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How To View the Antares Launch

Slashdot.org - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 1:49md
An anonymous reader points out NASA's info page on the Anatares rocket launch happening later today. NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket at 6:45 p.m. EDT, October 27. The Antares rocket will carry Orbital's Cygnus cargo spacecraft, loaded with some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments, to the International Space Station. The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States. Here's a visibility map of launch. Public viewing of the launch will be available at the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops and at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague Island National Seashore. Here's more information about the Visitors Center, including directions, and information on viewing sites recommended by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission. Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at noon on the Wallops Ustream site."

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Patrick Matthäi: BASH fix Debian Lenny (5.0) CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169 aka Shellshock

Planet Debian - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 1:11md

Hello,

I have decided to create fixed bash packages for Debian Lenny. I have applied the upstream patchsets from from 052 until 057, so some other issues are also addressed in it. :-)
And here they are:

Source .dsc: http://misc.linux-dev.org/bash_shellshock/bash_3.2-4.1.dsc
amd64 package: http://misc.linux-dev.org/bash_shellshock/bash_3.2-4.1_amd64.deb
i386 package: http://misc.linux-dev.org/bash_shellshock/bash_3.2-4.1_i386.deb

Much fun with it!

Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Slashdot.org - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 1:05md
McGruber (1417641) writes "According to a report published by The Financial Times (paywalled), ex-Microsoft CEO Billionaire Steve Ballmer will be able to write off about a billion dollars of his basketball team's purchase price from the taxable income he makes over the next 15 years. "Under an exception in US law, buyers of sports franchises can use an accounting treatment known as goodwill against their other taxable income. This feature is commonly used by tax specialists to structure deals for sports teams. Goodwill is the difference between the purchase price of an asset and the actual cash and other fixed assets belonging to the team."

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NoMachine and Babylon Cloud Partner to Deliver Centralized ICT Resources

LinuxSecurity.com - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 11:58pd
LinuxSecurity.com: NoMachine technology features as part of Italian Babylon's cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service offering

EU Court Rules Embedding YouTube Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement

Slashdot.org - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 10:05pd
Maurits van der Schee writes "The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that embedding a copyrighted YouTube video in your site is not copyright infringement. From the article: "The case in question was referred to EU’s Court of Justice by a German court. It deals with a dispute between the water filtering company BestWater International and two men who work as independent commercial agents for a competitor. Bestwater accused the men of embedding one of their promotional videos, which was available on YouTube without the company’s permission. The video was embedded on the personal website of the two through a frame, as is usual with YouTube videos. While EU law is clear on most piracy issues, the copyright directive says very little about embedding copyrighted works. The Court of Justice, however, now argues that embedding is not copyright infringement."

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Tor exit node mashes malware into downloads

LinuxSecurity.com - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 10:04pd
LinuxSecurity.com: A Tor exit node has been found slapping malware onto downloads as users exit the hidden network and enter the public web. Leviathan Security Group researcher Josh Pitts found the operator of the Russia-based node compromising binaries only a month after raising concerns of the possible attack.

Verizon's 'Perma-Cookie' Is a Privacy-Killing Machine

LinuxSecurity.com - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 10:01pd
LinuxSecurity.com: Verizon Wireless has been subtly altering the web traffic of its wireless customers for the past two years, inserting a string of about 50 letters, numbers, and characters into data flowing between these customers and the websites they visit.

Nicholas Skaggs: Sprinting in DC: Friday

Planet UBUNTU - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 9:00pd
This week, my team and I are sprinting with many of the core app developers and other folks inside of Ubuntu Engineering. Each day I'm attempting to give you a glimpse of what's happening.

Friday brings an end to an exciting week, and the faces of myself and those around me reflect the discussions, excitement, fun and lack of sleep this week has entailed.

Bubbles!The first session of the day involved hanging out with the QA team while they heard feedback from various teams on issues with quality and process within there project. Always fun to hear about what causes different teams the most issues when it comes to testing.

Next I spent some time interviewing a couple folks for publishing later. In my case I interviewed Thomi from the QA team and Zoltan from the SDK team about the work going on within there teams and how the last cycle went. The team as a whole has been conducting interviews all week. Look for these interviews to appear on youtube in the coming weeks.

