Sunday April 26, 2015

Slashdot: Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls

(posted on Sunday April 26, 2015 at 02:44 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: We read about a lot of patent troll cases. Some are successful and some are not, but many such cases are decided before ever going to court. It's how the patent troll operates — they know exactly how high litigation costs are. Even without a legal leg to stand on, they can ask for settlements that make better financial sense for the target to accept, rather than dumping just as much money into attorney's fees for an uncertain outcome. Fortunately, some companies fight back. TV-maker Vizio is one of these, and they've successfully defended against 16 different patent trolls, some with multiple claims. In addition, they're going on the offensive, trying to wrest legal fees from the plaintiffs for their spurious claims. "For the first time, it stands a real chance, in a case where it spent more than $1 million to win. Two recent Supreme Court decisions make it easier for victorious defendants to collect fees in patent cases. The TV maker is up against a storied patent plaintiffs' firm, Chicago-based Niro, Haller & Niro, that has fought for Oplus tooth and nail. ... For Vizio, the company feels that it's on the verge of getting vindication for a long-standing policy of not backing down to patent trolls."

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Slashdot: A Guide To the 5 Cybersecurity Bills Now Before Congress

(posted on Sunday April 26, 2015 at 01:41 AWST)

blottsie writes: At press time, the House had passed two cybersecurity bills, one Senate bill had been passed out of committee and reported to the full chamber for a final vote, and a third House bill and a second Senate bill were awaiting review by the appropriate committee. The two House bills that passed earlier this week will be combined and sent to the Senate, but the Senate won't take up them up directly; instead, it will vote on its own two bills. It's complicated, so here's a quick breakdown of the key details.

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GNOME Look: Ceti-2 - Theme 20150425 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Sunday April 26, 2015 at 01:30 AWST)

ThumbnailCeti-2 - Theme 20150425
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Ceti-2 is a theme for GTK 3, GTK 2 and Gnome-Shell. It supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like Gnome, Unity, Budgie, Pantheon, etc.

Ceti-2 is the official continuation of Ceti for Gnome 3.14 and 3.16. It has been completely revamped and is now based on Vertex.

Installation
All installation instructions are available at

https://github.com/horst3180/Ceti-2-theme

Please read them carefully.

Other Info

Wallpaper: http://fknvermillion.deviantart.com/art/bridge-197125958

Icons used in the preview:

http://darkdawg.deviantart.com/art/White-Pixel-Icons-252310560
plus some additional icons i made with inkscape

Folder icons by me (wip)

Licence: GPLv3

changelog:
2014-10-18
Initial release

2015-04-19
Rename the theme to Ceti-2
Port the theme to Sass
Add Unity, Xfce and Mate support
Add Gnome 3.16 support
Revamped Gnome-Shell theme
Migrate the project to autotools

2015-04-25
Fix gnome-shell crashes on non-accelerated systems
Make gala-notifications light (except in the dark theme)
Bugfixes

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GNOME Look: Vertex - Theme 20150425 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Sunday April 26, 2015 at 01:29 AWST)

ThumbnailVertex - Theme 20150425
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Vertex is a theme for GTK 3, GTK 2, Gnome-Shell and Cinnamon. It supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, XFCE, Budgie, Pantheon, etc. Themes for the Browsers Chrome/Chromium and Firefox are included, too.

The theme comes with three variants to choose from. The default variant with dark header-bars, a light variant, and a dark variant.

Installation

All installation instructions are available at

https://github.com/horst3180/Vertex-theme

Please read them carefully.

Other Info

Wallpaper: http://memovaslg.deviantart.com/art/Alone-353235628 by memovaslg
Icons used in the preview:
Folder icons: selfmade, not finished and not released
Launcher icons: http://darkdawg.deviantart.com/art/White-Pixel-Icons-252310560 by darkdawg

changelog:
2014-07-25
Initial release

...
Changelog has been purged because it was too long, complete changelog here
https://github.com/horst3180/Vertex-theme/releases
...

