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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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Lightweight LXQt 2.0.0 updates to same toolkit as KDE Plasma 6 - (pubDate>Sat, 20 Apr 2024 12:28:05 GMT)

4-letter survivor's move to Qt 6 means that, love it or hate it, Wayland is looming

Version 2.0 of the LXQt desktop updates its foundations to Qt 6, as also used in KDE Plasma 6 – but still has one foot in the Qt 5 past, to ease the transition.…


Tesla Cybertruck turns into world's most expensive brick after car wash - (pubDate>Sat, 20 Apr 2024 11:28:05 GMT)

Bulletproof? Is it waterproof? Ts&Cs say: 'Failure to put Cybertruck in Car Wash Mode may result in damage'

The perils of turning cars into computers were laid bare by a hapless Cybertruck owner who claimed his ride was rendered an $80,000 "paperweight" by something as benign as a wash.…


A knotty problem: Boffins working on fuel-efficient trajectories for space travel - (pubDate>Sat, 20 Apr 2024 09:29:13 GMT)

Not yet the London Underground style efficient schematic we want, but it's a start

Boffins at the UK's Surrey Space Centre have devised a way of determining the optimal route for spacecraft that doesn't require the engines to burn precious fuel.…


Google squashes AI teams together in push for fresh models - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 23:57:09 GMT)

You can leave your personal vendettas at home – we have work to do, Pichai warns

Google is consolidating the various teams working on generative AI under the DeepMind team in a bid to accelerate development of more capable systems.…


SpaceX, Northrop Grumman reportedly working on US spy sat program - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 22:15:14 GMT)

LEO rising in US military: Close encounters of the recon kind

SpaceX is understood to be working with aerospace and defense biz Northrop Grumman on a spy satellite program that provides the US military with improved intelligence imagery.…


Sacramento airport goes no-fly after AT&T internet cable snipped - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 20:30:11 GMT)

Police say this appears to be a 'deliberate act.'

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) suffered hours of flight delays yesterday after what appears to be an intentional cutting of an AT&T internet cable serving the facility.…


NASA solar sail to be Siriusly visible in orbit from Earth - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 19:00:10 GMT)

Look out for a new star next week

NASA is to send a solar sail demonstrator into orbit next week, and there is a good chance that the sail, measuring 860 square feet (80 square meters), will be visible from Earth.…


Qt Ubuntu 24.04 betas show that there's room to innovate - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 17:29:10 GMT)

Hot on the heels of Ubuntu Noble beta come the betas of the Qt-based remixes, with some interesting differences

The beta versions of Lubuntu and Kubuntu 24.04 are out, showing that there's room to improve on the standard Ubuntu formula.…


AI energy draw from Chicago datacenters to rise ninefold - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 16:00:09 GMT)

No wonder industry is exploring nuclear as an alternative to electricity

US energy provider Exelon has calculated that power demand from datacenters in the Chicago area is set to increase ninefold, in more evidence that AI adoption is will put further strain electricity supplies.…


WhatsApp, Threads, more banished from Apple App Store in China - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 14:30:09 GMT)

Still available in Hong Kong and Macau, for now

Apple has removed four apps from its China-regional app store, including Meta's WhatsApp and Threads, after it was ordered to do so by Beijing for security reasons.…


Unintended acceleration leads to recall of every Cybertruck produced so far - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 13:55:08 GMT)

That isn't what Tesla meant by Full Self-Driving

Tesla has issued a recall notice for every single Cybertruck it has produced thus far, a sum of 3,878 vehicles.…


A quarter of 5-7 year olds now use smartphones, says regulator - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 12:00:07 GMT)

Social media use and gaming show steep increases within the age group, after UK comms watchdog given new powers

The UK's telecoms regulator has found that nearly a quarter of children between the ages of five and seven own a smartphone while a similar percentage use social media unsupervised.…


Cybercriminals threaten to leak all 5 million records from stolen database of high-risk individuals - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 11:28:46 GMT)

