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Indian state cuts off internet for millions to stop cheating in exams

1.6 million people sat teaching eligibility test, chasing 40,000 jobs

The Indian state of Rajasthan yesterday cut off internet access to millions of citizens, in order to prevent cheating in an exam.…

Posted on 27 September 2021 | 5:57 am

This won’t hurt a bit, says Veeam, as it flags end of socket-based licensing

Change to universal licenses coming sometime in 2022, says backup vendor, but won't be forced

Backup vendor Veeam is almost certainly going to ditch per-socket licensing.…

Posted on 27 September 2021 | 4:01 am

'Quad' group seeks to set security standards for global tech industry

USA, India, Australia, and Japan pledge to build own 5G tech, share space data, secure rare earth supply chains, and more

The Quad group of nations – the USA, India, Australia, and Japan – has announced several joint initiatives to share technology and spur its development, among them a plan to set new global security standards for the technology industry.…

Posted on 27 September 2021 | 2:21 am

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou admits lying about Iran deal, gets to go home

US puts charges on ice, extradition attempt halted

Updated  Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou has reached a deal with the US Justice Department to drop the fraud and conspiracy charges against her in exchange for admitting that she made false statements about her company's business dealings with Iran.…

Posted on 25 September 2021 | 12:20 am

For the nth time, China bans cryptocurrencies

Coin prices drop after People's Bank reiterates crackdown

China has once again banned cryptocurrencies.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 9:51 pm

Frustrated dev drops three zero-day vulns affecting Apple iOS 15 after six-month wait

Security Bounty program slammed over 'broken promises'

Upset with Apple's handling of its Security Bounty program, a bug researcher has released proof-of-concept exploit code for three zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple's newly released iOS 15 mobile operating system.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 7:43 pm

Yugabyte's double-decker DBaaS follows Cochroach in distributed RDBMS

Hopes to lure users with promise of relieving operational burden

Distributed relational database Yugabyte has launched a database-as-a-service product following a rush of inspiration from Facebook, Google and the world of FOSS.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 6:41 pm

EurekAI... Neural network leads chemists to discover 'four new materials'

All said to conduct lithium atoms, may be useful for electric car batteries

Chemists have discovered four new materials based on ideas generated from a neural network, according to research published in Nature.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 5:36 pm

Scientists took cues from helicopter seeds to invent tiny microchips that float on wind

'Microfliers' could carry sensors to monitor air pollution and more

Video  As autumn arrives in the northern hemisphere, scientists have shown how tiny connected semiconductors can be distributed on the wind in a similar way to the seasonal spreading of airborne seeds.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 4:29 pm

With just over two weeks to go, Microsoft punts Windows 11 to Release Preview

What's that coming over the hill? Is it new hardware? Is it new hardware?

Microsoft has followed up a lacklustre Surface hardware event with a Windows 11 Release Preview for Windows Insiders.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 3:33 pm

Fukushima studies show wildlife is doing nicely without humans, thank you very much

Biodiversity increasing, endangered species gradually returning despite radioactive terror pig presence

Studies of biodiversity around the former Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan have shown that a decade after the nuclear incident there in March 2011, the local wildlife, at least, is mostly thriving.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 2:45 pm

You have to bring AI tools into your CI/CD workflow? We've got it covered. Watch this

Join us in October for the next MCubed webcast in which you'll learn all about deploying real-life machine learning in a DevOps world

Special series  After a great first episode, the MCubed webcast will be back on October 7, 2021 to tackle a whole other beast: Continuous Delivery in Machine Learning.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 1:45 pm

HPE campaigns against 'cloud first' push in UK public sector

Because HPE does not do public cloud? No, no, it is 'for the good'

Comment  Hewlett Packard Enterprise has posted a "UK Public Sector Manifesto" with nine themes, alongside a campaign hyping the value of hybrid cloud.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 1:02 pm

Tech contractors fume over payday outage at Giant Pay after it sniffs 'suspicious activity'

Technical difficulties, please stand by

Giant Pay – an umbrella company used by contractors across the UK – has confirmed "suspicious activity" on its platform is behind a days-long ongoing outage that has left folk fretting about whether they'll get paid this month.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 12:26 pm

Parking is expensive. It can cost an arm, a leg, and a Windows licence

Activate Windows and put up a parking lot

Bork!Bork!Bork!  Sometimes only the freshest of borks will do, and sometimes the best laid plans of administrators can go awry.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 11:29 am

'Nobody in their right mind would build a naval base here today': Navigating in and out of Devonport

Twisting and turning like a twisty-turny thing

Boatnotes II  As HMS Severn continues hosting the Royal Navy's Fleet Navigating Officer's course, The Register has taken a closer look at the precision demanded of naval officers conning their ships in and out of one of the most cramped ports where the Navy routinely operates.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 10:49 am

CutefishOS: Unix-y development model? Check. macOS aesthetic? Check (if you like that sort of thing)

Also a range of homegrown apps. Still in beta, so plenty of rough edges, though

Review  One of the reasons Linux has never caught on as a desktop operating system, as Linux fans know, is that Linux isn't a desktop operating system, it's a kernel. And assembling it into a coherent package users can install is the job of a distribution.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 10:01 am

Nothing works any more. Who decided that redundant systems should become redundant?

