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Delayed, overbudget and broken. Of course Microsoft's finest would be found in NASA's Orion

The Register - 1 hour 3 min ago
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream (as Windows crashes again)

BORK!BORK!BORK! Getting astronauts to the Moon or Mars is the least of NASA's problems. Persuading Microsoft Windows not to fall over along the way is apparently a far greater challenge.…

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The torture garden of Microsoft Exchange: Grant us the serenity to accept what they cannot EOL

The Register - 1 hour 50 min ago
Time to fix those legacy evils, though.... right?

Column It is the monster which corrupts all it touches. It is an energy-sucking vampire that thrives on the pain it promotes. It cannot be killed, but grows afresh as each manifestation outdoes the last in awfulness and horror. It is Microsoft Exchange and its drooling minion, Outlook.…

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Keeping up the PECR: ICO fines two marketing text pests £330k for sending 2.6 million messages

The Register - 2 hours 35 min ago
Leads Works Ltd and Valca Vehicle and Life Cover Agency tried to exploit household finance fears in lockdown, says data watchdog

Two businesses that dispatched more than 2.6 million nuisance text messages seeking to exploit lower household incomes during Britain’s first lockdown are nursing a combined financial penalty of £330,000 from the UK’s data watchdog.…

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Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy a beer: Beware the downloaded patch applied in haste

The Register - 3 hours 50 min ago
Let us tell you a tale of the Mailman's Apprentice

Who, Me? The weekend is over and Monday is here. Celebrate your IT prowess with another there-but-for-the-grace confession from the Who, Me? archives.…

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NASA shows Mars that humans can drive a remote control space tank at .01 km/h

The Register - 4 hours 45 min ago
Perseverance takes first drive around landing spot named in honor of seminal sci-fi author Octavia E. Butler

NASA’s Perseverance rover trekked across Mars for the first time last Thursday, March 4, 2021.…

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Oppo takes China’s smartphone sales crown as former leader’s sales dive Huawei down

The Register - 6 hours 7 min ago
Without Honor, or 5G silicon, there can be no victory

Oppo has become China’s top smartphone brand for the first time, according to analyst house Counterpoint.…

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US National Security Council urges review of Exchange Servers in wake of Hafnium attack

The Register - 7 hours 7 min ago
Don't just patch, check for p0wnage, says top natsec team

The Biden administration has urged users of Microsoft's Exchange mail and messaging server to ensure they have not fallen victim to the recently-detected "Hafnium" attack on Exchange Server that Microsoft says originated in China.…

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Microsoft goes large with fifth Azure region in China

The Register - 9 hours 3 min ago
Will go live in 2022 and ‘effectively double’ capacity in the Middle Kingdom

Microsoft has revealed it plans to open a fifth Azure region in China.…

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Intel CPU interconnects can be exploited by malware to leak encryption keys and other info, academic study finds

The Register - 11 hours 5 min ago
Side-channel ring race 'hard to mitigate with existing defenses'

Chip-busting boffins in America have devised yet another way to filch sensitive data by exploiting Intel's processor design choices.…

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Linus Torvalds issues early Linux Kernel update to fix swapfile SNAFU

The Register - Sun, 2021-03-07 23:37
‘Subtle and very nasty bug’ meant 5.12 rc1 could trash entire filesystems

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has rushed out a new release candidate of Linux 5.12 after the first in the new series was found to include a ‘subtle and very nasty bug’ that was so serious he marked rc1 as unsuitable for use.…

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Facebook uses one billion Instagram photos to build massive object-recognition AI that partly trained itself

The Register - Sat, 2021-03-06 08:39
Proof-of-concept SEER taught over eight days using 512 GPUs

Facebook has trained its most advanced semi-supervised computer vision system yet on a dataset of a billion public images taken from Instagram, its other social network.…

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You only need pen and paper to fool this OpenAI computer vision code. Just write down what you want it to see

The Register - Fri, 2021-03-05 23:28
Trick future robot overlords by scribbling 'superuser' on your forehead

OpenAI researchers believe they have discovered a shockingly easy way to hoodwink their object-recognition software, and it requires just pen and paper to carry out.…

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EFF urges Google to ground its FLoC: 'Pro-privacy' third-party cookie replacement not actually great for privacy

The Register - Fri, 2021-03-05 21:18
'That is not the world we want, nor the one users deserve'

With the arrival of Google Chrome v89 on Tuesday, Google is preparing to test a technology called Federated Learning of Cohorts, or FLoC, that it hopes will replace increasingly shunned, privacy-denying third-party cookies.…

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First Verizon, now T-Mobile: US carrier suggests users use 2G to save battery

The Register - Fri, 2021-03-05 20:14
Why are carriers so worried about people's battery life during lockdown?

US telco Verizon recently splashed $45bn on 5G spectrum and then advised its customers to use LTE to save device battery life. Not to be outdone, rival carrier T-Mobile is recommending battery-anxious punters use 2G instead of the latest-and-greatest in cellular connectivity.…

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Hacked LinkedIn post puts further pressure on Salesforce over attitudes to race in the workplace

The Register - Fri, 2021-03-05 19:03
SaaS pusher says it has locked up social media account after 'unauthorised access'

Near ubiquitous SaaS CRM pusher Salesforce got a rude awakening this week when its carefully curated image of a business addressing racial equality was shattered by its clearly hacked LinkedIn page.…

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Soft-shell robot uses snailfish features to sail though Mariana Trench stress test

The Register - Fri, 2021-03-05 18:15
Deep sea submersible may help humans explore deepest oceans

Researchers in China have developed flexible submersible robots that experts say might one day help humans reveal the secrets to unexplored depths of the Earth's vast oceans.…

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The Document Foundation updates LibreOffice Community to 7.1.1

The Register - Fri, 2021-03-05 17:01
Ninth anniversary celebrated with bug fixes for enthusiasts and power users

A month after version 7.1 of LibreOffice hit the streets, the first update has landed replete with a swathe of bug fixes for the suite.…

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Oh SITA: Airline IT provider confirms passenger data leaked after major 'cyber-attack'

The Register - Fri, 2021-03-05 16:01
Data from multiple aviation giants hit

Not that many planes are taking off these days, but that didn’t stop the flight of passenger records from servers belonging to aviation tech supplier SITA after it was hit by a "cyberattack".…

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Wipro buys London-based banking and tech consultant Capco for US$1.45B

The Register - Fri, 2021-03-05 14:59
'Bold play by Wipro, but one not without risk' - analyst

Outsourcing provider Wipro has bid $1.45bn for banking consultant and digital transformation outfit Capco.…

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'Screen access technology has existed for decades': Visually impaired man sues Dell over 'inaccessible' website

The Register - Fri, 2021-03-05 14:05
Suit says he couldn't tell 'old' price from 'new', nor perceive pop-up window

A legally blind man who cannot see "faces or text" has claimed that Dell is violating federal accessibility laws by maintaining an improperly formatted website and online store.…

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