2015-03-25
Add support for Gnome 3.16
Port Gnome-Shell 3.16 theme to Sass
Dash got redesigned due to 3.16 changes
Minor bugfixes

2015-04-10
Gnome-Shell theme fixes
Nicer Xfce and Mate panel style
Better Xfwm theme

2015-04-18
Migrate the project to autotools to simplify the installation process (kudos to James Geboski)
Small bugfixes

2015-04-25
Add a Plank theme
Fix gnome-shell crashes on non-accelerated systems
Make gala-notifications light (except in the dark theme)
Bugfixes

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Slashdot: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

(posted on Sunday April 26, 2015 at 00:40 AWST)

HughPickens.com writes: Ben Yeager reports in Outside Magazine that Italian explorer Alex Bellini plans to travel to Greenland's west coast, pick an iceberg, and live on it for a year as it melts out in the Atlantic. It's a precarious idea. Bellini will be completely isolated, and his adopted dwelling is liable to roll or fall apart at any moment, thrusting him into the icy sea or crushing him under hundreds of tons of ice. His solution: an indestructible survival capsule built by an aeronautics company that specializes in tsunami-proof escape pods. "I knew since the beginning I needed to minimize the risk. An iceberg can flip over, and those events can be catastrophic." Bellini plans to use a lightweight, indestructible floating capsules, or "personal safety systems" made from aircraft-grade aluminum in what's called a continuous monocoque structure, an interlocking frame of aluminum spars that evenly distribute force, underneath a brightly painted and highly visible aluminum shell. The inner frame can be stationary or mounted on roller balls so it rotates, allowing the passengers to remain upright at all times. Aeronautical engineer Julian Sharpe, founder of Survival Capsule, got the idea for his capsules after the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. He believes fewer people would have died had some sort of escape pod existed. Sharpe hopes the products will be universal—in schools, retirement homes, and private residences, anywhere there is severe weather. The product appeals to Bellini because it's strong enough to survive a storm at sea or getting crushed between two icebergs. Bellini will spend almost all of his time in the capsule with the hatch closed, which will pose major challenges because he'll have to stay active without venturing out onto a slippery, unstable iceberg. If it flips, he'll have no time to react. "Any step away from [the iceberg] will be in unknown territory," says Bellini. "You want to stretch your body. But then you risk your life."

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Saturday April 25, 2015

Slashdot: Turning a Smartphone Display Into a Biometric Scanner

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 23:36 AWST)

New submitter jan_jes writes: Recent mobile phones integrate fingerprint scanners to authenticate users biometrically and replace passwords, making authentication more convenient. Researchers at Yahoo Labs have created a new technology called "Bodyprint," which turns your smartphone's touchscreen display into a biometric scanner. It allows the touch sensor to scan users' body parts (PDF) such as ears, fingers, fists, and palms by pressing them against the display. Bodyprint implements the four-eye principle for locking sensitive documents — accessing the document can require the presence of two or more people involved with the project. Another application is authenticating a user to answer a call by scanning their ear pressed against the phone.

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Slashdot: Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 22:29 AWST)

BrianFagioli writes: Microsoft may not be winning in the mobile arena, but they're still making tons of money from those who are. Patent licensing agreements net the company billions each year from device makers like Samsung, Foxconn, and ZTE. Now, Microsoft has added another company to that list: Qisda Corp. They make a number of Android and Chrome-based devices under the Qisda brand and the BenQ brand, and now Microsoft will be making money off those, too.

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Slashdot: 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Nepal, Hundreds Dead

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 21:25 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: Nepal was struck by an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 today, with an epicenter 80 km east of the country's second biggest city, Pokhara. Its effects were also strongly felt in the capital, Kathmandu. Casualty reports conflict, but authorities have indicated at least 500 are dead and many more are feared to be trapped. Nepal has declared a state of emergency for the affected areas, and asked for international humanitarian assistance. India and Pakistan have both offered help. Some Indian cities were affected by the earthquake as well, and there are reports of avalanches on Mt. Everest, which has many climbers at any given time.

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Mullewa-Wubin Road, five kilometres south of Morawa in the Shire of Morawa

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 20:43 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people driving on Mullewa-Wubin Road, five kilometres south of Morawa in the Shire of Morawa.
Content:
ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people driving on Mullewa-Wubin Road, five kilometres south of Morawa in the Shire of Morawa.
  • There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area.
  • Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
  • The fire is burning at the Morawa Tip.
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR: 
  • It is a small controllable fire and is contained.
  • Smoke is blowing over the Mullewa-Wubin Road and is moving in a south westerly direction.
WHAT TO DO:
  • Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
  • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
  • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
  • If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
  • If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.
ROAD CLOSURES:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au 
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
  • Volunteer firefighters from Mullewa Bush Fire Service are on the scene.
  • Firefighters are containing the fire.
EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The incident was reported at 5.54 pm today.
  • The cause of the fire is unknown.
  • The Shire of Morawa is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to news bulletins.
 
