Intel Is Patching the Patch for the Patch for Its ‘Zombieload’ Flaw

Intel’s made two attempts to fix the microprocessor vulnerability it was warned about 18 months ago. Third time’s the...

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One Small Fix Would Curb Stingray Surveillance

The technology needed to limit stingrays is clear—but good luck getting telecoms on board.

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Send email and check your calendar with Emacs
Jan28

Send email and check your calendar with Emacs

Last year, I brought you 19 days of new (to you) productivity tools for 2019. This year, I’m taking a different approach: building an environment that will allow you to be more productive in the new year, using tools you may or may not already be using. read...

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How I had a nerdy date night with StreetComplete quests
Jan28

How I had a nerdy date night with StreetComplete quests

StreetComplete is an Android app that makes it fun and easy to contribute to open data by completing quests. Quests are used to fill in incomplete or inaccurate information on OpenStreetMap, an open data project dedicated to mapping the world through crowdsourcing. Anyone can contribute to the map and, thanks to free culture and open source licenses, that data can then be used by anyone for anything, from video games to custom...

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How I teach physics using open source tools
Jan28

How I teach physics using open source tools

The nice aspect of being a physicist and a researcher is the openness of our community. There is a lot of collaboration and sharing of ideas (especially during coffee breaks). We also tend to share the software we write. Since we are very picky about algorithms, we want to modify other people’s code to fix the obvious errors that we find. It feels frustrating when I have to use proprietary tools since I cannot understand...

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