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White House report cautiously optimistic about job-killing AI
In a followup to its smash hit, Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence, the White House on Tuesday released Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy, a report that attempts to outline the economic consequences of expected advances in automation and machine learning without actually risking a prediction of what's to come.
Australian Internet policy remains years behind reality
That Australian policy-makers cannot muster a coherent and consistent approach to the changes wrought by the internet has again been made apparent in recent weeks, by a number of events.
Firefox to give all extensions their own process in January
The Mozilla Foundation has outlined plans to add more multi-process features to its Firefox browser.
NIST requests ideas for crypto that can survive quantum computers
The United States' National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a “Notice and request for nominations for candidate post-quantum algorithms.”
Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs
The Raspberry Pi foundation has ported the PIXEL OS it released in September to the PC and Mac.
Virtualisation got boring in 2016, but the fun's about to start anew
END-OF-YEAR ROUND UP2016 was a year in which virtualisation became so mainstream, so expected, so accepted that it started to look like a moribund market.
Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief
On-callWelcome to another festive edition of On-Call, the column in which we recycle readers' horror stories.
Eating Brotli will improve Edge's inner health says Microsoft
Microsoft's announced it will adopt the Brotli compression algorithm that Google open-sourced last year in future versions of its Edge browser.
Capita is STILL the BIGGEST tech services supplier to UK.gov
Despite all the mini fires burning at beleaguered Capita, the much maligned outsourcing giant remained the UK's biggest public sector tech services supplier in 2016 as revenues swelled to £1.9bn.
Gov claws back £440m for rural broadband
The government has clawed back £440m from its superfast broadband programme to connect an extra 600,000 homes and businesses in remote areas.
Windows 10 nags, Dirty Cow, Microsoft's Linux man love: The Reg's big ones for 2016
Systems got bigger and more removed from ordinary mortals during 2016 as West Coast tech firms centralised more and more computing on server farms.
NAND, fab-ulous NAND, price rises make DRAM a cash cow
Happy days for Micron, it seems. Its first fiscal 2017 quarter results were lifted by high demand and price rises driven by supply constraints. The market wanted more DRAM and NAND bits than the firm's fabs could ship and DRAM prices went up.
HPE exec quits for online security startup
The veep chosen by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s to run its sales channels in the UK and Ireland has quit to take up a post an at online security services startup.
Groupon frauds blamed on third-party password breaches
Groupon has blamed fraudulent purchases from some UK customers' accounts on password leaks from other sites.
How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order
It’s on: the fight over Rogue One or Force Awakens. Which was better? Which has the best bad character - is it calculating Commander Orson Krennic or bratty Kylo Ren?
'Twas Brillo but then Android Things, which watched as Google Weaved its Nest
CommentGoogle has launched the developer preview of Android Things, updating and rebranding the Brillo IoT operating system which was unveiled over a year ago.
What gifts did ol' kitten heels May get this year?
Working out what to get anyone for Christmas is tricky, so you can be forgiven for falling back on broad stereotypes. A drill for dad. Perfume for the girlfriend. Wirecutters for BOFH.
Building IoT: Forget the vision, just show us how to build it
If you’ve had all the vision you can handle, and just want to know how to actually develop devices, applications and networks to exploit the internet of things, you really need to join us next March for Building IoT London.
Rising flash demand looks non-volatile. Time to build a fab
+CommentSK Hynix, the world's second largest DRAM and NAND fab company, is going to build a new flash foundry in South Korea.
Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?
AnalysisYesterday's judgment from the EU Court of Justice offered hope to many of those critical of the wider culture of communications data retention, but what does this mean for the UK's Investigatory Powers Act?
Rollout of smart meters continues at a snail's pace
Looking back over a turbulent year, some things remained reassuringly constant. England lost the football, Julian Assange stayed vitamin D deprived, and Blighty's smart meter rollout continued at a snail's pace.
Big Sphere 3D shareholder tosses activist letter in firm's lap
+CommentCyrus Capital Partners, a major Sphere 3D shareholder, has filed a highly critical public letter calling for a full restructuring of the company to fix "cost" and "under-performance" issues.
'DNC hackers' used mobile malware to track Ukrainian artillery – researchers
The Russian hacking crew controversially linked to hacks against the Democrat Party during the US election allegedly used Android malware to track Ukrainian artillery units from late 2014 until 2016, according to new research.
Bad news: Exim hole was going to be patched on Xmas Day. Good news: Keyword 'was'
UpdatedAn information-leaking security hole in widely used email agent Exim – scheduled for repair on Christmas Day – may now be publicly patched earlier, possibly as soon as Friday.
Who's been naughty and nice in IT storage – over to you, Gartner-claus
Just another sweet week in storage with a blitz of news candy covering archiving, flash arrays, compression and removable disk backup.
Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE
A month after NASA published a paper suggesting a controversial electromagnetic engine design appears to work, Chinese eggheads claim they've had similar results – and have sent an EM Drive into space for testing.
Uber's self-driving cars get kicked out of SF, seek refuge in Arizona
AnalysisThe California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Wednesday revoked the registration of 16 self-driving Uber vehicles, sending a signal to the regulation-averse startup that the agency is not to be publicly defied.
We've been Trumped! China's Alibaba is a 'notorious' knock-offs souk, says US watchdog
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has put Alibaba's Taobao, the Chinese internet giant's online auction site, on its "notorious markets list" of sites that regularly deal in counterfeit goods.