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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 08/29/16

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/top-10-pirated-movies-week-082916/

nowyouseeThis week we have two newcomers in our chart.

Now You See Me 2 is the most downloaded movie for the second week in a row.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
torrentfreak.com
1 (1) Now You See Me 2 6.8 / trailer
2 (…) Blood Father 7.1 / trailer
3 (2) Independence Day: Resurgence (Subbed HDRip) 5.6 / trailer
4 (…) The Conjuring 2 7.8 / trailer
5 (3) The Legend of Tarzan (Subbed HDRip) 6.6 / trailer
6 (4) Neighbors 2 6.0 / trailer
7 (9) Jason Bourne (HDTC) 7.4 / trailer
8 (6) The Jungle Book 7.8 / trailer
9 (8) Warcraft 7.7 / trailer
10 (5) Imperium 6.7 / trailer

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 08/22/16

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/top-10-pirated-movies-week-082216/

nowyouseeThis week we have three newcomers in our chart.

Now You See Me 2 is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
torrentfreak.com
1 (…) Now You See Me 2 6.8 / trailer
2 (1) Independence Day: Resurgence (Subbed HDRip) 5.6 / trailer
3 (2) The Legend of Tarzan (Subbed HDRip) 6.6 / trailer
4 (…) Neighbors 2 6.0 / trailer
5 (…) Imperium 6.7 / trailer
6 (3) The Jungle Book 7.8 / trailer
7 (6) Suicide Squad (HDTS) 6.9 / trailer
8 (4) Warcraft 7.7 / trailer
9 (7) Jason Bourne (CAM/TS) 7.4 / trailer
10 (5) The Nice Guys 7.7 / trailer

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Scammers Use Harvard Education Platform to Promote Pirated Movies

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/scammers-use-harvard-education-platform-promote-pirated-movies-160819/

harvardlawH2O is a tool that allows professors and students to share learning material in a more affordable way.

This is very welcome in a time where textbook and other educational costs continue to rise year after year.

Developed by the Berkman Center and the Harvard Law School Library, the H2O platform is mainly geared towards law professors but anyone with an .edu email address is allowed to join.

“H2O allows users – faculty or students – to develop, remix, and share online textbooks and casebooks under a Creative Commons license,” Harvard Law School explains.

H2O is a welcome system that’s actively used by many renowned scholars. However, in recent weeks the platform was also discovered by scammers. As a result, it quickly filled up with many links to pirated content.

Instead of course instructions and other educational material, the H2O playlists of these scammers advertise pirated movies. Below is an example of one of these dubious entries, but there are thousands more.

The scammers in question are operating from various user accounts and operate much like traditional spam bots, offering pages with movie links and related keywords such as putlocker, megashare, viooz, torrent and YIFY.

A “pirate” H2O playlist

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While most students won’t mind free access to the latest blockbusters, the links provided are not leading to regular pirate sites and services.

Instead they point to scammy portals, many of which require a credit card to signup, which undoubtedly leads to disappointment. These kinds of scams are nothing new, but seeing them listed on a Harvard website is a new development.

Access?

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With links from the official Harvard domain name, the pages are an SEO goldmine and do very well in Google’s search results. This is something copyright holders have noticed too..

Over the past few weeks movie studios including Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Columbia and Magnolia Pictures have sent dozens of DMCA notices trying to get the pages removed from the search engine.

Interestingly, Google has thus far chosen to take no action, which means that the pages remain indexed in search results. Whether the movie studios have sent DMCA notices to Harvard directly is unknown, but since the H2O playlists are still online this seems unlikely.

Although the movie link pages don’t meet the standards of a typical Harvard course, they do serve as a crash course on how to recognize piracy scams and avoid them in the future. That’s worth something too.

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Mexican Govt Officials Reprimanded For Olympics Piracy

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/mexican-govt-officials-reprimanded-for-olympics-piracy-160819/

rio2016Due to their very nature, the Olympic Games are often considered to belong to the people. With competitors from every corner of the world, the Olympics is a celebration of sport on a truly global scale.

But while the utopian dream is one of beauty, the reality is that the Olympics are massively commercialized with billions of dollars at stake. And when sums of that scale hang in the balance, corporations go all out to protect their interests.

Earlier this week we reported how the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been sending takedown requests to Twitter after Periscope users streamed Olympic events online without permission. Now it appears that people much higher up the food chain have fallen foul of the strict licensing framework put in place by the IOC.

According to a report by Mexico’s Eluniversal, the Rio Organizing Committee has taken the decision to withdraw press credentials from Mexico’s National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports (Conade) following a copyright dispute.

The publication says that Conade violated licensing conditions put in place by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after one of its members filmed the gymnast Alexa Moreno using a cellphone. The video was subsequently posted to social media.

According to the Committee, Conade failed to obtain the necessary rights to broadcast Olympic content, so in retaliation nine Conade members, who work for the Mexican government, had their press credentials taken away.

“The use of Olympic materials turned into animated graphic formats like GIF, GFY or WebM, as well as short video formats like Vine, are expressly forbidden,” a Committee statement reads.

While the Committee probably felt it needed to set an example, taking away the credentials of the Conade staff will be felt back home in Mexico. Conade is the arm of the Mexican government charged with promoting physical education and sport in the country. Before their punishment, they were also the conduit between the Games and their countrymen.

But while the Rio Organizing Committee punishes the whole of Mexico for the sharing of a single video, thousands of people are sharing recorded events at will on sites such as The Pirate Bay.

The real action, however, is taking place on the thousands of streaming sites currently in operation. In addition to web-browser based services, users of Kodi with the correct plug-ins have continuous access to live Olympic events, often in HD quality, no matter where they are in the world. Rio can do absolutely nothing about that.

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Amazon WorkSpaces Update – Hourly Usage and Expanded Root Volume

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-workspaces-update-hourly-usage-and-expanded-root-volume/

In my recent post, I Love My Amazon WorkSpace, I shared the story of how I became a full-time user and big fan of Amazon WorkSpaces. Since writing the post I have heard similar sentiments from several other AWS customers.

Today I would like to tell you about some new and recent developments that will make WorkSpaces more economical, more flexible, and more useful:

  • Hourly WorkSpaces – You can now pay for your WorkSpace by the hour.
  • Expanded Root Volume – Newly launched WorkSpaces now have an 80 GB root volume.

Let’s take a closer look at these new features.

Hourly WorkSpaces
If you only need part-time access to your WorkSpace, you (or your organization, to be more precise) will benefit from this feature. In addition to the existing monthly billing, you can now use and pay for a WorkSpace on an hourly basis, allowing you to save money on your AWS bill. If you are a part-time employee, a road warrior, share your job with another part-timer, or work on multiple short-term projects, this feature is for you. It is also a great fit for corporate training, education, and remote administration.

There are now two running modes – AlwaysOn and AutoStop:

  • AlwaysOn – This is the existing mode. You have instant access to a WorkSpace that is always running, billed by the month.
  • AutoStop – This is new. Your WorkSpace starts running and billing when you log in, and stops automatically when you remain disconnected for a specified period of time.

A WorkSpace that is running in AutoStop mode will automatically stop a predetermined amount of time after you disconnect (1 to 48 hours). Your WorkSpaces Adminstrator can also force a running WorkSpace to stop. When you next connect, the WorkSpace will resume, with all open documents and running programs intact. Resuming a stopped WorkSpace generally takes less than 90 seconds.

Your WorkSpaces Administrator has the ability to choose your running mode when launching your WorkSpace:

WorkSpaces Configuration

The Administrator can change the AutoStop time and the running mode at any point during the month. They can also track the number of working hours that your WorkSpace accumulates during the month using the new UserConnected CloudWatch metric, and switch from AutoStop to AlwaysOn when this becomes more economical. Switching from hourly to monthly billing takes place upon request; however, switching the other way takes place at the the start of the following month.

All new Amazon WorkSpaces can take advantage of hourly billing today. If you’re using a custom image for your WorkSpaces, you’ll need to refresh your custom images from the latest Amazon WorkSpaces bundles. The ability for existing WorkSpaces to switch to hourly billing will be added in the future.

To learn more about pricing for hourly WorkSpaces, visit the WorkSpaces Pricing page.

Expanded Root Volume
By popular demand we have expanded the size of the root volume for newly launched WorkSpaces to 80 GB, allowing you to run more applications and store more data at no additional cost. Your WorkSpaces Administrator can rebuild existing WorkSpaces in order to upgrade them to the larger root volumes (read Rebuild a WorkSpace to learn more). Rebuilding a WorkSpace will restore the root volume (C:) to the most recent image of the bundle that was used to create the WorkSpace. It will also restore the data volume (D:) from the last automatic snapshot.

Some WorkSpaces Resources
While I have your attention, I would like to let you know about a couple of other important WorkSpaces resources:

Available Now
The features that I described above are available now and you can start using them today!


