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LXQt Spin Proposed For Fedora 26

Phoronix - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 2:12pm
A new spin/flavor has been proposed for Fedora 26, one integrating the LXQt desktop environment...

Amazon asks for spectrum to try out IoT networking gear

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 2:08pm
What else do you Tx at 20mW somewhere between 868MHz and 900MHz?

Amazon has filed an application with the US Federal Communications Commission to conduct what looks like Internet of Things wireless networking tech trials.…

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Warns Against 'Hubris' Amid AI Growth

Slashdot - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 2:02pm
Microsoft and its competitors should eschew artificial intelligence systems that replace people instead of maximizing their time, CEO Satya Nadella said in an interview on Monday. From the report: "The fundamental need of every person is to be able to use their time more effectively, not to say, 'let us replace you'," Nadella said in an interview at the DLD conference in Munich. "This year and the next will be the key to democratizing AI. The most exciting thing to me is not just our own promise of AI as exhibited by these products, but to take that capability and put it in the hands of every developer and every organization. [...] There's a thin line between hubris and confidence," Nadella said. "Always there is risk of hubris coming back, missing trends. The only long-term indicator of success is, âhow good is your internal culture?'" "What I've learned if anything in three years as CEO is, it's not about celebrating one product," he said. "That, to me, is the sign of a company that's built to last. In tech it's even more harsh."

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Exascale HPC project pours Euro gravy into Mont-Blanc

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 1:48pm
SoCing it to the ARM-powered nodes

The European Commission's multi-phase, super-dupe-compute project Mont-Blanc is pouring more euro gravy into developing an army of ARM SoC compute nodes.…

Building IoT: Early bird tickets ready to fly in days

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 1:17pm
Last chance to save a bundle

Reg Events  You've got less than a week to snap up early bird tickets for Building IoT London, our three-day bonanza of all things IoT for real businesses. After that, the sticker jumps back up to full rate.…

French spies warn politicians of hack risk as election draws near

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 12:52pm
Authorities uneasy in wake of alleged Russian interference in US presidential race

French authorities are warning political parties about the increased threat of cyber attacks as the country prepares to elect a new president in May.…

Windows 10 Gets A New Linux: openSUSE

Slashdot - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 12:30pm
An anonymous reader writes: "Running Linux binaries natively on Windows... that sounds awesome indeed," writes Hannes Kuhnemund, the senior product manager for SUSE Linux Enterprise. He's written a blog post describing how to run openSUSE Leap 42.2 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 on Windows 10, according to Fossbytes, which reports that currently users have two options -- openSUSE Leap 42.2 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2. Currently it's Ubuntu that's enabled by default in the Windows Subsystem for Linux, although there's already a project on GitHub that also lets you install Arch Linux. "It's quite unfortunate that Microsoft enabled the wrong Linux (that's my personal opinion) by default within the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)," writes Kuhnemund, "and it is time to change it to the real stuff.

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Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Launched

Phoronix - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 12:26pm
The Raspberry Pi Foundation this morning announced the Compute Module 3 (CM3) as the successor to their original Compute Module...

Father of Android II: A Hardware Comeback

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 12:24pm
What will Andy Rubin do next?

The "Father of Android" Andy Rubin is plotting a return to hardware – and he could beat Google's own Android successor Andromeda to market.…

Tech moguls dominate Oxfam's rich people Hateful 8

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 12:00pm
They've got as much money as half the world, scolds charity

Five of the world's eight fattest fat cats, whose collective wealth equals that of the world's 3.6 billion poorest people – according to a new report by Oxfam – are technology billionaires.…

Faster Raspberry Pi X.Org Desktop Performance With NEON

Phoronix - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 11:49am
Broadcom developer Eric Anholt has begun writing code within the VC4 open-source driver stack to make use of NEON in its acceleration code-paths...

SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 11:23am
Musk's merry men manage it this time

Elon Musk's SpaceX, space cargo contractor and purveyor of space rockets for the well-heeled masses, successfully launched a two-stage rocket into orbit on Saturday.…

Intel's Mesa Driver Set To Flip On OpenGL 4.5 For Haswell

Phoronix - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 11:19am
It was just two weeks ago that Intel's Mesa driver finally crossed the threshold with Haswell for supporting OpenGL 4.0 and then last week OpenGL 4.2 was crossed for this older generation of Intel graphics hardware. Now, it looks like OpenGL 4.5 will be enabled for Haswell with the i965 Mesa driver...

Prepare for ReRAM speed! Crossbar samples SMIC chips

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 11:00am
16nm? Lower. 10nm? Lower. You cannot be serious

ReRAM startup Crossbar has sample embedded ReRAM chips from SMIC that are currently undergoing evaluation.…

BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 10:42am
We know you've been in an accident. It says so in our *beeeeep*

BT has opened a free nuisance call screening service, which it estimates could junk 15 million cold calls - such as PPI and accident claims - to a voicemail box.…

Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 10:07am
From aardvark to Bicholim, the encylopedia of things that never were

Sixteen years ago, Larry Sanger had the idea for a wiki-based encyclopaedia anyone could edit: the "wiki-pedia". On January 15, 2001, he and Jimmy Wales launched the site. Today, it's everyone's go-to place for quick factlets.…

Market researchers big up NRAM

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 9:29am
Silicon to carbon change could boost Nantero's business

A market-research report suggests carbon nanotube storage developer Nantero could be on the verge of a breakout after years of disappointment and struggle.…

Nielsen, eat your heart out: TiVo woos admen with prediction engine

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 9:02am
Bringing more audience data to TV advertising

Analysis  More data means better performance for advertising – at least on the digital side. Increasingly, marketers are looking to inject data-driven decision making into the “dumbest” box in the house: the TV set.…

Calls for's tax digitisation plans to be put on the back burner

El Reg - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 8:30am
Timetable 'unachievable'. Now, where have we heard that one before?

The UK government's tax digitisation plan could be delayed by at least a year after the Treasury Committee exposed "serious shortcomings" with the programme.…

Researchers Create A Lithium-Ion Battery With Built-In Flame Retardant

Slashdot - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 8:30am
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget: One big problem with lithium-ion batteries is that they have the tendency to catch fire and blow up all kinds of gadgets like toys and phones. To solve that issue, a group of researchers from Stanford University created lithium-ion batteries with built-in fire extinguishers. They added a component called "triphenyl phosphate" to the plastic fibers of the part that keeps negative and positive electrodes separate. Triphenyl phosphate is a compound commonly used as a flame retardant for various electronics. If the battery's temperature reaches 150 degrees Celsius, the plastic fibers melt and release the chemical. Based on the researchers' tests, the method can stop batteries from burning up within 0.4 seconds.

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