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Submission + - Govt to invite Amazon, eBay, PayPal to start operations in Pakistan (

An anonymous reader writes: Pakistan is going to invite global tech companies including Amazon, eBay, PayPal to start their operations in Pakistan, Minister of IT and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman said at a conference on Tuesday.

The minister said that Pakistan is now listed in anti-money laundering body Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) white-list. This means that Pakistan has agreed to FATF’s anti-money laundering and counter-terror financial standards. Pakistan was previously listed FATF’s grey-list, which discouraged technology companies from coming to Pakistan. Anusha also informed that State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) was working with partners to open up an e-payment gateway in Pakistan.

Submission + - Lori Garver claims that NASA is 'wary' of Elon Musk's Mars plans (

MarkWhittington writes: Ars Technica reported that former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver claimed, during a panel discussion at the Council for Foreign Relations, that many at NASA are “wary’ of the Mars ambitions of SpaceX’s Elon Musk. While the space agency has yielded low Earth operations to the commercial sector as part of the commercial crew program, it reserves for itself deep space exploration. As with many things that publically come out of Garver’s mouth, this statement has to be taken with a grain of salt.

Submission + - New Law Allows French Police To Sarch Electronic Devices Without A Warrant

An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of the Paris attacks, the French Senate passed on Friday a bill that extends the state of emergency declared after the attacks to three months. The bill expands police powers, allowing them to carry out arrests and searches, impose curfews and house arrests, but also to seize and search suspects' electronic devices without a warrant, to make ISPs block websites without a court order, and more.

Submission + - Database backup solution for a company that has a lot of customers?

Nillerz writes: I work for a company in a field that is still dominated by electricians, but is moving toward an IT future.

This means that they're starting to deal with problems that their industry hasn't had before, namely how are we going to securely store hundreds of customer database backups that are coming from off-site servers?

The ideal solution would be something that automatically backs up the database locally on their machines, encrypts it, gets a secure session over at our servers, uploads it, and exits. I don't know how likely it is that a solution already exists that does exactly this.

Submission + - US and China setting up 'space hotline' (

Taco Cowboy writes: Washington and Beijing have established an emergency “space hotline” to reduce the risk of accidental conflict

Several international initiatives are already in train to seal a space treaty to avoid a further build-up of weapons beyond the atmosphere. However, security experts say the initiatives have little chance of success

A joint Russia-China proposal wending its way through the UN was not acceptable to the US

An EU proposal, for a 'code of conduct' in space, was having diplomatic 'difficulties' but was closer to Washington's position

Submission + - Intel Broadwell-E, Apollo Lake, and Kaby Lake Details Emerge In Leaked Roadmap

bigwophh writes: In Q4 2016, Intel will release a follow up to its Skylake processors named Kaby Lake, which will mark yet another 14nm release that's a bit odd, for a couple of reasons. The big one is the fact that this chip mayn not have appeared had Intel's schedule kept on track. Originally, Cannonlake was set to succeed Skylake, but Cannonlake will instead launch in 2017. That makes Kaby Lake neither a tick nor tock in Intel's release cadence. When released, Kaby Lake will add native USB 3.1 and HDCP 2.2 support. It's uncertain whether these chips will fit into current Z170-based motherboards, but considering the fact that there's also a brand-new chipset on the way, we're not too confident of it. However, the so-called Intel 200 series chipsets will be backwards-compatible with Skylake. It also appears that Intel will be releasing Apollo Lake as early as the late spring, which will replace Braswell, the lowest-powered chips Intel's lineup destined for smartphones.

Submission + - Netflix Remaking Lost in Space (

An anonymous reader writes: Classic sci-fi show Lost in Space is making a comeback. Netflix is developing a new version of the series, according to Kevin Burns, the executive producer in charge of the project. "The original series, which lasted three seasons and 83 episodes, is set in a futuristic 1997 and follows the Robinson family’s space exploration. After the villainous Dr. Smith (Jonathan Harris) sabotages the navigation system, they become helpless and, yes, lost. (The robot tasked with protecting the youngest child, the precocious Will, utters “Danger, Will Robinson!” — a phrase that still tortures this reporter.)" Burns has been trying to bring the series back for more than 15 years, and it looks likely he'll finally get his chance.

