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DeepMind Self-training Computer Creates 3D Model From 2D Snapshots

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-06-15 16:41
DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence subsidiary in London, has developed a self-training vision computer that generates 'a full 3D model of a scene from just a handful of 2D snapshots," according to its chief executive. From a report: The system, called the Generative Query Network, can then imagine and render the scene from any angle [Editor's note: the link maybe paywalled; alternative source], said Demis Hassabis. GQN is a general-purpose system with a vast range of potential applications, from robotic vision to virtual reality simulation. Details were published on Thursday in the journal Science. "Remarkably, [the DeepMind scientists] developed a system that relies only on inputs from its own image sensors -- and that learns autonomously and without human supervision," said Matthias Zwicker, a computer scientist at the University of Maryland who was not involved in the research. This is the latest in a series of high-profile DeepMind projects, which are demonstrating a previously unanticipated ability by AI systems to learn by themselves, once their human programmers have set the basic parameters.

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South Africans in Cape Town and Johannesburg Pay Much More For Internet Usage Than New Yorkers

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-06-15 16:00
South Africa may have some of the world's cheapest cities to live in, but using the internet in Cape Town and Johannesburg is surprisingly expensive by global standards. From a report: South Africans living in the country's two major cities spend more on their monthly internet costs than people living in New York, Tokyo, and even the perennially expensive Zurich, according to a report by Deutsche Bank. When comparing life in the global financial capitals, most other things, from rent to the cost of a cappuccino, were far cheaper in Johannesburg and Cape Town, making the cost of getting online even more of a shock to the pocket. Out of 50 cities surveyed, Joburgers spent the second most on monthly internet, beaten only by oil-rich Dubai. The amount shelled out by Capetonians ranked seventh behind Dublin, San Francisco, and Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand, according to the report, which compared daily prices and living standards of cities around the world.

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Microsoft Program Manager Mistakenly Tweets Office 365 Will Be Rewritten in JavaScript

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-06-15 15:34
"A Microsoft employee claimed publicly that 'all of Office 365' was being 'completely rewritten' in JavaScript," writes Paul Thurrott, adding "And then all hell broke loose." First things first. It's not true. So if you were freaking out that Microsoft was somehow abandoning C# and C++ for its most mission-critical offerings, freak out no more. It's not happening. So what is happening? A Microsoft program manager named Sean Larkin perhaps got a little overly-exuberant on Monday... he tried to clarify things in follow-up tweets when his original missive exploded intro controversy. Which shouldn't have been a surprise. And yet, somehow, it was... [H]e finally corrected himself on Reddit, blaming Twitter's character limitations for his many factual errors. "We are not abandoning C++, C#, or any of the other awesome languages, APIs, and toolings that we use across Microsoft," he clarifies. "Nothing [in Office 365] is converting to 'all/completely' JavaScript/TypeScript." Thurrott, a long-time Windows blogger, concludes that "getting something this big this wrong is inexcusable."

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DeepMind Health told to explain business model, relationship to Google

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 15:23
Review panel: We don't think AI firm has a hidden agenda, but…

Alphabet-owned AI company DeepMind Health needs to clarify its relationship with Google and explain how it plans to turn a profit, the firm's independent review panel has said.…

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6 Fitbit Employees Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets From Jawbone

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-06-15 15:20
Six current and former Fitbit employees were charged in a federal indictment Thursday filed in San Jose for allegedly being in possession of trade secrets stolen from competitor Jawbone, according to information from the Department of Justice. From a report: The indictment charges the six people -- Katherine Mogal, 52, of San Francisco; Rong Zhang, 45, of El Cerrito; Jing Qi Weiden, 39, of San Jose; Ana Rosario, 33, of Pacifica; Patrick Narron, 41, of Boulder Creek; and Patricio Romano, 37, of Calabasas -- with violating confidentiality agreements they had signed as former employees of Jawbone after they accepted employment with Fitbit, according to an announcement from Acting U.S. Attorney Alex G. Tse and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin. San Francisco-based companies Fitbit and Jawbone were competitors in making wearable fitness trackers until Jawbone, once valued at $3.2B, went out of business in 2017. Each of the defendants worked for Jawbone for at least one year between May 2011 and April 2015, and had signed a confidentiality agreement with the company, according to the Department of Justice.

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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 14:43
'I did not have an unclassified FBI connection at home that worked'

Former FBI director James Comey was using Gmail for FBI business while overseeing the controversial probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as US Secretary of State.…

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University of Chicago To Stop Requiring ACT and SAT Scores For Prospective Undergraduates

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-06-15 14:40
An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, a debate has simmered at the nation's universities and colleges over how much weight should be given to standardized tests as officials consider students for admission -- and whether they should be required at all. A growing number, including DePaul University, have opted to stop requiring the SAT and ACT in their admissions process, saying the tests place an unfair cost and burden on low-income and minority students, and ultimately hinder efforts to broaden diversity on campus. But the trend has escaped the nation's most selective universities. Until now. The University of Chicago announced Thursday that it would no longer require applicants for the undergraduate college to submit standardized test scores. While it will still allow applicants to submit their SAT or ACT scores, university officials said they would let prospective undergraduates send transcripts on their own and submit video introductions and nontraditional materials to supplement their applications.

