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Apple Puts $400 Million Toward Affordable Housing

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-07-13 16:08
Apple announced Monday that it is allocating $400 million toward affordable housing and homeowner assistance programs in California this year, as part of the $2.5 billion commitment announced in November. From a report: The housing crisis has worsened in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, forcing states and cities to pause spending on affordable housing projects. Big Tech's wealth has been blamed by some for driving up housing prices in the San Francisco Bay Area and making it unaffordable for teachers, firefighters and other workers who support the region. Apple, along with Facebook, Google and Microsoft, committed a collective $5 billion to support affordable housing initiatives, but it ran into the reality that money alone can't solve the problem without changes to zoning and financing restrictions.

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Rust code in Linux kernel looks more likely as language team lead promises support

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 15:59
Torvalds worries about compiler bugs: 'Very rare, but incredibly hard to debug'

Rust language team lead Josh Triplett has promised to support its use in the Linux kernel, saying: "I'd be happy to have the Linux kernel feeding into Rust language development priorities. If building Rustic interfaces within the kernel requires some additional language features, we should see what enhancements to the language would best serve those requirements."…

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Bottleneck for US Coronavirus Response: The Fax Machine

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-07-13 15:32
Public health officials in Houston are struggling to keep up with one of the nation's largest coronavirus outbreaks. They are desperate to trace cases and quarantine patients before they spread the virus to others. But first, they must negotiate with the office fax machine. From a report: The machine at the Harris County Public Health department in Houston recently became overwhelmed when one laboratory sent a large batch of test results, spraying hundreds of pages all over the floor. "Picture the image of hundreds of faxes coming through, and the machine just shooting out paper," said Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of the department. The county has so far recorded more than 40,000 coronavirus cases. Some doctors fax coronavirus tests to Dr. Shah's personal number, too. Those papers are put in an envelope marked "confidential" and walked to the epidemiology department. As hard as the United States works to control coronavirus, it keeps running into problems caused by its fragmented health system, a jumble of old and new technology, and data standards that don't meet epidemiologists' needs. Public health officials and private laboratories have managed to expand testing to more than half a million performed daily, but they do not have a system that can smoothly handle that avalanche of results.

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Detroit Police make second wrongful facial-recog arrest when another man is misidentified by software

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 15:10
Plus: IB students kick up a stink over algorithm grading, and more

In brief A man was charged after he was mistakenly identified as a thief by facial-recognition software used by the Detroit Police Department.…

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The Data-Driven Tech Engine at the Heart of Hollywood's Content Factories

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-07-13 14:43
America's studios, creators and marketers are relying, more than ever, on digital platforms that allow them to gauge what audiences like-- and would like to see more of. From a report: They're not just looking for test screenings, either. They're looking to check in with potential audiences at every stage of production, from before a script is written until the moment their new TV show, film or music video debuts. Ever since George Lucas ushered in the era of endless sequels (and prequels), Hollywood executives have tried to capitalize on the success of the Last Big Thing by churning out more of it. But content budgets are increasing far faster than established franchises can keep up. Netflix is projected to spend more on new and acquired content in 2020 -- $17 billion -- than Apple spent on research and development in 2019. With stakes that high, minimizing risk when creating new content "at scale" means treating it like any other mass-market product. Executives, producers, writers, directors and marketers need to be able to consistently craft programs that are more likely than not to find their target audiences. Critical approval and industry awards -- even box-office blowouts -- while nice, aren't the endgame for most.

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HPE shifts further out onto the edge, plans to weld $925m Silver Peak buy to Aruba Networks

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 14:30
To SD or not SD-WAN is the question?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is to wolf down Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) outfit Silver Peak for $925m.…

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Google To Invest $10B in India

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-07-13 14:01
Google said today it'll invest about $10 billion in India over the next five to seven years. The company's CEO, Sundar Pichai, said that money will be divided into investment equity investments, partnerships, and operational, infrastructure, and ecosystem investments. Investments will focus on four main areas: Information access in Indian languages. Building products for the Indian market. Empowering local businesses. Leveraging AI for good in areas such as agriculture and education.

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Sueball locked, loaded and pointed at LinkedIn over iOS privacy naughtiness

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 13:56
Company 'aware and reviewing' the lawsuit, not your clipboard. Honest

Microsoft's social-media-for-suits tentacle, LinkedIn, has attracted legal fire for allegedly peering at the clipboard of iOS devices.…

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UK's University of Manchester has its head in all the clouds as it rains £50m on resellers

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 13:06
Hope is to ease procurement while saving cash

University of Manchester has dished out a contract worth up to £50m to a handful of integrators to provision cloud services from the big three providers and build a tool for "consolidated and managed billing".…

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Apple: Don't close MacBooks with a webcam cover on, you might damage the display

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 12:26
There's a 0.1mm tolerance and OS has built-in tools for managing peep hole

If you've ever been to a tech trade show, chances are you willingly exchanged personal details for a webcam cover. The plastic strips are loved by cheapskate vendors everywhere, but a new advisory from Apple warns against leaving them attached while closing your MacBook lest it utterly bugger your display.…

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Better get Grandma off Windows 7 because zero-day bug in Zoom allows remote code execution on vintage OS

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 11:50
Plus: Kazakh man charged with corporate mega-hack, and more

In brief With world+dog on Zoom these days, news of a zero-day attack against the videoconferencing app would cause a stir, but relax – it's only if you're on Windows 7 or older.…

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Metronome or Music Computer? Music Geek Tries the Raspberry Pi/Linux-Based 'Organelle'

