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Are you a Windows 1 in 10 (1809)? Or a mighty 80 percenter (1803)?

With the next release of Windows 10 edging closer, users continue to steer clear of Microsoft’s October 2018 update. Figures published by ad slinger AdDuplex show that the Update of the Damned, aka the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, has dribbled its way onto 12.4 per cent of Windows 10 PCs sold. It’s a far cry from the near hysterical rate at which the April 2018 Update was flung…

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Hands up who isn’t fighting Oracle in court? HPE, for now, as Solaris support sueball tossed

Oracle’s copyright battle with HPE over operating system software has been kicked out of court. The suit began in 2016, when Big Red accused HPE of improperly partnering with maintenance biz Terix Computer to sell third-party support for the Solaris operating system. Oracle said only authorised partners can support the OS. The spat rumbled on through an extensive discovery process over much of last year – but this week…

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Say what?! An AI system can decode brain signals into speech

AI algorithms can help scientists process brain waves and convert them directly into speech, according to new research. “Our voices help connect us to our friends, family and the world around us, which is why losing the power of one’s voice due to injury or disease is so devastating,” said Nima Mesgarani, senior author of the paper published in Scientific Reports and a researcher at Columbia University. “With today’s…

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Looking to give wings to your software development and deployment?

Events Whether you’re just piloting your first DevOps projects, want to scale things up, or are ready to leap into Kubernetes or Serverless, you should be joining us at Continuous Lifecycle London, 2019. And with our early bird ticket offer due to expire at the end of February, you can still save £100s on both our conference and workshop tickets. Once again, our independent committee has put together a…

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Even Windows 10 can’t save the PC market as chip shortages, Brexit uncertainties bite

Tech analyst IDC said Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) PC market shipments slid in calendar Q4 due to shortages of a certain processor and turbulent politics. Though its preliminary findings show a 5.8 per cent year-on-year drop in unit shipments compared to the same period in 2017, there were a few rays of hope. According to IDC, 19.6 million units were sold into channel – distributors and retailers…

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Swiss Public Prosecutor will probe WIPO’s misconduct allegations against CIO, says his legal counsel

The legal brief of Wei Lei, the UN patent body’s CIO – temporarily suspended amid a probe into an allegation of misconduct – is claiming that Geneva’s Public Prosecutor has opened its own investigation into the case. As revealed by The Reg late last year, Lei gave evidence in an inquiry by the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) against Francis Gurry, director general of the World…

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While US fires criminal charges at Huawei, UK tells legislators not to worry, everything’s fine

While the US was preparing criminal charges against Huawei and its exec, British government spokespeople were telling Parliament they are quite happy with the UK’s “unparalleled arrangements” for finding backdoors in Huawei source code. Yesterday evening American prosecutors unveiled criminal charges of fraud against Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei’s daughter, Meng Wanzhou, who is also the Chinese networking equipment maker’s CFO. Both Meng and Huawei are accused of ignoring American…

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Hybrid, on-prem, off-site… here’s your chance to give us a cloud economics reality check

Reader Survey You’ve heard the rhetoric that deploying applications to the cloud, rather than running them on-premises, will always cheaper. If you’re an experienced IT pro, though, you’ll know that such generalisations don’t always reflect reality. Sure, the right workload hosted on the right service can make economic sense, but so too can running applications on the appropriate infrastructure within your own data centre. The problems come when there’s…

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Europe taps Facebook, Google, Twitter on the shoulder. So about those promises to stamp out lies, bots, dodgy ads?

Tasked with detailing their defenses against disinformation, Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Twitter, and ad biz trade groups on Tuesday turned in their homework to European Commission. The EU regulatory body last month, after prior deliberation, announced an Action Plan to counter the disinformation poisoning political discourse and disrupt democratic norms on social ad platforms. As part of the plan, online services and ad-selling groups were asked to provide updates on…

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Japanese astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet – using cheap ‘scopes and off-the-shelf CMOS cameras

Boffinry on a shoestring finds icy chunk that’s just 1.3km across Artist’s impression of the kilometer-sized object. Image credit: Ko Arimatsu A plucky group of low-budget astronomers has pulled off quite a coup by spotting the smallest object yet in the Kuiper Belt, the donut of icy objects swirling around in the outer Solar System. Amazingly, the OASES (Organized Autotelescopes for Serendipitous Event Survey) team made the find using…

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