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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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LLMs can write and answer quizzes – but aren't quite ready to disrupt trivia night - (pubDate>Wed, 29 May 2024 11:14:11 GMT)

Feed AutoQuizzer a URL and it will use LLaMa-3 to make a decent multiple-choice test

A developer has put large language models (LLMs) to the test, literally, by creating AutoQuizzer – a tool that creates quizzes from text on web pages.…


Fancy climbing the peaks of Alpine Linux? 3.20 is out - (pubDate>Wed, 29 May 2024 10:32:12 GMT)

Tiny, powerful, uncluttered: not easy, but a lot to like

Alpine Linux 3.20.0 is out, with initial support for a whole new CPU architecture: RISC-V.…


Using AI in science can add to reproducibility woes, say boffins - (pubDate>Wed, 29 May 2024 09:33:07 GMT)

Royal Society warns black box models, a lack of documentation, and limited access to computing hamper efforts to understand results

Using AI in science promises to add to problems in reproducing important results, the UK's highly prestigious Royal Society has warned.…


<i>The Reg</i> builds official Lego Artemis and Milky Way sets - (pubDate>Wed, 29 May 2024 08:30:07 GMT)

Raking a talon through piles of plastic parts in search of holiday fun

Hands-On Lego has added plastic brick representations of NASA's Space Launch System and the Milky Way Galaxy to its range. We had a go at building both to see if they merit a holiday investment.…


MIT professor hoses down predictions AI will put a rocket under the economy - (pubDate>Wed, 29 May 2024 07:28:14 GMT)

It's easier to foresee growing inequality than surging growth

Artificial intelligence (AI) may not do much to boost productivity – and could end up widening the income gap between owners of capital and workers.…


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries bets big on small turbines for datacenters - (pubDate>Wed, 29 May 2024 06:33:14 GMT)

Another endorsement for the theory that on-prem power generation trumps tapping the grid

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – Earth's largest source of electricity-generating gas turbines – has tied its future growth to surging demand for datacenters spurred by adoption of AI and new semiconductor plants.…


Tencent, Microsoft link app stores in China - (pubDate>Wed, 29 May 2024 05:15:06 GMT)

Intel joins in with plans for better PC-Android integration

Tencent and Microsoft have struck a deal that will see the Chinese gaming giant's Android wares available on the Microsoft Store, and playable on Windows PCs.…


China shows off machine-gun-toting robot dog and its AI-powered puppy - (pubDate>Wed, 29 May 2024 02:46:11 GMT)

Training exercises test suitability for both reconnaissance and lethal kinetic action

China has shown off a pair of robot dogs – one of them toting a machine gun and the other powered by AI.…


Google’s in-house docs about search ranking leak online, sparking SEO frenzy - (pubDate>Wed, 29 May 2024 01:31:14 GMT)

GitHub trove details API features that 'contradict' Big G’s public statements about how its engine works

A trove of documents that appear to describe how Google ranks search results has appeared online, likely as the result of accidental publication by an in-house bot.…


2.8M US folks learn their personal info was swiped months ago in Sav-Rx IT heist - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 22:20:13 GMT)

Theft happened in October, only now are details coming to light

Sav-Rx has started notifying about 2.8 million people that their personal information was likely stolen during an IT intrusion that happened more than seven months ago.…


Not even Chromebooks can escape AI PC craze: Google to inject Plus laptops with LLM juice - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 21:50:39 GMT)

New models will come with a year of Gemini Advanced, too

Not to be outdone by the shiny new AI PCs Microsoft showed off last week at its Build conference, Google on Tuesday said various generative AI features will be rolling out to Chromebook Plus laptops over the next few weeks.…


PayPal is planning an ad network built off your purchase history - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 20:15:12 GMT)

You are the product, after all

PayPal will use data from billions of customer transactions to supercharge its nascent ad business.…


Infineon promises 12kW PSUs for next generation of power-hungry AI servers - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 19:30:05 GMT)

How else are you going to feed all those 1,000-plus watt GPUs?

