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Monday, 26 February

01:02

Millennials disrupted the system. Gen Z is here to fix the mess Lifeboat News: The Blog

Plurals are known to value compromise, he said, a byproduct of their diversity and comfort with working with peers from different backgrounds. They are also in line to be an adaptive generation. These cohorts tend to come right after disruptive generations that change society in significant ways, such as millennials. When adaptive groups come of age, they take the problems that were brought to light by their predecessors and try to work them out.


In their organized calls for action, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School could be defining the nations newest generation.

01:01

Useful Consumer Review Random Thoughts

Ive had the vast majority of the lights in my apt. controlled remotely (from Emacs, of course) for like a decade. Its a flexible system built on Telldus Telstick receivers and transmitters, and Nexa wall sockets.

But Look at the un-pretty:

Yes, those outlets are fugly. Fortunately quite a few of them are hidden behind furniture, but Ive been on the lookout for prettier solutions. Remote-controlled light bulbs are nice, but most of them use proprietary control systems that seem fiddly and not easy to integrate into my setup. Ikea have released bulbs that show some promise, but the form factors are still very limited, so Ive been biding my time for years waiting for somebody to make something better.

Look!

...

00:56

[ANNOUNCE] CVE-2017-15719 - Wicket jQuery UI: XSS in WYSIWYG Editor Open Source Security

Posted by Sebastien Briquet on Feb 25

CVE-2017-15719 - Wicket jQuery UI: XSS in WYSIWYG editor

Severity: High
Versions Affected: <= 6.28.0, <= 7.9.1, <= 8.0.0-M8

Artifacts Affected:

- wicket-jquery-ui-plugins (
com.googlecode.wicket.jquery.ui.plugins.wysiwyg.WysiwygEditor)
- wicket-kendo-ui (com.googlecode.wicket.kendo.ui.widget.editor.Editor)

Description: A security issue as been discovered in the WYSIWYG Editor that
allows an attacker to submit arbitrary JS...

00:23

Russia hacked Winter Olympics & framed N.Korea in false-flag attack: US HackRead

By Carolina

On February 9th, 2017, during the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018

This is a post from HackRead.com Read the original post: Russia hacked Winter Olympics & framed N.Korea in false-flag attack: US

00:14

Czech President wants Russian hacker Yevgeni Nikulin extradited to Russia instead of US Security Affairs

Czech President Milos Zeman wants the Russian hacker Yevgeni Nikulin to be extradited to Russia instead of the US, he is charged with hacking against social networks and frauds.

Yevgeni Nikulin (29) was requested by the US for alleged cyber attacks on social networks and by the Russian authorities that charged him with frauds.

According to US authorities, the man targeted LinkedIn and Formspring and hacked into the file hosting service Dropbox.

The Russian criminal was arrested in Prague in October 2016 in an international joint operation with the FBI.

The case in the middle of an arm wrestling between Moscow and Washington, the US Government are accusing Russia to have interfered with 2016 Presidential election through hacking.

In May, a Czech court ruled that Nikulin can be extradited to either Russia or the United States, leaving the final decision to the Justice Minister Robert Pelikan.

It is true there have been two meetings this year where the president asked me not to extradite a Russian citizen to the United States but to Russia, the website of the weekly newspaper Respekt quoted Pelikan as saying.

In 2016, Pelikan did not allow to extradite two Lebanese citizens charged by US court with several crimes, including the sale of ground-to-air missiles and cocaine trafficking.

Respekt also quoted Babis, who professes a strong pro-EU and NATO stance, as saying earlier this month he would prefer Nikulin to be sent to the United States, but had no power over the decision. His spokeswoman declined comment....

00:11

NRA Gives Award to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai while Facing Public Outcry after Parkland, Florida Attack SoylentNews

We had submissions from three Soylentils with different takes on the NRA (National Rifle Association) and the public response in the wake of an attack at a Parkland, Florida high school.

Public Outcry Convinces National Companies to Cut Ties with NRA

Common Dreams reports:

In the latest sign that the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida tragedy may be playing out differently than the fallout from other mass shootings, several national companies have cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA).

[Car rental companies] Alamo, Enterprise, and National--all owned by Enterprise Holdings--announced late on [February 22] that they would end discounts for the NRA's five million members. Symantec, the security software giant that owns Lifelock and Norton, ended its discount program on Friday as well.

The First National Bank of Omaha also said it would stop issuing its NRA-branded Visa credit cards, emblazoned with the group's logo and called "the Official Credit Card of the NRA". The institution is the largest privately-held bank in the U.S., with locations in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota.

Additional coverage on TheHill, MarketWatch, Independent and Politico.

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Sunday, 25 February

23:26

China Sets Stage for Xi to Stay in Office Indefinitely cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: Chinas ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office.

23:00

Power Supply Choices Hackaday

Unless you are building a crystal radio or youve finally invented that infinite energy machine, any project you do is going to need some sort of power supply. There was a time when a battery was enough, but these days you probably need some sort of regulation. But there are many kinds to choose. Linear, switching, SEPIC, LDO how do you pick? [Andreas Spiess] has some practical advice in his recent video, which you can see below.

