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Chat is Google's next big fix for Android's messaging mess

OSNews.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:21
The Verge has a big exclusive - Google has managed to corral carriers into supporting something called the "Universal Profile for Rich Communication Services", or Chat, which basically replaces SMS in every Android phone. top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you'll get some amazing features. It will have a stellar screen, top-flight camera, gobs of storage, and an absolutely atrocious texting experience. Most people in the world, whether they buy an iPhone or an Android phone, dump all the preinstalled chat applications into a junk folder, install WhatsApp or WeChat (or Telegram in repressive dictatorships like Russia and Iran), and forget this American obsession with iMessage vs. Google's 238437 chat apps even exists. That being said. Now, the company is doing something different. Instead of bringing a better app to the table, it's trying to change the rules of the texting game, on a global scale. Google has been quietly corralling every major cellphone carrier on the planet into adopting technology to replace SMS. It's going to be called "Chat", and it's based on a standard called the "Universal Profile for Rich Communication Services". SMS is the default that everybody has to fall back to, and so Google's goal is to make that default texting experience on an Android phone as good as other modern messaging apps. Sounds like something they should've done ten years ago, but as you dive further into the details, a whole bunch of huge red flags pop up: But remember, Chat is a carrier-based service, not a Google service. It's just "Chat", not "Google Chat". In a sign of its strategic importance to Google, the company has spearheaded development on the new standard, so that every carrier's Chat services will be interoperable. But, like SMS, Chat won't be end-to-end encrypted, and it will follow the same legal intercept standards. In other words: it won't be as secure as iMessage or Signal. In the current political and societal climate, the lack of end-to-end encryption is absolutely bonkers. Obviously, there's no encryption because carriers (and our governments) want to snoop on our communications, but with end-to-end encrypted options readily available, why even bother going 2-3 years back in time? If you're still trying to wrap your head around the idea that Google won't have a standalone consumer chat app, well, so am I. "The fundamental thesis behind the RCS protocol is it's a carrier service," Sabharwal says. That means that the carriers will be the final arbiters of what Chat can and can't do - and whether it will be successful. The good news is that Google appears to have herded all the carrier cats into a box where their Chat services will actually be interoperable. Isn't the point to get away from under carrier control, not slide back under it? I just don't see how such an archaic service like this will ever gain any traction, when most of the world has already settled on its chat service, mostly dictated by what your friends and family uses. Without end-to-end encryption and while under carrier control, this service seems like a massive step backward - not forward.

Users Complain About Installation Issues With macOS 10.13.4

Slashdot.org - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:20
An anonymous reader shares a report: The 10.13.4 update for macOS High Sierra is recommended for all users, and was emitted at the end of March promising to "improve stability, performance, and security of your Mac." But geek support sites have started filling up with people complaining that it had the opposite effect: killing their computer with messages that "the macOS installation couldn't be completed." The initial install appears to be working fine, but when users go to shutdown or reboot an upgraded system, it goes into recovery mode. According to numerous reports, there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with users' Macs -- internal drives report that they're fine. And the issue is affecting a range of different Apple-branded computers from different years. Some have been successful in getting 10.13.4 to install by launching from Safe Mode, but others haven't and are deciding to roll back and stick with 10.13.3 until Apple puts out a new update that will fix whatever the issue is while claiming it has nothing to do with it.

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RFQ for Video Optimization App by pwfdevprojects

Freelancer.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:47
Overview Our company has been working on reducing the bandwidth/data throughput of streamed videos (aka "video optimization") by lowering the quality of adaptively streamed videos. Optimization is... (Budget: $10 USD, Jobs: Android, Java, Linux, Mobile App Development, Software Architecture)
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Palantir Knows Everything About You

Slashdot.org - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:40
Palantir, a data-mining company created by Peter Thiel, is aiding government agencies by tracking American citizens using the War on Terror, Bloomberg reports. From the report: The company's engineers and products don't do any spying themselves; they're more like a spy's brain, collecting and analyzing information that's fed in from the hands, eyes, nose, and ears. The software combs through disparate data sources -- financial documents, airline reservations, cellphone records, social media postings -- and searches for connections that human analysts might miss. It then presents the linkages in colorful, easy-to-interpret graphics that look like spider webs. [...] The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services uses Palantir to detect Medicare fraud. The FBI uses it in criminal probes. The Department of Homeland Security deploys it to screen air travelers and keep tabs on immigrants. Police and sheriff's departments in New York, New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles have also used it, frequently ensnaring in the digital dragnet people who aren't suspected of committing any crime.

