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China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:33
redletterdave writes "The government of China is not too fond of foreign mobile operating systems like iOS and Android, so the country cooked up its own homegrown solution: A Linux-based, open-source operating system called the COS, or China Operating System. But consumers have every right to be skeptical; China is using the recent NSA scandal in the U.S. to push its own product. A government-approved mobile operating system, especially in China of all places, reeks of its own backdoor exploits for governmental spying."

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China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:33
redletterdave writes "The government of China is not too fond of foreign mobile operating systems like iOS and Android, so the country cooked up its own homegrown solution: A Linux-based, open-source operating system called the COS, or China Operating System. But consumers have every right to be skeptical; China is using the recent NSA scandal in the U.S. to push its own product. A government-approved mobile operating system, especially in China of all places, reeks of its own backdoor exploits for governmental spying."

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noPoll 0.2.6

Freshmeat - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:18
noPoll is a WebSocket implementation (RFC 6455), written in ANSI C, which allows building pure WebSocket solutions or provides WebSocket support to existing TCP-oriented applications. It was written to have a clean, easy-to-use-and-integrate library.

Release Notes: This stable release includes bugfixes and a new mechanism for noPoll connections to retry in the event of EWOULD BLOCK and EINPROGRESS.

Licenses: LGPL, GPLv2

Categories: open source

Feds to flog off $28m in Bitcoin from Silk Road drug souk seizure

The Register - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:02
Calling it a biz 'designed to broker criminal transactions' doesn't stop them cashing in

American officials are preparing to sell off $28m worth of Bitcoin which was seized during the operation to shut down the Silk Road online drugs market last year.…

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The First Totally Open Source Laptop Is Almost Real

Linux Today - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:00

WIRED: Equipped with 4GB of RAM and an ARM processor you're more likely to find in a cell phone, it offers the power of the average netbook, but it's the size and weight of a budget laptop from the middle aughts.

Categories: linux, news, open source

NSA-O-Matic

Schneier on Security - Fri, 2014-01-17 13:53
Generate your own fake NSA programs....
Categories: security

Linux Graphics News

Linux Journal - Fri, 2014-01-17 13:52

Last October, our last look at graphics focused on the plans laid at September's X Developer's Conference. In the three months since then, these plans have come to fruition, reasserting the continuing relevance of X.org compared with Wayland and other compositing display servers. more>>

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Heat Waves In Australia Are Getting More Frequent, and Hotter

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-01-17 13:50
vikingpower writes "In a landmark report on bushfires and climate change (PDF), the Australian Climate Council concludes that heat waves in Australia, as driven by climate change, are becoming more frequent — and that they get hotter. 'It is crucial that communities, emergency services, health services and other authorities prepare for the increasing severity and frequency of extreme fire conditions,' says the Council in the report. Sarah Perkins, one of the report's co-authors, was interviewed by The Guardian Australia. '"While we can't blame climate change for any one event, we can certainly see its fingerprint. This is another link in the chain." Perkins said her latest work had analyzed heatwave trends up to 2013. She said the trend "just gets worse – it's a bit scary really."' In 2009, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization signaled that a Southeast Australian heatwave was the hottest in 100 years."

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Exclusive: AB InBev seeks to buy Oriental Brewery for $4.5 billion

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-01-17 13:36
HONG KONG/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch InBev SA is in advanced discussions to buy South Korea's Oriental Brewery from private equity owners KKR & Co LP and Affinity Equity Partners for more than $4.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Kerry insists no place for Assad in Syria's future

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-01-17 13:16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Friday that President Bashar al-Assad has no place in Syria's future and he said the United States had options to step up pressure on him.
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Building an Open Source Nest

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-01-17 13:10
An anonymous reader writes "Google's recent acquisition of Nest, the maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, has sparked concerns of future plans for the devices, and how Google's omnipresent thirst for information will affect them. Thus, a team of engineers at Spark sat down and roughed out a prototype for an open source version of Nest. It looks surprisingly good for such a short development cycle, and they've posted their code on Github. The article has a number of short videos illustrating the technology they used, and how they used it. Quoting: 'All in, we spent about $70 on components to put this together (including $39 for the Spark Core); the wood and acrylic were free. We started working at 10am and finished at 3am, with 3.5 engineers involved (one went to bed early), and the only work we did in advance was order the electronic components. We're not saying that you can build a $3.2 billion company in a day. But we are saying that you can build a $3.2 billion company, and it's easier now than it's ever been before.'"

