www.thetelegraff.com http://www.thetelegraff.com News/media website Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:48:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 http://www.thetelegraff.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/teleg-100x100.png www.thetelegraff.com http://www.thetelegraff.com 32 32 126538591 Did Donald Trump just spout fake news about Ireland’s corporate tax? http://www.thetelegraff.com/donald-trump/ http://www.thetelegraff.com/donald-trump/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:12:43 +0000 http://www.thetelegraff.com/?p=1973 US president Donald Trump has described much of the negative media coverage of his administration as fake news but could be accused of the same thing after claiming on Monday that Ireland was planning to reduce its corporation tax rate to just 8 per cent from the current 12.5 per cent. But since yesterday, it seems that

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US president Donald Trump has described much of the negative media coverage of his administration as fake news but could be accused of the same thing after claiming on Monday that Ireland was planning to reduce its corporation tax rate to just 8 per cent from the current 12.5 per cent.

But since yesterday, it seems that the US president is being quite economical with the truth about Ireland’s corporate tax rate. Trump made the bizarre claim that Ireland was planning to reduce its corporate tax rate from 12.5pc to just 8pc.

In an (unscheduled) speech in the White House’s Rose Garden, alongside Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump embarked on namechecking Ireland’s rate, and seemingly contradicting Paschal Donohoe’s Budget from last Tuesday.

“You look at other countries, what they’ve done, and we’re competing with other countries, when China is at 15 per cent, when, I hear, that Ireland’s going to be reducing their corporate rates down to 8 per cent from 12 … We can’t be at 35 per cent and think we’re going to remain competitive in terms of companies and in terms of jobs.”  Trump mentioned.

Regarding Ireland’s tax rate (which is 12.5%, not 12%), it seems entirely unlikely that a change to such a key government figure would be made with no fanfare, not least because Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe last Tuesday insisted in his Budget speech that the figure would remain unchanged:

“Our position is clear, the 12.5% tax rate is, and will remain, a core part of our offering” Donohoe said last week.

So the president may have been misinformed, to put it charitably. Not for the first time.

Chances are he just threw that little tidbit out there for dramatic effect as part of his crusade to bring US corporate tax down from 35pc to 20pc.

He probably didn’t think anybody in little ol’ Ireland was watching.

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Uganda news: MPs trade hot blows during a parliamentary session http://www.thetelegraff.com/uganda-news/ http://www.thetelegraff.com/uganda-news/#comments Sun, 01 Oct 2017 10:35:26 +0000 http://www.thetelegraff.com/?p=1952 In Uganda news today, a parliamentary session in the little east African country (Uganda), turned into Armageddon when parliamentarians decided to quench their anger on each other last Tuesday. The ugly brawl in the Chamber happened during the controversial presidential age limit debate. Chaos started shortly after as Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana alleged that

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In Uganda news today, a parliamentary session in the little east African country (Uganda), turned into Armageddon when parliamentarians decided to quench their anger on each other last Tuesday.

The ugly brawl in the Chamber happened during the controversial presidential age limit debate.

Chaos started shortly after as Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana alleged that guns had been smuggled into the Chamber, with the opposition members pointing a finger at Mukono County North MP and Water minister Ronald Kibuule.

Parliamentarians hurled chairs at each other and swung microphone stands like swords. Men were torn from the room by their blazers and women by their dresses. Some people wailed and cried. Two female lawmakers were carried out of the chamber after collapsing.

“Please take your seats… let us speak with our words, not with our fists,” Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said.

That fight exposed the bitter rift between lawmakers who support President Yoweri Museveni’s efforts to extend his rule and those who oppose it. Museveni, 73, has been president for 31 years.

Uganda news confirms that at least 25 MPs opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment to prolong Museveni’s tenure were forcibly ejected on orders of the speaker for involvement in fighting on Tuesday. All other like-minded MPs then walked out.

Uganda’s two major privately owned TV stations, including a local unit of Kenya’s Nation Media Group, and some radio stations carried Tuesday’s parliamentary session live.

