Monday December 05, 2016

SC Magazine: BPAY hires its first-ever CIO

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 09:00 AWST)

Former NSW State Revenue office tech chief claims role.

Slashdot: Does Windows 10's Data Collection Trade Privacy For Microsoft's Security?

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 08:09 AWST)

jader3rd shares an article from PC World arguing that Windows 10's data collection "trades your privacy for Microsoft's security." [Anonymized] usage data lets Microsoft beef up threat protection, says Rob Lefferts, Microsoft's director of program management for Windows Enterprise and Security. The information collected is used to improve various components in Windows Defender... For example, Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge will put the Edge browser into a lightweight virtual machine to make it harder to break out of the browser and attack the operating system. With telemetry, Microsoft can see when infections get past Application Guard defenses and improve the security controls to reduce recurrences. Microsoft also pulls signals from other areas of the Windows ecosystem, such as Active Directory, with information from the Windows 10 device to look for patterns that can indicate a problem like ransomware infections and other attacks. To detect those patterns, Microsoft needs access to technical data, such as what processes are consuming system resources, hardware diagnostics, and file-level information like which applications had which files open, Lefferts says. Taken together, the hardware information, application details, and device driver data can be used to identify parts of the operating system are exposed and should be isolated into virtual containers. The article points out that unlike home users, enterprise users of Windows 10 can select a lower level of data-sharing, but argues that enterprises "need to think twice before turning off Windows telemetry to increase corporate privacy" because Windows Update won't work without information about whether previous updates succeeded or failed.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SC Magazine: Six-month Basslink investigation comes up empty-handed

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 08:07 AWST)

Unable to identify cause of fault.

GNOME Look: Windows Users - Restart your computers with Zorin 12! [Wallpapers Gnome]

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 07:54 AWST)

ThumbnailWindows Users - Restart your computers with Zorin 12!
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(1920 x 1200 - Zorin Flag with warning markers.

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SC Magazine: Apple blames iPhone 6s battery problems on "air"

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 07:26 AWST)

Shutdowns a result of manufacturing issue.

Slashdot: Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' BETA Ubuntu-based Operating System Now Available For Download

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 07:09 AWST)

BrianFagioli shares his story on Beta News: Feeling fatigued by Windows 10 and its constant updates and privacy concerns? Can't afford one of those beautiful new MacBook Pro laptops? Don't forget, Linux-based desktop operating systems are just a free download away, folks! If you do decide to jump on the open source bandwagon, a good place to start is Linux Mint. Both the Mate and Cinnamon desktop environments should prove familiar to Windows converts, and since it is based on Ubuntu, there is a ton of compatible packages. Today, the first beta of Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' becomes available for download. Here's the release notes for both Cinammon and MATE.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Slashdot: Canonical Sues Cloud Provider Over 'Unofficial' Ubuntu Images

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 06:39 AWST)

An anonymous reader quotes OStatic's update on Canonical's lawsuit against a cloud provider: Canonical posted Thursday that they've been in a dispute with "a European cloud provider" over the use of their own homespun version of Ubuntu on their cloud servers. Their implementation disables even the most basic of security features and Canonical is worried something bad could happen and it'd reflect badly back on them... They said they've spent months trying to get the unnamed provider to use the standard Ubuntu as delivered to other commercial operations to no avail. Canonical feels they have no choice but to "take legal steps to remove these images." They're sure Red Hat and Microsoft wouldn't be treated like this. Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, wrote in his blog post that Ubuntu is "the leading cloud OS, running most workloads in public clouds today," whereas these homegrown images "are likely to behave unpredictably on update in weirdly creative and mysterious ways... We hear about these issues all the time, because users assume there is a problem with Ubuntu on that cloud; users expect that 'all things that claim to be Ubuntu are genuine', and they have a right to expect that... "To count some of the ways we have seen home-grown images create operational and security nightmares for users: clouds have baked private keys into their public images, so that any user could SSH into any machine; clouds have made changes that then blocked security updates for over a week... When things like this happen, users are left feeling let down. As the company behind Ubuntu, it falls to Canonical to take action."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Slashdot: 70 Laptops Got Left Behind At An Airport Security Checkpoint In One Month

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 05:39 AWST)

America's Transportation Security Administration has been making some surprising announcements on social media. An anonymous reader writes: A TSA spokesperson says 70 laptops were left behind in just one month at an airport security checkpoint in Newark. "And yes, there are plenty of shiny MacBooks in that pile," reported BravoTV, "which can cost in the $2,000 range new." The TSA shared an image of the 70 laptops on their Instagram page and on Twitter, prompting at least one mobile project designer to reclaim his laptop. "The most common way laptops are forgotten is when traveler's stack a bin on top of the bin their laptop is in," the TSA warns. "Out of sight out of mind." The TSA is also sharing pictures on social media of the 70 guns they confiscated at security checkpoints in one week in November, reporting they've also confiscated a blowtorch, batarangs, and a replica of that baseball bat from "The Walking Dead". They're reporting they found 33 loaded firearms in carry-on luggage in one week, and remind readers that gun-carrying passengers "can face a penalty as high as $11,000. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

SC Magazine: McDonald's brings new ecommerce platform to Oz

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 04:55 AWST)

Internally-built system to crunch millions of transactions every hour.

Latest Kernel Versions: 4.9-rc8: mainline

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 04:50 AWST)

Version:4.9-rc8 (mainline)
Released:2016-12-04
Source:linux-4.9-rc8.tar.xz
PGP Signature:linux-4.9-rc8.tar.sign
Patch:patch-4.9-rc8.xz

SC Magazine: Inside the ACT govt's drive to remove app duplication

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 04:45 AWST)

Home-grown platform promises cost savings, strategic insights.

SC Magazine: Distributed guessing attack could reveal Visa card details

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 04:42 AWST)

Researchers map out online vulnerability.

Slashdot: How Microsoft Lost In Court Over Windows 10 Upgrades

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 04:39 AWST)

In June a California woman successfully sued Microsoft for $10,000 over forced Windows 10 upgrades, and she's now written a 58-page ebook about her battle (which she's selling for $9.99). But an anonymous Slashdot reader shares another inspiring story about a Texas IT worker and Linux geek who got Microsoft to pay him $650 for all the time that he lost. "Worley built a Windows 7 machine for his grandfather, who has Alzheimer's Disease, [customized] to look like Windows XP, an operating system his grandfather still remembered well..." writes Digital Trends. "But thanks to Microsoft's persistent Windows 10 upgrade program, Worley's grandfather unknowingly initiated the Win 10 upgrade by clicking the 'X' to close an upgrade window." After Worley filed a legal "Notice of Dispute," Microsoft quickly agreed to his demand for $650, which he donated to a non-profit focusing on Alzheimer's patients. But according to the article, that's just the beginning, since Worley now "hopes people impacted by the forced Windows 10 upgrade will write a complaint to Microsoft demanding a settlement for their wasted time and money in repairing the device," and on his web page suggests that if people don't need the money, they should give it to charities fighting Alzheimer's. "If Microsoft isn't going to wake up and realize that lobbing intentionally-tricky updates at people who don't need and can't use them actively damages not only the lives of the Alzheimer's sufferer, but those of their whole family, then let's cure the disease on Microsoft's dime so their tactics and those of companies that will follow their reckless example aren't as damaging." Worley suggests each Notice of Dispute should demand at least $50 per hour from Microsoft, adding "If recent history holds steady they might just write you a check!"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Slashdot: Sysadmin Gets Two Years In Prison For Sabotaging ISP

