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Lebanon's former PM to meet Egypt's President al-Sisi

Lebanon's former prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, is to hold talks with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today before returning to Lebanon tomorrow.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 21 Nov 2017 | 7:13 am GMT

Settlement reached over Berkeley balcony collapse

A settlement has been reached in the United States in connection with the collapse of an apartment balcony in Berkeley, California that killed six students and injured seven others in 2015.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 21 Nov 2017 | 7:08 am GMT

Flash, Sam, wallop: Samsung crashes ahead as top NAND chip flinger

According to these here estimates, anyway

Samsung increased its market share in the NAND supply world in the third quarter of the year, analysts reckon. According to TrendForce's latest estimates, the suppliers' overall flash shipments for Q3 2017 looked like this:…

Source: The Register | 21 Nov 2017 | 7:08 am GMT

UK shoppers face 'year of anxiety' over food prices as La Niña returns

Weather event could drive up costs of commodities such as coffee and cocoa as Britons face Brexit and inflation squeeze

UK consumers could be hit by a new bout of food price inflation next year after the return of the La Niña global weather phenomenon, which may hit production of key commodities including coffee and cocoa.

The UK is expected to be particularly exposed to the effect of the event, which tends to prompt dry weather in the US midwest and heavy rainfall in south-east Asia and Australia, because of the uncertainty caused by Brexit.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 7:00 am GMT

Survivors of Sierra Leone mudslide face eviction from emergency shelters

Government help has been slow to reach hundreds of families displaced by the disaster in August, who fear they will have nowhere to go

The government of Sierra Leone has started closing down the emergency camps housing hundreds of families displaced by August’s deadly landslides, despite many people saying they still have nowhere to go.

After heavy rains triggered floods and a landslide in Freetown on 14 August, killing an estimated 1,000 people and displacing three times that number, survivors moved into temporary camps while awaiting permanent resettlement, as promised by the Sierra Leonean government.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 7:00 am GMT

Brexit weekly briefing: kicking and screaming toward the cheque book

As the UK appears to be considering caving in to demands for a bigger divorce bill, the rest of the EU is bracing for the worst of exits

Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing, a summary of developments as the UK heads towards the EU door marked “exit”. If you would like to receive it as a weekly early-morning email, please sign up here.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 7:00 am GMT

May to discuss Brexit, power-sharing with SF and DUP

British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold separate meetings with Sinn Féin and DUP delegations at Downing Street today.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 21 Nov 2017 | 7:00 am GMT

Tánaiste 'knew of McCabe legal strategy issue in 2015'

The Taoiseach's account of when Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald first learned about the legal strategy to attack the credibility and motives of Sgt Maurice McCabe at the O'Higgins Commission has been corrected.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 21 Nov 2017 | 7:00 am GMT

Study of Recent Interstellar Asteroid Reveals Bizarre Shape

JoeRobe writes: A few weeks ago an interstellar asteroid, now named "Oumuamua," was discovered passing through our solar system. Being the first interstellar asteroid to ever be observed, a flurry of observations soon followed. This week, an accelerated article in Nature reveals that Oumuamua is more bizarre than originally thought: it is elongated, with a 10:1 aspect ratio, and rapidly rotating. This conclusion is based upon comparisons of its time-dependent light curve to those from 20,000 known asteroids.

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Source: Slashdot | 21 Nov 2017 | 7:00 am GMT

Unions say major issues with Bus Éireann resolved

Union officials have said all major issues with Bus Éireann have been resolved after talks concluded at the Workplace Relations Commission.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:54 am GMT

White House appeals to Supreme Court over travel ban

White House appeals to Supreme Court over Travel Ban

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:52 am GMT

Syria military operation 'wrapping up', Putin tells Assad in Russia talks

Russian president meets Syrian counterpart for first time in two years and praises their ‘joint work in fighting terrorism’

Vladimir Putin has hosted Bashar al-Assad for talks during which the two presidents agreed the focus in the Syrian conflict was switching from military operations to the search for a political solution.

Related: Critical week for Syria as parallel talks get under way

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:49 am GMT

Mugabe faces impeachment by his own party

President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party will today start impeachment proceedings in parliament that could remove the 93-year-old from office within days.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:41 am GMT

‘Polar low’ to sweep over Ireland bringing ice and snow on hills

Mild temperatures to be replaced by sub-zero blast from north

Source: The Irish Times - News | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:35 am GMT

Tuesday briefing: EU leaves Britain – and Russia admits radiation leak

Two European agencies pull out of London … accident suspected at notorious Mayak nuclear site … and ‘sunshine vitamin’ can ease arthritis

Hello, I’m Warren Murray, and you might have been sleeping but the news has not.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:31 am GMT

Treatment of Rohingya amounts to apartheid - Amnesty

The Rohingya people in Myanmar are trapped in a vicious system of state-sponsored, institutionalised discrimination that amounts to apartheid, according to Amnesty International.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:31 am GMT

After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing

In the dying days of the battle of Mosul, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad followed Iraqi soldiers during the last push against Isis. But following their victory, a new wave of savagery was unleashed

One hot and sticky evening in July, in the dying days of the battle for Mosul, a group of Iraqi army officers sat for dinner in a requisitioned civilian house not far from the ruins of the mosque where, three years earlier, the leader of Islamic State had announced the creation of a new caliphate.

At the head of the table sat the commander, large and burly, flanked by his two majors. The rest of the officers were seated according to rank, with the youngest officers placed at the far end. The commander, who was trying to lose weight, had banned his cook from serving meat at mealtimes, but tonight was a special occasion. The day before, his unit had liberated another block of streets in the Old City without suffering any casualties. In celebration, a feast of bread soaked in okra stew, and roasted meat shredded over heaps of rice flavoured with nuts and raisins, was laid out on a white plastic table.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am GMT

Trade in Dead Sea Scrolls awash with suspected forgeries, experts warn

Two experts say a significant number of fragments bought in multimillion-dollar trade are suspected fakes

A multimillion-dollar trade in fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls fuelled by a surge in interest from wealthy evangelicals in the US includes a significant number of suspected forgeries, two prominent experts have said.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am GMT

Prison ‘not much use’ for sex offenders, says retired Supreme Court judge

Catherine McGuinness defends Tom Humphries sentence

Source: The Irish Times - News | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am GMT

AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes

Carrier tries to speed networking innovation with 'Disaggregated Network Operating System'

AT&T has launched an audacious attempt to push the networking industry towards software-defined networking and white-box hardware.…

Source: The Register | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:58 am GMT

The FCC's plan to undo net neutrality is about to be revealed

Back in April, new FCC chairman Ajit Pai outlined a plan to undo net neutrality protections implemented during the Obama administration, before taking public comments. Millions of messages in response crashed the FCC's website for a time, but despite...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:50 am GMT

First Known Interstellar Visitor Is an "Oddball"

In October astronomers were surprised by a visitor that came racing into our solar system from interstellar space.

Source: SpaceRef | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:22 am GMT

Hampstead fire: one person dead in blaze at block of flats in north London

London Fire Brigade says a woman was rescued from the four-storey building but was pronounced dead at the scene

One person has died in a fire at a block of flats in north London.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said around 60 firefighters were brought in to tackle the blaze at a four-storey building in Daleham Gardens, Hampstead.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:20 am GMT

NT police failed to act after suicide attempts in caged vehicles, coroner finds

Internal report recommended CCTV cameras be installed in caged vehicles following death in custody

Northern Territory police failed to act on a string of self-harm and suicide attempts in caged police vehicles before the death of a vulnerable 23-year-old man last year, a coroner has found.

NT coroner Greg Cavanagh has criticised police for failing to act on an internal report recommending CCTV cameras be installed in caged vehicles in 2013, following an earlier death in custody.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:15 am GMT

Bus ruins view of demolition

A cameraman is thwarted at the last moment after waiting 40 minutes to film a stadium demolition.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:09 am GMT

US to scrap Haitian immigrants' protected status

Haitians will have 18 months to return to the country or legalise their status in the US.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:04 am GMT

Marvell and Cavium do the deed, vow to breed infra-monster

Six billion bucks does the trick, now let's see what kind of kit they build together

The rumours were right: Marvell has formally announced it will buy Cavium, for around six billion US dollars, and plans to emerge as an “Infrastructure Solutions Powerhouse”.…

Source: The Register | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:03 am GMT

Zimbabwe's strange crisis is a very modern kind of coup

Historically, African takeovers have been seismic and violent, but now participants are more wary of international opinion

It looked like a coup from a movie: a convoy of armoured vehicles, the president under house arrest, and the general on the nation’s screens talking of “restoring stability” in the small hours of the morning.

But since the military takeover in Zimbabwe a week ago events have departed from the script. President Robert Mugabe has not been harmed and remains in power, at least theoretically. When he refused to resign on live television on Sunday night, there were no repercussions. To oust him, parliament are using a cumbersome process of impeachment.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:00 am GMT

Spain 'ready to discuss' greater fiscal autonomy for Catalonia

Region could be given the power to collect and manage its own taxes in attempt to defuse crisis over independence bid

Madrid is paving the way for Catalonia to be given the power to collect and manage its own taxes, similar to the system enjoyed by the autonomous Basque country, in an attempt to defuse the crisis over an illegal referendum on independence for the region.

Senior sources in the Spanish government have told the Guardian that although there remains intense opposition within the ruling People’s party (PP) to any future referendum on self-determination, there is a renewed willingness to open discussions on a new fiscal pact under which Catalonia would have greater control of its finances.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:00 am GMT

Illegal building 'played central role' in floods that killed 20 in Athens

Uncontrolled construction in Greek capital has led to many streams being concreted over, leaving rivers no outlet to the sea

Chaotic urban planning and illegal construction in Athens played a central role in the deadly flash floods that killed 20 people last week, experts in Greece have claimed as authorities pledged emergency funding for victimsmade homeless by the disaster.

About 1,000 owners of homes and businesses are eligible for the assistance, according to government engineers dispatched to inspect the buildings.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:00 am GMT

UN urges Saudi Arabia to allow urgent aid supplies into Yemen

Humanitarian coordinator says many more people will die if blockade is not lifted for shipments of medicine and food

UN humanitarian agencies in Yemen have pleaded with Saudi Arabia to permit the delivery of two urgently needed shipments of medicine and food aid blocked outside the port of Hodeidah, warning that the 15-day Saudi-imposed blockade was endangering tens of thousands of lives.

Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said: “The position is very precarious. One of the aid shipments contains medicine to combat the cholera outbreak, and the other urgently needed food aid including grains and rice.”

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:00 am GMT

Whitefish Energy: Power company halts Puerto Rico work

Whitefish Energy says payments have been delayed from Puerto Rico's bankrupt power authority.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 4:50 am GMT

GE hub connects its smart lights to Alexa and Google

When GE introduced its latest C-series smart light bulbs, the focus was on affordability -- as they talked directly to your phone through Bluetooth, you didn't need a bridge device. That kept them out of touch of voice assistants, however, which mean...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Nov 2017 | 4:43 am GMT

Australia backpacker exploitation 'endemic', study finds

A study of temporary workers' conditions finds extensive evidence of pay theft and other violations.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 4:41 am GMT

Whitefish energy company halts work to restore Puerto Rico's power over unpaid bill

Hurricane-hit US territory says payments were halted after subcontractor complained company owed them money

Whitefish Energy Holdings has said it is halting work on restoring power in Puerto Rico because it has not been paid by the US territory’s government.

