Java 8 adoption rate higher than expected - prsm.tc   21:01 22/10/2014
Half a year after its release, Java 8 is showing signs of fast and enthusiastic adoption, according t0  Typesafe’s latest survey on Java 8 . The newest generation of the programming platform would appear not to be suffering the same slow rate of adoption as its predecessors. The success of the Lambda According to the survey, just over half (51%) Java 8 users already exploring the possibilities of the latest release’s most significant new feature: Lambdas 27% of IT teams have already upgraded to Java 8, with another 21% planning to switch in the next 6 months. Only 3% have decided completely against upgrading to Java 8. Overall, eagerness to move is higher than expected, as Typesafe concludes....
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Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile Vid Email has been around for more than 40 years – but someone at Google thinks we just can’t handle it. And lo, the…
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I Hate Puzzles: Am I Still A Programmer? - zef.me   00:23 22/10/2014
About a month or two ago, me and my wife got a present from friends: a 1000 pieced puzzle version of this Escher drawing: Yesterday we decided to give it a…
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Introducing Consul Template - hashicorp.com   00:22 22/10/2014
Today we are releasing Consul Template, a standalone application that is packed full of amazing new features. Consul Template queries a Consul instance and…
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What's New in Android 5.0 Lollipop - android-developers.blogspot.com   23:33 21/10/2014
By Ankur Kotwal, Developer Advocate Android 5.0 Lollipop is the biggest update of Android to date, introducing an all new visual style, improved performance,…
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Google has been offering support for two-step verification for years, but now there’s another option for proving you are who you say you are. You can now use a…
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Can anything slow the Java 8 train? - www.techrepublic.com   23:30 21/10/2014
Software Development By Matt Asay October 21, 2014, 10:14 AM PST // mjasay Most of today’s rising developer generation was barely out of diapers when James…
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ScreenshotMicrosoft CEO Satya NadellaMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella has always been vocal about his “cloud-first” strategy, and on Monday, made it clear that…
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Microsoft Announces Quicker Azure VMs with More Storage - thenextweb.com   15:48 20/10/2014
At today’s Microsoft cloud event, Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise Scott Guthrie introduced two new services to Azure. The first is the new G family…
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft Microsoft will soon offer a hardware appliance that will let businesses run something akin to its Azure cloud computing…
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WSJ: Twitter Inc. has a proposition for app makers: Let’s start over. Two years ago, Twitter irked developers with stricter rules around applications that plug…
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After previous attacks on Github, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, the Chinese authorities are now staging a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on Apple’s iCloud. We…
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Хабраиндекс1 483,36 сегодня в 15:31 Привет, В августе мы зарелизили большое количество новых вещей на Microsoft Azure (пруфлинк), причем совершенно закономерно…
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16 октября в 21:04 Сегодня Apple рассказала о том, что миллионы людей по всему миру будут находить под ёлками в этом году. В список подарков попали: iMac с…
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iPad mini, iPad Air, iMac All Updated at Apple Event - www.yahoo.com   21:10 17/10/2014
The Air is getting a little thinner. At an event in California on Thursday, Apple unveiled a new, slimmer version of its iPad Air, as well as its updates to its…
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10 things you need to know about the new iPads - www.techradar.com   15:41 16/10/2014
Happy new iPad day! If you’re eager to get your hands on one of Apple’s new slabs, we’ve got all the key information you’re going to need: find out about the…
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Tim Cook bores the world with even more amazing Apple products. Yawn. Photo: Apple Was Apple’s livestreamed iPad event really such a big yawn? Search Twitter for “#AppleEvent yawn” or “Apple boring” and you’ll see tweet after tweet bemoaning the boring nature of Thursday’s press conference. It got so tedious for some, there were dozens of photos of napping dogs. “Most boring Apple event ever,” tweeted one . “Bring back the Chinese translation.” Maybe some of those folks are being facetious, but there’s a grain of truth in the tweets: Nothing about Thursday’s event, except for maybe Stephen Colbert’s crackup comedy bit with Craig Federighi, was super-compelling on...
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Apple has lost the plot on simplicity – Quartz - prsm.tc   04:11 17/10/2014
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple, he famously pared down the company’s sprawling product line. Since then, Apple has done a pretty good job keeping things simple. It’s rare for two Apple products to overlap much, whether in utility or price. But take a look at Apple’s current iPad lineup, which it unveiled today. What a change! It now offers five different iPad models, in two or three colors each, with two to six different configurations of networking features and storage space. Not to mention their subtle differences in processor, camera, and sensors. The “full comparison chart” is dizzying. Too many options? (Screenshot/Apple) Perhaps Apple gets some mileage out of offering so many choices at different prices—the lineup ranges from $249 for a...
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Today we’re pleased to announce the availability of Docker Engine 1.3. With over 750 commits from 45 contributors, this release includes new capabilities as…
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Wow. This is big news. The short story is that Microsoft and Docker have penned a partnership that will see developers able to create Windows Server Docker…
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Cloud services are literally on fire these days. Every major tech company has at least one virtual drive or backup solution that allows users to store their files in the cloud and synchronize across different devices and platforms. There are also some independent players who are trying to change it up a bit, like Hive. Hive’s cloud service has two huge advantages that set it apart from the competition. First of all, it is completely free. There’s no subscription monthly payments. You can use it as you will and upload files as large as you need. As far as those go, you will never have to worry about running out of space. Hive comes with unlimited storage which can handle your massive music collections and video libraries. Additionally, you can create a network...
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Popular online locker service Dropbox appears to have been hacked. A series of posts have been made to Pastebin allegedly containing login credentials for…
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Hundreds of alleged Dropbox passwords leaked - www.reuters.com   03:57 15/10/2014
(Reuters) - Hundreds of alleged usernames and passwords for online document-sharing site Dropbox were published on Monday on Pastebin, an anonymous information-sharing website. The anonymous user, who claims to have hacked close to 7 million accounts, is calling for Bitcoin donations to fund the operation. "We will keep releasing more to the public as donations come in, show your support," the anonymous Pastebin user said on the site. Dropbox, however, said it has not been hacked. "These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We'd previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have been expired as...
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An unknown amount of Dropbox users has lost files due to an bug in the desktop application of the cloud storage service. Affected users were those using an older version of the desktop app with the feature Selective Sync changed. Dropbox has informed the affected users and the company states only a limit amount of its users have suffered from the bug. The problem occurred when the desktop app was closed or restarted while the Selective Sync feature was changed. The Selective Sync feature gives users the possibility to select specific folders that should be synchronized with the computer. Several Dropbox users reportedly have lost years of data stored on Dropbox. The company behind the cloud storage service states it has tried to recover the lost files but it’s...
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Today was a big day for Android, but there's more to come - www.androidcentral.com   17:26 16/10/2014
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review - prsm.tc   21:10 16/10/2014
At this point, the Galaxy Note line needs little introduction. After all, the Galaxy Note is Samsung’s biggest success in mobile. While Apple redefined the smartphone and tablet segment, Samsung defined the phablet segment. Despite widespread skepticism, the original Galaxy Note was a massive success. Combined with the Galaxy S2, 2011 was a watershed year for Samsung as they leapfrogged other Android OEMs. Since then, we’ve seen continuous improvement from year to year with each Galaxy Note. While there were competitors, Samsung managed to hold on to their first-mover advantage for multiple generations. However, with the release of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus we see one of the first...
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An Introduction to Droplet Metadata | DigitalOcean - www.digitalocean.com   11:52 15/10/2014
Metadata is a service provided to DigitalOcean droplets that allows a droplet to access data about itself, i.e. its metadata. Examples of available droplet…
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October 14, 2014 · 0 Comments Our metadata service is live! This enables Droplets to query information about themselves, and allows the use of CloudInit to…
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Getty Images The Edward Snowden revelations of massive secret government surveillance and the string of data breaches at large U.S. companies have increased awareness among the American people about the need to protect the privacy of their electronic data. While public pressure has so far had no affect on U.S. law, it has prompted many technology companies to increase the security of their products, most notably Apple’s encryption systems on its new iPhone 6. This change significantly improves the protection of personal data that is stored on the device, but it also places a narrow set of information beyond the reach of anyone, including the government, and makes other communications information slightly more difficult to access. Ken Gude Ken Gude is a...
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anonabox : a Tor hardware router - www.kickstarter.com   04:44 15/10/2014
Our Story  As is our habit, a few friends who work in IT consulting got together for beer and tacos to talk about current projects for our clients. One such client was for a school district that wanted to filter the Internet access for the schools network. At first we talked about a few different ways to filter the content, like filtering images based on how many shades of pink the images contained. The conversation turned to things the kids might do to get around whatever system was in place. The problem is, kids are smart and pretty tech savvy. We discussed ways the students might try to bypass a filtering system, like running some kind of portable device that built a proxy through the school’s systems entirely. It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to...
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Anonymising router Anonabox suspended from Kickstarter campaign - www.theguardian.com   21:19 17/10/2014
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Will.i.am unveils Puls, a smart 'cuff' that makes phone calls - www.theverge.com   21:44 17/10/2014
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This POODLE bites: exploiting the SSL 3.0 fallback - googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com   10:46 15/10/2014
Today we are publishing details of a vulnerability in the design of SSL version 3.0. This vulnerability allows the plaintext of secure connections to be calculated by a network attacker. I discovered this issue in collaboration with Thai Duong and Krzysztof Kotowicz (also Googlers). SSL 3.0 is nearly 15 years old, but support for it remains widespread. Most importantly, nearly all browsers support it and, in order to work around bugs in HTTPS servers, browsers will retry failed connections with older protocol versions, including SSL 3.0. Because a network attacker can cause connection failures, they can trigger the use of SSL 3.0 and then exploit this issue. Disabling SSL 3.0 support, or CBC-mode ciphers with SSL 3.0, is sufficient to mitigate this issue, but presents...
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If you’re even kind of active on reddit, you probably know of Alien Blue. As far as perusing reddit on iOS goes, it’s pretty much the undisputed champ. It seems…
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Android: Be together. Not the same. - googleblog.blogspot.com   02:46 16/10/2014
Hacker News: Android 5.0 Lollipop http://t.co/TBVXiF8fFW
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A group of companies that sell products to build private clouds has determined a price at which it claims it is less expensive to operate a private cloud compared to using Amazon Web Service’s IaaS public cloud. A report from the vendors - which include a collocation provider, a cloud management vendor and a network operator - attempts to address a question many organizations may be considering: When is it better to use a public cloud versus a managed hosting or collocation environment? The case study finds that if an organization is spending more than $7,644 in Amazon’s cloud each month, then it can be cheaper to operate a private cloud. But analysts say it’s difficult to put an exact dollar figure on when a private cloud will be more cost...
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Microsoft has been tweaking Bing's design for a while now. The latest design makes it seem that it wants Bing to be indistinguishable from Google. If you have Bing as the default on your browser (or accidentally clicked a Microsoft prompt to do so), and are not very tech-savvy, you may not even realize that you're using Bing -- especially if you think any type of internet search is "Googling." Notice how each have a minimalist search bar at the top with options for different searches at the bottom with "Web" highlighted with a colored bar. And while this may be a bit extreme of an accusation, I can't find a better...
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Today, we announced an exciting set of joint initiatives with Microsoft, including: I’d like to provide some context for this announcement, and why we are so…
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Anonabox No tool in existence protects your anonymity on the Web better than the software Tor, which encrypts Internet traffic and bounces it through random computers around the world. But for guarding anything other than Web browsing, Tor has required a mixture of finicky technical setup and software tweaks. Now routing all your traffic through Tor may be as simple as putting a portable hardware condom on your ethernet cable. Today a group of privacy-focused developers plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign for Anonabox . The $45 open-source router automatically directs all data that connects to it by ethernet or Wifi through the Tor network, hiding the user’s IP address and skirting censorship. It’s also small enough to hide two in a pack of cigarettes....
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Apple’s iPhone 6 has already sold tens of millions of units across the globe, and with some 20 million Chinese consumers having also secured themselves a unit…
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Skype Qik keeps you connected between calls - blogs.skype.com   04:43 15/10/2014
Imagine if you could reinvent the Skype experience, taking into account how messaging, selfies and app culture have changed the way we communicate. A small team…
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Why Everyone Hates Go · npf.io - prsm.tc   03:06 15/10/2014
Oct 14, 2014 Obviously, not everyone hates Go. But there was a quora question recently about why everyone critizes Go so much. (sorry, I don’t normally post links to Quora, but it was the motivator for this post) Even before I saw the answers to the question, I knew what they’d consist of: Go is a language stuck in the 70’s. Go ignores 40 years of programming language research. Go is a language for blue collar (mediocre) developers. Gophers are ok with working in Java 1.0. Unfortunately, the answers to the questions were more concerned with explaining why Go is “bad”, rather than why this gets so many people’s panties in a bunch. When reading the answers I had a eureka moment, and I realized why it...
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Yee-haw! Saddle up and roll ‘em out because the Pi-Top Raspberry Pi laptop is ready to ride! We last met this laptop when it was still a gleam in a group of…
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Bad news for some people who only live on the cloud: Dropbox has confirmed that a bug in some older version of its dekstop app has deleted user files from the cloud. Good news: Dropbox says that it's restoring files where it can and is updating the bug. More bad news: it can't restore all the lost files. The problem seems to have arisen for users who turned on Selective Sync, which limits cloud syncs to specified folders. These syncs are usually set up to occur after something like a serious crash which has, in a few cases, made the problem incredibly frustrating—a few users seem to have reported that they've lost years' worth of content. Ouch. If you've been affected, Dropbox should be getting in touch, offering a year's worth of Dropbox Pro service to sooth your...
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JSON, Expanded Free Tier, Flexible Scaling, Larger Items - aws.amazon.com   20:21 8/10/2014
Amazon DynamoDB Amazon DynamoDB is a fast and flexible NoSQL database service for all applications that need consistent, single-digit millisecond latency at any…
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Belkin Explains Why Its Routers Stopped Working - techcrunch.com   09:31 9/10/2014
Yesterday morning, Belkin routers prevented users from accessing the Internet. In a statement provided to TechCrunch Belkin identified and outlined steps it…
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With it’s Surface Pro series, Microsoft looked to make an ambitious entry into the hardware and tablet market. After all, if some market trends are to be…
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For the first time, Samsung has starting producing SSDs using (wait for it) 3-bit multi-level-cell, 3D Vertical NAND flash memory, better known as TLC V-NAND.…
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Continuous Integration is Dead - www.javacodegeeks.com   20:29 10/10/2014
A few days ago, my article “Why Continuous Integration Doesn’t Work” was published at DevOps.com. Almost the same day I received a few strongly negative…
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Azure CTO Mark Russinovich's top ten public cloud security risks - www.computerweekly.com   20:24 10/10/2014
Security on the public cloud is one of the most important concerns for CIOs. Microsoft Azure cloud CTO Mark Russinovich identified ten key security risks of…
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Notes from Microservices Talk by Zhamak Dehghani - Evolvable Me - www.grahamlea.com   19:06 10/10/2014
A couple of weeks ago, I went along with a couple of other Tyro software engineers to hear Zhamak Dehghani speak about microservices at a “YOW Nights” event,…
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Provider reboots call cloud computing hypervisor security into question - searchcloudsecurity.techtarget.com   22:11 9/10/2014
Following a series of unexpected reboots at several high-profile cloud computing service providers, cloud security experts warn that enterprises should prepare…
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Plastc wants to be the only credit card you'll ever need - www.engadget.com   20:24 8/10/2014
Your fat wallet wants to meet Plastc — a device which its manufacturers claim can replace most of the credit/gift/loyalty cards you currently mule about. It…
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Security researchers from Dr. Web believe they have uncovered a botnet malware campaign that has infected more than 17,000 Macs already worldwide. Referred to as Mac.BackDoor.iWorm by the Russian research team that spotted it, unfortunately the team us yet to release details on exactly how the botnet is spreading. Like any typical botnet infected system, the Macs in question are extremely vulnerable. Those infected could have private information stolen as well as be at risk for further malware infection.  The attackers are using a somewhat unique method of interacting with the botnet and infected computers. The hackers are using Reddit as a navigational tool to pass commands to infected systems: It is worth mentioning that in order to acquire a control server...
