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Canada Grants Bail For Arrested Huawei CFO Who Faces US Extradition

Slashdot - 1 hour 42 sec ago
A judge in Vancouver, British Columbia, has set a $7.5 million U.S. bail for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested last week on suspicion of violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. "The United States had asked the Vancouver court to deny bail for Meng, whose father is a billionaire and a founder of Huawei, calling her a flight risk," reports CNBC. From the report: Canada has been expected to extradite Meng to the United States over charges that the company improperly took payments from Iran in violation of sanctions against the country. Meng's next moves will be closely watched, but it is likely with her corporate and family connections that she will be able to make bail. The $10 million CAD ($7.5 million USD) includes $7 million CAD ($5.2 million USD) cash and $3 million CAD ($2.2 million USD) more from five or more guarantors, presented by Meng and her attorney's as sureties that she would remain in the country. As conditions of the bail agreement, Meng must surrender her passports, wear a GPS tracking device and be accompanied by security detail whenever she leaves her residence.

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Ni no Kuni 2's The Lair of the Lost Lord paid DLC is out this week

Eurogamer - 1 hour 34 min ago

Level-5's Ni no Kuni sequel Revenant Kingdom is poised to get a little larger this week, with the long-awaited arrival of its first major paid DLC expansion on December 13th.

The Lair of the Lost Lord, as it's known, will be available on PlayStation 4 and PC, and introduces a new zone, new quests, over 80 new weapons and armour pieces, a "returning enemy", and an expanded battle system.

Players that purchase the new DLC will be able to explore a brand-new area, the mysterious Labyrinth, in a bid to "rid the world of an ancient evil". It's accessed via a strange gate in the Rubbly Ruins, and those brave enough to face its depths are promised new challenges and new enemies, including the Prince of Wraiths, who rules the realm.

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Border Agents Fail To Delete Personal Data of Travelers After Electronic Searches, Watchdog Says

Slashdot - 1 hour 41 min ago
The Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog, known as the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that the majority of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents fail to delete the personal data they collect from travelers' devices. Last year alone, border agents searched through the electronic devices of more than 29,000 travelers coming into the country. "CBP officers sometimes upload personal data from those devices to Homeland Security servers by first transferring that data onto USB drives -- drives that are supposed to be deleted after every use," Gizmodo reports. From the report: Customs officials can conduct two kinds of electronic device searches at the border for anyone entering the country. The first is called a "basic" or "manual" search and involves the officer visually going through your phone, your computer or your tablet without transferring any data. The second is called an "advanced search" and allows the officer to transfer data from your device to DHS servers for inspection by running that data through its own software. Both searches are legal and don't require a warrant or even probable cause -- at least they don't according to DHS. It's that second kind of search, the "advanced" kind, where CBP has really been messing up and regularly leaving the personal data of travelers on USB drives. According to the new report [PDF]: "[The Office of the Inspector General] physically inspected thumb drives at five ports of entry. At three of the five ports, we found thumb drives that contained information copied from past advanced searches, meaning the information had not been deleted after the searches were completed. Based on our physical inspection, as well as the lack of a written policy, it appears [Office of Field Operations] has not universally implemented the requirement to delete copied information, increasing the risk of unauthorized disclosure of travelers' data should thumb drives be lost or stolen." The report also found that Customs officers "regularly failed to disconnect devices from the internet, potentially tainting any findings stored locally on the device." It also found that the officers had "inadequate supervision" to make sure they were following the rules. There's also a number of concerning redactions. For example, everything from what happens during an advanced search after someone crosses the border to the reason officials are allowed to conduct an advanced search at all has been redacted.

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Verizon Admits Defeat With $4.6 Billion AOL-Yahoo Writedown

Slashdot - 2 hours 19 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Verizon is conceding defeat on its crusade to turn a patchwork of dot-com-era businesses into a thriving online operation. The wireless carrier slashed the value of its AOL and Yahoo acquisitions by $4.6 billion, an acknowledgment that tough competition for digital advertising is leading to shortfalls in revenue and profit. The move will erase almost half the value of the division it had been calling Oath, which houses AOL, Yahoo and other businesses like the Huffington Post. The revision of the Oath division's accounting leaves its goodwill balance -- a measure of the intangible value of an acquisition -- at about $200 million, Verizon said in a filing Tuesday. The unit still has about $5 billion of assets remaining. Verizon also announced yesterday that 10,400 employees are taking buyouts to leave the company. The cuts are "part of an effort to trim the telecom giant's workforce ahead of its push toward 5G," TechCrunch reported.

