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FCC Posts Its 400-Page Net Neutrality Order

Slashdot - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 6:50pm
jriding sends word that the FCC has released new rules outlining its recently officialized role as internet regulator. Simply titled "Open Internet FCC-15-24A1," the order runs 400 pages. The actual text of the new rules is only 305 words long. [FCC head Tom] Wheeler said reclassifying broadband as an utility gives the FCC its best shot at withstanding legal challenges. The courts have twice tossed out earlier rules aimed at protecting Internet openness. The FCC chairman has said repeatedly the agency does not intend to set rates or add new taxes to broadband bills. More than 100 pages of the 400-page document released Thursday explain that forbearance. AT&T had hinted it would file a lawsuit once the new rules become public. The company's chief lobbyist, Jim Cicconi, didn't indicate Thursday when or even if AT&T would sue — only that the battle is far from over. "Unfortunately, the order released today begins a period of uncertainty that will damage broadband investment in the United States," Cicconi said. "Ultimately, though, we are confident the issue will be resolved by bipartisan action by Congress or a future FCC, or by the courts."

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Endurance Experiment Kills Six SSDs Over 18 Months, 2.4 Petabytes

Slashdot - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 6:03pm
crookedvulture writes Slashdot has previously covered The Tech Report's SSD Endurance Experiment, and the final chapter in that series has now been published. The site spent the last 18 months writing data to six consumer-grade SSDs to see how much it would take to burn their flash. All the drives absorbed hundreds of terabytes without issue, far exceeding the needs of typical PC users. The first one failed after 700TB, while the last survived an astounding 2.4 petabytes. Performance was reasonably consistent throughout the experiment, but failure behavior wasn't. Four of the six provided warning messages before their eventual deaths, but two expired unexpectedly. A couple also suffered uncorrectable errors that could compromise data integrity. They all ended up in a bricked, lifeless state. While the sample size isn't large enough to draw definitive conclusions about specific makes or models, the results suggest the NAND in modern SSDs has more than enough endurance for consumers. They also demonstrate that very ordinary drives can be capable of writing mind-boggling amounts of data.

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Computacenter's Brit team basks in double digit sales glory

El Reg - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 6:02pm
But as for those Germans and Frenchies ... pah!

It was again the Brit arm of services-based reseller Computacenter that brought home the bacon for the group in 2014, as operations in continental Europe continued to wrestle with contract or market woes.…

Chrome 42 Beta Brings Improved Push Notifications, ES6 Classes

Phoronix - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 5:44pm
Google announced today the release of the Chrome 42 Beta web-browser build...

You kip kit: The Internet of Stuff innovation snooze-a-thon

El Reg - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 5:28pm
The big sleep awaits us all

Wearable Tech Show 2015  When it comes to fitness, wearable tech has found a natural home but it’s not all about tracking your steps, calorie intake and heart rate. A wander round the Wearable Tech Show in London this week could easily convince you of precisely the opposite.…

Linux 4.0 Will Run Source Engine Games Faster For Intel Haswell

Phoronix - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 5:26pm
Last year I wrote about a major performance breakthrough discovered for Intel's Linux graphics driver. That small but important patch for benefiting Intel Haswell graphics performance will be found with the upcoming Linux 4.0 kernel release...

Google's Pricey Pixel Gets USB-C and a Lower Price

Slashdot - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 5:06pm
The Register reports that Google's high-end Chromebook Pixel has gotten a few spec bumps, and a lower price. It's still a touchscreen with a resolution of 2,560 × 1,700, but now that screen is backed by 8GB RAM (rather than 4) as a base configuration, and the system is equipped with a Broadwell Core i5 chip, rather than the Ivy Bridge in the first rev. The price has dropped, too; it may still be the most expensive Chromebook, but now it's "only" $999 on the low end, which is $300 less than the first Pixels cost. ($1300, though, gets an i7, 64 gigs of SSD instead of 32, and 8GB of RAM. Perhaps most interesting is that it adds USB type C, and (topping Apple's latest entry) it's got two of them.

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EMC calls on company veteran to run UK ops

El Reg - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 5:03pm
Looks to Pure with worried eyes, 'please don't poach this one too'

Undoubtedly scarred by the defection of UK boss James Petter to Pure Storage, EMC has turned to one of its veterans to take control of the country manager job, with Ross Fraser getting the call.…

BOXing clever: Data biz embiggens sales - then its shares slump

El Reg - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:56pm
Full year losses deepen by almost a tenth

Box, the freemium business data sharer, saw satisfying revenue growth and controlled losses for its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter and full year, although it disappointed analysts, whose comments prompted a 17 per cent share price fall.…

PRISM: UK government finds that bulk collection is not mass surveillance

L'Inq - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:41pm

GCHQ is just doing its job, in a way

Ask Slashdot: Issue Tracker For Non-Engineers?

Slashdot - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:32pm
purplie writes My non-technical spouse is an analyst in a small county government department, a handful of people plus some contractors for projects. Their project/task management is mouth-to-mouth, sticky notes, and emails, and it's driving them crazy. I want to suggest something like an issue tracker. It would have to work for tasks both large (year-long investigations) and small (arranging catering for a meeting). The issue trackers I'm familiar with are too software-development-oriented, or make too many assumptions about your 'agile' religion. Are there any good options for non-engineers? They use mainly Windows and have iPads. I don't like web-based tools, but that might work better for them because they don't have administrative privs on their machines. Something that also incorporates a wiki might be nice. There will be resistance if it's not really easy to use.

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US bares its net neutrality enforcement regime to world+dog

El Reg - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:27pm
FCC promises ombudsman, fines and possible legal action

US regulators have finally detailed how they'll enforce net neutrality among broadband carriers and service providers.…

Khronos Group Posts Their Vulkan + SPIR-V Q&A

Phoronix - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:54pm
Beyond posting their OpenCL 2.1 technical overview session to YouTube, the Khronos Group has now uploaded their Vulkan and SPIR-V question and answer session too for those wishing to learn more about this new graphics API and graphics/compute intermediate representation...

Foreign LINUX: Running Unmodified Linux Binaries On Windows

Phoronix - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:24pm
Foreign LINUX is a new open-source project serving as a dynamic binary translator and Linux system call interface emulator. Foreign LINUX is designed to allow unmodified Linux binaries to run on Windows without any system changes or special drivers...

More OpenMP Support Has Been Hitting LLVM's Clang

Phoronix - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:09pm
For full OpenMP support in LLVM/Clang that's hoped for Clang 3.7 after some OpenMP pragmas made it in for LLVM Clang 3.6. It looks like the 3.7 release will indeed deliver better OMP support with more functionality having been implemented in recent days...
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