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Earth to Mozilla: Come back home

In her blog post explaining the Brendan Eich resignation, Mitchell Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, writes, “We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.

Be Still My Breaking Heart

Abstract:  Heartbleed wasn’t fun.  It represents us moving from “attacks could happen” to “attacks have happened”, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Why nobody can tell whether the world’s biggest quantum computer is a quantum computer

For the past several years, a Canadian company called D-Wave Systems has been selling what it says is the largest quantum computer ever built.

41 Genius Camping Hacks You'll Wish You Thought Of Sooner

Get the complete recipe here. You can also just use sliced bread and a little butter. You can go from grilled cheese to apple pie pocket with practically no clean up.

Healbe Hustle: The full story of how a failed Russian cake shop owner humiliated Indiegogo and took “the crowd” for over $1m

For the past three weeks, I’ve been reporting on a company called Healbe and their Indiegogo campaign for a seemingly-miraculous calorie counting wristband, the GoBe.

How Pebble Converted 135,070 Customized Watchfaces For Pebble OS v2.0

Like thousands of Pebble users, you might have used to create a custom watch face with a picture of your cat, kids or favorite soccer team's logo––all without writing a single line of code.

New week: tijdschrift versus blog

Twee weken geleden gaf ik een lezing bij Unilever. De speaker voor mij was een beautyredactrice van een Nederlands tijdschrift. Omdat ze net was begonnen en ik er al was, nam ik achteraan plaats.

Are Russian troops in eastern Ukraine? (Some, probably, but I don’t think that’s really the point)

As western Ukrainian security forces reportedly seek to dislodge ethnic Russian paramilitaries from government buildings in Slaviansk (although that’s now being questioned) and anti-Kyiv forces muster in other eastern Ukrainian cities, allegations are flying thick and fast about the presence of

Real Artists Have Day Jobs

Have you ever dreamt of being a real artist? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to call yourself a real painter, or a real writer, or a real actress, or a real musician?

All the passwords you should change because of Heartbleed, in one handy graphic

The Heartbleed security flaw was fixed in the newest version of OpenSSL, but you should still change your passwords on all of the sites affected by the bug.

The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience

Creating this list out of thousands of potential photos was a daunting, yet rewarding experience for me. I hope you loved it too (and if you did, share it with others below).  Thanks for visiting us today! Check back at Distractify for more original breathtaking photo stories every day.

30 Python Language Features and Tricks You May Not Know About

Since I started learning Python, I decided to maintain an often visited list of "tricks". Any time I saw a piece of code (in an example, on Stack Overflow, in open source software, etc.

Raking in the dough on Free and Open Source Software¶

My first crowd-funding of Free and Open Source Software, was in 2004, where I solicited the FreeBSD community for money, so that I could devote three to six months of my time to the FreeBSD disk-I/O subsystem.

The Science of Older and Wiser

Since ancient times, the elusive concept of wisdom has figured prominently in philosophical and religious texts.

Here’s Why You’re Not Hiring the Best and the Brightest

What’s the most consistent piece of advice you get as a startup? Always hire the best people. Never compromise in your hiring standards, no matter how big your company gets.

Germany's green dreams meet harsh reality

A vision for a greener future for the world seems very distant if you descend into the heart of one of Germany's largest coal mines.

Geen aanstellerij

Met tranen in haar ogen vertelt ze over de zorgen die ze heeft om haar dochter. Haar prachtige dochter van veertien. Een meisje met stralende ogen en een lieve lach. Nog maar kort geleden zag ik op Facebook foto’s van haar verjaardag.

On Mozilla

A lot has been written about Mozilla in these last few weeks. Some of it is thoughtful, thought-provoking, heartfelt, helpful and necessary. Some of it is politically charged and sometimes factually plain wrong.

a brief history of one line fixes

Apple recently made a booboo, unlike any other booboo in the history of programming. Even though Apple’s bug is unprecedented, here’s a brief overview of some predecessor bugs. Back in 2006, the X server checked to make sure the user was root, but forgot to actually call the function.

