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ALIS through the looking glass: F-35 jet's slurpware nearly made buyers pull out – report

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 18:00
Customers didn't like how much data spare parts package was funnelling back to America

The F-35 fighter jet project has been hit by yet another set of controversies including a kerfuffle over US data-slurping, flight control problems and its stealth coating melting at supersonic speeds.…

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Japan Outlaws Flying Drones While Drunk

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:36
Operating a drone in Japan while drunk could lead to a year in prison thanks to new legislation. From a report: The law, passed by the country's parliament this week, seeks to rein in growing use of the unmanned aerial vehicles. Those found to be intoxicated while flying a drone could also face a fine of up to 300,000 yen ($2,765). The law covers drones weighing more than 200g (7oz) and also puts limits on where drones can be flown. "We believe operating drones after consuming alcohol is as serious as (drink) driving," a Japanese transport ministry official told the AFP news agency. As well as fines over drunken use, the legislation also levies fines on pilots who perform dangerous stunts with their drone. Those caught quickly plunging the craft towards crowds could face fines of up to 500,000 yen.

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Filthy Microsoft opens its .NET Core 3 trench coat for the sixth time

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:00
All the while more WPF source trickles into GitHub

Microsoft has continued its quickfire pace of .NET Core 3 updates, flinging preview 6 at developers keen on the open-source platform.…

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Huawei Asks Verizon To Pay Over $1 Billion For Over 230 Patents

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-06-13 16:50
hackingbear writes: Huawei has told Verizon that the U.S. carrier should pay licensing fees for more than 230 of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker's patents and in aggregate is seeking more than $1 billion, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. Verizon should pay to "solve the patent licensing issue," a Huawei intellectual property licensing executive wrote in February, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier. The patents cover network equipment for more than 20 of the company's vendors including major U.S. tech firms but those vendors would indemnify Verizon, the person said. Some of those firms have been approached directly by Huawei, the person said. The patents in question range from core network equipment, wireline infrastructure to internet-of-things technology, the Journal reported. The licensing fees for the more than 230 patents sought is more than $1 billion, the person said. Huawei has been battling the U.S. government for more than a year. National security experts worry that "back doors" in routers, switches and other Huawei equipment could allow China to spy on U.S. communications. Huawei has denied that it would help China spy.

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India Plans To Have Its Own Space Station

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-06-13 16:15
India plans to have its own space station in the future and conduct separate missions to study Sun and Venus, it said on Thursday, as the nation moves to bolster its status as a leader in space technologies and inspire the young minds to take an interest in scientific fields. From a report: India's space agency said today that it will begin working on its space station following its first manned mission to space, called Gaganyaan, in 2022 -- just in time to commemorate 75 years of the country's independence from Britain. The government has sanctioned Rs 10,000 crores ($1.5 billion) for Gaganyaan mission, it was unveiled today. "We have to sustain the Gaganyaan program after the launch of the human space mission. In this context, India is planning to have its own space station," said Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). ISRO is India's equivalent to NASA. "While navigation, communication, and earth observation are going to be the bread and butter for us, it is missions such as Chandrayaan, Mangalyaan, and Gaganyaan that excite the youth, unite the nation, and also pave a technological seed for the future." The ambitious announcements come a day after the space agency said it will launch a lunar mission on July 15 this year in an attempt to become only the fourth nation to land on the moon.

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Japan drops banhammer on drunk-droning for the sake of public safety

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 16:02
Have you appointed your designated droner?

Everyone has a mate who won't stop droning after a few bevvies – and the Japanese government clearly thinks the activity is dangerous enough to be outlawed.…

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Google Promises To Play Nice With Ad Blockers (Again)

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-06-13 15:24
An anonymous reader shares a report: After being ripped to shreds by angry users, Google engineers have promised this week that the upcoming changes to Chrome's extensions system won't cripple ad blockers, as everyone is fearing. Instead, the company claims that the new extension API changes will actually improve user privacy and bring speed improvements. Furthermore, Google also promised to raise a maximum limit in one of the upcoming APIs that should address and lay to rest the primary criticism brought against the new extensions API by developers of ad blockers during the last six months.

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No Telegram today, protestors: China DDoSes chat app over Hong Kong protests

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 15:00
That Guns N' Roses album* might be out soon... or not

Chat app Telegram has reportedly been DDoS'd, with its downtime coinciding with protests in Hong Kong against repressive new Chinese laws.…

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Windows 10's Linux Kernel Is Now Available

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-06-13 14:42
Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build this week featuring the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2. WSL 2 includes a real Linux kernel that lets you run more Linux software on Windows and with better performance than WSL 1. From a report: This is part of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18917, released on June 12, 2019. It's part of the fast ring of updates. You can experiment with it today, although you'll have to join the Windows Insider program and get unstable builds of Windows 10 on your PC. Microsoft's Windows Command Line blog offers more information about WSL 2, complete with an install guide, list of user experience changes, and more documentation. To install WSL 2 on the latest insider build, run the following command in a PowerShell window launched with Administrator permissions: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName VirtualMachinePlatform.

