Linux’s RPM/deb split could be replaced by Flatpak vs. snap

Editor’s Note: The availability of competing technical standards is one reason why OMB Circular A-119 has been updated to provide enhanced treatment of market-driven consortia standards, see here.

From: ars technica

Red Hat developer’s Flatpak installs apps on Fedora, Ubuntu, and other distros.


Linux developers are going to have more than one choice for building secure, cross-distribution applications.

Ubuntu’s “snap” applications recently went cross-platform, having been ported to other Linux distros including Debian, Arch, Fedora, and Gentoo. The goal is to simplify packaging of applications. Instead of building a deb package for Ubuntu and an RPM for Fedora, a developer could package the application as a snap and have it installed on just about any Linux distribution.


Who Goes There? Mobile Fingerprint Readers in Los Angeles County

From: Police Chief Magazine

By Lieutenant Leo M. Norton, Records and Identification Bureau, Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff’s Department


It is no secret that people do not always tell the truth; the reasons for this are as many and varied as the birds in the sky. Law enforcement professionals have lamented for decades that they are issued a badge and gun but not the ability to read minds. It takes time to develop the instinct to tell the honest from the not-so-honest, and even then agencies do not always get it right. Many bad guys have slipped from the grasp of a peace officer because of their charm and silver tongues or because the officer lacked the right piece of information that would have been enough to put the hooks on the crooks. One county in California has embraced fingerprint scanners as a means to secure that missing piece.


The New Censorship: ‘How Did Google Become The Internet’s Censor and Master Manipulator?’

From: Slashdot

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Senate Committee Wants to Know if OMB Ever Uses its Get-Tough Cyber Power

From: Nextgov

By Jack Moore


Federal law allows the head of OMB to “take any action,” including those related to the budget and appropriations process, to enforce the accountability of agency heads’ for managing information technology. It’s unclear how frequently such action is actually taken.

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Smart shipping needs smarter regulation

From: Splash24/7

Neville Smith

The era of ‘smart shipping’ needs much smarter regulation, supported by greater engagement from the industry to lobby for a favourable operating environment, according to a leading voice in Singapore shipping.

Addressing the ShipServ Smart Procurement conference, Lisa Teo, vice president of the Singapore Shipping Association and executive director of corporate development at Pacific International Lines, told delegates smart regulation should be a mutual aspiration.

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Telco bosses’ salaries must take heat for cyber attacks, says MPs’ TalkTalk enquiry

From: The Register

Alexander J Martin

A Parliamentary inquiry into the TalkTalk hack has said that telco CEOs’ salaries should be garnished if their firms’ cyber security practices are lacking.

The report by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, titled Cyber Security: Protection of Personal Data Online was initiated last November as “an inquiry into cyber-security following the recent attack on TalkTalk’s website.”

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10 Ways to Prepare for Cyber-Warfare

From: CIO Insight

By Karen A. Frenkel

 If you cannot see an attack, how are you expected to stop it? If you were a detective in the physical world, would you rather investigate a burglary using random photographs of what might have occurred, or by using surveillance video of the actual event?

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Cable and telecom companies just lost a huge court battle on net neutrality

From: The Washington Post | The Switch

A federal appeals court has voted to uphold a series of strict new rules for Internet providers, handing a major victory to regulators in the fight over net neutrality and ensuring that one of the most sweeping changes to hit the industry in recent years will likely remain on the books.

The 2-1 court ruling Tuesday forces Internet providers such as Verizon and Comcast to obey federal regulations that ban the blocking or slowing of Internet traffic to consumers. The regulations from the Federal Communications Commission also forbid carriers from selectively speeding up websites that agree to pay the providers a fee — a tactic critics have said could unfairly tilt the commercial playing field against startups and innovators who may not be able to afford it.


The Devil Inside the Beltway: the FTC vs. LabMD

From: Data Breach Today

Mike Daugherty, President and CEO, LabMD

You’ve seen the headlines about the Federal Trade Commission’s messy legal battle with LabMD, a cancer screening service that was investigated for two alleged data security incidents in 2008 and 2012. Last November, an FTC administrative law judge ruled to dismiss the FTC’s case against LabMD, saying the FTC “failed to prove its case” that these two incidents caused, or were likely to cause, “substantial injury to consumers.”

But what you might have missed is that, after more than a five year legal battle, LabMD – overwhelmed by investigation, litigation, and reputation assassination – was forced to close its doors.

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Lecturer in Transnational Crime and/or Cybercrime [Tasmania, Australia]

From: Seek.com.au

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It influences everything we do. The way we teach. The way we research. The way we learn. And the way we live.

The Faculty of Arts is composed of the Tasmanian College of the Arts and Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences. The School of Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary School that offers an exciting range of research and teaching in Sociology and Criminology, Social Work, Politics and International Relations, and Journalism, Media and Communications.

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