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Russian FindFace App is a Privacy Nightmare

The machine-learning capability that social networks are gaining is becoming a privacy nightmare. Anyone can take your photo then find everything about you via social networks. That's exactly what the Russian site FindFace is doing.

FindFace is bringing a very powerful facial recognition technology to VK, formerly known as VKontakte, the "Facebook of Russia."

What worries privacy advocates is that the site has a high accuracy rate when it comes to identifying a total stranger simply by snapping their picture and uploading to the FindFace site.

Antivirus firm Kaspersky wrote in a blog post, "If you upload ideal photos, that were taken when your target was posing, everything works just great. The program has successfully found 9 of 10 test 'victims' in the office."

The algorithm powering the facial recognition is developed by Russia-based N-Tech.Lab, which beat Google's face recognition software at the MegaFace challenge.

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Off the Beat * Bruce Byfield

Why Licensing Limits Ebooks

One year in which traditional books outsells ebooks, and suddenly headlines are announcing, "Books are back," citing a small increase in book sales and a small decline in ebook sales.

Exploring Desktop mode on the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition

I am writing this article on an Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, using LibreOffice with a mouse and keyboard.

Waiting for LibreOffice Table StylesLike most word processors, LibreOffice Writer includes character and paragraph styles. However, Writer draws much of its power as a mid-level desktop publisher from the addition of frame, list, and page styles.

Paw Prints * Jon "maddog" Hall

A Nice Place, A Warm Summer's Day, and Lua

Last year I was in Rio de Janeiro, and a couple of friends and I were just finishing a delightful day in the botanical gardens…

I Give My Heart to You

Hello, my friends, please forgive me for using this method of telling you what has happened to me this past week, but since I have been writing about Free and Open Source Software and Culture in this blog for many years, I hope to reach most of those people who care about my writing and actions through this medium.

Productivity Sauce * Dmitri Popov

Burn Image Files with Style Using Etcher

Many Linux distributions nowadays are distributed as ISO or IMG images, and you need a specialized tool to burn them onto SD cards or USB drives.

Block Ads and Malware Sites with a Unified Host File

Instead of blocking ads and malware sites using a specialized browser extension, you can enable the blocking at system level.

Get Weather Forecast from the Command Line with wttr.inOf all the weather forecast applications and tools I have tried and reviewed over the years, wttr.in is probably the most ingenious and useful one.

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Ceph Jewel * Martin Loschwitz

When Red Hat took over Inktank Storage in 2014, thus gobbling up the Ceph object store, a murmur was heard throughout the community: on the one hand, because Red Hat already had a direct competitor to Ceph in its portfolio in the form of GlusterFS, and on the other because Inktank was a such a young company – for which Red Hat had laid out a large sum of cash.

A Container for HPC * Jeff Layton

Containers have become an important part of the IT industry because (1) they are more efficient than full (hardware-level) virtualization and (2) the container workflow readily supports DevOps.

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Ease Your Network Inventory Pain with Spiceworks * Chris Binnie

Network device inventory is one of those common pain points that affects every system administrator who has ever tried to script or invent a custom solution.

What's New in Ansible 2.0 * Konstantin Agouros

According to Ansible's changelog, the name "Ansible" comes from Ursula K. Le Guin's 1966 novel Rocannon's World. Her communicator of the same name operates at greater than the speed of light, without delay, with any place in the universe.

Manage Resources with AWS CloudFormation * Oliver Arafat

The cloud has changed where and how companies invest their IT budgets. Instead of spending money on data centers and servers, without really knowing how they will be used, the customer only pays for the computing resources needed.

Security First with the Hiawatha Web Server * Hans-Cees Speel

Security on the Internet is vital. The Hiawatha web server, created by Hugo Lensink, is a small (and free) web server that subscribes to the principle of "security by default."

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