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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 22:10
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes In the months and weeks leading up to a referendum vote that would have established a locally owned fiber network in three small Illinois cities, Comcast and SBC (now AT&T) bombarded residents and city council members with disinformation, exaggerations, and outright lies to ensure the measure failed. The series of two-sided postcards painted municipal broadband as a foolhardy endeavor unfit for adults, responsible people, and perhaps as not something a smart woman would do. Municipal fiber was a gamble, a high-wire act, a game, something as "SCARY" as a ghost. Why build a municipal fiber network, one asked, when "internet service [is] already offered by two respectable private businesses?" In the corner, in tiny print, each postcard said "paid for by SBC" or "paid for by Comcast." The postcards are pretty absurd and worth a look.

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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 21:31
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes The 'Weissman Score' — created for HBO's "Silicon Valley" to add dramatic flair to the show's race to build the best compression algorithm — creates a single score by considering both the compression ratio and the compression speed. While it was created for a TV show, it does really work, and it's quickly migrating into academia. Computer science and engineering students will begin to encounter the Weissman Score in the classroom this fall."

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A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 20:50
Slashdot's Tim Lord was cruising the halls at OSCON, where he spotted Kevin Bates and his tiny Arduino-based device, called the Arduboy. On Kevin's Tindie.com sales page, he says the games it can run include, "Space Rocks, Snake, Flappy Ball, Chess, Breakout, and many more...The most exciting one could be made by you!" || His work with Arduboy got Kevin invited to the recent White House Maker Faire, where he rubbed shoulders (and shot selfies with) Bill Nye the Science Guy, Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, and Arduino creator Massimo Banzi. || Does Kevin have a Kickstarter in the works? There's nothing about Arduboy on Kickstarter.com, and given the Arduboy's simplicity and low price (currently $50), plus stories about it everywhere from Time.com to engadget to Slashdot, he may not need any financing or capital to make his idea succeed. (Alternate Video Link)

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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 20:07
UrsaMajor987 (3604759) writes I have a Asus Transformer tablet that I dropped on the floor. There is no obvious sign of damage but It will no longer boot. Good excuse to get a newer model. I intend to sell it for parts (it comes with an undamaged keyboard) or maybe just toss it. I want to remove all my personal data. I removed the flash memory card but what about the other storage? I know how to wipe a hard drive, but how do you wipe a tablet? If you were feeling especially paranoid, but wanted to keep the hardware intact for the next user, what would you do?

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Dando otra vuelta de tuerca a la licencia para proteger mi obra de la LPI

kriptopolis.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 19:30
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En febrero de este año decidí cambiar la licencia de mis artículos y de mi página web, tras leer el Anteproyecto de Ley de Propiedad Intelectual (LPI) que se nos venía encima. El texto que elegí es el siguiente:

"Copyleft Fernando Acero Martín. Se permite la copia textual, la traducción y la distribución de este artículo entero en cualquier medio, a condición de que este aviso sea conservado. Se permite la cita. El autor no reclamará ninguna cantidad por el ejercicio de las dos autorizaciones anteriores. No autorizo a ninguna Entidad de Derechos de Autor a reclamar cantidad alguna en mi nombre."

Pues bien, creo que es el momento de cambiar un poco mi licencia a la vista del texto del Proyecto de Reforma de la LPI aprobado en el Congreso. Y si nos ceñimos a la realidad, también hay que decir que dicha aprobación no se hizo sin una buena dosis de indignación y malestar por parte de amplios sectores de la sociedad española, especialmente, al ver en vivo y en directo, la forma tan criticable en la que se desarrolló la polémica votación de un tema tan importante para todos.

Es una pena de la nueva LPI no considere que el autor es el único que debe y puede decidir sobre su obra y en especial, sobre la mejor forma de comercializarla y divulgarla, creando derechos "irrenunciables", que pueden ir claramente en contra de lo que desea para su obra y que por cierto, son una enorme traba a la cultura libre.

