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How Sports Commentaries Can Speed Up AI Development

Slashdot - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 10:01am
An anonymous reader writes: In an effort to shorten the annotation phase prior to neural network learning, Indian researchers are using commentaries intended for human viewers to help machines understand the meaning of action in cricket. The researchers suggest that closed-caption movie commentaries, as well as other types of usefully descriptive pre-existing commentaries could continue to prove helpful in teaching artificial intelligence the meaning of what it is seeing on screen.

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Raspberry Pi Zero: £4 PC aims to bring machine to more hands

L'Inq - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 9:53am

Pi Zero has all the weight, but a fraction of the size

Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

El Reg - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 9:31am
How many coincidences does it take to be Scroogled?

“Anonymity is like virginity. You don't get it back once you've lost it,” writes one Register reader on Microsoft’s latest raid on your privacy.…

Nuisance call blocking firms fined £170,000 ... for making nuisance calls

El Reg - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 9:02am
Trebles all round!

The Information Commissioner's Office has raised a tidy £250,000 this week with two more fines for companies flogging nuisance call-blocking services by, yep, you guessed it, making nuisance calls, after receiving over 1,000 complaints.…

128GB DDR4 DIMMs have landed so double your RAM cram plan

El Reg - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 8:28am
Samsung's monster memory is here and 96-DIMM-slot servers can now pack … WOAH!

Samsung's started volume production of 128GB DDR4 RDIMMS.…

Samsung Gear VR is <i>good</i>. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

El Reg - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 7:58am
But can anyone make VR content? Ask whoever runs your local film school ...

Having already lived through one virtual reality hype cycle, I’m surprised to find that 2015 has been punctuated of a number of experiences proving that virtual reality may finally be nearing the mainstream. In February, I experienced some of the new head-mounted displays - and found first-generation Oculus Rift unimpressive. Quick on the heels of that, I got a taste of some "immersive video", footage gathered by an expensive, fancy camera that capture a full sphere around the device.…

Researcher reveals Chinese e-crime shopping list

El Reg - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 7:29am
Crazy low prices for app 'purchases', or perhaps you'd like a poison PoS unit?

Dodgy developers can have their data-stealing iOS applications boosted to the top ranks of Apple's App Store for as little as US$4000 thanks to services on offer by Chinese hackers.…

Capita increases share of public sector revenue to measly £1.8bn

El Reg - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 7:01am
Top 20 IT suppliers made £10.7bn from gov last year as 'relationship improves'

Capita slurped up £1.8bn in public sector spending last year, a 12 per cent increase on the previous year, according to research from analysts TechMarketView.…

IT Execs On Their Dream Dinner Guests

Slashdot - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 6:59am
StewBeans writes: In this lighthearted article for the holiday, IT executives were asked, if they could invite any technologist living or deceased to their Thanksgiving dinner, who would they invite and why? One CTO said that he'd invite the CTO of Amazon, Werner Vogels, so he could hear his thoughts on the future of cloud computing. Another would invite Ratan Tata, who he calls the "Bill Gates of India." Other responses range from early visionaries like Grace Hopper and Vint Cerf to the mysterious inventors/designers of the Roland TR-808.

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Mozilla annual report shows risky Google dependency now risky Yahoo<i>!</i> dependency

El Reg - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 5:57am
Revenue up 4.9 per cent, but browser market share shrinking

The Mozilla Foundation has published its 2014 annual report and while revenues are up, the numbers show the outfit is now very dependent on Yahoo! for future income and has declining market share.…

Japanese Rocket Launches Its First Commercial Satellite

Slashdot - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 4:00am
schwit1 writes: Using its H-IIA rocket, upgraded to lower cost, Japan launched its first commercial payload today, putting Canada's Telestar 12V into geosynchronous orbit. UPI reports: "Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency said the H-IIA rocket was upgraded for the launch, permitting the satellite to stay closer to its geostationary orbit. Tokyo's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said he hoped the launch would exhibit the quality of Japan's rocket engineering, and that the successful launch would result in more orders from other global corporations. Following the launch, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries vice president Naohiko Abe said the firm plans to actively promote the H-IIA for satellite launches."

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Lenovo slings privilege patches at in-built tools

El Reg - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 3:59am
Temp account means God mode for regular users.