Jeff;

Software, the unsung hero

Post Syndicated from Matt Richardson original https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/software-the-unsung-hero/

This column is from The MagPi issue 48. You can download a PDF of the full issue for free or subscribe to receive the print edition in your mailbox or the digital edition on your tablet. All proceeds from the print and digital editions help the Raspberry Pi Foundation achieve its charitable goals. The MagPi 48

As Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, we tend to focus a lot on hardware. When a new or updated board is released, it garners a lot of attention and excitement. On one hand, that’s sensible because Raspberry Pi is a leader in pushing the boundaries of affordable hardware. On the other hand, it tends to overshadow the fact that strong software support makes an enormous contribution to Raspberry Pi’s success in education, hobby, and industrial markets.

Because of that, I want to take the opportunity this month to highlight how important software is for Raspberry Pi. Whether you’re using our computer as a desktop replacement, a project platform, or a learning tool, you depend on an enormous amount of software built on top of the hardware. From the foundation of the Linux kernel, all the way up to the graphical user interface of the application you’re using, you rely on the work of many people who have spent countless hours designing, developing, and testing software.

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The look and feel of the desktop environment in Raspbian serves as a good signal of the progress being made to the software made specifically for Raspberry Pi. I encourage you to compare the early versions of Raspbian’s desktop environment to what you get when you download Raspbian today. Many little tweaks are made with each release, and they’ve really built up to make a huge difference in the user experience.

Skin deep

And keep in mind that’s only considering the desktop interface of Raspbian. The improvements to the operating system under the hood go well beyond what you might notice on screen. For Raspberry Pi, there’s been updates for firmware, more functionality, and improved hardware drivers. All of this is in addition to the ongoing improvements to the Linux kernel for all supported platforms.

For those of us who are hobbyists, we have access to so many code libraries contributed by developers, so that we can create things easily with Raspberry Pi in a ton of different programming languages. As you probably know, the power of Raspberry Pi lies in its GPIO pins which make it perfect for physical computing projects, much like the ones you find in the pages of The MagPi. New Python libraries like GPIO Zero make it even easier than ever to explore physical computing. What used to take four lines of code is boiled down to just LED.blink(), for example.

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Not all software that helps us was made to run on Raspberry Pi directly. Take, for instance, Etcher, a wonderful program from the team at Resin.io. Etcher is the easiest SD card flasher I have ever used, and takes a lot of guesswork out of flashing SD cards with Raspbian or any other operating system. Those of us who write tutorials are especially happy about this; since Etcher is cross-platform, you don’t need to have a separate set of instructions for people running Windows, Mac, and Linux. In addition, its well-designed graphical interface is a sight for sore eyes, especially for those of us who have been using command line tools for SD card flashing.

The list of amazing software that supports Raspberry Pi could go on for pages, but I only have limited space here. So I’ll leave you with my favourite point about Raspberry Pi’s strong software support. When you get a Raspberry Pi today and download Raspbian, you can rest assured that, because of the rapidly improving software support, it will only get better with age. You certainly can’t say that about everything you buy.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 08/15/16

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/top-10-pirated-movies-week-081516/

indepenThis week we have three newcomers in our chart.

Independence Day: Resurgence is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
torrentfreak.com
1 (2) Independence Day: Resurgence (Subbed HDRip) 5.6 / trailer
2 (1) The Legend of Tarzan (Subbed HDRip) 6.6 / trailer
3 (4) The Jungle Book 7.8 / trailer
4 (3) Warcraft 7.7 / trailer
5 (6) The Nice Guys 7.7 / trailer
6 (…) Suicide Squad (HDTS) 6.9 / trailer
7 (5) Jason Bourne (CAM/TS) 7.4 / trailer
8 (…) Me Before You 7.6 / trailer
9 (7) Batman: The Killing Joke 7.3 / trailer
10 (…) Money Monster 6.7 / trailer

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AWS Webinars – August, 2016

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-webinars-august-2016/

Everyone on the AWS team understands the value of educating our customers on the best ways to use our services. We work hard to create documentation, training materials, and blog posts for you! We run live events such as our Global AWS Summits and AWS re:Invent where the focus is on education. Last but not least, we put our heads together and create a fresh lineup of webinars for you each and every month.

