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Build an interactive CLI with Node.js

LXer - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 20:40
Node.js can be very useful when it comes to building command-line interfaces (CLIs). In this post, I'll teach you how to use Node.js to build a CLI that asks some questions and creates a file based on the answers.read more

New Zealand Government Spends $150K To Create Video Game To Teach People How To Run a Business

Slashdot - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 20:25
The New Zealand government spent at least $150,000 to create a video game that shows people how to run their own business. It reportedly took 14 months and eight designers to create. NZ Herald reports: The Tycoon Game series, which consists of Restaurant Tycoon and Tech Tycoon, challenges players to use what the World Economic Forum has deemed as 10 essential skills vital for the future of employment. The educational game will teach players business skills including emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility, as well as critical thinking and creativity -- skills the Forum has this year bumped up the prescribed list. Players can level-up and earn badges for certain achievements, determined by how they manage scenarios in the game, including paying supplier invoices and wages. Do you think a video game is an effective way to teach business? If so, do you have any other games you'd recommend? A couple that come to mind include Capitalism Plus and Hot Dog Stand: Top Dog.

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Full Drive Encryption with Debian 9.4 or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

LXer - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 19:26
This tutorial will show you step by step how to encrypt a full drive with Cryptsetup on Debian 9.4 or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). The drive that gets encrypted may not be part of an LVM volume.

US Airlines Change Taiwan Reference On Websites Ahead of Chinese Deadline

Slashdot - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 19:25
hackingbear writes from a report via CNBC: After dragging their feet for months and requesting help from the Trump administration, all three major U.S. airlines -- American, Delta and United -- decided to change how they refer to Taiwan airports on their websites to avoid Chinese penalties right before the Wednesday deadline. Earlier this year, China demanded that foreign firms, and airlines in particular, not refer to Taiwan as a non-Chinese territory on their websites, as such practice violates Chinese laws. The White House in May slammed the demand as "Orwellian nonsense." Numerous non-U.S. airlines including Air Canada, Lufthansa, and British Airways had already made changes to their websites. The airlines "now only list Taipei's airport code and city, but not the name Taiwan," reports CNBC. It was unclear how China might punish airlines that don't comply, but it did add a clause saying regulators could change a company's permit if it did not meet "the demand of public interest." An American Airlines spokeswoman said in a statement: "Air travel is global business, and we abide by the rules in countries where we operate."

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Sen. Ron Wyden: Adobe Flash is doomed, why is Uncle Sam still using it?

TheRegister - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 19:11
Techno-dem urges DHS, NSA and NIST to rid sites of buggy legacy media player content

It's bug-ridden, eternally insecure, and on death row – yet Adobe Flash persists on too many US government webpages.…

Chrome Extensions, Android and iOS Apps Caught Collecting Browsing Data

Slashdot - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:45
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for Bleeping Computer: An investigation by AdGuard has revealed a common link between several Chrome and Firefox extensions and Android and iOS apps that were caught collecting highly personal user data through various shady tactics. The common link between all extensions and mobile apps is a company named Big Star Labs. AdGuard estimates these apps had been installed on around 11 million devices.

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A look at some top Linux games released in 2018 and what's coming

LXer - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:11
If you're new to Linux and you're wondering what notable releases have made their way to Linux in 2018, here's a quick list of some good stuff on the table.

VLC Blacklists Newer Huawei Devices To Combat Negative App Reviews

Slashdot - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:03
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Some newer Huawei phones are actively being blocked from installing the open-source VLC media player app from Google Play. VLC's developers announced today that they're blacklisting some of Huawei's devices after unhappy users left too many one-star reviews for the app. But the negative reviews stem from a decision on Huawei's part and has nothing to do with VLC. The negative reviews are a result of Huawei's aggressive battery management and tendency to kill background apps, which directly affects VLC's background audio playback feature. Huawei users on VLC's forums are well aware of the issue. It's possible to manually disable these battery optimizations and have the app function properly in the background, but VLC claims that people often don't know how to do that, so they blame the app instead. The devices being blacklisted are the Huawei P8, P10, and P20. Users can still manually download the APK from VLC's website if they're interested in using the player.

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Official: AMD now stands for All the Money, Dudes!

TheRegister - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 17:54
Radeon and notebook surge brings best quarter in seven years

AMD is crediting the continued success of Ryzen and Epyc processors, and Radeon graphics chips, in fueling its best quarter since 2011.…

Official: AMD now stands for All the Money, Dudes!

TheRegister - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 17:54
Radeon and notebook surge brings best quarter in seven years

AMD is crediting the continued success of Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics chips in fueling its best quarter since 2011.…

Apple's T2 Chip May Be Causing Issues In iMac Pro, 2018 MacBook Pros

Slashdot - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 17:20
According to Digital Trends, the T2 chip that enables things like secure boot, better encrypted storage, and "Hey Siri" support may be causing problems in MacBook Pro and iMac Pro computers. From the report: Many iMac Pro owners have reportedly suffered numerous kernel panics -- the MacOS version of the dreaded Blue Screen of Death in Windows -- since they hit the market at the end of 2017. You can find a handful of threads on Apple's community forums, including this one, detailing the trials and tribulations customers are experiencing with their expensive iMac Pros and Apple support. The problems apparently reside in the new MacBook Pro laptops, too. Of all the error messages uploaded to these threads, there is one detail they seem to share: Bridge OS. This is an embedded operating system used by Apple's stand-alone T2 security chip, which provides the iMac Pro with a secure boot, encrypted storage, live "Hey Siri" commands, and so on. It's now included in the new 2018 models of the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. But whether the T2 chip is behind all the kernel panics is up in the air. The symptoms and solutions are varied across complaints, such as iMac Pro owners daisy-chaining storage devices seeing crashes along with those with nothing connected at all. But Apple is aware of the problems and is apparently working on the issue behind the scenes. While Apple is replacing these machines, the problems still seem to occur on the new hardware. This latest controversy comes hot on the heels of the last MacBook Pro controversy about overheating concerns.

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NXP becomes N-nixed-P, Apple snubs Qualcomm modems for Intel chips

TheRegister - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 17:14
Shareholders, here's thirty billion dollars so you feel better on double whammy Wednesday

Qualcomm has abandoned its long-planned, long-stalled $44bn acquisition of Dutch chip maker NXP Semiconductors – and in its place, Qualy today announced a $30bn share buyback.…

Put platforms in a Python game with Pygame

LXer - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 16:57
This is part 6 in an ongoing series about creating video games in Python 3 using the Pygame module. Previous articles are:read more

MyHealth Record rollout saga shambles on: ALP wants it put on hold

TheRegister - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 16:42
Even the Parliamentary Library doesn't agree with minister

The rollout of Australia's MyHealth Record e-health system is moving from “troubled” towards “shambles”.…

IBM Watson Reportedly Recommended Cancer Treatments That Were 'Unsafe and Incorrect'

Slashdot - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 16:40
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Internal company documents from IBM show that medical experts working with the company's Watson supercomputer found "multiple examples of unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations" when using the software, according to a report from Stat News. According to Stat, those documents provided strong criticism of the Watson for Oncology system, and stated that the "often inaccurate" suggestions made by the product bring up "serious questions about the process for building content and the underlying technology." One example in the documents is the case of a 65-year-old man diagnosed with lung cancer, who also seemed to have severe bleeding. Watson reportedly suggested the man be administered both chemotherapy and the drug "Bevacizumab." But the drug can lead to "severe or fatal hemorrhage," according to a warning on the medication, and therefore shouldn't be given to people with severe bleeding, as Stat points out. A Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center spokesperson told Stat that they believed this recommendation was not given to a real patient, and was just a part of system testing. According to the report, the documents blame the training provided by IBM engineers and on doctors at MSK, which partnered with IBM in 2012 to train Watson to "think" more like a doctor. The documents state that -- instead of feeding real patient data into the software -- the doctors were reportedly feeding Watson hypothetical patients data, or "synthetic" case data. This would mean it's possible that when other hospitals used the MSK-trained Watson for Oncology, doctors were receiving treatment recommendations guided by MSK doctors' treatment preferences, instead of an AI interpretation of actual patient data. And the results seem to be less than desirable for some doctors.

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Your 60-second guide to security stuff Google touted today at Next '18

TheRegister - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 16:37
Two-factor authentication keys, cloud defenses, G Suite protections, and more

It's day two of Google's Cloud Next 2018 conference in San Francisco – and the Chocolate Factory has been unveiling its defenses to thwart hackers and malware.…

Two Big Rockets Launched Early Wednesday -- Then One Landed In High Seas

Slashdot - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 16:00
Arianespace and SpaceX both launched rockets this morning between 7:25am ET (11:25 UTC) and 7:39am ET (11:39 UTC). The Ariane 5 ES rocket sent four Galileo satellites into medium Earth orbit (at an altitude of 22,922km) for the European Commission. "These satellites will form part of Europe's own global navigation system constellation," reports Ars Technica. As for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, it launched from the West Cost to deliver 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into a polar orbit 625km above the Earth. Ars reports on how the launches went: Both rockets hit their instantaneous launch windows on Wednesday morning, with the Ariane 5 booster lifting off from Kourou, French Guiana under mostly sunny skies and the Falcon 9 rocket ascending from California through a thick fog layer. The upper stages of both rockets are now in their coast phases before deployment of their satellite payloads. After the launches, attention turned toward SpaceX's attempt to recover its first stage and payload fairing. The atmosphere offshore, where the Just Read the Instructions droneship was stationed 235km away from the launch pad, had high wind shear. This means wind speeds and directions varied at different altitudes, making it a challenge to come back to the ground in a more or less straight path. This, combined with high seas, made for the "worst" conditions SpaceX has ever tried to land a rocket in, said launch commentator John Insprucker. The cameras on board didn't capture the landing clearly, but afterward SpaceX said the rocket did, in fact, make a safe landing on the droneship. Less certain was the fate of the payload fairing amid the poor weather conditions. "This is an experimental attempt; we're still learning how to catch a fairing out of the air," Insprucker said.

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Oracle Database 18: Now in downloadable Linux flavour

LXer - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:43
Oh, and Windows, but cool kids don't use thatOracle Database 18 is now available for on-prem download on Linux, according to a talkative senior Oracle chap.…

Facebook Shares Drop On Revenue Miss

Slashdot - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:20
Zorro shares a report from CNBC: Facebook missed projections on revenue and global daily active users this quarter after struggling with data leaks and fake news scandals. The company reported its second-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday. Shares were down as much as 10 percent. CNBC summarizes the results: Earnings per share: $1.74 vs. $1.72 per a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate Revenue: $13.23 billion vs. $13.36 billion per a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate Global daily active users (DAUs): 1.47 billion vs. 1.49 billion, according to a StreetAccount and FactSet estimate North American DAUs: 185 million vs. 185.4 million, according to a FactSet estimate European DAUs: 279 million vs. 279.4 million, according to a FactSet estimate Average revenue per user (ARPU): $5.97 vs. $5.95, according to a StreetAccount and FactSet estimate

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Prof claims Lyft did a hit-and-run on his ride-sharing tech patent

TheRegister - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 14:49
App-ademic's lawsuit demands jury trial, damages, etc etc etc for alleged infringement

Lyft is the target of a lawsuit filed by a former Georgia Tech professor who alleges the dial-a-ride upstart ripped off his patented idea.…

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