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Updated: 14:36 Mon, Mar 04 2024. (fresh!)

Ransomware ban backers insist thugs must be cut off from payday - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 14:30:06 GMT)

Increasingly clear number of permanent solutions is narrowing

Global law enforcement authorities' attempts to shutter the LockBit ransomware crew have sparked a fresh call for a ban on ransomware payments to perpetrators.…


Micron New York mega fab faces an environmental exam - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 13:58:00 GMT)

At least the US Army is thinking about the frogs in those 226 acres of wetland

Micron's proposed "mega fab" semiconductor plant in New York State is to be scrutinized by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which is tasked with preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the project.…


Cruise's valuation halved after its driverless car hit and dragged a woman - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 13:30:08 GMT)

Plus: Google CEO admits company got it wrong when it built 'too-woke' AI, and more

AI in brief Cruise, the self-driving biz backed by General Motors, had its valuation slashed by more than half since one of its cars crashed and dragged a woman down a street.…


Legal eagles demand $6B in Tesla stock after overturning Musk's mega pay package - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 12:45:14 GMT)

'Criminal,' says CEO

Lawyers representing shareholders who quashed Elon Musk's $56 billion Tesla compensation package have submitted a request for nearly $6 billion in the electric car maker's stock as their fee.…


Ruggedized phone group takes the Bullitt, calls in PWC as administrative receiver - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 12:00:12 GMT)

Website 404ing, calls to switchboard go dead, 'sad reflection' of how tough it is to make money in smartphones

UK-based ruggedized phone maker Bullitt Group has called in PWC as administrative receivers after its management team seemingly failed to pull off a proposed restructure.…


Synopsys unleashes Ethernet on steroids with 1.6T blueprint to turbocharge AI training - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 11:15:08 GMT)

Design aims to sate the bandwidth hunger of next-gen networks

Semiconductor design outfit Synopsys is targeting datacenter customers with a 1.6 terabit (1.6T) Ethernet blueprint intended to enable chips for demanding AI networking applications.…


Tiny Core Linux 15 stuffs modern computing in a nutshell - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 10:30:13 GMT)

Updated with kernel 6.6, latest GCC and glibc, still under 25 MB

Tiny Core Linux shows that a fully functional, GUI-driven Linux distro can be smaller than Windows 95 and still be modern and useful.…


The federal bureau of trolling hits LockBit, but the joke's on us - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 09:30:13 GMT)

When you can't lock 'em up, lock 'em out

Opinion The best cop shows excel at mind games: who's tricking whom, who really wins, and what price they pay. A twist of humor adds to the drama and keeps us hooked. It's rare enough in real life, far less so in the grim meat grinder of cybersecurity, yet sometimes it happens. It's happening right now.…


Health system network turned out to be a house of cards – Cisco cards, that is - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 08:26:13 GMT)

Pride came before a fall for techie who thought he knew it all

who, me? Welcome once again, gentle reader, for that cushion into the working week that we like to call Who, Me? in which readers like your good selves entertain us with tales of times technology did not go quite right.…


NASA's Mars Sample Return Program struggles to get off the drawing board - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 07:29:11 GMT)

The tech just isn't ready and clunky collab with ESA isn't helping, auditor finds

NASA's Office of Inspector General, the agency's auditor, has found that the Mars Sample Return Program is struggling to get off the drawing board, never mind the launchpad.…


India demands beta AIs secure government permission before going public - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 06:26:11 GMT)

Not compulsory for now, but IT minister says that's coming after Google's Gemini said the quiet part out loud

India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued an advisory last Friday stipulating AI technology still in development acquire government permission prior to release to the Indian public.…


French cloud Scaleway starts renting Alibaba's RISC-V SoC - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 05:01:12 GMT)

€15.99/month server offered with Ubuntu or Debian, and a zero percent Service Level Agreement

French cloud provider Scaleway has fired up an instance type powered by a RISC-V system-on-chip (SoC), developed by Chinese tech giant Alibaba's T-Head offshoot.…


LockBit's contested claim of fresh ransom payment suggests it's been well hobbled - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 03:15:10 GMT)

ALSO: CISA warns Ivanti vuln mitigations might not work, SAML hijack doesn't need ADFS, and crit vulns

Infosec in brief The infamous LockBit ransomware gang has been busy in the ten days since an international law enforcement operation took down many of its systems. But despite its posturing, the gang might have suffered more than it's letting on.…


