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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

rjmarvin HEY SLASHDOT, THE FIRST LINK IS BROKEN (179 comments)

It should link here:http://www.sdtimes.com/content/article.aspx?ArticleID=69025&page=1 Yeah, if you could fix it, that would be greaaaat.

about three weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

rjmarvin Journalistic Integrity (544 comments)

I'm sure this wasn't just one low-level sound editor's fault...but that guy will be working at McDonalds by the end of the week.

about three weeks ago
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Surrey Hit With Catnado

rjmarvin It was a slow day on Slashdot until... (95 comments)

...CATNADO ripped through the Front Page, leaving a trail of pun-laden comments and fur ball debris in its wake.

about 3 months ago
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Google Releases Dart 1.1

rjmarvin Re:Broken Link (161 comments)

Strike that, it actually goes straight to a 404 error page. Might want to get on that, guys.

about 3 months ago
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Google Releases Dart 1.1

rjmarvin Broken Link (161 comments)

The first link is broken, it loops back to the submission.

about 3 months ago
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The Academy For Software Engineering: a High School For Developers

rjmarvin Re:uhh... (56 comments)

Lottery system

about 6 months ago
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The Academy For Software Engineering: a High School For Developers

rjmarvin Re:Wrong source (56 comments)

That's the wrong LinkedIn profile, dipstick.

about 6 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Developers Run Into Hostile Legacy Systems

rjmarvin Here's the Link! (5 comments)

I have no idea why that link 404'd, but here's a good link to the story: http://sdt.bz/65262. It'll explain what the cones of shame metaphor is all about and explains the interesting argument about legacy systems.

about 6 months ago
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Samsung Offered StackOverflow Users $500 For "Organic" Publicity

rjmarvin Re:Facebook does it, Slashdot does it (146 comments)

Intriguing experience. We're writing a follow-up story about Astroturfing for the SD Times. Would you be interested in giving us a short interview or some comments about your experience? As much as you can remember about the interview and the kinds of strategies Atari and the marketing company were planning to use. If you're interested in being a source in the Astroturfing story, please email me at rmarvin@bzmedia.com.

about 9 months ago

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Nokia's Indian Factory Will Not Be Part Of Microsoft Deal, Due To Tax Dispute

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  yesterday

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Nokia’s Chennai, India factory, its largest manufacturing center worldwide, will not be part of Microsoft’s Devices and Services acquisition http://sdt.bz/70118 set to close on Friday, due to an tax dispute in India. According to Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article... , Nokia will operate the factory under a service contract for Microsoft until the dispute is resolved. Before it transfers the factory to Microsoft, Nokia must agree to the conditions set by the Indian court. The final terms of the tax settlement have not yet been reached, but the initial tax bill levied by the Indian government http://sdt.bz/66468 , consisting of eight years of back taxes and penalties, was for $3.4 billion."
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Algoraves: Dancing To Live Coded Music

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  3 days ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Algoraves http://sdt.bz/70098, or algorithmic raves--an offshoot of a type of improvised algorithmic composition known as live coding--are a growing movement among both programmers and musicians. Over the past few years across western Europe and in places like Mexico, Australia, Japan and Canada, live-coded performances have given electronic artists and bands a way to break through the stand-around DJ culture of today’s electronic music in live, messy fashion. Live coders write code on the fly, often in a custom programming environment, projecting their screen for the audience to see and making them active, dancing participants in the performance."
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Heartbleed Proves We Need A Change In How We Use Open Source

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a week ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Heartbleed isn't real problem. The problem is how we currently view and deploy open-source and outsourced code http://sdt.bz/70095. We need to start reviewing open-source software the same way any organization would review an outsourced software build. You would think that an organization would never take freshly coded modules from a vendor and just throw them into an application without thoroughly testing their functional and structural quality. But it happens all the time, and it’s the main reason we didn’t catch Heartbleed until it was too late. This bug http://it.slashdot.org/story/1... has taught us that we can no longer trust that every line of code on the Web has been combed over and tested by the development community. No one else is going to ensure your software’s structural quality."
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Google's Project Tango And NASA Are Building Self-Aware Space Robots

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a week ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) team has been working with NASA since the summer of 2013 to integrate the Project Tango 3D mapping technology http://tech.slashdot.org/story... into an autonomous robot that moves in zero gravity http://sdt.bz/70093. The ATAP team is working with NASA’s Ames Research Center to integrate a prototype of Project Tango onto NASA’s SPHERES robotic platform at the International Space Station, which could act as a robotic assistant for astronauts or perform independent maintenance tasks. The ATAP team officially announced yesterday https://plus.google.com/+Googl... that Project Tango is prepping for a launch into space this summer after a successful zero-gravity test flight at NASA’s Houston facility."
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Privacy-Conscious Google Glass App Identifies Surveillance Cameras

