Wed 2015-07-01

13:53

[Slashdot]

How Verizon Is Hindering NYC's Internet Service

Cuillere writes: Verizon promised to make FiOS available to all New York City residents. The deadline passed a year ago, and many residents still don't have FiOS as an option, but Verizon claims to have done its part. "The agreement required Verizon to 'pass' homes with fiber (not actually connect them), but no one wrote down in the agreement what they thought 'pass' meant. (Verizon’s interpretation, predictably, is that it doesn’t have to get very close.)" The situation is a mess, and the city isn't having much luck fighting it in the courts. Susan Crawford offers a solution: set up wholesale fiber access for third party ISPs and absolve Verizon of customer service responsibility.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2015-07-01.13:42 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Internet]

Weense rechter verwerpt Facebook-zaak door 25.000 Europeanen

Een Weense rechter heeft maandag de rechtszaak verworpen die namens 25.000 Europeanen tegen Facebook werd aangespannen wegens privacyschending. 

Wed 2015-07-01.13:42 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

Speaking in Tech: Just slacking off and keeping things contained

Podcast Meanwhile, SCOTUS is getting it all wrong. Again

Wed 2015-07-01.13:45 | [The Register]
[The Register]

'Watered down' net neutrality rules could mean 'almost anything'

Lobbyists wail and gnash teeth over deal born of darkness

The EU negotiators' proposed new rules on net neutrality – reached in the early hours of Tuesday morning – have caused serious concerns among digital rights activists, who cite loopholes and vagueness.…

Wed 2015-07-01.10:32 | [The Register]

13:33

[NU - Algemeen]

Dood Arubaan in Den Haag waarschijnlijk door optreden politie

Het overlijden van de Arubaan Mitch Henriquez in Den Haag komt zeer waarschijnlijk door zuurstoftekort. Het is aannemelijk dat dit het gevolg is van het optreden van de politie bij zijn arrestatie afgelopen zaterdag.

Wed 2015-07-01.13:41 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Orange hurls €90m at Israel's Partner to end political bunfight

Chief exec’s crowd-pleaser didn’t go down at all well

Orange has been caught in a political storm after trying to stop Israeli mobile network Partner Communications from using its name.…

Wed 2015-07-01.13:22 | [The Register]

13:13

[The Register]

Flatworm is totally f**cked in the head, and Darwin would be proud

All dressed up and no one to blow? Stab yourself in the head with a penis

Bioboffins have found a flatworm, Macrostomum hystrix, that can reproduce by injecting its own head with sperm.…

Wed 2015-07-01.13:05 | [The Register]

12:53

[The Register]

Samsung/Cheil merger goes on: Soz Elliot, not this time, says court

Court cock blocks corporate cock blocking attempt

A court in South Korea has rejected an attempt by US activist fund Elliott Associates to overturn a merger between Samsung and Cheil Industries.…

Wed 2015-07-01.12:35 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Microsoft Blighty reveals £77,777.77 Surface 3 'variant'

That is a VERY expensive LTE option

Microsoft's UK store is offering a £77,777.77 version of the Surface 3.…

Wed 2015-07-01.09:03 | [The Register]
[The Register]

UH OH: Windows 10 will share your WiFi key with your friends' friends

Tell a pal your password ... and their FB mates will get it too

A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it shares WiFi passwords with the user's contacts.…

Tue 2015-06-30.22:59 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Cisco gobbles OpenDNS, sorts out cloud security portfolio

'Vast new wave of opportunities for security breaches’

Cisco will buy privately held net security firm OpenDNS for $635m in cash, to make good its cloud security portfolio and boost the networking giant's "security everywhere" approach.…

Tue 2015-06-30.17:31 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Redmond: This Windows 10 build has 'no significant known issues'

Hey, Microsoft. If you have to type 'W' to find Paint it's got issues

Microsoft has released its latest build of Windows 10 as part of its Windows Insider preview programme, with general manager Gabe Aul boldly stating that “we don’t have any significant known issues for this build.”…

Tue 2015-06-30.16:37 | [The Register]

12:33

[NU - Algemeen]

'Grieken komen deels tegemoet aan eisen schuldeisers'

Griekenland is toch bereid deels tegemoet te komen aan de eisen die de schuldeisers afgelopen weekeinde hebben gesteld voor nieuwe steun.

Wed 2015-07-01.13:34 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Kort geding over politieactie Tour donderdag

Het kort geding om de CAO-actie van de politiebonden zondag tijdens de Tour de France tegen te houden dient donderdag om 11.00 uur bij de rechtbank in Rotterdam.

Wed 2015-07-01.12:32 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

Grand old warhorse finally out to grass – last chance to see

Visit a British air show before September and it's possible you’ll get the opportunity to witness the last Vulcan bomber in flight - and this is definitely the last year you'll get the chance, this time.…

Wed 2015-07-01.12:03 | [The Register]

12:13

[NU - Algemeen]

Máxima bewondert Filipijnen om inspanningen financiële strategie

Koningin Máxima heeft woensdag haar bewondering uitgesproken voor de inspanningen die de Filipijnen leveren om de hele bevolking toegang te geven tot financiële diensten, zoals een spaarrekening of verzekering. 

Wed 2015-07-01.12:05 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Internet]

Extra regels voor onlineverkopers medicijnen

Verkopers van medicijnen via internet krijgen vanaf woensdag te maken met aangescherpte regels. Zij moeten zich aanmelden bij de overheid en een speciaal logo op hun website plaatsen.

Wed 2015-07-01.12:26 | [NU - Internet]

11:53

[Webwereld Feed]

In Chrome is het alles awesomeness

Ban de negativiteit uit je leven!

Wed 2015-07-01.11:06 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

Computersysteem waterbedrijf Vitens flipt door hitte

En van een hittegolf is nog niet eens sprake.

Wed 2015-07-01.10:14 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

Storing AWS haalt Netflix offline (en 1000 andere sites)

Schrikkelseconde mogelijk niet de oorzaak.

Wed 2015-07-01.09:49 | [Webwereld Feed]
[Webwereld Feed]

We kijken 200 pornofilms per jaar - op onze smartphone

iPhone en iPad stuwen porno naar grote hoogten.

Wed 2015-07-01.09:01 | [Webwereld Feed]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Synology Disk Station Manager 5.2 build 5592

Synology heeft een update van versie 5.2 van Disk Station Manager uitgebracht. Synology DSM is de beheersoftware die op diverse nas-producten van het bedrijf draait. De Disk, Cube en Rack Stations bieden meer dan alleen extra opslagruimte. Zo kunnen ook back-ups van alle clients op het netwerk worden gemaakt en kunnen bestanden via http, ftp, bittorrent, usenet en emule worden gedownload, zodat bijvoorbeeld energiegulzige pc's 's nachts uit kunnen, terwijl de download gewoon binnenkomt. Verder kunnen via de ingebouwde iTunes-server audio- en videobestanden over het netwerk worden gestreamd, kan met behulp van php en MySQL een dynamische website worden gehost en kan het apparaat als printserver fungeren.

