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BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:55pm
IT contractors warned to get house in order

A BBC presenter must pay £419,151 in taxes after a UK tax tribunal ruled her contract should have been subject to IR35 legislation – a judgment that has been described as a wake-up call for IT freelancers.…

Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicans

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:34pm
London Assembly report shines light on's auto auto plans

The London Assembly has lashed out at driverless cars, declaring that autonomous vehicles could cause "significant job losses" – while figures from the UK's driverless car industry told it that they don't expect Level 4 or 5 (fully autonomous) tech to hit the streets for another decade or more.…

So... Nokia's taking a long, hard look at its health unit

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:09pm
Not so strategic now

Nokia appears to be revising its ambition to be the data kingpin of the digital health industry. The Finnish telecomms giant has put its Digital Health business up for “strategic review”.…

Windows 10 Is Adding an Ultimate Performance Mode For Pros

Slashdot - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: When you're creating 3D models or otherwise running intensive tasks, you want to wring every ounce of performance out of your PC as possible. It's a good thing, then, that Microsoft has released a Windows 10 preview build in the Fast ring that includes a new Ultimate Performance mode if you're running Pro for Workstations. As the name implies, this is a step up for people for whom even the High Performance mode isn't enough -- it throws power management out the window to eliminate "micro-latencies" and boost raw speed. You can set it yourself, but PC makers will have the option of shipping systems with the feature turned on. Ultimate Performance isn't currently available for laptops or tablets, but Microsoft suggests that could change.

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GLXVND Support Lands In Git For X.Org Server 1.20

Phoronix - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 12:57pm
There's been a lot of activity in xorg-server Git the past few days, making it look like the developers may be trying to wrap up the very long X.Org Server 1.20 cycle. The latest major feature work landing is GLXVND...

Mobile phone dealer boss faces 12 years in director limbo

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 12:36pm
Did somebody say VAT fraud? Yes, the Insolvency Service did

The boss of an Oxford-based mobile phone dealer who used a carousel scam to defraud the British tax collector from hundreds of thousands of pounds was today banned from holding directorships for 12 years.…

Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 11:55am
It's not David Icke, it's Ayatollah Khamenei's former top general

Iran has gone full David Icke and accused lizards that "attract atomic waves" of spying for the West.…

Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 11:26am
Want high speeds? Go to Latvia

The UK is performing so poorly in fibre internet penetration that it isn't even included in a European study.…

DevOps, Containers and CD: What happens when theory is put to the test?

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 10:58am
CLL18 delivers reports from the front line

Talk about DevOps, Containers or Agile all you want, but sometimes you’ve just got to zip up your hoodie and do it.…

Spectre & KPTI Get More Fixes In Linux 4.16, Offsets Some KVM Performance Losses

Phoronix - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 10:49am
While we are past the Linux 4.16 merge window, more Spectre and Meltdown related improvements and changes are still being allowed into the kernel, similar to all the KPTI/Retpoline work that landed late in Linux 4.15. On Wednesday was another big batch of KPTI and Spectre work that has already been merged...

Marek Updates OpenGL 3.1 ARB_compatibility Support For Mesa

Phoronix - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 10:29am
Last October well known open-source AMD driver developer Marek Olšák began work on OpenGL compatibility profile support for Mesa. This work is about OpenGL 3.1 with ARB_compatibility support, something generally relevant for workstation OpenGL users and one of the few remaining advantages of AMD's current proprietary OpenGL driver...

Zuckerborg, Microsoft, Amazon letting the side down for green energy among hyperscalers

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 10:28am
But they're trying, bless 'em, says IHS Markit report

Data centre operators are going green because renewable energy costs less, receives tax subsidies and customers like the idea, according to a report by analysts at IHS Markit.…

Cryptocurrency Miners Are 'Limiting' the Search For Alien Life Now

Slashdot - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 10:00am
Since the latest graphics processing units (GPUs) are so popular with cryptocurrency miners, the SETI project -- short for "Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence" -- can't find the graphics cards it needs to expand its operations. The SETI@home project helps provide some computing power, as it involves thousands of volunteers who turn the power of their computers over to the project, but it's only a portion of the SETI project's total computing power. Motherboard reports: Searching the stars is intense work that "uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space." Analyzing all of the data from these telescopes uses a lot of computing power. "We'd like to use the latest GPUs and we can't get 'em," Dan Werthimer, chief scientist of SETI, told the BBC. "That's limiting our search for extraterrestrials." Manufacturers such as Nvidia are struggling to keep up with demand for graphics cards. It recently told investors it would rise to meet its manufacturing challenge while focusing on its core market -- gamers. It even suggested vendors limit purchases of graphics cards from individual buyers in an effort to stop miners from buying up all the cards. "This is a new problem, it's only happened on orders we've been trying to make in the last couple of months," Werthimer told the BBC. "We've got the money, we've contacted the vendors, and they say, 'we just don't have them.'"

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 9:29am
English translation of probe into Finnish phone giant's twilight makes for interesting reading

The first English translation of Operation Elop, an examination by Finnish journalists into the final years of Nokia phones, has reignited debate about the fate of what was Europe's largest and most admired technology company.…

Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 9:05am
Inside Porthcurno's world-spanning telegraphy web

Geek's Guide to Britain  I'm sitting on a perfect sandy beach in dazzling winter sunshine which makes it feel two months warmer than it really is. The beach is nearly empty, although a couple of dogs are enjoying the surf. The nearest road peters out a few hundred yards up a steep valley – the only way here is to walk. Porthcurno beach, just a few miles from Land's End in Cornwall, feels pleasantly like it is a long way from anywhere.…

Wayland Protocols 1.13 Introduces New Input Timestamp Protocol

Phoronix - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 8:44am
Jonas Ådahl on Wednesday announced Wayland-Protocols 1.13, the collection of stable and unstable protocols to Wayland...

UK names Russia as source of NotPetya, USA follows suit

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 8:33am
'Almost certain' assessment enough for official blast from Foreign Office

Updated  The United Kingdon's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has formally "attributed the NotPetya cyber-attack to the Russian Government", specifically the nation's military.…

Magic Leap's staggering VR goggle technology just got even better!

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 8:05am
Rony keeps feeding the hype machine! Wow! Woo! Yay! Hoopla! Panowie!

Comment  Not content with promising the product he has been hyping for six years, this week the CEO of Magic Leap revealed that his yet-to-ship virtual-reality headset technology will be even better than the previous gibberish he spouted.…

PCI Council and X9 Committee to combine PIN security standards

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 7:29am
One PIN to rule them all, one PIN to find them, one PIN to rule them all and in the darkness bind them

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) and financial services standards outfit the Accredited Standards Committee X9 have decided to combine forces on personal-identification-number-handling-rules.…

Look out, Wiki-geeks. Now Google trains AI to write Wikipedia articles

El Reg - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 7:03am
Er, well, ish. Text summarization is still pretty tricky for non-humans, though

A team within Google Brain – the web giant's crack machine-learning research lab – has taught software to generate Wikipedia-style articles by summarizing information on web pages... to varying degrees of success.…

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