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Capacity shortage hits AWS UK micro instances

The Register - March 24, 2017 - 6:29pm
Elastic cloud snaps back

Amazon's brand-new UK T2 micro instances reached saturation point on Friday, with users being told the AWS service had run out of local capacity.…

2017 BMW 530i review - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - March 24, 2017 - 6:21pm
The midsize luxury sedan gets a head-to-toe overhaul with better tech, performance and comfort, but it still keeps its core BMW-ness intact, for better or worse.

Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...

The Register - March 24, 2017 - 6:08pm
Bicycles into the sunset

Brit IT services giant Daisy Group has waved goodbye to former Alternative Networks CEO Mark Quartermaine – just months after it bought the comms and tech integrator, an internal document has confirmed.…

These Mars sand dunes look like a bunch of worms - CNET

cNET.com - News - March 24, 2017 - 6:06pm
A fresh look at the Martian landscape shows a collection of wormy-looking curved dark sand dunes.

Low levels of simple chemical associated with aging, DNA damage

Ars Technica - March 24, 2017 - 6:05pm

Enlarge (credit: NIH)

Approximately ten thousand times each day, the DNA in our cells receives some damage, but most of that damage is repaired by our cells' built-in DNA repair systems. The efficiency of these DNA repair systems decline with age, however, and that's thought to lead to age-related health problems and cancer.

A recent paper published in Science shows that a chemical used in the DNA repair process, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), has a concentration that declines with age. This decline may drive the age-associated accumulation of DNA damage—a finding that suggests supplementing NAD+ might offset some of the effects of aging.

The team behind the paper used human embryonic kidney cells (which grow well in the lab) to look at the role of this chemical. The authors found that NAD+ binds to the protein “deleted in breast cancer 1” (DBC1), which—as its name implies—was previously implicated in cancer. DBC1 normally binds to and inhibits another protein that performs DNA repair. But NAD+ blocks this interaction, releasing the inhibition on DNA repair.

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Azure Service Fabric takes first tentative steps toward open source

Ars Technica - March 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

(credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft's embrace of open source software continues, with Azure Service Fabric making the first tentative foray into the open world. Today, the SDK was (mostly) published to GitHub under the MIT license. The team behind the move described it as the "beginning stages" of a wider use of open source.

Service Fabric, first revealed in 2015, grew out of the infrastructure Microsoft developed to build and run large-scale cloud services, including Azure SQL, Cortana, and Skype for Business. It provides scaling and fault tolerance for services, both stateless and stateful, running in containers across clusters of (virtual) machines. It runs in Azure, naturally, but the runtime is also freely downloadable and can be deployed across on-premises Windows systems, or even onto Windows virtual machines in non-Microsoft clouds. A Linux version of the runtime is currently in development, too.

Microsoft has already been using GitHub for tracking feature requests and bugs within Service Fabric. Users of the runtime have expressed a greater interest in the design and features of Service Fabric, and opening up the SDK is seen as the next step in engaging with the community and helping drive the development direction.

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Why AI should augment, not replace, humans

CIO.com - IT industry - March 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

One of the more interesting exchanges from IBM Interconnect 2017 was between IBM CEO Ginny Rometty and Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff [Disclosure: IBM is a client of the author]. Benioff commented that both had recently gone to Washington to address the issue that the U.S. workforce isn’t ready for artificial intelligence (AI). Both companies have platforms that are now partnered, IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein. The problem is twofold, both firms are currently focused on augmenting people, but if people aren’t trained to work with AI, the easier path may become replacement and that path creates a massive problem connected to unemployment and unemployed people not only don’t buy products, they tend to revolt.  

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Robotic barman pours Rory a pint

BBC Technology News - March 24, 2017 - 5:57pm
The BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones gets a beer poured for him by a robotic barman - but how long does it take?

A30 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - March 24, 2017 - 5:55pm
You'll be able to pick up this wallet-friendly Android phone from Alcatel in metallic silver with a textured back.

OK Google Home, give a clear answer on the CIA and spying - CNET

cNET.com - News - March 24, 2017 - 5:49pm
Watch what happens when you ask a Google Home speaker about the CIA. Talk about defensive!

