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Funnily enough, when Qualcomm's licensees stop sending in their royalty checks, profits start going south

El Reg - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 11:02pm
As Apple 'threatens' to ditch Qualy modems altogether

Qualcomm beat Wall Street's expectations on Wednesday, reporting $5.9bn in revenues for its fiscal Q4, down five per cent year-on-year, and $22.4bn for the full year, also down five per cent.…

CIA Releases 321GB of Bin Laden's Digital Library

Slashdot - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:40pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today, the Central Intelligence Agency posted a cache of files obtained from Osama Bin Laden's personal computer and other devices recovered from his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan by Navy SEALs during the raid in which he was killed on May 2, 2011. The 470,000 files, 321 gigabytes in all, include documents, images, videos, and audio recordings, including Al Qaeda propaganda and planning documents, home videos of Bin Laden's son Hazma, and "drafts" of propaganda videos. There is also a lot of digital junk among the files. The CIA site presents a raft of warnings about the content of the downloads: "The material in this file collection may contain content that is offensive and/or emotionally disturbing. This material may not be suitable for all ages. Please view it with discretion. Prior to accessing this file collection, please understand that this material was seized from a terrorist organization. While the files underwent interagency review, there is no absolute guarantee that all malware has been removed."

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Meson'ed Mesa Allows For 10 Second Build & Deploy Of Intel's Vulkan Driver

Phoronix - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:31pm
Among the projects recently adopting the Meson build system has been Mesa 3D. The build time benefits are quite encouraging for developers...

Government Won't Pursue Talking Car Mandate

Slashdot - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:00pm
An anonymous reader shares an AP report: The Trump administration has quietly set aside plans to require new cars to be able to wirelessly talk to each other, auto industry officials said, jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths. The Obama administration proposed last December that all new cars and light trucks come equipped with technology known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V. It would enable vehicles to transmit their location, speed, direction and other information 10 times per second. That lets cars detect, for example, when another vehicle is about to run a red light or coming around a blind turn in time to prevent a crash. The administration has decided not to pursue a final V2V mandate, said two auto industry officials who have spoken with White House and Transportation Department officials and two others whose organizations have spoken to the administration.

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Slashing regulations literally more important than saving American lives to Donald Trump

El Reg - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 9:58pm
Vehicle-to-vehicle car-talking safety technology hits skids

The Trump Administration has literally put a reduction in regulations over the lives of Americans with a decision to drop a new car-to-car communication protocol.…

So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

El Reg - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 9:26pm
Facebook, Google, Twitter get very rude awakening during Senate grilling

Analysis  It's something that everyone in public policy learns sooner or later: governments may be slow and cumbersome, they may be rife with hypocrisy and lacking in understanding, but they are still the government. And your money-making business is not.…

CBS Sues Man For Copyright Over Screenshots of 59-year-old TV Show

Slashdot - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 9:20pm
CBS has sued a photographer for copyright infringement for publishing a still image from a 59-year-old television show. From a report: The lawsuit against New York photojournalist Jon Tannen, filed on Friday, is essentially a retaliatory strike. Tannen sued CBS Interactive in February, claiming that the online division of CBS had used two of his photographs without permission. Now, CBS has sued Tannen back, claiming that he "hypocritically" used CBS' intellectual property "while simultaneously bringing suit against Plaintiff's sister company, CBS Interactive Inc., claiming it had violated his own copyright." "Without any license or authorization from Plaintiff, Defendant has copied and published via social media platforms images copied from the Dooley Surrenders episode of GUNSMOKE," write CBS lawyers. CBS is asking for $150,000 in damages for willful infringement.

