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Lori Garver Claims That NASA Is 'Wary' of Elon Musk's Mars Plans - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 9:30md
MarkWhittington writes: Ars Technica reports that former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver claimed, during a panel discussion at the Council for Foreign Relations, that many at NASA are "wary" of the Mars ambitions of SpaceX's Elon Musk. While the space agency has yielded low Earth operations to the commercial sector as part of the commercial crew program, it reserves for itself deep space exploration. Garver herself disagrees with that sentiment: "I thought, fundamentally, you just don’t understand. We’re not in a race in a swimming pool where everyone is racing against one another. We're in a cycling race where the government is riding point and the others are drafting behind us, and if someone comes alongside us and can pass us because they’ve found a better way, we don’t get out our tire pump and stick it between their spokes."

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One Family Suffering Through Years-Long Trolling Campaign - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 8:47md
blottsie writes: Since 2010, the Straters have been under assault from an online campaign of ever-increasing harassment — prank deliveries, smear attacks, high-profile hacks, and threats of violence against schools and law enforcement officials in their name — and it's slowly torn them apart. Masterminding it all is a teenage Lizard Squad hacker from Finland, at war with their son, Blair, over a seemingly minor dispute. "When the family started getting notices about their utilities being disconnected, they realized things were escalating out of control. Utility provider Commonwealth Edison once called the house to iron out the details about a request to have the power turned off after a supposed move. Something similar happened with their trash service. On Halloween 2013, Comcast shut off their cable and Internet service."

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Bernd Zeimetz: online again

Planet Debian - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 8:41md

Finally, is back online and I’m planning to start blogging again! Part of the reason why I became inactive was the usage of ikiwiki, which is great, but at end unnecessarily complicated. So I’ve migrated by page to - a static website generator, written in go. Hugo has an active community and it is easy to create themes for it or to enhance it. Also it is using plain Markdown syntax instead of special ikiwiki syntax mixed into it - should make it easy to migrate away again if necessary.

In case somebody else would like to convert from ikiwiki to Hugo, here is the script I’ve hacked together to migrate my old blog posts.

#!/bin/bash find . -type f -name '*.mdwn' | while read i; do tmp=`mktemp` { echo '+++' slug="$(echo $i | sed 's,.*/,,;s,\.mdwn$,,')" echo "slug = \"${slug}\"" echo "title = \"$(echo $i | sed 's,.*/,,;s,\.mdwn$,,;s,_, ,g;s/\b\(.\)/\u\1/;s,debian,Debian,g')\"" if grep -q 'meta updated' $i; then echo -n 'date = ' sed '/meta updated/!d;/.*meta updated.*/s,.*=",,;s,".*,,;s,^,",;s,$,",' $i else echo -n 'date = ' git log --diff-filter=A --follow --format='"%aI"' -1 -- $i fi if grep -q '\[\[!tag' $i; then echo -n 'tags =' sed '/\[\[!tag/!d;s,[^ ]*tag ,,;s,\]\],,;s,\([^ ]*\),"\1",g;s/ /,/g;s,^,[,;s,$,],' $i fi echo 'categories = ["linux"]' echo 'draft = false' echo '+++' echo '' sed -e '/\[\[!tag/d' \ -e '/meta updated/d' \ -e '/\[\[!plusone *\]\]/d' \ -e 's,\[\[!img files[0-9/]*/\([^ ]*\) alt="\([^"]*\).*,![\2](../\1),g' \ -e 's,\[\([^]]*\)\](\([^)]*\)),[\1](\2),g' \ -e 's,\[\[\([^|]*\)|\([^]]*\)\]\],[\1](\2),g' \ $i } > $tmp #cat $tmp; rm $tmp mv $tmp `echo $i | sed 's,\.mdwn,.md,g'` done

For the planet Debian readers - only linux related posts will show up on the planet. If you are interested in my mountain activities and other things I post, please follow my blog on directly.

