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  • Red Hat: 2015:1189-01: kvm: Important Advisory
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated kvm packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]


  • Red Hat: 2015:1184-01: flash-plugin: Critical Advisory
    LinuxSecurity.com: An updated Adobe Flash Player package that fixes one security issue is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 Supplementary. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Critical security [More...]


  • Red Hat: 2015:1190-01: kernel: Important Advisory
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated kernel packages that fix one security issue and one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 Long Life. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]


  • Red Hat: 2015:1185-01: nss: Moderate Advisory
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated nss and nss-util packages that fix one security issue, several bugs and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7. [More...]


  • Red Hat: 2015:1188-01: chromium-browser: Important Advisory
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated chromium-browser packages that fix multiple security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Supplementary. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]



  • Red Hat: 2015:1186-01: php55-php: Important Advisory
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated php55-php packages that fix multiple security issues are now available for Red Hat Software Collections 2. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]


  • Red Hat: 2015:1187-01: rh-php56-php: Important Advisory
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated rh-php56-php packages that fix multiple security issues are now available for Red Hat Software Collections 2. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]



  • 70-inch Android touchscreen targets interactive education
    ViewSonic’s new 70-inch HD touchscreen signage system runs Android on a dual-core ARM SoC, and is aimed at interactive education and business presentations. The $7,300 CDE7060T signage computer joins other ViewSonic large-format displays, projectors, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) products aimed at the education market. It was announced along with a LightStream PJD6552LWS networkable short-throw […]




  • Open source COM version of BeagleBone Black hits Kickstarter
    An open source, 49 x 32mm COM version of the BeagleBone Black called the “BeagleCore” offers Cape compatibility and starts at $44, or $111 with a baseboard. A German startup called BeagleCore is spinning a computer-on-module version of BeagleBoard.org’s BeagleBone Black single board computer on Kickstarter. Packages start at 39 Euros ($44) for the first 500 units shipping in Feb. 2016, or 49 Euros ($55) for the second shipment in April. With a baseboard, it costs 99 Euros ($111), also with April 2016 shipment. The BeagleCore and Starter-Kit support Linux flavors including Debian, Ubuntu, Android, and Cloud9 IDE on Node.js with BoneScript library.


  • Red Hat CEO Applies Open-Source Principles to Management VIDEO
    When Jim Whitehurst set out to write his book The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance, he wasn't looking to define the open-source movement in the same way that Eric Raymond's The Cathedral and the Bazaar defined open-source. Rather than define open-source as a development methodology, Whitehurst's focus is on open-source principles as applied to the domain of company management.In a video interview, Whitehurst details what the motivation for the book is about, and why there won't be a new theory of management anytime soon.


  • ATO Opens Reg – Releases Partial Speakers List
    Also slated to make an appearance this year is Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat’s CEO. No schedule has been published yet, but I’m assuming until I hear differently that Whitehurst will be a keynoter — which should fill the room beyond capacity, especially in Raleigh.






  • Is Google the New Microsoft?
    The company currently controls the smart phone market in a way that would’ve done the Microsoft of old proud, and it’s cloud services are already pretty much essential to many consumers and businesses — and that’s only going to grow as cloud-based Chrome OS takes increasingly larger slices of the PC market pie, which it’s poised to do.


  • Multi-Machine Management Tutorial with DSH
    often find myself needing to run the same command on many boxes at the same time. For example, I’ll sometimes need to check the memory usage of a fleet of boxes. Other times, I’ll want to quickly grep the logs of multiple machines, for troubleshooting purposes. Once you grow beyond managing one or two servers, you’ll find yourself wasting a ton of time if you don’t have a way to run commands on multiple Linux computers simultaneously. In this post, I’ll explain how to quickly run commands on large numbers of Linux machines at once.


  • The job is not done until the documentation is complete
    Which came first, the program or the documentation? Therein lies the dilemma.I don't think I have ever heard anyone say, "This documentation is great." Mostly I hear how badly some specific documentation sucks, and I have repeated that refrain myself many times.And yet there is a lot of really good documentation out there. For example, the documentation for LibreOffice is excellent. It includes several documents in multiple formats including HTML and PDF that range from "Getting Started" to a very complete user's guide for each of the LibreOfficeapplications.read more


  • Android's sun sets on Eclipse
    Devs told to move to Android StudioGoogle has decided Android Studio is all you need to make apps, and by the end of the year will no longer support the venerable but popular Eclipse IDE.…


  • Fwknop on OpenWrt and Android
    We've added SPA support to Openwrt, rewritten the Android Fwknop app. The clever bit is that we're using qr codes to transfer keys from the openwrt web interface to the Android app.


