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Intel teases 'software-defined silicon' with Linux kernel contribution – and won't say why

Tue, 2021-10-19 05:56
It might enable activation of entirely new features on existing Xeon CPUs … or, you know, not

Intel has teased a new tech it calls "Software Defined Silicon" (SDSi) but is saying almost nothing about it – and has told The Register it could amount to nothing.…

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Chip manufacturers are going back to the future for automotive silicon

Tue, 2021-10-19 05:29
Where we're going, we don't need 5nm

Analysis Cars are gaining momentum as computers on wheels, though chip manufacturers' auto focus isn't on making components using the latest and greatest fabrication nodes.…

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Alibaba Cloud unveils home-spun 128-core Arm-powered server CPU

Tue, 2021-10-19 04:02
Also plans to open-source current XuanTie RISC-V cores and future designs

Alibaba Cloud has revealed a home-grown CPU for servers, based on the Arm architecture, that it has already deployed powering its cloud services.…

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Japanese messaging giant Line admits it mishandled user data, promises to do better

Tue, 2021-10-19 01:27
Sent user data to China without once thinking Beijing might decide to snoop, lied about server location

Line, the Japan-based messaging and payments app with millions of users around Southeast Asia, has conceded that its data protection regimes had multiple shortcomings, and therefore put users' personal information at risk.…

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Canon makes 'all-in-one' printers that refuse to scan when out of ink, lawsuit claims

Tue, 2021-10-19 00:15
We can't wait to see the logic gymnastics needed to justify this

Canon USA has been accused of forcing customers to buy ink cartridges when they only want to scan and fax documents using the manufacturer's so-called All-In-One multi-function printers.…

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Apple arms high-end MacBook Pro notebooks with M1 Pro, M1 Max processors

Mon, 2021-10-18 21:58
x86 is an eighty-sixed ex

Apple on Monday announced 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models armed with its Arm-compatible Apple Silicon chips, extending its platform architecture transition, and Intel exodus, for its high-end notebooks.…

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US lawmakers give Amazon until November to prove it didn't lie to Congress

Mon, 2021-10-18 21:33
This better be a Prime delivery

US House representatives say they are ready to call upon the Department of Justice to investigate whether Amazon executives, including ex-CEO Jeff Bezos, lied to Congress about whether the internet giant unfairly uses customer data to create and market its own products.…

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Engineers investigating iffy solar array latch on NASA's Lucy as probe begins long journey to Trojan asteroids

Mon, 2021-10-18 18:46
Spacecraft otherwise stable and working well

NASA's Lucy is on its way to the Trojan asteroids, but engineers have already spotted a problem with one of the probe's 7.3-metre solar arrays.…

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Microsoft called out as big malware hoster – thanks to OneDrive and Office 365 abuse

Mon, 2021-10-18 17:30
Infosec pro: 'OneDrive abuse has been going on for years'

Microsoft has been branded as "the world's best malware hoster for about a decade," thanks to abuse of the Office 365 and Live platform, as well as its slow response to reports by security researchers.…

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Dishing up the goods: Square Kilometre Array moves out of the theoretical and into the contractual

Mon, 2021-10-18 16:44
Plus: Australian telescope precursor finds weird waves in the middle of the galaxy

The governments of South Africa and Australia have signed agreements formalizing the construction and operation of the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) telescopes by the Observatory's governing body.…

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Amid drama at the .NET Foundation, Microsoft staffer reveals it was meant to be like the GNOME Foundation

Mon, 2021-10-18 15:45
Which it isn't, as illustrated by exec director of the F# Foundation

The troubled .NET Foundation was intended to "borrow as much as possible from the GNOME Foundation," according to Miguel de Icaza, co-founder of GNOME and now at Microsoft, who was involved in its original design.…

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Arm puts virtual hardware in the cloud so you won't have to wait for the actual chips

Mon, 2021-10-18 15:00
Developers, start your engines

Arm is putting virtual models of its chip designs in the cloud so developers can write and test applications before the physical hardware gets into their hands.…

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Facebook posts job ad for 10,000 'high-skilled' roles to 'build the metaverse' – and they'll all be based in the EU

Mon, 2021-10-18 14:30
Announcement uses the phrase 'world-leading' without referring to UK once

Brit political has-been and Facebook global affairs veep Nick Clegg fired off a missive over the weekend announcing that the antisocial network would be hiring 10,000 people from across the European Union to help "BUILD THE METAVERSE" (VERSE-VERSE-VERSE-VERSE).…

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EasyJet flight loadsheet snafu caused by software 'code errors' says UK safety agency

Mon, 2021-10-18 13:45
System 'operating outside of the original design specification' said AAIB

An EasyJet flight to Edinburgh Airport took off with wrongly loaded passengers and baggage because of IT network congestion causing computer systems to interact "in a manner which had neither been designed nor predicted."…

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Microsoft admits to yet more printing problems in Windows as back-at-the-office folks asked for admin credentials

Mon, 2021-10-18 13:00
Saving the forests by making printing even harder

Microsoft's brand new operating system, Windows 11, appears to be just as iffy when it comes to printing as its predecessors.…

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Give us your biometric data to get your lunch in 5 seconds, UK schools tell children

Mon, 2021-10-18 12:15
Facial recognition for meal payment system works for kids, supplier says

Facial recognition technology is being employed in more UK schools to allow pupils to pay for their meals, according to reports today.…

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There are 875 million good reasons why the paperless office won't happen soon

Mon, 2021-10-18 11:29
UK Cabinet Office organises latest print hardware and supplies mega framework

The UK government has awarded a contract worth up to £875m for a range of printer hardware and multi-function devices in a move which again raises questions about whether the paperless office was a dream that has faded in the recesses of our collective memory.…

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Ubuntu 21.10: Plan to do yourself an Indri? Here's what's inside... including a bit of GNOME schooling

Mon, 2021-10-18 10:45
Plus: Rounded corners make GNOME 40 look like Windows 11

Review Canonical has released Ubuntu 21.10, or "Impish Indri" as this one is known. This is the last major version before next year's long-term support release of Ubuntu 22.04, and serves as a good preview of some of the changes coming for those who stick with LTS releases.…

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Heart FM's borkfast show – a fine way to start your day

Mon, 2021-10-18 10:01
Jamie and Amanda have a new co-presenter to contend with

There can be few things worse than Microsoft Windows elbowing itself into a presenting partnership, as seen in this digital signage for the Heart breakfast show.…

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Think your phone is snooping on you? Hold my beer, says basic physics

Mon, 2021-10-18 09:15
Information wants to be free, and it's making its escape

Opinion Forget the Singularity. That modern myth where AI learns to improve itself in an exponential feedback loop towards evil godhood ain't gonna happen. Spacetime itself sets hard limits on how fast information can be gathered and processed, no matter how clever you are.…

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