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17/01/2021 16:07:58  

"American automakers are asking the U.S. government to help solve a debilitating shortage of computer chips that is closing auto factories worldwide and could restrict production until the fall," reports Bloomberg: The American Automotive Policy Council — a lobbying organization for General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and the U.S. operations of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV — is agitating with the U.S. Commerce Department and the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden to press Asian semiconductor makers to reallocate output away from consumer electronics and build essential chips for cars. "We have requested that the U.S. government help us find a solution to the problem because it will diminish our production and have a negative impact on the U.S. economy until it's resolved," Matt Blunt, president of the AAPC, said in an interview Friday. "We are not primarily concerned with where blame may lie for this global shortage, if it lies anywhere, but we just want a solution. And the solution is more automobile-sector semiconductors." The shortage forced Ford to shut a sport-utility vehicle factory in Kentucky this week, and it is closing a small-car plant in Germany for a month. Fiat Chrysler has had to temporarily stop output at plants in Mexico and Canada. More production is expected to be idled in the coming weeks.

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17/01/2021 16:05:01  

Fighting erupted after a man was stabbed in a row between two men from different ethnic groups.
17/01/2021 16:05:01  

Aristeidis Adamopoulos quits but denies wrongdoing after allegations from a sailing gold medallist.
17/01/2021 16:04:57  

Thirty years after Desert Storm John Nichol says he believed "peace would prevail".
17/01/2021 16:04:56  

He told police he drove to Devizes for a McDonald's even though the town does not have a branch.
17/01/2021 16:04:49  

A group of London firms has written to ministers calling for financial support for the rail firm.
17/01/2021 15:04:48  

The Health and Safety Executive says it received 2,945 complaints about workplaces in one week.
17/01/2021 14:05:00  

The death toll has now risen to 73 following the powerful tremor on Sulawesi island on Friday.
17/01/2021 14:05:00  

The opposition leader has been recovering in Germany, but expects arrest when he lands in Moscow.
17/01/2021 14:04:58  

A decision on whether to extend £20 Universal Credit rise is unlikely before March's Budget, minister says.
17/01/2021 14:04:56  

Gareth Jones and his cockapoo were last seen on Saturday afternoon in Hove, police say.
17/01/2021 14:04:55  

Doctors say the "patchy supply" of vaccine to GPs is slowing down efforts to deliver it to patients.
17/01/2021 13:04:56  

NI's health system is under "huge pressure" with 30 patients awaiting admission to Antrim Area Hospital, trust says.
17/01/2021 13:04:56  

The foreign secretary added there would be a crackdown on those failing to isolate after travelling abroad.
17/01/2021 13:04:56  

The chief executive of NHS England is optimistic about vaccinating all adults before Autumn this year.
17/01/2021 13:04:55  

England need 36 runs on the final day to win the first Test against Sri Lanka despite losing three wickets in a chaotic final session in Galle.
17/01/2021 12:07:57  

Legendary programmer Jamie Zawinski has worked on everything from the earliest releases of the Netscape Navigator browser to XEmacs, Mozilla, and, of course, the XScreenSaver project. Now Slashdot reader e432776 writes: JWZ continues to track issues with screensavers on Linux (since 2004!), and discusses a new bug in cinnamon-screensaver. Long-standing topics like X11, developer interaction, and code licensing all feature. Solutions to these long-standing issues remain elusive. Jamie titled his blog post "I told you so, 2021 edition": You will recall that in 2004 , which is now seventeen years ago, I wrote a document explaining why I made the design trade-offs that I did in XScreenSaver, and in that document I predicted this exact bug as my example of, "this is what will happen if you don't do it this way." And they went and made that happen. Repeatedly. Every time this bug is re-introduced, someone pipes up and says something like, "So what, it was a bug, they've fixed it." That's really missing the point. The point is not that such a bug existed, but that such a bug was even possible. The real bug here is that the design of the system even permits this class of bug. It is unconscionable that someone designing a critical piece of security infrastructure would design the system in such a way that it does not fail safe . Especially when I have given them nearly 30 years of prior art demonstrating how to do it right, and a two-decades-old document clearly explaining What Not To Do that coincidentally used this very bug as its illustrative strawman! These bugs are a shameful embarrassment of design -- as opposed to merely bad code... ZDNet reports that Linux Mint has issued a patch for Cinnamon that fixes the screensaver bug. But HotHardware notes that it was discovered when "one Dad let the kids play with the keyboard. This button-mashing actually crashed the machine's screensaver by sheer luck, allowing them onto the desktop, ultimately leading to the discovery of a high priority security vulnerability for the Linux Mint team." But that's not the only thing bothering Jamie Zawinski: Just to add insult to injury, it has recently come to my attention that not only are Gnome-screensaver, Mint-screensaver and Cinnamon-screensaver buggy and insecure dumpster fires, but they are also in violation of my license and infringing my copyright. XScreenSaver was released under the BSD license, one of the oldest and most permissive of the free software licenses. It turns out, the Gnome-screensaver authors copied large parts of XScreenSaver into their program, removed the BSD license and slapped a GPL license on my code instead -- and also removed my name. Rude... Mint-screensaver and Cinnamon-screensaver, being forks and descendants of Gnome-screensaver, have inherited this license violation and continue to perpetuate it. Every Linux distro is shipping this copyright- and license-infringing code. I eagerly await hearing how they're going to make this right.

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17/01/2021 12:04:55  

Police believe Leon Street was stabbed by a lone male who had earlier attacked another man.
17/01/2021 12:04:55  

Glasgow MSP Anas Sarwar says he wants to "to rebuild Scottish Labour, and then rebuild Scotland".
17/01/2021 12:04:54  

The motorway could remain closed between junctions 14 and 16 for the rest of the day.
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17/01/2021 11:04:57  

The new president will repeal Trump travel bans and re-join the Paris climate accord after being sworn in.