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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

TheRegister - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 01:03
So the support company fired the user. Twice. And doubled its fees too

On-Call Welcome once more to On-Call, The Register’s weekly reader-contributed story of tech support trauma.…

Galaxy Without Any Dark Matter Baffles Astronomers

Slashdot - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 01:00
A distant galaxy that appears completely devoid of dark matter has baffled astronomers and deepened the mystery of the universe's most elusive substance. The Guardian reports: The absence of dark matter from a small patch of sky might appear to be a non-problem, given that astronomers have never directly observed dark matter anywhere. However, most current theories of the universe suggest that everywhere that ordinary matter is found, dark matter ought to be lurking too, making the newly observed galaxy an odd exception. Dark matter's existence is inferred from its gravitational influence on visible objects, which suggests it dominates over ordinary matter by a ratio of 5:1. Some of the clearest evidence comes from tracking stars in the outer regions of galaxies, which consistently appear to be orbiting faster than their escape velocity, the threshold speed at which they ought to break free of the gravitational binds holding them in place and slingshot into space. This suggests there is unseen, but substantial, mass holding stars in orbit. In the Milky Way there is about 30 times more dark matter than normal matter. The latest observations focused on an ultra-diffuse galaxy -- ghostly galaxies that are large but have hardly any stars -- called NGC 1052-DF2. The team tracked the motions of 10 bright star clusters and found that they were traveling way below the velocities expected. The velocities gave an upper estimate for the galactic mass of 400 times lower than expected. The researchers described their discovery in the journal Nature.

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Configure Magento 2 to use Varnish on CentOS 7

LXer - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 00:37
In the first post, we installed Magento 2 on our CentOS 7 machine. In the second post of this series, we will cover installing and configuring Varnish to make our Magento store super fast.

SUSE bakes a Raspberry Pi-powered GNU/Linux Enterprise Server

TheRegister - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 00:26
Industry can have a slice of steaming supported stability ... if it can afford to pay

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 (SLES) has been released for the diminutive Raspberry Pi computer.…

SUSE bakes a Raspberry Pi-powered GNU/Linux Enterprise Server

TheRegister - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 00:26
Industry can have a slice of steaming supported stability ... if it can afford to pay

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 (SLES) has been released for the diminutive Raspberry Pi computer.…

Boffins laugh in the face of Twitter's API limits. Now they can slurp info to their hearts' content

TheRegister - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 00:04
Why pay for the firehose when you can make your own?

While politicians and the public demand Facebook dam its indiscriminate dispensation of data, academics want to open the social network info-spigot wider still.…

Well that went well: Polycom sold for the same figure it fetched two years ago

TheRegister - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 23:28
Plantronics is new owner after private equity outfit offloads

Lawyers are expensive at the best of times. Perhaps that’s why two acquisitions have closed just before the Easter long weekend?…

Solomon Hykes, Dockers founder, leaves day-to-day running of container company

LXer - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 23:22
The face of Docker, the leading container company, Solomon Hykes, is stepping down. Insiders knew this had been coming for months, but today, Solomon Hykes, Docker's founder, announced he was leaving day-to-day work at the leading container company.

Six months on, and let's check in on those 'stuttering' Windows 10 PCs. Yep, still stuttering

TheRegister - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 23:01
Gamers say performance woes haven't been addressed as Spring Creators Update looms

A long-running glitch affecting some Windows 10 PCs continues to annoy gamers more than half a year after it was supposedly fixed.…

Google Makes It Easier for Chrome Users to Stream Local Video and Audio Files

LXer - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 22:08
Chrome users who usually cast audio and video files to Chromecast or similar Cast devices will soon experience a much more straightforward and accessible streaming method.

SYN-SYN-ACK - Your networking news roundup has arrived!

TheRegister - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 22:02
Aruba's AI moves, Marvell and Nvidia vehicle tech, and yes, the Open Networking Summit

Network admins: unpatched MikroTik routers are being scanned by a botnet again.…

VR Researchers Manipulate Human Visual System To Create An Infinite Corridor In a Fixed Space

Slashdot - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 21:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Road to VR: This video showcases a new redirected walking implementation project that creates an "unlimited" virtual corridor in a space just 5 x 7 meters in size. Redirected walking (RDW) is a technique which aims to maximize the physical space of a virtual reality play space by tricking your senses. Or, "strongly modifying spatial perception" so that your mind believes, for example, that you're body is traveling in a straight line where in reality, it's traversing a carefully calculated curved course to keep that play space small. At SIGGRAPH last week, a project developed in part by Unity Product Evangelist and Education Lead Yohei Yanase at the University of Tokyo was present, featuring a new "Visuo-Haptic" VR experience which claims to create the illusion via an infinite virtual corridor within an actual physical play space of just 5 x 7 meters in size. "It works by strongly modifying spatial perception, all while avoiding the typical "reorientation" manipulation methods that most often cause VR motion sickness," states a press release, "And it's designed to let multiple people experience it simultaneously, without risk of bumping into each other. Modern techniques like this could represent the next phase in VR navigation, merging virtual with physical environments to extend the comfort of VR sessions and extensibility of virtual environments."

