Tuesday July 22, 2014

Slashdot: NVIDIA Launches Tegra K1-Based SHIELD Tablet, Wireless Controller

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 22:47 AWST)

MojoKid (1002251) writes NVIDIA just officially announced the SHIELD Tablet (powered by their Tegra K1 SoC) and SHIELD wireless controller. As the SHIELD branding implies, the new SHIELD tablet and wireless controller builds upon the previously-released, Android-based SHIELD portable to bring a gaming-oriented tablet to consumers. The SHIELD Tablet and wireless controller are somewhat of mashup of the SHIELD portable and the Tegra Note 7, but featuring updated technology and better build materials. You could think of the SHIELD Tablet and wireless controller as an upgraded SHIELD portable gaming device, with the screen de-coupled from the controller. The device features NVIDIA's Tegra K1 SoC, paired to 2GB of RAM and an 8", full-HD IPS display, with a native resolution of 1920x1200. There are also a pair of 5MP cameras on the SHIELD Tablet (front and rear), 802.11a/b/g/n 2x2 MIMO WiFi configuration, GPS, a 9-axis motion sensor, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. In addition to the WiFi-only version (which features 16GB of internal storage), NVIDIA has a 32GB version coming with LTE connectivity as well. NVIDIA will begin taking pre-orders for the SHIELD Tablet and wireless controller immediately.

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Slashdot: AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 22:07 AWST)

alphadogg (971356) writes "In its quest to help enterprises seek out and neutralize all threats to their Wi-Fi networks, AirMagnet is now looking to the skies. In a free software update to its AirMagnet Enterprise product last week, the Wi-Fi security division of Fluke Networks added code specifically crafted to detect the Parrot AR Drone, a popular unmanned aerial vehicle that costs a few hundred dollars and can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet. Drones themselves don't pose any special threat to Wi-Fi networks, and AirMagnet isn't issuing air pistols to its customers to shoot them down. The reason the craft are dangerous is that they can be modified to act as rogue access points and sent into range of a victim's wireless network, potentially breaking into a network to steal data."

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Digital Photography School: Overcoming the Fear – Creating Better Travel Photography Portraits

Digital Photography School (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 22:00 AWST)

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Traveling is fun and rewarding, but sharing memories of your journeys with friends, family and the world through your own beautiful images can be even better. Especially rewarding are images of the interesting people you meet along the way, because creating travel photography portraits can be an amazing addition to your portfolio.

But, if taking pictures of strangers while interacting with them makes you uneasy, maybe even feeling a bit of fear? GOOD! Then this article is for you.


The world of photography is divided between two groups of people: those who enjoy creating portrait photography and those who do not. Through discussion with my own students I have realized that only about ten percent of those who avoid portrait photography actually do not like it. The remaining ninety percent, so I discovered, are hiding, deep down inside, a photographer who really desires to shoot portraits, especially when he or she travels to interesting and distant places, meeting people from other cultures.

But it is not that easy. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s super hard. So what we do is we wrap ourselves with excuses like: “I do not feel comfortable with this”,”I do not want to invade a person’s privacy” and as the “golden excuse” we used that one story of someone who shouted at us at some market in Morocco.

Blue guy

First, from my experience, getting yelled at (and all kinds of other problems) only starts when you take photos of someone from a distance and they catch you in the act.

Paprlika princeBut here is another fact: there is nothing like photographing someone from a close distance. The eyes, the feelings and the huge visual story potential within. Besides, when we work from a close distance while interacting with the person, we gain control of our tools as photographers: composition, background, the “decisive moment” and we also have that amazing ability to tell the photographed person: “you know what, let’s take one more shot”.

In 99% of my travel photography work with magazines, I photograph portraits from a close distance, without hiding myself or hiding the fact I am taking a photo. Now, some will say that when a person sees a camera, it affects the authenticity of the moment. I will address this issue later.

First rule: tell, do not just show

This is the # 1 mistake of bad travel photography: trying to show a story, instead of telling it. Creating a diary instead of evoking feelings. Here is the unpleasant truth; apart from our family and close friends, no one cares where we travel and who we meet along the way. If you want to succeed in exciting your viewers, you need turn to a different approach.


Before the digital era, it was enough if you traveled to the other side of the world and came back with images of people from some exotic tribe. You know, those “colorful” images, of people with a bone stuck in their nose. Today, when almost every corner of our planet has been photographed, this is not enough anymore and we have to return to the basics; to that one element that hasn’t changed since the beginning of time – a story.

We are just obsessed with stories. A person is not only clothes, a Cuban cigar or colorful sari; a person is an entire story. A story is a complex thing to create, so for the first step I will ask that your images be able to answer this question: how does the person in the image feel? Is it a comedy or a tragedy? Has he just finished a day of hard work or is he enjoying a vacation? Look at the person’s body language and listen to his voice. Try to convey the type of feeling you had while meeting this person.


