Wednesday April 23, 2014

DP Review: SmugMug Films: Master of illusions

DP Review (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 23:30 AWST)

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We've been following SmugMug Films' ongoing behind-the-lens series and have found the clips to be an interesting look at people who follow their passions in photography. The latest installment features Joel Grimes. He's been a commercial advertising photographer for more than 30 years and is most known for his composite portraits. Grimes considers himself more than a photographer - an artist and illusionist, creating images that are larger than life. See video and read Q&A

GNOME Look: Badge SilverGR-BW Conky Theme (Desklets)

(posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 22:55 AWST)

ThumbnailBadge SilverGR-BW Conky Theme
(Desklets)
my blog:
http://myconkys.blogspot.com


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download page updated

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GNOME Look: Badge SilverGR Conky Theme (Desklets)

(posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 22:55 AWST)

ThumbnailBadge SilverGR Conky Theme
(Desklets)
addition to badge style conky themes;
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http://myconkys.blogspot.com

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Slashdot: ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 22:55 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes "On 3 February 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) issued the remaining five /8 address blocks, each containing 16.7 million addresses, in the global free pool equally to the five RIRs, and as such ARIN is no longer able to receive additional IPv4 resources from the IANA. After yesterday's large allocation (104.64.0.0/10) to Akamai, the address pool remaining to be assigned by ARIN is now down to the last /8. This triggers stricter allocation rules and marks the end of general availability of new IPv4 addresses in North America. ARIN thus follows the RIRs of Asia, Europe and South America into the final phase of IPv4 depletion."

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Slashdot: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 22:14 AWST)

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Apple on Tuesday announced the OS X Beta Seed Program, which allows anyone to download and install pre-release Mac software for the sake of testing and submitting feedback before the public launch. Until Tuesday, Apple charged users $99 a year to test out new OS X software—doing so required a paid-up developer account. (Testing new iPhone software still requires a separate developer account for another $99 a year.) Now, much the same way new OS X software is now totally free to download, it's also free to try out. All you need is an Apple ID to sign up."

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Digital Photography School: How to get Motivated to do more Photography

Digital Photography School (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 22:00 AWST)

Are you one of those photographers who finds there’s a million other things that demand your attention and get in the way of pursuing your passion for photography?

You’re not alone. The work/life balance is a delicate dance and it’s easy to get sidetracked by the endless tasks of day to day life, even when things are going well. As a professional photographer you’d expect I spend a great deal of time out there shooting, but the truth is that I don’t get to shoot anywhere near as much as I’d love to.

There are a few things you can do however, that ought to help you scratch that creative itch and satisfy your photographer’s heart.

Let’s get motivated!

Landscape Photography Ebook

1 – Take your camera everywhere

Sounds like a hassle right? But you don’t need to have it on your person at all times, just leave it in the car and maybe carry a spare battery so that when inspiration strikes you’re not cursing yourself for leaving the camera at home.

2 – Stop for that shot

I’m guilty of this all the time. While driving, I often see lots of cool and interesting scenes along the road. I sometimes tell myself ”Oh, I’ll shoot it tomorrow on my way back”, but often you’ll find that this might be your only chance. Pull over, take 10 minutes and get that shot, more often than not you’ll be glad you did.

Learning Landscape Photography

3 – Butter up your spouse

If your spouse is not that into photography, you’ve no doubt had to endure a grumpy ride home after making your beloved wait in the car for an hour while you get caught up in a sunset shoot. Plan ahead and build up some brownie points with the other half so that you can cash in those chips when you need it most. Some preemptive grovelling can go a long way.

4 – Get a photography buddy

If you have a friend that loves photography, it’s much more fun to go out and shoot together or plan short little shooting trips on a semi-regular basis. Join camera clubs or meetups to find like minded souls that share your passion. You’ll feed off each others energy and maybe even have a little healthy competition.

Delicate Arch Landscape, Moab, Utah

5 – Take a photo vacation

Dedicate a one to two week trip at a tremendously epic location and shoot as much as your family, friends or partner will tolerate. You can even become the official ‘trip photographer’ and if you get some great shots you’re more likley to have the family appreciate your need to do photography. Getting your loved ones ‘on side’ will give you a lot more freedom to dedicate time to your art.

6 – Rent a lens – see with new eyes

There’s nothing better than slapping a new piece of high end glass on your camera and seeing things with new eyes. If you’ve got an interesting trip planned, it doesn’t cost that much to rent a top notch lens for a weekend or a few days. It’s like getting a new camera that you already know how to use.

