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OpenBSD's De Raadt Pans 'Incredibly Bad' Disclsoure of Intel CPU Bug

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-08 11:34
troublemaker_23 quotes ITWire: Disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which affect mainly Intel CPUs, was handled "in an incredibly bad way" by both Intel and Google, the leader of the OpenBSD project Theo de Raadt claims. "Only Tier-1 companies received advance information, and that is not responsible disclosure -- it is selective disclosure," De Raadt told iTWire in response to queries. "Everyone below Tier-1 has just gotten screwed." In the interview de Raadt also faults intel for moving too fast in an attempt to beat their competition. "There are papers about the risky side-effects of speculative loads -- people knew... Intel engineers attended the same conferences as other company engineers, and read the same papers about performance enhancing strategies -- so it is hard to believe they ignored the risky aspects. I bet they were instructed to ignore the risk." He points out this will make it more difficult to develop kernel software, since "Suddenly the trickiest parts of a kernel need to do backflips to cope with problems deep in the micro-architecture." And he also complains that Intel "has been exceedingly clever to mix Meltdown (speculative loads) with a separate issue (Spectre). This is pulling the wool over the public's eyes..." "It is a scandal, and I want repaired processors for free."

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 11:22
Add in Flatpak/Snap and it could be a revolution

Open Source Insider The biggest open source story of 2017 was unquestionably Canonical's decision to stop developing its Unity desktop and move Ubuntu to the GNOME Shell desktop.…

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Deputy lord of the Scality RING parts ways with object storage firm

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 10:55
President and COO leaves gaping exec responsibility hole

Object storage supplier Scality has lost its president and COO, Erwan Menard.…

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£185k in fines rain down on dodgy PIs and claims firm for illegal data slurp

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 10:27
Adjust for THIS loss, says court as it hands out record penalty

A firm of loss adjusters and two rogue private investigators it hired have been given record fines for illegal trade in personal information.…

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FCA 'gold-plates' EU rule, bans BYOD across entire UK finance sector

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 09:57
You delete one word and then this happens

Exclusive The UK's Financial Conduct Authority has quietly transposed an EU rule without including a crucial bit of detail, thus effectively banning BYOD policies in all financial services organisations across Blighty.…

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Come by. Away. Walk on. That'll do. Oh, um, we're just rounding up the lambs of storage

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 09:37
Let's bring them down from the hill and see what we have

El Reg's storage sheepdog has been out on the hill and gathered a flocklet of storage news.…

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Feel like a little kid in the container world? Welcome to the club

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 09:04
Don't worry about what people say they're doing on Twitter

Hang around Twitter long enough and you'll need a double helping of antidepressants to cope with the obvious truth that you are WAY BEHIND ON THE CONTAINER REVOLUTION. Microservices? Everyone else is doing them. Kubernetes? Most CTOs are naming their kids after the popular project. And you? Well, you're still fiddling with VMs, green screens, and mainframes.…

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Ask Slashdot: How Should I Replace My Netbook?

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-08 08:34
Long-time Slashdot reader Kevin108 needs to replace his netbook: I've used and loved my Eee 701 for many years. None of the diminutive ergonomics were ever an issue. But the low-res screen, 4 GB SSD, and 630 MHz Celeron are a useless combo for current web browsing and modern software. I'm now in the market for a new device in a similar form factor. I need a Windows device for my preferred photo editor and some other software I use for maps. It will often be used offline for writing and watching MKVs in VLC. I'm okay with a notebook or tablet and keyboard combo, but I've not found anything in a similar size with my feature requirements. Any suggestions? Leave your best thoughts and suggestions in the comments. What's the best way to replace a netbook?

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Least realistic New Year’s resolution ever: fix Facebook in 365 days

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 08:02
Zuck says The Social Network™ knows nothing about anything important

If the weekend’s excesses suggest that your New Year’s resolutions aren’t going to happen, spare a thought for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg because he’s given himself 365 days to fix The Social Network™.…

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Smartphones' security enhancements just make them more dangerous

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 07:01
Is that incriminating data in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

Over the holidays I bought Apple’s newest, shiniest face scanner. For the first fortnight - and periodically since then, that constant lift-and-scan felt weird. As though my smartphone had suddenly become too intimate, too familiar.…

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It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer bricks some AMD PCs

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 06:30
KB4056892 is not your friend if you run an Athlon

Microsoft’s fix for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs may be crocking AMD-powered PCs.…

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If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 06:01
Birds have figured out how to light fires to scare their prey into the open

Already replete with sharks, crocodiles, snakes and poisonous jellyfish galore, Australia may also be home to arsonist birds that spread fire so they can feed on animals as they flee.…

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Can Mesh Networks Save a Dying Web?

