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Updated: 09:37 Tue, Jun 25 2024. (fresh!)

Humanity's satellite habit could end up choking Earth's ozone layer - (pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2024 08:35:08 GMT)

Just when you think we've solved chlorofluorocarbons

Large numbers of low Earth orbit satellites such as those operated by Starlink could pose a threat to the planet's ozone layer once they re-enter the atmosphere, according to recent research.…


South Korean lithium battery plant takes at least 23 lives - (pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2024 07:57:10 GMT)

National Fire Agency responds with inspection of 213 battery-related workplaces

A fire at a lithium battery manufacturing plant in Hwaseong, South Korea on Monday killed at least 23 people and injured eight others.…


Ooredoo to splash Nvidia GPUs across the Middle East - (pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2024 07:26:14 GMT)

Qatari telco reckons deal will give it an 18–24 month lead in region

Amid US restrictions curbing the export of certain high-end AI accelerators to much of the Middle East, Silicon Valley's Nvidia has reached an agreement to furnish Qatari telecom Ooredoo's datacenters with "thousands" of GPUs.…


Airbn-bye: Barcelona bans short-term apartment rentals for tourists - (pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2024 06:28:16 GMT)

Spanish sublet shock solution to housing crisis

Tourists in the Spanish city of Barcelona will have fewer lodging options come 2028, as the city has decided to evict operators of short-term apartment rentals. …


Alibaba Cloud unleashes thousands of Chinese AI models to the world - (pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2024 05:26:10 GMT)

Like Bedrock or Azure OpenAI Studio – but with the added fun of geopolitical risk

Alibaba Cloud has created an English language version of Modelscope, its models-as-service offering.…


Julian Assange to go free in guilty plea deal with US - (pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2024 00:19:35 GMT)

WikiLeaks boss already out of Blighty and, if all goes to plan, ultimately off to home in Australia

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been freed from prison in the UK after agreeing to plead guilty to just one count of conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information, brought against him by the United States. Uncle Sam previously filed more than a dozen counts.…


America's best chance for nationwide privacy law could do more harm than good - (pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2024 00:02:11 GMT)

'Congress has effectively gutted it as part of a backroom deal'

Analysis Introduced in April, the American Privacy Rights Act (APRA) was - in the words of its drafters - "the best opportunity we’ve had in decades to establish a national data privacy and security standard that gives people the right to control their personal information."…


Record labels gang up to sue AI music generator duo into utter oblivion - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 21:43:14 GMT)

Recording Industry Ass. of America orchestrates war on Udio and Suno

Updated Big name record labels are together suing two AI startups for allegedly training their music-generating models on copyrighted tracks without permission, resulting in the software emitting audio that rips off commercial work.…


Ollama drama as 'easy-to-exploit' critical flaw found in open source AI server - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 20:34:08 GMT)

About a thousand vulnerable instances still exposed online, we're told

A now-patched vulnerability in Ollama – a popular open source project for running LLMs – can lead to remote code execution, according to flaw finders who warned that upwards of 1,000 vulnerable instances remain exposed to the internet.…


Y Combinator, startups funnily enough aren't fans of draft California AI safety law - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 19:45:08 GMT)

Same old whinging: We can't change the world if you ask us to do it openly

Venture capitalist Y Combinator and more than 140 machine-learning startups have signed an open letter in opposition to a proposed hot-button AI safety law making its way through the California legislature.…


Mozilla is trying to push me out because I have cancer, CPO says in bombshell lawsuit - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 19:16:06 GMT)

Steve Teixeira, said to be CEO-in-waiting, now sues Firefox maker for discrimination, retaliation

Mozilla Corporation was sued this month in the US, along with three of its executives, for alleged disability discrimination and retaliation against Chief Product Officer Steve Teixeira.…


Indonesian government datacenter locked down in $8M ransomware rumble - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 18:45:10 GMT)

Variant of Lockbit 3.0 said to be weapon of choice for attack

The Indonesian government has admitted its national datacenter was hit by ransomware criminals, disrupting some of the country's services.…


