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Unister-Prozess: Finanzvermittler zu fast vier Jahren Haft verurteilt

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:49
Er hat den Kreditbetrug mit Unister-Gründer Wagner eingefädelt - und nicht nur das. Nun wurde der Finanzvermittler Wilfried S. zu fast vier Jahren Haft verurteilt.

How to set up Night Shift on your Mac

Beta News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:47
Reducing exposure to blue light before bed can help you sleep better, which is why Apple has introduced Night Shift in macOS Sierra. The new display mode is designed to reduce the negative effects by changing the colors on your Mac's screen to warmer tones. However, it's not enabled by default. Just like on iOS, where Apple first introduced Night Shift, you can easily activate and configure it to suit your preferences. Here is how you can do that. So, how do you enable Night Shift? The new feature, which made its debut on macOS Sierra 10.12.4, is part of the Displays… [Continue Reading]
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TreeSize Free 4.0 unveils new hierarchical tree map view, modernizes user interface

Beta News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:46
Jam Software has released TreeSize Free 4.0 and TreeSize Free Portable 4.0 for Windows PCs. TreeSize helps users visualize drive space usage and identify large files. Version 4.0 adds a new view that was previously restricted to the paid-for Professional version. It also unveils a user interface redesign in keeping with the modern ribbon-like interface found in Office and Windows 10, and will be available to download through the Windows Store for the first time. The headline new feature in TreeSize 4.0 Free is the introduction of a new hierarchical treemap chart view, which was previously restricted to the Professional… [Continue Reading]
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Apple squashes cert-handling bug affecting macOS and iOS

The Register - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:38
Flaw posed remote code execution risk

Apple has resolved a certification validation vulnerability affecting both macOS and iOS users.…

Unterwegs in deutschen Moscheen: "Viele Predigten sind geradezu religiös abgedreht"

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:38
Constantin Schreiber kennt viele Moscheen im Nahen Osten - aber kaum eine in Deutschland. Also hörte er sich über ein Jahr lang Freitagspredigten an. Was dort gesagt wurde, hatte mit Demokratie nur wenig zu tun.

Breitband in Deutschland: Beworbene Geschwindigkeiten nur selten erreicht

MacTechNews.de - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:33
Die Bundesnetzagentur hat das Ergebnis der vor mehr als einem Jahr begonnenen ersten Breitbandmessung in Deutschland abgeschlossen und deren Ergebnisse nun veröffentlicht. Hierbei zeigt sich, dass die von Internet-Anbietern beworbenen Geschwindigkeiten nur selten erreicht werden, wobei insbesondere bei kleineren Bandbreiten die Diskrepanz zwischen versprochener und erzielter Bandbreite hoch aus...
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Hirnforschung: Wie Kinder Einfühlungsvermögen lernen

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:32
Erst mit vier Jahren können Kinder sich in andere hineinversetzen. Dass sie vorher die Perspektive ihres Gegenübers nicht verstehen, liegt an einer fehlenden Datenleitung in ihrem Gehirn.

Geplantes Konzert in Amsterdam: Drakes Absage-Saga

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:30
Jetzt. Doch nicht. Jetzt? Immer noch nicht. Aber jetzt! Nee, sorry. Drake und Konzerte in Amsterdam werden zu einer endlosen Geschichte. Kein Wunder, dass das Publikum die Geduld verliert.

Donald Trump Keeps Taking Credit For Tech Sector Jobs He Had Absolutely Nothing To Do With

Techdirt - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:25

Last week, buried under the fracas surrounding the failed update to the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration conducted an adorable little stage play few actually noticed. The Administration invited Charter CEO Tom Rutledge to the Oval Office, where the CEO -- alongside Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, repeatedly implied that Trump's policies were somehow to thank for the creation of 20,000 jobs and $25 billion in investment at the cable giant. Press Secretary Sean Spicer was quick to applaud the "new" jobs on Twitter.