[Andreas] calls the video Voltage Regulator Cheat Sheet and thats an apt name. He covers the major architectures and even points out why you cant always trust the vendors information on certain types of supplies.

Even though it is billed as a cheat sheet, the video also covers a good bit of theory on how the different regulators work and their efficiency and thermal characteristics. He punctuates his theory with practical demonstrations, as always. He even releases a little magic smoke in the name of explaining things.

If you want to look inside a linear regulator, we saw a good teardown of the venerable 7805. We dont suggest it, but the next step up from the resistor [Andreas] shows is a zener diode, a topic we covered last year.

22:52

[ANNOUNCE] CVE-2018-1286 - Apache OpenMeetings - Insufficient Access Controls Open Source Security

Posted by Maxim Solodovnik on Feb 25

Severity: Medium

Vendor: The Apache Software Foundation

Versions Affected: Apache OpenMeetings 3.0.0

Description: CRUD operations on privileged users are not password
protected allowing an authenticated attacker to deny service for
privileged users.

The issue was fixed in 4.0.2
All users are recommended to upgrade to Apache OpenMeetings 4.0.2

Credit: This issue was identified by Sahil Dhar of Security Innovation Inc

22:06

LLVM / Clang 6.0 Should Be Released Soon With Its Many New Features Phoronix

LLVM 6 is running a few days behind scheduled for its release along with Clang 6 for the C/C++ compiler, but this latest big update to this open-source compiler stack should still be on the ways in the days ahead...

21:50

SEC Urges Clearer Disclosures About Cybersecurity Risks SoylentNews

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

The US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday issued new guidance on how and when public companies should disclose cybersecurity risks and breaches.

The "interpretive guidance" document (PDF) urges informing investors of risks in a timely fashion, including vulnerabilities that have not yet been targeted by hackers. The guidance also says executives should refrain from trading in the company's stock while in possession of nonpublic information about significant cybersecurity attacks.

The commission, which unanimously approved the updated guidance, believes the document will help "promote clearer and more robust disclosure by companies about cybersecurity risks and incidents, resulting in more complete information being available to investors," SEC Chairman Jon Clayton said in a statement.


Original Submission

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20:59

Most Users of Exclusive Torrent Site Also Pay For Services Like Netflix or Prime TorrentFreak

Despite a notable move to unlicensed streaming portals, millions of people still use public torrent sites every day to obtain the latest movies and TV shows. The process is easy, relatively quick, and free.

While these open-to-all platforms are undoubtedly popular, others prefer to use so-called private trackers, torrent sites with a private members club feel. Barriers to entry are much higher and many now require either an invitation from someone who is already a member or the passing of what amounts to an entrance exam.

Once accepted as a member, however, the rewards can be great. While public sites are a bit of a free-for-all, private trackers tend to take control of the content on offer, weeding out poor quality releases and ensuring only the best reach the user. Seeders are also plentiful, meaning that downloads complete in the fastest times.

On the flipside, some of the most exclusive trackers are almost impossible to join. A prime example is HDBits, a site that at last count wouldnt accept more than 21,000 users yet keeps actual memberships down to around the 18,000 mark. Invites are extremely rare and those already inside tend to guard their accounts with their lives.

Second chances are rare on a site indexing more than 234,000 high-quality releases seeded by more than 950,000 peers and one of the broadest selection of Blu-ray offerings around. Thats what makes the results of a survey currently being carried out on the site even more remarkable.

In a poll launched by site staff, HDBits members who by definition are already part of one of the most exclusive pirate haunts around were asked whether they also pay for legal streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

At the time of writing more than 5,300 members have responded, with a surprising 57% (3,036) stating that they do indeed subscribe to at least one legal streaming service. When questioned on usage, more than a quarter of respondents said they actually use the legal service MORE than they use HDBits, which for a site of that caliber is quite a revelation.

HDBits poll 57% of pirates pay for legal services

Keeping in mind that the site is creeping towards a quarter of a million torrents and is almost impossible to get into, its perhaps no surprise that unscrupulous people with access to an invitation on the site are selling them (against the sites wishes) for up to $350 each on...

20:43

GNOME Shell vs. KDE Plasma Graphics Tests On Wayland vs. X.Org Server Phoronix

A premium member this week had requested some benchmarks of openSUSE Tumbleweed when looking at the performance of KDE Plasma vs. GNOME Shell in some open-source graphics/gaming tests while also looking at the Wayland vs. X.Org Server performance...

20:42

Top A.I. experts warn of a Black Mirror-esque future with swarms of micro-drones and autonomous weapons Lifeboat News: The Blog

To better protect against the rise of ill-intended AI, policymakers ought to be working closely with technical specialists to be aware of potential applications of machine intelligence. Also, technical developers ought to be proactively reaching out to appropriate leaders when they understand the technology they are developing can have negative applications, the report says.


