11th > January > 2018 Archive


No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

Two research papers argue that the risk of AI-driven automation isn't so much the destruction of jobs as the amplification of wealth inequality.
Thomas Claburn, 11 Jan 2018

Ohio coder accused of infecting Macs, PCs with webcam, browser spyware for 13 years

A computer programmer has been accused of hacking, committing identity theft, and creating child pornography after allegedly developing custom malware to take control of thousands of computers.
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2018
Number one foam hand

Juniper scores dubious honour of owning CVE-2018-0001

Juniper Networks, come on down: you have won the dubious honour of being responsible for CVE-2018-0001.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Jan 2018
NVIDIA GRID old kepler models

GPU teleportation: 2018’s first virtual pissing match

The wonderful world of x86 server virtualization is so settled that analyst firm Gartner last year decided it no longer needed to bother with a magic quadrant comparing the handful of remaining suppliers. But the big players are still finding a few ways to advance their wares and niggle each other at the same time, and 2018’s kicked off with a little battle around moving VMs that use NVIDIA GPUs.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jan 2018

Apple hands Chinese iCloud to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry

Apple has announced it will hand over iCloud operations in China to government-owned local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry (GBCD) on February 28.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Jan 2018
Boeing cargo drone

Up, up and a-weigh! Boeing flies cargo drone with 225kg payload

Boeing’s revealed it hastily-cobbled-together a cargo drone.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jan 2018
Star density in the DES footprint

Dark matter on the desktop: Dark Energy Survey publishes data

If you've got a penchant for lots of data, astrophysics, and mystery, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) has announced its first public data release.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Jan 2018

Audio tweaked just 0.1% to fool speech recognition engines

The development of AI adversaries continues apace: a paper by Nicholas Carlini and David Wagner of the University of California Berkeley has explained off a technique to trick speech recognition by changing the source waveform by 0.1 per cent.
Richard Chirgwin, 11 Jan 2018
Pile of coins toppled

Cryptocurrencies to end in tears, says investor wizard Warren Buffett

Famed investor Warren Buffett has predicted a nasty landing for cryptocurrencies.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jan 2018

Boffins closer to solving what causes weird radio bursts from space

A neutron star or a massive black hole may be the source of mysterious and highly energetic radio pulses that light up skies across the universe.
Katyanna Quach, 11 Jan 2018

Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic

Cisco has switched on latent features in its recent campus and office routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of malware in encrypted traffic.
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jan 2018
Noddy from Enid Blyton's Noddy . Editorial credit: urbanbuzz / Shutterstock.com

Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

InterviewDive beneath the hype and the dry ice of CES, and it becomes apparent. The connected cars and electric cars being shown off in Las Vegas this week are not self-driving cars; and it has proved a lot harder to make an autonomous car than to sell the idea to an AI-obsessed think tank.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jan 2018
DSTL apprentice Verity Jackson with Jacob's little yellow submarine. Crown copyright/DSTL

UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

The British government has put a seven-year-old boy's design for a submarine into production, saying the lad had "really thought about" his work.
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jan 2018
Osówka underground city. Pic by Richard Speed

Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

Lurking just outside the Polish village of Sierpnica is a relic of World War II Nazi ambition. The Osówka complex is the largest and most accessible remnant of the huge Project Riese (translation: “Giant”), an effort to create an underground city capable of housing 20,000 or more Nazi troops and workers.
Richard Speed, 11 Jan 2018

Black & Blue: IBM hires Bain to cut costs, up productivity

ExclusiveIBM has indicated to senior Global Technology Services management that a third of the global workforce will be “productively redeployed” in 2018 with tens of thousands of personnel “impacted”.
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2018

Think tank: Never mind WannaCry, update NHS IT systems for RoboDoc

The Reform think tank has told the UK government to improve the quality of NHS data and stop relying on paper-based systems to take advantage of the purported benefits of artificial intelligence.
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jan 2018
Still from UK political comedy Yes Minister

Shared services plan: UK.gov hitches wagon to cloudy Oracle offering

Another year, another government shared services strategy. This time Whitehall wants to roll out Oracle Cloud across departments - a move it says will require "substantive negotiations" with the Sopra Steria-run joint venture.
Kat Hall, 11 Jan 2018
Man holds mobile phone against backdrop of factory/industrial plant

Everything running smoothly at the plant? *Whips out mobile phone* Wait. Nooo...

The security of mobile apps that tie in with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems has deteriorated over the last two-and-a-half years, according to new research.
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2018

Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

CommentLet no one say that America's political elites are losing their talent for hypocrisy. Washington DC has welcomed the New Year with a display of selective Sinophobia – and it likely spoiled Huawei's CES.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jan 2018

UK watchdog dishes out fines totaling £600k to four spam-spewers

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined four businesses £600,000 for spamming customers millions of times.
Richard Priday, 11 Jan 2018

Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces

Heathrow Airport's local council has effectively prohibited the flying of drones anywhere within the borough's public spaces – including parks near airfields.
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jan 2018
Sad man stares glumly over boxed contents of desk. Image via shutterstock (Baranq)

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

A no-deal Brexit scenario could scrap 92,000 science and technology jobs across the UK, a report has claimed.
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jan 2018
black pudding coil...

Butcher breaks out of own freezer using black pudding

A butcher channelled the power of Ecky-Thump to escape being locked in his freezer when he saved his skin by using black pudding.
Richard Priday, 11 Jan 2018
Facepalm from Shutterstock

What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...

Comment"Don't ruin the moment. Asking to sign a contract to have sex can be awkward."
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jan 2018

US House reps green-light Fourth Amendment busting spy program

The US House of Representatives has passed a six-year extension to the controversial Section 702 spying program, rejecting an amendment that would have required the authorities to get a warrant before searching for information on US citizens.
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jan 2018

Intel top brass smacked with sueball for keeping schtum about chip flaws

An Intel stockholder filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday accusing the chipmaker of artificially inflating its stock prices by omitting to tell anyone about the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in its products.
Richard Priday, 11 Jan 2018

Wondering where your JavaScript libs went? Spam-detection snafu exiled npm packages

On the defensive after a malware kerfuffle last year, code registry npm shot first before asking questions over the weekend – and is now apologizing for the errant execution.
Thomas Claburn, 11 Jan 2018

Q: How do you get YouTube to stop funneling ads to your vids? A: Make jokes next to a dead body

YouTube has revealed where decency standards lie in the internet era: mocking suicide victims while standing next to a corpse.
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jan 2018
Man shreds documents. Photo by Shutterstock

Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

Uber is once again standing accused of shady behavior, this time allegedly developing mechanisms to rapidly shield documents and other files from the eyes of police.
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jan 2018

Microsoft finally injects end-to-end chat crypto into Skype – ish...

Microsoft has bunged end-to-end encrypted communications into beta versions of Skype using the open-source Signal protocol.
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2018

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