According to the [Daily Mirror](http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/charlie-hebdo-isis-flag-death-4946579), a number of official websites connected to French municipalities were hacked at the end of last week to coincide with the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the hostage taking at the Jewish supermarket. The newspaper reported that the home screens of websites belonging to the towns of Jouy-le-Moutier, Piscop, Goussainville, Val D'Oise and Ezanville (all surrounding Paris) were defaced with a Jihadist ISIS black flag and a message which translates as "The Islamic State Stay Inchallah, Free Palestine, Death to France, Death to Charlie." The hacker concerned declares himself to be an Algerian using the name …

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Anonymous hacktivists took aim at the websites of the UK Justice Department, the Department of Work and Pensions, the Home Office and even the Prime Minister's own Number 10 site. All of them were successfully targeted overnight and went down for a period of time. The attacks were part of the Anonymous response to the UK government's handling of the Julian Assange extradition situation. WikiLeaks founder Assange has been granted political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and police have gathered to arrest him should he leave the building. The UK government has threatened to enter the embassy, under …

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Dear all, i am soon entering 11th grade and will be studying c++ in full length. I want to learn another language to compliment it which can provide me the freedom to over a variety of devices and paltforms. I have chosen asm(assembly) as i think it very basic to all systems. I have had som difficulty in finding tutorials for it. Please suggest a language and also provide where can i have the detailed tutorials. Thanks in advance.

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Is it true that, if you speak up for GNU/Linux on the Desktop, you get flamed? I just had a virtual conversation with someone who claims that this assertion is fact. I've never experienced this anti-Desktop Linux sentiment or maybe my memory has failed me. I don't think the Linux Community would take a stand against it. The Apple Community is too glazed over with iCrap to care what we do. But, there is one "community" that might take issue with Linux on the Desktop. Who could it be? I'm having a little trouble coming up with the name, though …

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News International has confirmed that it is to start charging visitors to access both The Times and Sunday Times newspaper content online from June. This heralds the emergence of the much talked about Murdoch Paywall which News International owner Rupert Murdoch has long argued is essential in order to make news economically viable in the online age. According to the [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8588432.stm"]BBC[/URL] the existing combined Times Online website will split to form distinct digital brands and businesses from May, with access for the two sites costing £1 per day or £2 for a week paid in advance although a free trial …

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For a while it looked like the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story252590.html"]Google threat[/URL] to pull out of China was just a load of hot air, and pretty late hot air at that considering [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story253371.html"]it had taken years[/URL] for the search giant to realise that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4434.html"]state censorship is a bad thing[/URL]. But that has all changed now that Google landed a well aimed kick right to the Chinese commercial nads by 'delaying' the launch of a couple of new [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/09/09/battle-of-the-apps-android-v-apple/"]Android[/URL] OS powered mobile devices. Although there is, as of yet, no official response from China over this latest move it has previously stated that Google …

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I was talking with my friend, [URL="http://blogs.zdnet.com/perlow"]Jason Perlow[/URL], yesterday and he told me that I should back off of the free software rants because he feels that I'm entering the gray edges of freakdom. We laughed about it but it made me think: When does a strong belief in something become extremism? I've had two conversations with Richard Stallman about free software specifically and freedom generally. My conclusion is that there's a fine line between freedom and freakdom. My goal is to find that line and explore its dimensions. My first conversation with Richard Stallman (RMS) was a tentative discussion, …

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Everyone knows that China is not exactly the most Internet friendly country, in fact the Chinese government pretty much hates it. Despite being a truly [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1269.html"]connected superpower[/URL], the Chinese government has already [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1407.html"]declared war on Internet porn[/URL]. Of course, the Internet is a cool tool when used as a weapon by the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2427.html"]army of Chinese government sponsored hackers[/URL] against other countries. Now it seems that the Chinese authorities are turning their weapons of mass censorship on all citizens. It seems that as from next month, every PC sold in China will have Green Dam software installed. Green what? Well, the …

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Here we go again, it is silly season at Apple as an iPhone application feeding news from a civil liberties organisation is banned and Hitler gets the blame. Just two days ago I posted a news story entitled '[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4408.html"]You don't have to be easily offended to be an iPhone app approver, but it helps[/URL]' which explained how an eBook reader app was banned because it might be used to view sexually explicit texts. This coming on top of other mad decisions, apparently taken to protect those who are prone to be offending by everything, such as banning a game featuring …

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So I'm scrolling through the features rather than the news and I come across [URL="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10031076-93.html?tag=mncol"]this[/URL]. Software developers, apparently, are under threat from censors. Apple is refusing to put violent games onto its iTunes store and Facebook is going to refuse to distribute some applications. I'm interested mostly in the psychology that makes this idea offensive. It's rooted, quite deeply, in the original picure of the Internet as promoted by, I suppose, the original geek community who set it up. It was going to be the ultimate free for all, the great leveller - if you wanted to put something on …

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