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Azure pulls in front of AWS in public cloud adoption

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 17:01
It's close as Microsoft finds fast favor with surveyed enterprise users

Microsoft Azure has nosed ahead of AWS in the public cloud adoption stakes, according to a report from IT Management outfit Flexera.…

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Tens of Thousands of Russian Gig Workers Left Behind as Tech Platforms Pull Out

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-03-09 16:40
U.S. tech companies are scrambling to react to sanctions and public pressure after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. From a report: When Arina, a 22-year-old illustrator in Russia, first started using the freelance work platform Upwork last year, it changed her life. But this weekend, Upwork abruptly pulled out of Russia. For more than a decade, American and European tech companies have made a business of facilitating online labor -- from gig work to content creation and online marketplaces to payment processors. Now, tens of thousands of Russian video game streamers on Twitch, gig workers on Upwork, adult-content creators on OnlyFans and computer programmers working on contract have all lost their livelihoods, at least temporarily. The gig work companies acted in response to demands from lawmakers and public sentiment against Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Some cited the restrictions that sanctions had placed on processing payments and depositing funds in Russian banks. Twitch told streamers in Russia that it was no longer able to pay them because of sanctions placed on payment services. Many of the platforms that allow fans to pay creators and influencers for their content use payment systems such as Mastercard and Visa, which began blocking Russian accounts in the days after Russia invaded. So did the London-based cross-border payments company Wise and the New York City-based financial services provider Payoneer. On Saturday, PayPal suspended services in Russia, citing both sanctions and solidarity with Ukraine.

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Microsoft squashes OneDrive bug that caused files to linger after PC wipe

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 16:30
Never can say goodbye to those documents? Now you can

Lurking within this month's Patch Tuesday batch of updates is a fix for a Windows issue in which locally synchronized OneDrive data was not always deleted during a reset.…

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Biden Orders Study of Cryptocurrency Risk, Creation of US Digital Currency

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-03-09 16:12
President Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday instructing agencies across the federal government to study the possible risks presented by the explosion in popularity of cryptocurrencies and consider the creation of a U.S. digital currency. From a report: The executive order urges federal regulators to review the risks a roughly $1.75 trillion crypto market presents to consumers, investors and the broader economy. Federal agencies will have several months to prepare a report with their findings, which would then inform any new regulatory actions the White House takes. About 16% of adult Americans, or roughly 40 million people, have invested in, traded or used cryptocurrencies, according to a White House fact sheet. That growing prevalence of digital assets, which include volatile cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and so-called stablecoins pegged to assets like the U.S. dollar, has pushed the Biden administration to centralize its work on the topic. White House officials have been working with the crypto industry and experts for several months to prepare the executive order. "We must take strong steps to reduce the risks that digital assets could pose to consumers, investors, and business protections," Mr. Biden said in the order, adding that the White House will monitor cryptocurrencies' impact on financial stability, nationals security and climate change.

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DeepMind AI tool helps historians restore ancient texts

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 16:00
'Ithaca' brings deep learning to the Greek epigrapher set

AI software can help historians interpret and date ancient texts by reconstructing works destroyed over time, according to a new paper published in Nature.…

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Russians Are Finding Ways Around Putin's Internet Blockade

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-03-09 15:41
Russians are rapidly turning to internet services that cloak their location to help bypass restrictions on accessing foreign social media and news sites. From a report: Providers of virtual private networks, or VPNs, are recording a surge in usage from Russia after the Kremlin cracked down on Facebook and other services as part of a broader effort to silence dissent and limit information about its invasion of Ukraine. "In the past week, we saw traffic to our website from Russia increase by around 330% week over week," Harold Li, vice president of ExpressVPN, said in an email to Bloomberg on Wednesday. As of Tuesday, Russian interest in VPNs was more than eight times pre-invasion levels, according to data gathered by Top10VPN. Usage peaked at more than 10 times on March 5, the day after Facebook and Twitter were blocked by Russian authorities.