The company said late Monday that invoices for work done in October were outstanding and that it could no longer keep working. A letter sent to Puerto Rico officials stated the government owed Whitefish more than $83m.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 4:30 am GMT

Australia will have its own Weinstein reckoning. It's just a matter of time | Van Badham

The local stage and film industry is small and speaking out carries bigger risks. But behind closed doors, a storm is brewing

Did you hear about the stand-up comedian? High-profile, well-known – and banned from several local venues because he touches up the female comedians. No one’s gonna talk about it – “not until he dies in an alcohol-fuelled car accident”, a friend from the scene has said. But the women don’t like him. They don’t feel safe when he’s around.

What about the young male theatre maker? Before he started getting main stage gigs he was still doing shows on the fringe, and became obsessed with a woman also working with one of the theatres. He got her number, would not stop calling her, told her that he was in love with her, and one night, when she was at work, he cornered her. She just started bellowing until someone heard and intervened. She told the artistic director what happened; the man agreed to stop calling her, and to stay away from her when his show was on. But that was it.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 4:16 am GMT

More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find

Boffins beware: random samples are therefore useless for research

Given that code sharing is a big part of the GitHub mission, it should come at no surprise that the platform stores a lot of duplicated code: 70 per cent, a study has found.…

Source: The Register | 21 Nov 2017 | 3:57 am GMT

'Travesty' trial ends in China with lawyer Jiang Tianyong jailed

Court sentences human rights defender to two years’ prison but his supporters say guilty plea on subversion charges was likely to have been coerced

China has sentenced a prominent civil rights lawyer to two years in prison in a trial that was denounced as political theatre by critics.

Jiang Tianyong, whose past clients include a wide range of activists such as the exiled dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng, was sentenced on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” in the central city of Changsha on Tuesday morning, after languishing in detention for the past year.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 3:41 am GMT

Over 400 of the World's Most Popular Websites Record Your Every Keystroke

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The idea of websites tracking users isn't new, but research from Princeton University released last week indicates that online tracking is far more invasive than most users understand. In the first installment of a series titled "No Boundaries," three researchers from Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) explain how third-party scripts that run on many of the world's most popular websites track your every keystroke and then send that information to a third-party server. Some highly-trafficked sites run software that records every time you click and every word you type. If you go to a website, begin to fill out a form, and then abandon it, every letter you entered in is still recorded, according to the researchers' findings. If you accidentally paste something into a form that was copied to your clipboard, it's also recorded. These scripts, or bits of code that websites run, are called "session replay" scripts. Session replay scripts are used by companies to gain insight into how their customers are using their sites and to identify confusing webpages. But the scripts don't just aggregate general statistics, they record and are capable of playing back individual browsing sessions. The scripts don't run on every page, but are often placed on pages where users input sensitive information, like passwords and medical conditions. Most troubling is that the information session replay scripts collect can't "reasonably be expected to be kept anonymous," according to the researchers.

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Source: Slashdot | 21 Nov 2017 | 3:30 am GMT

Visualizing Integral's Orbits

ESA's Integral space observatory has been orbiting Earth for 15 years, observing the ever-changing, powerful and violent cosmos in gamma rays, X-rays and visible light.

Source: SpaceRef | 21 Nov 2017 | 3:13 am GMT

Windows 8 broke Microsoft's memory randomisation

The problem's still there in Windows 10, so prepare for code re-use attacks

A Carnegie-Mellon CERT researcher has discovered the Microsoft broke some use-cases for its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR), designed to block code-reuse attacks.…

Source: The Register | 21 Nov 2017 | 3:02 am GMT

Formidable corporate adversaries pay out in latest Berkeley settlements

Resolved legal actions mean a trial will be less likely over 2015 balcony collapse tragedy

Source: The Irish Times - News | 21 Nov 2017 | 3:00 am GMT

Zimbabwe latest: Mugabe faces impeachment by parliament

The embattled Zimbabwean leader is to face impeachment proceedings from his own party.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 2:51 am GMT

The pioneering male beauty blogger

How an Instagram beauty blogger with more than 75 thousand followers became the first man to star in a L’Oreal make-up ad.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 2:34 am GMT

What's on TV: 'Godless,' 'Marvel's Runaways'

As we get ready for the holiday later this week, there are plenty of new streaming options in case you've already cleared your DVR. Hulu premieres its new Marvel series Runaways, while Netflix offers its western Godless and Spike Lee's She's Gotta Ha...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Nov 2017 | 2:28 am GMT

UCLA Researchers Use Solar To Create and Store Hydrogen

UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fuel for eco-friendly cars. Phys.Org reports: The device could make hydrogen cars affordable for many more consumers because it produces hydrogen using nickel, iron and cobalt -- elements that are much more abundant and less expensive than the platinum and other precious metals that are currently used to produce hydrogen fuel. Traditional hydrogen fuel cells and supercapacitors have two electrodes: one positive and one negative. The device developed at UCLA has a third electrode that acts as both a supercapacitor, which stores energy, and as a device for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, a process called water electrolysis. All three electrodes connect to a single solar cell that serves as the device's power source, and the electrical energy harvested by the solar cell can be stored in one of two ways: electrochemically in the supercapacitor or chemically as hydrogen. The device also is a step forward because it produces hydrogen fuel in an environmentally friendly way. Currently, about 95 percent of hydrogen production worldwide comes from converting fossil fuels such as natural gas into hydrogen -- a process that releases large quantities of carbon dioxide into the air, said Maher El-Kady, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher and a co-author of the research. The technology is described in the journal Energy Storage Materials.

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Source: Slashdot | 21 Nov 2017 | 2:05 am GMT

Amazon launches Secret Region – so secret it's endorsed by the CIA

The rest of us just get a 0.04% improvement in EC2 reliability, to a guaranteed 99.99%

Amazon Web Services has launched a Secret Region – which we know about because the CIA has endorsed it.…

Source: The Register | 21 Nov 2017 | 2:04 am GMT

Russia reports radioactivity 986 times the norm after nuclear accident claim

Moscow says ‘extremely high’ levels of ruthenium-106 discovered as Greenpeace urges inquiry into possible cover-up

Russia’s meteorological service has confirmed “extremely high” concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 were found in several parts of the country in late September, confirming European reports about the contamination this month.

“Probes of radioactive aerosols from monitoring stations Argayash and Novogorny were found to contain radioisotope Ru-106” between September 25 and October 1,” the Rosgidromet service said.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 1:59 am GMT

Argentina navy: Missing sub 'had called to report breakdown'

The Argentine navy boat vanished off the coast last Wednesday and no trace has been found.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 1:51 am GMT

Trump administration ends program for Haitians who came to US after quake

Temporary residency permit program allowed almost 60,000 citizens to live and work in US following devastation of 2010 earthquake

The Trump administration said Monday that it was ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean country.

The homeland security department said conditions in Haiti have improved significantly, so the benefit will be extended one last time – until July 2019 – to give Haitians time to prepare to return home.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 1:41 am GMT

Trump declares North Korea 'sponsor of terror'

Donald Trump's move will trigger "very large" additional sanctions, the US president says.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 1:28 am GMT

Uber Expands Driverless-Car Push With Deal For 24,000 Volvos

Uber agreed to buy 24,000 sport utility vehicles from Volvo to form a fleet of driverless autos. According to Bloomberg, "The XC90s, priced from $46,900 at U.S. dealers, will be delivered from 2019 to 2021 in the first commercial purchase by a ride-hailing provider." Uber will add its own sensors and software to permit pilot-less driving. From the report: Uber's order steps up efforts to replace human drivers, the biggest cost in its on-demand taxi service. The autonomous fleet is small compared with the more than 2 million people who drive for Uber but reflects dedication to the company's strategy of developing self-driving cars. "This new agreement puts us on a path toward mass-produced, self-driving vehicles at scale," Jeff Miller, Uber's head of auto alliances, told Bloomberg News. "The more people working on the problem, we'll get there faster and with better, safer, more reliable systems."

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Source: Slashdot | 21 Nov 2017 | 1:25 am GMT

TV host Charlie Rose suspended

It comes after eight women accused him of sexual harassment in a newspaper report.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 1:20 am GMT

Argentina's navy says fresh noises are not from missing submarine

Argentina’s navy has said sounds detected from the bottom of the ocean are not from the submarine which has been missing in rough seas for five days with 44 crew on board.

Spokesman Enrique Balbi said “a biological source” was behind the noises which were picked up by two Argentinian navy ships searching for ARA San Juan and by sonar buoys dropped by a US P8 surveillance plane.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 21 Nov 2017 | 1:06 am GMT

US moves to block AT&T's takeover of Time Warner

The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to stop the media and telecoms tie-up.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 1:06 am GMT

RCSI urges Government to grant college university status

College seeks removal of ‘bizarre’ obstacle allowing it university status abroad only

Source: The Irish Times - News | 21 Nov 2017 | 1:00 am GMT

Children in Gaelscoileanna to learn foreign languages

New initiative will see subjects taught only through French, German or other languages

Source: The Irish Times - News | 21 Nov 2017 | 1:00 am GMT

AT&T insists it's not sweating US govt block of Time-Warner gobble

'We don't care, in fact look at this letter about how little we care. Really. Please look at it'

AT&T says it is not worried about the possibility of a US government lawsuit derailing its attempts to acquire Time-Warner.…

Source: The Register | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:57 am GMT

How your electric car could be 'a virtual power station'

As the world moves towards low-carbon electric cars, how are we going to power them all?

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:57 am GMT

iMac Pro Will Have An A10 Fusion Coprocessor For 'Hey, Siri' Support and More Secure Booting, Says Report

According to Apple firmware gurus Steven Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo, the upcoming iMac Pro will feature an A10 Fusion coprocessor to enable two interesting new features. "The first is the ability for the iMac Pro to feature always-on 'Hey, Siri' voice command support, similar to what's currently available on more recent iPhone devices," reports The Verge. "[T]he bigger implication of the A10 Fusion is for a less user-facing function, with Apple likely to use the coprocessor to enable SecureBoot on the iMac Pro." From the report: In more practical terms, it means that Apple will be using the A10 Fusion chip to handle the initial boot process and confirm that software checks out, before passing things off to the regular x86 Intel processor in your Mac. It's not something that will likely change how you use your computer too much, like the addition of "Hey, Siri" support will, but it's a move toward Apple experimenting with an increased level of control over its software going forward.

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Source: Slashdot | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:45 am GMT

Can't computer programme? You can still create an app

After creating her own app without knowing how to programme, Tara Reed is teaching others to do the same.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:40 am GMT

Young Turks And Reporter Abruptly Part Ways Following Sexual Assault Allegations

The progressive online news outlet the Young Turks abruptly cut ties with reporter Jordan Chariton, according to an email obtained by The Intercept, after initially placing him on administrative leave following allegations of sexual assault last week.  

Chariton was accused last week of sexual assault by a former employee at Truth Against the Machine, an organization he founded in addition to his work with the Young Turks. Chicago activist Christian Chiakulas first shared the allegations in a piece posted to HuffPost’s contributors section, a platform for self-publishing. HuffPost later took the piece down, according to Chiakulas. 

