Saturday August 29, 2015

Slashdot: Croatian Party Advocates Government Adoption of Open Source

(posted on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 07:27 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this year, Croatian political party Sustainable Development of Croatia (ORaH) published a new policy that encourages the government to pursue open source solutions, addresses the dangers of vendor lock-in, and insists on open document standards. Best of all, they did it the open source way. In this article on, Croatian startup founder Josip Almasi highlights some of the policy's implications, as well as why it could matter in the upcoming election.

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Slashdot: Harshest Penalty for Alleged Rapist Was For Using a Computer To Arrange Contact With Teen

(posted on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 07:03 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: Today in a nationally publicized case, an alleged rapist from a fairly elite boarding school was convicted of a number of related misdemeanors, but the jury did not find him guilty of rape. According to the New York Times, his lone felony conviction was "using a computer to lure a minor." In effect, a criminal was convicted of multiple misdemeanors, including sexual penetration of a child, but the biggest penalty he faces is a felony record and years in jail because he used a computer to contact the child, rather than picking her up at a coffee shop, meeting her at a party, or hiring a fifteen-year-old prostitute. Prosecutors have these "using a computer" charges as an additional quiver in their bow, but should we really be making it a felony to use a computer for non-computer-related crime when there is no underlying felony conviction?

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Slashdot: Uber Hires Hackers Who Remotely Killed a Jeep

(posted on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 06:20 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: The past several weeks have been rife with major vulnerabilities in modern cars, but none were so dramatic as when Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek tampered with the systems on a moving Jeep Cherokee. Now, Miller and Valasek have left their jobs to join a research laboratory for Uber. It's the same lab that became home for a number of autonomous vehicle experts poached from Carnegie Mellon University. From the article: "As Uber plunges more deeply into developing or adapting self-driving cars, Miller and Valasek could help the company make that technology more secure. Uber envisions autonomous cars that could someday replace its hundreds of thousands of contract drivers. The San Francisco company has gone to top-tier universities and research centers to build up this capability."

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Slashdot: Amazon Developing TV Series Based On Galaxy Quest

(posted on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 05:39 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: Entertainment Weekly reports that Amazon Studios is developing a TV show based on Galaxy Quest, the 1999 film that parodied classic sci-fi shows like Star Trek. In the movie, actors for a Trek-like show were conscripted by real aliens to help run a starship and negotiate peace with a mortal enemy. The actors had no idea what to do, of course, and ended up getting help from the most rabid fans of their show. The new TV show is still in early stages of development. It's unlikely that the original Galaxy Quest cast will return — it starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Sam Rockwell, to name a few. However, several important members of the production crew will return: "The film's co-writer Robert Gordon will pen the script and executive produce the pilot. The film's director Dean Parisot will direct and executive produce. And executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are on board as well." The show is a ways off, yet — they haven't even been greenlit for a pilot episode — but it'd be a welcome addition to today's sci-fi TV offerings

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Slashdot: Symantec Researchers Find 49 New Modules of Regin Spying Tool

(posted on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 04:57 AWST)

itwbennett writes: Security researchers from Symantec have identified 49 more modules (bringing the total number found so far to 75) of the sophisticated Regin cyberespionage platform that many believe is used by the U.S. National Security Agency and its close allies. Some of the modules implement basic malware functions, while other modules are much more specialized and built with specific targets in mind. 'One module was designed to monitor network traffic to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) web servers, another was observed collecting administration traffic for mobile telephony base station controllers, while another was created specifically for parsing mail from Exchange databases,' the Symantec researchers said in an updated version of their white paper (PDF) published Thursday.

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Slashdot: Ten Dropbox Engineers Build BSD-licensed, Lossless 'Pied Piper' Compression Algorithm

(posted on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 04:15 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: In Dropbox's "Hack Week" this year, a team of ten engineers built the fantasy Pied Piper algorithm from HBO's Silicon Valley, achieving 13% lossless compression on Mobile-recorded H.264 videos and 22% on arbitrary JPEG files. Their algorithm can return the compressed files to their bit-exact values. According to FastCompany, "Its ability to compress file sizes could actually have tangible, real-world benefits for Dropbox, whose core business is storing files in the cloud."The code is available on GitHub under a BSD license for people interested in advancing the compression or archiving their movie files.

