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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...

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.…