The Intercept obtained an email that the Young Turks management sent to staff Friday night announcing Chariton’s departure. “Although privacy concerns keep us from discussing the details surrounding this, I wanted to communicate that Jordan is no longer employed by The Young Turks,” the email read.

The announcement came a day after Chariton published a Medium post titled “Explaining My TYT Absence,” that included a detailed and explicit description of the incident at the heart of the allegations, saying he had learned in June that a “consensual sexual encounter” he had was “being portrayed in gossip as something else.” Truth Against the Machine correspondent Chelsea Lyons took to Facebook Live to support Chariton’s version of events. 

On Tuesday evening, Chariton posted a second statement to Medium, writing that the Young Turks fired him and reiterating his innocence of the accusations against him. “I was informed the evening of Friday, November 17, 2017 — only hours after false accusations were published about me in HuffPost — that The Young Turks would be terminating my employment effective immediately,” he wrote.

In his initial Medium post, Chariton said he decided to inform his bosses at the Young Turks of the situation since he has “nothing to hide.”


Jordan Chariton attends the TYT Watchdog Correspondents’ Dinner 2017 on April 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Photo: Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images


“This was not easy but I believe the truth always wins out,” he continued.

In response, the Young Turks immediately placed Chariton on administrative leave and hired an outside investigator, a move he praised.

“I won’t get into details of the investigation, but I’m 100 percent confident that it will confirm everything I’ve shared here to be truthful,” Chariton wrote. “I am also 100 percent confident that if people seek to speak to women I currently work with or have worked with in the past, they would describe professional and supportive behavior.”

Neither the Young Turks nor Chariton responded to a request for comment. 

Editor’s Note: The Intercept’s D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim is a contributor to the Young Turks. 

Update: Nov. 20, 2017, 9:01 p.m.
This piece was updated with information about Jordan Chariton’s statement regarding his firing, which he posted shortly after we published our piece.

The post Young Turks And Reporter Abruptly Part Ways Following Sexual Assault Allegations appeared first on The Intercept.

Source: The Intercept | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:30 am GMT

'Rez Infinite' arrives on your phone through Daydream VR

Rez Infinite is a sublime experience in virtual reality, but there's a catch: that requirement for PlayStation VR or a PC usually means you're tied down. That won't be an issue after today, provided you have the right hardware: Enhance Games has rele...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:29 am GMT

Padmavati: Why a Bollywood epic is facing fierce protests

Hindu caste groups say the film depicts romantic scenes between a Hindu queen and a Muslim king.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:28 am GMT

Rape and no periods in North Korea's army

A former female soldier in the North Korean army says there was little food, poor hygiene and a constant risk of sexual assault.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:27 am GMT

How recycled roofs are transforming homes in slums

The modular recycled roofing system that’s transforming slum housing.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:26 am GMT

Google Is Working On Fuchsia OS Support For Apple's Swift Programming Language

An anonymous reader shares a report from Android Police: Google's in-development operating system, named "Fuchsia," first appeared over a year ago. It's quite different from Android and Chrome OS, as it runs on top of the real-time "Magenta" kernel instead of Linux. According to recent code commits, Google is working on Fuchsia OS support for the Swift programming language. If you're not familiar with it, Swift is a programming language developed by Apple, which can be used to create iOS/macOS/tvOS/watchOS applications (it can also compile to Linux). Apple calls it "Objective-C without the C," and on the company's own platforms, it can be mixed with existing C/Objective-C/C++ code (similar to how apps on Android can use both Kotlin and Java in the same codebase). We already know that Fuchsia will support apps written in Dart, a C-like language developed by Google, but it looks like Swift could also be supported. On Swift's GitHub repository, a pull request was created by a Google employee that adds Fuchsia OS support to the compiler. At the time of writing, there are discussions about splitting it into several smaller pull requests to make reviewing the code changes easier.

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Source: Slashdot | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:05 am GMT

Pope Francis calls for police to show drivers 'mercy'

The pontiff says police should try to understand why a person has committed an offence.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:02 am GMT

Naby Keita: From the streets of Guinea to a record £48m Liverpool move

Naby Keita's journey from breaking things while shopping with his mother in Guinea to a record £48m move to Liverpool.

Source: BBC News - Home | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:01 am GMT

Paris edges out Dublin to host EU Banking Authority

The European Union has picked Paris as the new host for its London-based banking authority after Britain leaves the bloc.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:01 am GMT

Ireland one of priciest developed countries for broadband

Average monthly price is €60.57, making State sixth dearest developed country

Source: The Irish Times - News | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:01 am GMT

Irish man charged over planning sex with teenage girl

Kieran Creaven, 54, from Dublin has appeared in court in Leeds charged with two offences in relation to attempting to engage in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:00 am GMT

Ask Brian: My son has dyslexia. Will he qualify for lower CAO points?

Reduced points are available for students with learning challenges – but be sure prepare your application well

Source: The Irish Times - News | 21 Nov 2017 | 12:00 am GMT

M50 crackdown sees fines of €130k for toll dodgers

Motorists have been hit with fines totalling more than €130,000 for dodging M50 tolls.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:59 pm GMT

Argentina sub: What happens when a submarine vanishes

How do subs disappear? And how long can crews survive in a submerged vessel?

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:56 pm GMT

Verdicts returned in Co Mayo murder-suicide case

A jury at the inquest into the death of an elderly couple in Mayo last November has returned verdicts of homicide in relation to Kitty Fitzgerald and self-inflicted homicide in relation to her husband Tom Fitzgerald.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:55 pm GMT

Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

Bugs can be exploited to extract info, potentially insert rootkits

Intel today admitted its Management Engine (ME), Server Platform Services (SPS), and Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) are vulnerable to multiple worrying security flaws, based on the findings of external security experts.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:53 pm GMT

Zimbabwe's Mugabe in contact with ousted vice president

Zimbabwe's top general has said that talks were planned between President Robert Mugabe and former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:43 pm GMT

Berkeley balcony collapse relatives settle cases against firms

Apartments owner Blackrock and manager Greystar pay multimillion euro settlements

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:39 pm GMT

Dashcam video shows plane crash-landing in Florida – video

Two police dashcam videos captured the moment a small plane crash-landed on a busy Florida road. Pinellas County Sheriff’s office said officers were responding to a call on the North Keene Road in Clearwater when they saw the single-engine Rockwell Commander 112 flying low before crashing into the road. The 61-year-old pilot and 55-year-old passenger were both uninjured. The pilot had reported engine trouble shortly after refuelling, the sheriff’s office said.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:37 pm GMT

'Get out of the way!' Bus parks directly in front of stadium implosion – video

An Atlanta commuter bus ruins a painstaking livestream of the demolition of the iconic Georgia Dome, by making a stop at exactly the wrong moment

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:35 pm GMT

Hulu lawsuit centers on lack of audio options for blind users

While captions help deaf and limited hearing viewers enjoy video content, a separate audio track describing actions helps blind watchers understand what's going on. But not all content platforms have the latter feature. A group of blind and visually-...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:33 pm GMT

US First Lady Melania Trump receives Christmas tree

The first family of the United States prepares for its first festive season at the White House.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:32 pm GMT

Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

Here we go again…

Texas Rangers have obtained a search warrant for the contents of a blood-splattered iPhone SE belonging to gunman Devin Kelley who killed 26 people in a murder-suicide at a church.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:30 pm GMT

No British judge on world court for first time in its 71-year history

Indian candidate fills 15th and final place on bench of international court of justice after UK withdraws its pick for post

The UK will not have a judge on the bench of the international court of justice for the first time in its 71-year history after the British candidate withdrew following an acrimonious competition.

Minutes after an 11th round of voting was scheduled to begin in New York on Monday, a letter was released by the UK mission to the UN announcing that Sir Christopher Greenwood would accept defeat and allow the rival Indian candidate, Dalveer Bhandari, to fill the final vacancy on the ICJ.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:21 pm GMT

Why Hackers Reuse Malware

Orome1 shares a report from Help Net Security: Software developers love to reuse code wherever possible, and hackers are no exception. While we often think of different malware strains as separate entities, the reality is that most new malware recycles large chunks of source code from existing malware with some changes and additions (possibly taken from other publicly released vulnerabilities and tools). This approach makes sense. Why reinvent the wheel when another author already created a working solution? While code reuse in malware can make signature-based detection methods more effective in certain cases, more often than not it frees up time for attackers to do additional work on detection avoidance and attack efficacy -- which can create a more dangerous final product. There are multiple reasons why hackers reuse code when developing their own malware. First, it saves time. By copying code wherever possible, malware authors have more time to focus on other areas, like detection avoidance and attribution masking. In some cases, there may be only one way to successfully accomplish a task, such as exploiting a vulnerability. In these instances, code reuse is a no-brainer. Hacker also tend to reuse effective tactics such as social engineering, malicious macros and spear phishing whenever possible simply because they have a high rate of success.

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Source: Slashdot | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:20 pm GMT

CBS suspends Charlie Rose after sexual harassment and groping allegations

Charlie Rose has been suspended by CBS News after becoming the latest media figure to be accused of sexual harassment when eight women came forward to describe unwanted advances, including lewd phone calls, parading naked, and groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.

Related: Russell Simmons accused of sexual assault alongside Brett Ratner

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:18 pm GMT

'Bait!' brings an ice fishing expedition to Facebook's social VR

Facebook launched its social VR Spaces beta last April, finally showing us a compelling experience that helped put the social media company's acquisition of Oculus in the first place. Recently, Oculus showed off a little ice fishing game from casual...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:58 pm GMT

Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Stoke City

Brighton stretch their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games as they draw with visitors Stoke.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:54 pm GMT

17-year-old held over man's death in Offaly

Gardaí, who are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 56-year-old man in Co Offaly, have extended the period of detention for a 17-year-old who is assisting them with their inquiries.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:53 pm GMT

Uber slapped with $9m fine for letting dodgy drivers pick up punters

Super Cali goes – oh no, wait, this is Colorado

Colorado watchdogs today hit Uber subsidiary Rasier with an $8.9m fine for allowing drivers with felony convictions and/or major moving violations to pick up folks using the ride-hailing app.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:43 pm GMT

US Sues To Block AT&T Purchase of Time Warner

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing AT&T to block its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. "The legal challenge was expected after AT&T rejected a demand by the Justice Department earlier this month to divest its DirecTV unit or Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting -- which contains news network CNN -- in order to win antitrust approval," reports Reuters. From the report: AT&T's chief executive said then that he would defend the deal in court to win approval, and the company criticized the Justice Department's case on Monday. The lawsuit is "a radical and inexplicable departure from decades of antitrust precedent," said AT&T lawyer David McAtee, arguing that so-called vertical mergers, between companies that are not direct competitors, are routinely approved. "We see no legitimate reason for our merger to be treated differently," he said, adding that AT&T is confident a judge will reject the Justice Department's case.

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Source: Slashdot | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:40 pm GMT

Amazon Echo is the latest device to benefit (RED)

Want to get a smart speaker while contributing to an important cause? Amazon has you covered: it just unveiled a Product (RED) version of its second-generation Echo. As you might expect, buying the crimson-hued device will contribute 10 percent (in t...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:27 pm GMT

Leigh Corfman on her encounter with Roy Moore at age 14 - video

The woman who first spoke out to accuse Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 14 said on Monday it took her a long time to get her self-esteem back after she blamed herself for what she says happened. Leigh Corfman was 14 in 1979 when she alleges Moore, then 32, took her to his house, removed most of her clothes, groped her and put her hand on his genitals. He took her back to her home when she told him she was uncomfortable and wanted to leave, but she was emotionally scarred for decades after, she said.

