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WordPress Continues to Secure Users

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:00

eWEEK: WordPress is now beginning to disconnect self-hosted sites that have not updated the Jetpack plug-in.

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ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:46
But it may still not be gay enough

ICANN has ordered that the application for the dot-gay top-level domain be re-evaluated after 54 letters in support of it "inadvertently" fell through the cracks.…

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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:32
An anonymous reader writes: The complainant in a sexual harassment case has come forward and told her story about what happened when she was a student in a MOOC led by a rockstar professor. "It would take almost a year before Harbi, with the help of MIT’s investigators, said she came to understand that Lewin’s interest in her was not motivated by empathy, and that their first conversations included inappropriate language. Shortly after contacting her, Harbi said, Lewin quickly moved their friendship into uncomfortable territory, and she was pushed to participate in online sexual role-playing and send naked pictures and videos of herself."

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Oracle Updates Linux Powered Engineered Server Systems

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:00

ServerWatch: Not only does Ellison want to have the lowest price, he also wants to deliver the highest level of performance at the low-cost price points.

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Apple's Beats, Google, and Sony hammered with unpaid royalty claim

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:59
Firm wants fees for golden oldies

New Apple toy Beats Electronics, along with Sony and Google, are among the targets of a lawsuit over claims of unpaid royalties.…

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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:50
itwbennett writes: Automated tank gauges (ATGs), which are used by gas stations in the U.S. to monitor their fuel tank levels can be manipulated over the Internet by malicious attackers, according to security firm Rapid7. "An attacker with access to the serial port interface of an ATG may be able to shut down the station by spoofing the reported fuel level, generating false alarms, and locking the monitoring service out of the system," said HD Moore, the chief research officer at Rapid7.

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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:09
An anonymous reader writes: Local Motors solicits design ideas through crowdsourcing, allows anyone to use open source software to contribute ideas, and then 3D prints car bodies according to the chosen specs in a matter of days. To prove they mean business, Local Motors 3D-printed a car on the floor of the Detroit Auto Show last week. "It took 44 hours to print the Strati’s 212 layers. Once 3D printing is complete, the Strati moves to a Thermwood CNC router—a computer-controlled cutting machine that mills the finer details—before undergoing the final assembly process, which adds the drivetrain, electrical components, wiring, tires, gauges, and a showroom-ready paint job." Here's another big difference from the current auto industry: "Customers can also bring their vehicles in at any time for hardware and software upgrades, or they can choose to melt their vehicle down and, for instance, add a seat. Because Local Motors uses a distributed manufacturing system to make only what is purchased, it doesn't stock inventory. Anyone can come into a Local Motors microfactory, use its design lab, and work on a vehicle project free of charge."

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digiKam Quick Tip: Transfer Photos from digiKam Directly to a Mobile Device

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:00

 scribblesandsnaps: Provided that you use KDE, you can push photos from digiKam directly to a mobile device that supports the MTP protocol (e.g., most Android devices) using the KioImportExport Kipi plugin.

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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 13:23
ageoffri writes: When Star Wars fans learned that George Lucas was making the prequels, most were filled with excitement and anticipation. When Episodes 1-3 were actually released, many found them unsatisfying, and became disillusioned with Lucas's writing. Now, it appears Disney felt the same way. Though they bought Lucasfilm and began production on Episode 7, they weren't interested in using the scripts Lucas had already worked on. In an interview, he said, "The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it's not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]." After what happened with the prequels, that may be for the best — but others may worry about Episode 7's plot being entirely in the hands of Disney and JJ Abrams.

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Intel spins Ubuntu based education access point

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-01-23 13:00

 LinuxGizmos: Intel announced a portable access point and content server for schools that runs Ubuntu on an Atom E3815, and serves up to 50 students using WiFi or GbE.

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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:38
lightbox32 sends news that scientists have found a way to slow individual photons within a beam of light. Their work was published today in Science Express (abstract, pre-print). The researchers liken a light beam to a team of cyclists — while the group as a whole moves at a constant speed, individual riders may occasionally drop back or move forward. They decided to focus on the individual photons, rather than measuring the beam as a whole. The researchers imposed a particular pattern on a photon, then raced it against another photon, and found that the two arrived at their destination at slightly different times. The work demonstrates that, after passing the light beam through a mask, photons move more slowly through space. Crucially, this is very different to the slowing effect of passing light through a medium such as glass or water, where the light is only slowed during the time it is passing through the material—it returns to the speed of light after it comes out the other side. The effect of passing the light through the mask is to limit the top speed at which the photons can travel.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 beta available on IBM Power Platform

Linux Journal - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:24

Two open source titans put their rings together and joined forces to announce that Red Hat Enterprise Linux v7.1 beta is now available on the IBM Power Development platform. Last month Red Hat announced that v7.i beta supported IBM Power Systems based on little endian mode. more>>

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YouTube: Nobody needs to get hurt Zoe, just sign the Ts&Cs

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:59
Cellist Keating not keen to play by Google’s rules

+Comment Google has revived its "our way or the highway" contracts with independent artists and labels, according to popular cellist Zoe Keating.…

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U.S. existing home sales, economic activity gauge rise

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:39
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales rebounded in December, but continued low participation by first-time buyers in the market suggested the housing recovery would remain gradual for now.






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Exclusive: Honda opts for Takata rival to supply Accord air bags - sources

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:37
BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata Corp to supply air bags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker's best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision said.
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Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:09
dkatana writes: Overall, demand for encryption is growing. Cloud encryption services provider CipherCloud recently received a $50 million investment by Deutsche Telekom, which the company said positions it for "explosive growth" this year. The services are designed to allow corporations to benefit from the cost savings and elasticity of cloud-based data storage, while ensuring that sensitive information is protected. Now, both Apple and Google are providing full encryption as a default option on their mobile operating systems with an encryption scheme they are not able to break themselves, since they don't hold the necessary keys. Some corporations have gone as far as turning to "zero-knowledge" services, usually located in countries such as Switzerland. These services pledge that they have no means to unlock the information once the customer has entered the unique encryption keys. This zero-knowledge approach is welcomed by users, who are reassured that their information is impossible to retrieve — at least theoretically — without their knowledge and the keys.

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Great Linux propaganda posters

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:00

 ITworld: Linux has always had passionate advocates and some of them have created images that some might construe as propaganda.

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:57
Carney concerned over Rise of the machines, too

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has singled out technology companies as being among the worst offenders for tax avoidance.…

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Then there were 3: Another UK mobile network borged...

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:36
... and what it all means for speed, coverage and phone masts

Analysis Telefonica has sold O2 to Three big-daddy Hutchison Whampoa for £10bn - and it pretty much had to. Here's why.…

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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:22
whoever57 writes: In its announcement of Windows 10, Microsoft indicated not all devices would get the updated operating system. Now, Microsoft says its Surface devices running Windows RT won't be receiving full updates, though it does plan to roll some new functionality into them. "Given that Windows RT and RT 8.1 were designed for power economizing devices sporting 32-bit ARM architecture, and never had the same functionality — to many users' frustration — as full-blown Windows 8 and 8.1, it comes as little surprise that the RT versions of the operating system should be left out of the latest update loop. In fact, a week before Microsoft's big Windows 10 reveal on January 21, the company released firmware updates for all three models of its Intel-powered Surface Pro series, but neither of the ARM-based Surface tablets — the Surface 2 or Surface RT — received any new updates this month." The Surface Pro line of tablets, which run a normal version of Windows, will be getting an update to Windows 10.

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