Friday, August 02, 2013

Papal Indulgences - PyPy, Timelines, Moto X, HTTPS and Lego

  • PyPy 2.1 ARMs up - The Raspberry Pi Foundation helped support the work in finishing PyPy's ARM support and now, PyPy 2.1 has arrived with official ARM support. The update bring JIT support of ARM6 and ARM7 architectures with hard and soft float. PyPy 2.1 targets Python 2.7.2 but also arriving is a beta of version 2.1 of PyPy3, the version of PyPy that targets Python 3 (3.2.3 to be exact).

  • JavaScript Timelines - Timelines can always help put things in context and TimelineJS looks an interesting way of making them. The developers have a generator which starts with a Google spreadsheet which is generated with their template, you publish it to the web and then tell their application where to find it and it churns out all the assets and bits needed to embed a timeline in a site. And the timeline component (which can read JSON, JSONP and Google Docs) is up on Github under the MPL 2.0.

  • Moto X - So, Motorola... your new phone... Always on phone listening for voice commands... interesting. Only hearing one activation command which includes the company name, "Ok Google"? not interested. Fast activating camera by flipping the phone over twice? The engineers need to get out more. Not available in Europe? Well, that saves us some time... put the Popemobile away chaps, we aren't going not shopping.

  • Compression sucks - In the war on HTTPS, a lot has been made of oracle attacks on the compressed data which exploits compression to help reveal the contents of smaller encrypted chunks of data. Ars Technica takes a look at the latest to use that trick, BREACH, which builds off the older CRIME attack.

  • XKeyShootsAndScores - And while HTTPS is being whittled away at, Wikimedia joins the HTTPS-by-default club though its got lots of work to do.

  • Let me Lego - Now some may be interested in the new $350 Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robot, due in the US and UK in September. But I'm more interested in the Lego Architecture Studio which looks like a wonderfully creative thing to work with... but its only in the US because obviously Lego must think we don't have architecture in Europe

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