“It is unacceptable that Uganda’s media regulator is threatening to close down media houses simply for doing their job and broadcasting live news events. Ugandans have a right to know what their elected representatives are doing, a right the authorities must facilitate rather than hinder,” said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Uganda’s constitution says no one older than 75 can run for president, which would effectively prevent Museveni from running for re-election in 2021. Some parliamentarians want to introduce a bill that would change that law, allowing the president to extend his rule.

Museveni is among a growing group of African leaders — in Zimbabwe, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo and other countries — who are trying to stay in power by changing or defying their countries’ laws.

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Christopher Columbus discovered America 500 years late http://www.thetelegraff.com/christopher-columbus/ http://www.thetelegraff.com/christopher-columbus/#respond Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:03:21 +0000 http://www.thetelegraff.com/?p=1927 500 years before Christopher Columbus set foot on the Americas, Icelandic explorer, Leif Erikson had reached in modern day Newfoundland in Canada. Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer from Iceland, and the first known European to have discovered continental North America (excluding Greenland). Life of Leif Erikson In old Norse, he’s Leifr Eiriksson, in Icelandic

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500 years before Christopher Columbus set foot on the Americas, Icelandic explorer, Leif Erikson had reached in modern day Newfoundland in Canada.

Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer from Iceland, and the first known European to have discovered continental North America (excluding Greenland).

Life of Leif Erikson

In old Norse, he’s Leifr Eiriksson, in Icelandic he’s Leifur  Eiriksson, in Norwegian he’s Leiv Eiriksson.

Leif is from Norwegian blood, but born in Iceland (around 970 CE). He was the second of three sons of Erik the Red who was the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland and Thjodhild. Both Erik the Red and Leif’s Grandfather spent a lot of their time in Norway and eventually Greenland.

Erik the Red first moved to Iceland but was banished for three years, during which time he moved on to Greenland, where the young Leif was born.

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The young Leif grew up in a superstitious family, his father having been banished for similar reasons. In Iceland, his father (Erik the Red) had been so superstitious that he helped to start a landslide and killing some people, convinced that their father had stolen some magical beans that belonged to him.

Leif’s lineage seemed to be of banishing. It wasn’t only Leif’s father who was ever banished, but also his Grandfather- Thorvald Asvaldsson, who was in the first place banished from Norway for manslaughter.

Leif Erikson was thus born and grew up in Greenland. He went on to become a great sailsman- Viking, having learned many skills from a great friend and fellow Viking, Bjarni. Having heard a lot of great tales from Bjarni, he bought his ship off of him and set off in the direction of the mysterious Newland.

His father did not join his crew, after falling off his horse on his way to board the ship that was about to start its North America expedition. His father took it as a bad omen, and chose to stay behind. Leif and his crew however continued on their journey.

They first landed on a rocky island which he later called “Helluland” (Baffin Island today). From here they headed straight to a place he later called “Markland” (Labrador today), before venturing to his Vinland.

Erik’s bad omen a side, Leif and his crew stayed in Vinland for a winter before returning to Greenland in the spring.

Leif later died in 1020 CE, and is considered the very first European to ever set foot on the Americas.

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This however to many, sharply contrasts the widely accepted belief that Christopher Columbus, instead was the first European to set foot on the American soil.

However, it should clearly be understood that Leif’s story happened 500 years, even before Columbus ever set foot on any ship. Archeologists have also found evidence of the Viking settlements in North America, and dating back to the same period of time when Leif and his colleagues first landed on America.

Life of Christopher Columbus

Columbus was born in 1451 Genoa Italy. He however spent most of his adult life in Spain where he lived under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs.

Being an explorer though, life wasn’t easy for Columbus. He spent nearly a decade lobbying European monarchies to bankroll his quest to discover a western sea route to Asia. He lobbied Portugal, England and France with no success. He said his calculations were wrong and that the voyage would take much longer than he thought.

