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Algerian jihadists kidnap Frenchman following ISIS calls to attack Westerners

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In a video that appeared on social media, a masked member of a group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, warns French President Francois Hollande that the hostage will be executed unless France ends its airstrikes and other military actions against ISIS.

Flanked by two masked men, the Frenchman reiterates the group’s demands and asks for help: “I am in the hands of Jund al-Khilifa, an Algerian armed group.”

“This armed group is asking me to ask you (President Francois Hollande) not to intervene in Iraq. They are holding me as a hostage and I ask you, Mr. President, to do everything to get me out of this bad situation, and I thank you.”


The 55-year-old man, a mountain guide from the French city of Nice, was hiking with two friends when he was abducted on Sunday, said an Algerian security official in the mountainous city of Tizi Ouzou, in the region where the kidnapping happened. The three had spent the night at a ski lodge near the town of Tikdjda, 65 miles from the capital Algiers. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The Jund al-Khilafah group broke away from Al-Qaeda's North African branch in recent weeks and has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Video: /files/news/2e/55/00/00/french-kidnapped-jihadists-0300_480p.mp4

French officials have confirmed the authenticity of the video with the Foreign Ministry, saying that the “threats made by this terrorist group shows once again the extreme cruelty of Daech (Islamic State) and those who say are affiliated to it.”

"We will do everything we can to liberate hostages," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters. "But a terrorist group cannot change France's position.”

The French military joined the US on September 19, carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State militants, who have overrun large swathes of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

READ MORE: ISIS urges Muslims to launch attacks on civilians from US-led coalition member-states

A spokesman for the Islamic State, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, urged followers on Sunday to kill Europeans and Americans – “especially the spiteful and filthy French.” The terrorist group has already beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker.

Responding to the statement at the time, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he was confident of the country's security.

“This threat to kill civilians, added to the execution of hostages and to the massacres, is yet another demonstration of the barbarism of these terrorists, justifying our fight without truce or pause,”
Cazeneuve said on Monday. “France is not afraid because it is prepared to respond to their threats.”

Outlining Thin Linux

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snydeq writes: Deep End's Paul Venezia follows up his call for splitting Linux distros in two by arguing that the new shape of the Linux server is thin, light, and fine-tuned to a single purpose. "Those of us who build and maintain large-scale Linux infrastructures would be happy to see a highly specific, highly stable mainstream distro that had no desktop package or dependency support whatsoever, so was not beholden to architectural changes made due to desktop package requirements. When you're rolling out a few hundred Linux VMs locally, in the cloud, or both, you won't manually log into them, much less need any type of graphical support. Frankly, you could lose the framebuffer too; it wouldn't matter unless you were running certain tests," Venezia writes. "It's only a matter of time before a Linux distribution that caters solely to these considerations becomes mainstream and is offered alongside more traditional distributions."

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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

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Jason Koebler writes With all the conspiracy theories surrounding some high-profile deaths in recent years, how can you, theoretical whistleblower with highly sensitive documents, be assured that your information gets leaked if you're murdered in some government conspiracy? A new dark web service says it's got your back. "Dead Man Zero" claims to offer potential whistleblowers a bit more peace of mind by providing a system that will automatically publish and distribute their secrets should they die, get jailed, or get injured.

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Lilbits (9-22-2014): SunShine for the Moto X (unlock the bootloader)

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Just a few days after updating the SunShine tool for unlocking the bootloaders on smartphones to support the Motorola Moto G, developer Justin Case has announced that SunShine now works with the Moto X, Motorola Droid Maxx, Mini, and Ultra smartphones running Android 4.4.3 or earlier. Some devices may also work even if they’re running […]

Lilbits (9-22-2014): SunShine for the Moto X (unlock the bootloader) is a post from: Liliputing

The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

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mpicpp writes with news that UPS will be expanding their 3D printing services. UPS announced plans Monday to bring in-store 3-D-printing services to nearly 100 stores across the country, billing itself as the first national retailer to do so. With the UPS system, customers can submit their own designs for objects like product prototypes, engineering parts and architectural models that are then printed on a professional-quality 3-D printer made by Stratasys. Prices vary depending on the complexity of the object; an iPhone case would be about $60, while a replica femur bone would be around $325. UPS can also connect customers with outside professionals who charge an hourly rate to help produce a design file for the printer. It generally takes about four or five hours to print a simple object, with more complex items taking a day or more. The program started as a pilot at six locations last year, and UPS says those stores "saw demand for 3-D print continuing to increase across a broad spectrum of customers."

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CDC to airlines about Ebola: Treat all body fluids as though they are infectious

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In the new guidance, the CDC warns flight crew, “Treat all body fluids as though they are infectious,” on top of routine infection control measures, the agency wrote.

Airlines are permitted “to deny boarding to air travelers with serious contagious diseases that could spread during flight, including travelers with possible Ebola symptoms.” If a passenger gets sick on board, cabin crew should follow routine infection control precautions. If it is confirmed that the traveler has “infectious Ebola” on the flight, “CDC will conduct an investigation to assess risk and inform passengers and crew of possible exposure.”

#CDCintheField from Jonathan: Health promo a key part of preventing infection in healthcare settings & the community. pic.twitter.com/GwjcYV2DPp

— CDC (@CDCgov) September 19, 2014

The CDC is attempting to get ahead of the deadly disease, which causes hemorrhagic fever in its victims, before it can arrive in the United States via an infected airline passenger.

The fear of the outbreak spreading beyond the current West African locations (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal) ‒ or even the continent ‒ intensified in July, when a Liberian man, sick with Ebola, was able to board an international flight to Nigeria. None of the passengers on that aircraft appeared to have contracted the disease in the weeks after the incident.

The guidance tells flight crews to assess the risk of Ebola by getting more information. “Ask sick travelers whether they were in a country with an Ebola outbreak. Look for or ask about Ebola symptoms: fever (gives a history of feeling feverish or having chills), severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea (several trips to the lavatory), stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.”

Ebola spreads by direct contact with infected bodily fluids, so the CDC noted that the risk to passengers and crew aboard an aircraft is low. “Ebola does NOT spread through the air like flu,” the agency stressed.

Watch new video about contact tracing & how it is the key to stopping #Ebola outbreak in W. Africa & saving lives. http://t.co/yP321db7Ck

— CDC (@CDCgov) September 19, 2014

Even still, the guidance calls for the sick passenger to be separated from others as much as possible. When dealing with the passenger, flight attendants and other crew members should wear surgical masks, face shields or goggles and protective aprons or gowns. It also says that sick passengers should be given surgical masks if they are coughing or sneezing, as long as they can tolerate wearing one. If they cannot, flight crews should “provide tissues and ask the person to cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.”

Dr. Jorge Rodriquez, a board certified internal medicine professional, told The Blaze’s Mike Opelka during a Saturday radio interview that more precautions are needed to combat Ebola transmission on commuter flights. He believes every traveler entering the country should be tested.

Airline captains are legally required to report any individuals suspected of carrying the Ebola virus to the CDC before landing in the United States.

“People who have been exposed to Ebola virus disease should not travel on commercial airplanes until there is a period of monitoring for symptoms of illness lasting 21 days after exposure. Sick travelers should delay travel until cleared to travel by a doctor or public health authority,” the agency said in previous guidelines to airlines about the infectious disease.

The CDC will be issuing a worst-case-scenario report on the West African Ebola outbreak this week. Early estimates predict the disease could spread to over half a million people by January if no additional action is taken to contain it.

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