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09.05.15

Links 5/9/2015: Elive 2.6.10 Beta, Mozilla’s Bugzilla Issue

Posted in News Roundup at 5:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

Free Software/Open Source

  • Open source meets bankers’ agility demands

    Open source technology can be particularly useful in the financial and banking sectors, says Matthew Lee, regional manager for Africa at SUSE.

    In the fields of banking and stock trading, agility is of critical importance, as is maintaining top performance and around-the-clock availability for the business systems that underpin trading and banking activity, Lee says.

  • LinkedIn Open-Sources FeatureFu, A Toolkit For Building Machine Learning Models

    LinkedIn today announced that it is open-sourcing an internal tool called FeatureFu. The FeatureFu toolkit is meant to make it easier for developers to build their machine learning models around statistical modeling and decision engines.

    The idea here is to take LinkedIn’s knowledge around “feature engineering” and make it accessible to developers outside of the company. In machine learning, feature engineering is basically using your detailed knowledge of the phenomenon you are looking at and then using that to build machine learning models.

  • Netflix Open Sources Sleepy Puppy XSS Flaw Detection Tool
  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • Improving Security for Bugzilla

        Openness, transparency, and security are all central to the Mozilla mission. That’s why we publish security bugs once they’re no longer dangerous, and it’s why we’re writing a blog post about unauthorized access to our infrastructure. We have notified the relevant law enforcement authorities about this incident, and may take additional steps based on the results of any further investigations.

      • Mozilla: data stolen from hacked bug database was used to attack Firefox

        An attacker stole security-sensitive vulnerability information from the Mozilla’s Bugzilla bug tracking system and probably used it to attack Firefox users, the maker of the open-source Firefox browser warned Friday.

      • Mozilla’s Bugzilla Hacked, Exposing Firefox Zero-Days

        Mozilla admitted today that its Bugzilla bug tracking system was breached by an attacker, who was then able to get access to information about unpatched zero-day bugs.

        While Mozilla doesn’t have finite timelines on when the breach occurred, it may well have happened as far back as September 2013. According to Mozilla, the attacker was able to breach a user’s account that had privileged access to Bugzilla, including the non-public zero-day flaw information.

      • Firefox is coming to Apple’s iOS devices

        Apple’s iOS has been around for well over half a decade now and Mozilla in its usual style has been a bit too relaxed in getting itself onto the platform, that coupled with Apple’s unwillingness to allow competing browsers onto its platform for so many years has meant Firefox is only just arriving on iOS. Today, Mozilla have announced that those residing in New Zealand can get their hands on the first public preview of Firefox for iOS.

  • SaaS/Big Data

  • Databases

    • Five Ways Open Source Databases Are Best for Business

      Today 78% of organizations run part or all of their operations on open source software, a figure that has nearly doubled since 2010. And according to ranking site DB-Engines, six of the top 10 databases are open source, and the top eight non-relational technologies are all open source.

      So why do so many organizations standardize on open source? Why do 66% of organizations look to open source before considering proprietary software alternatives? When it comes to databases, it turns out that the most important criteria are likely to be better addressed by an open source product.

  • Education

    • Bringing Python into the classroom

      Teachers across the globe have answered the call to code. “Yes,” they say, “we will teach our kids to program, even if we don’t know how ourselves.” They’ve delivered lessons on Scratch; they’ve celebrated the Hour of Code. Perhaps they’ve even dabbled in Codecademy’s offerings to familiarize themselves with this newly popular, suddenly ubiquitous competency called “coding.”

    • Did you ever use open source tools in school?

      People of all ages are heading back to school now. For the next couple of weeks, Opensource.com is highlighting a range of open source software, hardware, and tools for students and educators. We’ll also sprinkle in open education stories for good measure.

  • Openness/Sharing

  • Programming

Leftovers

  • IT certifications lose their luster among employers

    It’s still an employee’s market for IT jobs. But as always, the right skills are commanding the most pay. Over the 12-month period that ended in July, premium pay for both certified and noncertified skills soared by 9 percent, according to the latest survey of pay in the IT industry by Foote Partners.

    Not surprisingly, hot sectors such as security, application development, big data, and the cloud experienced the most gains. But the new report contains a surprising bit of information: Noncertified job skills are increasing most rapidly as some employers question the value of certifications. “They [noncertified skills] are less immune to manipulation,” says David Foote, the research firm’s chief analyst.

