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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 11:28am
So cool we're even hosting them at RAF Brize Norton

Vladimir Putin's air force is flying strategic reconnaissance missions over the UK. Not only is the Ministry of Defence relaxed about it, they're even hosting the Russians in Oxfordshire. What's this all about?…

Here WeGo! Google Maps rival drops Maps branding

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 11:06am
Clever, huh?

Google’s only major consumer mapping rival, HERE, has dropped Maps from its app name in a bold rebranding exercise. After many hours in the Strategy Boutique, the map apps is now named after the ancient British football chant... Here We Go.…

O2 sales dip 9% as tight-fisted Brits cling to their old handsets

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 10:41am
Weak pound affects sales reporting in Blighty

Sales at O2 UK fell by 8.9 per cent to €3.46bn (£2.91bn) for the first half of the year, as customers opted to hang on to their old handsets rather than upgrade.…

ULA Interns Launch Record-Breaking 50-Foot Rocket

Slashdot - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 10:00am
schwit1 writes: A team of United Launch Alliance (ULA) interns, working in their spare time, have successfully launched the largest model rocket every built. Space.com reports: "On Sunday (July 24), ULA launched the 50-foot-tall (15.24 meters) Future Heavy rocket out of Fort Carson Army Post, breaking the record for 'the largest sport rocket launched anywhere in the world,' according to a statement from ULA. The Future Heavy is also notable because it was built entirely by company interns and their mentors. 'We like [our interns] to have a very realistic experience,' ULA President and CEO Tory Bruno told Space.com at the Space Symposium meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last April." Calling it a "model rocket" really isn't fair. The thing is big, and really ranks up there with many of the suborbital rockets NASA used to routinely fly out of Wallops Island. [The fact that] ULA has provided support for this effort again suggests that the leadership of Bruno is reshaping the company into a much more innovative and competitive company.

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Fork YOU! Sure, take the code. Then what?

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 9:39am
Why people matter in open source

Open source insider  There's an old adage in the open source world – if you don't like it, fork it. This advice, often given in a flippant manner, makes it seem like forking a piece of software is not a big deal.…

BT sees 35% sales gain as it digests hearty EE meal

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 8:56am
Look Ofcom, we're reforming Openreach OK. No need for legal split

Sales jumped by 35 per cent for BT's first quarter to £5.7bn, with profit before tax up 16 per cent to £802m - mainly due to its £12.5bn slurp of EE.…

Skyscape rebrands to UKCloud following legal challenge by Sky

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 8:31am
Prefers to avoid legal limbo

Hosting provider Skyscape is changing its name to UKCloud, following allegations from Sky that it has infringed the broadcaster's registered trademarks.…

I, for one, welcome your ship of FAIL

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 8:05am
Designing for hyperconvergence hyperconballsups

Hyperconvergence is one of those relatively new names for something that many of us having been doing for years: consolidating sprawling infrastructures into tight, largely virtualized setups that vastly reduce the number of devices one has to manage (not to mention the number of things to spend maintenance fees on, and the number of things that can go wrong).…

Flight sim records show MH370 captain practiced 'flight' near search area

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 7:42am
Might pretend airports favoured by flight sim fans defeat nefarious intent theories?

The Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) overseeing the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has confirmed the plane's captain simulated a flight over remote southern reaches of the Indian Ocean.…

Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 7:19am
Academic licence-holders get new education versions whether they want it or not

Microsoft has announced two new cuts of Windows 10, for schools.…

Bot-herders fire fake GPS co-ords at Niantic to collect Pokémon

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 7:04am
Pikachu, I spoof you!

Well, that didn't take long: Pokémon Go players with sore feet and a case of sitzlust* are sending virtual robots out into virtual reality to catch virtual creatures and bring them home.…

Tech Takes Its K-12 CS Education and Immigration Crisis To the DNC

Slashdot - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 7:00am
theodp writes: In early 2013, Code.org and FWD.us coincidentally emerged after Microsoft suggested tech's agenda could be furthered by creating a crisis linking U.S. kids' lack of computer science savvy to tech's need for tech worker visas. Three years later, CNET's Marguerite Reardon reports that tech took its K-12 computer science and immigration crisis to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, where representatives from Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon called for the federal government to invest in more STEM education and reform immigration policies -- recurring themes the industry hopes to influence in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. "We believe in the importance of high-skilled immigration coupled with investments in education," said Microsoft President Brad Smith, repeating the Microsoft National Talent Strategy. The mini-tech conference also received some coverage in the New Republic, where David Dayen argues that the DNC is one big corporate bride.

