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Cape Watch: Wonder Woman Gets a Director and Jared Leto Gets Coy About the Joker

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 18:18

With the holidays just around the corner, Cape Watch has arrived on the scene just a little earlier than usual to ensure that you have something to distract you while you try and sit and patiently wait for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. We've got a couple of announcements about movies you won't see for at least a couple of years, tales of a female director for Wonder Woman, and Jared Leto's best attempt at distraction from the topic at hand. Here are the highlights of the week's superhero news.

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Former HP CEO responsible for Compaq merger explores 2016 presidential bid

Ars Technica - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 18:15
Mock Paper Scissors

Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who brought about the industry-changing merger with Compaq, is laying the groundwork for an attempt to snag the Republican nomination in the 2016 US presidential race. According to a piece in The Washington Post, Fiorina intends to pursue nomination by playing heavily on her status as both the only female and the only CEO among the current field of potential Republican candidates.

It’s not Fiorina’s first time throwing her hat into the political ring, of course—Fiorina ran against (and lost to) incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer in California’s 2010 US Senate race. In fact, as the Washington Post and SF Gate both point out, Fiorina still owes almost $500,000 to the organizations and people who helped with that failed Senate bid.

Other than the attempt to become a senator, Fiorina has never held public office and has no obvious political qualifications, though she has been active in Republican fundraising circles, and in the summer of 2014 even started her own super PAC targeted at encouraging female voters. The Washington Post notes that Fiorina’s status as a political outsider is drawing the ire of Republicans in positions of power, whom the Post indirectly quote as saying that Fiorina has "an elevated assessment of her political talents."

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Security advisories for Wednesday

LWN.net - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 17:50

Debian has updated wireshark (multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated clamav (two vulnerabilities) and perl-Plack (information disclosure).

Mandriva has updated libvncserver (multiple vulnerabilities) and phpmyadmin (multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated rubygem-sprockets-2_1 (directory traversal), rubygem-sprockets-2_2 (directory traversal), and wireshark (multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated RHOSE (two vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated squid3 (14.10, 14.04: denial of service).

US lawmakers ask Europe not to break up Google

Ars Technica - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 17:50

A European proposal to unbundle search engines from other commercial businesses—which could result in the breakup of Google—has brought a response from US lawmakers.

"Capitol Hill hit back at EU lawmakers on Tuesday for politicizing an antitrust investigation into Google, as tensions rose ahead of a European parliamentary vote calling for the possible break-up of the technology group," the Financial Times reported last night.

Lawmakers sent letters to European counterparts expressing alarm at the proposal. The letters don't specifically mention Google, the world's largest search company, but neither does the European draft resolution. That says the European Commission should "consider proposals with the aim of unbundling search engines from other commercial services." The resolution in the European parliament is likely to pass on Thursday, but it would be nonbinding, because any final action would have to be taken by the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union.

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Fire Phone’s price drops to $199 unlocked, and you still don’t need one

Ars Technica - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 17:05

Amazon's Fire Phone is only four months old, and yesterday Amazon cut its price all the way down to $199 unlocked (it launched at $649). If the company's $170 million writedown last quarter wasn't enough evidence that the phone was doing poorly, this should be all the evidence you need.

The phone is now at a price where you could buy one to play around with if you had $200 you couldn't conceivably find a better way to spend (here's a long list of better ideas). Even at $199, you shouldn't buy a Fire Phone to use as your regular phone. This is both because of the problems we had with the Fire Phone in our review—its heavily customized version of Android leaves a lot to be desired, its app ecosystem is mediocre-to-poor, and its gimmicky 3D cameras make it larger and heavier than it really ought to be—and because this "fire sale" doesn't bode well for future software support. The company apparently remains committed to the smartphone market, but it can't keep losing money on hardware forever.

The Fire Phone does have redeeming qualities. We found its camera to be a good performer, and Firefly was a pretty interesting feature that we'd still like Amazon to port to some other ecosystems. Even at $199, it comes with a free year of Amazon Prime (a $99 value). But a couple of compelling features and decent internal hardware don't necessarily add up to a phone that's worth your time or money. Whether the Fire Phone costs $649 or $199, we'd recommend against it.

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Gunnar Wolf: Guests in the classroom: @Rolman talks about persistent storage and filesystems

Planet Debian - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 16:49

On November 14, as a great way to say goodbye to a semester, a good friend came to my class again to present a topic to the group; a good way to sum up the contents of this talk is "everything you ever wondered about persistent storage".