Car dealers stuck in the slow lane after cyber woes at software biz CDK - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 18:02:13 GMT)

More customers self-reporting to SEC as disruption carries into second week

The number of US companies filing Form 8-Ks with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and referencing embattled car dealership software biz CDK is mounting.…


NASA ought to pay up after space debris punched a hole in my roof, homeowner says - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 17:16:07 GMT)

Otero family sues Uncle Sam for $80K+ to make everything right

A Florida homeowner has sued NASA for more than $80,000 in compensation after debris from the International Space Station smashed a hole in his roof.…


Microsoft's latest Surface devices almost as easy to fix as they are to break - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 16:32:14 GMT)

iFixit hands out provisional 8 out of 10 for hardware designed with repairs in mind

Microsoft has received a thumbs-up from iFixit, with a provisional 8 out of 10 for repairability on its latest Surface Pro and Laptop devices.…


China and the EU agree to consultations over EV anti-subsidy investigation - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 15:45:07 GMT)

Tit for tat spat could be avoided

China and the European Commission are to launch consultations on the European Union anti-subsidy investigation into Chinese electric vehicles (EVs).…


Linux geeks cheer as Arm wrestles x86 - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 15:01:07 GMT)

AlmaLinux and upstream kernel support for Raspberry Pi 5, plus a forthcoming high-performance Arm64 Tuxedo laptop

Encouraging noises are coming from multiple directions around Linux support for both current and next-generation Arm64 kit.…


'Mirai-like' botnet observed attacking EOL Zyxel NAS devices - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 14:39:08 GMT)

Seems like as good a time as any to upgrade older hardware

There are early indications of active attacks targeting end-of-life Zyxel NAS boxes just a few weeks after details of three critical vulnerabilities were made public.…


Starliner to remain docked to the ISS into July – with no new departure date - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 14:01:05 GMT)

If it's Boeing, it isn't going joke gets a bit real for 'nauts

Boeing's Starliner will remain docked at the International Space Station (ISS) for a while longer as engineers analyze data from the vehicle's propulsion system.…


Europe accuses Apple of preventing devs from telling users about world outside - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 13:30:12 GMT)

Plus: Commission launches new probe into iPhone maker's efforts to work with new laws

The European Commission has published preliminary findings that accuse Apple of breaching the Digital Markets Act (DMA) by preventing developers from telling customers about options outside the App Store.…


Britain's Ministry of Defence accused of wasting £174M on 'external advice' - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 12:50:06 GMT)

Morpheus comms system online by 2025? You must be dreaming

The UK government has been accused of blowing £174 million ($220 million) on "external advice" for a new radio system for the armed forces that has been beset by delays and cancelled contracts.…


HPE GreenLake sales on the rise as branding tweaks include more lines - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 11:15:08 GMT)

The strategy has changed so much that previously poor channel numbers don't count, we're told

HPE's GreenLake strategy has changed so completely that the company said it's impossible to compare poor channel sales numbers just three years ago to the modern GreenLake era.…


Levi's and more affected in pants-dropping week of data breaches - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 10:34:14 GMT)

A busy few days for security teams

There were data breaches galore in the US last week with various major incidents reported to state attorneys general, some in good time, some not.…


It's desktop refresh season in the land of the Windowsalikes - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 09:32:09 GMT)

Those with curious disposition spoilt for choice as KDE 6.1, Cinnamon 6.2, and IceWM 3.5 all arrive

New versions of two of the most popular "traditional" desktops are out, alongside a new release of one of the oldest and smallest.…


Meta, Microsoft SQL Server make strange bedfellows on a couch of cyber-pain - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 08:30:05 GMT)

Yanks get food poisoning far more often than Brits. Is American IT just as sickening?

Opinion When two stories from opposite ends of the IT universe boil down to the same thing, sound the klaxons. At the uber-fashionable AI end of tech, Meta has grudgingly complied with a ruling not to feed European social media crap into its training data. Meanwhile, in the industrial slums, 20 percent of running Microsoft SQL Server instances are now past the end of support.…


Admin took out a call center – and almost their career – with a cut and paste error - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 07:29:08 GMT)

Have you heard the one about the techie who forgot what was on the clipboard?