Choose the right equipment

Remember the following equation – if you have a telephoto lens, you will to use it, because that is the easiest way of shooting people, from a distance. Instead, go with a wide lens (up to 50 mm for full frame, 35mm for cropped sensor). Also, try to avoid complicated and sophisticated equipment like flash and tripods. This will attract unwanted attention in the streets and you will be busy handling the gear instead of focusing on the story in front of you.

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Read about the culture

Yes, in India they wear sari and in Cuba they smoke cigars. To get a more in-depth story of the culture, you have to learn about it first. Prior to your trip, do a brief study of the place you are about to visit. View images, read material and mainly, answer important questions like:

  • How will people react to the camera?
  • Do I need to pay for taking a picture?
  • Are there things that I should not photograph?

In order to answer these questions you can ask someone who visited the destination or look for information on the web. If you do not know anything about the culture, you will fall into the cliché of photogenic tourist traps. But if you come with knowledge, it will affect your photography. My editor at the National Geographic Traveler magazine calls this “photographic intelligence”. Go the extra mile and read about the history of the place, the religious system, the food and the local music, which leads me to our next tip.


Use the local music to your advantage

Recently I photographed a story on the Dominican Republic. It was the first time I worked on this side of the world and suddenly I felt as if I almost forgot how to take pictures. I did not approach anyone and at first, my photography did not come out well at all. So, I just listened to some local music on my headphones. I do not recommend staying with headphones all the time, because it cuts you off from the environment. But for the first day, it’s a great tip; it puts you in the groove and makes you feel good. In conclusion, on the first day of your trip, do not trouble yourself with approaching strangers. Relax, listen to the local music, get into the groove and warm up with easier image making: buildings, landscape, food, etc.


Get outside when the lighting is right

The meaning of “Photography” is drawing with light. Even the most photogenic person will not look good in unsuitable light. There are no rules about lighting – no “good” or “bad”. There is appropriate and inappropriate lighting, because light has varying qualities: color, direction, strength, softness, etc. According to most photographers, the best light for most situations is within the “golden hours”: around sunrise and sunset. If this is your first time approaching people in order to photograph them, let the light be on your side. Try adjusting the correct time to go outside. If you cannot control the time (like when on an organized tour) try to photograph people in the shade.


Force yourself – get out of your comfort zone

After a day of listening to the local music, getting the groove and warming up with easy shots, it is time to start working. Do not delay it, even if it is very hard for you. Just fake it until you make it:

  1. 72Choose: choose a person you would like to photograph. Don’t use excuses like: “I can’t find anyone special”. Just make the shot, even if it’s only for practice. It is very important that you choose a person who is not on the move, because you need to get ready BEFORE approaching him, so it will be easier in a static situation (a seller in market stand, or someone relaxing at the park)
  2. Get ready: know your lens and exposure. Think about the composition and background.
  3. Approach: ask the person if you can take their photo. You can ask verbally or just by lifting the camera and smiling, waiting for a smile back.
  4. Explain: it doesn’t matter if you are in NYC or Tibet; people want to know why you are taking their photo. You can tell them how much you liked their shop, pet, hair, etc., or just mention that you like portrait photography and you would like to take their photo. Usually this kind of good feedback will be enough.

Now, you might get a NO for an answer. That’s okay! Say “thank you” and then just “get back on the horse”, move on to the next person. You might get a YES. That’s wonderful! Relax, think about the framing and make the image.


So what about the authenticity of the moment?

It’s True. Usually when a person is asked to be photographed, they will put on a “mask”. You can call it their pose. Sometimes this pose might be the thing you are looking for. When photographing two men for a story I did in India for the National Geographic Traveler magazine, that pose (image below), which is so typical for the Rabari tribe men, was perfect for the story I wanted to tell.

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If you don’t want the pose, my solution – give your subject time and space. Do not stop him or her from making that pose. Give them a positive feedback and show them how nice the first photo came out. From my experience, after a minute or two, the masks fall. That is because someone eventually will enter your subject’s shop, or they will receive a phone call or anything that might make your subject forget you are still there. This is the moment of magic. This is when the best pictures happen.

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Slashdot: MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generation

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 21:26 AWST)

rtoz (2530056) writes Researchers at MIT have developed a new spongelike material structure which can use 85% of incoming solar energy for converting water into steam. This spongelike structure has a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam. This structure has many small pores. It can float on the water, and it will act as an insulator for preventing heat from escaping to the underlying liquid. As sunlight hits the structure, it creates a hotspot in the graphite layer, generating a pressure gradient that draws water up through the carbon foam. As water seeps into the graphite layer, the heat concentrated in the graphite turns the water into steam. This structure works much like a sponge. This new material is able to use 85 percent of incoming solar energy for converting water into steam. It is a significant improvement over recent approaches to solar-powered steam generation. And, this setup loses very little heat in the process, and can produce steam at relatively low solar intensity. i-e if scaled up, this setup will not require complex, costly systems to highly concentrate sunlight.

