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Submission + - Wine now running on Intel ChromeBooks

grungy writes: The first Intel ChromeBooks have access to the Play Store now, and the Android version of Wine apparently runs on them. Phoronix reports that CodeWeavers CrossOver is running on Intel ChromeBooks. Pictures show the Steam client running, and a clip of a D3D game. Of course, the Play Store is only available on the ChromeOS developer channel so far, but that should change later this year.

Submission + - SPAM: Why The Vivaldi Browser Wants You To Control Everything

Orome1 writes: A long time has passed since the IT industry was abuzz with browser wars, and when Jón S. von Tetzchner, co-founder and former CEO of Opera Software, announced he’s building a new browser, many were skeptical whether he can start one again. Because – let’s be realistic – making a dent in the browser market is exceedingly hard. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and IE have plenty of users and features. Undeterred by the skepticism, the Vivaldi team worked hard, and after more than a year of public development, Vivaldi 1.0 was released in April 2016. In an interview with Help Net Security, von Tetzchner, now CEO of Vivaldi, talks about building a new browser, its unique features, privacy and security.
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Submission + - Clinton: It's 'heartbreaking' when IT workers must train H-1B replacements (

dcblogs writes: Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Monday criticized the replacement of U.S. IT workers with foreign labor but stopped short of offering a plan to fix it. In a videotaped interview with Vox, Clinton appears empathetic and sympathetic to IT workers who have trained their foreign replacements as a condition of severance. She mentioned IT layoffs at Disney, specifically. "The many stories of people training their replacements from some foreign country are heartbreaking, and it is obviously a cost-cutting measure to be able to pay people less than what you would pay an American worker," said Clinton in the interview. Keith Barrett, a former IT worker Disney who was among those replaced by contractors, was not happy with Clinton's comments."She starts off as if she understands the problem, but then dismisses it as collateral damage not of significant volume to address, and blends in the problem of illegal immigrant labor, which is mostly working in unskilled labor," said Barrett.

Submission + - NHK to begin 8k test broadcasts in August

AmiMoJo writes: NHK, Japan's national broadcaster, has decided to skip over 4k entirely and go straight to 8k broadcasts, starting on the 1st of August. (Japanese site, English site with some details). 8k "Super Hi-Vision" delivers 7680x4320 pixels, 16x that of standard HD, at 120Hz progressive scan and 12 bit colour. Sound is 22 channel surround. Initial broadcasts are on satellite channels, with a full service due in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Submission + - Pentagon's first bug bounty leads to new responsible disclosure policy (

v3rgEz writes: Between April 18 and May 12, over 1,400 attackers set their sights on the Pentagon, finding 138 security holes ranging from Cross-Site Scripting attacks to SQL injections. The attacks, part of the Department of Defense's first bug bounty program, were so successful the DOD decided to invite the hackers back and make it a regular event. It's also lead the DOD to decide on setting up a "responsible disclosure" policy, which a DOD official said would allow attackers to report flaws "without fear of prosecution" in the future.

Submission + - Tech Companies Consider Storing Data in DNA Strands (

the_newsbeagle writes: Technologists from IBM, Intel, and Microsoft recently joined academics at a meeting hosted by IARPA (the intelligence community's R&D wing), where they discussed the feasibility of storing data in the form of twisting strands of DNA. The tech companies are interested because DNA is the densest information storage medium we know: "By converting digital files into biological material, warehouse-size storage facilities could theoretically be replaced by diminutive test tubes." And the intelligence community is interested because all their surveillance is generating a lot of data that has to be stashed somewhere.

Submission + - Chinese Hacking Slows After Public Scrutiny, US Pressure (

itwbennett writes: Security firm FireEye's iSIGHT Intelligence on Monday released a report based on a review of the activity of 72 groups that it suspects to be operating in China or supporting Chinese state interests. The researchers found a notable decline in successful network compromises by those groups starting in mid-2014, after the U.S. Government took punitive measures against China and raised the possibility of sanctions. Other security firms have also commented previously on the possible decline of hacks by China-based groups after strong measures by the U.S. But in April, Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, told a Senate committee that cyber operations from China are still "targeting and exploiting" U.S. government, defense industry, academic and private computer networks."

