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Met Police prepare £300m procurement for integrators and resellers

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-09-15 08:42
London cops on track to spend £1bn on IT contracting over couple of years

The Mayor of London's Office for Policing and Crime is looking to talk to suppliers as it prepares for an IT procurement worth up to £300m.…

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China to push RISC-V to global prominence – but maybe into a corner, too, says analyst

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-09-15 08:12
Which may not be a good thing for Arm, or anyone

Attempts to restrict technology transfer to China could see the RISC-V architecture become more prominent, but also reduce the diversity of development around the platform.…

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IBM cancels more POWER 9 servers, this time at the low end

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-09-15 07:44
And then there were three servers on sale, just three and a half years after launch

IBM has quietly announced the withdrawal of its two smallest POWER 9 servers, leaving just three options available for purchase.…

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Measuring your carbon footprint? There's no app for that

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-09-15 07:15
Smartphones can keep us informed about everything other than environmental impact. That needs to change

Column I recently installed an app that promised to measure my carbon footprint, then offer meaningful recommendations that could help me to reduce it.…

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'Massive' Transatlantic Data Cable Landed On Beach In Bude

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-09-15 07:00
Thelasko shares a report from the BBC: A new "massive" undersea transatlantic communications cable has been brought ashore on a beach in Cornwall. The Google data cable, called Grace Hopper, was landed in Bude on Tuesday. Once operational, it would have the capacity to handle "17.5 million people streaming 4K video concurrently," Google bosses said. The cable has been laid between New York in the United States, Bilbao in Spain and Bude over several months, and is expected to be operational in 2022. It was part of a "new generation" of lines that "connect continents along the ocean floor with an additional layer of security beyond what's available over the public internet," Google said. The tech giant has named it Grace Hopper after the American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. It is about 7,000km (4,350 miles) long and is the company's fourth privately-owned undersea data cable, which transport 98% of international internet traffic around the world.

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Ex-US intel, military trio were cyber-mercenaries for UAE, say prosecutors

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-09-15 06:45
Three men charged with breaking export, security laws, agree to deal after infiltrating smartphones with zero-click exploits

Three former US intelligence and military operatives broke America's weapons export and computer security laws by, among other things, helping the United Arab Emirates hijack and siphon data from people's iPhones, it emerged on Tuesday.…

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India and Singapore harmonise their rapid payment schemes

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-09-15 04:58
Smartphone-driven instant money transfer across borders to come online in 2022

Singapore and India have struck an agreement to harmonise their peer-to-peer payments systems, allowing low-cost real-time cross-border payments…

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Wikipedia bans seven Chinese editors, alleges 'infiltration' and risk of 'physical harm' of users

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-09-15 03:58
Removes sysop privileges for another dozen, warns more about doxing, frets about preserving freedom to edit in the face of hostile regimes

The Wikimedia Foundation has sketched out efforts to gather personal information on some Chinese Wikipedia editors, by entities opposed to their activities on the platform and likely to threaten the targets' privacy or wellbeing. The Foundation's response has been to ban seven users in mainland China, cancel sysop privileges for another dozen, and warn plenty more Wikipedia editors to modify their behaviour.…

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Simple Mathematical Law Predicts Movement In Cities Around the World

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-09-15 03:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: The people who happen to be in a city center at any given moment may seem like a random collection of individuals. But new research featuring a simple mathematical law shows that urban travel patterns worldwide are, in fact, remarkably predictable regardless of location -- an insight that could enhance models of disease spread and help to optimize city planning. Studying anonymized cell-phone data, researchers discovered what is known as an inverse square relation between the number of people in a given urban location and the distance they traveled to get there, as well as how frequently they made the trip. It may seem intuitive that people visit nearby locations frequently and distant ones less so, but the newly discovered relation puts the concept into specific numerical terms. It accurately predicts, for instance, that the number of people coming from two kilometers away five times per week will be the same as the number coming from five kilometers twice a week. The researchers' new visitation law, and a versatile model of individuals' movements within cities based on it, was reported in Nature. The researchers analyzed data from about eight million people between 2006 and 2013 in six urban locations: Boston, Singapore, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, Dakar in Senegal, and Abidjan in Ivory Coast. Previous analyses have used cell-phone data to study individuals' travel paths; this study focused instead on locations and examined how many people were visiting, from how far and how frequently. The researchers found that all the unique choices people makeâ"from dropping kids at school to shopping or commuting -- obey this inverse square law when considered in aggregate. One explanation for this strong statistical pattern is that traveling requires time and energy, and people have limited resources for it.

