader and each adhering to specific procedures. Everyone in the group called the leader, and he called everyone in the group, but the lower-level operatives never called one another.

The investigators gave each group a color. The green group consisted of 18 Alfa phones, purchased with fake identification from two shops in South Beirut in July and August 2004. The purpose of the fake IDs was not to defraud Alfa out of payment; every month from September 2004 to May 2005, someone went to an Alfa office and paid all 18 bills in cash, without leaving any clue to his identity. The total phone bill for the green network, including activation fees, was $7,375 ­-- a prodigious amount, considering that 15 of the green group's 18 phones went almost entirely unused.

The first spike in call activity occurred in September 2004, immediately after Hariri announced his resignation. The investigators contend that the green group was at the center of the conspiracy. The phone number 3140023 belonged to the top leader, and the numbers 3159300 and 3150071 belonged to his two deputies. (He called them and they called him, but with those phones, they never called each other.) The two deputies carried phones belonging to other groups, through which they passed on instructions to the other participants in the operation. When a member of one group would call a group leader, the group leader would often follow up by switching to a green phone and calling the supreme leader, who was nearly always in South Beirut, where Hezbollah keeps its headquarters.

On Oct. 20, 2004, the day Hariri left office and his security detail was significantly reduced, the blue group went into operation. It originally worked according to the same rules as the green group, but its active membership increased from three phones to 15, with seven connected to Alfa and eight to MTC Touch. All of the blue phones were prepaid. Some were acquired as early as 2003 and had seen little or no use. The people who bought them also gave false identification, and again money seemed to be in plentiful supply. The minutes that expired each month went largely unused, but the phones were loaded again and again. When the blue group went dark, the phones still had unused minutes worth $4,287.

The prosecutors say the blue group followed Hariri's movements. On the morning of Oct. 20, its members were already deployed around Quraitem Palace. At 10:30 a.m., Hariri set out toward Parliament and then to the presidential palace, where Lahoud was waiting to receive his resignation. The cell towers picked up the blue group's members moving with him and calling their chief. From then on, the blue phones trailed Hariri nearly everywhere --­ to Parliament, to meetings with political leaders, to long lunches at the Saint-Georges Yacht Club & Marina. When Hariri was at his home, so were they. When he flew abroad, they moved with him to the airport and then stopped operating until he returned, when they would pick up the trail again.

Eventually, the yellow group was added....

There's a lot more. It's section 6 of the article.

See also this example.

Wed 2015-05-06.14:09 | [Schneier on Security]
[The Register]

Australian Bureau of Statistics to get AU$250m tech boost

30 year old computers are end-of-life, apparently

If the pre-budget briefings-to-journalists are correct, Big IT is going to be refreshing its tender boilerplates for a lot of work in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).…

Thu 2015-05-07.02:19 | [The Register]

03:53

[The Register]

Bought a phone last quarter? There's a one in five chance it was a phablet

And odds are it was an iPhone 6 Plus, you fanboi

Sales of phablets went through the roof during the first quarter of 2015, say researchers with Kantar Worldpanel.…

Thu 2015-05-07.03:34 | [The Register]

03:13

[The Register]

Choc Factory finds 84,000 ad injectors targeting Chrome

Policy crackdown sends slimeballs packing

Google spam abuse researcher Kurt Thomas says some 84,000 injectors and apps are targeting its Chrome web browser with dodgy advertising.…

Thu 2015-05-07.03:09 | [The Register]

02:53

[The Register]

IETF updates TLS/SSL best practice guidance

Staunch HEARTBLEED, kick POODLE and make it to lunch on time

Do: start rolling TLS 1.3, support TLS 1.2, and DTLS 1.2. Don't: negotiate sessions using TLS 1, TLS 1.1, SSL 2 or SSL 3.…

Thu 2015-05-07.02:40 | [The Register]

02:33

[Slashdot]

Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record

mrflash818 writes: For the first time since we began tracking carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere, the monthly global average concentration of carbon dioxide gas surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015, according to NOAA's latest results. “It was only a matter of time that we would average 400 parts per million globally,” said Pieter Tans, lead scientist of NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. “We first reported 400 ppm when all of our Arctic sites reached that value in the spring of 2012. In 2013 the record at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory first crossed the 400 ppm threshold. Reaching 400 parts per million as a global average is a significant milestone."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Thu 2015-05-07.02:30 | [Slashdot]

01:53

[Slashdot]

Researcher: Drug Infusion Pump Is the "Least Secure IP Device" He's Ever Seen

chicksdaddy writes: This is a bad month for the medical equipment maker Hospira. First, security researcher Billy Rios finds a raft of serious and remotely exploitable holes in the company's MedNet software, prompting a vulnerability alert from ICS CERT. Now, one month later, ICS CERT is again warning of a "10 out of 10" critical vulnerability, this time in Hospira's LifeCare PCA drug infusion pump. The problem? According to this report by Security Ledger the main problem was an almost total lack of security controls on the device. According to independent researcher Jeremy Williams, the PCA pump listens on Telnet port 23. Connecting to the device via Telnet, he was brought immediately to a root shell account that gave him total, administrator level access to the pump without authentication. "The only thing I needed to get in was an interest in the pump," he said. Richards found other examples of loose security on the PCA 3: a FTP server that could be accessed without authentication and an embedded web server that runs Common Gateway Interface (CGI). That could allow an attacker to tamper with the pump's operation using fairly simple scripts. Also: The PCA pump stores wireless keys used to connect to the local (medical device) wireless network in plain text on the device. That means anyone with physical access to the Pump (which has an ethernet port) could gain access to the local medical device network and other devices on it. The problems prompted Richards to call the PCA 3 pump "the least secure IP enabled device" he has ever worked with.

