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Submission + - New browser fingerprinting site launched

AnonymousCube writes: The University of Adelaide and ACEMS has launched a new browser fingerprinting test suite.
On the site you can see what data can be used to track you and how unique your fingerprint is.
The site includes new tests such as detecting software such as Privacy Badger via how social media buttons are disabled and CSS only (no JavaScript or flash) tests to get screen size and installed fonts.

Submission + - Systemd now kills processes when you sign out (pcworld.com) 4

walterbyrd writes: The initialization software systemd has now been integrated into most popular Linux distributions, including the latest versions of Ubuntu. But a change in systemd 230 alters the way Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems have worked for decades, and some Linux users aren’t pleased.

Systemd now kills processes when you sign out Thanks to a new change, systemd will automatically kill a user’s processes when that user logs out. Previously, it was possible to start long-running processes that remained running, even when you signed out. You could use the tmux, screen, or nohup commands to ensure that a process remained running. Systemd will now kill all those leftover processes to clean things up.

This change is being debated in Debian’s bug tracker, and on Fedora’s mailing list. On Fedora’s mailing list, systemd’s Lennart Poettering explained that systemd is designed to be “a process babysitter.” Red Hat’s DJ Delorie expressed why he and some other Linux users are frustrated: “It’s becoming a user nanny instead. I wish it would stop trying to enforce its ‘my way or the highway’ approach to system rules. I’ve been playing whack-a-mole trying to keep up with all the tweaks I need (assuming I can find them) to let me do what I want to do with my own machine.”

There’s a new secret handshake Of course, systemd provides a way to disable this behavior and keep processes running, if that’s what you want. To do this, a system administrator can set the “KillUserProcesses=no” option in systemd’s configuration file at /etc/systemd/logind.conf. Linux distributions could also choose to disable this systemd feature for all their users, which is what some Debian and Fedora users are asking for. In both cases, the feature would be disabled systemwide.

If just a specific user wants to run processes that are left alone by systemd, that user has to enable “lingering” for their account, with the systemd-run command preceding the tmux, screen, or nohup commands. So, if you end up using a Linux distribution with systemd 230 or newer that has this option enabled, you’ll need to run tmux, screen, and nohup commands in a systemd-specific way. It would make sense for these tools to become systemd-aware to negate this new secret handshake, but they aren’t, and users will therefore need to use this new workaround.

Submission + - SPAM: HP Elite X3 Review, Revolution in Mobility | Gadget Tested

GadgetTested writes: HP Elite X3 phablet is a huge device that offers to be an all-in-one phone to satisfy all your computing needs. Actually it is a window phone, although window phones have snail-paced rollout, limited application support as well as Microsoft’s unassuming cell phones. Now the Elite X3, wants to change all that with its new phablet, meant mainly for businesspersons.
The largish 5.96” phone sports some very good specs including n Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with a clock speed of 2.15GHz and DDR4 RAM of 4GB. This is because HP intended this phone to work in three distinct modes. Just as the Microsoft Lumia 950 as well as 950XL, it is possible to hook this device to an external monitor for you to enjoy the desktop experience. Apart from this, Elite x3 can be connected to HP's brand new, Wi-Fi controlled Mobile Extender laptop, whenever you require a mobile workstation.
Summary
The HP Elite x3 will impress anyone because it is loaded with specs as also multiple use cases, although it might have come a bit too late to save the flagging Windows 10 Mobile platform.

HP Elite x3 Design and Features
The HP Elite x3 is essentially a standalone handset, although it is too large to be termed a handset as it comes with a whopping 5.96” screen of 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. The display is even bigger than the 5.7” Nexus 6, as well as Samsung Galaxy Note 5. You’ll have difficulty in holding it with one hand. In spite of its massive size, it is almost all screen and minimal bezels. On the side, thin slivers are there, and the top and bottom has about 1cm to make enough room to house its Bang and Olufsen stereo speakers. The bottom speaker grille at the bottom has a pattern like an equalizer, adding an additional design element to its formal look.

