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Perfect Fluxbox Desktop on Kali Linux

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:48
For my job, I need a portable Linux environment to run tests, so I often find myself using Kali Linux from a low resourced virtual machine, or booted from a flash drive. In this case scenario, having a lightweight desktop is as important as the tools themselves. This tutorial shows the installation of Fluxbox Desktop on Kali Linux.

League of Legends Rank Predicts IQ, Study Finds

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:30
limbicsystem writes: A new publication in the journal PLOS ONE shows that your rank in League of Legends (LoL) correlates with your intelligence quotient (IQ). Games like LoL and DOTA II apparently depend on the same cognitive resources that underlie tests of fluid intelligence. That means that proficiency in those games peaks at the same age as raw IQ -- about 25 -- while scores in more reaction-time based games like Destiny or Battlefield seem to decline from the teens onwards. The researchers suggest that the massive datasets from these online games could be used to assess population-level cognitive health in real-time across the globe. The authors have a nice FAQ (and open datasets) here.

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Hardware headwinds hurt Cisco as revenue dips two per cent in Q1

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:22
Sales down, orders up, hopes pinned on intent-based networking (A.K.A. a dash of AI)

Cisco suffered a decline in revenue for Q1 2018, weighed down by ongoing weakness in its switch and router business.…

Slashdot Asks: Have You Switched To Firefox 57?

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:50
Yesterday, Mozilla launched Firefox 57 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. It brings massive performance improvements as it incorporates the company's next-generation browser engine called Project Quantum; it also features a visual redesign and support for extensions built using the WebExtension API. Have you used Firefox's new browser? Does it offer enough to make you switch from your tried-and-true browser of choice? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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Portable, open source retro game player runs Linux and Arduino

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:33
Clockwork’s hackable “GameShell” retro game console runs Linux on a quad -A7 SoC, and offers a 2.7-inch LCD, gaming controls, GPIO, and Arduino links. Hangzhou, China based Clockwork has surpassed its Kickstarter funding goal for a handheld GameShell device that is billed as “the world’s first modular, portable game console with a GNU/LINUX embedded operating […]

Walmart Is Raising Prices Online To Increase In-Store Traffic

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:10
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Walmart is taking a bit of an nontraditional approach to boost sales ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events by raising prices for products sold online and discounting those same items in physical retail stores. According to The Wall Street Journal, the big-box store has quietly raised prices for household and food items such as toothbrushes, macaroni and cheese, and dog food on its website while the prices in stores remained the same. If there are price discrepancies between online and in-store purchases, Walmart will now highlight this on the product's web listing to encourage customers to buy them from their local stores. It's all part of an effort to increase foot traffic as Walmart continues to compete with Amazon just about everywhere else. With the new pricing strategy, a twin-pack of Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper costs $3.30 on Walmart.com, but goes as low as $2.50 if purchased at a store in Illinois. The aim is to also help reduce processing costs and increase online sales margins, since driving customers to stores means less shipping costs for the retailer. Shipping one box of instant macaroni and cheese from Chicago to Atlanta could cost Walmart as much as $10, reports the WSJ.

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Adobe dis-Connect: Corp collab service has been knackered for days

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:44
Meetings cancelled as conferencing tool goes dark following weekend maintence

Customers of online web conference meeting service Adobe Connect have been unable or have struggled to access the collaboration tool for several days.…

Russia Posts Video Game Screenshot As 'Irrefutable Proof' of US Helping IS

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:30
Plus1Entropy shares a report from BBC, adding: "But when I asked Putin, he said they didn't do it": Russia's Ministry of Defense has posted what it called "irrefutable proof" of the U.S. aiding so-called Islamic State -- but one of the images was actually taken from a video game. The ministry claimed the image showed an IS convoy leaving a Syrian town last week aided by U.S. forces. Instead, it came from the smartphone game AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron. The ministry said an employee had mistakenly attached the photo. The Conflict Intelligence Team fact-checking group said the other four provided were also errors, taken from a June 2016 video which showed the Iraqi Air Force attacking IS in Iraq. The video game image seems to be taken from a promotional video on the game's website and YouTube channel, closely cropped to omit the game controls and on-screen information. In the corner of the image, however, a few letters of the developer's disclaimer can still be seen: "Development footage. This is a work in progress. All content subject to change."

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It's Official: All of the World's Top 500 Supercomputers Now Powered by Linux

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:19
Believe it or not, Linux is dominating all of world's top 500 supercomputers as of November 2017, according to the Top500.org website, which maintains an up-to-date list of these supercomputers.

The four problems with the US government's latest rulebook on security bug disclosures

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:59
But it's still better than nothing

Analysis The United States government has published its new policy for publicly disclosing vulnerabilities and security holes.…

TechShop Announces Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; Closes All Locations

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:50
ewhac writes: To the shock and dismay of many, TechShop today announced the immediate closure of all of its U.S. locations and is entering Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings. Their homepage has been replaced with a PDF relating TechShop's history, and detailing the circumstances leading to shutting down the company. First launched ten years ago, TechShop was one of the first "shared maker spaces," a members-only machine and work shop where tinkerers, makers, inventors, and innovators were able to prototype their ideas, launch products, or even just fix their own stuff. Its closing will be a huge loss to the tech and maker communities.

