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Winners and losers: Here's who made the cut for mega TP2 framework

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 2:46pm
Atos will not get trout in £4bn trough, neither will bunch of big PC brands

A public sector contracts fat cat and some household PC brands are among the suppliers that failed to directly win a place on a mega pan-government hardware and software framework contract, according to a preliminary list seen by The Register.…

Facebook Inflated Video Viewing Stats For Two Years

Slashdot - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 2:40pm
Facebook has admitted inflating the average time people spend watching videos for two years by failing to count people who watched for less than three seconds. CNET reports: The metric was artificially inflated because it only counted videos as viewed if they had been seen for three or more seconds, not taking into account shorter views, the company revealed several weeks ago in a post on its advertiser help center web page. Facebook has been putting a greater emphasis on video in recent years, particularly live video. In March, Facebook began giving anyone with a phone and internet connection an easy way to broadcast live video to the 1.7 billion people who use its service every day.

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Akamai Kicked Journalist Brian Krebs' Site Off Its Servers After He Was Hit By a Record Cyberattack

Slashdot - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader writes:Cloud hosting giant Akamai Technologies has dumped journalist Brian Krebs from its servers after his website came under a "record" cyberattack. "It's looking likely that KrebsOnSecurity will be offline for a while," Krebs tweeted Thursday. "Akamai's kicking me off their network tonight." Since Tuesday, Krebs' site has been under sustained distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), a crude method of flooding a website with traffic in order to deny legitimate users from being able to access it. The assault has flooded Krebs' site with more than 620 Gbps per second of traffic -- nearly double what Akamai has seen in the past.

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Double-dating VMware lover Tintri brings Hyper-V closer to its bed

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 1:56pm
Tintri looking for sales ignition from Hyper-V support

Hybrid and all-flash array vendor Tintri is expanding Hyper-V support, extending its existing VMware virtual machine-aware facilities.…

Naughty Zuck: Facebook fudged its video ad numbers

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 1:36pm
Overstated average viewing times by up to 80 per cent

Facebook has been caught miscalculating viewing numbers for those watching ads on the site.…

Plusnet outage leaves customers unable to stream Netflix. Horrors!

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 1:11pm
Repeatedly outage-hit firm mumbles usual apologies

Ongoing technical problems at gaffe-prone Plusnet are leaving customers unable to stream videos or play games.…

Jawbone Fails To Pay Key Business Partners and Has Almost No Inventory In Stock: Sources

Slashdot - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 1:00pm
BarbaraHudson writes: The battle between Fitbit and Jawbone may be coming to an end. Business Insider is reporting that wearable fitness maker Jawbone is facing some serious financial problems as the company has almost no inventory in stock and is running out of options to generate revenue. If you click on any of the products for sale on their site, it will say that they're all sold out. Business Insider reports: "Jawbone's Facebook page is littered with complaints from customers saying they have been unable to get in touch with a customer service representative to help with defective products. The Jawbone Facebook account has been responding to these issues, blaming a backup of complaints for the delays. A Jawbone spokesperson said the complaints were because of Jawbone's customer service restructuring. Another person close to Jawbone told Business Insider that there is almost no inventory left and the company is running out of options to generate revenue. The speculation among some Jawbone employees now is that the company might sell to a private equity firm if it can't raise more money, the person close to the company said. Jawbone also declined to explain why its inventory has sold out. A spokesperson said, 'they have sold through what they have to sell.' The company said it was not because it couldn't pay vendors though. It would not provide any estimate on when products would be available for sale on its site again, but did say it planned to make more products." The report says that, according to an internal NexRep email, the company cut ties with the customer service agency NexRep earlier this month after Jawbone failed to make payments. "The email, written to NexRep employees by a NexRep executive, claims that Jawbone is 'struggling financially' and that it couldn't pay NexRep for its services," reports Business Insider. "It also says Jawbone is 'fighting hard' to raise more funding. 'Jawbone is not able to pay us for past services, and their ability to pay us in the future is uncertain at this point,' the NexRep email reads." This resulted in "many staffers being laid off."

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2D Rendering On X11 Remains Barely Faster Than CPU Rendering

Phoronix - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 12:59pm
In addition to being the organizer of XDC2016, Martin Peres also participated in several presentations at this week's conference in Helsinki. One of these pesentations by Martin was concerning 2D X.Org acceleration...

Microsoft: We're hugging trees to save the 'world'

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 12:46pm
Wouldn't be about cutting energy costs for your 100+ bit barns, then?

Microsoft is turning over a new leaf and going green. At least, that's what the firm’s chief environmental strategist has claimed as he sketched plans to make its data centres more sustainable and efficient.…

Cisco preps the P45s for 500 unlucky UK staffers

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 12:30pm
Latest wave of software-inspired bloodletting

Cisco's UK staffers are beginning to feel the cold, sharp edge of the networking borg's axe, with up to 500 souls put at risk of redundancy across its entire local operation, multiple sources have confirmed to The Register.…

Think you’re a Tech Trailblazer but still warming up?

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 12:15pm
Deadline for awards entries extended

We know some blazers take longer to warm up than others, so you’ll be pleased to know that the deadline for this year’s Tech Trailblazers Awards has been extended to October 6.…

Don't Expect An Open-Source NVIDIA Vulkan Driver Anytime Soon

Phoronix - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 12:10pm
Besides Nouveau developers being frustrated by NVIDIA's signed firmware blobs, at XDC2016 they also made other remarks about their focus on OpenGL and performance while Vulkan support isn't expected anytime soon...

Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 12:04pm
And he would have got away with it too, if it wasn't for a simple scheduled audit

A 49-year-old IT bloke from Essex has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment on two counts of fraud after his cunning plan to steal £450,000 from his employer was uncovered... almost immediately.…

Shopkeeper installs forecourt khazi to counter mystery Dublin dung dumper

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 11:43am
‘You’d swear a horse did it,’ says appalled retailer

A desperate Dublin shopkeeper has placed a toilet and a pile of his very competitvely priced bog roll on the pavement outside his shop after a series of visits from a loose boweled night owl.…

Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for <i>Great British Bake Off</i> replacements

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 11:20am
Reg poll fills C4's empty tent issue

Two weeks after Channel 4’s £75m grab of Great British Bake Off from the BBC, the broadcaster has a big marquee but no filling.…

AMD's DAL Was Just Presented At XDC2016, Still Not Clear When It Will Be Mainlined

Phoronix - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 11:16am
Harry Wentland of AMD just presented at the XDC2016 conference about DAL, the big Display Abstraction Layer code-base, which many AMD Linux users have been waiting to see merged in order to have Polaris audio support and this is one of the stepping stones for seeing FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync and other modern display capabilities...

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Coming To Linux Next Week

Phoronix - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 11:00am
Feral Interactive will be releasing three new Linux games next week...

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 10:58am
77 per cent feel guilty about ad blocking. Do you?

A survey of people using ad-blocking has mixed news for publishers. Thirty per cent of users deploying adblocking software were less inclined to visit websites that forced them to “whitelist” the site.…

LunarG's Vulkan Sample Tutorials Is Easy For Learning This New Graphics API

Phoronix - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 10:40am
Earlier this month LunarG published up-to-date Vulkan Sample Tutorials for those wanting to learn more about using this high-performance Khronos graphics API...

Cosmology is safe and the Universe is one giant version of the Barbican

El Reg - Fri, 23/09/2016 - 10:29am
Whichever way you look it's all exactly the same, boffins confirm

Scientists have confirmed that the universe is very likely the same in every direction, showing that the assumption of the universe being isotropic can be safely used in cosmology.…

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