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GNOME Look: METROlux menu (GnoMenu Theme)

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 21:02 AWST)

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A update with serveral NEW cloud apps and MS office online with the free version of METROlux PRO menu!.

For professional users, and advertising
SEE The INFO menu.

First use:
Please install the "midori" browser to let the info/help function work.

There are 3 necessairy files to complete the menu.

extract as root this file: COLOHpro-


(HOWTO in METROluxIItiles.)

In METROluxIItiles i have upload the tiles and applet / launcher.




All the menus Works perfect with great performance and usability.

If you are interested to the binairy installer (Windows installer for Linux)
with all the necessairy components an a install script for the application you need.
You can install it with simple mouse clicks.

please contact me.

You can get the METROlux theme in a PRO and a home version.

Thanks for your interest in my menus.

If you want more menus or information for a personal menu : please contact me.

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GNOME Look: Zukitwo-Dark-Shell 3.0 (GNOME Shell Theme)

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 20:57 AWST)

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Zukitwo-Dark for gnome-shell 3.12.Hope you like it :)

This theme has 3 versions:

Zukitwo-Dark: Uses a simple background for the dash and has a textured background in overview.

Zukitwo-Dark-v2: Uses a simple background for the dash and doesn´t have a textured background in overview.

Zukitwo-Dark-v3: Uses a more complicated background for the dash (borrowed from popups) and has no textured background in overview.

GDM Theme:


You can also find me here: http://zagortenay333.deviantart.com/

Update 23. 5. 2014.
A few small tweaks.

Update 25. 5. 2014.
Fixed app-folder popups.

Update 6. 6. 2014.
Minor panel update.

Update 13. 6. 2014.
Added a new version of the theme. The overview is not a texture background, and the dash and workspaces backgrounds look differently; more suitable for the dash-to-dock extension.

Update 18. 6. 2014.
Various improvements.
Added third version.

Update 19. 6. 2014.
Fixed switchers´ size

Update 27. 6. 2014.
Small fixes and updated the overview texture.

Update 6. 7. 2014.
Small fixes.

Update 7. 7. 2014.
Small tweaks.

Update 18. 7. 2014.
Revamped search results.
Updated the look of buttons.
Updated the look of modal dialogs.
Updated textures.
Small tweak in sliders.
Various small tweaks.

Update 19. 7. 2014.
Small button fix.
Small button fix in network dialog.

Update 22. 7. 2014.
Added a GDM theme and instructions on how to apply it.
Improved modal dialogs.
Various smaller tweaks.

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Slashdot: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 20:47 AWST)

New submitter Tmackiller writes with an excerpt from VG247.com: The British government has decriminalised online video game, music and movie piracy, scrapping fuller punishment plans after branding them unworkable. Starting in 2015, persistent file-sharers will be sent four warning letters explaining their actions are illegal, but if the notes are ignored no further action will be taken. The scheme, named the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), is the result of years of talks between ISPs, British politicians and the movie and music industries. The UK's biggest providers – BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky – have all signed up to VCAP, and smaller ISPs are expected to follow suit. VCAP replaces planned anti-piracy measures that included cutting users' internet connections and creating a database of file-sharers. Geoff Taylor, chief executive of music trade body the BPI, said VCAP was about "persuading the persuadable, such as parents who do not know what is going on with their net connection." He added: "VCAP is not about denying access to the internet. It's about changing attitudes and raising awareness so people can make the right choice." Officials will still work to close and stem funding to file-sharing sites, but the news appears to mean that the British authorities have abandoned legal enforcement of online media piracy. Figures recently published by Ofcom said that nearly a quarter of all UK downloads were of pirated content." Tmackiller wants to know "Will this result in more private lawsuits against file sharers by the companies involved?"

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EEV Blog: EEVblog #643 – Mailbag

EEV Blog (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 20:45 AWST)

Mailbag Monday

Dual voltage source selection circuit
Casio FX-7000G the world’s first graphing scientific calculator, circa 1985.
A 1989 vintage analog ohmeter.
Teardown of a 450W electronic dimming module.
Forum HERE


Slashdot: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 20:06 AWST)

New submitter bnortman (922608) was the first to write in with word of "a new research paper discussing a new form of user fingerprinting and tracking for the web using the HTML 5 <canvas> ." globaljustin adds more from an article at Pro Publica: Canvas fingerprinting works by instructing the visitor's Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user's device a number that uniquely identifies it. ... The researchers found canvas fingerprinting computer code ... on 5 percent of the top 100,000 websites. Most of the code was on websites that use the AddThis social media sharing tools. Other fingerprinters include the German digital marketer Ligatus and the Canadian dating site Plentyoffish. ... Rich Harris, chief executive of AddThis, said that the company began testing canvas fingerprinting earlier this year as a possible way to replace cookies ...

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Slashdot: Print Isn't Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 16:54 AWST)

M-Saunders (706738) writes The death of print has been predicted for years, and many magazines and publishers have taken a big hit with the rise of eBooks and tablets. But not everyone has given up. Four geeks quit their job at an old Linux magazine to start Linux Voice, an independent GNU/Linux print and digital mag with a different publishing model: giving profits and content back to the community. Six months after a successful crowdfunding campaign, the magazine is going well, so here is the full story.

