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HTTPS-only mode arrives in Firefox 83 as Mozilla finds new home for Rust-y Servo engine

Wed, 2020-11-18 14:43
Another notch towards the SSL-only web

Mozilla has released Firefox 83, including up to 15 per cent faster JavaScript and an optional HTTPS-only mode. The company has also found a new home for its Rust-based Servo project, which has been adopted by the Linux Foundation.…

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The ones who brought you Let's Encrypt, bring you: Tools for gathering anonymized app usage metrics from netizens

Wed, 2020-11-18 14:00
Tech tackles two things: 'Aggregate statistics to improve an application, maintain the privacy of the people'

The Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) has a plan to allow companies to collect information about how people are using their products while protecting the privacy of those generating the data.…

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledges £12bn for green economy package

Wed, 2020-11-18 13:29
Hot air? World-beating? Well, billions of the funding had already been committed earlier this year

The UK government has launched a £12bn green spending strategy which includes measures to boost flagging nuclear investment and the development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel.…

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Micro Focus shares up almost 30% as revenue decline less than expected in fiscal 2020

Wed, 2020-11-18 12:45
Is this turnaround plan working or is the COVID-struck biz world improving?

Shares in London Stock Exchange-listed Micro Focus are up by almost 30 per cent this morning after sales declines seen across the organisation slowed in the second half of its fiscal '20 ended 31 October.…

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Test and Trace chief Dido Harding prompted to self-isolate by NHS COVID-19 app

Wed, 2020-11-18 12:11
Threatens plenty of Zoom sessions in the days ahead... just as well they've updated security in recent weeks

There's nothing quite like eating your own dog food, as Test and Trace chief Baroness Dido Harding has learned after being instructed to self-isolate by the NHS COVID-19 contact-tracing app overnight.…

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Behold, the Ultimately Large Telescope: A revived proposal for a 100-metre liquid-mirror star scanner on the Moon

Wed, 2020-11-18 11:02
Plus: HPE plugs AMD Epyc chips into NASA lunar-journey super

Astronomers have revived a decade-old idea that was abandoned by NASA: a 100-metre-wide liquid-mirror telescope on the Moon to study the stars.…

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Shocking revelations from Huawei-commissioned report: Huawei is good for the UK's economy so don't ban them

Wed, 2020-11-18 10:15
It might need a new angle since the government already has form for shafting the economy

Not a month seemingly goes by without the release of yet another "independent" report commissioned by hard pressed Huawei describing the business's importance to the UK economy.…

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UK's Manchester University seeks integrator to lead fiddly Oracle Financials upgrade

Wed, 2020-11-18 09:30
There could be up to £4m in it for the winner

England's University of Manchester is casting the net for a tech integrator to help with its Oracle Financials upgrade in a project that could be worth £4m to the winning bidder.…

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Thinking about an Agile, post-COVID-19 future? Here’s what you need to do first

Wed, 2020-11-18 09:00
Join Deloitte and OutSystems to learn the nine essential steps

Promo  When the world kicks into gear post-COVID-19, are you going to be primed to leap into action, or will you be still reaching for the reset button?…

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Alleged Ponzi mastermind on the run from FBI hid in lake with sea-scooter, collared after he surfaced half-hour later

Wed, 2020-11-18 08:32
Suspect left a trail of bubbles for agents to follow

A man accused of stealing $35m from victims of a convoluted algorithm-based Ponzi scheme was collared by FBI agents after he tried to flee using a submersible scooter in a frigid lake.…

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Apple Arm M1 Macs ship... tho don't expect all open-source apps to work – here's the list you need to know

Wed, 2020-11-18 07:29
Good thing Rosetta 2's x64-to-Arm64 emulator is all right because you may be using it a lot

Mac hardware based on Apple's M1 chip has started showing up on early adopters' doorsteps, and the machines appear to perform well, even when the 64-bit Arm-based devices are emulating x86_64 instructions using Apple's Rosetta 2 emulation layer.…

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No, the creator of cURL didn't morph into Elon Musk and give away Bitcoins. But his hijacked Twitter page tried to

Wed, 2020-11-18 06:26
Daniel Stenberg tells The Reg he's baffled by profile hack

The creator of cURL reassured The Reg on Tuesday that he's not a billionaire rocket man giving away Bitcoins, no matter what his Twitter account claimed.…

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Epic Games brings its Fortnite fight with Apple to Australia

Wed, 2020-11-18 06:04
Why Australia? Because it’s currently running an inquiry into app store monopolies, that's why

+Comment  Epic Games has had another crack at forcing Apple to let it handle in-game purchases itself, rather than through the App Store, this time by bringing a case in Australia – a nation currently running an inquiry into app store monopolies.…

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Dell online store charges 16 million dollars for new laptop with paint job

Wed, 2020-11-18 05:01
Black is free on the Inspiron 15. ‘Soft Mint’ is a very expensive option

Video  If you have a spare £12m (US$16m) to hand, a kind Register reader let us know that Dell has just the laptop for you.…

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BRICS bloc – home to 40 percent of humanity – wants to drive global e-commerce consumer protection rules

Wed, 2020-11-18 03:29
China has the giant e-tailers, India has the customers, Brazil, Russia and South Africa are aboard

The annual BRICS summit – a high-level meeting between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – has resolved to explore development e-commerce consumer protections, both for their own citizens and possibly for the rest of the world.…

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Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it

Wed, 2020-11-18 01:52
Terminated by presidential tweet that piled on the baseless election-rigging allegations CISA director sought to counter

President Donald Trump tonight fired the boss of the US government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the very organisation his administration formed with the aim of shoring up America's computer networks from hackers.…

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Israeli spyware maker NSO channels Hollywood spy thrillers in appeal for legal immunity in WhatsApp battle

Tue, 2020-11-17 23:22
In latest court bout, snooper biz seems to ask: Are you sure you want to open this can of worms?

Israeli spyware maker NSO Group has taken a leaf out of Hollywood in an attempt to avoid any legal repercussions from making and selling tools that hack WhatsApp users' phones.…

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US government clears debt collectors to go after Americans through their social media accounts

Tue, 2020-11-17 21:26
Phone calls are so 1970s says Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Debt collectors will be allowed to chase people over their social media accounts under new rules approved by the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).…

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Google Nest server outage leaves US, European smart homes acting dumb

Tue, 2020-11-17 19:24
Downtime infuriates customers – guess they'll have to just swallow it

Nest is down - again.…

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Microsoft brings Trusted Platform Module functionality directly to CPUs under securo-silicon architecture Pluton

Tue, 2020-11-17 19:15
Intel, AMD, Qualcomm are all on board

Microsoft has joined hands with Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm to release a new security chip called Pluton, which Redmond reckons will delete "entire vectors of attack" from the infosec landscape.…

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