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Comment Re:Wait... (Score 1) 42 42

> I have yet to meet ANYONE that has found linked in to be useful in any way

--I re-initiated contact with an old friend a few years ago after finding her on LinkedIn. Other than that, an old recruiter got me into it. Admittedly, I don't use it much anymore these days - but it has come in handy.

Submission + - Windows 10 downloads trying to bend the world wide web->

Ammalgam writes: Microsoft has started rolling Windows 10 out in advance of the July 29th launch. With each new geographical region that slips into July 29th, the world wide web strains just a little more. Experts are saying that Microsoft has reserved up to 40 Tbps with all of the key CDNs. This is an INSANE amount of bandwidth. What’s even crazier is that Microsoft may already have consumed over 10 Tbps and they are just getting started. Are you guys seeing the download on your PC yet?
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Submission + - Facebook told to allow the use of fake names->

Mark Wilson writes: Facebook comes in for a lot of criticism, but one things that managed to rub a lot of people up the wrong way is its real names policy. For some time the social network has required its users to reveal their real name rather than allowing for the adoption of pseudonyms. This has upset many, including musicians and the drag community.

Now a German watchdog has told Facebook that its ban on fake names is not permitted. The Hamburg Data Protection Authority said that the social network could not force users to replace pseudonyms with real names, nor could it ask to see official identification.

The watchdog's order follows a complaint from a German woman who had her Facebook account closed because she used a fake name. She had opted to use a pseudonym to avoided unwanted contact from business associates, but Facebook demanded to see ID and changed her username accordingly. Hamburg Data Protection Authority said this and similar cases were privacy violations.

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Submission + - Metal Foam: radiation shielding that's lighter and twice as effective as Alumin->

schwit1 writes: North Carolina State University researchers have found that lightweight composite metal foams they had developed are effective at blocking X-rays, gamma rays, and neutron radiation, and are capable of absorbing the energy of high-impact collisions. The finding holds promise for use in nuclear power plants, space exploration, and CT-scanner shielding.

This work means there's an opportunity to use composite metal foam to develop safer systems for transporting nuclear waste, more efficient designs for spacecraft and nuclear structures, and new shielding for use in CT scanners

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Submission + - Woman recruited by Google four times and rejected, joins suit->

dcblogs writes: An Ivy league graduate, with a Ph.D. in geophysics, Cheryl Fillekes, who also specializes in Linux and Unix systems, was contacted by Google recruiters four separate times over a seven year period. In each instance, she did well enough on the phone interviews to get invited to an in-person interview but was rejected every time for a job. She has since joined an age discrimination lawsuit against Google filed about two months ago by another older worker. In the past year, Fillekes bought a dairy farm in upstate New York and designed and built an on-farm creamery.
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Submission + - NASA funded study states people could be on the moon by 2021 for $10 billion->

MarkWhittington writes: The Houston Chronicle reported that NextGen Space LLC has released the results of a study that suggests that if the United States were to choose to do space in some new and creative ways, American moon boots could be on the lunar surface by 2021. The cost from the authorization to the first crewed lunar landing would be just $10 billion. The study was partly funded by NASA and was reviewed by the space agency and commercial space experts.
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Submission + - Critical vulnerability in all windows versions allowing remote code execution->

QuantumReality writes: A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Microsoft Windows when the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library improperly handles specially crafted OpenType fonts. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of the affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.
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Submission + - US Government detained Laura Poitras every time she flew ..-> 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: Since the 2006 release of “My Country, My Country,” Poitras has left and re-entered the U.S. roughly 40 times. Virtually every time during that six-year-period that she has returned to the U.S., her plane has been met by DHS agents who stand at the airplane door or tarmac and inspect the passports of every de-planing passenger until they find her (on the handful of occasions where they did not meet her at the plane, agents were called when she arrived at immigration).

Each time, they detain her, and then interrogate her at length about where she went and with whom she met or spoke. They have exhibited a particular interest in finding out for whom she works.

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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: VPN solution to connect two mixed environment households? 1 1

RavenLrD20k writes: My first Ask Slashdot, so be gentle... I am a programmer by trade with a significant amount of training as a Network Administrator (AAS in Computer Networking). I have no problem with how to build three or four separate networks in each location and make them route over the internet. My weakness is in trying to setup a VPN for a secured two way connection between location A and location B, both mixed OS environments, with the requirement that all of the internet traffic on B gets routed through A first. I've already looked at some boxed solutions, such as LogMeIn Hamachi, but there hasn't been much in the way of mixed environment support.