It'll all come out in the wash

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Something is out of place; it does not quite fit. I reach down and give it a gentle tug. Ah, that's better.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 9:14 am

UK Ministry of Defence tries again to procure £1.7bn tri-service recruitment system

New guys can't do a worse job than Capita, right? Right?

The UK Armed Forces are looking to restart a £1.7bn procurement for recruitment and onboarding of personnel to cover extensive IT investments as well as process outsourcing.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 7:45 am

Stop worrying that crims could break the 'net, say cyber-diplomats – only nations have tried

Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace is a bit miffed its 'Don't attack the internet core' norm is misunderstood

The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) is worried its guidance on preventing the internet and all it connects becoming a casualty of war is being misinterpreted, perhaps wilfully.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 7:28 am

Check your bits: What to do when Unix decides to make a hash of your bill printouts

Symbol shenanigans turned out to be the least of the government's problems

On Call  Fire up the Cossie*! We're going back to the '80s with an On Call tale that combines the drama of a fast Ford motor with the eldritch horror of Unix serial port settings.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 7:02 am

Japanese boffins say they've created plastic optical fibres to reach places that might break glass

Polymers can transmit at 53Gbps without error correction overheads, and could be just the thing for electric cars

Boffins at Japan's Keio University reckon they've built viable optical fibers from plastics.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 6:02 am

Apple warns of arbitrary code execution zero-day being actively exploited on Macs

Remember iPods? The same bug can bite them, and plenty of older iPhones and iPads too

Apple has warned iPhone and Mac users it's aware of security bugs in its software that are being actively exploited.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 5:01 am

Indian broadband connections top 800 million … sort of

'Broadband' is defined as 512kbps – for now – and just 24 million current connections are wired

India's Telecoms Regulatory Authority has revealed that the nation has over 800 million active broadband subscribers.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 2:58 am

If you're not sold on the benefits of 5G, Ericsson suggests you keep an eye on gaming, home broadband

NA CEO predicts takeoff in 18 months max

Folks in the US will see the transformative effects of 5G first in the areas of online gaming and fixed wireless broadband internet connections, Ericsson North America CEO Niklas Heuveldop said on Thursday.…

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 1:35 am

California Governor signs bill protecting warehouse workers from unsafe quotas

AB 701 takes aim at Amazon and other warehouse operators that prioritize productivity over health

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed Assembly Bill 701, establishing new protections for workers at warehouse distribution centers.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 11:52 pm

Texas law banning platforms from social media moderation challenged in lawsuit

Tech trade groups argue prohibition on moderation is unconstitutional

Two IT trade groups on Wednesday challenged the constitutionality of Texas' new social media law, arguing that it compels companies to host speech they disagree with in violation of their First Amendment rights.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 9:57 pm

Dell bids adieu to the era of big acquisitions, concentrates on paying down debt and Michael's new book

Partnerships are our future, says tycoon

Dell CEO Michael Dell once loved big-ticket acquisitions, but not anymore.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 9:14 pm

Boston Dynamics' Spot robot embarks on its latest thrilling adventure: Insurance!

US company equips cybernetic pooch to help in building inspections, post-disaster assessments

Boston Dynamics' creepy robot dog Spot has found another new employer for its unique skillset.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 8:27 pm

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

Cupertino thinks EU USB-C plan 'stifles innovation rather than encouraging it'

Updated  Smartphones, tablets, and cameras sold within the European Union could be forced to adopt a single standard charging port by the middle of the decade if the latest plans from the European Commission get the go-ahead.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 7:44 pm

Facebook overpaid FTC fine by up to '$4.9bn' to protect Zuckerberg, lawsuits allege

A whole lot of ███ in documents which finger Peter Thiel and execs

Facebook is remaining silent over two explosive lawsuits unsealed this week which contain allegations that board members "authorized" the overpayment of an FTC fine by up to $4.9bn in order to protect CEO Mark Zuckerberg.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 6:15 pm

GNOME 41: Slick with heaps of new features for users and devs – but annoyances remain

It'll take time for desktop environment to make its way into Linux distros anyway

The GNOME Foundation has released GNOME 41 - six months after GNOME 40, which was the first to be based on the GTK4 toolkit.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 5:30 pm

Need US mobile data? Cellular data plan launches on the Helium Blockchain

The Great Gig in the Sky, or a new plan on GigSky?

Mobile tech outfit GigSky is to add a data plan to its mobile app, using the Citizen's Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) small cell infrastructure deployed by the Helium blockchain community.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 4:45 pm

Remember when UK watchdog spent a bunch of cash with Google warning people about ad scams ... on Google?

