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Want to get on top of containers, DevOps and more and sharpish – within the next fortnight?

TheRegister - Wed, 2019-05-01 10:29
CLL doors open in two weeks

Events We'll be opening the doors to Continuous Lifecycle London in just two weeks' time, so if you want to join us for the best in DevOps, CI/CD, Containers and Serverless, the clock is ticking.…

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NordVPN rapped by ad watchdog over insecure public Wi-Fi claims

TheRegister - Wed, 2019-05-01 10:05
There's insecure and then there's insecure

NordVPN has been told to stop misleading world+dog with claims in telly ads that public Wi-Fi is inherently insecure.…

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Apple iPhone sales down by double digits, Mac sales knifed by Intel CPU 'constraints'

TheRegister - Wed, 2019-05-01 09:31
Blockbuster quarter, eh, Tim?

Apple crowed over its best three months ever for its services biz, including things like Apple TV and Apple Pay, in its reported results for Q2 ended March 30. Overall, however, Apple had a 5 per cent decrease in revenue from the previous year’s Q2.…

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NSA Says Warrantless Searches of Americans' Data Rose in 2018

Slashdot - Wed, 2019-05-01 09:00
The intelligence community's annual transparency report revealed a spike in the number of warrantless searches of Americans' data in 2018. From a report: The data, published Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), revealed a 28 percent rise in the number of targeted search terms used to query massive databases of collected Americans' communications. Some 9,637 warrantless search queries of the contents of Americans' calls, text messages, emails and other communications were conducted by the NSA during 2018, up from 7,512 searches on the year prior, the report said. The figures also don't take into account queries made by the FBI or the Drug Enforcement Administration, which also has access to the database, nor do they say exactly how many Americans had their information collected.

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FYI: AMD's server-grade Arm system-on-chip is still kicking around in SoftIron hybrid arrays

TheRegister - Wed, 2019-05-01 08:56
More flash squeezed into HyperDrive Density+ boxes

Open-source storage enthusiasts at SoftIron are touting a hybrid storage array that combines a bunch of HDDs and SSDs with Arm64-compatible Seattle system-on-chips from AMD and free Ceph software.…

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Woke up on Wednesday, expecting a SpaceX launch? Surprise! It got postponed

TheRegister - Wed, 2019-05-01 08:15
ISS power problems keep Dragon on the ground for a few more days

The 17th SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station has been delayed to no earlier than 3 May as ground controllers work on a plan to deal with a power problem onboard the orbiting lab.…

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If you're using Oracle's WebLogic Server, check for security fixes: Bug exploited in the wild to install ransomware

TheRegister - Wed, 2019-05-01 06:56
Big Red rushes out software patch as ransomware scumbags move in

IT admins overseeing Oracle's WebLogic Server installations need to get patching immediately: miscreants are exploiting what was a zero-day vulnerability in the software to pump ransomware into networks.…

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'Let's Watch Netflix: Three Words Guaranteed To Kill a Romantic Mood'

Slashdot - Wed, 2019-05-01 04:00
Is streaming video responsible for America's falling fertility rate? 'One of us usually ends up falling asleep.' From a report: Once upon a time, Netflix dates were synonymous with romance, best captured by the viral hashtag #NetflixandChill, a euphemistic suggestion disguised as an invitation to watch TV. These days, the literal chill of the on-demand streaming video service is so great that some young couples call it the new birth control [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. [...] Demographers have lots of theories about why the U.S. fertility rate recently hit an all-time low, ranging from the aftereffects of the recession that followed the financial crisis to the broader use of long-term birth control. It is hard to ignore, anecdotally at least, the impact of streaming entertainment, popularized by Netflix and available from the likes of Amazon.com Inc., Hulu and HBO. A 2017 paper in "Archives of Sexual Behavior," which revealed that Americans were having less sex, on average, than they did three decades ago, offered streaming video as one possible culprit. Dr. Jean Twenge, the lead author and a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, says in the old days a favorite TV show was done at 10 p.m. sharp and commercial breaks gave people an excuse to talk to their partners. "Now, if you're watching something streaming, the next episode is immediately available, and there are no commercials where you could look over and say, 'Honey, you look cute tonight,'" she said.

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Apple Says Its Photo Editing Suite Aperture Won't Run in Future macOS Versions

Slashdot - Wed, 2019-05-01 01:30
In a new support document, Apple has indicated that its legacy photo editing suite Aperture will not run in future versions of macOS after macOS Mojave. From a report: The support document provides users with steps to migrate Aperture libraries to Apple's newer Photos app for Mac or Adobe Lightroom Classic. Apple ceased development of Aperture in June 2014 and removed the software from the Mac App Store in April 2015 after the launch of the Photos app for Mac. However, the application continues to function on macOS Mojave for users who still have it installed, albeit with some performance limitations.

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The A in AMD stands for 'Aaaaannnyway...' Q2 is gonna be good, chip biz vows, after dismal Q1

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 23:49
Roadmap laid out for 7nm 'Rome' Epyc, Navi GPUs

Chip second-fiddle AMD, a day away from its 50th anniversary, delivered better-than-expected Q1 2019 earnings on Tuesday, lifting its share price about four per cent in after-hours trading to $28.66 apiece.…

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Mark Shuttleworth Sees Increased Demand For Enterprise Ubuntu Linux Desktop

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 23:00
Canonical's real money comes from the cloud and Internet of Things, but AI and machine learning developers are demanding -- and getting -- Ubuntu Linux desktop with enterprise support. From a report: In a wide-ranging conversation at Open Infrastructure Summit, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux and its corporate parent Canonical, said: "We have seen companies signing up for Linux desktop support, because they want to have fleets of Ubuntu desktop for their artificial intelligence engineers." This development caught Shuttleworth by surprise. "We're starting actually now to commercially support the desktop in a way that we've never been asked to before," he said. Of course, Ubuntu has long been used by developers, but Shuttleworth explained, "Previously, those were kind of off the books, under the table. You know, 'Don't ask don't tell deployments.' "But now suddenly, it's the AI team and they've got to be supported."