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8 Reasons Not to Move to Cloud - research.gigaom.com   20:41 7/10/2014
Cloud-based solutions present the largest opportunity today for the enterprise, business, IT and the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Recent conversations have…
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Written Insert a dynamic date here . Asked to answer by John Clover . Alex Martelli, a senior Google engineer's motto is, “Python where I can, C++ where I must” This may be because Python and Java had some different design goals. Python is a language that is optimized for readability and rapid development. It's very well suited to the more entrepreneurial groups that are looking for product/market fit because iteration is quicker with a less verbose, less restrictive languages. In my startup, we use both Python and Java. Python for most of the product both front end and back end but C++ and/or Java where there is a performance bottleneck. This lets us benefit from the speed of development with Python and speed of...
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Just six months after large cloud price cuts from Google and AWS, Google has cut prices for compute resources by ten percent across the board, making good on its promise to drive cloud prices down further. This makes a cumulative reduction of 38 percent in Google Compute Engine (GCE) compute prices since the beginning of the year. It is highly likely that AWS has price cuts of its own coming soon. This move by Google is just six weeks before AWS re:Invent, the AWS user conference that drew 9,000 attendees to Las Vegas last year. For the past two years, AWS has announced a price cut during re:Invent, so cloud watchers can debate whether AWS will move up any planned pricing changes or wait to make a big splash during its big event. After these price cuts, GCE is the low-price...
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We’re still coming down from the all excitement of last week’s Evernote Conference. It was an amazing two-day event, packed with huge product announcements and a prolific lineup of speakers. We’ll be posting recordings of the sessions next week, but in the meantime, here’s the rundown on all our biggest news from the show. From sitting at your desk to contributing in meetings and projects with your team, Evernote is invested in your workday. We believe that it is our role to build an experience that actively contributes to your professional success, and we’re confident that our newest features will help you do your best work yet. Work Chat When you’re typing away at your desk, setting strategy with the group, and figuring out...
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Lennart Poettering's Linus Torvalds rant - www.zdnet.com   00:53 7/10/2014
Linus Torvalds, Linux’s creator and leader, is known for his sometimes frank and vulgar language on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML). He doesn’t suffer…
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Security researcher Jonathan Hall says he has found evidence that Romanian hackers used the Shellshock bug to gain access to Yahoo servers, according to a post on his website Future South .  The Shellshock bug can be used by hackers to control servers using a vulnerability in Linux and Unix . The problem has existed for over 20 years, but it was only discovered in September. If a hacker gains access to a server using the Shellshock bug, they could see everything that is stored there.  Hall, a technology consultant and Unix expert, outlined in his post the process he used to track down the hacked Yahoo servers. Hall used a Google search to find servers that had been left vulnerable to Shellshock. He discovered that the WinZip.com domain was being...
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We're no strangers to unwanted toolbars and browser-hijacking malware. Neither is Google. The company has released a tool that helps combat the problem by scanning for bad software and (optionally) resetting your browser if it's misbehaving. This Software Removal Tool can be thought of as a last resort, nuclear option for fixing Chrome without completely reinstalling Windows. The app runs in two phases. The first scans your computer for any toolbars or other junk that may have been installed that can affect Chrome. The second step—which can be canceled—offers to uninstall your extensions, reset your browser settings, and clear various cache and cookies. In most cases, you probably won't need to use this to fix a simple problem. However, if you frequently find yourself...
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Evernote CEO Phil Libin Ariel Zambelich / WIRED Evernote has added a new chat tool to its flagship note-taking service, aiming to encourage greater online collaboration among business workers. “We’re trying to recreate the feeling of being in a startup,” Evernote CEO Phil Levin said this morning in announcing the tool, called Work Chat, at the company’s annual user conference in San Francisco. “There’s something really magical that happens when you have 20 people working in the same room.” In such a room, he explained, you can see what everyone is working on and you can so easily talk to them and that leads to what he calls “extreme productivity.” Available next month, the new chat tool is part of a larger...
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People are bending iPhone 6 Plus display units in Apple Stores - www.cultofmac.com   16:19 29/09/2014
Killian Bell (6:29 am PDT, Sep 29th) Bending an iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple Store is a stupid idea. Screenshot: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac Apple insists “bendgate”…
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Rackspace has warned its customers that it plans to reboot all of its servers across the globe to nix a security bug that was first spotted in the Xen virtualisation platform earlier this week. The managed cloud outfit told its customers about the "maintenance work" in an email, seen by The Register , that was sent out early on Saturday morning. "Recently, an issue that has the potential to impact a portion of the Public Cloud environment was reported," it said. "Our engineers and developers continue to work closely with our vendors and partners to apply the solution to re-mediate this issue. While we believe in transparent communication, there are times when we must withhold certain details in order to protect you, our customers." It...
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Linux users got a nasty surprise today, as a security team at Red Hat uncovered a subtle but dangerous bug in the Bash shell, one of the most versatile and…
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If you can feed arbitrary environment variables to a program, you can cause it to do just about anything by having it load libraries of your choosing. In most cases this is not considered a vulnerability in the program receiving those environment variables, but rather in the mechanism by which an outsider could feed in arbitrary environment variables. However CVE-2014-6271 is different. There is nothing wrong in having untrusted data in an environment variable. One just has to ensure it doesn't get put in any of those environment variables which can modify program behavior. Put a bit more abstract, for a particular invocation, you can create a whitelist of environment variable names, which are allowed to be specified directly by an outsider. An example which has been put...
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сегодня в 12:55 Разработка под Android*, Google 25 сентября корпорация Google внесла изменения в “Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement”. Большая часть…
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FBI ‘concerned’ about Apple, Google policy of encrypting smartphones | Circa News Copyright 2014 Reuters Technology September 25, 2014 2:22PM FOLLOW STORY OPEN…
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BESM-6 control panel in the Computing and Automatization Laboratory. Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. Source: Boris Ushmaykin / RIA Novosti Immediately after World War II Stalin’s government began to recognize the need to achieve a technical breakthrough in industry and science as the burgeoning Cold War required the mobilization of the nation’s intellectual resources. By the early 1950s the USSR had established a modern computer industry. However, by the beginning of the 1970s, the Soviet government decided to put a stop to these unique developments and resolved to pirate copies of Western systems instead. As a result, an entire industry’s progress was halted. First steps: From the USSR to the future The first steps...
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Blackberry's new Passport phone With the launch of its new Passport model —a cross between a tablet and a smartphone, with a 4.5-inch square touchscreen—BlackBerry is attempting to be the comeback kid, going back to its roots and marketing itself strictly to corporate professionals. It seems the brand is hoping that the original niche segment it catered to will bite. But it will be a long road back to the heady days when BlackBerry was so popular, it spawned the nickname "CrackBerry." Founded in 1984 in Waterloo, Ontario, the company's launch on the mobile scene in 1999 was seen as revolutionary....
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Announcing Language Stacks - blog.docker.com   22:51 25/09/2014
Hacker News: Docker Hub Official Repos: Announcing Language Stacks https://t.co/2Cc7L7ktEz
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Microsoft's Answer to Chromecast Is Here - mashable.com   18:05 23/09/2014
Google showed us the way with Chromecast, but now everyone wants to build a video streamer out of a dongle. The latest entrant in this market is Microsoft,…
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Google's easing back on G+ sign-ups for new email accounts - nr.news-republic.com   18:06 21/09/2014
target=”_blank”> Need to make a new Gmail account but don’t want to deal with creating a mandatory Google+ profiletarget=”_blank”> to go with it? Don’t sweat…
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Red Hat Declares Client-Server Computing Era Over - blog.intronis.com   20:45 25/09/2014
Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM For years, Red Hat has been the face of enterprise Linux and with it, one of the leaders in client-server…
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NoSQL, the newish alternative to traditional relational databases, is a big deal, but it can also be a big mess: there are more than 100 different NoSQL databases , and several different kinds ranging from document to key-value to columnar to graph databases. Even more confusingly, relational databases are now cross-dressing as NoSQL databases, adding support for JSON , among other things. And yet enterprises are navigating the potential pitfalls and embracing NoSQL in droves. Today Redis Labs, a company that offers a cloud service for the popular in-memory, key-value NoSQL database Redis, announced that it has hit 3,000 paying customers.  See also: When NoSQL Databases Are Good For You And Your Company This number would be impressive for...
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It's called "Ship" not "Shit". - blog.heyimcat.com   18:02 23/09/2014
I knew there was an increasing problem with the culture in the design/startup community when individuals started introducing their products by talking about how…
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Michael Dell has said desktop computers stay a powerful part of Dell’s business, despite naysayers declaring that the PC marketplace is not alive. Michael also admitted the firm would consider using ARM chips in its servers. In a keynote speech at Dell’s 2014 Options Summit in Brussels, the chief executive and founder said growth is being seen by desktop computers among the myriad products and services of the tech giant. Tablet Computers and ARM-based servers were high on the program. The event was held almost a year after Dell went private, ending its 25 year run on the stock exchange. As a result, it changed the spotlight on changes within Dell, and its plans for the long run. Michael Dell said privatisation empowered the business to...
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Компания Google опубликовала план прекращения поддержки сертификатов, подписанных с использованием SHA-1 из-за реалистичности в обозримом будущем атак,…
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Keyless SSL: The Nitty Gritty Technical Details - blog.cloudflare.com   14:40 19/09/2014
We announced Keyless SSL yesterday to an overwhelmingly positive response. We read through the comments on this blog, Reddit, Hacker News, and people seem…
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Matthias Drywater
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Netflix is Finally Headed to Linux - thenextweb.com   22:14 19/09/2014
The Next Web: Seven years later, Netflix is finally headed to Linux http://t.co/n6PjBv2D0o by @strngwys
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iCloud Drive hits Windows ahead of Mac - www.cnet.com   22:17 19/09/2014
The new version of iCloud for Windows supports iCloud Drive. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET Windows users who want to try out Apple’s new iCloud Drive can now…
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The thermometer read 54 degrees Fahrenheit on the street outside Apple’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Store in New York City, but gusting 21 mph winds made it feel much chiller. Not than anyone cared, of course — most certainly not the hundreds of people lined up to buy a brand new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus when the store opened at 8 a.m. on Friday. Those in line were close to jumping the barricades they had been standing (or sleeping) behind for days — and even weeks — just to get close to the new iPhones . They didn’t move, though, knowing that their own new smartphones were just minutes away. See also: Apple iPhone 6: The Review An iPhone 6 panorama of the crowds in front of the Apple Store on fifth Ave. in NYC. Image: Mashable, Lance Ulanoff...
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It was offered by a number of analysts even prior to the iPhone 6′s release that Apple’s decision to enlarge the display would not only prompt a record number…
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Tim Cook: Apple sells security. Google sells you. - fortune.com   18:13 19/09/2014
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Larry Ellison, co-founder and longtime CEO of the software giant Oracle, has stepped down from his post to assume the position of executive chairman and chief…
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Fresh from Apple’s recent iPhone 6, Apple Watch and iOS 8 media blitz, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant is purportedly gearing up to make headlines once again next month. Mid October, we’re told, is when the iDevice maker will attempt to wow the mobile world again, this time with a refresh of its tablet line-up. “The company is planning to hold its next event on Oct. 21, where it will unveil two new iPads and announce the release of OS X Yosemite, the next version of its Mac operating system, according to sources familiar with the matter,” Micah Singleton of The Daily Dot reports. One year ago, on October 22nd, Apple rolled out its iPad Air and second-gen iPad mini. Following last weekend’s record-breaking preorder...
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Why Scrum Should Basically Just Die In A Fire - gilesbowkett.blogspot.com   20:32 18/09/2014
Conversations with Panda Strike CEO Dan Yoder inspired this blog post.Scrum, the Agile methodology allegedly favored by Google and Spotify, is a mess. Consider…
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Micro services is an emerging trend in software architecture that focuses on small, lightweight applications as a means to avoid large, unmaintainable, monolithic systems. This approach allows for individual technology stacks for each component and more resilient systems. Micro services uses well-known communication schemes such as REST but also require new technologies for the implementation. Methodologies like the Twelve-Factor App provide a set of rules for the deployment and operation of such systems. Teams take care of several of those services and deal with separate business domains to make the best use of Conway’s Law. These business domains provide a more coarse-grained software architecture. In this episode, Stefan Tilkov...
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Communication between developers and users is an important thing these days. Users want to feel like they can easily ask questions or make requests, and…
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Amazon - SlashGear - www.slashgear.com   10:19 18/09/2014
Amazon’s new products have ushered in Fire OS 4 Sangria, an update to the company’s customized variety of Android. Users will find Sangria on the new Fire HDX…
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In this post-PRISM world, basically everyone is worried about privacy (and rightly so!) — especially when it comes to cloud-based storage. Offloading your files…
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Apple’s Tim Cook made a not-so-subtle swipe last week at Internet companies that make their money by collecting “gobs of data.” In a wide-ranging interview with…
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images According to a report on Deepdotweb, Comcast customer representatives have branded Tor “illegal” and told customers that using it is…
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JetBrains CLion C++ IDE First Impressions - prsm.tc   18:00 10/09/2014
This post describes my first impressions from taking the new JetBrains CLion C++ IDE (currently in alpha) for a spin. I’ve been a loyal user of another IDE made by JetBrains – RubyMine, which I’ve been using for Ruby on Rails and Node.js projects. This IDE is one of the best that I’ve used, so I was excited to hear about the public release of an alpha version of their C++ IDE. It was particularly interesting to me as I mostly use a Mac but I haven’t looked at using XCode for C++ projects, so getting a familiar-feeling IDE on a Mac would be great. What do I want from an IDE? There are a few...
