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Bulgaria passes law requiring government software to be open source

Amendments have been passed by the Bulgarian Parliament requiring all software written for the government to be open source and developed in a public repository, making custom software procured by the government accessible to everyone. Article 58 of the Electronic Governance Act states that administrative authorities must include the following requirements: “When the subject of the contract includes the development of computer programs, computer...

Seventeen countries disagree that Internet is a human right

Seventeen countries disagree that Internet is a human right

Freedom of Expression on the Internet is taken for granted by many of us. Around the world, headlines are heralding the fact that the UN has passed a resolution which reaffirms Internet Access as a human right and condemns any country which blocks certain parts of the Internet for any reason. The non-binding resolution reaffirms each country’s commitment to “Address security concerns on the...

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Linux distributions will soon stop supporting 32-bit PCs

AMD and Intel released the first 64-bit CPUs for consumers back in 2003 and 2004. Now, more than a decade later, Linux distributions are looking at winding down support for 32-bit hardware. Google already took this leap back in 2015, dumping 32-bit versions of Chrome for Linux. Ubuntu’s Dimitri John Ledkov put forth a proposal to wind down 32-bit support on the Ubuntu mailing...

Internet Access Is Now A Basic Human Right

Internet Access Is Now A Basic Human Right

People may joke that others spend too much time on the internet, but this intricate series of tubes has become an important part of everyday life—so much so that it’s become a human right violation to take it away. That’s according to the United Nations Human Rights Council, which passed a non-binding resolution in June that condemns countries that intentionally take away or disrupt...

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Win7 and 8.1 patch KB 3173040 throws full-screen Win10 upgrade warning

Microsoft just released yet another Win10 upgrade system – KB 3173040 is a Recommended patch for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 systems. According to the KB 3173040 article, if you have Windows set to automatically install updates, and have the Windows Update “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them” box checked, your machine will suddenly sprout a...

SourceForge moves to put badness in past

SourceForge moves to put badness in past

It has been six months since the company formerly known as Dice (DHI Group) sold off Slashdot Media—the business unit that runs Slashdot and SourceForge—to BIZX, LLC, a San Diego-based digital media company. Since then, the new management has been moving to erase some of the mistakes made under the previous regime—mistakes that led to the site becoming a bit of a pariah among...

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Microsoft Releases the June 2016 Update Rollup for Windows 7 SP1

Microsoft has released a new update rollup for Windows 7 users that brings an important pack of improvements to computers still running this OS version – according to third-party stats, Windows 7 continues to be used on some 45 percent of the PCs out there. The June 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 includes fixes and performance improvements,...

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Google is build their own speedtest with M-Labs’s help

If you’ve ever tested your internet speeds, you’ve probably used Ookla’s SpeedTest or maybe even Netflix’s new Fast.com. There’s also a good chance that you’ve simply Google searched “speedtest” to get you to one of those websites. In hopes to court users away from Ookla and Netflix, it looks like Google is building its own internet speed test tool right into search results. First uncovered...

CableONE Denies Using Credit Scores to Provide Worse Service

CableONE Denies Using Credit Scores to Provide Worse Service

A few weeks ago we wrote about how CableONE CEO Thomas Might recently crowed that his company had implemented a system that managed to deliver worse customer service to customers with low credit scores. According to Might, the company had developed a “very rigorous FICI credit scoring process” on its video customers since 2013 that involves somehow flagging the accounts so that company support...

Telekom and Fraunhofer unveil ‘Volksverschlüsselung’

Telekom and Fraunhofer unveil ‘Volksverschlüsselung’

A new program unveiled in Germany called Volksverschlüsselung promises full, end-to-end encryption for emails sent by even the most technophobic internet users. Deutsche Telekom and the Fraunhofer research institute collaborated on the software. German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom unveiled on Wednesday a new internet security project it has developed with the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT). The new program, available for Windows,...