The next update will be provided by 11am tomorrow, 26 April 2015 unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 25/04/2015 8:38 PM

Slashdot: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 20:23 AWST)

Okian Warrior writes: Billionaire Elon Musk will announce next week that Tesla will begin offering battery-based energy storage for residential and commercial customers. The batteries power up overnight when energy companies typically charge less for electricity, then are used during the day to power a home. In a pilot project, Tesla has already begun offering home batteries to SolarCity (SCTY) customers, a solar power company for which Musk serves as chairman. Currently 330 U.S. households are running on Tesla's batteries in California. The batteries start at about $13,000, though California's Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PCG) offers customers a 50% rebate. The batteries are three-feet high by 2.5-feet wide, and need to be installed at least a foot and a half off the ground. They can be controlled with a Web app and a smartphone app.

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GNOME Look: EleganZe 0.1.9b (GNOME Shell Theme)

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 18:54 AWST)

ThumbnailEleganZe 0.1.9b
(GNOME Shell Theme)
EleganZe is a work in progress


Installation

Extract the tar.gz file and put the \\\EleganZe\\\ folder inside your ~/.themes directory. Use the Gome-Shell theme extension to select EleganZe theme.

changelog:
0.1.9b Added the code for 3.16
0.1.9 works with 3.16
0.1.8 Minor adjustments
0.1.7 Minor changes to the blue theme
0.1.6 Added Blue version
0.1.5 Color adjustments
0.1.4 Changed the colors to match the upcoming light theme
0.1.3 Minor changes & Bugfixes
0.1.2 Minor changes
0.1.1 Added second color to the panel & removed arrows from the menus
0.1.0 Adjusted the colors
0.0.9 Minor changes
0.0.8 Minor changes
0.0.7 Minor changes & Bug fixes
0.0.6 Minor changes
0.0.5 Bugfixes
0.0.4 Minor changes
0.0.3 Works with 3.14
0.0.2 Minor changes
0.0.1 Initial release

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GNOME Look: Numix Grey 0.1 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 18:51 AWST)

ThumbnailNumix Grey 0.1
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Grey mod Numix theme for Ubuntu 15.04.
Source:http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Numix?content=160205

changelog:
I can't add comments :(
Icon theme Paper: https://github.com/snwh/paper-icon-theme

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Slashdot: Mystery of the Coldest Spot In the CMB Solved

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 17:22 AWST)

StartsWithABang writes: The cosmic microwave background is a thing of beauty, as not only does its uniform, cold temperature reveal a hot, dense past that began with the hot Big Bang, but its fluctuations reveal a pattern of overdensities and underdensities in the very early stages of the Universe. It's fluctuations just like these that give rise to the stars, galaxies, groups and clusters that exist today, as well as the voids in the vast cosmic web. But effects at the surface of last scattering are not the only ones that affect the CMB's temperature; if we want to make sure we've got an accurate map of what the Universe was born with, we have to take everything into account, including the effects of matter as it gravitationally grows and shrinks. As we do exactly this, we find ourselves discovering the causes behind the biggest anomalies in the sky, and it turns out that the standard cosmological model can explain it all.

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Pinjar Pine Plantation in the City of Wanneroo

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 15:36 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people in the vicinity of the designated motorcycle area in the Pinjar pine plantation in the City of Wanneroo.
Content:
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife 
 
ALERT LEVEL:
A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people in the vicinity of the designated motorcycle area in the Pinjar pine plantation in the City of Wanneroo.
 
  • There is no threat to lives but there is some smoke in the area. 
  • Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
  • The fire started 500m south of the Wesco Road and Orchid Road intersection.
 
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
  • The bushfire is controlled and contained.
  • It bushfire has burnt approximately 5 hectares.
 
WHAT TO DO:
  • Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
  • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly. 
  • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
  • If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
  • If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222. 
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed. Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
 
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
No recreation sites are closed.
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Parks and Wildlife fire crews will continue mopping up into the evening.
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The fire was reported at midnight on Saturday 25 April.
  • The cause of the fire is unknown.
  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
  • The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au,www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow Parks and Wildlife on Facebook or Twitter @WAParksWildlife or listen to news bulletins.
 
