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Google ramping up AI in China, Nvidia's Titan V, Intel's hip-hop misstep

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:56:10 GMT

And more in your machine-learning news summary

Roundup Here's your quick guide to news in the AI world beyond what we've covered this week.…

Merry Xmas, fellow code nerds: Avast open-sources decompiler

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:06:07 GMT

RetDec will turn binaries into something more legible

Malware hunting biz and nautical jargon Avast has released its machine-code decompiler RetDec as open source, in the hope of arming like-minded haters of bad bytes and other technically inclined sorts with better analytical tools.…

Top Silicon Valley tech battle judge probed over sex pest claims

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:26:14 GMT

Alex Kozinski accused of showing women clerks porn, sexually harassing staff

A misconduct inquiry has been opened into top US tech judge Alex Kozinski over allegations that he showed female law clerks pornography and repeatedly asked inappropriate sexual questions.…

Facebook confesses: Facebook is bad for you

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:49:22 GMT

Grazing FB is ruining your life, admits social network after probing its army of addicts

Facebook has just publicaly slapped itself upside the head, admitting that its very existence is often detrimental to the wellbeing of its users.…

Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:55:34 GMT

AGs pressure America's top court to make Redmond hand over overseas messages

Microsoft should not be able to “shield evidence” held on Irish servers from US prosecutors, a group of 35 US state attorneys general has argued.…

Pest control: Eggheads work to help RoboBees dodge that fly-swatter

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:58:04 GMT

Whoosh... gust of wind - sorry chaps, I'm out

Engineers and programmers working on a robot bee project could soon have the faux insects behaving more like real bees, according to engineers and roboticists at Cornell and Harvard.…

Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:02:08 GMT

In search of cold, hard facts, scientists prep 470-mile adventure

A NASA team is heading on a trip arcing around the South Pole to check that their new satellite's measurements from space are just as good as their own back on terra firma.…

A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:32:10 GMT

Some 4% of properties trundle below 10Mpbs

Just over a million premises in Blighty, or 4 per cent of properties, cannot get speeds of 10Mpbs, according to a comprehensive report by regulator Ofcom.…

We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:24:07 GMT

Yo, NSA maths chaps, can you hear me? – Black Hat man

Security researchers regularly set out to find implementation problems in cryptographic algorithms, but not enough effort is going towards the search for mathematical backdoors, two cryptography professors have argued.…

Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:34:08 GMT

New hinge design looks back not forward

The handful of fans anticipating a Microsoft "Surface Phone" should brace themselves for disappointment.…

Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:05:06 GMT

ACM Sir Stuart Peach is right – but only to a point

The head of the British Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, has warned that Russia could cut off the UK by severing undersea communications cables.…

Brit film board proposed as overlord of online pr0nz age checks

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:04:06 GMT

Campaigners say body 'will be pushed to block' large number

The British Board of Film Classification will be responsible for regulating age checks for UK users of online porn websites, if the government gets its way.…

BlackBerry won't kill BB10 until 2020, pulls regular Priv updates

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:45:10 GMT

Thank you for your support

BlackBerry has announced "continuing support" for the legacy BB10 OS phones it once made – but won't be updating its first Android phone, the Priv, regularly any more.…

BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:14:06 GMT

Intended to boost former state monopoly's 'ailing TV service'

BT and Sky have set aside their long-running feud and signed a deal to sell their channels on each other's platforms in the UK.…

Former Intel EMEAR sales director takes Chipzilla to tribunal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:40:11 GMT

Claims unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, withholding bonuses

Intel Corp's former Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia (EMEAR) sales director, who lost her job a year ago, is making an employment tribunal claim against the company which includes a series of accusations including sexual discrimination.…

UK needs a 'digital twin' to keep track of its data assets – report

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:12:09 GMT

... and companies need to share their info nicely

The UK needs high-quality, standardised and more open data to improve its national infrastructure – and companies need to get used to sharing, a report has said.…

Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:43:09 GMT

Under-glass fingerprint sensors are HERE

Apple is said to have made a virtue out of a necessity with its iPhone X – creating the notorious "Notch" to house a sophisticated facial-recognition system, Face ID.…

Guess who's developing storage class memory kit? And cooking the chips on the side...

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:08:07 GMT

Huawei ... who, who, who, who? I really wanna know

Analysis Huawei has made a move towards storage class memory that suggests it believes infrastructure driven by the tech is not only possible but inevitable.…

Kubernetes 1.9 version bump is near – with APIs to extend the system

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:03:10 GMT

Latest container wrangling bits should drop on Friday

Assuming a handful of lingering issues can be resolved, the open-source Kubernetes project will introduce version 1.9 on Friday.…

Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:02:08 GMT

Dentist’s office disapproved of perceived personalisation

On Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Reg’s Friday column celebrating readers’ stories of being asked to fix the unfeasible.…

Sigh. It's not quite Star Trek's Data, but it'll do: AI helps boffins clock second Solar System

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:28:07 GMT

Kepler-90 has same number of planets as our Sun

Our Solar System is no longer the largest known planetary system in the Milky Way – after scientists confirmed the existence of an eighth planet, Kepler-90i, around a Sun-like star on Thursday.…

