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Storied veteran Spitfire slapped with chrome paint job takes off on round-the-world jaunt

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 18:22
Supermarine Mk IX on four-month slog for RAF centenary

A restored and defanged Supermarine Spitfire has just taken off from Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, England, on a round-the-world trip.…

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8chan Goes Dark After Hardware Provider Discontinues Service

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-08-05 17:55
Internet hate forum 8chan has gone dark after web services company Voxility banned the site -- and also banned 8chan's new host Epik, which had been leasing web space from it. From a report: Epik began working with 8chan over the weekend after web services giant Cloudflare cut off service, following the latest of at least three mass shootings linked to 8chan. But Stanford researcher Alex Stamos noted that Epik seemed to lease servers from Voxility, and when Voxility discovered the content, it cut ties with Epik almost immediately. "As soon as we were notified of the content that Epik was hosting, we made the decision to totally ban them," Voxility business development VP Maria Sirbu told The Verge. Sirbu said it was unlikely that Voxility would work with Epik again. "This is the second situation we've had with the reseller and this is not tolerable," she said.

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Twitter Users Are Escaping Online Hate by Switching Profiles To Germany

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-08-05 17:25
An anonymous reader shares a report: A couple years ago, a friend invited Carl Perez to a virtual world promising online discourse free of Nazis. That world was Germany. Perez, who uses gender-neutral pronouns, didn't fly from their home in Colorado to escape the hatred they saw online. Instead, Perez simply changed their Twitter account location. "Since then, I've seen pretty much no nationalist content," they said. Perez is not alone in trying to escape a sea of hate by virtually jumping ship to Germany. But local residents and researchers say German Twitter is not exactly the internet utopia some imagine. "We are not the paradise of social media without any hate speech whatsoever," said Stephan Dreyer, a senior media law and governance researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in Germany. While the most obvious expressions of Nazism and racism may be harder to find on Twitter accounts with their locations set to Germany, there is still plenty of coded content that slips through the cracks, Dreyer said. Twitter users often point to the company's content policy in Germany to argue it should be able to identify and remove Nazis from the platform in other regions. When Maureen Colford learned about the location setting "hack" to filter out Nazis, she said she was "amazed that somehow Twitter manages to do this in Germany," and wondered, "why can't they do this everywhere?"

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Seagate spins off a bit of cash from slowing disk drive business

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 16:59
Flash? Pa-ahh! Better to put dollars into disk

Seagate's MACH.2 dual-actuator tech will begin shipping later this calendar year, starting "around" the 20TB capacity point, the firm's CEO Dave Mosley has confirmed.…

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UK-based Mobile-Only Bank Monzo Admits To Storing Payment Card PINs in Internal Logs

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-08-05 16:45
Monzo, a mobile-only bank operating in the UK, admitted today to storing payment card PINs inside internal logs. From a report: The company is now notifying all impacted customers and urging users to change card PINs the next time they use a cash machine. Monzo described the issue as a "bug" that occurred when Monzo customers used two specific features of their Monzo mobile apps -- namely the feature that reminds users of their card number and the feature for canceling standing orders. When Monzo customers used one of these two features, they'd be asked to enter their account PIN, for authorization purposes, but unbeknowst to them, the PIN would also be logged inside Monzo's internal logs. Monzo said these logs were encrypted and that only a few employees had access to the data stored inside. The company said it discovered the bug on Friday, August 2, and spent all weekend removing PIN numbers from its internal logs.

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The sea is dangerous and no one likes robots, so why not send a drone on rescue missions?

