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Power-Saving PCI Express L1 PM Substate Support Coming To Linux 4.11

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 9:58pm
While hearing "ASPM" may still scare some of you from the Linux kernel power management woes of a few years ago, ASPM PCI-E L1 PM substate support is coming to Linux 4.11 to hopefully help with power savings for idle PCI Express devices...

FCC Votes To Lift Net Neutrality Transparency Rules For Smaller Internet Providers

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 9:20pm
The Federal Communications Commission today voted to lift transparency requirements for smaller internet providers. According to The Verge, "Internet providers with fewer than 250,000 subscribers will not be required to disclose information on network performance, fees, and data caps, thanks to this rule change. The commission had initially exempted internet providers with fewer than 100,000 subscribers with the intention of revisiting the issue later to determine whether a higher or lower figure was appropriate." From the report: The rule passed in a 2-1 vote, with Republicans saying the reporting requirements unfairly burdened smaller ISPs with additional work. Only Democratic commissioner Mignon Clyburn opposed. Clyburn argued that the disclosures were an important consumer protection that was far from overbearing on businesses, particularly ones this large. Clyburn also argued that the rule would allow larger internet providers to avoid disclosing information by simply breaking their service areas up into different subsidiaries. Republican commissioner Michael O'Rielly voted in favor of the change, saying he actually would have preferred the subscriber exemption to be even higher. And commission chairman Ajit Pai said the rules were necessary to protect "mom and pop internet service providers" from "burdensome requirements [...] that impose serious and unnecessary costs."

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 9:13pm
Michael Thomas' appeal will send shockwaves through IT industry if successful

Back in December 2011, Michael Thomas did what many sysadmins secretly dream of doing: he trashed his employer's network and left a note saying he quit.…

Social Media Are Driving Americans Insane

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 8:40pm
Deena Shanker, writing for Bloomberg: If you pull out your phone to check Twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read e-mails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a "constant checker." And chances are, it's hurting your mental health. Last week, the APA released a study finding that Americans were experiencing the first statistically significant stress increase in the survey's 10-year history. In January, 57 percent of respondents of all political stripes said the U.S. political climate was a very or somewhat significant source of stress, up from 52 percent who said the same thing in August. On Thursday, the APA released the second part of its 1 findings, "Stress In America: Coping With Change," examining the role technology and social media play in American stress levels. [...] The highest stress levels, it should be noted, are reserved for those who constantly check their work e-mail on days off. Their average stress level is 6.0. So those of you who think it's somehow pleasant to work from home on a Saturday afternoon, you're actually fooling yourself.

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Fedora Getting Ready For Linux 4.10, F26 Likely Shipping With Linux 4.11

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 8:31pm
Fedora is slowly getting ready for sending the Linux 4.10 kernel down the pipe to supported stable releases of its distribution...

US 'security' biz trio Sentinel Labs, Vir2us, SpyChatter accused of lying about certification

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 8:28pm
Watchdog forces them to drop claims of privacy protections

Three US companies have settled with the FTC after they were accused of lying about the security safeguards on their customer information.…

MSAA Compression Lands In Intel's Vulkan Driver, Big Win When Using Anti-Aliasing

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 8:17pm
Intel's "ANV" Vulkan Linux driver has landed the support for enabling MSAA compression...

Amazon Argues That Alexa Is Protected By the First Amendment in a Murder Trial

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 8:00pm
Amazon is sticking to its guns in the fight to protect customer data. The ecommerce giant has filed a motion to quash the search warrant for recordings from an Amazon Echo in the trial of James Andrew Bates, accused of murdering friend Victor Collins in Bentonville, Arkansas in November 2015. And it's arguing that the responses of Alexa, the voice of the Echo, has First Amendment rights as part of that motion. From a report on Quartz: The company's lawyers claim that Alexa's recordings and responses are subject to free speech protections under the US constitution's bill of rights, and that prosecutors need to provide more evidence that this audio is essential to the case. "It is well established that the First Amendment protects not only an individual's right to speak, but also his or her 'right to receive information and ideas,'" Amazon lawyers wrote in a court filing. "At the heart of that First Amendment protection is the right to browse and purchase expressive materials anonymously, without fear of government discovery." Amazon also referenced a 2014 case involving Chinese search giant Baidu, where a court ruled that results returned by a search engine are protected by the First Amendment.

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Tech Reporting Is More Negative Now Than in the Past

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 7:21pm
Wayne Williams, writing for BetaNews: A new study finds that tech reporting is generally more pessimistic now than in the past, and for two very different reasons. The new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), and based on textual analysis of 250 articles from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post from 1986 to 2013, highlights how the tone of tech reporting has shifted in the past 20 years. In general, the ITIF found that in the 1980s and 1990s, coverage of technology was largely positive, but this changed from the mid-1990s to 2013, when more negative reports covering the downside of technology, its failure to live up to its promises, and potential ill effects, started to appear. The ITIF attributes this shift to two main causes, the first being that "there has been a significant increase in the number of civil-society organizations and attention-seeking scholars focused on painting a threatening picture of technology," and second, and perhaps most pertinent, "news organizations are under increased financial pressure, and as a result, reporters may have less time and fewer resources to dig deep into technology issues."