  • Security

  • Defence/Police/Secrecy/Aggression

    • Jeremy Corbyn: I wouldn’t send troops abroad without UN vote

      Jeremy Corbyn, the frontrunner in the Labour leadership contest, has said he cannot currently envisage circumstances in which he would agree to deploy Britain’s armed forces on overseas military operations.

      In the last hustings before the ballot closes on 10 September, the leftwinger questioned if the UK could maintain a “global reach”, and said that any armed intervention by British forces should be approved by the UN.

      Corbyn also marked himself out from his more mainstream rivals by launching a strong attack on the EU for “increasingly operating like a free market across Europe”.

    • Report: Hundreds of Civilians Killed in 71 US Airstrikes on ISIS

      Reports of civilian deaths in US airstrikes against ISIS started pretty much the same day the strikes did, and over a year into the war, the US is accused of killing hundreds of civilians over the course of 71 different incidents.

    • Corbyn Came Out Top – Sky Interactive Poll

      Jeremy Corbyn scored an overwhelming lead over his rivals during the Sky News Labour debate, according to an unofficial poll of viewers using Sky Pulse.

      About 80.7% of those surveyed immediately afterwards believed Mr Corbyn had won the final hustings.

      Liz Kendall was a distant second on 8.5%, with Yvette Cooper on 6.1% and Andy Burnham on 4.7%.

      Mr Corbyn, who is the frontrunner to be the next Labour leader according to opinion polls, seemed to gain momentum during the debate.

      Before it began, 66.5% of Sky Pulse users believed he would outperform the other contenders.

    • Number of US babies being named after guns on the increase

      Parents appear to be arming their newborn babies with intimidating names in a tough-guy take on giving them the best start in life.

    • Abusing Dead Syrian Children

      Images are a powerful tool in the hands of propagandists. A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. If a powerful image can be manipulated to tell a tale even if false, it can persuade more viscerally than can a thousand reasoned arguments.

      So it is with the tragic photograph making the mainstream media rounds yesterday of a lone Syrian child drowned on a Turkish shore. Reams of articles can be written about the current refugee crisis but particularly in the US they will go relatively unnoticed by those not directly affected. There may be some video clips on the nightly news but overall the story – and particularly the context – will go unexplained.

      But the powerful image of a dead child, abandoned by the world on the capricious sway of the tide, is putty in the hands of propagandists.

      And proponents of the four-year US policy of Syrian destabilization and regime change are lining up to make their case that the current refuge crisis – now swamping Europe with Syrians desperate for something approaching a normal life – is one hundred percent the fault of both Syrian president Assad and the western non-interventionists who objected to plans in 2013 for the US and UK to begin bombing Syria.

    • Netanyahu arrest up for debate as UK petition hits target

      Call to detain PM for ‘war crimes’ can now be discussed by MPs after garnering 100,000 signatures on Parliament website; senior MP dismisses ‘completely absurd’ petition

    • CIA spy ship built to raise Soviet sub becomes victim of oil slump

      A ship built by the CIA for a secret Cold War mission in 1974 to raise a sunken Soviet sub is heading to the scrap yard, a victim of the slide in oil prices.

    • CIA spy ship built to raise Soviet submarine becomes victim of oil slump

      A ship built by the CIA for a secret Cold War mission in 1974 to raise a sunken Soviet sub is heading to the scrap yard, a victim of the slide in oil prices.

      Christened the Hughes Glomar Explorer, after billionaire Howard Hughes was brought in on the CIA’s deception, the 619-foot vessel eventually became part of the fleet of ships used by Swiss company Transocean to drill for oil.

    • Why Indian nuclear stockpiles are not vexing America

      Prior and during the Pakistan visit by American National Security Advisor Ms Susan Rice a salvo of reports were dripping out of American, Indian and some Pakistani writers apropos Pakistan becoming third largest nuclear stockpiling country in the world. These writers mostly referred Toby Dalton and Michael Krepon, two renowned think tanks of the US for estimating more than one hundred nuclear warheads possessed by Pakistan. Selection of the occasion of American NSA’s visit to Pakistan, for demonising the country on nuclear issue appeared to be for creating a coercive background favouring both American NSA and India.

  • Transparency Reporting

    • Hillary Clinton refuses to apologize for email choices

      Hillary Clinton on Friday declined on two occasions to apologize for using a personal email account and server while serving as secretary of State.

      In a rare national interview, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Clinton if she was sorry that she had bucked traditional protocol and routed her work email through a private email account and server.

