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TheRegister - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 13:21
AWS load balancer gets redirects, CableLabs SNAPs to Kubernetes, and more

Security just got a little easier for AWS Elastic Load Balancing customers: the platform now supports redirects and fixed responses.…

Western Digital wonders why enterprise isn't keen on its solid-state drives

TheRegister - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 13:18
We must sell more!

Western Digital's final fiscal 2018 quarter delivered strong results that were let down by disappointing enterprise SSD sales.…

Improve your Python skills this weekend

LXer - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 13:17
Fedora loves Python, and the Fedora Magazine is no exception. Are you looking at learning Python, or improving your Python skills? Over the last year, Fedora Magazine contributors have been providing some awesome tips, tutorials, and learning project ideas. Here is a selection of articles that can help you get started on improving your skills. […]

'Blood Moon', the Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century, Underway

Slashdot - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:49
Skywatchers are being treated to the longest "blood moon" eclipse of the 21st Century. From a report: As it rises, during this total eclipse, Earth's natural satellite turns a striking shade of red or ruddy brown. The "totality" period, when light from the Moon is totally obscured, will last for one hour, 43 minutes. At least part of the eclipse is visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most of Asia and South America. On the same night and over the coming days, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 - visible as a "bright red star" where skies are clear. Here's a live feed, provided by NASA.

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State Governments Warned of Malware-Laden CD Sent Via Snail Mail From China

Slashdot - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:11
Security reporter Brian Krebs writes: Several U.S. state and local government agencies have reported receiving strange letters via snail mail that include malware-laden compact discs (CDs) apparently sent from China, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. This particular ruse, while crude and simplistic, preys on the curiosity of recipients who may be enticed into popping the CD into a computer. According to a non-public alert shared with state and local government agencies by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the scam arrives in a Chinese postmarked envelope and includes a "confusingly worded typed letter with occasional Chinese characters."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Linux curl Command Tutorial for Beginners (5 Examples)

LXer - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:03
While Web browsers are the primary medium through which users download stuff from the Internet, there are some Linux commands that also let you do this. In this tutorial, we will discuss one such command - curl - that among other things lets you download stuff from the Web.

Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports

TheRegister - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 11:29
Has never spoken to WikiLeaker, apparently

It would appear that the president of Ecuador is not a fan of Julian Assange.…

'Prodigy' chip moonshot gets hand from Arm CPU guru Prof Steve Furber

TheRegister - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 11:27
Perfect for the EU's domestic supercomputer... ready by 2020. No really

Silicon design startup Tachyum has appointed the original designer of the Arm CPU to its advisory board and chucked its hat in the ring to be the domestic exascale supercomputer chip inside the EU's home-grown super.…

DARPA launches POSH project for open source hardware IP blocks

LXer - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 10:48
DARPA announced the first grants for its $1.5 billion Electronic Resurgence Initiative for accelerating chip development. More than $35 million went to a “Posh Open Source Hardware” project for developing and verifying hardware IP. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the first grants for its Electronic Resurgence Initiative (ERI). The initial round, […]

Font of pwnage: Crims poison well with crypto-jacking code, trickles into PDF editor app

TheRegister - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 10:20
Hackers clone supplier's cloud servers to push tainted MSI files

Crooks mounted a crypto-mining scam after hacking into a supplier of an unnamed PDF editor software vendor.…

How to connect your record player with the rest of your gear

LXer - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:34
In May, I wrote an article about building a preamplifier for a moving coil phono cartridge. At the time, I had recently replaced my aging moving magnet cartridge with a nice new moving coil cartridge, and my phono preamplifier did not provide enough voltage gain to directly use the new cartridge.read more

UK slides from first to fourth in UN e-gov survey

TheRegister - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:27
And doesn't get a look-in on top 10 most cyber-conscious nations

The UK has fallen off its perch at the top of the UN’s biennial e-government ranking, dropping three places.…

Microsoft celebrates a bumper financial year ... by making stuff pricier

TheRegister - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:03
On-premises and cloud users, prepare to be adjusted

Microsoft has announced tweaks to its Volume Licensing programmes from 1 October, under which existing plans will be renamed, discounts removed and prices "changed".…

Tech Shutdown Blows: IT chaos cost Brit bank TSB almost £200m

TheRegister - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:25
Pre-tax loss of £107m pinned on meltdown

IT meltdown bank TSB has today admitted that the week-long outage and its aftermath have cost it almost £200m.…

How to change timezone on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

LXer - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:20
The objective of this article is to show how to change timezone on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux. It explains how to check current timezone settings, show all available timezones, change timezone and confirm the timezone change.

Openreach annual review: Eat fibre and be merry, we fixed the faults before you called

TheRegister - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:34
The sun is sunny and the dark fibre access is virtual

Openreach claims it is now more independent of BT than ever before, adding that the UK's fibre rollout is going just fine and all ISPs are now very happy with the BT-owned telecoms infrastructure company.…

Kata Containers Now Available as a Snap, First Point Release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, New NetSpectre Attack Vulnerability, IBM and Google Launch Knative, and Google Play Store Bans Cryptocurrency Mining Apps

Linux Journal - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:13

News briefs for July 27, 2018.

Kata Containers, the lightweight, fast booting, open-source VM, is now available as a Snap from the Snap Store. According to the Ubuntu blog post, "Kata Containers are compatible with the OCI specification for Docker and CRI for Kubernetes which means they can be managed like a traditional container. Its agnostic design allows Kata Containers to run on multiple architectures like amd64, ppc64 and aarch64 with different hypervisors including QEMU."

The first point release for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS was released yesterday. New in 18.04.1 is the move from Unity to GNOME Shell, Captive Portal, Night Light, color emojis and more. You can download it from here.

There's a new network-based Spectre V1-style attack vulnerability called NetSpectre that "doesn't require exploited code to be running on the target machine", Phoronix reports. However, "if your system is patched against the other known Spectre vulnerabilities, it's believed you should be largely safe from NetSpectre." See the whitepaper for more info on this speculative attack vulnerability.

IBM and Google announced a new open-source serverless cloud computing project this week called Knative. According to eWeek, Knative "will serve as a bridge for serverless computing to coexist and integrate with containers atop Google Kubernetes in a cloud-native computing system".

The Google Play Store has banned cryptocurrency mining apps. Its new policy states "We don't allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices", and the company will begin removing apps from the store that violate this policy. See the Slashdot post for more details.

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This is the contract you've been looking for: Pentagon releases JEDI bids

TheRegister - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 06:53
Single-award contract could run for up to a decade, worth a possible $10bn

The Pentagon has finally opened the bidding for its major cloud contract, which could be worth some $10bn – and is to be awarded to one vendor.…

Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

TheRegister - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 06:05
Secondhand owners who didn't sell at JLR dealer can call us, says firm

Both data and the online controls on "connected cars" from Jaguar Land Rover remain available to previous owners, according to security experts and owners of the upmarket vehicles. The car maker has defended its privacy safeguards and security of its InControl tech.…

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