Thursday night while having a look through a book store, I came across an ad for ubuntu in Linux Voice magazine. It made me smile. The dream of running ubuntu on all my devices is becoming closer every day.


I'd like to thank all the community core app developers who joined us this week. Thanks for hanging out with us, providing feedback, and most of all for the creating the wonderful apps we have for the ubuntu phone. Your work has helped shaped the device and turn it into what it is today.

Looking back over the schedule there were sessions I wish I had been able to attend, and it was wonderful catching up with everyone. Sadly my flight home prevented me from attending the closing session and presumably getting a summary of some of these sessions. I can say I was delighted to talk and interact with the unity8 team on the next steps for unity8 on the desktop. I trust next cycle we as a community can do more around testing there work.

As I head to the airport for home, it's time to celebrate the release of utopic unicorn!

Valorie Zimmerman: Start your Season of KDE engines!

Planet UBUNTU - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 8:32pd
Season of KDE (#SoK2014) was delayed a bit, but we're in business now:

http://heenamahour.blogspot.in/2014/10/season-of-kde-2014.html

Please stop by the ideas page if you need an idea. Otherwise, contact a KDE devel you've worked with before, and propose a project idea.

Once you have something, please head over to the Season of KDE website: https://season.kde.org and jump in. You can begin work as soon as you have a mentor sign off on your plan.

Student application deadline: Oct 31 2014, 12:00 am UTC - so spread the word! #SoK2014

Go go go!

Valorie Zimmerman: Testing A11y in Plasma 5

Planet UBUNTU - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 8:09pd
I made the jump on all available computers, and am now running Plasma5 on the foundation of Kubuntu 14.10 everywhere. Once the upgrade work was done, I filed a few bugs, and then wanted to test accessibility (often abbreviated a11y), since Qt5 has a11y built-in.

Jpwhiting in #kde-accessibility found Frederik's blog: http://blogs.fsfe.org/gladhorn/, where I found that the key was setting up the environment to expose KDE software to the mostly-GNOME a11y applications. For now this must be done via the commandline:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.a11y.applications screen-reader-enabled true

It is a work-around, but it works!

Once orca is installed, and the environment is set up, you will hear each letter as you type, and when you open menus, they are read aloud. I understand it will read IRC channels aloud, but I don't want this! Some people use this method to study while they do something else, which sounds cool.

KDE developers, please test your ported code for accessibility. If you don't have time, please ask for testers to file bugs.

Distro testers, please test your install screens and upgrade paths for, at the very least, successful screen reading. There is really is now no excuse to keep blind users from using our wonderful software.

Qt 5 is accessible! Are we using it to serve our blind users?

First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

Slashdot.org - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 7:08pd
mbone writes with news about the first privately-funded spacecraft to travel the Moon. Cold War competition between superpowers dominated the first decades of space travel and exploration. Individual governments took the lead, bankrolling most of the process in the name of competition and nationalism. Ultimately international cooperation and collaboration took root, and the landscape is already very different. The present and future of space exploration is more collaborative, more international, and involves both space agencies and private companies. One such project is the combination Chang’e 5-T1 and Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M), which launched together last Thursday. Both projects are testbeds for ideas: Chang’e 5-T1 is a prototype for a robotic probe intended to return samples from the Moon to Earth, while 4M is a simple communications experiment encouraging amateur participation. But the intriguing bit is that 4M is a project of the private Luxembourg-based company LuxSpace, while Chang’e 5-T1 is a Chinese project, and the whole endeavor was launched on a Chinese rocket.

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next-20141027: linux-next

Kernel Linux - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 6:08pd
Version:next-20141027 (linux-next) Released:2014-10-27
Kategoritë: Kernel Linux

Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Slashdot.org - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 1:29pd
theodp writes After an NPR podcast fingered the marketing of computers to boys as the culprit behind the declining percentages of women in undergraduate CS curricula since 1984 (a theory seconded by Smithsonian mag), some are concluding that NPR got the wrong guy. Calling 'When Women Stopped Coding' quite engaging, but long on Political Correctness and short on real evidence, UC Davis CS Prof Norm Matloff concedes a sexist element, but largely ascribes the gender lopsidedness to economics. "That women are more practical than men, and that the well-publicized drastic swings in the CS labor market are offputting to women more than men," writes Matloff, and "was confirmed by a 2008 survey in the Communications of the ACM" (related charts of U.S. unemployment rates and Federal R&D spending in the '80s). Looking at the raw numbers of female CS grads instead of percentages, suggests there wasn't a sudden and unexpected disappearance of a generation of women coders, but rather a dilution in their percentages as women's growth in undergrad CS ranks was far outpaced by men, including a boom around the time of the dot-com boom/bust.

