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Notorious Group OurMine Hacks TechCrunch

Slashdot - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 4:40pm
Prominent technology blog TechCrunch -- which is often cited on Slashdot -- has become the latest victim of the OurMine hacking group. The notorious group gained access to Seattle-based writer Devin Coldewey's account, and posted the following message earlier today: "Hello Guys, don't worry we are just testing techcrunch security, we didn't change any passwords, please contact us." The post was then promoted as a ticker, the top banner in red and as the main story on TechCrunch's front page. BetaNews adds: The OurMine website says that the group offers "top notch vulnerability assessment", so it's possible that the hack was little more than a PR stunt touting for business. It did not take TechCrunch long to notice and remove the story (and presumably change a series of passwords...) but the site is yet to issue a statement about what has happened.

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NVIDIA Is Building Its Next-Gen Falcon Controller Using RISC-V

Phoronix - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 4:34pm
For the past decade NVIDIA GPUs have shipped with a proprietary micro-controller they've called Falcon (also for Nouveau users you may recall it through "FUC" for the Falcon micro-controller), but a next-gen controller is being built now for future NVIDIA GPUs and it's going to utilize the RISC-V ISA...

Pop Star Tells Fans To Send Their Twitter Passwords, But It Might Be Illegal

Slashdot - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 4:00pm
Cyrus Farivar, reporting for Ars Technica: As a new way to connect with his fans, Jack Johnson -- one half of the pop-rap duo Jack & Jack, not to be confused with the laid back Hawaiian singer-songwriter of the same name -- has spent the last month soliciting social media passwords. Using the hashtag #HackedByJohnson, the performer has tweeted at his fans to send him their passwords. (Why he didn't go for the shorter and catchier #JackHack, we'll never know.) Then, Johnson posts under his fans' Twitter accounts, leaving a short personalized message, as them. While Johnson and his fans likely find this password sharing silly and innocuous, legal experts say that Jack Johnson, 20, may be opening himself up to civil or criminal liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a notorious anti-hacking statute that dates back to the 1980s. "While the entertainer in question likely considers this password collection to be a harmless personalized promotional activity, there may indeed be legal implication of both the fans' and the entertainer's conduct," Andrea Matwyshyn, a law professor at Northeastern University, told Ars.

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It's 2016 and your passwords can still be sniffed from wireless keyboards

El Reg - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 3:58pm
KeySniffer – does what it says on the tin

Millions of low-cost wireless keyboards are susceptible to a vulnerability that reveals private data to hackers in clear text.…

Commvault's growing, even if profits dipped into losses this quarter

El Reg - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 3:29pm
A million here, a couple of million there

Commvault has sustained its recovery for a third quarter although it has recorded a loss after a much smaller income tax benefit was applied than a year ago.…

Steam On Windows 10 Will Get 'Progressively Worse': Gears of War Developer

Slashdot - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 3:20pm
Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform, or UWP, approach isn't sitting well with many game developers. Four months after criticising UWP ecosystem for being a walled-garden, curtailing "users' freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers," Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games, the studio behind the Gears of War and Unreal franchises has once again lashed out at the Redmond-based company. He alleges that Microsoft plans to make Steam -- the world's largest PC gaming platform, "progressively worse and more broken." in a move to bolster people's reliance on the Windows Store. From a Gadgets 360 report: "Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They'll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seem like an ideal alternative. That's exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they're doing it to Steam. It's only just starting to become visible. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan but they are certainly trying," Sweeney said. He adds the outcome of this would be forcing every app and game to be sold through the Windows Store alone. "If they can succeed in doing that then it's a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform. It won't be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library -- what they're trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones," he claims.