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Imagine a world in which Uber's hot new business is lending money

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-09-15 02:33
It's happening already in Singapore, where Uber-analog Grab says lending and deliveries are post-COVID highlights

Singaporean superapp Grab has walked back its 2021 earnings projections, citing COVID unpredictability and rolling government lockdowns across Southeast Asia as the reason for curbing its enthusiasm regarding future financial performance.…

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Scientists Can Now Assemble Entire Genomes On Their Personal Computers In Minutes

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-09-15 02:02
Researchers have developed a technique for reconstructing whole genomes, including the human genome, on a personal computer. "This technique is about a hundred times faster than current state-of-the-art approaches and uses one-fifth the resources," reports Phys.Org. From the report: The study, published September 14 in the journal Cell Systems, allows for a more compact representation of genome data inspired by the way in which words, rather than letters, offer condensed building blocks for language models. [...] To approach genome assembly more efficiently than current techniques, which involve making pairwise comparisons between all possible pairs of reads, [researchers] turned to language models. Building from the concept of a de Bruijn graph, a simple, efficient data structure used for genome assembly, the researchers developed a minimizer-space de Bruin graph (mdBG), which uses short sequences of nucleotides called minimizers instead of single nucleotides. "Our minimizer-space de Bruijn graphs store only a small fraction of the total nucleotides, while preserving the overall genome structure, enabling them to be orders of magnitude more efficient than classical de Bruijn graphs," says [one of the researchers]. The researchers applied their method to assemble real HiFi data (which has almost perfect single-molecule read accuracy) for Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies, as well as human genome data provided by Pacific Biosciences (PacBio). When they evaluated the resulting genomes, [researchers] found that their mdBG-based software required about 33 times less time and 8 times less random-access memory (RAM) computing hardware than other genome assemblers. Their software performed genome assembly for the HiFi human data 81 times faster with 18 times less memory usage than the Peregrine assembler and 338 times faster with 19 times less memory usage than the hifiasm assembler. Next, [researchers] used their method to construct an index for a collection of 661,406 bacterial genomes, the largest collection of its kind to date. They found that the novel technique could search the entire collection for antimicrobial resistance genes in 13 minutes -- a process that took 7 hours using standard sequence alignment.

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Comcast Will Soon Launch Smart TVs Under Its New XClass TV Brand

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-09-15 01:25
Comcast is gearing up to launch its own smart TVs: The company has struck a partnership with Chinese TV manufacturer Hisense to sell two smart TV models under the XClass TV brand, Protocol reported Tuesday. From the report: A number of clues left online suggests that a launch is imminent. XClass TVs run a version of Comcast's X1 operating system, which also powers the company's set-top boxes as well as its Xfinity Flex streaming box. However, unlike those devices, XClass TVs will be available to anyone, regardless of whether they subscribe to the company's cable services. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this summer that Comcast had struck a partnership with Walmart to sell its smart TVs; Protocol was first to report about Comcast's plans to enter the smart TV platform business a year ago. While under development for some time, Comcast's smart TV efforts have picked up steam in recent months: The company registered a trademark for "X Class TV" in February. The official XClasstv.com website remains inaccessible, but the company inadvertently left a temporary staging site accessible to the public that reveals many details about the initiative. "XClass TV is a smart TV that brings all your favorite apps, live channels, and On Demand movies and shows together in one place," that site explains in a FAQ. " XClass TV ... gives you thousands of free movies, shows, music, and more. And to find what you love faster, XClass TV comes with a voice remote that lets you control your TV and search across apps with just your voice." Among the tidbits leaked through this staging site: Hisense is making two 4K TV models, with screen sizes of 43 and 50 inches, respectively, for Comcast.

