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Bitcoin Surges 10% To All-Time High Above $2,700, Has Now Doubled in May

Slashdot - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 2:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: In another intraday jump of more than $200, bitcoin surged to a record Thursday on strong Asian demand overnight. Bitcoin jumped more than 10 percent to an all-time high of $2,752.07, more than twice its April 30 price of $1,347.96 according to CoinDesk. The digital currency last traded near $2,726. At Thursday's record, Bitcoin has now gained more than 45 percent since last Thursday and more than 180 percent for the year so far. "There is no question that we are in the middle of a price frenzy," said Brian Kelly of BKCM, in a note to clients Thursday. "There will be a correction and it could be severe, but it's unclear if that correction will start from current prices of $2700 or from some place much higher."

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 1:34pm
Streaming service argues it'll result in lower quality work

The European Parliament has set content quotas for OTT video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime even higher than the Commission originally wanted. 30 per cent of the services' catalog must be European works, Parliament has decreed.…

Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 1:01pm
Heathrow flights were diverted to avoid errant UAVs

A pair of errant drones over East London caused so much airspace disruption that flights to Heathrow had to be diverted for fear of collision, it has emerged.…

How Facebook Flouts Holocaust Denial Laws Except Where It Fears Being Sued

Slashdot - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Facebook's policies on Holocaust denial will come under fresh scrutiny following the leak of documents that show moderators are being told not to remove this content in most of the countries where it is illegal. The files explain that moderators should take down Holocaust denial material in only four of the 14 countries where it is outlawed. One document says the company "does not welcome local law that stands as an obstacle to an open and connected world" and will only consider blocking or hiding Holocaust denial messages and photographs if "we face the risk of getting blocked in a country or a legal risk." A picture of a concentration camp with the caption "Never again Believe the Lies" was permissible if posted anywhere other than the four countries in which Facebook fears legal action, one document explains. Facebook contested the figures but declined to elaborate. Documents show Facebook has told moderators to remove dehumanizing speech or any "calls for violence" against refugees. Content "that says migrants should face a firing squad or compares them to animals, criminals or filth" also violate its guidelines. But it adds: "As a quasi-protected category, they will not have the full protections of our hate speech policy because we want to allow people to have broad discussions on migrants and immigration which is a hot topic in upcoming elections." The definitions are set out in training manuals provided by Facebook to the teams of moderators who review material that has been flagged by users of the social media service. The documents explain the rules and guidelines the company applies to hate speech and "locally illegal content," with particular reference to Holocaust denial. One 16-page training manual explains Facebook will only hide or remove Holocaust denial content in four countries -- France, Germany, Israel and Austria. The document says this is not on grounds of taste, but because the company fears it might get sued.

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Nokia's retro revival 3310 goes on sale and disappears immediately

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 12:29pm
People must really love Snake

If you blinked, you missed it.…

Info commish: One year to go and businesses still not ready for GDPR

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 12:03pm
Thought £400k TalkTalk fine was big? Try €20m

Companies are unprepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force a year today, and some small businesses "might not even know" a new regime is looming, the UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has warned.…

Lenovo UK boss pulls the chain, flushes himself out of there

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 11:42am
Wang gets the call to arms, stands to attention

Exclusive  Lenovo UK boss John Harber has quit just 15 months after taking the hot seat, El Reg can confirm.…

More OpenACC 2.5 Code Lands In GCC

Phoronix - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 11:15am
More code for supporting the OpenACC 2.5 specification has been landing in mainline GCC...

'Cloak and dagger' vuln rolls critical hit against latest Android versions

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 11:08am
Malicious combination of legitimate permissions

Updated  A distinct class of Android vulnerability has been unearthed by computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.…

Intel Opens Up Compute Library for Deep Neural Networks

Phoronix - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 10:22am
Intel's 01.org has open-sourced a new Compute Library for Deep Neural Networks (clDNN)...

The joy and the pain of buying IT

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 10:02am
Those bloody procurement guys did what?

