In server rooms, neat doesn't trump functionalityOn-Call Welcome again to On-Call, El Reg's weekly column that offers readers the chance to vent about their co-workers' ineptitude.Oscar went to the wall above the UPS and did what everyone secretly wants to do – he pulled the red lever with the huge warning signIt was a wise move, said Oscar, since the old location suffered from all the problems old buildings cause."It was huge, white, air conditioned, with generous steel shelves for the servers, a three-phase UPS and overhead wiring in easily accessible metal ducts," Oscar said, most likely in hushed tones.The three phases, we're told, were spaced out over each row of shelves, with sockets organised and labelled thus: Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, and so on.
Doug Field, a former Apple engineer who jumped to Tesla in 2013 and eventually oversaw production of the Tesla Model 3, is back at Apple and he's working with the team in charge of Apple's self-driving car program.Field rejoined Bob Mansfield, who is leading Apple's Project Titan, tech journalist John Gruber and Reuters reported late Thursday night.Field stepped away from Tesla in May.The electric-car maker officially announced his departure in July.Project Titan has shown signs of life in recent weeks, despite earlier rumors that the division was flailing.Doug Field, a former engineering executive who previously oversaw the production of the Tesla Model 3, has returned to Apple to work with Bob Mansfield, who is leading Apple's self-driving car program, Project Titan.
Use this to match profiles to names of people at an organization.Nothing could possibly go wrong hereFinding people's social media profiles can be a slow and manual business – so why not get facial recognition to help?That's the pitch coming from Trustwave's SpiderLabs, which wants to make life easier for penetration testers trying to infiltrate clients' networks and facilities using social engineering and targeted hackery.SpiderLabs' Jacob Wilkin explained that new tool Social Mapper can start with the name of an organisation on LinkedIn, a folder full of named images, or a CSV listing of names with URLs to images.With those inputs, he explained this week, the software's facial recognition capabilities can “correlate social media profiles across a number of different sites on a large scale.”
Now, thanks to the Juno space probe currently in orbit around the gas giant, we’ve been able to infer what’s going on beneath them.Researchers from Australia and the United States have been looking into the interaction between the planet’s atmosphere and its magnetic field.Dr. Navid Constantinou from the Research School of Earth Sciences at The Australian National University (ANU) has been taking part in the study.“We know a lot about the jet streams in Earth’s atmosphere and the key role they play in the weather and climate, but we still have a lot to learn about Jupiter’s atmosphere,” he says.Jupiter is a gas giant.So do the winds go all the way down?
Remote management a double-edged sword, IT admins warned at hacking conferenceBlack Hat Data centers are vital in this cloudy world – yet little-understood management chips potentially give hackers easy access to their servers in ways sysadmins may not have imagined.They are discrete microcontrollers popped into boxes by the likes of Dell, HPE, and Lenovo to allow data-center managers to control machines without having to brave the chilly confines of a server farm.BMCs can be used to remotely monitor system temperature, voltage and power consumption, operating system health, and so on, and power cycle the box if it runs into trouble, tweak configurations, and even, depending on the setup, reinstall the OS – all from the comfort of an operations center, as opposed to having to find an errant server in the middle of a data center to physically wrangle."They are basically a machine inside a machine – even if the server is down, as long as it has power, the BMCs will work,” said Nico Waisman, VP of security shop Immunity, in a talk at this year's Black Hat USA hacking conference on Thursday.Waisman and his colleague Matias Soler, a senior security researcher at Immunity, examined these BMC systems, and claimed the results weren’t good.
Have you ever wondered why you, like each of us here, is such a pessimist – apart from, y'know, the fact everything inevitably goes horribly wrong all the time?There are, we're told, c-shaped nubs buried within each hemisphere of the brain called the caudate nuclei.A group of neuro-boffins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in America found that when these were stimulated in a pair of macaque monkeys, it caused them to make more pessimistic decisions.“We feel we were seeing a proxy for anxiety, or depression, or some mix of the two," said MIT Prof Ann Graybiel, a senior author of the study, which was published on Thursday in the journal Neuron.She believes it's an important result because: "These psychiatric problems are still so very difficult to treat for many individuals suffering from them."In one experiment, the team tempted the monkeys with a reward of fruit juice.
WeWork Gets Another $1 Billion From SoftBank – BloombergWhat happened: SoftBank will invest another $1 billion in WeWork, the co-working space startup said on Thursday during a discussion of its first-half performance.The US-based startup said the new injection would boost its existing cash pile to $4 billion, which it will use for overseas expansion efforts and new property and office space acquisitions.Why it’s important: WeWork has been focusing on growing its businesses overseas, especially in China—a costly endeavor that has put the startup in mounting losses.Fortunately, with the support of generous backers, WeWork has been able to grow at an exceptional pace.The co-working space startup had already raised about $5 billion from the Japanese conglomerate for its subsidiary in China.
Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, on Thursday formally announced that his administration hopes to bankroll, no, not universal healthcare for all Americans.Not better support for armed forces veterans.In a speech at the Pentagon, Pence said the proposed organization would be the sixth branch of the armed forces, sitting alongside the Army, Navy, Air Force, and so on.“The space force is the next and natural evolution of American military strength," the Veep said."The first American rockets in space were launched by our military.The first American satellites to orbit the Earth were on reconnaissance missions behind the Iron Curtain.
Welcome back to your guide to finding out what's new online.Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what's been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now.The audio is about a minute or two long.Sometimes you just want to have a good laugh.Definitely check out Demetri Martin's new special on Netflix beginning on Aug. 10.Martin once explained that one of the reasons he plays music during his performances is to make it more difficult for a network or editor to rearrange the order of his jokes.
What happened: Chinese microblogging platform Weibo has reported a 68% year-on-year increase in net revenue to reach $426.6 million, driven mostly by ad sales.The company, which has 431 million users, has attracted companies like Alibaba Holdings which have spent millions on their Weibo-focussed digital marketing campaigns.As a result, Weibo’s ad revenue made up 87% of its total for the quarter.Why it’s important: Weibo has, at times, had trouble holding onto its users.The rise of competing social platforms has played a significant role in this.In 2014, Weibo saw its users drop from 331 million to 275 million.
Ford has revealed a new midsize SUV, the Ford Territory, though drivers in the US will miss out on what looks like an appealing little crossover.As a result, Ford is taking no chances.It partnered up with Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), in a joint venture that taps into the Chinese firm’s prior knowledge of just what local drivers are looking for, along with complying with the country’s fairly stringent rules about foreign investment.The result is an SUV that Ford has high hopes for popularity in what’s said to be China’s fastest-growing segment: SUV buyers living in emerging, rapidly-growing cities.Set to hit dealerships in early 2019, it will have gas-only, mild hybrid, and plug-in hybrid drivetrain options.Outside, it’s a far fresher design than Ford’s aging Escape, with a more angular shape around the Ford mesh grille.
We’ve seen enough about Red Dead Redemption 2 to know that it’s a pretty ambitious title, but today, Rockstar gave us our deepest look yet.Rockstar published a six-minute long video today that not only sets the stage for the narrative told in Red Dead Redemption 2, but also introduces us to many of its mechanics as well.There’s plenty of gameplay on display here, which is going to be exciting for anyone who has been waiting years for this follow-up.We already know that Arthur Morgan will serve as the player character in this game, and that Red Dead Redemption 2 will center around his time with the Van der Linde Gang as it runs from US authorities.The gang’s movement across the American frontier will be a major focus of the story, and the video you see below tells us that each time the gang moves location, they’ll set up a new camp, which will serve as something of a base of operations for everyone.Arthur Morgan is clearly a character who has no problem with conflict, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to always take the dishonorable path as you play.
That’s largely because there’s no way to know all the consequences that come with reflecting sunlight back into space, particularly when it comes to the agricultural system that has allowed humanity to flourish for millennia.That’s sent scientists scrambling to find clues about what would happen, and there’s no better place to look than volcanoes.A new study in Nature uses two historic eruptions to gauge how a global program of reflecting sunlight away from the Earth’s surface – an idea known as solar geoengineering – could impact agriculture.Specifically, they looked at how many aerosols – fine particles suspended in the atmosphere that have a cooling effect on the climate – the eruptions of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 and El Chichon in 1982 put into the atmosphere.Their findings show that Pinatubo and to a lesser extent, El Chichon put a damper on agricultural output.For Pinatubo, corn yields were depressed by 9.3 percent and soy, rice, and wheat by 4.8 percent.
Again, we're here with some good news and some bad news about Extreme Heatwave 2018 and its effects on the country.The good news for one particular Scottish farmer is that it's been decent enough weather to get a hay crop in, the bad news is that it was so hot and dry – yes even in Scotland – that the grass grew more slowly than usual, hence the cancellation of this year's Invercharron Highland Games that really has to use that exact same hay field.Fields are apparently hard to come by, as the organisers explained: "The farmer, whose field we use, grows his winter feed hay crop in the field and because of the exceptionally dry weather we have had, the crops are growing too slowly and as a result he will not be able to harvest before the games and the feed is urgently needed.There is not enough time for us to find another field nor apply for a new public entertainment licence so we have no alternative other than to cancel this year."So there will be no tossing of cabers, pulling of ropes, sheep wrestling or whatever it is they do on September 15, but there will be dinner for sheep all winter, which is probably more important.
