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NYC mayor, commissioner saluted when entering slain officer's wake

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-01-03 14:18
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police guards saluted as Mayor Bill de Blasio entered a Brooklyn funeral home on Saturday with his police commissioner for the wake of the second of two patrol officers killed in an ambush last month.

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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-01-03 14:18
theodp writes: "If 95% of great programmers aren't in the U.S.," Matt Mullenweg advises in How Paul Graham Is Wrong (a rejoinder to Graham's Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In), "and an even higher percentage not in the Bay Area, set up your company to take advantage of that fact as a strength, not a weakness. Use WordPress and P2, use Slack, use G+ Hangouts, use Skype, use any of the amazing technology that allows us to collaborate as effectively online as previous generations of company did offline. Let people live someplace remarkable instead of paying $2,800 a month for a mediocre one bedroom rental in San Francisco. Or don't, and let companies like Automattic and Github hire the best and brightest and let them live and work wherever they like." Microsoft and Google — which hawk the very tools to facilitate remote work that Mullenweg cites — have shuttered remote offices filled with top talent even as they cry the talent sky is falling. So, is "being stubborn on keeping a company culture that requires people to be physically co-located," as Mullenweg puts it, a big part of tech's 'talent shortage' problem?" Chris Pepper also recently posted another reasoned rebuttal to Graham's post.

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At least 15 killed in 'Boko Haram' attack on Cameroon bus: sources

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-01-03 13:02
YAOUNDE (Reuters) - At least 15 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants on a bus in northern Cameroon, a senior local security official and a businessman said on Saturday.

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The Register - Sat, 2015-01-03 13:00
It's big AND hard, apparently

Acer is bigging up an embiggened Chromebook with a 15.6-inch screen ahead of the start of the world's largest consumer electronics trade show CES in Las Vegas in a few days time.…

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Use Fingerprint To Command & Control Your Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Linux Today - Sat, 2015-01-03 13:00

Noobslab: Fingerprint GUI is an application providing fingerprint-based authentication on Linux desktops.

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Israel withholds funds, weighs lawsuits against Palestinians

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-01-03 12:59
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has decided to withhold critical tax revenue from the Palestinians and is seeking ways to bring war crimes prosecutions in the United States and elsewhere against President Mahmoud Abbas and other senior figures, Israeli officials said on Saturday.
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-01-03 12:48
An anonymous reader writes: A post at Medium asks why, in this age of surveillance and privacy-related bogeymen, we aren't making greater use of SSH for our secure computing needs? "SSH is one of the most accessible secure protocols ever, second only to HTTPS of course. Let's see what we have so far: Binary protocol, mandatory encryption, key pinning, multiplexing, compression (yes, it does that too). Aren't these the key features for why we invented HTTP/2? Admittedly, SSH is missing some pieces. It's lacking a notion of virtual hosts, or being able to serve different endpoints on different hostnames from a single IP address. On the other hand, SSH does have several cool features over HTTP/2 though, like built-in client authentication which removes the need for registration and remembering extra passwords."

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Israel freezes funds to Palestinians over ICC approach

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-01-03 11:54
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has decided to freeze a monthly revenue transfer to the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas's approach to the International Criminal Court and other international agencies, an Israeli official said on Saturday.
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How Browsers Store Passwords

Schneier on Security - Sat, 2015-01-03 08:08
Good information on how Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox store user passwords....
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