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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.…

UK digi strategy on ice post Brexit results - sources

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 8:02am
Q: Just how do we untangle Gov.UK systems from the EU regs and policy? A: Messily

BREXIT  The UK government's long-awaited digital strategy has been put on ice following the landmark EU referendum decision last week, The Register has learnt.…

New 'Civilization' Game Will Be Sold To Schools As An Educational Tool

Slashdot - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 7:33am
An anonymous reader writes: In the fall of 2017, a special version of Civilization V will be made available for schools to use as an educational tool. "CivilizationEDU will provide students with the opportunity to think critically and create historical events, consider and evaluate the geographical ramifications of their economic and technological decisions, and to engage in systems thinking and experiment with the causal/correlative relationships between military, technology, political and socioeconomic development," announced Take-Two Interactive Software. "We are incredibly proud to lend one of our industry's most beloved series to educators to use as a resource to inspire and engage students further..." said the company's CEO. "I can't think of a better interactive experience to help challenge and shape the minds of tomorrow's leaders." Special lesson plans will be created around the game, and as an alternative to standardized tests teachers will have access to a dashboard showing each student's progress. Of course, this begs an important question: Are educational videogames a good idea?

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 7:30am
Passengers, crew evacuated safely

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 241 passengers and crew has caught fire at Changi Airport, but everybody was evacuated safely.…

Hackers peer into Uber passenger privates, find and plot trips on maps

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 7:05am
Brute force efforts reveal 1000 discount codes

Three hackers have found eight holes in Uber that can reveal user e-mail addresses, and found more than 1000 of valid coupon codes including one giving drivers $100 extra in fare rides.…

Down and out in the Middle Kingdom: Beijing is sinking

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 5:56am
Journey to the centre of the Earth

Beijing is one of the most water-stressed cities in the world, and research carried out using satellite interferometry shows one of the side-effects of that: the city is sinking.…

Broadcom plans quarter-BEEELION expansion in Malaysia

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 4:56am
Embiggening its operations in Penang

Broadcom is going to tip US$250 million into Malaysia, announcing plans to expand its operation in Penang.…

Lenovo Solution Center portal patched to shutter hacker god mode hole

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 3:56am
Hack hole turns pleb users to admin queens, kills AV to boot

Lenovo has patched a dangerous hole in its rebuilt Solution Center that could allow attackers to gain god mode access on hacked machines and to kill running processes including anti-virus.…

Wisconsin's Prison-Sentencing Algorithm Challenged in Court

Slashdot - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 3:33am
"Do you want a computer to help decide a convict's fate?" asks Engadget, telling the story of a Wisconsin convict who "claims that the justice system relied too heavily on its COMPAS algorithm to determine the likelihood of repeat offenses and sentenced him to six years in prison." Sentencing algorithms have apparently been in use for 10 years. His attorneys claim that the code is "full of holes," including secret criteria and generic decisions that aren't as individually tailored as they have to be. For instance, they'll skew predictions based on your gender or age -- how does that reflect the actual offender...? [T]he court challenge could force Wisconsin and other states to think about the weight they give to algorithms. While they do hold the promise of both preventing repeat offenses and avoiding excessive sentences for low-threat criminals, the American Civil Liberties Union is worried that they can amplify biases or make mistakes based on imperfect law enforcement data. The biggest issue seems to be a lack of transparency, which makes it impossible to determine whether convicts actually are receiving fair sentences.

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Countdown to Jupiter: Juno just seven days from orbit

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 2:56am
Rendezvous draws nigh

Juno is on the seven-day countdown to entering Jovian orbit, and it's going to be a wild ride.…

Medicos could be world's best security bypassers, study finds

El Reg - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 1:56am
Hospitals plastered with password sticky notes

Medicos are so adept at mitigating security controls that their bypassing exploits have become official policy, a university-backed study has revealed.…

Drivers Prefer Autonomous Cars That Don't Kill Them

Slashdot - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 1:34am
"A new study shows that most people prefer that self-driving cars be programmed to save the most people in the event of an accident, even if it kills the driver," reports Information Week. "Unless they are the drivers." Slashdot reader MojoKid quotes an article from Hot Hardware about the new study, which was published by Science magazine. So if there is just one passenger aboard a car, and the lives of 10 pedestrians are at stake, the survey participants were perfectly fine with a self-driving car "killing" its passenger to save many more lives in return. But on the flip side, these same participants said that if they were shopping for a car to purchase or were a passenger, they would prefer to be within a vehicle that would protect their lives by any means necessary. Participants also balked at the notion of the government stepping in to regulate the "morality brain" of self-driving cars. The article warns about a future where "a harsh AI reality may whittle the worth of our very existence down to simple, unemotional percentages in a computer's brain." MIT's Media Lab is now letting users judge for themselves, in a free online game called "Moral Machine" simulating the difficult decisions that might someday have to be made by an autonomous self-driving car.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Linux 4.7-rc5 Kernel Released

Phoronix - Mon, 27/06/2016 - 1:29am
The fifth weekly test release to the Linux 4.7 kernel is now available for testing...