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Stephen Hawking's Voice Beamed Into Space as His Ashes Are Interred

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-06-15 14:00
The ashes of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking were interred at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday in a memorial ceremony attended by a mixture of celebrities and members of the public. From a report: Astronaut Tim Peake and British actor Benedict Cumberbatch and both gave readings, and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees paid tribute to the Hawking's work. Following the service, Hawking's words, set to an original score by composer Vangelis, will be beamed into space by the European Space Agency. Hawking died in March aged 76 after a lifetime of studying the science of space and time. His final resting place is situated between the remains of two other great scientists: Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton. It is a rare honor to be interred at the Abbey, and one that has not been afforded to a scientist for almost 80 years. Before Hawking, the last scientists laid to rest at Westminster were atomic physicists Ernest Rutherford in 1937 and Joseph John Thomson in 1940.

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Swiss cops will 'tolerate' World Cup rabble-rousers – for 60 minutes

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 13:33
The land of the cuckoo clock brings you more endearingly cuckoo rules

A Swiss police force has decreed that up to an hour of car-horn beeping during the football World Cup will be officially tolerated by the famously pernickety nation.…

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CIOs planning to snub Oracle for other cloudy vendors – analyst

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 12:59
Drop for Big Red shares as biz prepares to announce Q4 financial results

Oracle stock has been downgraded by JP Morgan based on its CIO survey that didn't paint a rosy picture for Big Red's cloud services business.…

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Office 365 celebrates National Beer Day by popping out for a pint

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 12:30
UK users waiting for emails to download ponder early start to weekend

Office 365 is suffering a stuttering start to the weekend with UK users complaining this morning that the service has slowed to a crawl or stopped altogether.…

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Drones Bill said to be ready for world+dog's crayons 'this summer'

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 12:02
Public consultation for skeletal law inches closer

The long-awaited Drones Bill will be out for public consultation "this summer" - though sources tell The Register that it has been stripped down in order to guarantee a smooth passage through Parliament.…

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How the World Cup Plays Out Among Hackers

Slashdot - Fri, 2018-06-15 12:00
The World Cup began today in Russia, and hackers were watching the games. From a report: In prior years, Cybersecurity firm Akamai has seen declines in cyberattacks while the World Cup games are in play -- "at least until games are out of reach," said Patrick Sullivan, Akamai director of security technology. Once games are well in hand, attacks from the losing team's nation spike well above normal. Often, said Sullivan, that takes the form of attacks designed to take down news stories in the victor's country that tout a home-team win. Sullivan notes activists frequently use various forms of cyber attacks during major sporting events to protest the host nation -- often targeting sponsors to get their point across. He points to protestors upset with the amount of money spent in the recent Brazillian World Cup as an example.

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Brit super-data-cluster JASMIN set to crank up capacity and capability

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 11:39
Quobyte, Pure Storage and Caringo all helping out

Quobyte, FlashBlade and Caringo will all flower at JASMIN, the UK's environmental science supercomputer site, it has emerged.…

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Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 11:10
The dilithium crystals cannae take it, Captain

Here's a surprise. William Shatner wants cryptocurrency miners to use a solar energy company he represents.…

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End-to-end NVMe arrays poised to resurrect external storage

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 09:49
Who needs DAS with RDMA?

Analysis NVMe-over Fabrics arrays are performing as fast as servers fitted with the same storage media – Optane or Z-SSD drives for example. Because NVMe-oF uses RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) then the network latency involved in accessing external storage arrays effectively goes away.…

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 08:37
UK's National Audit Office slams delays, overestimation of Verify, attitude to claimants

The UK government's embattled Universal Credit programme hasn't delivered value for money and has caused some claimants hardship but is now so embedded there is no alternative but to plough on, the National Audit Office has said.…

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 08:01
What open-sourcery is this?

Interview Open source had a moral purpose when it was fighting "The Borg", Microsoft, in the 1990s, but then it fell from view. You could say it has found its mojo again, only this time it is about loosening the grip of companies built on ever more intrusive personal data processing: Google and Facebook. One of the biggest but most promising challenges is creating an Android free of Google's data-slurping.…

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ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 07:30
Just has to lose GDPR rulings in other courts first

Domain name system overseer ICANN will spend millions of dollars arguing its GDPR case to the European Court of Justice rather than resolve its own internal disagreements.…

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

TheRegister - Fri, 2018-06-15 07:02
Citizen sysadmin saved the day after kids got lost without lasers

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, in which The Register brings you readers’ tales of tech support traumas.…

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