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Signal boost: Secure chat app is wobbly at the moment. Not surprising after gaining 30m+ users in a week, though

Fri, 2021-01-15 19:30
Install base explodes following WhatsApp 'privacy' update, Musk endorsement

Signal is experiencing a partial outage as tens of millions of netizens flood the free secure messaging service.…

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20 years of Drupal: Founder Dries Buytaert on API first, the end of breaking compatibility, and JavaScript bloat

Fri, 2021-01-15 18:12
Commercial involvement in open source is essential, says CMS boss

Interview  Content management system Drupal is 20 years old, prompting its founder to talk to about its evolving role, why it shifted from a policy of breaking compatibility with each release, and concerns about JavaScript bloat causing issues for those with poor connectivity.…

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Epic Games files competition lawsuit against Google in the UK over Fortnite's ejection from Play Store

Fri, 2021-01-15 17:19
Epic by name, epic (lawsuit) by nature

Epic Games intends to file a competition lawsuit against Google in the UK as part of the ongoing Fortnite-kicked-off-platforms saga, according to documents lodged with the Competition Appeal Tribunal.…

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SAP offers mixed preliminary results at the 'top end' of its downwardly revised outlook

Fri, 2021-01-15 16:24
Uphill battle shifting business applications to the cloud laid bare

SAP today reported preliminary results for 2020, showing the German enterprise software vendor serving up flat revenue and slightly improving profits, along with a worryingly notable drop in licence sales.…

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Dell CTO shares his hottest trends for 2021: Four interesting technologies, one of which is still borderline sci-fi for now

Fri, 2021-01-15 14:15
Spoiler: It's quantum. And who knew? 5G isn't for the peasants

Dell's global chief technology officer, John Roese, shared his thoughts on where technology will go in 2021 at a roundtable event this week. Short version? Anywhere it likes – so long as it's on Dell kit.…

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IBM still spending its way to cloud relevance with Taos purchase

Fri, 2021-01-15 13:10
Hybrid? Multi-cloud? Big Blue has a consultant for that

IBM is to snaffle San Jose-based consulting outfit Taos as it seeks to bolster its cloud biz.…

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Dratted 'housekeeping', eh? 150k+ records deleted off UK’s Police National Computer database

Fri, 2021-01-15 12:09
This has got to be the Who Me? story of all time...

An "error" in a "standard housekeeping process" on the UK’s controversial Police National Computer (PNC) database has led to the deletion of more than 150,000 DNA, fingerprint and other records, the Home Office has confirmed.…

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Games Workshop finds that in the grim darkness of the 3rd millennium, there is only ERP

Fri, 2021-01-15 11:27
'Long and complex' saga shifts into next phase as new heroes enter battlefield

Games Workshop, the fantasy model maker and table-top wargames retailer, has ingested a dose of reality as it delays its high-risk ERP project and appoints a new integrator.…

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This chip lark is child's play: Intel gives us the lowdown on Lakefield in language of Lego

Fri, 2021-01-15 10:29
But maybe Foveros finest should have been a Duplo kit... *cough* 7nm

We can exclusively reveal that any grumbles regarding Intel's Lakefield chippery might be down to it being made out of plastic Lego parts. At least, that's if the marketing kit is anything to go by.…

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How to avoid pesky border controls: Be a robot truck driver… or insanely rich

Fri, 2021-01-15 09:30
Have you finished that sandwich? If not, it’s classified as contraband

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  What was the big story of 2020? With the luxury of two weeks' hindsight, I think we can all agree: it was, of course, the year autonomous vehicles failed to go mainstream again.…

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Infosys follows flag-waving US hiring spree with quieter Canadian and Mexican hiring spree

Fri, 2021-01-15 08:43
Record low onshore work as pandemic teaches clients they need not fear off-site workers

Infosys has revealed “dramatic growth” of its workforce in Mexico and Canada, which are being used as “near-shore bases” for its US operations despite the company last year announcing 12,000 hires in the Land of the Free.…

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The Novell NetWare box keeps rebooting over and over again yet no one has touched it? We're going on a stakeout

Fri, 2021-01-15 08:15
IT staff can be so... spiky sometimes

On Call  A seemingly innocent uplighter looms large in today's On Call tale of NetWare nefariousness in which a reader takes observability to new lengths.…

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Vatican absolved of one financial sin after revelation of data discrepancies

Fri, 2021-01-15 07:06
Anti-money-laundering agency says it mis-interpreted info, leading to allegations of unexplained $1.8bn transfer to Australia

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), a government agency tasked with detecting and preventing financial crimes, has admitted that software errors led it to allege that the Vatican had inexplicably shipped AU$2.3bn to Australia.…

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Flash still works in China, but you need to ask Adobe nicely before running it

Fri, 2021-01-15 05:50
Extreme Networks flings flaky Flash-free fix and Cisco all-but-sighs as it reminds users to upgrade

Extreme Networks has updated the WiNG-Man software that left some users unable to manage their networks with a GUI after it failed to deliver an upgrade before Adobe’s Flash plug-in reached end of life.…

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Taiwan’s silicon titan TSMC says three-nanometre tech is on track for 2021 debut and a 2022 flood of kit

Fri, 2021-01-15 03:38
Outlines $25bn of capex plus plans to expand in China

Taiwan’s silicon manufacturing titan TSMC has revealed it should be ready to produce chips using a three-nanometre process in 2022.…

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MIT professor charged with failing to disclose China ties while hitting up US Dept of Energy for research grant

Fri, 2021-01-15 01:51
Academic also charged with hiding foreign assets, false tax statements

An MIT professor has been arrested and charged with federal grant fraud and failing to disclose contacts with the Chinese government, the US Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts said on Thursday.…

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Whatever 4D chess Acacia was playing has worked: Cisco merger back on after ante upped 64% to $4.5bn

Fri, 2021-01-15 00:28
Switchzilla's enlarged offer accepted after smaller biz tried to stall acquisition

Cisco’s merger with Acacia Communications is set to go ahead after the Silicon Valley giant raised its offer to $4.5bn, an increase of nearly $2bn or 64 per cent.…

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Watchdog urges Tesla to recall 158,000 Model S, X cars to fix knackered NAND flash that borks safety features

Thu, 2021-01-14 23:40
Firmware updates aren't enough to tackle worn-out memory

The US Department of Transport has recommended Tesla recall 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles after an investigation found worn-out NAND flash memory can cause the cars’ rearview cameras to fail.…

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Quixotic Californian crusade to officially recognize the hellabyte and hellagram is going hella nowhere

Thu, 2021-01-14 22:27
The Reg speaks to Stanford boffin behind decade-long push for SI prefix

In 2010, Austin Sendek, then a physics student at UC Davis, created a petition seeking recognition for prefix "hella-" as an official International System of Units (SI) measurement representing 1027.…

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Did anyone tell Logitech about lockdown? Biz launches pricey video chat kit for office conference rooms and 'huddle spaces'

Thu, 2021-01-14 21:00
One more thing to, er, look forward to when the pandemic ends

Around the world, office blocks sit empty. Official government guidance says if you can work remotely, you should. However, it seems like nobody told Logitech, which just expanded its B2B video conferencing portfolio with three new devices aimed at the workplace.…

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