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Bishopston Net consists of a number of Pentium IV 3Ghz PCs, all running the best and most stable operating system available today: FreeBSD ( Version 6.2. )

The name comes from the village of Bishopston, a village on the Gower Peninsula, near Swansea, South Wales, UK.

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Updated: 05:05 Wed, Feb 21 2024. (+3 mins)

China could be doing better at censorship, think tank finds - (pubDate>Wed, 21 Feb 2024 04:31:11 GMT)

Complex overlapping bureaucracy sometimes lacks the funds and skills to do it right

China's censorship regime remains pervasive and far reaching, but the bureaucratic apparatus implementing it is unevenly developed and is not always well funded, according to a report released on Tuesday.…


VMware takes a swing at Nutanix, Red Hat with KVM conversion tool - (pubDate>Wed, 21 Feb 2024 02:31:10 GMT)

Also urges customers to remove some of its software due to a critical vulnerability

Scarcely a day passes without The Register's virtualization desk being approached by VMware's rivals seeking a chance to explain the merits of their products and cash in on assumed dissatisfaction with the licensing regime Broadcom has imposed. But last month, VMware quietly took a swipe at those rivals with an updated virtual machine conversion tool.…


Singapore's monetary authority advises banks to get busy protecting against quantum decryption - (pubDate>Wed, 21 Feb 2024 00:59:06 GMT)

No time like the present, says central bank

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) advised on Monday that financial institutions need to stay agile enough to adopt post-quantum cryptography (PQC) and quantum key distribution (QKD) technology, without significantly impacting systems as part of cyber security measures.…


Hackers mod a Sony PlayStation Portal to run PSP games - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 23:59:15 GMT)

Modders claim GTA: Liberty City Stories and Tekken 6 are running 'very smoothly'

Three months after the November launch of the PlayStation Portal, Sony's game streaming handheld has been hacked by Google security engineers to run PlayStation Portable (PSP) games in emulation.…


Staff say Dell's return to office mandate is a stealth layoff, especially for women - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 22:59:24 GMT)

Employees feel frustrated by lack of communication and bosses' inability to tell them which offices are open

Exclusive Dell's "return to office" mandate has left employees confused about which offices they can use and the future of their jobs – and concerned the initiative is a stealth layoff program that will disproportionately harm women at the IT giant.…


Reported $60M Reddit deal signed to train AI models with user data - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 21:23:11 GMT)

Training machine learning on Redditors' musings - what could go wrong?

Reddit has reportedly signed a $60 million deal with an unnamed AI biz to hand over user conversations for model training.…


Italy's military mulling space-based supercomputing cloud - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 20:15:11 GMT)

HPC satellites less about world domination, more high availability for comms

Italy's Ministry of Defense is exploring a "military space cloud" and has commissioned state-backed aerospace contractor Leonardo to test the concept.…


Persistent memory to replace DRAM, but it could take a decade - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 19:30:13 GMT)

Wham, bam, hello MRAM, FERAM, and ReRAM

Persistent memories can or will soon match DRAM in terms of speed, which could see it eventually replaced in many applications if one of these technologies can scale up and bring the costs down.…


Top five reasons to move from CentOS to RHEL (according to Red Hat) - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 18:31:14 GMT)

Feeding IBM's bottom line not in the list

Red Hat has given five reasons for users to move from CentOS to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, though it was initially reluctant to disclose them.…


Microsoft Publisher books its retirement party for 2026 - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 17:45:05 GMT)

Venerable desktop publisher not going to get a Copilot any time soon

Microsoft is confirming plans to deprecate its Publisher application in 2026.…


MariaDB receives offer to go private more than year after disastrous IPO - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 17:00:05 GMT)

$37.3M bid significantly down from SPAC flotation valued at $672M

MariaDB has confirmed a possible offer of $37.3 million from private equity company K1 Investment Management to take the recently troubled database company private.…


Cops turn LockBit ransomware gang's countdown timers against them - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:00:12 GMT)

Authorities dismantle cybercrime royalty by making mockery of their leak site

In seizing and dismantling LockBit's infrastructure, Western cops are now making a mockery of the ransomware criminals by promising a long, drawn-out disclosure of the gang's secrets.…