Not long ago an entire rack of systems might consume 10kW or less of power. Today, that's barely enough to run a single GPU server, and those systems are only expected to get hotter and greedier for power amid the AI boom.…


BreachForums returns just weeks after FBI-led takedown - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 18:45:10 GMT)

Website whack-a-mole getting worse

BreachForums is back online just weeks after the notorious dark-web marketplace for stolen data was seized by law enforcement.…


EU probes Telegram, because size matters for regulators - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 18:15:10 GMT)

Russian info slinger could be on the hook for posting disinformation

The European Union is reportedly looking into messaging app Telegram, and whether it has more users than the platform lets on.…


T-Mobile to buy US Cellular's wireless ops, plus slice of spectrum for $4.4B - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 17:32:13 GMT)

You keep the towers, we'll bag the customer list, says T-Mo

T-Mobile US says it will buy US Cellular's wireless business and 30 percent of its spectrum assets for $4.4 billion.…


SpiderOak One customers threaten to jump ship following datacenter upgrade - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 16:45:11 GMT)

One tricky cluster is causing outrage among longstanding customers

Over a month after an April datacenter upgrade coincided with problems with some of its customers' backups, secure storage biz SpiderOak still isn't fully operational, and some angry users say they're ready to cut ties.…


OpenAI sets up safety group in wake of high-profile exits - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 16:00:13 GMT)

AI biz forms Safety and Security Committee to succeed Superalignment team as it trains latest GPT model

OpenAI has created a new safety group as it works on the successor to GPT-4 while grappling with the recent departure of high-profile members who criticized its commercial intent.…


NASA, Boeing opt to fly leaky thruster as-is for first crewed Starliner CST-100 mission - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 15:15:14 GMT)

Will Boeing's Padstayer become Padleaver on June 1?

NASA and Boeing have set another date – June 1 – for the first crewed launch of the Starliner CST-100, a capsule more noted for its reluctance to leave the ground than for its commercial crew capability.…


Microsoft's Recall preview doesn't need a Copilot+ PC to run - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 14:30:08 GMT)

Just because you could doesn't mean you should

Windows Recall has been coaxed into life on a computer lacking the AI hardware shown off by Microsoft at its recent unveiling event.…


Nvidia said to be prepping AI PC chip with Arm and Blackwell cores - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 14:00:11 GMT)

Rivalry in Windows on Arm space would intensify once GPU giant enters the fray

Competition could be heating up in the Windows on Arm space amid talk in the industry that Nvidia is readying a chip pairing next-gen Arm cores with its Blackwell GPU architecture.…


Auction house Christie’s confirms criminals stole some client data - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 13:30:15 GMT)

Centuries-old institution dodges questions on how it happened as ransomware gang claims credit

International auctioning giant Christie's has confirmed data was stolen during an online attack after a top-three ransomware group claimed credit.…


Will Windows drive a PC refresh? Everyone's talking about AI - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 13:00:08 GMT)

As Lenovo says it'll cram hybrid AI into multiple devices, CIOs and analysts remain unconvinced

Morgan Stanley is betting AI PCs will drive the next wave of commercial fleet refreshes after Microsoft made public its line-up at Build, and is forecasting the machines will comprise 65 percent of total sales by 2028.…


Elon Musk's xAI scores $6B in its series B funding round - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 12:30:06 GMT)

Investors continue to buy into the AI hype

Elon Musk's xAI has announced a series B funding round of $6 billion that takes the company to a valuation of $24 billion, according to the billionaire.…


Parliamentarians urge next UK govt to consider ban on smartphones for under-16s - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 11:30:24 GMT)

Digital age of consent at 13 not even enforced, committee finds

A committee of MPs has urged the next government to consider a total ban on smartphones for under-16s in the UK.…


We polled thousands of IT pros – and sustainability just ain't a priority right now - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 10:29:08 GMT)

The planet can wait, pal, we've got other problems

Survey results While Big Tech wrings its hands about things like greenhouse gas emissions, IT teams out in the trenches aren't nearly as concerned about the eco-sustainability of their infrastructure.…


