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Singapore To Use Driverless Buses 'From 2022'

Slashdot - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 4:40pm
Singapore plans to introduce driverless buses on its public roads by 2022. From a report: The government says they will be piloted in three new neighbourhoods which will have less-crowded roads designed to accommodate the buses. The buses will be used to help residents travel in their communities, and to nearby train and bus stations. Densely-populated Singapore hopes driverless technology will help the country manage its land constraints and manpower shortages. "The autonomous vehicles will greatly enhance the accessibility and connectivity of our public transport system, particularly for the elderly, families with young children and the less mobile," the Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said. The autonomous buses are expected to complement existing manned bus services, and will initially operate during off-peak hours. Additionally, the government plans to let commuters hail on-demand shuttles using their mobile phones.

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Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

El Reg - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 4:22pm
For once it's not an engine breakdown

A Type 45 destroyer has been recalled to Britain with propeller problems, leaving the Royal Navy's traditional "east of Suez" deployment without proper warship cover.…

'Data is the new oil': F-Secure man on cartels, disinformation and IoT

El Reg - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 3:53pm
An unlikely trio? Not according to Mikko Hypponen

Questions about cyber influence continue to cloud last year's US presidential elections and recently similar allegations have been levelled against the Brexit vote.…

Workers at Amazon's Main Italian Site To Hold First Strike on Black Friday

Slashdot - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 3:50pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: Workers at Amazon's main distribution hub in Italy are planning their first ever strike for Friday, trade unions said, threatening to disrupt one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Like the rest of Europe, Italians in recent years have embraced the U.S. tradition of Black Friday, a day of heavy discounting by retailers on the day after Thanksgiving. Unions said in a statement more than 500 Amazon workers at the Piacenza site in northern Italy had agreed to strike following a failure to negotiate bonuses with the company. Workers have also decided not to do any overtime until Dec. 31, covering the peak season for the online retailer which hires temporary workers during this period.

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Firefox Will Warn Users When Visiting Sites That Suffered a Data Breach

Slashdot - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 3:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla engineers are working on a notifications system for Firefox that shows a security warning to users visiting sites that have suffered data breaches. The notifications system will use data provided by Have I Been Pwned?, a website that indexes public data breaches and allows users to search and see if their details have been compromised in any of these incidents. Work on this project has only recently started. The code to show these warnings is not even in the Firefox codebase but managed separately as an add-on available (on GitHub). The alert also includes an input field. In the add-ons current version this field doesn't do anything, but we presume it's there to allow users to search and see if their data was exposed during that site's security breach. Troy Hunt, Have I Been Pwned's author has confirmed his official collaboration with Mozilla on this feature.

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

El Reg - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 2:59pm
'Free science'/pirate site operator 'working on solving DNS issue'

Several domains of the controversial academic paper filesharing site Sci-Hub have been made inactive following a court order earlier this month.…

Someone told Google to nuke links to mean reviews of disgraced telco True Telecom

El Reg - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 2:32pm
And Mountain View obliged

Links to pages slating a telco slapped with multiple fines from UK regulators have been wiped from Google's search results after a claimant asked the search giant to chuck them down a sinkhole.…

Greenfield: An In-Browser HTML5 Wayland Compositor

Phoronix - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 2:32pm
Earlier this year we covered the Westfield project as Wayland for HTML5/JavaScript by providing a Wayland protocol parser and generator for JavaScript. Now that code has morphed into Greenfield to provide a working, in-browser HTML5 Wayland compositor...

Cloudflare Might Be Exploring a Way To Slow Down FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Home Internet Speeds

Slashdot - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 2:10pm
Late Wednesday night, TechCrunch reporter Josh Constine pleaded to tech billionaires to purchase local ISPs near FCC chairman Ajit Pai's home and slow down his Internet speeds. One of the responders to that tweet was Matthew Prince, co-founder and chief executive of Cloudflare, who said: I could do this in a different, but equally effective, way. Sent note to our GC to see if we can without breaking any laws. In a statement to Slashdot, Mr. Prince said: Probably the easiest thing would be to slow down requests from the FCC's IP ranges. Or put up an interstitial whenever someone from those IPs visits a site behind us. I think it's less likely we'd do it across the board ourselves, more likely we'd implement it as an option our customers could opt in to. Basically taking this a step further.

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This is peak AI: Bot to guest edit Radio 4's Today programme

El Reg - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 2:04pm
How will you tell the difference?

#F_AI_L  The BBC has confirmed that Radio 4's Today programme will conduct an interview with a politician via an AI bot "modelled on Mishal Husain".…

'We Are Disappointed': Tech Companies Speak Up Against the FCC's Plan To Kill Net Neutrality

Slashdot - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader shares a report from Business Insider: The FCC is planning to kill net neutrality -- and some tech companies are starting to speak out. Pro-net neutrality activists, who argue the principle creates a level playing-field online, are up in arms about the plan. And some tech companies are now speaking out in support of net neutrality as well, from Facebook to Netflix. Business Insider reached out to some of the biggest tech firms in America today to ask for their reaction to the FCC's plan. Their initial responses are below, and we will continue to update this post as more come in.

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

El Reg - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 12:43pm
125,000 people tried – and failed

Britons simply don't understand that "public sector broadcasting" is a "good for all society", a Labour MP lamented during a Westminster Hall debate on TV licensing.…

Canonical Developers To The Community: Help Us Figure Out The Direction Of Mir

Phoronix - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 12:21pm
Canonical developers working on the Mir display server want feedback from the community about the direction Mir should pursue in the future now that it's getting basic Wayland support in place...

Ed Vaizey is right, Matt Hancock hasn't improved broadband

El Reg - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 12:15pm
'Hancock pinched all my ideas' jokes former digi minister

Comment  For all digital minister Matt Hancock's rhetoric about 'full-fibre' investment, Blighty's digital infrastructure still remains unchanged.…

Linux 4.15 Will Treat The HTC Vive VR Headset As "Non-Desktop"

Phoronix - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 12:11pm
Currently if plugging in the HTC Vive for a virtual reality experience on Linux, the head-mounted display (HMD) is treated just as a conventional display. But now with a new set of changes for Linux 4.15, the kernel will know it's a "non-desktop" display...

New Polaris Firmware Blobs Hit Linux-Firmware.Git

Phoronix - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 12:03pm
Updated firmware files for the command processor (CP) on AMD Polaris graphics cards have landed in linux-firmware.git...

Report: Ryzen "Raven Ridge" APU Not Using HBM2 Memory

Phoronix - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 11:44am
While the Radeon RX Vega discrete graphics cards are making use of the ultra-fast HBM2 memory, it appears the newly-launched AMD "Raven Ridge" APU featuring Zen CPU cores and Vega graphics is not using HBM2 memory...

Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

El Reg - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 11:31am
Midget gem

Apple hasn't forgotten its miraculous budget iPhone, the iPhone SE, after all. The ornate miniature looks set for an update next year, according to reports.…

Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Released

Phoronix - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 11:31am
The TrueOS BSD folks working on their Qt5-powered Lumina Desktop Environment have issued a new feature update of their open-source desktop...

Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

El Reg - Thu, 23/11/2017 - 10:56am
Excel Exumai!

Hey kids, fancy an all-inclusive break to the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida? Well, you're in luck.…

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