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Gimp Turns 25

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-11-23 20:05
New submitter thegreatbob shares a report: The General Image Manipulation Program, GIMP, has turned 25. A brief celebration post detailed how the package started life as a July 1995 Usenet thought bubble by then-student Peter Mattis, who posted the following to several newsgroups: Suppose someone decided to write a graphical image manipulation program (akin to photoshop). Out of curiosity (and maybe something else), I have a few (2) questions: What kind of features should it have? (tools, selections, filters, etc.) What file formats should it support? (jpeg, gif, tiff, etc.)" Four months later, Mattis and fellow University of California Berkeley student Spencer Kimball delivered what they described as software "designed to provide an intuitive graphical interface to a variety of image editing operations." The software ran on Linux 1.2.13, Solaris 2.4, HPUX 9.05, and SGI IRIX. The answer to the file format support question turned out to be GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and XPM. The rest is history. Richard Stallman gave Mattis and Kimball permission to change the "General" in its name to "GNU", reflecting its open-source status. Today the program is released under the GNU General Public License. As the program added features such as layers, it grew more popular and eventually became a byword for offering a FOSS alternative to Photoshop even though the project pushes back against that description. The project's celebration page says volunteers did their "best to provide a sensible workflow to users by using common user interface patterns. That gave us a few questionable monikers like 'Photoshop for Linux', 'free Photoshop', and 'that ugly piece of software'. We still can wholeheartedly agree with the latter one only!"

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Newsreader Simon McCoy fights tears of laughter as he delivers report on pianist playing to monkeys

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 19:47
The veteran journalist, 59, appeared to be caught off guard as he introduced the bizarre segment from the BBC studio this afternoon. He was forced to stifle a laugh before being lost for words.
Categories: UK News

Baby killer who murdered girlfriend's 13-month-old son after weeks of abuse found dead in prison

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 19:45
Andrew Lloyd, 37, who killed his girlfriend's baby boy Aaron Gilbert in 2005 in Swansea and sentenced to life in prison. He was found dead in custody on Thursday.
Categories: UK News

Walmart-exclusive Router and Others Sold on Amazon and eBay Contain Hidden Backdoors To Control Devices

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-11-23 19:26
Bernard Meyer, reporting for CyberNews: In a collaboration between CyberNews Sr. Information Security Researcher Mantas Sasnauskas and researchers James Clee and Roni Carta, suspicious backdoors have been discovered in a Chinese-made Jetstream router, sold exclusively at Walmart as their new line of "affordable" wifi routers. This backdoor would allow an attacker the ability to remotely control not only the routers, but also any devices connected to that network. CyberNews reached out to Walmart for comment and to understand whether they were aware of the Jetstream backdoor, and what they plan to do to protect their customers. After we sent information about the affected Jetstream device, a Walmart spokesperson informed CyberNews: "Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are looking into the issue to learn more. The item in question is currently out of stock and we do not have plans to replenish it." Besides the Walmart-exclusive Jetstream router, the cybersecurity research team also discovered that low-cost Wavlink routers, normally sold on Amazon or eBay, have similar backdoors. The Wavlink routers also contain a script that lists nearby wifi and has the capability to connect to those networks. We have also found evidence that these backdoors are being actively exploited, and there's been an attempt to add the devices to a Mirai botnet. Mirai is malware that infects devices connected to a network, turns them into remotely controlled bots as part of a botnet, and uses them in large-scale attacks. The most famous of these is the 2016 Dyn DNS cyberattack, which brought down major websites like Reddit, Netflix, CNN, GitHub, Twitter, Airbnb and more.

