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Vittorio Colao to say ciao to Vodafone as firm goes back to black

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 07:44
Voda UK remains 'sick man of Europe', though – analyst

Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao has confirmed he is quitting the telco just a week after agreeing to spend €18.4bn (£16.1bn) on Liberty Global’s European assets.…

Pentagon on military data-nomming JEDI cloud mind trick: There can be only one (vendor)

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 07:39
Unless offerings 'become... seamlessly integrated'

The Pentagon has doubled down on its plan to hand a megabucks cloud contract to a single vendor.…

Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:58
Hey Google. How will we eat?

Android developers are reluctantly considering putting Google ads on ice because of uncertainty over whether they'll be GDPR-compliant, cutting off what in many cases is their sole revenue source.…

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:23
False positive rate of 98% doesn't count, say police, because 'checks and balances'

London cops' facial recognition kit has only correctly identified two people to date – neither of whom were criminals – and the force has made no arrests using it, figures published today revealed.…

IP freely? What a wind-up! If only Trevor Baylis had patent protections inventors enjoy today

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:47
The clockwork radio boffin deserved meeellions

The late Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind-up radio and veteran fighter for the intellectual property rights of designers, spent three decades defending his IP and demanding the UK government do more to protect small businesses from the blatant, rampant copyright theft that then existed.…

Curiouser and curiouser: Quasi NVDIMMs, GDPR-tastic SaaS and more

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:14
Behind the looking glass in Storage-land

"The time has come," the roundup read, "to talk of many things: Of caching tech – and Optane drives – of in-memory computings..."…

Hey cool, you went serverless. Now you just have to worry about all those stale functions

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:35
No more unpatched servers, but alternative is hardly watertight

For hackers unpatched servers are the best thing since sliced bread. From Heartbleed to WannaCry, slow-to-update servers invite attackers in with a red carpet. Many of the most significant breaches were caused by unpatched servers, and analysts expect things to only get worse. Will we ever rid ourselves of the need to update these pesky servers?!…

UK's Rural Payments Agency is 'failing on multiple levels' – report

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:11
Committee questions its ability to cope with Brexit (again)

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is "failing on multiple levels" with widespread concerns over errors from recent digital mapping updates and inaccurate payments.…

Uber says it's changed and is now ever-so ShinyHappy™

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 03:29
CEO Dara Khosrowshahi launches light-on-detail charm offensive

Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has emerged at the head of a charm offensive that promises the infamously belligerent ride share company is “moving forward”.…

Boffins build a 2D 'quantum walk' that's not a computer, but could still blow them away

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 02:58
Analogue simulation a short-cut to faster computing

Do you want to know what a quantum walk is? The reason we ask is that that’s what a group of Chinese researchers have demonstrated, and it’s being hailed as a big thing in the development of quantum computing.…

We've found it! A cloud-and-AI angle on the royal wedding

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 02:31
Harry and Meghan's guests to be ID'ed in real time by AWS vid-scrapers, pumped into apps

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be brought to the world with the help of cloudy machine learning.…

Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 01:58
Bits of flight deck sucked out of Sichuan Airlines A319, which landed safely with two injuries

An Airbus A319 operated by China’s Sichuan Airlines lost one of its cockpit windshields at 32,000 feet on Monday, but was able to land safely.…

Wanna break Microsoft's Edge browser? Google's explained how

The Register - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 00:58
JavaScript just-in-time compilation and some memory meddling make a mess

Back in February 2018, Google's Project Zero went public with a Microsoft Edge bug that Redmond couldn't fix in time for its next patch release. Now, the Google researcher - Ivan Fratric - has provided a detailed technical explanation of the problem and says Microsoft's fix might not be adequate.…

Xerox flip-flops on US$6.1 billion Fujifilm flip after investor flap

The Register - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 23:58
That sound you hear? Contracts being ripped up

As expected, Xerox under its activist-investor-controlled board has decided to exit its deal with Fujifilm.…

Did I say Chinese jobs? I meant American jobs says new Trump Tweet

The Register - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 22:42
Jobs, schmobs: ZTE's about national security, stupid, say Republicans

United States president Donald Trump appears to have tried to get back to making America great again, rather than saving jobs in China, with a new Tweet about Chinese network kit-maker ZTE.…

nbn™ scoreboard: miracle needed to hit FY 18 construction targets

The Register - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 21:32
Fastest-ever adoption and connection rate needed, but at least finances look decent

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network, last week released its third quarter results. And as is now our practice at Vulture South, we’ve shoved its numbers into our nbn™ scoreboard – the table we use to compare assumptions from the nbn™’s corporate plan (PDF) with its latest results.…

OpenWrt forums lost as hardware failure again crocks open WiFi router

The Register - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 21:29
Sole admin on holiday as devs cross fingers and hope there's a backup

<pOpen source WiFi firmware project OpenWrt says a hardware fault has taken down its forums, which appear not to be recoverable.…

NBN dragging Telstra down, carrier wants 5G to haul it up again

The Register - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:53
CEO blames 'nationalisation' for limp financials, like The Simpsons can't defend ARPU

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) continues to white-ant the business of dominant local carrier Telstra, which yesterday cut its earnings guidance yesterday.…

Boffins urge Google to drop military contract after employees resign over using AI for drones

The Register - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:28
Hey Google, don't be evil!

Hundreds of academics across the world have signed an open letter urging Google to stop working with the US Department of Defense in analysing drone footage using its AI technology for Project Maven.…

Boffins urge Google to drop military contract after employees resign over using AI for drones

The Register - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:28
Hey Google, don't be evil!

Hundreds of academics across the world have signed an open letter urging Google to stop working with the US Department of Defense in analysing drone footage using its AI technology for Project Maven.…

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