New report from 26 technology experts issues dire warning about the potential of malicious artificial intelligence.

20:00

Casting Metal Parts and Silicone Molds from 3D Prints Hackaday

The invention of the relatively affordable 3D printer for home use has helped bring methods used to produce parts for prototypes, samples, and even manufacturing, closer to designers. This tutorial on how to cast metal parts from 3D printed silicone molds is a perfect example of how useful a 3D printer can be when you are looking to make a custom and durable metal part at home.

After 3D printing a mold design using an Ultimaker 2 [M. Borgatti] casts the mold using Smooth-On Mold Star 15 that can withstand heat up to 450 F (232 C), which he points out is ideal for the low-temp metal casting alloy tin-bismuth comprised of 58% Bismuth and 42% Tin with a melting point of 281 F.

You may have heard of molds created from 3D printed parts before, but what makes this tutorial great is that the author, [M. Borgatti], really sets you up to be successful. He offers up plenty of insights including mold-making techniques and terminology like why you would need a well and runners designed as part of your mold when casting with metal.

You can either reproduce his designs or use the tutorial to create your own which makes it a good start for beginners as well as another method to file away for people who already have experience 3D printing molds. This post is als...

19:31

Allwinner A83T Will Support HDMI With Linux 4.17 Phoronix

The Sun4i DRM driver work has been progressing a lot since its mainline introduction two years ago with Linux 4.7. With the Linux 4.17 cycle, the A83T SoC will have initial HDMI output support...

19:29

Dozen vulnerabilities discovered in Trend Micro Linux-based Email Encryption Gateway Security Affairs

Security researchers at Core Security have discovered a dozen vulnerabilities in Trend Micro  Linux-based Email Encryption Gateway.

Security researchers at Core Security have discovered a dozen flaws in Trend Micro  Linux-based Email Encryption Gateway, some of them have been rated as critical and high severity. The flaws received the CVE identification numbers CVE-2018-6219 through CVE-2018-6230.

The most severe flaw could be exploited by a local or remote attacker with access to the targeted system to execute arbitrary commands with root privileges.

Encryption for Email Gateway [1] is a Linux-based software solution providing the ability to perform the encryption and decryption of email at the corporate gateway, regardless of the email client, and the platform from which it originated. The encryption and decryption of email on the TMEEG client is controlled by a Policy Manager that enables an administrator to configure policies based on various parameters, such as sender and recipient email addresses, states Core Security.

Multiple vulnerabilities were found in the Trend Micro Email Encryption Gateway web console that would allow a remote unauthenticated attacker to gain command execution as root.

Trend Micro Email Encryption Gateway

The most serious vulnerability is CVE-2018-6223, it is related to missing authentication for appliance registration. Administrators can configure the virtual appliance running Email Encryption Gateway during the deployment process upon deployment via a registration endpoint.

The researchers discovered that attackers can access the endpoint without authentication to set administrator credentials and make other changes to the configuration.

The registration endpoint is provided for system administrators to configure the virtual appliance upon deployment. However, this endpoint remains accessible without aut...

19:29

One-Stop Counterfeit Certificate Shops. For All Your Malware-Signing Needs SoylentNews

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

The Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's nuclear program almost a decade ago was a watershed piece of malware for a variety of reasons. Chief among them, its use of cryptographic certificates belonging to legitimate companies to falsely vouch for the trustworthiness of the malware. Last year, we learned that fraudulently signed malware was more widespread than previously believed. On Thursday, researchers unveiled one possible reason: underground services that since 2011 have sold counterfeit signing credentials that are unique to each buyer.

"Contrary to a common belief that the security certificates circulating in the criminal underground are stolen from legitimate owners prior to being used in nefarious
campaigns, we confirmed with a high degree of certainty that the certificates are created for a specific buyer per request only and are registered using stolen corporate identities, making traditional network security appliances less effective," Andrei Barysevich, a researcher at Recorded Future, reported.

Barysevich identified four such sellers of counterfeit certificates since 2011. Two of them remain in business today. The sellers offered a variety of options. In 2014, one provider calling himself C@T advertised certificates that used a Microsoft technology known as Authenticode for signing executable files and programming scripts that can install software. C@T offered code-signing certificates for macOS apps as well. His fee: upwards of $1,000 per certificate.

[...] "Although code signing certificates can be effectively used in widespread malware campaigns such as the distribution of banking trojan or ransomware, the validity of the certificate used to sign a payload would be invalidated fairly quickly," [Barysevich] explained. "Therefore, we believe that the limited number of power-users specializing in more sophisticated and targeted campaigns, such as corporate espionage, is the main driving force behind the new service."


