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Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

TheRegister - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:26
Endless series of beheadings and horrible images take mental toll, US lawsuit claims

Updated A Facebook contractor hired to keep the social network free of beheadings, rape, torture and the like has sued the tech giant and its contracting firm, Pro Unlimited – for allegedly failing to protect workers from the psychological trauma arising from exposure to disturbing content.…

How to Install Custom Fonts on a Ubuntu System

LXer - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:24
In this article, we will explain how to add and use a downloaded font on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system.

SiriusXM Is Acquiring Pandora in $3.5 Billion Deal To Create the 'World's Largest Audio-Entertainment Company'

Slashdot - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:20
Sirius XM has agreed to buy online-music service Pandora for $3.5 billion, as the satellite-radio company looks to add streaming services in the increasingly competitive fight for listeners. From a report: According to the announcement, the deal will create "the world's largest audio-entertainment company," with more than $7 billion in projected revenue in 2018 and more than 100 million monthly listeners, combining SiriusXM's 36 million subscribers and Pandora's 70 million-plus monthly active users. It also moves SiriusXM and its parent company, Liberty Media, aggressively into the streaming market. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019 and is subject to approval by Pandora stockholders; expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and certain competition laws of foreign jurisdictions; and other customary closing conditions. On a call with analysts, Jim Meyer, Sirius XM's chief executive, said that the acquisition would enable Sirius to try to keep listeners who did not want to pay for music by diverting them toward Pandora's free ads-based model.

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Mitsubishi Recalls 68,000 SUVs Over Bad Software

Slashdot - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:40
Mitsubishi is recalling 68,000 SUVs because of bad software in two different engine-control units (ECUs), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Consumer Reports adds: In one of the two actions, the automaker is recalling 58,916 of its 2018 Eclipse Cross, 2017 to 2018 Outlander, and 2018 Outlander Sport SUVs because of faulty software in the hydraulic unit ECU -- the computer control system for the brake system. According to NHTSA, the software problem could cause some features -- such as adaptive cruise control (ACC); forward-collision mitigation (FCM), which is a combination of forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking; and antilock brakes (ABS) -- to not work as expected. In the second action, Mitsubishi is recalling 9,166 of its 2018 Eclipse Cross, 2017 to 2018 Outlander, and 2018 Outlander Sport SUVs because of bad software in the computer control for the FCM system. According to NHTSA, if the FCM system detects a pedestrian in front of the vehicle who could be hit, that ECU may activate the brake for longer than necessary, even when the obstacle is no longer detected. There's concern that when this happens, the driver may provide additional braking, making the SUV slow rapidly and increasing the risk of a rear-end collision, NHTSA says. Consumer Reports has also detailed the models that are affected and how customers could contact the manufacturer.

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Still holding out on Windows 10? Microsoft tempts upgrade with virtual desktop to Azure

TheRegister - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:37
Still great pals with Citrix, but users will find the Windows 7 offer enticing

Ignite With Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft is offering corporate Window 7 users yet another migration path to Windows 10; this time via Azure.…

5 ways to play old-school games on a Raspberry Pi

LXer - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:10
They don't make 'em like they used to, do they? Video games, I mean.Sure, there's a bit more grunt in the gear now. Princess Zelda used to be 16 pixels in each direction; there's now enough graphics power for every hair on her head. Today's processors could beat up 1988's processors in a cage-fight deathmatch without breaking a sweat.But you know what's missing? The fun.read more

Linux or Windows: 25 Things You Must Know While Choosing The Best Platform

LXer - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:55
There are hundreds of Linux distributions available in the market which itself stands apart from the crowd and capable to compete with Windows OS or MacOS. In this article, I will tell you some of the best things to know when you go for choosing the best OS platform between Linux or Windows. So sit tight and get known all the facts and findings that are going to unchain you and let you feel the freedom.

Open-source alt-droid wants to know if it's still leaking data to Google

TheRegister - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:40
Challenge accepted? You can download /e/ now

/e/, a Google-free fork of Android, reached a milestone this month with its initial ROM release. It's available for download, so you can kick the tires, with nightly builds delivered via OTA (over the air) updates.…

Microsoft adds delayed gratification to the Surface Hub 2 line

TheRegister - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:06
S version set for Q2 '19 debut, but full tiling pleasure on the X delayed

Ignite Microsoft has lifted a page from its gaming playbook and split its Surface Hub 2 product into two lines: the 2S and 2X.…

How to create SWAP SPACE in Linux system

LXer - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 09:41
Swap file or swap space is a file on Linux file-system that is used to hold programs or pages, in the event that the Physical memory aka RAM of the machine is full. Swap...

