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API connection limit question

Learn Programming - 2 hours 31 min ago

I am working with an API that has a connection limit. I am trying to avoid hitting that limit as they will revoke access if I go beyond that limit. The limit is 20 simultaneous connections.

To use the API, I basically just call an endpoint with login credentials, and they return the data that I need. Does this mean that If I have 21 users, and they click a button that makes that request, ive already gone over? Is there any way to prevent that?

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Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

The Register - 2 hours 32 min ago
Bezos narrows down search for new base to 20 cities, mostly on East Coast

Amazon has trimmed its list of potential cities where it wants to build its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The Bezos Bunch says it has narrowed down a list of 238 proposals to 19 US cities and one in Canada.…

Little Snitch 4.0.5 - Alerts you about outgoing network connections.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 2 hours 35 min ago

Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data.

Track background activity
As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data.

Control your network
Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.

Version 4.0.5:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later.
Note: Version 4 is a paid upgrade from previous versions.

  • Fixed a kernel panic introduced in Little Snitch 4.0.4 that would occur when a single process established more than two billion outgoing connections.
  • Fixed multiple issues causing a Connection Alert indicating an internal error related to a code signature mismatch from being shown.
  • Fixed an issue where scrolling in Little Snitch Network Monitor’s inspector would not work.
  • Fixed incorrect sorting of Time Machine Backups in Little Snitch Configuration’s “Import from Backup…” sheet.
  • The Connection Alert now points out if a connection is to or from the local network and offers a new option to create a rule for “Only local network”. Creating such a rule was possible in Little Snitch Configuration, but now you can do this in the Connection Alert, too.
  • For hostnames that end in .local, the Connection Alert will now create host rules, not domain rules. These rules worked as intended, but it makes more sense to create host rules instead.
  • A Connection Alert informing about a code signature mismatch is now shown even if Silent Mode is active. This is to prevent processes with an invalid code signature from communicating even in Silent Mode.
  • If an app changes its bundle identifier in an update, Little Snitch will update any existing rules for that app if the new version is located at the same path and is signed by the same developer. Previously, a Connection Alert indicating a code signature mismatch was shown.
  • Improved a button label in Connection Alert in case of a code signature mismatch to avoid possible confusion. Previously, it read “Require New Code Signature…” and now it’s “Accept New Code Signature…”.
  • Improved alert when macOS blocks Little Snitch’s kernel extension from being loaded. In addition to opening the “Security & Privacy” preferences panel, it also switches to the “General” tab, where it must be allowed.
  • Prevented multiple notifications about incoming connections from the local network to processes without a code signature being shown. Details: In earlier versions, if “Ignore code signature for local network connections” was enabled (in Little Snitch Configuration > Preferences > Security), an allow rule for only the specific IP address of the connecting peer was created and a notification was shown each time this happened. With this change, an allow rule for any incoming connection for the local network will be created and only a single notification will be shown. Note that this does not change what connections are accepted, only how many notifications are shown.
  • Improved performance when duplicating a large number of rules in Little Snitch Configuration.
  • Double-clicking an unapproved rule in Little Snitch Configuration to show the rule inspector now only approves the rule if the inspector is closed with the “OK” button, not with the “Cancel” button.
  • Fixed Little Snitch Network Monitor sometimes showing incorrect hostnames for incoming UDP data. Note that only the names shown were incorrect – the network filter and rules were not affected by this.
Internet Access Policy
  • Developers can now specify their name that will be shown to users as the source of the IAP information. Previous versions of Little Snitch used the name as defined in the code signing certificate, but this does not work for apps downloaded from the App Store. See the specification of keys for details.
  • If the developer’s name is read from the app’s code signing certificate, Little Snitch now shows the name without the country. For example, it’s now “Objective Development”, not “Objective Development, AT”.
  • Added support for Internet Access Policy files written in JSON format (in addition to the Property List format). See section File format for more information.
  • Added support for Internet Access Policy files embedded in XPC services. See the section Support for XPC services in the developer documentation for details.
  • Fixed an issue where developers testing the Internet Access Policy in their apps would not see up-to-date information in Little Snitch, specifically in localizations. Cache invalidation is hard.

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Disco XT - Professional DJ mixing software.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 2 hours 36 min ago

Disco XT is a versatile audio application for DJ mixing, music playback, and music management. The software has been designed for both realtime live performances and for creating mixes offline.

