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Submission + - Devuan Jessie 1.0.0 stable release candidate announced (devuan.org)

jaromil writes: Devuan 1.0.0-RC is announced, following its beta 2 release last year. The Debian fork that spawned over systemd controversy is reaching stability and plans long term support. Devuan deploys an innovative continuous integration setup: with fallback on Debian packages, it overlays its own modifications and then uses the merged source repository to ship images for 11 ARM targets, a desktop and a minimal live, vagrant and qemu virtual machines and the classic installer isos. The release announcements contains several links to project that have already adopted this distribution as a base OS.

Comment Re:Really? How does this work? (Score 3, Informative) 117

Let's see if this makes it past the lameness filter:

I run this remove_crapps.ps1 script after every new Windows Insider build, to remove the stuff I don't want (including OneDrive).

Get-AppxPackage *XboxApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Zune* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Sport* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *BingNews* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Phone* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Skype* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Office* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *BingFinance* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *People* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Messaging* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsAlarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsSoundRecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Solitaire* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *3D* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Connectivity* | Remove-AppxPackage
 
c:/windows/syswow64/onedrivesetup.exe /uninstall

Comment Re:Fine with me, for now (Score 3, Informative) 361

Redstone or rs1 is the codename for the next rolling release of Windows 10.

Build 14332 was pushed out to the fast ring of the Windows Insider program 3 days ago.

It removes the ability to disable Cortana (you can still hobble the bastard by removing permissions) and removes the ability to turn off web search. Currently it performs web search with the users default web browser and search engine, but that is obviously going to change.

They also made the Start menu even worse.

Submission + - Linux Mint serving iso images with a backdoor (linuxmint.com)

greenfruitsalad writes: Yesterday, 20th February 2016, Linux Mint website running on Wordpress was compromised and links to ISO images on their downloads page pointed at altered ISOs with a backdoor from a Bulgarian IP 5.104.175.212. The website was promptly fixed after the discovery but compromised shortly after again. At the moment, linuxmint.com is shut down but you can follow this issue on the mint blog at http://blog.linuxmint.com./ So far, it seems the altered ISO images contain the Tsunami trojan but there could be more. The blog post contains valid md5sums.

Comment Re:gmail is what has broken email. (Score 2) 129

Google is the main threat to the privacy of email today. Like Bruce Schneier observed, they want you to have email privacy from everyone except them.

I have an ancient gmail account which dates back to the early, early beta days (back when we had to swap invites on Slashdot). Somehow, every few months somebody new is able to register with the same user name, and I get all their messages delivered to my inbox. Their sent mail doesn't appear in my account, but everything else does.

Every facebook status message, itunes and amazon purchase, online dating message, and porn site registration.

Submission + - DDoS-style YouTube dislikes for sale, apparently in Vietnam (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Dell's Joe Stewart chronicles [http://www.secureworks.com/resources/blog/negative-feedback-attack-on-a-youtube-channel/] the tale of the tech YouTube channel that came under attack in the form of an avalanche of 'dislikes' for any videos that touched upon a certain company or even which examined themes around the company's product without mentioning it. The number of dislikes was so disproportionate to the casual number of viewers for the channel, and so concentrated as to constitute a particular type of net-attack — one that appeared to originate in Vietnam. Stewart eschews the notion of a 'cottage industry' [http://politics.slashdot.org/story/13/01/12/2150235/vietnam-admits-deploying-bloggers] of Vietnamese YouTube 'dislikers' in favour of the fact that any network exploits are eminently reproducible in a country which has only five ISPs among nearly ninety million people — and a widely distributed vulnerable router [https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=vi&u=http://news.zing.vn/Thue-bao-cap-quang-FPT-bi-hack-co-the-khac-phuc-post479819.html&prev=search].

Comment Toys for grown ups. (Score 1) 105

I have two of those toys on my desk right now, they are useful dev kits for the TI CC1110 microcontroller - an 8051 based core with 32K flash and 4K RAM.

You also get a CC1111 part inside the wireless dongle which comes with it.

If you look at the PCB in the device, it is a hardware hackers dream. The debug port is broken out onto pads inside the battery compartment, and there are test pads all over.

The SPI screen is bitmap addressable and the keyboard is sanely wired up. You even get a piezo buzzer and 2 LEDs under software control.

It also runs at 2.5V on 3 AA cells, via a pretty nice LDO regulator that cuts out at 2.9V, so a set of NiMH cells will run down to 1V per cell, squeezing out almost every last drop of juice.

One of my IM-MEs cost £1, I forget what I paid for the other one, but it wasn't over a fiver.

Comment Re:Alternate use for this technology (Score 1) 188

That pair of 27l V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engines may have been difficult to detect on 1940s radar equipment, but I doubt that is the case today.

The great thing about the DeHaviland Mosquito, was that in the early years of the war, nothing else could keep up with it. It was quick, and could carry a useful bomb load.

Comment Britain won't back out. (Score 2) 364

We can't.

Our two new aircraft carriers can't support anything other than helicopters and VTOL/STOL aircraft. This is thanks to the fuckwits in Whitehall, deciding that we wouldn't add the electric catapults, and thereby save a few million quid.

These catapults would have allowed us to use cheap F-18s, at least in the short term. We scrapped our Sea Harrier fleet a few years ago (they were well past retirement).

So, we've spent billions on two useless flat-tops, while we wait for the F-35 programme to go into a death-spiral.

I predict a +5B quid project in a few years time - adding catapults - the hard way.

Still, it's not like the 12B quid they pissed up the wall, on the useless NHS patient records system. At least we have some working mobile helicopter platforms to show for it.

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