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Ganglia welcomes Google Summer of Code students for 2014

Ganglia has been granted funding for five students in the 2014 Google Summer of Code

The names of the students chosen for the program were announced on 21 April and the official coding period has started this week.

The students are:

London free VoIP user group this Tuesday

A new user group for free and open VoIP and RTC is getting together in London. The first meeting is this Tuesday, 20 May at a central London location.

Free RTC mailing list

Please feel free to join the Free RTC mailing list (kindly sponsored by FSF Europe) if you would like to find out more about the emergence of free software based RTC solutions.

Is Uber on your side?

Crowdsourcing ventures with disruptive business models are a regular point of contention these days.

A URI prefix for radio callsigns

I've had my amateur callsign far longer than I've had my email address or provider-independent IP ranges.

While working with the tel: URI recently, I started thinking it would be useful to have a similar URI scheme for radio callsigns. After all, callsigns follow a well documented and globally unique pattern. Amateur operators are often mixing computing technology with radio. This could be a useful foundation for bigger things.

reSIProcate v1.9 WebRTC available for Fedora 20 testing

Today I just released reSIProcate v1.9 packages into the Fedora 20 testing updates repository.

This means Fedora 20 users can now try WebRTC more easily.

The same version is already available in Debian wheezy-backports and Ubuntu trusty.

Get started today

Install the resiprocate-repro proxy server package using yum.

SMS logins: an illusion of security

The IT security world is still reeling from the impact of the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug. Thanks to the bug, many experts have been reviewing other technologies to try and find similar risks.

While Heartbleed was hidden away in the depths of the OpenSSL code base, another major security risk has been hiding in plain sight: SMS authentication for web site logins.

AirBNB hosts scanning identity documents and passports?

We recently had a vacation in Italy and used AirBNB to book our accommodation in three different cities we visited.

We've used AirBNB quite a few times now but we had a new experience this time: one of the hosts told me she makes a scan of the passport of each guest. Sitting on the dinner table was a shiny new looking handheld scanner similar to this:

Extra fuel charges when carrying passengers in your car?

Some people seem to be justifying the way mobile networks try to discriminate against tethering. One comment even suggests that multiple devices is a valid justification. Really? Isn't it just as simple as measuring the actual volume of megabytes used, regardless of how many devices are connected?

Lets consider a couple of analogies:

Android betrays tethering data

When I upgraded an Android device the other day, I found that tethering completely stopped working. The updated CyanogenMod had inherited a new bug from Android, informing the carrier that I was tethering. The carrier, Vodafone Italy, had decided to make my life miserable by blocking that traffic. I had a closer look and managed to find a workaround.

Automatically creating repackaged upstream tarballs for Debian

One of the less exciting points in the day of a Debian Developer is the moment they realize they have to create a repackaged upstream source tarball.

This is often a process that they have to repeat on each new upstream release too.

Wouldn't it be useful to: