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Submission + - Enlightenment Mysteriously Drops Wayland Support

jones_supa writes: According to the release notes, Enlightenment 0.19.12 is an important release that fixes over 40 issues, which is quite something, considering the fact that the previous versions had only a few improvements, with most of them being minor. However, the big news is that 0.19.12 drops support for the Wayland display server. Unfortunately, the Enlightenment developers have omitted to mention why they decided to remove any form of support for Wayland from this release, and if it will return in upcoming releases of the software.

Submission + - Pen-Testing Drone Searches For Unsecured Devices

An anonymous reader writes: You're sitting in an office, and you send a print job to the main office printer. You see or hear a drone flying outside your window. Next thing you know, the printer buzzes to life and, after spitting out your print job, it continues to work and presents you with more filled pages than you expected. They contain instructions on how to encrypt the printer’s wireless access, so that malicious attackers can't intercept print jobs and glean potentially sensitive business information from them. The approach has been thought out by a group of researchers from from iTrust, a Center for Research in Cyber Security at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, who equipped a flying drone with an Android smartphone, and the latter with a special app dubbed “Cybersecurity Patrol".

Submission + - Circadian Rhythm and its effect on Programmers (theguardian.com)

Taco Cowboy writes: Circadian rhythm affects everyone, programmers included

Even top programmers admit that the quality of the code they produce vary from the time of day they were constructed

Most time we place blame on the bugs in our code with sleep deprivation, carelessness, and even on our own stupidity (what was I thinking???) but all it comes down is the time of day our brain work best

ots of us know we are sleep-deprived, but imagine if we could fix it with a fairly simple solution: getting up later

Tech companies which takes heed on the differences of the circadian clocks on their most productive workers will continue to reap benefits while those forcing their coders to keep on coding even when their brains don't function no more will find themselves in the bind — sooner or later

Contrary to popular believe, the practice of Agile computing does not raise the quality of code, nor on the structure of the program, and the root cause is not on the theory of Agile computing, rather, it's on the implementation — coders must turn up on the endless (and woefully meaningless) meetings regardless of their ability to focus at a given point of time

Describing the average sleep loss per night for different age groups, he says: “Between 14 and 24 it’s more than two hours. For [people aged between] 24 to about 30 or 35, it’s about an hour and a half. That can continue up until you’re about 55 when it’s in balance again. The 10-year-old and 55-year-old wake and sleep naturally at the same time”

This might be why, he adds, the traditional nine to five is so ingrained; it is maintained by bosses, many of them in their mid-50s and upwards, because “it is best for them”. So should workplaces have staggered starting times, too? Should those in their 50s and above come in at 8am, while those in their 30s start at 10am, and the teenage intern or apprentice be encouraged to turn up at 11am? Kelley says that synchronised hours could have “many positive consequences. The positive side of this is people’s performance, mood and health will improve. It’s very uplifting in a way, because it’s a solution that will make people less ill, and happier and better at what they do”

Submission + - Facebook And Google – How are they shaping our identities? (cutelovequotesforher.org)

lovequotesforher writes: We live at time when it is difficult to think about socializing without the social networking sites. These are the glory days of the internet and for the present generation it is just difficult to think of anything beyond the internet. It is not only social networking sites alone that have taken people over but a lot of other things as well. It used to be fun going out for shopping, trying out clothes and buy the ones that looks the best on us.

Everything is on the internet in this new era

Every invention has its Pros and Cons. True internet has been changing things around us in positive ways as well. Facebook for instance is at present the most popular social networking site. It has almost the entire world on it. The Facebook profiles are the social face of the individuals and it through this medium that they do all sorts of socializing and communications with the rest of the world. If one has a message to get across nothing can spread it faster than the internet. It spreads like fire through the Facebook. No wonder it has become a viable medium for advertisement as well. Facebook also influences an individual identity as well. What one wishes to be in the real world is often expressed through this virtual world as well.

Virtual identity = Real Identity

Thus often the virtual identity of the person becomes his or her real identity. People starts to believe in how one projects himself or herself on the social networking sites. The picture that he or she uploads the updates they share and also on the number of friends one has. The activities on the Facebook tell a lot about the person though if one closely notices all the activities of a specific person.

Google, world’s biggest search engine and email client also plays it’s part in influencing the identity of a person. Whatever we need to know, we know we have Google. Undoubtedly it has become one of the best teachers. Whether you need to know about a scientific theory or about a certain history from the past, Google is there. Youtube and the Google+ are the two Google products that have been influencing people in their own ways. While Youtube can have strong influence on people in shaping their characters the Google+ being a social networking site is capable of doing as much.

