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Submission + - A modern open source platform for encrypted communications

jl03 writes: While trust and security on Internet Cloud computing are eroding, the new open source PEPS project aims at providing a new communication platform with end-to-end encryption. The project focuses on users privacy, when the users themselves are not tech-savvy. As detailed in a blog post, PEPS handles Messages, File Sharing, Chat without requiring the users to have crypto knowledge. Behind the scenes, the software uses elliptic curves and PBKDF2.

Submission + - Microsoft Officially Releases Visual Studio 2015 And .NET 4.6

rjmarvin writes: Microsoft has announced http://sdtimes.com/microsoft-r... RTM of Visual Studio 2015, the latest version of its flagship IDE, along with the release of .NET 4.6. The release includes a new set of DevOps services featuring the Build vNext cross-platform build service, the IntelliTest automated unit testing tool, and a Dev/Test service delivered both via the cloud in Visual Studio Online and on-premises through Team Foundation Server. Soma Somasegar, corporate vice president of the developer division at Microsoft, highlighted three main themes Microsoft focused on with VS 2015 in an interview with SD Times: developer productivity, “a holistic set of DevOps services" and giving developers choices when it comes to tooling toward the goal of building Universal Windows Apps for Windows 10. VS 2015 and .NET 4.6 are available here https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-....

Submission + - Ford's New Smart Headlights for Tracking Objects at Night (geekinspector.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Headlights, they have been around since the 1880’s when they were once fueled by oil and then shortly after in 1898 by electricity on the Columbia Electric Car. The basic functionality of the headlight has not changed in 135 years, until now. Ford has announced a new advanced illumination system for your next car that should make driving at night a lot safer. The new headlight system utilizes a standard and infrared camera to detect objects such as animal, pedestrians, or cyclists near the road. The spot lighting system can simultaneously locate and track up to eight people, and large animals up to 12 meters.

Submission + - Stephen Hawking and Russian Billionaire Start $100 Million Search For Aliens (geekwire.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Stephen Hawking is joining forces with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner to start a $100 million effort to search the skies for signs of alien life. The initiative is called Breakthrough Listen, which will pay for large amounts of access to the Green Bank Telescope and the Parkes Telescope to scan the skies for signals over the next 10 years. They say the search will be 50 times more sensitive than previous attempts, cover 10 times more of the sky, and scan 5 times more of the radio spectrum. They add, "All data will be open to the public. This will likely constitute the largest amount of scientific data ever made available to the public. The Breakthrough Listen team will use and develop the most powerful software for sifting and searching this flood of data. All software will be open source." The project is also supported by Frank Drake, Ann Druyan, and Martin Rees.

Submission + - GCC 5.2 released

AmiMoJo writes: The release of GCC 5.2 brings a number of new features and fixes. The change list is extensive, featuring improvements to the C compiler, support for new languages like OpenACC, improvements for embedded systems, updates to the standard library and more.

Submission + - Beyond 7nm - "Quantum" 3D printing (3dprint.com)

sixoh1 writes: We've seen IBM researchers using an AFM to position individual atoms to form structures, but those were limited to 2-dimensional demonstrations. If things go well, the next steps in microelectronics after the recent announcement of 7nm Extreme-Ultra-Violet silicon processing might just be something like this. Interesting to see that the Moore Foundation is investing in these kinds of research projects.

Comment Re:What's the legitimate topic here? (Score 1) 795

There is no axiom accepted by science that forbids scientific inquiry into origin questions.

In your zeal to declare science all-powerful, you neglect to account for an infinitesimal fact wedged between existence and "Truth".

You can prove that there are at least the two distinct areas of study which are applicable to the nature of existence, but you cannot prove that they will find ultimate answers which are "TRUE" for any and all 'geometries' or frames of reference, or whatever relativism might be invoked. That is the ultimate difference between science, as a means of learning, and faith as a means of determining "TRUTH". They intertwine in fascinating and unexpected ways, and often in uncomfortable and undesirable ways, but neither exists in a vacuum. For "SCIENCE" to be something of value you must eschew "TRUTH" and remain agnostic about validity of theories, and this is a seemingly transitive equality, to accept faith, one must eschew relativism in some domains.

The really interesting element for all of this is, how does this zero-sum-game between objectivism and absolutism affect the human condition?

Comment Re:Science is... (Score 1) 795

Mod this up, not just interesting but incredibly precise. I had never considered looking at Bayes applicability to P=1 and P=0 concepts, but if you follow this math, its just as illuminating as Godel's theorms of incompleteness. Godel attempts to prove that a finite mathematic system or language is also finite, AND requires a-priori statements which are entirely outside of (neither provable, nor dis-provable) from within the finite mathematics. Also see how these statements are consistent with modern physics (Fermi et. al.).

