Entrepreneur, hacker, and aspiring politician Kim Dotcom has said that he intends to launch an open-source, non-profit cloud storage service that will follow in the footsteps of his previous file-sharing sites Megaupload and Mega. In a user-led Q&A on Slashdot, Dotcom said that since leaving Mega he doesn't trust the service anymore, alleging that the site suffered "a hostile takeover by a Chinese investor" whose shares were subsequently seized by the New Zealand government, putting them in control of the site and putting users' data at risk.
My internship at Red Hat began one week after I graduated from the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I was nervous because I wasn't sure if my journalism skills would be a good fit for a technology company. The extent of my software knowledge came from a class I took one semester in which we learned the basics of HTML. Little did I know, however, that studying journalism was a great way to prepare me for working in an open organization.
Down near the bottom of the interview, a Slashdot reader using the moniker “Anonymous Coward” asked a question about Mega’s alleged lack of security because the platform isn’t open source: “I’ve seen some criticism from open source advocates and hackers that Mega can’t be trusted because the source isn’t available. What assurance could you give someone to the point that their files may not be kept secret while hosted on your platform?”
The Generalitat de Catalunya, the political body in charge of the independent community of Catalonia, has made two eBooks (PDF) available that deal with open data, transparency and open governance, and some key principles of Open Government. Those documents are part of an Open Government series, hosted on the website of the organisation.
Open source software is changing academic research, enabling new discoveries and innovation in ways that were previously impossible. In academia, scholars in the humanites are using technology to conduct research that would have been an extremely laborious undertaking before the advent of computers. This meeting of technology and the humanities is called the digital humanities. In my final monthly Digital Humanities column, I share three resources that will help you learn about this exciting and interesting field.
Attackers have started exploiting a flaw in the most widely used software for the DNS (Domain Name System), which translates domain names into IP addresses.
Last week, a patch was issued for the denial-of-service flaw, which affects all versions of BIND 9, open-source software originally developed by the University of California at Berkeley in the 1980s.
The common wisdom when it comes to PCs and Apple computers is that the latter are much more secure. Particularly when it comes to firmware, people have assumed that Apple systems are locked down in ways that PCs aren’t.
It turns out this isn’t true. Two researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of MACs. What’s more, the researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.
Brocade CEO: Transition To Open Source Will Be Difficult For Cisco
Communications CEO Lloyd Carney said traditional vendors like Cisco will have a tough time adapting to a more software-defined, open source space.
That's because traditional vendors like Cisco's revenue streams are tied to closed architectures, Carney said.