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Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-October-2016  17:26:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Leslie Nassar, an Australian social media innovator and satirist. Leslie Nassar, the Australian tech guru behind Q&Aís onscreen Twitter stream, has been killed in an apparent hit-and-run car crash in the US. Nassar also pioneered ABC Radio Nationalís podcasting empire. ... In 2009 Nassar revealed that he was the person behind the Fake Stephen Conroy account on Twitter, which satirised the then communications ministerís proposed internet filter.

I was hoping to post positive news about the Alan Turing law, named for the pioneering computer scientist and mathematician, but it has failed in the UK Parliament. A bill that would have wiped clean the criminal records of thousands of gay men has fallen at its first parliamentary hurdle. The private member's bill would have pardoned all men living with UK convictions for same-sex offences committed before the law was changed. There were emotional scenes with one MP fighting back tears during his speech. The government, which has its own plans for posthumous pardons, "talked out" the bill, which will not now go ahead.

There's another serious Linux exploit in the wild. "It's probably the most serious Linux local privilege escalation ever," Dan Rosenberg, a senior researcher at Azimuth Security, told Ars. "The nature of the vulnerability lends itself to extremely reliable exploitation. This vulnerability has been present for nine years, which is an extremely long period of time." It seems to affect Android phones as well.

HotHardware have been playing with some rugged PCs from Dell. Building a fully rugged PC requires a ton of testing time, qualification, and numerous redesigns. Dell performs the bulk of the work at a facility in Austin, Texas, where a combination of robotic and human-controlled tests beat-on and violate the machines in a number of ways. From dropping them at different heights and angles, to working the hinges thousands of times, spraying them with water, and subjecting them to various environmental elements and dust, Dell puts devices through their paces and then some.

People have been concerned about EVGA's GTX 1080 cards overheating. TechPowerUp report on EVGA's response, which includes providing people with thermal pads. The thermal pads will be provided to anyone with a GTX 1080 or GTX 1070 with an ACX cooler and a backplate, with other graphics card models from EVGA's models also being considered for the offer. While EVGA is surely going about the problem in the correct manner, it still leaves to customers the responsibility of dismantling their EVGA cards and applying the thermal pads on their own.

Tesla have announced that all their cars will come with self-driving hardware now. The basic news is that all vehicles exiting the factory have the hardware for Level 5 autonomy ó the cameras, the compute power. On the order of 2000 cars a week have hardware capable of full self-driving autonomy. Itíll take us some time in the future to complete validation of the software and get the required regulatory approval, but the important thing is that the foundation is laid for the cars to have the full autonomy of a safety level that we believe to be twice the safety of a person or better.



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