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  • Red Hat: 2014:1083-01: kernel-rt: Important Advisory Updated kernel-rt packages that fix multiple security issues and one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.5. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]

  • Red Hat: 2014:1078-01: openstack-neutron: Moderate Advisory Updated openstack-neutron packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate security [More...]

  • Red Hat: 2014:1075-01: qemu-kvm: Moderate Advisory Updated qemu-kvm packages that fix two security issues and three bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate security [More...]

  • [$] GNOME development updates from GUADEC
    A project as large as GNOME consists of enough constituent partsthat it can be a challenge just to keep up with the latestdevelopments of the various applications, libraries, andinfrastructure efforts. GUADEC 2014 in Strasbourg provided a numberof opportunities to get up speed on the various movingpieces. Of course, it is impossible to catch everything at amulti-track event, but there were still quite a few updates worth mentioning.

  • Security advisories for Wednesday
    CentOS has updated qemu-kvm (C6:code execution).
    Debian has updated cacti (multiple vulnerabilities).
    openSUSE has updated gpgme (13.1,12.3: code execution) and wireshark (13.1: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Oracle has updated qemu-kvm (OL6:multiple vulnerabilities).
    Red Hat has updated kernel-rt(RHE MRG 2.5: multiple vulnerabilities), openstack-neutron (RHEL OSP 4.0:denial of service), and thermostat1-httpcomponents-client (RHSC1: SSL server spoofing).
    Ubuntu has updated openjdk-7(14.04 LTS: multiple vulnerabilities).

  • [$] The 2014 Kernel Summit
    The 2014 Kernel Summit was held on August 18-20 in Chicago, IL, USA.Reports from the first day's session are now available to LWN subscribers.Topics covered range from I/O memory management units to the stable andlinux-next trees, to performance regressions and code review. Click below(subscribers only) for access to the full set of articles.

  • Linux Kernel Git Repositories Add 2-Factor Authentication ( takesa look at using 2-factor authentication for commit access to kernelgit repositories. "Having the technology available is one thing, but how to incorporate it into the kernel development process -- in a way that doesn't make developers' lives painful and unbearable? When we asked them, it became abundantly clear that nobody wanted to type in 6-digit codes every time they needed to do a git remote operation. Where do you draw the line between security and usability in this case?We looked at the options available in gitolite, the git repository management solution used at, and found a way that allowed us to trigger additional checks only when someone performed a write operation, such as "git push." Since we already knew the username and the remote IP address of the developer attempting to perform a write operation, we put together a verification tool that allowed developers to temporarily whitelist their IP addresses using their 2-factor authentication token."

  • Security advisories for Tuesday
    CentOS has updated nss-util (C7:incorrect wildcard certificate handling), nss-softokn (C7: incorrect wildcardcertificate handling), and nss (C7: incorrect wildcard certificate handling).
    Fedora has updated kernel (F19:multiple vulnerabilities) and samba (F19: remote code execution/privilege escalation).
    Oracle has updated nss, nss-util,nss-softokn (OL7: incorrect wildcard certificate handling).
    Red Hat has updated qemu-kvm(RHEL6: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Scientific Linux has updated qemu-kvm (SL6: multiple vulnerabilities).
    SUSE has updated flash-player(SLED11 SP3: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Ubuntu has updated openssl(10.04 LTS: regression in previous update).

  • Coghlan: Why Python 4.0 won't be like Python 3.0
    Python core developer Nick Coghlan seeksto dispel worries that an eventual Python 4.0 release will be asdisruptive as 3.0 was. "Why mention this point? Because this switchto 'Unicode by default' is the most disruptive of the backwardsincompatible changes in Python 3 and unlike the others (which were morelanguage specific), it is one small part of a much larger industry widechange in how text data is represented and manipulated. With the languagespecific issues cleared out by the Python 3 transition, a much higherbarrier to entry for new language features compared to the early days ofPython and no other industry wide migrations on the scale of switching from'binary data with an encoding' to Unicode for text modelling currently inprogress, I can't see any kind of change coming up that would require aPython 3 style backwards compatibility break and parallel supportperiod."

  • An md/raid6 data corruption bug
    Neil Brown, the MD maintainer, has sent out an alert for a bug which, infairly abnormal conditions, can lead to data loss on an MD-hosted RAID6array. "There is no risk to an optimal array or a singly-degradedarray. There is also no risk on a doubly-degraded array which is notrecovering a device or is not receiving write requests." RAID6users will likely want to apply the patch, though, which is likely to showup in the next stable kernel update from distributors.

  • The Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board election
    The election for half of the members of the Linux Foundation's TechnicalAdvisory board will be held 8:00PM, August 20, at the KernelSummit/LinuxCon joint reception. As of this writing, there are fewercandidates than open positions. Anybody interested in serving on the TABis encouraged to make their interest known prior to the election time and,if possible, attend the election.

  • Monday's security updates
    Debian has updated xen(multiple vulnerabilities).
    Fedora has updated 389-ds-base (F20: informationdisclosure), iodine (F19; F20: authentication bypass), kernel (F20: multiple vulnerabilities),krfb (F19; F20: denial of service), pixman (F20: denial of service), andtboot (F19; F20: boot chain bypass).
    Gentoo has updated libmodplug (multiple vulnerabilities).
    Mageia has updated 389-ds-base (information disclosure), dhcpcd (denial of service), flash-player-plugin (multiple vulnerabilities), kernel-linus (M3; M4: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel-tmb (M3; M4: multiple vulnerabilities), and kernel-vserver (multiple vulnerabilities).
    openSUSE has updated flash-player (11.4: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Red Hat has updated nss,nss-util, nss-softokn (RHEL7: incorrect certificate handling).
    SUSE has updated krb5 (code execution).
    Ubuntu has updated kernel(14.04: multiple vulnerabilities) and linux-lts-trusty (12.04: multiple vulnerabilities).

  • Kernel prepatch 3.17-rc1
    Linus has released 3.17-rc1 and closed themerge window for this release. He had suggested that the merge windowcould be extended, but that's not how things turned out. "I'm goingto be on a plane much of tomorrow, and am not really supportive oflast-minute pull requests during the merge window anyway, so I'm closingthe merge window one day early, and 3.17-rc1 is out there now."

  • Ten years of OpenStreetMap (O'Reilly Radar)
    O'Reilly Radar has posted a retrospectivelook at the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project on the occasion of OSM'sten-year anniversary. Tyler Bell calls the project "the mostsignificant development in the Open Geo Data movement" outsideof GPS; noting that before OSM's creation, "map data sourceswere few, and largely controlled by a small collection of private andgovernmental players. The scarcity of map data ensured that itremained both expensive and highly restrictive, and no one but thelargest navigation companies could use map data." Particularlyinteresting are the various comparisons between the state ofthe map in 2007 and today; the project's 1.5 million registered usersdo not seem to be slowing down, even if today's emphasis has shiftedsomewhat to less-visible features: "nodes are getting connectedand turn restrictions added to facilitate navigation, while addressesare being sourced to help with geocoding and place finding."

  • Friday's security updates
    Fedora has updated gd (F20:denial of service), httpd (F19:multiple vulnerabilities), krb5 (F20:code execution), python-bottle (F19; F20:remote code execution), tor (F19;F20: traffic confirmation), transmission (F19: code execution), and v8 (F19: denial of service).
    Ubuntu has updated serf(12.04, 14.04: information leak) and subversion (12.04, 14.04: multiple vulnerabilities).

  • Riddell: Upstream and Downstream: why packaging takes time
    Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell looks at packaging all of the pieces of KDE on his blog. His perspective is, of course, Kubuntu-focused, but the comments contain lengthy responses from Fedora and openSUSE KDE packagers, which makes for a good look at the work distributions put into packaging a huge code base like KDE. "Much of what we package are libraries and if one small bit changes in the library, any applications which use that library will crash. This is ABI and the rules for binary [compatibility] in C++ are nuts. Not infrequently someone in KDE will alter a library ABI without realising. So we maintain symbol files to list all the symbols, these can often feel like more trouble than they're worth because they need updated when a new version of GCC produces different symbols or when symbols disappear and on investigation they turn out to be marked private and nobody will be using them anyway, but if you miss a change and apps start crashing as nearly happened in KDE PIM last week then people get grumpy." (Thanks to Robie Basak.)

  • Five new stable kernels
    Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of five new stable kernels: 3.16.1, 3.15.10, 3.14.17, 3.10.53, and 3.4.103. As usual, each has important fixesand users should upgrade. In addition, this is the last 3.15.x release, sousers should be switching to the 3.16 series.

  • Security advisories for Thursday
    CentOS has updated openssl (C7; C6; C5: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Debian has updated gpgme1.0 (codeexecution).
    Gentoo has updated adobe-flash(multiple vulnerabilities), catfish(multiple privilege escalations), and libpng (three vulnerabilities, two from 2013).
    openSUSE has updated flash-player(13.1, 12.3: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Oracle has updated openssl (OL7; OL6; OL5: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Red Hat has updated openssl (RHEL6&7; RHEL5: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Scientific Linux has updated openssl (SL6; SL5:multiple vulnerabilities).

  • Setup FTP server using VsFtp and Configure Secure FTP connections on Ubuntu 14.04 Server
    vsftpd is a GPL licensed FTP server for UNIX systems, including Linux. It is secure and extremely fast. It is stable. Don't take my word for it, though. Below, we will see evidence supporting all three assertions. We will also see a list of a few important sites which are happily using vsftpd. This demonstrates vsftpd is a mature and trusted solution.

  • Look, no client! Not quite: the long road to a webbified Vim
    The most revolutionary aspect of all the changes that have taken place in web development over the last two decades has been in the web browser. Typically we think of web browsers as driving innovation on the web by providing new features. Indeed this is the major source of new features on the web.

  • Linux Kernel Development Gets Two-Factor Authentication
    The security breach of 2011 was a very valuable lesson to the Linux community, and many recent initiatives have been aimed at continuously improving the overall security profile, Ryabitsev told eWEEK. The move to two-factor authentication, however, is not a delayed reaction to the 2011 attack, according to Ryabitsev. -

  • Open health community management at Clinovo
    Olivier Roth, Community Manager at Clinovo, has grown an open source community around the open health platform ClinCapture, an open source Eletronic Data Capture (EDC) more

  • Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access to Free Software
    Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft lobby managed to turn around a law that would allow the authorities to use free software.