The next update will be provided by 11am tomorrow (Sunday 26 April 2015) unless the situation changes.
Publication Time: 25/04/2015 3:28 PM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for east of Forrest Highway in the McLarty Pine Plantation in the Shire of Waroona

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 14:48 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for motorists in the vicinity of the McLarty pine plantation east of the Forrest Highway and 8km south-east of Preston Beach in the Shire of Waroona.
Content:
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife 
 
ALERT LEVEL:
An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for motorists in the vicinity of the McLarty pine plantation east of the Forrest Highway and 8km south-east of Preston Beach in the Shire of Waroona.
 
  • The bushfire is now under control.
  • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.
 
WHAT TO DO:
  • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.
 
ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed. Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.
 
RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
No recreation sites are closed.
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters are mopping up and will continue to monitor the area.
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The fire was reported around 5am on Saturday 25 April and currently there has been four hectares of pine plantation burnt.
  • Firefighters from Parks and Wildlife were supported by volunteer Bush Fire Brigades from Harvey and Waroona.
  • The cause of the fire is deliberately lit. People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
  • The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.
 
No further updates will be issued.
Publication Time: 25/04/2015 2:45 PM
Expiration Time: 26/04/2015 9:00 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Smoke Alert for Donnybrook area including Goodwood Road

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 14:44 AWST)

Category: Smoke Alert
Alert Summary: The Department of Parks and Wildlife has issued a smoke alert for south of Donnybrook. The smoke is from a prescribed burn carried out today 4.5km south-west of Donnybrook to manage bushfire risk and for nature conservation.
Content:
The following information has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife
 
The Department of Parks and Wildlife has issued a smoke alert for south of Donnybrook. The smoke is from a prescribed burn carried out today 4.5km south-west of Donnybrook to manage bushfire risk and for nature conservation.
 
The smoke is impacting part of Goodwood Road in Donnybrook. 
 
Smoke may also reduce visibility on other roads in the area and motorists should take care, turn on headlights and travel at appropriate speeds when travelling in these areas.

The smoke is expected to clear tomorrow morning.

If the smoke is particularly thick, it is recommended people shut doors and windows and turn off air-conditioners.

People with asthma and pre-existing respiratory, cardiovascular illnesses or diabetes should follow their pre-prepared treatment plan.

People with conditions exacerbated by smoke should take precautions in line with their medical advice for these circumstances.

More information on prescribed burns can be found at www.dpaw.wa.gov.au
Publication Time: 25/04/2015 2:40 PM
Expiration Time: 26/04/2015 9:00 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for the Great Central Road, 100 kilometres north east of Warburton in the Shire of Ngaanyatjarruku

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 14:34 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people driving on the Great Central Road, 100 kilometres north east of Warburton and 35 kilometres south west of Warakurna,in the Shire of Ngaayatjarruku.
Content:
ALERT LEVEL:
An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people driving on the Great Central Road, 100 kilometres north east of Warburton and 35 kilometres south west of Warakurna,in the Shire of Ngaayatjarruku.
  • The bushfire has been extinguished.
  • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Drive slowly and with caution due to possible smoke in the area.

ROAD CLOSURES:

No roads are closed.
 
Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
  • Firefighters will continue to remotely monitor the area for the next few days.
EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The fire was reported today. 
  • The cause of the fire is unknown.
  • DFES is managing the fire.
No further updates will be issued.
Publication Time: 25/04/2015 2:30 PM
Expiration Time: 26/04/2015 9:00 AM

Slashdot: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 14:29 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: The blockade of the Pirate Bay by UK ISPs is causing trouble for CloudFlare customers. Several websites have been inadvertently blocked by Sky because a Pirate Bay proxy is hosted behind the same IP-addresses. In a response, CloudFlare threatened to disconnect the proxy site from its network. Like any form of censorship web blockades can sometime lead to overblocking, targeting perfectly legitimate websites by mistake. This is also happening in the UK where Sky's blocking technology is inadvertently blocking sites that have nothing to do with piracy.

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GNOME Look: Adwaita Grey 3.14.12 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 14:19 AWST)

ThumbnailAdwaita Grey 3.14.12
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)


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GNOME Look: Grey Ambiance 15.04 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 14:14 AWST)

ThumbnailGrey Ambiance 15.04
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Please install "gtk2-engines-pixbuf".