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Don't be Russian to judgement but... Bloke accused of $1.5m+ tax filing biz hack, fraud

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 22:39
Nabbed in Thailand, extradited... and now formally charged

A Russian citizen has been charged with defrauding US taxpayers out of at least $1.5m through a series of tax-return hacks.…

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Expect a Major Asteroid Strike in Your Lifetime, Says NASA Head

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 22:00
This week, as scientists work through an exercise simulating an imminent asteroid impact with Earth, NASA's administrator Jim Bridenstine warned the real-world threat should be taken seriously. From a report: Bridenstine acknowledged "the giggle factor," the dismissive response the topic has been met with in the past, at the start of his keynote remarks Monday at the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Maryland. "We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it's not about movies," he said. "This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know, right now, to host life and that is the planet Earth." As part of the conference activities, space agencies will also be live-tweeting a fictional exercise simulating what it might be like if such an asteroid were discovered on a collision course with our planet.

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Fedora 30 Linux Distro Is Here

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 21:00
Fedora 30, the newest release of the venerable Linux distribution that serves (in part) as the staging environment for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, was released Tuesday, bringing with it a number of improvements and performance optimizations. From a report: he most exciting aspect, for workstation/desktop users at least, is the update to GNOME 3.32. Of course, that is hardly the only notable update -- the DNF package manager is getting a performance boost, for instance. In other words, this is a significant operating system upgrade that should delight both existing Fedora users and beginners alike. "Fedora 30 brings enhancements to all editions with updates to the common underlying packages, from bug fixes and performance tweaks to new versions. In Fedora 30, base updates include Bash shell 5.0, Fish 3.0, the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 9 and Ruby 2.6. Fedora 30 also now uses the zchunk format for data compression within the DNF repository. When metadata is compressed using zchunk DNF will only download the differences between earlier copies of metadata and the current versions, saving on resources and increasing efficiency," says The Fedora Project.

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Microsoft promises to boil down its lengthy and confusing privacy controls… in 1,500-word announcement

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 20:55
Same day Zuckerberg declares with a straight face at F8 event: 'The future is private'

Microsoft has vowed to put an end to lengthy and confusing privacy controls and "give customers increased transparency and control over their data."…

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Docker made itself popular with devs. Now it has to make itself essential for biz. But how? Ah ha! Pay-as-you-go enterprise features

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 20:33
Upstart enlists CapGemini to manage Docker Enterprise

Container popularizer Docker on Tuesday opened its DockerCon 19 conference in San Francisco with an amiable video of Docker employees stumbling over obtuse platform lingo.…

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Facebook Will Let Users Chat Across Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 20:00
An anonymous reader shares a report: There were rumors that Facebook was going to make its messaging products interoperable, but now it appears they're about to be a reality. At F8, Messenger's head of consumer product Asha Sharma said that in the future, users will soon be able to send messages across Facebook's three different messaging platforms: Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. "We believe people should be able to talk to anyone anywhere," she said.

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Extortionist hacks IT provider used by the stars of tech and big biz, leaks customer info after ransom goes unpaid

TheRegister - Tue, 2019-04-30 19:03
'Many companies pay us for our work, and we do not publish data and help them to eliminate vulnerabilities'

A service provider hired by the likes of Oracle, SAP, BT, and many others, to manage their IT systems has been hacked – and its client data held to ransom.…

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Indonesia Plans To Move Its Capital Out Of Jakarta, A City That's Sinking

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 19:00
Indonesia has announced plans to build a new capital city as its current capital, Jakarta, struggles with pollution, traffic gridlock -- and the fact that the city is sinking. From a report: After a Cabinet meeting on Monday, planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said President Joko Widodo has decided to move the capital out of Indonesia's main island, Java. It's not clear exactly when this will happen, or where the new capital would be located. The idea has been out there for decades, though previous leaders have been unable to accomplish the ambitious plan. Earlier this month, Widodo secured another term in office, according to independent polling organizations. His challenger also declared victory, and official results have not yet been announced. "The idea to move the capital city appeared long ago. ... But it has never been decided or discussed in a planned and mature manner," Widodo said before the meeting, according to The Associated Press. Jakarta faces massive challenges. As the BBC has reported, it's the fastest-sinking city in the world, with almost half of its area below sea level.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says the 'Future is Private'

Slashdot - Tue, 2019-04-30 18:10
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's committed to turning his company around. Onstage at Facebook's F8 developer conference, the chief executive said that privacy will be the defining pillar of his social network's sprawling empire going forward. From a report: His opening statements build on the massive shift in Zuckerberg's vision for the company that he first outlined early last month when he announced that Facebook would transition away from the News Feed and public posts and toward a "privacy-focused communications platform" that unified its messaging products around concepts like ephemerality and encryption. "The future is private," Zuckerberg told the crowd, noting that Facebook's most dominant vision over the last decade was to build global communities that would bring the world together, for better or worse. "Over time, I believe that a private social platform will be even more important to our lives than our digital town squares. So today, we're going to start talking about what this could look like as a product, what it means to have your social experience be more intimate, and how we need to change the way we run this company in order to build this."

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