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 03:39 AWST)

After being let go over a series of "personal issues" with his employer, things got worse for 26-year-old network administrator Dariusz J. Prugar, who will now have to spend two years in prison for hacking the ISP where he'd worked. An anonymous reader writes: Prugar had used his old credentials to log into the ISP's network and "take back" some of the scripts and software he wrote... "Seeking to hide his tracks, Prugar used an automated script that deleted various logs," reports Bleeping Computer. "As a side effect of removing some of these files, the ISP's systems crashed, affecting over 500 businesses and over 5,000 residential customers." When the former ISP couldn't fix the issue, they asked Prugar to help. "During negotiations, instead of requesting money as payment, Prugar insisted that he'd be paid using the rights to the software and scripts he wrote while at the company, software which was now malfunctioning, a week after he left." This tipped off the company, who detected foul play, contacted the FBI and rebuilt its entire network. Six years later, Prugar was found guilty after a one-week jury trial, and was ordered by the judge to pay $26,000 in restitution to the ISP (which went out of business in October of 2015). Prugar's two-year prison sentence begins December 27.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Slashdot: Virginia Police Spent $500K For An Ineffective Cellphone Surveillance System

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 02:39 AWST)

Cell-site simulators can intercept phone calls and even provide locations (using GPS data). But Virginia's state police force just revealed details about their actual use of the device -- and it's not pretty. Long-time Slashdot reader v3rgEz writes: In 2014, the Virginia State Police spent $585,265 on a specially modified Suburban outfitted with the latest and greatest in cell phone surveillance: the DRT 1183C, affectionately known as the DRTbox. But according to logs uncovered by public records website MuckRock, the pricey ride was only used 12 times — and only worked seven of those times. According to Virginia's ACLU director, "each of the 12 uses cost almost $50,000, and only 4 of them resulted in an arrest [raising] a significant question whether the more than half million dollars spent on the device and the vehicle...was a wise investment of public funds."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GNOME Look: My Home Conky [Conky]

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 02:15 AWST)

ThumbnailMy Home Conky
(Conky)
This work is based on Moobs CONKY BASIC and parts of his Conky Lines added some things from Moob's new Conky Basic colored bars added from Moob's Conky Lines

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Slashdot: Are We Seeing Propaganda About Russian Propaganda?

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 01:39 AWST)

MyFirstNameIsPaul was one of several readers who spotted this disturbing instance of fake news about fake news. An anonymous reader writes: Last week the Washington Post described "independent researchers" who'd identified "more than 200 websites as routine peddlers of Russian propaganda" that they estimated were viewed more than 200 million times on Facebook. But the researchers insisted on remaining anonymous "to avoid being targeted by Russia's legions of skilled hackers," and when criticized on Twitter, responded "Awww, wook at all the angwy Putinists, trying to change the subject -- they're so vewwy angwy!!" The group "seems to have been in existence for just a few months," writes Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, calling the Post's article an "astonishingly lazy report". (Chris Hedges, who once worked on a Pulitzer Prize-winning team at the New York Times, even found his site Truthdig on the group's dubious list of over 200 "sites that reliably echo Russian propaganda," along with other long-standing sites like Zero Hedge, Naked Capitalism, and the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.) "By overplaying the influence of Russia's disinformation campaign, the report also plays directly into the hands of the Russian propagandists that it hopes to combat," complains Adrian Chen, who in 2015 documented real Russian propaganda efforts which he traced to "a building in St. Petersburg where hundreds of young Russians worked to churn out propaganda." The Post's article was picked up by other major news outlets (including USA Today), and included an ominous warning that "The sophistication of the Russian tactics may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down on 'fake news'."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GNOME Look: VimixDark-Gtk-Themes [GTK3 Themes]

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 00:41 AWST)

ThumbnailVimixDark-Gtk-Themes
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This is a flat clean dark theme HomePage: https://vinceliuice.github.io ----------------------------- Based on Flat-Plat gtk theme : https://github.com/nana-4/Flat-Plat ----------------------------- NFO ----------------------------- GTK2 ENGINES REQUIREMENT - GTK2 engine Murrine 0.98.1.1 or later. - GTK2 pixbuf engine or the gtk(2)-engines package. Fedora/RedHat distros: yum install gtk-murrine-engine gtk2-engines Ubuntu/Mint/Debian distros: sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf ArchLinux: pacman -S gtk-engine-murrine gtk-engines Other: Search for the engines in your distribution's repository or install the engines from source. ---------------------------- Icon theme : Paper ---------------------------- Homepage: http://fav.me/da0vc4t QQ: 1151548973 WeChat(微信): vinceliuice Baidu ID (百度贴吧): 浣衣尘

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Slashdot: For The UK's 'Snoopers' Charter', Politicians Voted Themselves An Exemption

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 00:39 AWST)

The "Snoopers' Charter" passed in the U.K. greatly expands the government's surveillance power. But before they'd enact the new Investigatory Powers Act, Britain's elected officials first voted to make themselves exempt from it. Sort of. An anonymous reader writes: While their internet browsing history will still be swept up, just like everyone else's, no one will ever be able to access it without specific approval from the Prime Minister. And according to The Independent, "That rule applies not only to members of the Westminster parliament but also politicians in the devolved assembly and members of the European Parliament." The article adds that the exemption was the very first amendment they approved for the legislation. And for a very long time, the only amendment.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GNOME Look: VimixLight-Gtk-Themes [GTK3 Themes]

(posted on Monday December 05, 2016 at 00:35 AWST)

ThumbnailVimixLight-Gtk-Themes
(GTK3 Themes)
This is a flat clean light theme HomePage: https://vinceliuice.github.io ------------------------------ Based on Flat-Plat gtk theme : https://github.com/nana-4/Flat-Plat ------------------------------ NFO ----------------------------- GTK2 ENGINES REQUIREMENT - GTK2 engine Murrine 0.98.1.1 or later. - GTK2 pixbuf engine or the gtk(2)-engines package. Fedora/RedHat distros: yum install gtk-murrine-engine gtk2-engines Ubuntu/Mint/Debian distros: sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf ArchLinux: pacman -S gtk-engine-murrine gtk-engines Other: Search for the engines in your distributions repository or install the engines from source. ---------------------------- Icon theme : paper ---------------------------- QQ: 1151548973 WeChat(微信): vinceliuice Baidu ID (百度贴吧): 浣衣尘

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Sunday December 04, 2016

Slashdot: CO2 Researchers Are Now Hacking Photosynthesis

(posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 23:39 AWST)