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-07-13 11:34
navindra (Slashdot reader #7,571) is a professional coder and an amateur musician. He writes: Music and technology have always been intertwined and this has never been truer with computer technology. I set out on a simple quest to find a better metronome, settled for a digital sample sequencer, but ended up fascinated by the Organelle music computer running Pure Data on a Raspberry Pi and Linux. "The entire system runs open source software and may be customized at every level," explains its web page. From navindra's article: [T]he Organelle is hard to define, but it is nothing less than a music computer, almost demanding that one ascend from mere musician to virtual instrument designer. Organelle patches are readily available for beat-making purposes, including sample sequencer or drum machine functions, multi-dimensional sequencers, and, yes, even a straight up metronome. Beyond the factory patches, the user community contribute their own creations... Pure Data code initially looks like low-level symbolic code — fortunately, it is easy to make something musical in short order, if one has a handle on sound synthesis and MIDI concepts. The Organelle runs Linux on a Raspberry Pi with everything that entails — it has a boot up time of 12 seconds, yields a 6 hour battery life on 4 AA batteries (roughly proportional to the volca power draw), and things like swapping samples is trivially done with a file manager, eliminating the need for special software. Similarly, adding or modifying patches is just as easy — modifying the existing Metronome patch with a new sound could be as easy as dropping in a new .wav file. Needless to say, the Organelle is constantly evolving and improving...

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Microsoft says ciao to Xiaoice: Formerly unpatriotic Chinese teenager sim flies the nest

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 11:15
Redmond will retain stake in popular chatbot service

Microsoft has kicked a five-year-old out onto the cold, hard Chinese streets by spinning off its Xiaobing (or Xiaoice) business.…

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GitHub is just like all of us: The week has just started but it needed 4 whole hours of downtime

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 10:39
Plus: New availability report highlights database issues

GitHub marked the start of the week with more than four hours of downtime, as GitHub Issues, Actions, Pages, Packages and API requests all reported "degraded performance."…

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All in all it's just another bork on the wall: For pity's sake, begs signage, climb onto the pub's roof and boot me up

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 10:00
(No don't. Don't do that. - Ed) Technology might be transient, but paint on bricks is forever

Bork!Bork!Bork! In the battle of new versus old in today's example of signage silage, the only winner appears to be Bork.…

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Microsoft Visual Studio gets .NET Core debugging – on WSL2

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 09:15
'Higher fidelity local debugging experience' than debugging on Windows and deploying to Linux

Hands On Microsoft has pushed out an extension for Visual Studio 2019 that lets developers run and debug a .NET Core application on Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2).…

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Reporting live from Gartner pandemic watch: IT spending is shrinking by X this year, I mean Y

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 08:30
Don't even get started on 2021.... please

In a world full of surprises where everything subject to change based on humanity’s ability to combat an invisible killer, Gartner has calculated IT spending will crash this year and experience a “swoop” recovery next.…

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Trump reveals US cyber-attack on Russian election-misdirection troll farms

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 08:02
Maybe Donald isn’t in love with Vlad after all – but he did just give Russia attribution and maybe a peek at tradecraft

US president Donald Trump has revealed that in 2018 he authorized an attack on suspected-to-be-state-sponsored Russian internet trolls intent on disrupting the electoral process during Congressional elections.…

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A Volunteer Supercomputer Team is Hunting for Covid Clues

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-07-13 07:44
The world's fastest computer is now part of "a vast supercomputer-powered search for new findings pertaining to the novel coronavirus' spread" and "how to effectively treat and mitigate it," according to an emerging tech journalist at Nextgov. It's part of a consortium currently facilitating over 65 active research projects, for which "Dozens of national and international members are volunteering free compute time...providing at least 485 petaflops of capacity and steadily growing, to more rapidly generate new solutions against COVID-19." "What started as a simple concept has grown to span three continents with over 40 supercomputer providers," Dario Gil, director of IBM Research and consortium co-chair, told Nextgov last week. "In the face of a global pandemic like COVID-19, hopefully a once-in-a-lifetime event, the speed at which researchers can drive discovery is a critical factor in the search for a cure and it is essential that we combine forces...." [I]ts resources have been used to sort through billions of molecules to identify promising compounds that can be manufactured quickly and tested for potency to target the novel coronavirus, produce large data sets to study variations in patient responses, perform airflow simulations on a new device that will allow doctors to use one ventilator to support multiple patients — and more. The complex systems are powering calculations, simulations and results in a matter of days that several scientists have noted would take a matter of months on traditional computers. The Undersecretary for Science at America's Energy Department said "What's really interesting about this from an organizational point of view is that it's basically a volunteer organization." The article identifies some of the notable participants: IBM was part of the joint launch with America's Office of Science and Technology Policy and its Energy Department.The chief of NASA's Advanced Supercomputing says they're "making the full reserve portion of NASA supercomputing resources available to researchers working on the COVID-19 response, along with providing our expertise and support to port and run their applications on NASA systems."Amazon Web Services "saw a clear opportunity to bring the benefits of cloud... to bear in the race for treatments and a vaccine," according to a company executive.Japan's Fugaku — "which surpassed leading U.S. machines on the Top 500 list of global supercomputers in late June" — also joined the consortium in June. Other consortium members: Google CloudMicrosoftMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteThe National Science FoundationArgonne, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Sandia National laboratories.National Center for Atmospheric Research's Wyoming Supercomputing CenterAMDNVIDIADell Technologies. ("The company is now donating cycles from the Zenith supercomputer and other resources.")

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Oh what a cute little animation... OH MY GOD. (Not acceptable, even in the '80s)

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-07-13 07:15
Confessions of a student

Who, Me? Bid a fond farewell to the weekend and buckle up for the new week with a slightly NSFW example of the breed we like to call Who, Me?

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