SourceForge Responds To nmap Maintainer’s Claims

An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago, the maintainer of nmap (an open source network mapping tool) complained that SourceForge had taken over the nmap project page. SourceForge has now responded with a technical analysis of the nmap project history. They said, “We’ve confirmed conclusively that no changes were made to the project or data, and that all past download delivery by nmap on SourceForge was through our web hosting service where content is project-administered.” They detail the history of services used by the nmap project, and use screenshots from the Internet Archive to show how long the project was empty. SourceForge said, “The last update date in 2013 relates to the migration of the nmap project (along with all other projects on the site) from SourceForge’s sfx code base to the new Apache Allura-based code base. This migration was an automated operation conducted for all projects, and this platform change did not augment data in the Project Web service or File Release System. We therefore conclude that no content has been removed from the nmap project page.” They also confirmed that nmap downloads were never bundled with ads: “Infosec professionals do not generally wish to install secondary offers.”
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Martin Brinkley ’92 Chosen as 14th Dean of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law

Martin H.
Brinkley ’92, a partner in the law firm of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett,
Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina, will be the 14th dean
of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. Brinkley was
chosen after an extensive nationwide search, led by Mike Smith ’78, dean of the UNC
School of Government, and succeeds retiring Dean John Charles “Jack” Boger ’74, who plans
to return to the law school faculty after serving as dean for nine years.
Brinkley will remain associated with Smith Anderson as Of Counsel while serving
the University and the law school.

“The Carolina community joins me in
welcoming Martin Brinkley as the dean of the UNC School of Law,” said
Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “We are thankful Martin’s professional path has
brought him full circle – back to the very place where he earned his own law
degree. He is a preeminent attorney
with extensive knowledge of corporate law and a deep commitment to public
service and pursuit of excellence in legal education.”

Brinkley comes to the deanship after 22
years in private practice. A native of
Raleigh, North Carolina, Brinkley is a 1987 Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude
graduate of Harvard University. He received his law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill
in 1992, where he was executive articles editor of the North Carolina Law
Review
. After law school, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Sam J. Ervin
III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From
1996-2000, Brinkley returned to UNC School of Law as an adjunct professor. In
2011, Brinkley was named president of the North Carolina Bar Association, the
youngest lawyer in more than 50 years to lead the statewide association. He is
a recipient of the Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award, UNC School of Law’s
Pro Bono Alumnus of the Year Award and other awards recognizing his pro bono
service to individuals and charitable institutions.

His primary experience has been in the
fields of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, insurance, public
finance and nonprofit organizations law. He has been lead outside counsel to
companies and institutions in the manufacturing, distribution, food and
beverage, and insurance industries and chairs Smith Anderson’s regulatory and
governmental affairs practice. Brinkley is recognized in Chambers USA:
America’s Leading Business Lawyers
, Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in
America
, North Carolina Super Lawyers, Business North Carolina’s “Legal
Elite” and Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He has served on
the boards of or acted as pro bono counsel to more than 30 nonprofit
organizations with educational, charitable, religious, and artistic missions.
He is a trustee of the North Carolina Symphony, Saint Mary’s School, the
Philharmonic Association and the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute. As
secretary-treasurer of the North Caroliniana Society, he has led efforts to
more than quadruple the society’s financial support of the North Carolina
Collection in UNC’s Wilson Library. He is vice chancellor of the Episcopal
Diocese of North Carolina and a former senior and junior warden and vestry
member at Christ Church in Raleigh. His wife Carol, a 1986 graduate of the UNC
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is a language facilitator for hearing
impaired students in the Wake County Public School System’s Frances Lacy
Elementary School. The Brinkleys have two daughters, ages 22 and 20, and a son
age 14.