Detectify Blog – How we got read access on Google's production servers

To stay on top on the latest security alerts we often spend time on bug bounties and CTF’s. When we were discussing the challenge for the weekend, Mathias got an interesting idea: What target can we use against itself? Of course. The Google search engine!

Interview with Alan Kay

In June of this year, the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) celebrated the centenary of Alan Turing's birth by holding a conference with presentations by more than 30 Turing Award winners.

Put Down the Phone & Walk Away: My Social Media Detox Experiment. ~ Francesca Harris

People have been telling me for a long time now that I am a “Facebook addict,” but I truly didn’t think I had a problem. I am certainly not the only person who checks her Facebook account everyday, am I? Or three times a day? Or more?

Sam Tuke's blog

The bug in OpenSSL nicknamed “heartbleed” that was discovered this week has been labelled “catastrophic“, “11 out of 10” for seriousness, and credited with “undoing web encryption“.

25 Things You Should Know About Life With A Toddler

Maybe you’re a new parent. Or want to be a parent someday. Or you’re long past your Toddler-Wrangling Years and want to look back with nostalgia and pants-shitting terror over that time.

De massale opslag van telecomgegevens is ongeldig verklaard. Wat betekent dat?

Gisteren heeft de hoogste rechter van de Europese Unie een belangrijke uitspraak gedaan over de opslag van gegevens van Europese burgers. Het Europees Hof van Justitie heeft bepaald dat Europese regelgeving die verplicht tot de grootschalige opslag van telecommunicatiegegevens ongeldig is.

Cookies vs Tokens. Getting auth right with Angular.JS

The most adopted one, is Cookie-Based Authentication (you can find an example here) that uses server side cookies to authenticate the user on every request. The following diagram explains how both of these methods work.

CSS Blend Modes could be the next big thing in Web Design

For everyone who has ever opened Photoshop or Illustrator you are most likely familiar with blend modes. Multiply, screen, overlay and soft light, to name a few can turn boring opaque layers into beautiful pieces of stained glass.

The Heartbleed Bug

Q&A What is the CVE-2014-0160? CVE-2014-0160 is the official reference to this bug. CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) is the Standard for Information Security Vulnerability Names maintained by the MITRE.

We're Looking for a Missing Plane and All We’ve Found Is Trash

Trash in the Pacific Ocean. Image: Kevin Krejci/Flickr It’s been almost exactly a month since Malaysia flight MH370 went missing. In that time, search and rescue teams have found trash, trash, and more trash. But no airplane.

NoSQL Meets Bitcoin and Brings Down Two Exchanges: The Story of Flexcoin and Poloniex

Flexcoin was a Bitcoin exchange that shut down on March 3rd, 2014, when someone allegedly hacked in and made off with 896 BTC in the hot wallet. Because the half-million dollar heist from the hot wallet was too large for the company to bear, it folded.

Technology’s Man Problem

Elissa Shevinsky can pinpoint the moment when she felt that she no longer belonged. She was at a friend’s house last Sept. 8, watching the live stream of the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon on her laptop and iPhone.

In a prying world, news organizations are struggling to encrypt their online products

The old-fashioned newspaper, long maligned for its stodginess and sagging profits, has one advantage over high-tech alternatives: You read it. It never reads you.

Exxon Mobil's response to climate change is consummate arrogance

Monday saw the release of the latest climate report from the planet’s scientists. Predictions of famine, flood, and so on – mostly what we already knew, in even more striking language.

Bandwidth Media Queries? We Don't Need ’Em!

From time to time, when a discussion is taking place about ways to implement responsive images, someone comes along and says, “Hey, guys! What we really need is a media query that enables us to send high-resolution images to people on a fast connection and low-resolution images to people on a sl

Excuses! Huh wat? Nee joh! Oh toch

ING-baas Nick Jue heeft zichzelf met één open brief Lees hier de open brief van ING-baas Nick Jue terug aan zijn 4,2 miljoen klanten gekatapulteerd naar de eregalerij van sterke staaltjes spin.

Against beautiful journalism

Have you seen that site’s gorgeous new redesign? Every article has a nice big headline, huge photos, loads of white space, intuitive and immersive scrolling, super-wide column widths — everything you need to make the copy truly sing. I’m over it.

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