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 16:38
UK.gov offers £990k for pilotless pilot

The UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is coughing up just shy of a million quid to see how drones could help with sea rescue and surveillance operations.…

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Elon Musk Hints at Tesla's Secret Project 'Dojo' Making the Difference in Race To Full Self-Driving

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-08-05 16:03
Elon Musk set an aggressive deadline for Tesla to achieve full self-driving capability, but the electric automaker might have an ace up its sleeve that mostly went under the radar: project 'Dojo.' Electrek: Over the weekend, Musk hinted that it could make the difference. During Tesla's Autonomy Day earlier this year, Musk and other Tesla executives gave presentations about what the company is doing to try to achieve full self-driving capability by the end of next year. While most people were focused on the unveiling of Tesla's new HW3 'Full Self-Driving Computer,' which was being explained for the first time and is now installed in all new Tesla vehicles, there was a brief mention of another computer, the Dojo computer, that Tesla is working on and it could be a game-changer. Last weekend, Musk was asked about the secret project and while the CEO didn't reveal anything new, he did hint that it could make the difference. During Autonomy Day, Musk briefly mentioned the project 'Dojo': "We do have a major program at Tesla which we don't have enough time to talk about today called "Dojo." That's a super powerful training computer. The goal of Dojo will be to be able to take in vast amounts of data and train at a video level and do unsupervised massive training of vast amounts of video with the Dojo program -- or Dojo computer."

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Waiting for Amos: SpaceX delays satellite launch as it tries hard not to blow this one up

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 15:59
Also: ISS traffic, Intelsat results and India swings ever closer to the Moon

Roundup Space fans enjoyed a busy week thanks to a plethora of spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, India continuing its journey to the Moon and SpaceX teasing its next launch.…

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Huawei Tests Smartphone With Own OS, Could Potentially Start Selling Them Later This Year

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-08-05 15:25
Huawei is testing a smartphone equipped with Hongmeng, the company's self-developed operating system, which could potentially go on sale by the end of this year, Chinese state-media outlet Global Times reported. From a report: The release of a Hongmeng-powered smartphone would mark a major step for China's Huawei, the world's second-biggest maker of smartphones, as U.S. government actions threaten its access to Google's Android operating system. The device will be priced at around 2,000 yuan ($288), the Global Times said on Sunday, citing unnamed sources. That will place the device toward the low-end segment of the smartphone market. Huawei executives have previously described Hongmeng as an operating system designed for internet-of-things products. Last month the company said the first major devices powered by Hongmeng would be its upcoming line of Honor-brand smart TVs.

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BT flogs off its fleet vehicle maintenance arm to German private equity types Aurelius

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 15:23
Press 2 for a new van

BT is selling its fleet vehicle maintenance and leasing business to German private equity firm Aurelius.…

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Violent Video Games Don't Cause Mass Shootings, Study Says

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-08-05 14:42
From a report: Violent video games (and television and movies) have been a frequent scapegoat for acts of real-world violence. But it's hard to ignore the fact that video games are popular all over the world, yet mass shootings aren't common in most of those places. Naturally, that was the case put forth by the Entertainment Software Association, the video game industry's trade group. "Violent crime has been decreasing in our country at the very time that video games have been increasing in popularity," the group said in a statement. "And other societies, where video games are played as avidly, do not contend with the tragic levels of violence that occur in the U.S." The same case is also backed up by academic research. "Study after study has established that there is no causal link between video games and real world violence," the ESA said.

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Microsoft hikes cost of licensing its software on rival public clouds, introduces Azure 'Dedicated' Hosts

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 14:26
Use Microsoft software on dedicated servers hosted on public cloud? Get ready to pay more

Microsoft has introduced a preview of Azure Dedicated Host, which provides a physical server hosted on Azure and not shared with other customers.…

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Half of All Google Chrome Extensions Have Fewer Than 16 Installs

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-08-05 14:05
There are 188,620 extensions available on the Chrome Web Store, and while you might think this provides a wide variety of choices for Chrome users, in reality, most of these extensions are dead or dwindling, with very few having active installations. From a report: All in all, about 50% of all Chrome extensions have fewer than 16 installs, meaning that half of the Chrome extension ecosystem is actually more of a ghost town, according to a recent scan of the entire Chrome Web Store conducted by Extension Monitor. Further, 19,379 extensions (just over 10%) have zero installs, and 25,540 extensions (13% of the total) have just one user. The scan found that there are very few Chrome extensions that managed to establish a dedicated userbase. According to Extension Monitor, around 87% of all extensions have fewer than 1,000 installs.