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Slashdot: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 15:01 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes The Economist reports, "'UNDER capitalism', ran the old Soviet-era joke, 'man exploits man. Under communism it is just the opposite.' In fact new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too: in East Germany, at least, communism appears to have inculcated moral laxity. Lars Hornuf of the University of Munich and Dan Ariely, Ximena García-Rada and Heather Mann of Duke University ran an experiment last year to test Germans' willingness to lie for personal gain. Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8). ... The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers ... when it comes to ethics, a capitalist upbringing appears to trump a socialist one."

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GNOME Look: Atomic Black (Metacity Theme)

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 14:50 AWST)

ThumbnailAtomic Black
(Metacity Theme)
Something very dark. Feel free to comment and/or criticize if you will.

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OpenBSD Journal: LibreSSL 2.0.3 Released

OpenBSD Journal (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 14:40 AWST)

Bob Beck (beck@) has announced the release of LibreSSL 2.0.3:

We have released an update, LibreSSL 2.0.3 - which should
be arriving in the LibreSSL directory of an OpenBSD mirror near
you very soon. 
This release includes a number of portability fixes based on the
the feedback we have received from the community. It also includes
some improvements to the fork detection support. 
As noted before, we welcome feedback from the broader community.                

SC Magazine: Black Hat cancels talk on how to crack Tor

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 14:38 AWST)

Research not approved for public release.

GNOME Look: Elissa Bibaud (GNOME Wallpaper 1920x1200)

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 12:55 AWST)

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SC Magazine: RSA chief calls for cooling of US, China tensions

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 12:10 AWST)

Government snooping permissible in a digital world without norms.

Slashdot: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 12:05 AWST)

Lasrick (2629253) writes In a controversial article last week, MIT physicist Ted Postol again questioned whether Israel's vaunted Iron Dome rocket defense system actually works. This week, he comes back with evidence in the form of diagrams, photos of Iron Dome intercepts and contrails, and evidence on the ground to show that Iron Dome in fact is effective only about 5% of the time. Postol believes the real reason there are so few Israeli casualties is that Hamas rockets have very small warheads (only 10 to 20 pounds), and also Israel's outstanding civil defense system, which includes a vast system of shelters and an incredibly sophisticated rocket attack warning system (delivered through smart phones, among other ways).

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SC Magazine: A call for timely reporting

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 11:26 AWST)

[Blog post] Businesses need incentives to keep customer data secure.

SC Magazine: Earning the right to innovate

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 10:07 AWST)

Breaking down the barriers to innovation is a long, but rewarding process, says Bank of Queensland Group CIO, Julie Bale.

Slashdot: No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 10:02 AWST)

theodp (442580) writes So, what does Microsoft do for an encore after laying off 18,000 employees with a hilariously bad memo? Issue another bad memo — Changes to Microsoft Network and Building Access for External Staff — "to introduce a new policy [retroactive to July 1] that will better protect our Microsoft IP and confidential information." How so? "The policy change affects [only] US-based external staff (including Agency Temporaries, Vendors and Business Guests)," Microsoft adds, "and limits their access to Microsoft buildings and the Microsoft corporate network to a period of 18 months, with a required six-month break before access may be granted again." Suppose Microsoft feels that's where the NSA went wrong with Edward Snowden? And if any soon-to-be-terminated Microsoft employees hope to latch on to a job with a Microsoft external vendor to keep their income flowing, they best think again. "Any Microsoft employee who separated from Microsoft on or after July 1, 2014," the kick-em-while-they're-down memo explains, "will be required to take a minimum 6-month break from access between the day the employee separates from Microsoft and the date when the former employee may begin an assignment as an External Staff performing services for Microsoft." Likely not just to prevent leaks, but also to prevent any contractors from being reclassified as employees.

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SC Magazine: US Homeland Security sued over data mining

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 09:48 AWST)

Privacy group wants Govt to hand over intel documents.

SC Magazine: SA Govt 'disappointed' with revenue system overhaul

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 09:11 AWST)

Treasury to finish RISTEC project without Fujitsu.

GNOME Look: Connected (GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 08:16 AWST)

(GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)

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SC Magazine: Yahoo to buy analytics startup Flurry

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 07:57 AWST)

To bolster mobile ad business.

Slashdot: Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 07:49 AWST)

Presto Vivace (882157) writes It seems that Murdoch's desire to acquire Time Warner predates his acquisition of Fox, and continues in spite of Time Warner's recent refusal. The possible deal is important in and of itself, but it also affects the future leadership of Fox. From the article: "Murdoch's skill is not just hiring the right people; he has been able to maintain control over them. They have his support as long as they produce results. His executives are the hired help. There is never any threat to his control. When a Murdoch favourite begins to get more headlines than the chairman, the clock begins ticking for their departure. But with the Time Warner bid, that balance may change. Chase Carey has put together a deal that, because of Murdoch's history, is almost irresistible to him. But it's a deal only Carey can put together. If he succeeds, the $US160 billion company that will emerge will be an ungainly beast that will depend on Carey making the merger work. He's indispensable." Clearly we have not heard the last of this.