Who, me? Brace yourselves, gentle readers, for it is once again Monday, and the work week has commenced. Thankfully, The Reg is here with another dose of Who, Me? in which readers share tales of times they had a day worse than the one you're having. We hope it helps.…


DARPA searched for fields quantum computers really could revolutionize, with mixed results - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 06:28:06 GMT)

It's not all hype, but more work is needed before solutions are feasible or affordable

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has published the results of an exercise that assessed whether quantum computers will deliver on the promise of solving problems that stump classical machines – with mixed results.…


India to build re-usable launch vehicle after nailing third landing of mini-spaceplane - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 05:34:10 GMT)

Next: more work on crewed mission, including space yoga for astronauts

India's Space Research Organization has signalled its intention to build a reusable launch vehicle after a third test of an unpowered experimental precursor again nailed its landing.…


Samsung teases investment to get into the GPU game - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 04:28:11 GMT)

A head-on assault on Nvidia seems unlikely – but dumping AMD from Exynos has merit

Analysis Samsung has teased its entry into the GPU industry, but its plans are obscure.…


Snowflake breach snowballs as more victims, perps, come forward - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 02:14:10 GMT)

Also: The leaked Apple internal tools that weren't; TV pirate pirates convicted; and some critical vulns, too

Infosec in brief The descending ball of trouble over at Snowflake keeps growing larger, with more victims – and even one of the alleged intruders – coming forward last week.…


SoftBank boss says 'artificial superintelligence' could be three years away - (pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2024 00:45:11 GMT)

Plus: Huawei closer to divorcing Android; India probes Amazon warehouses; Singapore gets autonomous street sweepers

Asia In Brief SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son last week told investors he believes an "artificial superintelligence" that has 10,000 times the intelligence of humans could arrive in as little as three years.…


Risk of installing dodgy extensions from Chrome store way worse than Google's letting on, study suggests - (pubDate>Sun, 23 Jun 2024 10:36:10 GMT)

All depends on how you count it – Chocolate Factory claims 1% fail rate

Google this week offered reassurance that its vetting of Chrome extensions catches most malicious code, even as it acknowledged that "as with any software, extensions can also introduce risk."…


Bake an LLM with custom prompts into your app? Sure! Here's how to get started - (pubDate>Sat, 22 Jun 2024 14:20:13 GMT)

In Rust, we trust. But in gen-AI to not hallucinate? Eh, that's another story

Hands on Large language models (LLMs) are generally associated with chatbots such as ChatGPT, Copilot, and Gemini, but they're by no means limited to Q&A-style interactions. Increasingly, LLMs are being integrated into everything from IDEs to office productivity suites.…


From network security to nyet work in perpetuity: What's up with the Kaspersky US ban? - (pubDate>Sat, 22 Jun 2024 08:16:12 GMT)

It's been a long time coming. Now our journos speak their brains

Kettle The US government on Thursday banned Kaspersky Lab from selling its antivirus and other products in America from late July, and from issuing updates and malware signatures from October.…


Apple Intelligence won't be available in Europe because Tim's terrified of watchdogs - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 22:59:08 GMT)

These privacy rules might harm privacy! No, really, that's totally why we're doing this

Apple has delayed plans to deploy artificial intelligence features in Europe because the American giant is unhappy with the continent's privacy regulations.…


Change Healthcare finally spills the tea on what medical data was stolen by cyber-crew - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 21:33:09 GMT)

'Substantial proportion' of America to get a little note from next month

Change Healthcare is formally notifying some of its pharmacy and hospital customers that their patients' data was stolen from it by ransomware criminals back in February – and for the first time has concretely disclosed the types of information swiped during that IT intrusion.…


Uncle Sam sanctions Kaspersky's top bosses – but not Mr K himself - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 20:23:08 GMT)

