Friday September 30, 2016

Slashdot: Cable TV Companies Could Lose Nearly $1 Billion in the Next Year From People Ditching Their Subscriptions

(posted on Friday September 30, 2016 at 02:10 AWST)

Nathan McAlone, writing for BusinessInsider: Cable TV companies could lose nearly $1 billion to people cutting the cord over the next year, according to a new study by management consulting firm cg42. The firm estimates that 800,000 cable customers will ditch their subscriptions in the next 12 months. Cg42 expects each customer to be an average loss of $1,248 annually, and losses to approach $1 billion over the year. Cg42 also found that the average cord-cutter saves $104 per month by canceling. Some in the industry have argued that cutting the cord doesn't actually save you money if you subscribe to a bunch of streaming services like Netflix, HBO, and so on. But that point of view neglects the reality that many cable subscribers pay for those streaming services already.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Slashdot: WhatsApp Won't Comply With India's Order To Delete User Data

(posted on Friday September 30, 2016 at 01:30 AWST)

An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: WhatsApp's decision to share user data with Facebook has provoked the ire of yet another foreign government. Last week, India's Delhi High Court ordered WhatsApp to delete any data collected from users who opted out of the company's new privacy policy before September 25th. According to Mashable, however, WhatsApp has no plan to comply with the court order and it will have "no impact on the planned policy and terms of service updates." In August, privacy groups in the US spoke out against the change, which allows WhatsApp to pass account information like mobile phone number, contacts, profile pictures and status messages to its parent company. Facebook claims that sharing information between the two will help it to improve the experience and fight abuse across both platforms, while WhatsApp defended the change by saying that all messages on the service will remain encrypted.

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Slashdot: Microsoft Widens Edge Browser Bug Hunt For Bounty Hunters

(posted on Friday September 30, 2016 at 00:50 AWST)

Microsoft said today it is expanding its program for rewarding those who find and report bugs in Edge, its latest web browser, enabling bounty hunters to claim their prize for a broader range of vulnerabilities. The Register adds: The snappily titled "Microsoft Edge Web Platform on Windows Insider Preview Bug Bounty Programme" was launched in August, and enabled anyone to report vulnerabilities they discover in Microsoft Edge in exchange for flippin' great wodges of cash. Now, the firm has expanded the programme, with a focus on vulnerabilities that lead to "violation of W3C standards that compromise privacy and integrity of important user data," or which enable remote code execution by a particular threat vector. Specifically, the bounty programme now covers the following: Same Origin Policy bypass vulnerabilities (such as universal cross-site scripting), Referrer Spoofing vulnerabilities, Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities in Microsoft Edge on Windows Insider Preview, and Vulnerabilities in open source sections of Chakra.

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Slashdot: FCC Delays Cable TV Apps Vote, Needs Time To Work Out Licensing

(posted on Friday September 30, 2016 at 00:10 AWST)

The FCC has delayed a vote on a plan that would require pay-TV operators to make free TV applications, so cable subscribers will have to wait longer for an alternative to renting set-top boxes from cable companies. ArsTechnica reports:The FCC was scheduled to vote on final rules at its monthly meeting today, but the item was removed from the agenda just before the meeting began. The commission's Democratic majority still seems determined to issue new rules, but there have been objections from the cable industry and disagreements among Democratic commissioners over some of the details. "We have made tremendous progress -- and we share the goal of creating a more innovative and inexpensive market for these consumer devices," Chairman Tom Wheeler and fellow Democrats Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel said today in a joint statement. "We are still working to resolve the remaining technical and legal issues and we are committed to unlocking the set-top box for consumers across this country." The vote could happen at next month's meeting, but the commissioners did not promise any specific timeline.

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Thursday September 29, 2016

Slashdot: The Slashdot Interview With Raspberry Pi Founder and CEO Eben Upton

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 23:30 AWST)

You asked, he answered! Raspberry Pi founder and CEO Eben Upton has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on for his answers.