Submission + - Mobile Device Users Pay for Their Own Surveillance

Nicola Hahn writes: While top secret NSA documents continue to trickle into the public sphere tech industry leaders have endeavored to reassure anxious users by extolling the benefits of strong encryption. Rising demand among users for better privacy protection signifies a growth market for the titans of Silicon Valley and this results in a tendency to frame the issue of cyber security in terms of the latest mobile device. Yet whistleblowers from our intelligence services offer dire warnings that contrast sharply with feel good corporate talking points. Ed Snowden, for example, noted that under mass surveillance we’re essentially “tagged animals” who pay for our own tags. Hence there’s an argument to be made that the vast majority of network-connected gadgets enable monitoring far more than they protect individual liberty and perhaps in some instances the most secure option is to opt out.

Submission + - Red Hat Launches Ansible-Native Container Workflow Project (

Orome1 writes: Red Hat launched Ansible Container under the Ansible project, which provides a simple, powerful, and agentless open source IT automation framework. Available now as a technology preview, Ansible Container allows for the complete creation of Docker-formatted Linux containers within Ansible Playbooks, eliminating the need to use external tools like Dockerfile or docker-compose. Ansible’s modular code base, combined with ease of contribution, and a community of contributors in GitHub, enables the powerful IT automation platform to manage today’s infrastructure, but also adapt to new IT needs and DevOps workflows.

Submission + - Second Gravitational Wave Detected From Ancient Black Hole Collision (

An anonymous reader writes: Physicists have detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were set in motion by the collision of two black holes far across the universe more than a billion years ago. The event marks only the second time that scientists have spotted gravitational waves, the tenuous stretching and squeezing of spacetime predicted by Einstein more a century ago. The faint signal received by the twin instruments of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US revealed two black holes circling one another 27 times before finally smashing together at half the speed of light. The cataclysmic event saw the black holes, one eight times more massive than the sun, the other 14 times more massive, merge into one about 21 times heavier than the sun. In the process, energy equivalent to the mass of the sun radiated into space as gravitational waves. Writing in the journal Physical Review Letters on Wednesday, the LIGO team describes how a second rush of gravitational waves showed up in their instrument a few months after the first, at 3.38am UK time on Boxing Day morning 2015. An automatic search detected the signals and emailed the LIGO scientists within minutes to alert them. The latest signals arrived at the Livingston detector 1.1milliseconds before they hit the Hanford detector, allowing scientists on the team to roughly work out the position of the collision in the sky.

Submission + - SPAM: Nikola Motor Co. Received 7,000 Orders In A Month For Its 2,000HP, Hybrid Semi

Lucas123 writes: Start-up Nikola Motor Co. announced it has received 7,000 orders representing $2.3B in potential sales for a hybrid semi-truck that will sport 2,000hp, a gross weight of 80,000 pounds and will have more than a 1,200-mile range. The tractor-trailer dubbed the Nikola One will be revealed on Dec. 2 at the company's headquarters in Salt Lake City. The semi-trailer will have a 320 kilowatt hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery pack, along with a 150-gallon fuel-agnostic turbine, which can be configured to run on various kinds of fuel, including diesel or petroleum. The standard model will have a natural gas tank. The Nikola One will also have regenerative braking technology, an energy recovery mechanism that will slow the vehicle by converting kinetic energy into a form that can be stored until needed. Nikola claims the semi-trailer will cost half as much to operate as traditional diesel trucks.
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Submission + - Alien Contact Unlikely For Another 1,500 Years, Says Study (

