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Submission + - Next Generation UNIX Shell (github.com)

ilyasher writes: Classical UNIX shells are domain-specific languages for a domain that changed quite a bit. NGS is a work-in-progress project which is an attempt to create a shell for this new domain. Some of the highlights: real programming language in addition to command line syntax, data structures, better and more consistent syntax, extensibility, support for cloud, better UX.

Submission + - NVIDIA's new GTX 1080 and 1070 Announced (arstechnica.com)

A Commentor writes: After numerous rumours and a supposed "several billion dollars" spent on R&D, Nvidia's first consumer graphics cards based on its Pascal architecture are here: the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. The GTX 1080 will retail for $599 (~£450), $50 more than the GTX 980 cost at launch, while the GTX 1070 will retail for $379 (~£270), again $50 more than the previous generation card. The 1080 launches on May 27, with the 1070 following on June 10.

Submission + - Beloved hacker mag comes out of four-year hiatus

Earthquake Retrofit writes: More than four years since its previous issue, iconic hacker zine Phrack has published a new issue. Phrack issue number 69 contains articles from researchers Aaron Portnoy and Alisa Esage, as well as articles on OS X rootkits and exploiting Ruby on Rails.

First released in 1985 via BBS, Phrack has been staffed by dozens of editors and contributors in its three-plus decades. The long-running zine has also hosted a number of notable articles, including the famed Hacker Manifesto and Smashing The Stack For Fun And Profit.

Submission + - NASA Launches Searchable Database Of Public Domain Patents (slashgear.com)

An anonymous reader writes: NASA has released a bunch of patents for its technologies so that anyone can use them. A total of 56 “formerly-patented” technologies developed by the government are now available in the public domain, meaning they can be used for commercial purposes in an unrestricted manner. To make it easier to find these technologies and others like them, NASA has also created a new searchable database that links the public to thousands of the agency’s now-expired patents. According to NASA, the patents it has released may have non-aerospace applications that could help companies with commercial projects underway. Of the 56 formerly-patented technologies, users will find things like methods of propulsion, thrusters, rocket nozzles, advanced manufacturing processes, and more.

Submission + - Microsoft Sees Over 10 Million Cyberattacks per Day on Its Online Infrastructure

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's user identity management systems, made up by Microsoft Account (formerly Live ID, for home users) and Azure Active Directory (for its cloud/corporate services), see over 13 billion user logins per day, with 1.3 billion for AAD. The company says that over 10 million (per day) of these login attempts are cyber-attacks, which the company is able to detect.

This information comes via Microsoft's most recent Security Intelligence Report, which also reveals details about a new cyber-espionage group named Platinum and that hackers are still using the same vulnerability (CVE-2010-2568) even today, which was used in the Stuxnet attacks.

Submission + - Microsoft To End Nagging Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications Soon (winbeta.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has officially announced today it will end the annoying "Get Windows 10" notifications in July, when they end the free Windows 10 upgrade offer. In a statement to WinBeta, Microsoft said in a comment: "Details are still being finalized, but on July 29th the Get Windows 10 app that facilitates the easy upgrade to Windows 10 will be disabled and eventually removed from PCs worldwide. Just as it took time to ramp up and roll out the Get Windows 10 app, it will take time to ramp it down." This is great news for users who have decided to not install Windows 10 for whatever reason.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Should I expect to be tracked as a subscriber to a news website? 1

robot5x writes: I'm a fan of online privacy and, where possible, don't automatically permit cookies and tend to set Ghostery to block all trackers in my browser. This rarely causes a problem — I have lots of subscriptions to various sites which require me to login and have only rarely encountered minor issues.

Recently I had a present of a Slate Plus membership. I really like their content and was keen on supporting it financially. Activating it from the email they sent me required to first register as a user. I clicked on the icon, and nothing happened. Ghostery picked up 7 trackers which I had blocked.

Assuming that one of these was the cause, I activated each in turn and reloaded. None of them made any difference, except a single tracker from JanRain. Accepting this tracker let everything work perfectly. Reading more about JanRain though — and particularly its interaction with Adobe analytics (which it also tries to load) — I discovered that they wanted to "create a holistic view of your business by collecting, analyzing and reporting all customer interactions. To derive the most actionable insights, you must link your customers’ actions with who they are and what their interests are. Janrain bridges the gap by connecting demographic and psychographic data, collected through traditional and social login, with Adobe’s behavioral data, so you understand the whole customer journey".

I do not want them to do any of this, and don't think I should have to. Interactions with Slate's 'support' were excruciating and — while they at least didn't ask me to restart my computer — they actually ended up saying that allowing these trackers is tied to their login process and I have to either accept or get a refund.

My question to Slashdot is — is it acceptable to have to accept being tracked as a paying customer of a news site (or any site, in fact), or am I just being a big baby?

Submission + - After software upgrade, Kobo customers are losing books from their libraries (teleread.com) 2

Robotech_Master writes: After a recent Kobo software upgrade, a number of Kobo customers have reported losing e-books from their libraries--notably, e-books that had been transferred to Kobo from their Sony Reader libraries when Sony left the consumer e-book business. One customer reported missing 460 e-books, and the only way to get them back in her library would be to search and re-add them one at a time! Customers who downloaded their e-books and illegally broke the DRM don't have this problem, of course.

Submission + - New attractive force discovered at MIT (mit.edu) 1

pen-helm writes: MIT researchers have discovered a hitherto unknown attractive force pulling together spinning particles suspended in liquid. It “is not chemical, it is not magnetic, it is not electrostatic". But the particles are attracted to another. It only seems to happen if there are non-spinning particles mixed in.

Submission + - The Oracle-Google Trial Over Android Starts Monday: What You Need To Know (cio.com)

itwbennett writes: Grab the popcorn. It has been four years since Oracle and Google last met in a courtroom over the use of Java in Android, with Oracle saying Android usurped the mobile OS market from Sun, and Google saying Sun just never built a decent product. Back in 2012, the jury was split on the question of fair use and that is what this trial will be about. The new jury will be asked to decide whether Google’s use of the APIs was fair and, if not, how much damages it should pay (Oracle wants $8.8 billion).

Submission + - Lenovo Patches Serious Flaw In Pre-Installed Support Tool (csoonline.com)

itwbennett writes: Lenovo has fixed a vulnerability in its Lenovo Solution Center support tool, which comes pre-installed on many Lenovo laptops and desktops. The vulnerability could allow attackers to execute code with system privileges and take over computers. Users should automatically be prompted to update LSC when they open the application, but in case they don't, they should download the latest version (3.3.002) manually from Lenovo's website. This is not the first time such a vulnerability was found and fixed in LSC. In fact, Lenovo updated an old advisory for flaws reported in December with information about the new vulnerability, making it somewhat hard to spot.

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