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The 15 most important things Apple announced today - www.theverge.com   11:06 10/09/2014
Trending now Everything you need to know about the new iPhone 6s and Apple Watch A big iPhone, mobile payments, and a smartwatch — Apple has finally delivered…
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How Apple Pay works and why it matters for developers - clover-developers.blogspot.com   18:05 9/09/2014
Background: Clover and First Data (our parent company) have been working with Apple to prepare for the launch of Apple Pay to support developers, merchant acquirers, and issuing banks (see First Data's press release ). Clover is enabling all merchants to accept In-App payments, and will be In-Person/NFC enabling all merchants as well (see  https://www.clover.com/features/iphone ) . Here's a bit of how it works from a developer's perspective, and why it matters. Apple Pay marks the first time a popular operating system is making payments a platform service for real-world, non-digital-good transactions, in a broad, inclusive manner that is compatible with the mainstream payments processing industry. At Clover we're particularly excited because we believe it...
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The Trouble with Apple's Smartwatch - prsm.tc   01:58 10/09/2014
A member of Japan Airlines ground staff talks on a Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Lite smartwatch. Credit Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty The trouble with smartwatches is that it took so long for decent ones to show up. Had they arrived in the forties, in Dick Tracy’s time, people surely would have been eager to trade in their basic timepieces for wrist-mounted communication devices. Even in the eighties or nineties, when calculator watches were hot, consumers might have been impressed with a timepiece that could make a phone call. But because real smartwatches have begun to appear only in the last year or so, they face a...
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Dan Frommer wrote in Quartz about The Hidden Structure of the Apple Keynote. His analysis covered 27 events since 2007, and included things like average length,…
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Following today’s media event that saw Apple unveil both the Apple Watch and two new versions of the iPhone 6, the company has updated its website to provide…
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8 Things Missing From the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 Event - www.bloomberg.com   00:12 13/09/2014
Apple managed to pack a lot into today’s two-hour presentation, but viewers were left with some questions. And that’s not even mentioning the scarf-wearing dude…
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Хабраиндекс633,18 сегодня в 14:17 Вчера ночью в нескольких местах, в том числе на Хабре, появилась информация о базе паролей к некоторым аккаунтам на Яндексе.…
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сегодня в 17:30 В сеть попала база 4,5 млн паролей от почтовых ящиков Mail.Ru Информационная безопасность* Вчера, если точнее, то поздним вечером седьмого…
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A user of a Russian cryptocurrency forum has published a list of nearly 5 million email accounts and their passwords. The Daily Dot reports that a forum poster  known as "tvskit" posted a list of 4,930,000 email addresses  and passwords on Russian Bitcoin forum BTCsec. It was claimed that around 60% of the passwords were valid, although forum administrators quickly removed the file and redacted the passwords. BTCsec A screenshot of the email horde. Some forum users who viewed the unredacted list claimed that the passwords shown were around 10 years out of date. Other accounts shown have been suspended or deactivated for years. Along with Gmail accounts, the list also included email addresses for Yandex, the Russian search engine. The...
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сегодня в 12:32 Блог компании ESET NOD32, Информационная безопасность* На этой неделе стало известно, что некими лицами были выложены в публичный доступ данные…
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Announced at the beginning of this year, Intel’s Edison is the chipmakers latest foray into the world of low power, high performance computing. Originally envisioned to be an x86 computer stuffed into an SD card form factor, this tiny platform for wearables, consumer electronic designers, and the Internet of Things has apparently been redesigned a few times over the last few months. Now, Intel has finally unleashed it to the world . It’s still tiny, it’s still based on the x86 architecture, and it’s turning out to be a very interesting platform. The key feature of the Edison is, of course, the Intel CPU. It’s a 22nm SoC with dual cores running at 500 MHz. Unlike so many other IoT and micro-sized devices out there, the chip in this...
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Google Voice Is Dying and It's Beautiful - prsm.tc   17:59 10/09/2014
I am a huge fan of what Google Voice can do. That's why I've been calling for a mercy kill , so that its best features can thrive in something other than a limp husk of a service. And now that Google is finally beginning to merge Voice into Hangouts , the process has started in earnest. This is very good news. Google Voice has always offered fantastic functionality. It gives you one free, web-based phone number that can ring any phone you own. It delivers voicemail messages to an online inbox that will automatically (try) to transcribe them for you. It let you send texts from a horrible Chrome extension. These are fantastic features and I do not want them to go away. Who would? But Google Voice has always suffered from one huge failing: Google does not care about it. The...
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How Amazon Web Services Uses Linux and Open Source - www.linux.com   11:07 10/09/2014
Amazon Web Services first launched in 2006 with one instance and one operating system: Amazon Linux. The cloud computing giant has since expanded to offer…
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Fire Sale: Amazon Cuts Price of Fire Phone to 99 Cents - mashable.com   16:47 8/09/2014
Six weeks after hitting the market, Amazon is slashing the price of its Fire Phone to just 99 cents with a two-year contract. The price change comes just a day…
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Google releases demo of LastPass/1Password competitor - www.slashgear.com   01:45 7/09/2014
Built in to Chrome in the newest experimental build you’ll find a password generator that may make the creators of 1Password and LastPass sit on the edges of…
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Dell shows off upcoming 5K ultra sharp monitor - www.kitguru.net   12:12 8/09/2014
4K monitors are only just beginning to gain traction in the market amongst consumers but Dell is set to outclass them all with its upcoming ultra sharp 5K…
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вчера в 23:32 1000000 паролей от почтовых ящиков Яндекса утекли в сеть Информационная безопасность* Сегодня на одном довольно широко известном ресурсе…
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The Celebrity Photo Hack Goes Far Beyond iCloud - mashable.com   18:15 3/09/2014
The cache of stolen celebrity photographs, including nudes of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, may have only surfaced on Sunday, but evidence suggests…
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Google: Gmail users shouldn't expect email privacy - www.theguardian.com   20:07 14/08/2013
Google said the plaintiffs were making 'an attempt to criminalize ordinary business practices' that have been part of Gmail since it began. Photo: Walter Bieri Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their emails are confidential, Google has said in a court filing . Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation a "stunning admission." It comes as Google and its peers are under pressure to explain their role in the National Security Agency's ( NSA ) mass surveillance of US citizens and foreign nationals. "Google has finally admitted they don't respect privacy ," said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's privacy project director. "People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents' privacy, don't...
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Thousands of servers are hackable - www.washingtonpost.com   07:16 15/08/2013
Washington Post: Researchers figure out how to hack tens of thousands of servers http://t.co/Z7AOHhgTO0
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The limits of Google’s openness - blogs.technet.com   22:24 15/08/2013
Posted by David Howard Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft You may be wondering what happened to the YouTube app for Windows Phone. Last May, after we launched a much improved app on our platform, Google objected on a number of grounds. We took our app down and agreed to work with Google to solve their issues. This week, after we addressed each of Google’s points, we re-launched the app, only to have Google technically block it. We know that this has been frustrating, to say the least, for our customers. We have always had one goal: to provide our users a YouTube experience on Windows Phone that’s on par with the YouTube experience available to Android and iPhone users. Google’s objections to our app are not only...
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The Dark Side of Best Practices - www.javacodegeeks.com   01:09 17/08/2013
Best practices are the backbone of software development (or so we are told). Every developer has his own opinions about software development processes, architecture, and programming. These opinions are based on education, personal experiences, and the experiences of other software developers. These opinions are also known as best practices, and every software company has them. Are best practices a good thing? Not necessarily. I argue that best practices have a dark side which is often overlooked. Beware of The Dark Side Best practices itself are not dangerous. They become dangerous when they are misused or misunderstood. Sadly, this is quite common.
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Mega to fill secure email gap left by Lavabit - www.zdnet.com   21:42 11/08/2013
Kim Dotcom’s “privacy company” Mega is developing secure email services to run on its entirely non-US -based server network as intense pressure from US authorities force other providers to close. Last week Lavabit, which counted NSA leaker Edward Snowdon as a user, and Silent Circle both closed. Lavabit’s owner, Ladar Levison, said it he was shutting down to avoid becoming “complicit in crimes against the American people”. Last week Mega chief executive Vikram Kumar told ZDNet the company was being asked to deliver secure email and voice services. In the wake of the closures, he expanded on his plans. Kumar said work is in progress, building off the end-to-end encryption and contacts...
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US Government Finally Admits: Yes, Area 51 Exists - gizmodo.com   23:42 15/08/2013
Gizmodo: US government finally admits: yes, Area 51 exists http://t.co/yd2WKHcj1t
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Google follows Amazon with auto-encryption of cloud data - www.theregister.co.uk   22:22 15/08/2013
Win Spectre Laptop with HP and The Register Google has tossed a crumb of reassurance to people with cloudy security concerns by adding automatic server-side encryption to Google Cloud Storage. The free security measure was announced by Google on Thursday and spun as a way to “make securing your data as painless as possible,” according to a blog post by the company. The change means data will be kept in RAM and encrypted via AES-128 upon upload into the service before being written to disk. “There is no setup or configuration required, no need to modify the way you access the service and no visible performance impact,” the company wrote. “The data is automatically and...
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Explore what is Trending on GitHub · GitHub - github.com   14:43 15/08/2013
GitHub is a great place to find interesting projects. From the White House open data policy to Chicago bike routes , GitHub has become a place for collaboration on more than just code. Today we’re making these interesting projects easier to find through the new trending page . Time boxed by day, week, month Eight times a day we calculate trending data into three time buckets: daily, weekly, and monthly . You can change the time periods by selecting one from the drop-down. Filter by languages You can also filter the trends by language. By default you will see trending items in any language. You’ll also see “unknown languages” as a filter. Our language library can’t always determine the language for the...
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Many people are wondering what the post-Steve-Jobs Apple will look like, but Larry Ellison said he already knows. Speaking with Charlie Rose in an interview for “CBS This Morning,” the Oracle CEO (and close Jobs friend) implied that Apple without Jobs won’t be that different from what happened last time Jobs left the company. “Well, we already know,” Ellison told Rose. “We saw — we conducted the experiment. I mean, it’s been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple without Steve Jobs. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. Now, we’re gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs.” Needless to say, I’m sure that Tim Cook and Jony Ive don’t think of themselves as John Scully and Gil Amelio. But the question...
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The Next Web Look mom, no ads This article is thanks to Announcement 450+ companies have already registered for TNW Conference Latin America 2013. Have you? The new iPhone is set to be revealed on September 10th, here’s what to expect. By Zee , Sunday, 11 Aug ‘13 , 10:15pm Use your (arrow) keys to browse more stories There are lots of business conferences… TNW Conference US isn’t one of them. If a report from All Things D is to be...
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You might want to think twice before you let someone borrow your computer. The most obvious risk of allowing someone else access to your desktop is that they can impersonate you, using any app where you’re already signed in. They could send prank messages using your default email client, or profess your undying love for Justin Bieber using your logged-in Twitter account. That’s annoying, but far from fatal. But the situation becomes considerably worse if you use Google Chrome to save and sync passwords for easy logins at your favorite websites. An intruder who has unrestricted access to your computer for even a minute can view and copy all of your saved passwords just by visiting an easy-to-remember...
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Screenshot of WhatsApp’s new voice-messaging feature; image via WhatsApp With all the texting that people do these days, it’s naturally taken a messaging app to re-introduce the act of using our voices to communicate. WhatsApp, the increasingly ubiquitous global messaging app, has launched “voice messaging,” a new feature that will let users record and send audio files with one tap on their smartphones. UPDATE: WhatsApp has announced the feature on its blog ; the post includes a video demo, also embedded below. The messaging company, which has 45 employees and is based in Mountain View, Calif., confirmed a report in AllThingsD that the service would allow users to press and hold the microphone on their...
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Categories: AAPL Company iOS Devices PatentlyApple  spotted an interesting-looking patent that could have both editorial and advertising applications in podcasts and iTunes Radio broadcasts. It’s of course written in the usual dense patent language: Hyperlinks within an audio stream provide a way for a listener to access linked resources. An audio hyperlink encoded in an audio stream indicates the presence of an audio hyperlink in the audio stream, as well as providing information for traversing the hyperlink to the linked resource. The hyperlink may be conditionally traversed upon a user interaction or automatically upon detection in the audio stream, possibly pausing...
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Rumor: Amazon May Be Getting Into The Console Business - www.forbes.com   05:04 10/08/2013
Jeff Bezos, CEO of AMAZON, introduces new Kindle Fire HD Family and Kindle Paper white during the AMAZON press conference on September 06, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife) Another tech giant may be getting into the games business. Sources are telling Game Informer that online retailer and gadget maker Amazon is prepping an android-based console for release in 2013, likely before Black Friday. When contacted for comment by Forbes, an Amazon rep said that it did not respond to rumors or speculation. This comes just a short time after rumors that Google was developing a console of its own, though probably on a more extended time-frame. The big players have seen just how powerful the gaming...
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CNET: Twitter adds account security features to iPhone and Android apps http://t.co/jq7O3wpUSb
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Google announces 'deeper' search - www.telegraph.co.uk   06:30 10/08/2013
Google announces ‘deeper’ search - Telegraph Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation Google has announced a new feature which will highlight in-depth articles in its searches, to be rolled out in the coming days. The company gave the examples of censorship, love and happiness as broad terms which would from now on return the option of links to longer features along side regular search results....
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New DB Rankings: Mongo DB Beats MS Access in Popularity - java.dzone.com   07:01 6/08/2013
New DB Rankings: Mongo DB Beats MS Access in Popularity | Javalobby NoSQL Zone NoSQL Zone is brought to you in partnership with: Mitch Pronschinske is a Senior Content Analyst at DZone. That means he writes and searches for the finest developer content in the land so that you don’t have to. He often eats peanut butter and bananas,...
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HN from Y Combinator: Yahoo Has Acquired Rockmelt, Apps To Shut Down On August 31st http://t.co/NddqGYVG7S
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Soon You'll Be Able To Sell Your Skills On Google "Helpouts" - www.fastcompany.com   22:06 26/07/2013
Soon You’ll Be Able To Sell Your Skills On Google “Helpouts” | Fast Company | Business + Innovation SPONSORED CONTENT Close Where Are They Now? Soon You’ll Be Able To Sell Your Skills On Google “Helpouts” Fresh rumors suggest Google is trying something new to...
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Quip Brings The Word Processor Out Of The Dark Ages | Cult of Mac Charlie Sorrel (3:21 am PDT, Aug 2nd) Quip is an odd new app that looks like it could be incredibly useful. It’s billed as a word processor, but it combines text editing with instant messaging, change tracking and sharing — plus it has a very cool interface. Oh, and it works on your iPhone, your iPad and your Mac (in the browser). Just as a plain old one-person document editor, Quip looks good. An extra keyboard row lets you add pictures, links to other documents, tables, and people (yeah, adding people makes it less of a one-person document editor, but still). You can also add lists with checkboxes. Once you add people, though, things get fancy. Each document becomes a thread, shared...
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OSI: The Internet That Wasn’t - spectrum.ieee.org   22:30 29/07/2013
Photo: INRIA Only Connect: Researcher Hubert Zimmermann [left] explains computer networking to French officials at a meeting in 1974. Zimmermann would later play a key role in the development of the Open Systems Interconnection standards. If everything had gone according to plan, the Internet as we know it would never have sprung up. That plan, devised 35 years ago, instead would have created a comprehensive set of standards for computer networks called Open Systems Interconnection, or OSI. Its architects were a dedicated group of computer industry representatives in the United Kingdom, France, and the United States who envisioned a complete, open, and multi­layered system that would allow users all over the world to...
