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Intel Publishes Renderbuffer Decompression Patches

Phoronix - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:26pm
A set of 27 patches published this week for GBM and the Intel Mesa driver provide for significant bandwidth savings...

Sh... IoT just got real: Mirai botnet attacks targeting multiple ISPs

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:19pm
Now ZyXEL and D-Link routers from Post Office and TalkTalk under siege

Analysis  The Mirai botnet has struck again, with hundreds of thousands of TalkTalk and Post Office broadband customers affected. The two ISPs join a growing casualty list from a wave of assaults that have also affected customers at Deutsche Telekom, KCOM and Irish telco Eir over the last two weeks or so.…

PHP 7.1 Makes Its Debut

Phoronix - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:09pm
PHP 7.1 is now officially available...

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:03pm
Inventor of polymer banknote: Veggie £5 refuseniks are being 'absolutely stupid'

Professor David Solomon, the inventor of the polymer banknote, has told vegetarians that they're being "stupid" over their opposition to its trace amounts of animal fat.…

Building IoT London: More speakers, workshops added to programme

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:45am
Early bird tickets? Don’t mind if I do

We’ve added more speakers to the lineup for Building IoT London and are ready to announce our first two workshops, meaning it’s really a good time to slip a few early bird tickets into your pre-Christmas shopping basket.…

Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:36am
Adoption starts in 2017 and will be leading flash interface protocol by 2019

+Comment  At a high level, Pure believes NVMe is poised to unlock the next generation of performance and density gains, and any modern all-flash array needs to be ready to take advantage. It plans to enable NVMe with tier 1 resiliency and enterprise data services for everyone, refusing to see it as expensive, exotic, high-performance niche technology.…

Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:01am
... for your data?

Apparently the Brexit result has caused some IT leaders to look at repatriating data to the UK to “comply with data protection laws and especially GDPR”. But wait a minute – this seems to be more about a lack of understanding of data protection laws. Again.…

HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 10:00am
Murphy’s Marrakech Express leads to metaphorical storage goal

Analysis  It’s said that hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records, or that someone went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.…

China Is Censoring People's Chats Without Them Even Knowing About It

Slashdot - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: A new study from The Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto, reveals that censorship on WeChat occurs primarily in group chats rather than one-on-one chats between two people, and often in such a way where the sender of a text isn't even aware a piece of text has been scrubbed. The discoveries illuminates how China's government attempts to keep its citizens blind to the scope of its censorship regime. The researchers set out find the extent to which certain keywords got scrubbed from conversations between two or more users in WeChat. To do this, in June 2016 the team posed as a Chinese WeChat user and sent out 26,821 keywords containing terms that had been censored on other apps, including Tom-Skype (a made-for-China version of Skype) and YY (a live broadcast app). A corresponding Canadian user in the two-way chat would then report back to say whether or not the message had been received. The report states that out of the entire sample, only one term -- Falun Gong -- had been scrubbed. When they ran an identical test in August, even that text mysteriously passed without censorship. Yet when they tested group chats, they found multiple cases in which certain keywords triggered a removal. Specifically, while sensitive terms used in isolation were unlikely to trigger censorship (say "June 4th," a reference to the Tiananmen Square protests, brutally put down on June 4, 1989), it took effect when they were used in a full sentence or with other keywords. The researchers also discovered that when WeChat censored a message, the sender received no notice informing him that his text had not reached the intended recipient. The study also notes that "WeChat only censors content for users who bind their account to a mainland Chinese phone number when they first register to use the app." The censorship is still applied even if Chinese residents move to different countries or change phone numbers.

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EU court to determine how Uber's business should be defined

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:33am
Transport provider... Information purveyor... Both?

