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Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

El Reg - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 2:29pm
Legendary lake lark comes true, sort of

The legendary sword has been pulled from the stone – but the owner wants it back and a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to replace the blade.…

Chrome 62 Promoted To Stable

Phoronix - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 2:18pm
Google has released Chromium/Chrome 62 as the latest update to its widely-used web browser...

Chrome 62 Released With OpenType Variable Fonts, HTTP Warnings In Incognito Mode

Slashdot - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier today, Google released version 62 of its Chrome browser that comes with quite a few new features but also fixes for 35 security issues. The most interesting new features are support for OpenType variable fonts, the Network Quality Estimator API, the ability to capture and stream DOM elements, and HTTP warnings for the browser's Normal and Incognito mode. The most interesting of the new features is variable fonts. Until now, web developers had to load multiple font families whenever they wanted variations on a font family. For example, if a developer was using the Open Sans font family on a site, if he wanted a font variation such as Regular, Bold, Black, Normal, Condensed, Expanded, Highlight, Slab, Heavy, Dashed, or another, he'd have to load a different font file for each. OpenType variable fonts allow font makers to merge all these font family variations in one file that developers can use on their site and control via CSS. This results in fewer files loaded on a website, saving bandwidth and improving page load times. Two other features that will interest mostly developers are the Network Quality Estimator and the Media Capture from DOM Elements APIs. As the name hints, the first grants developers access to network speed and performance metrics, information that some websites may use to adapt video streams, audio quality, or deliver low-fi versions of their sites. Developers can use the second API -- the Media Capture from DOM Elements -- to record videos of how page sections behave during interaction and stream the content over WebRTC. This latter API could be useful for developers debugging a page, but also support teams that want to see what's happening on the user's side.

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Openreach offers duct-off providers 'OSA Filter' instead of Dark Fibre Access

El Reg - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 1:56pm
Part of the opening of the network

Openreach has today offered its communication providers an alternative to the Ofcom-proposed Dark Fibre Access (DFA) product, which a court ruling slapped down three months ago.…

AMDKFD Preps More Carrizo/Kaveri Code For Linux 4.15 While dGPU Lags

Phoronix - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 1:38pm
The AMDKFD kernel driver that is a component of HSA support on Linux for Radeon GPUs is seeing more upstreaming work in Linux 4.15, but only for older APUs...

BoundHook: Microsoft downplays Windows systems exploit technique

El Reg - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 1:31pm
It's just not a security vulnerability, says Redmond

Features of the Intel MPX designed to prevent memory errors and attacks might be abused to launch assaults on Windows systems, security researchers claim.…

Fleet Commander Now Ready To Deploy Fedora & RHEL Desktops At Scale

Phoronix - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 1:14pm
Fleet Commander is now declared "production ready" by the Red Hat developers working on this software project for easing the process of deploying and managing Fedora/Red Hat desktops across a large number of systems...

First annual review of Privacy Shield gives it a resounding... 'adequate'

El Reg - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 1:03pm
Just missing an ombudsman, checks on companies, info on how to use it... Mere quibbles

The first annual review of the Privacy Shield agreement that governs transatlantic data flows has come back with a solid, unsurprising mark of "adequate".…

Tribal 'Sovereign Immunity' Patent Protection Could Be Outlawed

Slashdot - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 1:00pm
AnalogDiehard writes: The recent -- and questionable -- practice of technological and pharmaceutical companies selling their patents to U.S. native Indian tribes (where they enjoy "sovereign immunity" from the inter partes review (IPR) process of the PTO) and then the tribes licensing them back to the companies is drawing scrutiny from a federal court and has inspired a new U.S. bill outlawing the practice. The IPR process is a "fast track" (read: much less expensive) process through the PTO to review the validity of challenged patents -- it is loved by defendants and hated by patent holders. Not only has U.S. Circuit Judge William Bryson invalidated Allergan's pharmaceutical patents due to "obviousness," he is questioning the legitimacy of the sovereign immunity tactic. The judge was well aware that the tactic could endanger the IPR process, which was a central component of the America Invents Act of 2011, and writes that sovereign immunity "should not be treated as a monetizable commodity that can be purchased by private entities as part of a scheme to evade their legal responsibility." U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) -- no stranger to abuses of the patent system -- has introduced a bill that would outlaw the practice she describes as "one of the most brazen and absurd loopholes I've ever seen and it should be illegal." Sovereign immunity is not absolute and has been limited by Congress and the courts in the past. The bill would apply only to the IPR proceedings and not to patent disputes in federal courts.

