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Comment Kubuntu and (almost) any laptop on sale (Score 1) 270

For the past 10 + years, I have been using Linux exclusively as my desktop environment, and all on laptops. I use Kubuntu 14.04 at present, and have been on the LTS versions for many years.

I only buy laptops that are on sale, whatever is in the flyers the week I need to replace a laptop.

From a 'what works' point of view, most of the laptops I have used have fully worked with Linux. That includes Wifi and sound, the most pesky components. Years ago, one Dell laptop had an issue with Wifi and I had to download something or other to make it work. The last few releases did not need anything special for it to work.

I am writing this from a 2009 Toshiba that works well with Kubuntu 14.04. An older Toshiba (maybe 2006 or 2007) still works fine with the same Kubuntu version.

From a reliability point of view, avoid HP laptops. I had one where the screen hinge decided not to work, and broke, so it is now a special purpose server. Another HP was overheating and we got it exchanged under extended warranty and 3 strikes (sent for repair 3 times for the same issue).

Comment Re:WhatsApp vs the others (Score 1) 56

What you stated is incorrect. There are plenty of other cross platform video calls.

One one them is Facebook Messenger. It works from a browser (even on Linux), and on Android phones. Not sure about iOS though.

The other is Google Hangouts. It also works from a browser (yes, on Linux too), on Android and on iOS.

Skype used to work on Linux (native application, not from a browser), Android, and iOS as well, but has not used it for a while on my Linux desktop.

WhatsApp is not cross platform. It does not work from a browser, and does not have a desktop native application, be that from Windows or Linux. And WhatsApp requires a mobile phone number, and reads your contacts and gathers all info from it, among other things. Facebook and Hangouts do not require a mobile phone number.

Submission + - FBI, DOJ continue using discredited junk science .. (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: .. the DOJ insists its science is solid, something it bases on confirmation bias. The matches determined in its forensic labs are "scientifically certain" because the DOJ's expert witnesses have said so in court. Not only are outside scientists locked out of examining evidence and forensic processes, but defense lawyers are as well.

Submission + - Stealthy, tricky to remove rootkit targets Linux systems on ARM and x86 (pcworld.com)

Kinwolf writes: Security researchers have identified a new family of Linux rootkits that, despite running from user mode, can be hard to detect and remove. Called Umbreon, after a Pokémon character that hides in the darkness, the rootkit has been in development since early 2015, runs from user mode but hijacks libc system calls. According to malware researchers from antivirus firm Trend Micro, Umbreon is a so-called ring 3 rootkit, meaning that it runs from user mode and doesn't need kernel privileges. Despite this apparent limitation, it is quite capable of hiding itself and persisting on the system.

Submission + - Publishers must let online readers pay for news anonymously (theguardian.com)

mspohr writes: The Guardian has an opinion piece by Richard Stallman which argues that we should be able to pay for news anonymously.
From the article:
"Online newspapers and magazines have come to depend, for their income, on a system of advertising and surveillance, which is both annoying and unjust.
Readers are rebelling by installing ad blockers, which cut into the publisher’s surveillance-based income. And in response, some sites are cutting off access to readers unless they accept being surveilled. What they ought to do instead is give us a truly anonymous way to pay."
He also (probably not coincidentally) has developed a method to do just that.
"For the GNU operating system, which was created by the free software movement and is typically used with the kernel Linux, we are developing a suitable payment system called GNU Taler that will allow publishers to accept anonymous payments from readers for individual articles. "

Comment Doesn't always work ... (Score 1) 373

Well, your idea does not always work.

First, we have dictators that seem to defy death. Case in point is Mubarak. I was in university when he came to power, and 30 years later, he was still in power, when the revolution erupted, with all the tumultuous aftermath. Oh, and he is still alive at 88 years old! You can also count Ali Abdalla Saleh of Yemen in the same league. Although he was deposed, he is still alive, and meddling with his country's affairs (aided/co-planned the Houthi take over which is still going on, and causing the Saudi shelling).

And then you have those who just hand over the country to a new generation. Hafez Assad died in power, after several brutal decades. His son, Bashar is now the one causing all this misery on his people.

Comment My setup (Score 1) 326

Operating system: Kubuntu 14.04.

Desktop Environment: KDE.

Browser: Firefox, with Classic Theme Restorer, uBlock Origin, NoScript, Cookie Monster and Session Manager with auto save every few hours. I also have Chromium for when Firefox proves to be too restrictive for some sites. I also use Opera and rekonq occasionally.

Editor: vim and has been for decades, even before vim was invented (yes, plain vi on UNIX System V).

Comment Re:YOU HAVE TO GO BACK (Score 1) 278

The Nice attacker "... did not seem overtly religious. Locals said he was often seen drinking beer and never attended the small mosque near his block of flats. ... had been in trouble with police between 2010 and 2016 for threatening behaviour, violence and petty theft. In March, a court in Nice convicted him of assaulting a motorist with an improvised weapon - a wooden pallet ... "

Source: BBC.