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A Japanese Company Is Giving Nonsmokers Longer Vacations

Slashdot - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 8:40pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: Marketing firm Piala introduced the new policy in September after nonsmokers complained that they were working more than their colleagues who smoked. The company's offices are reportedly on the 29th floor, meaning that popping out for a smoke break meant a solid 15 minutes away from work. Multiply that by several smoke breaks a day, and the hours start to add up, which began to tick off nonsmoking coworkers. A spokesman for the company told The Telegraph that one of those nonsmokers slipped a note in the company's suggestion box and the CEO agreed. Now nonsmokers are entitled to more vacation time, which the company hopes will encourage smokers to quit their filthy habit.

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Virtually everyone in Malaysia pwned in telco, govt data hack spree

El Reg - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 8:02pm
46.2 million stolen accounts, thousands of medical records put up for sale by crooks

The personal data of millions of Malaysians has been swiped by hackers who raided government servers and databases at a dozen telcos in the southeast Asia nation.…

LastPass Reveals the Threats Posed By Passwords in the Workplace

Slashdot - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 8:00pm
A reader shares a BetaNews report: A new report by LastPass -- The Password Expose -- reveals the threats posed, and the opportunities presented, by employee passwords. The report starts by pointing out that while nearly everyone (91 percent) knows that it is dangerous to reuse passwords -- with 81 percent of data breaches attributable to "weak, reused, or stolen passwords," more than half (61 percent) do reuse passwords. But the real purpose of the report is to "reveal the true gap between what IT thinks, and what's really happening." Jumping straight into the number, the report says that even in a 250-employee company, there are an average of 53,250 passwords in use -- a near-impossible number to keep track of and to know the strength of. LastPass found that people have nearly 200 passwords to remember, so it's little wonder that password reuse is an issue.

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18-Way Radeon GPU Benchmarks On Ubuntu 17.10 With Linux 4.14 + Mesa 17.4-dev

Phoronix - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 7:54pm
Continuing on in our fresh Radeon Linux graphics benchmarks in commemorating 10 years of AMD's open-source driver strategy with already showing how the driver compares to the old Catalyst/fglrx and Ubuntu 14.04 to 17.10 OpenGL tests, up next is an 18 way graphics card comparison of both old and new Radeon graphics cards while using the very latest Linux driver stack.

America's 2020 Census systems are a $15bn cyber-security tire fire

El Reg - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 7:22pm
Code not finished or properly tested, lack of staff, and more, Senate warned

Analysis  In 2020, America will run its once-a-decade national census, but the results may not reflect reality if hackers manage to have their way.…

Facebook, Twitter and Google Berated by Senators on Russia

Slashdot - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 7:20pm
From a BBC report: Russian operatives, likely working from St Petersburg, provoked angry Americans to take to the streets, a US Senate committee heard on Wednesday. The May 2016 protest, arranged by a group named Heart of Texas, was one example of Kremlin-backed efforts to destabilise the American electoral process. Lawyers for three technology companies -- Facebook, Twitter and Google -- were told they were grossly underestimating the scale of the problem. "You just don't get it," said California Senator Dianne Feinstein. "What we're talking about is a cataclysmic change. What we're talking about is the beginning of cyber-warfare." She added: "We are not going to go away, gentlemen. This is a very big deal." [...] Several senators suggested that more hearings and consultation would be needed, expressing their frustration that the companies were not being represented by higher-ranking executives. "I'm disappointed that you're here, and not your CEOs," said independent senator Angus King. From a FastCompany report: Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) had one specific and simple question for Facebook's Colin Stretch. He wanted to know about 30,000 fake accounts Facebook discovered earlier this year that were trying to influence the French election. At the time, Facebook bragged that it was able to discover these accounts and swiftly took them down. Warner wanted to know if Facebook, after discovering these accounts, cross-checked to see if these same accounts also tried to tamper with the U.S. election. "Your leadership bragged about how proactively you were in the French election process," said Warner, "Did you check those accounts [with the U.S. election]?" Stretch couldn't give a straight answer. "The system that ran to take down those accounts -- which were fake accounts of all type and any purpose -- is now active worldwide," he said. Warner wasn't amused. "Just answer my question," he said. "Have you reviewed the accounts you took down in France that were Russian-related to see if they played any role in the American election?" Once again, Facebook couldn't answer.

