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Amazon Will Now Let You Try On Clothes Before You Buy Them

Slashdot - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 4:45pm
For many people, buying clothing online is not worth the hassle of getting a pair of pants or a shirt that does not fit. Many retailers have sought to eliminate that risk by offering free returns on clothing, but now Amazon is going even further. From a report: Amazon is launching Prime Wardrobe, a new program that will let you try on clothes before you buy them. Once you select at least three Prime Wardrobe-eligible pieces from over a million clothing options, Amazon will ship your selections to you in a resealable return box with a prepaid shipping label. After you try on the clothes, you can put the ones you don't want back in the box and leave it at your front door -- Prime Wardrobe also comes with free scheduled pickups from UPS. If you decide to keep at least three items you will get a 10 percent discount off your purchase, and if you keep five or more pieces the discount rises to 20 percent.

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Microsoft throws its weight behind Parisian AI startup factory

El Reg - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 4:29pm
Redmond to support fledgling firms at Station F initiative

Today, Microsoft announced that it'll be throwing its resources behind fledgling AI devs at a soon-to-launch startup space in Paris called Station F.…

NYTimes: Move Over, Bitcoin. Ether Is the Digital Currency of the Moment.

Slashdot - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 4:05pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: The price of Bitcoin has hit record highs in recent months, more than doubling in price since the start of the year. Despite these gains, Bitcoin is on the verge of losing its position as the dominant virtual currency. The value of Ether, the digital money that lives on an upstart network known as Ethereum, has risen an eye-popping 4,500 percent since the beginning of the year (alternative source). With the recent price increases, the outstanding units of the Ether currency were worth around $34 billion as of Monday -- or 82 percent as much as all the Bitcoin in existence. At the beginning of the year, Ether was only about 5 percent as valuable as Bitcoin. The sudden rise of Ethereum highlights how volatile the bewildering world of virtual currency remains, where lines of computer code can be spun into billions of dollars in a matter of months. [...] The two-year old system has picked up backing from both tech geeks and big corporate names like JPMorgan Chase and Microsoft, which are excited about Ethereum's goal of providing not only a digital currency but also a new type of global computing network, which generally requires Ether to use. In a recent survey of 1,100 virtual currency users, 94 percent were positive about the state of Ethereum, while only 49 percent were positive about Bitcoin, the industry publication CoinDesk said this month.

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MongoDB tries to entice time-poor devs with new Backend as a Service

El Reg - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 4:00pm
Document database company has Google’s Firebase in its sights

MongoDB’s latest offering, Stitch, is aiming to appeal to developers that don’t have the time - or the inclination - to write boilerplate code.…

A private equity titan has just forked out £700m for IT training biz QA

El Reg - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 3:46pm
Education provider has 'ambitious growth plans'

IT training company QA has been bought out by Europe's largest private equity firm, CVC Capital Partners.…

Cisco Subdomain Private Key Found in Embedded Executable

Slashdot - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 3:27pm
Earlier this month, a developer accidentally discovered the private key of a Cisco subdomain. An anonymous reader shares the post: Last weekend, in an attempt to get Sky's NOW TV video player (for Mac) to work on my machine, I noticed that one of the Cisco executables contains a private key that is associated with the public key in a trusted certificate for a sub domain. This certificate is used in a local WebSocket server, presumably to allow secure Sky/NOW TV origins to communicate with the video player on the users' local machines. I read the Baseline Requirements document (version 1.4.5, section, but I wasn't entirely sure whether this is considered a key compromise. I asked Hanno Bock on Twitter, and he advised me to post the matter to this mailing list. The executable containing the private key is named 'CiscoVideoGuardMonitor', and is shipped as part of the NOW TV video player. In case you are interested, the installer can be found here (SHA-256: 56feeef4c3d141562900f9f0339b120d4db07ae2777cc73a31e3b830022241e6). I would recommend to run this installer in a virtual machine, because it drops files all over the place, and installs a few launch items (agents/daemons). The executable 'CiscoVideoGuardMonitor' can be found at '$HOME/Library/Cisco/VideoGuardPlayer/VideoGuardMonitor/ VideoGuardMonitor.bundle/Contents/MacOS/CiscoVideoGuardMonitor'. Certificate details: Serial number: 66170CE2EC8B7D88B4E2EB732E738FE3A67CF672, DNS names:, Issued by: HydrantID SSL ICA G2. The issuer HydrantID has since communicated with the certificate holder Cisco, and the certificate has been revoked.

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Lennart Poettering Announces New Project: casync

Phoronix - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 3:22pm
Following his work on PulseAudio, Avahi, and systemd, Lennart Poettering has a new project to announce: casync...

