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Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 02:28
Criticises European Court of Justice before deadline for comments on looming cases

Google's general counsel has signalled the company intends to fight, hard, against broad interpretations of the European Union's right to be forgotten.…

'It's back to the drawing board...' Innocent axions found not guilty of dark matter crimes

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 02:02
Boffins look on the bright side of detecting basically nothing

Physicists have ruled out the existence of axions once considered possible dark matter candidates.…

How to Fix the No Space Left on Device’ Error on Linux

LXer - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:59
There is an annoying error on Linux systems that tells you you have no space when there is plenty on your filesystem. Explore these potential fixes.

Intel drags Xeon Phi Knights Hill chips out back... two shots heard

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:38
Chipzilla goes back to the drawing board on many-core math accelerator line

Updated Intel has scrapped Knights Hill, an upcoming addition to its high-end many-core Xeon Phi chip family, and will go back to the drawing board for its microarchitecture.…

Microsoft touts real-time over-the-network pair programming in Visual Studio, GitHub ships it

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:19
Uh, er, hey look, VS 2017 fans – there's some AI tools, though!

Microsoft and GitHub on Wednesday announced real-time collaboration in their respective code editors, almost as if they'd been collaborating.…

Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:05
Stopping the powerful changing history, Orwell style

At the Internet Archive's headquarters in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, technologists, educators, archivists, and others fact-oriented folks gathered to discuss how they and the like-minded can save news from the memory hole – a conceit conjured by George Orwell to describe a political mechanism for altering the truth.…

Astronomers Find An Earth-Size World Just 11 Light Years Away

Slashdot - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:00
Astronomers have discovered a planet 35 percent more massive than Earth in orbit around a red dwarf star just 11 light years from the Sun. "The planet, Ross 128 b, likely exists at the edge of the small, relatively faint star's habitable zone even though it is 20 times closer to its star than the Earth is to the Sun," reports Ars Technica. "The study in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics finds the best estimate for its surface temperature is between -60 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees Celsius." From the report: This is not the closest Earth-size world that could potentially harbor liquid water on its surface -- that title is held by Proxima Centauri b, which is less than 4.3 light years away from Earth and located in the star system closest to the Sun. Even so, due to a variety of factors, Ross 128 b is tied for fourth on a list of potentially most habitable exoplanets, with an Earth Similarity Index value of 0.86. In the new research, astronomers discuss another reason to believe that life might be more likely to exist on Ross 128 b. That's because its parent star, Ross 128, is a relatively quiet red dwarf star, producing fewer stellar flares than most other, similar-sized stars such as Proxima Centauri. Such flares may well sterilize any life that might develop on such a world.

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Red Hat Bets Data Centers are Ready for ARM Servers

LXer - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:45
With the announcement, Red Hat joins Linux distributions SUSE and Ubuntu, both of which already support ARM with their server editions. However, it's not really late to the fair. The company has been actively working on an ARM version of RHEL for a while, having released its first "development preview" for the architecture in 2015.

Intel-Micron scrap the summer diet, enlarge 3D XPoint mem DIMM fab

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:26
Size does matter... especially when you've got launch deadlines to hit

Intel and Micron have expanded their XPoint production fab in Utah, USA, as the clock ticks down to the launch of XPoint DIMMs in the second half of 2018.…

How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

TheRegister - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:02
This week in fact

Earlier this week, the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of the Russian Ministry of Defense said it had "irrefutable evidence" the US was aiding ISIS in Syria – and revealed four grainy photos apparently backing up its claims.…

Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 23:35
Microsoft classified as a telco, so told to cough up. It may gaufre an appeal

Skype has failed in its appeal against a 2016 fine in Belgium for failing to help authorities tap calls in a criminal investigation, with the court saying it must comply with the country's telecommunications laws.…

How to create better documentation with a kanban board

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 23:31
If you[he]#039[/he]re working on documentation, a website, or other user-facing content, it[he]#039[/he]s helpful to know what users expect to find—both the information they want and how the information is organized and structured. After all, great content isn[he]#039[/he]t very useful if people can[he]#039[/he]t find what they[he]#039[/he]re looking for.

