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Comment Re: None of Linux's choice quotes? (Score 1) 110

So why isn't Darl running for president? I would vote for legalizing prostitution.

Because everyone on slashdot hates him!
Darl was the CEO of SCO. You should be old enough to remember the SCO vs IBM debacle (too old?).
One of his more amusing claims was that the GPL is unconstitutional because communists or something
like that, which led to Linus stating the above.

Submission + - Tor veteran Lucky Green exits, torpedos critical 'Tonga' node and relays (

An anonymous reader writes: "Chap responsible for very early nodes says 'recent events' make it impossible to continue"[1]

18 Jul 2016 at 06:35, Richard Chirgwin

"It will therefore be left to others to speculate about whether or not Green's decision is the result of the turmoil in the project, which emerged when Jacob Applebaum exited amid accusations and recriminations, and continued with the project's board replacing itself."

[1] Full Article:

[1arc] Full Article (Archived):*/...

"Lucky Green's message[2] to the community reads as follows:"

"Given recent events, it is no longer appropriate for me to materially contribute to the Tor Project either financially, as I have so generously throughout the years, nor by providing computing resources. This decision does not come lightly; I probably ran one of the first five nodes in the system and my involvement with Tor predates it being called "Tor" by many years.

Nonetheless, I feel that I have no reasonable choice left within the bounds of ethics, but to announce the discontinuation of all Tor-related services hosted on every system under my control.

Most notably, this includes the Tor node "Tonga", the "Bridge Authority", which I recognize is rather pivotal to the network

Tonga will be permanently shut down and all associated crytographic keys destroyed on 2016-08-31. This should give the Tor developers ample time to stand up a substitute. I will terminate the chron job we set up so many years ago at that time that copies over the descriptors.

In addition to Tonga, I will shut down a number of fast Tor relays, but the directory authorities should detect that shutdown quickly and no separate notice is needed here.

I wish the Tor Project nothing but the best moving forward through those difficult times."

[2] Tonga (Bridge Authority) Permanent Shutdown Notice:

[2arc] Tonga (Bridge Authority) Permanent Shutdown Notice (Archived):*/...

Submission + - SPAM: How to access whatsapp on laptop

Democratic bloggers writes: In a very short period of time Whatsapp had a user of more than 1 billion and it become highly downloadable android app in quick time. It become the 5th most downloadable android app. Whatsapp brings so many changes and innovation from which one of the feature is that Whatsapp introduces Whatsapp web.
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Submission + - Ransomware Wreaks Havoc in the Cloud (

rye writes: Today, researchers at LMG Security released a video of the "Jigsaw" ransomware spreading across the "HackMe, Inc." corporate network in their "Play Lab," starting with the very first click on a phishing email, all the way to the encryption of HackMe, Inc's cloud repository. Watch as the ransomware spreads to the company's networked file share and OneDrive cloud repository. A perfectly creepy "Billy the Puppet" head pops up as the ransom note is printed in green letters across the desktop.

Want your colleagues or management to understand the true potential damage of ransomware? Just show them this video. Then, unplug your network cable, crawl under your desk and hide.

"What does it actually LOOK like when ransomware encrypts all the files on an employee workstation and then moves on to encrypt your company’s file share, and even cloud-based documents?"

Submission + - Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Fails Consumer Reports Water-Resistance Test (

An anonymous reader writes: The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is apparently not-so-active. It should be the more durable version of the Galaxy S7 family but apparently it's not. Because of this, Consumer reports is not going to mark it as "Recommended" even though it performed very well in all the other tests it ran.

"Consumer Reports technicians placed a Galaxy S7 Active in a water tank pressurized to 2.12 pounds-per-square-inch, the equivalent of just under five feet of water, and set a timer for 30 minutes. When we removed the phone, the screen was obscured by green lines, and tiny bubbles were visible in the lenses of the front- and rear-facing cameras. The touchscreen wasn’t responsive.

Following our standard procedure when a sample fails an immersion test, we submitted a second Galaxy S7 Active to the same test. That phone failed as well. After we removed it from the tank, the screen cycled on and off every few seconds, and moisture could be seen in the front and back camera lenses. We also noticed water in the slot holding the SIM card.

For a couple of days following the test, the screens of both phones would light up when the phones were plugged in, though the displays could not be read. The phones never returned to functionality."

Submission + - Mesa 12.0 Brings Open-Source OpenGL 4.3 To Intel/AMD/NVIDIA, Open-Source Vulkan (

An anonymous reader writes: Mesa3D developers have announced the release of Mesa 12.0. Mesa 12 notably adds open-source OpenGL 4.3 drivers for Intel / Radeon / NVIDIA on Linux and it also integrates the previously open-sourced Intel Vulkan graphics API driver. From the Phoronix analysis, "Mesa 12.0 is easily one of the biggest updates to this important open-source user-space OpenGL driver stack in quite some time and will offer much better support and features especially for Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA open-source Linux desktop users/gamers."