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Thu 2015-05-07.01:47 | [Slashdot]
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FCC wants to know if carriers can grab some of YOUR WiFi signal

Consultation over the future of LTE-Unlicensed

The United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking over a key item on the telco industry's wish-list: spectrum sharing to try and cope with a capacity crunch.…

Thu 2015-05-07.01:40 | [The Register]

01:13

[Fast Company]

Oprah Announces A New Reality Show

The new show, called "For Peete's Sake," will star actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL player Rodney Peete.

In Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey announced a new "intentional" reality show on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) that will star actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL player Rodney Peete. The new show is called "For Peete's Sake."

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Thu 2015-05-07.00:43 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

At This Fashion Library, You Check Out Clothes Instead Of Buying Them

You can put your own unused clothes on loan, too.

If you're like the average American, you have hundreds of dollars' worth of never-worn clothing in your closet, and throw out as much as 10 pounds of clothes in a year. Thanks to the rise of cheap fashion, you probably still own five times as many clothes as your mother did in 1980.

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Wed 2015-05-06.15:02 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

A Peek At The Unassuming Brothels Of Singapore

Big red numbers hint at what's behind the cheery facades of Geylang's red light district.

While working on a long-term project called "Singapore," a photographic love letter to his native country, photographer Nguan stumbled upon the neighborhood of Geylang, home to a busy red light district. The area's hundreds of unassuming brothels, with their telltale giant red building numbers, became the focus of Nguan's second photo series, "Singaporean Brothels."

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Wed 2015-05-06.14:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Meet The STEM Scouts: A New Kind Of Troop From The Boy Scouts Of America

Kids, forget building a campfire and do some (fun!) science and math instead.

The U.S. has a shortage of professionals working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Better get the children prepared now.

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Wed 2015-05-06.12:15 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

This Experiment Shows What Happens To Your Body When Everything You Eat Is Organic

Swedish grocery chain Coop enlisted one family, and its urine, to demonstrate the difference eating organic makes.

Misleading labels aside, when we're talking about actual organic food, most of us can agree that it's probably better for our bodies than veggies sprayed with pesticides. But factors like the price and convenience of non-organic goods are pretty tough to resist.

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Tue 2015-05-05.21:34 | [Fast Company]
[Slashdot]

FBI Releases Its Files On DEF CON: Not Amused By Spot-the-Fed

v3rgEz writes: Not surprisingly, the FBI has compiled reports on notorious hacker gathering DEF CON, now released thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request. The files detail the lack of amusement at the Spot-the-Fed game, as well as which conference tracks attract the most interest. "In a bit of FOIrony, the file contains a copy of the Spot the Fed contest rules, including the facetious aside to feds offering t-shirts in exchange for agency coffee mugs."

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Thu 2015-05-07.01:04 | [Slashdot]
[More Words, Deeper Hole]

Bold policing iniative attracts criticism


An aide to state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and two others are accused of operating a rogue police force that claimed to exist for more than 3,000 years and have jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comment(s); comment here or there.
Wed 2015-05-06.23:06 | [More Words, Deeper Hole]
[NU - Algemeen]

'OM onderzoekt spreekkoor van FC Groningen-supporters tijdens huldiging'

Het Openbaar Ministerie gaat een spreekkoor van FC Groningen-supporters tijdens de huldiging van woensdagavond onderzoeken.

Thu 2015-05-07.08:45 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Migranten gered na twaalf dagen op Middellandse Zee

De Italiaanse kustwacht heeft een kleine honderd bootvluchtelingen gered die naar eigen zeggen al twaalf dagen stuurloos ronddobberden op de Middellandse Zee, in een lek geslagen schip, zonder eten of drinken. 

Thu 2015-05-07.07:37 | [NU - Algemeen]

00:53

[Slashdot]

Grooveshark Resurrected Out of US Jurisdiction

New submitter khoonirobo writes: Less than a week after music streaming service Grooveshark was shutdown, it seems to have been brought back to life by an unknown person "connected to the original grooveshark" according to this BGR report. Seemingly, the plan is to get away with it by registering and hosting it outside of U.S. jurisdiction. From the article: "It’s still in the early stages of development, but the team hopes to reproduce the old Grooveshark UI in its entirety, including playlists and favorites."

