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How Pfizer reversed two decades of rising storage costs

Fri, 2021-07-16 14:00
Find out how enterprises save millions with cloud tiering done right

Promo Learn how pharma giant Pfizer saved millions with the right storage tiering plan.…

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JavaScript, GitHub, AWS crowned winners in massive survey of 32,000 developers

Fri, 2021-07-16 13:00
Devs across the world reveal their tools, language choices, and more

A survey of nearly 32,000 developers has confirmed the dominance of JavaScript, showing a remarkable 91 per cent using GitHub, and growth in use of AWS despite the efforts of Microsoft and Google.…

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Britney fan businessman accidentally buys 10,000 Celtic nationalist T-shirts

Fri, 2021-07-16 12:30
Surplus stock specialist finds out the hard way how that kind of thing can happen

A UK businessman hoping to create merchandise to sell to fans of singer Britney Spears has found himself instead lumbered with 10,000 misspelled T-shirts advertising a nationalist breakaway for a region of Northern France.…

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Google demonstrates impractical improvement in quantum error correction – but it does work

Fri, 2021-07-16 11:59
Scale would need to be cranked way up to have an impact, however

Google has demonstrated a significant step forward in the error correction in quantum computing – although the method described in a paper this week remains some way off a practical application.…

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Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker

Fri, 2021-07-16 10:57
Software claimed it was 97% sure

A Black teenager in the US was barred from entering a roller rink after a facial-recognition system wrongly identified her as a person who had been previously banned for starting a fight there.…

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Cyberlaw experts: Take back control. No, we're not talking about Brexit. It's Automated Lane Keeping Systems

Fri, 2021-07-16 10:01
They're not self-driving cars, did you know that?

Comment The UK government said in April that "the first types of self-driving cars could be on UK roads this year" but this is not entirely accurate.…

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The lights go off, broadband drops out, the TV freezes … and nobody knows why (spooky music)

Fri, 2021-07-16 08:30
It might be because technicians maintain an open-door policy

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Bzzz. The number of the incoming call is "Unknown". I reject it, obviously. While I am intrigued by the idea of receiving mystery calls from The Unknown, they are disappointing to answer.…

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Xiaomi parties like a winner after coming second on world smartphone sales charts

Fri, 2021-07-16 08:02
CEO predicts ‘many vicious and fierce battles coming, bulks R&D budget by 30 percent and hires 5,000 engineers to chase top slot

Analyst firm Canalys has, for the first time, found Chinese firm Xiaomi the world’s second-ranked smartphone vendor, as measured by unit shipments.…

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Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together

Fri, 2021-07-16 07:30
Actually, no. Don't do this

On Call The week is over once again. Celebrate with a watery On Call tale involving a cathode ray tube, a pot plant, and an absent-minded user.…

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Buyer of $28m Blue Origin space ticket has a scheduling conflict – so this teen will go instead

Fri, 2021-07-16 06:27
Bezos and his bro on rocket jaunt

A Dutch 18-year-old is set to be the youngest person to go into space after securing at the last minute a seat on Blue Origin’s first commercial spaceflight.…

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Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?

Fri, 2021-07-16 06:12
Steam just announced one for gamers on the go, but it can also behave like any other PC

Gaming house Steam has just revealed a rather intriguing portable PC.…

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Microsoft reveals pay-to-Ping plan for advanced Azure availability testing

Fri, 2021-07-16 05:15
Does charging for Ping pong? Maybe not in this case, as Microsoft's plan covers 'Standard Ping tests' that are quite advanced

Microsoft has done two very characteristic things: create a new type of Ping and signalled it will charge to use it.…

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TMSC reveals plans for further expansion, progress on 3nm process, evolving car tech, amid solid Q1 results

Fri, 2021-07-16 03:46
Meanwhile Intel reportedly eyes off buying Global Foundry

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) has posted typically robust results, and revealed how it hopes to cope with the twin challenges of COVID-19 and simmering geopolitical tensions.…

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Hong Kong busts $150m crypto money-laundering ring

Fri, 2021-07-16 02:14
Prepares to enact its anti-doxxing laws – without amendments requested by Big Tech

Hong Kong’s Customs and Excise Department yesterday arrested four men over alleged money-laundering using cryptocurrency.…

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Microsoft, Google, Citizen Lab blow lid off zero-day bug-exploiting spyware sold to governments

Fri, 2021-07-16 00:57
100+ dissidents, politicians, journos targeted by Israeli espionage toolkit

Analysis Software patches from Microsoft this week closed two vulnerabilities exploited by spyware said to have been sold to governments by Israeli developer Candiru.…

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Iffy voltage: The plague of PC builders and Hubble space telescope controllers alike

Thu, 2021-07-15 21:23
Buckle up, the great switchover starts today

Good news, Hubble fans – NASA reckons it may have worked out what has upset the orbiting observatory: an iffy Power Control Unit (PCU).…

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Today's arms race is all about AI and it's China vs America, says US defense secretary

Thu, 2021-07-15 20:17
Machines will function more as colleagues than tools, and we're spending $1.5bn to get there

The world is entering a new stage of AI and the race to get there is between China and the United States, US defense secretary Lloyd Austin has said.…

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Visual Studio 2022 Preview 2 adds C++ build and debugging in WSL2 distributions

Thu, 2021-07-15 19:31
Fancy a spot of weekend tinkering?

Amid the puffery over Windows 365, Microsoft also released the second preview of Visual Studio 2022 with some intriguing features for Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 users.…

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Total recall: Amazon faces legal action from US consumer protection group over hazardous goods

Thu, 2021-07-15 18:45
24-page complaint lists thousands of products deemed to be unsafe

Amazon is facing legal action in the US from a consumer protection group over the sale of allegedly faulty goods including carbon monoxide detectors and hairdryers.…

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Russia's Elbrus has a RISC-V competitor as Yadro prepares native chips for launch

Thu, 2021-07-15 17:15
Rostec throws rubles on the table for a possible 60,000 units a year

Russia's Yadro and subsidiary Syntacore have announced an effort to develop homegrown processors based on the free and open RISC-V architecture.…

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