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05:19 Netflix releases its first trailer for Alfonso CuarĂłn's 'ROMA'
We finally have our first look at Alfonso Cuarón's first Netflix feature and his first film after Gravity back in 2014. The streaming platform has released a trailer for the black-and-white flick ROMA, which was inspired by Cuarón's chi...
03:49 US Bosses Now Earn 312 Times the Average Worker's Wage, Figures Show
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The chief executives of America's top 350 companies earned 312 times more than their workers on average last year, according to a new report published Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute. The rise came after the bosses of America's largest companies got an average pay rise of 17.6% in 2017, taking home an average of $18.9m in compensation while their employees' wages stalled, rising just 0.3% over the year. The pay gap has risen dramatically, with some fluctuations, since the 1990s. In 1965 the ratio of CEO to worker pay was 20 to one; that figure had risen to 58 to one by in 1989 and peaked in 2000 when CEOs earned 344 times the wage of their average worker. CEO pay dipped in the early 2000s and during the last recession, but has been rising rapidly since 2009. Chief executives are even leaving the 0.1% in the dust. The bosses of large firms now earn 5.5 times as much as the average earner in the top 0.1%.
02:19 Amazon In Running To Acquire Landmark Movie Chain
According to Bloomberg, Amazon is in the running to acquire Landmark Theaters, a chain focused on independent and foreign films with more than 50 theaters in 27 markets, including high-profile locations in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. From the report: Landmark's theaters are known for art-house fare, and some high-end locations include coffee bars or lounges, setting them apart from the typical movie experience. "This is probably a move to get broader distribution of film content," said Leo Kulp, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets LLC. "Netflix had been discussed as a potential buyer of Landmark for a similar reason." The possible move was viewed positively by investors, who saw it as a sign that Amazon wasn't looking to disrupt moviegoing and was supportive of the theatrical experience, Kulp said.
02:19 Development quotes of the week
It seems the original post is predicated on having one's cake and eating it: agreeing to a license and accepting limited modification and redistribution rights granted for a copyrighted work, a license whose opening statement is that The GNU General Public License is a free, copyleft license for software and other kinds of works, while simultaneously denying the 'softwarehood' of the underlying work.
- By agreeing to the license terms, you acknowledge the work is software, and the terms of the license apply to it
- By disagreeing with the terms, you cannot redistribute or modify the work as you have no license to do so.
You cannot exercise the rights under the GPL for a piece of copyrighted work and then turn around and claim to be able to modify and redistribute and relink it however you please because on some technicality, the copyrighted work is not actually software, because in claiming so, you are creating a paradox where you cannot possibly have accepted the terms of the original license. It seems like a completely nonsensical line of thinking,
I would assume that if the author's scenario was ever tested by experts, they would immediately see straight through the incredibly thin veil, turtles-all-the-way-down metaphysical arguments usually don't hold much standing.
02:19 bzip.org changes hands
02:19 bzip.org changes hands
I don't need it for compression, but I sure hope I can always get my hands on it for decompression.
02:19 bzip.org changes hands
02:19 bzip.org changes hands
02:19 What's an interpreter?
02:19 New stable kernels
Having said that, L1TF sounds really bad.
I doubt they'll succeed this time. The current movement's main selling point is that it knows these silos are rotten and explicitly *doesn't* interact with them. Web developers have learned from history.
We have zero traction. Well, maybe some small epsilon above zero, but the same. I have to deal with "public records" on slack, etc. History keeps repeating itself.
Indeed. Thanks for the report, though it probably would have been better for everyone if you had sent it to email@example.com as we ask for typo reports (and as someone else did). Fixed now ...
Of course some futher privilege escalation vulnerability could expose the VM host OS to this, but a further privilege escalation vulnerability would likely also expose all sorts of other things as well, this vulnerability being just one of many.
Big picture security comes down to risk mitigation through a layered approach, depending on the resources available and the risk associated with a particular breach. Some future, possible "privilege escalation" vulnerability must be planned for outside of the rememdy for this specific vulnerability. What I mean is, if your workflow and risk for a system that you own both the VM and Host OS is high enough that a compromise of one could impact imporant data, you probably need to be taking the steps associated with "untrusted" guest VMs anyway.
The DFSG and Debian Social Contract have attracted a truly worldwide base of contributors, sustained not by riches, but by a larger vision.
Happy birthday to the Universal Operating System!
If the GPL allows you to redistribute unmodified source (which it does), and unmodified source is all you need to run your interpreted derived work, does the derived work meet the legal definition according to copyright law and the GPL? The GPL is written with traditional C-style compilation and linking, where you have source and objects, and objects are linked to form an executable, and that executable violates the GPL if not all its components are GPL.
Now, it seems like it should probably just apply the same if the program is executed directly from source and there is no compilation or linking step, but the license goes out of its way to delineate certain cases and exceptions and doesn't address interpreted languages at all, and if this eventually reaches a court I'm sure arguments could be made that the license is being followed by distributing two source programs: the GPL library source and a proprietary application source, and they get merged by the end user in an interpreter, not by the distributor, but by the user. By distributing the library as source, does this meet the GPL? Not in spirit, but maybe in letter?
02:19 eBay makes it easy for amateur mechanics to shop for auto parts
It can be tough buying the right auto parts online unless you're a pro or a very experienced DIYer. According to eBay, 49 percent of consumers mistakenly pick up components that are either not compatible with their vehicles or are just plain wrong. T...
02:19 A few days in with Digital Wellbeing, and it's already changing my life
I thought I was one of the people who doesn't need Digital Wellbeing. I was wrong.
02:19 Motorola Moto Z3 vs the competition
Does the new Moto Z3 offer enough bang for buck to outpace its $500 smartphone rivals?
02:19 Game of War superfan embezzled thousands to fund microtransaction habit
You might enjoy playing Game of War, but would you embezzle $89,000 from tax-payer funds to pay for microtransactions?
02:19 PUBG Mobile is taking two huge steps into the world of eSports after hitting 100 million downloads
PUBG Mobile just hit 100 million downloads in the West, and what better way to celebrate than two major eSports events.
02:19 Sony finally clarifies which of its phones will get Pie - and when
There's some good news and there's some bad news.
02:19 Here's another âGoogle coming to Chinaâ rumor (Update: Employee petition begins)
No one knows what Project Dragonfly is, but over 1,000 Googlers are ready to find out.
02:19 What's happening to third party Twitter apps on August 16, 2018 (Updated)
The previously-announced shut down of certain Twitter APIs is happening today.
02:19 Google close to committing to its first retail store, to open in Chicago
Anonymous tipsters say that Google is "close" to signing a lease for the first Google flagship store.
02:19 Experts on 5G, AI, and smart cities assemble for Arm TechCon 2018
Coming to learn at Arm TechCon 2018? Here's what's on this year's agenda and a little something extra for our readers.
01:59 New Iron Fist Season 2 trailer renews our hope for the Netflix series
Danny Rand will battle his former rival, the Steel Serpent, starting in September.
00:49 Nintendo's Switch Has Been Hiding a Buried 'VR Mode' For Over a Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Hackers have uncovered and tested a screen-splitting "VR Mode" that has been buried in the Switch's system-level firmware for over a year. The discovery suggests that Nintendo at least toyed with the idea that the tablet system could serve as a stereoscopic display for a virtual reality headset. Switch hackers first discovered and documented references to a "VrMode" in the Switch OS' Applet Manager services back in December when analyzing the June 2017 release of version 3.0.0 of the system's firmware. But the community doesn't seem to have done much testing of the internal functions "IsVrModeEnabled" and "SetVrModeEnabled" at the time. That changed shortly after Switch modder OatmealDome publicly noted one of the VR functions earlier this month, rhetorically asking, "has anyone actually tried calling it?" Fellow hacker random0666 responded with a short Twitter video (and an even shorter followup) showing the results of an extremely simple homebrew testing app that activates the system's VrMode functions. As you can see in those video links, using those functions to enable the Switch's VR mode splits the screen vertically into two identical half-sized images, in much the way other VR displays split an LCD screen to create a stereoscopic 3D effect. System-level UI elements appear on both sides of the screen when the mode is enabled, and the French text shown in the test can be roughly translated to "Please move the console away from your face and click the close button." The location of the functions in the Switch firmware suggest they're part of Nintendo's own Switch code and not generic functions included in other Nvidia Tegra-based hardware.
00:49 The Man Who Jailbreaks Teslas
harrymcc writes: Normally, a totaled Tesla is worth so little that they sell for peanuts at salvage auctions. But Berkeley, California engineer Phil Sadow buys trashed Tesla cars and gets them up and running again -- a feat which has required him to figure out how to root their software so he can run diagnostics normally unavailable to a tinkerer such as himself. Over at Fast Company, Daniel Terdiman tells the story of Sadow's work, which Tesla is apparently nonplussed about but has not tried to prevent. Slashdot reader Ingineerix also submitted the story, sharing an excerpt from the report: In a cramped warehouse in an industrial neighborhood in Berkeley, California, a Tesla Model 3 is ready to go. It's powered up, its display screen is on, and it's pumping out data. But there are some strange error messages. For one, the passenger door window is uncalibrated. For another, the autopilot electronic control unit is missing. These would be troubling signals for most Tesla owners. For Phil Sadow, though, they make perfect sense. After all, his Model 3 is lacking some very important components: its windows, its wheels, and the entire body frame. For the last three years, Sadow, a 49-year-old electrical engineer who also goes by the moniker Ingineer, has been rebuilding and selling salvaged Teslas. He's also taught a global community of fellow enthusiasts to do the same, charging an hourly rate as a consultant on other tinkerers' repair projects. All told, he says, he's rebuilt -- or helped other people rebuild -- almost 400 vehicles over the last three years.
23:19 Kroger Launches Autonomous Grocery Delivery Service In Arizona
Residents of Scottsdale, Arizona will be able to receive autonomous grocery deliveries from Kroger-owned Fry's Food Stores. The technology required to make this all possible is supplied by Nuro, a self-driving vehicle startup founded by two veterans of Google's self-driving car project. Ars Technica reports: Kroger says that deliveries will have a flat $5.95 delivery fee, and customers can schedule same-day or next-day deliveries. Initially, the deliveries will be made by Nuro's fleet of modified Toyota Priuses with a safety driver behind the wheel. But Kroger expects to start using Nuro's production model -- which doesn't even have space for a driver -- this fall. That vehicle, known as the R1, is significantly smaller and lighter than a conventional passenger car. When we talked to Nuro cofounder Dave Ferguson back in May, he argued that the R1's design had significant safety benefits. A smaller, lighter vehicle would do less damage if it ever ran into something. The vehicle's maximum speed of 25 miles per hour also makes serious injuries less likely. And the fact that the car is dramatically narrower than a traditional car gives it significant safety benefits, Ferguson argued.
23:19 MoviePass Is Limiting Selection To 'Up To Six Films' a Day
MoviePass is changing things up once again. In an email, CEO Mitch Lowe outlined the latest updates to the once-unlimited subscription plan. Most notable among the changes is the limiting of selection to "up to six films to choose from daily, including a selection of major studio first-run films and independent releases." TechCrunch reports: On top of that, there may be further limitations on showtime availability for the selected titles, based on "the popularity of those films on the app that particular day." The company has already begun limiting access to specific films, starting with a barring of major blockbusters and moving toward limiting selection generally. Now users can go to the "This Week's Movies" page to see what's available. Right now, there's a semi-consistent, rotating selection. Which movies are chosen and when will likely be at least partially dependent on deals struck between MoviePass and studios/distributors.