Remember that story about the "artificial leaf" solar cells? Long-time Slashdot reader managerialslime quotes the Chicago Tribune: University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have developed a way to mimic plants' ability to convert carbon dioxide into fuel, a way to decrease the amounts of harmful gas in the atmosphere and produce clean energy. The artificial leaf essentially recycles carbon dioxide. And it's powered entirely by the sun, mimicking the real photosynthesis process. But meanwhile, in Germany: Biochemists led by Tobias Erb at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology...have developed a new, super-efficient method for living organisms to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere. Plants, algae, and other organisms turn CO2 into fuel. Erb and his colleagues reengineered this process, making it about 25 percent more energy efficient and potentially up to two or three times faster... Erb hopes that one day the CETCH cycle could be genetically engineered into living organisms, helping them more rapidly reduce atmospheric CO2 while producing useful materials. The researchers created their new CO2-transforming cycle using 11 carefully chosen enzymes.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Slashdot: UK Health Secretary Urges Social Media Companies To Block Cyberbullying And Underaged Sexting

(posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 22:39 AWST)

Mark Wilson shares his article on Beta News: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has made calls for technology companies and social media to do more to tackle the problems of cyberbullying, online intimidation and -- rather specifically -- under-18-year-olds texting sexually explicit images. Of course, he doesn't have the slightest idea about how to go about tackling these problems, but he has expressed his concern so that, in conjunction with passing this buck to tech companies, should be enough, right? Hunt apparently believes there's already a technology which can identify sexually explicit photos, and that social media networks should now also develop algorithms to identify and block cyberbullying, an idea the Guardian called "sadly laughable." "Is the blanket censorship of non-approved communications for all under 18s -- something that goes far further than even the Great Firewall of China -- really the kind of thing a government minister should be able to idly suggest in 2016?"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GNOME Look: Winter - A compact theme for Xfce. [GTK2 Themes]

(posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 20:53 AWST)

ThumbnailWinter - A compact theme for Xfce.
(GTK2 Themes)
Winter - A compact theme for Xfce. Includes: - Gtk2 theme - Gtk3 theme - xfwm4 theme - Embedded notifications by "default" Note: as a user of xfce desktop, can't fully test the gtk3 theme in order to recommend to use it as stand alone, because is incomplete.

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Slashdot: Crooks Need Just Six Seconds To Guess A Credit Card Number

(posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 20:39 AWST)

schwit1 quotes The Independent: Criminals can work out the card number, expiration date, and security code for a Visa debit or credit card in as little as six seconds using guesswork, researchers have found... Fraudsters use a so-called Distributed Guessing Attack to get around security features put in place to stop online fraud, and this may have been the method used in the recent Tesco Bank hack... According to a study published in the academic journal IEEE Security & Privacy, fraudsters could use computers to systematically fire different variations of security data at hundreds of websites simultaneously. Within seconds, by a process of elimination, the criminals could verify the correct card number, expiration date and the three-digit security number on the back of the card. One of the researchers explained this attack combines two weaknesses into one powerful attack. "Firstly, current online payment systems do not detect multiple invalid payment requests from different websites... Secondly, different websites ask for different variations in the card data fields to validate an online purchase. This means it's quite easy to build up the information and piece it together like a jigsaw puzzle."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GNOME Look: Elementary GTK Icon Pack [Icon Themes]

(posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 20:17 AWST)

ThumbnailElementary GTK Icon Pack
(Icon Themes)
Modified Elementary icons designed to be used in all GTK-based desktops. These icons are well-known of Xfce users like Elementary Xfce. The package includes: - Elementary Dark and Light - heavily edited original configuration of Elementary Icons; - Elementary Crystal (dark and light) - edited Elementary icons with added "Places" icons from Crystal Elegance Project and my icons; - Elementary V (dark and light) - edited Elementary icons with added "Places" icons from theme Victory and my icons; - Elementary X (dark and light) - edited Elementary icons with added "Places" icons that I borrowed from NuoveXT icons; - Elementary B (dark and light) - edited Elementary icons with added blue "Places" icons by Bogdan Mihaiciuc and my icons. Each icon theme can work independently. !!!To work properly needs from Adwaita icon theme or Gnome icon theme!!!

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DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for Eyre Highway, west of CAIGUNA in the SHIRE OF DUNDAS

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 18:51 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling on Eyre Highway, 100 kilometres west of Caiguna and 100 kilometres east of Cocklebiddy Roadhouse in Caiguna in the Shire of Dundas. The fire has reignited.
Content:

Please note the alert level for this fire has been upgraded because the fire has reignited.

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling on Eyre Highway, 100 kilometres west of Caiguna and 100 kilometres east of Cocklebiddy Roadhouse in Caiguna in the Shire of Dundas.
• There is no threat to lives or homes.
• Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
• The fire is approximately four to five kilometres south of Eyre Highway. It is burning towards Eyre Highway.


WHAT TO DO:
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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:
• The bushfire is moving slowly in a northerly direction.
 
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Roads have not been closed.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Shire of Dundas.
 
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
• Firefighters are monitoring the situation.
 
EXTRA INFORMATION:
• The fire was reported at 03:00 PM on 3 December 2016 and currently there has been 900 hectares burnt.
• The cause of the fire is lightning.
• Shire of Dundas is managing the fire.
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, or listen to news bulletins.
The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes.

 

Publication Time: 4/12/2016 6:47 PM
Region: Goldfields Midlands

Slashdot: Why MakerBot Didn't Kickstart A 3D Printing Revolution

(posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 16:39 AWST)

Bre PettisâS once said MakerBot gave you a superpower -- "You can make anything you need." But four years later, mirandakatz writes that though MakerBot promised to revolutionize society, "That never happened." At Backchannel, Andrew Zaleski has the definitive, investigative account of why the 3D printing revolution hasn't yet come to pass, culled from interviews with industry observers, current MakerBot leadership, and a dozen former MakerBot employees. As he tells it, "In the span of a few years, MakerBot had to pull off two very different coups. It had to introduce millions of people to the wonders of 3D printing, and then convince them to shell out more than $1,000 for a machine. It also had to develop the technology fast enough to keep its customers happy. Those two tasks were too much for the fledgling company."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for parts of the Goldfields Midlands on Monday

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 16:37 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast for Monday 5 December for parts of the Goldfields Midlands.
Content:

​A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast for Monday 5 December for parts of the Goldfields Midlands.

This includes: 

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder local government area – western part

Shire of Coolgardie

Shire of  Dundas – western part

Shire of Laverton

Shire of Leonora

Shire of Menzies

Shire of Sandstone – part adjacent to Leonora Shire

Shire of Wiluna

Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku

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, high fuel loads or a forested area then you are at risk and need to take action: 

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: 4/12/2016 4:35 PM
Expiration Time: 6/12/2016 12:00 AM
Region: Goldfields Midlands

DFES Fire Danger Ratings: Severe fire danger advice for parts of the Midwest Gascoyne on Monday

DFES Fire Danger Ratings (posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 16:27 AWST)

Category: Fire Danger Severe
Alert Summary: A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast for Monday 5 December for parts of Midwest Gascoyne.
Content:

​A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast for Monday 5 December for parts of the Midwest 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

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, high fuel loads or a forested area then you are at risk and need to take action: 

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: 4/12/2016 4:16 PM
Expiration Time: 6/12/2016 12:00 AM
Region: Midwest Gascoyne

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for the southern part of CAPRICORN in SHIRE OF MEEKATHARRA

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 15:56 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling along the Great Northern Highway, three kilometres north of the Kumarina Road House in the southern part of Capricorn in the Shire of Meekatharra.
Content:

​A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling along the Great Northern Highway, three kilometres north of the Kumarina Road House in the southern part of Capricorn in the Shire of Meekatharra. 

