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Istanbul Attack: A Grim Reminder Of Why Airports Are Easy Targets

Slashdot - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 3:20pm
An anonymous reader shares a FirstPost article:Even as I write this the echo of gunfire continues at Ataturk International Airport. For reasons that defy logic, Istanbul's main airport has always been seen as a vulnerable target which only underscores the fact that all airports in the world are open to attack and fail-safe is not a viable option. At Ataturk, security is usually high, but the weak underbelly lies in vehicular traffic entering the airport being given cursory checks, pretty much like most airports which is why President Erdogan was able to say this sort of attack could have occurred anywhere. That is true. Airports are easy targets. That even though Turkey was aware of the chinks nothing much was done to up the security levels. If you take Delhi International as a prime example, the access to the terminal is scarcely blockaded and one can reach the entry points with ease, crossing a couple of indolent checkpoints and a roller fence. (Editor's note: the article has been written by an Indian author, and so he uses an Indian airport as an example.) Indian airports are as porous as a sponge. Most of our airports are red-starred which places them in the inadequate category. Add to that the fact that several thousand VIPs are given privileges that make a pudding out of security and it indicates how easy peasy it would be to amble up to the terminal entrance. The weakness primarily lies in the absence of X-Rays and deterrent technology on approach. You practically can check in and get to immigration before being cleared for hazardous material.

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Speaking in Tech: Techcast on Brexit 'You can't argue with people'

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 3:07pm
Plus: Dockercon nerds, bimodal silos, Twitter airport hijinks and more

Windows 10 Anniversary Update To Roll Out On August 2

Slashdot - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:40pm
Windows 10's first major update -- dubbed Anniversary Update -- will be released to users on August 2, according to a blog post published by Microsoft (Archive link). The company presumably posted the blog post ahead of the original publication plans, and as a result, quickly pulled the story. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will bring with it a number of major changes including extensions to Edge, and improvements to Cortana and Hello biometric feature. It will also mark the end of the one-year free Windows 10 update offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users.

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Atlantis retreats to core VDI software and appliance market

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:33pm
Software biz needs to curtail ambitions and restructure for second time this year

Atlantis Computing, the software house that produced a VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) offering and then expanded into general virtual server acceleration and on into hyper-converged appliances, is scaling its product line back to workspace software and hyper-converged appliances, with consequent job losses.…

InfiniBand-on-die MIA in Oracle's new 'Sonoma' Sparc S7 processor

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:01pm
Big Red to tear wraps off scale-out CPU with crypto, analytics acceleration

Oracle's Sparc S7 processor codenamed Sonoma will not feature on-chip InfiniBand interfaces as expected.…

Google Found Disastrous Symantec and Norton Vulnerabilities That Are 'As Bad As It Gets'

Slashdot - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 2:00pm
Google's Project Zero team has discovered a heap of critical vulnerabilities in Symantec and Norton security products. The flaws, the team says, allow hackers to completely compromise people's machines by simply sending them malicious self-replicating code through unopened emails or un-clicked links. According to a Fortune report, the vulnerabilities affect millions of people who run the company's endpoint security and antivirus software -- all 17 enterprise products (Symantec brand) and eight consumer and small business products (Norton brand). Dan Goodin, reporting for Ars Technica:The flaws reside in the engine the products use to reverse the compression tools malware developers use to conceal their malicious payloads. The unpackers work by parsing code contained in files before they're allowed to be downloaded or executed. Because Symantec runs the unpackers directly in the operating system kernel, errors can allow attackers to gain complete control over the vulnerable machine. Tavis Ormandy, a researcher with Google's Project Zero, said a better design would be for unpackers to run in a security "sandbox," which isolates untrusted code from sensitive parts of an operating system.

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ZTE flagship elbows aside Xiaomi

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 1:43pm
Never, mind, we're here now

Xiaomi was expected to be the biggest arrival into the European phone market this year, but ZTE may have just grabbed the laurels. While Xiaomi is entangled with IP worries, delaying a European push, ZTE has steamed in with an attractive Android flagship, the Axon 7 - launched this week in Paris this week - one that you can order from Amazon right away.…

Fancy hacking Man City? Happy days: Footy club to host hackathon

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 1:17pm
Moneyball-style data crunching applied to the beautiful game

Manchester City FC has detailed plans to become the first football club to host a data hackathon.…

Veeam poster boy and CEO Ratmir Timashev steps down

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 1:02pm
Fills top office with existing general, raids VMware for chief operations man

It's all change at the top of virtual server backup biz Veeam: Co-founder and current chief Ratmir Timashev is stepping back from day-to-day ops by letting exec veep William Largent grab the controls.…

AMD Radeon RX 480 On Linux

Phoronix - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 1:00pm
After weeks of anticipation, AMD's high-end Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" graphics card is officially launching today! This graphics card starts at just $199 USD (or $239 USD for the 8GB version) and has day-one Linux support! There's available open-source driver support as well as an AMDGPU-PRO update that's expected today for those wanting to make use of this newer hybrid Linux driver stack. I've been testing the Radeon RX 480 under Linux the past week under both driver stacks and have my initial results to share this morning.

