alphadogg writes: The Free Software Foundation Tuesday announced a major rethinking of the software projects that it supports, putting top priority on a free mobile operating system, accessibility, and driver development, among other areas. The foundation has maintained the High Priority Projects list since 2005, when it contained just four free software projects. Today’s version https://www.fsf.org/campaigns/... mostly identifies priority areas, along with a few specific projects in key areas
alphadogg writes: Network World has analyzed the most recent batch of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission data, collected from about 100 hospitals reporting emergency room visits into the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, to look at the most common computer- and videogame-related injuries. NEISS is used to help spot possible issues with categories of products that are causing harm. We're mainly not talking about things like exploding computers, but rather people dropping laptops on their toes or smashing monitors with their hands...
alphadogg writes: The five companies that earned the most U.S. patents last year are the same five companies that dominated the 2015 ranking of top patent recipients: IBM, Samsung, Canon, Qualcomm and Google. http://www.ificlaims.com/index... IBM earned the No. 1 slot for the 24th consecutive year with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016.
alphadogg writes: In the space of a decade, Apple’s iPhone has gone from being a consumer craze to the single product that some say most affects the design and operation of enterprise IT, turning a controlled, top-down environment into something far more open. “I think the iPhone was probably one of the most impactful pieces of technology to come into the IT world since computing,” said VMware VP and chief information security officer Alex Tosheff, commenting on the 10th anniversary of the Apple iPhone, which was introduced by Steve Jobs on Jan. 9, 2007.
alphadogg writes: The team behind the Apache Zeppelin open-source notebook for big data analytics visualization has renamed itself ZEPL and announced $4.1M in Series A funding. ZEPL, which swears a certain professional football organization had nothing to do with it ditching its former name (NFLabs), is one of numerous companies smelling blood in the water around Tableau, the $3.5 billion business intelligence and analytics software vendor that has stumbled financially in recent quarters and seen its stock price plummet accordingly.
alphadogg writes: Although the perpetrators of the San Bernardino mass shooting were killed in a gun battle with law enforcement within hours of the attack, the FBI’s interest in one terrorist’s iPhone precipitated a public standoff with Apple that captured its own share of national headlines. Here's what industry watchers say has changed since, in terms of phone privacy, and what could change under the new US administration.
alphadogg writes: A vulnerability in a multimedia framework present on Version 12.04.5 of Ubuntu can be exploited by sound files meant to be played on the venerable Nintendo Entertainment System, according to security researcher Chris Evans. https://scarybeastsecurity.blo... vulnerability is the result of a flaw in an audio decoder called libgstnsf.so, which allows gstreamer Version 0.10 to play the NSF files that the NES uses for music.
alphadogg writes: The twice-annual Top500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world (adjudged by their performance on the Linpack benchmark) is out this morning, and there are a pair of newcomers on the list. The list's release coincides with this week's Supercomputing 16 conference in Utah.
alphadogg writes: Acquia Labs has no illusions of making self-driving cars or shooting things into space like Google X, but the budding applied research arm of enterprise open-source Drupal provider Acquia does have designs on a slew of new applications for what it anticipates will be an increasingly browserless world.
alphadogg writes: Google’s latest foray into open-source software is a cloud-based top-level-domain registrar platform called Nomulus, bringing a substantial chunk of the company’s gigantic internet infrastructure into the public eye. What Nomulus does, in essence, is manage the domain names under a top-level domain.
alphadogg writes: It wasn’t long ago that the big spectator sport in IaaS cloud computing was to watch a leading provider such as Microsoft or Amazon Web Services announce price cuts and then ready for its rivals to follow suit. The new game in town plays out in a similar way, except now the vendors are matching or one-upping each other with new data centers and cloud computing regions.
alphadogg writes: Wyoming’s 250-person Enterprise Technology Services group knew it had a good thing in its open-source Enterprise Extensible Code Library, but it chose to keep things under wraps outside of the state until last week when members of that team attended an annual confab for state government CIOs. The library of reusable code is designed to slash the time and cost it takes to build apps, and provide a platform for others to build upon, possibly resulting in a consolidated app dev system nationwide in the US.
alphadogg writes: The Annals of Improbable Research doles out its annual awards for unusual scientific research, including for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton or wool trousers on the sex life of rats, and, later, on humans.
alphadogg writes: U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Robert Silvers says his purpose in speaking at the Security of Things Forum in Cambridge on Thursday wasn’t to scare anyone, but then he went ahead and called on everyone in the room to “accelerate everything you’re doing” to secure the internet of things. As the Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy at DHS says, IoT security is a public safety issue that involves protecting both the nation’s physical and cyber infrastructures. More specifically, DHS is formulating a series of unifying principles – and best practices — relating to IoT security, including how to patch stuff that’s already in the field and not relying on an unsustainable physical recall process. Building security into the cloud will also be an option.
alphadogg writes: The FBI has issued a plea for those who have been hit by ransomware to report this to federal law enforcement so that the country can get a better sense of just how bad this problem really is. The FBI does not encourage people paying ransom, but encourages victims to reach out to their local FBI office and/or file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center regardless of whether they did pay.