There is no threat to lives or homes.

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 the intersection of GREAT NORTHERN HIGHWAY and ILGARARI ROAD in CAPRICORN.

WHAT TO DO: 

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.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR: 

The bushfire is moving slowly in a south easterly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS: 

Roads have not been closed.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR SHIRE OF MEEKATHARRA.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING: 

Firefighters are monitoring the situation. 

Main Roads WA are in attendance and also monitoring the situation.

EXTRA INFORMATION: 

The fire was reported at 08:23 AM on 1 December 2016 and currently there has been 11000 hectares burnt.

The cause of the fire is lightning.

Shire of Meekathara is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE: 

Visit emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, or listen to news bulletins. 

The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes. 

Publication Time: 4/12/2016 3:54 PM
Region: Midwest Gascoyne

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for the northern part of RIDGEWOOD in CITY OF WANNEROO

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 15:42 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the area bounded by Lukin Drive, Marmion Avenue, Kingsbridge Boulevard and Redington Drive in the northern part of RIDGEWOOD in the CITY OF WANNEROO.
Content:

​A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the area bounded by Lukin Drive, Marmion Avenue, Kingsbridge Boulevard and Redington Drive in the northern part of RIDGEWOOD in the CITY OF WANNEROO. 

There is no threat to lives or homes.

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 the intersection of HINCHINBROOK AV and LUKIN DR in RIDGEWOOD.

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 AND CONDITIONS: 

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including Lukin Drive 500 metres west of Redington Drive.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR CITY OF WANNEROO.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING: 

Firefighters are on the scene and actively fighting the fire. 

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

EXTRA INFORMATION: 

The fire was reported at 02:14 PM on 4 December 2016.

DFES is managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE: 

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, or listen to news bulletins. 

The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes. 

Publication Time: 4/12/2016 3:40 PM
Region: Metro

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for 20km south of Cocklebiddy in SHIRE OF DUNDAS

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 15:14 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling on the Eyre Highway near Cocklebiddy in the Shire of Dundas.
Content:

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

A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling on the Eyre Highway near Cocklebiddy in the Shire of Dundas. 

Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

The fire started in Nuytsland Nature Reserve

WHAT TO DO: 

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.


BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR: 

It is out of control and unpredictable. With south-west winds continuing, it remains likely the fire will burn in the direction of Eyre Highway.

This means smoke may impact the road 


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS: 

Roads have not been closed.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.


Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR SHIRE OF DUNDAS.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING: 

Firefighters are building containment lines. 


EXTRA INFORMATION: 

The fire was reported at 02:00 PM on 3 December 2016.

The cause of the fire is Lightning.

Parks and Wildlife is now managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE: 


Visit emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, or listen to news bulletins. 


More information will be released when known unless the situation changes. 

Publication Time: 4/12/2016 3:12 PM
Region: Goldfields Midlands

DFES Emergency Alerts: Bushfire ADVICE for 32km south-east of Halls Creek in SHIRE OF HALLS CREEK

DFES Emergency Alerts (posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 14:52 AWST)

Category: Fire
Alert Summary: A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people people travelling near Duncan Highway in the vicinity of Fox River Station in the Shire of Halls Creek
Content:

​A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people travelling near Duncan Highway in the vicinity of Fox River Station in the Shire of Halls Creek. 

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 in the Ord River Regeneration Reserve

WHAT TO DO: 

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 AND CONDITIONS: 

Roads have not been closed.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR SHIRE OF HALLS CREEK.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING: 

Firefighters are monitoring the situation. 

EXTRA INFORMATION: 

Parks and Wildlife is now managing the fire.

KEEP UP TO DATE: 

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, or listen to news bulletins. 

The next update to be provided by 11am tomorrow unless the situation changes. 

Publication Time: 4/12/2016 2:51 PM
Region: Kimberley

Slashdot: Devuan's Systemd-Free Linux Hits Beta 2

(posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 12:38 AWST)

Long-time Slashdot reader Billly Gates writes, "For all the systemd haters who want a modern distro feel free to rejoice. The Debian fork called Devuan is almost done, completing a daunting task of stripping systemd dependencies from Debian." From The Register: Devuan came about after some users felt [Debian] had become too desktop-friendly. The change the greybeards objected to most was the decision to replace sysvinit init with systemd, a move felt to betray core Unix principles of user choice and keeping bloat to a bare minimum. Supporters of init freedom also dispute assertions that systemd is in all ways superior to sysvinit init, arguing that Debian ignored viable alternatives like sinit, openrc, runit, s6 and shepherd. All are therefore included in Devuan. Devuan.org now features an "init freedom" logo with the tagline, "watching your first step. Their home page now links to the download site for Devuan Jessie 1.0 Beta2, promising an OS that "avoids entanglement".

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Slashdot: iOS's 'Activation Lock' For Stolen iPads And iPhones Can Be Easily Bypassed

(posted on Sunday December 04, 2016 at 10:39 AWST)

An anonymous reader quotes ComputerWorld: Two researchers claim to have found a way to bypass the activation lock feature in iOS that's supposed to prevent anyone from using an iPhone or iPad marked as lost by its owner... One of the few things allowed from the activation lock screen is connecting the device to a Wi-Fi network, including manually configuring one. [Security researcher] Hemanth had the idea of trying to crash the service that enforces the lock screen by entering very long strings of characters in the WPA2-Enterprise username and password fields. The researcher claims that, after awhile, the screen froze, and he used the iPad smart cover sold by Apple to put the tablet to sleep and then reopen it... "After 20-25 seconds the Add Wifi Connection screen crashed to the iPad home screen, thereby bypassing the so-called Find My iPhone Activation Lock," he said in a blog post. There's also a five-minute video on YouTube which purports to show a newer version of the same attack.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Saturday December 03, 2016

GNOME Look: Trollwut Pink Dark [GTK2 Themes]

(posted on Saturday December 03, 2016 at 21:23 AWST)

ThumbnailTrollwut Pink Dark
(GTK2 Themes)
There aren't many pink themes out there, especially dark ones. So I set one up quickly. It's a very dark one with high-contrast pink (and then shades of that). In the screenshots I use the "Dots Theme" found here: https://www.xfce-look.org/p/1151531/ Used font is "Fira Sans". It has been tweeked per "Oomox app" and should run on: GTK2, GTK3(.20), Metacity, Openbox, Unity and Xfwm. As I use Xfce, it is optimized for that. Maybe there are some issues on other platforms. Would be nice if you could confirm how it turns out. :)

