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Ex-employees sued for £15m over data slurpage ordered to pay up just £2

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 4:38pm
Brit firm 'missed the jackpot', says High Court judge

The High Court in London, UK, has agreed that a company's former employees who took thousands of confidential files away on USB sticks when they quit the firm were indeed naughty – and ordered them to pay damages of just £1 each.…

KCL external review blames whole IT team for mega-outage, leaves managers unshamed

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 4:04pm
And the Oscar for the best story about why you have recovery tests goes to...

Exclusive  An external review into last October's catastrophic data loss at King's College London has placed the blame squarely at the feet of the IT technical team, which it found neither understood nor followed the university's system for backing up data.…

Inside Uber's Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 4:00pm
Excerpts from Mike Isaac's report for the New York Times: Interviews with more than 30 current and former Uber employees, as well as reviews of internal emails, chat logs and tape-recorded meetings, paint a picture of an often unrestrained workplace culture. Among the most egregious accusations from employees, who either witnessed or were subject to incidents and who asked to remain anonymous because of confidentiality agreements and fear of retaliation: One Uber manager groped female co-workers' breasts at a company retreat in Las Vegas. A director shouted a homophobic slur at a subordinate during a heated confrontation in a meeting. Another manager threatened to beat an underperforming employee's head in with a baseball bat. Until this week, this culture was only whispered about in Silicon Valley. Then on Sunday, Susan Fowler, an engineer who left Uber in December, published a blog post about her time at the company. [...] One group appeared immune to internal scrutiny, the current and former employees said. Called the A-Team and composed of a small group of executives who were personally close to Mr. Kalanick, its members were shielded from much accountability over their actions. One member of the A-Team was Emil Michael, senior vice president for business, who was caught up in a public scandal over comments he made in 2014 about digging into the private lives of journalists who opposed the company. Mr. Kalanick defended Mr. Michael, saying he believed Mr. Michael could learn from his mistakes.

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Managed file transfer peeps Axway gobble sharetakers Syncplicity

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 3:33pm
Creating 'a one-stop shop for digital shared services'

French managed file transfer (MFT) company Axway has bought file sync and share supplier Syncplicity.…

Heterogeneous Memory Management Isn't Ready For Linux 4.11

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 3:24pm
Jerome Glisse and others have been working on the rather cool Heterogeneous Memory Management support for the Linux kernel going back several years. While Jerome hoped to see HMM merged for Linux 4.11, it will be sitting out at least one more cycle...

Most Scientists 'Can't Replicate Studies By Their Peers'

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 3:20pm
Science is facing a "reproducibility crisis" where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, research suggests. From a report: This is frustrating clinicians and drug developers who want solid foundations of pre-clinical research to build upon. From his lab at the University of Virginia's Centre for Open Science, immunologist Dr Tim Errington runs The Reproducibility Project, which attempted to repeat the findings reported in five landmark cancer studies. "The idea here is to take a bunch of experiments and to try and do the exact same thing to see if we can get the same results." You could be forgiven for thinking that should be easy. Experiments are supposed to be replicable. The authors should have done it themselves before publication, and all you have to do is read the methods section in the paper and follow the instructions. Sadly nothing, it seems, could be further from the truth.

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Elon Musk promises Tesla investors Trump won't send him to Mars

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 3:02pm
I expect to remain with Tesla forever... and ever, and ever

Amid larger than expected losses at Tesla, founder Elon Musk promised he would not be diverted by a mission to Mars and intended to stay at the company "forever".…

Radeon R9 Fury X Gets LED Support With AMDGPU

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:47pm
With Radeon R9 Fury X graphics cards, their integrated red LEDs will now light-up according to the load of the GPU...