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18:56

As Japan Moves Towards Reducing Patent Lawsuits and Curbing SEP Abuse Will the United States Follow Suit? Techrights

Ask Makan Delrahim

KDDI Corporation logo

Summary: Japan is getting tougher on standards-imposed patent traps (SEP), the US may be getting ready to do the same, and Japans KDDI Corporation joins OIN

WE recently wrote about Japan's growing comprehension of the SEP threat, unlike the US with Makan Delrahim (a lobbyist) in charge of antitrust matters. President Trump fills his swamp and it truly shows (just look at his USPTO Director pick, soon to speak at an IAM event). As IAM put it the other day: Another speech from @TheJusticeDepts Makan Delrahim suggesting US gov is looking very closely at use of antitrust enforcement in standard setting https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/assistant-attorney-general-makan-delrahim-delivers-remarks-college-europe-brussels (think about Qualcomm for instance).

Watchtroll, in the mean time, is frustrated that on patents Trump DOJ is on the same page as the Obama DOJ, which is hard to fathom given all the promises made by President Trump during his campaign.

The patent maximalists sure hope that chaos will be restored as they profit from that chaos.Watchtroll now helps the lobby for patent chaos, hoping that republishing a letter will help it have impact. The patent maximalists sure hope that chaos will be restored as they profit from that chaos.

As we recently noted, Japan (and JPO) recognises that patent litigation isnt desirable (unless youre a lawyer) and this new report says that Japan will soon implement a process that will swiftly resolve disputes over patents that are crucial to adhering to certain technical standards (thats SEP)

This is a good thing. Consider...

17:49

Arguing With Patent Maximalists is Not Arguing With People Who Care for Facts and Reason Techrights

Patent policy, according to some, is a matter of national security crisis.

A duck
Should we restart nuclear drills?

Summary: The levels of unprecedented drama, or the attempts to induce panic, have reached laughable levels; just because the United States adopts saner patent policies does not mean doom and gloom, except for people who work for the patent industry

MARCH is approaching, so it may be way too late for new years resolutions. One thing Im beginning to realise is that its pointless and hopeless debating with patent maximalists. They keep thinking (or lying to themselves) that US demise is purely due to patent policy, notably patent reform (we debunked that nonsense several times earlier this month), they think that technology companies are the most evil thing in their country, and many deny the very existence of patent trolls. They may never start using logic. They reject facts. The patent system is being improved, not killed, but here they go saying that it is now a national security crisis.

No, its not a national security crisis. Maybe its just a crisis to parasitic professions like particular lawyers and patent trolls. When I said this to one of them he responded by repeatedly saying that I am a shill for Google. [1, 2]

They say the same thing about others whom they dont like; theyre seeing Google in everything.

Yesterday we wrote about spin and judge-bashing (Professor Crouch made an offensive and potentially racist mockery of a judge with Mexican heritage, insinuating he does not care about facts).Ive never worked for them either directly or indirectly, but that does not seem to matter to these people. To even suggest I have anything to do with Google is to associate oneself with conspiracy theories, I told him. I write lots of negative things about Google.

Then again, speaking to people who are literally burning things in front of the USPTO (in a group of less than a dozen people, which makes the protest laughable) is probably a waste of time. It was an unauthorised protest and it basically made patent maximalists loo...

17:08

AnandTech Interview With the CTO of GlobalFoundries: 7nm EUV and 5 GHz Clock Speeds SoylentNews

AnandTech's Ian Cutress interviewed Dr. Gary Patton, CTO of GlobalFoundries. A number of topics were discussed, including the eventual use of ASML's extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) for the "7nm" node:

Q13: With EUV still in the process of being brought up, and the way it is with counting masks and pellicle support coming through, is there ever a mentality of 7nm not getting EUV, and that 7nm could end up a purely optical transition? Do you fully expect EUV to come in at 7nm?

GP: I absolutely believe that EUV is here. It's coming, I absolutely believe it so. As you've seen with the machines we are installing in the clean room, we have placed a big bet on it. As Tom (Thomas Caulfield) was saying, it's a pretty high scale investment. I think if you look at the tool itself, for example, ASML has demonstrated 250W with it. This is pretty repeatable, so I think that it looks in good shape. There are some challenges with the collector availability. They are getting close, I think around 75% availability now is pretty solid, but they have to get to 85%, and they are cranking these tools out. Even with this as a work in progress, there are going to be a lot of tools out on the field, and that is going to also help with improving the performance and control of the tools. The tools we have here are the ultimate tools, the ultimate manufacturing versions.

The lithographic resist is a little bit of a challenge, but we are still trying to optimize that. I don't see that as a show stopper, as we are managing throughout bring up. I think the real challenge is the masks, and I feel very good about the pellicle process. They have made a lot of progress, and they have shown it can handle 250W. The biggest issue has been that you lose a bit of power - so you've done all this work to get to 250W, and then you just lost 20% of that. So it has to go up another 10%, so it's closer to 90%, in terms of a loss to be viable. For contacts and vias, we can run without pellicles. We have the right inspection infrastructure to manage that, and then bring the pellicles in when they are ready.

[...] Q17: Does the first generation of 7LP target higher frequency clocks than 14LPP?

GP: Definitely. It is a big performance boost - we quoted around 40%. I don't know how that exactly will translate into frequency, but I would guess that it should be able to get up in the 5GHz range, I would expect.


