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European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 17:09
Open that little box and bingo, clear text of the whole PDF

The European Commission's war of words against pharma company AstraZeneca over COVID-19 virus vaccines has descended into farce after Brussels accidentally published an unredacted version of a disputed supply contract.…

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Bad news for JSON tinkerers: Windows Terminal unveils The Settings

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 17:05
A fresh preview as the management cards receive a shuffle

Microsoft has disappointed hair-shirted developers with the arrival of a settings screen preview for its Windows Terminal product, potentially heralding the end of JSON tinkering to make things just so.…

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Profile of Keith Gill, Who Drove the GameStop Reddit Mania

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-01-29 16:43
The investor who helped direct the world's attention to GameStop, leading a horde of online followers in a bizarre market rally that made and lost fortunes from one day to the next, says he's just a normal guy. From his profile by The Wall Street Journal: "I didn't expect this," said Keith Gill, 34 years old, known as "DeepF-ingValue" by fans on Reddit's WallStreetBets forum and "Dada" by his 2-year-old daughter. He said he didn't set out to draw the attention of Congress, the Federal Reserve, hedge funds, the media, trading platforms and hundreds of thousands of investors. "This story is so much bigger than me," Mr. Gill told The Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the unboxing this week of a volatile new stock market game. "I support these retail investors, their ability to make a statement." To many of them, Mr. Gill -- who until recently worked in marketing for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance -- is the force behind the triple-digit gains in shares of the videogame retailer GameStop, up more than 900% this year through Thursday. On Wednesday, the stock jumped 135% to $347.51, a record, before plunging to $194 a share Thursday as online brokerages clamped down. At the start of the year, GameStop shares went for around $18. Many online investors say his advocacy helped turn them into a force powerful enough to cause big losses for established hedge funds and, for the moment, turn the investing world upside down. Mr. Gill posted a screenshot of his brokerage account Wednesday, showing a roughly $20 million daily gain on GameStop shares and options. "Your steady hand convinced many of us to not only buy, but hold. Your example has literally changed the lives of thousands of ordinary normal people. Seriously thank you. You deserve every penny," replied one Reddit user, reality_czech. The next day, Mr. Gill posted another screenshot -- showing about a $15 million loss. After Thursday's market close, his E*Trade brokerage account, viewed by the Journal, held around $33 million, including GameStop stock, options and millions in cash. "He always liked money," said Elaine Gill, his mother. As a child, she said, "he would get money from those scratch tickets that people didn't know they'd won. People would throw them on the ground... A lot of times there was still money on them." Mr. Gill's online persona -- he goes by "Roaring Kitty" on YouTube -- has drawn tens of thousands of fans and copycats who share screenshots of their own brokerage accounts. Mr. Gill said he wasn't a rabble-rouser out to take on the establishment, just someone who believes investors can find value in unloved stocks. He never expected to have a legion of fans debating his identity online, or millions of dollars in his trading account, he said. He was just a dad with an online hobby and a plastic kiddie slide on the front lawn of a Boston suburb.

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Reddit Joins With Ethereum Foundation To Build Scaling Tools

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-01-29 16:02
Reddit is growing its role in the Ethereum ecosystem, with the goal of building out scaling tools for the blockchain network. From a report: The social media platform announced this week that it was expanding its work with the Ethereum Foundation to provide development resources to scaling tools. In the announcement, posted to the Ethereum subreddit, Reddit employee u/jarins said the move increases its commitment to the technology, and echoes its long-held "decentralized ethos." "In this new stage of our partnership, immediate efforts will be focused on bringing Ethereum to Reddit-scale production," the announcement said. "Our intention is to help accelerate the progress being made on scaling and develop the technology needed to launch large-scale applications like Community Points on Ethereum." This partnership could result in Reddit working on layer 2 scaling tools or pushing projects from a prototype stage to production. Reddit development resources, including a developer team, would be involved in this work. Ultimately, the idea is a project like Reddit's Community Points feature could be capable of supporting the site's millions of users (Reddit has over 50 million daily users as of press time, according to Wednesday's announcement). "Our blockchain efforts will be led by Reddit's Crypto team," the announcement said, adding the company currently has job openings for backend engineers.

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<i>Subnautica</i> and <i>Below Zero</i>: Nurture your inner MacGyver and Kevin Costner on an ocean-planet holiday

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 16:00
Yes, survival games can tell great stories too

The RPG Greetings, traveller, and welcome back to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column. It was tricky deciding what to look at for this edition, what with the doozy of Cyberpunk 2077 in our tail lights. As for the New Year, we've been left with the usual dearth of releases so it was time to check out something that's been in development for a while and is almost ready for 1.0.