Submission + - George Takei Opposes Gay Sulu in 'Star Trek Beyond' writes: Seth Abramovitch reports in the Hollywood Reporter that actor and LGBT activist George Takei says Paramount's plans to have Sulu's character in the upcoming 'Star Trek Beyond' the first LGBTQ lead character in Star Trek history is out of step with what creator Gene Roddenberry would have wanted. [Roddenberry] "was a strong supporter of LGBT equality," says Takei, now 79. "But he said he has been pushing the envelope and walking a very tight rope — and if he pushed too hard, the show would not be on the air." Takei says he'd much prefer that Sulu stay straight. "I’m delighted that there’s a gay character," says Takei. "Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate." The timeline logic of the new revelation is enough to befuddle even the most diehard of Trek enthusiasts, as the rebooted trilogy takes place before the action of the original series. In other words, assuming canon orthodoxy, this storyline suggest Sulu would have had to have first been gay and married, only to then go into the closet years later.

Simon Pegg, who has co-written the latest Star Trek movie, as well as starring as Scotty, has responded to criticism by the actor George Takei at the film-makers’ decision to make the character he used to play openly gay. “He’s right, it is unfortunate, it’s unfortunate that the screen version of the most inclusive, tolerant universe in science fiction hasn’t featured an LGBT character until now. We could have introduced a new gay character, but he or she would have been primarily defined by their sexuality, seen as the ‘gay character’, rather than simply for who they are, and isn’t that tokenism?” says Pegg. “Our Trek is an alternate timeline with alternate details. Whatever magic ingredient determines our sexuality was different for Sulu in our timeline. I like this idea because it suggests that in a hypothetical multiverse, across an infinite matrix of alternate realities, we are all LGBT somewhere."

Submission + - Multiple Police Officers Killed by 2 Snipers at Public Protest (Dallas) (

An anonymous reader writes: All news outlets are breaking the story of 11 officers shot from two elevated positions during an evening protest in Dallas. The protest was organized following killings of black men by police in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis earlier.

Submission + - Brexit (

ISayWeOnlyToBePolite writes: With only a few votes left to count it is now clear that Britain has voted to leave the EU.
Financial markets are in turmoil and the pound has dropped 10%.

Submission + - Student-Built Grimsel Electric Race Car Breaks 0 To 60 Acceleration World Record (

MojoKid writes: Students at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts took to the fast lane and developed an electric vehicle that's capable of going 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in just 1.513 seconds, or roughly equivalent to a 0 to 60 miles per hour measurement (62.1371 MPH to be exact). The student team set a new world record in acceleration for an electric car. Hitting 100 km/h in just 1.513 seconds took just 30 meters of track at the Dübendorf air base near Zurich. It took less than a year for a group of 30 students to build the car called Grimsel that weighs just 168 kilograms, or a little over 370 pounds. Grimsel is a four-wheel drive electric racing car with four specially developed wheel hub motors capable of generating 200 HP and 1,700 Nm (1,202 pounds per foot) of torque.

Submission + - Wikileaks: Brazil's acting president used to be US intel informant ( 2

Okian Warrior writes: WikiLeaks has exposed acting President Michel Temer as having been an intelligence informant for the United States. Temer, who has served as Brazil’s vice president since 2011, took power Thursday after Brazil’s parliament suspended [then president] Rousseff pending the results of impeachment proceedings. The cables — marked “sensitive but unclassified” — contained summaries of conversations Temer, a Brazilian federal lawmaker at the time, had with the U.S. intelligence officials.

Submission + - ZFS for Linux Finally Lands in Debian GNU/Linux

prisoninmate writes: It took the Debian developers many years to finally be able to ship a working version of ZFS for Linux on Debian GNU/Linux. For those not in the known, ZFS on Linux is the official OpenZFS implementation for Linux, which promises to offer native ZFS filesystem support for any Linux kernel-based operating system, currently supporting Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, openSUSE, and now Debian. And it looks like their ZFS for Linux implementation borrows a lot of patches from Ubuntu, at least according to the changelog for zfs-linux, the version that is now available in the unstable channel for Debian users to install and test.

Submission + - Next Generation UNIX Shell (

ilyasher writes: Classical UNIX shells are domain-specific languages for a domain that changed quite a bit. NGS is a work-in-progress project which is an attempt to create a shell for this new domain. Some of the highlights: real programming language in addition to command line syntax, data structures, better and more consistent syntax, extensibility, support for cloud, better UX.

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