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Java still top but chasing pack closing, RedMonk finds - jaxenter.com   22:28 29/07/2013
Still kicking Critics of Java are often quick to decry the death of their least favourite programming language, but perhaps they shouldn’t be so hasty. The latest rankings from developer analysts RedMonk are in for Q3, showing that Java has...
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На днях с нами связались разработчики мобильного приложения Vitrum. За этим пока не известным никому названием скрывается браузер для iPad....
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Follow the leader? As the candles were blown out on OpenStack’s 3rd birthday cake , many naysayers appeared to crash the party. The collaborative cloud project has long positioned itself as an alternative to the established order of...
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Feds accuse five men of largest U.S. hacking scheme - news.cnet.com   22:02 26/07/2013
Five men have been accused by the U.S. government of perpetrating the largest hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States. Court documents revealed Thursday in federal court in New Jersey said the five men from Russia and Ukraine were able to hack into the computer systems at the Nasdaq, J.C. Penney, 7-Eleven, and JetBlue Airways, among other companies. Obtaining around 160 million credit and debit card numbers , the individuals allegedly were able to steal more than $300 million from at least three of the targeted companies, The Wall Street Journal has reported. Related stories ATM hacker Barnaby Jack dies Phishing scam piggybacks on Apple Dev Center hack Man forces lover to beat video game before getting proposal The hacking began in 2005 and...
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Суть этой статьи показать еще один вариант словить за уши Э/М волну в относительной глубинке для нужд доступа в интернет. Если...
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Apple Confirms HopStop Acquisition - allthingsd.com   22:53 19/07/2013
Looks like Apple’s recent purchase of crowdsourced location data company Locationary was part of a twofer mapping acquisition. The company also acquired online transit-navigation appmaker HopStop . HopStop’s area of cartographic expertise: Mass transit directions, something Apple’s mapping service doesn’t currently offer. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said, confirming the acquisition with Cupertino’s standard boilerplate. At last count, HopStop had two million monthly active users and launched a Waze-like service for reporting real-time delays and other information. Founded in 2005, the company makes apps for both Apple and Android...
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At an internal meeting, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that the company overproduced the Surface RT tablet, leading to its recent $150 per unit price cut. As quoted by The Verge’s Tom Warren , Ballmer plainly explained that the company “built a few more devices than [it] could sell.” But we already knew that. In its most recent quarterly earnings release, Microsoft took a $900 million charge relating to the Surface RT tablet line, essentially admitting that the inventory that it has on hand was not worth its previous internal valuation; you can’t cut the market price of a product that you have in a warehouse and not lower its value on your books. The write down cost Microsoft $0.07 per share. It missed expectations for the quarter. Microsoft has been...
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сегодня в 14:16 Власти США требуют у крупнейших интернет-компаний раскрыть пароли пользователей Dura Lex , Информационная безопасность * День безудержного веселья продолжается! CNet со ссылкой на свои источники в индустрии сообщает, что власти США затребовали у крупнейших интернет-компаний страны все...
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На днях с нами связались разработчики мобильного приложения Vitrum. За этим пока не известным никому названием скрывается браузер для iPad. А поскольку в Украине не каждый день запускают конкурентов Safari, то нам показалось, что продукт может быть достоен внимания наших уважаемых читателей. Мы попросили создателей подробнее рассказать о своем приложении. Расскажите о себе и о команде. Какой у вас опыт в мобильной разработке? Мы...
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Apps & Updates Category: Apps Peter Sunde, best known for his work as co-founder of torrent sharing service The Pirate Bay , is today teasing his latest project: a truly secure messaging app for mobile devices called ‘Hemlis’  (which means “secret” in Swedish). Peter, along with other team members Leif Högberg ( @leihog ) & Linus Olsson ( @bonq ), is currently raising money through PayPal and Bitcoin on the Heml.is website and providing those who get in early with a certain amount of unlock codes depending on how much they donate. The guys are starting with iOS and Android clients for Hemlis and will eventually offer the app with free secure messaging for all as well as in-app purchases to...
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We Can All Go Home Now. Piracy Is Mostly Dead - techcrunch.com   23:17 19/07/2013
According to a report by Norwegian researchers at Ipsos , piracy has fallen alarmingly in that country thanks to viable alternative sources. For example, music piracy has fallen from 1.2 billion songs in 2008 to 210 million last year. About 60 million movies and TV shows were pirated last year, compared to 125 million and 135 million five years ago. In short, access to paid content, whether via streaming or a la carte services, is slowly whittling away the impetus to pirate. To be clear this data comes from Norway and may not be representative of all areas but given the popularity of services like Spotify, Rdio, and Netflix – not to mention the many platform-specific releases made available on each of these services – has done what Hollywood couldn’t. Writes...
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Sorry, Dropbox: The Hard Drive Is Here To Stay - readwrite.com   23:16 19/07/2013
Dropbox CEO Drew Houston recently declared, “ We are replacing the hard drive .” To illustrate his point, he even invoked a Hollywood example: “Tom Cruise in Minority Report is not carrying around a thumb drive or logging into Gmail to pick up his attachment.” Maybe so, but the actor has another famous film that describes Dropbox’s end game even better: Mission Impossible.  The Fluffy Cloud Has A Hard Metal Center Granted, classic hard drives—specifically hard-disk drives—are an easy target. They’re already on the way out, making way for solid-state drives using flash-memory chips, which have no spinning platters or other moving parts. These storage components are faster and sexier, and they’re getting more...
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Evernote recently updated its iOS app to include a bevy of new free and premium features to the note taking app. For those of you who happen to read TechCrunch but don’t use smartphones or applications, Evernote is an app that launched a few years ago and has taken the note-taking space by storm. Yep, here in techland there’s such a thing as a note-taking space. I know. In any case, Evernote today adds even more features to its offering, including the ability to add shortcuts on your iOS device, and sync to access them anywhere. Shortcuts used to be referred to as Favorites. They essentially allow you quick and easy access to your most popular notes, tags, and notebooks, all of which is synced across your various devices. Moreover, Skitch integration has been...
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Ten Common Cloud Usage Traps | Cloud Computing Journal - cloudcomputing.sys-con.com   21:31 19/07/2013
Cloud Expo Authors: Related Topics: Cloud Expo: Blog Post Ten Common Cloud Usage Traps Many cloud users moved to the public cloud for cost reasons, but stay for the availability benefits By Aaron Klein Article Rating: July 18, 2013 11:41 AM EDT Reads: 860 Many cloud users moved to the public cloud for cost reasons, but stay for the availability benefits. AWS (and...
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Ladies and Gentlemen, we interrupt our normal programming about crazy entrepreneurs and even crazier VCs to bring you a little learning from the world of Engineering. Remember that? Recently Dropbox was in the news for revealing they’d hit 175 million users , and daring to say they could replace the hard drive . Big words. But what’s the engineering back-story of how they got there? How do successful startups scale, in technical terms, to hundreds of millions of users? It turns it one of the ways it became successful was by creating a very simple and flexible platform early on. Today in Budapest, Rajiv Eranki, who was previously head of server engineering at Dropbox, gave a room full of engineers at the RAMP conference a rundown of how they did it. He joined...
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PC sales see 'longest decline' in history - www.bbc.co.uk   23:57 12/07/2013
Global personal computer (PC) sales have fallen for the fifth quarter in a row, making it the “longest duration of decline” in history. Worldwide PC shipments totalled 76 million units in the second quarter, a 10.9% drop from a year earlier, according to research firm Gartner. PC sales have been hurt in recent years by the growing popularity of tablets. Gartner said the introduction of low-cost tablets had further hurt PC sales, especially in emerging economies. “In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have...
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After years of lackluster performance, the Firefox browser is back. Its latest incarnation—version 22, for those counting at home—is a speedy desktop browser featuring some fancy future-forward tech. It’s just too bad that the Web’s future lies in mobile, where Firefox still can’t win.  Liberator And Jailor Years ago, Firefox liberated Windows users from the stagnation of Internet Explorer, only to wind up imprisoning people with lags and system freezes.  When it launched back in 2004, Firefox finally offered Web users an alternative to Microsoft’s lumbering, resource-hogging native browser. That was a revelation, and Firefox—which, among other things, offered then-novel tabbed browsing...
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Developers Swearing Over at GitHub | DevOpsANGLE - devopsangle.com   20:20 12/07/2013
Sometimes even developers get frustrated. To understand the depth of that frustration, I give you @GItLost –a Twitter feed of developers swearing in their GitHub repository commit comments. The tweets displayed on this stream rush from the casually profane to the hilariously vulgar. but in the end it’s a sea awash with the unfiltered thoughts of developers at work. To put it mildly, reading the feed swings between ciphers only meant to be read by a small team and the communal cries of frustration of coders everywhere. From what I understand, it’s been reported that swearing can help ease pain and stress, and out of the many engineers who work with computers, developers suffer a great deal of pain and stress, so it’s...
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Flickr/Steve Jurveston Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Microsoft may be about to bury one of its biggest quarterly embarrassments.  Kara Swisher at All Things D reports CEO Steve Ballmer is going to announce a big reorganization of the company this Thursday . As part of the reorg, Microsoft’s earnings reports could be totally different .  Swisher says Ballmer is considering mashing up the reporting of the company’s divisions.  This would allow Microsoft to hide the atrocious performance of its Online Services Division, which is made up of Bing, MSN, and other pieces.  Every quarter Microsoft reports earnings, we run a chart showing the giant losses from OSD . Last quarter, for instance,...
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The Wall Street Journal posted an article today about how Google is developing a video game console, not entirely surprising, but in the article was this gem about the company also developing a smart watch to rival the likes of Pebble, Sony, and presumably Apple: Google Inc. is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet company seeks to spread the software beyond smartphones and tablets… The people briefed on the matter said Google is reacting in part to expectations that rival Apple will launch a videogame console as part of its next Apple TV product release. I’m not interested in the console gaming...
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10 open source projects that are leading innovation | TechRepublic - www.techrepublic.com   01:20 2/07/2013
Home / Blogs / 10 Things Follow this blog: RSS Email Alert 10 Things By Jack Wallen June 27, 2013, 7:48 AM PDT Takeaway: Think most tech innovation is driven by proprietary development? Think again. Technology depends upon Innovation. Without boundary-pushing...
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Why you should be documenting your code | domdavis.com - domdavis.com   22:56 5/07/2013
It seems there are two schools of thought when it codes to documenting code. In one corner you’ve got those who feel that the “ code should be expressive “; those that feel the “ unit tests should document the code “; and there are those who argue that developers are lazy and the documentation gets out of date. These people will argue that there is no point documenting code. And in the other corner there’s me… well, me and the rest of my team, who have all seen sense after I’ve pointed out the error of their ways. The rule for Javadoc in our team is “ do it properly, or not at all “. I don’t mandate it because if you do you will just end up with rubbish. I do strongly encourage it though. The key word, however, is properly . I’m not just...
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сегодня в 10:49 Google работает над собственной игровой консолью Несмотря на то, что слухи ещё официально не подтвердились, думаю хабросообществу эта новость будет интересна, тем более что её осветил заслуживающий доверия Wall Street Journal . Как сообщает анонимный источник, Google работает надо собственной игровой...
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22 июня в 12:57 Facebook допустила утечку личных данных 6 миллионов пользователей Facebook Facebook в субботу признала, что допустила утечку личных данных 6 миллионов пользователей из-за сбоя в программном обеспечении. Вот официальное сообщение Facebook по этому поводу: «Вследствие (неисправности) при загрузке архива...
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Karma Wants To Make Peer-to-Peer Wi-Fi a Thing - mashable.com   00:39 24/06/2013
There’ll be a day, if one recent Wi-Fi startup has its way, when you switch on your tablet or laptop and the wireless Internet access you need is just there. Automatically, everywhere, every time. You won’t think about it. You won’t search for elusive hotspots. You’ll just get to browsing, and the days when passwords or daily- or monthly-pass payments stood in the way of productivity are no more — they’ll vanish, much like the brick-and-mortar video store. That’s the vision of  Karma . A 10-person team, the startup is pouring some $1.2 million of investor funding into building not just an infrastructure that makes Wi-Fi ubiquitous at a low, pay-as-you-go cost, but — this is the key point — sharable . Here’s how it...
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HN from Y Combinator: Google says tricky job interview brainteasers were ‘a waste of time’ http://t.co/uSIqLUdaab
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The End of Software; The Fall of IBM - groundreport.com   00:44 24/06/2013
The End of Software; The Fall of IBM GroundReport | Author: Paul Sterne Filed Under: Business , Technology | Posted: 06/22/2013 at 4:41PM Comments | Region: New York | United States The computer industry goes through technology cycles. With each cycle, a new crop of companies emerge that dominate the industry. The winners in the previous cycle usually fade into oblivion. Who remembers Burroughs, Digital Equipment, Wang, Prime Computer or Control Data? The leaders in this cycle are cloud companies, Facebook, Google and Amazon. The winners in the last cycle – the...
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сегодня в 12:50 Размышления основателя MySQL о развитии проекта под крылом Oracle и о экономике открытых продуктов Oracle * , MySQL * Один из основателей проекта MySQL, на данный момент руководитель проекта MariaDB Ульф Майкл Видениус (известный также под ником Монти), в интервью ITwire говорит о том, что Oracle провалила попытку...
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There have been murmurs of Facebook building a mobile reading app; tonight, that talk is getting a little louder. The Wall Street Journal claims that the social network has spent the past year working on a dedicated story browser, codenamed Reader, that would curate articles in a Flipboard-like interface. While most other details of the rumored project aren’t available, it’s reportedly important enough that Mark Zuckerberg is closely involved. The company isn’t commenting on its plans, but there’s reason to believe that Reader is more than just idle speculation: Facebook recently added hashtag support as a “first step” toward helping users track topics. Accordingly, the company’s Graph...
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Feedly, the company offering products and services positioned as the best alternatives to Google Reader, today launched Feedly Cloud , a scalable infrastructure that serves as the backbone to Feedly as well as multiple reading applications. Best of all, Feedly Cloud also powers a new standalone Web version of Feedly (no plugins or extensions needed) that also debuts today. Feedly Cloud is currently processing over 25 million feeds every day, crunching through billions of articles. Before Google announced Reader’s upcoming demise on July 1 , Feedly had 4 million users. At the end of May, this number had tripled to 12 million users, the company shared with TNW. Today’s announcement highlights exactly why the growth is so massive: Feedly is listening to the community....
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The differences between a geek and a nerd - flowingdata.com   14:13 14/06/2013
Curious about how people use “geek” and “nerd” to describe themselves and if there was any difference between the two terms, Burr Settles analyzed words used in tweets that contained the two . Settles used pointwise mutual information (PMI), which essentially provided a measure of the geekness or nerdiness of a term. The plot above shows the results. In broad strokes, it seems to me that geeky words are more about stuff (e.g., “#stuff”), while nerdy words are more about ideas (e.g., “hypothesis”). Geeks are fans, and fans collect stuff; nerds are practitioners, and practitioners play with ideas. Of course, geeks can collect ideas and nerds play with stuff, too. Plus, they aren’t two distinct personalities as much as different aspects...