Wyze admits 13,000 users could have viewed strangers' camera feeds - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 15:15:12 GMT)

Customers report feeling violated following the security snafu

Smart home security camera slinger Wyze is telling customers that a cybersecurity "incident" allowed thousands of users to see other people's camera feeds.…


GlobalFoundries scores $1.5B in Uncle Sam's semiconductor subsidy bonanza - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 14:25:10 GMT)

Meanwhile, Intel looks set to bag more than $10B

GlobalFoundries is pocketing $1.5 billion in CHIPS and Science Act funding from the US government to ensure continued supply of the chips it makes for the automotive, communications, and defense industries.…


Neuralink patient masters mind-mouse maneuvers – if Musk is to be believed - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 13:27:10 GMT)

Brain-computer interface trial continues to display troubling lack of transparency

Founder Elon Musk has announced that the first human to receive a Neuralink brain-computer interface has fully recovered and can control a computer mouse pointer with their thoughts.…


Euro shoppers popping more and more premium phones in the basket - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:52:22 GMT)

Apple ousts Samsung as the people's choice in Q4, and the words 'refresh' and 'cycle' are whispered for 2024

Apple topped the European smartphone marketplace in Q4 as local shoppers opted to buy premium priced handsets.…


Europe's datacenter dilemma is that hyperscalers are hogging them all - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:45:06 GMT)

Space scarcity and soaring build costs send rent through the roof

Demand for datacenter space in Europe outstripped supply in 2023, with hyperscalers snapping up much of the available capacity and construction of new facilities hampered by difficulties in sourcing sufficient power and acquiring available land.…


Insider steals 79,000 email addresses at work to promote own business - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:01:32 GMT)

After saying they're very sorry, they escape with a slap on the wrist

A former council staff member in the district where William Shakespeare was born ransacked databases filled with residents' information to help drum up new business for their outside venture.…


Preview edition of Microsoft OS/2 2.0 surfaces on eBay - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 10:15:12 GMT)

Discounted from $2,600 down to just $650. What a bargain!

A version of OS/2 2.0 from Microsoft, not IBM, just surfaced on eBay. This pre-release version came out after Windows 3.0.…


Legal campaigners challenge UK.gov decision to redact NHS-Palantir contract - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 09:30:05 GMT)

Federated Data Platform agreement merits pre-action letter from Good Law Project

British legal campaigners are preparing to take on UK government over its decision to redact swathes of a contract describing how Palantir would work with the country's enormous public health system, the NHS, under the controversial Federated Data Platform.…


Two days into the Digital Services Act, EU wields it to deepen TikTok probe - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 08:26:09 GMT)

Bloc isn't happy with made-in-China network's efforts to protect kids and data

Two days after its Digital Services Act (DSA) came into effect, the European Union used it to open an investigation into made-in-China social network TikTok.…


Square Kilometre Array precursor looks to filter out satellite interference - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 07:27:12 GMT)

Starlink isn't the biggest problem, but increasing numbers of orbiting transmitters isn't helpful

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) – a precursor project for the full Square Kilometre Array – has started work on techniques to help it cope with increased satellite traffic.…


Superapp Gojek fine-tunes each new error message for a week. What? Why? - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 06:29:08 GMT)

Multilingual service spans five nations and finds fancy graphics improve engagement

If you're the kind of geek who takes delight in – or even notices – the animated graphics that accompany error messages, you may be interested to know it takes an entire work week for motion designers at Indonesian web giant Gojek to create one.…


Vietnam to collect biometrics - even DNA - for new ID cards - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 04:58:05 GMT)

Iris scan, voice samples and blood type to be included in database

The Vietnamese government will begin collecting biometric information from its citizens for identification purposes beginning in July this year.…


Australia has no next-gen HPC investment plan and clouds can't fill the gap - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 02:58:10 GMT)

Academy of Science calls for exascale system, which would cost more than current budgets for all supers

Australia needs an exascale computer system, and a refresh of its current HPC fleet, but lacks a plan or the budget for either – and can't expect cloud providers or quantum computers to offer a suitable substitute for sovereign capacity.…


