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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

El Reg - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 7:33am
The NTFS diet sorted things out in more ways than one

ON-CALL  Friday's here again and so, therefore, is On-Call, our weekly dip into absurd tech support tales contributed by readers.…

Third Gravitational Wave Detected From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away

Slashdot - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 7:00am
sycodon quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: may be paywalled; alternate source): Astronomers said Thursday that they had felt space-time vibrations known as gravitational waves from the merger of a pair of mammoth black holes resulting in a pit of infinitely deep darkness weighing as much as 49 suns, some 3 billion light-years from here. This is the third black-hole smashup that astronomers have detected since they started keeping watch on the cosmos back in September 2015, with LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. All of them are more massive than the black holes that astronomers had previously identified as the remnants of dead stars. The latest detection was made at 10:11 GMT on January 4, and is described in a paper accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review Letters. "The analysis suggests the two black holes that coalesced had starting masses that were just over 31 times and 19 times that of our Sun," reports BBC. "And when they finally came together, they produced a single object of a little under 49 solar masses. It means the unison radiated a simply colossal quantity of pure energy."

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

El Reg - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 6:58am
Combined might of Microsoft, Musk and other tech titans couldn't persuade Prez to stay in climate pact

United States President Donald Trump's decision to walk away from the Paris climate change agreement has been met by a chorus of disgruntlement from the technology industry.…

Curiosity rover's crater 'offered multiple microbe-friendly environments'

El Reg - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 5:58am
Chemical analysis of Gale Crater finds Martian lakes were a lot like ours

Mars' Gale Crater was once home to a body of water “that offered favorable conditions for microbial life” thanks to stratification that meant different parts of the lake offered different conditions.…

Virtual reality headsets even less popular than wearable devices

El Reg - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 4:57am
The market's growing fast, but only the cheap stuff with no strings attached is selling

Virtual reality headsets are moving at a rate of 2.3 million a quarter, but cheap and simple devices dominate the market.…

Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

El Reg - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 3:58am
2018 Camry's infotainment system will run Automotive Grade Linux

The Linux Foundation's Automotive Grade Linux project is celebrating its first big-name user, after Toyota said it will employ the OS in the 2018 Camry model it will sell in the United States.…

Trump Administration Approves Tougher Visa Vetting, Including Social Media Checks

Slashdot - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 3:30am
The Trump administration has rolled out a new questionnaire for U.S. visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years. From a report: The new questions, part of an effort to tighten vetting of would-be visitors to the United States, was approved on May 23 by the Office of Management and Budget despite criticism from a range of education officials and academic groups during a public comment period. Critics argued that the new questions would be overly burdensome, lead to long delays in processing and discourage international students and scientists from coming to the United States. Under the new procedures, consular officials can request all prior passport numbers, five years' worth of social media handles, email addresses and phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information including addresses, employment and travel history.

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A New Report Finds No Evidence That People Will Work Less Under a Universal Basic Income

Slashdot - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 2:45am
Economists Djavad Salehi-Isfahani and Mohammad H. Mostafavi-Dehzooeifrom for the Economic Research Forum have released a new report on the results of a basic income scheme launched in Iran in 2011. "In 2011, in response to heavy cuts to oil and gas subsidies, Iran implemented a program that guaranteed citizens cash payments of 29 percent of the nation's median income, which amounts to about $1.50 every day (about $16,000 per year in the U.S.)," reports The Outline. Here are the key findings: The report found no evidence for the idea that people will work less under a universal income, and found that in some cases, like in the service industry, people worked more, expanding their businesses or pursuing more satisfying lines of work. The researchers did find that young people -- specifically people in their twenties -- worked less, but noted that Iran never had a high level of employment among young people, and that they were likely enrolling in school with the added income. The evidence presented in the paper is compelling, but the anecdotal belief that handing people money will make them lazy is hard to shake. "The findings in this paper do not settle this question," the report's authors point out. "What we have accomplished is at the very least to shift the burden of proof on this issue to those who claim cash transfer [sic] make poor people lazy, and to show the need for better data and more research."

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VMware's third growth business sprouts in Q1, plus a spare month

El Reg - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 2:36am
End-user computing biz turns a corner but markets worry about billings

VMware's posted a strong first quarter for 2018, hauling US$1.74bn through the door, nine per cent more than Q1 2016, and posting GAAP net income of $232 million, up from Q1 2016's $161m.…

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