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By Usama Jawad96
Google announces Private Compute Core Services for deeper network and ML model isolation
by Usama Jawad
Back when it announced Android 12 in May, Google also announced Private Compute Core. This is an open-source initiative that offers a sandboxed and secure environment that isolates services like Smart Reply, Now Playing, and Live Caption from the rest of the OS and apps. The idea is to keep your data private to your device and utilize the cloud in a privacy-preserving manner. Now, Google has further enhanced this initiative with Private Compute Core Services.
Google explains that a lot of Android features utilize machine learning to update models to offer you an experience tailored to you. With Private Compute Core Services, the company will ensure that these updates happen over a private path, such that Private Compute Core features like Smart Reply and Live Caption don't have direct access to the network. This will be done by leveraging from specialized open-source APIs which preserve privacy by removing personally identifiable information (PII) and use techniques like Federated Learning, Federated Analytics, and Private information retrieval, some of which it detailed in May too.
Google boasted that:
The tech giant has stated that it will publish the source code for Private Compute Core Services publicly so it can be audited by any security researcher.
By Steven P.
Happy SysAdmin Day!
by Steven Parker
For 365 days a year, almost 24/7, the sysadmin is toiling away behind the scenes keeping all of the systems up and running, often with nothing more than duct tape and bailing wire. That all changes every year on the last Friday of July. Dubbed "Sysadmin Day," the pseudo-holiday was invented to shed light on the work IT staff does that most regular users never get to see. This year, that day falls on Friday, July 30.
From patching Linux servers at 2am to updating database schemas without impacting availability, or keeping abreast of the latest security threats to the organization, the sysadmin role can cover a multitude of different job titles.
Unfortunately, not every company recognizes today's festivities. To the sysadmins that work for companies like that, Neowin would like to take a minute and thank you for all you do to keep the lights on at your company. We know that it's a thankless job, but the Internet wouldn't work without it, so kick off your shoes, eat a slice of cake, and relax. But not too much, because you probably have some system maintenance to do this weekend.
If you are someone that benefits from these mysterious people in the workplace, don't forget to give your System Administrator a hug an appropriate socially distanced appreciation like an elbow bump, cake, lots of praise, or something. We are sure they will appreciate your efforts!
By News Staff
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Having just moved house, I noticed the wifi in my study was patchy. I therefore invested in a TP Link Powerline (TL-WPA4220) to run from my router to my study.
It works perfectly on all my personal devices (Windows, Apple, Android etc) with them all getting the full wifi speeds promised by my ISP (Vodafone), both over wifi and ethernet.
The main reason I installed this, however, was for a fast reliable connection to my work computer. But whether via wifi or ethernet I'm getting much slower speeds on my work laptop than my personal devices connected to the same powerline - even slower than before I installed it when I was working at the far edge of my router's range. I'll be getting 70mbps download and 25mbps upload speeds on my personal devices and 2mbps download and 5mbps upload on my work computer.
I called my work IT, they suggested my ISP was throttling my use (when testing the connection on my work laptop we found that when I connected to my ISPs network / server the speed was as expected, but any other server was very slugglish, which led them to think this).
I contacted by ISP who insist they're not throttling my use and it must be something to do with my employer's IT policy. They did give me a static IP address suggesting this might help (but it hasn't).
Any ideas why this might be happening?My main suspicoion is that it's something to do with the VPN on my work laptop (zscaler), although when I tried installing a VPN on my own persional laptop it had no effect on speeds. How could my laptop / VPN even recognise that my internet is coming from a different source? Are there any known issues with powerlines accessing secure VPN networks?
I'm being bounced around to different people none of whom have a clue, so any advice would be gratefully received!