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Acer's TravelMate laptops arrive – complete with Microsoft Pluton chips

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 17:14
MS's TPM tip finally gets a grip – but shh – don't mention the Chromebooks

You can imagine the sighs of relief all round in Redmond, Washington this week as Acer launched its new TravelMate range, which has Microsoft's Pluton silicon built-in.…

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Melvin Capital, Hedge Fund Torpedoed By the GameStop Frenzy, is Shutting Down

Slashdot - Thu, 2022-05-19 16:44
Melvin Capital, the hedge fund run by Gabe Plotkin that struggled with heavy losses last year as it reeled from wrong-way bets on GameStop, is shutting down, according to a letter sent to investors on Wednesday that was reviewed by The New York Times. From the report: Mr. Plotkin wrote to his investors that he had decided that the "appropriate next step" was to liquidate the fund's assets and return cash to all investors. Mr. Plotkin, who founded Melvin in 2014, also wrote that he recognized he needed to "step away from managing external capital." Mr. Plotkin, a protege of the hedge fund billionaire and New York Mets owner Steven A. Cohen, had wagered that shares GameStop, AMC Entertainment and other mall mainstays from the 1990s would fall as their businesses shrank. Instead, the stocks skyrocketed when amateur investors, coordinating via Reddit, Twitter and other social media sites and determined to outsmart big Wall Street funds, kept buying up shares and propping up their price. That caused Melvin, which started 2021 with more than $12 billion, to lose 53 percent in January, forcing it to scramble to cover its so-called short positions. It was propped up by a $2.75 billion bailout from the hedge funds Point72, run by Mr. Cohen, and Citadel, as well as fresh capital from new investors.

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Deadlocked FCC Could Derail Biden's Digital Equity Plans

Slashdot - Thu, 2022-05-19 16:05
The Biden administration has charged the Federal Communications Commission with prohibiting digital discrimination -- but without a third Democratic commissioner to break the agency's partisan deadlock, those plans are in trouble. From a report: One of President Biden's key domestic priorities, improving internet access and affordability, can't advance unless the Senate confirms his FCC nominee. The Federal Communications Commission has been deadlocked at 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans since Biden took office, and his nominee for the third seat, Gigi Sohn, has been awaiting a Senate vote for months amid Republican opposition. The agency is required by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to craft rules preventing digital discrimination on broadband access. The rules would prohibit internet service providers such as Comcast or Verizon from deployment discrimination based on the income level or predominant race or ethnicity of the people living in an area. A 2020 study of internet access in Oakland, Calif., found that areas that were redlined by banks in the past -- denied loans or investment -- now have less ISP competition and fiber-based services than their wealthier counterparts. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel launched an inquiry in March, with support from the agency's Republicans, on how to create rules preventing digital discrimination and facilitating equal access to high-speed internet. A major question is how the agency will interpret a part of the law that says the rules should take into account issues of "technical and economic feasibility."

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Ryzen shines with remote management on Qualcomm Wi-Fi kit

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 16:00
Working to compete with Intel as FastConnect comes to AMD-processor-powered PCs

AMD and Qualcomm have rolled out a joint effort that brings remote management capabilities over Wi-Fi for AMD business systems, potentially boosting their appeal for corporate IT departments.…

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Fastly buys dev platform and web IDE Glitch

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 15:43
CDN biz hopes merger will add a new way to use its edge services

Content delivery network Fastly is purchasing Glitch, the company behind the web-based IDE of the same name.…

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Court Rules SEC's Internal Judges Are Unconstitutional

Slashdot - Thu, 2022-05-19 15:25
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is denying defendants their constitutional right to a jury trial by putting them in front of its own internal judges. From a report: In a 2-1 ruling, the court ruled for George Jarkesy and Patriot28 LLC, who sued the SEC in 2011 after the agency imposed a $300,000 fine and other punishments in a securities fraud case. Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod wrote in the majority opinion that the SEC violated the Seventh Amendment's right to a jury trial by bringing defendants before in-house judges and allowing the agency to "act as both prosecutor and judge." Congress also unconstitutionally delegated power to the SEC to act as a legislative body, Elrod wrote. "'We the People' are the fountainhead of all government power. Through the Constitution, the people delegated some of that power to the federal government so that it would protect rights and promote the common good," Elrod said. "But that accountability evaporates if a person or entity other than Congress exercises legislative power." In a dissenting opinion, Judge Eugene Davis disagreed, saying the right to a jury trial did not pertain to administrative proceedings and that the SEC was enforcing laws and statutes in the public interest.

