Saturday December 20, 2014

pfSense: NTP Project security vulnerabilities

(posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 10:46 AWST)

Today the Network Time Foundation announced 6 security vulnerabilities in the reference NTP implementation, which serves as the NTP client and server in pfSense software. These are largely not applicable here, however we’re still investigating potential impact.

  1. Weak default key in config_auth() – this applies only to old NTP versions not used in any current or recent pfSense release, and is in an area that isn’t possible to enable in pfSense.
  2. non-cryptographic random number generator with weak seed used by ntp-keygen – this also applies only to old versions, and is in an area that isn’t possible to enable in pfSense.
  3. Buffer overflow in crypto_recv() – this applies only to an area that isn’t possible to enable in pfSense.
  4. Buffer overflow in ctl_putdata() – this applies only where control messages are allowed from untrusted hosts, which isn’t possible to configure in pfSense.
  5. receive(): missing return on error – this is a bug that doesn’t appear to have any ability to affect system integrity, hence has no security impact.
  6. Buffer overflow in configure() – this is applicable, however appears to be strictly denial of service. Where you have the NTP server enabled, clients that are permitted by your firewall rules (by default, and in general, only internal hosts) could crash the NTP service.

The bug reports on ntp.org are marked as private, leaving specific, authoritative details a bit lacking. If you have any information beyond the above, or that contradicts the above, please email us at security at pfsense.org. At this time, we don’t believe this poses any significant risk for pfSense users. We’ll update this post should anything change.

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for the northern part of Kwinana in the City of Kwinana

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 10:27 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains for people on Mandogalup Road, between Anketell Road and Sayer Road and for the Postans area, in the northern part of Kwinana in the City of Kwinana
Content:

A bushfire ADVICE remains for people on Mandogalup Road, between Anketell Road and Sayer Road and for the Postans area, in the northern part of Kwinana in the City of Kwinana. 

• 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 started near Anketell Road.   
BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is contained but not under control
 

WHAT TO DO:
• Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
• Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
• Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
IF DRIVING:
• 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.
A number of roads have been closed including:
• Anketell Road, between the Kwinana Freeway exit and Abercrombie Road. 
• McLaughlan Road, between Anketell Road and Thomas Road.   
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:
Forty five career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene.
• Firefighters are  consolidating containment lines.
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 1.35pm on Friday 19 December.
• It has burnt approximately 100 hectares.
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• DFES 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 4pm today unless the situation changes. 
 
Publication Time: 20/12/2014 10:25 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for western part of John Forrest National Park in the City of Swan

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 10:24 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people in the western part of John Forrest National Park near Pechey Road and Toodyay Road in the City of Swan.
Content:

​The following alert has been issued by the Department of Parks and Wildlife  
 

A bushfire ADVICE remains in place for people in the western part of John Forrest National Park near Pechey Road and Toodyay Road in the City of Swan. 
 
•          The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as firefighters have successfully contained the fire.
•          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 started on Pechey Road. It is burning on the southern side of Toodyay Road.
 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
•          The bushfire is contained with mineral earth breaks.
 
WHAT TO DO: 
•          Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
•          Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
•          Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
•          Read through your bushfire survival plan.
•          If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
•          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 
Toodyay Road has reopened.


RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:
Recreation site closures include:
•  Eagle View walk trail is closed

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters and volunteer bushfire brigades from Shire of Mundaring and City of
  • Swan will be continuing to consolidate containment lines and mop up throughout the day. 
         
EXTRA INFORMATION:
  • The fire was reported at 3.00pm on Friday 19 December 2014. It has burnt through approximately 96 hectares.
  • The cause of the fire is unknown.
  • 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 4pm today, Saturday 20 December 2014, unless the situation changes. 
 

Publication Time: 20/12/2014 10:20 AM

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ALL CLEAR for Casuarina in the City of Kwinana

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 09:54 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in Casaurina in the City of Kwinana.
Content:

An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people in Casaurina in the City of Kwinana.

• The bushfire has been extinguished.
• Firefighters have worked tirelessly together with other agencies since the fire was reported.
• 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:
Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
•  Firefighters are currently dampening down hotspots and will leave the area safe. 


EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The fire was reported at 12.46pm on Friday 19 December and currently there has been 10 hectares burnt.
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 
• The City of Kwinana is now managing the fire.  
  
No further updates will be issued.

Publication Time: 20/12/2014 9:55 AM
Expiration Time: 20/12/2014 5:00 PM

Slashdot: Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 08:49 AWST)

Onnimikki writes James Stewart, author of the calculus textbooks many of us either loved or loved to hate, has died. In case you ever wondered what the textbook was funding, this story has the answer: a $32 million dollar home over-looking a ravine in Toronto, Canada.

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GNOME Look: Nebula 2.2 (GTK 3.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 08:32 AWST)

ThumbnailNebula 2.2
(GTK 3.x Theme/Style)
Nebula is an theme for Gnome with dark and light variant. Star Cluster NGC 2074 is the default background.

changelog:
Version for Gnome 3.14.

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GNOME Look: Ambiance + Radiance Flat Colors 14.04.1 (GTK 2.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 08:00 AWST)

ThumbnailAmbiance & Radiance Flat Colors 14.04.1
(GTK 2.x Theme/Style)
Ambiance & Radiance Flat is a Modern , Beautiful and flat "reboot" of the Ambiance & Radiance GTK 2/3 Themes. It features a modern and clean "flat" look in your choice of 13 vibrant colors.

This Theme Fully Supports Ubuntu 14.10 & 14.04. And Other Distros With GTK Versions 3.10 to 3.12.

With full and tested support for most popular GTK desktops Including:
Unity, Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE, LXDE, OpenBox, Gnome Classic & Fallback.
And We have reworked everything, so now one theme works on all desktops. No more separate versions cluttering things up.

GnomeShell is not supported at this time. Sorry :(. Perhaps in the future.

Be sure to check out Vibrancy Color Icons (Show in screenshots) That where Desgined with this GTK theme in mind:http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Vibrancy+Colors?content=167771

Newer GTK builds not in Ubuntu or Debian like 3.14 & 3.16 may not be working yet.

There Are 3 Versions:
Ambiance- The darker flavor. Dark panel, menu, toolbar etc.
Ambiance Fusion- Is a hybrid blend w/Light toolbars. Dark panel, menu etc.
Radiance- is the lighter flavor. Light panel, menu etc.

Each Color Has Two Window Button Styles:
Pro- Monochrome Window Buttons
Regular- Color Window Buttons

A Special "Classic Big Border" Window Border Theme is also included as an option for MATE and XFCE Users Who have trouble resizing small/fine window borders. Don't know if that's a issue for anyone but we want to make sure everyone can enjoy and use the theme without struggle. So we include both. This Also may fix resize issues for some users without compiz on MATE and even XFCE.

Ambiance & Radiance Flat is not by or endorsed by the original Ambiance team. It is a NEW Fully flat Ambiance like theme that is Designed by the RAVEfinity Open Source Design Project, It has been in planning & development for a long awhile. Completely redesigned top to bottom by RAVEfinity with main code based on Ambiance & Radiance Colors (Another theme By RAVEfinity) & Stock Ambiance. We keep some design elements of stock Ambiance but we have also redesigned lots of parts on our own. A lot of new design work has gone into this.

Brought to you by:

RAVEfinty Open Source Design:

Jared Sot.
Lead developer and designer.

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

Based On Ambiance & Work (GPL) By:
Kenneth Wimer, James Schriver, Andrea Cimitan ,Canonicol LTD,David Barr ,P0ng

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+ ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

2.) "Unico" Theme Engine. Is highly recommended but will work without it.

3.) Recommended Engine...
"Pixmap Theme Engine"
Package name: "gtk2-engines-pixbuf"

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

Theme is available in Debs Packages and in our PPA. Thanks to our friends at Noobslab.com.

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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Slashdot: T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 07:52 AWST)

itwbennett writes T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million to settle a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suit that alleged it looked the other way while third parties charged T-Mobile subscribers for services they didn't want. The settlement is the second largest ever for so-called 'cramming,' following one that the FCC reached with AT&T in October. It came just two days after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Sprint for the same practice.

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Slashdot: NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 07:04 AWST)

astroengine writes: In a mesmerizing new video released by NASA, the Dec. 5 reentry of the Orion test space vehicle is chronicled — and it's a phenomenal 10-minute ride from fiery reentry to sudden splashdown into the Pacific Ocean. (YouTube Link.)

