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California accuses Tesla of false advertising over Autopilot

TheRegister - Mon, 2022-08-08 20:45
DMV goes after manufacturer and dealer licenses

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) last month filed two complaints against Tesla alleging that the car marker violated state law by misrepresenting that its vehicles can drive autonomously.…

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Meta's AI Chatbot Repeats Election and Anti-Semitic Conspiracies

Slashdot - Mon, 2022-08-08 20:10
Only days after being launched to the public, Meta Platforms' new AI chatbot has been claiming that Donald Trump won the 2020 US presidential election, and repeating anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. From a report: Chatbots -- artificial intelligence software that learns from interactions with the public -- have a history of taking reactionary turns. In 2016, Microsoft's Tay was taken offline within 48 hours after it started praising Adolf Hitler, amid other racist and misogynist comments it apparently picked up while interacting with Twitter users. Facebook parent company Meta released BlenderBot 3 on Friday to users in the US, who can provide feedback if they receive off-topic or unrealistic answers. A further feature of BlenderBot 3 is its ability to search the internet to talk about different topics. The company encourages adults to interact with the chatbot with "natural conversations about topics of interest" to allow it to learn to conduct naturalistic discussions on a wide range of subjects. Conversations shared on various social media accounts ranged from the humorous to the offensive. BlenderBot 3 told one user its favorite musical was Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats," and described Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg as "too creepy and manipulative" to a reporter from Insider. Other conversations showed the chatbot repeating conspiracy theories.

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Qualcomm, GlobalFoundries double down on US chip production

TheRegister - Mon, 2022-08-08 20:07
The line for chip susidies and tax breaks is getting longer by the minute

Qualcomm says it is doubling investments in US chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries in a bid to secure additional wafer capacity with government money on the table.…

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The Case of Fake IMDb Credits

Slashdot - Mon, 2022-08-08 19:22
How some people tricked Google into getting their own knowledge panels and fooled Amazon-owned IMDb into believing they are top stars in dozens of movies. From a report: I was casually browsing IMDb when I landed on the page for an upcoming Ranbir Kapoor starrer movie "Animal." I saw the cast details and I found a face and a name I didn't recognize. Finding out about this guy led me to a whole new world of how so many young Indian men from small towns are gaming the system to manufacture their own fake online clout. So who is this guy? I had not heard of him before and he is named in the "Top cast" category for this movie, alongside Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor. According to his IMDb page, he has acting credits in some big-budget productions. I am beginning to suspect that this could be a case of IMDb vandalism. IMDb allows anyone to add and edit pages. They don't allow you to see the edit history of a page though like Wikipedia and evidently, the edits are not reviewed effectively either. I googled this guy. Wow, so Google has a knowledge panel on him. There are also links to his music on various music platforms. Okay, so probably he is pretending to be an actor on IMDb but according to his google search results, he is actually a legit musician? Skimming through the search results, I found biographies written about him on a few websites of doubtful credibility. Like this one on a website called issuewire.com. I looked at his YouTube and other social media profiles and he doesn't have a lot of followers or any music content on there. I shazamed a couple of his songs and they're just copies of existing random music mashed together with some audio editing tool like Audacity. Possibly to avoid getting copyright notices. Hmm. I think I am now beginning to get a clearer picture of what's going on here. He set up a profile on a bunch of different music streaming platforms. Uploaded remixed mash-up of existing songs using some audio editing software. Published biographies and profiles about himself on sites that do not verify submissions. Set up an IMDb page with fake credits. All this to trick google into believing he is a person of eminence. [...] I went back to his IMDb and checked the cast details of some of the movies he is part of. And I found a few dozen profiles with the exact same modus operandi.

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Inventors Must Be Human, Federal Circuit Rules in Blow To AI

Slashdot - Mon, 2022-08-08 18:46
Computer scientist Stephen Thaler was dealt another blow in his battle for artificial intelligence machines to be recognized as inventors on patents, after the nation's top patent court found that inventors must be humans. The term "individual" in the Patent Act refers only to humans, meaning an AI doesn't count as an inventor on a patentable invention, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Friday. From a report: The decision lines up with courts in the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Australia that have refused to accept Thaler's argument. His only currently existing win is from a South African court that said an AI can be a patent inventor. Unless the US Supreme Court steps in, the Federal Circuit is typically the final authority on US patent matters -- hearing all such appeals from federal district courts and the US Patent and Trademark Office. Thaler already plans to appeal to the high court, his attorney, Ryan Abbott of Brown, Neri, Smith & Khan LLP, said. The Federal Circuit adopted a "narrow and textualist approach" to the Patent Act, Abbott said. "It ignores the purpose of the Patent Act and the outcome that AI-generated inventions are now unpatentable in the United States," he said. "That is an outcome with real negative social consequences."

