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LXer: Encryption goof fixed in TorrentLocker file-locking malware

Friday 19th of September 2014 08:50:24 AM
The developers of a type of malicious software that encrypts a computer's files and demands a ransom have fixed an error security experts said allowed files to be recovered without paying. The malware, called TorrentLocker, popped up last month, targeting users in Australia, according to iSight Partners, a security consultancy. It now appears to be also geo-targeting victims in the U.K.

LXer: Rackspace Says It's Not for Sale, Despite Obstacles

Friday 19th of September 2014 07:53:13 AM
Rackspace names a new CEO, as the OpenStack cloud founder chooses not to sell after evaluating its strategic options.uf

TuxMachines: Rugged mini-PC runs Android on Via’s Cortex-A9 SoC

Friday 19th of September 2014 06:59:57 AM

Via debuted a rugged fanless low-power Android mini-PC based on Via’s dual-core Cortex-A9 Elite E1000 SoC, and offering mini-PCIe, mSATA, HDMI, and GbE I/O.

Via designed the “Artigo A900″ mini-PC for use in Android-based interactive kiosks, home automation devices, signage, and other HMI solutions. The 125 x 125 x 30mm mini-PC can be configured to “blend locally-captured real-time video streams with cloud-delivered content to create visually-compelling interactive displays for retail, banking, museums, and other environments,” says Via Technologies. The device can integrate peripherals including sensors, cameras, ticket printers, and barcode and fingerprint scanners, adds the company.

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LXer: Should Windows 9 steal more features from Linux?

Friday 19th of September 2014 06:56:02 AM
In today's open source roundup: Can features found in Linux make Windows 9 better? Plus: Multiple desktops in Linux are still better than in Windows 9, and the future of Linux games might not be a bright one.

TuxMachines: Newest Androids will join iPhones in offering default encryption, blocking police

Friday 19th of September 2014 06:53:09 AM

The next generation of Google’s Android operating system, due for release next month, will encrypt data by default for the first time, the company said Thursday, raising yet another barrier to police gaining access to the troves of personal data typically kept on smartphones.

Android has offered optional encryption on some devices since 2011, but security experts say few users have known how to turn on the feature. Now Google is designing the activation procedures for new Android devices so that encryption happens automatically; only somebody who enters a device's password will be able to see the pictures, videos and communications stored on those smartphones.

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TuxMachines: X.Org Server Shatter Project Fails

Friday 19th of September 2014 06:44:13 AM

Earlier this summer was the start of an X.Org-funded project to develop Shatter. Shatter has long been talked about as a new feature for the X.Org Server to replace Xinerama. Shatter comes down to allowing the X.Org Server to split the rendering between multiple GPUs with each GPU covering different areas of a larger desktop.

A student from Cameroon hoped to develop the Shatter support after such feature was talked about for years. The student, Nyah Check, was being funded by the X.Org Foundation through the foundation's Endless Vacation of Code project that's similar in nature to Google's GSoC but runs year-round and is much more loose about requirements.

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LXer: An introduction to systemd for CentOS 7

Friday 19th of September 2014 05:58:51 AM
With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 released and CentOS version 7 newly unveiled, now is a good time to cover systemd, the replacement for legacy System V (SysV) startup scripts and runlevels. Red Hat-based distributions are migrating to systemd because it provides more efficient ways of managing services and quicker startup times. With systemd there are fewer files to edit, and all the services are compartmentalized and stand separate from each other. This means that should you screw up one config file, it won’t automatically take out other services.

LXer: Linux Games: Sanctum 2

Friday 19th of September 2014 05:01:40 AM
I’ve recently bought an offer for Sanctum 2 on Steam, and while at the start I was a bit skeptic, I must say that I like this mix between a Tower Defense and an FPS.

LXer: Why Android users shouldn't buy the iPhone 6

Friday 19th of September 2014 04:04:29 AM
In today's Android roundup: Why Android users should steer clear of the iPhone 6. Plus: What you can do with your old Android device, and Amazon updates its Android-based Kindle ereaders and tablets.

LXer: Geolocation

Friday 19th of September 2014 03:07:18 AM
There's an old saying in the real-estate business that the three most important things in a property are location, location and location. We can assume this is still true when it comes to real estate, but it also is increasingly true when it comes to Web applications.

LXer: Larry Ellison Says He Is Done as Chief at Oracle

Friday 19th of September 2014 02:10:07 AM
Lawrence J. Ellison on Thursday announced his retirement as chief executive of Oracle, a company he founded in 1977 that has transformed the way businesses use technology and made him one of the world’s richest people.

LinuxInsider: Opera Sings for Linux Users, With Just a Few Sour Notes

Friday 19th of September 2014 02:05:58 AM
Opera offers an interesting alternative to the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Web browsers, but its recent Linux release leaves some room for improvement. Opera previously enjoyed a reputation as the go-to browser of choice for mobile environments. However, Opera Software, the developer, ignored Linux users for quite a long while until now. Opera's Version 12.16 is a very usable release -- but it is not without drawbacks. Perhaps its biggest accomplishment is creating a library of Firefox-like extensions.

LXer: Mini-ITX board steps up to G-Series

Friday 19th of September 2014 01:12:56 AM
Win Enterprises announced one of the first Mini-ITX SBCs with AMD’s latest “Steppe Eagle” G-Series SoCs, featuring TDPs down to 6 Watts. Shortly after AMD announced its original line-up of five Embedded G-Series SoC in May 2013, Win Enterprises was one of the first to jump out with a product, unveiling its 3.5-inch MB-60830 single board computer.

Phoronix: X.Org Server Shatter Project Fails

Friday 19th of September 2014 12:30:00 AM
As some more unfortunate X.Org news tonight besides the very low turnout thus far for the X.Org OPW women project, the latest attempt at Shatter support for the X.Org Server failed...

LXer: DiceBot interview

Friday 19th of September 2014 12:15:45 AM
Request a roll from the tweet-powered dice machine, made from the unlikely mix of Ruby, Python and Pi with an antique game. I worked on it myself. I got a little help on the website from some others at Intridea, but we’ve been working as a company just exploring various interfaces and social machines – Internet of Things, things like that. So it’s kind of how this idea came about. We have a few projects that we’re working on at the moment that are in a similar vein but this is the first one we’ve published. So I came across this little dice roller and I thought ‘Hey, this would make a perfect internet- controlled device’. And it would be a fun project, using something old and retro.

Reddit: Looking for some input on an linux/android project.

Friday 19th of September 2014 12:13:36 AM

A couple days ago I came across a Raspberri Pi web server guide and thought it looked neat. Especially since I've really been wanting to get back into programming.

Building off this idea I also found a quick how-to on cluster computing (part 2)

Now at the moment I can't do any of this because of a lack of funds. What I do have is 2 Galaxy S3s. Both have broken screens so right now I'm waiting to get an OTG and HDMI cable for them. I wasn't lucky enough to get ADB access. I have a few ideas on how to get control of them but for right now it's the waiting game. In the meantime I have a Moto xt926 running a web server through Android and seems to work fine.

For the linux magic itself, I haven't really decided how I want to go about doing this. I'm worried about not being able to get the servers to talk to the internet. WiFi is likely going to be a problem. I may be fine running it through a vm, I'll have to test that with the Moto later. Ubuntu's Nexus 7 installer may be something worth looking into as well.

So what I'm looking for is anyone who has attempted anything similar. How did it go for you? Even if not any input would be appreciated!

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TuxMachines: today's howtos

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