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A Dutch researcher says he found a way to cause mischief on power grids by exploiting software bugs in solar power systems. Specifically, Willem Westerhof, a cybersecurity researcher at ITsec, said he uncovered worrying flaws within power inverters – the electrical gear turns direct current from solar panels into alternating current that can be fed into national grids. These...
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Google and Mozilla have each revealed significant new features in their respective browsers. Chrome has gained its long-foreshadowed ad-blocker that Google swears on a stack of bibles will only excise ads that get in your face in unpleasant ways. Reputable publishers, including El Reg, go to considerable length to ensure that advertisers with access to their properties don't do irritating or...
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Updated In late June, noted open-source programmer Bruce Perens warned that using Grsecurity's Linux kernel security could invite legal trouble. "As a customer, it's my opinion that you would be subject to both contributory infringement and breach of contract by employing this product in conjunction with the Linux kernel under the no-redistribution policy currently employed by Grsecurity,"...
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  Goodbye, keyboard. Goodbye, mouse. To use Windows, soon all you'll need is your vision.In addition to native eye-tracking support, Windows 10 will eventually offer users the option to control the mouse, keyboard and text-to-speech with only their eyes and a camera, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced last week at Redmond's annual "One Week" hackathon.The tech, called Eye Control, will help...
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The Unicode Consortium this week has outlined 67 new emoji that are currently under consideration for inclusion in the Unicode 11 standard set for release next year. The new emoji are currently in draft status, meaning they could change or be cut before the public release next year…   While Apple won’t implement Unicode 10 until later this year with iOS 11, the focus has already shifted to...
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THE LATEST Xbox One X news, including new game reveals, Pre Order updates and the questions hanging over the Destiny 2 launch.   The Xbox One X is set to launch in November and will become the world’s most powerful console.   –– ADVERTISEMENT ––     Having been backed to sell well for Microsoft, fans are still waiting for the Xbox One X pre order pages to...