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  • Mandriva: 2015:186: phpmyadmin
    LinuxSecurity.com: A vulnerability has been discovered and corrected in phpmyadmin:libraries/select_lang.lib.php in phpMyAdmin 4.0.x before 4.0.10.9,4.2.x before 4.2.13.2, and 4.3.x before 4.3.11.1 includes invalidlanguage values in unknown-language error responses that contain[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:185: dokuwiki
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated dokuwiki packages fix security vulnerabilities:inc/template.php in DokuWiki before 2014-05-05a only checks foraccess to the root namespace, which allows remote attackers to accessarbitrary images via a media file details ajax call (CVE-2014-8761).[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:169: git
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated git packages fix security vulnerability:It was reported that git, when used as a client on a case-insensitivefilesystem, could allow the overwrite of the .git/config file whenthe client performed a git pull. Because git permitted committing[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:168: glibc
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated glibc packages fix security vulnerabilities:Stephane Chazelas discovered that directory traversal issue in localehandling in glibc. glibc accepts relative paths with .. componentsin the LC_* and LANG variables. Together with typical OpenSSH[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:167: glpi
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated glpi package fixes security vulnerabilities:Due to a bug in GLPI before 0.84.7, a user without access to costinformation can in fact see the information when selecting cost asa search criteria (CVE-2014-5032).[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:166: clamav
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated clamav packages fix security vulnerabilities:ClamAV 0.98.6 is a maintenance release to fix some bugs, some of thembeing security bugs:[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:165: bind
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated bind packages fix security vulnerabilities:By making use of maliciously-constructed zones or a rogue server,an attacker can exploit an oversight in the code BIND 9 uses tofollow delegations in the Domain Name Service, causing BIND to issue[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:164: bash
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated bash packages fix security vulnerability:A flaw was found in the way Bash evaluated certain specially craftedenvironment variables. An attacker could use this flaw to override orbypass environment restrictions to execute shell commands. Certain[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:163: grub2
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated grub2 package fixes security vulnerability:An integer overflow in liblzo before 2.07 allows attackers to causea denial of service or possibly code execution in applications usingperforming LZO decompression on a compressed payload from the attacker[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:161: icu
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated icu packages fix security vulnerabilities:The Regular Expressions package in International Components for Unicode(ICU) 52 before SVN revision 292944 allows remote attackers to causea denial of service (memory corruption) or possibly have unspecified[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:162: gtk+3.0
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated gtk+3.0 packages fix security vulnerability:Clemens Fries reported that, when using Cinnamon, it was possible tobypass the screensaver lock. An attacker with physical access to themachine could use this flaw to take over the locked desktop session[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:160: ipython
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated ipython package fixes security vulnerability:In IPython before 1.2, the origin of websocket requests was notverified within the IPython notebook server. If an attacker hasknowledge of an IPython kernel id they can run arbitrary code on[More...]



  • Creating a Unified Ubuntu Experience
    On it's own, Ubuntu is a solid desktop Linux experience. It offers ample application choices and it's easy to use. But one area I would like to see greater focus is mirroring one desktop to another. That is, being able to find the same documents and other files I use on both desktop machines. In this article I'll explore options I've found useful in creating a unified Ubuntu Experience.


  • How to set up remote desktop on Linux VPS using x2go
    As everything is moved to the cloud, virtualized remote desktop becomes increasingly popular in the industry as a way to enhance employee's productivity. Especially for those who need to roam constantly across multiple locations and devices, remote desktop allows them to stay connected seamlessly to their work environment. Remote desktop is attractive for employers as […]Continue reading...The post How to set up remote desktop on Linux VPS using x2go appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to speed up X11 forwarding in SSH How to install ssh on Linux How to accept ssh host keys automatically on Linux How to set up VPN over SSH in Linux How to secure SSH login with one-time passwords on Linux


  • Will voting systems adopt open source?
    In my recent interview with Brent Turner, from the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO), we heard about the public interest case for making voting machines open source. In this article, I further explore the unfortunate trend for vendors in this space to "openwash" their offerings; that is, to misrepresent proprietary products as if they were open source, with the intent of making them more appealing.read more


  • Have You Decided Yet?
    The organization Reglue was presented the Free Software Foundation's Award for Projects of Social Benefit during this years LibrePlanet gathering. Ken Starks founded his effort first as The HeliOS Project in 2005 and then morphed into the 501(C)(3) non profit Reglue in 2012. Starks isn't in this for back-patting. He wants to make sure every kid, regardless of race or color has top notch Software at their disposal. Starks came to understand the need for good Text to Speech software when he became voiceless to cancer in January of 2015. Here is his effort to bring it to light over the greater Linux Community.