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Class-action sueball flung at Capital One and GitHub over theft of 106 million folks' details

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 13:35
Data loss is lawyers' gain

Code repository GitHub and credit card flinger Capital One are facing down a potential class action suit in the US accusing them of negligence over the loss of 106 million individuals' personal data.…

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Microsoft's Windows Terminal preview gets jiggy with Azure – but emphasis on 'preview'

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 13:00
Open-source command line fun and ga- oh. It crashed again.

Microsoft continued its breakneck pace of Windows Terminal development with a major update to its open source command line baby over the weekend.…

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We've, um, changed our password policy, says CafePress amid reports of 23m pwned accounts

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 12:46
Three-quarters of email addys already in breach database

Twee T-shirts 'n' merch purveyor CafePress had 23 million user records swiped – reportedly back in February – and this morning triggered a mass password reset, calling it a change in internal policy.…

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Disabled by default: Microsoft ups the ante in its war against VBScript on Internet Explorer

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 11:28
Will the last IE 11 user please turn out the lights?

Microsoft is dealing with the seemingly never-ending dribble of security problems with VBScript by muffling its cries. In Internet Explorer 11, at least.…

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I miss him already, says judge as Mike Lynch's court marathon ends

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 10:37
Just another few months of others' testimony to go

Autonomy Trial The judge in the long-running Autonomy trial has joked that it's a "very strange feeling" not to see the British firm's former CEO in the witness box after Mike Lynch's marathon testimony to the High Court finally ended.…

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Possible Link Found Between Body Weight and the Immune System

Slashdot - Mon, 2019-08-05 10:34
The Atlantic talked to Lora Hooper, chair of the immunology department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, one of the researchers investigating gut microbes, inflammation, and what may be a very important connection. They note that the rise of antibiotic usage among humans "coincides with the obesity epidemic." This could be a spurious correlation, of course -- lots of things have been on the rise since the '50s. But dismissing it entirely would require ignoring a growing body of evidence that our metabolic health is inseparable from the health of our gut microbes... While other researchers focused on the gut microbiome itself, [Hooper] took an interest in the immune system. Specifically, she wanted to know how an inflammatory response could influence these microscopic populations, and thus be related to weight gain. Over the past decade or so, multiple studies have shown that obese adults mount less effective immune responses to vaccinations, and that both overweight and underweight people have elevated rates of infection. But these were long assumed to be effects of obesity, not causes. "When I started my lab there wasn't much known about how the immune system perceives the gut microbes," Hooper says. "A lot of people thought the gut immune system might be sort of blind to them." To her, it was obvious that this couldn't be the case. The human gut is host to about 100 trillion bacteria. They serve vital metabolic functions, but can quickly kill a person if they get into the bloodstream. "So clearly the immune system has got to be involved in maintaining them," she says. It made sense to her that even subtle changes in the functioning of the immune system could influence microbial populations -- and, hence, weight gain and metabolism. This theory was borne out late last month in a paper in Science... [T]his experiment is a demonstration of principle: The immune system helps control the composition of the gut microbiome. Slashdot reader Beeftopia submitted the story, noting that even the North American Meat Institute, the largest trade group representing meat processors, acknowledges that the use of some antibiotics "can destroy certain bacteria in the gut and help livestock and poultry convert feed to muscle more quickly causing more rapid growth." [PDF, page 4]. "Inflammation plays a critical role in determining how we digest food," writes the Atlantic, "and it's only now starting to reveal itself."

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Cloudflare punts far-right hate hole 8chan off the internet after 30 slayed in US mass shootings

TheRegister - Mon, 2019-08-05 09:55
Image board cesspit will be back in one way or another

Cloudflare has yanked its services from 8chan, the "lawless" 4chan spinoff forum favoured by far-right nuts and paedophiles, after two mass shootings in the US over the weekend left nearly 30 people dead.…

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