  • Linux Founder Linus Torvalds 'Still Wants the Desktop'
    Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman moderated the discussion and commented that Linux already runs everywhere. He asked Torvalds where he thinks Linux should go next."I still want the desktop," Torvalds said as the audience erupted into boisterous applause.

  • What is a good EPUB reader on Linux
    If the habit on reading books on electronic tablets is still on its way, reading books on a computer is even rarer. It is hard enough to focus on the classics of the 16th century literature, so who needs the Facebook chat pop up sound in the background in addition? But if for some reasons […]Continue reading...The post What is a good EPUB reader on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo.No related FAQ.

  • Dangling the Linux Carrot
    I opened the desktop configuration GUI, expanded the number of desktops to eight and then started flipping between them as I opened different applications on each environment. By then, everyone at the table was trying to get into position to see the Acer. They were talking about how nice it would be to encapsulate a number of tasks and leave them in various states of completion without worrying about losing their work when they switched between them.

  • Audacity Crash Course
    Audacity’s been around for a long time—since mid-2000—and for good reason. It’s a relatively lightweight, open-source, and completely free audio editor that can handle pretty much every task you throw at it. Need to edit together a podcast? No problem. Looking to do some simple noise reduction? Looking to turn your PC into a music computer? Audacity’s got you covered.

  • Nagios 4 + Nagiosgraph installation on Ubuntu
    This is a guide on installing the latest Nagios Core (4.0.8) on Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04. Nagios is an open source computer system monitoring, network monitoring and infrastructure monitoring software application. Nagios offers monitoring and alerting services for servers, switches, applications, and services. It alerts the users when things go wrong and alerts them a second time when the problem has been resolved. The version in the Ubuntu 12.04 repositories is quite old, it is still the in the 3 branch. This guide helps to fix that by using the latest Nagios version. We also install Nagiosgraph, a plugin for Nagios which gives you graps of the metrics.

  • Identify PCI and USB Wired and Wireless Driver in Linux
    This guide shows how you can identify PCI Driver Chipset Information on Linux. Often users troll different forums and blogs to find out they can identify which driver their PCI or USB device is using. This guide applies to all possible scenarios

  • Home automation hub runs Linux, offers cloud services
    Cloud Media launched a Kickstarter campaign for a Linux-based “Stack Box” home automation hub with cloud services and Raspberry Pi expansion compatibility. Do we really need yet another crowdfunded Linux-based home automation hub? Of course we do! The Stack Box is now vying for Kickstarter funds through Sept. 17 at prices starting at $79 in black, with shipments due in December.

  • Itus Networks Taps Kickstarter for Home Gateway Security
    While Internet connectivity in the home is now mainstream, gateway security to protect users is not. It's a gap that startup Itus Networks is aiming to address with a Linux-powered home gateway device called the iGuardian. Before Itus can deliver the iGuardian though, the company needs to raise $125,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter in order to build the device. The Kickstarter campaign ends on Sept. 12, and as of Aug. 19, $61,000 has been raised. -

  • MongoDB tosses support lifeline to open source downloaders
    Open source NoSQL database vendor MongoDB has added a new support option for customers who want to run the Community Edition of its software in production environments. "Our Production Support offering is now available as a standalone service – separate from our MongoDB Enterprise software," MongoDB marketing director Meghan Gill wrote in a blog post on Monday. "This means that Community Edition users now have access to our world-class team of support engineers."

  • Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
    The German city of Munich, which famously adopted Linux and open source across its operations, may be about to reverse that decision. German newspaper Sddeutsche reports deputy mayor Josef Schmid as saying the city is considering the move because users often complain about the functionality available in open-source applications.

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  • The Connected Car, Part 3: No Shortcuts to Security
    The connected car is becoming a reality, but the gadget-filled roadways it travels will be paved with several options for in-car technologies. These choices pose challenges for carmakers. Whichever technology wins the race, one of the biggest concerns for OEMs is their electronic security. The Linux Foundation wants an open source platform in the pole position.

  • Loving Linux: Ain't Nothin' Like the 1st Time
    You never forget your first love, and that appears to apply just as well to Linux as to relationships in real life. To wit: "What was your first Linux distro?" is the title of a recent "Voice of the Masses" poll, and throughout the blogosphere the nostalgic reminiscences have been pouring forth ever since. Some 100 bloggers proclaimed their first Linuxy loves in the poll's comments.

  • Scott Sanchez on OpenStack: Shifting a Mindset
    OpenStack, which turned 4 years old this summer, began as a twinkle in Scott Sanchez's eyes. He was determined to turn the fledgling Infrastructure as a Service platform he helped create into a thriving resource for public and private clouds. OpenStack is an open source project. Its technology consists of a series of interrelated projects for managing public and private cloud operations.

  • OpenMandriva Lx: Not the KDE You Knew
    OpenMandriva Lx 2014 is a KDE-only Linux distribution that has some rough edges but is otherwise a solid and reliable choice for user-friendly computing. This latest version, dubbed "Phosphorus," is based on the Mandriva Linux project and ROSA, a Russian Linux distro. ROSA forked from Mandriva Linux in 2012. It integrated many of Mandriva's original tools and utilities with its own enhancements.

  • Galaxy Alpha: Samsung Puts Pedal to Metal
    Samsung has unveiled its long-awaited Galaxy Alpha smartphone featuring a metal frame and a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display. "We have taken a new approach to smartphone design with the Galaxy Alpha, focusing on sophisticated design techniques and compact construction, while building upon the Galaxy experience," said Samsung spokesperson Ashley Gregory.

  • The Connected Car, Part 2: Wired For Wireless - It's All Business
    The connected car is a battlefield among technology purveyors fighting to get their hardware plugged into the vehicle's network bus. Open source technology is becoming a key contender. OEMs are sorting through a garage full of options from versions of embedded Linux to the Automotive Grade Linux distro and the Android car platform. The connected car concept is picking up speed.

  • FOSS' Documentation Dilemma
    Hang around for any length of time in the seedy bars and watering holes of the Linux blogosphere, and you'll soon realize that certain topics tend to recur with surprising frequency. The most obvious example, of course, is the Year of Linux on the Desktop -- a topic scientists have determined will surely outlive us all. The latest example to rear its head? FOSS documentation.

  • Peppermint OS 5: Light, Refreshing Linux
    The Peppermint OS is built around a concept that may be unique among desktop environments. It is a hybrid of traditional Linux desktop applications and cloud-based apps. This innovative approach puts the latest release, Peppermint OS 5, well ahead of the curve. It brings cloud apps to the Linux desktop with the ease and flexibility of a Chromebook, and it supports installed software as well.

  • A Fresh Look at OpenStack
    The OpenStack project continues to be something of a lightning rod and also something of a dichotomy in the industry. On one hand, it has drawn the involvement of hundreds of supporting vendors and more than 17,000 individual members. It ranks highly among priorities, particularly for private clouds. Yet critics are quick to point out issues, such as installation and implementation difficulties.

  • The Connected Car, Part 1: The Future Starts Now - Will Linux Drive It?
    The Age of the Connected Car is dawning. The Linux Foundation is positioning an open source Linux OS to take the front seat in steering carmakers to adopting Automotive Grade Linux, or AGL, as the engine driving all in-car electronics. Today's automobile has from 60 to 100 sensors to control everything from climate to airbags and dozens of vehicle components.

  • Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis
    mdsolar writes that a study suggests that tuberculosis first appeared in the New World less than 6,000 years ago and it was brought here by seals. After a remarkable analysis of bacterial DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have proposed a new hypothesis for how tuberculosis arose and spread around the world. The disease originated less than 6,000 years ago in Africa, they say, and took a surprising route to reach the New World: it was carried across the Atlantic by seals. The new study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, has already provoked strong reactions from other scientists. "This is a landmark paper that challenges our previous ideas about the origins of tuberculosis," said Terry Brown, a professor of biomolecular archaeology at the University of Manchester. "At the moment, I'm still in the astonished stage over this."

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  • Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?
    MojoKid writes We're often told that having a kill switch in our mobile devices — mostly our smartphones — is a good thing. At a basic level, that's hard to disagree with. If every mobile device had a built-in kill switch, theft would go down — who would waste their time over a device that probably won't work for very long? Here's where the problem lays: It's law enforcement that's pushing so hard for these kill switches. We first learned about this last summer, and this past May, California passed a law that requires smartphone vendors to implement the feature. In practice, if a smartphone has been stolen, or has been somehow compromised, its user or manufacturer would be able to remotely kill off its usability, something that would be reversed once the phone gets back into its rightful owner's hands. However, such functionality should be limited to the device's owner, and no one else. If the owner can disable a phone with nothing but access to a computer or another mobile device, so can Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia or Apple. If the designers of a phone's operating system can brick a phone, guess who else can do the same? Everybody from the NSA to your friendly neighborhood police force, that's who. At most, all they'll need is a convincing argument that they're acting in the interest of "public safety."

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  • Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical
    schwit1 writes: Scientists have found that, despite a complete ban since 2007, ozone-depleting chemicals are still being pumped into the atmosphere from some unknown source. "Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), which was once used in applications such as dry cleaning and as a fire-extinguishing agent, was regulated in 1987 under the Montreal Protocol along with other chlorofluorocarbons that destroy ozone and contribute to the ozone hole over Antarctica. Parties to the Montreal Protocol reported zero new CCl4 emissions between 2007-2012. However, the new research shows worldwide emissions of CCl4 average 39 kilotons (about 43,000 U.S. tons) per year, approximately 30 percent of peak emissions prior to the international treaty going into effect. "We are not supposed to be seeing this at all," said Qing Liang, an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the study published online in the Aug. 18 issue of Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. "It is now apparent there are either unidentified industrial leakages, large emissions from contaminated sites, or unknown CCl4 sources."

