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Northrop Grumman's MEV-2 gives Intelsat satellite a new lease on life until the next rescue in another five years

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 15:12
After 17 years into a 13-year mission, that's not bad

Northrop Grumman's second Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) has docked with Intelsat's IS-10-02 satellite, potentially extending the life of the latter by five years.…

Unity devs warned of breaking changes ahead in video game engine as team gets to grips with mutating face of .NET

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 14:15
Support has fallen behind and fixing it is a challenge

Unity software developer Josh Peterson has spoken about the future of .NET support in the widely used game development engine.…

Salesforce's get-back-to-work strategy starts with 'Volunteer Vaccinated Cohorts' on designated floors

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 13:32
Sounds kind of like a vaccination passport for California offices

Salesforce has waded into the heated debate over vaccine passports, suggesting they may be a means of getting employees back into the office. Just don't call them vaccine passports.…

Key Perl Core developer quits, says he was bullied for daring to suggest programming language contained 'cruft'

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:48
'After saying this, I immediately received hostile messages' says pumpking of version 5.x

On Monday, the Perl Core developer known as Sawyer X announced his intention to leave the three-person Perl Steering Committee, or Council, and the Perl Core group because of what he described as community hostility.…

UK government opens vaccine floodgates to over-45s, NHS website predictably falls over

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:04
Looks like classic case of failing to scale to meet inevitable demand

The UK's National Health Service is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to those aged 45 and above however the volume of interest has made the appointment-booking website prone to wobbles.…

Joint UK government procurement seeks supplier to support controversial Clean Air Zone system

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 11:15
A hot £22m for a bit of CAZ-ual software support

The UK government is on the hunt for a supplier to support and maintain the software behind its controversial Clean Air Zone (CAZ) policy in a tender that could result in a £22m contract.…

Average British computer criminal is young, male and not highly skilled, researcher finds

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 10:27
Analysis of Computer Misuse Act cases also draws heavily on El Reg archives

An academic researcher has analysed more than 100 Computer Misuse Act cases to paint a picture of the sort of computer-enabled criminals who plague Great Britain’s digital doings in the 21st Century.…

So how's .NET 6 coming along? Oh wow, Microsoft's multi-platform framework now includes... Windows

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 09:30
BlazorWebView arrives on desktop applications. Too convoluted?

Microsoft has shipped preview 3 of its forthcoming .NET 6 framework with a bunch of updates including the addition of Windows desktop to its Multi-platform App UI (MAUI).…

Nominet chooses civil war over compromise by rejecting ex-BBC Trust chairman

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 08:32
Remaining .uk registry board members ignore demands of campaign that has already removed CEO

Nominet has chosen civil war over compromise, formally rejecting members' calls to install former BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons as chair of the .uk registry operator.…

AWS adds local webcam passthrough to both of its remote desktop tools

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 08:01
NICE DCV also gets support for Apple's M1 silicon

If you’re looking for another reason to fear webcam complications during a video chat, Amazon Web Services has two things for you.…

NHS COVID-19 app update blocked by Apple, Google over location privacy fears

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 07:27
New version for England dead on arrival just as UK eases lockdown rules

An update for the NHS's COVID-19 test-and-trace app for England has been blocked by both Apple and Google because it added the ability for users to store and share location data.…

Beijing steps on Alibaba's Ant Group by forcing it to submit to same regulation as banks

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 06:57
Requires Alipay to open to competition but stops short of ordering company break up

China has again cracked down on Alibaba, this time by ordering its fintech arm Ant Group to become a financial holding company that is subject to tighter regulations.…

NASA writing software update for Ingenuity helicopter to enable first Mars flight

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 05:59
Won’t say when flight tests will resume, because uploads and testing are hard when your machine is 15 light minutes away

NASA will upload a ‘minor modification’ of flight control software to the Ingenuity helicopter ahead of its first attempt at powered flight on Mars, and says the process of doing so means it can’t say when attempts to send craft into Red skies will take place…

Tencent Cloud opens first Indonesian data center

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 05:00
Jakarta bit barn offers subset of services - CLI, GPU, some storage services, advanced security services and serverless aren't on offer

Chinese web giant Tencent has opened its first cloud data center in Indonesia.…

Want to turbo-charge your cybersec skills? It’s time to put yourself on the SPOT

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 03:00
That’s Self-Paced Online Training, says SANS Institute

Promo  Working in cybersecurity means always keeping your skills bang up to date. But what are your options when the challenges of blocking out time for traditional in person training are compounded by pandemic-related restrictions?…

Intel offers to produce car chips for automakers stalled by ongoing semiconductor supply drought

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 01:48
Also, President Biden hosts meeting to mull over silicon shortage

Intel has offered to fabricate chips for cars within the next six to nine months to help automakers brought to their knees by the ongoing global semiconductor shortage.…

FSF doubles down on Richard Stallman's return: Sure, he is 'troubling for some' but we need him, says org

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 00:46
And we're so sorry for not warning staff or anyone else about his board reelection, adds foundation

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) on Monday apologized for mishandling the announcement last month that founder Richard Stallman, or RMS, had been reelected to its board of directors – and published a statement from RMS both justifying his behavior and apologizing for it.…

FCC urges Americans to run internet speed app to counter Big Cable's broadband data fudging

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 23:57
Effort to get accurate info gets more serious under new chairwoman

The FCC is encouraging netizens to use its internet speed mobile app in an effort to finally get accurate broadband data across the United States.…

The COVID-19 pandemic is still going – and so is the PC buying spree: Shipments up 55% on the Before Times

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 23:34
Highest Q1 figures since 2012

It’s still boom time for makers of personal computers. The buying frenzy that started in the pandemic has spilled into the first quarter of 2021 with global shipments into the channel swelling by more than half to a staggering 82 million boxes.…

Jensen Huang's kitchen gets another viewing as Nvidia teases Arm-powered supercomputing chip Grace

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 22:02
Also another data processing unit, system-on-a-chip for self-driving cars

GTC  Nvidia says it has designed an Arm-based general-purpose processor named Grace for training massive neural networks and powering supercomputers, and plans to ship it in 2023.…

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