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Feed Roundup

Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

The Register - 16 April, 2014 - 08:31
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing

Canonical has announced that the latest long-term support release of its Ubuntu Linux distribution will be available in two days.…

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

The Register - 16 April, 2014 - 08:28
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so

The nearest most of us get to a sponge is when it's sitting on the bathroom shelf, but scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have found four new species of carnivorous sponge that are chomping their way through undersea life off the coast of California.…

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Corrupted coloring book pages

Boing Boing - 16 April, 2014 - 08:10
From Neatorama: "Coloring Book Corruptions is a delightful demonstration of what happens when you combine a sick mind and children’s entertainment. The anonymous artist adds his/her drawings, but invites you to submit your own."

Coloring Book Corruptions [NSFW]






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Make a notebook from a brown paper bag

Boing Boing - 16 April, 2014 - 08:04

Brittany Watson Jepsen shows you how to hand-bind a notebook from a brown paper bag and any kind of interior paper you'd like to use for the inside pages.

5 minute bookbinding (Via CRAFT)






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Samsung expert witnesses: Sorry, Apple, there's no infringement

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 08:04
Several computer science professors, including Kevin Jeffay of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, testify that Samsung's devices don't infringe Apple's various patents and that Apple's patents aren't valid.






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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Slashdot - 16 April, 2014 - 08:03
An anonymous reader writes "We've heard a few brief accounts recently of the housing situation in San Francisco, and how it's leading to protests, gentrification, and bad blood between long-time residents and the newer tech crowd. It's a complicated issue, and none of the reports so far have really done it justice. Now, TechCrunch has posted a ludicrously long article explaining exactly what's going on, from regulations forbidding Google to move people into Mountain View instead, to the political battle to get more housing built, to the compromises that have already been made. It's a long read, but well-researched and interesting. It concludes: 'The crisis we're seeing is the result of decades of choices, and while the tech industry is a sexy, attention-grabbing target, it cannot shoulder blame for this alone. Unless a new direction emerges, this will keep getting worse until the next economic crash, and then it will re-surface again eight years later. Or it will keep spilling over into Oakland, which is a whole other Pandora's box of gentrification issues. The high housing costs aren't healthy for the city, nor are they healthy for the industry. Both thrive on a constant flow of ideas and people.'"

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Bugatti Noun glass toaster looks like the real thing

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 07:55
At the EuroCucina 2014 tradeshow in Milan, Bugatti demonstrated their new Noun toaster. The see-through toaster makes more than just toast.
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Kaspersky's Security for Virtualization pushed to XenServer and HyperV

The Register - 16 April, 2014 - 07:52
Platform looks to slim down security protections in virtual instances

Kaspersky is extending its Security for Virtualuzation Light Agent security tool to the Citrix XenServer and Microsoft HyperV platforms.…

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​Google targeting Project Ara modular phone for January 2015

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 07:44
The company wants a base "gray phone" model of its Project Ara modular smartphone available by early next year.






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Red Hat bets on 'Project Atomic' for its container-loaded server future

The Register - 16 April, 2014 - 07:31
FrankenContainer scheme blends tiny OS with Docker containers

Red Hat has put its Linux operating system on a diet to create a scrappy technology that will take on traditional virtualization approaches such as those backed by VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix.…

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Microsoft's Nadella: SQL Server 2014 means we're all about data

The Register - 16 April, 2014 - 07:24
Adds new big data tools in quest for 'ambient intelligence'

Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella made his third trip in as many weeks to San Francisco to announce the third piece in the puzzle that's Microsoft's future strategy: it's all going to be about data, he said.…

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Dear Falcor

Boing Boing - 16 April, 2014 - 07:22

Editorial note: In a recent BBS thread concerning legendarily passive-aggressive advice column Dear Abby, Boing Boing commenters took it upon themselves to request assistance in their daily lives from our moderator, Falcor the Don't-Push-Your-Luck Dragon. This morning a pile of noisome, crudely dehaired human-skin hides were left outside Boing Boing's secret lair; upon close inspection, they turned out to be scrawled with Falcor's answers. I've transcribed them below — Rob

Dear Falcor,
I've recently killed a man (in self-defense, I swear!) and need to dispose of the body. What do you recommend? — JUST KILLED A MAN IN ONTARIO (Jardine)

Dear Just Killed a Man,
Canadians taste great with maple syrup.
Cheers, Falcor

Dear Falcor,
I have some left over chicken, some rice, some noodles and I think probably some veggies... Maybe there is tomato based sauce hanging around. Add that to a picky family. What should I feed them tonight? — TIRED OF THE SAME THING FOR DINNER IN THE SOUTH (Mindysan33)

Dear Tired of the same thing,
I have a friend in Canada who might be able to help you out. How are you with white meat?
Best, Falcor

Dear Falcor,
My baby is turning out to be the worst roommate ever. She makes constant demands, keeps us up all night, and refuses to pay her share of the mortgage. How should we deal with this problem? – SINCERELY, MOMMY DEAREST (Maggiekb)

Dear Mommy Dearest,
Usually I would say "gobble her down.", but in this case I have to say "suck it up."
Sincerely, Falcor

Dear Falcor,
During a particularly frustrating evening babysitting, I wished that the goblins would take my baby brother away. The Goblin King won't give him back and my parents will be back soon. What should I do?