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Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 15:00
If you're on Windows 10, and meet requirements, it's ready to rumble... and 22H2 is waiting in the wings

Microsoft has quietly updated its release health dashboard and declared Windows 11 "designated for broad deployment."…

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Microsoft Tests Windows 11 Desktop Widgets With Web Search Bar

Slashdot - Thu, 2022-05-19 14:46
Microsoft is adding an optional web search to the Windows 11 desktop in the operating system's latest Insider Preview Build. From a report: The company describes the feature as "lightweight interactive content" -- the first, it says, of many such tools it's considering adding to Windows 11 -- but let's call the thing what it really is: a widget. Not everyone signed up to the latest Windows 11 preview build will see the new search box, but anyone who does and doesnâ(TM)t like it can disable the feature by right-clicking on the desktop, selecting "Show more options," and then toggling "Show search." If you are running the latest preview build, you'll also have to restart your computer to give the search box a chance to show up.

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Corporate investments are a massive hidden source of carbon emissions

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 14:30
Just because companies are publicly decreasing carbon footprints doesn't mean their cash isn't doing the opposite

Many large corporations are taking measures to reduce their carbon footprints, but a new report claims that for some, the greatest source of emissions is actually from investments being made with their wealth, and this is undermining their own environmental efforts.…

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TikTokers Are Accused of Starting Forest Fires For Views

Slashdot - Thu, 2022-05-19 14:08
An anonymous reader shares a report: Humaira Asghar, known as "Dolly" to her 11.5 million TikTok fans, faces charges for allegedly setting a forest fire while shooting a TikTok video in Pakistan's capital city Islamabad. In the 11-second clip that has since been taken down, Asghar dramatically walks down a forested hill covered in flames in slow motion with a trending pop song that mentions "setting fire" playing in the background. The caption posted with the video shot in the Margalla Hills National Park reads, "fire erupts wherever I am." Asghar is not the only Pakistani TikToker who has been accused of setting a forest fire for views. Officials say it is an emerging trend in a country that is suffering from a record-breaking heatwave. "Young people desperate for followers are setting fire to our forests during this hot and dry season," tweeted Islamabad Wildlife Management Board chairperson Rina S Khan Satti. "These psychotic young people have to be caught and put behind bars immediately." Earlier this month, a man in Abbottabad city was arrested for intentionally starting a forest fire to use as a backdrop in his video. In another recently released video, two men are seen appearing to start a forest fire then running away from it while music plays in the background.

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Iran, China-linked gangs join Putin's disinformation war online

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 14:00
They're using the invasion 'to take aim at the usual adversaries,' Mandiant told The Reg

Pro-Beijing and Iran miscreants are using the war in Ukraine to spread disinformation that supports these countries' political interests — namely, advancing anti-Western narratives – according to threat-intel experts at Mandiant.…

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Bing! Microsoft tests search box in the middle of Windows 11 desktop

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 13:30
Attempt to be interactive meets cries of 'Someone dumped a text box right in the center of my desktop!'

Microsoft has rolled out an Insider Build threatening "interactive content on the Windows desktop."…

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Cisco warns of up to $720m sales loss: Blames China lockdown, Russia pullout

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 13:00
Share price collapses 19% as COVID-19 policy hits supply chain

Cisco Systems surprised Wall Street by warning investors that the Shanghai lockdown and the war in Ukraine will eradicate any revenue growth prospects in its current – and final – quarter of 2022.…

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Vast Swath of US At Risk of Summer Blackouts, Regulator Warns