At the same time Charter issued a statement expressing "confidence in the deregulatory policies of the Administration," the President's office rushed to release a video patting itself on the back for the "landmark deal":

Today, I was thrilled to announce a commitment of $25 BILLION & 20K AMERICAN JOBS over the next 4 years. THANK YOU Charter Communications! pic.twitter.com/PLxUmXVl0h

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2017

The FCC also quickly issued a statement by new FCC boss Ajit Pai in which he claimed FCC policies were to thank for the jobs:

I’m pleased to see that our investment-friendly policies, along with the Administration’s overall regulatory approach, are already producing results.

And Pai Chief of Staff Matthew Berry also lent a hand to help the FCC pat itself on the back for a job well done:

Charter announces $25 billion broadband investment over next 4 yrs. New reg approach from FCC and Administration already producing results.

— Matthew Berry (@matthewberryfcc) March 24, 2017

The problem: neither the job creation nor the investment promises are new. And neither Donald Trump nor the FCC had absolutely anything to do with them.

The 20,000 jobs in question were actually announced more than a year ago by Charter. The jobs, purportedly to be created by eliminating off-shored labor, were part of the sales pitch for its massive, $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Like most megamerger promises, there was no real timeline affixed to the jobs, which may or may not ever actually get created. Job losses are far more common in such M&As due to the elimination of redundant positions, but holding companies accountable for false merger promises simply isn't fashionable for either major political party.

The $25 billion investment (to be made over four years) isn't new either. In fact, if you look at Charter SEC filings (page 221) from August 18, 2015, you'll note that the $25 billion is in line with what Charter pretty consistently spends over any four-year span. Some journalists on Twitter were also quick to point out that the $25 billion is actually down a bit from what Charter would have normally spent during the same period (ironic for a company that whined about net neutrality's impact on investment):

@TonyRomm Charter spent $7.5bn (pro forma) on capex in 2016. $7.5bn x 4 = $30bn. So $25bn is actually lower than historic rate

— Jan Dawson (@jandawson) March 24, 2017

Granted, taking credit for jobs and investment he had nothing to do with has sort of become Trump's MO in his first few months in office. Sprint owner Softbank has also been letting the President take credit for job creation and investment he had nothing to do with in order to curry regulatory approval of a pending T-Moble, Sprint merger. Charter, which is rumored to be considering a possible megamerger with Verizon or T-Mobile, clearly hopes that buttering Trump up will pave the way for its own M&As.

It's a win for the companies and the administration alike: companies get to get their names in bright lights as job creators (whether it's true or not doesn't matter), and Trump gets more credit with a base that derides any contradictory evidence as fake news. The real losers remain American consumers. The deal, approved under the Obama administration, has already resulted in higher rates and even worse customer support than ever -- no small feat for an industry already ranked last in terms of customer satisfaction and support. Synergies, indeed.

Just so we're clear: the previous administration approved a deal that has already proven horrible for consumers; and the current administration is falsely taking credit for the stale and bogus job creation claims used to prop that bad deal up.

There's additional irony in that Trump ran his election based on killing megamergers of this type, promising to not only block AT&T's proposed acquisition of Time Warner, but to break up Comcast's already completed 2011 acquisition of NBC Universal. Most analysts expect neither to happen. In fact, the most likely outcome is that Trump and AT&T (the king of bogus telecom merger claims) will use the Time Warner deal to create a supernova of bogus job and investment promises the likes we've never seen before.

And while that's bad news for consumers, if you're the type that likes it when governments and companies use flimsy promises and half-cooked data to prop up bad tech policy and hollow partisan rhetoric -- you may soon find yourself in hog heaven.

