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IETF doc seeks reliable vSwitch benchmark

El Reg - 21 min 27 sec ago
Once switches become just another function to spawn, you'll need to know how they'll fare

If you fancy wrapping your mind around the complexities that make virtual switches (vSwitches) hard to benchmark, an IETF informational RFC is worth a read.…

Ray Kurzweil Explains Why Technology Won't Eliminate Human Jobs

Slashdot - 30 min 39 sec ago
Futurist Ray Kurzweil, now a director of engineering at Google, made an interesting argument in a new interview with Fortune: We have already eliminated all jobs several times in human history. How many jobs circa 1900 exist today? If I were a prescient futurist in 1900, I would say, "Okay, 38% of you work on farms; 25% of you work in factories. That's two-thirds of the population. I predict that by the year 2015, that will be 2% on farms and 9% in factories." And everybody would go, "Oh, my God, we're going to be out of work." I would say, "Well, don't worry, for every job we eliminate, we're going to create more jobs at the top of the skill ladder." And people would say, "What new jobs?" And I'd say, "Well, I don't know. We haven't invented them yet." That continues to be the case, and it creates a difficult political issue because you can look at people driving cars and trucks, and you can be pretty confident those jobs will go away. And you can't describe the new jobs, because they're in industries and concepts that don't exist yet. Kurzweil also argues that "the power and influence of governments is decreasing because of the tremendous power of social networks and economic trends..." "A lot of people think things are getting worse, partly because that's actually an evolutionary adaptation: It's very important for your survival to be sensitive to bad news. A little rustling in the leaves may be a predator, and you better pay attention to that."

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What's in this Monday morning storage BLT? A 12TB WD HDD, wars of words – and more

El Reg - 38 min 27 sec ago
Bacon, lettuce, tomato? No, loads of tasty bytes, layers and topologies

Roundup  Hungry for storage news? Tuck into this bulging storage sarnie for breakfast.…

Intel Core i9 7980XE Linux Benchmarks: 18 Core / 36 Threads For $1999 USD

Phoronix - 41 min 20 sec ago
Besides the embargo expiring this morning on the Intel Core i9 7960X, the Core i9 7980XE Extreme Edition processor is also now fair game. Here is our look at the Linux performance for this 18 core / 36 thread processor within a single 165 Watt package.

Wanna get started with practical AI? Check out this chap's Rubik's Cube solving neural-net code

El Reg - 57 min 27 sec ago
Written in Python, it's not perfect – but it's pretty cool

The Rubik’s Cube is one of those toys that just won't go away. Solving it is either something you can do in minutes to impress, or find so hard you end up using it as a paperweight.…

Intel Core i9 7960X Linux Benchmarks

Phoronix - 59 min 39 sec ago
While Intel previously announced the expanded Intel Core X-Series line-up including the Core i9 7960X and Core i9 7960XE processors, only today is the performance embargo expiring as these CPUs begin to ship to further battle AMD's Ryzen Threadripper line-up. Here is today's launch-day Linux benchmarks of the Core i9 7960X.

Brit chip design company Imagination Tech sold to China-linked private equity

El Reg - 1 hour 31 min ago
Firm that Trump banned from another silicon sale scoops GPU tech outfit cored by Apple

British chip designer Imagination Technologies Group has sold itself to China-aligned private equity outfit Canyon Bridge.…

Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?

El Reg - 1 hour 58 min ago
Then Loop – or, at least, a future version of it – may be for you

Review  It's become a phrase repeatedly so frequently, it almost feels like a cliché: if you're not paying for the product, you are the product.…

Don't panic, but.. ALIEN galaxies are slamming Earth with ultra-high-energy cosmic rays

El Reg - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 5:01am
Particle streams unlikely to come from within the Milky Way

The most energetic cosmic rays bombarding Earth originate from outside our Milky Way Galaxy, according to research published just before the weekend.…

Australia Finally Creates Its Own National Space Agency

Slashdot - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 4:34am
50 years after Australia became the third country to launch a satellite into space, they had another big announcement. An anonymous reader quotes AFP: Australia on Monday committed to creating a national space agency as it looks to cash in on the lucrative and fast-evolving astronautical sector. The announcement came at a week-long Adelaide space conference attended by the world's top scientists and experts including SpaceX chief Elon Musk. It brings Canberra -- which already has significant involvement in national and international space activities -- into line with most other developed nations, which already have dedicated agencies to help coordinate the industry and shape development. "The global space industry is growing rapidly and it's crucial that Australia is part of this growth," acting science minister Michaelia Cash said in statement. The Australian government estimates that the global space sector now drives $323 billion in revenue each year.

