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EU data protection tsar spams lawmakers with his unwanted opinions

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 9:02am
You didn't ask me but here's what I think anyway, says EDPS

The EU's independent privacy watchdog has stuck his oar into negotiations on a new EU-wide data protection law.…

Sorry, you've been hacked: Moonpig customer details leaked, again

L'Inq - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 9:01am

Someone huffed, and they puffed

Biometric behavioural profiling: Fighting that password you simply can't change

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 8:27am
A testing time when trying to touch-type

Security researchers have developed a browser extension that supposedly defeats biometrics based on typing patterns, with the exercise designed, in part, to promote greater awareness about the emerging technology and the privacy risk it might pose.…

Chat about Safe Harbour all you like, the NSA's still the stumbling block

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 8:02am
Facebook ruling could yet scupper the whole deal

The EU’s Justice Commissioner met her US counterparts last week in an effort to break the stalemate over data protection rights.…

Apple Pay: HSBC and First Direct now support iPhone payments service

L'Inq - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 7:57am

Beats rivals Barcays, Halifax and Lloyds to it

Home Office warns of ransom-demanding malware email scam

L'Inq - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 7:35am

Scam emails include a virus, and are not from the Home Office

Cybercrime forum Darkode returns with security, admins intact

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 7:27am
Revived invite-only site has cleared out snitches, will rely on blockchain authentication

Crime forum Darkode has relaunched with renewed security two weeks after it was obliterated in a global police raid that shut down the site and saw members arrested.…

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition review

L'Inq - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 7:25am

A slick machine for work and play

Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 7:03am
Thinking outside the (gear) box

Ford is scared of the future. It has to figure out how to survive in a time when manually driving your car to work is as archaic as commuting by horse.…

LinkedIn users rebel after personal data siphon crimped

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 6:35am
Plan to slow personal data exports for security's sake reversed after member tantrum

LinkedIn has reversed a recent decision to make it harder for members to download information about those who've decided to connect with them on the business-centric social network.…

Project IceStorm Passes Another Milestone: Building a CPU

Slashdot - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 6:07am
beckman101 writes: FPGAs — specialized, high speed chips with large arrays of configurable logic — are usually highly proprietary. Anyone who has used one is familiar with the buggy and node-locked accompanying tools that FPGA manufacturers provide. Project IceStorm aims to change that by reverse-engineering some Lattice FPGAs to produce an open-source toolchain, and today it passed a milestone. The J1 open-source CPU is building under IceStorm, and running on real hardware. The result is a fairly puny microcontroller, but possibly the world's most open one.

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 5:57am
Grand Slam! He's dropped a floater with a lot of follow-through

A spectre is haunting Stavanger Golf Club, a spectre which has been defecating into specific holes on the course.…

Xen reports new guest-host escape, this time through CD-ROMs

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 5:33am
Don't stick your head in the sand, patch QEMU

The Xen Project has reported another guest/host escape bug, its third for the year including the VENOM vuln and the XSA-135 SNAFU.…

Intel tests definition of insanity with (leaked) typoslab Skylake CPUs

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 4:58am
Ultrabooks, tablets, all-in-one PCs ... these are still selling, right? Right?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.…

Sysadmins: Your great power brings the chance to RUIN security

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 4:34am
Risk management chap explains how to stop users dozing when you talk infosec

Risk management bod Kris French Junior has offered 10 tips to help security teams bin their boring, technical, and uniformed education schemes…

Voyager's Golden Record For Aliens Now Available On SoundCloud

Slashdot - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 4:34am
An anonymous reader writes: For years you've been able to listen to the sounds recorded on the golden records carried by the twin Voyager spacecraft online but NASA just made it a bit easier. The orginization just uploaded the recordings to SoundCloud. Now you can listen to a continuous stream of clips instead of clicking back and forth to hear the different tracks.

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Are Open-Source GPU Drivers Sufficient For 4K Linux Gaming?

Phoronix - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 4:00am
Last week I published the results of a 15-way AMD/NVIDIA GPU comparison for 4K Linux gaming that was centered around the proprietary AMD/NVIDIA graphics drivers. However, if you stick to using open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers and are a Linux gamer, here are some benchmark results comparing the open to closed-source driver performance at 3840 x 2160.

Wi-Fi 'reflector' hooks you up at 0.1 per cent of current power budget

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 3:58am
NASA boffins get the transceiver out of the smartwatch

By using absorption and reflection to indicate data states, NASA reckons it's created a Wi-Fi device for the wearable market that uses just 0.1 per cent of the power of ordinary transceivers.…

OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 3:00am
Breathe new Oxygen into ecosystem in a stylish case

First look  Back in April, applecart-punching OnePlus made their first entry into mobiles with a new phone and an invite-only system that was popular with 'Droid fanciers but received an upturned nose and frosty shoulder from the big boys in the space.…

Gamers zap brain-to-computer kit market to US$200m by 2020

El Reg - Tue, 28/07/2015 - 2:31am
No need to shave your head just yet, but poseur gamers might do it anyway

Brain-to-Machine Interface (BMI) products will become a US$200m market by 2020, and the action will kick off this Christmas season according to analyst outfit ABI research.…

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