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HPE dips toe into OpenRAN 5G with a software platform and new iron to run it

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 18:18
Should be with carriers in the second quarter

HPE is getting into the OpenRAN game, with the newly minted Communications Technology Group today launching the OpenRAN Solution Stack, which combines network functionality with a suite of management tools.…

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Amazon Prime Video Direct and the Dystopian Decision To Stop Accepting Documentaries

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-02-24 18:14
When Amazon made a unilateral decision in early February to stop accepting documentaries and short films via Prime Video Direct (a policy that also covers "slide shows, vlogs, podcasts, tutorials, filmed conferences, monologues, toy play, music videos, and voiceover gameplay"), the announcement also served as a quiet purge. Amazon also has been dropping long-running documentary titles from the service, with stakeholders receiving no warning or context for the decisions. From a report: Filmmakers and distributors are aghast, but Amazon Prime Video Direct seems to be egalitarian in how it treats its partners. Whether you're an individual filmmaker or an established specialty distributor, no one can ask an Amazon Prime Video Direct representative for more information; there's no one to ask. All inquiries are submitted via trouble tickets, and everyone receives the same boilerplate response via their Amazon Prime Video direct dashboards: "Unless otherwise indicated," the message says, "removed titles (or titles not selected for licensing) may not be resubmitted or appealed." "The selections are so random, it feels like a machine is doing this and not humans," said one executive working on films impacted by the decision. "The lack of any human response adds to the frustration. It reminds me of when politicians want to cut PBS funding." Despite Amazon's dystopian approach to customer service, Prime Video Direct has been in a process of evolution from the start. When it launched in May 2016, it was positioned to lure content creators away from YouTube with bonuses and a more premium experience. Anyone could upload content to Amazon either as titles included free with Prime subscriptions (and earn a royalty) or as digital purchases or rentals. Given Amazon's massive reach, and multiple ways to make money, it was positioned as a fierce competitor in the battle for video ad dollars.

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Thirsty work: TSMC starts trucking in water amid Taiwan drought to keep chip production lines chugging

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 17:37
Yet more woes for embattled industry

As Taiwan grapples with a major drought, local chipmaker TSMC has started ordering water by the truckload to supply its fabrication plants.…

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Starlink Will Hit 300Mbps and Expand To 'Most of Earth' This Year

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-02-24 17:11
Starlink broadband speeds will double to 300Mbps "later this year," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter this week. SpaceX has been telling users to expect speeds of 50Mbps to 150Mbps since the beta began a few months ago. From a report: Musk also wrote that "latency will drop to ~20ms later this year." This is no surprise, as SpaceX promised latency of 20ms to 40ms during the beta and had said months ago that "we expect to achieve 16ms to 19ms by summer 2021." It sounds like the speed and latency improvements will roll out around the same time as when Starlink switches from beta to more widespread availability. Two weeks ago, Starlink opened preorders for service expected to be available in the second half of 2021, albeit with limited availability in each region. Reader xonen writes: Starlink has become available in my country, The Netherlands. I verified pricing -- it's the same prices in Euros as in the USA in dollars, which was to be expected due to sales taxes being about equal the difference in value between dollars and euro's, so 99 euro monthly, and 499 up front for the hardware. From the email: Starlink is now available for order to a limited number of users in your coverage area. Placing your order now will hold your place in line for future service. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. During beta, users can expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms in most locations over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system. There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all. As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations and improve our networking software, data speed, latency and uptime will improve dramatically. The Starlink team will provide periodic updates on availability as we launch more satellites and expand our coverage area. Depending on your location, some orders may take 6 months or more to fulfill. To check availability for your location, visit Starlink.com and re-enter your service address. Thank you for your interest in Starlink and your continued support!