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GNOME Look: Numix-Bluish 1.0 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 13:13 AWST)

ThumbnailNumix-Bluish 1.0
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Numix-Bluish GTK theme updated for Gnome 3.16

download archive from link/github or clone repo, extract/copy files to ~/.themes/ folder.

changelog:
25 April 2015
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v1.0 - GTK theme completed, work continues on shell-theme. Using Evo-Pop shell theme in the mean time.

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Slashdot: Microsoft Opens Vulnerability Bounty Program For Spartan Browser

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 11:27 AWST)

jones_supa writes: As it did in the past when it tried to make Internet Explorer more secure, Microsoft has launched a new bug bounty program for Spartan browser, the default application of Windows 10 for surfing the information highway. A typical remote code execution flaw can bring between $1,500 and $15,000, and for the top payment you also need to provide a functioning exploit. The company says that it could pay even more than that, if you convince the jury on the entry quality and complexity. Sandbox escape vulnerabilities with Enhanced Protected Mode enabled, important or higher severity vulnerabilities in Spartan or its engine, and ASLR info disclosure vulnerabilities are also eligible. If you want to accept the challenge, Microsoft provides more information on how to participate.

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Slashdot: Buggy Win 95 Code Almost Wrecked Stuxnet Campaign

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 08:25 AWST)

mask.of.sanity writes: Super-worm Stuxnet could have blown its cover and failed its sabotage mission due to a bug that allowed it to spread to ancient Windows boxes, malware analysts say. Stuxnet was on the brink of failure thanks to buggy code allowing it to spread to PCs running older and unsupported versions of Windows, and probably causing them to crash as a result. Those blue screens of death would have raised suspicions at the Natanz nuclear lab.

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GNOME Look: Tux Botafogo 2015 1 (Clipart)

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 08:14 AWST)

Tux Botafogo 2015 1
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Slashdot: Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 07:30 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes with this news from Ars Technica: If you want access to encrypted data on a drug dealer's digital device, you might try to break the crypto—or you might just try to break the man. According to testimony from a police corruption trial currently roiling the city of Philadelphia, officers from an undercover drug squad took the latter route back in November 2007. After arresting their suspect, Michael Cascioli, in the hallway outside his 18th floor apartment, the officers took Cascioli back inside. Although they lacked a search warrant, the cops searched Cascioli's rooms anyway. According to a federal indictment (PDF), the officers 'repeatedly assaulted and threatened [Cascioli] during the search to obtain information about the location of money, drugs, and drug suppliers.' That included, according to Cascioli, lifting him over the edge of his balcony to try to frighten out of him the password to his Palm Pilot. That sounds like a good time for a duress password.

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Slashdot: Patents Show Google Fi Was Envisioned Before the iPhone Was Released

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 06:47 AWST)

smaxp writes: Contrary to reports, Google didn't become a mobile carrier with the introduction of Google Fi. Google Fi was launched to prove that a network-of-networks serves smartphone users better than a single mobile carrier's network. Patents related to Google Fi, filed in early 2007, explain Google's vision – smartphones negotiate for and connect to the fastest network available. The patent and Google Fi share a common notion that the smartphone should connect to the fastest network available, not a single carrier's network that may not provide the best performance. It breaks the exclusive relationship between a smartphone and a single carrier. Meanwhile, a story at BostInno points out that Google's not the only one with a network-hopping hybrid approach to phone calls.

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Slashdot: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 06:06 AWST)

Taco Cowboy writes: Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. Neonicotinoids kill insects by overwhelming and short-circuiting their central nervous systems (PDF). Shell and Bayer started the development of neonicotinoids back in the 1980s and 1990s. Since this new group of pesticides came to market, the bee population has been devastated in regions where they have been widely used. Studies from 2012 linked neonicotinoid use to crashing bee populations. New studies, however, have discovered that bees prefer nectar laced with neonicotinoids over nectar free of any trace of neonicotinoids. According to researchers at Newcastle University, the bees may "get a buzz" from the nicotine-like chemicals in the same way smokers crave cigarettes.

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Slashdot: Github DDoS Attack As Seen By Google

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 05:24 AWST)

New submitter opensec writes: Last month GitHub was hit by a massive DDoS attack originating from China. On this occasion the public discovered that the NSA was not the only one with a QUANTUM-like capability. China has its own "Great Cannon" that can inject malicious JavaScript inside HTTP traffic. That weapon was used in the GitHub attack. People using Baidu services were unwitting participants in the denial of service, their bandwidth used to flood the website. But such a massive subversion of the Internet could not evade Google's watchful eye. Niels Provos, engineer at Google, tells us how it happened. Showing that such attacks cannot be made covertly, Provos hopes that the public shaming will act as a deterrent.