Wed 2015-07-01.11:42 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Linux Mint 17.2

Versie 17.2 van Linux Mint is uitgekomen, een versie met extra lange ondersteuning. Linux Mint is een op Ubuntu gebaseerde distributie, die verkrijgbaar is met twee verschillende desktopomgevingen. De eerste maakt gebruik van MATE, dat op de niet meer onderhouden Gnome 2-code is gebaseerd en is bedoeld voor oudere hardware, de andere maakt gebruik van Cinnamon, dat weliswaar op Gnome 3 gebaseerd is, maar aanvoelt als de 'klassieke' Gnome 2-omgeving. Meer informatie over versie 17.2 van Linux Mint is op onze voorpagina te vinden, dit zijn de release notes:

Wed 2015-07-01.11:41 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Joomla! 3.4.2

Versie 3.4.2 van Joomla! is uitgekomen en deze is meteen door versie 3.3.6 opgevolgd. Joomla! is een dynamisch, in php geschreven contentmanagementsysteem, dat kan worden gebruikt om bijvoorbeeld een weblog, website of samenwerkingssite te maken. Om het programma in het Nederlands te gebruiken kun je onder andere op Joomla Community terecht. In versie 3.4 zijn onder meer verbeteringen aan de editor aangebracht en is de beveiliging aangescherpt. In deze update zijn verder nog twee kleine beveiligingsproblemen verholpen.

Wed 2015-07-01.11:41 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

MIT maakt tool die automatisch crash-bugs repareert

Onderzoekers van MIT hebben een tool ontwikkeld die crash-bugs in software automatisch moet kunnen oplossen door functionaliteit te 'lenen' van andere software. Dergelijke bugs zijn niet alleen vervelend, maar vormen ook een beveiligingsrisico.

Wed 2015-07-01.11:36 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Trion Worlds haalt Koreaanse mmog Devilian naar Europa

De Amerikaanse uitgever Trion Worlds brengt de Zuid-Koreaanse mmog Devilian naar de VS en Europa. De uitgever werkt nu aan de vertaling van de game en wil daarna een bètatest houden. Wanneer de game officieel speelbaar zal zijn, is niet bekend.

Wed 2015-07-01.11:06 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

JauntVR onthult high-end 360-gradencamera voor vr-films

De virtual reality-videocamerabouwer Jaunt toont zijn eerste professionele vr-camerasysteem 'Neo'. De camera is de vijfde camera van het bedrijf en van de grond af nieuw ontworpen met zelf ontworpen onderdelen.

Wed 2015-07-01.10:38 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Asus start tijdelijk laptop-garantieprogramma met geld terug boven op reparatie

Asus start woensdag met een tijdelijk garantieprogramma dat iedere klant die een laptop van de fabrikant koopt de mogelijkheid geeft het volledige aanschafbedrag terug te krijgen bij een defect, boven op de reparatie. Het gaat om een tijdelijke actie die drie maanden loopt.

Wed 2015-07-01.10:10 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Huawei kondigt Honor 7 aan

Huawei heeft een nieuwe smartphone aangekondigd: de Honor 7. Het apparaat wordt aangeboden in drie verschillende varianten: met 16GB opslag en een slot voor een enkele sim of 16GB en een dualsim met lte-verbinding of een 64GB-variant met lte en dualsim-slot.

Wed 2015-07-01.09:30 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Vivendi neemt meerderheidsbelang in Dailymotion

Het Franse mediabedrijf Vivendi koopt 80 procent van de aandelen van de videodeelsite Dailymotion voor 217 miljoen euro. De aandelen waren in handen van het Franse telecomconcern Orange. Vivendi en Orange waren sinds april van dit jaar in gesprek.

Wed 2015-07-01.08:56 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Gerucht: iPhone 6S krijgt alleen wijzigingen aan de binnenkant

De iPhone 6S ziet er hetzelfde uit als de huidige iPhone 6, inclusief de antennelijnen voor draadloze ontvangst. Het model gaat ook niet over een dual-lens-systeem beschikken. Dat claimt althans 9to5mac op basis van foto's.

Wed 2015-07-01.08:11 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

TU Eindhoven opent lab voor microfabricage

De Technische Universiteit Eindhoven opent woensdag een Microfab Lab. Studenten en onderzoekers kunnen de verschillende faciliteiten gebruiken om microsystemen, zoals labs-on-a-chip of organs-on-a-chip, te bouwen voor onderzoek en onderwijs.

Tue 2015-06-30.09:58 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[Charlie's Diary]

Reminders

A very brief update (because I'm still knee-deep in work and I don't want to bomb you with trivia):

  1. If you're in Edinburgh, I'll be reading from and signing "The Annihilation Score" in Blackwell's Bookshop this evening at 6:30pm. Tickets are free from the front desk; further details here.

  2. Tor.com have published a longer extract from "The Annihilation Score", which you can read online (it goes a good bit further than the teaser Orbit put out last week: note, may contain spoilers for the ending of The Rhesus Chart).

  3. The official UK/Aus/NZ launch date is tomorrow, which is when the ebooks will show up. In the UK, hardbacks are already showing up on shop displays; they're in a container on their way to the antipodes and on past form I expect them to be in shops by the end of the month. North Americans will have to wait until next Thursday ...

Wed 2015-07-01.11:47 | [Charlie's Diary]
[NU - Algemeen]

AIVD moet stoppen met afluisteren advocaten en cliënten

De inlichtingendiensten AIVD en MIVD moeten binnen zes maanden stoppen met het afluisteren van vertrouwelijke gesprekken tussen advocaten en hun cliënten, als er binnen die tijd geen onafhankelijk toezicht komt. 

Wed 2015-07-01.12:07 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

In totaal 29 verdachten voor rechter in zedenzaak Valkenburg

In totaal 29 mannen moeten zich binnenkort voor de rechtbank in Maastricht verantwoorden voor het misbruiken van een toen zestienjarig meisje in twee Valkenburgse hotels vorig jaar. 

Wed 2015-07-01.12:27 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Facebook will READ YOUR MIND, claims Zuckerberg in Q&A

Takes questions from Schwarzenegger and Hawking

Not content with wading into virtual reality with his Oculus gobble, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to be able to update your Facebook status with the unaided power of your mind, the Behoodied One said in a Q&A session on Tuesday.…

Wed 2015-07-01.01:37 | [The Register]

11:33

[Slashdot]

MIT's Bitcoin-Inspired 'Enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data

Guy Zyskind, Oz Nathan, and the MIT Media Lab have developed a system to encrypt data in a way that it can still be shared and used without being decrypted. "To keep track of who owns what data—and where any given data’s pieces have been distributed—Enigma stores that metadata in the bitcoin blockchain, the unforgeable record of messages copied to thousands of computers to prevent counterfeit and fraud in the bitcoin economy." Enigma needs a fairly large base of users to operate securely, so its creators have proposed requiring a fee for anyone who wants data processed in this way. That fee would then be split among the users doing the processing. Those with encrypted datasets on the Enigma network could also sell access to datamining operations without letting the miners see the unencrypted data.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2015-07-01.11:20 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Liveblog: Eurogroep praat woensdagmiddag verder over Griekenland

Hoe de toekomst van Griekenland binnen de eurozone eruitziet is volledig onduidelijk geworden. De deadline van het tweede steunpakket is op 30 juni om middernacht verlopen, een nieuw alternatief pakket is er nog niet. Daarnaast hebben de Grieken de deadline van een betaling aan het IMF laten verlopen.

