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Steve Jobs' Life Is Now An Opera

An anonymous reader quotes CNN's report on a new project from Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell: "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs" is set to open on Saturday night at the Santa Fe Opera, home to the largest summer-opera festival in U.S. The high-tech production, which runs until August 26, jumps in and out of key moments in the Apple founder's life, from early product-development days alongside Steve Wozniak and the launch of the original iPhone, to his wedding day with Laurene Powell Jobs... The opera features an electronic score, developed by Mason Bates, that incorporates sounds from the products Jobs created, including the audio synonymous with turning on an early Macintosh computer. The libretto, or operatic script, doesn't call out words like Apple or iPhone due to copyright issues; instead, it uses descriptors like "one device" to reference the smartphone. "Only one device, does it all," the libretto reads. "In one hand, all your need. One device. Communication, entertainment, illumination, connection, interaction, navigation, inspiration..." One scene in the high-tech production shows Jobs standing in his family's garage on his 10th birthday. When his father gives him a workbench, the walls around them light up into video screens...

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Let's Encrypt Criticized Over Speedy HTTPS Certifications

100 million HTTPS certificates were issued in the last year by Let's Encrypt -- a free certificate authority founded by Mozilla, Cisco and the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- and they're now issuing more than 100,000 HTTPS certificates every day. Should they be performing more vetting? msm1267 shared this article from Kaspersky Lab's ThreatPost blog: [S]ome critics are sounding alarm bells and warning that Let's Encrypt might be guilty of going too far, too fast, and delivering too much of a good thing without the right checks and balances in place. The primary concern has been that while the growth of SSL/TLS encryption is a positive trend, it also offers criminals an easy way to facilitate website spoofing, server impersonation, man-in-the-middle attacks, and a way to sneak malware through company firewalls... Critics do not contend Let's Encrypt is responsible for these types of abuses. Rather, because it is the 800-pound gorilla when it comes to issuing basic domain validation certificates, critics believe Let's Encrypt could do a better job vetting applicants to weed out bad actors... "I think there should be some type of vetting process. That would make it more difficult for malicious actors to get them," said Justin Jett, director of audit and compliance at Plixer, a network traffic analytics firm... Josh Aas, executive director of the Internet Security Research Group, the organization that oversees Let's Encrypt, points out that its role is not to police the internet, rather its mission is to make communications secure. He added that, unlike commercial certificate authorities, it keeps a searchable public database of every single domain it issues. "When people get surprised at the number of PayPal phishing sites and get worked up about it, the reason they know about it is because we allow anyone to search our records," he said. Many other certificate authorities keep their databases of issued certificates private, citing competitive reasons and that customers don't want to broadcast the names of their servers... The reason people treat us like a punching bag is that we are big and we are transparent. " The criticism intensified after Let's Encrypt announced they'd soon offer wildcard certificates for subdomains. But the article also cites security researcher Scott Helme, who "argued if encryption is to be available to all then that includes the small percent of bad actors. 'I don't think it's for Signal, or Let's Encrypt, to decide who should have access to encryption."

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A New Sampling Algorithm Could Eliminate Sensor Saturation

Baron_Yam shared an article from Science Daily: Researchers from MIT and the Technical University of Munich have developed a new technique that could lead to cameras that can handle light of any intensity, and audio that doesn't skip or pop. Virtually any modern information-capture device -- such as a camera, audio recorder, or telephone -- has an analog-to-digital converter in it, a circuit that converts the fluctuating voltages of analog signals into strings of ones and zeroes. Almost all commercial analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), however, have voltage limits. If an incoming signal exceeds that limit, the ADC either cuts it off or flatlines at the maximum voltage. This phenomenon is familiar as the pops and skips of a "clipped" audio signal or as "saturation" in digital images -- when, for instance, a sky that looks blue to the naked eye shows up on-camera as a sheet of white. Last week, at the International Conference on Sampling Theory and Applications, researchers from MIT and the Technical University of Munich presented a technique that they call unlimited sampling, which can accurately digitize signals whose voltage peaks are far beyond an ADC's voltage limit. The consequence could be cameras that capture all the gradations of color visible to the human eye, audio that doesn't skip, and medical and environmental sensors that can handle both long periods of low activity and the sudden signal spikes that are often the events of interest. One of the paper's author's explains that "The idea is very simple. If you have a number that is too big to store in your computer memory, you can take the modulo of the number."

