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It is 60 years since the first cosmonaut reached orbit and 40 years since the Shuttle first left the launchpad

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 21:03
Double anniversary means doubles all round, are we right?

Join us in raising a toast in celebration of both the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's orbit of the Earth and 40 years since the first Space Shuttle left the pad.…

Microsoft digs deep for chatty AI specialist Nuance, bids $19.7bn to bolster healthcare chops

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 19:58
Hello? Is this thing on?

Microsoft is to buy Nuance Communications for $19.7bn in a bid to bolster its healthcare product line with AI conversational smarts.…

Oracle founder Larry Ellison lands on another lily pad, this time an $80m Florida mansion he intends to tear down

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 19:07
To complement his $300m Bond villain base in Hawaii

After Oracle announced plans to relocate its headquarters from California to Texas, CTO and founder Larry Ellison said he would not be coming along as he's happy in Hawaii.…

Nvidia shrinks GPUs to squeeze AI into your data center, makes its VMware friendship work

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 18:06
Creates two new mini models because it’s assumed you won’t build silos to host huge hot monsters

GTC  Nvidia has created a pair of small GPUs, because it doesn’t think customers will get into AI unless they can use the servers they already run.…

Mike Lynch-backed Darktrace to file for London IPO in aftermath of Deliveroo flop

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 17:15
LSE document confirms AI infosec company's plans

British AI-powered infosec biz Darktrace is to go public in England's capital city, the company told the London Stock Exchange this morning.…

New drinking game idea: Down a shot every time Huawei blames US sanctions for the current tech industry woes

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 16:28
Plus: 6G is pointless, and will your next car have 'Huawei Inside'?

Those taking a shot each time Huawei uttered the phrase "US sanctions" during the opening of its 2021 Global Analyst Summit would have been sozzled as the company laid a host of ills at the doorstep of Uncle Sam's "entity list".…

Bless you: Yep, it's IBM's new name for tech services spinoff and totally not a hayfever medicine

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 15:42
Hello world, meet Kyndryl

Logowatch  It has been a busy couple of months for creatives toiling away in IBM's strategy boutique but the team has conjured marketing magic with a scintillating new brand name that will head up the breakaway Global Technology Services unit.…

FreeBSD gives ARM64 green light for production over x86 alternative's 'growth trajectory'

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 14:30
Unix-like operating system is hilarious – even the support is in tiers

The FreeBSD project will offer "Tier 1" support to 64-bit ARM processors in FreeBSD 13.0, expected to be released shortly. The only other Tier 1 platform is AMD64.…

'Chinese wall'? Who uses 'Chinese wall'? Well, IBM did, and it actually means 'firewall'

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 13:49
Big Blue revamps terminology

The results are in for an IBM initiative launched last June to find and replace internal outdated and biased IT terminology.…

Clearview AI accused over free trials to US police that were plausibly deniable

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 13:03
Plus: Another Google AI boffin resigns and AI tries to recreate music from famous musicians who died at 27

In Brief  A year-long investigation into Clearview, the dodgy facial recognition startup, has revealed how its software has been used by over 1,800 public agencies in an attempt to identify over 7,000 people from 2018 to 2020.…

UK's National Rail backs down from greyscale website tribute to Prince Phil after visually impaired users complain

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 12:15
Protip: Ad/tracker blockers. Use them (though not on The Reg)

In case you hadn't noticed, Prince Philip, aka the Duke of Edinburgh, aka the Queen's hubby, aka Stavros, shuffled off this mortal coil on Friday and thus the UK entered a period of "national mourning".…

Oracle vs Google: No, the Supreme Court did not say APIs aren't copyright – and that's a good thing

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 11:31
Anyone wanting to bring a similar case in the future will have to be very, very bold and very, very rich

Column  You won't be paying an Oracle tax on your next Android phone. After 10 years of Big Red claiming dibs on Android internals and Google telling them to GTFO, the legals have finally been settled by the US Supreme Court. Google has won.…

Fire up that Macintosh II: Retro techhead gives the web a Netscape 1.1 makeover

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:33
Not the prettiest experience, but an interesting experiment

Feature  Times change, and so has the www. Cast your mind back 20 years. Web pages used to be svelte little things, really just text and images, with the occasional Flash banner ad thrown in for good measure.…

We have never given census data to anyone – not even the spy agencies, says the UK's Office for National Statistics

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 09:36
Privacy and security fears bubble up again in wake of national headcount

The UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) has strongly denied it hands census data over to police and law enforcement agencies – and claims it has "never" handed personal information to the security services.…

Stuxnet sibling theory surges after Iran says nuke facility shut down by electrical fault

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 07:57
Evidence is thin, but Natanz enrichment facility is offline

Iran has admitted that one of its nuclear facilities went offline over the weekend, and a single report claiming Israeli cyber-weapons were the cause has been widely accepted as a credible explanation for the incident.…

Quality control, Soviet style: Here's another fine message you've gotten me into

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 07:13
Moscow. 1978. It always feels ... somebody's watching me

Who, Me?  We return to the Cold War in today's Who, Me? Start your week with suspected sabotage, computer sleuthery, and a satisfying slug of Grand Marnier deep in the heart of 1970s Москва.…

China whacks Alibaba with US$2.8B fine for breaking antitrust rules

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 06:11
Alibaba takes it on the chin, apologises, promises to do better (and maybe feels it got off lightly with fine representing four percent of revenue)

Alibaba has humbly accepted that it broke China's antitrust laws and will pay a colossal fine.…

India's open-source community challenges crypto-busting content-removal and ID-recording Code

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 04:48
Object to ‘undue burden of compliance on volunteer communities’

India’s Software Freedom Law Center has assisted an open-source developer and advocate to challenge the nation’s new Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code on grounds it imposes unfair burdens on developers.…

United States' plan to beat China includes dominating tech standards groups, especially for 5G

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 02:40
'Strategic Competition Act' calls for appointment of a new ambassador-at-large for tech

America's plan to compete with China includes a call for the land of the free to dominate tech standards bodies, especially for 5G, and to appoint an ambassador level official to lead a new “Technology Partnership Office” that Washington will use to drive tech collaboration among like-minded nations.…

Satellite collision anticipated by EU space agency fails to materialize... for now at least

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 12:01
Internet rubberneckers and crisis-starved media left to ponder non-event

Two days ago, the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking (EU SST) initiative warned of a possible collision on Friday between two orbiting objects, but it now appears they passed each other without incident.…