IOActive security bod Sofiane Talmat has found two since-patched privilege escalation vulnerabilities in Lenovo System Update utility.…

Green rectangles are the new rounded rectangles

El Reg - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 2:02am
Hewlett Packard Enterprise's green box unleashes green monster at Korean portal with similar logo

Logowatch  South Korean web portal Naver is considering a legal tilt at Hewlett Packard Enterprise over just who first decided a green rectangle makes a good corporate insignia.…

Mir Gets Automatic Probing For Input Platforms

Phoronix - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 1:18am
Ubuntu developers working on the Mir display server have been continuing to land more improvements to this X11/Wayland alternative although there hasn't been too much to report as of late for significant feature additions...

A Quick Reminder This Holiday Shopping Season

Phoronix - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 12:59am
There's just a few quick reminders for this time of the year...

Indian scientists teach computers to see by watching Cricket

El Reg - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 12:58am
Mashing up Indian Premier League and CricInfo offers new machine learning approach

Indian researchers from Xerox and the International Institute of Information Technology at Hyderabad have used the sport of Cricket to develop a novel approach to interpreting human movement recorded by video.…

Critical Zen Cart Vulnerability Could Spell Black Friday Disaster For Shoppers

Slashdot - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 12:54am
Mark Wilson writes: It's around this time of year, with Black Friday looming and Christmas just around the corner, that online sales boom. Today security firm High-Tech Bridge has issued a warning to retailers and shoppers about a critical vulnerability in the popular Zen Cart shopping management system. High-Tech Bridge has provided Zen Cart with full details of the security flaw which could allow remote attackers to infiltrate web servers and gain access to customer data. Servers running Zen Cart are also at risk of malware, meaning that hundreds of thousands of ecommerce sites pose a potential danger. Technical details of the vulnerability are not yet being made public, but having notified Zen Cart of the issue High-Tech Bridge says the date of full public disclosure is 16 December.

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Lazy IoT, router makers reuse skeleton keys over and over in thousands of devices – new study

El Reg - Thu, 26/11/2015 - 12:31am
SSH logins, server-side HTTPS certs baked in firmware

It's what we all assumed, but quietly hoped wasn't quite this bad.…

Why Car Salesmen Don't Want To Sell Electric Cars

Slashdot - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 11:55pm
HughPickens.com writes: Matt Richtel writes in the NYT that one big reason there are only about 330,000 electric vehicles on the road is that car dealers show little enthusiasm for putting consumers into electric cars. Industry insiders say that electric vehicles do not offer dealers the same profits as gas-powered cars, they take more time to sell because of the explaining required, and electric vehicles may require less maintenance, undermining the biggest source of dealer profits — their service departments. Some electric car buyers have said they felt as if they were the ones doing the selling. Chelsea Dell made an appointment to test-drive a used Volt but when she arrived, she said, a salesman told her that the car hadn't been washed, and that he had instead readied a less expensive, gas-powered car. "I was ready to pull the trigger, and they were trying to muscle me into a Chevy Sonic," says Dell. "The thing I was baffled at was that the Volt was a lot more expensive." Marc Deutsch, Nissan's business development manager for electric vehicles says some salespeople just can't rationalize the time it takes to sell the cars. A salesperson "can sell two gas burners in less than it takes to sell a Leaf," Deutsch says. "It's a lot of work for a little pay." Jared Allen says that service is crucial to dealer profits and that dealers didn't want to push consumers into electric cars that might make them less inclined to return for service. Maybe that helps explains the experience of Robert Kast, who last year leased a Volkswagen e-Golf from a local dealer. He said the salesman offered him a $15-per-month maintenance package that included service for oil changes, belt repair and water pumps. "I said: 'You know it doesn't have any of those things,'" Mr. Kast recalled. He said the salesman excused himself to go confirm this with his manager. Of the whole experience, Mr. Kast, 61, said: "I knew a whole lot more about the car than anyone in the building." "Until selling a plug-in electric car is as quick and easy as selling any other vehicle that nets the dealer the same profit, many dealers will avoid them, for very logical and understandable reasons," says John Voelker. "That means that the appropriate question should be directed to makers of electric cars: What are you doing to make selling electric cars as profitable and painless for your dealers as selling gasoline or diesel vehicles?"

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Mesa 11.0 vs. 11.2-devel Tests For Intel Skylake

Phoronix - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 11:32pm
Given the fairly slow news day due to the holidays this week in the United States, here are some extra benchmarks to share this evening: some Mesa 11.0.2 vs. 11.2-devel Git benchmarks with an Intel Skylake system,..
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