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Robinhood Restricts Crypto Trading 'Due To Extraordinary Market Conditions'

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-01-29 15:22
Robinhood restricted trading in cryptocurrencies on Friday, as the price of bitcoin and a meme-inspired token rose sharply. From a report: Users began reporting that the trading app had halted instant deposits for crypto purchases earlier in the day, meaning they could only buy the currencies with funds already deposited in their accounts. Such deposits can take up to five business days to clear, Robinhood said. "Due to extraordinary market conditions, we've temporarily turned off Instant buying power for crypto," a Robinhood spokesperson said in a statement emailed to CNBC. "Customers can still use settled funds to buy crypto. We'll keep monitoring market conditions and communicating with our customers." Robinhood's move to restrict crypto trading comes after dogecoin, a digital coin based on the popular "doge" meme, spiked as much as 800% Friday. The cryptocurrency was initially started as a joke but has since found some traction.

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SAP's lift-and-shift-to-the-cloud plan will need more than CGI to convince users it has a clear vision for ERP

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 15:10
At the end of the day, biz customers will buy the product they want

Analysis Christian Klein cut a lonely figure in front of mysteriously floating cameras in his computer-generated studio. Yet, presenting a vision of enterprise resource planning arguably as idealised as the CGI mountains looming over his shoulder, SAP's CEO pressed on.…

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Xiaomi Teases Over-the-Air Wireless Charging, But It's Not Coming To Its Devices this Year

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-01-29 14:42
Xiaomi, the world's third largest smartphone maker, today unveiled "Mi Air Charge Technology" that it says can deliver 5W power to multiple devices "within a radius of several metres" as the Chinese giant invited customers to a "true wireless charging era." From a report: The company said it has self-developed an isolated charging pile that has five phase interference antennas built-in, which can "accurately detect the location of the smartphone." A phase control array composed of 144 antennas transmits millimeter-wide waves directly to the phone through beamforming, the company said, adding that âoein the near futureâ the system will also be able to work with smart watches, bracelets, and other wearable devices. A company spokesperson said Xiaomi, which has previously introduced 80W and 120W wireless charging tech, won't be deploying this new system to consumer products this year.

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It didn't (sob)... even make it (sniff)... to GA: Microsoft to pull the plug on Azure Service Fabric Mesh

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 14:13
A sad-faced engineer leads it round the back of the barn. A single shot rings out

With a certain inevitability, Microsoft has wielded the axe on the preview of Azure Service Fabric Mesh, before the technology even had a chance to trouble General Availability.…

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GameStop Shows Rising Power of Retail Traders, Says Reddit Co-Founder

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-01-29 14:00
Reddit Chief Executive Officer Steve Huffman said on Thursday that the WallStreetBets forum is "by no means perfect but they've been well in the bounds of our content policy." From a report: "With all of our communities that do their best to be good citizens of Reddit, we try to do our best by them as well," Huffman said on the Clubhouse app. He called the forum's outsize influence on GameStop stock a "culture war of Wall Street versus everybody else." He said anyone who thinks the users of the forum are "idiots" should spend more time reading the discussions. "It's this idiot swagger that masks what I think is this charming intelligence," Huffman said. The forum's unprecedented influence on GameStop's stock shows that markets must adapt to a world where retail investors are gaining some of the power big financial firms have long held, according to Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the online forum. "This is something, I think, for a lot of people, that was a statement as much as an investment," Ohanian, who left Reddit's board last year, said on Bloomberg Television on Thursday. "I'd equate it to, like, folks voting with their dollars in order to get back at or make a statement towards big finance."

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Completed Netflix? Indulge your inner nerd with a virtual talk from a computer museum

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 13:03
Shuttered celebrations of computing heritage need your support

The UK's halls of computing geekery continue to be shut thanks to the ongoing pandemic. However, virtual tours and talks are on offer for those seeking a diversion from streaming platform bingeing.…

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Robinhood Is Said To Draw On Bank Credit Lines Amid Tumult

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-01-29 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Robinhood, the trading app that's popular with investors behind this month's wildest stock swings, has drawn down some of its credit lines with banks, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The firm has tapped at least several hundred million dollars. The company's lenders include JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. "As a brokerage firm, we have many financial requirements, including SEC net capital obligations and clearinghouse deposits," Robinhood said in a blog post Thursday. "Some of these requirements fluctuate based on volatility in the markets and can be substantial in the current environment. These requirements exist to protect investors and the markets and we take our responsibilities to comply with them seriously, including through the measures we have taken today." In an interview late Thursday on CNBC, Robinhood Chief Executive Officer Vlad Tenev said the deposit requirements govern how much leeway the firm can give to customers who are buying stocks. "We pulled those credit lines so that we could maximize within reason the funds we have to deposit at the clearinghouses," Tenev said. The extreme volatility "generated substantial risk" for brokerages, resulting in the need for stricter requirements on those firms, according to the Depositary Trust & Clearing Corp. "When volatility increases, portfolio margin requirements increase too," Wall Street clearinghouse DTCC said in an emailed statement.

