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Privacy concerns over gaps in eBay crypto

El Reg - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 4:26pm
HTTP still being used

eBay uses HTTPS on its most critical pages, such as those where payment or address information is entered, but a lack of encryption on several sensitive pages still poses a concern for the privacy conscious.…

Another Linux Kernel Vulnerability Leading To Local Root From Unprivileged Processes

Phoronix - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 4:07pm
CVE-2017-6074 was made public today as a DCCP double-free vulnerability that could allow for kernel code execution from an unprivileged process...

US Homeland Security Employees Locked Out of Computer Networks

Slashdot - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 4:01pm
Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Some U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees in the Washington area and Philadelphia were unable to access some agency computer networks on Tuesday, according to three sources familiar with the matter. It was not clear how widespread the issue was or how significantly it affected daily functions at DHS, a large government agency whose responsibilities include immigration services, border security and cyber defense. In a statement, a DHS official confirmed a network outage that temporarily affected four U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) facilities in the Washington area due to an "expired DHS certificate." Reuters first reported the incident earlier Tuesday, which a source familiar with the matter said also affected a USCIS facility in Philadelphia. Employees began experiencing problems logging into networks Tuesday morning due to a problem related to domain controllers, or servers that process authentication requests, which could not validate personal identity verification (PIV) cards used by federal workers and contractors to access certain information systems, according to the source.

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The Vulkan Differences Between AMDGPU-PRO, RADV & SteamVR's RADV Drivers

Phoronix - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 3:46pm
With Valve having published a binary-only RADV Radeon Vulkan driver build for their beta of SteamVR on Linux, I did some poking out of curiosity to see the differences to the mainline RADV driver in Mesa. Out of curiosity I also did a comparison to see how the Vulkan capabilities compare to the proprietary AMDGPU-PRO Vulkan driver...

IBM to UK staff: Get ready for another game of musical chairs

El Reg - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 3:35pm
Redundancy axes loom over Global Tech Services workers

Exclusive  IBM is about to fling another bunch of Technical Services Support staffers down the redundancy chute, internal documents leaked to The Register reveal.…

Tinder Wants AI To Set You Up On a Date

Slashdot - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 3:22pm
Dave Lee, writing for BBC: Tinder is growing up. It's now a serious technology company tackling one of life's most important matters, and is by far the most popular dating app worldwide. After a lot of boardroom musical chairs, Mr Rad is the chairman of both Tinder and Swipe Ventures, the arm of the company designed to buy other dating-related technologies. One of which is artificial intelligence. And its collision with dating might be the most intriguing application of AI yet. "I think this might sound crazy," Mr Rad said on Tuesday at tech conference Start-Up Grind. "In five years time, Tinder might be so good, you might be like "Hey [Apple voice assistant] Siri, what's happening tonight?' "And Tinder might pop up and say 'There's someone down the street you might be attracted to. She's also attracted to you. She's free tomorrow night. We know you both like the same band, and it's playing -- would you like us to buy you tickets?'... and you have a match. "It's a little scary."

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Highway to HBLL: The missing link between DRAM and L3 found

El Reg - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 3:14pm
Chipzilla gets in on Last Level Cache design

A new cache is needed between memory and the tri-level processor cache structure in servers in order to avoid CPU core wait states.…

AMD Launches Ryzen, Claims To Beat Intel's Core i7 Offering At Half the Price

Slashdot - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 2:43pm
Reader MojoKid writes: AMD CEO, Dr. Lisu Su took to the stage at AMD's Ryzen tech day yesterday and opened the event with official speeds, feeds, pricing, and benchmark scores for the company's upcoming Ryzen series processors. AMD's goal with Ryzen, which is based on its Zen microarchitecture, was a 40% IPC (instructions per clock) uplift. As it turns out, AMD was actually able to increase IPC by approximately 52% with the final shipping product, sometimes more depending on workload type. Dr. Su also showed the first die shot of an 8-core Ryzen processor, disclosing that it consists of approximately 4.8 billion transistors. AMD's flagship Ryzen 7 1800X 8-core/16 thread CPU will have a base clock speed of 3.6GHz, a boost clock of 4.0GHz, and a 95 watt TDP. AMD claims the Ryzen 7 1800X will be the fastest 8-core desktop processor on the market when it arrives. The next member of the line-up is the Ryzen 7 1700X with a base clock of 3.4GHz and a boost clock of 3.8GHz, also with 8 cores and a 95 watt TDP. Finally, the Ryzen 7 1700 – sans X – is also an 8-core / 16-thread CPU, but it has lower 3.0GHz base and 3.7GHz boost clocks, along with a lower 65 watt TDP. AMD took the opportunity to demo the Ryzen 7 1800X and it was approximately 9% faster than the Core i7-6900K running Cinebench R15's multi-threaded test, at about half the cost. And in another comparison, Dr. Su put the 8-core 7 1700 up against the quad-core Core i7-7700K, converting a 4K 60 FPS video down to 1080P and the Ryzen CPU outpaces the Core i7 by 10 full seconds. Pricing for the three initial Ryzen 7 series processors will undercut competing Intel processors significantly. AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X will arrive at $499, Ryzen 7 1700X at $399, and Ryzen 7 1700 at $329. Based on current street prices, Ryzen will be between 20% — 50% lower priced but AMD is claiming performance that's better than Intel at those price points.