Origina...

17:06

Changes Introduced by the EPOs Administrative Council Made It Abundantly Clear That Separation of Powers Does Not Exist for Independence of Judges Techrights

Also: IP Kat seems to have become a pet blog of Bristows, CIPA and other elements of Team UPC

CIPA meeting with Stephen Jones
IP Kat and Battistelli last month

Summary: IP Kat (i.e. Bristows in this case) wants us to think that the EPO keeps the Boards of Appeal alive and healthy, but in reality thats just an illusion which Team UPC is attempting to prop up, knowing that Battistelli's attack on the Boards of Appeal dooms the UPC

YESTERDAY we wrote about Bristows using IP Kat to post ads for the EPOs management, possibly to help bolster the false perception they need in order to weaken the constitutional complaint and then ratify the UPC. Have they mentioned, one person asked, that EPO/BoA judges can be suspended on half-salary for a minimum of two years (extension optional) at the whim of the appointing authority? (against the EPC, i.e. core rules)

The cited document (warning: epo.org link) is worth reposting below in case the EPO removes it in the future (or makes it a lot harder to locate).

CA/D 18/15

DECISION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL
of 17 December 2015
amending Articles 2 and 95 of the Service
Regulations for permanent employees of the
European Patent Office

THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT ORGANISATION,

Having regard to the European Patent Convention, and in particular Articles 10(2)(c), 11 and 33(2)(b) thereof,

Having regard to the Service Regulations for permanent employees of the European Patent Office (hereinafter referred to as the Service Regulations), and in particular Articles 2 and 95 thereof,

On a proposal from the President of the European Patent Office, submitted after...

17:00

Maplin For Sale Hackaday

If you are an American Electronics Enthusiast of a Certain Age, you will have misty-eyed reminiscences of the days when every shopping mall had a Radio Shack store. If you are a Brit, the name that will bring similar reminiscences to those Radio Shack ones from your American friends is Maplin. They may be less important to our community than they once would have been so this is a story from the financial pages; it has been announced that the Maplin chain is for sale.

Maplin started life as a small mail-order company supplying electronic parts, grew to become a large mail order company selling electronic parts, and them proceeded to a nationwide chain of stores occupying a similar niche to the one Radio Shack fitted into prior to their demise. They still sell electronic components, multimeters, and tools, but the bulk of their floor space is devoted to the more techy and hobbyist end of mass-market consumer electronics. As the competition from online retailers has intensified  it is reported that the sale may be an attempt to avoid the company going into administration.

Its fair to say that in our community they have something of a reputation of late for being not the cheapest source of parts, somewhere you go because you need something in a hurry rather than for a bargain. A friend of Hackaday remarked flippantly that the asking price for the company would be eleventy zillion pounds, which may provide some clues as to why custom hasnt been so brisk. But for a period in the late 1970s through to the 1980s they were the only place for many of us to find  parts, and their iconic catalogues with spaceships on their covers could be bought from the nationwide WH Smith newsagent chain alongside home computers such as the ZX Spectrum. Its sad to say this, but if they did find themselves on the rocks wed be sorry to see the name disappear, but we probably wouldnt miss them in 2018.

One of the things Maplin were known for back in the day were their range of kits. Weve shown you at least one in the past, this I/O port for a Sinclair ZX81.

Footnote: Does anyone still have any of the early Maplin catalogues with the spaceships on the cover? Ours perished decades ago, but wed love to borrow one for a Retrotechtacular piece.

Maplin store images: Betty Longbottom [CC BY-SA 2.0], and Futurilla [CC BY-SA 2.0].

16:29

Patents in the US Are Not Hard to Enforce, Software Patents Are Techrights

Some trolls and businesses have become accustomed to a pipeline of extortions

Next

Summary: Depending too much on abstract software patents is a losing strategy; it does not, however, mean that patents in general are not enforceable

THE number of patents granted by the USPTO kept climbing for many years. This sheer number and this growth is about to end. As we shall show later today, examiners are becoming tougher, owing primarily to PTAB.

Someone has just said that its still almost impossible to enforce a patent in the US. Rare cases of success take 4-7 years and $5M-10M+.

examiners are becoming tougher, owing primarily to PTAB.This isnt true unless one assumes that a low-quality patent like a software patent gets used.

Just the other day Michael Loney took a look at Lex Machinas data and said that ANDA pharma litigation spikes back up in 2017 with some record rulings (in terms of damages). To quote:

After a slump in 2016, US pharmaceutical patent litigation triggered by the Hatch-Waxman process rose to 411 cases last year

Last year 411 ANDA cases were filed in the US, up from 318 in 2016, reveals Lex Machinas recently released Patent Litigation Year in Review report.

The report features many interesting statistics on case filing (the headline figure is a 10% drop) and the impact of TC Heartland on districts, Loney wrote in another part (this too behind a paywall). His summary mentions Section 101 invalidation: A closer look at Lex Machinas Patent Litigation Year in Review report reveals some interesting nuggets of information on success rates of transfers, the judges with the most cases, design patent litigation, injunctions, Section 101 invalidation and damages

Inherently, the problem isnt enforcement but enforcement of software pat...