  • OpenMP support in IBM XL compilers
    The IBM XL Fortran and XL C/C++ for Linux on Power little endian compilers support the OpenMP API V3.1 and some selected V4.0 features. This enables the compiler to use the multicore hardware to improve performance. This article describes the OpenMP features supported in the latest XL compilers. It also includes some examples to illustrate the benefits of using these new features.


  • The evolution of the big data platform at Netflix
    Eva Tse will be speaking at this year's OSCON about her experiences at Netflix in her talk entitled The evolution of the big data platform at Netflix.I caught up with Eva to get a bit of a background on her, Netflix, and how open source is being used to improve services at Netflix. Not only has Netflix used and contributed to existing open source projects, but they have released their own projects like Genie as open source. To learn more about Netflix's open source projects you can pursue their GitHub. Be sure to read all the way through to learn the answer to the most important question of all: Eva's favorite Netflix original series!read more


  • How to upgrade Debian Wheezy to Jessie
    How to upgrade Debian Wheezy (7) to Debian Jessie (8). This tutorial explains how to upgrade your Debian system from Wheezy to Jessie in a few simple steps.


  • National Insecurity? Navy Still Using Windows XP
    It has been widely reported that the Navy is insisting on using Windows XP, but what cannot be talked about enough are the security implications of this... an upgrade to either a newer version of Windows or to some Linux or other open-source option would make things vastly more secure for the sections of the Navy...



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  • The Man Who Helps Hollywood Stay Sober
    Until two years ago, Jon Paul Crimi kept his career, and his client base, mostly a secret. He has a 20-year background as a fitness trainer and used to be an actor — but now when he gets a phone call and finds himself on an airplane two hours later heading to a movie set, he isn't going there to act. Instead, Crimi is a professional sober coach.


  • Why Do People Support Charities?
    One theory says that people are motivated by our personal attitudes and values. The other says we do things because of social forces — our ties to, and interactions with, other people.



  • Learn Something New
    It’s easy to put off learning new skills. Skillshare makes it easy to take the plunge, so you can start learning, and start creating. Sign up now for a 14-day free trial.




  • Uber Is Reportedly Losing Tons Of Money
    Uber Technologies Inc. is telling prospective investors that it generates $470 million in operating losses on $415 million in revenue, according to a document provided to prospective investors.


  • Why Movie Special Effects Peaked In The '90s
    A lot of people have said that special effects in movies feel hollow compared to the movies from 10 or 20 years ago. Obviously, CGI plays a part, but there's a very specific reason that things aren't working as well.




  • Inside The Headquarters Of Sextremist Group FEMEN
    Their objective is to destroy patriarchy; their weapons are bare breasts. FEMEN "sextremists" have now set up shop in more than ten countries, but only have one active branch in North America. In this documentary, VICE enters the world of FEMEN Quebec as they disturb the public space with their homegrown brand of activism.


  • Coloring Books Are Suddenly Catching On With Adults
    Thereare Facebook pagesdevoted to adult colorers. Thereare coloring clubs. People who motivate themselves topay off debt by coloring. Game of Thronesis making a coloring book. What this means: Coloring is now a normal adult activity.



  • An Ocean Mystery In The Trillions
    Much is still not known about the bristlemouth, the planet’s most plentiful vertebrate. What’s more, the ocean, making up 99 percent of the biosphere, may hold untold undiscovered species.


  • How America’s Best Steakhouse Chooses Its Meat
    When it comes to selecting the beef for the best steaks in New York City, not any steer will do.Ride along with Jody Storch of New York's classic steakhouse Peter Luger and learn how she hand selects the best cuts for her family's legendary restaurant.



  • Meet The New, Dangerous Fringe Of The Anti-Vaccination Movement
    “Your mother is a fat ugly lazy piece of shit who tried to kill you,” the message read. “She is a bully and suffers from mental problems. She is under investigation for the hate groups and illegal computer crimes she’s committing. I hope you like your new home. You can thank me when you’re older.”