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Slashdot: Microsoft Builds Open-Source Browser Using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS

(posted on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 03:30 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's new browser, Edge, has a new rendering engine, EdgeHTML. Like Edge, the new rendering engine is only available in Windows 10, but it does more than just power the company's new browser: It's also readily available to developers. To show off what EdgeHTML can do, Microsoft has built a browser using predominantly JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Next, the company released the browser on the Windows Store and the sample code on GitHub.

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Slashdot: Ashley Madison CEO Steps Down, Reporter Finds Clues To Hacker's Identity

(posted on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 02:48 AWST)

Dave Knott writes: Following the recent hacks on the infidelity website Ashley Madison, Noel Biderman has stepped down as CEO of both and its parent company. Avid Life Media Inc., the company that owns the site and many others, announced Biderman's move in a short press release on Friday: "Noel Biderman, in mutual agreement with the company, is stepping down as chief executive officer of Avid Life Media Inc. (ALM) and is no longer with the company. Until the appointment of a new CEO, the company will be led by the existing senior management team." Before the data hack, the company was planning an IPO in London that would have taken in as much as $200 million from investors. According to regulatory filings, the company had $115 million in revenue last year, more than four times the amount it obtained in 2009. Meanwhile, in related news, Brian Krebs (the reporter who first uncovered the hack) says he has uncovered clues to the possible identity of the hacker. Krebs says he noticed the Twitter account operated by a known hacker recently posted a link to Ashley Madison's stolen proprietary source code before it was made public. Intrigued by the poster's apparent access, he examined the account's posting history and noticed a predilection for the music of Australian hard rock band AC/DC. This jibes with the behavior of the hacker(s), who had displayed threatening messages on the computers of Ashley Madison employees, accompanied by AC/DC song Thunderstruck. In a series of tweets, the owner of the account, one Thadeus Zu, appears to deny that he was behind the hack, and indeed makes several suggestions that the account itself isn't even run by one person, but is instead an amalgam of like-minded digital vigilantes. The NY Times also reports that people whose details were contained in the leak are beginning to face threats of blackmail.

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Slashdot: Ubuntu Is the Dominant Cloud OS

(posted on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 01:54 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: According to a new report by Cloud Market, Ubuntu is more than twice as popular on Amazon EC2 as all other operating systems combined. Given that Amazon Web Services has 57% of the public cloud market, Ubuntu is clearly the most popular OS for cloud systems. This is further bolstered by a recent OpenStack survey, which found that more than half of respondents used Ubuntu for cloud-based production environments. Centos was a distant second at 29%, and RHEL came in third at 11%. "In addition to AWS, Ubuntu has been available on HP Cloud, and Microsoft Azure since 2013. It's also now available on Google Cloud Platform, Fujitsu, and Joyent." The article concludes, "People still see Ubuntu as primarily a desktop operating system. It's not — and hasn't been for some time."

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Slashdot: Federal Court Overturns Ruling That NSA Metadata Collection Was Illegal

(posted on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 01:12 AWST)

New submitter captnjohnny1618 writes: NPR is reporting that an appeals court has overturned the decision that found the NSA's bulk data collection to be illegal. "Judges for the District of Columbia court of appeals found that the man who brought the case, conservative lawyer Larry Klayman, could not prove that his particular cellphone records had been swept up in NSA dragnets." The article clarifies that due to the recent passage of new laws governing how metadata is collected, this is of less significance than it would have otherwise been: "If you remember, after a fierce battle, both houses of Congress voted in favor of a law that lets phone companies keep that database, but still allows the government to query it for specific data. The three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia still decided to take on the case, because that new program doesn't begin until 180 days after the date that law was enacted (June 2, 2015.)" On top of that, the injunction from the earlier ruling never actually went into effect. Still, it seems like an important ruling to me: a government agency was willfully and directly violating the rights of the Americans (and international citizens as well) and now it's just going to get shrugged off?

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Slashdot: How NASA Defended Its Assembly Facility From Hurricane Katrina

(posted on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 00:30 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: Tomorrow marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's arrival in New Orleans. Though that time was filled with tragedy, there were survival stories, and a new article gives an insider's account of how NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility weathered the storm. Michoud was their key fuel tank production location, and if it had been lost, the space program would have gone off the rails. A 17-foot levee and a building with four water pumps capable of moving 62,000 gallons per minute stood between the storm and catastrophe for NASA's launch capabilities. "Water was merely the primary concern of the first 24 hours; Hurricane Katrina left its mark on the facilities even if Michoud was the rare speck of land to escape flooding. Roofs were lost to strong winds, one building even blew out entirely. External Tank 122 took some damage." Members of the "ride out" team spent much of the next month at Michoud, working long days to inspect and repair issues caused by the water. They maintained the facility well enough that it became a base for members of the military doing search and rescue operations. Amazingly, they did it all without any injuries to the team, and NASA didn't miss a single tank shipment.

