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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

Paranoid fella hid operating system, weapons manuals in USB drive cufflinks, no less A paranoid Welsh Muslim who wore gloves while typing on his laptop, admitted being part of Islamic State, and, gasp, harbored a copy of Linux Mint, has been described as a “new and dangerous breed of terrorist.”…

Kali Linux can now use cloud GPUs for password-cracking

Kali's a favourite for white hats, but that doesn't stop black hats guys from using it too Think passwords, people.

Think long, complex passwords. Not because a breach dump's landed, but because the security-probing-oriented Kali Linux just got better at cracking passwords.…

Linux kernel security gurus Grsecurity oust freeloaders from castle

No more test patches without a subscription Linux users, the free lunch is over. Pennsylvania-based Open Source Security on Wednesday decided to stop making test patches of Grsecurity available for free.…

R and Python drive SQL Server 2017 into machine learning

Microsoft last week announced a wave of new features for its data platform, along with the SQL Server 2017 name and what Microsoft calls a “production quality” beta release. Other important changes include a new containerized deployment model for databases, which simplifies installation on Windows and Linux.But it was SQL Server’s new machine learning tools that grabbed my attention.[ Roundup: TensorFlow, Spark MLlib, Scikit-learn, MXNet, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, and Caffe machine learning and deep learning frameworks. | Download the InfoWorld megaguide: The best Python frameworks and IDEs. | Download the InfoWorld quick guide: Learn to crunch big data with R. ]Machine learning remains one of Microsoft’s big themes for 2017, and it’s an important segment of SQL Server 2017. Mixing code and data has always been part of SQL Server, first with T-SQL, then with the Azure-focused U-SQL, which extended T-SQL with C# elements.
SQL Server 2016 added support for embedded R code, and SQL Server 2017 continues that evolution by improving its support for R and adding Python. (By renaming SQL Server 2016’s R Services to Machine Learning Services in SQL Server 2017, Microsoft has made clear where it’s aiming its SQL tools.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

IDG Contributor Network: What was Linux like ten years ago?

What was Linux like ten years ago? Linux has improved by leaps and bounds over the last decade, and more and more people have come to appreciate its power and flexibility.

But a redditor recently wondered what it was like to run Linux ten years ago,...

Hackers uncork experimental Linux-targeting malware

SSH... it's Shishiga Hackers have unleashed a new malware strain that targets Linux-based systems.…

Ars is teaming up with GOG and we’re giving away The...

Everybody gets a free copy of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition—and that's just the start.

Hajime, the mysterious evolving botnet

Hajime (meaning ‘beginning’ in Japanese) is an IoT worm that was first mentioned on 16 October 2016 in a public report by RapidityNetworks.
In this blogpost we outline some of the recent ‘improvements’ to Hajime, some techniques that haven’t been made public, and some statistics about infected IoT devices.

Ars is hiring an experienced Web developer

Note: You won't be troubleshooting print drivers unless you're into that sort of thing.

IDG Contributor Network: Is Linux good for gaming?

Is Linux good for gaming? Linux has come a long way from where it started, and it’s certainly made progress when it comes to gaming.

But there are still folks who doubt the ability of Linux to run games.One redditor recently asked about gaming on Linux, and he got some very informative responses in the Linux subreddit.JooJoona started the thread: I'm planning on building a reasonably high end gaming PC.

The problem is that I hate Microsoft, and would like to get completely rid of all their nonsense if possible.

The only choise for an OS in that case would be some kind of Linux, I reckon.So how does Linux compare with Windows in regards to gaming? How is performance? How is Steam on Linux? How much would I be restricting myself when it comes to the number of games available if I choose Linux?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

3 signs your Kubernetes distro is built to last

It's hard to turn around these days without bumping into a Kubernetes distribution.

For example, Mirantis recently buffed its OpenStack distribution to use Kubernetes as an internal component and for container management. Major Linux server distribu...