CentOS Stream Begins Seeing RHEL 8.3 Bits, Real-Time Repository

Introduced alongside CentOS 8 last year was CentOS Stream as a developer-focused, rolling-release of CentOS/RHEL. With those processes getting squared away and CentOS recently debuting its RHEL 8.2 rebuild, CentOS Stream is beginning to see new and interesting material…

Source: Phoronix – CentOS Stream Begins Seeing RHEL 8.3 Bits, Real-Time Repository

Spot and Pepper robots will perform at spectatorless baseball games in Japan

Sports leagues and teams around the world have been filling stadiums with stuffed toys and cardboard cutouts to stand in for fans who can’t watch in person due to the coronavirus pandemic. SoftBank, however, is taking things a step further in an effo…

Source: Engadget – Spot and Pepper robots will perform at spectatorless baseball games in Japan

Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug In Networking Equipment

Andy Greenberg writes via Wired: Late last week, government agencies, including the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team and Cyber Command, sounded the alarm about a particularly nasty vulnerability in a line of BIG-IP products sold by F5. The agencies recommended security professionals immediately implement a patch to protect the devices from hacking techniques that could fully take control of the networking equipment, offering access to all the traffic they touch and a foothold for deeper exploitation of any corporate network that uses them. Now some security companies say they’re already seeing the F5 vulnerability being exploited in the wildâ”and they caution that any organization that didn’t patch its F5 equipment over the weekend is already too late.

The F5 vulnerability, first discovered and disclosed to F5 by cybersecurity firm Positive Technologies, affects a series of so-called BIG-IP devices that act as load balancers within large enterprise networks, distributing traffic to different servers that host applications or websites. Positive Technologies found a so-called directory traversal bug in the web-based management interface for those BIG-IP devices, allowing anyone who can connect to them to access information they’re not intended to. That vulnerability was exacerbated by another bug that allows an attacker to run a “shell” on the devices that essentially lets a hacker run any code on them that they choose. The result is that anyone who can find an internet-exposed, unpatched BIG-IP device can intercept and mess with any of the traffic it touches. Hackers could, for instance, intercept and redirect transactions made through a bank’s website, or steal users’ credentials. They could also use the hacked device as a hop point to try to compromise other devices on the network. Since BIG-IP devices have the ability to decrypt traffic bound for web servers, an attacker could even use the bug to steal the encryption keys that guarantee the security of an organization’s HTTPS traffic with users, warns Kevin Gennuso, a cybersecurity practitioner for a major American retailer. While only a small minority of F5 BIG-IP devices are directly exploitable, Positive Technologies says that still includes 8,000 devices worldwide. “About 40 percent of those are in the U.S., along with 16 percent in China and single-digit percentages in other countries around the globe,” reports Wired.

“Owners of those devices have had since June 30, when F5 first revealed the bug along with its patch, to update,” adds Wired. “But many may not have immediately realized the seriousness of the vulnerability. Others may have been hesitant to take their load balancing equipment offline to implement an untested patch, points out Gennuso, for fear that critical services might go down, which would further delay a fix.”

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TikTok will exit Hong Kong because of China's new security law

TikTok will exit the Hong Kong market and cut off access to all residents of the semi-autonomous region, parent ByteDance told Reuters. The company has said that it’s concerned Hong Kong may fall under China’s jurisdiction after new security laws cam…

Source: Engadget – TikTok will exit Hong Kong because of China’s new security law

Glibc-HWCAPS To Help With AMD Zen Optimizations, Other Per-CPU Performance Bits

Experimental patches under discussion for the GNU C Library (glibc) would make it easier to dynamically load optimized libraries (shared objects) on systems depending upon the CPU in use and its hardware capabilities. This glibc-hwcaps work stems from the desired work on being able to better leverage Linux performance optimizations on AMD Zen-based systems but the hardware capabilities patches themselves can help any CPU microarchitecture family in more easily shipping optimized support…

Source: Phoronix – Glibc-HWCAPS To Help With AMD Zen Optimizations, Other Per-CPU Performance Bits

Moon's Metal-Rich Craters Challenge Popular Theories About Its Origin

schwit1 shares a report from UPI: The most popular theory of the moon’s origins contends the satellite was formed when a Mars-sized object collided with Earth, vaporizing large portions of Earth’s upper crust. While Earth’s upper crust is poor in metals, new research — published Wednesday in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters — suggests the moon’s subsurface is surprisingly metal-rich, undermining the satellite’s proposed origin story. Authors of the new study suggest planetary scientists consider alternative theories for the moon’s formation.