The EU's highest court has begun hearing arguments on how Uber's business should be legally defined in a case that could have widespread implications for other businesses, an expert has said.…

It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:04am
Redmond blames currency for UK-hosted Azure hike

“My own story would not have been possible but for the democratizing force of Microsoft technology reaching me where I was growing up,” CEO Satya Nadella told shareholders this week.…

Erich Bloch, Who Helped Develop IBM Mainframe, Dies At 91

Slashdot - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 8:30am
shadowknot writes: The New York Times is reporting (Warning: may be paywalled; alternate source) that Erich Bloch who helped to develop the IBM Mainframe has died at the age of 91 as a result of complications from Alzheimer's disease. From the article: "In the 1950s, he developed the first ferrite-core memory storage units to be used in computers commercially and worked on the IBM 7030, known as Stretch, the first transistorized supercomputer. 'Asked what job each of us had, my answer was very simple and very direct,' Mr. Bloch said in 2002. 'Getting that sucker working.' Mr. Bloch's role was to oversee the development of Solid Logic Technology -- half-inch ceramic modules for the microelectronic circuitry that provided the System/360 with superior power, speed and memory, all of which would become fundamental to computing."

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Microsoft's 'Samaritan' refuses help to hackers doing Win 10 recon

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 8:27am
'SAMRi10' script hides the creds hackers crave, making box-to-box jumps harder

Microsoft hacker Itai Grady has created a tool to help prevent blackhat scouts from stealing Windows credentials, an effort the firm hopes will make network compromises harder to achieve.…

LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 8:06am
Stonkingly good grunt, battery life, some rough edges

Review  In October, the Chinese firm LeEco announced bold plans to storm the American market with a range of consumer electronic devices, ranging from smartphones to a futuristic electric car.…

Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 7:32am
I'm tall, handsome, ready to commit and don't know how to operate the ENTER key

On-Call  Thank the Galactic Spirit it's Friday: your correspondent is beat! But not so beat I can't dip into the On-Call mailbag to dredge up another story in which your fellow Reg readers explain how they've rescued clients and colleagues from chronologically-inconvenient computational cock-ups.…

Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 7:02am
Thanksgiving turkey: Free turns out to be what you were willing to pay

November lies behind us in all Reg-reading jurisdictions, so it's time to again consider the state of the desktop by gazing at the three services we use to assess desktop operating system market share.…

Russian Supply Rocket Malfunctions, Breaks Up Over Siberia En Route To ISS

Slashdot - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 7:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: An unmanned cargo rocket bound for the International Space Station was destroyed after takeoff on Thursday. The Russian rocket took off as planned from Baikonur, Kazahkstan, on Thursday morning but stopped transmitting data about six minutes into its flight, as NPR's Rae Ellen Bichell reported: "'Russian officials say the spacecraft failed [...] when it was about 100 miles above a remote part of Siberia. The ship was carrying more than 2 1/2 tons of supplies -- including food, fuel and clothes. Most of that very likely burned up as the unmanned spacecraft fell back toward Earth. NASA says the six crew members on board the International Space station, including two Americans, are well stocked for now.'" This is the fourth botched launch of an unmanned Russian rocket in the past two years. Roscomos officials wrote in an update today: "According to preliminary information, the contingency took place at an altitude of about 190 km over remote and unpopulated mountainous area of the Republic of Tyva. The most of cargo spacecraft fragments burned in the dense atmosphere. The State Commission is conducting analysis of the current contingency. The loss of the cargo ship will not affect the normal operations of the ISS and the life of the station crew."

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Server market slumps as everyone stops buying

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 5:54am
Clouds, boffins, businesses all keep hands in pockets. And ARMs are nowhere

Abacus-shuffler IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker for the year's third quarter makes for ugly reading: the firm says just about all categories of server sales have stalled.…

Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:58am
What would happen if someone sticks this USBBQ into an airplane seat socket?

VIDS  Hackers are destroying everything from the latest gaming systems, phones, and even cars with a dangerous circuit-frying USB device that could put critical systems at risk.…

Google turns on free public NTP servers that SMEAR TIME

El Reg - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:31am
With a leap second coming up, smearing's quite a good idea

Google's turned on a set of public network time protocol (NTP) servers.…