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-08 04:34
From an anonymous reader: "The web is dying, but mesh networks could save it," writes open source hacker Andre Staltz. He warns that Facebook, Google, and Amazon plan to "grow beyond browsers, creating new virtual contexts where data is created and shared," and predicts the next wave of walled gardens will be a "social internet" bypassing the web altogether. "The Web may die like most other technologies do, simply by becoming less attractive than newer technologies." He wants to build a mobile mesh web that works with or without internet access to reach the four billion people currently offline, adding that all the tools we need are already in our hands: smartphones, peer-to-peer protocols, and mesh networks. His vision? "Novel peer-to-peer protocols such as IPFS and Dat help replace HTTP and make the web a content-centered cyberspace... Browsers can be made to work like that, and although it's a small tweak to how the web works, it has massive effects on social structures in cyberspace... Now that we have experience with some of the intricacies of the social web, we can reinvent it to put people first without intermediate companies... We can actually beat the tech giants at this game by simply giving local and regional connectivity to people in developing countries. With mobile apps that are built mesh-first, the smartphones would make up self-organizing self-healing mobile ad-hoc networks... In internet-less regions, there is potential for scaling quickly, and through that, we can spawn a new industry around peer-to-peer wireless mesh networks." He cites mega-projects "to rescue the web from the internet", which include progress on peer-to-peer and mesh networking protocols, followed by adoption on smartphones (and then a new wave of apps) -- plus a migration of existing web content to the new protocols, "to fix the overutilization of the wirenet and the underutilization of airnets, bringing balance to the wire-versus-air dichotomy, providing choice in how data should travel in each case...But it can only happen if the web takes a courageous step towards its next level."

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Net boffins brew poison for BGP hijacks

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 04:02
'ARTEMIS' spots bad deliberately rotten routes and sets things to rights

The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is one of the Internet's basic pieces of plumbing technologies, but it's also so old it was designed before the security needs of a multi-billion-user network were understood.…

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SpaceX Completes First Launch of 2018: Secretive 'Zuma' Spacecraft

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-08 02:34
SpaceX's first launch of 2018 was "a secretive spacecraft commissioned by the U.S. government for an undisclosed mission," reports TechCrunch. An anonymous reader quotes CNN: After more than a month of delays, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vaulted toward the skies at 8 p.m. ET Sunday with the secretive payload. It launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida... The company [then] executed its signature move: guiding the first-stage rocket booster back to Earth for a safe landing. Just over two minutes after liftoff Sunday, the first-stage booster separated from the second stage and fired up its engines. The blaze allowed the rocket to safely cut back through the Earth's atmosphere and land on a pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station... The company completed a record-setting 18 launches last year, and SpaceX plans to do even more this year, according to spokesman James Gleeson.

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Microsoft offloads networking to FPGA-powered NICs

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 02:29
This is how Azure just hit 30Gbps of throughput – and how clouds are being built now

Microsoft’s switched on new network interface cards packing field-programmable gate arrays and announced that doing so has let it hit 30Gbps of throughput for servers in Azure.…

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WD My Cloud NAS devices have <i>hard wired</i> backdoor

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 00:58
This is serious: some of the messed-up machines can host VMs and databases

If you have a Western Digital My Cloud network attached storage device, it's time to learn how to update its OS because researcher James Bercegay has discovered a dozen models possess a hard-coded backdoor.…

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Some Smartphone Salesmen Aren't Sold on the iPhone X

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-08 00:34
A CNET reporter visited four carrier stores to ask their salesmen if they'd recommend an iPhone X. But after visiting stores for Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, "I couldn't even find a salesperson to tell me it was the best iPhone I could buy." So he finally tried asking three salesmen at Apple Stores -- and still got equivocal answers. An anonymous reader quotes CNET's report: "Well, it depends on what you like," the salesman said, somewhat coyly. "The biggest problem I have with it is using Face ID for Apple Pay. You really have to put the phone at a certain angle or it doesn't work." He started with a problem. I was already suspicious. I was in something of a hurry, but I asked him: "So are you selling a lot more of these than other phones?" He turned into a high-ranking member of a political party. "All our phones sell well," he said. Which sounded not entirely reassuring. Indeed, it sounded like a "no." Chatting next with an Apple store "Genius" (who was testing his iPhone 6), CNET's reporter was told that "The X and the 8 are the same phone... Inside, I mean. With the X, you're just paying the extra money for the design." Unfortunately, that salesman's $999 iPhone X was wrapped in an ugly pink case, because after four weeks he'd already cracked it. And a third Apple salesman -- who touted the glories of an OLED screen -- also kept his iPhone X in a case at all times "It's glass," he explained. "You'll definitely need a case." "But what about not being able to see the lovely phone?" "Get a see-through case," he replied with a smile.

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LEDE and OpenWRT kiss and make up

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-08 00:05
Newly re-merged open router project goes live

The OpenWRT and LEDE open router projects have merged and promised a major release in the coming months.…

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South Australia bins emergency alert app, contract

TheRegister - Sun, 2018-01-07 23:40
Software couldn't tell when its own arse was on fire

The South Australian State government has announced it will end its contract with Victorian company Ripe Intelligence after an app intended to provide "real-time, relevant and personalised event and warning information" repeatedly failed to do so.…

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