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Flash-based and Dell-free: NetApp trots out SolidFire FlexPod

The Register - 1 hour 14 min ago
Flash? It's all flash, mate

NetApp has introduced an all-flash SolidFire-based FlexPod.…

The tragedy of FireWire: Collaborative tech torpedoed by corporations

Ars Technica - 1 hour 40 min ago

Enlarge / In retrospect, perhaps our favorite port logo. (credit: Flickr user jeremybrooks)

The rise and fall of FireWire—IEEE 1394, an interface standard boasting high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer—is one of the most tragic tales in the history of computer technology. The standard was forged in the fires of collaboration. A joint effort from several competitors including Apple, IBM, and Sony, it was a triumph of design for the greater good. FireWire represented a unified standard across the whole industry, one serial bus to rule them all. Realized to the fullest, FireWire could replace SCSI and the unwieldy mess of ports and cables at the back of a desktop computer.

Yet FireWire's principal creator, Apple, nearly killed it before it could appear in a single device. And eventually the Cupertino company effectively did kill FireWire, just as it seemed poised to dominate the industry.

The story of how FireWire came to market and ultimately fell out of favor serves today as a fine reminder that no technology, however promising, well-engineered, or well-liked, is immune to inter- and intra-company politics or to our reluctance to step outside our comfort zone.

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UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign

The Register - 1 hour 44 min ago
Researchers finger trojan-slinging AdGholas group

Security researchers have suggested that the ransomware attack on University College London last week was spread through a "malvertising" campaign.…

Putting AI to work in finance? Think algorithms, ethics first

The Register - 1 hour 57 min ago
More speakers join MCubed Lineup

Events Ethics, algorithms and finance are all key areas for machine learning and AI, which is why we’re chuffed to announce three more excellent speakers who will be joining us at MCubed London in October.…

Two Britons arrested over Microsoft hack

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 5 min ago
It is believed the men from Sleaford and Bracknell were part of a larger group.

Xiaomi Mi 6 review - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 7 min ago
You’ll love the Xiaomi Mi 6’s hardware and price. You’ll hate that it’s China-only, at least for now.

Xiaomi's Mi 6 is pure bling - CNET - News - 2 hours 11 min ago
The Chinese company's flagship phone dazzles with its looks and powerful internal hardware.

Research suggests consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

The Register - 2 hours 17 min ago
Alt-net providers call for ads to be reviewed

Adverts using the word "fibre" to describe services deployed over copper lines are leaving consumers baffled, according to research commissioned by alternative network providers.…

Sega debuts free classic games on mobiles

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 23 min ago
Launch sees five titles made available but more will appear every fortnight.

Imagination Technologies goes up for sale following Apple snub - CNET - News - 2 hours 28 min ago
Apple's decision to start making its own graphics chips caused a 69 percent drop in Imagination Technology's share price.

Fujitsu loses Dimes amid plans to save dollars

The Register - 2 hours 53 min ago
UK and Ireland boss nowhere to be seen

UK and Ireland boss of Fujitsu Lucy Dimes has gone on gardening leave just one year into the job, according to multiple well-placed sources.…

'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

The Register - 3 hours 7 min ago
We've already got one tried and tested system, huffs MoD

The Ministry of Defence has insisted it has made “no decision” to install the US Navy’s JPALS aircraft carrier landing system aboard HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s two new 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers.…

Citrix isn’t just for telecommuting, Red Bull Racing uses it at the track

Ars Technica - 3 hours 11 min ago

Enlarge / Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing prepares for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix. (credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images for Red Bull)

"Big Data" has been all the rage for the last few years. But the sport of Formula 1 racing caught that bug a long time ago, certainly in the days predating that buzzword. In the past, we've taken a look at how teams like Williams Martini Racing, Renault Sport Formula One, and Caterham F1 (RIP) have handled collecting and crunching their terabytes. Today, it's Red Bull Racing's turn.

"I've worked for the team for 13 years now, and we've been doing this for ages. The complexity of what we measure and sophistication of the analytics continues to improve, but we've been doing big data for a long time," explained Matt Cadieux, Red Bull Racing's chief information officer. The data in question is collected by myriad sensors all over the team's race cars, roughly adding up to a terabyte each race weekend (500GB for each of the two cars).

"But if you look at all the other data we use—video, audio, number crunching to run through various simulations—it's a huge multiplication factor on top of that," he told Ars. Cadieux wouldn't give us an exact number for that data volume over a race weekend, lest that information prove too useful to the team's rivals in the paddock, but company-wide the team manages 8PB of data. Cadieux reckoned that 95 percent of that was related to car design and car performance—think CAD (computer-aided design) and CFD (computational fluid dynamics), but also strategy simulations and historical telemetry data from previous seasons. "We have a very data-hungry business," he said.

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Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

The Register - 3 hours 25 min ago
Clash with tech titan continues

Trouble struck British chip designer Imagination Technologies has confirmed it is for sale amid an ongoing dispute with Apple that has crushed its valuation on the London Stock Exchange.…

UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 26 min ago
Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service during the morning commute.

Cheaters beware! Pokemon Go is coming for your Pokemon - CNET - News - 3 hours 27 min ago
Pokemon caught by cheating will also "not behave as expected".

The HondaJet is sleek, small and adorable - CNET - News - 3 hours 33 min ago
At the Paris Air Show, Honda Aircraft Co. showed off its first business jet. With eye-catching engines and a long, pointed nose, it looks like no other aircraft in the sky.

Famous YouTubers raise thousands for Grenfell Tower victims and families

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 52 min ago
Stars like Em Ford and Bethan Leadley raise thousands of pounds for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

California earthquake alarm sounded - 92 years late

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 53 min ago
US geologists apologise for issuing warning about a massive earthquake - that struck in 1925.

A wrestling fan’s review of the gloriously weird ‘GLOW’ - CNET - News - 3 hours 58 min ago
Uranage is the new black. (A uranage is a pro wrestling move. That’s gonna be important later on.)

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