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Tech Data swings and misses Wall Street moneymen's target

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 2:02pm
CEO: IT spending weaker than expected but we grabbed rivals by the short and curlies

Tech Data's latest quarterly financials show a distributor wrestling with “weaker than expected” IT spending and trying to dip into “pockets of demand” across Europe and the Americas.…

IBM is now selling Spectrum Virtualize free from hardware

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 1:34pm
Big Blue pokes software-defined storage world with big stick, runs away

We heard IBM might be supplying a software-only storage product and it turned out to be true: Spectrum Virtualize can now be bought without hardware.…

Minor Updates To The Phoronix Forums, Registration

Phoronix - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 1:29pm
Just as a quick notice if you've had problems registering the past few days in the forums, etc...

Linux 4.8 May Fix An Issue Of Some Laptops Burning Through Power While Suspended

Phoronix - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 1:12pm
It looks like some newer Intel laptops will be much happier when S3 suspended with the upcoming Linux 4.8 kernel...

Researchers Create Algorithm That Diagnoses Depression From Your Instagram Feed

Slashdot - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: Harvard University's Andrew Reece and the University of Vermont's Chris Danforth crafted an algorithm that can correctly diagnose depression, with up to 70 percent accuracy, based on a patient's Instagram feed alone. After a careful screening process, the team analyzed almost 50,000 photos from 166 participants, all of whom were Instagram users and 71 of whom had already been diagnosed with clinical depression. Their results confirmed their two hypotheses: first, that "markers of depression are observable in Instagram user behavior," and second, that "these depressive signals are detectable in posts made even before the date of first diagnosis." The duo had good rationale for both hypotheses. Photos shared on Instagram, despite their innocent appearance, are data-laden: Photos are either taken during the day or at night, in- or outdoors. They may include or exclude people. The user may or may not have used a filter. You can imagine an algorithm drooling at these binary inputs, all of which reflect a person's preferences, and, in turn, their well-being. Metadata is likewise full of analyzable information: How many people liked the photo? How many commented on it? How often does the user post, and how often do they browse? Many studies have shown that depressed people both perceive less color in the world and prefer dark, anemic scenes and images. The majority of healthy people, on the other hand, prefer colorful things. [Reece and Danforth] collected each photo's hue, saturation, and value averages. Depressed people, they found, tended to post photos that were more bluish, unsaturated, and dark. "Increased hue, along with decreased brightness and saturation, predicted depression," they write. The researchers found that happy people post less than depressed people, happy people post photos with more people in them than their depressed counterparts. and that depressed participants were less likely to use filters. The majority of "healthy" participants chose the Valencia filter, while the majority of "depressed" participants chose the Inkwell filter. Inverse has a neat little chart embedded in their report that shows the usage of Instagram filters between depressed and healthy users.

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Radicalisation? UK.gov gets itself in cluster-muddle over 'terrorism'

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 12:41pm
What a bunch of babbling Daesh-heads

Analysis  Today's report by a Parliamentary committee called for everyone from the government to the press to combat terrorism by creating "counter-narratives" to those used by ISIS to justify its actions.…

Qt Creator 4.1 Adds New Themes, Experimental Nim Support

Phoronix - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 12:39pm
The Qt Company announced the release today of Qt Creator 4.1 as the newest version of its popular, cross-platform IDE...

FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 Arrives With Fixes

Phoronix - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 12:33pm
The second release candidate to the upcoming FreeBSD 11 is now available for testing...

A quarter of banks' data breaches are down to lost phones and laptops

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 12:01pm
Just 20 per cent were the result of hacking

One in four breaches (25.3 per cent) in the US financial services sector over recent years were due to lost or stolen devices, according to a new study.…

Arthur C Clarke award won by Adrian Tchaikovsky

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 11:44am
Children of Time features talking space spiders

The book Children of Time by British sci-fi author Adrian Tchaikovsky has been announced as the winner of this year’s Arthur C Clarke award.…

Biz phones 'n' broadband bods Gamma suffer a network TITSUP

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 11:01am
Channel partners and customers left in dark since 8am service blackout

Business broadband comms outfit Gamma is experiencing a service outage.…

What wedding cake would an engineer make? A LEGO one

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 10:29am
A reader's tale of life, love and programmable robotics

Romance isn’t dead. Just ask a Reg-reading engineer who made his own wedding cake... from Lego.…

