Thursday July 28, 2016

Slashdot: The Most Popular Product Of All Time

(posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 22:00 AWST)

Apple announced on Wednesday that it sold its one-billionth iPhone last week. To understand the magnitude of the milestone, Asymco's Horace Dediu has compiled a list of the best-selling products across several categories. From his post (link shared via email by reader JoshTops):Car model: VW Beetle 21.5 million; car brand: Toyota Corolla 43 million; music album: Thriller 70 million; vehicle: Honda Super Cub 87 million; book title: Lord of the Rings 150 million; toy: Rubik's Cube 350 million; game console: Playstation 382 million; book series: Harry Potter Series 450 million; mobile phone: iPhone 1 billion.The iPhone is not only the best-selling mobile phone but also the best selling music player, the best-selling camera, the best-selling video screen and the best-selling computer of all time. It is, quite simply, the best-selling product of all time. It is that because it is so much more than a product. It is an enabler for change. It unleashed forces which we are barely able to perceive, let alone control. It changed the world because it changed us. And it did all that in less than nine years.

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Slashdot: E-Cigarettes Emit Toxic Vapors, Says Study

(posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 21:00 AWST)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from UPI: All electronic cigarettes emit harmful chemicals, and levels of those toxic compounds are affected by factors such as temperature, type and age of the device, a new study finds. In laboratory tests, scientists found that the heat-related breakdown of propylene glycol and glycerin -- two solvents found in most e-cigarette liquids -- causes emissions of toxic chemicals such as acrolein, acetaldehyde and formaldehyde. All three are either respiratory irritants or carcinogens, the investigators said. The researchers also found that levels of harmful chemicals in e-cigarette vapor increase between the first few puffs and later puffs as the device gets hotter, and with each use of the device.The new study was published July 27 in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. "Advocates of e-cigarettes say emissions are much lower than from conventional cigarettes, so you're better off using e-cigarettes," study corresponding author Hugo Destaillats said in a Berkeley news release. "I would say, that may be true for certain users -- for example, long-time smokers that cannot quit -- but the problem is, it doesn't mean that they're healthier. Regular cigarettes are super unhealthy. E-cigarettes are just unhealthy," he explained. The FDA will start regulating e-cigarettes like tobacco on August 8, 2016.

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Ubuntu Security Notices: Ubuntu version 16.04 point 1 is out!

(posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 20:48 AWST)

Today we have enabled upgrade notifications from 14.04 LTS to the first point-release for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, versioned 16.04.1. The first point release for an LTS comes out 3 months after the initial release and then every 6 months until the next LTS is released.  Upgrade notifications happen a short while later after some more QA testing.

A point release is an opportunity for us to roll up all the fixes and improvements which have been pushed out via the normal update mechanisms into a new ISO image. When you install from the updated ISO there will be fewer updates to download once you’re up and running. LTS point releases also include support for selected new hardware.

Some desktop highlights for this point release include:

Numerous improvements and bug fixes to the Ubuntu Software store front

The Ubuntu Software store is directly based on GNOME Software which is a new flexible software storefront. We have been working on including support for Snaps as well as upstreaming more general bug fixes. The stability and features are significantly improved since the initial 16.04 release and we will continue to add new features to keep inline with what’s new in the Snap world and making sure send as many fixes and improvements upstream as we can.

Improved printer driver support
Linux Standard Base or LSB is intended to provide a stable base onto which developers can build with a degree of confidence that it will run on compliant Linux distributions. Debian took the decision to drop LSB support around September 2015 and Ubuntu naturally followed suit in November 2015. However, in order to continue to support certain printer drivers which are distributed in LSB format (perhaps the only good example of an LSB package in wide use) and the automatic downloading of printer drivers from the OpenPrinting site we have reintroduced the LSB compatibility packages.

For more information see this bug:

Low graphics mode
An interesting improvement for users of older hardware, those who might access their machines over a remote-desktop connection or users of virtual machines. We have been working on improving the optimisations for lower powered graphics hardware or software backed rendering. The Unity 7 desktop makes use of modern graphics hardware to display desktop components such as the dash and to provide visual enhancements to the daily operation of the desktop. In order to speed up the rendering of the desktop on less powerful machines we have reduced or removed a lot of the animations and blur effects. Low graphics mode has always been included in Unity 7 but we are now a being a bit more aggressive when it comes to disabling some of these effects. Unity 7 will automatically detect if your hardware is supported for the full experience and if not it will enable low graphics mode. Users can also manually enable low graphics mode but those instructions are beyond the scope of this post and will be followed up in a separate post. Keep an eye on the usual social media channels for more information.

How to upgrade
If you are already running 16.04 LTS you will have been receiving updates incrementally and there is nothing more for you to do. If you’re installing afresh then you should download the 16.04.1 ISO image from the Ubuntu website, the web team will be updating the default download links as soon as the images are published.