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GNOME Look: Ambiance + Radiance Colors Suite 15.04 (GTK 2.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 04:06 AWST)

ThumbnailAmbiance & Radiance Colors Suite 15.04
(GTK 2.x Theme/Style)
Ambiance & Radiance Colors Suite An enhanced version of the Ubuntu Themes in 13 Amazing New Colors With many other new features. Works On Ubuntu, Mint, Arch, Debian Or Any Distro. Now Featuring Gnome Shell Support in the 15.04 version!

Now Supports Ubuntu 15.04, Debian 8 And Distros With GTK 3.14. And Other LTS Version fully supports 14.04 LTS 14.10. Mint 17 And Distributions with GTK 3.10-3.12.

This Theme Supports Most GTK 2/3 Desktops:
Including full and tested support for: Unity, Cinnamon, Gnome Classic, Gnome 2 (Mate), XFCE ,LXDE & Openbox desktops. Gnome Shell is now fully supported in 15.04 version and newer.

Features:

We try go above and beyond to make this theme work on most desktops. We already support many. Alot more then most. This takes us a bit longer but we feel it is worth it.

We have just added Full Gnome Shell Support in the 15.04 version and newer.

New Unified Window Borders, Menus, and tool-bars for all desktops. (With Almost Unified on OpenBox and LXDE)

Fixes a issue where XFCE Window borders would not display properly on Fedora, Arch and OpenSUSE or any non Debian Distro.

Other Fixes and enhancements for XFCE Users & MATE Users

Full support for Nemo File Manager & The Cinnamon Desktop.Completely integrated support.

Dark sidebar for Nautilus/Files & Nemo.

2 New (Optional) Window Border Themes Available for Mate and XFCE with Classic Big Window Borders For easier resizing. 4PX wide as apposed to 1PX. This is for use on MATE and XFCE without Compiz if you have issues with the window border resize area being too small. A issue that was introduced with all new themes with "Borderless" Window Themes.

Other under the hood fixes and enhancements.

Grab Our Icon Theme Vibrancy Colors Built to go well with this theme and be more modern Here:http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Vibrancy+Colors?content=167771

Or Check Out Vibrantly Simple Icons Built to be more like the stock Ubuntu Icon theme but with new folders/colors:http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Vibrantly+Simple?content=167864


Features at a glance:

- Comes in 13 Vivid New Colors,
Colors include: Red, Orange (Different from Ubuntu orange), Yellow , Green , Blue, Blue Spring, Purple, Graphite(Grey), Pink, Brown. Aqua, Teal and Manila.

Includes both: Ambiance & Radiance GTK2&3 Widget and Window border themes.

* Installs as separate theme from the main Ambiance/Radiance.

This Theme is NOT by the Original Ambiance/Radiance Authors but fallows it very closely for the most part.

Brought to you by:

RAVEfinty, Jared Sot.
Lead developer and designer.

With HUGE Contributions by:
Dr. Amr O , Benoit T, Umair R

Based On Work (GPL) By:

Kenneth Wimer, James Schriver, Andrea Cimitan ,Canonicol LTD,David Barr ,P0ng

Brought to you by RAVEfinity! An Open Source Design Project! If you like this theme, Check out our other work or just support us by visiting:http://www.ravefinity.com/

changelog:
Need Help Installing Or Using This Theme?
Read The Easy Howto Guide. And Other Theme Related Help At Our Website's Help Section: http://www.ravefinity.com/p/help-faq.html

Needed Theme engines:
(All engines but pixmap should be already installed on Ubuntu and Mint)

1.) "Murrine" gtk2 theme engine version 0.98+

2.) "Unico" Theme Engine.

3.) NEEDED FOR XFCE & LXDE Version
"Pixmap Theme Engine"
Package name: "gtk2-engines-pixbuf"

Can be found in the REPOS Install VIA:
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-pixbuf

Ubuntu,Mint or Debian: In a ".Deb" Package or Via Our Official PPA.

Any Distribution in a generic theme tar.gz

Instructions for Installing this theme from the Official RAVEfinity PPA can now be found on the download page!

