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An Everyday Linux User Review Of 4MLinux

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:00

 EveryDayLinuxUser: 4MLinux is a mini Linux distribution.

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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Slashdot.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:55
CBC reports that a man pulled up to the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, got out of his car, and shot a soldier with a rifle. The Memorial is right next to the Canadian Parliament buildings. A shooter (reportedly the same one, but unconfirmed) also approached Parliament and got inside before he was shot and killed. "Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, said ... the man hopped over the stone fence that surrounds Parliament Hill, with his gun forcing someone out of their car. He then drove to the front doors of Parliament and fired at least two shots, Walsh said." Canadian government officials were quickly evacuated from the building, while the search continues for further suspects. This comes a day after Canada raised its domestic terrorism threat level. Most details of the situation are still unconfirmed -- CBC has live video coverage here. They have confirmed that there was a second shooting at the Rideau Center, a shopping mall nearby.

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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Slashdot.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:55
CBC reports that a man pulled up to the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, got out of his car, and shot a soldier with a rifle. The Memorial is right next to the Canadian Parliament buildings. A shooter (reportedly the same one, but unconfirmed) also approached Parliament and got inside before he was shot and killed. "Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, said ... the man hopped over the stone fence that surrounds Parliament Hill, with his gun forcing someone out of their car. He then drove to the front doors of Parliament and fired at least two shots, Walsh said." Canadian government officials were quickly evacuated from the building, while the search continues for further suspects. This comes a day after Canada raised its domestic terrorism threat level. Most details of the situation are still unconfirmed -- CBC has live video coverage here. They have confirmed that there was a second shooting at the Rideau Center, a shopping mall nearby.

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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Slashdot.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:47
An anonymous reader writes: The Atlantic has a nice profile of SpaceX's rise to prominence — how a private startup managed to successfully compete with industry giants like Boeing in just a decade of existence. "Regardless of its inspirations, the company was forced to adopt a prosaic initial goal: Make a rocket at least 10 times cheaper than is possible today. Until it can do that, neither flowers nor people can go to Mars with any economy. With rocket technology, Musk has said, "you're really left with one key parameter against which technology improvements must be judged, and that's cost." SpaceX currently charges $61.2 million per launch. Its cost-per-kilogram of cargo to low-earth orbit, $4,653, is far less than the $14,000 to $39,000 offered by its chief American competitor, the United Launch Alliance. Other providers often charge $250 to $400 million per launch; NASA pays Russia $70 million per astronaut to hitch a ride on its three-person Soyuz spacecraft. SpaceX's costs are still nowhere near low enough to change the economics of space as Musk and his investors envision, but they have a plan to do so (of which more later)."

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New Products

LinuxJournal.com - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:45

Please send information about releases of Linux-related products to newproducts@linuxjournal.com or New Products c/o Linux Journal, PO Box 980985, Houston, TX 77098. Submissions are edited for length and content.

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Mobile pico projector does surround sound too

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:24

 LinuxGizmos: A mobile, Android A/V robot on Kickstarter called the "Keecker" offers surround sound, a pico projector, a panoramic camera, sensors, and 1TB of storage.

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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

Slashdot.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:05
HughPickens.com writes: Brian Fung reports at the Washington Post that earlier this year emergency services went dark for over six hours for more than 11 million people across seven states. "The outage may have gone unnoticed by some, but for the more than 6,000 people trying to reach help, April 9 may well have been the scariest time of their lives." In a 40-page report (PDF), the FCC found that an entirely preventable software error was responsible for causing 911 service to drop. "It could have been prevented. But it was not," the FCC's report reads. "The causes of this outage highlight vulnerabilities of networks as they transition from the long-familiar methods of reaching 911 to [Internet Protocol]-supported technologies." On April 9, the software responsible for assigning the identifying code to each incoming 911 call maxed out at a pre-set limit; the counter literally stopped counting at 40 million calls. As a result, the routing system stopped accepting new calls, leading to a bottleneck and a series of cascading failures elsewhere in the 911 infrastructure. Adm. David Simpson, the FCC's chief of public safety and homeland security, says having a single backup does not provide the kind of reliability that is ideal for 911. "Miami is kind of prone to hurricanes. Had a hurricane come at the same time [as the multi-state outage], we would not have had that failover, perhaps. So I think there needs to be more [distribution of 911 capabilities]."

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How do I enable Touch ID for Dropbox?

AskDaveTaylor - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:48

I don’t really know why the Dropbox team implemented it the way they did, but I’m sure that a lot of people who are avid Dropbox users on their iOS devices — iPhone or iPad — are wondering the same thing about how to actually enable this feature. The trick is that you have to implement a PIN code first, and then the option of enabling Touch ID shows up.

