GDPR has led to $126 million in fines over data privacy

It’s been a year and nearly eight months since the EU’s data privacy law, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), came into force and 114 million euros ($126 million) in fines have been imposed so far, according to a new report.

The law firm…

Source: Engadget – GDPR has led to 6 million in fines over data privacy

wc Command – Count Output by Lines, Words or Characters

The Linux wc command it one of the many text utilities that come packaged with the GNU Core Utilities. It allows you to print a count of words, lines, characters, or even bytes in a file or standard input (STDIN). In this article we will show you the basics of using the wc command, and include some real world examples.

Source: LXer – wc Command – Count Output by Lines, Words or Characters

A Newly-Discovered Part of Our Immune System Could Be Harnessed To Treat All Cancers, Say Scientists.

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The Cardiff University team discovered a method of killing prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests. The findings, published in Nature Immunology, have not been tested in patients, but the researchers say they have “enormous potential.” Our immune system is our body’s natural defense against infection, but it also attacks cancerous cells. The scientists were looking for “unconventional” and previously undiscovered ways the immune system naturally attacks tumors. What they found was a T-cell inside people’s blood. This is an immune cell that can scan the body to assess whether there is a threat that needs to be eliminated. The difference is this one could attack a wide range of cancers.

T-cells have “receptors” on their surface that allow them to “see” at a chemical level. The Cardiff team discovered a T-cell and its receptor that could find and kill a wide range of cancerous cells in the lab including lung, skin, blood, colon, breast, bone, prostate, ovarian, kidney and cervical cancer cells. Crucially, it left normal tissues untouched. Exactly how it does this is still being explored. This particular T-cell receptor interacts with a molecule called MR1, which is on the surface of every cell in the human body. It is thought MR1 is flagging the distorted metabolism going on inside a cancerous cell to the immune system. Treatment would include extracting T-cells from a blood sample of a cancer patient and then genetically modifying them so they were reprogrammed to make the cancer-finding receptor. The upgraded cells would be grown in vast quantities in the lab and then put back into the patient.

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Source: Slashdot – A Newly-Discovered Part of Our Immune System Could Be Harnessed To Treat All Cancers, Say Scientists.

FS/FT: Early 2011 Macbook Pro 13, Intel NUC i5 in a passive case, more

Early 2011 13″ Macbook Pro – Macbook 8.1 according to wikipedia (so it is maxed at High Sierra).

Procesor: I5-2415 (2.3Ghz) w/ onboard HD3000 graphics
Ram: 16GB (2x8GB sticks) of PC3-10600…

FS/FT: Early 2011 Macbook Pro 13, Intel NUC i5 in a passive case, more

Source: [H]ardOCP – FS/FT: Early 2011 Macbook Pro 13, Intel NUC i5 in a passive case, more

Google's Pixelbook Go is finally available in 'Not Pink'

It took three months, but Google is finally offering its “Not Pink” version of the Pixelbook Go. The internet giant has started selling its more colorful Chromebook through its official store, Best Buy and other channels. It’s functionally the same a…

Source: Engadget – Google’s Pixelbook Go is finally available in ‘Not Pink’

Loot Boxes Push Kids Into Gambling, Says England's NHS Mental Health Director

Claire Murdoch, mental health director of England’s National Health Service (NHS), has reignited the loot box controversy with a report claiming they push young people into “under the radar” gambling. PC Gamer reports: “Frankly no company should be setting kids up for addiction by teaching them to gamble on the content of these loot boxes”, she said. “No firm should sell to children loot box games with this element of chance, so yes those sales should end.” Loot boxes aren’t currently regulated by England’s Gambling Commission because their contents can’t be monetized. The report calls this a “loophole” because, “Despite this, third party websites selling gaming accounts and rare items are commonplace and easy to find on places such as eBay across the internet.”

Murdoch called on game publishers to ban games whose loot boxes encourage children to gamble, as well as to introduce spending limits, tell players the odds of receiving each item before they buy a loot box, and “Support parents by increasing their awareness on the risks of in-game spending.” As for what those risks are, the report says, “Investigations have found numerous cases of children spending money without their parents’ knowledge, including a 16-year-old paying 2,000 British Pounds on a basketball game and a 15-year-old losing 1,000 British Pounds in a shooting game.”

