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Comment Secure Boot is Windows only .. (Score 0) 161

@innocent_white_lamb: "The last time I tried that I spent TWO SOLID DAYS at Staples trying to find a laptop that would boot with my Linux "live cd" flash drive."

@Kjella: "You need to go into the BIOS and disable secure boot, then it should load on all of them. If it would boot your Linux distro it'd also boot whatever malware was trying to trojan Windows and that's exactly what they're trying to avoid"

Microsoft: "Secure Boot is a security standard developed by members of the PC industry to help make sure that your PC boots using only software that is trusted by the PC manufacturer."

I don't understand why these members of the PC industry didn't include the Linux makers in the design stage and instead made Secure Boot Windows only. I also understand that UEFI doesn't play nice with dual boot, purely a coincidence no doubt.

Comment Re:Actually, ALL American... (Score 1) 187

@ Applehu Akbar: "The first local settlers walked into a war between the invading Navajo and the agrarian Hopi, a conflict which moved through centuries of war into the American court system, and continues in muted form to this day."

Massive Population Drop Found for Native Americans, DNA Shows

"The number of Native Americans quickly shrank by roughly half following European contact about 500 years ago, according to a new genetic study.

The finding supports historical accounts that Europeans triggered a wave of disease, warfare, and enslavement in the New World that had devastating effects for indigenous populations across the Americas

Submission + - I Don't Love Spock: Matthew Continetti v. Captain James T. Kirk (thefederalist.com)

Limekiller42 writes: Over at The Washington Free Beacon, Matthew Continetti wrote about his apathetic reaction to the death of Lenard Nimoy. He stated that he didn't love Spock because, among other things, that "Not only do Spock’s peacenik inclinations routinely land the Enterprise and the Federation into trouble, his “logic” and “level head” mask an arrogant emotional basket case." This resulted in a sharp response from one Captain James T. Kirk that was posted over at The Federalist website.

Comment Reducing the spread of cyber threat .. (Score 1) 47

'the editorial board at the New York Times has suggested that the most constructive approach to reducing the spread of cyber threats would be to "accelerate international efforts to negotiate limits on the cyberarms race, akin to the arms-control treaties of the Cold War."'

I would have thought the solution is to built 'computer' that can't so easily be hacked. DDOD attacks only being feasable because of all those hacked Windows desktops out there in cyberspace.

IRAN -- Current Topics, Interaction with GCHQ

" Iranian Cyber Attacks: Iran continues to conduct didtribituted denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks against numerous U.S. financial institutions and is currently in the third phase of a series of such attacks that began in August 2012."

Submission + - Microsoft and Google working together on Angular 2 JavaScript framework (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: There are unlikely partnerships, and there are unlikely partnerships — Google and Microsoft certainly make for strange bedfellows. At developer conference ng-conf in Salt Lake City, Google's Angular team revealed that it has been working with the TypeScript Team from Microsoft to produce Angular 2.

The worlds of TypeScript and AtScript have converged, resulting in the collaborative effort that is Angular 2. The new version of the JavaScript framework will be written in TypeScript and will be used to develop the next generation of web sites and web apps.

Submission + - India Bans BBC Documentary on Rape

An anonymous reader writes: India's far-right Hindu Nationalist government headed by Narendra Modi has banned telecasting and viewing online of a BBC documentary on the 2012 Delhi rape which shocked the nation. The documentary consists interviews of the rapist Mukesh Singh, his lawyers and the victim's parents seems to expose the male dominant nature of Indian society. Indian government is now attempting to ban the documentary worldwide. Critics of Indian government's action has accused it for not addressing issues women face and instead trying to hide the dirty secrets of its culture from the world. Some Indian websites also reported that the views expressed by the rapist is echoed by policemen, lawyers and politicians of the nation. So far the government's attempt to ban the video online is with mixed success.


AmeliaHams writes: The Indian e-commerce industry has moved to a new phase in terms of growth. In 2009, the e-commerce market was estimated at $2.5 billion. According to a survey by Assocham, this $2.5 billion industry grew to $6.3 billion in 2011 and $16 billion in 2013, showing a staggering growth of 88%.
In this phase, hundreds of e-commerce websites mushroomed. Established players from the retail sector as well as amateurs who ran their businesses from home entered the market. Needless to say, with the growing number of e-commerce sites, competition became intense. This gave way to a new phase of growth, which saw M&As (mergers and acquisitions) and tie-ups with other e-commerce players.