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Slashdot: Mimicking Vesicle Fusion To Make Gold Nanoparticles Easily Penetrate Cells

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 07:06 AWST)

rtoz (2530056) writes A special class of tiny gold particles can easily slip through cell membranes, making them good candidates to deliver drugs directly to target cells. A new study from MIT materials scientists reveals that these nanoparticles enter cells by taking advantage of a route normally used in vesicle-vesicle fusion, a crucial process that allows signal transmission between neurons. MIT engineers created simulations of how a gold nanoparticle coated with special molecules can penetrate a membrane. Paper (abstract; full text paywalled).

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Slashdot: The Loophole Obscuring Facebook and Google's Transparency Reports

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 06:24 AWST)

Jason Koebler writes The number of law enforcement requests coming from Canada for information from companies like Facebook and Google are often inaccurate thanks to a little-known loophole that lumps them in with U.S. numbers. For example, law enforcement and government agencies in Canada made 366 requests for Facebook user data in 2013, according to the social network's transparency reports. But that's not the total number. An additional 16 requests are missing, counted instead with U.S. requests thanks to a law that lets Canadian agencies make requests with the U.S. Department of Justice.

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GNOME Look: Moth Orchid 3 Framed (GNOME Wallpaper 1920x1200)

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 05:59 AWST)

ThumbnailMoth Orchid 3 Framed
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Enjoy and Peace

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GNOME Look: Moth Orchid 3 (GNOME Wallpaper 1920x1200)

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 05:59 AWST)

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Enjoy and Peace

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Slashdot: NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 05:38 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes A building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where Apollo astronauts once trained, was named in honor of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Armstrong, who died in 2012, was remembered at a ceremony as not only an astronaut, but also as an aerospace engineer, test pilot, and university professor. NASA renamed the Operations and Checkout building, also known as the O&C, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been the last stop for astronauts before their flights since 1965. It was also used to test and process Apollo spacecraft. Currently, it's where the Orion spacecraft is being assembled to send astronauts to an asteroid and later to Mars.

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Slashdot: The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 04:50 AWST)

redletterdave writes Dan Petro, a security analyst for the Bishop Fox IT consulting firm, built a proof of concept device that's able to hack into any Google Chromecasts nearby to project Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up," or any other video a prankster might choose. The "Rickmote," which is built on top of the $35 Raspberry Pi single board computer, finds a local Chromecast device, boots it off the network, and then takes over the screen with multimedia of one's choosing. But it gets worse for the victims: If the hacker leaves the range of the device, there's no way to regain control of the Chromecast. Unfortunately for Google, this is a rather serious issue with the Chromecast device that's not too easy to fix, as the configuration process is an essential part of the Chromecast experience.

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SC Magazine: NBN Co offers new satellite service for remote users

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 04:43 AWST)

IPstar to wholesale broadband.

SC Magazine: Doubts cast on Queensland's ICT Dashboard

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 04:38 AWST)

Opposition, former Govt CIO say it can't be trusted.

SC Magazine: NAB backs payments startup Stripe

(posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 04:23 AWST)

Online payments provider launches in Australia.

Slashdot: Activist Group Sues US Border Agency Over New, Vast Intelligence System

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 04:03 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes with news about one of the latest unanswered FOIA requests made to the Department of Homeland Security and the associated lawsuit the department's silence has brought. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has sued the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in an attempt to compel the government agency to hand over documents relating to a relatively new comprehensive intelligence database of people and cargo crossing the US border. EPIC's lawsuit, which was filed last Friday, seeks a trove of documents concerning the 'Analytical Framework for Intelligence' (AFI) as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. EPIC's April 2014 FOIA request went unanswered after the 20 days that the law requires, and the group waited an additional 49 days before filing suit. The AFI, which was formally announced in June 2012 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), consists of "a single platform for research, analysis, and visualization of large amounts of data from disparate sources and maintaining the final analysis or products in a single, searchable location for later use as well as appropriate dissemination."

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DP Review: Ready for its close-up: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review

DP Review (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 03:40 AWST)

If the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 premium superzoom was a game-changer, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 changed the game yet again when it was introduced last month. With its 1"-type 20.1MP CMOS sensor and 25-400mm equiv. F2.8-4.0 lens it's an ideal candidate for travel, offering a larger-than-average sensor and generous zoom range. With 4K video recording and a lower MSRP, it gave the already-impressive RX10 a run for the money. Read more

Slashdot: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 03:15 AWST)

First time accepted submitter Gamoid writes This past school year, the Coachella Valley Unified School District gave out iPads to every single student. The good news is that kids love them, and only 6 of them got stolen or went missing. The bad news is, these iPads are sucking so much bandwidth that it's keeping neighboring school districts from getting online. Here's why the CVUSD is considering becoming its own ISP.

