Domain-Inhaberdaten und Datenschutz: Medienaufsicht beklagt Datenschwund bei sparsamerem Whois

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 18:00
Jahrelang diente das Whois als Datensteinbruch für Neugierige, Spammer, aber auch Aufsichtsbehörden. Die Ankündigung des DENIC, die Veröffentlichung von Whois-Daten auf ein Minimum zu reduzieren, ruft auch die deutschen Landesmedienanstalten auf den Plan.

DIYbiosphere: Einstieg in die Biohacking-Community jetzt einfacher

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 18:00
Die weltweite Biohacking-Community wächst: um den Einstieg in eigene Projekte einfacher zu machen und die verschiedenen Labore und Initiativen besser zu präsentieren, gibt es nun die DIYbiosphere.

Aten Design Group: A Tool for Estimating College Tuition

Planet Drupal - 20. März 2018 - 17:50

Every generation is a little different. They bring different beliefs and perspectives tied to their upbringing. Generation Z, those born in 1995 or later, have been brought up in a world where information is at their fingertips. They are digitally connected through laptops, tablets and smartphones. If they have a question, all they have to do is pull out a device and ask Siri, Google or Alexa. They have a drive for getting information, learning new things and making an impact.

Gen Z students interested in Stanford are no different. We've often heard Stanford describe their students as adventurous, highly motivated, and passionate in their desire to come together and deepen their learning. During their time at Stanford, they will discover what motivates them and how they can impact the world after graduation. This is true of full-time Stanford students, as well as visiting students participating in the Summer Session. Stanford’s Summer Session provides current Stanford students, high schoolers and students at other universities with the unique opportunity to complete a summer at Stanford – getting a full experience of the coursework and college life Stanford offers.

The program isn’t cheap, and not every student can afford it.

We recently worked with the Stanford Summer Session communications team to combine the high school and college level websites into one site with a fresh design and structure. We kicked off the project with a discovery phase that included user surveys and stakeholder interviews.

The Problem Image 1 The old tuition tables from Stanford Summer Session. Students had to navigate the fees and add all the relevant fees up on their own.

As we learned from the user surveys, students are cost-aware individuals, just like Gen Zers all over the nation. Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace in Generation Z Goes to College couldn’t have put it any better: “Anxiety over being able to afford a college education is forefront on the minds of these students.” Prospective Summer Session students were specifically looking for ways to make the program fit within their budget. This message was amplified by the interviews we conducted with the Summer Session staff, who noted that tuition information was buried, and in some cases, scattered throughout the site.

Through more discussion with stakeholders and students, we learned that students struggled with deciphering the available tuition and fee tables, inhibiting them from learning how much the program would cost (see Image 1). Additionally, as fees and tuition changed every year, staff found it painful and time-consuming to update information in the old system.

The Solution

So what did we do to help these students out? We created a one-stop-shop to get an estimate of the cost – welcome the tuition and fees calculator. By answering a few simple questions, students can get a true estimate of the total cost for their summer at Stanford. If they’re not happy with the results, they can tweak their answers to help make the program fit their budget.

As an added bonus, the system makes it really easy for staff to update the costs each year! On the admin side, each question and list of answers are fully editable. The dollar amounts can be changed for each student type to ensure the estimate will stay accurate for each coming school year. On the front end, the questions are organized, options are shown or hidden depending on previous answers, and the total amount is tallied on the final screen. Vue.js allowed us to build a complex interface simply, while making the static data more engaging.

How We Got There

Hopefully you’re in love with the solution we came up with, and maybe you’re wondering how we got here. Well, you already know we did some research – surveyed current students and interviewed staff – to learn about the problems they were facing. We then brought our two teams together to brainstorm ideas using the Core Model exercise.

We took a few minutes to sketch out the proposed solution.

These ideas were then further refined in wireframes and design:

And finally developed in Drupal 8.

The tuition and fees calculator was designed to provide Gen Zs with the information they need to financially plan their summer at Stanford, but all generations can benefit from it. Since launch in November 2017, the calculator has appeared in the top 10 visited pages of the redesigned site, with an average of 3000 pageviews per month.