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Even Royal advisors in Spain raised similar concerns to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, but luckily for Columbus who it turns out indeed underestimated the earth’s circumference and size of the ocean, he unknowingly ran into the uncharted Americas, thinking he had successfully landed in Asia.

This was in October 12, 1492, and little did he know that he had set foot on the fine white sand of an Island in the Caribbean which he was later to name Hispaniola.

Columbus never admitted he had reached a continent previously unknown to Europeans, rather than the East Indies for which he had set course. He called the inhabitants of the land which he visited Indios (Spanish for “Indians”).

Columbus governance of Hispaniola could be brutal and tyrannical. Native islanders who did not collect enough Gold would have their hands cutoff and rebel Spanish colonists were executed at the gallows. Colonists complained to the monarchy about mismanagement, and a royal commissioner who was dispatched to Hispaniola, arrested Columbus in August 1500 and brought him back to Spain. Although Columbus was stripped of his governorship, King Ferdinand granted the explorer his freedom.

Christopher Columbus later died in 1506 and was buried in Valladolid in Spain and then moved to Seville. But later at the request of his daughter in- law, the bodies of Columbus and his son Diego were shipped across the Atlantic to Hispaniola and interred in a Santo Domingo Cathedral.

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Trump problems escallate as London mayor says Britain shouldn’t host Trump http://www.thetelegraff.com/trump-problems/ http://www.thetelegraff.com/trump-problems/#respond Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:10:40 +0000 http://www.thetelegraff.com/?p=1905 Trump problems increase every other day, with now the London Mayor Sadiq Khan saying on Sunday that it would be wrong for Britain to host US President Donald Trump on a state visit, describing some of the US leader’s views on Islam as “ignorant”. Trump has criticized Khan, accusing the mayor of making a “pathetic

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Trump problems increase every other day, with now the London Mayor Sadiq Khan saying on Sunday that it would be wrong for Britain to host US President Donald Trump on a state visit, describing some of the US leader’s views on Islam as “ignorant”.

Trump has criticized Khan, accusing the mayor of making a “pathetic excuse” over his statement urging Londoners not to be alarmed by the presence of additional police on the streets in response to an attack in June.

Appearing on Channel 4 News on Monday evening, Khan said Trump was wrong about “many things” and that his state visit should not go ahead.

“I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,” he said.

On June 2, a van barrelled through a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge and three men later attacked people inside restaurants and pubs near Borough Market. Seven people were killed during the attack.

“When you have a special relationship it is no different from when you have got a close mate. You stand with them in times of adversity but you call them out when they are wrong. There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong.”

Trump’s tirade also appeared to act as a rebuke to the acting US ambassador to Britain, Lewis Lukens, who had put out a thread of tweets, culminating in a retweet of Khan’s statement.

“I commend the strong leadership of the mayor of London as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack,” the acting ambassador said.

The London mayor’s office initially responded by saying Khan had “more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks”.

Hours later, Trump retorted:

“Pathetic excuse by London mayor Sadiq Khan, who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. [Mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!”

Theresa May appeared unwilling to be drawn into the row. She praised Khan’s response to the attack but refused to explicitly comment on the US president’s intervention.

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Right whale skeleton, DNA headed to Canada’s largest museum http://www.thetelegraff.com/whale-skeleton/ http://www.thetelegraff.com/whale-skeleton/#respond Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:26:55 +0000 http://www.thetelegraff.com/?p=1887 Whale skeleton Scientists at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto are hoping that some good can come from three dead North Atlantic right whale skeletons, towed to a beach on P.E.I. this summer. DNA samples from the whales are now in a research lab at the ROM and bones from one of the whales are

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Whale skeleton Scientists at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto are hoping that some good can come from three dead North Atlantic right whale skeletons, towed to a beach on P.E.I. this summer.

DNA samples from the whales are now in a research lab at the ROM and bones from one of the whales are being prepared to become part of the museum’s collection.

The ROM approached Fisheries and Oceans Canada when it heard the three dead right whales were being brought to shore.

