There’s Bugs In The Windows 10 Implementation of Bash

First-time submitter Big O Notation shares “an honest review about the new Ubuntu Bash” that shipped with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. While it’s still officially beta, most of the commands work as expected, and it includes popular programs like the Pico text editor. Here’s some of the review’s highlights:

Pros: You can also manage and manipulate other files inside your entire Hard Disk, even those outside of your Linux home directory.
Cons: Even if you chmod something properly, when you use ls -l the Bash would not show the correct permissions. [And] if you try to create a Folder in your Linux Home Directory by using the Windows GUI, it would be impossible to read and manage it. Don’t try this at home.
Microsoft says they’ve included the Windows Subsystem for Linux
primarily as “a tool for developers — especially web developers and those who work on or with open source


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Firefox Users Reach HTTPS Encryption Milestone

For the first time ever, secure HTTPS encryption was used for over half the pageloads served to Mozilla users, representing a big milestone for encryption. TechCrunch reports on the telemetry data tweeted by the Head of Let’s Encrypt:

Mozilla, which is one of the organizations backing Let’s Encrypt, was reporting that 40% of page views were encrypted as of December 2015. So it’s an impressively speedy rise…

The Let’s Encrypt initiative, which exited beta back in April, is doing some of that work by providing sites with free digital certificates to help accelerate the switch to HTTPS. According to [co-founder Josh] Aas, Let’s Encrypt added more than a million new active certificates in the past week — which is also a significant step up. In the initiative’s first six months (when still in beta) it only issued around 1.7 million certificates in all.

The “50% HTTPS” figure is just a one-day


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KDE Turns 20, Happy Birthday!

prisoninmate writes from Softpedia: Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the KDE (Kool Desktop Environment) was announced on the 14th of October, 1996, by project founder Matthias Ettrich? Well, it has, and today we’d like to say a happy 20th birthday to KDE! “On October 14, KDE celebrates its 20th birthday. The project that started as a desktop environment for Unix systems, today is a community that incubates ideas and projects which go far beyond desktop technologies. Your support is very important for our community to remain active and strong,” reads the timeline page prepared by the KDE project for this event. Feel free to share your KDE experiences in a comment below! You can read the announcement “that started the revolution of the modern Linux desktop,” as well as view the timeline “prepared by the KDE team for this unique occasion.”

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A Netflix for Film Geeks?

Updated Oct. 13, 2016 5:46 p.m. ET

“There should never be a day of the year when you can’t watch ‘L’Avventura,’ ” says Peter Becker, president of the Criterion Collection, describing the new streaming service the company is co-launching with Turner Classic Movies. Debuting Oct. 19, FilmStruck aims to be a destination for film freaks who still feel deprived in a world where movies seem to be spewing from all directions. It combines the movie-presenting know-how of TCM, the cable TV channel that specializes in Hollywood classics, and Criterion, which since 1984 has been releasing collectible DVDs and Blu-rays of foreign and vintage films—like “L’Avventura,” the glamorous 1960 Italian classic, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. FilmStruck will offer about 500 films at a time in themed packages akin to music playlists, often with expert commentary added. Turner is licensing art-house films from distributors including Janus


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No One Wants To Buy Twitter

At one point, it seemed that many were interested in purchasing the micro-blogging social platform (which now calls itself a news service) Twitter, but its fate is quickly drying up. Salesforce (which couldn’t buy LinkedIn) showed the most interest in Twitter, but this week its CEO Marc Benioff said his company has “walked away” from making a bid to buy it. The Verge sums up the situation: If you’re keeping track, that’s now… pretty much everyone who’s said they’re not interested in buying Twitter. Neither Google nor Disney plan to bid on Twitter, despite reports saying both were interested. Recode says that Apple is likely also out of the picture. And Verizon immediately dismissed speculation that it was considering a bid. Facebook is also said to be uninterested, according to CNBC. And while Microsoft’s name has been tossed around, no one seems to think the acquisition would make any sense


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Who Pays for the Decentralized Web?

I recently attended the Decentralized Web Summit where industry giants Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee spoke about designing a new architecture for the Web that was harder for businesses and governments to censor and control.  This new Web would be self archiving, it would use Bitcoin as a native payment mechanism, everything would be encrypted, users would control their data, and broken links would be a thing of the past!  The vision presented was so grand that it seemed fitting that we were gathered in an old church.
As the morning wore on, something began to bother me. No one was discussing the economics of this new Web. I’ve always been a bit of a troublemaker (sorry Mom), so I got up and asked the question, “Who pays for all of this?”

I was disappointed with the answers.  In my view, the economic challenges of decentralized systems are often more difficult than the


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