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UK gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

TheRegister - 9 hours 57 min ago
'Failure of in-branch services have all the hallmarks of an IT meltdown,' says Nicky Morgan

The government is demanding urgent answers over a botched systems upgrade at TSB that has locked out up to 1.9 million customers.…

Ex-Nimble CEO grabs controls at microservices monitoring biz Sysdig

TheRegister - 10 hours 25 sec ago
Can Suresh Vasudevan scale up and flog another startup?

Ex-Nimble top dog Suresh Vasudevan is the new president and CEO of container intelligence outfit Sysdig.…

Netflix, Amazon, and Major Studios Try To Shut Down $20-Per-Month TV Service

Slashdot - 10 hours 8 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Netflix, Amazon, and the major film studios have once again joined forces to sue the maker of a TV service and hardware device, alleging that the products are designed to illegally stream copyrighted videos. The lawsuit was filed against the company behind Set TV, which sells a $20-per-month TV service with more than 500 channels. "Defendants market and sell subscriptions to 'Setvnow,' a software application that Defendants urge their customers to use as a tool for the mass infringement of Plaintiffs' copyrighted motion pictures and television shows," the complaint says. Besides Netflix and Amazon, the plaintiffs are Columbia Pictures, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. The complaint was filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The companies are asking for permanent injunctions to prevent further distribution of Set TV software and devices, the impoundment of Set TV devices, and for damages including the defendants' profits.

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In not terrifying news at all, Google just keeps on growing: Revenue, profit, headcount up

TheRegister - 10 hours 13 min ago
Q1 tax rate plunge, cost of traffic to feed ad machine jumps

Google's parent company Alphabet has notched up another quarter (PDF) of swollen sales for Q1 2018, revealing the outcome of investments like its stake in Uber.…

Introduction to the Doctrine ORM and data mapper pattern in php

LXer - 10 hours 18 min ago
In this tutorial we will see how to take our first steps with Doctrine, a data mapper pattern implementation that is part of the Symfony php framework, but can also be used on its own.

Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...

TheRegister - 10 hours 43 min ago
... When he got there, the cupboard was bare... Microsoft: No it's not. Whew!

Microsoft's US store appeared to have finally sold out of the Seattle software maker's relatively unloved mobile phone last week, but Redmond may yet find a few more hidden behind the sofa.…

Userspace Networking with DPDK

LXer - 11 hours 32 min ago
DPDK is a fully open-source project that operates in userspace.It's a multi-vendor and multi-architecture project, and it aims at achieving high I/O performance and reaching high packet processing rates, which aresome of the most important features in the networking arena. It was created byIntel in 2010 and moved to the Linux Foundationin April 2017.

The Agile and the Continuous: Database Drift ... Neat film title but something to avoid

TheRegister - 11 hours 40 min ago
Devs: Talk to your friendly neighbourhood DBA

In DevOps the talk is of development and operations, of continuous pipelines and agile updates, of rolling out builds. But it often overlooks something rather critical – the database.…

Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

TheRegister - 12 hours 6 min ago
Use iOS or Android, says Redmond, as telephony APIs sprout in Windows

Microsoft’s given users of its collaboration apps on Windows Phone under a month’s warning of their demise.…

Scratch Earth-killer asteroid off your list of existential threats

TheRegister - 12 hours 36 min ago
NASA's fourth release of 'roid-hunting data finds a couple of comets, no dangerous rocks

Video NASA's fourth release of data from its NEOWISE asteroid-hunter may well come as a relief, as it's again failed to spot a rock worthy of Bruce Willis' attention.…

New Terminal App in Chome OS Hints at Upcoming Support for Linux Applications

LXer - 12 hours 47 min ago
More evidence popped up recently that Google might be working on implementing support for Linux program on its Linux-based Chrome OS operating system for Chromebooks.

