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Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:17
Man from Pru tears up £722m deal five years ahead of time

Financial services slinger Prudential is to kick Capita to the curb, cutting short a 15-year mega deal and switching the administration of its life and pension policies to Tata Consultancy Services.…

UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:44
ICO to investigate allegations of driver delivering side order of creepy

A customer of takeaway delivery firm Just Eat has alleged a driver from an eatery used her phone number to ask her for a date.…

Microsoft's Patent Racket Has Just Been Broadened to Threaten GNU/Linux Users Who Don't Pay Microsoft 'Rents'

LXer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:35
Microsoft revisits its aggressive patent strategy which it failed to properly implement 12 years ago with Novell; it wants to 'collect' a patent tax on GNU/Linux and it uses patent trolls to make that easier

Xiaomi the money: China's latest IPO star tastes of bubble tea

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:57
Geddit?

Analysis Xiaomi's rush to go public is as much a sign of a speculative bubble as Bitcoin mania. Will it have a happy ending?…

Toughened up SODIMM module taps i.MX8M

LXer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:20
CompuLab’s rugged, 68 x 42mm “CL-SOM-iMX8” module runs Yocto or Android on NXP’s dual- or quad-core Cortex-A53 i.MX8M, with up to 4GB LPDDR4, up to 64GB eMMC, onboard wireless, and PCIe and HDMI 2.0 support. CompuLab’s CL-SOM-iMX8 module, which ships with an optional SBC-iMX8 Evaluation Kit, shares many features with Variscite’s recently announced DART-MX8M module, […]

DXC execs: Here's ANOTHER deadline for skills profiling

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:58
Staff got until 26 January to load bullets on employment gun

DXC Technologies' employees still reluctant to upload their "skill profile" onto a company database they fear will be used in the next big redundancy rounds yesterday got a ticking off from top brass.…

Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:27
'I could very well have been bitten in a sensitive place, if you know what I mean'

A lucky Frenchman has narrowly avoided having his todger bitten by a python that crawled up his U-bend.…

New Mirai botnet species 'Okiru' hunts for ARC-based kit

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:56
Researchers: Code designed to hit Linux devices

A new variant of the notorious Mirai malware is exploiting kit with ARC processors.…

How to Install MATE Alongside Cinnamon in Linux Mint

LXer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:26
Linux Mint comes in different versions, each with a different desktop environments and default applications. If you started with Cinnamon, this will show how you can install Mate alongside Cinnamon in Linux Mint.

Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:02
Wow, this is incredib- BLEEUUURGHGHGH

Put on a virtual reality headset and it's hard to believe that your visual system is being stretched beyond its limit. Individual pixels are still visible and the narrow field of view makes it feel like you're wearing ski googles.…

Causes of software development woes

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 04:26
Reg readers point the finger at ambiguous requirements

Research "Agile development" can mean different things to different people. To some it's about easing up on traditional rigour, and even legitimising a quick-and-dirty approach to getting stuff out of the door. To others it's about implementing a different kind of rigour, in order to bust project backlogs in a more robust manner, and generally keep up with constantly changing business demands.…

Is Pop Music Becoming Louder, Simpler and More Repetitive?

Slashdot - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 04:00
dryriver writes: The BBC has posted a very interesting article that investigates whether people claiming all over the internet that "pop music just isn't what it used to be" are simply growing old, or if there actually is objective science capable of backing up this claim of a "steady decline in music quality." The findings from five different studies are quoted; the findings from the fourth study is especially striking: 1. Pop music has become slower -- in tempo -- in recent years and also "sadder" and less "fun" to listen to. 2. Pop music has become melodically less complex, using fewer chord changes, and pop recordings are mastered to sound consistently louder (and therefore less dynamic) at a rate of around one decibel every eight years. 3. There has been a significant increase in the use of the first-person word "I" in pop song lyrics, and a decline in words that emphasize society or community. Lyrics also contain more words that can be associated with anger or anti-social sentiments. 4. 42% of people polled on which decade has produced the worst pop music since the 1970s voted for the 2010s. These people were not from a particular aging demographic at all -- all age groups polled, including 18-29 year olds, appear to feel unanimously that the 2010s are when pop music became worst. This may explain a rising trend of young millennials, for example, digging around for now 15-30 year-old music on YouTube frequently. It's not just the older people who listen to the 1980s and 1990s on YouTube and other streaming services it seems -- much younger people do it too. 5. A researcher put 15,000 Billboard Hot 100 song lyrics through the well-known Lev-Zimpel-Vogt (LZV1) data compression algorithm, which is good at finding repetitions in data. He found that songs have steadily become more repetitive over the years, and that song lyrics from today compress 22% better on average than less repetitive song lyrics from the 1960s. The most repetitive year in song lyrics was 2014 in this study. Conclusion: There is some scientific evidence backing the widely voiced complaint -- on the internet in particular -- that pop music is getting worse and worse in the 2000s and the 2010s. The music is slower, melodically simpler, louder, more repetitive, more "I" (first-person) focused, and more angry with anti-social sentiments. The 2010s got by far the most music quality down votes with 42% from people polled on which decade has produced the worst music since the 1970s.

