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+ - Robyn Bergeron Stepping Down as Fedora Project Leader->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Red Hat's Fedora Linux Project Leader Robyn Bergeron announced that she is leaving her role. Bergeron became Fedora Project Leader in February of 2012 and has presided over one of the busiest periods for Fedora ever. Fedora is now moving to a new model for Fedora 21 with separate desktop, cloud and server products.

"The community has now gotten to the point where it's not a one-size-fits-all product anymore," Bergeron said.

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+ - Did GeoResonance locate MH370 using "spirit photography"?

Submitted by Sockatume
Sockatume (732728) writes "GeoResonance has leapt into the papers this week having claimed to have found missing flight MH370 in the Bay of Bengal. The Australian company claims to perform prospecting and munitions searches using secret Russian technology, with a web site boasting that they can "carry out a search for any substance". A recent press release clarifies that their technique "analyses super-weak electromagnetic fields captured by airborne multispectral images". However if you search for the patents listed on the company's site, Ukranian no. 35122 and 86496, you'll find the research described as a "method of radiation and chemical processing of analogue aerospace photographs" which closely resembles old-fashioned Kirlian photography. This process is well-known in the paranormal community, where it is used to take images of spirits and auras. Look up the writer on that second piece and you'll find him explicitly selling the technology as Kirlian-derived. You'll also find other companies in Eastern Europe selling technology ostensibly based on the same patents or other Kirlian techniques."

+ - Microsoft continues to lose money with each Surface it sells, tablet share at 6% 1

Submitted by DroidJason1
DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "Revealed from a 10-Q filed by Microsoft with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Microsoft has been losing $300 million and counting for the Surface in the last nine months. Data from Strategy Analytics has also revealed that Microsoft's Windows-powered tablets now own a 6% global tablet share, in Q1 of 2014. Android, on the other hand, remains at the top with a 66% global share. Apple's iOS fell to 28%."

+ - SPAM: Looming Slashcott Feb 10 to Feb 17

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott


Moderators — only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors — only discuss Beta
[spam URL stripped] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention. -----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

Discussion of Beta: [spam URL stripped]
Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: [spam URL stripped]
Alternative Slashdot: [spam URL stripped] (thanks Okian Warrior (537106))

You're welcome to join IRC Freenode ##altslashdot"

+ - Debian switches to Xfce, ditches GNOME->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Debian will now benefit from the Xfce desktop environment as it is to switch from GNOME for Debian 8.0, codenamed “Jessie”. But GNOME may go back as the default if developers find it to be a better choice at the time of the evaluation, which will start around the point of DebConf (August 2014). “This will be re-evaluated before jessie is frozen (the switch to Xfce),” Hess said in the mailing list."
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+ - RHEL 7 will be a KDE Desktop

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "At the 2013 linux Kernel summit Redhat spokesperson Lisa Truman revealed that the upcoming RHEL 7 will be based on the KDE Software Compilation desktop environment. "As you know we have been working on implementing Gnome 3 classic mode for RHEL 7. But after early feedback from our customers we have decided to switch to a KDE/QT based desktop for our flagship product". On what feedback Redhat received from their customers, Ms. Truman responded: "We at Redhat appreciate that many of our customers use non accelerated or legacy hardware for their workstations, and software rendering with llvmpipe may not fit the bill for them". "Also gnome-classic-mode is an emulation of a classic desktop and is lacking many important areas". When Ms. Truman was asked if the switch to KDE is the reason for the delay in the release of RHEL 7 she stated: "We are still on track to release RHEL 7 by the end of 2013"."

+ - How I compiled TrueCrypt for Windows and matched the official binaries-> 1

Submitted by xavier2dc
xavier2dc (3408341) writes "TrueCrypt is a popular software enabling data protection by means of encryption for all categories of users. It is getting even more attention lately following the revelations of the NSA as the authors remain anonymous and no thorough security audit have yet been conducted to prove it is not backdoored in any way. This has led several concerns raised in different places, such as this blog post (http://www.privacylover.com/encryption/analysis-is-there-a-backdoor-in-truecrypt-is-truecrypt-a-cia-honeypot/), this one (http://brianpuccio.net/excerpts/is_truecrypt_really_safe_to_use), this security analysis (https://www.privacy-cd.org/downloads/truecrypt_7.0a-analysis-en.pdf) also related on that blog post (http://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2013/10/lets-audit-truecrypt.html) from which the IsTrueCryptAuditedYet? (http://istruecryptauditedyet.com/) was born.