A crew from the museum and from Research Castings International (RCI) then raced to the whale skeleton scene on a remote beach in western P.E.I., where the necropsies were already underway.

“We want to learn as much as possible and being such an endangered animal, it’s important that we actually study it,” said Oliver Haddrath, DNA technician at the ROM.

“Luckily when we got out there, the progress through the necropsies was extremely rapid,” said Jacqueline Miller, mammalogy technician at the ROM.

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With the necropsies complete, the ROM and RCI teams got to work.

“It has to have been the messiest and smelliest job I think I’ve ever done in my life,” said Haddrath, working on a whale carcass for the first time.

“Once you’re out there, the smell is so overwhelming, it’s everywhere,” added Miller.

“It’s messy, it’s oily, it takes a long time to get clean. You can smell it in your hotel room the next morning.”

The crew used large knives, some of them custom made for whales, with blades a metre long. The process of removing the flesh is called flensing, a term from the whaling industry.

“The hardest part was doing the tail because there’s a lot of muscle attachments to the bone because the tail has very powerful muscles and they’re very strong and very hard to remove,” said Haddrath.

The crew had also hoped to collect baleen and the heart but the whales had already decomposed too badly.

The samples are now in the museum’s ultra cold freezers.

“We’ve done a DNA extraction on one of the samples, just to see how viable the DNA is and it looks very good,” said Haddrath.

The Royal Ontario Museum opened a new exhibit in the spring of 2017 centred around a blue whale, also an endangered species.

The whale skeleton came from a similar tragic event, when 9 whales were trapped in ice in Newfoundland and Labrador in the winter of 2014.

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Church of Latter Day Saints acquires Book of Mormon manuscript for $35M http://www.thetelegraff.com/church-latter-day-saints/ http://www.thetelegraff.com/church-latter-day-saints/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:21:51 +0000 http://www.thetelegraff.com/?p=1878 The Church of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, UT. has recently acquired the near 200-year-old printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon, making it the earliest surviving copy in existence. The LDS Church paid a record-setting $35 million Monday to buy the printer’s manuscript of the Book from the Community of Christ. Donors

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The Church of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, UT. has recently acquired the near 200-year-old printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon, making it the earliest surviving copy in existence.

The LDS Church paid a record-setting $35 million Monday to buy the printer’s manuscript of the Book from the Community of Christ.

Donors provided all of the money for the purchase made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The two churches jointly announced the sale Wednesday night. Both faiths treasure the document, which is the most complete copy of the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon dictated by Joseph Smith to several scribes.

The printer’s manuscript is a handwritten copy of the original manuscript. Smith provided it to the printer, E. B. Grandin, in Palmyra, New York, in 1830, and Grandin used it to set the type for the first edition of the Book of Mormon.

“It’s new territory for any manuscript for sure, or any book,” said Reid Moon, owner of Moon’s Rare Books in Provo, Utah.

“Just to give it a comparable, George Washington’s annotated copy of the Constitution sold for $9.8 million in 2012.”

Moon expected the sale to increase the value of other rare Mormon books and documents.

The Community of Christ is based in Independence, Missouri, and previously was known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Community of Christ bought a collection that included the printer’s manuscript in 1903 for $2,500.

The printer’s manuscript is missing only three lines of text, according to the Community of Christ release.

 “We hold the Book of Mormon to be a sacred text like the Bible,” Snow said in a press release. “The printer’s manuscript is the earliest surviving copy of about 72 percent of the Book of Mormon text, as only about 28 percent of the earlier dictation copy survived decades of storage in a cornerstone in Nauvoo, Illinois.”

The Community of Christ’s Presiding Bishopric set the price after evaluating the market for the manuscript with consultants. There were multiple potential buyers, according to the Community of Christ release.