Think about it a bit and you’ll understand their logic though: If you deleted all your Touch ID information you could end up completely locked out of your Dropbox account, which would not be a good outcome. So the PIN is good. What confuses me is why they don’t still have the “enable touch ID” option and just pop up a warning “you need to set a PIN first” instead of hiding it.

Still, I’ve got ya covered!

To start, jump into your Dropbox app on your iPhone. It’ll doubtless look something like this:

You want to tap on “Settings” along the bottom of the screen.

Do so and…

I have the same problem you do because of my configuration, but you’ll see that in a minute.

For now, tap on “Passcode Lock” to enable it.

You know the drill… tap on “Turn Passcode On” and it’ll ask you to set and confirm a specific code:

I first found this a bit confusing, actually, because of the prompt. I thought “did I set up a passcode at dropbox.com or something?” then I realized that they’d just picked a wrong word. If it said “Set your Dropbox passcode” it’d have made more sense.

In any case, tap in an easily memorized four digit code and you’ll set your PIN passcode for Dropbox.

And then the settings screen magically has a new option that shows up:

Ah jeez. What a hassle to get this to work, eh?

Now you can enable the Touch ID feature and next time you jump into Dropbox, you get this great prompt:

Very cool. Now to make sure no-one steals my thumbprints!

The post How do I enable Touch ID for Dropbox? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor.

Categories: Technology

Docker with Windows Server and Azure

DevX.com - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:26
The recent announcement from Microsoft about the partnership with Docker is a significant move, with some even calling it the best thing that has happened to Microsoft since .NET.

Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

Slashdot.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:23
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is warning users about a new Windows zero-day vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild and is primarily a risk to users on servers and workstations that open documents with embedded OLE objects. The vulnerability is currently being exploited via PowerPoint files. These specially crafted files contain a malicious OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) object. This is not the first time a vulnerability in OLE has been exploited by cybercriminals, however most previous OLE vulnerabilities have been limited to specific older versions of the Windows operating system. What makes this vulnerability dangerous is that it affects the latest fully patched versions of Windows.

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DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

Slashdot.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:39
An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent recommendations to strengthen security on net-connected medical devices, the Department of Homeland Security is launching an investigation into 24 cases of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in hospital equipment and personal medical devices. Independent security researcher Billy Rios submitted proof-of-concept evidence to the FDA indicating that it would be possible for a hacker to force infusion pumps to fatally overdose a patient. Though the complete range of devices under investigation has not been disclosed, it is reported that one of them is an "implantable heart device." William Maisel, chief scientist at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said, "The conventional wisdom in the past was that products only had to be protected from unintentional threats. Now they also have to be protected from intentional threats too."

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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Slashdot.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:57
An anonymous reader writes: The Hungarian government has announced a new tax on internet traffic: 150 HUF ($0.62 USD) per gigabyte. In Hungary, a monthly internet subscription costs around 4,000-10,000 HUF ($17-$41), so it could really put a constraint on different service providers, especially for streaming media. This kind of tax could set back the country's technological development by some 20 years — to the pre-internet age. As a side note, the Hungarian government's budget is running at a serious deficit. The internet tax is officially expected to bring in about 20 billion HUF in income, though a quick look at the BIX (Budapest Internet Exchange) and a bit of math suggests a better estimate of the income would probably be an order of magnitude higher.

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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

Slashdot.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:15
zonker writes: In 1970, the Xerox Corporation established the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) with the goal to develop an "architecture of information" and lay the groundwork for future electronic office products. The pioneering Alto project that began in 1972 invented or refined many of the fundamental hardware and software ideas upon which our modern devices are based, including raster displays, mouse pointing devices, direct-manipulation user interfaces, windows and menus, the first WYSIWYG word processor, and Ethernet. The first Altos were built as research prototypes. By the fall of 1976 PARC's research was far enough along that a Xerox product group started to design products based on their prototypes. Ultimately, ~1,500 were built and deployed throughout the Xerox Corporation, as well as at universities and other sites. The Alto was never sold as a product but its legacy served as inspiration for the future. With the permission of the Palo Alto Research Center, the Computer History Museum is pleased to make available, for non-commercial use only, snapshots of Alto source code, executables, documentation, font files, and other files from 1975 to 1987. The files are organized by the original server on which they resided at PARC that correspond to files that were restored from archive tapes. An interesting look at retro-future.

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Tor GUI `SelekTOR` Sees New Major Release

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00

webupd8: SelekTOR, an open source Java-based GUI front-end for Tor

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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

Slashdot.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:12
osage writes: Several colleagues and I have worked on an open source project for over 20 years under a corporate aegis. Though nothing like Apache, we have a sizable user community and the software is considered one of the de facto standards for what it does. The problem is that we have never been able to attract new, younger programmers, and members of the original set have been forced to find jobs elsewhere or are close to retirement. The corporation has no interest in supporting the software. Thus, in the near future, the project will lose its web site host and be devoid of its developers and maintainers. Our initial attempts to find someone to adopt the software haven't worked. We are looking for suggestions as to what course to pursue. We can't be the only open source project in this position.