Founded in 1845 as part of the nation’s oldest state-supported university, UNC School of Law boasts an active network of 11,000 living alumni, more than half of whom live and work in North Carolina, including governors, judges, U.S. Senators, members of congress, private practitioners, public interest lawyers and business leaders. UNC School of Law’s world class faculty and staff prepare outstanding lawyers and leaders to serve the people and institutions of North Carolina, the nation and the world. The school offers strong expertise in banking, environmental law, intellectual property, civil rights, entrepreneurial and securities law, bankruptcy and constitutional law. Student-run pro bono projects have earned national recognition. Joint-degree programs cover business, public policy, communication, planning, public health, social work and public administration.

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 304,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 159,000 live in North Carolina.

School of Law media contact: Katherine Kershaw, 919.962.4125, kershaw@unc.edu
Communications and Public Affairs contact: MC VanGraafeiland, 919.962.7090, mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu

-June 5, 2015


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Annotation Service Genius Rolls Out An API With Instapaper As Its Debut Partner

Genius Logo Online annotation platform Genius, which originally began as a way to mark up rap lyrics before expanding to support any page on the web, is now making its service – including its collection of annotations and musical metadata – available to third-party developers for use in their own applications. The first partner to take advantage of the new API is Betaworks, which… Read More


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How to install Windows 10 Insider Preview on Oracle VirtualBox [Updated]

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Microsoft has just released ISO files for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130. This build is currently only available to Insiders on the Fast ring due to the presence of a couple of major bugs that Microsoft is looking to squash before making the release available to testers on the Slow ring. The ISOs have been released to allow people who are having problems upgrading through the usual Windows Update route to install the build.

As with the previous releases, Build 10130 is still an early version of the OS, so you wouldn’t be advised to run it as your main operating system, especially with those unresolved bugs, and while you could set it to dual boot, running it in a virtualized environment is a much more sensible idea.

The process is very simple — all you need is a copy of Oracle VM VirtualBox (make sure you have the latest version) and a Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO. There are x86 and x64 editions available in a choice of languages.

To set up Windows 10 in VirtualBox, launch the software and click New in the Manager window. In the Create Virtual Machine dialog box enter “Windows 10” as the name of the operating system.

Select Windows 10 as the version. (Choose Windows 10 (64bit) if you have a 64-bit ISO).

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Hit Next, then set the Memory Size. The recommended figure should be fine. On the following screen choose to “Create a virtual hard drive now” and click Create. Accept VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) as the hard drive file type. You’ll be asked if you want the new virtual hard drive to be dynamically altered (it will resize as required) or a fixed size. The latter option is faster, so select that.

Click Create and VirtualBox will begin building the drive.

See also: Will your PC or tablet run Windows 10? Check out the official system requirements

When done, click the Start button in the Manager. In the “Select start-up disk” window, click the folder icon and navigate to the Windows 10 ISO.

Click Start and Windows 10 should begin to load. Select your language settings, then click the “Install now” button. Accept the license terms. Choose the “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)” option.

Click Next, and the installation process will begin.

When it’s done, choose to “Get going fast” using the express settings (you can customize things if you prefer). Say who owns your PC (you or an organization), and then sign in with your Microsoft account. You can create an account if you don’t already have one.

Next you’ll have the option of creating a PIN to sign in with instead of a password.

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Windows 10 will finalize everything and you can begin exploring the new OS.

If you want to resize the window, click View in VirtualBox and select Fullscreen or Scaled Mode (which is my preference).

The simplest way to shut down Windows 10 when you no longer need it is to click the X in top right corner of VirtualBox and select “Power off the machine”.

You can find some troubleshooting tips here. Also, note if you’re running Hyper-V in Windows 8.x (Microsoft’s built in virtualization tool) you’ll need to disable it in order to be able to run VirtualBox.


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Overstock Will Issue a Private Bond Powered by Bitcoin Tech

Overstock.com is preparing to offer a $25 million private bond using the blockchain, the distributed online ledger that underpins the bitcoin digital currency.

