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Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

The Register - Fri, 2019-02-15 11:00
Stop making 'sexy noises' and 'get real', conference told

Blockchain-fanciers have been told to stop the "sexy noises" about its use in fintech and get real – though others remain hopeful the tech can hitch its cart to the techlash bandwagon.…

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Why This Dad is Supporting the Youth Climate Strike. (Aka The Kids Are Alright.)

Greenpeace UK - Fri, 2019-02-15 10:31

Today we use 100 million barrels of oil every single day.  There are no politics to change that, there are no rules to keep that oil in the ground… we can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.  Everything needs to be changed.  And it has to start today.’   Greta Thunberg, Student, 16 

Would you give up flying to save the climate? What about eating meat? Or driving? What about one day of school?

The IPCC, the world’s top climate science body, says we have twelve years to change our society and our economy into one that is reducing its carbon emissions in line with what the science demands. And that the sooner and more rapidly we act the less severe the consequences will be.

And they could be very severe indeed.

Collapsing ecosystems won’t just deprive our children of the chance to see coral reefs and rainforests – they might deprive them of secure jobs and reliable food supplies. And many of them know this – they know that our reluctance to be honest about climate change and adopt the policies needed to change the system, while continuing to drill for oil and build new roads and runways, will leave them with a future that is much poorer than it should be.

Today, students from over 40 schools in the UK will add their voices to the tens of thousands of other children around the world who have joined the strike for climate, taking themselves out of school to protest the absolute failure of Governments and corporations to get anywhere near the level of action necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change.  We need, as Greta Thunberg has said, to play by a different playbook, and to change the rules.

As a father of two children in school, I find this difficult to argue with.    The fact is their future does look much poorer if we don’t take up the challenge the school strike is posing to us all, and treat climate change as the emergency it is.    We need to invest, now, in those cutting edge technologies that can rapidly replace polluting energy with clean power.  We need to help people get out of dirty fossil fuelledvehicles, into electric cars and onto affordable public transport.   We need to stop exploring for oil we know can never be burned.

To me, the students’ clarity, bravery and courage in helping sound the alarm on climate is to be celebrated. Let’s hope it helps the rest of us to get moving.

Pat Venditti is Programme Director at Greenpeace UK.

The post Why This Dad is Supporting the Youth Climate Strike. (Aka The Kids Are Alright.) appeared first on Greenpeace UK.

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Want to know what 2020 holds? Microsoft has a little something for you

The Register - Fri, 2019-02-15 10:05
Windows 10 Insiders sent screaming into a future where, er, nothing much has changed right now

Microsoft fired up the speculation machine last night by issuing a fresh build of Windows 10 to lucky skip-ahead testers: and it contains code from 2020s Windows.…

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Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

The Register - Fri, 2019-02-15 09:09
JR Hartley is my bitch

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The Ripper has returned.…

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Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

The Register - Fri, 2019-02-15 08:11
It was an easy solve, says techie, once we put our heads together

On Call Well done, Reg readers, you’ve once again triumphed in the battle with the 9-5 and made it to Friday.…

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'This collaboration is absolutely critical going forward'... One positive thing about Meltdown CPU hole? At least it put aside tech rivalries...

The Register - Fri, 2019-02-15 07:12
Execs, experts hope this cooperation continues to hold for the next big bug

A panel of eggheads from Intel, the US government, and academia held court this week to figure how they can keep the likes of El Reg from spoiling their next major bug reveal.…

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Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

The Register - Fri, 2019-02-15 05:57
Ex-Googler reveals study and, yes, we're lookin' at you, WordAds

If the web seems slow, blame third-party advertising and analytics scripts.…

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Help us sniff out 50 neutron star collisions so we can calculate universe expansion, cosmoboffins plead

The Register - Fri, 2019-02-15 05:08
There's only been one so far, so 49 more to go

Cosmologists need gravitational wave measurements from 50 binary neutron star mergers to work out just how fast our universe is really expanding, according to new research.…

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How's this for sci-fi: Orbiting probes face fiery death dive from planet's radiation belts. And that planet is Earth

The Register - Fri, 2019-02-15 04:04
They're dropping like flies: First Opportunity, now NASA's Van Allen craft

NASA’s twin probes studying Earth’s radiation belts are in the last stages of their mission – and will end their lives by nosediving into our planet’s atmosphere, the US space agency announced Thursday.…

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Roses are red, Facebook will pay, to make Uncle Sam go away: Zuck, FTC in $bn settlement rumor

The Register - Fri, 2019-02-15 00:38
Antisocial network may shell out billions to end watchdog's privacy probe, it is reported

Facebook is reportedly close to breaking out its checkbook to settle the FTC's legal rumblings over the antisocial network's unique approach to netizens' privacy.…

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White House and FCC announce big, broken solutions to America's pitiful broadband

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-14 23:50
Why fight an oligopoly when you can subsidize it?

The White House and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have both announced big plans to expand broadband internet access across the United States.…

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Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-14 22:56
CorrectHorseBatteryStaple once again more secure and memorable than ff3sd21n

HashCat, an open source password recovery tool, can now crack an eight-character Windows NTLM password hash in less time than it will take to watch Avengers: Endgame.…

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Amazon throws toys out of pram, ditches plans for New York HQ2 after big trouble in Big Apple

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-14 22:14
Online retailer just wants to be loved. And by loved, it means given lots of subsidies no questions asked

Amazon has ditched its plans to open a headquarters in New York City after growing opposition to its plans by local officials and unions.…

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Funnily enough, says NetApp, when the global economy slows down, people don't buy quite as many storage arrays

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-14 21:53
Enterprise punters shut wallets amid 'deteriorating outlooks' and trade tariff blitz

The old saying goes that when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold. According to NetApp boss George Kurian, some large businesses are already reaching for the tissues.…

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Facebook political data probe: £2.5m. Powers for the ICO: Priceless

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-14 20:33
UK watchdog denies project distracted from day-to-day enforcement

The millions spent on investigating the Facebook data harvesting scandal was worth it because it allowed the Information Commissioner's Office to secure greater powers, Elizabeth Denham has said.…

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Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-14 20:22
When in America, STFU and get a lawyer. Even if you're innocent

Marcus Hutchins, the Brit white-hat hacker who halted 2017's WannaCry ransomware outbreak, has failed to stop the American legal system using statements he made while recovering from the effects of holidaying in Las Vegas.…

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Boss of venerable sect with millions of devoted followers meets Pope

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-14 19:13
Microsoft prez Brad Smith talks AI and ethics with the Pontiff

The head of an organisation noted for being a bit unpleasant over the years which is now trying to rehabilitate its image for a new generation met Microsoft's Brad Smith this week.…

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Take a look at this language AI bot that can read, write, answer your questions, and complete your sentences

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-14 17:27
Don't worry, it's not a sign of artificial general intelligence

Most neural networks are like people with savant syndrome; they have extraordinary capabilities only in a very narrow range of tasks. But a new system built by researchers at OpenAI is more of a polymath and has learned to perform a range of language tasks without human supervision.…

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OK, Google? Probably not! EU settles on wording for copyright reform legislation

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-14 16:54
Commission fumes at 'fake' campaign

The EU has finally settled on the wording of its Digital Single Market copyright reform package, a three-years-in-the-making effort, greeting the agreement with a sizzling rebuke of the "misinformation campaigns" around the measures.…

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Roses are red, so is ketchup, 'naked' Huawei tells its critics to belt up

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-14 16:19
Comms giant bared all to Brit security services, says chief

Eric Xu, one of three rotating chairmen at Huawei, has said the company is "naked" before the British security services with whom it shares its most intimate secrets: its source code.…

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