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Boffins start work on data centre to analyse UK infrastructure

The UK has kicked off development of an £8m data analytics facility for national infrastructure systems like energy and water. The Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI) will be built at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot near Oxford. The boffins working on the project will build …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Jul 2017
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Our intuitive AI outperforms (most) puny humans, claims MIT

Traditionally computers are great at crunching numbers, but lousy at understanding what they mean. But a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology thinks it's cracking that problem. A new paper, to be presented at next week's IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics, details …
Iain Thomson, 20 Oct 2015
The Beatles’ original mono studio albums remastered for vinyl release

You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

‪Pop music history has been marked by three distinct revolutions over the last 50 years, according to data-crunching boffins.‬ Three epochal years – 1964, 1983 and 1991 – marke, the greatest upheavals in musical tastes, according to Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London, based on an analysis of more than …
John Leyden, 11 May 2015

Incantations used to summon Magic Quadrants revealed

Analyst firm Gartner has lifted its skirts and explained a little more about how it compiles its controversial Magic Quadrants. The explanation comes in the form of a post offering advice to those about to bid for a spot on the infrastructure-as-a-service and hosting quadrant. Here's how the research process unfolds: You …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2014

Google's new cloud CRUSHES Amazon in RAM battle

If Amazon is an arms dealer, then Google is an army that happens to also sell guns. For this reason, Google's general-availability release of its IaaS cloud is a key moment in the evolution of as-a-service IT, as it represents the arrival of a truly competitive market for rentable compute and storage. With Monday's launch, …
Jack Clark, 3 Dec 2013
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Tell me, professor, what is big data?

Big Data may be misunderstood and overhyped - but the promise of data growth enabling a goldmine of insight is compelling. Professor Mark Whitehorn, the eminent data scientist, author and occasional Register columnist, explains what big data is and why it is important. Sometimes life is generous and hands you an unexpected gift …
Mark Whitehorn, 12 Aug 2013
Asteroid mining

Asteroid mining and a post-scarcity economy

In the last year, we've seen two commercial ventures announce different plans to harvest the material bounty of the solar system by mining asteroids. So are we at the foothills of a post-scarcity economy or are people blowing a lot of hot air on the latest fad du jour? In April, Planetary Resources announced a scheme to fire …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2013
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Mobile fee dodgers will get away with enough cash to bail out Greece

Mobile customers are dodging fees running to hundreds of billions of dollars by a combination of accident and design – both facilitated by badly designed billing systems which aren't up to the task. However, US paranoia plays its part too. The numbers come from Juniper Research and estimate that by 2016 operators will have …
Bill Ray, 16 May 2012

Apple stores getting close to overload

A study of traffic and productivity in Apple’s retail arm makes worrying reading for Cupertino, according to a new analysis by Asymco. In an age when traditional retailers are complaining about online traders stealing their customers, Apple has a different set of problems – too many people. While Apple has some of the most …
Iain Thomson, 9 Dec 2011
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Revolution lets R do stats on big data

If you've got big data, then R will soon be able to chew on it and spit out some answers. Revolution Analytics was formed in May to become the 'Red Hat for stats', funding development for the open source R statistical programming language and offering a commercially supported, open core variant for enterprise customers with …
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German boffins create 'flight simulator for flies'

Scientists in Germany have developed what they describe as "a flight simulator for flies", in which tethered insects experience virtual scenarios presented to them on a small wraparound screen. The wraparound screen of the blowfly flight-sim rig in action Week one, day one, and the Blowfly Top Gun Trophy race was still wide …
Lewis Page, 3 Aug 2009
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DARPA hands BBN $30m in evil 'Machine Reading' plan

Famed techsploration company BBN - renowned for inventing forerunner internet kit, and for giving the world the "@" symbol in email addresses - has received a hefty wedge of green from the US military to automate out of business everyone who uses the internet for a living. DARPA graphic explaining how you evaluate AI auto- …
Lewis Page, 29 Jun 2009
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Boffins boil down witch-repelling brew

A raft of modern scientific tests has revealed the contents of the first "witch bottle" discovered with its cork intact - a late 17th-century vessel buried by the owner's front door and designed to thwart the evil intentions of ill-wishers. According to the Times, the salt-glazed stoneware bottle was unearthed in Greenwich. It …
Lester Haines, 4 Jun 2009
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DARPA to develop anti-Credit Crunch software

DARPA, the famed Pentagon boffinry bureau occasionally beset by marble-localisation issues, has struck again. This time, the agency seems to be seeking new mathematical tools which could - among other things - prevent any future collapses of global capitalism. The new project comes to us under the name "Survivability of …
Lewis Page, 7 May 2009
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eBay put Skype on iPhone 'to boost price of NSA backdoor'

April Fool Skype was pushed onto Apple's iPhone at the instigation of the VoIP app's corporate owner eBay, the Reg can exclusively reveal - in order to reap huge sums from government listening agencies interested in spying on Jesus-mobe-toting terrorists. The revelations come from a disgruntled eBay insider familiar with the matter, …
Lewis Page, 1 Apr 2009
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Countdown to Conficker activation begins

Security watchers are bracing themselves to respond to the activitation of the huge botnet created by the Conficker superworm. The malware has created a network of infected PCs under its control estimated at 9m or even more, according to the latest estimates — dwarfing the zombie army created by the infamous Storm worm, which …
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2009

Storm worm smackdown as researchers unpick control system

A team of security researchers have developed a technique for automatically purging the remnants of the Storm worm infection from the internet. But the approach - which involves turning the botnet's command and control system against itself - could run foul of computer hacking laws in Germany and elsewhere, which ban the …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2009
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DARPA seeks Hitchhikers Deep Thought program

Pentagon boffinry chiefs are seeking to develop radical AI software capable of boiling down information from the news, overhead spy planes, wiretaps and so on "into a form that is more suitable for human consumption". Specifically, this means using the data to produce "a cohesive story that is germane to the goals of a decision- …
Lewis Page, 3 Dec 2008

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