We have a great selection of webinars on the schedule for August. As always they are free, but they do fill up and I strongly suggest that you register ahead of time. All times are PT, and each webinar runs for one hour:

August 23

August 24

August 25

August 30

August 31


Jeff;

PS – Check out the AWS Webinar Archive for more great content!

 

Astro Pi: Mission Update 9 – Science Results

Post Syndicated from David Honess original https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/astro-pi-mission-update-9-science-results/

Liz: Before we get down to business, we’ve a notice to share. Laura Clay, who is behind the scenes editing this blog, The MagPi and much more, is also a fiction writer; and she’s been chosen as one of 17 Emerging Writers by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Each writer will be reading a short story at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and it’s a great way to discover writers living and working in the city at the start of their careers. Laura will be reading her story Loch na Bèiste on Friday 26 August at 3pm in the Spiegeltent, and entry is free, so why not come along and support her? Warning: story may contain murderous kelpies.

Now that British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake is back on the ground it’s time for the final Astro Pi mission update: the summary of the experiment results from the International Space Station (ISS). We’ve been holding this back to give the winners some time to publish the results of their experiments themselves.

Back in 2015 we ran a competition where students could design and program computer science experiments, to be run by Tim Peake on specially cased Raspberry Pis called Astro Pis. Here’s the original competition video, voiced by Tim himself:

Astro Pi

This is “Astro Pi” by raspberrypi on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

The competition ran from January to July 2015 and produced seven winning experiments, which were launched into space a few days before Tim started his mission. Between February and April 2016, these experiments were run on board the ISS under Tim Peake’s supervision. They’re mostly based around the sensors found on the Sense HAT, but a few also employ the Raspberry Pi Camera Module. Head over to the Astro Pi website now to check out the results, released today!

You might also know that we ran an extension to this competition involving a couple of music-based challenges. These challenges have no scientific output to discuss, because they were part of a crew care package for Tim’s enjoyment, but you can get your hands on the winning code to turn the Astro Pis into MP3 players and Sonic Pi tunes.

One of the main things we’ve learnt from running Astro Pi is that the biggest motivational factor for young people is the very tangible goal of having their code run in space. This eclipses any physical prize we could offer. Many people see space as quite distant and abstract, but with Astro Pi you can actually get your hands on space-qualified hardware, create something that would work up in space, and become an active participant in the European space programme.

Many of the Astro Pi winners now express an interest in studying aerospace and computer science. They’ve gained exposure to the real-life process of scientific endeavour, and faced industrial software development challenges along the way. We hope that everyone who participated in Astro Pi has been positively influenced by the programme. The results also demonstrate that the payload works reliably in space. This has been noticed by ESA, who are now planning to use it during upcoming missions. It’s really important for us that the payload continues to be used to run your code in space, so we’re working hard with ESA to make sure that we can do Astro Pi all over again.

This project has been a huge collaborative effort from the start and the Raspberry Pi Foundation would like to thank everyone who has participated in the competitions, and the following companies who have contributed staff time, facilities, and funding to make it all happen: UK Space Agency, European Space Agency, BIOTESC, TLOGOS, Surrey Satellite Technology, Airbus Defence and Space, CGI Group, QinetiQ Space, UK Space Trade Association, ESERO UK, KTN Space, and Nesta. Of course, Tim Peake himself has been hugely supportive and enthusiastic about the project from the start.

British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake with the prototype Astro Pi

British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake with the prototype Astro Pi. Image credit ESA.

We would also like to thank Libby Jackson, who is the Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency and a former flight director at ESA. She oversees all of the Principia educational activities, including Astro Pi.

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Libby Jackson, UK Space Agency. Image credit Imperial College London.

During the interview for her job at the UK Space Agency a few years ago, she pitched an idea for running a project on the ISS involving Raspberry Pi computers. Instead of launching traditional physical equipment, the experiments would be in the form of computer software, meaning that many more experiments could be accommodated. That kernel of an idea is what eventually became Astro Pi.

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Izzy deployed on the Nadir Hatch window of Node 2. Image credit ESA.

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Sense HAT emulator

Post Syndicated from David Honess original https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/sense-hat-emulator/

Over the last few months, we’ve been working with US-based startup Trinket to develop a web-based emulator for the Sense HAT, the multipurpose add-on board for the Raspberry Pi which is also the core component of the Astro Pi units on the International Space Station. We wanted to provide a unique, free learning resource that brings the excitement of programming our space-qualified hardware to students, teachers, and others all over the world.

We’re delighted to announce its release today, and you can try it for yourself right now. Click the Run button below and see what happens!

