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FCC Chairman Slams Trump Team's Proposal To Nationalize 5G

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-29 16:05
The Federal Communications Commission's Republican chairman on Monday opposed a plan under consideration by the Trump White House to build a 5G mobile network, nationalizing what has long been the role of private wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon. From the report: "I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network," he said. The FCC's reaction doesn't bode well for the proposal the Trump administration is considering, first reported by Axios on Sunday night, since it's one of the main government agencies when it comes to wireless issues.

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'Bitcoin heist': Cops seek 4 for aggravated burglary in <i>Midsomer Murders</i> town

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-29 15:46
Fintech workers reportedly targeted

An aggravated burglary by a group of armed robbers in an Oxfordshire village targeted a home reportedly belonging to Bitcoin traders.…

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Apple Could Use ARM Coprocessors for Three Updated Mac Models

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-29 15:24
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple could be working on three new Mac models for this year. From a report: All three of them could feature an ARM coprocessor to improve security. Apple isn't switching to ARM chipsets altogether. There will still be an Intel CPU in every Mac, but with a second ARM processor. Currently, the MacBook Pro features a T1 chip while the iMac Pro features a T2 chip. On the MacBook Pro, the ARM coprocessor handles the Touch ID sensor and the Touch Bar. This way, your fingerprint is never stored on your laptop's SSD drive -- it remains on the T1 secure enclave. The Intel CPU only gets a positive response when a fingerprint is validated. The iMac Pro goes one step further and uses the T2 to replace many discrete controllers. The T2 controls your stereo speakers, your internal microphone, the fans, the camera and internal storage.

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UK infrastructure firms to face £17m fine if their cybersecurity sucks

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-29 15:07
Oh boy, measures will also cover IT outages

Infrastructure firms could face fines of up to £17m if they do not have adequate cybersecurity measures in place, the UK government has announced today.…

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Things Apple's $350 HomePod Smart-Speaker Can't Do: Answer Random Questions, Check Calendar, Work With an Android Phone, and More

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-29 14:40
In June last year, Apple announced the HomePod, its first smart-speaker which will battle Amazon's sleeper hit Echo speakers and Google's Home speakers. Apple being late to enter a product category is nothing new, but the HomePod has a few other strange things about it. Apple said it won't begin shipping the HomePod until December that year, in a departure of its own tradition. Then the device's shipment was delayed till "early 2018" -- February 9 is the current shipping date. Bloomberg has reported about the difficulties Apple engineers faced over the years to come up with the HomePod. At any rate, Business Insider now has more information about the device, and is reporting the things that Apple's first smart-speaker won't be able to do. From the report (condensed): 1. HomePod can't pair with Android phones. 2. HomePod doesn't recognize different people's voices. 3. HomePod can't check your calendar. 4. HomePod doesn't work well with other streaming services besides Apple Music. (Spotify, Tindal, and Pandora users won't be able to use Siri.) 5. HomePod can't hook up to another device using an auxiliary cord. 6. HomePod can't make calls on its own. (In order to make a call using HomePod, you have to dial the person's number on your iPhone, then manually select that the call play through HomePod.) 7. The HomePod version of Siri isn't prepared to answer random questions like Alexa and Google Assistant.

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Blockchain bros' London powwow: Regulation, education, oversaturation

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-29 14:02
Investors, firms grapple with the bubble

BlockchainWeek The hype around blockchain is just as frustrating for people trying to legitimise the technology as it is for those watching from the sidelines – but behind the fluff, its proponents argue there's real potential.…

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First 'Jackpotting' Attacks Hit US ATMs

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-29 14:00
Brian Krebs, reporting for Krebs on Security: ATM "jackpotting" -- a sophisticated crime in which thieves install malicious software and/or hardware at ATMs that forces the machines to spit out huge volumes of cash on demand -- has long been a threat for banks in Europe and Asia, yet these attacks somehow have eluded U.S. ATM operators. But all that changed this week after the U.S. Secret Service quietly began warning financial institutions that jackpotting attacks have now been spotted targeting cash machines here in the United States. To carry out a jackpotting attack, thieves first must gain physical access to the cash machine. From there they can use malware or specialized electronics -- often a combination of both -- to control the operations of the ATM. On Jan. 21, 2018, KrebsOnSecurity began hearing rumblings about jackpotting attacks, also known as "logical attacks," hitting U.S. ATM operators. I quickly reached out to ATM giant NCR Corp. to see if they'd heard anything. NCR said at the time it had received unconfirmed reports, but nothing solid yet.

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DRAM, it's good to be in storage... for some

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-29 13:29
It's been a week, hasn't it, storage fans?

