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Submission + - Linux Kernel 4.11 Officially Released

prisoninmate writes: Linux kernel 4.11 has been in development for the past two months, since very early March, when the first Release Candidate arrived for public testing. Eight RCs later, we're now able to download and compile the final release of Linux 4.11 on our favorite GNU/Linux distributions and enjoy its new features. Prominent ones include scalable swapping for SSDs, a brand new perf ftrace tool, support for OPAL drives, support for the SMC-R (Shared Memory Communications-RDMA) protocol, journalling support for MD RAID5, all new statx() system call to replace stat(2), and persistent scrollback buffers for VGA consoles. The Linux 4.11 kernel also introduces initial support for Intel Gemini Lake chips, which is an Atom-based, low-cost computer processor family developed using Intel's 14-nanometer technology, and better power management for AMD Radeon GPUs when the AMDGPU open-source graphics driver is used.

Submission + - Doing Math Without A License

Rick Zeman writes: Mats Jarlstrom, a Beaverton, Oregon traffic light gadfly crusading against red light cameras and their timings was accused of the “'practice of engineering;” without a license while pressing his cause by doing simple math. So last week, Mr. Jarlstrom filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court against the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying, charging the state’s licensing panel with violating his First Amendment rights.
“I was working with simple mathematics and applying it to the motion of a vehicle and explaining my research...By doing so, they declared I was illegal.”

Submission + - Hacker Leaks OITNB Season 5 After Failed Netflix Extortion Attempt

An anonymous reader writes: A hacker (or hacker group) known as The Dark Overlord (TDO) has leaked the first ten episodes of season 5 of the "Orange Is The New Black" show after two failed blackmail attempts, against Larson Studios and Netflix. The hacker said he stole hundreds of gigabytes of audio files from Larson Studios last December. TDO claims the studio initially agreed to pay a ransom of 50 Bitcoin ($67,000) by January 31, and the two parties even signed a contract, albeit TDO signed it using the name "Adolf Hitler."

This might have been the reason why the company thought this was a joke and didn't pay the ransom as initially agreed. At this point, the hacker turned from the studio to Netflix, but the company didn''t want to pay either. As a warning, the hacker leaked the first episode of season 5, but half a day later, he leaked 9 more. According to Netflix's website, season 5 is supposed to have 13 episodes and is scheduled for release in June, this year.

The hacker also claims he's in possession of shows and movies from other movie studios and television channels, such as FOX, IFC, NAT GEO, and ABC. Some of the titles include "Celebrity Apprentice," "NCIS Los Angeles," "New Girl," and "XXX The return of Xander Cage"

Submission + - Star Trek Fan Forced to Surrender 'ASIMIL8' License Plate for Being Offensive (gizmodo.com) 2

schwit1 writes: A Star Trek fan in Canada has been forced to turn over his personalized license plate after people complained its message, ASIMIL8, was insulting to indigenous people.

Manitoba Public Insurance revoked Nick Troller’s personalized license plate that read ASIMIL8, a nod to the Borg in Star Trek. According to a report in the Toronto Star, Troller had been driving around with it for two years, and it was accompanied by a license frame that said “We Are the Borg” and “Resistance is Futile.” Troller said fellow fans liked his license plate and asked to take pictures with it, and complained that critics were being too sensitive about the issue.

Submission + - Robots hit the streets -- and the streets hit back (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: As robots begin to appear on sidewalks and streets, they're being hazed and bullied. Last week, a drunken man allegedly tipped over a 300-pound security robot in Mountain View, California... Knightscope, which makes the robot that was targeted in Mountain View, said it's had three bullying incidents since launching its first prototype robot three years ago. In 2014, a person attempted to tackle a Knightscope robot. Last year in Los Angeles, people attempted to spray paint a Knightscope robot. The robot sensed the paint and sounded an alarm, alerting local security and the company's engineers... the robot's cameras filmed the pranksters' license plate, making it easy to track them down.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How would you build a global wireless mesh network? 1

An anonymous reader writes: How would you start a grassroots effort to build a self organizing global radio mesh network where all devices can communicate with all other devices and where there is no central authority. There is nothing in the rules of mathematics or laws of physics that prevents such a system. But how would you break the problem up so it could be crowd funded and sourced? How would you build the radios? And what about government spectrum rules? This seems like biggest blocker. How would you persuade governments to allow for the use of say, 1%, of the spectrum for an unlicensed mesh experiment? In the US it would probably take a Act of Congress to overrule the FCC but a grassroots effort with potential for major technology advances backed by celebrity scientists might be enough to tilt the issue but would there be enough motivation? Thanks for any advice, hints, suggestions, insults, etc.. I love all of you:)

Submission + - Access to Wikipedia blocked in Turkey (turkeypurge.com)

stikves writes: It looks like another major Internet service is blocked in Turkey, hopefully for a short time. Wikipedia is the subject to a latest ban, and unfortunately more details are not available:

Access to Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey as a result of “a provisional administrative order” imposed by the Turkish Telecommunications Authority (BTK).
The Internet Freedom watchdog, the Turkey Blocks said it has verified restrictions affecting the Wikipedia online encyclopedia in Turkey. “A block affecting all language editions of the website detected at 8:00AM local time Saturday 29 April,” the watchdog said on Saturday.
Turkey Blocks said an administrative blocking order is usually expected to precede a full court blocking order in coming days.
While the reason for the order was unknown early on Saturday, a statement on the BTK’s website said: “After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr. 5651, ADMINISTRATION MEASURE has been taken for this website (wikipedia.org) according to Decision Nr. 490.05.01.2017.-182198 dated 29/04/2017 implemented by Information and Communication Technologies Authority.”

Submission + - Wikipedia blocked in Turkey (turkeyblocks.org)

Ilgaz writes: The Turkey Blocks monitoring network has verified restrictions affecting the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia in Turkey. A block affecting all language editions of the website detected at 8:00AM local time Saturday 29 April. The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country.

Submission + - A Russian-controlled telecom hijacked 24 Financial Services' Internet Traffic (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On Wednesday, large chunks of network traffic belonging to MasterCard, Visa, and more than two dozen other financial services companies were briefly routed through a Russian government-controlled telecom under unexplained circumstances that renew lingering questions about the trust and reliability of some of the most sensitive Internet communications.

Anomalies in the border gateway protocol—which routes large-scale amounts of traffic among Internet backbones, ISPs, and other large networks—are common and usually the result of human error. While it's possible Wednesday's five- to seven-minute hijack of 36 large network blocks may also have been inadvertent, the high concentration of technology and financial services companies affected made the incident "curious" to engineers at network monitoring service BGPmon. What's more, the way some of the affected networks were redirected indicated their underlying prefixes had been manually inserted into BGP tables, most likely by someone at Rostelecom, the Russian government-controlled telecom that improperly announced ownership of the blocks.

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