It’s possible the collision that forged the moon was more violent than scientists thought, gouging out even deeper portions of Earth’s crust and mantle. It’s also possible the moon experienced an unusual cool-down process, post-collision — a process that left the moon with large concentrations of metal.

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Source: Slashdot – Moon’s Metal-Rich Craters Challenge Popular Theories About Its Origin

Google Fiber's first expansion in four years is in West Des Moines

About ten years after starting its high speed internet quest, Google Fiber is expanding again. Availability in the city of West Des Moines, IA adds its first new market in four years. It will be a tenant, leasing space in an open conduit network that…

Source: Engadget – Google Fiber’s first expansion in four years is in West Des Moines

Better Mouse Reporting For The Linux Virtual Terminal Is Being Worked On

The mouse reporting functionality offered by the Linux VT console is rather basic and seemingly seldom used by text-based, mouse-aware programs. However, a series of patches was sent out this week for improving the implementation to provide for more xterm-like mouse reporting…

Source: Phoronix – Better Mouse Reporting For The Linux Virtual Terminal Is Being Worked On

Curiosity rover starts its 'summer trip' to next Martian destination

In just a few weeks’ time, the Perseverance rover and its helicopter companion might blast off to space and make their way to Mars. That doesn’t mean Curiosity will no longer be in the picture, though — in fact, the older rover has just started its m…

Source: Engadget – Curiosity rover starts its ‘summer trip’ to next Martian destination

Giant Flywheel Project In Scotland Could Prevent UK Blackouts

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A giant flywheel in north-east Scotland could soon help to prevent blackouts across Britain by mimicking the effect of a power station but without using fossil fuels. The trailblazing project near Keith in Moray, thought to cost about 25 million British pounds, will not generate electricity or produce carbon emissions — but it could help keep the lights on by stabilizing the energy grid’s electrical frequency. The Norwegian energy company Statkraft hopes that from next winter the new flywheel, designed by a division of General Electric, will be able to mimic the spinning turbines of a traditional power station, which have helped to balance the grid’s frequency at about 50 hertz for decades.

Currently, the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) is forced to shut down windfarms and run gas power stations even when there is more than enough renewable energy to meet Britain’s electricity demand, in order to keep the grid’s frequency steady. By simulating the spinning metal mass of a power station turbine without producing emissions, Statkraft should be able to help ESO rely less on fossil fuels and use renewable energy more. This is the first time a project of this kind will be used anywhere in the world and ESO believes it could be a “huge step forward” in running a zero-carbon electricity grid.

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Source: Slashdot – Giant Flywheel Project In Scotland Could Prevent UK Blackouts

Shady Face Recognition Firm Clearview AI Says It's Left Canada Amid Two Federal Investigations

Dystopian, U.S.-based face recognition firm Clearview AI has suspended its contract with the Royal Mounted Canadian Police (RMCP), effectively locking its business out of Canada entirely, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

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Source: Gizmodo – Shady Face Recognition Firm Clearview AI Says It’s Left Canada Amid Two Federal Investigations

Tax Amazon's Successor Passed Seattle's City Council, and You Can Already Guess What It Does

Unemployment in the US is still over 11%, and yet during this economic crisis, Jeff Bezos has added an astonishing $56.7 billion to his already colossal fortune. If ever there was a time to redistribute some of that wealth, it’s now, and it seems that experiment in equity will begin in Seattle.

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Source: Gizmodo – Tax Amazon’s Successor Passed Seattle’s City Council, and You Can Already Guess What It Does

Microsoft's Next Xbox Series X Game Showcase Coming July 23

Microsoft will be holding its next Xbox Games Showcase on July 23, the company announced today. Ars Technica reports: Unlike Microsoft’s May promotional event, which focused on third-party launch titles for the upcoming console, the July 23 event is expected to discuss first-party exclusives from Microsoft’s own Xbox Game Studios. That likely includes new footage of Halo Infinite, which saw a new teaser trailer a few weeks ago. That lineup of first-party studios now includes Psychonauts 2 developer Double Fine, which Microsoft acquired in June, and The Outer Worlds developer Obsidian Entertainment, which Microsoft acquired last November.

