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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

TheRegister - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 04:27
Sorry the line is bad... what?

BT is once again hiking prices, with punters facing an extra £30 on their annual broadband bill in the new year.…

Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs

TheRegister - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 04:03
Look, people use microwaves and cars, and they effectively operate as black boxes

Opening up the processes that underpin algorithms may well magnify the risk of hacking, widen privacy concerns and stifle innovation, Google has told MPs in the UK.…

Uber Commits $5 Million To Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Prevention

Slashdot - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 04:00
Uber announced on Sunday that it's taking new steps toward preventing sexual assault and domestic violence, starting with a $5 million donation to its partners -- Raliance, National Network to End Domestic Violence, No More, Women of Color Network, Casa de Esperanza, A Call to Men, and The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs -- along with an employee training program and in-app messaging to educate riders and drivers. Gizmodo reports: "As a result of this ongoing collaboration we have begun to make important changes internally and will commit to use Uber's scope and visibility to help drive awareness, education, and prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence to millions globally," said Uber's announcement. Uber wrote on its blog that its technology "enhances safety for riders and drivers in ways that weren't possible before such as GPS tracking, the ability to share a trip with family and friends, and 24/7 support through the app." But the company has failed to adopt measures like more rigorous driver background checks, despite urging by lawmakers. The ride-sharing service left Austin altogether last year (along with Lyft) because it refused to fingerprint its drivers. Uber has argued that mandated fingerprinting is too burdensome. Advocates for fingerprinting argue that it helps ensure rider safety.

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5 of the Best Linux Distros for Gaming

LXer - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 03:53
While any Linux distro may be used for gaming, there are some distros specifically optimized for gaming. Here are some of the best Linux distros for gaming.

Who's that cuddling up in the container... *squints* Wow you're getting along well

TheRegister - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 03:33
All's fair in war and cloud

The cloud is a highly competitive arena, where cloud providers jostle for market share. We know of Microsoft's long haul against Amazon’s AWS, but of late Oracle has cranked up the noise against Jeff Bezos' market leader while trying to break past Google and IBM.…

Splitting off Google Shopping wouldn't fix the pay-to-play problem

TheRegister - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 03:02
Underdogs fail to see how that's a competition 'remedy'

As the European Commission mulls Google's own remedy to its anti-competitive behaviour on the web, the former startup behind the original complaint has warned of possible consequences.…

MINIX: Intel's hidden in-chip operating system

LXer - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 02:44
Buried deep inside your computer[he]#039[/he]s Intel chip is the MINIX operating system and a software stack, which includes networking and a web server. It[he]#039[/he]s slow, hard to get at, and insecure as insecure can be.

More expensive, takes longer than usual, not particularly brilliant. Yes, it's your robot surgeon

TheRegister - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 02:30
Also, AI isn't really doing much for the economy

Robot-assisted surgery costs more time and money than traditional methods, but isn't more effective, for certain types of operations.…

This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

TheRegister - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 02:02
The XGIMI CC Aurora is, frankly, outstanding. But a little buggy

Review Every now and again in the world of gadgets there is a confluence of technologies that make something new possible. A better take on a familiar task.…

Modular, rugged, fanless mini-PC runs Linux Mint on Apollo Lake

LXer - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 01:35
Compulab’s Linux-ready, 112 x 84 x 34mm “Fitlet2” mini-PC features an Apollo Lake SoC, -40 to 85°C support, and M.2 and “FACET” expansion. Compulab has upgraded its rugged Fitlet line of mini-PCs, switching from AMD to Intel Apollo Lake processors up to a quad-core Atom x7-E3950. The Fitlet2 is available with Linux Mint or Windows 10...

Apache OpenOffice: We're OK with not being super cool... PS: Watch out for that Mac bug

TheRegister - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 01:35
We catch up with 'death watch' project after latest version bags 1.6m downloads

Interview Apache OpenOffice 4.1.4 finally shipped on October 19, five months later than intended, but the software is still a bit buggy.…

Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

TheRegister - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 01:03
Earth-based 'scope clocks one of this simulation's first wonders

A large international team of astronomers has detected one of the oldest galaxies in the universe we've seen to date – born within a billion years after the Big Bang.…

Florida Attempts the Largest Hydraulic Restoration Project In the World To Save the Everglades

Slashdot - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 01:00
New submitter ar2286 shares a report from Motherboard: Florida is defined by its water -- the water flowing around it, through it, increasingly over it. But throughout the twentieth century, its major arteries of fresh water, which flowed from the Kissimmee River south of Orlando to Lake Okeechobee and down to the swampy Everglades, were permanently rerouted by the federal government and landowners to stop flooding, and make room for agriculture and housing in the southern part of the state. Now the state is working with the Army Corps of Engineers -- the government agency partly responsible for rerouting and draining water to begin with -- and the South Florida Water Management District to attempt the largest hydraulic restoration project in the world. And while some say the effort has turned Florida into a battleground, pitting sugar farmers against legislators and environmentalists, others are hoping this will finally right certain man-made wrongs and restore some balance to the state. If the government is able to fully fund the plan, and should dozens of contractors and state forces successfully carry it out, it could permanently change Florida. And set a precedent for inevitable restoration projects around the world, which are becoming increasingly crucial as climate change manifests in stronger storms and sea level rise. The state is embarking on such a massive restoration project because the aging levees and control gates surrounding Lake Okeechobee are at risk of failing during large storms and/or heavy rainfall. "The more rainwater that increases in Lake Okeechobee, the more pressure is on the lake, and that pressure can continue to build up and build up and build up and one day the levee can go," said Tammy Jackson-Moore, a Belle Glade resident who co-founded Guardians of the Glades, a nonprofit focused on community advocacy. "And we're talking about wiping out entire communities here." The rerouting has allowed for bursts of economic growth, but it does have its consequences. "The Everglades, the largest swath of subtropical wilderness in the country, is now half of its size circa 1920, and the ecosystem has deteriorated, losing wildlife and native flora," reports Motherboard. "Without a natural place to flow, stagnant water pushes toxic algae blooms into the rivers, and turns pristine ocean into sludgy waste."

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Boffins tear into IEEE's tissue-thin anti-hacker chip blueprint crypto

TheRegister - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 00:40
This kind of security should keep the likes of the NSA and pirates out, but doesn't

Several large gaps have been found in the IEEE's P1735 cryptography standard that can be exploited to unlock or tamper with encrypted system-on-chip blueprints.…

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 Puts the Cloud in a Container

LXer - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 00:27
As the OpenStack Summit in Sydney kicks off, Red Hat debuts it's latest cloud infrastructure release.

Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

TheRegister - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 00:23
Rights carrot dangled before Netflix, Amazon and HBO, apparently

J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings could be on its way to the small screen.…

AWS adopts home-brewed KVM as new hypervisor

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 23:57
Out with Xen, in with 'core KVM technology' for new C5 instances and future VMs too

AWS has revealed it has created a new hypervisor based on KVM, not the Xen hypervisor on which it has relied for years.…

US judge orders Sci-Hub be excised from the internet

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 23:32
Domains? Blocked. Search engines? Blocked. ISPs? Ditto. Good luck with that

A US judge has ruled that world+dog must help block Sci-Hub, a publisher of scientific texts, which will likely result in protracted battles with Internet companies over their responsibility for copyright infringement.…

Why hybrid cloud is the best of both worlds

LXer - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 23:18
For CIOs considering cloud, start with the overall digital strategy and work backward

It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 23:01
As researcher pleads with you not to brand bugs with a logo

A security researcher has turned up new ways to silently hijack and infect Android devices via malicious Wi-Fi packets over the air.…

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