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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Says Tech Companies Can Regulate Themselves

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-04-18 16:00
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a new interview rejected the notion that Capitol Hill has a role to play in regulating big tech companies, breaking with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent willingness to work with lawmakers. From a report: "The problem is if you write a rule, inevitably, you fix the solution on a specific solution, but the technology moves so quickly," Schmidt says. "It's generally better to let the tech companies do these things," he adds. Schmidt, who ran Google from 2001 to 2011, acknowledged that over his tenure the company did not understand the scale or severity of problems originating from its products. But since then, the company has addressed the issues, he said. "Our response has, in my view, been very strong," he said. "Today, we have all sorts of software that enforces policies of one kind or another. And people complain about the rules, but the fact of the matter is the rules are published." [...] Schmidt suggested that even if Congress does pass new regulations on tech companies, issues will continue to originate on tech platforms because the sites display unpredictable human conduct. Content moderators and other employees need to ensure that users abide by the rules of a given platform, he said. "All of these platforms that are human centric will have to have a component of them, which is...watching what the users are doing and making sure they're consistent with their terms of service and the law," he says. "These issues are ongoing, because these are human-based systems," he says. "And so humans will continue to use them. They will continue to do unexpected things. There will continue to be surprises." Further reading: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Predicts the Internet Will Split in Two By 2028 -- and One Part Will Be Led By China.

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Cloud Atlas: Huawei's homegrown AI hardware hits shelves. Oh, and it's working on DNA storage

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 15:57
Machine learning chips for everyone and everything

Chinese IT leviathan Huawei has launched a range of hardware for machine learning applications based on its own specialised silicon.…

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BBM is dead, long live BBMe: Encrypted chat plat opened up to all as consumer version burns

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 15:26
BlackBerry throws lifebelt to marooned users

BlackBerry has said it will open up its BBM Enterprise encrypted chat service to all-comers as the consumer version nears death.…

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The Mueller Report

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-04-18 15:19
Almost two years after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign, his report -- a redacted version of it -- is finally out [PDF].

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Ubuntu 19.04 'Disco Dingo' Released

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-04-18 14:40
Canonical today announced the release of Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo." With Linux 5.0 and GNOME 3.32, Disco Dingo features performance improvements and visual tweaks. Whether or not you upgrade, Disco Dingo lays the groundwork for future long term support releases of Ubuntu. From a report: Keep in mind, version 19.04 is not LTS (Long Term Support), meaning it is only supported until January 2020. "Ubuntu 19.04 introduces GNOME 3.32 with higher frame rates, smoother startup animations, quicker icon load times and reduced CPU+GPU load. Fractional scaling for HiDPI screens is now available in X-org and Wayland. Installing Ubuntu on VMWare will automatically install open-vm-tools for bi-directional clipboard, easy sharing of files and graceful power state management," says Canonical. The Ubuntu-maker further says, "In Ubuntu 19.04, multiple instances of the same snap can be installed for CI/CD, testing or phased rollouts. For example, two versions of a database or two versions of the golang compiler can be installed at the same time. Snap epochs control when and how data migration happens between major version upgrades."

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Speak your brains on AI platforms: They have been hyped to death... but what's your practical reality?

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 14:37
Is manufacturing proving ground for mainstream solutions?

Reader Study We're all getting a bit fed up with marketeers who tag pretty much anything they can with "AI-enabled" or "powered by AI". But we also know that AI is more than just pure hype – yes, it's a bandwagon, but it can also be both a fundamental technology shift and a deep operational transformation.…

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Google Offers Europeans Choice To Download Rival Web Browser

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-04-18 14:01
Google said today it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling. From a report: Starting Thursday and following a software update, users in the EU opening Google's mobile app store will be presented with a choice of alternatives to Google search and Chrome. The Alphabet unit said options will vary by market, but Microsoft's Bing and Norway's Opera are notable competitors in the European search and browser market respectively. The changes could help Google avoid additional fines after being scrutinized by the EU for almost a decade. The European Commission, the bloc's antitrust body, last year fined Google $4.8 billion for strong-arming device makers into pre-installing its Google search and Chrome browser, giving it a leg up because users are unlikely to look for alternatives if a default is already preloaded. The EU ordered Google to change that behavior and threatened additional fines if it failed to comply. In a statement, FairSearch, a group that includes Czech search engine Seznam.cz and Oracle, rejected the changes as insufficient. "It does nothing to correct the central problem that Google apps will remain the default on all Android devices," the group said. FairSearch filed one of the first complaints to the EU on Android.

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Amazon and Google Announce Official YouTube Apps to Launch on Fire TV; Prime Video App Coming to Chromecast and Android TV

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-04-18 13:30
Amazon and Google have worked out their differences. On Thursday, they announced that official YouTube app will soon make a return to Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs. Additionally, Prime Video app will be coming to Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. "In addition, Prime Video will be broadly available across Android TV device partners, and the YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also come to Fire TV later this year," Amazon said.

