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

20 hours 35 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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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The 40-Year-Old Version: ZX81's sleek plastic case shows no sign of middle-aged spread

Fri, 2021-03-05 13:19
'You'll be surprised at how much you can do with a personal computer'

It has been 40 years since the launch of Sinclair's ZX81, a device that welcomed countless Brits to the delights of home computing at the dawn of the 1980s.…

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Day 5 of Openreach strikes: No use of tech company toilets. No water. Fresh dates outlined

Fri, 2021-03-05 12:30
'No access to buildings' for striking Repayment Project engineers, confirms company

Openreach’s Project Repayment Engineers who are already on the picket line to protest over changes in the grading structure that they say devalues their role, are naming five more strike dates.…

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GPS jamming around Cyprus gives our air traffic controllers a headache, says Eurocontrol

Fri, 2021-03-05 11:45
One-fifth of all flights in a 3 hour period were affected

GPS jamming of airliners not only causes navigational havoc but delays commercial airline flights too, EU airspace regulator Eurocontrol has complained in a new report.…

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While Reg readers know the difference between a true hacker and cyber-crook, for everyone else, hacking means illegal activity

Fri, 2021-03-05 11:00
Our vulture Iain argues against this week's motion

Reader debate Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers discuss technology topics, and you – the reader – choose the winning argument. The format is simple: a motion was proposed this week, the argument for the motion was published on Wednesday, and the argument against is published today.

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Dutch government: Did we say 10 'high data protection risks' in Google Workspace block adoption? Make that 8

Fri, 2021-03-05 10:15
Untangling privacy implications of using Google's productivity suite not easy

A Dutch government report identifying "10 high data protection risks" for users of Google Workspace, formerly known as G Suite, has been revised after Google's response, and now says eight high risk issues still remain.…

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The sooner AI stops trying to mimic human intelligence, the better – as there isn't any

Fri, 2021-03-05 09:30
Still waiting for neuroscientists to work out why

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Never again. As Gods are my witnesses, you will never catch me [insert gerund here] in future. I have learnt my lesson.…

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I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?

Fri, 2021-03-05 08:15
Friends and family tech support meets steam-powered computing

On Call It's a friends and family episode of On Call today, dedicated to the moments when one's attempts to render IT assistance are met with bafflement or just plain hostility.…

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UK monopoly watchdog launches probe after iOS app makers slam Apple software store's draconian T&Cs

Fri, 2021-03-05 07:34
The walls are closing in on the iGiant

The UK's antitrust watchdog has launched an investigation into Apple’s app store after developers complained its strict rules are an unfair stranglehold and may break competition law.…

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