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Rust 1.12 Programming Language Released

Phoronix - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 7:18pm
Rust 1.12 has been released as the newest version of this popular programming language with a focus on "fast, reliable, productive: pick three."..

Verizon techie sold people's call logs at $75 a head to private dick

El Reg - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 7:00pm
Prison looms for telco insider who flogged subscriber records to dodgy investigator

A former Verizon Wireless employee is facing time behind bars after he pled guilty to selling customer records.…

Raspberry Pi Foundation Unveils New LXDE-Based Desktop For Raspbian Called PIXEL

Slashdot - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 6:50pm
Raspberry Pi Foundation's Simon Long has unveiled a new desktop environment for the Debian-based Raspbian GNU/Linux operating system for Raspberry Pi devices. From a Softpedia report (submitted by an anonymous reader):Until today, Raspbian shipped with the well-known and lightweight LXDE desktop environment, which looks pretty much the same as on any other Linux-based distribution out there that is built around LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment). But Simon Long, a UX engineer working for Raspberry Pi Foundation, was hired to make it better, transform it into something that's more appealing to users. So after two years of work, he managed to create a whole new desktop environment for Raspbian, the flagship operating system for Raspberry Pi single-board computers developed and distributed by Raspberry Pi Foundation. Called PIXEL, the new Raspbian desktop offers a more eye-candy design with the panel on top (not on the bottom like on a default LXDE setup), new icons, new Applications Menu, and new theme. "It's actually surprisingly easy to hack about with the LXDE desktop once you get your head around what all the bits do, and since then I've been slowly chipping away at the bits that I felt would most benefit from tweaking," reveals Simon Long. "Stuff has slowly been becoming more and more like my original concept for the desktop; with the latest changes, I think the desktop has reached the point where it's a complete product in its own right and should have its own name."

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Badda-Bing, badda-doom: Microsoft search guru heads up giant's new AI boffinry unit

El Reg - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 6:31pm
Deep Thought? I don't think you're going to like this answer

With all the hype buzz surrounding artificial intelligence right now, Microsoft has decided to repurpose its long-established Microsoft Research division into a new group focused chiefly on AI development.…

Cable TV Companies Could Lose Nearly $1 Billion in the Next Year From People Ditching Their Subscriptions

Slashdot - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 6:10pm
Nathan McAlone, writing for BusinessInsider: Cable TV companies could lose nearly $1 billion to people cutting the cord over the next year, according to a new study by management consulting firm cg42. The firm estimates that 800,000 cable customers will ditch their subscriptions in the next 12 months. Cg42 expects each customer to be an average loss of $1,248 annually, and losses to approach $1 billion over the year. Cg42 also found that the average cord-cutter saves $104 per month by canceling. Some in the industry have argued that cutting the cord doesn't actually save you money if you subscribe to a bunch of streaming services like Netflix, HBO, and so on. But that point of view neglects the reality that many cable subscribers pay for those streaming services already.

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Phoronix Test Suite 6.6.1 Released

Phoronix - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 5:37pm
Building off Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 that was officially released earlier this month, shipping today is the first and only planned point release to the 6.6-Loppa series...

WhatsApp Won't Comply With India's Order To Delete User Data

Slashdot - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 5:30pm
An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: WhatsApp's decision to share user data with Facebook has provoked the ire of yet another foreign government. Last week, India's Delhi High Court ordered WhatsApp to delete any data collected from users who opted out of the company's new privacy policy before September 25th. According to Mashable, however, WhatsApp has no plan to comply with the court order and it will have "no impact on the planned policy and terms of service updates." In August, privacy groups in the US spoke out against the change, which allows WhatsApp to pass account information like mobile phone number, contacts, profile pictures and status messages to its parent company. Facebook claims that sharing information between the two will help it to improve the experience and fight abuse across both platforms, while WhatsApp defended the change by saying that all messages on the service will remain encrypted.

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Microsoft Widens Edge Browser Bug Hunt For Bounty Hunters

Slashdot - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 4:50pm
Microsoft said today it is expanding its program for rewarding those who find and report bugs in Edge, its latest web browser, enabling bounty hunters to claim their prize for a broader range of vulnerabilities. The Register adds: The snappily titled "Microsoft Edge Web Platform on Windows Insider Preview Bug Bounty Programme" was launched in August, and enabled anyone to report vulnerabilities they discover in Microsoft Edge in exchange for flippin' great wodges of cash. Now, the firm has expanded the programme, with a focus on vulnerabilities that lead to "violation of W3C standards that compromise privacy and integrity of important user data," or which enable remote code execution by a particular threat vector. Specifically, the bounty programme now covers the following: Same Origin Policy bypass vulnerabilities (such as universal cross-site scripting), Referrer Spoofing vulnerabilities, Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities in Microsoft Edge on Windows Insider Preview, and Vulnerabilities in open source sections of Chakra.