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Mini-shell by airplaneusa

Freelancer.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:25
I have already started to do the code, but it lacks functions and there are some bug, I want to put the code with the task to do, and it is necessary to code in python , (Budget: €8 - €30 EUR, Jobs: Linux, Python, Software Architecture)
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Screen scraping expert by gemmei3839

Freelancer.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:17
I need a screen scraping expert. python or curl and linux knowledge. (Budget: $250 - $750 USD, Jobs: Linux, Python, Web Scraping)
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Google's Crostini lets you run GNU/Linux apps on Chromebooks without enabling developer mode - Liliputing

Linux News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:16

Liliputing

Google's Crostini lets you run GNU/Linux apps on Chromebooks without enabling developer mode
Liliputing
People have been running Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux distributions on Chromebooks for almost as long as Chromebooks have been available. While some folks have replaced Chrome OS altogether or created dual boot systems, the simplest method is to use ...

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Riot: A Distributed Way of Having IRC and VOIP Client and Home Server

LinuxToday.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:00

itsFOSS: Riot is a free and open source decentralized instant messaging application that can be considered an alternative to Slack.

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No One Knows How Long the US Coastline Is

Slashdot.org - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:00
How long is the U.S. coastline? It's a straightforward question, and one that's important for scientists and government agencies alike. From a report: The U.S. Geological Survey could give you an answer, too, but I'm going to tell you right now that it's wrong. In fact, no one could give you the right answer, and if you look around, you'll find a number of estimations that differ by seemingly improbable amounts. One government report lists the number as 12,383 miles. The same report admits that a different government agency says the figure is actually 88,612 miles. That's an almost eight-fold disparity for a fact that seems simple to obtain. We all know how to use a ruler, right? Well, we all know how to measure a straight line, but what about a curve? And what if that curve has curves? The crux of the problem comes down to geometry, and the fundamentally uneven nature of coastlines. Though the border between land and sea may look fairly straight when seen from far away, they're anything but. Coastlines jut and dip, curve and cut, and each deviation from a straight line adds distance. Some of these features are massive, like bays, while others are miniscule.

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Need Experienced FREENAS User by Bigdog5000

Freelancer.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:48
Hi, I’m in need of some remote tech support. I built a Freenas server about a month ago. I’m a little bit of a techy person, but the Freenas is all new to me, It’s going to take sometime to learn this system... (Budget: $30 - $250 CAD, Jobs: Linux, Network Administration, System Admin, Ubuntu)
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IoT решение для производства by ravlad

Freelancer.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:40
Для визуализации мониторинга за различными источниками данных используется ThingsBoard. Необходимо создать MVP решения по отображению информации. Возможно потребуется дописать / создать свой widget. (Budget: $250 - $750 USD, Jobs: Java, Javascript, Linux, MQTT, Web Development)
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iconectiv Brings Device ID Expertise to the Linux Foundation - SDxCentral

Linux News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:33

SDxCentral

iconectiv Brings Device ID Expertise to the Linux Foundation
SDxCentral
The Bridgewater, New Jersey-based company iconectiv this week joined the Linux Foundation Networking Fund. iconectiv is perhaps most well-known as a Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA). In this role the company handles the administrative work ...

