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Buggy Win 95 Code Almost Wrecked Stuxnet Campaign - Sht, 25/04/2015 - 2:25pd
mask.of.sanity writes: Super-worm Stuxnet could have blown its cover and failed its sabotage mission due to a bug that allowed it to spread to ancient Windows boxes, malware analysts say. Stuxnet was on the brink of failure thanks to buggy code allowing it to spread to PCs running older and unsupported versions of Windows, and probably causing them to crash as a result. Those blue screens of death would have raised suspicions at the Natanz nuclear lab.

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Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password - Sht, 25/04/2015 - 1:30pd
An anonymous reader writes with this news from Ars Technica: If you want access to encrypted data on a drug dealer's digital device, you might try to break the crypto—or you might just try to break the man. According to testimony from a police corruption trial currently roiling the city of Philadelphia, officers from an undercover drug squad took the latter route back in November 2007. After arresting their suspect, Michael Cascioli, in the hallway outside his 18th floor apartment, the officers took Cascioli back inside. Although they lacked a search warrant, the cops searched Cascioli's rooms anyway. According to a federal indictment (PDF), the officers 'repeatedly assaulted and threatened [Cascioli] during the search to obtain information about the location of money, drugs, and drug suppliers.' That included, according to Cascioli, lifting him over the edge of his balcony to try to frighten out of him the password to his Palm Pilot. That sounds like a good time for a duress password.

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Patents Show Google Fi Was Envisioned Before the iPhone Was Released - Sht, 25/04/2015 - 12:47pd
smaxp writes: Contrary to reports, Google didn't become a mobile carrier with the introduction of Google Fi. Google Fi was launched to prove that a network-of-networks serves smartphone users better than a single mobile carrier's network. Patents related to Google Fi, filed in early 2007, explain Google's vision – smartphones negotiate for and connect to the fastest network available. The patent and Google Fi share a common notion that the smartphone should connect to the fastest network available, not a single carrier's network that may not provide the best performance. It breaks the exclusive relationship between a smartphone and a single carrier. Meanwhile, a story at BostInno points out that Google's not the only one with a network-hopping hybrid approach to phone calls.

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Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids - Sht, 25/04/2015 - 12:06pd
Taco Cowboy writes: Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. Neonicotinoids kill insects by overwhelming and short-circuiting their central nervous systems (PDF). Shell and Bayer started the development of neonicotinoids back in the 1980s and 1990s. Since this new group of pesticides came to market, the bee population has been devastated in regions where they have been widely used. Studies from 2012 linked neonicotinoid use to crashing bee populations. New studies, however, have discovered that bees prefer nectar laced with neonicotinoids over nectar free of any trace of neonicotinoids. According to researchers at Newcastle University, the bees may "get a buzz" from the nicotine-like chemicals in the same way smokers crave cigarettes.

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Svetlana Belkin: Introducing “The Sense of Openness”

Planet UBUNTU - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 11:56md

As I said in this post, I renamed “The Ubuntu Sense”, to (drum roll please) to “The Sense of Openness”. I started with voluteering in the Ubuntu in July 2013 and within six months, I recieved my Ubuntu Memebership. But I started to extend invoulment into Open Science, since I’m a biologist. I noticed that I started to post/talk about non-Ubuntu things on my everything-Ubuntu-related blog and decided to open up a “new” (I imported my old one) one that emcompasses everything that is Open * related. Also, I’m keeping the “sense” theme.

To accomplish this, before exporting the old content from the old blog, I organized the categories into six main ones (that may change, as I have some that I’m not sure of) and within the categories, I have sub-categories that relate to the groups that I’m in (Ubuntu Women in Ubuntu and Center of Open Science in Open Science are two examples). This will allow me to only use categories for RSS feeds for the Planets in order to stay on topic.

Also, I broke down my “About” page into three pages, one that explains who I am, one for FOSS, and one for Open Science.  These pages will explain what the topic is, what groups that I am in, and what roles, that I take up, in those groups are.  These pages will act like my “resume” because I want to show the world what I have done within the communities and my skills, as it’s scattered around the web.

I want to thank Rafael Laguna for creating me the logos (wordless and with words) below:

Jonathan Wiltshire: What to expect on Jessie release day

Planet Debian - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 11:38md

Release day is a nerve-wracking time for several teams. Happily we’ve done it a few times now*, so we have a rough idea of how the process should go.

