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German privacy probe orders Google to stop listening in on voice recordings for 3 months

TheRegister - Fri, 2019-08-02 16:31
Google bows to power of GDPR

Germany's data protection commissioner in Hamburg has launched an investigation into Google over revelations that contracted workers were listening to recordings made via smart speakers.…

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US Formally Withdraws From Nuclear Treaty with Russia and Prepares To Test New Missile

Slashdot - Fri, 2019-08-02 16:05
The United States formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia Friday, as the US military prepares to test a new non-nuclear mobile-launched cruise missile developed specifically to challenge Moscow in Europe, according to a senior US defense official. From a report: The US withdrawal puts an end to a landmark arms control pact that has limited the development of ground-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers and is sparking fears of a new arms race. "Russia is solely responsible for the treaty's demise," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Friday announcing the US' formal withdrawal from the Cold-War era nuclear treaty. Pompeo said, "Russia failed to return to full and verified compliance through the destruction of its noncompliant missile system." NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CNN's Hala Gorani that the treaty's end is a "serious setback."

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Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report

TheRegister - Fri, 2019-08-02 15:54
Third time's a charm?

Further details have emerged on the 737 Max flight control software bug discovered at the end of June, with reports suggesting that belated tests by a US regulator found the hitherto unknown bug.…

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Google Project Zero: 95.8% of All Bug Reports Are Fixed Before Deadline Expires

Slashdot - Fri, 2019-08-02 15:25
The Google Project Zero team said that around 95.8% of the security bugs they find in other software and report to their respective vendors get fixed before the 90-day deadline for a public disclosure expires. From a report: That's quite the batting average for one of world's most infamous cybersecurity programs. In a statistic shared on Wednesday, Google's elite security team said that during its whole history -- from July 17, 2014, when Project Zero was created and until July 30, this week -- its researchers found and reported a total of 1,585 vulnerabilities to a wide range of hardware and software vendors. Of these, Google said that vendors failed to deliver a patch before the final deadline expired only for 66 reports. As a result, its researchers were forced to make vulnerability technical details public before a fix was made available to users.

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Trump continues on the warpath: Now US tariffs cover nearly everything arriving from China

TheRegister - Fri, 2019-08-02 14:55
Settle in because we are here for the long haul

After a short-lived cease fire, the glorious leader of the United States has announced yet another round of tariffs on Chinese imports, due to be imposed in September.…

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California Farmers Are Planting Solar Panels as Water Supplies Dry Up

Slashdot - Fri, 2019-08-02 14:42
An anonymous reader shares a report: Solar energy projects could replace some of the jobs and tax revenues that may be lost as constrained water supplies force California's agriculture industry to scale back. In the San Joaquin Valley alone, farmers may need to take more than half a million acres out of production to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which will ultimately put restrictions on pumping. Converting farmland to solar farms also could be critical to meeting California's climate change targets. That's according to a new report from the Nature Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit. Working with the consulting firm Energy and Environmental Economics, the conservancy tried to figure out how California could satisfy its appetite for clean energy without destroying ecologically sensitive lands across the American West. The report lays out possible answers to one of the big questions facing renewable energy: Which areas should be dedicated to solar panels and wind turbines, and which areas should be protected for the sake of wildlife, outdoor recreation, farming and grazing? One takeaway from the report, released this week: California will need hundreds or maybe thousands of square miles of solar power production in the coming decades -- and it would make sense to build one-third to one-half of that solar capacity on agricultural lands, mostly within the state.

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Researchers find development and conservation aren't mutually exclusive

TheRegister - Fri, 2019-08-02 14:18
Study claims country richer in money is richer in wildlife, too

Researchers from the Zoological Society of London and UCL have found a clear link between economic development and improved biodiversity.…

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Ubuntu-Based Linux Mint 19.2 'Tina' is Here with Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce

Slashdot - Fri, 2019-08-02 14:00
The Linux Mint project today released the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina", which is now available for download as Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce editions. From a report: If your computer is fairly modern, take my advice and opt for the excellent Cinnamon. MATE and Xfce are solid choices too, although they are more appropriate for computers with meager hardware. For new users, choosing amongst three interfaces can be confusing -- thankfully, the Mint developers stopped using KDE almost two years ago. Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" is based on the wildly popular Ubuntu operating system, but on 18.04 rather than the new 19.04. Why use an older version of Ubuntu as a base? Because 18.04 is an LTS or "Long Term Support" variant. While version 19.04 will be supported for less than a year, 18.04 is being supported for a mind-boggling 10 years! The Linux kernel is version 4.15 and not part of the newer 5.x series.

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Take two cornerstones of British life, booze and queues, then squirt them with face scans: AI Bar

TheRegister - Fri, 2019-08-02 13:58
System tracks who's next, but it's no stand-in for a good bartender's judgment

Pics and video A British firm thinks it has found the answer to an age-old problem – how to decide which boozed-up revellers should get served at the bar first.…

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Who's for another trade war? Japan hits South Korea, Seoul survivor promises to retaliate

TheRegister - Fri, 2019-08-02 13:16
Movement of LEDs and chipmaking gubbins to be slowed

The Japanese government has announced it will remove South Korea from its list of trusted export destinations, adding fuel to the fire of the ongoing trade conflict between the two countries.…

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