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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

TheRegister - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 14:02
Right to view, delete personal info is here – and you'll be amazed to hear why the privacy law passed so fast

Analysis California has become the first state in the US to pass a data privacy law – with governor Jerry Brown signing the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 into law on Thursday.…

An insider's look at drafting the GPLv3 license

LXer - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 13:43
Last year, I missed the opportunity to write about the 10th anniversary of GPLv3, the third version of the GNU General Public License. GPLv3 was officially released by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) on June 29, 2007—better known in technology history as the date Apple launched the iPhone. Now, one year later, I feel some retrospection on GPLv3 is due. For me, much of what is interesting about GPLv3 goes back somewhat further than 11 years, to the public drafting process in which I was an active participant.read more

And that's now all three LTE protocol layers with annoying security flaws

TheRegister - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 13:33
Infosec wizards show how spies can snoop on website traffic, redirect browsers over 4G

Boffins have demonstrated how intelligence agencies and well-resourced hackers can potentially spy on people – by studying and meddling with mobile data flying over the airwaves.…

Security Flaws Disclosed in 4G LTE Mobile Telephony Standard

Slashdot - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 13:30
A team of academics has published research this week that describes three attacks against the mobile communication standard LTE (Long-Term Evolution), also known as 4G. From a report: Two of the three attacks are passive, meaning an attacker can watch LTE traffic and determine various details about the target, while the third is an active attack that lets the attacker manipulate data sent to the user's LTE device. According to researchers, the passive attacks allow an attacker to collect meta-information about the user's traffic (an identity mapping attack), while the second allows the attacker to determine what websites a user might be visiting through his LTE device (a website fingerprinting attack).

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Oracle, for one, says we'll welcome our new robot overlords: '90%' of you will obey an AI bot

TheRegister - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 13:09
You will obey! You will obey! You will obey! You will obey!

Nine tenths of us pathetic meatbags are just itching for a benevolent AI to take charge of our affairs and make all the big decisions.…

Making Medical Clothing That Kills Bugs

Slashdot - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:54
Many doctors now are likely to wear everyday clothes, or blue or green "scrubs", which are said to reduce eye strain in brightly-lit operating theatres. White coats are reckoned to be capable of spreading diseases as easily as clothing of any other colour, especially when long sleeves brush against multiple surfaces. Many clinics and hospitals now have a "bare below the elbows" policy for staff, whether in uniform or their own clothes. This is also supposed to encourage more thorough handwashing. What, though, if the clothes worn by medical staff could actively help prevent bugs being passed around? From a report: Some metals, such as gold and silver, have natural antibacterial properties and are used to coat certain solid items, such as medical implants. But putting metallic coatings onto stretchy and foldable fabrics is tricky, and those coatings can quickly be swept away in a washing machine. What is needed, reckons Liu Xuqing of the University of Manchester, in England, is a way to make antibacterial coatings for fabrics that, quite literally, hold tight. Instead of gold or silver, Dr Liu's metal of choice is copper. This exhibits the same bug-killing properties but has the benefit of being an awful lot cheaper than those two precious metals, making a commercial coating process easier to devise. Working with colleagues from two Chinese institutions, Northwest Minzu University in Lanzhou and Southwest University in Chongqing, Dr Liu has been treating samples of fabric with a chemical process that grafts what is called a "polymer brush" onto their surfaces. As the name suggests, when viewed at a resolution of a few nanometres (billionths of a metre) through an electron microscope, the polymer strands look like tiny protruding bristles. That done they use a second chemical procedure to coat the bristles with a catalyst. After this, they immerse the fabric in a copper-containing solution from which the catalyst causes the metal to precipitate and form tiny particles that anchor themselves to the polymer brush. Indeed, they bond so tightly that Dr Liu compares the resulting coating to reinforced concrete. Yet the process takes place at such a minute scale on the surface of the fabric that it should not affect the feel or quality of the finished material.

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Clearing Out /boot

LXer - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:17
The /boot partition sometimes needs a bit of attention. If you enableautomatic updates, it will fill up with old kernels that you'll probablynever need. It also will stop you from running aptitude to install or removeanything. If you find yourself in this situation, you can usedpkg to getaround it. dpkg is the higher-level package manager in Debian-baseddistributions, and it's very useful when aptitude has broken.

America is Falling Behind On Its Paris Climate Pledge

Slashdot - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:10
An anonymous reader shares a report: The US remains well behind pace to meet its commitments to cut greenhouse-gas emissions under the landmark Paris climate agreement. Under current policies, the nation will reduce climate pollution between 12 and 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2025, according to a Rhodium Group analysis published today. That's well below the 26 to 28 percent target agreed to under the Paris accords. The report estimates that total emissions between 2020 and 2030 could be 196 million metric tons lower than Rhodium projected last year. That's due to an increase in the number of planned coal plant closures, as well as the falling costs of natural gas, renewables, and electric vehicles. Slower economic growth forecasts were also a factor.

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Free Painting Software Krita 4.1.0 Released With New Reference Images Tool, Option To Save And Load Sessions

LXer - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:51
Krita, the free and open source raster / vector graphics editor, was updated to version 4.1. The new release includes major new features like a new reference images tool, option to save and load sessions, multi-monitor workspace layouts, among others.

GPU fairy visits Huawei owners, leaves graphics boost under phones

TheRegister - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:14
Follows Google with in-place hardware upgrade – kinda

Older readers may recall an era where large computer firms shipped their systems with next year's upgrades already in place. In exchange for a large sum of money, a service technician would come round, open the box, and flick a switch.…

Wasn't too hard, was it? UK has made 'significant progress' in spy control

TheRegister - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 09:38
UN privacy expert: Britain no longer a privacy joke, but has more to do

The UK's surveillance regime is no longer "worse than scary" – but there are still a number of imperfections, the UN special rapporteur on the right to privacy has said.…

Discover hidden gems in LibreOffice

LXer - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 09:26
LibreOffice is the most popular free and open source office suite. It’s included by default in many Linux distributions, such as Fedora Workstation. Chances are that you use it fairly often, but how many of its features have you really explored? What hidden gems are there in LibreOffice that not so many people know about? […]

Giffgaff admits to billing faff, actually tells folk to turn it off and on again

TheRegister - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 09:06
Telefónica's hippy wing promises credit drain refunds

Telefónica's self-service mobile operator Giffgaff has said it will refund users after a billing cock-up.…

Western Digital pitches fleet of hybrid arrays to markets served by its array-builder customers

TheRegister - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 08:33
OK, that's an interesting strategy

+Comment Western Digital has pushed out JBOD, primary and secondary object arrays, putting it into direct competition with its storage array supplier customers.…

Gentoo's GitHub Account Hacked, New Raspbian Release, Kubernetes 1.11 Now Available, Databricks Partners with RStudio and More

Linux Journal - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 08:04

News briefs for June 29, 2018.

Gentoo's GitHub account has been hacked and is temporarily locked down by GitHub support. The Gentoo team has identified the ingress point, and the repositories with malicious commits have been reset. According to Gentoo, "This does NOT affect any code hosted on the Gentoo infrastructure. Since the master Gentoo ebuild repository is hosted on our own infrastructure and since Github is only a mirror for it, you are fine as long as you are using rsync or webrsync from gentoo.org."

Raspbian 2018-06-27 has been released. This new version includes a setup wizard, a new PDF viewer, updated Chromium browser to version 65 and more. See Simon Long's release announcement for more details, download links and a video run-through on how to update an existing image.

Kubernetes 1.11 was released this week, marking the second release of the year. Key new features include IPVS-based in-cluster service load balancing is now stable; Core DNS is now available as a cluster DNS add-on option; Kubelet configuration is now in beta; and more. The Kubernetes team notes that "the features in this release make it increasingly possible to plug any infrastructure, cloud or on-premise, into the Kubernetes system." You can download it from GitHub.

Eighteen Chromebooks from Acer, Asus, Lenovo and Dell—all based on Intel Apollo Lake—to receive Linux app support. According to xda Developers, "as the change has only just landed, Canary and Developer channels will see this first in the coming days and weeks. Stable or Beta channel users will have to wait until Chrome OS version 69."

Databricks, founded by the creators of Apache Spark, announced this week its partnership with RStudios, the providers of a free and open-source integrated development environment for R, "to increase the productivity of data science teams". According to the announcement, "RStudio provides the most popular way for data science teams to analyze data with R through open source and enterprise ready tools for the R computing environment. By integrating both solutions, data scientists can easily use RStudio from within a Databricks implementation."

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Install And Play Overwatch With Lutris On Ubuntu 18.04

LXer - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 07:57
Overwatch is one of the most popular PC games right now. It has a thriving esports scene and a community of millions playing it regularly worldwide. Unfortunately, it's also completely unsupported on Linux and likely never will be.

So... where's the rest? Xiaomi walks away from IPO with less than hoped

TheRegister - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 07:34
China star asked for a muckle, got a mickle. Will it be enough?

Xiaomi, the hugely hyped Chinese tech company, raised less money than it wanted in a private placement this week – the biggest Middle Kingdom IPO since Alibaba in 2014.…

Uh oh, Domo! Data biz still to IPO as value sinks to new lows

TheRegister - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 06:57
Analytics firm aims to raise $193m on Nasdaq

Data analytics biz Domo is to go public today with the aim of raising just under $200m, which if realised would value the company at less than a quarter of estimates in previous funding rounds.…

Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 18.04 Video

LXer - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 06:42
A video showing essential things to do after installing Ubuntu 18.04 to get a smoother desktop experience.

HP Ink's UK profits tumble nearly 85% – of course Brexit to blame

TheRegister - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 06:29
Currency fluctuation and rising component costs fingered

If there is something missing on this sunny Friday, it could well be a collective yearning among Reg readers to know how HP Ink Inc is faring in the UK. Fear not, for we have the latest financials.…

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