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Instacart To Cut 1,900 Jobs

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-01-21 20:00
Instacart plans to terminate about 1,900 employees' jobs, including the only unionized positions in the U.S., representing a fulsome embrace of the gig economy. From a report: The grocery delivery company already classifies most of its workers as independent contractors, whose ranks have ballooned to more than 500,000 during the coronavirus pandemic. But starting in 2015, the company hired a small subset of workers as employees, who under U.S. law are entitled to protections like minimum wage and can be subject to more direction and training by their boss. "What we found is that our shoppers require training and supervision, which is how you improve the quality of the picking," Instacart Chief Executive Officer Apoorva Mehta said at the time. "You can't do that when they are independent contractors." Now, Instacart is moving in the other direction, eliminating 1,877 employees' positions, including those of 10 workers in Illinois who last year became the first in the country to vote to unionize at the company. The company said itâ(TM)s doing this as part of a shift toward new models, like providing its technology to retailers to have their own workers prepare customers' orders.

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New Intel CEO Making Waves: Rehiring Retired CPU Architects

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-01-21 19:25
We're following the state of play with Intel's new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, very closely. Even as an Intel employee for 30 years, rising to the rank of CTO, then taking 12 years away from the company, his arrival has been met with praise across the spectrum given his background and previous successes. He isn't even set to take his new role until February 15th, however his return is already causing a stir with Intel's current R&D teams. From a report: News in the last 24 hours, based on public statements, states that former Intel Senior Fellow Glenn Hinton, who lists being the lead architect of Intel's Nehalem CPU core in his list of achievements, is coming out of retirement to re-join the company. (The other lead architect of Nehalem are Ronak Singhal and Per Hammerlund - Ronak is still at Intel, working on next-gen processors, while Per has been at Apple for five years.) Hinton is an old Intel hand, with 35 years of experience, leading microarchitecture development of Pentium 4, one of three senior architects of Intel's P6 processor design (which led to Pentium Pro, P2, P3), and ultimately one of the drivers to Intel's Core architecture which is still at the forefront of Intel's portfolio today. He also a lead microarchitect for Intel's i960 CA, the world's first super-scalar microprocessor. Hinton holds more than 90+ patents from 8 CPU designs from his endeavors. Hinton spent another 10+ years at Intel after Nehalem, but Nehalem is listed in many places as his primary public achievement at Intel. [...]

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Android 10 ported to homegrown multi-core RISC-V system-on-chip by Alibaba biz, source code released

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-01-21 18:58
ASOP effort could help bring GUIs to industrial, IoT, embedded gear

Alibaba-owned T-Head Semiconductor says it has ported Android 10 to its own RISC-V chips, highlighting increased momentum for the open-source instruction set architecture (ISA) against proprietary alternatives.…

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NSA Urges System Administrators To Replace Obsolete TLS Protocols

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-01-21 18:41
The US National Security Agency has issued a security advisory this month urging system administrators in federal agencies and beyond to stop using old and obsolete TLS protocols. From a report: "NSA recommends that only TLS 1.2 or TLS 1.3 be used; and that SSL 2.0, SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, and TLS 1.1 not be used," the agency said. "Using obsolete encryption provides a false sense of security because it seems as though sensitive data is protected, even though it really is not," the agency added. Even if TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.3 are deployed, the NSA warns against configuring these two protocols with weak cryptographic parameters and cipher suites.

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Beijing's New AI Academy is Aiming For Breakthroughs and Ethical Controls

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-01-21 18:01
An anonymous reader writes: China produces as many artificial intelligence researchers as the US, but it lags in fundamental research. The government hopes to make up ground with a new AI lab in Beijing that brings together top researchers from AI and industry to focus on things like the mathematical foundations of machine learning and neuroscience-inspired AI. But as WIRED reports, it also suggests that even the Chinese government has concerns about the ethical challenges raised by AI. Among the first projects that the government is funding: a Chinese version of GPT-3 for government use. From the article: Noam Yuchtman, a professor at the London School of Economics, has published work that uses evidence from China to suggest that AI benefits uniquely from state intervention, because algorithms are so hungry for data and computer power that governments have access to. But he adds that such a fast-moving and unpredictable technology may also pose problems for governments. "Innovation by its very nature is sort of uncertain, and perhaps nowhere more so than in AI," he says.

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Laptops given to British schoolkids came preloaded with malware and talked to Russia when booted

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-01-21 17:32
Department for Education says 'we believe this is not widespread'

A shipment of laptops supplied to British schoolkids by the Department for Education to help them learn under lockdown came preloaded with malware, The Register can reveal.…

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Sequoia Holdings Says Employees Can Draw Part of Salary in Cryptocurrencies

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-01-21 17:18
Software development services provider Sequoia Holdings said on Thursday its employees can now receive a part of their salary in cryptocurrencies, should they choose to. From a report: Under the new program, employees can elect to defer a portion of their salary into bitcoin, bitcoin cash, or the Ethereum platform's ether, Sequoia Holdings said. Earlier this month, Bitcoin, the world's most popular cryptocurrency, hit a record high of $40,000, rallying more than 900% from a low in March and having only just breached $20,000 in mid-December.

