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Amazon and Netflix join Hollywood to lob sueball at 'Kodi' service SetTV

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 14:22
No surprise really

Silicon Valley has historically been at war with Hollywood, so Amazon and Netflix's membership of a studio-dominated anti-piracy alliance may raise eyebrows. But it shouldn't: Amazon and Netflix are big studios now in their own right, and Apple is expected to join them.…

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Microsoft Developers Hid a Secret Puzzle in Windows Backgrounds as They Knew Images Would Leak

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-04-23 14:10
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft developers working on Windows 8 created a puzzle and embedded it in the wallpapers used for internal builds of the operating system. The team knew that the images would leak out to the public -- and probably the internal builds of Windows -- so they decided to have some fun with it. Over the course of numerous builds, the puzzle was developed -- but only one person ever solved it! Over the weekend, Jensen Harris -- a former group program manager of Microsoft Office and Microsoft director leading the team working on the redesign of Windows 8 -- took to Twitter to come clean about the secret puzzle. He explained that it was common for internal test builds of Windows to have wallpapers that were not intended for public release, but said that messages tended to be included to discourage leaking: "Traditionally, these wallpapers included text embedded in them threatening to throw people in jail if they leaked the build, blah blah, substantial penalty for early withdrawal, not all coins go up in value (some go down!), etc. etc. We wanted to try a more elegant tact. So early in Windows 8, we created a wallpaper that was a combination of the text the lawyers wanted us to use with an attempt to appeal to people's better nature...thus the "shhh... let's not leak our hard work" series of wallpapers was born."

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Pavilion Data Systems hands more engineers their marching orders

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 13:54
Everything's fine, says NVMe-over-fabrics array startup

NVMe-over-fabrics array startup Pavilion Data Systems has laid off more engineers just a month after a previous cull during which co-founder Kiran Malwankar departed.…

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Community Fibre wins £18m from infrastructure fund

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 13:21
Plans to hook up 500k Londoners to 1Gbps speeds in 4 years

Community Fibre has won £18m from the UK government's broadband fund – the first outfit to do so since the cash pot was announced back in 2016.…

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 12:48
Complaints up 24% as horrible humans rake in the readies

Microsoft has released stats showing that tech support scams are on the increase, with 153,000 complaints received and 15 per cent of complainants losing cold, hard cash.…

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UK's Department of Fun seeks data strategy head – experience not needed

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 12:14
Data, digital or tech knowledge 'not essential' for £66,665 role

The UK government appears to be under the impression that knowledge of data policy or the tech sector isn't a pre-requisite to become the head of data strategy in its digital department.…

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Are Widescreen Laptops Dumb?

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-04-23 12:12
"After years of phones, laptops, tablets, and TV screens converging on 16:9 as the 'right' display shape -- allowing video playback without distracting black bars -- smartphones have disturbed the universality recently by moving to even more elongated formats like 18:9, 19:9, or even 19.5:9 in the iPhone X's case," writes Amelia Holowaty Krales via The Verge. "That's prompted me to consider where else the default widescreen proportions might be a poor fit, and I've realized that laptops are the worst offenders." Krales makes the case for why a 16:9 screen of 13 to 15 inches in size is a poor fit: Practically every interface in Apple's macOS, Microsoft's Windows, and on the web is designed by stacking user controls in a vertical hierarchy. At the top of every MacBook, there's a menu bar. At the bottom, by default, is the Dock for launching your most-used apps. On Windows, you have the taskbar serving a similar purpose -- and though it may be moved around the screen like Apple's Dock, it's most commonly kept as a sliver traversing the bottom of the display. Every window in these operating systems has chrome -- the extra buttons and indicator bars that allow you to close, reshape, or move a window around -- and the components of that chrome are usually attached at the top and bottom. Look at your favorite website (hopefully this one) on the internet, and you'll again see a vertical structure. As if all that wasn't enough, there's also the matter of tabs. Tabs are a couple of decades old now, and, like much of the rest of the desktop and web environment, they were initially thought up in an age where the predominant computer displays were close to square with a 4:3 aspect ratio. That's to say, most computer screens were the shape of an iPad when many of today's most common interface and design elements were being developed. As much of a chrome minimalist as I try to be, I still can't extricate myself from needing a menu bar in my OS and tab and address bars inside my browser. I'm still learning to live without a bookmarks bar. With all of these horizontal bars invading our vertical space, a 16:9 screen quickly starts to feel cramped, especially at the typical laptop size. You wind up spending more time scrolling through content than engaging with it. What is your preferred aspect ratio for a laptop? Do you prefer Microsoft and Google's machines that have a squarer 3:2 aspect ratio, or Apple's MacBook Pro that has a 16:10 display?

