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+ - Good Cryptography Hygiene And Your Code's Success

mikeatTB writes: Cryptography is where information security lurches from the Hollywood image of spies and hackers and gets all boring and scientific. Still, plenty of developers would prefer to move cryptography concerns to the bottom of their priority list. One of the fathers of modern cryptography, Adi Shamir, recently said (and has been saying for years) that computer security isn't a solvable problem. Ignore that. Good crypto hygiene is important to your code's success. Fortunately, even if the algorithms are complex, the rules for implementation are simple. Angela Gunn shares three implementation rules to help developers.

+ - Windows 10 to Force Updates on Home and Pro Users 3 3

BronsCon writes: It seems as though Windows 10, the long-awaited Microsoft operating system, will not allow "Home" users to determine which updates to install and will, at best, allow "Pro" users to defer installation of updates, only allowing corporate licenses the right to decide which updates to allow on their systems. With their history of bad patches, does anyone think this is actually a good idea?

+ - Inside the Google Green Datacenter Machine Learning Approach ->

An anonymous reader writes: About a year ago, search engine giant Google put out a whitepaper about how it was using machine learning to increase the efficiency of its datacenters, and now, executives at the company tell The Platform that the system is being put into production. What Google did not say a year ago, and which makes the machine learning effort all the more important, is that the company’s efforts to boost the power usage effectiveness, or PUE, had hit a wall and that the side work of an intrepid engineer got the efficiency improvements moving in the right direction again. During a recent visit to the Googleplex....
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+ - Largest Star Cluster In Milky Way May House Undiscovered Supernovae

StartsWithABang writes: Wherever large, dense collections of cool gas gather together under the force of their own gravity, new stars are bound to form. Every galaxy goes through peaks and lulls in star formation, yet at any given time, one star cluster will always be the largest and most massive. Discovered only in the 1960s due to its location in the galactic plane, Westerlund 2 holds that distinction, as far as we know. Recently imaged in great detail by the Hubble Space Telescope for its 25th anniversary, a huge slew of interesting features abound, including some of the hottest, youngest stars known and ridges, pillars and valleys formed by the UV radiation. Most interestingly, it may yet turn out to be the location of the next supernova visible from Earth within our galaxy.

+ - No, you can't use Wi-Fi to power your phone. Do the math!->

richi writes: Did you see the headlines squawking about how Wi-Fi will charge your smartphone in the future?

Bunkum, I say. Each time the story gets repeated, it loses a little more veracity. So I aimed my Computerworld curation cannon at this.

Researchers have improved the ability to capture power from radio waves. By tweaking some standard Wi-Fi hardware, they've increased the amount of power that can be leeched from unused transmissions. It could help power IoT sensors.

But wait — don't believe everything you read on the interwebs, kids. Predictably, some science-illiterate journalists and bloggers are saying it can actually charge your smartphone. Sadly, the researchers only achieved power levels of a few microWatts — that's about 100,000 times too small to run your phone, let alone charge it.

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Comment: Re:Not inherently unreasonable (Score 1) 165 165

This kind of legislation would apply even if nobody died in the carrying out of the activity.

And there's nothing wrong with punishment without someone dying. If someone destroyed your car (physically or digitally) there is harm done to your wallet regardless. Of course as has been said repeatedly it is not yours nor my wallet/life/<important thing here> this is aimed at protecting.

Comment: Re:Nobody kills Java (Score 1) 371 371

I can say for a fact that you've got a 50/50 chance

I don't mean to be picky, but this statement deviates as far as you can from instilling confidence or stating a fact. This equates to "definitely might", "100% maybe", "completely possible" or <insert your favourite overly supported flip-flop statement here>. While I certainly don't doubt COBOLs use in the banking system; unsubstantiated 'facts' are merely opinions. Java is embedded in everything these days and large companies hate change. While its evolution will probably cease to exist in the near future, Java isn't going anywhere.

Comment: Re:Internet (Score 1) 248 248

I can't argue with the good debate that has arisen from trying to come up with a great analogy, but I actually hadn't intended it to be so literal, simply that the ends don't always justify the means. I feel these sorts of law suits make the scope of the results too small, which makes it easy to get caught up attempting the wrong solution, despite the appearance of a 'solution'. Especially since the 'ends' in this case is to remove records from Google which, while a good first step, is far from the desired effect of removing it from the internet.

Comment: Re:Internet (Score 1) 248 248

That is definitely one possible outcome. It is beyond ridiculous that this is Google's problem at all. Sue the company who is making the illegal product and force them to take down all sites and advertisements. Once the proper approach has been established, then requesting, not demanding that Google remove the historic links to fraudulent material would be in order. When your cat is stuck up a tree; shooting it gets it down... but that doesn't mean it is the proper course of action.

Comment: Re:They already do this. (Score 1) 474 474

If this Public WiFi is free for Comcast subscribers without additional fees (and assuming the speeds are acceptable). Every Comcast customer should drop to the cheapest package and connect using the public connection SSID to receive all the free bandwidth they could want. I feel like there are some details that are being overlooked. The public connections will likely require a login of the comcast user and the wifi bandwidth used will come off the connected user's cap instead of the owner of the router being used.

Comment: Re:Windows (Score 0) 611 611

Ranking MSDos over ME is reasonable, but realistically including it in this list is not. It is a part of every Windows OS in some form (no matter what M$ has claimed over the years) and while it may constitute an OS when installing the full versions (v6.* or 7.* were decent, I've used them to breath life into old laptops once or twice) it is not intended to 'compete' with the likes of a GUI OS. It's like saying RHEL or Ubuntu are better than the Shell. There are still things I can do more easily on Windoze with the command prompt than with any amount of clicking/GUI interface which personally would rank it parallel and equal with 7. (but still lower than nearly any Linux Distro)

Comment: Re:Death throes .. (Score 1) 43 43

My Blackberry has been connected to exchange for a few years and there have been zero issues with it since OS 10. Calendars, e-mail, etc. all sync perfectly. As for being irrelevant... even you who think so are still talking about them. They are not the biggest players in the game any more it's true, but all major companies go through ups and downs. Some users abandon them in an instant and others give them the slack they need to deliver good products again. (Apple is not exempt from this path either.) Simply the fact that people feel the need to constantly dog BlackBerry and 'remind' us that they were basically in the toilet not too long ago is a sign that they are still seen as a threat. If they held no expectation of competition they would not regularly be measured against the other major players.

Comment: Re:Two things... (Score 2) 107 107

Sadly your 1) is correct. If they tried to introduce this today as a new idea, the people would never have it. Allowing an easy bypass (not even a loophole yet to be exploited) to anything guarantees that it will become the norm and not the exception it was intended to be. We already have examples such as the NSA denial of FOIA requests simply because what they have (or don't have) on you /could/ be useful to someone or anyone with the slightest of misguided thoughts.

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