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Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

TheRegister - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 05:39
Farewell Redstone. Hello, er, 19H1?

Microsoft gave Windows Insiders a double treat last night and threw a bone to the dedicated crowd of Windows Mixed Reality users.…

Google tips AI co-processor and IoT framework for Linux and Android Things gateways

LXer - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 05:20
Google unveiled a stripped-down “Edge TPU” version of its Tensor Processing Unit AI chip plus a Cloud IoT Edge stack for Arm-based IoT gateways that run Linux or Android Things. An NXP-based dev kit is due in October. Google announced a lightweight, embedded version of its enterprise focused Cloud Tensor Processing Unit (Cloud TPU) AI […]

Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

TheRegister - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 05:13
Court asked to grant permission for judicial review of 'inaccurate' snooping tech

A campaign group has issued a legal challenge against the London Metropolitan Police's use of facial recognition technology.…

Spectre/Meltdown fixes in HPC: Want the bad news or the bad news? It's slower, say boffins

TheRegister - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 04:32
MIT Lincoln metalheads broke big iron so you don't have to… oh, you still have to, don't you?

HPC admin? Feeling slighted that all the good Spectre/Meltdown mitigation benchmarks ignore big iron? Fear not, a bunch of MIT boffins are on your side.…

Install OpenCV on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

LXer - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 04:06
OpenCV is a multi-platform open source, computer vision library and it is a part of Ubuntu's universe package repository. The objective of this article is to install OpenCV on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux and provide a simple OpenCV example.

Native American Tribe Can't Be a 'Sovereign' Shield During Patent Review, Says Court

Slashdot - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 04:00
Cyrus Farivar writes via Ars Technica: In a unanimous decision, an appellate court has resoundingly rejected the legal claim that sovereign immunity, as argued by a Native American tribe, can act as a shield for a patent review process. On July 20, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found in a 3-0 decision that the inter partes review (IPR) process (a process that allows anyone to challenge a patent's validity at the United States Patent and Trademark Office) is closer to an "agency enforcement action" -- like a complaint brought by the FTC or the FCC -- than a regular lawsuit. This case really began in September 2015. That was when Allergan, a pharma company, sued rival Mylan, claiming that Mylan's generics infringed on Allergan's dry eye treatment known as Restasis. Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe was initially filed in the Eastern District of Texas, known as a judicial region that is particularly friendly to entities that are often dubbed patent trolls. By 2016, Mylan initiated the IPR. But Allergan, in an attempt to stave it off, struck a strange deal, transferring ownership of the six Restasis-related patents to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, based in Upstate New York, near the Canadian border. As part of that deal, Allergan paid $13.75 million to the tribe, with a promise of $15 million in annual payments -- if the patents were upheld, that is. The Mohawk Tribe attempted to end the IPR, citing sovereign immunity, which was denied. The tribe struck at least one other similar deal with a firm known as SRC Labs, which sued Amazon and Microsoft.

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Saving the internet, fake news warts and all

TheRegister - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 03:49
Tired of trolls? You won't win by controlling the internet, argues senior lecturer Paul Bernal

Remember when the internet was a thing of beauty – connecting us to long-lost friends, the innocent pleasure of buying books using “e-commerce”, of sharing photos of cats?…

BBC websites down tools and head outside into the sun for a while

TheRegister - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 03:23
Auntie's outage comes on predicted hottest day of the year

The entire BBC website (less iPlayer) went down briefly this morning.…

Big Switch pokes a straw into the cloud, sucks its netops onto the premises

TheRegister - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 03:01
You too can have your very own network-as-a-service

What's missing from Virtual Private Clouds? According to Big Switch Networks, it's an on-premises implementation.…

Slackware creator in strife, claims store has not paid him

LXer - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 02:52
The creator of the second oldest Linux distribution, Patrick Volkerding, claims he is in financial strife after the store, with which he reached an agreement to sell his work, stopped paying him two years ago.

Do Optane's prospects look DIMM? Chip chap has questions for Intel

TheRegister - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 02:10
Success hinges on the answers, says analyst

Analysis Semiconductor analyst David Kanter has identified six areas of ignorance about Intel's Optane DIMMs where clarity will dictate whether they become popular or not.…

How to deploy Mattermost on Ubuntu 18.04

LXer - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:37
Mattermost is an enterprise grade, instant messaging platform, an open source self-hosted Slack alternative. It’s written in Golang and React and can use MySQL or PostgreSQL as a database backend.

Facebook's React Native web tech not loved by native mobile devs

TheRegister - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:01
Walmart had trouble getting its iOS and Android devs to embrace the web

Updated Facebook's cross-platform open-source mobile framework React Native lived up to its marketing hype for Walmart Labs as the US shopping giant deployed the software last year.…

This Week's Total Lunar Eclipse Is the Longest of the Century

Slashdot - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:00
On July 27, the moon is set to glide through Earth's shadow to create a red total lunar eclipse for one hour and 43 minutes -- the longest such eclipse of the young century. Viewers in the United States will have to watch the eclipse online as they're on the wrong side of the world. "Folks in western Africa, part of Europe, the Middle East and India will only have to look up to the sky to catch the deep-copper-toned totality in person," reports The Washington Post. From the report: "What makes the upcoming one special is that it occurs at nearly the same time as the year's second-most-distant lunar apogee (the monthly moment when the moon is most distant from Earth) and the moon passes almost smack through the center of Earth's shadow," astronomer Geoff Chester of the Naval Observatory said. He continued: "This will make it the longest-duration total lunar eclipse of the century. It's also cool that [the eclipse] occurs on the night that Mars reaches opposition, so (for people on the other side of the world) you'll have a red moon six degrees north of the Red Planet." All eclipses belong to eclipse families called saros. In this case, this eclipse is part of Saros 139, and it is No. 38 in a family of 71 that started June 10, 1351. This saros will last until July 24, 2613, per NASA. While technically this will be the longest eclipse of the century, the two previous lunar eclipses in this series -- July 16, 2000 (No. 37, Saros 139) and July 6, 1982 (No. 36, Saros 139) -- lasted longer than this one. In fact, the July 16, 2000, lunar eclipse lasted about three minutes longer. But remember, astronomers count the year 2000 as part of the last century. Throughout the Eastern time zone, according to NASA and the U.S. Naval Observatory, the lunar eclipse (penumbral phase) starts at 1:14 p.m. and partiality occurs at 2:24 p.m. Totality starts at 3:30 p.m., with the maximum totality at 4:21 p.m. Totality will end at 5:13 p.m., and the partial eclipse ends at 6:19 p.m. Everything is over by 7:28 p.m. Unfortunately, the moon will not have risen anywhere in the United States for viewing during this window. If you're not able to watch it locally, you can tune to the Weather Channel app, the website Slooh, or TimeandDate.com. The NBC News streaming network is also showing the eclipse at 4 p.m. on July 27.

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How do private keys work in PKI and cryptography?

LXer - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 00:23
In a previous article, I gave an overview of cryptography and discussed the core concepts of confidentiality (keeping data secret), integrity (protecting data from tampering), and authentication (knowing the identity of the data's source). Since authentication relates so closely to all the messiness of identity in the real world, a complex technological ecosystem has evolved around establishing that someone is who they claim to be. In this article, I'll describe in broad strokes how these systems work.read more

HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

TheRegister - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 00:01
No rad hardening so even HPE is 'pleasantly surprised'

HPE’s mini supercomputer launched into space last year has survived the harsh conditions of zero gravity and radiation for almost a year.…

Some of Intel's Effort to Repair Spectre in Future CPUs

LXer - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 23:09
Dave Hansen from Intel posted a patch and said, "Intel is considering addinga new bit to the IA32_ARCH_CAPABILITIES MSR (Model-Specific Register) to tellwhen RSB (Return Stack Buffer) underflow might be happening. Feedback on thiswould be greatly appreciated before the specification is finalized." Heexplained that...

Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

TheRegister - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 23:02
Idea was first speculated more than 30 years ago – now hidden lake detected

Scientists have discovered a lake of liquid water on Mars hidden beneath multiple layers of dust and ice, according to a paper published in Science on Wednesday.…

Aerocore 2 drone board runs on Jetson TX2

LXer - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 21:54
Gumstix announced a version of its Aerocore 2 drone control board that runs Linux on Nvidia’s Jetson TX2. The Geppetto customizable board provides a Cortex-M4 running PX4, and offers USB 3.0, micro-HDMI, and support for LTE, GPS, and 4x HD cameras. The Aerocore 2 drone control board arrived in 2014 and was followed in 2016 […]

Twitter Is Limiting the Visibility of Prominent Republicans In Search Results

Slashdot - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 21:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VICE News: Twitter is limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results -- a technique known as "shadow banning" -- in what it says is a side effect of its attempts to improve the quality of discourse on the platform. The Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel, several conservative Republican congressmen, and Donald Trump Jr.'s spokesman no longer appear in the auto-populated drop-down search box on Twitter, VICE News has learned. It's a shift that diminishes their reach on the platform -- and it's the same one being deployed against prominent racists to limit their visibility. The profiles continue to appear when conducting a full search, but not in the more convenient and visible drop-down bar. (The accounts appear to also populate if you already follow the person.) Democrats are not being "shadow banned" in the same way, according to a VICE News review. McDaniel's counterpart, Democratic Party chair Tom Perez, and liberal members of Congress -- including Reps. Maxine Waters, Joe Kennedy III, Keith Ellison, and Mark Pocan -- all continue to appear in drop-down search results. Not a single member of the 78-person Progressive Caucus faces the same situation in Twitter's search. Presented with screenshots of the searches, a Twitter spokesperson told VICE News: "We are aware that some accounts are not automatically populating in our search box and shipping a change to address this." Asked why only conservative Republicans appear to be affected and not liberal Democrats, the spokesperson wrote: "I'd emphasize that our technology is based on account *behavior* not the content of Tweets."

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