Earlier this week, the online retailer circulated a document among hedge funds, private equity groups, and other potential Wall Street investors indicating it was offering such a bond. Company CEO Patrick Byrne, the circular says, “believes that cryptotechnology can do for the capital market what the internet has done for consumers”—a reference to the type of technology that drives bitcoin.

Byrne confirms the plan, saying that Overstock could issue its bond as soon as today. Though the company would like to raise the full $25 million from investors, he says, it could issue a bond for less than that total just to get it out the door. Byrne, an outspoken crusader for this type of technology, is intent on being the first to offer what’s called a cryptosecurity.

‘There are all kinds of ways to rig the market. We want to make it un-rig-able.’ Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne

On one level, the bond is a mere curiosity—a security issued in a slightly different way. But Byrne sees it as a step towards a public stock market driven by blockchain-like technology—a replacement for the types of systems that run the NASDAQ and New York stock exchanges. Overseen by cryptographic algorithms, such a market would potentially be more transparent, more reliable, and more secure that then existing system. “There are all kinds of ways to rig the market,” Byrne tells WIRED. “We want to make it un-rig-able.”

The blockchain uses mathematical algorithms to verify bitcoin transactions, and the aim is to use these same algorithms to verify security trades. Though this could shore up holes in the market, many question whether blockchain technology can keep up with the rapid-fire nature of Wall Street transactions.

That hasn’t discouraged the larger movement towards cryptosecurities, of which Overstock is a part. Last month, Nasdaq OMX—the company behind the NASDAQ Stock Exchange—announced that it will use the blockchain to drive a private stock market. A company called Digital Asset Holdings is also developing a blockchain-based system for the trading of securities, as is Symbiont, a startup that includes coders who previously worked on Overstock’s project.

Building His Own Wall Street

Byrne has a complicated history with Wall Street. A decade ago, Overstock was the victim of what’s called naked short selling. In essence, this involves traders selling stock they don’t have. Byrne, in unusually public fashion for a CEO of a publicly-traded company, battled back against the practice, criticizing not only traders but regulators, politicians, and reporters. He sees cryptosecurities as a way of finally changing the system.

In the fall, Byrne revealed that Overstock was using bitcoin-like technology to build a system that would allow the company to issue public stock over the Internet, and the company recently filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking approval for such an offering.

The SEC has not yet approved the plan. But Overstock is using this same system to issue its private bond, which does not require explicit SEC approval. This can serve as a proof-of-concept for Overstock’s push towards a blockchain-based public stock market.

James Angel, a professor of finance at the Georgetown University, sees some promise in this basic idea. But he questions whether Overstock can convince others to adopt it. “Getting lots of stodgy fiduciaries to sign up is the hard part,” he says. “People are very conservative about their money. We have a custodial system that pretty much works. The thinking is: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Nonetheless, Byrne sees his project not just as an ideological endeavor, but as a potential business. Other companies, he says, could use the company’s technology to issue their own securities.

The Tiger Cub

According to Overstock’s Wall Street circular, the company plans to offer a $25,000,000 Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate, or “TIGRcub.” This bond will be issued as 25 one-million-dollar digital tokens, and the company says these will trade over what’s known as an alternative trading system, or ATS.

Late last year, Overstock purchased a 25 percent stake in an ATS called PRO Securities. This is essentially an alternative to central stock exchanges such as the NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange, and it’s regulated by the SEC. Earlier this year, in a government filing, PRO Securities amended its charter to say it may handle trades in digital securities overseen by technology related to the blockchain.

As part of its move towards cryptosecurities, PRO Securities is now called “T0″ or “T0.com” (this is what Overstock calls the company in its circular). Overstock plans to offer its bond using blockchain tech that runs atop the system operated by the ATS.

Byrne acknowledges that the company’s cryptobond is a small step forward. But he sees it as a significant step. With typical brio, he compares it to Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier. “That’s what we’re trying to do,” he says.

Update: Though Byrne originally told WIRED the bond would not be issued on the blockchain proper, it indeed will. This story has been updated to correct the error.

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