Slashdot - Thu, 2022-05-19 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NewsNation: Blackouts could plague a number of states in the U.S. this summer, regulators warn, as a combination of drought, heat, potential cyber attacks, geopolitical conflicts and supply chain problems could disrupt the power supply, according to a grim new report (PDF) from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). The regulatory body found that large swathes of the U.S. and parts of Canada are at an elevated or high risk of energy shortfalls during the summer's hottest months. The Midwest is at especially high risk due to the retirement of older plants, which has caused a 2.3% decrease in capacity from last summer, as well as increased demand, according to NERC. In the Southwest, plummeting river levels may cripple hydropower production, the group warned, and in Texas drought-related heat events could cause extreme energy demand. A NERC map shows all states in the western half of the continental U.S., including North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas are at least under elevated risk of energy shortfalls, with parts of the northeastern-most states under high risk. Many states under the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), such as Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana are either entirely or partly at high risk. "Industry prepares its equipment and operators for challenging summer conditions. Persistent, extreme drought and its accompanying weather patterns, however, are out-of-the-ordinary and tend to create extra stresses on electricity supply and demand," said Mark Olson, NERC's manager of Reliability Assessments. "Grid operators in affected areas will need all available tools to keep the system in balance this summer."

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American Airlines decides to cruise into Azure's cloud

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 12:15
So that's who to blame when its IT crashes, huh?

American Airlines named Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform this week in a deal it says will cut costs, boost efficiency, and support its eco-sustainability goals.…

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Ready for testing: First-ever supercomputer powered by Intel's wildcard AI chips

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 11:28
At the Haba, go, go Habana. The hottest research north of Havana

The University of San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) says it's ready to run test workloads on its experimental Voyager AI system, which looks to be the first-ever Intel Habana-based supercomputer.…

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Landmark case recognizes Bored Ape NFT as an asset

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 10:43
Singapore issues injunction against the sale of image procured through questionable foreclosure

For the first time, a court has issued an injunction to stop the sale and transfer of a non-fungible token (NFT) at the request of a previous owner.…

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Engineers Investigating NASA's Voyager 1 Telemetry Data

Slashdot - Thu, 2022-05-19 10:00
The engineering team with NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is trying to solve a mystery: The interstellar explorer is operating normally, receiving and executing commands from Earth, along with gathering and returning science data. But readouts from the probe's attitude articulation and control system (AACS) don't reflect what's actually happening onboard. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory reports: The AACS controls the 45-year-old spacecraft's orientation. Among other tasks, it keeps Voyager 1's high-gain antenna pointed precisely at Earth, enabling it to send data home. All signs suggest the AACS is still working, but the telemetry data it's returning is invalid. For instance, the data may appear to be randomly generated, or does not reflect any possible state the AACS could be in. The issue hasn't triggered any onboard fault protection systems, which are designed to put the spacecraft into "safe mode" -- a state where only essential operations are carried out, giving engineers time to diagnose an issue. Voyager 1's signal hasn't weakened, either, which suggests the high-gain antenna remains in its prescribed orientation with Earth. The team will continue to monitor the signal closely as they continue to determine whether the invalid data is coming directly from the AACS or another system involved in producing and sending telemetry data. Until the nature of the issue is better understood, the team cannot anticipate whether this might affect how long the spacecraft can collect and transmit science data. Voyager 1 is currently 14.5 billion miles (23.3 billion kilometers) from Earth, and it takes light 20 hours and 33 minutes to travel that difference. That means it takes roughly two days to send a message to Voyager 1 and get a response -- a delay the mission team is well accustomed to.

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Hot glare of the spotlight doesn’t slow BlackByte ransomware gang

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 09:56
Crew's raids continue worldwide, Talos team warns

The US government's alert three months ago warning businesses and government agencies about the threat of BlackByte has apparently done little to slow down the ransomware group's activities.…

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BT: 'Quantum radios' could boost 5G network range

TheRegister - Thu, 2022-05-19 09:15
Tech exploits electromagnetically induced transparency to form highly sensitive electric field detector

Brit telecoms giant BT is undertaking a trial of new antenna technology that may boost the range of 5G networks and reduce mobile network energy consumption.…

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