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Submission + - MIT's shape-shifting "apartment in a box" hits stores next year (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It’s not often that interior design elements stem from MIT projects, but that’s exactly the case for the newly introduced Ori, the shapeshifting ‘apartment in a box’ that takes its name from the Japanese art of paper folding. The MIT Media Lab originally created the concept several years ago, and then Ori spun off into its own company and tapped Yves Béhar of fuseproject to design the system. The project is almost set to launch, and you'll be able to buy your own Ori system as early as next year.

Submission + - How author James Baldwin trolled the FBI (muckrock.com)

v3rgEz writes: What's a guy supposed to do when the FBI starts tracking his movements, monitoring what he writes, and generally making life a little harder just for thinking out loud? In noted author James Baldwin's case, give them something to talk about: In recently FOIA'd documents, files on the celebrated African-American playwright show that he apparently leaked out that he was working on a book about the FBI — a book he never appeared to actually intend to write. The FBI dutifully freaked out about the very idea of the book.

Submission + - SPAM: Why The Vivaldi Browser Wants You To Control Everything

Orome1 writes: A long time has passed since the IT industry was abuzz with browser wars, and when Jón S. von Tetzchner, co-founder and former CEO of Opera Software, announced he’s building a new browser, many were skeptical whether he can start one again. Because – let’s be realistic – making a dent in the browser market is exceedingly hard. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and IE have plenty of users and features. Undeterred by the skepticism, the Vivaldi team worked hard, and after more than a year of public development, Vivaldi 1.0 was released in April 2016. In an interview with Help Net Security, von Tetzchner, now CEO of Vivaldi, talks about building a new browser, its unique features, privacy and security.
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Submission + - NHK to begin 8k test broadcasts in August

AmiMoJo writes: NHK, Japan's national broadcaster, has decided to skip over 4k entirely and go straight to 8k broadcasts, starting on the 1st of August. (Japanese site, English site with some details). 8k "Super Hi-Vision" delivers 7680x4320 pixels, 16x that of standard HD, at 120Hz progressive scan and 12 bit colour. Sound is 22 channel surround. Initial broadcasts are on satellite channels, with a full service due in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Submission + - VPN Provider Removes Russian Presence After Servers Seized

An anonymous reader writes: VPN provider Private Internet Access has pulled out of Russia in the wake of new internet surveillance legislation in the country. The company claims that some of its Russian servers were seized by the government as punishment for not complying with the rules, which ask providers to log and hold all Russian internet traffic and session data for up to a year. Learning of the federal action, the company immediately removed its Russian availability and announced that it would no longer be operating in the region.

Submission + - SPAM: 91.1% Of ICS Hosts Have Vulnerabilities That Can Be Exploited Remotely

Orome1 writes: Kaspersky Lab experts conducted an investigation into ICS threats. Their analysis was based on Open Source Intelligence and information from public sources like ICS CERT, with the research period limited to 2015. Experts revealed 13,698 ICS hosts exposed to the Internet that more than likely belong to large organizations. These organizations include energy, transportation, aerospace, oil and gas, chemicals, automotive and manufacturing, food and drink, governmental, financial and medical institutions. 91.1% of these ICS hosts have vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely. But the worse is yet to come – 3.3% of ICS hosts located in these organizations contain critical and remotely executable vulnerabilities.
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Submission + - Robot Stingray Is Powered by Rat Heart Cells

An anonymous reader writes: Harvard researchers report in Science this week that they've built a "bio-inspired swimming robot that mimics a ray fish [and] can be guided by light." The robot's body consists of "a cast elastomer body with a skeleton of gold, along with a single layer of carefully aligned muscle fibers harvested from neonatal rat hearts." The fibers were genetically modified to respond to pulses of blue light and structured along the body of the robot such that contractions result in a repetitive undulating motion, propelling the robot forward.

Submission + - Debian founder's 2015 death ruled a suicide

gosand writes: According to a story on The Register , the death of Ian Murdock in late 2015 has been ruled a suicide. This news brings some closure to the sad ending of his life. An interesting note from the article that I never knew before: "he was the Ian in Debian; his girlfriend at the time, Debra Lynn, was the Deb." Debian has truly been a cornerstone in the Linux world, and the founder will be missed.

Submission + - SPAM: Solving product integration testing challenges as fast as Netflix

need4speed writes: Teams can learn to solve product integration testing challenges as fast as Netflix. Even though the company runs at a smooth and fast-pace, the engineering team runs into plenty of testing challenges, especially since Netflix needs to make sure that its 80+ million users are satisfied. These challenges include: testing and monitoring for “High Impact Titles (HITs),” A/B testing, and global launches.

For Netflix, the testing doesn't just end during the launch of a major series. Two phases with different strategies are needed for before and after a series launches, and manual testing is not enough, according to a recent tech blog.

“Once the title is launched, there are generic assumptions we can make about it, because data and promotional logic for that title will not change—e.g. number of episodes > 0 for TV shows, title is searchable (for both movies and TV shows), etc.,” according to the Netflix tech team. “This enables us to use automation to continuously monitor them and check if features related to every title continue to work correctly."

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Submission + - Redis: Over 6,000 Installations Compromised (riskbasedsecurity.com)

An anonymous reader writes: If you are running a Redis server, better check the security settings. After reading the documentation it becomes clear, that Redis is shipped for maximum performance and not with security in mind. Meaning that by default, Redis has no authentication or security mechanism enabled, and any security mechanisms must be implemented by the end user.

Submission + - SPAM: C++17 standard now feature complete

need4speed writes: The C++17 standard is now feature complete, but there is more work to be done, specifically around features that were put off and are destined to be implemented as compiler add-ons.

“C++17 evolves the standard further, the tools for standardization have matured and are working,” Jens Weller, a C++ evangelist wrote. “Probably the biggest gain for C++. Those who would like to add certain features to the next C++ Standard (a.k.a. C++NEXT/C++20), should now start to make their plans.”

Right now, one of the biggest additions to the language is [spam URL stripped], which is like a type-safe union implementation. In the future, this addition can be used to build pattern matching.

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