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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

El Reg - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 7:02am
Mission boffins say lander is getting three hours of sunlight a day

The European Space Agency (ESA) says the Philae lander, Earth's unofficial ambassador to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has sent a second burst of data back home.…

Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

El Reg - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 6:29am
Keychains raided, sandboxes busted, passwords p0wned, but Apple silent for six months

Six university researchers have revealed deadly zero-day flaws in Apple's iOS and OS X, claiming it is possible to crack Apple's password-storing keychain, break app sandboxes, and bypass its App Store security checks.…

The Future of AI: a Non-Alarmist Viewpoint

Slashdot - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 6:28am
Nerval's Lobster writes: There has been a lot of discussion recently about the dangers posed by building truly intelligent machines. A lot of well-educated and smart people, including Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking, have stated they are fearful about the dangers that sentient Artificial Intelligence (AI) poses to humanity. But maybe it makes more sense to focus on the societal challenges that advances in AI will pose in the near future (Dice link), rather than worrying about what will happen when we eventually solve the titanic problem of building an artificial general intelligence that actually works. Once the self-driving car becomes a reality, for example, thousands of taxi drivers, truck drivers and delivery people will be out of a job practically overnight, as economic competition forces companies to make the switch to self-driving fleets as quickly as possible. Don't worry about a hypothetical SkyNet, in other words; the bigger issue is what a (dumber) AI will do to your profession over the next several years.

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Noshing moth menaces misled into male-on-male mating

El Reg - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 6:06am
Unveiling the ultimate lepidoptera prison shower soap plan

Crafty museum curators in London, outraged by lepidopterans gobbling their well-stuffed exhibits, have fought back with a sinister plan that has seen the noshing attackers tricked into orgies of male-on-male sex and hence unable to reproduce.…

Three exposed Brit's privates with sloppy survey code

El Reg - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 5:28am
Dumb API spewed too much information says security chap

Hacker Joseph Redfern has reported a privacy flaw at UK telco Three, which exposed names and email addresses in online surveys.…

If I get hit by a bus, Linux will go on just fine says Linus Torvalds

El Reg - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 4:58am
Penguinista succession is secure, says Linux Lord

Just a few days after asking the Linux community to let him take a break, Linus Torvalds has said the project he kicked off 1991 can now get along without him.…

YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

El Reg - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 4:31am
It's like Uber, but for picking the delivery driver's pocket

Amazon looks to be exploring a new way to cut costs by turning you - or anyone willing to deliver parcels - into its drones.…

European Court: Websites Are Responsible For Users' Comments

Slashdot - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 4:17am
An anonymous reader writes: A new ruling from the European Court of Human Rights found it perfectly acceptable to hold websites responsible for comments left by users. Experts are worried the ruling will encourage websites to censor content posted by users out of concern that they're opening themselves up to legal liability. The judgment also seems to support the claim that "proactive monitoring" can be required of website owners. Peter Micek of digital rights group "Access" said, "This ruling is a serious blow to users' rights online. Dissenting voices will have fewer outlets in which to seek and impart opinions anonymously. Instead, users at risk will be dragged down by a precedent that will keep them from accessing the open ocean of ideas and information."

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AdBlock aims to send filthy malverts on one-way LSD trip

El Reg - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 3:58am
Sysadmins unlikely to appreciate new large-scale deployment tool in current form

Enterprises will be able to stem the remaining revenue stream for online news outlets using a new wide network feature launched today for popular browser extension AdBlock Plus.…

Trans-Pacific Partnership stalled says Australian trade minister

El Reg - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 3:32am
Hillary Clinton's stand means Europe's TTIP also likely dead in water

The controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), thought to include SOPA-style anti-piracy provisions, among other nasties - looks to be dead in the water: not only has the US Congress knocked back the “fast-track” mechanism that would have seen it signed off quickly, but Hillary Clinton has come down on the side of America's nay-sayers.…

Bezos' bozos swing ban-hammer at media player

El Reg - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 2:58am
Amazon blocks Kodi software, still flogs Kodi hardware

Efforts by the Kodi media player's maintainers to keep pirates from sullying its good name haven't been enough to satisfy the copyright cops at Amazon.…

Raspberry Pi guys want you to go topless in the heat

El Reg - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 2:31am
Official case revealed, complete with removable lid, and year-long plastic hassle

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has revealed a new piece of hardware: the official Rasbperry Pi case.…

X.Org Server 1.17.2 Released

Phoronix - Wed, 17/06/2015 - 1:01am
X.Org Server 1.17.2 was released today by Red Hat's Adam Jackson...