Ahead of Super Tuesday, US elections face existential and homegrown threats - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 01:15:14 GMT)

Misinformation is rife, AI makes it easier to create, and 42 percent of the planet’s inhabitants get to vote this year

Feature Two US intelligence bigwigs last week issued stark warnings about foreign threats to American election integrity and security – and the nation's ability to counter these adversaries.…


Linus Torvalds declares Linux 6.8 is probably back on track for a regular release cycle - (pubDate>Mon, 04 Mar 2024 00:32:12 GMT)

Previously pondered the need for an extra release candidate

Linus Torvalds has decided Linux 6.8 will in all likelihood debut next week.…


Indian tech minister vows to stop Google removing local apps from Play Store - (pubDate>Sun, 03 Mar 2024 23:45:06 GMT)

PLUS: APNIC director general to step down; Hong Kong's odd cloud survey; Rent-a-friend online in China; and more

Asia In Brief India's minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, has vowed to prevent Google removing Indian apps from its Play Store.…


HDMI Forum 'blocks AMD open sourcing its 2.1 drivers' - (pubDate>Sat, 02 Mar 2024 13:23:10 GMT)

Want all-FOSS 120Hz 4K video on Linux, or 5K at 240Hz? Bad news…

AMD says it has improved its FOSS display drivers for Linux, though the organization that controls the HDMI standard won't let it release them.…


EU-turn! Now Apple says it won't banish Home Screen web apps in Europe - (pubDate>Sat, 02 Mar 2024 06:16:12 GMT)

So, er, how will WebKit-only applications work under latest Euro antitrust laws? Anyone? Tim?

Apple has reversed its decision to limit the functionality of Home Screen web apps in Europe following an outcry from the developer community and the prospect of further investigation.…


The batteries on Odysseus, the hero private Moon lander, have run out - (pubDate>Sat, 02 Mar 2024 00:30:31 GMT)

'Farewell' snap revealed by Intuitive Machines amid hope solar-powered craft may one day spring to life again

With it battery depleted and the lunar night approaching, the private-built Moon lander Odysseus has shut down quite possibly for good.…


Air National Guardsman Teixeira to admit he was Pentagon files leaker - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 22:03:15 GMT)

Turns out bragging on Discord has unfortunate consequences

Jack Teixeira, the Air National Guardsman accused of leaking dozens of classified Pentagon documents, is expected to plead guilty in a US court on Monday.…


Judge orders NSO to cough up Pegasus super-spyware source code - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 21:34:29 GMT)

/* Hope no one ever reads these functions lmao */

NSO Group, the Israel-based maker of super-charged snoopware Pegasus, has been ordered by a federal judge in California to share the source code for "all relevant spyware" with Meta's WhatsApp.…


Iranian charged over attacks against US defense contractors, government agencies - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 18:30:07 GMT)

$10M bounty for anyone with info leading to Alireza Shafie Nasab's identification or location

The US Department of Justice has unsealed an indictment accusing an Iranian national of a years-long campaign that compromised hundreds of thousands of accounts and attempting to infiltrate US defense contractors and multiple government agencies.…


Lordstown Motors to pay $25M in SEC settlement over misleading investor claims - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 17:44:11 GMT)

Feds allege EV maker talked up pre-orders for trucks it didn't have parts for

Bankrupt electric truck maker Lordstown Motors Corp will have to pay out $25 million to shareholders, settling SEC claims it misled investors and broke anti-fraud and reporting rules in US federal securities laws.…


Dell share price jumps 16% on mention of AI server backlog - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 16:39:33 GMT)

Not bad considering exec had said '2024 didn't go as planned' due to declining overall sales

The mesmeric power that AI holds over Wall Street was in evidence again last night as Dell homed in on the huge backlog of orders for "AI-optimized" servers rather than fiscal 2024's overall declining sales, and the share price soared.…


Musk joins OpenAI lawsuit queue, says there's nothing 'open' about it - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 15:32:07 GMT)

GPT-4 has already reached AGI, and Microsoft shouldn't get its paws on it, court docs allege

Tesla CEO and SpaceX supremo Elon Musk has launched a lawsuit against OpenAI, alleging a breach of contract in its move away from open technology and its original mission to develop AI for the benefit of humanity.…


