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Polish LOT aeroplanes grounded by computer hack - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33219276
Flights operated by Poland's national airline, LOT, are temporarily grounded after hackers attacked its computer system.
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+Andrew Leadbeater​ ok, my fault for not reading the thing that closely; however there is at least one researcher who did hack into the plane's flight contrdl that way, so ...
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This is simultaneously amazing, ridiculous, and terrifying.

As it turns out, the assembly instruction 'mov' is Turing complete.
movfuscator - The single instruction C compiler
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Page fault seems to be Turing-complete OISC too with SUBNEG. http://cs.dartmouth.edu/~sws/pubs/bbss13.pdf
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Attribution is hard - https://medium.com/message/attribution-is-hard-4164f8389eb8 important piece: please read (v @raycorrigan)#security
The Internet’s Whodunits Have No Easy Answer.
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Speaking of hijacking computers of naive users: why does this page need 10-15% of my CPU? (Chrome)
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"But the latest leak has revealed more. The agreement would also prohibit countries from enacting free and open source software mandates. Although “software used for critical infrastructure” is already carved out from this prohibition (and so is software that is not “mass market software”, whatever that means), there are other circumstances in which a country might legitimately require suppliers to disclose their source code."

#TISA


https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/05/tisa-yet-another-leaked-treaty-youve-never-heard-makes-secret-rules-internet
A February 2015 draft of the secret Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) was leaked again last week, revealing a more extensive and more recent text than that of portions from an April 2014 leak that we covered last year.
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egads.  just the opposite: governments ought to be prohibited from using proprietary software unless there is no FOSS alternative.  Unfortunately, I regularly see Word documents and occasionally Excel workbooks on government Web sites.  They need to be open formats, and not require me to buy a specific vendor's product in order to use them.  (Yes, I know that {Libre,Open}Office can GENERALLY interpret Microsoft formats, but not always.)
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UKUUG - the UK's Unix and open systems User Group
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+Alan Cox - i sooo wanted to attend this, but i just couldn't fit in the trip to the UK....
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The V7 Bourne shell defines much of the look and feel and what "is" Unix to a user. It's a masterpiece of code, even if you have to de-Algol it and ANSIfy it, then tweak it to avoid SDCC bugs.

There are a few things it lacks compared with later versions of sh (and I must fix '#' as comment!) but almost everything we think of as /bin/sh today (except maybe shell functions) fits in under 32K.

Which of course means only one thing: It'll fit nicely on a Fuzix system!
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I've done some work toclean the types for 32bit 68000 and will happily take 386 patches
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More copyright maximalist insanity. Maybe it would be a good thing if the EU did implode as it seems to have been taken over by corporations and lobbyists entirely.

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Considers that the commercial use of photographs, video footage or other images of works which are permanently located in physical public places should always be subject to prior authorisation from the authors or any proxy acting for them;. This amended text is now due to be voted on by the full ...
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As if photography was not limited enough :-(
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Danke Dresden! Dresden bekommt einen Edward-Snowden-Platz. Deutschlandweit erste derartige Würdigung des Whistleblowers – Platztaufe zu seinem Geburtstag

http://edward-snowden-platz.de/
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One thing for sure, such a thing won't happen in my country.
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New toys for people to play with

https://01.org/intel-kgt

Using hypervisor technology to do security enforcement under the OS

(Note: I'm nothing to do with the team who developed this I just think its cool - so ask them questions not me!
Intel Kernel-Guard Technology (IKGT) is a policy specification and enforcement framework for ensuring runtime integrity of kernel and platform assets.  The IKGT framework allows policy writes to specify:   Which OS/platform resources to monitor;  What actions to take when the monitored resource is accessed.  
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+Paul Gray hypervisor for the normal OS, e.g Windows, Linux...not for a hypervisor OS (VMware ESX, Xen, KVM, HyperV)
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Ah memories.. I wonder if most programmers today would even be able to work out what one of these is for 8)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Diskettenlocher-/361307746805?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_77&hash=item541f9eb1f5
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We used Scissors! I wish we had one of these when I was a lad!
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Slightly disturbing, a neural net that writes code like a drunken programmer ..
 
This is wonderful; neural network setup producing wonderful results; one example is training it on wikipedia and it ends up producing valid XML pseudo articles.  Another is training it on Linux kernel source, and it ends up producing C code that looks appealingly complex until you try and figure it out (even with bogus comments).
http://karpathy.github.io/2015/05/21/rnn-effectiveness/
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My first temptation is to feed it a human genome...
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Thoroughly enjoyable performance at Taliesin last night.

If you want to catch them in England then they are at the Arcola Theatre London on Sunday night.

http://tokillamachine.co.uk/tour-dates/
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