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AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs Shipping 2 March, Pre-Order Today

Phoronix - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 2:40pm
AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs are available for pre-ordering today and these long-awaited "Zen" CPUs will be shipping on 2 March...

Booming Android ad revenue shows it’s no longer the poor cousin

El Reg - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 2:32pm
Mobile ad boom favours the happy app

Advertising revenue flowing back to app developers from Android apps has exceeded the amount returned to developers by Apple for the first time.…

Uber's Self-Driving Cars Are Now Picking Up Passengers in Arizona

Slashdot - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 2:00pm
Almost two months to the day after Uber loaded its fleet of self-driving SUVs into the trailer of a self-driving truck and stormed off to Arizona in a self-driving huff, the company is preparing to launch its second experiment (if you don't count the aborted San Francisco pilot) in autonomous ride-hailing. From a report on The Verge: What's different is that this time, Uber has the blessing from Arizona's top politician, Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, who is expected to be "Rider Zero" on an autonomous trip along with Anthony Levandowski, VP of Uber's Advanced Technologies Group. [...] Starting today, residents of Tempe, Arizona, can hail a self-driving Volvo XC90 SUV on Uber's ride-sharing platform. All trips will include two Uber engineers in the front seats as safety drivers, in the event a human needs to take over control from the vehicle's software. Uber says it hopes to expand the coverage area to other cities in Arizona in the coming weeks.

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Infosec firm NCC Group launches review over crap financials

El Reg - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 1:53pm
Misses full-year forecast by, oh, only 20 per cent

Cybersecurity firm NCC Group has launched a strategic review after issuing a profit warning.…

New Media Drivers Queued For Linux 4.11

Phoronix - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 1:23pm
Another pull request worth mentioning for the Linux 4.11 kernel is the media subsystem updates...

X.Org Weighed Moving Their Annual XDC Conference Out Of The US

Phoronix - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 1:19pm
XDC 2017, the annual X.Org Developers' Conference, was announced last year for happening in Mountain View, California and hosted by Google but given the current US political climate, the X.Org Foundation was questioning whether to move the event outside of the United States...

London Internet Exchange members vote no to constitution tweak

El Reg - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 1:02pm
Peering peers reject proposed rules on keeping quiet about secret govt gagging orders

Members of LINX, the London Internet Exchange – the UK's largest net peering point – have rejected proposals that would reshape the company’s constitution and could block members from being consulted about government tapping instructions.…

Google Releases Open Source File Sharing Project 'Upspin' On GitHub

Slashdot - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 1:00pm
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: Today, Google unveiled yet another way to share files. Called "Upspin," the open source project aims to make sharing easier for home users. With that said, the project does not seem particularly easy to set up or maintain. For example, it uses Unix-like directories and email addresses for permissions. While it may make sense to Google engineers, I am dubious that it will ever be widely used. "Upspin looks a bit like a global file system, but its real contribution is a set of interfaces, protocols, and components from which an information management system can be built, with properties such as security and access control suited to a modern, networked world. Upspin is not an "app" or a web service, but rather a suite of software components, intended to run in the network and on devices connected to it, that together provide a secure, modern information storage and sharing network," says Google. The search giant adds: "Upsin is a layer of infrastructure that other software and services can build on to facilitate secure access and sharing. This is an open source contribution, not a Google product. We have not yet integrated with the Key Transparency server, though we expect to eventually, and for now use a similar technique of securely publishing all key updates. File storage is inherently an archival medium without forward secrecy; loss of the user's encryption keys implies loss of content, though we do provide for key rotation."

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L'Internet des objets: French firm Sigfox inks deal with Telefonica

El Reg - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 12:39pm
World + dog can buy licensed spectrum IoT connectivity

Internet of Things bods Sigfox have struck a global deal with Telefonica to offer their unlicensed spectrum connectivity tech through the telco.…

How Google Spanner's easing our distributed SQL database woes

El Reg - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 12:12pm
No scaling limit? Do go on

Storage Architect  I've been messing about with databases for a long time. I say "messing about" because I've never been a DBA, but as a systems programmer and storage administrator, I've been on the periphery of the application layer and of course I've deployed many personal databases.…

'Leaky' LG returns to sanity for 2017 flagship

El Reg - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 11:47am
Opportunity knocks ahead of G6 unveiling

So this is how consumer electronics marketing works in 2017.…

A Big Networking Update For Linux 4.11

Phoronix - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 11:38am
David Miller has mailed out the rather big set of updates to the networking subsystem for the Linux 4.11 kernel...
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