Antelope Canyon Landscape Photography

7 – Go running to find new locations

I’ll admit that I don’t have the patience or time for going on long hikes to discover new locations. I prefer to put on my running shoes, hit the trails and burn some calories. I can cover lots of ground in a fraction of the time it would take to hike and I’m always finding new beauty spots that I can revisit when the conditions are right. If you run daily you will also discover the best times of day for beautiful light.

8 – Follow your peers on social media

I don’t know about you, but nothing motivates me more than seeing the amazing work of my peers and thinking ‘I could have shot that’. The old adage of ‘right place, right time’ is so true in photography, so the more time you spend shooting, the more chances you’ll have at getting some amazing shots that will inspire your peers.

Landscape Photography

9 – Procrastinate and perish

I’m starting to sound like one of those awful life coaches here but seriously, procrastination will only lead to frustration. If you’re a complete beginner, it might take a while before you nail your first unbelievable shot, but when you inevitably do, it might just be the catalyst that kicks your photography into overdrive and once you’ve been bitten by that bug, there’s no turning back. Just don’t let your spouse read this.

What suggestions do you have for getting motivated to do more photography? What motivates you? Share with us some of your tips in the comments below.

Some other articles to read to get you fired up include:

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Slashdot: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 21:33 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes "On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers are legally allowed to stop and search vehicles based solely on anonymous 911 tips. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority opinion, reasoned that 'a 911 call has some features that allow for identifying and tracking callers' as well as for recording their calls, both of which he believed gave anonymous callers enough reliability for police officers to act on their tips with reasonable suspicion against the people being reported. The specific case before them involved an anonymous woman who called 911 to report a driver who forced her off the road. She gave the driver's license plate number and the make and model of his car as well as the location of the incident in question. Police officers later found him, pulled him over, smelled marijuana, and searched his car. They found 30 pounds of weed and subsequently arrested the driver. The driver later challenged the constitutionality of the arrest, claiming that a tip from an anonymous source was unreliable and therefore failed to meet the criteria of reasonable suspicion, which would have justified the stop and search. Five of the nine justices disagreed with him." The ruling itself (PDF).

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Slashdot: Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 20:50 AWST)

KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Face recognition has come a long way in recent years. In ideal lighting conditions, given the same pose, facial expression etc, it easily outperforms humans. But the real world isn't like that. People grow beards, wear make up and glasses, make strange faces and so on, which makes the task of facial recognition tricky even for humans. A well-known photo database called Labelled Faces in the Wild captures much of this variation. It consists of 13,000 face images of almost 6000 public figures collected off the web. When images of the same person are paired, humans can correctly spot matches and mismatches 97.53 per cent of the time. By comparison, face recognition algorithms have never come close to this. Now a group of computer scientists have developed a new algorithm called GaussianFace that outperforms humans in this task for the first time. The algorithm normalises each face into a 150 x 120 pixel image by transforming it based on five image landmarks: the position of both eyes, the nose and the two corners of the mouth. After being trained on a wide variety of images in advance, it can then compare faces looking for similarities. It does this with an accuracy of 98.52 per cent; the first time an algorithm has beaten human-level performance in such challenging real-world conditions. You can test yourself on some of the image pairs on the other side of the link."

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Slashdot: Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 20:12 AWST)

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: "The Supreme Court, by a vote of 6 — 2, has upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions, finding that a lower court did not have the authority to set aside the measure approved in a 2006 referendum supported by 58% of voters. 'This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it,' wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy. 'Michigan voters used the initiative system to bypass public officials who were deemed not responsive to the concerns of a majority of the voters with respect to a policy of granting race-based preferences that raises difficult and delicate issues.' Kennedy's core opinion in the Michigan case seems to exalt referenda as a kind of direct democracy that the courts should be particularly reluctant to disturb. This might be a problem for same-sex marriage opponents if a future Supreme Court challenge involves a state law or constitutional amendment enacted by voters. Justice Sonia Sotomayor reacted sharply in disagreeing with the decision in a 58 page dissent. 'For members of historically marginalized groups, which rely on the federal courts to protect their constitutional rights, the decision can hardly bolster hope for a vision of democracy (PDF) that preserves for all the right to participate meaningfully and equally in self-government.' The decision was the latest step in a legal and political battle over whether state colleges can use race and gender as a factor in choosing what students to admit. Michigan has said minority enrollment at its flagship university, the University of Michigan, has not gone down since the measure was passed. Civil rights groups dispute those figures and say other states have seen fewer African-American and Hispanic students attending highly competitive schools, especially in graduate level fields like law, medicine, and science."