There have been some preparations going on in advance:

  1. Last week we imposed a “quiet period” on migrations. That’s about as frozen as we can get; it means that even RC bugs need to be exceptional if they aren’t to be deferred to the first point release. Only late-breaking documentation (like the install guide) was accepted.
  2. The security team opened jessie-updates for business, carried out a test upload, and have since released several packages so that those updates are available immediately after release.
  3. The debian-installer team made a final release.
  4. Final debtags data was updated.
  5. Yesterday the testing migration script britney and other automatic maintenance scripts that the release team run were disabled for the duration.
  6. We made final preparations of things that can be done in advance, such as drafting the publicity announcements. These have to be done in advance so translators get chance to do their work overnight (the announcement was signed off at 15:30UTC today, translations are starting to arrive right now!).

The following checklist makes the release actually happen:

  1. Once dinstall is completed at 07:52, archive maintenance is suspended – the FTP masters will do manual work for now.
  2. Very large quantities of coffee will be prepared all across Europe.
  3. Release managers carry out consistency checks of the Jessie index files, and confirm to FTP masters that there are no last-minute changes to be made. RMs get a break to make more coffee.
  4. While they’re away FTP masters begin the process of relabelling Wheezy as oldstable and Jessie as stable. If an installer needs to be, er, installed as well, that happens at this point. Old builds of the installer are removed.
  5. A new suite for Stretch (Debian 9) is initialised and populated, and labelled testing.
  6. Release managers check that the newly-generated suite index files look correct and consistent with the checks made earlier in the day. Everything is signed off – both in logistical and cryptographic terms.
  7. FTP masters trigger a push of all the changes to the CD-building mirror so that production of images can begin. As each image is completed, several volunteers download and test it in as many ways as they can dream up (booting and choosing different paths through the installer to check integrity).
  8. Finally a full mirror push is triggered by FTP masters, and the finished CD images are published.
  9. Announcements are sent by the publicity team to various places, and by the release team to the developers at large.
  10. Archive maintenance scripts are re-enabled.
  11. The release team take a break for a couple of weeks before getting back into the next cycle.

During the day much of the coordination happens in the #debian-release, #debian-ftp and #debian-cd IRC channels. You’re welcome to follow along if you’re interested in the process, although we ask that you are read-only while people are still concentrating (during the Squeeze release, a steady stream of people turned up to say “congratulations!” at the most critical junctures; it’s not particularly helpful while the process is still going on). The publicity team will be tweeting and denting progress as it happens, so that makes a good overview too.

If everything goes to plan, enjoy the parties!

(Disclaimer: inaccuracies are possible since so many people are involved and there’s a lot to happen in each step; all errors and omissions are entirely mine.)

* yes yes, I am being particularly English today.

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Github DDoS Attack As Seen By Google - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 11:24md
New submitter opensec writes: Last month GitHub was hit by a massive DDoS attack originating from China. On this occasion the public discovered that the NSA was not the only one with a QUANTUM-like capability. China has its own "Great Cannon" that can inject malicious JavaScript inside HTTP traffic. That weapon was used in the GitHub attack. People using Baidu services were unwitting participants in the denial of service, their bandwidth used to flood the website. But such a massive subversion of the Internet could not evade Google's watchful eye. Niels Provos, engineer at Google, tells us how it happened. Showing that such attacks cannot be made covertly, Provos hopes that the public shaming will act as a deterrent.

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Michael Meeks: 2015-04-24 Friday

Planet GNOME - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 11:00md
  • Mail chew, admin, misc. calls; got the VclPtr bits passing make check, and building on Mac / Linux / Windows. Not good to merge just before the weekend I suspect. H. out for a sleepover.
  • Watched Jane Eyre on the BBC in the evening with Julia - horrific compared to the nuance depth of the book; hardly explicable without reference to it either.

Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 10:42md
writertype writes: Last month, Microsoft began talking about PlayReady 3.0, which adds hardware DRM to secure 4K movies. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are all building it in, according to Microsoft. "Older generations of PCs used software-based DRM technology. The new hardware-based technology will know who you are, what rights your PC has, and won’t ever allow your PC to unlock the content so it can be ripped. ... Unfortunately, it looks like the advent of PlayReady 3.0 could leave older PCs in the lurch. Previous PlayReady technology secured content up to 1080p resolution using software DRM—and that could be the maximum resolution for older PCs without PlayReady 3.0." Years back, a number of people got upset when Hollywood talked about locking down "our content." It looks like we may be facing it again for 4K video.