Wed 2015-07-01.10:25 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Want to spoil your favourite storage vendor's day? Buy cloud

Leaving the premises might just work

Organisations continue to buy storage. In fact, I was talking to a storage salesman not so long ago who was telling me that one of his customers regularly calls asking for a quote for “a couple more petabytes."…

Wed 2015-07-01.11:26 | [The Register]
[The Register]

EUROPEAN PURGE on hated mobile roaming charges

Dead-of-night deal foresees abolition of fees in 2017

After 12 hours of tense negotiations, EU negotiators agreed at 3am on Tuesday to impose a minimal cap on mobile phone roaming charges for calls, texts and data.…

Tue 2015-06-30.11:35 | [The Register]

11:13

[NU - Algemeen]

Elf arrestaties bij nieuwe onrust Haagse Schilderswijk

Bij de nieuwe ongeregeldheden in de Haagse Schilderswijk in de nacht van dinsdag op woensdag heeft de politie elf aanhoudingen verricht. 

Wed 2015-07-01.11:41 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

Fine, you think up a better idea

Worstall on Wednesday The latest of the X-Prizes is an attempt to increase adult literacy through the power of the mobile phone. Given that our own Prime Minister has been known to think that LOL means “lots of love”, it might not be a bad idea to update digital literacy.…

Wed 2015-07-01.11:00 | [The Register]

10:53

[NU - Algemeen]

'Rusland schort gaslevering Oekraïne per direct op'

Rusland levert vanaf woensdag 1 juli geen gas meer aan Oekraïne. Dat zegt gasleverancier Gazprom. 

Wed 2015-07-01.11:40 | [NU - Algemeen]

10:33

[NU - Algemeen]

Kwik stijgt woensdag in Nederland tot boven 30 graden

Woensdag is het op veel plaatsen in Nederland tropisch warm. Het kwik stijgt landinwaarts tot boven de 30 graden. 

Wed 2015-07-01.12:50 | [NU - Algemeen]

10:13

[NU - Algemeen]

Zeker dertig Egyptische soldaten gedood bij aanvallen in Sinaï

Bij verschillende aanvallen in de Sinaï zijn woensdag zeker dertig Egyptische soldaten omgekomen. 

Wed 2015-07-01.13:07 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Deadline terugbetalen IMF-lening Grieken verstreken

De deadline voor het terugbetalen van een lening van zo'n 1,5 miljard euro aan het Internationaal Monetair Fonds (IMF) is om middernacht afgelopen. De Grieken hebben hier niet aan voldaan.

Wed 2015-07-01.09:39 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Overlast door hoge temperaturen in Frankrijk

De Franse autoriteiten hebben woensdag in verband met de hoge temperaturen code oranje afgekondigd voor het midden en noordoosten van het land.

Wed 2015-07-01.12:03 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Internet]

Modewebwinkels informeren beter bij retour

Honderden webwinkels in de modebranche hebben informatie op hun website over terugbetaling bij retourzendingen aangepast na acties van de Autoriteit Consument & Markt (ACM). 

Wed 2015-07-01.10:00 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

ETERNUS embiggens at peak of Mt Fujitsu (it's a drive array, not Tolkien)

New high-end beast summoned with old one squashed a bit

Fujitsu's modular array line is being refreshed at the top end, with a third-generation ETERNUS DX8700 S3 product and a new DX8900 S3 array.…

Wed 2015-07-01.10:00 | [The Register]

09:33

[The Register]

DataDirect introduces its hyper-converged Wolf in Creek clothing

Pony-tailed CEO spills beans on his firm's rather racy system

DataDirect is building WolfCreek, a 5 million IOPS converged compute and storage appliance, with vastly enhanced IO processing and 60GB/sec bandwidth.…

Wed 2015-07-01.09:29 | [The Register]

09:13

[NU - Algemeen]

137.000 migranten bereikten dit jaar Europa via Middellandse Zee

In de eerste zes maanden van dit jaar hebben meer dan 137.000 vluchtelingen kans gezien Europa te bereiken via de Middellandse Zee.

Wed 2015-07-01.09:32 | [NU - Algemeen]

08:53

[NU - Algemeen]

Dode door ongeval op A270 tussen Nuenen en Eindhoven

Op de weg A270 is woensdagochtend bij Helmond een man door een ongeval overleden. 

Wed 2015-07-01.09:57 | [NU - Algemeen]

08:33

[http://tweakers.net/]

Sony gaat nieuwe projecten crowdfunden op eigen platform

Sony heeft een site opgezet waarop mensen nieuwe projecten van het bedrijf financieel kunnen steunen. Vooralsnog gaat het om een site die enkel is gericht op moederland Japan; gebruikers van buiten Japan kunnen nog geen projecten backen.

Wed 2015-07-01.08:21 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Desktop Best Buy Guide - Juli 2015

Deze maand behandelen we twee 'specials': een thuisserver en een werkstation. Daarnaast hebben de vaste instap- en basissystemen, en een budget- en mainstreamgamesysteem weer een plaatsje gekregen.

Wed 2015-07-01.06:00 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[NU - Algemeen]

VVD wil frauderende pgb-bemiddelaars op zwarte lijst

Bemiddelingsbureaus die frauderen met de declaraties van pgb-houders moeten een beroepsverbod krijgen om te voorkomen dat zij verder kunnen sjoemelen met zorggeld.

Wed 2015-07-01.08:58 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

A third of iThings open to VPN-hijacking, app-wrecking attacks

Masques off: Researchers detail five ways to wreck Apple stuff

A trio of FireEye researchers have reported twin 'app-demolishing' iOS vulnerabilities Apple has partially fixed in its latest update that could wreck core apps such as the App Store and Settings.…

Wed 2015-07-01.08:27 | [The Register]

08:13

[Slashdot]

Analysis: Iran's Nuclear Program Has Been an Astronomical Waste

Lasrick writes: Business Insider's Armin Rosen uses a fuel-cost calculator from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to show that Iran's nuclear program has been "astronomically costly" for the country. Rosen uses calculations from this tool to hypothesize that what Iran "interprets as the country's 'rights' under the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty is a diplomatic victory that justifies the outrageous expense of the nuclear program." Great data crunching.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2015-07-01.08:13 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

World+dog will soon watch 'at least 200 pr0n vids a year'

Bored analysts consult 'extensive in-house database' during research

In the year 2020 everyone on the planet will on average watch at least 200 porn videos annually - a 55 per cent increase from 2015 - according to crystal ball-gazers Juniper.…

Wed 2015-07-01.07:57 | [The Register]

07:53

[NU - Algemeen]

Raad wil ongeboren kind eerder onder toezicht plaatsen

Ongeboren kinderen moeten vaker en eerder onder toezicht worden geplaatst wanneer de moeder tijdens de zwangerschap overmatig alcohol drinkt, rookt of drugs gebruikt. 

