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Meta Builds Tool To Stop the Spread of 'Revenge Porn'

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-12-02 17:31
Facebook's parent company, Meta, has worked with the U.K.-based nonprofit Revenge Porn Helpline to build a tool that lets people prevent their intimate images from being uploaded to Facebook, Instagram and other participating platforms without their consent. From a report: The tool, which builds on a pilot program Facebook started in Australia in 2017, launched Thursday. It allows people who are worried that their intimate photos or videos have been or could be shared online, for example by disgruntled ex-partners, to submit the images to a central, global website called StopNCII.org, which stands for "Stop Non-Consensual Intimate Images." "It's a massive step forward," said Sophie Mortimer, the helpline's manager. "The key for me is about putting this control over content back into the hands of people directly affected by this issue so they are not just left at the whims of a perpetrator threatening to share it." Karuna Nain, Meta's director of global safety policy, said the company had shifted its approach to use an independent website to make it easier for other companies to use the system and to reduce the burden on the victims of image-based abuse to report content to "each and every platform." During the submission process, StopNCII.org gets consent and asks people to confirm that they are in an image. People can select material on their devices, including manipulated images, that depict them nude or nearly nude. The photos or the videos will then be converted into unique digital fingerprints known as "hashes," which will be passed on to participating companies, starting with Facebook and Instagram.

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Santa's sack is bulging with browsers: Vivaldi 5.0 arrives full of festive cheer

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-12-02 17:00
Keeping one's privates private

"I don't think we have any business with collecting information about what people are doing," Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner told The Register as its eponymous browser pushed out a major version update today.…

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US Government Agencies Bought Chinese Surveillance Tech Despite Federal Ban

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-12-02 16:45
schwit1 writes: At least three U.S. federal agencies, including the military, have purchased China-made video surveillance equipment banned from use in the federal government. Purchasing records seen by TechCrunch and video surveillance news site IPVM show the agencies collectively spent thousands of dollars on purchasing video surveillance equipment manufactured by Lorex, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dahua Technology. Dahua is one of several China-based companies banned from selling to the federal government under a 2019 defense spending law over fears that the technology could help the Chinese government conduct espionage.

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SiFive's New RISC-V Chip Challenges Decades-old Computing Designs

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-12-02 16:18
The Performance P650 won't beat a top-end Arm chip in a Samsung or Apple smartphone, but the startup believes its designs eventually could. From a report: It's really hard to get a new chip family to catch on when companies like Intel and Qualcomm ship their products by the millions, but SiFive has a faster new design it hopes will carve a niche. The startup on Thursday announced its Performance P650 design, which comes with a 50% speed boost over the P550 that arrived in June. SiFive is one of the most prominent members of RISC-V International, an alliance collectively developing a family of processors using the new RISC-V architecture. That competes against the x86 architecture from Intel and AMD that dominates in PCs and the Arm architecture used by Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple, MediaTek and others to power all smartphones. Unlike x86 and Arm, though, RISC-V is free to use. It's a fresh start its advocates believe will be more economical and efficient. SiFive doesn't make chips. Instead, it licenses its designs to others that customize them for their own purposes, an approach that's served Arm well. With performance comparable to Arm's two-year-old midrange Cortex A77 design, the P650 won't be ejecting Qualcomm or other Arm designs out of smartphones any time soon. Customers can start evaluating the design in the first quarter of 2022, SiFive said. But if SiFive succeeds with its longer-term plans for better speed, battery life and cost, you could get a SiFive powered phone in a couple years. "By 2023, you're likely to see the first mobile phone with RISC-V," SiFive Chief Executive Patrick Little said in an October interview. "I think we have an excellent shot at the phone."

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Co-Operative Bank today 'terminated' Capita's outsourcing contract years before it was due to expire

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-12-02 16:03
Services ops for mortgages to go back in-house, says High Street lender, can't say how many to TUPE across

Co-Operative Bank is terminating its outsourcing contract with Capita years ahead of schedule and is planning to TUPE across staff to provision services in-house again, ending what at times was a fractious relationship.…

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Tesla is Now Selling a $1,900 Electric Cyberquad ATV for Kids

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-12-02 15:32
Tesla has launched a mini Cyberquad designed for the kiddos starting in 2-4 weeks if you order one right now from its website. From a report: The Tesla 'Cyberquad for Kids' is available to purchase on Tesla's site for $1,900 -- a steep price relative to your average Power Wheels, but the lowest-priced vehicle in Tesla's existing lineup by far. And the Cyberquad's materials are a cut above your average battery electric kid car, with a "full steel frame," along with cushioned seating and fully adjustable suspension. It may be the cheapest Tesla you can buy, but it's also the most limited when it comes to range: You'll get up to around 15 miles on a full charge, which takes five hours to wooer up, according to the company. It's also not going to break any land speed records, with a speedometer that tops out at 10 mph (which you can limit to a max of 5 mph for safety if desired). That's still plenty fast for a kid's ride-on vehicle, which is probably why Tesla labels this one as designed for kids at least 8 and up, with a max weight of 150 lbs.

