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I did my best to understand Donald Trump's foreign policy. Here's what I came up with.

We did not really require further confirmation that Donald J. Trump doesn't know much about foreign policy, but we got it this weekend, in the form of a lengthy interview by Maggie Haberman and David Sanger of the New York Times.

China Is Building a Robot Army of Model Workers

Inside a large, windowless room in an electronics factory in south Shanghai, about 15 workers are eyeing a small robot arm with frustration. Near the end of the production line where optical networking equipment is being packed into boxes for shipping, the robot sits motionless.

What becomes of Facebook when people start to value privacy?

Facebook's role in the world has changed though I didn't expect to have an epiphany about that while sitting in the pews of a drafty, 11th-century church. It was at a wedding earlier this month, and the program handed out bore a disclaimer that would have been mystifying a few years ago.

Ons voedselsysteem kan veranderen. Maar de politiek moet het spits afbijten

In het eerste deel van deze serie over de toekomst van ons voedsel vroeg ik jullie hoe we het voedselsysteem zouden kunnen verduurzamen. Lees hier de aftrap van deze serie, over de verduurzaming van het voedselsysteem. Het veel gegeven antwoord was: minder vlees eten.

The Valley of Cultural Relevance between Generation X and Y

My experience of grandparents is fuddy coats and fussy hats. Blue rinse perms and gifts smelling of lavender. But when I really examine the narrative underlying my thoughts it is above all, that these things are the definition of ‘old’. 

As Andrew Jackson Fades a Look at How He Ended Up on Money

Nearly 200 years after his death, Andrew Jackson is stepping away from America's cultural consciousness. Jackson will soon no longer appear on the $20 bill, capping a decades-long decline in the seventh president’s popularity.


You might think that there could be no form factor that has not as yet had an Arduino fitted in to it. This morning a new one came our way. [Johan Kanflo]’s AAduino is an Arduino clone with an onboard RF module that fits within the form factor of an AA battery. Putting the Arduino inside its own battery pack makes a very neat and compact self-contained unit.

Hacking Your Phone

The following script is from "Hacking Your Phone" which aired on April 17, 2016. Sharyn Alfonsi is the correspondent. Howard L. Rosenberg and Julie Holstein, producers. A lot of modern life is interconnected through the Internet of things -- a global empire of billions of devices and machines.

Ja hoor: de naveltruitjespolitie is er weer

Het is weer een dag meer dan twintig graden geweest, en Nederlands als wij zijn, trekken we dan en masse onze jurken, rokjes en korte broeken uit de kast.

Google and Microsofts shortened URLs make it easy to spy on people Naked Security

Shortened URLs are convenient: they’re a whole lot easier to handle than unwieldy strings that email messes up with line breaks when you cut and paste them. But that same brevity also makes URLs from the likes of bit.

Man hacked random-number generator to rig lotteries investigators say

New evidence shows lottery machines were rigged to produce predictable jackpot numbers on specific days of the year netting millions in winnings A lottery security director who was convicted of fixing a $16.

Bitcoin Mining Rate and Waste

Recently, the Bitcoin mining rate surpassed 1 exahash per second, or 1 quintillion SHA-256 hashes per second. That's "back of the envelope" calculations, with some big assumptions made about the mining operation (how it's powered, who is powering it, etc.).

The Voyeur’s Motel

I know a married man and father of two who bought a twenty-one-room motel near Denver many years ago in order to become its resident voyeur. With the assistance of his wife, he cut rectangular holes measuring six by fourteen inches in the ceilings of more than a dozen rooms.

Scientists Have Finally Figured Out Why Hundreds Of Thousands Of Antelope Dropped Dead Last Year

Late last year, news trickled in about the horrific mass dying of the saiga antelopes of central Kazakhstan, of which it has been estimated that over 200,000 of the animals dropped dead over a matter of days, with scenes of entire herds of the antelope, made up of mothers with calves, littering the

Ransomware: Past, Present, and Future

"What's past is prologue." -- William Shakespeare, The Tempest Introduction The rise of ransomware over the past year is an ever growing problem. Businesses often believe that paying the ransom is the most cost effective way of getting their data back - and this may also be the reality.

The dark side of Guardian comments

As part of a series on the rising global phenomenon of online harassment, the Guardian commissioned research into the 70m comments left on its site since 2006 and discovered that of the 10 most abused writers eight are women, and the two men are black.

Nederland steekt het meeste ontwikkelingshulpgeld in... Nederland

Gisteren maakte de OESO (Organisatie voor Economische Samenwerking en Ontwikkeling) haar jaarlijkse cijfers Bekijk hier de gisteren uitgekomen hulpcijfers van de OESO. bekend over de hulpbudgetten van rijke landen.

The Weird Redemption of SF’s Most Reviled Tech Bro — Backchannel

In the hours before Greg Gopman lost control of his image — going from “killing it” to the city’s most reviled tech bro — he was munching on a Show Dog on Market Street. Maple sausage, egg, grilled onions: his fave go-to in San Francisco, his fave city in the world.

New Threat Can Auto-Brick Apple Devices

If you use an Apple iPhone, iPad or other iDevice, now would be an excellent time to ensure that the machine is running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system — version 9.3.1.