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Bain Japan main man wants in on Tosh biz board

El Reg - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 12:25pm
MD reportedly wants look-in on fab agreements

Bain Japan's MD reportedly wants to get on the Toshiba Memory Business board, to invest in it and get an agreement with WDC about continuing the joint venture to make flash chips.…

Watch Out Upgrading To Linux 4.14 If You Use AppArmor

Phoronix - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 12:16pm
Just a quick public service announcement if you rely upon AppArmor for security on your Linux distribution like Ubuntu/Debian and plan to soon upgrade to the Linux 4.14 kernel.....

Look, look, we've done a driverless AI hype paper thingy, says Mobileye

El Reg - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 12:03pm
Mathematical model solves the crash blame question, apparently

Intel-owned Mobileye says it has cooked up a safety framework for fully autonomous, human-independent, driverless cars – and desperately wants people to notice this before the "inevitable fall" of public interest in driverless tech.…

Full-fibre ISP Hyperoptic clocked over mock doc schlock shock

El Reg - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 11:33am
Advert looked too much like a BT contract, says watchdog

Fibre ISP Hyperoptic has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for releasing an advert that looked like an official contract from BT.…

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

El Reg - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 10:56am
Cortana is broken, intrusive, but still a must-have upgrade

Hands On  Just over two years after the introduction of both Windows 10 and the "Windows as a service" concept, Microsoft has released the Fall Creators Update aka version 1709, build 16299.…

A Look At The New Features For Fedora 27

Phoronix - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 10:28am
Fedora 27 is now under its final freeze for release in the next few weeks so here's a recap of the prominent changes coming to this next installment of the Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution...

Chrome Working On JPEG Encode Accelerator With VA-API/V4L2 Support

Phoronix - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 10:11am
Landing in the Chromium browser code-base this morning is a JPEG encode accelerator interface...

Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing

El Reg - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 10:01am
Your social media's been scraped as the Investigatory Powers Act flaps in the wind

Concerns have been raised that neither of the bodies tasked with overseeing the UK's spy agencies were aware that data they collected was shared with the private sector.…

Over 30,000 Published Studies Could Be Wrong Due To Contaminated Cells

Slashdot - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Alert: Researchers warn that large parts of biomedical science could be invalid due to a cascading history of flawed data in a systemic failure going back decades. A new investigation reveals more than 30,000 published scientific studies could be compromised by their use of misidentified cell lines, owing to so-called immortal cells contaminating other research cultures in the lab. The problem is as serious as it is simple: researchers studying lung cancer publish a new paper, only it turns out the tissue they were actually using in the lab were liver cells. Or what they thought were human cells were mice cells, or vice versa, or something else entirely. If you think that sounds bad, you're right, as it means the findings of each piece of affected research may be flawed, and could even be completely unreliable. Horback and fellow researcher Willem Halffman wanted to know how extensive the phenomenon of misidentified cell lines really was, so they searched for evidence of what they call "contaminated" scientific literature. Using the research database Web of Science, they looked for scientific articles based on any of the known misidentified cell lines as listed by the International Cell Line Authentication Committee's (ICLAC) Register of Misidentified Cell Lines.There are currently 451 cell lines on this list, and they're not what you think they are -- having been contaminated by other kinds of cells at some point in scientific history. Worse still, they've been unwittingly used in published laboratory research going as far back as the 1950s.

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Xfce Gets Notification Improvements With xfce4-notifyd 0.4

Phoronix - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 9:58am
For users of the Xfce4 desktop environment, a new release of xfce4-notifyd 0.4 is now available as the project's newest feature release...

So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

El Reg - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 9:32am
Seeing that the Pixelbook costs $999, don't hold your breath

The year of Linux on the desktop was a running joke. The concept of Linux being ready for the mainstream with users confidently running it on their desktops, sadly, never happened.…

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