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Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 11:28pm
Get this retired surveillance van for all your totally legitimate above-board activities

A rather unusual auction on eBay could appeal to aspiring spies and X‑Files fantasists alike.…

Verizon Accused of Throttling Netflix and YouTube, Admits To 'Video Optimization'

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:50pm
New submitter dgatwood writes: According to an Ars Technica article, Verizon recently began experimenting with throttling of video traffic. The remarkable part of this story is not that a wireless ISP would throttle video traffic, but rather that Verizon's own Go90 video platform is also affected by the throttling. From the article, "Verizon Wireless customers this week noticed that Netflix's speed test tool appears to be capped at 10Mbps, raising fears that the carrier is throttling video streaming on its mobile network. When contacted by Ars this morning, Verizon acknowledged using a new video optimization system but said it is part of a temporary test and that it did not affect the actual quality of video. The video optimization appears to apply both to unlimited and limited mobile plans. But some YouTube users are reporting degraded video, saying that using a VPN service can bypass the Verizon throttling."If even Verizon can get on board with throttling sans paid prioritization, why is Comcast so scared of the new laws that are about to go into effect banning it?

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The Italian Jobs: Bloke thrown in the cooler for touting Apple knockoffs

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:14pm
Feds made Naples man an offer he can't refuse

A scammer who imported fake iPods, iPads, iPhones, and Sony hardware worth $15m into America was today sent down for 37 months.…

Nouveau Gets Thermal Throttling, One Step Closer For GTX 900 Re-Clocking

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:09pm
Nouveau re-clocking/power expert Karol Herbst has published a set of patches today implementing thermal throttling support for this open-source NVIDIA DRM driver...

Intel is upset that Qualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:55pm
Chipzilla takes number, joins queue to kick Snapdragon biz in the ball arrays

Intel has backed Apple in the iGiant's almighty scrap with Qualcomm – which is trying to ban sales of iPhones and iPads in America.…

Intel is upset that Qiualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:55pm
Chipzilla takes number, joins queue with Apple to kick Snapdragon biz in the balls

Intel has backed Apple in the iGiant's almighty scrap with Qualcomm – which is trying to ban sales of iPhones and iPads in America.…

The New Firefox and Ridiculous Numbers of Tabs

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:50pm
An anonymous reader shares a blog post: I've got a Firefox profile with 1691 tabs. As you would expect, Firefox handled this profile quite poorly for a long time. I got used to multi-minute startup time, waiting 15-30 seconds for tabs from external apps to show up, and all manner of non-responsive behavior. And then, quite recently, everything changed. Right now, more effort is being put into making Firefox fast than I've seen since... well, since I've been working on Firefox. And I've been at Mozilla for more than a decade. Part of this effort is a project called Quantum Flow -- a bunch of engineers making changes that directly impact Firefox responsiveness. A lot of the improvement in this particular scenario is from Kevin Jones' work on bringing the overall cost of unloaded tabs as close to zero as possible. While the major work has landed, the work continues in Bug 906076. Test scenario: I took my 1691 tab browser profile, and did a wall-clock measurement of start-up time and memory use for Firefox versions 20, 30, 40, and 50 through 56. In the result, the person found that Firefox startup time has gotten worse over time... until Firefox 51.

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Mesa 17.2 Merge Window Extended To Sunday, RADV Shared Semaphores Lands

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:09pm
The merging fun for Mesa 17.2 will continue through the weekend...

DeepMind says it's given AI an imagination. Let's take a closer look at that

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:06pm
Google's machine-learning gurus see promise in simulated creativity

Google's AI boutique, DeepMind, known for dispelling human delusions of intellectual superiority by soundly beating the world's top Go players with computer code, has found that instilling its software agents with something like imagination helps them learn better.…

Senator Doesn't Buy FCC Justification For Killing Net Neutrality

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:00pm
From a report: Senator Edward Markey this week questioned FCC boss Ajit Pai's justifications for killing popular net neutrality rules in a hearing in Washington. We've noted repeatedly that while large ISPs claim net neutrality killed broadband investment, objective analysis repeatedly finds that to be a lie. That's not just based on publicly-available SEC filings and earnings reports, but the industry's own repeated comments to investors and analysts. But that doesn't stop AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Charter (and the ocean of politicians, think tankers, consultants and other PR vessels they employ to make this misleading argument in the media on a daily basis) from making the claim anyway. And while Pai once again this week breathlessly proclaimed that net neutrality put a damper on network investment, Markey simply wasn't having it. "Publicly traded companies are required by law to provide investors accurate financial information, including reporting any risks or financial burdens," Markey said. "However, I have found no publicly traded ISP that has reported to its investors by law that Title II has negatively impacted investment in their networks. Many, in fact, have increased deployment and investment."

