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+ - LiMux user says criticisms of Munich's Linux OS 'simply irrelevant'->

Submitted by Qedward
Qedward (2499046) writes "The new mayor and deputy mayor of Munich don't like its custom-built Linux distribution, citing user complaints. However, the old mayor reported in 2012 monthly complaints dropped from 70 to a maximum of 46 as the LiMux OS was rolled out from 1,500 to 10,000 people — so should we believe the new officials (who may or may not be card-carrying Microsoft supporters)?

One LiMux user posted their views on the Suddeutsche Zeituing, saying the "much of the criticism of the system is simply irrelevant".

They said: "System faults under Windows were quite common before 2004. From my perspective, you have achieved success here — why chuck that in the bin?""

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+ - a cluster (small beowulf) of arduinos!->

Submitted by flok
flok (24996) writes "We all love the arduino with its 2KB of RAM and not much more than 16MHz of speed. Normally we use only one in a project but a thought came to me: what if I take a couple of them and put those in a cluster? I started soldering and the result is 4 Arduinos connected to each other via an I2C bus and all directed by a Raspberry Pi. Together these 4 Arduinos calculate the Mandelbrot fractal, directed by the Raspberry Pi (it divides/schedules the work between the Arduinos). On my website you'll find a demonstration, schematics and all source code. In theory a cluster of at least 120 Arduinos could be setup. Electrical power is the limit!"
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+ - You said Canola twice: News aggregator Fark adds misogyny ban->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The news aggregator Fark is ancient in dot com terms. Users submit news links to the privately run site and tear it — and each other — to pieces in the discussion threads. (Sound familiar?) While the site isn't as popular as during the early 2000s, the privately run discussion forum has continued and has its champions. "Adam Savage once described to me the problem this way: if the Internet was a dude, we'd all agree that dude has a serious problem with women" site operator Drew Curtis announced today. Gifs, references, jokes and comments involving sexism will be deleted. Give how bare-knucked how Fark can be, is it time? Overdue?"
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Comment: Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (Score 1) 197

by Unknown Lamer (#47699435) Attached to: Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

You can do that already (just add some linux nerdery): grab a cheap room correction mic and a bit of Free Software. I don't think it can help with speaker placement, unfortunately. There are spatial microphones intended to be used with an ambisonic mixing system, but they are pretty pricey. I kind of wonder how hard it would be to adapt room correction to deal with speaker placement too (I hear "very difficult" and "hope you paid attention in diff eq").

+ - A second group of Fukushima residents are allowed to return to evacuation zone.->

Submitted by siddesu
siddesu (698447) writes "A group of people who lived within the 20-kilometer restricted zone surrounding the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are asked to return home, the second time the "right of return" has been granted, despite opposition to the government decision by residents and medical researchers."
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+ - Nonprofit to bring Sega game console chips back to life->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "Processors that powered some of Sega's famous gaming consoles in the 1990s will come back to life starting later this year. The newly formed Open Core Foundation wants to reintroduce in October older CPU designs of Hitachi chips, which were used to run operating systems and gaming consoles in the 1990s. The chips were advanced for their time and could even be used today in electronics like sensor devices and do-it-yourself projects, said Shumpei Kawasaki, a member of the OCF, at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California."
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+ - Life beyond the WRT54G series

Submitted by jarmund
jarmund (2752233) writes "I first got a WRT54GL in 2007. Now, 7 years later, it's still churning along, despite only having one of its antennae left after an encounter with a toddler. As it is simply not up to date to todays standards (802.11N for example), what is a worthy successor? I enjoyed the freedom to choose the firmware myself (I've run Tomato on it since 2008), in addition to its robustness. A replacement will be considered second-rate unless it catered for the same freedom as its predecessor."

+ - Linus Torvalds is pissed at, starts a petition-> 1

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Linus Torvalds rarely gets upset over a wrong reason and has given him that reason. The creator of the world's most dominant technology – the linux kernel – found that someone started a petition on using his identity. So Linus took over and created a petition asking to stop its dickish ways and verify emails."
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+ - Shuts Down Amid Reports Google Is Acquiring Twitch

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Twitch today announced that the website, mobile apps, and APIs are no longer in service. A very simple explanation is given for the shutdown: since rebranding the company to Twitch Interactive in February 2014, all resources are now focused on The news today will almost certainly further fuel the rumors that Google is acquiring, or has already acquired, Twitch. Purchases are often followed by consolidation, as well as cutting off any excess limbs."

+ - CryptoLocker ransomware investigation report and decryption service->

Submitted by joost.bijl
joost.bijl (2513554) writes "CryptoLocker ransomware investigation by FireEye and Fox-IT

FireEye and Fox-IT today announced DecryptCryptoLocker, a new service assisting victims of the CryptoLocker ransomware. Available immediately for no cost at, the service can offer help to the users of machines whose files remain encrypted by CryptoLocker.

CryptoLocker is a type of ransomware that typically targeted small enterprises, encrypting the files of computers it infected and giving victims 72 hours to pay the ransom to receive a private key that decrypts their files. Although the Department of Justice has reported that CryptoLocker has been neutralized, many CryptoLocker victims have not been able to decrypt their files. DecryptCryptoLocker is designed to provide users with private keys to allow for the decryption of files that were encrypted by CryptoLocker.

More technical details at"

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+ - Cryptolocker victims to get files back for free->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "All 500,000 victims of Cryptolocker can now recover files encrypted by the malware without paying a ransom.

The malicious program encrypted files on Windows computers and demanded a substantial fee before handing over the key to the scrambled files.

Thanks to security experts, an online portal has been created where victims can get the key for free.

The portal was created after security researchers grabbed a copy of Cryptolocker's database of victims.

"This time we basically got lucky," said Michael Sandee, principal analyst at Fox-IT — one of the security firms which helped tackle the cyber-crime group behind Cryptolocker."

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+ - Good technology conference to attend?

Submitted by SSG Booraem
SSG Booraem (2553474) writes "I've recently been hired to a IT supervisor position at a local college. My boss wants me to find some technology conferences that I'd like to attend and submit them to her. Since I've worked in IT for 18 years but usually done scut work, I don't have any ideas. I'd appreciate suggestions with personal experiences."

+ - PayPal's two-factor authentication can be bypassed easily, researcher says->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "PayPal’s two-factor authentication can easily be defeated and account accessed without requiring an elaborate set of steps, a security researcher has claimed while publicly disclosing the vulnerability as PayPal has failed to resolve the issue for two months now. Joshua Rogers, an Australian security researcher, discovered the vulnerability on June 5 and reported it to PayPal the same day. However, according to Rogers, PayPal hasn’t patched the vulnerability even after two months and he is disclosing the loop-hole publicly “due to the simplicity of it” and because he believes he gave “Paypal long enough to fix it.”"
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