If you are upgrading from a previous LTS release then the first point release of the new LTS is the point at which time the upgrade manager will start telling you that there is a new version of Ubuntu available and will handle the upgrade for you by downloading the correct packages. Thanks to the Ubuntu QA team and community support, we extensively test LTS to LTS upgrades to make sure that this process works properly.

Download 16.04.1 here >


Linux Mint: Monthly News – July 2016

(posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 20:05 AWST)


Hello everybody. I hope you’re enjoying the summer and the recent releases of Linux Mint 18.

I’d like to say a big thank you to all the people who donated to us in June and in July (July donations will appear in the next Monthly News). Welcome back also to ThinkPenguin and thanks to all our sponsors. You’re making our life much easier and your help is very important to us.

The Xfce edition is almost ready. Some of the last bug fixes got in the repository today and we’re getting ready for a stable release.

An announcement will be made also, for Linux Mint 17.3 Xfce users, as soon as the upgrade path is open.

On the KDE front, things are progressing slowly. There are so many differences between KDE 4 and Plasma 5, we’ve had to work on this edition as if it was a brand new product, inheriting very little from the past and with each component being added one at a time. Most of the critical issues were fixed with the exception of some compatibility issues between the screensaver, the session and the display manager. Important decisions also haven’t been taken yet, such as whether to ship this edition with MDM or SDDM and whether to maintain or to delegate Plasma updates. In terms of timing though, we’re likely to see these issues solved rather quickly and so we should have a BETA release this August.

In August, we’ll also start the next development cycle. We already have a couple of implementations ready to go in, and many ideas were discussed and planned for Linux Mint 18.1.

A quick word to LMDE users: The major components present in Linux Mint 18 (Cinnamon 3.0, MATE 1.14, the XApps etc..) are already in LMDE 2 “Betsy”. Except for a few features (the Mint-Y theme, which requires GTK 3.18, for instance) the other components will be backported shortly.

We received a few questions this month after the Ubuntu forums were breached for the second time. As a precaution, all Launchpad users should change their password. We encourage people not to point the finger or find comfort in cheap explanations. The bigger the project, the bigger the target. Instead, people should assess the quality of their own passwords and their uniqueness from one website to another, since it is only a matter of time and effort before one of these websites get hacked. Our sympathy goes to Canonical. We’re at their disposal if what we learnt after our own attacks can help them in any way.

Finally, we are working with our friends at CompuLab to refresh the MintBox Mini. The new model should be as tiny as before, but with more memory and more processing power. Shipping with bluetooth and dual Ethernet connectivity, we’re hoping to show you pictures, pricing and detailed specifications very soon.


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Donations in June:

A total of $10354 was raised thanks to the generous contributions of 455 donors:

$200 (2nd donation), John Tiller Software, Inc.
$150 (18th donation), Ralph Siegler aka “ziggy
$125, Henrik P.
$111, Rohit Sharma aka “Rohit
$111, MetaService aka “Jeroen DC
$111, Renaud D.
$111, Ernst S.
$111, Walter Ebert
$108, Andre W.
$103, Patrick W.
$100 (2nd donation), Martin Langsholt aka “mlan”
$100, Alan F.
$100, Chance Constructor Corporation
$100, Keith N.
$100, David P.
$100, Using PayPal
$100, Eric J.
$71.28, Mark W.
$70, Dave K.
$61 (2nd donation), Francois E.
$61, Christoph H.
$61, Mihai G.
$61, Wolfgang R.
$58, Alex L.
$55 (2nd donation), Chema Cortés
$55 (2nd donation), Arnaud L.
$55 (2nd donation), Steve P
$55 (2nd donation), I REALLY like Linux Mint ! aka “Klaas Sijtsma”
$55, Dominique L.
$55, Vaidas B.
$55, Jorge V. H.
$55, Risto S.
$55, Calenge G.
$55, Arnd K.
$55, Matteo T.
$54, R.
$54, Eberhard K.
$54, Antero K.
$53, Jeffrey D. P.
$50 (11th donation), Anthony C. aka “ciak”
$50 (9th donation), Jaan S.
$50 (4th donation), Paul W.
$50 (3rd donation), Charles W. B. I.
$50 (3rd donation), Stephen A.
$50 (2nd donation), David K.
$50 (2nd donation), Stephen H.
$50 (2nd donation), Pierre R.
$50 (2nd donation), Stephen H.
$50, Michael C.
$50, Kha P.
$50, Paul T.
$50, Robert H.
$50, Phil P.
$50, Graham S.
$50, Shermanda E.
$50, Bennett D.
$50, Derrick S.
$50, Don P.
$50, Norman R.
$50, Paul M.
$50, Rolf T.
$50, Ventura Promotional Products, Inc.
$50, James W.
$50, Robert D.
$50, Rob U.
$50, Jeff B.
$50, C M.
$50, Neil E.
$50, Ramiro S.
$44, Laux Kältetechnik
$40 (3rd donation), Efran G.
$40 (3rd donation), Anthony L.
$40, Glenn Kim
$40, Roy T.
$40, Zulyn D.
$37, Schmitt R.
$35, Jeffrey M.
$33.25, Kiyofumi M.
$33 (76th donation), Olli K.
$33 (2nd donation), Zerlono
$33, Riccardo B.
$33, Anthony C.
$33, Damiano A.
$33, Fred W.
$33, Alexandre L.
$33, Michael T.
$32, Dimitar M.
$31 (6th donation), Dick B. aka “Dick”
$31, Markus S.
$30 (5th donation), James P.
$30 (3rd donation), Jung-Kyu Park aka “bagjunggyu
$30 (2nd donation), James A.
$30, Matthew D.
$30, Jason H
$30, Anzai N.
$30, David W.
$30, Chuan J.
$30, Harry A.
$30, Stephen A.
$30, Robert P.
$30, Robert L. Z.
$30, Martin D.
$29.1, DIY BCN
$28 (4th donation), Walter S.
$28 (3rd donation), Daniel L.
$28 (2nd donation), Michael S.
$28 (2nd donation), Ramona L.
$28, Jani L.
$28, Laszlo R.
$28, Karsten O.
$28, Pietro Q.
$28, Oliver S.
$28, Dieter H.
$27 (2nd donation), Roeland B. V. D. W.
$27, Robin R. aka “R²”
$27, Jürgen D.
$25 (59th donation), Ronald W.
$25 (14th donation), Peter D.
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$25 (3rd donation), Myron J.
$25 (2nd donation), Carl J.
$25 (2nd donation), Jack G.
$25 (2nd donation), Murray C.
$25, Robert S.
$25, Paul Q.
$25, James R.
$25, Scott O.
$25, Derek J.
$25, William S.
$25, Berea G.
$25, Richard C.
$25, Grant W.
$25, Scot O.
$25, Andrew Gouw
$25, Jeffery B.
$25, Rick D.
$25, Danny V.
$25, Steven S.
$25, David B.
$25, Joel W.
$24 (3rd donation), Dea Engineering s.r.l. aka “Andrea Tozzato
$24, Taisto O.
$22 (7th donation), Doriano G. M.
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$22, Christian G.
$22, Marcel W.
$22, Christian B.
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$22, Erwin R.
$22, Marco M. aka “Mastrotux
$22, Peter K.
$22, Eric F.
$22, Laurent P.
$22, Siegbert D.
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$22, Alain M.
$22, Alma K.
$22, Gottfried J.
$22, Gabriele G.
$22, Hugues L.
$22, Mange
$22, Martin S.
$22, John L.
$22, Jean-michel L. aka “jmfdl63
$22, Massimo P. S.
$22, Gérald F.
$22, Sylvie L. M.
$22, Nicole B.
$20 (21st donation), Utah B.
$20 (16th donation), Curt Vaughan aka “curtvaughan ”
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$20 (3rd donation), Jung-Kyu Park aka “bagjunggyu
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$20 (2nd donation), Daniel H.
$20 (2nd donation), Jinseok J. aka “JeonLab
$20, Robert L.
$20, Jeff S.
$20, Ken K.
$20, Tomasz K.
$20, Peter M.
$20, Claude C.
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$20, Brian M.
$20, Richard H.
$20, Michael S.
$20, Thomas F.
$20, John B.
$20, Michael S.
$20, Ed M.
$20, Guillaume P.
$20, Jerry K.
$20, Benoit L.
$20, Matthew M.
$20, Robert O.
$19, Gilles L. aka “Gil-s”
$18 (7th donation), Anton W. aka “redant
$18 (5th donation), François P.
$17, Frank H.
$17, Moraru C.
$17, Aaron M.
$17, Will F.
$17, Julius P.
$15 (9th donation), Jobs Near Me aka “Jobs Hiring
$15 (6th donation), Andjelko Stojsin aka “Andjelko S.
$15 (5th donation), Doug B. aka “Doug B.”
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$14.73, Constantin M. aka “biliboc”
$14, Michael C.
$13 (2nd donation), Tim H.
$12 (63th donation), Tony C. aka “S. LaRocca”
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$11, Michael O.
$11, Eric aka “Garvalf
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$11, Andreas C.
$11, Fabre V.
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$11, Marius R.
$11, Oprea M.
$11, Andrei A. B.
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$10 (53th donation), Tsuguo S.
$10 (14th donation), Jt Spratley aka “Go Live Lively
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$9 (2nd donation), Wong H. Y.
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Slashdot: ULA Interns Launch Record-Breaking 50-Foot Rocket

(posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 18:00 AWST)

schwit1 writes: A team of United Launch Alliance (ULA) interns, working in their spare time, have successfully launched the largest model rocket every built. reports: "On Sunday (July 24), ULA launched the 50-foot-tall (15.24 meters) Future Heavy rocket out of Fort Carson Army Post, breaking the record for 'the largest sport rocket launched anywhere in the world,' according to a statement from ULA. The Future Heavy is also notable because it was built entirely by company interns and their mentors. 'We like [our interns] to have a very realistic experience,' ULA President and CEO Tory Bruno told at the Space Symposium meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last April." Calling it a "model rocket" really isn't fair. The thing is big, and really ranks up there with many of the suborbital rockets NASA used to routinely fly out of Wallops Island. [The fact that] ULA has provided support for this effort again suggests that the leadership of Bruno is reshaping the company into a much more innovative and competitive company.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

OpenBSD Journal: EuroBSDCon 2016 schedule has been released

OpenBSD Journal (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 17:45 AWST)

The EuroBSDCon 2016 talks and schedule have been released, and oh are we in for a treat!

All three major BSD's have a "how we made the network go fast" talk, nearly every single timeslot has a networking related talk, and most of the non-networking talks look fantastic as well.

The OpenBSD related talks are:
  • Embracing the BSD routing table - mpi@
  • rc.d(8) on OpenBSD - ajacoutot@
  • OpenBSD meets 802.11n - stsp@
  • OpenBSD: pf+rdomains create splendid multi-tenancy firewalls - Philipp Buehler (formerly known as pb@)
  • Dropping in 80Gbits (hopefully) of stateful firewalling capacity with PF and OpenOSPFd - Gareth Llewellyn
  • What we learnt from natively building packages on exotic archs - landry@
  • Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) implementation and support in OpenBSD - phessler@
  • Retrofitting privsep into ports tools - espie@
  • Why and how you ought to keep multibyte character support simple - ingo@
  • And an OpenBSD related tutorial is
  • OpenBSD: Building a test-environment for multi-tenancy firewalls - Philipp Buehler
  • We're very excited about this year's EuroBSDCon, looks to be a fantastic one. Register Now!

    Slashdot: Tech Takes Its K-12 CS Education and Immigration Crisis To the DNC

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 15:00 AWST)

    theodp writes: In early 2013, and coincidentally emerged after Microsoft suggested tech's agenda could be furthered by creating a crisis linking U.S. kids' lack of computer science savvy to tech's need for tech worker visas. Three years later, CNET's Marguerite Reardon reports that tech took its K-12 computer science and immigration crisis to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, where representatives from Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon called for the federal government to invest in more STEM education and reform immigration policies -- recurring themes the industry hopes to influence in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. "We believe in the importance of high-skilled immigration coupled with investments in education," said Microsoft President Brad Smith, repeating the Microsoft National Talent Strategy. The mini-tech conference also received some coverage in the New Republic, where David Dayen argues that the DNC is one big corporate bride.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Slashdot: Tor Project Confirms Sexual Misconduct By Developer Jacob Appelbaum

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 11:30 AWST)

    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Tor Project, a nonprofit known for its online anonymity software, says it has verified claims that former employee Jacob Appelbaum engaged in "sexually aggressive behavior" with people inside and outside of its organization. "We have confirmed that the events did take place as reported," Shari Steele, Tor's executive director, tells The Verge. In a blog post today, Steele says that Tor began an investigation into Appelbaum's behavior after several people came forward with allegations of misconduct in late May. In a statement made in June, he said the allegations were "entirely false." He resigned from the Tor Project in May. "I want to thank all the people who broke the silence around Jacob's behavior," Steele writes. "It is because of you that this issue has now been addressed. I am grateful you spoke up, and I acknowledge and appreciate your courage." Steele says that Tor is now implementing a new anti-harassment policy, as well as a process for submitting complaints and having them reviewed. The changes will be put in place this week. Tor also announced last month that it would replace its entire board of directors.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Slashdot: Tesla and Autopilot Supplier Mobileye Split Up After Fatal Crash

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 09:25 AWST)

    An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Tesla and Mobileye, one of the top suppliers to its Autopilot partial self-driving system, are parting ways in the wake of the May accident that killed an owner of one of its electric Model S sedans. Mobileye is considered a leader in developing the equipment that will be needed for fully self-driving cars. The Israeli tech company will continue to support and maintain current Tesla products, including upgrades that should help the Autopilot system with crash avoidance and to better allow the car to steer itself, said Chairman Amnon Shashua in releasing the company's second-quarter earnings Tuesday. Shashua said moving cars to higher levels of self-driving capability "is a paradigm shift both in terms of function complexity and the need to ensure an extremely high level of safety." He added there is "much at stake" in terms of Mobileye's reputation, and that it is best to end the relationship with Tesla by the end of the year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, meeting with reporters at the company's new battery Gigafactory outside Reno, indicated that Tesla can go forward without Mobileye. "Us parting ways was somewhat inevitable. There's nothing unexpected here from our standpoint," Musk said. "We're committed to autonomy. They'll go their way, and we'll go ours."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Slashdot: Hyperloop One Announces Opening of Its First Manufacturing Plant

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 08:45 AWST)