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Those selfies and food photos in your Instagram feed might soon be a little less stationary. Starting today, the Facebook-owned service will be adding video features to its popular iPhone and Android apps. “We talk about Instagram as capturing and sharing the world’s moments. It’s not just about photography,” Instagram founder Kevin Systrom told “Nightline” anchor Bill Weir in an exclusive interview. “There are a ton of moments in the world that can’t be captured in single images.” They can, however, be captured in video clips under a half a minute long, said Systrom. An update to the current Instagram app, which will be...
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Photo: Courtesy of Yahoo Yahoo is releasing inactive Yahoo ID s so that users can score a better email address. This means you can finally have albert@yahoo.com instead of albert9330399@yahoo.com, for example. Sounds great, right? It’s actually a spectacularly bad idea. In a Tumblr post, the company announced that on July 15, it will be “freeing up” Yahoo email addresses that have been inactive for a year or more. But it’s not just de-activating these accounts, it’s going to offer them to other people. In mid July, anyone can have a shot at scoring the Yahoo! ID they want. In mid August, users who staked a claim on certain IDs can come to Yahoo! to discover which one they got. This may have seemed like a good way to get people to log in...
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Death By Lawsuit: SCO Resurrects And Insanity Is Restored - readwrite.com   12:48 17/06/2013
If ever we needed confirmation that markets, not courtrooms, should decide the technologies we use, witness SCO Group’s reborn dream to sue all of UNIX-dom into its wallet. It was a specious lawsuit in 2003 when SCO Group (now Xinuos) first launched its $1 billion broadside against IBM . It’s even more farcical today. Sadly, it’s not clear that the legal fights between Apple and Samsung, or Oracle and Google, are much better. First, to SCO Group. SCO Is Like A Cockroach You can be forgiven for thinking bankruptcy, unsympathetic judges and the truth would have killed SCO’s chances of getting its $1 billion IBM payday. That is, you can be forgiven for thinking that occasionally common sense prevails in...
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Camlistore Overview - Camlistore - camlistore.org   18:42 16/06/2013
Camlistore Overview Camlistore is your personal storage system for life . Summary The project began because I wanted to… … store all my stuff forever , not worrying about deleting, or losing stuff. … save stuff easily , and without categorizing it or choosing a location whenever I save it. I just want a data dumptruck that I can throw stuff at whenever. … never lose anything because nothing can be overwritten (all blobs are content-addressable), and there’s no delete support. (optional garbage collection coming later) be able to search for anything I once stored. be able to browse and visualize stuff I’ve stored. … not always be forced into a POSIX-y filesystem model . That involves thinking...
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сегодня в 21:25 Сообщество Open Source склоняется в сторону более либеральных лицензий Open source * , Dura Lex 30 лет назад, когда производство компьютеров и ПО для них уже давно перестало быть прерогативой исключительно учёных и превратилось в серьёзный бизнес, в академической среде с удивлением обнаружили, что больше...
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If you thought you and your RepRap were safe from posers, you’re sunk: Amazon has just opened a store for 3D printers and printer accessories that seems to, at the very least, allow smaller manufacturers to get a foothold in an increasingly tight market. Available on the “pop up web store” or whatever you want to call it are printers from Afinia and Flashforge (which, as you’ll notice, is a literal rip-off of the Makerbot ) as well as offers from Makerbot owners who are selling used machines. In short, the store consists of smaller fry attempting to sell directly to a less educated consumer – which is fine. With Staples selling Cube 3D printers and Toys R Us selling personalized ducks in Hong Kong , it’s clear we’re reaching the point when 3D printing is...
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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard - www.theregister.co.uk   14:33 10/06/2013
Free whitepaper – Cloud storage: Lower cost and increase uptime Digital Compaq HP has announced the end of support for OpenVMS, the ancient but trustworthy server operating system whose creator went on to build Windows NT. OpenVMS started out as VAX/VMS on Digital Equipment Corporation’s VAX minicomputers, then later was ported to DEC’s fast Alpha RISC chips – before the Compaq acquisition of Digital led to their untimely demise. HP ported the software to the Itanium, but HP isn’t going to bother moving to the last generation of IA64 and support will finally end in 2015. VAX-11/VMS started out in 1977 as “Starlet”, a new OS for DEC’s new 32-bit minis, the VAX range, codenamed “Star”. VAX was a 32-bit upgrade...
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Twitter Opens Up Its Analytics Platform To The Public - thenextweb.com   22:25 13/06/2013
Twitter has quietly opened up its various analytics tools to the public, giving everyone access to in-depth data about the people and brands who follow them, as well as the performance of their most recent tweets. The change was spotted by Christopher Penn , vice president of marketing technology at SHIFT Communications earlier this week, as well as Danny Olson , a digital strategist at Weber Shandwick. Users simply need to head to the Twitter Ads dashboard and click on the ‘Analytics’ tab at the top of the page to access the new features. The Timeline activity displays a graph for the user based on the number of mentions, follows and unfollows that they’ve received over the last month. A detailed list underneath shows all of the user’s most recent tweets,...
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It encourages people to be interested in science, technology, engineering and maths.  It’s a step education thing, I defy somebody not to be excited by that, I just defy a kid not to be excited by taking pictures from space. Enthusiasm radiates from Eben Upton. By day he’s the Technical Director and ASIC architect for Broadcom. By night, and on weekends, he’s the driving force behind the Raspberry Pi, that small computer that has been revolutionising hobbyist computing and the future of technology itself since its launch in 2012. Tall, dressed...
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The Asus Transformer Book Trio takes the dockable tablet concept to the next level. Asus Asus has long offered a line of Android tablets that slot into keyboard docks, but at its Computex press conference it announced it would be taking this concept one step further. Its new Transformer Book Trio is a tablet running Android (an unspecified version of Jelly Bean, to be a bit more precise); when docked, it becomes a Haswell-equipped Windows 8 Ultrabook. The laptop contains all the ingredients for a standard Ultrabook in its base: a 4th-generation Haswell CPU, 1TB of storage, an unspecified amount of RAM, and a 33WHr battery. Behind the 11.6-inch 1080p display is an entirely separate computer based on Intel’s Clover Trail+ Atom...
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Why Developers Are Such Cheap Bastards – ReadWrite - readwrite.com   00:16 8/06/2013
You develop software for a living. Why are you such a cheap bastard? We’re not talking about your personal spending habits. If you are any good at what you do, you probably make a fair amount of money and spend it on whatever catches your fancy.  We’re talking about the tools you use to do your job. Developers expect, no, demand free tools and services to do their jobs. Whether it is analytic services, integrated development environments (IDEs), application programming interfaces (APIs) or software developer kits (SDKs), developers almost always refuse to pay for the tools they use to do their jobs. Many developers would rather go out of their way to build their own tools or use bug-ridden free tools than plunk down the...
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Google Reader will close up shop on July 1, 2013. Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired When Google announced its plans to shutter Google Reader in March, the Internet freaked out. Twitter users raised their virtual pitchforks in outrage. Bloggers wept, scrambling to find a suitable replacement by the service’s July 1 death date. Obviously Google had to have a good reason to shut Reader down . The company has reams of data on how we use its products, and would not shutter a product that was providing sufficient food to its info-hungry maw. While some users remained devoted, the usage numbers just didn’t add up. The announcement shouldn’t have been too unexpected. Google hadn’t iterated on the service for years. It even went down for a few days in February....
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Hey, developers — Google is listening to you! This time, at least. In April, Google announced it would shut down CalDAV , an open standard application programming interface, or API, that developers used to access calendar data across the Web. A few big-name outfits — like, say, Microsoft — would retain access to CalDAV to keep their apps syncing with Google Calendar. All other developers were encouraged to use Google’s own Google Calendar API, a move ReadWrite’s Matt Asay decried as part of Google’s march away from open standards . Enough developers complained, however, that Google has done a U-turn and will not only keep CalDAV available to all developers , it will also provide access to CardDAV, a...
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Raspberry Pi Gains Graphics Speed as Wayland Replaces X - www.linux.com   16:43 2/06/2013
Home News Embedded / Mobile Mobile Linux Raspberry Pi Gains Graphics Speed as Wayland Replaces X On May 24, Raspberry Pi Foundation executive director Eben Upton announced  that the open source board’s recommended Linux distribution, Raspbian, will be adding support for a customized Wayland display manager. While the Pi’s  Broadcom BCM2835 system-on-chip may be limited to a 700MHz ARM11 processor, it also has an impressive graphics processing unit (GPU) called the VideoCore 4. The Wayland windowing interface is optimized for the VideoCore and...
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With the death of Google Reader under a month away , third-party RSS clients will soon need to find a replacement to Google’s service. Feedly has been working hard to fill the void, and today it’s announcing that it will integrate with the apps Reeder, Nextgen Reader, gReader, Press, and Newsify before the end of the month. To ease the transition for developers, Feedly has been turning its API into a clone of Reader’s . It’s also been working with those five apps’ developers to make third-party integration even more robust. That should also make it easier for apps that aren’t on that list to hook into Feedly as well. Because Reader was the go-to service, it shouldn’t be hard for other apps to support Feedly if it...
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GitHub is currently battling through a “major service outage” that appears to have been caused by its database server. At time of writing, the site itself is down (hello unicorn!), while the service’s status page  shows that the API is also “experiencing problems”. Update:  Github.com is now loading fine (UTC 15:15). Service is fully recovered (UTC 15:30) Everything operating normally. — GitHub Status (@githubstatus) June 2, 2013 The issues began around 14:00 UTC (an hour ago at time of writing), though  the company says  it restored access to repositories over git/ssh/https and is working to make the site itself stable and address other issues. While the status page below says the website is up and running again, TNW was unable to...
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Haswell is hardly a secret at this point: there’s been a steady drip-drip of demos and technical leaks since as far back as 2011, and just a month ago we brought you the low-down on its integrated graphics . But today, finally, we have official pricing for a number of variants, a concrete date for availability (this coming Tuesday, June 4th) and, perhaps most importantly, some detailed benchmark claims about what Haswell is capable of — particularly in its mobile form. Sure, Intel already dominates in MacBooks , Ultrabooks (by definition ) and in hybrids like Surface Pro , but the chip maker readily admits that the processors in those portable PCs were just cut-down desktop chips. Haswell is different, having...
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Yandex today announced that it has banded together with Opera Software , SlideME and CodeNgo to kick off and support a new ‘open-source’ initiative dubbed the One Platform Foundation (OPF). According to its boiler plate, the OPF wants to “help the Android ecosystem evolve by enabling developers to easily code and submit their apps across multiple alternative application stores”. In case you didn’t know, Opera and Yandex are among Google’s prime competitors in the mobile browser space, and the latter company in particular has been ruffling the Mountain View-based Internet search giant’s feathers in numerous other ways . Android marketplaces represent another battlefield. One of OPF’s first projects is AppDF (short for App Description...
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The MongoDB NoSQL Database Blog, Go Agent, Go - blog.mongodb.org   13:11 1/06/2013
  Go Agent, Go May 29, 2013 Discuss on Hacker News 10gen introduced MongoDB Backup Service in early May. Creating a backup service for MongoDB was a new challenge, and we used the opportunity to explore new technologies for our stack. The final implementation of the MongoDB Backup Service agent is written in Go , an open-source, natively executable language initiated and maintained by Google. Why did we Go with Go? The Backup Service started as a Java project, but as the project matured, the team wanted to move to a language that compiled...
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My experience with Google Compute Engine - mark.chmarny.com   13:20 31/05/2013
As part of my recent solution review, I wanted to compare a few performance metrics specific to multi-node data service deployment on different clouds. This post is about my experience with Google Compute Engine (GCE) as part of that evaluation. When targeting developers, API and surrounding tooling is an absolute must. The ability to easily manage and automate cloud resources is something that developers demand. Their usage patterns require efficiency, which at that level, comes mainly from automation. Here are three specific areas that set GCE apart from others. Remember, it is not that other providers do not have these (which in many cases they do not) but rather about how clean, explicit and simple GCE implementation is in these areas. One of the benefits of REST as a...
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сегодня в 00:20 Без паники! Про то, что сделал Google с XMPP Open source * , IM * , Google После выхода Google Hangout, в интернете стало популярно мнение, что Google закрывает XMPP. На самом деле это не так. Однако такое впечатление могло сложиться даже из предыдущей статьи , которая в себе содержала адское ничего — минимум...
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Windows 8.1: Everything You Need to Know - mashable.com   01:00 31/05/2013
Windows 8.1 Screen Shots Windows 8, New & Improved Windows 8.1, which will be available to customers in the fall, includes many new features as well as refinements to the user interface. One of the updates lets you use the same background for the desktop and the modern UI. New Live Tiles There are two new sizes of live tile in Windows 8.1: tiny and extra-large. Snap on Steroids Snap — where you have two different-size windows on the screen — gets a big upgrade in Windows 8.1. You can split the screen however you want now, and even use Snap with multiple apps at the same time. Global Search Search is enhanced in Windows 8.1, which will create a “search hero” results page full of organized...
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A new inbox that puts you back in control | Official Gmail Blog - gmailblog.blogspot.com   15:31 29/05/2013
Official Gmail Blog: A new inbox that puts you back in control
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Official Gmail Blog - gmailblog.blogspot.com   15:31 29/05/2013
Official Gmail Blog
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Best Practices for Exception Handling - O'Reilly Media - www.onjava.com   17:23 28/05/2013
Best Practices for Exception Handling by Gunjan Doshi 11/19/2003 One of the problems with exception handling is knowing when and how to use it. In this article, I will cover some of the best practices for exception handling. I will also summarize the recent debate about the use of checked exceptions. We as programmers want to write quality code that solves problems. Unfortunately,...
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TechCrunch: Open Source Blogging Platform WordPress Turns Ten, And Its Community Gets To Blow The Candles Out http://t.co/HZvpiLB22U by @drew
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Yahoo’s $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr is already being hailed as a brilliant move, securing a younger Internet demographic and a fertile field for native advertising, an innovative business model where content from brands lives side by side with users’ contributions. In buying Tumblr, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made a nod to the company’s past missteps in promising to “not screw it up.” But in one crucial way, she already has. That $1.1 billion is a lot of shareholder cash. And so Yahoo is promising investors that Tumblr will contribute to the bottom line next year . An understandable promise—but it’s the wrong strategy for Yahoo and for Tumblr. A Different Strategy ...
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By Shawn Hessinger May 24, 2013 In Technology Trends Amazon recently announced acquiring Liquavista , a Holland-based company, from Samsung.   And speculation is rife  that the purchase may lead to a color Kindle e-reader to come. Liquavista makes display screens and specializes in a process called electrowetting.   Reuters describes it as technology that ”makes displays clearer in all lighting conditions and can show video without using...