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Slashdot: Facebook at Work To Report For Duty Next Month

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 22:45 AWST)

The debut of the long-awaited business social network is nigh. Facebook at Work is about to report for duty. The social networking company's long-awaited foray into business applications will formally debut in London on October 10, according to tech site TechCrunch. From a report:The news site further noted this would be Facebook's first major product launch to take place outside the United States. Thus far, Facebook is seen as a fun-and-games site, not something corporate employees use to converse or track each other. But Facebook at Work, a business-minded operation, could help change that image. As has been reported, it will be a separate version of the network that can be accessed only from a company's internal IT systems, and in theory, subject to stricter corporate security and access rules. Personal accounts will be cordoned off.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GNOME Look: Total White

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 22:23 AWST)

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Description: Total White for Gnome Shell / GTK. Are you tired of all the Black themes? Most of them are ugly and distracting. Let's make things simple and clean, give it a try! Extract the archive and copy or move the Total White folder to either "~.local/share/themes/" or "/usr/share/themes/" or ~/.themes/ . Hope you'll enjoy it!

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Slashdot: Chinese Media, Government Confirm Apple Research Center in Beijing Tech Corridor

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 22:05 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes:According to Chinese media, Apple is launching its first research and development center in the country, located in long-time technology incubation area Zhongguancun Science Park, Beijing. While Apple has yet to comment on the matter, a statement issued by the Zhongguancun Park Management Committee to several Chinese media outlets has identified Apple's presence in the area. According to reports collated by Digitimes, the center has a budget of about $15 million, with a long-term expenditure goal of $45 million over the next few years. The center is allegedly seeking to hire around 500 workers, with no particular focus beyond Apple products and software. The move mirrors similar setups in Japan, and Israel.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GNOME Look: A Place I Thought I Knew 4K Textured Gradient Wallpaper

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 22:03 AWST)

ThumbnailA Place I Thought I Knew 4K Textured Gradient Wallpaper
Alone, gazing out into space once full of wonder, I feel its vastness. More than ever before a cold emptiness fills the walls of this place I thought I knew. The absence of your soul has thrown my heart into despair. A well built textured wallpaper to compliment those who enjoy color schemes. There are two sizes available in the download, (3840 X 2160) (1920 X 1080). Built on Antergos Gnome 3.20 with Gimp 2.8 As always thank you for viewing and downloading.

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GNOME Look: The Drake Equation 4K Textured Gradient Wallpaper

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 22:01 AWST)

ThumbnailThe Drake Equation 4K Textured Gradient Wallpaper
The Drake equation is a probabilistic argument used to arrive at an estimate of the number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy.[1][2] The number of such civilizations, N, is assumed to be equal to the mathematical product of (i) the average rate of star formation, R*, in our galaxy, (ii) the fraction of formed stars, fp, that have planets, (iii) the average number of planets per star, ne, that can potentially support life, (iv) the fraction of those planets, fl, that actually develop life, (v) the fraction of planets bearing life on which intelligent, civilized life, fi, has developed, (vi) the fraction of these civilizations that have developed communications, fc, i.e., technologies that release detectable signs into space, and (vii) the length of time, L, over which such civilizations release detectable signals, for a combined expression of: A well built textured wallpaper to compliment those who enjoy color schemes. There are two sizes available in the download, (3840 X 2160) (1920 X 1080). Built on Antergos Gnome 3.20 with Gimp 2.8 As always thank you for viewing and downloading.

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Ubuntu Security Notices: Meet ORWL. The first open source, physically secure computer

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 22:01 AWST)


If someone has physical access to your computer with secure documents present, it’s game over! ORWL is designed to solve this as the first open source physically secure computer. ORWL (pronounced or-well) is the combination of the physical security from the banking industry (used in ATMs and Point of Sale terminals) and a modern Intel-based personal computer. We’ve designed a stylish glass case which contains the latest processor from Intel – exactly the same processor as you would find in the latest ultrabooks and we added WiFi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for your accessories. It also has two USB Type C connectors for any accessories you prefer to connect via cables. We then use the built-in Intel 515 HD Video which can output up to 4K video with audio.

The physical security enhancements we’ve added start with a second authentication factor (wireless keyfob) which is processed before the main processor is even powered up. This ensures we are able to check the system’s software for authenticity and security before we start to run it. We then monitor how far your keyfob is from your PC – when you leave the room, your PC will be locked automatically, requiring the keyfob to unlock it again. We’ve also ensured that all information on the system drive is encrypted via the hardware on which it runs. The encryption key for this information is managed by the secure microcontroller which also handles the pre-boot authentication and other security features of the system. And finally, we protect everything with a high security enclosure (inside the glass) that prevents working around our security by physically accessing hardware components.