Study  You, dear readers, continually tell us in surveys how hard it is to get the investment needed to help you do your jobs effectively. Regardless of the topic – core infrastructure, middleware, management tools, etc – it’s common to hear stories of execs not "getting it", while expecting IT to muddle through as more pressure is piled onto already stretched teams.…

8 In 10 People Now See Climate Change As a 'Catastrophic Risk,' Says Survey

Slashdot - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Thomas Reuters Foundation: Nearly nine in 10 people say they are ready to make changes to their standard of living if it would prevent future climate catastrophe, a survey on global threats found Wednesday. The survey of more than 8,000 people in eight countries -- the United States, China, India, Britain, Australia, Brazil, South Africa and Germany -- found that 84 percent of people now consider climate change a "global catastrophic risk." That puts worry about climate change only slightly behind fears about large-scale environmental damage and the threat of politically motivated violence escalating into war, according to the Global Challenges Foundation, which commissioned the Global Catastrophic Risks 2017 report. The survey, released in advance of this week's G7 summit of advanced economies in Italy, also found that 85 percent of people think the United Nations needs reforms to be better equipped to address global threats. About 70 percent of those surveyed said they think it may be time to create a new global organization -- with power to enforce its decisions -- specifically designed to deal with a wide range of global risks. Nearly 60 percent said they would be prepared to have their country give up some level of sovereignty to make that happen.

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Mesa 17.1.1 Released

Phoronix - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 9:58am
Emil Velikov has announced the availability of Mesa 17.1.1 as the first point release to this quarter's big Mesa 17.1 package...

Khronos UK Video Livestream Today About Vulkan

Phoronix - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 9:46am
ARM and Khronos UK are hosting a series of technical sessions today about the Vulkan graphics API and porting games to it...

Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 9:01am
Elementary OS, my dear penguin?

With the death of Unity, Canonical will focus more attention on Ubuntu servers, Ubuntu in the cloud and Ubuntu in the so-called Internet of Things.…

Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 8:38am
The roots of multithreaded rendering software

Star Wars New Hope @ 40  In the 40 years since the release of the original Star Wars, special effects have changed beyond recognition.…

Your roadmap to the Google vs Oracle Java wars

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 8:01am
'It is happening again'

Analysis  The final lap nears in Oracle's epic seven year battle with Google over Java. It's reached the Federal Appeals Circuit, where Oracle is confident that three appeals judges with a strong track record of upholding IP will decide in its favour.…

RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 7:32am
Greg Gianforte loses it on election eve

Until Wednesday, Greg Gianforte's life had followed a lovely script: he twice sold software companies for millions, the second time for US$1.5bn when Oracle acquired CRM company RightNow Technologies.…

DARPA orders spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days

El Reg - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 7:00am
Boeing to build 'Phantom Express' on heir to Space Shuttle's main engine

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has commissioned Boeing to build a spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days.…

Boeing Will Make the Military's New Hypersonic Spaceplane

Slashdot - Thu, 25/05/2017 - 7:00am
The Department of Defense has selected Boeing to make a new hypersonic spaceplane that can be reused frequently over a short period of time to deliver multiple satellites into orbit. "DARPA, the agency that tests new advanced technologies for the military, has picked Boeing's design concept, called the Phantom Express, to move forward as part of the agency's Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program," reports The Verge. From the report: The goal of DARPA's XS-1 program is to create a spacecraft that's something of a hybrid between an airplane and a traditional vertical rocket. The spaceplane is meant to take off vertically and fly uncrewed to high altitudes above Earth. From there, the vehicle will release a mini-rocket -- a booster with an engine that can propel a satellite weighing up to 3,000 pounds into orbit. As the booster deploys the satellite, the spaceplane will then land back on Earth horizontally just like a normal airplane -- and then be fueled up for its next mission. DARPA wants the turnaround time between flights to last just a few hours. But perhaps the most audacious goal is the price DARPA wants for each flight. The agency is aiming for the spaceplane to cost $5 million per mission, a significant bargain considering most orbital rockets cost tens to hundreds of millions of dollars to launch. And Boeing says it's up to the task. "Phantom Express is designed to disrupt and transform the satellite launch process as we know it today, creating a new, on-demand space-launch capability that can be achieved more affordably and with less risk," Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, said in a statement.

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