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Dolly the sheep clones have aged well, say scientists

El Reg - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 3:00pm
Nottingham's cloning success not usual, though

Scientists working on a long-term study of the world’s first cloned animal, Dolly the sheep, have reported that cloned sheep age normally in a paper published today in Nature Communications.…

54C Recorded In Kuwait Likely Hottest On Record In Asia

Slashdot - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 2:40pm
An anonymous reader writes from an Associated Press report: The UN weather agency said it suspects that the 54C temperature recorded in Kuwait has set a record for the eastern hemisphere. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said Tuesday it is setting up a committee to look into whether the temperature recorded last Thursday in Mitrabah, Kuwait, was a new high for the eastern hemisphere and in Asia. WMO's Omar Baddour said it is "likely" to be an eastern hemisphere record. Last week, swathes of the Middle East and North Africa and were hit by heatwaves that have become more frequent over the last half-century, and Earth is fresh off the hottest six months on record. WMO says the world record high of 56.7C was recorded at Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California, in 1913. In the UAE, highs of 49C are expected inland on Wednesday. Last year, the mercury rose above 50C in Sweiham, near Al Ain.An article on Citylab, citing NOAA's latest analysis notes that it was the warmest June in the modern history and also the 14th consecutive month of unprecedented hotness.

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Ofcom: Legal separation will force Openreach to eat more fibre

El Reg - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 2:38pm
Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'

Sharon White, the boss of UK comms watchdog Ofcom, hopes plans to legally separate Openreach from BT will force it to increase its investment of two million fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections over the next four years.…

Gridstore deal done: Wrap your mouth around HyperGrid HCIaaS

El Reg - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 2:30pm
Does hyperconverger pass the say-it-5-times-fast test?

Gridstore has gone ahead and bought DCHQ.…

Calling all hipster... *hic* hip-hip-storians! Craft beer job spotted

El Reg - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 2:14pm
Smithsonian on lookout for boozy history buff

Had enough of tech? Sporting a big or any kind of unlikely looking beard or interestingly dyed hair? El Reg has found the perfect new job where you’ll get paid handsomely to espouse the wonders of trendy beer.…

NVMe Over Fabrics (NVMeF) & Other Block Improvements For Linux 4.8

Phoronix - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 2:00pm
Jens Axboe submitted his Linux 4.8 block driver and core block changes on Monday for this next kernel development cycle...

Slashdot Asks: What's Next For Netflix?

Slashdot - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 2:00pm
What does the future hold for Netflix? The company first earned a name for itself over a decade ago renting DVDs via mails in an era when Blockbuster used to laugh at the mere idea of DVDs-by-mail. It then moved to offering online streaming service way before most of the companies. As VC and former journalist MG Siegler writes, Netflix was always ahead of the curve. But the market -- and the demand from the market is changing, again. To address that, the on-demand streaming service has over the past three-four years started to invest heavily in getting exclusive rights for movies and TV shows, as well as make its own original content. But this time, Netflix is facing immense competition from its rivals -- and its moves aren't that unpredictable. It's also worth pointing out just recently, the company's decision to hike prices led its stocks to tank. Siegler writes: The streaming content game is now hyper competitive. And even the streaming original content game has gotten extremely competitive. And this means it has gotten extremely expensive. The result has been great for us, the users, as we do seem to be in a golden age of television-like content, even if it's being delivered via streaming "channels" like Netflix. With 54 Emmy nominations this year, second to only HBO, Netflix is seemingly closing in on what they set out to do once again. They've become HBO faster than HBO has been able to become Netflix. Of course, HBO still has the warm blanket of cable operator fees to keep them cozy; Netflix's model has them a bit out in the cold in that regard. So, again, what's next? Is it VR? Something else? Don't tell me it's 4k. Worldwide expansion is huge, but that's really just growing into the last business. What's the next business pivot?What you, Slashdot readers, think Netflix's next move will be? Or do you think the company will soon become just another name in its respective category?

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Slashdot Asks: What's Next For Netflix?

Slashdot - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 2:00pm
What does the future hold for Netflix? The company first earned a name for itself over a decade ago renting DVDs via mails in an era when Blockbuster used to laugh at the mere idea of DVDs-by-mail. It then moved to offering online streaming service way before most of the companies. As VC and former journalist MG Siegler writes, Netflix was always ahead of the curve. But the market -- and the demand from the market is changing, again. To address that, the on-demand streaming service has over the past three-four years started to invest heavily in getting exclusive rights for movies and TV shows, as well as make its own original content. But this time, Netflix is facing immense competition from its rivals -- and its moves aren't that unpredictable. It's also worth pointing out just recently, the company's decision to hike prices led its stocks to tank. Siegler writes: The streaming content game is now hyper competitive. And even the streaming original content game has gotten extremely competitive. And this means it has gotten extremely expensive. The result has been great for us, the users, as we do seem to be in a golden age of television-like content, even if it's being delivered via streaming "channels" like Netflix. With 54 Emmy nominations this year, second to only HBO, Netflix is seemingly closing in on what they set out to do once again. They've become HBO faster than HBO has been able to become Netflix. Of course, HBO still has the warm blanket of cable operator fees to keep them cozy; Netflix's model has them a bit out in the cold in that regard. So, again, what's next? Is it VR? Something else? Don't tell me it's 4k. Worldwide expansion is huge, but that's really just growing into the last business. What's the next business pivot?What you, Slashdot readers, think Netflix's next move will be? Or do you think the company will soon become just another name in its respective category?