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Comcast Rejected by Small Town -- Residents Vote For Municipal Fiber Instead

Slashdot - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 23:40
A small Massachusetts town has rejected an offer from Comcast and instead plans to build a municipal fiber broadband network. From a report: Comcast offered to bring cable Internet to up to 96 percent of households in Charlemont in exchange for the town paying $462,123 plus interest toward infrastructure costs over 15 years. But Charlemont residents rejected the Comcast offer in a vote at a special town meeting Thursday. "The Comcast proposal would have saved the town about $1 million, but it would not be a town-owned broadband network," the Greenfield Recorder reported Friday. "The defeated measure means that Charlemont will likely go forward with a $1.4 million municipal town network, as was approved by annual town meeting voters in 2015." About 160 residents voted, with 56 percent rejecting the Comcast offer, according to news reports.

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Facebook is Starting To Test Search Ads in its Search Results and Marketplace

Slashdot - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 23:00
It's an ad duopoly battle. From a report: Facebook is starting to test search ads in its search results and Marketplace, directly competing with Google's AdWords. Facebook first tried Sponsored Results back in 2012 but eventually shut down the product in 2013. Now it's going to let a small set of automotive, retail, and ecommerce industry advertisers show users ads on the search results page on mobile in the US and Canada. They'll be repurposed News Feed ads featuring a headline, image, copy text, and a link in the static image or carousel format that can point users to external websites. Facebook declined to share screenshots as it says the exact design is still evolving. Facebook may expand search ads to more countries based on the test's performance.

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Mesmerising mop-'em-up Viscera Cleanup Detail just got some new spy-themed DLC

Eurogamer - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 22:25

Developer RuneStorm's wonderfully hypnotic, and extremely hygienic, Viscera Cleanup Detail has just received a new secret-agent-themed DLC expansion. It's called The Vulcan Affair and is available now on Steam.

Viscera Cleanup Detail, for those unfamiliar with its amusingly mundane ways, takes the space corridors and military facilities of countless first-person shooters and presents them from the perspective of the clean-up crews called in once the bullets have stopped flying and the entrails have stopped dribbling dejectedly down the walls.

Players are cast as futuristic space janitors and charged with picking up debris, scrubbing away filth, sealing bullet holes, and incinerating rubbish (while trying not to accidentally tread blood everywhere) until the often gargantuan levels are spotless.

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Google CEO Admits Company Must Better Address the Spread of Conspiracy Theories on YouTube

Slashdot - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 21:40
Google CEO Sundar Pichai admitted today that YouTube needs to do better in dealing with conspiracy content on its site that can lead to real-world violence. From a report: During his testimony on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, the exec was questioned on how YouTube handles extremist content that promotes conspiracy theories like Pizzagate and, more recently, a Hillary Clinton-focused conspiracy theory dubbed Frazzledrip. According to an article in Monday's Washington Post, Frazzledrip is a variation on Pizzagate that began spreading on YouTube this spring. In a bizarre series of questions, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) asked Pichai if he knew what Frazzledrip was. Pichai replied that he was "not aware of the specifics about it." Raskin went on to explain that the recommendation engine on YouTube has been suggesting videos that claim politicians, celebrities and other leading figures were "sexually abusing and consuming the remains of children, often in satanic rituals." He said these new conspiracist claims were echoing the discredited Pizzagate conspiracy, which two years ago led to a man firing shots into a Washington, D.C. pizzeria, in search of the children he believed were held as sex slaves by Democratic Party leaders.

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Square Enix officially unveils Nier: Automata's Game of the YoRHa Edition

Eurogamer - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 21:10

Square Enix has formally unveiled Nier: Automata's Game of the YoRHa Edition, which bundles up 2017's superb action RPG, its DLC expansion, and a few extra goodies - all ready for launch on PS4 and PC next February 26th.

Nier: Automata's Game of the YoRHa Edition was first spotted last month by way of a listing on the ESRB ratings website, and its official announcement gives us a clearer idea of what will be included when it launches next year.

Both versions will feature the wonderfully eccentric, Platinum-developed base game, as well Nier: Automata's 3C3C1D119440927 expansion DLC, the Machine Mask Accessory, and four pod skins: the Grimoire Weiss Pod, Retro Grey Pod, Retro Red Pod, and Cardboard Pod.