IETF: GDPR compliance means caring about what's in your logfiles

TheRegister - 13 hours 6 min ago
Don't log too much, nor keep the files for too long, to stay on right side of Euro privacy rules

Sysadmins: while you're busy getting ready for the GDPR-regulated world, don't forget what your servers are storing in their logfiles.…

Mosaic, the First HTML Browser That Could Display Images Alongside Text, Turns 25

Slashdot - 13 hours 8 min ago
NCSA Mosaic 1.0, the first web browser to achieve popularity among the general public, was released on April 22, 1993. It was developed by a team of students at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and had the ability to display text and images inline, meaning you could put pictures and text on the same page together, in the same window. Wired reports: It was a radical step forward for the web, which was at that point, a rather dull experience. It took the boring "document" layout of your standard web page and transformed it into something much more visually exciting, like a magazine. And, wow, it was easy. If you wanted to go somewhere, you just clicked. Links were blue and underlined, easy to pick out. You could follow your own virtual trail of breadcrumbs backwards by clicking the big button up there in the corner. At the time of its release, NCSA Mosaic was free software, but it was available only on Unix. That made it common at universities and institutions, but not on Windows desktops in people's homes. The NCSA team put out Windows and Mac versions in late 1993. They were also released under a noncommercial software license, meaning people at home could download it for free. The installer was very simple, making it easy for just about anyone to get up and running on the web. It was then that the excitement really began to spread. Mosaic made the web come to life with color and images, something that, for many people, finally provided the online experience they were missing. It made the web a pleasure to use.

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Massive cyber attack targets mid-Atlantic nation 'Berylia'

TheRegister - 14 hours 6 min ago
NATO exercise offers the chance to test full chain of cyber-defence command

NATO and assorted partners have unleashed a massive cyber-attack on the fictional country of Berylia to test their ability to defend critical infrastructure against outside attacks.…

Information-Centric Networking boffins celebrate successful Cypriot trial

TheRegister - 15 hours 6 min ago
Live-traffic gives information-centric networking a boost

Information-Centric Networking (ICN) over IP has taken another step towards deployment, with a trial conducted at the end of 2017 declared a success.…

How Netflix handles failovers, Anaconda, Linux command-line tricks, Python datetime libraries, GDPR, microservices, and more

LXer - 15 hours 15 min ago
With more than 12,000 page views, Amjith Ramanujam[he]#039[/he]s article on how Netflix does failovers in 7 minutes flat was our runaway hit last week.

Raspberry Pi DAC HAT has dual 24-Bit DACs and a 128dB SNR

LXer - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:38
Orchard Audio’s “ApplePi DAC” audio HAT add-on for the Raspberry Pi is available for $175 on Kickstarter, featuring two 24-bit TI PCM1794A monoaural DACs, a 128dB SNR, and both balanced and unbalanced outputs.

Cow Could Soon Be Largest Land Mammal Left Due To Human Activity, Says Study

Slashdot - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The cow could be left as the biggest land mammal on Earth in a few centuries, according to a new study that examines the extinction of large mammals as humans spread around the world. The spread of hominims -- early humans and related species such as Neanderthals -- from Africa thousands of years ago coincided with the extinction of megafauna such as the mammoth, the sabre-toothed tiger and the glyptodon, an armadillo-like creature the size of a car. "There is a very clear pattern of size-biased extinction that follows the migration of hominims out of Africa," the study's lead author, Felisa Smith, of the University of New Mexico, said of the study published in the journal Science on Thursday. Humans apparently targeted big species for meat, while smaller creatures such as rodents escaped, according the report, which examined trends over 125,000 years. In North America, for instance, the mean body mass of land-based mammals has shrunk to 7.6kg (17lb) from 98kg after humans arrived. If the trend continues "the largest mammal on Earth in a few hundred years may well be a domestic cow at about 900kg", the researchers wrote. That would mean the loss of elephants, giraffes and hippos. In March, the world's last male northern white rhino died in Kenya.

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SAP 404s sap.com blog post that said it's fallen behind on SaaS subs

TheRegister - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:58
Partner-penned post said SAP might be as good as Google or IBM ... one day

Well this is awkward: SAP appears to have canned a blog post that appeared on SAP.com that said the company is struggling to win subscription revenue and is not yet the natural choice to house cloudy ERP.…

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