Y dicho así, no parece que en la LPI se considere la creación intelectual como un derecho humano, que es como debería ser considerada y con ello, respetar al autor y sus deseos para su obra por encima de cualquier otra consideración. Ya es triste, que me tenga que quebrar la cabeza para intentar proteger mi obra de una Ley que presuntamente está elaborada para defender mis derechos como autor. Señores yo quiero que mi obra se divulgue y se cite libremente y sin coste alguno para los que lo hacen.

De todos modos, eso solamente es un sentimiento personal, pero si me paro a analizar las consecuencias que puede tener este texto, solamente puedo decir que se me ponen los pelos de punta. Es una Ley diseñada para ir en contra de la corriente y en especial, en contra de los nuevos modelos de negocio que están apareciendo en la Red, que favorece más a las industrias que a los autores. No voy a insistir sobre ello puesto que otros muchos más doctos que yo han hecho este análisis antes y seguro que con mucho más tino que el que suscribe.

Cuando cambié mi licencia en febrero pasado, fue una modesta medida que para mi sorpresa tuvo una gran aceptación entre la audiencia y algunos autores que suelen poner sus obras a disposición del público con licencias libres, hicieron lo mismo que yo y modificaron sus licencias adecuadamente. Pues para todos ellos, aquí va una nueva propuesta, que espero que sea de su agrado. Ahora con Reforma de la LPI pasando sin problemas por el Congreso camino del Senado, le he dado una segunda lectura más detallada y me he parado a pensar en el Artículo 32.2, que dice lo siguiente:

“La puesta a disposición del público por parte de prestadores de servicios electrónicos de agregación de contenidos de fragmentos no significativos de contenidos, divulgados en publicaciones periódicas o en sitios Web de actualización periódica y que tengan una finalidad informativa, de creación de opinión pública o de entretenimiento, no requerirá autorización, sin perjuicio del derecho del editor o, en su caso, de otros titulares de derechos a percibir una compensación equitativa. Este derecho será irrenunciable y se hará efectivo a través de las entidades de gestión de los derechos de propiedad intelectual”.

Es evidente por lo tanto, que si queremos que nos enlacen y nos citen libremente y que nadie cobre por un trabajo que es nuestro, que ponemos a disposición de todos con licencias libres, es conveniente dejar bien claro que nuestro artículo, publicación, blog o página web, no tiene finalidad informativa, de creación de opinión pública, o de entretenimiento y pensando en ello, mi licencia queda como sigue:

"Copyleft Fernando Acero Martín. El presente artículo no tiene finalidad informativa, de creación de opinión pública o de entretenimiento. Tiene como finalidad principal, la enseñanza y la divulgación de experiencias, proyectos, pensamientos y conocimientos del autor. Se permite la copia textual, la traducción y la distribución de este artículo entero en cualquier medio, a condición de que este aviso sea conservado. Se permite la cita. El autor no reclamará ninguna cantidad por el ejercicio de las dos autorizaciones anteriores. No autorizo a ninguna Entidad de Derechos de Autor a reclamar cantidad alguna en mi nombre por el ejercicio de los dos derechos anteriores."

Asimismo, también recomiendo eliminar los blogs, o de nuestras páginas web, cualquier referencia, apartado o sección que introduzca la palabra "opinión", "entretenimiento", "noticias" o "información", especialmente, si la finalidad de nuestro blog o de nuestra página web, no es principalmente el informar, crear opinión pública o entretener, evitando así, cualquier confusión o ambigüedad a la hora de considerar por parte de terceros el el carácter del contenido de nuestro blog o página web.

"Copyleft Fernando Acero Martín. El presente artículo no tiene finalidad informativa, de creación de opinión pública o de entretenimiento. Tiene como finalidad principal, la enseñanza y la divulgación de experiencias, proyectos, pensamientos y conocimientos del autor. Se permite la copia textual, la traducción y la distribución de este artículo entero en cualquier medio, a condición de que este aviso sea conservado. Se permite la cita. El autor no reclamará ninguna cantidad por el ejercicio de las dos autorizaciones anteriores. No autorizo a ninguna Entidad de Derechos de Autor a reclamar cantidad alguna en mi nombre por el ejercicio de los dos derechos anteriores."