The HP Elite x3 has dynamic colors and sharp contrast, thanks to its AMOLED panel that HP selected for its x3 functions. It is duly protected by Corning Gorilla Glass to withstand any number of scratches as well as accidental drops very well.+

The front and edges of the device are metal, with a polycarbonate rear. Like most enterprise devices, x3 has been created to be quite durable and even meets the 810G military spec. It is waterproof too to IP67, so it is protected from rain and occasional getting wet from a water faucet.+

The HP Elite x3's other specifications include a Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU that is fully integrated with a Snapdragon chip, and paired together with an enormous 4,150mAh battery. As to storage it has a whopping 64GB of space. And talking about cameras, the Elite x3 is equipped with an excellent 16MP rear camera. Apart from this, the front facing camera boasts of an 8MP sensor to snap two images, and during Skype chats combines both into a well-balanced, image similar to HDR. However, what makes the HP Elite x3 real special is that by slotting the device into the USB-C dock to link it with a keyboard, mouse and screen, to gain a whole desktop experience.
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Verdict
The HP Elite x3 will impress anyone because it is loaded with specs as also multiple use cases, although it might have come a bit too late to save the flagging Windows 10 Mobile platform.

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Submission + - William Trubridge completes a freedive of 400' (theguardian.com)

jd writes: The world record for freediving now stands at 400'. Competitive freediving requires that a person dive with only one breath of air and without aids to help withstand the pressures. At 400', William was exposed to pressures roughly sixteen times that of the normal atmosphere. His body was compressed such that the internal and external pressures matched, so you can figure out what this would have done to things like his heart, kidneys, eyes, and so on. In order to be considered as completing a dive, the person must return to the surface, get on-board a support ship, make the ok sign and say a phrase, I think it's "dive complete". The object of the ritual is to detect physical damage (to body or brain) that can't otherwise be detected. 400' is not the furthest competitive freedivers have gone. The greatest depth achieved by a living diver (who failed to complete the ritual due to extreme damage) is twice the new record, 800'. Herbert Nitschs so nearly held a record that wouldn't have been broken for decades. He did reach 800' and return to the surface, but the effect of the dive wrecked him utterly. For what it is worth, we now know humans can survive 32x atmospheric pressure, but it's not obvious the cost was worth it.

Submission + - Alpha Go Takes the Match 3-0 (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Google's AlphaGo has won the Deep Mind Challenge, by winning the third match in a row of five against the 18-time world champion Lee Se-dol. AlphaGo is now the number three Go player in the world and this is an event that will be remembered for a long time. Most AI experts thought that it would take decades to achieve but now we know that we have been on the right track since the 1980s or earlier. AlphaGo makes use of nothing dramatically new — it learned to play Go using a deep neural network and reinforcement learning, both developments on classical AI techniques.
We know now that we don't need any big new breakthroughs to get to true AI.
The results of the final two games are going to be interesting but as far as AI is concerned the match really is all over.

Submission + - SPAM: Putty is serving malware 5

flerchin writes: Downloading the windows installer from the putty download page results in Windows Defender quarantining the file saying it's an instance of the "Win32/Varpes.J!plock" trojan. I just wanted to play SSH Tron. I've emailed the project, but I really wish there was an Internet Police to call.

