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Linux marketshare on Steam dropped again in October, as China takes a massive chunk of the market

LXer - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 17:21
Valve have put out their usual monthly Steam Hardware Survey, which shows a bigger decline than usual for the Linux marketshare.

9.6% of Facebook's Users 'May Be Fakes'

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 16:34
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times: Facebook estimates that about 200 million of its more than 2.07 billion users may be fakes... [Non-paywalled article here.] Colin Stretch, the general counsel of Facebook, told the Senate Intelligence Committee the company was doubling its review staff to 20,000 and using artificial intelligence to find more "bad actors"... Sean Edgett, Twitter's general counsel, testified before Congress that about 5 percent of its 330 million users are "false accounts or spam," which would add up to more than 16 million fakes. Independent experts say the real numbers are far higher. On Twitter, little more than an email address is needed to start tweeting. Facebook's requirement that users be their authentic selves means the company asks for a smattering of information to sign up -- name, birthday, gender and email address. But few checks exist to verify if that information is true when a user signs up.

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Advice To Twitter Worker Who Deactivated Trump's Account: 'Get A Lawyer'

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 15:34
An anonymous reader quotes The Hill: A prominent attorney for cybersecurity issues has this advice to the unnamed Twitter worker said to have pulled the plug on President Trump's Twitter account: "Don't say anything and get a lawyer." Tor Ekeland told The Hill that while the facts of the case are still unclear and the primary law used to prosecute hackers is murky and unevenly applied, there is a reasonable chance the Twitter worker violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act...widely considered to be, as Ekeland explained it, "a mess." Various courts around the country have come up with seemingly contradictory rulings on what unauthorized access actually means. Ekeland said the Ninth Circuit, covering the state of California, has itself issued rulings at odds with itself that would have an impact on the Trump Twitter account fiasco as a potential case. The Ninth Circuit ruled that employees do not violate the law if they exceed their workplace computer policies. It has also ruled that employees who have been told they do not have permission to access a system cannot legally access it. Depending on which ruling a court leans on the hardest, a current Twitter employee without permission to shutter accounts may have violated the law by nixing Trump's account. Ekeland points out that just $5,000 worth of damage could carry a 10-year prison sentence. Friday the New York Times also reported that the worker responsible wasn't even a Twitter employee, but a hired contractor, adding that "nearly every" major tech company uses contractors for non-technical positions, including Google, Apple, and Facebook.

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Paranoid Android's Last Android Nougat-Based Update Patches KRACK Vulnerability

LXer - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 15:27
The team behind the well-known Paranoid Android open-source operating system for Android smartphones and tablets announced the last update based on the Android Nougat series.

Peter Thiel Could End Up Owning Gawker

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 14:34
An anonymous reader writes: Gawker's assets are now up for sale, and Page Six reports that they could be sold to a Hollywood movie studio which is "seriously interested" in adapting the site's stories into movies or TV shows -- and is also looking into filming the story of Gawker itself. Another interested buyer is described as a "group of hard-core Gawker fans" who are currently performing their own due diligence. But the bankruptcy manager for Gawker "has not ruled out the possibility" of selling the site to Peter Thiel. Also up for sale are "potential legal claims" Gawker may have against Peter Thiel, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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A Third of the Internet Experienced DoS Attacks in the Last Two Years

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 13:34
Long-time Slashdot reader doom writes: Over a two year period, a third of the IPv4 address space have experienced some sort of DoS attack, though the researchers who've ascertained this suspect this is an underestimate. This is from a story at Science Daily reporting on a study recently presented in London at the Internet Measurement Conference. "As might be expected, more than a quarter of the targeted addresses in the study came in the United States, the nation with the most internet addresses in the world. Japan, with the third most internet addresses, ranks anywhere from 14th to 25th for the number of DoS attacks, indicating a relatively safe nation for DoS attacks..." The study itself states, "On average, on a single day, about 3% of all Web sites were involved in attacks (i.e., by being hosted on targeted IP addresses)." "Put another way," said the report's principal investigator, "during this recent two-year period under study, the internet was targeted by nearly 30,000 attacks per day."