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Comodo launches no-cost DNS security for businesses

Beta News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:21
Malicious websites provide a haven for malware and other threats to lurk, waiting for users to click links in emails or on other sites to contract an infection. Cyber security specialist Comodo is helping to combat this problem by making its DNS- and cloud-based web security offering, Dome Shield, available free of charge to both individuals and enterprises. Comodo Dome Shield provides a baseline level of web security by blocking access to known sites where malware resides. It offers a first layer of protection that prevents users from accessing malware sites. If users cannot access the site where a malware… [Continue Reading]
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Terrorist aus Venezuela: "Carlos der Schakal" bekommt zum dritten Mal lebenslang

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:13
Als "Carlos der Schakal" tötete der Terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez mehrere Menschen. Nun hat ihn ein Pariser Gericht wegen eines Anschlags von 1974 verurteilt. Es ist bereits die dritte lebenslange Haftstrafe.

Apple's CarPlay gains quick-access task switcher with iOS 10.3

AppleInsider - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:11

Upon updating their iPhone to iOS 10.3, CarPlay users will find that their in-vehicle system now offers a convenient multitasking menu, showcasing the three most recently used apps -- with some caveats intended to keep eyes on the road.
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Dresden: Brandanschlag auf Auto von Politikwissenschaftler Patzelt

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:11
Die Polizei will nichts ausschließen - auch keine politisch motivierte Tat: In Dresden ist das Auto des Politikwissenschaftlers Patzelt angezündet worden. Er stand für seine Pegida-Freundlichkeit in der Kritik.

People may have been wrongly sent back to prison over faulty tags

The Register - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:06
'G4S has introduced further quality checks'

Offenders may have been wrongly sent back to prison because of faulty electronic tags supplied by G4S, the government admitted today.…

Supermicro rack-wrangles a fix for a few data centre PITAs

The Register - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:04
Server, storage and networking wrap

Orchestrating, deploying and managing thousands of servers, storage shelves and switches can provide a persistent PITA*. Server white box supremo Supermicro has a Rack Scale Design (RSD) fix for service providers, telecoms, and Fortune 500 companies dealing with this.…

Dutch Scientist Proposes Circular Runways For Airport Efficiency

Slashdot.org - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: While airport terminal architecture has a solid history of style and innovation, rarely is a proposal put forth to utterly redesign the runway. But that's precisely the aim of Henk Hesselink, a Dutch scientist working with the Netherlands Aerospace Center. Dubbed the "endless runway," Hesselink's brainchild is a 360-degree landing strip measuring more than two miles in diameter. Since airplanes would be able to approach and take off from any direction around the proposed circle, they wouldn't have to fight against crosswinds. And three planes would be able to take off or land at the same time. Hesselink's team uses flight simulators and computerized calculations to test the unconventional design, and have determined that round airports would be more efficient than existing layouts. With a central terminal, the airport would only use about a third of the land of the typical airport with the same airplane capacity. And there's an added benefit to those living near airports: Flight paths could be more distributed, and thereby making plane noise more tolerable. BBC produced a video detailing Hesselink's circular runway concept. The concept is fascinating but there are many questions the video does not answer. Phil Derner Jr. from NYC Aviation writes via Business Insider about some of those unanswered questions in his article titled "Why the circular runway concept wouldn't work." The fundamental issues discussed in his report include banked runway issues, curved runway issues, navigation issues, and airspace issues. What do you think of Hesselink's concept? Do you think it is preposterous or shows promise?

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MSI unveils Frosty Limited Edition Trident 3 Arctic (VR7RD-048US) VR-Ready gaming PC

Beta News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:59
It used to be that a desktop gaming PC would almost always be a monstrous tower. In more recent years, however, these rigs have become much more svelte. Heck, there are even respectable gaming laptops nowadays. Small gaming machines not only save space, but they are arguably more aesthetically pleasing too. Earlier this year, MSI launched a beautiful mini gaming PC called the Trident 3, for which the company has received the IF Design award. To celebrate this achievement, today, the company unveils a limited edition "Frosty" variant. With a beautiful white chassis and customizable lighting, the Trident 3 Arctic stands out from… [Continue Reading]
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