  • This Global Megachurch Promises A Bright Future — If You Do What They Say
    Over the past two decades, Colombia’s Iglesia de Dios Ministerial de Jesucristo Internacional — La Ministerial — has built a massive following with almost 900 churches worldwide. The Ministerial calls itself a prophetic faith, but defectors call it a cult that targets immigrants to fill its charismatic leaders’ coffers.



  • Chris Christie: A History Of Dick Moves
    Sure, you've heard of Bridgegate, but Chris Christie's entire career is a veritable litany of ruthlessness. Now, as the bully who would be president jumps into the 2016 race, we've gathered his victims' stories. Presenting an abridged guide to the petty abuses and calculated skullduggery of the biggest jerk in politics.


  • The Truth About Press Cars
    I estimate that I’ve been loaned around $8 million worth of vehicles by car companies to review. These are called “press cars” and the total cost of delivering these vehicles to me is somewhere in the low six-figures and I’ve done about five figures worth of damage to them. How does giving me a free car make sense to automakers? How is this a real thing?


  • Devil's Advocate, Literally
    This Owl Turd comic made us chuckle and accidentally spend hours reading the rest ofShenanigansen'scomics.





  • These Luxury Storage Units Cost More Than A Starter Home
    Irrational or not, hard bargains for basement storage units have cropped up more and more inManhattan’s luxury real estate market. In 2011, reports surfaced of a $200,000basement storage unit in a luxury building near Central Park. Two years later, a buyer paid $300,000 for a200-square-footstorage cage in a residential tower in Tribeca.










  • NBCUniversal Cuts Ties With Donald Trump
    Monday's announcement follows a similar move by Univision, the Spanish-language broadcaster, last week. Univision decided it would not air Miss USA in the wake of his racially-tinged comments about Mexican immigrants.


  • Why Is It So Hard To Kill A College?
    Hundreds of colleges in the United States live on the financial margins. Typically small and private, they struggle to pay bills, recruit students, and raise money. Yet few of them fail.



  • Black Hole Simulation Whips Dark Matter Into A Frenzy
    Just like sex-obsessed tweens, scientists will do just about anything to catch a glimpse of dark matter. That includes spending 15 years building a computer simulation that shows what it looks like when a black hole pulls millions of particles into its spinning gravitational field.



  • Is It Time To Finally Get Rid Of The Password?
    Passwords have existed as a means of security for millennia. And for most of their history, they’ve worked as advertised. But now that society has transitioned to digital, a massive market for stolen data has sent security experts scrambling to put out fires, all the while pleading with their clients to make their passwords more secure.



  • Everblasting Life
    The NutriBullet is a great blender. Too bad it has a messiah complex.


  • Where Are The Fake Tanning Capitals Of America?
    We know by now that “fake-baking” is terrible for you.You know it.I know it.The FDAdefinitely knowsit.But if themanytanning salons across the country indicate anything, it’s that people are still stuffing themselves into those cancer booths.



  • Everything You Need To Know About The Unfolding Greek Crisis
    By unexpectedly calling for a public vote on its latest bailout proposal, the Greek government has triggered a highly uncertain sequence of events that it seems ill-equipped to manage. The latest brinksmanship led Greeks to empty their bank accounts over the weekend, fearing for the stability of the country’s teetering financial system.






  • Can Male Models Become Brands?
    While scores of female models have become household names and built powerful brands — Kate, Naomi, Cara, Heidi, Tyra and Gisele — the majority of male models have yet to achieve name recognition at all, let alone first name only status. Is it even possible?




  • Last Hominin Standing
    Was human evolution inevitable, or do we owe our existence to a once-in-a-universe stroke of luck?


  • Sherlock Holmes: Examining The Evidence — In Charts
    It’s more than a century since the world’s most famous literary detective made his appearance in the pages of the Strand magazine, but our appetite for his startling deductions is undiminished. The data behind his enduring appeal




  • Asteroid Day On June 30 Aims To Raise Awareness of Collision Risks
    benonemusic writes: International organizers--including Queen's Brian May, an astrophysicist--have organized the world's first Asteroid Day on June 30, as a means to raise awareness for future collision risks and encourage actions to minimize the threats from such events. "If we can track the trajectories of asteroids and monitor their movement in our solar system, then we can know if they are on a path to impact Earth," former Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart told the organizers of Asteroid Day in a statement. "If we find them early enough, we can move them out of Earth's orbit, thus preventing any kind of major natural disaster."
             

