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NPM Inc settles union-busting complaints on third try – after CEO trolled for ordering internal mole hunt

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-07-02 21:28
Stuffed mole toys arrive at JavaScript biz after chief exec demands to know who was talking to El Reg

JavaScript package registry NPM Inc and three fired employees locked in a labor rights battle reached a settlement on Friday, The Register has learned. The deal was finally brokered during fresh negotiations after a second round of talks broke down earlier last week.…

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This major internet routing blunder took A WEEK to fix. Why so long? It was IPv6 – and no one really noticed

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-07-02 21:09
When you meant to type /127 but entered /12 instead

Last week, an internet routing screw-up propagated by Verizon for three hours sparked havoc online, leading to significant press attention and industry calls for greater network security.…

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Oracle On Why It Thinks AWS Winning Pentagon's $10 Billion Jedi Cloud Contract Stinks

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-07-02 20:50
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Ahead of its first day in a U.S. federal claims court in Washington DC, Oracle has outlined its position against the Pentagon's award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract to Amazon Web Services. Big Red's lengthy filing questions the basis of Uncle Sam's procurement procedure as well as Amazon's hiring of senior Department of Defense staff involved in that procurement process. Oracle's first day in court is set for 10 July. The JEDI deal could be worth up to $10 billion over 10 years. The Department of Defense handed the contract to AWS after deciding that only Amazon and Microsoft could meet the minimum security standards required in time. Oracle's filing said that U.S. "warfighters and taxpayers have a vested interest in obtaining the best services through lawful, competitive means... Instead, DoD (with AWS's help) has delivered a conflict-ridden mess in which hundreds of contractors expressed an interest in JEDI, over 60 responded to requests for information, yet only the two largest global cloud providers can clear the qualification gates." The company said giving JEDI, with its "near constant technology refresh requirements", to just one company was in breach of procurement rules. It accused the DoD of gaming the metrics used in the process to restrict competition for the contract. Oracle also accused Amazon of breaking the rules by hiring two senior DoD staff, Deap Ubhi and Anthony DeMartino, who were involved in the JEDI procurement process. Ubhi is described as "lead PM." A third name is redacted in the publicly released filing. The DoD, which is expected to make an offer to settle the case in late August, said in a statement: "We anticipate a court decision prior to that time. The DoD will comply with the court's decision. While the acquisition and litigation processes are proceeding independently the JEDI implementation will be subject to the determination of the court." The 50-page filing can be found here (PDF).

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Facebook Downgrades Posts That Promote Miracle Cures

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-07-02 20:10
Facebook said on Tuesday that it's downgrading content that makes dubious health claims, including posts that try to sell or promote "miracle cures." From a report: Big technology platforms have faced growing criticism over the spread of fake or misleading content. Reports emerged last year that Facebook had been featuring homemade cancer "cures" more prominently than genuine information from renowned organizations, such as cancer research charities. And a few months back, a separate report found that YouTube videos were promoting bleach as a cure for autism. Facebook also recently said it would crack down on anti-vaccine content. The fight against digital misinformation is ongoing, and it isn't limited to spurious health cures. "In order to help people get accurate health information and the support they need, it's imperative that we minimize health content that is sensational or misleading," Facebook product manager Travis Yeh wrote in a blog post.

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We are shocked to learn that China, an oppressive surveillance state, injects spyware into visitors' phones

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-07-02 19:55
Border police accused of loading visitors' mobiles up with snoop app in Muslim area

Authorities in a tumultuous region of China have been accused of loading spyware onto the smartphones of people visiting.…

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Google Earth Ported To Browsers With WebAssembly

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-07-02 19:30
The Google Earth team recently released a beta preview of a WebAssembly port of Google Earth. The new port runs in Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers, including Edge (Canary version) and Opera, as well as Firefox. From a report: The port thus brings cross-browser support to the existing Earth For Web version, which uses the native C++ codebase and Chrome's Native Client (NaCl) technology. Difference in multi-threading support between browsers leads to varying performance. Google Earth was released 14 years ago and allowed users to explore the earth through the comfort of their home. This original version of Google Earth was released as a native C++ based application intended for desktop install because rendering the whole world in real time required advanced technologies that weren't available in the browser. Google Earth was subsequently introduced for Android and iOS smartphones, leveraging the existing C++ codebase through technologies such as NDK and Objective-C++. In 2017, Google Earth was released for the Chrome browser, using Google's Native Client (NaCl) to compile the C++ code and run it in the browser.

