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Academics Build a New Tor Client Designed To Beat the NSA

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:50
An anonymous reader writes: In response to a slew of new research about network-level attacks against Tor, academics from the U.S. and Israel built a new Tor client called Astoria designed to beat adversaries like the NSA, GCHQ, or Chinese intelligence who can monitor a user's Tor traffic from entry to exit. Astoria differs most significantly from Tor's default client in how it selects the circuits that connect a user to the network and then to the outside Internet. The tool is an algorithm designed to more accurately predict attacks and then securely select relays that mitigate timing attack opportunities for top-tier adversaries.

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Dr Hjkl on the Command Line

Linux Journal - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:43

The first time I used vi was in a college programming course. It was the default editor on the computer lab's UNIX systems we used to compile our assignments. I remember when our professor first introduced vi and explained that you used the hjkl keys to move your cursor around instead of the arrow keys. more>>

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Islamic State fighters overrun Iraqi govt lines east of Ramadi

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:42
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants overran Iraqi government defences east of the city of Ramadi on Thursday, police and pro-government tribal fighters said.







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Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:09
New submitter ukrifleman writes: I've been doing UK based perl, JS, light PHP and JQUERY dev plus Centos/Debian sys admin on a freelance basis for over a decade now. Mostly maintaining older stuff but I also undertook a big, 3 year bespoke project (all written in legacy non OO perl). The trouble is, that contract has now finished and all the legacy work has dried out and I've only got about 2 months of income left! I need to get a full time job. To most dev firms I'm going to look like a bit of a dinosaur, 40 odd years old, knows little of OO coding OR modern languages and aproaches to projects. I can write other languages and, with a bit of practice I'll pick them up pretty quickly. I really don't know where to start. What's hot, what's worth learning, I'm self-taught so have no CS degree, just 15 years of dev and sys admin experience. I've got a bit of team and project management experience too it's quite a worry going up against young whipper snappers that know all the buzz words and modern tech! Am I better off trying to get a junior job to start so I can catch up with some tech? Would I be better off trawling the thousands of job sites or finding a bonafide IT specialist recruitment firm? Should I take the brutally honest approach to my CV/interviews or just wing it and hope I don't bite off more than I can chew? What kind of learning curve could I expect if I took on a new language I have no experience with? Are there any qualififcations that I NEED to have before firms would be willing to take me on? I've been sitting here at this desk for 10 years typing away and only now do I realise that I've stagnated to the point where I may well be obsolete!

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Wary EU hosts hopeful ex-Soviets, under Russian glare

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-05-21 14:49
RIGA (Reuters) - European Union leaders began a tense summit in Latvia on Thursday with ex-Soviet neighbors that was overshadowed by the continuing confrontation with Russia triggered by the last such event 18 months ago.
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GM's Exec. Chief Engineer For Electric Vehicles Pam Fletcher Answers Your Question

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-21 14:27
Pam Fletcher was propulsion system chief engineer on the first Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and is now executive chief engineer for electrified vehicles at GM, overseeing electrified vehicles company-wide. A while ago you had a chance to ask about her work and the future of electric cars. Below you'll find her answers to your questions.

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U.S. to deliver 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq, Pentagon says

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-05-21 14:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Thursday the United States would deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to Iraq as early as next week, 1,000 more than announced on Wednesday, to help Baghdad combat suicide car bombings by Islamic State.
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How to mount an LVM partition on Linux

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-05-21 14:00

 xmodulo: LVM is a logical volume management tool which allows you to manage disk space using the notion of logical volumes and volume groups. T

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404 Boss not found, ICANN CEO suddenly quits

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:57
Surprise decision will likely see Fadi Chehade leave before critical transition

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade has surprised the internet community by announcing he will step down from the job after just three years in the post.…

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Stanford Researcher Finds Little To Love In Would-Be Hacker Marketplace

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:46
An anonymous reader writes: What if there were an Uber for hackers? Well, there is. It's called Hacker's List, and it made the front page of the New York Times this year. Anyone can post or bid on an 'ethical' hacking project. According to new Stanford research, however, the site is a wreck. 'Most requests are unsophisticated and unlawful, very few deals are actually struck, and most completed projects appear to be criminal.' And it gets worse. 'Many users on Hacker's List are trivially identifiable,' with an email address or Facebook account. The research dataset includes thousands of individuals soliciting federal crimes.

