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Wayland For KDE Plasma 5.9 Should Shape Up Quite Nicely

Phoronix - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 8:30pm
Plasma 5.8 was only released at the beginning of October but already there has been a number of Wayland improvements queuing up for the next milestone, Plasma 5.9...

Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech

El Reg - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 8:25pm
It's not the boardroom that needs a change, it's the classroom

Women are still losing ground in the computer science and IT fields, despite corporate pledges to improve gender diversity in their ranks.…

Prosecutors Say Contractor Stole 50 Terabytes of NSA Data

Slashdot - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 8:10pm
An NSA contractor siphoned off dozens of hard drives' worth of data from government computers over two decades, prosecutors will allege on Friday. From a ZDNet report: The contractor, Harold T. Martin III, is also accused of stealing thousands of highly classified documents, computers, and other storage devices during his tenure at the agency. It's not known exactly what Martin allegedly stole, but a report from The New York Times on Wednesday suggests that the recently-leaked hacking tools used by the agency to conduct surveillance were among the stolen cache of files. Prosecutors will on Friday charge Martin with violating the Espionage Act. If convicted, he could face ten years in prison on each count. The charges, news of which was first reported by The Washington Post, outline a far deeper case than first thought, compared to the felony theft and a lesser misdemeanor charge of removal and retention of classified information revealed in an unsealed indictment last month.

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Elon Musk: Negative Media Coverage of Autonomous Vehicles Could be 'Killing people'

Slashdot - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 7:30pm
On the sidelines of the Tesla announcements, CEO Elon Musk accused media of "killing people" by dissuading consumers from using an autonomous vehicle. Musk said that media is aggressively reporting on autopilot crashes, but does "virtually none" reporting of hundreds of thousands of actual accidents that involve non-self driving cars. He said, via a report on The Verge:Once you view autonomous cars sort of like an elevator in a building, does Otis take responsibility for all elevators around the world? No, they don't. What really matters here at the end of the day is "what is the absolute safety." One of the things I should mention that frankly has been quite disturbing to me is the degree of media coverage of Autopilot crashes, which are basically almost none relative to the paucity of media coverage of the 1.2 million people that die every year in manual crashes. [It is] something that I think does not reflect well upon the media. It really doesn't. Because, and really you need to think carefully about this, because if, in writing some article that's negative, you effectively dissuade people from using an autonomous vehicle, you're killing people.

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File this: XtremIO to fling forth filer functionality

El Reg - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 7:20pm
NASty: Gen-two gear will add transactional file operations on block base

Analysis  XtremIO's rush to revenue glory is going to get accelerated with coming file data services added to its block base.…

US DNC hackers blew through SIX zero-days vulns last year alone

El Reg - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 7:07pm
Most targets were individuals with Gmail addresses

Security researchers have shone fresh light on the allegedly Russian state-sponsored hacking crew blamed for ransacking the US Democratic National Committee's computers.…

Uni students float into Hyperloop finals with levitating prototype

El Reg - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 6:57pm
Magnetic tech gives 14-foot-long tube a tiny lift

A team of students from the University of Cincinnati has passed through to the final round of Elon Musk's Hyperloop challenge by demonstrating the magnetic levitation of hover engines.…

Blockchain Platform Developed by Banks To Be Open-Source

Slashdot - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 6:50pm
A blockchain platform developed by a group that includes more than 70 of the world's biggest financial institutions is making its code publicly available, in what could become the industry standard for the nascent technology, reports Reuters. From the article: The Corda platform has been developed by a consortium brought together by New-York-based financial technology company R3. It represents the biggest shared effort among banks, insurers, fund managers and other players to work on using blockchain technology in the financial markets. Blockchain, which originated in the digital currency bitcoin, works as a web-based transaction-processing and settlement system. It creates a "golden record" of any given set of data that is automatically replicated for all parties in a secure network, eliminating any need for third-party verification. Banks reckon the technology could save them money by making their operations faster, more efficient and more transparent. They are racing to build products using the technology that will generate new revenue, with dozens of patent applications filed for blockchain-based products by Wall Street's top lenders. R3 says it hopes its platform will become the industry standard, although its intention is indeed for firms to build products on top of it.

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All the Good Netflix Movies Are in Canada and Brazil

Slashdot - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 6:10pm
Netflix's movie library has declined over the last two years when cross referenced with IMDB's 250 movies list. Earlier this month, we learned that if you were in the United States, Netflix only had 31 of the 250 movies listed on the holy-grail of all movie databases. Gizmodo today reports that if you were in Brazil or Canada, that same library looks a lot better. From the report: According to analysis by both The Streaming Observer and AddonHQ, Canada and Brazil have the best content ecosystems, when it comes to movies on Netflix. But when it comes to good movies, Brazil is tops. The Streaming Observer found that Brazil had 85 movies from IMDb's Top 250 in its library. The site also put together a ridiculously huge chart if you want to see exactly which movies are available on each service. It's worth checking out. Brazil has movies that those of us in America could only dream of streaming, like The Godfather Part II, Fight Club, and The Empire Strikes Back. Mexico and Sweden have solid showings too, with 73 and 70 movies from the IMDb's Top 250 in their respective libraries.

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Intel Haswell OpenGL & Vulkan Testing With Mesa Git

Phoronix - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 6:00pm
It's been a while since last running any major Linux graphics tests with Intel Haswell era hardware, but in preparing for a big Linux 3.x/4.x kernel comparison with a Core i7 Haswell, I ran some fresh graphics benchmarks with OpenGL and Vulkan.