  • Michigan Tech course to build your own 3D printer
    When engineering students start college, the high cost of proprietary tools can be a barrier to making their dreams become a reality. Recent advances in free and open source 3D printing have lowered rapid prototyping costs, making it accessible to everyone. The software industry already knows the force of open source, so now it's time to start teaching free and open source hardware to all engineers.read more



  • $13 HAT aims Raspberry Pi at real-world I/O projects
    Pimoroni’s $13 “Explorer HAT” add-on for the Raspberry Pi can drive motors and touchscreens, integrate sensors, interface with 5V devices, and more. The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) add-on board standard enables the Linux-ready Raspberry Pi SBC to automatically configure its GPIO signals and drivers for use with external devices. Pimoroni has […]


  • Mozilla Firefox 37.0 Is Now Available for Download
    We’re happy to announced that the final builds of the popular Mozilla Firefox 37.0 web browser were published on Mozilla’s download servers for all supported computer operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.


  • Install Bacula on a Debian 7 Linux VPS
    Bacula is a set of Open Source, computer programs that permit you to manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds.


  • Ubuntu MATE 14.04.2 LTS : Video Overview and Screenshot Tours
    Ubuntu MATE 14.04.2 LTS released and announced by Martin Wimpress, the main developer of Ubuntu MATE. Bring MATE desktop environment from the upstream Debian 8.0 (Jessie), which has also been synced with Ubuntu MATE 14.10. Furthermore, the Ubiquity and Compiz compatibility features for MATE desktop have been backported from upcoming Ubuntu MATE 15.04.


  • Linux Mint 18 Will Arrive in 2016, Linux Mint 17.2 and LMDE 2 Coming Very Soon
    The Linux Mint developers have announced today, March 30, in their monthly newsletter, that the team works hard these days to release the final version of the LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) 2 (codename Betsy), as well as to implement its awesome new features to the upcoming Linux Mint 17.2 update of the current stable distribution of the project, Rebecca.


  • IPC-A-610 Class 3 rated COM runs Linux on i.MX6
    Denx released a rugged, IPC-A-610 Class 3 rated “M6R” COM that runs its Yocto-based ELDK embedded Linux on a single, dual, or quad core Freescale i.MX6 SoC. The Denx M6R computer-on-module, which is available with an M6REVK carrier board, follows in the steps of earlier Freescale-based COMs from Denx Computer Systems such as the i.MX53x […]



  • SME Server 9.1 Beta 1 Is Now Available for Download, Based on CentOS 6.6
    The Koozali SME Server development team, through Terry Fage, was pleased to announce today, March 30, the immediate availability for download and testing of the SME Server 9.1 Beta 1 computer operating system, which is now based on the upstream CentOS distribution, which in turn is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.



  • Posscon: Five Talks to Consider
    Did you ever notice that when you go to a LinuxFest that many of the geeks are carrying around Mac laptops? Tarus Balog has noticed, mainly because he’s a long time self professed Apple fanboy himself, who’s taken the steps to free himself of the limitations inherent in using proprietary operating systems and make the move to something a little more open.


  • Voyager Live 14.04.4 X Screenshot Tour
    Voyager "X", based on Voyager 14.04.4 LTS, is an experimental version built around the new Xfce 4.12 desktop which was only recently released. It also includes an updated Linux kernel, version 3.16. The entire layout of the desktop has been recoded and the scripts improved to work with the new Xfce. This is a version whose goal is to bring the latest Xfce and kernel improvements to some of the more recent computer systems. Although Xfce 4.12 is final, it has yet to be integrated into Ubuntu's official repositories; as such, it is considered as experimental. At the moment only a 64-bit ISO image is available for download, with a 32-bit variant possibly coming later if needed. This version of Voyager X has been tested extensively and it can be installed as an "official" Voyager. Xfce 4.12, coupled with Linux kernel 3.16, has made Voyager faster and more responsive, with many parameters optimised for better performance and with much improved hardware support.