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  • At Home with Tim O'Reilly (Videos 3 and 4 of 6)
    Today's videos are parts three and four of our casual interview with Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media and one of the most influential open source boosters around. (You supplied the questions. He supplied the answers.) We had a lot more to say about Tim yesterday when we ran parts one and two of our video interview with him. (Today's alternate Video Links: Video 3 ~ Video 4; transcript covers both videos.)

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  • Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily
    An anonymous reader writes eBooks are great and wonderful, but as The Guardian reports, they might not be as good for readers as paper books. Results from a new study show that test subjects who read a story on a Kindle had trouble recalling the proper order of the plot events. Out of 50 test subjects, half read a 28-page story on the Kindle, while half read the same story on paper. The Kindle group scored about the same on comprehension as the control group, but when they were asked to put the plot points in the proper order, the Kindle group was about twice as likely to get it wrong. So, is this bad news for ebooks? Have we reached the limits of their usefulness? Not necessarily. While there is evidence that enhanced ebooks don't enhance education, an older study from 2012 showed that students who study with an e-textbook on an ebook reader actually scored as well or higher on tests than a control group who did not. While that doesn't prove the newer research wrong, it does suggest that further study is required. What has your experience been with both recall and enjoyment when reading ebooks?

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  • Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny
    msm1267 writes: The keepers of Tor commissioned a study testing the defenses and viability of their Firefox-based browser as a privacy tool. The results (PDF) were a bit eye-opening since the report's recommendations don't favor Firefox as a baseline for Tor, rather Google Chrome. But Tor's handlers concede that budget constraints and Chrome's limitations on proxy support make a switch or a fork impossible.

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  • Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
    darthcamaro writes: Linux has clawed its way into lots of places these days. But at the LinuxCon conference in Chicago today Linus Torvalds was asked where Linux should go next. Torvalds didn't hesitate with his reply. "I still want the desktop," Torvalds said, as the audience erupted into boisterous applause. Torvalds doesn't see the desktop as being a kernel problem at this point, either, but rather one about infrastructure. While not ready to declare a "Year of the Linux Desktop" he still expects that to happen — one day.

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  • Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners
    An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from UC San Diego, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins say they've found security vulnerabilities in full-body backscatter X-ray machines deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013. In lab tests, the researchers were able to conceal firearms and plastic explosive simulants from the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner, plus modify the scanner software so it presents an "all-clear" image to the operator even when contraband was detected. "Frankly, we were shocked by what we found," said lead researcher J. Alex Halderman. "A clever attacker can smuggle contraband past the machines using surprisingly low-tech techniques."

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  • Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars
    New submitter NBSCALIDBA writes: Eeva Haaramo reports on Helsinki's ambitious plan to transform city transportation. From on-demand buses to city bikes to Kutsuplus mini-transport vans, the Finnish capital is trying to change the whole concept of getting around in a city. "Under the plan, all these services will be accessed through a single online platform. People will be able to buy their transport in service packages that work like mobile phone tariffs: either as a complete monthly deal or pay as you go options based on individual usage. Any number of companies can use the platform to offer transport packages, and if users find their travel needs change, they'll be able to switch packages or moved to a rival with a better deal."

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  • How To Read a Microbiome Study Like a Scientist.
    bmahersciwriter (2955569) writes Scientific reports have increasingly linked the bacteria in your gut to health and maladies, often making wild-sounding claims. Did you hear about the mice who were given fecal transplants from skinny humans and totally got skinny! Well, some of the more gut-busting results might not be as solid as they seem. Epidemiologist Bill Hanage offers five critical questions to ask when confronted by the latest microbiome research.

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  • Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds
    Via TorrentFreak comes news that Google is now being asked to remove one million links per day (or an average of one takedown notice every 8ms). In 2008, they received one takedown request approximately every six days. From the article: The massive surge in removal requests is not without controversy. It’s been reported that some notices reference pages that contain no copyrighted material, due to mistakes or abuse, but are deleted nonetheless. Google has a pretty good track record of catching these errors, but since manual review of all links is unachievable, some URLs are removed in error. ... The issue has also piqued the interest of U.S. lawmakers. Earlier this year the House Judiciary Subcommittee had a hearing on the DMCA takedown issue, and both copyright holders, Internet service providers, and other parties are examining what they can do to optimize the process. In the meantime, the number of removal requests is expected to rise and rise, with 10 million links per week being the next milestone.

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  • World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York
    New submitter Randy-tanner (3791853) writes A well known New York architect & contractor has begun construction on what is possibly the largest 3D printing related project ever undertaken. He is 3D printing an entire estate, which includes an in-ground swimming pool, a pool house, and a huge 2400 square foot home. The project is expected to take two years to complete, and if all goes as planned the printer will automatically insert rebar into the concrete.

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  • Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3
    Digia has announced that existing Qt modules will now be covered under the LGPLv3 in addition to the LGPLv2.1, GPLv3, and the enterprise (proprietary) license. New modules will be dropping LGPLv2.1 and GPLv3+ and be released under the LGPLv3 and GPLv2+ instead. This should be a good move: new Qt modules will be Apache license compatible, LGPLv3 code can trivially be converted to GPLv3, and Digia is even releasing a few modules it intended to make proprietary as Free Software. The KDE Free Qt Foundation is on board. The move was made because of device vendors exploiting a loophole in the GPLv2/LGPLv2.1 that denied users the right to modify Qt or write their own applications. Digia has some self-interest as well, since those vendors were exploiting the tivoization loophole to avoid buying enterprise licenses. From the announcement: We also consider locked-down consumer devices using the LGPL’ed version of Qt to be harmful for the Qt ecosystem. ... Because of this, we are now adding LGPL v3 as a licensing option to Qt 5.4 in addition to LGPL v2.1. All modules that are part of Qt 5.3 are currently released under LGPL v2.1, GPL v3 and the commercial license. Starting with Qt 5.4, they will be released under LGPL v2.1, LGPL v3 and the commercial license. ... In Qt 5.4, the new Qt WebEngine module will be released under LGPL v3 in the open source version and under a LGPLv2.1/commercial combination for Qt Enterprise customers. ... Adding LGPLv3 will also allow us to release a few other add-ons that Digia before intended to make available solely under the enterprise license. ... The first module, called Qt Canvas3D, will give us full WebGL support inside Qt Quick. ... The second module is a lightweight WebView module ... There is a final add-on that will get released under LGPL v3. This module will give native look and feel to the Qt Quick Controls on Android. This module can’t be released under LGPL v2.1, as it has to use code that is licensed under Apache 2.0, a license that is incompatible with LGPL v2.1, but compatible with LGPL v3.

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  • 51% of Computer Users Share Passwords
    An anonymous reader writes Consumers are inadvertently leaving back doors open to attackers as they share login details and sign up for automatic log on to mobile apps and services, according to new research by Intercede. While 52% of respondents stated that security was a top priority when choosing a mobile device, 51% are putting their personal data at risk by sharing usernames and passwords with friends, family and colleagues. The research revealed that consumers are not only sharing passwords but also potentially putting their personal and sensitive information at risk by leaving themselves logged in to applications on their mobile devices, with over half of those using social media applications and email admitting that they leave themselves logged in on their mobile device.

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  • Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions
    Last week you had a chance to ask Bjarne Stroustrup about programming and C++. Below you'll find his answers to those questions. If you didn't get a chance to ask him a question, or want to clarify something he said, don't forget he's doing a live Google + Q & A today at 12:30pm Eastern.

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  • Groupware 3.3 Release Adds Tags, Notes, and Dozens of Other Features
    jrepin (667425) writes Version 3.3 of, a free and open source groupware solution, has been released. It is now possible to add tags to email messages, work with notes right in the webclient, and manage your resources more easily. 3.3 introduces a new folder navigation view that allows you to search and subscribe to shared calendars, address books, task lists etc. directly from within the respective view. The calendar got a quickview mode which allows you to open an undistorted view on a single calendar. The user interface can now be fully operated with the keyboard and has support for screen readers as well as voice output as suggested by the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and WAI ARIA standards.

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  • Groupware 3.3 Release Adds Tags, Notes, and Dozens of Other New Featur
    jrepin (667425) writes Version 3.3 of, a free and open source groupware solution, has been released. It is now possible to add tags to email messages, work with notes right in the webclient, and manage your resources more easily. 3.3 introduces a new folder navigation view that allows you to search and subscribe to shared calendars, address books, task lists etc. directly from within the respective view. The calendar got a quickview mode which allows you to open an undistorted view on a single calendar. The user interface can now be fully operated with the keyboard and has support for screen readers as well as voice output as suggested by the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and WAI ARIA standards.

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  • Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope
    stephendavion (2872091) writes Researchers will demonstrate the process used to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. Researchers from Stanford and a defense research group at Rafael will demonstrate a way to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. According to the "Gyrophone: Recognizing Speech From Gyroscope Signals" study, the gyroscopes integrated into smartphones were sensitive enough to enable some sound waves to be picked up, transforming them into crude microphones.

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  • Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach
    An anonymous reader writes: The Heartbleed vulnerability is the cause of the data breach at Community Health Systems, which resulted in 4.5 million records (containing patient data) being compromised. According to a blog post from TrustedSec, the attackers targeted a vulnerable Juniper router and obtained credentials, which allowed them access to the network's VPN.

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  • How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation
    walterbyrd sends this story from Vox: Everyone agrees that there's been an explosion of patent litigation in recent years, and that lawsuits from non-practicing entities (NPEs) — known to critics as patent trolls — are a major factor. But there's a big debate about whether trolls are creating a drag on innovation — and if so, how big the problem is. A new study (PDF) by researchers at Harvard and the University of Texas provides some insight on this question. Drawing from data on litigation, R&D spending, and patent citations, the researchers find that firms that are forced to pay NPEs (either because they lost a lawsuit or settled out of court) dramatically reduce R&D spending: losing firms spent $211 million less on R&D, on average, than firms that won a lawsuit against a troll. "After losing to NPEs, firms significantly reduce R&D spending — both projects inside the firm and acquiring innovative R&D outside the firm," the authors write. "Our evidence suggests that it really is the NPE litigation event that causes this decrease in innovation."

