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Google fixes 'Chromebork' one-character code typo that prevented Chrome OS logins

Fri, 2021-07-23 20:49
Programming blunder is the second such snafu this month

Bug of the week Google has fixed a bug in Chrome OS version 91.0.4472.165 that surfaced on Monday and prevented some users from being able to login to their systems.…

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Rackspace literally decimates workforce: One in ten staffers let go this week

Fri, 2021-07-23 19:55
85% of those jobs will be rehired, just in cheaper countries

Around 10 per cent of Rackspace staff, predominantly in the US it seems, got an unwelcome email this week informing them they were being let go.…

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Punchy Italian kartist gets 15-year ban for trackside rampage... and other stories

Fri, 2021-07-23 19:01
An unexpectedly vehicular collection of chaos and confusion for your consideration

Welcome back for another compendium of tomfoolery from this week for those who enjoy a bit of light-hearted piffle. And let's face it, who doesn't?…

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Latest Windows 11 Preview a well-rounded update – literally

Fri, 2021-07-23 18:17
What else is round? Oh yes, holes

While the Windows of today may have more holes in it than a 20-year-old pair of underpants, Microsoft has continued plugging away at previews for the upcoming iteration, Windows 11.…

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Apologetic Audacity rewrites privacy policy after 'significant lapse in communication'

Fri, 2021-07-23 17:30
Of course kids are allowed. Whatever gave you the impression they weren't?

Open-source audio editor Audacity this week posted an apology on GitHub in response to the entirely predictable furore over the platform's privacy policy.…

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eBay cyberstalking victims sue internet tat bazaar over former staff members' campaign of harassment

Fri, 2021-07-23 16:45
We endured enormous cruelty and abuse and feared for our lives, say couple

A couple from the US who run a small ecommerce publication have launched legal action against eBay accusing the company of a "coordinated effort to intimidate, threaten to kill, torture, terrorize, stalk and silence" them to muzzle their coverage.…

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Anyone fancy a Snowmobile full of Bags O'Crap? It'll be on the list somewhere

Fri, 2021-07-23 16:02
Reg reader reveals colossal 821-item collection of Amazon trademarks tucked away on its site

Recently, a Reg reader contacted us at Vulture (virtual) Towers with something odd they'd found online – a page tucked away in the little-visited “Legal Policies” section of Amazon's website containing a "non-exhaustive" list of all the trademarks held by the company.…

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Subcontractors working on CityFibre's £45m Derby rollout threaten to 'rip up tarmac' in dispute over payments

Fri, 2021-07-23 15:15
Main contractor J McCann insists it takes its obligations 'very seriously'

Contractors helping to lay fibre cables under streets in Derby have threatened to scrap their work and "rip up tarmac" they've laid – unless they get paid.…

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Reserve Bank of India official suggests country may soon have a digital currency pilot

Fri, 2021-07-23 15:15
CBDC would be released in phases to prevent volatility

India may be launching a digital currency, an official from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said today.…

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Intel: 'Another one to two years before the industry is able to completely catch up with demand'

Fri, 2021-07-23 14:30
CEO reassures punters that $40bn foundry spending will pay off

Intel boss Pat Gelsinger reckons global semiconductor shortages that continue to disrupt tech industry supply chains could last until 2023, around the time Chipzilla will at last release its first 7nm process CPU, Meteor Lake.…

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In the Navy, we want to share data with some ease. In the Navy, can someone help us with this please?

Fri, 2021-07-23 13:45
Palantir potentially in line for £50m contract with Brit maritime force

The Royal Navy is on the hunt, not for enemy submarines in this instance, but for a technology supplier to provide a data integration platform in return for a bounty of £50m.…

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We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. An exoplanet building its own moons

Fri, 2021-07-23 13:03
400 light-years away, satellites are forming

Pic Astronomers have for the first time spotted what appears to be a moon-forming ring of matter around a young exoplanet, and described their findings in a paper published on Thursday.…

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SAP's home crowd fails to RISE to the bait with lift-and-shift-to-the-cloud offer

Fri, 2021-07-23 12:15
German-speaking user group takes dismal view of scheme's value

The German-speaking SAP user group (DSAG) has published a decidedly downbeat survey revealing attitudes to RISE with SAP, the application company's big sell to get its entrenched customer base to the cloud.…

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Hole blasted in Guntrader: UK firearms sales website's CRM database breached, 111,000 users' info spilled online

Fri, 2021-07-23 11:29
One of the worst things that could happen to privacy-focused community

Criminals have hacked into a Gumtree-style website used for buying and selling firearms, making off with a 111,000-entry database containing partial information from a CRM product used by gun shops across the UK.…

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UKRI denies pulling funding from Newport Wafer Fab over Chinese ownership concerns

Fri, 2021-07-23 10:01
'Funding continues,' despite media reports to the contrary

UK Research and Investment (UKRI) has rejected reports it had, on instruction of UK government, cut financial support for Newport Wafer Fab over concerns about its acquisition by Nexperia, offering a simple statement: "funding continues."…

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UK celebrates 25 years of wasteful, 'underperforming' government IT projects

Fri, 2021-07-23 09:15
National Audit Office's scathing report blames fails on lack of experience

Government IT projects are poorly thought out, often fail to achieve what they're designed to do, and are a waste of taxpayers' money.…

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Is it broken yet? Is it? Is it? Ooh that means I can buy a sparkly, new but otherwise hard-to-justify replacement!

Fri, 2021-07-23 08:30
I may consider offering you cash to break it for me

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Something is wrong with my eyes. Hang on, no, it's my display that's gone smeary. This is great news.…

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Tech support scams subside somewhat, but Millennials and Gen Z think they're bulletproof and suffer

Fri, 2021-07-23 07:54
Microsoft study says India is most susceptible, other studies suggest the USA cops it most

Tech support scam attempts dropped in frequency over the past two years, but remain a threat. And Millennials and Gen Z – not Boomers – fall prey most frequently, according to Microsoft in its 2021 Global Tech Support Scam Research report, released Thursday.…

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Exsparko-destructus! What happens when wand waving meets extremely poor wiring

Fri, 2021-07-23 07:30
You killed my data centre, prepare to die

On Call Welcome to another edition of On Call in which a contractor's shonky job and a guard's Jedi-like abilities result in an impromptu pager party.…

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Even Facebook struggles: Zuck's titanic database upgrade hits numerous legacy software bergs

Fri, 2021-07-23 07:01
The Social Network™ has spent years trying to hop from MySQL 5.6 to 8.0 and still isn’t done

Facebook has had all sorts of no fun trying to migrate from MySQL 5.6 to version 8.0.…

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