Theme is now available in Debs Packages and in our PPA! Thanks to Andrew & Umair.

If You Like The Theme Please Consider Spreading the word/link to our site. Not just the PPA Install Instructions... ravefinity.com - Thanks

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Friday April 24, 2015

GNOME Look: Ambiance Blue 0.1 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 23:59 AWST)

ThumbnailAmbiance Blue 0.1
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
It's default Ubuntu 15.04 Ambiance theme in blue color.

Google Chrome and Firefox - white color

Panel - dark grey


GTK 3.14+


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GNOME Look: Night light (GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 21:07 AWST)

ThumbnailNight light
(GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)


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GNOME Look: Hammershus 1.0 (GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 17:30 AWST)

ThumbnailHammershus 1.0
(GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)
Please, go to the download page and choose the size:
http://wallpaper.soa-admin.eu/show-0000000426.html

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SC Magazine: NBN Co ditches the 'co' from name

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 14:31 AWST)

Rebranding sees name change to 'NBN'.

SC Magazine: Site blocking laws will stifle tech investment: Google

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 10:26 AWST)

Investors scared away by copyright uncertainty.

SC Magazine: Photos: The ASX's new Sydney support centre

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 09:20 AWST)

Tech, ops and surveillance staff co-located in Liquidity Centre.

SC Magazine: ASX opens new tech, customer support centre

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 09:20 AWST)

Co-locates staff on new level in Liquidity Centre.

EEV Blog: EEVBlog #736 – World’s First IR Thermal Camera Watch

EEV Blog (posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 08:22 AWST)


A quick hack turns a Flir TG165 Thermal camera into the worlds first thermal IR imaging camera watch!
Makerbot 3D printer action, and a trap for young players with LCD ribbon cables.
FLIR TG165 Thermal Imager Teardown Video
Forum HERE

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GNOME Look: elementary-add-ubuntu 0.2 (GNOME Icon Theme)

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 05:07 AWST)

Thumbnailelementary-add-ubuntu 0.2
(GNOME Icon Theme)
Port elementary-add icon theme for Ubuntu.
Tetsted on Ubuntu 15.04.
Source: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/elementary+add?content=168979

changelog:
0.1 Initial release
0.2 Fix more icons. Change icons youtube, minitube.

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SC Magazine: AWS reveals US$5b annual revenue for first time

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 05:03 AWST)

Year-on-year growth at 49 percent.

SC Magazine: Sydney Uni researcher flies self-docking drone

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 04:50 AWST)

With potential for autonomous fueling UAVs.

SC Magazine: Acquiring your digital DNA

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 04:36 AWST)

[Blog post] Is your digital transformation just window dressing?

SC Magazine: Westpac CIO appoints new IT deputy

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 04:20 AWST)

Another former CBA colleague to work under Curran.

GNOME Look: Blue Ambiance Theme (GTK 2.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Friday April 24, 2015 at 03:30 AWST)

ThumbnailBlue Ambiance Theme
(GTK 2.x Theme/Style)
The Blue Ambiance Theme is a modified version of the default Ubuntu 15.04 Ambiance Theme. As far as I am aware this is the first and only known to be working colored theme for Ubuntu 15.04. And as the title suggests the progress bar, highlights, folders, and open and close buttons have all been replaced by blue variations. It is a subtle change but more pleasing to the eye than the default theme.

To Instal:
Extract as root to /usr/share/
Use Unity Tweak Tool to select Ambiance Blue Theme and Blue Icons

Please let me know if you have any trouble with the theme.

Enjoy!






I modified the widget icons and css.

The folder icons are from the Elementary icons.

The open and close buttons are from Ravefinity\'s Ambiance Colors Aqua Theme.

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Thursday April 23, 2015

GNOME Look: Ambiance-Humanlooks for Slackware 14.01-04 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 23:01 AWST)

ThumbnailAmbiance-Humanlooks for Slackware 14.01-04
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
A GTK2 and GTK3 compliant Ambiance Theme for your Slackware or Ubuntu Desktop.

included: Ambiance-Humanlooks, fluxbox Theme, emerald Theme and Adwaita-Humanlooks iconset

I used the Ubuntu 12.04.3 "Human" theme colorset and the ubuntu 14.04.1 "Ambiance" theme gtk2 and gtk3 files and added my own code and images for the panel and buttons for these themes.

