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Over long US weekend, GitHub HR boss quit after firing Jewish staffer who warned Nazis were at the Capitol

The Register - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 22:56
Microsoft-owned code silo admits 'significant errors of judgment and procedure'

GitHub has apologized for what it called “significant errors of judgment and procedure” in the firing of a Jewish employee for warning colleagues of neo-Nazis at the Capitol during its ransacking by pro-Trump rioters this month.…

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iFixit Says Teardown of AirPods Max Made Competitors Look Like Toys

Slashdot - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 22:40
After looking at the innards of Apple's new over-the-ear headphones, the AirPods Max, tech site iFixit concluded that the intricate engineering made the lofty $550 price seem almost reasonable. iFixit cracked open the headphones and in summation said, that after looking at competitors, "internally, the AirPods Max's obsessive craftsmanship makes those other extremely capable devices look like toys by comparison."

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If my calculations are correct, when Google Chrome hits version 88, you're gonna see some serious... security

The Register - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 22:01
Manifest v3 in stable channel release plus JavaScript timer throttling, security fixes

Google on Tuesday announced the stable channel release of Chrome 88, which includes support for an extension platform revision known as Manifest v3.…

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FireEye Releases Tool For Auditing Networks for Techniques Used by SolarWinds Hackers

Slashdot - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 22:00
Cybersecurity firm FireEye has released today a report detailing the techniques used by the SolarWinds hackers inside the networks of companies they breached. From a report: Together with the report, FireEye researchers have also released a free tool on GitHub named Azure AD Investigator that they say can help companies determine if the SolarWinds hackers (also known as UNC2452) used any of these techniques inside their networks. Today's FireEye report comes as the security firm has spearheaded investigations into the SolarWinds supply chain compromise, together with Microsoft and CrowdStrike. The SolarWinds hack came to light on December 13, 2020, when FireEye and Microsoft confirmed that a threat actor broke into the network of IT software provider SolarWinds and poisoned updates for the Orion app with malware.

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Brave Becomes First Browser To Add Native Support For the IPFS Protocol

Slashdot - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 21:20
With the release of Brave 1.19 today, Brave has become the first major browser maker to support IPFS, a peer-to-peer protocol meant for accessing decentralized or censored content. From a report: Released in 2015, IPFS stands for InterPlanetary File System. It is a classic peer-to-peer protocol similar to BitTorrent and designed to work as a decentralized storage system. IPFS allows users to host content distributed across hundreds or thousands of systems, which can be public IPFS gateways or private IPFS nodes. Users who want to access any of this content must enter an URL in the form of ipfs://{content_hash_ID}. Under normal circumstances, users would download this content from the nearest nodes or gateways rather than a central server. However, this only works if users have installed an IPFS desktop app or a browser extension. Brave says that with version 1.19, users will be able to access URLs that start with ipfs://, directly from the browser, with no extension needed, and that Brave will natively support ipfs:// links going forward. Since some major websites like Wikipedia have IPFS versions, users in oppressive countries can now use Brave's new IPFS support to go around national firewalls and access content that might be blocked inside their country for political reasons and is available via IPFS.

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FireEye publishes details of SolarWinds hacking techniques, gives out free tool to detect signs of intrusion

The Register - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 20:42
Instructions for spotting and keeping suspected Russians out of systems

Any organizations that used the backdoored SolarWinds network-monitoring software should take another look at their logs for signs of intrusion in light of new guidance and tooling.…

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Facebook Has No Plans To Lift Trump Ban, Report Says

Slashdot - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 20:36
Facebook has no plan in place to lift the indefinite suspension on President Donald Trump's Facebook account following his departure from the White House on Wednesday, NBC News reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the company's plans said. From the report: The ban on Trump's account remains indefinite, the sources said, and there is no current plan in place to lift it. The social media giant said on Jan. 7 that it would "indefinitely" ban the president's account due to his role in inciting the attack on the U.S. Capitol a day earlier. The company said the ban would last at least through the end of his term. Facebook's suspension stopped short of the permanent ban that other social media companies like Twitter and Snapchat lated placed on Trump's accounts.

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India Asks WhatsApp To Withdraw New Privacy Policy Over 'Grave Concerns'

Slashdot - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 19:59
India has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the planned change to its privacy policy, posing a new headache to the Facebook-owned service that identifies the South Asian nation as its biggest market by users. From a report: In an email to WhatsApp head Will Cathcart, the nation's IT ministry said the upcoming update to the app's data-sharing policy has raised "grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens... Therefore, you are called upon to withdraw the proposed changes." The ministry is additionally seeking clarification from WhatsApp on its data-sharing agreement with Facebook and other commercial firms and has asked why users in the EU are exempt from the new privacy policy but their counterpoint in India have no choice but to comply. "Such a differential treatment is prejudicial to the interests of Indian users and is viewed with serious concern by the government," the ministry wrote in the email, a copy of which was obtained by TechCrunch. "The government of India owes a sovereign responsibility to its citizens to ensure that their interests are not compromised and therefore it calls upon WhatsApp to respond to concerns raised in this letter."

