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Wikimedia Is Clear To Sue the NSA Over Its Use of Warrantless Surveillance Tools

Slashdot - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 1:00pm
The Wikimedia Foundation has the right to sue the National Security Agency over its use of warrantless surveillance tools, a federal appeals court ruled. "A district judge shot down Wikimedia's case in 2015, saying the group hadn't proved the NSA was actually illegally spying on its communications," reports Engadget. "In this case, proof was a tall order, considering information about the targeted surveillance system, Upstream, remains classified." From the report: The appeals court today ruled Wikimedia presented sufficient evidence that the NSA was in fact monitoring its communications, even if inadvertently. The Upstream system regularly tracks the physical backbone of the internet -- the cables and routers that actually transmit our emoji. With the help of telecom providers, the NSA then intercepts specific messages that contain "selectors," email addresses or other contact information for international targets under U.S. surveillance. "To put it simply, Wikimedia has plausibly alleged that its communications travel all of the roads that a communication can take, and that the NSA seizes all of the communications along at least one of those roads," the appeals court writes. "Thus, at least at this stage of the litigation, Wikimedia has standing to sue for a violation of the Fourth Amendment. And, because Wikimedia has self-censored its speech and sometimes forgone electronic communications in response to Upstream surveillance, it also has standing to sue for a violation of the First Amendment."

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David Airlie Is Bringing OpenGL 4.2 To More R600 Gallium3D Hardware

Phoronix - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:44pm
David Airlie is breathing some new open-source life into older Radeon GPUs with his "R600g-Rats" branch where he's bringing OpenGL 4.2 and other features to this older driver...

'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

El Reg - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:34pm
Some might say this is fake news. It isn't

An American company implausibly named AnalTech – no, really – has been slammed hard enough for a hazardous materials response team to be called out to deal with the smell.…

Some Logitech Hardware Can Now Be Flashed Under Linux With Fwupd

Phoronix - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:19pm
Richard Hughes of Red Hat has managed to support firmware updating of Logitech devices under Linux with fwupd...

AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

El Reg - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:03pm
Shopping as a constant poker game

Analysis  "AI" could soon be making petrol more expensive at times of peak demand like the start of a bank holiday weekend or the school run.…

Speaking in Tech: Depressing WannaCrypt postmortem edition

El Reg - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 11:34am
At least we'll always have #catsinteslas

Qt Creator 4.3 IDE Officially Released

Phoronix - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 11:19am
Just a short time after issuing the Qt 5.9 release candidate, The Qt Company has now unveiled the final release of Qt Creator 4.3...

GCC Developers Potentially Deprecating Intel MPX

Phoronix - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 11:14am
It was just with GCC 6 that MPX support was flipped on with Intel's Memory Protection Extensions (MPX) just premiering with Skylake CPUs. But now GCC developers are thinking about potentially deprecating this feature...

8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

El Reg - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 11:01am
Use and abuse of figures

If statistics were a human being, it would have been in deep therapy all of its 350-year life. The sessions might go like this:…

Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing

Phoronix - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 11:01am
Running just slightly behind schedule, the Qt 5.9 release candidate is now available for last-minute testing of this next tool-kit update...

PAH! Four decades of <i>Star Wars</i>: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

El Reg - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 10:31am
Sort of. Leia's a New Hope

Star Wars New Hope @ 40  When Lucasfilm recently unveiled its tribute reel to the late Carrie Fisher, one of the most memorable monologues in cinema sat right in its center.…

Wayland's XDG-Shell Preparing For Stable

Phoronix - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 10:21am
Wayland developer Jonas Ådahl is preparing to promote the XDG-Shell interface from unstable to stable...

Kodi 17.2 Released To Fix Security Issue, Bugs

Phoronix - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 10:06am
Kodi 17.2 has been released and all users of this HTPC software are encouraged to upgrade due to a security fix...

Facebook shares own tools to trap bugs before they break code

El Reg - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 10:02am
Test management and debugging at scale become a bit less daunting

Facebook on Wednesday plans to introduce a set of open source developer tools to streamline app development testing and bug hunting.…

DEFCON Conference To Target Voting Machines

Slashdot - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Politico: Hackers will target American voting machines -- as a public service, to prove how vulnerable they are. When over 25,000 of them descend on Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas at the end of July for DEFCON, the world's largest hacking conference, organizers are planning to have waiting what they call "a village" of different opportunities to test how easily voting machines can be manipulated. Some will let people go after the network software remotely, some will be broken apart to let people dig into the hardware, and some will be set up to see how a prepared hacker could fiddle with individual machines on site in a polling place through a combination of physical and virtual attacks. With all the attention on Russia's apparent attempts to meddle in American elections -- former President Barack Obama and aides have made many accusations toward Moscow, but insisted that there's no evidence of actual vote tampering -- voting machines were an obvious next target, said DEFCON founder Jeff Moss.

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Channel luvvie Martin Hellawell set to check out of Softcat. Sort of

El Reg - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 9:33am
IPO? Ticked. 1,079% growth in 11 years? Ticked. Lost the tightness? Nah

Martin Hellawell, the McDonald's-card-toting CEO at mega reseller Softcat isn't quite sailing off into the sunset just yet, but he is preparing to handover the operation once a successor is found.…

Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

El Reg - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 9:02am
Sure, there are hurdles, but no £18bn hole on the other side like Hinkley Point

For the first time ever in April, the UK's data centres and clouds ran on electricity generated without burning coal.…

Network-sniffing, automation, machine learning: How to get better threat intel

El Reg - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 8:39am
When two 'innocent' events on the network are anything but

IT teams can get away with poor service management, outdated software development methods and outdated apps running on legacy tin, but they might want to think twice before skimping on cybersecurity. If you don't stay on top of this stuff, while you might not be found out today or tomorrow, eventually, your customers’ personal details might just turn up on Pastebin.…

GPU-flingers' bash: Forget the Matrix, Neo needs his tensors

El Reg - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 8:01am
What's a tensor? Glad you asked...

HPC blog  Last week, Nvidia held its biggest ever GPU Technology Conference (GTC). The big walk-away is that GPUs are rapidly becoming an expected and standard component of computing, table stakes in many cases, across the computing platform. Big deal right there and hence the frothiness of much of the coverage.…

EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

El Reg - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 7:30am
Facebook, Google, Twitter and friends face clampdown

European Union ministers have approved new rules for video that will oblige Facebook, Google, Twitter and others to remove hate speech and sexually explicit videos online or face stiff fines.…

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