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Sponsored tweet shows instant NBA replay preceded by a short commercial Twitter is creating a new way to make money for itself and media partners with a service called Twitter Amplify.  On its  blog , Twitter said that the company “has further amplified the social TV conversation with real-time, dual-screen sponsorships and in-Tweet video clips from broadcasters.” Here is an example  of an NBA tweet that features an instant reply preceeded by a short commercial. Twitter has also announced partnerships “to extend the instant two-screen viewing experience” with  other broadcast partners including BBC America, FOX, Fuse and The Weather Channel.  Other “multi-screen” partners include  A&E, Bloomberg Bloomberg...
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“For the first time, you and your TV will have a relationship.” That’s how Microsoft began the introduction of its new Xbox One today — a presentation that focused less on games and more on the new console as a complete living room device. “The ultimate all-in-one entertainment system,” said Microsoft’s Don Mattrick. And since no ultimate entertainment system is complete without television, the event segued neatly into a demonstration of the new Xbox’s Live TV feature . Just say the name of a channel and it’ll switch; say the name of a show and the Xbox will find it. Jumping from TV to game to the built-in Internet Explorer browser is instant, we were told. Watching an NBA basketball game? Say...
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It’s 2013, and yet two big questions still dominate the discussion any time a sufficiently large number of cloud computing types gather in the same room: How many players can the market support, and are cloud resources a commodity? The topic arose at the clouderati-filled Cloud 2020 meetup in Las Vegas last week (where someone suggested we’ll have a cloud duopoly of Amazon Web Services and Google) and it’s back in the public eye again this week with the general availability of Google Compute Engine . I think we might get an idea how the cloud computing market will play out by looking at the fast-food industry. The analogy goes like this: Fast food restaurants offer their consumers essentially the same things as public clouds offer their customers –...
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Sony announces large-format, flexible e-reader - www.cnet.com.au   00:09 18/05/2013
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For years, the internet provided users with static clumps of information stored and refreshed in databases on the back end. But as interactive games, animations and fancy scrolling have become popular, graphics have become fancier and screens richer. Throughout this evolution, hardware components on users’ devices have gotten more capable, but now Google seems to think the GPU is the best tool for the internet of tomorrow. At a talk at the Google I/O conference on Thursday, Googlers Colt McAnlis (pictured), a developer advocate working on Chrome games and performance, and Grace Kloba, the technical lead on Chrome for Android, gave developers some tips for making better use of the GPU. Doing some of these things can help websites display their graphics as soon as...
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The Tragic Beauty of Google+ | TIME.com - techland.time.com   03:02 18/05/2013
Harry McCracken / TIME.com Google likes to use the word “beautiful” a lot when describing its own products. That would be grating if it weren’t for one fact: more and more, the company is building beautiful stuff. And I’m not sure if it’s ever built anything more beautiful than the new version of its Google+ social network which debuted on Wednesday during the Google I/O keynote . The service, which was already pretty darn slick, is now among the most attractive and engaging web apps I’ve ever seen. Streams of activity are now laid out as one, two or three columns of tiles, depending on available screen real estate, with some oversized photos spanning the whole width. (Judging from my stream, some Google+...
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Larry Page Lays Out His Vision For The Future Of Google And Technology - www.businessinsider.com   00:29 16/05/2013
  At Google ’s developer conference in San Francisco today, Google CEO Larry Page gave a 10 minutes speech laying out his vision for the future of Google and technology. Here are some quotes from the speech: “Technology should do the hard work so people can do the things that make them the happiest in life.” “We’re really only at 1% of what’s possible, and maybe even less than that…we’re still moving slow.” “We should be building great things that don’t exist.”  “Being negative is not how we make progress.” ...
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Why SysAdmin’s Can’t Code - cuddletech.com   16:10 12/05/2013
Why SysAdmin’s Can’t Code Most systems administrators are quick, perhaps too quick, to tell you “I’m not a coder.”  Oddly, this admission normally comes after boasting about how many programming languages they know or have used.  Why is this?  Can this be changed?  Here is my 5 step plan on how any SA can become an honest to goodness programmer. Step 1: Find a problem you care about solving, for yourself SysAdmin’s don’t actually use tools, they study them. The point isn’t to solve a problem but rather to know how to solve a problem if the need ever arises. SA’s are filling their tool chests full of handy hints and useful solutions for nearly any problem that can be encountered. Whats more, this is a subconscious tendency…. they...
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Craig Lloyd , May 10th 2013 While passwords are the way of the land on the internet, PayPal’s chief information security officer Michael Barrett says that passwords and PINs are obsolete and we need a new standard for security on computers and the internet. Barrett thinks that the next step is fingerprint scanners, which he believes will debut on smartphones at some point this year. Speaking at the Interop IT conference, Barrett was quite positive that passwords will die sometime this year, even going as far as putting an image of a tombstone up on the screen that gave an “R.I.P.”...
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Boston drops Microsoft, switches 20,000 city employees to Google Apps Google has been signing up a lot of Google Apps for Government customers over the last year, including Colorado and the US Naval Academy , and today The Boston Globe reports that Boston is soon making the switch from Microsoft to a Google Apps environment for city employees. As noted in the report, Boston was previously relying on Microsoft’s Exchange for much of its tasks and making the switch to Google will save the city around $280,000 a year: It’s not just the gee whiz factor: It’s also a matter of money. It will cost Boston around $800,000 to move over to Gmail, Google Docs for word processing, and Google’s cloud service for storing documents. But by dropping...
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Yahoo reportedly looking to dump Microsoft search pact - news.cnet.com   23:17 7/05/2013
Marissa Mayer has previously noted her disappointment in Yahoo’s Web search partnership with Microsoft and now reportedly wants to get out of the deal altogether. The Web giant’s chief executive has been trying to find a way to escape the foundering arrangement but has so far been unsuccessful, a person familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal . Mayer has been looking to cancel the deal since leaving Google to take over Yahoo last summer, the Journal reported. The two companies entered into a 10-year search partnership in 2010 in which Microsoft would power Yahoo search and Yahoo would become the sales force for Microsoft’s premium properties. However, the relationship hasn’t yielded the revenue-per-search guaranteed by the...
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GigaOM Pro Go to Cloud Topic Page Analyst GigaOM Pro Blog Will the last person to leave BMC and Dell please turn out the lights RIP Dell , and now BMC Software . Both companies were born in Texas in the 1980s and died in 2013. Cause of death: crushed by the public markets. Dell and BMC passed away after a long battle to reinvent themselves in the era of cloud computing and mobile technology. Companies without the legacy baggage they so desperately tried to forget survive them. Memorial service scheduled for whenever the private equity guys show up. No flowers. Writing an obituary for these two once formidable technology giants seemed unthinkable only a few...
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Facebook already designs its own servers and racks. Next up, Facebook and friends will design switches to compete against Cisco. Facebook Two years ago, Facebook set out to change the server and storage industries by creating freely available hardware designs that gave customers more flexibility than those on offer from the HPs and Dells of the world. Now, Facebook aims to knock Cisco and the other top network vendors down a peg by leading a nearly identical project for switches. Facebook is leading this disruption of the data center hardware industry through the Open Compute Project , which takes the open source approach typically applied to software such as Linux and aims it at hardware. Thus far, the project had worked on reference...
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Over the past year-and-a-half while developing Handle, our entire company was in a race to zero. Inbox zero, to be precise. We set out to create a product that would allow us to leave work with zero emails in our inboxes and, so the thinking went, would lead to lives of zero stress (or at least until the next morning). We wanted to go home for dinner with friends and families and be fully present, in both body and mind. Wouldn’t that be amazing, transformative – invaluable, even? Yes. So would alchemy, but neither exist. Inbox Zero, we discovered, is a mirage. My team and I learned a lot in the process about what contributes to real productivity gains. They informed our decisions about product design but they aren’t tied to any specific technology choice: We think...
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If you want to know the most in-demand tech skills , that info is readily available. Want to learn the  programming skills most coveted by employers ? Done. But what are the skills and specialties that no one wants any more? What core competencies raise red flags instead of call backs?  (See also the Top 7 Most In Demand Tech Skills For 2013 and 15 Programming Skills Most Coveted By Employers .) A survey of 1,100  tech-hiring professionals  by Dice, a job firm for tech professionals, offers some insight. Combining the Dice survey and other research, including an off-the-record conversation with an engineering VP who participates in hiring decisions, here are some of the outdated tech skills and withering...
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Is the Linux desktop becoming extinct? - www.techradar.com   16:52 1/05/2013
After a decade of looking for the “year of the Linux desktop”, many Linux columnists have given up. Some say it isn’t coming, while others claim that Linux has simply failed on the desktop. If we responded to everyone who has ever criticised the Linux desktop, we wouldn’t get any work done. But Miguel de Icaza isn’t just anybody. He’s well respected in the open source community as the founding developer of one of the two main Linux desktop environments, the Gnome desktop. To our utter amazement, even he now thinks the Linux desktop is dead! In a recent post on his personal blog, Icaza shares his reasons why Linux couldn’t pitch itself as a viable consumer desktop operating system. His comments are a follow-up to a Wired article...
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According to security researcher @TibitXimer (A.K.A. Dylan) his Skype account was stolen six times, and now claims all Skype user accounts are vulnerable to the same fate due to Skype’s flimsy account recovery practices - which are especially thin, as he discovered the hard way, when contacting customer service. When he contacted Skype support, reps didn’t appear to acknowledge that the issue was immediate… and repeating.  Perhaps that is because his account had been hijacked through basic social engineering techniques and not hacked - as then he learned that the problem was with contacting customer service itself. @ skypesupport my skype was given away to over 6 people in one day due to them just...
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Apple celebrates 10 years of iTunes - news.cnet.com   04:22 25/04/2013
iTunes is 10 years old. (Credit: Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET) Apple on Wednesday started celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its iTunes store. When users head to the iTunes Store, they’ll find a new feature called “A Decade of iTunes.” The reason? Simple: on April 28, Apple will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iTunes store. Related stories Apple iTunes makes sweet music in online video market Apple iOS users hit by online access glitches Apple adds ‘download later’ option for iTunes purchases Apple tries to patent tech behind iTunes U Finally, Twitter Music is available to all The feature allows users to browse a timeline of stories and the events that got iTunes to its place today....
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According to a report from Bloomberg , e-commerce behemoth Amazon is preparing to launch a set-top box this fall, in hopes that you’ll consume all of your content through its spin on the now-common device. The company is already working hard to push its Kindle line to consumers, and this box would be for people who don’t want to deal with the fanciness of Apple products, the gaming nature of Microsoft’s XBox, the half-baked Google TV or the little engine that could, Roku. Yes, this is a crowded market, but Amazon has something that these other companies don’t have, which is warehouses full of things to sell to people while they watch TV. I imagine that you’ll be able to shop as you would online or on your mobile device, right on your TV set. That means that the temptation...
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Access to Google’s Glass headsets is still limited to a lucky few , but that’s more than enough to include several curious coders. Some have had success identifying the hardware contained within , but others are focusing on the software. Cydia founder Jay Freeman posted the above image on Twitter this afternoon to show that he had gained root access on his unit, telling Forbes he relied upon a well-known Android 4.0.4 exploit to take control of its OS. The bad news? He hasn’t been able to use it much yet, since the Explorer edition isn’t quite ready for prescription glasses wearers . For now, the question of whether the same technique will work on eventual retail versions remains unanswered, as well as...
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Java 8 Delayed to 2014 by Ongoing Security Woes - www.infoq.com   17:56 25/04/2013
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Just a day after it announced its second-quarter earnings , Apple has finally published the schedule for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), commencing on June 10th and running through June 14th at the Moscone West in San Francisco. This year, the company isn’t being shy about its plans, with SVP Phil Schiller promising that developers will be seeing brand new versions of both iOS and OS X. “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC,” he said in a press release. Apple has also pre-announced...
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Apple tops the list for best performing Windows laptops - www.tuaw.com   04:15 25/04/2013
Soluto has ranked a few different brands of Windows laptops based on their performance against trouble and crashes, and here’s a fun twist: Apple topped the heap. That’s right, on a list of laptops that included Acer and Dell, an Apple MacBook Pro running Windows via Bootcamp got Soluto’s best rating, the lowest score based on “a combination of crashes, hangs, BSoDs, boot and background processes.” Soluto says the reason Apple scored so well is probably because this was a “clean” Windows installation, which means that it didn’t have any of the crapware that PC manufacturers usually have to install on their sold devices to try and turn a profit (buying a computer with something installed on it that you...
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Google+ and Blogger cozy up with new comment system - www.techhive.com   03:38 27/04/2013
Google isn’t backing down on its social network, Google+. Instead the search giant is ramping up integration with other services. Now, if you write a blog or regularly comment on one using Blogger, you can comment using Google+. Bloggers can turn the feature on in the Blogger Dashboard and immediately see if people are discussing their blog entries on Google+. If you’re inspiring controversy elsewhere on Google+, that conversation will appear directly on your blog. Even if you don’t run a blog, the new Google+ comments will be useful. You can post comments now that only your Google+ circles can see, if you’re so inclined. You can also choose to only view comments posted by people in your circles. Google+ users...
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The biggest cloud app of all: Netflix - www.zdnet.com   18:01 22/04/2013
Netflix , the popular video-streaming service that takes up a third of all internet traffic during peak traffic hours isn’t just the single largest internet traffic service . Netflix, without doubt, is also the largest pure cloud service. Netflix, with more than a billion video delivery instances per month, is the largest cloud application in the world. At the Linux Foundation ’s Linux Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, California, Adrian Cockcroft, director of architecture for Netflix’s cloud systems team, after first thanking everyone “for building the internet so we can fill it with movies”, said that Netflix’s Linux, FreeBSD, and open-source based services are “cloud...
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Why big IT projects always go wrong | Technology | The Observer - www.guardian.co.uk   01:45 22/04/2013
Wrong, said Fred … the IBM programme alerted Fred Brooks to the snags inherent in big projects. Photograph: IBM Archive Iin 1975, a computer scientist named Fred Brooks published one of the seminal texts in the literature of computing . It had the intriguing title of The Mythical Man-Month and it consisted simply of a set of essays on the art of managing large software projects. Between its covers is distilled more wisdom about computing than is contained in any other volume, which is why it has never been out of print. And every government minister, civil servant and chief executive thinking about embarking on a large IT project should be obliged to read it – and answer a multiple-choice quiz afterwards. How...
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Apple hangs onto your Siri data for two years - news.cnet.com   00:02 20/04/2013
(Credit: Apple) All those curse words and other commands you yell at Siri hang around a bit longer than you may think. In response to a Wired story expressing concern about Siri’s privacy policy, Apple has revealed exactly what happens to your Siri chats . Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told Wired on Thursday that Apple may keep your Siri data for up to two years, albeit in an untraceable state. Here’s how the process works, according to Wired. Whenever you talk to Siri, your commands are uploaded to Apple for analysis. Apple then assigns you a random number, which it associates with your voice files. It’s this random number — not your Apple ID or e-mail address — that gets stored on the backend. After six months or if you simply...
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Microsoft reports that 24% of all PCs are unprotected - www.slashgear.com   21:28 18/04/2013
Craig Lloyd , Apr 17th 2013 Many of you are probably sporting some kind of anti-malware software on your computer, whether it’d Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky, etc. However, it turns out that almost a quarter of all PCs in the world are unprotected, leaving them wide open for all kinds of havoc that no one really wants lurking around. According to Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report , 24% of all PCs are absent of any kind of anti-malware software. Microsoft says that unprotected computers are 5.5 times more likely to catch a virus than computers that have anti-malware...
