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  • Red Hat: 2016:0156-01: python-django: Moderate Advisory Updated python-django packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7.0. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate security [More...]

  • Red Hat: 2016:0152-01: sos: Moderate Advisory An updated sos package that fixes one security issue and one bug is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate security [More...]

  • House bill would kill state, local bills that aim to weaken smartphone crypto
    On Wednesday, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) introduced a new bill in Congress that attempts to halt state-level efforts that would weaken encryption.The federal bill comes just weeks after two nearly identical state bills in New York state and California proposed to ban the sale of modern smartphones equipped with strong crypto that cannot be unlocked by the manufacturer. If the state bills are signed into law, current iPhone and Android phones would need to be substantially redesigned for those two states.

  • “Happy Birthday” is public domain, former owner Warner/Chapell to pay $14M
    The public will soon be free to sing the world's most famous song.Music publisher Warner/Chappell will no longer be allowed to collect licensing royalties on those who sing "Happy Birthday" in public and will pay back $14 million to those who have paid for licensing in the past, according to court settlement papers filed late Monday night.

  • How to Install Kolab Groupware Server on CentOS 7
    In this tutorial, we will install Kolab groupware on a CentOS 7 server. Kolab is a free open source groupware server. It is a scalable and reliable collaborative software that provides shared email, calendar, address books, tasks and a file cloud. Kolab supports several client environments: on Windows you can use Outlook, on Linux, you can use KDE Kontact, on all OS that have a web browser you can use the web interface.

  • Happy GPL Birthday VLC!
    The ever-popular VLC turned 15 a few days ago--that's 15 years since the project was GPLed and released to the world. If we were pedants, we might point out that the project actually came into existence in 1996, but that was a different lifetime.

  • No Linux for Batman, XCOM 2 Arrives & More…
    Seemingly out of the blue, Batman: Arkham Knight’s planned Linux and OS X release has been cancelled. In all likelihood, this cancellation stems from the litany of problems with the game’s Windows port, which has been panned by critics and players as glitch plagued and often almost unplayable.

  • Cluster computing on the Raspberry Pi with Kubernetes
    Ever wanted to make your very own cloud? Now you can! All it takes is some cheap open source hardware and open source software. For about $200, I was able to set up four Raspberry Pi 2s with the Kubernetes cloud operating system using more

  • Android-x86 4.4-r5 Screencast and Screenshots
    The is glad to release the 4.4-r5 to the public.The Android-x86 4.4-r5 is a bugfix of the 4.4-r4 release. It addresses more hazi fonts issue of Mesa 10.5.9 found on Intel Gen5 GPUs. You are encouraged to upgrade to this release if you still encountered the hazi fonts issue.

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  • A Killing In The Hills
    For decades, the Spencer family fought for justice for Judy. But what if they got the wrong man?

  • Gigster Is The Fastest Way To Go From Idea To App
    Building a meaningful business takes focus and a deep understanding of what’s important. Gigster dramatically reduces your time to market by providing a managed team to build your product. Get a quote in a few minutes and have a top team working within the hour. Let Gigster help you focus on what matters.

  • Vegan Leather Isn't As Ethical As You Think
    When it comes to leather, a vegan faces two choices: wear synthetic or wear none at all. But is synthetic leather, sometimes called vegan leather, really the better option? The answer is complicated.

  • Siri Is Killing Accents
    Voice recognition tools such as Apple’s Siri still struggle to understand regional quirks and accents, and users are adapting the way they speak to compensate.

  • Inside Steve Madden's Empire
    Steve Madden’s shoes made over $1 billion last year and are in the closet of practically every woman under 30 in America. He may not be an artiste, but that doesn’t bother him — most of the time.

  • Anime Is Real
    Goku is real. Naruto is real. Anime is the future.

