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How Verizon Is Hindering NYC's Internet Service

Slashdot.org - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 1:42md
Cuillere writes: Verizon promised to make FiOS available to all New York City residents. The deadline passed a year ago, and many residents still don't have FiOS as an option, but Verizon claims to have done its part. "The agreement required Verizon to 'pass' homes with fiber (not actually connect them), but no one wrote down in the agreement what they thought 'pass' meant. (Verizon’s interpretation, predictably, is that it doesn’t have to get very close.)" The situation is a mess, and the city isn't having much luck fighting it in the courts. Susan Crawford offers a solution: set up wholesale fiber access for third party ISPs and absolve Verizon of customer service responsibility.

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OpenDNS Acquisition Gives Cisco Big Security Data

LinuxSecurity.com - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 11:23pd
LinuxSecurity.com: Cisco continues to spend on security, today announcing its intent to acquire San Francisco-based OpenDNS for $635 million. OpenDNS' domain name system and cloud-based security services bring threat data collected from those platforms to Cisco's security offerings.

DDoS Attackers Exploiting '80s-Era Routing Protocol

LinuxSecurity.com - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 11:22pd
LinuxSecurity.com: Latest wave of DDoS attacks abuses small office-home routers via the 27-year-old, outdated Routing Information Protocol Version 1 (RIPv1).

MIT's Bitcoin-Inspired 'Enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data

Slashdot.org - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 11:20pd
Guy Zyskind, Oz Nathan, and the MIT Media Lab have developed a system to encrypt data in a way that it can still be shared and used without being decrypted. "To keep track of who owns what data—and where any given data’s pieces have been distributed—Enigma stores that metadata in the bitcoin blockchain, the unforgeable record of messages copied to thousands of computers to prevent counterfeit and fraud in the bitcoin economy." Enigma needs a fairly large base of users to operate securely, so its creators have proposed requiring a fee for anyone who wants data processed in this way. That fee would then be split among the users doing the processing. Those with encrypted datasets on the Enigma network could also sell access to datamining operations without letting the miners see the unencrypted data.

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Analysis: Iran's Nuclear Program Has Been an Astronomical Waste

Slashdot.org - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 8:13pd
Lasrick writes: Business Insider's Armin Rosen uses a fuel-cost calculator from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to show that Iran's nuclear program has been "astronomically costly" for the country. Rosen uses calculations from this tool to hypothesize that what Iran "interprets as the country's 'rights' under the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty is a diplomatic victory that justifies the outrageous expense of the nuclear program." Great data crunching.

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Christian Perrier: [LIFE] Running activities

Planet Debian - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 6:37pd
Hello dear readers,

It has been quite some time since I blogged on Planet Debian,so today, I just want to give some news to fellow Debian pals.

My involvment in Debian is still there. I'm probably less visible nowadays, but I'm still actively working on some packages, monotiring some i18n activities and doing work on D-I.

But, as you know, running has taken precedence nowadays and is still becoming a growing part of my life (along with my family, of course).

This year, I had a first "summit" running the "Vulcain" trail race in French "Massif Central" (mountains in Central France), which was 80km and 3000m positive climb race. It was run mostly in snow and with quite bad weather conditions, a good training for more difficult races. I completed it in about more than 12 hours, for a race that finally had less than 60% finishers.

Later on, most races were preparation races for the summer moutain races : I mostly ran three 50km trail races in the Paris and neighbourhood area. All of them were very good results with a good feeling. Some were run along with friends from the Kikourou.net web community, where I am now very active.

My training was also strongly increased wrt former years (yes that *is* possible), peaking at more than 500km during May, where I was mostly on holidays all month long (lucky man).

And now, the first Great Great Thing of the year is coming : La Montagn'hard, 110 kilometers, about 9000 meters positive climb, around Les Contamines, close to Mont-Blanc in French Alps.

That is a Big One, indeed. Technically more difficult than the TDS race I ran last August, during DebConf (120km, but "only" 7000 meters climb). Montagn'hard is indeed known as one of the most difficult moutain trail races in France.

I plan to complete it in about 29 hours....but that can indeed be 30, 32 or even 35, who knows what can happen? Given the very high temperatures over Europe this week (they'll peak at about 38°C on Saturday in the Alps), that will be an incredibly difficult challenge and we expect about only 40% finishers.