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Microsoft Account Gets More Secure - blogs.technet.com   00:04 18/04/2013
Microsoft Account Gets More Secure - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs Sign in   The Official Microsoft Blog News & Perspectives Search Blogs...
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Last week, a study by German antivirus testing company AV-Test claimed that Microsoft’s Bing delivered “five times as many websites containing malware as Google.” Unsurprisingly, Microsoft does not agree with these findings and today, the company released a full rebuttal of AV-Test’s study. The researchers, Bing argues, used its API to execute queries instead of performing its searches directly on Bing.com. This methodology, however, Microsoft claims, bypassed Bing’s malware warning system. Bing, Microsoft’s senior program manager for Bing David Felstead notes in his response, “actually does prevent customers from clicking on malware infected sites by disabling the link on the results page and showing the below message to stop people from going to the site.”...
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Red Hat Sets JBoss Free with WildFly Application Server - www.serverwatch.com   23:00 19/04/2013
Read more on “Server Software Spotlight” » By Sean Michael Kerner ( Send Email ) April 19, 2013 Red Hat is renaming and rebuilding its open source JBoss application server. The new name is WildFly and with it will come a faster and more transparent development process. Ever since Red Hat acquired JBoss in April of 2006 for $350 million, there has been both an open source JBoss Application Server (AS) and a commercial JBoss Application Platform. After seven years of being in the market with those two technologies, Red Hat became concerned that there was some...
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Open source is taking over the software world, survey says - www.pcworld.com   15:40 18/04/2013
It’s been only a few weeks since the Linux Foundation released its report that enterprise use of Linux continues to rise, but on Wednesday fresh data came out that suggests the same is true of open source software in general. Specifically, Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners today announced the results of the seventh annual Future of Open Source Survey, which found that open source software has matured to such an extent that it now influences everything from innovation to collaboration among competitors to hiring practices. “It’s been recognized that software is eating the world,” said Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners. “Our survey points to the fact...
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Суть этой статьи показать еще один вариант словить за уши Э/М волну в относительной глубинке для нужд доступа в интернет. Если...
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Tests Are Overhyped - sturgill.github.io   23:55 17/04/2013
15 April 2013 Let me lead off by saying that I don’t think tests are bad. I really don’t. But here’s the thing: I don’t care what your test-code ratios are. You know what the best test-code ratio is? Whatever you need to make sure your crap works while still getting product out the door. I can’t remember the last startup I read about that didn’t claim to have a strong TDD core. I’m a little weary of reading things like “If you don’t RSpec your Cucumbers then don’t bother applying here, because this startup is only for testing All-Starz.” I want to reiterate that I believe that the optimal amount of testing > 0. That said, I think those who stand the most to gain by excessive testing are...
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Jeff Bezos’ annual letter to Amazon investors is always worth reading, a peek into the mind of arguably the most important CEO in the technology industry. In 2011, Bezos wrote a manifesto , positioning Amazon as a universal self-service platform, obliterating traditional gatekeepers and unlocking new sources of creativity. In 2012, Bezos plays his hand closer to the vest , returning to familiar pro-consumer themes, arguing that Amazon’s continued investment lets the company anticipate customer needs and meet them, sometimes even before customers can articulate them. Amazon, Bezos says, is focused on its customers, not its competition or Wall Street or short-term profitability — a tricky proposition in a letter to investors who are, typically, worried...
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OS X Code Reveals Apple's Plans For Super-Fast Wi-Fi - gizmodo.com   22:10 12/04/2013
This story will display in … Apr 10, 2013 3:34 AM   OS X Code Reveals Apple’s Plans For Super-Fast Wi-Fi Jamie Condliffe With the OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 beta release currently in the hands of developers, some of the more eagle-eyed nerds have noticed references to code which appear to confirm rumors about Apple’s plans to roll out super-fast Wi-Fi to its Macs. 9to5mac reports that devs have stumbled upon code in the OS’s Wi-Fi frameworks folder which...
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via theapplelounge.com Six years after Apple took the smartphone industry by surprise with its release of the iPhone, former market leader BlackBerry Limited, or RIM as it called itself until just recently, launched what some consider to be a true iPhone competitor . The problem is that almost no one has seemed to notice. A recent poll by MKM Partners reveals that an overwhelming 83% of Americans do not know that BlackBerry has launched their new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone or  new Blackberry 10 platform. The company’s trouble does not just include marketing woes. The Wall Street Journal reports that over 50% of customers have returned their BlackBerry smartphones after trying out the platform. That is not to say that BlackBerry hasn’t...
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Will HP Moonshot Ignite Or Fizzle? – ReadWrite - readwrite.com   04:03 9/04/2013
If anything, give HP credit for historical parallels: when John F. Kennedy wanted to shake the U.S. out of a calamitous post-war funk, he gave Americans something to shoot for: the Moon. It’s very much in that spirit that HP’s management is hoping their latest Moonshot server product line will revitalize a company that’s been mired in declining hardware sales. Based on early indications, there is a good chance that this launch will be successful. Moonshot is not your typical server, with a single set of processors and memory storage sitting in a racked box, just one among many such boxes tightly networked together in racks and racks of such servers, filling up data centers, sucking in power and pumping out heat...
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Microsoft’s Bing shows five times more malware than Google - www.slashgear.com   21:47 12/04/2013
Craig Lloyd , Apr 12th 2013 Between Google and Microsoft’s Bing search engine, Google has always reigned supreme as the most popular choice, and it’s a good thing too, since a recent study found that Bing returned around five times more malware in search results than Google, meaning that Bing highlighted websites that contained malicious code of some kind. German independent testing lab AV-Test conducted an 18-month study , and gathered up 40 million website provided by seven different search engines. 10 million websites came from Google and Bing each, with 13 million coming from...
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Google Death: A Tool to Take Care of Your Gmail When You're Gone - www.theatlantic.com   21:49 12/04/2013
    Continue to the TheAtlantic.com Advertisement For years people have been urged to create a social-media will for themselves. Now Google has made doing so very easy. Rebecca J. Rosen Apr 12 2013, 10:51 AM ET Casey Hugelfink/Flickr Perhaps you, like me, have had the pleasure of finding some old family letters or calendars squirreled away in a box...
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Twitter will reportedly launch music app this weekend - news.cnet.com   14:31 12/04/2013
Twitter is rumored to be preparing for the launch this weekend of its much rumored Twitter Music app. The microblogging service plans to launch its standalone music app tomorrow, sources familiar with the matter tell AllThingsD . Still other sources say the app will launch during this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, but not necessarily tomorrow. CNET has contacted Twitter for comment and will update this report when we learn more. The report comes on the heels of Twitter confirming that it has purchased music discovery service We Are Hunted . CNET reported in March that Twitter had acquired the music discovery service last year and was using its technology to build a standalone music app. Related stories...
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Amazon’s Cloud Drive was unveiled two years ago for the primary purpose of letting customers store music files purchased from Amazon. Although you could upload other files to Cloud Drive, it wasn’t a replacement for cloud storage services like Dropbox because it didn’t automatically sync files from one computer to another. Today, that limitation is gone. “The new app for Windows and Mac now includes File Sync, which lets users easily store and access files in the Amazon Cloud from a folder on their computer,” an Amazon spokesperson told Ars in an e-mail. “Files in this folder are automatically stored in Cloud Drive and can be accessed from a computer or the Web. When you install the app on a second computer all of your synced files...
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Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime networks are once again experiencing outages. The outage, which is the second this week, began just before 8 a.m. PT, and once again affects “some users,” according to Apple’s system status page . Both services experienced a similar outage this past Tuesday that lasted more than five hours. iMessage is Apple’s proprietary messaging platform that works between iOS and OS X users. FaceTime is the company’s live video chat service, also for those two platforms. In January, Apple said that iMessage users were sending more than 2 billion messages a day on the service. For iPhone users, those are often in place of text messages when sending to another iOS device. Update at 9:47 a.m. PT: And just...
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According to an unverified rumor from MacDailyNews , Apple will announce the next generation of its Mac Pro line sometime this month. Apple will announce its replacement for the company’s Mac Pro lineup this month, a source who has been correct about Apple product matters in the past has just informed us. We cannot independently corroborate this information, so this item has been categorized as a rumor. MacDailyNews says its source for this information has provided accurate information in the past, but the site still classifies the information as a “rumor” because it could not corroborate the details. The site previously reported accurate information regarding  iCloud pricing and the iOS name . The site is not sure if this will be a...
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Amazon AWS and the Public Cloud Paradox - cloudcomputing.sys-con.com   14:26 1/04/2013
Cloud Expo Authors: Related Topics: Cloud Expo: Article Amazon AWS and the Public Cloud Paradox Amazon need to think bigger about the cloud and embrace the enterprise By Greg Ness Article Rating: April 1, 2013 08:56 AM EDT Reads: 334 When VMware...
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Great April's Fools Pranks From Around the Web - pogue.blogs.nytimes.com   14:24 1/04/2013
It’s April Fool’s Day, and once again, the Web is filled with hilarious pranks. I want to mention my favorite first, though, because it’s a LIVE prank that may not be on the air if there’s any delay. YouTube’s central prank is a video, here . It reveals that YouTube’s entire existence has been a contest to find the best video ever and that tonight, YouTube will shut down — the submission deadline will be over — and the winner will be announced. But the best part: there’s a live ceremony going right now , where the list of nominees is being read aloud by two attractive hosts. With a straight face, they’re reading the descriptions of, apparently, every YouTube video — or at least every one with incoherent or inadvertently hilarious write-ups....
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Software engineers spend more time on administration and other tasks than they do on actual application design and coding, according to a survey of developers by software development services vendor Electric Cloud. In the survey of 443 software engineers conducted in March, design and coding take up more hours than any other single process in a software development project: an average of 19.1 hours per week. Brainstorming and collaboration take up 6.7 hours. Administrative tasks, such as dealing with email and meetings, take up 5.8 hours. Software engineers spend 3.7 hours waiting for tests to complete , 3.5 hours waiting for builds to complete, and 2.7 hours on environment...
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сегодня в 09:14 Intel анонсировала новый Thunderbolt: в 2 раза большая скорость и поддержка 4k видео Железо На проходящей в Лас-Вегасе конференции NAB , Intel анонсировала новую версию интерфейса Thunderbolt . Новое поколение этой технологии(кодовое название — Falcon Ridge) позволяет передавать данные со...
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Why Computing Won't Be Limited By Moore's Law. Ever - readwrite.com   18:16 1/04/2013
In less than 20 years, experts predict , we will reach the physical limit of how much processing capability can be squeezed out of silicon-based processors in the heart of our computing devices. But a recent scientific finding that could completely change the way we build computing devices may simply allow engineers to sidestep any obstacles. The breakthrough from materials scientists at IBM Research doesn’t sound like a big deal. In a nutshell, they claim to have figured out how to convert metal oxide materials, which act as natural insulators, to a conductive metallic state. Even better, the process is reversible. Shifting materials from insulator to conductor and back is not exactly new, according to Stuart Parkin, IBM...
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EMC's Amazon Challenger Comes Out - bits.blogs.nytimes.com   18:12 1/04/2013
April 1, 2013, 6:35 pm EMC’s Amazon Challenger Comes Out By QUENTIN HARDY A well-financed competitor to Amazon Web Services became official Monday. Pivotal, a company spun out of assets of EMC and VMware , two tech companies each with billions in revenue, became an independent firm, ahead of a formal introduction on April 29 . Paul Maritz , Pivitol’s chief executive, who long held senior positions at Microsoft , left a position as chief executive VMware to organize and run Pivotal. EMC, a big maker of data storage technology, owns a majority stake in VMware, which makes software for the efficient construction of data centers. Pivotal has drawn talent from both companies, in particular a division of EMC specialized in...
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Here’s what Nokia cooked up for April Fools’ Day 2013: the 5AM-TH1N6 Constellation microwave. (Credit: Nokia) You probably know this already, but today is April Fools’ Day. And the pranks, they are a-comin’. This year’s batch of springtime hijinks from the greater tech community includes the usual onslaught from Google, along with notable entrants from Nokia, Sony, and others. Without further ado, here are some of the highlights. • While it waits for its Lumia smartphones to build up a head of steam, Nokia is showing off a touch-screen microwave oven, the Nokia 5AM-TH1N6 Constellation , which features a Window Phone-like interface (“which can be operated with oven mitts”). Not to be outdone by Samsung Galaxy S4 ,...
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Editor’s note: Sacha Labourey is CEO of CloudBees was formerly CTO at JBoss.  Follow him on Twitter  @SachaLabourey .   Steven G. Harris is senior vice president of products for CloudBees and was formerly SVP of Java Server Development at Oracle. Follow him on Twitter  @stevengharris . You could hear a collective sigh of relief from the software developer world when Judge William Alsup issued his ruling in the Oracle-Google lawsuit . Oracle lost on pretty much every point, but the thing that must have stuck most firmly in Oracle’s throat was this: So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different, anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function or specification...
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By not setting their cloud storage accounts to private, businesses and developers have been inadvertently allowing unauthorized parties to retrieve sensitive documents, images and other files previously believed to be inaccessible. According to Net Security , just by probing Amazon’s S3 servers with automatically generated URLs for a number of major companies and websites, security researcher Will Vandevanter was able to discover 12,328 unique S3 “buckets,” 1,951 of which were left open to the public. From those 1,951 buckets, Vandevanter was able to generate a list of 126 billion files. The sheer scale of data available made it impossible for it all to be analyzed, but from a sample of 40,000 publicly visible files, personal...
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The Internet is groaning today under the load of a huge cyberattack — one of the worst on record — that’s clogged some of its most vital systems. And while you might be inclined to blame Spamhaus or Cyberbunker, two European outfits at the center of this online dustup, almost no one is talking about the real villains here: the world’s Internet service providers. First, some background on Spamhaus vs. Cyberbunker. Yes, that sounds like the lineup at a punk-rock show, but it’s actually a virtual battle that began when the anti-spam group Spamhaus added the Dutch web hosting company Cyberbunker to a blacklist used to fight spam. That apparently stung the outlaws at Cyberbunker, which prides itself on hosting...
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Apple’s iPad may get outsold by Android tablets this year ; according to mobile computing pioneer Alan Kay, the iPad isn’t even that impressive. Kay recently spoke at a Churchill Club event in Silicon Valley and shared his thoughts on Apple’s tablet. Here are a few of his choice words: “The iPad’s been dumbed down so far it’s distressing. And Microsoft of course followed suit with its interface.” Kay claims the iPad is an anti-personal computer and not only is difficult, but doesn’t allow for symmetric creation. Instead of personal computers being designed “as a place where people are going to spend a lot of time and different people can exist there”, their design is based on marketing and the most number of devices...
