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drm_hwcomposer: Allowing Mainline Linux Graphics Drivers To Work On Android

Phoronix - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 2:46pm
Thanks to collaboration between Collabora and Google's Chrome OS team, Android is now able to interface with the mainline Linux graphics stack...

What Killed Adobe Flash?

Slashdot - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 2:40pm
An employee, who claims to have worked on the development of Flash, writes: Apparently, the world settled on the "One True Cause" for why Flash "died". Take for example this blogpost by John Gruber about FedEx... it ends with this consideration on Steve Jobs' "Thoughts on Flash": "If it had been an angry rant, it would have been easily dismissed without needing to be factually refuted -- "That's just Jobs being a prick again." The fact that it wasn't angry, and because it was all true, made it impossible to refute." Impossible to refute. There's no doubt that this was the beginning of the end for Flash, right? Except that this is utterly wrong. I worked on Flash, and I worked on the thing that actually killed Flash. It is my strong belief, based on what I observed, that Steve Jobs' letter had little impact in the final decision -- it was really Adobe who decided to "kill" Flash. Yes, Flash was a bad rap for Adobe, and Steve's letter didn't help. But ultimately, what was probably decisive was the fact that developing Flash cost Adobe a ton of money. John Gruber, responding to the blogpost: To be clear, I don't think Jobs's letter killed Flash. But I don't think Adobe did either. Eventually Adobe accepted Flash's demise. What killed Flash was Apple's decision not to support it on iOS, combined with iOS's immense popularity and the lucrative demographics of iOS users. If Jobs had never published "Thoughts on Flash", Flash would still be dead. The letter explained the decision, but the decision that mattered was never to support it on iOS in the first place. It's possible that Flash would have died even if Apple had decided to allow it on iOS. Android tried that, and the results were abysmal. Web page scrolling stuttered, and video playback through Flash Player halved battery life compared to non-Flash playback.

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IBM: Those 2 redundancy schemes? We need to 'improve margins' and right quick

El Reg - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 2:36pm
There’s nothing wrong with our forecasti.... Er, pardon us for a minute

Exclusive  IBM UK has tried to justify running two redundancy schemes concurrently in the Infrastructure Services Delivery team, telling staff that financial pressures forced its hand and it may take similar action again.…

Slashdot Asks: Windows 10 Creators Update Goes Live On April 11, Will You Upgrade?

Slashdot - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 2:00pm
Microsoft said today it will start rolling out Windows 10 Creators Update, the latest major update to its current desktop operating system, starting April 11. The company says Windows 10 Creators Update brings with it a range of new features. Some of the chief ones are: 1. Visual previews of tabs in Microsoft Edge. 2. Edge now has built-in support for ebooks. 3. Microsoft Paint now lets people create models in 3D. 4. Picture-in-Picture mode for videos. Essentially you can now have a small window with video playing on it placed on top of any other application. 5. Night Light: A baked in feature in Windows that will allow you to change the color and tone of display so that it doesn't pain your eyes to look at the screen at night. 6. Dynamic Lock: The feature first requires you to pair your phone or tablet with the computer. Once done, it will automatically log you out everytime you're away from desk (or technically speaking, the device is out of the computer's proximity). 7. Native support for surround sound. 8. Ability to scribble and make notes on Microsoft's Maps app. 9. Game mode: It "ensures" your computer is always maximizing its resources for an optimal gaming experience. 10. Built-in support for mixed reality handsets. Over the past two years, we have seen numerous instances where Microsoft has been pushing Windows 10 update to customers who have Windows 7 or 8 running on their machines. There are still hundreds of millions of customers who're yet to upgrade from Windows 7, arguing that they either prefer how Windows 7 looks and functions, or (in some cases, and) why fix something when nothing is broken. That said, would you consider upgrading your system to Windows 10 Creators Update?

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

El Reg - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 1:42pm
First look at this iteration's more grown-up aspects

Microsoft's big Windows 10 Creators Update platform release is now available if you want it, but the long-promised UX makeover and People Experience feature will wait for a future update to Windows. Probably this year, but possibly not.…

Mesa Has Seen Over 90k Commits, Nearly Two Million Lines Of Code

Phoronix - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 1:37pm
With Q1'2017 wrapping up this week, here are some fresh Mesa Git statistics showing how the development of this important OpenGL/Vulkan implementation is pacing for the year...

Strange Mirai botnet brew blamed for powerful application layer attack

El Reg - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 1:31pm
Varmints cooked up variant after malware code went public

Hackers have created a potent new variant of the Mirai IoT malware.…

Learn to use machine learning

El Reg - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 1:00pm
Chatbots are boring. What’s next?