AWS leads UK cloud market while Microsoft dominates growth and new customers - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 09:31:08 GMT)

And guess who has highest margins? Some interesting findings from fresh market watchdog report

Microsoft is achieving the highest margins while at the same time achieving the strongest growth in the UK cloud market, according to a working paper from the competition watchdog.…


Take two APIs and call me in the morning: How healthcare research can cure cyber crime - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 08:30:10 GMT)

In evolving smarter security, open source is the missing link

Opinion Some ideas work better than others. Take DARPA, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Launched by US President Dwight Eisenhower in 1957 response to Sputnik, its job is to create and test concepts that may be useful in thwarting enemies. Along the way, it's helped make happen GPS, weather satellites, PC technology, and something called the internet.…


By 2030, software developers will be using AI to cut their workload 'in half' - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 07:18:13 GMT)

Prepare for the HyperAssistant of the future, maybe

Half a decade hence, software development will be transformed by AI assistance, argue four academics from the University of Lugano in Switzerland.…


Alibaba Cloud built its edge network hardware on Intel Ethernet ASICs - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 06:31:10 GMT)

Custom 2U boxen with Tofino inside are in production and mean Chinese cloud has more space for servers

Alibaba Cloud has revealed the hardware design it uses to run networking at its edge locations, and those devices’ reliance on Intel Tofino ASICs.…


Indonesia's president orders government to stop developing new applications - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 04:58:13 GMT)

Nation of 17,000 islands operates 27,000 bits of software

Indonesian president Joko Widodo on Monday ordered government officials to stop developing new applications.…


China creates $47B chiptech investment fund - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 01:28:06 GMT)

Third 'Big Fund' is close to the level of US and EU subsidy programs

China has allocated a big pool of money, hoping to spur domestic semiconductor development.…


South Korea targets Moon and Mars landings after launching unified space agency - (pubDate>Tue, 28 May 2024 00:26:13 GMT)

Meanwhile, North Korea's latest rocket fails

South Korea launched its first unified space agency on Monday, when the Korea AeroSpace Administration (KASA) took flight in the city of Sacheon.…


How's Uncle Sam getting on with Biden's AI exec order? Pretty good, we're told - (pubDate>Mon, 27 May 2024 16:56:07 GMT)

Former Pentagon deputy CIO Rob Carey tells us guardrails should steer Feds away from bad ML

Interview President Biden's October executive order encouraging the safe use of AI included a ton of requirements for federal government agencies that are developing and deploying machine learning technologies.…


Venerable ICQ messaging service to end operations in June - (pubDate>Mon, 27 May 2024 11:30:10 GMT)

Suggested heir is Putin-approved and hard to download outside Russia

Venerable instant messaging service ICQ has announced it will shut down for good in June.…


A thump with the pointy end of a screwdriver will fix this server! What could possibly go wrong? - (pubDate>Mon, 27 May 2024 07:30:07 GMT)

No, nothing’s broken. I’m just working under this desk for … reasons

Who, Me? As a fresh working week commences, The Register understands that many readers may feel like giving the kit they tend to a good thump. Which is why each week we offer a fresh and hopefully cathartic instalment of Who, Me? so you can take heart from fellow readers' tales of tech support agonies rather than letting irritation overwhelm you and create your own.…


Google goes shopping for Indian e-commerce dominance … at Walmart - (pubDate>Mon, 27 May 2024 05:31:06 GMT)

Invests $350 million in Flipkart

Google has invested in Walmart's Indian e-commerce operation Flipkart, which holds almost half of the market for e-commerce on the subcontinent.…


Tape is so dead, 152.9 EB of LTO media shipped last year - (pubDate>Mon, 27 May 2024 04:32:12 GMT)

Blame AI. No, seriously

Tape – as a digital storage medium – has been considered dead for your correspondent's entire 29-year career. But that didn't stop manufacturers behind the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) standard shipping 152.9* exabytes worth of the stuff last year.…


