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MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

TheRegister - 8 hours 32 min ago
Keeping innocent mugs on file is unethical – tech committee

The UK government's approach to deleting custody images of innocent people – in that it only scraps them on request – is unacceptable and possibly illegal, MPs have said.…

Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

TheRegister - 9 hours 4 min ago
Don't trust consumers with their own data

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Hooded eyes are following my keystrokes. Hidden ears are analysing every shuffle.…

A Star Wars Boba Fett Movie Is In the Works

Slashdot - 9 hours 5 min ago
"Logan" director James Mangold is reportedly directing a "Star Wars" standalone movie centered on the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Variety reports: The untitled movie will be a part of the studio's Star Wars Anthology films, which are being spun off as origin stories. The first anthology film was 2016's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," followed by "Solo: A Star Wars Story," starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. "Solo" began opening in previews on Thursday night in North America, with forecasts of an debut weekend of $130 million to $150 million. Boba Fett debuted in 1980's "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" and re-appeared in 1983's "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" as a mercenary for the Galactic Empire. Jeremy Bulloch played the character in the two movies and Jason Wingreen provided Fett's voice. Here's a video highlighting all the scenes starring Boba Fett in the Star Wars trilogy. Do you think it's wise to produce a movie around a character who's had such few scenes, relative to the others?

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How CERN Is Using Linux and Open Source

LXer - 9 hours 21 min ago
CERN relies on open source technology to handle huge amounts of data generated by the Large Hadron Collider... It boils down to the fundamental principle that open source is not just about sharing code, it’s about collaboration among people to share knowledge and achieve what no single individual, organization, or company can achieve alone. That’s the Higgs boson of the open source world.

UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi project: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

TheRegister - 9 hours 33 min ago
Watchdog not happy with Emergency Services Network either

Efforts by the UK Home Office to digitise the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) amount to "a masterclass in incompetence," according to a damning report by the government's spending watchdog.…

US sites block users in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

TheRegister - 9 hours 59 min ago
Because two years wasn't enough time to prepare

Users trying to read the NY Daily News, say, or the Chicago Tribune – the third-biggest US daily newspaper – from a location within the EU have been blocked from visiting their websites due to new data protection laws.…

Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

LXer - 10 hours 22 min ago
'Member that innocent, pre-Zuckerberg time?The source code to the Eudora email client is being released by the Computer History Museum, after five years of discussion with the IP owner, Qualcomm.…

Can't pay Information Commissioner's fine? No problem! Just liquidate your firm

TheRegister - 10 hours 31 min ago
UK data protection watchdog has a 54% cash recovery rate

The UK's data protection watchdog has recovered only about half the value of fines doled out to dodgy data controllers, and those handed to spam marketing firms are the most likely to remain unpaid.…

It's hip to be Square: Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's other firm targets White Van Man

TheRegister - 11 hours 1 min ago
We speak to the ex-Apple hardware guru taking on banks and PayPal

Profile Ever wandered into a bank on weekday morning and marvelled at length of the queue? In a supposedly cashless era, it's the sight of a nation of shopkeepers depositing its cash.…

Open source image recognition with Luminoth

LXer - 11 hours 34 min ago
Computer vision is a way to use artificial intelligence to automate image recognition—that is, to use computers to identify what's in a photograph, video, or another image type. The latest version of Luminoth (v. 0.1), an open source computer vision toolkit built in Python and using Tensorflow and Sonnet, offers several improvements over its predecessor:read more

Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

TheRegister - 12 hours 3 min ago
Sirens blared, roads were blocked, and sheepish grins were eventually grinned

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's Friday reader-contributed tales of tech support jobs gone wrong.…

Facebook Accused of Conducting Mass Surveillance Through Its Apps

Slashdot - 12 hours 5 min ago
A court case in California alleges that Facebook used its apps to gather information about users and their friends, including some who had not signed up to the social network, reading their text messages, tracking their locations and accessing photos on their phones. The Guardian reports: The claims of what would amount to mass surveillance are part of a lawsuit brought against the company by the former startup Six4Three, listed in legal documents filed at the superior court in San Mateo as part of a court case that has been ongoing for more than two years. The allegations about surveillance appear in a January filing, the fifth amended complaint made by Six4Three. It alleges that Facebook used a range of methods, some adapted to the different phones that users carried, to collect information it could use for commercial purposes. "Facebook continued to explore and implement ways to track users' location, to track and read their texts, to access and record their microphones on their phones, to track and monitor their usage of competitive apps on their phones, and to track and monitor their calls," one court document says. But all details about the mass surveillance scheme have been redacted on Facebook's request in Six4Three's most recent filings. Facebook claims these are confidential business matters. It has until next Tuesday to submit a claim to the court for the documents to remain sealed from public view.