  • Manual and automated mixing modes, digital audio decks, mixer, sampler, extensive music library, playlist creation, effects, microphone input, recording mixes, customizable user interface, and more.
  • Two audio players with waveform displays and tempo / time-stretching.
  • Mixer with filters, EQs, crossfader and BPM detection.
  • Automated mixing with different editable transition types and a transition editor for creating precise transitions for particular songs with transition prelistening.
  • Dual output for separate headphone and speaker listening.
  • Limited / basic support for hardware controllers.
  • Music library with searching, genre, artist and album filters, artwork browser, customizable columns, song information editing, and optional iTunes library mirroring.
  • Creating and editing playlists and organizing playlists to folders.
  • Sampler for playing shorter audio samples in the mix, includes sample editor for cropping samples and for adjusting tempo and pitch of the samples.
  • User-editable effect chains with chorus/flanger, phaser, delay, filter, and advanced reverb.
  • Microphone input with voiceover for adding voice to the mix.
  • User-editable multipage tabbed interface. Recording audio output to a file with option for automatic splitting to multiple tracks.
Demo Limitations:
  • Playback is interrupted every 30 minutes.

Version 7.8:
  • Several fixes and quality improvements.

  • OS X 10.4.11 or later

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First human CRISPR study in the US could begin soon

Engadget - 2 hours 39 min ago
In mid-2016, A federal panel had greenlit the University of Pennsylvania to pursue the first trials using CRISPR gene-editing in the US. It seems the institution has quietly gotten the ball rolling and could theoretically start the study at any time:...

Mirror for Roku 2.2 - Mirror your Roku to your TV.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 2 hours 42 min ago

Mirror for Roku allows you to mirror the screen and audio of your Mac to a Roku Streaming Player, Roku Streaming Stick or Roku TV. You can also stream individual video files from your Mac to your Roku. Also, we included the option to watch one window on your Mac, and another window on your Roku!

Version 2.2:
  • Support for the new player app on the Roku devices.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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I want to build a Windows 10 app which can be both UWP or MSI deployed via SCCM

Learn Programming - 2 hours 44 min ago


I'm new here!

I am on a journey of learning how to program for Windows 10, but the end product must be both UWP Store compatible and available as an MSI/EXE for mass distribution, so is there any specific tips I need to learn or avoid at this stage before I've written a line of code?

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Acer Predator Helios 300, or wait for next gen Nvidia GPUs?

Hi there,

I'm in the market to upgrade my gaming laptop (as a sidenote, don't buy MSI laptops). I've done some research and the Acer Helios 300 looks like the best value for my money - it has pretty much everything I'm looking for in terms of hardware and the warranty options are good.

That being said though my laptop is my primary machine and it will be used daily for gaming and often for coursework. I don't mind putting a little more money into it if I get a more solid machine, as I don't want to consider replacing it for 2-3 years, if that. I also know that Nvidia is on the cusp of a new GPU line, but I've heard this typically takes a long time to reach laptops, and longer for it to be taken up by the more mainstream brands.

Here's the summary of what I'm looking for to help.

What I need:
* Good gaming hardware (Nvidia GTX 1060 or above, Intel i5 7600 or above)
* Good warranty options (local official warranty centers)
* Price range between $1,000 and $1,500
* Something that won't be obnoxious to use in a classroom settings (no always on loud fans, decent battery, quiet under normal, non-intensive operations)

What I want: * Backlit keyboard, doesn't have to be RGB
* Easy access to install additional RAM, an SSD, or replace the HDD
* Manufacturer with a good reputation, anecdotes in replies appreciated
* A 17 inch screen would be nice but not a deal breaker

Also if anyone has input on predictions about Nvidia's project Volta (est. dates for when it will arrive to laptops, price, how long one should wait until choosing to purchase a Volta laptop) that would be appreciated.

Thank you!

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The Eternal Shooter 2.6 - Fight your way through zombies.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 2 hours 48 min ago

The Eternal Shooter is a game about fighting zombies. You can shape the game into what you want to play.

Version 2.6:

Note: Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor.

New Features:
  • Tokens - Tokens can now be earned by playing the game.
  • Achievements - You can now complete 10 achievements which each reward you with additional tokens.
  • Unlockable Characters - You can now unlock new characters using your tokens.
New Content:
  • Playable Character - Detective
  • Tweaked the confirmation popup spacing.
  • The confirmation popup now prevents clicking other buttons until your confirmation has been made.
  • Converted the app to 64 bit support for better performance.
  • Added the ability to purchase extra tokens.
  • Removed the weapon viewer button from the pause screen.
  • Resetting the game no longer causes starting characters to become locked, or the default settings to be changed.

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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FileCloud Announces ServerSync, First EFSS Platform to Integrate Windows File Servers with IaaS Clouds

FileCloud, a cloud-agnostic Enterprise File Sharing and Sync (EFSS) platform, today announced that it is the first enterprise file services platform to integrate branch-office Microsoft Windows file servers with any IaaS cloud. This enhanced product offering, ServerSync, can replicate files and permissions on any local Microsoft Windows file servers and sync with the cloud to enable teams to store, share and access files seamlessly....(read more)

Western Digital Expands Mid-Range Enterprise Hard Drive Offerings for On-Premises Big Data Environments

Known for enabling new levels of enterprise total cost of ownership (TCO) with HelioSeal helium hard drive technology and industry leading capacity drives, Western Digital Corporation is expanding its portfolio for enterprise customers with a new, mid-range series of 4 terabyte (TB), 6TB and 8TB air-based hard drives. The new products enable corporate data centers having data set sizes smaller than found in hyperscale environments to harness the power of data across a broad spectrum of Big Data applications such as analytics and distributed file systems....(read more)

PSA - Don't be afraid to look outside of the US for filament

3D printing news - 2 hours 57 min ago

I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies I'm about to discuss.