LockBit ransomware gang disrupted by global operation - (pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2024 01:17:58 GMT)

Website has been seized and replaced with law enforcement logos from eleven nations

Updated Notorious ransomware gang LockBit's website has been taken over by law enforcement authorities, who claim they have disrupted the group's operations and will soon reveal the extent of an operation against the group.…


Japan launches satellite to eyeball derelict rocket stage - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 18:14:06 GMT)

Mission a step along the road to commercial orbit decluttering

A Japanese satellite lofted by Rocket Lab is to monitor a chunk of space junk ahead of future missions designed to curtail orbital debris.…


Going with the flow makes AI better at solving coding problems - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:06:07 GMT)

Careful prompting can beat training a model from scratch

Interview Commercial large language models' abilities to solve competitive programming problems can be significantly boosted by carefully guiding its processes through clever prompt engineering.…


What's going on with Eos, Nvidia's incredible shrinking supercomputer? - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 16:02:06 GMT)

It'll have 10K GPUs! No, 4,608! Err... 2,816?

Analysis Nvidia can't seem to make up its mind just how big its Eos supercomputer is.…


Chunks of deorbiting ESA satellite are expected to reach the ground - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 15:00:09 GMT)

Danger to humans? Less than '1 in 100 billion', says agency

ESA's ERS-2 satellite is heading back to Earth this week and some substantial fragments are likely to survive re-entry, although the chances of anyone being injured by a hunk of space junk are vanishingly small.…


ALPHV gang claims it's the attacker that broke into Prudential Financial, LoanDepot - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 14:02:26 GMT)

Ransomware group continues to exploit US regulatory requirements to its advantage

The ALPHV/BlackCat ransomware group is claiming responsibility for attacks on both Prudential Financial and LoanDepot, making a series of follow-on allegations against them.…


City of London ditches Oracle for SAP in search of ERP enlightenment - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:20:14 GMT)

Four years after first approaching market for new system, public body hopes to start working with SI

Updated The City of London is searching for a systems integrator to help it make the leap to the cloud after selecting SAP to replace a predominantly Oracle enterprise application portfolio.…


Virgin Media to stand up rival network operator to BT Openreach - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:04:21 GMT)

NetCo hoping to eat some of the pie by opening network plumbing to ISPs

UK telco Virgin Media is opening up its fixed line broadband networks to other internet service providers (ISPs) for the first time, setting up a rival national infrastructure provider to BT's Openreach in the process.…


OpenAI tries to trademark 'GPT'. US patent office says nope - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 11:33:06 GMT)

Plus: How you can set up your own AI chatbot on your device, and more

AI in brief The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected OpenAI's request to trademark "GPT," which stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer, the architecture powering its large language models.…


British businesses told: Compliance with EU AI law will satisfy UK guidance - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 10:30:11 GMT)

Keep calm and innovate or regulate before it's too late?

With the UK launching its guidance for governing AI development and deployment last week, legal experts are warning that most organizations will look to the proposed EU AI Act as a means of complying with both regimes.…


Space nukes: The unbelievably bad idea that's exactly that ... unbelievable - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 09:34:10 GMT)

Like the reality, the concept is blown up out of all proportion. So who launched it this time around?

Opinion Space nukes. You're kidding, right? Not if scary reports for last week are true, and Russia is indeed reviving some of the Cold War's more ominous ideas. What's more, Russian leadership is denying it all, and you know what those guys are like.…


Self-taught-techie slept on the datacenter floor, survived communism, ended a marriage - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 08:38:08 GMT)

This is what happens when you get promoted too fast, too soon

Who, Me? As the working week opens, The Register likes to help readers focus by offering a fresh edition of Who, Me, the weekly reader-contributed column in which readers share stories of the times they got it wrong.…


Google debuts first Android 15 developer preview without a single mention of AI - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 07:31:13 GMT)

Expect it to be stable in June, ready for release sometime after July

Google has delivered the first developer preview of Android 15.…


India effectively kills e-wallet used by over 300 million - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 06:32:12 GMT)