16:19

Arctic's Accelero Twin Turbo III Works Well For Polaris GPU Cooling Phoronix

Back in December I wrote about passively cooling a Radeon RX 480 by means of the after-market Accelero S3 passive cooler. That passive GPU cooler worked well but under demanding loads did get a bit hot, but what I came to realize after buying that cooler is the height requirements exceeded that of a 4U rackmount chassis... So recently I decided to switch to using the Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo III...

14:47

Facebook Removes VR Shooting Game From its Booth at CPAC SoylentNews

Facebook removes VR shooting demo at top conservative conference out of 'respect for the victims' of Florida shooting

Facebook has removed a virtual reality shoot-em-up experience from a tech demo at a top American conservative conference after recieving criticism for being "tone deaf" following last week's deadly school shooting in Florida. The social network has a presence at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) conference in Maryland, this week, including a booth running a demo of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. This demo included a first-person shooting game.

People on Twitter have criticised Facebook for running this demo so soon after the deadly shooting attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.

The game, Bullet Train, was just one of a number of standard Oculus games/demos that Facebook has included at public events. In fact, Bullet Train has been around since 2015, and the team that made it released a full game called Robo Recall, funded by Oculus:

The game will be an Oculus exclusive that company is funding its development and the five-to-ten-person team that created Bullet Train has ballooned into a full 15 person team at Epic in order to turn this into a real game with a release date in "early 2017." It will include a number of graphical jumps from Bullet Train, and this benefits Epic in other ways as well.

Yet, Facebook still tried to distance itself from the original demo:

The demo for the game, called "Bullet Train," is being developed by a third-party game-maker, not Oculus, the company said.

Why is Facebook at CPAC? Probably as part of an ongoing effort to placate conservatives angry at the platform.

This comes a few months after the Puerto Rico hurricane VR debacle.

Also at The Guardian and...

14:00

This 3D-Printed Robotic Vacuum Sucks Hackaday

After youve taken a moment to ponder the turn of phrase used in the title, take a look at this scratch-built robotic vacuum created by [theking3737]. The entire body of the vacuum was 3D printed, and all of the internal electronics are off-the-shelf modular components. We cant say how well it stacks up against the commercial equivalents from iRobot and the like, but it doesnt look like it would be too hard to build one yourself to find out.

The body of this rather concerned-looking robot was printed on a DMS DP5 printer, which is a neat trick as it only has a build platform of 200 mm x 200 mm. Once all the pieces were printed, a 3D pen was used to weld the sections together. The final result looks a bit rough, but should give a bond thats just as strong as the printed parts themselves.

The robot has four sets of ultrasonic range finders to detect walls and obstacles, though probably not in the positions you would expect. The right side of the robot has two sets of sensors, while the left side only gets one. We arent sure the reasoning behind the asymmetrical layout, but presumably the machine prefers making right turns.

Control is provided...

13:22

Trumps Back to the Moon Directive Leaves Some Scientists with Mixed Feelings Lifeboat News: The Blog

While some planetary scientists are enthusiastic about Trumps proposal to send astronauts to the moon before Mars, others are leery about what it could cost or if it will happen.

13:22

Elon Musk Reveals Personal Crypto Holdings Lifeboat News: The Blog

Elon Musk has revealed his personal cryptocurrency holdings.

The billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla told Twitter followers that he in fact has never purchased cryptocurrency, and only holds a small amount of Bitcoin gifted by a friend.

Not sure. I let @jack know, but its still going. I literally own zero cryptocurrency, apart from .25 BTC that a friend sent me many years ago.

13:11

Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other data stored in the cloud. Thats because of a change to how the []

12:26

U.S. has 62nd Ranking in LTE Speeds in the World, about 1/3 the Speed of Singapore SoylentNews

According to OpenSignal's latest State of LTE report, the average 4G download speed in the United States was 16.31 Mbps in Q4 2017. That's little more than a third of the speed that mobile device users in Singapore enjoy and ranks the U.S. at a disappointing 62nd place in the global ranking.
Where Smartphone Users Surf the Fastest

The Full Open Signal Report, The State of LTE (February 2018):
http://opensignal.com/reports/2018/02/state-of-lte


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12:10

Top The Pirate Bay Alternatives Best Torrent Download Sites (2018) HackRead

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The Pirate Bay (TPB) is one of the most visited

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11:02

Physicists Have Confirmed a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, And It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever Lifeboat News: The Blog

Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that its not symmetrical challenges the fundamental theories of physics that explain our Universe.

But thats not as bad as it sounds, because the 2016 discovery could help scientists solve one of the biggest mysteries in theoretical physics where is all the dark matter? and could also explain why travelling backwards in time might actually be impossible.