Mountain View still ducking questions over whether it'll reimburse that

Google has again refused to say whether it will reimburse Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for all the money it has spent warning consumers about dodgy financial ads carried on the tech giant’s platform.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 4:06 pm

Two Northern Irish cops face Computer Misuse Act charges over Twitter trolling campaign

Prosecutors considering evidence for a number of offences

Northern Irish prosecutors are pondering whether to charge two police officers with Computer Misuse Act offences after what local reports described as a Twitter trolling campaign.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 3:16 pm

Eclipse Data Connector arrives for GAIA-X, Europe's plan to protect its cloud data from foreign tech firms

But local providers slip in favour of US tech - even at home

GAIA-X, Europe's long awaited federated data infrastructure, got a fresh bulding block this week in the shape of the Eclipse Dataspace Connector, an open-source framework for multi-cloud, policy-based B2B data sharing.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 2:29 pm

BT jittery about Cellnex snapping up UK mobile tower assets

Brit telco says buyout will mean less competition, higher prices, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria

BT has spelled out its opposition to the proposed takeover of Hutchison’s mobile phone masts and towers in the UK by Spanish towerco Cellnex following the publication of legal documents yesterday.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 1:43 pm

UK Ministry of Defence apologises – again – after another major email blunder in Afghanistan

This time affecting candidates for potential relocation

A second leak of personal data was reportedly committed by the Ministry of Defence, raising further questions about the ministry's commitment to the safety of people in Afghanistan, some of whom are its own former employees.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 1:00 pm

DORA explorers see pandemic boost in numbers of 'elite' DevOps performers

Or is it that they're just more inclined to complete surveys about themselves?

A report from DORA, that's the Devops Research and Assessment sponsored by Google and other DevOps vendors, says 26 per cent of surveyed technology workers consider themselves "elite performers."…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 12:14 pm

Senior IBMer hit with £290k demand from Big Blue in separate case as unfair dismissal claim rolls on

High Court and Employment Tribunal cases to be heard soon

A former IBM general manager who was posted to the United Arab Emirates is being sued by the company for £290,000 after filing an employment tribunal case claiming unfair dismissal.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 11:26 am

If you're Intel, self-driving cars look an awful lot like PCs

Hardware capabilities, latest feature updates? You'll get what you pay for

Intel's vision of the computing architecture of autonomous vehicles is similar to that of PCs, with pricey models getting better hardware and the latest software, and cheaper self-driving cars getting the bare minimum.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 10:43 am

Researchers finger new APT group, FamousSparrow, for hotel attacks

Espionage motive mooted in attacks which hit industry, government too

Researchers at security specialist ESET claim to have found a shiny new advanced persistent threat (APT) group dubbed FamousSparrow - after discovering its custom backdoor, SparrowDoor, on hotels and government systems around the world.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 10:00 am

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nah, it's just Windows suffering from a bit of vertigo

Up above the streets and houses, XP's flying high

Bork!Bork!Bork!  Windows XP continues to hang in there – quite literally – as the operating system does what it does best some 90 metres above the London's River Thames.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 9:15 am

How many Android containers can you fit on your VM?

The Register speaks to Canonical about running the OS in the cloud

Interview  Developers targeting Android are spoiled for choice with their platforms.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 8:30 am

Infosys admits it still hasn't fully fixed Indian tax portal

Deadline came and went, but over 750 'resources' are still hard at work

Infosys has admitted it has missed the Indian government's deadline to fix the tax portal it built, but which has been a glitchy mess since its June 2021 launch.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 7:58 am

Here's an idea: Verification for computer networks as well as chips and code

What tools are available? What are the benefits? Let's find out

Systems Approach  In 1984, artificial intelligence was having a moment. There was enough optimism around it to inspire me to explore the role of AI in chip design for my undergraduate thesis, but there were also early signs that the optimism was unjustified.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 7:28 am

Imagine a fiber optic cable that can sense it's about to be dug up and send a warning

Forget wiring cities with IoT devices – this could be how wide-scale sensing gets done

Imagine an optic fiber that can sense the presence of a nearby jackhammer and warn its owner that it is in danger of being dug up, just in time to tell diggers not to sink another shaft. Next, imagine that an entire city's installed base of fiber could be turned into sensors that will make planners think twice before installing IoT devices.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 6:58 am

Unable to test every tourist and unable to turn them away, Greece used ML to pick visitors for COVID-19 checks

Inside the software built to figure out groups of potentially infected, asymptomatic passengers

Faced with limited resources in a pandemic, Greece turned to machine-learning software to decide which sorts of travelers to test for COVID-19 as they arrived in the country.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 6:26 am

Angry birds ground some Google Wing drones in Australia

Between COVID and corvids, Canberrans can't catch a break

Some of Google's Wing delivery drones have been grounded by angry Australian birds.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 6:01 am

Memory prices to dive in late 2022, says Gartner

Firm says 40 per cent of a server's bill of material costs are tied to memory

Prices for DRAM and NAND flash are set to fall, sharply, in the second half of 2022 according to analyst firm Gartner.…

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 4:28 am