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There's just a week to show us how AI really works in business

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:38pm
M3 call for papers has a week to run

Events  There are just seven days left until we close the call for papers for M3, and we would really love to hear how you’re putting artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to work in business.…

I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:05pm
Deathly Hallows Mark ii

IBM UK appears to have fired the starting gun on a 2.0 redundancy programme for the Infrastructure Services Delivery division – before the first one has even concluded.…

More AMDGPU Vega Patches Published

Phoronix - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 11:33am
Less than one week after AMDGPU DRM Vega support was published along with the other Vega enablement patches for the Linux driver stack, more Direct Rendering Manager patches are being shot out today...

Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 11:25am
Watchdog proposes fines for everyday repairs, installations and appointments are missed

Ofcom has begun consulting on the UK government's desire to compensate consumers and SMEs when telco companies fail, as set out in the Digital Economy Bill, even though the Bill hasn't reached the Royal Assent stage yet.…

Did you know: Crimelords behind DDoS attacks offer customer loyalty points?

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:51am
Tweaking business models for greater 404 kerching

The DDoS attack business has advanced to the point that running an attack can cost as little as $7 an hour, while the targeted company can end up losing thousands, if not millions of dollars.…

Coreboot Picks Up A New Kabylake Chromebook "Fizz"

Phoronix - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:28am
It may not be as exciting as hearing Dell looking at Coreboot, but another Intel-powered Chromebook is now supported by mainline Coreboot...

ELKDAT Tool Released To Ease Linux Kernel Development & Testing

Phoronix - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:16am
ELKDAT is a new Linux kernel project to provide an easy kernel development and testing tool...

GNOME's GTK Gets Gtef'ed

Phoronix - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:06am
Gtef is short for the GTK+ Text Editor Framework and makes it easier to develop text editors and IDEs with GNOME's toolkit...

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:01am
Ever so lone lone lone lone a-lonely

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  “For heaven’s sake, stop waggling it in my face! Kuh-rist, keep still! Right – you’ve asked for it!”…

Molecule Kills Elderly Cells, Reduces Signs of Aging In Mice

Slashdot - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a Science Magazine report: Even if you aren't elderly, your body is home to agents of senility -- frail and damaged cells that age us and promote disease. Now, researchers have developed a molecule that selectively destroys these so-called senescent cells. The compound makes old mice act and appear more youthful, providing hope that it may do the same for us. As we get older, senescent cells build up in our tissues, where researchers think they contribute to illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. In the past, scientists have genetically modified mice to dispatch their senescent cells, allowing the rodents to live longer and reducing plaque buildup in their arteries. Such genetic alterations aren't practical for people, but researchers have reported at least seven compounds, known as senolytics, that kill senescent cells. A clinical trial is testing two of the drugs in patients with kidney disease, and other trials are in the works. However, current senolytic compounds, many of which are cancer drugs, come with downsides. They can kill healthy cells or trigger side effects such as a drop in the number of platelets, the cellular chunks that help our blood clot. Cell biologist Peter de Keizer of Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues were investigating how senescent cells stay alive when they uncovered a different strategy for attacking them. Senescent cells carry the type of DNA damage that should spur a protective protein, called p53, to put them down. Instead, the researchers found that a different protein, FOXO4, latches onto p53 and prevents it from doing its duty. To counteract this effect, De Keizer and colleagues designed a molecule, known as a peptide, that carries a shortened version of the segment of FOXO4 that attaches to p53. In a petri dish, this peptide prevented FOXO4 and p53 from hooking up, prompting senescent cells to commit suicide. But it spared healthy cells. The researchers then injected the molecule into mutant mice that age rapidly. These rodents live about half as long as normal mice, and when they are only a few months old, their fur starts to fall out, their kidneys begin to falter, and they become sluggish. However, the peptide boosted the density of their fur, reversed the kidney damage, and increased the amount of time they could scurry in a running wheel, the scientists report online today in Cell. When the researchers tested the molecule in normal, elderly mice, they saw a similar picture: In addition to helping their kidneys and fur, the molecule also increased their willingness to explore their surroundings.

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MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 9:26am
Crown Clown Commercial Service

The UK government body created to save cash buying common goods and services centrally has so far provided "dismal" savings for the taxpayer, the Committee of Public Accounts said in a report today.…

Gov may need to splash £245m per year on IT contractors – NAO

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 9:01am
Please come back freelancers, forget IR35: all is forgiven

The government will need to splash £145m per year on 2,000 digital staff - or £244m using contractors - if it is to meet the serious shortfall in skills, according to the National Audit Office.…

Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 8:29am
'Chittering' under raised floor was the sound of a disaster recovery lesson

On-Call  Ooh! Friday is here! This means it's time for On-Call, in which El Reg acknowledges that misery loves company by sharing stories of jobs gone awry.…

Yet another job menaced by AI! Uh, wait, it says here... Dance Dance Revolution designers

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 8:01am
Is this the last waltz for bonkers music game's level makers?

Dance Dance Revolution – one of the few computer games that causes players to break into a sweat – is getting a boost from artificial intelligence.…

Inside OpenSSL's battle to change its license: Coders' rights, tech giants, patents and more

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 7:32am
Devs who fail to respond to call for change will count as 'yes' votes for AL 2.0

Analysis  The OpenSSL project, possibly the most widely used open-source cryptographic software, has a license to kill – specifically its own. But its effort to obtain permission to rewrite contributors' rights runs the risk of alienating the community that sustains it.…

First the Rise of the Machines, now this: UK military's Exercise Information Warrior

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 7:03am
From drones to smart warships. Well, sort of

Comment  Fresh from signing contracts to put artificial intelligence into its warships, the Royal Navy is now running an exercise to demonstrate robotic warfighting tech at work – Ex Information Warrior.…

Red-Light Camera Grace Period Goes From 0.1 To 0.3 Seconds, Chicago To Lose $17 Million

Slashdot - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 7:00am
The Chicago Department of Transportation announced a new policy earlier this week that will increase the "grace period" -- the time between when a traffic light turns red to when a ticket is automatically issued. The decision has been made to increase the time from 0.1 seconds to 0.3 seconds, following recommendations part of a recent study of its red-light cameras. Ars Technica reports: This will bring the Windy City in line with other American metropolises, including New York City and Philadelphia. In a statement, the city agency said that this increase would "maintain the safety benefits of the program while ensuring the program's fairness." On Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the city would lose $17 million in revenue this year alone as a result of the expanded grace period. Michael Claffey, a CDOT spokesman, confirmed that figure to Ars. "We want to emphasize that extending this enforcement threshold is not an invitation to drivers to try to beat the red light," CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld also said in the statement. "By accepting the recommendation of the academic team, we are giving the benefit of the doubt to well-intentioned drivers while remaining focused on the most reckless behaviors."

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FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 6:29am
Bribes on offer as courier's custom printing service needs Adobe's security sinkhole

FedEx is offering customers US$5 to enable Adobe Flash in their browsers.…

Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 6:02am
Groove breakthrough prevents shameful leakage

Video  A biophysicist has found a way to save precious wine drops from leaking down the side of the bottle after it’s poured into a glass.…

Google slaps Symantec for sloppy certs, slow show of SNAFUs

El Reg - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 4:58am
Certs will keep working, but Chrome will be suspicious, soon

Updated  Google's Chrome development team has posted a stinging criticism of Symantec's certificate-issuance practices, saying it has lost confidence in the company's practices and therefore in the safety of sessions hopefully-secured by Symantec-issued certificates.…

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