A live tracking will be available for thos who care at http://chrono.geofp.com/montagnhard2015/v3/. Wish me luck !

Next challenge will be end of August, with the "Echappee Belle" race : 144km and 10.000 meters positive climb, still in French Alps (Belledonne range, this time). About 48 hours, or even up to 55, two nights out.....harder and hopefully better, faster, stronger...:-)

UK's National Computer Museum Looks For Help Repairing BBC Micros

Slashdot.org - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 6:05pd
tresho writes: 1981-era 8-bit BBC Micro computers and peripherals are displayed in a special interactive exhibit at the UK's National Museum of Computing designed to give modern students a taste of programming a vintage machine. Now, the museum is asking for help maintaining them. "We want to find out whether people have got skills out there that can keep the cluster alive as long as we can," said Chris Monk, learning coordinator at the organization. "Owen Grover, a volunteer at the museum who currently helps maintain the cluster of BBC Micro machines, said they held up well despite being more than 30 years old. The BBC Micro was 'pretty robust,' he said, because it was designed to be used in classrooms. This meant that refurbishing machines for use in the hands-on exhibit was usually fairly straightforward. 'The main problem we need to sort out is the power supply,' he said. 'There are two capacitors that dry out and if we do not replace them they tend to explode and stink the place out. So we change them as a matter of course.'"

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Surveillance Court: NSA Can Resume Bulk Surveillance

Slashdot.org - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 4:08pd
An anonymous reader writes: We all celebrated back in May when a federal court ruled the NSA's phone surveillance illegal, and again at the beginning of June, when the Patriot Act expired, ending authorization for that surveillance. Unfortunately, the NY Times now reports on a ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which concluded that the NSA may temporarily resume bulk collection of metadata about U.S. citizens's phone calls. From the article: "In a 26-page opinion (PDF) made public on Tuesday, Judge Michael W. Mosman of the surveillance court rejected the challenge by FreedomWorks, which was represented by a former Virginia attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican. And Judge Mosman said that the Second Circuit was wrong, too. 'Second Circuit rulings are not binding' on the surveillance court, he wrote, 'and this court respectfully disagrees with that court's analysis, especially in view of the intervening enactment of the U.S.A. Freedom Act.' When the Second Circuit issued its ruling that the program was illegal, it did not issue any injunction ordering the program halted, saying that it would be prudent to see what Congress did as Section 215 neared its June 1 expiration."

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Jehan Pagès: Name dropping in the last hours of ZeMarmot crowdfunding

Planet GNOME - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 3:37pd

We had an awesome funding experience, but this is not finished. First because we still have a few hours left, so if you were planning on contributing and simply waiting for the last second, now is the time! Also because this is only the start of ZeMarmot adventure. With what we have funded, we are going to release the beginning of the movie in a few months, which we hope you will enjoy, then decide to continue supporting, financially or otherwise.

As of now we have 327 awesome funders from 36 countries, from smaller amounts to bigger ones (1000 €). Amongst our Silver Sponsors, 2 organizations officially support our project: apertus° (the first OpenHardware cinema camera makers) and Laboratorio Bambara (a research group on audiovisual art).
Our first ever Silver sponsor was Mike Linksvayer, former executive director of Creative Commons. We can also count Terry Hancock, Free Software Magazine columnist and director of the Open animation serie “Lunatics“, among our funders, and other contributors from well known Free Software or Free Knowledge projects: a long time GIMP developer, Simon Budig; a Mozilla employee, Xionox; a Creative Commons employee himself on a movie adventure too, Matt Lee; GCompris maintainer, Bruno Coudoin… And I’m sure I missed a lot of people.
Also several teachers from various universities, even a bookstore (À Livr’Ouvert) backing us officially, fellow artists, some using Free Software (like Tepee), people from the cinema industry (an executive producer for instance).

Of course the GIMP project has been supporting our project all along…

As well as Libre Graphics World, reference for Free Arts-related news…

BlenderNation, linuxfr (French-speaking Free Software news), Framasoft, GIMPUsers, the VLC project, and so many others.
We were also featured in wider audience news website as Numera and Reflets, and even in television on TV5World, and twice on French FM radio.

Tristan Nitot (former president of Mozilla Europe, now Cozy Cloud Chief Product Officer), Free Software foundation, Creative Commons shared our project on various social networks or blogs.