23:19 âBlack-ish' showrunner Kenya Barris signs on at Netflix
Kenya Barris, writer and director of the Emmy-nominated ABC show Black-ish and its Freeform spinoff Grown-ish, has signed a multi-year deal at Netflix. It's the latest coup for the streaming giant, which lured away blockbuster show creator Shonda Rhi...
21:49 Twitter's Relationship With Third-Party Apps is Messy -- But It's Not Over
It's a day that developers of some of the most high-profile Twitter third-party apps have dreaded, though it's one they've long-known was coming: Twitter is finally shutting off some of the developer tools that popular apps like Tweetbot and Twitterific have heavily relied on. From a report: With the change, many third-party Twitter apps will lose some functionality, like the ability to instantly refresh users' Twitter feeds and send push notifications. It won't make these apps unusable -- in some cases the apps' users may not even immediately notice the changes -- but it's a drastic enough change that developers have mounted a public campaign against the decision. Now, Twitter is finally weighing in on the changes, after months of publicly declining to comment on the state of third-party Twitter clients. The verdict, unsurprisingly, is complicated. The company is adamant that its goal isn't to single out these developers. The company is retiring these APIs out of necessity, it says, as it's no longer feasible to support them."We are sunsetting very old, legacy software that we don't have an ability to keep supporting for practical reasons," says Ian Caims, group product manager at Twitter. At the same time, though, the company has also made a conscious decision not to create new APIs with the same functionality. Here's how Twitter's senior director of product management Rob Johnson explains the move: "It is now time to make the hard decision to end support for these legacy APIs -- acknowledging that some aspects of these apps would be degraded as a result. Today, we are facing technical and business constraints we can't ignore. The User Streams and Site Streams APIs that serve core functions of many of these clients have been in a 'beta' state for more than 9 years, and are built on a technology stack we no longer support.
21:49 FDA Approves First Generic Version of EpiPen
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr auto injector for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions. The approval is part of the FDA's "longstanding commitment" to providing access to low-cost generic alternatives, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. It is unclear how much the generic product -- manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals -- will cost. In August 2016, Mylan Pharmaceuticals was criticized for raising the price of a two-pack of EpiPens to $600. The price of two EpiPens was about $100 in 2009. The brand name version is by far the most popular epinephrine auto-injector on the market. "This approval means patients living with severe allergies who require constant access to life-saving epinephrine should have a lower-cost option, as well as another approved product to help protect against potential drug shortages," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a statement.
21:49 Google Employees Protest Secret Work On Censored Search Engine For China
According to The New York Times, "Hundreds of Google employees, upset at the company's decision to secretly build a censored version of its search engine for China, have signed a letter demanding more transparency to understand the ethical consequences of their work (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source)." In the letter, the employees wrote that the project and Google's apparent willingness to abide by China's censorship requirements "raise urgent moral and ethical issues." They added, "Currently we do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment." From the report: The letter is circulating on Google's internal communication systems and is signed by about 1,000 employees, according to two people familiar with the document, who were not authorized to speak publicly. The letter also called on Google to allow employees to participate in ethical reviews of the company's products, to appoint external representatives to ensure transparency and to publish an ethical assessment of controversial projects. The document referred to the situation as a "code yellow," a process used in engineering to address critical problems that impact several teams.
21:09 Google reportedly plans flagship retail store (again), this time in Chicago
Google takes yet another swing at retail, just a few blocks away from its Chicago HQ.
21:09 Dealmaster: Get 6 free months of Apple Music with a Verizon unlimited plan
Plus deals on Bose headphones, Essential Phone, Nintendo Switch games, and more.
21:09 Ajit Pai knew DDoS claim was false in January, says he couldn't tell Congress
Pai appears in front of Senate after acknowledging FCC's false statements.
21:09 After coffee brewhaha, CA fears cancer warnings have âgone seriously wrongâ
Weary from Prop 65 lawsuits, state now says warnings should be reserved for real threats.
21:09 The nightmarishly complex wheat genome finally yields to scientists
Researchers finally finish sorting through the crop's six sets of chromosomes.
20:19 Return of the Bubble Car?
mikeebbbd writes: Back in the 1950s, many European carmakers (some of which are still in operation such as BMW) made tiny cars for one or 2 people that ran on tiny amount of gas. The remaining examples of bubble cars have become sort of a fetish. Now two Swiss brothers, according to Reuters, are trying to resurrect one of the more iconic designs -- the BMW Isetta. One wonders how it could meet any kind of safety standards, but a prototype is shown in the article. Perhaps it might be registered as a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, which gets it by a few standards? Oliver and Merlin Ouboter have more than 7,200 orders for their Microlino, a modern version of the Isetta which swaps the old single-cylinder petrol engine for a 20 horsepower electric motor but keeps the famous front-opening door. The brothers, whose father Wim made millions from modernized kick-scooters, plan to launch the car in December. "The average modern car is way too big for normal use," said Oliver, the project's 24-year-old operations chief.
20:19 A Paper Posted Last Month Claims To Have Achieved Superconductivity at Room Temperature, But Other Physicists Say the Data May Be Incorrect
dmoberhaus writes: Last month, two Indian physicists posted a paper to arxiv claiming to have demonstrated superconductivity at room temperature. If this paper is legitimate, it would represent a breakthrough in a problem that has existed for superconductivity for 100 years. Understandably, the paper shook the physics world, but when researchers started digging into the data they noticed something wasn't quite right -- the noise patterns in two independent measurements exactly correlated, which is basically impossible in a random system. The Indian researchers have doubled down on their data, and things only got weirder from there. This is a look inside what could be the biggest drama to happen in physics in nearly a decade.
20:19 Google employees push back on censored China search engine
Employees at Google are protesting the company's work on a censored search engine for China, the New York Times reports, signing a letter that calls for more transparency and questions the move's ethics. Reports of the search engine surfaced earlier...
20:19 ZenBook Pro 15 review (2018): The touchscreen touchpad is no gimmick
With the ZenBook Pro, ASUS is finally starting to out-innovate Apple. Mostly, that's because of the ScreenPad, a display that's tucked beneath the ZenBook Pro's trackpad. It's a similar concept to the MacBook Pro's TouchBar, but it can actually...
20:19 Twitter tries to reassure users amid backlash over third-party apps
In April, Twitter announced that it would replace developer access to User and Site streams with new API. Several third-party app developers warned that this would disrupt their ability to work with the service. Today is the day, then, that Twitter r...
20:19 Best Buy bought the company behind senior-friendly JitterBug phone
Yesterday, Best Buy announced that it paid $800 million to acquire GreatCall, the company that makes the senior-friendly JitterBug phones. Perhaps more importantly, it has an emergency response service that more than 900,000 subscribers pay for. That...
20:19 Wirecutter's best deals: Save $50 on Beats Solo3 Bluetooth headphones
This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list of deals here.
20:19 'PUBG' mobile app surpasses 100 million downloads
In the constant fight between battle royale games Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), it might seem like the former has taken over most of the mindshare (and profits), especially on console and PC. On mobile, however, PUBG is doing pre...
20:19 Google refines search to automatically show relevant subtopics
Google periodically refines its search functionality to provide better -- or more necessary -- information. If you use it to look something up now, you'll see something new: A panel with basic details and a slew of subtopics contextually relevant to...
20:19 Facebook finally stops surfacing opioid-related posts
Facebook has reportedly stopped surfacing posts, Pages and Groups when users search for opioids like OxyContin and fentanyl, TechCrunch reports. The change comes as the Centers for Disease Control release estimates showing continued increases in opio...
20:19 Google brings native hearing aid support to Android
Accessibility is a critical consideration for manufacturers when they're building devices. Around 466 million people have disabling hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization, and that number is projected to grow to 900 million by 2050....
18:49 The World Economic Forum Warns That AI May Destabilize the Financial System
Artificial intelligence will reshape the world of finance over the next decade or so by automating investing and other services -- but it could also introduce troubling systematic weaknesses and risks, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF). From a report: Compiled through interviews with dozens of leading financial experts and industry leaders, the report concludes that artificial intelligence will disrupt the industry by allowing early adopters to outmaneuver competitors. It also suggests that the technology will create more convenient products for consumers, such as sophisticated tools for managing personal finances and investments. But most notably, the report points to the potential for big financial institutions to build machine-learning-based services that live in the cloud and are accessed by other institutions. "The dynamics of machine learning create a strong incentive to network the back office," says the report's main author, Jesse McWaters, who leads the AI in Financial Services Project at the World Economic Forum. "A more networked world is more vulnerable to cybersecurity risks, and it also creates concentration risks." Further reading: AI to Reshape Finance, Say Executives Who Struggle to Define It.
18:49 ARM Makes Its CPU Roadmap Public, Challenges Intel in PCs With Deimos and Hercules Chips
With PC makers like Asus and HP beginning to design laptops and tablets around ARM chips, ARM itself has decided to emerge from the shadows and unroll its roadmap to challenge Intel through at least 2020, PCWorld writes. From a report, which details ARM's announcement Thursday: ARM's now-public roadmap represents its first processors that are designed for the PC space. ARM, taking aim at the dominant player, claims its chips will equal and potentially even surpass Intel's in single-threaded performance. ARM is unveiling two new chip architectures: Deimos, a 7nm architecture to debut in 2019, and Hercules, a 5nm design for 2020. There's a catch, of course: Many Windows apps aren't natively written for the ARM instruction set, forcing them to pay a performance penalty via emulation. Comparing itself to Intel is a brightly-colored signpost that ARM remains committed to the PC market, however. ARM-powered PCs like the Asus NovaGo offer game-changing battery life -- but the performance suffers, for two reasons: One, because the computing power of ARM's cores has lagged behind those of the Intel Core family; and two, because any apps that the ARM chip can't process natively have to be emulated. ARM can't do much about Microsoft's development path, but it can increase its own performance. Finally, if you were concerned that ARM PCs will be a flash in the pan, the answer is no, apparently not. Further reading: ARM Reveals First Public CPU Roadmap - Targeting Intel Performance (PC Perspective); and ARM Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 - Taking Intel Head On (AnandTech).
17:19 Debian Linux Turns 25
BrianFagioli writes: Debian is one of the most important open source projects ever. The Debian Linux operating system is extremely popular in its own right, but also, it is used as the base for countless other distributions. Ubuntu, for instance -- one of the most-used distros -- is Debian-based. Even Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, also has a Debian edition. Not to mention, Raspbian -- the official Raspberry Pi OS -- which is based on Debian too. Today, Debian is celebrating a very important milestone -- a 25th birthday! Yes, it is seriously that old -- its development was announced on August 16, 1993. When the late Ian Murdock announced 25 years ago in comp.os.linux.development, the imminent completion of a brand-new Linux release, [...] the Debian Linux Release', nobody would have expected the 'Debian Linux Release' would become what's nowadays known as the Debian Project, one of the largest and most influential free software projects. "Its primary product is Debian, a free operating system (OS) for your computer, as well as for plenty of other systems which enhance your life. From the inner workings of your nearby airport to your car entertainment system, and from cloud servers hosting your favorite websites to the IoT devices that communicate with them, Debian can power it all," says Ana Guerrero Lopez of Debian. Further reading: Slackware, Oldest Actively Maintained GNU/Linux Distribution, Turns 25.
17:19 36 of 50 States Have Installed Sensors at 'Elections Infrastructure Level' To Monitor Computer Systems Managing Voter Data or Devices
A majority of U.S. states has adopted technology that allows the federal government to see inside state computer systems managing voter data or voting devices in order to root out hackers. From a report: Two years after Russian hackers breached voter registration databases in Illinois and Arizona, most states have begun using the government-approved equipment, according to three sources with knowledge of the deployment. Voter registration databases are used to verify the identity of voters when they visit polling stations. The rapid adoption of the so-called Albert sensors, a $5,000 piece of hardware developed by the Center for Internet Security www.cisecurity.org, illustrates the broad concern shared by state government officials ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, government cybersecurity experts told Reuters. [...] As of August 7, 36 of 50 states had installed Albert at the "elections infrastructure level," according to a Department of Homeland Security official. The official said that 74 individual sensors across 38 counties and other local government offices have been installed. Only 14 such sensors were installed before the U.S. presidential election in 2016.
