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Shut up and take my money! AI luminaries go gooey for Graphcore's smart chip tech

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 11:03am
Investors shove another $30m into Bristolian startup's mitts

Bristolian AI chip startup Graphcore has had a fast B-round 12 months after its $32m A-round funding was first revealed.…

Etnaviv Gallium3D Driver Now Has Mainline Support For ETC2 Compression

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:49am
With Mesa 17.2 expected to be branched before the week is through, expect a lot of last-minute feature activity for new work getting into this next quarterly update for Mesa 3D...

Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:29am
The cringe is strong with this one

Do you need a "smart" wallet with a built in front-facing camera and GPS? Of course you don't. Not even with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot? Well, enough people do to make a success of an Indiegogo project promising just that.…

NVIDIA's Server-Side GLVND Implementation

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:26am
Earlier this week I wrote about Adam Jackson's work at Red Hat on a prototype of an X.Org server-side GLVND implementation. NVIDIA has also now announced their coincidentally similar work...

Some AMD Grenada Cards Have Been Borked On The Open-Source Driver For 2 Years

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:13am
A frustrated Phoronix reader pointed out a bug report that's been open nearly two years regarding AMD Grenada (basically, Hawaii cards in the R9 300 series) support on the open-source Linux driver being in a tough position for a subset of users...

Complete Kabylake Support For Intel GVT Coming

Phoronix - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:04am
For those looking to use Intel Kabylake hardware with Intel's Graphics Virtualization Technology, it looks like that support will finally be here come Linux 4.14...

AlphaBay Owner Used Email Address For Both AlphaBay and LinkedIn Profile.

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:00am
BarbaraHudson writes: The Register is reporting that Alexandre Cazes, the 25-year-old Canadian running the dark web site AlphaBay, was using a hotmail address easily connected to him via his Linkdin profile to administer the site. From the report: "[A]ccording to U.S. prosecutors, he used his real email address, albeit a Hotmail address -- -- as the administrator password for the marketplace software. As a result, every new user received a welcome email from that address when they signed up to the site, and everyone using its password recovery tool also received an email from that address. However, rather than carefully set up and then abandon that email address, it turns out that Alexandre Cazes -- Pimp Alex -- had been using that address for years. Cazes had also used his Pimp Alex Hotmail address as well as an email address from his own business -- EBX Technologies -- to set up online bank accounts and crypto-currency accounts. How did law enforcement know that Cazes was behind EBX Technologies? It was on his LinkedIn profile." BarbaraHudson adds: "His laptop wasn't encrypted, so expect more arrests as AlphaBay users are tracked down."

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:58am
Promises firmware fix for superhub 3/Intel's Puma 6 'shortly'

Latency issues with Intel's Puma 6, used in gigabit broadband modems, have yet to be resolved for Virgin Media customers using the UK company's superhub 3.…

<i>Reg</i> reader turns Geek's Guides to Britain into Geek's Map of Britain

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:27am
Too lazy to plug GPS co-ords into satnav? Fear not, gypsythief has saved you

A forward-thinking Reg reader has put the entirety of our Geeks’ Guide series onto a Google Map, for your navigational and geographically organised reading pleasure.…

Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:11am
Let's assume you've already heard of 'clickbait headline'

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  I'll never forget the day I found my children looking at Spam for the first time. My son was particularly perplexed, asking: "Is that what I think it is?"…

You can't DevOps everything, kids. Off the shelf kit especially

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 8:34am
Waterfalling for the, er, 'boring' stuff

Comment  Hey, psst. Come over here, I have a secret to tell you. My fellow DevOps hoodwinkers would cement-shoe me for saying so, but you don't always need to do the DevOps. In fact, in many cases, it's likely a waste of effort. Let's start walking this way, briskly, now – I think I see some pink and chromatic blue fade-tipped Thought Lords and Ladies coming down the hallway towards us. They look like they're ready to do a blameful pre-mortem.…

The lady (or man) vanishes: The thorny issue of GDPR coding

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 8:03am
The Devil is in the enhanced data model

Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now less than a year away, coming into effect in May 2018, and any legal or compliance department worth its salary should already have been making waves about what it means for your organisation.…

IBM's AI Can Predict Schizophrenia With 74 Percent Accuracy By Looking at the Brain's Blood Flow

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 8:00am
Andrew Tarantola reports via Engadget: Schizophrenia is not a particularly common mental health disorder in America, affecting just 1.2 percent of the population or around 3.2 million people, but its effects can be debilitating. However, pioneering research conducted by IBM and the University of Alberta could soon help doctors diagnose the onset of the disease and the severity of its symptoms using a simple MRI scan and a neural network built to look at blood flow within the brain. The research team first trained its neural network on a 95-member dataset of anonymized fMRI images from the Function Biomedical Informatics Research Network which included scans of both patients with schizophrenia and a healthy control group. These images illustrated the flow of blood through various parts of the brain as the patients completed a simple audio-based exercise. From this data, the neural network cobbled together a predictive model of the likelihood that a patient suffered from schizophrenia based on the blood flow. It was able to accurately discern between the control group and those with schizophrenia 74 percent of the time. What's more, the model managed to also predict the severity of symptoms once they set in. The study has been published in the journal Nature.

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 7:33am
Reg reader was shouted at for a problem the customer created, but won his respect and apologies

On-Call  Hey, hey, it's Friday! Which means frolicsome weekend fun is just a day away … if you can survive work and this week's instalment of On-Call, The Register's weekly column in which we recount readers stories of jobs gone weird.…

Boffins back bubbles for better bonding with beautiful belongings

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 7:01am
AKA how to watermark 3D printed stuff with air bubbles

To mark and track 3D printed objects, boffins propose injecting them with air.…

Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 6:29am
Just learn them all and stop worrying about the popularity contest

Among developers, Python is the most popular programming language, followed by C, Java, C++, and JavaScript; among employers, Java is the most sought after, followed by C, Python, C++, and JavaScript.…

Burglary, robbery, kidnapping and a shoot-out over… a domain name?!

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 6:02am
When transfers go really, really wrong, allegedly

A home break-in that resulted in two men being shot – one of whom was later charged with burglary, robbery and kidnapping – was the result of a domain name dispute, cops have said.…

The Proton Is Lighter Than We Thought

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 6:00am
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: You can't weigh the universe's smallest particles on a bathroom scale. But in a clever new experiment, physicists have found one such particle -- the proton -- is lighter than previously thought. The researchers found the mass to be 1.007276466583 atomic mass units. That's roughly 30 billionths of a percent lower than the average value from past experiments -- a seemingly tiny difference that is actually significant by three standard deviations. The result both creates and clears up mysteries, and could help explain the universe as we know it. The findings have been published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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Moneysupermarket fined £80,000 for spamming seven million customers

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 5:32am
Go compare the original opt-out request, firm told

Price-comparison darling has been fined £80,000 for sending 7.1 million emails to customers who had opted out of receiving direct marketing emails.…

Authorities go hard on coffee maker for stiff Viagra-powered brew

El Reg - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 5:03am
Is that a DIMM in your pocket or have you been at this banned bean again?

How's this for a stiff one to start the day? We now go live to America, where watchdogs have recalled a batch of coffee for containing an active ingredient very similar to Viagra.…

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