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 11:19
Repeated misuse of consumer champion's mugshot leads to defamation sueball

Consumer champion Martin Lewis, Britain’s Money Saving Expert, has declared he is suing Facebook for defamation over fake adverts featuring his face that repeatedly appear on the under-fire social network.…

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Capita reports pre-tax LOSS of £515m for 2017

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 10:43
Sales won't rise for until 2020 says new broom. Share price rises

Britain's fave outsourcing badass Capita today reported a £513.7m pre-tax loss for 2017 and tapped investors for £701m in a rights issue that it will use to fund restructuring and toward paying down debts.…

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Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 09:53
Users continue to report issues despite claims it's fixed

UK bank TSB's efforts to upgrade its systems has left numerous customers without online banking services – and some report having the wrong account details.…

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Rebuilding your software ops and looking for the right tool kit?

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 09:23
Continuous Lifecycle London will help you reshape your pipeline

If you’re contemplating a radical overhaul of your software development operation or are simply planning the next step in a finely planned evolution, you should be joining us at Continuous Lifecycle in London next month.…

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Your AI pet project is only as smart as its garbage training set

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 09:03
No one said it'd be easy

AI isn't immune to one of computing's most basic rules – garbage in, garbage out. Train a neural network on flawed data and you'll have one that makes lots of mistakes.…

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McDonald's tells Atos to burger off: Da da da da da, we're lobbing IT ...

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 08:37
... support to a Capgemini call centre (and one in India)

Burger-flipping grease-monger McDonald's is ditching Atos and will instead buy IT support services from rival French integrator Capgemini, The Register can reveal.…

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US sanctions on Turkey for Russian canoodling could ground Brit F-35s

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 08:09
Oi, remember who you picked as our one-and-only engine supplier?

+Comment Uncle Sam has raised the possibility of sanctions against Turkey for buying Russian anti-aircraft missile systems – putting the UK's supply of overhauled F-35 fighter jet engines at risk.…

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Citrix sues VDI challenger Workspot

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 07:27
Patents the pretence, cloudy control planes competition a more likely cause

Citrix has taken legal action against desktop virtualization challenger Workspot, alleging patent infringement and false and misleading public statements.…

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Net Neutrality Is Over Monday, But Experts Say ISPs Will Wait To Screw Us

Slashdot - Mon, 2018-04-23 07:07
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: Parts of the Federal Communication Commission's repeal of net neutrality is slated to take effect on April 23, causing worry among internet users who fear the worst from their internet service providers. However, many experts believe there won't be immediate changes come Monday, but that ISPs will wait until users aren't paying attention to make their move. "Don't expect any changes right out of the gate," Dary Merckens, CTO of Gunner Technology, tells Inverse. Merckens specializes in JavaScript development for government and business, and sees why ISPs would want to lay low for a while before enacting real changes. "It would be a PR nightmare for ISPs if they introduced sweeping changes immediately after the repeal of net neutrality," he says. While parts of the FCC's new plan will go into effect on Monday, the majority of the order still doesn't have a date for when it will be official. Specific rules that modify data collection requirements still have to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget, and the earliest that can happen is on April 27. Tech experts and consumer policy advocates don't expect changes to happen right away, as ISPs will likely avoid any large-scale changes in order to convince policymakers that the net neutrality repeal was no big deal after all.

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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 07:04
‘I was a snot-nosed kid fresh out of college and thought I knew everything!’

Who, me? Another working week beckons so once again let’s kick it off with a fresh instalment of Who, me? For those of you new to the column, its The Register confessional for IT pros who broke things.…

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Single single-sign-on SNAFU threatens three Cisco products

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 06:28
Firepower, AnyConnect and ASA appliances and clients need patches

Cisco has announced a suite of patches against a bug in its Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) implementation.…

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TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 06:01
SmugMug now the proud owner of more than twenty billion photographs

Yahoo!’s photo-sharing service Flickr has been acquired by SmugMug.…

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Brains behind seL4 secure microkernel begin RISC-V chip port

TheRegister - Mon, 2018-04-23 05:02
Unveil first code, joins giants in industry standard-club

Last week, the first RISC-V port of its seL4 microkernel was released by the Data61 division of the Australian government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).…

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