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They're baaaack: Avaya outlasts Chapter 11


Debt restructuring checked off, $300 million in the kitty

Almost a year after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Avaya last Friday announced the process has completed.?



Another AI attack, this time against 'black box' machine learning


The difference between George Clooney and Dustin Hoffman? Just a couple of pixels

Would you like to join the merry band of researchers breaking machine learning models? A trio of German researchers has published a tool designed to make it easier to craft adversarial models when you're attacking a ?black box?.?



Windows 10 bundles a briefly-vulnerable password manager


Keeper exposed punters to drive-by click-jack pwnage

Google Project Zero's Tavis Ormandy has turned up a howling blunder in a password manager bundled with Windows 10.?



No hack needed: anonymisation beaten with a dash of SQL


Melbourne researchers warn government: don't publish data down to the individual, ever

Governments should not release anonymised data that refers to individuals, because re-identification is inevitable.?



Google ramping up AI in China, Nvidia's Titan V, Intel's hip-hop misstep


And more in your machine-learning news summary

Roundup Here's your quick guide to news in the AI world beyond what we've covered this week.?



Merry Xmas, fellow code nerds: Avast open-sources decompiler


RetDec will turn binaries into something more legible

Malware hunting biz and nautical jargon Avast has released its machine-code decompiler RetDec as open source, in the hope of arming like-minded haters of bad bytes and other technically inclined sorts with better analytical tools.?



Top Silicon Valley tech battle judge probed over sex pest claims


Alex Kozinski accused of showing women clerks porn, sexually harassing staff

A misconduct inquiry has been opened into top US tech judge Alex Kozinski over allegations that he showed female law clerks pornography and repeatedly asked inappropriate sexual questions.?



Facebook confesses: Facebook is bad for you


Grazing FB is ruining your life, admits social network after probing its army of addicts

Facebook has just publicaly slapped itself upside the head, admitting that its very existence is often detrimental to the wellbeing of its users.?



Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes


AGs pressure America's top court to make Redmond hand over overseas messages

Microsoft should not be able to ?shield evidence? held on Irish servers from US prosecutors, a group of 35 US state attorneys general has argued.?



Pest control: Eggheads work to help RoboBees dodge that fly-swatter


Whoosh... gust of wind - sorry chaps, I'm out

Engineers and programmers working on a robot bee project could soon have the faux insects behaving more like real bees, according to engineers and roboticists at Cornell and Harvard.?



Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch


In search of cold, hard facts, scientists prep 470-mile adventure

A NASA team is heading on a trip arcing around the South Pole to check that their new satellite's measurements from space are just as good as their own back on terra firma.?



A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom


Some 4% of properties trundle below 10Mpbs

Just over a million premises in Blighty, or 4 per cent of properties, cannot get speeds of 10Mpbs, according to a comprehensive report by regulator Ofcom.?



We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms


Yo, NSA maths chaps, can you hear me? ? Black Hat man

Security researchers regularly set out to find implementation problems in cryptographic algorithms, but not enough effort is going towards the search for mathematical backdoors, two cryptography professors have argued.?



Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois


New hinge design looks back not forward

The handful of fans anticipating a Microsoft "Surface Phone" should brace themselves for disappointment.?



Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief


ACM Sir Stuart Peach is right ? but only to a point

The head of the British Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, has warned that Russia could cut off the UK by severing undersea communications cables.?



Brit film board proposed as overlord of online pr0nz age checks


Campaigners say body 'will be pushed to block' large number

The British Board of Film Classification will be responsible for regulating age checks for UK users of online porn websites, if the government gets its way.?



BlackBerry won't kill BB10 until 2020, pulls regular Priv updates


Thank you for your support

BlackBerry has announced "continuing support" for the legacy BB10 OS phones it once made ? but won't be updating its first Android phone, the Priv, regularly any more.?



BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels


Intended to boost former state monopoly's 'ailing TV service'

BT and Sky have set aside their long-running feud and signed a deal to sell their channels on each other's platforms in the UK.?