Canon Unveils EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR

Slashdot - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 10:00am
It's been a little more than 4 year since Canon unveiled the EOS 5D Mark III. Today, Canon took the wraps off its successor -- the EOS 5D Mark IV. The Mark IV features a 34-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and Digic 6+ processor with support for capturing 4K video at 23.98, 24, 25 and 30 fps. In addition, it features a 61-point autofocus system, built-in digital lens optimizer, NFC, Wi-Fi and an ISO range of 100-32,000. The continuous shooting mode is set at 7 fps, compared to 6 fps on the 5D Mark III. It will also take both CompactFlash and SD cards, and there is GPS included in the body for geotagging images. Canon is selling the Mark IV in early September for $3,499 for the body only. They're also selling two new L-series EF lenses -- the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom Lens. President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc, Yichi Ishizuka said in a statement: "Canon's EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras has a history of being at the forefront of still and video innovation. And today, we add to this family of cameras the EOS 5D Mark IV -- the first in our 5D series to offer 4K video and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. In developing this new DSLR camera, we listened to the requests of current EOS users to create for them a modern, versatile camera designed to help them create and share beautiful still and video imagery." Here's a blast from the past: Canon's EOS 1Ds Mark II. Slashdot reader LoudMusic submitted this story back in 2004, highlighting the camera's "802.11a/g and wired networking capabilities."

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Nutanix buys anon firm in India. DevOps upstart Calm won't comment...

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 9:58am
Breaking through the wall of silence, one brick at a time

Nutanix bought a company recently and is days away from announcing another acquisition.…

Pizza delivery by drone 'trialled' in New Zealand

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 9:31am
Not quite autonomous food-flinging, mind

Multinational pizza megacorp Domino's claims it is trialling pizza delivery drones in New Zealand.…

Movers and shakers: Execs take a hike from Lenovo and HPE

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 8:59am
Plus one greybeard lands at enterprise licensing biz Crayon

A couple of industry greybeards at Lenovo and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have quietly packed their bags for a permanent vacation while another vendor old timer has moved to another channel biz.…

Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 8:33am
Committee says press should uncritically repeat what government tells it to say

A UK parliamentary committee has claimed that Facebook, Twitter and Google are responsible for terrorist attacks in the West by “consciously failing to combat the use of their sites to promote terrorism and killings.”…

Top digital Eurocrat issues non-denial about hyperlink non-tax

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 8:02am
Perhaps he’s a non-Eurocrat too?

Comment  European Commission vice president Andrus Ansip has denied plans to impose “a tax on hyperlinks”, even though the EU can’t tax hyperlinks, and nobody has asked for URLs to be taxed. URLs, as you might suspect, would be very hard, if not impossible, to “tax” anyway.…

The Internet of Cows is moo-ving fast … no bull!

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 7:29am
'Connected Cow' kit, including 'managed mating', will fatten tenfold to $10bn market

If you worry the Internet of Things is bollocks and that the industry's just milking an old idea, think again: research outfit Arcluster has declared that the “Connected Cow and Farm” market will become a US$10.75 billion concern in 2021, a rather nice jump from today's $1.27 billion.…

NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams Sets New US Space Endurance Record With 521 Days

Slashdot - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 7:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: Space station commander Jeff Williams set a new U.S. space endurance record Wednesday, his 521st day in orbit over four missions, eclipsing the 520-day record set earlier this year by astronaut Scott Kelly at the end of his nearly one-year stay aboard the lab complex. Williams now moves up to 17th on the list of the world's most experienced astronauts and cosmonauts. The overall record is held by cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who logged 878 days in orbit over five missions. Williams, Soyuz TMA-20M commander Alexey Ovchinin and flight engineer Oleg Skripochka were launched to the space station March 18. They plan to return to Earth Sept. 6 (U.S. time), landing in Kazakhstan to close out a 172-day mission. At landing, Williams will have logged 534 days aloft, moving him up to 14th on the space endurance list. Williams first flew in space in 2000 aboard the shuttle Atlantis, the third shuttle flight devoted to station assembly. He served as a flight engineer aboard the station in 2006 and completed a second long-duration stay in 2010, serving as a flight engineer and then commander of Expedition 22. "I wanted to congratulate you on passing me up here in total number of days in space," Kelly radioed Williams Wednesday. "It's great to see another record broken. [...] But I do have one question for you. And my question is, do you have another 190 days in you?" Kelly was referring to the time Williams' current mission would have to be extended to equal Kelly's U.S. single-flight record. Williams laughed, saying "190 days. That question's not for me, that's for my wife!"

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