An anonymous reader writes: Trollaxor is putting out a call for individuals to organize #installFreeBSD events in their locales. The purpose of these events is to increase awareness of FreeBSD. These events will take place simultaneously the evening of Wednesday, April 1.
While he was vacationing with his wife, Kuro5hin founder Rusty Foster was killed — at least in the eyes of Facebook. NBC News details how it happened: a "pal" pranked both Foster and Facebook by notifying the social site of Foster's supposed death, providing as documentation the obituary of another, much older man by the same name. Getting the Facebook version of his life back took some doing; based on this article it seems much easier to convince Facebook that you're dead than that you're alive.
Pan T. Hose writes: Garret Gee, the creator of the application to scan QR codes on smart phones, The Scan App that has 25 million users and performs 27 million scans per month, is not satisfied with the QR codes in the current form, where they are usually just pointing to remote websites, so he decided to make the experience fully native.
Gee said: "QR codes have a poor reputation, and that’s been our uphill battle from the beginning. But it’s on its way up, rather than on its way down." Gee decided to free the experience from the disadvantages of using the Web to overcome the inevitable latency of opening Web browsers, initiating Web connections, downloading and executing rich Web applications just to do a simple task of following a business on Twitter or Facebook. "People created this to be a shortcut, so don’t try to lengthen the experience," says Gee.
The new QR codes are designed to be lightning fast and offer visually appealing branding opportunities for businesses but what should be most important to consumers is the complete rethinking of the user experience with instant access to information that users seek, or actions that they want to perform by scanning codes.
The new codes will be able to instantly trigger a specific action, like following a business on Twitter, instead of just opening a browser with a Twitter home page. The security implications of those new features are still unknown. Some experts see it as a potential medium for cross-site scripting and cross-site request forgery attacks and point to the recent rise of malicious QR codes in use that
even banks are not immune to. The company behind the Scan 2.0 doesn't see the new features as insecure but as something that will help users do what they really want. "In my mind, it’s the person who builds the product’s responsibility to build the product in a way that encourages proper usage," says Gee.
from the eventually-knock-it-down-to-one dept.
mikejuk writes "The Goldbach conjecture is not the sort of thing that relates to practical applications, but they used to say the same thing about electricity. The Goldbach conjecture is reasonably well known: every integer can be expressed as the sum of two primes. Very easy to state, but it seems very difficult to prove. Terence Tao, a Fields medalist, has published a paper that proves that every odd number greater than 1 is the sum of at most five primes. This may not sound like much of an advance, but notice that there is no stipulation for the integer to be greater than some bound. This is a complete proof of a slightly lesser conjecture, and might point the way to getting the number of primes needed down from at most five to at most 2. Notice that no computers were involved in the proof — this is classical mathematical proof involving logical deductions rather than exhaustive search."
larry bagina writes: It's no secret that rock stars have riders — provisions on their contractual appearances that require a bowl of brown-free m&ms or specify the exact brand of bottled water, cocaine purity, etc. Well, Richard Stallman has his own list of provisions. Nothing about toe jam, oddly enough.
from the arduino-nuclear-plant dept.
wiredmikey writes "Author Robert Vamosi writes an interesting piece on how security researchers are using open source 'prototyping boards' and other open source tools now available via the Internet for rapid prototyping of tools used in hardware analysis. 'The days of saying it would take the resources of a nation-state to discover or exploit vulnerabilities in a particular piece of hardware in an industrial control system or a healthcare environment are rapidly fading,' he writes. Vendors who do not test their products before selling them into the field are doomed to be targets of future research and, perhaps, attacks."
TRoLLaXoR writes: "Technologist Grant Hayes hacks at Android from a unique perspective: while it's a novel approach to the mobile operating systems platform, it falls down for users because it lacks parity with the competition (iPhone, Symbian, et al). Until Google can release competitive offerings instead of "catchupgrades," Android will remain on the back-burner for both tech-needful business folks and gadget-minded geeks alike."
BubbaDoom writes: In our cublicle-ville, we have programmers intermixed with accounting, customer support and marketing. As a programmer, it is our habit to put on our headphones and listen to our portable music players to drown out all of the noise from everyone else. The boss recently sent an email just to the programmers demanding that we do not use our music players at work because he thinks it distracts us from our jobs and causes us to make mistakes. Of course we've explained to him that the prattle from the other people is much much more distracting but he insists his policy is the right one. What is the/. community's experience with music at work for programmers?
Trollaxor writes: "IBM published an informative, insightful document by Dan Cormany about how to avoid Linux and Unix development errors for newbies. "Have you ever wondered why you get the errors Execute permission denied or The parameter list is too long? These are just a few of the common errors UNIX and Linux novices receive that they may not know how to avoid. This article explains such errors and provides workarounds and resolutions to these and other errors that may crop up." That and more! Cormany's article is a wonder for new Linux programmers looking to burnish their skill."
Trollaxor writes: "Hot on the heels of their NetBSD 5.0 release, the NetBSD organization is gearing up for NetBSD 6.0, due in just under a year ("The sixth major release for the six month of 2010!"). To make that happen, NetBSD is asking its industry partners, users, and anyone with spare change to contribute US $60,000. Matt Thomas, of NetBSD's core group, says the money will allow for "network performance improvements and embedded and realtime optimization," meaning NetBSD can finally move onto specialized hardware, something it has struggled with in the past. So far, they have $40. Do Slashdot readers find $60,000 an appropriate amount to sponsor the BSD family's middle child, or does the price outweigh the upgrade?"
Guilty Rim Loon writes: "In the new year the Berkeley Software Distribution family of Unix-like operating systems is growing at a phenomenal rate and excitement over the possibilities for this operating system family is in the air. After unprecedented development and adoption as well as major shifts in the marketplace, it's time to take a look at what's new with this demonic family of operating systems. Don't fear, the word demon means Unix goodness at just the right price."
from the go-you-crazy-dino-go dept.
Kurtz'sKompund writes "Mozilla has announced that Firefox 3.0 has passed a major milestone! The Places feature has been added to the alpha client slated for release next week. Places is a complete re-work of the bookmarking and history browser functions. It was at one point slated for Firefox 2.0, but will instead see release in Mozilla's next major version. '"We enabled the Places implementation of bookmarks on the trunk," said the Places team in a post to the Mozilla developer center blog. "Although there is still much to be done, this is an important milestone for us." Firefox 3.0 alpha 5 is scheduled to launch June 1. Because Places uses the open-source SQLite database engine to store and retrieve bookmarks and history entries, it's incompatible with earlier Firefox editions' bookmarks. Alpha users must convert their existing entries, Mozilla developers said."
narramissic writes "After 13 years as a loyal Red Hat user, Eric Raymond, co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, is switching to the Ubuntu distribution. In a message distributed to Linux mailing lists and news organizations, Raymond cited technical issues with Red Hat, such as the way repositories are maintained, the submission process and 'stagnant' development of Red Hat's packaging technology, as well as governance problems, the failure to gain desktop market share and the failure to include proprietary media formats. 'Over the last five years, I've watched Red Hat/Fedora throw away what was at one time a near-unassailable lead in technical prowess, market share and community prestige,' Raymond wrote. 'The blunders have been legion on both technical and political levels.'"