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How To Permanently Change The MAC Address On Linux

LXer - 12 hours 48 min ago
This article explains how to permanently change / spoof the MAC addresses of network interfaces. For this purpose, we'll use Macchanger, an utility for manipulating MAC addresses, for which we'll create a systemd unit to start it automatically on boot.

Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

TheRegister - 13 hours 2 min ago
Ultrasonic packets of data to and from your handheld killed

Boffins in Austria have developed a defense against acoustic cookies, a form of ad tracking by which smartphones can send and receive data using sounds people can't hear.…

Cisco admins: Hold that IOS XR update while you get new firmware

TheRegister - 13 hours 10 min ago
Old components brick NCS 6000 cards after OS upgrade

Eight Cisco NCS 6000 line cards need firmware upgrades, after Switchzilla learned they could be bricked by an IOS XR upgrade.…

Creating random, secure passwords in Go

LXer - 14 hours 3 min ago
You can use the random number generator provided by the Go programming language to generate difficult-to-guess passwords comprised of ASCII characters. Although the code presented in this article is easy to read, it's best if you already know the basics of Go to understand it. If you're new to the programming language, take the Tour of Go to learn more, then come back here.read more

Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers

TheRegister - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:56
Because everybody wants better tracking, right?

Tufts University boffins believe the combination of 5G and the Internet of Things will make it impossible for networks to track the expected tens of billions of connected devices.…

Best Free Linux e-book Tools – Updated (2018)

LXer - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:48
Linux has a good range of open source software which helps users to organize their e-book collection, catch up on a novel, or even to create and publish their own e-book. To provide an insight into the free software that is available, we have compiled a list of 7 of our favorite e-book software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to read, organize and create electronic books. We give our highest recommendation to Calibre and Booktype.

Is Cockroach Milk the Ultimate Superfood?

Slashdot - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Global News: It may not be everyone's cup of milk, but for years now, some researchers believe insect milk, like cockroach milk, could be the next big dairy alternative. A report in 2016 found Pacific Beetle cockroaches specifically created nutrient-filled milk crystals that could also benefit humans, the Hindustan Times reports. Others report producing cockroach milk isn't easy, either -- it takes 1,000 cockroaches to make 100 grams of milk, Inverse reports, and other options could include a cockroach milk pill. And although it has been two years since the study, some people are still hopeful. Insect milk, or entomilk, is already being used and consumed by Cape Town-based company Gourmet Grubb, IOL reports. Jarrod Goldin, [president of Entomo Farms which launched in 2014], got interested in the insect market after the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation in 2013 announced people around the world were consuming more than 1,900 insects. As his brothers were already farming insects for fishing and reptile use, Goldin thought it would be a smart business opportunity to focus on food. Goldin adds studies have shown cricket powder can be a high source of protein and B12. The PC version his company produces has 13 grams of protein per every 2 1/2 tbsps. Toronto-based registered dietitian Andy De Santis says for protein alternatives, insects are definitely in the playing field. According to ScienceAlert, Diploptera punctate is the only known cockroach to give birth to live young and has been shown to pump out a type of "milk" containing protein crystals to feed its babies. "The fact that an insect produces milk is pretty fascinating -- but what fascinated researchers is the fact that a single one of these protein crystals contains more than three times the amount of energy found in an equivalent amount of buffalo milk (which is also higher in calories than regular cow's milk)." Researchers are now working to replicate the crystals in the lab. They are working with yeast to produce the crystal in much larger quantities -- "making it slightly more efficient than extracting crystals from cockroach's guts," reports ScienceAlert.

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Electron patches patch after security researcher bypassed said patch

TheRegister - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:55
January's fix for software toolkit had blacklist flaw, now fixed

In an update last week, the developers of Electron – the toolkit used to craft widely used apps from Skype and Slack to Atom – shipped a patch to their January patch, and now, an infosec researcher has explained why.…

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