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Friday August 28, 2015

Slashdot: French Woman Gets €800/month For Electromagnetic-Field 'Disability'

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 23:48 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: If you were dismayed to hear Tuesday's news that a school is being sued over Wi-Fi sickness, you might be even more disappointed in a recent verdict by the French judicial system. A court based in Toulouse has awarded a disability claim of €800 (~$898) per month for three years over a 39-year-old woman's "hypersensitivity to electromagnetic waves." Robin Des Toits, an organization that campaigns for "sufferers" of this malady, was pleased: "We can no longer say that it is a psychiatric illness." (Actually, we can and will.) The woman has been living in a remote part of France's south-west mountains with no electricity around. She claims to be affected by common gadgets like cellphones.

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Slashdot: 'Ingenious' Experiment Closes Loopholes In Quantum Theory

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 23:05 AWST)

Annanag writes: A Bell experiment in the Netherlands has plugged loopholes in the theory of quantum mechanics using a technique called entanglement swapping to combine the benefits of using both light and matter. It's Nobel-Prize winning stuff. Quoting: "Experiments that use entangled photons are prone to the ‘detection loophole’: not all photons produced in the experiment are detected, and sometimes as many as 80% are lost. Experimenters therefore have to assume that the properties of the photons they capture are representative of the entire set. ... [In the new work], researchers started with two unentangled electrons sitting in diamond crystals held in different labs on the Delft campus, 1.3 kilometers apart. Each electron was individually entangled with a photon, and both of those photons were then zipped to a third location. There, the two photons were entangled with each other — and this caused both their partner electrons to become entangled, too. This did not work every time. In total, the team managed to generate 245 entangled pairs of electrons over the course of nine days. The team's measurements exceeded Bell’s bound, once again supporting the standard quantum view. Moreover, the experiment closed both loopholes at once: because the electrons were easy to monitor, the detection loophole was not an issue, and they were separated far enough apart to close the communication loophole, too."

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GNOME Look: B00merang-Glass 1.1 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 22:44 AWST)

ThumbnailB00merang-Glass 1.1
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Clean and elegant transparent grey-blue color, designed to relax your eyes while using your computer. Includes Window theme color and Metacity matching icons.

Changes since 0.1

- Terminal color now matches theme colors

- Gtk-menu-widget now matches theme colors

- Text color now applied system-wide

*Editor's note : The icon theme used in the screenshot is Numix-Flat-Remix. It can be downloaded at

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Slashdot: Boeing Demonstrates Drone-Killing Laser

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 22:23 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: Boeing has successfully tested a new weapon system that tracks unmanned aircraft and shoots them down with a laser. The system is surprisingly small — it can be transported in a few medium-sized boxes, and two techs can set it up in minutes. The laser needs just a few seconds of continuous [contact] to set a drone aflame, and the tracking gimbal is precise enough to target specific parts of a drone. "Want to zap the tail so it crashes and then you can go retrieve the mostly intact drone and see who is trying to spy on you? Can do. Think it's carrying explosives and you want to completely destroy it? No problem." The laser is controlled with custom targeting software that runs on a laptop, with help from an Xbox 360 controller. Boeing expects the laser system to be ready for sale in the next year or two.

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GNOME Look: G3 (GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 22:00 AWST)

(GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)

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Slashdot: German Intelligence Traded Citizen Data For NSA Surveillance Software

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 21:39 AWST)

An anonymous reader sends news that Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, was so impressed with the NSA's surveillance software that they were willing to "share all data relevant to the NSA's mission" in order to get it. "The data in question is regularly part of the approved surveillance measures carried out by the BfV. In contrast, for example, to the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BfV does not use a dragnet to collect huge volumes of data from the Internet. Rather, it is only allowed to monitor individual suspects in Germany -- and only after a special parliamentary commission has granted approval. ... Targeted surveillance measures are primarily intended to turn up the content of specific conversations, in the form of emails, telephone exchanges or faxes. But along the way, essentially as a side effect, the BfV also collects mass quantities of so-called metadata. Whether the collection of this data is consistent with the restrictions outlined in Germany's surveillance laws is a question that divides legal experts."