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Gionee X1s With 16-Megapixel Selfie Camera, 4000mAh Battery Launched in India http://www.thetelegraff.com/gionee/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:54:27 +0000 http://www.thetelegraff.com/?p=1868 Following the launch of the X1 last month, Gionee has now launched the X1s with a fingerprint sensor, a larger battery capacity, three individual slots for SIM and storage, and a selfie-focused camera. The smartphone as been priced at Rs. 12,999 and will be available across all retail stores in the country from Thursday, September 21 in Black and Gold colours. The Gionee

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Following the launch of the X1 last month, Gionee has now launched the X1s with a fingerprint sensor, a larger battery capacity, three individual slots for SIM and storage, and a selfie-focused camera. The smartphone as been priced at Rs. 12,999 and will be available across all retail stores in the country from Thursday, September 21 in Black and Gold colours.

The Gionee X1s gets similar launch offers as the X1. Airtel customers buying the smartphone can get up to 10GB additional data per month for up to 6 successive recharges of 1GB or more. Separately, buyers will get two Patym cashback voucher codes entitling them to Rs. 250 cashback on a minimum purchase of Rs. 350 on Paytm Mall.

The company is also offering some interesting deals on the purchase of Gionee X1s. To start with, Airtel customers will get extra 10GB data each month for a period of 6 months on any data recharge of 1GB or more on the purchase of the X1s. Similarly, every purchase of Gionee X1s will come with 2 Paytm cashback voucher codes entitling customers with Rs 250 cashback on a base buy of Rs 350 from Paytm Mall.

The smartphone comes loaded with a 5.2-inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels along with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Under the hood, the device is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737T processor along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via micro SD card slot.

For photography enthusiasts, the new Gionee X1s features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, an f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash module. On the front, the handset houses a 16-megapixel front-facing shooter with a selfie flash for capturing bright selfies even in low light conditions. The selfie camera also supports features like Beautified Video and Face Beauty 2.0 to enhance the images. The X1s combines IR remote and flash together to help control the home appliances.

Gionee India has partnered with Airtel and PayTm to announce two offers with this launch. New or existing Airtel Customers who purchase the Gionee X1s can avail extra 10 GB data each month for a period of 6 months on any data recharge of 1GB or more. Likewise, every purchase of Gionee X1s will come with 2 PayTM Cashback Voucher Codes entitling customers with Rs 250 cash back on a base buy of Rs 350 from PayTM Mall.

By launching Gionee X1s we aim to offer our consumers with an outstanding confluence of advanced technology accompanied with enhanced selfie + battery capabilities. We have received a good response for X1 and the aim with the X series is to establish a stronger connect with the younger audience. The X1s brings consumers premium photography and advanced features that goes well beyond the conventional boundaries for this price segment. We are confident our users will embrace this fresh, stylish and innovatively propelled device.

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Space Exploration: NASA crew complete 8-month simulated voyage to Mars http://www.thetelegraff.com/space-exploration/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:24:35 +0000 http://www.thetelegraff.com/?p=1849 In the latest space exploration news, Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January, have emerged from isolation Sunday. The crew was quarantined for eight months on a vast plain below the summit of the Big Island’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active

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In the latest space exploration news, Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January, have emerged from isolation Sunday. The crew was quarantined for eight months on a vast plain below the summit of the Big Island’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano. After finishing their stint, they devoured fresh-picked tropical fruits, vegetables and a fluffy egg strata after eating mostly freeze-dried food during their isolation.

Their chore wasn’t so much to stay alive, but to see how isolation and the lack of privacy in a small group affects social aspects of would-be explorers.

The research is expected to bear directly on NASA’s decisions when composing crews for future missions to Mars. The group also experimented with many budding technologies future Mars explorers could employ during real expeditions to the Red Planet. It was the third and longest of the simulation missions. The next simulation is planned to last a year. A mission to Mars may take two and a half to three years, with approximately half of that time on the planetary surface.

Data from the simulated voyage to Mars “will contribute to the future exploration of Mars and the future exploration of space in general”, science officer Samuel Paylor said on Sunday.

NASA hopes to send humans to the red planet by the 2030s.

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The US space agency will use the data to select individuals and groups with the right mix of traits to best cope with the stress, isolation and danger of a two-to-three year trip to the planet.