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GNOME Look: Trollwut Pink Dark [GTK3 Themes]

(posted on Saturday December 03, 2016 at 21:23 AWST)

ThumbnailTrollwut Pink Dark
(GTK3 Themes)
There aren't many pink themes out there, especially dark ones. So I set one up quickly. It's a very dark one with high-contrast pink (and then shades of that). In the screenshots I use the "Dots Theme" found here: https://www.xfce-look.org/p/1151531/ Used font is "Fira Sans". It has been tweeked per "Oomox app" and should run on: GTK2, GTK3(.20), Metacity, Openbox, Unity and Xfwm. As I use Xfce, it is optimized for that. Maybe there are some issues on other platforms. Would be nice if you could confirm how it turns out. :)

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GNOME Look: Conky Version Mail Apt Calendar English [Conky]

(posted on Saturday December 03, 2016 at 19:28 AWST)

ThumbnailConky Version Mail Apt Calendar English
(Conky)
[b]To "Conky-all" equal to or less version 1.9.0-4 Tested on Ubuntu Trusty and Ubuntu Xenial.[/b] [b]Conky calendar+available mail+up-to-date information available using bash and pl scripts recovered slightly on the Internet and processed: Calendar.sh by Mobilediesel Debupdate.sh by DarthWound Pop3.pl by Avalanche Package Installation: gawk (GNU awk, a pattern scanning and processing language) remind (sophisticated calendar and alarm program) ncal (bsdmainutils) curl (command line tool for transferring data with URL syntax) SoX (complete tools for sound processing) libsox-fmt-mp3 (MP2 and MP3 library for SoX) yad (Dialog) ccrypt (file encryption) libappconfig-perl (appconfig module) mpg123 (audio player for MPEG layer 1/2/3) libfile-homedir-perl (Perl module to find directories of users across platforms) Fonts "Droid Sans Mono Bold" "Corporate Mono Bold Extra" The "calendrier" folder is copied to the folder "~/conky". The ".conkyrc" are copied to your Home folder. It is also necessary to create a file ".reminders" in your Home folder. "debupdate.sh" only works if the verification updates are done automatically in your system. Synaptic and Thunderbird must be started with the files tunderbird and sinaptic in the "calendrier" folder. You can copy these files in "/usr/local/bin". You must also set in the file "pop3.pl" (except V6) our mailbox with your username and password. Refresh the date at midnight + 2 seconds. The start of conky is through the "calendriermailapt.sh" file located in the folder "~/conky/calendrier/launchers." "calendriermailapt.sh", which you can copy in "usr/local/bin" is a rocker launcher to stop or start viewing three conky (version, calendar and mailapt) "mail_apt_data_panel" (which I put on my personal system autorun) is a rocker launcher to stop or start "conkyrc_mail_apt_data" (which allows the search for new packages and new mail every 3600 seconds. Add datas and launchers diagrams images.[/b] V6.8 Test if the first line of "ncal -h -b -3" is the current year in the files "calendar.sh and calendar2.sh " (Lines 52 to 59). V6.7 Still have problems with "ncal". Corrections made in the files "calendar.sh and calendar2.sh". V6.6 Shift problem in the calendar. Removing the first line of "ncal" over three months in the files "calendar.sh and calendar2.sh" line 22. V6.5 Adding code name of the GNU/Linux distribution and desktop environment in the "version.sh" file. I noticed that on some distributions "gawk" is not installed by default. So if this is the case, install the package not to be errors with the "strftime" function in the files "calendar.sh" and "calendar2.sh". Font replacement "Droid Sans Mono Bold" to "Corporate Mono Bold Extra" (Problem Droid size with some distributions). Correcting errors in the file "tunderbird". Change the color text in the calendar to be more readable. V6.4 Adding architecture in the "version.sh" file. Color change in the files "calendar.sh and calendar2.sh". Added 4 launchers rocker: "Conky_version_seul" to show or hide Conky Version Only "Conky_calendrier_seul" to show or hide Conky Calendar Only "Conky_mailapt_seul" to show or hide Conky MailApt Only "Suivi_details_mailapt.sh" to display a dialog box detailing the updates and new messages. V6.3 Script "calendar.sh" changed by Kino - CrunchBang Forums on 03/26/15 to work properly with the latest versions of utilities "remind" and "ncal". V6.2 Replacing Google speech by Acapela speech. It is necessary to install: curl (command line tool for transferring data with URL syntax) SoX (complete tools for sound processing) libsox-fmt-mp3 (MP2 and MP3 library for SoX) You can change "MyLanguages" and "MySelectedVoice" in the files "acapela_command" and "acapela_command_vierge" with the desired language and voice that are listed in the file "acapela.txt". V6.1 Connection problem with "http://translate.google.com/translate_tts". Reprogramming line 30 of file "google_speech2.sh". V6 It is necessary to install three additional packages : yad (Dialog Box). ccrypt (file encryption). libappconfig-perl (appconfig module). I replaced "pop3.pl" with "pop_mes2.pl" that give more information about the mailbox. When you first launch "mail_apt_data_panel", you can set automatic startup, a dialog box will open prompting you to enter the parameters of your mailbox and the encryption key for the configuration file "mail.conf" which will then create. The decryption key will be required to research each new messages. After the search is completed a new box will ask you to enter twice the encryption key to protect your configuration file "mail.conf". I also created a "suivi_details_mailapt.sh" launcher (folder calendrier/launchers) you can copy "usr/local/bin" which allows you to view, in a dialog box, the new packages and new messages. This dialog box contains two buttons that start Synaptic and Thunderbird. V5.3 I forgot to tell you that it was necessary to install the package "mpg123" for sound. V5.2 Presence of an annoying space at the beginning of the name of mp3 sound files. Problem solved by adding in the script "google_speech2.sh" line 28. Delete all the files that the mp3 extension in the folder "~/conky/calendrier/sons" I added another reader mails bash "Markus Fisch" (which also create a beautiful circular dock "PieDock") and its help file. You can use it instead of "pop3.pl" by uncommenting line 17 in "~/conky/calendrier/mailapt2.sh" file and commenting out the line 16 and do the same thing in the file "~/conky/ calendrier/tunderbird". You should already have created in your Home folder ".readmailrc" with your email settings (to read the help). V5.1 Excuse me, I forgot to include in my archive files ".conkyrc". Adding spoken messages to the rocker launcher opening the mail-apt window conky. (Change in the "debaptupdate2.sh" "pop3.pl" and "calendrier.sh" files). V5 It is necessary to add a package to get the HomeDir Perl module for "pop3.pl" (libfile-homedir-perl for ubuntu) Adding spoken messages for "apt-email" .I am largely inspired by the script "Speech Script by Dan Fountain". Messages are obtained from "http://translate.google.com/translate_tts" and The audio files copied to the progressively in the folder "~/conky/calendar/sons." Improved pop3.pl script (problem with backquote in particular and replacing the command "echo"). Some additions to the "debaptupdate2.sh" scripts and "pop3.pl" to connect to the script speech "google_speech2.sh". V4.1 Fixed an error in "~/conky/calendrier/.conkyrc_chargement2" file about the "fond355x25.png" picture. Creating a launcher switch "mail_apt_data_panel" to stop or start "mail_apt_data". You can copy to "/usr/local/bin/". V4 Addition 3rd panel with Ubuntu version, Kernel, RAM, Swap, CPU load, Process. Change line 5 "cat /etc/lsb-release" file "~/conky/calendrier/version.sh" if necessary, for another Linux distribution. V3 The package "aptitude" is no longer needed, you can uninstall it. Looking for updates is via "apt-get" Create a file "~/conky/calendar/launchers/mailapt_data" which tracks the number of updates to packages in all deposits and new mails from your ISP. You can copy it to "/usr/local/bin" and start with automatic loading "XFCE" (equal opportunity for other distributions). Not to be obliged to enter a password, it is necessary to add the following two lines in the file "/etc/sudoers" foo ALL = (root) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/apt-get - simulate upgrade foo ALL = (root) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/apt-get update Replace "foo" with your "username". Also change the launcher switches "~/conky/calendar/launchers/calendriermailapt.sh" (1 click opens the conky, click closes another one), you can also copy "/usr/local/bin". Remove ". Conkyrc_mail_text,. Conkyrc_mail_text2,. Conkyrc_apt_text,. Conkyrc_apt_text2, and apt_refresh.sh mail_refresh.sh" Renaming "debupdate.sh" with "debaptupdate.sh" Create a file "~/conky/calendrier/debaptupdate2.sh" which indicates the number of updates without asking the deposits after closing "Synaptic". Changing names for launchers "synaptic and thunderbird", now they call themselves "sinaptic" and "tunderbird" Change configurations "and sinaptic tunderbird." Adding trace file "~/conky/calendrier/suivi" of data updates. Test network connection in "~/conky/calendrier/mailapt.sh". Create a file "~/conky/calendrier/launchers/meteo_mail_apt_data ( weather + mail + apt datas )".You can copy it to "/usr/local/bin" and start with automatic loading "XFCE" (equal opportunity for other distributions). V2.1 Update at midnight does not seem to work, so I replaced "execp" with "exec" to start "calendrier_refresh.sh" in files ".conkyrc_calendrier_text" and ".conkyrc_calendrier_text2". Refresh the date at midnight + 2 seconds. The "conky_mailapt" is now divided into 3 conky (background, mail and apt) for more fluidity when refreshing. I created one switch launcher in a panel pointing to "calendriermailapt.sh" (1 click opens the conky, 1 another click closes) V2 Change in appearance and improved parameters in conky. Refocusing of calendar displaying the background image in a different conky because "calendar.sh" appears, too far left. The start is the file "calendrier.sh" in the "calendrier" folder

