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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on April 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Toshiba Says It’s Willing to Talk With Western Digital About Chip Unit Sale 

    Highlights Toshiba said it was open to talks with Western Digital in their dispute WD has sought a court injunction to stop Toshiba’s chip unit sale Toshiba flagged a net loss of $9 billion for the year ended in March

    Toshiba said it was open to talks with Western Digital in their dispute over the sale of the Japanese conglomerate’s prized chip unit – an apparent olive branch after it chose another suitor as preferred bidder.

    The two have been feuding bitterly and Western Digital, which jointly runs Toshiba’s main semiconductor plant, has sought a US court injunction to prevent any deal that does not have its consent.

    The softer tone from Toshiba comes on a day of further indignities as the crisis-wracked conglomerate saw itself demoted to the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and estimated bigger losses for the past financial year.

    This week it chose a consortium of Bain Capital and Japanese government investors as preferred bidder for the unit, the world’s No. 2 producer of NAND flash chips. It wants to clinch a deal, worth some $18 billion, by June 28, the day of its shareholders meeting.

    Foxconn Says Pursuit of Toshiba Deal ‘Not Over’

    “Western Digital used to be a good partner, so we want to continue talks. I’m disappointed with the current dispute,” Toshiba CEO Satoshi Tsunakawa told a news conference, adding it was important that they joined forces to better compete against bigger rival Samsung Electronics.

    “We want Western Digital to jointly invest to fight against Samsung. It will be so disappointing if we can’t do so because of the dispute,” he said.

    But in a sign that tensions were still high, Tsunakawa also said Toshiba was not going to be the first to propose the US firm join the consortium and it was still considering whether to block Western Digital employees not based at the plant from accessing joint venture data servers.

    Tsunakawa also said he did not expect any changes to the make-up of the consortium before June 28.

    Western Digital’s offer had not found favour on price and because the US firm wanted to take control of the unit, he said, adding that he expected executives from Toshiba to still be running operations after the sale.

    His comments come after sources familiar with matter said earlier this week that the Bain consortium members had made resolving the dispute with Western Digital a condition of their investment.

    Representatives for Western Digital were not immediately available to comment.

    Hynix hurdles?
    South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix Inc is also part of the Bain consortium and its membership has raised concerns that the winning bid may find it difficult to clear anti-trust reviews.

    Its presence has made Western Digital reluctant to join the group in its current form due to worries that high-level technology for NAND chips, which provide long-term data storage, could be leaked to its rival, sources familiar with the matter have said.

    But Tsunakawa said SK Hynix would not be holding any equity and would not be involved in management – an arrangement that was unlikely to raise regulatory red flags and would prevent leaks of key technology information.

    SK Hynix, which is relatively weak in NAND flash memory chips, has said it has joined the group because it sees new business opportunities. It will provide half of the JPY 850 billion ($7.6 billion or roughly Rs. 49,262 crores) that Bain plans to put up in the form of financing, sources have said.

    Earlier in the day, Toshiba flagged a net loss of around $9 billion (roughly Rs. 58,060 crores) for the year ended in March with negative shareholders’ equity of around $5.2 billion, both worse than expected on an increase in liabilities at bankrupt nuclear unit Westinghouse and potential legal damages.

    With negative shareholder equity confirmed, the Tokyo Stock Exchange said it would move Toshiba’s listing to the second section of the bourse from August 1 – the latest in a series of humiliating developments since December for a firm that has been in business for more than 140 years.

    Toshiba also received regulatory approval to delay filing its annual earnings by more than a month amid a prolonged accounting investigation at Westinghouse. It is the sixth time since 2015 that Toshiba has delayed an earnings filing.

    Regulators have now given Toshiba until August 10 instead of June 30 to submit the filing. Failure to gain an extension would have put the troubled company’s stock exchange listing in further jeopardy, although it still needs to dig itself out of negative shareholders’ equity by the end of this financial year to stay listed.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Xbox One Lead Engineer: ‘Who Cares About a Couple of Hundred Million PCs Anymore?’ 

    Highlights According to ex-Xbox One lead engineer, all CPU innovation is on mobile However, power efficiency gains do help reduce costs on PC gaming servers Game developers, he opines, don’t make full use of PC hardware

    At the Develop Conference 2017, the one-time lead engineer on the Xbox One and Xbox Live founder Boyd Multerer stated that mobile devices are driving innovation in CPUs.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on January 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    What to Say When an Interviewer Wants You to Talk About Yourself 

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    Job interviews are notoriously stressful. While you can’t really prep for every single question an interviewer is going to hit you with, there are a few questions you can prepare yourself for that will likely set the tone for the remainder of that hour-long interview. The first question someone is likely to ask you:

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on December 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    How Much Should You Worry About Your Tap Water? 