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The Fat iPhone, 11 years on: The iPad's over a decade old and we're still not sure what it's for

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 12:15
World+dog continues to swallow this tablet, though

Eleven years ago this week, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad to a bemused world. We say bemused, because at the time, nobody really knew what it was.…

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A dedicated licence for open-source hardware: CERN OHL approved by OSI

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 11:18
How do you license open-source hardware? Existing software licences will not do, says CERN

The OSI (Open Source Intitiative) has approved version 2 of CERN's Open Hardware License (OHL), meaning it conforms to its Open Source Definition and respects the ideals and ethos of the movement.…

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Very little helps: Tesco serves up 3-for-1 borkage special to self-scanning Tesco shoppers

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 10:28
Windows puts on a surprise show at UK retailer

Bork!Bork!Bork! Windows Mobile may be dead, but Microsoft's earlier attempt at a lightweight operating system lives on - albeit in unexpected form - thanks to the self-scanners so beloved by some of the UK's supermarkets.…

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Google To Allow Gambling Apps In the Play Store

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-01-29 10:00
Android users in the U.S. will soon gain access to betting and gambling apps through the Play Store, Google announced Thursday. CNET reports: As of March 1, online casino games, sports betting, lotteries and daily fantasy sports apps will be allowed in certain states. You can see a complete list of what types of gambling apps are allowed in each state on Google's support website. To be eligible, app makers must complete a gambling application form, comply with state and country laws where the app is being used and have a valid gambling license for each state or country it wants to operate in. These apps must be rated adult only and display information about responsible gambling. Apps must also ensure they prevent minors from being able to use the app, and the app cannot be a paid app on Google Play or use Google Play in-app billing. Other countries gaining access to betting and gambling apps include: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

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Transcribe-my-thoughts app would prevent everyone knowing what I actually said during meetings

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 09:30
Welcome to another edition of Just A Minute, live from Scunthorpe

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "Right, let's start the meeting. Oh, could someone take the minutes?" And my heart sinks. They'll see me and ask me to do it. They always do.…

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Takes from the taxpayer, gives to the old – by squishing a bug in Thatcherite benefits system

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 08:15
IT's Robin Hoooooood, Robin Hoooooood, Robin Hoooooood

On Call What's the saying? The more things change, the more they stay the same. Welcome to On Call and an account from nearly 40 years ago when one hard pressed engineer was dealing with a ham-fisted response to the policies of the UK's Thatcher government.…

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Microsoft's Gooseberry is a dish best served really, really cold: Progress made on silicon quantum computing

TheRegister - Fri, 2021-01-29 07:07
None of that nuclear-magnetic-resonance garbage, ha

Microsoft says it has made progress in its effort to develop CMOS-based chips for quantum computing.…

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Apple Crosses 1 Billion Active iPhone Users

Slashdot - Fri, 2021-01-29 07:00
According to CEO Tim Cook, there are now more than 1 billion iPhones being used by customers around the world. The new milestone comes as the company earned over $100 billion in a single quarter for the first time in the company's history. 9to5Mac reports: Cook shared the new milestone in an earnings-focused interview with Reuters. The new metric is part of an overall increase of active devices around the world, reaching 1.65 billion compared to 1.5 billion this time last year: "Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook told Reuters in an interview that the company now has an active installed base of 1.65 billion devices, compared with 1.5 billion devices a year ago. Cook also said Apple now has an installed base of more than 1 billion iPhones, an increase over the 900 million the company most recently disclosed in 2019." In the interview, he cites Apple's growth opportunity in China as a source of the company's success: "'We had two of the top three selling smartphones in urban China,' Cook told Reuters in an interview, adding that many of the company's other products and services also sold well. Cook said that Apple gained iPhone sales in China both from customers switching from rival Android devices as well as existing customers upgrading devices, but said 'upgraders in particular set an all-time record in China.'"

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