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In Rust we trust? Yes, but we want better tools and wider usage, say devs

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 14:01
Official survey reveals barriers to adoption: challenging learning curve and limited IDE support

"The overriding problem hindering use of Rust is adoption," according to the language's official survey, with some developers struggling to be productive and hampered by limited IDE support.…

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US judge puts Amazon's challenge to Pentagon JEDI deal into force stasis

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 13:16
Giving military time to look at aspects of decision

US federal judge Patricia Campbell-Smith has slapped a hold [PDF] on Amazon's legal challenge to the $10bn Pentagon Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract to give the military time to "reconsider... aspects of the procurement" in the mega-contract.…

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Baby, I swear it's déjà vu: TalkTalk customers unable to opt out of ISP's ad-jacking DNS – just like six years ago

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 12:30
Have you tried turning it off and on again? Yes!

TalkTalk broadband users are complaining they can't opt out of its Error Replacement Service, which swaps NXDomain DNS results with an IP address. And if that sounds familiar, it should. Users of the budget ISP complained about the very same issue back in 2014.…

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Coronavirus lockdown forces UK retailers to shut 382 million square feet of floor space

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 11:45
At a cost of £14.5bn and counting

Analytics house GlobalData has calculated that British retailers have shut 382 million sq ft of floor space since the UK's coronavirus lockdown on 23 March, causing a £14.5bn drop in sales – though it claims that equates to roughly £200 of delayed or cancelled spending per each local.…

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Google is Blocking 18 Million Coronavirus Scam Emails Every Day

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-04-20 11:34
1.5 billion people use Gmail, according to a recent article in the BBC. And every day millions of them receive an email about a coronavirus scam: Scammers are sending 18 million hoax emails about Covid-19 to Gmail users every day, according to Google... The company said it was blocking more than 100 million phishing emails a day. Over the past week, almost a fifth were scam emails related to coronavirus. The virus may now be the biggest phishing topic ever, tech firms say... The growth in coronavirus-themed phishing is being recorded by several cyber-security companies. Barracuda Networks said it had seen a 667% increase in malicious phishing emails during the pandemic... Google claims that its machine-learning tools are able to block more than 99.9% of [scam] emails from reaching its users.

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Tor Project loses a third of staff in coronavirus cuts: Unlucky 13 out as nonprofit hacks back to core ops

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 11:01
Also, Zoom assembles security dream team to fix its ongoing woes

This week in The Reg's security roundup of the notable bits beyond what we've already covered, the Tor Project has cut back to its core team, Zoom has called in the big security guns, US tech firms are taking on its Congress – and more.…

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During this stay-at-home virus pandemic, you need to lock down the home office – and AI can help you

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 10:15
Find out how to build a WFH security policy without resorting to wielding an iron fist

Webcast You’ve finally worked out how to make a latte at least almost on par with the coffee shop opposite the office. However, no matter how in control you’re starting to feel during this pandemic lockdown, your 9am is still a mess of access rights conflicts, broken connections, and emails fired into the void of an overworked, remote IT help desk.…

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Hana-hana-hana: No it's not your dad trying to start a motorboat... It's Northern Gas, renewing its SAP software

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 09:42
No competitive tenders for northern pipeline company, and here's why

In a classic tale of vendor lock-in, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) has invested so heavily in SAP that it make little sense to purchasing heads to do anything other than sign off on a new £6m software license.…

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Hacking the Pandemic: Global Research Community Gathers Online Against COVID-19