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Digital Photography School: How To Photograph Shy Adults

Digital Photography School (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 03:00 AWST)

Some people are not as comfortable in front of the camera as others. Perhaps they are shy, or perhaps they believe they have physical “imperfections”, so they aren’t at ease when it comes to having their photo taken. (I put quotes around that term because often these are not imperfections at all, but rather, beautiful parts of their body that they over-think.)

Unless they are a professional model, most people fall into this category to some degree. If they don’t feel comfortable, it will show in the photos. Luckily, there are things you can do that may help.


Give your subject something to do

Holding a pose will often garner an awkward expression. Thus, photograph them as they move. People are much more comfortable when they are in motion, than when they are still.

They don’t have to do anything overly complicated. The movements can be subtle, like looking up from a head-down position or fixing something, like part of their clothes.


Do your social psychology homework

Photographing people is part technical and part psychology.

For most people, you cannot start shooting the second your subject arrives and expect them to look natural, so communicate with them before the shoot if they are shy or concerned. Children aren’t the only ones who need time to warm up!

Make sure your subjects know how the shoot will go and what they need to do to prepare for it. If they are concerned about something, address it as quickly as possible. The longer a concern goes unresolved, the more it will grow.

Perhaps they have a scar on their arm they feel self-conscious about. Once you know that, you can address it, like letting them know you will try your best to avoid shooting it. Maybe they aren’t sure what to wear that will flatter their curvy body, so you can give them clothing suggestions or reassure them that you will use certain angles and lighting to accommodate this. Or maybe they are just plain shy, in which case, you want to make sure you talk to them! Let them know a little about you. Talk about common interests.

Making your subjects feel at ease is a very important and integral part of portrait photography.


Avoid silence

When you have a shy or uncertain subject, being silent for a length of time can be unnerving for them.

Talk to them during the shoot, but be careful not to bark orders at them (ie. “Sit there, look here, put your hand like this, move your body like that!”) because that will achieve the opposite of what you want.

Rather, tell them what they are doing right, so they know to keep doing that, and explain what you are doing before you do it.

The entire shoot doesn’t have to be instructional or too commentated, but a little bit of talking will make your subject feel more confident and “safe”. With these feelings, personalities and natural expressions will surface.


If you are photographing children, you’ll want to read: How to Photograph Shy Children as well.

Do you have any other tips for working with people? Please share in the comments below.

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Slashdot: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 02:28 AWST)

Trailrunner7 writes There are a number of undocumented and hidden features and services in Apple iOS that can be used to bypass the backup encryption on iOS devices and remove large amounts of users' personal data. Several of these features began as benign services but have evolved in recent years to become powerful tools for acquiring user data. Jonathan Zdziarski, a forensic scientist and researcher who has worked extensively with law enforcement and intelligence agencies, has spent quite a bit of time looking at the capabilities and services available in iOS for data acquisition and found that some of the services have no real reason to be on these devices and that several have the ability to bypass the iOS backup encryption. One of the services in iOS, called mobile file_relay, can be accessed remotely or through a USB connection can be used to bypass the backup encryption. If the device has not been rebooted since the last time the user entered the PIN, all of the data encrypted via data protection can be accessed, whether by an attacker or law enforcement, Zdziarski said. Update: 07/21 22:15 GMT by U L : Slides.

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Slashdot: UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 01:40 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes New research at the University of East Anglia finds that oceans are vital in the search for alien life. So far, computer simulations of habitable climates on other planets have focused on their atmospheres. But oceans play an equally vital role in moderating climates on planets and bringing stability to the climate, according to the study. From the press release: "The research team from UEA's schools of Mathematics and Environmental Sciences created a computer simulated pattern of ocean circulation on a hypothetical ocean-covered Earth-like planet. They looked at how different planetary rotation rates would impact heat transport with the presence of oceans taken into account. Prof David Stevens from UEA's school of Mathematics said: 'The number of planets being discovered outside our solar system is rapidly increasing. This research will help answer whether or not these planets could sustain alien life. We know that many planets are completely uninhabitable because they are either too close or too far from their sun. A planet's habitable zone is based on its distance from the sun and temperatures at which it is possible for the planet to have liquid water. But until now, most habitability models have neglected the impact of oceans on climate.'"

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OpenBSD Journal: g2k14: Ken Westerback on DHCP and dump(8)

OpenBSD Journal (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 01:35 AWST)

Having missed Ljubljana 1, I looked forward to Ljubljana 2 with great expectations. I was not disappointed! Mitja ran a great hackathon with a nice site and an excellent city around it.

GNOME Look: RaveH20-4-n Mint remake (GNOME Icon Theme)

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Slashdot: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 00:53 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, greatly shortening the time it takes to send videos and back up files online. All new subscribers will get "symmetrical" connections. If you previously were getting 15 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up, you'll be automatically upgraded for no extra cost to 15/15. Same goes if you were on their 50/25 plan: You'll now be upgraded to 50/50. And if you had 75/35? You guessed it: Now it'll be 75 down, and 75 up.