Drupal Association blog: 2017 Q3 & Q4 Financials

Planet Drupal - 20. März 2018 - 17:48

The Drupal Association Board is responsible for the Drupal Association’s financial health and as part of their duty, they vote to approve monthly financial statements. The board met virtually on February 27th, 2018 and voted to approve the Q3 & Q4 2017 financial statements.

Each month we compare our results against the two financial KPIs that we measure against:

  • Cash Reserve: have a cash balance of 15-30% of Total Revenue
  • Net Income Profit Margin: end 2017 with a net income profit of 10%

These two goals focus on increasing Net Income in order to build a stronger cash reserve.

Below is a summary of how we performed in the third and fourth quarters of 2017 against our KPIs. As you look at this chart, you can see that we improved on our KPI month over-month.

Prior to the start of the year, we stated that if we could achieve a 10% Net Income this would move us to the minimum percentage (10%-30%) of the cash reserve. As we move month-over-month, you can see the cash reserve build as our net income percentage increases. December has us land at a Net Income percentage of 16%, and our “money in the bank” was 11%, or $570K (not including restricted cash).

Revenue

$5.1M

Cash Balance (including Restricted Cash)

$770K

Net Income

$785K

Cash Reserve %

15%

Net Income Percent

16%

Cash Balance (excluding Restricted Cash)

$570K

Cash Reserve %

11%

Monthly Highlights

The month of July saw us move closer to our cash reserve KPI. We ended the month within 80% of that goal. As we moved closer to DrupalCon Vienna, we saw cash reserves drop because we paid expenses towards the conference. The net income goal outperformed the cash forecast due to fundraising revenue being $31k higher and membership sales coming in $11k more than forecasted. The costs for July tracked to forecast, with a small amount of trailing costs (about 4k) from DrupalCon Baltimore, and bank fees being $5k lower than forecasted.

August had supporter sales and digital sponsorships down $30k from the forecast, however this was offset by an unforecasted time and materials project for $25k. Operating expenses for DrupalCon, along with overall administration costs, stayed in line with the forecast.

September’s focus was DrupalCon Vienna. Overall, net income significantly exceeded expectations for September because of much lower than expected costs for Vienna, and a boost of an additional $46k in revenue. This increase in revenue was mostly due to fundraising ($20k over forecast) and other programs ($26k over forecast). We do expect a significant amount of trailing costs in October for Vienna that will impact the net income in the upcoming months.

Activity for October saw some trailing costs for DrupalCon Vienna, and a clear picture on how DrupalCon Vienna closed out. We were below the forecasted loss of $267k, however the trend towards a loss. Some revenue help was in trailing ticket sales and sponsorship sales, which did beat the forecast. The events team did a great job containing costs, and maximizing savings in catering, supplies and our print signage for approximately $71k of savings in those budgets. Additionally, we were able to reclaim $32k of VAT through deductions on tax returns. This moved the anticipated net margin loss from -31% to -22% on this event.

November saw trailing costs from DrupalCon Vienna, which increased the forecasted loss of $68k to $114k. (October’s predicted loss was much less than forecasted) This was due to timing issues, as these invoices were expected to come in October.

December had some variances between actual and forecasted, ending up with a $59k loss instead of the forecasted $66k. Some of the more material events were:

  • Revenue was up $50k over forecast due to VAT deductions from Vienna booked to uncategorized income at month’s end that totaled $57k.
  • Board expense came in at $4k but we had none forecast. We have updated the forecast for the recurring $4k item to be included each month.
  • IT expense in the admin section was $7k for December, but we forecasted $16K.
  • Cash ended the month (and year) at $770k, which was $119k higher than our forecasted $651k. This ends our year with our minimum cash reserve goal sitting at 10%.

With reforcasting in process, and not quite finalized, we expect cash to grow over the next four months, leading into DrupalCon Nashville in April 2018.

We will be blogging soon about our 2017 close, which includes our CPA driven financial review (a lighter “audit”), production of our 2017 990 tax return and a 2017 weather report review from our virtual CFO group Summit.