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One of England's earliest Victorian baths are discovered in Bath 

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 19:18
A Victorian wash house built in 1847 to allow the poor people living in the city of Bath to wash regularly has been discovered by a team of archaeologists.
Categories: UK News

Climate change: Arctic temperatures are 12°F above 1990s 'norm'

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:58
The data, from the University of Maine's Climate Reanlayzer, is an average figure for the entire Arctic, an area measuring some 7.7 million square miles.
Categories: UK News

NBA's social justice coalition meets with Pope Francis at Vatican

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:57
Pope Francis met with five members of the NBA's newly formed National Basketball Social Justice Coalition at the Vatican on Monday to discuss issues related to equality, such as voting rights.
Categories: UK News

US expat reveals six things that make the UK BETTER on TikTok

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:55
Nick Alexander, who goes by Mr Miami on TikTok , is originally from Florida but moved to Wolverhampton to study. In his latest video, which already had more than one million views, he lists why he loves the UK.
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Colchester Zoo announces 'tragic death' of fantastic vet

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:47
He played a 'central role' in the health and wellbeing of animals in the zoo
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Biden's Top Tech Adviser Makes Regulation More Likely

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:46
President-elect Joe Biden's top technology adviser helped craft California's landmark online privacy law and recently condemned a controversial federal statute that protects internet companies from liability, indicators of how the Biden administration may come down on two key tech policy issues. From a report: Bruce Reed, a former Biden chief of staff who is expected to take a major role in the new administration, helped negotiate with the tech industry and legislators on behalf of backers of a ballot initiative that led to the 2018 California Consumer Privacy Act. Privacy advocates see that law as a possible model for a national law. Reed also co-authored a chapter in a book published last month denouncing the federal law known as Section 230, which makes it impossible to sue internet companies over the content of user postings. Both Republicans and Democrats have called for reforming or abolishing 230, which critics say has allowed abuse to flourish on social media. Reed, a veteran political operative, was chief of staff for Biden from 2011 to 2013, when Biden was U.S. vice president. In that role, he succeeded Ron Klain, who was recently named incoming White House chief of staff. Reed then served as president of the Broad Foundation, a major Los Angeles philanthropic organization, and later as an adviser to Laurene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective in Palo Alto, California.

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Sport fans return to stadiums after Covid-19 lockdown: All you need to know

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:42
Sports fans have received the news they have waited months for - stadiums will re-open from December 2 when the current Covid-19 lockdown in England is eased. We answer all your questions on the return.
Categories: UK News

Black Friday WEEK is here! Retailers unveil even more deals ahead of the main event

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:38
Black Friday fever continues to sweep across the nation, as retailers kickstart their amazing deals early across various sections including beauty, fashion, tech, home and kids.
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Essex coronavirus: 642 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:37
The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Essex increased by 642 over the weekend, official figures show.
Categories: Essex News

Essex coronavirus: 642 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

Chelmsford Weekly News - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:37
The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Essex increased by 642 over the weekend, official figures show.
Categories: Essex News

Essex County Council responds to lockdown update on new tiers

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:37
The council said Essex's tier will be decided later this week
Categories: Essex News

Jeffrey Epstein prosecutors ask Glenn Dubin to hand over documents between pedophile and his kids

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:34
Officials in the US Virgin Islands - where Epstein owned a private island - filed a subpoena in September seeking the documents.
Categories: UK News

Mother-of-two killed after being hit by car while trying to take a photo of the I'm a Celeb castle

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:33
Sharn Iona Hughes, 58, travelled ten miles from her home to Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales to see the lights for the ITV show. She was struck by a Volvo at around 5pm on Saturday.
Categories: UK News

Italy's coronavirus death toll passes 50,000 after recording another 630 fatalities

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:31
Only the United States, Brazil, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom have also surpassed the grim milestone of 50,000 deaths.
Categories: UK News

Frenchman who wanted to 'smash a guy's face in' fined €135 – despite correctly filling out paperwork stating why he left home during lockdown

The Register - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:25
'In his own way, he was trying to fulfil the letter of the law' says cop

A Frenchman has been fined after police in Brittany discovered him breaking the country's harsh lockdown laws with a written note saying he'd left home to "smash a guy's face in."…

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Barack Obama says Michelle has been 'more relaxed and more joyful' since they left the White House

Mail Online - Mon, 2020-11-23 18:24
The former President of the United States, 59, revealed that Michelle, 56, felt a 'pressure' and 'stress' the eight years he held the office.
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