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On-premises hardware sales about to boom says Morgan Stanley

TheRegister - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 22:02
You put off buying any while figuring out the cloud, but now you're ready to spend

Financial Services colossus Morgan Stanley reckons on-premises hardware vendors are about to have their best sales season for a decade.…

How to install the latest NVIDIA drivers on Debian 9 Stretch Linux

LXer - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 21:15
NVIDIA graphics cards have long been the favorite for Linux gamers. Their proprietary drivers have been very well supported for the last few years, and they continue to be. The open source Nouveau drivers have been far less reliable, mostly due to NVIDIA's refusal to work with the open source community. Either way, though, the drivers are available to install on Debian Stretch.

Chrome OS Could Be Getting Containers for Running Linux VMs

Slashdot - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 21:00
Chromebook users may soon have a simpler way to run their favorite Linux distribution and applications on Google's Chrome OS hardware. From a report: As spotted by Chrome Unboxed, there's a newly merged commit in Chromium Gerrit describing a "new device policy to allow Linux VMs on Chrome OS." A related entry suggests support could come with Chrome OS version 66, which is due out in stable release around April 24, meaning Google might announce it at its annual IO developer conference, which starts on May 8. Developers can already use a tool called Crouton to install and run Linux on Chrome OS, but there is a security trade-off because Chrome OS needs to be switched to developer mode to use it. There's also a Crouton extension called Xiwi to enable using an OS in a browser window on Chrome OS. However, it too requires developer mode to be enabled. A recent commit suggests Chrome developers are working on a project called Crostini that may solve the developer mode problem by allowing Linux VMs to run inside a container.

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Coinbase: We Will Send Data On 13,000 Users To IRS

Slashdot - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 20:05
Coinbase has formally notified its customers that it will be complying with a court order and handing over the user data for about 13,000 of its customers to the Internal Revenue Service. Ars Technica reports: The case began back in November 2016 when the IRS went to a federal judge in San Francisco to enforce an initial order that would have required the company to hand over the data of all users who transacted on the site between 2013 and 2015 as part of a tax evasion investigation. Coinbase resisted the IRS' request in court. But by November 2017, after a hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley narrowed the request to only cover 13,000 particular individuals. The San Francisco-based startup is now required to provide "taxpayer ID, name, birth date, address, and historical transaction records for certain higher-transacting customers during the 2013-2015 period." Coinbase reminded its users that it is "unable to provide legal or tax advice." The company also noted, "If you have concerns about this, we encourage you to seek legal advice from an attorney promptly. Coinbase expects to produce the information covered by the court's order within 21 days."

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IPv6 and 5G will make life hell for spooks and cops say Australia's spooks and cops

TheRegister - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 19:58
Both make it harder to connect you to your connections

The Australian government has fingered the next threat in the country's cryptography vs. policing debate: the IPv6 protocol.…

What’s New in LXLE 16.04.3 Eclectica

LXer - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 19:55
LXLE 16.04.3 is latest release of LXLE 16.04.x series. This release brings various package updates and improvements, integrated with various of the components of the MATE and LXQt desktop environments, as well as some from the Linux Mint. The application menu received improvements to its layout and how items are organization, the system theme was tweaked for consistency and LXhotkey replaces the Obkey Openbox key editor.

Apple To Suspend iTunes Store Support For 'Obsolete' First-Gen Apple TV

Slashdot - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 19:25
The original Apple TV, first introduced in 2007, will no longer be able to connect to the iTunes Store due to new security changes to be implemented by Apple. The news comes from a support document, which also mentions that PCs running Windows XP or Windows Vista will lose access to the most recent version of iTunes. Ars Technica reports: According to the document, the "obsolete" original Apple TV won't be updated in the future to support access to the iTunes Store. After May 25, users will only be able to access iTunes on second-generation Apple TVs and newer streaming devices. The same security changes affecting the first-gen Apple TV will also affect Windows XP and Vista machines. Users on such devices can still run previous versions of iTunes, so they should still be able to play their music library without problems. However, affected users won't be able to make new iTunes purchases or re-download previous purchases. Only machines running Windows 7 or later after May 25 will have full access to iTunes, including the ability to make new purchases and re-download older purchases.