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UK data watchdog fines government office for disclosing New Year's gong list

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-12-02 15:02
New IT systems set up incorrectly, published CSV files which included names, addresses

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined the Cabinet Office because it failed to put appropriate technical and organisational measures in place to prevent the unauthorised disclosure of recipients of New Year's honours.…

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Microsoft's New Windows Prompts Try To Stop People Downloading Chrome

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-12-02 14:41
Microsoft has never been a fan of Windows users downloading Chrome instead of using Edge, but the company has now stepped up its campaign to keep people using its built-in browser. From a report: Windows 10 and Windows 11 have both started displaying new prompts when people navigate to the Chrome download page, in an effort to discourage people from installing Google's rival browser. These new prompts, spotted by Neowin, include messages like: "Microsoft Edge runs on the same technology as Chrome, with the added trust of Microsoft." "That browser is so 2008! Do you know what's new? Microsoft Edge." "'I hate saving money,' said no one ever. Microsoft Edge is the best browser for online shopping."

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Apple Tells Suppliers iPhone Demand Has Slowed as Holidays Near

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-12-02 14:13
Apple, suffering from a global supply crunch, is now confronting a different problem: slowing demand. From a report: The company has told its component suppliers that demand for the iPhone 13 lineup has weakened, people familiar with the matter said, signaling that some consumers have decided against trying to get the hard-to-find item. Already, Apple had cut its iPhone 13 production goal for this year by as many as 10 million units, down from a target of 90 million, because of a lack of parts, Bloomberg News reported. But the hope was to make up much of that shortfall next year -- when supply is expected to improve. The company is now informing its vendors that those orders may not materialize, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

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SiFive's latest top-end RISC-V CPU core supports proper virtualization in hardware

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-12-02 14:00
Hypervisor extension implemented in P650 processor engine that's stalking Arm's Cortex family

SiFive's latest flagship RISC-V CPU will be revealed today – and we're told it will sport proper virtualization support in hardware.…

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What a bunch of bricks: Crooks knock hole in toyshop wall, flee with €35k Lego haul

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-12-02 13:00
Police still trying to piece everything together

Christmas was (probably not) ruined for several German children yesterday after thieves bust through a toyshop wall in Lippstadt and escaped with dozens of Lego sets said to be worth a total of €35,000.…

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Many Severe Covid-19 Survivors Die Within a Year, Study Finds

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-12-02 13:00
fahrbot-bot shares a report from Gizmodo: New research this week finds that people hospitalized with severe covid-19 often pay a heavy price afterward. The study concluded that these survivors were more than twice as likely to die in the subsequent 12 months compared to people who had tested negative for the virus. This relatively increased risk of death was even higher for people under the age 65. While there remains much research to be done, studies thus far have made it clear that many covid-19 survivors can experience lingering symptoms even after the infection itself has cleared up. And those who are hospitalized are all the more vulnerable to these aftereffects. Severe covid often seriously damages the lungs and other organs, while life-saving interventions like steroids, ventilators, and life support devices like ECMO can take a toll on the body as well. Researchers from the University of Florida had already published a study in July showing that hospitalized survivors were significantly more likely to be hospitalized again within six months, compared to those with mild to moderate covid-19. This new study of theirs, based on an examination of anonymous electronic health records, instead looked at the long-term mortality risk of patients up to a year later. Nearly 14,000 patients in the same health care system were studied. These included 178 diagnosed with severe COVID-19 and 246 diagnosed with mild to moderate covid-19, as well as many others who tested negative for the virus but may have been sick for other reasons and received medical care in some way. Compared to covid-negative patients, and even after accounting for other factors like age and sex, those with severe covid were 2.5 times more likely to die in the next 12 months after their illness. Overall, just over 52% of severe covid patients died in a year's time. There was no significant increased risk of mortality for mild to moderate cases, however. "About 20% of the deaths among these patients post-infection were attributed to problems with either the respiratory or cardiovascular system," the report adds. "[A]mong patients in this study, the associated risk of dying was actually relatively greater for survivors of severe covid under age 65 than it was for patients over 65. Compared to similarly aged but non-infected people, they were more than three times more likely to die in the months after their hospitalization." The findings have been published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine.