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  • Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity
    An anonymous reader writes: The folks in charge of the Mars rover Curiosity have been trying to solve an increasingly urgent problem: what to do about unexpected wheel damage. The team knew from the start that wear and tear on the wheels would slowly accumulate, but they've been surprised at how quickly the wheels have degraded over the past year. Emily Lakdawalla at the Planetary Society blog has posted a detailed report on the team's conclusions as to what's causing the damage and how they can mitigate it going forward. Quoting: "The tears result from fatigue. You know how if you bend a metal paper clip back and forth repeatedly, it eventually snaps? Well, when the wheels are driving over a very hard rock surface — one with no sand — the thin skin of the wheels repeatedly bends. The wheels were designed to bend quite a lot, and return to their original shape. But the repeated bending and straightening is fatiguing the skin, causing it to fracture in a brittle way. The bending doesn't happen (or doesn't happen as much) if the ground gives way under the rover's weight, as it does if it's got the slightest coating of sand on top of rock. It only happens when the ground is utterly impervious to the rover's weight — hard bedrock. The stresses from metal fatigue are highest near the tips of the chevron features, and indeed a lot of tears seem to initiate close to the chevron features."

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  • Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead
    Elledan writes: Federal investigators in California have requested that BrightSource — owner of thermal solar plants — halt the construction of more (and bigger) plants until their impact on wildlife has been further investigated. "Unlike many other solar plants, the Ivanpah plant does not generate energy using photovoltaic solar panels. Instead, it has more than 300,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door. Together, they cover 1,416 hectares. Each mirror collects and reflects solar rays, focusing and concentrating solar energy from their entire surfaces upward onto three boiler towers, each looming up to 40 stories high. The solar energy heats the water inside the towers to produce steam, which turns turbines that generate enough electricity for 140,000 homes." The concentrated solar energy chars and incinerates the feathers of passing birds. BrightSource estimates about a thousand bird die this way every year, but an environmental group claims the real number is much higher.

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  • Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World
    New submitter Jason Baker writes: With the rise of Docker containers as an alternative for deploying complex server-based applications, one might wonder, does the operating system even matter anymore? Certainly the question gets asked periodically. Gordon Haff makes the argument on that the operating system is still very much alive and kicking, and that a hardened, tuned, reliable operating system is just as important to the success of applications as it was in the pre-container data center.

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  • Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released
    New submitter GammaKitsune writes: "The Player's Handbook for the fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons, formerly known as "D&D Next," released today to major bookstores and online retailers across the U.S. The Player's Handbook, which contains core rules for gameplay and character creation, is one of thee core rulebooks that developer Wizards of the Coast plans to release in 2014. The Monster Manual is scheduled to release in late September, and the Dungeon Master's Guide will release in mid November. Also out today is the first of two adventure modules in which players team up to battle against the dragon goddess Tiamat. Fifth edition has a lot to prove following the highly-controversial fourth edition, the rise of competing roleplaying game Pathfinder, and two years of public playtesting. Initial reviews posted on Amazon appear overwhelmingly positive at the time of writing, but more skeptical gamers may wish to take a look at the free "Basic Rules" posted on the official D&D website. The basic rules contain all the bare essentials needed to create a character or run your own adventure, and will serve both as a free introduction for new players and as a holdover for long time players until the remaining two rulebooks are released.

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  • Comcast Training Materials Leaked
    WheezyJoe writes: The Verge reports on leaked training manuals from Comcast, which show how selling services is a required part of the job, even for employees doing tech support. The so-called "4S training material" explicitly states that 20 percent of a call center employee's rating for a given call is dependent on effectively selling the customer new Comcast services. "There are pages of materials on 'probing' customers to ferret out upsell opportunities, as well as on batting aside customer objections to being told they need to buy something. 'We can certainly look at other options, but you would lose which you mentioned was important to you,' the guide suggests clumsily saying to an angry customer who doesn't want to buy any more Comcast services." Images of the leaked documents are available on the Verge, making for fun reading.

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  • Oi! Rip Van Winkle: PATCH, already
    Stuxnet, Sality, Gauss, Flame still infecting your unpatched boxen
    Nearly 20 million computers remain infected with malware targeting a vulnerability first targeted four years ago by the Stuxnet worm.…

  • Can it be true? A BIG DATA benchmark? Yes, says TPC
    Vendor-neutral stats for tech's biggest meaningless buzzword
    Up until now there hasn't been an objective or standard way of comparing different suppliers' big data systems performance. The Transaction Processing Council (TPC) is remedying that with its TPCx-HS benchmark.…

  • The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND
    No more aching 2-day void to wait through each week
    On the internet there are certain things you can be pretty sure of. Nubile young women lusting after you probably aren't (any of those things); free stuff almost certainly isn't free, and may not even be stuff; and after 5pm San Francisco time on Friday there probably won't be anything decent published on the Register until the Australian Vultures have had their first cup of coffee on Monday.…

  • Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
    Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
    Twitter and Facebook have taken steps to close down the accounts of militant Islamic State supporters after the publication of a video that appeared to show a man with a British accent "beheading" the American journalist James Foley.…

  • Brother, can you spare a DIME for holy grail of secure webmail?
    Lavabit man's new project: One of security's thorniest problems
    Feature Lavabit founder Ladar Levison promised attendees at security conference DefCon that he'd carve out a secure messaging service from the wreckage of the email service favoured by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden within six months.…

  • The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
    And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
    Game Theory Gamers' perception of Steam over the years has changed considerably. This digital distribution platform, which was developed by Valve, was met with derision when it launched back in 2004 – but jump forward 10 years and Steam is the coolest kid on the block. What self-respecting gamer doesn’t blow all their money on a Steam sale these days?…

  • Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers
    Get out your hankies: Facebook, Google use in-house teams
    Worstall on Wednesday There was much astonishment over at the New York Times as it explained that the big Silicon Valley tech firms, the Googles, Apples, Facebooks, aren't using the traditional services of the Wall Street bankers as they make their acquisitions.…

  • Malware married to software in undetectable attack
    Boffins demo how traffic redirect can endanger code downloads
    Be thankful it's only a proof-of-concept of a hack: German researchers have shown that Internet software distribution mechanisms can be turned into virus vectors, without modifying the original code.…

  • Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
    Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
    Warbling '70s pop sensation Kate Bush has urged fans not to take photos and video footage during her upcoming London gigs, which will be the singer's first live tour in 35 years.…

  • Lazy sysadmins rooted in looming Mozilla cert wipeout
    CA maintainer warns 'check your infrastructure'
    Mozilla is about to revoke some weak X.509 PKI certs, and has warned sysadmins that it will affect the Firefox browser and they'll need to assess their infrastructure.…

  • 'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
    ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
    An Australian EV bearing the name ELMOFO has beaten petrol-powered competitors in an officially-sanctioned race – twice.…

  • Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet
    Amateur gets fifth confirmed discovery
    It's too early to be certain, but with confirmation of a new, possibly near-Earth comet slated for a pass in early January 2015, sky-watchers will be working hard to calculate just how close it's going to come.…

  • Cryptolocker flogged on YouTube
    Cat video encrypts all the things
    Cryptolocker is being flogged over YouTube by vxers who have bought advertising space, researchers Vadim Kotov and Rahul Kashyap have found.…

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  • NVIDIA Releases CUDA 6.5 As A Huge Update
    NVIDIA put out version 6.5 of their Compute Unified Device Architecture today and it is a big step ahead, including better development tooling for CUDA Fortran...

  • Intel Sandy Bridge Gets A Surprise Boost From Linux 3.17
    Besides the recent work to support OpenGL Geometry Shaders for Sandy Bridge in Mesa, users of Intel "Sandy Bridge" HD Graphics can also be thankful for the forthcoming Linux 3.17 kernel. Early testing of Linux 3.17 has revealed that for at least some Intel Sandy Bridge hardware are OpenGL performance improvements with the newer kernel code.

  • KDE Software Compilation 4.14 Released
    The KDE Applications stack has been updated for KDE 4.,14 while the Plasma Workspaces and Development Platform are transitioning to Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5...

  • The Many Things You Can Build With A Raspberry Pi
    Ruth Suehle and Tom Callaway are presenting at LinuxCon 2014 Chicago tomorrow about many different Raspberry Pi hacks and other Linux capabilities of these low-cost, low-performance single board computers...

  • Khronos Publishes Its Slides About OpenGL-Next
    Earlier this month at SIGGRAPH Vancouver we were surprised yet delighted by the news of Khronos developing a next-generation graphics API following OpenGL 4.5. All of the Khronos Group slides about OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL-Next, and their other industry-standard APIs have now been published from their SIGGRAPH track...

  • Qt5 Will Now Support LGPLv3 Modules
    With the upcoming Qt 5.4 release, LGPLv3 is now an optional license alongside the existing LGPLv2.1 license and the commercial combination for Qt Enterprise...

  • Scientific Linux 7.0 Beta 3 Released
    Fermilab developers continue to be hard at work on their Scientific Linux 7.0 OS, which of course is respun from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7...

  • Systemd 216 Piles On More Features, Aims For New User-Space VT
    Lennart Poettering announced the systemd 216 release on Tuesday and among its changes is a more complete systemd-resolved that has nearly complete caching DNS and LLMNR stub resolver, a new systemd terminal library, and a number of new commands...

  • Dead Island For Linux Appears Imminent
    Dead Island is a action role-playing game developed by Techland for all major platforms and is based on a zombie-infested open world island. There's been talk of a potential Linux port and it looks like it might finally be materializing for Linux gamers...

  • LXQt 0.8 Is Being Released Soon
    Fans of LXQt, the merge of the Qt version of LXDE along with the Razor-qt desktop project, will soon see out a big update...

  • Linux 3.17 Lands Memfd, A KDBUS Prerequisite
    There's many new features to Linux 3.17 that were covered over the past two weeks on Phoronix. One of the merged Linux 3.17 features that went under our radar at the time was the new memfd syscall was merged, which is a requirement of the forthcoming KDBUS, the kernel-based D-Bus implementation sought after by the systemd crew...

  • Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Shafts Linux Gamers
    The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 was just announced with "$210 worth of awesome games" that can be found on Steam, but before Linux gamers get too excited, they're mostly left in the dust...