We would not be able to do our mission-driven work without the support and contributions of our community. Contributions come in many forms, through the purchase of DrupalCon tickets and event sponsorships, through our Supporters and Members, Drupal.org sponsors, recruiters who post jobs on Drupal Jobs and many other fantastic ways our community supports the Drupal eco-system. We are deeply grateful for everyone who has contributed their time, talent, and treasure to move Drupal forward.

Thank you!

File attachments:  Drupal Association - Q3 2017 Financial Statements.pdf Drupal Association - Q4 2017 Financial Statements.pdf

Dries Buytaert: Every day I'm Drupalin'

Planet Drupal - 20. März 2018 - 17:35

It's a few years old, but I don't think I've seen this Drupal rap video yet:

MSI Optix MPG27: 27-Zoll-Gaming-Displays mit 144 Hz, FreeSync und sehr schmalen Rahmen

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 17:30
Die neuen FreeSync-Displays von MSI bieten eine adaptive Bildwiederholrate von 48 bis 144 Hz, eine R1800er-Krümmung und sehr dünne Rahmen.

Xilinx ACAP: Neue Chipgeneration fordert Prozessoren und GPUs heraus

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 17:30
Der neue Xilinx-CEO Victor Peng kündigt eine neue Produktkategorie ACAP an, die FPGA ablösen soll. Noch in diesem Jahr soll der Tape-out für 7 nm erfolgen.

c't wissen Python-Projekte jetzt im Handel

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 17:00
In unserem Sonderheft c't wissen Python-Projekte finden Bastler, Künstler, Web- und Heimautomatisierer sowie angehende KI-Forscher Anregungen und Anleitungen, um sich ihr Leben mit kleinen Python-Programmen zu erleichtern.

Cambridge Analytica: Mehrere Untersuchungen angekündigt, mögliche Billionenstrafe für Facebook

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 17:00
Nach den Enthüllungen über das Vorgehen der Datenanalysefirma Cambridge Analytica in den USA und Großbritannien sollen mehrere Untersuchungen folgen. Für Facebook könnten die Geschehnisse teuer werden – sehr teuer.

Acro Media: Introducing the Drupal Commerce Kickstart 2.x Installer

Planet Drupal - 20. März 2018 - 16:51

There is now an easier way to install Drupal Commerce! And the best part is that you don't have to do any type of crazy spinup. It does involve a little bit of pseudo-programming, but if you know your way around a command line, you should be OK.

A Bit of Background

There's a Commerce Kickstart that exists for Drupal 7. It's Drupal Commerce and all the standard add-ons put together into a mock store. It shows you the power of Commerce and provides a bunch of examples. That can be helpful because Drupal is so modular and can be a bit daunting at first. You install just Commerce, but then if you want, say, gift cards, that's a separate module you need to add. There are all these little bits and pieces you have to get, and not all of them have intuitive names, and it can be very confusing. Commerce Kickstart was meant to solve that problem. Which it did, to some extent.

But the Drupal 7 Commerce Kickstart tried to be both a demo and a base for you to build from. It was primarily a demo, but lots of people used it as a base. The problem was that the demo was already so customized that many people ran into issues because they needed to delete or remove different things instead of starting from a clean setup.

A Better Way for Drupal 8

For Drupal 8, we decided to build two separate things: a demo, and a kickstart that would truly assist developers in getting started. It covers Drupal Commerce and all the normal add-ons you would typically add. With the original Commerce Kickstart, you got all the add-ons as a complete package, and you would have to remove whatever you didn't want. For Drupal 8, Commerce Kickstart is an actual builder.

And it's easy to use. You select a region, for instance. If you say that you're based in North America and only ship there, you're not going to see the options for integrating with the Royal Mail, because that's irrelevant to you. Then you go through the different sections. What do you need for payments? For shipping? You select all the options you want, and Commerce Kickstart uses Composer to build an install file for you.

Why Is This Cool?

For one thing, it saves you time. For another, it's a great introduction for people who aren't familiar with the Commerce ecosystem. That latter point is key, as that was the biggest hurdle Commerce Kickstart was trying to overcome. If you're new to Commerce and you don't know about all the add-on options, you might install Drupal Commerce and just get stuck. This gets you much farther in the process.