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-04-20 09:34
Long-time Slashdot reader DrYak writes: Over 500 scientists, software developers and clinicians joined forces in the COVID-19 virtual Biohackathon to develop new tools for working with the COVID-19 data. The outcomes of the event improved the accessibility of data, protocols, analysis pipelines and provided dedicated compute resources to execute demanding data analysis tasks. The COVID-19 Biohackathon was an online event from 5 to 11 April, initiated by Pjotr Prins (USA), Tazro Ohta (Japan) and Leyla Garcia (Germany). It had similar objectives and structure as the face-to-face BioHackathons spearheaded in Japan and recently adopted in Europe by ELIXIR. Participants were working in separate groups and presented their activities in a series of plenary webinar sessions. More than 20 different projects joined the event, many of which were led by members from ELIXIR Nodes. The results from this biohackathon will get mini publications on the preprints server BioHackrXiv ELIXIR (the European life-sciences Infrastructure for biological Information) is an initiative that allows life science laboratories across Europe to share and store their research data as part of an organised network. Disclaimer: our group developed one of the deep sequencing analysis bioinformatics pipelines presented there. I, for one, welcome our new Linux-running, Beowulf-clustered bioinformatics overlords.

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20 years deep into a '2-year' mission: How ESA keeps Cluster flying

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 09:00
Growing extra instruments, reducing fuel spend and those clever, clever hacks

Space Extenders ESA's Cluster mission is heading into its third decade of operations. The Register spoke to some of the people behind the four spacecraft about how the team turned a five-year nominal lifetime into 20 years and beyond.…

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Ministry of Defence lowers supplier infosec standards thanks to COVID-19 outbreak

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 08:15
Can't get assessors on-site to check SMEs' antivirus updates

Security standards for defence contractors have been lowered thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Defence has told its suppliers.…

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Contact-tracing or contact sport? Defections and accusations emerge among European COVID-chasing app efforts

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 07:50
Debate seems to centre over where data needs to reside to get the job done

European efforts to define a contact-tracing protocol aimed at making it easier for authorities to detect cases of COVID-19 appear to be having a rather vivid disagreement.…

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Ask Slashdot: What Are You Doing To Help?

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-04-20 07:24
Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: With all the news stories about how the pandemic is impacting our world, some of us have been just plain lucky. As an information worker, I was already working from home, so I still have my full-time job — and my full-time income. So my question is, if we really are all "in this together," then what can I be doing to help the others who need it? Here's what I've done so far. First just by staying at home, I'm keeping myself healthy, while not adding to the burdens of medical workers, or spreading the virus to anyone else. But I'm also at least trying to place some food orders at local restaurants, having it delivered to my home (and also adding a big tip.) The post office will be sending me two sheets of "Forever" stamps that I bought to help pre-fund future postal services. And though I haven't bought any gift cards yet, I've ordered $40 worth of books to support my local bookstore, and placed a second order for a bunch of graphic novels from my favorite local comic book shop. Bookstores do need our support. You can also try buying your books through BookShop.org, a new e-commerce site whose profits go to local independent bookstores while giving book-buyers an alternative to Amazon. But some stores are just turning to crowdfunding campaigns. When people heard that San Francisco's iconic City Lights Bookstore might be forced to close after 60 years, they contributed over $484,000 to its GoFundMe campaign to keep it alive. In fact, there's now at least 30,000 coronavirus-related GoFundMe pages to choose from. If you want to do something more organized, the New York Times has launched its own fundraising page for "four nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to those facing economic hardship." The nonprofit-evaluating site Charity Navigator has also created a list of trustworthy organizations seeking donations to support communities affected by the pandemic. Everyone's got their own ideas about how to help — so what are the rest of you doing? If you've been lucky, what ways have you found to give back, to pitch in, or just feel like you're connecting to the community beyond your door? Leave your answers in the comments. What are you doing to help?

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Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 07:15
It looks like you need some pepperoni and cheese. Do you want some help with that?