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Google Shuts Off Airline Booking Tool in Search

Slashdot - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 6:40pm
Google is pulling a software tool that let small companies access search information on airfares, a potential blow to online travel newcomers. From a report: Google's tool was opened in 2011 after its $700 million acquisition of ITA Software, an online airfare broker. In approving the deal, a federal judge required that Google keep an ITA flight search and pricing software, called QPX, accessible to third parties for at least five years. In 2014, Google created a cheaper version of the QPX software, called QPX Express, meant to target smaller companies and startups. Google shut that service down due to "low interest," according to a company spokeswoman. Google said it is keeping intact a version of the original software tool for corporate customers. Google used ITA's tool to create Google Flights, which aggregates airline prices directly inside its powerful search engine.

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Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

El Reg - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 6:06pm
Dear job hunters, you're out of luck. Redmond's 365 Business is designed for PHBs

Microsoft has lobbed its Microsoft 365 Business package for small and mid-sized companies into general availability.…

Student Charged By FBI For Hacking His Grades More Than 90 times

Slashdot - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 6:00pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: In college, you can use your time to study. Or then again, you could perhaps rely on the Hand of God. And when I say "Hand of God," what I really mean is "keylogger." Think of it like the "Nimble Fingers of God." "Hand of God" (that makes sense) and "pineapple" (???) are two of the nicknames allegedly used to refer to keyloggers used by a former University of Iowa wrestler and student who was arrested last week on federal computer-hacking charges in a high-tech cheating scheme. According to the New York Times, Trevor Graves, 22, is accused in an FBI affidavit of working with an unnamed accomplice to secretly plug keyloggers into university computers in classrooms and in labs. The FBI says keyloggers allowed Graves to record whatever his professors typed, including credentials to log into university grading and email systems. Court documents allege that Graves intercepted exams and test questions in advance and repeatedly changed grades on tests, quizzes and homework assignments. This went on for 21 months -- between March 2015 and December 2016. The scheme was discovered when a professor noticed that a number of Graves' grades had been changed without her authorization. She reported it to campus IT security officials.

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Fewer Than 1 in 100,000 New Surface Devices Go Wrong, Microsoft Says

Slashdot - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 5:20pm
A reader shares a ZDNet report: Microsoft has shaken off claims that its Surface range is unreliable and said that fewer than 1 in 100,000 of new Surface devices have gone wrong. The ratings service Consumer Reports raised a question mark over the reliability of the Surface line as a whole earlier this year. At the time, Consumer Reports surveyed 90,000 subscribers and found that 25 percent of Microsoft laptops and tablets will give owners problems by the end of the second year of ownership. Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's general manager for Surface, challenged the finding and said that the Surface devices are getting more reliable with each new generation. "One of the things you're seeing is the reliability of our products over time, with every generation getting better and better and better." Reliability issues among newer devices, such as the Surface Laptop and Studio, had been reported for only a fraction of devices, he said. "We're talking about incidents per device of less than 0.001%."

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Open source, says me: Alibaba chucks MariaDB a $27m funding round

El Reg - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 5:01pm
Chinese biz links up database tech with cloud platform

Chinese Amazon-chaser Alibaba has chucked a chunk of cash at open-source-database-flinger MariaDB, leading a $27m funding round in the biz.…

Intel Graphics Driver Likely To Re-Enable Fastboot By Default

Phoronix - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 4:45pm
For the past five years or so has been work on Intel DRM "Fastboot" support and it's looking like this feature may finally be re-enabled by default...

IBM's containerised Cloud Private's out in the open

El Reg - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 4:33pm
Big Blue hybrid cloud organ stands up to be counted

IBM has updated Cloud Private to help customers get containerised and move into hybrid private/public cloud computing.…

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