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Beijing demands local internet become 'civilised' by always reflecting Marxist values

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-09-15 00:58
Content won't be welcome if it doesn't laud the Party, strays into anything a little tawdry, or diverts from the official line

China wants a "civilized" internet that displays and promotes Chinese socialist values and will strengthen oversight to make it happen with tools including a rumor-debunking mechanism, as outlined in guidelines issued by China's Communist Party and the State Council.…

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SEC Charges App Annie With Securities Fraud in $10 Million Settlement

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-09-15 00:40
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that it's charging App Annie, the mobile app data provider, with securities fraud, accusing the company of "engaging in deceptive practices" and misrepresenting the origins of its data. From a report: App Annie will pay a $10 million settlement, according to the announcement, although the company has not admitted to any of the SEC's findings. According to the SEC, the company, which sells estimates on app downloads, usage and revenue, assured app businesses that the performance data they shared with App Annie would only be used in an anonymized way and run through an algorithm to generate performance estimates. But the SEC accuses App Annie and its former CEO and Chairman Bertrand Schmitt of reneging on that promise and using actual performance data to tweak its estimate models between 2014 and 2018. Then, the SEC alleges, the company sold that confidential data to trading firms, and misled those customers into thinking that the data was compliant with federal securities laws.

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Russia Fines Facebook, Twitter for Not Deleting Banned Content

Slashdot - Wed, 2021-09-15 00:01
A Russian court on Tuesday said it had fined U.S. social media companies Facebook and Twitter for failing to delete content that Moscow deems illegal, part of a wider crackdown by Russia on the internet and Big Tech. From a report: The Tagansky district court said Facebook had been handed five fines totalling 21 million roubles ($287,850). Twitter received two fines of a total 5 million roubles, it said. Popular messaging app Telegram had been fined 9 million roubles, the court said. Moscow's actions to strengthen its control of the internet have included a push to require foreign internet companies to open fully-fledged offices in Russia and to store Russians' personal data on its territory.

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Microsoft's end-of-summer software security cleanse crushes more than 80 bugs

TheRegister - Wed, 2021-09-15 00:00
Patch Tuesday fiesta also sees Adobe and SAP tidying up

Patch Tuesday For its September Patch Tuesday, Microsoft churned out fixes for 66 vulnerabilities, alongside 20 Chromium bugs in Microsoft Edge.…

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Cryptocurrency world must protect itself from 'low-quality patents' says Square lawyer as biz joins Open Invention Network

TheRegister - Tue, 2021-09-14 23:38
'I think the legislative framework around patents needs a deep examination, and I don’t think I'm alone in saying that'

Interview Square, which last year founded the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) to defend cryptocurrency technologies against patent trolls, has now joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) to further bolster its legal defenses.…

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Millions With Eye Conditions at Higher Risk of Dementia, Shows Research

Slashdot - Tue, 2021-09-14 23:20
Millions of people with eye conditions including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetes-related eye disease have an increased risk of developing dementia, new research shows. From a report: Vision impairment can be one of the first signs of the disease, which is predicted to affect more than 130 million people worldwide by 2050. Previous research has suggested there could be a link between eye conditions that cause vision impairment, and cognitive impairment. However, the incidence of these conditions increases with age, as do systemic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and stroke, which are all accepted risk factors for dementia. That meant it was unclear whether eye conditions were linked with a higher incidence of dementia independently of systemic conditions. Now researchers have found that age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetes-related eye disease are independently associated with increased risk of dementia, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. The research examined data from 12,364 British adults aged 55 to 73, who were taking part in the UK Biobank study. They were assessed in 2006 and again in 2010 with their health information tracked until early 2021.

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Twitter Reopens Its Account Verification Process After Another Pause

Slashdot - Tue, 2021-09-14 22:40
Twitter has again restarted its account verification process, the company said on Monday. TechCrunch reports: Since launching the revamped verification program this spring, Twitter had hit a few snags which have forced it to shut down verifications more than once. The most recent of these pauses was announced on August 13, when the company said it need to make improvements to both the application and review process. [...] Now, Twitter says users who are looking to be verified should keep checking their account settings screen for access to the in-app application. It didn't detail what, specifically had changed -- but hopefully the system will now remain open for good.

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Activision Blizzard accused of union busting, intimidating staff in complaint to watchdog

TheRegister - Tue, 2021-09-14 22:17
CWA, employees file lawsuit on same day HR head ejects

Activision Blizzard intimidated its workers and illegally obstructed their attempts to form a union, a US watchdog was told today.…

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