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Source: Slashdot – Loot Boxes Push Kids Into Gambling, Says England’s NHS Mental Health Director

How to Unlock Microsoft's Free Graphing Calculator in Windows 10

Not quite as good as the TI calculators that can solve calculus.

“While Calculator won’t do your Calculus homework for you, it’s at least a lot easier to navigate than your handheld graphing…

How to Unlock Microsoft’s Free Graphing Calculator in Windows 10

Source: [H]ardOCP – How to Unlock Microsoft’s Free Graphing Calculator in Windows 10

Alphabet CEO Sides With EU on Facial-Recognition Tech Moratorium, But Microsoft Isn't Convinced

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently came out in support of a European Union proposal for instating a temporary ban on facial-recognition technology until officials beef up privacy regulations.

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Source: Gizmodo – Alphabet CEO Sides With EU on Facial-Recognition Tech Moratorium, But Microsoft Isn’t Convinced

[$] process_madvise(), pidfd capabilities, and the revenge of the PIDs

Once upon a time, there were few ways for one process to operate upon
another after its creation; sending signals and ptrace() were
about it. In recent years, interest in
providing ways for processes to control others has been on the increase,
and the kernel’s process-management API has been expanded accordingly.
Along these lines, the process_madvise() system call has been proposed as a way for one process to influence
how memory management is done in another. There is a new
process_madvise() series which is interesting in its own right,
but this series has also raised a couple of questions about how process
management should be improved in general.

Source: LWN.net – [$] process_madvise(), pidfd capabilities, and the revenge of the PIDs

Ultrafast Camera Takes 1 Trillion Frames Per Second of Transparent Objects, Phenomena

After developing the world’s fastest camera a little over a year ago, Caltech’s Lihong Wang decided that wasn’t good enough and started working on an even faster device. A new paper published in the journal Science Advances details a new camera from Wang that can take up to 1 trillion pictures per second of transparent objects. Phys.Org reports: The camera technology, which Wang calls phase-sensitive compressed ultrafast photography (pCUP), can take video not just of transparent objects but also of more ephemeral things like shockwaves and possibly even of the signals that travel through neurons. Wang explains that his new imaging system combines the high-speed photography system he previously developed with an old technology, phase-contrast microscopy, that was designed to allow better imaging of objects that are mostly transparent such as cells, which are mostly water.

The fast-imaging portion of the system consists of something Wang calls lossless encoding compressed ultrafast technology (LLE-CUP). Unlike most other ultrafast video-imaging technologies that take a series of images in succession while repeating the events, the LLE-CUP system takes a single shot, capturing all the motion that occurs during the time that shot takes to complete. Since it is much quicker to take a single shot than multiple shots, LLE-CUP is capable of capturing motion, such as the movement of light itself, that is far too fast to be imaged by more typical camera technology. In the new paper, Wang and his fellow researchers demonstrate the capabilities of pCUP by imaging the spread of a shockwave through water and of a laser pulse traveling through a piece of crystalline material.

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Source: Slashdot – Ultrafast Camera Takes 1 Trillion Frames Per Second of Transparent Objects, Phenomena

Huge PS5 Leak Spills a Bunch of Info On Sony's Reveal Event

A PS5 leak posted on 4Chan, which was later reposted on Reddit, spills a bunch of information on the PlayStation 5 reveal event which is expected to take place in February. According to the leak, the PS5 will be unveiled on February 5 at a PlayStation Meeting event for the media. “The console design, controller, UI/home screen, certain features, console specs, talk from third parties/indie publishers, as well as announcements for PS5 exclusives will be shown,” says the leaker.

The leak says the PS5 will support backwards compatibility with games from all 5 PlayStation platforms; PS4 accessories will be compatible on the new console as well; and the specs will rival Microsoft’s Xbox Series X console. Furthermore, it states that the PS5 will launch worldwide in October 2020, priced at $499 in the U.S. It’ll also be launched with several exclusive titles. You can read the full list of details here.

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Source: Slashdot – Huge PS5 Leak Spills a Bunch of Info On Sony’s Reveal Event