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Slashdot: Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 06:22 AWST)

Mr. Jones writes: My 11-year-old son is fascinated by games — game mechanics in particular. He has been playing everything from Magic to WarFrame since he was 5 years old. He seems mostly interested in creating the lore and associated mechanics of the games (i.e. how a game works). If it was only programming I could help him, but I am lost when it comes to helping him learn more formal ways of developing and defining gameplay. I really see a talent for this in him and I want to support it any way I can. Can you suggest any conferences, programs, books, websites, etc. that would help him learn?

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GNOME Look: Clearlooks Overcast (gtk2 + gtk3) 2.0 (GTK 2.x Theme/Style)

(posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 06:02 AWST)

ThumbnailClearlooks Overcast (gtk2 & gtk3) 2.0
(GTK 2.x Theme/Style)
Grey variation for Clearlooks theme, with a more "sharp/square" aspect. Available for gtk2 and gtk3.
Gtk3 port based on Clearlooks-Phenix theme, and available in 2 versions:
- for gtk3.4 (Debian Wheezy)
- for gtk3.14 (Debian Jessie)

changelog:
2.0 : - Several changes made in gtk3.4 and gtk3.14 settings: ".frame" border-radius, ".menubar" border-radius, ".notebook tab" border-radius, strip_gradient for active left/right/bottom ".notebook tab", "progressbar" border-radius and ".progressbar" color style. They have now (almost) the same appearance as their corresponding items on gtk2.
- Fix in gtk3.14 version: change the 0 values by 2px for ".notebook tab.top/right/bottom/left"
- A new title for this theme: The title changes from "Dark Grey" to "Overcast". It better reflects the "grey" (cloudy weather) variation of the orginal "blue" theme.
1.9 : gtk3 "GtkScale.trough" width settings corrected (gtk3.4 version)
1.8 : quick fix for a gtk parsing error about gtk-widgets.css (gtk3.14 version) ; GtkScale margins corrected (gtk3.14 version)
1.7 : gtk3 "scale-slider-horz-hover.png" and "scale-slider-vert-hover.png" have now the same appearance as their corresponding items on gtk2 ; new border-radius settings for gtk3 scrollbar buttons (now similar to gtk2)
1.6 : "notebook" fix (gtk3.14 version) ; better settings for "button" item (gtk3.4 and gtk3.14 versions)
1.5 : gtk3 port for gtk3.14 version
1.4 : color setting fix for the gtk3 "scrollbar"
1.3 : minor tuning for gtk3 and gtk2
1.2 : gtk3 port for gtk3.4
1.1 : minor change inside ' style "notebook" ' ( change the x/ythickness values from 3 to 2 )

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for the northern part of Keysbrook in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 05:54 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the northern part of Keysbrook near Kingsbury Drive and the South West Highway in the Shire Serpentine Jarrahdale.
Content:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the northern part of Keysbrook near Kingsbury Drive and the South West Highway in the Shire Serpentine Jarrahdale.

• 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 between Kingsbury Drive and the South West Highway.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving slowly in a south westerly direction.
• It is out of control and unpredictable.

WHAT TO DO:
• Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
• Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
• Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

IF DRIVING:
• 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:
Firefighters are actively fighting the fire. Aerial support has been requested to assist ground crews.

EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 3.24am today.  
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahadale 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 4pm today unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 20/12/2014 5:49 AM

Slashdot: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 05:39 AWST)

cartechboy writes: Remember 18 months ago when Tesla promised it was going to launch battery-swap stations? Well, it's finally happening, sort of. It seems Tesla's about to announce a battery-swap pilot program that will launch next week. The swap site will be located across the street from a Tesla Supercharger site in Harris Ranch, California — 184 miles south of San Francisco and about 200 miles north of Los Angeles. The pilot program will involve an unspecified number of Model S electric-car owners, who will be invited to take part in the test. For now, the battery-swap service will be offered by appointment only, at a cost of roughly a tank of gas in a premium sedan. Tesla's using words to describe this pilot program like "exploratory work" and "intended to test technology and assess demand" for a swapping service. While originally pitched that the battery swap would take less time than it would to take to refill the gas tank of a comparable luxury sedan, the company says now that "for this specific iteration" the swap process will take "approximately 3 minutes" — though it adds Tesla has "the ability to improve that time with future iterations." Is this test going to show that battery swapping is or isn't a realistic initiative?