  • Kpatch Gets Exposure This Week, kGraft Misses Out
    This week at LinuxCon Chicago are two talks about Red Hat's Kpatch live kernel patching solution to reduce downtime. However, there aren't any scheduled talks about SUSE's kGraft solution with neither yet being in the mainline kernel...

  • Btrfs Gets Talked Up, Googler Encourages You To Try Btrfs
    This week at LinuxCon North America in Chicago is a presentation by Google's Marc Merlin that's entitled "Why you should consider using btrfs, real COW snapshots and file level incremental server OS upgrades like Google does." The presentation does a good job at looking at the state of Btrfs on Linux and comparing it to ZFS...

  • C++14 Is Complete
    The ISO C++14 draft international standard was unanimously approved and is now clear for publication...

  • NIR: A New IR Developed For Mesa That's Better Than GLSL IR
    Connor Abbott, the open-source developer that began contributing to the Lima Linux graphics driver while a high school student, was interning at Intel this summer even before starting college. Over the summer the focus of his Intel Linux internship was focusing on developing a new intermediate representation for Mesa graphics drivers...

  • Coreboot Now Works On The Older MacBook 1,1 Too
    As an update to yesterday's story about Coreboot now working for the MacBook 2,1 model, with today's Git activity the open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement will also work with the even older 1,1 model...

  • Wayland 1.6 Is Under Planning For Release
    We haven't heard much talk lately about Wayland 1.6 but Pekka Paalanen is stepping up and is trying to begin organizing work towards the Wayland/Weston 1.6 release that's quickly due...

  • Direct3D 9 Support Stands A Chance Of Being Added To Mesa
    For several months now there's been a Direct3D 9 state tracker under development for Mesa that's making some headway and working out for bettering the Wine performance with D3D9 titles rather than using Wine's translation layer to OpenGL. While no official request for pulling the code has been issued, it looks like it might stand a chance of hitting mainline Mesa...


  • Parties for Secret users get you spilling the beans in real life

    Part of the allure of Secret's app is supposed to be the anonymity; you can confess your innermost thoughts without facing any accusing fingers. However, people are now using Secret as a launching pad for parties where the very point is to confide in others you can see across the table. As Recode notes from first-hand experience, it's like seeing the app unfold in real life. Rather than make small talk, guests share their sincerest feelings about family and relationships -- you may find more about a stranger in a few hours than you would by following them on Facebook for a year. Even meeting up is dependent on revealing interesting tidbits, so you end up breaking the ice before you know anyone's names.

    These parties are still new, and there's a distinct possibility that they'll fade out. However, the Secret-inspired occasions appear to have some benefits for real socialization. They help people meet strangers (albeit ones connected to existing friends), and you don't get the sense that these would-be friends have something to hide. Secret can be used for some decidedly malicious purposes, but these get-togethers suggest that it can be a force for good in the right hands.

    [Image credit: Jupiterimages]

    Filed under: Internet


    Source: Recode

  • China's 'bullet screens' combine movies and your snarky texts

    Movie theater texters here in the US are (rightfully!) viewed asthe lowest of the low, but certain spots in China look far more kindly on those cinematic simpletons. Why? Because some of their hastily composed missives actually become part of the show itself. According to the niconico video service (see above) would've just been a regional YouTube knock-off were it not for the occasionally insane stream of comments sweeping across videos as they played. The end result is a visually jarring, often hilarious union of art and critique, a text-only version of MST3K unfolding before your very eyes. Our only question: when can we unleash our sparkling wit on a movie screen near us?

    Source: New York Times

  • The Big Picture: NASA's electric plane achieves vertical takeoff

    While EVs like the Tesla Model S and Renovo Coupe gain steam here on the ground, engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center are taking electric propulsion technology to new heights. What you see above is the GL-10 -- AKA Greased Lightning. This serious looking unmanned aerial system has a 10-foot wingspan and is powered by 10 individual electric motors with enough torque to propel it straight up in the air like a Harrier Jet. The GL-10 is nowhere near the size or weight of a Boeing V-22Osprey, but that sort of maneuver is nonetheless impressive for a battery-powered machine.

    Filed under: Misc, Robots


    Source: NASA

  • MLB hopes to ease blackouts on streaming local games, Major League Baseball's subscription-based streaming option, your local team's home games are blacked out due to TV and/or cable deals. That could change as early as next season though, as Bob Bowman, the league's head of Advanced Media, expects a revised online viewing agreement soon with broadcasters and teams. Networks pay millions for the rights to beam the action into living rooms, so we'd surmise there's quite a sum of money to discuss. When the restrictions are lifted, you'll likely need a cable plan to access those games -- just like FOX required for the All-Star Game this summer and ESPN does for its streaming option.

    [Photo credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images]

    Filed under: Internet, HD


    Source: Associated Press

  • Watch two fish duke it out in 'Street Fighter' on a live internet stream

    The bar has been raised for fish-controlled video games. Not content with the solo action of Fish Plays Pokemon, Andrew Hill has launched FishPlayStreetFighter, a Twitch stream that lets you watch two fish (Aquarius and Robert the Bruce) square off in Capcom's classic Street Fighter II. It's mapping movement around the tank like before, but it's using a significantly more advanced control scheme to liven things up. Color detection makes the two-player mode possible, and the fish can string together input combos based on where they're swimming -- watch for long enough and you'll see a goldfish throw its opponent across the room. The best part is that the matches actually move along pretty quickly. While you'll sometimes see the fighters wasting time, one fish usually gets a knockout before time is up. The feed doesn't run at all hours (usually between 7:30AM and 10PM Eastern), but it should easily keep you distracted while you're at work.

    Filed under: Gaming, Internet


    Source: Twitch, Andew Hill (Twitter)

  • Skype chat notifications will now only hit the device you're using

    Chances are you have a smartphone, tablet and computer combo, so it could get pretty annoying to get pinged simultaneously on those devices when you're exchanging messages with someone. Skype and iMessage both do this, but now the Microsoft-owned service is keen on changing that. Today, Skype announced that it's found a way to reduce all the noise for people who are logged in to their accounts on multiple devices, thanks to a new feature called "Active endpoint." Now when you're messaging back and forth on your phone, those chat notifications will only be sent to that device -- as opposed to before, where it would also send them to, say, your tablet or laptop at the same time. Skype says that, while notification are set to hit that one active device, the chat history is still being synced across multiple devices, making it easy for you to keep your conversations going from anywhere. This new feature is coming to Skype "over the next few weeks," so expect to see the changes soon.
    Filed under: Internet, Software, Mobile, Microsoft


    Source: Skype

  • Sneaking weapons past body scanners is easier than you think
    security checks can be easily duped. Since metal shows up as black shapes on the scan, it's quite easy to hide something on one's side, or attached to the inside of clothing, blending in to the captured image's background. A cooperative effort amongst researchers from the University of California at San Diego, University of Michigan and John Hopkins has been looking into possible tricks of their own. The group discovered that teflon tape could be used to conceal a weapon on the spine, malware is capable of faking image captures and wrapping items (like simulated explosives) around the body could make them read as flesh on the scans. A bit of good news is the Rapiscan Secure 1000 model tested by the team was swapped out last year by the TSA in favor of millimeter-wave scanners that provide a less detailed image to security personnel. However, the systems remain in use for government buildings around the US.

    [Photo credit: Michael Fein/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

    Filed under: Misc


    Source: Wired

  • Vine finally lets you make clips based on your existing videos

    If there has been a recurring gripe with Vine, it's that you've had to capture all your videos in Vine to share them -- you either had to record 6-second square clips or head elsewhere. You won't have to make that compromise any more, though. As of today, iOS users (Android is coming soon) can use existing videos in their Vines, no matter how many are needed or how they were shot. If you want to stitch together highlights from your iPhone 5s' slow-motion footage, you can.

    You'll have also more control, whether or not you're content to shoot inside the app. The Vine camera now lets you duplicate and mute clips. You can also use a "ghost" mode to line up with a previous shot, and a torch feature lets you make movies in pitch darkness. The additions might diminish the spirit of Vine's simple, on-the-spot recording, but they could also lead to more professional-looking clips that keep you (and hopefully, your followers) coming back.

    Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Mobile


    Via: Recode

    Source: Vine Blog, App Store

  • Wearable device stats prove it: you're not getting enough sleep

    If you've ever groused that you don't get enough sleep, you now know that you're not alone -- far from it, in fact. The Wall Street Journal has provided a rare glimpse at the tracking data from hundreds of thousands of Jawbone Up wearers worldwide, revealing both their collective sleeping habits as well as their activity when they're awake. And... it's not looking good. Even in well-rested cities like Melbourne, the average person slept just over the minimum recommended 7 hours. In Tokyo, many people get less than 6 hours. You don't want to look to your friends for help, then, since they're probably just as groggy as you.
    It's also clear that us humans are creatures of habit. The vast majority of people get up early on weekdays and sleep in on weekends and holidays. They're relatively idle while they're working in the middle of the day, but extra-active when commuting or heading out on weekend adventures. Yes, the data isn't all that shocking, and it's limited to people willing to snooze with $150 devices on their wrists. They may already be worrying about their sleeping patterns more than those who wear no tracker at all. Still, it's not often that you get to see the behavior of so many people modeled in such detail -- even if it really just serves as a reminder to lay off the caffeine at night.

    Filed under: Wearables


    Via: Fast Company

    Source: Wall Street Journal

  • US military bans staff from reading a site devoted to leaks

    Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras launched their own news site, The Intercept, to post high-profile leaks without worrying about the hassles that can come with publishing through major media outlets. They don't have to worry that an outside editor will put the kibosh on an Edward Snowden story due to government pressure, for instance. However, that isn't precluding officials from doing what they can to limit access. The US military has issued directives that ban staff from reading The Intercept due to the classified material that frequently pops up, particularly from a new reported leak source. Workers caught browsing the content might face "long term security issues," one such memo warns. And that's if they can read it at all; people in multiple military branches say the site is blocked altogether.

