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Cassandra 4.0 release held back after Apple engineer discovers last-minute bug

Mon, 2021-07-19 11:30
Bid to build the most stable iteration of the columnar database has its price

Cassandra 4.0 – the open-source distributed NoSQL database used by Apple, Netflix, and Spotify – has been delayed at the 11th hour after a developer spotted a bug in the code.…

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Ordnance Survey to take a poke at Pokémon-style gaming with outdoorsy AR adventure

Mon, 2021-07-19 10:45
Gamify all the things!

UK map maker Ordnance Survey is bringing a new concept to the mobile gaming market: not looking at your phone.…

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Paid antivirus? On ads? Think of all the beer you could buy without that subscription

Mon, 2021-07-19 10:01
These are a few of our favourite things

Bork!Bork!Bork! Beer and bork: two of our favourite things here at Vulture Central. And also, it seems, at the Co-Op.…

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Open-source RAW image editor Darktable releases major update to version 3.6 – and it's very accessible

Mon, 2021-07-19 09:15
RTFM: Read the [fine] manual

Review Traditionally the Darktable project only releases one update a year, with a new version arriving on Christmas day. But the developers behind Darktable have been adding new features and improving existing ones so quickly that one a year is no longer enough.…

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Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?

Mon, 2021-07-19 08:30
That's the way uh-huh uh-huh, I hype it

Column Gartner is an odd fish. A very big odd fish, making some $4bn a year out of its 16,000 souls beavering away in its shiny belly. It acts as soothsayer to the troubled monarchs of industry and whichever of their courtiers can afford a subscription to its reports.…

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How to keep your enterprise up to date by deploying the very latest malware

Mon, 2021-07-19 07:30
Salesmen suffer after suspicious surfing

Who, Me? Start your week with a trip back to the early days of the World Wide Web with a tale of imaging peril and malware malarky from the files of Who, Me?

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Impromptu game of <i>Robot Wars</i> sparks fire in warehouse at UK e-tailer Ocado

Mon, 2021-07-19 06:57
Three-way crash harms no humans but shutters fulfilment centre and sees orders galore cancelled

The Ocado Group, an operator and purveyor of automated warehouse tech for e-tailers, has admitted that three of its robots collided and caused a fire last Friday at its Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) in Erith, south-east London.…

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US Surgeon General doubles down on Facebook-bashing amid vaccination information blame game

Mon, 2021-07-19 06:15
The Social Network fires back after President Biden accuses it of 'killing people'

US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy publicly doubled down on criticism of Facebook for spreading vaccine misinformation, after The Social Network™ rejected his previous criticism and President Joe Biden's assertion it is "killing people".…

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USA warns Hong Kong government may demand business and customer data, run surveillance without warrants

Mon, 2021-07-19 05:29
Hong Kong authorities 'alarmed by unsubstantiated remarks'

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam has slammed a US government advisory that warns business of warrantless surveillance and the potential for forced surrender of corporate and customer data in the Special Administrative Region (SAR).…

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Amnesty International and French media protection org claim massive misuse of NSO spyware

Mon, 2021-07-19 03:15
Heads of State, academics, diplomats, journalists, and others targeted, iPhones vulnerable

Amnesty International and French journalism advocacy organisation Forbidden Stories say they've acquired a leaked list of individuals targeted by users of Israeli spyware-for-law-enforcement operator NSO Group, and that Heads of State, academics, diplomats, human rights advocates, and media figures are among those targeted.…

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Malaysian Police crush crypto-mining kit with steamroller

Mon, 2021-07-19 00:01
Because that’s how they deal with electricity thieves in Miri District

Police in the Malaysian district of Miri have used a steamroller to crush 1,069 computers allegedly used to mine Bitcoin.…

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OpenAI shuts down robotics team because it doesn't have enough data yet

Sun, 2021-07-18 01:14
Plus: People creeped out that TV chef Bourdain's voice has been faked

In brief OpenAI has disbanded its AI robotics team and is no longer trying to apply machine learning to physical machines.…

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NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer

Fri, 2021-07-16 21:02
Hardware gremlins plagued orbiting observatory for over a month

NASA’s beloved Hubble Space Telescope is able to snap the heavens again after overcoming a hardware issue that had plagued it for more than a month.…

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Windows 10 to hang on for five more years with 21H2 update

Fri, 2021-07-16 20:05
Lots of time for legacy users

Reminding the world that there's more to life than Windows 11, Microsoft has promised a feature update for Windows 10 in the form of 21H2.…

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Refreshing: An Office update that won't frighten the horses

Fri, 2021-07-16 19:09
Microsoft reins in some of its excesses with a visual tidy-up

Microsoft's much-trumpeted "visual refresh" for its suite of Office applications has begun making its way out to users enrolled in the Insider programme, last night slithering onto both the Windows 11 Intel and ARM test setups at Vulture Central.…

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Dutch Queen, robot involved in opening of 3D-printed bridge in red-light district

Fri, 2021-07-16 18:03
Have we been smoking something?

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands enlisted the help of a small robot to open a 12m (40ft) 3D-printed steel bridge across a canal in Amsterdam's red-light district earlier this week.…

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You'll want to shut down the Windows Print Spooler service (yes, again): Another privilege escalation bug found

Fri, 2021-07-16 17:28
PrintNightmare? More like Groundhog Day for admins

Microsoft has shared guidance revealing yet another vulnerability connected to its Windows Print Spooler service, saying it is "developing a security update."…

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Wanted: State-backed bandits planning cyberattacks on US infrastructure. Reward: $10m

Fri, 2021-07-16 16:30
Cops and dobbers: Uncle Sam dangles cash incentive for tattletales

The US is offering a $10m reward to anyone who dobs in digital outlaws responsible for foreign government-backed cyberattacks on critical national infrastructure such as pipelines, power grids, and communication networks.…

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Microsoft adds cloud enablement to 1970s Altair 8800 tech

Fri, 2021-07-16 15:45
Back to an era when 'cloud' meant 'it's probably going to rain'

Microsoft got back to its roots this week with another go – this time cloud-enabled – at an Altair 8800 running on Azure Sphere hardware.…

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Get a load of fancypants no-enemies AMD-Xilinx: 'Large majority' of third parties 'had no concerns' about pair's hookup

Fri, 2021-07-16 15:00
British competition watchdog publishes details of why it approved AMD/Xilinx merger

The UK’s competition regulator has finally published its reasons why it has decided not to stand in the way of the $35bn merger between AMD and Xilinx.…

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