    Beth SkwareckiToday 10:00amFiled to: dose of realitywaterhealthhydrationewgchemicalscontaminantswater filterbottled watertap watersafetyenvironment471EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on December 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    What to Do if Local Police Ask About Your Immigration Status 

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    In Trump’s America, the line between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has become more and more blurred.

    In May, a Minneapolis transit cop was caught on camera asking a passenger for state ID and questioning whether he was here

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on October 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Ask Dr. NerdLove: I’m Freaking Out About My Wife’s Orgasms 

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    Hello all you petrochemical meerkats of the Noosphere, and welcome to Ask Dr. NerdLove, the only dating advice column that helps you get the perfect Loot Box for your love life.

    Before we get started, a quick self-serving plug: I was a guest on this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen podcast! If you haven’t yet, go give it a listen. Host Kirk Hamilton and I talked movies, pick-up artists, cam girls, the friend-zone, and so much more. You can listen to that below; my segment starts at 35:43:

    This week’s column is all about handling the road bumps and humps that come in a relationship, whether at the end or even after many years of happiness. Let’s talk sexual anxiety, post-break-up etiquette, and orgasm-inducing apps.


    So my wife of just over 5 years freaked me out last night and I can recognize I am wrong for feeling freaked out but can’t help it. First a bit of the back story, in the most honest self appraisal I can do. We are in our mid thirties. We both love each other very much, and outside of the usual relationship issues, things are good. I treat her very well, I give her preference in nearly everything, and am chivalrous (not just an act) every single day. She makes me very happy, and is very sweet, beautiful, smart and loveable. We don’t have any financial issues, or fidelity issues or family issues, in my honest opinion a much better than average relationship, with its modest flaws.

    The issue is sex. We have it, 2-3 times a week. I am very satisfied, my wife seemed to be… She orgasms 80

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Why you should care about the govt’s encryption crackdown 

    And why the new laws are unlikely to make a difference.

    There’s an argument that tends to rear its head every time there’s a debate about privacy in the digital age: if I’m not doing anything wrong, what do I have to hide?

    It was promoted by advocates of the national data retention regime before it came into law, and it’s resurfacing now that the government wants to force technology companies to help it get access to encrypted communications.

    The problem is, encryption and online security is about so much more than privacy. It’s fundamental to the way we operate on the internet. Confidentiality and an individual’s right to privacy is important, but so is keeping malicious actors out of your banking transactions, your online accounts, your personal devices.

    It’s what ensures no-one can tap into your online purchases and nab your credit card details or sensitive personal information.

    This is no hypothetical situation: just this week the chief of a security company was declared bankrupt and subsequently removed from his job, without even knowing it.

    Even the leader of the crusade against encryption, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, has HTTPS deployed on his own website.

    “The focus on encryption at the moment seems to be all around it being used for terrorism, neglecting the fact that there are many really important aspects of encryption we’re using every single day,” security expert Troy Hunt says.

    “Encryption wasn’t built so terrorists could use it. I don’t think people appreciate just how much of a fundamental component encryption is.”

    This debate is raging because the government wants to impose an obligation on encrypted communications providers to assist law enforcement in accessing decrypted messages.

    Terrorists are using these channels to communicate, the government says, leaving citizens at risk because law enforcement can’t monitor their messages and prevent attacks.

    It hasn’t published its proposed legislation yet, so we only have vague and at time at-odds public statements about the government’s intentions.

    But Turnbull and co have made it pretty clear that where the government can’t get what it wants by politely asking the likes of Facebook, Apple, and Google to help it access messages, it will bring down the heavy arm of the law.

    There’s a strong indication the Australian government will follow the UK and NZ models, where tech companies are required to ensure they have the technical capability to decrypt communications, should law enforcement come knocking with a warrant.

    However there’s no indication the government will specify exactly how this should be done: Turnbull on Friday said tech companies had built the platforms and now needed to help governments ensure they aren’t exploited.

    The problem this creates is: end-to-end encrypted communications providers aren’t able to crack these codes. That’s the entire point of their business model. The keys that are needed to decrypt messages sit with the user of the service to ensure full security.

    It’s why many have criticised the UK – and now Australia – for giving companies no option but to build backdoors in their systems.

    Can it be done?

    Encrypted messages are scrambled and and translated through a set of keys, one public and one private, that need to be used in combination to decrypt the message.

    The private key is stored on an individual’s own device, and neither that key or the plaintext message is ever available to the operator of the service.

    Technology companies could potentially restrict the range of keys an encrypted messaging app can generate, according to Monash University software engineering lecturer Robert Merkel.

    The longer the key is, the harder it is to crack – a 56-bit key, for example has 72 quadrillion possible combinations.