How CIOs are transforming their organizations for the digital era

CIO.com - IT industry - March 24, 2017 - 5:49pm

Companies are facing a digital imperative to revamp business operations to better serve customers. To accommodate these shifts, CIOs are making sweeping organizational changes, adding new key roles, setting up innovation labs and tapping modern technologies to meet strategic mandates issued by their CEOs and boards.

Social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) forms the primary digital fuel for most IT organizations. But most CIOs eager to stay atop trends are also testing new products in artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things and blockchain. Collectively, such technologies have the potential to help companies transform their business processes.

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“Pizzagate” DC shooter pleads guilty, faces years in prison

Ars Technica - March 24, 2017 - 5:37pm

Enlarge / The Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington, DC., where Edgar Maddison Welch stormed to "self-investigate" Pizzagate. (credit: Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images)

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty Friday to weapons-related charges for a December episode in which he stormed a Washington, DC pizzeria and fired rounds from a Colt AR-15 assault-style rifle. The incident was a bid to "self-investigate" an unfounded conspiracy theory concerning the restaurant's basement being the secret headquarters of a nonexistent child sex-trafficking ring whose (again, nonexistent) members included Hillary Clinton and her inner circle.

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No one was injured, but the episode sent Comet Ping Pong employees and patrons running for their lives when Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, walked in with the assault weapon and a .38-caliber Colt revolver. Later, Welch pointed the AR-15 at a restaurant worker before shooting a computer and a lock on a backroom door.

Welch pleaded guilty to two counts. One charge was the interstate transport of firearms. The other was a local count of assault with a dangerous weapon. Welch remains jailed, and he faces up to a seven-year prison term when sentenced later this year. He faced a substantially longer term had he been convicted at trial.

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Rock Band VR Shreds the Rhythm-Game Paradigm

Wired - March 24, 2017 - 5:35pm
A decade after the genre's peak, virtual reality turns out to be the perfect medium for indulging the rock-god fantasy. The post Rock Band VR Shreds the Rhythm-Game Paradigm appeared first on WIRED.

Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector review - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - March 24, 2017 - 5:22pm
This new leak detector gives you high-end features for a mid-range price.

How ISPs can sell your Web history—and how to stop them

Ars Technica - March 24, 2017 - 5:20pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | KrulUA)

The US Senate yesterday voted to eliminate privacy rules that would have forced ISPs to get your consent before selling Web browsing history and app usage history to advertisers. Within a week, the House of Representatives could follow suit, and the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission last year would be eliminated by Congress.

So what has changed for Internet users? In one sense, nothing changed this week, because the requirement to obtain customer consent before sharing or selling data is not scheduled to take effect until at least December 4, 2017. ISPs didn’t have to follow the rules yesterday or the day before, and they won’t ever have to follow them if the rules are eliminated.

But the Senate vote is nonetheless one big step toward a major victory for ISPs, one that would give them legal certainty if they continue to make aggressive moves into the advertising market. The Senate vote invoked the Congressional Review Act, which lets Congress eliminate regulations it doesn't like and prevent the agency from issuing similar regulations in the future. For ISPs, this is better than the FCC undoing its own rules, because it means a future FCC won't be able to reinstate them.

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Elon Musk shows off first 'release candidate' Model 3 - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - March 24, 2017 - 5:10pm
It's a quick video, but this is your first chance to see a near-production Model 3 in motion -- and a cheeky explanation of why it's called Model 3 in the first place.

Ofcom plans instant payback for broadband woes

BBC Technology News - March 24, 2017 - 5:06pm
Customers who suffer poor service could get automatic payouts under Ofcom's plan.

Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi Plug-In Dimmer review - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - March 24, 2017 - 5:02pm
Plug a lamp into this Leviton Decora smart plug, and you'll be able to tell Alexa to dim it up and down.

Lloyds Banking Group axing hundreds of jobs AGAIN

The Register - March 24, 2017 - 5:01pm
And that's even before all of those techies are farmed out to IBM

Lloyds Banking Group is throwing more UK techies overboard ahead of the big outsourcing deal with a “single strategic partner” that El Reg previously revealed was IBM.…

Instagram adds two-factor authentication, security features - CNET

cNET.com - News - March 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
The social network is also adding filters for sensitive photos and videos on feeds.

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