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Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 12:27pm
Switch antitrust case rumbles on

A US court has agreed to dismiss most of Cisco's IP defences in its long-running antitrust dispute with rival Arista Networks; the latter had previously described them as "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane".…

Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 12:00pm
Sort out your safety policies... oh, and share all your travel info with us

Private-hire cab firms that want to operate in the UK capital will have to demonstrate how they protect riders' safety and data – and may still only get short-term licences, Transport for London has said.…

Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:38am
And publishers – have you thought of trying something new?

Analysis  Google's own ad-blocking initiative was introduced yesterday via its Chrome browser.…

Intel Open-Sources LLVM Graphics Compiler, Compute Runtime With OpenCL 2.1+

Phoronix - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:37am
Now it's clear why Intel hasn't been working on the Beignet code-base in months as they have been quietly working on a new and better OpenCL stack and run-time! On open-source Intel OpenCL you can now have OpenCL 2.1 while OpenCL 2.2 support is on the way...

Solus 4 To Offer Experimental GNOME Wayland Session, MATE UI Refresh

Phoronix - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:22am
The Solus Linux distribution has offered up some new details this week on their upcoming Solus 4 release...

DRI3 v1.1 Updated by Collabora For Modifiers & Multi-Plane Support

Phoronix - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:10am
As a sign that DRI3 v1.1 is hopefully ready to go, Louis-Francis Ratté-Boulianne of Collabora on Friday sent out his latest set of patches adding modifiers and multi-plane support to the Direct Rendering Infrastructure...

HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:05am
Apple suggests wiping your ROD and oiling your ring

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  My wife has a hairy tongue.…

China Reassigns 60,000 Soldiers To Plant Trees In Bid To Fight Pollution

Slashdot - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 10:00am
According to The Independent, citing the Asia Times, China has reassigned over 60,000 soldiers to plan trees in a bid to combat pollution by increasing the country's forest coverage. The soldiers are from the People's Liberation Army, along with some of the nation's armed police force. From the report: The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog which blankets the capital city. The idea is believed to be popular among members of online military forums as long as they can keep their ranks and entitlements. It comes as part of China's plan to plant at least 84,000 square kilometers (32,400 square miles) of trees by the end of the year, which is roughly equivalent to the size of Ireland. The aim is to increase the country's forest coverage from 21 per cent of its total landmass to 23 per cent by 2020, the China Daily newspaper reported.

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Should AI get to choose a topping in a two pizza team?

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 9:32am
How DevOps could be about to collide with machine learning

DevOps is finally getting somewhere. This year the term is ten years old and like most ten-year olds, DevOps is starting to show signs of puberty and cognitive maturity. According to analyst Forrester, this is being reflected in industry. In 2017, a Forrester survey found that over 50 per cent of organisations were to implement DevOps in some form or another, enough for the analyst to claim that 2018 is going to be the year of enterprise DevOps.…

Say HCI is an enhanced server. If you don't already sell 'em, it could be game over, man

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 9:04am
Where enterprise servers go, hyperconverged systems follow

Analysis  If hyperconverged systems are basically enhanced servers then HCI vendors with no server hardware or channel partnerships for their software are doomed.…

Microsoft's System Center successor edges closer to Hawaii 1-0

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 8:27am
Project Honolulu gets a second Tech Preview

Microsoft has offered Windows admins a second look at Project Honolulu, its web-based System Center successor.…

Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 8:01am
It's therefore safe to assume the notch is not going away any time soon

The Apple rumour mill has buzzed with speculation that less-than-completely-astounding sales of Cupertino's latest iPhone, the X, mean it might not be long for this world.…

If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:04am
Un-hinged user needed some basic education

On-Call  Welcome again to On-Call, in which The Register tries to liven up Fridays with reader-contributed stories of tech support traumas.…

Microsoft Launches LinkedIn-Powered Resume Assistant For Office 365 Subscribers

Slashdot - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:00am
Microsoft and LinkedIn have launched their Resume Assistant, a Word-integrated tool that aims to help you write your resume by suggesting work experience descriptions pulled from similar LinkedIn profiles and requirements from real job postings. "The feature is available to Microsoft Office 365 subscribers, but one does not need a LinkedIn account to use it," reports Quartz. From the report: What's more, when you're done, Resume Assistant promises to "surface relevant job opportunities for you directly within Microsoft Word." The tool is the newest product to come out of Microsoft's takeover of LinkedIn, the high price of which raised more questions than it answered. Industry analysts speculated that Microsoft might have more up its sleeve than just trying to snag more users -- offering companies an entire hiring, learning, and training package, perhaps.

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 6:11am
Everything we knew was a lie

The Andromeda galaxy is actually roughly the same size as the Milky Way, and may not engulf our galaxy when it is expected to collide in about four billion years time, according to new research.…

If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 5:02am
'Cognitive solutioning' kicks in when you ask Big Blue to solve tricky problems

Exclusive  IBM is not just telling the world it needs "cognitive" computing: the company has bet the future of its own services business on Watson-branded services.…

If IBM craters, blame Watson: It's writing RFP responses now

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 5:02am
If whatever you ask IBM to do isn't easy, 'cognitive solutioning' will sort you out

Exclusive  IBM is not just telling the world it needs "cognitive" computing: the company has bet the future of its own services business on Watson-branded services.…

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 4:02am
Data harvest notice will be checked by default

Poll  Desktop computers powered by future versions of Ubuntu GNU/Linux may collect information on the PCs – unless users opt out.…

Household Products Now Rival Cars As a Source of Air Pollution, Say Scientists

Slashdot - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 3:30am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Household cleaners, paints and perfumes have become substantial sources of urban air pollution as strict controls on vehicles have reduced road traffic emissions, scientists say. Researchers in the US looked at levels of synthetic "volatile organic compounds", or VOCs, in roadside air in Los Angeles and found that as much came from industrial and household products refined from petroleum as from vehicle exhaust pipes. The compounds are an important contributor to air pollution because when they waft into the atmosphere, they react with other chemicals to produce harmful ozone or fine particulate matter known as PM2.5. Ground level ozone can trigger breathing problems by making the airways constrict, while fine airborne particles drive heart and lung disease. Writing in the journal Science, De Gouw and others report that the amount of VOCs emitted from household and industrial products is two to three times higher than official US estimates suggest. The result is surprising since only about 5% of raw oil is turned into chemicals for consumer products, with 95% ending up as fuel.

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Russians behind bars in US after nicking $300m+ in credit-card hacks

El Reg - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 2:54am
Pair partly responsible for largest bank-card theft ring in American history

Two Russian criminals have been sent down in America after pleading guilty to helping run the largest credit-card hacking scam in US history.…