      Clinton responded by acknowledging that “it wasn’t the best choice,” and said that she “should have had two accounts.” But she also continued to defend the decision as “above board” and something that was “allowed by the State Department.”

      “People in the government knew I was using a personal account,” Clinton said. “But it would have been better if I had two separate accounts to begin with, and I’m doing all I can now to be transparent about what I had on my work related emails. They will be coming out. I wish it was faster. I’m frustrated it’s taking a while, but there’s a process that needs to be followed.”

    • Decoding the current war in Syria: The WikiLeaks Files

      The US strategically schemed to cause unrest in Syria against the incumbent Bashar al-Assad government. Faced with the rise of ISIS, which the US was not only aware of but also encouraged, the US slides deeper into a complicated war it helped escalate in the first place, recently involving the once reluctant Turkey and clandestinely including 80 British personnel as well.

    • WikiLeaks’ Assange told Snowden to flee to Russia or risk being killed after NSA leak

      WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange warned Edward Snowden to escape to Russia or risk being “kidnapped or possibly killed”. Assange told the former NSA contractor Snowden to flee to Moscow after he leaked information about the US government’s mass surveillance programme to the media in 2013.

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

    • UN plan to save Earth is “fig leaf” for Big Business: insiders

      At the end of this month, the UN will launch its new 2030 Sustainable Development agenda for “people, planet and prosperity” in New York, where it will be formally adopted by over 150 world leaders.

      The culmination of years of consultations between governments, communities and businesses all over the world, there is no doubt that the agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer an unprecedented vision of the interdependence of global social, economic and environmental issues.

      But records from the SDG process reveal that insiders at the heart of the UN’s intergovernment engagement negotiations have criticised the international body for pandering to the interests of big business and ignoring recommendations from grassroots stakeholders representing the world’s poor.

    • The Next Not-So-Cold War: As Climate Change Heats Arctic, Nations Scramble for Control and Resources

      President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour during which he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaska Arctic. On Monday, Obama highlighted the dangers posed by climate change in the region. “Arctic temperatures are rising about twice as fast as the global average,” Obama said. “Over the past 60 years, Alaska has warmed about twice as fast as the rest of the United States.” As the Arctic region warms, the geopolitical significance of the region is growing as new areas become reachable, spurring maritime traffic and oil drilling. Resources below the Arctic ice cap are worth over $17 trillion, the rough equivalent of the entire U.S. economy. According to investigative journalist James Bamford, the region has become the “crossroads of technical espionage” as the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark battle for control of those resources. Bamford joins us to talk about his recent piece, “Frozen Assets: The Newest Front in Global Espionage is One of the Least Habitable Locales on Earth—the Arctic.”

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

    • USA Today Provides a Platform for Anti-Immigration Think Tank’s Flawed Study

      “Report: More Than Half of Immigrants on Welfare,” USA Today titled a recent story (9/2/15). Not mentioned in the headline is that this report was conducted by an anti-immigration think tank with ties to white supremacist groups.

      Citing a study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), USA Today‘s Alan Gomez claims that roughly 51 percent of immigrant-led households receive welfare, compared to 30 percent for “native”-led households. (By “native,” the paper does not mean indigenous Americans, but rather US citizens.)

    • Media Run With Discredited Nativist Group’s Research To Claim More Than Half Of Immigrant Households Receive “Welfare”

      CIS Attempts To Promote Anti-Immigration Agenda By Connecting Immigration To Welfare

    • Mainstream Media Call Out Conservative Outlets For Linking Black Lives Matter To Anti-Police Violence And Increased Crime

      Mainstream media are calling out conservative outlets such as Fox News for connecting the Black Lives Matter movement to the deaths of police officers and increases in crime, writing that such claims “have a lack of evidence” and are based on “junk science and political opportunism.”

    • NRA Host: Guns Overly Blamed For Violence Because They’re Louder Than “Quiet” Knives

      National Rifle Association (NRA) web series host Colion Noir cited the “theatrics” and the loud sound guns make as the reason people want to restrict firearms after a high-profile shooting occurs. Noir made the comment during an appearance on a conservative news show where he also defended his recent, controversial advice to the parents of two murdered Virginia journalists.

    • Call It By Its Name: Censorship

      What does it say about the people who run the news media that they don’t want to report news?

      If you read on, you probably expect this lede to be revealed as hyperbole. Sorry, no. I mean it: newspaper editors and TV producers routinely come across delicious slices of news, and then decide not to publish it or put it on the air.