Studies have pointed to a rise in streaming piracy and the decline of peer-to-peer based methods like torrenting.It remains as popular as ever, and is actually growing in popularity in some parts of the world.The entertainment industry has been focussing on streaming piracy in recent years, in part thanks to the rise in illicit streaming boxes that are pre-loaded with software that enables the non-technically inclined to watch content without having to pay for it.Streaming isn't as easy to track and torrenting, ad cracking down on anyone facilitating illegal access to content.But the new study from Irdeto shows P2P piracy is still relevant, a conclusion it made by examining web traffic to 962 piracy sites in 19 countries where P2P is used the most.As it turns out countries like Russia, the Ukraine, Australia, India, and the Netherlands were more prone to P2P piracy, while other like Germany, France, the US, and the UK are more streaming-inclined.
Profits might have plummeted but that hasn’t stopped Deutsche Telekom from raising its full-year outlook as subscriber gains in the US business drags the rest of the group forward.Total revenues for the last three months stood at €18.367, down 2.8% year-on-year, though profit nose-dived to €495, a decrease of 43%.The team has blamed this drop on a one-off payment of €600 million to the German government, settling a long-running legal dispute over the delayed implementation of a truck toll system DT designed with Daimler.Without the fine, profits would have increased by 3%.“We remain firmly on track,” said CFO Thomas Dannenfeldt.“The trends in Germany and the United States are positive.
"Snapchat dysmorphia" is now a term used by doctors.Snapchat and Instagram filters are influencing how young people think about beauty.Alarmingly, more people are requesting plastic surgery to look better in selfies, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.And in one disturbing emerging phenomenon, dubbed "Snapchat dysmorphia," some patients are getting plastic surgery to look more like their filtered selfies.Instagram and Snapchat filters are the new celebrity photo, offering up unrealistic standards of beauty that might trigger people to feel unhappy with the way they look in real life.That's according to three Boston University researchers, who published an article about body dysmorphia in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery medical journal this month.
Machine learning and databases are among a few of the AWS services Samsung Heavy Industries will be using.Samsung Heavy Industries, the shipbuilding subsidiary of the South Korean multinational giant has selected Amazon Web Services as its Cloud Provider.The news comes off the back of Samsung announcing plans to invest 25 trillion Korean won (£17.3 billion) over the next three years in emerging technologies such as AI, 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and more.Within South Korea, Samsung Heavy Industries is considered as one of the “Big Three” shipbuilder companies in the country alongside Daewoo and Hyundai.What AWS Cloud Services is Samsung Heavy Industries Using?Samsung Heavy Industries will be using a number of different AWS cloud services for its next generation smart shipping systems.
As regular readers know, the Vega+ is the flagship product of Retro Computers Ltd, the company which took £513,000 in crowdfunded cash from members of the public to produce handheld ZX Spectrum-themed gaming consoles.With public interest at an all-time high in what the company has actually produced during the ongoing scandal, El Reg acquired one from an RCL customer for review purposes.Supplied with 18 games, our review console (lent to us by an RCL customer who wishes to remain anonymous) was finished in black plastic with a very bright screen, on which we will say more later.We found it necessary to use a prodding device to access the two buttons, which appear to operate on release rather than depression.Resistance from the buttons is enough to make you stop playing it after quarter of an hour.The screen goes from a Retro Computers splash screen to the home screen, a blank white page displaying “ 1982 Sinclair Research Ltd”.
That last one might sound familiar; an accidental missile alert in January sent Hawaii's residents scrambling, while a hack set off Dallas's tornado sirens last year.“The reason we wanted to focus on hubs was that if you control the central authority that runs the whole show then you can manipulate a lot of information that’s being passed around,” Crowley says.“It appears to be a huge area of vulnerability, and the stakes are high when we’re talking about putting computers in everything and giving them important jobs like public safety and management of industrial control systems.When they fail, it could cause damage to life and livelihood and when we’re not putting the proper security and privacy measures in place bad things can happen, especially with a motivated and resourced attackers.”The researchers found basic vulnerabilities, like guessable default passwords that would make it easy for an attacker to access a device, along with bugs that could allow an attacker to inject malicious software commands, and others that would allow an attacker to sidestep authentication checks.The researchers contacted officials from a major US city that they found using vulnerable devices to monitor traffic, and a European country with at-risk radiation detectors.