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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...

Alleged $17.5m fraudster accused of duping HPE out of 42,000 servers

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 12:05pm
Peter Sage was playing the old grey reseller game, claims US tech monster

Peter Sage, the imprisoned "serial entrepreneur" and one-time principal of the company Space Energy, is said to have defrauded Hewlett Packard Enterprise out of tens of thousands of servers in a scam that unfolded over three years.…

Libinput 1.7 Is Carrying A Number Of Big Features

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 11:35am
Peter Hutterer announced the first release candidate on Wednesday for the upcoming libinput 1.7.0, the input handling library that's widely-used by Wayland / X.Org / Mir systems...

Redox OS Working On NVMe, USB 3.0, Theme Support

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 11:28am
For those interested in the Rust-written Redox OS open-source operating system project, a brief status update was posted today...

OK, hyperconverged is the new black. But who's winning at it?

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 11:27am
Well... not Microsoft, Cisco or HPE, according to a consultant

A consultancy reports that Nutanix, Simplivity and VMware lead the SDS/HCI market, while Microsoft, Cisco and HPE lag behind.…

Qt 5.9 Alpha Released

Phoronix - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 11:15am
The Qt Company today announced the much-anticipated release of the Qt 5.9 Alpha...

Your IDE won't change, but YOU will: HELLO! Machine learning

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 11:05am
Sorry, Dave. I can’t do that – without an appropriate multi-GPU framework or Python library

Machine learning has become a buzzword. A branch of Artificial Intelligence, it adds marketing sparkle to everything from intrusion detection tools to business analytics. What is it, exactly, and how can you code it?…

Different judge, different verdict? Diageo's £54m SAP legal slap could have gone another way

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 10:28am
Ambiguous contract language didn't guarantee outcome

If you use software licensed by SAP, you had better read your licence. If you have not yet acquired SAP software, you should make sure you use an experienced IT licensing lawyer before contracting.…

Scientists Discover a Way To Get Every Last Drop of Ketchup Out of the Bottle

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 10:00am
Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes a report from BBC: Scientists in Boston have found a way to get every last drop of ketchup out of the bottle. They have developed a coating that makes bottle interiors super slippery. The coating can also be used to make it easier to squeeze out the contents of other containers, such as those holding toothpaste, cosmetics and even glue. The researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) believe that their innovation could dramatically reduce waste. In its manufacture, the container must first be coated on the inside with a rough surface. A very thin layer is then placed over this. And, finally, a liquid is added that fills in any troughs to form a very slippery surface -- like an oily floor. The ketchup hovers on top and just glides out of the bottle. According to Prof Kripa Varanasi, who developed the slippery surface, the technology is completely safe. "The cool thing about it is that because the coating is a composite of solid and liquid, it can be tailored to the product. So for food, we make the coating out of food-based materials and so you can actually eat it." schwit1 adds: "Pretty slick."

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 9:56am
We're working on it

Updated  The BBC has acknowledged that problems with the latest iPlayer software for PCs and Macs have left users unable to download shows to watch offline.…

Tosh doubles 64-layer 3D flash chip capacity with a bit of TLC

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 9:37am
1TB chip incoming

Toshiba has introduced its first 64-layer 3D NAND device that doubles the capacity of its 256Gb product to 512Gb using a TLC (3bits/cell) design.…

Oh UK. You won't switch mobile providers. And now look at you! £5.8bn you've lost

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 9:00am
Stop. We don't want to hear it, mutters uSwitch

Customers are losing £5.8bn per year by sticking with the same mobile supplier, according to research from comparison site uSwitch.…

From drugs to galaxy hunting, AI is elbowing its way into boffins' labs

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 8:34am
Machine learning is cropping up more and more in research papers – does it work?

Feature  Powerful artificially intelligent algorithms and models are all the rage. They're knocking it out of the park in language translation and image recognition, but autonomous cars and chatbots? Not so much.…

Intel scales Atom to 16 cores, updates Xeon SoCs

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 8:02am
The 5G internet of virtualized networked things is calling and Chipzilla wants to be ready

Intel's tossed out a batch of new products ahead of Mobile World Congress, all of them handy for internet of things applications operating on very fast wireless networks.…

Microsoft catches up to Valentine's Day Flash flaw massacre

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 7:34am
Critical update deals with five ways to do remote code execution on Windows

Microsoft's popped out a Security Update for Adobe Flash.…

Fitbit hit on Pebble kit cost just 20 million quid? Oh s**t!

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 7:04am
Wearables giant finally reveals cost of gobbling up and killing off rival hardware

Fitbit has confirmed the long-held belief that it scooped up rival wearables maker Pebble for a bargain basement price before murdering the watchmaker.…

NASA Scientists Propose New Definition of Planets, and Pluto Could Soon Be Back

Slashdot - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 7:00am
Rei writes: After several years of publicly complaining about the "bullshit" decision at the IAU redefining what comprises a planet, New Horizons program head Alan Stern and fellow planetary geologists have put forth a new definition which they seek to make official, basing planethood on hydrostatic equilibrium. Under this definition, in addition to Ceres, Pluto and other Kuiper Belt objects, large moons like Titan and Europa, as well as our own moon, would also become planets; "planet" would be a physical term, while "moon" would be an orbital term, and hence one can have a planetary moon, as well as planets that orbit other stars or no star at all (both prohibited under the current definition). The paper points out that planetary geologists already refer to such bodies as planets, citing examples such as a paper about Titan: "A planet-wide detached haze layer occurs between 300-350 km above the surface; the visible limb of the planet, where the vertical haze optical depth is 0.1, is about 220 km above the surface."

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Boffins exfiltrate data by blinking hard drives' LEDs

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 6:29am
Malware? Check. Camera? Check. Let's go sniff passwords

That roll of tape you use to cover the Webcam? Better use some of it on your hard-drive LED, because it can be a data exfiltration vector.…

HP Ink says ink sales are down but PC sales are up, up, up!

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 6:02am
No, you're not reading that wrong: PCs are selling better than since the XP upgrade rush

HP Inc has reported its first quarter results with a highlight being increased sales and revenue for PCs, but a dip for printer-related activities.…

Arris slaps down US$800m to buy Brocade's wireless bits

El Reg - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 5:03am
Broadcom waves farewell to what used to be Ruckus and the ICX switch business

Arris Technologies will buy Ruckus Wireless from Broadcom, for US$800m.…

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