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+ - 211 U.C. Berkeley "big data" class this week. Free enrollment. 2 days.->

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pmdubs
pmdubs writes "The U.C. Berkeley AMPLab research group will be hosting a free "Big Data Bootcamp" on-campus and online, August 21 and 22. The AMP Camp will feature hands-on tutorials on big data analysis using the AMPLab software stack, including Spark, Shark, and Mesos. These tools work hand-in-hand with technologies like Hadoop to provide high performance, low latency data analysis. AMP Camp will also include high level overviews of warehouse scale computing, presentations on several big data use-cases, and talks on related projects."
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+ - 169 Where the Candidates Stand on Net Neutrality->

Submitted by
nmpost
nmpost writes "Net neutrality is one of the biggest issues with regards to the internet today. At the heart of the issues is how much control ISPs will be allowed to have over their networks. Each candidate has come out with a strong position on the matter, and whoever wins will have a drastic affect on the future of the internet. Barack Obama has been a propenent of Net Neutrality. Under his watch, the FCC has implemented Net Neutrality rules. These restrictions did not apply to wireless networks, though, a gaping loophole that in the future will be problematic as mobile internet is exploding in popularity. The issue is one that needs to be addressed in the future. Until it is, Obama can only be given a barely passing grade in regards to net neutrality. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come down on the other side of the issue. The former Massachusetts governor strongly opposes net neutrality. According to Politico, Romney believes net neutrality will restrict ISPs, and that they alone should govern their networks. The governor has stated that he wants as little regulation of the internet as possible."
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Businesses

+ - 223 Are 12-16 Hour Workdays 'A Good Life'?

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "'It's important to me,' former Opsware CEO Ben Horowitz recalls saying as he threatened a manager for termination because one of his subordinates failed to conduct 1:1 meetings, 'that the people who spend 12 to 16 hours/day here, which is most of their waking life, have a good life. It’s why I come to work.' Ben seems to be cut from the same management cloth as new Yahoo CEO Marissa "I-Don't-Really-Believe-In-Burnout" Mayer, who boasted how she solved the work-life balance problems of mother-of-three 'Katie' [presumably Twitter's Katie Stanton], who was required to attend nightly 1 a.m. video conference calls with her Google Finance team in Bangalore, by no longer making Katie also stay for late meetings on her Google day shift on those occasions where it'd make her miss her kids' soccer games and recitals."
Science

+ - 340 First Evidence that Insects Rely on Photosynthesis->

Submitted by tedlistens
tedlistens (1697590) writes "The idea that aphids may use photosynthesis, as plants do, is based on the recent finding that the bugs are able to synthesize pigments called carotenoids. These pigments are common and necessary for many animals (for non-photosynthesis uses, like maintaining a healthy immune system), but the animal must consume them from outside sources. So far, only plants, algae, fungi, and bacteria are known to be able to synthesize carotenoids themselves, and, in all of those organisms, carotenoids are a key part of photosynthesis. While the co-author of the study, published in Nature's open-access journal Scientific Reports, cautions that more research is needed before we can determine if aphids are photosynthesizing like non-animals, it stil could be one of the more remarkable findings in biology in recent memory, and may hold promise for helping address humanity’s food crisis."
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+ - 186 Finland Tops Mobile Phone Throwing Charts->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "In this year’s annual mobile-phone throwing contest held in Finland Ere Karjalainen has smashed the world record by throwing his phone 101.46 meters. The event, being held every year since 2000 in the town of Savonlinna, saw quite a few mobile-phone throwers participate. The 2nd position went to Jeremy Gallop, a South African who managed to throw his phone 94.67 metres. Finnish public television network YLE covered the Saturday event [Google translated]. Contest organizers are of the opinion that users can vent their anger on their phones and that this offers a unique opportunity to "pay back all the frustrations and disappointments caused by these modern equipments.""
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+ - 196 Options for FOSS remote support software? 1

Submitted by Albanach
Albanach (527650) writes "I'm sure I'm not alone in being asked to help friends and family with computer issues. These folk typically run Windows (everything from XP onward) or OS X (typically 10.4 onward). Naturally, desktop sharing is often much easier than trying to talk the other end through various steps. I've found free sites like join.me but they don't work with OS X 10.4, neither does the Chrome plugin. I'd also prefer not to compromise security by using a third party in the middle of the connection. Is there a good, free solution I can run on my linux box that supports old and new clients that run Windows, OS X and possibly linux? I'd love it if the users could simply bring their systems up to date, but that doesn't solve the third party issue and it's not easy when it requires a non-trivial RAM upgrade on a Mac Mini."
Transportation

+ - 173 When Flying Was a Thrill 1

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Bob Greene writes that flying, with jammed-to-the-groaning-point cabins and torture-rack legroom; fees for everything from checking your bags to being handed a paltry package of food; and the endless, we'll-X-ray-you-to-within-an-inch-of-your-dignity security lines, is too often such a dreary, joy-sapping slog that it's difficult to remember that it was ever any other way. But back in the 1930s, '40s and '50s — even the 60s, flying was a big deal. When a family went on vacation by air, it was a major life event. "Traveling by air in those years wasn't like boarding a flying bus, the way it is today," says Christopher Lynch, author of "When Hollywood Landed at Chicago's Midway Airport," a celebration of the golden years of commercial air travel in the United States. "People didn't travel in flip-flops. I mean, no offense, Mister, but I don't want to see your toes." The trains were still king in those years and the airlines wanted to convince people that flying was safe. "People were afraid to fly," Lynch says. "And it was expensive. The airlines had to make people think it was something they should try." That's where Mike Rotunno came in, photographer-for-hire at Midway Airport in Chicago where cross-country flights in those years had to stop to refuel. His pictures of Hollywood stars as they got off the planes made air travel seem to be glamorous, sophisticated, civilized, and thrilling. "Think of his photos the next time you're shoehorned into a seat next to a fellow who's dripping the sloppy innards of his carry-on submarine sandwich onto your sleeve," writes Greene. "Air travel was once a treasured experience, exciting, exotic, something never to be forgotten. You, too, could travel like Elizabeth Taylor.""
The Internet