17:19 Trump reportedly reverses Obama-era rules for US cyber operations
The Trump administration has reportedly reversed an Obama-era framework for how and when the US can use cyber attacks against foes. President Trump undid Presidential Policy Directive 20 yesterday according to the Wall Street Journal's sources, and w...
17:19 Director Tony Kaye puts out a casting call for robots
For one of his next films, director Tony Kaye (American History X, Lake of Fire) needs a robot, but rather than using computer-generated effects to depict one, as filmmakers have done in the past, he wants to cast an actual AI robot. Deadline reports...
17:19 In 'Iron Fist' season two, Danny must battle a familiar enemy
The second season of Marvel's Iron Fist will hit Netflix in a few weeks, and to whet your appetite here's the first full trailer for the latest batch of episodes. It seems Danny's personal issues intensify this time around, as his old friend/rival Da...
17:19 EA teases battle royale in new âBattlefield V' trailer
Developer EA DICE is returning to WWII with its upcoming Battlefield V, an interesting choice to revisit a war well-trod by gaming. But the company told us back in May that they're repeating the successful Battlefield 1 by spotlighting lesser-known s...
17:19 Facebook will stream live Champions League matches in Latin America
Facebook's soccer (aka football) ambitions aren't stopping with July's Premier League deal. The social network has secured the rights to stream live Champions League matches for free in Latin America between 2018 and 2021. It's not as sweeping as the...
17:19 MoviePass limits customers to just six movie options per day
MoviePass is changing its service yet again and for the foreseeable future, it will significantly limit which films its customers can see on any given day, Business Insider reports. In a letter to its users, which the company began sending out today,...
17:19 Australian teen pleads guilty to hacking Apple
An Australian teenager pleaded guilty today to charges over repeatedly hacking into Apple's computer systems, The Age reports. He reportedly was able to access authorized keys, view customer accounts and download 90GB of secure files before being cau...
17:19 That fancy Cortana thermostat now supports Alexa and Google Assistant
If you've been eying Johnson Controls' slick, Microsoft-backed GLAS thermostat ever since it was unveiled in 2017, it's finally close at hand -- and you won't have to rely on Cortana for voice control, either. The $319 climate controller will ship o...
16:19 What's an interpreter?
Indeed, any Turing-complete system can implement any other Turing-complete system.
Sadly, microprocessors are not Turing-complete in practice.
16:19 bzip.org changes hands
16:19 What's an interpreter?
This attack also allows people to bypass Intel's licensing restrictions and launch arbitrary production enclaves on non-patched processors.Can we keep this valuable feature while blocking the rest, I wonder? (No doubt we can't.)
(why yes, this sort of thing is precisely my specialist topic)
16:19 The importance of being noisy
Yes, that's the way it is handled up to now. It still seems to me that a SIGSEGV would be a better behaviour: It is less likely to be ignored by accident, and it allows reporting additional information through the siginfo_t * parameter of the signal handler. Of course, there is also the requirement not to break existing code, so the kernel cannot switch to reporting bad accesses through SIGSEGV across the board.
The GPL FAQ is advice about how they imagined aggregated-components versus now-a-single-program would work, and the preoccupation with 'compiled systems software' rather 'computer logic embodied in copyright works' is showing its limits as nearly everything is just-in-time evaluated on the architecture of a virtual machine. In copyright terms, the stuff that matters is a creative work that you have some licence to use, study, modify and redistribute (GNU's four freedoms). We work with human-readable forms because that's easy for us, but copyright resides (typically, your jurisdiction may vary) with the person who instructs the computer to transform source code into machine-readable format.
There's a commenter on mhoye's blog who makes an important point: the interpreter itself may be effectively a single item with the program you're feeding to it, with differing licences putting incompatible obligations on the user, and possibly losing some of the four freedoms.
I think this is a red herring. In either case of compiled or interpreted code, the value is in the human-readable form of the program logic, and the FAQ talks about the boundary between 'mere aggregation' and a single, combined program. The four freedoms are the thing that the licence sets out to preserve so that (classic) linking does not allow components supplied under a free/libre licence to be used in a product that does not also provide those freedoms. A complied and linked program is a thing which is stored as a static and derived creative work, while an interpreted program is only in a machine-readable form while it's in the interpreter. You don't redistribute the interpreted form; you run it and might study or modify it -- but it's *this* distinction that applies and makes this post seem confused.
If there's a wider context, I'd like to know what it is -- and the rare case that licences are explicit and compatible when you aggregate program code from npm.org repo or github packages, that's another issue entirely.
2: I would not include as 'interpreted' WebAssembly, js obfuscation, python pickling and aggregated libraries within a jar -- when those libs had differing licensing terms.
What folks can't do however, is make copies of or otherwise distribute any GPL'd software to third parties without agreeing to the GPL's terms, because without the GPL's permission, they have no rights to do so.
And if I'm using a desktop, I don't want a UI that's optimised for Web ...
Not least because, if it actually RELIES on a functioning web access, it'll be mostly unusable when I most want to use it ... I live in a major city, with top-end ADSL-2 internet connection (17MB typical achievement), and most nights the internet falls over in a heap due, I suspect, to bufferbloat problems either in my ISP's router or, more likely, to similar problems upstream in my local exchange.
16:19 New stable kernels
Let's say I make a photo manipulation library and license it under the GPL. You take my library and put a proprietary GUI on it. The GPL intends to forbid this. Does the interpretation of the GPL change if the library and GUI are written in C vs JS or Python?
The GPL v3 often mentions things like "conveying" and "object form", but doesn't seem to make much effort to address interpreted languages where there is no object form and/or the program is conveyed in a source-code format. You're allowed to distribute source code you receive under the GPL if you distribute it unmodified. So if you have a web page which sends to the user an unmodified GPLv3 JS library and also a proprietary JS library, does the resulting program violate the GPL?
I think it's clear what the FSF intends but what does the GPL actually say and how would courts interpret it?
This is mostly sane to do if you set policies that control what software can access what data, but this type of exploit is about circumventing that.
So I don't really see going private cloud as a solution for this type of problem.
You could go "non-converged" and isolate workloads, but I don't think that's on the cards.
16:19 Elon Musk's Boring Company proposes one-way, 3.6 mile tunnel to Dodger Stadium
This won't make traffic better, but it's a good test run before Chicago.
16:19 ISPs say they can't expand broadband unless gov't gives them more money
Industry asks for handouts, arguing that broadband is essentialâlike a utility.
16:19 Please join us in welcoming Ars' newest contributor, Jennifer Ouellette
We're incredibly pleased to have Jennifer Ouelette joining the staff.
16:19 High-energy protons emitted after hooking up with neutrons
Protons and neutrons pair up, get speedy, even if other neutrons are watching.
16:19 Ancient Egyptians had been making mummies longer than anyone thought
The Egyptians started embalming the dead before Egypt was even a unified kingdom.
16:19 Kroger launches autonomous grocery delivery service in Arizona
Same-day curbside delivery will be available for a flat $5.95.
16:19 Nintendo's Switch has been hiding a buried âVrModeâ for over a year
Unlocked firmware functions suggest Nintendo was testing VR support.
16:19 Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake chip gets another outing in new NUC mini PC
Wider availability of the 10nm part suggests yields may be creeping upward.
15:49 To Catch A Robber, The FBI Attempted An Unprecedented Grab For Google Location Data
Back in March, as it investigated a spate of armed robberies across Portland, Maine, the FBI made an astonishing, unprecedented request of Google, Forbes reports. The feds wanted the tech giant to find all users of its services who'd been within the vicinity of at least two of nine of those robberies. They limited the search to within 30-minute timeframes around when the crimes were committed. But the request covered a total space of 45 hectares and could've included anyone with an Android or iPhone using Google's tools, not just the suspect. From a report: The FBI then demanded a lot of personal information on affected users, including their full names and addresses, as well as their Google account activity. The feds also wanted all affected users' historical locations. According to court records, while Google didn't provide the information, the cops still found their suspect in the end. Outside of concerns around government overreach, the FBI's remarkable attempt to force Google to assist in its investigation will likely worry all who were disturbed by an Associated Press investigation published on Monday that claimed Google continued to track people even when they turned location features off. The court warrants unearthed by Forbes indicate some at the FBI believe they have a right to that location data too, even if it belongs to innocents who might be unwittingly caught up in invasive government surveillance. And the government feels such fishing expeditions are permissable; it issued the warrant on Google without knowing whether or not the suspect used an Android device or any of the company services at all.
15:49 Melbourne Teen Hacked Into Apple's Secure Computer Network, Court Told
A Melbourne private schoolboy who repeatedly broke into Apple's secure computer systems is facing criminal charges after the technology giant called in the FBI. From a report: The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into Apple's mainframe from his suburban home on multiple occasions over a year because he was such a fan of the company, according to his lawyer. The Children's Court heard on Thursday that he had downloaded 90GB of secure files and accessed customer accounts. His offending from the age of 16 saw him develop computerized tunnels and online bypassing systems to hide his identity until a raid on his family home uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder titled "hacky hack hack."
15:49 NYU Offers Full-Tuition Scholarships for All Medical Students
New York University said Thursday that it will cover tuition for all its medical students regardless of their financial situation, a first among the nation's major medical schools and an attempt to expand career options for graduates who won't be saddled with six-figure debt [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. From a report: School officials worry that rising tuition and soaring loan balances are pushing new doctors into high-paying fields and contributing to a shortage of researchers and primary care physicians. Medical schools nationwide have been conducting aggressive fundraising campaigns to compete for top prospects, alleviate the debt burden and give graduates more career choices. NYU raised more than $450 million of the roughly $600 million it estimates it will need to fund the tuition package in perpetuity, including $100 million from Home Depot founder Kenneth Langone and his wife, Elaine. The school will provide full-tuition scholarships for 92 first-year students -- another 10 are already covered through M.D./PhD programs -- as well as 350 students already partway through the M.D.-only degree program.
T-Mobile announced its latest âUn-carrierâ initiative today in a fresh attempt to gain new subscribers and lure customers away from rival providers. And it focuses on a crucial, but less flashy subject than the company's past splashes: customer service. From a stage in Charleston, South Carolina â and after being escorted into the room by a marching band â CEO John Legere kicked off an event that led to the announcement of Team of Experts, a new approach to customer service that will give customers in different regions of the US their own dedicated âteamâ of customer care representatives who offer quick, efficient assistance. No robot voices and no confusing tree of push-button menus.
Team of Experts launches today for T-Mobile's...
T-Mobile just announced a major overhaul to its customer service at its latest Uncarrier event, but â in true T-Mobile fashion â it's also offering a few new perks to customers, Chief among them is a 12-month subscription to Pandora Plus, which will be available in the T-Mobile Tuesday app on August 21st.
Pandora Plus typically costs $4.99 per month, so it's a nice deal, albeit perhaps not as useful as Verizon's recently announced offer that gives its unlimited customers a free six months of Apple Music.
Additionally, T-Mobile's announced a partnership with Live Nation that will offer exclusive tickets to T-Mobile customers (available 30 days before shows), $25 lawn tickets at various amphitheaters, fast-lane entry to...
Mobile payment company Square announced today that it's lowered its chip card read time down to two seconds. The company says the industry average is typically between eight and 13 seconds. That makes Square's Reader and Register platforms significantly faster than standard card-reading technology for EMV cards, which have rolled out broadly in tandem with retail chip readers in the US over the last five years. The company's previous milestone was 4.2 seconds in 2016.
