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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Recommendations for Home Surveillance Systems?

Chewbacon writes: At the repeated recommendations of a friend and rise of theft in my area, I have been looking around for a home surveillance system. I have researched doing a DIY system with Zoneminder and POE cameras as I have a home server for backup and media storage that could get the job done, but that seems to be an expensive route compared to the packaged systems. Some of these packaged systems are linux based and would lead me to believe I could add my own touch to the configuration and add my own offsite redundancy. I at least need HD video, weather proof/very resistant cameras, infrared at night, and only about 4 cameras. We already have a monitored home security system, but I'm not interested in their products or increase in monitoring fees. What is the community's experience and recommendations for this?

Submission + - Gmail is no longer acceptable - Slashdot, please opine on alternatives! 8

Press2ToContinue writes: Bettering security, I enable a VPN now (Avast Secureline) before accessing my banking and any other financial sites. Difficulty: gmail then thinks I'm a bot, and requires a captcha. In the past, after a few days of answering captchas, Google disabled access to my gmail, without recourse. It lasted 48 hours. I don't need this happening again. So, Google has now gone far enough IMHO. I need a reliable, secure email provider, with calendaring. So, (ahem, apprehensively) /.r's, you know the history (and can you see into the future?) of this sordid tale, what email service do -you- recommend to keep -my- email communications private? Or do you succumb idly to the false sense of security that accompanies the services of the almighty Goog?

(with a semi-faux-sheepish, yet vaguely wicked grin)

Submission + - White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

HughPickens.com writes: The Washington Post reports that the intrusion by a recreational drone onto the White House lawn has exposed a security gap at the compound that the Secret Service has spent years studying but has so far been unable to fix. Commercial technology is available that can use a combination of sensitive radar and acoustic trackers to detect small drones, though coming up with an effective way to stop them has been more elusive. "To do something about the problem, you have to find it, you have to track it, you have to identify it and you have to decide what to do with it,” says Frederick F. Roggero. “But especially in an urban environment, it would be tough to detect and tough to defeat kinetically without shooting it down and causing collateral damage.” Most recreational drones, like the one that crashed Monday, weigh only a few pounds and lack the power to do much harm. Larger models that can carry payloads of up to 30 pounds are available on the market and are expected to become more common. The FAA imposes strict safety regulations on drones flown by government agencies or anyone who operates them for commercial purposes. In contrast, hardly any rules apply to people who fly drones as a hobby, other than FAA guidelines that advise them to keep the aircraft below 400 feet and five miles from an airport. “With the discovery of an unauthorized drone on the White House lawn, the eagle has crash-landed in Washington," says Senator Charles Schumer. "There is no stronger sign that clear FAA guidelines for drones are needed."

Submission + - Yik Yak Attacks Bring High School to a Halt 1

theodp writes: Imagine if everybody you knew in high school could anonymously broadcast the meanest things they ever thought, asks H.S. senior Will Haskell for NY Magazine in A Gossip App Brought My High School to a Halt. Kids, Haskell notes, say the darndest NSFW things under the cover of anonymous 'gossip app' Yik Yak, so much so that the app is banned from being opened by some schools. "I remember when Formspring and Honesty Box infiltrated my middle school hallways," writes Haskell, "But Yik Yak felt different. It wasn't just a new tool for the school's bullies; it was also an equalizer. No one was safe, regardless of his or her place on the social pyramid. Bots and Amigos were targeted just as much, if not more, than the gays, the fat kids, the nerds, the friendless." He concludes, "I see no solution in sight, and personally, I am thrilled to be graduating in a few weeks." Yik Yak, which says it's disheartened by how its software is being misused for cyberbullying, scored $1.5 million in funding last week.

Submission + - SPAM: Official Trailer : Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

An anonymous reader writes: The first trailer for highly anticipated Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy, has been released after premiering during the US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live.Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn, is a superhero team movie designed as a standalone from Marvel’s Avengers franchise. The film follows Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (played by Parks and Recreation and Lego Movie star Chris Pratt), a half-human half-alien who is in possession of a mysterious orb of immense power. On the run from Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Nebula (former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan), Quill acquires a rag-tag team to aid him.
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Submission + - musl libc hits 1.0 milestone 3

dalias writes: The musl libc project has released version 1.0, the result of three years of development and testing. Musl is a lightweight, fast, simple, MIT-licensed, correctness-oriented alternative to the GNU C library (glibc), uClibc, or Android's Bionic. At this point musl provides all mandatory C99 and POSIX interfaces (plus a lot of widely-used extensions), and well over 5000 packages are known to build successfully against musl.

Several options are available for trying musl. Compiler toolchains are available from the musl-cross project, and several new musl-based Linux distributions are already available (Sabotage and Snowflake, among others). Some well-established distributions including OpenWRT and Gentoo are in the process of adding musl-based variants, and others (Aboriginal, Alpine, Bedrock, Dragora) are adopting musl as their default libc.

Submission + - Elsevier opens its papers to text-mining (nature.com)

ananyo writes: Publishing giant Elsevier says that it has now made it easy for scientists to extract facts and data computationally from its more than 11 million online research papers. Other publishers are likely to follow suit this year, lowering barriers to the computer-based research technique. But some scientists object that even as publishers roll out improved technical infrastructure and allow greater access, they are exerting tight legal controls over the way text-mining is done.
Under the arrangements, announced on 26 January at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, researchers at academic institutions can use Elsevier’s online interface (API) to batch-download documents in computer-readable XML format. Elsevier has chosen to provisionally limit researchers to 10,000 articles per week. These can be freely mined — so long as the researchers, or their institutions, sign a legal agreement. The deal includes conditions: for instance, that researchers may publish the products of their text-mining work only under a licence that restricts use to non-commercial purposes, can include only snippets (of up to 200 characters) of the original text, and must include links to original content.

Submission + - Signs point to XKCD's time ending

CaptSlaq writes: According to the current imagery, it looks like Randal Munroe has finished the story he was telling with the Time series. The long running series that has spanned over 3000 images and spawned multiple methods of viewing and comment appears to have come to an end.

Submission + - Developer codes Direct3D 9 support for Linux via Gallium3D (parityportal.com)

hypnosec writes: A developer associated with the Nouveau graphics driver project has announced support for Direct3D APIs via the new Gallium3D state tracker using which games can be run on Linux and that too with better performance as compared to that offered by Wine. Direct3D 10/11 was implemented for Linux via the Gallium3D state tracker a couple of years back but, there hasn’t been much of a developer interest in such a state tracker. The state tracker project was shortlived as developers associated with Wine were not interested in adding support for a solution that is Linux-only and that too limited to those using Gallium3D. Ultimately, the tracker was removed from Mesa. Christoph Bumiller announced the new Direct3D tracker on Tuesday and believes that the situation is different from the Direct3D 10/11 as Gallium3D is better suited towards D3D9 as compared to newer versions of Microsoft’s graphics API. Further there is more application coverage for Direct3D 9 while being in a state whereby it can actually run games and applications.

Submission + - Use Cases Overtaking Google Glass Gimmick? (cio.com)

itwbennett writes: Despite some backlash against Google's hands-free wearable computing device, the use cases for such technology are mounting. Mobile device management (MDM) specialist Fiberlink, for example, is betting big on 'wearable tech being used and proliferating in the post-PC era,' says Jim Szafranski, senior vice president of Customer Platform Services. 'Even though we're in the beginning days, we've got a lot of field applications that our customers are interested in,' he says. 'Right now, we've got guys climbing telephone poles holding tablets.'

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