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Apple, Amazon smash audiobook cabal after European pressure

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 8:26am
EU antitrust bod nods in approval as another market opens up

Apple and Amazon have agreed to end the exclusivity deal that gave Audible sole access to the iBooks store.…

Ain't no party like an 80-plus-customer Cohesity party

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 7:59am
Oh, bless

Analysis  Secondary storage silo converging startup Cohesity has added entry-level hardware as it reaches 80+ customers and 100+ US resellers.…

Fired Ofcom Remainer bod sues UK gov for withholding his payoff

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 7:41am
Board member claims he was sacked for slamming Trump and Brexit

A sacked board member of UK telco regulator Ofcom is suing the British government for refusing to give him a £75,000 ($92,500) payoff.…

Shocking crime surge – THE TRUTH: England, Wales stats now include hacking and fraud

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 7:19am
'More realistic picture' we're told

Crime stats for England and Wales have shown a huge year-on-year increase. Don't panic, though: it's due to the inclusion of fraud and computer misuse offences for the first time.…

Galileo Satellites Are Experiencing Multiple Clock Failures

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 7:00am
elgatozorbas writes: According to a BBC article, the onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate. From the report: "Across the 18 satellites now in orbit, nine clocks have stopped operating. Three are traditional rubidium devices; six are the more precise hydrogen maser instruments that were designed to give Galileo superior performance to the American GPS network. Each Galileo satellite carries two rubidium and two hydrogen maser clocks. The multiple installation enables a satellite to keep working after an initial failure. All 18 spacecraft currently in space continue to operate, but one of them is now down to just two clocks. Most of the maser failures (5) have occurred on the satellites that were originally sent into orbit to validate the system, whereas all three rubidium stoppages are on the spacecraft that were subsequently launched to fill out the network. Esa staff at its technical centre, ESTEC, in the Netherlands are trying to isolate the cause the of failures - with the assistance of the clock (Spectratime of Switzerland) and satellite manufacturers (Airbus and Thales Alenia Space; OHB and SSTL). It is understood engineers have managed to restart another hydrogen clock that had stopped. It appears the rubidium failures 'all seem to have a consistent signature, linked to probable short circuits, and possibly a particular test procedure performed on the ground.'"

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IT team sent dirt file to Police as they all bailed from abusive workplace

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 6:57am
Saintly clients fled investment firm after workers revealed hellish smut mountain

On-Call  Welcome again to On-Call, which returns for 2017 with more tales of your fellow readers' experiences of horrible jobs at horrible times.…

Facebook bans Russia's RT ahead of Trump's Inauguration Day (then changes its mind)

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 6:29am
Breaking news, literally

Facebook apparently blocked Russia Today – the Kremlin-bankrolled broadcaster now known as RT – from posting anything other than text messages on the social network.…

Viral Chinese selfie app Meitu phones home with personal data

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 6:02am
Reg man submits self to invasive sparkly-unicorn androgyny transformation

PIC  The Meitu selfie horrorshow app going viral through Western audiences is a privacy nightmare, researchers say.…

What's SimpliVity CEO Doron Kempel and Arnie got in common? They'll both be back

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 5:30am
From the special forces to, um, HPE

Profile  SimpliVity CEO and cofounder Doron Kempel is a two-time storage startup winner. With HPE buying his firm for $650m, what will he do next?…

Avaya files for bankruptcy

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 5:02am
Decade-old capital structure needs a refresh for cloudier times

Avaya has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which allows organisations to re-organise their affairs in part by temporarily relieving them of obligations to creditors.…

On last day as president, Obama's CIO shrouds future .gov websites in secret code

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:31am
New .gov domains will only ever offer HTTPS, says US CIO

On United States president Barack Obama's last day in office, the U.S. Chief Information Officer and the Federal CIO Council have announced a new rule that will see all future .gov websites shrouded in impenetrable secret codes.…

Mozillans call for new moz://a logo to actually work in browsers

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 4:00am
Logo picked to represent internet roots just confuses the internet

LOGOWATCH  Mozilla, sorry Moz://a's new logo is causing problems because it doesn't work when typed into browsers' address bars.…