The Paris attackers (the two Abdeslam brothers, one who blew up himself, and the other one who was arrested) owned a bar serving alcohol and were not religious either. They did not attend a mosque. There were drugs in that bar too, and neighbours complained.

Source: Business Insider.

Other attackers also got in trouble with the law: petty crime, drug dealing, ...etc.

This seems like a recurring theme with Islamic State now. They don't recruit from religiously observant people, like Al-Qaeda used to do. They recruit ex-criminals, apparently seeking salvation by committing a 'martyrdom act'.

But don't let facts stand in the way of prejudice and preconceived ideas ...

From another immigrant Canadian ...

Comment Would not have helped ... (Score 1) 406

That moron Newt ...

The Nice attacker "... did not seem overtly religious. Locals said he was often seen drinking beer and never attended the small mosque near his block of flats. ... had been in trouble with police between 2010 and 2016 for threatening behaviour, violence and petty theft.
In March, a court in Nice convicted him of assaulting a motorist with an improvised weapon - a wooden pallet ... "

Source: BBC.

The Paris attackers (the two Abdeslam brothers, one who blew up himself, and the other one who was arrested) owned a bar serving alcohol and were not religious either. They did not attend a mosque. There were drugs in that bar too, and neighbours complained.

Source: Business Insider.

Other attackers also got in trouble with the law, petty crime, drug dealing, ...etc.

This seems like a recurring theme with Islamic State now. They don't recruit from religiously observant people, like Al-Qaeda used to do. They recruit ex-criminals, apparently seeking salvation by committing a 'martyrdom act'.

Comment Another case ... (Score 1) 142

Another case, just yesterday.

Saw a guy who looks exactly like a distant cousin of mine, just younger (no grey hair) and a little balder.

I knew it could not be him, since that cousin lives in a third country, and would not be here without telling me. So, I walked up to the doppelganger, and ask him which country he is from. He turned out to be from a distant country altogether. Told him that he looks like my cousin from a different country than him ...

But the resemblance is far too weird ...

Submission + - Drupal contrib Remote Code Execution vulnerability gets patched Wednesday

kbahey writes: The Drupal security team has issued a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on an upcoming security release for multiple contributed modules with remote code execution.

Drupal site owners are advised to set time aside on Wednesday (July 13th) around 12:00 EDT (16:00 UTC) to update their site.

This advice is an attempt to avoid what happened when SA-CORE-2014-005 was released, and how fast automated exploits were developed within hours, leading to many Drupal sites being compromised.

Comment Raspbian + Kodi (Score 2) 226

If you want to retain the usual Raspbian (Debian derived) command line interface and use the box just like any other Debian/Ubuntu box, there is no need to install a media specific distro like OSMC or OpenELEC.

Just install regular Raspbian, then install Kodi as you would any debian package:

$ sudo apt-get install kodi

If you want kodi to start automatically and take over the HDMI port, then add this to crontab:

@reboot sleep 45; /usr/lib/kodi/kodi.bin --standalone -fs

The delay is to give you some time to kill the process if you want to start the GUI desktop.

Comment Free Internet Radio (Score 1) 316

I don't subscribe to any music service. All I listen to is Internet radio.

You have a desktop Linux, right? Start by going to vTuner station line up, and search for the stations/genre/language that you want. Click on the "Play" link, and save to a file. In that file, there will be the stream to that station. You can then take that and stick it in your music player. I use Clementine.

No desktop Linux? Okay, you must have a Raspberry Pi then. Just install Kodi:

sudo aptitude install kodi

Then configure the Radio addon, and you will find more or less the same channel line up as in vTuner.

Then add this to your crontab:

@reboot sleep 45; /usr/lib/kodi/kodi.bin --standalone -fs &

But, there is OpenELEC you say. But, Kodi runs on Windows you say. Yes, of course, but this is Slashdot ...

Submission + - How stingray is zapping the fourth amendment

Presto Vivace writes: How Militarized Cops Use the Intrusive Technology Stingray, and Much More, to Intrude on Our Rights — Police nationwide are secretly exploiting intrusive technologies with the feds' complicity.

Thanks to this call-and-response process, the Stingray knows both what cell phones are in the area and where they are. In other words, it gathers information not only about a specific suspect, but any bystanders in the area as well. While the police may indeed use this technology to pinpoint a suspect’s location, by casting such a wide net there is also the potential for many kinds of constitutional abuses—for instance, sweeping up the identities of every person attending a demonstration or a political meeting. Some Stingrays are capable of collecting not only cell phone ID numbers but also numbers those phones have dialed and even phone conversations. In other words, the Stingray is a technology that potentially opens the door for law enforcement to sweep up information that not so long ago wouldn’t have been available to them.

This is why it matters who wins the mayor and city council races. Localities do not have to accept this technology.

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