Hardware-driven security in the hybrid cloud

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 23:06
Chips to the rescue

Sponsored One of the greatest barriers to broader cloud adoption is security.…

Q: Why are you running in the office? A: This is my password for <i>El Reg</i>

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:52
Boffins find smartmobe accelerometers can turn your gait into a biometric

A trio of Indian boffins have studied the use of smartphone accelerometers as biometric sensors and concluded they could be a handy way to identify users.…

Linux-on-i.MX6 Pico-ITX SBC has 40-pin GPIO header

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:16
Habey’s “EMB-2230” SBC runs Linux on an i.MX6, and offers LVDS and MIPI-DSI/CSI links, -10 to 60°C support, a 40-pin GPIO header, and optional PoE. Habey promotes its Pico-ITX (100 x 72mm) EMB-2230 SBC as being smaller and more expandable than its 3.5-inch (146 x 102mm) EMB-3200 SBC. Like the EMB-3200, the EMB2230 runs Linux on Dual Lite or Quad versions of NXP’s 1GHz, Cortex-A9 i.MX6 SoC, and is aimed primarily at panel PCs.

Storage Spaces returns to Windows Server's semi-annual channel

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:50
And this time it's caught up by adding data de-duplication

Microsoft's revealed that Storage Spaces Direct will return in the next semi-annual version of Windows Server.…

Researchers Analyze DNA From 'Supercentenarians' Aged 110+ To Discover Secret To Longevity

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:30
biobricks writes: Scientists looking for clues to healthy longevity in people in their 90s and 100s haven't turned up a whole lot. It is thought that the DNA of the very old may be a good place to look, but people over 110 are one in five million in the United States. The New York Times chronicles one scientific quest to collect their DNA (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). From the report: "James Clement, a self-described 'citizen-scientist,' has collected blood, skin and saliva samples from individuals aged 110-plus in 14 states and seven countries during the past six years, The New York Times reports. Mr. Clement has detected 2,500-plus differences between supercentenarian DNA and the general population. However, with a sample size of only some three dozen genomes, his team is still working to determine which genes are significant. One analysis suggested supercentenarians tended to inherit fewer genetic variations related to conditions like heart disease and Alzheimer's disease. However, since supercentenarians also tend to be more healthy than the general population, some researchers hypothesize there are other genetic benefits at play. For example, supercentenarians may boast genes that protect them from aspects of aging." Mr. Clement plans to release DNA sequences from the project, called the New England Centenarian Study, this month.

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More Than Half of Chromebooks Now Support Android Apps and Google Play Store

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:02
More than a year after it promised to expand Google Play Store and Android apps support, Google now finally made it happen and updated dozen more Chromebooks to the Stable Chrome OS channel.

Twitter Bans, Removes Verified Status of White Supremacists

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:10
After updating the rules of its verification program on Wednesday, Twitter has begun banning and removing verified check marks from white supremacist accounts. For example, white supremacists Richard Spencer and Charlottesville "Unite The Right" protest creator Jason Kessler had their verified statuses revoked today. The Daily Beast reports: The verified check mark was meant to denote "that an account of public interest is authentic," the company said in a series of tweets on Wednesday, but that "verification has long been perceived as an endorsement." "This perception became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse," a company spokesperson tweeted. Users can now lose their blue checkmarks for "inciting or engaging in harassment of others," "promoting hate and/or violence against, or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease," supporting people who promote those ideas, and a slew of other reasons.

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US authorities swallow security-free script for pill that knows when you're off your meds

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:07
Sensor in pill, bluetooth patch on arm, app in phone ... and crossed fingers nothing leaks

What could possibly go wrong when drug companies embed into a pill, so that after you swallow it connects to a smartphone app and then sends data over the internet?…

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