Who, Me? Monday has shuffled into view once more and brought with it another Register reader confession in the form of our regular Who, Me? column.…

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XCP-ng celebrates six-figure download milestone

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 06:52
Now incubated as part of Xen project and has plenty of plans for hyperconverged and storage fun

XCP-ng, the crowdfunded effort to deliver an open-source version of XenServer, has passed the 100,000-download mark.…

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Who knows the secret of the black magic box? Boffins seek the secrets of AI learning by mapping digital neurons

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 06:32
And Zoox setlles with Elon's Musketeers over purloined IP

Roundup OpenAI Microscope: Neural networks, often described as “black boxes”, are complicated; it’s difficult to understand how all the neurons in the different layers interact with one another. As a result, machine learning engineers have a hard time trying to interpret their models.…

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UK government to take equity in struggling startups with £250m 'Future fund'

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 05:58
Borrowers can score between £500k and £5m if they have a track record, co-investors, and can afford eight percent interest

The UK government will throw £1.25bn at startups and R&D firms that are struggling to survive in the coronavirus lockdown and are willing to pay well-above-market interest rates and give away equity in exchange for a fiscal lifeline.…

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For the First Time, a Robot Repaired a Satellite in Orbit

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-04-20 04:34
Space.com calls it "the first commercial satellite servicing mission." But more specifically, it's being called "the first in-orbit rendezvous and docking of two commercial satellites" in a statement from Northrop Grumman Space Systems, which also notes their "subsequent repositioning of the two-spacecraft stack." And it was all done using robotics floating 36,000km (22,369 miles) above the Earth. Space.com describes the historic servicing of Intelsat 901 communications satellite (also known IS-901): The satellite, which launched in 2001, had been running low on fuel needed to maintain its correct orbit. But rather than launch a replacement internet satellite, its owner, Intelsat, hired Northrop Grumman to conduct a first-of-its-kind mission. That project sent another satellite, called Mission Extension Vehicle 1 (MEV-1) to connect to IS-901 in February and take responsibility for keeping the internet satellite in the proper location to do its job... MEV-1 will now spend five years attached to IS-901 to extend that satellite's tenure. After the contract ends, MEV-1 will steer the old satellite to a safe orbit, detach, and join up with a different satellite to provide the same services. MEV-1 should be able to partner with satellites for a total of 15 years, according to a previous Northrop Grumman statement. Northrop Grumman is planning to launch a second mission-extension vehicle later this year, which will also aid an Intelsat satellite. Long-time Slashdot reader mi tipped us off to the story, which included a number of firsts. "Prior to this, no two commercial spacecraft had ever docked in orbit before," Ars Technica writes. CNBC notes it also resulted in "one-of-a-kind images", since a geosynchronous satellite had never even been photographed before by another spacecraft.

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Tata Consultancy Services predicts hot viral mess for the next nine months

TheRegister - Mon, 2020-04-20 03:28
CEO says ‘pandemic completely reversed the positive momentum’ but at least its healthcare biz is strong

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has posted slow growth and warned that it will be doing well to match that performance in its new financial year.…

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Programmer's Real-Time Deepfake Lets Him Impersonate Elon Musk on Zoom

Slashdot - Mon, 2020-04-20 01:42
Motherboard reports on a new open source program "that superimposes someone else's face onto yours in real-time, during video meetings." Programmer Ali Aliev used the open-source code from the "First Order Motion Model for Image Animation," published on the arxiv preprint server earlier this year [and developed by researchers at the University of Trento in Italy as well as Snap]... With other face-swap technologies, like deepfakes, the algorithm is trained on the face you want to swap, usually requiring several images of the person's face you're trying to animate. This model can do it in real-time, by training the algorithm on similar categories of the target (like faces)... Aliev made a video of himself as Elon Musk, pretending to join the wrong meeting, to demonstrate the tech. It's pretty clear that it's a fake, but the eyes and head move around well enough that it'd be a neat trick for a few seconds, before the rest of the call looks any closer. He's released his program on GitHub, naming it "Avatarify". But Motherboard warns it requires "a bit of programming knowledge" plus a powerful gaming PC. "You have to run Zoom or Skype, as well as streaming software and Avatarify at the same time, which takes a decent amount of computing power."

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