    An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Hyperloop One is today announcing the opening of its first manufacturing plant. Called Hyperloop One Metalworks, the 105,000 square-foot building in North Las Vegas will be the new professional home of many of the company's 170 employees, including engineers, machinists and welders. These folks will build and test a number of components for the DevLoop, a full-system prototype of the Hyperloop, set for testing in 2017. The project, if successful, promises a half-hour travel time between Stockholm and Helsinki, which is the equivalent of about 300 miles. The company plans to have a working prototype of the Hyperloop by 2017 thanks to this new plant."Hyperloop One Metalworks is the first Hyperloop manufacturing plant in the world," said co-founder and President of Engineering Josh Giegel in a press release. "The ability to have a world-class machine shop in-house gives us an advantage to build rapidly and develop the Hyperloop in real-time."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Slashdot: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Funding Leads To New Genetic Findings

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 08:05 AWST)

    An anonymous reader writes: Researchers are crediting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraiser for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that went viral in 2014, for funding a new study that has possibly identified a common gene that contributes to the nervous system disease. Yahoo reports via Good Morning America: "In a study published in The Nature Genetics Journal, researchers from various institutions, including the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University Medical Center Utrecht, identified the gene NEK1 as a common gene that could have an impact on who develops the disease. Variants of the gene appear to lead to increased risk of developing ALS, according to preliminary findings. Researchers in 11 countries studied 1,000 families in which a family member developed ALS and conducted a genome-wide search for any signs that a gene could be leading to increased ALS risk. After identifying the NEK1 gene, they also analyzed 13,000 individuals who had developed ALS despite no family history and found they had variants in that same gene, again linking that gene with increased ALS risk. Starting in the summer of 2014, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge led to 17 million videos made and $220 million raised, according to the ALS Association -- $115 million of which went to the association."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Slashdot: Office 365 Gets New Word, PowerPoint and Outlook Features

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 07:20 AWST)

    New submitter Miche67 writes: As part of the July 2016 update to Office 365, Microsoft is adding several features across the board to Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Word, however, is getting the biggest new features -- Researcher and Editor -- to improve your writing. "As its name implies, Researcher is designed to help the user find reliable sources of information by using the Bing Knowledge Graph to search for sources, and it will properly cite them in the Word document," reports Network World. "[Editor] builds on the already-existing spellchecker and thesaurus to offer suggestions on how to improve your overall writing. In addition to the wavy red line under a misspelled word and the wavy blue line under bad grammar, there will be a gold line for writing style." The new features are expected to be available later this year. In addition to the two new features added to PowerPoint last year -- Designer and Morph, Microsoft is offering Zoom, a feature that lets you easily create "interactive, non-linear presentations." "Instead of the 1-2-3-4 linear method of presenting slides, forcing you to place them all in the order you wish to display, presenters will be able to show their slides in any order they want at any time," reports Network World. "This way you can change your presentation order as needed without having to stop PowerPoint or interrupt the display." As for Outlook, Focused Inbox is coming to Office 365. Focused Inbox separates your inbox into two tabs. The "Focused" tab is where all of your high-priority emails will be found, while everything else will be in the "Other" tab. Outlook will learn from your behavior over time and sort your mail accordingly. In addition, @mentions are coming to Outlook 365 and Outlook for PC and Mac, "making it easy to identify emails that need your attention, as well as flag actions for others."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Slashdot: Amazon Debuts a Dedicated Shop For Kickstarter Products

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 06:40 AWST)

    An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Today, Amazon announced it's teaming up with Kickstarter to offer those successful Kickstarter products a way to reach more customers through a dedicated section on Amazon's website. Via, the online retailer is now featuring a group of over 300 Kickstarter products across a variety of categories, like electronics, books, home and kitchen, movies and tv, and more. The products can also be browsed by theme, like STEM products, "Always be Learning," "Exquisite Objects," "Inventing the Future," and "Public Benefit," for example. The new Kickstarter section is actually an expansion on Amazon's Launchpad platform, launched a year ago. In July 2015, the retailer debuted a dedicated portal that offered both marketing and sales for hardware and physical goods from younger tech companies. Today, Amazon says it has now worked with over 100 VCs, accelerators and crowdfunders and has helped more than 1,000 launch products across the U.S., the U.K., China, Germany, and France. All startups who participate in Launchpad receive custom product pages, a comprehensive marketing package, and access to Amazon's global fulfillment network, the retailer notes.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Slashdot: One Billion iPhones Have Been Sold, Apple Says

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 06:00 AWST)

    Apple announced on Wednesday that it has sold its one billionth iPhone handset. The milestone comes nine years after the iPhone was first introduced. The phone has unarguably shaped the smartphone industry and bolstered the apps market. In a statement, Tim Cook said: iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day. Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we've always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Slashdot: Comcast Excited To Have Lost 4,000 TV Subscribers This Spring

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 05:20 AWST)