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Hey Europe, your apathetic IT spending is ruining it for everyone

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:55
Gartner predicts buyers ready to splash 4.5% more cash globally in 2018

Listless IT spend in Europe is dragging down the pace of global recovery, according to the latest prediction from entrail-prodders Gartner.…

Dr. Lovesource: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the open

LXer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:31
I used to write code. I don[he]#039[/he]t anymore. There are lots of reasons for this, including the fact that I wasn[he]#039[/he]t very good at it. To clarify, I was, I think, good at writing code,1 but I wasn[he]#039[/he]t very good at writing code.2 It turns out that I[he]#039[/he]m quite good at a variety of other things, so my career3 moved in a different direction—or, in fact, a variety of different directions.

Capita's UK military recruiting system has 'glitches' admits minister

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:29
DRS still letting the armed forces down big time

A defence minister has told Parliament that Capita’s pisspoor Defence Recruiting System (DRS) has “glitches”, following reports from The Register giving a glimpse inside the shambolic system.…

Veeam buys AWS EC2 instance backup and recovery biz

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 02:57
Swallows N2WS so it can stick oar deeper in Amazon cloud

Veeam has announced the acquisition of N2WS, an IaaS startup, whose board includes Veeam co-founder and President Ratmir Timashev, for $42.5mn cash.…

ServiceNow unleashes its 'Kingston' release

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 02:04
Company's journey from the heart of IT to the rest of the business continues

ServiceNow has slipped into 2018 by slipping out a new release of its platform.…

What’s New in MX Linux 17

LXer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:37
MX Linux 17 is the latest release of MX Linux. This release powered by Linux kernel 4.13, based on Debian GNU/Linux 9.3 “Stretch” and using Xfce 4.12.3 as default desktop environment.

The James Webb Space Telescope Has Emerged From the Freezer

Slashdot - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:00
The James Webb Space Telescope has emerged from a large vacuum chamber that was home to temperatures of just 20 degrees Celsius above absolute zero. Scientists have reviewed the data and given the instrument a clean bill of health. "We now have verified that NASA and its partners have an outstanding telescope and set of science instruments," said Bill Ochs, the Webb telescope project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "We are marching toward launch." Ars Technica reports: The $10 billion telescope underwent tests inside Chamber A at Johnson Space Center, which was built in 1965 to conduct thermal-vacuum testing on the Apollo command and service modules. Beginning in mid-July, after the telescope was cooled down to a temperature range of 20 to 40 Kelvin, engineers tested the alignment of Webb's 18 primary mirror segments to ensure they would act as a single, 6.5-meter telescope. (They did). Later, they assessed the fine guidance system of the telescope by simulating the light of a distant star. The Webb telescope was able to detect the light, and all of the optical systems were able to process it. Then, the telescope was able to track the "star" and its movement, giving scientists confidence that the Webb instrument will work once in space. Webb still has a ways to go before it launches. Now that project scientists know that the optic portion of the instrument can withstand the vacuum of space, and the low temperatures at the Earth-Sun L2 point it will orbit in deep space, they must perform additional testing before a probable launch next year.

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

TheRegister - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:57
Needs to make six to eight a year, predicts it can get back to 25 a year once airlines wake up

Airbus has reported its most prolific year to date in terms of deliveries, but also warned that it needs a new buyer of its flagship A380 if it is to continue production.…

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