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Broadwell Vulkan Performance Also Up After Recent Mesa Git Work

Phoronix - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 12:25pm
Yesterday I published a number of OpenGL/Vulkan benchmarks from Mesa Git in Mesa Git Delivering Faster Intel Vulkan Performance, Closer To OpenGL Driver Speed. Those tests were with Skylake desktop graphics so for some follow-up reference tests I also fired up Mesa Git on an Intel Broadwell ultrabook...

Phoney McPhoneface: The thrilling tale of ZTE's crowdsourced mobe

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 12:01pm
Or why the customer isn't always right

Engineers and designers hate committee-led engineering and design, hence the proverbial joke about the camel. And ZTE's effort to allow passing strangers to design and brand a new mobile device perhaps illustrates why.…

Ivy Bridge Patches For OpenGL 4.0 In Mesa Updated

Phoronix - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 11:51am
For those running older Intel "Ivy Bridge" hardware on Linux, OpenGL 4.0 support soon should arrive...

Google Developers Experiment With Plumbing Dartlang Into LLVM

Phoronix - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 11:41am
It's been a while since last hearing much excitement around Google's Dart programming language that's an alternative to JavaScript. This ECMA-approved language is now being used with IoT devices, can still be source-to-source compiled for JavaScript, and the latest is that the Google developers have been experimenting with wiring it into LLVM...

AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 11:32am
Yeah, just don't worry about the 100k plus you've tossed on the bonfire Meg

Cynics might say Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is on thin ice when discussing job preservation in the era of AI and robotics given her own track record, but that was the thrust of her speech at Davos.…

Intel GVT-G Starts Being Usable On Linux 4.10, But More Work Still Needed

Phoronix - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 11:24am
With the Linux 4.10 kernel there is initial mainline support for Intel GVT-G (Graphics Virtualization Technology) while it will become more usable in future updates...

CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 11:08am
Calls for benefits of foreign workers to be recognised

Employers have called for a "sensible" immigration programme to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.…

OpenIO, blind nano-nodes and coffee cup detection

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 10:51am
What you don’t know, you can’t look for - obviously

Interview  In a story about ARM-powered, Ethernet-addressed, object storing disk drives, I said such drives couldn’t carry out image searches at a drive-level because they would be operating "blindfolded". OpenIO says “Rubbish” to that in a blog it wrote ( I exaggerate.)…

Revealed: How Nvidia's 'backseat driver' AI learned to read lips

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 10:02am
Driving assistant gives self-drivers a bit of Lip(Net)

When Nvidia popped the bonnet on its Co-Pilot "backseat driver" AI at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, most onlookers were struck by its ability to lip-read while tracking CES-going "motorists'" actions within the "car".…

Scientists Turn Docile Mice Into Ruthless Hunters

Slashdot - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 10:00am
BenBoy writes: A couple of years ago, a story surfaced about smarter mice: Scientists Create Super-intelligent Mice, Discover They're Also Very Laid Back. Well, implicit challenge accepted! 2017 brings us a report from Cell, via The Scientist: "Neural circuits in the amygdala are responsible for predatory behavior in mice, according to a study published January 12 in Cell. Using optogenetics, a technique that uses light to turn neural circuits on and off, a group of researchers led by neuroscientist Ivan de Araujo of Yale University was able to turn docile mice into ruthless hunters. Earlier research revealed that the amygdala, an almond-shaped brain structure most commonly linked to fear, was active when rats were hunting and feeding. To see whether this brain region was actually controlling predatory behavior, Araujo and colleagues decided to use optogenetics to selectively activate specific neurons in mice, with light. When the researchers activated the amygdala, docile mice attacked everything from bottle caps to live insects. Even when there was no prey in sight, the mice displayed feeding behavior -- moving their jaws and lifted their paws as if holding a piece of food. Once the light was switched off, the animals went back to peacefully strolling around their cages." Nuclear death-mice are, we assume, right around the corner.

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Facebook pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 9:09am
Social giant works both sides of news street

National elections in the UK and US, and Britain's 2016 referendum on membership of the EU demonstrated the growing power of social media to swing views and win votes.…

Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 8:43am
Make a cup of tea - or a mocha - before you read this if you want a long and happy life

A cup of tea, coffee or even a mocha could extend your life, new research shows.…

Power Systems running IBM's VIOS virtualisation need a patch and reboot

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 8:18am
Unless you're willing to tolerate the chance of data corruption

IBM on Saturday slipped out news of a nasty bug in its VIOS, its Virtual I/O Server that offers virtualisation services on Power Systems under AIX.…

Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 7:58am
FUDalicious post argues ancient security features are just too risky

Microsoft Germany has argued that Windows 7 is no longer "fit" to be used in business.…

Search for MH370 called off after new theory about resting place is ruled out

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 7:38am
Australia, Malaysia and China say no new information on plane's location has been found

Australia, Malaysia and China have suspended the search for missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370.…

Devs reverse-engineer 16,000 Android apps, find secrets and keys to AWS accounts

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 7:20am
It's 2017 and developers are still doing really dumb things

A security firm has reverse engineered 16,000 Android apps on Google's Play store and found that over 304 contain sensitive secret keys.…

Japanese Spacecraft Spots Massive Gravity Wave In Venus' Atmosphere

Slashdot - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 7:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Japanese probe Akatsuki has observed a massive gravity wave in the atmosphere of Venus. This is not the first time such a wave was observed on the Solar System's second planet, but it is the largest ever recorded, stretching just over 6,000 miles from end to end. Its features also suggest that the dynamics of Venus' atmosphere are more complex than previously thought. An atmospheric gravity wave is a ripple in the density of a planet's atmosphere, according to the European Space Agency. Akatsuki spotted this particular gravity wave, described in a paper published today in Nature Geoscience, when the probe arrived at the planet on December 7th, 2015. The spacecraft then lost sight of it on December 12th, 2015, because of a change in Akatsuki's orbit. When the probe returned to a position to observe the bow-shaped structure on January 15th, 2016, the bright wave had vanished. What sets the huge December wave apart from previously discovered ones is that it appeared to be stationary above a mountainous region on the planet's surface, despite the background atmospheric winds. The study's authors believe that the bright structure is the result of a gravity wave that was formed in the lower atmosphere as it flowed over the planet's mountainous terrain. It's not clear how the wave exactly propagates to the planet's upper atmosphere, where clouds rotate faster than the planets itself -- four days instead of the 243 days it takes Venus to rotate once.

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Dodgy Dutch developer built backdoors into thousands of sites

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 6:54am
Then hoovered out users' personal data, stole identities galore and spent up big

Update  Dutch police are this week warning 20,000 users that their email accounts were hacked after a malicious web developer left backdoors in the sites he built.…

Auto emissions 'cheatware' scandal sparks war of words between Italy, Germany

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 6:33am
EPA's allegations against Fiat Chrysler become sweary international incident

The latest “cheatware” scandal to rock the auto industry has escalated to cause inter-government tension, with Germany and Italy trading snipes over Fiat Chrysler's claims about emissions.…

Japan tries to launch satellite on rocket the size of a telegraph pole

El Reg - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 6:00am
And fails: the launcher's second stage failed to ignite so it ditched into the sea

From plants to pocket-sized radios, Japan has a long history of miniaturisation, but its first attempt to shrink a satellite-launching rocket has ended with the launcher ditching into the sea.…