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Future Of Linux Operating Systems On Desktop Computers

LXer - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 13:33
Linux operating systems have dominated all aspects of the computing operating systems but one. From servers to supercomputers and even on mobile and embedded devices with Android, Linux is either the only choice or the most popular amongst them.

Appeals Court Rules: SCO v. IBM Case Can Continue

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 12:34
Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed quotes Ars Technica: A federal appeals court has now partially ruled in favor of the SCO Group, breathing new life into a lawsuit and a company (now bankrupt and nearly dead) that has been suing IBM for nearly 15 years. Last year, U.S. District Judge David Nuffer had ruled against SCO (whose original name was Santa Cruz Operation) in two summary judgment orders, and the court refused to allow SCO to amend its initial complaint against IBM. SCO soon appealed. On Monday, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals found that SCO's claims of misappropriation could go forward while also upholding Judge Nuffer's other two orders. Here's Slashdot's first story about the trial more than 14 years ago, and a nice timeline from 2012 of the next nine years of legal drama.

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How to install Pip on CentOS 7

LXer - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 11:38
We’ll show you How to install Pip on CentOS 7.

3D Printing Doubles the Strength of Stainless Steel

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 11:34
sciencehabit writes: Researchers have come up with a way to 3D print tough and flexible stainless steel, an advance that could lead to faster and cheaper ways to make everything from rocket engines to parts for nuclear reactors and oil rigs. The team designed a computer-controlled process to not only create dense stainless steel layers, but to more tightly control the structure of their material from the nanoscale to micron scale. That allows the printer to build in tiny cell wall-like structures on each scale that prevent fractures and other common problems. Tests showed that under certain conditions the final 3D printed stainless steels were up to three times stronger than steels made by conventional techniques and yet still ductile. The work was done using a commercially-available 3D printer, according to Science magazine. "That makes it likely that other groups will be able to quickly follow their lead to make a wide array of high-strength stainless steel parts for everything from fuel tanks in airplanes to pressure tubes in nuclear power plants."

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Are You OK With Google Reading Your Data?

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 10:34
Remember when Google randomly flagged files in Google Docs for violating its terms of service? An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: Many people worried that Google was scanning users' documents in real time to determine if they're being mean or somehow bad. You actually agree to such oversight in Google G Suite's terms of service. Those terms include personal conduct stipulations and copyright protection, as well as adhering to "program policies"... Even though this is spelled out in the terms of service, it's uncomfortably Big Brother-ish, and raises anew questions about how confidential and secure corporate information really is in the cloud. So, do SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS providers make it their business to go through your data? If you read their privacy policies (as I have), the good news is that most don't seem to. But have you actually read through them to know who, like Google, does have the right to scan and act on your data? Most enterprises do a good legal review for enterprise-level agreements, but much of the use of cloud services is by individuals or departments who don't get such IT or legal review. Enterprises need to be proactive about reading the terms of service for cloud services used in their company, including those set up directly by individuals and departments. It's still your data, after all, and you should know how it is being used and could be used... The article argues that "Chances are you or your employees have signed similar terms in the many agreements that people accept without reading."

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How to create a Hydrogen drumkit for fun and profit

LXer - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 09:44
Drum machines are fun. They can make some amazing beats, and they tend to have an easy interface.The first drum machine I ever used was the Alesis HR-16. It had 49 16-bit patches and an inbuilt sequencer. That it wasn[he]#039[/he]t rack-mountable annoyed me, but then again, it fit into a messenger bag, so I was able to take it to studio sessions easily.

Firefox Borrows From Tor Browser Again, Blocks Canvas Fingerprinting

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 09:34
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla engineers have borrowed yet another feature from the Tor Browser and starting with version 58 Firefox will block attempts to fingerprint users using the HTML5 canvas element. The technique is widely used in the advertising industry to track users across sites. Firefox 58 is scheduled for release on January 16, 2018. Canvas fingerprinting blocking is the second feature Mozilla engineers have borrowed from the Tor Project. Previously, Mozilla has added a mechanism to Firefox 52 that prevents websites from fingerprinting users via system fonts. Mozilla's efforts to harden Firefox are part of the Tor Uplift project, an initiative to import more privacy-focused feature from the Tor Browser into Firefox.