Ton Roosendaal, Blender Foundation chairman, called our initiative “a Libre movie project with the right spirit”.

Now I’m just name-dropping. That’s because we were impressed by all this support. Yet let me be clear: you are all as important to us! Everyone of you. You show us that Libre Art, independent films and Free Software are cool and have a chance. Because seas are made of each drops.
We love you all.

Junichi Uekawa: My thermometer (Fplug) is no longer returning temperature.

Planet Debian - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 2:44pd
My thermometer (Fplug) is no longer returning temperature. It does give me humidity. The values don't really look sane either, maybe it's not a great product.

Steve McIntyre: Quick trip to Sweden

Planet Debian - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 2:06pd

Jo and I spent a few days in Sweden and had an awesome time! The main reason for being there was Leif and Maria's wedding way up north in Skellefteå. They cunningly organised their ceremony for the Midsummer weekend, which was an excellent plan - we had a full weekend of partying while we were there. :-)

We had some time to ourselves while we were there, so we wandered about a little and got to see some of the beautiful coastal countryside.

Then on the way home we stopped off in Umeå to visit Mattias Wadenstein (maswan) and his wife Melanie, and he showed me around some of the machines that he's been admining on behalf of Debian. Maybe I'm a sad geek, but I feel quite a bond with one of the machines there, pettersson.debian.org. It's the official CD build machine for Debian, and I've been responsible for thrashing it really hard for the last 5 years or so... :-)

Massive thanks to the University of Umeå and their Academic Computer Club for hosting Debian machines and serving all the CD images for us!

The only downsides from the trip were the massive tiredness (midnight sun is pretty, but notconducive to sleep!) the mosquito bites and the nasty plague^Wcold that we picked up while we were there... Ah well. :-)

Is Safari the New Internet Explorer?

Slashdot.org - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 2:05pd
An anonymous reader writes: Software developer Nolan Lawson says Apple's Safari has taken the place of Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the major browser that lags behind all the others. This comes shortly after the Edge Conference, where major players in web technologies got together to discuss the state of the industry and what's ahead. Lawson says Mozilla, Google, Opera, and Microsoft were all in attendance and willing to talk — but not Apple. "It's hard to get insight into why Apple is behaving this way. They never send anyone to web conferences, their Surfin' Safari blog is a shadow of its former self, and nobody knows what the next version of Safari will contain until that year's WWDC. In a sense, Apple is like Santa Claus, descending yearly to give us some much-anticipated presents, with no forewarning about which of our wishes he'll grant this year. And frankly, the presents have been getting smaller and smaller lately." He argues, "At this point, we in the web community need to come to terms with the fact that Safari has become the new IE. Microsoft is repentant these days, Google is pushing the web as far as it can go, and Mozilla is still being Mozilla. Apple is really the one singer in that barbershop quartet hitting all the sour notes, and it's time we start talking about it openly instead of tiptoeing around it like we're going to hurt somebody's feelings."

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Quebec Government May Force ISPs To Block Gambling Websites

Slashdot.org - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 1:24pd
New submitter ottawan- writes: In order to drive more customers to their own online gambling website, the Quebec government and Loto-Quebec (the provincial organization in charge of gaming and lotteries) are thinking about forcing the province's ISPs to block all other online gambling websites. The list of websites to be blocked will be maintained by Loto-Quebec, and the government believes that the blocking will increase government revenue by up to $27 million (CAD) per year.

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Celebrating Workarounds, Kludges, and Hacks

Slashdot.org - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 12:41pd
itwbennett writes: We all have some favorite workarounds that right a perceived wrong (like getting around the Wall Street Journal paywall) or make something work the way we think it ought to. From turning off annoying features in your Prius to getting around sanctions in Crimea and convincing your Android phone you're somewhere you're not, workarounds are a point of pride, showing off our ingenuity and resourcefulness. And sometimes artful workarounds can even keep businesses operating in times of crisis. Take, for example, the Sony employees, who, in the wake of the Great Hack of 2014 when the company's servers went down, dug out old company BlackBerrys that, while they had been abandoned, had never had their plans deactivated. Because BlackBerrys used RIM's email servers instead of Sony's, they could still communicate with one another, and employees with BlackBerrys became the company's lifeline as it slowly put itself back together. What hacks and workarounds keep your life sane?

