Friday, January 29, 2016

Tips for locking down data and protecting privacy

Privacy on the Internet is… well, let's just say it's complicated. This article, analyze a few open source tools and concepts that might be used to increase privacy on the Internet for yourself. Some of the tips you will find useful, others you will discard, and still others you might use in conjunction with other policies to construct your own privacy model.

The concept of privacy is a difficult thing to pin down. It gets muddled up with other big ideas, like anonymity and secrecy and even criminal activity. Whatever "privacy" means to you and whatever you might associate it with, most people agree that we have a right to it, if not necessarily online or in public, then at least on some level.

That means that some portion of our computing life should also have the privilege of being private. How far that extends differs from one person to another. For one person, an implied guarantee of privacy is sufficient (a website wouldn't require a password if it didn't intend to keep user data private, right?), whereas another might prefer to use aliases for online interactions and nameless spending accounts that cannot be traced back to the real world.
Another thing that differs from one person to another is the price they are willing to personally "pay" for privacy. It's a balancing act, after all. Is "mostly" private good enough for you? Or are you willing to invest more time and effort into ensuring that your information and information about you is concealed no matter what?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Open Broadcaster Software : Free, open source software for live streaming and recording

original Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Supported features include:
  • Encoding using H264 (x264) and AAC.
  • Support for Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) and NVENC.
  • Unlimited number of scenes and sources.
  • Live RTMP streaming to Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and more.
  • File output to MP4 or FLV.
  • GPU-based game capture for high performance game streaming.
  • DirectShow capture device support (webcams, capture cards, etc).
  • Windows 8 high speed monitor capture support.
  • Bilinear or lanczos3 resampling.
OBS MultiPlatform is a complete rewrite of the original OBS from the ground up, with the main goals of course being multiplatform support, a more thorough feature set, and a much more powerful API. A very early and simple release is currently available for Mac.
OBS MultiPlatform will eventually support many of the advanced requested features not present in the original OBS, such as multiple stream outputs and scene previewing. It does not have these features in this release.

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Chromebook sales surpassed 51% in the K-12 market

For the first time, Chromebook sales surpassed 51% in the K-12 market nationwide in the third quarter, according to a recent report by market researcher Futuresource Consulting. The surge reflects a fundamental shift in how American schools are buying tech in bulk and assessing students online, placing an emphasis on low-cost, easy-to-manage machines.

"It's a tidal wave: Chrome is the clear U.S. market leader now," says Mike Fisher, associate director of education technology at Futuresource. He says districts are drawn to the Chromebook’s Web-based operating system, ease of use, IT manageability and $200 to $300 price range.

Chromebooks -- laptops running Google's Chrome OS as their operating systems -- made significant strides, year over year. Chromebooks' market share jumped to 51% from 40%. Apple products, mostly iPads but also laptops and Mac desktops, declined to 24% from 32%. Windows-based machines remained steady at 23%.

Winning students at an early age is considered crucial for tech companies in the approximately $15 billion K-12 market in the U.S.

Honest business

Any honest business model is built without a legal monopoly in any case. Make money, good for you. But you don't get to do so with a monopoly that cuts down on my rights, especially not with blatant lying.

U.S. Proposes Spending $4 Billion on Self-Driving Cars

The New York Times (01/14/16) Bill Vlasic

The Obama administration on Thursday promised to accelerate regulatory guidelines for driverless cars and make an investment in research to commercialize them.  U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, "we are bullish on autonomous vehicles" at the North American International Auto Show.  He pledged the government will remove obstacles to their development, as well as setting further guidelines within six months concerning functions the vehicles must perform to be deemed safe.  Foxx said the president's proposed budget for the next fiscal year will include $4 billion to underwrite research projects and infrastructure improvements associated with driverless cars.  He cited autonomous vehicles' potential to reduce traffic accidents and improve road safety.  Executives at Google and other firms developing the technology welcomed the announcement.  "It takes real collaboration with our regulators so this is done right and done safely," notes General Motors' Mark Reuss.  Foxx said the government is authorized to permit limited deployment of 2,500 driverless vehicles by a lone company for a two-year period, and he called on firms to solicit interpretations of existing federal vehicle standards from regulators for new technologies under development.  Foxx also emphasized liability issues and other matters related to autonomous cars the government must address over the next six months.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Software Freedom needs your help.

The world today is powered increasingly by Free Software. But what many people don't realize is how much support is needed to keep all of these projects free and open. The work that we do every day ensures the success and the continued freedom of the projects that the developers of our member projects dedicate themselves to. Projects like Git, Samba, Wine, BusyBox, QEMU, Inkscape, Selenium, and dozens more.

We are asking for you to  but this is more than our usual annual fundraising appeal. As described in more detail below, after the events of 2015, we must substantially increase our individual support to be able to continue defending software freedom for our member projects and the entire free and open source software community. We need at least 750 of you to become annual Supporters just to continue our basic community services. We need 2,500 of you to become annual Supporters now to continue our work enforcing copyleft licenses. If you don't become a Supporter now, we will be forced to radically restructure and wind down a substantial portion of our operations.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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The Observer Pattern Using Java 8

Learn about the observer pattern using modern Java: What it is, specializations, common naming conventions, and more!

The Observer Pattern, or the Publish-Subscribe (Pub-Sub) Pattern, is a classic design pattern codified by the Gang of Four (GoF) Design Patterns book in 1994 (pg. 293-313). Although this pattern has quite a long and storied history, it is still applicable in a wide range of contexts and scenarios, and has even become an integral part in the Standard Java Library. While there are numerous useful articles on the topic of the Observer Pattern, and its implementation in Java, many focus on the strict implementation of the pattern in Java, rather than on the idiosyncrasies and common issues developers using the Observer Pattern in Java will experience.

This Dzone article is written with the intent of filling this gap : follow the link