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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 19:26
Bennett Haselton writes: I can't stand switching from a slideout-keyboard phone to a touchscreen phone, and my own informal online survey found a slight majority of people who prefer slideout keyboards even more than I do. Why will no carrier make them available, at any price, except occasionally as the crummiest low-end phones in the store? Bennett's been asking around, of store managers and users, and arrives at even more perplexing questions. Read on, below.

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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 18:45
SonicSpike points out an article from the Pew Charitable Trusts' Research & Analysis department on the legislation and regulation schemes emerging in at least a few states in reaction to the increasing use of digital currencies like Bitcoin. A working group called the Conference of State Bank Supervisors’ Emerging Payments Task Force has been surveying the current landscape of state rules and approaches to digital currencies, a topic on which state laws are typically silent. In April, the task force presented a model consumer guidance to help states provide consumers with information about digital currencies. A number of states, including California, Massachusetts and Texas, have issued warnings to consumers that virtual currencies are not subject to “traditional regulation or monetary policy,” including insurance, bonding and other security measures, and that values can fluctuate dramatically. ... The article focuses on the high-population, big-economy states of New York, California and Texas, with a touch of Kansas -- but other states are sure to follow. Whether you live in the U.S. or not, are there government regulations that you think would actually make sense for digital currencies?

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Internet Census 2012 Data Examined: Authentic, But Chaotic and Unethical

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 18:03
An anonymous reader writes "A team of researchers at the TU Berlin and RWTH Aachen presented an analysis of the Internet Census 2012 data set (here's the PDF) in the July edition of the ACM Sigcomm Computer Communication Review journal. After its release on March 17, 2013 by an anonymous author, the Internet Census data created an immediate media buzz, mainly due to its unethical data collection methodology that exploited default passwords to form the Carna botnet. The now published analysis suggests that the released data set is authentic and not faked, but also reveals a rather chaotic picture. The Census suffers from a number of methodological flaws and also lacks meta-data information, which renders the data unusable for many further analyses. As a result, the researchers have not been able to verify several claims that the anonymous author(s) made in the published Internet Census report. The researchers also point to similar but legal efforts measuring the Internet and remark that the illegally measured Internet Census 2012 is not only unethical but might have been overrated by the press."

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Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 17:22
jfruh (300774) writes "For some time, Intel has been offering custom-tweaked chips to big customers. While most of the companies that have taken them up on this offer, like Facebook and eBay, put the chips into servers meant for internal use, Oracle will now be selling systems running on custom Xeons directly to end users. Those customers need to be careful about how they configure those systems, though: in the new Oracle 12c, the in-memory database option, which costs $23,000 per processor, is turned on by default."

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Attackers Install DDoS Bots On Amazon Cloud

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 16:40
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in distributed search engine software Elasticsearch to install DDoS malware on Amazon and possibly other cloud servers. Last week security researchers from Kaspersky Lab found new variants of Mayday, a Trojan program for Linux that's used to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The malware supports several DDoS techniques, including DNS amplification. One of the new Mayday variants was found running on compromised Amazon EC2 server instances, but this is not the only platform being misused, said Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner Friday in a blog post."

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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 16:01
hypnosec writes with news that India's Central Bureau of Investigation has ordered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Google for violating Indian laws by mapping sensitive areas and defence installations in the country. As per the PE, registered on the basis of a complaint made by the Surveyor General of India's office to the Union Home Ministry, Google has been accused of organizing a mapping competition dubbed 'Mapathon' in February-March 2013 without taking prior permission from Survey of India, country's official mapping agency. The mapping competition required citizens to map their neighbourhoods, especially details related to hospitals and restaurants. The Survey of India (SoI), alarmed by the event, asked the company to share its event details. While going through the details the watchdog found that there were several coordinates having details of sensitive defence installations which are out of the public domain."