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Slashdot: Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 04:56 AWST)

Rambo Tribble writes: Scientists from the University of Leeds have proposed that brighter ships' wakes, created by reducing their component bubbles' sizes, could moderately increase the reflectivity of our oceans, which would have a cooling effect on the climate. The technology is touted as being available and simple, but there could be side effects, like wetter conditions in some regions. Still, compared to many speculative geoengineering projects, "The one advantage about this technology — of trying to generate these tiny 'micro-bubbles' — is that the technology does already exist," according to Leeds' Prof Piers Forster.

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DP Review: Flickr Wall Art removes Creative Commons prints

DP Review (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 04:54 AWST)

Flickr has apologized to users upset over its Creative Commons-licensed print options. Effective immediately, all CC images have been removed from its Wall Art printing service. Users are still able to order prints of their own images, photos provided by Flickr’s own licensed artists and photographers who have requested their images be included. Read more

Slashdot: LinuxFest Northwest 2015 Will be Held April 25 and 26 (Video)

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 04:14 AWST)

Their website says, 'Come for the code, stay for the people! We have awesome attendees and electrifying parties. Check out the robotics club, the automated home brewing system running on Linux, or the game room for extra conference fun.' This is an all-volunteer conference, and for a change the volunteers who run it are getting things together far in advance instead of having sessions that don't get scheduled until a few days before the conference, which has happened more than once with LFNW. So if you have an idea for a session, this is the time to start thinking about it. Sponsors are also welcome -- and since LFNW sponsorships regularly sell out, it's not to soon to start thinking about becoming a sponsor -- and if you are part of a non-profit group or FOSS project, LFNW offers free exhibit space because this is a conference that exists for the community, not to make money for a corporate owner. But don't delay. As you can imagine, those free exhibit spots tend to fill up early. (Alternate Video Link)

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Slashdot: Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 03:31 AWST)

phantomfive writes: Bruce Schneier has an opinion piece discussing the Sony attack. He says, "Your reaction to the massive hacking of such a prominent company will depend on whether you're fluent in information-technology security. If you're not, you're probably wondering how in the world this could happen. If you are, you're aware that this could happen to any company." He continues, "The worst invasion of privacy from the Sony hack didn’t happen to the executives or the stars; it happened to the blameless random employees who were just using their company’s email system. Because of that, they’ve had their most personal conversations—gossip, medical conditions, love lives—exposed. The press may not have divulged this information, but their friends and relatives peeked at it. Hundreds of personal tragedies must be unfolding right now. This could be any of us." Related: the FBI has officially concluded that the North Korean government is behind the attack.

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Slashdot: Machine Learning Reveals Genetic Controls

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 02:50 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes with this quote from Quanta Magazine: Most genetic research to date has focused on just 1 percent of the genome — the areas that code for proteins. But new research, published today in Science, provides an initial map for the sections of the genome that orchestrate this protein-building process. "It's one thing to have the book — the big question is how you read the book," said Brendan Frey, a computational biologist at the University of Toronto who led the new research (abstract). For example, researchers can use the model to predict what will happen to a protein when there’s a mistake in part of the regulatory code. Mutations in splicing instructions have already been linked to diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy, a leading cause of infant death, and some forms of colorectal cancer. In the new study, researchers used the trained model to analyze genetic data from people afflicted with some of those diseases. The scientists identified some known mutations linked to these maladies, verifying that the model works. They picked out some new candidate mutations as well, most notably for autism. One of the benefits of the model, Frey said, is that it wasn’t trained using disease data, so it should work on any disease or trait of interest. The researchers plan to make the system publicly available, which means that scientists will be able to apply it to many more diseases.

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Slashdot: The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 02:08 AWST)

Jason Koebler writes: If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won't look like little green men, or spiny insectoids. It's likely they won't be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way. Susan Schneider, a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, joins a handful of astronomers, including Seth Shostak, director of NASA's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, NASA Astrobiologist Paul Davies, and Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Stephen Dick in espousing the view that the dominant intelligence in the cosmos is probably artificial. In her paper "Alien Minds," written for a forthcoming NASA publication, Schneider describes why alien life forms are likely to be synthetic, and how such creatures might think.