Moore denies the allegations.

Roy Moore sexual assault accuser tells of struggle to regain self-esteem

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:07 pm GMT

Motorcyclist killed in Co Kerry collision

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a car in Listowel, Co Kerry.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:05 pm GMT

Ashes: Nathan Lyon hopes Australia will 'end careers' of England players

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon hopes Australia can "end the careers" of some England players during the forthcoming Ashes series.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:02 pm GMT

Justice department aims to block AT&T's $85bn takeover of Time Warner

AT&T has already signaled it will go to court if the deal is blocked, potentially setting up one of the biggest legal battles over a corporate merger in decades

The US Department of Justice on Monday moved to block AT&T’s $85bn takeover of Time Warner, one of the largest media deals ever announced.

Related: Trump administration uses CNN as bargaining chip in Time Warner-AT&T deal

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:00 pm GMT

North American 'League of Legends' championship finalizes 10-team roster

Earlier this year, League of Legends studio Riot Games introduced new rules for the game's American pro league. At long last, the North American League Championship Series (NA LCS) will have a permanent roster of ten teams, starting with the 2018 sea...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:00 pm GMT

An Ethereum Startup Just Vanished After People Invested $374K

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A startup on the Ethereum platform vanished from the internet on Sunday after raising $374,000 USD from investors in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fundraiser. Confido is a startup that pitched itself as a blockchain-based app for making payments and tracking shipments. It sold digital tokens to investors over the Ethereum blockchain in an ICO that ran from November 6 to 8. During the token sale, Confido sold people bespoke digital tokens that represent their investment in exchange for ether, Ethereum's digital currency. But on Sunday, the company unceremoniously deleted its Twitter account and took down its website. A company representative posted a brief comment to the company's now-private subforum on Reddit, citing legal problems that prevent the Confido team from continuing their work. The same message was also posted to Medium but quickly deleted. "Right now, we are in a tight spot, as we are having legal trouble caused by a contract we signed," the message stated (a cached version of the Medium post is viewable). "It is likely that we will be able to find a solution to rectify the situation. However, we cannot assure you with 100% certainty that we will get through this." The message was apparently written by Confido's founder, one Joost van Doorn, who seems to have no internet presence besides a now-removed LinkedIn profile. Even the Confido representative on Reddit doesn't seem to know what's going on, though, posting hours after the initial message, "Look I have absolutely no idea what has happened here. The removal of all of our social media platforms and website has come as a complete surprise to me." Confido tokens had a market cap of $10 million last week, before the company disappeared, but now the tokens are worthless. And investors are crying foul.

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Source: Slashdot | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:00 pm GMT

Man dies after motorcycle hits cars in Listowel

Man in his 50s killed in two vehicle collision at Shanacool Cross in Co Kerry

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 9:55 pm GMT

DOJ slaps AT&T with antitrust lawsuit over Time Warner purchase

The US Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T to block the massive communications company from purchasing Time Warner, one of the world's biggest entertainment conglomerates. AT&T released a statement calling the move...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 9:32 pm GMT

N Ireland to leave EU 'on same terms' as rest of UK

The DUP leader has said that Northern Ireland would leave the EU on the same terms as the rest of the United Kingdom, rebuffing a suggestion from the bloc that the region remain subject to some of its rules.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 20 Nov 2017 | 9:26 pm GMT

Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

Tempest in a teapot scalds FOSS world

Special report  Two organizations founded to help and support developers of free and open-source software have locked horns in public, betraying a long-running quarrel rumbling mostly behind the scenes.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 9:23 pm GMT

Amazon Launches a Cloud Service For US Intelligence Agencies

Amazon Web Services on Monday introduced cloud service for the CIA and other members of the U.S. intelligence community. From a report: The launch of the so-called AWS Secret Region comes six years after AWS introduced GovCloud, its first data center region for public sector customers. AWS has since announced plans to expand GovCloud. The new Secret Region signals interest in using AWS from specific parts of the U.S. government. In 2013 news outlets reported on a $600 million contract between AWS and the CIA. That event singlehandledly helped Amazon in its effort to sign up large companies to use its cloud, whose core services have been available since 2006.

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Source: Slashdot | 20 Nov 2017 | 9:20 pm GMT

Donald Trump plans to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror

Donald Trump has announced that the US will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Trump said the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the US “maximum pressure campaign” against Pyongyang. North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 9:12 pm GMT

Irishwoman killed in London 'may have known killer'

A woman who was stabbed to death at her north London home may have been murdered by someone she knew, Scotland Yard said.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 20 Nov 2017 | 9:06 pm GMT

David Haye v Tony Bellew: Rematch postponed after Haye's 'freak' accident

David Haye's heavyweight rematch with Tony Bellew is postponed after Haye slips on the stairs in a "freak" training accident.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 9:05 pm GMT

FanDuel's co-founder leaves to create an eSports company

FanDuel co-creator Nigel Eccles has been toying with startup ideas ever since his company proposed a merger with DraftKings, and he's taking action now that the merger has fallen apart. Eccles has stepped down from his CEO and chairman positions to h...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 9:03 pm GMT

Trump administration sued over elephant trophy decision

Conservation groups are suing the US government over President Donald Trump's decision to let hunters bring in lion and elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, days after Mr Trump said the move had been put on hold

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:53 pm GMT

Department of Health defends decision to centralise trauma care

Minister’s plan sets to end trauma care in three Dublin hospitals

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:51 pm GMT

Nebraska Approves Keystone XL Pipeline as Opponents Face Criminalization of Protests

Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved the Keystone XL pipeline Monday, eliminating a major regulatory hurdle to construction of a project that galvanized people across the U.S. into opposition. The decision comes days after the existing Keystone pipeline, to which the KXL will connect, spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in South Dakota. To many pipeline opponents motivated by the inevitability of a spill, the contaminated land proves their point.

Those who have been fighting the pipeline for more than five years, and many more drawn into opposition via last year’s dramatic confrontation at Standing Rock, say the approval of KXL marks the beginning of the next phase of the pipeline battles. Opponents in Nebraska will have 30 days to appeal the decision and have promised lawsuits. “We have to do everything we can in order to make sure that this pipeline never gets built,” said Bold Nebraska founder Jane Kleeb in a press conference after the decision.

Meanwhile, organizers are preparing to stand in the way of construction. A coalition including several tribes, native-led organizations, and environmental nonprofits released a call to action, asking people to sign up to “commit to creative peaceful resistance along the pipeline route when construction begins on KXL, likely next spring.” The statement asserts that anyone traveling to resist must undergo a training and remain peaceful.

Monday also marked the one-year anniversary of one of the most aggressive police actions against Dakota Access pipeline opponents, when police sprayed protesters with water cannons in freezing temperatures. Indeed, the new Keystone XL fight will take place in a climate where anti-pipeline organizing has become increasingly criminalized.

Last month, 84 members of Congress — including four Democrats from Texas — signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking whether domestic terrorism laws could be used to prosecute individuals shutting down oil pipelines. In response to queries about the letter, the Department of Justice told Reuters earlier this month that it would aggressively prosecute anyone who damages “critical energy infrastructure in violation of federal law.”

In anticipation of the Keystone XL’s construction, legislation was passed in South Dakota in March that allows the governor or a local sheriff to prohibit groups numbering more than 20 from gathering on public land or in schools, and also allows the Department of Transportation to limit access to highways by prohibiting stopping or parking in designated areas.

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline demonstrate on the Dodge Street pedestrian bridge during rush hour in Omaha, Neb., Nov. 1, 2017.

Photo: Nati Harnik/AP

Law enforcement officials in Nebraska and other states have meanwhile been studying the policing of the Dakota Access pipeline protests. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who led the law enforcement response at Standing Rock, told the Omaha World-Herald that South Dakota officials had asked him to discuss with them the lessons he learned policing the movement, adding that he also intended to meet with Nebraska officials.

Construction cannot begin immediately. The approved route would require the TransCanada pipeline company to obtain easement agreements with an estimated 40 new property owners who were not previously part of the process.

Also standing in the way of the pipeline’s completion is a market that has become less inviting to tar sands oil development, with crude prices dropping dramatically over the past five years. TransCanada has not yet confirmed that it will go ahead with the project, though the company suggested in a recent statement that it had received sufficient interest from oil producers to move forward.

TransCanada’s president and CEO, Russ Girling, issued a lukewarm statement Monday: “As a result of today’s decision, we will conduct a careful review of the Public Service Commission’s ruling while assessing how the decision would impact the cost and schedule of the project.”

Another controversial TransCanada tar sands pipeline, Energy East, which would have carried 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil per day from Alberta to Canada’s Atlantic coast, was canceled by TransCanada in early October. Although the decision was celebrated by environmentalists and indigenous opponents, it created an opening in the market for Keystone XL, which would pump 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

Before President Donald Trump’s election last November, Keystone XL was dead. In 2015, the U.S. State Department denied TransCanada a key border-crossing permit, with President Barack Obama declaring that the pipeline’s approval would have undercut the nation’s global leadership on climate change action. But days after his inauguration, Trump issued a memorandum encouraging expedited approval of the pipeline — an early confirmation of his administration’s abandonment of U.S. climate leadership.

Organizers have been preparing for the possibility of construction ever since. Until Monday, Nebraska stood in the way. The state’s Public Service Commission was tasked with determining if the pipeline was in the state’s public interest, although it was bizarrely not allowed to consider the possibility of oil spills or the issue of pipeline safety in its decision-making process. Landowners whose property would be taken by TransCanada via eminent domain have promised to continue to fight the pipeline.

Meanwhile, Keystone XL opposition in South Dakota, which has long been led by Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota tribal members, has been re-shaped by what happened at Standing Rock. According to Remi Bald Eagle, the intergovernmental affairs coordinator for the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, the pipeline violates the same 1851 and 1868 treaties that were in question with the Dakota Access pipeline. “The Cheyenne River Sioux tribe will fight the Keystone XL pipeline by any means necessary,” he said. The pipeline cuts right past the southern border of the tribe’s reservation.

Small anti-KXL camps in South Dakota were precursors to the massive anti-Dakota Access camps in North Dakota. Now the movement returns to its roots. New indigenous-led KXL opposition camps opened as soon as the NoDAPL camps were forcibly shut down last February.

But the Keystone XL fight, organizers say, will not be another Standing Rock. In fact, repeating what happened there is exactly what some of the most ardent pipeline fighters intend to avoid.

Joye Braun is helping run a small KXL resistance camp on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, supported by the tribal government. Braun predicts campers will eventually move closer to the pipeline’s route, in order to be well-positioned for direct action protests. “We are still working with my tribe and with our spiritual leaders to determine the best use for the campers at that point.”

Some of the rethinking has to do with a sharpened conception of the risk of surveillance. Documents published by The Intercept confirmed that contractors working for TigerSwan, the private security firm hired by Energy Transfer Partners to monitor the pipeline protests, posed as protesters inside the DAPL resistance camps, apparently in an effort to gather intelligence and sow discord.