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about two weeks ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Dutch developer Sander Veenhof, creator of a third-party augmented reality add-on for Google Glass, believes the most effective solution to combat privacy concerns is to turn Glass into a privacy radar http://sdt.bz/70073. Watch Your Privacy http://sndrv.com/watchyourpriv..., a browser add-on that works as part of the Layar https://www.layar.com/layers/p... augmented reality app for Google Glass, alerts the wearer to privacy threats by projecting green “safe” zones and red “unsafe” zones based on OpenStreetMap data of surveillance cameras and tracking technology in the vicinity.The app also registers real-time location data to identify any "Glassholes" watching you."
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Princeton Students Develop Open Source Voice Control Platform For Any Device

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about two weeks ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Two Princeton computer science students have created an open source platform for developing voice-controlled applications http://sdt.bz/69042 that unlike other voice-control software like Siri or Cortana, are always on. Created by Shubhro Saha and Charlie Marsh, Jasper http://jasperproject.github.io... runs on Raspberry Pi hardware with Raspbian software, using a collection of open source libraries to make up a development platform for building voice-controlled applications. Marsh and Saha demonstrate https://www.youtube.com/watch?... Jasper's capability to perform Internet searches, update social media and control music players such as Spotify as just some of the modules developers could build using Jasper's Developer API."
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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about three weeks ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Researchers at the U.K.'s Lancaster University in the U.K. have reimagined the fundamental logic behind encryption, stumbling across a radically new way to encrypt data http://sdt.bz/69025 while creating software models to simulate how the human heart and lungs coordinate rhythms. The encryption method published in the American Physical Society journal http://journals.aps.org/prx/ab... and filed as a patent entitled "Encoding Data Using Dynamic System Coupling," transmits and receive multiple encrypted signals simultaneously, creating an unlimited number of possibilities for the shared encryption key and making it virtually impossible to decrypt using traditional methods. One of the researchers, Peter McClintock, called http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/new... the encryption scheme "nearly unbreakable.""
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Microsoft Adds Node.js, .NET Integration To Windows Azure

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about three weeks ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Today, Microsoft demonstrated numerous enhancements to the Azure cloud platform http://sdt.bz/69019 at Day 2 of the Build Developer Conference. Using Azure, developers can now construct back ends for their mobile apps using .NET or Node.js. Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group, said that Azure has added new notifications API, which allows a message sent to a hub to be passed along to potentially millions of connected devices.Azure also added support for Active Directory from mobile devices, as well as the ability to perform debugging locally and remotely and some new APIs for auto-scaling, testing and authentication."
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Microsoft Tech Support Scam Call Operator Sentenced in 'Landmark Case' In U.K.

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about three weeks ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Mohammed Khalid Jamil, who ran the London-based SmartSupportGuys company, was sentenced in the U.K. to four months jail time and over $40,000 in fines for hiring Indian call center workers to impersonate Microsoft tech support workers http://sdt.bz/69014. The fraudsters posing as "Microsoft-certified" engineers gained access to customers' computers, installed malware and then tricked customers into paying for free software.he U.K. National Trading Standards Board eCrime unit called the decision a “landmark case,” http://www.tradingstandardsecr... and the first successful U.K. prosecution of someone involved in the Microsoft call scam. It's the first international action taken against Microsoft scammers since October 2012 when the U.S. Federal Trade Commission shut down and charged six tech support scams originating from Indian call centers. Since then, a new wave of fraudulent calls http://yro.slashdot.org/story/... has begun plaguing Microsoft customers in the U.S. and U.K."
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Poppy: A Programmable Robot For The People

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about three weeks ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "While companies like Google are advancing robotics and artificial intelligence by buying up every robotics startup in sight, an open source source robotics movement is working to develop a new generation of widespread, accessible robot technology http://sdt.bz/69002. The Poppy Project http://www.poppy-project.org/ is an open source humanoid platform consisting of an open source Python library and framework for creating custom-built robots, and 3D-printed modular hardware that together comprise a child-sized robot. Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, research director of the Bordeaux, France-based Flowers Laboratory https://flowers.inria.fr/ that created Poppy called Poppy "a platform that is providing Lego bricks for building animated structures, that would teach people how to use these technologies and then allow them to advance innovative products.""
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Ask Slashdot: Can Microsoft Rescue Windows?

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a month ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "When most people think of Microsoft, the first thing that comes to mind is Windows. The operating system has defined the company, and everything it's done, for decades. The OS has fallen into a familiar hit-and-miss cycle, from XP to Vista to Windows 7 and now Windows 8. The pattern leaves Windows 9 as the OS to right the ship, but will it http://sdt.bz/68955? The problems with Windows 8 and 8.1 are many and more between the Metro touch interface, the loss of the Start button and the general dissent between desktop and tablet users. If Satya Nadella wants Windows 9, expected in April 2015 http://winsupersite.com/window..., to be successful, Microsoft may have to pick a strategy and stick with it instead of its usual philosophy of trying to appease its broad customer base. Searching for the balance between making its touch and keyboard users happy could just serve to perpetuate the cycle, and Microsoft can't afford it."
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MIT Researchers Create Platform To Build Secure Web Apps That Never Leak Data

