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17/02 6:04 pm Reinforcement learning woes, robot doggos, Amazon's homegrown AI chips, ..

Why machines aren't really superhuman at all Roundup Hello! Here's a brief roundup of some interesting news from the AI world from the past two weeks, beyond what we've already reported .

17/02 9:39 am James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash ..

When the lawyer thinks you're cruel, that's Damore. When you're thrown on the street with a cloud at your feet... Google was well within its rights when it dumped controversial bro-grammer James Damore in mid-2017.

17/02 8:04 am Oi! Verizon leaked my fiance's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

Intimate photos somehow ended up on some other guy's mobe, lawsuit claims A bloke is suing Verizon Wireless in the US because, he claims, personal pictures from his Verizon phone, including intimate snaps of his fiance, turned up on the phone of another subscriber who happened to know her.

17/02 7:04 am Vermont becomes fourth US state to boot up its own net neutrality rules

Governor Phil Scott signs executive order as battle lines are drawn Vermont has become the fourth US state to adopt net neutrality regulations, joining Montana, New Jersey, and New York.

17/02 6:11 am Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school ..

First Amendment bad, Second Amendment good? The governor of the US state of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, has blamed violent video games for the Florida high-school shooting that left 17 people dead this week.

17/02 4:58 am A computer file system shouldn't lose data, right? Tell that to Apple

Alarm raised over APFS sparse disk images tossing documents into the void Apple's recently revised file system, APFS, may lose data under specific circumstances, a maker of macOS backup software is warning.

17/02 12:59 am Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of 250k a day

Second privacy ruling to go against Zuck and co in a week Facebook has been told to stop tracking Belgian citizens' online habits, and to delete all the data it holds on them, or it could be fined up to 100m.

17/02 12:03 am Qualcomm rejects Valentine's Day takeover love-in with Broadcom

Cheapo merger terms wouldn't get past regulator, it says Fresh from telling us all how its highly qualified board would see off a hostile takeover from Broadcom, chip biz Qualcomm is now getting around the table with its buyout-happy rival.

16/02 10:39 pm Helicopter crashes after manoeuvres to 'avoid... DJI Phantom drone'

Incident reported to local cops and Federal Aviation Authority A helicopter has crashed after reportedly manoeuvring hard to avoid a "DJI Phantom quadcopter," in what could be the first confirmed aircraft accident involving a drone.

16/02 10:05 pm Say goodbye to a chunk of that sweet Aruba payout, hedgies judge

Complainants hoped to squeeze more from HP Hedge funds wanting a court-ordered higher share price from HP when it acquired Aruba have been dealt a blow costing them $17.3m.

16/02 9:06 pm UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

Look guys, everyone's doing it Mobile customers face a mid-contract price rise, with all four operators confirming they will hike fees by 4 per cent, 1 per cent above inflation.

16/02 8:27 pm Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista

Switch antitrust case rumbles on A US court has agreed to dismiss most of Cisco's IP defences in its long-running antitrust dispute with rival Arista Networks; the latter had previously described them as "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane".

16/02 8:00 pm Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

Sort out your safety policies... oh, and share all your travel info with us Private-hire cab firms that want to operate in the UK capital will have to demonstrate how they protect riders' safety and data and may still only get short-term licences, Transport for London has said.

16/02 6:38 pm Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

And publishers have you thought of trying something new? Analysis Google's own ad-blocking initiative was introduced yesterday via its Chrome browser.

16/02 6:05 pm HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

Apple suggests wiping your ROD and oiling your ring Something for the Weekend, Sir? My wife has a hairy tongue.

16/02 5:32 pm Should AI get to choose a topping in a two pizza team?

How DevOps could be about to collide with machine learning DevOps is finally getting somewhere. This year the term is ten years old and like most ten-year olds, DevOps is starting to show signs of puberty and cognitive maturity. According to analyst Forrester, this is being reflected in industry . In 2017, a Forrester survey found that over 50 per cent of organisations were to implement DevOps in some form or another, enough for the analyst to claim that 2018 is going to be the year of ..

16/02 5:04 pm Say HCI is an enhanced server. If you don't already sell 'em, it could be ..

Where enterprise servers go, hyperconverged systems follow Analysis If hyperconverged systems are basically enhanced servers then HCI vendors with no server hardware or channel partnerships for their software are doomed.

16/02 4:27 pm Microsoft's System Center successor edges closer to Hawaii 1-0

Project Honolulu gets a second Tech Preview Microsoft has offered Windows admins a second look at Project Honolulu, its web-based System Center successor.

16/02 4:01 pm Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

It's therefore safe to assume the notch is not going away any time soon The Apple rumour mill has buzzed with speculation that less-than-completely-astounding sales of Cupertino's latest iPhone, the X, mean it might not be long for this world.

16/02 3:04 pm If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

Un-hinged user needed some basic education On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, in which The Register tries to liven up Fridays with reader-contributed stories of tech support traumas.

16/02 2:11 pm Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to ..