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Thu 2015-05-07.00:40 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Tencent stripped of antivirus rankings for cheating on tests

Another week, another Chinese firm accused of gaming system

Antivirus ratings firms AV‐Comparatives, AV-Test, and Virus Bulletin have stripped another company of its rankings for trying to game their tests.…

Thu 2015-05-07.00:33 | [The Register]

00:33

[Slashdot]

MacKeeper May Have To Pay Millions In Class-Action Suit

jfruh writes: If you use a Mac, you probably recognize MacKeeper from the omnipresent popup ads designed to look vaguely like system warnings urging you to download the product and use it to keep your computer safe. Now the Ukranian company behind the software and the ads may have to pay millions in a class action suit that accuses them of exaggerating security problems in order to convince customers to download the software.

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Thu 2015-05-07.00:18 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Internet]

'Duitse automakers bereiden bod voor op kaartendienst Nokia'

Drie grote Duitse automakers bereiden een officieel bod voor op Nokia's kaartendienst, die het Finse bedrijf naar verluidt al een tijd wil verkopen.

Thu 2015-05-07.00:15 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

Australian Labor Party toys with a return to fibre, sometime, somewhere

Opposition party looks under lounge, finds dusty piece of its geek cred

The Australian Labor Party is considering whether it might be able to revive some kind of fibre-to-the-premises policy to take to the 2016 election.…

Thu 2015-05-07.00:19 | [The Register]

00:13

[The Register]

Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

No extensibility mechanism planned for initial release

You won't have to worry about dodgy toolbars, rogue ActiveX controls, or buggy plugins when you use Microsoft Edge (née Project Spartan), Redmond's new web browser for Windows 10. But you can also forget about extending the browser in any way, at least at first.…

Thu 2015-05-07.00:01 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Running Google PageSpeed Service? Come August 3rd your site is knackered

Chocolate Factory taking performance tool out behind the barn

Google has announced the impending retirement of its PageSpeed Service web optimization tool, and potentially causing headaches for sites that don't account for the move.…

Wed 2015-05-06.23:55 | [The Register]

Wed 2015-05-06

23:53

[LWN.net]

[$] Video editing and free software

Two talks at the 2015 Libre Graphics Meeting in Toronto came from video-editing projects. One was an update from Natron, a relatively young project that deals with video compositing, while the other was a reflection on ten years' worth of development on the general-purpose non-linear editor (NLE) Pitivi. Both are active projects, but they take two markedly different approaches: one aims to support an existing industry standard, while the other must build its core functionality from the ground up.

Wed 2015-05-06.23:50 | [LWN.net]
[Slashdot]

AMD Outlines Plans For Zen-Based Processors, First Due In 2016

crookedvulture writes: AMD laid out its plans for processors based on its all-new Zen microarchitecture today, promising 40% higher performance-per-clock from from the x86 CPU core. Zen will use simultaneous multithreading to execute two threads per core, and it will be built using "3D" FinFETs. The first chips are due to hit high-end desktops and servers next year. In 2017, Zen will combine with integrated graphics in smaller APUs designed for desktops and notebooks. AMD also plans to produce a high-performance server APU with a "transformational memory architecture" likely similar to the on-package DRAM being developed for the company's discrete graphics processors. This chip could give AMD a credible challenger in the HPC and supercomputing markets—and it could also make its way into laptops and desktops.

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Wed 2015-05-06.23:35 | [Slashdot]

23:33

[NU - Algemeen]

Jemen vraagt om ingrijpen met grondtroepen

Jemen vraagt de internationale gemeenschap om snel in te grijpen met grondtroepen om het land te redden. 

Thu 2015-05-07.02:09 | [NU - Algemeen]

23:13

[Slashdot]

Volunteer Bob Paulin Turns Kids on to Tech with Devoxx4Kids (Video)

You can call Bob Paulin 'Coach' and he'll probably respond, because he's been coaching youth football since 2005. Now he's also coaching what you might call 'youth science and technology' as the Chicagoland organizer of Devoxx4Kids.org. A motto on the group's website says, 'Game programming, robotics, engineering for kids in a fun way!' And that's what the group is all about, as Bob says in this video (and in the accompanying transcript for those who prefer reading over watching).

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Wed 2015-05-06.22:52 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Barcelona dankzij Messi ruim langs Bayern in Champions League

Lionel Messi heeft FC Barcelona woensdagavond een 3-0 zege op Bayern München bezorgd in de halve finale van de Champions League.

Thu 2015-05-07.06:16 | [NU - Algemeen]

22:53

[The Register]

Rip up your AMD obits: Gaming, VR, embedded chips to lift biz out of the red by 2016, allegedly

Make money. Permission denied. Su do make money. OK

Struggling chipmaker AMD hosted an all-day meeting in New York City on Wednesday to reassure financial analysts that its product portfolio is strong and it plans to return to growth this year.…

Wed 2015-05-06.22:19 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Would you trust your DNA with APPLE? HealthKit lined up as genome data trafficker

Sir Jony wants your juices. For science, of course…

Apple is set to enable DNA handling in iOS apps, allowing the applications to feed data from DNA labs to genetic researchers via iPhones or iPads.…

Wed 2015-05-06.20:52 | [The Register]

22:13

[Fast Company]

This 15-Second Ping-Pong Rally Will Make You Sweat, Scream, Grab A Paddle

Some commentators are already calling it the "point of the century"—and it's only 2015!