An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers at Cornell University predict based off estimates that alien contact is unlikely for another 1,500 years. MSN reports: "According to the astronomers, signals from Earth would need to reach half of all the solar systems in the Milky Way in order to be picked up by an intelligent lifeform. Given that signals from TV and radio were first sent into space as a byproduct of broadcasting 80 years ago, it will take around 1,500 more years for aliens to receive, decode and respond to the signals." A co-author of the paper who will present it at the American Astronomical Society's meeting on June 16, Evan Solomonides, said, "We haven't heard from aliens yet, as space is a big place — but that doesn't mean no one is out there. It's possible to hear any time at all, but it becomes likely we will have heard around 1,500 years from now. Until then, it is possible that we appear to be alone — even if we are not. But if we stop listening or looking, we may miss the signals. So we should keep looking."

Submission + - Asus RT-AC88U Brings Enterprise-Class Features To Consumer MU-MIMO Router (

MojoKid writes: A second wave of 802.11ac wireless routers have begun to ship with a new feature called MU-MIMO, short for Multiple User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output. Asus has entered the fray with a dual-band AC3100 MU-MIMO router dubbed the RT-AC88U. This is a flagship router with all the usual bells and whistles but it differentiates itself from the competition by offering Link Aggregation and eight LAN ports, which are uncommon in a consumer-class router. The RT-AC88U is 4x4 design that competes head to head with Netgear's Nighthawk X4S, though the Nighthawk utilizes a Qualcom chipset while the Asus product uses a Broadcom SoC with NitroQAM Technology. Though both routers offer a 4x4 design, the Nighthawk is capable of 1700Mb/s on the 5GHz band while the Asus can dish out 2100Mb/s on the 5GHz channel (theoretically, at least). The Asus router also offers up to 1000Mb/s on the 2.4GHz band while the Netgear router is capable of 800Mb/s. One interesting feature of the Asus RT-AC88U is that is offers Smart Connect, which is a feature previously only seen in tri-band routers. It combines both bands into one SSID and intelligently connects devices according to their compatibility. In testing, the RT-AC88U is one of the fastest WiFi routers among the latest crop of devices and its user interface has enough advanced features to satisfy even the most demanding network admin.

Submission + - US Company's China Employee Allegedly Stole Code To Help Local Government (

itwbennett writes: Xu Jiaqiang, a Chinese national, worked as a developer for an unnamed U.S. company's branch in China (a Reuters report says it's IBM) from November 2010 to May 2014, when he resigned voluntarily. A year later he was allegedly caught trying to sell stolen proprietary source code to U.S. undercover agents, who claimed they were starting a large-data storage company. The software is described in the original complaint as a key component of one of the world’s largest scientific supercomputers and of commercial applications that require rapid access to large volumes of data. In December 2015, Xu was arrested by the FBI, alleged to have stolen for his own benefit and that of the National Health and Family Planning Commission in China, although no specific charges relating to actual transfer of the code to the National Health and Family Planning Commission are mentioned in the superseding indictment.

Submission + - Bill guarantees 50% of salary for workers laid off with non-compete (

dcblogs writes: Non-compete agreements are controversial for many reasons, but what may be worst of all: Even if you are laid off from your job, a non-compete agreement may still apply. California has made non-compete agreements unenforceable, but Massachusetts has not. Some opponents say that's partly the result of lobbying by EMC, which has considerable clout as a major state employer, headquartered in the Boston suburb of Hopkinton. But the pending $67 billion merger of EMC with Dell, and the prospect of merger-related layoffs, is spurring a new attack on non-compete agreements. State lawmakers are considering limiting non-compete agreements to one year, banning them for low-wage workers and for people terminated without cause. The leading legislative proposal will also require an employer to pay at least 50% of the former employer's salary during the period of time the non-compete is in effect. This salary guarantee is called "garden leave" and is in Massachusetts House bill H.4323. In May, the White House released a report about non-compete agreements. It found that 18% of the workforce is now covered by a non-compete agreement, but over the course of a career, some 37% of all workers will be subject to them.

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