“We’ve learned, for one thing, that conflict, even in the best of teams, is going to arise,” said Kim Binsted, the project’s lead investigator.

“So what’s really important is to have a crew that, both as individuals and a group, is really resilient, is able to look at that conflict and come back from it.”

The crew wore specially-designed sensors that could gauge their moods and played games designed to measure their compatibility and stress levels.

The study also tested ways to help the crew cope with stress.

When they became overwhelmed, they could use virtual reality devices to take them away to a tropical beach or other familiar landscapes.

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They ate mostly freeze-dried or canned food and some vegetables they grew during the eight months in isolation and all of their communications with the outside world were subjected to a 20-minute delay — the time it takes for signals to get from Mars to Earth. The crew was tasked with conducting geological surveys, mapping studies and maintaining their self-sufficient habitat as if they were actually living on Mars.

Joshua Ehrlich, the mission’s biology specialist, said they grew carrots, potatoes, peppers, pak choy and parsley.

“I mean it was phenomenal, just that delicious fresh taste from home really was good,” he said.

The project is the fifth in a series of six NASA-funded studies at the University of Hawaii facility called the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS.

NASA has dedicated about $2.5m for research at the facility.

Space exploration researchers are excited about the work that was completed during the eight-month mission but will take some time before detailing their findings in academic journals and at technical conferences. In the meantime, they also are prepping for a 1-year mission at the habitat slated to begin in August.

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Linux Foundation president used MacOS for presentation at Open Source Summit http://www.thetelegraff.com/linux-foundation/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:57:48 +0000 http://www.thetelegraff.com/?p=1823 It appears that Jim Zemlin, President of the Linux Foundation, was using MacOS while declaring “2017 is officially the year of the Linux desktop!” at the Open Source Summit 2017. This was observed by several YouTube channels Switched to Linux and The Lunduke Show. Finally it was reported by Its FOSS. With this year’s Linux

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It appears that Jim Zemlin, President of the Linux Foundation, was using MacOS while declaring “2017 is officially the year of the Linux desktop!” at the Open Source Summit 2017. This was observed by several YouTube channels Switched to Linux and The Lunduke Show. Finally it was reported by Its FOSS.

With this year’s Linux slogan, It becomes rather ironical that Zemlin would present a slide presentation using Apple’s macOS, which for some reasons he has been spotted by some security developers at Google using twice in last four years.

In March Zemlin told a cloud conference that organizations that “don’t harvest the shared innovation” of open source “will fail.”

Jim’s career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade in mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software.  He has been with the foundation since its inception in 2007 after a merger between Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG); the latter being headed by Zemlin at that time

In case you aren’t aware of the nature of Linux, it isn’t a single operating system in the sense of macOS or Windows. Rather there’s a thing called the “Linux Kernel”, which is a Unix-like operating system. Apple has created its own Unix-based Kernel called “Darwin” that sits underneath macOS. While macOS is the only operating system based on Darwin, there are many different versions of Linux based on the Linux Kernel, and each acts as a fully featured operating system (with desktop interfaces, menus, apps and so on).

The history of Linux began in 1991 with the commencement of a personal project by Finnish student Linus Torvalds to create a new free operating system kernel. Since then, the resulting Linux kernel has been marked by constant growth throughout its history. Since the initial release of its source code in 1991, it has grown from a small number of C files under a license prohibiting commercial distribution to the 4.2.3 version in 2015 with more than 18 million lines of source code under the GNU General Public License.

The Linux Foundation, led by Zemlin, is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of open source. Zemlin takes a visible and shared leadership approach at The Linux Foundation, where he frequently serves as a spokesperson at the organization’s events and others worldwide. He is known in the open source industry for passionate keynotes about the value of open source software in the modern technological landscape and his role as “Linus Torvalds’ “keeping the halls clean” for developers and engineers like Torvalds to write code.

The open source summit took place in JW Marriot, Los Angeles, Carlifornia from September 11-14, 2017.