Wed 2015-07-01.09:03 | [NU - Algemeen]

07:33

[The Register]

OpenStack's DevStack inspires Xen to create new 'Raisin' d'être

Project Raisin spits out external components to stop developer whining

The Xen Project has revealed “Project Raisin” a new offering it hopes will clarify the boundaries between the core of the project and third party components.…

Wed 2015-07-01.07:30 | [The Register]

07:13

[The Register]

Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

Whitelisting tool was too trusting, by far

Detectify security researcher Linus Särud has reported a weakness in popular Firefox security tool NoScript that allows attackers to have their malware whitelisted.…

Wed 2015-07-01.07:02 | [The Register]

06:33

[The Register]

PowerShell for Office 365 powers on

Web-based CLI is yours for the scripting

Microsoft has powered on PowerShell for Office 365.…

Wed 2015-07-01.06:27 | [The Register]

06:13

[Slashdot]

UK's National Computer Museum Looks For Help Repairing BBC Micros

tresho writes: 1981-era 8-bit BBC Micro computers and peripherals are displayed in a special interactive exhibit at the UK's National Museum of Computing designed to give modern students a taste of programming a vintage machine. Now, the museum is asking for help maintaining them. "We want to find out whether people have got skills out there that can keep the cluster alive as long as we can," said Chris Monk, learning coordinator at the organization. "Owen Grover, a volunteer at the museum who currently helps maintain the cluster of BBC Micro machines, said they held up well despite being more than 30 years old. The BBC Micro was 'pretty robust,' he said, because it was designed to be used in classrooms. This meant that refurbishing machines for use in the hands-on exhibit was usually fairly straightforward. 'The main problem we need to sort out is the power supply,' he said. 'There are two capacitors that dry out and if we do not replace them they tend to explode and stink the place out. So we change them as a matter of course.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wed 2015-07-01.06:05 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand

Kiwi parliament passes 'Harmful digital communications bill' outlawing online nasties

New Zealand has become the latest country to think bad online manners are amenable to legislation.…

Wed 2015-07-01.05:57 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Vale Matti Makkonen, SMS dreamer

Finnish engineer sends last TXT

Matti Makkonen, a figure widely held to have influenced the development of SMS, has died at the relatively young age of 63.…

Wed 2015-07-01.05:02 | [The Register]
[The Register]

Small change to Medium takes large axe to passwords

'This login will self-destruct in 15 minutes'

Let's file this under “what could possibly go wrong?”: blogging platform Medium has decided to skip passwords in favour of a one-time-pad* single-use-token approach.…

Wed 2015-07-01.04:26 | [The Register]

05:33

[NU - Algemeen]

Dodental vliegtuigongeluk Sumatra loopt op tot 142

Na de vliegtuigcrash van dinsdag met een Hercules van de luchtmacht op het Indonesische eiland Sumatra zijn 42 slachtoffers geïdentificeerd. Het dodental is opgelopen tot 142.

Wed 2015-07-01.10:19 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Opstand gevangenis Australië na vijftien uur voorbij

De opstand in een gevangenis bij de Australische stad Melbourne is voorbij. 

Wed 2015-07-01.07:40 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

NSA continues mass slurping of Americans' phone metadata

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

The NSA can continue to monitor when and where millions and millions of Americans use their cellphones, and who they're calling and texting.…

Wed 2015-07-01.05:28 | [The Register]

04:53

[The Register]

While city slickers argue about the NBN, rural retailers are smiling

Expanded wireless footprint eases satellite woes ... when there's no trees in the way

While debate continues in Australian cities about the technology employed to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), a regional specialist reckons things are on the improve beyond the sandstone curtain.…

Wed 2015-07-01.04:50 | [The Register]

04:13

[Slashdot]

Surveillance Court: NSA Can Resume Bulk Surveillance

An anonymous reader writes: We all celebrated back in May when a federal court ruled the NSA's phone surveillance illegal, and again at the beginning of June, when the Patriot Act expired, ending authorization for that surveillance. Unfortunately, the NY Times now reports on a ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which concluded that the NSA may temporarily resume bulk collection of metadata about U.S. citizens's phone calls. From the article: "In a 26-page opinion (PDF) made public on Tuesday, Judge Michael W. Mosman of the surveillance court rejected the challenge by FreedomWorks, which was represented by a former Virginia attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican. And Judge Mosman said that the Second Circuit was wrong, too. 'Second Circuit rulings are not binding' on the surveillance court, he wrote, 'and this court respectfully disagrees with that court's analysis, especially in view of the intervening enactment of the U.S.A. Freedom Act.' When the Second Circuit issued its ruling that the program was illegal, it did not issue any injunction ordering the program halted, saying that it would be prudent to see what Congress did as Section 215 neared its June 1 expiration."

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Wed 2015-07-01.04:08 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

Former L0pht man 'Mudge' leaves Google for Washington

Obama lures hacker out of the roof with gig establishing software transparency lab

Mudge, a once-feared and now-respected member of the "L0pht" hacker collective, is headed to Washington to set up a software version of Underwriters' Laboratory.…

Wed 2015-07-01.03:59 | [The Register]

03:33

[The Register]

Identity protection outfit LifeLock picked, popped

Refer-a-friend page gets new 'feature'

Security researchers Eric Taylor and Blake Welsh have disclosed a cross-site scripting vulnerability in US identity protection company LifeLock.…

Wed 2015-07-01.03:14 | [The Register]

03:13

[NU - Algemeen]

Opnieuw onrustig in Haagse Schilderswijk

Het is in de nacht van dinsdag op woensdag opnieuw onrustig in de Schilderswijk in Den Haag, meldt de politie.

Wed 2015-07-01.08:22 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Former VMware staffer blows whistle on government pricing plan

Virtzilla and partner Carahsoft to pay US$75 MEELLION in overcharging settlement

VMware and Carahsoft, a company that bills itself as “Your Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider”, will repay US$75.5 million to the US government for what the Department of Justice (DoJ) characterises as “misrepresenting their commercial pricing practices and overcharging the government on VMware software products and related services.…

Wed 2015-07-01.02:57 | [The Register]

02:33

[Fast Company]

Uber Rallies To Protest Legislation That Would Limit Its Growth In New York

Six months after losing its legal battle over sharing New York trip data, Uber is again gearing up for a regulatory fight.

