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What You Need to Know When Recording Your Enemies

LifeHacker.com - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:00

Trump was in the news recently for possibly taping conversations in the oval office. But can you do that? Turns out the answer is kinda complicated. If you’re thinking of secretly recording a conversation with someone, you should probably read this first.

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What You Need to Do Right After Graduating College 

LifeHacker.com - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 06:00

Time flies when you’re figuring out how to navigate a post-recession economy. This year, there’s an entirely new generation graduating from college: Generation Z. And they’re facing a competitive job market and a still-uncertain economy. So here’s some expert advice for the latest grads entering the workforce.

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How to Stop Being a Lazy Piece of Garbage 

LifeHacker.com - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 16:00

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.

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You Should Definitely Put Mustard Greens on a Sandwich

LifeHacker.com - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 15:00

Yesterday I asked you all for your thoughts and feelings on what makes a sandwich truly excellent. It turns out you are a very opinionated bunch, particularly when it comes to sandwiches, and the resulting conversation was, in a word, delicious.

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What That Hook by Your Airplane Tray Table Is For

LifeHacker.com - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:00

Sometimes the best things in life are right in front of you but go unnoticed. Take, as today’s example, the little hook on airplane seats. During a recent flight, my seat neighbor took off her cardigan and hung it on a hook. My mind was blown and I felt silly for not realizing this hook existed.

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Figure Out When to Plant Your Garden With This Calculator 

LifeHacker.com - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:30

How do you know when to plant your tomatoes and other warm-weather crops?For those of us in temperate climates, we do our planting in and around Mother’s Day. But depending on where you are, you could have actually started a few weeks ago—or you might still need to wait a bit. Here’s how to tell.

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How to Deal with Weird Job Interview Questions

LifeHacker.com - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:00

Job interviews are nerve-wracking enough—and then you get hit with an odd question like “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”

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The More Outdoor Motion Lights You Buy, the More You Save

LifeHacker.com - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:04

Without any wiring to futz with, Mpow’s solar-powered, motion-sensing spotlights are the easiest way to illuminate your front porch or lawn, and a bunch of different configurations are on sale today, including two different sizes of lights. All of the promo codes are below, just note that the more lights you buy, the…

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New Google Maps Update Makes It Even Harder To Get Lost

LifeHacker.com - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 08:00

When you’re traveling through unfamiliar territory, sometimes turn-by-turn navigation just isn’t enough. A new design update on Google Maps is here to help you out.

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The Myth of Flyer’s Rights

LifeHacker.com - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 07:00

Flyer beware.

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How to Be a Tech Podcast God with Leo Laporte 

LifeHacker.com - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 19:00

This week on The Upgrade we talk with Leo Laporte: author, entrepreneur, speaker, and yes—tech podcast god.

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What Everybody, Including Donald Trump, Needs to Know About How Your Body Gets Its “Energy”

LifeHacker.com - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 17:00

Food contains energy. Exercise takes energy. We feel great when we’re full of energy. But, uh, are we talking about the same thing in all three sentences? We aren’t, and our president is one of the many people who can’t keep the different meanings straight. Let’s clear up the confusion.

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How To Trash Talk

LifeHacker.com - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 16:00

Trash talking is divisive among gamers. If you go too far, you run the risk of sending your friend home crying and never again playing another round of Mario Party against them. Or, if you’re conflict-averse, a few unsavory words over Madden could make you think worse of your good buddy. Some stand by trash talk as a…

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HTTP Archive New Leadership

SteveSouders.com - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:01

I announced the HTTP Archive six years ago. Six years ago! It has exceeded my expectations and its value continues to grow. In order to expand the vision, I’ve asked Ilya Grigorik, Rick Viscomi, and Pat Meenan to take over leadership of the project.

The HTTP Archive is part of the Internet Archive. The code and data are open source. The project is funded by our generous sponsors: Google, Mozilla, New Relic, O’Reilly Media, Etsy, dynaTrace, Instart Logic, Catchpoint Systems, Fastly, SOASTA mPulse, and Hosting Facts.

From the beginning, Pat and WebPageTest made the HTTP Archive possible. Ilya and Rick will join Pat to make the HTTP Archive even better. A few of the current items on the agenda:

  • Enrich the collected data during the crawl: detect JavaScript libraries in use on the page, integrate and capture LightHouse audits, feature counters, and so on.
  • Build new analysis pipelines to extract more information from the past crawls
  • Provide better visualizations and ways to explore the gathered data
  • Improve code health and overall operation of the full pipeline
  • … and lots more – please chime in with your suggestions!

Since its inception, the HTTP Archive has become the goto source for objective, documented data about how the Web is built. Thanks to Ilya, that data was brought to BigQuery so the community can perform their own queries and follow-on research. It’s a joy to see the data and graphs from HTTP Archive used on a daily basis in tech articles, blog posts, tweets, etc.