Please help! – ETERNALLY STENCHY (Daneel)

Dear Eternally Stenchy,
Goblin Kings are a bit to stringy to eat, I recommend instead distracting him with a tight-pants-and-wigs sale downtown. Then snatch your brother back.
You remind me of the babe, Falcor

Dear Falco,
What did Vienna call about?

Robert C Baruch

Dear Robert,
This man is an imposter. Eat him.
Get out, Falcor







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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Slashdot - 16 April, 2014 - 07:22
Velcroman1 writes: "Car stereo salesmen and installers around the country are hoping Apple's CarPlay in-car infotainment system will have a big presence in the aftermarket car stereo industry. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Alpine is making car stereo head units for between $500 – $700 that will run the iOS-like system Apple unveiled last month, and Macrumors added Clarion to the list of CarPlay supporters. Pioneer is also getting into the game, with support said to be coming to existing car stereo models in its NEX line ($700 – $1400) via firmware update, according to Twice. Given Apple's wildly supportive fan base, its likely that a lot of aftermarket CarPlay units are about to fly off stereo shop shelves. Indeed, CarPlay coming to aftermarket stereo units could bring back what Apple indirectly stole from the industry going back as far as 2006."

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Homeland audiobook, direct from me

Boing Boing - 16 April, 2014 - 07:12

My independently produced audio edition of Homeland, read by Wil Wheaton, is now available direct from me as a $15 MP3 download. The audiobook not only features Wil's reading, but also Noah Swartz reading his brother Aaron Swartz's afterword and Jacob Appelbaum reading his own afterword, recorded at the Berlin studio of Atari Teenage Riot's Alec Empire.

Here's a free preview of chapter one.

Homeland audiobook purchase






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Galaxy S5 bests Nexus 5, iPhone 5S, HTC One M8 in torture gauntlet

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 07:12
The sadists at SquareTrade put the latest and greatest through the paces. Samsung's Galaxy S5 seemed to prove again that plastic is nothing to be ashamed of.
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Tax dodgers beware: IRS could be watching your social media

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 06:50
The IRS is said to be data mining Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other sites for info that could come handy in audits.
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

Slashdot - 16 April, 2014 - 06:40
Advocatus Diaboli writes "The EFF has been investigating the FBI's Next-Generation Identification (NGI) scheme, an enormous database of biometric information. It's based on the agency's fingerprint database, which already has 100 million records. But according to the documents EFF dug up, the NGI database will include 52 million images of people's faces by 2015. At least 4.3 million images will have been taken outside any sort of criminal context. 'Currently, if you apply for any type of job that requires fingerprinting or a background check, your prints are sent to and stored by the FBI in its civil print database. However, the FBI has never before collected a photograph along with those prints. This is changing with NGI. Now an employer could require you to provide a 'mug shot' photo along with your fingerprints. If that's the case, then the FBI will store both your face print and your fingerprints along with your biographic data.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

Slashdot - 16 April, 2014 - 06:40
Advocatus Diaboli writes "The EFF has been investigating the FBI's Next-Generation Identification (NGI) scheme, an enormous database of biometric information. It's based on the agency's fingerprint database, which already has 100 million records. But according to the documents EFF dug up, the NGI database will include 52 million images of people's faces by 2015. At least 4.3 million images will have been taken outside any sort of criminal context. 'Currently, if you apply for any type of job that requires fingerprinting or a background check, your prints are sent to and stored by the FBI in its civil print database. However, the FBI has never before collected a photograph along with those prints. This is changing with NGI. Now an employer could require you to provide a 'mug shot' photo along with your fingerprints. If that's the case, then the FBI will store both your face print and your fingerprints along with your biographic data.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

Slashdot - 16 April, 2014 - 06:40
Advocatus Diaboli writes "The EFF has been investigating the FBI's Next-Generation Identification (NGI) scheme, an enormous database of biometric information. It's based on the agency's fingerprint database, which already has 100 million records. But according to the documents EFF dug up, the NGI database will include 52 million images of people's faces by 2015. At least 4.3 million images will have been taken outside any sort of criminal context. 'Currently, if you apply for any type of job that requires fingerprinting or a background check, your prints are sent to and stored by the FBI in its civil print database. However, the FBI has never before collected a photograph along with those prints. This is changing with NGI. Now an employer could require you to provide a 'mug shot' photo along with your fingerprints. If that's the case, then the FBI will store both your face print and your fingerprints along with your biographic data.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

Slashdot - 16 April, 2014 - 06:40
Advocatus Diaboli writes "The EFF has been investigating the FBI's Next-Generation Identification (NGI) scheme, an enormous database of biometric information. It's based on the agency's fingerprint database, which already has 100 million records. But according to the documents EFF dug up, the NGI database will include 52 million images of people's faces by 2015. At least 4.3 million images will have been taken outside any sort of criminal context. 'Currently, if you apply for any type of job that requires fingerprinting or a background check, your prints are sent to and stored by the FBI in its civil print database. However, the FBI has never before collected a photograph along with those prints. This is changing with NGI. Now an employer could require you to provide a 'mug shot' photo along with your fingerprints. If that's the case, then the FBI will store both your face print and your fingerprints along with your biographic data.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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