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  • Fedora 23 libxml2-2.9.3-1.fc23 Very large set of security issues for libxml2 and a bunch of bug fixestoo#CVE-2015-8242 #CVE-2015-7500 #CVE-2015-7499 #CVE-2015-5312 #CVE-2015-7498#CVE-2015-7497 #CVE-2015-1819 #CVE-2015-7941 #CVE-2015-7942 #CVE-2015-8035

  • Fedora 23 pcre-8.38-1.fc23 This release fixes various bugs when compiling or matching expressions. It alsofixes how pcregrep handles binary files. It also fixes a heap-based bufferoverflow in pcre_exec() when ovector has size 1 (bug #1285415)

  • Red Hat: 2015:2520-01: ntp: Important Advisory Updated ntp packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 and 6.6 Extended Update Support. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]

  • Red Hat: 2015:2519-01: thunderbird: Important Advisory An updated thunderbird package that fixes multiple security issues is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, and 7. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]

  • Fedora 21 libreport-2.3.0-10.fc21 Security fix for CVE-2015-5302 abrt-2.3.0-12.fc21 - doc: fix defaultDumpLocation in abrt.conf man page - bodhi: fix typo in error messages - abrt-dump-xorg: support Xorg log backtraces prefixed by (EE libreport-2.3.0-10.fc21- fix save users changes after reviewing dump dir files - Resolves CVE-2015-5302

  • Fedora 21 abrt-2.3.0-12.fc21 Security fix for CVE-2015-5302 abrt-2.3.0-12.fc21 - doc: fix defaultDumpLocation in abrt.conf man page - bodhi: fix typo in error messages - abrt-dump-xorg: support Xorg log backtraces prefixed by (EE libreport-2.3.0-10.fc21- fix save users changes after reviewing dump dir files - Resolves CVE-2015-5302

  • Fedora 23 ca-certificates-2015.2.6-1.0.fc23 This is an update to the set of CA certificates version 2.6 as released with NSSversion 3.21 However, as in previous versions of the ca-certificates package,the CA list has been modified to keep several legacy CAs still trusted forcompatibility reasons. Please refer to the project URL for details. If youprefer to use the unchanged list provided by Mozilla, and if you accept anycompatibility issues it may cause, an administrator may configure the system byexecuting the "ca-legacy disable" command.

  • European Patent Office Threatens Blogger With Defamation Lawsuit For Criticism
    World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) is reporting that the European Patent Office, EPO, has threatened Roy Schestowitz with a defamation lawsuit over a blog post he did. Schestowitz writes the Techrights blog, which I personally think can go overboard with some of its stories at times. However, to argue that his stories are defamation, especially by a government agency, is crazy.

  • This $5 computer sold out in a day
    The UK-based educational nonprofit released a new, tiny computer on Thursday for $5, the Raspberry Pi Zero, and sold out of it online within a day.

  • Where is Amazon’s Kindle Voyage 2 e-reader?
    As I write this post it’s November 28, and the Kindle Voyage 2 is nowhere to be seen. As someone who buys a lot of Kindle and Audible books, I find it more than a little irritating that I can’t buy an updated version of the Kindle Voyage.

  • 3 reasons open source needs Open Badges
    Back in 2013, some contributors to the Fedora project were puzzled. They'd been issued digital badges like Paranoid Panda, Curious Penguin, and Master Editor but weren't sure why.

  • Social engineering: hacker tricks that make recipients click
    Social engineering is one of the most powerful tools in the hacker's arsenal and it generally plays a part in most of the major security breaches we hear about today. However, there is a common misconception around the role social engineering plays in attacks.

  • How to track your Linux laptop
    So, you just bought a new shiny laptop and you are uncomfortable about the possibility to see it stolen and lost forever? There are many things you can do to help you recover your laptop after such an unfortunate thing happens, and almost all of them involve some kind of tracking software. Here is a quick guide on how to set up easy to use tools that will help you locate your stolen laptop.

  • Historians and detectives keep track of data with open source tool
    Historians and detectives share many similarities: their investigations are laborious and focused on small details. Bits of information are often murky, contradictory, and complex. Peoples' names might be spelled differently across different sources, especially if more than one language is involved. There's also a time component—they need to know where every possible culprit was at every certain point in time. In the end, they might find out that it was not one gardener who killed the old lady, but more

  • It’s illegal to make private copies of music in the UK—again
    The UK's 2014 private copying exception, which allowed you to make personal copies of your own music, including format-shifted versions, has now been definitively withdrawn, according to The 1709 Blog. As a result, it is once more illegal to make personal backups of your own music, videos or e-books, rip CDs and DVDs to standalone digital files, or upload your music to the cloud.

