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GNOME

+ - Data breach flaw found in gnome-terminal, xfce terminal and terminator->

Submitted by suso
suso (153703) writes "A design flaw in the VTE library was published this week. The VTE library provides the terminal widget and manages the scrollback buffer in many popular terminal emulators including gnome-terminal, xfce4-terminal, terminator and guake. Due to this flaw, your scrollback buffer ends up on your /tmp filesystem over time and can be viewed by anyone who gets ahold of your hard drive. Including data passed back through an SSH connection. A demonstration video was also made to make the problem more obvious. Anyone using these terminals or others based on libVTE should be aware of this issue as it even writes data passed back through an SSH connection to your local disk. Instructions are also included for how to properly deal with the leaked data on your hard drive. You are either encouraged to switch terminals and/or start using tmpfs for your /tmp partition until the library is fixed."
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GNOME

+ - Flaw found in gnome-terminal, xfce terminal and terminator that writes to disk.->

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suso
suso writes "A design flaw in the VTE library was published yesterday. The VTE library, which is part of the GNOME project, provides the terminal widget and manages the scrollback buffer used in many popular terminal emulators including gnome-terminal, xfce4-terminal, terminator and guake. Due to this flaw, your scrollback buffer ends up on your /tmp filesystem over time and can be viewed by anyone who gets ahold of your hard drive. Including data passed back through an SSH connection. A demonstration video was also made to make the problem more obvious. Anyone using these terminals or others based on libvte should be aware of this issue. Any administrator who has users who connect to services using one of these terminals will also be affected. Instructions are also included in the report for how to properly deal with the leaked data on your hard drive. You are encouraged to switch terminals or start using tmpfs for your /tmp partition until the library is fixed."
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+ - 20th birthday of Linux->

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suso
suso writes "Today, September 17th, 2011 is the 20th anniversary of Linux being released to the public. The first kernel version 0.01 was made available on the public FTP server at nic.funet.fi on September 17th, 1991. It quickly grew in terms of code, user base and is now is an industry of its own. One would find it difficult to go a day without encountering Linux in their daily activities. Happy Birthday Linux!"
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+ - Unix Epoch Day 15000 on Jan. 26th->

Submitted by suso
suso (153703) writes "The 15000th day of Unix time starts at midnight GMT on Wednesday January 26th. More information about parties including a countdown clock are available at the official website for the event here. A large main party is happening tomorrow at 7pm EST in Bloomington, Indiana to mark the occasion. The last 5000 day mark of epoch days happened a few months before Slashdot existed, so this will be the first time Slashdotters will be able to celebrate such an occasion. The next time won't be until 2024. And also unlike the last time, this time Mac users can join in the fun."
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+ - Kalamazoo hackerspace hit with $50,000 tax bill->

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suso (153703) writes "The Geek Group, a non-profit technology enthusiast organization, more commonly known as a hackerspace has been slapped with a tax bill of $47,652.78 by their local township. The group had previously filed for tax exempt status, but was told that they didn't need to submit the paperwork. Now, stickers have been placed on their building saying that they must pay current and back property taxes or the building and all the equipment inside will be auctioned off. The Geek Group, which is one of the oldest and largest hackerspaces in the nation, is fighting back to ensure it isn't quashed out of existence by this. This video on Youtube shows one of their recent board meetings and explains all that has happened so far."
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Announcements

+ - World population to pass 6,666,666,666 today->

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suso
suso writes ""The estimated population of the world will pass 6,666,666,666 today. No doubt an interesting number for people everywhere (not referring to any religion connotations). 5,555,555,555 was passed about 14 years ago. You may not realize that only a 80 years ago, the population of the Earth was only around 2 billion. This shows how the population of the world has increased at an alarming rate in recent times. Although the growth rate is almost half what it was at its peak in 1963, when it was 2.2%. Unrelated but also an interesting coincidence, the estimated number of available IPv4 addresses is getting very close to 666,666,666. It should cross over today as well.""
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Announcements

+ - World population about to pass 6,666,666,666->

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suso
suso writes "The estimated population of the world will pass 6,666,666,666 on Friday. No doubt an interesting number for people everywhere (not referring to any religion connotations). 5,555,555,555 was passed about 14 years ago. You may not realize that only a 80 years ago, the population of the Earth was only around 2 billion. This shows how the population of the world has increased at an alarming rate in recent times. Although the growth rate is almost half what it was at its peak in 1963, when it was 2.2%. On a similar note, the estimated number of available IPv4 addresses is getting very close to 666,666,666. It should cross over in the next day or two."
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Yahoo!

+ - Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion

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suso
suso writes "Microsoft just sent a letter to Yahoo's board of directors offering to buy them out for $44.6 billion in cash and shares. Yahoo has been struggling in the past year to compete with Google, although a Yahoo acquisition would not necessarily turn the tide in their favor. I just hope they don't get rid of the Yahoo ICMP department."
The Internet

+ - Freebase opens to the public->

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suso
suso writes "A new user contributed information database website called Freebase has just given read access to the public, although they still consider this to be in a public alpha state. Freebase is similar to Wikipedia, except the data is more structured than free form. The company developed their own type of database, called a graph database. It is different from the typical relational database type that most database systems use. Another unique aspect of Freebase is that it provides an access API so that third parties can develop applications that use the data independently of the site."
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Power

+ - Tux500 Indycar needs more donations

Submitted by Stopwatch
Stopwatch (153703) writes "The tux500.com project has the goal of raising at least $25,000 to put the Linux logo on an Indy 500 car this year. The logo has already been put on the front of the car. Whether it stays there or not depends on whether they meet their goal. If they reach $350,000 then the whole team will be called Team Linux and the car will be completely sponsored by the Linux community. With only 20 days left to donate, here is the chance to show the power of the Linux community."

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