  • Not So Dynamic Updates
    Typically when a network is under my control, I like my servers to havestatic IPs. Whether the IPs are truly static (hard-coded into networkconfiguration files on the host) or whether I configure a DHCP server to make staticassignments, it's far more convenient when you know a server always will havethe same IP.



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  • 'Rage Quitting,' 'Stress Cooking' — Behind The Internet-Speak
    In themselves, each phrase may not be outwardly remarkable, but what’s interesting is taken together as a class of compounds, they are further reflective of how Internet culture has added novel complexity and nuance to the shared lexicon of speaking.





  • The Most Secretive Book In History
    A bizarre medieval manuscript written in a language no one can read has baffled the world’s best cryptologists, stumped the most powerful code-breaking computers, and been written off as a masterful hoax. Can the hive mind finally unlock its secrets?





  • Police Capture Armed Escaped Prisoner Near DC Area
    Wossen Assaye was found near Pennsylvania and Minnesota avenues SE in Washington, D.C., following a massive manhunt that lasted nearly nine hours, a high-ranking police source told News4. He was taken into custody without incident at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.


  • What If HBO Had Picked Up ‘Mad Men’?
    What if, instead of launching AMC as a heavyweight for original, prestigious programming, the blessed ones in HBO’s ivory tower deigned to green-light a pilot from longtime employee and "Sopranos" staff writer Matthew Weiner?





  • Here's What Van Halen Sounds Like In 2015
    Let's get two things out of the way: This is far from the best version of "Runnin' With The Devil" you're likely to hear, but this is also damn impressive for a band whose members are all at least 60 years old.








  • Cablevision To Make $1 Offer For New York Daily News
    US cable TV operator Cablevision Systems Corp is planning to make an offer for the New York Daily News as early as this week, valuing the troubled tabloid at just $1, according to a person familiar with the matter.




  • Hands On With Project Spartan, Microsoft's IE Replacement
    For all the things Windows 10 is supposed to do better than Windows 8, one of the most anticipated features in the operating system is Project Spartan, Microsoft’s soon-to-be replacement for the much maligned Internet Explorer.




  • Clinton Also Used iPad For Email; Mixed Personal, Work Chats
    Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.




  • Back To The Future
    A visual journey into the the future and the sci-fi worlds of Kilian Eng.


  • New ARM-Powered Chip Aims For Battery Life Measured In Decades
    The number of things getting plugged into the "Internet of Things" has already reached the point of satire. But there's a new, extremely low power technology that's being prepared for market that could put computing power and network access into a whole new class of sensors, wearables and practically disposable devices.




  • Why An Imperfect Version Of Proust Is A Classic In English
    Mostly thanks to C. K. Scott Montcrieff, Proust is part of the common reader’s experience in English. But the ease of Moncrieff’s translations also started a fistfight, ongoing, about whether his Proust is Proust, near Proust, Anglicized Proust, or not Proust at all.





  • Nevada’s Caesar
    Harry Reid — one part Godfather, one part Santa Claus — might just be the most important Nevadan in the state’s history.


  • The Car That Changed Rally Racing Forever
    All past and present all-wheel-drive rally cars owe their status to the dirt-throwing wheels of the original, blocky Quattro. And what was once a cult favorite amongst the racing cognoscenti is now highly sought after at auctions because of its racing history, rarity and unabashed cool.


  • I Took A Lot Of Drugs At A Psychedelic Boot Camp
    Just before Christmas I booked myself onto a thing called the African Savannah Transformation Retreat. This was a ten-day getaway in South Africa that promised to transform people through a combination of starvation, sunshine and psychedelic drugs.



  • How To Remove A Wasp Infestation With A Shop Vac
    With a shop vac, some water, dish soap and a bit of scaffolding you can get rid of an entire (extremely angry) yellowjacket or wasp colony without using chemicals. Skip to 4:10 for the aftermath/carnage.




  • Body Of Knowledge
    What a professor learned by studying her own stint as a bodybuilder.