The ads are plastered on the back of hundreds of New York City buses, at driver's eye-level: Join Uber, and make $35,000 in fares over the next six months. The on-demand taxi service is averaging 120,000 rides per day, and bent on increasing that tally by recruiting new drivers and customers. Indeed, for new drivers to make their monthly quotas and earn that $35,000 payout, that daily ride average will have to keep climbing.

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Tue 2015-06-30.23:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Mark Zuckerberg: The Future Of Facebook Is Sharing Thoughts

"I believe we'll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology."

During a Q&A on Facebook today, Mark Zuckerberg revealed his dream for the future of social media: mind-to-mind thought sharing.

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Tue 2015-06-30.22:55 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

New Rules For Overtime Pay: Blessing Or Curse For Business?

Increasing the salary threshold for overtime benefits will help workers, but will it undercut businesses' bottom lines?

If you earn more than $23,660 as a full-time salaried worker, it doesn't matter how many hours you put in above and beyond the standard 40 per week: You cannot collect the "time and a half" overtime pay, a crucial benefit for low-income workers struggling to make ends meet, or those just starting their careers with a mountain of college debt.

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Tue 2015-06-30.22:50 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

The Countries Where Female Entrepreneurs Have The Greatest Chance Of Success

It's not easy to be a woman running a company—but it's a lot harder in some places.

If you were to think of a nation with the most confident and eager female entrepreneurs, it's unlikely that Nigeria would come to mind. But more than the United States, France, China, and many other richer nations, Nigeria is where the highest percentage of women feel they have the skills to start a business and see opportunities to do so. Women in Ghana come in at a close second.

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Tue 2015-06-30.15:00 | [Fast Company]
[More Words, Deeper Hole]

since I mentioned the Merril...

sale

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

Wed 2015-07-01.01:01 | [More Words, Deeper Hole]
[The Register]

Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

600Kbps cap strangles streaming to snail's pace

US phone carrier Sprint is offering an unlimited data plan that carries one important caveat: throttled data rates for video.…

Wed 2015-07-01.02:24 | [The Register]

02:13

[Slashdot]

Is Safari the New Internet Explorer?

An anonymous reader writes: Software developer Nolan Lawson says Apple's Safari has taken the place of Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the major browser that lags behind all the others. This comes shortly after the Edge Conference, where major players in web technologies got together to discuss the state of the industry and what's ahead. Lawson says Mozilla, Google, Opera, and Microsoft were all in attendance and willing to talk — but not Apple. "It's hard to get insight into why Apple is behaving this way. They never send anyone to web conferences, their Surfin' Safari blog is a shadow of its former self, and nobody knows what the next version of Safari will contain until that year's WWDC. In a sense, Apple is like Santa Claus, descending yearly to give us some much-anticipated presents, with no forewarning about which of our wishes he'll grant this year. And frankly, the presents have been getting smaller and smaller lately." He argues, "At this point, we in the web community need to come to terms with the fact that Safari has become the new IE. Microsoft is repentant these days, Google is pushing the web as far as it can go, and Mozilla is still being Mozilla. Apple is really the one singer in that barbershop quartet hitting all the sour notes, and it's time we start talking about it openly instead of tiptoeing around it like we're going to hurt somebody's feelings."

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Wed 2015-07-01.02:05 | [Slashdot]

01:33

[Slashdot]

Quebec Government May Force ISPs To Block Gambling Websites

New submitter ottawan- writes: In order to drive more customers to their own online gambling website, the Quebec government and Loto-Quebec (the provincial organization in charge of gaming and lotteries) are thinking about forcing the province's ISPs to block all other online gambling websites. The list of websites to be blocked will be maintained by Loto-Quebec, and the government believes that the blocking will increase government revenue by up to $27 million (CAD) per year.

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Wed 2015-07-01.01:24 | [Slashdot]

00:53

[Slashdot]

Celebrating Workarounds, Kludges, and Hacks

itwbennett writes: We all have some favorite workarounds that right a perceived wrong (like getting around the Wall Street Journal paywall) or make something work the way we think it ought to. From turning off annoying features in your Prius to getting around sanctions in Crimea and convincing your Android phone you're somewhere you're not, workarounds are a point of pride, showing off our ingenuity and resourcefulness. And sometimes artful workarounds can even keep businesses operating in times of crisis. Take, for example, the Sony employees, who, in the wake of the Great Hack of 2014 when the company's servers went down, dug out old company BlackBerrys that, while they had been abandoned, had never had their plans deactivated. Because BlackBerrys used RIM's email servers instead of Sony's, they could still communicate with one another, and employees with BlackBerrys became the company's lifeline as it slowly put itself back together. What hacks and workarounds keep your life sane?

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Wed 2015-07-01.00:41 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Internet]

Facebook wil met kunstmatige intelligentie 'begrijpen wat mensen delen'

Facebook gebruikt kunstmatige intelligentie (AI, of artificial intelligence) om de betekenis van wat mensen delen te begrijpen.

Wed 2015-07-01.06:33 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

The fact that you broke the law?

Apple has lost its appeal of a federal court decision that found it broke antitrust law by colluding with publishers to fix the prices of ebooks.…

Tue 2015-06-30.22:17 | [The Register]

00:33

[NU - Algemeen]

Noord-Brabant dwingt boeren tot meer duurzaamheid

Brabantse boeren in de omgeving van kwetsbare natuurgebieden mogen alleen nog uitbreiden als dat niet leidt tot extra uitstoot van stikstof. 

Wed 2015-07-01.00:14 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

'VS en Cuba eens over openen ambassades'

De Verenigde Staten en Cuba zijn weer een stap dichter bij elkaar gekomen. De landen zijn het eens geworden over het openen van ambassades en maken dat woensdag bekend.

Wed 2015-07-01.08:54 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Apple gets around to fixing those 77 security holes in OS X Yosemite

Your OS X box can still be owned by, well, just about everything

Apple has released a series of security updates to address 77 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in OS X Yosemite.…

Wed 2015-07-01.00:22 | [The Register]

00:13

[Slashdot]

Apple Loses Ebook Price Fixing Appeal, Must Pay $450 Million

An anonymous reader writes: A federal appeals court ruled 2-1 today that Apple indeed conspired with publishers to increase ebook prices. The ruling puts Apple on the hook for the $450 million settlement reached in 2014 with lawyers and attorneys general from 33 states. The Justice Dept. contended that the price-fixing conspiracy raised the price of some e-books from the $10 standard set by Amazon to $13-$15. The one dissenting judge argued that Apple's efforts weren't anti-competitive because Amazon held 90% of the market at the time. Apple is unhappy with the ruling, but they haven't announced plans to take the case further. They said, "While we want to put this behind us, the case is about principles and values. We know we did nothing wrong back in 2010 and are assessing next steps."

