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‘Extreme and Unusual’ Climate Trends Continue After Record 2016

From a report on BBC: In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels across the Earth. That’s according to a detailed global analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It says that 2016 was not only the warmest year on record, but it saw atmospheric CO2 rise to a new high, while Arctic sea ice recorded a new winter low. The “extreme…

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Cord-Cutting Isn’t Nearly as Significant as Cable Providers Make It Out To Be

From a report on CNBC: Despite legacy media’s anxieties about cord-cutting, data suggest that the phenomenon isn’t nearly as significant as cable providers make it out to be. In its 11th annual “Digital Democracy Survey,” Deloitte found that the percentage of American households that subscribe to paid television services has remained relatively stable since 2012, even as adoption of streaming services has accelerated. In its survey of 2,131 consumers, Deloitte…

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WikiLeaks, Vault 7, and Vulnerability Disclosure: Is It Blackmail?

If you're hit by ransomware, you're presented with a difficult choice. Do you pay the ransom and hope the crooks follow through and return your ransomed data and files? Or do you refuse to pay, and say goodbye to that data forever? Tech companies including Microsoft, Google, Apple and Samsung are facing a similar dilemma, after WikiLeaks published information allegedly showing that the CIA possesses hacking tools that can be…

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Vulnerabilities Identified in Network Time Protocol Daemon (ntpd)

Original release date: March 22, 2017 The Network Time Foundation’s NTP Project has has released version ntp-4.2.8p10 to address multiple vulnerabilities in ntpd. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the NTP Security Notice Page for vulnerability and mitigation details. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy….

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Google Contemplating Removing Chrome ‘Close Other Tabs’ and ‘Close Tabs to the Right’ Options

An anonymous reader shares a report: Chrome engineers are planning to remove two options from Chrome that allow users to quickly close a large number of tabs with just a few clicks. The options, named “Close other tabs” and “Close tabs to the right” reside in the menu that appears when a user right-clicks on a Chrome tab. According to an issue on the Chromium project spotted yesterday by a…

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Firefox for Linux is Now Netflix Compatible

Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: For a while, Netflix was not available for traditional Linux-based operating systems, meaning users were unable to enjoy the popular streaming service without booting into Windows. This was due to the company’s reliance on Microsoft Silverlight. Since then, Netflix adopted HTML5, and it made Google Chrome and Chromium for Linux capable of playing the videos. Unfortunately, Firefox — the open source browser choice for many…

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Performance Bugs, ‘the Dark Matter of Programming Bugs’, Are Out There Lurking and Unseen

Several Slashdot readers have shared an article by programmer Nicholas Chapman, who talks about a class of bugs that he calls “performance bugs”. From the article: A performance bug is when the code computes the correct result, but runs slower than it should due to a programming mistake. The nefarious thing about performance bugs is that the user may never know they are there — the program appears to work…

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