phmadore (1391487) writes "Yahoo!, that dinosaur of search and AOL-era user interfaces which (relatively) recently acquired tumblr and has owned the once-innovative image sharing site Flickr since 2005, sent me an e-mail today reminding me of a previous e-mail which I had not read in which they state that they are going to disable the ability to login via Facebook or Google account in two weeks. The brief e-mail read:
Hi Flickr User,
In two weeks, Flickr will remove the option to sign in with a Facebook or Google account. Instead, you will need to sign in using a Yahoo account. To create your Yahoo account click "get started" below.
We want to make this transition as easy as possible. If you have any questions, please check out our Help Articles or come see us in the Help Forum. We appreciate your understanding during this transition. Thank you for being a part of the Flickr community!
Though the notice gives no justification for this move, the motivation is obvious enough — people love Gmail and Facebook but are largely ambiguous about Yahoo! which probably results in a weakened userbase in a situation where people are able to fully use their services without having an account. However, a cursory search of the Flickr blog on the topic does not yield obvious results.The move also increases the likelihood that users will then go on to make use of other Yahoo! "services."
phmadore (1391487) writes "The cryptocurrency of the HackForums community, OmniCoin, should be launching pretty quick. At time of writing, it's trading at 0.00003200. I, for one, am super, super excited. What trends in Crytocurrencies have you going these days, Slashdotters?" top
Chinese Government Among The Loudest Voice in Choir Telling XP Users to Try Linu
phmadore (1391487) writes ""We want users to pay attention to the potential security risk brought by their Windows XP system as Microsoft ceased providing further patch services. At the same time, the ministry will work on developing China's own computer system and applications based on Linux and we hope that the users will give more support to these domestically made products," Zhang Feng, chief engineer of MIIT, told CCTV. And, well, that pretty much says it all." Link to Original Source top
Ask Slashdot: Will Richard Stallman make it back from Beijing?
phmadore (1391487) writes "Some very clever German Pranksters managed to get one over on a sect of the intelligentsia just the other day. In this 30 minute presentation, Paul von Ribbeck and Gloria Spindle straight-face four new (somewhat credible-sounding) Google products making up the "Google Nest:" Google Trust, Google Hug, Google Bee, and Google Bye. "The way we're seeing it is bad we can't really guarantee that we protect your information but we can do our very best to protect you," says Spindle about eight minutes in. Google is reportedly rather pissed about the whole affair. For me, the discussion-worthy items here are: data insurance and the value of data." Link to Original Source top
phmadore (1391487) writes "Windows Phone has been struggling for market share, largely due to a serious lack of developers willing to invest their time in what one might consider a niche market. Statistically speaking, Android has more than 1.1M apps to Windows Phone's pitiful 200,000+. Well, according to unnamed sources informing the Verge, Microsoft may soon integrate/allow Android applications into both Windows and Windows Phone. The irony is so thick here you can cut it with a million dollar bill." top
phmadore (1391487) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is on a holy crusade to protect the fourth amendment. No matter how you feel about the activities of the National Security Agency as revealed to us in the last several months, you should call your representatives and tell them! The campaign is called "The Day We Fight Back" and it encourages all dutiful citizens to take a few minutes to either call or e-mail their representatives to voice their opinion on the looming possibility of or already existing Big Brother we read about in 1984 as children. Personally, I chose to call, and the process was very smooth." top
Penguins Require Anti-Depressants Due To Prolonged British Rain
phmadore (1391487) writes "Geekosystem has a funny if sad story about a dozen Chilean and Peruvian Humboldt penguins residing in Scarborough, England, who've totally lost their shit because of the longer-than-usual rainy season going on there. From the article: 'At least the penguins aren’t in any actual danger from the weather, according to Lyndsey Crawford, the Centre’s display curator. The prolonged bad weather is confusing them, and it’s causing them to avoid their natural habitat (or as close as they can get to it in Britain) in the water and instead shiver in the cold on land.'" top
phmadore (1391487) writes "From Ars: 'US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Ukraine, clearly thought they were speaking on a secure line when discussing the political unrest in Ukraine and how the US government should help resolve the crisis. At one point during the January 25 call, Nuland colorfully rejected recent overtures from European Union leaders by telling her colleague: "Fuck the EU."'
I thought these guys were trained in operational security... remember, these are the people in charge of our reputation abroad." Link to Original Source top
phmadore (1391487) writes "From Gizmodo: 'If you had any faith left in anonymous email services, now would be the time to let that go. New court documents show that in chasing down associates of Freedom Hosting, the FBI managed to download the entire email database of TorMail.'" Link to Original Source top
phmadore (1391487) writes "It's the kind of thing you don't really expect. Hanging out with my wife on the couch watching Serpico, I suddenly remembered I needed to know what the courthouse looks like so we don't have any trouble finding it tomorrow (we're new to the area). What better excuse to check out Google Earth, right? So I tried, and this is what I found. Some sort of joke, I thought, but nothing in the Chrome Store was helpful either. (Here's what Quick Earth looks like.) Dang. Only way to check out Earth now is to actually install that Debian package on my other computer, I guess, and hope that old Lenovo ThinkCentre can handle it, since we have no Windows or Mac. (And yes, I did wind up just using Street View on maps.)" top
phmadore (1391487) writes "1.4.0 of the most intellectually challenging OSS game out there (IMO), OpenTTD (Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe), is near at hand. Of course, most servers are still running 1.3.3 (the last stable, major version change, from November/December-ish). N-Ice.org typically waits until a stable release has been around for a minute to implement the changes into its online client (which is as yet unavailable as a binary for Linux; it varies only slightly from the official release and non-Windows users are able to interface with it no problem), but there are exciting developments coming down the pipe for OpenTTD.