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The US And Australia Are Testing Hypersonic Missiles

schwit1 quotes Engadget: Both the U.S. and Australia have confirmed that they recently completed a series of mysterious hypersonic missile tests. All the countries will say is that the flights were successful, and that they represented "significant milestones" in testing everything from the design assembly to the control mechanisms. They won't even say which vehicles were used or how quickly they traveled, although past tests have usually relied on Terrier Orion rockets and have reached speeds as high as Mach 8. The tests are part of the long-running HIFiRE (Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation) program, whose first launch took place way back in 2009. They should help bring hypersonic flight to a "range of applications," according to HIFiRE partner BAE. That could easily include ultra-fast aircraft, but it's widely believed the focus here is on missiles and similar unmanned weapons. A hypersonic missile would fulfill the US military's goal of building a conventional weapon that can strike anywhere within an hour, and it would be virtually impossible to stop using existing missile defenses. In theory, enemy nations wouldn't dare attack if they knew they'd face certain retaliation within minutes. Originally NASA was involved in the project, which has been ongoing for more than eight years. But it's timeline may have shortened after reports that foreign powers including Russia and China are already building their own hypersonic missiles.

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Linus Torvalds Now Reviews Gadgets On Google+

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: If you know anything about Linus Torvalds, you know he's the mastermind and overlord of Linux. If you know him at all well, you know he's also an enthusiastic scuba diver and author of SubSurface, a do-it-all dive log program. And, if you know him really well, you'd know, like many other developers, he loves gadgets. Now, he's starting his own gadget review site on Google+: Working Gadgets... "[W]hile waiting for my current build to finish, I decided to write a note about some of the gadgets I got that turned out to work, rather than all the crazy crap that didn't. Because while 90% of the cool toys I buy aren't all that great, there's still the ones that actually do live up to expectations. So the rule is: no rants. Just good stuff. Because this is about happy gadgets." So far Linus has reviewed an automatic cat litter box, a scuba diving pressure regulator, and a Ubiquiti UniFi Wi-Fi access point that complements his Google WiFi mesh network. Linus will be great at this. Just last week I saw him recommending a text editor.

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南韓外交部分析指特朗普在北韓問題上進一步向中國施壓

南韓外交部分析,美國總統特朗普較早前在社交網站,指北韓正在「找麻煩」的留言,是要在朝鮮半島問題上,進一步向中國施壓。韓聯社引述南韓外交部人員的分析指,特朗普的留言證明美國政府高層清楚明白北韓核導彈問題的嚴重性、危險性和迫切性,並再次強調中國在解決這個問題上的重要性。報道又指,美軍早前攻擊敘利亞政府空軍基地後,特朗普恢復了作為軍方最高統帥的自信。美軍核動力航母「卡爾文森號」駛向朝鮮半島近海,反映美國試圖透過軍事手段,盡可能向中國及北韓施壓。

外交部就達賴到中印邊境爭議地區活動 提出嚴正交涉

在北京,外交部發言人陸慷表示,已經就西藏達賴喇嘛到中國與印度邊界東段爭議地區活動,提出嚴正交涉,並將採取進一步措施,維護中方領土主權和國家安全。陸慷在記者會說,印度不顧中方關切,執意安排達賴到有關地區活動,縱容他與印度個別官員,發表挑釁中方的政治言論,此行已超越印方所稱的宗教活動範疇,違背印度在涉藏問題上的鄭重承諾,對兩國通過談判妥善解決領土爭議,產生不利影響。陸慷說,中方要求印方從兩國和兩國人民根本利益出發,維護兩國關係發展的政治基礎,不得再採取損害邊界談判和兩國關係的挑釁做法,以實際行動維護中印關係的大局。

外交部就達賴到中印邊境爭議地區活動 提出嚴正交涉

在北京,外交部發言人陸慷表示,已經就西藏達賴喇嘛到中國與印度邊界東段爭議地區活動,提出嚴正交涉,並將採取進一步措施,維護中方領土主權和國家安全。陸慷在記者會說,印度不顧中方關切,執意安排達賴到有關地區活動,縱容他與印度個別官員,發表挑釁中方的政治言論,此行已超越印方所稱的宗教活動範疇,違背印度在涉藏問題上的鄭重承諾,對兩國通過談判妥善解決領土爭議,產生不利影響。陸慷說,中方要求印方從兩國和兩國人民根本利益出發,維護兩國關係發展的政治基礎,不得再採取損害邊界談判和兩國關係的挑釁做法,以實際行動維護中印關係的大局。

航空公司超賣機位 專家:乘客毫無權利可言

航空公司超賣機位 專家:乘客毫無權利可言. (法新社芝加哥11日電) 聯合航空(United Airlines)強拖乘客下機風波,讓超賣機位與趕客做法頓時成為焦點,航空公司依賴超賣避免乘客沒有出現產生的損失。專家說,對此乘客真的沒有什麼權利可言。 航空業分析師曼恩(Robert Mann)表示,如果要他們停止超賣機位,「為了試圖彌補長期累積的這類損失,唯一辦法就是調漲每個人的票價」。 ...


南韓檢方據報有意下周一正式起訴朴槿惠

韓聯社報道,南韓當局計劃下星期正式起訴前總統朴槿惠。檢察官員表示,最有可能在下星期一提出起訴。朴槿惠涉及受賄、濫權等罪名。她被拘留接近2星期,期間一直否認指控。

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