I’m excited about this next phase for the HTTP Archive. Thank you to everyone who helped get the HTTP Archive to where it is today. (Especially Stephen Hay for our awesome logo!) Now let’s make the HTTP Archive even better!

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Docker 1.0

OSDir.com - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 14:35
From the Milestones dept.:
On March 20, 2013, we released the first version of Docker. After 15 months, 8,741 commits from more than 460 contributors, 2.75 million downloads, over 14,000 “Dockerized” apps, and feedback from 10s of 1000s of users about their experience with Docker, from a single container on a laptop to 1000s in production in the cloud … we’re excited to announce that it’s here: Docker 1.0.

Heartbleed Redux: Another Gaping Wound in Web Encryption Uncovered

OSDir.com - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 14:35
From the Electric Boogaloo dept.:
On Thursday, the OpenSSL Foundation published an advisory warning to users to update their SSL yet again, this time to fix a previously unknown but more than decade-old bug in the software that allows any network eavesdropper to strip away its encryption. The non-profit foundation, whose encryption is used by the majority of the Web’s SSL servers, issued a patch and advised sites that use its software to upgrade immediately.

The new attack, found by Japanese researcher Masashi Kikuchi, takes advantage of a portion of OpenSSL’s “handshake” for establishing encrypted connections known as ChangeCipherSpec, allowing the attacker to force the PC and server performing the handshake to use weak keys that allows a “man-in-the-middle” snoop to decrypt and read the traffic.

The Next Circle of Hell: Unpatchable Systems

OSDir.com - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 14:35
From the This Should be Interesting dept.:
Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP in April was met with a collective gulp by the IT community. For good reason: Approximately 30 percent of all desktop systems continue to run XP despite Microsoft's decision to stop offering security updates. Furthermore, a critical security flaw in Internet Explorer 8 disclosed recently by HP's TippingPoint Division opens the door to remote attacks on XP systems that use IE8.

But Windows XP is just the tip of an ever-widening iceberg: software and hardware that is unpatchable and unsupportable -- by policy or design. In fact, the trend toward systems and devices that, once deployed, stubbornly "keep on ticking" regardless of the wishes of those who deploy them is fast becoming an IT security nightmare made real, affecting everything from mom-and-pop shops to power stations.

Git 2.0.0 Released

OSDir.com - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 14:35
From the Git 'er. dept.:
The latest feature release Git v2.0.0 is now available at the usual places.

We had to delay the final release by a week or so because we found a few problems in earlier release candidates (request-pull had a regression that stopped it from showing the "tags/" prefix in "Please pull tags/frotz" when the user asked to compose a request for 'frotz' to be pulled; a code path in git-gui to support ancient versions of Git incorrectly triggered for Git 2.0), which we had to fix in an extra unplanned release candidate.

The Linux Foundation Announces Core Infrastructure Initiative

OSDir.com - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 14:35
From the Hindsight dept.:
The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a project hosted by The Linux Foundation that enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and esteemed developers to collaboratively identify and fund open source projects that are in need of assistance, today announced five new backers, the first projects to receive funding from the Initiative and the Advisory Board members who will help identify critical infrastructure projects most in need of support.

CII provides funding for fellowships for key developers to work fulltime on open source projects, security audits, computing and test infrastructure, travel, face-to-face meeting coordination and other support. The Steering Committee, comprised of members of the Initiative, and the Advisory Board of industry stakeholders and esteemed developers, are tasked with identifying underfunded open source projects that support critical infrastructure, and administering the funds through The Linux Foundation.

PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

OSDir.com - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 14:35
From the Just Stop dept.:
Via the HTTP working group list comes a post from Poul-Henning Kamp proposing that HTTP 2.0 (as it exists now) never be released after the plan of adopting Google's SPDY protocol with minor changes revealed flaws that SPDY/HTTP 2.0 will not address. Quoting:

"The WG took the prototype SPDY was, before even completing its previous assignment, and wasted a lot of time and effort trying to goldplate over the warts and mistakes in it. And rather than 'ohh, we get HTTP/2.0 almost for free', we found out that there are numerous hard problems that SPDY doesn't even get close to solving, and that we will need to make some simplifications in the evolved HTTP concept if we ever want to solve them. ... Wouldn't we get a better result from taking a much deeper look at the current cryptographic and privacy situation, rather than publish a protocol with a cryptographic band-aid which doesn't solve the problems and gets in the way in many applications ? ... Isn't publishing HTTP/2.0 as a 'place-holder' is just a waste of everybody's time, and a needless code churn, leading to increased risk of security exposures and failure for no significant gains ?"

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