  • Antergos 2015.09 review
    One of those features is shown in Figure 1. Though technically not a part of the installation program itself, this gives you the option of booting into the Live desktop or to the UEFI shell. If you have a sense of adventure, the UEFI shell can be fun to muck around in, though be careful not to run a command that can mess something up.

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  • Storm Coast
    The inner workings of coastal storms — a phenomenon both terrifying and mesmerizing — that batter western Canada.

  • Do You Remember The Ancient History Of HIV/AIDS?
    As a gay man born in 1970, I’m too young to have been swept up in the early plague years, let alone the exuberant sexual culture of the 1970s. But I’m also too old for HIV to have always been a permanent feature of our political, cultural, biomedical and, yes, sexual landscape.

  • How To Reclaim Your Personal Privacy Online
    Our privacy is being exploited commercially by the oligopoly of Silicon Valley, and in the name of national security by our governments. With so little control over our online lives, how can we reclaim the balance?

  • My Son, The Mass Murderer
    In 2006, Charlie Roberts walked into an Amish school in Pennsylvania and killed five young girls. His mother talks about trying to comprehend his actions.

  • Black Friday Sale: Best Of Edition
    Friday may be over, but we’re still bringing back all the best products over the weekend. We’ve pulled the year’s best sellers and best deals, with an extra 15% off when you use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY.

  • Unseen Art: 3D Printing Classical Paintings For The Blind
    “You can look but you can’t touch.” That’s one of the first rules of museums, which house priceless works of art. But what about the community of blind and visually impaired who use their sense of touch to experience the world?

  • I Went To An Ayahuasca Divorce Ceremony
    At the beginning of this fall, a friend texted me that a powerful Brazilian ayahuasquero would be coming to New York to perform a ceremony. She wanted me to experience his work for myself. My husband John and I were more than happy to oblige.

  • Show Up For Church, End Up In Space Instead
    Projection artist Miguel Chevalier transformed the University of Cambridge's 16th-century King’s College Chapel into a stunning space backdrop. If church looked like this, we'd be there much more often.

  • Life After ISIS
    The Northern Iraqi city of Sinjar has been recaptured from ISIS, but it’s a long way from back to normal.

  • What's The Carbon Footprint Of An Email?
    Driving a car and flipping a light switch have a clear "carbon footprint" — much less obvious is the harm caused by sending a simple text message or opening a bottle of water.

  • This Data Visualization Shows Us How Top High School Basketball Recruits Pan Out
    A player’s journey from high school to the NBA is generally filled with so many extenuating factors that it’s hard to find any sort of pattern regarding success or failure. There’s nothing much beyond the obvious when it comes to school choice, national exposure, attitude problems, etc. It truly depends on the individual.

  • The LHC Is Now Colliding Lead At The Highest-Ever Energies
    The Large Hadron Collider has been back online and pushing the limits of physics again for a few months now. But it’s about to enter a new phase, colliding lead ions at twice the energy that any collider has ever achieved in the past.

  • How Did 'Black Friday' Get Its Name?
    While the consumerist hellscape is relatively recent, the phrase "Black Friday" has been around for a while. And apparently it doesn't have to do with how terrible the day is for retail workers. So where did it come from?