  • 'Spectre' And The Age Of Blockbuster Continuity
    "Spectre" is just the latest film in a decades-long franchise, but the most important thing the filmmakers want you to know is that this is not just another James Bond movie. It’s a sequel.



  • What Would Being In A Bunker For 15 Years Really Do To Your Head?
    So a woman emerges from a bunker after 15 years. She's cheerful and ready to embrace life. It's the premise of the recent Netflix series "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," but what is the reality? What do years of isolation and confinement actually do to a person's brain?


  • Mitch Hedberg's Life And Legacy Ten Years After His Death
    Hedberg was an old-fashioned one-liner spitter like Henny Youngman, and an observer of the foibles of everyday life, like Jerry Seinfeld. But the simplicity of his format obscured the qualities of his work that make him a legend.




  • GIFs Show Constellations Transforming Over 150,000 Years
    Any grade school kid can identify constellations like the Big Dipper or Orion in the night sky. But 50,000 years from now (assuming civilization hasn’t blotted the sky out with several millennium’s worth of chemical and light pollution) kids will be pointing out constellations that bear little resemblance to the ones you know.





  • Book Review: Drush For Developers, 2nd Edition
    Michael Ross writes As with any content management system, building a website using Drupal typically requires extensive use of its administrative interface, as one navigates through its menus, fills out its forms, and reads the admin pages and notifications — or barely skims them, as they have likely been seen by the site builder countless times before. With the aim of avoiding this tedium, speeding up the process, and making it more programmatic, members of the Drupal community created a "shell" program, Drush, which allows one to perform most of these tasks on the command line. At this time, there is only one current print book that covers this tool, Drush for Developers, Second Edition, which is ostensibly an update of its predecessor, Drush User's Guide. Read below for the rest of Michael's review.
             

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  • Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox
    donniebaseball23 writes While the term 'Xbox' is firmly implanted in every gamer's mind today, when Microsoft first set out to launch a console in 2001, people weren't sure what to expect and Microsoft clearly wasn't sure what approach to take to the market. As Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley explained, "In the early days of Xbox, especially before we had figured out how to get greenlit for the project as a pure game console, everybody and their brother who saw the new project starting tried to come in and say it should be free, say it should be forced to run Windows after some period of time." Blackley added that other ideas were pushed around at Microsoft too, like Microsoft should just gobble up Nintendo. "Just name it, name a bad idea and it was something we had to deal with," he said.
             

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  • Developer of 'Banished' Develops His Own Shading Language
    jones_supa writes Luke Hodorowicz, the hard-working developer behind the townbuilding strategy computer game Banished, has designed a novel GPU shading language and written a compiler for it. The language has been christened 'Shining Rock Shading Language' (SRSL) and it outputs the program in several other shading languages. The first goal for the language was to treat the vertex, fragment and geometry shader as a single program. The language sees the graphics pipeline as a stream of data, followed by some code, which outputs a stream of data, and then more code runs, and another stream of data is output. Body text of the shaders is very C-like and should be understood easily coming from other shading languages. SRSL has all the intrinsic functions you would expect from HLSL or GLSL. All types are HLSL-style. Loops and conditionals are available, but switch statements and global variables are seen redundant and not implemented. Luke's blog post tells more about the details of the language, complemented with examples.
             

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  • Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous
    HughPickens.com writes According to an op-ed by Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post, if Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country's education toward the teaching of specific, technical skills, expand STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and math) and deemphasize the humanities. "It is the only way, we are told, to ensure that Americans survive in an age defined by technology and shaped by global competition. The stakes could not be higher." But according to Zakaria the dismissal of broad-based learning, however, comes from a fundamental misreading of the facts — and puts America on a dangerously narrow path for the future.   As Steve Jobs once explained "it's in Apple's DNA that technology alone is not enough — that it's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing." Zakaria says that no matter how strong your math and science skills are, you still need to know how to learn, think and even write and cites Jeff Bezos' insistence that writing a memo that makes sense is an even more important skill to master. "Full sentences are harder to write," says Bezos. "They have verbs. The paragraphs have topic sentences. There is no way to write a six-page, narratively structured memo and not have clear thinking." "This doesn't in any way detract from the need for training in technology," concludes Zakaria, "but it does suggest that as we work with computers (which is really the future of all work), the most valuable skills will be the ones that are uniquely human, that computers cannot quite figure out — yet. And for those jobs, and that life, you could not do better than to follow your passion, engage with a breadth of material in both science and the humanities, and perhaps above all, study the human condition."
             

