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China Unveils 'Straddling Bus' Design To Beat Traffic Jams

Slashdot - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 2:05pm
An anonymous reader writes: A Beijing company has unveiled spectacularly futuristic designs for a pollution-busting, elevated bus capable of gliding over the nightmarish mega-jams for which urban China has become notorious. The "straddling bus," which owes more to Blade Runner than China's car-clogged highways, is supported by two legs that run along rails laid along the roadside. Those legs allow the Transit Explore Bus, or TEB's giant frame to glide high above the gridlock at speeds of up to 60km per hour. Equally, vehicles that are less than two metres high will be able to drive freely underneath the bus, even when it is stationary. "The biggest advantage is that the bus will save lots of road space," Song Youzhou, the project's chief engineer, told Xinhua, China's official news agency. Song claimed his buses, capable of transporting up to 1,400 commuters, could be produced for 20% of the price of an underground train and rolled out far more quickly since the supporting infrastructure was relatively simple. One TEB could replace 40 conventional buses, he said.You can watch the concept video here. Interestingly a very similar -- if not the exact same -- concept has come out of China before. Not sure what kind of developments have been made in the six years since then.

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Tech spending in Europe is slowing, a fatter Tech Data belches

El Reg - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 1:53pm
Don't disturb piggy at the trough, he's busy

Tech Data has said it is countering the slowdown in IT spending across Europe by nabbing market share from Ingram Micro rivals, though it stopped short of naming those leaky ships it is pinching business from.…

Flash. Arrrgh. Nimble sales down

El Reg - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 1:22pm
Revenues decline Q-on-Q as late flash array entry takes toll

Hybrid array and recent all-flash array supplier Nimble Storage shows the effects of its late AF-Series flash array market entry and hyper-competitive market with its first quarter-on-quarter revenue decline.…

GNOME 3.21.2 Released With More Wayland Improvements, Flatpak

Phoronix - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 1:04pm
GNOME 3.21.2 was released this morning as the latest development version of the desktop leading up to September's release of GNOME 3.22...

Secret Text In Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access To Email Records

Slashdot - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 1:00pm
mi quotes a report from The Intercept: A provision snuck into the still-secret text of the Senate's annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals' email data and possibly web-surfing history from their service providers using those beloved 'National Security Letters' -- without a warrant and in complete secrecy. [The spy bill passed the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, with the provision in it. The lone no vote came from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who wrote in a statement that one of the bill's provisions "would allow any FBI field office to demand email records without a court order, a major expansion of federal surveillance powers." If passed, the change would expand the reach of the FBI's already highly controversial national security letters. The FBI is currently allowed to get certain types of information with NSLs -- most commonly, information about the name, address, and call data associated with a phone number or details about a bank account. The FBI's power to issue NSLs is actually derived from the Electronic Communications Privacy Act -- a 1986 law that Congress is currently working to update to incorporate more protections for electronic communications -- not fewer. The House unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act in late April, while the Senate is due to vote on its version this week. "NSLs have a sordid history. They've been abused in a number of ways, including targeting of journalists and use to collect an essentially unbounded amount of information," Andrew Crocker, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote. One thing that makes them particularly easy to abuse is that recipients of NSLs are subject to a gag order that forbids them from revealing the letters' existence to anyone, much less the public.]

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The screeching of Violin Memory's parting strings is horrible

El Reg - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 12:55pm
Revenues walk the falling walk again as CEO talks the turnaround talk – again

Another great quarter. Not. Violin Memory made a paltry $9.7m in revenue and posted a $22m loss for its first fiscal 2017 quarter.…

Foxconn to slurp loss-making Smart Technologies for $200m

El Reg - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 12:33pm
Interactive display firm latest to go Chinese

Loss-making interactive display vendor Smart Technologies has agreed to sell up to Foxconn for $200m.…

X.Org's Indirect GLX State Is Frightening Researchers

Phoronix - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 12:12pm
Researchers and scientists appear up in arms this week over the state of Indirect GLX (IGLX) in the X.Org Server and the potential they'd lose the remote OpenGL rendering support they've been accustomed to using for seeing visualizations from clusters / super-computers on their workstations...