  • Pwned Barbies Spying On Children? Toytalk CEO Downplays Hacking Reports
    McGruber writes: Earlier this year Mattel unveiled "Hello Barbie," a $74.99 wi-fi equipped interactive doll. Users press a button on Barbie's belt to start a conversation and the recorded audio is processed over the internet so that the doll can respond appropriately. The doll also remembers the user's likes and dislikes. Now Security Researcher Matt Jakubowski claims that he has managed to hack the Hello Barbie system to extract wi-fi network names, account IDs and MP3 files, which could be used to track down someone's home. "You can take that information and find out a person's house or business. It's just a matter of time until we are able to replace their servers with ours and have her say anything we want," Jakubowski warned. Mattel partnered with ToyTalk to develop "Hello Barbie." ToyTalk CEO Oren Jacob said: "An enthusiastic researcher has reported finding some device data and called that a hack. While the path that the researcher used to find that data is not obvious and not user-friendly, it is important to note that all that information was already directly available to Hello Barbie customers through the Hello Barbie Companion App. No user data, no Barbie content, and no major security or privacy protections have been compromised to our knowledge." A petition by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood asking Mattel to drop the doll has already been signed by over 6,000 people. NOTE: The original reporting of this hack appears to have been this NBC-Chicago newscast.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Swarm Robotics Breakthrough Brings Pheromone Communication To AI
    An anonymous reader writes: Computer scientists at the University of Lincoln have invented a reliable, low-cost system which replicates in robots the pheromone-based communication behind insect swarms. Using off-the-shelf equipment including an LCD screen and a USB camera, the team has proposed what they call COS-phi, or Communication System via Pheromone. The artificial pheromone trails are traced visually onto the screen. As soon as a bot picks up on the path, it is forced to follow the leader.

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  • Creator of Relay On BITNET, Predecessor of IRC, Dies
    tmjva writes: Jeff Kell passed away on November 25 as reported here in the 3000newswire. He was inventor of BITNET Relay, a predecessor of Internet Relay Chat using the REXX programming language. In 1987 he wrote the following preserved article about RELAY and here is his obituary.. May this early inventor rest in peace.

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  • NASA Prepares To Launch an Orion and 3 Cubesats To Deep Space: 3 Years To Go
    MarkWhittington writes: As NASA has noted, the space agency and its contractors are working diligently on the first launch of the heavy-lift Space Launch System. The launch, officially called EM-1, or Exploration Mission 1, will loft an unpiloted version of the Orion spacecraft around the moon. also noted that a number of secondary payloads, known as CubeSats, will be along for the ride as well. NASA considered EM-1, scheduled for 2018, a crucial step in its Journey to Mars which will, it is hoped, reach its ultimate destination sometime in the 2030s.

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  • Bill Gates To Headline Paris Climate Talks
    theodp writes: The NY Times and others report that Bill Gates will announce the creation of a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund on Monday at the opening of the two-week long Paris Climate Change Conference. The climate summit, which will be attended by President Obama and 100+ world leaders, is intended to forge a global accord to cut planet-warming emissions. The pending announcement was first reported by ClimateWire. A spokesman for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation did not respond to a request for comment. Let's hope it goes better than BillG school reform!

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  • What USB Has Replaced (And What it Hasn't)
    An anonymous reader writes with a story at Ars Technica about the evolution thus far of USB as an enabling technology: Like all technology, USB has evolved over time. Despite being a 'Universal' Serial Bus, in its 18-or-so years on the market it has spawned multiple versions with different connection speeds and many, many types of cables. A casual search around the shelves by my desk shows that I've got at least 12 varieties, and that's not even counting serial and PS/2 adapters. What have you replaced with USB?

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • How Bad of a World Are We Really Living In Right Now?
    New submitter Y.A.A.P. writes: Slate has a surprisingly relevant article of the state of the world today. A reasonable number of graphs and statistical comparisons show that our world is more peaceful than it has been for a long time. The article tells us that, despite what most news outlets (and political candidates) tell us, The World Is Not Falling Apart. Well, not from violence, at least.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • DecryptorMax/CryptInfinite Ransomware Decrypted, No Need To Pay Ransom
    An anonymous reader writes: Emsisoft has launched a new tool capable of decrypting files compromised by the DecryptorMax (CryptInfinite) ransomware. The tool is quite easy to use, and will generate a decryption key. For best results users should compare an encrypted and decrypted file, but the tool can also get the decryption key by comparing an encrypted PNG with a random PNG downloaded off the Internet.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Ask Slashdot: Buy Or Build a High End Gaming PC?
    An anonymous reader writes: Looking at some Black Friday ads, I'm seeing some good deals on Alienware and other gaming rigs that would be cheaper than building them from scratch. If you built or were to build a high end gaming rig, what would you suggest? Or would you just get a prebuilt system and customize it to your needs? I'm not looking for cheap, I want best quality and performance, but not overkill that would rival supercomputers and at the same time break my bank account. It would be a Windows system to keep my family happy, but possibly dual boot with Linux to keep me happy. It will be located in the livingroom hooked up to a regular monitor and the big screen TV, replacing a budget PC that's in there now.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Air Force Hires Civilian Drone Pilots For Combat Patrols
    schwit1 writes: For the first time, civilian pilots and crews now operate what the Air Force calls "combat air patrols," daily round-the-clock flights above areas of military operations to provide video and collect other sensitive intelligence. Civilians are not allowed to pinpoint targets with lasers or fire missiles. They operate only Reapers that provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, known as ISR, said Air Force Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command.

