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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 debut derailed by website glitches, bots, lack of supply

Fri, 2020-09-18 23:39
Chip giant dinged for failing to block automated buying

Analysis  Nvidia launched its GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards on Thursday and promptly sold out from its online store, to the annoyance of more than a few would-be customers who were left empty-handed.…

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Let's go space truckin': 1970s probe Voyager 1 is now 14 billion miles from home

Fri, 2020-09-18 22:00
NASA's long-lived spacecraft reaches another milestone

NASA's extraordinarily long-lived Voyager 1 probe this week passed 14 billion miles from Earth.…

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Das Keyboard 4C TKL: Plucky mechanical contender strikes happy medium between typing feel and clackety-clack joy

Fri, 2020-09-18 21:13
Quality comes in small packages

Review  Mechanical keyboard aficionados spend years (and an unconscionable amount of money) searching for typing perfection. One recent pocket-crushing contender in this arena is the Das Keyboard 4C TKL, which retails at $139 (or £139 in Blighty).…

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Online fraud prevention biz fails to prevent CEO's alleged offline fraud

Fri, 2020-09-18 19:47
Security upstart NS8, which raised $123m in funding, let its leader have sole control over revenue records

The Feds on Thursday charged the head of a cyber-fraud prevention company with fraud in a complaint unsealed in a New York City court.…

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Your anti-phishing test emails may be too easy to spot. NIST has a training tool for that

Fri, 2020-09-18 19:05
Phish Scale hopes to make life easier for blue teams gazing at click rates

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has said it has developed a way of measuring precisely why corporate staff click on obvious phishing emails and open malware-laden attachments, despite warnings not to do those things.…

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It's IPO week and one of Wall Street's own is raising the spectre of a stock market crash

Fri, 2020-09-18 18:15
Some aspects are 'eerily similar to the peak of the 2000 bubble' warns Bernstein

In a week that saw three tech companies float on the Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street analyst Bernstein is mulling the potential of a share price crash based on similar indicators prevalent during the .com bust.…

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Top 5 billionaires find that global pandemics are good for business – and their wallets

Fri, 2020-09-18 17:30
Richest boys' club wealth grew by $101.7bn between March and June

Astounding though it is, there are members of the human race about whom it can confidently be said: "Look, they're having a good pandemic."…

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Bad news for 'cool dads' trying to bond with their teens: China-owned TikTok and WeChat face US download ban by Sunday

Fri, 2020-09-18 16:20
Unless the Orange One steps in to save the day. Fancy that!

The US Department of Commerce has threatened to ban new downloads of Chinese-owned social media platforms Tiktok and Wechat from app stores this weekend.…

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Did this airliner land in the North Sea? No. So what happened? <i>El Reg</i> probes flight tracker site oddity

Fri, 2020-09-18 15:26
All is well. Unless you trust everything you see on the internet

An airliner that appeared to crash into the North Sea earlier this week in fact landed safely. Yet multiple flight tracker websites showed it spiralling into the ocean. Experts have explained to The Register what really happened.…

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Reseller gives Brits Insight into value webcam shipments of the future-ture-ture-ture

Fri, 2020-09-18 14:30
Pull on your gold hoodie and Darth Vader breathing apparatus and take a trip with us to 2051

Worried about the impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on your supply chain? Wondering about the operating systems of the future? A reseller has the inside scoop on when you should expect that shipment of 17 "Windows XP" cams, and it's 2051.…

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This is how ends, not with a bang but a cock-up: Randomer swipes decommissioning domain

Fri, 2020-09-18 13:45
Namesco says soz, Brit data watchdog investigating

The last vestige of ye olde UK ISP Demon Internet, in the form of the subdomain, was given its marching orders this year as internet services outfit Namesco told customers to change email address by 29 May or lose it.…

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Should we all consolidate databases for the storage benefits? Reg vultures deploy DevOps, zoos, haircuts

Fri, 2020-09-18 13:00
As the wisdom of the crowd decides

Register Debate  You’d think debating the benefits of database consolidation for storage would be a relatively straightforward affair. Not when it’s a Register Debate.…

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Behold the Bloo Screen of Death: Bathroom borkage stops <s>spray</s> play

Fri, 2020-09-18 12:20
Flushed out

Bork!Bork!Bork!  Windows pops up in the strangest of places. Sure, digital signage – been there, done that. But as something to stare at when one should be directing one's undercarriage? That's a new one.…

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Elecrow CrowPi2: Neat way to get your boffins-to-be hooked on Linux from an early age and tinkering in no time

Fri, 2020-09-18 11:45
The kiddiwonks won't even know they're learning

Review  The Raspberry Pi's pitch is simple: it's a dirt-cheap, low-stakes computer designed to inspire experimentation in software engineering and electronics. Since it first hit the market in 2013, a flood of third-party accessories popped up to help foster that. Take, for example, the Elecrow CrowPi2.…

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Iran's RampantKitten spy crew were snooping on expats and dissidents for six years

Fri, 2020-09-18 11:00
So says Check Point, piecing together Telegram-busting malware clues

Infosec outfit Check Point says it has uncovered a six-year Iranian cyber-spying campaign directed at expats and dissidents worldwide.…

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Amazon gets its tax excuses in early amid rising UK profits – but leaves <i>El Reg</i> off the press list. Can't think why

Fri, 2020-09-18 10:20
A charm offensive, or just plain offensive?

Amazon tried to head off negative column inches about its tax-efficient operations in Britain by cherry-picking journalists to brief on its latest financial results days before they hit Companies House.…

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How is your machine learning project coming along? Get some inspiration from our MCubed Online conference

Fri, 2020-09-18 10:00
Explainability, model testing, experience reports – we've got everything you need next month

Event  Remember the days of coming together at a conference and venting about work stuff while learning something that may actually help you move your company's machine learning initiative forward?…

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As we stand on the precipice of science fiction into science fact, people say: Hell yeah, I want to augment my eyesight!

Fri, 2020-09-18 09:30
They're called glasses, look it up

Dude. Imagine, like, if you had – bear with me – a smartphone, right? But, like, in your HEAD?!…

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iOS 14 suffers app preference amnesia: Rebooting an iThing resets browser, email client defaults back to Safari, Mail

Fri, 2020-09-18 08:57
You didn't want to run that hot Cupertino code? Too bad, loser

Apple's iOS 14 is supposed to let people select third-party apps, such as Chrome and Outlook, as their default browser and email client. Yet, when the iThings are rebooted or powered back on, these choices are wiped, and the defaults reset to Apple's Safari and Mail.…

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Apple 'proud to support Indian customers and their communities' - but maybe not so much for COVID-slammed retailers

Fri, 2020-09-18 08:33
Online Apple store comes to India even as millions remain in containment zones

Apple will grace India with its online store, at just the moment that local bricks and mortar retailers need trade they can get.…

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