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UK.gov delays biometrics strategy again - but cops will STILL USE the tech

TheRegister - 2 hours 23 min ago
Tech's too 'fast moving' for framework, but not for slurping your face

The Home Office has admitted the UK’s biometrics strategy won't be published until next year, as MPs slam an "unacceptable" delay of more than five years.…

Chromebooks and Office 365 together will challenge Windows laptops

LXer - 2 hours 49 min ago
With Microsoft porting Office 365 to Chromebooks, a big reason to stick with Windows has gone out the door.

Sons of Sun DriveScale tempt cloud-lovers with composable infrastructure rig

TheRegister - 2 hours 53 min ago
Adventures in on-premises hyperscale rackland

Analysis Composable infrastructure startup DriveScale believes composability is not primarily about hardware. Its CEO told us: "Hardware doesn’t drive software any more" and "SoCs are everywhere now", so "use the network as your backplane" because "100Gbit Ethernet is faster than PCIe 4 lane".…

Gemalto spurns €4.3bn proposal. So we're in with a chance then, says Atos

TheRegister - 3 hours 21 min ago
You say you're not into us. Let's 'dialogue' over dinner

Dutch security biz Gemalto has spurned outsourcing giant Atos' unsolicited offer of a €4.3bn (£3.79bn) buyout describing the proposal as "opportunistic".…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Has Critics In Raptures

Slashdot - 3 hours 56 min ago
gollum123 shares a report from BBC: "Rousing." "Thrilling." "Addictively bold." Just a few of the superlatives the critics are using to describe the latest film in the Star Wars saga. The Last Jedi, writes the Telegraph, is "enormous fun" and "will leave fans beaming with surprise." The Guardian calls it "an explosive sugar rush of spectacle" possessing "a tidal wave of energy and emotion." Variety, though, swims against the tide, describing it as "the longest and least essential chapter in the series." Rian Johnson's film, says Peter Debruge, is "ultimately a disappointment" that "gives in to the same winking self-parody that is poisoning other franchises of late." Writing in The Verge, Tasha Robinson tends to agree: "Audiences will likely come away from The Last Jedi with a lot of complaints and questions." Driver's Kylo Ren is singled out for praise by USA Today, who describe the character as "blockbuster cinema's most magnetic and unpredictable antagonist since Heath Ledger's Dark Knight Joker." Have you seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi? If so, how do you think it stacks up against the others in the saga?

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6 open source home automation tools

LXer - 4 hours 9 min ago
Editor[he]#039[/he]s note: This article was originally published in March 2016 and has been updated to include additional options and information.

EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July

TheRegister - 4 hours 21 min ago
You guys OK with paper print-outs for the next eight months?

EE Business Broadband customers will have to make do with old-fashioned paper print-outs for the next eight months because the firm's online portal is down.…

Disk drives spin, are you listening? In the lane, servers glistening...

TheRegister - 4 hours 53 min ago
Walking in a storage wonderland – the top 10 news stories of the year

Analysis It's been a crazy storage news year with a furious blitz of announcements and events, some of which stand out more than others.…

Server Edition of Fedora 27 Linux Is Finally Here, but It Lacks Modularity

LXer - 5 hours 29 min ago
One month after the launch of the Fedora 27 Linux operating system, the Fedora Project announced the release of Fedora 27 Server edition, but it's not what you might have expected.

So what happened with the patent judge and the Euro Patent Office?

TheRegister - 5 hours 54 min ago
You won't believe this but it's a mess

Despite having been repeatedly criticized for abusing his position amid the suspension of a patent judge, the president of the European Patent Office (EPO) is seemingly still using the organization's secretive nature to influence the affair.…

NIST Releases New Cybersecurity Framework Draft

LXer - 6 hours 49 min ago
Updated version includes changes to some existing guidelines - and adds some new ones. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the second draft of a proposed update to the national Cybersecurity Framework of 2014.