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  • Creating Bacterial "Fight Clubs" To Discover New Drugs
    Science_afficionado writes: Vanderbilt chemists have shown that creating bacterial 'fight clubs' is an effective way to discover natural biomolecules with the properties required for new drugs. They have demonstrated the method by using it to discover a new class of antibiotic with anti-cancer properties. From the Vanderbilt website: "That is the conclusion of a team of Vanderbilt chemists who have been exploring ways to get bacteria to produce biologically active chemicals which they normally hold in reserve. These compounds are called secondary metabolites. They are designed to protect their bacterial host and attack its enemies, so they often have the right kind of activity to serve as the basis for effective new drugs. In fact, many antibiotics and anticancer compounds in clinical use are either secondary metabolites or their derivatives."
             

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  • The Programmer's Path To Management
    snydeq writes: The transition from command line to line-of-command requires a new mind-set — and a thick skin, writes InfoWorld's Paul Heltzel in a tips-based article aimed at programmers interested in breaking into management. "Talented engineers may see managing a team as the next step to growing their careers. So if you're moving in this direction, what tools do you need to make the transition? We'll look at some possible approaches, common pitfalls — and offer solutions."
             

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  • How IKEA Patched Shellshock
    jones_supa writes: Magnus Glantz, IT manager at IKEA, revealed that the Swedish furniture retailer has more than 3,500 Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers. With Shellshock, every single one of those servers needed to be patched to limit the risk of exploitation. So how did IKEA patch all those servers? Glantz showed a simple one-line Linux command and then jokingly walked away from the podium stating "That's it, thanks for coming." On a more serious note, he said that it took approximately two and half hours to upgrade their infrastructure to defend against Shellshock. The key was having a consistent approach to system management, which begins with a well-defined Standard Operating Environment (SOE). Additionally, Glantz has defined a lifecycle management plan that describes the lifecycle of how Linux will be used at Ikea for the next seven years.
             

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  • Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety
    Zothecula writes: Having a heads-up display constantly feed you information while cruising down the road may make you feel like a jet pilot ready to avoid any potential danger but recent findings suggest otherwise. Studies done at the University of Toronto show that the HUD multi-tasking method of driving a vehicle is dangerous. "Drivers need to divide their attention to deal with this added visual information," said Department of Psychology professor Ian Spence, who led the research. "Not only will drivers have to concentrate on what’s happening on the road around them as they’ve always done, they’ll also have to attend to whatever warning pops up on the windshield in front of them."
             

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  • Ask Slashdot: Choosing the Right Open Source License
    NicknamesAreStupid writes: I need to choose an open source license. I am developing an open source iOS application that use a significant number of other open source projects which, in turn, use a number of different open source licenses such as MPL/GPL, MIT, and BSD. I am also using sample code from Apple's developer site, which has their own terms of use. The code dependencies are such that my code would not be of much use without theirs. If this project is used, then it would be nice to pick a license that best fits in with this mashup. I am interested in maintaining the freedom of my code but do not want to create a catch-22 or make life hard for people who need to use this project for personal use or profit. My inclination is to use MIT's, as I have done so before. I asked an IP lawyer about this matter, and she replied (pro bono), "it probably doesn't matter." Of course, that advice was worth every penny. Moving away from legal issues and looking at this from a social perspective, which license would appeal most and offend least? I thought about no license but was warned (pro bono), "If you do not, then someone else may." Any suggestions?
             

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  • Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company
    An anonymous reader writes: Two Uber executives were arrested by French authorities for running an illegal taxi company and concealing illegal documents. This is not the first time Uber has run into trouble in France. Recently, taxi drivers started a nation-wide protest, blocking access to Roissy airport and the nation's interior minister issued a ban on UberPop. A statement from an Uber spokesperson to TechCrunch reads: "Our CEO for France and General Manager for Western Europe were invited to a police hearing this afternoon; following this interview, they were taken into custody. We are always available to answer all the questions on our service, and available to the authorities to solve any problem that could come up. Talks are in progress. In the meantime, we keep working in order to make sure that both our customers and drivers are safe following last week’s turmoils."
             

