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Fear not, driverless car devs, UK.gov won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:03
MPs kick the ethics question back into touch

AEV Bill A new law won't force driverless cars' software developers to explicitly consider the infamous Trolley Problem – but the UK government may later decide to implement something similar.…

Pawnbroker pwnd: Cash Converters says hacker slurped customer data

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:31
Details from decommissioned UK webshop scoured

Pawnbroking and secondhand goods outlet Cash Converters has suffered a data breach.…

Open Source Pioneer Munich Votes To Move All Remaining Linux PCs To Windows 10 In 2020

LXer - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:25
As per the local reports, these moves are a result of the political scenario in Munich. In the past, city’s IT chief has also said that there isn’t any compelling technical reason to ditch Linux. In the wake of attacks like WannaCry, Green Party had already warned that a move to Windows 10 is too risky.

New, revamped Terdot Trojan: It's so 2017, it even fake-posts to Twitter

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 08:56
You've grown so much, you piece of @£$

Terdot, a banking Trojan that has been around since mid-2016, has been re-engineered with updated information and credential thievery as well as social media account monitoring functionality.…

$232m blockchain startup Tezos faces sueballs for alleged investor fraud

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 08:17
Smacked in Florida, California

Tezos, the blockchain startup that raised $232m in July, has been served with at least two US class-action lawsuits for allegedly defrauding fundraisers as well as breaking rules for offering securities.…

10 easy steps from proprietary to open source

LXer - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 08:11
"But surely open source software is less secure, because everybody can see it, and they can just recompile it and replace it with bad stuff they've written." Hands up: who's heard this?1read more

NetApp: You went all-flash, you never should've, um.. Well done

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 07:08
Yes, and Azure NFS and HCI also looking good

While still well short of its fiscal 2015 revenue glory days, NetApp has said its all-flash array sales are on fire, and expects more of the same.…

How to Install Firefox Quantum in Ubuntu and other Linux Right Now

LXer - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:57
The game-changing Firefox Quantum is here to reclaim the lost userbase. Here’s how to install Firefox Quantum in Linux right now.

DJI bug bounty NDA is 'not signable', say irate infosec researchers

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:24
Non-disclosure agreement prompts uproar

Chinese drone maker DJI faces questions from infosec researchers about its bug bounty programme. Sources have told The Register that a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) they were invited to sign would result in the company "owning their actions".…

BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:04
Also, we’ve not delayed the spectrum auction. Anyway, Three started it!

Chief exec of BT, Gavin Patterson, has admitted the British telco is struggling to make a business case for 5G investment, given the huge costs of getting the network off the ground.…

How becoming open and agile led to customer success

LXer - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:42
A few years ago, I worked as a service manager at Basefarm, a European managed services provider. I was part of a team supporting customers with infrastructure and managed services.read more

Oracle stockholders don't like exec mega-awards or gender pay gap transparency

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:36
You win some, you lose some – proposals snuffed out at vote

Oracle's stockholders have voted against the company's amended executive pay plan, along with a proposal for greater transparency on its gender pay gap.…

Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:11
They also want to geofence motorways

AEV Bill A cyclists' association wants software developers for any "errors" in driverless car software to be "criminally prosecuted" in Blighty.…

Internet of So Much Stuff: Don't wanna be a security id-IoT

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:31
IoT is not the same as IT... normal infosec does not pply

Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, last month announced a $1bn investment in IoT R&D over the next three years.…

Facebook Open Sources Open/R, Its Distributed Network Software

LXer - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:28
Today the social network open sourced open/R, making it free to use by anyone who might be designing applications that will require routing at the speed of Facebook. It's being released under the "permissive" MIT license, which allows it to be used in both open source and proprietary projects.

Slack apologises to Europe for TITSUP* services

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:02
Productivity melts, economy dives... actually, neither is true

Slackers of Europe, it might be a good time to enjoy a little me-time as techies at the messaging and collaboration app biz attempt to wake the supposed productivity improvement tool from its slumber.…

Consumers Are Holding Off On Buying Smart-Home Gadgets Due To Security, Privacy Fears

Slashdot - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:00
According to a new survey from consulting firm Deloitte, consumers are uneasy about being watched, listened to, or tracked by devices they place in their homes. The firm found that consumer interest in connected home technology lags behind their interest in other types of IoT devices. Business Insider reports: "Consumers are more open to, and interested in, the connected world," the firm said in its report. Noting the concerns about smart home devices, it added: "But not all IoT is created equal." Nearly 40% of those who participated in the survey said they were concerned about connected-home devices tracking their usage. More than 40% said they were worried that such gadgets would expose too much about their daily lives. Meanwhile, the vast majority of consumers think gadget makers weren't doing a good job of telling them about security risks. Fewer than 20% of survey respondents said they were very well informed about such risks and almost 40% said they weren't informed at all.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Does UK high street banks' crappy crypto actually matter?

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 03:33
Commentards didn't hold back and some experts disagreed

The Register's recent story about the failure of most UK high street banks to follow web security best practices has provoked a lively debate among security experts.…

Why pair writing helps improve documentation

LXer - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 03:14
Professional writers, at least in the Red Hat documentation team, nearly always work on docs alone. But have you tried writing as part of a pair? In this article, I'll explain a few benefits of pair writing.read more

Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 03:02
Ever heard of 'GDS'? Yup, that was me

¡Bong! Every man must make a reckoning, and now I must make mine. มาลัย (which means 'Garland of Flowers' in Thai), please note the following.…

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