Although it’s unclear whether TigerSwan personnel visited Eagle Butte, the camp is mentioned in multiple daily reports from March and April that were leaked to The Intercept by a TigerSwan contractor. A report from April 8 describes in detail the layout of the camp and the number of people there, calling it the “sustainment hub and central coordination point for protestor activities against Keystone XL.” Braun is mentioned by name in the documents. There is no evidence TigerSwan has worked for TransCanada.

This time, any front-line camp will be smaller, more native, and more controlled, Braun said, with visitors vetted. “If we can vet that person and prove them, yeah, we’ll let them in.”

A second anti-Keystone XL camp is in place on the Lower Brule Sioux reservation. “We want to have that security culture, but at the same time, we’re not really doing anything,” said Manape Lamere, who has been involved with the camp since May. Lamere said campers are working on developing a renewable energy system that he hopes could be replicated across Sioux reservations. “It’s more than a revolution, we’re building a country,” he said. Pipeline organizing has spurred a renewed interest in the fulfillment of treaty rights and native nation-building, especially among younger generations of Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people. The Lower Brule camp was playing host to a gathering focused on treaties as the Keystone XL decision came through.

Members of that camp have also noticed that they have been subject to surveillance. For example, Lamere said an FBI agent questioned his friends and associates after Lamere posted on Facebook suggesting opponents attack the Dakota Access pipeline. “I meant attack as in protest, but the FBI took it as an actual attack, so they were going around asking my friends if I’m capable of blowing up a pipeline,” he said. Lamere was questioned and ultimately took the post down, concerned that friends who had liked or commented on it would be pressured into developing relationships with law enforcement.

Responding to a request for comment, FBI spokesperson Nora Scheland stated, “I have no comment, as it is our policy to neither confirm nor deny the existence of an FBI investigation.”

Correction: Nov. 20, 2017

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that two Democrats from Texas signed the letter to Sessions. There were four Texas Democrats who signed.

Top photo: Miles of unused pipe, prepared for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, sit in a lot on Oct. 14, 2014, outside Gascoyne, N.D.

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Source: The Intercept | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:50 pm GMT

Senator Al Franken accused of misconduct by second woman

The accuser says the Democratic senator "grabbed my butt" at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:48 pm GMT

Irish-American politician urged to help those facing deportation

Demonstrating youths call on Irish-American congressman to support Dream Act

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:45 pm GMT

DJI threatens legal action after researcher reports bug

In August, DJI announced that it was launching a bug bounty program that would give out rewards to people who could find flaws in its software. The company said it would pay between $100 and $30,000 depending on the flaw. But according to an essay wr...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:42 pm GMT

Apple Could Have Brought a Big iPhone X Feature To Older iPhone But Didn't, Developer Says

Steven Troughton-Smith, a prominent iOS developer best known for combing new software codes for references for upcoming features, over the weekend indicated that portrait mode lighting effects, a major feature in the current iPhone generation -- iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, could technically be added to iPhone 7 Plus from last year. The feature works like this: you take a picture, go to the photos app on your new iPhone and play with the "Lighting" effects. He writes: So yeah you just need to hexedit the metadata in the HEIC. Not quite sure where, I copied a whole section from an iPhone X Portrait Mode photo and it worked. Original photo taken on 7 Plus on iOS 11. Someone could automate this. Just to add insult to injury, if you AirDrop that photo back to the iPhone 7 Plus now it shows the Portrait Lighting UI, and lets you change mode. So Portrait Lighting is 100% an artificial software limitation. 7 Plus photos can have it, 7 Plus can do it.

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Source: Slashdot | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:40 pm GMT

Newcastle United takeover: Financial firm tables formal bid in region of £300m

A financial firm headed by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley tables a formal takeover bid in the region of £300m for Newcastle United.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:37 pm GMT

Councillor charged with damaging Cork’s ‘Victoria’ street signs

Diarmaid Ó Cadhla and group say honouring British monarch insults Famine dead

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:33 pm GMT

State’s road builder to expand motorway operations centre

Further contracts to provide for enhanced M50 traffic flow driven by new IT systems

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:30 pm GMT

Ireland set to back EU ban on bee-hazardous pesticides

European food watchdog running rule over impact of chemicals on pivotal pollinators

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:24 pm GMT

Honda will use targeted Facebook videos to encourage recall repairs

As the Takata airbag recall -- the largest ever US auto recall -- continues, Honda has been looking for new ways to reach customers who haven't yet brought in their vehicles for repair. And the company's next move, as Reuters reports, is to target Ho...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:21 pm GMT

It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

Link to fake TSB site canned after we help raise alarm

Microsoft has axed a Bing search result advert that masqueraded as a legit online banking website – but was in fact a sophisticated phishing operation.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:06 pm GMT

Climate change talks: NGOs rebuke Ireland over inertia

Ireland exposed as worst performer in Europe on Climate Change Performance Index

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:04 pm GMT

Babies may be able to link certain words and concepts, research suggests

Study indicates infants as young as six months old may realise certain words are related – and that interaction with adults boosts understanding

Babies as young as six months old may have an inkling that certain words and concepts are related to each other, say scientists in research that sheds new light on how infants learn.

The study also found that babies who were more often exposed to adults talking to them about items in their vicinity did better at identifying a picture of an object when the item was said out loud.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:00 pm GMT

The best soda maker

By Anna Perling and Jamie Wiebe This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Rea...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:00 pm GMT

Eric Schmidt Says Google News Will 'Engineer' Russian Propaganda Out of the Feed

Justin Ling, writing for Motherboard: Eric Schmidt, Executive Chariman of Alphabet, says the company is working to ferret out Russian propaganda from Google News after facing criticism that Kremlin-owned media sites had been given plum placement on the search giant's news and advertising platforms. "We're well aware of this one, and we're working on detecting this kind of scenario you're describing and deranking those kinds of sites," Schmidt said, after being asked why the world's largest search company continued to classify the Russian sites as news. Schmidt, in an interview at the Halifax International Security Forum over the weekend, name-checked two state-owned enterprises. "It's basically RT and Sputnik," Schmidt added. "We're well aware and we're trying to engineer the systems to prevent it."

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Source: Slashdot | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:00 pm GMT

Garda claims colleagues subjected him to racial abuse

A garda who is on sick leave due to alleged bullying and racial abuse he has received from colleagues has launched a High Court challenge against a decision by the Garda Commissioner to reclassify his illness.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:55 pm GMT

London loses EU agencies to Paris and Amsterdam in Brexit relocation

Paris takes European Banking Authority and European Medicines Agency goes to Amsterdam as EU’s chief negotiator mocks Theresa May’s ‘Brexit means Brexit’ stance

London is losing the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam and the European Banking Authority to Paris, in one of the first concrete signs of Brexit as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

The two cities won the agencies after tie breaks that saw the winner selected by drawing lots from a large goldfish-style bowl.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:51 pm GMT

Cab case on assets allegedly related to Kinahan gang to be heard

Bureau wants to sell assets, including cars, motorbikes and watches, worth €500,000

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:41 pm GMT

LeBron James is making a high school basketball series for YouTube

YouTube has already lined up a few big names for original shows on its Red subscription service, and now that includes sports superstars. LeBron James is executive producing Best Shot, an eight-episode documentary covering a high school basketball t...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:41 pm GMT

Canadian American family on surviving Taliban captivity: 'We tried to make it fun'

Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle used lessons about British history and constellations to help their children after being abducted in Afghanistan

An American woman kidnapped in Afghanistan and held for five years said she and her Canadian husband did all they could to make captivity as fun as possible for their three children, concocting games out of garbage and teaching their eldest son British history to diminish his fears around beheadings.

“We tried to make it fun for them, as best we could,” Caitlan Coleman, 31, told ABC News in an interview released on Monday. “We would just teach them to use things like bottle caps, or bits of cardboard – garbage essentially – but what we could find to play with, tell them these are toys, we can make a game with this.”

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:37 pm GMT

Lots drawn to decide post-Brexit agency moves

Ministers pick new homes for medicine and banking agencies which will move from London.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:23 pm GMT

Zimbabwe in confusion as Robert Mugabe ignores latest deadline to leave

Draft impeachment motion published by Zanu-PF party but support of opposition parties may be necessary after arrest or flight of some MPs

Robert Mugabe faces being stripped of his office by parliament if he does not resign as president within days, as the political crisis triggered by a military takeover in Zimbabwe moves into a second week.

The 93-year-old had been given a deadline of noon local time on Monday to resign as head of state or face impeachment when parliament reconvenes on Tuesday.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:23 pm GMT

PayPal can help you save and invest money with the Acorns app

PayPal is funding several new digital services lately. You can send cash to your friends via the money service using Facebook Messenger, Skype and even PayPal's own money cards. The company also makes it easy to pool money for gifts and tip Twitch st...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:22 pm GMT

Dark Side of Gig Economy: Some Instacart Workers Go On Strike Over Pay That Can Be as Low as $1 Per Hour

From a report: Instacart shoppers and drivers -- the people who gather your groceries and deliver them to you after you order via the Instacart app -- are on strike. While independent contractors can't technically strike, via a Facebook group some of the company's thousands of employees have organized a "no delivery day" in the hopes of getting higher wages, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The strike is only taking place in a few of the 154 cities nationwide that Instacart operates in. The action may be small, but the grievances are big. While Instacart, the 5-year-old San Francisco startup, is valued at $3.4 billion, it allegedly pays its workers as little as $1 per order. Ars Technica has a great breakdown of all the issues surrounding how Instacart employees get paid and it's complex, with three different income streams coming together Voltron-like to form a wage. The result, though, is that some shoppers are being paid less than the federal minimum wage, like a Jackson, Miss., worker who put in a 19-hour week in Jackson, Mississippi, that paid out $37.75 (roughly $2/hour). That's far below the $14/hour wage that Ars Technica says Instacart is targeting.

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Source: Slashdot | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:20 pm GMT

Cork councillor charged over damage to street signs

A 56-year-old member of Cork County Council has been before the District Court in Cork, charged with five counts of criminal damage to street signs at three locations in Cork city.

Source: RTÉ News - News Headlines | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:16 pm GMT

Daughter of British captain who accepted Pearse’s surrender dies aged 107

Dorothea Findlater was likely the last person alive who remembers the Easter Rising

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:15 pm GMT

South Carolina suspect steals police car then crashes

South Carolina police were surprised when a suspect they just booked escapes in one of their cars.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:05 pm GMT

Students speak up: How schools are listening to pupils

Some schools are allowing pupils to influence decisions in a democratic, progressive way

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:00 pm GMT

Home ecomomics: No longer the ‘wife material’ course?

Food month: Once aimed at home-makers, the subject now targets a wide range of students with focus on balanced diets and food labelling – and the pressing obesity issue

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:00 pm GMT

Master & Dynamic’s concrete speaker is equal parts sound and spectacle

If you're a fan of well-designed headphones that have a unique aesthetic, Master & Dynamic should be at the top of your list. The company has been pairing colored leather and metal accents for years now, creating some of the best looking audio ac...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 7:00 pm GMT

Murder-suicide verdict returned in Mayo inquest

Kitty Fitzgerald found dead in hallway of home, while husband Tom discovered outside

Source: The Irish Times - News | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:55 pm GMT

Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid

An asteroid that visited our Solar System from interstellar space is one of the most elongated celestial bodies known to science.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:53 pm GMT

Merkel hints fresh elections preferable to minority government as talks fail

German chancellor says she is ‘sceptical’ as president calls for parties to resume efforts after coalition talks collapsed

Angela Merkel has indicated that she would rather have fresh elections than try to rule in a minority government as the collapse of German coalition talks posed the most serious threat to her power since she became chancellor more than a decade ago.