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DFES Emergency Alerts: ​Bushfire ADVICE for Mount Clarence in the City of Albany

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 19:55 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in Mount Clarence in the City of Albany.
Content:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in Mount Clarence in the City of Albany.

  • The alert level for this fire has been downgraded.
  • There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area.
  • Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
  • The fire started between Thomas Street and Burt Street and is burning in bushland in the Mount Clarence Reserve.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving slowly in a northerly direction. 
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.


WHAT TO DO:

  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.


WHAT TO DO:

  • Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
  • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
  • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
  • If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears
  • If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.


ROAD CLOSURES:

Some roads may be closed including:

  • Apex Drive at Marine Drive.

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visitingwww.mainroads.wa.gov.au 

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Forty five career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters and Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene.
  • Firefighters are working to establish containment lines. 
  • The City of Albany are also in attendance.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The incident was reported at 3.42pm today.
  • The cause of the fire is unknown.
  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
  • DFES is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.

The next update will be provided by 11.00am tomorrow 24 April 2014 unless the situation changes.


Publication Time: 23/04/2014 7:51 PM

Slashdot: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 18:25 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes "Game design is one of those jobs everybody thinks they can do. After all, they've played a few games, and they know what they liked and disliked, right? How hard could it be? Well, professional game designer Liz England has summed up the difficulty of the job and the breadth of knowledge needed to do it in what she calls 'the door problem.' Quoting: 'Premise: You are making a game. Are there doors in your game? Can the player open them? Can the player open every door in the game? What tells a player a door is locked and will open, as opposed to a door that they will never open? What happens if there are two players? Does it only lock after both players pass through the door? What if the level is REALLY BIG and can't all exist at the same time?' This is just a few of the questions that need answering. She then goes through how other employees in the company respond to the issue, often complicating it. 'Network Programmer: "Do all the players need to see the door open at the same time?" Release Engineer: "You need to get your doors in by 3pm if you want them on the disk." Producer: "Do we need to give everyone those doors or can we save them for a pre-order bonus?"'"

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GNOME Look: Dorian Theme 3.10_12232013-1 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 17:56 AWST)

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(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
~ A Elegant Dark Theme
Dorian has many of its own unique characteristics. To name a couple, hovered buttons grow in size, and insensitive buttons/widgets have a diagonal pattern distinguishing them from normal or active states.
Dorian's appearance is consistent between Gtk2 and Gtk3. Gtk2 uses the pixmap-engine to resemble Gtk3 as closely as possible.

Theme includes:
Gtk3 and Gtk2 themes
Metacity Themes - Basic, and Retro: Left and Right
Openbox Themes - Default(retro-box) and Dorian-Neon
Ubuntu Software-Center Theme
Chromium Browser Themes - Dorian and Dorian-Simple
Firefox Browser Theme is located in the 3.6 download, but works for any version of Firefox.

**Gnome 3.8 compatible. suggest the Gnome 3.6 version 3.10 may work also.

*See download page for further details.

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GNOME Look: Zorin Dark (GNOME Wallpaper 1920x1200)

(posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 17:25 AWST)

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(GNOME Wallpaper 1920x1200)
(1920 x 1200) Dark Table adjusted image with vignette and various other modifications!

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Slashdot: The $5,600 Tablet

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 17:11 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes "Tablets have come a long way in the past few years, and it has become possible to find a capable device for under $200. But what about the tablets pushing toward the high end of the spectrum? Xplore Technologies sells a line of tablets that top out at $5,600. Who on earth would pay that much? The military, of course. 'The DMSR models both have handles and are encased in tough protective covers. They can be dropped more than 2 meters onto a plywood floor and 1.2 meters onto concrete, and can operate in temperatures between -30 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-34 to 60 degrees Celsius). They've been tested to the U.S. military's tough MIL-STD-810G standard for extreme conditions. The tablets run Windows and come with Intel's latest Core i5 or i7 Haswell processors. Solid-state drive options extend to 480GB. ... They display images at 1024 x 768 resolution. That's less than some cheaper Windows tablets, but Xplore claims to offer excellent LCD visibility in sunlight thanks to a display luminescence of 1,300 NITS. The tablets have internal fans but can still run for up to eight-and-a-half hours on a 10-cell battery, Xplore said. They weigh a hefty 2.4 kilograms.'"