    The move isn't totally surprising, of course. The government regularly puts strict limits on the sites you're allowed to visit from its offices, and it has a legal obligation to keep classified content off of devices where it doesn't belong. Even if higher-ups are sympathetic, they're required to both scrub computers clean and report any visits. Nonetheless, the Intercept ban highlights a certain absurdity to the government's data policies -- it's barring access to "secret" surveillance details that you can easily read as soon as you leave for home.

    [Image credit: Shutterstock / Everett Collection]

    Filed under: Internet


    Source: The intercept

  • Back to School 2014: The 11 best smartphones

    If you're in the market for a new handset to accompany you on campus this fall, your timing's just right. You couldn't ask for a better selection of choices, and plenty of the phones in the gallery below are downright budget-friendly. That said, if you can hold off for a bit, you might want to see what Apple and Samsung have in store -- both companies are expected to announce new smartphones within the next month. Note that we've listed devices based on their unlocked and contract-free prices, though you'll pay less up front if you sign up with a carrier. Oh, and don't forget to check out the rest of our Back To School guide for more product picks.
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    Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Apple, Samsung, Sony, HTC, Nokia, Google, LG


  • Verizon wants a global, carrier-friendly Android app store (update: not now)
    claim that Verizon is in early talks with both other providers and hardware makers to create a global Android store that lets developers make full use of the "specific features" of a given network. Developers would be encouraged to hop aboard by getting the freedom to advertise, and there would be dynamic app recommendations that not only suggest downloads based on where you are (like iOS), but also the time of day and friend activity. Think of it as an adaptive interface for apps you don't own yet.

    The company isn't commenting on the rumor, and there's no guarantee that the discussions will bear fruit. However, the motivations behind launching such a storefront are clear. Verizon would potentially reduce Google's say over the Android app world, and could offer more apps that convince people to subscribe. It might even get a cut of each paid app, although it's not clear that Verizon is insisting on sharing revenue.

    Whether or not Big Red would succeed is another matter, and history suggests that the odds aren't in its favor. Stores from platform creators, such as the Play Store and Apple's App Store, succeeded precisely because they avoided the pitfalls of the carrier portals they replaced -- they targeted broader audiences and weren't afraid to host software that competes with network services, like internet calling apps. Verizon's most recent attempt at a store shut down in 2013, in part because it was only ever offering a fraction of the content you could find elsewhere.

    Also, attempts at creating app stores by committee have traditionally fallen flat. Remember the Wholesale Apps Community? It was supposed to provide a more universal app store, but a carrier-by-carrier negotiation process, reluctant phone makers and watered-down features (it was originally based on web tech) doomed it to failure just two years after it got started. Unless Verizon and crew can offer you at least as strong an app selection as what you're already getting, you might not have much incentive to change your shopping habits.

    Update: Verizon didn't comment on the original story, but it now tells Recode that it has "no plans" to make this store. "Been there. Done that," spokeswoman Debra Lewis says. Don't expect a store any time soon as a result, although the source did note that these were supposed to be early discussions -- we wouldn't completely rule out a store, at least not yet.

    Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless, Mobile, Verizon


    Source: The Information

  • Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

    The Nook tablets were seriously underappreciated. And while Samsung certainly makes some nice devices, there's something a little sad about seeing the Nook name slapped on a rather generic-looking slate from the Korean manufacturer. But it was inevitable, I suppose. After years of hemorrhaging cash as the market for physical books dried up, Barnes & Noble had to find ways to save money, and outsourcing the manufacturing of its slow-selling slates to a third party made perfect sense. The first device to result from this new approach is the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. And, while it might sound a little glib, it's basically just the Galaxy Tab you already know with a few software extras baked in. But, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    Samsung has gotten very good at making affordable, powerful devices with high-end features -- even if the build quality doesn't always live up to its premium aspirations. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is no different. Inside is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor that makes easy work of web browsing or reading -- the primary function of any Nook device. The screen is bright and beautiful with great viewing angles. And while I could potentially complain about the pixel density (or lack thereof), it's hard to come down that hard on a $179 tablet. Samsung even stuck with the same faux-leather back found on the rest of the Galaxy Tab series. Seriously, the company hasn't changed a thing about its hardware.

    That leaves the Nook to distinguish itself on the software front. At first glance, it actually seems to fail in that regard. The basic Android experience is the same one you'll have on any other Samsung device. The home screens, icons and features are all practically identical. Multi-window mode even survived the transition should you feel like multitasking on your e-reader-tablet hybrid. But then you start noticing the details. The default home screen has dedicated widgets for your library and the Nook Shop. In the bottom left-hand corner is a shortcut to the last thing you were reading. And of course, everything pushes you toward Barnes & Noble for your content purchases, rather than the Play Store or Samsung Hub.

    Of course the actual reading experience is the biggest feature here. And I won't pretend that you can't get an excellent reading app on your standard-issue Galaxy Tab or a Nexus 7, but the Nook software is quite impressive. All the features you've come to know and love (if you were lucky enough to use a previous incarnation of the Nook Tablet at least) are present; including Article View for magazines, which strips away all the distractions and lets you focus entirely on the text. The other major element is content discovery. Without a way to push you toward new books, movies or magazines Barnes & Noble would have no way of making money (especially since it's hard to believe the company is making any profit on the hardware). Nook Today delivers personalized recommendations attached to your profile. Obviously, in my brief time with the device I couldn't really get an impression of how good those suggestions are. But the company has never offended us in the past. Oh, and you can have several people set up profiles on a single device, so you won't have to worry if your significant other decides to download Ann Coulter's latest book when clearly your preference is for Al Franken.

    Nook's software isn't just laid on top, though; it's baked right in. And while there are still a few rough edges, it appears nicely integrated with the Samsung experience. Plus, if you grow bored with Barnes & Noble's offerings, you still have full access to the Play Store.

    The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is available now for $179 and it comes preloaded with tons of free books, TV shows and magazines. We just walked away with a test unit, too, so stay tuned for a full review in the coming days.

    Dana Wollman contributed to this report.

    Filed under: Tablets, Samsung


  • Uber embeds itself in United, OpenTable and other major apps

    Uber, the on-demand car startup that's apparently twice as valuable as SpaceX, apparently isn't satisfied with just one paltry mobile app. That's why it finally did what many Silicon Valley prognosticators thought it would: it launched a free API (application programming interface, if you were curious) to coax developers into baking Uber features into their apps. The company's ultimate goal? To quietly invade the rest of your mobile world so you can't help but flag down a black town car with your smartphone someday.

    Let's back up for a second: what's an API? Long story short, think of it as the not-so-secret sauce that lets app creators tap into data from other companies for use in their own software. Companies who open APIs up to the public have some tough decisions to make, like exactly what sort of data everyone gets access to. In this case, Uber says apps you make "can pass a destination address to the Uber app, display pickup times, provide fare estimates, access trip history and more."
    Anyway, moving on. For now, Uber has 11 app partners in its stable, and the full list is... eclectic to say the least. Sure, it makes sense for travel players like TripAdvisor, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines and OpenTable to get in on the action - after all, what good is crafting an itinerary if you don't have the means to get around? A few of the others like Starbucks and social dating app Hinge, seem like more of a stretch. Are you ever really that desperate for a caramel frappuccino? For the sake of your glucose levels, we hope not. Here's the thing though: don't expect to download all these apps and start hailing Escalades in an instant. The company said in its official announcement that this functionality will only be available to "a small set" of app partners for now, though it didn't elaborate on who they were.

    Via: TechCrunch

    Source: Uber Blog

  • The world's largest solar thermal power plant is incinerating thousands of local birds

    A common sight in the sky above the world's largest solar thermal power plant is a "streamer," a small plume of smoke that occurs without warning. Closer inspection, however, reveals that the source of the smoke is a bird that has inadvertently strayed into the white-hot heat above the plant's many reflecting mirrors. Because the BrightSource Energy plant near Ivanpah, California, uses supercritical steam rather than photovoltaic energy, the sun's heat is reflected off more than 300,000 mirrors to a single point, which is used to drive a steam turbine. The downside of that, of course, is that it's lethal for any wildlife that strays into the picture -- a problem that was recognized well before the facility opened, but now the government has gotten involved.

    Government wildlife inspectors believe that insects are drawn to the highly reflective mirrors, which in turn lures local birds to their doom. BrightSource feels that the issue has been overblown, claiming that only 1,000 living creatures will die in a year, but the Center for Biological Diversity believes the actual figure is closer to 28,000. The US Fish and Wildlife service is pushing for more information and an accurate calculation of the deaths before California grants the company any more permits for solar plants. That's because the next planned facility, close to the California/Arizona border, is directly beneath a flight path used by rare birds like the Golden Eagle and Peregrine Falcon.

    Filed under: Misc, Science, Google


    Source: CBC

  • Barnes & Noble launches the $179 Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

    Barnes & Noble has officially kicked off a new era -- one in which it doesn't manufacture its own tablets. The struggling book outlet announced last summer that it would work with other manufacturers going forward and Samsung is first in line. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is the fruit of this partnership. It's a tablet built for reading first, as opposed to gaming or web browsing. While the device is undeniably Samsung, the software still retains some of that Barnes & Noble flair. Anyone who's used the previous Nook tablets will immediately recognize some of the features baked in here. The default homescreen has a widget showing recommended and recently read titles. Naturally, too, Barnes & Noble's Nook store is the primary content source, rather than the Play Store or Samsung Hub. But it's obvious that Sammy is in the driver's seat. Key features like multi-window mode are even included for some multi-tasking (say, if you want to tweet a quote from your favorite novel). B&N is pitching it as "the first full-featured Android tablet designed for reading." Then again, the company has said the same about every other Nook tablet.

    To be clear, it's the same hardware as the existing Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, which is to say it's exceptionally small, even for a 7-inch tablet. In fact it doesn't appear to be that much larger than your average e-reader. To give you some perspective, an executive stashed the device inside his suit pocket during an onstage demo -- something this editor would never dream of trying with a Nexus 7. All told, it's only 0.35-inch thick, so it's quite the svelte little device.

    Obviously, though, content is king here. The company is including what it claims is $200 in free content with the latest Nook. You'll get copies of Freakonomics, The Wanderer, and I Am Number Four, along with trial subscriptions of Sports Illustrated and Cosmo among others. Oh, and free episodes of shows like Orphan Black and Veep. We'll be testing one out in the coming days but in the meantime, stay tuned for our hands-on post.