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GNOME Look: NumixDarkRed (+Cinnamon) 0.2.1 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 19:46 AWST)

ThumbnailNumixDarkRed (+Cinnamon) 0.2.1
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

text editors color scheme added

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GNOME Look: Industrial Black+White + openbox 1.0 (GTK 2.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 18:27 AWST)

ThumbnailIndustrial Black&White + openbox 1.0
(GTK 2.x Theme/Style)
Black&White openbox theme
and Industrial theme for GTK-2.0

Copy(Move) extracted folders to /usr/share/themes/

I use AnyColorYouLike icon theme.
add icon pack name to ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file by adding this line:
gtk-icon-theme-name = "ACYL_Icon_Theme_0.9.4"
or other icon pack theme you want to.

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OpenBSD Journal: Call for Testing: Using tame() in userland

OpenBSD Journal (posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 15:14 AWST)

Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) has just released a call for testing of an initial conversions of programs in OpenBSD base to use the tame(2) API:

This is for those of you interested in tame, and skilled enough to
play along.

OpenBSD Journal: BSDNow Episode 104: Beverly Hills 25519

OpenBSD Journal (posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 16:15 AWST)

This week on BSDNow, the hosts have an interview with Damien Miller (djm@) of OpenSSH fame. He talks about the recent scrubbing of the default crypto options in OpenSSH, the reasons behind the move to ChaCha20 and the problems with CBC-mode ciphers, the issue of obsolete OpenSSH releases in the wild, code refactoring for the purpose of automated testing, and a list of ideas for future improvements.

Additionally, they have the usual roundup of the week's happenings in all things BSD.

[ Video | HD Video | MP3 Audio | OGG Audio | Torrent ]

GNOME Look: Storm 1.0 (GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 15:09 AWST)

ThumbnailStorm 1.0
(GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)
Please, go to the download page and choose the size:

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EEV Blog: eevBLAB #12 – Dailymotion vs Youtube CPM Revenue

EEV Blog (posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 14:30 AWST)

Dave compares Dailymotion to Youtube to see if it’s worth uploading his videos there. How does the CPM compare?
Can you make money uploading to Dailymotion?
How many views does Youtube get compared to Dailymotion?


SC Magazine: Google to freeze Flash ads in Chrome

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 11:53 AWST)

To improve browser performance.

SC Magazine: ACCC approves Optus HFC NBN deal

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 09:21 AWST)

Second key regulatory hurdle to MTM cleared.

SC Magazine: CBA offers $1k prize to nation's best cyber students

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 09:00 AWST)

Partners with four universities to boost cyber skills.

SC Magazine: NICTA no more as CSIRO takes over

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 08:16 AWST)

Data61 split out under executive.

SC Magazine: Apple's new iPhones expected at September 9 event

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 07:24 AWST)

Other new tech also likely.

SC Magazine: MSN hit by large exploit kit malvertising campaign

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 07:20 AWST)

Angler EK used to plant ransomware and ad fraud code.

SC Magazine: Australia's train signalling set to go digital

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 04:38 AWST)

Full-steam ahead for trial of modern tech.

SC Magazine: M2 hunting for a takeover following TPG’s iiNet deal

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 04:28 AWST)

Where to now for Australia's broadband number four?

SC Magazine: BitTorrent plugs denial of service protocol vulnerability

(posted on Friday August 28, 2015 at 01:00 AWST)

libµTP receives patch against traffic reflection abuse.

Thursday August 27, 2015

GNOME Look: Forest 1.0 (GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)

(posted on Thursday August 27, 2015 at 22:42 AWST)

ThumbnailForest 1.0
(GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)
Please, go to the download page and choose the size:

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EEV Blog: Testing Facebook

EEV Blog (posted on Thursday August 27, 2015 at 21:42 AWST)

This is just a test to see if WordPress can (again) auto-post to my Facebook EEVblog page
I’ll add this embedded video too as a test:


EEV Blog: EEVblog #788 – Apple IIC Teardown

EEV Blog (posted on Thursday August 27, 2015 at 19:13 AWST)

Vintage retro teardown of an original Apple IIC

Technical Reference Manual
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OpenBSD Journal: Removal of SSLv3 from LibreSSL

OpenBSD Journal (posted on Thursday August 27, 2015 at 17:02 AWST)

Earlier today, Doug Hogan (doug@) committed the first parts of the removal of SSLv3 support from LibreSSL:

Log message:
Remove SSLv3 support from LibreSSL.