Bayer and 12 other major drug companies caught up in Cencora data loss - (pubDate>Mon, 27 May 2024 02:59:12 GMT)

Plus: US water systems fail at cyber security

Infosec in brief More than a dozen big pharmaceutical suppliers have begun notifying people that their medical records were stolen when US drug wholesaler Cencora was breached in February.…


Samsung disputes report Nvidia isn't happy with its HBM quality - (pubDate>Mon, 27 May 2024 00:30:10 GMT)

PLUS: Indian TV channel adopts 24x7 AI anchors; Google building first Africa-Australia sub cable; Singtel's strategy reset; and more

Asia In Brief Samsung has disputed a report which claimed its high-bandwidth memory products are not performing to Nvidia's satisfaction.…


Bored students can now enjoy Sonic 2 on TI-84 Plus CE calculators, thanks to port - (pubDate>Sun, 26 May 2024 09:56:08 GMT)

Blast (processing) from the past

Retro interview Just a few weeks ago, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was ported to the TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.…


Was there no one at Microsoft who looked at Recall and said: This really, really sucks - (pubDate>Sat, 25 May 2024 09:21:06 GMT)

Our vultures weigh in on the week that was more 'what we Built' than 'what you can Build'

Kettle Microsoft held its annual Build developer conference this week with that bizarre Copilot+ PC launch tacked on the side.…


Man behind deepfake Biden robocall indicted on felony charges, faces $6M fine - (pubDate>Fri, 24 May 2024 23:21:14 GMT)

FCC wants to hit this political genius with first-of-a-kind punishment

The political consultant who admitted paying $150 to create a deepfake anti-Biden robocall has been indicted on charges of felony voter suppression and misdemeanor impersonation of a candidate.…


Best Buy and Geek Squad were most impersonated orgs by scammers in 2023 - (pubDate>Fri, 24 May 2024 22:23:12 GMT)

But criminals posing as Microsoft workers scored the most ill-gotten gains

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has shared data on the most impersonated companies in 2023, which include Best Buy, Amazon, and PayPal in the top three.…


Nvidia faces local competition for its 'China special' GPUs - (pubDate>Fri, 24 May 2024 21:29:11 GMT)

Which rival would be so bold as to snatch its business Huawei?

Nvidia has cut the price of special GPUs it makes for the Chinese market in the face of local competition from Huawei.…


Suspected supply chain attack backdoors courtroom recording software - (pubDate>Fri, 24 May 2024 20:29:11 GMT)

An open and shut case, but the perps remain at large – whoever they are

Justice is served… or should that be saved now that audio-visual software deployed in more than 10,000 courtrooms is once again secure after researchers uncovered evidence that it had been backdoored for weeks.…


4 more years! Intelsat, Northrop Grumman extend satellite servicing contract - (pubDate>Fri, 24 May 2024 19:35:07 GMT)

Mission Extension Vehicle to fuel up helpless but functional sats

Northrop Grumman has signed a four-year contract renewal with Intelsat to continue providing on-orbit extension services for satellites.…


Ubuntu 24.04 upgrades available – to Mantic users - (pubDate>Fri, 24 May 2024 18:43:06 GMT)

Enjoy some Noble Numbat novelty now – but excluding GNOME 46.1

It comes a bit later than usual, but if you are running Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur, you should start seeing prompts to upgrade to the new release.…


Elon Musk says he doesn’t want 100% tariff on China-made electric vehicles - (pubDate>Fri, 24 May 2024 17:25:12 GMT)

Tesla CEO would have preferred no tariffs, even though they’re beneficial to his company

Tesla supremo Elon Musk is criticizing the import tax that the Biden administration has levied against Chinese electric vehicles, saying Tesla doesn't need them.…


OpenAI tells employees it won't claw back their vested equity - (pubDate>Fri, 24 May 2024 16:34:12 GMT)

ChatGPT? Write me a really horrid nondisparagement exit clause

OpenAI has told former and current staff that it won't enforce nondisparagement agreements that could have cost employees dearly.…

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