Comment Easy, decades old solution (Score 2) 461

There is, and has been since the lauded CLI "GUIs" (e.g. turbo pascal), a simple solution to this problem. Unfortunately many people simply don't understand the solution, and don't care to learn. In two steps:

1. Use an infinite progress bar (with or without a counter / percentage) rather than one based on time, when time is unknown or highly variable.
2. 'Step' the progress bar in code, don't use some automatically animated thing.

This provides positive user feedback that the operation will take an indeterminate amount of time, and also informs the user that the operation has not hung or stuck because it's still moving.

The MS file copy dialog failed because it didn't have a large enough sample window to make a guess about disk throughput or iops. Nearly all modern infinite progress indicators (computer, web, or mobile) fail because they use things like animated gifs or a separate thread to keep the indicator animation running, even when the task it's supposed to represent is stopped or slow.

Submission + - Sued freelancer allegedly turns over contractee source code in settlement

FriendlySolipsist writes: Blizzard Entertainment has been fighting World of Warcraft bots for years, but TorrentFreak reports Bossland, a German company that operates "buddy" bots, alleges Blizzard sued one of its freelancers and forced a settlement where he turned over Bossland's source code to Blizzard. In Bossland's view, their code was "stolen" by Blizzard because it was not the freelancer's to disclose. This is a dangerous precedent for freelance developers in the face of legal threats: damed if you do, damned if you don't.

Submission + - How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name (

ColdWetDog writes: Codesign has an article by two early Apple designers on how the company has lost its way, and quite frankly, lost its marbles when it comes to user interface design. In the search for minimalist, clean design it has forgotten time honored UI principles and made it harder for people to use their products. As someone who has followed computer UI since the command line and who has used various Apple products for a number of years, their concerns really hit home.

Of course, Apple isn't the only company out there who makes UI mistakes. And it is notable that TFA has totally annoying, unstoppable GIFs that do nothing to improve understanding. User Interfaces are hard, but it would be nice to have every body take a few steps back from the precipice.

Submission + - CIOs Spend a Third of Their Time on Security

StewBeans writes: Much has been discussed about the potential security risks of an Internet of Things future in which billions of devices and machines are all talking to each other automatically. But the IoT market is exploding at a breakneck pace, leaving all companies scrambling to figure out the security piece of the puzzle now, before it's too late. In fact, some experts believe this issue will be what separates the winners from the losers, as security concerns either stop companies from getting into the IoT market, or delay existing IoT projects and leave the door open to swifter competition. That's likely why, according to CIO Magazine's annual survey, CIOs are spending a third of their time on security. Adam Dennison from CIO said, "If IT leaders want to embrace the sexy, new technologies they are hearing about today—the SMAC stack, third platform, Internet of Things, etc—security is going to be upfront and at the center of the discussion."

Submission + - Researchers create plant-circuit hybrid (

sciencehabit writes: Talk about flower power. Researchers have crafted flexible electronic circuits inside a rose. Eventually such circuitry may help farmers eavesdrop on their crops and even control when they ripen. The advance may even allow people to harness energy from trees and shrubs not by cutting them down and using them for fuel, but by plugging directly into their photosynthesis machinery.

Submission + - Coinbase Issues Bitcoin-Based Debit Card (

An anonymous reader writes: Coinbase, one of the largest bitcoin exchanges, introduced a "Shift Card" today, which is a Visa debit card that allows users to spend bitcoin wherever Visa is accepted within 24 U.S. states (other states are blocked by regulations for now). The card acts as a currency exchanger, debiting your Coinbase-controlled bitcoin wallet for an appropriate amount of bitcoins, based on market rates, while sending U.S. dollars to the merchant at the other end of the transaction. It represents a very simple way for bitcoin holders to spend it on real-world goods. That said, it'll be interesting to see how much adoption there is. If you prefer to keep full control of your bitcoin wallet, or prefer to keep your name from being attached to it, then the card probably won't work for you. It seems likely that most people who actually own bitcoins would fall into one or both of those categories.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.