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House of Lords to probe AI data slurping

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 8:02am
Who owns all that valuable training info?

How technology giants own and use your data will be a focus for our noble and learned friends on the new House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence.…

House of Lords to probe AI data slurping

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 8:02am
Who owns all that valuable training info?

How technology giants own and use your data will be a focus for our noble and learned friends on the new House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence. The committee yesterday announced its first public inquiry "to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence".…

We're all saved. From the killer AI. We can live. Thanks to the IEEE

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 7:28am
Rest assured, your personal software agent has been tested for loyalty

Amid renewed calls to regulate AI before it wipes humanity from the planet, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has rolled out a standards project to guide how AI agents handle data, part of a broader effort to ensure AI will act ethically.…

UK.gov watchdog didn't red flag any IT projects. And that alone should be a red flag to everyone

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 7:04am
Transparency is welcome – but you gotta read between the lines

Analysis  The BBC’s release of its top earners’ salaries this week stirred up both long-time detractors of Auntie and dyed-in-the-wool supporters.…

Crazy bug of the week: Gnome Files' .MSI parser runs evil VBScripts

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 6:30am
Grab a fix now

Gnome developers, take a bow: a bug in your image thumbnailer has opened up a (not too scary, thankfully) hole for script injection.…

Bug of the week: Gnome pic parser can run evil VBScripts

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 6:30am
Only if you're running Wine

Gnome developers, take a bow: a bug in your image thumbnailer opens up a (not too scary, thankfully) vector for script injection.…

Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 6:01am
King Battistelli finally facing consequences for his actions

The freeze on long-held plans to approve a single patent court for Europe is a result of the actions of the president of the European Patent Office, according to German media reports.…

Remember that Citadel bank-slurping malware? Its main man was just jailed for five years

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 5:37am
Trojan was used to swipe $500m from victims' accounts

Russian programmer Mark Vartanyan has been sentenced to five years in US federal prison for developing and spreading the Citadel malware that stole $500m (£383m) from bank accounts around the world.…

Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 5:02am
Meanwhile, Redmond extends security fixes to tired CPUs

Microsoft has blamed Intel for the sad trail of low-end PCs left out of the Windows 10 Creators Update rollouts.…

Deutsche Telekom G.fast demo pushes G.Fast faster, further

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 4:05am
Interview: Sckipio explains what carriers will like about cDTA

Deutsche Telekom and ADTRAN have showed off an emerging G.Fast technology called cDTA which, along with 212 MHz carrier spectrum, ramps system performance well into the gigabit range.…

Mozilla hoping to open source voice samples for future AI devs

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 2:56am
Prying open speech recognition

Mozilla has decided speech recognition should be open source, and has launched a project to achieve just that, Project Common Voice.…

Dahua cameras stung by Web interface bug

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 1:55am
Long paassssswwwwwoooorrrd risks remote code execution

Chinese camera-maker Dahua has flicked out a patch to fix a possible remote code execution vulnerability in its Web admin interface.…

$30 million below Parity: Ethereum wallet bug fingered in mass heist

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 12:55am
Crypto-cash leak made possible by software stuff-up

A vulnerability in Parity's Ethereum wallet software has been exploited by thieves to rob victims on a massive scale.…

'We hold the high ground' says Qualcomm boss as profits crater

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 12:32am
Apple's royalties and licensing boycott taking a heavy toll

Qualcomm is remaining optimistic despite another miserable financial quarter, worsened by the ongoing legal war with Apple.…

Quantum crypto upstart QuintessenceLabs hopes to cut the cord

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 11:56pm
Canberra tips dollars into free-space next-gen comms development effort

With AU$3.26m from Australia's government, quantum crypto outfit QuintessenceLabs has set to work getting the fibre out of its diet, and instead running quantum key exchange over free space.…

Apple hurls out patches for dozens of security holes in iOS, macOS

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 11:24pm
Project Zero, GCHQ, and city of Mishawaka, Indiana among credited bug-hunters

Apple has today released patches addressing roughly four dozen exploitable security vulnerabilities in iOS, macOS, and WatchOS.…

'Millions of IoT gizmos' wide open to hijackers after devs drop gSOAP

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 9:58pm
Likelihood of patching for every affected system is zero

Security researchers investigating internet-connected video cameras have uncovered a bug that could conceivably leave millions of devices open to easy pwnage.…

Apple's 'KGB level of secrecy' harms its AI projects – but don't worry, it's started a blog

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 9:29pm
Boffins still turned off by iMaker's closed culture

Analysis  Continuing its campaign to court AI boffins, traditionally tight-lipped Apple has tiptoed further toward engagement with the outside world through the publication of its first research blog.…

Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 8:58pm
DNS king breaks own bylaws yet again

Special report  Amazon may still get hold of its namesake top-level domain .amazon after an independent review panel lambasted the decision by DNS overseer ICANN to deny its application.…

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Wed, 19/07/2017 - 7:51pm
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For over a hundred years, navies around the world have messaged each other at the speed of light – signal lamp light.…