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Realtek ALC299/ALC1220 Support, Intel Audio Updates In Linux 4.11

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 7:02pm
Takashi Iwai has submitted the sound subsystem updates for the Linux 4.11 kernel with most of that work happening in the audio driver space...

People built AI bots to improve Wikipedia. Then they started squabbling in petty edit wars, sigh

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 7:00pm
Most argued articles include Pervez Musharraf, Niels Bohr and Schwarzenegger

Analysis  An investigation into Wikipedia bots has confirmed the automated editing software can be just as pedantic and petty as humans are – often engaging in online spats that can continue for years.…

Google Says Almost Every Recent 'Trusted' DMCA Notices Were Bogus

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 6:40pm
Reader AmiMoJo writes: In comments submitted to a U.S. Copyright Office consultation, Google has given the DMCA a vote of support, despite widespread abuse. Noting that the law allows for innovation and agreements with content creators, Google says that 99.95% of URLs it was asked to take down last month didn't even exist in its search indexes. "For example, in January 2017, the most prolific submitter submitted notices that Google honored for 16,457,433 URLs. But on further inspection, 16,450,129 (99.97%) of those URLs were not in our search index in the first place."

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'First ever' SHA-1 hash collision calculated. All it took were five clever brains... and 6,610 years of processor time

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 6:33pm
Tired old algo underpinning online security must die now

Google researchers and academics have today demonstrated it is possible – following years of number crunching – to produce two different documents that have the same SHA-1 hash signature.…

RadeonSI Shader Cache May Be Flipped On By Default

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 6:10pm
On Wednesday the RadeonSI/R600g shader cache landed for on-disk caching of TGSI IR while one day later the caching is already being expanded and may soon be enabled by default...

Google Has Demonstrated a Successful Practical Attack Against SHA-1

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 6:00pm
Reader Artem Tashkinov writes: Ten years after of SHA-1 was first introduced, Google has announced the first practical technique for generating an SHA-1 collision. It required two years of research between the CWI Institute in Amsterdam and Google. As a proof of the attack, Google has released two PDF files that have identical SHA-1 hashes but different content. The amount of computations required to carry out the attack is staggering: nine quintillion (9,223,372,036,854,775,808) SHA1 computations in total which took 6,500 years of CPU computation to complete the attack first phase and 110 years of GPU computation to complete the second phase. Google says that people should migrate to newer hashing algorithms like SHA-256 and SHA-3, however it's worth noting that there are currently no ways of finding a collision for both MD5 and SHA-1 hashes simultaneously which means that we still can use old proven hardware accelerated hash functions to be on the safe side.

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Brit lords slip 30Mbps Universal Service Obligation into UK Digital Economy Bill

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 5:35pm
Eleventh-hour amendment, but will it stick with government?

An eleventh-hour amendment has been added to the UK government's Digital Economy Bill, proposing an increase of the Universal Service Obligation from 10Mbps to 30Mbps.…

NVIDIA vs. Radeon With HITMAN On Linux: CPU Usage, Memory Usage

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 5:23pm
With the competitive RadeonSI vs. NVIDIA performance for HITMAN on Linux there have been some Premium reader requests for also taking a look at the CPU/RAM usage and other vitals while running this latest Feral game port on the different GPUs/drivers...

'Social Media Needs A Travel Mode'

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 5:20pm
Maciej CegÅowski, a Polish-American web developer, entrepreneur, and social critic, writes on a blog post: We need a 'trip mode' for social media sites that reduces our contact list and history to a minimal subset of what the site normally offers. Not only would such a feature protect people forced to give their passwords at the border, but it would mitigate the many additional threats to privacy they face when they use their social media accounts away from home. Both Facebook and Google make lofty claims about user safety, but they've done little to show they take the darkening political climate around the world seriously. A 'trip mode' would be a chance for them to demonstrate their commitment to user safety beyond press releases and anodyne letters of support. What's required is a small amount of engineering, a good marketing effort, and the conviction that any company that makes its fortune hoarding user data has a moral responsibility to protect its users. To work effectively, a trip mode feature would need to be easy to turn on, configurable (so you can choose how long you want the protection turned on for) and irrevocable for an amount of time chosen by the user once it's set. There's no sense in having a 'trip mode' if the person demanding your password can simply switch it off, or coerce you into switching it off.

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 5:02pm
How many swallows do you need for a summer? One will do

The adoption of prophylactics to protect users against advertising failed to rise in 2016, according to pollsters YouGov.…

Google Rolling Out New Ignition + TurboFan V8 Compiler Architecture

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 4:46pm
The JavaScript engine performance wars are not over with Google preparing to make some significant changes to their V8 JavaScript engine used by Chrome and friends...