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Wed 2015-07-01.00:00 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Kabinet onduidelijk over voorwaarden militair ingrijpen Syrië

Het kabinet weigert aan te geven hoe de politieke strategie er uit moet zien alvorens het zal overgaan tot militair ingrijpen in Syrië.
 

Wed 2015-07-01.06:51 | [NU - Algemeen]
[The Register]

Australian Bureau of Statistics drops big data bubble-buster

Mindless mash-ups and hardware upgrades do not better governance make

Big Data, the shiny happy story goes, will let governments direct resources into programs that really do make a difference to the problems society faces, resulting in better services, less waste and grins on every face.…

Tue 2015-06-30.07:25 | [The Register]

Tue 2015-06-30

23:33

[NU - Algemeen]

A50 bij Apeldoorn uren gesloten geweest na ongeluk met tien auto's

De A50 van Arnhem naar Apeldoorn is dinsdag aan het einde van de middag uren afgesloten geweest door een ongeluk met meerdere auto's en de daarop volgende bergings- en reparatiewerkzaamheden.

Tue 2015-06-30.23:25 | [NU - Algemeen]

23:13

[Fast Company]

Facebook Offers Option Of Paying For Video Ads After 10 Seconds

The social network looks to make itself more attractive to advertisers.

Facebook is now giving advertisers the opportunity to only pay for video ads after they have been viewed by users for a minimum of 10 seconds. The new option debuted Tuesday and will be presented alongside Facebook's standard video ad packages, making the social network more attractive to advertisers who may not want to shell out the big bucks for three seconds of screen time.

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Tue 2015-06-30.22:45 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Photos Of People Taking Photos With Selfie Sticks: Meta Or Most Meta?

The selfie stick crazed are documented in Alexander Short's photo series.

It's said that you can get used to anything, but it's hard to imagine ever looking out on a crowd of selfie stick users without at least giggling. And due to the obvious safety concerns that come with waving a metal stick in the middle of a crowd, they've even been banned at music festivals and theme parks.

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Tue 2015-06-30.20:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Apple To Pay $450 Million In Settlement For Price Fixing E-Books

A federal appeals court stood by a 2013 decision that found the tech giant guilty of fixing e-book prices with publishers.

Apple's last-ditch attempt to avoid paying $450 million to e-book buyers was just quashed, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan voted 2-1 on Tuesday not to overturn a July 2013 ruling that found Apple had fixed e-book prices in collusion with five major publishing houses.

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Tue 2015-06-30.20:05 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

New Evidence For Letting Employees Nap At Work

Sleeping on the job has measurable benefits for work performance.

Sleeping pods, mobilize! We here at Fast Company have long been proponents of napping at work to increase productivity. A new study in the journal Personality and Individual Differences lends further support to our theory that you would be better off sneaking some (guilt-free) shut-eye in the office.

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Tue 2015-06-30.19:50 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

Want To Be More Creative? Your Personality May Hold The Key

Are you focused or does your mind wander? Increase your creativity by using a cognitive approach that best suits your personality.

Creative insight tends to strike one of two ways: either we labor over our work for hours and eventually find an innovative solution, or we're driving in a car or lying in bed and a good idea just hits us. These totally opposite ways of thinking—a focused mind versus a wandering mind—can both lead to inspiration. But does one strategy work better when we need to solve a creative problem? A new study suggests that the answer may depend on your personality.

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Tue 2015-06-30.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

What Startups Can Learn From The Art Market

As legendary art dealer Durand-Ruel showed, generating volatility can foster creativity.

Although the denizens of Art Basel and the participants in Y Combinator may protest, the process of making art today is essentially identical to the process of making startups. Both the gallery and the incubator are singular spaces specifically designed to do the same thing: maximize volatility and promote creativity within a network of makers, gatekeepers, investors, marketers and, ultimately consumers.

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Tue 2015-06-30.13:30 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

East Coast Vs. West Coast Beef: The Juiciest, Most Epic Rap Battle About Burgers Ever

In-N-Out or Shake Shack? Fat Burger or Five Guys? Fire up the grills, people.

In-N-Out Burger. Shake Shack. Fat Burger. Five Guys. There is one rivalry that has affected countless generations. Today we get to the bottom of it and settle the argument once and for all: which coast makes better burgers, East or West? The only way to settle the argument is of course in the form of an epic rap battle. Watch this, then tell us which you prefer.

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Tue 2015-06-30.13:00 | [Fast Company]
[Slashdot]

Stanford Starts the 'Secure Internet of Things Project'

An anonymous reader writes: The internet-of-things is here to stay. Lots of people now have smart lights, smart thermostats, smart appliances, smart fire detectors, and other internet-connect gadgets installed in their houses. The security of those devices has been an obvious and predictable problem since day one. Manufacturers can't be bothered to provide updates to $500 smartphones more than a couple years after they're released; how long do you think they'll be worried about security updates for a $50 thermostat? Security researchers have been vocal about this, and they've found lots of vulnerabilities and exploits before hackers have had a chance to. But the manufacturers have responded in the wrong way. Instead of developing a more robust approach to device security, they've simply thrown encryption at everything. This makes it temporarily harder for malicious hackers to have their way with the devices, but also shuts out consumers and white-hat researchers from knowing what the devices are doing. Stanford, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan have now started the Secure Internet of Things Project, which aims to promote security and transparency for IoT devices. They hope to unite regulators, researchers, and manufacturers to ensure nascent internet-connected tech is developed in a way that respects customer privacy and choice.

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Tue 2015-06-30.23:18 | [Slashdot]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Cisco neemt OpenDNS over voor circa 570 miljoen euro

Cisco neemt het Amerikaanse beveiligingsbedrijf OpenDNS over voor 635 miljoen dollar, oftewel zo'n 570 miljoen euro. Dat meldden beide bedrijven dinsdag. OpenDNS biedt onder andere een dienst aan voor dns-servers, een alternatief voor die van internetproviders.

Tue 2015-06-30.22:41 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Apple geeft iOS 8.4 met Apple Music vrij

Apple heeft dinsdag iOS-versie 8.4 uitgegeven voor bezitters van een iPhone, iPad en iPod Touch. De belangrijkste wijziging is de introductie van de eerder aangekondigde muziekstreamdienst Apple Music.

Tue 2015-06-30.21:09 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Ontwikkelaars brengen lts-release Linux Mint 17.2 uit

De ontwikkelaars achter de Linuxdistributie Linux Mint hebben dinsdag de lts-release met codenaam 'Rafaela' vrijgegeven. Het besturingssysteem is standaard verkrijgbaar in twee smaken: een met de MATE- en een met de Cinnamon-desktopomgeving.

Tue 2015-06-30.20:32 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Nederland wil tegen afgezwakte Europese netneutraliteitsvoorstellen stemmen

Minister Kamp van Economische Zaken zal bij een volgende bijeenkomst van de Europese Raad tegen het gesloten compromis stemmen op het gebied van netneutraliteit. Nederland is ontevreden over de gesloten deal waarbij de netneutraliteit is afgezwakt.

