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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.

Submission + - RI Governor Under Fire for Setup That Facilitated Microsoft K-12 CS Partnership

theodp writes: A year ago, in partnership with Microsoft, tech-backed nonprofit Code.org, and others, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo launched the Computer Science for RI (CS4RI) effort. "Rhode Island’s CS4RI is the first opportunity we’ve had since launching the program in 2009 to scale [Microsoft] TEALS to so many new high schools at one time," exclaimed Microsoft Corporate VP and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies Mary Snapp. Microsoft CEO and early TEALS backer Satya Nadella added, "We aim to empower every educator and student in the State of Rhode Island to prepare for this future by fostering new levels of collaboration and creativity in the classroom through computer science education." The CS4RI initiative is a project of the Rhode Island Office of Innovation, whose six-person team included Chief Innovation Officer Richard Culatta, whose salary was controversially paid from fundraiser dollars — nearly $1.5 million in private donations funded the office, which curiously included $913,000 from Silicon Valley Community Foundation — and Microsoft TEALS Regional Manager Andrea Russo, whose salary is presumably paid by Microsoft (which keeps a watchful eye on the project). Now, under fire for the unorthodox setup which a watchdog group called "a weird entity that’s not part of state government, but has a lot of the power of state government," Raimondo said she will reevaluate the setup of her chief innovation officer’s office in the wake of Culatta's just-announced departure. "We’ve been totally transparent about everything," she said. "But you know, we’re always looking to improve, so we want to keep the good progress and, as we look for his replacement, we’ll see if there’s any changes we should make to the structure." Raimondo also is a member of Code.org's Governors for K-12 Computer Science initiative, and participated in Facebook's recent first-ever Female Governors’ Summit to identify new state-led policies aimed at expanding female participation in CS education and tech jobs.

Submission + - Firefox 52 forces pulseaudio, dev claims that telemetry is essential (mozilla.org) 3

jbernardo writes: While trying to justify breaking audio on firefox for several linux users by making it depend on pulseaudio (and not even mentioning it in the release notes), Anthony Jones, who claims, among other proud achievements, to be "responsible for bringing Widevine DRM to Linux, Windows and Mac OSX", informs users that disabling telemetry will have consequences — "Telemetry informs our decisions. Turning it off is not without disadvantage."
The latest one is, as documented on the mentioned bug, that firefox no long has audio unless you have pulseaudio installed. Many bug reporters suggest that firefox telemetry is disabled by default on many distributions, and also that power users, who are the ones more likely to remove pulseaudio, are also the ones more likely to disable telemetry.
As for the pulseaudio dependence, apparently there was a "public" discussion on google groups, and it can be seen that the decision was indeed based on telemetry.
So, if for any reason you still use firefox, and want to have some hope it won't be broken for you in the future, enable all the spyware/telemetry.

Submission + - SPAM: Should Facebook block "blasphemous" content?

peetm writes: Pakistan says it has asked Facebook to help investigate "blasphemous content" posted on the social network by Pakistanis.

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Pakistan has often blocked access to pornographic sites and sites with anti-Islamic content and in 2010 a Pakistani court blocked Facebook over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Submission + - NetBSD 7.1 Released

fisted writes: The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.1, the first feature update of the NetBSD 7 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons, as well as new features and enhancements.

Some highlights of the 7.1 release are:

        Support for Raspberry Pi Zero.
        Initial DRM/KMS support for NVIDIA graphics cards via nouveau (Disabled by default. Uncomment nouveau and nouveaufb in your kernel config to test).
        The addition of vioscsi, a driver for the Google Compute Engine disk.
        Linux compatibility improvements, allowing, e.g., the use of Adobe Flash Player 24.
        wm(4):
                C2000 KX and 2.5G support.
                Wake On Lan support.
                82575 and newer SERDES based systems now work.
        ODROID-C1 Ethernet now works.
        Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements.

NetBSD is free. All of the code is under non-restrictive licenses, and may be used without paying royalties to anyone. Free support services are available via our mailing lists and website. Commercial support is available from a variety of sources. More extensive information on NetBSD is available from our website.

Submission + - Trump chooses Scott Pruitt, climate change denier, to head the EPA (theguardian.com)

Victor_0x53h writes: Scott Pruitt, attorney general of Oklahoma and a sceptic of climate science, has been chosen by Donald Trump as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He is part of legal action waged by 28 states against the EPA to halt the Clean Power Plan, an effort by Barack Obama’s administration to curb greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants and has sided with Exxon Mobil in investigations by the attorneys general in Massachusetts and New York over claims that it misled investors by covering up its knowledge of climate change.

Submission + - 5-Year-Old Critical Linux Vulnerability Patched (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: A critical, local code-execution vulnerability in the Linux kernel was patched more than a week ago, continuing a run a serious security issues in the operating system, most of which have been hiding in the code for years.

