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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.

Power

Scientists: Electric Vehicles Produce As Many Toxins As Dirty Diesels (dailymail.co.uk) 555

An anonymous reader writes: Thanks to ongoing efforts to reduce engine emissions, nowadays only 10% to 15% of particulate emissions from traffic are coming from vehicles' tailpipes. The remainder originates in tire, road surface and brake wear. A study by Victor Timmers and Peter Achten published in Atmospheric Environment has now found that the extra weight of electric vehicles causes non-tailpipe emissions to increase by about as much as the omission of the internal combustion engine saves. Atmospheric particulates have been shown to cause cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases and are widely considered as the most harmful form of air pollution. Achten said, "We found that non-exhaust emissions, from brakes, tires and the road, are far larger than exhaust emissions in all modern cars. These are more toxic than emissions from modern engines so they are likely to be key factors in the extra heart attacks, strokes and asthma attacks seen when air pollution levels surge." The study shows that non-exhaust emissions a vehicle produces is directly related to its weight. Scientists found that electric and eco-friendly vehicles weighed around 24 percent more than conventional vehicles, which in turn contributes to more wear on the tires.

Submission + - Sci-hub domain been shut down by Elsevier (torrentfreak.com)

Taco Cowboy writes: Several ‘backup’ domain names are still in play, including Sci-Hub.bz and Sci-Hub.cc

In addition to the alternative domain names users can access the site directly through the IP-address 31.184.194.81

Its TOR domain is also still working — http://scihub22266oqcxt.onion/

Authorized or not, there is definitely plenty of interest in Sci-Hub’s service. The site currently hosts more than 51 million academic papers and receives millions of visitors per month

Many visits come from countries where access to academic journals is limited, such as Iran, Russia or China. But even in countries where access is more common, many researchers visit the site, an analysis from Science magazine revealed last week

Submission + - The science behind the world's simplest, controllable, flying machine (robohub.org)

Kassandra Perlongo writes: Researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich have created a flying machine that only has a single moving part, the rotating propeller, but can still fully control its position in space. Pretty neat!

Unfortunately there's no practical applications for the technology just yet other than it looks cool. Next up: refining the control strategy to allow the Monospinnner to recover from a larger range of initial conditions.

Comment More technical info on Panama Papers (Score 1) 155

There is more technical details in this article.

They are running a 2013 version of Drupal that is vulnerable to SQL injection (dubbed Drupalgeddon).

They are also running an Oracle HTTP server too. That web server seems to be ignoring the .htaccess setup by Drupal, and returns back the entire code of the .module files, and listings of directories, and such.

More interesting is how ICIJ setup their own collaboration around the documents using open source software, like VeraCrypt (fork of TruCrypt), Backlight (Ruby On Rails tool to index documents in Apache Solr), and Oxwall (a social media type of thing).

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