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Submission + - Google's plan to kill the corporate network (scmagazine.com.au)

mask.of.sanity writes: Google has revealed details on its Beyond Corp project to scrap the notion of a corporate network and move to a zero-trust model.

The company perhaps unsurprisingly considers the traditional notion of perimeter defences and its respective gadgetry as a dead duck, and has moved to authenticate and authorise its 42,000 staff so they can access Google HQ from anywhere (video).

Google also revealed it was perhaps the biggest Apple shop in the world with 43,000 devices deployed and staff only allowed to use Windows with a supporting business case.

Submission + - Apple Tells Gliph to Remove App's Bitcoin Transfer Function (coindesk.com)

Nerdfest writes: Gliph, a mobile messaging app for iOS, has been asked by Apple to remove its key bitcoin-related feature. The issue at hand is the app’s ability to attach bitcoin amounts to messages. Users on Android still have the ability to attach bitcoin to messages with Gliph. Google’s mobile platform has been much more lenient towards virtual currency-related applications that exists within its Google Play store.

In Gliph’s appeal letter to Apple, which has been publicly published, it points out that the company does not offer any sort of wallet services for bitcoin and only facilitates that process. It states:

Programming

Chicago Public Schools Promoting Computer Science to Core Subject 236

dmiller1984 writes "The Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest public school system in the United States, announced a five-year plan today that would add at least one computer science course to every CPS high school, and elevate computer science to a core requirement instead of an elective. CPS announced this through a partnership with code.org, stating that the non-profit would provide free curriculum, professional development, and stipends for teachers."

Comment Re:This is frightening (Score 1) 312

Or "Intelligent Gardeners" who wipe out or "trim" civilization spacing to avoid messy conflicts (which probably otherwise end in the most advanced one wiping out or diluting the newer one, based on Earth history.)

Or maybe "UFO Theory" is correct, and the "zoo keepers" protect us from cosmic riff-raff and have done thinning or cloaking around us.

Encryption

CyanogenMod Integrates Text Message Encryption 118

sfcrazy writes "People are now more concerned regarding their privacy after discovering about efforts made by governments to spy on their communications. The most practical solution to keep messages, emails and calls secure is to use a cryptographic encryption mechanism. However, just like the name of the method, the installation process is complex for most users. To solve this, CyanogenMod will come equipped with built in encryption system for text messages." Whisper System has integrated their TextSecure protocol into the SMS/MMS provider, so even third party sms apps benefit. Better yet, it's Free Software, licensed under the GPLv3+. Support will debut in Cyanogenmod 11, but you can grab a 10.2 nightly build to try it out now.
Space

Life Could Have Evolved 15 Million Years After the Big Bang, Says Cosmologist 312

KentuckyFC writes "Goldilocks zones are regions around stars that are 'just right' for liquid water and for the chemistry of life as we know it. Now one cosmologist points out that the universe must have been through a Goldilocks epoch, a period in which warm, watery conditions could have existed on almost any planet in the entire cosmos. The key phenomenon here is the cosmic background radiation, the afterglow of the Big Bang which was blazing hot when it first formed. But as the universe expanded, the wavelength of this radiation increased, lowering its energy. Today, it is an icy 3 Kelvin. But somewhere along the way, it must have been between 273 and 300 Kelvin, just right to keep water in liquid form. According to the new calculations, this Goldilocks epoch would have occurred when the universe was about 15 million years old and would have lasted for several million years. And since the first stars had a lifespan of only 3 million years or so, that allows plenty of time for the heavy elements to have formed which are necessary for planet formation and the chemistry of life. Indeed, if live did evolve a this time, it would have predated life on Earth by about 10 billion years."

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