âSince chip cards arrived in the US, we have focused on making our chip reader fast for our sellers, and three seconds or more wasn't quick enough,â Jesse Dorogusker, Square's head of hardware, said in a statement. âTaking an EMV payment in as little as two seconds helps...
T-Mobile says it has added more new postpaid customers than its rivals each quarter for several years running, and to keep that momentum going, the company is again trying to squash negative perceptions about its network's reliability and coverage. T-Mobile is now offering free trials of its service in Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; and Boston, Massachusetts. The company made no mention of this new program during today's Uncarrier event.
Unlike the nationwide Test Drive program that T-Mobile ran in 2014, where people could use an iPhone 5S that had T-Mobile service, this time, testers will get a portable Wi-Fi hot spot with a SIM inside. You'll have to connect the device you're testing to that to get a sense of T-Mobile's network...
US entrepreneur and cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin is suing AT&T for negligence and fraud that he claims resulted in millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency tokens being stolen from his account. Terpin says AT&T was his mobile carrier when criminals accessed his cellphone account by carrying out SIM swap fraud. They then stole the tokens and allegedly transferred his account to an international criminal gang. Terpin is suing for the $23.8 million and an additional $200 million in punitive damages. AT&T told Reuters in a statement that it disputed these allegations.
SIM hijacking occurs when a phone number is transferred to a different SIM card than the account owner's without authorization or approval. Having access to a...
14:19 Best Laptops: Q3 2018
It's time for another look at the laptop market. We are still waiting on the Intel Gemini Lake models to ship, so it's not the best time to look for something in the budget range, although there are some new models there. We've seen more models ship with AMD's Ryzen Mobile as well, and the 8th Generation Core CPUs have been a nice boost over the outgoing 7th Generation models.
ATP recently introduced its new eMMC storage solutions designed for industrial applications and rough environments. The storage devices are based on 3D NAND memory and can work in SLC and MLC modes, depending on the model.
ATP’s E700p and E600i eMMC 5.1 storage solutions feature capacities ranging from 8 GB to 128 GB. The devices use an HS400 interface and support up to 300 MB/s sequential read speed as well as up to 220 MB/s write speed. The E700p (3D SLC) and E600i (3D MLC) eMMC storage devices feature an LDPC ECC engine and support AutoRefresh and Dynamic Data Refresh functions.
The new eMMC 5.1 products have an industrial operating temperature rating between -40°C and 85°C, which means that they can survive in the most extreme environments. The manufacturer claims that the E700p and E600i have maximum TBW ratings of up to 651 TB and 372 TB, respectively.
The storage products come in 153-ball FBGA package and are backwards compatible with existing eMMC-based devices.
|ATP's eMMC 5.1 Storage Devices|
|JEDEC Specification||v5.1, HS400|
|Flash Type||3D SLC||3D MLC|
|Density||8 GB to 6 GB||16 GB to 128 GB|
|Bus Speed Modes||x1/x4/x8|
|Sequential Read/Write||300/220 MB/s|
|Random Read/Write||15K / 30K|
|Operating Temperature||-40°C to 85°C|
|TBW||651 TB||372 TB|
|VCC (Typical RMS in Read/Write)||130 / 215|
|VCCQ (Typical RMS in Read/Write)||115 / 105|
|Package||153-ball FBGA (11.5 × 13.0 × 1.3 mm)|
In today's review we are taking a look at the largest all-in-one liquid cooler Corsair is currently offering, the H150i Pro RGB. The H150i Pro RGB is largely based on previous products that the company introduced last year, with the palpable exception being the huge 360 mm radiator. Also, as its name suggests, the H150i Pro RGB features RGB lighting that is programmable via Corsair's new iCUE software interface.
Intel late on Wednesday formally introduced its Crimson Canyon NUCs based on its 10nm Cannon Lake processors and equipped with AMD’s standalone Radeon 540 graphics chip. The new NUC8i3CY-series PCs are the first systems of their kind (SFF) to use Intel’s CPU made using its 10 nm process technology as well as a discrete GPU on a separate chip.
A retailer specializing on custom-built Intel’s NUC UCFF PCs disclosed virtually all specifications of Intel’s NUC8i3CYSM and NUC8i3CYSN earlier this month, so we already know most of the details regarding the systems. The new NUCs are powered by Intel’s dual-core Core i3-8121U processor that works in tandem with AMD’s Radeon 540 dGPU (codenamed Lexa, based on Polaris architecture, featuring 512 SPs) with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. The NUCs are outfitted with soldered-down 4 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR4-2666 memory and come with a 1 TB SATA hard drive. Users that want faster storage can install an M.2-2280 SSD with a SATA or a PCIe interface.
When it comes to wireless connectivity, the NUC8i3CY-series UCFF PCs are equipped with Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 CNVi 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5 solution that supports up to 1.73 Gbps throughput over 160 MHz channels. As for physical connectors, the NUCs have one GbE, two HDMI 2.0a outputs, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports (one supporting charging), an SD card reader, a TRRS audio connector for headsets, and a digital audio connector for 7.1-channel sound systems.
The key feature of Intel’s NUC8i3CY-series systems is the Cannon Lake processor made using a 10 nm fabrication technology. The Core i3-8121U chip is clocked at 2.2 GHz base to 3.2 GHz turbo, which is slightly below frequencies of the Core i3-8130U (2.2 - 3.4 GHz) made using Intel’s 14+ manufacturing process. The Cannon Lake CPUs support AVX-512 extensions that can speed up operations with large datasets that are not common on UCFF PCs, so whether or not this technology makes sense for typical owners of NUCs is up to debate. What is noteworthy is that Intel has enough 10-nm CPUs to install them in its own NUCs that tend to be rather popular miniature desktops.
Intel officially positions its NUC8i3CY-series systems as affordable solutions for gamers who play titles like League of Legends, TF2, as well as CS:GO and can therefore take advantage of AMD’s discrete Radeon 540 graphics chip. This dGPU is clearly faster than Intel’s UHD 630 iGPU in games, but Intel’s latest iGPUs have numerous advantages over AMD’s Polaris when it comes to media playback. For example, they featureVP9 10-bit decode, and support sophisticated copyright protection methods that require Intel’s SGX.
|Intel Crimson Canyon NUC PCs|
|CPU||Intel Core i3-8121U
2.2 - 3.2 GHz
4 MB cache
15 W TDP
|Graphics||AMD Radeon 540 GPU
512 stream processors
32 texture units
2 GB GDDR5 memory
|PCH||Integrated into CPU|
|Memory||4 GB LPDDR4-2666||8 GB LPDDR4-2666|
|Storage||2.5-inch||1 TB HDD pre-installed|
|M.2||M.2-2280 slot, SATA or PCIe
SSDs or Intel Optane Memory
|Wi-Fi/BT||Intel Wireless-AC 9560
802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 5
|Ethernet||Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller (i219-V)|
|Display Outputs||2 × HDMI 2.0a|
|Audio||3.5 mm TRRS audio jack
7.1 channel audio output via HDMI
|IR||Consumer Infrared (CIR) sensor on the front panel|
|USB||4 USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps), one with charging|
|Other I/O||SDXC card reader with UHS-I support|
|Dimensions||117 × 112 × 52 mm | 4.6 × 4.4 × 2.04 inch|
|PSU||External, 90 W|
|OS||Pre-installed Microsoft Windows 10 Home x64|
Intel said that its Crimson Canyon NUCs will be available in September, but did not announce their official prices. Previously it was reported that the NUC8i3CY-series systems will cost $530 - $575, but since this information is unofficial, it is always subject to change.
Today ASUS is announcing a new laptop in their Republic of Gamers series, which is the Zephyrus S (GX531). ASUS is marketing it as the world’s slimmest gaming laptop featuring the GTX 1070 Max-Q or GTX 1060, and at 14.95 to 15.75 mm thick, this should be a gaming laptop that is incredibly portable.
Powering the Zephyrus S is the Intel Core i7-8750H processor, with six cores and twelve threads, with a base frequency of 2.2 GHz and a maximum turbo frequency of 4.1 GHz. This is a 45-Watt Coffee Lake CPU. GPU options are either the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q in the GX531GS, or the GTX 1060 in the GX531GM model. There’s storage options from 256 GB to 1 TB based on NVMe SSDs, although one 512 GB model will be PCIe 3.0 x2, while other options are all x4 drives.
Interestingly the more powerful GPU model has less maximum RAM, at just 16 GB maximum, whereas the GTX 1060 model will be available with up to 24 GB. We’ve confirmed this with ASUS, and it seems like an odd choice.
|ASUS ROG Zephyrus S|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-8750H
6 core, 12 thread
2.2 - 4.1 GHz, 9MB Cache
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1070 Max-Q
2048 CUDA Cores, 128 TU, 64 ROPs
8GB GDDR5 256-bit
|NVIDIA GTX 1060
1280 CUDA Cores, 80 TU, 48 ROPs
6GB GDDR5 192-bit
|Memory||Up to 16 GB DDR4-2666||Up to 24 GB DDR4-2666|
|SSD||M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x2 512 GB SSD
M.2 NVMe PCIE 3.0 x4 256GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD
|Display||15.6-inch 1920x1080 AHVA Display
144 Hz refresh rate, 3ms response, 100% sRGB
|Keyboard||RGB Backlight front-mounted keyboard
Marked WASD keys
4 zone RGB
1.2 mm key travel
|Audio||2 x 2W speakers
|I/O||1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 TypeA
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
|Power||230W Power Adapter||180W Power Adapter|
|Wi-Fi||802.11ac 2x2:2 Wave 2
|Dimensions||360 x 268 x 14.95-15.75mm
14.2 x 10.5 x 0.59-0.62 inches
|Availability||September 2018 - prices to be finalized at launch|
The Zephyrus S features a 15.6-inch 1920x1080 display, and as a gaming system, ASUS has outfitted it with a 144 Hz panel from AUO, but unlike some gaming laptops with a high refresh, the Zephyrus S comes with an AHVA panel from AUO and not a TN, so image quality should be quite good. ASUS has stated it covers 100% of the sRGB gamut, and the response time is just 3 ms.
The display is in a thin-bezel design as well, which further shrinks the footprint of the laptop, with ASUS stating this new laptop is a 15.6-inch display in a chassis just a bit bigger than a typical 14-inch model.
Cooling is going to be a big concern on any gaming system, but especially when pushing the limits on device thickness as this one is. ASUS uses their Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) which opens a vent on the bottom of the laptop when the lid is lifted, and the vent stretches across the entire back of the body. The company says this improves airflow by 22% over a conventional design. There’s five heat pipes inside that pull heat from the CPU, GPU, and VRM, and the cooling is designed to keep the power components under 80°C for reliability. There are four heatsinks at the rear corners, which is double the number from the original Zephyrus.
ASUS uses self-cleaning fans to keep dust from becoming the enemy, and the fans themselves have 83 blades each, with the fan speed of course controlled based on cooling profiles, with silent, balances, and overboost modes to choose the amount of cooling and noise you’ll see.
ASUS has also moved the keyboard to the front of the device, which also helps with cooling. The keys offer 1.2 mm of travel, and the keyboard offers N-key rollover. As you’d expect, there’s support for RGB lighting as well through Aura Sync, although only with four zones.
If you’re in the market for a gaming laptop that needs to be portable, you’ll likely want to check this out. Prices will be announced when the laptop is launched in September.
ASUS is updating their GL70x line today with the Strix SCAR II GL704, which looks like a nice upgrade for their Strix line. The GL704 has taken the thin-bezel revolution to the 17-inch gaming laptop, making it about the same size as previous 15.6-inch models.