FOURTH bank hit by SWIFT hackers

El Reg - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 11:56am
Has Sony Pics' Lazarus crew come back from the dead?

A fourth bank, this time in the Philippines, has been attacked by hackers targeting the SWIFT inter-bank transfer system.…

Intel Brings Beignet To Android For OpenCL Compute

Phoronix - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 11:48am
The Intel China team maintaining Beignet, the open-source OpenCL driver implementation for modern Intel graphics on Linux, has landed the code for supporting this implementation on Android...

Dedupe, dedupe, dedupe dedupe dedupe... Who snuck in to attack Microsoft Edge?

El Reg - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 11:42am
DRAM, dude! Rowhammer brings down secure browser

Security researchers have discovered a means to use previously unknown vulnerabilities found in in-memory deduplication to attack otherwise well-defended systems.…

VIA OpenChrome Driver Has A Roadmap, But Only One Developer

Phoronix - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 11:31am
The OpenChrome project has long aspired to having a mainline DRM/KMS driver but that original developer since left. These days OpenChrome is down to basically one developer left working on this open-source driver for VIA x86 graphics hardware...

Should space be a biz-free zone? Join us on June 22 to find out

El Reg - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 11:29am
What do you call a bunch of venture capitalists in orbit? A start…

Wait. Can you hear it? Yes, it’s final countdown for The Register Summer lecture series, bringing space and robots to a connected home near you.…

Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming

El Reg - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 11:18am
Cops found eight minutes of voyeuristic footage

A programmer has been banned from Oxford Street for filming up the skirts of young women.…

Genode OS 16.05 Adds Rust Support, Updated Device Drivers

Phoronix - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 11:11am
Genode OS 16.05 has been released, the research Opearing System Framework project that's been making very good progress over the years and has a loyal open-source following...

Three UK cloudy firms promise CMA they'll be 'fairer' to customers

El Reg - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 10:56am
Market probe by regulator results in publicly slapped wrists

The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has found cloud storage providers were using contract terms and practices which could have breached consumer protection law – and has secured a “commitment” from three companies to not be naughty.…

VP9 Encode Support Added To VA-API

Phoronix - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 10:49am
Intel has added VP9 encoding support to the Video Acceleration API (VA-API)...

NetApp shrinky-dinks ONTAP 9: Will support 4:1 data reduction

El Reg - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 10:27am
Never mind our latest results, gaze at our petabyte-gobbling flash racks

NetApp has re-engineered Data ONTAP, its main, FAS array operating system, to make better use of flash storage, and operate across software-only and cloud deployments to form what NetApp calls a data fabric.…

Mars Is Coming Out Of An Ice Age

Slashdot - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 10:00am
Taco Cowboy quotes a report from Reuters: An analysis of radar images that peered inside the polar ice caps of Mars shows that Earth's neighbor is coming out of an ice age that is part of an ongoing cycle of climate change, scientists said on Thursday. Using images taken by satellites orbiting Mars, the researchers determined that about 20,872 cubic miles (87,000 cubic km) of ice has accumulated at its poles since the end of the ice age, mostly in the northern polar cap. Scientists are keenly interested in piecing together the climate history of Mars, which contains strong evidence that oceans and lakes once pooled on its surface, bolstering the prospects for life. From the perspective of an Earthling, every day on Mars may feel like an ice age. According to NASA, temperatures on Mars may hit a high at noon at the equator in the summer of roughly 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), or a low of about minus-225 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-153 degrees Celsius) at the poles. The Martian ice began its retreat about 370,000 years ago, marking the end of the last ice age, according to the research published in the journal Science

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It's a Hull of a thing: Kcom takes a break from 8-year sales slide

El Reg - Fri, 27/05/2016 - 9:57am
Sidles up to the enterprise: Psst, want some IP?

Telecoms provider Kcom stemmed its declining revenue for the first time in eight years, reporting growth of 0.4 per cent to £349.2m for the full year 2015/16.…

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