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  • Cetaceans Able To Focus Sound For Echolocation
    Rambo Tribble writes A recent study from Denmark has determined that porpoises, dolphins and whales can focus the sounds they make, described as "clicks and buzzes", when hunting. This appears to exceed even the capabilities of bats. One researcher described the ability as, "like adjusting a flashlight." The BBC offers approachable, and illustrated coverage.
             

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  • EU Commission Divided Over Nation-Specific Content Blocking
    jfruh writes In theory, the European Union is supposed to act as a single national market. But one area in which practice doesn't live up to theory is geoblocking: Europeans may find that a website they can reach or content they have a legal right to stream in one EU country is blocked in another. Now two members of the EU Commission (the equivalent of a nation's cabinet) are feuding as to whether geoblocks should be eliminated: Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said that "deep in my heart ... I hate geoblocking," while Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger, worrying about protecting the European film industry, said "We must not throw the baby out with the bathwater."
             

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  • License Details Hint MS Undecided On Suing Users of Its Open Source Net Runtime
    ciaran2014 writes With Microsoft proudly declaring its .NET runtime open source, a colleague and I decided to look at the licensing aspects. One part, the MIT licence, is straightforward, but there's also a patent promise. The first two-thirds of the first sentence seems to announce good news about Microsoft not suing people. Then the conditions begin. It seems Microsoft can't yet bring itself to release something as free software without retaining a patent threat to limit how those freedoms can be exercised. Overall, we found 4 Shifty Details About Microsoft's "Open Source" .NET.
             

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  • X-37B To Fly Again
    schwit1 writes The May 6 Atlas 5 launch will carry one of the Air Force's two X-37B mini-shuttles on a new mission in space. "The Air Force won't yet confirm which of the Boeing-built spaceplanes will be making the voyage. The first craft returned in October from a 675-day mission in space following a 224 day trek in 2010. OTV No. 2 spent 469 days in space in 2011-2012 on its only mission so far. "The program selects the Orbital Test Vehicle for each activity based upon the experiment objectives," said Capt. Chris Hoyler, an Air Force spokesperson. "Each OTV mission builds upon previous on-orbit demonstrations and expands the test envelope of the vehicle. The test mission furthers the development of the concept of operations for reusable space vehicles." There are indications that the Air Force wants to attempt landing the shuttle at Kennedy this time.
             

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  • Control Anything With Gestures: Myo Bluetooth Protocol Released
    First time accepted submitter Legendary Teeth writes The makers of the Myo Gesture Control Armband (Thalmic Labs) have just released the specs for the Bluetooth protocol it uses. While there are already official SDKs for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, this means that now anyone can roll their own support for other platforms like Linux or Arduino without needing to use one of the official platforms as a bridge. Anything you can write code for that that can act as a Bluetooth GATT client would now be possible, really. If you aren't familiar with the Myo armband, it's a Bluetooth Low Energy device with 8 EMG pods and an IMU that you wear on your arm. It can read your muscle activity to detect gestures you make with you hands, which you can then use to do things like fly drones, play games, or control music.
             

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  • Bitcoin In China Still Chugging Along, a Year After Clampdown
    angry tapir writes A year after China began tightening regulations around Bitcoin, the virtual currency is still thriving in the country, albeit on the fringes, according to its largest exchange. Bitcoin prices may have declined, but Chinese buyers are still trading the currency in high volumes with the help of BTC China, an exchange that witnessed the boom days back in 2013, only to see the bust following the Chinese government's announcement, in December of that year, that banks would be banned from trading in bitcoin.
             

