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Rumored Amazon smartphone to call on 3D

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 01:05
Latest report on Amazon's first branded phone, including leaked photos, suggests the company will play up the device's 3D interface, which is said to set it apart from the competition.






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How to buy Google Glass today, and today only

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 01:01
Google is selling its $1,500 high-tech specs to anyone in the US. But the deal is good for just one day.






Categories: Open Source

Beautiful steam-powered mechanical models on auction block

Boing Boing - 16 April, 2014 - 00:58

Leavitt Pumping Engine. Very finely built and presented vintage exhibition model of a massive American steam powered waterworks pump designed by Erasmus Darwin Leavitt circa 1895. Model has exceptional detail and is expertly finished with complex gearing operated by a central ship's wheel. Presented on wood stand with table base. Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

Check out the preview photos for this Heritage auction of magnificent mechanical models. Given the amount of time and skill that went into the construction of these hand-made machines, the estimated value seems ridiculously low. (If craftsmanship isn't your thing, you might be able to pick up a Cy Twombly masterpiece for under $1 million.)

Steam Tractor. Finely built and detailed operational 1.8 scale metal model of a steam tractor built by the Jerome I. Case Threshing Machine Company in Wisconsin circa 1910. Presented in custom oak and glass display case. Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.

Havester. Finely built, scarce wood and metal 1.6 scale authentic model of the 'Famous' 4 HP hit and miss engine, with mechanical chassis, originally built by International Harvester in Chicago from circa 1906. Presented in wood and glass display case. Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000.

Stanley Steamer. Superbly detailed and engineered approximately 1.4 scale model of a circa 1905 two cylinder 'Stanley Steamer' after the original built by twin brothers Francis and Freelan Stanley in Newton, Massachusetts. The model is authentic in every detail including painted finish, controls, rubber tires and leather upholstery. Presented on wood stand to allow operation in place. Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.

Ferrari Superbly built in Detroit by Ron Phillips and Jeron Classics, a limited edition exquisitely detailed hand-made 1.4 scale radio control Ferrari fitted with a single cylinder, fan-cooled engine made in Germany by Bernhardt GmbH, putting out 1.5 hp at 15,000 rpm and reputed potential top speed of 100 mph. Features include rear wheel drive through centrifugal clutch and driveshaft, hydraulic disc brakes, working quick action fuel intake, hand made wire wheels each with 36 spokes, semi-pneumatic rubber tires, wood-rim steering wheel and full instrument panel including working tachometer. The removable aluminum body is mounted on stainless steel chassis with full independent suspension from coil springs and tube shocks, perfectly finished in 'rosso corsa' with authentic Scuderia Ferrari decals. The engine cowling lifts to reveal both the engine and signature of Argentine racing legend and Formula 1 Hall of Fame member Juan Manuel Fangio (1911-1995) placed boldly on the underside. Fangio was World Champion with Enzo Ferrari's team in 1956, and beat this car a year later racing with Maserati. Presented in custom wood and glass display case with table base. Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000.






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Microsoft releases Office 365 Personal -- for iPad too

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 00:54
Newest Office 365 subscription plan is now available and includes iPads among supported devices.
Categories: Open Source

Akamai scoffs humble pie: Heartbleed defence crumbles, new SSL keys for customers

The Register - 16 April, 2014 - 00:54
We got this covered ... er, maybe not

Akamai has issued new SSL certificates to some of its customers after realising its customized OpenSSL was not immune to the Heartbleed bug as first thought.…

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How to force a patina on carbon steel

Boing Boing - 16 April, 2014 - 00:43

Last week I offered a quick review recommending my favorite, dirt cheap pocket knife: the Opinel No. 8. Examining one of my carbon steel blades I was disappointed to find it had not yet formed a protective patina. I decided to change that.

A big complaint about carbon steel is that it rusts quickly, while stainless steel does not. Carbon blades can be sharpened finer and will hold their edge longer than stainless. Adding a patina, or acquiring one via use, on carbon steel will slow bad rust. I say bad rust because patina on carbon steel is rust, it is just a good, stable black rust (Fe3O4,) as opposed to the evil, pitting red stuff (Fe2O3.)

How do you get a nice patina on your carbon steel? Treating it with a light acid seems to be the answer. Forums suggest everything from dunking your blade in heated apple cider vinegar to coating it with mustard. I stuck mine in a lemon. The photo above is the result.

After letting the knives sit in the lemon for 24 hrs, I wiped them off. The lemon had turned black where it was in contact with the steel. The steel began to develop a nice grey/black film. Wiping the blade smears the patina and helped coat more evenly. I then returned the blades back to said lemon and left them for a few more hours. I repeated until I was happy with how each looked. One knife took fewer applications than the other.