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Choice To Pay Ransomware Might Be Simpler Than You'd Think

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-07-02 18:50
The conventional wisdom about ransomware is that when local governments pay the ransom, it encourages more criminals to launch more attacks. But that's not necessarily the case, experts say. From a report:The costs of recovering from a ransomware attack are often greater than the cost of the ransom. The victims of ransomware attacks are typically targets of opportunity, and cities generally aren't the primary targets. Corporations are -- and they often pay up. "The fact is, paying a ransom does not create a market," said Forrester Research's Josh Zelonis. "There already is a market." Riviera Beach and Lake City, Florida, paid a combined $1.1 million in ransom over about a week in June. Meanwhile, Atlanta spent $17 million restoring systems rather than pay a $50,000 ransom last year. Baltimore is likely to spend $10 million restoring its own systems refusing to pay a $75,000 ransom this year. The disruption to its city services may cost another $8 million. For some cities, the best response might be to pay the ransom, then use the millions of dollars that would have been spent on recovery to strengthen cyber defenses before the next attack. "If you don't learn from the past, you will end up being ransomed again," said Deborah Golden, the new head of Deloitte's cyber consultancy. Whether a city pays, doesn't pay, or has yet to be attacked, prevention will often save money.

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Microsoft wakes up, stretches, remembers: Oh yeah, we do Windows too. And lo, SQL Server 2019 Windows-based container emerges

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-07-02 18:49
Also: Still rocking SQL Server 2008? The end is near

The brave souls in Microsoft's SQL Server 2019 Early Adopter Program can now get their hands on Windows-based container images of the venerable database software. Previously, Linux-based container images were available.…

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US Retail Group -- Which Represents Walmart, Target, and Best Buy -- Offers To Help Antitrust Investigators in Going After Amazon and Google

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-07-02 18:05
A leading U.S. retail group, whose members include Walmart, Target, Best Buy and others, has penned a letter to the Federal Trade Commission that details its concerns over big tech companies' dominance. From a report: The letter specifically calls out Amazon and Google for their control over the majority of internet product searches, how price and product information reaches consumers and other concerns. The letter, written by The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), urges the FTC to take a closer look at the big tech platforms. The group also offers to help in any antitrust investigations. "It should...be quite concerning to the Commission that Amazon and Google control the majority of all Internet product search, and can very easily affect whether and how price and product information actually reaches consumers," write the RILA. "Moreover, these firms are extraordinarily adept at determining how small changes in the way in which information is conveyed affect consumer behavior -- given that nearly everything they do is driven by big-data science and machine learning models," the letter continues. "To put the matter as simply as possible, a firm does not need to have the power to control prices if it has the power to control effective access to price information," it says. The RILA says it understands the consumer benefits to e-commerce, in that it provides fast and efficient access to products at a scale that exceeds what's possible in the physical realm. But it also presents their case where the major tech firms are called out as "bottleneck technology platforms," where information about products is not transparently shared with consumers.

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Would You Pay $30 a Month To Check Your Email?