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Panzura primps file sync 'n' share replication tech

El Reg - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 1:39pm
Global compression and dedupe for faster transfer times

File sync and sharer Panzura has announced its new SMARTSync tech, which it says will reduce the amount of info sent between sites in a sync-and-share network and speed sharing.…

EMC insiders say Salesforce has ordered $75m of its kit

El Reg - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 1:12pm
Forget AWS (sort of): We've still got skin in the game

EMC landed a punch on behalf of tech's old guard after it won a $75m deal to furnish Salesforce with shiny new on-premises storage hardware, sources have claimed.…

NVIDIA "OpenGL 2016" Driver Leaks Out Early, Adds GLSL SPIR-V Extension

Phoronix - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 1:06pm
The Khronos BOFs for SIGGRAPH 2016 aren't until tomorrow, but NVIDIA posted today their development driver with support for the "OpenGL 2016" extensions...

AMD Unveils Radeon Pro WX and Pro SSG Professional Graphics Cards

Slashdot - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 1:00pm
MojoKid writes: AMD took the wraps off its latest pro graphics solutions at SIGGRAPH today, and announced three new professional graphics cards in the new Polaris-based Radeon Pro WX Series. The Radeon Pro WX 4100 is the entry-level model with a half-height design for use in small form-factor workstations. The Radeon Pro WX 5100 is the middle child, while the Radeon Pro WX 7100 is AMD's current top-end WX model. The Radeon Pro WX 7100 has 32 compute units, offers 5 TFLOPs of compute performance, and is backed by 8GB of GDDR4 memory over a 256-bit memory interface. The Radeon Pro WX 5100 offers 28 compute units and 4 TFLOPs of performance along with 8GB memory over the same 256-bit interface, and the Radeon Pro WX 4100 is comprised of 16 compute units at 2 TFLOPs of perf with 4GB memory over a 128-bit memory link. The Radeon Pro WX 4100 has four mini DisplayPort outputs, while the Radeon Pro WX 5100 and 7100 each have four full-size DisplayPort connectors. None of these cards will be giving the new NVIDIA Quadro P6000 a run for its money in terms of performance, but they don't have to. The Quadro card will no doubt cost thousands of dollars, while the Radeon Pro WX 7100 will eek in at just under $1,000. The Radeon Pro WX 5100 and 4100 will slot in somewhat below that mark. AMD also announced the Radeon Solid State Storage Architecture and the Radeon Pro SSG card today. Details are scant, but AMD is essentially outfitting Radeon Pro SSG cards with large amounts of Solid State Flash Memory, which can allow much larger data sets to reside close to the GPU in an extended frame buffer. Whereas the highest-end professional graphics cards today may have up to 24GB of memory, the Radeon Pro SSG will start with 1TB, linked to the GPU via a custom PCI Express interface. Giving the GPU access to a large, local data repository should offer significantly increased performance for demanding workloads like real-time post-production of 8K video, high-resolution rendering, VR content creation and others.

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TechCrunch defaced by self-professed 'white hat' hackers

El Reg - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 12:41pm
'Don't worry we never change your passwords.' Contact us!

Startup tech news blogger TechCrunch appears to have suffered a security breach by online graffiti vandals.…

Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

El Reg - Tue, 26/07/2016 - 12:25pm
Disney subsidiary pleads guilty to criminal charges

A subsidiary company of Disney has admitted criminal breaches of health and safety laws after a door of the Millennium Falcon almost crushed Harrison Ford to death in a Star Wars film.…