Even global private equity (PE) firms, which cold shouldered other sectors are not shying away from investing in the online retail sector. According to a VCCEdge report, investments in e-commerce firms rose 258.31% to $805.36 million in 2013-14 from $224.85 million a year ago. The largest investment was in Flipkart, which raised $360 million from existing investors Tiger Global Management Llc, Accel Partners, Iconiq Capital, and MIH, a part of South African media company Naspers Group.

Flipkart has been on a fundraising and acquisition spree for quite some time now. In February ’12, the online megastore acquired electronics retailer Letsbuy.com for $25 million. Both sites are backed by common investors Tiger Global Management and Accel Partners.

Similarly, in November’12 another leading e-commerce site Myntra acquired Exclusively.in, the parent company of Sher Singh, to expand its operations internationally. It is interesting to note that Myntra and Exclusively.in are also backed by the same investors — Tiger Global Management Llc and Accel Partners.

However, the biggest e-commerce merger happened a few days ago when Flipkart acquired the country’s biggest fashion portal Myntra for $300 million. According to Flipkart co-founder, Binny Bansal, “This acquisition helps us grab a bigger market share and compete better.”

Currently, Myntra sells products from over 650 brands like Nike, Biba and Steve Madden and has about 100 sellers, which Myntra plans to increase up to 1,000 by the end of this fiscal year.

The acquisition will help Flipkart strengthen its apparel portfolio and compete aggressively with its biggest competitor Amazon, which launched its Indian portal in June last year. In just about a year after entering the Indian e-commerce market, Amazon has proved to be an aggressive competitor. It started by slashing prices, launching one-day delivery and adding new product categories, which has forced other e-commerce companies to consolidate.

Amazon India is also looking for smaller acquisition targets in India to boost its presence in the country to increase more pressure on the two leading e-commerce players, Flipkart and Snapdeal.

Snapdeal is another leading e-commerce company, which like Flipkart, is targeting a gross merchandise value (GMV) of $1 billion by 2015. GMV is the worth of sales transactions on a website, which is an important e-commerce performance metric as the revenue depends on gross merchandise sold and fees charged.

Recently, Snapdeal raised $100 million from investors including Temasek, BlackRock Inc., Myriad, Premji Invest and Tybourne. Incidentally, Singapore-based Temasek and Hong Kong’s Myriad have also invested in China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Prior to this investment, Snapdeal raised $133 million in February ’14 and $50 million in June ’13. The investors included eBay, a leading US e-commerce company. eBay, which entered into the Indian market in 2004 after acquiring Baazee, tied up with Snapdeal in June ’13.

This tie-up is said to be mutually beneficial for both the e-commerce companies as eBay, which has struggled in India despite having an early mover advantage, expects to benefit from Snapdeal’s supply chain know-how, whereas Snapdeal can tap into more sources of revenue than its consumer goods and fashion portfolio. For example, one of the biggest sources of revenue for eBay is through advertisements.

Snapdeal is also looking at expanding its horizon by selling online courses. It has, therefore, tied up with as many as 20 online course providers such as Edukart, Mockbank, Simplylearn and TestFunda, among others.
According to Kunal Bahl, founder, Snapdeal, “There are lots of companies, which have great learning content but no marketing and distribution.” Indian e-learning technology market had grown to $173.4 million in 2013 and Snapdeal expects 20% of its revenues to come from this in the next couple of years. Apart from competition and market capturing, there are a few interesting aspects regarding e-commerce mergers. One of them is venture capitalists’ (VC) shrewd strategy to get maximum returns before making an exit.

Take for example the merger between Flipkart and Myntra. Tiger Global and Accel Partners, two leading investors, have stakes in both the companies and by forcing the merger they have ensured huge returns before making an exit. This is like ‘spray and pray’ strategy. Investors understand that by having stakes in a winning site they can record windfalls. So, they invest in companies and finally merge the small not-so-profitable company with the winner as has happened in the case of Letsbuy and the Flipkart deal.

Analysts believe investor firms are expected to up the ante by investing further in companies that they think are the real winners. According to a report by VCCEdge, mergers and acquisitions in the Indian e-commerce space so far this year increased 187%, compared to the total deals in 2013. This year has seen six deals worth $310 million, as against 12 deals worth $108 million last year. Also, the size of PE/VC deals rose 7% to $637 million from $592 million in 2013.

