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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

TheRegister - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:41
That could mean 40,000 drivers out of work

Uber's application for a new taxi licence in the UK capital has been rejected. In a shock move, Transport for London today said the app biz is not "fit and proper" to hold a licence.…

HPE sharpening the axe for 5,000 heads – report

TheRegister - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:14
All part of CEO Whitman's 'long-term ops and financial blueprint'

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is about to release the trap door again with 5,000 employees, or almost 10 per cent of its workforce, expected to fall through it.…

Canonical Teams Up with Microsoft to Enable New Azure Tailored Ubuntu Kernel

LXer - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:10
In a joint collaboration with Microsoft's Azure team, Canonical managed to enable a new Azure tailored Ubuntu kernel in the Ubuntu Cloud Images for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on Azure starting today, September 21, 2017.

The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

TheRegister - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:02
Two other big brands, Sky and BT, also in the naughty corner

Beleaguered ISP TalkTalk has once again been named worst UK internet provider in a biannual survey of providers by consumer charity Which?…

A New Zealand Company Built An AI Baby That Plays the Piano

Slashdot - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:00
pacopico writes: A New Zealand company called Soul Machines has built a disturbingly lifelike virtual baby powered by artificial intelligence software. According to a Bloomberg story, the baby has learned to read books, play the piano and draw pictures. The work is built off the research of Mark Sagar, the company's CEO, who is on a quest to mimic human consciousness in a machine. Sagar used to work at Weta creating lifelike faces for films like King Kong and Avatar and is now building these very realistic looking virtual avatars and pumping them full of code that not only handles things like speech but that also replicates the nervous system and brain function. The baby, for example, has virtual dopamine receptors that fire when it feels joy from playing the piano. What could go wrong?

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Database biz MongoDB files to go public, hopes to raise a cool $100m

TheRegister - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 03:32
Revenues are up, but NoSQL firm still burning through cash

Oracle-chaser MongoDB has filed to go public, with its accounts revealing it made a net loss of almost $90m in the year ended January 31, 2017.…

Mini-Heartbleed info leak bug strikes Apache, airborne malware, NSA algo U-turn, and more

TheRegister - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 03:01
The security week in review

Roundup As ever, it's been a doozy of a week for cybersecurity, or lack thereof. The Equifax saga just keeps giving, the SEC admitted it was thoroughly pwned, and Slack doesn't bother to sign its Linux versions. We do spoil you so, Reg readers. And that was only yesterday. Here's the rest of the week's shenanigans we didn't get round to.…

cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux

LXer - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:55
Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux.

You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's MY fault?

TheRegister - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:03
Just install the trial software on 1,000 PCs and I'll be on my way

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "I'm sorry, who are you again?"…

Tracking Protection for Firefox for iOS Plus Multi-Tasking in Focus for Android New Today

LXer - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:41
Across the industry, September is always an exciting month in mobile, and the same is true here at Mozilla. Today, we’re launching the newest Firefox for iOS alongside an update ....

Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

TheRegister - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:28
In 2018 'MAREA' will move ads and Azure from USA to Spain at 160 terabits per second

Construction of Microsoft and Facebook's jointly-funded submarine cable has ended.…

Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

TheRegister - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:01
Sysadmin hated making it look so easy, but didn't mind being a hero for saving a payroll run

On-Call Can you feel it? The weekend's just over the horizon, so it's time for On-Call, The Register's Friday column in which we share readers' tales of literally incredible jobs that produced improbable feats of sysadminnery.…

Most Powerful Cosmic Rays Come From Galaxies Far, Far Away

Slashdot - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:00
A new study finds the highest-energy cosmic rays to bombard Earth come from galaxies far, far away. Space.com reports: The sun emits relatively low-energy cosmic rays. However, for more than 50 years, scientists have also detected ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, ones far beyond the capability of any particle accelerator on Earth to generate. One way to discover the origins of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays is to study their directions of travel. However, ultra-high-energy cosmic rays only rarely strike Earth's atmosphere, with one hitting any given area about the size of a soccer field about once per century, the researchers said. In order to detect ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, scientists look for the spray of electrons, photons and other particles that result when ultra-high-energy cosmic rays hit the top of Earth's atmosphere. Each of these showers contains more than 10 billion particles, which fly downward in a disk shaped like a giant plate miles wide, according to the statement. Scientists examined the sprays from ultra-high-energy cosmic rays using the largest cosmic-ray observatory yet: the Pierre Auger Observatory built in the western plains of Argentina in 2001. It consists of an array of 1,600 particle detectors deployed in a hexagonal grid over 1,160 square miles (3,000 square kilometers), an area comparable in size to Rhode Island. A connected set of telescopes is also used to see the dim fluorescent light the particles in the sprays emit at night. The researchers analyzed data collected between 2004 and 2016. During these 12 years, the scientists detected more than 30,000 ultra-high-energy cosmic rays. If ultra-high-energy cosmic rays came from the Milky Way, one might perhaps expect them to come from all across the sky, or perhaps mostly from the direction of the supermassive black hole at the galaxy's center. However, the researchers saw that ultra-high-energy cosmic rays mostly came from a broad area of sky about 90 degrees away from the direction of the Milky Way's core.

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Red Hat pledges patent protection for 99 per cent of FOSS-ware

TheRegister - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:29
Company has trove of 2,000 patents and won't enforce any of them if you licence right

Red Hat says it has amassed over 2,000 patents and won't enforce them if the technologies they describe are used in properly-licensed open-source software.…

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

LXer - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:27
Slack is distributing open Linux-based versions of its technology that are not digitally signed, contrary to industry best practice.

First big Privacy Shield review has ended – and yep, it's great! Just don't ask about mass spying

TheRegister - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:03
Surprise – a thumbs up to private info flying over the Pond

The much-heralded first review of the EU‑US Privacy Shield Framework that governs the flow of personal information across the Atlantic has concluded – and would you believe it? Representatives of the EU and US think it's doing fine.…

Cloud washes Dell off perch atop storage market

TheRegister - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 23:26
Backup appliance sales go off a cliff, traditional array vendors just aren't growing

Sales of purpose-built backup appliances have dropped markedly, with year-on-year dips of 16.2 per cent by revenue and 14.9 per cent by capacity, according to analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker for 2017's second quarter.…

Tiny PocketBeagle is the RPi Zero of the BeagleBone world

LXer - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 23:12
BeagleBoard.org’s $25 “PocketBeagle” USB key-fob BeagleBone clone is based on the Octavo OSD3358-SM SiP module, and offers micro-USB and microSD links. BeagleBoard.org has released its smallest BeagleBone variant yet. The COM-like, 56 x 35 x 5mm PocketBeagle is a USB key-fob SBC built on the Octavo Systems OSD335x-SM System-In-Package (SiP) module that was announced earlier this week.

NASA, wait, wait lemme put my drink down... NASA, you need to be searching for vanadium

TheRegister - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 23:02
Bio-boffins urge Red Planet life search to hunt for weird metal

Scientists hoping to discover evidence of life on Mars should search for vanadium, a metallic element, according to a paper published in Astrobiology this month.…

Open Source Networking Days

LXer - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 21:58
Open Source Networking Days (OSN Days) are a series of regional events that are hosted and organized by local Open Source Networking user groups and members, with support from open source networking projects within the Linux Foundation: DPDK, FD.io, ONAP, OpenDaylight, OPNFV, PNDA, and others.
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