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Braking bad: Mitsubishi recalls 68k SUVs over buggy software

TheRegister - 11 hours 2 min ago
US Outlanders need upgrade, no word on other countries yet

Japanese auto maker Mitsubishi has recalled more than 68,000 vehicles in the US affected by two separate software bugs.…

How Linux Logo "Tux" Came About

LXer - 11 hours 29 min ago
Linux is a very popular topic among computer geeks, especially FOSS enthusiast. It is a kernel that manages the computer hardware at the lowest level. Many associates Linux as another popular Operating System like Microsoft Windows and OS X. It is invented by a Finnish computer science student Linus Torvalds on September 17, 1991, and around that time, there arose the need for creating a Linux logo in the year 1996.

WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war

TheRegister - 11 hours 41 min ago
92-year-old Wren tells us about life cracking German codes

Interview El Reg had the honour of speaking with a war hero last Friday when the UK's National Museum of Computing fired up its replica Enigma code-breaker to decrypt messages sent from Poland.…

Gut-Brain Connection Could Lead To a 'New Sense'

Slashdot - 11 hours 46 min ago
A new study has revealed a "fast-acting neural circuit allowing gut cells to communicate with the brain in just seconds," reports New Atlas. Diego Bohorquez, senior author of the study, says "these findings are going to be the biological basis of a new sense. One that serves as the entry point for how the brain knows when the stomach is full of food and calories." He says it "brings legitimacy to [the] idea of the 'gut feeling' as a sixth sense." The study has been published in the journal Science. From the report: Remarkable new work from a team of researchers at Duke University has now revealed a previously unknown direct circuit between the gut and the brain that could allow for fast sensory communication that doesn't relay on laborious hormonal signaling. The research began with a big discovery in 2015 revealing that enteroendocrine cells, the cells in our gut thought to be the primary sensory receptor that communicate with the brain, actually contained nerve endings that seemed like they could directly synaptically communicate with vagal neurons and subsequently, the brain. The new study first revealed that direct, and near instant, communication occurred between the gut and brain. A mouse was administered with a rabies virus that had been engineered with a green fluorescent tag. Tracing the signal of communication as the gut informed the brain of this virus revealed an immediate response in the vagus nerve. In under 100 milliseconds a single signal was seen to travel from the gut to the brainstem. In order to understand this new neural circuit, the team grew enteroendocrine cells in a lab dish alongside vagal nerve neurons. Not only did these two elements rapidly demonstrate communication, but it was discovered that glutamate, a foundational neurotransmitter, modulated the rate of transmission. What this experiment impressively revealed was that enteroendocrine cells don't solely signal to the brain via hormonal triggers, but also can directly communicate via neural synapses.

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Ooof! Cisco Webex has been down for 7 hours – and counting

TheRegister - 12 hours 23 min ago
No need to hide that you're working from bed this morning

Updated Cisco Webex is currently suffering a seven-hour outage and counting, with biz bods alternately raging at the failure but secretly being glad they don’t have to suffer the indignities of teleconferencing.…

How to install SOPlanning on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

LXer - 12 hours 43 min ago
SOPlanning is a free, open source and Simple Online Planning tool specially designed to efficiently organize projects and tasks. In this tutorial, I am going to explain how to install SOPlanning on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server.

Contractors slam UK taxman's 'aggressive' IR35 tax reforms

TheRegister - 12 hours 58 min ago
HMRC urged to adjust plans after losing case against one of its own former freelancers

HMRC should rethink its "aggressive" approach to IR35 tax reforms as it looks to extend them to the private sector, tax insurance provider Qdos Contractor has warned.…

Bug? Feature? Power users baffled as BitLocker update switch-off continues

TheRegister - 13 hours 33 min ago
Microsoft claims issue confined to older kit

Three months on, users continue to report that Microsoft's BitLocker disk encryption technology turns itself off during security updates.…

Deutsche Telekom's and Aricent's Open Source Edge Software Platform for 5G

LXer - 13 hours 58 min ago
Big telecoms want to make sure that when 5G is rolled out wholesale, that data centers are ready to handle expected new use cases from the edge. To make sure of that, they're developing software designed to get the job done and are releasing it as open source.

That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

TheRegister - 14 hours 31 min ago
Migrating dusty mission-critical systems 101

Analysis Legacy systems have been sitting in server rooms for decades, gradually growing more complex in design, more expensive to operate, less understandable to administrators, and more indispensable to their owners.…

Facebook Is Not Protecting Content Moderators From Mental Trauma, Lawsuit Claims

Slashdot - 14 hours 46 min ago
A former Facebook contract employee has filed a lawsuit, alleging that content moderators who face mental trauma after reviewing distressing images on the platform are not being properly protected by the social networking company. Reuters reports: Facebook moderators under contract are "bombarded" with "thousands of videos, images and livestreamed broadcasts of child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide and murder," the lawsuit said. "Facebook is ignoring its duty to provide a safe workplace and instead creating a revolving door of contractors who are irreparably traumatized by what they witnessed on the job," Korey Nelson, a lawyer for former Facebook contract employee Selena Scola, said in a statement on Monday. Facebook in the past has said all of its content reviewers have access to mental health resources, including trained professionals onsite for both individual and group counseling, and they receive full health care benefits. More than 7,500 content reviewers work for Facebook, including full-time employees and contractors. Facebook's director of corporate communications, Bertie Thomson, said in response to the allegations: "We take the support of our content moderators incredibly seriously, [...] ensuring that every person reviewing Facebook content is offered psychological support and wellness resources."

