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Meltdown-Spectre: More businesses warned off patching over stability issues

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Video: Your antivirus may clash with Windows Meltdown-Spectre patch Several industrial-equipment manufacturers have reported problems with the fixes for the recently disclosed Meltdown and Spectre attacks. Rockwell Automation has reported a dozen errors that are appearing in its FactoryTalk-based products after installing Microsoft’s Meltdown and Spectre patches for Windows systems. …

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The 85 percent solution

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It’s a few years back, when this IT consultant pilot fish is working in the aerospace and defense industry at a company with an interesting idea for paying employees. “They decided to pay 85 percent of the average market rate to hire, giving them room to give people increases to …

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Alibaba neural network defeats human in global reading test

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Alibaba says its deep neural network model has outscored humans in a global reading test, paving the way for the underlying technology to reduce the need for human input. The Chinese tech giant’s research unit, Institute of Data Science of Technologies (IDST), said it had developed a deep-learning model that …

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Business must tone down its lust for big data

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(Image: Nebia) It should come as no surprise that when key industry bodies write submissions to government consultations they’re self-serving. That’s what such lobby groups are for, right? But in its submission to the current consultation on developing a national Digital Economy Strategy, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry …

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Canberra seeks four regional spots for startup incubators

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The Australian government is looking for four regional locations to set up startup incubator facilities, seeking an individual or a small organisation in each area keen to take on the 12-month responsibility. In a request for tender (RFT) published over the weekend, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science explained …

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