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a month ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Researchers in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a platform for building secure web applications and services that never decrypt or leak data http://sdt.bz/68972. MIT researcher Raluca Ada Popa, who previously worked on the Google and SAP-adopted CryptoDB, and her team have put a longstanding philosophy into practice: to never store unencrypted data on servers. They've redesigned the entire approach to securing online data by creating Mylar http://css.csail.mit.edu/mylar..., which builds and updates applications to keep data secure from server breaches with constant encryption during storage, only decrypting the data in the user's browser. Integrated with the open-source Meteor https://www.meteor.com/ framework, a Mylar prototype has already secured six application by changing only 35 lines of code."
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OpenGL ES 3.1 Isn't Your Father's Graphics Language

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a month ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "OpenGL ES has taken a huge leap forward http://sdt.bz/68964. The 2D/3D graphics specification is rarely talked about outside the gaming community, and the version number of “3.1” implies a small improvement. On the contrary.The release of OpenGL ES 3.1 http://www.khronos.org/registr... optimizes mobile graphics with added features including compute shaders, separate shader objects, indirect draw commands and enhanced texturing functionality."
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NASA Wants Developers To Simulate Coastal Floods

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a month ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "NASA has challenged developers to build software that improves life on Earth and advances space exploration before, but now they're asking them to simulate cataclysmic natural disaster http://sdt.bz/68958. The space agency is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the third annual International Space Apps Challenge https://2014.spaceappschalleng.... Participants are tasked to create and deploy data-driven visualizations and simulations charting the impact of sea level rise and erosion on future coastal flooding."
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Eclipse Announces Flux Project To Integrate Eclipse And Orion at EclipseCon

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a month ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "The Eclipse Foundation plans to integrate desktop Eclipse with the Web-based Orion IDE in a new tool initiative codenamed Flux http://sdt.bz/68947, Eclipse executive director Mike Milinkovich announced at EclipseCon in San Francisco. The Flux announcement also coincides with the release of Java 8, for which Eclipse also announced new plug-ins. EclipseCon's other big theme has been the Internet of Things, with presentations on how to program Internet of Things applications from within Eclipse using the C Development Tooling chain."
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Google Releases AngularJS 2.0 Designs, Reveals Creation Of AngularDart

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a month ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Google has released the designs and documentation for all the upcoming features of AngularJS 2.0 http://sdt.bz/68942, still currently in the prototype phase. The new version of the open source JavaScript framework is being written entirely in ECMAScript 6 and will target all major desktop and mobile browsers. Angular 2.0's other new features, all documented on Google Drive https://drive.google.com/a/bzm..., include faster change detection, modularity, touch animations and a new persistence layer. Google engineering director Brad Green also revealed http://blog.angularjs.org/2014... that the team is building AngularDart. a new framework for Google Dart."
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IBM's Watson Steps Out Into Healthcare, Mobile, Online Shopping And Food Trucks

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a month ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Watson hasn't made many headlines since winning 'Jeopardy!' in 2011, but IBM's supercomputer has gotten faster, smarter and leaner, leaving trivia behind http://sdt.bz/68924 for forays into mobile, the healthcare industry, online shopping and even a food truck. Since dumping $1 billion into the new Watson Group in January http://tech.slashdot.org/story..., IBM has also launched the Watson Mobile Developer Challenge http://www.ibm.com/smarterplan... to bring its AI entity from desktops, hospitals, cars and cloud applications into users' hands."
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Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking The Code

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a month and a half ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "As the background code displayed in movies and TV, a new industry is growing around custom-building realistic software and dummy code http://sdt.bz/68898. Twisted Media, a Chicago-based design team, started doing fake computer graphics back in 2007 for the TNT show "Leverage," and is now working on three prime-time shows on top of films like "Gravity" and the upcoming "Divergent" designing and creating realistic interfaces and code bases for futuristic software. British computer scientist John Graham-Cumming has drawn attention to entertainment background code by debunking inaccurate screenshots in his blog http://entertainment.slashdot...., but more and more as the public is more aware, studios are paying for fake code that's actually convincing."
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Git 2.0 released

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a month and a half ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Git 2.0.0 was released yesterday http://sdt.bz/68912 with updated features and fixes from version 1.9, including making "“simple mode” the default for “git push,” which pushes only the current branch to the branch with the same name, and only when the current branch is set to integrate with that remote branch. Other UI and workflow updataes including a new "git reset -N" option and tree-wode "git add -u" and "git add -A" operations, backwards compatibility notes and fixes are detailed in the release notes https://git.kernel.org/cgit/gi...."
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Artificial Vision Technology For AR Glasses Lets The Blind 'See With Sound'

rjmarvin rjmarvin writes  |  about a month and a half ago

rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Dutch physcist Peter Meijer has developed sensory substitution software called vOICe http://sdt.bz/68889, which converts live camera images into corresponding soundscapes to preserve pictorial information. vOICe, which runs on Windows with USB camera glasses and on Android with Google Glass, scans video frames from left to right while associating height with pitch and brightness with sound intensity, according to Meijer. In a research paper http://www.seeingwithsound.com..., Meijer and psychology professor Jamie Ward reported late-blind users who have memories of prior eyesight experienced visual sensations."

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