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Submission + - Russian Data Centres To Heat Water In Nordic City (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Russian search giant Yandex is set to help the Finnish city of Mäntsälä reduce its carbon emissions by up to 40%, by lending excess heat from its data centres to warm local water. Yandex data centres located in the city in southern Finland will use their waste heat output to warm the area’s water, in a project funded by Finnish energy company Mäntsälän Sähkö OY. The initiative forms part of a series of tests carried out by Nordic data centres and energy companies to put excess heat from the sites to better use. The ‘green’ experiment hopes to cut heating costs for the city’s residents by 5% over the coming year, and should slash utility providers’ gas consumption by half.

Submission + - Raspberry Pi founder wants self-driving robots for Robot Wars return (theinquirer.net)

DW100 writes: The founder of Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton, says he wants to see self-driving robots, possibly powered by the mini Raspberry Pi, to be used in the new series of Robots Wars coming to the BBC this year. "I'd like to see driverless Robot Wars. Robots that use the addition of compute to be really fierce," he told The Inquirer. "Yeah, autonomous Robot Wars would be great."

Submission + - Google's driverless cars have had surprisingly few crashes (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: Google’s driverless cars suffered 272 failures and were involved in 13 traffic accidents between September 2014 and November 2015, according to data released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CDMV).

The drivers monitoring the cars had to seize control of the vehicle nearly 300 times when the autonomous technology failed, but the figure is relatively small given the 424,331 miles of testing over the 14-month period. The number suggests that driverless car technology is nearing a phase where it could be ready for real-world deployment, although government restrictions could hamper use.

Submission + - UK number plate monitoring 'one of world's biggest surveillance systems' (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: The monitoring of number plates by UK police forces represents one of the biggest surveillance systems in the world — yet it has no legal basis or judicial oversight, the UK’s surveillance camera commissioner has warned. He noted that there are currently 8,300 ANPR cameras in use submitting 25 to 35 million records daily, but the government has not introduced any safeguards around the collection, storage, and deletion of this data.

Submission + - North America runs out of IPv4 addresses (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has been forced to reject a request for more IPv4 addresses for the first time as its stock of reamining address reaches exhaustion. The lack of IPv4 addresses has led to renewed calls for the take-up of IPv6 addresses in order to start embarcing the next era of the internet.

Submission + - Domain autority ICANN asks FTC to rule on .sucks concern as it lacks authority (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: ICANN, the body in charge with overseeing the management and rollout of new top level domains such as .porn, .adult and .sucks, has asked the FTC to investigate whether the registry running .sucks is acting illegally, after concerns raised by ICANN's own in-house legal team it is selling the domains to brand owners in a 'predatory' manner.

Submission + - Intel to build 180 petaflop supercomputer for US Department of Energy (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: Intel has been awarded a contract to create two next-generation supercomputers for the US Department of Energy (DoE) that should deliver top-level performance of 180 petaflops. The DoE will use the systems at the Argonne National Laboratory, and Intel will deliver the first machine, a Cray Shasta-based supercomputer known as Aurora, by 2018.

Submission + - 5G speeds of 1Tbps acheived at UK university (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: Speeds of a staggering 1Tbps have been achieved during tests at the University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC). The speed achieved is more than 10 times faster than anything before. Professor Rahim Tafazolli (pictured below), director of the 5GIC said the speed was akin to fibre optic communications and would be taken out of the lab for real-world testing next year.

Submission + - UK approves driverless car tests on public roads (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: Look out! The UK has government has, in a remarkably forward-looking decision, agreed to let driverless car tests take place on public roads. The trials will take place in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry with vehicles ranging from 2-seater 'pods' to shuttle services involved. A BAE wildcat jeep will also be tested, and it definitely looks the coolest of the three.

Submission + - Google avoids fine in UK but will change its privacy policies (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: Google has avoided a fine from UK data regulators for its privacy policies that were introduced in 2012. While French and Spanish regulators issued fines of €150,000 and €900,000 respectively, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) appears happy to simply ask Google to change the wording of its policies and make them clearer to users so that they can understand more clearly how their data is being gathered and used by the search giant.

Submission + - Net neutrality means Apple must make BlackBerry apps - BlackBerry CEO (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: In a bizarre public blog post the CEO of BlackBerry, John Chen, has claimed that net neutrality laws should include forcing app developers to make their services available on all operating systems. Chen even goes as far as citing Apple's iMessage tool as a service that should be made available for BlackBerry, because at present the lack of an iMessage BlackBerry app is holding the firm back.

Submission + - UK govt leads the world for open data claims web father Sir Tim Berners-Lee (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: The UK government is the most open and transparent when it comes to releasing data on its own citizens, according to the man who invented the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. A report by his Web Foundation organisation put the UK ahead of the US, Sweden and France, although the report also said the quality of some data being released is poor, and needs addressing. Myanmar ranked bottom for the 86 countries assessed.

Submission + - BT to buy UK 4G leader EE for £12.5bn (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: The UK mobile market looks set for a radical shake-up after BT confirmed it is now in final stage discussions to buy EE for £12.5bn. The move will see the telecoms giant return to the mobile market for the first time in over a decade and make the company the leader in both fixed and mobile markets. Whether or not the telecoms regulatory Ofcom will agree to such a deal, though, remains to be seen

Submission + - UK spy post GCHQ launches Android app to uncover future code-breakers (v3.co.uk)

DW100 writes: UK spy post GCHQ has released an Android app that helps youngsters learn about coding techniques, and how to break them. The app, called Cryptoy, is available now for Android tablets, and is expected to arrive on iOS next year. The hope is that youngsters will discover hidden talents for code-setting and breaking, helping the UK ensure it has a steady stream of intelligent, crypto-savvy workers to counter emerging cyber threats. The launch has echoes of a similar government effort in WW2 to find code-breakers for Bletchley Park via a cryptic crossword in the Daily Telegraph, albeit with a modern twist.

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