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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 15:23
puddingebola (2036796) writes "A team at Stanford has created a stable Lithium anode battery using a carbon honeycomb film. The film is described as a nanosphere layer that allows for the expansion of Lithium during use, and is suitable as a barrier between anode and cathode. Use of a lithium anode improves the coulombic efficiency and could result in longer range batteries for cars." The linked article suggests that the 200-mile-range, $25,000 electric car is a more realistic concept with batteries made with this technology, though some people are more interested in super-capacity phone batteries.

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Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 14:54
New submitter melarky (3767369) writes This is a fun weekend project that most nerds will appreciate. Step by step instructions and also a handy video will make the construction of this project fast and easy. I have seen lots of plans for sale (or actual guns/kits for sale), but couldn't seem to find any plans for free. I played around with a few different designs (even cut my first few on a homemade CNC machine) and finally landed on this design. I made the guide more accessible to the general public (no need for a CNC machine here), so if you've ever dreamed of ending friendships because of hundreds of rubber band welts, now's your chance! We'd like to see your home-made projects, too.

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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 14:27
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Chinese aircraft manufacturer China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) has started trial production of its TA600 amphibious aircraft, claimed to be the world's largest of its kind. With an expected maiden flight late next year, the Chinese plane would replace Japan's ShinMaywa US-2 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft as the largest of its kind globally." Take a look at a side profile illustration of the CA-600, on this Korean language page. The TA600 has a huge maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tons, but looks a bit puny compared to Howard Hughes' H-4 Hercules.

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The Oculus Rift DK2: In-Depth Review (and Comparison To DK1)

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 13:48
Benz145 (1869518) writes "The hotly anticipated Oculus Rift DK2 has begun arriving at doorsteps. The DK2s enhancements include optical positional tracking and a higher resolution panel, up from 1280×800 to 1920×1080 (1080p) and moved to a pentile-matrix OLED panel for display duties. This means higher levels of resolvable detail and a much reduced screen door effect. The panel features low persistence of vision, a technology pioneered by Valve that aims to cut motion artefacts by only displaying the latest, most correct display information relative to the user's movements – as users of the DK1 will attest, its LCD panel was heavily prone to smearing, things are now much improved with the DK2."

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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 13:06
The recent death by overdose of Google executive Timothy Hayes has drawn attention to the phenomenon of illegal drug use (including abuse of prescription painkillers) among technology workers and executives in high-pay, high-stress Silicon Valley. The Mercury News takes a look at the phenomenon; do the descriptions of freely passed cocaine, Red Bull as a gateway drug, and complacent managers match your own workplace experiences? From the Mercury News article: "There's this workaholism in the valley, where the ability to work on crash projects at tremendous rates of speed is almost a badge of honor," says Steve Albrecht, a San Diego consultant who teaches substance abuse awareness for Bay Area employers. "These workers stay up for days and days, and many of them gradually get into meth and coke to keep going. Red Bull and coffee only gets them so far." ... Drug abuse in the tech industry is growing against the backdrop of a national surge in heroin and prescription pain-pill abuse. Treatment specialists say the over-prescribing of painkillers, like the opioid hydrocodone, has spawned a new crop of addicts -- working professionals with college degrees, a description that fits many of the thousands of workers in corporate Silicon Valley. Increasingly, experts see painkillers as the gateway drug for addicts, and they are in abundance. "There are 1.4 million prescriptions ... in the Bay Area for hydrocodone," says Alice Gleghorn with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. "That's a lot of pills out there."

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De "Honorable" a "Horinable" (va sin hache, lo sé)

kriptopolis.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 11:19
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Por infosniper

Por fin ha caído del pedestal: el muy Honorable se ha quitado la careta y por fin ha mostrado públicamente parte de su verdadero rostro.