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Microsoft SolarWinds analysis: Attackers hid inside Windows systems by wearing the skins of legit processes

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-01-21 16:58
Thorough counter-detection methods laid bare by Redmond

The SolarWinds hackers triggered one of their Cobalt Strike implants in the firm's network through a cunning VBScript that was activated by a routine system process, Microsoft has said.…

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Goodbye and Good Riddance To the 16:9 Aspect Ratio

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-01-21 16:43
One of the biggest trends coming out of this year's CES wasn't something people will necessarily notice at first glance unless they look closely. From a report: After enduring years of cramped, "widescreen" laptop displays, it looks like we're finally starting to say goodbye to the 16:9 aspect ratio. [...] The aspect ratios you'll typically see on laptops are 16:9, 3:2, 16:10 (which, for whatever reason, is called 16:10 rather than 8:5), and (occasionally) 4:3. 16:9 is the most common option and also the one with the lowest amount of vertical space relative to its horizontal space. [...] But this CES showed that 16:10 and 3:2 displays are inching closer to the mainstream. These are some of the biggest laptops announced at the show that are offering non-16:9 display options: HP Elite Folio (1920 x 1280, 3:2) Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 (2560 x 1600, 16:10) Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 (2560 x 1600, 16:10) Lenovo Legion 7 and Legion 5 Pro (2560 x 1600, 16:10) LG Gram 17 and Gram 16 (2650 x 1600, 16:10) Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro (2560 x 1600, 16:10) Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga (2256 x 1504, 3:2) Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 and X1 Yoga Gen 6 (up to 3840 x 2400, 16:10) Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable (1920 x 1280, 3:2) Asus ROG Flow X13 (up to 3840 x 2400, 16:10) That doesnâ(TM)t mean there are no 16:9 displays left â" plenty of laptops still use it, and probably will for the foreseeable future. And some of these devices, like the LG Grams, were 16:10 already. But it's significant that a large number of the flagships we'll be seeing in the first half of 2021 will be either 16:10 or 3:2. In fact, when you include MSI's 16:10 Summit E13 Flip and Razer's 16:10 Razer Book 13 (both of which were announced prior to CES), I can't think of a mainstream consumer laptop company that isn't now selling a non-16:9 flagship-level machine. It's clear that companies across the board are moving toward laptops with taller aspect ratios, and I fully expect to see more of them in the years to come.

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Ubuntu Now Runs On Apple Silicon, Devs Say It's 'Completely Usable'

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-01-21 16:03
niftydude writes: Developers at ARM virtualisation company Corellium have managed to get Ubuntu 20.04 up and running on the new Apple Silicon Mac Mini. And we're not talking 'it boots and prints a load of text' running here. No, this is the full Ubuntu desktop experience -- and it's already being described as "completely usable!" Pretty impressive, right? Even Linus Torvalds wasn't convinced that Linux M1 support was likely to appear anytime soon. He told ZDnet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols that: "...the main problem with the M1 for me is the GPU and other devices around it, because that's likely what would hold me off using it because it wouldn't have any Linux support unless Apple opens up." Not that he was entirely wrong, mind. GPU support is indeed a current sticking point in Correllium's Linux for M1 effort. It doesn't (yet) include M1 GPU support meaning 'graphics' handling is done via software rendering.

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Got three weeks to spare? You could deploy the supercomputer you’ve always dreamed of

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-01-21 16:00
Tune in this month and learn about the promise of SuperPOD with DDN

Webcast We all have problems, so wouldn’t it be great if we could all apply a supercomputer to cracking them?…

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We turn away for a second and Corellium is already showing off Ubuntu on Apple Silicon

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-01-21 15:55
Groovy Gorilla 'completely usable' but some of the hardware remains off-limits

Things can move fast in the IT world, and Linux on Apple silicon has gone from "ooh look, text on a screen" to something considerably more usable in a matter of days.…

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Raspberry Pi Foundation Launches $4 Microcontroller With Custom Chip

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-01-21 15:21
Meet the Raspberry Pi Pico, a tiny little microcontroller that lets you build hardware projects with some code running on the microcontroller. Even more interesting, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is using its own RP2040 chip, which means that the foundation is now making its own silicon. From a report: If you're not familiar with microcontrollers, those devices let you control other parts or other devices. You might think that you can already do this kind of stuff with a regular Raspberry Pi. But microcontrollers are specifically designed to interact with other things. They're cheap, they're small and they draw very little power. You can start developing your project with a breadboard to avoid soldering. You can pair it with a small battery and it can run for weeks or even months. Unlike computers, microcontrollers don't run traditional operating systems. Your code runs directly on the chip. Like other microcontrollers, the Raspberry Pi Pico has dozens of input and output pins on the sides of the device. Those pins are important as they act as the interface with other components. For instance, you can make your microcontroller interact with an LED light, get data from various sensors, show some information on a display, etc. The Raspberry Pi Pico uses the RP2040 chip. It has a dual-core Arm processor (running at 133MHz), 264KB of RAM, 26 GPIO pins including 3 analog inputs, a micro-USB port and a temperature sensor. It doesn't come with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. And it costs $4.