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Software Freedom Law Center Launches Trademark War Against Software Freedom Conservancy

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 08:34
Long-time Slashdot reader Bruce Perens writes: The Software Freedom Law Center, a Linux-Foundation supported organization, has asked USPTO to cancel the trademark of the name of the Software Freedom Conservancy, an organization that assists and represents Free Software / Open Source developers. What makes this bizzare is that SFLC started SFC, SFLC was SFC's law firm and filed for the very same trademark on their behalf, and both organizations were funded by Linux Foundation at the start. There are a few other wild things that have happened related to this. Eben Moglen, president of SFLC and for decades the General Counsel of the Free Software Foundation, is no longer associated with FSF. Linux Foundation has on its executive board a company that is being sued in Germany for violating the GPL, with the case presently under appeal, and the lawsuit is funded by SFC. And remember when Linux Foundation removed the community representative from its executive board, when Karen Sandler, executive director of SFC, said she'd run? If you need a clue, the SFC are the good guys in this. There's a lot to look into.

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LibreOffice 5.3.7 Is the Last in the Series, End of Life Set for November 26

LXer - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 07:49
The Document Foundation announced today the release of the seventh and last maintenance update for the LibreOffice 5.3 series of the open-source and cross-platform office suite.

Experts Propose Standard For IoT Firmware Updates

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 07:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Security experts have filed a proposal with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) that defines a secure framework for delivering firmware updates to Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Filed on Monday by three ARM employees, their submission has entered the first phase of a three-stage process for becoming an official Internet standard. Titled "IoT Firmware Update Architecture," their proposal -- if approved -- puts forward a series of ground rules that device makers could implement when designing the firmware update mechanism for their future devices. The proposed rules are nothing out of the ordinary, and security experts have recommended and advocated for most of these measures for years. Some hardware vendors are most likely already compliant with the requirements included in this IETF draft. Nonetheless, the role of this proposal is to have the IETF put forward an official document that companies could use as a baseline when designing the architecture of future products. This document could also serve as a general guideline for lawmakers who could draft regulations forcing manufacturers to adhere to this baseline. Some of the main requirements put forward by three ARM engineers in their IETF draft include: The update mechanism must work the same even if the firmware binary is delivered via Bluetooth, WiFi, UART, USB, or other mediums; The update mechanism must work in a broadcast type of delivery, allowing updates to reach multiple users at once; End-to-end security (public key cryptography) must be used to verify and validate firmware images.

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Synopsys Set to Acquire Black Duck Software for $565M

LXer - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 05:55
Open-source management and security platform vendor gets acquired by Synopsys, in an effort to help boost the company's software integrity business.

Why arent you an OpenStack mentor yet?

LXer - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 04:01
With complex projects like OpenStack, it can be intimidating to jump straight in. Besides the scope of the project itself, there are lots of systems and processes to familiarize yourself with. It can be hard to know where to get started.

Laika, the Pioneering Space Dog, Was Launched 60 Years Ago Today

Slashdot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 04:00
sqorbit writes: Sixty years ago, the space race was in full swing. Russia had sent Sputnik into space with much success. In an effort to push farther, they rushed sending a dog into space in a re-purposed Sputnik rocket. The mission launched with no clear solution to a safe re-entry. Within a few hours of launch, temperature controls failed, killing the female dog named Laika. Launched on November 3, 1957, it did not re-enter the earth's atmosphere until April 14, 1958. Laika was the first living creature to fly into orbit, Space.com reports. While Soviet publications at the time claimed that Laika died, painlessly, after a week in Earth's orbit, Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb.com writes that several Russian sources revealed decades later that the dog actually survived in orbit for four days and then died when the cabin overheated. "According to other sources, severe overheating and the death of the dog occurred only five or six hours into the mission," he writes. "With all systems dead, the spacecraft continued circling the Earth until April 14, 1958, when it re-entered the atmosphere after 2,570 orbits (2,370 orbits according to other sources) or 162 days in space. Many people reportedly saw a fiery trail of Sputnik 2 as it flew over New York and reached the Amazon region in just 10 minutes during its re-entry."

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PinguyOS Tosses Everything at the Desktop

LXer - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 02:06
Although Linux has yet to breach 5 percent of that market, it continues to claw its way up. And with the help of very modern, highly efficient, user-friendly environments, like PinguyOS, it could make even more headway.
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