So I watch a lot of the youtube videos on 3D printing. One of the recent Mk3 videos had a 'secret' Prusa Galaxy Black filament included in the box. It looks like black with some glitter in it, but to me that's awesome. I took a look around and I'm fairly certain its actually Fillamentum Vertigo Galaxy.

After searching all my usual US sellers, they were all out of stock. I also noticed they charge about $41/roll.

US Sellers I checked: Amazon, Printed Solid, MatterHackers, FilamentOne.

Well I tried a UK seller but I was suspecting if it costs $41 USD that it would cost 41 pounds which would be beyond my price.

To my surprise a company called 3DJake had it in stock and the price was cheap! $27. I ended up buying 3 rolls of various Fillamentum and after shipping I only paid $37/roll instead of the $41 price in the US. It appears to be an affordable source for some of the cool European filaments. Obviously there are some filaments which cost higher than they do in the US, but careful planning could save you money.

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Looking for a relatively cheap(under 700) windows laptop for a CS student in Colorado, US

  • Total budget and country of purchase: I'm looking to spend 700, maybe 800 at the absolute most.

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Best Specifications, close second is battery life though

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Barely a factor compared to build quality and specs

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows for now. Ill get back into macs when I have the Money if they're good then.

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. I would go smaller if it meant I can get better build quality/specs for the price. 15 inches would be great, but not if I have to sacrifice a bunch to get it.

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. I'd like it to be able to run unreal engine and other high intensity dev enviornments if possible

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Rocket league if anything, but i dont want to sacrifice much to be able to game on it. Rather have the small budget put towards build quality and other specs, as mentioned

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? basically, reliability. I dont know much about laptop brands these days to be honest, so whatever is respectable yet affordable.

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. I have an amazon gift card, and also a microcenter near me. So one of those would be preferred way to get a laptop for me as my semester already started.

Thank you!

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Senate votes to extend NSA’s warrantless surveillance program

Engadget - 3 hours 3 sec ago
Last week, the US House of Representatives voted to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a law that lets the National Security Agency monitor communications of non-US citizens living outside of the US. Today, the Senate has...

Microsoft OneNote 16.9 - Free digital notebook.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 3 hours 1 min ago

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes

Version 16.9:
  • Updated the application with optimizations to help improve your note taking experience.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Sparkbooth 5.0.134 - Turn your computer and webcam into a photo booth.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 3 hours 3 min ago

Sparkbooth makes it simple for anyone to set up an instant photo booth experience. Download the Sparkbooth photo booth software to any computer with a webcam and you're ready to go!

Custom Keepsake... With several different photo size choices and customizable features, Sparkbooth is a memorable and inexpensive giveaway. A perfect way to create a unique and fun party keepsake for you and your guests.

Make It Your Own... Sparkbooth offers customizable options to commemorate a wedding, kid's party, a birthday party or any special event. Select a theme from the layout library or use your own background photo. Place a logo or text message to the screen.

Be Social... Automatically share your photos online with party guests and friends. The built-in upload option make it seamless to post on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and other social networks.

Version 5.0.134:

Note: Version 5 is a paid upgrade. To upgrade your license, please go here:

  • Improved Canon component
  • Prevent Canon camera from timing out
  • Add cancel session shortcut action
  • Fix retake photo shortcut action
  • Send photo later queue imports photos from same folder as import file
  • Fix preview duration 'None' slider label
  • Update some missing translations

  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Core 2 Duo processor or better (2.5 GHz or faster recommended)

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Help decide between these two options of MBP for Lightroom and Photoshop

Option 1: MBP 15" 2016 w/ 2.6ghz, i7, & AMD graphics Option 2: MBP 13" 2015 w/ 2.7ghz, i5 and no dedicated graphics

Out of those two options. Which is better suited for my creative needs? Obviously the 15" packs more power, but is the higher price tag ($550 more) justifiable over the 13"? Also, is a dedicated graphics card worth desiring for Lightroom and Photoshop work? What is most worth at it's price ($1800 vs $1250 respectively)

Let me know your opinions, thanks.

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Is it wrong to reuse someone else's code when you are learning?

Learn Programming - 3 hours 6 min ago

As I dive into Javascript I have a hard time understanding why something works so I will just Google it and fiddle around with someone else's code to try and get a better understanding of how everything works.

Is this generally frowned upon or is it actually a good way to go about learning?

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