To get a more even, less random application you may try the apple cider method above, or submerging the blade in a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar for 4 to 24 hours. Forums have hundreds of recommendations for the brave or bored.

If you'd like to try forcing a patina on carbon steel and need a knife, I suggest the Opinel No. 8 Carbon.






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Apple antitrust monitor: So far, so good -- but could be better

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 00:35
Michael Bromwich says that Apple has become more responsive to his inquiries regarding its e-book price-fixing case, but he'd like to have time with the company's senior leadership.
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Google updates Glass to Android KitKat, kills video calls before one-day sale

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 00:22
On the eve of its one-day Glass sale, Google announces a roll out of a bevy of features -- and a roll back of an important one -- to its wearable headset that will bring it up to speed with the latest Android operating system.






Categories: Open Source

OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Slashdot - 16 April, 2014 - 00:20
First time accepted submitter Iarwain Ben-adar (2393286) writes "The OpenBSD has started a cleanup of their in-tree OpenSSL library. Improvements include removing "exploit mitigation countermeasures", fixing bugs, removal of questionable entropy additions, and many more. If you support the effort of these guys who are responsible for the venerable OpenSSH library, consider a donation to the OpenBSD Foundation. Maybe someday we'll see a 'portable' version of this new OpenSSL fork. Or not."

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HTC, Samsung flagships set for new look, report says

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 00:15
HTC could offer a plastic casing with its One M8 in emerging markets, while Samsung may come out with a metal unibody version of its Galaxy S5.






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Space lettuce! Astronauts to grow greens on space station

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 00:09
Fresh salads may soon be on the menu for astronauts aboard the International Space Station as they try out a new zero-gravity greenhouse.
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Same-day booking app HotelTonight predicts the future too

from News.com - 16 April, 2014 - 00:00
With a new feature called "Look Ahead," the 3-year-old app gives the more cautious traveler confidence to book on a whim.






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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Slashdot - 15 April, 2014 - 23:34
jfruh (300774) writes "Back in February, after a lengthy dispute, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for network access after being dogged by complaints of slow speeds from Comcast subscribers. Two months later, it appears that Comcast has delivered on its promises, jumping up six places in Netflix's ISP speed rankings. The question of whether this is good news for anyone but Comcast is still open."

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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Slashdot - 15 April, 2014 - 23:34
jfruh (300774) writes "Back in February, after a lengthy dispute, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for network access after being dogged by complaints of slow speeds from Comcast subscribers. Two months later, it appears that Comcast has delivered on its promises, jumping up six places in Netflix's ISP speed rankings. The question of whether this is good news for anyone but Comcast is still open."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Slashdot - 15 April, 2014 - 23:34
jfruh (300774) writes "Back in February, after a lengthy dispute, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for network access after being dogged by complaints of slow speeds from Comcast subscribers. Two months later, it appears that Comcast has delivered on its promises, jumping up six places in Netflix's ISP speed rankings. The question of whether this is good news for anyone but Comcast is still open."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Slashdot - 15 April, 2014 - 23:34
jfruh (300774) writes "Back in February, after a lengthy dispute, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for network access after being dogged by complaints of slow speeds from Comcast subscribers. Two months later, it appears that Comcast has delivered on its promises, jumping up six places in Netflix's ISP speed rankings. The question of whether this is good news for anyone but Comcast is still open."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Slashdot - 15 April, 2014 - 23:34
jfruh (300774) writes "Back in February, after a lengthy dispute, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for network access after being dogged by complaints of slow speeds from Comcast subscribers. Two months later, it appears that Comcast has delivered on its promises, jumping up six places in Netflix's ISP speed rankings. The question of whether this is good news for anyone but Comcast is still open."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Slashdot - 15 April, 2014 - 23:34
jfruh (300774) writes "Back in February, after a lengthy dispute, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for network access after being dogged by complaints of slow speeds from Comcast subscribers. Two months later, it appears that Comcast has delivered on its promises, jumping up six places in Netflix's ISP speed rankings. The question of whether this is good news for anyone but Comcast is still open."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Slashdot - 15 April, 2014 - 23:34
jfruh (300774) writes "Back in February, after a lengthy dispute, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for network access after being dogged by complaints of slow speeds from Comcast subscribers. Two months later, it appears that Comcast has delivered on its promises, jumping up six places in Netflix's ISP speed rankings. The question of whether this is good news for anyone but Comcast is still open."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: The Essentials

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Slashdot - 15 April, 2014 - 23:34
jfruh (300774) writes "Back in February, after a lengthy dispute, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for network access after being dogged by complaints of slow speeds from Comcast subscribers. Two months later, it appears that Comcast has delivered on its promises, jumping up six places in Netflix's ISP speed rankings. The question of whether this is good news for anyone but Comcast is still open."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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