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Chill out, lockdown ain't over yet – perhaps FUZIX on the Pi Pico could feature in your weekend shed projects

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 16:59
Tiny $4 computer meets tiny OS

Those pondering what to do with the latest Raspberry Pi gizmo, the $4 Pico, have a new option in the form of a FUZIX port.…

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Fry's Electronics Going Out of Business, Shutting Down All Stores

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-02-24 16:09
UnknowingFool and scores of other readers have shared this report: Fry's Electronics, the decades-old superstore chain with locations in nine American states, appears to have gone defunct. Bay Area TV station KRON-4 was the first press outlet to confirm the news late Tuesday, saying that Fry's will shut down all 30 of its American locations. The retailer will reportedly make an announcement at some time on Wednesday via the Fry's website. Rumors began flying on Tuesday in the form of anecdotes from alleged Fry's employees, who all reported that they'd been summarily fired earlier in the day with zero notice. One anonymous report posted at The Layoff alleged that every remaining Fry's store in the US was "permanently closing tomorrow," and that statement was repeated hours later at a Fry's-related Reddit community. The Reddit post included the allegation that one store's staffers were tasked with shipping any remaining merchandise back to suppliers during their final day at work. Sacramento freelance journalist Matthew Keys followed these posts by citing an unnamed source -- someone who had worked at Fry's up until "this week" -- who claimed that the electronics chain would make a formal announcement "this week" about closing all of its stores and liquidating any remaining assets. As the wave of rumors exploded, the official Fry's website began serving failure notices -- yet some of its subsite content, particularly years-old press releases, remained active through Frys.com subdomains. As Tuesday wore on, the Fry's retail site flickered in and out of normal service, even letting customers buy products after KRON-4's report went live.

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'We're finding bugs way faster than we can fix them': Google sponsors 2 full-time devs to improve Linux security

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 16:01
Plus: Why the Chocolate Factory only uses code it builds from source

Interview Worried about the security of Linux and open-source code, Google is sponsoring a pair of full-time developers to work on Linux security and builds code from its own repositories rather than downloading binaries – but the pace at which code is being added to Linux means it cannot keep up.…

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Scottish rocketeers Orbex commission Europe's largest industrial 3D printer to crank out 35 engines a year

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 15:01
Single-piece blend of metals to help get company into Prime time

A 12 metric tonne 3D printer - one of the largest in Europe - has been commissioned by Orbex, intended to allow the Scottish space launch biz to "print" 35 rocket engines each year.…

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HP is Buying Gaming Accessory Brand HyperX for $425 Million

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-02-24 15:00
HP has announced that it is acquiring gaming peripheral company HyperX for $425 million. The purchase will give HP a major foothold in the gaming accessory market. From a report: This transaction will result in HP buying the HyperX brand from Kingston, the current owner, but HP notes in the announcement post that "Kingston will retain the DRAM, flash, and SSD products for gamers and enthusiasts." HP has been making strides to enter the gaming peripheral space for the last several years but has not gained much traction compared to other brands such as Corsair and Logitech. HyperX is one of the most notable brands in this space, with gaming accessories ranging from PC gaming peripherals to gaming microphones.

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Campaigners demand judicial review of NHS deal with Peter Thiel's AI firm Palantir

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 14:15
Report says CEO sipped watermelon cocktails with NHS England chief at cosy party

Campaign groups are seeking a judicial review of the UK government's decision to award a £23m NHS contract to controversial AI company Palantir.…

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A Digital Firewall in Myanmar, Built With Guns and Wire Cutters

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-02-24 14:00
The Myanmar soldiers descended before dawn on Feb. 1, bearing rifles and wire cutters. At gunpoint, they ordered technicians at telecom operators to switch off the internet. For good measure, the soldiers snipped wires without knowing what they were severing, according to an eyewitness and a person briefed on the events. The New York Times: The data center raids in Yangon and other cities in Myanmar were part of a coordinated strike in which the military seized power, locked up the country's elected leaders and took most of its internet users offline. Since the coup, the military has repeatedly shut off the internet and cut access to major social media sites, isolating a country that had only in the past few years linked to the outside world. The military regime has also floated legislation that could criminalize the mildest opinions expressed online. So far, the Tatmadaw, as the Myanmar military is known, has depended on cruder forms of control to restrict the flow of information. But the army seems serious about setting up a digital fence to more aggressively filter what people see and do online. Developing such a system could take years and would likely require outside help from Beijing or Moscow, according to experts. Such a comprehensive firewall may also exact a heavy price: The internet outages since the coup have paralyzed a struggling economy. Longer disruptions will damage local business interests and foreign investor confidence as well as the military's own vast business interests. [...] If Myanmar's digital controls become permanent, they would add to the global walls that are increasingly dividing what was supposed to be an open, borderless internet. The blocks would also offer fresh evidence that more countries are looking to China's authoritarian model to tame the internet. Two weeks after the coup, Cambodia, which is under China's economic sway, also unveiled its own sweeping internet controls. Even policymakers in the United States and Europe are setting their own rules, although these are far less severe. Technologists worry such moves could ultimately break apart the internet, effectively undermining the online networks that link the world together.