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Let's standardize limits to license hikes for minor software tweaks

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 15:30
Toward a globally recognized standard for understanding business technology assets

The ITAM Forum, the professional body for IT asset management, is in the final validation stage of an independent, globally recognized standard for understanding business technology assets.…

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£5bn up for grabs in UK govt G-Cloud 13 framework

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 15:03
Latest iteration of procurement in model dating back to 2011, how has that cloud first policy gone?

The UK government is launching a set of deals for cloud services and software which could be worth up to £5bn ($6.58bn).…

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Endurance, Ernest Shackleton's Ship, Lost in 1915, Is Found in Antarctica

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-03-09 14:52
Explorers and researchers, battling freezing temperatures, have located Endurance, Ernest Shackleton's ship that sank in the Antarctic in 1915. From a report: The wreck of Endurance has been found in the Antarctic, 106 years after the historic ship was crushed in pack ice and sank during an expedition by the explorer Ernest Shackleton. A team of adventurers, marine archaeologists and technicians located the wreck at the bottom of the Weddell Sea, east of the Antarctic Peninsula, using undersea drones. Battling sea ice and freezing temperatures, the team had been searching for more than two weeks in a 150-square-mile area around where the ship went down in 1915. Endurance, a 144-foot, three-masted wooden ship, holds a revered place in polar history because it spawned one of the greatest survival stories in the annals of exploration. Its location, nearly 10,000 feet down in waters that are among the iciest on Earth, placed it among the most celebrated shipwrecks that had not been found. The discovery of the wreck was announced Wednesday in a statement by the search expedition, Endurance22.

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Red Hat and SUSE latest to suspend sales in Russia

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 14:27
Both companies say they're doing everything they can to support associates affected by Ukraine war

Red Hat has joined the growing list of tech companies to withdraw from Russia over the war in Ukraine, stopping sales just a day after Linux rival SUSE announced a similar move.…

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LimeWire is Back - as an NFT Marketplace

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-03-09 14:03
LimeWire has announced it will relaunch as a "mainstream-ready, digital collectibles marketplace for art and entertainment, initially focusing on music" in May, confirming a Tuesday scoop by Slashdot that reported precisely the same thing. Engadget adds: Its backers believe that it will be a place for artists and fans to create and sell digital trinkets without the "technical hurdles of the current NFT landscape." It is hoping to partner with a raft of high-profile musicians in the hope of spreading word about LimeWire's resurrection in the hope of getting a million willing buyers signed up before the first year is done. The phrase of the day is ensuring that "NFT newbies" are well catered-for, offering easy signup, pricing in US dollars and a lack of any crypto-based gatekeeping. Users will be able to buy straight from their credit cards (or any other regular money) via Wyre's payment platform, which is also used by OpenSea. The company added that it is working with "top-tier artists" from the music world who will create content for the platform and also open lines of communication with willing fans.

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NXP Semiconductors talks chip supplies, future car networks

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 13:45
The more intricate in-car chippery gets, the happier it is

Execs from chipmaker NXP Semicondcutor spoke in San Francisco this week about industry supply chain problems, but also noted the increasing complexity of in-car networking was working in the firm's favour.…

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Saudi Aramco links arms with Pasqal to try out quantum computing

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 13:01
French startup helping oil giant see how its business can benefit from the tech

Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil producer, is working with French startup Pasqal to find out if quantum computing can give it a boost in the energy sector.…

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Georgia Senate Passes Bill Seeking To Regulate Social Media