These investments in big companies and growing competition will force smaller companies to merge with bigger rivals as it would become difficult for them to access fresh capital and cope with a price war.

As a result, smaller sites have only two options left, either to shut down or merge with a larger player in a bailout transaction. These transactions are quite common; so much so that most instances of consolidation in the Indian e-commerce space have been bailout transactions, giving a respectable exit to promoters and investors of the troubled companies.

One of the major bailout transactions happened in August ’12, when Smile Group-owned Fashionandyou acquired Urbantouch. After the merger, Abhishek Goyal, CEO of Urbantouch took over as Fashionandyou CEO. However, the deal turned out for the worse for Fashionandyou and it had to shut down Urbantouch due to management issues.

Fashionandyou, which was once a leading fashion portal, was overtaken by Rocket Internet-backed Jabong and Myntra. In a drive to regain its lost position in the market, the portal started raising funds and recently it raised $10 million from its existing investor Risk Capital and also some new investors whose names the company didn’t reveal.

Similarly, Snapdeal acquired eSportsBuy.com, an online retailer of sports and fitness equipment, but had to shut down eSportsBuy by adding a sports section on Snapdeal’s website. Sometimes, even when a merger is successful, companies prefer to shut down the acquired site and combine it into a single platform, as in the case of Zovi and Inkfruit deal.

Triggered by global investors SAIF Partners and Tiger Global, Fingerprints Fashions Pvt Ltd, which owns e-tailer Inkfruit.com, merged with Robemall Apparels Pvt Ltd, which runs private label fashion e-tailer Zovi. After the merger, Zovi became a single platform retaining Inkfruit’s brand and merchandise.

Analysts believe that pumping in of money by global PE firms will increase rather than slow down as the number of internet users in India is growing. This will result in further mergers and acquisitions.

According to a report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and audit firm KPMG, in December ’13, the number of Internet users in India was 213 million. However, rapid adoption of smart phones and tablets, which has encouraged more young people to shop online and an Internet penetration of 25% could be the tipping point for e-commerce growth in the country.

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Comment The Cybernet and ATC systems .. (Score 1) 60

"Cyber-based threats to federal information systems such as those that FAA relies on for its ATC systems are evolving and growing .. Further, the growing interconnectivity among different types of information systems presents increasing opportunities for such attacks."

Just who in their right minds connect an Air Traffic Control system to the Cybernet?

Comment INSERT INTO slashdot VALUES strawman .. (Score 1) 94

@BarbaraHudson: 'Yet another report that doesn't give hard numbers either in the summary or the article. And of course, the pdf is walled behind a "give us your information and we'll let you download it" page.'

If you haven't downloaded it, how do you know it doesn't gave any hard numbers. Besides, you can fill in any ole name and download it.

Key findings from the 2015 Linux Jobs Survey and Report show that:

"The 2015 Linux Jobs Report reveals and analyzes the responses from more than 1,000 hiring managers at corporations, small and medium businesses (SMBs), government organizations, and staffing agencies across the globeâ"as well as responses from more than 3,400 Linux professionals worldwide."

@BarbaraHudson: "I doubt we will ever have an unbiased set of numbers to work with - that would require someone who doesn't have a vested interest in the outcome."

Yes - of course - you're absolutely right - the Linux foundation obviously have a hidden agenda here ..

Comment Arstechnica post fake Apple/android security alert (Score 2) 89

"The so-called FREAK attack - short for Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys - is possible when an end user with a vulnerable device - currently known to include Android smartphones, iPhones, and Macs running Apple's OS X operating system - connects to an HTTPS-protected website configured to use a weak cipher that many had presumed had been retired. At the time this post was being prepared, Windows devices were not believed to be affected, and the status of Linux devices was unknown"

Submission + - European Data Protection Reform is Badly Broken (edri.org)

jrepin writes: New leaked documents show that European countries, pushed by Germany, are systematically working to destroy the fabric of European privacy legislation. Under the current proposals, far from being provided with security fit for the digital age, Europe’s citizens right to data protection would be devoid of meaning.

According to the leaked proposals, crucial privacy protections have been drastically undermined, including the right to be asked for consent, the right to know how your data are used and the right to object to your data being used, minimum standards of behaviour for companies exploiting individuals’ data. In several places, the text would not likely pass judicial scrutiny under Europe’s human rights framework.

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