IETF protects privacy and helps net neutrality with DNS over HTTPs

TheRegister - 6 hours 52 min ago
Yes, this really is called DOH, but this one's far from a face palm

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken the first steps towards a better way of protecting users' DNS queries and incidentally made a useful contribution to making neutrality part of the 'net's infrastructure instead of the plaything of ISPs.…

Solar Power and Batteries Are Encroaching On Natural Gas In Energy Production

Slashdot - 6 hours 56 min ago
Socguy writes: The relentless downward march in cost of both solar and battery storage is poised to displace 10GW worth of natural gas peaker plant electricity production in the U.S. by 2027. Already we are seeing the net cost of combined solar and batteries cheaper than the equivalent natural gas peaker plant. Some particularly aggressive estimates from major energy companies predict that we may not see another natural gas peaker plant built in the U.S. after 2020. GE has already responded to the weakness in the gas turbine market by laying off 12,000 workers. Further reading available via Greentech Media.

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Please, please, c'mon, just... please, pretty please, just, like, please use our AI – Microsoft

TheRegister - 7 hours 50 min ago
Cortana, Office, Bing, Azure get machine-learning boost

Microsoft has bunged a load of AI-powered features into its software – from Azure and Office 365 to Bing and Cortana.…

How to update ONLYOFFICE to version 9.5 with Docker

LXer - 8 hours 9 min ago
In this tutorial we'll learn how to easily update ONLYOFFICE Community Server to the latest version using Docker. ONLYOFFICE is an open source solution that combines powerful online document editors and broad collaborative capabilities: mail, CRM, projects, calendar, and community among them.

Reminder: Vast majority of serfs toiling away as Mechanical Turks for megabucks Amazon earn less than min wage

TheRegister - 8 hours 53 min ago
$2 an hour? Jeez, thanks, Jeff

People wanted for tedious work. Low wages, variable hours, location flexible. Career growth doubtful. Not much in the way of recognition or thanks.…

Ubucon Europe 2018 Ubuntu Conference Announced for 27-29 April in Xixón, Spain

LXer - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 22:26
The organizers of the Ubucon Europe conference for Ubuntu Linux users, contributors and developers announced the official dates next year's Ubucon Europe 2018 event.

Microsoft plans Hyper-V-and-other-clouds-to-Azure migration tool

TheRegister - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 22:20
VMware-to-Azure was just the beginning

Microsoft has revealed the Azure Migrate tool it announced as supporting lift and shift from on-prem vSphere to Azure will also become capable of doing the same for on-premises Hyper-V applications and applications in rival clouds. But the company’s stayed schtum about the identity of the mystery VMware partner that has helped it build its bare metal VMware service in Azure.…

Google boffins tease custom AI math-chip TPU2 stats: 45 TFLOPS, 16GB HBM, benchmarks

TheRegister - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:43
Missing key info, take with a pinch of salt, YMMV

If you've been curious about the potential performance of Google's TPU2 – its second-generation custom neural-network math acceleration chip – well, here's an early Christmas present.…

Author of BrickerBot Malware Retires, Says He Bricked 10 Million IoT Devices

Slashdot - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:30
An anonymous reader writes: The author of BrickerBot -- the malware that bricks IoT devices -- has announced his retirement in an email to Bleeping Computer, also claiming to have bricked over 10 million devices since he started the "Internet Chemotherapy" project in November 2016. Similar to the authors of the Mirai malware, the BrickerBot developer dumped his malware's source code online, allowing other crooks to profit from his code. The code is said to contain at least one zero-day. In a farewell message left on hundreds of hacked routers, the BrickerBot author also published a list of incidents (ISP downtimes) he caused, while also admitting he is likely to have drawn the attention of law enforcement agencies. "There's also only so long that I can keep doing something like this before the government types are able to correlate my likely network routes (I have already been active for far too long to remain safe). For a while now my worst-case scenario hasn't been going to jail, but simply vanishing in the middle of the night as soon as some unpleasant government figures out who I am," the hacker said.

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