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Is this why Facebook is such a toxic dump? HP, HPE sued for 'leaking chems' into office site

TheRegister - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 19:04
Stanford uni fumes at Palo Alto soil contamination cleanup bill

Stanford University is suing the descendants of Hewlett-Packard and Agilent for allegedly contaminating a property in Palo Alto, California, with toxic chemicals.…

Microsoft Starts Selling Lumia Windows Phones Again

Slashdot - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 18:45
After removing its Lumia devices back in June, Microsoft has started selling them again at the company's online retail store. According to Windows Latest, Microsoft U.S. Store is selling the Lumia 950 for $399, Lumia 950 XL for $499, Lumia 550 and Lumia 650 for $139 and $199 respectively. From the report: A Microsoft Store sales agent confirmed to us that Lumia phones are back in the store on February 4 after a long gap. "They are recently back this early February. Specifically, on February 4th 2018," Microsoft sales team told us. Rumor had it that Microsoft wanted to sell as many Lumias as possible until stores ran out of stock, but it looks like the plans have changed or the company is selling the remaining stock which they recently discovered.

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Why I fell in love with Antergos Linux

LXer - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 18:35
I am not an expert in anything. There, we took care of that piece of important information right up front. What I am is a very accomplished user.I have worked with Apple, Microsoft, Deneba, and Intuit as a beta tester for Windows and OS9 and X. I have been helpful to these companies because I can look at a piece of software and say, “Uh-uh. That’s too confusing, too difficult, or just plain wrong.”read more

RAT king thrown in the slammer for peddling NanoCore PC nasty

TheRegister - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 18:06
Fella sent down for 33 months after touting spyware, anti-piracy tool to scumbags

A bloke has been jailed for nearly three years for developing and selling malware that allowed miscreants to snoop on and remote-control victims' Windows PCs.…

Volkswagen Settles Diesel Emissions Lawsuit Right Before Trial Set To Begin

Slashdot - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 18:03
Volkswagen settled a major diesel emissions class action lawsuit brought by hundreds of vehicle owners right before the case was set to go to trial. "The German auto giant's U.S. division settled the lawsuit brought by a North Carolina man and over 300 other owners of diesel cars who allege fraud and unfair trade practices," reports The Verge. From the report: The trial could have featured testimony from current and former VW executives and would likely have caused a spate of bad press for the automaker regarding the Dieselgate scandal. Since it first broke in 2015, the controversy has led to the resignation of VW's CEO, seen a handful of executives sentenced to jail, and resulted in billions of dollars in fines and settlements. VW is being sued by some consumers after it admitted to using software to cheat on diesel emissions tests, sparking the biggest scandal to hit the auto industry in decades. David Doar, the North Carolina man along with more than 300 other U.S. VW diesel owners, rejected settlement offers from a 2016 class action that would have reimbursed them for the value of their vehicles. Nearly all U.S. owners of affected VW vehicles agreed to take part in a $25 billion settlement in 2016, which included buyback offers and additional compensation for about 500,000 owners. But according to Reuters, some 2,000 owners have opted out, and most are pursuing separate claims seeking additional compensation.

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You get a criminal record! And you get a criminal record! Peach state goes bananas with expanded anti-hack law

TheRegister - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 17:26
Georgia does not want to hear about your bug reports

A proposed anti-hacking law in the US state of Georgia is raising all kinds of alarms – because it could chill security research, and criminalize anyone who breaks a website or ISP's T&Cs.…

LibreOffice 6 review

LXer - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 17:15
LibreOffice is an office productivity suite that is similar to Microsoft Office Suite. It has word processor program called Writer, spreadsheet known as Calc, and presentation as Impress. Other than these programs it also has a Draw, Base, and a Math program. LibreOffice can be installed on almost all platforms: Windows, OS X, Linux and certain UNIX OS.