Incoming wave of AI is making buying PCs riskier for businesses - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 14:35:08 GMT)

Worse than having no tech would be having the wrong tech

AI PCs due to land this year could increase businesses' risk of buying the wrong tech as there is still no current AI standard for software to work with and confusion remains over what makes up an AI PC.…


Stack Overflow to charge LLM developers for access to its coding content - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 13:22:14 GMT)

No more freebies – Google signs up to improve Gemini's programming abilities

Stack Overflow has launched an API that will require all AI models trained on its coding question-and-answer content to attribute sources linking back to its posts. And it will cost money to use the site's content.…


Cops visit school of 'wrong person's child,' mix up victims and suspects in epic data fail - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 12:40:35 GMT)

Data watchdog reprimands police force for confusing 2 people with same name and birthday to disastrous results

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office has put the West Midlands Police (WMP) on the naughty step after the force was found to have repeatedly mixed up two people's personal data for years.…


Lenovo to offer certified refurbished PCs and servers - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 11:31:24 GMT)

Running proof of concepts to pick out the right models

Lenovo's chief operating officer has told The Reg it is formalizing a scheme to sell certified refurbished hardware as more customers seek ways to cut their carbon footprint and save money.…


UK tax agency's digital services not good enough to take strain off phone lines - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 10:40:55 GMT)

Watchdog says taxpayer assistance is getting worse

Phone services for the UK tax authority continue to deteriorate, and the digital systems that were supposed to take up the slack aren't good enough.…


Companies flush money down the drain with overfed Kubernetes cloud clusters - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 09:30:09 GMT)

Just 13% of provisioned CPUs, 20% of memory utilized, study finds

Cloud optimization biz CAST AI says that companies are still overprovisioning resources and paying too much as a consequence. It claims that in Kubernetes clusters of 50 or more CPUs, only 13 percent of provisioned CPUs and 20 percent of memory is typically utilized.…


They call me 'Growler'. I don't like you. Let's discuss your pay cut - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 08:22:12 GMT)

Tough guy act was flimsy: our readers fleeced him, then dropped him in it

On Call Welcome once more, dear reader, to On Call, The Register's reader-contributed tales of delivering tech support amidst feuds, foolishness, and folly.…


AI to fix UK Civil Service's bureaucratic bungling, deputy PM bets - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 07:27:07 GMT)

'Computer-says-no' to be replaced by summaries written by LLMs trained on government data

The UK government will trial large language models to help ministers analyze and draft documents as part of a push to overhaul public services using AI.…


HPE blames GPU shortage for contributing to unexpected sales slide - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 06:28:10 GMT)

Even when Nvidia delivers, customers struggle to get datacenters ready to handle the heat

HPE has blamed disappointing revenue for the quarter on shortages of GPUs and warned investors its previous growth predictions probably won't happen.…


NTT boss takes early retirement to atone for data leak - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 05:27:05 GMT)

No mere mea culpa would suffice after 9.2 million records leaked over a decade, warnings were ignored, and lies were told

NTT West president Masaaki Moribayashi announced his resignation on Thursday, effective at the end of March, in atonement for the leak of data pertaining to 9.28 million customers that came to light last October.…


Vietnam may ban virtual assets to fix its bad rep for money laundering - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 04:47:10 GMT)

Hopes to get itself off an international naughty list – as you would when you want foreign investment in your chip sector

Vietnam's Ministry of Finance has raised the prospect of prohibiting or regulating virtual assets by May 2025, as part of a drive to boost anti-money laundering (AML) efforts.…


Meta kills Facebook News in the US and Australia - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 03:45:07 GMT)

So much for the 'commitment to support news organizations' made in just 2020

Meta has killed its Facebook news service in the United States and Australia.…


India approves its first full wafer fab – a 28nm affair from Tata and Powerchip - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 02:32:08 GMT)

Everybody’s so happy they’re not mentioning start dates, subsidy levels, or other useful details

India's government has approved the construction of the nation's first semiconductor wafer fabrication plant, to be built by Taiwanese foundry-as-a-service outfit Powerchip (PSMC), together with Indian giant Tata's electronics business.…


Canada poutine more pressure on Google by expanding ad biz antitrust probe - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 01:30:09 GMT)

Court order means ad giant will have to cough evidence of possible market manipulation

It has not been a great week for Google's Ad business. After being served a €2.1 billion lawsuit in Europe, Canadian regulators have expanded an investigation into whether it abused its market position to quash rival platforms.…


