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Le Monde

Le Portugal renfloue ses caisses en revendant des toiles de Miro
Après plusieurs mois d'incertitudes, la justice a autorisé le gouvernement a vendre 85 oeuvres de l'artiste, estimées à plus de 36,4 millions d'euros.
Un été « particulièrement maussade » en France
Les températures, très supérieures à la normale en début de saison, ont ensuite été plus contrastées, avant de chuter nettement au mois d'août.
Plainte pour « traite d'êtres humains » chez des coiffeurs à Paris
Des coiffeuses sans papiers et la CGT-Commerce, qui les soutient, ont porté plainte début août pour « traite d'êtres humains, travail dissimulé et faillite frauduleuse ».
Terrorisme : le Royaume-Uni relève son niveau d'alerte
Le changement de niveau signifie qu'une attaque est « hautement probable » sans pour autant qu'il existe des informations sur une menace « imminente ».
Intermarché candidat à la reprise de l'abattoir Gad
Une filiale du groupement des Mousquetaires devrait déposer une lettre d'intention de reprise de l'abattoir, qui emploie 950 personnes.
Judo : Audrey Tcheuméo vice-championne du monde
La Française remporte la médaille d'argent aux championnats du monde à Tcheliabinsk en Russie dans la catégorie des -78 kg.
La New Nintendo 3DS dévoilée
La société japonaise a annoncé la sortie d'une nouvelle évolution de sa console portable, la Nintendo 3DS.
Des ONG veulent l'arrestation en France du prince de Bahreïn, soupçonné de tortures
Le prince participe actuellement aux Jeux équestres mondiaux, en Normandie. Il ne bénéficie « d'aucune immunité », selon le président d'honneur de la FIDH.
Quelques conseils aux lycéens pour réussir en philosophie
Avis aux lycéens qui s'apprêtent à entrer en terminale : pour peu qu'on y mette de la bonne volonté et que l'on y consacre un peu de temps, la philosophie est une matière accessible.
Un nuage de criquets envahit la capitale de Madagascar
Le ciel d'Antananarivo s'est brusquement obscurci jeudi, envahi par des criquets qui prolifèrent dans l'île malgré les campagnes d'épandage de pesticides, à la faveur notamment de la déforestation.

Linux Weekly News

Friday's security updates
Debian has updated squid3 (denial of service).
Fedora has updated glibc (F20: multiple vulnerabilities), GraphicsMagick (F20: code execution), gtk3 (F20: screen lock bypass), perl-Plack (F19; F20: information disclosure), phpMyAdmin (F19: multiple vulnerabilities), and subversion (F19; F20: credentials leak).
Gentoo has updated apache (multiple vulnerabilities), file (denial of service), libgcrypt (key extraction), libtasn1 (multiple vulnerabilities), and php (multiple vulnerabilities).
SUSE has updated MySQL (SLES/SLED 11: multiple vulnerabilities).
Ubuntu has updated eglibc (10.o4, 12.04, 14.04: denial of service).
Linux Foundation creates a new storage and filesystems conference: Vault
The Linux Foundation has announced a new conference called "Vault" that will focus on storage and filesystems for Linux. It will be co- located with the annual invitation-only Linux Storage, Filesystem and Memory Management Summit and will be held March 11-12, 2015 at the Revere Hotel in Boston. "'90% of the world's data has been created in the last few years and most of that data is being stored and accessed via a Linux-based system,' said Linux Foundation Chief Marketing Officer Amanda McPherson. 'Now is the ideal time to bring the open source community together in this new forum, Vault, to collaborate on new methods of improving capacity, efficiency and security to manage the huge data volumes envisioned in the coming years. By bringing together the leading minds of Linux file systems and storage and our members who are pushing the limits of what is possible, Vault should expand the state of the art in Linux.'"
Containers vs Hypervisors: The Battle Has Just Begun (Linux.com)
Russell Pavlicek looks at the rivalry between containers and hypervisors over at Linux.com. He outlines the arguments for and against each, and follows it up with a description of a new contender for a "cloud operating system": unikernels.
"Unikernel systems create tiny VMs. Mirage OS from the Xen Project incubator, for example, has created several network devices that run kilobytes in size (yes, that's “kilobytes” – when was the last time you heard of any VM under a megabyte?). They can get that small because the VM itself does not contain a general-purpose operating system per se, but rather a specially built piece of code that exposes only those operating system functions required by the application.
There is no multi-user operating environment, no shell scripts, and no massive library of utilities to take up room – or to subvert in some nefarious exploit. There is just enough code to make the application run, and precious little for a malefactor to leverage. And in unikernels like Mirage OS, all the code that is present is statically type-safe, from the applications stack all the way down to the device drivers themselves. It's not the “end-all be-all” of security, but it is certainly heading in the right direction."
5 UX Tips for Developers (Red Hat developer blog)
On Red Hat's developer blog, Máirín Duffy has tips for developers on improving their application's user experience (UX). "Speaking of speeding things up for your users – one way you can do this is to limit the amount of choices users have to make while using your application. It’s you, my application developer friend, that users are relying on as an expert in the ways of whatever it is that your application does. Users trust you to make set sane defaults based on your domain expertise; when you set defaults, you are also alleviating users from having to make a choice that – depending on their level of expertise – may be quite hard for them to understand.
This isn’t to say you should eliminate all choices and configuration options from your application! Let users ease into it, though. Give them a good default so that your application requires less of them to start, and as they gain expertise and confidence in using your app over time, they can explore the preferences and change those settings based on their needs when they are ready."
Security updates for Thursday
Debian has updated s3ql (code execution).
Mageia has updated x11vnc (code execution).
openSUSE has updated phpMyAdmin (13.1, 12.3: multiple vulnerabilities) and python3 (12.3: two vulnerabilities).
Ubuntu has updated squid3 (14.04, 12.04: denial of service).
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