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Train to be a top-notch cybercrime detective at SANS DFIR Europe Summit in Prague

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 14:30
Immerse yourself in forensic training with autumn

Promo If you work in digital forensics or incident response and would like to advance to a higher level, the annual Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) event staged by security training company SANS is a must.…

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Hongmeng, there's no need to feel down: It's patently obvious this is Huawei's homegrown mobe OS

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 14:01
It's fun to trademark your brand in CA, it's fun to trademark your brand in SK...ay

Huawei has been spotted nestling in datasets hosted by colourful UN patent body WIPO, but rather than having any sort of dispute, it has been filing a barrow-load of trademarks on the term "Hongmeng" – thought to be the preferred moniker for its homegrown Linux-based mobile OS.…

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Telegram Blames China For DDoS Attack Coinciding With Hong Kong Protests

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-06-13 14:01
The distributed denial of service attack that hit Telegram Wednesday came from China, the secure messaging app's founder said. Pavel Durov's tweet suggested that the country's government may have done it to disrupt protests in Hong Kong. From a report: In a DDoS attack, an online service gets bombarded with traffic from networks of bots, to the point where it's overwhelmed and legit users get frozen out. In an explanation Wednesday, Telegram compared it to an "army of lemmings" jumping the line at a McDonald's and making innumerable "garbage requests." Durov said, "IP addresses coming mostly from China. Historically, all state actor-sized DDoS (200-400 Gb/s of junk) we experienced coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong (coordinated on Telegram). This case was not an exception." Tens of thousands took to Hong Kong's streets to oppose a government plan that'd allow extraditions to mainland China. People are worried that it would bring the semiautonomous former British colony under the Chinese government's thumb. These protesters relied on encrypted messaging services, which let them mask their identities from Chinese authorities, to communicate.

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Germany and South Korea go nuts for 5G while Blighty subsists on test bed crumbs

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 13:02
Huawei with you!

It seems the rest of the world can't get enough of 5G – Germany has just raised €6.6bn (£5.8bn) in its spectrum auction, and more than a million folk in South Korea have subscribed to a 5G contract.…

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Elon Musk Says Tesla Is Working On a James Bond-Style Submarine Car

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-06-13 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Futurism: During a Tuesday shareholder meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted that the electric car company has a design for a submarine car -- and it sounds like something straight out of a 70s James Bond movie. When asked if the company would ever consider such a thing, according to Business Insider, Musk answered: "Funny you should mention that we do have a design for a submarine car like the one from 'The Spy Who Loved Me.'" In the 1977 spy thriller Musk referred to, a 1976 Lotus Esprit sports car transforms itself into an amphibious submarine and can be seen exploring the bottom of the ocean. Musk loved the scene so much that he reportedly bought a Lotus Esprit in 2013 for just shy of a million dollars. "I was disappointed to learn that it can't actually transform," Musk told shareholders. "What I'm going to do is upgrade [my own Lotus] with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real." He did however admit that the market for an amphibious Tesla "would be small. Small, but enthusiastic."

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Meet the new Dropbox: It's like the old Dropbox, but more expensive, and not everyone's thrilled

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 12:25
Collaboration toys, ransomware protection and a 20% price hike

Dropbox has announced new features and partnerships with Atlassian, Slack and Zoom – but it comes after a price rise that has some users feeling hit under the collar.…

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Halleluja! The Second Coming of Windows Subsystem For Linux blesses Insider faithful

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 11:45
OMG, emoji panel also fixed in Microsoft's 2020 OS

Microsoft has given its army of unpaid testers some Linux loving with the latest build of next year's Windows 10.…

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UK Home Sec kick-starts US request to extradite ex-WikiLeaker Assange

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 11:11
Sajid Javid inks court papers for hearing tomorrow

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed this morning that he has signed papers to have Julian Assange extradited to the US.…

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Underground network targets Salisbury: Not the Russian death crew, this time it's Openreach laying fibre-optic cables

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 10:40
Ground-penetrating radar and micro ducting to keep that lovely cathedral untouched

The sleepy English city of Salisbury – infamous for the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal last year – is once again the target of an underground network. Yep, Openreach's full-fibre plans.…

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Akamai on dragging 'em kicking and streaming to the edge: They might be public cloud giants, but we're, er, vids in

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-06-13 10:00
CEO Tom Leighton pitches CDNs for enterprise

Akamai Edge World The future of enterprise IT is not in centralised clouds, but in a complex interplay between massive core data centres and small edge locations.…

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IT Pro Screwed Out of Unused Vacation Pay, Bonus By HPE Thanks To Outdated Law

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-06-13 10:00
Slashdot reader Meg Whitman shares a report from The Register: A "highly skilled IT professional" has lost his fight to be paid his unused vacation days as well as a non-trivial bonus, after a judge stuck to a law he admitted was outdated. Matthew White joined Hewlett-Packard in 2013 and left in July 2015, just months before the company split into HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). After quitting, he was stunned when the U.S. mega-corp, citing HPE's new policies, refused to hand over extra pay he felt was contractually due. Hewlett-Packard had enticed White with a sweet contract that offered a signing bonus, base salary, regular bonuses, and a benefits program. But after he quit, he was left without his unused vacation pay and a $10,000 bonus he felt he was entitled to. [...] HPE decided that, under the law, White could only get hold of the relevant policies if he turned up, in person, to the company's official human resources headquarters -- which is on the other side of America in California, roughly 2,500 miles away. White felt this was ridiculous given that HP, sorry, HPE is not only a massive organization with HR people all over the United States, but that it was a technology company with countless employees working across the world, often at home, and that the policies are likely readily available in an internal cloud. The judge had some sympathy for that view. "This part of the statute may indeed need reworking for today's world where cloud-based digital records are replacing physical file folders located in a physical location, where employees work at home -- sometimes remotely from any head office or regional office -- and where worldwide companies like HP assign HP personnel for an entire country or region, or even outsource various HP responsibilities." Yet the judge still decided against the techie.

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