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Pressure From Uber Forces London Taxis To Finally Accept Cards

Slashdot.org - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:21
An anonymous reader writes: Following a public consultation that compared the service unfavorably with Uber, London's 21,000 black cabs will finally accept card payment from October of 2016, with a possible option to pay via PayPal. London Mayor Boris Johnson continues to support and defend the legendarily expensive and iconic taxi service, saying 'This move will boost business for cabbies and bring the trade into the 21st century by enabling quicker and more convenient journeys for customers'. Most Londoners feel that the move should have been made in the 1980s, and the consultation report indicates that Uber's increasing share of London fares has forced the innovation.

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Nest Cam's Black Friday Deal is Live! 

LifeHacker.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:09

The internet-connected Nest Cam is great for monitoring your home while you’re away, or just checking in on your pets while you’re at work, and you can save $30 on yours for Black Friday, the best deal we’ve ever seen. [Nest Cam, $170]


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Disable “Advertising ID” on Microsoft Windows?

AskDaveTaylor - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:09

You’re correct that the “1511” version update to Windows 10 from Microsoft was pulled from production in mid-November because it was incorrectly resetting people’s privacy controls as part of the update, but it’s been fixed and supposedly there’s a newer update that not only doesn’t do this, but has a little tool to reset things if you did have them changed. As The Register describes it: “Basically, its operating system allowed apps to access people’s unique advertising ID numbers; the SmartScreen Filter that sends executables to Microsoft servers to analyze was enabled; software was allowed to run in the background; and settings and passwords would be backed up the cloud. If you previously disabled any of those, they would be reenabled by the MCT-derived upgrade over a previous Windows 10 install.”

But it’s more insidious than that, as Microsoft itself describes: “The advertising ID feature is turned on if the user chooses express settings when installing Windows.” Ah, okay, so by default your system is going to happily report your activities to third party advertisers so you can have a “better ad experience”. Privacy, anyone?

Turns out this was introduced in Windows 8.1, as Microsoft explains on its blog: “…in Windows 8.1 we include a unique identifier that can be used to improve the quality and relevance of advertisements displayed within Windows Store apps while providing other services such as analytics and app-discovery.”

Probably more than you wanted to know about Advertising ID, but that’s okay, it’s an Orwell idea: Knowledge is power!

To see what your settings are, go to the Windows 10 search box (aka “Cortana”) and type in privacy:

I’ll note that the first time I ran this search I didn’t get “Privacy settings”, so you might need to add “settings” to get the result desired. I suspect my Cortana was sleeping on the job the first time or something!

You’ll want to choose Privacy settings, which you can also get to by simply going to Settings and choosing “Privacy”. The “General” tab has all the options you’ll want to examine:

All the settings you want in one neat place. Handy, really.

The first one is Advertising ID and you can safely ignore the warning that “turning this off will reset your ID”. I don’t even know what it means.

The second option is SmartScreen Filter and that’s another one to seriously consider disabling. As The Register describes it, this is “sends executables to Microsoft servers to analyze”, though it’s described here as analyzing URLs you’re poised to visit to check for malware. Effectively this means Microsoft has a nice breadcrumb trail of every Web site you visit. Do you want them having that information?

The third is about predictive typing and, again, it’s sharing every word you type with Microsoft. Probably not what you want, whether they’re aggregating the data or not.

The fourth option is also a Web browser privacy issue, whether Web sites can query your system to find out what language pack or language packs you have installed in your Windows 10 system. Might not be a big deal – I have English and Spanish, personally – but it might be a privacy item you don’t want random third parties accessing without your knowledge.

Make the changes and you’re done. Or, while you’re at it, go to the last of the entries on the left, Background Apps and double check that you don’t have useless and uninteresting Windows apps that can run in the background and eat up your system resources:

Upon visiting this particular page myself as part of writing this, I opted to disable ESPN, Food & Drink and Amazon on this list. Why would they need to run in background and what would they be doing??

That’s it. And a great question. Privacy is something we’re all going to have to learn to be eternally vigilant about because companies like Microsoft are going to keep slipping up and trying to maximize revenue at the price of our own privacy and security.

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Categories: Technology

PHP & Database development by rabi1190

Freelancer.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:05
PHP & database work required for end to end system development. (Budget: $250 - $750 USD, Jobs: Linux, MySQL, PHP)
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All Of the Best Apple Watch and iPad Discounts, In One Place

LifeHacker.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 10:26

The Apple Watch and iPad are going to be some of the most popular gifts of the holiday season, and you can score some great discounts on them today.


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Spell checker - open to bidding by andrewabstruse

Freelancer.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 10:22
You have already created similar project for me. Please message me. Instructions: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fojb0ulp4duhc5m/proj%202.zip?dl=0 (Budget: $10 - $30 USD, Jobs: C Programming, Java, Linux, Mathematics, Python)
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How to set up torrent scheduling on Linux

HowtoForge.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 10:19
Today we will take a look on the methods that Linux users can follow in order to set up a scheduler for their torrent downloads. This can be useful for people who want to take advantage of their computer while they are not using it, like during the nighttime for example. This way, large portions of huge files can be downloaded without delaying your work activities, or interrupting/undermining your media consumption.
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AMD's Crimson Radeon Driver For Linux Barely Changes Anything

Slashdot.org - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 10:15
An anonymous reader writes: AMD Windows customers were greeted this week to the new "Crimson" Radeon Software that brought many bug fixes, performance improvements, and brand new control panel. While AMD also released this Crimson driver for Linux, it really doesn't change much. The control panel is unchanged except for replacing "Catalyst" strings with "Radeon" and there's been no performance changes but just some isolated slowdowns. The Crimson Linux release notes only mention two changes: a fix for glxgears stuttering and mouse cursor corruption.