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3.18-rc2: mainline

Kernel Linux - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 12:48pd
Version:3.18-rc2 (mainline) Released:2014-10-26 Source:linux-3.18-rc2.tar.xz PGP Signature:linux-3.18-rc2.tar.sign Patch:patch-3.18-rc2.xz
Kategoritë: Kernel Linux

Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

Slashdot.org - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 12:20pd
An anonymous reader writes Once again, a shadow of a signal that scientists hoped would amplify into conclusive evidence of dark matter has instead flatlined, repeating a maddening refrain in the search for the invisible, omnipresent particles. The Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) failed to detect the glow of gamma rays emitted by annihilating dark matter in miniature "dwarf" galaxies that orbit the Milky Way, scientists reported Friday at a meeting in Nagoya, Japan. The hint of such a glow showed up in a Fermi analysis last year, but the statistical bump disappeared as more data accumulated. "We were obviously somewhat disappointed not to see a signal," said Matthew Wood, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University who was centrally involved the Fermi-LAT collaboration's new analysis, in an email.

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Victor Toso: Hello new life

Planet GNOME - Hën, 27/10/2014 - 12:03pd
Since the end of the Google Summer of Code 2014 so many things have happened that It is really hard to make a simple blog post about it... but I must try :)

New job
Well, along with the GSoC I've applied to a job at Red Hat and the process ended in August. Since October 15th I am part of the Spice team and I will be working at the Brno office in Czech Republic.

I am really excited with the work and with the team. I am learning a lot already.

New City
I have visited Brno at GUADEC 2013, lovely city. I feel safe here unlike Campinas in Brazil.
I have great expectations about living here and so do my wife after reading Christian's blog post about leaving brno.

Married
Yay ;) Yes, biggest decision of my life.
We have been together for almost three years now and we were living together for almost one year which made this decision straightforward for me. Catielle is a wonderful person and I am really happy with our marriage. I feel that we are going to be very happy here in Brno.

Pending
Well, I was quite a busy in the last two months but I still have a lot of things to do!
  • A few blog posts about GUADEC, GSoC and Grilo
  • I want to move this Blog to Pelican :-)
  • Finishing off a few things related to the last GSoC project, making it upstream!
  • Writing a documentation for the lua-factory plugin :-)

That's all for now! I will be back hacking and blogging now that things are getting calmer.






Randall Ross: Why Smart Phones Aren't - Reason #4

Planet UBUNTU - Dje, 26/10/2014 - 11:18md

I used to believe that computer mediated communication made the world a better place...

Have you ever noticed a couple sitting together not being "together"? Or perhaps a group of friends eating in a restaurant or enjoying drinks in a bar, but largely not interacting with one another? In these situations, the people that seem to be the centre of the event are the people that aren't there.

"Smart" phones, you make me ill. You are incentivizing human disconnection. You are weakening the bonds between people that inhabit the same space.

You are the ultimate expression of design fail.

You see, computer mediated communications should not have a distance bias. Why only mediate conversation between people that are challenged by distance separation? By doing so, you are creating, or at least accelerating, a culture of "not being there."

You see, the most important aspect of being beside another human being is enjoying that person in the moment, with full attention. Phone, you are just too dumb to realize it. Or are you simple conveniently ignoring it for the sake of a sociopathic business model?

Guess what? You know the two people in the photo are beside each other. You also know that they are in each other's contact list. You may even know that they're on a beach. It's a romantic place. Put two and two together, please.