    An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Consumerist: Comcast has released their second quarter results and they are happy to announce that they lost 4,000 TV subscribers in the last three months. Why are they so happy to announce such a loss? Because, compared to the same time last year where they lost 69,000 TV subscribers, the loss this year is much better for them. Comcast said in a statement to investors that "video customers net losses improved to 4,000, the best second quarter result in over 10 years." That Consumerist reports: "That means that for the most than a decade, the best Comcast can do in April to June of every year is to lose only 4,000 TV subscribers. At this time last year, Comcast reported 22.3 million TV subscribers, and at the same time this year, they report roughly 22.3 million TV subscribers. The major driver of increased subscriptions comes, as you'd guess, from broadband. Comcast reports an increase of 220,000 broadband customers in the second quarter which, in the overall growth of the company, entirely offsets a lost of 4,000 TV viewers."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Slashdot: Rio Olympics Will Be First Sporting Event Watched By 'Eye In The Sky' Drone Cameras

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 04:40 AWST)

    tedlistens quotes a report from Fast Company: When the Olympic Games begin next month in Rio de Janeiro, billions of people are expected to watch athletes from countries around the world compete. But also watching over the Olympic and Paralympic events will be a set of futuristic, balloon-mounted surveillance camera systems capable of monitoring a wide swath of the city in high resolution and in real-time. Initially developed for use by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan by Fairfax, Virginia-based Logos Technologies, the technology is sold under the name Simera, and offers live aerial views of a large area, or what the company calls 'wide-area motion imagery,' captured from a balloon tethered some 200 meters above the ground. The system's 13 cameras make it possible for operators to record detailed, 120-megapixel imagery of the movement of vehicles and pedestrians below in an area up to 40 square kilometers, depending on how high the balloon is deployed, and for up to three days at a time. The Rio Olympics marks the "first time [Simera] will be deployed by a non-U.S. government at a large-scale event," according to the company. Simera is being compared to a live city-wide Google Maps combined with TiVo, as it can let law enforcement view ground-level activities in real time in addition to letting them rewind through saved images. Doug Rombough, Logo's vice president of business development, says the image clarity is not good enough to make out individual faces or license plate numbers, though it is clear enough to follow individual people and vehicles around the city. "However, a higher resolution video camera attached to the same balloon, which captures images at 60 times that of full HD resolution, or 15 times 4K, at three frames per second, will allow operators to get a closer look at anything or anyone that looks suspicious," reports Fast Company.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Slashdot: C Top Programming Language For 2016, Finds IEEE's Study

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 04:00 AWST)

    IEEE Spectrum, a highly regarded magazine edited by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, has released its annual programming languages list, sharing with the world how several languages fared against each other. To assess the languages the publication says it worked with a data journalist and looked into 10 online sources -- including social chatter, open-source code production, and job postings. The publication has rated C as the top programming language this year, followed by Java, Python, C++, and R. From their article:After two years in second place, C has finally edged out Java for the top spot. Staying in the top five, Python has swapped places with C++ to take the No. 3 position, and C# has fallen out of the top five to be replaced with R. R is following its momentum from previous years, as part of a positive trend in general for modern big-data languages that Diakopoulos analyses in more detail here. Google and Apple are also making their presence felt, with Google's Go just beating out Apple's Swift for inclusion in the Top Ten. Still, Swift's rise is impressive, as it's jumped five positions to 11th place since last year, when it first entered the rankings. Several other languages also debuted last year, a marked difference from this year, with no new languages entering the rankings.The publication has explained in detail the different metrics it uses to evaluate a language.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Slashdot: New York DA Wants Apple, Google To Roll Back Encryption

    (posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 03:20 AWST)

    An anonymous reader writes: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. called on Apple and Google to weaken their device encryption, arguing that thousands of crimes remained unsolved because no one can crack into the perpetrators' phones. Vance, speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security here, said that law enforcement officials did not need an encryption "backdoor," sidestepping a concern of computer-security experts and device makers alike. Instead, Vance said, he only wanted the encryption standards rolled back to the point where the companies themselves can decrypt devices, but police cannot. This situation existed until September 2014, when Apple pushed out iOS 8, which Apple itself cannot decrypt. "Tim Cook was absolutely right when he told his shareholders that the iPhone changed the world," Vance said. "It's changed my world. It's letting criminals conduct their business with the knowledge we can't listen to them."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

    Wednesday July 27, 2016

    OpenBSD Journal: OpenBSD 6.0 pre-orders up

    OpenBSD Journal (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 21:42 AWST)

    Pre-orders for the 6.0 CD sets have just been activated.

    In addition, one of the six release songs has been released early.
    There will be another compilation CD titled "The songs 5.2 - 6.0" alongside the release.

    Head on over to the OpenBSD Store to pick up your CD set, poster, or both!

    This release has some of the coolest artwork yet.

    SC Magazine: Victoria Police goes to market for 8500 smartphones, tablets

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 14:11 AWST)

    Premier keen to catch up with fellow states.