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Slashdot: Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

Slashdot (posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 00:05 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus have developed software that can track each and every cell in a developing embryo. The software will allow a researcher to pick out a single cell at any point in development and trace its life backward and forward during the embryo's growth. Philipp Keller, a group leader at Janelia says: "We want to reconstruct the elemental building plan of animals, tracking each cell from very early development until late stages, so that we know everything that has happened in terms of cell movement and cell division. In particular, we want to understand how the nervous system forms. Ultimately, we would like to collect the developmental history of every cell in the nervous system and link that information to the cell's final function. For this purpose, we need to be able to follow individual cells on a fairly large scale and over a long period of time."

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Monday July 21, 2014

Slashdot: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Slashdot (posted on Monday July 21, 2014 at 23:17 AWST)

Bennett Haselton writes My LG Optimus F3Q was the lowest-end phone in the T-Mobile store, but a cheap phone is supposed to suck in specific ways that make you want to upgrade to a better model. This one is plagued with software bugs that have nothing to do with the cheap hardware, and thus lower one's confidence in the whole product line. Similar to the suckiness of the Stratosphere and Stratosphere 2 that I was subjected to before this one, the phone's shortcomings actually raise more interesting questions — about why the free-market system rewards companies for pulling off miracles at the hardware level, but not for fixing software bugs that should be easy to catch. Read below to see what Bennett has to say.

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Slashdot: China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

Slashdot (posted on Monday July 21, 2014 at 22:30 AWST)

An anonymous reader points out that even though China's internet adoption rate is the lowest it's been in 8 years, the number of people surfing the net from a mobile device has never been higher. "The number of China's internet users going online with a mobile device — such as a smartphone or tablet — has overtaken those doing so with a personal computer (PC) for the first time, said the official China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) on Monday. China's total number of internet users crept up 2.3 percent to 632 million by the end of June, from 618 million at the end of 2013, said CNNIC's internet development statistics report. Of those, 527 million — or 83 percent — went online via mobile. Those doing so with a PC made up 81 percent the total. China is the largest smartphone market in the world, and by 2018 is likely to account for nearly one-third of the expected 1.8 billion smartphones shipped that year, according to data firm IDC.

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Digital Photography School: Creating Abstract Images in Nature

Digital Photography School (posted on Monday July 21, 2014 at 22:00 AWST)

What is a working definition of “abstract” nature photography? Nature so easily lends itself to subjects realistic and dream-like, but what about abstract? You may have heard it said “If it is recognizable as an object – it is not an abstract,” but let’s challenge that notion.

Abstract pics_0006_Diagonal Lines

There are no clear rules to abstract photography. The object of the photo may or may not be recognizable. Abstract images may contain a small portion of an object or multiple objects. An abstract will often concentrate on a limited area of a subject that reveals a shape, pattern, form, color or texture. Movement can also create abstract images, such as rushing water or the wind blowing a flower. To capture an image in nature as an abstract, you don’t need any special equipment – just a camera, and the most importantly, your own imagination. What matters most is that your photograph reveals an eye-pleasing image, whether you can identify the actual subject or not.

In this article you are not going to find any magical camera settings to create abstracts, because you need to think “outside the box“. Discovering the right setting is often the key to a great abstract. Don’t be afraid to put your camera in manual mode, and experiment with different apertures and shutter speeds. Remember that your aperture will control your depth of field, and your shutter speed affects the sharpness or blurriness of the image. Likewise, normal rules of image composition do not always apply to abstract photography. The key is to become super-observant, looking for even the smallest of objects with which to create an abstract image.

Where we look to other forms of photography to tell a story or record an event, abstract photography is about capturing an emotion. There are five key elements you want to consider in creating abstract images: lines, shapes, textures, patterns and colors:


Lines are the base element of design, and their uses are the fundaments of any artistic image.

  • Lines that intersect are lines that come from different directions into and out of an image, which can give the viewer a sense of chaos.
  • Curved lines allow the viewer’s eye to explore the image in a smooth free-flowing manner, evincing a much calmer emotion than straight lines.
  • Repetitive lines or lines in repeating patterns manifest a sense of power and predictability, rhythm and movement in an image.
  •  Diagonal lines are more visually pleasing than verticals or horizontals and will lead the viewer’s eyes at a much slower pace than a straight up-down line. (By rotating your camera you can turn your verticals and horizontals into diagonals.)

Abstract pics_0007_out of the fog


Shapes are found everywhere in nature, and can be used to create visual meaning in a photo. To capture an abstract image, choose a shape that is interesting and pleasing to the eye. It’s very important that the shape creates an emotional response from the viewer; this is called the “wow” factor.

