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Submission + - Discussion on the Philosophy of Hacking (hackaday.com)

szczys writes: Josh Marsh has started a new series over on Hackaday that suggests literature on Hacking and Culture, then asks you to participate in a weekly discussion revolving around the ideas in those materials. He introduced the idea last week, this is the first follow-up which discusses "A Hackers' Manifesto".

Submission + - 'Pushback': Resisting the life of constant connectivity (washington.edu)

vinces99 writes: Researchers at the University of Washington have studied and named a trend lots of people can identify with: the desire to resist constant connectivity and step back from the online world. “We call this ‘pushback,’” said Ricardo Gomez, assistant professor in the UW Information School and co-author of a paper to be presented at the iConference in Berlin in early 2014. The researchers looked closely at instances of pushback against technology, reviewing 73 sources divided equally among three areas of online expression: personal blogs and websites, popular media sources and academic conferences and journals. Gomez said they thought they’d find frustration with devices, costs or learning new technologies as key pushback motivations. Instead, the reasons were more emotionally based, with “dissatisfaction” — the thought that users’ needs are not really being met by technology — most often expressed, followed by political, religious or moral concerns. Other motivations were the wish to regain control of time and energy and fear of addiction to the technology. Among the least-often reported objections were worries about loss of privacy.

Submission + - New York City To Get Manhole Covers That Wirelessly Charge Electric Vehicles (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: A new project between NYU and start-up HEVO Power will disguise wireless charging stations in manhole covers. The wireless charing stations are aimed at providing fleets of delivery vehicles with power in parking spaces around the city. Next year, Toyota plans to test a wireless charging Prius in Japan, Europe. And, U.S. Auto electronics giant Delphi is developing technology for electric vehicles that could be used industrywide. The charging stations could be embedded in asphalt or pads that lay on garage floors. Wireless charging, however, still has many obstacles to overcome, including the time it takes to recharge a vehicle, cost to deploy the technology and power loss during electrical transfer.
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Journal Journal: Shutting down the right to petition

The Bill of Rights includes a right to petition the government for redress of grievances. When the government has erred, the people must demand redress. But what happens when the government makes a mistake, and then shuts down the petition process?

That is exactly what is happening now at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Submission + - SPAM: Canon study shows remote working not widely adopted

midshire03 writes: A study conducted by RS Consulting on behalf of Canon has shown how disconnected employees are from remote technology services.

Despite the fact that it can speed up productivity, 55 per cent of those surveyed said they don’t see the point in mobile printing capabilities. Just 37 per cent said they would happily enable the services.

The study included 1,671 end-users and 300 decision makers from 12 European countries.

Canon discovered that there are a number of reasons for peoples’ hesitancy. The company found that many people have security concerns, as users need to be connected to secure sections of the server in order to print remotely.

Many are also understandably unhappy about using services that they don’t really understand, showing that more needs to be done to educate people about remote printing.

People also don’t trust the technology to function properly, as some are worried about how they would handle errors and malfunctions and so prefer to use technology they know works well.

Just one quarter of respondents said they feel confident that they fully understand what their office equipment is capable of.

Matt Wrighton, European & UK Marketing Manager at Canon Europe, said: “Generally, end users don’t know what they can or can’t do remotely.

“Even when tech is implemented there is not necessarily enough education to understand what they can do, or what policies allow them to do, so education in this area is crucial.”

He continued: “We recommend that businesses review their current document policies. There is a need to involve end users in that process, as they’re the people in those workflows that understand what they’re trying to achieve with documents.”

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Submission + - Public Comments Sought on Private Postal Address Forwarding Proposal

An anonymous reader writes: The Postal Service has been asked to offer a new service that would permit private address forwarding, a type of anonymous remailing service for letters and other mail. If the service is offered, interested customers would be able to purchase a proxy ID, and letters mailed to that proxy designation would be forwarded to the actual customer location by the Postal Service using the same automated systems that scan and sort zip coded addresses. The federal agency that regulates the U.S. Postal Service is accepting written comments from the public on the merits of adding this service to the official list of postal products.

Submission + - Deterrence for Malware: Towards a Deception-Free Internet (cmu.edu)

heidibrayer writes: Will Casey, a senior member of the technical staff in Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, CERT Division, discusses research that aims to understand and seek complex patterns in malicious use cases within the context of security systems and develop an incentives-based measurement system that would evaluate software and ensure a level of resilience to attack.

Submission + - Software Testing in 2020 (zentestlabs.com)

diptip writes: As a CEO of a testing company, a question that plays on my mind constantly is ‘what is the future of Testing?’ In the early 2000s, Ron Radice spoke at a QAI conference in India, where he had predicted that testing will die. His call was that automatic code generators will do the job so efficiently that testing will become obsolete. When he looked at the crystal ball then, he could see that prevention will be the creed and not detection.

Well, when I look at 2020, I believe Ron was right as well as wrong. Yes, code generators are arriving. Yes, there will be automated test case generators. Yes, model based testing will replace rudimentary testing activities. But, the whole boom of software especially in ubiquitous mobile devices means only more testing.

