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HPE sales slide, profits evaporate... but think of the future, CEO urges

El Reg - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 3:05pm
Component shortages, forex and 'stiff competition' blamed for Q2 crappiness

The long feted turnaround of Hewlett Packard Enterprise has yet to show up after the misfiring tech corp reported another set of quarterly declines, and it’ll surprise no one that cost cutting is going to feature heavily once again.…

12-Way RadeonSI OpenGL Comparison vs. NVIDIA On Ubuntu Linux

Phoronix - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 3:00pm
After posting a number of NVIDIA GPU Linux benchmarks this week using their latest drivers, here is similar treatment on the Radeon side using their newest open-source driver code.

Crapness of WannaCrypt coding offers hope for ransomware victims

El Reg - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 2:46pm
Still struggling? Your files might be recoverable after all

Mistakes in the WannaCrypt ransomware worm might allow files to be restored after infection.…

The US Is the Biggest Carbon Polluter in History

Slashdot - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 2:40pm
Justin Gillis, and Nadja Popovich, writing for The New York Times: The United States, with its love of big cars, big houses and blasting air-conditioners, has contributed more than any other country to the atmospheric carbon dioxide that is scorching the planet. "In cumulative terms, we certainly own this problem more than anybody else does," said David G. Victor, a longtime scholar of climate politics at the University of California, San Diego. Many argue that this obligates the United States to take ambitious action to slow global warming. Against that backdrop, factions in the Trump administration are engaged in a heated debate over whether to remain a party to the 195-nation agreement on climate change reached in Paris in 2015. President Trump promised on Wednesday to announce his decision at 3 p.m Thursday in the White House Rose Garden. A decision to walk away from the accord would be a momentous setback, in practical and political terms, for the effort to address climate change. Several news outlets, citing people in the administration, reported on Wednesday that the US is likely to pull out of the agreement.

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UK trigger-happy over fines for data breaches compared with Europe

El Reg - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 2:21pm
Penalties double, but it's nothing next to GDPR

The UK is among the most fined nations in Europe for data protection breaches, doubling the amount of penalties to £3.2m (€3.6m) during 2016.…

Celebrate Phoronix's 13th Birthday By Going Ad-Free Premium At A Great Discount

Phoronix - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 2:00pm
On 5 June we celebrate the 13th birthday of as well as 9 years since the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.0. In celebration, for the next week we are running a great deal on our ad-free, multi-page-articles-on-a-single-page, while supporting our site "Premium" subscription...

Hillary Clinton Rips 'Bankrupt' DNC Data Operation

Slashdot - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader shares an article: Hillary Clinton slammed the DNC's 2016 campaign data operation Wednesday, saying she had "nothing" to work from once she won the nomination. She lamented that Donald Trump was able to walk into a well-funded and thoroughly-tested data operation, while she was forced to build hers largely from scratch. Axios conducted over two dozen interviews with experts associated with the Trump and Clinton data and advertising operations earlier this year, and while many sources agreed with this sentiment off the record, no campaign or DNC staffers used language as strong as Clinton did Wednesday to publicly to condemn the DNC's data enterprise. Further reading: "I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that's not why I lost," says Clinton.

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

El Reg - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 1:55pm
Look, here's some stuff I read on the internet about infosec and it's terribly worrying isn't it?

A group of anti-nuclear campaigners have claimed Britain’s nuclear deterrent submarines are vulnerable to hackers – and their report setting out the “evidence” quotes, in part, from Wikipedia.…

UBports Has A Lot Of Work This Summer For Letting Ubuntu Touch Live On

Phoronix - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 1:35pm
It's now been nearly two months since Canonical announced they were abandoning their Unity 8 / Ubuntu Phone dreams and about the same amount of time since the forks started around Unity 8, Mir, and Ubuntu Touch itself...

Valve's Mesa Developers Continue Tuning KHR_no_error For Saving CPU Cycles

Phoronix - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 1:22pm
Valve's developers working on the Mesa / Linux graphics driver stack continue tuning KHR_no_error for helping lower the CPU utilization in OpenGL bug-free games...

Toshiba asset-swap shock: Western Digital is not impressed

El Reg - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 1:04pm
Saucy Japanese chip-fryer tries to swallow its JV stake

Loss-ridden Toshiba has pulled an unexpected move which it hopes will allow it to auction off its flash memory unit for a big pile of cash within the month. It says it has reabsorbed assets from its flash foundry JV with Western Digital Corp.…

SpaceX To Refly a Dragon Cargo Spacecraft

Slashdot - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 1:00pm
Thelasko writes: Tomorrow's scheduled resupply mission to the International Space Station will mark the second time its Dragon capsule has visited the station. Ars Technica reports: "This particular Dragon spacecraft was sent to the International Space Station in September 2014, and it delivered nearly 2.5 tons of cargo to the orbiting laboratory. The Dragon returned to Earth about a month later, splashing down into the ocean. It is not clear how much processing SpaceX has had to undertake to ready the spacecraft for its second flight to the station, nor has the company released a cost estimate. It also had to manufacture a new 'trunk,' the unpressurized rear section of the vehicle, and solar panels."

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Healthcare tops UK data breach chart – but it's not what you're thinking

El Reg - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 12:45pm
WannaCrypt? Actually human error is the biggest problem

The UK health sector accounts for nearly half (43 per cent) of all data breaches, according to new research.…

Edinburgh Uni email snafu tells students they won't be graduating

El Reg - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 12:14pm
Er, sorry, ignore that, say red-faced admins

Edinburgh University in Scotland has insisted a "system error" caused this year's graduands to be told by email that they wouldn't be receiving their degrees after all.…

RADV Vulkan Driver Is Prepping For Vega/GFX9 Support

Phoronix - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 11:39am
It looks like RADV developers are working on getting their driver ready for bringing up Radeon RX Vega support on their unofficial, open-source Vulkan driver...

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence experts gather in London

El Reg - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 11:35am
Lectures, workshops and networking (both kinds) this October

Events  We’re thrilled to reveal the first batch of conference speakers for the Minds Mastering Machines (M3) three-day dive into machine learning, AI and advanced analytics this autumn.…

China cyber-security law will keep citizens' data within the Great Firewall

El Reg - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 11:31am
Foreign firms may suddenly find doing business there difficult

China's new cyber-security laws, which come into effect on Thursday, may make it harder for foreign businesses to trade in the country.…

AMD LeMaker Cello Board Finally Ships To Some

Phoronix - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 11:20am
With all of AMD's excitement these days about their Zen-based Ryzen/EPYC processors and forthcoming Vega GPUs, you probably forgot about their ARM efforts that they appear to have pretty much abandoned. But it looks like some of those who pre-ordered the AMD Seattle powered LeMaker Cello board are finally receiving their kits...

Mesa 17.0.7 Released, Mesa 17.0 Hits The End Of The Line

Phoronix - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 11:07am
Mesa 17.0.7 is now available as the latest bug-fix release to Mesa 17.0 and is also the last planned release for the Mesa 17.0 series that debuted earlier this year...

Giffgaff 'roam like at home' package means £1/min calls in Jersey

El Reg - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 10:33am
More like Giffgaffe... but good news if you're going to Spain

Giffgaff customers may want to think twice before holidaying in tax havens such as the Channel Islands as new roaming charges will hike calls back to Blighty to £1 per minute – up from the current 0.5p rate.…

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