As people who follow my blog know, I like inviting my friends to present selected topics in my Operating Systems class. Many subjects will stick better if presented by more than a single viewpoint, and different experiences will surely enrich the group's learning.

So, here is Rolando Cedillo — A full gigabyte of him, spawning two hours (including two hiccups where my camera hit a per-file limit...).

Rolando is currently a RedHat Engineer, and in his long career, he has worked from so many trenches, it would be a crime not to have him! Of course, one day we should do a low-level hardware session with him, as his passion (and deep knowledge) for 8-bit arcades is beyond any other person I have met.

So, here is the full video on my server. Alternatively, you can get it from The Internet Archive.

Spooky quasar alignment at a distance

Ars Technica - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 16:20

At very large scales, the Universe looks a bit like a three-dimensional spider web; crisscrossing filaments intersect with each other at brightly shining nodes, as you can see above. The filaments are composed of galaxies, and the brighter points are places where there are large galaxy clusters. Between the filaments are vast, mostly empty spaces. (All considered, maybe the inside of a sponge would be a better analogy).

At the centers of each of those galaxies are supermassive black holes, often millions of times the mass of the Sun. Some of the brightest of these are known as quasars, so brilliant that they can often shine brighter than the rest of their galaxy’s stars put together. Quasars have a disk of infalling matter, called an accretion disk, which produces much of the quasar’s light. The rest is produced by jets of material blasting from the black hole's poles at speeds approaching that of light.

Impressive as they may seem to us, compared to the behemoth filaments in which they reside, quasars are microscopic. Nonetheless, a new study has found a connection between them and their filaments: the quasars seem to be spinning on axes parallel to the filaments that host them.

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A Horse Mask That’s Also a Squirrel Feeder, Because Why Not

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 16:00

The Horse Head Squirrel Feeder makes squirrels look ridiculous and breathes new life into mythology in the process.

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Sony’s New Full-Frame Camera Has Super-Stabilization Powers

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 16:00

The Sony Alpha A7 II keeps its full-frame sensor and XAVC S video steady with a five-axis stabilization system.

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Monty Hall, Erdos, and Our Limited Minds

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 16:00

The Monty Hall problem is a rare mathematical problem that confounds our intuition is a most vexing way, even for probabilistic experts.

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Murder-for-hire suspect gets new ACLU ally in battle against phone spying

Ars Technica - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 14:00

In a new court filing, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has jumped into the criminal case of a man who federal prosecutors allege orchestrated a murder-for-hire earlier this year in Baltimore, Maryland.

Specifically, in its 29-page amicus (friend of the court) brief filed on Tuesday, the ACLU supports the defendant’s earlier motion that the government be required to disclose information about how it used a stingray, or cell-site simulator, without a warrant, and therefore the court should suppress evidence gathered as a result of its use.

"It is not rare for police to use stingrays in investigations, but it is rare for them to disclose that to defense attorneys, and even more rare for [those attorneys] to understand the implications and even more rare for us to know about it and weigh in," Nate Wessler, an ACLU attorney who authored the amicus brief, told Ars.

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How a Beauty Startup Turned Instagram Comments Into a Product Line

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 13:00

When Emily Weiss decided to create a cosmetics line from scratch, she just created a new Instagram account and started taking notes.

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What’s Up With That: The Real Causes of the Thanksgiving Sleepies

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 13:00

Is turkey to blame for your food coma, or could there be another reason Thanksgiving always leaves you as a crumpled mess on the couch?

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Feast on These New Netflix Delights After You Gorge on Stuffing

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 13:00

It can seems like there’s an annoying cousin for every room in the house. Thankfully, streaming video offers sweet digital sanctuary. Here's what to watch.

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Enrico Zini: calypso-davdroid

Planet Debian - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 12:38
Calypso and DAVDroid

calypso and DAVdroid appeal to me. Let's try to make the whole thing work.

Update: radicale seems to also support git as a backend, and I plan to give it a try, too.