Tesla Bans Customers From Using Autonomous Cars To Earn Money Ride-Sharing

Slashdot - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 5:30pm
Late Wednesday, Tesla announced the Model X and Model S electric vehicles, boasting that they will come with the necessary hardware to drive completely autonomously at some point in the future. Naturally, one of the frequent questions that followed the event was: "Can I use my Tesla car as a Uber driver?" Well, Tesla was anticipating this question and even buried the answer on its website. From an ArsTechnica report: On Tesla's website, the section that describes the new "Full Self-Driving Capability" (A $3,000 option at the time of purchase, $4,000 after the fact) states "Please note also that using a self-driving Tesla for car sharing and ride hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year."

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Cheapest Apple iPhone 7's flash memory is waaaaay slower than pricier model

El Reg - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 5:03pm
Your donation is insufficient. Please buy again

Apple is silently stiffing customers who don't spend enough on the latest iPhones.…

China Overtakes the US in iOS App Store Revenue

Slashdot - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 4:50pm
Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch: China has now overtaken the U.S. to become the largest market in the world for App Store revenue, according to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie. The country earned over $1.7 billion in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the U.S. by over 15 percent. The U.S. had been the number one iOS market since 2010, the report notes. Today, Chinese consumers spend more than 5 times the amount they were spending compared with just two years prior. In addition, the report predicts that China will drive the largest absolute revenue growth for any country by 2020. The estimations are likely accurate -- App Annie had said at the beginning of the year that if China's rapid App Store revenue growth continued at the same pace, it would overtake the U.S. by year's end. And that has now occurred. This growth is largely being driven by games, and here, China's lead has also widened over the U.S. during the past quarter. Games drive 75 percent of App Store revenue, even though non-game apps make up the majority (75%) of those distributed in Apple's mobile marketplace.

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Boffins exploit Intel CPU weakness to run rings around code defenses

El Reg - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 4:48pm
Branch buffer shortcoming allows hackers to reliably install malware on systems

US researchers have pinpointed a vulnerability in Intel chips – and possibly other processor families – that clears the way for circumventing a popular operating-system-level security control.…

India's Biggest ATM Breach? 3.2 Million Debit Cards Across 19 Banks May Have Been Compromised

Slashdot - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 4:10pm
A total of 32 lakh (3.2 million) debit cards across 19 banks could have been compromised on account of a purported fraud, the National Payment Corporation of India said in a statement. BloombergQuint adds: "The genesis of the problem was receipt of complaints from few banks that their customer's cards were used fraudulently mainly in China and USA while customers were in India," the NPCI said. "The complaints of fraudulent withdrawal are limited to cards of 19 banks and 641 customers. The total amount involved is Rs 1.3 crore as reported by various affected banks to NPCI." SISA Security, a Bengaluru-based company is currently undertaking a forensic study to identify the extent of the problem and will submit a final report in November. Initial reports had suggested that ATMs operated by Hitachi Payment Services had been attacked by malware and were the source of the breach. However, the company has said in a statement that an interim report by the audit agency does not suggest any breach or compromise in its systems.

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EU legal eagle: Euro court should review Intel's €1.6bn fine

El Reg - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 4:03pm
Chipzilla market share WAS overstated, claims Advocate General

An EU High Court Advocate General has recommended a review of the case that saw Intel slapped with a record fine after it was found to have coerced OEMs to avoid using rival companies' x86 CPUs.…

BYE, EVERYBODY! Virtual personal health assistants are coming, says Gartner

El Reg - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 4:01pm
Half the population to be diagnosed by chatbots by 2025

As chatbot technology advances it will no longer be necessary to book an appointment to see a doctor as the whole meeting can all be done with the help of virtual personal health assistants, according to Gartner.…

LibreOffice 5.3 Alpha Tagged, New Features Inbound

Phoronix - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 3:53pm
The first alpha release of the upcoming LibreOffice 5.3 open-source office suite was tagged a short time ago in Git...

EMC Dell deal: They're loved up and living together, but whose house rules?

El Reg - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 3:41pm
Fast follower meets fast reacter

Comment  Dell and EMC are culturally separated by their different approaches to product development, to servers in Dell and storage in EMC. In the combined house, what will be the effect?…

Yahoo Wants To Know If FBI Ordered Yahoo To Scan Emails

Slashdot - Thu, 20/10/2016 - 3:30pm
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: In an odd twist to an already odd story, Yahoo officials have asked the Director of National Intelligence to confirm whether the federal government ordered the company to scan users' emails for specific terms last year and if so, to declassify the order. The letter is the result of news reports earlier this month that detailed an order that the FBI allegedly served on Yahoo in 2015 in an apparent effort to find messages with a specific set of terms. The stories allege that Yahoo complied with the order and installed custom software to accomplish the task. Yahoo officials said at the time the Reuters story came out that there is no such scanning system on its network, but did not say that the scanning software never existed on the network at all. "Yahoo was mentioned specifically in these reports and we find ourselves unable to respond in detail. Your office, however, is well positioned to clarify this matter of public interest. Accordingly, we urge your office to consider the following actions to provide clarity on the matter: (i) confirm whether an order, as described in these media reports, was issued; (ii) declassify in whole or in part such order, if it exists; and (iii) make a sufficiently detailed public and contextual comment to clarify the alleged facts and circumstances," the letter says.

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