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Tails above the Rest, Part III

Linux Journal - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:57

In my first two columns in this series, I gave an overview of Tails, including how to get the distribution securely, and once you have it, how to use some of the basic tools. more>>

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Dolphins in the NSA Dragnet

Linux Journal - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:26

There's an old quote from Jamie Zawinkski that goes: "Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ‘I know, I'll use regular expressions.’ Now they have two problems." Even people like me who like regular expressions laugh at the truth in that quote, because we've seen the consequences when someone doesn't think through the implications of a poorly written pattern. When some people write a bad pattern, they end up with extra lines in a log file. When the NSA does it, they capture and retain Internet traffic on untold numbers of innocent people. more>>

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Are you an extremist?

Linux Journal - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:15

Since the news broke yesterday that we are an extremist publication according to the NSA, we at Linux Journal have thought a lot about what that might mean t more>>

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Tails above the Rest, Part II

Linux Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:37

Now that you have Tails installed, let's start using it. more>>

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Tails above the Rest: the Installation

Linux Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:18

A few columns ago, I started a series aimed at helping everyone improve their privacy and security on the Internet. The first column in this series was an updated version of a Tor column I wrote a few years ago. more>>

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A Bundle of Tor

Linux Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:15

I don't know how many readers know this, but my very first Linux Journal column ("Browse the Web without a Trace", January 2008) was about how to set up and use Tor. Anonymity and privacy on the Internet certainly take on a different meaning in the modern era of privacy-invading software and general Internet surveillance. more>>

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NSA: Linux Journal is an "extremist forum" and its readers get flagged for extra surveillance

Linux Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:51

A new story published on the German site Tagesschau and followed up by BoingBoing and has uncovered some shocking details about who more>>

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A Pain in the Person

Linux Journal - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:28

At what point will we say "enough"? more>>

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July 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: Mobile

Linux Journal - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:57
Is That a Penguin in Your Pocket?

We're getting to the point in technological evolution that "mobile technology" no longer will be a term. more>>

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How YARN Changed Hadoop Job Scheduling

Linux Journal - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 15:59

Scheduling means different things depending on the audience. To many in the business world, scheduling is synonymous with workflow management. Workflow management is the coordinated execution of a collection of scripts or programs for a business workflow with monitoring, logging and execution guarantees built in to a WYSIWYG editor. more>>

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diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Linux Journal - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:20

David Herrmann wanted to disable the virtual terminal subsystem in order to save space on a kernel that didn't need a VT. But, he still wanted to see kernel oops output for debugging purposes. The problem was that only the VT subsystem would display oops output—and he'd just disabled it. more>>

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Android Candy: I'm Sorry 2048 Times

Linux Journal - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:45

It seems like every day there's a new mobile game that takes the world by storm. Whether it's Flappy Bird or Candy Crush, there's something about simple games that appeals to our need for quick, instant gratification. more>>

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Super Pi Brothers

Linux Journal - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 14:59

I don't game as much as I used to. Although I've certainly spent countless hours of my life in front of a Nintendo, SNES, or after that, playing a first-person shooter on my computer (Linux only, thank you), these days, my free time tends to go toward one of the many nongaming hobbies I've accumulated. more>>

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A Process for Managing and Customizing HPC Operating Systems

Linux Journal - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 15:32

High-performance computing (HPC) for the past ten years has been dominated by thousands of Linux servers connected by a uniform networking infrastructure. The defining theme for an HPC cluster lies in the uniformity of the cluster. more>>

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Non-Linux FOSS: My Portable Windows Lab

Linux Journal - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:57

Portable apps aren't anything new. There are variations of "single executable apps" for most platforms, and some people swear by keeping their own applications with them for use when away from home. I don't usually do that, as most of what I do is on-line, but there is one exception: security. more>>

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Scientific Graphing in Python

Linux Journal - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 13:05

In my last few articles, I looked at several different Python modules that are useful for doing computations. But, what tools are available to help you analyze the results from those computations? Although you could do some statistical analysis, sometimes the best tool is a graphical representation of the results. more>>

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Call for Speakers, Montréal-Python 46: Electronic Frontier

Montreal Python - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:00

We are happy to announce our next meeting, Montréal-Python 46: Electronic Frontier, will be held at UQAM on Monday, May 12th.

It's such a pleasure, just a couple of weeks after PyCon, to come back to community and share what we've learned. Please don't forget to have a look at if you want to watch ALL the talks from this year's PyCon and the previous ones.

We especially love to hear from new speakers. If you haven't given a talk at Montréal-Python before, a 5 or 10 minute lightning talk would be a great start.

Some topic suggestions:

  • Give a beginner's introduction to a Python library you've been using!
  • Talk about a project you're working on!
  • Show us unit testing, continuous integration or Python documentation tools!
  • Tell us about a Python performance problem you've run into and how you solved it!
  • The standard Python library is full of amazing things. Have you learned how multiprocessing or threading or GUI programming works recently? Tell us about it!
  • Explain how to get started with Django in 5 minutes!

Lightning talks are a great way to get started with speaking -- they're easy to prepare, and a great way to tell everyone about something you're excited about. There's no such thing as a too basic topic -- if you give a 5 minutes introduction to Django, there will definitely be people in the audience who have never used it before and will find it helpful.

If you discovered or learned something that you find interesting, we'd love to help you let others learn about it!

We're also looking for proposals for 20 or 45 minute talks, as usual.

Send your proposals to

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Sicker Than Sickbeard?

Linux Journal - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:30

When I wrote about Usenet and Sickbeard a while back, I got many e-mails that I had broken the first rule of Usenet: don't talk about Usenet. I'm a sucker for freedom though, and I can't help but share when cool programs are available. This month, I switched from Sickbeard to NZBDrone for managing my television shows. more>>

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Project Night XII: Montréal-Python + MTL DATA

Montreal Python - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 23:00

Summertime is for gloriously long and sunny Sunday afternoons, fancy fruity alcoholic drinks next to the pool, and, of course, go full in on the biggest data and python hacks that Montreal has ever seen!

Join us for a very special Project Night co-organised by Montréal-Python and MTL DATA. Feel free to work away on your prolific python project, polish off your deeply insightful data analysis, or why not a crazy mashup of both? Come down on the 3rd of July from 5:30pm onwards with your laptop and we'll take care of the beer and pizza.

For more information, comme talk to us on IRC: #montrealpython on freenode.


July 3rd 2014

5:30pm to 8:30pm


Notman House, in the café downstairs

51 Sherbrooke West

Montreal, QC H2X 1X2

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Linux Containers and the Future Cloud

Linux Journal - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:50

Linux-based container infrastructure is an emerging cloud technology based on fast and lightweight process virtualization. It provides its users an environment as close as possible to a standard Linux distribution. more>>

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