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  • Airplane Coatings Help Recoup Fuel Efficiency Lost To Bug Splatter
    MTorrice writes: When bugs hit the wings of oncoming airplanes, they create a problem. Their blood, called hemolymph, sticks to an airplane's wings, disrupting the smooth airflow over them and reducing the aircraft's fuel efficiency. To fight the problem, NASA is working on developing a coating that could help aircraft repel bug remains during flight. After experimenting with almost 200 different formulations, researchers recently flight-tested a few promising candidates. Results showed that they could reduce the amount of stuck bug guts on the wings by up to 40%. With further optimization, NASA says such coatings could allow planes to use 5% less fuel.
             

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  • Malwarebytes Offers Pirates Its Premium Antimalware Product For Free
    An anonymous reader writes: If you have a cracked or pirated version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) product the company has debuted an Amnesty program for you. Venturebeat reports: "If you pirated Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, purchased a counterfeit version of the software, or are having problems with your key in general, the company is offering a free replacement key." CEO Marcin Kleczynski explained the program and his statement reads in part: "When I started Malwarebytes, I absolutely had no idea how successful we would be today. I am extremely grateful for all of the support from everyone and how fast we’ve grown. That being said, I picked a very insecure license key algorithm and as such, generating a pirated key was, and is, very simple.   The problem with pirated keys is that they may collide with a legitimate key just by the sheer numbers. For example, Larry may generate a pirated key that matches the exact key that I already bought. Yes, this is silly, and yes, this is literally the first thing a professional software company thinks of when building license key generation, but when you think you’re building a product for just a few people you don’t hash out these details.   Now we’ve grown up, and we’ve got a new licensing system that we’ve rolled out in stages. The only problem is that we have millions of users that we’ve sold keys to, or a reseller has sold keys to, or we’ve given out keys to without keeping track. It is a mess, and you as a consumer have every right to be upset.
             

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  • Avira Wins Case Upholding Its Right To Block Adware
    Mark Wilson writes: Security firm Avira has won a court case that can not only be chalked up as a win for consumer rights, but could also set something of a precedent. Germany company Freemium.com took Avira to court for warning users about "potentially unwanted applications" that could be bundled along with a number of popular games and applications. Freemium.com downloads included a number of unwanted extras in the form of browser toolbars, free trial applications, adware, and other crapware. Avira's antivirus software warned users installing such applications; Freemium took objection to this and filed a cease and desist letter, claiming anti-competitive practices. But the court ruled in Avira's favor, saying it could continue to flag up and block questionable software.
             

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  • To Learn (Or Not Learn) JQuery
    Nerval's Lobster writes: jQuery isn't without its controversies, and some developers distrust its use in larger projects because (some say) it ultimately leads to breakage-prone code that's harder to maintain. But given its prevalence, jQuery is probably essential to know, but what are the most important elements to learn in order to become adept-enough at it? Chaining commands, understanding when the document is finished loading (and how to write code that safely accesses elements only after said loading), and learning CSS selectors are all key. The harder part is picking up jQuery's quirks and tricks, of which there are many... but is it worth studying to the point where you know every possible eccentricity?
             

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  • The Real-Life Dangers of Augmented Reality
    Tekla Perry writes: Today's augmented reality devices have yet to go through extensive tests of their impact on their wearers' health and safety. But by looking at existing research involving visual and motor impairments, two Kaiser Permanente researchers find they can draw conclusions about the promise and perils of augmented reality, and point to ways wearable developers can make these devices safer. The researchers write: "Peripheral vision is more important than you might think, because it provides a wealth of information about speed and distance from objects. Central vision, despite the great detail it offers, gives you only a rough estimate of movement toward or away from you, based on changes in size or in the parallax angle between your eyes. But objects moving within your peripheral vision stimulate photoreceptors from the center of the retina to the edge, providing much better information about the speed of motion. Your brain detects objects in your peripheral field and evaluates if and how they (or you) are moving. Interfering with this process can cause you to misjudge relative motion and could cause you to stumble; it might even get you hit by a car one day."
             

