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+ - Google Chrome May Have Stealthily Downloaded An Audio Listener To Your Computer ->

rastos1 writes: In an article published on the website Privacy Online News, Rick Falkvinge, founder of the first Pirate Party, makes the claim that Google is stealthily downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome. The software is able to transmit audio data back to Google, meaning that Google can eavesdrop on conversations in your bedroom when your computer is running Chrome. According to Falkvinge, Google is doing this without user consent.
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Comment: Re:systemd (Score 1) 383 383

There is a difference between what the project wants to achieve and what it actually does achieve in current versions of the implementation. Debating the later would just lead to unproductive flamewar. My intention is to ask Linus about his opinion on situation when a project emerges within his domain (kernel) which subverts the traditional and proved paradigms and major vendors actually aggressively push that instead of his version - regardless of maturity and quality track. And it's not about ego; "my project" vs. "other project". It's about major market players replacing your product with inferior solution. Technical arguments and design is not enough to survive on the market.

Comment: Re:systemd (Score 2) 383 383

Linus does not put any weight in ideology. He is meritocratic. And focused on kernel only. The userspace does not bother him much. However what good is a kernel - no matter how perfect - if there is no userspace to make use of that kernel? Well, "no userspace" is an exaggeration obviously. What I want to say is that you should think also about areas where you are not involved directly. Moving from "do one thing and do it well" to "do many things in one complex subsystem" and pushing that into most major distros ... that is something where we should not hurry the decission.

So ... I'll try to rephrase the question again: what would you do if someone came up with a similar effort in kernel? Sort of like the situation with ZFS? Doing great things in order to deliver higher speed, reliability, robustness but breaking some paradigms such as traditional filesystem layers in the process?

Comment: Re:DHCPv6 is NOT a central component of ipv6 (Score 1) 287 287

As far as I know, RADNS tells the client what DNS server and DNS suffix to use. But it does not tell the DNS server that client with address 2a00::1 is now known as foo.example.org. Which means that other machines in the LAN cannot resolve foo.example.org name to back to address 2a00::1.

I admit that I'm no expert in this area, so if I'm wrong I would gladly learn how it really works.

Comment: Re:What are... (Score 2) 273 273

your entire justification for using your existing units is because you are used to them right?

Could you, please, clarify how does following fit into imperial system?

One Joule is equal to the energy transferred (or work done) when applying a force of one newton through a distance of one meter.

One Volt is a potential difference between two parallel, infinite planes spaced 1 meter apart that create an electric field of 1 Newton per Coulomb.

One Ampere is constant current which, if maintained in two straight parallel conductors of infinite length, of negligible circular cross-section, and placed 1 metre apart in vacuum, would produce between these conductors a force equal to 2*10^-7 newton per metre of length.

One Tesla is equal to one Weber per square meter.

How does all that translate to imperial?

+ - 95 per cent of American airport checkpoints ineffective->

rastos1 writes: Undercover US agents were able to smuggle mock explosives and weapons through 95 per cent of American airport checkpoints, a damning report has shown, according to ABC News.

Airport screeners, who are employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), did not detect banned weapons in 67 of 70 tests at dozens of airports.

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+ - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional-> 5 5

tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP", Sourceforge had this response:

In cases where a project is no longer actively being maintained, SourceForge has in some cases established a mirror of releases that are hosted elsewhere. This was done for GIMP-Win.

Editor's note: Gimp is actively being maintained and the definition of "mirror" is quite misleading here as a modified binary is no longer a verbatim copy. Download statistics for Gimp on Windows show SourceForge as offering over 1,000 downloads per day of the Gimp software. In an official response to this incident, the official Gimp project team reminds users to use official download methods. Slashdotters may remember the last time news like this surfaced (2013) when the Gimp team decided to move downloads from SourceForge to their own FTP service.

Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for Windows via its official Downloads page.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.
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+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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