Everything we knew was a lie The Andromeda galaxy is actually roughly the same size as the Milky Way, and may not engulf our galaxy when it is expected to collide in about four billion years time, according to new research.

16/02 1:02 pm If IBM craters, blame Watson: It's writing RFP responses now

If whatever you ask IBM to do isn't easy, 'cognitive solutioning' will sort you out Exclusive IBM's not just telling the world it needs "cognitive" computing: the company has bet the future of its own services business on Watson-branded services.

 If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating ..

'Cognitive solutioning' kicks in when you ask Big Blue to solve tricky problems Exclusive IBM is not just telling the world it needs "cognitive" computing: the company has bet the future of its own services business on Watson-branded services.

16/02 12:02 am Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics even location with new desktop ..

Data harvest notice will be checked by default Poll Desktop computers powered by future versions of Ubuntu GNU/Linux may collect information on the PCs unless users opt out.

16/02 8:55 am Oh sh-itcoin! Crypto-dosh swap-shop Coinbase empties punters' bank accounts

Says sorry for 'poor experience', vows to pay back missing cash Digital currency exchange Coinbase said it inadvertently charged punters for transactions they never made, effectively draining money from their bank accounts. It has promised to refund the money taken.

16/02 7:59 am FCC inspector general sticks corruption probe into chairman Ajit Pai amid ..

Fine line between free market and favors for pals Analysis The chairman of America's broadband watchdog the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is under investigation by the regulator's inspector general following a series of decisions that appear to favor one of the country's largest media owners.

16/02 6:40 am Top tip: Don't bother with Facebook's two-factor SMS auth unless you love ..

Pick another 2FA method: Social network is having a What The Zuck moment Forget fake news, Russian trolls and the gradual cruel destruction of journalism now Facebook is taking heat for spamming a netizen's phone with text messages after he signed up for SMS-based two-factor authentication.

16/02 5:29 am When it absolutely, positively needs to be leaked overnight: 120k FedEx ..

Passport scans, drivers licenses, etc, exposed online Another day, another unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket spilling secrets onto the public internet.

16/02 4:43 am Apple Macs, iThings, smart watches choke on tiny Indian delicacy

Watch out for text bomb that crashes apps and devices over and over and... Apple last month fixed a flaw in macOS and iOS that allowed a text message to crash its chat software (CVE-2018-4100) and now it has the opportunity to do so again.

16/02 1:18 am Oracle slurps bot-wrangling security minnow Zenedge

Buy price not revealed Oracle is to gobble security outfit Zenedge for likely less than CTO Larry Ellison spends on tanning lotion each year an unspecified sum.

16/02 12:29 am Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

Now can you remove it from every Start Menu? Readers with good memories may recall that when Windows NT was launched, it came in Workstation and Advanced Server editions, with the former fulfilling most duties of a server. There were no limits on TCP/IP connections, for example. Just as its developer Dave Cutler intended.

15/02 11:34 pm Charity accused of leaving sensitive notes behind after office move

Yep, it's another case of the unchecked filing cabinet A counselling charity has been accused of breaching Blighty's data protection law after confidential files were discovered in an old office building.

15/02 10:26 pm Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

Just kidding vague definitions, confounding factors mean you probably shouldn't panic... yet A study has suggested a link between diets high in ultra-processed foods and an increased risk of cancer but academics have warned against over-interpreting the results.

15/02 9:55 pm BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay 420k in IR35 crackdown

IT contractors warned to get house in order A BBC presenter must pay 419,151 in taxes after a tribunal ruled her contract should have been subject to IR35 legislation a judgment that has been described as a wake-up call for IT freelancers.

15/02 9:34 pm Robot cars will kill London jobs but only from 2030, say politicans

London Assembly report shines light on's auto auto plans The London Assembly has lashed out at driverless cars, declaring that autonomous vehicles could cause "significant job losses" while figures from the UK's driverless car industry told it that they don't expect Level 4 or 5 (fully autonomous) tech to hit the streets for another decade or more.

15/02 9:09 pm So... Nokia's taking a long, hard look at its health unit

Not so strategic now Nokia appears to be revising its ambition to be the data kingpin of the digital health industry. The Finnish telecomms giant has put its Digital Health business up for strategic review.

15/02 8:36 pm Mobile phone dealer boss faces 12 years in director limbo

Did somebody say VAT fraud? Yes, the Insolvency Service did The boss of an Oxford-based mobile phone dealer who used a carousel scam to defraud the British tax collector from hundreds of thousands of pounds was today banned from holding directorships for 12 years.

15/02 7:55 pm Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

It's not David Icke, it's Ayatollah Khamenei's former top general Iran has gone full David Icke and accused lizards that "attract atomic waves" of spying for the West.

15/02 7:26 pm Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

Want high speeds? Go to Latvia The UK is performing so poorly in fibre internet penetration that it isn't even included in a European study.

15/02 6:58 pm DevOps, Containers and CD: What happens when theory is put to the test?

CLL18 delivers reports from the front line Talk about DevOps, Containers or Agile all you want, but sometimes youve just got to zip up your hoodie and do it.

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