Here's America's list of the supposedly dirty dozen

Uncle Sam took another swing at Kaspersky Lab today and sanctioned a dozen C-suite and senior-level executives at the antivirus maker, but spared CEO and co-founder Eugene Kaspersky.…


Tesla sued for 'systemic' racism at its Fremont, California plant - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 19:13:12 GMT)

Campus faces yet another racial discrimination lawsuit as Clean Air Act violations claims also hit the fan

Yet another lawsuit was this week filed against Tesla citing a "systemically … racially hostile work environment" at the company's Fremont, California plant. …


Privacy features lose their way in latest Firefox update - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 18:32:11 GMT)

Mozilla backtracking on private window changes after uproar

Firefox remains the browser of choice for many, but the latest update has lost users' tabs and makes it much more apparent when they have private tabs open, missing the point of privacy.…


AT&T forbidden from cutting landline services to large parts of California - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 17:36:07 GMT)

Telecoms company will remain a carrier of last resort per CPUC ruling

AT&T will have to continue operating landlines in California despite its wish to cut off the less lucrative line of business, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled.…


Phoenix UEFI flaw puts long list of Intel chips in hot seat - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 16:27:05 GMT)

Researchers discuss it in same breath as BlackLotus and MosaicRegressor

A new vulnerability in UEFI firmware is threatening the security of a wide range of Intel chip families in a similar fashion to BlackLotus and others like it.…


Waymo robotaxis set to cruise past red tape into LA and beyond - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 15:33:06 GMT)

Google's self-driving cars can be tested in way mo' streets now

The way is paved for autonomous vehicle company Waymo to extend taxi services beyond San Francisco and into the San Francisco Peninsula and Los Angeles.…


NASA finds humanity would totally fumble asteroid defense - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 14:33:12 GMT)

Earthly politics and mission planning no match for fast-moving rocky orb

Earth possesses "limited readiness" to "quickly implement" needed space missions to defend itself against a devastating asteroid strike, even with 14 years' notice.…


Starlink stuffs the internet into a backpack by invitation only - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 13:34:07 GMT)

Satellite dishes not just for roofs anymore

SpaceX is inviting some customers to buy a new Starlink Mini receiver for its satellite broadband service offered as a portable option, with an introductory price tag of $599 in the US.…


How to escape VMware's pricey clutches with Virt-v2v - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 12:31:05 GMT)

Or any other hypervisors that might hypothetically be acquired or suddenly get more costly

Devconf.cz Moving a VM from one host machine to another is easy. Moving VMs from one hypervisor to another is less trivial – but help is at hand.…


Qilin cyber scum leak data they claim belongs to London hospitals’ pathology provider - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 11:15:07 GMT)

At least they didn’t get paid their $50M ransom demand

The ransomware gang responsible for the chaos at London hospitals kept true to its word and released a trove of data that it claims belongs to pathology services provider Synnovis.…


Guess how much stored data is ever used or accessed - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 10:26:07 GMT)

Not a lot, says NetApp's Matt Watts as he talks file classification, wastage, and power consumption

Interview NetApp's Chief Technology Evangelist, Matt Watts, is worried about sustainability and data wastage, even as his employer withdraws third-party support from BlueXP classification.…


The X Window System is still hanging on at 40 - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 09:35:08 GMT)

Never underestimate the stickiness of legacy technology

It is 40 years since Robert W Scheifler ushered in the era of the X Window System, a windowing system that continues to stick around despite many distributions looking for alternatives.…


You're wrong, I'm right, and you're hiding the data that proves it - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 07:31:13 GMT)

There should be honor among techies, but it can be hard to admit error

On Call Few among us are faultless, but more often than not it's users and managers who are in the wrong when IT goes awry. Which is why each Friday The Register offers a fresh instalment of On Call – the reader-contributed column in which you share stories of being asked to bail out bores, brats and blockheads.…


Since joining NATO, Sweden claims Russia has been borking Nordic satellites - (pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 06:57:09 GMT)

If Putin likes jammin', we hope NATO likes jammin' too

Sweden says its satellites have been impacted by "harmful interference" from Russia ever since the Nordic nation joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) last March.…

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