The New York Times explains campaign financing in the US:
There is quite a lot of text, and facts behind the images. Be sure to click through and read the article.
Jens Heyens and Ben Stock of the Uni Saarland have found a code execution bug (PDF) in Bash 4.4 and higher.
$ touch ’”‘ touch HereBeDragons ‘’ $ rm \”\‘touch\ HereBeDragons\‘ ^C $ ls -lt insgesamt 0 −rw−r−−r−− 1 heyens heyens 0 17. Jan 16:03 HereBeDragons −rw−r−−r−− 1 heyens heyens 0 17. Jan 16:03 ’” ‘ touch HereBeDragons ‘ ’
The bug has been introduced in commit 74b8cbb41398b4453d8ba04d0cdd1b25f9dcb9e3 on the devel branch of bash and made into 4.4-stable. It is present since May 2015.
What is the Idea of a European Union in the life of young Europeans growing up? How can the EU make European Union a tangible experience?
The answer to that, according to Vincent Herr and Martin Speer, is as simple as it is awesome – every young European Citizen shall, on their 18th birthday, receive a free InterRail ticket. The ticket would allow unlimited rail travel in and between the 30 participating countries for a month, allowing young Europeans to experience their country hands-on.
But nothing in Europe is ever simple:
Germany has Ancillary Copyright (“Leistungsschutzrecht“), but it does not work. Currently the organisation trying to cash in on it, VG Media, is suing Google, and the case is being heard at the Landgericht Berlin.
Die Zeit reports that Judge Peter Scholz is asking if the German Ancillary Copyright is formally invalid, because by construction it might have been that the Euorpean Union would have had to be formally notified before it became law.
Tumblr of the day is a pretty good podcast: The Daily by the NYT is commute length and gives a good and unexcited overview about what happened in the US while you slept.
The Podcast is available from the NYT website, or via the usual subscription mechanism provided by your podcast app (I am using Pocket Casts)
glibc 2.25 is now out. One of the new things in this release are the getrandom() and getentropy() calls, which finally are making Linux kernel features available at the library level.
An electric bike, of all things, in a shop for e-Bikes in the basement level of a parking structure in Hannover caught fire. The fire was extremely smoky, and completely engulfed the parking structure. It had to be evacuated.
The bike shop was completely destroyed, the parking structure has been desmoked and is cleared for use again.
Apparently a battery exploded, and hot smelter created fire in multiple locations in the shop, which then propagated before it could be extinguished. The fire department was on place with more than 70 people and 30 engines, took over an hour to bring the fire under control.
Scaleway lets me know that they added new server types for large workloads.
The the sizes are ten and twelve core machines with 60/120 GB memory respectively and large SSD. Bandwidth is a Gigabit/s and is unmetered. Additional storage volumes can be attached.
So if you are asking where to put your really large MySQL, now you know.