Former Intel EMEAR sales director takes Chipzilla to tribunal


Claims unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, withholding bonuses

Intel Corp's former Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia (EMEAR) sales director, who lost her job a year ago, is making an employment tribunal claim against the company which includes a series of accusations including sexual discrimination.?



UK needs a 'digital twin' to keep track of its data assets ? report


... and companies need to share their info nicely

The UK needs high-quality, standardised and more open data to improve its national infrastructure ? and companies need to get used to sharing, a report has said.?



Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion


Under-glass fingerprint sensors are HERE

Apple is said to have made a virtue out of a necessity with its iPhone X ? creating the notorious "Notch" to house a sophisticated facial-recognition system, Face ID.?



Guess who's developing storage class memory kit? And cooking the chips on the side...


Huawei ... who, who, who, who? I really wanna know

Analysis Huawei has made a move towards storage class memory that suggests it believes infrastructure driven by the tech is not only possible but inevitable.?



Kubernetes 1.9 version bump is near ? with APIs to extend the system


Latest container wrangling bits should drop on Friday

Assuming a handful of lingering issues can be resolved, the open-source Kubernetes project will introduce version 1.9 on Friday.?



Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar


Dentist?s office disapproved of perceived personalisation

On Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Reg?s Friday column celebrating readers? stories of being asked to fix the unfeasible.?



Sigh. It's not quite <i>Star Trek</i>'s Data, but it'll do: AI helps boffins clock second Solar System


Kepler-90 has same number of planets as our Sun

Our Solar System is no longer the largest known planetary system in the Milky Way ? after scientists confirmed the existence of an eighth planet, Kepler-90i, around a Sun-like star on Thursday.?



Xen Project says new version 4.10 has found balance between security and novelty


Splendid isolation for VMs, and a hand for ARM servers

The Xen Project has released version 4.10 of its hypervisor.?



Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him


Woman's nightmare revealed in discrimination lawsuit

An ex-Microsoft worker has accused the US software giant of bungling her internal complaint that a fellow employee raped her while she slept.?



Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge


Serverless functions running on a set-top box could be a thing before long

CableLabs, the organisation that figures out to help pay TV operators sweat their networks, has launched OpenStack installers for its software-defined networking and network function virtualization efforts.?



Oracle swallows sales spurt from one of its niche categories: Cloud


Lot of invoices to customers, still a small slice of database giant's biz

Oracle topped analyst expectations and continued its push into the cloud computing space with another strong quarter.?



5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing


Shut your whining, it's going to be great

Analysis The FCC voted 3-2 Thursday morning to get rid of net neutrality rules.?



Exploding alien bodies' space death-rays gave Earth its radiation cloak


It says so right here, in this paper

Scientists have solved a 60-year mystery by figuring out the source of harmful and highly energetic electrons whizzing around in Earth?s inner radiation belt.?



Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission


Court makes quick work of techie's long-shot appeal

In a not particularly surprising decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, USA, this week ruled that Michael Thomas, in his former role as IT operations manager for web hosting biz ClickMotive, was not authorized to trash company files and infrastructure as he claimed.?



FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match


Watchdog's clown, er, chairman debases policymaking in the United States

Despite the clearly stated and serious concerns of a broad cross-section of industry and society, on Thursday morning a mocking, preening excuse of a regulatory chairman tore down US rules that ensured content over the internet was kept free from manipulation by companies that sell access to the global network.?



MCubed returns to London in 2018, call for papers open


Doing AI or ML? Really? Tell us about it

Events The call for papers for MCubed 2018 is open, and we really want to hear how you're putting machine learning, AI and robotics to work in real organisations.?



Honey, I shrank the company: Tintri's dire third quarter presages a worse final one


Firm considers sale and looks to slash expenses

+Comment CEO Ken Klein is having to eat dust after Tintri's poor IPO saw sales staff leave. Third quarter results are dire, the fourth quarter looks even worse, and Tintri is considering selling itself.?



UK's map maker Ordnance Survey plays with robo roof detector


Machine learning algo can classify thousands in time puny human groks one

Britain's map maker is demonstrating that machine learning isn't all hot air ? but has discovered just how much donkey work is involved.?