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At last, sex trafficking brought to an end with US House vote on new internet law (Yeah, right)

It’s a dog’s dinner that could cripple websites

Analysis The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at tackling online sex traffickers, but which critics warn will have little effect on curbing the vile trade and could instead undermine free speech on the internet.…

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Source:: TheRegister

Salesforce posts solid Q4, surpasses $10B in annual sales

The CRM giant beat market expectations for earnings and revenue. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

Box Q4 in line with estimates, guidance light

Box shares were down nearly 12 percent after hours. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

Equifax possibly profiting off data breach, Sen. Warren says – CNET

After introducing legislation targeting credit bureaus’ bottom lines, the Massachusetts senator says, “Equifax is still making money off their own breach.” …read more

Source:: CNet

FPGA Calculator Uses Joystick

FPGAs are great fun, but sometimes you need a few starter projects under your belt. These projects might be something you could just as well do with a CPU, but you have to start somewhere. [LambdaPI] recently shared a 4-bit calculator created using an FPGA, and you can see it in the video below.

The calculator uses a Papilio FPGA board and a LogicStart accessory board for the display and switches. The Papilio normally uses schematic-based entry and Arduino code, but [LambdaPI] used VHDL. You enter the two 4-bit numbers on the 8 switches and then the joystick selects one of four operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide).

Inside the code, you’ll see that the FPGA does all four calculations at once. The joystick just selects which outputs go to the display. Each module also decodes the LEDs separately which is an interesting design choice. On the negative side, it duplicates a lot of code, but there is no need to change the format with for example division (which shows as a fixed-point decimal number).

We’ve seen Papilio boards doing duty as a 128 MHz Z80 CPU. Or you can use one to create an Ambilight. However, as a first project, this calculator can really fit the bill. If you don’t have any hardware, you could experiment with using EDA Playground.

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Source:: Hackaday

Misconfigured Memcached Servers Abused to Amplify DDoS Attacks

Over the past few days researchers say DDoS attacks have been using memcached servers to amplify DDoS attacks using UDP-based packets. …read more

Source:: Threatpost

Washington (no, not that one) to pass hardcore net neutrality law: All ISPs in state must obey

US tech hotbed steps up with strictest traffic protections yet

The US state of Washington is on the verge of passing a sweeping new set of net neutrality safeguards that would apply to all carriers within its borders.…

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Source:: TheRegister

TVEyes blindsided: Fox News defeats search engine in copyright spat

We report, you don’t decide you can distribute, telly giant asserts in NY appeals court

A US appeals court has backed Fox News in the broadcaster’s copyright-infringement battle against online telly streamer TVEyes.…

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Source:: TheRegister

Russia breached 7 states’ voter rolls before election: report – CNET

NBC reports that US intelligence agencies didn’t tell states of Russia’s role in attacks on election systems. DHS calls the report “inaccurate.” …read more

Source:: CNet

Google brings Hangouts Chat, its Slack competitor, to all – CNET

Now any corporate customer signed up to G Suite can use the new messaging app with dedicated chat rooms. …read more

Source:: CNet

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