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GCC 7 Moves Onto Only Regression/Doc Fixes, But Will Accept RISC-V & HSA's BRIG

Phoronix - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 2:17pm
The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is entering its "stage four" development for GCC 7 with the stable GCC 7.1 release expected in March or April...

Lords slam 'untrammelled' data sharing powers in Digital Economy Bill

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 2:04pm
'Deeply concerned' about possibility of sharing citizen info with companies

A House of Lords committee has slammed the "inappropriate" and "untrammelled" powers laid out in the Digital Economy Bill to share citizen data across the public sector.…

Trump Trades in Android Phone For Secret Service-Approved Device

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 2:00pm
Who's got two thumbs and a Secret Service-approved phone to tweet from? On arriving in Washington on Thursday ahead of his inauguration, Donald Trump has handed in his Android device in exchange for an unidentified locked-down phone, according to Associated Press. From a report: The phone comes with a new number that is known only to a limited number of people. This marks a big change for Trump, who's frequently on the line with friends, business contacts, reporters, foreign leaders and politicians. Barack Obama was the first president to use a mobile device approved by security agencies because of hacking concerns. Initially he had a heavily modified BlackBerry and later switched to another phone that had most features totally disabled. He was not known to use it for making or receiving calls, but it was one of few devices that had access to the @POTUS Twitter account.

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Chinese chip shop looks hot to trot as Tsinghua drops $30bn on factory

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 1:32pm
Largest fab in the Middle Kingdom to be surrounded by huge 'international city'

China’s flash-fancying Tsinghua Unigroup is going to build a $30bn-plus flash fab.…

More Radeon & AMDGPU Fixes Line-Up For Linux 4.10

Phoronix - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 1:03pm
Alex Deucher has sent in another batch of fixes for the Radeon and AMDGPU DRM drivers for the Linux 4.10 kernel...

The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 1:01pm
Here's what's in Build 15014

Microsoft has removed the much-anticipated "People Experience" from current beta builds of Windows 10, and will release it later this year instead of this spring.…

Facebook Has a Team That Handles Mark Zuckerberg's Page

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 1:00pm
theodp writes: Q. How many Facebook employees does it take to produce Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page? A. More than a dozen! CNET's Ian Sherr offers his take on the news that Facebook has a team that handles Mark Zuckerberg's page: "Ever notice the photos, videos and posts on the profile page for Facebook's CEO are a lot nicer looking or better written than yours? Don't feel bad. Mark Zuckerberg has a team of people who are increasingly managing his public persona, according to a Wednesday report from Bloomberg Businessweek. Not only do they help write speeches and posts, but they also take photographs of his family and his travels, interspersing them with infographics about the company's user growth and sales. There're even people who delete harassing comments and spam for him. A Facebook spokeswoman said the company's service is an easy way for executives to connect with people." Wonder how many people it took to help craft the latest post, in which Zuck fired back at "some misleading stories going around" about "some land" he purchased in Hawaii (which another Zuck post noted also serves as a petting zoo of sorts for his daughter).

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Mesa 17.0 Saw Less Code Changes Than Earlier Releases, But More Notable Features

Phoronix - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 12:52pm
With Mesa 17.0 up to its release candidates and being under a feature freeze, I explored this morning how the size of the changes for Mesa 17.0 compare to earlier Mesa milestones...

StorageCraft gobbles Exablox to become data management monolith

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 12:33pm
Data protection SW biz buys filer hardware startup

Analysis  Backup SW biz StorageCraft has bought Exablox, a startup making scale-out deduping filer arrays using underlying object storage software.…

AWS offers $20 bribe to derps who buy old IoT condom-o-matic dunce dobbers

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 12:02pm
Internet of Things: Make ordering johnnies great again

Amazon Web Services is so desperate to shift its AWS Internet of Things Buttons that it is offering free AWS credits, tech support and even design services to anyone who buys them – and has relaunched its "enterprise program" to boot.…

Linux.Conf.Au 2017 Videos Now Available Online

Phoronix - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 11:36am
For those that were interested in Linux.Conf.Au 2017 in Hobart, Tasmania, the videos are now available online...

Yet another committee gives UK.gov a lashing for digital strategy delay

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 11:34am
It's so important they held a 'three-week consultation'... over the Christmas hols

At the current rate Julian Assange is more likely to see the light of day than the government's digital strategy – with a second Parliamentary committee having criticised its long-overdue publication.…

Chrome Further Optimizes Its OpenH264 Encoder With More Assembly x86

Phoronix - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 11:31am
Chrome/Chromium users on x86 dealing with H.264 encoding from the browser should notice faster performance coming down the pipe...

GNOME 3.23.4 Released

Phoronix - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 11:14am
The latest development release is now available of the work leading up to the GNOME 3.24 desktop in March...

DirecTV Now plagued with faults, but uptake not slowing

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 11:02am
AT&T's streaming service only behind HBO's despite user complaints

AT&T's freshly hatched DirecTV Now OTT streaming service is forecast by most industry analysts to hit around 1 million subscribers after one year, following its launch at the end of November, but here at Faultline Online Reporter we believe the service has the potential to take off on a much bigger scale – providing it can overcome some initial obstacles.…

Toshiba scrambles to start chip biz minority stake sale – reports

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 10:34am
US nuclear power plant fiasco prompts fears of writedown

Reuters is reporting that Toshiba has started its chip business minority stake sale process.…

Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 10:03am
Where's pocket Bjarne Stroustrup when you need him?

Stob  Peter Wayner, a tech columnist, claims to have identified the seven most vexing problems in programming. According to his subheadings, these are: multithreading, closures, "too big data", np-completeness, security, encryption and identity management.…

Star Trek Discovery Gets Delayed Again As Spock's Father Is Cast

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Hollywood Reporter: CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery has been delayed again as the series continues casting. The revival for the streaming platform has cast James Frain as Spock's father, producer CBS Television Studios announced Wednesday, as sources confirm that the show's planned May debut has been pushed. "Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created," reps for CBS All Access said in a statement. "This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it's best for the show. We've said from the beginning it's more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn't beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows." Frain will play Sarek, the famed father of Spock who was first introduced in the original Star Trek and who has made several appearances throughout the franchise's many incarnations over the past five decades. The CBS All Access show features the franchise's Enterprise, now known as the U.S.S. Discovery. The drama will introduce new characters seeking new worlds and civilizations while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. Star Trek: Discovery was originally scheduled to debut in January and was pushed back to May, with The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight now set to be the first scripted offering on CBS All Access, the network's VOD platform. This marks the second delay for the series, which saw former showrunner Bryan Fuller step down to focus on his Starz drama American Gods.

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My hole is a private thing – see for yourself

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 9:01am
I am guilty of too much clouded thinking

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  My neighbours are staring at my hole and shaking their heads disapprovingly. They were a little surprised to receive my invitation to view my orifice, and it may not be as big as theirs, but I needed their advice on how to fill it.…

Unbreakable Locky ransomware is on the march again

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 8:41am
Necrus botnet wakes up and starts fresh malware-cano

Cisco is warning of possible return of a massive ransomware spam campaign after researchers noticed traces of traffic from the hitherto dormant Necrus botnet.…