  • Circles evoke flow, continuity and sensuality.
  • Triangles create a sense of stability if set on their base, or precariousness if set on their point.
  • Squares exhibit stability and order.
  • Spirals create a sense of energy, flexibility and life cycles.

pink flower


Texture is created by the roughness of a surface and may seem to be completely random. Textures are often a product of lines. Light and shadow create depth (a macro lens can be useful to capture textures).

Abstract pics_0009_rocks


Patterns are similar to textures, but are much more structured. Patterns can sometimes be mathematically composed by Mother Nature, for example; snowflakes and spider webs.

Abstract pics_0001_spiders web


Colors in abstracts are useful in catching your viewer’s attention.  Look for complementary colors as they will hold your viewer’s attention longer.

Abstract pics_0000_fall colors

Some other tips to get started on your photographic nature abstract project:

  • Photograph common objects. Trees, rocks, gravel, seashells, dew drops – even the most common of subjects can produce abstracts.
  • Use depth of field to capture the image you want. Change your F-stop (aperture) to control your depth of field.  This is especially useful when shooting textures, when you may need your entire subject to be tack sharp.
  • Use motion. Using a slow shutter speed to capture objects in motion can create some very interesting effects.
  • Experiment with your white balance. As mentioned earlier, in abstract photography you do not always need to follow the usual rules of   conventional photography and you are free to tweak your white balance to create interesting colors.
  • Adjust color saturation to create pleasing colors and look for complementary colors.
  • Look for creative uses of light for varying effects on your abstracts.

Abstract pics_0005_rushing water

Abstract Blurs

Another method to experiment with uses camera motion to create abstract blurs. Motion blurs are perfect for those nature settings that lack creative inspiration. This method takes a lot of experimentation and you will throw away a lot more images than you keep, but the rewards are worth it when you finally capture that great image. Look for subjects with lines, bright colors and good contrast, like trees and flowers. Warning: this method can become addicting!

Abstract pics_0003_first light

To set up your camera for abstract blurs:

  1. Set the camera to manual or shutter priority, which ever you are most comfortable with using.
  2. Set your ISO as low as possible.
  3. Set shutter speed between 1/4 and 1/20, depending on what your subject is and how close you are to it. Far-off objects may require a slower shutter speed than closer ones to get the blurred effect.
  4. Adjust your aperture to get a good exposure as you would normally do for any image.
  5. Look for lower light conditions such as early morning or late evening which will allow for slower shutter speeds without the need of using a very small aperture. It may become necessary to use a Neutral Density filter if your scene is too bright.
  6. Set your Focus. It is important to focus your camera on the subject even though your resulting image will not appear to be in focus. Press your shutter release half way down to focus on your main subject (back button focus can be a useful tool here).
  7. Now with your subject still in focus, move your camera to follow the lines of your subject, depressing the shutter as you pass by your main subject, it is important to follow through after the shutter is closed. This will keep all your color tones consistent all the way through your exposure. Experiment with the speed of your camera movement to find the best result.
  8. Repeat, until you get a result that is pleasing.

In conclusion, the next time you are out with your camera, be observant and look for visual details and interesting ways to express your emotional and artistic viewpoint with an abstract image found in nature. If you have any other ideas on how to make abstracts in nature, please share in the comments below.

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Slashdot: New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Slashdot (posted on Monday July 21, 2014 at 21:43 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes If you're tired of yelling at the kids without the help of technology, Toyota has a van for you. From the article: "The latest version of the company's Sienna minivan has a feature called 'Driver Easy Speak.' It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent's voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it added Easy Speak 'so parents don't have to shout to passengers in the back.' But chances are many parents will yell into the microphone anyway. And the feature only works one way, so the kids can't talk back. At least not with amplified voices. The feature is an option on the 2015 Sienna, which is being refreshed with a totally new interior. It also has an optional 'pull-down conversation mirror' that lets drivers check on kids without turning around."

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DFES Media Releases: SES assisted in cliff rescue in the Kimberley

DFES Media Releases (posted on Monday July 21, 2014 at 20:58 AWST)

SES volunteers from two vertical rescue teams and DFES staff worked through the afternoon and early evening to assist with the extrication of a 55 year old man from Bell Gorge in the Kimberley.

The SES volunteers were from Broome and Derby.

DPAW Rangers, DFES staff and St John’s Ambulance were also in attendance.

The man was extricated by helicopter and will be taken to Broome Regional Hospital.

This is the second tourist that has been rescued this week in the Kimberley.  DFES urges people to be careful and aware of their surroundings when in unfamiliar territory.

Publication Time: 21/07/2014 9:00 PM

Slashdot: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

Slashdot (posted on Monday July 21, 2014 at 20:55 AWST)

jfruh writes While several U.S. judges have refused overly broad warrants that sought to grant police access to a suspect's complete Gmail account, a federal judge in New York State OK'd such an order this week. Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein argued that a search of this type was no more invasive than the long-established practice of granting a warrant to copy and search the entire contents of a hard drive, and that alternatives, like asking Google employees to locate messages based on narrowly tailored criteria, risked excluding information that trained investigators could locate.

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