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Boeing Quietly Pulls Plug on the 747, Closing Era of Jumbo Jets

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 20:24
Boeing hasn't told employees, but the company is pulling the plug on its hulking 747 jumbo jet, ending a half-century run for the twin-aisle pioneer. From a report: The last 747-8 will roll out of a Seattle-area factory in about two years, a decision that hasn't been reported but can be teased out from subtle wording changes in financial statements, people familiar with the matter said. It's a moment that aviation enthusiasts long have dreaded, signaling the end of the double-decker, four-engine leviathans that shrank the world. Airbus SE is already preparing to build the last A380 jumbo, after the final convoy of fuselage segments rumbled to its Toulouse, France, plant last month. Yet for all their popularity with travelers, the final version of the 747 and Europe's superjumbo never caught on commercially as airlines turned to twin-engine aircraft for long-range flights. While Boeing's hump-nosed freighters will live on, the fast-disappearing A380 risks going down as an epic dud.

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World's Pile of Electronic Waste Grows Ever Higher: Study

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 19:44
The world's mountain of discarded flat-screen TVs, cellphones and other electronic goods grew to a record high last year, according to an annual report released Thursday. New submitter Splyncryth writes: The U.N.-backed study estimated the amount of e-waste that piled up globally in 2019 at 53.6 million metric tonnes (59.1 million tons) - almost 2 million metric tons more than the previous year. The authors of the study calculated the combined weight of all dumped devices with a battery or a plug last year was the equivalent of 350 cruise ships the size of the Queen Mary 2. Among all the discarded plastic and silicon were large amounts of copper, gold and other precious metals -- used for example to conduct electricity on circuit boards. While about a sixth of it was recycled, the remainder of those valuable components -- worth about $57 billion -- weren't reclaimed, the study found.

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Advertisers Will Be Back To Facebook 'Soon Enough', Zuckerberg Assures Employees

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 19:13
As the ads boycott grows, Mark Zuckerberg shows no sign of backing down. From a report: "My guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough" the Facebook chief executive has said. Campaigners accuse the tech firm of being too slow and reluctant to remove some hateful content. But Zuckerberg added: "We're not going to change our policies or approach on anything because of a threat to a small percent of our revenue." The comments were made to Facebook staff at a private meeting last Friday, and were subsequently leaked to the Information news site. The social network has confirmed they are accurate and also announced a fresh development: its chief executive is to meet the organisers of the boycott - Stop Hate for Profit. It illustrates the concurrent ways Facebook is dealing with the matter. The first is to be publicly conciliatory: offer smaller changes and hit home its message that hate has no place on the platform. The second is to privately play down the impact of the boycott: reassure advertisers and resist any fundamental changes to Facebook's business model.

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Facebook Says 5,000 App Developers Got User Data After Cutoff Date

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 18:39
Social media giant Facebook disclosed on Wednesday a new user privacy incident. The company said that it continued sharing user data with approximately 5,000 developers even after their application's access expired. From a report: The incident is related to a security control that Facebook added to its systems following the Cambridge Analytica scandal of early 2018. Responding to criticism that it allowed app developers too much access to user information, Facebook added at the time a new mechanism to its API that prevented apps from accessing a user's data if the user did not use the app for more than 90 days. However, Facebook said that it recently discovered that in some instances, this safety mechanism failed to activate and allowed some apps to continue accessing user information even past the 90-day cutoff date. Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, VP of Platform Partnerships at Facebook, said engineers fixed the issue on the same day they found it.