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The emulator will allow more people to participate in future Astro Pi competitions – you’ll be able to join in without needing to own a Raspberry Pi computer or a Sense HAT.

British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake with an Astro Pi unit on the International Space Station

British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake with the Astro Pi. Image credit ESA

The new emulator builds on Trinket’s existing Python-in-browser platform, and provides the following features:

  • Virtual Sense HAT with environmental controls and joystick input
  • Full Python syntax highlighting
  • Contextual auto-complete
  • Intuitive error reporting and highlighting
  • Image upload
  • HTML page embedding
  • Social media integration
  • Project sharing via direct URL
  • Project download as zip (for moving to Raspberry Pi)
  • All major browsers supported

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The Sense HAT has temperature, pressure and humidity sensors, and can change its behaviour according to the values they report. The Sense HAT emulator has sliders you can move to change these values, so you can test how your code responds to environmental variables.

Part of a screenshot of the Astro Pi emulator, showing three silders with buttons that can be dragged to change the temperature, pressure and humidity that the virtual Sense HAT's sensors are reporting

You can move the sliders to change what the sensors are reporting

Code written in this emulator is directly portable to a physical Raspberry Pi with a Sense HAT without modification. This means any code you write can be run by the Astro Pi units on board the ISS! It is our hope that, within the next 12 months, code that has been written in the emulator will run in space. Look out for news on this, coming soon on the Astro Pi site!

We owe huge thanks to Trinket, who have been wonderful partners in this project. The development work has been completed in just over two months, and has been a huge collaborative effort from the start. The software relies heavily on open-source technology and a global community of developers who are committed to making the power of code more accessible to students.

A closed group of beta testers, made up of previous Astro Pi participants and Code Club champions, has been putting the emulator through its paces over recent weeks. We’re proud to say that we’ve just had a bug-free open beta over the weekend, and now we’re looking forward to seeing it used as widely as possible.

So, where do you start? If you’re new to the Sense HAT, you can just copy and paste a lot of the code examples from our educational resources like this one. You can also check out our e-book Sense HAT Essentials. For a complete list of all the functions you can use, have a look at the Sense HAT API reference here; please note that the IMU (movement-sensing) functions will be supported in a future update. Head over to the main Sense HAT emulator site to see loads of other cool examples of what’s possible. Flappy LED, anyone?

Don’t forget to share your projects!

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 08/08/16

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/top-10-pirated-movies-week-080816/

legendtarzanlThis week we have two newcomers in our chart.

The Legend of Tarzan is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
torrentfreak.com
1 (…) The Legend of Tarzan ()Subbed HDRip 6.6 / trailer
2 (1) Independence Day: Resurgence (Subbed HDRip) 5.6 / trailer
3 (5) Warcraft 7.7 / trailer
4 (…) The Jungle Book 7.8 / trailer
5 (8) Jason Bourne (CAM/TS) 7.4 / trailer
6 (2) The Nice Guys 7.7 / trailer
7 (3) Batman: The Killing Joke 7.3 / trailer
8 (6) Central Intelligence 6.9 / trailer
9 (7) The Secret Life of Pets (HDTS) 6.8 / trailer
10 (4) X-Men: Apocalypse (Subbed HDRip) 7.7 / trailer

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Month in Review: July 2016

Post Syndicated from Derek Young original https://blogs.aws.amazon.com/bigdata/post/Tx3PZZPH7CK6QOB/Month-in-Review-July-2016

July was a busy month of big data solutions on the Big Data Blog. The month started with our most popular story yet, Generating Recommendations at Amazon Scale with Apache Spark and Amazon DSSTNE. It was a great post to start a spectacular month. Take a look at our summaries below. Learn, comment, and share. Thank you for reading the AWS Big Data Blog!

Installing and Running JobServer for Apache Spark on Amazon EMR
In this blog post, learn how to install JobServer on EMR using a bootstrap action (BA) derived from the JobServer GitHub repository. Then, run JobServer using a sample dataset.

Process Large DynamoDB Streams Using Multiple Amazon Kinesis Client Library (KCL) Workers
A previous post, described how you can use the Amazon Kinesis Client Library (KCL) and DynamoDB Streams Kinesis Adapter to efficiently process DynamoDB streams. This post focuses on the KCL configurations that are likely to have an impact on the performance of your application when processing a large DynamoDB stream.