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FCC Plans December Vote To Kill Net Neutrality Rules

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:10
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission under its Republican chairman plans to vote in December to kill the net neutrality rules passed during the Obama era, said two people briefed on the plans. Chairman Ajit Pai in April proposed gutting the rules that he blamed for depressing investment in broadband, and said he intended to "finish the job" this year. The chairman has decided to put his proposal to a vote at the FCC next month, said the people. The agency's monthly meeting is to be held Dec. 14. The people asked not to be identified because the plan hasn't been made public. It's not clear what language Pai will offer to replace the rules that passed with only Democratic votes at the FCC in 2015. He has proposed that the FCC end the designation of broadband companies such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. as common carriers. That would remove the legal authority that underpins the net neutrality rules. One of the people said Pai may call for vacating the rules except for portions that mandate internet service providers inform customers about their practices. The current regulations forbid broadband providers from blocking or slowing web traffic, or from charging higher fees in return for quicker passage over their networks.

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DevOps: How to avoid project death by hand-off

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:05
There's a notion in DevOps that our work begins when we understand the strategic business goals that we're trying to meet, then we deliver on them. This is typically a two-step process where one team creates goals, then hands them off to another team to implement them.What would happen if, instead of a thinking of this as two-step process, we thought of strategy and implementation as a single-flow, continuous learning cycle?read more

Crouching cyber Hidden Cobra: US warns Nork hackers are at it again with new software nasty

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:50
Fallchill file-stealing malware raids American networks

The FBI and US Homeland Security have issued an alert about a new strain of malware infecting American corporate systems and stealing sensitive data.…

Companies Wake Up To the Problem of Bullies At Work

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:30
Reader cdreimer writes: According to a report in The Wall Street Journal (possibly paywalled), two-thirds of Americans have reported being bullied in the workplace in the last year (up from half in 1989) and boorish behavior by bosses and coworkers are causing companies in lost productivity. The report reads: One of the first things visitors notice when they enter the Irvine, Calif., offices of Bryan Cave LLP is the granite plaque etched with the law firm's 10-point code of civility. The gray slab, displayed in the law firm's reception area, proclaims that employees always say please and thank you, welcome feedback and acknowledge the contributions of others. Such rules may seem more at home in a kindergarten than a law firm, but Stuart Price, a longtime partner, says they serve as a daily reminder to keep things civil at work. Incivility -- and its more extreme cousin, bullying -- is becoming a bigger problem in workplaces. Nearly two-thirds of Americans reported that they were bullied at work last year, up from roughly half of workers in 1998, according to research conducted by Christine Porath, a management professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. These people reported they were "treated rudely at least once a month" by bosses or co-workers in the past year -- which Prof. Porath defined as being bullied.Bullying costs companies in ways large and small, cutting into productivity and turning off customers, management experts say. Workplace behavior is under the microscope after recent allegations of sexual harassment in Hollywood, technology and media. Some companies have found, as a result of investigations into harassment claims, that bullying and boorish behavior are more common than suspected.

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How to Install OpenVPN on CentOS 7

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:50
In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure an OpenVPN server on CentOS 7. OpenVPN is one of the most popular VPN software solutions that implements virtual private network techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections.

Hoverboards Recalled For Fire and Explosion Risks -- Again

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:50
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled hoverboards from several companies over concerns the devices could catch fire or explode. The series of recalls affects roughly 16,000 hoverboards from brands including iHoverspeed, Sonic Smart Wheels, Tech Drift, iLive, Go Wheels, Drone Nerds, LayZ Board and Smart Balance Wheel. All the brands of self-balancing scooters share a common problem: lithium-ion batteries that could potentially overheat and cause a fire or explode. The agency is advising owners to stop using the hoverboards immediately and return them to the appropriate company for a replacement. Consumers can visit the CPSC website for details on the recalls and how to contact companies for replacements.

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US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:20
What's Russian for "section 702 s***show"?

Analysis The reauthorization of a controversial US government spying program has made further progress with the Senate's intelligence committee putting forward its recommendations to the whole Senate.…

Amazon Is Cutting Prices at Whole Foods Again

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:10
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon is giving Whole Foods shoppers an early gift for the holidays. The grocer announced Wednesday it's slashing prices again, this time on several "holiday staples," including sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin and turkey. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you'll pay even less for turkey: Whole Foods slashed turkey prices to $1.99 per pound (compared to $2.49 for non-Prime members), or $2.99 per pound for an organic turkey ($3.49 for non-Prime members).

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Kubernetes vendors agree on standardization

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:36
Want to use Kubernetes, but worried about portability across clouds, containers, and vendors? Don[he]#039[/he]t be. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation has you covered.
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