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Digital Photography School: Weekly Photography Challenge – Festive Food

Digital Photography School (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 02:00 AWST)

Well it’s that time of the year again. We spend days cooking and preparing for the big feast, then we stuff ourselves and retire to the sofa. Yup it’s holiday time.

Grant Frederiksen

By Grant Frederiksen

Whichever religion or faith you practice, and wherever you live – there is likely some sort of festivities going on this month. I’m spending the holidays in Nicaragua so it will be very different that back home in Canada with my family. I’m sure we’ll have a big meal but it may not be the traditional turkey with all the trimmings – it could look like grilled meat of some kind with rice and beans.

View this set of mouthwatering holiday food photos on dPS.

Your job this go around for the weekly photography challenge is to photograph your festive food.

We have lots of great articles here on dPS to help you out with food photography tips including:

Need more examples?

FLORENTIN Marius

By FLORENTIN Marius

Randy OHC

By Randy OHC

FLORENTIN Marius

By FLORENTIN Marius

Guilherme Kardel

By Guilherme Kardel

Orangejon

By orangejon

Sabina\?????? Panayotova\??????????

By Sabina\?????? Panayotova\??????????

Share your festive food images here:

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

The post Weekly Photography Challenge – Festive Food by Darlene Hildebrandt appeared first on Digital Photography School.

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Slashdot: All the Evidence the Government Will Present In the Silk Road Trial Is Online

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 01:25 AWST)

apexcp writes: In less than a month, one of the biggest trials of 2015 will begin in New York City. The full list of government evidence and defense objections found its way online recently, shedding light on both the prosecutor's courtroom strategy and the defense team's attempted rebuttals. Also important is what's not presented as evidence. There's not a single piece of forensic documentation about how the FBI originally found Silk Road servers, an act the defense has called "blatantly criminal."

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Slashdot: Anyone Can Now Launch Their Own Version of the Pirate Bay

Slashdot (posted on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 00:43 AWST)

An anonymous reader writes: Not satisfied with merely launching The Old Pirate Bay, torrent site isoHunt today debuted The Open Bay, which lets anyone deploy their own version of The Pirate Bay online. This is achieved via a new six-step wizard, which the group says requires you to be somewhat tech-savvy and have "minimal knowledge of how the Internet and websites work." The Pirate Bay, the most popular file sharing website on the planet, went down last week following police raids on its data center in Sweden. As we've noted before, The Old Pirate Bay appears to be the best alternative at the moment, but since The Pirate Bay team doesn't know if it's coming back yet, there is still a huge hole left to be filled.

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Friday December 19, 2014

Slashdot: Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

Slashdot (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 23:59 AWST)

wabrandsma sends this news from Phys.org: Here's a nice surprise: quantum physics is less complicated than we thought. An international team of researchers has proved that two peculiar features of the quantum world previously considered distinct are different manifestations of the same thing. The result is published 19 December in Nature Communications. Patrick Coles, Jedrzej Kaniewski, and Stephanie Wehner made the breakthrough while at the Center for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore. They found that wave-particle duality is simply the quantum uncertainty principle in disguise, reducing two mysteries to one.

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Slashdot: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Slashdot (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 23:16 AWST)

theodp writes: The idea of programming as a superpower was touched upon by CS teacher Alfred Thompson back in 2010, but it became a rallying call of sorts for the Hour of Code after Dropbox CEO Drew Houston described coding as "the closest thing we have to a superpower" in a Code.org video that went viral. And if the kids who learned to code with the President last week were dubious about the power of coding, this week's decision by Sony to scrap the release of the satirical film The Interview after a massive hack attack should put aside any doubts, especially after new revelations that Sony had reached out to the White House for help and screened the film for administration officials back in June. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that the Obama Administration is viewing the Sony attack as a "serious national security matter" and is considering a range of possible options as a response, which could turn things into a contest of U.S. Superpower vs. Coding Superpower. In case it wasn't mentioned last week, remember to always use your coding superpower for good, kids!

