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Outlook Mobile heads to the White House, passes infosec clearance for federal sector

TheRegister - 5 hours 13 min ago
Need to email an order for a s*$tload of hamburgers from your smartphone? Microsoft has an app for that

The US government may be enduring its longest shutdown in history, but federal workers can at least console themselves with Microsoft’s Outlook mobile app that has been given security clearance for use.…

Where There's No Distance or Gravity

LXer - 5 hours 49 min ago
The more digital we become, the less human we remain.

Cray will realise 'substantial' loss. But Shasta minute, folks, big iron market will pick up

TheRegister - 6 hours 8 min ago
And... stock-botherers seem happy with that

Supercomputing remains a tough place to do business, with Cray warning investors that it expects to report a siginifican net loss for both 2018 and this financial year.…

Hubble Space Telescope Will Last Through the Mid-2020s, Report Says

Slashdot - 6 hours 55 min ago
schwit1 shares a report from Space.com: Despite recent issues with one of its instruments, the Hubble Space Telescope is expected to last at least another five years. A new report suggests that the iconic spacecraft has a strong chance of enduring through the mid-2020s. [...] One reason the spacecraft has lasted so long is that astronauts have provided aid. Servicing missions continued to update the telescope until 2009, when the space shuttle was retired. The final update to Hubble included the installation of two brand-new instruments, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and WFC3. The astronauts on Servicing Mission 4 also performed on-site repairs for the telescope's two other instruments, the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), both of which had stopped working. The astronauts additionally replaced Hubble's 18-year-old batteries with new ones; installed six new gyroscopes, whose job is turning the telescope; and added a brand-new Fine Guidance System to point the instrument. Astronauts also covered Hubble's equipment bays with insulating panels and installed a device that will help to guide the observatory down when its mission comes to an end.

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McKinsey’s blockchain warning irks crypto hipsters

TheRegister - 7 hours 3 min ago
Reverse ferret by reassuringly expensive consultant

Blockchain companies are upset with management consultant McKinsey for pointing out the technology is stubbornly stuck at base camp after years of hype.…

The DevOps Salary Report is in, and is great news for American men

TheRegister - 7 hours 40 min ago
Want some more cash? Get some more skills. And perhaps a moving truck

DevOps darlings Puppet has emitted some juicy salary data from its annual DevOps survey, showing that the US is still the place to go for an impressive IT paycheck.…

How to connect ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors to Nextcloud

LXer - 8 hours 18 min ago
ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors is the free open-source office suite distributed under GNU AGPL v.3.0. In this tutorial, we'll learn how to easily connect ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors to your Nextcloud instance.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

TheRegister - 9 hours 1 min ago
Future Circular Collider hopes to rack up 100 tera electron Volts to probe physics

CERN, the European research hub in Geneva, is already home to the world’s largest particle accelerator – and it’s hungry for another one that’s bigger and better.…

Snakes on a Spaceship - An Overview of Python in Heliophysics

LXer - 9 hours 32 min ago
A scientific paper that discusses the standards for peer review of code and analysis using the open source language Python in scientific research.

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere

TheRegister - 9 hours 51 min ago
Living in a box, living in a faraway box, I'm living in a box

Pic A tiny cotton seed brought to the Moon's surface by a Chinese spacecraft has apparently just sprouted, quite possibly making it the first Earth-based plant to start growing on our rocky satellite.…

China and NASA Shared Data About Historic Moon Landing

Slashdot - 9 hours 55 min ago
hackingbear writes: "China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday, in what was reportedly the first such collaboration since a Cold-War-era-like American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior congressional approval," reports New York Post. "The Chinese space agency's deputy director, Wu Yanhua, said NASA shared information about its lunar orbiter satellite in hopes of monitoring the landing of the Chang'e 4 spacecraft. China, in turn, shared the time and coordinates of Chang'e 4s scheduled landing. He added that while NASA's satellite did not catch the precise moment of landing, it took photographs of the area afterward." In response to the question about why would China allow this exchange given that the U.S. has put technological obstacles to China's lunar exploration program and refused to issue visas to Chinese experts, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, "China could have chosen not to offer the relevant information to the U.S., but as a major country, we should act with the posture and bearing of a major country. I believe what Mr. Wu said has shown the confidence, openness, and broadmindedness of Chinese aerospace engineers as well as scientists and researchers and China's confident and open posture as a major country."

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VirtualBox 6.0.2 Released with Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12.4

LXer - 10 hours 46 min ago
Oracle released today the first point release to the massive VirtualBox 6.0 series announced at the end of 2018, fixing various annoyances and implementing more new features and enhancements.