Tue 2015-06-30.16:23 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[More Words, Deeper Hole]

Something to save for

I'm spending a lot of time in libraries these days, places it's not practical to haul my desk top. love my phone for reading, browsing, posting and making notes but for certain aspects of creating reviews a small laptop would be better.

Basically this would be for writing and light browsing (so, unlike the behemoth I bought in '03) it needs to be WiFi capable (1). Ideally, light, durable, cheap.

Open to suggestions re which model I should be considering.

1: the behemoth runs Windows '95, possibly no longer cutting edge. And the screen is dead, not a plus.

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

Tue 2015-06-30.21:22 | [More Words, Deeper Hole]
[Schneier on Security]

Twitter Followers: Please Use the Correct Feed

The official Twitter feed for my blog is @schneierblog. The account @Bruce_Schneier also mirrors my blog, but it is not mine. I have nothing to do with it, and I don't know who owns it.

Normally I wouldn't mind, but the unofficial blog fails intermittently. Also, @Bruce_Schneier follows people who then think I'm following them. I'm not; I never log in to Twitter and I don't follow anyone there.

So if you want to read my blog on Twitter, please make sure you're following @schneierblog. If you are the person who runs the @Bruce_Schneier account -- if anyone is even running it anymore -- please e-mail me at the address on my Contact page.

And if anyone from the Twitter fraud department is reading this, please contact me. I know I can get the @Bruce_Schneier account deleted, but I don't want to lose the 27,300 followers on it. What I want is to consolidate them with the 67,700 followers on my real account. There's no way to explain this on the form to report Twitter impersonation. (Although maybe I should just delete the account. I didn't do it 18 months ago when there were only 16,000 followers on that account, and look what happened. It'll only be worse next year.)

Tue 2015-06-30.20:16 | [Schneier on Security]
[The Register]

IBM gets green light to sell off chips biz to GlobalFoundries

US regulators furrow brows, frown, nod

IBM looks to be in the clear to sell off its ailing chippery division to GlobalFoundries after US regulators gave the deal the nod on Tuesday.…

Tue 2015-06-30.23:11 | [The Register]

22:33

[Slashdot]

Cory Doctorow Talks About Fighting the DMCA (2 Videos)

Wikipedia says, 'Cory Efram Doctorow (/kri dktro/; born July 17, 1971) is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics.' Timothy Lord sat down with Cory at the O'Reilly Solid Conference and asked him about the DMCA and how the fight against it is going. Due to management-imposed restraints on video lengths, we broke the ~10 minute interview into two parts, both attached to this paragraph. The transcript covers both videos, so it's your choice: view, read or listen to as much of this interview as you like.

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Tue 2015-06-30.22:27 | [Slashdot]

22:13

[Slashdot]

White House Lures Mudge From Google To Launch Cyber UL

chicksdaddy writes: The Obama Whitehouse has tapped famed hacker Peiter Zatko (aka "Mudge") to head up a new project aimed at developing an "underwriters' lab" for cyber security. The new organization would function as an independent, non-profit entity designed to assess the security strengths and weaknesses of products and publishing the results of its tests. Zatko is a famed hacker and security luminary, who cut his teeth with the Boston-based hacker collective The L0pht in the 1990s before moving on to work in private industry and, then, to become a program manager at the DARPA in 2010. Though known for keeping a low profile, his scruffy visage (circa 1998) graced the pages of the Washington Post in a recent piece that remembered testimony that Mudge and other L0pht members gave to Congress about the dangers posed by insecure software.

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Tue 2015-06-30.21:53 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Internet]

'Instagram ondanks verwijderactie nog vol met nep-accounts'

Ondanks een grote verwijderactie een aantal maanden geleden wordt 8 procent van de Instagramprofielen niet bestuurd door een persoon, maar door een computerscript. 

Wed 2015-07-01.00:12 | [NU - Internet]
[The Register]

HP's split surgeon Bill Veghte splits from HP

Antonio Neri ascends to top of Enterprise Group

Bill Veghte, the HP exec who since October has led the company's effort to split into two separate businesses, is parting ways with the firm.…

Tue 2015-06-30.22:04 | [The Register]

21:53

[The Register]

Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

Uberpop = explosion de la bulle

French prosecutors have charged two key Uber executives with deceitful commercial practices, operating an illegal taxi service, and illicit storage of personal data.…

Tue 2015-06-30.21:36 | [The Register]

21:13

[Slashdot]

Microsoft To Sell Bing Maps, Advertising Sections

UnknowingFool writes: Microsoft has announced that they will sell some Bing Maps technology to Uber and their advertising business to AOL. About 1,300 employees are expected to be offered positions in their new companies. CEO Nadella said previously that there would be "tough choices" to be made. Some outside analysts have said neither venture was very profitable for Microsoft and may have been unprofitable at times.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2015-06-30.21:09 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Uitbraak twaalfhonderd gevangenen in Jemen

Ruim twaalfhonderd mensen zijn dinsdag ontsnapt uit een gevangenis in Jemen. Onder de voortvluchtigen zijn vermoedelijk strijders van al-Qaeda.

Tue 2015-06-30.22:13 | [NU - Algemeen]

20:53

[NU - Algemeen]

Eurolanden wijzen Grieks verzoek om nieuw steunprogramma af

De eurolanden hebben het verzoek van Griekenland voor een derde steunpakket en een herstructurering van de schulden afgewezen.

Wed 2015-07-01.00:06 | [NU - Algemeen]

20:33

[Slashdot]

Test Pilot: the F-35 Can't Dogfight

schwit1 sends this report from the War Is Boring column: A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can't turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy's own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January. And to add insult to injury, the JSF flier discovered he couldn't even comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet's cramped cockpit. "The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft." That allowed the F-16 to sneak up on him. The test pilot's report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with the design of the F-35 — which, at a total program cost of more than a trillion dollars, is history's most expensive weapon. Your tax dollars at work.

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Tue 2015-06-30.20:26 | [Slashdot]
[The Register]

BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

That must have been awful for you, smarms Beeb news chief

The BBC has apologised to MP and former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps for the way it reported allegations regarding Shapps and Wikipedia, which were based on a single anonymous source.…

Tue 2015-06-30.16:03 | [The Register]

20:13

[LWN.net]

Linux Foundation Announces R Consortium

The Linux Foundation has announced the R Consortium. "The R language is used by statisticians, analysts and data scientists to unlock value from data. It is a free and open source programming language for statistical computing and provides an interactive environment for data analysis, modeling and visualization. The R Consortium will complement the work of the R Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Austria that maintains the language. The R Consortium will focus on user outreach and other projects designed to assist the R user and developer communities. Founding companies and organizations of the R Consortium include The R Foundation, Platinum members Microsoft and RStudio; Gold member TIBCO Software Inc.; and Silver members Alteryx, Google, HP, Mango Solutions, Ketchum Trading and Oracle."

