Daily Archives: April 4, 2017

Ceiling fans with springs, sensors to check suicides in Kota 

Most of the suicides in the past in Kota have been committed by coaching students by hanging themselves from the ceiling fans of their hostel rooms.A siren sensor and a spring device that will lower ceiling fans if anyone over 20 kg tries to hang from it will be affixed to fans in hostel rooms in the coaching hub of Kota.The city is grappling with rising cases of student suicides.Kota, known as the capital of competitive exam coaching in the country, has seen a rise in cases of suicides by stressed out students.Most of the suicides in the past in Kota have been committed by coaching students by hanging themselves from the ceiling fans of their hostel rooms.Keeping this in mind, the Kota Hostel Association, has come up with the decision to attach a spring equipment and a siren to the ceiling fans of the hostel rooms providing accommodation to coaching students.

Source: Ceiling fans with springs, sensors to check suicides in Kota – The Hindu

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Residents of Honeyville deal with sudden and temporary bee problem 

HONEYVILLE — For a few weeks at a time twice a year, a few residents of Honeyville are concerned about new neighbors buzzing near their homes.Bees — dozens of boxes filled with bees — are mysteriously appearing at a gravel pit owned by Kilgore Companies just west of a residential area near 6900 North. Residents of the area said this has happened for years and nothing as happened because they vanish as quickly as they appear.The bees returned weeks ago without warning and they’ll disappear soon, too, about as quickly as they came. It’s bit of a mystery, but more than that.“They’re definitely an annoyance,” said Jeff Rinaldo, who resides less than a quarter-mile from the pit. Rinaldo said the bees come in and create problems for those living in the area for the past few years. He said the bees were so bad once it nearly killed the family’s horse.

Source: Residents of Honeyville deal with sudden and temporary bee problem | KSL.com

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Tor Browser Will Feature More Rust Code

The Tor Browser, a heavily modified version of the Firefox browser with many privacy-enhancing features, will include more code written in the Rust programming language.

Tor Project developers have first proposed featuring more Rust code in 2014, but the proposal never got anywhere.

Rust, which is a programming language developed by Mozilla, is a safer version of C++ that makes it more difficult for developers to accidentally introduce memory corruption errors in their code.

Firefox already includes Rust code

Mozilla started shipping its first Rust-based components in Firefox in the summer of 2016, and the programming language is expected to take a dominant role in Firefox development, eventually replacing most of its ancient C and C++ code.

Since Firefox versions featuring more and more Rust code started coming out of Mozilla’s HQ, it was only a matter of time since the Tor Project had to address the issue.

In a meeting held last week in Amsterdam, Tor developers got together and decided what would happen to the Tor Browser in the future.

continue https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/tor-browser-will-feature-more-rust-code/

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The Linux Foundation: Not a Friend of Desktop Linux, the GPL, or Openness 

The Linux Foundation has no respect for FOSS. Nor does it seem care about any users of Linux who aren’t connected with the enterprise. It’s been that way since the beginning. It now appears that the Foundation also has little respect for the GPL…you know, Linux’s license. Nor does it appear to be much of a believer in the notion of transparency.Many of us were hopeful when in 2007, Open Source Development Labs merged with the Free Standards Group to form the Linux Foundation, the umbrella organization that nurtures the development of Linux and other major open source projects. In my case, I expected most of the new organization’s efforts to be centered on enterprise use of Linux, since that’s where most of its use lies and where the money is being made, However, I did expect to see at least some efforts by the new foundation to support desktop Linux, on both development and marketing fronts. After all, it was the enthusiasm of the desktop base in the 1990s that brought Linux to the enterprise in the 2000s.

Source: The Linux Foundation: Not a Friend of Desktop Linux, the GPL, or Openness | FOSS Force

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MSM Caught Red-Handed Sitting On Bombshell Report To Protect Obama Then Independent Media Exposes It

Two bombshells in one, but only one is receiving attention and only because of the efforts and publishing of damning information by Independent Media writer Mike Cernovich,  about who in the Obama administration was behind the “unmasking” of names of American citizens, incidentally collected by intelligence agencies, then disseminating it to the media, which according Rep. Trey Gowdy, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, is a felony offense.

Cernovich revealed that the name of the high level Obama administration official that ordered the “unmasking” of names of members of the Trump campaign, even before the presidential election, was Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice. That information was then widely disseminated throughout the intelligence community after Obama issued an order making it easier for intelligence agencies to share “unfiltered information” about innocent people.

The House Intelligence Committee has been investigating who “unmasked” those names, which then was disseminated widely, resulting in a number of illegal leaks to the press, with Rice’s name being mentioned as one of those with the ability to request the unmasking, and Gowdy has maintained throughout that there is always a paper trail, therefore the originating source would be revealed during the investigation.

Which is exactly what happened.

The bigger bombshell, for those of us that have been watching the MSM’s attempts to downplay the illegal actions taken on the part of Obama admin officials, is that at least two mainstream media sources were aware of this information, for at least a couple of days, and sat on the information in an attempt to protect the Obama administration.

 

Source: MSM Caught Red-Handed Sitting On Bombshell Report To Protect Obama Then Independent Media Exposes It

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Roland founder and TR-808 creator Ikutaro Kakehashi dies at age 87

Ikutaro Kakehashi, the founder of pioneering electronic instrument company Roland, has died aged 87.Kakehashi’s influence on both the development of electronic music and the pop charts is enduring. Following the founding of Roland in the 1970s, Kakehashi—an accomplished engineer—set his sights on developing a sophisticated electronic drum machine, which culminated with the release of iconic Roland TR-808 in 1980.Unlike its contemporaries, which used recorded audio samples to help create drum sounds, the TR-808 was an entirely analogue instrument that used transistors to generate its sounds. While a commercial and critical flop on release, the TR-808 gained mythic status and quickly became the go-to drum machine for the nascent electronic dance and hip-hop scenes of the ’80s.

Source: Roland founder and TR-808 creator Ikutaro Kakehashi dies at age 87 | Ars Technica

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Android beats Windows to become the internet’s most used operating system

Google has cracked yet another impressive milestone as last month Android reportedly topped Microsoft’s Windows to become the new most used operating system on the internet.According to research from web statistics firm StatCounter, Android accounted for a larger chunk of overall internet usage than Windows for the first time ever last March, clocking an impressive market share of 37.93 percent ahead of Microsoft’s 37.91 percent.

Source: Android beats Windows to become the internet’s most used operating system

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Flybe fined for sending 3.3 million unwanted emails

95372620_gettyimages-625531644The airline Flybe has been fined £70,000 for sending more than 3.3 million marketing emails to people who had opted out of receiving them.

The emails, sent in August 2016, advised people to amend out-of-date personal information and update their marketing preferences.

They also gave people the chance to enter a prize draw.

But the regulator said Flybe should have obtained people’s consent before sending the emails.

“Sending emails to determine whether people want to receive marketing, without the right consent, is still marketing, and it is against the law,” said Steve Eckersley, head of enforcement at the Information Commissioner’s Office.

“In Flybe’s case, the company deliberately contacted people who had already opted out of emails from them.”

continue http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39430349

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