"The new SSE blitters were also further improved. Not immediately noticeable but useful in the future, are the new string codes to display amounts of cargo in NewGRFs. For our Korean users, the separators in numbers were fixed."
Here is some information on the history of OTTD." top
phmadore (1391487) writes "I had an idea to implement into Chrome this morning (for personal purposes), and figured I'd peek at the source to see if I could even make sense of it (new to coding). So I Googled for it, and on the results page was an article from the BBC, a source I hardly ever read otherwise. It detailed how Israeli developer Tal Ater, who is working on speech recognition software, discovered a(n) (already-discovered and supposedly patched) bug which allows "malicious" sites to listen in to conversations, apparently with or without a user's permission. Now, I'm sure that none of us are surprised the "bug" (LOL NSA) existed in the first place. But for what reason has Google not fully patched this?
Despite Google finding a way to fix the bug in October 2013 the update has yet to be rolled out to Chrome, he said.
phmadore writes "Well, I've donated to NeoOffice several times. I was grateful to remember about them after OpenOffice stopped working for awhile (don't know its current Mac OSX status). Anyway, I must have donated with a different e-mail last time, because they wouldn't let me get their latest version, 3.2, until I made a minimum ten dollar "donation." Seems like they're capitalizing on a murky part of the OSS license, to me. Now mind you, I made the donation because the software is well worth it, but I am troubled when I see things like this happening. Don't direct me to the source code if I don't have ten dollars — you're going against the very spirit of OSS, and I don't like it. Thoughts,/.?" Link to Original Source top
phmadore writes "A couple of video nerds have, using the co-ordinates of historical Wikipedia entries dating back to the 400BCs, made a visualized history of civilization. They condensed the video to 100 seconds, for whatever reason. I personally think someone could take this concept to a new height with a bit more work, but nonetheless, it's pretty sweet." Link to Original Source top
phmadore (1391487) writes "Publishing Perspectives is talking today about the rise of e-book lending, which, one would hope, will lead to a rise in questioning exactly how far one's digital rights extend. Although the articles are mostly talking about the authorized lending programs through Kindle and Nook ("The mechanics are simple: ebook owners sign up and list books that they want to allow others to borrow. When someone borrows one of the ebooks you have listed, you earn a credit. Credits can also be purchased for as little as $1.99 from eBook Fling."), we have to ask ourselves why we are suddenly paying publishers more for less. In the case of iBooks, you can't even transfer your books to another device, let alone another user, but then at least the prices are somewhat controlled. In the case of sites like BooksOnBoard, you've got ridiculously out of control prices with a greatly decreased cost of delivery. It's not all bad, don't get me wrong: Kobo offers competitive that never leave me feeling ripped off or stuck with an inferior product. Still, I can't help but think: digital rights management, sure! Where are my rights, as a consumer, and who is managing them? I wouldn't mind selling the rights back to the publisher or store for in-store credit; I also wouldn't be terribly bothered if they got a reasonable cut off the resale of the product to someone else. What I won't like is if they never allow it or continue to make it impossible for me to sell what's rightfully mine! This is not software we're talking about and copyright has been very clear on it for decades: not only can I legally re-sell a CD, but I can burn a copy and give it to my mother if I please, or even burn a copy and give it to my mother and THEN re-sell it. Anyways, WTF/.?" Link to Original Source top
Radiohead Releasing 8th Album Primarily To The Web
phmadore (1391487) writes "Pitchfork is bubbling with the news this morning: British Indie rockers Radiohead are dropping what is to be dubbed the world's first "newspaper record" — on Saturday. To wit: 'So Radiohead have set aside the "pay what you want" patronage model that dominated the conversation surrounding the In Rainbows release, yet have retained that album's more important business aspects: Packaging their music as a high-end collectable and controlling its leak, which has the effect of creating what these days is a rare, worldwide, collective listening experience.' Personally, I'm looking into methods of pre-ordering now." Link to Original Source top
phmadore (1391487) writes "According to Reuters, Jason Chen had four computers and two servers seized by San Mateo Co. Police. Under California law, journalists are generally exempt from such tyranny." Link to Original Source
So, for a little while I struggled trying to learn C++, but then I realized that really there is nothing I want to presently do which I could not do in Python. This realization does not happen on its own, you can imagine, but came with some research. The research also finds that actually it will be a lot easier to learn C++ and Perl after Python, which is a much easier entry language. So I've begun. I have this idea for a program which I've put on Google Code, with some extremely rudimentary code.
Every time I work on it, I commit to Git.
Right now there is nothing really useful developed.
It's a great way to learn to code, though much like my earliest websites, I'm sure I'll end up rewriting it at least three times, from scratch, using newer methods learned. Once we've got a stable version up and running, though, then people might want to use it, as it will be a useful tool.
This is something I should have done when I was 12 years old, but I am finally learning to program in C++ and then in other languages. I still have ideas which have still not been implemented. Wish me luck on this journey. It's going to be a long one for me.