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£250m fund for NHS AI laboratory slammed as tech for tech's sake

Mon, 2019-08-12 10:00
You're obsessed, Hancock!

UK health secretary Matt Hancock has been accused of being "obsessed by technology" for its own sake following the UK government's vague announcement about injecting £250m into a AI laboratory for the NHS.…

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I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision

Mon, 2019-08-12 08:59
Thousands of tons of metal and iPads don't mix, it would seem

The US Navy is ditching touchscreens and going back to physical throttles after an investigation into the USS John S McCain collision partly blamed poor design of control systems for the incident.…

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Crunch time: It's all fun and video games until you're being pressured into working for free

Mon, 2019-08-12 08:07
UK industry survey sheds light on ridiculous hours, culture of harassment and bullying

The majority of video games devs do long stretches of unpaid overtime, and bullying and harassment is rife within the sector, according to a survey by entertainment trade union BECTU.…

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One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego

Mon, 2019-08-12 07:05
For goodness sake, please don't go reading any printer manuals

Who, Me? Welcome to Who, Me?, The Register's weekly column of confessions from the darker corners of our readers' memories.…

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SELECT code_execution FROM * USING SQLite: Eggheads lift the lid on DB security hi-jinks

Sat, 2019-08-10 21:00
You've heard of ROP? Now get a load of QOP

DEF CON At the DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, infosec gurus from Check Point are scheduled to describe a technique for exploiting SQLite, a database used in applications across every major desktop and mobile operating system, to gain arbitrary code execution.…

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Coinbase infosec spotted phishy process spawned by Firefox

Fri, 2019-08-09 23:56
Elaborate zero-day browser break-out betrayed by unusual behavior

Coinbase chief information security officer Philip Martin this week published an incident report covering the recent attack on the cryptocurrency exchange, revealing a phishing campaign of surprising sophistication.…

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Psst. Hey. Hey you. We have to whisper this in case the cool kidz hear, but... it's OK to pull your data back from the cloud

Fri, 2019-08-09 23:06
While so many orgs shift their bytes off prem, here's why you may want to repatriate your information

Analysis The concept of cloud repatriation – shifting systems back in house from the cloud – is nothing new. For as long as there have been cloud services, there have been those who have hosted applications and workloads off-premises before bringing them back in.…

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Pentagon makes case for Return of the JEDI: There's only one cloud biz that can do the job and it starts with an A (or rhymes with loft)

Fri, 2019-08-09 21:21
DoD daleks want to exterminate Oracle's Vulcan mind-meld with White House

The US Department of Defense is pushing back against criticism of its proposed $10bn winner-takes-all cloud mega-deal, dubbed JEDI.…

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So you can't find enough cyber-security experts to join the team. Time to dial a managed security service provider?

Fri, 2019-08-09 20:36
The benefits of outsourcing your IT's infosec – and what to look for. Here's our gentle guide for you

Backgrounder Managed security services are – by revenue – the fastest expanding field of cyber security, according to IDC, which reckons they should grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14.2 per cent to 2022. Gartner says managed and subscription-based security services will account for half of all cyber-security spending by 2020.…

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Facebook faces class-action sueball over facial recognition pic-tagging tech to tune of $35bn

Fri, 2019-08-09 17:21
That parping sound you just heard is Mark Zuckerberg paying attention

Facebook will face a class-action lawsuit with a payout potential of $35bn over how its photo tagging and facial recognition software works.…

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Xbox daddy bakes bread with 4,000-year-old Egyptian yeast

Fri, 2019-08-09 16:29
Does this taste off to you?

Former Xbox fiddler Seamus Blackley has baked a loaf of bread using yeast extracted from an ancient Egyptian pot.…

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Hey dudes, we need to start living together in Harmony: Huawei puffs up new distributed OS

Fri, 2019-08-09 15:23
Not quite an Android replacement then?

Huawei has pulled the sheets off HarmonyOS – a microkernel-based operating system initially aimed at smart TVs, wearables and in-vehicle devices.…

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Another 3,900 staffers gone, 3 data centres to be closed, and yet DXC revenues keep falling

Fri, 2019-08-09 14:27
Frankenfirm optimises downwards in fiscal Q1

DXC's stock took a pummelling last night as the outsourcer published a grim set of figures for fiscal Q1 2020.…

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It's heads you win, tails you lose as Microsoft introduces CoinFlip™ for Windows 10

Fri, 2019-08-09 13:37
Hey, Insiders! Do you feel lucky? Well, do you?

Microsoft emitted two fresh builds for October's Windows 10 last night, although which one you'll get depends on your current build or, for new Insiders, a "virtual coin toss".…

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Just one in five UK constituencies receive 4G from all four mobile operators – research

Fri, 2019-08-09 12:54
National roaming still not a thing

Only 20 per cent of UK parliamentary constituencies receive full 4G coverage from all four mobile operators, according to research by consumer charity Which?

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Microsoft blacklisted TSO Host's email IPs from Hotmail, Outlook inboxes and no one seems to care

Fri, 2019-08-09 12:11
Apart from the poor sods paying for the service, that is

Microsoft has blacklisted Brit hosting outfit TSO Host's bulk email domain, meaning anyone trying to send large quantities of mail over its infrastructure cannot deliver it to an Outlook or Hotmail address.…

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Alexa, can you tell me how many Chinese kids were forced into working nights to build this unit?

Fri, 2019-08-09 11:35
Your wondrous Amazon smart speaker may be tainted with the paw prints of child labour

An investigation by China Labor Watch has alleged that Amazon's Alexa and Echo devices are being made by child interns, some forced to work night shifts so suppliers can keep up with peak demand.…

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Who will save us from deepfakes? Other AIs? Humans? What about vastly hyperintelligent pandimensional beings?

Fri, 2019-08-09 11:04
Maybe Douglas Adams was right about mice

Black Hat Deepfakes, the AI-generated talking heads that can say whatever their creator wants them to, are getting harder to detect. But boffins have enlisted an unlikely ally in the quest for truth – mice.…

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Bit of a time-saver: LibreOffice emits 6.3 with new features, loading and UI boosts

Fri, 2019-08-09 10:04
Fix for security issue but LibreLogo still installed by default on Windows

The Document Foundation has made some tweaks to improve file loading and save times in its word processor and spreadsheet programs in the latest version of LibreOffice, 6.3.…

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When the chips are down, buy a software biz: Broadcom snaffles Symantec for $10.7bn

Fri, 2019-08-09 09:23
Legacy security outfit to vanish into the 'rightsizing' grinder

Broadcom has swallowed Symantec for a bargain-bin price of $10.7bn (£8.82bn) in cash, boosting the chip maker's enterprise security clout.…

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