Intel CSME flaw deemed ‘unfixable’ by Positive Technologies

An underlying flaw in Intel chipsets, which was originally disclosed in May of 2019, was recently discovered by Positive Technologies to be far worse than previously reported.

Researchers from the vulnerability management vendor discovered a bug in the read-only memory of the Intel Converged Security and Management Engine (CSME) could allow threat actors to compromise platform encryption keys and steal sensitive information. The Intel CSME vulnerability, known as CVE-2019-0090, is present in both the hardware and the firmware of the boot ROM and affects all chips other than Intel’s 10th-generation “Ice Point” processors.

“We started researching the Intel CSME IOMMU

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Splice Machine 3.0 integrates machine learning capabilities, database

Databases have long been used for transactional and analytics use cases, but they also have practical utility to help enable machine learning capabilities. After all, machine learning is all about deriving insights from data, which is often stored inside a database.

San Francisco-based database vendor Splice Machine is taking an integrated approach to enabling machine learning with its eponymous database. Splice Machine is a distributed SQL relational database management system that includes machine learning capabilities as part of the overall platform.

Splice Machine 3.0 became generally available on March 3, bringing with it updated machine learning capabilities. It also has

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Solar for the People | Michigan Technological University News

L’Anse leverages utility and university partnerships, as well as the know-how of its
greatest asset, its citizens, to establish community solar.

The village of L’Anse is a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior’s
Keweenaw Bay. Though little, the community has something big to boast about: A 340-panel,
110.5 kilowatt (kW) community solar array. 

The idea behind the array, which is located in the village’s Lambert Road Industrial
Park just west of town, is that renewable energy should be accessible to all, regardless
of income. After working on an economic development study with the Western Upper Peninsula
Planning

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Data Science Central co-founder talks AI, data science trends

The data science field has changed greatly with the advent of AI. Artificial intelligence has enabled the rise of citizen data scientists, the automation of data scientist’s workloads, as well as the need for more skilled data scientists.

Vincent Granville, co-founder of Data Science Central, a community and resource site for data specialists, expects to see an increase in AI and IoT in data science over the next few years, even as AI continues to change the data science field.

In this Q&A, Granville discusses data science trends, the impact of AI and IoT on data scientists, how organizations

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myGovID facial recognition trials slated for mid-2020 – Strategy – Security

The Digital Transformation Agency is hoping to begin publicly testing the facial recognition component of the government’s digital identity credentialing app by mid-2020.

Chief digital officer Peter Alexander revealed the time frame in senate estimates on Thursday, but stressed the DTA wanted to get the all-important biometric feature right before introducing it.

“We would like the biometric to be in by mid-year, but we wouldn’t pressure that,” he said.

“This is about getting it right because the biometric is so important that we do need to make sure that this is successful.”

The biometric refers to the facial recognition component

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