      Yet nobody calls them what they are: censors.

      Or crazy people.

      News businesses constantly refuse to serve news to eager news consumers. Because censorship is normative, it rarely makes the news itself.

  • Censorship

    • Canada’s Mr. Robot Premiere Censored By False DMCA Notice

      The Canadian launch of Mr Robot scheduled for Friday evening has been dealt an early blow. Showcase in Canada is currently offering the pilot episode on its website to tempt users in advance, but NBCUniversal in the U.S. has reported Showcase as pirates and Google has taken the search link down.

    • UK arts officials raise censorship concerns over cancelled ‘jihadi play’

      Senior figures at Arts Council England, the UK’s main arts funding body, raised concerns that the controversial cancellation of a play about radicalisation amounted to censorship and discussed whether they should step in to “help find a way to get this play shown,” newly released emails have revealed.

    • Radicalisation play in Britain axed over extremism concerns
    • Radicalisation play cancelled by theatre after concerns about ‘extremist agenda’
    • Homegrown director: ‘My play didn’t have an ‘extremist’ agenda – so why was it shut down?’

      Last month, 112 students were getting ready to perform an exciting, controversial new play called Homegrown.

      The 14-25 year olds had spend six months rehearsing the play, which tackled the complex topic of young people being radicalised in Britain.

    • Emails Give Insight Into National Youth Theater Leader Decision to Cancel Play

      An email sent by the artistic director of the National Youth Theater, that has been made public offers insight into why his company abruptly canceled its production of “Homegrown” — a play about young Islamic State recruits — before its planned opening in August.

      An immersive production set to feature over 100 youth actors, the play was canceled in late July, about two weeks before it had been scheduled to open. The decision drew intense media scrutiny and some public accusations of censorship.

    • Wikipedia founder defends decision to encrypt the site in China

      This summer, Wikipedia switched to encrypted HTTPS for all users, preventing ISPs from seeing which pages a user was visiting or injecting traffic into the stream. But while the change offered new security for visitors, it also offended Chinese censorship authorities, which had grown accustomed to blocking individual pages on the site. Wikipedia was blocked in mainland China following the changes and has remained blocked for more than two months now, a result that has been controversial among a number of anti-censorship groups and drawn significant opposition from Chinese editors of the site. But today, Wales pushed back against the criticism, publicly defending this summer’s decision and the organization’s general policy toward China in a long interview with the anti-censorship group Great Fire.

    • Jimmy Wales on Censorship in China
    • Murong Xuecun: Chinese censorship ‘threat to free world’

      One of China’s leading independent writers, Murong Xuecun, will today warn that Chinese censorship is becoming so pervasive that it is threatening free speech across the world, including in Australia.

      He will urge concern about “hearing Australian academics and media loudly singing the praises of the authoritarian Chinese system … backed by China’s economic power”.

    • Google will comply with censorship laws to get Play store into China, says report
    • Google Pursuing a Return to China
    • Hey, Look! Tanks in Tiananmen!

      The engineered limpidity was meant to be the perfect backdrop for a display of seven types of missiles, stealth fighter jets, a new bomber, aircraft carrier-killing munitions, tanks rolling by Tiananmen Square, and wave upon wave of uniformed men and women marching in step. It was meant to be a mark of achievement for the Chinese government and its military. And maybe a new source for calendar revenues.

    • Putin’s Censorship Regime Now Reaches into the Past

      The ongoing efforts of the Russian government to curtail its citizens’ access to information that hasn’t been preapproved by the Kremlin is now reaching into the past, according to a group that monitors the IP addresses of websites that have been blocked by censors in Russia. One of the latest victims is the site archive.org, which hosts the “Wayback Machine.”

      A valuable tool for journalists and researchers, the Wayback Machine is an archive of websites that preserves them as they looked on various days in their history. Among its many functions is making it difficult for governments, businesses and other entities to retroactively remove content, change data or otherwise falsify the past.

    • Russian government backs down on Wikipedia censorship
    • America’s true P.C. villains: The maddening “censorship” doublespeak of right-wing culture warriors

      Lately, there has been a great deal of debate amongst liberals on the sudden return of political correctness to academia. The Atlantic has published multiple pieces — such as “The Coddling of the American Mind,” and “That’s Not Funny” — discussing what seems to be a kind of infantilization of millennials in college. Some students are even having trouble reading literary classics, as described in this Columbia Spectator piece (don’t even try to assign “Naked Lunch”), and laughing at jokes (warning, George Carlin and Richard Pryor are full of triggers).