  • Justice Dept Will Sue The City Of Ferguson To Force Policing Reform
    The federal government filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against the City of Ferguson, Mo. alleging that the city’s police and court system violate residents’ civil rights, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

  • Why Do Some Animals Troll?
    We call it trolling when a panda deliberately lays the smackdown on its companion. Nature just calls it playtime.

  • Why Veggie Burgers Are Better Than Kale Salads
    If we follow the lessons of an unusually successful, World War II nutrition program, a healthier American diet may focus less on kale salads and more on making health food look and taste passably like junk food.

  • Why The Heck Do We Still Use Pennies?
    A penny might score you some good luck, but that's probably about all it'll do. So why do we still have them? The answer, of course, lies in the pockets of big business.

  • Science Finally Explained My Resting Bitch Face To Me
    I was a pretty serious kid. Teachers used to call me a "thinker," which was fine until around the time I turned 19. That was when what I considered to be my neutral expression got a new name: Resting Bitch Face (RBF).

  • Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina Drop Out Of GOP Race
    The New Jersey Governor had been widely tipped to bow out a day after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary. Ms. Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, announced she was exiting after coming seventh in the Granite state.

  • Meet The Older And More Widespread Version Of Zika
    CMV, which has been studied for decades, is transmitted through bodily fluids. In the US, 50% to 85% of adults will be infected with it by the time they reach 40, according to data from Baylor’s CMV clinic.

  • How Long Do Couples Date Before Getting Engaged?
    Given that we’re in the heart of engagement season, we wanted to quantify some of the specifics of American proposals. While data on average marriage age exist, there isn’t much out there on the specifics of engagements.

  • Now We Know Why We Sigh And It Means Big Things For Science
    We might not think about it very much, but the sigh is a powerful form of expression. The pointed exhale can be used to display impatience, longing, hopefulness, satisfaction or a childish harrumph. It can be laced with sadness or be the ultimate sign of content. And, much like yawning, its purpose has largely remained a mystery. At least it was.

  • Why Is It Taking So Long To Get To 5G?
    The promise of 5G is powerful internet speeds around ten times faster than what’s possible now with no lag, providing a new wireless infrastructure for our future smart homes, wearables, driverless cars, and virtual reality. Everyone is super excited about it. But 5G doesn’t actually exist — yet.

  • France Launches Second Salvo Against Facebook
    Eunuchswear writes: After Mondays decision by the French CNIL (National Center for Computers and Freedom) that Facebook must stop tracking non-users, the DGCCRF (General Direction for Competition, Consumption and Repression of Fraud), has ruled that Facebooks terms of use are abusive and must be changed within 60 days." The linked story is in French, but for those of us who don't speak the language, Google translate works. Here's the DGCCRF's Facebook page.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Why Winners Become Cheaters
    JoeyRox writes: A new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem reveals a paradoxical aspect of human behavior — people who win in competitive situations are more likely to cheat in the future. In one experiment, 86 students were split up into pairs and competed in a game where cheating was impossible. The students were then rearranged into new pairs to play a second game where cheating was possible. The result? Students who won the first game were much more likely to cheat at the second game. Additional experiments indicated that cheating was also more likely if students simply recalled a memory of winning in the past. The experiments further demonstrated that subsequent cheating was more likely in situations where the outcome of previous competitions was determined by merit rather than luck.

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  • Engineers Devise a Way To Harvest Wind Energy From Trees
    derekmead writes: Harvesting electrical power from vibrations or other mechanical stress is pretty easy. Turns out all it really takes is a bit of crystal or ceramic material and a couple of wires and, there you go, piezoelectricity. As stress is applied to the material, charge accumulates, which can then be shuttled away to do useful work. The classic example is an electric lighter, in which a spring-loaded hammer smacks a crystal, producing a spark. Another example is described in a new paper in the Journal of Sound and Vibration, courtesy of engineers at Ohio State's Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research. The basic idea behind the energy harvesting platform: exploit the natural internal resonances of trees within tiny artificial forests capable of generating enough voltage to power sensors and structural monitoring systems.

