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100+ More KHR_no_error Patches, Might Help Some Games

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 5:49pm
Open-source driver contributor Samuel Pitoiset for Valve has published a set of 101 new patches for implementing more KHR_no_error support...

Lyft Launches a New Self-driving Division and Will Develop Its Own Autonomous Ride-hailing Technology

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 5:30pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: Lyft is betting the future of the road centers on sharing autonomous vehicles. It aims to be at the forefront of that technology with a new self-driving division and a self-driving system car manufacturers could plug into their self-driving cars. The company expects to hire "hundreds" of people for the new division by the end of next year and has just signed a lease for 50,000-square-feet on the first floor of a Palo Alto facility where it plans to build out several labs and open testing spaces. The building Lyft refers to as "Level 5" will be developing its new "open self-driving platform" and a combination hardware and software system still in development. Lyft hopes auto manufacturers will then bring in a fleet of autonomous cars to its ride-hailing network. The plan is somewhat similar to one Uber announced earlier. Lyft's larger rival uses Volvo's XC90 to test its self-driving tech on the roads. Uber announced earlier this year it was also partnering with Daimler to operate self-driving cars on its network.

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StarTech 12U Computer Rack

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 4:40pm
In needing to make more room for Ryzen/Epyc/ThreadRipper and Core-X Series, the StarTech 12U rack was the latest investment. This 12U rack can, fortunately, fit quite comfortable under my custom-made desk.

NASA Uploads Hundreds of Rare Aircraft Films to YouTube

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 4:40pm
An anonymous reader shares an article: NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center is currently in the process of uploading hundreds of extremely rare films to YouTube. And I'd advise you to stop reading if you want to get any work done today. The center has uploaded roughly 300 of the planned 500 films that it will continue to put up over the coming months. And as you can see from the well-populated YouTube channel, they have everything from 1950s experimental aircraft like the X-3 Stiletto to 1960s Lunar Landing Research Vehicle tests (seen in the GIF above) to videos of the time that they intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 in 1984.

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Beijing Wants AI To Be Made In China By 2030

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 4:00pm
Reader cdreimer writes: According to a report on The New York Times (may be paywalled, alternative story here): "If Beijing has its way, the future of artificial intelligence will be made in China. The country laid out a development plan on Thursday to become the world leader in A.I. by 2030, aiming to surpass its rivals technologically and build a domestic industry worth almost $150 billion. Released by the State Council, the policy is a statement of intent from the top rungs of China's government: The world's second-largest economy will be investing heavily to ensure its companies, government and military leap to the front of the pack in a technology many think will one day form the basis of computing. The plan comes with China preparing a multibillion-dollar national investment initiative to support "moonshot" projects, start-ups and academic research in A.I., according to two professors who consulted with the government about the effort."

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For the First Time, Microsoft Got More Revenue From Office 365 Subscriptions Than From Traditional Office Software Licensing

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 3:20pm
Ina Fried, reporting for Axios: Shares of Microsoft hit record territory in after-hours trading on Thursday, topping $75 a share, after the software giant's better-than-expected financial results. As has been the case for the last several quarters, strength in Microsoft's cloud business, including Office 365 and Windows Azure, was the key to the company's growth. Of note, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood told analysts that, for the first time, Microsoft got more revenue from Office 365 subscriptions than from traditional Office software licensing. Why it matters: Microsoft has shown an ability to grow its business even as the PC market has stalled, reflecting moves the company made in the cloud both since Satya Nadella took over as CEO as well as some that were in place before he took over the top spot.

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Pull on yer wellies and let's wade through the week's storage news

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 3:04pm
But Muuuuuum...

A mudslide of storage news has mired Vulture Central and we're up to our waists in it. Alas, this seems to be becoming a weekly occurrence. We waded through it, sorted it out, tidied it up, and mopped the floors.…

Disney Facing VFX Firm's Injunction Bid on Three Blockbuster Films

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 2:40pm
From a report: 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and 'Beauty and the Beast' are now under the microscope for use of facial capture technology. Upping the stakes over a technology called "performance motion capture," Rearden LLC is going after The Walt Disney Company in a lawsuit filed this week. The plaintiff, a firm incubated by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Perlman, is demanding an injunction prohibiting Disney from distributing Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Beauty and the Beast. The new lawsuit comes a year after Rearden scored a startling injunction against two Chinese firms that purchased allegedly stolen technology known as MOVA, which was being licensed by Digital Domain 3.0. At the time, some legal observers were reading the ruling as notice to Hollywood studios that the facial motion capture technology was out of play. According to Rearden's latest lawsuit in California federal court, Disney didn't listen. "Disney used the stolen MOVA Contour systems and methods, made derivative works, and reproduced, distributed, performed, and displayed at least Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Beauty and the Beast, in knowing or willfully blind violation of Rearden Mova LLC's intellectual property rights."

