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Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:57
Celebrates CenturyLink gobble by blacking out

A fat-fingered configuration blunder at Level 3 temporarily sent a chunk of internet connectivity in America and the wider world to level zero on Monday.…

Silicon Valley giants tap escape on fight against web sex trafficking law

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:41
Google, Facebook and chums quietly signal they're OK with tweaked US proposals

Just before the weekend, the Internet Association quietly dropped its objections to the proposed Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) which is making its way through US Congress – after fighting against the draft legislation for months.…

Popular Firefox Bookmark Syncing Add-On Starts Losing... Bookmarks

Slashdot - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:20
A popular Firefox browser add-on that saves and syncs bookmarks has started to lose those bookmarks instead, users are complaining. From a report: According to user reports -- and your reporter's own experience -- the problems arose when Xmarks updated the add-on to version, the first version to work on the new WebExtensions API, Firefox's new add-on technology. Since then, Firefox users have reported a wide range of problems, but among which the biggest was the fact that Xmarks was not syncing bookmarks as it should. The problems did not manifest the same way for all users. Some users said the add-on stopped syncing new bookmarks altogether, some reported corrupted links, others said they lost all bookmarks, while other reported that only a small portion of new bookmark URLs was being added to their Xmarks account.

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How to use cron in Linux

LXer - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:18
One of the challenges (among the many advantages) of being a sysadmin is running tasks when you'd rather be sleeping. For example, some tasks (including regularly recurring tasks) need to run overnight or on weekends, when no one is expected to be using computer resources. I have no time to spare in the evenings to run commands and scripts that have to operate during off-hours. And I don't want to have to get up at oh-dark-hundred to start a backup or major update.read more

Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:48
You're typing it wrong, duh

Apple says it is working on a fix for an annoying bug in iOS 11 that leaves some fans unable to properly type the letter 'i' without it glitching out.…

'Something Is Wrong On the Internet'

Slashdot - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:43
"Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatize, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level," writes James Bridle. From the article: To begin: Kid's YouTube is definitely and markedly weird. I've been aware of its weirdness for some time. Last year, there were a number of articles posted about the Surprise Egg craze. Surprise Eggs videos depict, often at excruciating length, the process of unwrapping Kinder and other egg toys. That's it, but kids are captivated by them. There are thousands and thousands of these videos and thousands and thousands, if not millions, of children watching them. [...] What I find somewhat disturbing about the proliferation of even (relatively) normal kids videos is the impossibility of determining the degree of automation which is at work here; how to parse out the gap between human and machine. The New York Times, last week: Parents and children have flocked to Google-owned YouTube Kids since it was introduced in early 2015. The app's more than 11 million weekly viewers are drawn in by its seemingly infinite supply of clips, including those from popular shows by Disney and Nickelodeon, and the knowledge that the app is supposed to contain only child-friendly content that has been automatically filtered from the main YouTube site. But the app contains dark corners, too, as videos that are disturbing for children slip past its filters, either by mistake or because bad actors have found ways to fool the YouTube Kids algorithms. In recent months, parents like Ms. Burns have complained that their children have been shown videos with well-known characters in violent or lewd situations and other clips with disturbing imagery, sometimes set to nursery rhymes.

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Google, Twitter gleefully spew Texas shooter fake news into netizens' eyes

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:24
Stop whining, says ad giant, we only promoted harmful nonsense for a short time

Following the murder-suicide of 26 people in church on Sunday by Texas gunman Devin Kelley, ad giant Google managed to shoot itself in the foot by promoting fake news about the 26-year-old.…

OpenStack Aims to Improve Integration with Cloud Native Technologies

LXer - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:09
At the OpenStack Summit in Australia, open-source cloud effort announces a series of new efforts to help improve integration across a variety of complementary cloud native technologies.

Comcast's Xfinity Internet Service Is Down Across the US [Update]

Slashdot - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:55
Readers share a report: Comcast's internet service, Xfinity, appears to be suffering an outage across the country. DownDetector.com shows it being down around the United States, including in large cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston. So far, online reports don't suggest that TV service or home phones are affected. On Twitter, Comcast confirmed the outage. Adding, "Some customers are having issues with their XFINITY Internet service. We apologize & appreciate your patience while we work to fix." The company tweeted moments ago, "Our teams continue to monitor an external network issue. We apologize for the inconvenience -- will provide updates as we learn more." In another tweet, Comcast said the issue is nationwide. Update: At 20:39 GMT on Monday, Comcast said it had resolved the issue.