It's one thing when a man and a machine have an insanely epic Ping-Pong rally. It's quite another—and even more pulse-quickening—when the world's No. 1-ranked table tennis player, Ma Long, goes paddle to paddle with another top Chinese player, Fang Bo. And that's exactly what happened recently at the 2015 World Table Tennis Championships. But don't take our word for it: Watch the clip below to see the 15-second jolt of adrenaline that some are already calling the "point of the century." Yes, we know there is still a little time left in this century, but still—nice shots!

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Wed 2015-05-06.19:50 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Report: The FTC Is Probing Apple's Communications With Record Labels

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants to know more about these exclusive streaming deals.

This summer, Apple could start to reshape the music industry yet again, with the relaunch of the Beats streaming music service. But streaming is already a crowded space, and Apple is aggressively trying to set itself apart. Now the U.S. government wants to know: How aggressively?

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Wed 2015-05-06.19:45 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Today In Tabs: The Art Of The Burn

Because the world is on fire and everyone is feeling singe-y.


Epic Burns

The Albigenses were a 12th and 13th century heretical Catholic sect, who "believed in a good spirit who created the spiritual, and in an evil spirit who created the material world." The `net is also a struggle between the forces of good and evil: the Burn vs. the Tab. Yesterday was all Tabs, so to maintain the universal balance, today is dedicated to the art of the Burn. The Albigenses also "commended… in general, the extinction of human life" so I feel like they still have a lot of good ideas to offer us.

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Wed 2015-05-06.19:40 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Microsoft Just Flipped The Whole World The Bird

Microsoft has created a middle finger emoji. And it's flipping it at haters everywhere.

There are feelings that even words can't describe. Which is why sometimes, despite being a generally civilized society full of good-willed people, we flip the bird.

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Wed 2015-05-06.14:15 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

What Killed The Infographic?

If you've seen fewer experimental data visualizations lately, it's only because the medium has grown up and gotten a job.

A few years ago, the Internet was awash in groundbreaking data visualizations. There was Aaron Koblin's deeply influential map of flight patterns around the U.S. Periscopic's exhaustive, haunting portrait of gun violence in the United States. Jer Thorp and John Underkoffler's Minority Report-like interface for exploring the galaxy.

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Wed 2015-05-06.13:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

What Marriage Equality Would Mean For The Economy

An exploration of the financial impact of legalizing same-sex marriage, from income tax filing to health care costs.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard long-awaited arguments on four cases related to same-sex marriage. At stake is the determination of whether there is a constitutional right to marry and whether states have an obligation to perform same-sex marriages. The court may also issue a narrower decision on whether states must recognize legal marriages performed in other states, and not rule on the states' obligation to perform them.

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Wed 2015-05-06.11:51 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The Glorious, Creepy Truth About Google's New "Find My Phone" Feature

Just how much does the company know about you? A lot.

Google recently announced a new feature for its search tool: Find My Phone, which automatically locates your Android device as soon as you type the phrase into the search bar. Yep, a map pops up with your phone's location zeroed in, and you can even make your phone ring remotely. It sounds innocuous enough, but the feature is a result of Google's partnership with your cellphone carrier and many other machinations under the hood. Watch the video above to see what we think about this invisible step toward real-world artificial intelligence, then tell us what you think about the tech using #29thFloor.

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Tue 2015-05-05.18:58 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Who Needs Amazon? Support Local Businesses--And Then Get Same-Day Delivery By Bike

A German startup is giving people the convenience of buying things online and having them delivered—but letting them support neighborhood stores at the same time.

If you buy toilet paper online—or shoes or shampoo or groceries—it's probably partly because of lack of time to shop in person. That convenience comes with a few obvious challenges, like undercutting local businesses and adding to the massive carbon footprint of delivery. So a German startup is testing a new model: An online shop that only features local stores, and offers same-day delivery by cargo bike.

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Tue 2015-05-05.14:27 | [Fast Company]
[Slashdot]

Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All

An anonymous reader writes with news that Mark Shuttleworth plans to have a Ubuntu smartphone that can be used as a PC out sometime this year. "Despite the recent announcement that Windows 10 phones will be able to be used as PCs when connected to an external monitor, Ubuntu—the first operating system to toy with the idea—hasn't conceded the smartphone-PC convergence race to Microsoft just yet. 'While I enjoy the race, I also like to win,' Ubuntu Foundation founder Mark Shuttleworth said during a Ubuntu Online Summit keynote, before announcing that Canonical will partner with a hardware manufacturer to release a Ubuntu Phone with smartphone-PC convergence features this year.

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Wed 2015-05-06.22:08 | [Slashdot]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Google onthult Android M eind mei

Google introduceert eind mei, tijdens zijn eigen I/O-evenement, een nieuwe versie van Android. Het is nog niet bekend welke functionaliteit Android M of Android 6 gaat krijgen. Wel geeft Google hints over features waar het aan werkt, zoals Voice Access.