So after a week of replicating, virtualising, backing up and inhaling and puffing out data to the cloud it is time to check what has been happening in the land of storage.…

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Intel Told Chinese Firms of Meltdown Flaws Before the US Government

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-29 13:14
According to The Wall Street Journal, Intel initially told a handful of customers about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, including Chinese tech companies like Alibaba and Lenovo, before the U.S. government. As a result, the Chinese government could have theoretically exploited the holes to intercept data before patches were available. Engadget reports: An Intel spokesman wouldn't detail who the company had informed, but said that the company couldn't notify everyone (including U.S. officials) in time because Meltdown and Spectre had been revealed early. Lenovo said the information was protected by a non-disclosure agreement. Alibaba has suggested that any accusations of sharing info with the Chinese government was "speculative and baseless," but this doesn't rule out officials intercepting details without Alibaba's knowledge. There's no immediate evidence to suggest that China has taken advantage of the flaws, but that's not the point -- it's that the U.S. government could have helped coordinate disclosures to ensure that enough companies had fixes in place.

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-29 12:52
It could literally blast a hole in a major shipping route

People wearing Strava-enabled fitness trackers appear to have been poking around a Thames shipwreck containing nearly 1,500 tonnes of explosives from the Second World War.…

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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Build a Private TV Channel For My Kids?

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-29 12:34
Long-time Slashdot reader ljw1004 writes: I want to assemble my OneDrive-hosted mp4s into a "TV channel" for my kids -- so at 7am while I sleep in, they know they can turn the TV on, it will show Mr Rogers then Sesame Street then grandparents' story-time, then two hand-picked cartoons, and nothing for the rest of the day. How would you do this? With Chromecast and write a JS Chrome plugin to drive it? Write an app for FireTV? Is there any existing OSS software for either the scheduling side (done by parents) or the TV-receiver side? How would you lock down the TV beyond just hiding the remote? "There are good worthwhile things for them to see," adds the original submission, "but they're too young to be given the autonomy to pick them, and I can do better than Nickeloden or CBBC or Amazon Freetime Unlimited." Slashdot reader Rick Schumann suggested putting the video files on an external hard drive (or burning them to a DVD), while apraetor points out many TVs now play files from flash drives -- and also suggests a private Roku channel. But what's the best way to build a private TV channel for kids? Leave your best answers in the comments.

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-29 12:10
95% of UK penetrated = feat of engineering, hoots Openreach

The UK government has today hailed the completion of its superfast broadband project as a success – the scheme that has now brought 24Mbps to 95 per cent of the country by almost entirely handing the contracts to monopoly provider BT.…

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Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to driver database

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-29 11:04
UK.gov putting the brakes on rogue slurping for profit

Rogue private parking firms are to be stripped of the ability to access the UK government's driver database.…

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It knows where the gravel pits and power lines are. So, Ordnance Survey, where should UK's driverless cars go?

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-29 10:31
Mapmaker, mapmaker, make me a map…

UK cartographer the Ordnance Survey (OS) has been selected by the government to help it create an infrastructure for driverless cars.…

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You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-29 10:02
Strap yourself in, this ride won't be over for a long time yet

The Spectre vulnerability is here to stay. Even if you choose to ignore it, the problem still exists. This is potentially a very bad thing for public cloud vendors. It may end up being great for chip manufacturers. It's fantastic for VMware.…

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Qumulo needed EMEA crew, and an ex-Isilon bunch worked out nicely

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-29 09:42
HPE reselling deal using Apollo hardware extended to Europe

Commercial scale-out filesystem startup Qumulo is setting up shop in Europe and using ex-Isilon execs to run its show.…

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PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-01-29 09:10
Yes, folks, it's crystal ball time again

PC shipments will continue sliding south, reckon Gartner’s mystic mages – but, like Monty Python’s Black Knight, they still refuse to lay down and die.…

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The SCO Vs IBM Zombie Shambles On

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-01-29 08:34
Long-time Slashdot reader UncleJosh writes: At the end of last October, the 10th Circuit issued an opinion overturning the lower court's summary judgement in favor of IBM on one of SCO's claims, sending it back to the lower court for trial. Shortly thereafter, IBM filed for a re-hearing en banc. On January 2nd, the 10th circuit essentially denied IBM's request, issuing a slightly revised opinion with the same conclusions and result. The charge being reheard accuses IBM of "stealing and improperly using [SCO's] source code to strengthen its own operating system, thereby committing the tort of unfair competition by means of misappropriation" -- though that charged is based on an implied duty that SCO says IBM incurred by entering into a development relationship with SCO. "SCO believes that IBM merely pretended to go along with the arrangement in order to gain access to Santa Cruz's coveted source code." The court's 46-page document adds that "We are now almost fifteen years into this litigation."

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