3D TV Is Dead

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 3:30am
While Samsung dropped 3D support in 2016, LG and Sony -- the last two major TV makers to support the 3D feature in their TVs -- will stop doing so in 2017. None of their TVs, including the high-end OLED TV models, will be able to show 3D movies and TV shows. As a result, 3D TV is dead. The question is no longer when (or even why) 3D TVs will become obsolete, it's will 3D TVs ever rise again? CNET reports: The 3D feature has been offered on select televisions since 2010, when the theatrical success of "Avatar" in 3D helped encourage renewed interest in the technology. In addition to a 3D-capable TV, it requires specialized glasses for each viewer and the 3D version of a TV show or movie -- although some TVs also offer a simulated 3D effect mode. Despite enthusiasm at the box office and years of 3D TVs being available at affordable prices, the technology never really caught on at home. DirecTV canceled its 24/7 3D channel in 2012 and ESPN followed suit a year later. There are plenty of 3D Blu-ray discs still being released, such as "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but if you want to watch them at home you'll need a TV from 2016 or earlier -- or a home theater projector. Those market trends are clear: Sales of 3D home video gear have declined every year since 2012. According to data from the NPD Group, 3D TV represents just 8 percent of total TV sales dollars for the full year of 2016, down from 16 percent in 2015 and 23 percent in 2012. Native 3D-capable Blu-ray players fell to just 11 percent of the market in 2016, compared to 25 percent in 2015 and 40 percent in 2012. As for whether or not 3D TVs will ever become popular again, David Katzmaier writes via CNET, based on his own "anecdotal experience as a TV reviewer": Over the years, the one thing most people told me about the 3D feature on their televisions was that they never used it. Sure, some people occasionally enjoyed a 3D movie on Blu-ray, but the majority of people I talked to tried it once or twice, maybe, then never picked up the glasses again. I don't think most viewers will miss 3D. I have never awarded points in my reviews for the feature, and 3D performance (which I stopped testing in 2016) has never figured into my ratings. I've had a 3D TV at home since 2011 and I've only used the feature a couple of times, mainly in brief demos to friends and family. Over the 2016 holiday break I offered my family the choice to watch "The Force Awakens" in 2D or 3D, and (after I reminded everyone they had to wear the glasses) 2D was the unanimous choice. But some viewers will be sad to see the feature go. There's even a change.org petition for LG to bring back the feature, which currently stands at 3,981 supporters. Of course 3D TV could come back to life, but I'd be surprised if it happened before TV makers perfect a way to watch it without glasses.

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RADV Vulkan Driver Has Geometry Shader Support For Testing

Phoronix - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 3:14am
David Airlie has published a set of 31 patches for testing that provide initial support for geometry shaders within the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver...

Operator of DDoS protection service named as Mirai author

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 3:02am
Krebs says he's fingered author of epic IoT web assault code

The author of the massive distributed denial-of-service attack malware Mirai, which ropes infected routers and internet of things devices into remotely controlled armies, is a New Jersey man, according to journo Brian Krebs.…

Text To Speech Goes In As A Tech Preview For Qt 5.8

Phoronix - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 2:06am
With Qt 5.8 that's due to be released next week there is the new Qt Speech as a "tech preview" of text-to-speech for this tool-kit...

Neuroscience Can't Explain How a Microprocessor Works

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 2:05am
mspohr writes: The Economist has an interesting story about two neuroscientists/engineers -- Eric Jonas of the University of California, Berkeley, and Konrad Kording of Northwestern University, in Chicago -- who decided to test the methods of neuroscience using a 6502 processor. Their results are published in the PLOS Computational Biology journal. Neuroscientists explore how the brain works by looking at damaged brains and monitoring inputs and outputs to try to infer intermediate processing. They did the same with the 6502 processor which was used in early Atari, Apple and Commodore computers. What they discovered was that these methods were sorely lacking in that they often pointed in the wrong direction and missed important processing steps.

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Big Blue's blues diffuse: IBM's sales drain now more like a sad trickle

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 1:59am
Biz optimistic 2017 will see cloud and mobile help boost bottom line

IBM is touting growth in its cloud and cognitive business units as the enterprise giant wraps up a year of double-digit revenue declines.…

Uber coughs up $20m after 'lying about how much its drivers make'

El Reg - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 1:28am
FTC settlement bars taxi app maker from publishing fiction about potential riches

Cab app Uber has agreed to pay $20m to settle charges that it exaggerated how much drivers using its software can earn and downplayed the cost of financing cars through the company.…

Scottish Government Targets 66% Emissions Cut By 2032

Slashdot - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 1:25am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: The Scottish government has outlined a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032. Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham set out the government's draft climate change plan for the next 15 years at Holyrood. She also targeted a fully-decarbonized electricity sector and 80% of domestic heat coming from low-carbon sources. Ministers committed last year to cut harmful CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, with a new interim target of 50% by 2020. The previous interim target of 42% was met in 2014 -- six years early. However, the independent Committee on Climate Change said the decrease was largely down to a warmer than average winter reducing the demand for heating. Ms Cunningham said the new targets demonstrated "a new level of ambition" to build a low-carbon economy and a healthier Scotland. Goals to be achieved by 2032 include: Cutting greenhouse emissions by 66%; A fully-decarbonized electricity sector; 80% of domestic heat to come from low-carbon heat technologies; Proportion of ultra-low emission new cars and vans registered in Scotland annually to hit 40%; 250,000 hectares of degraded peatlands restored; Annual woodland creation target increased to at least 15,000 hectares per year. The 172-page document sets a road map for decarbonizing Scotland. The aim -- although not new -- is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds by 2032. Among the policies are making half of Scotland's buses low-carbon, full-decarbonizing the electricity sector and making 80% of homes heated by low-carbon technologies.

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