James Hunt: Procenv 0.43 released

Planet UBUNTU - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 8:29md
(Cough... This should probably be called the "I-almost-forgot-I-had-a-blog release"! :-)

Development has now moved to github:

So you can grab the release files here:

The move to github brings a few advantages, including Travis-CI integration:

Even more awesome being that, thanks to the wonder of webhooks, procenv is now building for lots of distros. Take a look at:

So you get to see the environment those builds run in and OBS is also providing procenv packages!

Here's the funky download page (just click your distro):

Caveat emptor: those packages are building off the tip, so are not necessarily releases - they are built from the latest commit! That said, since procenv runs a lot of tests at build-time, you should be reasonably safe.

If you'd rather opt for official releases, the new version should be in Debian and Ubuntu Xenial soon. It should also arrive in Clear Linux tomorrow.

As for what has changed since the last blog-post, just take a look at the NEWS file:

How Black Friday and Cyber Monday Are Losing Their Meaning - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 8:05md writes: Brad Tuttle reports at Money Magazine that while the terms "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" are more ubiquitous than ever, the importance of the can't-miss shopping days is undeniably fading. Retailers seem to want it both ways: They want shoppers to spend money long before these key shopping events, and yet they also want shoppers to turn out in full force to make purchases over the epic Black Friday weekend. When they use the "Cheap Stuff!" card day after day and week after week, the deals on any single day stop seeming special. Add to that the trend of manufacturers creating stripped-down versions of their electronics to sell on Black Friday, and consumers have less reason than ever to flood retail stores. The true story behind Black Friday is not as sunny as retailers might have you believe. Back in the 1950s, police in the city of Philadelphia used the term to describe the chaos that ensued on the day after Thanksgiving, when hordes of suburban shoppers and tourists flooded into the city in advance of the big Army-Navy football game held on that Saturday every year. Shoplifters would also take advantage of the bedlam in stores to make off with merchandise, adding to the law enforcement headache. Sometime in the late 1980s, however, retailers found a way to reinvent Black Friday and turn it into something that reflected positively, rather than negatively, on them and their customers. The result was the "red to black" concept of the holiday mentioned earlier, and the notion that the day after Thanksgiving marked the occasion when America's stores finally turned a profit.

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Judge Wipes Out Safe Harbor Provision In DMCA, Makes Cox Accomplice of Piracy - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 7:22md
SysKoll writes: The DMCA is well-known for giving exorbitant powers to copyright holders, such as taking down a page or a whole web site without a court order. Media companies buy services from vendors like Rightscorp, a shake-down outfit that issues thousands of robot-generated take-down notices and issues threats against ISPs and sites ignoring them. Cox, like a lot of ISPs, is inundated with abusive take-down notices, in particular from Rightscorp. Now, BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music are suing Cox for refusing to shut off the Internet access of subscribers that Rightscorp accused of downloading music via BitTorrent. Cox argues that as an ISP, they benefit from the Safe Harbor provision that shields access providers from subscribers' misbehavior. Not so, says U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady. The judge sided with the media companies ahead of trial, saying Cox should have terminated the repeat offenders accused by Rightscorp. Cox's response is quite entertaining for a legal document (PDF): its description of Rightscorp includes the terms "shady," "shake-down," and "pay no attention to the facts." O'Grady also derided the Electronic Frontier Foundation's attempt to file an amicus brief supporting Cox, calling them hysterical crybabies.