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'We're storing how this material should behave': Boffins' 3cm 'm-bit' cubes demonstrate programmable wunderstuff

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-01-21 14:58
Raising possibility of buildings that flex in earthquakes, and much more

Engineers working in Switzerland say they have developed a method of writing data directly into materials, a process that changes the material's physical properties at the same time.…

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Amazon Offers Biden Help With Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-01-21 14:40
Amazon has extended an offer to President Joe Biden to assist with the national distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, a move that could expedite the federal effort to combat the pandemic. From a report: Dave Clark, the CEO of Amazon's consumer business, and one of the company's highest-ranking executives, sent a letter to the president shortly after he was sworn in Wednesday. "As you begin your work leading the country out of the COVID-19 crisis, Amazon stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your administration," he wrote in his letter, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News. "We are prepared to leverage our operations, IT, & communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration's vaccination efforts," Clark wrote. "Our scale allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately in the fight against COVID-19, and we stand ready to assist you in this effort." Clark said Amazon had agreements in place with licensed third-party health care providers to administer vaccines on-site at Amazon facilities. "We are prepared to move quickly once vaccines are available," he wrote.

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Visual Studio 16.9 Preview 3 brings Chromium WebView debugging, noisy tests for visually impaired, and more

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-01-21 14:13
Also: Survey shows IDE's dominance among .NET Core developers, despite cross-platform options

Preview 3 of Visual Studio 2019 16.9, the next big release of Microsoft's Windows IDE, features debugging for Chromium-based WebView, audio cues in tests, and updated C++ support.…

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Apple's First Headset To Be Niche Precursor To Eventual AR Glasses

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-01-21 14:00
Apple's first crack at a headset is designed to be a pricey, niche precursor to a more ambitious augmented reality product that will take longer to develop, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. From the report: The initial device has confronted several development hurdles and the company has conservative sales expectations, illustrating how challenging it will be to bring this nascent consumer technology to the masses. As a mostly virtual reality device, it will display an all-encompassing 3-D digital environment for gaming, watching video and communicating. AR functionality, the ability to overlay images and information over a view of the real world, will be more limited. Apple has planned to launch the product as soon as 2022, going up against Facebook's Oculus, Sony's PlayStation VR and headsets from HTC, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing private plans. Apple's typical playbook involves taking emerging consumer technology, such as music players, smartphones, tablets and smartwatches, and making it reliable and easy to use for everyone. This time, though, Apple isn't looking to create an iPhone-like hit for its first headset. Instead, the company is building a high-end, niche product that will prepare outside developers and consumers for its eventual, more mainstream AR glasses. The plans suggest that Apple's first headset will be far more expensive than those from rivals, which cost about $300 to $900. Some Apple insiders believe the company may sell only one headset per day per retail store. Apple has roughly 500 stores, so in that scenario, annual sales would be just over 180,000 units -- excluding other sales channels. That would put it on par with other pricey Apple products, such as the $5,999 Mac Pro desktop computer.

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Loser Trump's last financial disclosure docs reveal Tim Cook gave him $5,999 Mac Pro, the 'first' made in Texas

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-01-21 13:01
But that's fake news

President Trump's last financial disclosure form makes for interesting reading. In addition to listing his various property holdings and business interests, it also reveals a number of gifts received by business leaders, including a Mac Pro from Apple CEO Tim Cook.…

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Tesla Is Hiring People To Handle Complaints People Tweet At Elon Musk

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-01-21 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Elon Musk wears many hats, but it seems that Twitter customer support may no longer be one of them. The company is hiring remote support staff to, along with other duties, handle complaints people tweet at him. Among the job responsibilities of Tesla Energy Support Specialists are to resolve or redirect grievances as needed and to "address social media escalations directed at the CEO with critical thinking." The company ditched its PR department last year, and the support specialists are now "the front line and face of the Tesla brand," according to a job listing.

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Bye-bye Bridenstine: Outgoing chief leaves NASA in good shape, though Boots on Moon by '24 goal looks doubtful

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-01-21 12:16
Former NASA test engineer steps into the hot seat as acting head

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has left the US space agency with none of the drama associated with certain other American government handovers.…

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