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+ - End of grocery store checkout lanes? Maybe.

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "NCR says it's developed a "whole store scanner" that will allow shoppers to buy items in a store with no need to checkout at a traditional checkout lane. The system was made public today for the first time in a U.S. patent application by NCR.

"With these approaches," NCR says,"it is possible to revolutionize the checkout process for retailers and consumers. To summarize, the process can be as simple as placing items in a cart, picking up an electronic or paper receipt, and leaving the store."

Here's how it works: "The system employs dozens of low-cost cameras to watch the customer, the customer's shopping cart or basket, and the view of visible items as the customer moves through a store.When a customer enters a store, a first camera takes his or her image that is then linked with the empty shopping cart he or she's selected, NCR says. The shopper then links a mobile phone or other payment mechanism with that image." ...and more, of course, but that does give us an idea of what they're envisioning.

Think they can pull it off?"

+ - The Next Decade in Storage

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "Beyond “What’s coming in 2015” articles: Robin Harris, a.k.a. StorageMojo, predicts what storage will be like in 2025. And, he says, the next 10 years will be the most exciting and explosive in the history of data storage. For instance:

There are several forms of [Resistive RAM], but they all store data by changing the resistance of a memory site, instead of placing electrons in a quantum trap, as flash does. RRAM promises better scaling, fast byte-addressable writes, much greater power efficiency, and thousands of times flash’s endurance.

RRAM's properties should enable significant architectural leverage, even if it is more costly per bit than flash is today. For example, a fast and high endurance RRAM cache would simplify metadata management while reducing write latency.

...and plenty more, of course."

+ - New "clues" added to the Cluetrain Manifesto, the first time in 16 years.->

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "And oh god it's so damned wonderful. Can we all applaud this?

68 We all love our shiny apps, even when they're sealed as tight as a Moon base. But put all the closed apps in the world together and you have a pile of apps.
69 Put all the Web pages together and you have a new world.
70 Web pages are about connecting. Apps are about control.

And so much more."

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+ - Avoid Holiday Camera-geddon: How to Keep Holiday Family Photos from Bringing Dow

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "A hidden danger for your datacenter lays lurking during the holiday season – and it’s ready to bring your servers to their knees, write Yadin Porter de León and Tony Piscopo. Employees take a smartphone to family gatherings to capture the smiles of their family members. When the employees return to the office, those photos are synced and shared across your network.

And, come the first working day of the new year, they’ll all be backing up at once!

If you work in a large company with the backup solutions residing in the datacenter, you likely have experienced this phenomenon. It’s been described by some as “the worst day of the year for their infrastructure load.”

You know the painful process of trying to get the services up-and-running again after it crashes. You may find yourself struggling as the servers continue to crash as all those endpoints relentlessly try to shove photos of pets in Santa hats and bad Christmas sweaters through your precious network pipes and clog up the storage pools.

The authors have four suggestions for how sysadmins can avoid or minimize the damage, no matter what kind of backup system you use."

+ - Gartner: Mobility management is a mess.

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "What’s the future of endpoint management? According to a Gartner research director: It’s a mess.

Gartner Research Director Rob Smith, speaking in Barcelona this week at the Gartner Symposium, addressed business challenges, particularly in bigger businesses:

IT has to change its basic perspective: All endpoints are untrusted. That’s a big statement and the automatic response might be, “Not if I lock it down!” But, according to Smith, the days of saying no to users is dead. The new reality is that if you say no, users will go around you.

It might not be hopeless, though:

How do we possibly protect our data when things change so fast? Smith thinks the answer is in what he calls his “Lord of the Rings” philosophy: one system to rule them all, or what Gartner refers to as Unified Endpoint Management (UEM). UEM is a consistent, single approach to managing all aspects of endpoint data protection. It encompasses a whole range of features (identity management, app management, data access, etc.) and requires that vendors work together, ensuring their separate services and/or apps talk to each other and work together without necessitating IT involvement.

This sounds like utopia. The good news? According to Smith, vendors have already started to do it. The bad news? IT departments, with their legacy Windows XP and Windows 7 deployments, aren’t ready to support it.

Do you think this all is on the mark? Or are there ways to support users that don't drive both IT and end-users crazy?"

+ - Big Bang Theory's Biggest Lesson: Let Nerds Be Nerds 1

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "Sometimes we can learn great lessons from fictional characters. This article professes to explain what Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Raj from the “Big Bang Theory” can teach managers about tapping into nerd talent. For example: "Improvement is a way of life. It’s often difficult for managers to ensure the quality of work remains high for every member of a team, but they never have to worry where nerds are concerned. The brains of geeks are wired to solve problems.""