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Carl Chenet: db2twitter: Twitter out of the browser

Planet Debian - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 7:00md

You have a database, a tweet pattern and wants to automatically tweet on a regular basis? No need for RSS, fancy tricks, 3rd party website to translate RSS to Twitter or whatever. Just use db2twitter.

db2twitter is pretty easy to use!  First define your Twitter credentials:

screen_name_of_the_user_to_retweet=journalduhacker consumer_key=ml9jaiBnf3pmU9uIrKNIxAr3v consumer_secret=8Cmljklzerkhfer4hlj3ljl2hfvc123rezrfsdctpokaelzerp access_token=213416590-jgJnrJG5gz132nzerl5zerwi0ahmnwkfJFN9nr3j access_token_secret=3janlPMqDKlunJ4Hnr90k2bnfk3jfnwkFjeriFZERj32Z

Then your database information:

dbconnector=mysql+mysqlconnector dbhost=localhost database=jobboard dbuser=jobboard dbpass=V3rYS3cr3t dbtables=jobs, jobs_rows=companyname,jobtitle,id

Then the pattern of your tweet, a Python-style formatted string:

tweet={} hires a {}{}

Add db2twitter in your crontab:

*/10 * * * * db2witter db2twitter db2twitter.ini

And you’re all set! db2twitter will generate and tweet the following tweets:

MyGreatCompany hires a web developer CoolStartup hires a devops skilled in Docker

db2twitter is developed by and run for, the job board of th french-speaking Free Software and Opensource community.

db2twitter also has cool options like;

  • only tweet during user-specified time (e.g 9AM-6PM)
  • use user-specified SQL filter in order to get data from the database (e.g only fetch rows where status == « edited »)

db2twitter is coded in Python 3.4, uses SQlAlchemy (see supported database types) and  Tweepy. The official documentation is available on readthedocs.

High Level Coding Language Used To Create New POS Malware - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 6:41md
An anonymous reader writes: A new malware framework called ModPOS is reported to pose a threat to U.S. retailers, and has some of the highest-quality coding work ever put into a ill-intentioned software of this nature. Security researchers iSight say of the ModPOS platform that it is 'much more complex than average malware'. The researchers believe that the binary output they have been studying for three years was written in a high-level language such as C, and that the software took 'a significant amount of time and resources to create and debug'.

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Microsoft Blames Layoffs For Drop In Female Employees - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 5:58md
itwbennett writes: This year, women made up 26.8 percent of Microsoft's total workforce, down from 29 percent in 2014, the company reported Monday. In a blog post discussing the numbers, Gwen Houston, Microsoft's general manager of diversity and inclusion, pointed the finger at the thousands of layoffs the company made to restructure its phone hardware business: 'The workforce reductions resulting from the restructure of our phone hardware business ... impacted factory and production facilities outside the U.S. that produce handsets and hardware, and a higher percentage of those jobs were held by women,' she said.

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Second Root Cert-Private Key Pair Found On Dell Computer - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 5:04md
msm1267 writes: A second root certificate and private key, similar to eDellRoot [mentioned here yesterday], along with an expired Atheros Authenticode cert and private key used to sign Bluetooth drivers has been found on a Dell Inspiron laptop. The impact of these two certs is limited compared to the original eDellRoot cert. The related eDellRoot cert is also self-signed but has a different fingerprint than the first one. It has been found only on two dozen machines according to the results of a scan conducted by researchers at Duo Security. Dell, meanwhile, late on Monday said that it was going to remove the eDellroot certificate from all Dell systems moving forward, and for existing affected customers, it has provided permanent removal instructions, and starting today will push a software update that checks for the eDellroot cert and removes it. The second certificate / key pair was found by researchers at Duo Security.

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Didier Roche: JetBrains CLion and Twine game editor support in Ubuntu Make 15.11.2

Planet UBUNTU - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 4:30md

It's already time for a third release of Ubuntu Make this month! Thanks to the help of existing and new contributors, here are what's noticeable on this release.

JetBrains' excellent C/C++ IDE named CLion is now available! A simple umake ide clion will get it you at your disposal!

The non linear game editor Twine (that our community team is using as well for other QA purposes) also entered this release and is just a umake games twine away!

Our ZSH users will be pleased to know that the advanced shell completion that we have in bash is now available to them. We refreshed and fixed some translations, especially in russian, portuguese and french for this release. A lot of opportunities in term of translations are available! Do not hesitate to jump in.

