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He Always Had a Dark Side

Incredible story about the purported author of the popular encryption software Truecrypt – made famous by Edward Snowden – and the back story behind its creation. Truly amazing.

Like the Silicon Valley entrepreneur who sells a company for $100 million, only to start another one in hopes that it will sell for a billion, Le Roux made the pursuit of more money, and more power, an end in and of itself. But the kid who had once locked himself in his bedroom, losing himself in code, had gone as far as his technical skills could take him. He wanted to be a different kind of businessman, a lord of the real underworld, not just the virtual one. “He made money on the pharmacies, and then he decided that he wanted to make more money, fast,” the Israeli associate told me. Le Roux wanted to diversify, to be bigger, he said. “The only way to do that was illegal. He was living inside a movie, you could almost say. He always had a dark side, it just developed more with money.”

Source: He Always Had a Dark Side

Remix OS

This is an interesting project – running Android as the primary OS for your PC. And why not? It promises the ability to install and run apps from Google Play store, not unlike some of those cheap knockoff set-top boxes that we see. However the OS (called Remix OS) feels much more “desktop-like” – multiple windows, taskbar etc. Those who likes the Android ecosystem might appreciate something like this.

A PC experience unlike anything on Android. An Android experience unlike anything on a PC.

Under-attack Linode resets passwords after logins leak onto web

First sustained DDoS attacks. Now password leaks. The bad news never ends for Linode, which is unfortunate, since they are a very cheap and viable alternative to AWS especially if you factor in ingress/egress traffic.

Linode’s woes continue: the server hosting biz has just run a system-wide password reset on customer accounts after two Linode.com user credentials were discovered “on an external machine.”

Source: Under-attack Linode resets passwords after logins leak onto web

2016-01-06 11.22 SGT: As of now, the site is still having intermittent access.
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Germany is about to start up a monster machine that could revolutionize the way we use energy – Business Insider

The world is waiting with bated breath for this monster. Not quite Mr. Fusion yet, but hopefully it works as expected.

For more than 60 years, scientists have dreamed of a clean, inexhaustible energy source in the form of nuclear fusion.

It took 19 years to build this monster and this video shows just how complex the whole thing is.

Source: Germany is about to start up a monster machine that could revolutionize the way we use energy – Business Insider

Apple’s iOS App Store suffers first major attack | Reuters

It has taken a long time but it finally happened. Malware in iOS apps. Instead of compromising the App Store, it’s the app developers that are getting compromised via an unauthorized Xcode.

Apple Inc APPL.O said on Sunday it is cleaning up its iOS App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in the first large-scale attack on the popular mobile software outlet.

Source: Apple’s iOS App Store suffers first major attack | Reuters