Merkel, who has headed three coalitions since 2005, said she was “very sceptical” about ruling in a minority government and suggested she would stand again as a candidate if elections were called in the new year, telling public broadcaster ARD she was “a woman who has responsibility and is prepared to take responsibility in the future”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:51 pm GMT

In Yemen’s “60 Minutes” Moment, No Mention That the U.S. Is Fueling the Conflict

Saudi Arabia’s years-long blockade and bombing campaign in Yemen has gotten very little coverage in the United States, even as the extreme food and fuel shortages have developed into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Now, as the Saudi noose on Yemen tightens — leaving 7 million people facing starvation and another 1 million infected with cholera — the war is having its moment in the media spotlight.

On Sunday, “60 Minutes” aired a 13-minute segment on the war’s devastating humanitarian toll. The program featured imagery of starving children and interviews with displaced people, all obtained after Saudi Arabia blocked “60 Minutes” from entering the country.

“You keep going like you’re going, there’s not going to be anybody left,” David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program, told CBS’s Scott Pelley. “All the children are going to be dead.”

Coverage on such a high-profile program is frequently enough to get politicians to pay attention to an issue, and the “60 Minutes” feature comes amid a growing debate about the U.S. role in the war. Just last week, the House of Representatives voted to say that Congress has not authorized American military support for the Saudi-led coalition.

Still, the program did not once mention that Saudi Arabia is a U.S. ally, and that U.S. support is essential for the Saudi campaign to continue.

For two-and-a-half years, the U.S. government has backed Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen every step of the way. The United States has dispatched warships to reinforce the blockade. It has refueled Saudi planes, sent the Saudi military targeting intelligence, and resupplied them with tens of billions of dollars worth of bombs.

The U.S. has had the power to pull the plug on the intervention since the beginning. Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a 30-year veteran of the CIA, explained last year that “if the United States and the United Kingdom, tonight, told King Salman [of Saudi Arabia], ‘This war has to end,’ it would end tomorrow. The Royal Saudi Air Force cannot operate without American and British support.”

That means that for years, former President Barack Obama — and now President Donald Trump — had the power to stop the bombing campaign in an instant. Instead, U.S. government officials have watched Saudi Arabia use American weapons on homes, markets, farms, water infrastructure, hospitals, and children’s schools, and made a conscious decision to continue that support for the sake of not upsetting a regional ally.

To be fair, the U.S. position since 2015 has been that the warring parties should come to some kind of negotiated peace, and the State Department has played an active role in peace talks. And in late 2016, the Obama administration put a hold on one transfer of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, although Trump later reversed that action. But military support has remained a constant, and the U.S. government has never seriously considered cutting Saudi Arabia off more broadly.

Per “60 Minutes’s” framing of the conflict, the crisis in Yemen is a random tragedy happening on the other side of the world – manmade, but outside U.S. control. The truth is nearer the opposite. Without U.S. support, the humanitarian crisis would not exist on such a catastrophic scale.

Top photo: Screenshot from “60 Minutes” segment on the Yemen War that aired Nov. 19, 2017.

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Source: The Intercept | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:42 pm GMT

Another Tor Browser Feature Makes It Into Firefox: First-Party Isolation

An anonymous reader writes: Unbeknown to most users, Mozilla added a privacy-enhancing feature to the Firefox browser over the summer that can help users block online advertisers from tracking them across the Internet. The feature is named First-Party Isolation (FPI) and was silently added to the Firefox browser in August, with the release of Firefox 55. FPI works by separating cookies on a per-domain basis. This is important because most online advertisers drop a cookie on the user's computer for each site the user visits and the advertisers loads an ad. With FPI enabled, the ad tracker won't be able to see all the cookies it dropped on that user's PC, but only the cookie created for the domain the user is currently viewing. This will force the ad tracker to create a new user profile for each site the user visits and the advertiser won't be able to aggregate these cookies and the user's browsing history into one big fat profile. This feature was first implemented in the Tor Browser, a privacy-focused fork of the Firefox browser managed by the Tor Project, where it is known as Cross-Origin Identifier Unlinkability. FPI was added to Firefox as part of the Tor Uplift project, an initiative to bolster the Firefox codebase with some of the Tor Browser's unique privacy-focused features. The feature is not enabled by default. Information on how to enable it is in the linked article.

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Source: Slashdot | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:41 pm GMT

What we're buying: Lightroom on a new iPhone, Google's Pixel 2 cases

This month, we're making the most of our devices, whether that's by testing mobile photo-editing apps, trying out an iPad keyboard that matches its surroundings, or simply just laying down a little too much cash for a pretty-looking Pixel 2 phone cas...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:30 pm GMT

Jana Novotna on Wimbledon defeat and the Duchess of Kent's comforting words - video

The Czech tennis player, who has died of cancer at 49, recalls the time she began crying after being defeated by Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in 1993, before the Duchess of Kent put an arm around her and whispered: 'Don’t worry, you’ll win this one day.'

Jana Novotna, former Wimbledon tennis champion, dies at 49

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:27 pm GMT

Chrome OS will let you reply to messages from notifications

You've had the option to reply to message notifications on Android for years, so why can't you do that on your shiny new Chromebook? You can soon. Google has started implementing support for in-line replies to messages from notifications. Much as...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:14 pm GMT

Germany's Merkel 'prefers new vote' after coalition talks fail

The German chancellor would opt for fresh elections over leading a minority government.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:01 pm GMT

Argentinian navy releases video of search for missing submarine – video

A vast search by a multinational taskforce for an Argentinian submarine that went missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members four days ago has failed to provide details of its possible location. A total of 13 ships and six aeroplanes are braving strong winds and high waves over an area of 66,000 sq km (25,500 sq miles) more than 400 km (250 miles) east of the bay of San Jorge off the coast of Patagonia in southern Argentina. Argentina’s navy said it was not sure what had happened to the submarine but said it was now convinced the ship was beneath the surface and not adrift on choppy seas, as was previously thought

Search for missing Argentinian submarine fails to find any clues

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:00 pm GMT

Deep Learning Is Eating Software

Pete Warden, engineer and CTO of Jetpac, shares his view on how deep learning is already starting to change some of the programming is done. From a blog post, shared by a reader last week: The pattern is that there's an existing software project doing data processing using explicit programming logic, and the team charged with maintaining it find they can replace it with a deep-learning-based solution. I can only point to examples within Alphabet that we've made public, like upgrading search ranking, data center energy usage, language translation, and solving Go, but these aren't rare exceptions internally. What I see is that almost any data processing system with non-trivial logic can be improved significantly by applying modern machine learning. This might sound less than dramatic when put in those terms, but it's a radical change in how we build software. Instead of writing and maintaining intricate, layered tangles of logic, the developer has to become a teacher, a curator of training data and an analyst of results. This is very, very different than the programming I was taught in school, but what gets me most excited is that it should be far more accessible than traditional coding, once the tooling catches up. The essence of the process is providing a lot of examples of inputs, and what you expect for the outputs. This doesn't require the same technical skills as traditional programming, but it does need a deep knowledge of the problem domain. That means motivated users of the software will be able to play much more of a direct role in building it than has ever been possible. In essence, the users are writing their own user stories and feeding them into the machinery to build what they want.

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Source: Slashdot | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:00 pm GMT

What you missed at last week's Engadget Experience

Engadget has been around for 13 years. If you asked me when I joined in 2011, or the site's founders in 2004, how they expected this website to evolve, I'm sure none of us would have guessed that we'd one day be able to call ourselves art curators. B...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 6:00 pm GMT

IHOP will deliver your pancakes in select cities

IHOP 'N GO is the International House of Pancakes' online ordering service that was in a limited test phase earlier this year. Now, the breakfast food chain is rolling out the program nationwide. Starting today, most US restaurants will accept online...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 5:41 pm GMT

Germany slaps ban on kids' smartwatches for being 'secret spyware'

Hands up, whose parents are listening in on this class?

The German telecoms regulator has banned the sale of children's smartwatches that allow users to secretly listen in on nearby conversations.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 5:35 pm GMT

Second woman comes forward to say Al Franken inappropriately touched her

Lindsay Menz, 33, said the senator grabbed her buttocks in 2010 while the two were posing together for a photo at a state fair in Minnesota

A second woman has come forward and accused Al Franken of inappropriately touching her, this time since he took office as senator from Minnesota.

According to CNN, Lindsay Menz, 33, said Franken grabbed her buttocks in 2010 while the two were posing together for a photo at a state fair in Minnesota.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 5:27 pm GMT

Roomba robotic vacuums now follow IFTTT instructions

If Roomba vacuums are going to feel like they're truly part of your connected home, they need to do more than dutifully clean your floors on a set schedule. Thankfully, iRobot is helping them do just that. It just added IFTTT "recipes" that tell Ro...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 5:22 pm GMT

Chelsea loanee Fankaty Dabo scores 35-yard own goal for Vitesse Arnhem

Chelsea loanee and Vitesse defender Fankaty Dabo scores a calamitous 35-yard own goal as his side lose 4-2 to Groningen.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 5:13 pm GMT

Children in the UK feel more disempowered than those in India

Unicef says young people feel their voices are unheard on global issues, as study finds prospects for 180 million worldwide bleaker than those of their parents

A poll of children from 14 countries reveals how deeply worried they are about terrorism, poverty and poor education, and how mistrustful of adults and leaders in making good decisions for them.

Children in Britain and South Africa feel the most disenfranchised when it comes to decisions made that affect them, while those in India feel the most empowered, according to the Unicef survey. Analysis by the UN agency, released on Monday, also found that despite global progress, one in 12 children – or 180 million worldwide – still live in countries where their futures look bleaker than those of their parents.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 5:06 pm GMT

Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?

Dark features on Mars previously considered evidence for subsurface flowing of water are interpreted by new research as granular flows, where grains of sand and dust slip downhill to make dark streaks, rather than the ground being darkened by seeping water.

Source: SpaceRef | 20 Nov 2017 | 5:02 pm GMT

Holocaust survivor, 102, meets nephew after thinking all family died in war - video

Eliahu Pietruszka escaped from Poland at the beginning of the second world war thinking his entire family had perished. But two weeks ago he discovered that a younger brother had also survived and that his brother’s son, 66-year-old Alexandre, was flying from Russia to see him.

The reunion was made possible by a comprehensive online database of victims created by Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

Given the dwindling number of survivors and their advanced ages, the event seemed likely to be among the last of its kind

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 5:01 pm GMT

The best toys and coding kits for kids

This is the first year that Engadget has included a toy section in its holiday gift guide, and it's already one of the biggest (and in our opinion, best) sections. Here you'll find both coding kits from Lego and others intended to teach little one ba...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 5:00 pm GMT

UK.gov to chuck an extra £2.3bn at R&D ahead of Budget

No. 10 promises billions (in a few years), doesn't address Horizon 2020

The government has announced an extra £2.3bn in research and development investment by 2021/22, ahead of the Budget this week.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 4:55 pm GMT

Charles Manson death: Where are the Family members now?