Simplify Management of Amazon Redshift Snapshots using AWS Lambda
In this blog post, learn about the new Amazon Redshift Utils module that helps you manage the Snapshots that your cluster creates. You supply a simple configuration, and then AWS Lambda ensures that you have cluster snapshots as frequently as required to meet your RPO.

How SmartNews Built a Lambda Architecture on AWS to Analyze Customer Behavior and Recommend Content
In this post, SmartNews shows you how they built their data platform on AWS. Their current system generates tens of GBs of data from multiple data sources, and runs daily aggregation queries or machine learning algorithms on datasets with hundreds of GBs. Some outputs by machine learning algorithms are joined on data streams for gathering user feedback in near real-time (e.g. the last 5 minutes). It lets them adapt their product for users with minimum latency.

Generating Recommendations at Amazon Scale with Apache Spark and Amazon DSSTNE
Managing a hybrid cluster of both CPU and GPU instances poses challenges because cluster managers such as Yarn/Mesos do not natively support GPUs. Even if they did have native GPU support, the open source deep learning libraries would have to be re-written to work with the cluster manager API. This post discusses an alternate solution; namely, running separate CPU and GPU clusters, and driving the end-to-end modeling process from Apache Spark.

FROM THE ARCHIVE

Will Spark Power the Data behind Precision Medicine? (March 2016)
Spark is already known for being a major player in big data analysis, but it is additionally uniquely capable in advancing genomics algorithms given the complex nature of genomics research. This post introduces gene analysis using Spark on EMR and ADAM, for those new to precision medicine.

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Want to learn more about Big Data or Streaming Data? Check out our Big Data and Streaming data educational pages.

Leave a comment below to let us know what big data topics you’d like to see next on the AWS Big Data Blog.

 

ISP: We’re Not The Internet Piracy Police

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/isp-were-not-the-internet-piracy-police-160802/

piratkeybAround the world copyright holder groups are lobbying for increased efforts to combat online piracy.

The situation is no different in Sweden, where the Black Market Watch group just published a report calling for increased cooperation from stakeholders such as advertisers and ISPs.

In an opinion piece for DN, Internet providers are accused of handsomely profiting from their inaction, generating an estimated 2.5 billion Swedish krona ($230 million) from piracy.

“According to our calculations, revenue for Swedish Internet providers potentially exceeds two-and-a-half billion kronor a year, much more than the pirate sites earn,” Black Market Watch co-founder Karl Lallerstedt writes, together with the report’s co-author Waldemar Ingdahl.

They argue that Internet providers are in a unique position to prevent copyright infringement, as they can see what their users do online and have the means to block websites.

Speaking with IDG, Jon Karlung, CEO of Internet provider Bahnhof, refutes these calls and discredits the profit claims as lobbyist nonsense.

“It is pure nonsense, there is no truth in it. This is the work of their business lobbyists who want to put more responsibility on us. Our task is to ensure an internet with free movement, not playing cops,” he says.

Ideally, rightholders would like to see a series of measures being introduced to combat copyright infringement. This includes easier domain name seizures, increased anti-piracy efforts from law enforcement and ISPs, plus better education about the risks of piracy.

According to Karlung, Bahnhof already does enough to alert subscribers about unsafe sites. It is also happy to assist law enforcement but the company doesn’t see itself proactively policing its network to catch pirates.

“We inform users about unsafe sites today, and we will continue to do so without copyright holders instructing us what to do,” Karlung says.

“If there is merit to the Swedish legislation, we will help the police if they can show in a documented manner that the servers are being used for illegal activities. But it is not our job to act, they themselves must identify the type of activities.”

The copyright holder requests go directly against one of the core goals of the company – protecting the privacy of its subscribers. In recent years the Internet provider has fought hard to guarantee this right.

Bahnhof has been a major opponent of extensive data retention requirements, launched a free VPN to its users, and recently vowed to protect subscribers from a looming copyright troll invasion.

Given the above, it’s unlikely that rightsholders can expect much voluntary cooperation from Bahnhof.

This stance doesn’t come as a surprise, and the report suggests that rightsholders should demand new legislation from Swedish lawmakers to force ISPs and other stakeholders into action.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 08/01/16

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/top-10-pirated-movies-week-080116/

indepenThis week we have three newcomers in our chart.