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Detroit prosecutors join criminal probe of Takata over air bags

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:30
DETROIT (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Detroit have joined the U.S. federal probe into Takata Corp's defective air bag inflators that are linked to at least six deaths globally.
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CareFirst Admits More Than a Million Customer Accounts Were Exposed In Security Breach

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:04
An anonymous reader writes with news, as reported by The Stack, that regional health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has confirmed a breach which took place last summer, and may have leaked personal details of as many as 1.1 million of the company's customers: "The Washington D.C.-based firm announced yesterday that the hack had taken place in June last year. CareFirst said that the breach had been a 'sophisticated cyberattack' and that those behind the crime had accessed and potentially stolen sensitive customer data including names, dates of birth, email addresses and ID numbers. All affected members will receive letters of apology, offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity threat protection as compensation, CareFirst said in a statement posted on its website." Free credit monitoring is pretty weak sauce for anyone who actually ends up faced with identity fraud.

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Russia Eyes Linux-Based Smartphone OS for Mobile Market

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:00

 The VAR Guy: Russia may soon adopt the Linux- and Mer-based SailFishOS as the basis for a home-grown mobile and smartphone operating system.

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Russia Eyes Linux-Based Smartphone OS for Mobile Market

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:00

 The VAR Guy: Russia may soon adopt the Linux- and Mer-based SailFishOS as the basis for a home-grown mobile and smartphone operating system.

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How to mount an LVM partition on Linux

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-05-21 12:44

 xmodulo: LVM is a logical volume management tool which allows you to manage disk space using the notion of logical volumes and volume groups. T

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Take Two Sues BBC Over Drama About GTA Development

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-21 12:22
An anonymous reader writes: Take Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, is suing the BBC for trademark infringement over its planned "making of GTA" drama, Game Changers. The 90-minute movie was created without the involvement of the studio, which rarely comments on the GTA series' development outside of organised press events. (It is expected that it will draw upon the public conflict between Sam Houser and notorious anti-gaming crank Jack Thompson, via the expose "Jacked" by David Kushner.) After direct negotiations with the BBC failed, Take Two brought suit to "ensure that [their] trademarks are not misused." The details of the suit, Rockstar's objections, and the penalties sought, are not yet known.

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75 Open Source Cloud Computing Apps

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-05-21 12:00

 Datamation: The open source community offers apps that can help you build and manage your own cloud as well as apps available on a SaaS basis.

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Burundi ruling party youth rattles nerves in ethnic tinderbox

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:51
NGOZI, Burundi (Reuters) - In the Burundian president's rural stronghold, his party's youth wing dismisses the fears of those who have fled the east African nation that it is gathering arms and sharpening knives for a new bout of ethnic bloodletting.







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Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:35
MojoKid writes: Asus just finally made their ZenFone 2 available for sale in the US. It's an Intel-powered smartphone running Android Lollipop that's compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, and other cellular networks that utilize GSM technology, like Straight Talk, MetroPCS, and Cricket Wireless among others.The device is packing a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 (2.3GHz) with PowerVR G6430 graphics and 4GB of RAM, along with Intel 7262 and Intel 2230 modem tech, a 5.5" Full HD screen, a 13MP rear camera, dual-SIM support and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The high-end model can be had for only $299, unlocked. A $199 version with 2GB of RAM and a slightly slower Intel Atom Z3560 is also available. In the benchmarks, the Zenfone 2 offers competent though middling performance but considering Asus has priced the ZenFone 2 so aggressively, it's sure to grab some attention at retail with consumers looking for a contract-free commitment.

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In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:11
harrymcc writes: In 1984, Apple launched the Apple IIc computer. As part of its promotion, it produced a video with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and other employees talking about company's founding and the creation of the Apple I and Apple II computers. Over at Fast Company, I've shared this remarkable, little-seen bit of history. It's full of goodies, from images of Jobs and Wozniak wearing remarkably Apple Watch-like timepieces to evocative photos of early computer stores.

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