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Stephan Adig: 10 Years of Ubuntu

Planet UBUNTU - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 10:30md

Ok, eventually I am 2 months early, but I was appointed an Ubuntu Member on 2005-06-15… but I was starting earlier with Ubuntu Packaging…

Anyhow, I already wrote my praise on Google+.

So just to make this public:

Thanks for 15.04 and all the other releases before (especially the LTS ones).

I think during the last 10 Years, Ubuntu made a difference towards the Linux Community,

When I joined this journey, Ubuntu was just another distribution, with a SABDFL who was pumping a lot of money into his free project. I guess it was his private money, and the whole Linux community should be so thankful to this Geek.

Without Marks engagement, I don’t think that Linux on the Desktop is so known to the wider public.

Don’t get me wrong, we had SuSE, we had Red Hat, we had Debian (and other smaller Distros), but most of the global players today were famous for the involvement on the servers (Well, not SuSE because they were focused on Desktop before they lost track and made the wrong turn [and no I am not saying openSuSE this is a different story)

10 Years ago, actually 10 years and a couple of months, a small group of people were working on an integrated desktop environment, based on GNOME. And they were right to do so. Those people, many of them still are doing their Job at Canonical, were right to invest their time into that.

And look, where are we today! On the Desktop, on the server, in the middle of the cloud and on a freaking Phone!

Who thought about this 10 and half years ago?

Yeah, I know, there were some decisions which were not so Ok for the community, but honestly, even those wrong decisions were needed. Without wrong decisions we don’t learn. Errors are there to learn from them, even in a social environment.

To make my point, I think it’s important to have one public figure, to bring a project like Ubuntu forward. One person who directs all fame and hate towards him, and especially Mark is one of those figures.

Just see other huge OpenSource Projects, like OpenStack or Hadoop. Great projects, I give them that, but there is no person who drives it. No Person who is making decisions, where the project has to go. That’s why OpenStack as stock OpenSource project is not a product. Hadoop, with all its fame, is not a product out of the box.

Too many companies do have a say. That’s why, i.e. it’s far from practical to install OpenStack from Source and have a running Cloud System. This is wrong, and those Communities, they need someone who has the hat on to say where these Communities are moving forward.

Democracy is good, I know, but in some environments Democracy blocks innovation. Too many people, too many voices, too many wrong directions. Just see the quality of Ubuntu Desktop, pre-installed on Dell Workstations or Laptops? That’s how you do it. You concentrate on Quality, and you get your Vendors who will ship your PRODUCT!

Let’s see:

  • We have nowadays Ubuntu as Desktop OS (with Unity as Desktop)
  • We have Ubuntu as a Server OS, running on many uncounted bare metal machines.
  • We have Ubuntu as a Cloud OS, running on many, many Amazon instances, Docker instances and eventually Rackspace Instances.

But Ubuntu is more. The foundation of Ubuntu is driving many other Projects, like:

  • Kubuntu (aka the KDE Distro of Choice)
  • Ubuntu GNOME Remix
  • Ubuntu with XFCE, etc.
  • Mint Linux
  • Goobuntu
  • etc.

All those derivatives are based on the Ubuntu Foundation, made and integrated and plumbed by so many smart and awesome people.

Thanks to all of You!

So what now?

Mobile is growing. Mobile first. Mobile is the way to go!

Ubuntu on the Phone is not an idea anymore, it’s reality. Well done people. You made it!

But Ubuntu can even do more. Let’s think about the next hype.

Hype like CoreOS.

A Linux OS which is image based, no package management, just driven my some small utilities like systemd, fleetd and/or etcd.

CoreOS is one of the projects, I am really looking forward to use. But, I really want to see Ubuntu there.

And yes, there is Ubuntu Snappy….so why not trying to use Snappy as CoreOS replacement?

There is Docker. Docker is being used as the Dev Util for spinning up Instances, with specialised software on it.

Hell, Stephane Graber and his Friends over at the Linux Container Community, they have LXD! LXD driven by Stephane and his friends. Stephane is working for Canonical. So, I say: LXD is a Canonical Project!

And what is Canonical? Canonical is a major contributor to Ubuntu. I want to see LXD as the Docker Replacement, with more security, with more energy, with better integration into Cloud Systems like OpenStack and/or CloudStack!

To make a long story short, Ubuntu is one of those Projects, which are not going away.

Even with Mark (hopefully not) retiring, Canonical will be the driving force. There will be another Mark, and that’s why Ubuntu is one of the driving forces in our OpenSource Development. Forget about Contributor Licenses, forget about all decisions which were wrongly made.