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Revised DRI3 v1.1 Modifiers Support For Mesa

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 2:18pm
Daniel Stone of Collabora has published a new set of 14 patches implementing DRI3 v1.1's modifiers support inside Mesa with support for EGL X11 and Vulkan X11/Wayland...

Legal boffins poke holes in EU lawmaker's ePrivacy proposals

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 2:08pm
Recommend amendments on privacy, tracking and encryption

The European Commission's proposed ePrivacy law needs significant amendments, particularly on location tracking and keeping people's communications confidential, according to an in-depth study.…

Ask Slashdot: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop Default Application Survey

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 2:00pm
Dustin Kirkland, Ubuntu Product and Strategy at Canonical, writes: Howdy all- Back in March, we asked the HackerNews community, "What do you want to see in Ubuntu 17.10?": https://ubu.one/AskHN. A passionate discussion ensued, the results of which are distilled into this post: http://ubu.one/thankHN. In fact, you can check that link, http://bit.ly/thankHN and see our progress so far this cycle. We already have a beta code in 17.10 available for your testing for several of those: - GNOME replaced Unity - Bluetooth improvements with a new BlueZ- Switched to libinput- 4K/Multimonitor/HiDPI improvements- Upgraded to Network Manager 1.8- New Subiquity server installer- Minimal images (36MB, 18% smaller) And several others have excellent work in progress, and will be complete by 17.10: - Autoremove old kernels from /boot- EXT4 encryption with fscrypt- Better GPU/CUDA support In summary -- your feedback matters! There are hundreds of engineers and designers working for *you* to continue making Ubuntu amazing! Along with the switch from Unity to GNOME, we're also reviewing some of the desktop applications we package and ship in Ubuntu. We're looking to crowdsource input on your favorite Linux applications across a broad set of classic desktop functionality. We invite you to contribute by listing the applications you find most useful in Linux in order of preference. Click through for info on how to contribute.

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What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 1:27pm
Nytro new PC disk replacement line of SSDs

Seagate has a new line of Nytro consumer SSDs coming using 3-bits/cell flash.…

FTC Probing Allegations of Amazon's Deceptive Discounting

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: As part of its review of Amazon's agreement to buy Whole Foods, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe. The FTC is probing a complaint brought by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which looked at some 1,000 products on Amazon's website in June and found that Amazon put reference prices, or list prices, on about 46 percent of them. An analysis found that in 61 percent of products with reference prices, Amazon's reference prices were higher than it had sold the same product in the previous 90 days, Consumer Watchdog said in a letter to the FTC dated July 6. Amazon said in a statement that Consumer Watchdog's study was "deeply flawed." "The conclusions the Consumer Watchdog group reached are flat out wrong," Amazon said. "We validate the reference prices provided by manufacturers, vendors and sellers against actual prices recently found across Amazon and other retailers."

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But how does our ransomware make you <i>feel?</i>

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 12:58pm
Psychology of ransomware threats unpicked

Ransomware crooks have become skilled psychological manipulators in their attempts to fleece victims of file-encrypting malware.…

Ubuntu Is Trying To Figure Out The Default Apps For 18.04 LTS

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 12:31pm
Canonical is running a survey in trying to figure out what should be the default applications for next year's Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release...

Why you'll never make really <em>big</em> money as an AI dev

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 12:23pm
Artificial Intelligence? How the future was back in the '80s

Among the stupider things I said in the 1980s was a comment about Artificial Intelligence, including neural nets - or perceptrons as we called them back then - saying we needed "maybe a processor that worked at a hundred megahertz and literally gigabytes of storage".…

I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 12:04pm
World+dog: Oh no you haven't!

The world's best business self-publicist since Richard Branson reckons he has been given a "verbal contract" to build an unrealistic high-speed tube train system across America.…

Vodafone reports sliding revenues but customers don't hate them as much

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 11:38am
And India still a mighty struggle

Vodafone's UK reputation is improving thanks to network improvements, the company said, pointing to a higher net promoter score as it revealed its results today.…

Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe AGAIN

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 11:26am
'Please stop leaking info to The Reg,' says UK boss

Exclusive  Less than four months after DXC Technologies was created and the Frankenfirm is already embarking on a second round of jobs cuts, with hundreds of frontline support techies earmarked for the chop.…

Haswell-Tuned Binaries Are Still Sometimes Faster On AMD Ryzen Than Znver1 Tuning

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 11:19am
Yesterday I posted benchmarks of Clang 4 vs. Clang 5 with AMD Ryzen now that LLVM 5 has received the initial AMD Zen "znver1" scheduler model. That scheduler model and improvements to LLVM/Clang 5.0 yielded some performance improvements, but still there are cases where using "-march=haswell" for tuning and running those generated binaries on Ryzen leads to better performance...
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