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Linux Code of Conduct, Librem Key, Quirky, Solus, Krita, Mir, elementary | This Week in Linux 38

LXer - 15 hours 12 min ago
on TWinL38: Linux CoC, Librem Key, Quirky, Solus, Krita AMA, Mir 1.0, elementary OS Juno Beta 2, Fedora 29 Beta, Escuelas Linux, Game Development Book Bundle, Fanatical's Bundle Blast & more

How do the some of the best AI algorithms perform on real robots? Not well, it turns out

TheRegister - 15 hours 35 min ago
Machine learning finds reality a whole different ball game

All the biggest labs leading AI research will have you believe that their fancy game-playing software bots will one day be applicable to the real world. The skills from playing Go, Poker or Dota 2 will be transferable to algorithms designing new drugs, controlling robots, teaching computers how to negotiate – you name it.…

Python libraries for data science, Linux firewalls, Raspberry Pi NAS, openmediavault, Syncthing, microservices, and more

LXer - 16 hours 26 min ago
Recently we added two new cheat sheets to our growing cheat sheet collection:Learn the i3 Linux window manager shortcuts Python 3.7 beginner's cheat sheetDo you have an idea for a new cheat sheet? Let us know about it: open@opensource.com.read more

Cisco sneaks hardcoded secret root backdoor into vid surveillance kit

TheRegister - 16 hours 38 min ago
Who watches the watchers? Anybody who has the login

If you run Cisco's video surveillance kit, hop over to Switchzilla's support site and download the latest version of its management software.…

Ubuntu Minimal Install

LXer - 17 hours 41 min ago
Today we will be going over the installation of the minimalist version of Ubuntu 18.04. You may be thinking of a minimalistic version of a Linux distro as the bare minimum version of a system. If so, you would be correct. The system we are going to install from comes in a 64MB ISO image.

Good news: Sub-surface life on Mars possible, moons from big impacts. There is no bad news

TheRegister - 17 hours 44 min ago
Yippee, it's a double whammy of Red Planet research

In a double dose of Martian research, scientists believe that the planet once had the right environmental conditions to support life underground and its moons may have been born from an ancient collision.…

Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria

Slashdot - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 21:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive genetic modification through a complex species. The scientists used the revolutionary gene-editing tool known as CRISPR to engineer mosquitoes with a "gene drive," which rapidly transmitted a sterilizing mutation through other members of the mosquito's species. After mosquitoes carrying the mutation were released into cages filled with unmodified mosquitoes in a high-security basement laboratory in London, virtually all of the insects were wiped out, according to a report in Nature Biotechnology. The mosquitoes were created in the hopes of using them as a potent new weapon in the long, frustrating fight against malaria. Malaria remains one of the world's deadliest diseases, killing more than 400,000 people every year, mostly children younger than 5 years old. What's encouraging is that the mosquitos reportedly did not appear to further mutate in a way that would diminish the effectiveness of the engineered mutation. "But the researchers stressed that many years of additional research are needed to further test the safety and effectiveness of the approach before anyone attempts to release these mosquitos or any other organisms created this way into the wild," reports NPR.

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How to Install Bolt CMS on Debian 9

LXer - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 20:50
Bolt CMS is a simple and flexible Open Source content management system written in PHP. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to install and configure the latest version of Bolt CMS on Debian 9 on top of a LAMP stack.

Uber Drivers and Other Gig Economy Workers Are Earning Half What They Did Five Years Ago

Slashdot - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 20:05
According to a new study by the JPMorgan Chase Instittue, drivers who transport people via apps (e.g. Uber, Lyft, Uber Eats, Postmates) made 53 percent less in 2017 than they did in 2013. Recode reports: The average monthly payments to those who worked for a transportation app in a given month declined to $783 from $1,469. Meanwhile, people working for leasing apps -- Airbnb, Turo, Parklee and other apps that let you rent assets like your home, car or parking space -- saw their incomes from those platforms rise 69 percent to $1,736 on average. This is happening as online gig work has become more popular, thanks in large part to the growth in the number of transportation jobs. The share of the working population that has participated in the online gig economy at any point in a year rose from less than 2 percent in 2013 to nearly 5 percent in 2018. There are a number of potential reasons why the average pay for gig economy drivers has gone down. It could be any or all of the below, according to JPMorgan: drivers on average are working fewer hours; demand hasn't increased to meet the increased number of drivers; trip prices have fallen; or platforms are paying drivers lower rates.

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