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-07-02 17:26
The year is 2019, and the brainy engineers of Silicon Valley are hunkered down, working on transformative, next-generation technologies like self-driving cars, digital currencies and quantum computing. Meanwhile, the buzziest start-up in San Francisco is ... an expensive email app? From a report: A few months ago, I started hearing about something called Superhuman. It's an invitation-only service that costs $30 a month and promises "the fastest email experience ever made." Marc Andreessen, the influential venture capitalist, reportedly swore by it, as did tech bigwigs like Patrick and John Collison, the founders of Stripe. The app was rumored to have a waiting list of more than 100,000 people. "We have the who's who of Silicon Valley at this point," Superhuman's founder, Rahul Vohra, told me in an interview. The waiting list is actually 180,000 people long, he said, and some people are getting desperate. He showed me a photo of a gluten-free cake sent to Superhuman's office by a person who was hoping to score an invitation. "We have insane levels of virality that haven't been seen since Dropbox or Slack," Mr. Vohra added. Last month, Superhuman raised a $33 million investment round, led by Mr. Andreessen's firm, Andreessen Horowitz. That valued the company at roughly $260 million -- a steep valuation for an app with fewer than 15,000 customers, but one apparently justified by the company's trajectory and its support among fans, which borders on evangelical. [...] Signing up for Superhuman is not easy. First, you fill out a long questionnaire about your email habits and work flow. Then, if you're approved for access, there's a mandatory session in which a representative gives you a videoconference tutorial. In my case, Mr. Vohra spent a full hour teaching me how to use the app's features. Superhuman, which plugs into your existing email account, works with only Gmail and Google G Suite addresses for now, but the company plans to expand to other providers soon. Some of the app's features -- such as ones that let users undo sending, track when their emails are opened and automatically pull up a contact's LinkedIn profile -- are available in other third-party email plug-ins. But there are bells and whistles that I hadn't seen before. Like "instant intro," which moves the sender of an introductory email to bcc, saving you from having to manually re-enter that person's address. Or the scheduling feature, which sees that you're typing "next Tuesday" and automatically pulls up your calendar for that day. Superhuman promises to help V.I.P.s get through their inboxes twice as fast. Partly, that's because every command has a keyboard shortcut, so a busy power broker never has to waste precious seconds reaching for the mouse. And partly it's because the app itself is built for speed -- it stores information locally in a user's browser rather than retrieving it from Google's servers, which cuts down on the time required to surf between emails. Further reading: Superhuman is Spying on You.

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Xiaomi Threatens Legal Action Against Users Who Call Its Mimoji App a Copycat of Apple's Memoji

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-07-02 16:45
From a report: Apple's Memoji may have become the more popular 3D avatar feature for smartphones, but Xiaomi wants people to know that its similarly-named version -- Mimoji -- came first, despite increasingly confusing overlap between the apps' names and features. Moreover, it's apparently threatening legal action against writers who call it a copycat without providing proof. In September 2017, Apple introduced Animoji as an iPhone X-exclusive component of Messages, enabling the high-end smartphone's users to see their facial expressions rendered in augmented reality as one of 12 animated emoji glyphs, including pig, fox, rabbit, panda, and poop icons. [...] Writers and users in China found the similarities similar enough to call Xiaomi's version a clone, but after a day of "internal self-examination," the company challenged that on the Weibo social network. As Gizmochina notes, PR head Xu Jieyun posted the app's naming timeline, and said that the "functional logic difference between the two products is huge." It also promised "the next phase of action" against people who said it was copying Apple's Memoji without proof.

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Cloudy with a chance of colocation: Taiwan's Delta Electronics rolls out beastly 600kVA UPS

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-07-02 16:30
I like big data centres and I cannot lie

Taiwanese power distribution and thermal management specialist Delta Electronics has introduced a mammoth of a UPS system designed for the needs of the largest of bit barns.…

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China Is Forcing Tourists To Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-07-02 16:06
Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Suddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the German public broadcaster NDR has found. From the report: The Android malware, which is installed by a border guard when they physically seize the phone, also scans the tourist or traveller's device for a specific set of files, according to multiple expert analyses of the software. The files authorities are looking for include Islamic extremist content, but also innocuous Islamic material, academic books on Islam by leading researchers, and even music from a Japanese metal band. In no way is the downloading of tourists' text messages and other mobile phone data comparable to the treatment of the Uighur population in Xinjiang, who live under the constant gaze of facial recognition systems, CCTV, and physical searches. [...] The malware news shows that the Chinese government's aggressive style of policing and surveillance in the Xinjiang region has extended to foreigners, too. "[This app] provides yet another source of evidence showing how pervasive mass surveillance is being carried out in Xinjiang. We already know that Xinjiang residents -- particularly Turkic Muslims -- are subjected to round-the-clock and multidimensional surveillance in the region," Maya Wang, China senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, said. "What you've found goes beyond that: it suggests that even foreigners are subjected to such mass, and unlawful surveillance."

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I got 502 problems, and Cloudflare sure is one: Outage interrupts your El Reg-reading pleasure for almost half an hour

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-07-02 15:39
A chunk of the internet vanished today. Lucky it's not used for anything important, right?