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  • Peter Thiel: We Need a New Atomic Age writes: Peter Thiel writes in the NYT that what's especially strange about the failed push for renewables is that we already had a practical plan back in the 1960s to become fully carbon-free without any need of wind or solar: nuclear power. "But after years of cost overruns, technical challenges and the bizarre coincidence of an accident at Three Mile Island and the 1979 release of the Hollywood horror movie "The China Syndrome," about a hundred proposed reactors were canceled," says Thiel. "If we had kept building, our power grid could have been carbon-free years ago. Instead, we went in reverse."   According to Thiel, a new generation of American nuclear scientists has produced designs for better reactors. Crucially, these new designs may finally overcome the most fundamental obstacle to the success of nuclear power: high cost. Designs using molten salt, alternative fuels and small modular reactors have all attracted interest not just from academics but also from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists like me ready to put money behind nuclear power. However, none of these new designs can benefit the real world without a path to regulatory approval, and today's regulations are tailored for traditional reactors, making it almost impossible to commercialize new ones. "Both the right's fear of government and the left's fear of technology have jointly stunted our nuclear energy policy," concludes Thiel. "supporting nuclear power with more than words is the litmus test for seriousness about climate change. Like Nixon's going to China, this is something only Mr. Obama can do. If this president clears the path for a new atomic age, American scientists are ready to build it."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Parts of Falcon 9 Launcher Wash Ashore In England
    RockDoctor writes with news as reported by the BBC that parts of a Falcon 9 launcher have washed ashore on the Scilly Islands off the SW coast of Britain. Early impressions are that the pieces are from the failed Falcon 9 ISS launch which exploded after take-off in June. That's not the only possibility, though; according to the article,  However Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said many experts believed, due to the size and markings which have now been revealed, it was from a different mission. "All the geeks have been getting together and looking at fine details, and we're pretty sure it's a launch from September 2014 that successfully sent a cargo mission to the space station. "It didn't look like an exploded rocket to me, it looked like a fairly normal piece of space junk when the lower stage of a rocket falls from a hundred miles up and hits the ocean. Large sections can remain in tact and it's really quite normal," he said.

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  • C.H.I.P. vs Pi Zero: Which Sub-$10 Computer Is Better?
    Make Magazine weighs in on a issue that's suddenly relevant in a world where less thn $10 can buy a new, (nominally) complete computer. Which one makes most sense? Both the $9 C.H.I.P and the newest, stripped-down Raspberry Pi model have plusses and minuses, but to make either one actually useful takes some additional hardware; at their low prices, it's not surprising that neither one comes with so much as a case. The two make different trade-offs, despite being just a few dollars apart in ticket price. C.H.I.P. comes with built-in storage that rPi lacks, for instance, but the newest Pi, like its forebears, has built in HDMI output. Make's upshot?  The cost of owning either a C.H.I.P. or a Pi is a bit more money than the retail cost of the boards. Peripherals such as a power cable, keyboard, mouse, and monitor are necessary to accomplish any computer task on either of the devices. But it turns out the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero costs significantly more to operate than the Next Thing Co. C.H.I.P.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Hacker Cracks Lumia Bootloader, Offers Tool For Root Access and Custom ROMs
    MojoKid writes: Microsoft and Nokia have worked hard making Lumia smartphones difficult to break into at a low-level, but software hacker Heathcliff has just proven that it's not impossible. He's just released a solid-looking tool called Windows Phone Internals, and it can do everything from unlocking the bootloader to replacing the phone's ROM. WP Internals is a completely free download, though Heathcliff welcomes donations by those who've found the tool useful. According to the "Getting Started" section of the tool, supported models include Lumia 520, 521, 525, 620, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925, 928, 1020, and 1320. If your model is not on the list, the developer has said that he hopes to add more models in the near future.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Finnish IT Retailer Reveals Most Returned Products
    jones_supa writes: The largest computer gear retailer in Finland,, has unveiled top 20 lists of most returned and most serviced equipment in 2015 (Google translation). To offer an alternative to Black Friday, the company is going with a theme called "Sustainable Christmas". They want to guide shoppers to make good choices, as product returns always create extra burden for the distribution chain. Is there anything that catches your eye in the lists, or something else that you would like to warn about?