Submission + - Samsung Unpacks Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge And Gear 360 VR Camera At MWC2016 (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Samsung held their annual Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress today and have officially unveiled their next generation Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. The Galaxy S7 sports a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a 2560x1440 resolution (577 ppi), while the Galaxy S7 Edge wields a larger 5.5-inch dual-edge screen with the same resolution (534 ppi). Among the new features are the company's always-on Super AMOLED display technology. When you pull the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge out of your pants pocket or purse, you'll be able to peek at basic information like the time, calendar, or notifications without touching or waking the display. Both devices also feature rear "Dual Pixel" 12MP cameras with optical image stabilization. Using dual-photodiode technology, this is an alternative to phase-detection auto-focus, one that's supposed to work faster and better. Samsung also claims the new rear shooter on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge captures 95 percent more light through a wider F1.7 lens. Compared to Apple's iPhone 6s, Samsung is promising brighter and sharper images, particularly in low light situations. Both are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. There's also 32GB of internal storage, now expandable via microSD along with 802.11ac MU-MIMI Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC support, fast wireless charging capability, a 3,000 mAh (Galaxy S7) or 3,600 mAh (Galaxy S7 Edge) battery that's not removable and Android 6 Marshmallow. All of this comes wrapped in a water-resistant and dust-resistant design (both devices) with IP68 certification that will withstand total submersion for 30 minutes. The company also announced a new Gear 360 VR video camera and a partnership with Facebook-Oculus. The Gear 360 sports dual fisheye lenses each with high resolution 15MP CMOS image sensors capable of capturing 360-degree video at 3840x1920. It can also shoot 30-megapixel (7776x3888) still images. When the Gear 360 is synced to a compatible Galaxy phone, you can preview footage in real-time using the phone as a remote. Samsung also apparently has the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, who was a surprise on-stage guest at the Galaxy Unpacked event as well.

Submission + - Windows 10 TH2 (v1511) Console Host Enhancements (nivot.org)

x0n writes: As of Windows 10 TH2 (10.0.1058), the core console subsystem has support for a large amount of ANSI and VT100 escape sequences. This is likely to prepare for full Open SSH server/client integration, which is already underway over on github. It looks like xterm is finally coming to Windows.

OpenSSH was previously announced last year by the very forward looking PowerShell team: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.c...

Submission + - Reprogramming cancer cells back to normal

jan_jes writes: Researchers have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normal. The unexpected new biology that provides the code, the software for turning off cancer. Here they studied a new protein called PLEKHA7, which associates with E-cadherin and p120 only at the top, or the “apical” part of normal polarized epithelial cells.

Few months back, researchers showed a new study in which pancreatic cancer cells can be coaxed to revert back toward normal cells by introducing a protein called E47.

Submission + - Boeing Patents a Drone That Turns Into a Submarine (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Boeing has been given a patent for a new kind of amphibious drone that's like something straight out of a classic spy movie. The aeronautics giant has a novel design for an unmanned aerial drone that can spontaneously convert into an unmanned submarine and go for a dive.

Submission + - The energy efficiency of solar fuels production increased to 22% (rsc.org)

jan_jes writes: Researchers have designed a solar fuel generating device that has established a new record in energy efficiency for the production of solar fuels. Thus artificial photosynthesis could replace fossil fuels. One of the researcher explained that the process of splitting water generates hydrogen and oxygen by passing an electric current through water. Although some solar-driven fuel generating systems have reached efficiencies as high as 18%, they are often based on precious metal catalysts, or offer only limited stability. Now, researchers describe a system that utilises concentrated solar power, which is inexpensive to produce. This system delivers the highest efficiency reported to date, in excess of 22%.

Submission + - Italian City to Dump OpenOffice for Microsoft After Four Years

An anonymous reader writes: Between 2011 and 2014, the municipality of Pesaro, Italy, trained up its 500 employees to use OpenOffice. However, last year the organization decided to switch back to Microsoft and use its cloud productivity suite Office 365. According to a report from Netics Observatory, the city administration will be able to save up to 80% of the software's total cost of ownership by going back. The savings are largely due to the significant and unexpected deployment costs. In particular, having to repaginate and tweak a number of documents due to a lack of compatibility between the proprietary and the open source systems translated into a considerable waste of time and productivity. The management estimates that every day roughly 300 employees had to spend up to 15 minutes each sorting out such issues.

Submission + - H-1Bs Don't Replace U.S. Workers (niskanencenter.org)

Okian Warrior writes: [Ask Slashdot] In response to Donald Trump's allegations that H1B visas drive Americans out of jobs, The Huffington Post points to this study which refutes that claim.

From the study: "But the data show that over the last decade, as businesses have requested more H-1Bs, they also expanded jobs for Americans."

This seems to fly in the face of reason, consensus opinion, and numerous anecdotal reports.

Is this report accurate? Have we been concerned over nothing these past few years?

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