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FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab

TheRegister - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 15:45
Pai accused of reverse Robin Hood for business buddies

Special report This week, one year after the US government's General Accountability Office (GAO) formally recommended that it do so, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved $8bn it held in a private bank to the US Treasury.…

HTC Teases Its Next Flagship Smartphone. Too Bad, the Photo Shows Parts of an iPhone 6.

Slashdot - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 15:25
HTC has begun to ramp up marketing campaign for its next major smartphone release, teasing that they will be making a proper announcement on May 23rd. From a report: In an email sent to the press this morning and posted on their website, HTC posted a photo of neatly laid out phone components, with the text "Coming Soon... A phone that is more than the sum of its specs." The photo and the announcement give a May 23rd date for more details. AnandTech has added an update to the story, (Via DaringFireball ): As pointed out by a reader, these aren't new components. Or even components of an HTC phone. Rather they're a disassembled iPhone 6...

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Nvidia quickly kills its AMD-screwing GeForce 'partner program' amid monopoly probe threat

TheRegister - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 15:18
GPU giant rails against rumors of stiffing sellers

Nvidia has cancelled a partner program after just two months – just as regulators started taking an interest in complaints of anti-competitiveness.…

Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

TheRegister - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 15:12
Begun, the laser wars have, it is claimed

The US military has formally complained to China after blinding lasers were fired at Uncle Sam's aircraft coming in to land at the American airbase in Djibouti.…

The May 2018 Issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine

LXer - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 15:08
The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the May 2018 issue.

Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

TheRegister - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 14:55
Life in plastic, it's fantastic

Comment Apple enabled payments in macOS Sierra in 2016, and it failed to set the world on fire. Will Google's move to support its own payment system on desktop web browsers fare any better?…

NSA Collected 500 Million US Call Records In 2017, Says Report

Slashdot - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 14:45
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. National Security Agency collected more than 500 million phone call records of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said. The sharp increase to 534 million call records from 151 million occurred during the second full year of a new surveillance system established at the spy agency after U.S. lawmakers passed a law in 2015 that sought to limit its ability to collect such records in bulk. The reason for the spike was not immediately clear. The metadata records collected by the NSA include the numbers and time of a call, but not its content.

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Growing Petition Requests Apple Recall MacBook Pro With 'Defective Keyboard'

Slashdot - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 14:05
Apple might have some explaining to do if a recent petition against its MacBook Pro continues to gain steam. From a report: A petition surfaced this week on Change.org that calls on Apple to recall MacBook Pro units released since late 2016 over what the petition author Matthew Taylor calls a "defective keyboard." The petition seeks 7,500 signatures and as of this writing, it's closing in on 6,200. Judging by the sheer number of signatures coming in each minute, it shouldn't take long for it to hit the goal. "Apple, it's time: recall every MacBook Pro released since late 2016, and replace the keyboards on all of them with new, redesigned keyboards that just work," the petition reads. It goes on to say that "every one of Apple's current-gen MacBook Pro models, 13-inch and 15-inch, is sold with a keyboard that can become defective at any moment due to a design failure."

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3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBC offers eMMC and dual mini-PCIe slots

LXer - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 13:59
Aaeon’s 3.5-inch “GENE-APL6” SBC ships with an Intel Apollo Lake SoC, SATA storage, a pair each of GbE, USB 3.0, and mini-PCIe, and up to 128GB eMMC. The GENE-APL6 lives in a parallel universe to the similar, recently released GENE-APL7.

Google will vet political ads to ward off Phantom Menace of fake news

TheRegister - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 13:35
Mountain View's Empire Strikes Back against election meddling

Google is overhauling its political advertising system in an effort to crack down on shady election ads.…

Christopher Nolan Returns Kubrick Sci-Fi Masterpiece '2001: A Space Odyssey' To Its Original Glory

Slashdot - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 13:25
LA Times' Kenneth Turan traces Christopher Nolan's meticulous restoration of Kubrick's masterpiece to its 70-mm glory: Christopher Nolan wants to show me something interesting. Something beautiful and exceptional, something that changed his life when he was a boy. It's also something that Nolan, one of the most accomplished and successful of contemporary filmmakers, has persuaded Warner Bros. to share with the world both at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and then in theaters nationwide, but in a way that boldly deviates from standard practice. For what is being cued up in a small, hidden-away screening room in an unmarked building in Burbank is a brand new 70-mm reel of film of one of the most significant and influential motion pictures ever made, Stanley Kubrick's 1968 science-fiction epic "2001: A Space Odyssey." Yes, you read that right. Not a digital anything, an actual reel of film that was for all intents and purposes identical to the one Nolan saw as a child and Kubrick himself would have looked at when the film was new half a century ago.