We are here! We don’t go away! We are Ubuntu, Linux for Human Beings! And we are here to stay, whatever you say! We are better, we are stronger, we are The Borg! ^W ^W ^W ^W forget this, this is a different movie ;)

And if you ask: “Dude, you are saying all this, and you were a member of this Project, where is your CONTRIBUTION!?!?”

My Answer is:

"I bring Ubuntu to the Business! I installed Ubuntu as Server OS in many Companies during the last couple of years. I integrated Ubuntu as SupportOS in companies where you don't expect it would run and support Operations or Service Reliability Departments. I am the Ubuntu Integrator and Evangelist you won't see, hear or read (normally). I am the one of the Ubuntu Apostles, who are not bragging, but bringing the Light to the Darkness"


PS: Companies Like Netviewer AG, Podio (Both Belong now to Citrix Inc.) and Sony/Gaikai for their PlayStation Now product

Apple Watch Launches - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 9:59md
An anonymous reader writes: The Apple Watch's release date has arrived: retailers around the world have quietly begun putting them on their shelves, and customers are beginning to receive their shipments. Reviews have been out for a while, including thoughtful ones from John Gruber and Nilay Patel. Apple has published a full user guide for the software, and iFixit has put up a full teardown to take a look at the hardware. They give it a repairability score of 5 out of 10, saying that the screen and battery are easily replaced, but not much else is. Though Apple designated the watch "water-resistant" rather than "waterproof", early tests show it's able to withstand a shower and a swim in the pool without failing. Ars has an article about the difficulty of making games for the Apple Watch, and Wired has a piece detailing its creation.

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How and Why the U-Pick Game Marathon Raises Money With Non-Stop Gaming (Video) - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 9:17md
On June 12 through 14th of this year, the fourth (not "fourth annual," but close) iteration of the U-Pick Video Game Marathon for Charity --“UPickVG IV” for short --will be streaming on an Internet connection near you. The U-Pick crew's volunteers will be playing and broadcasting video games, non-stop, as a fundraiser for Charity Water, a cause they've supported since the beginning. I talked with organizers Stephanie and Grant Kibler from their video-game lounge of a living room about what it takes to broadcast an online gathering like this, and why they've adopted this as an annual event. Hint: some esoteric video-capture hardware helps, and so does a beefy network connection, for high-quality streaming of games that pre-date today's multiplayer, network-oriented options. That's significant, because U-Pick's stable of titles isn't limited to modern ones, and observers are encouraged to suggest appropriate games (hence "U-Pick").The remote viewers' choices and donations influence the event by deciding which games are represented on the Wheel of Destiny that the team spins to decide which games get played.The play itself, though,*is* limited to the players who'll be on hand at a Northern Virginia co-working space that will serve as this year's venue. It turns out to be easier to stream the output of old consoles than it is to control them from remote (never mind the latency that would mean), but maybe one day participants will be able to play as well as shoulder-surf and laugh at the players' running commentary. You can check out the Upick page on Facebook, too, and watch one of their practice runs each Sunday. (Note: Video #1 talks mostly about the game play and how you can join. Video #2 - below - talks more about hardware and behind-the-scenes work.)

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Ronnie Tucker: Full Circle Magazine #96 – It’s a whopper!

Planet UBUNTU - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 8:56md

It has arrived. Quite possibly the biggest issue ever. A whopping 63 pages of FCM goodness!


This month:
* Command & Conquer
* How-To : Program in Python, LibreOffice, Using LaTeX, and [NEW!] Programming JavaScript
* Graphics : Inkscape.
* [NEW!] Chrome Cult
* Linux Labs: OwnCloud
* [NEW!] Ubuntu Phones – Interview with Cristian Parrino
* Review: Precision m3800 DE laptop
* Ubuntu Games: Cities: Skylines
plus: News, Arduino, Q&A, and soooo much more.

German Intelligence Helped NSA Spy On EU Politicians and Companies - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 8:28md
An anonymous reader writes: We've known for some time already that intelligence agencies operate beyond rules, laws, and regulations. Now, we learn that the NSA and the German intelligence service, BND, lied and withheld information about misuse from the German Chancellor's Office. "The BND realized as early as 2008 that some of the selectors were not permitted according to its internal rules, or covered by a 2002 US-Germany anti-terrorism "Memorandum of Agreement" on intelligence cooperation. And yet it did nothing to check the NSA's requests systematically. It was only in the summer of 2013, after Edward Snowden's revelations of massive NSA and GCHQ surveillance, that the BND finally started an inquiry into all the selectors that had been processed. According to Der Spiegel, investigators found that the BND had provided information on around 2,000 selectors that were clearly against European and German interests. Not only were European businesses such as the giant aerospace and defense company EADS, best-known as the manufacturer of the Airbus planes, targeted, so were European politicians—including German ones. However, the BND did not inform the German Chancellor's office, which only found out about the misuse of the selector request system in March 2015. Instead, the BND simply asked the NSA to make requests that were fully covered by the anti-terrorism agreement between the two countries. According to Die Zeit, this was because the BND was worried that the NSA might curtail the flow of its own intelligence data to the German secret services if the selector scheme became embroiled in controversy.