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Apple Loses Ebook Price Fixing Appeal, Must Pay $450 Million

Slashdot.org - Mër, 01/07/2015 - 12:00pd
An anonymous reader writes: A federal appeals court ruled 2-1 today that Apple indeed conspired with publishers to increase ebook prices. The ruling puts Apple on the hook for the $450 million settlement reached in 2014 with lawyers and attorneys general from 33 states. The Justice Dept. contended that the price-fixing conspiracy raised the price of some e-books from the $10 standard set by Amazon to $13-$15. The one dissenting judge argued that Apple's efforts weren't anti-competitive because Amazon held 90% of the market at the time. Apple is unhappy with the ruling, but they haven't announced plans to take the case further. They said, "While we want to put this behind us, the case is about principles and values. We know we did nothing wrong back in 2010 and are assessing next steps."

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Stanford Starts the 'Secure Internet of Things Project'

Slashdot.org - Mar, 30/06/2015 - 11:18md
An anonymous reader writes: The internet-of-things is here to stay. Lots of people now have smart lights, smart thermostats, smart appliances, smart fire detectors, and other internet-connect gadgets installed in their houses. The security of those devices has been an obvious and predictable problem since day one. Manufacturers can't be bothered to provide updates to $500 smartphones more than a couple years after they're released; how long do you think they'll be worried about security updates for a $50 thermostat? Security researchers have been vocal about this, and they've found lots of vulnerabilities and exploits before hackers have had a chance to. But the manufacturers have responded in the wrong way. Instead of developing a more robust approach to device security, they've simply thrown encryption at everything. This makes it temporarily harder for malicious hackers to have their way with the devices, but also shuts out consumers and white-hat researchers from knowing what the devices are doing. Stanford, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan have now started the Secure Internet of Things Project, which aims to promote security and transparency for IoT devices. They hope to unite regulators, researchers, and manufacturers to ensure nascent internet-connected tech is developed in a way that respects customer privacy and choice.

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Amazon introduces new open-source TLS implementation 's2n'

LinuxSecurity.com - Mar, 30/06/2015 - 10:36md
LinuxSecurity.com: Unless you haven't been on the net for a year, you know Transport Layer Security/Secure Socket Layer (TLS/SSL) software, such as OpenSSL, have had numerous serious security problems. Now, Amazon, is introducing a new TLS implementation: "Signal to noise," s2n.

Georges Basile Stavracas Neto: GSoC: report #3

Planet GNOME - Mar, 30/06/2015 - 10:35md

During the last couple of week, the following points were achieved:

  • The list of recently connected servers is now correctly saved.
  • Initial work on keyboard support.
  • Some real research on how Nautilus will handle the new mocups.

Fortunately, my graduation is now totally finished. I was also accepted in the Mastering Course in Information Systems here at University of São Paulo (yay!). From now on, I’ll be fully committed to the Summer of Code project, and you guys will see much more updates :)

This week, I’ll:

  • Submit GtkPlacesView widget for review
  • Start serious hacking on Nautilus

Cory Doctorow Talks About Fighting the DMCA (2 Videos)

Slashdot.org - Mar, 30/06/2015 - 10:27md
Wikipedia says, 'Cory Efram Doctorow (/kri dktro/; born July 17, 1971) is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics.' Timothy Lord sat down with Cory at the O'Reilly Solid Conference and asked him about the DMCA and how the fight against it is going. Due to management-imposed restraints on video lengths, we broke the ~10 minute interview into two parts, both attached to this paragraph. The transcript covers both videos, so it's your choice: view, read or listen to as much of this interview as you like.

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White House Lures Mudge From Google To Launch Cyber UL

Slashdot.org - Mar, 30/06/2015 - 9:53md
chicksdaddy writes: The Obama Whitehouse has tapped famed hacker Peiter Zatko (aka "Mudge") to head up a new project aimed at developing an "underwriters' lab" for cyber security. The new organization would function as an independent, non-profit entity designed to assess the security strengths and weaknesses of products and publishing the results of its tests. Zatko is a famed hacker and security luminary, who cut his teeth with the Boston-based hacker collective The L0pht in the 1990s before moving on to work in private industry and, then, to become a program manager at the DARPA in 2010. Though known for keeping a low profile, his scruffy visage (circa 1998) graced the pages of the Washington Post in a recent piece that remembered testimony that Mudge and other L0pht members gave to Congress about the dangers posed by insecure software.

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