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HPE promises users Itanium server refresh next year. In Dutch!

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 6:27am
Unix? It's got YEARS left in it

HPE has told a news outlet in The Netherlands that it's pressing ahead with an Itanium refresh for 2017.…

Exclusive transcript: WikiLeaks reveals ass call from a zoo

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 5:58am
Leaked voicemail trove includes names and phone numbers from random callers to DNC

WikiLeaks has started to promote a subset of the documents retrieved from the Democratic National Convention (DNC) as “The DNC recordings”, offering the world 29 MP3 files retrieved from the DNC voice mail system. The Register's crack forensics team can reveal that one of the voice mails may be what experts refer to as “an ass call” and was probably made at a zoological garden.…

Tesla's splitting with sensor supplier

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 5:36am
Mobileye's new best friends are BMW and Intel, and Elon says he's not worried

Automotive motion-sensor outfit Mobileye has announced that it's broken up with 'leccy car-maker Tesla.…

Salesforce's data-losing NA14 instance is still a bit naughty

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 3:57am
It's up and down like the Assyrian Empire! Or at least rather wobbly

Salesforce.com's troubled NA14 instance has had another brownout, by our count the third in recent weeks.…

Tor Project Confirms Sexual Misconduct By Developer Jacob Appelbaum

Slashdot - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 3:30am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Tor Project, a nonprofit known for its online anonymity software, says it has verified claims that former employee Jacob Appelbaum engaged in "sexually aggressive behavior" with people inside and outside of its organization. "We have confirmed that the events did take place as reported," Shari Steele, Tor's executive director, tells The Verge. In a blog post today, Steele says that Tor began an investigation into Appelbaum's behavior after several people came forward with allegations of misconduct in late May. In a statement made in June, he said the allegations were "entirely false." He resigned from the Tor Project in May. "I want to thank all the people who broke the silence around Jacob's behavior," Steele writes. "It is because of you that this issue has now been addressed. I am grateful you spoke up, and I acknowledge and appreciate your courage." Steele says that Tor is now implementing a new anti-harassment policy, as well as a process for submitting complaints and having them reviewed. The changes will be put in place this week. Tor also announced last month that it would replace its entire board of directors.

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Plenty of fish in the C, IEEE finds in language popularity contest

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 2:52am
R: you ready for a top-ten spot?

It's no surprise that C and Java share the top two spots in the IEEE Spectrum's latest Interactive Top Programming Languages survey, but R at number five? That's a surprise.…

Qualcomm STEMs gender lawsuit with US$19.5 million

El Reg - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 1:46am
Class action engineers ways to pull down glass ceiling

Qualcomm has settled a gender discrimination lawsuit before it even made it to court.…

Tesla and Autopilot Supplier Mobileye Split Up After Fatal Crash

Slashdot - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 1:25am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Tesla and Mobileye, one of the top suppliers to its Autopilot partial self-driving system, are parting ways in the wake of the May accident that killed an owner of one of its electric Model S sedans. Mobileye is considered a leader in developing the equipment that will be needed for fully self-driving cars. The Israeli tech company will continue to support and maintain current Tesla products, including upgrades that should help the Autopilot system with crash avoidance and to better allow the car to steer itself, said Chairman Amnon Shashua in releasing the company's second-quarter earnings Tuesday. Shashua said moving cars to higher levels of self-driving capability "is a paradigm shift both in terms of function complexity and the need to ensure an extremely high level of safety." He added there is "much at stake" in terms of Mobileye's reputation, and that it is best to end the relationship with Tesla by the end of the year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, meeting with reporters at the company's new battery Gigafactory outside Reno, indicated that Tesla can go forward without Mobileye. "Us parting ways was somewhat inevitable. There's nothing unexpected here from our standpoint," Musk said. "We're committed to autonomy. They'll go their way, and we'll go ours."

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