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Apple Release iOS 8 But Don't Put iOS 8 On Your iPhone 4S or iPad 2

mike2010watson (1946422) writes | about half an hour ago


mike2010watson (1946422) writes "iOS 8 was not made for 4s clients. It was intended for greater screens than the 4s has. Furthermore that is the minimum of our stresses. Ars Technica did some testing and found that iOS 8 eases the 4s off fundamentally. It takes an iPhone 4s 2.16 seconds to dispatch Safari in iOS 8, vs. 1.25 seconds in iOS 7.1.2. Propelling the timetable brings 1.25 seconds with iOS 8 rather than 0.8 seconds in 7.1.2, is not good. iOS 8 on your iPhone 4s can kill its battery"
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Best Volunteer experience with Flynepal volunteering organisation

Anonymous Coward writes | about half an hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "I'm a pharmacy student from South Australia and I first thought of doing medical volunteer work in Nepal when my friend shared his experience in Nepal. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect in the beginning and I was a little scared because I didn't know what was waiting for me. I was sent to Chitwan for my volunteer work and I stayed with the host family for a week. I'm so glad I was arranged to go to Chitwan because I had the most amazing time there. The host family provided me the most comforting environment and did their best to let me experience Nepali culture. Homemade foods were always delicious and if you are open to experience anything and everything Nepali, you will love it. Whenever I visit a house, they will always bring out foods for you and they are very friendly. I made amazing friends that I will keep in contact for life and I will definitely go back to see them again. Regarding my volunteer experience, there were a lot of limitations because as a pharmacy student, we get taught on how to counsel patients but not actual hands-on/practical stuffs. So when I can't speak much Nepali, there weren't so much pharmacy-related work that I could do. So when we figured out that I can't do much volunteer work, my health coordinator tried his best to show me variety of health posts in Chitwan, how the system works and how some free drugs are given at health posts etc. My coordinator and I went out for Dengue fever campaign once, giving out papers and informing the public and it was fun. The nature of the job as a pharmacist has its limitation in a non-English speaking country, so when I come next time, I would rather volunteer at orphanages and teach English etc. Although volunteering experience wasn't the way I expected, I have learned so many things while living with the locals. People in Nepal don't stop smiling no matter how hard things are. It was a great chance for me to learn that I take so many things for granted. It was one of those experience that can be gained only in Nepal and I'm very glad that decided to go to Nepal. Buffalo pooping right in front of you while you are having breakfast was funny, no toilet paper but just water and your hands available in the toilet was more than just a shock but they were all fun times. No air conditioner in such a humid weather made me to appreciate the breeze of nature, no electricity at night made me pay attention to the sound of the night. On my last day in Nepal, I randomly hung out with homeless kids in Thamel, and because I was able to speak little Nepali from the time in Chitwan, I was able to communicate a little and we felt very close. They brought me into tears at the end when I had to say bye, but those kids taught me valuable elements that would help me continue on with my life."
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Canon Pixma MG8270 Driver Download ~ All Printer Drivers

bayusuixe (3820947) writes | 41 minutes ago


bayusuixe (3820947) writes "Hello welcome to my blog, I will share about Canon Pixma MG8270 Driver for Windows, MAC OS X, and Linux Download. Previously, I will first give you a little review about Canon Pixma MG8270


PIXMA MG8270 options the Intelligent typewriting that enables gradual bit screen navigation, six individual ink tank system and extra grey ink to boost the textures of each B/W and color footage, with a movie adapter which might scan up to six positive / negative films or four film slides, permitting direct film print on photos"

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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Server Via Facebook

Wylde Stile (731120) writes | yesterday


Wylde Stile (731120) writes "A Staten Island, NY family court support magistrate allowed a man to serve his ex-wife via Facebook. The man tried to serve the woman in person and via mail, but the woman moved with no forwarding address. The children would not return his calls so he has no way to get the address. The magistrate decided that in-person and mail would not work

The ex-wife maintains an active Facebook account. She even liked some photos on the current wife Facebook page days before the ruling. The magistrate conclude that the ex-wife could be served through Facebook."

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'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

electronic convict (3600551) writes | 2 days ago


electronic convict (3600551) writes "First there was "agile" development. Now there's a new software movement—called 'reactive' development—that sets out principles for building resilient and failure-tolerant applications for cloud, mobile, multicore and Web-scale systems. ReadWrite's Matt Asay sat down with Jonas Bonér, the author of the Reactive Manifesto (just released in version 2.0), for a discussion of what, exactly, the reactive movement aims to fix in software development and how we get there from here."
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DC Comics Superheroes, Nancy Reagan and Keebler Elves Won The War on Drugs