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GNOME Look: Conky Version Calendrier Mail Apt French [Conky]

(posted on Saturday December 03, 2016 at 19:26 AWST)

ThumbnailConky Version Calendrier Mail Apt French
(Conky)
[b]Pour "Conky-all" version égale ou inférieure à 1.9.0-4. Tester sur Ubuntu Trusty et Ubuntu Xenial.[/b] [b]Conky calendrier+mails disponibles+mises-à-jour disponibles utilisant des scripts bash et pl récupérés sur internet et légérement transformés: Calendar.sh par Mobilediesel Debupdate.sh par DarthWound Pop3.pl par Avalanche gawk (GNU awk, langage de recherche de motif et de traitement) remind (sophisticated calendar and alarm program) ncal (bsdmainutils) curl (outil en ligne de commande pour transférer des données avec une syntaxe URL) SoX (outils complets pour le traitement des sons) libsox-fmt-mp3 (Bibliothèque de format MP2 et MP3 pour SoX) yad (Boîte de dialogue) ccrypt (cryptage de fichiers) libappconfig-perl (module appconfig) mpg123 (lecteur audio pour MPEG layer 1/2/3) libfile-homedir-perl (Module Perl pour trouver des annuaires d'utilisateurs à travers les plates-formes) Polices "Droid Sans Mono Bold" "Corporate Mono Bold Extra" Le dossier calendrier est à copier dans le dossier "~/conky". Les ".conkyrc" sont à copier dans votre dossier Home. Il est nécessaire aussi de créer un fichier ".reminders" dans votre dossier Home. "debupdate.sh" ne fonctionne que si la vérification des mises à jour se fait en automatique dans votre système. Thunderbird et Synaptic doivent être démarrés avec les fichiers tunderbird et s1naptic du dossier "calendrier". Vous pouvez copier ces fichiers dans "/usr/local/bin". Vous devez aussi paramétrer dans le fichier "pop3.pl" (sauf V6) votre boîte courriel avec votre nom d'utilisateur et votre mot de passe. Rafraichissement de la date à minuit + 2 secondes. Le démarrage du conky se fait par l'intermédiaire du fichier "calendriermailapt.sh" situé dans le dossier "~/conky/calendrier/launchers". "calendriermailapt.sh", que vous pouvez copier dans "usr/local/bin" est un lanceur bascule pour arrêter ou démarrer la visualisation de trois conky (version,calendrier et mailapt) "mail_apt_data_panel" (que j'ai mis sur mon système personnel en démarrage automatique) est un lanceur bascule pour arrêter ou démarrer "conkyrc_mail_apt_data" (qui permet la recherche des nouveaux paquets et des nouveaux mails toutes les 3600 secondes. Ajout Images Diagrammes datas et lanceurs.[/b] V6.8 Teste si la première ligne de "ncal -h -b -3" est l'année en cours dans les fichiers "calendar.sh et calendar2.sh" (Lignes 52 à 59). V6.7 Encore des problème avec "ncal". Corrections effectuées dans les fichiers "calendar.sh et calendar2.sh". V6.6 Problème de décalage dans le calendrier. Suppression de la première ligne de "ncal" sur trois mois dans les fichiers "calendar.sh et calendar2.sh" ligne 22. V6.5 Ajout nom de code de la distributions GNU/Linux et environnement de bureau dans le fichier "version.sh". J'ai remarqué que sur certaines distributions "gawk" n'est pas installé par défaut. Alors, si c'est le cas, installez le paquet pour ne pas avoir des erreurs avec la fonction "strftime" dans les fichiers "calendar.sh" et "calendar2.sh". Remplacement police "Droid Sans Mono Bold" par "Corporate Mono Extra Bold" (Problème taille Droid avec certaines distributions). Correction erreurs dans le fichier "tunderbird". Changement des couleurs du texte dans le calendrier pour être plus lisible. V6.4 Ajout architecture dans le fichier "version.sh". Changement des couleurs dans les fichiers "calendar.sh et calendar2.sh". Ajout de 4 lanceurs bascule : "conky_version_seul" pour afficher ou cacher Conky Version Seule "conky_calendrier_seul" pour afficher ou cacher Conky Calendrier Seul "conky_mailapt_seul" pour afficher ou cacher Conky MailApt Seul "suivi_details_mailapt.sh" pour afficher une boite de dialogue détaillant les mises à jour et les nouveaux mails. V6.3 Script "calendar.sh" modifié par Kino - CrunchBang Forums le 26/03/15 pour fonctionner correctement avec les versions récentes des utilitaires "remind" et "ncal". V6.2 Remplacement de Google speech par Acapela speech. Il est nécessaire d'installer : curl (outil en ligne de commande pour transférer des données avec une syntaxe URL) SoX (outils complets pour le traitement des sons) libsox-fmt-mp3 (Bibliothèque de format MP2 et MP3 pour SoX) Vous pouvez changer "MyLanguages" et "MySelectedVoice" dans les fichiers "acapela_command" et "acapela_command_vierge" avec la langue et la voix désirées qui sont répertoriées dans le fichier "acapela.txt". V6.1 Problème de connexion avec "http://translate.google.com/translate_tts". Reprogrammation de la ligne 30 du fichier "google_speech2.sh". V6 Il est nécessaire d'installer trois paquets supplémentaires: yad (Boîte de dialogue). ccrypt (cryptage de fichiers). libappconfig-perl (module appconfig). J'ai remplacé "pop3.pl" par "pop_mes2.pl" qui donnent plus d'indications sur la boîte mail. Au premier lancement de "mail_apt_data_panel", que vous pouvez mettre en démarrage automatique, une boîte de dialogue s'ouvrira pour vous inviter à entrer les paramètres de votre boîte mail ainsi que la clé de cryptage pour le fichier de configuration "mail.conf" qui sera alors créer. La clé de décryptage vous sera demandée à chaque recherches de nouveaux messages. Après cette recherche effectuée une nouvelle boîte vous proposera d'entrer par deux fois la clé d'encryptage pour protéger votre fichier de configuration "mail.conf". J'ai crée aussi un lanceur "suivi_details_mailapt.sh" (dossier calendrier/launchers/) que