    • Associate prof. studies censorship, surveillance on the Internet

      Some of Crandall’s research efforts involve studying Facebook censorship in certain countries, but his team is currently taking on a much bigger project: measuring Internet use daily over three years and attempting to log almost every instance of censorship on the Web.

      [...]

      “A bigger issue for the U.S., though, is surveillance. Surveillance is difficult to measure. If someone censors your chat session, you’ll know it because your message to your friend will never arrive. But surveillance happens silently. If you’re a journalism institution in the United States (e.g., the New York Times) and you have a network in your company and an Internet gateway connection so your employees can use the Internet, how do you know if things that could compromise sources or otherwise violate privacy rights are being sent out over the Internet by your employees or the software that they use? This is a problem we’re starting to look at: combining reverse engineering with network monitoring technologies to help organizations understand what’s getting put out there via their Internet gateways.”

    • Terrorist slippery slope

      The UK government should look to what is happening to free expression in Egypt and Turkey before broadening terrorist laws to include those who “spread hate”.

    • Case of Vice reporters underlines Turkish crackdown on Internet freedom

      Two British reporters with Vice News charged with “deliberately aiding an armed organization” in Turkey, because their Iraqi colleague allegedly downloaded encryption software on his computer, were released from jail Thursday after a week in custody, a Vice spokesman told Al Jazeera.

    • Turkey releases two Vice News journalists, must free third
    • VICE News Journalists Transferred to Prison Hours From Legal Help

      VICE News’ team of three journalists — who remain detained in Turkey for entirely baseless and absurd charges — have now been transported to a high-security “F-type” prison facility more than five hours away from where their legal representation is based, and from the court where they are due to appear, said Kevin Sutcliffe, VICE’s Head of News Programming in Europe.

    • 5 countries using anti-terror legislation to muzzle journalists

      Two British journalists and a local fixer working for Vice News were charged on Monday 31 August in Turkey with “working on behalf of a terrorist organisation”. They will remain in detention until their trial, the date of which has not yet been announced.

    • Facebook must obey local censorship laws, says Germany’s justice minister
    • Cardiff Withdraws Exhibition Showing Jews, Arabs Playing Soccer

      An Israeli-sponsored exhibition in Cardiff, Wales showing photographs of Jews and Arabs playing soccer together was taken down on Friday, the Guardian reported, sparking accusations of censorship and capitulation to anti-Israel pressure but winning applause from at least one pro-Palestinian group.

    • Cardiff removes Israeli football exhibition after protests

      A council has been criticised for withdrawing a photography exhibition intended to show that football can bring diverse together communities in Israel.

      Cardiff city council was accused on Friday of censorship, buckling to pressure from anti-Israel activists and failing to keep sport and politics separate, following its decision.

      The Israeli football team arrives in the city to play Wales in a European Championship qualifier on Sunday, when anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrations are planned.

  • Privacy

  • Civil Rights

    • Selective Demonisation

      I am delighted by the apparent sea-change in media opinion on the treatment of refugees, but concerned that in modern society compassion only seems able to operate in a wave of emotional hysteria rather than as a fundamental, underlying everyday principle. There is also a danger that those arriving in the Mediterranean and Balkans are viewed, quite wrongly, as in some way different from those in the awful camps at Calais, who have been demonised all summer, reaching its peak when a child being killed by a train led to vicious media headlines about delays to British passengers.

      Cameron and May’s apparent willingness to budge at least minimally in admitting more from Syria must be matched by a willingness to admit those from the Calais camps who are genuine refugees. I still have a home in Ramsgate from which you can actually see France. I for one am willing to make accommodation available at no charge to help out in the crisis.

    • Viktor Orban: The ‘fascist’ Hungarian prime minister at the centre of Europe’s refugee crisis

      Not for the first time, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is at the centre of a storm of controversy. On Thursday, 3 September the leader of the anti-immigration Fidesz party drew criticism for declaring the immigration crisis facing Europe a “German problem” as that is where those arriving in the EU “would like to go”.

      In Budapest, there has been a two day stand-off between police and thousands of refugees, with authorities refusing to let unregistered immigrants leave the country, and immigrants determined to reach Germany, where authorities have accepted tens of thousands of asylum applications.