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  • SCOTUS Denies Google's Request To Appeal Oracle API Case
    New submitter Neil_Brown writes: The Supreme Court of the United States has today denied Google's request to appeal against the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's ruling (PDF) that the structure, sequence and organization of 37 of Oracle's APIs (application program interfaces) was capable of copyright protection. The case is not over, as Google can now seek to argue that, despite the APIs being restricted by copyright, its handling amounts to "fair use". Professor Pamela Samuelson has previously commented (PDF) on the implications if SCOTUS declined to hear the appeal. The Verge reports: "A district court ruled in Google's favor back in 2012, calling the API "a utilitarian and functional set of symbols" that couldn't be tied up by copyrights. Last May, a federal appeals court overturned that ruling by calling the Java API copyrightable. However, the court said that Google could still have lawfully used the APIs under fair use, sending the case back to a lower court to argue the issue. That's where Google will have to go next, now that the Supreme Court has declined to hear the issue over copyright itself.
             

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  • Interviews: Ask Steve Jackson About Designing Games
    Since starting his own company in 1980, Steve Jackson, founder and editor-in-chief of Steve Jackson Games, has created a number of hits, starting with Car Wars . . . followed shortly by Illuminati, and later by GURPS, the "Generic Universal Roleplaying System." In 1983, he was elected to the Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame - the youngest person ever so honored. He has personally won 11 Origins Awards. In the early 90's, Steve got international press due to the Secret Service's invasion of his office. The EFF helped make it possible for SJ Games to bring suit against the Secret Service and the U.S. government and win more than $50,000 in damages. His Ogre kickstarter a couple of years ago brought in close to a million dollars. His current hits are Munchkin, a very silly card game about killing monsters and taking their stuff, and Zombie Dice, in which you eat brains and try not to get shotgunned. His current projects include a variety of Munchkin follow-ups, and the continuing quest to get his games translated into digital form. Steve has agreed to put down the dice and answer any questions you may have. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.
             

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  • When a Company Gets Sold, Your Data May Be Sold, Too
    An anonymous reader writes: A new report points out that many of the top internet sites have language in their privacy policies saying that your private data might be transferred in the event of an acquisition, bankruptcy sale, or other transaction. They effectively say, "We won't ever sell your information, unless things go bad for us." 85 of the top 100 websites in the U.S. (ranked by Alexa), had this sort of language, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Hulu, and LinkedIn. (RadioShack did this recently.) "The potential ramifications of the fire sale provisions became clear two years ago when True.com, a dating site based in Plano, Tex., that was going through a bankruptcy proceeding, tried to sell its customer database on 43 million members to a dating site based in Canada. The profiles included consumers' names, birth dates, sexual orientation, race, religion, criminal convictions, photos, videos, contact information and more. Because the site's privacy policy had promised never to sell or share members' personal details without their permission, Texas was able to intervene to stop the sale of customer data, including intimate details on about two million Texans." But with this new language, users no longer enjoy that sort of protection. Only 17 of the top 100 sites even say they will notify customers of the data transfer. Only a handful allow users to opt out.
             

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  • Lobbynomics: The EU’s digital dossier that doesn't add up
    Letting Silicon Valley lift all your content is GOOD for your economy
    Analysis A key pillar of the EU’s “Digital Single Market” strategy has systemic flaws and EU officials should stop using it, say researchers who analysed the dossier.…



  • Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk
    Does Welfare for W**kers sound familiar? That's because it is
    The compulsory TV tax could be divvied up and given to Shoreditch digital types to create “compelling digital content”, says Shoreditch property developer and former No 10 special advisor Rohan Silva.…


  • Does your company really need all that storage?
    How to get the best performance
    I was chatting not long ago to a sales guy from one of the big storage vendors. The market he serves is one of those where some of his customers buy a petabyte at a time – which I am sure he is happy about when it comes to hitting his sales quotas.…


  • VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign
    Brit boffins' test of 14 prominent privacy tunnels finds leaks galore thanks to IPv6 mess
    A team of five researchers from universities in London and Rome have identified that 14 of the top commercial virtual private servers in the world leak IP data.…


  • Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years
    Entered as a snack, but drew inspiration from Gloria Gaynor
    A cunning goldfish, which was delivered into an aquarium as food for its main inhabitant, the Arapaima, managed to avoid being eaten and instead survived for seven years in a filtration unit.…


  • Government statistics bureau drops big data bubble-buster
    Mindless mash-ups and hardware upgrades do not better governance make
    Big Data, the shiny happy story goes, will let governments direct resources into programs that really do make a difference to the problems society faces, resulting in better services, less waste and grins on every face.…