vous pouvez copier dans "usr/local/bin" qui permet de visualiser, dans une boîte de dialogue, les nouveaux paquets et les nouveaux messages. Cette boîte de dialogue comporte deux boutons qui permettent de démarrer Synaptic et Thunderbird. V5.3 J'ai oublié de vous dire qu'il était nécessaire d'installer le paquet "mpg123" pour avoir les sons. V5.2 Pour la reconnaissance des lettres accentuées par Google Translate TTS j'ai dû rajouté le paramètre "ie=UTF-8&" à "translate.google.com" ligne 29 dans le fichier "~/conky/calendrier/google_speech2.sh". Présence d'un espace génant au début du nom des fichiers sons mp3. Problème résolu en rajoutant dans le script "google_speech2.sh" la ligne 28. Effacez tous les fichiers qui l'extension mp3 situés dans le dossier "~/conky/calendrier/sons" J'ai ajouté un autre lecteur de mails en bash de "Markus Fisch" ( qui a aussi créer un superbe dock circulaire "PieDock" ) et son fichier d'aide. Vous pouvez l'utiliser à la place de "pop3.pl" en décommentant la ligne 17 du fichier "~/conky/calendrier/mailapt2.sh" et en commentant la ligne 16 et faire la même chose dans le fichier "~/conky/calendrier/tunderbird". Vous devez avant tout avoir créer dans votre dossier Home un ".readmailrc" avec les paramètres de votre messagerie ( à lire dans l'aide ). V5.1 Excusez-moi, j'ai oublié d'inclure dans mes archives les fichiers ".conkyrc". Ajout des messages parlés pour le lanceur bascule ouvrant la fenêtre du conky mail-apt. (Changement dans les fichiers "debaptupdate2.sh" "pop3.pl" et "calendrier.sh"). V5 Il est nécessaire de rajouter un paquet pour obtenir le module HomeDir Perl pour "pop3.pl" (libfile-homedir-perl pour ubuntu). Ajout de messages parlés pour la partie "mail-apt" en m'inspirant du script "Speech Script by Dan Fountain". Les messages sont obtenus à partir de "http://translate.google.com/translate_tts" et recopiés dans le dossier au fur et à mesure "~/conky/calendrier/sons". Amélioration du script pop3.pl (problème avec les apostropes inversées en particulier et remplacement de la commande "echo"). Quelques ajouts dans les scripts "debaptupdate2.sh" et "pop3.pl" pour se connecter au script de synthèse vocale "google_speech2.sh". V4.1 Correction d'une erreur dans le fichier "~/conky/calendrier/.conkyrc_chargement2" à propos de l'image "fond355x25.png". Création d'un lanceur bascule "mail_apt_data_panel" pour arrêter ou démarrer "mail_apt_data". Vous pouvez le copier dans "/usr/local/bin/". V4 Rajout 3éme panneau avec version Ubuntu, Kernel, RAM, Swap, Charge CPU, Process. Changer la ligne 5 "cat /etc/lsb-release" de "~/conky/calendrier/version.sh", si nécessaire, pour d'autre distribution Linux. V3 Le paquet "Aptitude" n'est plus nécessaire, vous pouvez le désinstaller. La recherche de mises à jour se fait par l'intermédiaire de "apt-get" Création d'un fichier "~/conky/calendrier/launchers/mailapt_data" qui recherche le nombre de mises à jour de paquets dans tous les dépots et les nouveaux mails de votre FAI. Vous pouvez le copier dans "/usr/local/bin" et le démarrer en automatique au chargement de "XFCE" (même possibilité pour les autre distributions). Pour ne pas être obliger de rentrer de mot de passe, il est nécessaire de rajouter les deux lignes suivantes dans le fichier "/etc/sudoers" toto ALL = (root) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/apt-get --simulate upgrade toto ALL = (root) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/apt-get update Remplacer "toto" par votre "nom d'utilisateur". Changement aussi dans le lanceur bascule "~/conky/calendrier/launchers/calendriermailapt.sh" (1 click ouvre le conky, 1 autre click le ferme), vous pouvez aussi le copier dans "/usr/local/bin". Suppression de ".conkyrc_mail_text, .conkyrc_mail_text2, .conkyrc_apt_text, .conkyrc_apt_text2, apt_refresh.sh et mail_refresh.sh" Renommage "debupdate.sh" par "debaptupdate.sh" Création d'un fichier "~/conky/calendrier/debaptupdate2.sh" qui indique le nombre de mises à jour sans interroger les dépots après la fermeture de "Synaptic". Changement de noms pour les lanceurs de "synaptic et thunderbird", maintenant ils se dénomment "sinaptic" et "tunderbird" Changement dans les configurations de "sinaptic et tunderbird". Ajout fichier de suivi "~/conky/calendrier/suivi" des mises à jours des données. Test connexion réseau dans "~/conky/calendrier/mailapt.sh". Création d'un fichier "~/conky/calendrier/launchers/meteo_mail_apt_data ( météo + mail + apt datas )". Vous pouvez le copier dans "/usr/local/bin" et le démarrer en automatique au chargement de "XFCE" (même possibilité pour les autre distributions). V2.1 La mise à jour à minuit ne semble plus fonctionner, alors j'ai remplacé "execp" par "exec" pour démarrer "calendrier_refresh.sh" dans les fichiers ".conkyrc_calendrier_text" et ".conkyrc_calendrier_text2". Rafraichissemement de la date à minuit + 2 secondes. Le "conky_mailapt" est maintenant séparé en 3 conky (fond, mail et apt) pour avoir plus de fluidité lors du rafraichissement. J'ai créé 1 lanceur bascule dans un panel pointant sur "calendriermailapt.sh" (1 click ouvre le conky, 1 autre click le ferme) V2 Changement d'apparence et amélioration des paramétres dans le conky. Recentrage du calendrier en affichant l'image de fond dans un conky différent car "calendar.sh" s'affichait trop à gauche. Le démarrage se fait par le fichier "calendrier.sh"

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SC Magazine: Hackers steal $42m from Russian central bank

(posted on Saturday December 03, 2016 at 10:02 AWST)

Bank able to retrieve some stolen funds.