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Source: Slashdot – Microsoft’s Next Xbox Series X Game Showcase Coming July 23

What's on TV this week: 'The Old Guard' and 'Trolls World Tour'

This week Trolls World Tour comes home for the second time. It was one of the first major movies to make a video on-demand debut instead of being released in theaters, but now the Dance Party Edition will be available on Blu-ray with 4K and 3D versio…

Source: Engadget – What’s on TV this week: ‘The Old Guard’ and ‘Trolls World Tour’

Boom! It's Super Mario Bros. With John Madden's Commentary

There’s a generation of kids who will only know John Madden as the guy whose name is on the football game’s box, and not as one of the best commentators to have ever worked in professional sports. For them (and all of us, really): a guy impersonating Madden talking Mario through level 1-1 of Super Mario Bros.

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Source: Kotaku – Boom! It’s Super Mario Bros. With John Madden’s Commentary

New H.266 VCC Codec Up To 50% More Efficient Than Previous Standard

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute on Tuesday announced the H.266 Versatile Video Coding codec, which will power more data-efficient video capture and transmission on future iPhones. AppleInsider reports: Apple adopted the predecessor to the new codec, H.265/HEVC, in iOS 11. The updated video codec, which was developed after years of research and standardization, will bring a number of tangible benefits to future iPhone users. In its announcement, the Fraunhofer HHI said that H.266 will reduce data requirements by around 50% thanks to improved compression. With the previous HEVC codec, it took about 10GB of data to transmit a 90-minute ultra-high definition (UHD) video. H.266 can do that with 5GB. The codec, as detailed in a 500-page specification, was designed from the ground up for use with 4K and 8K streaming. It’ll allow users to store more high-definition video and reduce the amount of data on cellular networks.

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Source: Slashdot – New H.266 VCC Codec Up To 50% More Efficient Than Previous Standard

Microsoft Is Interested In Acquiring Warner Bros. Gaming Unit

According to a new report from The Information, Microsoft is interested in bidding on Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which is currently a division of AT&T. From a report: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, or WB Games, is known for publishing the “Batman: Arkham” series, “Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor,” many “Lego” and “Harry Potter” games, “Mortal Kombat,” and “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” The unit consists of game-development studios in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. AT&T acquired the gaming business as part of the 2018 buyout of Time Warner assets. This deal and the 2014 acquisition of DirecTV increased AT&T’s debt and the company has been looking to ways to cut costs and unload assets.

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Source: Slashdot – Microsoft Is Interested In Acquiring Warner Bros. Gaming Unit

How Google Docs Became the Social Media of the Resistance

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: In just the last week, Google Docs has emerged as a way to share everything from lists of books on racism to templates for letters to family members and representatives to lists of funds and resources that are accepting donations. Shared Google Docs that anyone can view and anyone can edit, anonymously, have become a valuable tool for grassroots organizing during both the coronavirus pandemic and the police brutality protests sweeping the US. It’s not the first time. In fact, activists and campaigners have been using the word processing software for years as a more efficient and accessible protest tool than either Facebook or Twitter.

It wasn’t until the 2016 elections, when misinformation campaigns were rampant, that the software came into its own as a political tool. Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College, used it to create a 34-page document titled “False, Misleading, Clickbaity-y, and/or Satirical ‘News’ Sources.'” Zimdars inspired a slew of political Google Docs, written by academics as ad hoc ways of campaigning for Democrats for the 2018 midterm elections. By the time the election passed, Google Docs were also being used to protest immigration bans and advance the #MeToo movement. Now, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder on Memorial Day weekend, communities are using the software to organize. One of the most popular Google Docs to emerge in the past week is “Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives,” which features clear steps people can take to support victims of police brutality. It is organized by Carlisa Johnson, a 28-year-old graduate journalism student at Georgia State University.

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Source: Slashdot – How Google Docs Became the Social Media of the Resistance