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Reg readers: Don't assume anything when sharing health data

Fri, 2021-10-15 10:30
Debate exhibits chronic distrust of policy makers, Big Pharma, and insurance companies

Register debate This week's Register Debate tussled over the motion Assumed consent is the right approach for sharing healthcare patients' data, beyond their direct care. The results are in, and as you can see, we have a clear winner.…

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All I want for Christmas is a delivery address that a delivery courier can find

Fri, 2021-10-15 09:28
Send me an SMS and I’ll tell you everything

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Below the note is scrawled an ominous threat: "We know where you live."…

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Scoot on over for a wheely tricky mystery with an electrifying solution

Fri, 2021-10-15 08:30
The computer is a chauvinist, you say?

On Call Round off your week with an electrifying tale from the land of chunky-knit sweaters and addictive television mystery drama serials. Welcome to a Scandinavian On Call.…

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When it comes to ransomware, your fightback should start long before you’re attacked

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:55
Learn how at our Ransomware Remediation Masterclass

Sponsored You wouldn’t want to learn to box just as Tyson Fury steps out of the opposing corner. Likewise, the time to learn how to recover from ransomware is long before your systems come under attack.…

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Forget everything you learned playing Lunar Lander: Chinese boffins reveal secrets of Chang'e 5 probe's touchdown

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:51
Landing with liquid fuel aboard made slosh-avoidance essential. Plus: China names first woman to visit Tiangong space station

Chinese space boffins have revealed details of how the guidance navigation and control (GNC) system in the Chang'e 5 got the probe onto the surface of the Moon despite its propellant sloshing about inside.…

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US Army slows ~$20bn project to put Microsoft's HoloLens VR headsets into the field

Fri, 2021-10-15 06:59
Deployment of 120,000 headsets hoped to 'increase lethality' pushed into 2022

The US Army has delayed a massive rollout of Microsoft's HoloLens virtual reality headsets.…

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White House ransomware summit calls for virtual asset crackdown, without mentioning cryptocurrency

Fri, 2021-10-15 05:59
Inconsistent regulation means crooks can sneak cryptos through cracks – pretty much everyone wants them filled

The 30-nation gabfest convened under the auspices of the US National Security Council’s Counter-Ransomware Initiative has ended with agreement that increased regulation of virtual assets is required to curb the digital coins' allure to criminals.…

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Citrix has built a browser, and lost a CEO

Fri, 2021-10-15 04:54
Chrome, Edge, and Opera can rest easy – this one's designed just to run virtual apps Citrix already manages

Citrix has created a web browser and lost its CEO.…

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Devuan debuts version 4.0 – as usual without a hint of the hated <code>systemd</code>

Fri, 2021-10-15 01:58
Three bootloaders offered – natch – plus lots of desktop love, and a warning of some exim oddities

The team of self-described "veteran Unix admins" who opposed Debian's adoption of systemd instead of sysvinit init, have released a fourth version of their alternative Linux distro, "Devuan".…

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Client-side content scanning as an unworkable, insecure disaster for democracy

Fri, 2021-10-15 00:35
Hopefully we're still listening to experts

Fourteen of the world's leading computer security and cryptography experts have released a paper arguing against the use of client-side scanning because it creates security and privacy risks.…

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Enthusiasts dash for RISC-V computer with GPU

Fri, 2021-10-15 00:04
Want one? Too late

It seems computers without an ARM or x86 chip are in serious demand in the RISC-V community.…

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TSMC's post-pandemic future in a world short of chips? New factories, more revenue

Thu, 2021-10-14 22:58
It's not all bad news for some

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has a clear vision of its post-pandemic reality: more demand for chips, and even more profits from it.…

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LinkedIn shutting down in China after mounting government pressure to censor social media content

Thu, 2021-10-14 22:18
Try InJobs instead! All the fun of a résumé and no comments allowed

LinkedIn is shuttering its social networking service in China as it faces mounting pressure to comply with the country’s strict censorship rules, it announced on Thursday.…

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WhatsApp's got your back(ups) with encryption for stored messages

Thu, 2021-10-14 20:11
Global messaging giant extends security and privacy to Google Drive and Apple iCloud

Facebook's WhatsApp on Thursday began a global rollout of end-to-end (E2E) encryption for message backups, which offers Android and iOS users with the ability to protect WhatsApp messages stored in Google Drive and Apple iCloud.…

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Google's VirusTotal reports that 95% of ransomware spotted targets Windows

Thu, 2021-10-14 18:53
Criminals follow the money, code flaws

Google's VirusTotal service showing that 95 per cent of ransomware malware identified by its systems targets Windows.…

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Ubuntu 21.10 brings GNOME 40 debut and a focus on devs

Thu, 2021-10-14 17:03
Also: Why Canonical thinks Ubuntu GUI on Windows 11 matters

Ubuntu 21.10 comes out today, an interim release with nine months of support, and the first to use GNOME 40 for the desktop.…

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3D printing site Thingiverse suffers breach of 228,000 email addresses amid sluggish disclosure

Thu, 2021-10-14 16:03
So says Have I Been Pwned's maintainer

Thingiverse, a site that hosts free-to-use 3D printer designs, has suffered a data breach – and at least 228,000 unlucky users' email addresses have been circulating on black-hat crime forums.…

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Azure Emissions Dashboard shows how you and Microsoft are slowly killing the planet with your cloud workloads

Thu, 2021-10-14 15:15
Here's an even cheerier thought – it requires a Power BI Pro subscription

Microsoft has made its Emissions Impact Dashboard - formerly known as Sustainability Calculator and designed to measure the carbon impact of cloud workloads - generally available.…

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FTC carpet bombs industry with letters warning that fake reviews will be punished

Thu, 2021-10-14 14:30
The Register is an amazing website, simply one of the very best out there. Extremely cool people. 10/10

US companies ranging from Amazon to Applebee's, Google to Gap, IBM to IHOP, and Microsoft to McDonald's have received warnings from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about fake reviews and misleading endorsements.…

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Bad news, AMD fans: This week's Windows 11 update didn't fix your performance woes (they may be worse)

Thu, 2021-10-14 13:45
A new patch next week might

Windows 11 received its first bundle of fixes this week, but AMD users hoping for respite from performance issues that have dogged their PCs were to be disappointed. In fact, for some, performance might have actually got a bit worse.…

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