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DP Review: Drone films SpaceX rocket launch and landing

DP Review (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 16:00 AWST)

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These days shots from a flying drone are a dime a dozen - when engagement shoots are being covered from a hovering photographic robot you know that the technology is ubiquitous. It's getting increasingly hard to impress someone with images or video from drones. So it's lucky that privately-owned SpaceX happens to own its own rockets because it gives them the ability to capture stunning video, like this launch and landing test of its Falcon 9 Reusable rocket. See video

DP Review: NYC Department of Records archives showcase city's history

DP Review (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 15:00 AWST)

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You don’t have to be a New Yorker to appreciate the 900,000 plus images available online through the NYC Department of Records archives. Some are photographs of well-known icons like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, while others are Wee Gee-esque in their grit or as mundane as photos documenting local school buildings. Many of the images date back to the late 1800s. Learn more

Slashdot: WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 14:18 AWST)

New submitter JImbob0i0 writes: "Back in January, Linksys/Belkin made a big deal about their new router, the WRT1900AC, which they claimed was a successor to the venerable WRT54G, and how they were working with OpenWRT. They released it this week, but their promises have fallen far short. You need to apply patches (which don't apply cleanly) and compile yourself in order to get it to work... so long as you don't need wireless support. There has not been much response from Linksys on the mailing list to criticism of the improperly formatted patch dump and poor reviews as a result."

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Slashdot: Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 12:14 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes "Now that Google's modular phone effort, Project Ara, looks a bit less like vaporware, people are starting to figure out its implications for the future of cellphones. One fascinating possibility is that it could transform the cellphone purchasing process into something resembling desktop computer purchasing. Enthusiasts could search out the individual parts they like the best and assemble them into cellphone Voltron. People who just want a decent phone with no hassle could look at pre-built offerings — and not just from Apple, Samsung, and the like. It could open up a whole new group of phone 'manufacturers.' Of course, this comes with drawbacks, too — if you think fragmentation is bad now, imagine trying to support thousands of different hardware combinations."

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SC Magazine: Devs, hackers hunt for iOS malware author

(posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 11:45 AWST)

Apple IDs, passwords stolen.

GNOME Look: Blue Elegance Light 1.0 (GTK 2.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 11:27 AWST)

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(GTK 2.x Theme/Style)
Blue Elegance Light is a medium grey theme for GTK2 and Metacity. This theme is released under the GNU General Public License version 3.

Features include:

* Glossy buttons
* Lighter menu and notebook images
* Concave scrollbar and progress bar troughs
* Control (GTK2) and window border (Metacity) themes
* Different shades for focused and unfocused window borders
* Medium grey panel
* Two-tone blue desktop wallpaper
* Copy of GNU GPL v3
* .xcf files (GIMP templates) for many images


For best results:
* Use the gnome-brave icon theme available from the gnome colors icon suite. You can find this theme here:
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/GNOME-colors?content=82562

* Set your panel to:
Orientation - Bottom
Size - 28 pixels

changelog:
ver. 1.0 - initial release

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GNOME Look: Blue Elegance Dark 1.0 (GTK 2.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 11:26 AWST)

ThumbnailBlue Elegance Dark 1.0
(GTK 2.x Theme/Style)
Blue Elegance Dark is a medium grey theme for GTK2 with a dark blue Metacity theme. This theme is released under the GNU General Public License version 3.

Features include:

* Glossy buttons
* Lighter menu and notebook images
* Concave scrollbar and progress bar troughs
* Control (GTK2) and window border (Metacity) themes
* Different shades for focused and unfocused window borders
* Dark blue panel
* Two-tone blue desktop wallpaper
* Copy of GNU GPL v3
* .xcf files (GIMP templates) for many images


For best results:
* Use the gnome-brave icon theme available from the gnome colors icon suite. You can find this theme here:
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/GNOME-colors?content=82562

* Set your panel to:
Orientation - Bottom
Size - 28 pixels

changelog:
ver. 1.0 - initial release

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Slashdot: BioWare Announces Dragon Age Inquisition For October 7th

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 11:14 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes "Today BioWare announced a new game in its popular Dragon Age RPG series titled Inquisition. The game will follow the story of an Inquisitor trying to rally the world against the magic-laden forces spewing from rifts opening to another place. The game's creative director, Mike Laidlaw, says players will be able to watch the world descend into chaos, and then deal with the burdens of power as they rally forces in opposition. BioWare is also taking the opportunity to fix all of the things they broke in Dragon Age 2: 'Top-down tactical view is back. Playable races are back. The game seems to have more of an emphasis on challenge thanks to non-regenerative health.' The game will launch on October 7th for the PC, PS3/4, and Xbox 360/One."

