https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/06/20/1647219/submarine-cables-could-be-repurposed-as-earthquake-detectors?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
Submarine Cables Could be Repurposed as Earthquake Detectors

In a paper published in Science, Giuseppe Marra, of Britain's National Physical Laboratory (NPL), proposes to shine a little light into the oceans by co-opting infrastructure built for an entirely different purpose. From a report: Dr Marra and his colleagues hope to use the planet's 1m-kilometre network of undersea fibre-optic cables, which carry the internet from continent to continent (see map), as a giant submarine sensor. Dr Marra is particularly interested in earthquakes. The dry bits of the planet are well-stocked with seismographs. The oceans are much less well covered, with only a handful of permanent sensors on the sea floor. This means that many small earthquakes go unrecorded because the vibrations they cause are too mild to be picked up by distant land-based sensors. The genesis of the idea is a good example of the way in which advances in one field of science can lead to new developments in other, apparently unrelated fields. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-06-20 13:00:02
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/06/20/160240/san-franciscos-city-wide-fiber-internet-plan-is-delayed-future-in-doubt?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
San Francisco's City-Wide Fiber Internet Plan is Delayed, Future in Doubt

San Francisco's plan to build a city-wide gigabit fiber Internet service won't go forward this year, as city officials decided they need to do more research before asking voters to approve a ballot initiative. From a report: The universal broadband project "has suffered a setback as outgoing Mayor Mark Farrell will not place a tax measure on the November ballot to fund the project before he leaves office in the coming weeks," the San Francisco Examiner reported Sunday. The deadline for Farrell to submit the ballot initiative passed yesterday. In January, the city issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to find companies that are qualified to build the network. After examining the submissions, the city named three entities (Bay City Broadband Partners, FiberGateway, and Sonic Plenary SF Fiber) as "pre-qualified bidders." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-06-20 12:15:01
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Inside Nintendo’s “perfect” method for detecting online Switch piracy

Cryptographic signatures offer much more robust protection than the 3DS.
2018-06-20 12:00:02
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/06/20/1529228/researchers-invent-a-way-to-speed-intels-3d-xpoint-computer-memory?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
Researchers Invent a Way to Speed Intel's 3D XPoint Computer Memory

Memory modules using Intel's 3D XPoint technology are on their way, and researchers in North Carolina have already figured out how to make them better. New submitter mnemotronic writes: At the 45th ICSA (International Symposium on Computer Architecture), a group of researchers from North Carolina State University led by Prof. Yan Solihin proposed a method called lazy consistency to speedup write operations to 3d XPoint memory. XPoint, developed by Intel and Micron, is non-volatile, cheaper and denser than DRAM but requires more power and writing takes longer. The method proposed reduces write overhead times from 9% to 1% by incorporating a checksum to the cache memory system. The researchers were not able to verify their approach on actual XPoint memory, as those products only recently started sampling. They tested using simulations and DRAM and plan to verify when Intel's modules become more widely available. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-06-20 11:45:01
https://developers.slashdot.org/story/18/06/19/2332240/github-medium-remove-public-ice-employee-data-repository?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
GitHub, Medium Remove Public ICE Employee Data Repository

owenferguson shares a report from Obscene Works: Medium.com and GitHub have today conspired to quash the release of a set of data comprising of all the ICE employees who openly list themselves on LinkedIn.com. All the data released was gathered from publicly listed LinkedIn profiles. The data was assembled by Sam Lavigne of http://lav.io/ and was published as a repository on GitHub, and announced via an article on Medium.com (link to a copy is available here, as the original has since been deleted by corporate.) Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-06-20 11:30:02
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/06/20/1444221/eu-takes-first-step-in-passing-controversial-copyright-law-that-could-censor-the-internet?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
EU Takes First Step in Passing Controversial Copyright Law That Could 'Censor the Internet'

The European Union has taken the first step in passing new copyright legislation that critics say will tear the internet apart. From a report: This morning, the EU's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted in favor of the legislation, called the Copyright Directive. Although most of the directive simply updates technical language for copyright law in the age of the internet, it includes two highly controversial provisions. These are Article 11, a "link tax," which would force online platforms like Facebook and Google to buy licenses from media companies before linking to their stories; and Article 13, an "upload filter," which would require that everything uploaded online in the EU is checked for copyright infringement. (Think of it like YouTube's Content ID system but for the whole internet.) EU lawmakers critical of the legislation say these Articles may have been proposed with good intentions -- like protecting copyright owners -- but are vaguely worded and ripe for abuse. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-06-20 11:00:01
https://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/18/06/20/1322245/amc-is-creating-a-rival-service-to-moviepass?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
AMC is Creating a Rival Service To MoviePass

AMC said on Wednesday it is creating a VIP tier of its loyalty program, a subscription movie theater pass called AMC Stubs A-List, which will allow users to see three movies a week in AMC theaters for $20 a month. From a report: The offering rivals that of MoviePass, a subscription movie service with longstanding tensions in negotiating pricing and theater distribution agreements with AMC. Tensions between AMC and MoviePass had gotten so bad that last year that AMC said it would try to block MoviePass. MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe told Axios in an interview in January that MoviePass brought in 1 million tickets for AMC in December alone. Like MoviePass, the AMC subscription will let users see a certain number of films for a monthly flat fee, but will only be viewable in AMC theaters. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-06-20 10:15:01
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There’s a slew of “potential new” Star Trek shows underway, per report

One series may be set at Starfleet Academy, another exploring Khan Noonien Singh.
2018-06-20 07:45:02
https://bsd.slashdot.org/story/18/06/19/2327212/openbsd-disables-intel-cpu-hyper-threading-due-to-security-concerns?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
OpenBSD Disables Intel CPU Hyper-Threading Due To Security Concerns

The OpenBSD project announced today plans to disable support for Intel CPU hyper-threading due to security concerns regarding the theoretical threat of more "Spectre-class bugs." Bleeping Computer reports: Hyper-threading (HT) is Intel's proprietary implementation of Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT), a technology that allows processors to run parallel operations on different cores of the same multi-core CPU. The feature has been added to all Intel CPUs released since 2002 and has come enabled by default, with Intel citing its performance boost as the main reason for its inclusion. But today, Mark Kettenis of the OpenBSD project, said the OpenBSD team was removing support for Intel HT because, by design, this technology just opens the door for more timing attacks. Timing attacks are a class of cryptographic attacks through which a third-party observer can deduce the content of encrypted data by recording and analyzing the time taken to execute cryptographic algorithms. The OpenBSD team is now stepping in to provide a new setting to disable HT support because "many modern machines no longer provide the ability to disable hyper-threading in the BIOS setup." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-06-20 03:15:01
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GitHub, Medium Willfully Destroy Public ICE Employee Data Repository

owenferguson shares a report from Obscene Works: Medium.com and GitHub have today conspired to quash the release of a set of data comprising of all the ICE employees who openly list themselves on LinkedIn.com. The data was assembled by Sam Lavigne of http://lav.io/ and was published as a repository on GitHub, and announced via an article on Medium.com (link to a copy is available here, as the original has since been deleted by corporate.) GitHub, which was recently acquired by Microsoft, also deleted the shared data, but a copy was made first, and it is available here and also as a single archive here. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-06-19 23:45:02