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Zanadou (1043400) writes "Outernet, humbly billing itself as "Humanity's Public Library", seeks to deliver internet content to even the world poorest and under-provisioned people via a system of repurposed television broadcast satellites (DVB-S) periodically transmitting data based on "selected internet content", to either a device called "Lantern", which in turn distributes the data via an in-built wifi point, or via a DIY solution.
It's been billed in some press as "Internet from Space"; it's perhaps not quite that: it's not providing a live internet feed, just selected portions, ("like webpages, news articles, ebooks, videos, and music"), i.e. most likely a cache of Wikipedia, with other content selection open to a vote. One thing that does come to mind: this might be a relatively difficult system to censor and/or block in repressive regimes." top
Swarmops, the Swarm Management System of the Swedish Pirate Party, Seeks Funding
Zanadou (1043400) writes "Swarmops was written by Rick Falkvinge and is back-end business software system that automates accounting (claiming to be "Bitcoin native"), is able to able to mobilise and communicate with thousands of people, and has the ability to decentralise power and authority in "swarm-type organizations" by pushing all the crucial decision-making out to the edges of the group where the most information is available. Originally it was used by the Swedish Pirate Party, where it was key to putting people in European Parliament on a shoestring budget. Although it still needs funding, it is available now for free; not as copyrighted open source software, but as in "absolutely free" software: all code (and code contributions) being copyright free, in the public domain.
A live version of it seems to be up here; it looks rough (1990s design?), but interesting." top
Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse in The USA
Zanadou (1043400) writes "Ten years ago today on October 20, 2004, Mark Shuttleworth's first Ubuntu offering 4.10 "Warty Warthog" was released on to the world. Since then, riding countless Window Manger swaps and Kernel updates, Ubuntu has become—arguably!—one of the most popular and successful Linux distros of all time. Scott James Remnant gives a detailed account of some of the almost eight month's work that went into bringing the first release of Ubuntu to existence." Link to Original Source top
South Koreans Flee from KakaoTalk to Telegram Messenger due to Surveillance
Zanadou (1043400) writes "At the beginning of October, KakaoTalk users in South Korea got an unpleasant surprise: President Park Geun-Hye announced a crackdown on any internet messages deemed as insulting to her or generally "rumor-mongering" — including private messages sent through KakaoTalk service. The South Korean Goverment began actively monitoring the service for violations, promising punishment for anyone spreading inappropriate content. In response to the crackdown, South Koreans have voted with their feet, heading en masse to encrypted chat programs hosted outside the country, particularly an app called Telegram known for its encryption features." Link to Original Source top
Apple Outrages Users by "Automatically" Installing U2's Album on their Devices
Users who have opted to download new purchases to their iPhones automatically have found the new U2 album sitting on their phones. But even if iTunes users hadn’t chosen automatic downloads, Songs of Innocence will still be displayed as an “iTunes in the Cloud” purchase. That means it will still be shown as part of your music library, even if you delete all the tracks. The only way to make the U2 album go away is to go to your Mac or PC and hide all of your “iTunes in the Cloud” purchases, or to use iTunes to manually hide each track from your purchased items list.
Zanadou (1043400) writes "NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. Earlier this week at a conference in Cleveland, Ohio, scientists with NASA's Eagleworks Laboratories in Houston, Texas, presented a paper indicating they had achieved a small amount of thrust from a container that had no traditional fuels, only microwaves, bouncing around inside it. If the results can be replicated reliably and scaled up — and that's a big "if," since NASA only produced them on a very small scale over a two-day period — they could ultimately result in ultra-light weight, ultra fast spacecraft that could carry humans to Mars in weeks instead of months, and to the nearest star system outside our own (Proxima Centurai) in just about 30 years.
Zanadou (1043400) writes "Another day, another story to toss on to the "are-they-watching-you?" pile: an article published today on the Wall Street Journal about "FBI hacker (sic.) tactics" reports this:
"The FBI develops some hacking tools internally and purchases others from the private sector. With such technology, the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google Inc.'s Android software to record conversations, one former U.S. official said. It can do the same to microphones in laptops without the user knowing, the person said. Google declined to comment."
Sounds like they're talking about ex post facto compromised/tampered laptops—but who knows about Android? FUD, anyone?" Link to Original Source
Zanadou (1043400) writes "Al Lowe, the original creator of Leisure Suit Larry and other classic games, announced earlier today the final release of the remake of the first game of the series, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards:
This is the moment I’ve been waiting a year for – Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is finally available! Right now. Tonight. For PCs and Mac. At the Replay Games site. (It would also be available via Steam, but they refuse to release a game at midnight; they said “Tomorrow.” Hmm.) iOS versions will be available as soon as Apple releases it in the iTunes store. Android will follow shortly.
What a night! Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign. It’s been a long, hard year but I think this game is well worth it.
But what is of most interest is this little nugget that Toad wrote—perhaps added as a quick afterthought—right at the bottom of the post in bold: "PS if you can run the build verification scripts (in the github maintenance scripts repository), please do! Under UK law likely to be passed soon I could be forced to distribute corrupted builds, and on penalty of 2 years in prison not be allowed to tip anyone off about it."
A search of the net reveals little news about any applicable "UK Law", either current or under parliamentary debate. Is Toad trying to give us all a tip off about some incoming legislative storm? And what could this mean for the code integrity of Freenet and/or other (UK-based) open source projects in general?"