+ - Photon interaction has been created in the fiber->

Submitted by Trachman
Trachman (3499895) writes "Austrian scientists discovered a way to couple photon pairs. During the coupling for two identical photons, under analysis, a phase is changed in one and, using the magic of the world of quantum mechanics, the phase of other photon also changes. Scientists predict that this can advance quantum optics, quantum computations and, in the nearest future, secure fiber networks from NSA and other self appointed nosy rulers of the world.

The question to the community is following: Is there anyone who can explain in simple terms the essence of the discovery and associated potential practical applications."

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+ - The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "Is there an IT talent shortage? Or is there a clue shortage on the hiring side? Hiring managers put on their perfection goggles and write elaborate job descriptions laying out mandatory experience and know-how that the "purple squirrel" candidate must have. They define job openings to be entry-level, automatically excluding those in mid-career. Candidates suspect that the only real shortage is a one of willingness to pay what they are worth. Job seekers bend over backwards to make it through HR's keyword filters, only to be frustrated by phone screens seemingly administered by those who know only buzzwords. Meanwhile, hiring managers feel the pressure to fill openings instantly with exactly the right person, and when they can't the team and the company suffer. InformationWeek lays out a number of ways the two sides can start listening to each other. For example, some of the most successful companies find their talent through engagement with the technical community, participating in hackathons or offering seminars on hot topics such as Scala and Hadoop. These companies play a long game in order to lodge in the consciousness of the candidates they hope will apply next time they're ready to make a move."

+ - Solar Panels: Now in Color->

Submitted by Vorognya
Vorognya (3899483) writes "The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) is reporting that they have developed a film that can be used to color any existing solar panel. "It can be applied on top of an existing module or integrated into a new module during assembly, on flat or curved surfaces. [CSEM] can change the color of all existing panels or create customized looks from scratch. Solar panels can now disappear; they become virtually hidden energy sources.""
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Transportation

"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77 82

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-drive-like-my-brother dept.
samzenpus writes "Many outlets are reporting the death of Tom Magliozzi, co-host of the long-running weekly National Public Radio show Car Talk. Tom and his brother Ray ran a repair shop in the '70s and in 1987 landed their radio gig. They were known as "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers." The show stopped recording two years ago and is currently airing old episodes. Tom died of complications from Alzheimer's at age 77."
Mozilla

Mozilla Teases First Browser Dedicated To Devs 132

Posted by samzenpus
from the made-just-for-you dept.
hypnosec writes Mozilla has teased a browser for developers — a first of its kind — in a bid to equip developers with a set of tools at one place for better and enhanced productivity. Speaking about the perils of web development Mozilla says engineers, while building for the web, use a range of tools that don't always work well together. Because of this, they have to switch between platforms. This process of switching from one platform to another makes a developer less productive, Mozilla says. The not-for-profit organization hasn't detailed its browser for developers to a great extent, but has revealed that the browser will be available on November 10.
Transportation

Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving 151

Posted by samzenpus
from the stay-inside-the-lines dept.
cartechboy writes Sometimes you wonder, "Who's watching the police?" Well, now it appears everyone can as Ford has developed a way to track how the police drive. The automaker has announced a new telematics system for police cars that will keep tabs on the cops while they are driving, tracking their behavior in real time. The system will be able to tell what speed the police offers are traveling, whether they're wearing their seat belts, and where they're driving. The idea behind this system is to improve fleet management with a side benefit of creating a degree of transparency to improve public trust.
Cellphones

Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys 150

Posted by samzenpus
from the dial-r-for-room dept.
An anonymous reader writes Starwood Hotels and Resorts has became the first chain to let guests unlock doors with their phones at 10 Aloft, Element and W hotels. They hope to expand the program to 140 more properties in those brands by the middle of next year. From the article: "The technology's developer says that it uses its own encrypted secure channel to ensure thieves cannot abuse the innovation. But one expert had reservations. "Nothing is 100% secure, and once this technology is in widespread use it will make a very tasty target for hackers," said Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey's department of computing.

+ - What should you back up? More important: What SHOULDN'T you?

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "Whatever software you choose for backing up files, you need to be organized. Do you really need myriad copies of the Trash folder or *.bak files, which consume backup time, bandwidth, and storage? Probably not. Inclusions versus Exclusions: Choosing the Best Method for Backup and Data Collection has useful guidelines for designing a sensible business backup strategy, in order to ensure you keep all the right data securely but not the junk."

+ - The Carder Who Loved Me (aka how to entrap a Credit Card Criminal)->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Credit card theft is the bane of the modern world and credit card thieves — known as Carders — are growing in number. Big retail breaches are giving these carders lots of numbers to play with, but thankfully law enforcement is up to the task of tracking down the carders. In a session at the SecTor security conference in Toronto, Grayson Lenik, recounted a story of how a good looking undercover female agent convinced a card to come to Las Vegas to marry her. It didn't end well for the carder — or his friends."
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