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Today, Amazon has announced the acquisition of social reading service, Goodreads . Specific terms of the deal weren’t disclosed and it should close by the end of Q2. Goodreads had raised $2.75 million in funding from the likes of True Ventures since launching in January 2007. When we talked to them last August , the site had over 10 million members and had catalogued more than 360 million books, adding 22 million each month. Now, the site boasts over 16 million users. This type of social integration could give Amazon a major advantage over e-sellers like Apple, who have no social components to their product whatsoever. With people actually discussing and sharing the books that they’re into, having an Amazon direct connect makes complete sense. The site can...
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What's Facebook's Big Mysterious Phone? - gizmodo.com   02:20 30/03/2013
This story will display in … Mar 29, 2013 12:03 PM   Get our top stories follow gizmodo Follow @Gizmodo What’s Facebook’s Big Mysterious Phone? Sam Biddle Next week, Facebook is going to show us its “new home on Android.” What does that mean? We’re not sure—we could be days away from The Facebook Phone, or just a lovely new life-consuming app. But here are our best bets...
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Apple ‘Pushing Hard’ for Summer Release of New ‘iRadio’ Music Streaming Service Posted in Apple , News on 29/03/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler We’ve heard a lot of reports about Apple’s rumored streaming radio service lately – and many of those reports have come from credible sources. Today, a new report from The Verge provides additional details, claiming that the company has already made “significant progress” in negotiating with record labels, and is pushing to release the service this summer. The Verge: Much has been written about Apple’s plan to launch a Pandora-esque service this year. Now multiple music industry...
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Formspring - A Postmortem - blog.capwatkins.com   16:50 28/03/2013
HN from Y Combinator: Formspring - A Postmortem http://t.co/gh50ov2RJu
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сегодня в 14:17 9-килобайтный скрипт превратит любой браузер с WebRTC в узел распределённой CDN Сетевые технологии * , Peer-to-Peer * Чуть больше двух лет назад я написал статью-исследование “ Темная материя интернета ”. Основная идея той статьи — использовать ресурсы миллионов обычных...
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What's Actually Wrong with Yahoo's Purchase of Summly - hackingdistributed.com   15:40 28/03/2013
Hacking, Distributed What’s Actually Wrong with Yahoo’s Purchase of Summly Posted on Tuesday March 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM by Emin Gün Sirer So, Yahoo is in the news for buying Summly. Summly is a company that extracts summaries of natural language text, a TL;DR of sorts. Summly licensed its core technology from SRI, which, previously, spun out Siri and sold it to Apple. Summly had 5 engineers, only 2 of whom will be moving to Yahoo. Summly is reported to have 1M downloads of their app in mobile app stores. I want to take a few minutes to process this, because it points to some trends that should cause any technologist to raise an eyebrow. Topics that are off the table Let’s leave aside...
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Red Hat Defends Rackspace, Defeats Linux Patent Trolls - www.internetnews.com   13:52 28/03/2013
By Sean Michael Kerner   |    March 28, 2013 From the ‘East Texas Courtroom Shenanigans’ files: Linux vendor Red Hat announced this AM that is has defeated Uniloc USA, Inc. in a patent law suit. Uniloc didn’t actually sue Red Hat directly, they went after Rackspace (a Red Hat customer). Red Hat indemnifies its customers and has since it launched its Open Source Assurance program back in 2004. The patent in question is U.S. Patent 5,892,697 which deals with the processing of floating point numbers. The TL;dr version is the judge dis-allowed the patent because mathematical algorithms cannot be patented under US...
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Rackspace shelled out an undisclosed sum for Exceptional Cloud Services, a San-Francisco-based startup that develops solution for Redis. Redis is a popular open source key-value store that is designed to support large databases which process transactions at very rapid speeds – in other words, Big Data. As a part of the deal, Rackspace is acquiring the rights for Exceptional Cloud Services’ three software products: the Exceptional.io error tracking engine, a supplementary visualization platform called Airbrake.io, and the Redis to Go management automation framework. The company says that these solutions are used by over 50,000 developers worldwide. Besides acquiring the IP, Rackspace is absorbing Exceptional Cloud Services’...
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Релиз GNOME 3.8, обзор новшеств - www.opennet.ru   16:34 27/03/2013
После шести месяцев разработки официально представлен релиз десктоп-окружения GNOME 3.8. В подготовке новой версии приняло участие 960 разработчиков, по сравнению с прошлым выпуском внесено 35936 изменения. Для быстрого ознакомления с возможностями нового выпуска подготовлен специальный демонстрационный Live-дистрибутив на основе openSUSE.
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Flipboard Tech: RT @verge: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian calls out 'fellow geeks' for ostracizing, sexist behavior http://t.co/g3Wosbw7Cn
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Are Yahoo, Mayer building an 'interest graph'? - news.cnet.com   16:28 26/03/2013
If you haven’t noticed, the Marissa Mayer-led Yahoo has been on a bit of an acquisition roll lately, buying up a number of small startups as it drives toward relevance. At least, that’s the plan. The latest? Summly, a mobile news reader startup helmed by someone young enough to not know a world that Yahoo did not inhabit. Sobering. (The others: mobile interest tracker Stamped, news clipper Snip.it, restaurant recommendation app Alike, culture recommendation app Jybe, and video chat platform OnTheAir.) What’s the bigger strategy, exactly? Writing for Fast Company, Sarah Kessler takes a stab at it . Her conclusion? Mobile, sure. But it’s really all about building an “interest graph” — loosely defined as a map of all the...
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Amazon’s Remote Processing Vision - www.technologyreview.com   16:27 26/03/2013
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Amazon Web Services ramps up mobile development - gigaom.com   16:26 26/03/2013
Hold the phone! Amazon Web Services is launching a mobile applications initiative. According to a company job post , AWS seeks a software development engineer for a new iOS/Android AWS initiative to be based in Palo Alto, Calif. The ideal candidate will have built a “top 25 app” and want to build a “brand new service from the ground floor”, according to the job post. It continued: “In this role, you will be responsible for creating and owning world-class production tablet and web client applications across major platforms including iOS and Android . You must be willing to insist on the highest standards for quality, maintainability, and performance. You will ensure that engineering best practices are followed and that software is designed to be...
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Oracle Is Bleeding At The Hands Of Database Rivals - techcrunch.com   16:27 26/03/2013
Something is seriously wrong in Larry Land. Oracle does not command absolute control like it once did. You can see this clearly with the earnings the company posted last week and the growth that startups like Datastax are witnessing as more customers seek alternative databases for online applications. Until this past week, the extent of Oracle’s problems were not known. But there is a cut, a slight bleeding that’s now visible. But how deep is the cut? How much is Oracle really bleeding? That’s exactly the question analysts asked in a Reuters story after the earnings results: “Data base revenue, which has been the cash machine of the company, has changed. There are now alternative databases, as well as the cloud,” said Mark Moerdler, an analyst at...
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OS X launcher utility Quicksilver has finally graduated from beta status, almost ten full years since it first made its debut. Version 1.0.0 of the application was released for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 today for free. While the past ten years has seen development move on from Nicholas Jitkoff (who’s since been hired by Google) and the program has been open sourced, the launcher app still retains its proponents. The new version includes preliminary Retina display support, a new Add to Catalog action, support for alternative search “synonyms” (to distinguish between similar sounding items), and a huge list of other minor changes, but the core functionality is the same as it always was. Like other launcher apps like Alfred (a favorite around...
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Nvidia Treads into Servers - java.sys-con.com   18:09 25/03/2013
Java Authors: Related Topics: Virtualization: Article The new widgetry moves ultra-fast graphics-intensive tasks from pricey workstations to low-end PCs By Maureen O’Gara Article Rating: March 25, 2013 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,123 GPU maker...
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  The typical virtual machine deployed on Amazon EC2 takes more than 300 seconds to fully start. Needless to say a lot can happen in 5 minutes. Based on a recent quarter’s revenue of $4.13 billion globally, a full-scale global outage would cost Amazon more than $31,000 per minute or about $155,000 in five minutes. In the modern Internet centric world speed has never been more important. A new project by Cloudozer  called Erlang on Xen is looking to address this need for speed by removing the OS from the equation all together. According to the project creators a fast startup is the cornerstone of the super-elastic clouds of the future. Think personal Facebook , personal Gmail, personal bank at the new level of privacy and...
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Flipboard Tech: http://t.co/uts7jFmRmn
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Andy March 24, 2013 As citizens around the world endure Internet censorship of all types, a Japanese university has stepped in to level the playing field. Whether you’re in Iran or China and blocked from YouTube, Twitter or Facebook, or in the UK desperate to get back on The Pirate Bay, KAT or H33T, a new tool from researchers gives instant access to dozens of VPN services. Not only is the system simple to use, but it’s also completely free. No matter which country you live in there are always people in authority seeking to limit which websites you’re able to view. Admittedly some sites are quite rightly deemed repulsive to society in general and 99% of the public have few problems with them being hidden away....
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Microsoft’s Bing search engine now knows quite a bit more about people and places, thanks to an upgrade to its Satori entity engine and a partnership with LinkedIn . This means Bing now features the profiles of “web-active” users, professionals and celebrities in its Snapshots bar and has a significantly better understanding about places and things. Today’s update, Microsoft says, marks the “most significant updates to Satori (which you will see show up in the Snapshot feature on Bing) since its introduction.” The updated Bing doesn’t just show this information, though. It also makes it available through complex natural language queries like “ Who won best actor in 2009 ?” The search engine is smart enough to understand that you are...
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Russia’s Yandex has been in the online payment business for more than a decade now with its Yandex.Money service, but it’s branching out into some slightly more uncharted territory with its latest addition. Dubbed Twym, the company’s new service will let folks send actual rubles to other Twitter users with nothing more than a tweet like the one above. Before that transfer takes place, though, both the sender and receiver of the money will need to link their Twitter and Yandex.Money accounts, and there are expectedly some limits on the amounts that can be transfered. 100,000 rubles (or roughly $3,300) is the maximum limit allowed by Yandex, but that can be changed by each user. You can also thankfully keep things...
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Cloudtastrophe - www.zeldman.com   18:15 18/03/2013
18 Mar 2013 4 pm eastern Cloudtastrophe A VIRUS spoofing my return email address has apparently been emailing many people. I know this because some of these viral email messages bounce back to my Gmail account as undeliverable. Mistaking these reports for actual messages sent by me, Gmail has decided I’m too active a user, and forbidden me to send any more mail today. I’m a Google Apps user with a multi-gigabyte Gmail account and I’ve sent less than a dozen actual messages today because I am home sick with a cold. But Gmail doesn’t know that. And Gmail doesn’t care. Because Gmail isn’t real, not even in the David Sleight sense . It’s a set of equations programmed by fallible...
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A hacker attack recently  shut down the ad service OnRamp  completely. In an  official statement posted on its forums a few weeks ago, OpenX , the parent company of OnRamp, questioned the security of open source technology. Let me be clear about this: This isn’t an open source issue, and we shouldn’t level blame on open source users and producers (Full disclosure: my company Sonatype is an open source software development firm).  Economic and production efficiencies of open source have made it an almost compulsory component of any modern software application. We’ve all reaped tremendous benefits from open source – we develop fast, re-use proven components, and can focus more time on the functionality that’s truly valuable to our employers. It’s not...
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TechCrunch: Airbnb Open Sources Its Chronos Scheduler, A More Flexible Cron Replacement With A Web-Based GUI http://t.co/SoYUDNYg4W by @fredericl
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The Netflix Tech Blog: Python at Netflix - techblog.netflix.com   15:41 15/03/2013
We’ve blogged a lot about how we use Java here at Netflix, but Python’s footprint in our environment continues to increase.  In honor of our sponsorship of PyCon , we wanted to highlight our many uses of Python at Netflix. Developers at Netflix have the freedom to choose the technologies best suited for the job. More and more, developers turn to Python due to its rich batteries-included standard library, succinct and clean yet expressive syntax, large developer community, and the wealth of third party libraries one can tap into to solve a given problem. Its dynamic underpinnings enable developers to rapidly iterate and innovate, two very important qualities at Netflix. These features (and more) have led to increasingly pervasive use of Python in everything from...
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Netflix Announces $100,000 in Prizes for Coders - www.businessweek.com   16:48 14/03/2013
Last night Netflix hosted a gathering at its spa-like headquarters for 200 or so members of the Clouderati—the engineers building out the computing infrastructure on which businesses will someday run. Netflix ( NFLX ) has a reputation for pushing the limits of cloud computing, running much of its movie streaming business on Amazon.com’s cloud rental system. And the engineers from around Silicon Valley came to hear about the latest and greatest tools Netflix’s technical staff had concocted. When it comes to infrastructure technology, we live in absurd times. Netflix—like Facebook ( FB ) , LinkedIn ( LNKD ) , Twitter, Yahoo ( YHOO ) , and other Web celebs—open sources much of the software that underlies its operations. Put more bluntly, they fight for the right...
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Amazon Web Services will now offer the option for everyone to have their own virtual private cloud (VPC), another sign of the company’s intent to push into the enterprise market. The service means that every customer using EC2 will see the option for a VPC as an instance type. Until now, the VPC was a separate service. A VPC lets customers create what AWS calls a “virtual network of logically isolated EC2 instances and an optional VPN connection to your own datacenter.” That development has implications for customers who are weighing the benefits of a data-center centric approach that virtualizes a network of physical centers to create their own elastic infrastructure. The problem comes down to the cost of licensing, new hardware and the IT staff to manage...
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Why Things Changed For Apple - Business Insider - www.businessinsider.com   03:31 14/03/2013
REUTERS/Kimberly White   Apple ! A year ago analysts were tripping over themselves to raise their price targets . This year, they’re tripping over themselves to lower their price targets . A year ago, the stock was flying to the moon . This year the stock has taken a serious tumble back to earth. A year ago, it was the brand that could do no wrong. This year, it’s a company for old people , and it’s at risk of being the next Motorola — a one time high flyer who defined the mobile phone, but crashed when people moved on to the next thing. What happened to Apple that it’s been so thoroughly tarnished? We’ll do our...
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Yes, your code does need comments. - Mike Grouchy - mikegrouchy.com   22:06 7/03/2013
I imagine that this post is going to draw the ire of some. It seems like every time I mention this on Twitter or anywhere else there is always some pushback from people who think that putting comments in your code is a waste of time. I think your code needs comments, but so we have a mutual understanding, lets qualify that. def somefunction ( a , b ): #add a to b c = a + b #return the result of a + b return c I understand this is a contrived example but this is the comment trap that new developers get caught in. These types of comments really aren’t useful to anyone. Peppering the code that you just wrote with excessive comments, especially when it is abundantly clear what the code is doing, is the least useful...
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Perfection is Not a Valid Goal | Genuitec Blog - www.genuitec.com   20:51 1/03/2013
Many years ago I thought of source code as some sort of art form. I actually had a belief that it could be “perfect”, to a level, and that pursuit of this goal of perfection was somehow important. It was something akin to believing that software developers were artists that used code as a medium for expression of that art. The worst part of that belief was that I was striving for perfection in my eyes, not those of my users. Perfection had to do with how the software was implemented, but not whether or not is ultimately useful. How utterly naive. Business is like a street fight and to have any hope at beating your opponents you’ve got to focus on delivering what customers value. And they don’t value how software is written; they value what it...
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