NASA’s Christina Koch adds onto the world endurance record for women in space

NEvery day for the next six weeks, NASA astronaut Christina Koch will be setting a new women’s record for continuous time in space.

Koch’s extended stint on the International Space Station follows up on astronaut Scott Kelly’s “Year in Space” mission in 2015-2016, and is similarly aimed at studying the health effects of long-duration spaceflight. She arrived in March, and marked her 288th day in orbit on Saturday. That officially surpassed the women’s record set by Peggy Whitson in 2017.
Koch is also in the space history books for being part of the world’s first all-woman spacewalking team in October, along with Jessica Meir. When her mission extension was announced, back in April, Koch said she sought advice from Whitson — and was told to “find what you love, and make sure you have it up there.” (Maybe that’s a reference to space cookies for Christmas?) …

ElectronとReact Nativeによるネイティブアプリ開発、じわじわ浸透中

Web技術が発展したことで、デスクトップにおいてもモバイルにおいても、ネイティブアプリをWeb技術を使って開発するという流れが生まれている。こうした技術を使って開発されたアプリケーションはクロスプラットフォームといった特徴を持つことが多く、労力をかけずに多くのプラットフォームに対応させる方法としても注目されている。

State of JavaScriptがこのほど、2019年におけるJavaScript関連の調査結果「The State of JavaScript 2019」を公開した。このデータから、デスクトップ向けではElectron、モバイル向けではReact Nativeが支持を得ていることが示された。緩やかにではあるが、こうしたフレームワークが浸透しつつある様子がわかる …

Google Pixel 4 review: the ultimate Android phone has a big flaw

The Google Pixel 4 is a step up from the Pixel 3, but nowhere near as much of one as we’d have liked.

Big phone launches come thick and fast towards the end of each year. And 2019 has been no different. Pretty much the last manufacturer to reveal its flagship devices every year is Google – the Pixel 4 has now arrived.

It’s Google’s fourth in-house phone and, as evolutions go, there are a few potential upgrades. There’s an extra camera, a new radar-based gesture system and Google has killed the notch. But do they add to the phone? …

Chinese hacker group caught bypassing 2FA

Chinese state-sponsored group APT20 has been busy hacking government entities and managed service providers.

Security researchers say they found evidence that a Chinese government-linked hacking group has been bypassing two-factor authentication (2FA) in a recent wave of attacks.

The attacks have been attributed to a group the cyber-security industry is tracking as APT20, believed to operate on the behest of the Beijing government, Dutch cyber-security firm Fox-IT said in a report published last week.

2019年の平均気温、歴代最高

気象庁は23日、2019年の天候と台風のまとめを発表した。日本の年平均気温の速報値は基準値(10年までの30年平均)を0.92度上回り、1898年の統計開始以来最も高温となる見通し。地球温暖化が影響したとみられる。

気象庁によると、年平均気温は北海道から沖縄まで15の観測地点を抽出し、それぞれの基準値の差から算出した。全国的に気温の高い状態が1年を通して続いたことが要因という。

台風は29個発生、うち15個が接近、5個が上陸した。いずれも平年値(発生25.6個、接近11.4個、上陸2.7個)を上回った。3~6月中旬は発生がなかったが、11月だけで6個発生した。台風発生数の記録がある1951年以降、最多は67年の39個。

Facebook is building an operating system so it can ditch Android

https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/19/facebook-operating-system/

Facebook doesn’t want its hardware like Oculus or its augmented reality glasses to be at the mercy of Google because they rely on its Android operating system. That’s why Facebook has tasked Mark Lucovsky, a co-author of Microsoft’s Windows NT, with building the social network an operating system from scratch, according to The Information’s Alex Heath. To be clear, Facebook’s smartphone apps will remain available on Android.

“We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us,” says Facebook’s VP of Hardware, Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth. “We don’t think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that’s the case. And so we’re gonna do it ourselves.” …

New Password Study by HYPR Finds 78% of People Had to Reset a Password They Forgot in Past 90 Days

35% Of People Keep All Their Passwords in Notebooks, Excel Files, Sticky Notes, etc.
2+ Year Study Examines Human Behavior, Providing Insight to How Personal and Work Related Passwords are Utilized

NEW YORK, December 10, 2019 — Passwords are the dominant way online services manage access to our personal and work-related lives. But often times, they’re more of a headache than a security tool. Today, HYPR, the leading provider of True Passwordless Security, released the findings of a two and a half year Password Usage Study, which compiled data from over 500 full-time workers across the United States and Canada to better understand how individuals use, treat and manage their passwords.

The study was developed by Yan Grinshtein, Head of User Experience at HYPR, who oversees the personal journeys users have for the company’s enterprise-facing solutions. It was split between two parts. The first part, purely workforce-related, helped understand how people use and manage passwords at their workplaces, while the second part was aimed to understand how people use and manage passwords in their personal life such as shopping, financial services, social, and more…

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Ready, text, go: typing speeds on mobiles rival keyboard users


Global test finds those using two-thumb technique can hit a blistering 38 words per minute

Think of it as an upside to spending hours on a smartphone. Thanks to all that dextrous thumb work, people can now type nearly as fast on a screen as they can on a keyboard.

Researchers made the discovery during a study of typing skills in which more than 37,000 volunteers from 160 countries took a speed and accuracy test on their mobile phones.

People who tapped out messages with a single finger managed on average only 29 words per minute (wpm), but those who mastered the two-thumb technique hit a blistering 38wpm, only 25% slower than an average typer on a full-sized Qwerty keyboard.

UbuntuとCentOSが減少 – 10月Webサイト向けLinuxシェア

UQ-Successから2019年10月のWebサイト向けLinuxディストリビューションのシェアが発表された。2019年10月はUbuntuとCentOSがシェアを減らした。

Q-Successの調査によれば、Webサイト向けのLinuxディストリビューションのシェアにおいては、Ubuntu、Debian、CentOSの3つが抜きん出ており、これらでシェアの75%以上を占めている。しかし、この1年でトップ3は下落傾向を続けている。

理由は定かではないが、クラウドやコンテナで提供されているカスタムされたLinuxディストリビューションにシェアが移っている可能性があると見られる。

Q-Successは、上位1000万のWebサイト(2013年6月までの上位100万)を調査対象としており、Alexaによって提供されたWebサイトの人気ランキングの3カ月の平均順位を用いている。