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Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here’s How They Did It

  • Wired; By Nicholas Weaver (Posted by bob on Nov 29, 2013 4:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial, Security
According to revelations about the QUANTUM program, the NSA can “shoot” (their words) an exploit at any target it desires as his or her traffic passes across the backbone. It appears that the NSA and GCHQ were the first to turn the internet backbone into a weapon; absent Snowdens of their own, other countries may do the same and then say, “It wasn’t us. And even if it was, you started it.”

Qt 5.2 RC1 Released Along Side Qt Creator 3.0 RC1

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Nov 29, 2013 1:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After some delays, the Qt 5.2 RC1 release happened this morning and with it is the first release candidate as well to the Qt Creator integrated development environment...

Downloading Wikipedia is easier than you might think, what's in store for Linux in 2014, and more

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 29, 2013 10:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Open source news for your reading pleasure. November 17 - 22, 2013 We scoured the web for some of this week's most interesting open source-related news stories so you don't have to. Here's what we found:

Fedora Will Better Secure Its Packages

The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) has voted in favor of making a change to its packaging system that affects the compiler flags for how the RPM packages are built and will further improve the security of Fedora packages...

Jamaican Ministry of Health is the first to adopt free and open source health system nationwide

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 28, 2013 9:01 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU, Sun; Story Type: News Story
If yu waa good, yu nose affi run. "Success requires hard work" is the meaning of this Jamaican proverb. With a bright Caribbean sun and an even brighter welcoming crew, GNU Health unshipped in a new bay recently. In cooperation with the Jamaican Ministry of Health, a group from GNU Solidario visited the country and officially inaugurated the project of deploying GNU Health, a free health and hospital information system, within their public health care system. This step is a tipping point in health history worldwide; Jamacia is the first country to embrace GNU Health nationwide.

Creative Commons unveils new 4.0 licenses

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 28, 2013 4:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Creative Commons proudly introduces our 4.0 licenses, now available for adoption worldwide. The 4.0 licenses—more than two years in the making—are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. Dozens of improvements have been incorporated that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed materials easier and more dependable than ever before.

Arduino compatible $39 SBC runs Linux on x86

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Nov 27, 2013 9:07 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
DM&P Group has begun shipping an Arduino compatible boardset and mini-PC equipped with a new computer-on-module based on a new 300MHz x86 compatible Vortex86EX system-on-chip. The new SoC and COM are available as part of a $39 “86Duino Zero” boardset that mimics an Arduino Leonardo, in a $49 “86Duino Educake” mini-PC, and will soon be […]

Russian bots invade America, absorb Android brains

Russian robot developer will soon launch a pair of low-cost telepresence robots in North America. The Synergy Mime and larger Synergy Swan use an attached BYOD Android smartphone or tablet for display, camera, microphone, and wireless communications and control functions, and are being offered for a limited time to Android developers for $250 and […]

The open source thank you challenge

A simple thank you goes a long way. That's why I would like to thank you, our readers and contributors, for making a vibrant community. We have experienced tremendous growth over the last year and much of that is because of you. Now, I'd like to challenge you to help us pay it forward—with just a simple thank you. Over the next week, try to thank at least five people that have contributed to an open source project you care about.

TenFourFox extends useful life of older macs

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 27, 2013 4:13 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
In 2001 and 2002, I managed Macintosh computers in the Arlington, Virginia public school system. As I was setting up these fast iMac G3 computers, I wondered if and when they would become obsolete. More than ten years later, it turns out they can still be used thanks to the open source TenFourFox web browser, built on top of Mozilla Firefox code. And, perhaps, they can be used for several more years to come.

Read and Write Video Frames in Python Using FFMPEG

  • __del__( self ); By Zulko (Posted by bob on Nov 27, 2013 12:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Python
This article shows how easy it is to read or write video frames with Python, by calling the external software FFMPEG through pipes.

NVIDIA Is "Taking Linux Gaming Serious"

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Nov 26, 2013 6:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
While NVIDIA historically looked at Linux as a market for pushing more Quadro workstation GPU sales, with Valve's SteamOS Linux / Steam Machines and activities from other game studios, NVIDIA is now taking Linux gaming seriously...

Seven collaboration steps to take a video from concept to reality

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 26, 2013 5:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We should make a video." In this YouTube age, chances are you’ve said this before, or you’ve been around when a co-worker suggested it. Videos can be a solid way to explain a concept or showcase something in a way that words just can’t quite convey. But creating a video from scratch can also be a lot for one person to tackle.

CC’s Next Generation Licenses — Welcome Version 4.0!

We proudly introduce our 4.0 licenses, now available for adoption worldwide. The 4.0 licenses — more than two years in the making — are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. We have incorporated dozens of improvements that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed materials easier and more dependable than ever before.

The FBI Might Do More Domestic Surveillance than the NSA

  • Schneier on Security; By Bruce Schneier (Posted by bob on Nov 26, 2013 2:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story, Security
This is a long article about the FBI's Data Intercept Technology Unit (DITU), which is basically its own internal NSA. The unit works closely with the "big three" U.S. telecommunications companies -- AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint -- to ensure its ability to intercept the telephone and Internet communications of its domestic targets, as well as the NSA's ability to intercept electronic communications transiting through the United States on fiber-optic cables.

Python catches up by leaps and bounds in the enterprise

This is a summary of Jessica McKellar's talk about Python in the Enterprise at the All Things Open conference this year. She is on the Board of Directors for the Python Software Foundation and an active leader of the Boston Python User Group. Python, the programming language, is an open source, volunteer-driven project. Historically viewed as a scripting language (think: slow), the Python of today has developed into a robust and responsive language for the enterprise and other open initiatives around the world—with a Foundation to boot that reinvests money into the community and works to attract newcomers.

Pico-ITX hacker board runs Linux on Allwinner A20

Anichips announced a $59 SBC said to be the first Pico-ITX board based on Allwinner’s dual-core, Cortex-A7 based A20 SoC. The 100 x 72mm, open source, Android- and Linux-ready PhoenixA20 offers multiple display and wireless interfaces, as well as camera and Ethernet ports, and is supported by the same community that backs the company’s […]

The Gambas Project: It's Like Visual Basic On Linux

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Nov 25, 2013 7:14 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Gambas is an open-source development environment based on a Basic interpreter and with support for object extensions. It's been compared to Visual Basic, but Gambas supports Linux and is GPLv2 software...

Advanced Hard Drive Caching Techniques

With the introduction of the solid-state Flash drive, performance came to the forefront for data storage technologies. Prior to that, software developers and server administrators needed to devise methods for which they could increase I/O throughput to storage, most of which resulted in low capacity caching to random access memory (RAM) or a RAM drive.

Little devil: Electric Imp is an Internet of Things Wi-Fi PC-ON-AN-SD-CARD

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Nov 25, 2013 1:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The card micro that makes connecting projects to the cloud easy Review Most products’ origins are prosaic: an inventor or a suit spots a gap in the market and attempts to fill it. Other products, however, have rather more bizarre beginnings. A case in point: Electric Imp came about because co-founder Hugo Fiennes wanted to connect the lights in his new bathroom to the internet.…

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