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End of the Landline: BT Aims To Move All UK Customers To VoIP by 2025

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-04-20 16:40
BT aims to move its UK customers to IP telephony by 2025. From a report: BT is shutting its traditional telephone network in the UK, according to an email seen by The Register. The public switched telephone network (PSTN) closure is part of the company's plans to move in a fibre network direction in terms of its infrastructure. All phonecalls will eventually be made over broadband using VoIP systems, which means the company's existing wholesale line rental products, which are reliant on the PSTN, will need to be removed. BT Openreach runs the network used by all but one of the telecoms providers in the UK.

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Drama brews on high seas as Playmobil ship running out of steam

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 16:06
Vessel charts a course to pirate tax haven

A Playmobile pirate ships's journey to the Caribbean sea risks being scuppered as its supplies run low.…

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AI Can Scour Code To Find Accidentally Public Passwords

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-04-20 16:05
An anonymous reader shares a report: Researchers at software infrastructure firm Pivotal have taught AI to locate this accidentally public sensitive information in a surprising way: By looking at the code as if it were a picture. Since modern artificial intelligence is arguably better than humans at identifying minute differences in images, telling the difference between a password and normal code for a computer is just like recognizing a dog from a cat. The best way to check whether private passwords or sensitive information has been left public today is to use hand-coded rules called "regular expressions." These rules tell a computer to find any string of characters that meets specific criteria, like length and included characters.

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AI Helps Grow 6 Billion Roaches at China's Largest Breeding Site

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-04-20 15:22
With the help of AI, folks at a Chinese pharmaceutical company are breeding cockroaches by the billions every year, South China Morning Post reports. From a report: Their purpose: To make a "healing potion" that can cure respiratory, gastric and other diseases. The "potion," consumed by over 40 million people in China, is made by crushing the cockroaches once they reach a desired weight and size, according to the publication. There is a "slightly fishy smell" to the potion, which tastes "slightly sweet" and looks like tea, it added. Some insects are known to have potential health benefits. Besides China's cockroach potion, scientists are also exploring how milk-like protein crystals in roaches could be an excellent source of calories and nutrition. Chewing down on bugs like crickets and mealworms can also give us more protein, according to studies.

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Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 15:06
Plenty of laser research already going on – but there's more than one way to melt a drone

The EU is planning to build a laser cannon with double the power of Britain's under-construction Dragonfire zapper, according to reports – but the general state of the tech doesn't automatically mean Europe will be trying to snaffle Brit raygun smarts.…

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Loud Sound From Fire Alarm System Shuts Down Nasdaq's Scandinavian Data Center

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-04-20 14:43
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A loud sound emitted by a fire alarm system has destroyed the hard drives of a Swedish data center, downing Nasdaq operations across Northern Europe. The incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday, April 19, and was caused by a gas-based fire alarm system that are typically deployed in data centers because of their ability to put out fires without destroying non-burnt equipment. These systems work by releasing inert gas at high speeds, a mechanism usually accompanied by a loud whistle-like sound. With non-calibrated systems, this sound can get very loud, a big no-no in data centers, where loud sounds are known to affect performance, shut down, or even destroy hard drives.

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Samsung-backed boffins may soon juice up your smartphone over the air

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 14:26
What a time to be alive

Wireless charging is becoming an ever more popular way to juice up consumer gadgets, but an international team of scientists may have figured out how to scrap the mat too.…

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AI Researchers Are Making More Than $1 Million, Even at a Nonprofit

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-04-20 14:00
One of the poorest-kept secrets in Silicon Valley has been the huge salaries and bonuses that experts in artificial intelligence can command. Now, a little-noticed tax filing by a research lab called OpenAI has made some of those eye-popping figures public [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. From a report: OpenAI paid its top researcher, Ilya Sutskever, more than $1.9 million in 2016. It paid another leading researcher, Ian Goodfellow, more than $800,000 -- even though he was not hired until March of that year. Both were recruited from Google. A third big name in the field, the roboticist Pieter Abbeel, made $425,000, though he did not join until June 2016, after taking a leave from his job as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Those figures all include signing bonuses. [...] Salaries for top A.I. researchers have skyrocketed because there are not many people who understand the technology and thousands of companies want to work with it. Element AI, an independent lab in Canada, estimates that 22,000 people worldwide have the skills needed to do serious A.I. research -- about double from a year ago.

