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Third NAND dimension makes quad bit bucket cells feasible

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 09:33
A view on quad-level cell flash error correction

Analysis Error-checking code use is so much easier with 3D NAND than previous planar NAND that capacity-lifting quad-level cell technology becomes more feasible.…

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Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 09:05
GSM gateway prohibition was way below Sir Philip Rutnam's paygrade

Comment Questions have been raised over the Home Office's most senior civil servant's involvement in the banning of GSM gateways, following botched redactions to Freedom of Information responses by Ofcom.…

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Meltdown/Spectre fixes made AWS CPUs cry, says SolarWinds

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 08:37
CPU utilization up, throughput down, but a second fix may have restored normal service

Log-sniffing vendor SolarWinds has used its own wares to chronicle the application of Meltdown and Spectre patches on its own Amazon Web Services infrastructure, and the results make for ugly viewing.…

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German Bar Association says Nein to patent court block effort

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 08:01
Good news for UPC advocates, bad news for EPO staff

The effort to create a single patent court system for Europe has been given a boost with a response from the German Bar Association arguing that a complaint against the Unitary Patent Court (UPC) should be thrown out.…

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Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 07:33
And warms to a kind of speculative execution for Tabs, too. Really.

Mozilla’s announced it will add a “policy engine” to the next extended support (ESR) release of its Firefox browser.…

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Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 07:02
Transaction costs more than chicken, which would go cold by the time BTC change hands

KFC’s Canadian wing has started selling chicken for Bitcoin.…

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France may protect citizens' liberté with ban on foreigners buying local big data firms

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 06:02
AI and other tech could go on 'not to be acquired' list

France is considering regulating foreign takeovers of businesses in the data protection and artificial intelligence sectors, minister for the economy Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.…

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City of Barcelona Dumps Windows For Linux and Open Source Software

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-15 05:39
An anonymous reader quotes Open Source Observatory: The City of Barcelona is migrating its computer systems away from the Windows platform, reports the Spanish newspaper El País. The City's strategy is first to replace all user applications with open-source alternatives, until the underlying Windows operating system is the only proprietary software remaining. In a final step, the operating system will be replaced with Linux... According to Francesca Bria, the Commissioner of Technology and Digital Innovation at the City Council, the transition will be completed before the current administration's mandate ends in spring 2019. For starters, the Outlook mail client and Exchange Server will be replaced with Open-Xchange. In a similar fashion, Internet Explorer and Office will be replaced with Firefox and LibreOffice, respectively. The Linux distribution eventually used will probably be Ubuntu, since the City of Barcelona is already running 1,000 Ubuntu-based desktops as part of a pilot... Barcelona is the first municipality to have joined the European campaign 'Public Money, Public Code'. This campaign is an initiative of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and revolves around an open letter advocating that publicly funded software should be free. Currently, this call to public agencies is supported by more than 100 organisations and almost 15,000 individuals. With the new open-source strategy, Barcelona's City Council aims to avoid spending large amounts of money on licence-based software and to reduce its dependence on proprietary suppliers through contracts that in some cases have been closed for decades.

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California Will Close Its Last Nuclear Power Plant

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-15 04:09
An anonymous reader quotes the San Francisco Chronicle: California's last nuclear power plant -- Diablo Canyon, whose contentious birth helped shape the modern environmental movement -- will close in 2025, state utility regulators decided Thursday. The unanimous vote by the California Public Utilities Commission will likely bring an end to nuclear energy's long history in the state. State law forbids building more nuclear plants in California until the federal government creates a long-term solution for dealing with their waste, a goal that remains elusive despite decades of effort. The decision comes even as California expands its fight against global warming. Owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Diablo Canyon is the state's largest power plant, supplying 9 percent of California's electricity while producing no greenhouse gases. "With this decision, we chart a new energy future by phasing out nuclear power here in California," said commission President Michael Picker. "We've looked hard at all the arguments, and we agree the time has come."

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Black hole munched galactic leftovers, spewed stars, burped

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 03:59
Galaxy can turn itself off, then on again

The black hole at the centre of galaxy SDSS J1354+1327 sucked in gases, “burped” – and then repeated the display.…

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Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 03:13
You'll Pai for this, thunders FCC

Bad user interface design has been blamed for Hawaii experiencing a brief spate of nuclear panic over the weekend.…

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Hackers Hijack DNS For Lumens Cryptocurrency Site 'BlackWallet', Steal $400,000

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-15 02:39
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer: Unknown hackers (or hacker) have hijacked the DNS server for BlackWallet.co, a web-based wallet application for the Stellar Lumen cryptocurrency (XLM), and have stolen over $400,000 from users' accounts. The attack happened late Saturday afternoon (UTC timezone), January 13, when the attackers hijacked the DNS entry of the BlackWallet.co domain and redirected it to their own server. "The DNS hijack of Blackwallet injected code," said Kevin Beaumont, a security researcher who analyzed the code before the BlackWallet team regained access over their domain and took down the site. "If you had over 20 Lumens it pushes them to a different wallet," Beaumont added... According to Bleeping Computer's calculations, as of writing, the attacker collected 669,920 Lumens, which is about $400,192 at the current XML/USD exchange rate. The BlackWallet team and other XLM owners have tried to warn users via alerts on Reddit, Twitter, GitHub, the Stellar Community and GalacticTalk forums, but to no avail, as users continued to log into the rogue BlackWallet.co domain, enter their credentials, and then see funds mysteriously vanish from their wallets.