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Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 7:44md
An anonymous reader writes: Like initials carved in a tree, ER = EPR, as the new idea is known, is a shorthand that joins two ideas proposed by Einstein in 1935. One involved the paradox implied by what he called "spooky action at a distance" between quantum particles (the EPR paradox, named for its authors, Einstein, Boris Podolsky and Nathan Rosen). The other showed how two black holes could be connected through far reaches of space through "wormholes" (ER, for Einstein-Rosen bridges). At the time that Einstein put forth these ideas — and for most of the eight decades since — they were thought to be entirely unrelated. But if ER = EPR is correct, the ideas aren't disconnected — they're two manifestations of the same thing. And this underlying connectedness would form the foundation of all space-time. Quantum entanglement — the action at a distance that so troubled Einstein — could be creating the "spatial connectivity" that "sews space together," according to Leonard Susskind, a physicist at Stanford University and one of the idea's main architects. Without these connections, all of space would "atomize," according to Juan Maldacena, a physicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., who developed the idea together with Susskind. "In other words, the solid and reliable structure of space-time is due to the ghostly features of entanglement," he said. What's more, ER = EPR has the potential to address how gravity fits together with quantum mechanics.

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Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing) - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 7:01md writes: The NY Times reports that Amazon unveiled the financial performance of its powerful growth engine for the first time on Thursday, and the numbers looked good, energized primarily by renting processing power to start-ups and, increasingly, established businesses. Amazon said in its first-quarter earnings report that its cloud division, Amazon Web Services, had revenue of $1.57 billion during the first three months of the year. Even though the company often reports losses, the cloud business is generating substantial profits. The company said its operating income from AWS was $265 million. Amazon helped popularize the field starting in 2006 and largely had commercial cloud computing to itself for years, an enormous advantage in an industry where rivals usually watch one another closely. At the moment, there is no contest: Amazon is dominant and might even be extending its lead. Microsoft ranks a distant No. 2 in cloud computing but hopes to pick up the slack with infrastructure-related services it sells through Azure, the name of its cloud service. Amazon executives have said they expect AWS to eventually rival the company's other businesses in size. The cloud business has been growing at about 40 percent a year, more than twice the rate of the overall company and many Wall Street analysts have been hoping for a spinoff. As for Google, the cloud was barely mentioned in Google's earnings call. Nor did the search giant offer any cloud numbers, making it impossible to gauge how well it is doing. But the enthusiasm of Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, was manifest when he spoke at an event for cloud software developers this week. "The entire world will be defined by smartphones, Android or Apple, a very fast network, and cloud computing," said Schmidt. "The space is very large, very vast, and no one is covering all of it."

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David Planella: Announcing the next Ubuntu Online Summit

Planet UBUNTU - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 6:47md

The 15.04 release frenzy over, but the next big event in the Ubuntu calendar is just around the corner. In about a week, from the 5th to 7th of May, the next edition of the Ubuntu Online Summit is taking off. Three days of sessions for developers, designers, advocates, users and all members of our diverse community.

Along the developer-oriented discussions you’ll find presentations, workshops, lightning talks and much more. It’s a great opportunity for existing and new members to get together and contribute to the talks, watch a workshop to learn something new, or ask your questions to many of the rockstars who make Ubuntu.

While the schedule is being finalized, here’s an overview (and preview) of the content that you should expect in each one of the tracks:

  • App & scope development: the SDK and developer platform roadmaps, phone core apps planning, developer workshops
  • Cloud: Ubuntu Core on clouds, Juju, Cloud DevOps discussions, charm tutorials, the Charm, OpenStack
  • Community: governance discussions, community event planning, Q+As, how to get involved in Ubuntu
  • Convergence: the road to convergence, the Ubuntu desktop roadmap, requirements and use cases to bring the desktop and phone together
  • Core: snappy Ubuntu Core, snappy post-vivid plans, snappy demos and Q+As
  • Show & Tell: presentations, demos, lightning talks (read: things that break and explode) on a varied range of topics

Joining the summit is easy, you’ll just need to follow the instructions and register for free to the Ubuntu Online Summit >

UOS highlights: back to the desktop, snappy and the road to convergence

This is going to be perhaps one of the most important summits in recent times. After a successful launch of the phone, followed by the exciting announcement and delivery of snappy Ubuntu Core, Ubuntu is entering a new era. An era of lean, secure, minimal and modular systems that can run on the cloud, on Internet-enabled devices, on the desktop and virtually anywhere.