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GNOME Look: Go Away! v2 2 (GDM Theme)

(posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 10:51 AWST)

ThumbnailGo Away! v2 2
(GDM Theme)
This was originally by franek and I have updated it a little bit.

I made the background image larger and removed the large bar that went across the bottom of the screen.

Source --> http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=100980&forumpage=0

Enjoy!

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SC Magazine: Heartbleed attacks to go uncounted?

(posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 10:45 AWST)

Blog: Exploit leaves no trace.

Slashdot: How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 10:16 AWST)

Daniel_Stuckey writes: "Silk Road, the online marketplace notable for selling drugs and attempting to operate over Tor, was shut down last October. Its successor, Silk Road 2.0 survived for a few months before suffering a security breach. In total, an estimated $2.7 million worth of Bitcoin belonging to users and staff of the site was stolen. Some in the Silk Road community suspected that the hack might have involved staff members of the site itself, echoing scams on other sites. Project Black Flag closed down after its owner scampered with all of their customers' Bitcoin, and after that users of Sheep Marketplace had their funds stolen, in an incident that has never been conclusively proven as an inside job or otherwise. Many site owners would probably have given up at this point, and perhaps attempted to join another site, or start up a new one under a different alias. Why would you bother to pay back millions of dollars when you could just disappear into the digital ether? But Silk Road appears to be trying to rebuild, and to repay users' lost Bitcoins."

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SC Magazine: WA Police prepares computer-aided dispatch system replacement

(posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 09:59 AWST)

New tools to cope with growing demand.

GNOME Look: Rezo White 1.00.00 (X11 Mouse Theme)

(posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 09:54 AWST)

ThumbnailRezo White 1.00.00
(X11 Mouse Theme)
Rezo White is a X11 mouse theme multisized to 24, 32, 40, 48, 56 and 64 pixels, and is a modification of popular and marvelous mouse theme called DMZ.

The pointers were modified and the new pointers and animations made with Inkscape. They are an attractive pointers, for people who like this fantastic cursor theme. Cursors are looking well in both dark and clear backgrounds. I will appreciate any comments to improve this cursor theme.

It's almost flat, because only has shadow's blur and hasn't any degradated image. Has always worked fine in Gnome and Unity, and now I've added some symlinks to Steam, and everything needed for KDE with Kwin, Cinnamon, Pantheon, Xcfe.

I decided to upload it, and after will go improving it. I would like change a few things so you can expect updates. If you find any bugs, please let me know in comments section.

If you don't know how to install a mouse theme with multi sized property, like this one, go to http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=164435, there you can see all instruccions for Gnome, Unity, KDE, Cinnamon, Pantheon, and Xfce.

Thanks, and greetings,
MarkoF

changelog:
  • 2014 Apr 22 v1.00.00 initial release


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    GNOME Look: Rezo Red 1.00.00 (X11 Mouse Theme)

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 09:52 AWST)

    ThumbnailRezo Red 1.00.00
    (X11 Mouse Theme)
    Rezo Red is a X11 mouse theme multisized to 24, 32, 40, 48, 56 and 64 pixels, and is a modification of popular and marvelous mouse theme called DMZ.

    The pointers were modified and the new pointers and animations made with Inkscape. They are an attractive pointers, for people who like this fantastic cursor theme. Cursors are looking well in both dark and clear backgrounds. I will appreciate any comments to improve this cursor theme.

    It's almost flat, because only has shadow's blur and hasn't any degradated image. Has always worked fine in Gnome and Unity, and now I've added some symlinks to Steam, and everything needed for KDE with Kwin, Cinnamon, Pantheon, Xcfe.

    I decided to upload it, and after will go improving it. I would like change a few things so you can expect updates. If you find any bugs, please let me know in comments section.

    If you don't know how to install a mouse theme with multi sized property, like this one, go to http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=164435, there you can see all instruccions for Gnome, Unity, KDE, Cinnamon, Pantheon, and Xfce.