Tue 2015-06-30.19:34 | [LWN.net]
[NU - Internet]

Spionagesleepnet NSA tijdelijk weer van kracht

De Amerikaanse inlichtingendienst NSA mag tijdelijk weer telefoongesprekken afluisteren. 

Tue 2015-06-30.20:00 | [NU - Internet]

19:53

[Fast Company]

Europe To Nix Mobile Roaming Charges By 2017

The new rules are intended to soften the borders of the European Union's member states.

European officials declared Tuesday that the European Union would put an end to mobile roaming charges starting in June 2017, according to Agence France-Presse. The deal, which also presents the E.U.'s first net neutrality regulations, comes at the close of about two years of negotiations.

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Tue 2015-06-30.18:37 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

When Banks Get Too Big, Economies Do Less Well

2008 is calling, and wants its obvious conclusion back.

You might think a big banking sector would be good for economies. After all, we all know that availability of credit for individuals and businesses is key for investment and consumer demand. It's what allows us to buy things. But here's the thing: it's only good up to a point. Too much banking and too much credit can actually be counterproductive, a new study finds. It can actually inhibit growth.

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Tue 2015-06-30.14:44 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

What Newscasters Look Like When They Deliver Bad News

If you've ever suspected that news anchors are actually teleprompter-reading automatons, here's proof to the contrary.

News anchors often find themselves in the uncomfortable position of delivering bad news to an entire nation, and some of them are pretty terrible at hiding their discomfort. Nowhere is this better documented than in Jure Kastelic's fantastic freeze-frame photo series, which captures newscasters at the precise moment they become the bearers of bad news.

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Tue 2015-06-30.14:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

How NASA's "Mohawk Guy" Will Search For Life On Europa

Europa mission planner Bobak Ferdowsi on Star Trek, haircuts, and NASA's search for life.

On August 6, 2012, NASA's control room was gripped by seven minutes of terror as the Curiosity Rover descended through the Martian atmosphere. In the midst of all the excitement, one young staffer sporting a star-spangled mohawk caught the attention of viewers and quickly became an Internet sensation. President Barack Obama even joked about getting a mohawk himself when he called to congratulate the team.

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Tue 2015-06-30.13:00 | [Fast Company]
[Fast Company]

In These Urban Forest Neighborhoods, The Houses Are Disguised As Trees

The Lord Of The Rings Elf city of the future.

If one Dutch architect gets his way, we might soon be living in car-free urban forests where the buildings look like trees.

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Tue 2015-06-30.12:00 | [Fast Company]
[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]
[Slashdot]

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Empty Toner Cartridges?

New submitter MoarSauce123 writes: Over time I accumulated a number of empty toner cartridges for a Brother laser printer. Initially, I wanted to take a local office supply chain store up on their offer to give me store credit for the returned cartridge. For that credit to be issued I would have to sign up for their store card providing a bunch of personal information. The credit is so lousy that after the deduction from the sales price of a new toner cartridge the price is still much higher than from a large online retailer. And the credit only applies to one new cartridge, so I cannot keep collecting the credit and then get a cartridge 'for free' at some point. I also looked into a local store of a toner refill chain. Their prices are a bit better, but the closest store is about half an hour away with rather odd business hours. Still, at the end they charge more than the large online retailer asks for a brand new cartridge. For now I bring the empty cartridges to the big office supply store and tell them that I do not want their dumb store credit. I rather have big corp make some bucks on me than throw these things in the trash and have it go to a landfill. Are there any better options? Anything from donating it to charity to refilling myself is of interest.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2015-06-30.19:44 | [Slashdot]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Fps-modus Star Citizen loopt voor onbepaalde tijd vertraging op

De first-person-modus van Star Citizen loopt voor onbepaalde tijd vertraging op. Dat laat Chris Roberts van Cloud Imperium Games dinsdag weten. Volgens hem zijn voornamelijk technische strubbelingen de oorzaak.

Tue 2015-06-30.19:53 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Apple ook schuldig in hoger beroep e-bookrechtszaak

Apple is dinsdag ook in hoger beroep veroordeeld voor prijsafspraken met e-bookuitgevers. Het bedrijf bewandelde volgens het Amerikaanse Circuit Court of Appeals een eenvoudige weg voor het openen van een 'iBookstore'.

Tue 2015-06-30.18:12 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

Macrium Reflect 6.0.708

Paramount Software heeft een nieuwe versie van Macrium Reflect uitgebracht. Met dit programma kan een diskimage van een partitie of harde schijf worden gemaakt. Macrium Reflect is gratis voor privégebruik, maar er zijn ook betaalde uitvoeringen. Die bieden verschillende extra's, zoals het kunnen maken van een bestandsback-up of een incrementele back-up, versleuteling en het terugzetten van een back-up naar andere hardware dan waarop hij is gemaakt. De standaardversie kost 45 euro, de pro-uitvoering 60 euro en de servereditie gaat voor 193 euro mee naar huis. In versie 6.0.708 zijn de volgende problemen verholpen:

Tue 2015-06-30.16:52 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

GnuCash 2.6.7

Versie 2.6.7 van GnuCash is uitgekomen. GnuCash is een crossplatform en opensource boekhoudprogramma voor particulieren en kleine bedrijven. Het maakt gebruik van het dubbel boekhoudsysteem en is in staat om eenvoudig bijvoorbeeld bankrekeningen, beleggingen, inkomsten en uitgaven, budgetten, hypotheken en leningen bij te houden en kan natuurlijk raportages en grafieken maken. Sinds versie 2.6.5 zijn de volgende veranderingen en verbeteringen doorgevoerd:

Tue 2015-06-30.16:51 | [http://tweakers.net/]
[http://tweakers.net/]

WinPatrol 33.6.2015.1

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

Tue 2015-06-30.16:51 | [http://tweakers.net/]

19:33

[Slashdot]

What If You Could See Asteroids In the Night Sky?

An anonymous reader writes: As part of Asteroid Day a 360-degree video rendering the night sky with the population of near-earth asteroids included has been created by 'Astronogamer' Scott Manley. The video shows how the Earth flies through a cloud of asteroids on its journey around the sun, and yet we've only discovered about 1% of the near earth asteroid population.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 2015-06-30.19:20 | [Slashdot]
[NU - Algemeen]

Vanaf woensdag vooral in het zuiden kans op smog

Vanaf woensdag is in Nederland kans op smog door ozon. De hoge ozonconcentraties komen woensdag vermoedelijk vooral in het zuiden van het land voor. 

Tue 2015-06-30.19:47 | [NU - Algemeen]
[NU - Algemeen]

Deadline atoomgesprekken Iran naar juli

De zes wereldmachten en Iran gaan een week langer praten over het kernprogramma van Iran. De deadline is volgens de VS, een van de gesprekspartners in Wenen, verlengd tot 7 juli.

Tue 2015-06-30.21:50 | [NU - Algemeen]

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