Monthly Archives: August 2018

Tesla Short Sellers Actually Made Over $1 Billion After Musk’s Taking-Private Tweet

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: Investors betting that Tesla stock will lose value — so-called “shorts” — have made $1.2 billion since CEO Elon Musk first tweeted about taking the company private. Much of that gain came on Friday, after

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Australians Who Won’t Unlock Their Phones Could Face 10 Years In Jail

An anonymous reader quotes the Sophos security blog: The Australian government wants to force companies to help it get at suspected criminals’ data. If they can’t, it would jail people for up to a decade if they refuse to unlock

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Nvidia Is Giving Up On the Cryptocurrency Mining Market

“Nvidia’s nine-month crypto gold rush is over,” reports the Los Angeles Times. An anonymous reader quotes their report: “Our core platforms exceeded our expectations, even as crypto largely disappeared,” founder and Chief Executive Jensen Huang said Thursday on a conference

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New VORACLE Attack Can Recover HTTP Data From Some VPN Connections

“A new attack named VORACLE can recover HTTP traffic sent via encrypted VPN connections under certain conditions,” reports Bleeping Computer, citing research presented last week at the Black Hat and DEF CON security conferences. An anonymous reader writes: The conditions

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Linux Study Argues Monolithic OS Design Leads To Critical Exploits

Long-time Slashdot reader Mike Bouma shares a paper (via OS News) making the case for “a small microkernel as the core of the trusted computing base, with OS services separated into mutually-protected components (servers) — in contrast to ‘monolithic’ designs

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Twitter Is ‘Rethinking’ Its Service, and Suspending 1M Accounts Each Day

Twitter’s CEO told the Washington Post he’s “rethinking” core parts of Twitter: Dorsey said he was experimenting with features that would promote alternative viewpoints in Twitter’s timeline to address misinformation and reduce “echo chambers.” He also expressed openness to labeling

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Wifi Could Be Used To Detect Guns and Bombs, Researchers Say

An anonymous reader quotes the BBC: Ordinary wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and explosives in public places, according to a study led by the Rutgers University in New Jersey. Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions

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H-1B Visa Use Soared Last Year At Major Tech Firms

“Even as the White House began cracking down on U.S. work visas, major Silicon Valley technology firms last year dramatically ramped up hiring of workers under the controversial H-1B visa program,” reports the Mercury News. Menlo Park-based Facebook in 2017

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Encrypt NFSv4 with TLS Encryption Using Stunnel

The systems and database administrator for a Fortune 500 company notes that while NFS is “decades old and predating Linux…the most obvious feature missing from NFSv4 is native, standalone encryption.” emil (Slashdot reader #695) summarizes this article from Linux Journal:

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EU Accepts Resolution Abolishing Planned Obsolescence, Making Devices Easier to Repair

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo writes: The European Parliament accepted a resolution to lengthen consumer goods and software’s longevity, a counter to the alleged planned obsolescence process built into a lot of products. The European Parliament now wants the European Commission

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