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AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:38
Just months after Chipzilla trashed its new best friend as an 'unreliable supplier'

Analysis Arch-rivals AMD and Intel have put aside their animosity toward each other, and united against a common foe: Nvidia.…

China is Finally Going After Click Farms and Fake Online Sales

Slashdot - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:30
China enacted sweeping changes to a business competition law to address fraud in the e-commerce industry, which is plagued by malfeasance ranging from fake positive reviews to merchants goosing sales numbers. From a report: The National People's Congress adopted revisions Saturday to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law intended to address online retailers, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The changes take effect Jan. 1 but were announced days before Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s Nov. 11 Singles' Day bargain extravaganza, which dwarfs Black Friday in the U.S. in terms of revenue. The Chinese law initially took effect in 1993 as a way to protect consumers and businesses from unfair market practices. At that time, none of China's biggest online companies -- including Alibaba, Tencent Holdings Ltd., Baidu Inc. and JD.com Inc. -- even existed. As e-commerce developed and prospered, attendant problems grew with it. These latest revisions stipulate that operators shouldn't deceive consumers by faking sales or employing "click farms" to rack up positive product reviews -- increasingly common practices that have drawn the ire of buyers. And the rules encompass the entire breadth of internet commerce, from online goods and movie ticketing to food delivery.

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How to Install Varnish Cache with Apache on CentOS 7

LXer - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:01
Varnish is a proxy server focused on HTTP caching. It's designed as an HTTP accelerator and can act as reverse proxy for your web server Apache or Nginx. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure varnish HTTP accelerator as a reverse proxy for Apache web server.

One in Four UK Workers Maliciously Leaks Business Data Via Email, Study Says

Slashdot - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:53
From a report: New research into insider threats reveals that 24 percent of UK employees have deliberately shared confidential business information outside their company. The study from privacy and risk management specialist Egress Software Technologies also shows that almost half (46 percent) of respondents say they have received a panicked email recall request, which is not surprising given more than a third (37 percent) say they don't always check emails before sending them. The survey of 2,000 UK workers who regularly use email as part of their jobs shows the biggest human factor in sending emails in error is listed as 'rushing' (68 percent). However alcohol also plays a part in eight percent of all wrongly sent emails -- where are these people working!? Autofill technology, meanwhile, caused almost half (42 percent) to select the wrong recipient in the list.

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Shedding light on foggy GPL licenses

LXer - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:52
The GPL family of licenses is unique among open source licenses in how past, current, and future versions of the license may apply to the software program. By not fully understanding this unique license feature, open source software developers may inadvertently create ambiguity.read more

Superdome X gets pumped on Skylake to become Superdome Flex

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:17
HPE's big honking server and memory box

HPE has upgraded its Superdome X server to use Skylake CPUs, bragging that it's the world's most scalable and modular in-memory computing platform.…

Londoners: Ready to swap your GP for an NHS vid doc app?

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:36
Hello, hello? No I said a pain in my... Hello?

Londoners are being given the choice of putting their health in the hands of their internet connection, via a 24/7 app-based NHS service which will allow them to have consultations with doctors over video call.…

No, Samsung, you really do owe Apple $120m for patent infringement

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:21
US Supreme Court sends another appeal packing

Samsung seems to have trouble accepting reality when it comes to a long-running patent spat with Apple.…

Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:29
Appleby condemns 'criminal act' and 'politically driven' reporting

Revelations from the Paradise Papers, a leaked set of more than 13 million financial documents, have shed light on how the rich and famous channel funds through offshore tax havens.…

5 Reasons Why Linux Mint is Better Than Ubuntu

LXer - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:22
Which one is better, Linux Mint or Ubuntu?

Broadcom confirms $130 BEEELLION slurp offer for rival Qualcomm

TheRegister - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:02
They're super keen to get it done ASAP

Broadcom has confirmed its multibillion-dollar bid for Qualcomm, revealing more details of the $130bn all-cash-and-shares offer to buy out its rival chipmaker.…

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