It’s the second time the World-Check list has fallen into the wrong hands

The World-Check database used by businesses to verify the trustworthiness of users has fallen into the hands of cybercriminals.…


Germany cuffs alleged Russian spies over plot to bomb industrial and military targets - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 10:15:09 GMT)

Apparently an attempt to damage Ukraine's war effort

Bavarian state police have arrested two German-Russian citizens on suspicion of being Russian spies and planning to bomb industrial and military facilities that participate in efforts to assist Ukraine defend itself against Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion.…


Wing Commander III changed how the copy hotkey works in Windows 95 - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 09:30:08 GMT)

No, boss, I'm not just playing a game. I'm testing compatibility. Honest

It is almost 30 years since Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger was released. In addition to allowing users to kick some Kilrathi ass, the game also played an important role in testing Windows 95.…


Some smart meters won't be smart at all once 2/3G networks mothballed - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 08:30:10 GMT)

UK reckoning with prospect of millions of homes with obsolete hardware

Months after being quizzed by a committee of cross-party MPs, the UK government is still failing to clarify ways to support the substitution of millions of smart meters that will become obsolete when 2G and 3G networks are switched off.…


Your trainee just took down our business and has no idea how or why - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 07:30:12 GMT)

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall in the debrief meeting

On Call Welcome once more to On Call, The Register's Friday foray into tech support memories contributed by you, our much-appreciated readers.…


UK unions publish AI bill to protect workers from 'risks and harms' of tech - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 06:29:10 GMT)

TUC questions government's approach so far

A UK federation of trades unions has published a bill designed to protect workers from “the risks and harms” of AI-powered decision-making in the workplace.…


Huawei's latest flagship smartphone contains no world-shaking silicon surprises - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 06:01:58 GMT)

Kirin 9010 SoC powering the Pura 70 is impressive, but doesn't indicate unforeseen prowess

When Huawei debuted its Mate 60 smartphone in mid-2023, it turned heads around the world after teardown artists found it contained a system-on-chip manufactured by Chinese chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) using a 7nm process.…


Oracle scores big win with Fujitsu Japan for its Alloy partner cloud - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 04:50:16 GMT)

But Big Red's $8 billion investment plan may not be all it seems

Oracle has had a big win in Japan that could turn into something enormous, and also revealed plans to score more success in the land of the rising sun.…


Meta lets Llama 3 LLM out to graze, claims it can give Google and Anthropic a kicking - (pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2024 00:57:14 GMT)

Plans multilingual 400 billion parameter version, but starts with more modest fare

Meta has unleashed its latest large language model (LLM) – named Llama 3 – and claims it will challenge much larger models from the likes of Google, Mistral, and Anthropic.…


US Air Force says AI-controlled F-16 fighter jet has been dogfighting with humans - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 23:45:05 GMT)

Robo-plane was made to restrain itself so as not to harm pilot or airframe

Video The US Air Force Test Pilot School and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) claim to have achieved a breakthrough in machine learning by demonstrating that AI software can fly a modified F-16 fighter jet in a dogfight against human pilots.…


Ransomware feared as IT 'issues' force Octapharma Plasma to close 150+ centers - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 22:27:09 GMT)

Source blames BlackSuit infection – as separately ISP Frontier confirms cyberattack

Updated Octapharma Plasma has blamed IT "network issues" for the ongoing closure of its 150-plus centers across the US. It's feared a ransomware infection may be the root cause of the medical firm's ailment.…


Crooks exploit OpenMetadata holes to mine crypto – and leave a sob story for victims - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:53:47 GMT)

'I want to buy a car. That's all'

Crooks are exploiting month-old OpenMetadata vulnerabilities in Kubernetes environments to mine cryptocurrency using victims' resources, according to Microsoft.…


Stability AI decimates staff just weeks after CEO's exit - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 20:52:05 GMT)

More like Instability AI, right kids?