    • Egyptian billionaire offers to buy island for refugees
    • ‘West creates refugees by destroying Islamic nations’ – Chechen leader

      The head of Russia’s Chechen Republic claims the current asylum seeker crisis in European countries originated in the aggressive policies of the United States and the EU. He also called upon all Muslim nations to jointly fight the root of the problem.

    • Nima Shirazi on Iran Deal, Mark Trahant on Native Americans

      Also on the show: When Obama, headed to Alaska to talk about climate change, approved officially renaming what the federal government called “Mt. McKinley” to what Alaska Natives have always called it, Denali, the New York Times called it an effort to “improve relations between the federal government and the nation’s Native American tribes, an important political constituency that has a long history of grievances against the government.” Do media really see indigenous people as an important constituency?

    • 2 North Carolina teens hit with child porn charges after consensual sexting

      Later this month, a North Carolina high school student will appear in a state court and face five child pornography-related charges for engaging in consensual sexting with his girlfriend.

      What’s strange is that of the five charges he faces, four of them are for taking and possessing nude photos of himself on his own phone—the final charge is for possessing one nude photo his girlfriend took for him. There is no evidence of coercion or further distribution of the images anywhere beyond the two teenagers’ phones.

    • Whistleblowers File $100 Million Suit against NSA, FBI

      The plaintiffs are former NSA employees Thomas Drake, Ed Loomis, J. Kirk Wiebe, William Binney, and former congressional staffer Diane Roark. They seek “punitive damages in excess of $100 million because of Defendants [sic] callous and reckless indifference and malicious acts …” as well as well as an additional $15 million for lost wages and to cover costs.

    • Snowden: Russia ‘wrong’ to limit human rights

      National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden on Saturday criticized Russia for limiting online and human rights.

      “It’s wrong in Russia, and it would be wrong anywhere,” Snowden said, according to The Express Tribune. Snowden, who was accepting a Norwegian award via a video conference from Russia, added that Moscow’s stance on human rights is “disappointing. It’s frustrating.”

  • DRM/Wi-Fi

    • Tested: How Flash destroys your browser’s performance

      Last month, the axe seemingly came down on Adobe Flash: three undiscovered vulnerabilities in Flash were leaked and exploited. In response, Mozilla’s Firefox blocked Flash by default until Adobe issued a patch. You should know by now that installing Flash equals a security risk. But are you aware of how badly your PC can slow down as well?

    • Help Us #SaveWiFi
    • FCC accused of locking down Wi-Fi routers, but the truth is a bit murkier

      The Federal Communications Commission is considering new restrictions that would make it harder for users to modify Wi-Fi routers, sparking controversy and an apparent misunderstanding over the FCC’s intentions.

      The FCC’s stated goal is to make sure routers and other devices only operate within their licensed parameters. Manufacturers release products that are certified to operate at particular frequencies, types of modulation, and power levels but which may actually be capable of operating outside of what they’ve been certified and tested to do.

    • Ubiquiti UniFi AP Pro

      I bought 3 Ubiquiti UniFi access points (at enormous cost) to try to deliver reliable wifi to all points of my oddly shaped home (long and thin with some thick brick walls that mask all radio signals).

    • America’s crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH and how to get involved

      America’s broadband watchdog is suffering a backlash over plans to control software updates to Wi-Fi routers, smartphones, and even laptops.

      In a proposed update [PDF] to the regulator’s rules over radiofrequency equipment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would oblige manufacturers to “specify which parties will be authorized to make software changes.”

      In addition, it proposes that “modifications by third parties should not be permitted unless the third party receives its own certification.”

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • Bogus Security Company Can’t Take Criticism, Issues Bogus DMCA Takedowns, Creates Sockpuppet Accounts

        A few weeks ago, Brian Krebs published a fantastic article entitled how not to start an encryption company, which detailed the rather questionable claims of a company called Secure Channels Inc (SCI). The post is long and detailed and suggests strongly that (1) SCI was selling snake oil pretending to be an “unbreakable” security solution and (2) that its top execs had pretty thin skins (and in the case of the CEO, a criminal record for running an investment ponzi scheme). The company also set up a bullshit “unwinnable” hacking challenge, and then openly mocked people who criticized it.

      • Rightscorp Lures Hollywood With ‘Popcorn Time Protection’

        Piracy monetization firm Rightscorp has launched a new service which targets Popcorn Time users with legal threats and settlement demands. With their “Popcorn Time Protection” service the company hopes to lure new clients, but in reality there’s nothing new under the sun.

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