Weve found these nuclei literally point towards a direction in space. This relates to a direction in time, proving theres a well-defined direction in time and we will always travel from past to present, Marcus Scheck from the University of the West of Scotland told Kenneth MacDonald at BBC News at the time.

11:00

Delightful Electromechanical Build Of A Jet Engine Model Hackaday

[InterlinkKnight]s jet engine model is a delight to behold and to puzzle out. Many of us have been there before. We know how to build something, we know its not the most up-to-date approach, but we just cant help ourselves and so we go for it anyway. The result is often a fun and ingenious mix of the mechanical and the electrical. His electric jet engine model is just that.

Being a model, this one isnt required to produce any useful thrust. But hes made plenty of effort to make it behave as it should, right down to adding a piece of plastic to rub against a flywheel gear in order to produce the perfect high-pitched sound, not to forget the inclusion of the flywheel itself to make the turbine blades gradually slow down once the motors been turned off. For the N1 gauge (fan speed gauge) he built up his own generator around the motor shaft, sending the output through rectifying diodes to a voltmeter.

But the most delightful of all has to be the mechanical linkages for the controls. The controls consist of an Engine Start switch, Fuel Control switch and a throttle lever and are all built around a rheostat which controls the motor speed. The linkages are not pretty, but you have to admire his cleverness and just-go-for-it attitude. He must have done a lot of head scratching while getting it to all work together. We especially like how flipping the Fuel Control switch from cutoff to run levers the rheostat with respect to its dial just a little, to give a bit of extra power to the engine. See if you can puzzle it out in his Part 3 video below where he removes the cover and walks through it all.

Now if youre looking for a working jet engine then check out this bike mounted one.

This ones been around for a few months and we cant b...

10:05

Report On Device Encryption Suggests A Few Ways Forward For Law Enforcement SoylentNews

Techdirt covers a new paper published by the US National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine regarding the general access that the FBI and DOJ want to encrypted communications.

Another paper has been released, adding to the current encryption discussion. The FBI and DOJ want access to the contents of locked devices. They call encryption that can be bypassed by law enforcement "responsible encryption." It isn't. A recent paper by cryptograpghy expert Riana Pfefferkorn explained in detail how irresponsible these suggestions for broken or weakened encryption are.

This new paper [PDF] was put together by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. (h/t Lawfare) It covers a lot of ground others have and rehashes the history of encryption, along with many of the pro/con arguments. That said, it's still worth reading. It raises some good questions and spends a great deal of time discussing the multitude of options law enforcement has available, but which are ignored by FBI officials when discussing the backdoors/key escrow/weakened encryption they'd rather have.

The paper's suggestions have not been rigorously investigated by those with domain expertise, yet.

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08:00

These Small PCBs are Made for Model Rocketry Hackaday

Model rocketry hobbyists are familiar with the need to roll their own solutions when putting high-tech features into rockets, and a desire to include a microcontroller in a rocket while still keeping things flexible and modular is what led [concretedog] to design a system using 22 mm diameter stackable PCBs designed to easily fit inside rocket bodies. The system uses a couple of 2 mm threaded rods for robust mounting and provides an ATTiny85 microcontroller, power control, and an optional small prototyping area. Making self-contained modular sleds that fit easily into rocket bodies (or any tube with a roughly one-inch inner diameter) is much easier as a result.

The original goal was to ease the prototyping of microcontroller-driven functions like delayed ignition or altimeter triggers in small Estes rockets, but [concretedog] felt there were probably other uses for the boards as well and made the design files available on GitHub. (Thanks!)

We have seen stackable PCBs for rocketry before with the amazingly polished M3 Avionics project, but [concretedog]s design is much more accessible to some hobbyist-level tinkering; especially since the ATTiny85 can be programmed using the Arduino IDE and the boards themselves are just an order from OSH Park away.

[via Dangerous Prototypes Blog]

 

07:44

Algorithm Creates "Movies" From Text Descriptions SoylentNews

A machine learning algorithm has created tiny (6464 pixels) 32-frame videos based on text descriptions:

The researchers trained the algorithm on 10 types of scenes, including "playing golf on grass," and "kitesurfing on the sea," which it then roughly reproduced. Picture grainy VHS footage. Nevertheless, a simple classification algorithm correctly guessed the intended action among six choices about half the time. (Sailing and kitesurfing were often mistaken for each other.) What's more, the network could also generate videos for nonsensical actions, such as "sailing on snow," and "playing golf at swimming pool," the team reported this month at a meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in New Orleans, Louisiana.

[...] Currently, the videos are only 32 frames longlasting about 1 secondand the size of a U.S. postage stamp, 64 by 64 pixels. Anything larger reduces accuracy, says Yitong Li, a computer scientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the paper's first author. Because people often appear as distorted figures, a next step, he says, is using human skeletal models to improve movement.

Tuytelaars also sees applications beyond Hollywood. Video generation could lead to better compression if a movie can be stored as nothing but a brief description. It could also generate training data for other machine learning algorithms. For example, realistic video clips might help autonomous cars prepare for dangerous situations they would not frequently encounter. And programs that deeply understand the visual world could spin off useful applications in everything from refereeing to surveillance. They could help a self-driving car predict where a motorbike will go, for example, or train a household robot to open a fridge, Pirsiavash says.