Any attempt to get physical access to the internals of your PC will delete the cryptographic key, rendering all your data permanently inaccessible!


We’ve created ORWL for anybody who wants to keep their information private. This obviously includes people who have a formal obligation to protect the data in their care: people such as lawyers and people in healthcare fields. It’s also true of people who create valuable data such as photographers and videographers, musicians, authors, and many others. But it’s also true of everyday PC users: those of us who just have online banking credentials, medical records, or family photos or videos on their computers, and who want the peace of mind that if their PC is stolen they won’t see those files on the Internet next week. It also is the first PC in the world that is truly an appropriate base for storing the private keys of any block-chain based currency you may own, rather than keeping them with a third party. It maybe goes without saying, as we have plenty of pictures to communicate the point, that anybody who values the aesthetics of a beautifully designed appliance may well want an ORWL just because it’s vastly nicer to look at than a beige or black box!


ORWL comes with Ubuntu, Windows 10, or Qubes OS pre-installed, but users can install and run any modern 64 bit Intel-compatible operating system. Ubuntu is our preferred choice of system as it provides a very strong balance of features. It is noted for it’s installation scripting and default system configuration working well with a wide variety of modern hardware and is reliable and stable. Ubuntu offers all the following ease-of-use features that people like in Windows, but with the code auditability that security conscious users like in Linux-based operating systems.

With the code being auditable, it makes them leaders in cryptography as an OS, which is a vital component to our project. As the more people are able to fully understand the details of how the product works, the more secure we can make it.

And to see a demo of ORWL, view this short 2-minute video below!

Plus to learn more about their CrowdSupply campaign, see here.

Guest Post: Daniel Nelson from Design Shift, makers of ORWL


Ubuntu Security Notices: The Making of the Nextcloud Box

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 21:58 AWST)


The story of the Nextcloud box – a feature in our upcoming webinar – learn more here.

In 2010, Frank Karlitschek founded the ownCloud project to provide an alternative to proprietary cloud services from companies like Google, Dropbox and Apple. The goal to bring private cloud sync and share technology to home users attracted a community of contributors, which in turn enabled a business to develop. The vision behind the project still drives Nextcloud, the community, Frank and other core contributors who started some months ago as a reboot of the original project (see here.)

But bringing a private cloud to home users is not easy. Nextcloud is great software, something you can easily install on your private server and…that is where things get complicated. Most people don’t run their own server and even if they were interested would not have the skills to do so securely. Since the early days of the project, contributors have been discussing how to deal with this conundrum: What can we do to make running your own, private cloud easy enough for non-technical users? This would require a real out-of-the-box solution!

Almost a year ago, an opportunity arose. Frank met some folks from WDLabs, the business growth incubator of storage solutions company Western Digital Corporation. A conversation kicked off about a collaboration! WDLabs provides innovative storage solutions for DIY devices like the Raspberry Pi series, devices which are very flexible and low-cost. It became clear we could help each other: a device with Nextcloud!

Some prototypes were distributed in the community, based on the standard hardware from WDLabs, while our designer started discussing a more fitting design. On the software side, we decided that a platform had to be chosen in a bottom-up way. Nextcloud requires a server OS, after all. After contributions from various community members, we settled on Ubuntu, with the goal of using Snaps to distribute Nextcloud on top of that.

We partnered with Canonical to make this happen, and the three companies worked over the last months to put together a new box design (code named “the Jan box”, named after our designer) and a solid OS (a modified Ubuntu Server LTS 16.04) for the snaps to run on. To learn more about our final push to market, what the box offers and where this is going, join the webinar where founder Frank Karlitschek will talk.

Learn more about the webinar

Written by Jos Poortvliet from Nexcloud.


