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Kingston HyperX Predator SSD On Linux: Still Not Making Par

Phoronix - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 7:40pm
Last week I posted some initial Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 SSD Linux benchmarks. Since those results, which were rather disappointing when factoring in the cost of this solid-state storage, I've run some more tests. While the performance has improved with a newer Skylake Linux system, the results are still not as great as advertised and I'm just returning the darn drive.

Jimmy Wales and Former NSA Chief Ridicule Government Plans To Ban Encryption

Slashdot - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 7:23pm
Mickeycaskill writes: Jimmy Wales has said government leaders are "too late" to ban encryption which authorities say is thwarting attempts to protect the public from terrorism and other threats. The Wikipedia founder said any attempt would be "a moronic, very stupid thing to do" and predicted all major web traffic would be encrypted soon. Wikipedia itself has moved towards SSL encryption so all of its users' browsing habits cannot be spied on by intelligence agencies or governments. Indeed, he said the efforts by the likes of the NSA and GCHQ to spy on individuals have actually made it harder to implement mass-surveillance programs because of the public backlash against Edward Snowden's revelations and increased awareness of privacy. Wales also reiterated that his site would never co-operate with the Chinese government on the censorship of Wikipedia. "We've taken a strong stand that access to knowledge is a principle human right," he said. derekmead writes with news that Michael Hayden, the former head of the CIA and the NSA, thinks the US government should stop railing against encryption and should support strong crypto rather than asking for backdoors. The US is "better served by stronger encryption, rather than baking in weaker encryption," he said during a panel on Tuesday.

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Verizon now owns AOL, so AOL now owns your web browsing habits, other personal info

El Reg - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 6:57pm
Carrier will share dossiers on people for targeted advertising

US telco giant Verizon has given notice it will be providing information on its subscribers to AOL for targeted advertising.…

Privately Funded Lunar Mission Set a Launch Date For 2017

Slashdot - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 6:40pm
merbs writes: If all goes according to plan, the world's first private lunar mission will be launched just two years from now. SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit, has secured a launch contract with Spaceflight Industries, and will aim to land a rover on the moon in the second half of 2017. It's the first such launch contract to be verified by the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize competition. Another group called Moon Express has signed a deal with New Zealand-based company, Rocket Lab, to launch and put a lander on the lunar surface 2017.

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Making Your Graphing Calculator a Musical Instrument

Slashdot - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 5:57pm
An anonymous reader writes: Thanks to a recently published open source music editor/sequencer, you can now create music on Texas Instruments graphing calculators. The complexity of the sound is impressive (video) for such a simple device, which does not feature any dedicated sound hardware. HoustonTracker 2 is open source, and is available for the TI-82, 83, 83Plus, and 84Plus.

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SUSE Is Looking For Another Graphics Driver Developer

Phoronix - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 5:56pm
SUSE Labs is looking to hire another Linux graphics developer to be involved with Linux kernel and user-space driver development, including both X.Org and Wayland...

Ad-slinging rootkit nasty permanently drills into Android mobes, tabs

El Reg - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 5:50pm
Kernel-exploiting Kemoge in 20 countries and counting

Security researchers have uncovered malware that infects deep inside Android devices, spams screens with pop-up adverts, and obeys commands from its masters across the internet.…

'First, Let's Get Rid of All the Bosses' -- the Zappos Management Experiment

Slashdot - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 5:15pm
schnell writes: The New Republic is running an in-depth look at online shoe retailer Zappos.com's experiment in a new "boss-less" corporate structure. Three years ago the company introduced a management philosophy that came from the software development world called "Holacracy," in which there are no "people managers" and groups self-organize based on individual creativity and talents. (When the change was announced, 14% of the company's employees chose to leave; middle management openly rebelled, but perhaps surprisingly the tech organization was slowest to embrace the new idea). The article shows that in this radically employee-centric environment, many if not most employees are thrilled and fulfilled, while others worry that self-organization in practical terms means chaos and a Maoist culture of "coercive positivity." Is Zappos the future of the American workplace, a fringe experiment, or something in between?

