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Marmite of scripting languages PHP emits version 8.0, complete with named arguments and other goodies

3 hours 41 min ago
Hallucinate, Desegregate, Mediate, Try not to hate: INXS of 25 years on, PHP liberates the number eight

Version 8.0 of the PHP scripting language is scheduled for release on 26 November, which coincides with the US Thanksgiving holiday.…

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UK coronavirus tier postcode-searching tool yanked offline as desperate Britons hunt for latest lockdown details

4 hours 43 min ago
When we expect heavy traffic spikes we provision enough capacity to handle it... right?

The gov.uk postcode-searching tool for Britons to find out what level of coronavirus lockdown they'll be in until Christmas has crashed on launch and been withdrawn.…

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Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone

5 hours 42 min ago
And on the B-side: Linux?

Looking for something to do in quarantine? How about booting DOS from a 10-inch vinyl record?…

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Netflix chooses its own judgment in 'Bandersnatch' case: Settle and make the nasty lawsuit go away

6 hours 31 min ago
Maybe next time Brooker can choose to write a proper Black Mirror episode

Streaming giant Netflix has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the trademark rights to the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series of books.…

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HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges

7 hours 7 min ago
'These actions will help us to optimize the business by reducing the number of unprofitable customers'

HP might have dropped the Ink Inc from its corporate banner but CEO Enrique Lores is still mining for the black gold: with the firm clawing back cash by slapping away the grubby hands of its pesky "unprofitable customers" from its printing rig.…

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Calls for 'right to repair' electronics laws grow louder across Europe

7 hours 37 min ago
UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee report slams manufacturers as Euro Parliament votes to back tinkerers

A new report from the UK's House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) argues the country should enshrine the "right to repair" in law and reduce VAT on tech repair services, while Europe's Parliamentarians also voted to further the cause.…

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Physicists wrap neutrino detector in cosy blanket to shed light on the Sun's secondary fusion cycle

8 hours 7 min ago
Direct observation published for first time

As we near the northern winter solstice, the Sun continues to produce a steady power output of 384.6 yottawatts resulting from the fusion of hydrogen into helium in two distinct nuclear reactions. Direct observation of the secondary cycle was published in the journal Nature for the first time yesterday.…

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Spending Review: We spy a stray £60m – is that all you can spare to help 5G market recover from UK kicking out Huawei?

9 hours 20 min ago
Plus: Broadband ambitions meet cold water

Among the economic doom and gloom of the UK's Autumn Spending Review, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak inadvertently revealed the sop UK.gov plans to throw to telcos after sacking Huawei from the UK's 5G rollout at the behest of an orange one-term president of the US.…

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Privacy campaigner flags concerns about Microsoft's creepy Productivity Score

9 hours 48 min ago
Watching, always watching

Microsoft's Productivity Score has put in a public appearance in Microsoft 365 and attracted the ire of privacy campaigners and activists.…

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Xiaomi revenues up by a third due to strong phone sales and triple-digit European growth

11 hours 38 min ago
Cheap and cheerful clearly appealed during pandemic

It has been a difficult year for the mobile industry as economic uncertainty and widespread national lockdowns further depressed the public's appetite for handset upgrades. Some vendors are faring better than others, however, with Xiaomi proving especially resilient.…

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Last call: Share your DevOps experiences at Continuous Lifecycle Online 2021

13 hours 41 min ago
Containers, serverless, CI/CD, tooling – we’d love to hear all about it

Event  If there’s anything that hasn’t come to a halt this year, it surely is software development and service infrastructure work. We know you’ve all been busy so here’s another chance to get in your presentation proposal for our Continuous Lifecycle Online 2021 conference.…

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How America attacked Huawei: Former CEO of DocuSign and Ariba turned diplomat Keith Krach tells his tale

15 hours 43 min ago
53 nations and 180 telcos have adopted Clean Network plan – and Huawei fell for it

The United States’ Clean Network plan has won support from 53 nations and 180 telcos, and Huawei has unwittingly legitimised it.…

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Salesforce reportedly poised to scoop Slack for billions

18 hours 42 min ago
Which rather kicks a hole in the planned debut of Slack-like Salesforce Anywhere

Salesforce is reportedly deep in talks to buy Slack, according to The Wall Street Journal, which says a deal could happen “in days”.…

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China ‘firmly opposes’ India’s new round of app bans, says it's violated trade laws

20 hours 29 min ago
Left last couple of bans alone but now says national security argument is bogus and calls for mutual co-operation

China has responded to India’s new round of bans on mobile apps by attacking the reasons for the banishments.…

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Boeing 737 Max will return to flight after software updates, says EU's aviation regulator

Wed, 2020-11-25 20:27
It flew OK without MCAS – but not well enough to be certified as safe

The Boeing 737 Max was safe enough to fly without the controversial MCAS system but would not have met safety certification rules, the EU Aviation Safety Agency has said after confirming the airliner will return to European skies in January 2021.…

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Sopra Steria: Adding up outages and ransomware cleanup, Ryuk attack will cost us up to €50m

Wed, 2020-11-25 19:30
French IT outsourcer says its overall losses will deepen as direct result

Sopra Steria has said a previously announced Ryuk ransomware infection will not only cost it "between €40m and €50m" but will also deepen expected financial losses by several percentage points.…

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AWS admits to 'severely impaired' services in US-EAST-1, can't even post updates to Service Health Dashboard

Wed, 2020-11-25 18:32
Multiple services sickly after Kinesis catches a cold: CloudWatch, DynamoDB, Lambda, Managed Blockchain

AWS has delivered the one message that will strike fear into the hearts of techies working out their day before Thanksgiving Holidays: US-EAST-1 region is suffering a "severely impaired" service.…

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Revenues are up, the boss is about to give his keynote, and results are due. Time to sell shares, says Salesforce CFO

Wed, 2020-11-25 16:30
$2.5m worth – 1,000 pairs of Nike Air Mag sneakers or a second-hand Pagani? Decisions, decisions

Is it a vote of confidence when the CFO sells $2.5m in shares as the CEO is about to make his big pitch of the year and the quarterly results are due?…

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Dell reports green shoots in enterprise infrastructure biz after seven consecutive quarters of shrinkage

Wed, 2020-11-25 15:55
SMEs are spending again, claims tech giant

It is now seven straight quarters since Dell's infrastructure unit last grew but COO Jeff Clarke reckons he's spotted some green shoots of recovery that might bode well for server and storage spending next year.…

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Thought the M3 roadworks took a while? Five years on, Vivaldi opens up a technical preview of its email client

Wed, 2020-11-25 15:00
Take the M3 exit to offline mail and calendar shenanigans

It's been a while coming, but browser maker Vivaldi has finally released a public preview of its long awaited email client.…

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