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Continental: We, er, tire of Whatsapp, Snapchat on work phones. GDPR, innit?

TheRegister - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 09:39
Messaging apps verboten until they fall into line with EU regs

Multinational car parts maker Continental AG has banned its employees from using Whatsapp and Snapchat on their work phones due to concerns over the recently introduced European General Data Protection Regulation.…

No Kernel 5.0! Linus Torvalds Prefers Releasing it as Kernel 4.17

LXer - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 09:24
Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux Kernel 4.17. Take a look at main new features in the latest kernel release.

UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

TheRegister - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 08:53
Airliners do it all the time - but these aren't airliners

Comment Britain’s first permanently UK-based F-35 fighter jets are not arriving in Norfolk today as expected due to RAF concerns about bad weather.…

Ex-CEO on TalkTalk mega breach: It woz 'old shed' legacy tech wot done it

TheRegister - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 08:30
Dido Harding dodges security budget grilling

Infosec Europe Baroness Dido Harding, former chief exec of Brit telco TalkTalk, warned other business leaders of the dangers posed by legacy tech in the opening keynote of the Infosecurity Europe conference in London.…

Yarrrr, the Business Software Alliance reckons piracy be down, me hearties

TheRegister - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 07:58
Report: dodgy software still accounts for beeeellions of lost cash and malware aplenty

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has put out a report showing that while the use of unlicensed software is dropping, it is due to a fear of malware rather than a worry of a visit from the lawyers.…

THRONES OF BRITANNIA Coming to Linux June 7, Google Brings Linux App Support to Samsung's Chromebook Plus, Jailhouse v. 0.9 Now Available and More

Linux Journal - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 07:50

News briefs for June 5, 2018.

Feral Interactive announced this morning that Thrones of Britannia is coming to Linux on June 7, 2018. Linux system requirements are as follows: OS = Ubuntu 18.04; processor = Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent; memory = 8GB of RAM; graphics = 2GB AMD R9 285 (GCN 3rd Gen and above), 2GB Nvidia 680 or better; storage = 15GB available space; in addition, it requires Vulkan AMD graphics cards; Mesa 18.0.0 or later (Mesa 18.0.4 is recommended); and Nvidia graphics cards require driver version 390.59 or later. You can pre-order it now from the Feral Store for $39.99, and you can watch the trailer here.

Google is now bringing Linux app support to Samsung's Chromebook Plus, The Verge reports. The story notes that "You'll have to opt-in to the developer-only build of Chrome OS, enable things labeled as beta and experimental, and then use the Terminal to install Linux apps." See also the quick How-To on Reddit to get started.

The Privacy Awareness Academy announced its "sponsorship of a new social media awareness campaign that is designed to educate business owners about the European Union's new GDPR". Dale Penn, Privacy Awareness Academy President, says "Our privacy awareness insights, combined with our web-based interactive employee training content will help businesses fortify their own human firewall."

The new version of partitioning hypervisor Jailhouse, version 0.9, was released yesterday. New features include introducing unit infrastructure to the hypervisor, simplifying build-time additions of complex features and improving the Linux loader command with better control over kernel vs. initramfs distance and more. You can download it from here.

Ubuntu's new server installer soon will support RAID and LAN bonding, Phoronix reports. The next point release is expected end of July.

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Fancy using flash? Compose yourself, says infrastructure startup

TheRegister - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 07:30
Whack some SSDs in your infrastructure and off you go

Composable infrastructure startup DriveScale has said its users will be able to add flash storage to their existing composable server and disk storage infrastructure.…

Five actually useful real-world things that came out at Apple's WWDC

TheRegister - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 06:45
Game-changers? Could be

Analysis Are you excited about Apple's new AR emoji as we are? Or the push-to-talk feature for the Apple Watch? Just kidding, folks.…

Just a third of Brit cops are equipped to fight crime that is 'cyber'

TheRegister - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 06:14
Bad news if you've been defrauded online

Just one in three police forces in the UK are able to tackle cybercrime such as DDoS, malware attacks and online fraud, a Home Affairs Committee heard today.…

Data Privacy: Why It Matters and How to Protect Yourself

Linux Journal - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 06:00
by Petros Koutoupis

When it comes to privacy on the internet, the safest approach is to cut your Ethernet cable or power down your device. But, because you can't really do that and remain somewhat productive, you need other options. This article provides a general overview of the situation, steps you can take to mitigate risks and finishes with a tutorial on setting up a virtual private network.

Sometimes when you're not too careful, you increase your risk of exposing more information than you should, and often to the wrong recipients—Facebook is a prime example. The company providing the social-media product of the same name has been under scrutiny recently and for good reason. The point wasn't that Facebook directly committed the atrocity, but more that a company linked to the previous US presidential election was able to access and inappropriately store a large trove of user data from the social-media site. This data then was used to target specific individuals. How did it happen though? And what does that mean for Facebook (and other social-media) users?

In the case of Facebook, a data analysis firm called Cambridge Analytica was given permission by the social-media site to collect user data from a downloaded application. This data included users' locations, friends and even the content the users "liked". The application supposedly was developed to act as a personality test, although the data it mined from users was used for so much more and in what can be considered not-so-legal methods.

At a high level, what does this all mean? Users allowed a third party to access their data without fully comprehending the implications. That data, in turn, was sold to other agencies or campaigns, where it was used to target those same users and their peer networks. Through ignorance, it becomes increasingly easy to "share" data and do so without fully understanding the consequences.

Getting to the Root of the Problem

For some, deleting your social-media account may not be an option. Think about it. By deleting your Facebook account, for example, you may essentially be deleting the platform that your family and friends choose to share some of the greatest events in their lives. And although I continue to throw Facebook in the spotlight, it isn't the real problem. Facebook merely is taking advantage of a system with zero to no regulations on how user privacy should be handled. Honestly, we, as a society, are making up these rules as we go along.

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

TheRegister - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 05:15
Time team comes closest it ever has to magical zero result

A team at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) has used a range of atomic clocks from around the globe to test the equivalence principle* of Einstein's theory of general relativity.…

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