    Restricting the length of this key would make it much faster to scan through the range of potential combinations, find the right one, and access the message, Merkel says.

    The US government did this briefly in the 90s, a decision that ended up being responsible for the damaging FREAK attack discovered in 2015.

    And if we’ve learnt anything else recently, it’s that secret government backdoors don’t stay secret for long, meaning it’s not just going to be the good guys exploiting these weaknesses.

    Other public comments by various members of government suggest it is considering targeting the sender and receiver ends of the communication; introducing a lawful interception capability for endpoint devices so messages can be grabbed before they’re encrypted.

    But Hunt argues that weakening a company’s encryption would simply drive both criminals and legitimate users to other platforms the government can’t get into.

    Take open source encryption technologies like PGP: it’s extremely simple to encrypt a message locally on your own machine and send it to someone for them to decrypt without using any commercial services.

    “I doubt they’ll get value out of forcing big providers to compromise privacy when there are so many other options they have no jurisdiction over,” he says.


    Many of the companies likely to be caught up in this encryption crackdown – Apple, Facebook, Google, and Signal operator Open Whisper Systems – aren’t located in Australia.

    This makes it somewhat difficult for the government to make them comply; they could simply decline a request for assistance.

    LIV-accredited specialist in administrative law Katie Miller expects the impending draft legislation will include some form of fine or penalty for non-compliance.

    “The thing with compulsive powers is it’s always open for someone to say ‘no’, but there are consequences for doing so,” Miller said.

    “Governments traditionally have had a lot of trouble with this where there’s a jurisdictional question; how do you fine an overseas company and enforce it? You’d probably need the co-operation of the country of origin.

    “You could also set out rules of operation for that service in your country, and say ‘if you don’t follow these rules we’ll just ban you’.”

    There’s also the legal test of what “reasonable” and “assistance” mean.

    Miller says the ‘reasonable’ term allows the court to take into consideration the context surrounding a particular case.

    “It’s likely that everyone will agree reasonableness will be limited in terms of time and money. If the only way to break encryption is to run supercomputers for decades at the cost of millions of dollars, the court is fairly unlikely to find that reasonable,” she said.

    “Where the dispute will be is: is it reasonable for a company to develop a patch or update to create a weakness or backdoor?”

    It’s difficult – based on the limited information the government has provided on its plans, whilst considering the stance firms have previously taken – to see this ending up anywhere else but the courts.

    Facebook has already said weakening encrypted systems for Australian law enforcement would mean weakening it for everyone, including attackers.

    Miller suggests it would be a matter of “who blinks first” should an overseas tech company deny a request for help.

    “I think the Australian government would end up in a similar position as the FBI was

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on August 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    AWS warns users about open S3 buckets 

    Following Dow Jones bungle.

    Amazon Web Services is contacting customers with S3 buckets that are configured to be freely accessed by anyone on the internet to review access controls following the leak of two million Dow Jones user details.

    This week cyber security firm UpGuard revealed the personal details of at least 2.2 million Dow Jones customers had been exposed online as a result of an unsecured S3 repository.

    It said the number could be as high as 4 million. The data exposed included people’s names, addresses, account information, email addresses, and the last four digits of their credit card numbers.

    The data was stored in an AWS S3 bucket configured to allow access to ‘authenticated users’, which in AWS language means anyone with an AWS account, which is free to obtain.

    Last week a similar data breach at US telco Verizon exposed 6 million customer records through an unprotected S3 server.

    And in June, a trove of top secret data managed by government security contractor Booz Allen Hamilton was left accessible to the web through the same misconfiguration.

    Emails circulated to AWS customers, sighted by iTnews, warns those with open access to S3 buckets to reconsider this configuration.

    “We’re writing to remind you that one or more of your Amazon S3 bucket access control lists (ACLs) are currently configured to allow access from any user on the internet,” the cloud giant said.

    “While there are reasons to configure buckets with world read access, including public websites or publicly downloadable content, recently, there have been public disclosures by third parties of S3 bucket contents that were inadvertently configured to allow world read access but were not intended to be publicly available.

    “We encourage you to promptly review your S3 buckets and their contents to ensure that you are not inadvertently making objects available to users that you don’t intend.”

    S3 access control lists can be changed through the management console or command line interface.

    By default S3 buckets are set to allow read access only to the account owner.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on July 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    "Luck" Is All About Your Perspective  

    Photo by Bradley Weber.

    Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and how you can use its waters to reflect on and improve your life.

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  • jkabtech 9:51 am on July 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Fusion Trump Was Tweeting About Hillary Clinton Nonsense Before His Meeting With Putin | The Root Ph 

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    Fusion Trump Was Tweeting About Hillary Clinton Nonsense Before His Meeting With Putin

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