Independence Day: Resurgence, which came out as HDRip with Korean subtitles, is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
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1 (10) Independence Day: Resurgence (Subbed HDRip) 5.6 / trailer
2 (…) The Nice Guys 7.7 / trailer
3 (3) Batman: The Killing Joke 7.3 / trailer
4 (1) X-Men: Apocalypse (Subbed HDRip) 7.7 / trailer
5 (4) Warcraft (subbed HDRip) 7.7 / trailer
6 (2) Central Intelligence 6.9 / trailer
7 (8) The Secret Life of Pets (HDTS) 6.8 / trailer
8 (…) Jason Bourne (CAM) 7.4 / trailer
9 (…) The Angry Birds Movie 6.3 / trailer
10 (5) The Purge: Election Year (subbed HDRip) 6.3 / trailer

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Computing and weather stations at Eastlea Community School

Post Syndicated from clive original https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/eastlea-community-school/

In my day, you were lucky if you had some broken Clackers and a half-sucked, flocculent gobstopper in your trouser pockets. But here I am, half a century later, watching a swarm of school pupils running around the playground with entire computers attached to them.

Or microcontrollers, at least. This was Eastlea Community School’s Technology Day, and Steph and I had been invited along by ICT and computing teacher Mr Richards, a long-term Raspberry Pi forum member and Pi enthusiast. The day was a whole school activity, involving 930 pupils and 100 staff, showcasing how computing and technology can be used across the curriculum. In the playground, PE students had designed and coded micro:bits to measure all manner of sporting metrics. In physics, they were investigating g-forces. In the ICT and computing rooms, whole cohorts were learning to code. This was really innovative stuff.

shelves of awesome

All ICT classrooms should have shelves like this

A highlight of the tour was Mr Richard’s classroom, stuffed with electronics, robots, and hacking goodness, and pupils coming and going. It was a really creative space. Impressively, there are Raspberry Pis permanently installed on every desk, which is just how we envisaged it: a normal classroom tool for digital making.

pis on table

All this was amazing, and certainly the most impressive cross-curricular use of computing I’ve seen in a school. But having lived and breathed the Raspberry Pi Oracle weather station project for several months, I was really keen to see what they’d done with theirs. And it was a corker. Students from the computing club had built and set up the station in their lunch breaks, and installed it in a small garden area.

eastlea ws team

Mr Richards and the Eastlea Community School weather station team

Then they had hacked it, adding a solar panel, battery and WiFi. This gets round the problems of how to power the station and how to transfer data. The standard way is Power over Ethernet, which uses the same cable for power and data, but this is not always the optimal solution, depending on location. It’s not as simple as sticking a solar panel on a stick either. What happens when it’s cloudy? Will the battery recharge in winter? Mr Richards and his students have spent a lot of time investigating such questions, and it’s exactly the sort of problem-solving and engineering that we want to encourage. Also, we love hacking.

eastlea weather station garden

Not content with these achievements, they plan to add a camera to monitor wildlife and vegetation, perhaps tying it in with the weather data. They’re also hoping to install another weather station elsewhere, so that they can compare the data and investigate the school microclimate in more detail. The weather station itself will be used for teaching and learning this September.

Eastlea Community School’s weather station really is a showcase for the project, and we’d like to thank Mr Richards and his students for working so hard on it. If you want to learn more about solar panels and other hacks, then head over to our weather station forum.


Weather station update

The remaining weather station kits have started shipping to schools this week! We sent an email out recently for people to confirm delivery addresses, and if you’ve done this you should have yours soon. If you were offered a weather station last year and have not had an email from us in the last few weeks (early July), then please contact us immediately at weather@raspberrypi.org.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 07/25/16

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/top-10-pirated-movies-week-072516/

xmenapoThis week we have three newcomers in our chart.

X-Men: Apocalypse, which came out as HDRip with Korean subtitles, is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
torrentfreak.com
1 (10) X-Men: Apocalypse (Subbed HDRip) 7.7 / trailer
2 (1) Central Intelligence 6.9 / trailer
3 (…) Batman: The Killing Joke 7.3 / trailer
4 (2) Warcraft (subbed HDRip) 7.7 / trailer
5 (3) The Purge: Election Year (subbed HDRip) 6.3 / trailer
6 (…) Ghostbusters (TS) 5.3 / trailer
7 (5) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 7.0 / trailer
8 (…) The Secret Life of Pets (HDTS) 6.8 / trailer
9 (4) The Legend of Tarzan (HDTS) 6.9 / trailer
10 (9) Independence Day: Resurgence (HDTS) 5.6 / trailer

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Digital Citizens Slam Cloudflare For Enabling Piracy & Malware

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/digital-citizens-slam-cloudflare-for-enabling-piracy-malware-160722/

For the past several years, one of the key educational strategies of entertainment industry companies has been to cast doubt on the credibility of so-called ‘pirate’ sites.