OpenBSD Journal: Kernel W^X extended to i386

OpenBSD Journal (posted on Thursday August 27, 2015 at 15:44 AWST)

As mentioned back in January, Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) has been working on improving W^X protections in the OpenBSD kernel. The bulk of the work was focused on the amd64 architecture, but he recently committed similar support for the i386 architecture as well. Read more...

SC Magazine: Aussie facial recognition database to land next year

(posted on Thursday August 27, 2015 at 11:02 AWST)

Business case under development.

GNOME Look: Arch Paper 1.0 (GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)

(posted on Thursday August 27, 2015 at 06:46 AWST)

ThumbnailArch Paper 1.0
(GNOME Wallpaper 2560x1600)

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GNOME Look: Cooler recycling: old fans for fresh air (Other GNOME Stuff)

(posted on Thursday August 27, 2015 at 04:02 AWST)

ThumbnailCooler recycling: old fans for fresh air
(Other GNOME Stuff)
There are many publications about recycling of used computer parts. Some also report the manufacture of table fans CPU fans or power supply fans.

And there are many ways to build a recycling table fan. Here is my way to produce a unique table fan:

(Replica at own risk, no warranty and no claims for damages)

I have used the following material:

- three fans from a 17-year-old PII
desktop which I had disassembled some
years before
- a wooden disc
- a part of Copper wire for electrical
- an used DC power converter, that
operate safely (9V or 12V)

- Drill and drill bit (4, 5mm)
- Glue (hot glue)
- Soldering iron
- some solder

& a total of about two hours of my time

In this way I have assembled the fan:

- drill 4 holes in the wooden disc
- the wires were freed from isolation,
on the one hand some more,
- I left some insulation in the middle
of the wire
- I have bent one wire for stability
- two wires are used as supply and for
mounting fans
- 4 Ends of the wires are glued into the
holes in the wooden disc
- I threaded the fans through the upper
ends of the wires
(I made sure that the fans work in
the right direction)
- then I connected the cables with the
appropriate electrical pole and each
soldered on a wire
- to the corresponding wires in the
wooden disc, I soldered the cables of
the power supply

Now, I have a breath of fresh air with these old fans even on hot days.

It is possible to use new fans, for example with transparent material and LED. There are nice light effects...

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Wednesday August 26, 2015

GNOME Look: Add-Waiter-Dark 0.6 (GTK 2.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Wednesday August 26, 2015 at 18:16 AWST)

ThumbnailAdd-Waiter-Dark 0.6
(GTK 2.x Theme/Style)
Add-Waiter-Dark is a Gtk+ 2 clone of the Gtk+ 3 default theme Adwaita's dark version.

The upstream tarball of this theme also includes a 'symlink' to the dark version of Adwaita Gtk+ 3 theme, therefore it should be compatible with any Gtk+ 3 version newer than 3.14 (dunno if work with older gtk3 - please tell me if you've tested).

I've also made a xfwm4 and a Plank theme (links below).

Hope you guys enjoy the theme. I'd be very glad to hear any feedback. Also vote up if you like it.

- GNOME Themes Standard (package name is gnome-themes-standard in most distros)

Problems and solutions:
- Non-gtk apps (Qt, wxWidgets) don't look so good. Solution unknown. Maybe you'd want to launch 'em apps wit an other Gtk+ theme via another user. If you know how to launch a app wit another Gtk+ theme w/o another user, tell me on Stack Exchange:
- Firefox and Thunderbird also look bad. Solution for Thunderird unknown (though switching to Sylpheed or Geary might be a nice idea). For a better Firefox look (like in the 2nd screenshot), install GNOME 3 and GNOME Theme Tweak add-ons then set extensions.gnome-theme-tweak.dark-variant to 1.
- Tabs on GVim look weird. Solution again unknown.

- The gtkrc and many others parts of the theme based on Bridge by ScionicSpectre:
- Checkboxes and radios are from Adwaita Gtk+ 3 theme:
Also most of PNGs are made from gtk3 apps' screenshot.

[0.6] - 2015-08-26
- Redesign tabs

[0.5] - 2015-08-21
- Edit expanders
- Redesign active tabs for better distinguishability and better fit to the Plank theme
- Edit tree view's header

[0.4] - 2015-08-17
- Fix missing checkboxes and radios on menu

[0.3] - 2015-08-16
- Edit arrows and expanders
- Add 'animations' for checkboxes and radios.
- Edit active menubar and link color
- Edit handles

[0.2] - 2015-08-07
- Improve readability in Australis (aka Firefox & Thunderbird interface)

[0.1] - 2015-08-04
- Initial release

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pfSense: pfsense-tools is gone again, this time forever

(posted on Wednesday August 26, 2015 at 07:21 AWST)

As some have noticed, we’ve changed the build system for pfSense such that the very need for the pfsense-tools repo has been removed.