    Thanks, and greetings,
    MarkoF

    changelog:
  • 2014 Apr 22 v1.00.00 initial release


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    GNOME Look: Rezo Orange 1.00.00 (X11 Mouse Theme)

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 09:52 AWST)

    ThumbnailRezo Orange 1.00.00
    (X11 Mouse Theme)
    Rezo Orange is a X11 mouse theme multisized to 24, 32, 40, 48, 56 and 64 pixels, and is a modification of popular and marvelous mouse theme called DMZ.

    The pointers were modified and the new pointers and animations made with Inkscape. They are an attractive pointers, for people who like this fantastic cursor theme. Cursors are looking well in both dark and clear backgrounds. I will appreciate any comments to improve this cursor theme.

    It's almost flat, because only has shadow's blur and hasn't any degradated image. Has always worked fine in Gnome and Unity, and now I've added some symlinks to Steam, and everything needed for KDE with Kwin, Cinnamon, Pantheon, Xcfe.

    I decided to upload it, and after will go improving it. I would like change a few things so you can expect updates. If you find any bugs, please let me know in comments section.

    If you don't know how to install a mouse theme with multi sized property, like this one, go to http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=164435, there you can see all instruccions for Gnome, Unity, KDE, Cinnamon, Pantheon, and Xfce.

    Thanks, and greetings,
    MarkoF

    changelog:
  • 2014 Apr 22 v1.00.00 initial release


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    GNOME Look: Rezo Blue 1.00.00 (X11 Mouse Theme)

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 09:50 AWST)

    ThumbnailRezo Blue 1.00.00
    (X11 Mouse Theme)
    Rezo Blue is a X11 mouse theme multisized to 24, 32, 40, 48, 56 and 64 pixels, and is a modification of popular and marvelous mouse theme called DMZ.

    The pointers were modified and the new pointers and animations made with Inkscape. They are an attractive pointers, for people who like this fantastic cursor theme. Cursors are looking well in both dark and clear backgrounds. I will appreciate any comments to improve this cursor theme.

    It's almost flat, because only has shadow's blur and hasn't any degradated image. Has always worked fine in Gnome and Unity, and now I've added some symlinks to Steam, and everything needed for KDE with Kwin, Cinnamon, Pantheon, Xcfe.

    I decided to upload it, and after will go improving it. I would like change a few things so you can expect updates. If you find any bugs, please let me know in comments section.

    If you don't know how to install a mouse theme with multi sized property, like this one, go to http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=164435, there you can see all instruccions for Gnome, Unity, KDE, Cinnamon, Pantheon, and Xfce.

    Thanks, and greetings,
    MarkoF

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    GNOME Look: Rezo Green 1.00.00 (X11 Mouse Theme)

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 09:48 AWST)

    ThumbnailRezo Green 1.00.00
    (X11 Mouse Theme)
    Rezo Green is a X11 mouse theme multisized to 24, 32, 40, 48, 56 and 64 pixels, and is a modification of popular and marvelous mouse theme called DMZ.

    The pointers were modified and the new pointers and animations made with Inkscape. They are an attractive pointers, for people who like this fantastic cursor theme. Cursors are looking well in both dark and clear backgrounds. I will appreciate any comments to improve this cursor theme.

    It's almost flat, because only has shadow's blur and hasn't any degradated image. Has always worked fine in Gnome and Unity, and now I've added some symlinks to Steam, and everything needed for KDE with Kwin, Cinnamon, Pantheon, Xcfe.

    I decided to upload it, and after will go improving it. I would like change a few things so you can expect updates. If you find any bugs, please let me know in comments section.

    If you don't know how to install a mouse theme with multi sized property, like this one, go to http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=164435, there you can see all instruccions for Gnome, Unity, KDE, Cinnamon, Pantheon, and Xfce.

    Thanks, and greetings,
    MarkoF





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    SC Magazine: Flaw leaves WhatsApp users open to spying

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 09:43 AWST)

    Latest in a line of bugs.

    SC Magazine: BoM to build call centre for weather advice

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 08:23 AWST)

    One-stop-shop for rain, hail or shine.

    Slashdot: How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

    Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 08:12 AWST)

    alphadogg writes: "Apple is making a billion dollar bet on sapphire as a strategic material for mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and perhaps an iWatch. Exactly what the company plans to do with the scratch-resistant crystal – and when – is still the subject of debate. Apple is creating its own supply chain devoted to producing and finishing synthetic sapphire crystal in unprecedented quantities. The new Mesa, Arizona plant, in a partnership with sapphire furnace maker GT Advanced Technologies, will make Apple one of the world's largest sapphire producers when it reaches full capacity, probably in late 2014. By doing so, Apple is assured of a very large amount of sapphire and insulates itself from the ups and downs of sapphire material pricing in the global market."