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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

El Reg - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 5:03pm
I think you’ll find we can still take your data, actually

Robbed of their Safe Harbour protection, US cloud giants are taking shelter behind a new data-export and privacy fig leaf.…

eSports Now a Part of College Athletics

Slashdot - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 4:32pm
jyosim writes: The University of Cincinnati hosted what was possibly the largest-ever collegiate video-game tournament last weekend. At the university, the League of Legends club has become an official club sport, just like rugby or rowing. "What's happening with college e-sports right now is that we're seeing a formalization and institutionalization of what's always been present," said T.L. Taylor, a professor of comparative media studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Intel Just Queued Up More Graphics Changes For The Linux 4.4 Kernel

Phoronix - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 4:31pm
Daniel Vetter sent in a fresh intel-drm-next pull request today for landing more changes into DRM-Next as preparations for the Linux 4.4 kernel...

EU desperately pushes just-as-dodgy safe harbour alternatives

El Reg - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 3:58pm
Doesn't matter whether they're legal, just keep the data flowing!

Despite EU vice president Frans Timmermans' impressive efforts at spin yesterday, the European Commission finds itself in an awkward position today after the European Court of Justice struck down the safe harbour arrangement.…

Danish Bank Leaves Server In Debug Mode, Exposes Sensitive Data In JS Comments

Slashdot - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 3:52pm
An anonymous reader writes: Dutch IT security expert Sijmen Ruwhof has found a pretty big blunder on the part of Danske Bank, Denmark's biggest bank, which exposed sensitive user session information in the form of an encoded data dump, in their banking portal's JavaScript files. The data contained client IP addresses, user agent strings, cookie information, details about the bank's internal IT network, and more. He contacted the bank, who fixed the issue, but later denied it ever happened.

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HP won't squeeze itself into 3D printer consumer market

El Reg - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 3:25pm
On track for 2016 pro launch...for now

Canalys Channels Forum  HP is on track to launch into the 3D printing market next year, but don’t expect to be printing off your own plastic goodies anytime soon.…

Rackspace rolls out Fanatical Support for Amazon Web Services

L'Inq - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 3:18pm

It has certificates to prove it

Systemd 227 Released: "Lots Of New Awesomeness"

Phoronix - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 3:17pm
Lennart Poettering released systemd 227 a few minutes ago with what he describes as "lot's of new awesomeness, and many bugfixes!"..

DevOps tools: The beginner's guide to Chef

El Reg - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 3:12pm
Configuration management 101

In the DevOps model, developers and system operators work closely together throughout the software development process to deploy software more frequently and more reliably. Many new third party and proprietary tools have been developed to support automation, measurement and sharing.…

Europe Code Week 2015: Cocktails At Microsoft, 'Ode To Code' Robot Dancing

Slashdot - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 3:10pm
theodp writes: In case your invite to next week's Europe Code Week 2015 kickoff celebration at the Microsoft Centre in Brussels was lost in the e-mail, you can apparently still invite yourself. "Let's meet to celebrate coding as an empowering competence, key for maintaining our society vibrant and securing the prosperity of our European digital economy," reads the invite at the Microsoft and Facebook-powered All you Need is Code website. And to "keep raising awareness of the importance of computational thinking beyond Code Week," EU Code Week is also running an Ode to Code Video Contest, asking people to make short YouTube videos showing how the event's Ode to Code soundtrack causes uncontrollable robot dancing (video) and flash mobs (video). Things sure have changed since thirty years ago, when schoolchildren were provided with materials like The BASIC Book to foster computational thinking!

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HP Spectre X2: Surface Pro 4 rival has a kickstand and Skylake chip

L'Inq - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 2:37pm

HP Envy Note 8 tablet also debuts

US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

El Reg - Wed, 07/10/2015 - 2:33pm
Iraq’s US Ambassador: Terrorists have hundreds of ‘brand new’ vehicles

The US Treasury's terrorism financing department has launched an enquiry into the fleet of Toyota trucks which feature prominently in ISIS propaganda videos.…