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Egg on Cisco's face: Three critical software bugs to fix over Easter

TheRegister - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 21:02
Pick your poison in IOS and IOS XE: denial-of-service or remote code execution?

Cisco's ruined Easter for netadmins by revealing three critical-rated flaws, with fixes landing today.…

GoScanSSH Malware Targets Linux Servers

LXer - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 20:54
A recently discovered malware family written using the Golang (Go) programming language is targeting Linux servers and using a different binary for each attack, Talos warns.

New Deep-Learning Software Knows How To Make Desired Organic Molecules

Slashdot - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 20:20
dryriver shares a report from Nature about a neural network-based, deep-learning software that is as good as trained chemists in figuring out what reagents and reactions may lead to the successful creation of a desired organic molecule: Chemists have a new lab assistant: artificial intelligence. Researchers have developed a "deep learning" computer program that produces blueprints for the sequences of reactions needed to create small organic molecules, such as drug compounds. The pathways that the tool suggests look just as good on paper as those devised by human chemists. The tool, described in Nature on March 28, is not the first software to wield artificial intelligence (AI) instead of human skill and intuition. Yet chemists hail the development as a milestone, saying that it could speed up the process of drug discovery and make organic chemistry more efficient. Chemists have conventionally scoured lists of reactions recorded by others, and drawn on their own intuition to work out a step-by-step pathway to make a particular compound. They usually work backwards, starting with the molecule they want to create and then analyzing which readily available reagents and sequences of reactions could be used to synthesize it -- a process known as retrosynthesis, which can take hours or even days of planning. The new AI tool, developed by Marwin Segler, an organic chemist and artificial-intelligence researcher at the University of Munster in Germany, and his colleagues, uses deep-learning neural networks to imbibe essentially all known single-step organic-chemistry reactions -- about 12.4 million of them. This enables it to predict the chemical reactions that can be used in any single step. The tool repeatedly applies these neural networks in planning a multi-step synthesis, deconstructing the desired molecule until it ends up with the available starting reagents.

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Facebook to extend bug bounty to cover data leakage, sever ties to data brokers

TheRegister - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 20:03
The Social Network™ all-but-admits its previous legalese for developers was useless

Facebook has outlined a set of changes to its platform that impact developers and data brokers.…

Verizon Plans To Launch a Palm Smartphone Later This Year

Slashdot - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 19:40
Verizon is planning on launch a Palm-branded smartphone later this year, an anonymous source told Android Police. The rumor backs up what a TCL executive said last August, when they confirmed that the company would launch a Palm phone this year. From the report: Sadly, we don't know anything about the phone itself at this time (well, we know it runs Android), but the fact that TCL is working with Verizon is telling. The carrier was a longtime Palm partner, selling most of the brand's webOS handsets all the way through the Pre 2. Verizon had intended to carry the ill-fated Pre 3, but the phone was cancelled by Palm's then-buyer HP before it could be released in the U.S. TCL acquired the rights to the Palm name back in 2015, and it's starting to get something of a reputation for reviving dead and dying brands: the Chinese firm manufactures BlackBerry handsets, which have received a surprising amount of attention in the mainstream press.

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Awkward Dimensions Redux: An Awkward Steam Game To Try Out

LXer - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 19:39
Awkward Dimensions is a game about understanding someone’s life through dreams. It’s an indie game created and developed by Steven Harmon. He narrates his life + struggles, his happiness, and his determination not to give up his dream (a game developer) no matter what. Might get you inspired playing the game as it did to me.

No Falcon Way: NASA to stick with SLS, SpaceX more like space ex

TheRegister - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 19:01
US cosmo-boffins: Never mind the cost, feel the payload

NASA has categorically stated it will not dump the troubled Space Launch System (SLS) in favor of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy any time soon.…

Amazon Takes Fresh Stab At $16 Billion Housekeeping Industry

Slashdot - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 19:00
PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from Bloomberg: Amazon is quietly hiring house cleaners in Seattle as direct employees. The online retailer is swapping the low cost of contract workers for the greater control of employing its own people. Doing so puts it on the hook for things like minimum wage, workers compensation and overtime pay. But it also lets Amazon determine how the workers are trained, which cleaning products they use and how they organize their schedules. Amazon's experiment signals it's concerned that saving money by using independent contractors can compromise the customer experience and make it just another online matchmaker. So it's conducting a trial to see if investing in its own housekeepers will differentiate its services by linking them more directly to the popular Amazon brand. The new housecleaning service, Amazon Home Assistants, offers home cleanings in Seattle that vary in price by the size of the home and frequency of visits. A weekly cleaning of a 1,500-square-foot home runs about $156.

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