Wed 2015-05-06.21:18 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

AMD onthult Zen-cores en schrapt x86-ARM-project

AMD heeft details over de komende Zen-generatie van cores vrijgegeven. Daarnaast trekt het concern de stekker uit Project Skybridge, waarmee de fabrikant x86-apu's met ARM-cores wilde combineren. Verder bevestigde AMD de komst van grafische kaarten met high bandwidth memory.

Wed 2015-05-06.20:34 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

OneDrive krijgt mobiele offline-modus en nieuwe sync-clients

Microsoft heeft een roadmap gepubliceerd waarop te zien is welke functionaliteit de komende kwartalen voor OneDrive uitgerold gaan worden. Onder andere komen er diverse offline-features voor mobiele apparaten naar de opslagdienst.

Wed 2015-05-06.19:34 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Nvidia zet 4g-tak in de etalage

Nvidia wil zich van Icera ontdoen, de bedrijfstak die 3g- en 4g-modems maakt. De geplande verkoop of ontmanteling is onderdeel van de strategie van Nvidia om zich meer op gaming, automotive en cloud computing te richten en minder op de Tegra-soc's voor mobiele apparaten.

Wed 2015-05-06.18:49 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[More Words, Deeper Hole]

Hmmm

The UW Associate Provost (students) knows who I am.

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

Wed 2015-05-06.21:38 | [More Words, Deeper Hole]
[The Register]

You've just woken from a 3-year coma. Cloud is everywhere. So how are you gonna make your millions and retire?

One bloke's 'Android store for cloud services' dream

Collision 2015 It wasn't that long ago that when you wanted decent software you went to a retail store like Staples and bought a cardboard box with a CD inside.…

Wed 2015-05-06.21:57 | [The Register]

21:53

[NU - Algemeen]

Netanyahu heeft regering rond en blijft premier van Israël

Benjamin Netanyahu heeft zijn nieuwe regering rond en blijft premier van Israël. 

Wed 2015-05-06.23:15 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

Smart home technology adoption requires fresh thinking, says August's Jason Johnson

Collision 2015 We should rent our Nest thermostats, Sonos speakers and August smartlocks, according to Jason Johnson, the CEO of internet-of-doorlocks upstart August.…

Wed 2015-05-06.21:34 | [The Register]
[The Register]

18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

Freightliner's Inspiration Truck - more than meets the eye

American truck maker Freightliner has premiered its first robot big rig, and it has already received a road license plate for a computer-controlled 18-wheeler on public highways.…

Wed 2015-05-06.13:18 | [The Register]

21:33

[Slashdot]

17-Year-Old Radio Astronomy Mystery Traced Back To Kitchen Microwave

New submitter Bo'Bob'O writes: The BBC reports that the scientists at the Parkes and Bleien Radio Observatories in New South Whales, Australia, have tracked down earth-based signals that had been eluding observation for 17 years. These signals, which came to be called Perytons "occurred only during office hours and predominantly on weekdays." The source, as it turned out, was located right inside the antenna's tower where impatient scientists had been opening the kitchen microwave door before its cycle had finished. As the linked paper concludes, this, and a worn magnetron caused a condition that allowed the microwaves to emit a burst of frequencies not expected by the scientists, only compounding the original mystery.

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Wed 2015-05-06.21:25 | [Slashdot]
[Slashdot]

Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking

AmiMoJo writes: The European Commission has adopted a new set of initiatives for digital technologies that aims to improve access to online services for everyday users. Among other things, Europe vows to end geo-blocking, which it describes as "a discriminatory practice used for commercial reasons," and lift other unwarranted copyright restrictions. Consumers will have the right to access content they purchased at home in other European countries. "I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business accessing the widest market – wherever they are in Europe," Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says.

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Wed 2015-05-06.18:26 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

How Project Centennial brings potentially millions of desktop apps to the Windows 10 Store

No more installer vomit, but Store security somewhat broken

The Windows 10 Store will include traditional Windows desktop applications, thanks to Microsoft's Project Centennial (Project C).…

Wed 2015-05-06.21:18 | [The Register]
[The Register]

SpaceX Dragon crew capsule in 'CHUTE ABORT drama – don't panic, no one died

This is only a test. This is only a test

Pics and vid At 0900 EDT (1300 UTC) today, SpaceX launched a Dragon 2 capsule, capable of carrying a human crew, high into the sky, and gently landed it on the Atlantic ocean. It was a NASA-required experiment to test whether or not the craft can safely return to Earth without killing anyone onboard if a launch is aborted shortly after takeoff.…

Wed 2015-05-06.20:07 | [The Register]

21:13

[Slashdot]

Woman Alerts Police of Hostage Situation Through Pizza Hut App

mpicpp writes with this story about how a Pizza Hut app may have saved a woman's life. "A Florida mother held hostage by her boyfriend used the Pizza Hut app to notify police she needed help, authorities said. Cheryl Treadway, 25, was allegedly being held at knife point in her home by Ethan Nickerson, 26, in Avon Park on Monday, the Highlands County Sheriff's Office told ABC News today. 'She was held hostage by him all day,' Public Information Officer Nell Hays said. Nickerson took away Treadway's phone, police said, but she was eventually able to persuade him to let her order a pizza using her Pizza Hut app. 'She told him, "The kids are hungry. Let's order a pizza. Let's get them some food,"' Hays said, noting that's when Treadway was able to sneak in a written message through the delivery. Along with her order of a small, classic pepperoni pizza, she wrote: 'Please help. Get 911 to me,' according to police. She also wrote: '911hostage help!'"