Pese a que en Catalunya ha existido tradicionalmente una parte de la sociedad profundamente ciega -ciega de esa que no quiere ver- gracias a los malvados españoles de la UDEF se ha derribado a todo un mito, ejemplo de patriotismo catalán, ejemplo de defensa de la cultura catalana y del trabajo bien hecho catalán. Ahí lo tenéis, a vuestros pies, pidiendo perdón y a merced de las hienas de la Unidad de Delincuencia Económica y Fiscal de la Policía Nacional. Ahora los rufianes españoles, "esos que nos roban", hijos del diablo y de satanás, tendrán las manos algo más libres porque el Honorable ya no podrá escudarse en la bandera patriótica de la senyera ni en la frase "están atacando a Catalunya" -cuando a quien se intentaba meter mano era a él-, pero no deben olvidar que el Honorable no es más que la cúspide del iceberg y que de él pende toda una casta que a su sombra se había arrimado y beneficiado...

Éste es el verdadero patriotismo catalán, ésta es la huida hacia adelante llamada "independencia": "la pela es la pela, y si es mía mejor". Si Catalunya hubiera sido "independiente" todo este monumental escándalo se hubiera tapado porque aquí los llamados tres poderes (legislativo, ejecutivo, judicial) no son independientes, nunca lo han sido, y mucho menos los altos cargos de la administración que son los que históricamente han parado los pies a los funcionarios que han querido realizar su trabajo con "independencia" de consignas políticas e intereses de partido (intereses en el reparto de la pasta).

La gente de la calle está hasta los huevos de ellos, pide a gritos un castigo ejemplar no solo con su entrada en prisión sino metiéndoles mano en donde más les duele, en su patrimonio. Pero ya veremos en qué acaba todo esto.

infosniper

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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 10:51
Forbes has an update on what sort of future Nokia faces, as Microsoft reveals a strategy for making sense of the acquisition: [Microsoft EVP of devices Stephen] Elop laid out a framework for cost cuts in a memo to employees on July 17. Devices would focus on high and low cost Windows smartphones, suggesting a phasing out of feature phones and Android smartphones. Two business units, smart devices and mobile phones, would become one, thereby cutting overlap and overhead. Microsoft would reduce engineering in Beijing and San Diego and unwind engineering in Oulu, Finland. It would exit manufacturing in Komarom, Hungary; shift to lower cost areas like Manaus, Brazil and Reynosa, Mexico; and reduce manufacturing in Beijing and Dongguan, China. Also, CEO Satya Nadella gave hints about how Microsoft will make money on Nokia during Tuesday' conference call. Devices, he said, "go beyond" hardware and are about productivity. "I can take my Office Lens App, use the camera on the phone, take a picture of anything, and have it automatically OCR recognized and into OneNote in searchable fashion. There is a lot we can do with phones by broadly thinking about productivity." In other words, the sale of a smartphone is a means to other sales.

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How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 08:33
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A flock of starlings flies as one, a spectacular display in which each bird flits about as if in a well-choreographed dance. Everyone seems to know exactly when and where to turn. Now, for the first time, researchers have measured how that knowledge moves through the flock—a behavior that mirrors certain quantum phenomena of liquid helium. Some of the more interesting findings: Tracking data showed that the message for a flock to turn started from a handful of birds and swept through the flock at a constant speed between 20 and 40 meters per second. That means that for a group of 400 birds, it takes just a little more than a half-second for the whole flock to turn."

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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

slashdot.org - dl, 28/07/2014 - 04:55
New submitter Brett W (3715683) writes The security researchers that first published the 'Heartbleed' vulnerabilities in OpenSSL have spent the last few months auditing the Top 50 downloaded Android apps for vulnerabilities and have found issues with at least half of them. Many send user data to ad networks without consent, potentially without the publisher or even the app developer being aware of it. Quite a few also send private data across the network in plain text. The full study is due out later this week.

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