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  • Kids charity hit by server theft
    Some personal data stored, but motive likely equipment theft, says Plan UK
    A two-man break in at the London offices of children's charity Plan UK has resulted in theft of five computer servers.…

  • Hungryhouse resets thousands of customers' passwords
    Good security hygiene after third-party data breach
    Online takeaway service Hungryhouse has reset the passwords of thousands of its customers following an apparent data breach at a third party hosting company.…

  • Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act
    It is dangerous and potentially illegal, claims legal expert
    Comment An event of cosmic proportions occurred on 18 November when the US congress passed the Space Act of 2015 into law. The legislation will give US space firms the rights to own and sell natural resources they mine from bodies in space, including asteroids.…

  • NASA pours cold comets on aliens-make-star-flutter theory
    Comet swarm, not super space, thought to make star KIC 8462852's light fluctuate
    KIC 8462852 is a star in the Cygnus constellation about 1500 light years from here. Were it not for the fact that Kepler Space Telescope photos reveal fluctuates in brightness to a degree we've not previously seen in the cosmos, nobody would care.…

  • Australian cops rush to stop 2AM murder of … a spider
    Macho death threats, winsome shrieks both came from arachnophobic chap
    Police from the Harbourside local area command in the Australian city of Sydney have 'fessed up to investigating the attempted murder of a spider.…

  • Oz Govt calls for more talk on telco network security laws
    We've listened, says Attorney-General, but we still want network plans
    Australia's Attorney-General's Department has again called for industry consultation on its sweeping security overhaul of the telecommunications sector that would force telcos provide the Federal Government with confidential networks plans.…

  • Mobe-maker OnePlus 'fesses up to flouting USB-C spec
    Adapter and cable are fine with OnePlus' own phones, but other kit could cook
    In early November Google chap Benson Leung caused a stir when he wrote an analysis suggesting manufacturers of cables and power adapters weren't paying attention to the USB Type-C spec. Manufacturers' inattention, he worried, might result in devices being damaged as they suck down too much power.…

  • Russian nuke plant operator to build on-site data centre
    'Status: Green' may not be what you want to hear if you put data in Kalinin
    Russia's sole nuclear power plant operator, Rosenergoatom, has reportedly hit on the idea of building a data centre next to one of its power plants.…

  • Lights, power, action! Smartplugs with a twist
    Zuli pushes past the competition - but how useful is it really?
    Review For reasons that continue to confound consumers, the two most popular areas for smart-home technologies right now are lightbulbs and plugs.…

  • Nuclear exploit kit seen chucking CryptoWall 4.0 at late patchers
    First time this one's been seen in the wild
    The Nuclear exploit kit has been spotted throwing ransomware CryptoWall 4.0 at innocent netizens' machines, according to a security researcher Brad Duncan, who stated it is the first time he's noticed that particular nasty being distributed by an exploit kit.…

  • RAF web survey asks for bank details via unencrypted email
    Hey participants, don’t be like Jeremy Clarkson. Enough said
    An online survey of the Royal Air Force’s website aimed at journalists has invited would-be participants to send their banking details using unencrypted email to third-party organisers.…

  • Startup is creating real-time Big Data analytics storage
    Surviving under the waterfall deluge of Big Data
    One-year-old, an Israeli Big Data startup, has just won a $15m A-round from Magma Venture Partners, JVP and large strategic investors. So what's the magic product that grabbed funding so early in the game?…

  • What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero
    Ickle Welsh 'puter packs punch, is cheaper than a pricey latte
    Our American cousins may be getting stuck in to pumpkin pie today, but Raspberry Pi hopes they'll also appreciate its $5 (4) Pi Zero computer, which the Blighty outfit launched today.…

  • HPE to open private London drinking club
    IT party central at City premises?
    It has come to our attention that megacorp Hewlett Packard Enterprise is planning to open a private drinking establishment in its new London nerve centre, for the benefit of "employees, officers, guests and persons attending bona fide private functions".…

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