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FCC Delays Cable TV Apps Vote, Needs Time To Work Out Licensing

Slashdot - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 4:10pm
The FCC has delayed a vote on a plan that would require pay-TV operators to make free TV applications, so cable subscribers will have to wait longer for an alternative to renting set-top boxes from cable companies. ArsTechnica reports:The FCC was scheduled to vote on final rules at its monthly meeting today, but the item was removed from the agenda just before the meeting began. The commission's Democratic majority still seems determined to issue new rules, but there have been objections from the cable industry and disagreements among Democratic commissioners over some of the details. "We have made tremendous progress -- and we share the goal of creating a more innovative and inexpensive market for these consumer devices," Chairman Tom Wheeler and fellow Democrats Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel said today in a joint statement. "We are still working to resolve the remaining technical and legal issues and we are committed to unlocking the set-top box for consumers across this country." The vote could happen at next month's meeting, but the commissioners did not promise any specific timeline.

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Why XPoint SSDs won't meet original speed claims: A guide

El Reg - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 4:03pm
It's not just the media, stupid

Comment  Objective Analysis analyst Jim Handy has come up with a theory which he claims explains why Intel and Micron’s 3d XPoint memory will not meet its original performance claims.…

Microsoft widens Edge browser bug hunt for bounty hunters

El Reg - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 3:41pm
Keeping you in hoodies

Microsoft has expanded its programme for rewarding those who find and report bugs in its Edge browser, enabling bounty hunters to claim their prize for a broader range of vulnerabilities.…

The Slashdot Interview With Raspberry Pi Founder and CEO Eben Upton

Slashdot - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 3:30pm
You asked, he answered! Raspberry Pi founder and CEO Eben Upton has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on for his answers.

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Human rights orgs take Five Eyes nations to court

El Reg - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 3:22pm
UK/USA to sit in dock at ECHR over backbone collection mischief

Human rights organisations have today made the most direct legal challenge against the UK and USA's surveillance activities since they were first revealed in 2013.…

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Rolls Out To Linux Gamers, Will Run Fine On Mesa

Phoronix - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 3:17pm
Seven years after Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II launched on Windows, the game is rolling out today to Linux along with Chaos Rising and Retribution...

VESK coughs up £18k in ransomware attack

El Reg - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 3:02pm
Biz took the precaution to pay up as a belt and braces approach

Exclusive  Hosted desktop and cloud provider VESK is staggering back to its feet after paying 29 Bitcoins (£18,600) in a ransomware attack earlier this week.…

Facebook at Work To Report For Duty Next Month

Slashdot - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 2:45pm
The debut of the long-awaited business social network is nigh. Facebook at Work is about to report for duty. The social networking company's long-awaited foray into business applications will formally debut in London on October 10, according to tech site TechCrunch. From a report:The news site further noted this would be Facebook's first major product launch to take place outside the United States. Thus far, Facebook is seen as a fun-and-games site, not something corporate employees use to converse or track each other. But Facebook at Work, a business-minded operation, could help change that image. As has been reported, it will be a separate version of the network that can be accessed only from a company's internal IT systems, and in theory, subject to stricter corporate security and access rules. Personal accounts will be cordoned off.

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Unity Rolls Out Vulkan Renderer In Preview Form

Phoronix - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 2:30pm
Unity today rolled out their first public preview of their Vulkan renderer for this popular cross-platform game engine...

PostgreSQL 9.6 Officially Released With Parallel Query Support

Phoronix - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 2:26pm
The PostgreSQL 9.6 database server is now officially released as the project's latest feature release...

Microsoft's chums Dell, HPE and Lenovo give Azure Stack a shout-out

El Reg - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 2:26pm
Mover over, devs, and bring me a chequebook

Cloud isn’t what it used to be. Amazon’s AWS began life like open source, with the same net result: a developer secret that became an infrastructure fact.…

Chinese Media, Government Confirm Apple Research Center in Beijing Tech Corridor

Slashdot - Thu, 29/09/2016 - 2:05pm
An anonymous reader writes:According to Chinese media, Apple is launching its first research and development center in the country, located in long-time technology incubation area Zhongguancun Science Park, Beijing. While Apple has yet to comment on the matter, a statement issued by the Zhongguancun Park Management Committee to several Chinese media outlets has identified Apple's presence in the area. According to reports collated by Digitimes, the center has a budget of about $15 million, with a long-term expenditure goal of $45 million over the next few years. The center is allegedly seeking to hire around 500 workers, with no particular focus beyond Apple products and software. The move mirrors similar setups in Japan, and Israel.

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