The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II GL704 is a bit of a mouthful of a name, but it should offer good performance for a mid-range gaming notebook, with either an Intel Core i5-8300H, or Core i7-8750H processor, and the NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU. You can get up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, and 128 GB to 512 GB SSDs coupled with an optional 2.5-inch spinning 1 TB drive in either SSHD or HHD for extra storage.
|ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-8300H
4 core, 8 thread, 2.3-4.0 GHz
45W TDP, 8MB Cache
Intel Core i7-8750H
6 core, 12 thread, 2.2 -4.1 GHz
45W TDP, 9MB Cache
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
1280 CUDA Cores
6 GB GDDR5 192-bit
|Memory||Up to 32 GB DDR4-2666|
|SSD||128/256/512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|HDD||Optional 1 TB 5400rpm HDD
Optional 1 TB 5400rpm SSHD
|Display||17.3-inch 1920x1080 60Hz AHVA
Optional 144Hz AHVA panel
|Keyboard||4-zone RGB backlight
Marked WASD keys
|Audio||2 x 3.5W speakers
|I/O||1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
3 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
1 x mDP 1.2
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Ethernet
SD Card Reader
|Power||180W Power Supply|
|Wifi||802.11ac 2x2:2 Wave 2 Wifi
|Dimensions||400 x 273 x 24.9-26.4 mm
15.7 x 10.8 x 0.98-1.03 inches
|Weight||2.9 Kg / 6.4 lbs|
ASUS will offer two displays. The base model is a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 60 Hz panel, but you can also get it with a 1920x1080 144 Hz model as well. Both panels are AUO AHVA panels (IPS) and should offer good colors and viewing angles, as well as the high refresh on the upgraded panel.
The laptop has contrasting Kevlar and camouflage textures, as well as a gun metal lid. You can’t get a gaming laptop without RGB lighting, and the Strix SCAR II offers seven zones of RGB, with four on the keyboard, two on the light bar on the front edge, and the final one on the ROG logo on the lid.
In addition to the four zones of lighting on the keyboard, it also features keys with 1.8 mm of travel, which should be comfortable, and ASUS uses what they call Overstroke technology to have the key presses actuate at halfway through the travel. The keys are rated for 20 million key presses.
ASUS has three heatsinks in the GL704, with one dedicated to the GTX 1060, and the other two shared between both the CPU and GPU. ASUS uses a thin-fin heatsink which they say offers better cooling and airflow in the laptop design.
If you’re in the market for a mid-range gaming laptop, the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II GL704 will be available in September, with full product pricing announced then.
Today’s announcement is an oddball one for Arm as we see the first-ever public forward looking CPU IP roadmap detailing performance and power projections for the next two generations through to 2020.
Back in May we extensively covered Arm’s next generation Cortex A76 CPU IP and how it’s meant to be a game-changer in terms of providing one of the biggest generational performance jumps in the company’s recent history. The narrative in particular focused on how the A76 now brought real competition and viable alternatives to the x86 market and in particular how it would be able to offer performance equivalent to Intel’s best mobile offerings, at much lower power.
Arm sees always-connected devices with 5G connectivity as a prime opportunity for a shift in the laptop market. Qualcomm’s recent Snapdragon 835 and Snapdragon 850 platforms were the first attempts in trying to establish this new slice for Arm-based PCs.
Today’s roadmap now publicly discloses the codenames of the next two generations of CPU cores following the A76 - Deimos and Hercules. Both future cores are based on the new A76 micro-architecture and will introduce respective evolutionary refinements and incremental updates for the Austin cores.
The A76 being a 2018 product - and we should be hearing more on the first commercial devices on 7nm towards the end of the year and coming months, Deimos is its 2019 successor aiming at more wide-spread 7nm adoption. Hercules is said to be the next iteration of the microarchitecture for 2020 products and the first 5nm implementations. This is as far as Arm is willing to project in the future for today’s disclosure, as the Sophia team is working on the next big microarchitecture push, which I suspect will be the successor to Hercules in 2021.
Part of today’s announcement is Arm’s reiteration of the performance and power goals of the A76 against competing platforms from Intel. The measurement metric today was the performance of a SPECint2006 Speed run under Linux while complied under GCC7. The power metrics represent the whole SoC “TDP”, meaning CPU, interconnect and memory controllers - essentially the active platform power much in a similar way we’ve been representing smartphone mobile power in recent mobile deep-dive articles.
Here a Cortex A76 based system running at up to 3GHz is said to match the single-thread performance of an Intel Core i5-7300U running at its maximum 3.5GHz turbo operating speed, all while doing it within a TDP of less than 5W, versus “15W” for the Intel system. I’m not too happy with the power presentation done here by Arm as we kind of have an apples-and-oranges comparison; the Arm estimates here are meant to represent actual power consumption under the single-threaded SPEC workload while the Intel figures are the official TDP figures of the SKU - which obviously don’t directly apply to this scenario.
We didn’t have internal data to verify Arm’s claims as of publishing of the article, but the 15W Intel figure is naturally on the high side, given that this just the official TDP representing multi-threaded workloads - a very quick test of CB15 ST power as reported by MSR registers on an 7200U at 3.1GHz measured 9.3W package+DRAM power while an 8250U at 3.35GHz came in at 11W. I haven’t correlated SPEC power on x86 to date, but I’m expecting it on average to be less than CB15. Even if the 15W figure for the 7200U is correct, and I’m expecting something more in the range of 9-11W, Arm might is using one of Intel’s notably less efficient performance points when doing the comparison for these SKUs. Of course this doesn’t invalidate the data as efficiency for the A76 at those frequencies would also not be optimal, it’s just something to keep in mind.
It’s also interesting to see Arm scale back on the performance comparison as they’re using a 3GHz A76 as the comparison data-point - this is in contrast to the 3.3GHz maximum 5W performance point presented during TechDay. I had tried to estimate the A76’s power in mobile form-factors based on the different metrics Arm disclosed and came at an estimated 2.3W at 3GHz. Naturally Arm says “less than 5W” and they could be erring on the safe side of not over-promising - but if it had been *that* much lower, as in my estimate, we would have maybe seen even more aggressive marketing figures. In the end, until we get the first A76 devices in our hands, we won’t know for sure what the exact figures will be and at which point on the efficiency curve Arm’s projected 3GHz performance figures will end up at.
The last slide that is notable to talk about is the performance projections for Deimos and Hercules. Here Arm’s taking a direct stab at Intel’s lack of significant progress over the last few years and reiterating its confidence in the company’s ability in sustaining high CAGR (compound annual growth rate) performance figures for the next generations.
Again at TechDay we quoted figures of 20-25% while today’s announcement contained a more conservative figures of “>=15%” - likely better representing a seemingly larger 20% projected boost for Deimos as well as what seems to be a 10% gain for the 5nm follow-up Hercules. Taking into account the relative positioning of the data-points in this chart, I did some quick correlation and it matches my initial estimated performance figures for a 3GHz A76 at around ~26 SPECint2006. Deimos and Hercules would come in at figures of ~31 and ~34 points.
Finally today’s announcement is a marketing exercise attempting to emphasise Arm’s performance and power commitments over the next few generations, trying to showcase it has the strategy and technology in place to make the Arm laptop market a real growth opportunity. If and how this pans out is something that we won’t find out at least until later on in the year, with the first actual A76 based large form-factor designs not being a thing until at least sometime in 2019. We’re eagerly awaiting the first A76 based mobile designs in the months to come and to have a first hand-on evaluation of the new microarchitecture family.
For some reason, Google is rebranding Google Drive storage plans under the name Google One. Along with the rebranding, Google is also improving its pricing in ways that give customers more options and more storage at lower prices. It marks the service's first price cut in four years.
Google One plans start at the same place as Google Drive plans â $1.99 per month for 100GB of additional storage â but the situation improves after that. Google is introducing a new $2.99-per-month tier, which includes 200GB of storage, and it's upgrading the $9.99-per-month tier to include 2TB of storage instead of 1TB.
We signed up for a 2TB storage option to try out Google One. The process is simple, you just head into Google Drive and click on Storage,...
The biggest change in Android 9 Pie (Go edition) is increased storage. According to Google's blog post, the operating system for Android 9 Pie (Go edition) takes up less space on a device, giving users up to 500MB of additional storage out of the box compared to previous versions of Android Go.
Additionally, Google is promising faster device boot times, better security features (including verified boot), and a new dashboard for tracking and monitoring data usage, similar to what's already offered on the full version of Android.
The first phones with...
The most âopinionatedâ version of Android yet
Google is making changes to its Wear OS app review process that could improve the quality of software on the platform. It's also reportedly working on a fitness coach/assistant for wearables. Put together, it sure seems like the company is preparing for some sort of wearable release. Google said yesterday that Wear OS apps will have to go through a mandatory âlight review process,â perhaps in an effort to improve the Play Store offerings ahead of announcing a rumored Pixel Watch in October. The reviews for new apps start on October 1st while reviews for existing apps will begin March 4, 2019.
Google already offers an optional review, which it rolled out with Android Wear 2.0, but it says this new process is designed to improve the app...
Android Pie, the latest OS from Google which was previously limited to Pixel phones and the Essential phone, is arriving on Moto phones. Motorola announced yesterday that the updates will hit eight phones sometime this fall.
Notably missing from the line-up is the Moto E5 which launched earlier this year, and the Moto G5, a pretty great phone from last year. That means E5 and G5 owners are missing out on the latest Android Pie features like system-level gesture controls (though Motorola has its own), expanded AI smarts, improved notifications, and more. Android Pie is Google's most conscious effort to reduce notification overload and help users develop better relationships with their phones, so hopefully it'll start rolling out to more...
14:19 Trump, Seeking To Relax Rules on US Cyberattacks, Reverses Obama Directive
President Trump has reversed an Obama-era memorandum dictating how and when the U.S. government can deploy cyberweapons against its adversaries, in an effort to loosen restrictions on such operations [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], WSJ reports. From the report: Mr. Trump signed an order on Wednesday reversing the classified rules, known as Presidential Policy Directive 20, that had mapped out an elaborate interagency process that must be followed before U.S. use of cyberattacks, particularly those geared at foreign adversaries. The change was described as an "offensive step forward" by an administration official briefed on the decision, one intended to help support military operations, deter foreign election influence and thwart intellectual property theft by meeting such threats with more forceful responses. The Trump administration has faced pressure to show that it is taking seriously national-security cyberthreats -- particularly those that intelligence officials say are posed by Moscow.
14:19 China's 'First Fully Homegrown' Web Browser, Used By Key Government Bodies, Under Fire For 'Heavily' Copying Google Chrome Files
Redcore, a Chinese start-up that claims to have produced a homegrown browser used by key government bodies and state-run companies, has come under fire after users discovered its software was heavily based on Google's Chrome browser [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. From a report: The company, which says it has created "innovative and world-leading" browser technology, came under scrutiny on Thursday when users looked through the browser's installation directory and discovered an original "chrome.exe" file along with image files of the Chrome logo. "We have launched the world's only purely China-owned browser Redcore, to break the US monopoly," the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The Financial Times verified Chinese users' findings and found with its own examination that Redcore was using components from the v. 49 version of Google Chrome. "Redcore has Chrome [elements] in it," said company founder Gao Jing in response to fierce public criticism. "But this is not plagiarism; rather, we are standing on the shoulders of a giant for our own innovation," she added, according to local media reports. Ms Gao was also quoted as saying that the company had so far been doing very well in terms of customer satisfaction.