Slashdot: Comey Denies Clinton Email 'Reddit' Cover-Up

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 21:00 AWST)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Politico: The FBI concluded that a computer technician working on Clinton's email was not engaged in an illicit cover-up when he asked on the Reddit website for a tool that could delete a "VIP" email address throughout a large file, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday. Republican lawmakers have suggested that the July 2014 Reddit post from a user believed to be Platte River Networks specialist Paul Combetta showed an effort to hide Clinton's emails from investigators. However, at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Comey said FBI agents concluded that all the computer aide was trying to do was replace Clinton's email address so it wouldn't be revealed to the public. "Our team concluded that what he was trying to do was when they produced emails not have the actual address but have some name or placeholder instead of the actual dot-com address in the 'From:' line," Comey said. Comey said he wasn't sure whether the FBI knew about the Reddit posting when prosecutors granted Combetta immunity to get statements from him about what transpired. However, he added that such a deletion wouldn't automatically be considered an effort to destroy evidence. "Not necessarily ... It would depend what his intention was and why he wanted to do it," the FBI director said.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GNOME Look: Axiom

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 20:02 AWST)

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Axiom is based on the Arc-Dark Gnome Shell theme. The goal of this theme is first to create a more free and spacious desktop, but also to be more consistent to the Arc-Dark gtk theme than the original Arc-Dark theme actually is (in my opinion). I have made the Dash "Show Applications" button round, so this shell theme is probably suitable for round icon themes... Extract the archive and copy or move the Axiom folder to either "~.local/share/themes/" or "/usr/share/themes/" depending on if you want it for all users or not. Hope you'll enjoy it!

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Ubuntu Security Notices: I took a circular saw to the Nextcloud box and you won’t believe…

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 19:16 AWST)

…what happened next!


Ok, ok.. sorry for the click-bait headline – but It is mainly true. I recently got a Nextcloud box , it was pretty easy to set up and here are some great instructions.

But this box is not just a Nextcloud box, it is a box of unlimited possibilities. In just a few hours I added to my personal cloud a WIFI access point and chat server. So here are some amazing facts you should know about Ubuntu and snaps:

Amazing fact #1 – One box, many apps
With snaps you can transform your single function device, into a box of tricks. You can add software to extend its functionality after you have made it. In this case I created an WIFI access point and added a Rocketchat server to it.

You can release a drone without autonomous capabilities, and once you are sure that you have nailed it, you can publish a new app for it or even sell a pro-version autopilot snap.

You can add an inexpensive Zigbee and Bluetooth module to your home router, and partner with a security firm to provide home surveillance services…the possibilities are endless.

Amazing fact #2 – Many boxes, One heart
Maybe an infinite box of tricks is attractive to a geek like me, but what it is interesting to product makers is: Make one hardware, ship many products.

Compute parts (cpu, memory, storage) make a large part of bill of materials of any smart device. So does validation and integration of this components with your software base…and then you need to provide updates for the OS and the kernel for years to come.

What if I told you could build (or buy) a single multi-function core – pre-integrated with a Linux OS and use it to make drones, home routers, digital advertisement signs, industrial and home automation hubs, base stations, DSLAMs, top-of-rack switches…

This is the real power of Ubuntu Core – with the OS and kernel being their own snaps – you can be sure the nothing has changed in them across these devices, and that you can reliably update them. You not only are able to share validation and maintenance cost across multiple projects, you would be able to increase the volume of your part order and get a better price.

How was the box of tricks made:

Ingredients for the WIFI ap:

I also installed the Rocketchat server snap for the store.

Written by Victor Palau Original post

And if interested, we’re hosting a webinar with the founder of Nextcloud!

Learn more about the webinar


Slashdot: The UK's Largest Sperm Bank Is Now An App

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 18:00 AWST)

Sperm bank? There's an app for that. The largest sperm bank in the United Kingdom -- the London Sperm Bank -- has released an official app that aims to "modernize the process of hooking prospective parents up with the biological material they need to make it happen," according to MIT Technology Review: The app is essentially just a mobile version of the filtered search function the London Sperm Bank offers on its website. But in doing something as simple as bringing its desktop services to mobile devices, the bank is making a play to further normalize reproductive technologies. The London Sperm Bank boasts that users will receive push notifications as soon as new donors are available, which could help speed things up for hopeful parents looking for a match. The road to conception can take years for people using reproductive technologies, so expediting any part of the process would be a welcome time-saver. But the bank has over 10,000 vials of sperm, so searching, even using filters, could still be a lengthy process. To combat this, the app also offers a wish list function that lets more focused users predetermine what they're looking for in a donor, and receive a notification when their criteria are met. The way the service works on mobile has been compared to Tinder, but there's actually no swiping involved. Its wish list function means it's more akin to apps like Anthology, which job seekers use to find their next career move. The report notes that, while there are other mobile sperm bank apps out there, the London Sperm Bank is the only one with several medical associations and the U.K. government's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority on board. Also, the app is free to download, but the cost of ordering sperm is about $1,200 per order, which is the same as if you order through the London Sperm Bank catalogue.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GNOME Look: Eowyn

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 17:24 AWST)

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Clean and dark theme for gnome shell 3.18

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GNOME Look: Geos

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 17:16 AWST)

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For Gnome shell 3.18 and 3.20

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DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for the Goldfields on Friday

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 17:12 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast for Friday 29 September for the Goldfields.

A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast for Friday 29 September for the Goldfields. 


This includes the local government districts of:

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder local government area – western part

Shire of Coolgardie

Shire of  Dundas – western part

Shire of Laverton – south western corner

Shire of Leonora

Shire of Menzies – central part

Shire of Sandstone – part adjacent to Leonora Shire

Shire of Wiluna – south western corner

Bushfires can threaten suddenly and without warning. Stay alert and watch for signs of fire, especially smoke and flames. Have your bushfire survival plan and kit ready.

Keep up to date with bushfire information through local radio, websites and TV. Do not wait for a warning before you act. If you see flames call triple zero.

These are very hot, dry and windy conditions for a bush or grass fire.

If a fire starts and takes hold: 

It will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control. 

Spot fires will start and move quickly. Embers may come from many directions. 

If you live in or near bush with high fuel loads then you are at risk and need to act: 

Read through your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have one decide what you will do if a fire starts. 

If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option. 

Homes that are prepared to the highest level, have been constructed to bushfire protection levels and are actively defended may provide safety. 

You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions. 

To find out what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit or call 9395 9300 during normal office hours.

Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting or call 1300 659 213 (call charges apply).

Publication Time: 29/09/2016 5:09 PM
Expiration Time: 1/10/2016 12:00 AM

SC Magazine: Brandis says white hats will be exempt from data law changes

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 15:31 AWST)

Criminal offences won't apply to researchers.

Slashdot: Commodore C64 Survives Over 25 Years Balancing Drive Shafts In Auto Repair Shop

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 15:00 AWST)

MojoKid writes: One common gripe in the twenty-first century is that nothing is built to last anymore. Even complex, expensive computers seem to have a relatively short shelf-life nowadays. However, one computer in a small auto repair shop in Gdansk, Poland has survived for the last twenty-five years against all odds. The computer in question here is a Commodore C64 that has been balancing driveshafts non-stop for a quarter of a century. The C64C looks like it would fit right in with a scene from Fallout 4 and has even survived a nasty flood. This Commodore 64 contains a few homemade aspects, however. The old computer uses a sinusoidal waveform generator and piezo vibration sensor in order to measure changes in pressure, acceleration, temperature, strain or force by converting them to an electrical charge. The C64C interprets these signals to help balance the driveshafts in vehicles. The Commodore 64 (also known as the C64, C-64, C= 64) was released in January 1982 and still holds the title for being the best-selling computer of all time.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GNOME Look: Dark Aurora

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 13:39 AWST)

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Easy On The Eyes Gnome 3.20 & 3.22 Theme.

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SC Magazine: Relaxed CASA drone rules come into effect

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 13:00 AWST)

Cheaper, less red tape.

Slashdot: US Believes Hackers Are Shielded By Russia To Hide Its Role In Cyberintrusions: WSJ

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 11:30 AWST)

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warining: may be paywalled), U.S. officials are all but certain that the hacker Guccifer 2.0, who hacked the Democratic National Committee in June, is connected to a network of individuals and groups who are being shielded by the Russian government to mask its involvement in cyberintrusions. Even though the hacker denies working for the Russian government, the hacker is thought to be working with the hacking groups Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear, which have ties to the Russian government. The Wall Street Journal reports: Following successful breaches, the stolen data are apparently transferred to three different websites for publication, these people say. The websites -- WikiLeaks, and a blog run by Guccifer 2.0 -- have posted batches of stolen data at least 42 times from April to last week. Cybersecurity experts believe that and Guccifer 2.0 often work together and have direct ties to Russian hackers. Guccifer 2.0 said in a Twitter direct message sent to The Wall Street Journal that he wants to expose corruption in politics and shine light on how companies influence policy. The hacker said he also hopes to expose "global electronization." "I think I won't have a better opportunity to promote my ideas than this year," Guccifer 2.0 added in a long exchange with a Journal reporter. The Journal cannot verify the identity of the person sending messages on behalf of Guccifer 2.0, but the account is the same one that was used to publish personal information about Democrats. A posting on a blog run by Guccifer 2.0 says he is a man who was born in Eastern Europe, has been a hacker for years and fears for his safety. "I think u've never felt that feeling when u r crazy eager to shout: look everyone, this is me, this is me who'd done it," the hacker wrote to the Journal. "but u can't." WikiLeaks officials didn't respond to requests for comment on whether Russia fed them the stolen files published by WikiLeaks in July. A representative for asked the Journal to submit questions via email but hasn't responded to them. Last week, U.S. intelligence chielf James Clapper said it "shouldn't come as a big shock to people" that Russia is behind the hacking operation. While Russia has tried to interfere in U.S. elections since at least the 1960s by spying and funneling money to particular political groups, "I think it's more dramatic maybe because now they have the cyber tools," he said.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SC Magazine: Ex-CBA IT exec charged with fraud in the US

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 10:30 AWST)

Could face 45 years in jail if found guilty.

Slashdot: 92% of the World's Population Exposed To Unsafe Levels of Air Pollution: WHO

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 09:50 AWST)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Daily: A new World Health Organization (WHO) air quality model confirms that 92% of the world's population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. "The new WHO model shows countries where the air pollution danger spots are, and provides a baseline for monitoring progress in combatting it," says Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director General at WHO. It also represents the most detailed outdoor (or ambient) air pollution-related health data, by country, ever reported by WHO. The model is based on data derived from satellite measurements, air transport models and ground station monitors for more than 3000 locations, both rural and urban. It was developed by WHO in collaboration with the University of Bath, United Kingdom. Some 3 million deaths a year are linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution can be just as deadly. In 2012, an estimated 6.5 million deaths (11.6% of all global deaths) were associated with indoor and outdoor air pollution together. Nearly 90% of air-pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with nearly 2 out of 3 occurring in WHO's South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions. Ninety-four per cent are due to noncommunicable diseases -- notably cardiovascular diseases, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Air pollution also increases the risks for acute respiratory infections. Major sources of air pollution include inefficient modes of transport, household fuel and waste burning, coal-fired power plants, and industrial activities. However, not all air pollution originates from human activity. For example, air quality can also be influenced by dust storms, particularly in regions close to deserts. The model has carefully calibrated data from satellite and ground stations to maximize reliability. National air pollution exposures were analyzed against population and air pollution levels at a grid resolution of about 10 km x 10 km. The interactive maps provide information on population-weighted exposure to particulate matter of an aerodynamic diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) for all countries. The map also indicates data on monitoring stations for PM10 and PM2.5 values for about 3000 cities and towns. Quartz's report features a table that highlights the countries with the world's worst air pollution. The table "shows all the median levels of particulate matter in each country where the WHO collected data."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SC Magazine: Health pulls Medicare dataset after breach of doctor details

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 09:27 AWST)

[Updated] Researchers say govt encryption was poor.

Slashdot: Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft Come Together To Create Historic Partnership On AI

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 08:50 AWST)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In an act of self-governance, Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, IBM, and Microsoft came together today to announce the launch the new Partnership on AI. The group is tasked with conducting research and promoting best practices. Practically, this means that the group of tech companies will come together frequently to discuss advancements in artificial intelligence. The group also opens up a formal structure for communication across company lines. It's important to remember that on a day to day basis, these teams are in constant competition with each other to develop the best products and services powered by machine intelligence. Financial support will be coming from the initial tech companies who are members of the group, but in the future membership and involvement is expected to increase. User activists, non-profits, ethicists, and other stakeholders will be joining the discussion in the coming weeks. The organizational structure has been designed to allow non-corporate groups to have equal leadership side-by-side with large tech companies. As of today's launch, companies like Apple, Twitter, Intel and Baidu are missing from the group. Though Apple is said to be enthusiastic about the project, their absence is still notable because the company has fallen behind in artificial intelligence when compared to its rivals -- many of whom are part of this new group. The new organization really seems to be about promoting change by example. Rather than preach to the tech world, it wants to use a standard open license to publish research on topics including ethics, inclusivity, and privacy.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Slashdot: Spotify in Talks To Acquire SoundCloud

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 08:30 AWST)

Janko Roettgers, writing for Variety: Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire rival music service SoundCloud, according to a report by the Financial Times. An announcement of the acquisition could be made soon, according to the Times. The acquisition would come just months after SoundCloud launched its own paid streaming service. A Spotify spokesperson declined to comment on the report when contacted by Variety; SoundCloud didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Spotify is the market leader in the growing paid streaming business, disclosing earlier this month that it now has more than 40 million paying subscribers. Its biggest competitor is Apple Music with 17 million paying subscribers.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Slashdot: Banks Adopting Blockchain 'Dramatically Faster' Than Expected

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 08:10 AWST)

Banks and other financial institutions are adopting blockchain technology "dramatically faster" than initially expected, with 15 percent of top global banks intending to roll out full-scale, commercial blockchain products in 2017, IBM said on Wednesday. Reuters reports: The technology company said 65 percent of banks expected to have blockchain projects in production in three years' time, with larger banks -- those with more than 100,000 employees -- leading the charge. IBM, whose findings were based on a survey of 200 banks, said the areas most commonly identified by lenders as ripe for blockchain-based innovation were clearing and settlement, wholesale payments, equity and debt issuance and reference data. Blockchain, which originates from digital currency bitcoin, works as an electronic transaction-processing and record-keeping system that allows all parties to track information through a secure network, with no need for third-party verification.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SC Magazine: Telstra grilled over security of cancer register data

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 07:12 AWST)

OAIC floats new breach reporting requirements.

SC Magazine: Apache unleashes Spot, the open source cyber security project

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 07:00 AWST)

Security through big data analytics and machine learning.

GNOME Look: Radio

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 05:41 AWST)

Radio days

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SC Magazine: Deloitte partners with Apple to push iOS into the enterprise

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 05:30 AWST)

New practice staffed with 5000 advisers.

SC Magazine: BlackBerry exits smartphone making with outsourcing plan

(posted on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 03:08 AWST)

Investors welcome end of hardware business.

Wednesday September 28, 2016

Linux Mint: Mintbox Mini Pro

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 21:26 AWST)

The Mintbox Mini just got better!

MintBox Mini Pro

The new model is called “Mintbox Mini Pro”, it’s just as small as the original Mintbox Mini but with much better specifications.

Here’s a quick comparison between the two models:

Mintbox Mini Mintbox Mini Pro
Chipset A4-Micro 6400T A10-Micro 6700T
Graphics Dual HDMI – Radeon R3 Dual HDMI – Radeon R6
Ethernet Gbe Dual Gbe
Wifi 802.11n dongle Dual-band 802.11ac mini-PCIe
Bluetooth None 4.0
Price $295 $395

This new unit also features better passive cooling thanks to an all-metal black housing. It has an extra USB port (for a total of 2 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports) and we also spotted powered eSATA and a microSIM slot.

Production started and Compulab started to take orders.

For more information on the Mintbox Mini Pro:

We should be receiving ours very soon. Stay tuned for a preview 🙂


Ubuntu Security Notices: Learning to snap with codelabs

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 18:34 AWST)

I always felt that learning something new, especially new concepts and workflows usually works best if you see it first-hand and get to do things yourself. If you experience directly how your actions influence the system you’re working with, the new connections in your brain form much more quickly. Didier and I talked a while about how to introduce the processes and ideas behind snapd and snapcraft to a new audience, particularly at a workshop or a meet-up and we found we were of the same opinion.

Didier put quite a bit of work into solving the infrastructure question. We re-used the work which was put into Codelabs already, so adding a new codelab merely became a question of creating a Google Doc and adding it using a management command. It works nicely, the UI is simple and easy to understand and lets you focus on the content at hand. It was a lot of fun to work on the content and refine the individual steps in a self-teaching workshop style. Thanks a lot everyone for the reviews!

