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Amazon Unveils Inspire Online Education Service For Teachers and Schools

Slashdot - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 2:40pm
Amazon on Monday launched a new site called Amazon Inspire where K-12 teachers and schools can upload and access unlimited education and classroom resources such as videos, tests, projects, games, lesson plans with their peers across the country for free of charge. In a statement, the company said, "Our ultimate goal is for every teacher in every single subject to benefit from Amazon Inspire. When they walk into a classroom, we want every teacher to benefit from the collective knowledge, the collective insights and the experience of every single one of their peers." GeekWire reports:It's the latest in a series of moves by Amazon in the education technology market. The company acquired the TenMarks online math startup in 2014, and separately markets e-books and tablets for teachers and school districts. The company describes the project as an outgrowth of its involvement in the U.S. Department of Education's GoOpen initiative. Amazon also provides technical resources and support for the department's Learning Registry open database.

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Looking good, Gnome: Digesting the Delhi in our belly

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 2:32pm
The long road to change

GNOME 3.20, released recently, sees the project beginning to find its footing again.…

Three men and a container engine: Let's commoditise this baby

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 2:05pm
Bright backgrounds for dark arts of Portworx containerised storage

Backgrounder  Portworx Enterprise hits general availability in July to provide containerised storage for containers. The software runs on commodity servers, captures and aggregates their storage into a virtual SAN providing scale-out block storage, then provides storage for containers, at container granularity, and with a global namespace.…

Google Ponders About a Chromebook Pro

Slashdot - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 2:00pm
Google is currently surveying people about what a Chromebook Pro should be like. VentureBeat's report cites two people who recently shared the development on a forum. One user was asked the question, "How would you think a Chromebook Pro is different than a Chromebook?" whereas the other user was asked, "what a Chromebook Pro should be like in [his/her] opinion and what type of people would want to use it." From the report:The word "Pro" would imply a high-end laptop running Chrome OS, just like, say, the MacBook Pro or the Surface Pro 4. But there are many other companies -- Asus, Dell, HP, and Samsung, among others -- that make Chromebooks, along with Google. It isn't clear from these survey questions if Google is thinking about making a Chromebook Pro itself, just as it has made high-end Chromebook Pixel laptops, or if Google is just wondering how consumers would perceive a Chromebook Pro made by a third party. Meanwhile, Google last month published a job posting entitled "Quality Engineer, Chromebook Pixel," suggesting that a third generation of that device could be on the way.Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular. They outsold Mac for the first time in the United States earlier this year. The majority of the Chromebooks available today, however, pack in entry-level specifications, giving users very limited choice. Though we have seen devices like Chromebook Pixel, a range of high-end Chromebooks could entice even more customers.

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 1:24pm
English-speaking Irish speakers cry ‘cad é an ag f*ck’

Brexit  A brace of French politicians has demanded a rapid post-Brexit de-anglicisation of EU business, potentially leaving the English-speaking majority of Ireland scrabbling for their Gaelic phrase books.…

Intel mulls sale of Intel Security – reports

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 12:57pm
The game done changed

Opinion  Intel is reportedly looking to offload its Intel Security arm.…

MediaTek Announces An Interesting Deca-Core ARM Dev Board

Phoronix - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 12:35pm
The folks at MediaTek in Hsinchu announced the Helio X20 Development Board today as the first development board using a tri-cluster, deca-core design...

Cray explores options for supercomputing-as-a-service

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 12:31pm
Should you run your weather simulations in the cloud?

Cray is exploring options to offer supercomputing "as a service", but don’t expect AWS to be offering the venerable vendor’s number-crunching monsters online anytime soon.…

FFmpeg 3.1 Is Primed With New Features: Includes H.264/HEVC VA-API Encoding

Phoronix - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 12:19pm
FFmpeg 3.1.0 is now available with the latest features for this widely-used open-source multimedia library...

Quick note: Brexit consequences for IT

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 12:05pm
EU to shrink as UK isles become more distant

Blog  Well, I'm not an economist and even less interested in politics - but UK exiting the EU is huge. I have several friends and acquaintances who have migrated to the UK in the last few years because there are more job opportunities, meritocracy and higher wages. This could all change very soon. But this is one aspect. The other one I'm thinking of is about the IT industry from both the UK and EU standpoints.…

Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 11:44am
'Tiny fraction of the overall count' however

Brexit  A petition for a second EU referendum in the UK has been hit by suspicions of computer automated ballot stuffing, possibly by politically motivated hackers.…

Woman Wins $10,000 Lawsuit Against Microsoft Over Windows 10 Upgrades

Slashdot - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 11:30am
An anonymous reader shares this story from the Seattle Times: A few days after Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public last year, Teri Goldstein's computer started trying to download and install the new operating system. The update, which she says she didn't authorize, failed. Instead, the computer she uses to run her Sausalito, California, travel-agency business slowed to a crawl. It would crash, she says, and be unusable for days at a time. "I had never heard of Windows 10," Goldstein said. "Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update." When outreach to Microsoft's customer support didn't fix the issue, Goldstein took the software giant to court, seeking compensation for lost wages and the cost of a new computer. She won. Last month, Microsoft dropped an appeal and Goldstein collected a $10,000 judgment from the company. Microsoft denies any wrongdoing, and says they only halted their appeal to avoid the cost of further litigation.

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NetApp loses Lee Caswell to VMware

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 11:28am
The flash array marketing guy takes a sudden hike and gets virtualised

NetApp's flash marketeer, Lee Caswell, has resigned and joined VMware.…

Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 11:14am
Names removed, but 'no fraud'

Analysis  A petition to nullify the UK’s EU referendum and hold another appear to be riddled with fraudulent data. Raw data examined reveals that many of the participants come from outside the UK, or use IP addresses outside the UK. Only UK or British citizens and residents can create or sign a petition, according to the rules. You can see the geographical breakdown here.…

Osborne on Leave limbo: Travel and trade stay unchanged

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 10:50am
But employers plan hire freeze and relocation

Keep calm and carry on is the Chancellor’s message to UK firms trading with Europe working with EU staff following last week’s shock victory for Vote Leave.…

IT consultant gets 4 years' porridge for tax fraud

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 10:27am
Skipped £170k in payments to Her Maj

An IT consultant has been jailed for four years after lying about his income to avoid paying £170,000 in tax.…

Inside the World of the Dark DDoS

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 9:54am
This isn’t your grandma’s DDoS

Today’s distributed denial of service attacks are different than the kinds that we saw at the dawn of the millennium when the threat emerged. They’re becoming more nuanced, and subtle – and they could result in a lot more than a downed web server.…

Beautiful model to explain the universe to physicists

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 9:32am
Mix cosmology brains, Einstein, soupcon of fluid dynamics and pinch of open source...

An international team of cosmologists have made the first step towards creating the most accurate ever model of the universe by simulating Einstein’s field equations, according to recent research published in Physical Review Letters.…

NVMe SSDs tormented for <i>months</i> in some kind of sick review game

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 9:03am
Cards on the table: These are the issues you'll face

Review  NVM Express (NVMe) is the next generation specification for accessing non-volatile memory such as flash. Traditional technologies such as SAS and SATA are just too slow. In order to demonstrate how much of a difference NVMe makes, Micron has provided 12 9100 NVMe flash drives, 800GB each in the HHHL (standard PCIe card) format.…

BA 'offers' IT bods extra leave, flexible working - unpaid of course

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 8:32am
Come on people, we need to save €91m by 2018

British Airways bosses were this week told to ask staff to "volunteer" to take unpaid leave, as the sorry cost cutting saga enveloping British Airways rumbled on.…

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