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Meanwhile, Bruce Perens wants his legal bills footedOpen Source Security, Inc., the maker of the Grsecurity Linux kernel patches, suffered a setback last month when San Francisco magistrate judge Laurel Beeler granted a motion by defendant Bruce Perens to dismiss the company's defamation claim, with the proviso that the tossed legal challenge could be amended.The code biz and its president Brad Spengler sued Perens over a blog post in June in which Perens said that using the firm's Grsecurity software could expose customers to a contributory infringement claim under the terms of the Linux kernel's GPLv2 license.Open Source Security contends that statement has damaged its business.In December, Open Source Security's legal counsel, Rohit Chhabra, told The Register that the judge's order wouldn't be the end of it.In a court filing on Thursday, he asked the judge to dismiss the case because the company does not intend to amend its claim.
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A new study using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope shows that in most cases, exoplanets orbiting the same star have similar sizes and regular spacing between their orbits.By contrast, our own solar system has a range of planetary sizes and distances between neighbors.The smallest planet, Mercury, is about one-third the size of Earth — and the biggest planet, Jupiter, is roughly 11 times the diameter of Earth.There also are very different spacings between individual planets, particularly the inner planets.This means our solar system may have formed differently than other solar systems did, the research team suggested, although more observations are needed to learn what the different mechanisms were.[The Most Intriguing Alien Planet Discoveries of 2017]
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"Their advanced crypto-protocols enable the safe and secure transmission of electronic data, ranging from e-mail to financial transactions.The work of Goldwasser, Micali, Rivest and Shamir, the citation adds, "is crucial to the fabric of our connected digital society.Over the space of four decades, the new laureates have not only laid the foundations of this complex field, but have also continued to enlarge it with breakthroughs that exploit the possibilities of the vast wealth of information now at our command, the famous Big Data, or have driven the development of potentially world-changing technologies like crypto-currencies.In 1978, Adi Shamir and Ronald Rivest, together with Leonard Adleman, created the RSA algorithm (whose initials correspond to their surnames).As Micali explained in a phone conversation last night, "for thousands of years people have been trying to encrypt messages, but these were only secure until the moment they stopped being so, because someone had unlocked the code.She is also a member of the Theory of Computation Group and co-leads the Cryptography Group in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
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The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo features a redesigned front fascia that does away with the old car's goofy fish face and replaces it with a sleek, aggressive front look.
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You would be hard-pressed to ever describe the act of watching television as “difficult,” but even so, TiVo wants to make it easier still.For nearly two decades, the company has been making it as simple as possible for folks to enjoy their favorite entertainment by doing as little work as possible, and now, it’s taking things a step further.At CES 2018, the company announced that you’ll soon have the ability to control your TiVo through either Amazon Eco or Google Home.That’s right, friends — controlling your DVR will soon be as easy as opening your mouth.“If there’s one thing we’re always striving for at TiVo, it’s making your viewing experience easier, more enjoyable and all about you,” the company noted in a blog post.“With the growing popularity of smart home assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, we see the potential for TiVo to play an important role in our customers’ smart home ecosystem – one that enhances their entertainment experience through advanced, far-field voice control, and integrates with a wide range of connected devices and services via IFTTT Applets.”
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Before Gore-Tex was invented, there were plenty of materials to protect you from harsh weather, but they all came with trade-offs.Vinyl could drown you in your own sweat.was favored by the Inuit but hardly made sense for mass production.That said, Bob Gore wasn’t attempting to improve outerwear when he created Gore-Tex.Working in his father’s Teflon factory in the late 1960s, he was simply trying to make more efficient use of the plastic by stretching it.He accidentally found that yanking Teflon filled it with air pockets.
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Apple says that an email sent to users with Apple IDs with locations not set to China that their iCloud data was being moved to a Chinese company’s servers was done so accidentally.The Cupertino tech giant had announced Wednesday that next month it will begin the process of moving Chinese users’ iCloud data to servers hosted in China by state-owned Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) as it complies with recent legislation in the company that mandates that cloud services are operated by Chinese companies.Apple sent details to affected users, but TechCrunch discovered reports that a number of users with U.S. Apple IDs had received notification that their data was also being moved.In a separate email sent this evening, Apple has informed users that these emails were sent in error, reiterating that only users with their Apple ID country set to China will have their iCloud data migrated to GCBD servers.The email, obtained by TechCrunch, reads in part: “We are very sorry that you received this email.This email was intended only for customers whose Apple ID country is China.