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Edward Snowden Leaks how NSA Spied On BitTorrent, KaZaA, eDonkey And Other File Sharing Networks http://www.thetelegraff.com/edward-snowden-leaks/ Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:40:46 +0000 http://www.thetelegraff.com/?p=1811 If you’re able to wipe the dust off your memories, you might remember Edward Snowden leaks –the ones that defamed the National Security Agency by revealing their surveillance secrets in 2013. Now, part of the Edward Snowden leaks, a document released by The Intercept, exposes another unsurprising thing about the spying activities conducted by the NSA.

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If you’re able to wipe the dust off your memories, you might remember Edward Snowden leaks –the ones that defamed the National Security Agency by revealing their surveillance secrets in 2013.

Now, part of the Edward Snowden leaks, a document released by The Intercept, exposes another unsurprising thing about the spying activities conducted by the NSA. While people unconsciously realized the fact that their P2P activities could be monitored, the document reveals that NSA’s dreams of penetrating P2P file sharing networks did come true.

The P2P networks are in the crosshairs of the authorities in many countries, as in Germany. As the IP addresses are public, you can know which line is sharing content subject to copyright. However, it would be much more serious if the authorities could access your computer through those networks. Yes, that was the NSA.

In the early years of P2P, users who used it did not assume that they could be monitored, spied on, and even could be hacked through these networks. Unfortunately, these exchange sites operated totally open. The files were exchanged through shared folders, through which anyone could see what another user was sharing.

Among the first most popular file-sharing programs we found KaZaA (which used the FastTrack network), or eDonkey2000 (eD2k network). They shared mostly music (the movies could take days to get off), which did not like the record industry. From there began to launch demands by the industry against users who shared content in P2P networks, demonstrating that users were being watched and that what they were doing on the network was not secret.

 “By searching our collection databases, it is clear that many targets are using popular file-sharing applications,” a researcher, belonging to the group FAVA (File-Sharing Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment), wrote the article published on SIDToday almost 12 years ago.

“But if they are merely sharing the latest release of their favorite pop star, this traffic is of dubious value (no offense to Britney Spears intended).”

The requirement to peek into early file-sharing networks, including software like Kazaa (FastTrack) and eDonkey, was to decode the protocols used and, if required, crack encryption in between. The NSA did so for a couple of them.

“We have developed the capability to decrypt and decode both Kazaa and eDonkey traffic to determine which files are being shared, and what queries are being performed,” a researcher wrote.

The agency could access Kazza’s data like “email-addresses, country codes, user names, location of the downloaded files, and a list of recent searches – encrypted of course,” reads the article.

KaZaA went out of service in 2012, but eDonkey is surviving with the same 2004-year vulnerable encryption. However, the service isn’t as popular as it was earlier. And security was never a goal for eDonkey’s encryption, a representative told the Intercept.

There were other file sharing networks under FAVA Pod’s radar as well, including Freenet, DriectConnect, Gnutella, Gnutella2, JoltD, MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger, and BitTorrent.

“In 2004, BitTorrent traffic was responsible for two-thirds of all traffic on the internet, and BitTorrent wasn’t even the most popular peer-to-peer file-sharing tool,” according to the released document.

 The entry of BitTorrent in the file-sharing space was a little later than Kazaa and eDonkey, but it seems that the agency didn’t want to leave any stone unturned.

The Intercept, citing a classified presentation (dated 2007), reported that the NSA created a separate program called GRIMPLATE to monitor BitTorrent activities.

It was for the employees of the Department of Defense. “BitTorrent sessions are seen on a daily basis between NIPRnet hosts and adversary space [like China and Russia],” stated the document for GRIMPLATE.

NIPRnet is a DOD network used to share sensitive and classified information. The motive of the program was to check that any malicious stuff was not being transferred.

According to another document released by the publication, by 2010, the Britsh spy agency GCHQ was also showing interest in monitoring P2P networks through a web application called the DIRTY RAT.

You can find the SIDToday documents published by The Intercept here.

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