Compare these structural statements and tell me they don't tend to re-enforce one another:

    Godel - A finite language can only describe a finite system.
    Bayes - A probability of 1 (guaranteed to occur) event cannot be predicted by statistical methods
    Fermi - It is impossible to predict any quantum event based solely upon finite observations.

This suggests the human neurological operation has a common observation/understanding limitation which repeats within any area of scientific research - when faced with infinite values [ example: f(x)=(1/X) ] the mind must use a finite substitute ("infinity").

Comment Re:So educational! (Score 3, Insightful) 795

Excellent trolling, refute the summary of an article about poor understanding of the meaning of science with a Popperian negative-proof masquerading as a strawman. Either you are a grand-master of hyperbole, or you don't bother to read to comprehension before declaring something invalid. Irony, since that's pretty much exactly the OP - many humans really love to declare themselves aligned with SCIENCE! Yet few are actually consistently able to operate scientifically.

Submission + - IT Jobs Take Summer Swan Dive 1

snydeq writes: The IT job hiring bump earlier this year wasn't sustained in July and August, when numbers slumped considerably, InfoWorld reports. 'So much for the light at the end of the IT jobs tunnel. According to job data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as analyzed by Janco Associates, the IT professional job market has all but lost the head of steam it built up earlier this year. A mere 3,400 IT jobs were added in August, down from 4,600 added for July and way down from the 13,800 added in April of this year. Overall, IT hiring in 2014 got off to a weak start, then surged, only to stumble again.' Anybody out there finding the IT job market discouraging of late and care to share their experiences?

Submission + - Alibaba Seeks $21.1 Billion in U.S. IPO (businessweek.com)

mpicpp writes: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is seeking to raise as much as $21.1 billion in its initial public offering, in what could be the largest sale of new stock in the U.S. ever.

The Chinese company and shareholders including Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO:US) plan to sell 320.1 million American depositary shares for $60 to $66 apiece, according to a regulatory filing today (BABA:US). At the high end of that range, the offering would surpass Visa Inc.’s $19.7 billion IPO in March 2008 and give the company a market value of $162.7 billion.

Alibaba’s executives are now able to meet fund managers to build demand for the IPO and they plan to begin the roadshow in New York next week, people with knowledge of the matter have said. The Hangzhou-based company has garnered years of attention for its scale — with 279 million active buyers in the year through June — and its exposure to a growing Internet consumer base in China.

Submission + - Army can't track spending on $4 billion system to track spending

schwit1 writes: Our government in action: An inspector general has found that the Army was unable to track the spending on a project designed to help the Army track spending.

As of this February, the Army had spent $725.7 million on the system, which is ultimately expected to cost about $4.3 billion. The problem, according to the IG, is that the Army has failed to comply with a variety of federal laws that require agencies to standardize reporting and prepare auditable financial statements. “This occurred because DOD and Army management did not have adequate controls, including procedures and annual reviews, in place to ensure GCSS-Army compliance with Treasury and DOD guidance,” the IG report concludes.

Submission + - Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights as Humans?

Jason Koebler writes: When someone with an e-tattoo or an implanted biochip inevitably commits a crime, and evidence of that crime exists on that device within them, do they have a legal right to protect that evidence? Do cyborgs have the same rights as humans?
"The more you take a thing with no rights and integrate it indelibly into a thing that we invest with rights, the more you inevitably confront the question: Do you give the thing with no rights rights, or do you take those rights away from the thing with rights?," Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, who just released a paper exploring the subject, said.

Submission + - Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: Mozilla has deprecated 1024-bit RSA certificate authority certificates in Firefox 32 and Thunderbird. While there are pluses to the move such as a requirement for longer, stronger keys, at least 107,000 websites will no longer be trusted by Mozilla.

Data from HD Moore's Project Sonar, which indexes more than 20 million websites, found 107,535 sites using a cert signed by what will soon be an untrusted CA certificate. Grouping those 107,000-plus sites by certificate expiration date, the results show that 76,185 certificates had expired as of Aug. 25; of the 65 million certificates in the total scan, 845,599 had expired but were still in use as of Aug. 25, Moore said.

Submission + - Social networks and crowdsourcing threatening Wall Street?

Seaz writes: Social media has become such an integral part of our lives that it is now also changing the way people invest in stocks. The WSJ touches on the idea of utilizing the wisdom of the crowds to democratize markets. For years, individual investors have relied on analysts to help them distill through all the noise in the markets. But nowadays startups such as Tip'd Off are making investing more social and transparent. On Tip'd Off trading enthusiasts can not only share and discuss stock ideas, but also share their holdings and actual buying and selling moves – no more just taking the word from shady brokers! These social communities allow users to follow their friends and expert investors to learn from and mimic their stock moves.

According to the WSJ: “Ultimately, technology [and crowdsourcing] is making possible what hasn’t been [...] free discussion, access and analysis of information. Some may see it as a threat to Wall Street, which has always charged for expert analysis. Really, though, these efforts are good for markets, which pride themselves on being fair and transparent”

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