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Hulu is planning to add to its original content roster with a new “Catch-22” miniseries.The series will only be comprised of half a dozen episodes, however it has backing in the form of George Clooney, who is serving as director, executive producer, and series star.The miniseries is being created by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, and reportedly is the subject of a new deal that will bring it to Hulu.The information comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which reports that Hulu is about to finalize a deal that will bring the miniseries to its own streaming platform.This is a big step for the series, which has been in the pipeline for a while.Catch-22 will be Clooney’s first return to the small screen in more than two decades.
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Chrysler is recalling an estimated 153,859 Pacifica minivans to update their engine software.Under certain circumstances, a glitch in the engine control module programming of select 2017 model-year vans could result in a stall.According to the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based automaker, owners have reported stalling primarily when the vehicle is being started, idling or when when driven "at low, steady speeds."Chrysler describes the issue as only occurring "under a rare set of conditions," noting that "most were singular events that occurred over thousands of miles of travel."Chrysler claims affected models are able to be restarted right away.The recall strictly involves gas-powered 2017 Pacifica vans -- Chrysler's Pacifica Hybrid plug-in model is not part of the campaign.
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Now, new types of online marketplaces — we call them “cloud-commerce” companies — are popping up to serve businesses.We think they have the potential to radically remake sectors like construction, real estate, procurement and finance, and generate plenty of behind-the-scenes value in the process.But like their consumer counterparts, cloud-commerce companies exist mainly to connect buyers and sellers online.A good example is Zenefits, which offers a marketplace of benefits plans for HR managers but also gives them tools to help with tasks like payroll and employee onboarding.It’s important for these companies to offer software tools because transactions between businesses are often more complicated than ordering a cab or renting a house.Cloud-commerce businesses throw off traditional marketplace “network effects,” meaning they become more valuable the more people use them.
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The cantina band theme is probably the jauntiest song in all of Star Wars.It's played by a group of funky aliens in the Mos Eisley cantina in the original 1977 "Star Wars: A New Hope."An intrepid Reddit user has now created a highly unusual take on the song using nothing except a pencil, paper and a good sense of rhythm.Redditor "smallgoblin" posted what looks like a complex set of math equations if you happen to watch the video with the sound off.Turn up the volume and it suddenly becomes very familiar.It's the danceable rhythm of the cantina theme.
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“The goal of this project is to make astronomy more accessible to everyone,” said Vaonis CEO Cyril Dupus.“We can easily take wonderful pictures with drones, and with GoPro, but nothing exists to take pictures of the universe.So we have created it.”He’s talking about the newest addition to the telescope family — Stellina.While traditional telescopes can be difficult to use and install, Stellina offers up a simple, more user-friendly way to gaze into the heavens.With app connectivity, this new-age telescope makes collecting gorgeous images of the stars easier than ever before.
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YouTube may bring its set of social features, including the in-app messaging system and “Community” tab for creators, to its wider suite of apps.Specifically, the company is interested in porting those features to its YouTube TV app aimed at cord cutters, as well as its Music app.The move could help further differentiate YouTube’s over-the-top streaming service, YouTube TV, from competitors like Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, PlayStation Vue and others.And it would allow the company to leverage its strengths in social features to build out a larger platform that spans both web and mobile properties in order create a large, combined user base of people who stream media content on their devices.But really what it is underneath is this kind of community that exists underneath between content creators and fans; and fans and fans,” said YouTube Chief Product Officer, Neal Mohan, in a conversation at CES where he talked about how he sees the potential for adding social features to more YouTube products.“We think that magic of YouTube that exists in the main experience can apply to YouTube TV experience as well,” he said.
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Judy Fainor, IT expert and Chief Architect of Sparta Systems, explores how this technology could solve the transparency and traceability challenges the industry faces.For decades, the food industry has been reliant on inefficient, paper-based recording systems, causing transparency and traceability issues.Counterfeit foods, contaminated products and pressure from the FDA are prompting organizations across the supply chain to re-evaluate current tracking and registration models.Some are already turning to blockchain as a solution.While still in its infancy in the food industry, blockchain has shown promise among manufacturing and financial industries, which have already widely adopted the technology.From end-to-end visibility to tamper-proof data, a number of industries are realizing the technology's advantages.