One of the recurring questions is: What if the binaries provided on the website were different than the source code and they included hidden features? To address this issue, I built the software from the official sources in a careful way and was able to match the officials binaries. According to my findings, all three recent major versions (v7.1a, v7.0a, v6.3a) exactly match the sources."

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+ - Lime: An Open Source Sublime Text Clone->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A clone of the popular Sublime Text text editor has been released under the 2-clause BSD license. As the author Fredrik Ehnbom announces the project:

I love the Sublime Text editor. I have created several plugins to make it even better. One thing that scares me though is that it is not open sourced and the pace of nightly releases have recently been anything but nightly, even now that version 3 is out in Beta. There was a period of about 6 months after the Sublime Text 2 “stable“ version was released where pretty much nothing at all was communicated to the users about what to expect in the future, nor was there much support offered in the forums. People including myself were wondering if the product was dead and I personally wondered what would happen to all the bugs, crashes and annoyances that still existed in ST2. This lack of communication is a dealbreaker to me and I decided that I will not spend any more money on that product because of it. As none of the other text editors I've tried come close to the love I had for Sublime Text, I decided I had to create my own. The frontend(s) are not ready to replace your favourite editor, but the backend itself I believe isn't too far away."

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+ - ownCloud 6 will have document editing->

Submitted by oever
oever (233119) writes "ownCloud is announcing an exciting new feature for ownCloud 6. It seems that it might grow into a Google Docs alternative. Today Frank Karlitschek blogged about ownCloud Documents, a new feature that lets multiple users work on one text document at the same time. The feature uses WebODF, a javascripts libary for editing ODF documents."
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+ - Hypothetical: Can Bruce Schneier be Trusted 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Security guru Bruce Schneier is, among other things, a world renowned cryptography expert, author of several popular books, and a second-order internet meme. He is also an outspoken critic of the NSA, in particular the massive NSA surveillance programs disclosed over the summer by Edward Snowden. Schneier has been involved in reviewing the leaked documents and has put in effort to determine which cryptosystems should still be considered safe. I'm a big fan of Bruce Schneier, but just to play devil's advocate, let's say, hypothetically, that Schneier is actually in cahoots with the NSA. Who better to reinstate public trust in weakened cryptosystems? As an exercise in security that Schneier himself may find interesting, what methods are available for proving (or at least affirming) that we can trust Bruce Schneier?"

+ - Sneakers Movie Remixxed as electronica tune

Submitted by cyclomedia
cyclomedia (882859) writes "The Decibel Kid — The artist responsible for this summer's Ipswich Zelda Map — has released a music video comprised of elements of the 1992 film Sneakers, combing electronic dance music with film geekery AND computer geekery: The software used is a MIDI controlled "video sampler" he coded himself using (brace yourselves) C#.Net and DirectX, allowing on the fly triggering and looping. A little info on the inner workings of the software can be gleamed from this early demo video on YouTube"

+ - Comet ISON Likely to Survive Solar Plunge->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes ""Comet ISON, a much-anticipated first-time visitor to the inner solar system, will likely survive its Thanksgiving Day encounter with the sun and become visible without binoculars or telescopes to observers on Earth in December, scientists said Wednesday.

Since its discovery in September 2012, Comet ISON has been a bit of a puzzle. At first, the comet was considered unusually bright because it was spotted by astronomers far beyond Jupiter’s orbit, raising the prospect that it might be visible on Earth even in daylight.

However, later observations showed the comet was not brightening as much as predicted as it moved closer to the sun. Heating from the sun vaporizes ices in the comet’s body, creating a long, glowing tail....

If it survives, calculations show Comet ISON will be bumped out of the solar system after its swing around the sun.

The comet is named for the International Scientific Optical Network, or ISON, located near Kislovodsk, Russia, which made the first observation of the comet."

Meanwhile, evidence for an Earth impacting comet has been found in the Egyptian desert. Only a pebble dubbed Hypatia is known to have survived. http://www.sci-news.com/space/science-libyan-desert-glass-diamond-bearing-pebble-evidence-comet-01446.html"

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+ - Final Fantasy XIV Relaunches With Remote SQL Exploit

Submitted by _xeno_
_xeno_ (155264) writes "You might remember Final Fantasy XIV as the MMO so bad that Square Enix fired the original developers and completed relaunched the game. Well, it's back as "A Realm Reborn," and already it's had severe server issues that caused them to stop selling the game. It's also back with a SQL server that allows unauthenticated SQL commands to be run directly. Yes, that's right: the game's Lua scripting can execute SQL commands directly on the MMO's database servers, including update commands. As you'd expect, this is leading to rampant cheating and item duping."

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