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Submission + - NASA Launches Massive Digital Library for Space Video, Photos & Audio (space.com)

earlytime writes: "NASA on Tuesday (March 28) unveiled a new online library that assembles the agency's amazing space photos, videos and audio files into a single searchable library.

The NASA Image and Video Library, as the agency calls it, can be found at http://images.nasa.gov/ and consolidates space imagery from 60 different colletions into one location."

Submission + - NASA Launches New Searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library in the cloud

An anonymous reader writes: Today NASA deployed one of it's first cloud native public web applications, images.nasa.gov. Running the site out of Amazon Web Services, and utilizing many of Amazon's services for its core functions allows the agency to share TeraBytes of imagery amassed over decades with the scientific community and the general public at a fraction of the typical costs. The site features over a hundred thousand original images, videos and audio clips spanning the Agency's nearly 60 year history. According to the agency :

"NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files by keyword and metadata searches from NASA.gov. The NASA Image and Video Library website consolidates imagery spread across more than 60 collections into one searchable location. Users can browse the agency’s most recently uploaded files, as well as discover historic and the most popularly searched images, audio files and videos. NASA Image and Video Library’s Application Programmers Interface (API) allows automation of imagery uploads for NASA, and gives members of the public the ability to embed content in their own sites and applications. This public site runs on NASA’s cloud native “infrastructure-as-a-code” technology enabling on-demand use in the cloud. Other features include:
  • Automatically scales the interface for mobile phones and tablets
  • Displays the EXIF/camera data that includes exposure, lens used, and other information, when available from the original image
  • Allows for easy public access to high resolution files
  • All video includes a downloadable caption file"

Submission + - NASA Unveils New Searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library for the Public

An anonymous reader writes: Today NASA deployed one of it's first cloud native public web applications, images.nasa.gov. The site features over a hundred thousand original images, videos and audio clips spanning the Agency's nearly 60 year history. According to the official press release "NASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images, videos and audio files from across the agency’s many missions in aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, human spaceflight, and more. Users now can embed content in their own sites and choose from multiple resolutions to download. The website also displays the metadata associated with images.

Users can browse the agency’s most recently uploaded files, as well as discover historic and the most popularly searched images, audio files and videos."

Submission + - US Congress Votes To Shred ISP Privacy Rules (theregister.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The US House of Representatives has just approved a "congressional disapproval" vote of privacy rules, which gives your ISP the right to sell your internet history to the highest bidder. The measure passed by 232 votes to 184 along party lines, with one Democrat voting in favor and 14 not voting. This follows the same vote in the Senate last week. Just prior to the vote, a White House spokesman said the president supported the bill, meaning that the decision will soon become law. This approval means that whoever you pay to provide you with internet access – Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, etc – will be able to sell everything they know about your use of the internet to third parties without requiring your approval and without even informing you. That information can be used to build a very detailed picture of who you are: what your political and sexual leanings are; whether you have kids; when you are at home; whether you have any medical conditions; and so on – a thousand different data points that, if they have sufficient value to companies willing to pay for them, will soon be traded without your knowledge. With over 100 million households online in the United States, that means Congress has just given Big Cable an annual payday of between $35bn and $70bn.

Submission + - Bay Area tech executives indicted for H-1B visa fraud (mercurynews.com)

s.petry writes:

FREMONT – Two Bay Area tech executives are accused of filing false visa documents through a staffing agency in a scheme to illegally bring a pool of foreign tech workers into the United States.

An indictment from a federal grand jury unsealed on Friday accuses Jayavel Murugan, Dynasoft Synergy’s chief executive officer, and a 40-year-old Santa Clara man, Syed Nawaz, of fraudulently submitting H-1B applications in an effort to illegally obtain visas, according to Brian Stretch, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.

The men are charged with 26 counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to commit visa fraud, use of false documents, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to prosecutors. Each charge can carry penalties of between two and 20 years in prison.

While not the only problem with the H-1B Visa program, this is a start at investigating and hopefully correcting problems.

Submission + - Massachusetts Prepares to Vacate Nearly 24,000 Tainted Drug Convictions (reason.com)

schwit1 writes: Massachusetts prosecutors will move in mid-April to vacate nearly all of the roughly 24,000 drug convictions tainted by a single corrupt forensic lab chemist, The Boston Globe reported Saturday, marking the denouement of one of the largest drug lab scandals in U.S. history.

A Massachusetts prosecutor told the state's Supreme Judicial Court last week that D.A.'s would seek to keep fewer than 1,000 of the 24,000 convictions tainted by drug lab chemist Annie Dookahn, who pled guilty in 2012 to falsifying test results in favor of law enforcement and tampering with evidence over a nine-year period starting in 2003.

Submission + - U2F Security Keys bridge the gap between SSL certificates and end-user education (arstechnica.com)

earlytime writes: Large scale account hacks such as the billion user Yahoo breach, and targeted phishing hacks of gmail accounts during the US election have made 2016 an infamous year for web security. Along comes U2F / web security keys to address these issues at a critical time. Arstechnica reports that U2F keys "may be the world’s best hope against account takeovers".
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Submission + - VMware 5.0 Released (marketwatch.com)

earlytime writes: VMware releases vSphere 5 today. After much publicity about it's new licensing scheme, techies worldwide get to take the new release for a spin an see if all of the new features are worth the fuss. From TFA : "With the release of VMware vSphere 5, VMware is helping customers accelerate their journey toward a more efficient and automated cloud infrastructure," said Bogomil Balkansky, senior vice president, cloud infrastructure products, VMware. "The enhancements and new innovations we've introduced in VMware vSphere 5 provide a robust, reliable platform for business applications, enabling customers to effectively respond to the growing needs of their business and giving them confidence in their IT transformation."

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