Previously there have been efforts to suggest that site operators make huge profits at the expense of artists who get nothing, but there are other recurring themes, mostly centered around fear.

One of the most prominent is that pirate sites are dangerous places to visit, with users finding themselves infected with viruses and malware while being subjected to phishing attacks.

This increasingly well-worn approach has just been revisited by consumer interest group Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA). In a new report titled ‘Enabling Malware’, the Hollywood-affiliated group calls out United States-based companies for helping pirate site operators “bait consumers and steal their personal information.”

“When you think of Internet crime, you probably imagine shadowy
individuals operating in Eastern Europe, China or Russia who come up with devious plans to steal your identity, trick you into turning over financial information or peddling counterfeits or stolen content. And you would be right,” DCA begin.

“But while many online criminals are based overseas, and often beyond the reach of U.S. prosecutors, they are aided by North American technology companies that ensure that overseas operators’ lifeline to the public – their websites – are available.”

DCA has examined the malware issue on pirate sites on previous occasions but this time around their attention turns to local service providers, including hosting platform Hawk Host and CDN company Cloudflare who (in)directly provide services to pirate sites.

“Are these companies doing anything illegal? No more than the landlord of an apartment isn’t doing anything illegal by renting to a drug dealer who has sellers showing up day and night,” DCA writes.

“But just like that landlord, more often than not these companies either look the other way or just don’t want to know.”

Faced with an investigative dead-end when it comes to tracing the operators of pirate sites, DCA criticizes Cloudflare for providing a service which effectively shields the true location of such platforms.

“In order to utilize CloudFlare’s CDN, DNS, and other protection services customers have to run all of their website traffic through the CloudFlare network. The end result of doing so is masked hosting information,” DCA reports.

“Instead of the actual hosting provider, IP address, domain name server, etc., a Whois search provides the information for CloudFlare’s network.”

To illustrate its point, DCA points to a pirate domain which presents itself as the famous Putlocker site but is actually a third-party clone operating from the dubious URL, Putlockerr.ac.

“From websites such as putlockerr.ac consumers are tricked into downloading malware. For example, when a consumer clicks to watch a movie, they are sent to a new screen in which they are told their video player is out of date and they must update it. The update, Digital Citizens’ researchers found, is the malware delivery mechanism.”

There’s little doubt that some of these low-level sites are in the malware game so DCA’s research is almost certainly sound. However, just like their colleagues at the MPAA and RIAA who regularly shift responsibility to Google, DCA lays the blame on Cloudflare, a more easily pinpointed target than a pirate site operator.

Unsurprisingly, Cloudflare isn’t particularly interested in getting involved in the online content-policing business.

“CloudFlare’s service protects and accelerates websites and applications. Because CloudFlare is not a host, we cannot control or remove customer content from the Internet,” the company said in a response to the report.

In common with Google, Cloudflare also says it makes efforts to stop the spread of malware but due to the nature of its business it is unable to physically remove content from the Internet.

“CloudFlare leaves the removal of online content to law enforcement agencies and complies with any legal requests made by the authorities,” the company notes.

“If we believe that one of our customers’ websites is distributing malware, CloudFlare will post an interstitial page that warns site visitors and asks them if they would like to proceed despite the warning. This practice follows established industry norms.”

Finally, while DCA says it has the safety of Internet users at heart, its malware report misses a great opportunity. Aside from criticizing companies like Cloudflare for not doing enough, it offers zero practical anti-malware advice to consumers.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 07/18/16

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/top-10-pirated-movies-week-071816/

centintThis week we have two newcomers in our chart.

Central Intelligence is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
torrentfreak.com
1 (8) Central Intelligence 6.9 / trailer
2 (1) Warcraft (subbed HDRip) 7.7 / trailer
3 (…) The Purge: Election Year (subbed HDRip) 6.3 / trailer
4 (5) The Legend of Tarzan (HDTS) 6.9 / trailer
5 (2) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 7.0 / trailer
6 (…) Hardcore Henry 6.9 / trailer
7 (7) Finding Dory (HDTS) 8.1 / trailer
8 (3) Me Before You (Subbed Webrip) 7.7 / trailer
9 (4) Independence Day: Resurgence (HDTS) 5.6 / trailer
10 (9) X-Men: Apocalypse (HDCam/TC) 7.7 / trailer

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