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OpenZFS Removed Offensive Terminology From Its Code

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-06-12 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday evening, ZFS founding developer Matthew Ahrens submitted what should have been a simple, non-controversial pull request to the OpenZFS project: wherever possible without causing technical issues, the patch removed references to "slaves" and replaced them with "dependents." This patch in question doesn't change the way the code functions -- it simply changes variable names in a way that brings them in conformance with Linux upstream device-mapper terminology, in 48 total lines of code (42 removed and 48 added; with one comment block expanded slightly to be more descriptive). But this being the Internet, unfortunately, outraged naysayers descended on the pull request, and the comments were quickly closed to non-contributors. I first became aware of this as the moderator of the r/zfs subreddit where the overflow spilled once comments on the PR itself were no longer possible. "The horrible effects of human slavery continue to impact society," writes Ahrens in his pull request. "The casual use of the term 'slave' in computer software is an unnecessary reference to a painful human experience." Ahrens' pull request has been reviewed by fellow lead developers Brian Behlendorf and Ryan Moeller and merged into the OpenZFS project repository.

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Adobe kills off Advertising Cloud, notes pause in enterprise spending, but is weathering COVID-19 crisis

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 12:10
Sales miss Wall Street forecasts by $300m, share price dips 4.7%

If COVID-19 had showed up years before Adobe found the cloud and forced customers into an online subscription model, fortunes at the reassuringly expensive maker of software for creative types might have been very different right about now.…

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Full stack, C++, and backend developers in demand in this week's job openings

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 11:38
Place your job ads with us for free or take some time to browse the listings for suitable roles

Job Alert It's Friday and that means it's time for The Reg to run our free job listings…

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City of London Corporation explores options to escape Oracle's clutches

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 10:45
Tests market for SaaSy alternative to Oracle E-business, wants one system to rule HR, finance, payroll, property management...

The City of London Corporation is dipping its toe in the market for a new ERP provider as it approaches the end of support for the Oracle E-Business Suite that is currently running its main financial systems.…

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Are you having a hard time following what Microsoft is trying to do with .NET 5.0? You're not the only one

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 10:01
'Even as the release blog writer, I find this difficult'

Microsoft kicked off Preview 5 of its open-source framework with an admission that describing the bigger picture can prove tricky, even for its own staffers.…

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Twitch Streamers Receive a Flood of Music Copyright Claims For Old Clips

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-06-12 10:00
"It looks like Twitch streamers are the latest targets for coordinated DMCA attacks," writes Slashdot reader stikves. "What is more concerning is that these could potentially cripple their accounts." Engadget reports: The company has acknowledged (via Evening Standard) a "sudden influx" of DMCA takedown requests against streamers for allegedly violating music copyright in clips captured by viewers between 2017 and 2019. As each request potentially represents a strike against an account, this raises the threat of permanent bans for streamers who might get three strikes with relatively little warning -- and for clips they didn't even choose to create. The Amazon-owned service is recommending that broadcasters delete any affected clips. However, it's a very slow process. You can only delete a handful at a time, and popular streamers may have thousands of clips. Twitch said it was working to "make this [process] easier," but didn't elaborate how.

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Oh crap: UK's digital overlords moot new rules to help telcos lay fibre in sewer pipes

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 09:15
That's the Department of Fun to you

In order to meet its full-fibre pledges, the UK government is examining the possibility of giving broadband firms access to more than a million kilometres of underground infrastructure owned by other utility firms: including electricity, gas, water, and sewerage networks.…

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Microsoft tweaks its 'New Outlook' for Mac – but no support for Exchange on-premises yet

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 08:30
Modern and fluid design: but it will be very different from Outlook on Windows

Microsoft has plugged some key gaps in its "new Outlook" for macOS, currently in preview and given a fresh update just a few days ago, but the product still has puzzling omissions that drive users back to the old version.…

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Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 07:48
There's a standard edition with a Blu-Ray and an SSD-only digital edition. Price remains secret

Sony has revealed the fifth iteration of its PlayStation gaming console – and this time it comes in two variants.…

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'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 07:15
Mail. Forward. Send. Repeat

On Call Friday is upon us once again, bringing with it all the promise of the weekend and a cheeky adult beverage or eight. Unless, of course, you're cursed to be On Call.…

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AWS flexes more cloudy Arm CPUs – and suggests they'll outpace competition over time

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 07:02
Adds memory-optimised and compute-optimised instance types powered by homegrown silicon

Amazon Web Services has fired up two new EC2 instance types running its homegrown Arm-based Graviton2 processors, repeated the claims that they significantly out-perform the x86 silicon on which it built its business, and reckoned Arm will outpace other architectures.…

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Plastic Rain In Protected Areas of the United States