Paytm's merchant services will live on, but its main consumer product looks be toast

India's government has effectively killed an e-wallet service used by over 300 million people.…


Days after half a billion Asians went to the polls, Big Tech promises to counter 2024 election misinformation - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 05:28:14 GMT)

Google, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI and pals promise they'll try very hard to keep AI nasties off the 'net

Twenty prominent names in tech have signed an accord outlining their intentions to mitigate the use of their platforms to create or distribute AI-bolstered misinformation affecting elections, days after the world's fourth- and fifth-most populous nations – Indonesia and Pakistan – went to the polls.…


A visa to fill Australia's empty tech jobs is getting more expensive, but maybe better value - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 03:30:12 GMT)

Application process gets a massive overhaul

For decades, Australia has failed to train enough IT pros to satisfy local employers' needs. The nation's solution to the shortfall has involved issuing visas to skilled workers from offshore, under a process that's about to change in March.…


Feds post $15 million bounty for info on ALPHV/Blackcat ransomware crew - (pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2024 01:29:11 GMT)

ALSO: EncroChat crims still getting busted; ransomware takes down CO public defenders office; and crit vulns

infosec in brief The US government is offering bounties up to $15 million as a reward for anyone willing to help it take out the APLHV/Blackcat ransomware gang.…


India buys a third of the world's wearable devices - (pubDate>Sun, 18 Feb 2024 23:45:11 GMT)

PLUS: Australian Parliament calls for Assange release; Japan's H3 rocket soars; LINE leak worsens

Asia In Brief Around one in three of the world's wearable devices is bought by someone in India.…


Election security threats in 2024 range from AI to … anthrax? - (pubDate>Sun, 18 Feb 2024 16:27:08 GMT)

Unsettling reading as Presidents' Day approaches

In time for the long Presidents' Day weekend in the US there have been multiple warnings about what will undoubtedly be a challenging and potentially dangerous year for voting processes and government workers.…


How to weaponize LLMs to auto-hijack websites - (pubDate>Sat, 17 Feb 2024 11:39:12 GMT)

We speak to professor who with colleagues tooled up OpenAI's GPT-4 and other neural nets

AI models, the subject of ongoing safety concerns about harmful and biased output, pose a risk beyond content emission. When wedded with tools that enable automated interaction with other systems, they can act on their own as malicious agents.…


Google open sources file-identifying Magika AI for malware hunters and others - (pubDate>Sat, 17 Feb 2024 02:10:11 GMT)

Cool, but it's 2024 – needs more hype, hand wringing, and flashy staged demos to be proper ML

Google has open sourced Magika, an in-house machine-learning-powered file identifier, as part of its AI Cyber Defense Initiative, which aims to give IT network defenders and others better automated tools.…


FTC asks normal folks if they'd like AI impersonation scam protection, too - (pubDate>Fri, 16 Feb 2024 22:59:08 GMT)

Fakers face the wrath of Khan

The FTC is moving to make not only the fraudulent AI impersonation of government and business folk illegal but is also now asking the American public if they'd like some protection too. …


Dems are at it again, trying to break open black-box algorithms - (pubDate>Fri, 16 Feb 2024 22:35:15 GMT)

Opening up code used in criminal prosecutions for scrutiny? But where's the text-to-vid hype and doomsaying?

Democratic lawmakers once again have proposed legislation to ensure that the software source code used for criminal investigations can be examined and is subject to standardized testing by the government.…


Cutting-edge robot space surgeon makes first incision in Zero-G - (pubDate>Fri, 16 Feb 2024 22:02:10 GMT)

One giant leap for astronaut medicine

Updated The world's first remote-operated robot space surgeon has been successfully tested, the team behind the device said this week.…


Oxide reimagines private cloud as... a 3,000-pound blade server? - (pubDate>Fri, 16 Feb 2024 20:32:14 GMT)

Rackscale system can be had with up to 2,048 cores, 32TB of RAM, and nearly a petabyte of flash

Analysis Over the past few years we've seen a number of OEMs, including Dell, HPE, and others trying to make on-prem datacenters look and feel more like the public cloud.…

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