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Wed 2015-05-06.21:03 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Duitse minister wist niet van afspraken tussen BND en NSA

De Duitse minister van Binnenlandse Zaken Thomas de Maizière (CDU) zegt dat hij persoonlijk geen details kreeg over medewerking van de Duitse BND aan de Amerikaanse spionagedienst NSA in 2008. 

Thu 2015-05-07.07:37 | [NU - Algemeen]

20:53

[Slashdot]

Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

jones_supa writes: One of the most puzzling questions about the history of free and open source software is this: Why did Linux succeed so spectacularly, whereas similar attempts to build a free or open source, Unix-like operating system kernel met with considerably less success? Christopher Tozzi has rounded up some theories, focusing specifically on kernels, not complete operating systems. These theories take a detailed look at the decentralized development structure, pragmatic approach to things, and the rich developer community, all of which worked in favor of Linux.

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Wed 2015-05-06.20:42 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Bekerwinnaar FC Groningen gehuldigd in Stadspark

FC Groningen is woensdag onder grote belangstelling gehuldigd in het Stadspark voor het winnen van de KNVB-beker.

Wed 2015-05-06.23:13 | [NU - Algemeen]

20:33

[NU - Algemeen]

Zware windstoten langs westkust hinderen verkeer

Het stormachtige weer heeft woensdagmiddag vooral langs de westkust tot verkeersproblemen geleid.

Wed 2015-05-06.21:35 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Why MakerBot failed – but 3D printing is far from dead

Trying to be too clever for its own good?

Collision 2015 3D printing posterchild MakerBot moved too fast with untested technology and that's why it was forced to cut 20 per cent of its staff, abolish three divisions and closed three shops.…

Wed 2015-05-06.20:23 | [The Register]

20:13

[Slashdot]

NASA Will Award You $5,000 For Your Finest Mars City Idea

coondoggie writes: NASA this week said it would look to the public for cool ideas on how to build a sustainable environment on Mars with the best plan earning as much as $5,000. With the Journey to Mars Challenge, NASA wants applicants to describe one or more Mars surface systems or capabilities and operations that are needed to set up and establish a technically achievable, economically sustainable human living space on the red planet. Think air, water, food, communications systems and the like.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2015-05-06.19:55 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Internet]

Dropbox-extensie voor Gmail laat eenvoudig grote bestanden versturen

Dropbox heeft zijn extensie voor Gmail uitgebreid waardoor het nu een stuk makkelijker wordt om grote bestanden te versturen.

Wed 2015-05-06.19:57 | [NU - Internet]

19:13

[LWN.net]

Security advisories for Wednesday

Debian has updated dnsmasq (information disclosure).

Mageia has updated erlang (man-in-the-middle attack), glibc (multiple vulnerabilities), mariadb (multiple unspecified vulnerabilities), qtwebkit (denial of service), and x11-server (two vulnerabilities).

Mandriva has updated net-snmp (MBS2.0, MBS1.0: code execution), nodejs (MBS2.0: privilege escalation), and squid (MBS2.0: certificate validation bypass).

Red Hat has updated openstack-glance (RHELOSP6.0: denial of service).

Ubuntu has updated clamav (15.04, 14.10, 14.04, 12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel (15.04; 14.10; 14.04; 12.04: privilege escalation), linux-lts-trusty (12.04: privilege escalation), linux-lts-utopic (14.04: privilege escalation), oxide-qt (15.04, 14.10, 14.04: multiple vulnerabilities), and ppp (14.10, 14.04, 12.04: denial of service).

Wed 2015-05-06.18:13 | [LWN.net]
[Slashdot]

Apple's Plans For Your DNA

An anonymous reader writes: MIT's Technology Review breaks news that Apple is working with scientists to create apps that collect and evaluate users' DNA. "The apps are based on ResearchKit, a software platform Apple introduced in March that helps hospitals or scientists run medical studies on iPhones by collecting data from the devices' sensors or through surveys." A source says Apple's plan is to enable users to easily share their DNA information with medical workers and researchers performing studies. "To join one of the studies, a person would agree to have a gene test carried out—for instance, by returning a "spit kit" to a laboratory approved by Apple. The first such labs are said to be the advanced gene-sequencing centers operated by UCSF and Mount Sinai."

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Wed 2015-05-06.19:09 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Reddingsteam Nepal weer op Nederlandse bodem

De Nederlandse reddingsploeg die in Nepal werkzaam was, is woensdagavond gearriveerd op de militaire vliegbasis Eindhoven. 