A self-signed SSL certificate

Generating the certificate:

$ openssl req -nodes -x509 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout cal-key.pem -out cal-cert.pem -days 3650 [...] Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:IT State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:Bologna Locality Name (eg, city) []: Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:enricozini.org Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []: Common Name (e.g. server FQDN or YOUR name) []:cal.enricozini.org Email Address []:postmaster@enricozini.org

Installing it on my phone:

$ openssl x509 -in cal-cert.pem -outform DER -out cal-cert.crt $ adb push cal-cert.crt /mnt/sdcard/ $ enrico --follow-instructions http://davdroid.bitfire.at/faq/entry/importing-a-certificate Installing calypso in my VPS

An updated calypso package:

$ git clone git://keithp.com/git/calypso $ git checkout debian -b enrico $ git remote add chrysn git://prometheus.amsuess.com/calypso-patches $ git fetch chrysn $ git merge chrysn/chrysn/integration $ dch -v 1.4+enrico "Merged with chrysn integration branch" $ debuild -us -uc -rfakeroot

Install the package:

# dpkg -i calypso_1.4+enrico_all.deb

Create a system user to run it:

# adduser --system --disabled-password calypso # chsh calypso # /bin/dash

Make it run at boot time (based on calypso-init from the git repo):

# cat /etc/default/calypso CALYPSO_OPTS="-d -P $PIDFILE" # diff -Nau calypso-init calypso-init.enrico --- calypso-init 2014-11-26 11:50:35.301001194 +0100 +++ calypso-init.enrico 2014-11-26 12:18:16.564138554 +0100 @@ -62,8 +62,8 @@ || return 1 mkdir -p $(dirname $PIDFILE) - chown calypso:calypso $(dirname $PIDFILE) - start-stop-daemon --start -c $NAME --quiet --pidfile $PIDFILE --exec $DAEMON -- \ + chown calypso:nogroup $(dirname $PIDFILE) + start-stop-daemon --start -c $NAME:nogroup --quiet --pidfile $PIDFILE --exec $DAEMON -- \ $CALYPSO_OPTS \ || return 2 # Add code here, if necessary, that waits for the process to be ready # cp calypso-init.enrico /etc/init.d/calypso # update-rc.d calypso defaults Setting up the database # su - calypso

Certificates and server setup:

$ mkdir .config/calypso/certs $ mv cal-key.pem .config/calypso/certs/cal.key $ mv cal-cert.pem .config/calypso/certs/cal.pem $ chmod 0600 .config/calypso/certs/* $ cat > .config/calypso/config << EOF [server] certificate=/home/calypso/.config/calypso/certs/cal.pem key=/home/calypso/.config/calypso/certs/cal.key [acl] type=htpasswd encryption=sha1 filename=/home/calypso/.config/calypso/htpasswd EOF

User passwords:

$ htpasswd -s .config/calypso/htpasswd enrico

Database initialization:

$ mkdir -p .config/calypso/calendars $ cd .config/calypso/calendars $ git init $ cat > .calypso-collection << EOF [collection] is-calendar = True is-addressbook = False displayname = Test description = Test calendar EOF $ git add .calypso-collection $ git commit --allow-empty -m'initialize new calendar' Start the server # /etc/init.d/calypso start DAVdroid configuration
  1. Add a new DAVdroid sync account
  2. Use server/username configuration
  3. For server, use https://:5233
  4. Add username and password

It should work.

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Moving Walls Transform a Tiny Apartment Into a 5-Room Home

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 12:30

The solution allows the owner to have several spacious rooms---just not all at once.

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30 Years of Iconic Criterion Covers Collected in One Beautiful Book

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 12:30

Criterion Designs is a beautiful book that captures 30 years of iconic movie covers.

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Fantastically Wrong: Why Is the Sky Blue? It’s Packed With Sexy Energy, of Course

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 12:30

I know of a simple box that can radically improve your health, a device so powerful that the FDA once banned it and condemned its inventor to prison. But luckily, and quite graciously, its design has been left unpatented, free for all who might care to harness the mysterious “orgone energy” that pervades our universe. […]

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Twitter Tries Out Coupons Despite Everything Groupon Taught Us

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 12:30

Twitter on Tuesday morning announced that it is testing Twitter Offers, a new product that lets retailers tweet special cash-back deals, which users can then claim in brick-and-mortar stores with their linked credit and debit cards. But will people actually use it?

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Spotify Doesn’t Hurt Artists: My Band Would Be Nowhere Without It

Wired - Wed, 26/11/2014 - 12:30

If more big acts follow Taylor Swift’s lead, bands like ours could lose an important outlet to have their music heard.

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