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Twitter Launches Trust and Safety Council To Help Put End To Trolling

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 16:10
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has announced a new trust and safety council to stamp out bullying and trolling on the microblogging site. The Twitter Trust & Safety Council will initially be formed of around 40 bodies, including the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, ICT Watch, NetSafe, and Samaritans. These organisations, along with safety experts, academics and security researchers, will work to ensure a safe and secure platform for users to express themselves freely and safely. The Council's main focus will be to protect minors, encourage 'greater compassion and empathy on the internet,' and promote efforts in media literacy and digital citizenship. Community groups will also participate to help prevent online 'abuse, harassment, and bullying,' as well as mental health problems and suicide.

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Mozilla Firefox 44.0.1 Patches Graphics Startup Crashes on Linux, Adds Gecko SDK

LinuxToday.com - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 16:00

Among the new features and improvements, we can mention the addition of the Gecko SDK (Software Development Kit)

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Google Display Ads Going All-HTML, Will Ban Flash In 2017

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 15:34
Google has announced its plan for display ads to go 100% HTML 5, in hopes of reaching the widest possible audience across screens. Starting on June 30, 2016, Google will no longer accept new Flash display ads from advertisers. And on January 2, 2017, even old Flash display ads will be blocked. This move comes as no surprise, as Google has been nudging its advertisers to stop using Flash. In fact, Google is not the only one moving away from Flash in favor of HTML. Steve Jobs hated Flash, and even Adobe itself has dropped Flash for Adobe Animate.

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Alpine Linux Goes All In for Docker

LinuxToday.com - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 15:00

eWEEK: While Docker can run on multiple OSes, including various flavors of Linux and Windows, there has been a movement in the last two years toward highly optimized Docker-focused operating systems

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Raspberry Pi's Raspbian OS Finally Ships With Open-Source OpenGL Support

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 14:52
An anonymous reader writes: With this month's Raspbian OS update, the Debian-based operating system for the Raspberry Pi ships experimental OpenGL driver support. This driver has been developed over the past two years by a former Intel developer with having a completely open and mainline DRM kernel driver and Mesa Gallium driver to open up the Pi as a replacement to the proprietary GPU driver.

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Windmill Blade Molds 3D Printed By National Labs

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 14:32
MountainLogic writes: Last year ORNL produced a 3D printed Shelby. This year, the National Labs are using the mother of all 3D printers to make windmill molds cheaper and faster to produce in the US. The size of the current 150 foot utility scale blades are being extended with these techniques. US DOE is providing a leading role to advance US manufacturing technology and competitiveness. Welcome back rust belt, we missed you.

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LIGO Will Make Gravitational Waves Announcement on Thursday

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 14:10
StartsWithABang writes: When we look out into the Universe, we normally gain information about it by gathering light of various wavelengths. However, there are other possibilities for astronomy, including by looking for the neutrinos emitted by astrophysical sources - first detected in the supernova explosion of 1987 - and in the gravitational waves emitted by accelerating masses. These ripples in the fabric of space were theorized back in the early days of Einstein's General Relativity, and experiments to detect them have been ongoing since the 1960s. However, in September of 2015, Advanced LIGO came online, and it was the first gravitational wave observatory that was expected to detect a real gravitational wave signal. The press conference on Thursday is where the collaboration will make their official announcement, and in the meantime, here's an explainer of what gravitational waves are, what Advanced LIGO can teach us, and how.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Scales Large Linux Workloads with Integrity

LinuxToday.com - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 14:00

ServerWatch: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is doubling down on its Linux server efforts today with the announcement of the new HPE Integrity MC990 X server.

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Unikernels, Docker, and Why You Should Care

LinuxJournal.com - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 13:35

Docker's recent acquisition of Unikernel Systems has sent pulses racing in the microservice world. At the same time, many people have no clue what to make of it, so here's a quick explanation of why this move is a good thing. more>>

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Amazon Launches Free Game Engine Lumberyard