Social networks are typically walled gardens; users of a service can interact with other users and their content, but cannot see or interact with data stored in competing services. Beyond that, though, these walled gardens have generally made it difficult or impossible to decide to switch to a competitorâall of the user's data is locked into a particular site. Over time, that has been changing to some extent, but a new project has the potential to make it straightforward to switch to a new service without losing everything. The Data Transfer Project (DTP) is a collaborative project between several internet heavyweights that wants to "create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform".
14:19 [$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for August 16, 2018
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for August 16, 2018 is available.
14:19 Security updates for Thursday
Security updates have been issued by Debian (fuse), Fedora (cri-o, gdm, kernel-headers, postgresql, units, and wpa_supplicant), Mageia (iceaepe, kernel-linus, kernel-tmb, and libtomcrypt), openSUSE (aubio, libheimdal, nemo-extensions, and python-Django1), Red Hat (flash-plugin), SUSE (apache2, kernel, php7, qemu, samba, and ucode-intel), and Ubuntu (gnupg).
14:19 New stable kernels
Greg Kroah-Hartman has released a new batch of stable kernels: 4.18.1, 4.17.15, 4.14.63, 4.9.120, and 4.4.148. These include the fixes for the L1 terminal fault vulnerability and a few other fixes here and there. Users should upgrade.
14:19 ARM says its next processors will outperform Intel laptop chips
ARM-based laptops have been pretty pokey to date, but you might have a different impression of them in a year or two. The company has offered a rare peek at the performance expectations for its future processor architectures, and the figures might m...
14:19 Oculus Rift support is coming to HTC's Viveport VR store
The Oculus Rift is finally welcome in Viveport, HTC's VR store. When it launched in 2016, Viveport seemed a bit redundant, since it wasn't hard for Vive owners to find VR experiences on Steam. But it turned into a truly great deal last year with the...
14:19 ASUS unveils an even thinner Zephyrus gaming laptop
Ever since its debut at Computex last year, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus represented the company's vision for the future of gaming laptops. It was incredibly thin, and it packed in the fastest mobile graphics around, NVIDIA's GTX 1080 Max-Q (it's just...
14:19 Amazon reportedly wants to buy a movie theater chain
Amazon might soon have brick-and-mortar movie theaters of its own if it succeeds in acquiring Landmark Theatres. According to anonymous Bloomberg sources, the e-commerce giant is one of the companies seeking to buy the chain and its 50 locations, whi...
14:19 Sony's PSVR still going strong as sales hit 3 million
Sony announced that it has sold 3 million PlayStation VR (PSVR) headsets as of the end of July, showing that its popularity has declined little since the fall 2016 launch. At the end of 2017, Sony had sold 2 million units, meaning it has sold another...
14:19 'PokĂ©mon Go' will offer parental controls with a log-in for kids
Pokémon Go will debut a new log-in system called Niantic Kids that will give parents a way to keep a close eye on their children's accounts. The upcoming log-in platform will give parents access to a portal where they can manage their child's...
14:19 Intel adds more power to its 8th-generation NUC mini-PCs
So far, Intel's biggest NUC news of the year is its Hades Canyon mini-gaming PC with AMD RX Vega graphics. If you don't need something quite so powerful and costly, however, Intel just rolled out some other 8th-generation NUCs. Rather than using 15 w...
14:19 Aronofsky's VR project 'Spheres' will premiere at Venice Film Festival
Darren Aronofsky's three-part virtual reality series Spheres -- bought for a seven-figure sum at Sundance earlier this year -- will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival. Adding to its sci-fi credentials is the announcement tha...
14:19 Kroger starts testing self-driving grocery delivery in Arizona
You now have a chance to try Kroger's self-driving grocery delivery... if you happen to live in the right part of Arizona. The chain has launched its driverless delivery pilot at a single Fry's Food Stores location in Scottsdale, giving you a chance...
14:19 Facebook birthday fundraisers earned over $300 million for charity
A year ago, Facebook launched its birthday fundraiser feature through which users can celebrate their big day by raising money for a good cause. And it appears to be a pretty popular tool. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post yesterday that so...
14:19 Project Fi's text forwarding is being shut down on September 12
Project Fi customers that use Hangouts will still see their texts on other devices.
14:19 Huawei confirms 7nm Kirin 980 and launch window for Mate 20 series
Huawei's Kirin 980 will be built on a 7nm manufacturing process, but when can we get our hands on a phone with the chipset?
14:19 WhatsApp backups won't count against Google Drive storage, so keep those memes forever
WhatsApp has announced that WhatsApp backups will no longer count against a user's Google Drive storage quota.
14:19 Oppo F9 revealed: I guess waterdrop notches are Oppo's thing now
The Oppo F9 has been announced, complete with the company's distinctive notch design. But what else makes it stand out?
14:19 Coolpad Mega 5A launched in India: Price, Specifications, and Features
Coolpad Mega 5A is an India exclusive smartphone intended for the offline smartphone market in the country.
14:19 Spotted: New Honor phone with 7.12-inch display and 4,900-mAh battery
The listing reveals all about an upcoming Honor phone, potentially the Honor 8X.
14:19 Capitalize on the Big Data boom with 6 courses of self-paced training
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14:19 Arm targets major performance leap for next-gen CPU cores
Arm has detailed its upcoming CPU IP roadmap through to 2020.
14:19 Realme 2 image leaks: do we really need a Realme 1 successor after four months?
The Realme 1 has only been on the market for roughly four months, but it looks like Oppo is already readying a successor.
12:49 Google Releases a Searchable Database of US Political Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In an effort to provide more transparency and deliver on a promise to Congress, Google just published an archive of political ads that have run on its platform. Google's new database, which it calls the Ad Library, is searchable through a dedicated launch page. Anyone can search for and filter ads, viewing them by candidate name or advertiser, spend, the dates the ads were live, impressions and type. For anyone looking for the biggest ad budget or the farthest reaching political ad, the ads can be sorted by spend, impressions and recency, as well. Google also provided a report on the data, showing ad spend by U.S. state, by advertiser and by top keywords.
When looking for representative lines, ternaries are almost easy mode. While there's nothing wrong with a good ternary expression, they have a bad reputation because they can quickly drift out towards âutterly unreadableâ.
Or, sometimes, they can drift towards âincredibly stupidâ. This anonymous submission is a pretty brazen example of the latter:
return (accounts == 1 ? 1 : accounts)
Presumably, once upon a time, this was a different expression. The code changed. Nobody thought about what was changing or why. They just changed it and moved on. Or, maybe, they did think about it, and thought, âsomeday this might go back to being complicated again, so I'll leave the ternary in placeâ, which is arguably a worse
We'll never know which it was.
Since that was so simple, let's look at something a little uglier, as a bonus. âWDPSâ sends along a second ternary violation, this one has the added bonus of being in Objective-C. This code was written by a contractor (whitespace added to keep the article readable- original is all on one line):
NSMutableArray *buttonItems = [NSMutableArray array]; buttonItems = !negSpacer && !self.buttonCog ? @ : (!negSpacer && self.buttonCog ? @[self.buttohttps://github.com/RemyPorter/MassnCog] : (!self.buttonCog && negSpacer ? @[negSpacer] : @[negSpacer,self.buttonCog]));
This is a perfect example of a ternary which simply got out of control while someone tried to play code golf. Either this block adds no items to
11:19 Ford takes an anti-Uber approach to self-driving cars
As Uber and Tesla have learned, it doesn't take a lot of bad press to shatter public trust on autonomous vehicles. Ford has taken that lesson to heart, saying it would rather instill confidence in self-driving cars than be first to market. In a lette...
11:19 The Morning After: The definitive verdict on Samsung's Galaxy Note 9
Hey, good morning! We're delivering our verdict on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in our full review, elaborate on MoviePass' continued woes and tell you the best VR headsets for your back-to-school dollars.
11:19 Samsung's Harman unveils its new premium soundbar lineup
When Samsung acquired Harman International Industries last year, it was pretty obvious the tech brand had eyes on the Harman Kardon audio division. The pair have worked together on a few projects since --smartphones and tablets featuring Harman-owned...
11:19 Tweetbot falls victim to Twitter's incoming developer changes
We've known for a long time that Twitter's third-party apps would bear the brunt of the platform's API revamp, and even though those changes aren't due to come into effect until tomorrow, they're already causing trouble. Today's update to Tweetbot fo...
09:49 Did Apple Secretly Crush An App Store Competitor In Japan?
According to Nikkei, Japan's Fair Trade Commission is looking into whether Apple improperly pressured Yahoo Japan to shut down a game streaming platform that competed with the iOS App Store. "Yahoo Japan's Game Plus service allowed people to stream full games made for other platforms and to play HTML5 games on mobile phones, which would have allowed iPhone owners to get games without going through the App Store," reports The Verge. From the report: Nikkei reports that Yahoo Japan slashed the program's budget last fall, just months after it launched, and told partners that it was due to pressure from Apple. It's said to have begun filing complaints with Japan's FTC around the same time. Developers essentially have no good alternative to the App Store on iOS. Their only other option is the web, which is a wonderful place for websites, but the web is rarely as fast or flashy as a native app. There are a great number of features that only native apps can take advantage of, which requires going through the App Store and giving Apple a 30 percent cut of most sales. Yahoo Japan's service was meant, in part, to be an alternative to that, offering better terms to developers, according to Nikkei, and fewer restrictions around how games were updated and sold. Final Fantasy creator Square Enix had even signed on and produced an exclusive game for the platform, which has since been pulled.
08:19 Valve may offer tools to play Windows games on Steam Machines
Valve's Steam Machine platform hasn't really taken off, and it's not just because of the hardware. When few developers are willing to release Linux-native versions of games to run on Steam OS, there just isn't a lot to play. Thankfully, the company...
08:19 Sidewalk Labs unpacks its Quayside smart city dream
Sidewalk Labs still has a ways to go before it realizes its futuristic vision for Toronto's Eastern Waterfront, but we now know what the smart neighborhood could look like. The Alphabet-owned company has released (PDF) mock-ups and illustrations for...
06:49 Child Drownings In Germany Linked To Parents' Obsession With Mobile Phones
The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) has made a direct connection between children getting into difficulty in the water and parents being too busy on their mobile phones to notice. More than 300 people have drowned in Germany so far this year. The Guardian reports: "Too few parents and grandparents are heeding the advice: when your children and grandchildren are in the water, put your smartphone away," Achim Wiese, the DLRG's spokesman, said. "We're experiencing on a daily basis that people treat swimming pools like a kindergarten and simply don't pay attention," added Peter Harzheim of the German federation of swimming pool supervisors. "In the past, parents and grandparents spent more time with their children in the swimming pool. But increasing numbers of parents are fixated by their smartphones and are not looking left or right, let alone paying attention to their children," he told German media. "It's sad that parents behave so neglectfully these days." The organization also put some blame on the school system for not making swimming lessons required from an early age. "Budget cuts have also led to swimming pools shortening their opening times," adds The Guardian.
06:19 bzip.org changes hands
As far as I know, Debian is really moving toward that goal, but there are many packages which give trouble to be rebuild with exactly same layout of everything.
I get your actual point, it's just that you could have chosen a real example as opposed to propagating the American security myth that confuses login and password.
06:19 bzip.org changes hands
One solution, of course, is to disable PGO in GCC, at the cost of performance.
Thanks for such thorough coverage of the project! The project started out with a few of us from the Data Liberation Front and, luckily, grew beyond one team/service provider almost since the beginning. Your point on smaller services is correct and the project is actively working with and seeking entities of all sizes to participate. Thank you for putting our contact info for the project and we welcome feedback, suggestions, and, of course, patches!
06:19 What's an interpreter?
The crux of this author's confusion:
Fun fact: the GPL v2 doesn't include the word "link". It's based on concepts like "derivative work."
06:19 What's an interpreter?