    Update: Our hands-on post is up, complete with photos and video. Check it out here!

    Dana Wollman contributed to this report.

    Filed under: Tablets, Mobile, Samsung


  • UK tries to protect kids by rating music videos like movies

    While David Cameron's broadband filters are YouTube and Vevo.
    The pilot, which will run for three months with assistance from Google, has also been backed by the the three biggest music labels in the UK -- Sony, Warner Music and Universal -- letting them assign three age-suitable labels (12, 15 or 18) to videos with adult-themed content. It's not yet known how it will be enforced, but parents will be provided with an option to block videos according to their ratings. Whether they'll choose to enable the feature remains to be seen (many haven't enabled the so-called 'porn filter' on their home internet connections), but we're sure enterprising teenagers will find a way to navigate around it anyway.
    Filed under: Google


    Via: Mashable


  • ZTE's camera-heavy mini flagship makes rare leap to the US

    Chinese phone makers are smacking Samsung and others around right now, but it's still hard to find high-end, non-carrier-branded devices stateside. That said, ZTE -- which has quietly become the world's number five smartphone brand -- has just launched its Nubia 5S mini LTE in the US unlocked for $280. You may be more tempted by a Nexus 5 if specs are your thing, as the Nubia 5s mini is "merely" equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon 400, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable memory and a 4.7-inch, 720p screen. But ZTE's wooing a younger crowd by touting the ample 5-megapixel front/13-megapixel rear cameras with f/2.2 iris and manual controls, along with the photo effects, LTE (for GSM carriers) and pocketable size. It also vows to repair any damage you inflict for any reason up to 18 months after purchase for $80 -- a boon to any of us who've broken a screen. It's now up on pre-order at Amazon, with shipping set to start on August 27th.

    Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile


  • Twitter to delete photos of deceased upon family request
    hands-on approach to bullying, Twitter will now remove images of deceased persons upon family request in "certain circumstances." That follows an atrocious instance of harassment, in which several users sent Zelda Williams fake images of a body in a morgue following the death of her father, Robin Williams. After she decided to leave the social network, Twitter said it "(would) not tolerate abuse of this nature." The new policy states that users can request the removal of such images "from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death" by emailing However, Twitter added that it would also consider "public interest factors" and may not accommodate all requests.

    Filed under: Internet, Software


    Via: Gizmodo

    Source: Twitter

  • RetroBSD: Run old BSD Unix on a microcontroller
    Modern microcontrollers are becoming quite beefy. The Microchip PIC32 line is actually an implementation of the MIPS32 4K architecture - and with 512K of flash and 128K of RAM you can even run Unix! RetroBSD is a port of BSD 2.11 for the PIC32. You might not be able to run X11, but it is still very useful and a great reminder of how small Unix used to be - and how far it has come.

  • HTC One M8 for Windows unveiled... For very few people
    As expected, HTC has just announced a new smartphone with Windows Phone called the HTC One M8 for Windows. The new device is the same as the HTC One M8 with Android, albeit it comes with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 preinstalled.  Sounds great, especially since it may be possible to dual boot or switch operating systems once the XDA crowd gets its hands on this thing. But then...  The HTC One M8 for Windows is an exclusive device for U.S. carrier Verizon.  Yeah. Good luck, with that.

  • How to boot a PDP-11
    Via TechCrunch:  You want to play Adventure, but don't know how to turn on the PDP-11? These instructions are for booting our dual rack machine from its RL01 drives, although booting the single cabinet machine from the RK05 is very similar.  How to boot a PDP-11. Yes.

  • Interview: Jim Yurchenco, creator of Apple's first mouse, Palm V
    While the article focuses on Jim Yurchenco's work on building Apple's first mouse, as a Palm adept, I'm obviously more interested in his other great contribution to the computing world: he built the Palm V.  "That was a really important product for us, and the industry", Yurchenco says. "It was one of the first cases where the physical design - the feel and touch points - were considered to be as important as the performance." That wasn't lost on users; the device sold like wild and helped shape modern gadget-lust. Ars Technica's review of the device came with a disclaimer: "Remember, if you don't intend to buy a Palm V, under no circumstances should you allow yourself to look/touch/hold/feel/smell/see/inspect/rub/behold/taste or have any type of contact with one."  I touched upon this in a lot of detail in my Palm retrospective, but in this day and age of iOS vs. Android, wherein everybody seems to think the portable computer era started with the iPhone, it can't be stressed enough just how much Apple - and thus, the entire current smartphone industry - owes to Palm. Whether it's software - iOS draws heavily from Palm OS - or hardware. I wrote:  The Pilots that had come before were strictly utilitarian, focused on businessmen and women instead of general consumers. The Palm V changed all this. Its shape would define the company's products for years to come. It had smooth curved sides with a slightly wider bottom than top section, making it all not only look distinct and beautiful, but also very comfortable to hold. Whether you looked at other PDAs, smartphones, or mobile phones of its era - there was nothing else like it. Everybody else was building plastic monstrosities.  [...]  The Palm V was a smashing success. For the first time, a mobile computing device was designed to be beautiful, and "it turned out to be very successful. We turned it into a personal artefact, or a personal piece of jewellery or something and [Microsoft] couldn't compete with that," according to Hawkins.  The Palm V made pocket computing fashionable. The relationship between Palm OS and iOS is very thick - but so is the one between the Palm V and the iPhone.

  • The anti-Facebook
    Founded in 2010 and based in San Francisco, Nextdoor is a odd outlier among today's social networks. Signing up is an onerous process, requiring substantial proof of both your identification and address. People post messages, but they are seen only by others in the immediate area, and there is no share or retweet button to proliferate messages across the network. It feels more like a modern update on a message board or web forum than a social network. But it has struck a chord across the country. When The Verge first reported on Nextdoor back in July of 2012, it was in 3,500 neighborhoods. Today, the company is announcing that it reached 40,000 neighborhoods, or roughly one in four American communities, with 10 or more active users.  I had never heard of Nextdoor, but it sounds fascinating. Where Facebook has become an endless stream of crap because people willy-nilly added everyone to their friends list (tip: don't do that. I mostly only 'friend' people I truly care about and lo and behold, my Facebook feed is always interesting), Nextdoor prevents that by focusing solely on the people around you - literally around you.  I would love for this to come to The Netherlands. Sounds very useful in, say, remote communities.

  • Can smartphones break out of their rut?
    Since the introduction of the Apple iPhone in 2007, the design and function of most modern smartphones have not changed much. And that appears to be the case this upcoming season. Nearly all of the phones are expected to be sequels to existing models.  PCs have been the same for decades. Laptops have been the same for decades. Smartphones will be the same for decades. Get used to it.

  • 'MIUI 6 full review: visually stunning, stunningly simple'
    The long-expected MIUI 6 is finally here! Visually stunning, Stunningly Simple. It's a new chapter for MIUI. And here is a full review for you to get a taste of it.   We believe that it takes more than just good features to create a beautiful design. From orderly workflows, clear hierarchies and fluent responses, we believe that good design exists in every tap, drag and pinch you make. Natural and intuitive, just the way it should be.This is MIUI 6. It's visually stunning, stunningly simple. It's the start of anew chapter.  Had you told me these were shots from some other operating system, I'd have believed you. This is shameless (via Daring Fireball).

  • Windows 'Threshold' preview around late September
    Microsoft is aiming to deliver a "technology preview" of its Windows "Threshold" operating system by late September or early October, according to multiple sources of mine who asked not to be named.   And in a move that signals where Microsoft is heading on the "servicability" front, those who install the tech preview will need to agree to have subsequent monthly updates to it pushed to them automatically, sources added.  I'm excited about this 'Windows 9', because experience has taught us that Windows releases follow an up-down-up-down pattern. Windows Vista was down, 7 was up, 8 was down, so hopefully 9 will be up again. The rumoured changes are all positive, but it's not like Microsoft does not have a history of over-promising and under-delivering.

  • The third smartphone ecosystem is ending with a whimper
    Speaking of Windows Phone - it seems like it's not happening.  Telecom executives for years have trumpeted the need for a new cellphone platform to provide a counterweight to the dominance of Google's Android and Apple's iOS. Maybe it could be BlackBerry. Or maybe Windows.  Or maybe not. According to the data from IDC, the two top players are only getting stronger, grabbing 96.4% of global smartphone shipments in the second quarter, up from 92.6% a year ago.  Windows Phone€™s share of shipments fell to 2.5% of the total from 3.4% a year ago, as shipments dropped by more than 9%. BlackBerry€™s share fell to 0.5% from 2.8% - below the market share of the "other" category - amid a total collapse in shipments.  This is a two-horse race, and the rest is fighting over the scraps. Those scraps are enough for newcomers such as Jolla, who don't really need the massive numbers to keep a small company alive, but it's the death knell for platforms from larger, established companies with demanding shareholders.  So far, the whole Windows Phone experiment has been a disaster for Microsoft (and Nokia). They've had to pour so much money into Windows Phone just to keep it alive that it will take them 5-10 years before they will ever make any profit on the platform - and that's assuming it actually takes off. If it continues to muddle as it does now, it will remain a huge money pit - and at some point, shareholders and the new CEO will question its existence.

  • Microsoft considered renaming Internet Explorer
    Microsoft has had "passionate" discussions about renaming Internet Explorer to distance the browser from its tarnished image, according to answers from members of the developer team given in a reddit Ask Me Anything session today.  In spite of significant investment in the browser - with the result that Internet Explorer 11 is really quite good - many still regard the browser with contempt, soured on it by the lengthy period of neglect that came after the release of the once-dominant version 6. Microsoft has been working to court developers and get them to give the browser a second look, but the company still faces an uphill challenge.  Windows Phone faces the same problem. I'm fairly certain 'a Windows phone' just sounds dirty to many people, associating it with viruses and other issues from the past. Can't blame them.

  • Samsung announces Galaxy Alpha
    Samsung has officially announced its first metal phone in a very long time: the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Normally, Samsung goes all-out in the specs department and puts all the pieces in a plastic case - but the Galaxy Alpha is all about design over specs.  Or, as I like to call it, the Samsung Galaxy Oh Crap.