Promo  Artificial Intelligence has crested the top of the Gartner hype cycle, and is on the lips of every technical marketing exec. Companies are doing things with it, but many projects are still proving out the concepts. You can’t talk about the weather these days without a gimmicky, gee-whiz weather chatbot trying to impress you with its opinion on the rain – and sometimes getting it wrong. And let’s just pretend Microsoft Tay never happened.…

Oracle Hires Global Specialists To Explore Feasibility of Buying Accenture

Slashdot - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 1:00pm
Paul Kunert writes in an exclusive report via The Register: Oracle has hired global specialists to explore the feasibility of buying multi-billion dollar consultancy Accenture, sources have told us. The database giant has engaged a team of consultants to conduct due diligence to "explore the synergies that could be created if they [Oracle] bought Accenture lock stock and barrel," one source claimed. On top of the financial considerations, the consultants are evaluating the pros and cons including the potential impact on Oracle's wider channel. "While these things have a habit of fizzling out there are some fairly serious players around the table," a contact added. Another claimed the process was at an early stage. "If buying Accenture was a 100 meter race, Oracle is at the 10 to 15 meter stage now." [T]his buy would be an immensely bold, complicated and pricey move: NYSE-listed Accenture has a market cap of $77.5 billion, and shareholders will expect a premium offer. A deal would dwarf Oracle's $10 billion buy of PeopleSoft, its $7.4 billion deal for Sun Microsystems, and more recently, the $9.3 billion splashed on Netsuite. In buying Accenture, Oracle would be taking a leaf out of the mid-noughties handbook - when HP fatefully bought EDS and IBM acquired PWC to carve out a brighter future.

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NVIDIA Rolls Out Tegra X2 GPU Support In Nouveau

Phoronix - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 12:55pm
NVIDIA has published the initial hardware enablement patches for bringing up the Pascal GPU found in the Tegra X2 SoC under the open-source Nouveau driver...

2016 X.Org Annual Report

Phoronix - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 12:41pm
The 2016 X.Org Treasurer's Annual Report was recently released concerning the state of the foundation and expenses incurred for the 2016 fiscal year...

Hertfordshire primary school girls prepare for World Robotics Champs

El Reg - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 12:29pm
And they need some financial help getting there. Fancy chucking a few quid in?

A pair of primary school girls from Hertfordshire will represent the UK in the World Robotics Championships finals next month – if they meet their crowdfunding target.…

Avaya's $3.7m bankruptcy bonus plan slammed by watchdog

El Reg - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 11:59am
US Trustee suspects rewards for 11 execs are more an employee retention scheme

The US federal bankruptcy has slammed telco Avaya for its decision to award 11 execs $3.7m (£3m) in bonuses after the company filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.…

Here's The Branch To Play Around With The Newest AMDGPU DC / Vega10 Code

Phoronix - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 11:20am
Those testing the experimental DC/DAL support had long been using a Linux ~4.9 Git tree maintained by Alex Deucher while now the 4.12 work-in-progress kernel has the latest DC code along with the Vega10 enablement...

Speaking in Tech: Elon Musk and the AI apocalypse

El Reg - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 11:03am
Plus: Vegemite. Don't slather it on. Just a smear

Home Office accused of blocking UK public's scrutiny of Snoopers' Charter

El Reg - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 10:35am
Open letter to Amber Rudd: more time needed to read '413 pp of dense legal text'

The UK's Home Office has been accused of making "it near to impossible to provide a meaningful response" to the public consultations which campaigners fought legal battles to have included in the Investigatory Powers Act.…

HDMI 3D Support Revised For Nouveau DRM

Phoronix - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 10:31am
Alastair Bridgewater has revised his work on HDMI 3D/Stereoscopy support for the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) Linux kernel driver...

sparseBinding Lands For Radeon RADV Vulkan Driver

Phoronix - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 10:15am
The open-source community-based "RADV" Radeon Vulkan driver has now enabled the sparseBinding feature...

World's Largest Dinosaur Footprints Discovered In Western Australia

Slashdot - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The largest known dinosaur footprints have been discovered in Western Australia, including 1.7 meter prints left by gigantic herbivores. Until now, the biggest known dinosaur footprint was a 106cm track discovered in the Mongolian desert and reported last year. At the new site, along the Kimberley shoreline in a remote region of Western Australia, paleontologists discovered a rich collection of dinosaur footprints in the sandstone rock, many of which are only visible at low tide. The prints, belonging to about 21 different types of dinosaur, are also thought to be the most diverse collection of prints in the world. Steve Salisbury, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Queensland told ABC News: "We've got several tracks up in that area that are about 1.7 meters long. So most people would be able to fit inside tracks that big, and they indicate animals that are probably around 5.3 to 5.5 meters at the hip, which is enormous." "It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia's dinosaur fauna during the first half of the early Cretaceous period," he said. The findings were reported in the Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The largest tracks belonged to sauropods, huge Diplodocus-like herbivores with long necks and tails. The scientists also discovered tracks from about four different types of ornithopod dinosaurs (two-legged herbivores) and six types of armored dinosaurs, including Stegosaurs, which had not previously been seen in Australia. At the time the prints were left, 130m years ago, the area was a large river delta and dinosaurs would have traversed wet sandy areas between surrounding forests.

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

El Reg - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 9:55am
Buy sh*t, get hit

Nearly one-fifth of mobile phones and one-quarter of video game consoles shipped abroad are fake, according to a report by the the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).…

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