  • Audit finds new flaw at US Office of Personnel Management
    TEN MILLION people now counted as victims of original GovSec SNAFU
    A security review that followed the original hack at the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has turned up a new, but hopefully-unexploited, vulnerability.…



  • VMworld content catalog hints at VSAN upgrade
    VSAN getting closer to real SANs, desktop hypervisors to grow up at virtugabfests
    The content catalog for VMware's North American and European virtu-fests – aka VMworld – has landed, complete with a few hints about just what Virtzilla will announce at the show.…



  • Australian opposition senators slam TPP treaty process
    Guess what, the government disagrees
    As US President Barack Obama signs off on his hard-won “fast track” powers that will allow speedier sign-off of trade treaties, an Australian senate committee has dumped a bucket on keeping trade negotiations secret from parliament.…


  • Amazon douses Fire phone man-in-the-middle diddle
    Fire owners (both of you) should patch sooner rather than later
    MWR Labs researcher Bernard Wagner has reported three flaws in Amazon's Fire phone that could allow apps to facilitate man-in-the-middle attacks.…



  • WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France
    Details of every business deal over $200m slurped
    Franco-American relations have taken a further hammering on Monday after WikiLeaks revealed new documents showing that the NSA has been collecting the details of commercial deals in the Land of Brie for over a decade and sharing them with its allies.…


  • Microsoft to release Visual Studio 2015 ahead of Windows 10
    The question: how much new stuff will still be in preview?
    Microsoft will release Visual Studio 2015, along with .Net Framework 4.6 and the Team Foundation Server 2015 source code management and collaboration product, on July 20, nine days ahead of the general availability of Windows 10, according to an announcement by developer veep S "Soma" Somasegar.…



  • Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit
    Sound of Larry Ellison rubbing his hands heard all the way in Mountain View
    The US Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal of Oracle's case against it in the matter of the Java API copyrights, leaving it up to a lower court to decide what - if any - damages Google owes.…



  • Rogue IT is shadow of its former self
    We are all partners now, CompTIA study reveals
    “Rogue IT” - the practice of business units secretly sidestepping the IT department to procure their own tech - is in decline.…


  • US police to throw big balls in criminals' faces
    Bounce cameras map out dodgy situations
    Video Next month, 100 US police departments will start deploying a new, ball-shaped camera that can be thrown into dangerous areas to scout out life-threatening situations.…








  • The Great Windows Server 2003 migration: How to plan your trip
    Making the most of your end-of-life experience
    Think switching OS is bad? There are just weeks left to migrate away from Windows Server 2003 before support for the operating system runs out. At this point, if a CIO hasn’t yet taken action, CEOs should be getting involved.…




  • HP one of the fairest, claims Gartner's magic quadrant on the wall
    Dell, HDS non-inclusion could be seen as a distortion
    Gartner has announced that HP has joined the leaders in its all-flash array magic quadrant, while Violin Memory, Nimbus Data and Cisco have been demoted, and Dell and HDS are excluded altogether from the MQ because of the research giant's peculiar classification criteria.…


  • 'Private' biz Xiaomi sets up Communist Party exec committee
    It's 'almost unheard of for the party to hinder the private sector', so shut up
    Xiaomi has formed its own internal Communist Party committee, raising eyebrows amongst those expecting less state involvement in the nation's burgeoning technology sector.…










  • Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?
    It's do-or-die for Microsoft's new operating system on 29 July
    Analysis The release of Windows 10 is set for 29 July, just one month from now. It will be a significant moment, marking the first Windows 10 release in a wave that will eventually include Windows Mobile and Xbox, and is critically important to Microsoft following the poor reception for Windows 8.…


  • Sophos' putrid patch snuffs Citrix kit, kills call centre
    Web appliance update can't be rolled back, takes portal down for 48 hours
    A Sophos Web Appliance update has crashed users' PC fleets including knocking offline the Australian call centre of a global company for two days after support was quietly revoked for SSL 3.0 ciphers used in Citrix Receiver.…


  • Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway
    Man shoots glittery seed indiscriminately on unsuspecting public for charity
    Under normal circumstances, creeping up on members of the public and emulating the sin of Onan upon their person would land you in jail. Unless its for charity – which apparently makes it OK.…



  • Android's sun sets on Eclipse
    Devs told to move to Android Studio
    Google has decided Android Studio is all you need to make apps, and by the end of the year will no longer support the venerable but popular Eclipse IDE.…



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