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PM urged to protect data flows post-Brexit ahead of Munich speech

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 3:05pm
Security services facing 'curtailed' EU info sharing if UK doesn't agree terms

Security experts have warned that Brexit could lead to data flows between the UK and European Union being "substantially curtailed".…

Google Exposes How Malicious Sites Can Exploit Microsoft Edge

Slashdot - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 2:42pm
Google's Project Zero team has published details of an unfixed bypass for an important exploit-mitigation technique in Edge. From a report: The mitigation, Arbitrary Code Guard (ACG), arrived in the Windows 10 Creators Update to help thwart web attacks that attempt to load malicious code into memory. The defense ensures that only properly signed code can be mapped into memory. However, as Microsoft explains, Just-in-Time (JIT) compilers used in modern web browsers create a problem for ACG. JIT compilers transform JavaScript into native code, some of which is unsigned and runs in a content process. To ensure JIT compilers work with ACG enabled, Microsoft put Edge's JIT compiling in a separate process that runs in its own isolated sandbox. Microsoft said this move was "a non-trivial engineering task." "The JIT process is responsible for compiling JavaScript to native code and mapping it into the requesting content process. In this way, the content process itself is never allowed to directly map or modify its own JIT code pages," Microsoft says. Google's Project Zero found an issue is created by the way the JIT process writes executable data into the content process.

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Helicopter crashes after manoeuvres to 'avoid... DJI Phantom drone'

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 2:39pm
Incident reported to local cops and Federal Aviation Administration

A helicopter has crashed after reportedly manoeuvring hard to avoid a "DJI Phantom quadcopter," in what could be the first confirmed aircraft accident involving a drone.…

AMD Raven Ridge Graphics On Linux vs. Lower-End NVIDIA / AMD GPUs

Phoronix - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 2:30pm
This week we have delivered the first Linux benchmarks of the OpenGL/Vulkan graphics capabilities of AMD's new Raven Ridge desktop APUs with the Vega 8 on the Ryzen 3 2200G an the Vega 11 on Ryzen 5 2400G. Those tests have included comparisons to the integrated graphics capabilities of Intel processors as well as older AMD Kaveri APUs. For those interested in seeing how the Raven Ridge Vega graphics compare to lower-end Radeon and GeForce discrete graphics cards, here are those first Linux benchmarks.

Say goodbye to a chunk of that sweet Aruba payout, hedgies – judge

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 2:05pm
Complainants hoped to squeeze more from HP

Hedge funds wanting a court-ordered higher share price from HP when it acquired Aruba have been dealt a blow costing them $17.3m.…

Two Years After FBI vs Apple, Encryption Debate Remains

Slashdot - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 2:00pm
It's been two years since the FBI and Apple got into a giant fight over encryption following the San Bernardino shooting, when the government had the shooter's iPhone, but not the password needed to unlock it, so it asked Apple to create a way inside. What's most surprising is how little has changed since then. From a report: The encryption debate remains unsettled, with tech companies largely opposed and some law enforcement agencies still making the case to have a backdoor. The case for strong encryption: Those partial to the tech companies' arguments will note that cyberattacks and hacking incidents have become even more common, with encryption serving as a valuable way to protect individuals' personal information. The case for backdoors: Criminals are doing bad stuff and when devices are strongly encrypted they can do it in what amounts to the perfect dark alley, completely hidden from public view.

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 1:39pm
And have some cyber goodness too – just don't mention the Belgacom hack

Great Britain, which is buying the US-made F-35 fighter jet, is urging European neighbour Belgium not to buy the US-made F-35 fighter jet.…

Khronos Adds Draco Geometry Compression To glTF 2.0

Phoronix - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 1:14pm
Khronos' glTF transmission format for 3D scenes and models continues getting better. This 3D format has seen adoption by countless applications and engines and even usage within Microsoft products. Khronos' latest advancement to glTF 2.0 is a compression extension...

UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 1:06pm
Look guys, everyone's doing it

Mobile customers face a mid-contract price rise, with all four operators confirming they will hike fees by 4 per cent, 1 per cent above inflation.…

Federal Judge Says Embedding a Tweet Can Be Copyright Infringement

Slashdot - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Rejecting years of settled precedent, a federal court in New York has ruled [PDF] that you could infringe copyright simply by embedding a tweet in a web page. Even worse, the logic of the ruling applies to all in-line linking, not just embedding tweets. If adopted by other courts, this legally and technically misguided decision would threaten millions of ordinary Internet users with infringement liability. This case began when Justin Goldman accused online publications, including Breitbart, Time, Yahoo, Vox Media, and the Boston Globe, of copyright infringement for publishing articles that linked to a photo of NFL star Tom Brady. Goldman took the photo, someone else tweeted it, and the news organizations embedded a link to the tweet in their coverage (the photo was newsworthy because it showed Brady in the Hamptons while the Celtics were trying to recruit Kevin Durant). Goldman said those stories infringe his copyright. "[W]hen defendants caused the embedded Tweets to appear on their websites, their actions violated plaintiff's exclusive display right; the fact that the image was hosted on a server owned and operated by an unrelated third party (Twitter) does not shield them from this result," Judge Katherine Forrest said.

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Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 12:27pm
Switch antitrust case rumbles on

A US court has agreed to dismiss most of Cisco's IP defences in its long-running antitrust dispute with rival Arista Networks; the latter had previously described them as "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane".…

Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 12:00pm
Sort out your safety policies... oh, and share all your travel info with us

Private-hire cab firms that want to operate in the UK capital will have to demonstrate how they protect riders' safety and data – and may still only get short-term licences, Transport for London has said.…

Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:38am
And publishers – have you thought of trying something new?

Analysis  Google's own ad-blocking initiative was introduced yesterday via its Chrome browser.…

Intel Open-Sources LLVM Graphics Compiler, Compute Runtime With OpenCL 2.1+

Phoronix - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:37am
Now it's clear why Intel hasn't been working on the Beignet code-base in months as they have been quietly working on a new and better OpenCL stack and run-time! On open-source Intel OpenCL you can now have OpenCL 2.1 while OpenCL 2.2 support is on the way...

Solus 4 To Offer Experimental GNOME Wayland Session, MATE UI Refresh

Phoronix - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:22am
The Solus Linux distribution has offered up some new details this week on their upcoming Solus 4 release...

DRI3 v1.1 Updated by Collabora For Modifiers & Multi-Plane Support

Phoronix - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:10am
As a sign that DRI3 v1.1 is hopefully ready to go, Louis-Francis Ratté-Boulianne of Collabora on Friday sent out his latest set of patches adding modifiers and multi-plane support to the Direct Rendering Infrastructure...

HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:05am
Apple suggests wiping your ROD and oiling your ring

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  My wife has a hairy tongue.…

China Reassigns 60,000 Soldiers To Plant Trees In Bid To Fight Pollution

Slashdot - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:00am
According to The Independent, citing the Asia Times, China has reassigned over 60,000 soldiers to plan trees in a bid to combat pollution by increasing the country's forest coverage. The soldiers are from the People's Liberation Army, along with some of the nation's armed police force. From the report: The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog which blankets the capital city. The idea is believed to be popular among members of online military forums as long as they can keep their ranks and entitlements. It comes as part of China's plan to plant at least 84,000 square kilometers (32,400 square miles) of trees by the end of the year, which is roughly equivalent to the size of Ireland. The aim is to increase the country's forest coverage from 21 per cent of its total landmass to 23 per cent by 2020, the China Daily newspaper reported.

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Should AI get to choose a topping in a two pizza team?

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 9:32am
How DevOps could be about to collide with machine learning

DevOps is finally getting somewhere. This year the term is ten years old and like most ten-year olds, DevOps is starting to show signs of puberty and cognitive maturity. According to analyst Forrester, this is being reflected in industry. In 2017, a Forrester survey found that over 50 per cent of organisations were to implement DevOps in some form or another, enough for the analyst to claim that 2018 is going to be the year of enterprise DevOps.…

Say HCI is an enhanced server. If you don't already sell 'em, it could be game over, man

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 9:04am
Where enterprise servers go, hyperconverged systems follow

Analysis  If hyperconverged systems are basically enhanced servers then HCI vendors with no server hardware or channel partnerships for their software are doomed.…