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Dell cloudy software limb Pivotal IPOs today

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 13:52
Still firmly in Dell Technologies' clutches

Pivotal has set its initial public offering share price at $15, with hopes of raising $555m and an anticipated $14-$16 price band. The shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange from today.…

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Creaky NHS digital infrastructure risks holding back gene boffinry, say MPs

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 13:21
Ask for clear budgets, better training and yup, public engagement

The state of the NHS's digital infrastructure and a lack of clear budgets risk holding back the UK’s efforts in genomic medicine and research, MPs have said.…

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Google Is 'Pausing' Work On Allo In Favor 'Chat,' An RCS-Based Messaging Standard

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-04-20 13:00
An anonymous reader shares an exclusive report from The Verge about Google's next big fix for Android's messaging mess: Instead of bringing a better app to the table, it's trying to change the rules of the texting game, on a global scale. Google has been quietly corralling every major cellphone carrier on the planet into adopting technology to replace SMS. It's going to be called "Chat," and it's based on a standard called the "Universal Profile for Rich Communication Services." SMS is the default that everybody has to fall back to, and so Google's goal is to make that default texting experience on an Android phone as good as other modern messaging apps. As part of that effort, Google says it's "pausing" work on its most recent entry into the messaging space, Allo. It's the sort of "pause" that involves transferring almost the entire team off the project and putting all its resources into another app, Android Messages. Google won't build the iMessage clone that Android fans have clamored for, but it seems to have cajoled the carriers into doing it for them. In order to have some kind of victory in messaging, Google first had to admit defeat. Some of the new features associated with Chat include read receipts, typing indicators, full-resolution images and video, and group texts. It's important to keep in mind that it's a carrier-based service, not a Google service. It won't be end-to-end encrypted, and it will follow the same legal intercept standards. The new Chat services will be switched on in the near future, but ultimately carriers will dictate exactly when Chat will go live. Also, you may be persuaded to upgrade your data plan since Chat messages will be sent with your data plan instead of your SMS plan.

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UK mobile operator Three: MMS? Oh no you don't

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 12:08
Ups charges for picture-takers, just in time for your parents' hols

Mobile operator Three UK is celebrating the approach of British summer by, er, hiking its charges for some of its services.…

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And so it begins: Veritas lays off UK workers

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 11:41
At least 100 out, R&D hit hardest – sources

Troubled private-equity-owned Veritas started making layoffs in the UK yesterday as its parent continues to implement cost-cutting measures.…

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Government requests for Microsoft data reach all-time low

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 10:59
Almost 23,000 requests in first half of 2017, as Redmond reject higher proportion than ever

Government requests for user data from Microsoft fell to the all-time low of 23,000 in the last half of 2017, as Redmond's rate of rejecting the requests rose to a high of 17 per cent.…

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EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 10:13
Comparison shopping websites won't use Chocolate Factory fix

Calls are mounting for the European Commission to issue a non-compliance notice against Google over attempts to address complaints about its market dominance.…

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ZTE Exports Ban May Mean No Google Apps, a Death Sentence For Its Smartphones

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-04-20 10:00
New submitter krazy1 shares a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. government is going after another Chinese Android device maker. After shutting down Huawei's carrier deals and retail partners, the government is now pursuing ZTE. The U.S. Department of Commerce has banned U.S. companies from selling parts and software to ZTE for seven years. ZTE was caught violating U.S. sanctions by illegally shipping telecommunications equipment to Iran and North Korea. The company then made things worse by "making false statements and obstructing justice, including through preventing disclosure to and affirmatively misleading the U.S. Government," according to the Department of Commerce. The latest news from Reuters raises even bigger issues for ZTE, though. A source told Reuters that "The Commerce Department decision means ZTE Corp may not be able to use Google's Android operating system in its mobile devices." Android is free and open source and will probably remain free for ZTE to use without Google's involvement. Reuters' source is probably referring to the Google apps, which aren't sold to device makers but are carefully licensed to them in exchange for other concessions. The Google apps package includes popular services like Gmail and Google Maps, and it also unlocks the Play Store, Google Play Services, and the entire Android app ecosystem. For a market-viable Android device, the Play Store is pretty much mandatory in every country other than China. So while ZTE could conceivably source hardware components from non-U.S. sources, being locked out of the Play Store would devastate ZTE's smartphones worldwide.

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LESTER gets ready to trundle: <i>The Register</i>'s beer-bot has a name

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 09:44
And garners industry attention

Buoyed by the usual high quality feedback from readers, the office automated beer delivery service has taken a step towards reality with a suitable moniker.…

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 08:41
Bros gig, smellies, branded socks... Here are our tales. Tell us yours

Some tickets to a Bros reunion gig in return for a favourable article? £1,500 to do a straight rewrite of a press release? Or some "free" man perfume from Kaspersky called Eau d'Eugene. Just what would you accept as a bribe gift to do someone's corporate bidding?…

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 08:05
Grumble grumble where's me suet pudding in Bovril etc

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Blank faces abound. No, not all are blank: some are horrified, revolted even. What did I say?…

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Apple unleashes FoundationDB as an open source project

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-04-20 07:27
Secretive company talks up the need for open community

Apple has open-sourced FoundationDB, a distributed ACID-compliant NoSQL datastore, three years after acquiring the company that developed the technology.…

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