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AWS Video on Demand system and Wordpress front end to upload and access video content by mikaclearwater

Freelancer.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:27
Looking to set up AWS Video on Demand system and Wordpress front end to upload and access video content. https://aws.amazon.com/answers/media-entertainment/video-on-demand-on-aws/ https://docs.aws.amazon.com/solutions/latest/video-on-demand/welcome.html... (Budget: $1500 - $3000 USD, Jobs: Amazon Web Services, Linux, Nginx, PHP, Website Design)
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Write a Linux Shell Script to Produce Passwords?

AskDaveTaylor - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:23

Congrats on wanting to write a program rather than find someone else’s solution already canned and ready to go. Of course, I’ll be showing you a script that does exactly what you want, but if I explain my thinking and logic, I bet you can take the concepts I outline and produce a new script that better fits your needs, so we’re good.

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Users Don't Want iOS To Merge With MacOS, Apple Chief Tim Cook Says

Slashdot.org - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:20
Rebutting a widespread speculation, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the company is not working toward building an operating system that both Macs and iPhones could share. From his interview on Sydney Morning Herald: Later, when I ask about the divide between the Mac and iOS, which seems almost conservative when compared to Microsoft's convertible Windows 10 strategy, Cook gives an interesting response. "We don't believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [The Mac and iPad] are incredible. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two ... you begin to make trade offs and compromises. "So maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day. But that's not what it's about. You know it's about giving people things that they can then use to help them change the world or express their passion or express their creativity. So this merger thing that some folks are fixated on, I don't think that's what users want." A surprising comment, considering rumours from well-connected reporter Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, who wrote the company is working on a project called "Marzipan", which involves merging the codebase of macOS and iOS apps.

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10 Great Linux GTK Themes For 2018

LinuxToday.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:00

MakeTechEasier: The world of Linux desktop themes is an ever-evolving one, with new ones replacing old favorites all the time.

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Live Streaming with Nginx and FFmpeg by viberbd

Freelancer.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:52
i want to re stream so i want to make it on Nginx and FFmpeg i will stream 100 channels at a time i want to start all channels at a time and if i want to start and restart all at a time you have... (Budget: $30 - $250 USD, Jobs: Linux, Network Administration, Nginx, PHP, Video Broadcasting)
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SMS Marketing Portal with WiFi Portal Sign Up by jason949

Freelancer.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:45
Please send me previous, similar projects in the proposal. We need a full-featured SMS marketing customer portal. Similar to txt180.com or slicktext.com with all the key features. Store visitors... (Budget: $250 - $750 USD, Jobs: Android, HTML, Linux, MySQL, PHP)
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The 'Terms and Conditions' Reckoning Is Coming

Slashdot.org - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:40
Everyone from Uber to PayPal is facing a backlash against their impenetrable legalese. From a report: Personal finance forums online are brimming with complaints from hundreds of PayPal customers who say they've been suspended because they signed up before age 18. PayPal declined to comment on any specific cases, but says it's appropriate to close accounts created by underage people "to ensure our customers have full legal capacity to accept our user agreement." While that may seem "heavy-handed," says Sarah Kenshall, a technology attorney with law firm Burges Salmon, the company is within its rights because the users clicked to agree to the rules -- however difficult the language might be to understand. Websites have long required users to plow through pages of dense legalese to use their services, knowing that few ever give the documents more than a cursory glance. In 2005 security-software provider PC Pitstop LLC promised a $1,000 prize to the first user to spot the offer deep in its terms and conditions; it took four months before the reward was claimed. The incomprehensibility of user agreements is poised to change as tech giants such as Uber Technologies and Facebook confront pushback for mishandling user information, and the European Union prepares to implement new privacy rules called the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. The measure underscores "the requirement for clear and plain language when explaining consent," British Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham wrote on her blog last year.

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Data networking - Repost - open to bidding by ashwaniyadav937

Freelancer.com - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:37
My router has a dhcp reservation table limit of 80. I would like to assign DHCP reservation to 500 machines. How can I solve? Explain the solution given below My environment consists of Router Cisco... (Budget: ₹1500 - ₹12500 INR, Jobs: Apache, Linux, Network Administration, Programming, Project Management)
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