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Okay, Google: why does Chromecast clobber WiFi connections?

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 01:58
Router vendors sling firnware to protect users from packet floods

Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices.…

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Oracle still silent on Meltdown, but lists patches for x86 servers among 233 new patches

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 01:30
Sun ZFS Storage Appliance users: brace for super-critical fix

Oracle still has nothing to say about whether the Meltdown or Spectre vulnerabilities are a problem for its hardware.…

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ITU aims to to keep the radio on with new satellite regulation fees

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-15 01:01
Keeping geostationary sats chatting is simple. Low-Earth sats need more brains

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will next week discuss changes to satellite constellation regulation and fees, an effort needed to keep space useful for communications…

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20 Years Later, Has Open Source Changed the World?

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-15 00:39
"Most code remains closed and proprietary, even though open source now dominates enterprise platforms," notes Matt Asay, former COO at Canonical (and an emeritus board member of the Open Source Initiative). "How can that be?" he asks, in an essay noting it's been almost 20 years since the launch of the Open Source Initiative, arguing that so far open source "hasn't changed the world as promised." [T]he reason most software remains locked up within the four walls of enterprise firewalls is that it's too costly with too small of an ROI to justify open-sourcing it. At least, that's the perception. Such a perception is impossible to break without walking the open source path, which companies are unwilling to walk without upfront proof. See the problem? This chicken-and-egg conundrum is starting to resolve itself, thanks to the forward-looking efforts of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other web giants that are demonstrating the value of open-sourcing code. Although it's unlikely that a State Farm or Chevron will ever participate in the same way as a Microsoft, we are starting to see companies like Bloomberg and Capital One get involved in open source in ways they never would have considered back when the term "open source" was coined in 1997, much less in 2007. It's a start. Let's also not forget that although we have seen companies use more open source code over the past 20 years, the biggest win for open source since its inception is how it has changed the narrative of how innovation happens in software. We're starting to believe, and for good reason, that the best, most innovative software is open source. The article strikes a hopeful note. "We're now comfortable with the idea that software can, and maybe should, be open source without the world ending. The actual opening of that source, however, is something to tackle in the next 20 years.

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VMware Bug Allowed Root Access

Slashdot - Sun, 2018-01-14 23:39
c4231 quotes Ars Technica: While everyone was screaming about Meltdown and Spectre, another urgent security fix was already in progress for many corporate data centers and cloud providers who use products from Dell's EMC and VMware units. A trio of critical, newly reported vulnerabilities in EMC and VMware backup and recovery tools -- EMC Avamar, EMC NetWorker, EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance, and vSphere Data Protection -- could allow an attacker to gain root access to the systems or to specific files, or inject malicious files into the server's file system. These problems can only be fixed with upgrades. While the EMC vulnerabilities were announced late last year, VMware only became aware of its vulnerability last week.

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Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

TheRegister - Sun, 2018-01-14 23:02
Yup: LKML.org and all its records of the planet's most-used OS were on one disk

Spare a thought for Jasper Spaans, who hosts the Linux Kernel Mailing List archive from a single PC that lives in his home. And since things always happen this way the home machine died while he was on holiday.…

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How Millions of Iranians Are Evading Internet Censors

Slashdot - Sun, 2018-01-14 22:39
schwit1 quotes the Wall Street Journal: Authorities in Tehran have ratcheted up their policing of the internet in the past week and a half, part of an attempt to stamp out the most far-reaching protests in Iran since 2009. But the crackdown is driving millions of Iranians to tech tools that can help them evade censors, according to activists and developers of the tools. Some of the tools were attracting three or four times more unique users a day than they were before the internet crackdown, potentially weakening government efforts to control access to information online. "By the time they wake up, the government will have lost control of the internet," said Mehdi Yahyanejad, executive director of NetFreedom Pioneers, a California-based technology nonprofit that largely focuses on Iran and develops educational and freedom of information tools. Wired calls it "the biggest protest movement in Iran since the 2009 Green Movement uprising," criticing tech companies which "continue to deny services to Iranians that could be crucial to free and open communications."

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Japan's Latest Sensation is a Cryptocurrency Pop Group

Slashdot - Sun, 2018-01-14 21:39
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget: If you're starting a pop group in Japan, where giant rosters and virtual superstars are par for the course, how do you stand out? By tying yourself to something trendy -- and in 2018, that means cryptocurrency. Meet Kasotsuka Shojo (Virtual Currency Girls), a J-pop group where each of the eight girls represents one of the larger digital monetary formats. Yes, you're supposed to cheer for bitcoin or swoon over ethereum (what, no litecoin?). The group played its first concert on January 12th, and naturally you had to pay in cryptocurrency to be one of the few members of the general public to get in. The group's first single, "The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me," warns listeners about the perils of fraud and extols the virtues of good online security. "It isn't clear how French maid outfits symbolize cryptocurrency or blockchain technology," notes Quartz, "but they're popular costumes in Japan's anime and cosplay circles."

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