An AI-generated Hollywood blockbuster may still be beyond the horizon, but in the meantime, we finally know what "kitesurfing on grass" looks like.


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07:09

UVD-Based HEVC Video Encoding Main Now Supported In Mesa 18.1 Phoronix

Earlier this month AMD developers landed VCN-powered video encode support for the HEVC main format while now this has come to the UVD engine so it will work with pre-Raven GPUs...

07:02

Tiny Light-Activated Gold-Covered Nanowires Can Make Neurons Fire Lifeboat News: The Blog

Researchers at the University of Chicago have developed light-activated nanowires that can stimulate neurons to fire when they are exposed to light. The researchers hope that the nanowires could help in understanding complex brain circuitry, and they may also be useful in treating brain disorders.

Optogenetics, which involves genetically modifying neurons so that they are sensitive to a light stimulus, has attracted a lot of attention as a research tool and potential therapeutic approach. However, some researchers have misgivings about optogenetics, as it involves inserting a gene into cells, potentially opening the door to unforeseen effects and possibly permanently altering treated cells.

In an effort to develop an alternative, a research team at the University of Chicago has devised a new modality that can enable light activation of neurons without the need for genetic modification. Their technique involves nanowires that are so small that if they were laid side-by-side, hundreds of them would fit on the edge of a sheet of paper. Although initially designed for use in solar cells, their small size also makes them well suited to interacting with cells.

06:22

Copyright Holders Call Out Costa Rica Over ThePirateBay.cr TorrentFreak

The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has submitted its latest submission for the U.S. Governments 2018 Special 301 Review, pinpointing countries it believes should better protect the interests of the copyright industry.

The IIPA, which includes a wide range of copyright groups including the MPAA, RIAA, BSA, and ESA, has listed its complaints against a whole host of countries.

Canada is prominently discussed, of course, as are Argentina, China, India, Mexico, Switzerland and many others. The allegations are broad, ranging from border protection problems to pirate site hosting and everything in between.

What caught our eye, however, was a mention of ThePirateBay.cr. This domain name which, unlike the name suggests, sports a KickassTorrents logo, uses the Costa Rican Top Level Domain .cr.

While its a relatively small player in the torrent site ecosystem, it appears to be of great concern in diplomatic circles.

ThePirateBay.cr

Previously, the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica threatened to have the countrys domain registry shut down unless it suspended ThePirateBay.cr. This hasnt happened, yet, but it was a clear signal.

In the IIPAs recent submission to the USTR, the domain is also brought into play. The copyright holders argue that Costa Rica is not living up to its obligations under the CAFTA-DR trade agreement.

One of the key DR-CAFTA obligations that has not been implemented is introducing clear rules on copyright, liability, as well as providing meaningful legal incentives for inter-industry cooperation to deal with online infringements, the IIPA writes.

Instead, Costa Ricas law offers largely unconditional liability exceptions to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and others, even allowing identified infringing activity to remain on their systems for as long as 45 days.

Next, it puts a spotlight on the local domain registry, which it described as a safe haven for sites including ThePirateBay.cr.

There are still many instances where the Costa Rican Top Level Domain (ccTLD) registry has provided a safe haven to notorious online enterprises dedicated to copyright infringement, IIPA writes.

For example, thepiratebay.cr domain is still online despite actions against it from ICANN and the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica. Costa Ricas failure to deal eff...

05:25

Links 24/2/2018: Npm Bug, Mycroft AI on Plasma Techrights

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  • Purism

    • February 2018 coreboot update now available

      Hey everyone, Im happy to announce the release of an update to our coreboot images for Librem 13 v2 and Librem 15 v3 machines.

      All new laptops will come pre-loaded with this new update, and everyone else can update their machines using our existing build script which was updated to build the newest image. Some important remarks:

    • Purism Releases Updated Coreboot Images For Their Laptops

      Purism has released updated Coreboot images for their Librem 13 v2 and Librem 15 v3 laptops.

      The updated Coreboot images are now re-based to Coreboot 4.7, Intel FSP 2.0, IOMMU (VT-d) support is now available, TPM support is also enabled, and there are fixed ATA errors for 6Gbps speeds.

    • New Inventory with TPM by Default, Free International Shipping

      In November, we announced the availability of our Trusted Platform Module as a $99 add-on for early adopters, something that would allow us to cover the additional parts & labor costs, as well as test the waters to see how much demand there might be for this feature. We thought there would be some interest in that as an option, but we were not sure how much, especially since it was clearly presented as an early preview and offered at extra cost.

    • Design report #3: designing the UI Shell, part 2

      Peter has been quite busy thinking about the most ergonomic mobile gestures and came up with a complete UI shell design. While the last design report was describing the design of the lock screen and the home screen, we will discuss here about navigating within the different features of the shell.

  • Server

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