theodp (442580) writes | 7 hours ago


theodp (442580) writes ""On a recent trip to my childhood home in New Jersey," writes GOOD's Joshua Neuman in This Comic Book Made Me Say No to Drugs, "I discovered a stack of comic books in an old shoebox, one of which was DC Comics' The New Teen Titans (Drug Abuse Awareness) Issue #1, a promotional giveaway that was part of President Reagan’s Drug Awareness Campaign." While the cool kids in his class wearing rock t-shirts snickered at the corporate and government-sponsored comics (circa-1984 DC Marketing promo video), Neuman confesses the propaganda did the job on his naive, overprotected, 10-year-old in suburbia self. "Entering the fictitious, urban world of this comic book was like diving into a drugged-out version of Sesame Street where cute kids from a veritable rainbow of backgrounds played together, studied together, and took PCP together," Neuman recalls. "I can’t say that the comic book traumatized me, but looking back, something about not being in on the joke stayed with me. The experience taught me that drugs lay in the domain of the other, a kid who was much cooler than I was. However inadvertently, the collaborative effort of the Teen Titans, Nancy Reagan, and Keebler had achieved its intended effect.""

Is Alibaba comparable to a US company?

lpress (707742) writes | yesterday


lpress (707742) writes "Alibaba is this weeks hot news — they have had a lengthy PR campaign (preceded by a documentary film) followed by a record-setting stock offering. After a day of trading Alibaba's market capitalization was comparable to that of established tech giants.

But, there are cultural and structural differences between Alibaba and US companies. Alibaba is tightly woven into a complex fabric of personal, corporate and government organization relationships. The same can be said of information technology companies in Singapore. Is owning a share of, say, Apple, conceptually the same as owning a share of Alibaba?"

Researchers Report Largest DNA Origami To Date

MTorrice (2611475) writes | 2 days ago


MTorrice (2611475) writes "Bioengineers can harness DNA’s remarkable ability to self-assemble to build two- and three-dimensional nanostructures through DNA origami. Until now, researchers using this approach have been limited to building structures that are tens of square nanometers in size. Now a team reports the largest individual DNA origami structures to date, which reach sizes of hundreds of square nanometers. What’s more, they have developed a less expensive way to synthesize the DNA strands needed, overcoming a tremendous obstacle to scaling up the technology."
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The disaster and ensuing coverup of the Obamacare website

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 days ago


An anonymous reader writes "New reports reveal significant corruption in the Obama administration’s botched effort to create the Obamacare website.

The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning. Titled, “Behind the Curtain of the Rollout,” the report fingers the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the development of the site, and its parent Department of Health and Human Services.

“Officials at CMS and HHS refused to admit to the public that the website was not on track to launch without significant functionality problems and substantial security risks,” the report says. “There is also evidence that the Administration, to this day, is continuing its efforts to shield ongoing problems with the website from public view.”

The evidence includes emails that show Obamacare officials more interested in keeping their problems from leaking to the press than working to fix them. This is both both a coverup and incompetence."

Washington DC to return to automatic metro trains

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes | yesterday


Bruce66423 (1678196) writes " After a crash some five years ago, automatic operation was abandoned. Now however replacement of 'faulty' modules means that moving the whole system on to automatic operation can happen.

One quote is depressing: 'And because trains regularly lurch to a halt a few feet short of where they should be at platforms, Metrorail riders have grown accustomed to hearing an announcement while they’re waiting to board: “Stand clear. Train moving forward.” WTF. That never happens on the London underground with human operators? What's wrong with American drivers?"

Middle-School Dropout Codes Clever Chat Program That Foils NSA Spying

wabrandsma (2551008) writes | 13 hours ago


wabrandsma (2551008) writes "from Wired:

The National Security Agency has some of the brightest minds working on its sophisticated surveillance programs, including its metadata collection efforts. But a new chat program designed by a middle-school dropout in his spare time may turn out to be one of the best solutions to thwart those efforts.

John Brooks, who is just 22 and a self-taught coder who dropped out of school at 13, was always concerned about privacy and civil liberties. Four years ago he began work on a program for encrypted instant messaging that uses Tor hidden services for the protected transmission of communications. The program, which he dubbed Ricochet, began as a hobby. But by the time he finished, he had a full-fledged desktop client that was easy to use, offered anonymity and encryption, and even resolved the issue of metadata—the “to” and “from” headers and IP addresses spy agencies use to identify and track communications—long before the public was aware that the NSA was routinely collecting metadata in bulk for its spy programs. The only problem Brooks had with the program was that few people were interested in using it. Although he’d made Ricochet’s code open source, Brooks never had it formally audited for security and did nothing to promote it, so few people even knew about it.

Then the Snowden leaks happened and metadata made headlines. Brooks realized he already had a solution that resolved a problem everyone else was suddenly scrambling to fix. Though ordinary encrypted email and instant messaging protect the contents of communications, metadata allows authorities to map relationships between communicants and subpoena service providers for subscriber information that can help unmask whistleblowers, journalists’s sources and others."

