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$28m scores mystery bidder right to breathe same air as Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos in Blue Origin flight

The Register - 2 hours 50 min ago
Burning dollars faster than liquid oxygen and hydrogen

$28m has secured someone a seat on the first crewed flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard, with the mystery bidder scoring the right to breathe the same air as fellow passenger Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.…

If HAL did digital signage. I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that...

The Register - 3 hours 29 min ago
My God! It's full of Bork!

Bork!Bork!Bork!  A black oblong of purest bork glares balefully over shoppers in Plymouth, southwest England. An echo from an alternative future or just big-screen borkage?…

Orbex is creeping towards orbit from a UK launchpad, but first there are courts, birds, and billionaires to overcome

The Register - 4 hours 8 min ago
Sutherland Spaceport: A Prime location?

Interview  We spoke to Chris Larmour, the CEO of UK rocketeers Orbex, about the challenges of launching a rocket from the UK and scaling things up.…

We've been shown time and again that strong encryption puts crims behind bars, so why do politicos hate it?

The Register - 5 hours 53 sec ago
If we trust it, crooks will too – meaning Plod can get their kiloscrote nab

Column  Back in October, a call by spy agencies to weaken end-to-end encryption "because of the children" provoked a bit of analysis on how many times UK Home Secretaries had banged the same drum. All of them, it turned out. All of the time.…

Want to keep working in shorts and flipflops way after this is all over? It could be time to rethink your career moves

The Register - 5 hours 46 min ago
Pandemic has opened a can of worms for our work goals with what comes next

Feature  It may not be your fault that your broadband is crap, but it is your problem when you're interviewing over Zoom or even Teams.…

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder

The Register - 6 hours 27 min ago
UPS = Uninterruptable Pager Spying

Who, Me?  We go Down Under for today's Who, Me? with a slightly NSFW tale of an incomplete checklist, a surprise outage, and an even more surprised gerbil.…

If combining HPC and AI workloads is a challenge, wait until you try to converge flash and HDD storage

The Register - 7 hours 46 min ago
How to bust the bottlenecks without breaking the bank

Webcast  We all know HPC and AI datasets are going to be massive. But they’re also very different, the former being focused around large, sequential files, while the former are much more random.…

The AN0M fake secure chat app may have been too clever for its own good

The Register - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 23:03
Crims now know what not to trust, and how to stymie future infiltrations

Comment  In April 1943, Japanese admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was killed when the US Air Force shot down the plane carrying him to Balalae Airfield in the Solomon Islands.…

Inventor of the graphite anode – key Li-ion battery tech – says he can now charge an electric car in 10 minutes

The Register - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 20:25
Dr Rachid Yazami shares his predictions for EV batteries with The Register

Feature  Morocco-born Dr Rachid Yazami has lived all over the world, thanks to an invention he made in his first year as a PhD student – the graphite anode – which is one of the key components that make lithium-ion batteries perform so well.…

IBM pulls up the ladder behind some supercomputer customers

The Register - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 18:15
As in it's stopped selling the ladders needed to clamber up and do maintenance. Thankfully the internet can help

IBM has pulled up the ladder behind customers of its Blue Gene/Q supercomputers.…

Excuse me, <i>what</i> just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'

The Register - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 01:00
There was no big bang – and it could happen to you

Feature  When designing systems that our businesses will rely on, we do so with resilience in mind.…

FTC approves $61.7m settlement with Amazon for pocketing driver tips

The Register - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 17:08
Delivery drives to get refund

The US Federal Trade Commission on Friday announced the approval a consent order against Amazon that requires the company to pay $61.7m to resolve charges that for two and a half years it took tips intended for Amazon Flex drivers and concealed the diversion of funds.…

Amazon exec's husband jailed for two years for insider trading. Yes, with Amazon stock

The Register - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 15:57
Couple now definitely past their Prime

The husband of an Amazon financial executive was sentenced on Thursday to 26 months behind bars for insider trading of the web giant's stock.…

Cloudflare network outage disrupts Discord, Shopify

The Register - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 14:53
And its CAPTCHA alternative challenged by security researcher

Following in the rickety footsteps of Fastly, bedeviled by a bug earlier this week, network services biz Cloudflare briefly stumbled on Friday as an elevated error rate interfered with connectivity for customers in Chicago and Los Angeles.…

Women techs fume, offer crowdsourced fixes as Michelle Obama's online keynote crashes

The Register - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 14:08
'Unforeseen server conditions' blamed

Attendees at this week's Women In Technology Online Festival were trying to watch keynote speaker Michelle Obama when the stream crashed within seconds of starting, leaving many unable to see the former US First Lady at all.…

Ireland warned it could face 'rolling blackouts' if it doesn't address data centres' demand for electricity

The Register - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 13:11
Utilities watchdog launches consultation that may affect green island's mega bit barns

Ireland could be facing frequent power cuts following a warning from the country's Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) that data centres are having a "major impact on the Irish electricity system."…

Pakistan's Punjab province tells citizens to get jabbed or have their SIM card blocked

The Register - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 12:29
Well, that's one way to do it

The government of Pakistan's Punjab region has a new weapon up its sleeve in the fight against vaccine hesitancy: blocking the mobile service of anyone who refuses to get jabbed.…

New York State Senate first to pass landmark right-to-repair bill – but don't go popping the champagne just yet

The Register - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 11:38
... lower house, the State Assembly, is not likely to pass the bill

The New York State Senate has approved landmark right-to-repair legislation which forces original equipment manufacturers to provide schematics, parts, and tools to independent repair providers and consumers.…

UK tells UN that nation-states should retaliate against cyber badness with no warning

The Register - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 10:44
Even nuclear missile attacks came with a 4-minute heads-up

Comment  Britain has told the UN that international cyber law should allow zero-notice digital punishment directed at countries that attack others' infrastructure.…

Dealing with the pandemic by drinking and swearing? Boffins say you're not alone

The Register - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 10:02
While social media gets a portion of the blame for COVID-19's initial spread

The impact of lockdowns during a global pandemic appears to be making itself known in a variety of ways – subtle and otherwise – including increased drinking and swearing. Or, as we like to call it, "the weekend".…


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