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September 2, 2014
No one seems able to come up with a better security system than the eminently hackable user-password combination. It seems that every time a violation of note occurs, users are reminded that they should have unique long, complicated combinations for each of their accounts -- and change them frequently. They should supply false answers to security questions and remember those, too. [More...]

September 2, 2014
They say art imitates life, but it's surprising how often the same can be said of the Linux blogs. Case in point: Just as the world at large is filled today with fiery strife -- Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Ferguson -- so, too, is the Linux blogosphere. Of course, it's not political, social or racial struggles tearing the FOSS community apart. Rather, the dividing issue here is none other than Systemd. [More...]

September 2, 2014
People have been reluctant to discuss whistle-blower Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's surveillance activities in social media, the Pew Center Internet Project reported last week. Only 42 percent of the 1,800 adults interviewed by the center were willing to post their views on the topic on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, although 82 percent were willing to discuss it face to face. [More...]

September 2, 2014
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Leap Motion has come up with a way for Oculus Rift gamers to expand their peripheral vision in the virtual setting. "Imagine being able to grab onto a virtual object with no intermediary," said Strategy Analytics' Eric Smith. "Things as simple as opening a door -- very mundane, but it's those very realistic experiences in VR that allow you to lose yourself when you're in those games." [More...]

September 1, 2014
A very interesting book just hit the market. Written by Martine Rothblatt -- apparently she is America's top paid female CEO -- its title is Virtually Human: The Promise -- and the Peril -- of Digital Immortality. The subject is digital clones, and Rothblatt goes into depth about what they are, when they are coming, and the likelihood they eventually will have equal human rights. [More...]

August 29, 2014
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Huawei can claim it beat Apple to the punch with its sapphire-display smartphone, but until Apple slaps sapphire glass onto an iPhone, iWatch or iSomething, it won't draw collective sighs of wonder. Speaking of sighs of wonder, that's how I responded to the hat with a radio and headphones sewn in that I got as a boyhood gift. The Archos Music Beany looks like it could be almost as cool. [More...]

LINUX PICKS AND PANS
Peach OSI Is Fresh and Juicy
August 29, 2014
Peach OSI is a new Linux distro that stands apart from the crowd. Its first stable version was just released in June -- yet it displays more performance traits and sophistication than many Linux distros that have been searching for an audience for years. In the crowded Linux distro field, it is very rare to find a newcomer that is not like any of the others. [More...]

August 29, 2014
Rumor has it that when Apple reveals its much-hyped iPhone 6 on Sept. 9, one of the features it will be trumpeting -- finally -- is near field communication. The NFC tech will enable mobile payments, Wired reported, citing sources "familiar with the matter." Wow. If this is true, it could be the catalyst that propels mobile payments into the mainstream. [More...]

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