- Post: https://embeddedgurus.com/barr-code/2013/10/an-update-on-...
- Direct link to slides: http://www.safetyresearch.net/Library/BarrSlides_FINAL_SC...
And before someone comes in arguing that C isn't tooling-hostile... until C11, there _was_ no specification of the memory model by the standard, it took until Robbert Krebbers' _PhD dissertation_ (Dec 2015) before a complete executable semantics of C that characterized UB existed (see https://robbertkrebbers.nl/research/ch2o/), and even _with_ that, an immense quantity of UB cannot be caught statically, and is dependent on runtime behavior and data.
Meanwhile, cars run hard-real-time software in a concurrent (and parallel, as between the ESP-B2 and V850 chips in the Camry) manner, with consequences to life and limb in the case of failure. That kind of software _needs_ a checkable semantics, _must_ be correct under a memory model matching the actual behavior of the system, and must _never_ encounter UB.
06:19 bzip.org changes hands
05:19 Saint Louis University will put 2,300 Echo Dots in student residences
If you're attending Saint Louis University this semester, you'll find more in your dorm room than the usual tiny furnishings. The school has unveiled plans to provide all 2,300 student residences on campus (both dorms and apartments) with Echo Dots...
05:19 The Boring Company will build a rapid transit system to Dodger Stadium
LA's baseball fans and concertgoers might be among the first to ride The Boring Company's high-speed pods. Elon Musk's company has announced that it's planning to dig a tunnel that leads to Dodger Stadium for a high-speed electric transportation netw...
03:49 Climate Change Has Doubled the Frequency of Ocean Heatwaves
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nature: Scientists analyzed satellite-based measurements of sea surface temperature from 1982 to 2016 and found that the frequency of marine heatwaves had doubled. These extreme heat events in the ocean's surface waters can last from days to months and can occur across thousands of kilometers. If average global temperatures increase to 3.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century, as researchers currently project, the frequency of ocean heatwaves could increase by a factor of 41. In other words, a one-in-one-hundred-day event at pre-industrial levels of warming could become a one-in-three-day event. The study has been published in the journal Nature.
02:19 California primary candidate faced cyberattacks for a year
It's not just sitting politicians that have faced cyberattacks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Former California congressional primary candidate Dr. Hans Keirstead has reported to Rolling Stone that his campaign faced hacking attempts for rough...
02:19 AI service gives 'Overwatch' players in-game coaching
A typical Overwatch match is hectic and fast-paced. You can't exactly consult strategy guides in the middle of a manic team fight to figure out the best course of action, so you've probably had to rely on your own experience and knowledge of the game...
02:19 Former Tesla employee's tweets show allegedly flawed batteries
The employee Tesla is suing for theft of proprietary information has tweeted photos and other details, perhaps in an attempt to back up some of the claims he made against the automaker. Two of the photos Martin Tripp has tweeted out show what he says...
02:19 Rumored app Google Coach could be your AI personal trainer and life coach
A rumored new app called Google Coach will be like a personal trainer, fitness coach, and nutritionist for you.
02:19 The new Google One online cloud storage plans are now available for all
Upgrade to a Google One Plan to gain access to Google support, exclusive benefits, and more.
02:19 It's official: Motorola and Lenovo made one of the worst iPhone X clones yet (Updated)
Why be original when you can copy someone else?
02:19 Google launches Pie edition of Android Go: Smaller, faster, and more secure
Google just announced that Android Go is getting a Pie upgrade, only a week after the launch of Android 9.0 Pie.
02:19 Back to School: NUU Mobile G3 Deal for $199
Good news for college students and anyone else in the market for a sweet-specced phone that won't murder their bank account. Get a G3 and 3 months of mobile service for under $200!
02:19 Beginner's guide to installing LineageOS on your Android device
LineageOS is one of the best known custom ROMs for Android users. Interested but not sure how to go about getting it? This LineageOS install guide is for you!
02:19 Google will now require formal review of Wear OS apps before Play Store listing
Developers will no longer be able to list a Wear OS app on the Play Store without first going through a review process.
02:19 Get Ahead: Learn how today's AI ticks with 4 Google Cloud courses
From AI and Deep Learning to Cloud Architecture and Data Engineering, demand is high for experts versed in Google Cloud Platform technology.
02:19 Microsoft's Your Phone app is now available... for some users
The app can be used to mirror phone content, such as photos, to Windows 10 PCs.
02:19 Deal: Harmony Hub with remote is essential home tech, now for only $55
The hub on its own retails for $100, so this is a steal.
01:49 DNA reveals ancient parrot breeder supplied US Southwest peoples
Culturally important macaws were traded far outside their natural range.
01:49 New sponge for cleaning harbor oil leaks has a successful real world test
The creators of the Oleo Sponge are looking for investors to partner with.
23:19 Google Patches Chrome Bug That Lets Attackers Steal Web Secrets Via Audio Or Video HTML Tags
An anonymous reader writes: "Google has patched a vulnerability in the Chrome browser that allows an attacker to retrieve sensitive information from other sites via audio or video HTML tags," reports Bleeping Computer. The attack breaks CORS -- Cross-Origin Resource Sharing, a browser security feature that prevents sites from loading resources from other websites -- and will attempt to load resources (some of which can reveal information about users) inside audio and video HTML tags. During tests, a researcher retrieved age and gender information from Facebook users, but another researcher says the bug can be also used to retrieve data from corporate backends or private APIs. Ron Masas, a security researcher with Imperva, first discovered and reported this issue to Google. The bug was fixed at the end of July with the release of Chrome v68.0.3440.75.
23:19 Police Bodycams Can Be Hacked To Doctor Footage, Install Malware
AmiMoJo shares a report from Boing Boing: Josh Mitchell's Defcon presentation analyzes the security of five popular brands of police bodycams (Vievu, Patrol Eyes, Fire Cam, Digital Ally, and CeeSc) and reveals that they are universally terrible. All the devices use predictable network addresses that can be used to remotely sense and identify the cameras when they switch on. None of the devices use code-signing. Some of the devices can form ad-hoc Wi-Fi networks to bridge in other devices, but they don't authenticate these sign-ons, so you can just connect with a laptop and start raiding the network for accessible filesystems and gank or alter videos, or just drop malware on them.
23:19 Indie gem 'Gone Home' will arrive on Nintendo Switch August 23rd
The Nintendo Switch's reputation as a haven for indies got a little more support today. Gone Home, the breakout hit from The Fullbright Company will be released to the Switch's eShop next Thursday, August 23rd. Sure, it's a bit late, having originall...
23:19 Jack Dorsey is finally realizing Twitter is a terrible place
Twitter's attempts to clean up its service using policies often feel like a Band-Aid on a bullet wound, and the company's leadership finally appears to be acknowledging that fact. CEO Jack Dorsey told the Washington Post in an interview that he was...
23:19 T-Mobile is offering free 30-day trials in three cities
T-Mobile has one of the fastest mobile networks around, according to a recent study, and it's eager for more people to check out its service. To give potential customers a taste of the network, T-Mobile is offering a free 30-day trial in Atlanta, Bos...
23:19 Google publishes its own archive of US political ads
In the months leading up to the US midterm elections, the big online sites that inadvertently hosted the worst manipulation back in 2016, like Facebook and Twitter, have adopted new advertising policies to enforce transparency. So has Google, which h...
21:49 The Next Flagship iPhone Will Support Apple Pencil and 512GB Flash Storage, Says Report
Next month, Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones, each with differing specs/features. According to analyst firm Trendforce, the large 6.5-inch "flagship" model will support up to 512GB of onboard flash storage. Apple Pencil support will also be "offered as an option," although the company didn't specify which models will support the stylus. Apple Insider reports: The company expects that the the 6.1-inch LCD version will come with Face ID, Dual-SIM technology. The firm expects it to retail for between $699 and $749. The 5.8-inch OLED iPhone will be priced at $899 to $949. The 6.5-inch device will come in storage capacities up to 512GB, with one variant of the size potentially having dual-SIM support and expected to be "limited within $1,000 threshold as to encourage purchasing from consumers," according to Trendforce. Both the 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED models are expected to have 4GB of RAM. The 6.1-inch LED devices will have 3GB of RAM, the same as the iPhone X. The analyst firm believes that all three models are expected to ship in September and October.
21:49 Investor Sues AT&T Over Two-Factor Security Flaws, $23 Million Cryptocurrency Theft
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: Crypto investor Michael Terpin filed a $224 million lawsuit against AT&T in California federal court Wednesday alleging that the phone company's negligence let hackers steal nearly $24 million in cryptocurrency from him, Reuters reports. He's also seeking punitive damages. Terpin says hackers were twice able to convince AT&T to connect his phone number to a SIM card they controlled, routing his calls and messages to them and enabling them to defeat two-factor authentication protections on his accounts. In one case, he says hackers also took control of his Skype account and convinced one of this clients to send money to them rather than Terpin. The second hack came even after AT&T agreed to put an additional passcode on his account, when a fraudster visited an AT&T store in Connecticut and managed to hijack Terpin's account without providing the code or a "scannable ID" as AT&T requires, he says.
21:49 SEC Sends Subpoena To Tesla In Probe Over Musk's Take-Private Tweets
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent Tesla a subpoena regarding Elon Musk's effort to take the company private, "indicating the regulatory scrutiny of his statements have reached a more serious stage," reports Bloomberg. Last week, Musk tweeted he was considering taking Tesla off the market and had "funding secured" for the deal. From the report: Musk exposed himself to legal risk by tweeting Aug. 7 that he had the funding for a buyout. Almost a week later, the chief executive officer said the basis for his statement was conversations with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, which first expressed interest in helping take the company private in early 2017. Tesla's board has since clarified that it hasn't received a formal proposal from Musk, who's also chairman, nor has it concluded whether going private would be advisable or feasible. Tesla may face potential regulatory challenges beyond the SEC investigation. The company probably will need approval of U.S. national security officials if Saudi Arabia finances the effort to take the company private, and President Donald Trump's administration has been stepping up scrutiny of foreign investment in American technology.
20:59 âA huge outlierâ: Musk's Tesla buyout tweet could get him in legal trouble
Experts see Musk's Tesla buyout tweets as unprecedentedâand not in a good way.
20:59 Australian gov't wants to force tech firms to weaken crypto
"We can't afford to give terrorists and paedophiles a place to hide," MP says.
20:59 Credit card skimmers now need to fear the Reaper
SkimReaper, subject of a USENIX Security paper, detects most common card skimmers.
20:59 MIT scientists crack the case of breaking spaghetti in two
How not to shatter spaghetti into half a dozen little pieces.
20:59 Diablo III's Switch version leaked ahead of official unveil, coming â2018â
Rival outlets suggest Forbes jumped the gun on a Thursday embargo.
20:19 Engineers Say They've Created Way To Detect Weapons Using Wi-Fi
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: The researchers, which include engineers from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Binghamton University, published a study this month detailing a method in which common wifi can be used to easily and efficiently identify weapons, bombs, and explosive chemicals in public spaces that don't typically have affordable screening options. The researchers' system uses channel state information (CSI) from run-of-the-mill wifi. It can first identify whether there are dangerous objects in baggage without having to physically rifle through it. It then determines what the material is and what the risk level is. The researchers tested the detection system using 15 different objects across three categories -- metal, liquid, and non-dangerous -- as well as with six bags and boxes across three categories -- backpack or handbag, cardboard box, and a thick plastic bag. The findings were pretty impressive. According to the researchers, their system is 99 percent accurate when it comes to identifying dangerous and non-dangerous objects. It is 97 percent accurate when determining whether the dangerous object is metal or liquid, the study says. When it comes to detecting suspicious objects in various bags, the system was over 95 percent accurate. The researchers state in the paper that their detection system only needs a wifi device with two to three antennas, and can run on existing networks.