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GNOME Look: 70052 (GNOME Wallpaper SVG)

(posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 22:43 AWST)

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Slashdot: Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

Slashdot (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 22:32 AWST)

krakman writes: Researchers discovered security flaws in SS7 that allow listening to private phone calls and intercepting text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available. The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are actually functions built into SS7 for other purposes – such as keeping calls connected as users speed down highways, switching from cell tower to cell tower – that hackers can repurpose for surveillance because of the lax security on the network. It is thought that these flaws were used for bugging German Chancellor Angela's Merkel's phone. Those skilled at the housekeeping functions built into SS7 can locate callers anywhere in the world, listen to calls as they happen or record hundreds of encrypted calls and texts at a time for later decryption (Google translation of German original). There is also potential to defraud users and cellular carriers by using SS7 functions, the researchers say. This is another result of security being considered only after the fact, as opposed to being part of the initial design.

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OpenBSD Journal: BSDNow Episode 068: Just the Essentials

OpenBSD Journal (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 22:24 AWST)

It's Michael W. Lucas week at Undeadly, as this week's episode of BSDNow features a lengthy interview with the man.

Additionally, they have more conference videos, a comparison of FreeBSD and OpenBSD security features, the OpenSMTPD folks (hi gilles@!) write about the work they've been doing, a review of httpd(8), and all the week's odds and ends in the world of BSD.

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Slashdot: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Slashdot (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 21:50 AWST)

Layzej writes: Prominent scientists, science communicators, and skeptic activists, are calling on the news media to stop using the word "skeptic" when referring to those who refuse to accept the reality of climate change, and instead refer to them by what they really are: science deniers. "Not all individuals who call themselves climate change skeptics are deniers. But virtually all deniers have falsely branded themselves as skeptics. By perpetrating this misnomer, journalists have granted undeserved credibility to those who reject science and scientific inquiry."

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Slashdot: Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

Slashdot (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 21:07 AWST)

HughPickens.com writes The human genome is astonishingly complex and dynamic, with genes constantly turning on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive from the body. Scientists have known that certain genes become active or quieter as a result of exercise but they hadn't understood how those genes knew how to respond to exercise. Now the NYT reports that scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have completed a study where they recruited 23 young and healthy men and women, brought them to the lab for a series of physical performance and medical tests, including a muscle biopsy, and then asked them to exercise half of their lower bodies for three months. The volunteers pedaled one-legged at a moderate pace for 45 minutes, four times per week for three months. Then the scientists repeated the muscle biopsies and other tests with each volunteer. Not surprisingly, the volunteers' exercised leg was more powerful now than the other, showing that the exercise had resulted in physical improvements. But there were also changes within the exercised muscle cells' DNA. Using technology that analyses 480,000 positions throughout the genome, they could see that new methylation patterns had taken place in 7,000 genes (an individual has 20–25,000 genes). In a process known as DNA methylation, clusters of atoms, called methyl groups, attach to the outside of a gene like microscopic mollusks and make the gene more or less able to receive and respond to biochemical signals from the body. In the exercised portions of the bodies, many of the methylation changes were on portions of the genome known as enhancers that can amplify the expression of proteins by genes. And gene expression was noticeably increased or changed in thousands of the muscle-cell genes that the researchers studied. Most of the genes in question are known to play a role in energy metabolism, insulin response and inflammation within muscles. In other words, they affect how healthy and fit our muscles — and bodies — become. Many mysteries still remain but the message of the study is unambiguous. "Through endurance training — a lifestyle change that is easily available for most people and doesn't cost much money," says Sara Lindholm, "we can induce changes that affect how we use our genes and, through that, get healthier and more functional muscles that ultimately improve our quality of life."

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Digital Photography School: 25 Mouthwatering Holiday Food Photos to Wet Your Appetite

Digital Photography School (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 21:00 AWST)

With the holiday season upon us that also means big family gatherings and festive meals. Food photography is a great way to capture some of the festivities and color of the season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Omisoka or something else – likely it involves food.

Enjoy this set of holiday food photos to help you get in the mood or maybe even get some menu or photo ideas or both!