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DevOps grandpa Electric Cloud absorbed into youthful CloudBees

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 13:00
Industry veteran to teach Jenkins-flinger new tricks

CloudBees, DevOps darling and spiritual home of the Jenkins platform, has been on a bit of a spending spree, picking up release orchestration outfit Electric Cloud.…

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Mozilla To Bring Python To Browsers

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-04-18 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: In a step toward its goal of building out a data science development stack for web browsers, Mozilla today detailed Pyodide, an experimental Python project that's designed to perform computation without the need for a remote kernel (i.e., a program that runs and inspects code). As staff data engineer Mike Droettboom explained in a blog post, it's a standard Python interpreter that runs entirely in the browser. And while Pyodide isn't exactly novel -- projects like Transcrypt, Brython, Skulpt, and PyPyJs are among several efforts to bring Python to browsers -- it doesn't require a rewrite of popular scientific computing tools (like NumPy, Pandas, Scipy, and Matplotlib) to achieve adequate performance, and its ability to convert built-in data types enables interactions among browser APIs and other JavaScript libraries. Pyodide is built on WebAssembly, a low-level programming language that runs with near-native performance, and emscripten (specifically a build of Python for emscripten dubbed "cpython-emscripten"), which comprises a compiler from C and C++ to WebAssembly and a compatibility layer. Emscripten additionally provides a virtual file system (written in JavaScript) that the Python interpreter can use, in which files disappear when the browser tab is closed. To use Pyodide, you'll need the compiled Python interpreter as WebAssembly, JavaScript from emscripten (which provides the system emulation), and a packaged file system containing the files required by the Python interpreter. Once all three components are downloaded, they'll be stored in your browser's cache, obviating the need to download them again. The report notes that "the Python interpreter inside the JavaScript virtual machine runs between one to 12 times slower in Firefox and up to 16 times slower on Chrome."

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Facebook: Yeah, we hoovered up 1.5 million email address books without permission. But it was an accident!

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 12:31
So that's all OK then

Facebook has admitted to harvesting email contacts from 1.5 million people without permission.…

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So how'd this go again... A sea goddess told you in a dream to run for president of Taiwan? OK, Mr Foxconn boss

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 12:07
Founder Terry Gou steps down for new life in political limelight

The boss of Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn is stepping down in order to run in upcoming presidential elections in Taiwan.…

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Yes, I may have advised 'some' investors to flog their Autonomy shares, analyst tells High Court

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 11:31
Plus: Other market-watcher 'unaware' of firm's hardware sales

Autonomy Trial A City analyst was accused of being "seriously unethical" after selectively telling investors in Autonomy to sell their stocks in the firm, London's High Court heard earlier this week.…

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Server at web host 1&1 Ionos decides to take unscheduled day off, sinks a bunch of sites

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 10:22
Meanwhile, customers complain of complete comms shutdown

Customers of web host 1&1 Ionos are complaining of a lack of communication after the company suffered a day-long server outage that pulled some websites offline.…

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Huawei thanks US for 'raising 5G awareness' by banning firm's wares

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 10:08
It's like talking to my children, sighs marketing bigwig

Huawei top brass took to the stage in Shenzhen this week to insist that everything was fine and dandy in the company's world, despite the shrieking from US lawmakers.…

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Astronomers Have Spotted the Universe's First Molecule

Slashdot - Thu, 2019-04-18 10:00
Astronomers have detected the universe's first molecule. "Helium hydride (HeH), a combination of helium and hydrogen, was spotted some 3000 light-years from Earth by an instrument aboard the airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a telescope built into a converted 747 jet that flies above the opaque parts of Earth's atmosphere," reports Science Magazine. The findings have been reported in the journal Nature. From the report: HeH has long been thought to mark the "dawn of chemistry," as the remnants of the big bang cooled to about 4000 K and ions began to team up with electrons to form neutral atoms. Researchers believe that in that primordial gas, neutral helium reacted with hydrogen ions to form the first chemical bond joining the very first molecule. In 1925, chemists synthesized HeH in the lab. In the 1970s, theorists predicted that the molecule may exist today, most likely formed anew in planetary nebulae, clouds of gas ejected by dying sunlike stars. But decades of observations failed to find any, casting doubts on the theory. To find the elusive molecule, astrochemists search for characteristic frequencies of light it emits, particularly a spectral line in the far infrared typically blocked by Earth's atmosphere. But a far-infrared spectrometer aboard SOFIA allowed them to find that signature for the first time, in a planetary nebula called NGC 7027, the researchers report today in Nature. The result shows this unlikely molecule -- involving typically unreactive helium -- can be created in space. With this cornerstone confirmed, it appears that the evolution of the following 13 billion years of chemistry stands on firmer ground.

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Disco Dingo fever: Ubuntu 19.04 has an infrastructure bent, snappier GNOME and another stupid name

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 09:37
New Linux kernel, new build

Pull on those flares and perch atop your most precipitous platforms – Canonical has emitted Ubuntu 19.04, aka "Disco Dingo", with its sights set firmly on infrastructure.…

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We can help you get on top of DevOps, CI/CD and containers, all in one month's time...

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 09:22
Just weeks to go until Continuous Lifecycle London 2019 opens its doors

Events We’ll be opening the doors at Continuous Lifecycle in less than one month, and we really want you to join us to discuss containers, DevOps, Continuous Delivery and much, much more.…

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Google hits brand slam stamping AMP with more crypto glam

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 08:03
All your URLs are belong to u

On Tuesday Google renovated its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) web publishing format, making it more secure with less Chocolate Factory branding - a change certain to be welcomed by publishers committed to AMP.…

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Microsoft debuts Bosque – a new programming language with no loops, inspired by TypeScript

TheRegister - Thu, 2019-04-18 07:04
Here's that regularized programming you wanted. Bish, bash, er, Bosque

Interview Microsoft has introduced a new open source programming language called Bosque that aspires to be simple and easy to understand by embracing algebraic operations and shunning techniques that create complexity.…

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