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-03-09 13:00
The Georgia state Senate voted 33-21 on Tuesday to pass a bill that seeks to prohibit social media platforms from removing or censoring content amid an outcry from conservatives that their political views are being discriminated against, even though a similar Texas law has been put on hold by a federal court. The Associated Press reports: Senate Bill 393 moves to the House for more debate. It declares that social media companies that have more than 20 million users in the United States are common carriers and that they can't block people from receiving certain messages based on viewpoints, location, race, ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, gender, sexual orientation or disability. "What we are stating here is you cannot be discriminated against for your viewpoint, your gender, your age or other things in this 21st century public square," said Sen. Greg Dolezal, a Cumming Republican who is sponsoring the bill. Dolezal said companies could still pull down lewd, obscene or offensive materials. But the technology industry says the measure is illegal, in part because it would unconstitutionally make private companies host speech they don't agree with. They also argue that private owners should be able to do as they please with their own property. Dolezal has acknowledged that the state would be sued if it passed the law, but argues that a challenge could be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, breaking new and desirable ground. Researchers have not found widespread evidence that social media companies are biased against conservative news, posts or materials. The bill says social media companies must publish how it moderates content, targets content to specific users, and how it boosts the reach or hides specific content. It also says social media companies have to publish a report every six months on how often they were alerted to potentially illegal content and how many times they removed or downplayed content and suspended or removed users. Anyone who doesn't think a company is following the law could file a civil lawsuit, including a class action, in Georgia courts.

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Millions of APC Smart-UPS devices vulnerable to TLStorm

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 12:29
Critical zero-day vulns spotted in popular Schneider kit

If you're managing a smart model from ubiquitous uninterrupted power supply (UPS) device brand APC, you need to apply updates now – a set of three critical zero-day vulnerabilities are making Smart-UPS devices a possible entry point for network infiltration.…

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China's chip-making ambitions face setbacks

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 11:57
When 8.8 isn't as lucky as one hopes

Trade restrictions, sanctions, and other challenges are putting a dampener on China's ambition to become a chip manufacturing hot spot.…

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IBM investors staged 2021 revolt over exec pay

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 11:15
Former Red Hat boss Jim Whitehurst's $22.5m share award got shareholders all steamed up, documents confirm

IBM moved to appease shareholders that last year revolted against executive compensation proposals when they contested the massive one-time equity award granted to former Red Hat boss Jim Whitehurst.…

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Where are the (serious) Russian cyberattacks?

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 10:29
Sure, HermeticWiper and IssacWiper are bad, but they're not BAD in capital letters

Column I'm heartsick over Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But, before it began, I'd been really worried about Russian cyberattacks, which would overrun Ukraine and flood into the West's infrastructure. …

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Ormeus Coin's John, Tina Barksdale Scammed Investors, Feds Say

Slashdot - Wed, 2022-03-09 10:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from GIzmodo: Ormeus is a cryptocurrency that was launched in 2017, the brainchild of John and Tina Barksdale -- two siblings and self-identified crypto marketers -- who are now facing federal securities charges in connection with their business. In a complaint unsealed Tuesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged the siblings with defrauding their investors out of $124 million. In an accompanying federal indictment unsealed the same day, the Justice Department announced multiple charges against John Barksdale -- wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Both agencies allege that the duo used misleading and outright fraudulent marketing techniques to lure in investors to a coin that wasn't nearly as valuable as they claimed. "As alleged, Barksdale operated like a traveling salesman and peddled lies, overstatements, and misrepresentations regarding a cryptocurrency called Ormeus Coin, which resulted in duping thousands of investors throughout the world," said Ricky J. Patel, Homeland Security Investigations New York Special Agent in Charge, in a statement. According to officials, the Barksdales claimed that their business was supported by "one of the largest crypto mining operations in the world" and that the company was raking in monthly mining revenue between $5.4 and $8 million. The Barksdales also heralded their token as a "new digital money system backed by a fully-audited industrial crypto-mining operation." But, according to federal officials, most of those claims were BS. Officials say the Ormeus mining operations shut down in 2019 after drawing too little money, that it never reached even a million dollars per month. According to the DOJ, John Barksdale claimed to have $250 million worth of Bitcoin stored at the mining operation that would secure the token's value. In reality, the coins belonged to someone else, the indictment states. The indictment against him claims that misrepresentations and fabrications about the coin's value were promoted via Ormeus Global, a multi-level marketing company that used false and manipulative advertising to encourage hapless investors to go all-in on the coin.

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Only 29 per cent of techies plan to stay in current job

TheRegister - Wed, 2022-03-09 09:30
Great Resignation? Flexibility and work-life-balance key factors in how IT staff choose next employer

Researchers at Gartner are finding that only 29 per cent of IT workers globally have a "high intent" to stay in their current roles.…

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