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Driverless cars will make <i>more</i> traffic, say transport boffins

El Reg - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 4:04am
Share my car? I'd rather walk, punters tell Australian survey

Australian researchers predict that the rise of the autonomous vehicle will make congestion worse.…

A Recap Of XDC2017: Advancing Wayland, Mesa & Yes The X.Org Server

Phoronix - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 4:00am
The annual X.Org Developers' Conference wrapped up on Friday as the meeting of key contributors to components including the xorg-server, Wayland, Mesa, and other crucial components of the Linux desktop stack...

Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …

El Reg - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 3:57am
Mission plan: retrieve lost votes from deep within black hole of democratic disillusionment

Australia's government has committed to starting a space agency, but there are no details about its mission other than a vague commitment to helping industry.…

Intel Announces Early 8th Gen Core Processors, Coffee Lake

Phoronix - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 3:00am
Intel has rushed up the announcement of their 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors following a recent leak. We can now confirm that these new Intel CPUs are en route to retailers, they have already arrived for testing, and will be benchmarked under Linux on Phoronix once that secondary embargo expires...

Guess – go on, guess – where a vehicle tracking company left half a million records

El Reg - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 2:01am
No prize, because it's too easy: SVR Tracking had an unsecured AWS S3 bucket

A US outfit that sells vehicle tracking services has been accused of leaving more than half a million records in a leaky AWS S3 bucket.…

Air traffic 'glitch' grounds Sydney flights

El Reg - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 1:42am
Power outage of software crash, depending on who you listen to

Sydney airport was in chaos on the first Monday of the Australian state of New South Wales' spring school holidays, after air traffic controllers had to revert to manual operations.…

'Banned Books Week' Recognizes 2016's Most-Censored Books (and Comic Books)

Slashdot - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 1:38am
An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek: The American Library Association's yearly Banned Books Week, held this year between Sunday September 24 and Saturday September 30, is both a celebration of freedom and a warning against censorship. Launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, the event spotlights the risk of censorship still present... "While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read," the ALA stated. "This Banned Books Week, we're asking people of all political persuasions to come together and celebrate Our Right to Read," says a coalition supporting the event. The ALA reports that half of the most frequently challenged books were in fact actually banned last year, according to the library group's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), which calculates there were 17% more attempts to censor books in America in 2016. The five most-challenged books all contained LGBT characters, and the most common phrase used to complain about books is "sexually explicit," the OIF told Publisher's Weekly -- perhaps reflecting a change in targets. He believes one reason is that most challenges now are reported not for books in the library but against books in the advanced English curricula of some schools. This change also represents a shift upward in the age of the readers of the most challenged books. "We've moved from helicopter parenting, where people were hovering over their kids, to Velcro parenting," LaRue says. "There's no space at all between the hand of the parent and the head of the child. These are kids who are 16, 17; in one year they're going to be old enough to sign up for the military, get married, or vote, and their parents are still trying to protect them from content that is sexually explicit. I think that's a shift from overprotectiveness to almost suffocating." Three of the 10 most-challenged books were graphic novels, so the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is sharing their own list of banned and challenged comics. Their list includes two Neil Gaiman titles, Sandman and The Graveyard Book , as well two popular Batman titles -- Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Strikes Again and Alan Moore's The Killing Joke -- plus Moore's graphic novel Watchmen, Maus by Art Spiegelman, and even Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations by J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita, Jr.

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Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

El Reg - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 1:20am
Daesh-bags give up on writing their own attack code, copy successful hackers

DerbyCon  An analysis of the hacking groups allying themselves to Daesh/ISIS has shown that about 18 months ago the religious fanatics stopped trying to develop their own secure communications and hacking tools and instead turned to the criminal underground to find software that actually works.…

Linux 4.14-rc2 Kernel Released

Phoronix - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 12:22am
Linus Torvalds has announced the release of the second weekly test candidate of the upcoming Linux 4.14 kernel...

Hurricane Maria leaves Arecibo radio telescope damaged and dark

El Reg - Mon, 25/09/2017 - 12:09am
Feed antenna collapses, dropping debris onto main dish

In the midst of the humanitarian disaster unfolding after Puerto Rico was battered by Hurricane Maria, astronomers working at the Arecibo radio telescope have reported damage that will leave it unable to operate for months.…

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