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Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:52
Anti-saucy snap programme makes more sense

Facebook has settled a case with a 14-year-old girl after the social network hosted revealing pictures of her on a Facebook "shame" page.…

Customers reporting credit card fraud after using OnePlus webstore

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:16
Chinese mobe-flinger probing the issue

A large number of OnePlus customers claim to have been hit by fraudulent credit card transactions after making purchases on the phone company's site. And they're unhappy that the company has been slow to address the issue.…

An update on ongoing Meltdown and Spectre work

LXer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:49
Last week, a series of critical vulnerabilities called Spectre and Meltdown were announced. Because of the nature of these issues, the solutions are complex and requires fixing delicate code. The fixes for Meltdown are mostly underway. The Meltdown fix for... Continue Reading →

Users clutch refilled Box boxen after 'empty' folder panic

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:35
Customers couldn't see sync 'n' share files

Business user file sync and sharer Box "sank" for some users late last week, who took to forums and social media complaining they could not see any of their files.…

Childcare is a pain in the bum and so is HMRC's buggy subsidies site

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:05
Thousands still experiencing issues since April launch

More than 6,000 parents looking to access financial help with childcare have had difficulties with using HM Revenue and Customs' frequently broken Childcare Choices website.…

AMD Releases Linux and Windows Patches for Two Variants of Spectre Vulnerability

LXer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 04:55
AMD has published a press announcement on Thursday to inform its customers that it released patches for two variants of the Spectre security vulnerability disclosed to the public earlier this month.

Facebook, Twitter supremos ditch Disney as biz steps on their turf

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 04:45
Tech bigwigs won't seek re-election to Mickey Mouse board

The Walt Disney Company's increasing interest in moving its shows online has forced two Silicon Valley supremos to leave the board.…

UK.gov denies data processing framework is 'sinister' – but admits ICO has concerns

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 04:18
Minister says commish is 'free to disregard' framework if it is 'irrelevant'

The government has moved to allay fears over amendments to the Data Protection Bill that critics say could undermine both the law and the powers of the UK’s privacy watchdog.…

'Don't Fear the Robopocalypse': the Case for Autonomous Weapons

Slashdot - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:39
Lasrick shares "Don't fear the robopocalypse," an interview from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists with the former Army Ranger who led the team that established the U.S. Defense Department policy on autonomous weapons (and has written the upcoming book Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War). Paul Scharre makes the case for uninhabited vehicles, robot teammates, and maybe even an outer perimeter of robotic sentries (and, for mobile troops, "a cloud of air and ground robotic systems"). But he also argues that "In general, we should strive to keep humans involved in the lethal force decision-making process as much as is feasible. What exactly that looks like in practice, I honestly don't know." So does that mean he thinks we'll eventually see the deployment of fully autonomous weapons in combat? I think it's very hard to imagine a world where you physically take the capacity out of the hands of rogue regimes... The technology is so ubiquitous that a reasonably competent programmer could build a crude autonomous weapon in their garage. The idea of putting some kind of nonproliferation regime in place that actually keeps the underlying technology out of the hands of people -- it just seems really naive and not very realistic. I think in that kind of world, you have to anticipate that there are, at a minimum, going to be uses by terrorists and rogue regimes. I think it's more of an open question whether we cross the threshold into a world where nation-states are using them on a large scale. And if so, I think it's worth asking, what do we mean by"them"? What degree of autonomy? There are automated defensive systems that I would characterize as human-supervised autonomous weapons -- where a human is on the loop and supervising its operation -- in use by at least 30 countries today. They've been in use for decades and really seem to have not brought about the robopocalypse or anything. I'm not sure that those [systems] are particularly problematic. In fact, one could see them as being even more beneficial and valuable in an age when things like robot swarming and cooperative autonomy become more possible.

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Third NAND dimension makes quad bit bucket cells feasible

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:33
A view on quad-level cell flash error correction

Analysis Error-checking code use is so much easier with 3D NAND than previous planar NAND that capacity-lifting quad-level cell technology becomes more feasible.…

Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:05
GSM gateway prohibition was way below Sir Philip Rutnam's paygrade

Comment Questions have been raised over the Home Office's most senior civil servant's involvement in the banning of GSM gateways, following botched redactions to Freedom of Information responses by Ofcom.…

User & Group management : Complete Beginner’s Guide

LXer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:01
One of the major work of a System Administrator is User & Group Management. We have to create new users & groups, delete old ones, providing users access to a group or folder etc etc....

Meltdown/Spectre fixes made AWS CPUs cry, says SolarWinds

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 02:37
CPU utilization up, throughput down, but a second fix may have restored normal service

Log-sniffing vendor SolarWinds has used its own wares to chronicle the application of Meltdown and Spectre patches on its own Amazon Web Services infrastructure, and the results make for ugly viewing.…

German Bar Association says Nein to patent court block effort

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 02:01
Good news for UPC advocates, bad news for EPO staff

The effort to create a single patent court system for Europe has been given a boost with a response from the German Bar Association arguing that a complaint against the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) should be thrown out.…

Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:33
And warms to a kind of speculative execution for Tabs, too. Really.

Mozilla’s announced it will add a “policy engine” to the next extended support (ESR) release of its Firefox browser.…

Hands on With System76's Beautiful Linux Distro Pop!_OS

LXer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:06
Linux system manufacturer System76 introduced a beautiful looking Linux distribution called Pop!_OS. But is Pop OS worth an install? Read the Pop OS review and find out yourself.

Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:02
Transaction costs more than chicken, which would go cold by the time BTC change hands

KFC’s Canadian wing has started selling chicken for Bitcoin.…

France may protect citizens' liberté with ban on foreigners buying local big data firms

TheRegister - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 00:02
AI and other tech could go on 'not to be acquired' list

France is considering regulating foreign takeovers of businesses in the data protection and artificial intelligence sectors, minister for the economy Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.…

City of Barcelona Dumps Windows For Linux and Open Source Software

Slashdot - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 23:39
An anonymous reader quotes Open Source Observatory: The City of Barcelona is migrating its computer systems away from the Windows platform, reports the Spanish newspaper El País. The City's strategy is first to replace all user applications with open-source alternatives, until the underlying Windows operating system is the only proprietary software remaining. In a final step, the operating system will be replaced with Linux... According to Francesca Bria, the Commissioner of Technology and Digital Innovation at the City Council, the transition will be completed before the current administration's mandate ends in spring 2019. For starters, the Outlook mail client and Exchange Server will be replaced with Open-Xchange. In a similar fashion, Internet Explorer and Office will be replaced with Firefox and LibreOffice, respectively. The Linux distribution eventually used will probably be Ubuntu, since the City of Barcelona is already running 1,000 Ubuntu-based desktops as part of a pilot... Barcelona is the first municipality to have joined the European campaign 'Public Money, Public Code'. This campaign is an initiative of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and revolves around an open letter advocating that publicly funded software should be free. Currently, this call to public agencies is supported by more than 100 organisations and almost 15,000 individuals. With the new open-source strategy, Barcelona's City Council aims to avoid spending large amounts of money on licence-based software and to reduce its dependence on proprietary suppliers through contracts that in some cases have been closed for decades.

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Introducing the CAPS0ff Project

LXer - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 23:12
How you can help retrieve ROM data for classic video games.
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