Thu 2015-05-07.00:07 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Dive! Dive! Dive! Imation submarine barrels down toward rocky seabed

Pattern of newtech depth charges brackets Nexsan with shattering effects

The good ship Imation is like a World War Two submarine facing attack, with the captain yelling out "Dive! Dive! Dive!" - because diving is what all its revenues are doing.…

Wed 2015-05-06.19:01 | [The Register]

18:53

[Fast Company]

The EU Officially Reveals Its Plan To Reduce Silicon Valley's Power In Europe

The EU announced a new plan to unify its tech industry and throw more legal challenges at ours.

Europe is gunning for Silicon Valley. As part of its ongoing effort to reposition its economy, the European Union just formally unveiled plans to unify its fractured markets and take a more aggressive stance toward U.S. tech companies, according to The Wall Street Journal. If you thought Europe was already rough on the likes of Google and Facebook, just wait.

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Wed 2015-05-06.17:25 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The Future Of Manufacturing: Sensors, 3-D Printers, And Data Science

A new McKinsey report says 3-D printing, sensors, and lots of data-science jobs are coming to America's factories.

A new study from consulting giant McKinsey says factories are the next fertile ground for the "Internet of things." The report, called Industry 4.0: How to Navigate a Changing Industrial Landscape, also says something intuitive: Over the next 10 years, factories and manufacturing facilities will worry less about buying new equipment and more about outfitting their spaces with an array of high-tech sensors and routers.

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Wed 2015-05-06.16:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Why Furniture Manufacturers Are Opposing Regulations On Formaldehyde, A Known Carcinogen

Ikea and the Chinese government are among opponents of the EPA's new regulations on formaldehyde, a common ingredient in wood glue.

Formaldehyde (AKA embalming fluid) is a known carcinogen, and even short-term exposure to high levels can cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and eye and skin irritation. The chemical is also omnipresent in American homes as a common ingredient in wood glue—used in furniture and laminate flooring—as well as wallpaper and paint, crease-resistant fabrics, and certain types of insulation. American companies sell billions of dollars worth of formaldehyde-containing wood products each year.

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Tue 2015-05-05.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Planet PostgreSQL]

Frank Wiles: Django Performance: 4 Simple Things

Django Performance: 4 Simple Things

Wed 2015-05-06.17:13 | [Planet PostgreSQL]
[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]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Oorspronkelijke Nokia-programmeur brengt moderne versie van Snake uit

De programmeur die verantwoordelijk was voor het spel Snake voor Nokia-toestellen, Taneli Armanto, brengt samen met gamebedrijf Rumilus Design op 14 mei een nieuwe versie van het spel voor smartphones uit.

Wed 2015-05-06.18:22 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Dragen smartwatch achter het stuur leidt mogelijk tot boete

Wie tijdens het autorijden een smartwatch draagt, riskeert mogelijk een boete wegens overtreding van het Reglement Verkeersregels en Verkeerstekens. Het ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu waarschuwt voor die mogelijkheid.

Wed 2015-05-06.17:36 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Sony introduceert Xperia C4 met 5,5"-scherm

Sony introduceert de Xperia C4, een smartphone met 5,5" full-hd-scherm. De 5-megapixelfrontcamera met flits maakt het toestel volgens Sony geschikt voor selfies. Het toestel kost 349 euro en moet in juni in de winkels liggen.

Wed 2015-05-06.17:09 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

FNV: door fusie Ziggo en UPC verdwijnen ruim 1000 banen

Het samengaan van Ziggo en UPC zorgt ervoor dat meer dan 1000 medewerkers hun baan gaan verliezen, claimt FNV Publiek Belang. Ziggo zou mensen na overhevelen van werkzaamheden tot 'belachelijke reistijden' dwingen, waardoor veel personeelsleden waarschijnlijk afhaken.

Wed 2015-05-06.16:42 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Intel brengt Xeons met achttien cores uit

Intel heeft de E7-8800 v3- en 4800 v3-series van Xeon-processors aangekondigd. De chips zijn op de Haswell EX-architectuur gebaseerd en bevatten tot aan 18 cores. De Xeons zijn bedoeld voor zware realtime werklasten, zoals analyse-berekeningen op grote datasets.

Wed 2015-05-06.16:36 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Onderzoekers komen met nauwkeurige positiebepaling voor smartphones

Onderzoekers van de University of Texas at Austin hebben een systeem ontwikkeld waarmee nauwkeurige positiebepaling mogelijk wordt met antennes in smartphones. Met behulp van speciale software zouden dergelijke apparaten tot op de centimeter nauwkeurig kunnen zijn.

Wed 2015-05-06.15:40 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

PayPal biedt niet-goed-geld-terug bij aanschaf digitale goederen

PayPal breidt zijn aankoopbescherming uit naar digitale goederen. Per 1 juli vallen niet alleen fysieke goederen maar ook goederen en diensten zoals digitale muziek, e-books, downloadable content zoals games en vliegtickets onder de bescherming.

Wed 2015-05-06.15:26 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[NU - Algemeen]

Deense minister uit kritiek op politie na terreuraanslag Kopenhagen

De Deense politie heeft niet goed gehandeld bij de terreuraanslagen in Kopenhagen. 