If the future includes automated cars like the Google driverless cars, I cannot imagine such a car with a technology that has not been fully and manually validated. If the future is the “Internet of Things”, I can only imagine that the amount of embedded testing will only explode. If the future is, business operations being handled through apps and app stores that have millions of applications pervading every step of our business and personal life then imagine the amount of mobile testing that will be required. If not anything, as everything gets more interconnected, the consequences of a critical failure will only be catastrophic. Wherever the nexus of cloud, social, mobile and big data takes us, I am thoroughly convinced that the need for testing will only grow.

While there a dime a dozen predictions on how things will look in 2020, my two bits around where testing will find itself as follows:

  Huge business opportunities arising from testing for app stores directly than app manufactures
  Test automation would have evolved from script less automation to automatic test case generators and execution
  The pressure to deploy rapidly in the Mobility and embedded devices space will mean that test automation tools will evolve to provide near and real time support to these areas
  Testing and testers will evolve to become super specialized with domain testers at one end and niche technical testers at the other end.

These are some things that come to mind and as the decade continues to evolve. Would be great to know what the rest of the testing world thinks.

Submission + - Developers will make or break Microsoft's Nokia Acquisition

rjmarvin writes: Microsoft and Nokia's partnership is supposed to vault both companies back into the trailblazing forefront of the tech industry, but without the developers--the lifeblood of innovation--this mega deal will fall flat http://sdt.bz/64112. Creating a solid developer program, defining the organizational value proposition and adding conferences and developer-focused conferences and "developer days" will show developers that their time isn't better spent at Apple or Google. It'll show Developers that these companies are not simply two captains going down with a sinking ship.

Submission + - Crowdsourced, 3D-Printed Sculptures Are the Knitting Circles of the Future (vice.com)

Daniel_Stuckey writes: The crowdsourced sculpture is the brainchild of artist Jeff de Boer, and he's working with PrintToPeer on the project, which just won $1,000 in funding from The Awesome Foundation. The sculpture's called "Linked," to represent the intersection of engineering and art, as well as the more literal interpretation, since the medallions being physically linked together. They're creating a living sculpture that will be made up of hundreds of 3D-printed medallions sent into the company from people around the world. Each piece has a a unique design printed on it, and they will all be linked together to form a hanging chainmail-like mosaic.

Submission + - 3D Printing Lab Builds Hyperloop Scale Model In 24 Hours (ibtimes.com)

coolnumbr12 writes: After giving an idea of what the Hyperloop would look like and the technology that makes it possible, Musk said he is too busy to actually build the Hyperloop an encouraged others to take up the project. The team at WhiteClouds, a 3D printing lab in Ogden, Utah, took up the challenge, only on a miniature scale. Using 3D printing, WhiteClouds built a scale model of the Hyperloop in just 24 hours.

Submission + - Is Chromecast realizing Ubuntu's convergence? (muktware.com)

sfcrazy writes: This $35 device, Chromecast, is turning out to be much more than what Google showed or told us. Not only does it turn your HDTV into external monitor for your Chrome tabs, it can also play local content such as videos, images and music via Chrome. I think this is the kind of convergence Canonical was envisioning with Ubuntu TV, Ubuntu for Android and Ubuntu Edge. Google, without even hyping it packed all of that in one $35 device. You don't need to wait for some 'special' purpose phone with a dock to achieve that convergence; it's only $35 away and it's already here.

The convergence has arrived, it's now up to the developers what they want to Chromecast.

Submission + - Moto X's Moto Maker: Designing the next two years of your life (bgr.com)

zacharye writes: There’s no question about it — we have reached a point where smartphones are as much a part of our lives as any device can be. One need only scroll down to the comments section on any tech news site or blog to see how passionate people can be when it comes to their smartphone of choice. But when buying such an important device, why should vendors have all the say when it comes to design? Unless you plan to swallow a penalty or pay a premium tied to a crafty new accelerated upgrade scheme, your smartphone is going to be a huge part of your life for the next two years. Giving users the ability to customize their handsets to speak to their individual styles seems like a big advantage, albeit a complicated and pricey endeavor — but that’s exactly what Motorola and Google have done with the Moto X...

Submission + - How Will Apple Compete in the Enterprise IT Market? (icomputerdenver.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Ryan Faas in Aug 1, 2012 also reported in a mac-talks.com article, that Apple has recently been slowly steering its server platform away from large enterprise deployments. Instead, according to Faas, Apple has directed more efforts toward redesigning OS X Server to meet the needs of small to mid-size businesses. Additionally OS X Server is geared to accommodate “Apple-centric” or business departments utilizing Apple devices, as well as workgroups in larger organizations.

Wayne Dixon in a July 25, 2012 article states Apple’s focus on the enterprise market in the past has been somewhat ambivalent.

Amidst these claims and speculations Apple seems to have gained a foothold in the enterprise IT market. — See more at: http://icomputerdenver.com/how-will-apple-compete-in-the-enterprise-it-market/

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