While the pfsense-tools repo still exists, it’s not used for pfSense version 2.3 and later.

The former structure, where a set of discrete patches were kept against a given version of the FreeBSD source and ports trees, has now been replaced by a system where those patches are kept on a vendor branch of these trees.  This improves both the process of bringing new versions of FreeBSD and ports to pfSense and the process of upstreaming changes we make to these.  By upstreaming, we make both FreeBSD and pfSense better.

These changes have been a long-time coming.  There has been sustained effort toward this type of setup since September 2012.

There are still many parts of the build scripts that need to change, and we will continue to improve these, along with the rest of pfSense software.  As one example of where we’re headed, after base-as-pkg is done in FreeBSD 11, with only a few more changes on our tree, we should be able to build pfSense using only the build tools from FreeBSD.






Tuesday August 25, 2015

GNOME Look: gnulinux mswindows matrix choice spanish (GNOME Wallpaper 1280x1024)

(posted on Tuesday August 25, 2015 at 23:57 AWST)

Thumbnailgnulinux mswindows matrix choice spanish
(GNOME Wallpaper 1280x1024)
matrix choice pills spanish

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EEV Blog: EEVblog #787 – Mailbag

EEV Blog (posted on Tuesday August 25, 2015 at 22:03 AWST)

More Mailbag
Forum HERE

Zhiyun Z1-Evolution 3-axis GoPro IMU based handheld image stabiliser gimbal from SkytechInnovation

Nagle Industries Glow-Tie, RGB LED Bow-Tie

Raspberry Pi Wombat Prototyping board
From Kickstarter

Casio FX-991EX Calculator with engineering notation display.

Hobby Creek Third Hand Tool

KVM switch teardown


GNOME Look: Aurora 3.16, 3.14, 3.12 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Tuesday August 25, 2015 at 12:49 AWST)

ThumbnailAurora 3.16, 3.14, 3.12
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Easy On The Eyes GNOME Theme.

08/25/15 : updated 3.16 version.

08/22/15 : added 3.12 version.

08/07/15 : added Dark Window Decorations version.

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GNOME Look: PixelFun3 1.2 (X11 Mouse Theme)

(posted on Tuesday August 25, 2015 at 01:26 AWST)

ThumbnailPixelFun3 1.2
(X11 Mouse Theme)
Wonderful minimalistic cursors. Modern-looking, but with a piece of old-school.


Arch Linux

Just install xcursor-pixelfun package from AUR


Unpack contents to /usr/share/icons or ~/.icons, then choose theme via your system's settings manager.

Fixed bad name in '.theme' files

Fixed bad cursor in bottom_left

Initial upload

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Monday August 24, 2015

GNOME Look: ConkyLCARS Version 0.6 (Other GNOME Stuff)

(posted on Monday August 24, 2015 at 21:47 AWST)

ThumbnailConkyLCARS Version 0.6
(Other GNOME Stuff)
LCARS layout for Conky
- untar/unzip the source code
- Install the fonts in .lua/fonts
- Copy the .lua folder to your home folder. If you already have a .lua folder, save it first !
- Copy the .conkylcars to your home folder. Again, if you have already a conky config, save it first !
- Start conky via conky -c .conkylcars -q

Check the lcars.lua file if you want to display temperatures and such.

Changelog v0.6
Removed unused functions and added cpu reset variable which reset the maximum cpu values displayed every x cycles

Changed commandline
Added code and screenshot

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GNOME Look: Nightmare Moon and Luna for Cinnamon 1 (Cinnamon Theme)

(posted on Monday August 24, 2015 at 20:04 AWST)

ThumbnailNightmare Moon and Luna for Cinnamon 1
(Cinnamon Theme)
Nightmare Moon and Princess Luna themes for Cinnamon shell

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GNOME Look: Mane6 for Cinnamon 1 (Cinnamon Theme)

(posted on Monday August 24, 2015 at 19:55 AWST)

ThumbnailMane6 for Cinnamon 1
(Cinnamon Theme)
A set of six themes for Cinnamon shell

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Latest Kernel Versions: 4.2-rc8: mainline

(posted on Monday August 24, 2015 at 11:53 AWST)

Version:4.2-rc8 (mainline)
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