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Can I for one just say - that this crap has got to stop. Replacing SSL certs with some wildcart cert from an advertising platform has opened the flood gates for MITM attacks across platforms/services. This is exactly the kind of thing that makes me distrust consumer electronics that 'claim' security ootb that aren't leveraging open source software.
 
ICYMI: New cases of insecure HTTPS traffic interception are coming to light as researchers investigate software programs for implementations that could enable malicious attacks.
The tool replaces SSL certificates without validating them first, opening the door to man-in-the-middle attacks
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So, I think android has the right approach to this. add a self signed cert to the Android trust store and it tells you that someone could be listening in. It has an ever present warning about this in the notification drawer.
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Be prepared to be blown away by Ubuntu Touch - convergence in your pocket. We're coming to MWC, and we look better than ever!
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Welp, there goes the planet.
 
In further news, the US House of Representatives has continued their plans to bring about the Apocalypse, passing a bill (on almost exactly party lines) to effectively ban scientists from being on the EPA's scientific advisory board. Under these new rules, anyone who has done research on anything which the board studies is considered to have a conflict of interest, and therefore cannot sit on the board. Fortunately, simply having a financial stake in the matters which the board studies does not constitute a conflict of interest, so the scientific advisory board continues to be open to corporate public affairs officers, demented preachers, or roving madmen off the street.

The bill now proceeds to the Senate, where it has been referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. This is the committee chaired by Sen. Inhofe of Oklahoma, author of The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future and other light classics, in which he tells us that because of the existence of God, the "arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is... outrageous." So in all, it's a good year for public affairs officers, demented preachers, and roving madmen off the street in all aspects of our government, and I forecast excellent career opportunities for each of these categories going forward. 

h/t +Peter da Silva for the link.
The GOP-dominated House passed a bill Tuesday that effectively prevents scientists who are peer-reviewed experts in their field from advising the EPA.
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This was my talk given at FOSDEM2015 in the ConfigManagement room. Lots of great questions and material covering what Juju is, where it sits in the ecosystem of infrastructure tooling, and how it can supercharge your organization into orchestrating your services, using any language.

#juju #fosdem15 #orchestration  
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I spent some time tonight rewiring my network with CAT6 as a welcome upgrade to Gigabit. Why is it everytime I go crimping cables +Tyler Lane  that I think of hanging out in the back of Todays Tech making Cat5 like champs?
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That's pretty much what this replaced. Only substitute the old folding table with milk crates as the floor buffer. (I know I know, classy right?)
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This is a great story about upstream integration between the Juju Ecosystem and upstream vendors. MariaDB assigned an upstream developer to bake in the best practices for deploying MariaDB with #juju . This gives you the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that every single time you deploy #MariaDB   on AMD64, or Power8 - you're getting the proper recommended deployment options/configuration, every time - single node or full cluster.

Come see what we're working on over at jujucharms.com, join in the conversation in irc on irc.freenode.net in #juju or ask us a question on askubuntu.com and tag it with "juju"

Are you an upstream developer? We want to talk to you about deploying your app with juju!
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Great showing from Pittsburghs own Code and Supply Co. over the Internet of Things. No mention of Ubuntu Snappy - but we're still pretty new to the game. Looking forward to seeing how this develops and the next round of IoT discussion with this bright group of people!
 
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Disclaimer - this is me, just being me. It may be weird, a bit off topic - but its 100% whats been in my mind lately, as a response to a great read that mirrors some of my values.


Great piece by a tech journalist that seems to have hit the nail on the head about my recent venture into 'tinfoil hat land' as I have started to call it. Moving away from centers of gravity of surveillance, trying to keep my data securely within my grasp and being more cognisant about what data I am emitting.

> Part of my conversion stems from an abiding distaste for corporate and government control-freakery. If we believe in liberty, we have to realize that we take risks to be more free. If we believe in competition, we sometimes have to intervene as a society to ensure that it’s fair.

I totally resonate with this statement. Having taken my own steps to achieve my own tech and data independence recently after fully immersing myself in the data lake that is the app/cloud-hosted/social ecosystem. Remember - there is no cloud, there's only "other peoples computers"

> Google and Facebook, among others, were emerging as powers of a different kind: centralized entities that use surveillance as a business model, stripping away our privacy in return for the great convenience they provide.

Our fore-fathers in tech had some premonitions, and I have to admit - RMS pretty much called it out back in the 70's with the GNU movement, and thanks to those efforts along with the huge community backing Linux/GNU development, we have a brilliant alternative OS on our hands that is wildly popular.
 
In my new piece at Medium's Backchannel tech site, I explain my journey toward tech liberty -- which ultimately may include ditching all things Google (but not yet).
I’m done sending my money and data to corporations I don’t trust
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Couldn't agree more. The loops you have to jump through to enjoy real freedom & privacy in computing these days are insane. Right now most people don't care, so it will probably only get worse.
I might be missing out on some things, but i don't mind, if it is not open and if can't own/control it, i don't want it. That is a too high price to pay.
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This was my talk given at FOSDEM2015 in the ConfigManagement room. Lots of great questions and material covering what juju is, where it sits in the ecosystem of infrastructure tooling, and how it can supercharge your organization into orchestrating your services, using any language.
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After driving Ubuntu Touch as my daily driver for 2 weeks, i hopped back on my Android device and I find myself continually swiping in from the edges expecting things to happen...

I think I got spoiled by the fluidity of swiping and gestures vs. controls always present at top/bottom of the phone.

#ubuntutouch #uienvy
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IKR. this will be a nice lighter weight alternative to my edits in Lightworks
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+Alan Pope Awesome coverage on LinuxUnplugged of Ubuntu Phone. I just wrapped up the episode and beaming ear to ear as I just listened to the episode on ubuntu phone with the Jupiter Broadcasting app (flashed nexus4 - vanilla experience with dev-proposed)

This has been a brilliant launch. Hats off to the publicity and swimming launch.
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Aww! Thanks!
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Full stack developer, currently working on the Juju Solutions team at Canonical. Full time busy with ensuring you have quality charms and dev tools to get started orchestrating your infrastructure using Juju.
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