A bunch of work on tests and the testing infrastructure (cutting the testing time approximately by half!) have been done. Speaking of tests, we spotted and fixed the upstream renamed icon in Visual Studio Code thanks to one of them failing (nice to be at that level of quality granularity)! We also worked on ensuring that people using our PPA with previous ubuntu releases only download the minimal requirements and not our testing dependency (by shifting to another ppa only containing them). Of course, the contributor guide has been updated for matching all of this.

You will thus understand that we got a lot of other small fixes and enhancements with this new package. If you want to read the full and detailed list of what's in this release, please have a read here!

As usual, you can get this latest version direcly through its ppa for the 14.04 LTS, 15.04 and 15.10 ubuntu releases. Xenial version is available directly in the xenial ubuntu archive. This wouldn't be possible withoutl our awesome contributors community, thanks to them again!

Our issue tracker is full of ideas and opportunities, and pull requests remain opened for any issues or suggestions! If you want to be the next featured contributor and want to give an hand, you can refer to this post with useful links!

Blue Origin "New Shepherd" Makes It To Space... and Back Again - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 4:16md
Geoffrey.landis writes: Blue Origin's "New Shepherd" suborbital vehicle made its first flight into space (defined as 100 km altitude)... and successfully landed both the capsule (by parachute) and the booster rocket (vertical landing under rocket power). This is the first time that a vehicle has made it into space and had all components fully recovered for reuse since the NASA flights of the X-15 in the 1960s. Check out the videos at various places on the web.

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Blue Origin "New Shepherd" Makes It To Space<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... and Back Again - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 4:16md
Geoffrey.landis writes: Blue Origin's "New Shepherd" suborbital vehicle made its first flight into space (defined as 100 km altitude)... and successfully landed both the capsule (by parachute) and the booster rocket (vertical landing under rocket power). This is the first time that a vehicle has made it into space and had all components fully recovered for reuse since the NASA flights of the X-15 in the 1960s. Check out the videos at various places on the web.

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Pearson Credential Manager System Used By Cisco, IBM, F5 Has Been Breached - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 3:34md
An anonymous reader writes with a report from Help Net Security that the credential management system used by Pearson VUE (part of education company and publisher Pearson) has been breached "by an unauthorized third party with the help of malware." Pearson VUE specializes in computer-based assessment testing for regulatory and certification boards. From the story: Over 450 credential owners (including IT organizations such as IBM, Adobe, etc.) across the globe use the company's solutions to develop, manage, deliver and grow their testing programs. The company is still assessing the scope of the breach, and says that they do not think that US Social Security numbers or full payment card information were compromised. But because the PMC is custom designed to fit specific customer requirements, they are still looking into how this incident affected each of their customers. According to a note on Pearson's site, the system remains down for the time being.

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Turkey Downs Allegedly Intruding Russian Fighter Near Syria Border - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 2:52md
jones_supa writes: Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 fighter near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeated warnings over airspace violations. Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space. Footage from private Turkish broadcaster Haberturk TV showed the warplane going down in flames in a woodland area. Separate footage from Turkey's Anadolu Agency showed two pilots parachuting out of the jet before it crashed. A Syrian rebel group sent a video to Reuters that appeared to show one of the pilots immobile and badly wounded on the ground and an official from the group said he was dead. This is the first time a NATO member's armed forces have downed a Russian military aircraft since the 1950s. The Guardian is following the developments with live updates. Also covered by the BBC, which notes Russian aircraft have flown hundreds of sorties over northern Syria since September. Moscow says they have targeted only "terrorists", but activists say its strikes have mainly hit Western-backed rebel groups. Turkey, a vehement opponent of Syria's president, has warned against violations of its airspace by Russian and Syrian aircraft. Last month, Ankara said Turkish F-16s had intercepted a Russian jet that crossed its border and two Turkish jets had been harassed by an unidentified Mig-29.

