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Submission + - Spying on Students in the Classroom (eff.org)

schwit1 writes: It seems a day doesn’t go by without another report of a company monitoring what we do on the Internet and selling that data to generate more revenue. And now the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has examined what happens to the data that's collected from students using technology in the classroom. They released the results of an extensive survey covering students in grades K-12.

What they found was that little work has been done to protect the privacy of the student information that is collected from both the classroom and from using the online software the schools issue for use at home on the students' own devices. They found that while many school districts have embraced technology and all of the benefits it can bring to the schools and students, often little thought has been given to one of the unintended consequences of this: the students' privacy.

The study was very extensive and took two years to complete. Virtually everything was examined, including what's being done along each point from the suppliers of hardware and software and the cloud services, to the schools and the students. They found that lots of data is being collected without permission and that it's easy for outside companies to access the data. They also discovered that there's little to prevent suppliers from sharing data with others, including advertisers.

Submission + - Windows 95 and 98 still power Pentagon's critical systems

SmartAboutThings writes: The Pentagon is set to complete its Windows 10 transition by the end of this year, but nearly 75% of its control system devices still run Windows XP or other older versions, including Windows 95 and 98. A Pentagon official now wants the bug bounty program of the top U.S. defense agency expanded to scan for vulnerabilities in its critical infrastructure.

Submission + - Ubuntu to use Wayland by default

An anonymous reader writes: From the school of expected things following its decision to drop Unity, Ubuntu will use Wayland by default for user sessions in Ubuntu 17.10 onwards. Mir had been Canonical’s home-spun alternative to Wayland but was recently put out to pasture.

Submission + - HOWTO move your Linux /home to ZFS (freedompenguin.com)

Wolfrider writes: ZFS has many advantages over traditional Linux filesystems such as ext4 — when it came time to expand /home in a Virtualbox VM, using ZFS was easier than expanding disk allocation and repartitioning. I didn't even need to reboot! It also helps to future-proof additional filesystem expansion, provides compression and Samba+NFS file sharing.

How to install Ubuntu 14.04 and ZFS on Linux:
https://freedompenguin.com/art...

How to move your Linux /home to ZFS on Linux:
https://freedompenguin.com/art...

( Disclaimer: I am the author of these articles )

Submission + - SeqBox - Container format that can survive total loss of file system structures (github.com)

MarcoPon writes: SeqBox let you encode a file in such a way that, even if the file system become completely toasted, partition info are lost, and so on, it's still possible to reconstruct the SBX container just by looking at the raw sectors themselves.
The tools have been tested in a variety of platform and with different file systems.

Standard disclaimer: I'm the author.

Submission + - How to Triumph in a Toxic Office (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: From Uber to Thinx, the tech world is suffering from an infestation of office bullies. But if you happen to find yourself stuck in a toxic workplace, it's not the end of the world—and you may actually be able to change things for the better. At Backchannel, Karen Wickre offers up a survival strategy for anyone stuck in an office full of bro-ish bullies, writing that "a company culture can be a reflection of the company’s competitive position: Is it an underdog or market leader? Is it reinventing itself or disruptive? But an even more important component of culture comes from the leaders, and the values they express and demonstrate. Beware the company that shows off its aspirational values endlessly, but rarely shows them in dealing with employees or customers."

Submission + - EFF needs your help to stop Congress dismantling Internet privacy protections! (eff.org)

Peter Eckersley writes: Last year the FCC passed rules forbidding ISPs (both mobile and landline) from using your personal data without your consent for purposes other than providing you Internet access. In other words, the rules prevent ISPs from turning your browsing history into a revenue stream to sell to marketers and advertisers. Unfortunately, members of Congress are scheming to dismantle those protections as early as this week. If they succeed, ISPs would be free to resume selling users' browsing histories, pre-loading phones with spyware, and generally doing all sorts of creepy things to your traffic.

The good news is, we can stop them. We especially need folks in the key states of Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to call their senators this week and tell them not to kill the FCC's Broadband Privacy Rules.

Together, we can stop Congress from undermining these crucial privacy protections.

Submission + - Antix MX Linux has an important fix for software updates that were hanging (mxlinux.org) 1

Wolfrider writes: As I ran into this myself and ran into the fix on the Antix forums, submitting to Slashdot as it appears to be pretty widespread.

https://forum.mxlinux.org/view...

PROTIP: Step 4 worked for me with a minimum of hassle, but I had to temporarily bypass my Squid proxy for ' apt-get update ' to finish.

I updated the package "antix-archive-keyring" and then had to manually reply Y to the prompt for "Package distributor has shipped an updated version".

Submission + - Voice Is the Next Big Platform, Unless You Have an Accent (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: Voice technology was built for mostly-American voices, and it's only getting bigger. So what happens to people outside the norm, like those with accents? At Backchannel, Sonia Paul delves into this issue; the daughter of a Filipina mother and Indian father, she writes that "in the nearly 50 years they’ve lived in the United States, they’ve spoken English daily—fluently, but with distinct accents and sometimes different phrasings than a native speaker. In their experience, that means Siri, Alexa, or basically any device that uses speech technology will struggle to recognize their commands." But how did voice recognition technology become so exclusive—and what, if anything, is being done to make it more accessible?

Submission + - 10 Steps To Becoming A Horrible IT Boss 1

snydeq writes: Good-bye, programming peers; hello, power to abuse at your whim, writes Bob Lewis in a send-up of an all-too-familiar situation: The engineering colleague who transforms into a greasy political manipulator upon promotion into management. 'It’s legendary: A CIO promotes his best developer into a management role, losing an excellent programmer and gaining a bad manager. The art of management isn’t so much about assembling a dream team, helping others be successful, or solving technical problems. It’s about aligning everything you do in service of the business—the business of yourself.' What tales do you have of colleagues who broke bad all the way to the top?

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