Posts Tagged ‘computer science student’

University of Cambridge Offers Free Online Raspberry Pi Course

September 3rd, 2012 09:46 admin View Comments


Barence writes “The University of Cambridge has released a free 12-step online course on building a basic operating system for the Raspberry Pi. The course, Baking Pi — Operating Systems Development, was compiled by student Alex Chadwick during a summer interning in the school’s computer lab, and has been put online to help this year’s new recruits start work with the device. The university has already purchased a Raspberry Pi for every new Computer Science student starting in 2012.”

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YouTube-MP3 Ripper Creator Takes On Google

July 5th, 2012 07:12 admin View Comments


judgecorp writes “21-year old computer science student Philip Matesanz is ignoring a ‘cease and desist’ order from Google over his site, which rips audio tracks from videos hosted on YouTube. Instead, he has launched a public campaign against Google, arguing that German law allows what he is doing. Matesanz has an online petition.”

Source: YouTube-MP3 Ripper Creator Takes On Google

Southwest Airlines iPhone App Unencrypted, Vulnerable To Eavesdroppers

February 12th, 2012 02:32 admin View Comments


New submitter davidstites writes “I am a masters computer science student at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and in November I performed a security audit of 230+ popular iOS applications because I wanted to know how secure apps on smartphones and tablets really are. I made a shocking discovery. The largest single potential security breach was with the Southwest Airlines application. Southwest Airlines’ iPhone app leaves a user’s information vulnerable to hackers. When you login to the application on your phone using your Rapid Rewards account, the app submits your username and password information as plain-text (unencrypted) to a Southwest remote server ( A potential attacker can simply sniff for the data on the network and steal it. This situation is a hackers dream! If a victims credentials were captured, a hacker could use those credentials to login to that particular account and they would have access to anything the victim would have access to, such as addresses, birthdays, e-mail, phone and credit cards. They could even book a flight in the victims name.” (Read on below for more details.)

Source: Southwest Airlines iPhone App Unencrypted, Vulnerable To Eavesdroppers

Overview of Text Extraction Algorithms

March 19th, 2011 03:45 admin View Comments

Text extraction The demand for text mining tools, services like Instapaper and Readability, and Web scraping have increased the importance of extracting article text from HTML pages.

Computer science student Tomaž Kovačič wrote an overview of text extraction algorithms. He also a big list of resources for hackers working with text extraction, including research papers and articles, software and Web APIS.

Some of the techniques Kovačič covers include:

See also: our coverage of Extractiv, a text extraction and analysis service.

Image by Andrew Mason

Source: Overview of Text Extraction Algorithms

NoSQL Benchmark Open-Sourced

February 13th, 2011 02:30 admin View Comments

Earlier this month Belgian computer science student Dory Thibault posted a slide deck with the surprising results of a benchmark comparing Cassandra, HBase, MongoDB and Riak. The benchmarks are a part of his mater’s thesis, and the slides were difficult to interpret without the accompanying oral presentation.

Thibault has now open-sourced the benchmarks so that others can check his work. “I would like to say that all of this benchmark is an idea that is quite recent and I’m still working on it,” Thibault writes. “That means that there could be bugs in my code, errors in my configuration of the various clusters and other kinds of problems.”

Here’s the original presentation:

Source: NoSQL Benchmark Open-Sourced

Advice On Teaching Linux To CS Freshmen?

January 16th, 2011 01:54 admin View Comments

copb.phoenix writes “I’m a sophomore Computer Science student teaching computing labs to a freshman class, getting ready to go over the major ins and outs of the Linux terminal and GUI. While I have my own ideas and the professor over this class to lean on, I’ve found it difficult to get the few students that I’ve tried to teach in the past to connect the dots and understand how it relates to what they already know about computers. Does anybody out there have any advice on how to engage and inspire our upcoming class? (Perhaps important: Our machines are running Ubuntu Hardy.)”

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University Networks Block Student Project

June 6th, 2010 06:00 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes “A computer science student at University College London put together FitFinder as a bit of a joke — it’s been described as a cross between Twitter and personal ads, and it rapidly became very popular. The university took exception to this and started by blocking the site from being accessed on campus. Not content with this, a few weeks later they fined the student £300 and had him take the site down completely. Currently, the site is still offline, although there is a petition with several thousand signatures requesting its return. In the meantime, a site called PhitFinder has appeared, claiming to have no link to the original.”

Source: University Networks Block Student Project

Sync Your iPhone Wirelessly With iTunes Using Wi-Fi Sync App

April 26th, 2010 04:33 admin View Comments

iPhone Wireless syncing

Currently users have to plug their iPhone to a computer via USB to sync it, which is quite frustrating for a mobile phone. 

An iPhone app to make this process simpler could be coming soon. Wi-Fi Sync is an iPhone app that that will enable iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to wirelessly sync their iDevice with iTunes. 

The application is developed by Greg Hughes, a 2nd-year Computer Science student at the University of Birmingham. After launching the iPhone app, you need to pair the iPhone and the computer. Once this is done, the wireless syncing process will commence. It must be noted that in conventional tethered syncing, data transfers happen at speeds close to 500 Mbps. However, in case of wireless syncing, this may be a lot slower. Nevertheless, wireless syncing can be a great utility to a lot of users who may not want their iPhone to be tied to one place during the syncing process. 

Check out a demo of Wi-Fi Sync in the video embedded below: 

Though the demo shows the iPhone app working with a Mac, Hughes has clarified that it will also work with Windows.

Hughes plans to submit the iPhone app to the App Store for approval very shortly. While the iPhone app will be pretty useful and would be a killer iPhone app when iPhone OS 4 allows multitasking, it is quite likely to get rejected. As TechCrunch notes, a primary reason for this could be that Wi-Fi Sync's wireless communication with iTunes could be viewed as "unauthorized interaction" by Apple.

It is also speculated that Apple is working on a cloud-based version of iTunes, which could be launched sometime this year that could be another reason for the iPhone app to get rejected.


Hughes has tweeted that he hopes that Apple will approve it as it doesn't break any rules. Good luck Greg as we love the idea.

As you might have guessed, you need to install a syncing application on your computer. 

Do you think Apple will approve Wi-Fi Sync? Would you be interested in such an iPhone app? Let us know in the comments below.

[via TechCrunch, Getwifisync]

Source: Sync Your iPhone Wirelessly With iTunes Using Wi-Fi Sync App