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Wormhole encrypted file transfer app reboots Firefox Send after Mozilla fled

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 00:04
Apps' developers believe they can manage potential abuse

Earlier this month, a startup called Socket, Inc., launched Wormhole, a web app for encrypting files and making them available to those who receive the URL-embedded encryption key, without exposing the files to the cloud-based intermediary handling the transfer.…

Texan's alleged Amazon bombing effort fizzles: Militia man wanted to take out 'about 70 per cent of the internet'

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 22:57
Someone hasn't heard of redundancy

The US Justice Department on Friday announced the arrest of Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, for allegedly planning to blow up a single Amazon data center in Ashburn, Virginia, which he thought would knock out around 70 per cent of the internet.…

Lenovo's latest gaming monster: Eight cores, 3.2GHz, giant heatsink, TWO fans. Oh, and it has a phone bolted on

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 22:00
Mammoth as a mobe, but serious as a game device

Lenovo's latest tech features top-shelf components and new cooling technologies.…

Amazon claims victory after warehouse workers in Alabama vote to reject union

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 21:19
Retail union accuses the tech giant of illegally swaying votes, files complaint

Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, voted against unionization, according to results announced on Friday.…

State of Iowa approves $17m in budget for Workday project after bid to use coronavirus relief funds was denied

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 20:52
Questions raised about procurement process but, gosh, they badly need a replacement HR system

The US State of Iowa has approved $17m in its 2022 budget to replace an HR system dating back to the 1980s with Workday software.…

SpaceX's Starlink: Overhyped and underpowered to meet broadband needs of Rural America, say analysts

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 19:37
As the constellation stands anyway

SpaceX's Starlink has been described as the solution to dismal rural broadband. Like any project linked to Elon Musk, the satellite internet constellation is surrounded by a thick cloud of hype. But is it justified?…

NASA's Mars helicopter spins up its blades ahead of hoped-for 12 April hover

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 18:29
Things to look forward to on Monday morn: Our Who, Me? column and 1st flight of Ingenuity

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is set to take its first flight after engineers spun its blades up to 50rpm in preparation.…

UK's National Cyber Security Centre recommends password generation idea suggested by El Reg commenter

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 16:58
Who says everything below the line is a cesspit of useless filth?

Nearly a third of Britons use the name of their pet or a family member as a password, the National Cyber Security Centre has said as it advised folk to adopt what looks very much like a Register forum user's suggestion for secure password generation.…

KPMG wins Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council's £18m everything-and-the-kitchen-sink IT deal

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 16:00
From org design to developing operations, consulting-outsourcing giant carries the can

Consultancy and outsourcing firm KPMG has been awarded an £18m contract to, for all intents and purposes, create the entire back-end operations, processes and technology system for the recently formed Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.…

Microsoft drops 64-bit OneDrive into the pool: Windows on ARM fans need not apply. As usual

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 15:10
Up to 18.4 million petabytes... which should be useful to someone

Microsoft has released a 64-bit preview of its OneDrive sync client for Windows, citing "large files" and "a lot of files" as a driver for the update.…

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 14:18
Queen's hubby left more than a passing impression on the UK tech world

Obit  Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99. The Queen's husband died at Windsor Castle this morning.…

Facebook job ads algorithm still discriminates on gender, LinkedIn not so much

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 13:00
Gender bias found in employment adverts despite antisocial network giant's past promises

Two years after Facebook settled five lawsuits claiming that its employment, housing, and credit ads illegally discriminate, researchers with the University of Southern California have found that the company still serves job ads unfairly, based on gender.…

CyberBattleSim: Microsoft's open-source Holodeck in which autonomous attackers, defenders duke it out

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 12:06
Very 2021 to have AI bots fight in simulated networks for our entertainment (and science)

Microsoft has open-sourced software that pits machine-learning-powered network intruders against automated defenders inside virtual networks.…

How do we stamp out the ransomware business model? Ban insurance payouts for one, says ex-GCHQ director

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 11:02
New laws needed to cut off incentive to crooks, argues Marcus Willett

Increasing numbers of senior ex-GCHQ people have called for laws preventing businesses using cyber insurance to buy off ransomware attackers – with the money merely perpetuating the criminals' business model.…

How to ensure your tech predictions catch on in a flash? Do the mash

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 10:07
All inventions should be demonstrated by a puppet doing a Tommy Cooper impression

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  If the future was a song, it would be a mashup.…

Feature bloat: Psychology boffins find people tend to add elements to solve a problem rather than take things away

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 09:08
Duplo exercise provides vital insight into flawed human heuristic

Scientists working on the psychology of problem solving may have hit upon why things always seem to get more complicated.…

Asahi Linux devs merge effort to run Linux on Apple M1 silicon into Kernel

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 08:30
Slated for inclusion in version 5.13, due about three months from now

The Asahi Linux project, an effort to bring the Linux kernel to Apple’s M1 silicon, has merged its work and is on track to have it accepted in version 5.13 of the kernel.…

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 08:05
Before smartphones and LCD displays there were... green lights and red lights

On Call  There was a time before phones went wireless (and before Apple made sure we all carried a spare charge cable.) Take a trip back to those halcyon days with another entry in the pages of On Call.…

Cisco takes small steps towards IT-as-a-service, more software-defined networking

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 07:03
For compute and SD-WAN only, with plenty of details not yet in place

Cisco has taken steps towards IT-as-a-service with a new “Plus” offering launched last week at Cisco Live.…

India uses controversial Aadhaar facial biometrics to identify COVID vaccination recipeints

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 06:01
Safer than eyeballs or fingerprints, apparently

India’s National Health Authority has commenced a pilot of facial recognition software as a means of identifying people as they queue in the nation's COVID-19 vaccine centres.…