  • Simplifying the bull: how Picasso helps to teach Apple's style
    Steven P. Jobs established Apple University as a way to inculcate employees into Apple€™s business culture and educate them about its history, particularly as the company grew and the tech business changed. Courses are not required, only recommended, but getting new employees to enroll is rarely a problem.  Although many companies have such internal programs, sometimes referred to as indoctrination, Apple's version is a topic of speculation and fascination in the tech world.  Mildly interesting puff piece on Apple, but what I found kind of hilarious is how the author chose Apple's mice as a shining example of Apple's philosophy. Apple makes some great, defining products - but Apple's mice are absolutely horrible. The little mice timeline also curiously omits the most horrible mouse in computer history.  About 7-10 years ago, I was talking to a sales person at the oldest and then-largest Apple retail chain in my country (founded by the first Dutchman to own a Mac). The sales person was obviously a fervent Apple fan, but as we were detailing my Mac purchase, he said "do you want an Apple mouse, or a mouse that works?"  The first thing I do when I buy a new Mac is toss out the Apple mouse.

  • Microsoft debuts $25 Nokia 130
    When Microsoft announced its plans to scrap its Asha feature phones and shift its Android-based Nokia X to Windows, it appeared the company might be getting out of the low-end phone business entirely.  That's apparently not the case, though, as Microsoft is introducing the Nokia 130, a 19 euro ($25) cellphone that lacks an Internet connection but includes the ability to play digital music and movies along with an FM radio and flashlight. The new device sits in between the even more basic Nokia 105 and the Nokia 220, which does have some Internet abilities.  I'm glad Microsoft will continue to make phones like this. They are very important in large parts of the world, and these are the kinds of phones that made it possible for Nokia to bring the mobile phone to every corner of the world.

  • Xiaomi fixes privacy leak on Redmi 1s
    A recent article in Taiwan and a related report by F-Secure raised privacy concerns by stating that Xiaomi devices are sending phone numbers to Xiaomi's servers. These concerns refer to the MIUI Cloud Messaging service described above. As we believe it is our top priority to protect user data and privacy, we have decided to make MIUI Cloud Messaging an opt-in service and no longer automatically activate users. We have scheduled an OTA system update for today (Aug 10th) to implement this change. After the upgrade, new users or users who factory reset their devices can enable the service by visiting "Settings > Mi Cloud > Cloud Messaging" from their home screen or "Settings > Cloud Messaging" inside the Messaging app - these are also the places where users can turn off Cloud Messaging.   We apologize for any concern caused to our users and Mi fans. We would also like to thank the media and users who have been sending us feedback and suggestions, allowing us to improve and provide better Internet services.  Fast response, but it's exactly this kind of shitty behaviour that especially a Chinese company simply cannot afford out here in the west. If Microsoft, Apple, or Google does something like this, they'll have armies of defenders and a huge PR department to solve it. Upcoming Chinese companies are generally much, much leaner and do not have that at all.  In any case, you're generally much better off with a custom ROM anyway, and this just yet another reason.

  • Judge rejects $324.5 million settlement over Apple, Google hiring
    Four Silicon Valley companies including Apple and Google failed to persuade a U.S. judge to sign off on a $324.5 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit by tech workers, who accused the firms of conspiring to avoid poaching each other's employees.  In a ruling on Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, said the class action settlement was too low, given the strength of the case against the companies. Intel and Adobe were also part of the proposed deal.  Good on her.  I've said it before and I'll say it again: Eric Schmidt, Tim Cook, and the other criminals behind this crime belong in jail. If a poor member of a minority steals a wallet, he gets jail time. Rich CEOs steal hundreds of millions - and if you do the math, it actually comes down to billions - and they can get away with a paltry sum and walk free.  This is unfair and unjust. Eric Schmidt, Tim Cook, and the others are criminals. They belong in jail.

  • Security Hardening with Ansible
    Ansible is an open-source automation tool developed and released by Michael DeHaan and others in 2012. DeHaan calls it a "general-purpose automation pipeline" (see Resources for a link to the article "Ansible's Architecture: Beyond Configuration Management").

  • IndieBox: for Gamers Who Miss Boxes!
    There are lots of cool ideas on the Internet that never really make it out of the "startup" phase. IndieBox has been around only for a few months, but I really, really hope it catches on.

    Here's the idea:

    Every month, you get a Linux/Mac/Windows-compatible Indie game in the mail. 

  • Non-Linux FOSS: a Virtualized Cisco Infrastructure?
    We're all familiar with the idea of virtualized computers. Not only are they a great way to better utilize resources in a server room, but they also allow you to create and destroy servers in the blink of an eye. That's perfect for a lab or training environment. Unfortunately, it's always taken a rack of actual hardware to create a training lab for Cisco hardware.

  • Linux Security Threats on the Rise
    Every year, heck...every month, Linux is adopted by more companies and organizations as an important if not primary component of their enterprise platform. And the more serious the hardware platform, the more likely it is to be running Linux. 60% of servers, 70% of Web servers and 95% of all supercomputers are Linux-based! 

  • Android Candy: Oyster—Netflix for Books!
    For avid readers who can't find the time to visit their local library or struggle to carry giant tomes of awesomeness around with them, eBooks have become a convenient way to consume books. Whether it's on a Kindle, a Nook or in an app on your phone, eBooks are the ultimate in portability. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to find the book you want in a format you can read.

  • Roll Your Own YouTube/Flickr with MediaGoblin
    Everyone has wasted an afternoon on YouTube clicking through videos of talking cats, screaming goats and bad-lip-reading renditions of popular movies. Heck, there are plenty of YouTube videos of me doing odd and silly things as well. (Does anyone remember 'Buntu Family Theater?) For important family videos, however, I much prefer to control my own data.

  • Can We Stop Playing Card Games with Business?
    A friend who works in one of the big banks recently told me that any new-fangled approach to identity and payments is going to have a hard time getting traction while credit cards continue to work as well as they do. "Using credit cards is too easy, too normal, too entrenched in Business As Usual", he said. They used to say the same thing about Windows. 

  • Open-Source Space
    As I write this, NASA has just passed another milestone in releasing its work to the Open Source community. A press release came out announcing the release on April 10, 2014, of a new catalog of NASA software that is available as open source. This new catalog includes both older software that was previously available, along with new software being released for the first time.

  • Silicon Mechanics Gives Back
    Silicon Mechanics, Inc., announced this week that Wayne State University (WSU) is the recipient of the company’s 3rd Annual Research Cluster Grant. This includes donation of a complete high-performance compute cluster from Silicon Mechanics and several of its partners. 

  • Reglue: Opening Up the World to Deserving Kids, One Linux Computer at a Time
    They say you never forget your first computer. For some of us, it was a Commodore 64 or an Apple IIe. For others, it was a Pentium 233 running Windows 95. Regardless of the hardware, the fond memories of wonder and excitement are universal. For me, I'll never forget the night my father brought home our first computer, a Tandy 1000.

  • diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development
    Once in a while someone points out a POSIX violation in Linux. Often the answer is to fix the violation, but sometimes Linus Torvalds decides that the POSIX behavior is broken, in which case they keep the Linux behavior, but they might build an additional POSIX compatibility layer, even if that layer is slower and less efficient. 

  • Great Scott! It's Version 13!
    No matter how much I love Plex, there's still nothing that comes close to XBMC for usability when it comes to watching your network media on a television. I've probably written a dozen articles on Plex during the last few years, so you know that's tough for me to admit.

  • Extended File Attributes Rock!
    Worldwide, data is growing at a tremendous rate. However, one recent study has pointed out that the size of files is not necessarily growing at the same rate; meaning the number of files is growing rapidly. How do we manage all of this data and files? While the answer to that question is complex, one place we can start is with Extended File Attributes. Continue reading

  • Checksumming Files to Find Bit-Rot
    In a previous article extended file attributes were presented. These are additional bits of metadata that are tied to the file and can be used in a variety of ways. One of these ways is to add checksums to the file so that corrupted data can be detected. Let's take a look at how we can do this including some simple Python examples. Continue reading

  • What’s an inode?
    As you might have noticed, we love talking about file systems. In these discussions the term "inode" is often thrown about. But what is an inode and how does it relate to a file system? Glad you asked. Continue reading

  • Emailing HPC
    Email is not unlike MPI. The similarities may help non-geeks understand parallel computers a little better. Continue reading

  • iotop: Per Process I/O Usage
    Based on a reader comment, we take iotop for a spin to see if it can be used for monitoring the IO usage of individual processes on a system. The result? It has some interesting capability that we haven't found in other tools. Continue reading

  • SandForce 1222 SSD Testing, Part 3: Detailed Throughput Analysis
    Our last two articles have presented an initial performance examination of a consumer SandForce based SSD from a throughput and IOPS perspective. In this article we dive deeper into the throughput performance of the drive, along with a comparison to an Intel X-25E SSD. I think you will be surprised at what is discovered. Continue reading

  • Putting Drupal to Work
    Drupal is a simple but powerful CMS. However, you'll probably want to configure it. Learn how to tweak Drupal's settings to your liking. Continue reading

  • SandForce 1222 SSD Testing – Part 2: Initial IOPS Results
    SandForce has developed a very interesting and unique SSD controller that uses real-time data compression. This affects data throughput and SSD longevity. In this article, we perform an initial examination of the IOPS performance of a SandForce 1222-based SSD. The results can be pretty amazing. Continue reading

  • Drupal at Warp Speed
    Need to setup Drupal CMS but don't have the time to learn how? Try this 30 minute quick start guide. Continue reading

  • Chasing The Number
    The Top500 list is a valuable measure of HPC progress, but the race it has spawned maybe over for many organizations Continue reading

  • Stick a Fork in Flock: Why it Failed
    This probably won't come as a surprise to many, but the "social Web browser" has thrown in the towel. Don't cry for the Flock team - they're flying the coop for Zynga to go make Facebook games or something. But Flock's loyal fans are out in the cold. Why'd Flock fail? There's a few lessons to be learned. Continue reading

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