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For months, Uber drivers and passengers in California have received aggressive messaging in support of its controversial ballot initiative, Proposition 22.Media Media Media Media MediaMedia

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The FreeBSD project has published its latest quarterly report, and there’s some good changes and improvements in there. First, there’s the project to allow FreeBSD to be built on non-FreeBSD hosts – Linux and macOS specifically. This project has made major headway.As of September 2020 it should be possible to use the buildworld and buildkernel make targets to build a fully-functional FreeBSD installation on macOS and Linux hosts. We use this in our continuous integration system to build and test CheriBSD disk images for multiple architectures. I have also committed a GitHub Actions configuration upstream that takes approximately 10 minutes to build an amd64 kernel. This will ensure that changes that break crossbuilding from Linux/macOS can be detected easily.Another major improvement is experimental support for little-endian PowerPC. Note, however, that this does not mean big-endian support is going away or being deprecated.As of r366063, experimental support for little-endian PowerPC64, (PowerPC64LE) is available in -CURRENT for POWER8 and POWER9 machines.There’s a lot more stuff to cover, so head on over and read the whole report for all the details.

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Ubuntu 20.10 rides atop the Linux 5.8 kernel, includes the GNOME 3.38 release, has new wallpapers, Active Directory integration (for enterprise users) in the installer, and carries a clutch of updated software, tools, and libraries.Plus this is the first version of Ubuntu to offer desktop support for the Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB + 8GB models).Not a massive release, but welcome new versions of the core parts of the distribution nonetheless.

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The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Democrats remain opposed to giving DoD more money to help the industrial base. The concern is that DoD has not shown that the funds are helping the companies that truly need it, said @RepAdamSmith— SpaceNews (@SpaceNews_Inc) October 22, 2020

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More than two years after Lockheed Martin announced it would be one of the first customers of a proposed spaceport in Scotland, the company has decided to move to another proposed spaceport there.— SpaceNews (@SpaceNews_Inc) October 23, 2020

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Nobody likes to have their phone stolen ... unless it's stolen by your own toddler in the middle of your TikTok dance. Video of an adorable theft delighted the internet and inspired people to post other babies (and a pet fox) swiping phones. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.Media Media Media Media MediaMedia

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Hey, just some thoughts that i need some opinion on.If i understand correctly, you dont use ECB, because the same blocks of data would always encrypt to the same ciphertext which would allow for statistical analysis. Instead we rather use CTR because of its ease of parallelization and because every block has a different counter and therefore doesnt get encrypted to the same ciphertext. But CTR is vulnerable to bitflip attacks, because the last operation essentially is just a xor with the plaintext and the encrypted counter. So instead we use GCM.But then i thought why cant you just first xor the plaintext and the counter and then encrypt that. Then you wouldnt have the bitflipping vulnerability and you have parallel capabilities and you dont have the problems of the ECB mode, because the same plaintext now uses a different counter every time.Am i missing something? I really doubt that no one ever thought of this. So why is this method not preferable over GCM, where you need a message authentication? submitted by /u/uwuog to r/crypto
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