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  • EFF Questions US Government's Software Flaw Disclosure Policy
    angry tapir writes: It's not clear if the U.S. government is living up to its promise to disclose serious software flaws to technology companies, a policy it put in place five years ago, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. They write, "ODNI has now finished releasing documents in response to our suit, and the results are surprisingly meager. Among the handful of heavily redacted documents is a one-page list of VEP 'Highlights' from 2010. It briefly describes the history of the interagency working group that led to the development of the VEP and notes that the VEP established an office called the 'Executive Secretariat' within the NSA. The only other highlight left unredacted explains that the VEP 'creates a process for notification, decision-making, and appeals.' And that's it. This document, which is almost five years old, is the most recent one released. So where are the documents supporting the 'reinvigorated' VEP 2.0 described by the White House in 2014?"
             

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  • Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?
    An anonymous reader writes: We've been in a malware arms race since the 1990s. Malicious hackers keep building new viruses, worms, and trojan horses, while security vendors keep building better detection and removal algorithms to stop them. Botnets are becoming more powerful, and phishing techniques are always improving — but so are the mitigation strategies. There's been some back and forth, but it seems like the arms race has been pretty balanced, so far. My question: will the balance continue, or is one side likely to take the upper hand over the next decade or two? Which side is going to win? Do you imagine an internet, 20 years from now, where we don't have to worry about what links we click or what attachments we open? Or is it the other way around, with threats so hard to block and DDoS attacks so rampant that the internet of the future is not as useful as it is now?
             

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  • No Film At 11: the Case For the Less-Video-Is-More MOOC
    theodp writes: In Why My MOOC is Not Built on Video, GWU's Lorena Barba explains why the Practical Numerical Methods with Python course she and colleagues put together has but one video: "Why didn't we have more video? The short answer is budget and time: making good-quality videos is expensive & making simple yet effective educational videos is time consuming, if not necessarily costly. #NumericalMOOC was created on-the-fly, with little budget. But here's my point: expensive, high-production-value videos are not necessary to achieve a quality learning experience." When the cost of producing an MOOC can exceed $100,000 per course, Barba suggests educators pay heed to Donald Bligh's 1971 observation that "dazzling presentations do not necessarily result in learning." So what would Barba do? "We designed the central learning experience [of #NumericalMOOC] around a set of IPython Notebooks," she explains, "and meaningful yet achievable mini-projects for students. I guarantee learning results to any student that fully engages with these!"
             

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  • Microsoft Rolls Out Project Spartan With New Windows 10 Build
    An anonymous reader writes: Today Microsoft released a new Technical Preview build for Windows 10. Its most notable addition is Microsoft's new browser: Project Spartan. In a brief post explaining the basics of the browser, the company says it includes their personal assistant software, Cortana, as well as "inking" support, which lets you write or type on the webpage you're viewing. But the biggest change, of course is the new rendering engine. The "suggestion box" page for Project Spartan is already filling up with idea from users, including one for Trident/EdgeHTML to be released as open source.
             

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  • Why You Should Choose Boring Technology
    An anonymous reader writes Dan McKinley, a long-time Etsy engineer who now works at online payment processor Stripe, argues that the boring technology option is usually your best choice for a new project. He says, "Let's say every company gets about three innovation tokens. You can spend these however you want, but the supply is fixed for a long while. You might get a few more after you achieve a certain level of stability and maturity, but the general tendency is to overestimate the contents of your wallet. Clearly this model is approximate, but I think it helps. If you choose to write your website in NodeJS, you just spent one of your innovation tokens. If you choose to use MongoDB, you just spent one of your innovation tokens. If you choose to use service discovery tech that's existed for a year or less, you just spent one of your innovation tokens. If you choose to write your own database, oh god, you're in trouble. ... The nice thing about boringness (so constrained) is that the capabilities of these things are well understood. But more importantly, their failure modes are well understood."
             

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  • GLOWING TAMPONS hold the key to ending pollution
    Uni research team finds new way of tracing wonky sewer connections
    A paper by a University of Sheffield research team, published Tuesday in the Water and Environmental Journal, has sought to answer one of the eternal questions facing humanity — how female hygiene products can be used to detect sewer misconnection discharge.…








  • Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING
    We already saw your infrared ‘signature’ suckers!
    Sorry, sci-fi fans: pretty much anyone who's imagined what a near-light-speed spacecraft would look like has got it wrong, because they've forgotten its interaction with photons.…



  • Oracle boat picks up ex-HP hardware man Donatelli
    Could be joining former colleague Mark Hurd on board
    HP exec David Donatelli has followed Mark Hurd to Oracle, and taken up an exec veep position related to hardware, according to Business Insider, citing numerous sources.…




  • EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking
    Commissioners out of step on copyright reform, digital single market
    Gaffe-prone Commissioner Günther H-dot Oettinger is at it again. In statements to the German press (he rarely talks to anyone else), Oetti directly mocked his boss Andrus Ansip’s desire to end geo-blocking.…








  • Ebay snuffs malware upload bug
    Flaw let crims sling drive-by-downloads
    Hacker Aditya Sood has disclosed two vulnerabilities in eBay that allow hackers to upload files for drive-by-download attacks.…



  • Periscope smeared by streaming security SNAFU
    Live vid titles leak from Twitter's new app for the Bong! crowd
    Twitter's Meerkat-strangling live streaming app Periscope has had its first privacy SNAFU, leaking the titles (but not the content) of videos meant for private circulation only.…



  • SoftLayer and Telstra in cloudy embrace
    Today Australia, tomorrow THE WORLD! Maybe
    Australia's dominant telco Telstra, which also operates an AU$2bn a year IT services arn, has struck a deal to resell IBM's SoftLayer cloud down under and is chatting about taking the arrangement global.…


  • Prostrate yourself before the GNU, commands Indian DEITY
    India issues policy mandating open source software for government
    The best-acronymed government department in the world – India's Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) – has laid out a new policy (PDF) commanding the nation's government to use only open source software.…




  • AMD opens kimono on chip futures a little more
    A 200-300W HPC GPU by 2017? Tell us more
    The best way to protect corporate secrets is to announce them at a tech conference in Japan, which is why word is only just arriving of AMD's February reveal of a clustering roadmap.…


  • Cisco wipes its memory from susceptible-to-Row Hammer list
    Make sure you use only original spares …
    Cisco has worked through data centre and switch products that may have been vulnerable to the Row Hammer vulnerability, and decided there's nothing with the bridge brand on the front that's subject to the bug.…



  • Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure
    Angie's List joins Pivotal, Apple, Salesforce and others in threatening economic sanctions
    The governor of Indiana is quietly backtracking on a law that threatens to legalize discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people – after growing pressure from tech companies.…





  • Office 365 and Dynamics go live in Australia
    Apparently this will transform your business and change the world
    Office 365 files may load just a little faster in Australia today, after Microsoft announced it has flicked the switch for the local version of the service.…








  • The internet IS a series of tubes. Kinda: A Reg 101 guide to cabling
    Pick a copper-bred road or carry on up the fibre
    Twisted Pair – Part 1 There are so many types of cables and connectors it can be confusing when you are building a data centre. I’ve taken a look at the pros and cons of each so you can decide which is the best option for you.…




  • One day all this could be yours: Be Facebook, without being Facebook
    The pros and cons of Open Compute
    Data centre design is a costly business, costing Apple $1.2bn for a pair of “next-generation” carbon-neutral plants in Ireland and Denmark. Even the smallest average Joe data centre will easily cost north of $1m once the options such as multihomed networks, HVAC systems and other such critical kit is installed with redundancy, security and a thousand other things that only data centre designers think about ahead of time.…


  • Virgin Media takes its time on website crypto upgrade
    Firefox and Chrome wave red flags at ISP
    Virgin Media has failed to upgrade weak encryption software that it uses for sensitive parts of the telco's website, despite complaints from customers who claim to have repeatedly flagged up security concerns to the firm.…


  • NBN Co launches fibre-to-the-building product
    How fast? What kit? When? Where? NBN Co's keeping the lid on for now
    +Comment NBN Co, the entity charged with building Australia's National Broadband Network, says it has launched its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) product.…


  • Outsourcery still losing as much as it turns over
    Another round of funding coming to a cloud biz near you
    Former Dragons' Den rude boy and Outsourcery co-founder Piers Linney is likely to be forced to pitch his business to investors again for a fresh round of funding, after closing off a tough, cash-zapping year.…


  • Police ICT Company finally lurches off the ground
    Fill your boots guys as it could be scrapped after the election
    After a four-year gestation period, the body intended to help UK coppers better splash their £1bn a year in tech spend – the Police ICT Company – has finally got off the ground.…



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