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MacBook Pro petition begs Apple for total recall of krap keyboards

TheRegister - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 13:09
May the force of furious loyalists force an end to this farce

The long-simmering dislike for the keyboard on recent Apple MacBook Pro computers has reached peak pique: A fed-up MacBook Pro owner identifying himself as Matthew Taylor has created a Change.org petition asking Apple to recall every MacBook Pro released since late 2016.…

Cloud Foundry for Developers: The cf Command

LXer - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:51
The Cloud Foundry command-line interface (cf CLI) is your primary tool for interacting with your Cloud Foundry instances: manage apps, view logs, run health checks, manage buildpacks, manage users, and manage plugins.

Google Broke Up a Vietnamese Con Scheme After an Employee Was Scammed Buying a Bluetooth Headset

Slashdot - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:45
A Google executive found a high-end Bluetooth headset selling at a steep discount on Google Shopping website earlier this year. He placed the order, but much to his surprise, the headset never arrived at his doorstep. He tried calling the seller, but it turned out that the number listed on the website was disconnected, and the merchant wasn't based in the US, as the website had indicated. Instead of kicking the seller off the website, Google launched an investigation and it soon realized the problem ran too deep. From a report: But instead of simply banning the bad actor from listing new products, Google Shopping's trust and safety team initiated a global probe that ultimately tracked down 5,000 merchant accounts wrapped up in a sophisticated scheme to defraud users. "I think we caught them right at the tip of when they were trying to scale up," Saikat Mitra, Google Shopping's director of trust and safety, told CNBC. The story, which Mitra is sharing publicly for the first time, reflects Google's never-ending battle against scams, a fight that requires engineers and their increasingly sophisticated machine learning tools. It also illustrates the risks that consumers face as Google aggressively tries to win back product searches from Amazon and stay relevant in the future of e-commerce. Although Google Shopping may look like a marketplace, it really isn't. Amazon and eBay operate shopping platforms that connect sellers with buyers and offer protections like money-back guarantees. Google, by contrast, sends shoppers off its site after they click on an item, and thus has no visibility into what happens after the transaction.

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Silicon can now reconfigure itself with just a jolt of electricity

TheRegister - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:13
Semiconductor microparticles: Assemble!

Scientists have demonstrated a method of corralling micron-sized silicon particles to allow the construction and reconfiguration of new hardware, which has the potential to revolutionize chip design.…

First FOSS Backstage Conference Focuses on FOSS governance and Open Collaboration

LXer - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:42
The first edition of FOSS Backstage conference that will take place in Kulturbrauerei, Berlin will be dedicated to open collaboration and FOSS governance.

How a university network assistant used Linux in the 90s

LXer - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:33
In the mid-1990s, I was enrolled in computer science classes. My university’s computer science department provided a SunOS server—a multi-user, multitasking Unix system—for its students. We logged into it and wrote source code for the programming languages we were learning, such as C, C++, and ADA. In those days, well before social networks and instant messaging, we also used the system to communicate with each other, sending emails and using utilities such as write and talk. We were each also allowed to host a personal website.

The Rocky Planet Picture Show: NASA Mars InSight ready for launch

TheRegister - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:56
80% chance you won’t see an Atlas V through the California fog

NASA's Mars InSight will launch from California’s Vandenberg airbase tomorrow morning, with the aim of discovering how rocky planets form.…

If you're a Fedora fanboi, this latest release might break your heart a little

LXer - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:25
Version 28 brings non-free third-party repos for some reasonThe Fedora Project has released Fedora 28, a significant update which includes something shunned for years – an official repository for non-free third-party apps.…

Mystery crapper comes a cropper

TheRegister - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:16
Too stool for school as log jogger gets case of the runs

A phantom plopper was literally caught with his pants down after New Jersey cops arrested a top education chief in the act of dropping the kids off... just not at the pool.…

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