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JavaScript-based address bar spoofing vulns patched in Safari, Yandex, Opera

Sat, 10/24/2020 - 01:14
Are you where you think you are, or are you where I want you to think you are?

Rapid7 found Apple’s Safari browser, as well as the Opera Mini and Yandex browsers, were vulnerable to JavaScript-based address bar spoofing.…

RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it can be used to slurp music

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 17:23
Did 2020 just loop round to 1999?

GitHub has hidden from view the source code and downloads of YouTube-DL, a popular open-source tool used for saving YouTube videos to disk, at the request of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).…

If you suddenly can't print to your HP Printer from your Mac, you're not alone: Code security cert snafu blamed

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 14:42
Driver software snubbed by macOS 10.15, 10.14, Amazon Music, too

Many Mac users today found, to their surprise, they are unable to print to their HP Inc printers nor use the Amazon Music desktop app.…

Huawei's financials take a beating as President Trump's sanctions come home to roost

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 14:04
America's punch bag still standing, black and blue but not in the red

US sanctions are starting to have a pronounced impact on Huawei’s financials, with the embattled Chinese telco reporting just single digit year-on-year growth for the first three quarters of 2020.…

Dotcom era data wrangler Tibco to buy Information Builders, reportedly for a whopping $1bn

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 13:03
Like a dotcom dude vs '70s veteran buddy movie

Six years after it considered putting itself up for sale, dotcom era data wrangler Tibco is set to buy Information Builders, a privately held data management biz with a 45-year history.…

Palo Alto Networks threatens to sue security startup for comparison review, says it breaks software EULA

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 11:58
'I'm not going to be bullied' vows Orca boss

Palo Alto Networks has threatened a startup with legal action after the smaller biz posted a comparison review online of one of its products.…

What a time to be alive: DB Admin raps about Microsoft SQL Server and he ain't even paid to do so

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 11:10
It's 2020. Things are weird. So maybe it's time to dance alone to 'Back Dat NAS up'

If you thought things couldn’t get any more weird right about now, then this may be the nadir of an already odd 2020: COVID-19; Trump being Trump; a likely hard Brexit; and now someone working in tech rapping about SQL Server has just released some sounds.…

EU slaps extra sanctions on Russian spy chief and APT28 malware dev over 2015 Bundestag hack

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 10:20
Better late than never, eh

The European Union has imposed sanctions on a Russian military malware developer and the commander of Russia’s MI6 equivalent, a mere five years after the two targeted Germany's parliament with a cyberattack.…

Ubuntu 20.10 goes full Raspberry Pi, from desktop to micro clouds: Full fat desktop on a Pi is usable

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 09:15
But company also has its eye on Kubernetes at the edge

Ubuntu 20.10 is out, with Canonical highlighting its Raspberry Pi support, including not only desktop support but also micro clouds based on MicroK8s, the company's lightweight Kubernetes distribution.…

Finding remote working a bit of a grind? Microsoft staffers feel your pain

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 08:20
Gloomy workers unlikely to moan about open plan again as office reopening slides to July 2021

Remote working is the gift that keeps on giving, as Microsoft's workforce reacted glumly to the Windows giant's plan to push back the reopening of its US offices.…

NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app is leaving some unable to access government self-isolation grants

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 07:25
'That button is there on the app' says minister. How many times have you heard a client make wild claims about functionality?

The NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales* has a major flaw. Yes, another one. People told to self-isolate by the app are unable to access a code required to claim a £500 financial support grant.…

Got a problem with trust in AI? Just add blockchain, Forrester urges. Then bust out the holographic meetings. Welcome to the future

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 06:30
It takes 'grit' to send in a holograph to meetings instead of struggling with mute buttons yourself...

Forrester has offered its contribution to the pantheon of failed predictions gathering smart-dust in the broom cupboard of IT history with its assertion that blockchain is coming to polish up AI's tarnished image.…

'This was bigger than GNOME and bigger than just this case.' GNOME Foundation exec director talks patent trolls and much, much more

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 05:23
Snaps vs Flatpaks, losing in mobile, Microsoft and Linux, and avoiding another GNOME 2 to 3 disaster

Interview  Patent assertion entities: do not pick a fight with open source. It won't end well for you. This is the message from GNOME Foundation executive director Neil McGovern, who will speak on the subject at the Open Source Summit Europe next week.…

OnePlus 8T review: Solid performance and a great screen make this 5G sub-flagship a delight

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 04:28
Do you really need so much RAM, though?

Six months after OnePlus released a flagship, it followed with a slightly upgraded refresh of the same device. You can distinguish these souped-up variants from their predecessors by the "T" in the name. One such device is the OnePlus 8T — an affordable 5G powerhouse.…

Ho hum: If you're so artificially intelligent, name this song while my videos go viral

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 03:28
My careful plan to save the economy

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  People say I don’t care but I do. I care a lot.…

Fancy a steaming portion of Kentucky Fried Bork? A fingerlickin' flub that's pure poultry in motion

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 02:30
Greasy goodness plays havoc with a PC's disk

Bork!Bork!Bork!  The best borks are the simplest, and today's is no exception. A black screen, a plaintive message, and a nugget of the Colonel's menu for the hungry masses has been lost.…

IBM builds AI that correctly predicts onset of Alzheimer’s 71% of the time, better than standard clinical tests

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 01:54
IBM builds AI that correctly predicts onset of Alzheimer’s 71% of the time, better than standard clinical tests

Machine-learning algorithms analyzing human communication can predict whether someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than standard biomedical screening, say IBM and Pfizer.…

The engineer lurking behind the curtain: Musical monitors on a meagre IT budget

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 01:15
The 'S' in SX, stands for 'Sporty', ok?

On Call  One of the hardest tasks in IT is giving a user what they need, while also persuading them it's what they want. Join us for another tale from our weekly On Call column where a Register reader achieved the seemingly impossible.…

Ed Snowden doesn’t need to worry about being turfed out of Russia any more

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 00:34
Immigration reforms allowing more skilled workers to stay seem to have resulted in permanent residency

Russia has apparently given super-leaker and former NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden de facto permanent residence.…

What makes data scientists look so cool? The data engineers doing the real work

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 00:00
With DSTI’s data engineering MSc, you can study in Paris, Nice, Lagos… or home

Promo  Data scientists like to think of themselves as doing the sexiest job of the 21st century, but it’s only because data engineers let them think that way.…

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