Updated Cloudflare, the outfit noted for the slogan "helping build a better internet", had another wobble today as "network performance issues" rendered websites around the globe inaccessible.…

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More households invite creepy smart speakers indoors: Arch-slurper Google top dog for Q1

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-07-02 15:30
Chocolate Factory overtakes Amazon as European sales surge 45.1% – people clearly didn't hear the cries of frustrated Google Home users

Google's creepy and dare we say invasive smart home kit is outgrowing sales in Europe of the creepy and dare we say invasive equivalent from arch-rival Amazon.…

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Several Major Websites and Services Are Down Right Now Due To a Hosting-Platform Outage

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-07-02 15:28
No, it's not just you -- major websites across the internet are down as of Tuesday morning. From a report: That's because Cloudflare is experiencing issues, according to the website-hosting platform itself and hundreds of tweets from frustrated social media users. Cloudflare is an internet-hosting platform that many internet services rely on to remain functioning and protected in the case of a distributed denial-of-services (DDoS) attack. An outage from Cloudflare affects internet services globally. Flightradar, a site that tracks flights, is down, for example. And so is Coinbase Pro, a cryptocurrency service.

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NVIDIA Launches GeForce RTX 2080 Super, RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2060 Super GPUs, Aims To One-Up AMD With More Power For the Same Price

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-07-02 14:45
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA just launched three new GeForce RTX gaming GPUs to battle against AMD's forthcoming Radeon RX 5700 series. The GeForce RTX 2080 Super, GeForce RTX 2070 Super and GeForce RTX 2060 Super will all be shipping this month. GeForce RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2060 Super cards are out making the rounds in benchmark reviews, while the RTX 2080 Super will arrive in a couple of weeks. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super is more than just an overclocked RTX 2070 but actually based on the GeForce RTX 2080's TU104 NVIDIA Turing GPU with 40 active SMs, for a total of 2,560 CUDA cores at 1,605MHz and 1,770MHz base and boost clocks, respectively. The RTX 2060 Super is still based on the original TU106 GPU, but it has four additional SMs enabled, which brings the CUDA core count up to 2,176 (from 1,920) at a somewhat higher 1470MHz base clock and boost clock 30MHz lower at 1,650MHz. There is an additional 2GB of GDDR6 memory on the card too for a total of 8GB now. Performance-wise, both cards are significant upgrades over the originals, with roughly 10 -- 23 percent gains, depending on the resolution or application. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super is often faster than the pricier AMD Radeon VII, especially at 1440p. At 4K, however, the Radeon VII's memory bandwidth advantage often gives it an edge. The new GeForce RTX 2060 Super is faster than a Radeon RX Vega 64 more often than not. It will be interesting to see how these cards compete with AMD's Radeon RX 5700 Navi-based card when they arrive later this month. NVIDIA could have just thrown a wrench in the works for AMD.

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NASA smacks an Orion into the water with a successful Ascent Abort-2 Test

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-07-02 14:30
Parachutes not included as the Launch Abort System gets a work-out

NASA completed the Ascent Abort-2 test of its Orion spacecraft today, deliberately crashing a test version of the capsule into the ocean after successfully demonstrating the Launch Abort System (LAS) would do its thing.…

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Google's Jigsaw Was Supposed To Save the Internet. It Became a Toxic Mess Instead.

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-07-02 14:10
Google's internet freedom moonshot has gotten glowing attention for its ambitious projects. But current and former employees, leaked documents, and internal messages reveal a grim reality. From a report: It's an organization that over the years has earned a seemingly endless run of glowing press coverage: Jigsaw has been called the "internet justice league," an "elite think tank," and a team that is "fighting the darkest parts of the internet." While trying to save the internet from censorship, extremists, and hackers may sound like one of the best jobs in tech, more than a dozen current and former employees of Jigsaw told Motherboard that the reality inside Google's moonshot is bleak. [...] Current and former Jigsaw employees describe a toxic workplace environment, mismanagement, poor leadership, HR complaints that haven't resulted in action, retaliation against employees who speak up, and a chronic failure to retain talent, particularly women engineers and researchers. Sources describe a place full of well-intentioned people who are undermined by their own leaders; an organization that, despite the breathless headlines it has garnered, has done little to actually make the internet any better. Jigsaw's internal problems are driving away employees. Since mid-2018, a total of roughly two dozen Jigsaw employees have left, according to sources on the team. As of this week, Jigsaw has about 60 employees, according to a current employee.

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What happens in Vegas ... will probably go through the huge bit barn Google is building in Nevada

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-07-02 13:30
Excuse us, we mean 'Jasmine Development'

Google has started building a new hyperscale data centre in Henderson, Nevada, expected to cost a cool $600m.…

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