Submission + - Facebook Names New Security Chief (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Yahoo! Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Alex Stamos said on Wednesday night that he will be leaving the iconic Internet company to take on the role of Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Facebook. Stamos took to Twitter and Facebook to announce the move, which comes just over a year after accepting his role of VP of Information Security and CISO at Yahoo in March 2014.

Stamos, who will officially join Facebook as CSO on Monday, June 29. He replaces former CSO Joe Sullivan who left the social media giant in April to take the role of CSO at Uber.

Stamos is a strong advocate of Internet privacy and security, and was a driving force behind TrustyCon, a rival event organized alongside the 2014 RSA Conference in protest of allegations that RSA accepted a $10 million payment from the NSA several years ago to use a weak number generating algorithm by default in its BSAFE toolkits.

Submission + - Fourth Oldest Dot-com Serving Up Scareware (networkworld.com)

netbuzz writes: Founded in 1982, the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation was this country’s first computer research and development consortium. It was also the fourth organization of any kind to register a dot-com domain name – mcc.com — having done so in 1985. MCC ceased operations in 2000, but its notable domain name remained active. Unfortunately, it recently was being controlled by scam artists pedaling fraudulent antivirus services and nicking some victims for $400 apiece — until yesterday.
Intel

Submission + - An intro to hardware-assisted virtualisation features on modern CPUs (anchor.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wondered how VT-x, VT-d, SR-IOV and other hardware virtualisation features work on modern CPUs? Anchor's sysadmins did, so they went and found out, then wrote it up.

It assumes a reasonable level of understanding at the OS-to-hardware level, but it otherwise understandable and clear enough to follow and get the benefits.

Submission + - Why We Stopped Raising Until We No Longer Need The Money (techfounder.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Popular belief for startups states that launching a product before raising money is always a good idea. This article introduces the funding paradox — how you need money to raise money with a launched product.
Google

Submission + - Google Says Smartphone Sites ArenÃÂÂ (practicalecommerce.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Perhaps you’ve noticed the lack of mobile sites in your mobile search results. Most likely you’re using a smartphone. The two are closely related, and bode poorly for ecommerce companies focusing search-engine-optimization resources on their smartphone sites. In a recent question-and-answer session, Google’s John Mueller, webmaster trends analyst, highlighted the core challenge: Smartphone content is not “mobile” content by Google’s definition.
Robotics

Submission + - New Nao robot and $15 million investment (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Everyone's favourite robot, Aldebaran's Nao, has received two important boosts to its success. There's a new and improved model and an investment of $15 million towards further development.
With plans for a human sized robot in the near future Nao could be the development platform that produces the software for real robots.

Wireless Networking

Submission + - Wireless Group Plots Wi-Fi Resurgence As 3G/4G Alt (itproportal.com)

hypnosec writes: Wireless hotspots may be increasingly used in the future to complement 3G and 4G services as dozens of companies, including some of the world's biggest telecommunications companies, will meet up in Paris next week to discuss plans to start trials for Next Generation Hotspot technology during an event organised by the Wireless Broadband Alliance.

The NGH aims at providing with cellular-like, secure and seamless auto-authentication and connectivity experience on home and roaming partners’ network through commercial frameworks such as WRiX (Wireless Roaming Intermediary Exchange).

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2011/06/16/wireless-group-plots-wi-fi-resurgence-3g4g-alternative/#ixzz1PR8PS3Xl

Security

Submission + - ADP Experiences Security Breach (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: HR and Payroll outsourcing giant Automatic Data Processing, Inc., (ADP) experienced a system intrusion the company announced today. In an announcement this afternoon, ADP said that it was investigating and taking measures to address the impact of a system intrusion that occurred with a client at Workscape, a benefits administration provider that ADP acquired in August 2010.

ADP has also been actively cooperating with law enforcement to determine the cause of this incident and to assist authorities in identifying and apprehending those responsible.

ADP added the following in a statement released this afternoon:

"Because this incident is the subject of an ongoing law enforcement investigation, ADP cannot disclose any additional details at this time. ADP will provide further updates once information that can be made public becomes available, and we will continue to communicate with all affected parties as appropriate."

With nearly $9 billion in revenues and about 550,000 clients, ADP is one of the world's largest providers of HR, payroll, tax and benefits administration solutions

Science

Submission + - Report: Get Spent Nuclear Fuel Into Dry Storage (ibtimes.com)

RedEaredSlider writes: A report from the Institute for Policy Studies says that the spent nuclear fuel currently stored in pools at dozens of sites in the U.S. poses a danger and should be moved into dry storage as soon as possible.

The report, authored by Robert Alvarez, who served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy during the Clinton administration, says the problem is that too often the spent fuel pools are storing more fuel — and more highly radioactive fuel — than they were designed for.

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