$100-Million Plan Will Send Probes to the Nearest Star

For Yuri Milner, the Russian Internet entrepreneur and billionaire philanthropist who funds the world’s richest science prizes and searches for extraterrestrial intelligence, the sky is not the limit—and neither is the solar system.

How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things

You drop a glass while making breakfast. You get stuck in traffic on your way to work. Your boss yells at you for being late. Congratulations! You’re having a bad morning. It happens to everyone, at one time or another. But how we react to the bad things in life reveals a lot about our brains.

How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell

An hour’s drive from Wichita, Kansas, in a little town called Potwin, there is a 360-acre piece of land with a very big problem. The plot has been owned by the Vogelman family for more than a hundred years, though the current owner, Joyce Taylor née Vogelman, 82, now rents it out.

What is the evolutionary benefit or purpose of having periods?

I'm so glad you asked. Seriously. The answer to this question is one of the most illuminating and disturbing stories in human evolutionary biology, and almost nobody knows about it. And so, O my friends, gather close, and hear the extraordinary tale of:

Apple and WhatsApp’s Encryption Is a Stimulus Package for the Phone Hacking Industry

Law enforcement will probably spend more time and money hacking phones after moves by Apple and WhatsApp to strengthen their encryption. During its recent conflict with Apple over its refusal to help the FBI unlock iPhones, the U.S.

The Case for Peewee: Small, Hackable and Fun

SQLAlchemy is one of those tools that is so powerful and so well-established that it's hard to imagine a time when it didn't exist.

If You Can’t Break Crypto, Break the Client: Recovery of Plaintext iMessage Data

CVE-2016-1764, fixed by Apple in March of 2016, is an application-layer bug that leads to the remote disclosure of all message content and attachments in plaintext by exploiting the OS X Messages client. In contrast to attacking the iMessage protocol, it is a relatively simple bug.

Of er wezens slimmer dan de mens ontstaan, is een kwestie van energie

Ieder jaar stelt John Brockman, de oprichter van discussieplatform Edge, De homepage van Edge. één grote vraag aan zijn netwerk van beroemde auteurs, kunstenaars en wetenschappers. Dit jaar luidde die vraag: Hoe denk je over machines die denken?

Technology to Make Clean Energy From Coal Is Stumbling in Practice

OTTAWA — An electrical plant on the Saskatchewan prairie was the great hope for industries that burn coal.

Panama Papers: “It was an email server attack”

The word Panama comes from the location of the legal firm that was breached, Mossack Fonseca, headquartered in Panama City; and Papers is a metaphor. With an a estimated 2.

Canon EOS 80D Review

Upon completing the Canon EOS 70D review, I declared that, if I had to pick a do-everything-well APS-C format camera that does not cost a fortune, the Canon EOS 70D would have been my recommendation. The Canon EOS 80D now takes this camera's place in Canon's lineup.

How To Kill A Product Gracefully

This week, the home automation company Nest announced that it would disable the Revolv smart home platform, because it no longer fits with the company's product line.

Unlike the secrets exposed by the Panama Papers, big US tax dodging is done in full public view

The scourge of global tax evasion screamed back into the news this week, erupting from the giant Panama Papers leak.

Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People

For most of the past six weeks, the biggest story out of Silicon Valley was Apple’s battle with the FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of a mass shooter. The company’s refusal touched off a searing debate over privacy and security in the digital age.

National Geographic Magazine

When you head out to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the car.

Microsoft’s Charm Offensive Against GNU/Linux Uses the Same Media Strategy Donald Trump Uses

Harm offensive or charm offensive? “A campaign of flattery, friendliness, and cajolement designed to achieve the support or agreement of others” –Oxford Dictionary

Storing hundreds of millions of simple key-value pairs in Redis

When transitioning systems, sometimes you have to build a little scaffolding. : mobile

Former cheat-coder says it all In the last couple of days there were VAC-bans given to some professional players which exposed a never seen scandal. We had the chance to talk with a former cheat-coder who wants to stay anonym though.

Panama Papers

Over a year ago, an anonymous source contacted the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and submitted encrypted internal documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm that sells anonymous offshore companies around the world.

9 Agile Retrospectives AntiPatterns

Hi guys, for past weeks I have been writing about anti-patterns, e.g. 20 Product Owners AntiPatterns or 8 Agile, Scrum Antipatterns – Scrum Masters. This post will be about: “Agile Retrospectives AntiPatterns”.

Jonge uitgever gaat strijd aan met

Op zoek naar het boek dat op plek 2 in de Nederlandse bestsellerlijst staat? Of het boek dat al weken het best verkochte boek in Vlaanderen is? Bij zijn As in tas van Jelle Brandt Corstius en Het smelt van Lize Spit niet meer te krijgen.

LSD could make you smarter, happier and healthier. Should we all try it?

In 1970, Congress dropped psychedelics into the war on drugs. After a decade of Timothy Leary, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and news reports of gruesome murders, the federal government declared that the drugs had no medical use — and high potential for abuse.

Macchiarini and the tracheal regeneration scandal, by Pierre Delaere

This is an open letter to the academic community by Pierre Delaere, professor for respiratory surgery at KU Leuven, Belgium, and one of the earliest and fiercest critics of Paolo Macchiarini.

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