Charles Manson and his followers were convicted of killing nine people in 1969. What happened next?

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 4:42 pm GMT

'Dota 2' and 'League of Legends' players might be smarter than you

People who play multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBA) like Dota 2 and League of Legends perform better on problem solving and logic tests than those who play shooters Destiny and Battlefield 3, researchers found. "The specific MOBA genre is remarka...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 4:42 pm GMT

Eurotunnel renamed Getlink in preparation for post-Brexit era

Company says rebrand to ‘very Anglo-Saxon’ name is needed because it owns businesses beyond the Channel Tunnel

Eurotunnel is preparing for the post-Brexit era with a corporate rebrand, with the company being renamed Getlink.

The French company, which operates the Channel Tunnel, has chosen the admirably Anglo-Saxon name to “mark the group’s passage into an exciting new era for mobility infrastructures”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 4:40 pm GMT

Banned in China? Why Gigi and Katy missed big show

Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry were reportedly denied visas to attend the Victoria's Secret event.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 4:28 pm GMT

Liberty and MXC jump into bed, light up joint venture

Want to consolidate fragmented market

Cable giant Liberty Global has inked a deal with MXC Capital, an AIM-listed tech investor, to create a buy-and-build IT services business that sells to UK SMEs.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 4:27 pm GMT

Watch highlights from the 2017 American Music Awards

Diana Ross was given a lifetime achievement in music accolade.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 4:24 pm GMT

Philip K. Dick’s ‘Electric Dreams’ hits Amazon on January 12th

Last month, we saw the trailer for Electric Dreams, an anthology series based on Philip K. Dick's sci-fi short stories, that will be available exclusively in the US on Amazon Prime. Now, we finally have a release date for the series. All ten episodes...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 4:11 pm GMT

First Interstellar Asteroid `Oumuamua is Like Nothing Seen Before

For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space.

Source: SpaceRef | 20 Nov 2017 | 4:09 pm GMT

UK.gov 'could easily' flog 6m driver records to private firms this year

DVLA could bring in £15m from fine-wielding corporates

The UK government is driving towards a sale of up to 6 million vehicle records to private parking firms, according to a transport lobby group.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 4:05 pm GMT

You can now hail Uber rides for friends who don't have accounts

If you use Uber often enough, you've probably had those moments where you wanted to hail a ride for someone else, such as a friend heading home from the bar. It isn't always easy to arrange a guest trip, however, which is why Uber has just introduced...

Source: Engadget RSS Feed | 20 Nov 2017 | 3:44 pm GMT

Nathan Barley blamed for global GDP slump

Clueless freelancers and the productivity puzzle

Nathan Barley, the insufferable "self-facilitating media node" of Charlie Brooker's TV series, may be a prime culprit for Britain's lack of productivity growth.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 3:38 pm GMT

Behold! Observing the Sun

A broad hole in the corona was the Sun's dominant feature November 7-9, 2017.

Source: NASA Image of the Day | 20 Nov 2017 | 3:07 pm GMT

Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

Why bother paying, ask some law-abiding operators

The Civil Aviation Authority is threatening already squeezed British commercial drone operators with another licence fee hike from April, piling another 40 per cent onto their costs.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 3:05 pm GMT

Call to stub out on-screen smoking in French films

Injecting morality into films is ‘like pouring cola into a Château Lafite’, one critic of idea declares

The French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo spent almost an entire film – the 1960s classic À Bout du Souffle (Breathless) – with a Gauloise dangling from his lips. Audrey Tautou portrayed the designer Coco Chanel pinning haute couture dresses while smoking. Jacques Tati was rarely without his pipe and Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Alain Delon all puffed their way through decades of movies.

Hardly surprising then that a call for French directors to stub out smoking on screen has been greeted with a mix of disbelief and outright ridicule. It has also prompted the existential question: what would French cinema be without the cigarette?

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 3:02 pm GMT

The U.S. Decided to Show Up for the U.N. Climate Conference — to Lobby for Coal

Most of the people in the room when the United States gave its sole presentation last week at COP23 — the United Nations climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany — were protesters. Around the 20-minute mark, 100 people — mostly Americans — stood up, sang an altered version of “God Bless the U.S.A.,” turned their backs to the panel of White House officials and fossil fuel industry representatives, and walked out. The event then continued before a room filled mainly with journalists.

Panelists soldiered on, peddling one of the Trump administration’s favorite lies: clean coal, or what Trump himself loves to call “beautiful, clean coal.”

Last week was the first time administration officials and their chosen partners — natural gas, coal, and nuclear companies — expounded at length on their strategy on energy both in the United States and around the world, promoting a global vision for continued coal production along with a scale-up in nuclear and natural gas. That the presentation revolved so heavily around so-called clean coal technology — one form of carbon capture and storage, CCS for short, in some iterations — shouldn’t come as a surprise. The phrase has been one of President Donald Trump’s go-to talking points since early on in the campaign trail. At a rally in Phoenix this summer, he announced that, “We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. … They’re going to take out clean coal — meaning, they’re taking out coal. They’re going to clean it.”

But the reality of CCS is a far cry from Trump’s overtures to the coal industry, and it’s not just that his administration has wildly unrealistic expectations for what that still small-scale, experimental technology can do.

Holly Krutka, a representative from Peabody Energy who spoke on the U.S. panel, offered her own explanation of what clean coal is. While she spoke in lucid and complete sentences, walking through the various efficiency technologies, she was no more tethered to reality than Trump. Like the White House’s own proxies, she framed continued coal usage as a moral and ethical imperative and a vehicle for bringing developing nations out of poverty: “While some people clearly believe there is no path forward for fossil fuels in a carbon-constrained world, we don’t believe that is the case. The discussion needs to be not if we use coal, but how.”

CCS can refer to any number of inchoate technologies that suck carbon dioxide out of certain industrial processes, potentially including coal-fired power generation. So-called clean coal doesn’t have a standard definition, but the most charitable reading of the term involves capturing the carbon dioxide generated by coal-fired power plants and either storing it or inserting it into some other productive process. There are currently 17 large-scale CCS projects worldwide, with four more set to launch in 2018.

Its track record so far has been spotty. The Bush-era FutureGen CCS project was imagined as a way to highlight the potential of integrating carbon capture into coal production. After receiving $1 billion in stimulus funds, the project remained plagued by financial troubles and chronically missed its deadlines, eventually leading the Department of Energy to suspend it altogether in 2015. Another showcase CCS project on a power plant in Kemper County, Mississippi, owned by the utility Southern Company, went $4 billion over budget and way behind schedule before switching from coal to natural gas earlier this year. An NRG-owned CCS pilot in Texas, at the Petro Nova plant, has been more successful. That project clocked in on schedule and without going over budget, though only after receiving hearty financial support from the Obama administration. CCS is not yet commercially viable, and CCS projects are too costly to operate without considerable state funds. Private investors in such technologies have also suffered huge losses.

Krutka, an expert on CCS from the industry side who holds a doctorate in chemical engineering, lamented the dearth of funding for CCS and the lack of attention it gets compared to renewable energy sources, even though extractive companies in the United States can take advantage of the generous Section 45Q tax credit for implementing — or claiming to be on the path to implementing — carbon capture. Other panelists opined on the “anti-fossil fuel bias” of international institutions, despite the fact that G20 nations finance fossil fuel projects at four times the rate of renewables. In the United States, the split is even more dramatic: U.S. public finance institutions give $6 billion to fossil fuel companies each year, compared to the $1 billion handed out for renewables. Increased use of “efficient” fossil fuels, panelists contended — involving even more public funding — is necessary for the world to meet its commitments to the Paris Agreement, and the world’s governments simply aren’t doing their part.

A man protests ahead of the high-level segment meeting outside of the World Conference Center Bonn at the COP 23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on Nov. 15, 2017 in Bonn, Germany.

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Physics tells a different story. If exhausted, the world’s existing oil, gas, and coal reserves would see the world soar well beyond the 2-degrees Celsius warming cap agreed upon in Paris in 2015. Developing existing oil and gas reserves alone would raise the global temperature by 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, according to a 2016 study by Oil Change International. Conservative estimates for meeting even the highest bound of the Paris targets call for a total decarbonization of the world economy by 2050, and well before that in highly developed countries like the United States.

In such a context, scientists warn that continued coal use — with CCS or not — simply isn’t worth the cost. “Clean coal is a very, very dangerous word,” said Corinne Le Quéré, director of the U.K.-based Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Like most people taking a sober look at climate projections, Le Quéré sees CCS as a critical investment — just not when it comes to clearing the way for more coal development. “I don’t think coal is clean at all,” she told The Intercept. “Coal is dirty and produces a lot of emissions. It doesn’t produce as much energy for the emissions as oil and gas. Period. So yes, you can do a little bit to have it be more efficient, but you cannot do a lot. If the U.S. was to develop CCS, then that would be the best contribution they could do now, but they would have to be really very serious about the deployment and implementation of CCS.”

That means the United States must offer more than the tax credits or regulatory rollbacks that have defined the Trump administration’s energy policy so far. Expanding CCS in earnest would mean that “every power plant that is developed has capacity to capture and store carbon dioxide on the ground” within a decade or two, Le Quéré said, “and with demonstrated large-scale implementation in the next few years.”

Of the 17 operational large-scale CCS facilities worldwide, the vast majority funnel captured carbon dioxide back into oil extraction, or “enhanced oil recovery.” That fact that has led some to coin the acronym CCUS: Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage, a nod to the fact that captured emissions aren’t always stored. That second “C” — capture — is harder to do and less profitable than simply feeding CO2 into oil production, involving not just considerable amounts of research and development, but also a massive infrastructure build-out to create a network of pipelines far larger than that which currently ferries oil and natural gas around the world.

While CCS installation would represent a significant reduction in emissions from coal plants, the savings wouldn’t be likely to outweigh the harm of putting more coal into the world’s energy mix. “Even coal with CCS is going to carry quite a bit of emissions, and some scenarios — particularly 1.5-degree scenarios — would indicate that you can’t even have coal with CCS because it just emits too much,” another climate scientist, Glen Peters, told The Intercept. “With coal, there are other options to produce electricity. If there are other options, use those. It’s cheaper.” He and Le Quéré were in Bonn to present their new report, which finds that after several stable years, global emissions are rising again. In large part, that’s thanks to the United States and European Union being unable to compensate for increased emissions from developing countries, which have by and large experienced fossil-fueled economic growth over the last few years.

Daunting emissions scenarios aside, how the Trump administration’s bravado on clean coal will translate into reality remains to be seen. “I’ve yet to really understand what the Trump administration means by the term clean coal,” said Brad Page, chief executive officer of the Global CCS Institute, an international group of governmental and corporate partners pushing CCS deployment. “Generally what I hear people talk about clean coal as meaning is really just using the latest, most efficient technology for burning coal in power plants. CCS is there to capture the carbon dioxide and deal with it. These other [clean coal] technologies simply burn a fossil fuel more efficiently but are still highly emissive. ”

Embracing clean coal and CCS, in other words, are very different things. Climate projections are painfully clear that we need the latter. Indeed, the models world leaders are crafting their climate policies around aren’t prepared for a future without them.


