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University of Hertfordshire pulls the plug on, well, everything after cyber attack

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 16:04
Another UK institution topples at the hands of miscreants

The University of Hertfordshire has fallen victim to a cyber attack that has resulted in the establishment pulling all its systems offline to deal with the situation.…

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Tech Industry Group Funded by Amazon, Facebook and Google Says It Supports a Corporate Tax Hike

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-04-15 15:41
Chamber of Progress, a new tech industry group funded by giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google, is announcing its support for a corporate tax increase like the one President Joe Biden proposed to fund his $2 trillion infrastructure plan. From a report: The move sets Chamber of Progress, a new center-left group, apart from other business organizations that have opposed Biden's tax hike, like the Business Roundtable and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. While the group's endorsement does not reflect the individual views of each company that funds it, it does send a signal that the tech industry is open to higher tax rates and supports greater infrastructure investment. Chamber of Progress launched late last month and is an industry coalition focused on a range of economic, social and consumer issues, including creating a social safety net and tackling income inequality. Biden proposed raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% to help fund his American Jobs Plan, which includes infrastructure proposals that span the entire economy. The plan includes money to expand broadband availability, which is key to the success of internet businesses, and other priorities the tech industry has emphasized, like clean energy.

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For Arm-Driven Supercomputing, Nvidia is Right on Time

The Next Platform - Thu, 2021-04-15 15:31

While Marvell’s ThunderX family of server-class processors might not have taken high performance computing by storm from the outset, where there was interest and demand, it was fierce and committed. …

For Arm-Driven Supercomputing, Nvidia is Right on Time was written by Nicole Hemsoth at The Next Platform.

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Vintage? Good for vinyl records, bad for systems of record

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 15:14
Emulation could make more sense than migration. Here’s why…

Webcast  There’s nothing like the joy finding a piece of vintage vinyl on eBay, having it appear on your doorstep, then watching your friends’ faces light up as you drop the needle into the groove.…

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Last chance to grab an iPhone Mini as savvy analyst reckons Apple will scrap it next year

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 14:33
Incoming iPhone 13 could be final slimline version

All good things come to an end. And pointless things, too, with Apple reportedly planning to discontinue the iPhone Mini after the next iteration expected later this year.…

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China Launches Hotline To Report Online Comments That 'Distort' History or 'Deny' Its Cultural Excellence

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-04-15 14:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Variety: China's internet regulator has launched a hotline for citizens to report online comments that defame the ruling Communist Party and its approved description of history ahead of the Party's upcoming 100th anniversary. The new hotline will enable internet users to stop the spread of "mistaken opinions" and create a "good public opinion atmosphere" to pave the way for the July 1 occasion, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a notice. People can also send in tip-offs via the CAC's website and app. "For a while now, some people with ulterior motiveshave spread historically nihilistic false statements online, maliciously distorting, slandering and denying Party, national and military history in an attempt to confuse people's thinking," the notice said. "We hope that most internet users will play an active role in supervising societyand enthusiastically report harmful information." "Historically nihilistic" information, in official rhetoric, is content that incites doubt about the Party's account of the past. It will accept four types of content complaints: distortions of history, attacks on the Party's "leadership, guiding ideology, principles or policies," the defamation of heroes and martyrs, and "denials of the excellence of traditional Chinese culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture." The CAC notice did not explain what punishments would be in store for violators. China already frequently detains and jails people for online speech deemed politically inappropriate.

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Microsoft OneDrive for Windows 7 drives off a cliff for Business users

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 13:47
Accidental borkage ... or a not-so-subtle hint that it really is time to move on?

Multiple customers have told The Register that OneDrive for Business under Windows 7 is falling over for them, with one reporting that Microsoft has quietly pulled the plug on support.…

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Biden Announces New Sanctions on Russia, Expulsion of 10 Diplomats, in Retaliation for Hacking and Election Interference

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-04-15 13:32
The White House is announcing the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and announcing a new round of sanctions against Russia. From a report: The moves are in response to interference in last year's presidential election as well as the hacking last year of federal government agencies. The U.S. for the first time explicitly linked that intrusion to a Russian intelligence service. [...] The sanctions, foreshadowed for weeks by the administration, represents the first retaliatory action announced against the Kremlin for last year's hack, familiarly known as the SolarWinds breach. In that intrusion, Russian hackers are believed to have infected widely used software with malicious code, enabling them to access the networks of at least nine agencies in what U.S. officials believe was an intelligence gathering operation aimed at mining government secrets.

