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Where Android's little green robot mascot came from

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-04-13 11:00

BusinessInsider: It wasn't long before the robot started to appear everywhere within Android.

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Korean telco LG Uplus launches first ever 4G voice roaming service

The Register - Mon, 2015-04-13 10:56
High-speed mobes hampered by lo-speed industry

Comment More than two decades after the first digital roamed voice calls, 4G has caught up with what GSM was invented for.…

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Chinese Hacker Group Targets Air-Gapped Networks

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-04-13 10:55
itwbennett writes An otherwise unremarkable hacking group likely aligned with China appears to be one of the first to have targeted so-called air-gapped networks that are not directly connected to the Internet, according to FireEye, which released a 69-page technical report on Sunday on the group. FireEye picked up on it after some of the malware used by the group was found to have infected defense-related clients in the U.S., said Jen Weedon, manager of strategic analysis with FireEye.

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

The Register - Mon, 2015-04-13 10:32
First major party releases list of pre-election promises

Election 2015 Labour was the first major party to kick off the round of pre-election pledges this week, releasing its 2015 General Election manifesto. Amid the usual list of vague-sounding promises were a number of familiar platitudes about plans to "build on our strengths as a leader in digital technology".…

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Researchers Developing An Algorithm That Can Detect Internet Trolls

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-04-13 10:13
An anonymous reader writes Researchers at Cornell University claim to be able to identify a forum or comment-thread troll within the first ten posts after the user joins with more than 80% accuracy, leading the way to the possibility of methods to automatically ban persistently anti-social posters. The study observed 10,000 new users at, and, and characterizes an FBU (Future Banned User) as entering a new community with below-average literacy or communications skill, and that the low standard is likely to drop shortly before a permanent ban. It also observes that higher rates of community intolerance are likely to foster the anti-social behavior and speed the ban.

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China's Great Cannon

Schneier on Security - Mon, 2015-04-13 10:12
Citizen Lab has issued a report on China's "Great Cannon" attack tool, used in the recent DDoS attack against GitHub. We show that, while the attack infrastructure is co-located with the Great Firewall, the attack was carried out by a separate offensive system, with different capabilities and design, that we term the "Great Cannon." The Great Cannon is not simply...
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GCC 5 Is Branched, GCC 6.0 Enters Development

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-04-13 10:00

Phoronix: GCC 5 is to be the first release under the GNU Compiler Collect's new versioning scheme.

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HOT HOVERSHIP-ON-HOVERSHIP ACTION: SpaceX ready for barge boing

The Register - Mon, 2015-04-13 09:56
Primary task of ISS resupply almost dull in comparison

SpaceX will be launching a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station this evening. It will be the seventeeth Falcon 9 launch - and SpaceX are attempting to land the first stage in a controlled vertical descent to a floating platform once again.…

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Ubuntu: 2568-1: libx11, libxrender vulnerability - Mon, 2015-04-13 09:37 libx11 could be made to crash or run programs if it processed speciallycrafted data.
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Tintri gets all touchy-feely with latest OS update

The Register - Mon, 2015-04-13 09:33
Drag-and-drop QoS simplicity makes latency management a doddle

A Tintri OS update has added drag-and-drop storage IOPS maxima and minima per virtual machine (VM) and latency source identification, for visually confirmed granular quality of service. Extra snapshotting and management features have also been added to the mix.…

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Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-04-13 09:30 writes Paul Tassi reports at Forbes that the first four episodes of the new season of "Game of Thrones", nearly half of the ten total episodes, have been leaked online to various torrent sites. The four episodes appeared to come from a screener sent to reviewers with the digital watermark blurred out and are in 480p video format, equivalent to standard-definition TV, not HD.The episodes have already been downloaded almost 800,000 times, and that figure was expected to blow past a million downloads by the season 5 premiere. Game of Thrones has consistently set records for piracy, which has almost been a point of pride for HBO. "Our experience is [piracy] leads to more penetration, more paying subs, more health for HBO, less reliance on having to do paid advertising If you go around the world, I think you're right, Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world. Well, you know, that's better than an Emmy." How the leak happened isn't a mystery. Television critics typically receive the first four episodes of an HBO show before its season premiere, and "Game of Thrones" is no exception. HBO could not immediately say whether the leak could be traced to screener copies of the show. "I suspect HBO may be a bit more restrictive about handing out Game of Thrones screeners to press, given the event-like nature of the show and its reliance on keeping spoilers close to the chest," writes Tassi. "I really don't see why commentary like that needs to exist in the first place." The network can take solace in at least one thing, though. Episode four ends on a heck of a cliffhanger, and those who pirated the episodes will be in the same boat as those of us who received them legally — waiting until May to find out what happens next. "I would imagine it's more fun to just spend the next month watching week to week as nature intended, even if you are watching illegally," concludes Tassi. "Game of Thrones is one of the last true "event" shows where it's something you want to talk about Sunday night or Monday morning with friends and strangers alike."

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Ubuntu: 2567-1: NTP vulnerabilities - Mon, 2015-04-13 07:34 Several security issues were fixed in NTP.
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