Tech Breakthroughs Take a Backseat in Upcoming Apple iPhone Launch

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:40pm
Stephen Nellis, reporting for Reuters: The new iPhone is expected to include new features such as high-resolution displays, wireless charging and 3-D sensors. Rather than representing major breakthroughs, however, most of the innovations have been available in competing phones for several years. Apple's relatively slow adoption of new features both reflects and reinforces the fact smartphone customers are holding onto their phones longer. Timothy Arcuri, an analyst at Cowen & Co, believes upwards of 40 percent of iPhones on the market are more than two years old, a historical high. That is a big reason why investors have driven Apple shares to an all-time high. There is pent-up demand for a new iPhone, even if it does not offer breakthrough technologies. It is not clear whether Apple deliberately held off on packing some of the new features into the current iPhone 7, which has been criticized for a lack of differentiation from its predecessor. Still, the development and roll-out of the anniversary iPhone suggest Apple's product strategy is driven less by technological innovation than by consumer upgrade cycles and Apple's own business and marketing needs.

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Become a blockchain-secured space farmer with your hard drive

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:35pm
Google Ventures-backed Storj Labs makes its pitch

Startup Storj (pronounced storage oddly enough) has an open source, distributed cloud object storage platform using blockchain technology and end-to-end cryptography across a peer-to-peer network to secure files.…

Google Releases an AI Tool For Publishers To Spot and Weed Out Toxic Comments

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:00pm
Google today launched a new technology to help news organizations and online platforms identify and swiftly remove abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were "toxic" or likely to make them leave a conversation. From a report on BBC: The search giant has developed something called Perspective, which it describes as a technology that uses machine learning to identify problematic comments. The software has been developed by Jigsaw, a division of Google with a mission to tackle online security dangers such as extremism and cyberbullying. The system learns by seeing how thousands of online conversations have been moderated and then scores new comments by assessing how "toxic" they are and whether similar language had led other people to leave conversations. What it's doing is trying to improve the quality of debate and make sure people aren't put off from joining in.

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O2 daddy Telefónica reports 12.5% drop in UK sales

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 1:56pm
Blames it on weak pound

Sales at Telefónica UK, which owns O2, plunged 12.5 per cent to €6.8bn (£5.7bn) for the firm's full year, mainly due to currency changes.…

New Input Drivers For The Linux 4.11 Kernel

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 1:46pm
Dmitry Torokhov has submitted the input feature updates for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window...

IBM: Voluntary redundo offer? Ticked. Min stat terms? Ticked

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 1:34pm
But at least TSS staffers won't have to get career advice from Capita this time

Exclusive  IBM is hoping to lighten monthly payroll costs by, er, dangling minimum statutory redundancy terms in front of UK staff who volunteer to cut short their career at the creaking tech titan.…

Google Announces First Practical SHA1 Collision

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 1:14pm
While SHA1 is still much better off than MD5, developers really should think about moving to SHA256 or other crypto hashes with Google now demonstrating the first SHA1 collision...

Microsoft Research Developing An AI To Put Coders Out of a Job

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 1:00pm
jmcbain writes: Are you a software programmer who voted in a recent Slashdot poll that a robot/AI would never take your job? Unfortunately, you're wrong. Microsoft, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, is developing such an AI. This software "can turn your descriptions into working code in seconds," reports MSPoweruser. "Called DeepCoder, the software can take requirements by the developer, search through a massive database of code snippets and deliver working code in seconds, a significant advance in the state of the art in program synthesis." New Scientist describes program synthesis as "creating new programs by piecing together lines of code taken from existing software -- just like a programmer might. Given a list of inputs and outputs for each code fragment, DeepCoder learned which pieces of code were needed to achieve the desired result overall." The original research paper can be read here.

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Deutsche Telekom hack suspect arrested at London airport

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 12:54pm
Cops probing Mirai telco takedown

UK police have arrested a suspect in connection with an attack that infected nearly 1 million Deutsche Telekom routers last November.…

LLVM/Clang 4.0 Is Running Late Due To Seven Blocker Bugs

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 12:28pm
LLVM 4.0 was supposed to have been released by now, but it's running late due to open blocker bugs...

More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 12:28pm
Rentokil man tells BBC it calls them automagically, so that clearly explains the price

Pest control firm Rentokil has developed an Internet of Things mousetrap that gasses rodents and automatically calls out a disposal bod – and it can be yours for a cool £1,300.…

TinyDRM Queued For Linux 4.11

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 12:18pm
TinyDRM has been queued in DRM-Next for landing with the in-development Linux 4.11 kernel...
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