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 13:28
Dave Knott writes: Amazon has both announced and released a new, free game engine, Lumberyard, which offers deep integration with its Amazon Web Services server infrastructure to empower online play, and also with Twitch, its video game-focused streaming service. Lumberyard is powerful and full-featured enough to develop triple-A current-gen console games, with mobile support is coming down the road. Its core engine technology is based on Crytek's CryEngine. However, Lumberyard represents a branch of that tech, and the company is replacing or upgrading many of CryEngine's systems. Monetization for Lumberyard will come strictly through the use of Amazon Web Services' cloud computing. If you use the engine for your game, you're permitted to roll your own server tech, but if you're using a third-party provider, it has to be Amazon. Integration of Amazon's Twitch video streaming tools at a low level also helps to cement that platform's dominance in the game streaming space. Alongside Lumberyard, the company has also announced and released GameLift, a new managed service for deploying, operating, and scaling server-based online games using AWS. GameLift will be available only to developers who use Lumberyard, though it's an optional add-on. The game engine is in beta, but is freely usable and downloadable today.

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How to install Fail2Ban and configure it for firewalld on CentOS 7

LinuxToday.com - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 13:00

 HowToForge: Most Linux servers offer an SSH login via Port 22 for remote administration purposes.

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Fish: A better alternative to Bash in Linux? - InfoWorld

Linux News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:57


Fish: A better alternative to Bash in Linux?
Have you ever wanted to get away from Bash when using Linux? It's understandable. Though Bash is often praised as being a great shell, it has a lot of shortcomings. Enter Fish shell. It's a great alternative with tons of neat features. The most notable ...

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President Obama Unveils $19 Billion Plan To Overhaul U.S. Cybersecurity

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:49
erier2003 writes: President Obama on Tuesday unveiled an expansive plan to bolster government and private-sector cybersecurity by establishing a federal coordinator for cyber efforts, proposing a commission to study future work, and asking Congress for funds to overhaul dangerously obsolete computer systems. His newly signed executive orders contain initiatives to better prepare college students for cybersecurity careers, streamline federal computer networks, and certify Internet-connected devices as secure. The Cybersecurity National Action Plan also establishes a Federal Privacy Council (to review how the government stores Americans' personal information), creates the post of Chief Information Security Officer, and establishes a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

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Linux Foundation-Led Blockchain Project Grows to 30 Members - CoinDesk

Linux News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:40

New York Business Journal

Linux Foundation-Led Blockchain Project Grows to 30 Members
A distributed ledger effort being led by the Linux Foundation has revealed it now has 30 members, up from 20 when it was announced in December. Formerly known as the Open Ledger Project, the Hyperledger Project was first revealed in December as a ...
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Korora 23 'Coral' Linux distro is finally here -- Fedora for the rest of us - BetaNews

Linux News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:31


Korora 23 'Coral' Linux distro is finally here -- Fedora for the rest of us
When you decide to embrace Linux on the desktop, it can be quite exciting. There is a good chance you started your computing journey with Microsoft Windows, but now you want something different. While choosing the open source route can be a smart move ...

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Adblock Fast Returns To Google Play a Week After Being Pulled

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:06
An anonymous reader writes: A week ago, Google suddenly removed Adblock Fast from its Android app store. Today, the ad blocker has been reinstated, enabling Samsung users to download it once again from Google Play. Late last month, the browser preinstalled on Samsung's Android phones gained support for content-blocking plugins, and the first plugin to support the functionality was a free and open-source solution called Adblock Fast. Rocketship Apps, the maker of Adblock Fast, uploaded the Android plugin on January 29, but Google rejected an app update on February 1. The app hit Google Play's top spot for free, new productivity apps on February 2, and was pulled by Google on the same day.

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AWS Adds Lumberyard and GameLift Cloud Services for Game Developers

LinuxToday.com - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:00

The VAR Guy: Amazon Lumberyard and GameLift are new AWS cloud services for creating PC and console games, with mobile and virtual reality support coming soon.

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Australia Cuts 110 Climate Scientist Jobs: "The Science is Settled."

Slashdot.org - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:25
An anonymous reader writes: With an ax rather than a scalpel, Australia's federal science agency last week chopped off its climate research arm in a decision that has stunned scientists and left employees dispirited. Why? Because the science is settled, there is no need for more basic research, the government says. No doubt many will experience a case of schadenfreude as they see those who have long claimed "the science is settled" face the inevitable and logical consequence of that stance.

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4 open source tools for Linux system monitoring

LinuxToday.com - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:00

 opensource.com: David Both shares his favorite system monitoring tools for understanding what is going on in any Linux environment: top, atop, htop, and glances.

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