Demo Content On the Way

You will eventually be able to choose whether you want a clean install, or whether you want to use demo content. With example content, you could see what a nicely configured product looked like, for instance. Or see a sample tax item, or a sample shipping method. This could be great for people who aren't super technical or who just aren't familiar with Drupal Commerce conventions.

This functionality isn't out there yet, but it is coming down the pipe soon. You can see the status of the Demo Content module here.

We also have pre-set-up migrations. So it's becoming easy to migrate from an Ubercart site or a Commerce site on Drupal 7. Options for Magento and Shopify are also coming.

The Bottom Line

If you're building a Drupal Commerce website, use Commerce Kickstart 2.x Installer. It's the best ad easiest way to get Drupal Commerce installed with everything you need.

More from Acro Media

 

Chat with us

If you'd like a personalized tour to discuss how Drupal Commerce fits into your ecommerce solution, give us a shout. We're happy to show and tell.

Apple arbeitet angeblich an eigenen Displays aus Mikro-LEDs

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 16:30
In einer eigenen Abteilung sollen mehrere Hundert Ingenieure an Mikro-LED-Displays arbeiten, die als erstes in der Computeruhr Apple Watch verbaut werden sollen.

Pwn2Own: Touch Bar eines MacBook Pro via Safari gehackt

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 16:30
Über die Ausnutzung von insgesamt drei Fehlern gelang es einem Sicherheitsforscher, aus dem Browser heraus tief in macOS einzugreifen. Auch ein weiterer Safari-Hack verlief erfolgreich.

Hacker-Wettbewerb Pwn2Own: Firefox, Edge und Safari fallen um wie die Fliegen

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 16:00
Dieses Jahr haben die Pwn2Own-Veranstalter ein Preisgeld von zwei Millionen US-Dollar ausgerufen. Trotz einiger Hack-Erfolge blieb ein Großteil der Prämie jedoch im Topf.

Papst Franziskus: Virtualität des Internet macht Jugendliche "flatterhaft"

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 16:00
Papst Franziskus hat ein Buch geschrieben. Darin kritisiert er unter anderem, dass das Internet die Jugend unbeständig mache. Eine Lösung dagegen hat er aber parat.

Elektroautos: Nissan Leaf mit mehr Akku-Kapazität in Jahresfrist

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 16:00
Nissan wird den Leaf, das bislang meistverkaufte Elektroauto, mit größerer Batterie bis zum 1. April 2019 vorstellen. Das bestätigt Guillaume Pelletreau, Geschäftsführer Nissan Center Europe. Wir gehen von mehr als 60 kWh aus

Acquia Developer Center Blog: Decoupling Drupal 8 Core: Web Services in Core and the Serialization Module

Planet Drupal - 20. März 2018 - 15:50

If you have decided to decouple Drupal, after conducting due diligence with regard to assessing the risks and rewards of decoupling Drupal and understanding how best to decouple Drupal in 2018, it is essential to understand how web services in Drupal 8 core and their dependencies undergird all decoupled Drupal architectures, regardless of the application you are implementing.

Tags: acquia drupal planet

Autonomes Fahren: Mehr Stress durch Fahrassistenzsysteme

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 15:30
Autonomes Fahren verspricht ein entspanntes Auto-Vergnügen für den Fahrer – denkt man. Doch eine aktuelle Studie der Hochschule Kempten kommt zu einem anderen Schluss: Das Sitzen hinter dem Lenkrad eines selbstfahrenden Autos verursacht Stress.

Star Wars Battlefront 2: Die Rückkehr der Mikrotransaktionen

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 15:00
Electronic Arts bringt Mikrotransaktionen zurück in den Online-Shooter Battlefront 2. Mit echtem Geld lassen sich allerdings nur kosmetische Gegenstände freischalten – Lootboxen kann man nicht kaufen.

Staatliche Beschäftigungsprogramme wegen technischem Wandel?

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 15:00
Der ehemalige US-Finanzminister Robert Rubin hat sich in einem Interview für mehr staatliche Unterstützung am Arbeitsmarkt ausgesprochen. Viele Menschen hätten in der modernen Wirtschaft sonst keine Chance, eine Beschäftigung zu finden.