Superdesk – an open source CMS for newsrooms

The AAP is sponsoring the development of an open source newsroom CMS.

They have Docker and Vagrent VMs, a live-blog component, and it looks like they communicate with NewsML G2.

“Enter Australian Associated Press, a news agency playing the wholesale game with its competitors and collaborators. These are your Reuters, your Associated Presses, Agence France-Presses, Press Associations, and all the world’s agencies that provide the bread-and-butter content for publishers, print and digital, and the broadcasters, streamers, the on-demand hipsters—news retailers.

Bitten once by a monolithic proprietary system, weary of increasing cost pressures as in-house teams bolted ever more complex satellite systems to an ageing core long overdue for the scrapheap, the Australians are just so over all of that. They want their tools, for their people, their way. Not least, they want the dev effort to reflect the needs and wishes of their journos, not their managers.

Their solution is to go open source. Not just as customers, either. No, AAP has rolled up its sleeves and is now partnering with the Prague-based open source outfit Sourcefabric in its development of the Superdesk news management suite of tools.”

Subresource integrity

A really useful feature, which I hope gets broad browser support: Subresource integrity.

It basically allows a reference to include the SHA256 hash of the expected result. As such, you could link to a download on another site and verify that the downloaded file was not tampered with.

Another use I would like is if the browser can verify that the downloaded file is not corrupted.

Thanks to CodesInChaos for pointing this out!

Researchers solve a less popular subset of Texas Hold’Em, state that the real thing is much harder.

Limit Texas Hold’Em is a variety of poker which is less popular than the standard unlimited Texas Hold’Em. But also easier to solve. Researchers have figured out a program which plays better on average than anyone else. If your definition doesn’t include winning as much money as possible.

Calling it solved means that they accomplished this by basically playing through every single possible game and always choosing the best play, regardless of opponent.

An amusing headline from Slashdot: Researchers “Solve” Texas Hold’Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player. A better rewrite: “Researchers solve a less popular subset of Texas Hold’Em, state that the real thing is much harder.”