20:19 Valve Seems To Be Working On Tools To Get Windows Games Running On Linux
"Valve appears to be working on a set of 'compatibility tools,' called Steam Play, that would allow at least some Windows-based titles to run on Linux-based SteamOS systems," writes Kyle Orland from Ars Technica. From the report: Yesterday, Reddit users noticed that Steam's GUI files (as captured by SteamDB's Steam Tracker) include a hidden section with unused text related to the unannounced Steam Play system. According to that text, "Steam Play will automatically install compatibility tools that allow you to play games from your library that were built for other operating systems." Other unused text in the that GUI file suggests Steam Play will offer official compatibility with "supported tiles" while also letting users test compatibility for "games in your library that have not been verified with a supported compatibility tool." That latter use comes with a warning that "this may not work as expected, and can cause issues with your games, including crashes and breaking save games."
So far, it has proven correct about dates - May and August - as well as impact:"Specifically, an attacker could launch exploit code in a virtual machine (VM) and attack the host system from there...Intel's Software Guard Extensions (SGX), which are designed to protect sensitive data on cloud servers, are also not Spectre-safe".
So, this provides a lower boundaty.
Even better would be to spend more time with more researchers looking for this kind of stuff before these devices ever get released. Can't catch 'em all, though.
Hope you consider my concern
Thank you very much
20:19 Meltdown strikes back: the L1 terminal fault vulnerability
Yes, only Intel is affected, according to the kernel documentation.
20:19 bzip.org changes hands
1. Defines hashed upstream sources as inputs to the derivations, so changes cannot slip by inadvertently.
2. Transparently caches upstream sources for release channels, which provides a degree of protection against upstreams going AWOL.
3. Builds everything in a network-isolated sandbox.
4. Provides deterministic builds.
20:19 bzip.org changes hands
1. not widely heralded
2. not easy to understand, which also could be:
2.1 gratuitiously complicated
2.2 complications mirror objective necessities
..a variety of options.
Depends whether it's driven by tech, or by PHBs fed rubbish by sales people.
I can think of several disaster-story ports - Oxford Health Care is a well-known case story in my industry where the migration basically sent the company bankrupt, because the new system was far more resource hungry and less capable than its predecessor.
And my favourite story - consultants announcing to management (after SIX MONTHS hard work) that their new system was 10% faster than the old one. Only for the dinosaur in charge of the old system to overhear, and say "10%!, 10%!!!, you're PROUD that your twin Xeon 800 is ONLY ten percent faster than a PENTIUM NINETY!!!".
In academia we are savaged for not citing related work.
20:19 Los Angeles will be the first US city to use subway body scanners
Los Angeles will be the first US city to start equipping its subways with body scanners. But the Southern California metropolis isn't using the bulky, slow-operating models that populate US airports: Instead, LA's Metropolitan Transit Authority will...
20:19 Google may launch a smartwatch-focused AI fitness coach
Google and its partners have slowly but surely trying to revitalize Android-based smartwatches, and it looks like they may use fitness as the way to reel you in. Android Police (which has a history of accurate leaks) claims to have word of Google Coa...
20:19 Striving to be seen: Black Girl Gamers on Twitch
Jay-Ann Lopez is in her mid-twenties, living in London, and she's been into video games her entire life. "I've been gaming from a very young age," Lopez said. "My first console was a Nintendo that was gifted to me by my uncles, and since then I've a...
20:19 Researchers' app extends battery life when you're multitasking
Battery life on a phone is bad enough most of the time, but it can be particularly rough if you're fond of split-screen multitasking. Researchers might have a way to wring a little more power out of your device, however. They've developed an app, Mul...
20:19 Twitter gives InfoWars the same one-week ban it gave Alex Jones
While companies like Apple, Facebook, Spotify and even Pinterest have taken down InfoWars content from their platforms, there has been one very public holdout -- Twitter. But BuzzFeed News reports today that the company is now limiting the InfoWars a...
20:19 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A better Note for most of us
The biggest, beastliest phone of the year is here, and spoiler alert, the Galaxy Note 9 lives up to the lofty expectations. In addition to a huge battery, large screen and generous onboard storage, Samsung taught the old S Pen a few new tricks that s...
20:19 Chrome Canary speeds up browsing with partial page loads
Chrome is fast, sure, but Google wants to make it even faster yet again. To wit, Chrome Canary now implements "lazy loading" for web pages. In essence, what this does is only loads the page elements currently in view in your browser window, loading t...
20:19 MIT leads the way in spaghetti-based innovation
Breaking dry spaghetti noodles into precisely two parts might seem impossible, but scientists at MIT have done exactly that. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report how they twisted the noodles...
20:19 Fitbit may give the Charge 3 a touchscreen but not GPS
A new leak has revealed info about the upcoming Fitbit Charge 3 - namely, that the fitness watch is finally getting a full touchscreen. But that's not the only feature it's inheriting from the pricier Fitbit Ionic and Versa - the Charge 3...
20:19 'Diablo III' arrives on the Nintendo Switch this fall
After Blizzard dropped an ominous Diablo hint on Twitter back in May, the franchise's community manager revealed in a video last week that multiple projects are in the works. One of those revelations was supposed to be unveiled tomorrow, but leaked i...
18:49 Children 'At Risk of Robot Influence'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Forget peer pressure, future generations are more likely to be influenced by robots, a study suggests. The research, conducted at the University of Plymouth, found that while adults were not swayed by robots, children were. The fact that children tended to trust robots without question raised ethical issues as the machines became more pervasive, said researchers. They called for the robotics community to build in safeguards for children. Those taking part in the study completed a simple test, known as the Asch paradigm, which involved finding two lines that matched in length. Known as the conformity experiment, the test has historically found that people tend to agree with their peers even if individually they have given a different answer. In this case, the peers were robots. When children aged seven to nine were alone in the room, they scored an average of 87% on the test. But when the robots joined them, their scores dropped to 75% on average. Of the wrong answers, 74% matched those of the robots.
17:19 A Look at Facebook's Presence in Myanmar Where Despite Public Outcries, Facebook is Still Struggling To Contain Hate Speech
More than 1,000 anti-Rohingya posts featuring calls for their murder among other hate speech were live on Facebook last week, Reuters reported Wednesday. A probe by the news agency indicates that the network is still being used to encourage violence against the Muslim group in Myanmar despite the tech firm promising to tackle the issue. Reuters reports some of the material had been online for six years. Facebook's rules prohibit "violent or dehumanizing" attacks on ethnic groups. However, the US-based firm mostly relies on users to flag related offending posts rather than hunting them out itself, in part because its software has not had enough training to reliably interpret Burmese text. Vice reports that Facebook has hired an outside company to look into its role in spreading hate speech and enabling ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.
17:19 AT&T faces $224 million lawsuit over cryptocurrency theft
Cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin has filed a lawsuit against AT&T, claiming that the company's negligence led him to be robbed of nearly $24 million worth of cryptocurrency. Terpin alleges that in January, while AT&T was his service pro...
17:19 Turkey's president calls for a boycott of US electronics
As tensions mount between the US and Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now calling for the country to boycott US electronics. He even called out the iPhone specifically -- a product he's often seen using. "Every product that we buy in...
17:19 The VR headsets (and games) that we recommend to students
After long days of lectures, quizzes and research papers, you deserve to take your mind off school for a bit. What better way to decompress than by jacking into virtual reality for a few minutes of tranquility? It doesn't have to break the bank, eith...
17:19 T-Mobile tackles lousy customer service with 'Team of Experts'
It's no secret that a lot of carrier tech support is lousy. It's not just that you have to wade through menus -- it's that you're often pushed between support agents who only have the foggiest idea of your service history and are encouraged to get yo...
17:19 Google Drive's expanded One plans are available to anyone in the US
You no longer have to be a paying Google Drive personal customer to use the expanded One plans. As of today, Google One is available to anyone in the US willing to pay for cloud storage. As before, it's about considerably more than offering more stor...
17:19 Square sellers no longer need signatures for card payments
Square Cash is continuing its crusade to make the business of parting with your hard-earned money a little less painful. It's just announced that it's cut down EMV transaction time on Square Reader for contactless and chip even further, to just two s...
17:19 Facebook is investigating its role in Myanmar violence
Facebook has hired an outside company to look into its role in spreading hate speech and enabling ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, Vice News reports. The human rights audit is being conducted by San Francisco-based Business for Social Responsibility and...
17:19 ESPN+ is the only place you can watch FA Cup soccer in the US
The FA Cup is the oldest single-knockout cup competition in soccer, and the 138th edition of the famous old tournament is about to get underway. However, you won't be able to watch the inevitable upsets through your cable provider in the US for the f...
17:19 This cute Def Con badge beckons you to hack it
At previous Def Cons I wrote about the unofficial badges and the culture surrounding those pieces of technology. This year I was determined to move past my infatuation with blinking lights and colorful PCBs (printed circuit boards). Then I saw the Ma...
16:09 Alexa and Cortana integration starts rolling out today
Cooperation between the assistants was originally promised by the end of last year.
16:09 Star Trek: Discovery has cast its young Spock for season two
Ethan Peck will follow Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy in playing the Vulcan.
16:09 Twitter suspends Alex Jones for urging people to keep âbattle riflesâ ready
Jones urged supporters to ready their weapons against the media, antifa, and others.
16:09 Oscillating brain goes regular before migraine pain hits
Brain goes from chaotic-happy to regular-ugh to chaotic-painful as migraine hits.
16:09 Valve seems to be working on tools to get Windows games running on Linux
Files hint at "Steam Play" compatibility tools to help expand SteamOS library.
15:49 Florida's Gulf Coast Battles Deadly And Smelly Red Tide
Greg Allen, writing for NPR: Florida this week declared a state of emergency because of a slow-moving natural disaster -- red tide. Red tide is toxic algae that have persisted off Florida's Gulf Coast for nearly a year. In recent weeks, the algae bloom has worsened, killing fish, turtles and dolphins and discouraging tourism on some of the state's most beautiful beaches. Scores of dead fish were visible on the shore of Manatee Beach on a recent morning. There was a smell from the fish, but something more -- an acrid smell that can make you cough. Mary Vanswol, who was at the beach with her husband, James, said, "Uh, the smell is terrible. And it's affecting my lungs. I'm coughing, not so much him, but I am. It's just sad to see all the dead fish." The Vanswols live nearby and usually go swimming. But not today. After getting a look at the dead fish and the murky, slightly reddish-hued water, Mary Vanswols said they were leaving. "I wouldn't even walk along the edge of it. I just don't think it's safe," she said. Robert Weisberg, an oceanographer at the University of South Florida whose lab produces seasonal and short term forecasts of red tide, told Gizmodo a confluence of ocean circulation and environmental factors are likely responsible for initiating the bloom. Others experts are pointing to the potential role of human-driven nutrient pollution in helping to maintain it.
15:49 Americans Don't Think the Platforms Are Doing Enough To Fight Fake News
Journalists regularly weigh in on what platforms like Facebook and Google are and aren't doing to stop the spread of viral misinformation. But what do Americans at large think? From a report: Nothing good, according to a new survey published by Gallup and the Knight Foundation on Wednesday. The report, based on web surveys from a random sample of 1,203 U.S. adults, found that 85 percent of Americans don't think the platforms are doing enough to stop the spread of fake news. Additionally, 88 percent want tech companies to be transparent about how they surface content, while 79 percent think those companies should be regulated like other media organizations -- a common trope among journalists. That's despite the fact that the majority of people surveyed (54 percent) said social media platforms help keep them informed and that they're concerned about those companies making editorial judgments.