Ambiance-Humanlooks is a GTK2-3 compliant theme that sports the Ubuntu 12.04.3 Human colorset. It looks really great and I use it as my main theme.

All themes have new window borders for fluxbox, GNOME and XFCE

Special thanks to: RAVEfinity for some of the gtk code provided for the themes.


changelog:
Version History --

-- 14.00-01
-- tested on Slackware-Current (14.1~)
-- tested on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS

-- 14.01-04
-- now GTK3 compliant
-- added fluxbox theme
-- added emerald theme
-- removed backgrounds
-- added iconset

I recommend you set your panel size to 30 pix in GNOME and XFCE to see the icons in the panel properly.
This theme requires the latest murrine engine to work correctly.

Be sure to view README.htm

enjoy :)

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GNOME Look: Morning dew (Cairo-Clock Theme)

(posted on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 21:44 AWST)

ThumbnailMorning dew
(Cairo-Clock Theme)
Morning dew
Pure vector clock for cairo-clock

(For install, unpack to: /usr/shere/cairo-clock/themes)
You can use it for screenlets, cairo-dock,s clock, and for clocky too.

For Gnome,KDE,Xfce...

changelog:
2014.10.30.:
Added clocky files, in a separated folder.
You can get clocky from:
http://gtk-apps.org/content/show.php/Clocky?content=167525

Very big preview image:
http://orig08.deviantart.net/26db/f/2015/113/5/0/x190_by_palko_drawing-d8qqwe6.jpg

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SC Magazine: Australia to roll out facial recognition in airports

(posted on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 14:03 AWST)

Customs switches vendors, hands $18m deal to Vision-Box.

SC Magazine: Google debuts new US wireless service

(posted on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 10:37 AWST)

Project Fi unveiled.

GNOME Look: Evolvere for mate (GNOME Icon Theme)

(posted on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 00:29 AWST)

ThumbnailEvolvere for mate
(GNOME Icon Theme)
Modification icons theme Evolvere by Frank Souza. Mini version of the theme with colorful folders require that the main theme - evolvere-for-mate.

Frank Souza - http://gnome-look.org/usermanager/search.php?username=franksouza183&action=contents

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Wednesday April 22, 2015

Drupal Contrib Security: Node Template - Moderately Critical - Cross Site Scripting (XSS) - Unsupported - SA-CONTRIB-2015-099

(posted on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 23:18 AWST)

Description

Node Template module enables you to define any node as a node template and it can be duplicated later.

The module doesn't sufficiently protect some URLs against CSRF. A malicious user can cause a user with "access node template" permission to delete node templates by getting their browser to make a request to a specially-crafted URL.

CVE identifier(s) issued

  • A CVE identifier will be requested, and added upon issuance, in accordance with Drupal Security Team processes.

Versions affected

All versions of Node Template module.

Drupal core is not affected. If you do not use the contributed Node Template module, there is nothing you need to do.

Solution

If you use the Node Template module you should uninstall it.

Also see the Node Template project page.

Reported by

Fixed by

Not applicable.

Coordinated by

Contact and More Information

The Drupal security team can be reached at security at drupal.org or via the contact form at https://www.drupal.org/contact.

Learn more about the Drupal Security team and their policies, writing secure code for Drupal, and securing your site.

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Drupal Contrib Security: Keyword Research - Moderately Critical - Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) - SA-CONTRIB-2015-098

(posted on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 23:12 AWST)

Description

Keyword Research module enables you to tag and prioritize keywords on a site and node level basis.

The module doesn't sufficiently protect some URLs against CSRF. A malicious user can cause another user with "kwresearch admin site keywords" permission to create, delete and set priorities to keywords by getting their browser to make a request to a specially-crafted URL.

CVE identifier(s) issued

  • A CVE identifier will be requested, and added upon issuance, in accordance with Drupal Security Team processes.

Versions affected

  • Keyword Research 6.x-1.x versions prior to 6.x-1.2.

Drupal core is not affected. If you do not use the contributed Keyword Research module, there is nothing you need to do.

Solution

Install the latest version:

Also see the Keyword Research project page.

Reported by

Fixed by

Coordinated by

Contact and More Information

The Drupal security team can be reached at security at drupal.org or via the contact form at https://www.drupal.org/contact.

Learn more about the Drupal Security team and their policies, writing secure code for Drupal, and securing your site.

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Drupal version: