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Emirates dinged for slipshod online data privacy practices

TheRegister - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 14:59
Fly the insecure skies

International airline Emirates leaks customers' sensitive personal information to third-party marketing partners and network adversaries, according to Konark Modi, a data security engineer for Cliqz, a privacy-focused browser based on Firefox.…

Ubisoft is Using AI To Catch Bugs in Games Before Devs Make Them

Slashdot - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 14:30
AI has a new task: helping to keep the bugs out of video games. From a report: At the recent Ubisoft Developer Conference in Montreal, the French gaming company unveiled a new AI assistant for its developers. Dubbed Commit Assistant, the goal of the AI system is to catch bugs before they're ever committed into code, saving developers time and reducing the number of flaws that make it into a game before release. "I think like many good ideas, it's like 'how come we didn't think about that before?'," says Yves Jacquier, who heads up La Forge, Ubisoft's R&D division in Montreal. His department partners with local universities including McGill and Concordia to collaborate on research intended to advance the field of artificial intelligence as a whole, not just within the industry. La Forge fed Commit Assistant with roughly ten years' worth of code from across Ubisoft's software library, allowing it to learn where mistakes have historically been made, reference any corrections that were applied, and predict when a coder may be about to write a similar bug. "It's all about comparing the lines of code we've created in the past, the bugs that were created in them, and the bugs that were corrected, and finding a way to make links [between them] to provide us with a super-AI for programmers," explains Jacquier.

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goto - a bash utility to navigate faster to aliased directories supporting auto-complete

LXer - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 14:20
goto is a utility that allows users to navigate easily to directories via their previously defined aliases. It comes with an auto-complete feature making navigation pretty fast.

Microsoft builds Uncle Sam custom versions of 365 and Azure Stack

TheRegister - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 14:20
Redmond unveils custom US government versions of clouds

Courting the lucrative government contract market, Microsoft has unveiled custom versions of Azure Stack and Microsoft 365 for the US government.…

Future supers pop up on $636m cash wishlist to get exascale beasts prowling on US soil

TheRegister - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:59
Oak Ridge, Lawrence Livermore labs slated for beastmode kit in 2021-2023

The two new mystery exascale computing systems known only as Frontier and El Capitan popped up on a budget request last week. They are being developed by the US government and have been slated for deployment in 2022 and 2023.…

Remote Work is Going To Keep Increasing, Study Says

Slashdot - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:48
Freelancing website Upwork has published its annual Future Workforce Report, which explores hiring behaviors of over 1,000 U.S. managers. It finds: As companies struggle to fill the skills gap, they're embracing agile, remote teams to get work done. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of companies today have remote workers, yet a majority lack remote work policies. Companies have the resources, but lack the policies to support remote work: While companies feel confident they have the resources in place to support remote work, many lack a formal policy. Sixty-four percent of hiring managers feel that their company has the resources and processes in place to support a remote workforce, yet the majority (57 percent) lack a remote work policy. Companies with work-from-home policies have become more lenient & inclusive: As companies increasingly embrace remote work, they're evolving their work-from-home policies. Nearly half (45%) of hiring managers said their company's work-from-home policy has changed in the past five years, with 60 percent saying it has become more lenient and inclusive. This increased inclusivity is making it easier for companies to find the talent they need. Over half (52%) of hiring managers that work at companies with work-from-home policies believe hiring has become easier in the past year. Findings indicate remote work is likely to become the new normal: Over half (55%) of hiring managers agree that remote work has become more commonplace as compared to three years ago. Five times as many hiring managers expect more of their team to work remotely in the next ten years than expect less.

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British clockwork radio boffin Trevor Baylis terminally winds down

TheRegister - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:46
Inventor dies in poverty after patents didn’t protect

Obit Trevor Baylis, one of Britain's most well-loved inventors and the creator of the clockwork radio that was designed to save lives in the developing world, has died at the age of 80 after battling Crohn's disease.…

Microsoft To Offer Governments Local Version of Azure Cloud Service

Slashdot - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:12
Microsoft on Monday said it will soon make it possible for government clients to run its cloud technology on their own servers as part of a concerted effort to make Azure more appealing to local and federal agencies. From a report: The pairing of Azure Stack, Microsoft's localized cloud product, and Azure Government, the government-tailored version of Microsoft's cloud, comes as competition against Amazon.com Inc for major clients in the public sector ramps up. The new offering, which will be made available in mid-2018, is designed to appeal to governments and agencies with needs for on-premise servers, such as in a military operation or in an embassy abroad, said Tom Keane, Microsoft Azure's head of global infrastructure.

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A glimpse into R counterculture

LXer - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:06
Back in 2009, Anne Milley of SAS dismissed the increasing significance of the R language (whose rivals include SAS, Python, and, more recently, Julia) in a New York Times article. She said:read more

The Oscar-Winning Special Effects of Blade Runner 2049

Slashdot - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:35
On Sunday, 'Blade Runner 2049' won the Oscar for the movie with the best visual effects. BBC spoke to Richard Hoover, the visual effects supervisor at Framestore which was one of the companies responsible for the movie's special effects. Further reading: How 'Blade Runner 2049' VFX Supervisor John Nelson Brought Rachael & Pic's Holograms To Life (Deadline); Behind the breathtaking visual effects of 'Blade Runner 2049' (Digital Trends); How Blade Runner 2049's VFX team made K's hologram girlfriend (Wired).

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Next Tails Anonymous OS Release Will Be Powered by Linux Kernel 4.15, Tor 3.2.9

LXer - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:52
The next release of the open-source Tails incognito amnesic live system a.k.a. Anonymous OS is coming soon with up-to-date components and the latest Tor anonymous network support.

Mysterious $15,000 'GrayKey' Promises To Unlock iPhone X For The Feds

Slashdot - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:50
Thomas Fox-Brewster, reporting for Forbes: Just a week after Forbes reported on the claim of Israeli U.S. government manufacturer Cellebrite that it could unlock the latest Apple iPhone models, another service has emerged promising much the same. Except this time it comes from an unkown entity, an obscure American startup named Grayshift, which appears to be run by long-time U.S. intelligence agency contractors and an ex-Apple security engineer. In recent weeks, its marketing materials have been disseminated around private online police and forensics groups, offering a $15,000 iPhone unlock tool named GrayKey, which permits 300 uses. That's for the online mode that requires constant connectivity at the customer end, whilst an offline version costs $30,000. The latter comes with unlimited uses. Another ad showed Grayshift claiming to be able to unlock iPhones running iOS 10 and 11, with iOS 9 support coming soon. It also claims to work on the latest Apple hardware, up to the iPhone 8 and X models released just last year. In a post from one private Google group, handed to Forbes by a source who asked to remain anonymous, the writer indicated they'd been demoed the technology and that it had opened an iPhone X.

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UK regulator moots data protection sandbox for organisations to play in

TheRegister - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:33
ICO strategy outlines plans to slurp up academic expertise

The Information Commissioner's Office has promised organisations a regulatory sandbox to test out the data protection implications of new tech as part of its first technology strategy.…

News lobsters demand to be let back into the Facebook boiling pot

TheRegister - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:03
We're lost without you, Zuck. Save us!

Comment Stand by for more clickbait. Facebook has abandoned its "fix" for news after publishers complained about a drop in traffic.…

PostgreSQL 10: a Great New Version for a Great Database

Linux Journal - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:38

Reuven reviews the latest and most interesting features in PostgreSQL 10. more>>

Google Flutter hits beta: Another go at cross-platform mobile dev

LXer - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:37
Using the Dart language for apps on Android and iOSMWC2018 Fancy a Flutter? Google is hoping users will take a bet on its new cross-platform mobile development framework, whose first beta was announced at Mobile World Congress last week.…

Brit semiconductor tech ended up in Chinese naval railgun – report

TheRegister - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:35
The dark side of easy R&D cash

A Chinese firm's buyout of a British semiconductor company may have directly led to China developing railgun weaponry and electromagnetic aircraft carrier catapults for its navy, according to reports.…

UK.gov told: Scrap immigration exemption from Data Protection Bill or we'll see you in court

TheRegister - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:04
Campaigners say proposed law would create a 'discriminatory' system for data access rights

Campaign groups have increased pressure on the UK government to remove a section of the Data Protection Bill that could effectively prevent people gaining access to immigration data held on them.…

Up to 25% of new builds still can't get superfast broadband – study

TheRegister - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:35
I don't care about running water, where are my internets?

Up to a quarter of new builds still lack access to superfast internet, according to a study by comparison site Thinkbroadband.…

Fedora Podcast 002 — Ambassadors, the face of Fedora

LXer - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:23
The Fedora Marketing Team is continuing with the Fedora Podcast and we have a new episode out. This ongoing series will feature interviews and talks with people who make the Fedora community awesome. These folks work on new technologies found... Continue Reading →
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