Another FalconStor CEO out as storage software firm hunts for growth

El Reg - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 3:19pm
Outgoing Garry Quinn hands reins to Intermap's Todd Oseth

FalconStor CEO Gary Quinn has resigned with Todd Oseth coming in to run this somewhat sickly storage software firm.…

Raspberry Pi / VC4 Software Support Continues Improving

Phoronix - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 3:03pm
The Raspberry Pi software stack and particularly its open-source VC4 graphics driver stack continues getting better along with the mainline support for this popular ARM SBC...

Tesco Online IT meltdown: Fails to deliver THOUSANDS of grocery orders

El Reg - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 2:44pm
Shoppers across UK forced to leave the house

An unspecified UK-wide technical glitch related to the food picking and packaging process left thousands of Tesco online grocery punters without their deliveries today, the retailer has told us.…

A Third Of the Planet's Population Is Exposed To Deadly Heatwaves

Slashdot - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 2:40pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: Nearly a third of the world's population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere makes it "almost inevitable" that vast areas of the planet will face rising fatalities from high temperatures, new research has found. Climate change has escalated the heatwave risk across the globe, the study states, with nearly half of the world's population set to suffer periods of deadly heat by the end of the century even if greenhouse gases are radically cut. "For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible," said Camilo Mora, an academic at the University of Hawaii and lead author of the study. High temperatures are currently baking large swaths of the south-western US, with the National Weather Service (NWS) issuing an excessive heat warning for Phoenix, Arizona, which is set to reach 119F (48.3C) on Monday. The heat warning extends across much of Arizona and up through the heart of California, with Palm Springs forecast a toasty 116F (46.6C) on Monday and Sacramento set to reach 107F (41.6C).

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Ubuntu Is Finally Looking At Shipping Accelerated Video Playback Support

Phoronix - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 2:20pm
It's 2017 and Ubuntu is finally looking at shipping GPU-accelerated video playback support out-of-the-box on the Ubuntu desktop...

Leaked Recording: Inside Apple's Global War On Leakers

Slashdot - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 2:00pm
Reader citadrianne writes: A recording of an internal briefing at Apple earlier this month obtained by The Outline sheds new light on how far the most valuable company in the world will go to prevent leaks about new products. The briefing, titled 'Stopping Leakers -- Keeping Confidential at Apple,' was led by Director of Global Security David Rice, Director of Worldwide Investigations Lee Freedman, and Jenny Hubbert, who works on the Global Security communications and training team. According to the hour-long presentation, Apple's Global Security team employs an undisclosed number of investigators around the world to prevent information from reaching competitors, counterfeiters, and the press, as well as hunt down the source when leaks do occur. Some of these investigators have previously worked at U.S. intelligence agencies like the National Security Administration (NSA), law enforcement agencies like the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, and in the U.S. military. Top-notch reporting from The Outline, consider reading the full report. During the briefing, a company executive said they have been able to find two employees who leaked information to media.

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Fedora Continues Working On Better NVIDIA Support, PipeWire Could Replace PulseAudio

Phoronix - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 1:36pm
Christian Schaller of Red Hat has provided an update on some of the feature work that's coming around the corner with Fedora Workstation 26 and other work to land in the future...

Time Warner Will Spend $100 Million On Snapchat Original Shows, Ads

Slashdot - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Time Warner and Snap Inc. have announced a new deal that will bring increased ad spending and the development of new made-for-Snapchat shows. People familiar with the deal tell TechCrunch that it is valued at about $100 million spent over the next two years. The newly created shows will span a variety of genres, including scripted drama, daily news shows, documentaries and comedy. The shows will be similar to those already released by other networks on Snapchat, and run 3-5 minutes in a vertical format. Right now there is about one new show airing per day -- this deal will push that to about three news shows per day, varying between the different genres outlined above. Snap will take 50 percent of the ad revenue generated by these shows and the content partners will keep the other half, according to the WSJ.

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Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

El Reg - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 12:55pm
It's just the future of democracy at stake, no biggie

The use of algorithms and bots to spread political propaganda is "one of the most powerful tools against democracy", top academics have warned.…

More Driver CPU Overhead Work Being Tackled By Valve Developers

Phoronix - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 12:41pm
Valve's Linux developers continue working on lowering the CPU overhead of the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver...

The Internet of Flying Thing: <i>Reg</i> man returns with explicit shots

El Reg - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 12:13pm
A flight to nowhere, complete with streaming Netflix

Pics  How do you tell the world you’re building smart(er) aircraft tech? If you’re Honeywell, you put a bunch of journalists in the front of your converted testbed airliner and take them for a flight 20,000 feet over eastern England, that’s how.…

Guess who's just locked up £1.5bn Australian prison mega-contract? Our very own Serco

El Reg - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 11:51am
UK prisoner escort scandal? They paid that money back!

Business Process Outsourcing behemoth Serco is part of the NewPathways consortium that will sketch out, erect and run the largest prison in Australia under a mega-contract dished out today.…

PHP 7.2 Slated For Fedora 27

Phoronix - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 11:10am
A new feature proposal would ensure Fedora 27 ships with the latest PHP release at the time...