GitHub struggles to keep up with automated malicious forks - (pubDate>Fri, 01 Mar 2024 00:45:11 GMT)

Cloned then compromised, bad repos are forked faster than they can be removed

A malware distribution campaign that began last May with a handful of malicious software packages uploaded to the Python Package Index (PyPI) has spread to GitHub and expanded to reach at least 100,000 compromised repositories.…


The Who’s Who of AI just chipped in to fund humanoid robot startup Figure - (pubDate>Thu, 29 Feb 2024 23:58:08 GMT)

$675 million to accelerate development of machine that can lift, but can’t keep up with humans

If you thought blue collar jobs were safe from AI, think again. Robotics startup Figure aims to replace millions of workers with its humanoid automatons and has just received $675 million in funding to accelerate development.…


Elon and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad legal week - (pubDate>Thu, 29 Feb 2024 23:15:09 GMT)

Workers allege discrimination, missing payments

To say Elon Musk's business empire is having a week of legal woe may be an understatement, after filings revealed yesterday suggest his social network X and electric car outfit Tesla both face potentially expensive court battles.…


Turns out cops are super interested in subpoenaing suspects' push notifications - (pubDate>Thu, 29 Feb 2024 22:30:07 GMT)

Those little popups may reveal location, device details, IP address, and more

More than 130 petitions seeking access to push notification metadata have been filed in US courts, according to a Washington Post investigation – a finding that underscores the lack of privacy protection available to users of mobile devices.…


White House goes to court, not Congress, to renew warrantless spy powers - (pubDate>Thu, 29 Feb 2024 21:44:15 GMT)

Choose your own FISA Section 702 adventure: End-run around lawmakers or business as usual?

The Biden Administration has asked a court, rather than Congress, to renew controversial warrantless surveillance powers used by American intelligence and due to expire within weeks. It's a move that is either business as usual or an end-run around spying reforms, depending on who in Washington you believe.…


Electronic Arts frags hundreds of workers 'to grow fandom' - (pubDate>Thu, 29 Feb 2024 20:28:12 GMT)

Dating app Bumble also finds breaking up is easy to do for a third of its crew

It's been a bad week to work in the video game industry. First Sony closed its London studio and cut staff, and now Electronic Arts is letting workers go.…


Chinese 'connected' cars are a national security threat, says Biden - (pubDate>Thu, 29 Feb 2024 19:01:09 GMT)

China's automakers don't sell in America, but the Feds are still going to investigate whether they're a threat

Concerned over the chance that Chinese-made cars could pose a future threat to national security, Biden's administration is proposing plans to probe potential threats posed by "connected" vehicles made in the Middle Kingdom.…


KDE Plasma 6.0 brings the same old charm and confusion - (pubDate>Thu, 29 Feb 2024 17:59:08 GMT)

The big new version of the other desktop, complete with improved HDR and a spinning desktop cube

The latest major release of KDE Plasma is here, a decade after KDE 5. This is only the fifth February 29 since KDE 4 in 2008, making this a rare event.…


Sandra Rivera’s next mission: Do for FPGAs what she did for Intel's Xeon - (pubDate>Thu, 29 Feb 2024 17:00:14 GMT)

Chipzilla resurrects Altera brand as former datacenter chief takes the helm

Sandra Rivera, a longtime Intel veteran and chief executive of the chipmaker's FPGA business, reprised the Altera brand during a webcast Thursday in which she shared her vision for the newly spun-off company.…


Ransomware gangs are paying attention to infostealers, so why aren't you? - (pubDate>Thu, 29 Feb 2024 16:27:11 GMT)

Analysts warn of big leap in cred-harvesting malware activity last year

There appears to be an uptick in interest among cybercriminals in infostealers – malware designed to swipe online account passwords, financial info, and other sensitive data from infected PCs – as a relatively cheap and easy way to get a foothold in organizations' IT environments to deploy devastating ransomware.…


It's that most wonderful time of the year when tech cannot handle the date - (pubDate>Thu, 29 Feb 2024 15:30:09 GMT)

Fuel pumps refuse payment, smartwatches stop – all part of the rich tapestry of computer calendars

Today is February 29, an unusual day in that it is added to the common 28 in years that are multiples of four to keep the calendar in sync with the astronomical year.…

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