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MediaTek's latest Dimensity phone chippery is 25 per cent faster than its predecessor, supports 200MP cameras

The Register - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 19:19
But remember – more pixels doesn't automatically mean better pictures

Taiwanese chip flinger MediaTek has introduced two new additions to its Dimensity SoC lineup, both targeting higher-end smartphones.…

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Engineers blame 'intentionally conservative' test parameters for premature end to Space Launch System hotfire

The Register - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 18:35
'If this scenario occurred during a flight, the rocket would have continued to fly'

After the weekend's shorter-than-hoped-for test firing of the core stage of NASA's monstrous Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, engineers have confirmed the hardware remains in "excellent condition" and blamed "test parameters that were intentionally conservative."…

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Live as A13 shuts after cyclist killed in huge lorry crash

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 18:03
A cyclist sadly died at the scene
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Essex boy, 9, swallows battery which can 'burn hole through throat'

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 17:49
Lee spent Christmas in surgery after swallowing the 'dangerous' lithium battery. Warning - graphic photos
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Citrix must Wrike what it sees because it's buying project management outfit for $2.25bn

The Register - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 17:45
No longer a corpo behemoth holdout

Citrix has confirmed plans to buy Wrike, a project management and team-based collaboration tool, for $2.25bn.…

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Samantha Faiers announces when new series of ITV's The Mummy Diaries will air

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 17:16
This will be the ninth season of the show.
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What a £300k home looks like in Essex's 4 largest towns and cities

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 17:07
There is quite a variety of options
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Brave bets on the decentralized web with IPFS browser support for a more peer-to-peer approach

The Register - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 17:00
Peer-to-peer protocol promises availability and resilience, but awaits proof of speed and resource thrift

Brave Software on Tuesday plans to release an update of its Brave browser that implements support for the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol for storing and sharing data over a distributed network.…

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CDPR CEO Blames 'In-Game Streaming' For Cyberpunk's Console Problems

Slashdot - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 16:54
CD Projekt Red is still trying to contain the damage from widespread reports of major technical problems in the versions of Cyberpunk 2077 released for the PS4 and Xbox One last month. From a report: To that end, studio co-founder and CEO Marcin Iwinski today tweeted a video message seeking to explain the internal situation leading up to the problematic launch. "Despite good reviews on PC, the console version of Cyberpunk 2077 did not meet the quality standard we wanted it to meet," Iwinski said in the message. "I, and the entire leadership team, are deeply sorry for this, and this video is me publicly owning up to that." The core of the problem, Iwinski said, was the "in-game streaming system" that Cyberpunk 2077 used to "feed" content and game mechanics to the engine without frequent breaks for loading. That system had to be "constantly improved" for last-gen consoles during development, Iwinski said, in order to keep up with the "epic" look of the PC version (which saw its graphics and other assets scaled down to work on more limited, older console hardware). "Things did not look super difficult at first, [but] I think that time has proven we underestimated the task," Iwinski said. "Because the city is so packed and the disk bandwidth of old-gen consoles is what it is, it constantly challenged us." winski was less direct about why these problems with the console versions weren't discovered and either fixed or delayed before launch. "Every change and improvement needed to be tested, and as it turned out, our testing did not show a big part of the issues you experienced while playing the game," Iwinski said. He added that communication problems caused by the team working from home amid COVID-related restrictions meant some issues got lost over video calls or emails. "We saw significant improvements each and every day leading up to release [and] really thought we'd deliver in the day zero [version on consoles]," he said.

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Footballer and CBB star Jemaine Pennant jets off to Dubai and Mexico

This Is Total Essex - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 16:44
He spent Christmas with his family in Nottingham before heading to Dubai and Mexico.
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Covid: UK records highest daily death total since start of pandemic

Braintree and Witham Times - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 16:42
Britain has recorded a record 1,610 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, the highest total since the pandemic began.
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GDPR: German Laptop Retailer Fined $12.6M For Video-Monitoring Employees

Slashdot - Tue, 19/01/2021 - 16:32
The data regulator for the German state of Lower Saxony has fined a local laptop retailer a whopping $12.6 million for keeping its employees under constant video surveillance at all times for the past two years without a legal basis. From a report: The penalty represents one of the largest fines imposed under the 2018 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) not only in Germany but across Europe as well. The recipient is AG (doing business as NBB), an online e-commerce portal and retail chain dedicated to selling laptops and other IT supplies. The State Commissioner for Data Protection (LfD) for the state of Lower Saxony said that the company installed two years ago a video monitoring system inside its warehouses, salesrooms, and common workspaces for the purpose of preventing and investigating thefts and tracking product movements. Officials said the video surveillance system was active at all times, and recordings were saved for as much as 60 days in the company's database.

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