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Crypto Lender Hodlnaut Freezes Withdrawals, Citing Market Conditions

Slashdot - Mon, 2022-08-08 18:01
Cryptocurrency lending platform Hodlnaut has frozen withdrawals, deposits and token swaps because of "difficult market conditions," the firm said on Monday. From a report: The Singapore-based firm, which was founded in 2019, said it wants to stabilize liquidity and preserve assets while it works on a long-term solution. Hodlnaut also withdrew its application to the Monetary Authority of Singapore for a license in the city-state, even though it received in-principle approval from the central bank in March. The company is the latest in a line of crypto lenders that have buckled under market pressure this year, with Celsius Network and Voyager Digital both filing for bankruptcy protection. The total crypto market cap has slumped to about $1 trillion from more than $3 trillion in November. One of the key components of the market downturn was the collapse of crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital, which had billions of dollars of exposure to numerous companies in the crypto universe. Hodlnaut announced in June that it had "no exposure or loans" with Three Arrows Capital or Celsius.

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Twilio customer data exposed after its staffers got phished

TheRegister - Mon, 2022-08-08 17:45
Comms giant says several other firms targeted in 'sophisticated attack'

Twilio confirmed a breach of the communication giant's network and accessed "a limited number" of customer accounts after tricking some employees into falling for a phishing attack.…

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Fighter Pilots Will Don AR Helmets For Training

Slashdot - Mon, 2022-08-08 17:22
In the near future, "Top Gun" may get a reboot. Roughly one year from now, fighter pilots will begin flying with helmets outfitted with visors that can augment reality and place digital replicas of enemy fighter jets in their field of vision. For the first time, pilots will get to fly in the air and practice maneuvering against imitations of highly advanced aircraft made by countries like China and Russia. From a report: It is also part of the U.S. military's investment of billions into virtual reality, artificial intelligence and algorithms to modernize the way it fights wars. The pilot training solution, created by military technology company Red6, will be rolled out to the Air Force first as part of its $70 million contract with the branch. Company and former military officials say the technology will be a safe, cheap and realistic way to ensure American pilots are prepared to battle the best fighter planes in the world. "Better, faster, cheaper," said Daniel Robinson, founder and chief executive of Red6. "This is the way we'll train them in the future." The military wants new 'robot ships' to replace sailors during battle For decades, the way America trains its fighter pilots has changed little. Aviators from the Air Force and Navy often start their training flying on a Northrop T-38 jet, often using a similar syllabus to one that has been around since the 1960s. From there, they train on planes, such as F-22 or F-35 fighter jets, that they will fly during their career.

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Microsoft tightens Edge security for less visited websites

TheRegister - Mon, 2022-08-08 17:15
We're pretty sure that doesn't mean it's safe to click on sketchy popups

Microsoft wants to make it safer for Edge users to browse and visit unfamiliar websites by automatically applying stronger security settings.…

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Tiers before bedtime: AWS updates Lambda pricing structure

TheRegister - Mon, 2022-08-08 16:45
'Time to update your spreadsheets,' expert says of 'inscrutable' changes

AWS has introduced tiered pricing for its Lambda serverless computing platform, claiming this will save on monthly costs for customers who use it to operate large workloads. It will, however, likely add to the complexity of estimating costs for many developers hoping to run a project on AWS.…

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Intel Unveils Arc Pro GPUs

Slashdot - Mon, 2022-08-08 16:42
Intel's Arc graphics cards aren't just for gamers, it seems, as the previously CPU-exclusive company has taken the lid off a new line of professional GPUs to complement the existing Arc line -- well, existing in China, maybe. From a report:The new cards are called Arc Pro, and target those who use their graphics cards for more than shooting bad guys. Maybe they won't be among the best graphics cards for gaming, but the AV1 encoding at least might get some takers. Intel today unveiled one mobile professional GPU, the A30M, and two desktop models: the single-slot A40 and double-slot A50. Both desktop cards are described as being for small form-factor machines, which makes us suspect Intel may have some much larger cards up its sleeve. All the newly announced GPUs feature built-in ray tracing hardware, machine learning capabilities and industry-first AV1 hardware encoding acceleration. Google's royalty-free, open source alternative to HEVC, AV1 hasn't gained a lot of traction on the web so far despite promises from Netflix and YouTube, with its main use being in Google's Duo video calling despite beating HEVC for compression quality. It's always been very slow to encode, however, so a good hardware accelerator and Intel's backing could see it take off.

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Crypto Mixer Used by North Korea Slapped With US Sanctions

Slashdot - Mon, 2022-08-08 16:19
Tornado Cash, a popular cryptocurrency service that allows users to mask their transactions, was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department after North North Korean hackers relied on it to launder illicit gains, officials announced on Monday. The sanctions bar American companies and individuals from doing business with it. From a report: The platform facilitates anonymous transactions by mixing funds from different sources before transmitting them to the ultimate beneficiary. Tornado Cash has been used to launder more than $7 billion in virtual currency, a senior Treasury official said in a press conference. North Korea's Lazarus Group has laundered about $450 million through the service, according to the official. It was also used to launder more than $100 million in the June hack of the Harmony blockchain's Horizon Bridge, which allows crypto trading between other blockchains, the official said. Described by administration officials as the go-to mixer for cyber criminals, Tornado Cash became the second such service targeted by the Treasury Department. In May, the agency issued sanctions against Blender.io, which was also allegedly used by North Korean hackers to launder illicit proceeds from hacking. Following the sanctions, it appears Blender.io is no longer operating, the official said. The action against Tornado is a "watershed" moment and the Treasury's "most significant action in the crypto space to date," said Ari Redbord, head of legal and government affairs at TRM Labs, a blockchain analysis firm used by governments and financial institutions to fight fraud, money laundering and financial crime, in an email. "This designation sends a message that the US government will not tolerate mixing services that cannot stop illicit actors from using their services."