    SC Magazine: Want to work for Australia's national payments platform?

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 13:39 AWST)

    Exec and manager roles up for grabs at new company.

    SC Magazine: Vodafone's CTO quits for Hutchison gig

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 13:38 AWST)

    Travels to greener pastures overseas.

    SC Magazine: Australia's banks want to force Apple to open up NFC

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 13:20 AWST)

    Accuse phone giant of abusing its market share in Apple Pay fight.

    SC Magazine: AWS' Bezos joins US Defense tech brains trust

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 11:00 AWST)

    Heavy-hitters to help world's biggest military to innovate.

    SC Magazine: NCI wins $14m for major supercomputer upgrade

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 10:01 AWST)

    Raijin to get a 30 percent boost in horsepower.

    SC Magazine: Big-name wireless keyboards open to silent eavesdropping

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 09:00 AWST)

    Keysniffer vulnerability easily exploited.

    SC Magazine: Will Australia's broadband probe expose bottlenecks or just raise prices?

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 08:30 AWST)

    ACCC begins internet speed bake-off.

    EEV Blog: EEVcomments #1

    EEV Blog (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 08:03 AWST)

    New segment!
    Dave responds to Youtube comments and answers questions.
    Forum HERE


    SC Magazine: Obama issues first govt guide on responding to cyber attack

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 07:45 AWST)

    Criticised for lack of detail.

    SC Magazine: LogMeIn to buy Citrix's GoTo for $2.4 billion

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 07:09 AWST)

    Unwanted business offloaded.

    SC Magazine: Social Services wants to use payroll data to target fraud

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 04:47 AWST)

    But legislation is standing in its way.

    SC Magazine: BHP Billiton creates IT-OT team in iron ore

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 04:35 AWST)

    One of three teams to form new internal organisation.

    Tuesday July 26, 2016

    SC Magazine: Open Universities hires former Service Stream exec as IT boss

    (posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 15:13 AWST)

    Will get hands dirty in consolidation drive.

    SC Magazine: How much should you trust your hardware vendor?

    (posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 13:00 AWST)

    [Blog post] Jumping all in with a single provider is risky.

    SC Magazine: Europol, Intel and Kaspersky launch anti-ransomware project

    (posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 10:00 AWST)

    Will provide decryptors and preventative advice.

    SC Magazine: ISPs, telcos pressured to talk 'real' internet speeds

    (posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 09:28 AWST)

    And to be upfront on how they manage traffic.

    SC Magazine: UK lets Amazon test delivery drones in the suburbs

    (posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 08:51 AWST)

    Brits greenlight trials in the face of US refusals.

    pfSense: pfSense 2.3.2-RELEASE Now Available!

    (posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 08:16 AWST)

    We are happy to announce the release of pfSense® software version 2.3.2!

    This is a maintenance release in the 2.3.x series, bringing a number of bug fixes. The full list of changes is on the 2.3.2 New Features and Changes page.

    This release includes fixes for 60 bugs, 8 features and 2 todo items completed.

    If you haven’t yet caught up on the changes in 2.3.x, check out the Features and Highlights video. Past blog posts have covered some of the changes, such as the performance improvements from tryforward, and the webGUI update.

    Upgrade Considerations

    As always, you can upgrade from any prior version directly to 2.3.2. The Upgrade Guide covers everything you’ll need to know for upgrading in general.  There are a few areas where additional caution should be exercised with this upgrade if upgrading from 2.2.x or an earlier release, all noted in the 2.3 Upgrade Guide.

    For those upgrading from a 2.3 beta or RC version who have not yet upgraded to 2.3-RELEASE, please see this post.

    Known Regressions

    While, nearly all of the common regressions between 2.2.6 and 2.3-RELEASE have been fixed in subsequent releases, the following still exist:

    • IPsec IPComp does not work. This is disabled by default. However in 2.3.1, it is automatically not enabled to avoid encountering this problem. Bug 6167
    • IGMP Proxy does not work with VLAN interfaces, and possibly other edge cases. Bug 6099. This is a little-used component. If you’re not sure what it is, you’re not using it.
    • Those using IPsec and OpenBGPD may have non-functional IPsec unless OpenBGPD is removed. Bug 6223


    Compared to pfSense 2.2.x, the list of available packages in pfSense 2.3.x has been significantly trimmed.  We have removed packages that have been deprecated upstream, no longer have an active maintainer, or were never stable. A few have yet to be converted for Bootstrap and may return if converted. See the 2.3 Removed Packages list for details.  pfSense 2.3.2 does bring back ntopng, and the vnstat (traffic totals) package is new.

    pfSense software is Open Source

    For those who wish to review the source code in full detail, the changes are all publicly available in three repositories on Github. 2.3.2-RELEASE is built from the RELENG_2_3_2 branch of each repository.

    Main repository – the web GUI, back end configuration code, and build tools.
    FreeBSD source – the source code, with patches of the FreeBSD 10.3 base.
    FreeBSD ports – the FreeBSD ports used.