It’s now available for everyone

After some discussion it became clear that a very fitting way for the codelabs to go out would be to ship them as a snap themselves. It’s beautifully simple to get started:

$ sudo snap install snap-codelabs

All you need to do afterwards is point your browser to http://localhost:8123/ – that’s all. You will be greeted with something like this:

snapcraft codelabs

From thereon you can quickly start your snap adventure and get up and running in no time. It’s a step-by-step workshop and you always know how much more time you need to complete it.

Expect more codelabs to be added soon. If you have feedback, please let us know here.

Have fun and when you’re done with your first codelab.

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GNOME Look: fullest&colorful

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 17:00 AWST)

(Icon Themes)
This icon theme aims to provide the fullest and colorful icons for xfce4. It originated from other themes such as Genome, HumanX, Tango etc.. Install: unpack this package to ~/.icons/ OR /usr/share/icons/. '' can be used to create your own icon themes. It is flexible and user-defined. Steps are: put your svg icon to ~/.icons/fullest20160424/template/#/, (replace # with 'actions/apps/categories/devices/mimetypes/places' according to your icon type), then cd ~/.icons/fullest20160424/ ./ Now go to Appearance and re-choose this icon theme, enjoy. '' need librsvg2-bin to work.

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DFES Media Releases: Emergency services assisting with wild weather hitting SA

DFES Media Releases (posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 16:40 AWST)


The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has deployed 39 personnel today to assist with severe weather and floods expected to impact South Australia. 

SES volunteers and DFES staff from the Perth metropolitan area and South West will be deployed for five days to assist in the Adelaide, Mount Lofty and Mid North areas. 

DFES Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Operations Darren Klemm said the deployment will give personnel an opportunity to gain valuable frontline experience and assist communities under severe threat.

“We are committed to helping the people of South Australia in their time of need, just as they have returned the favour to Western Australia in the past,” Assistant Commissioner Klemm said.

“The contingent has specialised skills in responding to flood and storm damage, including working from heights, tarping roofs, undertaking flood rescues, and removing large fallen trees.

“This deployment will be an invaluable experience and I’m sure that our personnel will bring home new knowledge from their counterparts in South Australia.”

For information about the weather impacting South Australia visit 


Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955

Publication Time: 28/09/2016 4:35 PM

SC Magazine: Pilgrim permanently appointed Information Commissioner

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 15:45 AWST)

Will also keep privacy role.

SC Magazine: Govt will make it a crime to re-identify anonymised data

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 15:33 AWST)

Changes to Privacy Act coming.

SC Magazine: Deakin Uni to replace aged finance system with younger model

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 14:30 AWST)

End-of-life and too customised to continue with.

EEV Blog: EEVblog #928 – Jaycar DMX RGB LED Lights Teardown

EEV Blog (posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 14:27 AWST)

Inside the cheap arse Jaycar SL3467 “Rave” DMX controlled RGB LED disco party lights scored for $1 from the dumpster sale. Did Dave get ripped off?


SC Magazine: WA police database breaches skyrocket

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 14:21 AWST)

Agency steps up access audits.

SC Magazine: NBN Co dumps Optus HFC for FTTdp

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 14:00 AWST)

Will cost too much, take too long to fix network.

SC Magazine: ASX shareholders are worried about blockchain security

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 12:41 AWST)

Chairman admits exchange could become a target.

SC Magazine: Former OAIC chief gets green light to sue newspaper

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 09:25 AWST)

Canberra Times fails to have defamation suit thrown out of court.

SC Magazine: ASX promises to bolster systems after 'unprecedented' outage

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 08:08 AWST)

Claims vendors have never seen such a malfunction before.

Roundcube: Updates 1.2.2 and 1.1.6 published

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 08:00 AWST)

We just published updates to both stable versions 1.2 and 1.1 delivering important bug fixes and and again more improvements of the Enigma plugin introduced in version 1.2. Version 1.1.6 comes with cherry-picked fixes from the more recent version and improvements in contacts searching as well as a few localization fixes.

See the full changelog in the wiki and the selection for 1.1.6 on the release page.

Both versions are considered stable and we recommend to update all productive installations of Roundcube with either of these versions. Download them from GitHub via

As usual, don’t forget to backup your data before updating!

SC Magazine: Salesforce targets Aussie diggers in IT recruitment drive

(posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 07:57 AWST)

Looks to draft soldiers into tech field.