Wed 2015-05-06.19:37 | [NU - Algemeen]

18:33

[The Register]

EU geo-blocking: Ansip's crusade liable to disappear through 'unjustifiable' loophole

Robot in Distress - penny drops at Commish

Analysis Europe’s digital single market proposals encapsulate many of the EU’s problems in one handy document. The intentions are noble, but the utopian “solutions” are clumsy and inept, leaving Eurocrats attempting to brute-force something that people don’t want onto a diverse and disparate collection of countries.…

Wed 2015-05-06.18:29 | [The Register]

18:13

[NU - Algemeen]

Twee mensen overleden door blikseminslag in Amersfoort

In een park aan de Randenbroekerweg in Amersfoort zijn woensdagmiddag twee mensen overleden door blikseminslag. Het gaat om twee vrouwen waarvan de identiteit nog niet is vastgesteld.

Wed 2015-05-06.16:25 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Asscher zegt verdrag Marokko toch niet op

Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Sociale Zaken) wil de opzegging van het socialeverzekeringsverdrag met Marokko opschorten. 

Wed 2015-05-06.17:53 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

EMC dangles Puppet out of its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

Automation lab gets to probe globe

Puppet Enterprise is getting a boost in its global sales footprint, with EMC deciding its customers need a bit of devops love and adding the automation suite to its hybrid clouds.…

Wed 2015-05-06.18:01 | [The Register]

17:53

[Slashdot]

Uber Forced Out of Kansas

mpicpp sends news that Uber has been forced to leave Kansas. The company says a bill pushed through the state legislature (SB117) makes it impossible for the company to operate there. The bill had been vetoed by Kansas governor Sam Brownback, but lawmakers secured enough votes to override it. "The measure requires drivers for ride-hailing companies to undergo background checks through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and hold additional auto insurance coverage for the period in which they have turned on the mobile app that connects them to riders."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2015-05-06.11:15 | [Slashdot]
[Slashdot]

Two Programmers Expose Dysfunction and Abuse In the Seattle Police Department

reifman writes: Programmers Eric Rachner and Phil Mocek are now the closest thing Seattle has to a civilian police-oversight board. Through shrewd use of Washington's Public Records Act, the two have acquired hundreds of reports, videos, and 911 calls related to the Seattle Police Department's internal investigations of officer misconduct. Among some of Rachner and Mocek's findings: a total of 1,028 SPD employees (including civilian employees) were investigated between 2010 and 2013. (The current number of total SPD staff is 1,820.) Of the 11 most-investigated employees—one was investigated 18 times during the three-year period—every single one of them is still on the force, according to SPD. In 569 allegations of excessive or inappropriate use of force (arising from 363 incidents), only seven were sustained—meaning 99 percent of cases were dismissed. Exoneration rates were only slightly smaller when looking at all the cases — of the total 2,232 allegations, 284 were sustained. This is partly why the Seattle PD is under a federal consent decree for retraining and oversight. You can check out some of the typically excellent Twitter coverage by Mocek from his #MayDaySea coverage.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2015-05-06.17:45 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Speaking in Tech: 'We're angry about the things most important to us'

Podcast Are you a believer in the One True Cloud™?

Wed 2015-05-06.17:42 | [The Register]

17:33

[The Register]

EC probe into murky cross border e-commerce kicks off

Why can't I get that lower price on the Amazon site in the country next door? Eh?

The EU’s executive arm has officially launched its probe into the e-commerce sector to find out why Europeans aren’t buying across national borders much.…

Wed 2015-05-06.17:18 | [The Register]

17:13

[Slashdot]

Oculus Rift Launching In Q1 2016

An anonymous reader writes: Oculus has announced that their Rift virtual reality headset will be coming out sometime in the first quarter of 2016. They've also posted a couple images of the final consumer headset design. The device was Kickstarted in August, 2012. Consumer-level release dates have slowly slipped further and further out since then, though they've shipped two different development kits. Ars points out that a 2016 launch date will bring the Oculus Rift to market after the Valve/HTC VR headset, and possibly after Sony's Project Morpheus.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2015-05-06.17:03 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

French MPs say Oui to Le Charteur des Snoopeurs

You think only Yankees can have a Patriot Act? Think again mon brave

Yesterday French Parliamentarians voted overwhelmingly in favour of creating their very own version of the US Patriot Act.…

Wed 2015-05-06.16:53 | [The Register]

16:33

[Slashdot]

Apple Gets Antitrust Scrutiny Over Music Deals

An anonymous reader writes: Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is probing Apple after its acquisition of Beats Electronics, and its various deals with record labels to sell music through the iTunes store. As part of the acquisition, Apple now owns the music streaming service created by Beats, and they're planning to release a new version sometime soon. This makes their ties to the record labels, already deep because of iTunes, even stronger — and could affect the labels' relationships with other streaming services, like Spotify. Investigators want to know if Apple is using these business deals as leverage for "curtailing ad-supported music and pushing more songs into paid tiers of service at higher rates."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2015-05-06.16:22 | [Slashdot]

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