Figure it out, phone! For the sake of humanity, this is not the 80's. It's time to wise up. Prince Ea and I and our posse are on to you...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRl8EIhrQjQ

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Our best chance at a phone that repects humanity is here:
http://www.ubuntu.com/phone

More reasons "smart" phones aren't are here:
http://blog.josephliau.com/documenting-the-death-of-the-dumb-telephone-p...
http://randall.executiv.es/dumbphones03
http://blog.josephliau.com/documenting-the-death-of-the-dumb-telephone-p...
http://blog.josephliau.com/documenting-the-death-of-the-dumb-telephone-p...
http://randall.executiv.es/dumbphones02
http://randall.executiv.es/dumbphones01

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image by Leo Reynolds
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/

Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

Slashdot.org - Dje, 26/10/2014 - 11:13md
Chipmunk100 writes Most of the concerns about climate change have focused on the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released into the atmosphere. Researchers have found that circulation of the ocean plays an equally important role in regulating the earth's climate. The study results were published the journal Science (abstract. "Our study suggests that changes in the storage of heat in the deep ocean could be as important to climate change as other hypotheses – tectonic activity or a drop in the carbon dioxide level – and likely led to one of the major climate transitions of the past 30 million years," said one of the authors."

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Joey Hess: a programmable alarm clock using systemd

Planet Debian - Dje, 26/10/2014 - 11:00md

I've taught my laptop to wake up at 7:30 in the morning. When it does, it will run whatever's in my ~/bin/goodmorning script. Then, if the lid is still closed, it will go back to sleep again.

So, it's a programmable alarm clock that doesn't need the laptop to be left turned on to work.

But it doesn't have to make noise and wake me up (I rarely want to be woken up by an alarm; the sun coming in the window is a much nicer method). It can handle other tasks like downloading my email, before I wake up. When I'm at home and on dialup, this tends to take an hour in the morning, so it's nice to let it happen before I get up.

This took some time to figure out, but it's surprisingly simple. Besides ~/bin/goodmorning, which can be any program/script, I needed just two files to configure systemd to do this.

First, /etc/systemd/system/goodmorning.timer

[Unit] Description=good morning [Timer] Unit=goodmorning.service OnCalendar=*-*-* 7:30 WakeSystem=true Persistent=false [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target

Second, /etc/systemd/system/goodmorning.service

[Unit] Description=good morning RefuseManualStart=true RefuseManualStop=true ConditionACPower=true [Service] Type=oneshot ExecStart=/bin/systemd-inhibit --what=handle-lid-switch --why=goodmorning /bin/su joey -c /home/joey/bin/goodmorning

After installing these files, run (as root): systemctl enable goodmorning.timer; systemctl start goodmorning.timer

Then, you'll also need to edit /etc/systemd/logind.conf, and set LidSwitchIgnoreInhibited=no -- this overrides the default, which is not to let systemd-inhibit block sleep on lid close.

The WakeSystem=true relies on some hardware support for waking from sleep; my laptop supported it with no trouble but I don't know how broadly available that is.

I don't think this would be anywhere near as easy to do without systemd, logind, etc. Especially the handling of waking the system at the right time, and the behavior around lid sleep inhibiting. Also, notice the ConditionACPower=true, which I added once I realized I don't want the job to run if I forgot to leave the laptop plugged in overnight. Quite a lot of nice peices of systemd all working together here!

(It would perhaps be better to use the per-user systemd, not the system wide one. Then I could change the time the alarm runs without using root. What's prevented me from doing this is that systemd-inhibit uses policykit, and policykit prevents it from being used in this situation. It's a lot easier to run it as root and use su, than it is to reconfigure policykit.)

Hideki Yamane: Open Source Conference 2014 Tokyo/Fall

Planet Debian - Dje, 26/10/2014 - 11:00md

18th and 19th October,  "Open Source Conference 2014 Tokyo/Fall" was held in Meisei University, Tokyo.  About 1,500 participates there. "Tokyo area Debian Study Meeting" booth was there, provided some flyers, DVDs and chat.

 

 
In our Debian community session, Nobuhiro Iwamatsu talked about status of Debian8 "Jessie". Thanks, Nobuhiro :)

It seems to be not a "conference" itself but a festival for FOSS and other IT community members, so they enjoyed a lot.





... and we also enjoyed beer after party (of course :)



see you - next event!

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