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Specs appeal: Qualcomm and Meta insist headgear to plug you into the metaverse will 'supersede mobile'

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-12-02 12:15
'You're on the go, you take it with you, it's always contextually relevant, you don't have to take it out of your pocket'

Snapdragon Tech Summit What's the next hot thing after mobile? Qualcomm and Meta execs believe it's the metaverse, and some type of headgear providing context so you don't have to pull a device out of your pocket.…

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Computers cost money. We only make them more expensive by trying to manage them ourselves

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-12-02 10:45
And that's bad for your customers – who else is gonna ultimately pay for it?

Register Debate Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers discuss technology topics, and you the reader choose the winning argument. The format is simple: we propose a motion, the arguments for the motion will run this Monday and Wednesday, and the arguments against on Tuesday and Thursday. During the week you can cast your vote on which side you support using the poll embedded below, choosing whether you're in favour or against the motion. The final score will be announced on Friday, revealing whether the for or against argument was most popular.

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Nextcloud boss: You gotta fight … for your right … to 'plug into Windows and offer the exact same service'

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-12-02 10:00
It's the browser wars all over again – but this time it's cloud storage

Interview It is a fine balancing act when a small business very publicly criticises a much larger one upon whose products it relies – yet that is the David-versus-Goliath standoff happening in a corner of the cloud industry.…

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Crypto CEOs Will Testify Before US House Panel

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-12-02 10:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Crypto Briefing: The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services has announced that several cryptocurrency executives will testify at a panel hearing. Jeremy Allaire, CEO of the USD Coin company Circle, is first on the list of executives that will attend the panel. The list also includes Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and founder of the crypto exchange FTX. It additionally includes Brian Brooks, current CEO of Bitfury and former acting comptroller for the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Chad Cascarilla, CEO of the stablecoin and brokerage firm Paxos, will also appear on the panel. Paxos is best known for powering crypto services for PayPal and Facebook's Novi wallet. Denelle Dixon, CEO of the Stellar Development Foundation, and Alesia Haas, CFO of Coinbase, will also make an appearance. The panel will be led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services. Waters previously held a hearing on Facebook's proposed crypto plans in 2019, as well as other panels on crypto, digital currencies, and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). This upcoming panel is titled "Digital Assets and the Future of Finance: Understanding the Challenges and Benefits of Financial Innovation in the United States." The page describing the hearing suggests the goal of the event is to hold financial companies accountable to consumers and investors. The hearing will be held at 10:00 AM ET on Wednesday, Dec. 8. It will be available as an online webcast.

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New UK product security law won't be undercut by rogue traders upping and vanishing, government boasts

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-12-02 09:15
El Reg asks about phoenixing – but will answer convince world+dog?

Britain's plans to force internet-connected device vendors to declare legally binding product lifespans won't be easily evaded by shell companies, the government has told The Register.…

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European Cybercrime Centre confident it's kicked credit card crims – again

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-12-02 08:21
Poised to reveal similar haul to 2020's €40M loss prevention total

The European Cybercrime Centre has again acted against credit card fraud and is poised to reveal success on a similar scale to its 2020 campaign that prevented €40 million of losses.…

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Trigger of Rare Blood Clots In AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Found

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-12-02 07:00
Long-time Slashdot reader tlhIngan writes: The AstraZeneca vaccine, one of the few approved vaccines to fight COVID-19, was under fire earlier this year for causing blood clots. While the vaccine is still approved for use, and is being used, scientists have been working hard to figure out the cause. The main trigger appears to be caused by the immune system mistakenly identifying a blood protein as part of the virus. The AstraZeneca vaccine has viral RNA embedded on a normal cold virus. Platelet factor 4, a blood protein, is attracted to the virus and sticks to it. Sometimes, the immune system thinks the protein on the virus is the virus and attacks it, causing red blood cells to clump on it, creating a blood clot. This is a positive hope in helping figure out who may be susceptible to blood clots caused by the vaccine and to offer an alternative to those allergic to components of the mRNA vaccines.

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China to create workers' paradise for ride share drivers

TheRegister - Thu, 2021-12-02 06:57
Communist China (belatedly) recognises that drivers are people who need food, sleep, bathrooms, and unions

China's Ministry of Transport, along with eight other agencies, has issued an edict that demands working conditions ride share operators provide for drivers must improve.…

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