Friday December 02, 2016

Ubuntu Security Notices: Cloud Chatter: November 2016

(posted on Friday December 02, 2016 at 20:01 AWST)

Welcome to our November edition. We begin with details on our latest partnership with Docker. Next up, we bring you a co-hosted webinar with PLUMgrid exploring how enterprises can build and manage highly scalable OpenStack clouds. We also have a number of exciting announcements with partners including Microsoft, Cloud Native Computing Forum and Open Telekom Cloud. Take a look at our top blog posts for interesting tutorials and videos. And finally, don’t miss out on our round up of industry news.

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A Commercial Partnership With Docker

Docker and Canonical have announced an integrated Commercially Supported (CS) Docker Engine offering on Ubuntu providing Canonical customers with a single path for support of the Ubuntu operating system and CS Docker Engine in enterprise Docker operations.

As part of this agreement Canonical will provide Level 1 and Level 2 technical support for CS DOcker Engine backed by Docker, Inc providing Level 3 support.
Learn more

Webinar: Secure, scale and simplify your OpenStack deployments

In our latest on-demand webinar, we explore how enterprises and telcos can build and manage highly scalable OpenStack clouds with BootStack, Juju and PLUMgrid. Arturo Suarez, Product Manager for BootStack at Canonical, and Justin Moore, Principal Solutions Architect, at PLUMgrid, discuss common issues users run into when running OpenStack at scale, and how to circumnavigate them using solutions such as BootStack, Juju and PLUMgrid ONS.

Watch on-demand

In Other News

Microsoft loves Linux. SQL Server Public Preview available on Ubuntu

Canonical announced that the next public release of Microsoft’s SQL Server is now available for Ubuntu. SQL Server on Ubuntu now provides freedom of choice for developers and organisations alike whether you use on premises or in the cloud. With SQL Server on Ubuntu, there are significant cost savings, performance improvements, and the ability to scale & deploy additional storage and compute resources easier without adding more hardware. Learn more

Canonical launches fully managed Kubernetes and joins the CNCF

Canonical recently joined The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), expanding the Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes to include consulting, integration and fully-managed on-prem and on-cloud Kubernetes services. Ubuntu leading the adoption of Linux containers, and Canonical’s definition of a new class of application and new approach to operations, are only some of the key contributions being made. Learn more

Open Telekom Cloud joins Certified Public Cloud

T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, recently launched its own Open Telekom Cloud platform, based on Huawei’s OpenStack and hardware platforms. Canonical and T-Systems have announced their partnership to provide certified Ubuntu images on all LTS versions of Ubuntu to users of their cloud services. Learn more

Top blog posts from Insights

Industry News

Ubuntu Cloud in the news

OpenStack & NFV

Containers & Storage

Big data / Machine Learning / Deep Learning

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Latest Kernel Versions: 4.8.12: stable

(posted on Friday December 02, 2016 at 16:11 AWST)

Version:4.8.12 (stable)
Released:2016-12-02
Source:linux-4.8.12.tar.xz
PGP Signature:linux-4.8.12.tar.sign
Patch:patch-4.8.12.xz (Incremental)
ChangeLog:ChangeLog-4.8.12

Latest Kernel Versions: 4.4.36: longterm

(posted on Friday December 02, 2016 at 16:09 AWST)

Version:4.4.36 (longterm)
Released:2016-12-02
Source:linux-4.4.36.tar.xz
PGP Signature:linux-4.4.36.tar.sign
Patch:patch-4.4.36.xz (Incremental)
ChangeLog:ChangeLog-4.4.36

DFES Media Releases: New firefighters ready for the challenges ahead

DFES Media Releases (posted on Friday December 02, 2016 at 15:14 AWST)

Content:

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has welcomed its newest 24 career firefighters today, with the graduates a timely addition to enhance the State’s capability to respond to bushfires. 

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said it takes a dedicated person to serve and protect others. 

“Our men and women face challenging situations every day as they turn out to emergencies and need to act quickly under trying circumstances,” Commissioner Gregson said.

“Firefighting is one of the most respected and honourable jobs in the community and I commend today’s graduates on making it their chosen career.”

Commissioner Gregson said the graduates were trained and ready for the bushfire season and called on the community to prepare too. 

“Our firefighters are well prepared and ready to act but everyone has a role to play this bushfire season,” Commissioner Gregson said. 

I urge everyone to take the time now to prepare for bushfires - don’t wait until the last minute to act as it puts your family and our firefighters at risk.”

Academy graduate Martin Kitson, who was previously a firefighter with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue in the UK for 11 years, said he is looking forward to a career as a firefighter in Western Australia.

“Firefighting is the best job in the world, and I love that you get to help people in the community and never know what a day will hold,” Firefighter Kitson said.

“Working in Western Australia’s extreme bushfire conditions will be a challenging new experience for me, but one I am now trained and ready for.”

The graduates completed a 17-week training course to develop skills in firefighting, road crash rescue, urban search and rescue, hazardous materials and community safety.

For more information about a firefighting career visit dfes.wa.gov.au 

END

Note to editor: Photos available on request.

Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955

Publication Time: 2/12/2016 3:00 PM

SC Magazine: Linfox hires former Coles CIO as IT boss

(posted on Friday December 02, 2016 at 14:00 AWST)

Conrad Harvey replaces Morgan Hurwitz.

SC Magazine: Woodside picks Wipro for global IT infrastructure services

(posted on Friday December 02, 2016 at 09:24 AWST)

Three-year deal to include digital transformation.

SC Magazine: Nokia resurfaces to challenge Apple, Samsung

(posted on Friday December 02, 2016 at 09:12 AWST)

Will sell Android mobile phones.

SC Magazine: Optus misses out on spot in new whole-of-gov telco panel

(posted on Friday December 02, 2016 at 07:59 AWST)

Finance announces new members.

SC Magazine: EU, US cops kill Avalanche global crime botnet

(posted on Friday December 02, 2016 at 05:29 AWST)

Multi-year investigation ends digital crime network.

SC Magazine: Shamoon disk wiper in new attacks against Saudi computers

(posted on Friday December 02, 2016 at 04:45 AWST)

Malware returns after four year hiatus.