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What Student Developers Want in a Job

Slashdot - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 20:54
Organizations desperate for software engineering talent tend to follow similar plays when it comes to attracting student developers about the enter the workforce, including offering perks like free food, beer, and ping pong. However, student developers have a much stronger appetite for other workplace elements when making employment decisions, according to a Tuesday report from HackerRank. From a news writeup: The three most important criteria students look for in job opportunities are professional growth and learning (58%), work/life balance (52%), and having interesting problems to solve (46%), according to a survey of 10,350 student developers worldwide. These far outpaced compensation (18%) and perks (11%), which they view as "nice to haves" rather than deal breakers, the survey found. For many student developers, a computer science degree is not enough to teach them the skills they will need in the workforce, the report found. Nearly two-thirds (65%) said they rely partially on self-teaching to learn to code, and 27% say they are totally self-taught. Only 32% said they were entirely taught at school, the survey found.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 just added Hijacked to Blackout - and it's absolute carnage

Eurogamer - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 20:29

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 most significant update yet just went live - and Blackout is absolute carnage right now.

Operation Absolute Zero, available now on the PlayStation 4 version of Treyarch's first-person shooter, makes a number of significant changes to the battle royale mode, but it also changes the map for the first time - and the biggest change is the addition of Hijacked.

Hijacked is a luxury yacht that's popped up on the northwestern part of the map. It's a multiplayer map from Black Ops 2 transported into the game, and as you'd expect, pretty much everyone is interested in giving it a shot.

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New Firefox Suggests Ways To Get More Out of the Web

Slashdot - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 20:01
Starting Tuesday, Firefox will nudge you to try out options designed to make the web more interesting, more useful or more productive. From a report: Mozilla's new Firefox 64 keeps an eye on what you're up to and prompts you to try extensions and features that could help you with that activity, the browser maker said. For example, if you open the same tab lots of times, it could suggest you pin it to your tab strip for easier future access. Other suggestions include installing the Facebook Container extension to curtail the social network's snooping, a Google Translate extension to tap into Google's service, and the Enhancer for YouTube extension to do things like block ads and control playback on Google's video site. The feature could help you customize Firefox more to your liking -- something that could help you stick with the browser in the face of Google Chrome's dominance. And that, in turn, could help Mozilla pursue its push toward a privacy-respecting web that's not just effectively controlled by Chrome.

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December 2018 Security Update Release

Microsoft Security Response Blog - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 20:00

Today, we released security updates to provide additional protections against malicious attackers. As a best practice, we encourage customers to turn on automatic updates.  More information about this month’s security updates can be found on the Security Update Guide. 

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Retro-style Japanese Nintendo prints for £10 each

Eurogamer - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 19:33

A range of stylish vintage-themed Nintendo posters have been reduced to only £10 each at Zavvi today. The designs are based on the firm's Super Famicom console and computer - the Japanese version of the SNES, with one NES release thrown in (points if you recognise which title it is). Five prints in total are available, featuring the usual Nintendo culprits: Mario, Zelda and Metroid.

Short for Super Family Computer, the 16-bit system was launched in Japan during 1990 and was later re branded as the SNES for international release. Its predecessor the NES also took on the exciting yet confusing 'Hyundai Comboy' moniker for its South Korea outing. Much to our delight, the prints actually draw from the original Super Famicom box-art style.

Officially licensed by Nintendo itself, the posters are printed on high quality A3 paper and look especially vivid. A litany of iconic games are featured, including Mario, Zelda and Super Metroid. Thanks to their distinctive Kanji characters, bold colours and retro character design, these prints look really unique - making them a perfect gift for Nintendo fans and art lovers alike. Display them proudly in some hefty yet affordable Amazon picture frames (available in a range of colours) for some alternative festive decoration.

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Android Trojan Steals Money From PayPal Accounts Even With 2FA On

Slashdot - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 19:23
ESET researchers have discovered a new Android Trojan using a novel Accessibility-abusing technique that targets the official PayPal app, and is capable of bypassing PayPal's two-factor authentication. A report elaborates: At the time of writing, the malware is masquerading as a battery optimization tool, and is distributed via third-party app stores. After being launched, the malicious app terminates without offering any functionality and hides its icon. This video, courtesy of ESET, demonstrates the process in practice.

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Evelyn Berezin, Who Built the First True Word Processor, Has Died at 93

Slashdot - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 18:40
An anonymous reader shares a report: Evelyn Berezin, a computer pioneer who emancipated many a frazzled secretary from the shackles of the typewriter nearly a half-century ago by building and marketing the first computerized word processor, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 93. In an age when computers were in their infancy and few women were involved in their development, Ms. Berezin (pronounced BEAR-a-zen) not only designed the first true word processor; in 1969, she was also a founder and the president of the Redactron Corporation, a tech start-up on Long Island that was the first company exclusively engaged in manufacturing and selling the revolutionary machines.