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Disney IT Workers Prepare To Sue Over Foreign Replacements - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 2:13md
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: At least 23 former Disney IT workers have filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over the loss of their jobs to foreign replacements. This federal filing is a first step to filing a lawsuit alleging discrimination. These employees are arguing that they are victims of national origin discrimination, a complaint increasingly raised by U.S. workers who have lost their jobs to foreign workers on H-1B and other temporary visas. Disney's layoff last January followed agreements with IT services contractors that use foreign labor, mostly from India. Some former Disney workers have begun to go public (video) over the displacement process

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Yahoo Denies Ad-blocking Users Access To Email - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 1:30md
JoeyRox writes: Yahoo is running an A/B test that blocks access to Yahoo email if the site detects that the user is running an Ad Blocker. Yahoo says that this a trial rather than a new policy, effecting only a "small number" of users. Those lucky users are greeted with a message that reads "Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail." Regarding the legality of the move, "Yahoo is well within its rights to do so," said Ansel Halliburton an attorney at Kronenberger Rosenfeld who specializes in Internet law.

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Didier Roche: Netbeans and Rust support in Ubuntu Make 15.11

Planet UBUNTU - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 1:09md

After some releases bringing updates, bug fixes, refactoring, tests improvements and more minor features and automations, here is time again for a noticeable feature release!

Thanks to Fabio Colella, we now have NetBeans support in Ubuntu Make! Installing it is just a umake ide netbeans away and just relax while Ubuntu Make is doing the hard work so that you can enjoy this IDE.

Another new feature is the Rust support by Jared Ravetch. umake rust will do all the necessary steps so that you get a good rust developing experience on your favorite ubuntu distro!

Eldar Khayrullin (welcome to him for his first contribution!) updated the Unity 3D game engine support to point to the latest beta released version and Sebastian Schuberth fixed an android NDK environment variable to use a more widespread one.

Other noticeable changes, following upstream webstorm IDE, are update to get their latest available icons (thanks to our test granularity level, we were able to detect this small change!), fixes for the version option, global -r working as the new global --remove, some fixes for zsh users, and as well a bunch of new translations thanks to our awesome translator community (new languages: fa, pt_BR and updated de, en_AU, en_CA, en_GB, eu, hr, it, pl, ru, te, zh_CN, zh_HK). There is of course more refactoring and other tests changes. Full glory details are available here.

As usual, all of those modifications and new features are backed up via a number of small, medium and large tests! We are currently running about 850 tests in our jenkins infrastructure (running all the tests). All commits and pull requests are tested for pep8 and small tests using Travis CI and the health status is of course reported in the file.

As usual, you can get this latest version direcly through its ppa for the 14.04 LTS, 15.05 and 15.10 ubuntu releases. Xenial version is available directly in the xenial ubuntu archive. Thanks again to all our awesome contributors community! A lot more is still in the pipe, but that will be for next release!

Our issue tracker is full of ideas and opportunities, and pull requests remain opened for any issues or suggestions! If you want to be the next featured contributor and want to give an hand, you can refer to this post with useful links!

BBC World Service To Provide Radio For North Korea and Eritrea - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 11:35pd
Ewan Palmer writes: The BBC World service has announced it will expand to serve the worst countries for press freedom as part of a plan to reach a global audience of 500 million. The British government announced its "single biggest increase in the World Service budget ever committed" and promised to invest more than $128 million by 2017/18 to the service. Along with improvements in countries such as Thailand, Russia and Somalia, they will launch radio services in North Korea and Eritrea who, according to Reporters Without Borders' 2015 World Press Freedom index, are the two worst performing countries in the world when ranked on a number of criteria including media independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.

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Dell apologizes for HTTPS certificate fiasco, provides removal tool - Mar, 24/11/2015 - 10:37pd Dell officials have apologized for shipping PCs with a certificate that made it easy for attackers to cryptographically impersonate HTTPS-protected websites and issued a software tool that removes the transport layer security credential from affected machines.


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