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Boris Johnson rebuked over NHS cash plea - Theresa May tells the foreign secretary conversations about health funding should be in private.
Oscars 2018: The Shape of Water leads field - Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance receives 13 nominations, including best picture.
The good A&E facing unprecedented winter pressures - How a hospital with some of the best NHS waiting times ended up with patients waiting in corridors.
Alaska tsunami fears prompt brief evacuation - A magnitude 7.9 quake off Alaska prompted a tsunami alert, which was lifted hours later.
Thousands of jobs at risk at Sainsbury's - The supermarket chain is looking to save £500m over the next three years.
Info Commish tells UK.gov we shouldn't let artificial ignorance make all our decisions - Reckons GDPR will help us challenge algo-driven outcomes Algorithms should not be solely responsible for criminal sentencing, while a change in law may be required to open up public data sets involving health information.…
Facebook open-sources object detection work: Watch out, Google CAPTCHA - The bicycle's top left. I'm not an AI... you are. Stop hitting yourself RoTM Facebook has brought us one step closer to a Skynet future made a commitment to computer vision boffinry by open-sourcing its codebase for object detection, Detectron.…
Multi-cloud Cloudian controllers now run in AWS, Azure and Google - One namespace to rule them all Cloudian's latest version of its object storage software can run native inside AWS, Google and Azure clouds, enabling a single object store namespace across the on-premises and major public cloud worlds.…
What do people want? If we're talking mainstream enterprise SATA SSDs, reliability, chirps Micron - Capacity max same with 32- to 64-layer 3D NAND transition Micron is looking to boost its high fidelity cred. The vendor has refreshed its three-model 5100 SATA SSD with a two-variant 5200, increasing reliability from two million to three million hours mean time before failure (MTBF).…
I thought there'd be more Instagram: ICT apprenticeships down 20% in five years - Just not as sexy as engineering The number of youngsters taking up ICT apprenticeships has fallen by nearly 20 per cent over the last five years, according to the UK's Education and Skills Funding Agency.…
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Huge volcano eruption in the Philippines forces mass evacuation - More than 50,000 villagers were forced to flee their homes after the most active volcano in the Phillipines, Mount Mayon, spewed lava and ash plumes
Tsunami warning for US west coast after magnitude-7.9 earthquake - A tsunami alert has been issued for the US west coast after a major earthquake struck at sea off the coast of Alaska
Spy balloons flying 40km up track drug smugglers on the ground - The US military are testing uncrewed, hydrogen-filled balloons that can keep watch over a small area by catching different winds in the stratosphere
AI that cracked ancient secret code could help robot translation - Breaking ciphers is like learning to translate a language, so a technique that unscrambled one of the earliest known examples could assist machine translation
Cute cats the size of kittens are seeing their homes destroyed - Güiñas are the smallest cats in the Americas, smaller than most domestic cats, and they are becoming increasingly rare
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Hawaii Governor Didn't Correct False Missile Alert Sooner Because He Didn't Know His Twitter Password - An anonymous reader shares a WashingtonPost report: Minutes after the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent a missile alert at 8:07 a.m. on Jan. 13 -- terrifying residents and visitors across the state -- some officials, such as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, rushed to Twitter to reassure everyone it was a mistake. But one Twitter account was deafeningly silent for 17 minutes: that of Hawaii Gov. David Ige. Though Ige was informed by the state's adjutant general that the alert was false two minutes after it was sent, he waited until 8:24 a.m. to tweet, "There is NO missile threat." On Monday, after he gave the State of the State address in which he avoided the subject of the missile alert fiasco, reporters demanded an explanation for that long silence. Ige's answer: He couldn't log in to Twitter. "I have to confess that I don't know my Twitter account log-ons and the passwords, so certainly that's one of the changes that I've made," Ige said. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Hackers Stole $172 Billion From People Last Year - Yearly report published by security firm Norton estimates that as many as 978 million people in 20 countries lost money to cybercrime last year. On an average, the firm says, victims lost an average of $142 and spent nearly 24 hours dealing with the fallout of their attack. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Ask Slashdot: What Is Your View On Forced Subscription-Only Software? - dryriver writes: All used to be well in the world of Digital Content Creation (DCC) until two very major DCC software makers -- Adobe and Autodesk -- decided to force a monthly subscription model on pretty much every software package they make to please Wall Street investors. Important 2D and 3D DCC software like Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, InDesign, 3DMax, Maya, and Mudbox is now only available to "rent" from these companies. You simply cannot buy a perpetual license or boxed copy for this software at all anymore, and what makes matters worse is that if you stop paying your subscription, the software locks itself down, leaving you unable to open even old files you created with the software for later review. Also annoying is that subscription software constantly performs "license validity" checks over the internet (subscription software cannot be run offline for any great length of time, or on an air-gapped PC) and the software is increasingly tied into various cloud services these companies have set up. The DCC companies want you to save your -- potentially confidential -- project files on their servers, not on your own hard disk. There are millions of DCC professionals around the world who'd love to be able to buy a normal, perpetual, offline-use capable license for these software tools. That is no longer possible. Adobe and Autodesk no longer provide that. What is your view on this "forced subscription" model? What would happen if all the major commercial software developers forced this model on everyone simultaneously? What if the whole idea of being able to "purchase" a perpetual license for ANY commercial software went away completely, and it was subscription only from that point on? Read more of this story at Slashdot.
You Spend Nearly a Whole Day Each Week On the Internet - An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Since 2000, our time spent online each week has steadily increased, rising from 9.4 hours to 23.6 hours -- nearly an entire day, according to a recent report by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future. The internet has become an integral component of our home lives as well, with time spent rising more than 400 percent over that period from 3.3 hours to 17.6 hours each week, according to the report, which surveys more than 2,000 people across the U.S. each year. The center's 15th annual Digital Future Report illustrates the internet's dramatic evolution since 2000 from a secondary medium to an indispensable component of our daily lives -- always on and always with us. It also comes as many fear for the future of the unlimited internet we have largely taken for granted over the past two decades. The report also found that the internet has had a dramatic impact on how we get our news. News consumption for all ages went from a print-to-online ratio of 85-15 in 2001 to a near even 51-49 in 2016. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Netflix Is Now Worth More Than $100 Billion - Netflix has crossed the $100 billion mark for its market cap as it once again surprised industry observers with better-than-expected growth in its subscribers. TechCrunch reports: The company said it added more than 8 million new subscribers total after already setting pretty robust targets for the fourth quarter this year, giving it a healthy push as it crossed the $100 billion mark after the report came out this afternoon. While the company's core financials actually came in roughly in line with what Wall Street was looking for (which is still important), Netflix's subscriber numbers are usually the best indicator for the core health of the company. That recurring revenue stream -- and its growth -- is critical as it continues to very aggressively spend on new content. The company said its free cash flow will be between negative $3 billion and negative $4 billion, compared to negative $2 billion this year. And that aggressive spending only seems to get more aggressive every time we hear from the company. Netflix is now saying that it expects to spend between $7.5 billion and $8 billion on content in 2018 -- which is around in line with what it said in October when it said it would spend between $7 billion and $8 billion. It's the same range, but tuning up that bottom end is still an important indicator. Some notable numbers include $3.29 billion in revenue, 1.98 million Q4 U.S. subscriber additions, and 6.36 million Q4 International subscriber additions. Read more of this story at Slashdot.