Insect Collapse: 'We Are Destroying Our Life Support Systems'

Slashdot - 11 hours 25 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished. His return to the Luquillo rainforest in Puerto Rico after 35 years was to reveal an appalling discovery. The insect population that once provided plentiful food for birds throughout the mountainous national park had collapsed. On the ground, 98% had gone. Up in the leafy canopy, 80% had vanished. The most likely culprit by far is global warming. "It was just astonishing," Lister said. "Before, both the sticky ground plates and canopy plates would be covered with insects. You'd be there for hours picking them off the plates at night. But now the plates would come down after 12 hours in the tropical forest with a couple of lonely insects trapped or none at all." "We are essentially destroying the very life support systems that allow us to sustain our existence on the planet, along with all the other life on the planet," Lister said. "It is just horrifying to watch us decimate the natural world like this." Lister calls these impacts a "bottom-up trophic cascade", in which the knock-on effects of the insect collapse surge up through the food chain. "I don't think most people have a systems view of the natural world," he said. "But it's all connected and when the invertebrates are declining the entire food web is going to suffer and degrade. It is a system-wide effect." To understand the global scale of an insect collapse that has so far only been glimpsed, Lister says, there is an urgent need for much more research in many more habitats. "More data, that is my mantra," he said.

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Google hands out roses to preferred Android MDM vendors

LXer - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 22:54
Lucky few get Chocolate Factory's endorsement as Enterprise Mobility ManagementGoogle is extending its Android Enterprise Recommended program to mobile device management.…

What Are Various Debian Installation Discs

LXer - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 21:40
Ever got confused by the amount of disc made available for downloading on Debian servers? Worry not, if this is your approach looking around the Internet for an explanation why and what are those various discs for installing Debian on your beloved computer, you are at the right place. I'll try to be quick and concise so you can get on with Debian installation within 2 minutes read :)

Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Meme Could Train Facial Recognition Algorithms On Age Progression, Age Recognition

Slashdot - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 21:40
If you've spent any time on social media lately, you've probably noticed a trend where users are posting their then-and-now profile pictures, mostly from 10 years ago and this year. While this "10 Year Challenge" appears harmless, founder of KO Insights and the author of Tech Humanist, Kate O'Neill, says all this data "could be mined to train facial recognition algorithms on age progression and age recognition." She adds: "It's worth considering the depth and breadth of the personal data we share without reservations." From the report: Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics, and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g. how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you'd want a broad and rigorous data set with lots of people's pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart -- say, 10 years. Sure, you could mine Facebook for profile pictures and look at posting dates or EXIF data. But that whole set of profile pictures could end up generating a lot of useless noise. People don't reliably upload pictures in chronological order, and it's not uncommon for users to post pictures of something other than themselves as a profile picture. A quick glance through my Facebook friends' profile pictures shows a friend's dog who just died, several cartoons, word images, abstract patterns, and more. In other words, it would help if you had a clean, simple, helpfully-labeled set of then-and-now photos. What's more, for the profile pictures on Facebook, the photo posting date wouldn't necessarily match the date that the picture was taken. [...] Through the Facebook meme, most people have been helpfully adding that context back in (e.g. "me in 2008, and me in 2018"), as well as further info, in many cases, about where and how the pic was taken (e.g. "2008 at University of Whatever, taken by Joe; 2018 visiting New City for this year's such-and-such event"). In other words, thanks to this meme, there's now a very large data set of carefully curated photos of people from roughly 10 years ago and now. In closing, Kate says it's not necessarily bad that someone could use your Facebook photos to train a facial recognition algorithm -- it's inevitable. "Still, the broader takeaway here is that we need to approach our interactions with technology mindful of the data we generate and how it can be used at scale."

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Bipartisan Kumbaya: President Trump turns Obama's open govt data policy into law

TheRegister - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:58
Evidence-based policy? What a novel idea...

Analysis President Trump on Monday signed legislation that attempts to make US government data more accessible for people and machines, though his predecessor deserves much of the credit.…

Linux Tools: The Meaning of Dot

LXer - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:26
Let's face it: writing one-liners and scripts using shell commands can be confusing. Many of the names of the tools at your disposal are far from obvious in terms of what they do (grep, tee and awk, anyone?) and, when you combine two or more, the resulting "sentence" looks like some kind of alien gobbledygook.

Pwn2Own Contest Will Pay $900,000 For Hacks That Exploit Tesla's Model 3

Slashdot - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:05
The Model 3 will be entered into Pwn2Own this year, the first time a car has been included in the annual high-profile hacking contest. The prize for the winning security researchers: a Model 3. TechCrunch reports: Pwn2Own, which is in its 12th year and run by Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative, is known as one of the industry's toughest hacking contests. ZDI has awarded more than $4 million over the lifetime of the program. Pwn2Own's spring vulnerability research competition, Pwn2Own Vancouver, will be held March 20 to 22 and will feature five categories, including web browsers, virtualization software, enterprise applications, server-side software and the new automotive category. The targets, chosen by ZDI, include software products from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Oracle and VMware. And, of course, Tesla . Pwn2Own is run in conjunction with the CanSec West conference. There will be "more than $900,000 worth of prizes available for attacks that subvert a variety of [the Model 3's] onboard systems," reports Ars Technica. "The biggest prize will be $250,000 for hacks that execute code on the car's getaway, autopilot, or VCSEC." "A gateway is the central hub that interconnects the car's powertrain, chassis, and other components and processes the data they send. The autopilot is a driver assistant feature that helps control lane changing, parking, and other driving functions. Short for Vehicle Controller Secondary, VCSEC is responsible for security functions, including the alarm."

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