Xen Project says new version 4.10 has found balance between security and novelty

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:04:05 GMT

Splendid isolation for VMs, and a hand for ARM servers

The Xen Project has released version 4.10 of its hypervisor.…

Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:57:05 GMT

Woman's nightmare revealed in discrimination lawsuit

An ex-Microsoft worker has accused the US software giant of bungling her internal complaint that a fellow employee raped her while she slept.…

Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:02:11 GMT

Serverless functions running on a set-top box could be a thing before long

CableLabs, the organisation that figures out to help pay TV operators sweat their networks, has launched OpenStack installers for its software-defined networking and network function virtualization efforts.…

Oracle swallows sales spurt from one of its niche categories: Cloud

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:28:05 GMT

Lot of invoices to customers, still a small slice of database giant's biz

Oracle topped analyst expectations and continued its push into the cloud computing space with another strong quarter.…

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:28:08 GMT

Shut your whining, it's going to be great

Analysis The FCC voted 3-2 Thursday morning to get rid of net neutrality rules.…

Exploding alien bodies' space death-rays gave Earth its radiation cloak

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:54:37 GMT

It says so right here, in this paper

Scientists have solved a 60-year mystery by figuring out the source of harmful and highly energetic electrons whizzing around in Earth’s inner radiation belt.…

Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:09:40 GMT

Court makes quick work of techie's long-shot appeal

In a not particularly surprising decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, USA, this week ruled that Michael Thomas, in his former role as IT operations manager for web hosting biz ClickMotive, was not authorized to trash company files and infrastructure as he claimed.…

FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:39:25 GMT

Watchdog's clown, er, chairman debases policymaking in the United States

Despite the clearly stated and serious concerns of a broad cross-section of industry and society, on Thursday morning a mocking, preening excuse of a regulatory chairman tore down US rules that ensured content over the internet was kept free from manipulation by companies that sell access to the global network.…

MCubed returns to London in 2018, call for papers open

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:51:13 GMT

Doing AI or ML? Really? Tell us about it

Events The call for papers for MCubed 2018 is open, and we really want to hear how you're putting machine learning, AI and robotics to work in real organisations.…

Honey, I shrank the company: Tintri's dire third quarter presages a worse final one

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:22:10 GMT

Firm considers sale and looks to slash expenses

+Comment CEO Ken Klein is having to eat dust after Tintri's poor IPO saw sales staff leave. Third quarter results are dire, the fourth quarter looks even worse, and Tintri is considering selling itself.…

UK's map maker Ordnance Survey plays with robo roof detector

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:23:05 GMT

Machine learning algo can classify thousands in time puny human groks one

Britain's map maker is demonstrating that machine learning isn't all hot air – but has discovered just how much donkey work is involved.…

Voda customers given green light by Ofcom to ditch contracts

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:28:08 GMT

Roaming hike of £5 a day means more to exit required

Thousands of Vodafone customers have been given the green light by UK comms watchdog Ofcom to ditch their contracts, after the mobile phone provider hiked international roaming fees to £5 per day.…

Which distant Mars-alikes could we live on? Ask these Red Planet data-sifters

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:52:04 GMT

MAVEN probe observations shed light on atmosphere loss

Scientists are applying knowledge gained from studying Mars to calculate how the atmospheres of theoretical exoplanets would behave.…

Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:12:15 GMT

Disney buys Fox empire for $66bn, news divs to be spun off

Most of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox empire is being flogged to Disney for $66bn, including large chunks of the film and telly businesses.…

'Subdued' year for poor old Capita means more 'restructuring' needed

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:37:10 GMT

In plain English, offshoring and automating jobs, of course

Outsourcing giant Capita is broadening its "restructuring" programme (AKA offshoring and automating more jobs), while reporting that 2017 has been a "subdued" year for the biz in a trading update today.…

Hell's bells! Lights out at Diablo Technologies as plug pulled on website

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:16:13 GMT

Lawyer tells patent hearing day-to-day operations suspended

NVDIMMer Diablo Technologies has suspended day-to-day operations, according to its lawyer.…

UKIP appeals against ICO request for info on Brexit data dealings

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:05:06 GMT

Commish 'forced' to invoke statutory powers with 'difficult' organisations

UKIP has appealed to the information tribunal after the Information Commissioner's Office ordered it to hand over details about its use of data analytics during the Brexit campaign.… delays biometrics strategy again – but cops will STILL USE the tech

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:33:11 GMT

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.…

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

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:03:10 GMT

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

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:35:07 GMT

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".…

EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:35:06 GMT

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 UK firm's online portal is down.…

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

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:03:11 GMT

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.…

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

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:02:12 GMT

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.…

IETF protects privacy and helps net neutrality with DNS over HTTPS

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:04:06 GMT

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.…

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

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:06:13 GMT

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.…

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

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:03:09 GMT

$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.…

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

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:20:05 GMT

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

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:43:56 GMT

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.…

nbn™tries to ease peak hour crunch with cheaper bundles

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:09:08 GMT

50 Mbps / 100 Mbps now bundle CVC capacity

nbn™ has announced new wholesale bundles it hopes will overcome the despised peak-hour crush: a 50 Mbps access product with 2 Mbps of CVC traffic in the bundle; and a 100 Mbps access product with 2.5 Mbps of CVC.…