Stéphanie Kilgast

By Stéphanie Kilgast

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for the northern part of Bullsbrook in the City of Swan

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 20:15 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people between Great Northern Highway, Rutland Road and Muchae South Road in the northern part of Bullsbrook in the City of Swan.
Content:

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people between Great Northern Highway, Rutland Road and Muchae South Road in the northern part of Bullsbrook in the City of Swan.

• 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 between Great Northern Highway, Rutland Road and Muchae South Road.  

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving slowly in a north easterly direction.
• It is under control but not contained.

WHAT TO DO:
• Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
• Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
• Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
• Read through your bushfire survival plan.
• If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

IF DRIVING:
• 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.

Local roads may be closed.

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:
Approximately 65 firefighters from Bush Fire Services and Volunteer Emergency Services are containing the fire and will be mopping up throughout the night.
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The incident was reported at 4.30pm today.
• The cause of the fire is unknown.
• People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
• The City of Swan 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, Saturday 20 December 2014 unless the situation changes.

Publication Time: 19/12/2014 8:09 PM

Digital Photography School: Deal 7: Save 60% On our ‘Going Pro’ eBook

Digital Photography School (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 19:30 AWST)

Going pro 363x448I can’t believe we’re at day 7 in our 12 days of Christmas!

Deal 7 this year is perfect for those of you who secretly dream of making money from their photography.

If that’s you – today we’re offering a 60% saving on our ‘Going Pro’ kit.

Bundled in this kit are:

  1. Going Pro: How To Make Money From Your Photography, 91 pages of first-hand experience to help you sell your images the way you want, by experienced magazine photo editor Kelly Kingman.
  2. 2 hours of Audio downloads of interviews with pro photography experts Susannah Conway, Charles Borst, Suzanne Sease, and Christina Villaflors.
  3. Getting Published in Photography Magazines, a 28-page practical primer on getting your photos published, by DPS pro Mitchell Kanashkevich

Your goal might be just for some extra cash or perhaps a full-time career, either way this kit will kick start your professional career.

For just $20 (normally $50), it’s guaranteed to pay for itself many times over!

Just keep in mind – this deal is for 24 hours only and the price will go back up to $50 soon – so grab it here today.

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Slashdot: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Slashdot (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 19:26 AWST)

SternisheFan notes that Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado over marijuana legalization. The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing state-legalized marijuana from Colorado is improperly spilling across state lines. The suit invokes the federal government's right to regulate both drugs and interstate commerce, and says Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana has been "particularly burdensome" to police agencies on the other side of the state line. In June, USA TODAY highlighted the flow of marijuana from Colorado into small towns across Nebraska: felony drug arrests in Chappell, Neb., just 7 miles north of the Colorado border have skyrocketed 400% in three years. "In passing and enforcing Amendment 64, the state of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system enacted by the United States Congress. Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining plaintiff states' own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems," says the lawsuit. "The Constitution and the federal anti-drug laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local pro-drug policies and licensed distribution schemes throughout the country which conflict with federal laws."

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Slashdot: Kepler Makes First Exoplanet Discovery After Mission Reboot

Slashdot (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 18:31 AWST)

astroengine writes NASA's Kepler space telescope has detected its first new extrasolar planet after mission engineers were able to save the mission from a premature death after two of the exoplanet hunter's four stabilizing reaction wheels failed last year. Called "K2," the extended mission arose from an "innovative idea" that appears to have given the prolific telescope a new lease on life. "Last summer, the possibility of a scientifically productive mission for Kepler after its reaction wheel failure in its extended mission was not part of the conversation," said Paul Hertz, NASA's astrophysics division director at the agency's headquarters in Washington D.C. "Today, thanks to an innovative idea and lots of hard work by the NASA and Ball Aerospace team, Kepler may well deliver the first candidates for follow-up study by the James Webb Space Telescope to characterize the atmospheres of distant worlds and search for signatures of life."

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DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for inland parts of the Gascoyne today

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 16:49 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast today for inland parts of the Gascoyne.
Content:
A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast today for inland parts of the Gascoyne.
 
This includes:
  • Shire of Carnarvon – inland part
  • Shire of Cue
  • Shire of Meekatharra
  • Shire of Menzies – the far western part
  • Shire of Mount Magnet
  • Shire of Murchison
  • Shire of Sandstone
  • Shire of Shark Bay – inland part
  • Shire of Upper Gascoyne
  • Shire of Wiluna – western edge and the south western tip
  • Shire of Yalgoo
 
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
www.dfes.wa.gov.au or call 9395 9300 during normal office hours.

Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting
www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213 (call charges apply).
Publication Time: 20/12/2014 12:00 AM
Expiration Time: 21/12/2014 12:00 AM

Slashdot: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Slashdot (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 16:06 AWST)

Molly McHugh writes When Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, and I owned a BlackBerry Curve. To me, my BlackBerry was close to being the absolute perfect smartphone. Today, BlackBerry revealed the Classic, a phone that is designed to make me—and everyone who owned a BlackBerry before the touchscreen revolution—remember how much we loved them.

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SC Magazine: Telstra signs $390m NBN design contract

(posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 13:10 AWST)

Works to finalise separate construction, maintenance contract.

GNOME Look: Tiled Landscape (GNOME Wallpaper 1920x1200)

(posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 12:29 AWST)

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My attempt at some sort of abstract tiled background, like some landscape or something. Made in GIMP in 15 minutes of fooling around.

The actual resolution is 1920x1080, but of course gnome-look doesn't have that option.

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SC Magazine: NBN Co reveals date of HFC product launch

(posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 09:45 AWST)

Will start pilot next November.

SC Magazine: Google to build Android directly into cars

(posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 09:05 AWST)

Next version to be embedded.

SC Magazine: Photos: Meet the US Navy's drone shark

(posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 08:21 AWST)

'GhostSwimmer' robot to be used for environmental data collection and surveillance.

SC Magazine: Beyond ACORN: Cracking the infosec skills nut

(posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 08:15 AWST)

[Blog post] Could the Government's cybercrime focus be a catalyst for change?

EEV Blog: EEVblog #694 – Mailbag

EEV Blog (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 07:06 AWST)


Mailbag that’s not on a Monday, because Dave has been inundated with 35 packages!

Spoilers:
Atlassian Swag Angry Nerds T-Shirt
And play Angry Nerds the game

Dave plays with his Rigol DSA815 spectrum analyser and some Tekbox TBPS01 EMC H-Field and E-Field Near-Field Probes for EMC pre-compliance:

Commodore Scientific Calculator Teardown
Philips FET VOM teardown

Help get Peter Murray back to college

Control Elliott Veares’s Christmas Lights using X10

EEVblog #548 – EMC Pre-Compliance Conducted Emissions Testing:

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GNOME Look: Ariel (Cairo-Clock Theme)

(posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 06:47 AWST)

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My first attempt at designing a Cairo-clock, made to go with the Melange 2.4 Cinnamon/GTK+ theme.

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DP Review: Leica issues T (Typ 701) firmware update

DP Review (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 06:26 AWST)

Leica has released firmware version 1.3 for its T mirrorless camera (Typ 701). The latest update promises a collection of performance improvements for the unit's startup time and image quality, along with general bug fixes. Learn more

SC Magazine: US investigation identifies Sony hacking as state-sponsored

(posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 05:01 AWST)

North Korea fingered as the perpetrator.

SC Magazine: Metadata laws open to scope creep: lawyers

(posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 04:36 AWST)

Approach "unsatisfactory" and "ad hoc".

SC Magazine: Cochlear on the hunt for CIO

(posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 04:32 AWST)

Ramsay snaps up Sutherland.

OpenBSD Journal: Michael W. Lucas' Sudo Talk Online

OpenBSD Journal (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 03:09 AWST)

Michael W. Lucas, author of Absolute OpenBSD, SSH Mastery, and Sudo Mastery (among others!) has given a talk, titled "Sudo: You're Doing it Wrong", now online:

It runs just over an hour, so make sure you bring a snack!

DP Review: Fujifilm announces macro tubes, tethering software and X-series firmware availability

DP Review (posted on Friday December 19, 2014 at 02:46 AWST)

Update: Firmware updates are now available - click through for a download link. Fujifilm has unveiled two macro extension tubes for its X-series interchangeable lens cameras, as well as a launch date for the previously-promised Fujifilm X-T1 firmware. More firmware updates are also announced for the X-E2, X-E1, X-Pro1 and X-30, as well as the introduction of tethering software for PC. Read more