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Ask Slashdot: Should You Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Make?

Slashdot - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:00
An anonymous reader writes: Asking someone how much money they make is often -- if not always? -- considered impolite. But over the years, there has been a movement in toward more salary transparency. Some say salary transparency can make workplaces more equitable by helping to eliminate the gender and racial pay gaps. Even in companies that haven't decided to officially make all salaries open, some employees are taking matters into their own hands and sharing their pay rate with their coworkers. What's your take on this?

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Facebook Hires Firm To Conduct Forensic Audit of Cambridge Analytica Data

Slashdot - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 15:20
After it was revealed that political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, harvested personal data from more than 50 million Facebook users, the social media company has been scrutinized for not better protecting its users. Today, CBS News reports that Facebook has recently hired Stroz Friedberg, a digital forensics firm, to conduct an audit of Cambridge Analytica. According to a press release issued by Facebook on Monday, Cambridge Analytica has agreed to "comply and afford the firm complete access to their servers and systems." From the report: The social network said it asked Christopher Wylie and University of Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan to submit to an audit. Facebook says Kogan has verbally agreed to participate, but Wylie has declined. Wylie is a former employee of Cambridge Analytica who described the company's use of illicit data in interviews late last week. Cambridge Analytica, Kogan and Wylie were banned from Facebook on Friday. Cambridge Analytica did not immediately confirm that it had agreed to comply with the audit. The firm has denied the allegations that it improperly collected and used the data. A spokeswoman for Stroz Friedberg declined to comment on the firm's involvement with an audit. "We are moving aggressively to determine the accuracy of these claims," Facebook officials said in a statement. "We remain committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people's information. We also want to be clear that today when developers create apps that ask for certain information from people, we conduct a robust review to identify potential policy violations and to assess whether the app has a legitimate use for the data. We actually reject a significant number of apps through this process. This is part of a comprehensive internal and external review that we are conducting to determine the accuracy of the claims that the Facebook data in question still exists. If this data still exists, it would be a grave violation of Facebook's policies and an unacceptable violation of trust and the commitments these groups made."

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Linux md5sum Command Tutorial for Beginners (5 Examples)

LXer - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 15:18
While we have already discussed the cksum command line utility, there's another tool that you can use in scenarios where, say, you need to verify the integrity of files during transfers. The tool we're talking about here is md5sum. In this tutorial, we will discuss the basics of this command using some easy to understand examples.

Geoboffins believe gigantic volcanoes kickstarted Mars' oceans

TheRegister - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 14:53
New model sees Red Planet turning Blue early on

A team of geophysicists have developed a new theory explaining how eruptions from some of the biggest volcanoes in the Solar System could have led to oceans on Mars.…

Trump Bans Venezuela's New National Cryptocurrency

Slashdot - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 14:43
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday banning any transactions within the United States involving any digital currency issued by, for, or on behalf of the Government of Venezuela. The order applies to U.S. citizens as well as anyone within the United States, and includes cryptocurrency issued on or after January 9. President Trump's order is in response to recent attempts by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime to "circumvent U.S. sanctions by issuing a digital currency," the White House said in a statement. Venezuela launched its oil-backed cryptocurrency in February to help pull the country out of a continuing economic crisis. President Maduro said each petro token will be backed by one barrel of the state's national petroleum. Maduro also said roughly 100 million tokens would be issued -- estimated to be worth around $6 billion. Bitcoin prices dropped about $200 to around $8,388, according to Coinbase, following the order.

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Bitcoin's blockchain: Potentially a hazardous waste dump of child abuse, malware, etc

TheRegister - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 14:11
Boffins warn of legal risks from arbitrary data distribution

Bitcoin's blockchain can be loaded with sensitive, unlawful or malicious data, raising potential legal problems in most of the world, according to boffins based in Germany.…

Booting A Raspberry Pi From A USB

LXer - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 14:10
The standard way of using a Raspberry Pi is to run the OS from a micro sd card. The problem with this is that the SD Card has limited read and writes, which will cause the SD to fail in a short period of time, especially if you write to files frequently.

