sandbagger (654585) writes "Contrary to previous suspicions, it is possible for hackers exploiting the catastrophic vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed to extract private encryption keys from vulnerable websites, Web services firm Cloudflare reported Saturday. The success of this snoop has reportedly been confirmed, reports Ars Technica.
sandbagger (654585) writes "Stop Stealing Photos is a resource in the pro photographer community for protecting consumers. How? By identifying wannabes who use images in their portfolios that they did not create. In this case, one "photographer" built a massive social media presence, in many platforms including Linked In where he includes System Architecture in his skills. However, such advocacy web sites are very manual and often run by non-programmers. How can the tech community help consumers in protecting them from phoney on-line presences? Or is this vigilantism?" Link to Original Source top
Thanks anti-vaccination idiots: measles are back in NYC
sandbagger (654585) writes "NYC may have to deal with a measles problem. New Yorkers are urged to make sure all household members, including young children, are vaccinated. To date, there have been four hospitalizations as a result of this outbreak. Vaccinations are in part a victim of their own success because people look around and see no polio or measles and so figure why bother? How do YOU think we can get through to the anit-vaxxers?" Link to Original Source top
Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits in Frustration With Bureaucracy
sandbagger (654585) writes "The director of the U.S. government office that monitors scientific misconduct in biomedical research has resigned after 2 years out of frustration with the “remarkably dysfunctional” federal bureaucracy. Officials at the Office of Scientific Integrity spent “exorbitant amounts of time” in meetings and generating data and reports to make their divisions look productive, David Wright writes. He huge amount of time he spent trying to get things done made much of his time at ORI “the very worst job I have ever had.”" Link to Original Source top
Jurassic Park software house Soft Image now extinct
sandbagger (654585) writes "The 1990s are now ancient in terms of computing and computer graphics imagery. Softimage enjoyed a long and beloved history in CG and VFX production, beginning life as the Softimage Creative Environment and used by ILM in many of its early landmark productions. Microsoft bought the company and sold it to Avid, which eventually transferred it to Autodesk. An obit is on FXGuide." Link to Original Source top
One in ten Americans thinks HTML is a type of sexually transmitted infection
sandbagger (654585) writes "It looks like technical writers won't be unemployed any time soon. The ignorance of many Americans appears to be appalling according to a recent survey reported on by the LA Times. The study by coupon site VoucherCloud involved 2,392 men and women 18 years of age or older. The participants were not told that the study was specifically looking into their knowledge of tech terms. They were presented with both tech and non-tech terms and were asked to choose from three possible definitions. Speaking for myself, knowledge of technical terms appears to be a perfect vaccine against sex." Link to Original Source top
sandbagger (654585) writes "A few years ago Slashdot made its website pink on April 1 as a gag about attracting women to IT careers. A recent Information Week article says that biusiness is booming for pundits who get their clicks bemoaning the existential danger of gender imbalances in high tech. But guess what? It's irrational BS." Link to Original Source top
EFF reports GHCQ and NSA keeping tabs Wikileaks visitors and reporters
sandbagger (654585) writes "The Intercept recently published an article and supporting documents indicating that the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ surveilled and even sought to have other countries prosecute the investigative journalism website WikiLeaks. GCHQ also surveilled the millions of people who merely read the Wikileaks website. The article clarifies the lengths that these two spy organizations go to track their targets and confirms, once again, that they do not confine themselves to spying on to those accused of terrorism." Link to Original Source top
sandbagger (654585) writes "Dazzle painting was that zebra striping used during the Great War to make surface ships difficult to follow in the foggy North Atlantic. Similar cosmetic pattern breaking may be proving useful in confusing facial recognition. Adding moth-like cosmetic paint daubs to the cheeks appears to break at least some facial recognition software. What's your experience, and, theoretically at least, what are its uses. (If anyone at Fort Meade is reading this, this is just a purely theoretical exercise.)" Link to Original Source top
A children's entertainer on preparing preparing kids for the internet
sandbagger (654585) writes "Canadian children's entertainer Raffi was on CBC Radio yesterday, discussing how parents can prepare kids for the on-line world that they'll inevitably encounter. The time to talk to kids about what they'll encounter is not when they're already teenagers Raffi says. Helping kids build a mental model ahead of time needs to be done in stages so they have time to assimilate how to deal with the fire hose of grown-up information that will be sprayed at them." Link to Original Source top
Office Space: TV documentary looks at the dreadful open office
sandbagger (654585) writes "The CBC (it's like PBS only without the begging) is broadcasting a documentary about the open plan office this evening. You can hear a radio interview about the documentary here. In this documentary, the history of the open office is looked at, how it has evolved, and how the justifications for it being best for everyone else are used by those with offices. Advocates say fewer doors and walls means more collaboration. Critics say it's all driven by bottom line economics--crowding more people into smaller spaces saves money.
