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200 people remade Shrek and now it’s totally hallucinogenic – CNET

Shrek gets a patchwork live-action and animated retelling that feels like a fever dream. …read more

Source:: CNet

Nissan’s new Leaf Nismo RC is a meaner green machine – Roadshow

More power and all-wheel drive kick the Leaf race car up a couple of notches. …read more

Source:: CNet

Survey shows IT professionals concerned about cyberwarfare, end users, and conducting international business

In a recent Tech Pro Research survey, 86% of respondents said carrying out international business presented security challenges, despite only 41% of respondents actually engaging in overseas business. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

Magecart fiends punch card-skimming code in Sotheby’s Home website

If you shopped with ’em since March 2017, consider your deets in the haul

Toff tat bazaar Sotheby’s Home website has become the latest casualty of Magecart after a breach saw card-skimming code deployed by infosec rotters.…

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Source:: Register

Apple Reportedly Cuts Over 700 Apps from Chinese App Store

Apple has reportedly removed 718 apps from the Chinese App Store in the last few days. From a report: The iPhone maker swept out the apps because their developers pushed updates without its permission, The Telegraph reported, citing local reports. Apple warned developers against updating iOS apps without its permission in early 2017. The banned apps included Sogou’s search engine and maps, online retailer Pinduodo and car sharing service Togo Car.

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Extreme Pi Overclocking With Mineral Oil

Liquid cooling is a popular way to get a bit of extra performance out of your computer. Usually this is done in desktops, where a special heat sink with copper tubing is glued to the CPU, and the copper tubes are plumbed to a radiator. If you want dive deeper into the world of liquid cooling, you can alternatively submerge your entire computer in a bath of mineral oil like [Timm] has done.

The computer in question here is a Raspberry Pi, and it’s being housed in a purpose-built laser cut acrylic case full of mineral oil. As a SoC, it’s easier to submerge the entire computer than it is to get a tiny liquid-cooled heat sink for the processor. While we’ve seen other builds like this before, [Timm] has taken a different approach to accessing the GPIO, USB, and other connectors through the oil bath. The ports are desoldered from the board and a purpose-built header is soldered on. From there, the wires can be routed out of the liquid and sealed off.

One other detail used here that we haven’t seen in builds like this before was the practice of “rounding” the flat ribbon cable typically used for GPIO. Back in the days of IDE cables, it was common to cut the individual wires apart and re-bundle them into a cylindrical shape. Now that SATA is more popular this practice has been largely forgotten, but in this build [Timm] uses it to improve the mineral oil circulation and make the build easier to manage.

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Source:: Hackaday

Nearly D-day Dell tells shareholders: Come December 11, we expect you to say yes

Not just the gang at No 10 Downing St who’ll be sweating

Dell has reported results for Q3 of fiscal ’19, ended 2 November, ahead of its December 11 shareholder vote on going public – now likely to be a shoo-in, if you go by what execs said on the call.…

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Source:: TheRegister

NYC Politician Wants To Ban Cashless Restaurants

If New York City Council Member Ritchie J. Torres has his way, the growing trend of cashless restaurants — establishments that accept payment only in plastic and digital forms — will be snuffed out. From a report: Torres plans to introduce legislation before his fellow city council members that, if passed, would levy fines on any local businesses that refused to accept paper currency. “I started coming across coffee shops and cafes that were exclusively cashless and I thought: But what if I was a low-income New Yorker who has no access to a card?” he says in a Q&A with Grub Street. “I thought about it more and realized that even if a policy seems neutral in theory, it can be racially exclusionary in practice. Therein lies the problem with card-only policies. I see it as a way to gentrify the marketplace.”

Torres believes the cashless business model is inherently classist and racist, as it excludes anyone who might not be able to afford smartphones loaded with digital currency such as Apple Pay or qualify for credit cards, let alone the roughly 22 million Americans who do not have bank accounts. “If you’re intent on a cashless business model, it will have the effect of excluding lower-income communities of color from what should be an open and free market,” he tells Grub Street. In 2009 Wall Street Journal story, Tony Zazula, co-owner of now-shuttered Commerce in New York City, explained, pretty much, yes, that’s right.

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Amazon Alexa and Apple Music will soon play nice – CNET

The new skill comes to Amazon Echo smart speakers on Dec. 17 and is slated to roll out to other Alexa-enabled devices soon after. …read more

Source:: CNet

NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform

EMIS upgrade will punt GP system into the fluffy stuff

One of the NHS’s major suppliers is upgrading its GP records system and moving millions of patient data to Amazon’s cloud.…

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Source:: TheRegister

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