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‘Can COVID-19 vaccines connect me to the internet?’

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 04:58
It’s not The Register asking. The question comes from the official Australian government vaccine advice service (and the answer is ‘No’)

Australia’s Department of Health has included, “Can COVID-19 vaccines connect me to the internet?” on its vaccine advice page.…

Vietnam reveals state-run Alibaba-and-Amazon alternative, aims it at the EU

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 03:54
Government hopes to cash in on free trade agreement with B2B e-commerce

Vietnam has launched its own e-commerce platform to help in-country businesses access European Union markets.…

Apple's pending privacy clampdown drives desperate marketers to overwhelm domain database

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 02:56
Public Suffix List halts submissions from those seeking reprieve from iGiant's rules

Marketers frantic to preserve their ad tracking capabilities in advance of Apple's iOS 14.5 privacy restrictions have overwhelmed a volunteer-maintained database used to oversee domain names and improve web security.…

Biden administration effectively slaps bans on seven Chinese supercomputer companies for military links

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 01:54
Organizations added to Entity list

The US government's Department of Commerce has added seven Chinese supercomputing companies to its Entity list, meaning American businesses need a special licence to work with them.…

What's this about a muon experiment potentially upending Standard Model of physics? We speak to one of the scientists involved

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 23:34
'It’s an exciting prospect, but too early to say so definitively' professor tells us

Physicists are this week giddy with excitement after a decade-long experiment looking at the inner-workings of a muon, a type of particle similar to the electron, hints that there may be another fundamental force waiting to be discovered.…

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 20:14
Weight blunder led to wrong thrust used on takeoff, says UK watchdog

A programming error in the software used by UK airline TUI to check-in passengers led to miscalculated flight loads on three flights last July, a potentially serious safety issue.…

W3C Technical Architecture Group slaps down Google's proposal to treat multiple domains as same origin

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 19:15
First Party Sets 'harmful to the web in its current form'

A Google proposal which enables a web browser to treat a group of domains as one for privacy and security reasons has been opposed by the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG).…

South Africa's state-owned energy firm to appeal after court rules Oracle does not have to support its software

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 18:03
Eskom disputes results of Big Red audit

South African electric utility Eskom is set to appeal against a court decision that refused to force Oracle to support software used by the firm while a licensing and payment dispute is settled.…

Xen releases a new version 4.15 after a slightly delayed development process

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 17:05
Teases new ‘Hyperlaunch’ tech that will allow booting of whole VM fleets

The Xen project has released another upgrade to its open source hypervisor.…

Website maker Wix embarks on weird WordPress-trashing campaign, sends 'influencer' users headphones from 'WP'

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 16:09
'Creepy' videos liken CMS giant to 'absent, drunken father' – but its market share is only rising

Hosting company Wix is apparently running a bizarre campaign in an attempt to win over WordPress customers, causing WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg to accuse Wix of "dirty tricks."…

Beloved pixel pusher Paint prepares to join Notepad for updates from Microsoft Store

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 15:16
You cannot kill what does not die

Microsoft Paint has followed its long-lived chum Notepad into the howling wilderness of the Microsoft Store.…

Gitpod ditches Eclipse Theia for Visual Studio Code under redesign, sponsors new dev experience event

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 14:12
'Allowing everyone to use their favourite IDE just makes a lot of sense'

Gitpod, which provides remote environments for testing and debugging code, has shifted to Visual Studio Code from Eclipse Theia and is sponsoring a new event called DevX Conf, focused on the developer experience.…

Apple extends Find My support to third-party vendors including Belkin, Dutch bike maker VanMoof, and Chipolo

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 13:31
Expensive bike, earpods can now be tracked from inside the walled garden

An upgrade to Apple's Find My app has added support for devices from third-party manufacturers including gadget-tracking startup Chipolo, Belkin, and niche Dutch bike maker VanMoof.…

UK reseller sues Microsoft for £270m in damages claiming prohibitive contracts choke off surplus Office licence supplies

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 12:24
ValueLicensing also calls for action to 'restore and maintain competition and choice in the market'

Microsoft is being sued by UK reseller ValueLicensing for £270m in damages over claims of restrictive contractual practices and abuse of dominance.…

Belgian police seize 28 tons of cocaine after 'cracking' Sky ECC's chat app encryption

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:39
Euro cops take $1.65bn of blow off the streets after poring over messages

The Belgian plod says it seized 27.64 tons of cocaine worth €1.4bn (£1.2bn, $1.65bn) from shipments into Antwerp in the past six weeks after defeating the encryption in the Sky ECC chat app to read drug smugglers' messages.…

Ex-Geeks staff lose legal bid to claw back withheld training costs from final paycheques

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 10:26
Company acted fairly and reasonably, rules judge

Two men who quit software development firm Geeks Ltd failed to prove the company unlawfully withheld more than £2,000 from each of them to claw back its training costs, a tribunal has ruled.…

UK government rings £1.5bn dinner bell for software design and implementation, 25 vendors come running

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 09:29
Though framework agreement 'cannot guarantee any business'

The UK government has awarded 25 suppliers places on a framework deal for software design and implementation which could be worth up to £1.5bn.…

Huawei re-org merges cloud and compute business units

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 08:56
Reports of Cloud team's demise may be premature

Chinese giant Huawei has conducted an internal re-organisation and The Register understands one result is its cloud and business computing groups have come together under new leadership.…

There’s a whole wide world of web application firewall options – so how do you choose the right one?

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 08:30
Take the heat out of your firewall deployment

Webcast  If you’ve got an application which faces the web, no one would dispute that you should probably have a web application firewall sitting in front of it.…

British gambling giant Betfred told to pay stiffed winner £1.7m jackpot after claiming 'software problem'

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 07:57
Terms and conditions 'not transparent or fair', High Court judge says

The High Court of England and Wales has ruled that bookmaker Betfred must pay a Lincolnshire blackjack player £1.7m ($2.3m) in winnings that the betting site withheld because of a supposed software glitch.…