While the focus on development in the last few cycles has been on shaping up and implementing the phone, this doesn’t mean other key parts of the project have been left out. The phone has helped create the platform and tools that will ultimately bring all these projects together, into a converged code base and user experience. From desktop to phone, to the cloud, to things, and back to the desktop.

The Ubuntu 15.10 cycle begins, and so does this exciting new era. The Ubuntu Online Summit will be a unique opportunity to pave the road to convergence and discuss how the next generation of the Ubuntu desktop is built. So the desktop is back on the spotlight, and snappy will be taking the lead role in bringing Ubuntu for devices and desktop together. Expect a week of interesting discussions and of thinking out of the box to get there!

Participating in the Ubuntu Online Summit

Does this whet your appetite? Come and join us at the Summit, learn more and contribute to shaping the future of Ubuntu! There are different ways of taking part in the online event via video hangouts:

  • Participate or watch sessions – everyone is welcome to participate and join a discussion to provide input or offer contribution. If you prefer to take a rear seat, that’s fine too. You can either subscribe to sessions, watch them on your browser or directly join a live hangout. Just remember to register first and learn how to join a session.
  • Propose a session – do you want to take a more active role in contributing to Ubuntu? Do you have a topic you’d like to discuss, or an idea you’d like to implement? Then you’ll probably want to propose a session to make it happen. There is still a week for accepting proposals, so why don’t you go ahead and propose a session?

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Summit!

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Pentagon Discloses Network Breach By Russian Hackers - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 6:21md
An anonymous reader writes: The Pentagon has disclosed that Russian hackers were able to breach one of its secure networks earlier this year, and referred to the attack as a "worrisome" incident. "Earlier this year, the sensors that guard DOD's unclassified networks detected Russian hackers accessing one of our networks," said defense secretary Ash Carter yesterday during a speech at Stanford University. Carter warned Russia that the U.S. Department of Defense would retaliate with cyber campaigns should it see fit. "Adversaries should know that our preference for deterrence and our defensive posture don't diminish our willingness to use cyber options if necessary," said Carter. He added in a prepared statement that the Russian hackers had been able to gain access to an "unclassified network" but had been "quickly identified" by a team of cyberattack experts who managed to block the hackers "within 24 hours." The cybersecurity response team had quickly analyzed the hack patterns and code and identified the intruders as Russian, before "kicking them off the network."

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Surgeon Swears Human Head Transplant Isn't a 'Metal Gear Solid' Publicity Stunt - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 5:38md
Jason Koebler writes: Dr. Sergio Canavero wants to become the first surgeon to perform a human head transplant. But some discerning gamers noticed that a doctor shown in the trailer for Metal Gear Solid V looks almost exactly like Canavero, leading some to speculate that it's all a viral marketing campaign for the upcoming game. Canavero, however, filed a sworn affidavit with Italian police in which he said Konami illegally stole his likeness, and that he has nothing to do with the game.

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Irish Legislator Proposes Law That Would Make Annoying People Online a Crime - Pre, 24/04/2015 - 4:56md
An anonymous reader sends this report from TechDirt: Is Ireland looking to pass a law that would "outlaw ebooks and jail people for annoying others?" Well, no, not really, but that's the sort of unintended consequences that follow when laws are updated for the 21st century using little more than a word swap. Ireland has had long-standing laws against harassment via snail mail, telephones and (as of 2007) SMS messages. A 2014 report by the government's somewhat troublingly-named "Internet Content Governance Advisory Group" recommended updating this section of the law to cover email, social media and other internet-related transmissions. ... The broad language -- if read literally -- could make emailing an ebook to someone a criminal offense. Works of fiction are, by definition, false. ... It's the vestigial language from previous iterations of the law -- words meant to target scam artists and aggressive telemarketers -- that is problematic. Simply appending the words "electronic communications" to an old law doesn't address the perceived problem (cyberbullying is cited in the governance group's report). It just creates new problems.

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