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Atari Video Computer System returns in Lego form

TheRegister - Mon, 2022-08-08 15:45
Just as square as you remember but minus ET, the worst game of all time

Lego has followed up its Nintendo Entertainment System retro throwback with one celebrating the Atari Video Computer System (VCS).…

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99 Percent of Netflix Subscribers Haven't Tried Its Games Yet

Slashdot - Mon, 2022-08-08 15:28
As Netflix continues to build out its portfolio of games, the streamer's seeing less than 1 percent of its subscribers interact with them on a daily basis. From a report: According to data obtained by CNBC from app tracking group Apptopia, Netflix's games average 1.7 million users per day, a sliver of Netflix's 221 million subscribers globally. Apptopia found that Netflix's games have been downloaded a total of 23.3 million times since Netflix announced a push into mobile gaming in November 2021. The streamer started with just five games, a collection that it has since expanded to over two dozen titles, including a game based on the Exploding Kittens card game, the League of Legends spinoff Hextech Mayhem, and the strategy title Into the Breach. Netflix also plans on adding a game based on its original series The Queen's Gambit.

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Ready for the Linux 6.0 splashdown? Here are some of the highlights

TheRegister - Mon, 2022-08-08 15:15
Don't panic if you're not a fan of big changes… it's 5.20 by another name

The next version of the Linux kernel is jumping version numbers, with some performance gains, but it's not a major change all the same.…

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Clean up orbit first, then we can think about space factories, says FCC

TheRegister - Mon, 2022-08-08 14:45
It's hard to make things out there when dust-sized particles can destroy them

The US Federal Communications Commission is looking at how it can help kickstart manufacturing in space, but said orbital debris needs to be addressed first.…

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Twilio Hacked by Phishing Campaign Targeting Internet Companies

Slashdot - Mon, 2022-08-08 14:41
Communications giant Twilio has confirmed hackers accessed customer data after successfully tricking employees into handing over their corporate login credentials. From a report: The San Francisco-based company, which allows users to build voice and SMS capabilities -- such as two-factor authentication (2FA) -- into applications, said in a blog post published Monday that it became aware that someone gained "unauthorized access" to information related to some Twilio customer accounts on August 4. Twilio has more than 150,000 customers, including Facebook and Uber. According to the company, the as-yet-unidentified threat actor convinced multiple Twilio employees into handing over their credentials, which allowed access to the company's internal systems. The attack used SMS phishing messages that purported to come from Twilio's IT department, suggesting that the employees' password had expired or that their schedule had changed, and advised the target to log in using a spoofed web address that the attacker controls.

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Nvidia books $1.32b inventory charge as PC market slows

TheRegister - Mon, 2022-08-08 14:20
Gaming product sell-through projection declines but datacenter division sales soar

The slowdown in retail spending is taking a toll on Nvidia, which is reporting hefty double digit declines in its Gaming unit, and charges of $1.32 billion, primarily related to inventory and the wider economy.…

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SoftBank Cautions Longer Startup Winter Because Unicorn Founders Are Unwilling To Cut Valuations

Slashdot - Mon, 2022-08-08 14:02
Masayoshi Son, founder and chief executive of SoftBank Group, which reported a quarterly loss of over $23 billion, is worried that the funding winter for startups may continue for longer. From a report: The 64-year-old executive, whose Vision Funds have backed over 470 startups globally in the past six years, said on Monday that some unicorn founders are unwilling to accept lower valuations in fresh funding deliberations, an assertion that has led him to believe that the "winter maybe longer" for unlisted companies. Startups across the globe are facing a sharp crunch in funding as investors grow cautious about the market conditions -- despite many of them raising record amounts of funds in recent months. "Unicorn companies' leaders still believe in their valuations and they wouldn't accept that they may have to see their valuations [go] lower than they think," he said, according to company's official translator. "So until the multiple of listed companies is lower than those of unlisted companies, we should wait," said Son, referring to a popular way investors assign value to firms. He said the winter for publicly listed companies is still continuing, but a similar downturn for startups may last "longer."

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How TSMC killed 450mm wafers for fear of Intel, Samsung

TheRegister - Mon, 2022-08-08 13:30
You can be a big fish in a big ocean or a small fish in a tiny pond with two leviathans.. how times changed

A former TSMC executive has described how a collaborative effort towards 450mm (18-inch) wafers for manufacturing chips was halted when the company realized it would put them in direct competition with Intel and Samsung.…

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