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Listen, son... Monster trucks just aren't cool anymore. Real winners drive Tesla Roadsters

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 13:01
Matchbox goes green with sustainably produced toys based on electric cars

Soon tots will be able to throw their toy cars at the 4K TV and claim it was Autopilot what did it, Daddy.…

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Docking £500k commission from top SAS salesman was perfectly legal, rules judge

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 12:14
Chap brought in $27m deal – so bosses withheld two-thirds of his pay

A salesman who claimed bosses at software biz SAS diddled him out of half a million pounds in commission had "no reasonable prospects" of successfully proving his case, an Employment Tribunal judge has ruled.…

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Google proposes Logica data language for building more manageable SQL code

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 11:25
COBOL-inspired caps lock English just don't add up when dealing with large SQL codebases

Structured Query Language (SQL) at scale can lead to unstructured, unmaintainable database code - at least as far as Google is concerned - so boffins affiliated with the biz have devised an open source logical programming language to make SQL more amenable to maintenance.…

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France Is Giving Citizens $3,000 To Get Rid of Their Car and Get an Electric Bike

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-04-15 11:00
France is offering residents $2,975 to trade in their gas-powered vehicle for an electric bicycle. The Next Web reports: Earlier this week, lawmakers in France approved the measure in a preliminary vote. The French Federation of Bicycle Users claims that if France does go ahead with the scheme, it would be the first nation in the world to give people money for old cars to put towards new electric bicycles, Reuters reports. However, the organization must be leaving out crucial details as to how it reached that conclusion as there have been other similar schemes. For example, as Martti Tulenheimo, chief specialist at the Finnish Cyclists' Federation points out, Finland has a similar rebate which citizens have used to fund more than 2,000 ebikes, 1,000 new low emission cars, and 100 public transport tickets. Lithuania also offered such a scheme last year. The nation's Environmental Project Management Agency (APVA) offered residents $1,200 if they traded in their old cars. The money could then be used against anything from escooters, to ebikes, to public transport tickets. The scheme was considered a success with more than 8,500 people applying for the grant.

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Microsoft calls time on Timeline: Don't worry, more features that nobody asked for coming your way

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 10:40
Activity history tracker over mobile devices set to become history

Microsoft is set to pull down at least one shutter on the once-trumpeted Timeline feature of Windows 10, judging by the most recent emission on the Windows Insider Dev Channel.…

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IBM signs up to Eclipse Foundation's Adoptium working group to push out free, certified JDK binaries

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 09:58
Makes a change from the waves of redundancies

IBM has joined the Eclipse Adoptium working group as an enterprise member and committed to building and publishing Java SE TCK-certified JDK binaries with OpenJ9 free of charge.…

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Infosys says staff are leaving it again – a sign COVID crunch is receding

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 09:31
Full year impact of the compensation hike of Q4 will be felt into FY 22, says Infosys

Infosys has landed massive new deals that it says will require a return to pre-COVID hiring practices, even as workers start to leave for other employers.…

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Jackie 'You have no authority here' Weaver calls on the UK to extend Coronavirus Act provisions for online meetings

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 09:11
Because local democracy is hilarious – oh, and transparency's good too

Jackie Weaver and BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, have called on the UK government to keep online council meetings legal even as coronavirus restrictions across Britain are eased.…

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Irish privacy watchdog sticks GDPR probe into Facebook after that online giveaway of 533 million profiles

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 08:26
Oh, you mean the 'features that make it easier for people to find and connect with friends on our services'?

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission this week launched an investigation into whether Facebook failed to adequately protect users' personal info – and whether it fell foul of GDPR – when a package of 533 million profiles was given away for free online.…

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Azure adds programmatic pricing API to help you sniff out global deals

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 08:05
Seventeen currencies - not just the Greenback - are now just an API call away

Microsoft has tweaked its Retail Rates API to offer retail pricing information for all Azure services in currencies other than the US dollar.…

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39% of Americans Say Netflix Has Best Original Content of All Streaming Services, Survey Finds

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-04-15 08:00
The lion's share of U.S. consumers say the streamer has the best original programming, according to a new Morgan Stanley survey. Variety reports: Netflix remains the most frequently cited as offering the best original programming -- with 38% of survey respondents picking it as No. 1, per the Wall Street analyst firm's 2021 streaming survey. That's roughly in line with Morgan Stanley's previous surveys. On the 2021 survey, 12% of respondents said Amazon Prime Video offers the best original programming, followed by Disney Plus, Hulu and HBO Max which each scored 6%-7% of total responses. Among Netflix customers, the top reasons cited for subscribing to Netflix were "broad selection of content" (55%), "good original programming" (51%), "adds content I like" (49%) and "no commercials" (46%). In 2021, Netflix is projected to spend about $19 billion on content according to a forecast by financial research firm Bankr, up about 10% from last year. Netflix retains the No. 1 spot as the most widely used streaming service with 58% of respondents saying they use the service. Amazon Prime Video came in at 45% (up 400 basis points year over year), Disney Plus was at 31% (up 650 basis points), and HBO/HBO Max was 20% (up 500 basis points).

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Vote to turf out remainder of Nominet board looks inevitable after .uk registry ignores reform demands

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 07:32 campaign reports 97 per cent of its supporters behind effort

A second extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to fire the remainder of the board of directors of Nominet and replace them with people willing to make long-sought-after reforms now looks like a certainty.…

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