Details on the vulnerability were published Tuesday by researcher Philip Pettersson, who said the vulnerable code was introduced in August 2011. A patch was pushed to the mainline Linux kernel Dec. 2, four days after it was privately disclosed. Pettersson has developed a proof-of-concept exploit specifically for Ubuntu distributions, but told Threatpost his attack could be ported to other distros with some changes.

The vulnerability is a race condition that was discovered in the af_packet implementation in the Linux kernel, and Pettersson said that a local attacker could exploit the bug to gain kernel code execution from unprivileged processes. He said the bug cannot be exploited remotely.

Submission + - Trade Secrets Stolen From ThyssenKrupp In Major Hack

An anonymous reader writes: German steel manufacturer ThyssenKrupp has been hacked in a major cyberattack, coordinated by unnamed malicious actors based in south-east Asia. The large-scale attack was targeted at the German firm to steal its technical trade secrets. Martin Hölze, CIO at ThyssenKrupp said that the company had been the target of a ‘very professional hacker attack since February.’ The breach was executed through hidden backdoors in the IT systems which were used to gain access to the steel giant’s valuable intellectual property. ThyssenKrupp said that the attack was uncovered in April by its own in-house computer emergency response team (CERT), which has since cleaned and re-secured the infected systems. State and federal cyber security and data protection agencies were informed of the hack. A criminal complaint was also lodged with police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Submission + - Apache Zeppelin open-source analytics startup reveals new name, fresh funding (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: The team behind the Apache Zeppelin open-source notebook for big data analytics visualization has renamed itself ZEPL and announced $4.1M in Series A funding. ZEPL, which swears a certain professional football organization had nothing to do with it ditching its former name (NFLabs), is one of numerous companies smelling blood in the water around Tableau, the $3.5 billion business intelligence and analytics software vendor that has stumbled financially in recent quarters and seen its stock price plummet accordingly.

Submission + - Announced: Independent OpenVPN Security Audit (helpnetsecurity.com)

Orome1 writes: OpenVPN is an open source software application that implements various VPN techniques, and is used by millions of people. VPN service Private Internet Access has just announced that they have contracted noted and well-reputed cryptographer Dr. Matthew Green to perform a security audit of OpenVPN. Once the audit is finished, OpenVPN will get a first look at it. The results will be publicly released only after the OpenVPN project has had a chance to fix them.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Google Maps speed limit - how accurate is it for you? 1

An anonymous reader writes: I have lived a ways down a back country road since before there was any such thing as Google Maps. In the last few months, I have noticed a very rapid increase in the number of drivers going 35 mph on a road that has a posted speed limit of 45 mph and most people travel 55 mph. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why until one day, when I was testing out some new equipment, I observed that Google has a new feature of displaying what it thinks is the posted speed limit for where users are driving.

My biggest concern is that my local government really, really loves to lower speed limits so it can set speed traps. This road, which is long and straight with large shoulders and only a few driveways (more like gravel roads), used to be 55 mph (an "End 35 MPH" zone), but has, over the years, been taken down to 45 mph, and a similar nearby road from 50 mph to 40 mph. I have never in my life seen a road that gets surveyed as frequently as these roads, so I'm concerned that the increased flow of drivers going 10 mph below the speed limit is going to result in a further reduced posted speed limit.

My second concern is the number of tailgaters that get jammed up behind these people. This will eventually result in an accident, as the road-sign-ignorant artery-cloggers likely are going to slam on their brakes because Google also has the destination driveway in the wrong place or wrong side of the road, or they spot a deer near the road, or a squirrel jumps in front of them, etc.

I suppose if I want to do anything about this, then I should figure out how to help Google with the development of their product, else suffer the consequences. Always obliged to do Google's ground-level product development for them.

I was just curious if anyone else has this problem of the speed limits in Google Maps being too low? For me, it isn't just the one road that is inaccurate. I drove around and found that Google likes to give speed limits that are 5-15 mph below the posted speed limit, except in the most heavily trafficked areas.

Submission + - Microsoft Signature PCs block linux installs (reddit.com)

jbernardo writes: Seems like your favourite convicted monopolist is back at its usual tactics, despite all the "we are friends of open source" propaganda. The "Signature program" seems to be the reason that you can't install Linux on Lenovo laptops on the program.

Lenovo has already blocked the thread and seems to have engaged "damage control mode", but it is already on the wayback machine, at least according to BaronHK at reddit, the source of the story.

Submission + - "HP pre-programmed failure date of non-HP ink cartridges in its printers" (myce.com)

An anonymous reader writes: HP has programmed a failure date for non-HP / private label ink cartridges in its printers. Users around the world started to complain on the 13th of September this year that their printer rejected their non-HP cartridges. HP claimed that a firmware update was the culprit, but also printers who never received an update since they were unpacked rejected the cartridges starting at that particular date.

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