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Crippling server 'leccy bill risks sinking OpenBSD Foundation

The Register - Fri, 2014-01-17 13:08
We need $20k right now and someone to pay our future bills, is anybody game?

The project behind OpenBSD risks going dark after receiving a crippling server electricity bill which it needs help to pay off.…

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Lebanon's Hariri says could share power with Hezbollah

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-01-17 13:07
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri says he is now ready to share power with his rivals Hezbollah if that's what it takes to help Lebanon finally form a government after nine months of political deadlock.






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Putin says Russia is not 'going after' gays

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-01-17 12:58
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russia is not "going after" gays, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, defending a ban on "propaganda" about homosexuality that has brought criticism from the West ahead of the Winter Olympics.
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Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-01-17 12:12
In a speech today, U.S. President Barack Obama announced changes for the operations of the country's intelligence agencies. He says the current program will end "as it currently exists," though most of the data collection schemes will remain intact. However, the data collected in these sweeps will not be stored by the U.S. government, instead residing with either the communications providers or another third party. (He pointed out that storing private data within a commercial entity can have its own oversight issues, so the attorney general and intelligence officials will have to figure out the best compromise.) In order for the NSA to query the database, they will need specific approval from a national security court. Obama also announced "new oversight" to spying on foreign leaders, and an end to spying on leaders of friendly and allied countries. Further, decisions from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court will be annually reviewed for declassification. A panel advocating for citizen privacy will have input into the FISC. There will be chances to national security letters: they will no longer have an indefinite secrecy period. Companies will be able to disclose some amount of information about the NSLs they receive, something they've been asking for. Another change is a reduction in the number of steps from suspected terrorists that phone data can be gathered. Instead of grabbing all the data from people three steps away, it's now limited to two.

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IMAP Folder Manager 1.5

Freshmeat - Fri, 2014-01-17 12:02
IMAP Folder Manager was created to manage IMAP folders for large user bases. It can list, create, delete, and rename folders, count messages in a folder, move or copy all the messages from one folder to another, and empty a folder. It supports PROXYAUTH for easy user management and has a simple but powerful argument interface, able to do things like "create folder2, move messages from folder1 to folder2, and delete folder1" in a single compact line.

Release Notes: This release adds support for an UNSUBSCRIBE command.

Release Tags: Minor feature enhancements

Tags: Communications, Email, Post-Office, IMAP, Utilities

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

The Register - Fri, 2014-01-17 12:02
You like him, don't you?

Apple's objections to its court-appointed antitrust monitor show exactly why the fruity firm needs an outsider keeping watch on its competition practices, the judge in the case has said.…

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Mentor IVI stack updated with GENIVI 5.0 compliance

Linux Today - Fri, 2014-01-17 12:00

 LinuxGizmos: Mentor Graphics released a GENIVI 5.0 version of its Linux-based Automotive Technology Platform IVI stack that supports Sourcery Analyzer profiling.

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IAEA asks member states to pay extra cost of Iran nuclear deal

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-01-17 11:59
VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. atomic watchdog said on Friday it needed extra money from member states to fund the 6 million euro ($8.2 million) cost of verifying a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers.






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Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-01-17 11:43
jfruh writes "Who says Americans are politically apathetic? The FCC's proposal to allow cellular data — and, if the airline allows it, voice calls — on airplanes unleashed a flood of responses even before the official comment period began this week. The sentiment was overwhelmingly opposed to people talking on phones in flight. Some correspondents spun terrifying hypotheticals about yapping teens, some accused FCC chair Tom Wheeler of flying on private planes and being out of touch with the full-on horror of in-flight chatter, and one person concluded their letter with the word 'no' with letter 'o' repeated 213 times."

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