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Germany Won't Prosecute NSA, But Bloggers

Slashdot.org - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 02:02
tmk writes: Despite plenty of evidence that the U.S. spied on German top government officials, German Federal Prosecutor General Harald Range has declined to investigate any wrongdoings of the secret services of allied nations like the NSA or the British GCHQ. But after plans of the German secret service "Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz" to gain some cyper spy capabilities like the NSA were revealed by the blog netzpolitik.org, Hange started an official investigation against the bloggers and their sources. They are now being probed for possible treason charges.

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9 stories of science evolving with open source

OpenSource.com - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 02:00

Science might be looking a lot more like open source these days.

Researchers and scientists around the world are calling for freely-licensed data sets; open-access publishing conditions; and collaborative, transparent peer review. They're seeking ways open source principles might enhance centuries-old practices of knowledge production in the digital age.

It's becoming a movement: open science. In this year's series, learn more about how science is evolving through open source:

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10 Job Interview Questions for Linux System Administrators

LinuxToday.com - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 01:00

Linux.com: Job opportunities abound for system administrators and DevOps professionals who know Linux.

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs & The Portfolio Investment Pyramid

MyMoneyBlog.com - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:18

Yesterday, I looked back at extending the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs to Personal Finance. The basic idea of the triangle or pyramid is that lower needs must be satisfied before the higher needs can be addressed. For example, one must first obtain food and water before worrying about protecting my property. In terms of personal finance, you need to cover your food and shelter bills before worrying about homeowner’s insurance premiums.

Now let’s explore how investment professionals have extended this concept to portfolio investing. Again, the bottom level is the most important and forms the “base” of a solid portfolio. After that, you can move on the next concern. You can see that there is debate even amongst experts as to relative importance.

Here’s Christine Benz of Morningstar in How Do Your Financial Priorities Stack Up With Our Pyramid?

Here’s Morgan Housel of Fool.com in The Hierarchy of Investor Needs:

Here’s Cullen Roche of Pragmatic Capitalism in Thoughts on the Hierarchy of Investor Needs:

The four common factors are:

  • Security Selection
  • Tax Efficiency
  • Investor Behavior
  • Asset Allocation

Two out of the three proposed pyramids above have Investor Behavior as the most important. I can see how this factor has the greatest impact on real-world returns, but it is also the hardest to really quantify ahead of time. You can write down on a piece of paper “I will not panic during the next crisis but will do XX instead” but that doesn’t mean you’ll actually do it (though it will probably help on average). In addition, it is also intertwined with asset allocation since the less your portfolio value drops in a bear market, the more likely you’ll stick with your plan. Meanwhile, you can quantify fees and transaction costs quite easily.

I think this debate makes for interesting conversation for investing geeks like myself, but in the end a good investor would address all of these factors. For example, I would never put off examining fees just because it is at the top of such a pyramid.


Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs & The Portfolio Investment Pyramid from My Money Blog.

© MyMoneyBlog.com, 2015.

Categories: Finance

Google Translate: Free, Real-Time Language Translation While Traveling

MyMoneyBlog.com - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:05

Back in 2014, Google bought Word Lens, a neat app that translated a few languages in real time using your smartphone’s camera. The live translation feature has been integrated into the Google Translate app (Android and iOS) and now works with 27 languages. If you snap a picture, it works with 37 languages.

This means when traveling to a foreign country, just point your phone at a restaurant menu, grocery store item, or street sign and you’ll see it in your home language. This counts as a deal for me because I would pay money for such a convenient and useful app. But it’s free, and you don’t even need an internet connection to use it (assuming you download the appropriate language packs ahead of time).

Here’s a cool video demonstration (embedded below, direct link):

Here’s the announcement on the official Google blog:

We started out with seven languages—English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish—and today we’re adding 20 more. You can now translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. You can also do one-way translations from English to Hindi and Thai. (Or, try snapping a pic of the text you’d like translated—we have a total of 37 languages in camera mode.)

There is also a conversation mode where you can speak and it will provide instant translation of conversations across 32 languages (good for interactions at hotels, train stations, or taxis). I believe you’ll need an internet connection for this, but it supposedly now works better with slower connections.

I tried it out and while it really only works with clearly printed text, it is still an amazing application of augmented reality. I look forward to having it expand to even more languages like Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.


Google Translate: Free, Real-Time Language Translation While Traveling from My Money Blog.

© MyMoneyBlog.com, 2015.

Categories: Finance

Japanese Scientists Fire the Most Powerful Laser On the Planet

Slashdot.org - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 23:25
Sepa Blackforesta writes: Scientist from University of Osaka claim have fired the world's most powerful laser. The beam was intact for 2-petawatt, pulse lasted just one picosecond. While it produced a huge amount of power, the energy required for the beam itself is equivalent to that needed to power a microwave for two seconds. An associate professor of electrical engineering at Osaka University Junji Kawanaka says “With heated competition in the world to improve the performance of lasers, our goal now is to increase our output to 10 petawatts.”