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Make Cleanup Easier with a Butcher Paper Tablecloth

LifeHacker.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 10:00

Many restaurants use a layer of butcher paper on your table to make cleanup easy (and to give the kids something to scribble on.) You can use this same idea to contain messy meals—or messy eaters—in your own home.


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www.linux.com by Linuxunix

Freelancer.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 09:40
I want some support Bin bash and Perl Linux Unix. for 2Hr I will pay good (Budget: $30 - $250 SGD, Jobs: Linux, Perl, Script Install, Shell Script)
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Raspberry Pi Unveils New $5 Mini-computer

Slashdot.org - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 09:17
An anonymous reader writes: The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveiled the Pi Zero, a new $5 mini-computer, Thursday morning. The board is the smallest Raspberry Pi yet, containing the first-gen Raspberry Pi's BCM2835 chip (safely overclocked to 1GHz) and 512MB RAM. The latest issue of The Magpi will include a free Raspberry Pi Zero and hits U.K. newsstands Thursday. The announcement came just a few days before the highly anticipated C.H.I.P. $9 mini-computer goes on sale to the public. puddingebola writes: How can they achieve this price, you may ask? "Its 40-pin GPIO header has identical pinouts, although the pads on the circuit board are "unpopulated," meaning you'll have to solder on your own connector. The same goes for the composite video output: The connection is available, but if you need a socket, you must solder it yourself." Dude, go to Radio Shack. Some relevant specs besides those mentioned above, from the blog post linked: Micro-SD card slotmini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video outputMicro-USB sockets for data and powerIdentical pinout to Model A+/B+/2BAn unpopulated composite video header"Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm" New submitter graffitiwriter adds a note that the newest Pi has "already been turned into a retro gaming console. It turns out the Pi Zero is more than capable of running Retro Pie and other emulators, and even has a video output that lets you play games on an old CRT TV."

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The Best Black Friday Deals

LifeHacker.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 09:15

You’ve reached our hub for all the best Black Friday deals! As you’ve probably already figured out, “Black Friday” is a bit of a misnomer; many of the best deals are available up to a week in advance. Luckily for you, we’ll be adding them all here as they go live, so you can focus on stuffing your face and trying not to kill your family. If you want all of the latest updates, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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Save $150 (!!) on the Best GoPro, Plus More Savings on the Cheaper Models

LifeHacker.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 09:05

If you’re in the market for a new action cam, and only the best will do, you can save a whopping $150 on the top-of-the-line GoPro Hero4 Black, today only while supplies last. That’s the best deal we’ve ever seen on this model. [GoPro Hero4 Black, $349]


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Cisco Evolves IOS XR Network Operating System with Linux

LinuxToday.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 09:00

Enterprise Networking Planet: Working together with hyperscale web companies, Cisco has enhanced its networking operating system to be more open.

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Raspberry Pi Zero: a $5 computer

OpenSource.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 09:00

Starting today, shops and newsagents are stocking a computer magazine called The MagPi, and as a world's first, this magazine comes with a free computer—literally stuck to the front cover. It's the newest Raspberry Pi release, called Pi Zero. This computer also goes on sale around the world for just $5.

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Application to run a phone-book and connect with Asterisk/FreePBX -- 2 by ltolivier

Freelancer.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:56
We require an application to run on windows (windows 10, 8 and 7 - 32bit and 64bit) that can connect to our hosted PBX system. Our system is a asterisk PBX running FreePBX. We need to be able to... (Budget: £20 - £250 GBP, Jobs: Asterisk PBX, Linux, MySQL, PHP, VoIP)
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linux server software by businesscenter

Freelancer.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:35
we are needing a system to be developed like the "spamarrest" to offer as a solution to others ... anyone with experience and ideas (Budget: $10 - $1000 USD, Jobs: Embedded Software, Linux, UNIX)
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Google Scours 1.2 Million URLs To Conform With EU's "Right To Be Forgotten" Law

Slashdot.org - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:22
An anonymous reader writes: According to a Google report the company has evaluated 1,234,092 URLs from 348,085 requests since the EU's May 2014 "right to be forgotten" ruling, and has removed 42% of those URLs. Engadget reports: "To show how it comes to its decisions, the company shared some of the requests it received and its decisions. For example: a private citizen that was convicted of a serious crime, but had that conviction overturned during appeal, had search results about the crime removed. Meanwhile a high ranking public official in Hungary failed to get the results squelched of a decades-old criminal conviction. Of course, that doesn't mean the system is perfect and the company has already been accused of making mistakes."

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How to customise your Linux desktop: Cinnamon - ZDNet

Linux News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:21

Softpedia News (blog)

How to customise your Linux desktop: Cinnamon
So far in this series of 'How to customise your Linux desktop' blogs, I have looked at Xfce, KDE and Gnome 3. Now it is time for the Cinnamon desktop. As with the previous posts, I want to make sure that I am using the latest release and that it is ...
Cinnamon 2.8.6 Desktop Environment Is Out for Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa"Softpedia News (blog)

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The 50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

LifeHacker.com - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:00

It’s the time of year where we all give thanks, and among many other things, we here at Lifehacker are thankful for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 of our favorites.


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