Stability AI is laying off staff in its search of steadier footing following the sudden departure of its CEO late last month.…


IBM accused of cheating its own executive assistants out of overtime pay - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 20:25:39 GMT)

Big Blue bosses retaliate against those seeking overtime, lawsuit claims

IBM has been accused of cheating its executive assistants by denying them overtime pay and meal breaks and retaliating against them for accurately reporting their working hours.…


Google fires 28 staff after sit-in protest against Israeli cloud deal ends in arrests - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 19:16:11 GMT)

Alphabet Workers Union says bosses refuse to listen to concerns

Google has fired more than two dozen employees after they staged sit-ins at the web giant's offices in protest of its cloud contract with the Israeli government. …


Feds hit coding boot camp with big fine for allegedly conning students - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 18:34:13 GMT)

Do not pass go, do not collect $200, says government agency

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has slapped coding boot camp BloomTech with several punishments for alleged deceptive business practices.…


Microsoft aims to triple datacenter capacity to fuel AI boom - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 18:15:11 GMT)

And it's far from the only hyperscaler getting in on the act

Microsoft is looking to significantly expand datacenter space to service expected AI demand, tripling the rate at which it adds capacity early in its next financial year. Other hyperscalers appear to be following suit.…


House passes bill banning Uncle Sam from snooping on citizens via data brokers - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 17:29:08 GMT)

Vote met strong opposition from Biden's office

A draft law to restrict the US government's ability to procure data on citizens through data brokers will progress to the Senate after being passed in the House of Representatives.…


October 2025 will be a support massacre for a bunch of Microsoft products - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 16:45:14 GMT)

Not just Windows 10. Don't forget about Exchange Server, Skype for Business, and all those Office installations

Windows 10 isn't the only Microsoft product due for the chop next year – end of support also beckons for Office 2016, 2019, and a swathe of productivity servers.…


Fraudsters abused Apple Stores' third-party pickup policy to phish for profits - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 16:00:08 GMT)

Scam prevalent across Korea and Japan actually had some winners

Black Hat Asia Speaking at the Black Hat Asia conference on Thursday, a Korean researcher revealed how the discovery of a phishing operation led to the exposure of a criminal operation that used stolen credit cards and second-hand stores to make money by abusing Apple Stores’ practice of letting third parties pick up purchases.…


911 goes MIA across multiple US states, cause unclear - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 15:31:49 GMT)

Some say various cell services were out, others still say landlines were affected. What just happened?

Updated Widespread 911 outages in the United States appear to have mostly been resolved, though that doesn't mean the cause is clear.…


TSMC expects customers to pay more for chips fabbed overseas - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 15:00:08 GMT)

It'll be pricier, but there are geopolitical benefits, says CEO

TSMC boss C C Wei says customers who want to fabricate in the chip giant's non-Taiwan facilities will need share the cost by paying more.…


NASA will send astronauts to patch up leaky ISS telescope - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 14:30:10 GMT)

Thermal shield damage is screwing with daytime observations of X-ray bursts

NASA is sending astronauts out to fix an X-ray telescope on the International Space Station (ISS) after the instrument developed a "light leak."…


185K people's sensitive data in the pits after ransomware raid on Cherry Health - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 14:00:15 GMT)

Extent of information seized will be a concern for those affected

Ransomware strikes at yet another US healthcare organization led to the theft of sensitive data belonging to just shy of 185,000 people.…


Microsoft claims it didn't mean to inject Copilot into Windows Server 2022 this week - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 13:30:58 GMT)

AI assistant turns up via Edge update. It was an accident. This time...

