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+ - Free Open Source Emoji Project on KickStarter->

Submitted by Kagetsuki
Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "There's a project on KickStarter for a Free and Open set of emoji [the grapical emoticon glyph set which has a block reserved in Unicode]. Currently there are no full sets of Emoji that are completely free (as in beer and and freedom), so if this project gets funded it will be the first and only set of emoji that can, say, be distributed with FLOSS Linux/BSD/GNU systems. Not to mention anyone will be able to incorporate them into any project without any restrictive conditions. Check it out at ."
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Comment: Disable the contactless feature in your cards (Score 1) 221

by PhilipJLewis (#40409163) Attached to: Android App Lets You Steal Contactless Credit Card Data

I did some research this week. I found that on most of my UK credit and debit cards (Santander, MBNA, Barclays, etc) you can effectively disable the contactless feature by damaging the antenna. This is very easy and will NOT affect the Chip-and-PIN feature that s relied upon for ATMs and in-store purchases. (DON'T FOLLOW THOSE STUPID YOUTUBE VIDEOS THAT DRILL OUT THE VISIBLE CHIP!!!).

All you need to do is use a pair of scissors, make a small vertical cut of around 7mm at the top-middle of the card - just above the magnetic stripe. If you look very carefully into the cut you will see 4 or 5 very small wires that have been severed. Job done.

Without the antenna loop, the contactless chip cannot energise and communicate.

See my blog post on this in more detail:

Comment: Dans Guardiand + Squid + extras (Score 1) 646

I've just been doing this using dansguardian and squid with some extra blacklists+voodoo for a primary school (ages 5-11) these last two weeks. See . Personally I find this kind of filtering not completely effective - even the best commercial filters out there are no better in 'protecting' the kids. This was a lot of effort for 100+ children. You probably wouldn't want to go to so much trouble for a home setup. However, the above link does represent a real-life setup and not just a theoretical setup.

Comment: Ubuntu locked down for a school environment (Score 3, Insightful) 387

by PhilipJLewis (#38300702) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Ubuntu Lockdown Options?

I worked on this project for a Primary school. It's worked well for >2 years for 120 pupils.
The parts about automatically resetting the homedir after reboot is probably of interest to you. below Home_Directory_Synchronisation

Open Source

Linux 2.6.37 Released 135

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-and-improved dept.
diegocg writes "Version 2.6.37 of the Linux kernel has been released. This version includes SMP scalability improvements for Ext4 and XFS, the removal of the Big Kernel Lock, support for per-cgroup IO throttling, a networking block device based on top of the Ceph clustered filesystem, several Btrfs improvements, more efficient static probes, perf support to probe modules, LZO compression in the hibernation image, PPP over IPv4 support, several networking microoptimizations and many other small changes, improvements and new drivers for devices like the Brocade BNA 10GB ethernet, Topcliff PCH gigabit, Atheros CARL9170, Atheros AR6003 and RealTek RTL8712U. The fanotify API has also been enabled. See the full changelog for more details."

+ - Apple Sued For Tracking iPhone/iPad Users ->

Submitted by nonprofiteer
nonprofiteer (1906180) writes ""It's always sad when two people give you the same present for Christmas, especially if it's not a present you want. That's the situation Apple is in this holiday season, served with two lawsuits in federal court last week, both seeking class action status, for helping advertisers create profiles of iPhone and iPad users.

Both lawsuits are essentially copy-and-paste jobs of a recent Wall Street Journal article ( about how smartphones spy on their users. The WSJ report detailed how apps on iPhones and Android phones access personal information including location, gender, age, contacts, and a phoness unique identifier, and how that information is sometimes passed along to advertisers. (Re-gift alert: Since this occurs on the Android as well, Google may want to look out for a belated class action present.) The suits focus on Appless disclosing iPhone and iPad users' Unique Device ID (UDID) — a mobile device's social security number, which, when disclosed, can be used to profile a Machead.""

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The Courts

+ - Apple Sued Over App Privacy

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "Jonathan Lalo, a California-man, has filed his complaint in California district court last week accusing Apple of producing devices that allow ad networks to track a user's app activity. The complaint cites Backflip, Dictionary.Com, Pandora, and The Weather Channel as some of the offending apps.The suit says Apple's actions are a violation of federal computer fraud and privacy laws. Lalo requests class-action status for those who downloaded apps between December 1, 2008 and last week."

Comment: Dovecot + Maildir (Score 1) 385

by PhilipJLewis (#33501572) Attached to: Best Way To Archive Emails For Later Searching?

Yes, me too. Been using dovecot and Maildir files for years now. Before that I used a different open source IMAP servers (courier, cyrus, and UW imap) but since I used Maildir file format the transition was automatic (I used mbox format before that with UW imap server and conversion was really simple using the mb2maildir perl script). I have used IMAP servers etc for 18 years worth of email. I organise the 250,000 emails into different folders for each year as that makes searching much quicker. It's never let me down yet.

Comment: Acer Revo (Score 1) 697

by PhilipJLewis (#29872519) Attached to: Low-Power Home Linux Server?

I've used an Acer Revo Intel Atom based nettop. It sucks about 20-30W... I use it as my main desktop which also runs samba, bind, dhcpd, ssh, dovecot and postfix. Works a treat with Fedora11. I had exactly the same motivations and now am saving around $150 per year. The system cost me around $270 including extra 2GB DRAM.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.