    Downloads are available on the mirrors as usual.

    Downloads for New Installs and Upgrades to Existing Systems – note it’s usually easier to just use the auto-update functionality, in which case you don’t need to download anything from here. Check the Firmware Updates page for details.

    Supporting the Project

    Our efforts are made possible by the support our customers and the community. You can support our efforts via one or more of the following.

    • pfSense Store –  official hardware, apparel and pre-loaded USB sticks direct from the source.  Our pre-installed appliances are the fast, easy way to get up and running with a fully-optimized system. All are now shipping with 2.3 release installed.
    • Gold subscription – Immediate access to past hang out recordings as well as the latest version of the book after logging in to the members area.
    • Commercial Support – Purchasing support from us provides you with direct access to the pfSense team.
    • Professional Services – For more involved and complex projects outside the scope of support, our most senior engineers are available under professional services.


    Roundcube: Update 1.2.1 released

    (posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 08:00 AWST)

    We just published the first service release to update the stable version 1.2. It contains some important bug fixes and improvements in the recently introduced Enigma plugin for PGP encryption. See the detailed changelog in here.

    This release is considered stable and we recommend to update all productive installations of Roundcube with this version. Download it from,

    Please do backup your data before updating!

    SC Magazine: Are telcos still terrible at IT acquisitions?

    (posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 08:00 AWST)

    Telstra and Optus' M&A adventures, from Kaz and Alphawest to Ensyst, Kloud and Readify.

    SC Magazine: Car makers issue cybersecurity best practice guide

    (posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 07:03 AWST)

    Global experts gather to bed down core principles for the future.

    SC Magazine: Europe's first regulated bitcoin product launches

    (posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 06:15 AWST)

    Beats Winklevoss twins to the punch.

    nginx News: nginx-1.11.3 mainline version has been released.

    (posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 at 05:00 AWST)


    nginx-1.11.3 mainline version has been released.

    Monday July 25, 2016

    OpenBSD Journal: n2k16 hackathon report: Stefan Sperling on dhclient bugs, iwm(4) issues

    OpenBSD Journal (posted on Monday July 25, 2016 at 17:51 AWST)

    The first report from the just-concluded n2k16 hackathon comes from Stefan Sperling, who writes:

    Because this network hackathon was scheduled very close to the 6.0 release I focused my efforts on fixing bugs.

    The first bug I encountered was that dhclient no longer works if DHCP return traffic has to pass through a bridge, and the member interface which receives the DHCP return traffic also has a dhclient instance running on it:


    OpenBSD Journal: OpenBSD 6.0 to be released September 1, 2016

    OpenBSD Journal (posted on Monday July 25, 2016 at 18:08 AWST)

    Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) has updated the (in-progress) OpenBSD 6.0 release page to indicate that release will occur earlier than is usual:

    CVSROOT:	/cvs
    Module name:	www
    Changes by:	2016/07/23 08:18:28
    Modified files:
    	.              : 60.html 
    Log message:
    the 6.0 release date will come as a surprise

    Latest Kernel Versions: 4.7: mainline

    (posted on Monday July 25, 2016 at 03:24 AWST)

    Version:4.7 (mainline)
    PGP Signature:linux-4.7.tar.sign

    Wednesday July 27, 2016

    Latest Kernel Versions: 4.6.5: stable

    (posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 23:42 AWST)

    Version:4.6.5 (stable)
    PGP Signature:linux-4.6.5.tar.sign
    Patch:patch-4.6.5.xz (Incremental)

    Sunday July 24, 2016

    EEV Blog: EEVblog #905 – REPAIR: HP85 Vintage Computer

    EEV Blog (posted on Sunday July 24, 2016 at 20:14 AWST)

    Dave screwed up and now he has to fix it.
    What went wrong with the vintage Hewlett Packard HP85 personal computer?
    Forum HERE


    EEV Blog: EEVblog #904 – Hewlett Packard HP85 Professional Computer

    EEV Blog (posted on Sunday July 24, 2016 at 20:11 AWST)

    1979, a screaming 613KHz clock, killer graphics, and it’s a Hewlett Packard, it doesn’t get much better than this!
    Dave powers up the the classic HP85 Scientific / Engineering Professional Personal Computer and has a play around.
    Forum HERE

    Teardown VIDEO
    Repair VIDEO
    User Manual
    Pocket Guide


    Friday July 22, 2016

    EEV Blog: EEVblog #903 – HP85 Vintage Computer Teardown

    EEV Blog (posted on Friday July 22, 2016 at 18:18 AWST)

    1979, a screaming 613KHz clock, killer graphics, and it’s a Hewlett Packard, it doesn’t get much better than this!
    Inside the classic HP85 Scientific / Engineering Professional Personal Computer.
    Forum HERE

    Using it VIDEO
    Repair VIDEO

    HP85 Computer Teardown