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-06-12 07:00
Writing today in the journal Science, researchers report a startling discovery: After collecting rainwater and air samples for 14 months, they calculated that over 1,000 metric tons of microplastic particles fall into 11 protected areas in the western U.S. each year. That's the equivalent of over 120 million plastic water bottles. Wired: To quantify just how bad the problem has become across the American West, the researchers used collectors in 11 national parks and protected areas, sampling both rain and air. Each had a "wet" bucket to collect rainwater, and a "dry" bucket to collect air. A sensor would detect rainfall and open up the "wet" bucket while closing the dry one. And vice versa when it's sunny out, so the dry bucket would collect microplastic particles carried on the wind while the wet bucket stayed shut. The researchers also modeled where each particular storm they collected rain from had originated, looking at the size of the cities it traveled through before dumping water, and microplastics, into the wet bucket. Overall, they found that a stunning 98 percent of samples collected over a year contained microplastic particles. On average, 4 percent of captured atmospheric particulates were actually synthetic polymers. The particles that fell in rain were larger than those deposited by wind -- lighter particles are more easily caught up in air currents. Microfibers, from sources like polyester clothing, made up 66 percent of the synthetic material in wet samples and 70 percent in dry samples. Plus, the team wasn't able to count clear or white particles and fibers with their equipment, so their tally is likely conservative.

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ConnectWise issues a slightly scary but unusually significant security advisory

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 06:27
Because IT service providers use ConnectWise to run your IT and this is its first-ever bug report

ConnectWise isn’t a vendor most Reg readers deal with directly, but the fact the company has just issued its first-ever security advisory deserves attention.…

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Trend Micro pulls another app over security fears: This time, the Privacy Browser in the Dr Safety Android suite

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 06:03
Some bugs prove very persistant

Trend Micro has pulled the Privacy Browser from its Dr Safety Android security suite following the discovery of a reoccurring flaw that could be abused to trick people into thinking malicious pages were legit.…

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Infosys turns pandemic experience into ‘Return to workplace solutions’

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 04:50
Cloud-and-AI powered video surveillance, maybe even GPS and wearables, to detect close-standers and mask-avoiders

Indian services giant Infosys has turned the COVID-19 pandemic into a new range of “Return to workplace solutions.”…

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Taiwan aims to trump China with new display tech industry development plan

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 03:45
Just comes right out and says it will leverage twin crises of trade tension and pandemic

Taiwan’s government has explicitly stated it plans to boost the nation’s display technology industry to take advantage of 2020’s twin crises: US-China trade tensions and the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Zoom Confirms Beijing Asked It To Suspend Activists Over Tiananmen Square Meetings

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-06-12 03:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Axios: U.S. video conferencing company Zoom issued a statement on Thursday acknowledging that the Chinese government requested that it suspend the accounts of several U.S.- and Hong Kong-based Chinese activists for holding events commemorating the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Zoom claims that it only took action because the Chinese government informed the company that "this activity is illegal in China" and that meeting metadata showed "a significant number of mainland China participants." Zoom said it does not have the ability to block participants from a certain country, and so it made the decision to end some of the meetings and suspend the host accounts. Zoom said that it will no longer allow requests from the Chinese government to impact anyone outside of mainland China, and that it is working on technology that will allow it to remove or block participants based on geography. The statement indicates that Zoom is agreeing to China's demands to construct an in-company censorship apparatus to prevent mainland users from accessing sensitive meetings.

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Arm wrestle round two: Chinese outpost says it's fired the replacement CEO foisted on it by HQ

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 02:28
Arm China says nothing counts without a board meeting

A spat between chip designer Arm and its Chinese business escalated yesterday after Arm China said it had fired one of the people that the company's headquarters had promoted to be interim CEO.…

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After IBM axed its face-recog tech, the rest of the dominoes fell like a house of cards: Amazon and now Microsoft. Checkmate

TheRegister - Fri, 2020-06-12 01:26
At least its bandwagon-detection AI still works

Microsoft said on Thursday it will not sell facial-recognition software to the police in the US until there is federal law to regulate the technology.…

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Crypto Exchange Quadriga Was a Fraud and Founder Was Running Ponzi Scheme, Regulator Says

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-06-12 01:25
The Quadriga cryptocurrency exchange that saw millions of dollars disappear just as its founder died was a "fraud" and Ponzi scheme, according to the Ontario Securities Commission. CBC.ca reports: The regulator said Thursday that Vancouver-based Quadriga's late founder Gerald Cotten committed fraud by opening accounts under aliases and crediting himself with fictitious currency and crypto asset balances, which he traded with unsuspecting clients. Cotten, the OSC said in a new report, ran into a shortfall in assets available to satisfy client withdrawals when the price of the crypto assets changed. He started running a Ponzi scheme that covered the shortfall with other clients' deposits, the agency determined. "What happened at Quadriga was an old-fashioned fraud wrapped in modern technology," the OSC said. "Quadriga did not consider its business to involve securities trading and it did not register with any securities regulator. This lack of registration facilitated Cotten's ability to commit a large-scale fraud without detection. So did the absence of internal oversight over Cotten." On Thursday, the OSC attributed about $115 million of the $169 million clients lost to Cotten's "fraudulent" trading. Another $28 million was lost when Cotten used client assets on three external crypto asset trading platforms without authorization or disclosure. The OSC said he also misappropriated millions in client assets to fund his "lavish" lifestyle and because he was in sole control of the company ever since 2016, he "ran the business as he saw fit, with no proper system of internal oversight or controls or proper books and records." "Ernst & Young, Quadriga's bankruptcy trustee, was only able to recover $46 million in assets to pay out to clients," the report adds.

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