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NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe

TheRegister - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 22:30
Organic material and methane finds can’t be tied to biological processes

NASA’s Curiosity rover has again found evidence that Mars was potentially capable of hosting life.…

Cloud Foundry Summit Europe

LXer - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 21:34
From startups to the Fortune 500, Cloud Foundry is used by enterprises around the globe to automate, scale and manage cloud apps throughout their lifecycle. Cloud Foundry Summit Europe is the premier event for end users to learn the platform from those who build and use it every day. Join hundreds of developers in Basel to learn how to run apps at scale – using a platform or containers on multiple clouds.

Sucking CO2 From Air Is Cheaper Than Scientists Thought

Slashdot - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 21:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: While avoiding the worst dangers of climate change will likely require sucking carbon dioxide out of the sky, prominent scientists have long dismissed such technologies as far too expensive. But a detailed new analysis published today in the journal Joule finds that direct air capture may be practical after all. The study concludes it would cost between $94 and $232 per ton of captured carbon dioxide, if existing technologies were implemented on a commercial scale. One earlier estimate, published in Proceedings of the National Academies, put that figure at more than $1,000 (though the calculations were made on what's known as an avoided-cost basis, which would add about 10 percent to the new study's figures). Crucially, the lowest-cost design, optimized to produce and sell alternative fuels made from the captured carbon dioxide, could already be profitable with existing public policies in certain markets. The higher cost estimates are for plants that would deliver compressed carbon dioxide for permanent underground storage. David Keith, a Harvard physics professor and lead author of the paper, is also the founder of Carbon Engineering, "a Calgary-based startup that has spent the last nine years designing, refining, and testing a direct air capture pilot plant in Squamish, B.C.," reports MIT. "Carbon Engineering plans to combine the carbon captured at its plants with hydrogen to produce carbon-neutral synthetic fuels, a process the pilot facility has already been performing." The company has secured $30 million, but is seeking additional funds to build a larger facility that will begin selling fuels. CNBC notes that Carbon Engineering is owned by several private investors, including Bill Gates.

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Wait, what? Citrix Receiver sessions run on crocked crypto!

TheRegister - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:58
Fixed now, as Receiver 4.12 for Windows deprecates unsound ciphers, if you want

The basic premise of the Citrix products-formerly-known-as Xen App and Xen Desktop is that they deliver applications and desktops more securely than is possible if you run them locally.…

Robotics dev kit runs new Isaac SDK on octa-core Xavier module

LXer - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:20
Nvidia announced an “Isaac” software developer platform for robots and other autonomous machines that runs on its Linux-friendly octa-core, ARM64 “Jetson Xavier” module with integrated high-end Volta GPU. A $1,300 dev kit is due in August. In 2016, Nvidia unveiled its AI-focused Nvidia Xavier computer-on-module, a more powerful follow-on to its Tegra-based Jetson modules.

Can An 'OS For Electricity' Double the Efficiency of the Grid?

Slashdot - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:10
New submitter mesterha shares an "interesting article [from Vox] on how to optimize our use of electricity": Waste on the grid is the result of poor power quality, which can be ameliorated through digital control. Real-time measurement makes that possible. 3DFS technology, which the company conceives of as an "operating system for electricity," can not only track what's happening on the electricity sine wave from nanosecond to nanosecond, it can correct the sine wave from microsecond to microsecond, perfectly adapting it to the load it serves, eliminating waste." "They claim energy reduction of around 15% but anticipate their AI tuning can get eventually get 30%," writes Slashdot reader mesterha. "Seems too good to be true, but it has the support of publications like Popular Mechanics." [3DFS won one of Popular Mechanics' "breakthrough awards" in 2017.]

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Severe Firmware Vulnerabilities Found In Popular Supermicro Server Products

Slashdot - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 19:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Security researchers have uncovered vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of the very popular Supermicro enterprise-line server products. These vulnerabilities affect both older and newer models of Supermicro products, but the vendor is working on addressing the issues. These vulnerabilities do not put the safety of Supermicro products at direct risk, as they can only be exploited via malicious software/code (aka malware) already running on a system. Nevertheless, exploiting these vulnerabilities allows the malware to obtain an almost permanent foothold on infected systems by gaining the ability to survive server OS reinstalls by hiding in the hardware's firmware. Technical details are available in an Eclypsium blog post, while a list of affected servers is available here.

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Most clouds are free to test. VMware's cut its price to $4k/month

TheRegister - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 19:29
Single-host systems with 30-day self-destruct switch should make for an easier on-ramp

VMware’s recognised that running its stuff on Amazon Web Services costs a bomb, so has reduced prices for your initial forays.…

Kubernetes at 4 Years Old, Doesn't Suck! Joe Beda Says

LXer - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 19:05
Joe Beda, co-founder of the Kubernetes project and currently CTO at Heptio, discusses the scope of the container orchestration effort and what's coming next.

French School Students To Be Banned From Using Mobile Phones

Slashdot - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 18:50
The lower house of parliament in France has passed what it called a "detox" law for a younger generation increasingly addicted to screens. As a result, French school students will be banned from using mobile phones anywhere on school grounds starting in September. The Guardian reports: The new law bans phone-use by children in school playgrounds, at breaktimes and anywhere on school premises. Legislation passed in 2010 already states children should not use phones in class. During a parliamentary debate, lawmakers from Macron's La Republique En Marche party said banning phones in schools meant all children now had a legal "right to disconnect" from digital pressures during their school day. Some in Macron's party had initially sought to go even further, arguing that adults should set an example and the the ban should be extended to all staff in schools, making teachers surrender their phones on arrival each morning. But Macron's education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, brushed this aside, saying it wasn't necessary to extend the ban to teachers and staff.

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Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board

TheRegister - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 18:25
Mostly minus... as Republicans and Democrats seethe at deal

The US government will let ZTE use American-made electronics again, as the result of a settlement following the Chinese smartphone-maker exporting technology to Iran and North Korea.…

'Pirates' Tend To Be the Biggest Buyers of Legal Content, Study Shows

Slashdot - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 18:10
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: According to a paywalled survey of 1,000 UK residents by anti-piracy outfit MUSO first spotted by Torrent Freak, 60 percent of those surveyed admitted that they had illegally streamed or downloaded music, film, or TV shows sometime in the past. But the study also showed that 83 percent of those questioned try to find the content they are looking for through above board services before trying anything else. And while the study found that 86 percent of survey takers subscribe to a streaming subscription service like Netflix, that total jumped to 91 percent among those that admit to piracy. The survey found that the top reason that users pirate is the content they were looking for wasn't legally available (34 percent) was too cumbersome or difficult to access (34 percent), or wasn't affordable (35 percent). "The entertainment industry tends to envisage piracy audiences as a criminal element, and writes them off as money lost -- but they are wrong to do so," MUSO executive Paul Briley said of the study's findings. "The reality is that the majority of people who have gone through the effort of finding and accessing such unlicensed content are, first and foremost, fans -- fans who are more often than not trying to get content legally if they can," Briley added.

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How Did GitLab Scale Up for the Slashdot Effect? Point and Click

LXer - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 17:51
Beginning last Friday, when rumors began to circulate that Microsoft might be preparing to purchase GitHub, competitor GitLab experienced something of a Slashdot Effect, as many Microsoft-wary open source developers started a GitHub mass exodus of sorts.

Internal Microsoft Poll Shows Employees Are Less Satisfied With Pay

Slashdot - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 17:30
According to an annual companywide survey, obtained by CNBC, Microsoft employees said they're less fairly paid in 2018 than they were in any of the past three years. When asked if "total compensation (base pay, bonus, equity) is competitive compared to similar jobs at other companies," only 61 percent said it was, down from 65 percent in 2017 and 67 percent each of the two prior years. From the report: Additionally, just 62 percent of the employees agreed that "people are rewarded according to their job performance," down from 63 percent last year and 64 percent in 2016. Those two questions received some of the lowest scores on the survey. The company said that 86 percent of Microsoft's employees participated. The results, shared by Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan in April, are a further indication of the challenge that Microsoft and other tech companies face in hiring and retaining top talent. Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, is just a few miles from Amazon's home and isn't far from the Seattle offices of Google, Facebook and a growing number of start-ups. Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan said the company takes the issue "seriously," and that it will work to ensure a more balanced pay structure.

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The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people's private posts public

TheRegister - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 17:27
Latest privacy gaffe is nothing if not impeccably timed

Facebook is having to douse yet another privacy blaze – as the social network admitted to inadvertently setting some of its addicts' private posts to public, meaning anyone could read them.…

If you're NetApp-y and you know it, clap your hands. If you're app-y and you know it...

TheRegister - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 16:56
FlexPods get application layers, managed service – and more

NetApp is adding application layers to its FlexPod stack, and developing a managed service version.…

Ticketfly Says 27 Million Accounts Compromised During 'Malicious' Attack

Slashdot - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 16:50
Earlier this month, we reported of a "cyber incident" that compromised the systems of Ticketfly, a large ticket distribution service. We have now learned that roughly 27 million user accounts were compromised during the attack. The information includes names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers; thankfully, no credit/debit card info and passwords were stolen. Billboard reports: Ticketfly's website is fully back online a week after being targeted by what it describes as a "malicious cyber attack," though its mobile app for iOS remains offline "as we continue to prioritize bringing up the most critical parts of the platform first." Following the hack, the company rolled out a network of temporary venue and promoter websites so that events, including Riot Fest and Celebrate Brooklyn, could continue selling tickets. The "vast majority" of the temporary sites are now live, the firm said. All passwords for both ticket buyers and venue/promoter clients were reset following the hack, though they found no evidence that they were accessed. "It is possible, however, that hashed values of password credentials could have been accessed," the site warned. "Hashing is a way of scrambling a piece of data, making it generally incomprehensible."

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The Linux Foundation Legal Summit

LXer - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 16:36
The Linux Foundation Legal Summit is a neutral legal forum where leading attorneys from companies leveraging open source solutions can work together to focus on and discuss issues of common interest and concern.

Drupal drisputes dreport of widespread wide-open websites – whoa

TheRegister - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 16:23
I stand by my claims of 100,000-plus at-risk sites, says defiant security researcher

Drupal is playing down estimates that more than 100,000 websites are still vulnerable to months-old critical security flaws in its content management system.…

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