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NVIDIA Preparing Upstream Linux Kernel Support For The Tegra Xavier SoC

Phoronix - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 4:00pm
NVIDIA has begun work on sending out patches for upstreaming Tegra194 "Xavier" SoC support within the Linux kernel...

Dell EMC squashes pair of VMAX virtual appliance bugs

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 3:58pm
vApp Manager contained undocumented default account

Dell EMC has patched two serious flaws in the management interface for its VMAX enterprise storage systems, one of which could potentially allow a remote attacker to gain unauthorised access to systems.…

Mir 0.30 Released With Improved Wayland Support

Phoronix - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 3:38pm
Canonical's Mir team has released Mir v0.30 as the latest version of this display server that for the past year has been retooling itself with Wayland protocol support...

Charity accused of leaving sensitive notes behind after office move

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 3:34pm
Yep, it's another case of the unchecked filing cabinet

Updated  A counselling charity has been accused of breaching Blighty's data protection law after confidential files were discovered in an old office building.…

UK Blames Russia For Cyber Attack, Says Won't Tolerate Disruption

Slashdot - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 3:30pm
Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which disrupted companies across Europe including UK-based Reckitt Benckiser. From a report: Russia denied the accusation, saying it was part of "Russophobic" campaign it said was being waged by some Western countries. The so-called NotPetya attack in June started in Ukraine where it crippled government and business computers before spreading around the world, halting operations at ports, factories and offices. Britain's foreign ministry said the attack originated from the Russian military. "The decision to publicly attribute this incident underlines the fact that the UK and its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity," the ministry said in a statement. "The attack masqueraded as a criminal enterprise but its purpose was principally to disrupt," it said.

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Essex black hat behind Cryptex and reFUD gets two years behind bars

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 3:03pm
Goncalo Esteves sobbed as he was sentenced

A 24-year-old Essex man behind the antivirus evasion site, who made an estimated half a million pounds from Bitcoin, has been jailed for two years.…

MIT Develops New Chip That Reduces Neural Networks' Power Consumption by Up to 95 Percent

Slashdot - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 3:01pm
MIT researchers have developed a special-purpose chip that increases the speed of neural-network computations by three to seven times over its predecessors, while reducing power consumption 94 to 95 percent. From a report: That could make it practical to run neural networks locally on smartphones or even to embed them in household appliances. "The general processor model is that there is a memory in some part of the chip, and there is a processor in another part of the chip, and you move the data back and forth between them when you do these computations," says Avishek Biswas, an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science, who led the new chip's development. "Since these machine-learning algorithms need so many computations, this transferring back and forth of data is the dominant portion of the energy consumption. But the computation these algorithms do can be simplified to one specific operation, called the dot product. Our approach was, can we implement this dot-product functionality inside the memory so that you don't need to transfer this data back and forth?"

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Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 2:26pm
Just kidding – vague definitions, confounding factors mean you probably shouldn't panic... yet

A study has suggested a link between diets high in ultra-processed foods and an increased risk of cancer – but academics have warned against over-interpreting the results.…

Mesa 17.3.4 Released With 90+ Changes

Phoronix - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 2:20pm
While Mesa 18.0 should be released in the days ahead as the latest feature release to Mesa 3D, backporting of fixes/improvements to Mesa 17.3 isn't letting up. For those using this stable series from last quarter, Mesa 17.3.4 is out today with nearly 100 changes...

Ubuntu Wants To Collect Data About Your System -- Starting With 18.04 LTS

Slashdot - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 2:10pm
In an announcement on Ubuntu mailing list, Will Cooke, on behalf of the Ubuntu Desktop team, announced Canonical's plans to collect some data related to the users' system configuration and the packages installed on their machines. From a report: Before you read anything further, it's important to note that users will have the option to opt-out of this data collection. The company plans to add a checkbox to the installer, which would be checked by default. The option could be like: "Send diagnostics information to help improve Ubuntu." As per your convenience, you can opt-out during the installation. An option to do the same will also be made available in the Privacy panel of GNOME Settings. With this data collection, the team wishes to improve the daily experiences of the Ubuntu users. It's worth noting that the collected data will be sent over encrypted connections and no IP addresses will be tracked. To be precise, the collected data will include: flavour and version of Ubuntu, network connectivity or not, CPU family, RAM, disk(s) size, screen(s) resolution, GPU vendor and model, OEM manufacturer, location (based on the location selection made during install), no IP information, time taken for Installation, auto-login enabled or not, disk layout selected, third party software selected or not, download updates during install or not, livePatch enabled or not.

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BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:55pm
IT contractors warned to get house in order

A BBC presenter must pay £419,151 in taxes after a UK tax tribunal ruled her contract should have been subject to IR35 legislation – a judgment that has been described as a wake-up call for IT freelancers.…

Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicans

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:34pm
London Assembly report shines light on's auto auto plans

The London Assembly has lashed out at driverless cars, declaring that autonomous vehicles could cause "significant job losses" – while figures from the UK's driverless car industry told it that they don't expect Level 4 or 5 (fully autonomous) tech to hit the streets for another decade or more.…

So... Nokia's taking a long, hard look at its health unit

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:09pm
Not so strategic now

Nokia appears to be revising its ambition to be the data kingpin of the digital health industry. The Finnish telecomms giant has put its Digital Health business up for “strategic review”.…

Windows 10 Is Adding an Ultimate Performance Mode For Pros

Slashdot - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: When you're creating 3D models or otherwise running intensive tasks, you want to wring every ounce of performance out of your PC as possible. It's a good thing, then, that Microsoft has released a Windows 10 preview build in the Fast ring that includes a new Ultimate Performance mode if you're running Pro for Workstations. As the name implies, this is a step up for people for whom even the High Performance mode isn't enough -- it throws power management out the window to eliminate "micro-latencies" and boost raw speed. You can set it yourself, but PC makers will have the option of shipping systems with the feature turned on. Ultimate Performance isn't currently available for laptops or tablets, but Microsoft suggests that could change.

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GLXVND Support Lands In Git For X.Org Server 1.20

Phoronix - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 12:57pm
There's been a lot of activity in xorg-server Git the past few days, making it look like the developers may be trying to wrap up the very long X.Org Server 1.20 cycle. The latest major feature work landing is GLXVND...

Mobile phone dealer boss faces 12 years in director limbo

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 12:36pm
Did somebody say VAT fraud? Yes, the Insolvency Service did

The boss of an Oxford-based mobile phone dealer who used a carousel scam to defraud the British tax collector from hundreds of thousands of pounds was today banned from holding directorships for 12 years.…

Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 11:55am
It's not David Icke, it's Ayatollah Khamenei's former top general

Iran has gone full David Icke and accused lizards that "attract atomic waves" of spying for the West.…

Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 11:26am
Want high speeds? Go to Latvia

The UK is performing so poorly in fibre internet penetration that it isn't even included in a European study.…

DevOps, Containers and CD: What happens when theory is put to the test?

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 10:58am
CLL18 delivers reports from the front line

Talk about DevOps, Containers or Agile all you want, but sometimes you’ve just got to zip up your hoodie and do it.…

Spectre & KPTI Get More Fixes In Linux 4.16, Offsets Some KVM Performance Losses

Phoronix - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 10:49am
While we are past the Linux 4.16 merge window, more Spectre and Meltdown related improvements and changes are still being allowed into the kernel, similar to all the KPTI/Retpoline work that landed late in Linux 4.15. On Wednesday was another big batch of KPTI and Spectre work that has already been merged...
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