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Linus Torvalds worried Linux kernel might get messy around Christmas

Mon, 2020-11-23 01:08
LTS release 5.10 is currently unruly and looks like colliding with the holiday season

Linus Torvalds has expressed some worries about progress of version 5.10 of the Linux kernel.…

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‘Unmute’ named one of Oxford Dictionary’s words of the year

Sun, 2020-11-22 23:17
Stop doomscrolling through Blursday and take a Workation

Oxford Languages, publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, has made “unmumte” one of its words of the year for 2020.…

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Manchester United working with infosec experts to 'minimize ongoing IT disruption' caused by 'cyber attack'

Sat, 2020-11-21 15:41
No data leaked, says football club

Manchester United is working with infosec pros to “minimize the ongoing IT disruption” that it says was caused by an assault on its tech systems.…

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Bloated middle age beckons: Windows 1.0 turns 35 today and is dealing with its mid-life crisis, just about

Sat, 2020-11-21 11:01
Red trousers and a Porsche or respectable middle age for Windows?

What do Cristina Ronaldo, Bruno Mars and Windows have in common? They're all 35 years old today. It is three and a half decades since Microsoft Windows 1.0 was unleashed upon an unsuspecting world.…

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Hundreds of Facebook moderators complain: AI content moderation isn't working and we're paying for it

Sat, 2020-11-21 00:58
Human contractors battling COVID-19 stress and psychological trauma

Facebook’s AI algorithms aren’t effective enough to automatically screen for violent images or child abuse, leaving the job to human moderators who are complaining about having to come into an office to screen harmful content during the coronavirus pandemic.…

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Machine learning text-generating models can write like humans, but they don't have common sense

Fri, 2020-11-20 22:34
Humans live in the real world, machines don't, study finds

AI-powered machines may be able to generate text that is grammatically correct and very human-like, but when it comes to common sense they’re still lagging severely behind us meatbags.…

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IBM Power9 processors beset by Cardiac Osprey data-leaking flaw as Spectre still haunts speculative chips

Fri, 2020-11-20 21:21
Fix available, but Big Blue's chips get slower as a result

IBM Power9 processors, intended for data centers and mainframes, are potentially vulnerable to abuse of their speculative execution capability. The security shortcoming could allow a local user to access privileged information.…

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EU says Boeing 737 Max won't fly over the Continent just yet: The US can make its own choices over pilot training

Fri, 2020-11-20 20:26
Safety first, politics second

Software updates alone are not enough to make the controversial Boeing 737 Max safe enough for EU-regulated skies, the political bloc’s aviation safety regulator has decreed.…

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Dell joins the 'fast object storage revolution'

Fri, 2020-11-20 19:22
Huge performance jump from disk

Dell Technologies has unveiled its first all-flash object storage appliance - as good an indication as any that flash object storage has hit the mainstream.…

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End to end encryption? In Android's default messaging app? Don't worry, nobody else noticed either

Fri, 2020-11-20 18:56
RCS throws the dice

Analysis  Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption in the unloved and unwanted Android Rich Communication Services, as part of a renewed hope people might use messaging services controlled by the Chocolate Factory.…

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Teams seeks 24-hour party people for consumer chat

Fri, 2020-11-20 18:15
Skype? We've heard of it

Microsoft has previewed some more consumer-friendly features in its Slack-for-suits platform, Teams.…

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One does not simply shove elephants on a ballet shoe point and call it an acceptable measure of pressure

Fri, 2020-11-20 17:10
Thou shalt not devise thine own cursed metrics, we decree

Reg Standards Bureau  A bizarre American website has come up with a new way of measuring pressure by referring to the weight of elephants delivered through the area of a ballet shoe. Frankly we're baffled.…

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UK Court of Appeal rebukes Home Office for exceeding its powers with bunkum 'national security' GSM gateway ban

Fri, 2020-11-20 16:09
Legal saga that began with dodgy prosecution ends in vindication

The Home Office cannot order Ofcom to ignore its legal duties even when a government minister wants to shut something down because of unspecified "national security" concerns, the Court of Appeal has said, ruling that ministers acted outside their legal powers when banning GSM gateways.…

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Cool stuff: MacBook Air and Pro teardowns show thermal changes and missing T2 chip

Fri, 2020-11-20 15:02
Plus: Lots of dead space in the new Mac Mini

The first teardowns of the MacBook Pro and Air reveal few surprises. iFixit got its hands on the inaugural Apple Silicon machines and tenderly disassembled them, with the results largely affirming what we learned during this month's keynote.…

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We see what you did there: First-stage booster from Rocket Lab's Return to Sender mission floats back to Earth

Fri, 2020-11-20 14:01
Electron celebrates a parachute party and is successfully recovered

Rocket Lab has joined SpaceX in a very exclusive club of orbital booster recovery-capable companies after it parachuted an Electron first stage back to Earth.…

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Workday beat expectations in Q3 but remains loss-making

Fri, 2020-11-20 13:09
COVID-19 could slow customer wins, warns analyst

Cloud HR and finance application biz Workday is bouncing along happily amid a global pandemic as it outstripped market expectations and posted an 18 per cent annual increase in revenue for Q3 of its fiscal 2021.…

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Software running on demo licence? At least one patty pusher is Lovin' It

Fri, 2020-11-20 12:22
The last time we saw one of these was in February. Things haven't gone well since then

Bork!Bork!Bork!  Software licensing is the bane of IT pros. Some spend hours poring over byzantine rules and regulations while others throw in the towel and roll things themselves. Then there are those that simply ignore the pleas for a production licence.…

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NCSC's London HQ was chosen because GCHQ spies panicked at the prospect of grubby Shoreditch offices

Fri, 2020-11-20 11:29
Tech hipsters? On our doorstep? The Silicon what?

The National Cyber Security Centre picked its London HQ building not because it was the best or most cost-efficient location – but because the agency "prioritised image over cost", a Parliamentary committee has said.…

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The Nord N10 is OnePlus's cheapest 5G handset and, boy, does it show

Fri, 2020-11-20 10:28
Doesn't mean it's terrible, you just have to manage your expectations

Review  With a price tag of £329, OnePlus's latest 5G phone is also its cheapest. From the polished design to the solid day-to-day performance, there's some things to rave about with the Nord N10. And yet we're not going to do that. Not yet.…

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Not sunshine, moonlight or good times – blame it on the buggy

Fri, 2020-11-20 09:30
The system's playing up again. Infamy! Infamy!

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  No, I didn't get it wrong. I had a… er, computer glitch. There, everyone will believe that.…

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