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Why I'm Usually Unnerved When Modern SSDs Die on Us

Slashdot - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 18:16
Chris Siebenmann, a Unix Systems Administrator at University of Toronto, writes about the inability to figure out the bottleneck when an SSD dies: What unnerves me about these sorts of abrupt SSD failures is how inscrutable they are and how I can't construct a story in my head of what went wrong. With spinning HDs, drives might die abruptly but you could at least construct narratives about what could have happened to do that; perhaps the spindle motor drive seized or the drive had some other gross mechanical failure that brought everything to a crashing halt (perhaps literally). SSDs are both solid state and opaque, so I'm left with no story for what went wrong, especially when a drive is young and isn't supposed to have come anywhere near wearing out its flash cells (as this SSD was). (When a HD died early, you could also imagine undetected manufacturing flaws that finally gave way. With SSDs, at least in theory that shouldn't happen, so early death feels especially alarming. Probably there are potential undetected manufacturing flaws in the flash cells and so on, though.) When I have no story, my thoughts turn to unnerving possibilities, like that the drive was lying to us about how healthy it was in SMART data and that it was actually running through spare flash capacity and then just ran out, or that it had a firmware flaw that we triggered that bricked it in some way.

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Get a year's worth of Xbox Game Pass for half price

Eurogamer - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 17:50

The Xbox Game Pass is like Netflix for games, giving you access to nearly 200 Xbox titles as part of a monthly subscription. Thanks to the upcoming festivities, you can get a year's worth of Xbox Game Pass for the price of six months over at Amazon, coming to £47.99 in total.

There are plenty of games to be had, from blockbusters to indie darlings, old-school Xbox 360 games to cult classics such as Blood Bowl 2. Xbox Game Pass is also updated regularly, with new content every month.

Over at Argos, a mere six months of Xbox Game Pass costs the same. Meanwhile, an annual supply of Xbox Game Pass will set you back £54.99 at GAME - a less substantive festive offer.

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Doom Turns 25: The FPS That Wowed Players, Gummed Up Servers, and Enraged Admins

Slashdot - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 17:25
On December 10, 1993, after a marathon 30-hour coding session, the developers at id Software uploaded the first finished copy of Doom for download, the game that was to redefine first-person shooter (FPS) genre. Hours later IT admins wanted id's guts for garters. The Register: Doom wasn't the first FPS game, but it was the iPhone of the field -- it took parts from various other products and packaged them together in a fearsomely addictive package. Admins loathed it because it hogged bandwidth for downloading and was designed to allow network deathmatches, so millions of users immediately took up valuable network resources for what seemed a frivolous pursuit to some curmudgeonly BOFHs. The game was an instant hit -- so much so that within hours of its release admins were banning it from servers to try and cope with the effects of thousands, and then millions of people playing online. It spawned remakes and follow-up games, its own movie (don't bother) and even a glowing endorsement from Bill Gates.

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What it's Like To Work in the Biggest Building in the World

Slashdot - Tue, 11/12/2018 - 16:46
To build a fleet of giant airliners requires a building just as big. Boeing's Everett Factory, built to construct the famous 747, is the biggest enclosed structure in the world. BBC Future: When you're building some of the world's biggest airliners, you need an equally outsized building. When Boeing decided to build the 747 -- a plane so big it would become known around the world as the jumbo jet -- they had to build a factory large enough to build several of them at the same time. If you've ever seen a 747 from close quarters you'll know just how giant Boeing's jumbo is. So it's no surprise the factory which ended up building has to be very big indeed. How big? Try the biggest enclosed building in the world. Boeing started work on the Everett factory in 1967, just as the Boeing 747 project was starting to gather pace. Bill Allen, Boeing's charismatic chief, had realised the company would need a huge amount of space if they were going to build an airliner big enough to carry 400 passengers. They chose an area of woodland some 22 miles (35km) north of Seattle, near an airport that had served as a fighter base during World War Two. [...] Today, the Everett factory easily dwarfs any other building in the world by volume, with the Guinness Book of Records reporting that it occupies 72 million cubic feet (13.3 million cubic metres). [...] Each shift has as many as 10,000 workers, and there are three shifts each day. Over the course of 24 hours, the factory has a population only a little less than the Australian city of Alice Springs. Reese has worked for Boeing for 38 years -- 11 of them running the factory tours -- but says he can still remember his first impression of the factory. "It was very awe-inspiring the first time -- and I would have to say every day since, too. It changes constantly. Each day there's something new." The Everett factory is so big that there's a fleet of some 1,300 bicycles on hand to help cut travel time. It has its own fire station and medical services on station, and an array of cafes and restaurants to feed the thousands of workers.

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