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The strange case of the data breach that stayed online for a month

TheRegister - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:25
Your security is only as good as your partners' ability to fix messes and flush caches

A couple of weeks ago Jeff* quit his job at the Singaporean branch of a major enterprise technology vendor that is, if not quite a household name, certainly known to most IT professionals.…

Creep learning: How to tamper with neural nets to turn them against us

TheRegister - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:04
Don't touch that AI – model fiddling can skew algorithm output, study shows

Bit boffins from universities in China and the US have devised a way to tamper with deep learning models so they produce misleading results.…

Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

TheRegister - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:31
Even with a decent dataset to learn from, software gets worse the darker your skin

Updated Commercial AI is great at recognising the gender of white men, but not so good at doing the same job for black women.…

Add-on board brings BACnet building control to the Raspberry Pi

LXer - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:11
Contemporary Controls is launching a “BASpi” Raspberry Pi add on that supports the BACnet building control standard and Sedona Framework, and provides 6x relay outputs and 6x inputs, including analog, temp, contact closure, pulse, and resistance inputs.

Apple's HomePod beams you up into new audio dimensions

TheRegister - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:02
Welcome to Planet Frustration, which sounds lovely but won't play nice with others

A teardown of Apple's HomePod, the company's answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google's Home devices, confirms suggestions that Cupertino was working on advanced audio technology before semi-sentient speakers took off.…

Daylight Saving Time Isn't Worth It, European Parliament Members Say

Slashdot - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:00
AmiMoJo shares a report from Ars Technica: Earlier this week, the European Parliament voted 384 to 153 to review whether Daylight Saving Time is actually worth it. Although the resolution it voted on was non-binding, the majority reflected a growing dissatisfaction with a system that has been used by the U.S., Canada, most of Europe, and regions in Asia, Africa, and South America for decades. The resolution asked the European Commission to review the costs and benefits of Daylight Saving Time. If the EU were to abolish Daylight Saving Time, it would need approval of the majority of EU member states and EU Parliament members. "We think that there's no need to change the clocks," Ireland Member of European Parliament (MEP) Sean Kelly said to Deutsche Welle. "It came in during World War One, it was supposed to be for energy savings -- the indications are that there are very few energy savings, if any -- and there are an awful lot of disadvantages to both human beings and animals that make it outdated at this point."

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This Valentine's day Oracle's given you 12 big red data centres

TheRegister - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:02
Flowering fleet will still trail Azure and AWS

Oracle has announced plans to build a dozen new cloud data centres.…

KDE Plasma Linux Desktop Is No Longer Vulnerable to USB Attacks, Update Now

LXer - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:51
The KDE Project released a new major version of their widely-used Plasma desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions, a release that adds numerous new features and fixes security vulnerabilities.

Foxconn spins out a slice of itself to fund cloud, IoT and 5G push

TheRegister - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:01
Seeks $4bn to build glorious workers palaces and diversify beyond boring old iPhones

Foxconn wants to spin out part of itself, perhaps including a facilities used to build either iPhones or chips for smartmobes, so it can diversify into cloudy and 5G products.…

IoT prototyping board for Raspberry Pi has a mobile/cloud IFTTT app

LXer - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:31
GraspIO’s “Cloudio” IoT prototyping add-on board for the Raspberry Pi includes a 1-inch OLED display, sensors, 6x I/Os, and a servo, and is controlled using a mobile/cloud-based drag-and-drop app with IFTTT and voice support. Bangalore (Bengaluru), India based GraspIO (Grasp IO Innovations) has partnered with Premier Farnell to manufacturer and distribute its new Cloudio prototyping […]

IBM's chief diversity officer knows too much and must be stopped!

TheRegister - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:58
Microsoft hired her, but Big Blue sues to stop her exporting its succession planning secrets

Microsoft has named Lindsay-Rae McIntyre as its chief diversity officer – and IBM has sued the Windows giant in the US to stop it happening.…

25 Years of Satellite Data Shows Global Warming Is Accelerating Sea Level Rise

Slashdot - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows. At the current rate, the world's oceans on average will be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) higher by the end of the century compared to today, according to researchers who published in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. Sea level rise is caused by warming of the ocean and melting from glaciers and ice sheets. The research, based on 25 years of satellite data, shows that pace has quickened, mainly from the melting of massive ice sheets. It confirms scientists' computer simulations and is in line with predictions from the United Nations, which releases regular climate change reports. Of the 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) of sea level rise in the past quarter century, about 55 percent is from warmer water expanding, and the rest is from melting ice. But the process is accelerating, and more than three-quarters of that acceleration since 1993 is due to melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the study shows.

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An open source Instagram desktop photo uploader

LXer - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:11
One of my tasks at my new communications job is to re-activate and improve our social media channels. I've used Twitter and Facebook for many years, so that was easy. Now, I need to work on Instagram.read more

Equifax hack worse than previously thought: Biz kissed goodbye to card expiry dates, tax IDs etc

TheRegister - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 20:13
Pwned credit-score biz quietly admits more info lost

Last year, Equifax admitted hackers stole sensitive personal records on 145 million Americans and hundreds of thousands in the UK and Canada.…

Skype Can't Fix a Nasty Security Bug Without a Massive Code Rewrite

Slashdot - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 20:00
ZDNet reports of a security flaw in Skype's updater process that "can allow an attacker to gain system-level privileges to a vulnerable computer." If the bug is exploited, it "can escalate a local unprivileged user to the full 'system' level rights -- granting them access to every corner of the operating system." What's worse is that Microsoft, which owns Skype, won't fix the flaw because it would require the updater to go through "a large code revision." Instead, Microsoft is putting all its resources on building an altogether new client. From the report: Security researcher Stefan Kanthak found that the Skype update installer could be exploited with a DLL hijacking technique, which allows an attacker to trick an application into drawing malicious code instead of the correct library. An attacker can download a malicious DLL into a user-accessible temporary folder and rename it to an existing DLL that can be modified by an unprivileged user, like UXTheme.dll. The bug works because the malicious DLL is found first when the app searches for the DLL it needs. Once installed, Skype uses its own built-in updater to keep the software up to date. When that updater runs, it uses another executable file to run the update, which is vulnerable to the hijacking. The attack reads on the clunky side, but Kanthak told ZDNet in an email that the attack could be easily weaponized. He explained, providing two command line examples, how a script or malware could remotely transfer a malicious DLL into that temporary folder.

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How to Install BookStack on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

LXer - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:51
BookStack is an open source platform to create documentation/wiki content for your project. Your project documentation/wiki gets stored on BookStack as a 'Book', followed by 'Chapter' and 'Pages'. In this tutorial, I will show you step-by-step how to install and configure BookStack on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

From Amazon to Ama-gone: Bezos swings the axe on hundreds at HQ

TheRegister - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:20
Sleepless in Seattle after shakeup

Amazon has confirmed a round of job cuts are taking place at its headquarters in Seattle, USA.…

Facebook Lost Around 2.8 Million US Users Under 25 Last Year

Slashdot - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:20
According to new estimates by eMarketer, Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic declined by 9.9 percent in 2017, or about 1.4 million total users. That's almost three times more than the digital measurement firm expected. There were roughly 12.1 million U.S. Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic by the end of the year. Recode reports: There are likely multiple reasons for the decline. Facebook has been losing its "cool" factor for years, and young people have more options than ever for staying in touch with friends and family. Facebook also serves as a digital record keeper -- but many young people don't seem to care about saving their life online, at least not publicly. That explains why Snapchat and Instagram, which offer features for sharing photos and videos that disappear, are growing in popularity among this demographic. Overall, eMarketer found Facebook lost about 2.8 million U.S. users under 25 last year. The research firm released Facebook usage estimates for 2018 on Monday, and expects that Facebook will lose about 2.1 million users in the U.S. under the age of 25 this year.

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nbn™ scoreboard: our new way to look at Australia's national broadband network

TheRegister - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:12
The numbers, not the spin, from nbn™'s half-year presentation and corporate plan

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network, is the subject of endless controversy.…

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Benchmarks Show An Incredible GPU, Faster CPU

Slashdot - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 18:40
MojoKid writes: Though the company has been evangelizing its new Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform for a while now, Qualcomm is lifting the veil today on the new chip's benchmark performance profile. At the heart of the Snapdragon 845 is the new Kyro 385 CPU, which features four high-performance cores operating at 2.8GHz and four efficiency cores that are dialed back to 1.7GHz, all of which should culminate in a claimed 25 percent uplift over the previous generation Snapdragon 835, along with improved power efficiency. In addition, the Snapdragon 845's new Adreno 630 integrated GPU core should deliver a boost in performance over its predecessor as well, with up to a 30 percent increase in graphics throughput, allowing it to become the first mobile platform to enable room-scale VR/AR experiences. Armed with prototype reference devices, members of the press put the Snapdragon 845 through its paces and the chip proved to be anywhere from 15 to 35 percent faster, depending on workloads and benchmarks, with graphics showing especially strong. Next-generation Android smartphones and other devices based on the Snapdragon 845 are expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of this month.

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