Is it just me or do the people who want you to work in open offices sound like the nobility in Downtown Abbey?" Link to Original Source top
Canadian health scientists resort to sneaker net after funding slashed
sandbagger (654585) writes "Health Canada scientists are so concerned about losing access to their research library that they're finding workarounds, with one squirrelling away journals and books in his basement for colleagues to consult, says a report obtained by CBC News. The report said the number of in-house librarians went from 40 in 2007 to just six in April 2013. "I look at it as an insidious plan to discourage people from using libraries," said Dr. Rudi Mueller, who left the department in 2012. "If you want to justify closing a library, you make access difficult and then you say it is hardly used."
This is hardly new for Stephen Harper's Conservative government. Over the Christmas holidays, several scientific libraries were closed and their contents taken to the dump." Link to Original Source top
My God, it's full of stars. Well, bioluminescent phytoplankton actually.
sandbagger (654585) writes "This is probably the closest thing on Earth to what Dave Bowman saw.
While vacationing on the Maldives Islands, Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton. These tiny organisms glow similarly to fireflies and tend to emit light when stressed, such as when waves tumble them about. It's absolutely beautiful and if an image is worth 1,000 words, then these make me want to start saying things like 'I wish I'd become an oceanographer' and 'gosh, I wish I knew how to swim.'" Link to Original Source top
Translating President Obama's NSA reform promises into plain English
sandbagger (654585) writes "The cynics at the Register have picked apart Barack Obama's NSA reform promises. As to be expected, there's some good, some deliberate vagueness, talk of 'ticking bomb scenarios' and the politician's favourite 'promises to commit to future reforms'. Basically, it's a fig-leaf to kick the can down the road so the next president has to deal with it. He's promising bulk data will go to a third party so the NSA can't see it. Okay, who is this magical third party?" Link to Original Source top
Canadian government trucking generations of scientific data to the dump
sandbagger (654585) writes "Canada's scientific libraries are literally being taken to the dump. The norther nation's scientific community has been up in arms over the holidays as local scientific libraries and records offices were closed and their shelves — some of which contained century old data — emptied into dumpsters. Stephen Harper's Tory government is claiming that the documents have been digitized. Where the Hell do we protest?" Link to Original Source top
What's Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada's Science Libraries?
sandbagger (654585) writes "Scientists say the closure of some of the world's finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been lost forever." Link to Original Source top
sandbagger (654585) writes "Wouldn't Electro's lightning bolts merely ground as he took aim at Spider-Man? Sure, if the 1.21 Gigawatts in his bolts connected with Parker, our intrepid hero would be cooked but surely a science student like Peter would know about Faraday suits like those used by linesmen. So, how exactly is Electro a good villain? Compare and contrast. Show your work." Link to Original Source top
Magnetic tape: there's some life in the old girl yet.
sandbagger (654585) writes "The Large Hadron Collider is the world's biggest science experiment. When spinning it reportedly generates up to six gigs of data per second. Todays six terabyte tape cartridges fill rapidly when you're creating that amount of material. The economist reports that despite the advances in SSDs and hard drives, tape still seems to be the way to go when you need to store massive amounts of digital assets." Link to Original Source