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UK cops run machine learning trials on live police operations. Unregulated. What could go wrong? – report

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:18
RUSI: How about some codes of practice, transparency, for starters?

The use of machine learning algorithms by UK police forces is unregulated, with little research or evidence that new systems work, a report has said.…

Red Hat CEO Optimistic About OpenShift 4.0 as RHEL Lags

LXer - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:10
Red Hat reports second quarter revenue of $823M, as interest in container technology continues to grow

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 04:44
Mindlessly self-indulgent app developers have a laugh at our expense

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I can't get it up. Give me a few moments and I'll try again. Yes, I have tried rubbing it but thanks for the suggestion. What's that? I'm grasping it too firmly? Or I'm flashing in the wrong direction? Tell you what, I'll keep fiddling with it while you satisfy one of your other customers.…

Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 04:03
Robot is 'responsive' but for some reason it can't transmit science data

Since last weekend, an as-yet-undiagnosed glitch in the Mars Curiosity Rover has baffled boffins at NASA.…

What is Istio?

LXer - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 03:56
One of the key metrics or performance indicator of a microservices software architecture and environment is lead time (the amount of time it takes to get from idea to production). Many things have an impact on lead time, such as decision-making time, how quickly the code can be implemented, testing, continuous integration, etc.[This is part one of my ten-part Introduction to Istio series, originally published on Red Hat Developers.]read more

Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 03:13
Biz decides it's cheaper to bring in minimum wage jockey than fix database

On-Call Friday has rolled around, regular as clockwork, and we celebrate the end of the week in the time-honoured way: On-Call, our regular column for techies to vent about frustrations from days gone by.…

Fallover Friday: NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank go TITSUP*

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 02:50
British banking public biffed a day after Barclays blunder

Updated Online and mobile banking services from RBS Group subsidiaries NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Ulster Bank crashed at around 5am this morning and remain down.…

calcurse – free calendar and scheduling application for the command line

LXer - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 02:41
calcurse is an open source, text-based calendar and scheduling application. The software keeps track of events, appointments and everyday tasks.

Never mind Brexit. UK must fling more £billions at nuke subs, say MPs

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 02:16
New boats, decommissioning old ones, skills shortage...

The Ministry of Defence has too many bigshots and not enough grunts – or cash – to reliably keep Britain’s nuclear deterrent hiding beneath the ocean waves, according to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.…

How to Create a Swap File in Linux

LXer - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 01:27
A better alternative to a typical swap partition is to use a swap file, which is similar but gives you more control. Here’s how to create a swap file in Linux.

Head for sunny Nice to catch up with the fast-moving world of software development

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 01:06
DevOps World | Jenkins World makes its European debut

Promo A survey by analyst firm Forrester found last year that half of its developer respondents had already rolled out DevOps practices, and a further 27 percent plan to do so.…

First Hydrogen-Powered Train Hits the Tracks In Germany

Slashdot - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 01:00
"French train-building company Alstom built two hydrogen-powered trains and delivered them to Germany last weekend, where they'll zoom along a 62-mile stretch of track that runs from the northern cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervorde, and Buxtehude," reports Ars Technica. "The new trains replace their diesel-powered counterparts and are the first of their kind, but they are likely not the last. Alstom is contracted to deliver 14 more hydrogen-powered trains, called Coradia iLint trains, before 2021." From the report: The trains are an initial step toward lowering Germany's transportation-related emissions, a sector that has been intractable for policy makers in the country. But hydrogen fuel faces some chicken-and-egg-type problems. Namely, hydrogen is difficult to store, and making it a truly zero-emissions source of fuel requires renewable electricity to perform water electrolysis. The more common option for creating hydrogen fuel involves natural gas reforming, which is not a carbon-neutral process. The advantages of hydrogen fuel cells are that -- unlike battery-powered vehicles -- refueling a hydrogen-powered vehicle is just as fast as a vehicle powered by fossil fuels. No sitting around and charging overnight is required. Trains tend not to be battery-powered when they're electric, however, because they're so heavy. Electric train systems tend to use catenary systems, with electrified cables providing electricity to the train. But over long distances, setting up an external electricity source can be expensive. Both trains have a reported range of 1,000km (621 miles) and can reach top speeds of 140km/h (87mph). Cost is unknown, although Alstom's press release says that Lower Saxony, the German state where the trains will run, supported the purchase of the 14 additional trains with $94.5 million.

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How To Install Jenkins on CentOS 7

LXer - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 00:13
Jenkins is an open source, Java-based automation server that offers an easy way to set up a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline. This tutorial will walk you through the steps of installing Jenkins on a CentOS 7 system using the official Jenkins repository.

Got any ecsta-sea? Boffins get octopuses high on MDMA – for science, duh

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 00:01
Reach for the lasers, with all eight arms!

Humans and octopuses may have drastically different brains, but both react in a surprisingly similar way when under the effects of the drug MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy.…

Bouncing robots land on asteroid 180m miles away amid mission to fetch sample for Earth

TheRegister - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 23:17
Second time lucky for Japan after first try proved a bust

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has landed a pair of tiny drum-like hopping robots on the surface of asteroid Ryugu.…

KaOS Linux Gets the KDE Applications 18.08 Treatment, Latest Calamares Installer

LXer - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 22:58
KaOS Linux got a new release that brings all the latest software updates, as well as various improvements and bug fixes need to enrich users' experience when using the operating system on their personal computers.

Building a Secure Ecosystem for Node.js

LXer - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 21:44
At Node+JS Interactive, attendees collaborate face to face, network, and learn how to improve their skills with JS in serverless, IoT, and more. Stephanie Evans, Content Manager for Back-end Web Development at LinkedIn Learning, will be speaking at the upcoming conference about building a secure ecosystem for Node.js. Here she answers a few questions about teaching and learning basic security practices.

Facebook Will Open a 'War Room' Next Week To Monitor Election Interference

Slashdot - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 21:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Sheera Frankel and Mike Isaac [write from The New York Times]: "Sandwiched between Building 20 and Building 21 in the heart of Facebook's campus, an approximately 25-foot by 35-foot conference room is under construction. Thick cords of blue wiring hang from the ceiling, ready to be attached to window-size computer monitors on 16 desks. On one wall, a half dozen televisions will be tuned to CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other major cable networks. A small paper sign with orange lettering taped to the glass door describes what's being built: "War Room." Set to open next week, the conference room is in keeping with Facebook's nick-of-time approach to midterm election preparedness. (It introduced a "pilot program" for candidate account security on Monday.) It's a big project. Samidh Chakrabarti, who oversees elections and civic engagement, told the Times: "We see this as probably the biggest companywide reorientation since our shift from desktops to mobile phones." Of course, the effort extends beyond the new conference room. Chakrabarti showed the Times a new internal tool "that helps track information flowing across the social network in real time," helping to identify misinformation as it goes viral or a surge in the creation of new (and likely fake) accounts.

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Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

TheRegister - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 21:13
Infosec bod claims he glimpsed sensitive personal info left on unwiped servers

Servers that once belonged to defunct Canadian gadget retailer NCIX turned up on the second-hand market without being wiped – and their customer data sold overseas – it is claimed.…

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