Clinton Tech Plan Reads Like Silicon Valley Wish List

Slashdot - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 1:00pm
theodp writes from a report via USA Today: "If there was any lingering doubt as to tech's favored presidential candidate," writes USA Today's Jon Swartz, "Hillary Clinton put an end to that Tuesday with a tech plan that reads like a Silicon Valley wish list. It calls for connecting every U.S. household to high-speed internet by 2020, reducing regulatory barriers and supporting Net neutrality rules, [which ban internet providers from blocking or slowing content.] It proposes investments in computer science and engineering education ("engage the private sector and nonprofits to train up to 50,000 computer science teachers in the next decade"), expansion of 5G mobile data, making inexpensive Wi-Fi available at more airports and train stations, and attaching a green card to the diplomas of foreign-born students earning STEM degrees." dcblogs shares with us a report from Computerworld that specifically discusses Clinton's support of green cards for foreign students who earn STEM degrees: As president, Hillary Clinton will support automatic green cards, or permanent residency, for foreign students who earn advanced STEM degrees. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, wants the U.S. to "staple" green cards on the diplomas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) masters and PhD graduates "from accredited institutions." Clinton outlined her plan in a broader tech policy agenda released today. Clinton's "staple" idea isn't new. It's what Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate in 2012, supported. It has had bipartisan support in Congress. But the staple idea is controversial. Critics will say this provision will be hard to control, will foster age discrimination, and put pressure on IT wages.

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"Radeon Settings" GUI Control Panel May Be Open-Sourced For AMD Linux Users

Phoronix - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 12:59pm
Besides the Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" performance numbers no longer being under NDA (see our 12-page Radeon RX 480 Linux review!), also being made public today are the Radeon Software improvements to Radeon Settings around WattMan, the successor to PowerPlay for overclocking/underclocking via the Radeon GUI control panel. But isn't Radeon Settings Windows-only? Yes, for now, but they are looking at the possibility of opening up Radeon Settings for Linux users...

AMD Is Launching A New Beta Program For Their Drivers

Phoronix - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 12:59pm
For years AMD had a very active, community-driven semi-private beta program for their (Catalyst, at the time) drivers but in recent years while going through tough financial times they cut back the program. However, they will now be working to restore this program and they will be looking for Linux participants too...

Extra Steam Linux Gaming Benchmarks Of The AMD Radeon RX 480

Phoronix - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 12:59pm
Our just-published 12-page AMD Radeon RX 480 Linux review features a wealth of interesting OpenGL/OpenCL/Vulkan Linux benchmarks along with performance-per-Watt and performance-per-dollar metrics and more. Check it out if you haven't already. This article are just some extra Steam Linux gaming benchmarks for the RX 480 vs. various NVIDIA graphics cards in the games that can't be fully-automated like Tomb Raider, Shadow of Mordor, and Company of Heroes 2 where the benchmarks had to be manually executed...

Dixons, UK's fifth 'emergency service', brushes off Brexit scare stories

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 12:41pm
CEO: 'volatility inevitable' but look at our fiscal '16 financials, we are peerless

Dixon Carphone - which, god help us, wants to become the fifth emergency service in the UK - this morning played down the personal impact of market “volatility” that a post-Brexit vote will “inevitably” cause as it reported bumper profits for fiscal ’16.…

Bacon is not my vodka friend

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 12:20pm
Things you can't do in Oklahoma

Bacon infused vodka may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but selling this improbable beverage in Oklahoma could land you in hot water.…

Lauri Love at risk of suicide if extradited to US, Brit court hears

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 12:04pm
Westminster Magistrates to decide if Feds can get their hands on alleged hacker

Alleged hacker Lauri Love, of Stradishall, Suffolk, who is said to have hacked into a number of US government agencies' websites, is at risk of killing himself if British authorities allow him to be extradited to the US, a court heard yesterday.…

Brexit, schmexit: BT and Oracle join hands for a cloudy tryst

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 11:42am
But partnerships not the same as winning new biz – analyst

BT has hopped into bed with Oracle in a deal that promises to provide the underlying network connectivity for Oracle’s hybrid cloud.…

New SteamOS Beta Bundles Interesting AMDGPU-PRO Driver

Phoronix - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 11:19am
Valve last night released the SteamOS 2.83 Brewmaster Beta, which includes AMDGPU-PRO RC2 and the NVIDIA 367.27 driver...

Lenovo HPC bounces back after IBM spinoff

El Reg - Wed, 29/06/2016 - 11:17am
High performance biz has grown... and customers.. well, they're a little different

When IBM sold off its System x division to Lenovo Group in the fall of 2014, some big supercomputing centers in the United States and Europe that were long-time customers of Big Blue had to stop and think about what their future systems would look like and who would supply them. It was not a foregone conclusion that the Xeon-based portion of IBM’s HPC business would just move over to Lenovo as part of the sale.…

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