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Mar 15, 2018 - 3 minute read - In The News

Software Testing News - 8th March 2018 to 15th March 2018

Software Testing News - 8th March 2018 to 15th March 2018

News from the world of IT relevant to Software Testing and Software Development professionals.

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Software Testing News - 8th March 2018 to 15th March 2018

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Alexa’s creepy laugh fixed

Back in February reports on social media suggested that Amazon’s Alexa device was laughing randomly and creepily.

If you listen to the laugh it doesn’t sound that creepy.

Ha Ha Ha

But imagine if you were alone in the house and you heard it!

theverge.com reports that Amazon’s fix is to change the phrase that triggers a laugh from “Alexa Laugh” to “Alexa can you laugh”.

Suggesting that the problem was a false positive response from Alexa, where it was misinterpreting background noise as a command.

I guess that’s better than a whole set of haunted IOT devices.

Source: theverge.com http://bit.ly/2tssIkW

Oculus Rift Outage

Many news outlets reported that Oculus Rift owners were unable to use their VR Headsets.

This was reported as being due to an out of date certificate for the software.

How much of the hardware that we use, is actually vulnerable to software on the computer the hardware connects to?

Source: Telegraph.co.uk http://bit.ly/2oW0GK4

EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

According to Computer Weekly, despite fines of up to 20 billion Euros, companies are still not ready for, or fully understand the implications of the EU’s GDPR.

The Verge reports that WhatsApp will no longer share data with Facebook until they are GDPR compliant.

The most obvious impact for Software Testing is not using live data in your test environments.

The GDPR Compliance deadline is 25th May 2018. Are you ready?

Source: Computer Weekly http://bit.ly/2p9ERWD & The Verge http://bit.ly/2pcCmnf

Automated Deletion of Backups

The Register reported an experience report of deleted data.

A company was relying on quickly written, and presumably untested, bash scripts to backup important company data.

The scripts were run over the weekend.

When everyone returned on Monday morning the main data server refused to boot. There were no files on it at all.

All the data, including the backups had been deleted.

And deleted so thoroughly that no data could be recovered from the hard drive by data recovery specialists.

Automate in Haste, expect time spent recovering as waste.

Source: TheRegister.co.uk http://bit.ly/2HCKxQJ

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Alexa’s Creepy Laugh Fixed

Oculus Rift Outage

GDPR

Automated Deletion of Backups