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a Big Supporter Of Universal Basic Income, is Running For President

Slashdot - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 14:05
In a recently published podcast, Andrew Yang, tech entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America, said he is vying for the Democratic party nomination to run for President of the United States. From a report: Yang outlines his radical policy agenda, which focuses on Universal Basic Income and includes a "freedom dividend." He talks about the very real and immediate threat of artificial intelligence, how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes, and why we need to put humanity first. He also addresses "the big four" and what he plans to do about Amazon. During the interview, Yang called out governments inability to address large scale problems and the challenges that technology is creating in modern American society. "I believe that we need to start owning these realities [of automation and artificial intelligence taking away jobs] and these challenges as a people, as a country, and as a society, and start being honest. I'm running for president to solve the big problems and to show that these things are not beyond us," Yang says. Yang's own plan to address the increasing power tech companies are wielding in the world involves something called a "freedom dividend", which would paid for by a value-added tax. The revenue from that tax (levied on "gains from the big four") would be redistributed via the "freedom dividend" to citizens, Yang says.

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Facebook Under Pressure as EU, US Urge Probes of Data Practices

Slashdot - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 13:28
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced calls on Monday from U.S. and European lawmakers to explain how a consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's election campaign gained access to data on 50 million Facebook users. From a report: Facebook's shares fell more than 7 percent, wiping around $40 billion off its market value, set for their biggest drop since September 2012, as investors worried that new legislation could damage the company's lucrative advertising business. "The lid is being opened on the black box of Facebook's data practices, and the picture is not pretty," said Frank Pasquale, a University of Maryland law professor who has written about Silicon Valley's use of data. Lawmakers in the United States, Britain and Europe have called for investigations into media reports that political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica had harvested the private data on more than 50 million Facebook users to support Trump's 2016 presidential election campaign. Further reading: An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world. Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers.

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Freespire 3.0.8 Released

LXer - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 13:01
Today we are pleased to announce the release of Freespire 3.0.8, the open source equivalent to Linspire OS, freely available to download and redistribute. Freespire OS 3.0.8 includes several bug fixes, application updates and usability changes requested by our users.

Anyone fancy testing the 'unlimited' drive writes claim on Nimbus Data's 100TB whopper SSD?

TheRegister - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:55
Samsung, Toshiba sulking in 30TB tiddler territory

Nimbus Data has introduced its 100TB ExaDrive DC series SSD, the highest-capacity flash drive available.…

Twitter Will Ban Most Cryptocurrency-Related Ads

Slashdot - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:40
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter plans to ban most cryptocurrency-related ads in the next few weeks, as Sky News first reported and a source confirms to Axios. Why it matters: The recent boom in cryptocurrencies and digital tokens has unsurprisingly attracted some fraudsters. Twitter is following in the footsteps of Facebook and Google, though it's been having its own problems with accounts promoting scams.

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Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

TheRegister - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:05
Autonomous auto system tests halted after woman dies

Updated A woman has died after she was hit by one of Uber's autonomous cars in the US.…

BT: We're shuttering final salary pension scheme

TheRegister - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:02
Hybrid arrangement hatched, union says it's best they'll get

Former UK state-owned telco monopoly BT has confirmed the closure of the defined benefit BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) from the end of May with a "hybrid" replacement waiting in the wings.…

Update on the Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities

LXer - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:37
January saw the annoucement of a series of critical vulnerabilities called Spectre and Meltdown. The nature of these issues meant the solutions were complex and required fixing delicate code.

Coverity Scan code checker's systems crypto-jacked to run cheeky mining op

TheRegister - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:30
Freebie tool restored after 4 weeks offline

The systems of freebie open-source code scanning tool Coverity Scan were hacked and abused to run a cryptocurrency mining operation, its operator has confirmed.…

Xilinx to bust ACAP in the dome of data centres all over with uber FPGA

TheRegister - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:48
That's an Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform btw

Xilinx is developing a monstrous FPGA that can be dynamically changed at the hardware level.…

diff -u: Intel Design Flaw Fallout

Linux Journal - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:15

For weeks, the world's been talking about severe Intel design flaws affecting many CPUs and forcing operating systems to look for sometimes costly workarounds. more>>

Tails Security Update, Companies Team Up to Cure Open Source License Noncompliance, LG Expanding webOS and More

Linux Journal - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:13

News briefs for March 19, 2018.

Tails 3.6.1 is out, and the release fixes many security holes in 3.6. Update now. more>>

Another day, another self-flying car pipe dream surfaces

TheRegister - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:02
Today it's Audi, complete with a 49" face-recognising screen

Comment Audi and Airbus are pondering a self-driving car that can also fly, according to the latest Ripley* statement from a hype-filled sector.…

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