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  • SCO vs. IBM Battle Over Linux May Finally Be Over
    JG0LD writes with this news from Network World: A breach-of-contract and copyright lawsuit filed nearly 13 years ago by a successor company to business Linux vendor Caldera International against IBM may be drawing to a close at last, after a U.S. District Court judge issued an order in favor of the latter company earlier this week. Here's the decision itself (PDF). Also at The Register.

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  • Facebook Developing Radio Wave Mesh To Connect Offline Areas
    An anonymous reader writes: As part of its wider initiative to deliver connectivity to poor and rural communities, Facebook is actively developing a new network technology which uses millimetre wave bands to transmit data. Facebook engineer Sanjai Kohli filed two patents which outlined a 'next generation' data system, which would make use of millimetre wave technology deployed as mesh networks. Kohli's patents detailed a type of centralised, cloud-based routing system which 'dynamically adjusts route and frequency channel assignments, transmit power, modulation, coding, and symbol rate to maximize network capacity and probability of packet delivery, rather than trying to maximize the capacity of any one link.'

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  • LibreOffice 5.1 Officially Released
    prisoninmate writes: After being in development for the last three months or so, LibreOffice 5.1 comes today to a desktop environment near you with some of the most attractive features you've ever seen in an open-source office suite software product, no matter the operating system used. The release highlights of LibreOffice 5.1 include a redesigned user interface for improved ease of use, better interoperability with OOXML files, support for reading and writing files on cloud servers, enhanced support for the ODF 1.2 file format, as well as additional Spreadsheet functions and features. Yesterday, even with the previous version, I was able to successfully use a moderately complex docx template without a hitch — the kind of thing that would have been a pipe-dream not too long ago.

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  • FAA Eases Drone Restrictions Around Washington, DC
    An anonymous reader writes with a link to Robotics Trends, which reports that: After doubling the radius of the "no-drone zone" from 15 miles to 30 miles outside of Washington, D.C. in 2015, the FAA announced drones can now fly in the "outer ring" of the Special Flight Rules Area. This means drones can operate between a 15- to 30-mile radius outside of the nation's capitol. Drones that fly between the 15- to 30-mile radius still have to operate under specific conditions: drones must weigh less than 55 pounds, be registered and marked, fly under 400 feet, stay in the operator's line of sight, only fly in clear conditions, and avoid other aircraft.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • First Steps Towards Network Transparency For Wayland
    munwin99 writes: For the longest time, when bringing up Wayland a recurring question was 'what about network transparency?!' Well, Samsung's Derek Foreman has today published the set of Wayland patches for providing Wayland network transparency by pushing the Wayland protocol over TCP/IP.

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  • AWS Terms of Service Offer a Break If Zombie Apocalypse Occurs
    v3rgEz writes: Running at over 50 sections and hundreds of subsections, Amazon AWS's terms of service are somewhat exhaustive, but there's one paragraph that might catch your eye. As of yesterday's update, Amazon has added a section that nullifies restrictions on the use of their Lumberyard game platform in the event of a zombie outbreak. Pre-apocalypse, the terms of service prohibit the use of the engine to manage life-or-death situations, but being able to spin up a zombie firefight simulator at a moment's notice might come in handy. You do have to wonder, though: Does Jeff Bezos know something we don't? Lawyers typically don't approve of Easter Eggs in legal documents.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Dell Packs Xeon and Quadro GPU In 4lb Laptop
    MojoKid writes: To look at the Dell Precision 15 5510, you wouldn't know that it sits in the middle of Dell's workstation lineup. The laptop is thinner and sleeker than you might expect a workstation-class laptop to be and the premium carbon fiber palm rest gives the system a decidedly high-end vibe. Not to mention, like the XPS 15, Dell equipped this machine with its 4K IGZO Infinity Edge display that has almost no bezel on three of its sides. However, the Precision 15 5510 is actually Dell's mid-range mobile workstation that also supports Intel Xeon E3 processors and NVIDIA's Quadro M1000 series GPUs. It's essentially a mobile workstation version of Dell's XPS 15 line but along with an NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive, delivers professional grade performance and the pro app certifications that go with it. Compared to Lenovo's ThinkPad W550 line, the Precision 15 is a more sleek, stylish machine and in testing it packs more punch as well. Lenovo may already have their Skylake Xeon refresh in the works for the ThinkPad W series, however.