+ - 277 Windows 8 bypasses and modifies the hosts file-> 8

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Windows 8 has been confirmed to not only ignore, but also modify the hosts file. As soon as a website that should be blocked is accessed, the corresponding entry in the hosts file is removed, even if the hosts file is read-only. The hosts file is a popular, cross-platform way of blocking access to certain domains, such as ad-serving websites, but now that Microsoft clearly wants to control your web browsing experience, the practice not be that cross-platform anymore."
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+ - 192 Assange Case: US "Does Not Recognise" International Law Re Diplomatic Assylum-> 1

Submitted by TrueSatan
TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Despite previously stating that it would not involve itself in the UK vs Equador dispute regarding Assange the US State Department declared today that the United States does not believe in the concept of ‘diplomatic asylum' as a matter of international law.

Following Equador's action in the Organisation of American States the US issued the following statement, "The United States is not a party to the 1954 OAS Convention on Diplomatic Asylum and does not recognize the concept of diplomatic asylum as a matter of international law," the office of Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a Friday statement. "We believe this is a bilateral issue between Ecuador and the United Kingdom and that the OAS has no role to play in this matter."

  This is directly contrary to previous US positions where it has given diplomatic assylum to dissidents of other regimes for instance Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty who was granted refuge in the US embassy in Budapest Oct '56 -May '71."

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Japan

+ - 177 The Panic Over Fukushima->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Japan's nuclear accident was a great human tragedy, but its long-term health effects have been exaggerated—and the virtues of nuclear power remain, writes Richard Muller. 'In hindsight, it is hard to resist the conclusion that the policies enacted in the wake of the disaster in Japan—particularly the long-term evacuation of large areas and the virtual termination of the Japanese nuclear power industry—were expressions of panic. I would go further and suggest that these well-intended measures did far more harm than good, not least in limiting the prospects of a source of energy that is safe, abundant and (as compared with its rivals) relatively benign for the environmental health of our planet.'"
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Security

+ - 140 Using GitHub to host a business sensitive web application? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm working at a small company developing and maintaining a casino web site, which therefore handles a bit of money via payment providers and through the games themselves. Needless to say, if someone were to get their hands on the code base it may be a very bad situation if they can identify some security hole and gain access to accounts with real money, or just glance something else that's business critical.

Currently we use Subversion as our source control, but we are investigating a move to Git. A suggestion was recently brought up to use GitHub private repositories for hosting the code, instead of setting up our own server. We do use, love and try to contribute back to open source whenever we can, and for one thing it'd be nice to sponsor the fine people at GitHub by giving them some business. Other pros include not having to host and secure this ourselves, access from anywhere and a very good set of tools. We're also looking into share tools we have written in a public repository so it'd be nice to have it in the same place.

The question is if it's considered a secure alternative and if there are other potential problems? We can of course set up and maintain our own server, but it'd be nice to not have to, when there are others than can do it for us. :)

Are there people out there who has experience with using GitHub for something like this, and also are there anyone who has some insight into the security and policies that GitHub employs in practice, is it considered being on a good level? And of course, anything else you could think of that would affect such a decision, security-wise or otherwise.

I realize that if we think we are qualified to handle people's money (and we do!) we should be able to judge this for ourselves, but it'd be interesting to hear about other people's experiences and insights. We also know about GitHub Enterprise, but that's on another price level at about 20 times the cost, as well as moving the work back to us.

Thanks!"
Apple

+ - 292 Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial-> 1

Submitted by Shavano
Shavano (2541114) writes "Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial Apple Inc. lost its bid to exclude evidence presented by Samsung Electronics Co. at the companies' patent trial in California about a tablet computer developed more than a decade before Apple's iPad was released in 2010. Judge Koh strikes for sanity again."
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Games

+ - 270 Electronic Arts Up For Sale->

Submitted by John Wagger
John Wagger (2693019) writes "One of the world's largest gaming publishers and developers Electronic Arts has quietly put itself up for sale. While there have already been talks with private equity companies, the talks have not resulted in anything concrete. One of the sources is saying that EA would do the deal for $20 per share (currently at $14.02). Over the past year EA's stock price has fallen 37 percent. Like other major game publishers EA has been struggling against growing trend of social and mobile gaming."
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Google

+ - 214 Amazon to Eat Google's Lunch->

Submitted by wreakyhavoc
wreakyhavoc (1045750) writes "Nicholas Carlson at Business Insider maintains that Amazon's reviews and One-Click ordering will undercut Google's shopping ad revenue, and that Google is "terrified". How could Google fight this possible threat? Expose the astroturfing of Amazon reviews. Of course this would likely backfire as it would expose the astroturfing, link farming, and SEO games on Google.

From the article:

Google's real rival, and real competition to watch over the next few years is Amazon.

Google is a search company, but the searches that it actually makes money from are the searches people do before they are about to buy something online. These commercial searches make up about 20 percent of total Google searches. Those searches are where the ads are.

What Googlers worry about in private is a growing trend among consumers to skip Google altogether, and to just go ahead and search for the product they would like to buy on Amazon.com, or, on mobile in an Amazon app.

There's data to prove this trend is real. According to ComScore, Amazon search queries are up 73 percent in the last year."

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