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Hollywood drone pilot admits he crashed gizmo into cop chopper, triggering emergency landing

Idiot faces up to a year in the cooler after FBI tracks him down from SD card found in prang wreckage

A man in California faces up to a year behind bars and a fine for crashing his drone into a police helicopter, forcing an emergency landing.…

Posted on 16 January 2021 | 11:09 am

Apple reportedly planning to revive the MagSafe charging standard with the next lot of MacBook Pros

While the Touch Bar is to be banished

Renowned Apple soothsayer Ming-Chi Kuo reckons the iGiant is bringing back its beloved MagSafe charging standard with the next generation of MacBook Pro machines.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 11:07 pm

Wine pops cork on version 6.0 of the Windows compatibility layer for *nix systems

We'll drink to that

The compatibility layer for Windows applications, Wine, has celebrated the start of 2021 in the traditional manner – with a substantial update.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 9:59 pm

Xiaomi hit by US sanctions: Can't list on stock exchanges and investors can't invest

Parting shot by Trump – but 'bi-partisan' push against China will continue, says analyst

With five days left before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the Trump administration has delivered a parting blow to China's tech industry by designating Xiaomi as a "Communist Chinese military company" and placing it on a financial ban list.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 9:02 pm

NASA pulls the plug on InSight's mole after Martian surface bests boffins

A blue day on the Red Planet

Hot on the heels of a mission extension comes news that scientists have now given up on attempts to persuade the NASA InSight lander's "mole" to burrow more than a few centimetres beneath the Martian surface.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 8:06 pm

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

Install base explodes following WhatsApp 'privacy' update, Musk endorsement

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

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 7:30 pm

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 6:12 pm

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 5:19 pm

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 4:24 pm

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 2:15 pm

IBM still spending its way to cloud relevance with Taos purchase

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 1:10 pm

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 12:09 pm

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

'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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 11:27 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 10:29 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 9:30 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 8:43 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 8:15 am

Vatican absolved of one financial sin after revelation of data discrepancies

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 7:06 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 5:50 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 3:38 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 1:51 am

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

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.…

Posted on 15 January 2021 | 12:28 am

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

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.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 11:40 pm

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

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.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 10:27 pm

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

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.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 9:00 pm

Teasing HANA database upgrade, SAP leaves crowd wondering if software giant has lost its innovation mojo

Great to know they 'remain committed'

SAP is trying to tease the market with new features headed to the core database underpinning its enterprise applications.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 8:10 pm

Samsung rolls out new Galaxy S21 range, including extra-lux Ultra

Just your Stylus? Pen support moves to latest flagship models

It's flagship Thursday at Samsung, which for the better part of a decade has squatted over the premium sector of the Android market.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 7:21 pm

Coming in at number 5, it's a blast from the past! Tenable's 2020 security flaw chart show features hits of yesteryear

You know that update thing? JFDI

Out of the top five vulnerabilities for 2020 three dated back to 2019 or earlier, according to infosec firm Tenable's annual threat report.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 6:37 pm

Attack of the cryptidiots: One wants Bitcoin-flush hard drive he threw out in 2013 back, the other lost USB stick password

A combined total of $575m deleted... and counting

A couple of news items about what we'll call "cryptidiots" wriggled into the mainstream media this week, momentarily shedding light on the important topics of e-waste and password hygiene for the masses.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 5:59 pm

Admit it: Your legacy backup is actually making you less resilient

Join us later this month to see what modern data management looks like

Webcast  There’s been a lot of talk about resilience lately. But while it’s one thing working through mid-pandemic self-care and wellness prescriptions for the individual, what does resilience mean when it comes to your company and its data?…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 5:00 pm

SpaceX cargo ship splashes down off Florida with science in tow – but what we want to know is how space wine tastes

It's been sloshing around the International Space Station for a while

SpaceX hit another milestone overnight with the return of the upgraded cargo Dragon capsule from the International Space Station (ISS), which splashed down off the Florida coast.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 4:18 pm

Debian 'Bullseye' enters final phase before release as team debates whether it will be last to work on i386 architecture

Security, lack of suitable hardware for testing makes full 32-bit support hard

Debian 11, codenamed "Bullseye", has entered the first freeze stage, meaning no large or disruptive changes, or new package transitions (merging, splitting, renaming or removing) are allowed. The 32-bit i386 architecture is part of the release but may not be in Debian 12, codenamed "Bookworm".…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 3:35 pm

Ministry of Defence's cyber warfare drive is helping burn a hole through its budget, warns UK's National Audit Office

All that counter-China stuff costs a pretty penny, y'know

The Ministry of Defence's multibillion budget overrun has been caused in part because of its spending splurge on flashy new "cyber" capabilities, according to the National Audit Office.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 2:56 pm

JavaScript survey: React everywhere, Jest, Webpack on the up... if only it had static typing, sigh developers

The world's favourite language has complex ecosystem in which build tools are now fundamental

The 2020 State of JavaScript report, a survey of over 23,000 developers globally, has revealed growing use of WebPack and Jest, continuing high use of React, Express and TypeScript, and that top of the wishlist is no longer better browser compatibility, but rather static typing.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 2:01 pm

Flash in the pan: Raspberry Pi OS is the latest platform to carve out vulnerable tech

Meanwhile, hello Epson drivers?

