Month: April 2019

Saudi Arabia ‘hacked Amazon boss’s phone’, says investigator

. Reuters . Mr Bezos’ text messages to his lover were published by the National Enquirer An investigator for Amazon boss Jeff Bezos says that Saudi Arabia hacked Mr Bezos’s phone and accessed his data. Gavin de Becker was hired by Mr Bezos to find out how his private messages had been leaked to the National Enquirer tabloid. Mr de Becker linked the hack to the Washington Post’s coverage of the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia has not yet commented on the allegation. Mr Bezos owns the Washington Post. Mr de

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Gambling industry warned over fixed-odds stake cut

. Reuters The Gambling Commission has written to bookmakers to remind them of their responsibilities in ensuring consumers are protected.  On Monday, the maximum stake that can be played on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) is being cut from £100 to £2. These machines have been described as the crack cocaine of gambling. The new rules are meant to  cut the risk of players losing large amounts of money in a short space of time. Ahead of the implementation, Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur has repeated to bookmakers the regulator’s expectations about how the changes should be managed.  “We have been

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Debenhams secures £200m lifeline with lenders

. PA Struggling department store chain Debenhams has agreed a £200m refinancing lifeline with lenders. It said the deal “provides reassurance for Debenhams’ employees, pension holders, suppliers, lenders and other stakeholders”. Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has been has been trying to seize control of Debenhams and install Mr Ashley as chief executive. The refinancing deal leaves the door open for Sports Direct to make a bid.

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Grieving families ‘charged high funeral prices’

. . Some funeral directors find it easy to charge grieving families higher prices, the UK’s competition watchdog has said ahead of an in-depth investigation. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced it will conduct a full inquiry into the funerals sector. The essential costs of a funeral have increased by 6% each year for the past 14 years, it said. Families struggled to find clear prices and details of services online, and were unable to shop around. As it was such a difficult time, it was hard for grieving relatives to search out a range of options, the

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Aluminium firm cyber-attack cost at least £25.6m

. . . Employees were told not to connect to the company network by notices on the doors of Hydro’s offices A cyber-attack on a Norwegian aluminium company has cost it at least 300 million Norwegian kroner (£25.6m). Hydro, which employs 35,000 people in 40 countries, was hit by malware last week. The company said it was slowly bringing affected systems back online but the “preliminary” cost of the incident had been about 300-350 million kroner. Most of those losses had been in its Extruded Solutions division, which makes doors and windows, Hydro said. Business impact Overall production in this

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#CentOS15 – Manuel “Wolfy” Wolfshant

For our next #CentOS15 profile, I spoke with Manuel “Wolfy” Wolfshant, who has been an active member of our community since the very beginning, shortly after we started working with the WhiteBox Linux community.

(You can see some of the other #CentOS15 interviews on YouTube.)

When Red Hat moved the business model from selling CDs to selling support, his company had a need to provide a Linux desktop operating system, and packages for it.

Wolfy says that his eye was caught by a news article about Johnny Hughes and the Mayor of Tuttle, Oklahoma, Jerry Taylor.

If you weren’t around back then, I’ll recap. Due to a failed server upgrade, the Mayor of Tuttle woke to find the generic Apache httpd welcome page, and the CentOS logo, on his city’s website. He promptly emailed the CentOS project, threatening to turn them over to the FBI if they didn’t undo their malicious hack of the site.

Johnny, being Johnny, responded calmly and respectfully, encouraging the Mayor to contact his IT department, and pointing him to resources to help get his site running again. Given this response, Mr. Taylor
got even angrier, and the conversation went downhill from there. But Johnny remained calm, polite, and professional, and helped guide the city IT department to a solution.

You can read more in the article from the Register at the time.

Impressed with Johnny’s calm and helpful response, Wolfy went with CentOS, and has been a happy user for many years since that time.

His involvement in the project began with packaging drivers that were needed for machines in the office. It swiftly moved to other areas, including user support, translation, and starting the very active Romanian Linux user group, RLUG, which remains active today.

Over the years, he has worked on the release notes (for a time providing them in Romanian), packaging for Fedora, and the creation and maintenance of the minimal install kickstart during the CentOS 6 days.

He remains active in the IRC channel, on the mailing lists, and in the CentOS Forum, helping new users (and some experienced ones!) navigate their problems with the CentOS operating system. You can find him #centos-devel channel on Freenode IRC under the name ‘wolfy’, and on the centos-devel mailing list, answering user questions.

Stocks making the biggest moves premarket: CarMax, BlackBerry, GM, Wells Fargo & more

Check out the companies making headlines before the bell: CarMax — The auto retailer reported quarterly profit of $1.13, 9 cents a share above estimates. Its revenue fell below Street forecasts. Comparable-store used car sales were up 2.8 percent compared to a year earlier. Lyft — Lyft priced its initial public offering at $72 per share, at the high end of the expected range, after that range was raised earlier in the week. The shares will begin trading on the Nasdaq this morning. BlackBerry — The communications software company earned an adjusted 11 cents per share for its latest quarter,

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