Microsoft's Copilot obsession has continued with the AI assistant unexpectedly arriving on Windows Server 2022 this week, in a situation the software giant is calling an "incorrect install."…


Micron scores $6.1B CHIPS Act cash for New York and Idaho fabs - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 13:02:20 GMT)

Memorymaker to park mega plant in Syracuse, says senator

Memory chipmaker Micron looks set to be the next recipient of US government subsidy cash with $6.1 billion heading its way to help fund new-build semiconductor plants.…


Google laying off staff again and moving some roles to 'hubs,' freeing up cash for AI investments - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 12:30:10 GMT)

Restructure of finance teams will see some leave, and other roles created in Mexico City, Bangalore, and US cities

Google is again firing the redundancy cannon for the second time this year, with a restructure being pushed through and teams in the finance and real estate units of the business understood to be impacted.…


EU tells Meta it can't paywall privacy - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 12:19:19 GMT)

Platforms should not confront users with 'binary choice' over personal data use

The EU's Data Protection Board (EDPB) has told large online platforms they should not offer users a binary choice between paying for a service and consenting to their personal data being used to provide targeted advertising.…


Novelty flip phone strips out almost every feature possible to be as boring as possible - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 11:00:13 GMT)

Only good for calls and texts pretty much, and that's no mistake

Those who find modern smartphones too distracting from real life might be interested in the Boring Phone (no relation to the smartphone of the same name), a novelty flip phone based on HMD's Nokia 2660 Flip.…


Prolific phishing-made-easy emporium LabHost knocked offline in cyber-cop op - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 10:15:10 GMT)

Police emit Spotify Wrapped-style videos to let crims know they're being hunted

Feature Cops have brought down a dark-web souk that provided cyber criminals with convincing copies of trusted brands' websites for use in phishing campaigns.…


Debian spices up APT package manager with a dash of color, squishes ancient bug - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 09:31:13 GMT)

2.9 gives a taste of what's to come

Major updates to Debian's Advanced Packaging Tool don't come along very often, but APT 2.9 is here with a significant facelift.…


AI PCs are here but a killer application for biz users? Nope - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 08:32:07 GMT)

Resist the pressure to jump on the bandwagon just yet warns, warns Forrester

Forrester Research says that although 50 models of AI PCs are already on sale today there remains "no killer app" that would make any of them an essential tool for business users.…


Valkey publishes release candidate and attracts new backer - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 07:45:06 GMT)

Open source Redis alternative gathers momentum

Valkey, the value-key database pitched as an open source alternative to Redis, has acquired new backers and announced its first release candidate.…


Cisco creates architecture to improve security and sell you new switches - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 07:01:10 GMT)

Hypershield detects bad behavior and automagically reconfigures networks to snuff out threats

Cisco has developed a product called Hypershield that it thinks represents a new way to do network security.…


Europe gives TikTok 24 hours to explain 'addictive and toxic' new app - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 06:29:12 GMT)

Commissioner Thierry Breton likens click-to-earn version to cigarettes

The European Commission on Wednesday gave TikTok 24 hours to explain the risk assessment procedures it used before launching a version of the made-in-China app that rewards users for using it in certain ways.…


Singapore infosec boss warns China/West tech split will be bad for interoperability - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 05:32:06 GMT)

When you decide not to trust a big chunk of the supply chain, tech (and trade) get harder

One of the biggest challenges Singapore faces is the potential for a split between tech stacks developed and used by China and the West, according to the island nation's Cyber Security Administration (CSA) chief executive David Koh.…


Mars helicopter sends final message, but will keep collecting data - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 04:30:36 GMT)

One last software update installed safely, reconfigured it as 'stationary testbed'

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter concluded its mission on Tuesday, sending a final signal in its role as a companion to the Perseverance Rover.…


Taiwanese film studio snaps up Chinese surveillance camera specialist Dahua - (pubDate>Thu, 18 Apr 2024 03:30:13 GMT)

Stymied by sanctions, it had to go … but where?

Chinese surveillance camera manufacturer Zhejiang Dahua Technology, which has found itself on the USA’s entity list of banned orgs, has fully sold off its stateside subsidiary for $15 million to Taiwan's Central Motion Picture Corporation, according to the firm's annual report released on Monday.…

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