CyanogenMod Inc. Reorganizes, Severs Ties with Project Founder

Steve Kondik has left a statement about the rather troubling news coming out of Cyanogen Inc. this week on the [private] official CyanogenMod developer Google+ community, and things aren’t looking pretty. While Kondik doesn’t say outright that he’s leaving “the Inc,” it’s pretty strongly implied that he wants nothing to do with the company anymore. The problem is that while Kondik wants out and to move on with the CyanogenMod project, there could be significant legal hurdles in fully detangling the open source community project from the for-profit venture.
Kondik also essentially confirms what many had thought for years: the Inc. was badly mismanaged, the executive leadership frequently disagreed, and Kirt McMaster’s moronic comments about putting bullets through heads were an unending source of headaches and embarrassment for all. Kondik doesn’t mince words, and openly blames McMaster for the company’s numerous false starts, media snafus, and confusing business model:
My co-founder [McMaster]


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Crypto 101 – Introductory course on cryptography

Start to finish.

Comes with everything you need to understand complete
systems such as SSL/TLS: block ciphers, stream ciphers,
hash functions, message authentication codes, public key
encryption, key agreement protocols, and signature
algorithms.

Learn by doing.

Learn how to exploit common cryptographic flaws, armed
with nothing but a little time and your favorite
programming language.

Forge administrator cookies, recover passwords, and even
backdoor your own random number generator.


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Redis 4.0 RC1 is out

antirez 2 hours ago. 9626 views. It’s not yet stable but it’s soon to become, and comes with a long list of things that will make Redis more useful for we users: finally Redis 4.0 Release Candidate 1 is here, and is bold enough to call itself 4.0 instead of 3.4. For me semantic versioning is not a thing, what I like instead is try to communicate, using version numbers and jumps, what’s up with the new version, and in this specific case 4.0 means “this is the shit”.

It’s just that Redis 4.0 has a lot of things that Redis should have had since ages, in a different world where one developer can, like Ken The Warrior, duplicate itself in ten copies and start to code. But it does not matter how hard I try to learn about new vim shortcuts, still the duplicate-me thing is not in my chords.

But


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Htop explained

For the longest time I did not know what everything meant in htop.
I knew that load average 1.0 on my two core machine means that the CPU usage is at 50%.
But why does it say 1.0?
I decided to look everything up and document it here.
They also say that the best way to learn something is to try to teach it.
Table of Contents htop on Ubuntu Server 16.04 x64Here is a screenshot of htop that I am going to describe.

UptimeUptime shows how long the system has been running.
You can see the same information by running uptime:
$ uptime
12:17:58 up 111 days, 31 min, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.05

How does the uptime program know that?
It reads the information from the file /proc/uptime.
9592411.58 9566042.33

The first number is the total number of seconds the system has been up.
The second number is how much of that time the machine has spent idle, in


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I Dialed a Wrong Number and Stumbled into International Phone Fraud

A few weeks ago, I was trying to call Cuba. I got an error message—which, okay, international telephone codes are long and my fingers are clumsy—but the phone oddly started dialing again before I could hang up. A voice answered. It had a British accent and it was reading: “…the moon was shining brightly. The Martians had taken away the excavating-machine…”Apparently, I had somehow called into an audiobook of The War of the Worlds. Suspicious of my clumsy fingers, I double-checked the number. It was correct (weird), but I tried the number again, figuring that at worst, I’d learn what happened after the Martians took away the excavating machine. This time, I got the initial error message and the call disconnected. No Martians.Now I was really intrigued. Why would doing the same thing yield  two different results? I called again. A British voice answered, “And yet the animals never gave


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Taking a Stand Against Unofficial Ubuntu Images

Canonical isn’t pleased with cloud providers who are publishing broken, insecure images of Ubuntu despite being notified several times. In a blogpost, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, and the Executive Chairman and VP, Product Strategy at Canonical, made the situation public for all to see. An excerpt from the blog post: We are currently in dispute with a European cloud provider which has breached its contract and is publishing insecure, broken images of Ubuntu despite many months of coaxing to do it properly. The home-grown images on the cloud, VPS and bare metal services of this provider disable fundamental security mechanisms and modify the system in ways that are unsupportable. They are likely to behave unpredictably on update in weirdly creative and mysterious ways (the internet is full of fun examples). We hear about these issues all the time, because users assume there is a problem with Ubuntu on


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Multiple Vulnerabilities In AirDroid Opens At Least 10 Million Android Users To MITM Attacks, Hijackings

AirDroid is a popular Android application that allows users to send and receive text messages and transfer files and see notifications from their computer. Zimperium, a mobile security company, recently released details of several major security vulnerabilities in the application, allowing attackers on the same network to access user information and execute code on a user’s device. Since there are between 10 and 50 million installations of the app, many users may be imperiled by AirDroid. Android Police reports: The security issues are mainly due to AirDroid using the same HTTP request to authorize the device and send usage statistics. The request is encrypted, but uses a hardcoded key in the AirDroid application (so essentially, everyone using AirDroid has the same key). Attackers on the same network an intercept the authentication request (commonly known as a Man-in-the-middle attack) using the key extracted from any AirDroid APK to retrieve private account


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httpstat – A Curl Statistics Tool to Check Website Performance

httpstat is a Python script that reflects curl statistics in a fascinating and well-defined way, it is a single file which is compatible with Python 3 and requires no additional software (dependencies) to be…
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