Inadequate resources is hardly the exclusive domain of Open Source projects. Nor is a failure to adequately vet code particularly reflective of an open development model. The insecure, buggy code in the devices used in the world's infrastructue display those facts, perfectly. Device manufacturers tend to focus on hardware, underfund and understaff their software development and demand unrealistic delivery times. These are, by and large, proprietary endeavors.
Rambo Tribble writes: Jeffrey Katzenberg, the head of Dreamworks Animation, speaking at the Milken Global Conference in California, opined that the future pricing model for movie downloads will revolve around screen size. In his view, larger screens will incur larger download prices. As he says, 'It will reinvent the enterprise of movies.' Unclear is how physical dimensions, rather than just resolution matrix, will be determined. Will we soon be saying 'hello' to screen spoofing?
... the money. The technology is only touted in service to the pursuit of the money. Is that a paradigm that should be trusted? Is it any wonder that it always costs more than advertised in the recruitment brochure?
Rambo Tribble writes: In a case of 'live by the sword, die by the sword', researchers have used the now-infamous Heartlbeed bug in OpenSSL to gain access to black-hat forums. French researcher, Steven K, is quoted as saying, 'The potential of this vulnerability affecting black-hat services is just enormous.' Reportedly, the criminal-minded sites Darkode and Damagelab have already been compromised.
Rambo Tribble writes: Two prominent nutrition experts have put forth the theory that the current obesity epidemic is, in large part, the result of processed foods tricking our appetite control mechanisms. They argue that evolution has given humans a delicately balanced system that balances appetite with metabolic needs, and that processed foods trick that system by making foods high in fats and carbohydrates have the gustatory qualities of proteins. As the researchers put it, 'Many people eat far too much fat and carbohydrate in their attempt to consume enough protein.'
Rambo Tribble writes: The B612 Foundation, a U.S.-based nuclear test monitoring group, has disclosed that their acoustic sensors show asteroid impacts to be much more common than previously thought. Between 2000 and 2013 their infrasound system detected 26 major explosions due to asteroid strikes. The impacts were gauged at energies of 1 to 600 kilotons, compared to 45 kilotons for 1945 Hiroshima bomb. The BBC covers the story, as does Reuters.