Baddies just need one email account with clout to unleash phishing hell

TheRegister - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 09:31
Outsiders realised uni was hacked before uni did

A single account compromise at an unnamed "major university" in the UK led to a large-scale phishing attack against third parties, according to data protection outfit Barracuda Networks.…

Microsoft's globally distributed data shack Cosmos DB shoots for sky. Or at least 5 nines

TheRegister - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 09:00
Lower latency, better availability and Cassandra. What's not to like? Maybe the price

Ignite Microsoft today launched a wave of new features to lure punters onto its globally distributed database service, Cosmos DB.…

Test the new features in Fedora 29 Atomic and Cloud

LXer - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 08:27
Development on Fedora 29 Atomic and Fedora 29 Cloud editions is wrapping up, and features a range of new features and enhancements. Latest Packages Fedora 29 Atomic and Cloud provides latest version of packages from Fedora 29. Both Fedora Cloud Base and Atomic Host provide the latest available versions of packages in Fedora 29 containing […]

Dell's hokey cokey IPO takes new turn – VMware in, VMware out....

TheRegister - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 08:23
Investor roadshow delayed as Mick D considers alternative plan

Dell Technologies is reportedly pondering whether to hold a bog standard IPO to get the group back onto the stock markets, instead of a previous convoluted plan involving shenanigans with shares in VMware.…

HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

TheRegister - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 07:51
CEST tool gets it wrong – for its own creators

A self-employed contractor has scooped thousands of pounds from HM Revenue and Customs after the British tax body used its controversial CEST online tool to wrongly determine her tax status.…

YubiKey 5 Series Launched, Google Chrome's Recent Questionable Privacy Practice, PlayOnLinux Alpha Version 5 Released, Android Turns Ten, and Fedora 29 Atomic and Cloud Test Day

Linux Journal - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 07:42

News briefs September 24, 2018.

Yubico announced the launch of the YubiKey 5 series this morning, which are the first multi-protocol security keys to support FIDO2/WebAuthn and allow you to replace "weak password-based authentication with strong hardware-based authentication". You can purchase them here for $45.

Google Chrome recently has begun automatically signing your browser in to your Google account for you every time you log in to a Google property, such as Gmail, without asking and without notification. See Matthew Green's blog post for more information on the huge privacy implications of this new practice.

PlayOnLinux released the alpha version of PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac 5 ("Phoencis") over the weekend. The interface has been completely redesigned and is now decentralized, so if the website has issues, the program will still work. In addition, the script is now available on GitHub. This alpha version supports 135 games and apps. See the full list here.

Android celebrated its 10th birthday this weekend. See TechRadar, Engadget and TechCrunch for different takes on Android's history.

Fedora 29 Atomic and Fedora 29 Cloud development is wrapping up, and they now provide the latest versions of packages in Fedora 29, including all new features and bug fixes. Fedora Atomic Working Group and Cloud SIG are organizing a Test Day, Monday, October 1st. See the wiki page if you're interested in participating.

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That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought

TheRegister - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 07:18
Chrome gets a bit less shiny with auto sign-in

Google's Chrome lost more of its shine over the weekend – after the normally calm and reasoned world of Twitter erupted when folks realized the search giant was automatically signing them into its browser.…

Qmmp – Qt-based Multimedia Player – the sound with no limits

LXer - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 07:12
Qmmp is a cross-platform, open source, Qt-based multimedia player. The default user interface is similar to Winamp or xmms. But there’s also an alternative user interface.

Vodafone and EE ship Apple's Watch 4, but not without LTE teething issues

TheRegister - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 06:47
Which gets you the best deal? We did the arithmetic

By popular opinion, Apple's most accomplished product of 2018 – and maybe even in years – has been its Watch Series 4. But wait, if you live in the UK, there are some things you should know about well before you pull out your wallet.…

Barclays and RBS on naughty step: Banks told to explain service meltdown to UK politicos

TheRegister - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 06:17
Treasury Committee infuriated at latest TITSUPs*

The influential Treasury Committee has demanded that banking execs at RBS Group and Barclays must explain why customers were again unable to access online services at the tail end of last week.…

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