The Raspberry Pi OS plunged another knife into the dark heart of Flash this week while adding drivers for Epson printers.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 1:18 pm

Semiconductor-flinger SK Hynix raises $1bn to green up its act

Toxic wastewater and resource hungry - wafer-fabbing's a mucky biz

South Korean memory biz SK Hynix has issued a $1 billion “green bond” with the funds intended for pay for projects designed to reduce the ecological impact of its manufacturing activities.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 12:29 pm

Cor, get a load of moneybags Northamptonshire: Eight resellers win places on £5bn police framework

Before you choke on your tea, authority likely won't splash anything near that

Eight resellers have been awarded places on a £5bn framework contract led by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, a county in England's East Midlands.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 11:43 am

Another Rust-y OS: Theseus joins Redox in pursuit of safer, more resilient systems

This one is not just written in Rust – its design is based on Rust features

Rust, a modern system programming language focused on performance, safety and concurrency, seems an ideal choice for creating a new operating system, and several such projects already exist. Now there is a new one, Theseus, described by creator Kevin Boos as "an Experiment in Operating System Structure and State Management."…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 11:03 am

Gloucestershire IT pro faces court over £30k Amazon voucher theft allegations

Accused pinched them from employer, sold them on eBay, prosecutors claim

A 23-year-old Gloucester IT worker is to stand trial after allegedly stealing more than £30,000 worth of Amazon vouchers before selling them on eBay.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 10:16 am

Fujitsu opens door, invites '200 to 250' staff from UK Delivery team to walk out

Juicier payoff for those who do, but employees fear process will become compulsory if numbers aren't met

Exclusive  Fujitsu is looking for hundreds of volunteers in its UK Delivery organisation to leave with an enhanced payoff, though only employees with at least five years' service can currently apply. At the same time it is running a small redundancy process in other areas of the business where contracts are running off.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 9:30 am

Offshoring is kind of over, says Wipro, as financials surge thanks to offshoring

Working from home means lots of us might as well be offshore now, suggests CEO

Wipro has both celebrated customers’ use of offshoring for its positive impact on its finances and suggested the concept may have been made obsolete by the pandemic-induced surge in working from home.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 8:31 am

Beagleboard peeps tease dual-core 64-bit RISC-V computer with GPU, AI acceleration, more for under 100 quid

UnArmed to the teeth: Early versions to ship in April, more to follow in September

If you’re looking for a modest RISC-V computer capable of running Linux, with AI and other acceleration thrown in, to evaluate the architecture, the people behind the BeagleBoard have teased such a thing: the BeagleV board, starting from $119 (£87).…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 8:06 am

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Trump ban means the service has failed

‘I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump’ says @Jack

Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey has posted a long thread in which he laments having to permanently suspend US president Donald Trump’s personal twitter account.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 7:32 am

Is a remote workforce making your organisation less secure?

And can SASE save us?

Webcast  Last year your bosses embraced remote working because, let’s face it, none of us had a choice.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 7:00 am

Pirate Bay co-founder criticises Parler for its lack of resilience

Torrent search engine is still up after years of whack-a-mole with copyright cops

One of the co-creators of notorious BitTorrent search engine The Pirate Bay has criticised free speech social network Parler for the lack of resilience that saw it go dark after Amazon Web Services booted it out of its cloud.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 5:57 am

Qualcomm pays $1.4bn to acquire ex-Apple and AMD Arm server chip engineers (and the biz they set up)

Purchase of Nuvia raises eyebrows

Qualcomm has announced it will pay $1.4bn for Arm data-center chip design biz Nuvia, a startup only established in 2019.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 4:06 am

India’s top techies form digital foundation to fight Apple and Google

App store fees and ‘privacy’ arrangements under fire

India’s tech self-reliance push has spawned a new group that aims to fight big US tech companies,…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 3:56 am

It's been a day or so and nope, we still can't wrap our head around why GitHub would fire someone for saying Nazis were storming the US Capitol

Questions go unanswered as CEO, COO launch probe

GitHub is under fire for apparently sacking an employee two days after warning colleagues in Washington DC that “Nazis are about” during the ransacking of the US Capitol last week.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 1:52 am

VMware has the strategy and culture to thrive after CEO Pat Gelsinger's exit to Intel

Virtzilla’s next boss has container-centric challenges tho nothing as hard as the task of making Intel great again

Analysis  A VMware employee of my acquaintance once told me a story about a customer meeting he attended alongside departing CEO Pat Gelsinger, who has just been revealed as the new CEO of Intel.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 1:04 am

Four women seek release from forced arbitration to sue Infosys for widespread gender discrimination

IT consultancy favors male and Indian workers, watchdog told in complaint

Four female former employees of IT consultancy Infosys on Wednesday filed a claim with the US Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that they were subject to pervasive discrimination at the company.…

Posted on 14 January 2021 | 12:16 am