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Every day, Facebook users watch 100 million hours and YouTube users watch 1 billion hours worth of video clips.Because of video’s meteoric rise among consumers worldwide, nearly all social networks now give video special prominence in their algorithms.Similarly, marketers are heeding the call to become video content champions – not only because of its popularity with global audiences, but because newer video creation solutions are now making production easier than ever.The combination of consumer fervor and intuitive tools means that marketers are flocking to YouTube with their latest visual creations.If you want to ensure your video strategy bears fruit and yields results, here are five must-track YouTube metrics.Then, add the subscribes, likes, dislikes, comments, and shares together, and calculate the ratio of engagements to views.
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A compact new Pinterest campaign from The Home Depot and agency 22squared offers sprawling home improvement guidance, hoping to help move DIYers past inspiration and into action by showing them how the work actually gets done.Titled “Built-In Pins,” the promotional effort includes videos, images and a 360-degree interactive online shopping experience created with virtual reality advertising platform OmniVert—all tailored to fit the dimensions of Pinterest’s mobile platform, itself a popular source of visual ideas, including for interior design.The various ads show makeovers of four key rooms—bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom—as performed by a bootstrapping couple.Time-lapsed little film clips, served in Pinterest’s own format, are the perfect way to make something look easy, when surely it’s not.In just 30 seconds, a man and a woman overhaul an entire space, stripping out the old carpet, painting three walls and paneling a fourth with shiplap siding, laying down hardwood-style laminate floors, putting in a light fixture, and furnishing the whole place.Error loading player: No playable sources found
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If you’re looking for a gaming headset that’s only a little bit goofy but does the job, consider the new Sennheiser GSP 600, which comes with a new speaker system, new ear pad design with deep memory foam, and improved aluminum voice coil speakers.The GSP 600 builds on Sennheiser’s Game Zero gaming headset and comes with better performance, an improved mic, and increased comfort and durability.The company promises “an exceptional audio experience with an increased sub-bass range.”The newer headset looks to be a bit big and clunky, but Sennheiser says it’s ergonomically shaped and provides improved noise insulation (with high-end noise cancellation) and wearing comfort.The headband is adjustable so you can even customize contact pressure.Sennheiser says the headphones feature a “cooler feeling suede-like material used around the ear that won’t stick to the skin,” which is a bonus for all those sweaty, anxiety-ridden skirmishes you might play through.
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I really liked Garmin’s bare-bones Speak navigation device when I tried it out a few months ago.Instead of a touchscreen, the $130 ( £110) device relies on voice commands, processed by Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant, to get you where you want to go.A few months later, Garmin is already introducing a new version that adds a built-in dash cam for documenting accidents, but it’s a feature I wish the unit had had from day one.As a result of the added camera, which continually records the road ahead and automatically saves a clip when it detects an incident, the new Garmin Speak Plus has a $230 ( £200) price tag, which is $100 more expensive than the original Speak.But $100 for a dash cam from a company like Garmin is a good deal, and given the Speak is designed to sit smack dab in the middle of your windshield, you probably wouldn’t want to stick a second device up there anyways.Both versions of the tiny nav unit will still be available once the Speak Plus goes on sale starting on January 22nd, but I don’t think you should even bother considering the original model, even if it’s cheaper.
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The Verge and Circuit Breaker are here in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show to bring you all the latest in concept cars, voice-activated technology, cool toys, and gadgets.Media day doesn’t technically begin until tomorrow, but here’s a slew of products already announced at this year’s show.
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The problems for the Google Pixel smartphones seem to be endless since the launch of these devices.Google’s Pixel smartphones have been plagued with a series of issues which include a burn-in on the OLED panel, screen flash when the phone is unlocked, faulty USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter, unresponsive screen edges and a faint buzzing sound during calls.Now, there are reports of a voice recording bug on the Pixel 2 XL that is limiting the volume levels when making voice recordings on messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Google Allo.Recording and listening to voice clips on this device is just fine but when these clips are sent via the messaging app, the recipient seems to be not able to hear the audio clip, even with the use of headphones.Users have tried different things such as resetting the phone or uninstalling/re-installing messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Allo but all have proven abortive thus as a last resort, the problem has now been taken to the Google user community.The community manager, Orrin, said that Google is aware if the problem and it is looking into it.
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