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China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 8:29pm
That's the bad news. The good news is they've banned Bieber, too

Analysis  A disturbing trend toward ever-greater censorship in China has seemingly crossed a line with the banning and blocking... well, fun, basically.…

Intel Accuses Qualcomm of Trying To Kill Mobile Chip Competition

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 8:08pm
Intel has jumped into the fray surrounding the Apple-Qualcomm patent spat by accusing the world's biggest maker of mobile phone chips of trying to use the courts to snuff out competition. From a report: The chip giant made the allegation late Thursday in a public statement (PDF) to US International Trade Commission. The commission had requested the statement as part of its investigation into Qualcomm's accusation that Apple's iPhones of infringe six of Qualcomm's mobile patents. Specifically, Intel said, the case is about quashing competition from Intel, which described itself as "Qualcomm's only remaining competitor" in the market for chips for cellular phones. "Qualcomm did not initiate this investigation to stop the alleged infringement of its patent rights; rather, its complaint is a transparent effort to stave off lawful competition from Qualcomm's only remaining rival," Intel said in its statement. "This twisted use of the Commission's process is just the latest in a long line of anticompetitive strategies that Qualcomm has used to quash incipient and potential competitors and avoid competition on the merits."

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Linux Full Disk Encryption Performance With AMD Ryzen 5 + SATA 3.0 SSD

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 7:38pm
Honoring another request of a Phoronix Premium supporter is looking at the performance impact of full-disk encryption using LUKS when using an AMD Ryzen processor. For this round of testing I used an AMD Ryzen 5 1400 running Fedora 26 and backed by an Intel 545s 512GB SATA 3.0 SSD.

Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 7:38pm
At this point does anyone still care?

After months of hype and missed deadlines, it seems as though Andy Rubin's new smartphone might actually make it onto the market.…

Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 7:13pm
Consulting firm fibbed about hirings to import more workers

The owner of a Silicon Valley tech consulting biz has pled guilty to making up job offers in order to obtain US H-1B visas for overseas workers.…

Wine 2.13 Released: Unicode 10.0, Better Mouse Cursors

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 7:12pm
If Wine 2.0.2 with 60+ bug fixes doesn't interest you, perhaps the Wine 2.13 development update will get you more excited...

Google, Apple, Amazon Hit Record Lobbying Highs

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 6:40pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: The last three months brought record-high lobbying spending from four major tech companies: Google spent $5.93 million, Apple spent $2.2 million, Amazon spent $3.21 million, Uber spent $430,000. Facebook spent $2.38 million this quarter, up from the same period last year but far from a record. Microsoft's bill for the quarter was just over $2 million.

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 6:32pm
You know what they say: Money makes the world go round

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are finding the Trump Administration a very expensive prospect, at least according to their newly released lobbying figures.…

GNOME 3.25.4 Released

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 6:16pm
GNOME 3.25.4 is the latest development snapshot available of this open-source desktop environment in the road towards GNOME 3.26...

Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary After Objecting To Scaramucci Hire

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 6:10pm
CNBC reports: White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday after opposing President Donald Trump's appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. The president asked Spicer to stay in his role, but Spicer said appointing Scaramucci was a major mistake, The New York Times, citing a person with direct knowledge of the conversation. NBC News confirmed the resignation with two people familiar with the matter. Spicer tweeted later that he will continue to serve through August. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was said to have advocated naming Spicer as press secretary. The two worked at the Republican National Committee before joining the administration. Following Spicer's resignation, Priebus said he supports Scaramucci "100 percent," according to news reports.

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