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Submission + - Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, dead at 41 (telegraph.co.uk) 1

edx93 writes: Chester Bennington, the Linkin Park lead singer whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner said. He was 41.

He will be missed.

Submission + - Ubuntu 16.10 Reached End of Life

prisoninmate writes: From a Softpedia report:

"Today is the last day when the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) was supported by Canonical as the operating system now reached end of life, and it will no longer receive security and software updates. Dubbed by Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth as the Yakkety Yak, Ubuntu 16.10 was launched on October 13, 2016, and it was a short-lived release that only received nine (9) months of support through kernel updates, bug fixes, and security patches for various components. Starting today, you should no longer use Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) on your personal computer, even if it's up-to-date. Why? Because, in time, it will become vulnerable to all sort of attacks as Canonical won't provide security and kernel updates for this release. Therefore, all users are urged to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) immediately using the instructions at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ZestyUpgrades."

Submission + - Apple Flies Top Privacy Executives Into Australia To Lobby Against Encryption (patentlyapple.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Australia proposed new Laws Compelling Companies like Facebook & Apple to Provide Access to Encrypted Messages." Days later, Australia's Prime Minister spoke about the encryption problem with the Australian press as noted in the video in our report. Now we're learning that Apple has flown in top executives to lobby Turnbull government on encryption laws. It sounds like a showdown is on the horizon. This is the second time this month that Apple has flown executives into Australia to lobby the government according to a Sydney publication. Apple executives met with Attorney-General George Brandis and senior staff in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's office on Tuesday to discuss the company's concerns about the legal changes, which could see tech companies compelled to provide access to locked phones and third party messaging applications. Apple has argued in the meetings that as a starting point it does not want the updated laws to block tech companies from using encryption on their devices, nor for companies to have to provide decryption keys to allow access to secure communications. The company has argued that if it is compelled to provide a software "back door" into its phones to help law enforcement agencies catch criminals and terrorists, this would reduce the security for all users. It also says it has provided significant assistance to police agencies engaged in investigations, when asked.

Submission + - Judge rules that government can force Glassdoor to unmask anonymous users online (arstechnica.com)

pogopop77 writes: An appeals court will soon decide whether the US government can unmask anonymous users of Glassdoor—and the entire proceeding is set to happen in secret. Federal investigators sent a subpoena asking for the identities of more than 100 anonymous users of the business-review site Glassdoor, who apparently posted reviews of a company that's under investigation for potential fraud related to its contracting practices. The government later scaled back its demand to just eight users. Prosecutors believe these eight Glassdoor users are "third-party witnesses to certain business practices relevant to [the] investigation." The name of the company under investigation is redacted from all public briefs.

Comment Rad(ical)! (Score 2) 50

I was born without a thumb and with a tiny annoying useless thumb (couldn't move it due to lack of bones and muscles -- it was removed in 1984) as parts of my disabilities. Almost a decade later, I got a surgery to rotate my right hand's left non-thumb finger 90 degrees into a thumb. It was a success. I can use it for writing better, holding light cups, etc. However, it is not very strong. I still use my left untouched hand for heavier and stronger stuff. I didn't want to make a thumb for that hand for that reason. :)

Submission + - Coding school "The Iron Yard" announces closure of all 15 campuses (ajc.com)

McGruber writes: The Iron Yard, a South Carolina-based coding school with 15 locations, announced that it plans to close all of its campuses. The four-old company posted a message (http://blog.theironyard.com/2017/07/20/message-iron-yard/) on its website delivering the news: “In considering the current environment, the board of The Iron Yard has made the difficult decision to cease operations at all campuses after teaching out remaining summer cohorts." The note said the company will finish out its summer classes, including career support.

Submission + - Authorities Take Down Hansa Dark Web Market, Confirm AlphaBay Takedown (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Today, in coordinated press releases, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Europol announced the takedown of two Dark Web marketplaces — AlphaBay and Hansa Market. First to fall was the Hansa Market after Dutch officers seized control over their servers located inside one of the country's hosting providers. Dutch Police seized Hansa servers on June 20, but the site was allowed to operate for one more month as officers gathered more evidence about its clientele.

The Hansa honeypot received an influx of new users as the FBI shut down AlphaBay on July 5, a day after it took control over servers on July 4. Europol and the FBI say they collected mountains of evidence such as "usernames and passwords of thousands of buyers and sellers of illicit commodities" and "delivery addresses for a large number of orders." FBI Active Director McCabe said AlphaBay was ten times larger than Silk Road, with over 350,000 listings. In opposition, Silk Road, which authorities seized in November 2013, listed a meager 14,000 listings for illicit goods and services at the time authorities took down the service.

Submission + - "Bad Taste" Vulnerability Affects Linux Systems via Malicious Windows MSI Files (bleepingcomputer.com) 1

sad_ writes: Who would have ever thought, MSI files can be used to run malicious code on Linux systems, the problem is once again with the thumbnailer functionality within Gnome Files.

"The vulnerability resides in gnome-exe-thumbnailer, a third-party thumbnailer used by GNOME Files, formerly known as Nautilus, the default file manager/explorer for Linux distros using the GNOME desktop.

German IT expert Nils Dagsson Moskopp discovered that he could hide malicious VBScript inside names of MSI files. When the user accesses a folder on his computer where this malicious MSI file is saved, GNOME Files would automatically parse the file to extract an icon from its content and display it in the file explorer window."

Submission + - Windows 10 will cut off devices with older CPUs (pcworld.com)

Baron_Yam writes: It's not a case of "feature updates are not recommended and may not work", it's a case of "we will block feature updates to your device".
(http://www.pcworld.com/article/3209705/windows/confirmed-windows-10-will-cut-off-devices-with-older-cpus.html)

But it gets better... they're also blocking patches to older OSes if you run them on newer hardware. (http://www.pcworld.com/article/3181814/windows/microsoft-says-its-blocking-windows-7-8-patches-on-latest-amd-intel-chips.html)

Submission + - Human History Pushed Back at Australian Site

brindafella writes: The oldest recorded site showing when humans were in Australia has been dated to at least 65,000 years ago — up to 18,000 years earlier than archaeologists previously thought. The findings of archaeological research over the last five years are published in Nature. The researchers uncovered a wealth of artefacts, including the world's oldest-known ground-edge axe head — one made by grinding rather than flaking. The ages of the finds were determined using optically stimulated luminescence, a technique applied to single grains of sand to determine when they last saw daylight. Excavations were done under an agreement between the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation representing the traditional owners, the local Mirarr People, and the researchers. The site is adjacent to the Jabiluka uranium mine in the Northern Territory.

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