America yanked from the maws of cellphone complaint black hole

TheRegister - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 16:50
FTC can smack down telcos – and eyes up $100m fine from AT&T for limited 'unlimited' plan

A US federal appeals court has prevented the country from falling into a telecoms black hole – by asserting that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) does have the authority to fine phone giant AT&T for misleading subscribers.…

Pop-Up Cameras Could Soon Be a Mobile Trend

Slashdot - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 16:40
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: There's an interesting concept making its way around Mobile World Congress. Two gadgets offer cameras hidden until activated, which offer a fresh take on design and additional privacy. Vivo built a camera into a smartphone concept that's on a little sliding tray and Huawei will soon offer a MacBook Pro clone that features a camera hidden under a door above the keyboard. This could be a glimpse of the future of mobile design. Cameras have long been embedded in laptops and smartphones much to the chagrin of privacy experts. Some users cover up these cameras with tape or slim gadgets to ensure nefarious players do not remotely activate the cameras. Others, like HP, have started to build in shutters to give the user more control. Both DIY and built-in options require substantial screen bezels, which the industry is quickly racing to eliminate. With shrinking bezels, gadget makers have to look for new solutions like the iPhone X notch. Others still, like Vivo and Huawei, are look at more elegant solutions than carving out a bit of the screen. For Huawei, this means using a false key within the keyboard to house a hidden camera. Press the key and it pops up like a trapdoor. We tried it out and though the housing is clever, the placement makes for awkward photos -- just make sure you trim those nose hairs before starting your conference call. Vivo has a similar take to Huawei though the camera is embedded on a sliding tray that pops-up out of the top of the phone.

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'Satoshi' Craig Wright Is Being Sued For $10 Billion For Stealing His Partner's Bitcoin

Slashdot - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 16:00
Craig Wright, the nChain chief scientist who previously claimed to be the pseudonymous bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, is being sued for a whopping $10 billion for stealing $5 billion in bitcoin from a former business partner. CoinDesk reports: The lawsuit is being brought by Ira Kleiman on behalf of the estate of his brother, Dave, who has been linked to the earliest days of bitcoin. Kleiman, a forensic computer investigator and author, passed away in 2013 following a battle with MRSA. At the heart of the new lawsuit, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Feb. 14, is an alleged hoard of more than 1.1 million bitcoins, which Ira Kleiman's lawyers say is worth in excess of $10 billion. He is being represented by Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Wright, court records show, has been accused of allegedly conducting "a scheme against Dave's estate to seize Dave's bitcoins and his rights to certain intellectual property associated with the Bitcoin technology." "As part of this plan, Craig forged a series of contracts that purported to transfer Dave's assets to Craig and/or companies controlled by him. Craig backdated these contracts and forged Dave's signature on them," attorneys for the plaintiff wrote. Included alongside the complaint are a number of additional filings, including the business registration for a firm called W&K Info Defense Research LLC, in which Kleiman and Wright were business partners. In addition to the roughly 1.1 million bitcoins, Ira Kleiman is also seeking compensation for the intellectual property his lawyers claim arose from the partnership between his deceased brother and Wright.

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Installation of Lemur Certificate Manager on Ubuntu

LXer - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 15:55
This tutorial shows the installation of the Lemur certificate management software on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Lemur is an open source project of NetFlix and used to generate the certificates for customers/clients.

VMware user group conferences hit Australia in March

TheRegister - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 15:49
If there's a better event for IT Pros in Australia, Vulture South can't find 'em

PROMO Each year VMware's User Groups stage day-long conferences in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates have just been set for this year's gigs: March 20th in the harbour city and March 22nd in Melbourne.…

Why, why, Mr American Pai? FCC boss under increasing pressure in corporate favoritism row

TheRegister - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 15:40
Watchdog commish continues ringing alarm bell over Sinclair coziness

Analysis Ajit Pai, chairman of America's telecoms regulator, the FCC, is under renewed scrutiny for making a string of decisions that benefited Sinclair, a major US broadcaster.…

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