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Four Security Worries of Cloud Computing

  • Datamation; By James Maguire (Posted by azerthoth on Jan 29, 2010 11:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The total number of dollars rushing toward cloud computing is massive. The various top research firms - IDC, Gartner, et al. -- all have eyebrow-raising forecasts about the growth rate of cloud-based computing services. But are you seeing a lot of headlines about safety? No, not really, though the worries are out there. The vendors don't seem to broach the issue much, but clearly security concerns are one of (many) reasons firms are dragging their feet about adopting cloud services.

Privacy Bill Nears Introduction in House

  •; By Kenneth Corbin (Posted by azerthoth on Jan 29, 2010 5:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
The House Democrat heading up the push for legislation that would set new online privacy safeguards that could dramatically reshape Internet marketing said he plans to introduce the bill shortly, with several Republicans likely signed on as co-sponsors.

Obama enforces trade embargo against open source

  • ZDNet; By Dana Blankenhorn (Posted by azerthoth on Jan 27, 2010 3:35 AM EDT)
The Obama Administration has forced Sourceforge to deny service to its anti-terrorism sanction list. In practical terms this means people in Cuba, North Korea, the Sudan, Syria and Iran get “403 forbidden” messages when they try to access addresses. (Here’s how the Armenian Private School in Toronto, Canada displays 403 errors.)

Watching TV and Linux

  • azerblog; By James Cook (Posted by azerthoth on Jan 14, 2010 1:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: Community
This all started a couple of weeks ago when I finally got around to putting the tv capture card I had picked up a year or two ago into my computer. Happily like most things in Linux, it just worked, that was a great plus. Sadly the software packages in existence that I ran across were either too much or too little, nothing was just right.

Benchmarks Of The Gentoo-based Sabayon

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by azerthoth on Jan 4, 2010 8:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
For those looking to experiment with a Gentoo-based Linux system but are not looking forward to the obstacles of installing Gentoo itself, an easier and quicker approach can be to use a distribution like Sabayon Linux. Sabayon uses pre-compiled x86 and x86_64 packages for installing the Linux distribution from its LiveDVD and uses their own Entropy system for package management, though these binary packages are compiled from Gentoo's Portage and using the Portage system is still available.

Shuttleworth steps down as Ubuntu CEO

  • Computerworld; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by azerthoth on Dec 17, 2009 4:19 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
In a morning press call on December 17th, 2009 Mark Shuttleworth announced that he was stepping down as head of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. In his place, Jane Silber, the current Chief Operating Officer who has been with Canonical since 2004 will take over as CEO.

EFF Sues Feds Over Social Network Surveillance

  •; By David Needle (Posted by azerthoth on Dec 5, 2009 12:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Has the federal government overreached in tapping social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to investigate possible criminal activity? The non-profit civil liberties' group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) doesn't know, but it's filed suit to find out the scope of the government's investigations.

Seeking a Stallman for open source

  • ZDNet; By Dana Blankenhorn (Posted by azerthoth on Oct 10, 2009 5:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In one of my earliest blog posts here I called Richard Stallman, a father of the open source movement and almost immediately got a personal nastygram. From Richard Stallman. I appreciated it and have sought to be more careful. Stallman believes in free software, which he calls Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS). (It’s also called Free Open Source Software (FOSS).)

Twitter Being Used As Botnet Command Channel

  • (Posted by azerthoth on Aug 20, 2009 12:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Ah Twitter in the news again, the bad guys sure do keep up with new trends. After being taken offline for a while by a Joejob DDoS attack Twitter is in the news again – this time it’s being used as the command channel for a Botnet.

[Didn't this come up a theory in conversation recently? - Azer]

Sabayon Linux CoreCD 4.2 Release

The CoreCD is a text-based release. There is no X-Server, Gnome, or KDE provided. The Feature list is intentionally short: * Bootable Image suitable for a CD or USB thumb drive (~400M) * Text-Based installer * Basic default networking * Entropy and Portage ready

Microsoft stuns Linux world, submits source code for kernel

In an historic move, Microsoft Monday submitted driver source code for inclusion in the Linux kernel under a GPLv2 license. The code consists of four drivers that are part of a technology called Linux Device Driver for Virtualization. The drivers, once added to the Linux kernel, will provide the hooks for any distribution of Linux to run on Windows Server 2008 and its Hyper-V hypervisor technology. Microsoft will provide ongoing maintenance of the code.

Internet Keeps Growing - And Getting Faster, Too

The economy may have faltered, but the Internet continues growing by leaps and bounds as people keep moving online in droves -- and at faster speeds.

What open source should tell the FCC

  • ZDNet; By Dana Blankenhorn (Posted by azerthoth on Apr 11, 2009 6:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on a natonal broadband plan, with detailed rules expected next year. What should those who follow open source and the Internet values behind it be telling the agency?

Groups Warn New Cybersecurity Bill Oversteps

  •; By Kenneth Corbin (Posted by azerthoth on Apr 8, 2009 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Could President Obama get the power to shut down the Internet? That's the concern of some digital rights groups, who fear that last week's sweeping cybersecurity bill could give the government overly broad power to regulate the Internet in times of crisis -- or even pull the plug on it entirely.

EU issues warning on Internet user rights

EU officials warned social networking and search engine sites such as Facebook and Google on Monday to better protect consumer rights amid growing concern that users are being lured to hand over too much personal data.

Mounting LVM

Mounting an LVM may seem a bit intimidating, it's not. In reality, despite the length of this entry, you will only be running a handful of commands, and most of those just to get the needed information. Do not despair, this will be as painless as possible.

Gmail service outage points to a hole in the cloud

  •; By Scott M. Fulton, III (Posted by azerthoth on Feb 24, 2009 9:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A service outage that impacted users of Google services including Gmail for approximately 75 minutes early this morning, is calling attention to a potential kink in the cloud: While an estimated 113 million Gmail accounts were forced to resort to Google's new offline mode, introduced last month, a number of Google service users were also forced to wait, since Gmail also serves as the company's central source of service authentication.

Mr. Stallman's Internet: How RMS May Be Looking The Wrong Way At The Internet

LXer Feature: 24-Feb-2009

Once more unto the breach my friends, Richard M. Stallman (RMS) has laid another profound thought process out there for us to digest. This man is definitely deserves everyone's respect. Whether you agree with him or not, he has given the whole planet gifts that it does not even realize for the most part. While not the creator of the concept that the code for software should be free, he is without a doubt the one who codified the concept. He laid out exactly what it means for software to be free, in such a fashion that even most laymen could understand it. This alone should earn him the respect of the planet, however, it does not stop at that point.

[This is a response an article that hit our newswire last week. - Scott]

Apache HTTP gains a million new sites in Jan 09

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by azerthoth on Jan 23, 2009 12:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Apache HTTP open source web server (I usually just call it Apache, but Apache is more than just web servers these days..) gained over a million new sites for the month of January 09, according to the latest stats from Netcraft.

Making a Bootable USB from DVD image

One of the big problems of making a bootable USB is file size. Almost all of the how-to's out there that allow to pass kernel commands during the boot process require the use of syslinux, which uses FAT16/FAT32 formated partitions. This comes with the drawback of limiting your maximum file size to 2 Gigabyte if using FAT32. A DVD release has it's main file, livecd.squashfs it can run up to nearly 4 Gigabyte, twice the maximum allowable size. In other words, Epic Fail.

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