An employee of the German Climate Computing Center poses next to the “Mistral” supercomputer on June 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The DKRZ’s robot-operated tape archive has currently a capacity of 200 petabytes and allows for long-term archiving of climate simulations such as those carried out with respect to reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Photo: Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images


Climate models from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change now assume that the technology for large-scale CCS already exists and can be scaled up rapidly so long as the price comes down, along with a global price on carbon. “Scenarios in which all countries of the world begin mitigation immediately, there is a single global carbon price, and all key technologies are available,” an official summary of the most recent IPCC assessment report states, “have been used as a cost-effective benchmark for estimating macroeconomic mitigation costs.” Even boosters of more controversial forms of CCS agree at least in part that scaling up CCS will require a mix of supply and demand-side action: massive investment in research and development alongside a strong carbon price, which could still be years away in the U.S., the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

This should disturb anyone interested in living in a world defined by anything other than climate catastrophe. The body charged with predicting the future of life on earth is basing its models for understanding that future on a policy landscape that doesn’t exist, prioritizing a concern for economic growth and efficiency over human survival.

“We have to be cautious about the idea that new technology will solve the problem,” Kevin Anderson, also of the Tyndall Center, told The Intercept. “Established technologies we understand quite well. We know solar panels fairly well. What we don’t know are things like energy storage, and to just assume that they’re going to work is dangerous.

“I’m not saying we shouldn’t have integrated assessment models. They just shouldn’t dominate how we understand the future. And they’re opaque,” Anderson added. “Models are great things, but I think once they get above a certain size, they’re much more about supporting a particular position than to inform. …They’re a learning tool. They’re not there to tell you about the future.”

It’s not as if the U.S. government is alone in its embrace of either risky technologies or fossil fuels. China, making impressive progress on renewables and a slate of other climate measures, is financing coal plants throughout Africa. Germany — long-heralded as a pioneer in transitioning away from fossil fuels — remains one of Europe’s largest coal producers, mining a particularly dirty form called lignite. Against the urging of green groups, Chancellor Angela Merkel, now in the midst of attempting to cobble together a government, gave no signal in her address Wednesday that she would try to change that. As they stand now, each country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions would send the world well beyond 3 degrees Celsius of warming, more than double the level that small island states have urged is needed for their survival. A global stocktake next year will start to reassess some of these commitments, but big changes aren’t likely to happen until 2023. The United States, it turns out, may be less of a pariah on climate than we might assume.

That shouldn’t suggest that America isn’t an outcast, and that the criticism the administration has faced at COP23 isn’t well-deserved. The White House stands alone on the world stage in its outright endorsement of climate denial, and many Americans — certainly those on the ground in Germany last week, and most of all the ones who interrupted Monday’s panel — are at odds with the Trump administration’s position. Yet baked into the climate negotiations themselves is a quieter kind of denial than the administration’s, in which climate policies are crafted not to align with mounting physical realities, but with the economics that got us into this mess in the first place.

Top photo: A group of protesters stand up and sing to interrupt a press conference in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 13, 2017, where U.S. officials gave a briefing on Washington’s energy policy on the sidelines of the so-called COP23 U.N. conference on climate change.

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Source: The Intercept | 20 Nov 2017 | 2:46 pm GMT

Who has 2,000 tickets to the gun show? Cisco's HCIA platform HyperFlex

In 18 months, Switchzilla has established itself in hyperconverged market

+Comment  After 18 months of selling, some 2,000 customers are travelling along the Cisco HCIA highway.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 2:42 pm GMT

Collapse of German coalition talks underlines Merkel's weaknesses

The FDP’s Lindner has been painted as the villain but the chancellor must bear some responsibility for other parties’ reluctance to work with her CDU

After exploratory talks to form Germany’s next government collapsed in dramatic fashion shortly before midnight on Sunday, the culprit was quickly found: Christian Lindner, the cocksure leader of the pro-business Free Democratic party (FDP) who had staged a well-orchestrated walkout, makes an all-too convincing villain of the piece.

But in the coming weeks German media will have to ask whether the real reason for the political paralysis in Europe’s biggest economy ultimately lies with another politician: Angela Merkel, the incumbent chancellor.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 2:11 pm GMT

Robert Mugabe swapped speeches, say Zimbabwe war veterans

Powerful group claims that president pulled off manoeuvre to avoid standing down, amid reports he has drafted resignation letter

Zimbabwe’s powerful war veterans have claimed that Robert Mugabe swapped speeches to avoid resigning during a televised address to the nation on Sunday night, as they repeated their call for him to go.

The 93-year-old, sacked as leader of the ruling Zanu-PF party, had been given a noon deadline (1000 GMT) on Monday to resign as head of state or face impeachment when parliament reconvenes on Tuesday.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 2:07 pm GMT

OnePlus 5T is like the little sister you always feared was the favourite

This time, the flagship challenger gets it right

Review  OnePlus has settled into the groove of releasing two flagships a year, and this Christmas-time 5T reiteration may well piss off the fans who bought the OnePlus 5 released in the summer. It's better all round, sports the 6-inch 18:9 OLED that's a genuine flagship display... and it's the same price as before. So £499 buys you some absurd specs: 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and £449 6GB/64GB.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 2:00 pm GMT

Jana Novotna: Former Wimbledon champion dies at age of 49

The Women's Tennis Association says 1998 Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna, who had cancer, "died peacefully, surrounded by her family" aged 49.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 1:56 pm GMT

UK.gov told to tread carefully with transfer of data sets to NHS Digital

It’s almost as if it doesn’t have a great track record on patient info and IT projects...

The UK government has been advised against a hasty shift of vital data sets from one quango to another as it aims to centralise medical data collection and management.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 1:45 pm GMT

Jacinda Ardern or Trudeau's wife? New Zealand PM regrets 'yarn' about Trump

As reports circulate that Donald Trump may have been confused about Ardern’s identity, she says she won’t share backstage stories again

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has expressed regret over gossiping about a meeting with Donald Trump after it was reported the US president may have mistaken her for Justin Trudeau’s wife.

Ardern was visibly uncomfortable when asked about reports that she had revealed details of the encounter at the East Asia summit in Vietnam last week to a friend who later went public.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 1:36 pm GMT

Germany political crisis: What are the options?

German leaders might yet form a coalition, but a fresh election is also an option.

Source: BBC News - Home | 20 Nov 2017 | 1:29 pm GMT

Turkish LGBTI activists condemn 'illegal' ban on events in Ankara

Authorities’ move follows ban on a festival of German-language gay films in Turkish capital

Rights groups have condemned as illegal and discriminatory a ban on LGBTI events in the Turkish capital one week after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described empowering gay people as being “against the values of our nation”.

The Ankara governor’s office said on Sunday night it was imposing a ban on all LGBTI cultural events until further notice, citing threats to “public order” and the fear of “provoking reactions within certain segments of society,” days after it banned a festival on German-language gay films in the capital city.

The ban is the latest in a series of attempts by the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party to curtail the activities of Turkey’s LGBTI rights movement, and to impose what critics say is a public morality rooted in Islam.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 1:18 pm GMT

Whew... Toshiba rustles up $5.4bn to avoid delisting

Weakens WD position on blocking flash biz sale

Beleaguered Toshiba, facing a Tokyo stock exchange deadline, has planned a $5.4bn share issue to avoid a delisting threat.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 1:09 pm GMT

Aid workers and sexual harassment: share your experiences

As allegations of abuse come to light concerning the UN and charities, we want to hear your stories of working in the humanitarian sector

Allegations of sexual harassment and abuse have hit Hollywood and politicians, and the #MeToo movement has gathered momentum. Now, international charities and humanitarian agencies are coming under scrutiny.

Last week, Save the Children announced it had fired 16 members of staff over reports of sexual harassment in the past year. This follows an announcement by Oxfam that it had dismissed 22 people over similar allegations. Earlier this month the United Nations revealed that it had received 31 new cases alleging sexual abuse or exploitation by UN personnel between July and September. Of these cases, 12 involved military personnel from peacekeeping operations.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 1:07 pm GMT

Robert Mugabe: life of a dictator – video profile

The Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, is under house arrest in Harare following a military takeover. The 93-year-old has led Zimbabwe's since independence from Britain. In recent years disastrous policies have led to hyperinflation, international sanctions and economic ruin

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 12:46 pm GMT

The Independent 'live streamed' space vid recorded in 2015

'We naturally regret the human error that led to the mistake'

For reasons unknown, on Sunday The Independent "live streamed" footage from space that was more than two years old.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 12:38 pm GMT

How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

*No, mate. Just no* New model throws spanner in exoplanet debate

A new physical model has added more support to the theory that the large exoplanet 55 Cancri e has an Earthlike atmosphere.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 12:02 pm GMT

'I don't want to cause a diplomatic incident': New Zealand PM explains Trump comments – video

As reports circulate that Donald Trump may have been confused about Jacinda Ardern’s identity, she says she won’t share backstage ‘yarns’ again

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:54 am GMT

ICO probes universities accused of using private data to target donation campaigns

Students allegedly screened for wealth, tendency to give money

Twenty-four British universities are being probed by the Information Commissioner's Office after being accused of using their ex-students' data to target those most likely to be extra alma to their mater.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:32 am GMT

Family of detained Briton Laura Plummer apologise to Egypt

Relatives express gratitude for ‘fairness’ justice system has shown towards woman accused of trafficking painkillers

The family of the detained British citizen Laura Plummer have issued an apology to the Egyptian government.

Speaking to the Guardian, Plummer’s sister Rachel presented a statement on behalf of her family. “I would like to place on record our gratitude for the fairness and just manner the Egyptian justice system has shown Laura,” it says.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:22 am GMT

Nouveau niche: Datos IO adds distributed app fragment recovery

Who are the RecoverX rivals again? Nice gig

+Comment  Distributed database protector Datos IO has added fractional backup and recovery so you can restore the data you want faster.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:05 am GMT

Container ship loading plans are 'easily hackable'

Look! A pic that's not a metaphor

Security researchers have warned that it might be possible to destabilise a container ship by manipulating the vessel stowage plan or "Bay Plan".…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 10:12 am GMT

iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

If you take the Apple shaped pill, you'll see things different(ly)

Apple fanbois being fanbois, Apple's new iPhone X isn’t "super expensive" but rather "totally worth it". Or, as chief executive Tim Cook styled it, "a value price... for the technology you’re getting".…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 9:39 am GMT

MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers

Shafting economy, more like...

A draft UK law bill intended to close loopholes in so-called "gig economy" employment practices has been published today by Parliament's Work and Pensions and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committees.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 9:07 am GMT

Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

'Shape memory alloys' mean tires can roll over sharp objects without permanently deforming

NASA has developed chainmail tires with a memory and thinks they'll do the trick for future rovers.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:34 am GMT

Integral orbits


Visualising 15 years in space for ESA’s Integral satellite

Source: ESA Top News | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:30 am GMT

It's 2017, and command injection is still the top threat to web apps

Open Web Application Security Project updated 'top-ten risks' lands on Monday, but we found a late, late draft

The Open Web Application Security Project will on Monday, US time, reveal its annual analysis of web application risks, but The Register has sniffed out the final draft of the report and can report that it has found familiar attacks top its charts, but exotic exploits are on the rise.…

Source: The Register | 20 Nov 2017 | 8:02 am GMT

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