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Learn how to remove a simple obfuscation from a Python code object using the bytecode_graph module.
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CloudFlare recently wrote about the group of cyber criminals claiming to be be the "Armada Collective." In that article, we stressed that this group had not followed through on any of the ransom threats they had made. Quite simply, this copycat group of cyber criminals had not actually carried out
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Beginning in March 2016, we began hearing reports of a gang of cybercriminals once again calling themselves the Armada Collective. The calling card of the gang was an extortion email sent to a wide variety of online businesses threatening to launch DDoS attacks if they weren't paid in Bitcoin. From
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i do find chromium/chrome a pain; though I've always watched memory used by them (and extensions); never explored open files (of)

my current session has near 1500 files open; quick scan shows a lot are ~/.cache/chrom.. but also tons of ~/.config/chrom*; the number of ./..config/.. surprised me...

this does however show one of the things I love about *nix; back when I used windoze; the workstation was brought to a crawl & you had no capacity to explore what google-chrome was doing; yes you could see thrashing (memory paging to disk & back), but it didn't have simple tools that allow system exploration as *nix, or my beloved GNU provides.

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backups are important.... very important.

with luck they'll never be used; but better to have them & never use them (excluding practice restores to test procedures) than need them & not find flaws in your backup strategy....   hence post...
Last week, someone posted a request for help on the popular Server Fault Q&A site: they had apparently accidentally deleted their entire web hosting business, and all their backups. The post (now itself deleted) was a reasonably obvious fake, but mainstream media reported on it anyway, ...
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Note: this is intended for coders using GTK+ (Gnome|Gimp-ToolKit), with info for application devs.

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"If you are maintaining a GTK+ application (in particular, a big one like, say, inkscape), and you are looking at porting from GTK+ 2 to GTK+ 3, or updating it to keep up with the changes in 3.20, please let us know about the issues you find. Such feedback will be useful input for us when we get together for a GTK+ hackfest in a few weeks."
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I’m happy to announce that Sucuri is now Linux Mint's 3rd biggest sponsor. Sucuri is a security company, specialized in incident response, monitoring and protection for web sites. With thousands of clients, their cloud-based firewall handles more than 16 billion page views every single
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Just to show I am not that extremist, I tried to upgrade an Ubuntu LTS laptop, in dual boot with rwin 8.1, and got trouble with uefi or something. Super hyper boomer :-( Now, only Ubuntu MATE boots. This 16.04 has sysD. I found it much slower than the previous Ub Unity (14.04 has sysVinit, right?).
Why I had Ubuntu, in the first place? Because it works with uefi and all (including a sh!ty Radeon card, not Lnx friendly) and is good.
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source: planet Gnome

ps: pretty sure I've posted this already; it's found in Fedora People & Planet Debian too so I may have just read it multiple times that way... but if repeat post apologies.
Ubuntu 16.04 was released today, with one of the highlights being the new Snap package format. Snaps are intended to make it easier to distribute applications for Ubuntu - they include their dependencies rather than relying on the archive, they can be updated on a schedule that's separate from ...
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nearly all of what follows is supposition...

debian-testing is where ubuntu is based; thus changes made by debian can often be fixed by ubuntu coders as effects them too; resulting in the occasional link between them, and me on occasion seeing ubuntu/debian mentioned in each others feeds..

gnome is heavily red hat funded; it was written by a gnome coder which I think is the link to fedora people (used to be planet fedora from memory; but making it 'people' allowed them to blog outside of just fedora in red hat's (or fedora's) view)

yes it was in all three; when I posted I was reading the debian post; only now checked

I like .deb's, any missing requirements are easy to get on a pc/server here @ home, as takes me a single-command to give my servers access to web; another command to close it. my workstations already have web access; so any missing requirements are easier to grab.

more of a pain on phones or tablets; which currently is a aim for canonical.

snap's though are also for headless servers; which often have restricted access to web; thus a missing requirement can be a pain; as if you have to open up 'walls'; there is always the chance that you'll forget something and leave some security down as you forgot to reverse all steps.. this is I think part of reason for snap's.  (keeping it simple for sysops/admins)

ubuntu is huge in the cloud; much of which is running in vm's or more likely containers. vm's have limited functionality to reduce footprint so a missing requirement can be a bigger pain. yes containers are where it matters; but I can't speak with knowledge there. (my vm example sucks I know; can't think of better right now) 

servers are headless; so they don't run X anyway; but the writer was using X in his argument as he could prove it with code. 

--- my first answer to this was lost when I dropped something on the mouse & it closed.  i've now forgotten where I was heading.. so i'll end here knowing i've gone in circles & likely only confused not reaching my point anyway.
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Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin: 'The Great Barrier Reef is dying! What is wrong with you people?'
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