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Lenovo's ThinkPad line goes under the knife: X13 models look a bit taller but worry not, the 'nipples' are still intact

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 13:31
AMD or Intel flavours, Wi-Fi 6, and... an antimicrobial component?

Lenovo is refreshing a large chunk of its ThinkPad line, upgrading specs for its mobile workstations-class devices and redesigning the X13 and X13 Yoga portables.…

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UKFast founder and ex-CEO Lawrence Jones denies rape and sexual assault charges

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 12:57
Trial date set for February 2022

The multimillionaire former boss of UKFast, Britain's largest homegrown web hosting business, has denied allegations of rape and sexual assault.…

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Microsoft unveils swappable SSDs for Surface Pro 7+ but 'strongly discourages' users from upping their capacity

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 12:01
Opted for 128GB? Better hope that software bloat doesn't bite you

Microsoft has dashed fanboy hopes that the swappable SSD in its new Surface Pro 7+ might lead to an upgrade or two in the future.…

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A New Browser Extension Blocks Any Websites that Use Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-02-24 11:57
The Economic Security Project is trying to make a point about big tech monopolies by releasing a browser plugin that will block any sites that reach out to IP addresses owned by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon. From a report: The extension is called Big Tech Detective, and after using the internet with it for a day (or, more accurately, trying and failing to use), I'd say it drives home the point that it's almost impossible to avoid these companies on the modern web, even if you try. Currently, the app has to be side-loaded onto Chrome, and the Economic Security Project expects that will remain the case. It's also available to side-load onto Firefox. By default, it just keeps track of how many requests are sent, and to which companies. If you configure the extension to actually block websites, you'll see a big red popup if the website you're visiting sends a request to any of the four. That popup will also include a list of all the requests so you can get an idea of what's being asked for.

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Pyrrhic victory: Co-Op wins £13m from IBM over collapse of £175m Project Cobalt insurance platform contract

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 11:08
It wanted £128m in wasted spending – but customer wasn't blameless for debacle, rules UK High Court

Co-Op Insurance has won £13m from IBM in a High Court lawsuit brought over a £175m Agile software platform contract which collapsed in 2017 after a litany of failures by Big Blue and its subcontractor 1insurer.…

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Tata Consultancy Services wins £4m deal to carry out Oracle 'reimplementation' for University of Manchester

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 10:20
That's an expensive reimplementation

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has won a £4m contract to bump up the University of Manchester from Oracle Financials version 12.1.3 to 12.2.8 or later.…

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Microsoft spearheads a whole new genre with installation on the side of a Lyon tunnel

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 09:31
Ah oui, mais est-ce de l'art?

Bork!Bork!Bork! While a number of factors may be preventing the average tourist from enjoying European travels, bork appears to know no borders.…

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Robots that take out your garbage? Oh What A Feeling, says Toyota as it opens its very own smart city

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 08:28
In 'Woven City' human-driven cars aren't allowed, 'personal mobility devices' get their own roads and sensors tell robots when you need help

Toyota on Tuesday broke ground on "Woven City", a smart city project in Japan that doesn't permit private cars and where your robot might stock your fridge.…

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Think you know all about security pen-testing in the cloud? Here’s how to prove it

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-02-24 08:00
New GIAC qual shows you can put the Sec into DevSecOps and quantify the risk in SRE

Promo On the face of it, cloud penetration testing might appear a complex undertaking involving very different architectures, such as containers and Kubernetes, to those found in traditional on-prem infrastructure.…

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