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  • Carly Is Out
    MouseTheLuckyDog writes: I don't like stories that are not nerd oriented, but given Carly Fiorina's disastrous time as HP's CEO, the second only to Stephen Elop's tenure at Nokia, I think it is appropriate to announce that as of now Carly Fiorina is out of the Presidential race.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Trane Takes 2 Years To Remove Hard-Coded Root Passwords From IoT Thermostat
    An anonymous reader writes: It took 22 months for Trane to patch three security bugs in its ComfortLink II XL950 smart Wi-Fi thermostat product, the ComfortLink II XL950, a modern IoT device along the lines of Google Nest, which offers a simple way to manage your apartment's or building's internal temperature. Researchers contacted Trane about their three issues in April 2014, the company fixed the RCE flaws in April 2015 and recently released a firmware update at the end of January to fix the last issue. During all this time, the company barely answered emails and continued to sell an exposed product.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Women Get Pull Requests Accepted More (Except When You Know They're Women)
    An anonymous reader writes: In the largest study of gender bias [in programming] to date, researchers found that women tend to have their pull requests accepted at a higher rate than men, across a variety of programming languages. This, despite the finding that their pull requests are larger and less likely to serve an immediate project need. At the same time, when the gender of the women is identifiable (as opposed to hidden), their pull requests are accepted less often than men's.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Twitter's Timeline Option Puts Important Tweets Up Top
    Twitter is doing its best to make sure you see the best content in your timeline (at least thats what its hoping its doing with today's announcement of a new timeline option). The new feature drops what Twitter determines are the best tweets at the top of a user's timeline. For now, this feature is optional, so users can opt-in to see this timeline. In the coming weeks, it will slowly be rolled out to all users.

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  • DjangoCon 2016 To Be Held In Philadelphia In July
    New submitter FlipperPA writes: It has just been announced that the 2016 vintage of DjangoCon US will be held in Philadelphia at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from July 17th through 22nd. DjangoCon US is a 6-day international community conference for the community by the community, held each year in North America, about the Django web framework. From its humble beginnings in a newsroom in Lawrence, KS, Django now powers some of the better known web sites on the planet, including The Washington Post, Mozilla, Instagram, Disqus, and Pinterest. Considered by many to be the "batteries included" web framework for Python, Django continues to attract new developers across the globe.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • From Tony Stark to Iron Man: Building tomorrow's IT chief
    The new IT chief and you... the new IT chief is you
    The proliferation of smartphones, tablets and apps means everyone everywhere has an opinion about IT. Some experts believe the rise of interest in technology is a good thing – but for IT professionals, this attention creates a problem.…

  • Bitcoin's governance bungles stain the blockchain's reputation
    If the cryptocurrency can't organise its own evolution, we lose a chance at better security
    Civilisation is an agreement. We agree to pay our tax, obey the laws, and generally avoid berserking around the joint. Where these agreements breaks down you get riots that scale into civil wars, then collapse. That’s less of an issue so long as the problem is over there - so that when a culture soils the sheets you don’t have to deal with the stink.…

  • Hollywood gives up speculative invoicing attempt in Australia
    Judge wanted copyright-holders to charge pirates a pittance so Dallas Buyers Club folded
    Copyright-holders of the film Dallas Buyers Club have given up their pursuit of Australian pirates after a local Judge blocked their efforts at speculative invoicing.…