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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

Slashdot.org - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:12
KentuckyFC writes: Earth's closest white dwarf is called van Maanen 2 and sits 14 light-years from here. It was discovered by the Dutch astronomer Adriaan van Maanen in 1917, but it was initially hard to classify. That's because its spectra contains lots of heavy elements alongside hydrogen and helium, the usual components of a white dwarf photosphere. In recent years, astronomers have discovered many white dwarfs with similar spectra and shown that the heavy elements come from asteroids raining down onto the surface of the stars. It turns out that all these white dwarfs are orbited by a large planet and an asteroid belt. As the planet orbits, it perturbs the rocky belt, causing asteroids to collide and spiral in toward their parent star. This process is so common that astronomers now use the heavy element spectra as a marker for the presence of extrasolar planets. A re-analysis of van Maanen's work shows that, in hindsight, he was the first to discover the tell-tale signature of extrasolar planets almost a century ago.

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FOSS and the Fear Factor

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

LinuxInsider: 'Many eyes' is a complete and total myth," said SoylentNews' hairyfeet.

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Prosper vs. LendingClub Investor Experiment: 2 Year Update

MyMoneyBlog.com - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:04

In November 2012, I invested $10,000 into person-to-person loans split evenly between Prosper Lending and Lending Club, looking for high returns from a new asset class. After diligently reinvesting my earned interest into new loans, I stopped my after one year (see previous updates here) and started just collecting the interest and waiting see how my final numbers would turn out at the end of the 3-year terms.

It is now about a week shy of the two year anniversary of this experiment, so here’s another quick update.

$5,000 LendingClub Portfolio. As of October 20, 2014, the LendingClub portfolio has 157 current and active loans. 71 loans were paid off early and 21 have been charged-off ($314 in principal). 3 loans are between 1-30 days late. 5 loans are between 31-120 days late, which I will assume to be unrecoverable. $3,515 in uninvested cash from early payments and interest. Total adjusted balance is $5,392. LendingClub reports my adjusted net annualized return as 5.27%. Here is a screenshot of my account.

$5,000 Prosper Portfolio. My Prosper portfolio now has 142 current and active loans, 85 loans paid off early, 31 charged-off. 6 loans are between 1-30 days late. 6 are over 30 days late, which to be conservative I am also going to write off completely (~$66). $3,024 in uninvested cash (early payments and interest). Total adjusted balance is $5,334. Prosper reports my net annualized return as 5.56%. Here is a screenshot of my account.

Recap and Thoughts

  • P2P lending is legit. LendingClub is preparing for an IPO on the NYSE. Institutional investors are buying a significant portion of LendingClub and Prosper loans. This WSJ article says 66% of Prosper loans in 2014 have been sold to institutional investors. What started out as the Wild West of unsecured loans is now accepted by Wall Street. This would suggest that reliable positive returns for investors are more likely, but also that chances for outsized returns will be diminished.
  • If you continually reinvest your interest, the return numbers you see will be higher than your actual long-term returns. Due to how they are calculated, your reported return will deteriorate as your loans age and more borrowers default. After two years, Prosper reports my annualized return as 5.56%. 4 months ago, it was 5.76%. 8 months ago, it was 7.55%. LendingClub reports my annualized return after 2 years as 5.27%. 4 months ago, it was 5.94%. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest and your returns may better than mine, but be aware of this pattern if most of your loans are new.
  • If I were to invest all over again… First, I would do it within an IRA to avoid tax headaches. I would also buy at least 100 loans x $25, which also happens to be the $2,500 minimum for free automated investments at LendingClub (no minimum at Prosper). Picking loans can be fun for some but I got bored after a while.
  • LendingClub vs. Prosper relative performance. I tried my best to invest at both websites with the same criteria and overall risk preference. Right now, LendingClub is ahead by a bit. I wouldn’t put too much importance on the absolute numbers as I stopped reinvesting into new loans (at both sites) after the first year. Here’s an updated chart tracking the LendingClub and Prosper adjusted balances separately over these past two years:

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Prosper vs. LendingClub Investor Experiment: 2 Year Update from My Money Blog.

© MyMoneyBlog.com, 2014.

Categories: Finance

Microsoft Gets Real Open, Invites Windows Developers To Docker Party - Dr. Dobb's

Linux News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:45

NDTV

Microsoft Gets Real Open, Invites Windows Developers To Docker Party
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"This is Linux technology at the core, and so it wasn't surprising that Amazon supported it in April. Microsoft was fast to support it a couple of months later in its Linux offering on Azure. This announcement is about supporting it more directly ...
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