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    SC Magazine: INPEX to deploy subsea transponder networks

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 08:06 AWST)

    Track remotely operated submersible.

    Slashdot: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

    Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 07:30 AWST)

    An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. general population is often the butt of jokes with regard to their understanding of science. A survey by the Associated Press now shows just how arbitrary and erratic the public's dissent can be. 'The good news is that more than 80 percent of those surveyed are strongly confident that smoking causes cancer; only four percent doubt it. Roughly 70 percent accepted that we have a genome and that mental illness is seated in the brain; about 20 percent were uncertain on these subjects, and the doubters were few. But things go downhill from there. Only about half of the people accepted that vaccines are safe and effective, with 15 percent doubting. And that's one of the controversial topics where the public did well. As for humanity's role in climate change, 33 percent accepted, 28 percent were unsure, and 37 percent fell in the doubter category. For a 4.5-billion-year-old Earth and a 13.8-billion-year-old Big Bang, acceptance was below 30 percent. Fully half of the public doubted the Big Bang (PDF).'"

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    Slashdot: Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

    Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 06:47 AWST)

    An anonymous reader writes "Andrew Kelley was a big fan of the Amarok open source music player. But a few years ago, its shortcomings were becoming more annoying and the software's development path no longer matched with the new features he wanted. So he did what any enterprising hacker would do: he started work on a replacement. Three and a half years later, his project, Groove Basin, has evolved into a solid music player, and it's still under active development. Kelley has now posted a write-up of his development process, talking about what problems he encountered, how he solved them, and how he ended up contributing code to libav."

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    OpenBSD Journal: It's Official: The OpenSSL Overhaul Is A Fork: Welcome LibreSSL in OpenBSD 5.6

    OpenBSD Journal (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 06:18 AWST)

    Yes, it's official. The recent work in cleaning up OpenSSL is now officially a fork, with its own website and donation link.

    The project's name going forward is LibreSSL, and according to the (so far spartan) website, the first release will be included in OpenBSD 5.6, which is expected to be released November 1st, 2014.

    Read more...

    Slashdot: Parents' Privacy Concerns Kill 'Personalized Learning' Initiative

    Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 06:05 AWST)

    theodp writes: "You may recall that inBloom is a data initiative that sought to personalize learning. GeekWire's Tricia Duryee now reports that inBloom, which was backed by $100 million from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others, is closing up shop after parents worried that its database technology was violating their children's privacy. According to NY Times coverage (reg.), the inBloom database tracked 400 different data fields about students — including family relationships ('foster parent' or 'father's significant other') and reasons for enrollment changes ('withdrawn due to illness' or 'leaving school as a victim of a serious violent incident') — that parents objected to, prompting some schools to recoil from the venture. In a statement, inBloom CEO Iwan Streichenberger said that personalized learning was still an emerging concept, and complained that the venture had been 'the subject of mischaracterizations and a lightning rod for misdirected criticism.' He added, 'It is a shame that the progress of this important innovation has been stalled because of generalized public concerns about data misuse, even though inBloom has world-class security and privacy protections that have raised the bar for school districts and the industry as a whole.' [Although it was still apparently vulnerable to Heartbleed.] Gates still has a couple of irons left in the data-driven personalized learning fire via his ties to Code.org, which seeks 7 years of participating K-12 students' data, and Khan Academy, which recently attracted scrutiny over its data-privacy policies."

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    GNOME Look: Rezo Black 1.00.00 (X11 Mouse Theme)

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 06:01 AWST)

    ThumbnailRezo Black 1.00.00
    (X11 Mouse Theme)
    Rezo Black is a X11 mouse theme multisized to 24, 32, 40, 48, 56 and 64 pixels, and is a modification of popular and marvelous mouse theme called DMZ.

    The pointers were modified and the new pointers and animations made with Inkscape. They are an attractive pointers, for people who like this fantastic cursor theme. Cursors are looking well in both dark and clear backgrounds. I will appreciate any comments to improve this cursor theme.

    It's almost flat, because only has shadow's blur and hasn't any degradated image. Has always worked fine in Gnome and Unity, and now I've added some symlinks to Steam, and everything needed for KDE with Kwin, Cinnamon, Pantheon, Xcfe.

