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FCC sets September 15 the deadline for the net neutrality ruling

  • the next digit; By Wayne Murphy (Posted by bob on Aug 17, 2014 11:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The net neutrality saga continued today as well as the FCC made September 15th the final day for public opinions. It was just yesterday that the Federal Communications Commission asked for an explanation for their act of slowing down the internet for specific kind of data. According to the recent reports, the FCC has for the time being officially postponed the implementation of the new set of rules.

Linux Foundation Releases Program for LinuxCon, CloudOpen and Embedded Linux Conference Europe

  • Linux (Posted by bob on Aug 17, 2014 9:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
The speakers and sessions planned for this year’s events showcase how leaders in diverse industries are using the power of open source and collaboration to innovate and advance technology for all. The open source principles espoused by Linux and other projects have grown and expanded to now be used in many other areas including healthcare, manufacturing, data science and more.

Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want?

In the world of consumer electronics, if you don't give the buyer what they want, they'll go elsewhere. We've recently witnessed this with the Firefox browser. The consumer wanted a faster, less-bloated piece of software, and the developers went in the other direction. In the end, the users migrated to Chrome or Chromium.

Microsoft pulls updates, recommends uninstall

Customer reports of blue screens of death and reboot loops have led the company to withdraw several updates and recommend that users uninstall MS14-045. Since Patch Tuesday this past week, Microsoft has been receiving reports of severe system errors caused by one or more of the updates. In response, the company has pulled several updates from download channels and offered advice on how to remove them. In one case, it recommends that users uninstall the update.

Build Gentoo tutorial

Create a custom build of the Gentoo distro from the ground up, to suit your preferences and even speed up your system

When the Police Can Brick Your Phone

If the owner can disable a phone with nothing but access to a computer or another mobile device, so can Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia or Apple. Google and Apple have already demonstrated their ability to remove software from all devices using their respective operating systems. If the designers of a phone’s operating system can brick a phone, guess who else can do the same? Everybody from the NSA to your friendly neighborhood police force, that’s who. At most, all they’ll need is a convincing argument that they’re acting in the interest of “public safety.”

Great Apps to Take Notes

It has often been said that information confers power, and that the most important currency in our culture today is information. Keeping track of my bits and pieces of information has unfortunately been an issue for some years. In part, this is because of my passable short term memory, coupled with what can only be described as 'brain fog'. To combat this, I arm myself with open source software that helps me efficiently capture a lot of information.

How to install Linux on a computer without DVD drive

  • ghacks.net; By Martin Brinkmann (Posted by bob on Aug 16, 2014 2:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The -- very old -- laptop of a friend of mine died the other day and I offered to give her my old laptop as a replacement. Problem was, an old version of Windows was installed on my old laptop which I had to get rid of. Since I did not have any spare Windows product keys at the time, I decided to install Linux on the device instead. While the main reason was that I could do so without paying a dime, it would improve the overall system security as well which is always a good thing. Since I'm not really a Linux guy, I had to do some research on how to get Linux on the device. Turns out, it is pretty simple and straightforward.

Here is what you need for that:

The fall of Gary Gygax, keeping tabs on Linux ports, and more

Open source games roundup Week of August 10 - August 16, 2014 A quiet week in open source gaming news. I spent most of my gaming time trying to figure out Divinity: Original Sin, which... isn't out on Linux yet, but will be soon. How soon? Good question. read more

After years of hype, patent troll Vringo demolished on appeal

Vringo's win over Google was one of the biggest and most public jury wins for a "patent troll" in recent years. It won $30 million from a jury verdict in 2012, far less than the half-billion-dollar verdict it was seeking.

But last year, the judge overseeing the case revived Vringo's hopes, ordering Google to pay a running royalty amounting to 1.36 percent of US AdWords sales. Those additional payments could have been more than $200 million annually, pushing Vringo investors toward the billion-dollar payday they were pining for.

Intellectual Ventures Aims To Tax Wind Power Producers With New Batch Of Patents

Wind Power Monthly (I had no idea such a thing existed) has an article about how Intellectual Ventures is apparently targeting its patent trollery towards wind power, having filed a bunch of patents on very broad and basic concepts related to wind power. Of course, IV is trying to hide its involvement here by using one of its many shell companies.

PiratePad logs of Flock talks

  • Fedora Magazine (Posted by bob on Aug 16, 2014 2:53 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story
Many of the Flock talks were logged in PiratePads. We’re hoping to gather a list of them all, so if you have a link to one not listed here, please […]

Six secrets that might encourage Windows users to try Linux

Six things that Windows users should know about Linux. Plus: Four Linux download managers, and why has the controversial systemd been adopted so quickly?

Securing your Ubuntu/Debian based VPS using IPTABLES/Netfilter firewall

In the following article we will show you how you can secure and protect your Ubuntu or Debian based virtual server using a firewall application, called iptables.

Samsung SmartThings pickup could mean new role for Tizen

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Aug 15, 2014 9:09 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Samsung is acquiring home automation firm SmartThings, setting up the potential integration with Tizen inside an upcoming Linux version of the SmartThings hub. As TechCrunch predicted a month ago, Samsung announced an agreement to acquire SmartThings. In July, TechCrunch pegged the sale at $200 million, which if true would be a steal compared to the […]

Google Tweaks Gmail to Help Limit Spam

In the early days of email, getting junk messages into the hands of recipients wasn’t difficult. The real challenge was getting a list of valid email addresses to hit. Those lists were sold on underground forums and passed around on CDs among spammers. Junk email filters were in their infancy and not very effective. Spammers would make small tweaks to their subject lines or the domains they were using and usually have no trouble evading the filters. As anti-spam techniques improved over the years and reputation systems and other predictive techniques came into play, spammers have had a much more difficult time getting their messages into inboxes.

Android and iOS are destroying Microsoft's Windows Phone

In today's Android roundup: Android and iOS take more market share, while Windows Phone declines. Plus: LEGO's FUSION apps for Android, and how much should a flagship Android phone cost?

Does Linux need to change to attract more users?

In today's open source roundup: Should Linux change to attract more users? Plus: A beginner's guide to Linux, and command line tools for Linux system administrators.

Cities Skylines, A City Builder Announced From Paradox & It's Coming To Linux

Linux is about to get a pretty deep and serious city builder courtesy of Paradox and Colossal Order named Cities Skylines.

How to Encrypt Email in Linux

If you've been thinking of encrypting your email, it is a rather bewildering maze to sort through thanks to the multitude of email services and mail clients. There are two levels of encryption to consider: SSL/TLS encryption protects your login and password to your mailserver. GnuPG is the standard strong Linux encryption tool, and it encrypts and authenticates your messages. It is best if you manage your own GPG encryption and not leave it up to third parties, which we will discuss in a moment.

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