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Build a simple face detection web app

IBM.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 23:00
Develop a simple application in PHP to use the powerful cognitive computing features of the AlchemyAPI service on IBM Bluemix. The app demonstrates how the face detection functions of the AlchemyAPI service can: study images and find faces, identify the gender, estimate the age, and often identify the specific person. You don't need to know anything about cognitive computing or deep learning algorithms to develop the cognitive app on Bluemix with only a few lines of code in this step-by-step example.

Robots Must Be Designed To Be Compassionate, Says SoftBank CEO

Slashdot.org - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:00
An anonymous reader writes: At the SoftBank World conference in Tokyo, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has made a case for robots to be developed so as to form empathic and emotional relationships with people. "I'm sure that most people would rather have the warm-hearted person as a friendSomeday robots will be more intelligent than human beings, and [such robots] must also be pure, nice, and compassionate toward people," SoftBank's Aldebaran tech group will make its empathic "Pepper" robot available for companies to rent in Japan from October at a rate of $442 per month.

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AWS Linux Server Configuration by TechiChik

Freelancer.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:48
We are migrating our website to the Amazon AWS platform. We are using the standard Amazon linux ami. I have successfully set this up on my instance, assigned an elastic ip, installed php/apache/mysql/vsftpd Initially what I need done is: 1... (Budget: $30 - $250 USD, Jobs: Amazon Web Services, Linux)
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LaaS (Linux as a Service) -- What you can expect when you build a Linux server ... - ITworld

Linux News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:37


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Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May Making Show For Amazon

Slashdot.org - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 21:06
mrspoonsi writes: Amazon has announced that former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be reuniting to create “an all-new car show” that will be exclusively on Amazon Prime. The first season will be made available worldwide in 2016 and will be produced executive producer Andy Wilman. The BBC reports: "The move follows their departure from the hit BBC Two show earlier this year. Clarkson's contract was not renewed following an 'unprovoked physical attack' on a Top Gear producer. His co-hosts then followed him in leaving the show. They will now make the unnamed new programme with former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, who also quit the BBC following the 'fracas.' In a statement from Amazon, Clarkson said: 'I feel like I've climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship.'"

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Google's Project Loon Balloons May Cover Sri Lanka With Internet Access

Slashdot.org - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:55
Zothecula writes: Sri Lanka is set to become the first country with universal Internet access after signing a memorandum of understanding with Google to use the company's Project Loon balloons. Officials say there is not a timetable for when the balloons will be covering the 25,000 square mile nation, but this is a crucial first step. The Foreign minister noted that "from this event onwards advertisements or headlines saying “Matara covered” or “Jaffna covered” will become a part of history." And concluded his speech saying that he was "proud to declare that we are at the cusp of a reclaiming our heritage of being connected to each other and connected to the world. In a few months we will truly be able to say: Sri Lanka, Covered."

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ubuntu server help by johnlang123456

Freelancer.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:48
i need someone to help install a few things. thanks, (Budget: $2 - $8 USD, Jobs: Amazon Web Services, Linux, Ubuntu)
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ubuntu server helper by SoftwareDev216

Freelancer.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:41
i need a few things set up. please bid thanks (Budget: $2 - $8 USD, Jobs: Amazon Web Services, Email Handling, Linux, System Admin, Ubuntu)
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The 8-Bit City Home Screen

LifeHacker.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:00

8-bit designs may have been a technological necessity back in the day, but now they have a nostalgic charm. This 8-bit landscape, by reddit user Esrahaddon, can actually animate a retro city on your home screen when set up properly.


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The Weird History of the Microsoft Windows Start Button

Slashdot.org - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:42
Gamoid writes: Windows 3.1 was so complicated that even a Boeing propulsion scientist couldn't figure out how to open a word processor. A behavioral scientist, who once worked with BF Skinner at Harvard, was brought in to Microsoft to figure out what was going wrong — and he came up with the Start button, for which he holds the patent today. It's a weird and cool look at how simple ideas aren't obvious.

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Optimize Linux VPS Server by artaliga

Freelancer.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:02
Hello, I have VPS Server with following configuration: 4 CPU 4 GB Ram 120 GB SSD Apache + MySQL cPanel CENTOS 6.6 x86_64 ... I use my VPS to host: 1. Joomla Websites 2. Wordpress Websites 3... (Budget: $30 - $250 USD, Jobs: Linux, MySQL, Nginx, VPS, Web Services)
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Amazon Dash Buttons Are Now Available to All Prime Members

LifeHacker.com - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:00

The Amazon Dash button lets you place an order for a single, specific product. Stick the button anywhere you like and, when you run low, press the button, and an order is automatically shipped to you.


Categories: Hacks

The New Google Glass Is All Business

Slashdot.org - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:58
An anonymous reader writes: Google scrapped an early version of its smart glasses in January, but has developed another model just for businesses. The company hopes to get this newest version of Glass in the hands of healthcare, manufacturing and energy industry professionals by this fall. Recode reports: "The new model can fold up like a traditional pair of glasses and is more rugged for outdoor use. However, unlike most other smart glasses, it still sports a small screen to the upper right of the user's vision, rather than displaying an image in the center of one's view like the ODG R7 or Microsoft HoloLens."

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