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Four popular Essex chain restaurants are closing for good

This Is Total Essex - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 18:36
The owner, Casual Dining Group, has gone into administration
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The man who had a 'paedophile manual' on how to sexually abuse children

This Is Total Essex - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 18:08
'Callum Leeder is clearly a danger to children'
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Microsoft sees the world has moved on, cranks OneDrive file size upload limit from 15GB to more useful 100GB

The Register - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 18:01
Hunting for the right file is the 'bane to anyone's productivity' allegedly

Microsoft is rolling out a swathe of updates to OneDrive, increasing the upload file limit for the cloudy bit barn from 15GB to 100GB.…

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One Out of Every 142 Passwords is '123456'

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 17:48
In one of the biggest password re-use studies of its kind, an analysis of more than one billion leaked credentials has discovered that one out of every 142 passwords is the classic "123456" string. From a report: The study, carried out last month by computer engineering student Ata Hakcil, analyzed username and password combinations that leaked online after data breaches at various companies. These "data dumps" have been around for more than half a decade, and have been piling up as new companies are getting hacked. The data dumps are easily available online, on sites like GitHub or GitLab, or freely distributed via hacking forums and file-sharing portals. Over the years, tech companies have been collecting these data dumps. For example, Google, Microsoft, and Apple, have collected leaked credentials to create in-house alert systems that warn users when they're utilizing a "weak" or "common" password.

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How one corner of Essex will look completely different by 2025

This Is Total Essex - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 17:32
There are some big developments planned for this area of the county
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Family pay tribute to Essex man who died after falling from balcony

This Is Total Essex - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 17:12
They police have now arrested three people on suspicion of murder
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Apple and Google Block Dozens of Chinese Apps in India

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 17:08
Two days after India blocked 59 apps developed by Chinese firms, Google and Apple have started to comply with New Delhi's order and are preventing users in the world's second largest internet market from accessing those apps. From a report: UC Browser, Shareit, and Club Factory and other apps that India has blocked are no longer listed on Apple's App Store and Google Play Store. In a statement, a Google spokesperson said that the company had "temporarily blocked access to the apps" on Google Play Store as it reviews New Delhi's interim order. Apple, which has taken a similar approach as Google in complying with New Delhi's order, did not respond to a request for comment. Some developers including ByteDance have voluntarily made their apps inaccessible in India, a person familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. India's Department of Telecommunications ordered telecom networks and other internet service providers earlier this week to block access to those 59 apps "effective immediately." Websites of many of these apps have also become inaccessible in India.

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The 'ridiculous' fine slapped on Chelmsford restaurant for putting up a sign

This Is Total Essex - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 17:07
"Do you know how many coffees I've got to sell to repay that? Ridiculous."
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Police name three men charged after victim attacked with 'large knife'

This Is Total Essex - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 17:02
The three men were arrested following the horrific attack
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UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts

The Register - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 17:00
Surprise! The UK has been shut out of an EU-led project

From the department of "chickens coming home to roost" is news that the European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded prime contracts for the next six Copernicus missions, and the UK has missed out.…

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Is your little one leaving nursery and about to embark on their school adventure?

Braintree and Witham Times - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 17:00
IT'S an important moment in the life of any young child.
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WeWork Founder Warned Staff in 2016: 'You Do Not Get a Chance Like This Again'

Slashdot - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 16:33
To many of its employees, WeWork was much more than a job. Adam Neumann, the co-founder and former chief executive officer, kept workers motivated by invoking a higher calling to community-building and promising a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. From a report: "None of us want to look back and say, 'I could have done more,'" Neumann said in a 2016 staff meeting, captured in hours of tape obtained by Bloomberg. "That's not acceptable. You do not get a chance like this again." In this episode of Foundering, a former WeWork executive assistant, Cody Quinn, describes the tumultuous experience working inside WeWork's New York headquarters. According to Quinn, most employees worked until near-burnout, then were rewarded with trips to Summer Camp and Summit, WeWork's famously raucous companywide parties. And she details the strange things she saw at the office: an executive smashing a printer on the floor, 2 a.m. meetings with Neumann and an elaborate technique designed to lure investors called "activating the space."

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Purism's quest against Intel's Management Engine black box CPU now comes in 14 inches

The Register - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 16:15
Privacy-focused Librem 14 laptop available for pre-order

Purism, a San Francisco social purpose company that emphasises privacy and free software, today flung out its latest notebook: the Librem 14.…

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Men wanted in connection with card fraud in Witham

Braintree and Witham Times - Thu, 02/07/2020 - 16:03
POLICE want to speak to these men in connection with a fraud investigation.
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