Some background: Due to recent events it's become necessary for me to have remote access to all of my Parents' computers which are about 4 hours away(location B) from my home location(location A). This is to facilitate me being able to log in and apply patches and security updates without requiring someone on the other end sending me Desktop Sharing invites (I'm already going to be upgrading their 2 systems to Windows 7 Ultimate on my dime for this purpose). The ISP for Location B also seems to be blocking the Desktop Sharing ports as this method has completely stopped working for us without notice, and router configs have been verified as forwarding the necessary ports. Location B also has 2 grandchildren that will have a Windows 7 Home Edition Laptop (for MS Office based classwork), a Linux Mint Machine (to start, he has full reign to do whatever he wants to this machine after initial setup with the understanding that if he "breaks" it, he fixes it), and several BeagleBone or R-Pi machines for my Son's experiments while he's visiting for the summer.

Location A has two networks. First is the one with the public IP that I run my Linux servers and physically connected Desktop on. This network also has a wireless interface that allows gaming machines and phones on the North side of the house to connect to. Network two is behind the NAT and runs a dual-band wireless connection for devices on the south side. I would rather not have this second network get internet access through the VPN but through the traditional means.

Location A has a 150/30 cable connection with a 2TB cap. Location B has a 20Mb/s symmetrical uncapped Fiber connection. I also have a VPS "in the cloud" running CentOS which has a 1Gbps Inbound 20Mbps(1Gbps burstable) Outbound connection which may be repurposed for this if necessary. I figure this to be common sense but I would prefer that the the connection between the locations be routed as opposed to bridged as to avoid the issues that come with sending broadcast packets over the internet.

As I said, I primarily want this to be able to remote into my parents' systems to provide maintenance and support instead of having to budget an emergency trip when things go awry. On top of this I'd also like some way to be able to monitor/control my son's online activities while he's away (hence my desire to route at least his traffic, if not all Location B internet traffic, through Location A). Also note: I'm not a helicopter parent by any means and only monitor once in a while to get a general idea of what his online trend is; and the extent of "control" is if grandpa and grandma say he needs time off the computer for x days for bad behavior or whatever, I want to be able to enforce that rule where he won't be able to sneak around while they're in bed. This connection will not have any firewalling or blocking enabled by default. I want everyone to have complete open access to the full internet (this too is to help educate my son in smart browsing/chatting and encourage "you break it, you fix it").

Comment Re:Dammit (Score 1) 106 106

> I should have been more familiar with EFI/UEFI issues before starting. I've been a long time linuxer, so I was counting on my outdated MBR/dualbooting and ntfsclone dumps to get me through.

--Could you please recommend a good link/resource to learn more about EFI/UEFI? TIA...

Submission + - Microsoft suspends availability of Windows 10 builds->

Mark Wilson writes: If you haven't already downloaded Windows 10 build 10162 or 10166, you're now too late. Microsoft has suspended the availability of these two builds — previously available on the Slow and Fast rings respectively — in the run up to the big launch day in a couple of weeks' time.

As we edge closer and closer to the RTM build of Windows 10, Microsoft is now asking Windows Insiders to stick with the build they currently have installed for the time being. Anyone who hasn’t upgraded to these latest preview builds is out of luck. As well as disabling upgrading through Windows Update, Microsoft is also suspending ISOs and activation.

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Comment Re:No, they just need reliable Linux distros. (Score 1) 187 187

--#1, systemd takes away choice. Binary logging by default is incredibly bad, and I don't want to have to change it manually every time I do an install. If I wanted Windows, AIX or Solaris, I'd be running those instead of Linux. I think way too many distros are changing over to systemd when it's not really what a lot of people want or need. SysV was OK, Upstart was fine for most people's needs. Give me a sane /etc/rc.local at bootup and I'm good.

--Systemd resembles the MCP from TRON too much for my taste, it's taking over too many functions and subsystems. And the main coder "LP" has a history of horribly buggy software. I've also seen reports of systems being unable to boot that are running systemd when they were working fine before they were upgraded.

--#2, Linux Mint Debian edition is pretty reputable, I wouldn't exactly call it niche. I have the ISO for Void but haven't installed it to test in a VM yet. Devuan admittedly needs to do a general ISO release to make sure it gets better exposure and testing (update - I just checked their page and it looks like they have made progress in the last couple of months, so I plan to test Devuan $soon.)

--Just my $2.02.

Comment Re:No, they just need reliable Linux distros. (Score 1) 187 187

--I'm not an AC. I've been using/adminning Linux since 1996, and I *despise* systemd. I'm looking into Mint Debian edition #2, Void, and Devuan to get away from systemd.

--Not looking to get into an argument, just wanted you all to know that we do exist, we are real admins, and we want a sane init environment + logging system that we can work with.

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