  • Indian telcos ask for details of Facebook-flaying neutrality law
    Regulator's Zuck-off to Free Basics has carriers worried they might be in trouble too
    Hard on the heels of India implementing a net-neutrality regulation, its telecommunications carriers have asked the country's regulator to clarify its impact on them.…

  • South Korea abandons manufacturing enclave in nuclear North
    Kaesong Industrial Complex to be 'completely closed', says Unification Ministry
    North Korea's launch of a useless satellite atop a thinly-disguised intercontinental ballistic missile has turned out to have immediate terrestrial implications, including some for the technology industries, after South Korea closed a manufacturing enclave in the North.…

  • Panasonic Toughbooks are so tough they can smoke
    It's a fire-bug, not a feature. So Panasonic's recalling machines from 2011 to 2013
    Panasonic's the latest company to fall foul of dodgy batteries, finding that the rechargeables shipped with its CF-S10 laptop "may overheat, cause smoke, or may ignite" causing "a risk of a fire or a burn hazard to consumers" and the computer.…

  • Building automation systems are so bad IBM hacked one for free
    Remote sites owned as router, controller and server all fall to pen-test team
    An IBM-led penetration testing team has thoroughly owned an enterprise building management network in a free assessment designed to publicise the horrid state of embedded device security.…

  • Cisco security kit wide-open to IKE bug
    Patch your ASA appliances now unless you like the world reading your secrets
    Patch it now and don't wait: Cisco has announced that a bunch of its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) products are vulnerable to a remote code execution bug.…

  • US Congress locks and loads three anti-encryption bullets
    We might ban it, we might not, but we will be in charge
    US Congress is preparing no fewer than three new bills over the ongoing encryption debate: one banning end-to-end encryption, one setting up a commission to review the issue, and a third to make sure that it is Congress that gets to decide what happens next.…

  • Japanese boffins fire up 100Gbps wireless broadband connection
    Terahertz radio transmitters lead to possibility of high-speed pipelines
    A group of university researchers in Japan say they have achieved wireless data connections of up to 100Gbps with a new transmitter operating at the submillimetre terahertz frequency range.…

  • Three storage upstarts hit back at doom, gloom 'n' layoffs news
    Exagrid, owncloud and Simplivity all say they're bucking the trend
    Amidst the six-way storage startup staff lay-off gloom, another three companies* are going the other way. Exagrid, owncloud and Simplivity are showing the storage market still has a thirst for great products. Wake up competitors, and smell the coffee.…

  • Hold the miniature presses: Playmobil movie is go
    Overdue cinematic celebration of our fave figurines
    In long-overdue news, it's been announced that 2018 will see the release of a full-blown animated Playmobil movie, the first of a planned trilogy.…

  • Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold
    Precision saw, cooling fluid, nerves of steel
    Firemen from the Spanish town of Dénia, in Alicante, enjoyed an entertaining shout last week when they were called to remove four steel rings from the base of an unfortunate chap's todger.…

  • CSI: Let's get out of the lab, interview the suspect, then do a warrantless search
    But Continual Service Improvement – now THAT'S a real job
    Is CSI a real thing? No, I don't mean the American TV series about investigating crime scenes: that's clearly a very broad-strokes* take on a real job. I'm talking about Continual Service Improvement – that thing that you see on business cards and on LinkedIn profiles from time to time, and think to yourself: “Is that actually a proper job?”…

  • Bank fail: Ready or not, here's our new software
    When IT goes bad, from the end-user's point of view
    Today, I was a user Every now and again The Register runs articles from sysadmins around the world about the horrors of working in IT. From time to time, however, it is probably worth reading something from the user's point of view. This is one such story.…

  • Techie the most recession-proof job
    But sector still took jobs hit and an 11% pay cut in 'real terms'
    Want to survive the next global financial meltdown without being forced to trade your shoes for food? Well, you'd be safest to get a job in tech.…

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