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First Hands-on with the Incredible New Oculus Rift VR Headset

muterobert (2927951) writes | yesterday


muterobert (2927951) writes "One of the stand-out demos put me in front of an alien on some sort of Moon-like world. The alien was looking at me and speaking in an unfamiliar tongue. When I moved my head, its gaze followed me. Its big and detailed eyes, combined with reaction to me as I moved, imbued it with a sense of living that was really cool. Spaceships flew over head and drew my gaze behind me, leading me to look at some incredibly detailed scenery."
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Online communications platform for political dissent?

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday


An anonymous reader writes "Now that most of the major tech players (Apple, Google, MS) are compromised, what online communications platforms are available for those who would like to initiate change in the US political system? Consider that the current state of encrypting email is not trivial and additionally that using encryption or Tor is considered grounds for enhanced surveillance. Technical proficiency should not be a prerequisite to initiate political change. So when the common man who considers "the blue E" as the internet asks how he can communicate with me about initiating changes in the US political system, what solutions can I provide to him? Should we restrict ourselves to the post office with 2-3 days' latency in communications and face-to-face meetings? One can see that those restrictions puts us at quite the disadvantage."

Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause for Celebration?

theodp (442580) writes | yesterday


theodp (442580) writes "Google's "flash-funding" of teachers' projects via DonorsChoose continues to draw kudos from grateful mayors of the nation's largest cities. The latest comes from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (fresh from a Google-paid stay at the Google Zeitgeist resort), who joined Google officials at Taylor Allderdice HS, where Google announced it was 'flash funding' all Pittsburgh area teachers' crowd-funding campaigns on DonorsChoose reports that Google spent $64,657 to fund projects for 10,924 Pittsburgh kids. While the not-quite-$6-a-student is nice, it does pale by comparison to the $56,742 Google is ponying up to send one L.A. teacher's 34 students to London and Paris and the $35,858 it's spending to take another L.A. teacher's 52 kids to NYC, Gettysburg, and DC. So, is Google's non-tax based public school funding — which includes gender-based funding as well as "begfunding" — cause for celebration?"

From PHP 5 to 7

halls-of-valhalla (2811997) writes | yesterday


halls-of-valhalla (2811997) writes "Since around 2005 we've heard talk about PHP 6 development. There have even been books sold about it. But where is PHP 6? As of July of this year it was decided that there won't be one and that PHP will skip directly to PHP 7. Why is it skipping to the next major version, and what ever happened with PHP 6?

In 2005, work began on a project headed by Andrei Zmievski to bring native Unicode support to PHP by embedding the International Components for Unicode (ICU) library and internally representing strings as UTF-16. Because this project would lead to major internal and user-affecting changes, it was planned to be the next major PHP version (i.e. PHP 6) along with a few other features.

By using UTF-16 as default encoding, developers would need to convert the code and all input (e.g. data from requests, database, etc.) from one encoding to UTF-16 and back again. This conversion takes a lot of CPU time, memory (to store the much larger strings), and creates a higher complexity in the implementation due to the increased need to detect the proper encoding for the situation. In light of all of this and the relatively small gain, many contributors became unwilling to use "trunk" as their main development branch and instead either using the stable 5.2/5.3 branches or refusing to do development at all. This shortage of developers led to delays in the project.

After a vote in July of 2014, it was officially decided that the next major release would be called PHP 7. The primary reason for even considering the name is the widely-known existence of the previous failed attempt of a new major release, and the existence of numerous books and other resources which already referred to the previous PHP 6. To address potential confusion, there was an RFC (i.e. request for comments) and a vote on whether or not to reuse this name.

In the end it was decided to release PHP 7 as the next major version, arguing that the worst case scenario is that they needlessly skipped a version as opposed to the worst case of releasing it as PHP 6 which is widespread confusion in the community.

Read the full story here: Valhalla News — From PHP 5 to 7"

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Ask Slashdot: Alternate software for use on smartboards?

SmarterThanMe (1679358) writes | 4 days ago


SmarterThanMe (1679358) writes "Teacher here, you can call me Mr. SmarterThanMe. I have a fancy smartboard installed in my room. Smartboards allow me to show students a whole range of other stuff other than just whatever I'm writing. I can prepare instructions and activities before the lesson and just move through the boards. I can pull up some students' work and display it through the projector. I can bring up some stimulus for use in a writing task. So much better than blackboards.

Except the software that comes bundled with this particular brand of smartboard is ridiculously clunky. Without naming this particular piece of software, and highlighting it's shortfalls, has anyone got any suggestions on alternatives (open source or otherwise)?

The main features that I'd like are:

  • Handwriting recognition
  • The ability to make and use templates
  • Grids or guides or *something* to be able to teach measurement

I have gold star stickers for any good suggestions. Thanks in advance."

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