    I decided to upload it, and after will go improving it. I would like change a few things so you can expect updates. If you find any bugs, please let me know in comments section.

    If you don't know how to install a mouse theme with multi sized property, like this one, go to http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=164435, there you can see all instruccions for Gnome, Unity, KDE, Cinnamon, Pantheon, and Xfce.

    Thanks, and greetings,
    MarkoF


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    Slashdot: Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

    Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 05:12 AWST)

    Details have leaked about the next iteration of Intel's Thunderbolt connector. The good news: bandwidth will double, going up to about 40Gbps from its current 20. Power usage will drop by half, and it'll support PCI-e 3.0. The bad news: it uses a redesigned connector, and will rely on adapters for backward compatibility. From the article: "Doubling the available bandwidth will enable next-generation Thunderbolt controllers to drive two 4K displays simultaneously, where current controllers can only drive one. The new controllers will allegedly be compatible with a variety of other protocols as well, including DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0, and HDMI 2.0. Intel will offer two different versions of the controller—a version that uses four PCI Express lanes to drive two Thunderbolt ports and an "LP" (presumably "Low Power") version that uses two PCI Express lanes to drive one port."

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    SC Magazine: ispONE founder files lawsuit against new owner

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 04:40 AWST)

    Business partnership sours.

    Slashdot: Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

    Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 04:30 AWST)

    Trailrunner7 writes: "Apple has fixed a serious security flaw present in many versions of both iOS and OS X and could allow an attacker to intercept data on SSL connections. The bug is one of many the company fixed Tuesday in its two main operating systems, and several of the other vulnerabilities have serious consequences as well, including the ability to bypass memory protections and run arbitrary code. The most severe of the vulnerabilities patched in iOS 7.1.1 and OSX Mountain Lion and Mavericks is an issue with the secure transport component of the operating systems. If an attacker was in a man-in-the-middle position on a user's network, he might be able to intercept supposedly secure traffic or change the connection's properties."

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    SC Magazine: NSW school staff suffering through LMBR rollout

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 04:21 AWST)

    Systems replacement ‘more difficult than anticipated’.

    SC Magazine: Apple issues critical security patches for OS X, iOS

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 04:10 AWST)

    Includes fix for SSL data capture bug.

    DP Review: Nikon Coolpix P340 real-world samples gallery

    DP Review (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 03:58 AWST)

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    The Coolpix P340 is Nikon's latest pocket enthusiast camera, featuring a large 1/1.7", 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, full manual controls (P, S, A, M) and Raw image capture. The P340 has a versatile 5x (24-120mm equivalent) wide-angle to telephoto zoom range plus 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom and a fast F1.8 maximum aperture lens with Lens Shift VR image stabilization. We've spent a few days shooting with it to see if these specs add up to impressive performance. See gallery

    DP Review: Nokia device division may become 'Microsoft Mobile'

    DP Review (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 03:54 AWST)

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    Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Nokia's Devices and Services division, and in March both companies confirmed the $7.2 billion deal would be closed by the end of April. Now Windows Mobile Power User got hold of a leaked letter which Nokia supposedly had sent out to its suppliers in Finland. In the letter it says that the name of Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Learn more

    Slashdot: NIST Removes Dual_EC_DRBG From Random Number Generator Recommendations

    Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 03:49 AWST)

    hypnosec writes: "National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has removed the much-criticized Dual_EC_DRBG (Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator) from its draft guidance on random number generators following a period of public comment and review. The revised document retains three of the four previously available options for generating pseudorandom bits required to create secure cryptographic keys for encrypting data. NIST recommends that people using Dual_EC_DRBG should transition to one of the other three recommended algorithms as quickly as possible."

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    SC Magazine: Crime Commission wants to fine telcos who refuse to retain data

    (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 03:27 AWST)

    Encryption breaking should be enforced too.

    Slashdot: Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

    Slashdot (posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 03:07 AWST)

    Iddo Genuth writes "Earlier today Lytro introduced a new light-field camera called Illum. This is the second camera with this innovative refocusing technology from the California based company founded in 2006. The new camera is a more advanced version of the first camera introduced in 2012. It has a much larger sensor with four times the resolution (Lytro still uses the term megarays instead of megapixels), a much larger and longer zoom lens with a f/2 constant aperture and of course the ability to refocus after you take a picture (the new Illum can refocus on many more points in the image compared to the older version). Users will also have more control of the camera, a larger screen, and the ability to create regular JPEG images or videos made from the refocused images they capture."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.